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In a move to allay fears of anti-growth policies, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday, apart from taking a swipe at the left government, said that political differences will not come in the way of developing West Bengal and promised full cooperation to state.

Speaking at the launch of the Bandhan Bank, Jaitley attacked obsolete policies for stalling growth in the eastern region and iterated that breaking away from obsolete policies was imperative to lead to the development of the entire country.

During the global business summit in January, Jaitley had categorically stated that the party to which he belonged and the party which ruled the state were strongly opposed to anti-development policies and that that probably would continue.

“In terms of development of the country and the state, the political difference will not matter, and we will fully cooperate in the development and growth of West Bengal.

I do not have the least doubts that with the cooperation between the centre and the state, we will work together towards the advance growth rate which eventually enables us to bring prosperity,”  said the BJP leader.

Jaitley also took a pot-shot at the erstwhile Left Front government which ran the state from 1977 to 2011.

“I recollect my days from the younger years when I used to see this city painted red. And when it was painted red, of course new institutions were not being born.

The existing ones were shifting out and West Bengal, which was known not for producing many entrepreneurs but certainly known for producing intellectuals, even (Bandhan bank chairman) Ashok Lahiri and (state finance minister) Amit Mitra had shifted out,” said Jaitley.

Meanwhile, Jaitley lauded the new initiative undertaken by the Central government in the country.

“A great institution is being born in West Bengal. What is most important is the birth of a Bengal entrepreneur, which is of utmost importance for the revival and growth of the fundamentals of Bengal,” said Jaitley, referring to calls for entrepreneurship by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I recollect my days from the younger years when I used to see this city painted red. And when it was painted red, of course new institutions were not being born,” said the BJP leader.

Jaitley also emphasized the need to create more academic institutions of repute and restoring the older ones back to their excellence.

“Odisha and Bengal have lot of mineral resource, natural wealth, north east has oil and gas and therefore for the growth of this region you have the fundamentals which are present here.

“It is a break from some of the obsolete policies of the past and realization of potential of the area which are of extreme importance,” he said.

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)