Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has rolled out the red carpet for businessmen and tourists from Calcutta.
Sayeed, who landed in Calcutta on Saturday with a strong entourage to seek investments in various sectors, assured industrialists that all was well with the Valley.
After meeting industrialists at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Sayeed proceeded to Writers’ Buildings.
“I have urged chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to allot us a plot in Salt Lake or any other suitable place to open an emporium to display handicraft from Kashmir. I have also requested him to improve the tourism link between the two states,” Sayeed said, after a meeting with the chief minister.
Sayeed also urged the “great Bengali traveller” to start visiting Kashmir once again. “The government would love to host tourists from Bengal who always used to head for the Valley during the Pujas. Why don’t you visit us this season and enjoy our hospitality'” urged Sayeed.
Held at airport
Customs officials arrested Tan Teow Seng, a Singapore national, early on Saturday at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport on charges of smuggling foreign currency worth more than Rs 5 lakh. According to a Customs official, Seng was about to board a Singapore Airlines flight, carrying foreign currency without valid documents.