The Mamata Banerjee government on Friday scrapped the proposed petroleum, chemicals and petrochemicals investment region (PCPIR) at Nayachar in East Midnapore district, citing environmental reasons. While in the Opposition, the Trinamool Congress had opposed the Nayachar project vociferously.

The Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, came under the scrutiny of the Calcutta High Court on Friday, with Justice I.P. Mukerji saying it did not mention the quantum of compensation and the time of payment.

The West Bengal Government on Thursday told the Calcutta High Court that land acquired at Singur from Tata Motors would be utilised for socio-economic development.

Nearly 2.9 million people affected in the State

The death toll in rain-related incidents across West Bengal rose to 36 on Thursday even as several parts of the State continued to remain submerged. Nearly 2.9 million people have been affected and there are fears of fresh areas being inundated as some rivers are flowing above the danger level.

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday asked if it was possible to reach a compromise between the State Government and Tata Motors as the Singur Act was pertaining to a single company.

With two more deaths, the toll in rain-related mishaps across West Bengal rose to 29 on Wednesday even as some major rivers continued to flow above the danger mark. Altogether 26 lakh people in 14 districts have been affected by the heavy rain pounding the State for a week now and still continuing sporadically.

The West Bengal Government will commence its arguments opposing the petition filed by Tata Motors, beginning Wednesday.

The West Bengal government will commence its arguments on the petition filed by Tata Motors challenging the Constitutional validity of the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act 2011 before the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday.

Rains have claimed 21 lives in a week in West Bengal. Around 25 lakh people have been affected by incessant rains whose ravages spilled over to 14 districts against the nine announced earlier by the State government.

The government is drawing up a five-year health plan with focus on strengthening rural health care and bringing down the death rate of newborns and their mothers.

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