President Kovind to visit W.Bengal, Mizoram and Nagaland

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"It is now the third state in terms of doing business", she said.

Observing that West Bengal was a "slow starter" in IT, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday urged it to grab the opportunities presented by digital explosion and replicate the past successes of its famous scientific entrepreneurs.

Admiring the civil engineering feat that is the Howrah Bridge, the President said that Bengal was one of India's earliest industrial and manufacturing economies with people like Acharya P.C Ray, Rajendra Nath Mookerjee and Biren Mookerjee.

"New India can not be achieved without New Bengal".

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The President stressed on the need to harness the scientific talent pool in West Bengal for the good of the state itself and convert the city into a tech hub of India.

The president said that in 2022, India will be celebrating 75 years as a free country. "I am touched that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has gifted me her own painting".

The President stated that every Indian's life is enriched by Bengal or creation of Bengal. Honourable Chief Minister, I assure you that, of course, it will be in Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President will interact with scientific community on "Vigyan Chintan - Scientific Ecosystem" at the Council Hall of the Raj Bhavan here t omorrow.

While addressing the closing ceremony of centenary celebrations of The Bose Institute in Kolkata, President Kovind said, "Our greatest tribute to Acharya J.C. Bose would be to embrace this new era of innovation and discovery - just as he embraced and led the process of innovation and discovery a century ago".

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The President attended the event at Bose Institute after paying a visit to Jorasanko (birthplace of Rabindranath Tagore) and Netaji Bhawan in the morning.

Mr Kovind is on a two-day visit to the state from Tuesday, his first since assuming office.

He would inaugurate the Housing for the Poor Project at a function in the Raj Bhavan, the officials said.

On November 30, he will address a special session of the Mizoram Legislative Assembly.

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On December 1, 2017, he will inaugurate the Hornbill Festival and take part in the State Formation Day celebrations of Nagaland in Kisama, before returning to Delhi.

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