National - 2018 SEPTEMBER

September 1

Bengal aiming to reduce under-nutrition in women and children by 2020
Observing the National Nutrition Week, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee informed that the state government has adopted a multi-sectoral strategy to reduce under-nutrition and anaemia among women and children in a targeted manner by 2020.
According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2015-16, 38.4 percent of children under five years of ate are stunted due to acute under nutrition in india while the figure for west Bengal is 32.5 per cent.

Singphan wildlife sanctuary declared 30th elephant reserve of the country
The Nagaland government has declared the Singphan Wildlife Sanctuary as an elephant reserve making it the 30th reserve for jumbos in the country.
An important reserve in North Eastern States, Singphan Elephant Reserve has huge tracts of forest, strategically located in contiguity with the Abhaypur Reserve Forest of Assam which is frequented by the moving herds of elephants.
The Government of Nagaland has declared Singphan Wildlife Sanctuary as 'Singphan Elephant Reserve' with the approval of Government of India.

September 2

India's Health Ministry comes out with draft rules on sale of drugs by e-pharmacy
The Union Health Ministry has come out with draft rules on sale of drugs by e-pharmacies with an aim to regulate online sale of medicines across India and provide patients accessibility to genuine drugs from authentic online portals.
The draft rules on "sale of drugs by e-pharmacy" state that no person will distribute or sell, stock, exhibit or offer for sale of drugs through e-pharmacy portal unless registered.
Any person who intends to conduct business of e-pharmacy shall apply for the grant of registration to the Central Licensing Authority in Form 18AA through the online portal of the Central Government.

Jitendra Singh inaugurates AIR's 10 KW FM transmitter in J K's Ramban
Union Minister Jitendra Singh inaugurated a 10 KW FM transmitter of All India Radio (AIR) in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district.
With the commissioning of the relay FM transmitter at Patnitop, the people living on high reaches and remote areas would be able to listen to radio more clearly. AIR can play a key role in countering the malicious and fake propaganda being unleashed from across the border.
A long pending demand of the people has been fulfilled, who were earlier left with no option but to listen to the programmes broadcast from across the border.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi inaugurates the first luxury cruise 'Alaknanda' in Varanasi
The five-star luxury cruise, a 30-metre double-decked modern line, is a startup venture of Varanasi based Nordic Cruiseline.
It will run between Assi Ghat and Panchganga Ghat for a two-hour ride of around 12 km in the morning and evening.

September 3

President Ram Nath Kovind clears three state Bills
President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to three state Bills, including a legislation which will smoothen the process of reconstructing dilapidated buildings or a complex of buildings in Mumbai.
The Maharashtra Apartment Ownership (Amendment) Bill, the Gujarat Agricultural Lands Ceiling (Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Gujarat Agricultural Lands Ceiling (Amendment) Bill, 2017 have got the presidential nod.

India fast-tracked initiatives for universal health coverage
Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda informed India has fast-tracked initiatives for universal health coverage (UHC) and his ministry is working "very hard" for effectively implementing the Ayushman Bharat scheme - the largest government-funded health scheme in the world.
At the 71st session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia, India supports the regional and global health agenda and stands ready to work with fellow member states and the international community to achieve the common of “health for All”.
Ayushman Bharat rests on the twin pillars of Health and Wellness Centres for provision of comprehensive primary healthcare services and the Prime Minister's National Health Protection Mission for secondary and tertiary care to 100 million families.

“Mil -Banche” programme organized in govt schools for learning awareness: Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh launched a first of its kind initiative called “Mil -Banche” in all government schools across the state.
It is an interactive programme between schools and society for promoting education and learning.
Aim to create education and learning awareness among the children is it would help in multi-dimensional development of children through.
Language skill up-gradation, reading textbooks and Co-curricular activities in government schools.
Volunteers read out one chapter of any book from either the school library or the Hindi textbook during the programme.
Jharkhand govt renames town and railway station after Bansidhari temple of Lord Krishna
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs approved the Jharkhand government’s proposal to rename a railway station and a town in Garhwa district after Lord Krishna.
The town Nagar Untari and the railway station would be renamed as Banshidhar Nagar, after Banshidhar Temple.
It would be remodeled on the lines of Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh to make it a part of the Lord Krishna religious circuit.
The government is looking at proposals for a tie-up with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

West Bengal government launched mobile blood donation camp
The West Bengal government has launched a mobile blood donation camp in a red luxury bus. The bus moves from location to location, collecting blood in West Bengal. The health activists move by the government is a major success as the bus is often seen in the city collecting blood samples. The service is free of cost.

Shri J.P. Nadda addresses the‘ 71st Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia'
India has fast-tracked many initiatives aimed at achieving all the core tenets of Universal Health Coverage i.e, strengthening health systems, improving access to free medicines & diagnostics and reducing catastrophic healthcare spending.” This was stated by Shri J.P. Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at the inauguration of the ‘71st Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia.
Shri J.P. Nadda further stated that India on its part firmly believes in the objective of attainment of the highest possible level of health, where health is a state of complete physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Moving toward this objective, we have adopted the National Health Policy 2017 with the aim to provide affordable healthcare for all.

Government releases Rs 400 crore for forward areas along international borders
Nearly Rs 400 crore has been released by the Centre to 10 states, having international borders, for developing forward areas as part of an ambitious plan to ameliorate the problems of those living in these isolated locations.
The funds released so far this fiscal were in addition to Rs 1,100 crore released in 2017-18 for the all-round development of villages located along the international borders in 17 states.
An amount of Rs 399.44 crore has been released to the governments of Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and West Bengal under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) so far during 2018-19.

India to have 'one-nation-one-card' policy for transport soon: NITI Aayog CEO
NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant has announced that India will shortly unveil a One Nation-One Card policy for public transport that will entail connectivity between various modes of transport.
Addressing a function on Future Mobility Summit-2018 in New Delhi, a robust transportation sector is the backbone for the development of any economy.
The road transportation segment alone contributes to around four per cent of country's GDP with the segment still being heavily dependent on fossil fuels.
The focus of the mobility strategy is on sustainable modes of public transport, transport oriented planning, digitisation, among others.

Government spent Rs 132.38 crore on GST advertisements
The government spent Rs 132.38 crore on advertisements for GST, an agency under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
As per the Bureau of Outreach and Communication under the ministry, the "expenditure on GST advertisements through this bureau" on print media stood at Rs 1,26,93,97,121.

September 4

Draft charter of Patients’ Rights released by Union Health Ministry
If the draft Charter of Patients’ Rights released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare comes into force, patients will not just have the right to emergency medical care and informed consent, but will also have the right to non-discrimination, seek a second opinion and choose alternative treatment options, if available.
The draft, prepared by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), has been put up on the Health Ministry’s website on August 30 for comments and suggestions. According to a notice issued by Joint Secretary Sudhir Kumar, the Ministry plans to implement the Charter of Patients’ Rights through State governments for provision of proper health care by clinical establishments.

Suresh Prabhu launches Coffee Connect app, Coffee KrishiTharanga services for coffee stakeholders
Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Suresh Prabhu launched Coffee Connect mobile app and digital mobile extension services ‘Coffee Krishi Tharanga’ for coffee stakeholders.
‘Coffee Connect’ mobile app
The ‘Coffee Connect’ mobile app has been developed to ease the work of field functionaries and to improve the work efficiency.
The application provides solution by harnessing the power of mobility comprising the latest technology in easing the whole process of the field activities like digitisation of Coffee Growers & Estates with Geo Tagging, collecting the Plantation details.
It will also help in boosting transparency in the activities of the extension officers and officials, transparency in subsidy disbursement and real time report generation.

NITI Aayog expert group urges plan to save springs in Himalayas.
NITI Aayog constituted group of expert has submitted report titled ‘ Iventory and revival of springs in the Himalaya for Water Security.’ It has mentioned that nearly 30% of springs crucial to water security of people are drying and 50% have reported reduced discharge.
All most half of perennial springs in Indian Himalaya Region (HR) have already dried up or have become seasonal. Tens of thousands of village in this region are currently facing acute water shortage for and other domestic purposes. Almost 60% of low-discharge springs that provided water to small habitations in Himalayan region have reported clear decline during the last couple of decades.
It calls for spring mapping and revival, using 8 steps protocol should be taken up across Himalayan state in phased manner, applying carrying capacity concept to all major tourist destination and implementing and monitoring tourism sector. It calls for setting up of Mission on spring Water Management in Himalayas.

Work On India’s Longest Rail-Road Bridge, Connecting Arunachal And Assam, Nears Completion
India’s longest rail-road bridge, connecting Dibrugarh on the southern bank of river Brahmaputra to Dhemaji on the northern bank, is nearing completion.
The bridge - second longest in Asia by some accounts - is 4.94 km long and 32 metres above the water level of the Brahmaputra river. It has a three-lane road on top and two rail lines in the lower section.

West Bengal government denies 'stop promotion' rumour on social media
The West Bengal government denied rumours doing the rounds on social media that it has instructed all departments to stop promotion of its employees till the Lok Sabha due in 2019.
Promotions are being granted to its employees as per their existing service conditions and would continue as per existing norms.
There is no iota of truth in what has been circulated on the social media. The circulation has been done with mischievous intent in order to create confusion amongst the employees.

India To Generate 100 GW Solar Energy By 2022
India is set to generate 100 GW solar energy by 2022, noted the Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu. Demand for energy will increase due to rapid development taking place in India and fossil fuel is not going to last forever and therefore there is need for renewable energy.
Imbalanced use of energy is the root cause of many environmental problems in different parts of the world. It is causing unprecedented heat wave conditions in Europe, intensity and frequency of typhoons have also increased.

Rajasthan govt to provide free mobile phones to women of BPL families
In a bid to boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship 'Digital India' campaign, Rajasthan government will soon distribute mobile phones to women under the Bhamashah Yojana. Focused on women who fall under the Below Poverty Line (BPL), the scheme aims to transfer financial and non-financial benefits of governmental schemes in a transparent manner.
The Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje-led government in Rajasthan they are making efforts to launch new applications so that the poor can receive all benefits by simply pushing a button on their cell phones.
The state government will also provide free Wifi facilities to as many as 5,000 gram panchayats to ensure that the state is well connected with the outside world. This programme commenced on September month.

India not to attend Afghan peace conference in Moscow
India is learnt to have declined an invitation from Russia to attend a multilateral conference on Afghanistan after Kabul decided not to be a part of it.
India will not attend the conference as Afghanistan itself had decided against attending the conclave. Russia is organising the conference to bring peace in Afghanistan.
India has always been favouring an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process to bring peace and stability in that country.
The peace conference on Afghanistan was scheduled to take place in Moscow, but it has been postponed after several countries turned down Russia's invite to attend the event.

September 5

Minimum compensation for rape Rs 4 lakh, rules SC
In an order applicable nationally, the Supreme Court has ruled that a rape survivor will get a mandatory minimum compensation of Rs 4 lakh and, in case of gang rape Rs 5 lakh, and directed states to implement this from October 2 in accordance with a scheme framed by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in consultation with the Centre.
At present, different state governments grant varying amounts of compensation to rape survivors, ranging from Rs 10,000 in Odisha to Rs 10 lakh in Goa. Some states have not framed any rule. The lack of a uniform scheme for compensation meant many rape survivors fail to get compensation and this led to the apex court’s intervention and a scheme that seeks to ameliorate the mental and physical hurt.
The monetary relief granted under the “compensation scheme for women victims/survivors of sexual assault and other crimes 2018” is not linked with trial proceedings in such cases and the survivor can approach the state or district legal services authority for compensation immediately after registration of FIR. The scheme empowers legal services authority to take suo motu cognisance of cases of sexual assault and acid attack to grant interim relief to survivors.

NGT forms monitoring committee to prepare action plan on groundwater recharge in Delhi
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has formed a monitoring committee headed by a former high court judge to prepare a time-bound action plan on groundwater recharge in the national capital.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel announced mere finalisation of the action plan without oversight of its implementation may not achieve the desired purpose.
The committee will be headed by Justice (retd) SP Garg and comprise one representative each from the Delhi Jal Board, Central Pollution Control Board, Central Ground Water Authority and Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) concerned.

Piyush Goyal, along with CM Yogi launches official website of Kumbh Mela
In Uttar Pradesh, Rail Minister Piyush Goyal along with Chief Minister of State Yogi Adityanath launched the official website of Kumbh Mela, 2019 in Lucknow. They also launched a social media App related to the Mela.

The website and App will help pilgrims and tourists to attend the Kumbh which will be held on the banks of Sangam in January 2019.
AIR correspondent reports, the website www.kumbh.gov.in provides detail about location, trains, accessibility, weather and accommodations which will be a great help for pilgrims.
The Rail Minister asked officials to give a unique name to the special trains which will run on major Snaan days during Kumbh Mela and collect details of trains which would run from various states to Allahabad. He also directed official to use 100 racks of different trains for promotion of Brand Kumbh.

Continuation of centrally sponsored Umbrella scheme of integrated development of wildlife habitats for 2017-20 approved by cabinet
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved continuation of the Centrally sponsored umbrella scheme of Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-IDWH) beyond the 12th Plan period from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
There are three such plans: Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger (CSS-PT), Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-DWH) and Project Elephant (CSS-PE).
As per an official release, the total outlay is Rs 1,731.72 crore as the central share (Rs 1,143 crore for Project Tiger, Rs. 496.50 crore for development of wildlife habitats and Rs 92.22 crore for Project Elephant) from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
The schemes are expected to generate direct employment of about 30 lakh mandays annually which will include many local tribes besides non-tribal local workforce.

Odisha Assembly passes Rs 12,790 crore supplementary budget
Odisha Finance Minister SB Behera presented the first supplementary budget of Rs 12,790 crore for 2018-19 fiscal in the state Assembly.
With Rs 12,790 crore provision for supplementary statement of expenditure, the total budget amount for the 2018-19 fiscal in Odisha has increased to Rs 1,32,818 crore. Earlier in February, Behera had presented Rs 1,20,028 crore as the budget for the current fiscal.
When Behera presented the supplementary budget, the opposition BJP members were in well of the House drawing the government's attention to the agitating teachers sitting on dharna in the state capital.

Madhya Pradesh cabinet hikes ex-gratia to kin of deceased journalists
The Madhya Pradesh government decided to increase from Rs one lakh to Rs four lakh the ex-gratia to be paid to the kin of accredited journalists in the event of the death of the scribe.
The cabinet decided to increase from Rs one lakh to Rs four lakh the amount of ex-gratia to be paid to the kin of accredited journalists in case of the latter's death.
The cabinet also decided to increase the compensation amount given to journalists/cameramen from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 in case of damage to their vehicles or cameras.

Shri Hardeep Puri releases Schedule of Rates 2018 for new technologies and First Q R Code of CPWD.
The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri has informed that there is a great opportunity for the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) as India needs to build 700 to 900 million square meter of urban space every year between now and 2030 that has to be green, resilient and ecologically sustainable. Put another way, India has to a build a new a Chicago every year.
Shri Hardeep Puri release of a booklet on Schedule of Rates (SOR) 2018 for new technologies and First Q R Code of CPWD. The Minister also launched CPWD’s official Facebook and Twitter page on the Department’s website on the occasion.
The Minister also advocated the need to look beyond conventional construction practices of energy intensive building materials based on natural resources, emerging technologies, which not only brought speed & quality but are safe and durable, thereby leading towards sustainable development. He advised that construction and demolition waste should be recycled and extensively used in CPWD works. Energy efficiency measures should be given highest priority.

Aadhaar mandatory for organ transplants
Aadhaar is now mandatory for Indian patients to register in the Tamil Nadu Network for Organ Sharing. As part of measures to streamline the deceased donor transplant programme, the Transplant Authority of Tamil Nadu (TRANSTAN) has recently made Aadhaar cards compulsory for Indians to register in the organ waitlist registry, while foreigners have to submit a No Objection Certificate (NoC) from the respective Embassies.
This is to do away with confusion, Except activation and inactivation of patients, hospitals cannot modify patient details. TRANSTAN has brought in a change in the activation of patients.

September 6

Rajasthan Assembly passes Panchayati Raj amendment bill
The Rajasthan Assembly passed a bill which relaxes the provision "two-child" provision for those aspiring to contest panchayat elections provided one of the children is differently-abled.
It also passed an amendment aimed at allowing people suffering from leprosy to contest panchayat elections.
The Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2018, was passed by voice vote. The bill aims at deleting a provision under the Act that if a person is suffering from Leprosy, he will be disqualified for contesting panchayat elections.

Tourism Ministry sanctions Rs 80.37 crore for cruise projects in Kerala
Ministry of Tourism sanctioned Malanad Malabar Cruise Tourism Project under Swadesh Darshan Scheme for development of a rural circuit in Kerala. Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons announced that under this project, the ministry will be developing three cruises with a budget of Rs 80.37 crores.
The project will be focusing on the development of water-based thematic cruise experiences in and around Valapattanam and Kuppam Rivers of Kannur District. Three thematic cruises being developed under this project will be on Valapattanam and Kuppam River.
The first cruise on Valapattanam River will be Malabari Cuisine and Culinary Cruise (Muthappan Cruise) which will start from Valapattanam and will cover a distance of 40 Km to reach Munambu Kadavu in Valapattanam River. There will be another cruise in Valapattanam River- Theyyam Cruise- which will begin from Valapattanam and will go up to Pazhayangadi in Valapattanam River.

Consensual unnatural sex not a crime, Section 377 violates right to equality
A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex.
The constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra termed the part of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises consensual unnatural sex as irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary.
The bench, which also comprised Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, struck down Section 377 of the IPC as being violative of the right to equality and the right to live with dignity.
Union Government approved 36 percent increase in wages of artisans
It was proposed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
The wages will be increased from Rs 5.50 per hank previously to Rs 7.50 per hank.

ONGC finds oil, gas reserves in Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal
State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has made oil and gas discoveries in Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal that may potentially open up two new sedimentary basins in the country.
ONGC had previously opened six out of India’s seven producing basins for commercial production. It is in the process of adding the eighth by putting Kutch offshore on the oil and gas map of India.
The firm has found gas deposits in a block in Vindhyan basin in Madhya Pradesh that is now being tested.
Similarly, an oil and gas discovery has been made in a well in Ashok Nagar of 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, one lakh cubic meters per day of gas flowed from one object that was tested.

Govt makes Jan Dhan Yojana scheme open-ended with more incentives
The government decided to make the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) an open-ended scheme and added more incentives to encourage people to open bank accounts.
The flagship financial inclusion scheme was launched in August 2014 for a period of four years.
In view of the "runaway success" of the scheme, now it has been decided to make it open-ended with more incentives, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters after the Union Cabinet meeting.
Jaitley - who was briefing the media for the first time since resuming office on August 23 after a four-month break for undergoing a kidney transplant - the over-draft limit for account holders has now been doubled to Rs 10,000.
The free accident insurance cover for those opening Jan Dhan accounts after August 28 too has been doubled to Rs 2 lakh.

September 7

India, France sign implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’
India and France signed an implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’ (MYC) in New Delhi to support three Indian cities in their efforts to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.
The MYC aims at supporting three Indian cities on a pilot basis - Nagpur, Kochi and Ahmedabad - in their efforts to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions related to urban transport by implementing urban mobility plans at the local level and to help India at the national level to improve their sustainable transport policy.
The initiative is a part of an international initiative, which is supported by the French and the German Governments and was launched at 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting in December 2015.

‘Bharat ke veer’ initiative gets Trust status exempted from income tax
The government has granted the status of a trust to ‘Bharat Ke Veer’, a private initiative promoted by actor Akshay Kumar, which aids families of paramilitary personnel killed in action. Contributions to Bharat Ke Veer have been exempted from Income Tax, Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced.
The Home Ministry had taken up the Bharat Ke Veer initiative in April last year, and its success had been stupendous.
The initiative had now been formalised into a registered trust for providing a platform for all citizens to contribute and provide assistance to the families of martyred personnel.

Data sharing and accessibilty portaln launched in Sikkim by CM
The first data sharing and accessibility portal of Sikkim has been launched by chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling. Till now, there was no single platform where all the important statistics of the state and departments converged.
Besides the State Data Sharing and Accessibility Platform (SDSAP), the State Direct Benefit Transfer portal was also launched at a programme. These two portals are information management systems for quick and easy recording and dissemination of statistical data by government officials.
It would increase transparency in the functioning of the government and open avenues for more innovative uses of official data.
the state information technology department would upload data in the portals twice a year - in April-May and September-October.

September 8

Ayushman Bharat Call Centre was inaugurated In Bengaluru by CEO of Ayuyshman Bharat.
Ayushman Bharat call centre was formally inaugurated in Bengaluru by CEO of Ayushman Bharat Dr. Indu Bhushan. This national call centre is operational since August.
The call centre functioning 24×7 in collaboration with Medi assistant is sharing infn in English and Hindi initially and 9 more regional languages to be added later.
The executives are working in 7 different shifts and one more such call centre functioning in Hyderabad. In later stages these call centres el be functional in 30 states.
All information pertaining to Ayushman Bharat is provided in the call centre.

Punjab, J&K ink pact on restarting Shahpur Kandi project
Border states Punab & Jammu and Kashmir signed an agreement to re-start work on the Rs 2,793 crore Shahpur Kandi project.
The project, when implemented, will enable the country to fully utilize the Ravi water as per the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan.
It will not only deliver power and irrigation benefits to the nation worth Rs 850 crore annually but will also prevent Ravi water going waste to Pakistan.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh signing was a "historic" event.

September 9

Government sets up panel of secretaries into look e-commerce issues
The Union Government constituted a group of secretaries to look into the e-Commerce issues. The group will be chaired by the Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
The group will look into all the issues of e-commerce sector. The initial draft e-commerce policy suggested several steps to promote the growth of the fast growing sector.
It suggested that online retail firms may have to store user data exclusively in India in view of security and privacy concerns.
It discussed about adopting a common definition of e-commerce for the purpose of domestic policy making as currently there is no commonly accepted definition.

Jammu & Kashmir 3rd state to adopt road-accident data software
Jammu and Kashmir became the third state in the country to use software for standard and accurate data on road accidents.
The Road Accident Data Management System (RADMS) was formally launched by Transport Department Principal Secretary Asgar Hassan Samoon. With this, J&K became the third state in the country to move to automated software-based solution on road-accident data.
RADMS is a geographical information system (GIS) solution for identification of black spots, wrong driving practices, road infrastructure, vehicular defects, road types, damage to property, overloading issues, driver issues and other factors causing or related to road accidents.

Former RBI governor Bimal Jalan to head panel to select new Chief Economic Advisor
The Union Government has appointed former Reserve Bank of India governor Bimal Jalan as the head of the panel that has been tasked with selecting India’s next chief economic advisor (CEA).
The other members of the panel include secretary of the department of personnel and training C Chandramouli and economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg. The panel will screen the applications received and conduct interviews.
The move comes two months after the government sought applications for the post after previous CEA Arvind Subramanian resigned from office.

Public panic buttons, all-women police teams in 8 cities soon as MHA sanctions Rs 3,000 crore.
Public panic buttons and all-women police patrol teams will soon be launched in eight major cities, including Delhi, under a special women safety programme for which the Home Ministry has approved nearly Rs 3,000 crore.
Transit dormitories for women and children, smart LED streetlights, one-stop crisis centres, and forensic and cyber crime cells will be part of the Women Safe City Project.
It will implemented in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

September 10

First Regional Workshop on RERA in Pune inaugurated by Shri Hardeep Puri
Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the First Regional Workshop on RERA – a New Era of Transparency and Accountability in Real Estate – 2 years of implementation and way forward (Western Region) in Pune. the Real Estate Regulation and Development Act 2016 (RERA) has brought discipline, transparency and accountability in the real estate sector.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had got the legislation passed in Parliament to ensure fair practices for protecting the interests of buyers and imposing penalties on errant builders.
The Minister pointed out that Maharashtra is one of the first states to implement the act, and established the Real Estate Regulatory Authority of Maharashtra.

India’s first railway varsity starts operations in Vadodara
The first of its kind university in the country on the transport sector, the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), started operations. Currently, it is functioning out of the National Academy of Indian Railways, Vadodara.
Funded by ministry of railways, with University of California, Berkeley and Cornell University as its international partners, the university started with two undergraduate courses - BSc Transportation Technology and BBA Transportation Managements- with 50 students each.
The deemed to be university plans to launch a total of five postgraduate courses and a few other undergraduate courses along with PhD programmes in the next five years.

Delhi rolls out scheme for doorstep delivery of 40 public services
Residents of Delhi can now renew their driving licences or get their marriage registration done from home, with the Delhi government launching an ambitious scheme for doorstep delivery of 40 public services.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government until 6pm on the first day of the launch of the service, 369 appointments were fixed and 2,728 calls connected.
In the first phase, 40 public services, including issuance and renewals of driving licences, registration of marriage, new water connections, and certificates of birth, death and caste will be available. The government plans to have 100 services under the scheme and plans to add 30 services each month.

Customers will be charged a fee of ₹50 for availing this service. Residents need to call 1076 to book an appointment and will also be informed about the documents required. An appointment can be fixed anytime between 8am to 10pm.

National Green Tribunal (NGT) appointed three committees to monitor disposal of garbage
National Green Tribunal (NGT) has formed 3 committees: apex monitoring Committee, Regional Monitoring Committees and state level committees to look over implementation of directions given by NGT and other rules.
NGT has mandated every state to follow Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.
Apex monitoring committee: will be headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice DK Jain. Other members: Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Forests and Joint Secretary & Mission Director of Swachh Bharat Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Haryana signs MoU with Indian Oil for ethanol plant
The Haryana government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to set up an ethanol plant in Panipat with an outlay of over Rs 900 crore.
The initiative at village Bohali with a proposed capacity of 100 kilolitres of ethanol per day will manage crop residue and prevent straw burning before the upcoming paddy season.
The MoU was signed by Director, Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Department of Haryana, Dusmanta K. Behera and Chief General Manager, Alternate Energy and Sustainable Development, IOC Ltd Sanjay Kumar Srivastav. The pact will be valid for one year.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana to cover child cancer treatment
The Union Government has announced that the treatment of childhood cancer will be covered under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. The information was shared by NITI Aayog member Vinod Kumar Paul, at a function in New Delhi.
Paul revealed that child cancer will be treated under the Ayushman Bharat scheme and the rate in this regard has been fixed 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres will be opened across India by 2022 under the scheme. The centres will provide comprehensive health care for diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana or Ayushman Bharat scheme will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay on September 25, 2018.
It is the world's largest government-funded programme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families providing coverage up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.

India launches new digital bridge with Africa
As part of India's reachout to Africa, the External Affairs Ministry signed an agreement with the Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. (TCIL) to establish a pan-African e-network between the two nations.
This project, called the e-VidyaBharati and e-ArogyaBharati Network Project, will serve as yet another bridge - a digital bridge - between our countries, shrinking the distance between India and Africa even more.
This e-network aims at providing quality tele-education and tele-medicine facility by linking select Indian Universities, Institutions and Super Specialty Hospitals to African educational institutions and hospitals.

India’s First Railway Varsity Starts Operations In Vadodara
The first of its kind university in the country on the transport sector, the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), started operations. Currently, it is functioning out of the National Academy of Indian Railways, Vadodara.
Funded by ministry of railways, with University of California, Berkeley and Cornell University as its international partners, the university started with two undergraduate courses – BSc Transportation Technology and BBA Transportation Managements- with 50 students each.
The deemed to be university plans to launch a total of five postgraduate courses and a few other undergraduate courses along with PhD programmes in the next five years.

Marbat festival celebrated with great fervour in Nagpur
Thousands of people thronged the streets of Maharashtra's Nagpur city to celebrate the Marbat festival.
As per the tradition, the devotees took out a procession carrying effigies that represent evil forces. The clay effigies or 'Marbats' of Kali (black) and Pivli (Yellow) were the main attraction of the procession.
The effigies were later taken to a Nehru Chowk ground and burned by the locals.
The 150-year old festival is celebrated only in Nagpur. During the celebration, people gather to address social problems.

Goa launches helpline for women in distress
Goa government's Women and Child Development Ministry launched a universal helpline service for women in distress in the coastal state.
The service which can be accessed by dialling 181 will be operated by GVK-EMRI, a private corporate entity in association with the state Women and Child Development Department.
It will help to create a positive impact on women's empowerment in Goa and also in cracking down on crimes against women more efficiently.

India, Bangladesh jointly inaugurate three projects
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, and Chief Ministers of West Bengal and Tripura jointly inaugurated three projects in Bangladesh via video conferencing.
These include 500 MW additional power supply from India to Bangladesh, Akhaura - Agartala Rail Link and Rehabilitation of the Kulaura-Shahbazpur section of Bangladesh Railways.
Prime Minister Modi recalled Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s vision of restoring connectivity to the way it was before 1965.

September 11

Model International Center for Transformative AI (ICTAI) set up by NITI Aayog, Intel and TIFR
Aiming to solve major challenges in India, the center will focus on application-based AI research in healthcare, agriculture and smart mobility
NITI Aayog, Intel, and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) announced that they are collaborating to set up a Model International Center for Transformative Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) towards developing and deploying AI-led application-based research projects. This initiative is part of NITI Aayog’s ‘National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence’.
Through this collaborative effort, the model ICTAI is chartered to develop AI foundational frameworks, tools and assets, including curated datasets and unique AI algorithms. The intent is to develop standards and support policy development related to information technology such as data-storage, information security, privacy, and ethics for data capture and use. The model Centre also plans to develop AI foundational technologies to promote applied research that can scale for national impact and will lead to the creation of a vibrant and self-sustaining ecosystem.

Piyush Goyal launches ‘Rail Sahyog’ for collaboration through CSR
Shri Piyush Goyal launches a web portal “Rail Sahyog” It will provide a platform for the Corporates & PSUs to contribute to creation of amenities at/near Railway Stations through CSR funds
Indian Railways, with its vast network and presence across the length and breadth of the country, has always been at the forefront to serve the society.
The Indian Railways has identified opportunities in areas where in corporate collaborations can be fostered which can positively impact the entire ecosystem under Railways. In this regard, the Minister of Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal launched a web portal www.railsahyog.in.

181: helpline for women in distress launched by Goa government
Goa government's Women and Child Development Ministry launched a universal helpline service for women in distress in the coastal state.
The service which can be accessed by dialling 181 will be operated by GVK-EMRI, a private corporate entity in association with the state Women and Child Development Department.
"It will help to create a positive impact on women's empowerment in Goa and also in cracking down on crimes against women more efficiently.

Ethanol plant: Haryana Government inks MoU with IOC to stop straw burning.
To manage the crop residue and prevent straw burning, Haryana government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to setup a 100 kilolitre per day Ethanol Plant (bio-refinery) at Bohali village, in Panipat at an expense of over Rs 900 crore.
The MoU was signed by director, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Dusmanta K Behera on behalf of Haryana government and chief general manager, Alternate Energy and Sustainable Development, IOC, Sanjay Kumar Srivastav on behalf of the corporation.

Pipeline Infrastructure-India Infrastructure Trust deal gets CCI nod
The Competition Commission has approved acquisition of Reliance Industries Holding's subsidiary Pipeline Infrastructure by India Infrastructure Trust.
The Trust is proposed to be registered as an infrastructure investment trust (InvIT).
A special purpose vehicle, Rapid is an affiliate of global player Brookfield Asset Management Inc while Pen Brook is an asset management company, as per the notice submitted to the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
Rapid has made an application to The Securities Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for the Trust to be registered as an InvIT. Under the application, Rapid has sought the regulator's permission for use of the name 'India Infrastructure Trust' for the proposed InvIT.

September 12

Cabinet approves New Umbrella Scheme “Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan” (PM-AASHA)
Giving a major boost to the pro-farmer initiatives of the Government and in keeping with its commitment and dedication for the Annadata, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved a new Umbrella Scheme “Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan’ (PM-AASHA). The Scheme is aimed at ensuring remunerative prices to the farmers for their produce as announced in the Union Budget for 2018.
This is an unprecedented step taken by Govt. of India to protect the farmers’ income which is expected to go a long way towards the welfare of farmers. Government has already increased the MSP of kharif crops by following the principle of 1.5 times the cost of production. It is expected that the increase in MSP will be translated to farmer’s income by way of robust procurement mechanism in coordination with the State Governments.

Pipeline Infrastructure-India Infrastructure Trust deal gets CCI nod
The Competition Commission has approved acquisition of Reliance Industries Holding's subsidiary Pipeline Infrastructure by India Infrastructure Trust.
The Trust is proposed to be registered as an infrastructure investment trust (InvIT).
The transaction entails the complete acquisition of Pipeline Infrastructure by the Trust. The purchase is to be done through the Trust's proposed sponsor Rapid Holdings 2 Pte Ltd and investment manager PenBrook Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd.
A special purpose vehicle, Rapid is an affiliate of global player Brookfield Asset Management Inc while PenBrook is an asset management company, as per the notice submitted to the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
Rapid has made an application to The Securities Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for the Trust to be registered as an InvIT. Under the application, Rapid has sought the regulator's permission for use of the name 'India Infrastructure Trust' for the proposed InvIT.

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launches National Scholarship Portal Mobile App

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched the country's first "National Scholarship Portal Mobile App" (NSP Mobile App).
National Scholarship Portal Mobile App will ensure a smooth, accessible and hassle-free scholarship system for students from poor and weaker sections. All the scholarships are being given directly into bank accounts of the needy students under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) ode through the National Scholarship Portal which has ensured that there is no scope for duplication and leakage.

Chhattisgarh Assembly passes Rs 2,400 crore supplementary budget
The Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly passed a second supplementary budget of over Rs 2,400 crore for the financial year 2018-19, mainly to disburse a bonus to farmers against paddy procurement in the ongoing Kharif season.
The tax and Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) ratio shows the financial management of a state, and in 2017-18, this ratio for Chhattisgarh was 19 percent in comparison to the national average ratio of 12 percent.

High Level Committee (HLC) approved additional assistance from NDRF to UP and Maharashtra
Approves additional assistance from NDRF of Rs 157.23 crore for UP and Rs 60.76 crore for Maharashtra
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC) in NewDelhi to consider the additional Central Assistance to the States of Uttar Pradesh (affected by rabi drought during 2017-18) and Maharashtra (affected by pest attack & cyclone during 2017).
The HLC approved the additional assistance from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) of Rs 157.23 crore for the state of Uttar Pradesh and Rs 60.76 crore for the state of Maharashtra.

Haryana Vidhan Sabha passes State Commission for SC Bill
The Haryana Vidhan Sabha has passed the Haryana State Commission for Scheduled Castes Bill, 2018, for development and safeguarding the interests of people belonging to the community.
The commission will investigate and examine the working of various safeguards provided in the Constitution or under any other law for the time being in force or under any order of the government for the welfare and protection of the Scheduled Castes.
The commission would consist of chairperson, vice-chairperson and members who would hold office for a term of three years.
The House also passed the Punjab Land Improvement Schemes (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2018, aimed to facilitate farmers for laying out underground pipeline for irrigation purposes passing through the fields of other farmers.
The Factories (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2018 has been passed for ensuring benefits to the workers and the factories both.

West Bengal Cabinet nod for hydel project, retirement age of nurses raised.
West Bengal Cabinet has sanctioned setting up of a Rs 6,921 crore pump storage hydel project in Purulia. Using water from the Tugra in Ayodhya Hills, the project, which has been vetted and sanctioned by the Central Electricity Authority, is aimed at producing more electricity.
The health department has decided to revise the retirement age of nurses in state-run hospitals from 60 to 62 years.
The Cabinet also approved the Bangla Krishi Sech Yojana, under which small and marginal farmers would get assistance to set up micro-irrigation facility “almost free of cost”.

September 13

First Tribal Circuit Project under Swadesh Darshan Scheme to be inaugurated in Chhattisgarh
K.J. Alphons, the Minister of State for Tourism (IC), Government of India will be inaugurating the project “Development of Tribal Circuit:
The project covers thirteen sites in Chhattisgarh i.e. Jashpur, Kunkuri, Mainpat, Kamleshpur, Maheshpur, Kurdar, Saroda Dadar, Gangrel, Kondagaon, Nathiya Nawagaon, Jagdalpur, Chitrakoot, Tirthgarh.
74 projects worth Rs. 5997.47 Crore sanctioned by the Tourism Ministry under Swadesh Darshan Scheme till date

Andhra launches e-Rythu to boost cashless farm ecosystem
The government of Andhra Pradesh launched a mobile platform, e-Rythu (e-farmer in Telugu) which will enable small-scale farmers to market their produce at reasonable prices.
The platform has been developed by global payments and technology company Mastercard and aims to digitize agriculture marketplaces, payments, workflows, and provide farmers an easy and secure way to buy, sell and receive payments for agricultural products via their feature phones.
e-Rythu was launched by chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu .

Bihar cabinet approved scheme to give Rs 1 lakh interim relief among other proposals
Bihar government approved a scheme for providing interim relief of Rs. 1 lakh to those affected by mob violence besides speedy trial of such cases.
The scheme provides for an interim relief of Rs one lakh to victims of mob violence within a month of the incident.

Siddhi: an app that brings farmers, dealers together developed by DestaGlobal
An app unveiled by a Mumbai-based start-up earlier this year is bringing farmers and dealers of agricultural equipment under one roof. The app, called Siddhi, was launched on July 1 by DestaGlobal, an agritech e-commerce company, which has been working with farmers in the State since 2011.
The idea is to ensure the best service to farmers while benefiting the dealers.
Siddhartha Chaudhary, chief executive officer of DestaGlobal,
Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launches National Scholarship Portal Mobile App
"National Scholarship Portal Mobile App" will ensure a smooth, accessible and hassle-free scholarship system for students from poor and weaker sections. All the scholarships are being given directly into bank accounts of the needy students under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) ode through the National Scholarship Portal which has ensured that there is no scope for duplication and leakage.
"National Scholarship Portal Mobile App" will prove beneficial for students, and will help in strengthening a transparent mechanism for the scholarships. The mobile app will be beneficial for the students in many ways: students will get all the information regarding various scholarships on this mobile app; they will be able to apply for scholarships sitting in their home; students can upload necessary documents on this mobile app; students can check the status of their application, scholarship disbursement etc. Students from far-flung/ hilly areas/ North East will be the most benefitted.
Chhattisgarh Assembly passes Rs 2,400 crore supplementary budget
The Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, passed a second supplementary budget of over Rs 2,400 crore for the financial year 2018-19, mainly to disburse a bonus to farmers against paddy procurement in the ongoing Kharif season.
The tax and Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) ratio shows the financial management of a state, and in 2017-18, this ratio for Chhattisgarh was 19 percent in comparison to the national average ratio of 12 percent.

Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund with an outlay of Rs 10881 crore was launched by Agriculture Minister
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh launches Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund with an outlay of Rs 10881 crore.
Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund to benefit 95 lakh farmers in about 50 thousand villages.
Scheme to create additional milk processing capacity of 126 lakh litre per day, milk drying capacity of 210 MT per day, milk chilling capacity of 140 lakh litre per day.

Government prohibits manufacture, sale or distribution of 328 Fixed Dose Combinations drugs for human use
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced prohibiting the manufacture for sale or distribution for human use of 328 Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs) drugs with immediate effect.
The Centre, in March 2016, had prohibited the manufacture for sale and distribution of 349 FDCs but this was contested by the affected manufacturers in High Courts and the Supreme Court.

September 14

PM launches “Swachhata Hi Seva”, interacts with a cross-section of people from across the country via video conference
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, launched the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ Movement, to boost nationwide public participation in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, and catalyse the fulfilment of Bapu’s dream of a Clean India.
The Swachhata Hi Seva movement aims at generating greater public participation towards Swachhta. It is being organized in the run up to the fourth anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission, on October 2nd, 2018, which will also mark the commencement of the 150th year celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. The Prime Minister urged everyone to be a part of this movement and strengthen the efforts to create a 'Swachh bharath

Power Ministry launches ambitious program on energy efficiency in Chillers
Chillers consume more than 40 per cent of the total energy in commercial buildings Chiller star labelling program to save more than 500 million units of electricity in 2019 along with Green House Gases reduction
Launching, this key program, Shri A.K. Bhalla, Secretary, Power, emphasised the need to improve energy efficiency in space and process cooling sector, considering the occasion of 24th World Ozone Day and the 31st Anniversary of Montreal Protocol, which will be observed on 16th September 2018. “This initiative will promote advancement technology for central HVAC (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems and will also facilitate energy efficient solutions for the large commercial and industrial applications”.

Rajasthan’s forest minister inaugurates state’s first lion safari at Nahargarh Biological Park
Rajasthan Forest Minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar inaugurated the state's first lion safari at Nahargarh Biological Park.
The park is located on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway, nearly 12 kilometers from Jaipur. Located in the Aravalli foothills, it offers a panoramic view.

AP Govt launches website to tackle unemployment under Yuva Nestam scheme

The Andhra Pradesh government announced to start an unemployment allowance for the state's youth from October 2018. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu launched the website .
The candidates can register online on the website yuvanestham.ap.gov.in. to be part of the scheme.
To avail the benefits of the scheme, the candidates should have a post graduate degree, graduation degree, or a diploma almost a year ago. They must have a white ration card and must be resident of Andhra Pradesh. They must have also enrolled in the "Praja Sadhikara Survey" of state government.

Nuakhai: Festival of harvest was celebrated in western Odisha
Nuakhai or Nuankhai is an agricultural festival mainly observed by people of Western Odisha & in some Chhattisgarh region in India.
Nuakhai is observed to welcome the new rice of the season. According to the calendar it is observed on panchami tithi (the fifth day) of the lunar fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada or Bhadraba (August–September), the day after the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

September 15

Sushma Swaraj & Yogi Adityanath inaugurate website for 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019
The website for the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 was jointly inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath on 15 September 2018, which launched the commencement of online registration for participation in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2019. Government of Uttar Pradesh is the Partner State for the Convention.

Swayangsiddha: scheme to combat human trafficking launched by West Bengal government
In an attempt to combat human trafficking, the West Bengal government has rolled out a scheme, Swayangsiddha, in different districts of the State. Swayangsiddha, which means self-reliance, will be executed by the West Bengal Police.
The scheme aims to empower young boys and girls to make informed choices so that they are less vulnerable to trafficking and child marriage. As the per the NCRB data, West Bengal has highest recorded case of trafficking among the States.

J&K declared Open Defecation Free on the eve of “Swachhata Hi Seva” campaign
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik declared the state open defecation free (ODF) and launched the "Swachhta Hi Seva" - a fortnight-long cleanliness campaign for public awareness and involvement of community.
At the launch of "Swachhata Hi Seva" campaign at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), the state was self-declared as ODF by the Governor

‘Swacch Dhara’ programme for clean water flagged off in Amaravati
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu flagged off the 'Swachh Dhara' programme, with an aim to provide clean drinking water across the state.
As part of the scheme, tankers providing water across the state will be cleaned periodically through a six-layered cleaning process which involves the use of ultraviolet radiation to kill bacteria.

DEPwD organized ‘National Conference of District Disability Rehabilitation Centres’ for Divyangans
The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment organized a 1-day ‘National Conference of District Disability Rehabilitation Centres’ at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi.
About District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC):
10 districts have been identified and 263 DDRCs have been set up.
Cost norms of the Scheme has been revised and enhanced to 2.5 times

September 16

Seoul, Delhi etch pact to share expertise on 12 fields
The Delhi government signed a “Friendship and Cooperation Agreement” with the Seoul Metropolitan Government under which the two cities would exchange expertise for betterment in 12 fields including environment, transport, tourism, solid waste management and public health.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Seoul mayor Park Won-Soon in Seoul, sought cooperation from his South Korean counterpart, particularly seeking their expertise in dealing with transport and pollution.

First-ever ‘dial-FIR’ scheme launched by Uttar Pradesh Police
In this scheme, a common man can register regular crimes without going to a police station, by dialing the emergency number UP 100 and file an FIR, a call-based FIR.
UP is the only second state to prepare such a localised online criminal database after Punjab.

September 17

Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurates ‘All India Pension Adalat’
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated the ‘Pension Adalat’, organised by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India.
He also presented the ‘Anubhav’ awards 2018 to six pensioners for their contribution towards creating institutional memory for the departments. On the occasion, Dr. Jitendra Singh also launched a booklet - “An era of sustained reforms for Central Government Pensioners” enumerating simplification of rules and steps initiated to strengthen the Grievance Portal and make it user friendly.

Harsh Vardhan releases draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP)
Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan released a draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) which lists out actions which can help reduce the cooling demand, thus helping in reducing emissions.
Apart from the ICAP, the minister also releases a booklet on ‘Montreal Protocol – India’s Success Story’.

Two unique projects including Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse project inaugurated by S&T minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi
Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR) project and toilets supported by DBT-BIRAC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
It is a joint initiative of Indian and Dutch scientists.
Functions of the LOTUS project:
(1) Produce clean water from the urban wastewater
(2) Reused the clean water for various purposes,
(3) Recover the nutrients and energy of the wastewater.

(4) Pilot project of smart fencing introduced along Indo-Pak Border in Jammu to make security system more strong and effective
India's first 'smart fence' pilot project was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh along the Indo-Pak border at the BSF Headquarters in Ploura, Jammu. Smart fencing uses a number of devices for surveillance, communication and data storage.
The system provides for round-the-clock surveillance on the border and in different weather conditions be it dust storm, fog or rain.

NHA launched website & helpline number for Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries
The National Health Agency (NHA), the apex body implementing the Ayushman Bharat, has launched a website and a helpline number to help beneficiaries.
One can visit the website mera.pmjay.gov.in or call up the helpline (14555) to check their enrolment.
Ayushman-Bharat This will also put an end to the fake websites promising PMJAY enrollment (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana). PMJAY aims to provide coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually and benefit more than 10 crore poor families.

September 18

Union Home Secretary launches ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of Security Clearance
The Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba launched an online ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of Security Clearance. The portal will facilitate an applicant to submit application online and also to view the status of his application from time to time.
The introduction of online portal, the process has become standardized, resulting in a process which will be faster, transparent and easy to monitor. Various functionaries can access the application and documents online and take timely decisions.

Govt, FAO launch green agri project in 5 states with USD 33.5 million grant
Union govt (Agriculture and Atmosphere ministries) together with UN physique Meals and Agriculture Firm (FAO) has launched agriculture undertaking that seeks to bring transformative adjust in farm sector by means of conservation of biodiversity and forest landscapes. It will be executed in five states viz. Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

Odisha CM launches star-rating system for industries to reduce air pollution
Odisha Chief Minister Navven Patnaik has launched a 'Star Rating program' for industries to strengthen State Pollution Control Board's (SPCB) regulatory efforts to reduce pollution.
It is a first-of-its-kind transparency initiative to categorise industries from one to five stars compliant to pollution standards.

Maharashtra Government to set up new Cyber University
The Maharashtra Government has taken the first step towards setting up a varsity dedicated to mitigating cyber threats. It has set aside ₹80 crore for the first round of its funding and the proposal for the project will be tabled in the State cabinet’s consideration.
The new Cyber University will train 3,000 professionals to fight online space cyber attacks, internet crimes, and conduct cyber forensics. It will also impart training in 15 other Internet of Things (IoT) areas such as Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Mr. Ahluwalia launches C-DAC Information Media Server (CIMS)
Shri S.S. Ahluwalia, Hon’ble Minister of State for Electronics and IT launches C-DAC.
C-DAC Information Media Server is a dedicated computer appliance having specialized application software to provide audio and video on demand.

Indo-German collaboration in vocational education and training
The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) in the area of vocational education and training.
The MoU was signed in the presence of German ambassador Martin Ney.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had mooted the idea which was spelled out by the Joint Working Group of the two agreements in October last.

Medical Cyclotron Facility Cyclone-30 Became Operational at Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata
The country’s biggest cyclotron facility that will produce radioisotopes vital for diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The machine – Cyclone-30 - is housed at the Kolkata-based Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
A new study in the Lancet Global Health released last week found that 8.3% of the total number of deaths in India in 2016 was because of cancer, and the number of new cases has increased from 5.48 lakh in 1990 to 1.1 million in 2016.

September 19

Cabinet approvals
Cabinet approves equity infusion of RCF in Talcher Fertilizers Ltd.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of the Department of Fertilizers for equity investment of Rs.1033.54 crore (+) @ 29.67% of the total project cost for setting up a Coal Gasification based fertilizer project in Talcher Fertilizer Ltd. (TFL) by Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited (RCF).
Cabinet approves enhancement of Honorarium to Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) and Anganwadi Helpers (AWHs) and Performance Linked Incentive to AWHs Under Anganwadi Services (Umbrella ICDS Scheme)
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved enhancement of honorarium to Anganwadi Workers/Anganwadi Helpers (AWWs/AWHs) and performance linked incentive to AWHs [Umbrella Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme] with a total cost of Rs. 10,649.41 crore (GoI Share) for the period from 01.10.2018 to 31.03.2020.
Cabinet approves Indore (Mangaliyagaon) - Budni New Line (205.5 Km) with Electrification
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved to construct new line between Budni to Indore (Mangaliyagaon) with approximate length of 205.5 Km. Total estimated cost of this project is Rs. 3261.82 crore.
The main purpose of this project is the development of backward area and reduction in travel time from Indore to Jabalpur as well as from Indore to Mumbai and towards southern side also, as this will reduce distance by 68 Kms compared to present available route via Bhopal. It will provide better transport facilities for public and industries in this area
Cabinet approves ASHA Benefit Package
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to ASHA Benefit Package w.e.f. October, 2018 (to be paid in November, 2018) with two components as under: -

ASHAs and ASHA facilitators meeting the eligibility criteria to be enrolled in social security schemes implemented by Government of India namely, the Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBimaYojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana.
An increase in the amount of routine and recurring incentives under National Health Mission for ASHAs under NHM from Rs. 1000/- per month to Rs. 2000/-per month.
Cabinet approves Revised Cost Estimate of Dam rehabilitation and Improvement Project
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the Revised Cost Estimate of Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) at the revised cost of Rs. 3466 crore with the financial assistance of the World Bank to improve safety and operational performance of 198 Dams, along with institutional strengthening with system wide management approach. Out of Rs. 3,466 crore, Rs. 2,628 crore will be funded by the World Bank and Rs. 747 crore will be funded by DRIP States / Implementing Agencies (IAs) and balance Rs. 91 crore to be funded by Central Water Commission (CWC).

PM laid the foundation stone of world class convention centre in Dwarka, NewDelhi
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will lay the foundation stone of India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) in New Delhi. The project is planned over an area of 221.37 acres in Sector 25 Dwarka, New Delhi,at an estimated cost of Rs.25,703 crores.

President Ram Nath Kovind signed ordinance banning Instant Triple Talaq practice: Law Ministry
President Ram Nath Kovind signed an ordinance banning the practice of instant triple talaq.
The Union Cabinet had this morning approved the ordinance to ban instant triple talaq and make it a punishable offence.
According to the ordinance, giving instant triple talaq has been made illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

Budget Dashboard’: web portal for information on budget and expenditure introduced by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has made a new Budget Dashboard on Budget, Expenditure and Bill Payment position. The Budget Dashboard also incorporates Ministry of AYUSH and Department of Health Research. Budget and expenditure is available in a snapshot and also drilled down details in various categories, such as flagship schemes, Central sector expenditure, North East, SC/ST, Centrally Sponsored Schemes, etc. Various related presentations, Demand for Grants and all relevant budget circulars are also available on the dashboard.
The dashboard has the unique feature of Bill Position for All India Pay & Accounts Offices (PAOs) of this Ministry and also reason for return of bills. It is another step in transparency.
The dashboard has SMS facility of information on demand and can be accessed on mobile. SMS alerts to concerned officers are also being introduced for shortfall in expenditure.

MSME Insider - Monthly e-Newsletter of Ministry Launched
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises,Giriraj Singh, launched MSME Insider – a monthly e-newsletter of the Ministry. The e-newsletter will give information of the activities undertaken by the Ministry and also act as a bridge between the Ministry and the millions of MSME units spread across the country.The e-newsletter will assist in the regular flow of information about the sector to the MSMEs and will also help in developing a two-way communication between the Ministry and its stakeholders.

India and Morocco signed Air Services Agreement enabling greater connectivity
India and Morocco signed the revised Air Services Agreement between the two countries enabling greater connectivity through a modernized agreement. The delegation of the two countries has met three times in the past years wherein they have worked towards liberalization of markets between the two countries and updating of the existing Air Services Agreement. Thereafter, both sides took approval for the agreed text of the Air Services Agreement from the respective governments and after approval, this document has been formally signed during the visit of Shri Mohammed Sajid, Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy who signed for the Moroccan side and the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu signed for the Indian side.

September 20

MHA signs MoU with ISRO to set up an Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Department of Space signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for setting up of a state-of-the-art Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response (ICR-ER) in Ministry of Home Affairs. The MoU was signed by Joint Secretary (Disaster Management) Shri Sanjeev Kumar Jindal on behalf of MHA and Dr P.V.N Rao, Deputy Director, NRSC, ISRO.
ISRO will render its technical expertise for setting up of proposed ICR-ER whereas the project will be executed under overall supervision of MHA. The proposed Control Room is expected to be established in next one-and-a-half year.

Health Ministry partners with Dell and Tata Trusts to provide technology solution for a nationwide healthcare program
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, exchanged the MoUs with the Tata Trusts and Dell to provide a technological platform fornationwide prevention, control, screening and management program of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).SmtAnupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfarepresided over the ceremony and also released the user manual for NCD application under Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) IT Solutions. SmtPreeti Sudan, Secretary (Health), ShriBurzisTaraporewala, Senior Adviser, Tata Trusts and ShriSarvSaravanan, Senior Vice President,Dell EMC COEand Mr. Jeremy Ford, Director, Dell Giving were also present at the MoU exchange ceremony.

Union Government launched India’s first National Registry of Sexual Offenders and several initiatives for sexual violence against women and children
India's new National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO), a resource only law enforcement authorities can access, has 4.4 lakh entries.
The day of the launch, that it would "include offenders convicted under charges of rape, gang rape, POCSO and eve teasing". POCSO stands for Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act.
Additionally, the Home Minister also launched the Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) portal ''cybercrime.gov.in'' to check objectionable online content.
ANI, WAM sign MoU to reinforce, develop bilateral cooperation in area of free news exchange
Asian News International, ANI and Emirates News Agency, WAM, the official news agency of the UAE government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to reinforce and develop bilateral cooperation in the area of the free news exchange.
The MoU was signed by Mohammad Jalal Alrayssi, Executive Director of WAM and Sanjiv Prakash, Chief Editor and CEO of ANI in Abu Dhabi.

Tamil Nadu govt announced scheme for the protection of the exotic Neela Kurinji plants
Tamil Nadu government has announced a novel scheme for the protection of the exotic Neela kurinji (Strobilanthus kunthianus) plants that flower only once in 12 years.
The Neela Kurinju, native to the Western Ghats, is a major attraction to foreign and native tourists and one of the prime foreign exchange earners from tourism. Placards announcing the new initiative has been placed in various vantage points of the Nilagiri district of Tamilnadu.

Gujarat govt doubled farmers’ accident insurance amounts costing it Rs. 70 crore
The Gujarat government has announced a massive increase in insurance cover compensation for farmers in the event of accidental death or disability.
Extending the benefit to over 2.5 crore farmers in the State, the Gujarat government announced doubling of compensation for accidental death from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh, and for partial disability, losing either a limb or an eye, the amount of compensation has been increased from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 lakh.
Announcing the increased assistance, the existing Farmers’ Accident Insurance Scheme covers about 1.75 crore farmers, while the amended scheme will be extended to cover 2.5 crore farmers of the State.

First ever Mizoram International Short Film Festival (MISFF) in Aizawl
Mizoram hosted its first-ever Mizoram International Short Film Festival (MISFF) that flagged off in Aizawl
The notable guests of the film festival were Mizoram Chief Minister, Lal Thanhawla, prominent Bollywood actor Gulshan Grover, National Award Winning Director Umesh Shukla, noted actress cum scriptwriter Puja Ballutia. The event is a three-day affair and is winding up today under the joint venture of the Government of Mizoram and Innovations India.
The very first day of the event showcased the internationally acclaimed award-winning short film ‘Forbidden’ by Gulshan Grover’s.

Pilot project of sputum sample transportation through Department of Post launched by Health Ministry
A pilot for utilising services of Department of Post for transport of sputum specimen for TB Diagnosis in Karawal NagarDelhi was launched by the Health Ministry. ShriSanjeeva Kumar, AS and DG(RNTCP & NACO) launched the initiativesin presence of ShriSanjeevKhirwar, Principle Secretary (Health), GNCTD, Sh. Harpreet Singh, Post Master General (M& BD), and Dr. KS Sachdeva, DDG TB.
The web-based application of RNTCP, Nikshay Version 2.0 with better user interface and data structures, was also launched during the event.

Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna launched for unemployed insured persons: ESIC
Around 3.2 crore Insured Persons (IPs) will benefit from newly launched scheme of ESIC ‘Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna’. The ESI Corporation has approved ‘ATAL BIMIT VYAKTI KALYAN YOJNA’ for Insured Persons (IP) covered under the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948. This scheme is a relief payable in cash directly to the Bank Account in case of unemployment and while they search for new engagement. The cash benefit given to the unemployed persons searching for new employment will be 25 per cent of his average earning of 90 days.

September 21

Jharkhand govt inks MoU with NICL for Ayushman BharatScheme
The Jharkhand government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Insurance Company Ltd to provide medical facilities to the people of the state under the Centre's flagship health scheme - Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
The scheme will be launched nationally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Ranchi.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Jharkhand Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi and Principal Secretary, Health and Welfare Department, Nidhi Khare in Ranchi.

Arunachal introduces ‘Smart e-Public Distribution System’, developed by Madras Security Printers
Arunachal Pradesh becomes the first State in North East India to introduce Smart e-Public Distribution System (e-PDS), a solution developed by the Madras Security Printers, a company specializing in system integration and solutions for e-governance projects.
The End-to-end e-PDS system, successfully deployed in Arunachal Pradesh, provides centralized online real-time electronic PDS to improve efficiency in supplying commodities to the beneficiaries
The Smart e-Public Distribution System has been well received by both the State and the Central government and has encouraged and enabled the Department of Food and Civil supplies, Arunachal Pradesh to initiate more number of new projects that will improve the efficiency and delivery of people friendly beneficial services. The department is in the process of increasing the number of camps to issue and distribute Smart Ration Cards.

Meghalaya cabinet approves final draft of the state Education Policy, 2018
The policy took shape after a lot of deliberations and exhaustive work that include the suggestions of stakeholders.
The Meghalaya State Education Policy, 2018 tries to address the main issues and concerns faced by the State today and attempts to provide policy options for the State Government based on the best practices and research-driven interventions.
Stating that this is a ‘big decision’, the first draft Meghalaya State Education Policy, 2018 is based on a comprehensive analysis of the education sector in the State which evolved out of numerous consultations held with national and state level experts, practitioners, administrators and key stakeholders.

Border Security Force (BSF) has opened a new hotline in New Delhi to communicate with the Pakistan Rangers
The Border Security Force (BSF) has opened a new hotline in Delhi to communicate with the Pakistan Rangers. It was set up last month after the BSF was unable to reach its counterpart through the existing hotline in Jammu on a June night when four BSF personnel were killed. This year, 12 BSF personnel had been killed along the 192-km International Border in Jammu, the highest death toll in five years.
After large-scale ceasefire violations in 2015, the BSF and Pakistan Rangers put in a system to resolve through effective communication any flare-up on the border. At least 14 hotlines were activated along the Pakistan border from Gujarat to Jammu. A hotline between the Directors-General of Military Operations (DGMOs) also exists.

September 22

Shivraj Chouhan lays foundation stone of Rs 84.66 crores - worth project
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan laid the foundation stone of developmental projects worth Rs 84.66 crores in Chhindwara's Parasia town, during his Jan Ashirwad Yatra.

Naropa festival concludes with Guinness World Record in Ladakhi dance
Dressed in Gongchas - a heavy coat-like traditional Ladakhi attire - 299 women danced together making it to the Guinness World Records and marked the end of the Naropa Festival.
Naropa festival is a platform to showcase the rich and divine heritage of the Himalayan region. People can meet and interact with the followers of the Drupka lineage from India, Tibet, and other parts of the world.
It is also a platform to exchange the teachings of the Buddha dharama and to learn the culture of Ladakh.

PM Modi’s 1 day 2-state visit to Odisha and Chhattisgarh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
The prime minister will launch a series of developmental projects in Odisha including an airport at Jharsuguda and a fertilizer plant at Talcher.
In Chhattisgarh, PM Modi will lay the foundation stone for some national highway projects at Janjgir Champa and the Pendra-Anuppur third railway line.
The Prime Minister will also visit an exhibition on traditional handloom and agriculture.
"At Talcher in Odisha, he will unveil a plaque to mark the commencement of work for the revival of Talcher Fertilizer Plant. This is the first plant in India which will have a coal gasification based fertilizer unit.
"The Prime Minister will then travel to Jharsuguda where he will inaugurate the Jharsuguda airport. This airport shall bring western Odisha on the aviation map of India, and facilitate regional air connectivity through the UDAN scheme''.
During his visit to Odisha, Modi will also inaugurate Garjanbahal coal mines and the Jharsuguda-Barapali-Sardega rail link.
"He will also unveil a plaque to mark the commencement of coal production and transportation from Dulanga coal mines''.

September 23

Israel, India to commemorate Centenary of the Battle of Haifa
Centenary celebrations to commemorate hundred years of liberation of Haifa in Israel by the Indian troops in 1918 culminate with a grand function in New Delhi. The Battle of Haifa is being commemorated in Israel, Delhi and Jaipur.
The Indian Army commemorates September 23 every year as Haifa Day to pay its respects to the two brave Indian Cavalry Regiments, Mysore and Jodhpur Lancers, that helped liberate the city following a dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.

PM Modi launches Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme
The scheme will be available for 10.74 crore beneficiary families and about 50 crore Indian citizens.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the Centre’s flagship scheme - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan, also known as Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).
“This is the world’s largest health scheme which will serve a population that equals 27-28 European countries. The beneficiaries are almost equal to the population of Canada, Mexico and US put together”.
The government-sponsored health insurance scheme will provide free coverage of up to Rs. 5 lakh a family a year in any government or even empanelled private hospitals all over India. Meant to help the poor and the economically deprived, the scheme will be available for 10.74 crore beneficiary families and about 50 crore Indian citizens.

September 24

Pakyong Airport: Sikkim’s first and nation’s 100th airport inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated Sikkim's first airport at Pakyong to the nation.
With the inauguration of the green field airport, the country currently has 100 airports.
"Since Independence the country had only 65 airports till 2014. But in the last four years, built 35 airports.

Centenary celebrations of Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha inaugurated by President
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the centenary celebrations of the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha in New Delhi.

Two-day National Orientation workshop on National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) inaugurated by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, MoSPA
Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal presided over the Inaugural Session of the two-dayNational Orientation workshop on National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA), organized by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
The mNeVA(NeVA-mobile app) is a device neutral anduser friendly app that has made information on conduct of business in Legislatures accessible anytime, anywhere to everyone. It is a work-flow based app deployed in Cloud (Meghraj) which helps the Chair of the House to conduct the proceedings of the House smoothly and the members to carry out their duties in the House efficiently.

AP, Odisha & Madhya Pradesh Best Performing States in “Ease of Living Index” Under Amrut
Ease of Living Index is A Transformative Initiative of The Ministry to Help Cities Assess their Liveability Vis-À-Vis National & Global Benchmarks.
“Ease of Living Index” - A move towards an ‘Outcome-Based’ approach to Urban Planning & Management.
Andhra Pradesh has topped the charts among States in terms of “Ease of Living Index” rankings launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). It was followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. The three States were awarded the three best performing States at the National Dissemination Workshop on Ease of Living Index, 2018.

Vice President inaugurates Rs 100 crore culinary institute
Adding more feathers in the tourism cap of the coastal belt of Andhra Pradesh, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate tourism projects worth Rs. 130 crore under the Central government-sponsored Swadesh Darshan scheme. These projects are coming up in Nellore and Konaseema regions.
The Vice-President will also inaugurate the Rs. 100 crore new building of the Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) at Tirupati.

September 25

Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates air pollution control device WAYU in Delhi
Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated air pollution control device Wind Augmentation Purifying Unit, WAYU, at ITO in New Delhi.
The device WAYU is developed by Council of Science and Industrial Research to mitigate air polution at traffic junctions.
Along with particulate matter, the device will remove poisonous gases such as volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide.
This device works on two principles mainly wind generation for dilution of air pollutants and active pollutants removal.

Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign launched in Jammu
The Measles-Rubella Vaccination campaign was launched across Jammu district to administer vaccines to over 3.85 lakh children falling in the 9 months to 15 years age group.
District Development Commissioner Ramesh Kumar inaugurated the campaign.
The measles-rubella campaign marks the introduction of the rubella vaccine in India's childhood immunisation programme for the first time.

Gadkari dedicates to nation upgraded NH-44 in Meghalaya
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari dedicated to the nation the renovated and upgraded National Highway-44, in Meghalaya.
The NH-44 (Jowai to Ratacherra at the Assam border) is important for development of industries in Meghalaya”. The construction for the 102-km long "highway began in November 2015 and was completed in March this year.

MOU to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of defence and security: India and Morocco
Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the National Defence Administration, Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Abdeltif Loudyi is on a two day official visit to India.
Ministers agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of defence and security. The Minister identified fields of Hydrography, Peacekeeping, Telemedicine, Information Technology and Communications as well as Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency as potential areas for bilateral engagement.
Two bilateral MoUs, (i) ‘Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Outer Space’ between ISRO and the Moroccan Centre of Remote Sensing and (ii) ‘Cooperation in the area of Cyber Security’ between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT –IN), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Moroccan Computer Response Team (ma-CERT) were signed in the presence of Raksha Mantri and the Moroccan Defence Minister.

Hyderabad Metro became India’s 2nd largest metro rail network
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan flagged off a metro train on Hyderabad Metro Rail's (HMR) much-awaited 16-km stretch between Ameerpet and LB Nagar. The opening of this stretch completes the entire 29-km Corridor One of the HMR project, now India's second-largest metro network after Delhi.
It is also the world's largest metro project under the public-private-partnership (PPP) model with a total estimated cost of over Rs 20,000 crore courtesy time and cost overruns before and after the formation of Telangana state. The project cost was initially pegged at Rs 16,375 crore.

September 26

Cabinate Approvals:
I. Cabinet approves increasing of Government ownership in Goods and Services Tax Network and change in the existing structure with transitional plan
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved increasing of Government ownership in Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) and change in the existing structure with transitional plan as per following:
Acquisition of entire 51% equity held by the Non-Government Institutions in GSTN equally by the Centre and the State Governments and allow GSTN Board to initiate the process for acquisition of equity held by the private companies.
The restructure GSTN, with 100% government ownership shall have equity structure between the Centre (50%) and the States (50%).
To allow change in the existing composition of the Board of GSTN inducting three directors from the Centre and the States and three other independent directors to be nominated by the Board of Directors and one Chairman and the CEO. Thus the total number of Directors is 11.

II. Cabinet approves financial assistance worth Rs. 825 crore for relining of Sirhind Feeder Canal and relining of Rajasthan Feeder Canal
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved providing Central Assistance of Rs. 620.42 crore. and Rs. 205.758 crore. for implementation of relining of Rajasthan Feeder Canal and Sirhind Feeder Canal respectively over five years (2018-19 to 2022-23) for Relining of Sirhind Feeder from RD 119700 to 447927 and relining of Rajasthan Feeder from RD 179000to 496000 of Punjab.
Impact
Implementation of these twin projects would help in addressing the problem of water-logging in 84800 Ha of land in Muktsar, Faridkot and Ferozpur districts in South-West Punjab
Implementation of these projects would address the problem of water logging in South-West Punjab and enhance the flows/ water availability in the two canals.
Farmers in the area would be benefitted due to stabilisation/ improved irrigation in 98,739 Ha of land due to relining of Rajasthan Feeder and 69,086 Ha due to relining of Sirhind Feeder.

III. Cabinet approved National Digital Communications Policy - 2018
To connect, propel and secure India Universal broadband connectivity at 50 Mbps to every citizen Provide 1 Gbps connectivity to all Gram Panchayats Ensure connectivity to all uncovered areas Attract investments of USD 100 Billion in the Digital Communications Sector
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the National Digital Communications Policy-2018 (NDCP-2018) and re-designation of the Telecom Commission as the "Digital Communications Commission”.

IV. Cabinet approved new BG Electrified Line of 294.53 route Kms from Katghora to Dongargarh in Chhattisgarh
Korba, Bilaspur, Mungeli, Kabirdham and Rajnandgaon districts of Chhattisgarh will be benefitted Estimated cost of project is Rs. 5950.47 crore with equity participation of Ministry of Railways and Government of Chhattisgarh First project of its kind and magnitude to be undertaken through State Joint Venture route

V. Cabinet approved construction of New Domestic Terminal Building and other allied structures at Patna Airport
The project will cost around Rs 1,216.90 crore
The existing terminal building is an old double story structure
With the construction, there will be an increase in the economic activities in the region

VI. Centre approved Rs 8,606 crore for 60 projects under Border Infrastructure and Management
The Centre has approved Rs 8,606 crore for 60 projects being implemented under the umbrella scheme of Border Infrastructure and Management (BIM) to meet special development needs of people living in those areas. The projects are being implemented in 17 states having the international borders with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The umbrella scheme Border Infrastructure and Management containing 60 projects and with an outlay of Rs 8,606 crore has been approved.

Cabinet Approvals with Foriegn Countries:
I. Cabinet approves MoU between NITI Aayog, and Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (MEDRF) in the field of social, economic, industrial and regional development programs
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, and Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (MEDRF) in the field of social, economic, industrial and regional development programs.
The objective of the MoU is to explore the potential of cooperation in the framework of preparation and implementation of strategies and programs of social, economic, industrial and regional development. It provides a framework and enabling environment to understand each other's strengths, market, technologies, policies, etc.
The MoU covers the following areas of cooperation:
Conducting and execution of joint research projects related to issues of mutual interest;
Exchange of information and research works related to issues of mutual interest between the two sides, including information on government strategies and development programs;
Visits of relevant specialists of both sides for participation in joint events;
Organization of seminars, conferences and other meetings on agreed agenda; and
Other forms of cooperation as per mutual consent of the Sides.

II. Cabinet approved MoU between India and Uzbekistan on the following:
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Uzbekistan on Cooperation in the Sphere of Law & Justice.
Benefits:
The MoU takes care of concerns and requirements in the field of exchange of experience by legal professionals, Government functionaries and their training and effective legal aid mechanism for resolution. The MoU will facilitate greater cooperation between India and Uzbekistan in providing legal services in both countries in the field of exchange of experience through information sharing visits, and training between both countries on enhancing legal capacities of Government functionaries.

III. Cabinet apprised of the MoU between India and South Korea for enhancing cooperation in Applied Science and Industrial Technology
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Korea on cooperation in Applied Science and Industrial Technology.
The aim and objective of this MOU is to promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of applied science and industrial technologies for the purposes of promoting sustainable development and enhanced quality of life.

IV. Cabinet approved MoU between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK)
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). It will help to establish mutual co-operation and collaboration in the areas of knowledge sharing through joint research, quality support, capability and capacity building, trainee accountant exchange programmes and conducting Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Courses, workshops and conferences.
Details:
ICAI and ICPAK will provide opportunities to key members of the reciprocal body's staff to learn from their knowledge and experience through informal work placements to be agreed through a work schedule.
Jointly promote activities to raise awareness and the overall visibility of the ICAI/ ICPAK strategic partnership and the collaboration outlined in this MoU with members.
ICAI and ICPAK will collaborate on benchmarking initiatives and trainee accountant exchange programmes.

Cabinet approved 2nd package of Rs 5,538 crore package for sugar industry
In a major relief to sugarcane growers and mill owners, the Centre approved a Rs 5,500 crore package for the sugar industry that includes over two-fold jump in production assistance to growers and transport subsidy to mills for export up to 5 million tonnes in the marketing year 2018-19.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the food ministry’s proposal that seeks to address the surplus domestic stock of sugar and help mills in clearing huge cane arrears of around Rs 13,000 crore.

“Jan Dhan Darshak”: a citizen-centric financial services locator app launched by Finance Ministry
Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance and National Informatics Centre (NIC) has jointly developed a mobile app called Jan Dhan Darshak as a part of financial inclusion (FI) initiative . As the name suggests, this app will act as a guide for the common people in locating a financial service touch point at a given location in the country.
While over 5 lakh FI touch points (Bank branches, ATMs, Post Offices) have been mapped on this App, approx. 1.35 lakh Bank Mitras would be on-boarded by 01.12.2018

Shri Arun Jaitley launched web portal as a transformative initiative in MSME credit space
Transformative initiative in MSME credit space will enable in principle approval for MSME loans up to Rs. 1 crore within 59 minutes from SIDBI and 5 Public Sector Banks (PSBs)
The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley launched a transformative initiative in MSME credit space. The web portal www.psbloansin59minutes.com will enable in principle approval for MSME loans up to Rs. 1 crore within 59 minutes from SIDBI and 5 Public Sector Banks (PSBs). It is a strategic initiative of SIBDI led PSB consortium incubated under the aegis of Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance. The Portal sets a new benchmark in loan processing and reduces the turnaround time from 20-25 days to 59 minutes. Subsequent to this in principle approval, the loan will be disbursed in 7-8 working days.

Financial Inclusion Index (FII) to measure financial services launched by Shri Arun Jaitley
The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley launched the Financial Inclusion Index after his Annual Performance Review Meeting with CEOs of the Public Sector Banks in New Delhi. Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance will release an Annual Financial Inclusion Index (FII) which will be a measure of access and usage of a basket of formal financial products and services that includes savings, remittances, credit, insurance and pension products. The index will have three measurement dimensions; (i) Access to financial services (ii) Usage of financial services and (3) Quality.
The single composite index gives a snap shot of level of financial inclusion that would guide Macro Policy perspective. The various components of the index will also help to measure financial services for use of internal policy making. Financial Inclusion Index can be used directly as a composite measure in development indicators. It enables fulfilment of G20 Financial Inclusion Indicators requirements. It will also facilitate researchers to study the impact of financial inclusion and other macro-economic variables.

Supreme Court declares Centre’s Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid
The Supreme Court declared the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme as Constitutionally valid. Aadhaar is meant to help benefits reach the marginalised sections of the society and takes into account the dignity of people not only from personal but also from community point of view.
Aadhaar is serving much bigger public interest and Aadhaar means unique and it is better to be unique than being best. There are three sets of judgements being pronounced on the issue.

3 - member panel to look into jail reforms: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court formed a Committee on Prison Reforms chaired by former apex court judge, Justice Amitava Roy, to examine the various problems plaguing prisons in the country, from overcrowding to lack of legal advice to convicts to issues of remission and parole.
A Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur, S. Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta appointed the Inspector General of Police, Bureau of Police Research and Development, and the Director General (Prisons) Tihar Jail as the panel’s members.

Agmark online system launched by Agriculture minister to conduct quality control functions
Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh launched the online software for Agmark. The process of application will be simple, quick, transparent and 24x7.
The Agmark online system is being implemented across the country to conduct quality control functions. Through the Agmark online system, certificate of authorisation (domestic), permission of printing press, permission of laboratories (domestic) and services related to laboratory information management system will be provided online.

Assam cabinet to launch the Universal Pension scheme
The Assam cabinet has decided to introduce a universal old age pension scheme to cover all BPL and APL ration card holders above the age of 60.
The cabinet, decided to launch on October 2 the universal old age pension scheme.
The cabinet also decided to bring amendment in the Assam Special Land Act, 1990 by which exemption on 10 paisa tea cess will be given to small tea growers.
The cabinet also decided to bring amendment in the Assam GST Act to increase the annual turnover limit for mandatory registration under the legislation from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.

September 27

‘USAID-India End TB Alliance’: alliance formed between India, United States to combat tuberculosis
The US and India have formed an alliance comprising leading experts in public and private sectors to combat the menace of tuberculosis. US Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Mark Green announced the formation of ‘USAID-India End TB Alliance’ at an event in New York in presence of Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda.
The experts in the alliance will offer innovative approaches to combat tuberculosis in India. Alliance members include industry and civil society leaders, academics, scientists, innovators, investors, and members of the diaspora.

India, Oman agree to boost cooperation in maritime security
India and Oman have agreed for deeper cooperation in maritime security and defence industry for future engagement and range of measures to enhance the defence relationship between the two countries.
Sayyid Badr Saud Harib Al Busaidi, the Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, Sultanate of Oman, who is on an official visit to India at the invitation of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the two sides undertook a comprehensive review of bilateral defence cooperation and discussed measures to further enhance bilateral exchanges.

4 Northern states and 2 UTs to fix uniform tax rates on petroleum products
4 Northern states and 2 UTs agree to fix uniform tax rates on petroleum products
These state are :- Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and UTs of Delhi and Chandigarh.
This was decided in a meeting held by the finance ministers of 4 states and officials of UTs in Chandigarh.
As per the decision taken by the officials:
Uniformity in VAT rates on petrol and diesel will be brought to provide relief to consumers.

Supreme Court struck down Section 497 of IPC due to violation of rights
The Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional the penal provision on adultery, saying it was manifestly arbitrary and dents the individuality of women.
A five-judge Constitution bench was unanimous in holding Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, dealing with the offence of adultery, as unconstitutional and struck down the penal provision.
Section 497 of the 158-year-old IPC says: ''Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, is guilty of the offence of adultery''.
The offence of adultery entailed a maximum punishment of five years, or with fine, or both.

President Kovind gives assent to set up a committee to run Medical Council of India until Parliament passes legislation
President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, which will supersede the Medical Council of India (MCI) and pave the way for strengthened medical education in the country.
The Ordinance will also pave way for the creation of a Board of Governors (BoG), who will be tasked with implementing much-required reforms in the field of medical education, enhanced tertiary care and expanded access to medical education in underserved areas.
The Centre is committed to improving healthcare for all, particularly the poor and deprived sections.
"For years, poor people have to travel from far of places to Delhi for getting tertiary care facility at AIIMS. Priority of the government is to expand quality tertiary healthcare facilities in all parts of the country. With the announcement of 14 new AIIMS over the past 4 years, the total number of AIIMS will go up to 22. Further, super speciality blocks are being set up in 54 medical colleges at a cost of around Rs 9,000 crores. 82 new medical colleges costing Rs 16,000 crores are being set up under a centrally sponsored scheme to ensure that there is at least one college for every three parliamentary constituencies.

Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics (CEDA)
National Informatics Centre (NIC) and National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI) have jointly set up a Centre of Excellence for data analytics to support Government departments to unlock the hidden potential of the data that they are generating as part of the governance processes and use it to improve the overall governance. Launch of Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics (CEDA) is being held on 28th September, 2018 by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad in the presence of Hon’ble Minister of State, Electronics & Information Technology, as part of Workshop on Data Analytics in Government.
NIC as a premier technology advisor and ICT solution provider to Government at all levels, has always taken the first step to introduce the latest technologies and services in government, establishment of NICNET or National Knowledge Network (NKN), development of critical e-Governance solutions and a host of other services required by the Government. NICSI is a trusted partner of NIC and has been instrumental in supporting all NIC’s initiatives through provisioning of resources and establishing & managing ICT infrastructure such as National Data Center at Shastri Park, Development Center, Cloud infrastructure etc.

Over 6 lakh 26 thousand more affordable houses approved under PMAY (Urban) by Centre
The Centre approved construction of nearly 6.28 lakh more affordable houses for urban poor in eleven states under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna.
The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry considering the extraordinary situation due to the recent heavy floods in Kerala, it has decided to release Rs 486.87 crore for first and second instalments together to the state by relaxing norm in the sanctioned projects under PMAY(U).

8-member Lokpal search committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai formed: Ministry of Personnel
The Centre constituted an eight-member search committee, to be headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, to recommend the chairperson and members of the anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal.
Former chief of State Bank of India (SBI) Arundhati Bhattacharya, Prasar Bharati chairperson A Surya Prakash and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) head A S Kiran Kumar are the members of the search committee.

India and the United Nations to sign a Five-Year Sustainable Development Framework (2018-2022)
CEO NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant and United Nations Resident Coordinator in India, Yuri Afanasiev, will sign the Government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) for 2018-2022, at a special signing ceremony at NITI Aayog premises.
Government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (SDF) 2018-2022 outlines the work of UN agencies in India, to support the achievement of key development outcomes that have been identified in consultation with the government and are aligned to the national priorities.

September 28

PM Modi Inaugurated ‘Parakram Parv’ in Jodhpur, to Attend Commanders’ Meet
Surgical Strike anniversary: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Jodhpur in Rajasthan to attend the Combined Commanders’ Conference where he inaugurated an Army exhibition ‘Parakram Parv’ at the Military Station. These events kick off the government’s celebration to mark the second surgical strike anniversary when the Indian Army went across the Line of Control (LoC) and destroyed terrorist launch pads of Pakistan.

High-level panel formed to look into global trade challenges: Commerce Ministry
The Commerce Ministry has constituted a High Level Advisory Group (HLAG) to look into the challenges emanating from the current global trade scenario and suggest ways to boost the country's goods and services exports. The formation of the panel was approved by commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu. "HLAG will consider ways for boosting India’s share and importance in global merchandise and services trade, managing pressing bilateral trade relations and mainstreaming new age policy making. The panel will examine the prevailing international trade dynamics, the rising protectionist tendencies, non-engagement by some countries on outstanding trade negotiation issues and their insistence on pursuing negotiating mandates. It would also suggest a pragmatic framework for India's future engagement in international trade, and the manner in which it can play a proactive and constructive role in exploring and building consensus on resolving trade related issues.

Sabarimala Temple accessible to women of all ages: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court, in a majority opinion of 4:1, lifted the centuries-old practice of prohibiting women from the age of menarche to menopause to enter the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala.
''Right to pray'' in the temple for women between 10 and 50 years of age won over the 'right to wait' campaign as the Supreme Court condemned the prohibition as "hegemonic patriarchy". Patriarchy cannot trump freedom to practice religion.
The main opinion shared by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, "One side we pray to goddesses; on the other, women of a certain age are considered 'impure'. This dualistic approach is nothing but patriarchy practised in religion. The ban 'exacts' more purity from women than men''.

Two MoU’s signed between India and Uzbekistan on infrastructure and capacity building in ICT sector
A meeting between Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Minister for Development of Information Technologies and Communications, Uzbekistan Mr Shuhrat Sadikov was held in New Delhi for strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries in ICT sector.
Union IT Minister Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad assured his counterpart that India will provide all possible technical support from the Indian side in the digital growth of Uzbekistan. Subsequently, in presence of both the Ministers Two Memorandum of Understandings (MoU’s) were signed: -
Agreement between National Informatics Centre (NIC), India and e-Government System development centre of the Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications of Uzbekistan for strengthening e-Governance cooperation.
Declaration of Intent between CDAC, India and Tashkent University of Information Technologies, Uzbekistan for cooperation in the area of capacity building in ICT sector.

India and Japan sign Loan Agreement for Construction of 2 Railway Project with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Two Loan Agreements were signed between Dr. C.S. Mohapatra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA, New Delhi on Japanese Official Development Assistance loan for Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (I) of Yen 89.457 billion (Rs. 5591 crore approx.) and Kolkata East-West Metro Project (II) of Yen 25.903 billion (Rs. 1619 crore approx.) [Exchange Rate: Yen 100 = Rs.62.50].
The objective of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (I) is to develop mass and high frequent transportation system by constructing high speed rail between Mumbai and Ahmedabad with the use of Japanese high speed rail technologies, thereby improving the connectivity in India.
The objective of the Kolkata East West Metro Project (II) is to cope with the increase in traffic demand in Kolkata metropolitan area by extending the mass rapid transit system and improving urban environment through mitigation of traffic jams and decrease of pollution caused by increasing motor vehicles.

NITI Aayog teams up with Oracle, Apollo Hospitals, Strides Pharma Sciences for real drug supply chain
NITI Aayog joined hands with Cloud major Oracle, Apollo Hospitals and global pharmaceutical manufacturer Strides Pharma Sciences to pilot a real drug supply chain, using Blockchain decentralised ledger and Internet of Things (IoT) software.
The collaboration is aimed to bring transparency, accountability and efficiency in tracing and tracking drugs manufactured in the country.

High Level Committee Constituted on Corporate Social Responsibility
A High Level Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility – 2018 (HLC-2018) has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Shri. Injeti Srinivas, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) to review the existing framework and guide and formulate the roadmap for a coherent policy on Corporate Social Responsibility ( CSR).
The Committee is expected to review the existing CSR framework as per Act, Rules and Circulars issued from time to time and recommend guidelines for better enforcement of CSR provisions. It will analyze outcomes of CSR activities/ programmes/ projects and suggest measures for effective monitoring and evaluation of CSR by companies. Suggestions are also expected on innovative solutions, use of technology, platform to connect stakeholders, and social audit.

Locate Public Toilets on Google Maps MoHUA partners with Google to launch #LooReview Campaign
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban (SBM – U), has partnered with Google to launch the Loo Review campaign to encourage all local guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps. This campaign is part of a feature which allows all citizens to locate public toilets in their cities on Google Maps, Search and the Assistant and also provide feedback on the same. 500+ cities in India with more than 30,000 toilets with the name of “SBM Toilet” are currently live on Google Maps.

September 29

President of India Inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention in New Delhi
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention in New Delhi.
Drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene are central to Sustainable Development Goal 6, especially targets 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3. Target 6.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls for countries to end open defecation, ensure everyone has access to a basic toilet and put in place systems for safe management of excreta.
Improving access to sanitation and eradicating open defecation have enormous implications. They are critical social and economic investments. The absence of a suitable toilet and appropriate hygiene and sanitation practices can lead to malnutrition and life-long disadvantages.

Central Government enhances its Contribution in the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF)
Government of India has taken an important decision to enhance its contribution in the State Disaster Response fund (SDRF) from 75% to 90%. w.e.f. 1st April 2018. Central Government will contribute 90 per cent and all States will contribute 10 per cent to the SDRF. The additional contribution by Central Government in SDRF on this account will be Rs. 1690.35 crore for the year 2018-19 and Rs. 1774.67 crore for the financial year 2019-20.
Under the Disaster Management Act 2005, a financial mechanism has been set up by way of National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) at national level and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) at state level to meet the rescue and relief expenditure during any notified disaster. SDRF has been constituted in each State in which Centre, so far, had been contributing 75% for General Category States and 90% for Special Category States of hilly regions every year. SDRF is a resource available to the States to meet the expenses of relief operations of immediate nature, for a range of specified disasters. At any point, the State Government has fair amount of funds available under the SDRF. In case of any natural calamity beyond the coping capacity of a State, additional financial assistance, as per norms, is provided by the Central Government from NDRF, in which 100% funding is by the Central Government.

Madhya Pradesh: 1st corn festival of country being held in Chhindwara
In Madhya Pradesh, the first corn festival of the country is being held in Chhindwara. The festival is one of a kind international event.
Madhya Pradesh is one of the largest corn producing states in India, with Chhindwara being the highest corn producing district.

7 member GoM chaired by Bihar Dy. CM to review help for states hit by natural calamity: GST council
A seven-member group of ministers with Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar as convenor was formed by the Goods and Services Tax Council to review on ‘Modalities for Revenue Mobilisation in case of Natural Calamities and Disasters’.
This decision was taken in the 30th meeting of the GST council chaired by Chairman Arun Jaitley.
The group will recommended ways to assist the calamity hit states with steps like separate cess and would submit its report by submit its report by October 31, 2018.

Goa, Portugal signed MoU for water, sewage management for 2 years
The MoU between the Portuguese Environment Ministry and Goa Public Works Department (PWD) will help Goa manage its water resources better.
The signing of the two-year long arrangement is a significant move to work in tandem to develop common initiatives for water supply and waste water management in the state.

SATAT initiative to promote Compressed Bio-Gas as an alternative, green transport fuel launched by Petroleum Minister
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will kick off an innovative initiative in New Delhi with PSU Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs,i.e. IOC, BPCL and HPCL) inviting Expression of Interest (EoI) from potential entrepreneurs to set up Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) production plants and make available CBG in the market for use in automotive fuels. This significant move has the potential to boost availability of more affordable transport fuels, better use of agricultural residue, cattle dung and municipal solid waste, as well as to provide an additional revenue source to farmers.

September 30

Government constitutes Competition Law Review Committee to review the Competition Act
The Competition Act was passed in the year 2002 and the Competition Commission of India was set up in pursuance of the same. The Commission started functioning in right earnest from 2009 and has contributed immensely towards the development of competition and fair play practices in the Indian market. During the past nine years the size of the Indian Economy has grown immensely and India is today amongst the top five Economies in the World and poised to forge ahead further.
President gives assent to Karnataka’s 2016 Good Samaritan Bill
President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to a bill, India's first, which will give legal protection to the good samaritans in Karnataka who help accidents victims with emergency medical care within the 'golden hour'.
Karnataka has become the first state to give legal protection to good samaritans through a legislation amidst the rising incidents of accidental deaths in India, which saw 1,50,785 people getting killed in road accidents in 2016.


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