National - 2018 JUNE

June 1

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launches Online Analytical Tool to monitor foreign contributions under FCRA
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launched an Online Analytical Tool to facilitate closer monitoring of the flow and utilisation of foreign contributions received by various organisations registered or permitted under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.
This web-based tool enables decision-makers in various Departments of Government to scrutinise source of foreign funds and their actual use in India.
It gives them capacity to take data-driven and evidence-based decisions regarding the compliance of the provisions of the FCRA, 2010. It has analytical features to conduct big data mining and data exploration.
Its dashboard will be integrated with the bank accounts of the FCRA-registered entities through the Public Financial Management System for updation of transactional data on a real-time basis.

Foundation laid for India’s First Advanced Forensic Lab in Chandigarh dedicated to women related cases
Honorable Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi laid foundation of Sakhi Suraksha Advanced DNA Forensic Laboratory in the campus of Central Forensic Science Lab, Chandigarh.
The lab is called ‘Sakhi Suraksha Advanced DNA Forensic Laboratory’. This is being set up as a model DNA lab and will have replicas in different parts of the country.
Capacity of Chandigarh lab will be increased to 2000 cases per year from the current 160 cases per year by the inclusion.
5 other labs would come up in : Mumbai, Chennai, Guwahati, Pune , Bhopal.
Inclusion of all the 6 labs together will bring the capacity to 50000 cases per year.
The labs in Chennai and Mumbai would be set up with funds from the ministry of WCD and the rest would be funded by theHome Ministry.

Government introduces new scheme ‘Seva Bhoj Yojna’
The Ministry of Culture, Government of India has introduced a new scheme namely ‘Seva Bhoj Yojna’ with a total outlay of Rs. 325.00 Crores for Financial Years 2018-19 and 2019-20.

The scheme envisages to reimburse the Central Government share of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST)so as to lessen the financial burden of such Charitable Religious Institutions who provide Food/Prasad/Langar (Community Kitchen)/Bhandara free of cost without any discrimination to Public/Devotees.
The Charitable Religious Institutions such as Temples, Gurudwara, Mosque, Church, Dharmik Ashram, Dargah, Matth, Monasteries etc.

Odisha launches health insurance scheme for journalists
Odisha government launched a health insurance scheme for working journalists in the state.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the scheme called "Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana".
In the first phase, as many as 3,233 working journalists will get health insurance coverage up to Rs 2 lakh a year. At least five members of the journalist’s family will be covered under the scheme.
The scribes will get their health insurance card from the District Information and Public Relations Officer (DIPRO) in their respective districts.
Haryana to have one-stop centre’s for women affected by violence
Each district of Haryana will now get one-stop centre’s (OSCs) to facilitate integrated services for women affected by violence.
A spokesman for the women and child development department that at present seven OSCs are functional in as many districts and now Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has accorded approval for the setting up of 15 more OSCs in the rest other districts.

June 2

NMCG undertakes cleanliness drive at Kalindi Kunj Ghat in Delhi
In the run up to the World Environment Day 2018, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in association with Yes Bank organised a cleanliness drive at Kalindi Kunj ghat on river Yamuna in New Delhi.
The focus during the cleanliness drive remained on freeing the ghat from plastic waste along with other solid waste.
This is the third time in the past two months NMCG has organised a Swachhta drive at Kalindi Kunj ghat.
Volunteers from NMCG and other stakeholders, led by Director General, NMCG, Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra cleaned the Kalindi Kunj ghat of plastic and other solid waste.
Cleaning of Yamuna is part of the Namami Gange programme as it is the tributary of River Ganga. More than 300 officials from different organisations participated in the event.
These include NMCG, Yes Bank, World Bank, GIZ, IL&FS, Jamia Millia Islamia, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and other departments.

India makes unprecedented progress in coconut cultivation from mid 2014 to 2018 & becomes the leading country in coconut production and productivity
India has made unprecedented progress in coconut cultivation from mid 2014 to 2018 and now it has become the leading country in coconut production and productivity.
Productivity increased to 11516 fruits per hectare in 2017-18 as compared to 10122 in 2013-14. Between 2014 and 2018, 13,117 hectare was brought under new plantation as compared to 9,561 hectare during 2010-2014.
Owing to an increase in production of coconut, India has been exporting coconut oil to Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka since April 2017.
Till March 2017, India was importing coconut oil. Also, for the first time India has been exporting dry coconut in large quantities to the U.S and European countries.
In 2017-18, India exported coconut worth Rs 1602.38 crore while imports stood at Rs 259.70 crore.

Earth Science ministry introduces new forecast model to give accurate prediction
The Ministry of Earth Science (MoES) launched the Ensemble Prediction System (EPS) for generating more accurate and area specific forecast of extreme weather events like rains, heat wave and cold wave.
The EPS will not only enable the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to give forecast five days before, but would also add the probability of occurrence of an extreme weather event with its level of intensity.

Centre forms Cauvery Water Management Authority
Acting on the Supreme Court's direction, the Centre constituted a Cauvery Water Management Authority (CMA) to address the dispute over sharing of river water among Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry.
The apex court had directed the government to form the CMA within six weeks in a verdict that marginally increased Karnataka's share of Cauvery water, reduced the allocation for Tamil Nadu and sought to settle the protracted water dispute between the two southern states.

June 3

Piyush Goyal flags off Humsafar Jodhpur Bandra Express in Rajasthan
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal flagged off Humsafar Jodhpur Bandra Express at Bhagat Ki Kothi Railway Station in Rajasthan's Jodhpur.
Speaking at the inauguration that adequate arrangements have been made in the trains, including mobile charging points, CCTVs and Bio Toilets.
He also mentioned that railway projects worth over Rs 13,000 crore have been undertaken in Rajasthan at present.
The Railway Minister also highlighted the doubling of 'road under-bridges' during the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.

NTPC adopts Charminar under Swachh Iconic Places Project
NTPC Ltd has adopted the iconic Charminar in Hyderabad under the Swachh Iconic Places Projects of India. This is part of a special drive under the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Mission.
NTPC Ltd and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding for implementation of development and beautification works under the Charminar Pedestrianization Project in Hyderabad.
D.K. Dubey, Regional Executive Director(South), NTPC and B. Janardhan Reddy, Commissioner, GHMC signed the MoU in the presence of Bonthu Rammohan, H.W. Mayor and the Standing Committee Members of GHMC.

Gujarat Government to start dedicated ambulance service for infants
Gujarat Government has decided to launch a dedicated ambulance service to shift critically ill infants to better-equipped hospitals.
The step has taken to prevent the death of newborns due to lack of medical emergency facilities in health centers.
Under "Neonatal ambulance service project for inter-hospital transfer", the government would deploy 10 specially-equipped ambulances across the state for urgent shifting of newborns to better hospitals.

June 4

Asia's first 13 'Blue Flag' beaches to be developed in India
Environment friendly, clean and equipped with amenities of international standards for tourists, 13 Indian beaches will soon get the Blue Flag certification.
These beaches of Odisha, Maharashtra and other coastal states will be the first in not just India, but in Asia, to get the Blue Flag certification.
The Indian beaches are being developed by the Society for Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM), an environment ministry's body working for the management of coastal areas.

Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan: Farmers to get advice on improving farming techniques
The government announced the launch of 'Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan' under which farmers in select villages will be given assistance and advice on ways to improve farming techniques and raise their income.
The abhiyan, which is already underway from June 1, will be operational next month, aims to help farmers in 25 villages in each district identified in consultation with the Rural Development Ministry as per the direction of Niti Aayog.
Farm science centres called Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) will coordinate and implement the programme.

Ganga Praharis to Boost Bio-Diversity conservation to educate, motivate and ensure protection of aquatic species of river Ganga
A new grassroot-level volunteer workforce is out to protect the bio-diversity of river Ganga called Ganga Praharis. A group of 427 trained volunteers are reaching to each and every house in areas along river Ganga to educate them about the importance of protecting river’s bio-diversity.
They are spread over Ganga basin states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal.
Roped-in by Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun as part of the “Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation” project being sponsored by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) under the aegis of the Namami Gange programme, these Ganga Praharis are well trained in ecological monitoring of Ganga aqua life, plantation techniques, awareness creation and community mobilization.
They were trained through a series of national, state and site level workshops in diverse skills such as ecological surveys, rescue and rehabilitation of aquatic species, awareness meetings, social interactions and green livelihood skills.

Shri Rajen Gohain flags off Santragachi-Chennai Central Antyodaya Express
Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain flagged off a new Antyodaya train viz. 22841/22842 Santragachi-Chennai Central Antyodaya Express (Weekly) from Kolkata.
New train will provide better connectivity to East & South India.
Commerce Ministry approves 15 projects for export infrastructure under TIES
As many as 16 projects, including setting up of a cold chain in Madhya Pradesh, were approved under by a commerce ministry scheme to develop infrastructure for promoting exports.
Last year, the commerce ministry launched the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) to create appropriate infrastructure for development and growth of exports through engagement of central or state agencies.
Of the total scheme outlay of Rs 600 crore, Rs 80 crore was provided in 2017-18 and the same amount will be provided during the current fiscal also.

June 5

Government launches 'JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA' – Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkin – under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)
Affordable sanitary napkins at Rs. 2.50 per pad now available at over 3600 Janaushadhi Kendras functional in 33 States/ UTs across India.
Union Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, launched the 'JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA', the Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkin, under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP).
The affordable sanitary napkins will now become available at over 3600 Janaushadhi Kendras functional in 33 States/UTs across India, as promised by Union Minister, Chemical & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananthkumar on March 8, 2018 (World Women’s day).

Ministries of MSME and Ayush Sign MoU for the Development of Ayush Enterprises
Ministry of MSME and Ministry of AYUSH signed an MoU in the presence of the Ministers of AYUSH and MSME in New Delhi.
The MoU will create synergies through the institutions and schemes of both ministries for the development of AYUSH enterprises in the country. The objective of this partnership is to position India as a world leader in “Holistic Healthcare”.
AYUSH is a rising sector, having immense potential for preventive, curative and rehabilitative health and has been part of India's socio-cultural heritage.
AYUSH industry include the Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy drug manufacturing units as well as the healthcare delivery centers in public & private sectors and are essentially dominated by MSMEs, which need handholding support in the areas of entrepreneurship development, capacity building and financial assistance in order to grow and increase the market share of AYUSH.

DoNER Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh moots 'Make in Northeast'
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has mooted "Make in Northeast" initiative, as a follow-up to the "Make in India" initiative inspired by Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi.
He also offered to collaborate with all the stakeholders to give each of the eight States of the region an exclusive identity of its own, based on the unique product identified with each of these States.
Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) Secretary General, Sh D.S. Rawat called on Dr Jitendra Singh.He offered to contribute by coordinating between the government and the various business houses and trade organizations for the success of this initiative.

NMDFC working with four partner agencies in J&K for empowerment of minorities and providing financial assistance to students
National Minorities and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) has joined hands with 4 agencies of Jammu and Kashmir government to work for the empowerment of minorities.
The 4 agencies are: J&K Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI), J&K Women’s Development Corporation (WDC), J&K SCs/ STs & Backward Classes (BCs) Development Corporation and Jammu & Kashmir State Financial Corporation (SFC).
These agencies would provide term loans, micro finance for particular categories and loans to students and women.
They aim to encourage women, artisans, youth of J&K and the various minority groups present in the region.

Haryana announces 2 pc DA hike for state govt employees
The Haryana government announced a 2 per cent increase in dearness allowance (DA) of its employees, effective retrospectively.
The state government thus raised the DA on the pattern of the Centre from the existing 5 per cent to 7 per cent.
Haryana Finance Minister Abhimanyu this enhancement would entail an additional financial burden of about Rs 309.54 crore on the state exchequer for 14 months from January 2018 to February 2019 in the financial year 2018-19.

June 6

Cabinet approvals
Cabinet approves Continuation Programme for Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister NarendraModi approved continuation Programme for Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark –III.
Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances of GraminDakSevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi has approved the revision in the wage structure and allowances of GraminDakSevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts.
Cabinet approves Revised guidelines on time bound closure of sick/ loss making Central Public Sector Enterprises and disposal of movable and immovable assets
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved
the revised guidelines of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) on time bound
closure of sick/ loss making Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and disposal of
movable and immovable assets.
Cabinet approves Continuation of Off-grid and Decentralised Solar PV Applications Programme – Phase III
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for implementation of Phase-Ill of Off-grid and Decentralised Solar PV (Photo Voltaic) Application Programme to achieve additional 118 MWp(Mega Watt peak) off-grid solar PV capacity by 2020.
Cabinet approves construction of a new 6 – Lane bridge with its approaches across River Ganga at Phaphamau, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, approved the project for construction of 9.9 km long new 6 – lane bridge across river Ganga on NH – 96 at Phaphamau in Allahabad.
Cabinet approves measures to deal with the current crisis in the sugar sector worth Rs 7000 crore
The Prime Minister approved interventions to deal with the crisis in the sugar sector. The following measures have been approved with a total cost of Rs. 7000 crore.

Cabinet Approvals With Foreign Countries
Cabinet approves the joint issue of postage stamp between India and Russia
He Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the joint issue of postage between India and Russia.
This was done between the Department of Posts, India and Russia Post (JointStock Company “MARKA” of Russian Federation).
Cabinet approves the extension of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Netherlands on technical cooperation in the field of Spatial Planning,Water Management and Mobility Management
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Netherlands on technical cooperation in the field of Spatial Planning, Water Management and Mobility Management.
Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Denmark on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable and Smart Urban Development
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Denmark on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable and Smart Urban Development.
Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Kingdom on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and United Kingdom on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development.
Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding between India and Oman on Cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India represented by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Oman represented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications on Cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.
Cabinet approves Agreement between India and France on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was apprised of the Agreement signed between India and France in the field of Sustainable Urban Development in March, 2018. The Agreement will be in force for a period of 5 years.

Railways introduces bagasse-based food packaging on premium train
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched its trial run of environment friendly bagasse-based food packaging on eight premium trains originating like Shatabdis and Rajdhanis originating from New Delhi.
This initiative comes as a part of the Railways' drive to go green as it also aims at boosting the nation's sugarcane industry.
Bagasse, the fibrous remains left behind after extracting sugarcane juice, is being used to make disposable cutlery and containers in which meals will be served.
Provision will be made to collect the used packaging which will then be processed for disposal through composting to ensure environmental sustainability.

Devendra Fadnavis inaugurates web portal on medical education
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated a web portal that will provide information and suggestions related to accurate treatment of patients suffering from various ailments.
The web portal, Continuous Medical Education (CME), has been jointly prepared by the state government and the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC).
Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan, president of MMC Shivkumar Utture and executive member Gopchhade, among others, were present on the occasion.
"All the registered medical practitioners and doctors can avail the benefits of this web portal that is the part of the digital revolution of the state government.

WCD Ministry organizing day-long National Consultation on Child Protection
The Ministry of Women and Child Development conducted a day-long National Consultation on Child Protection in New Delhi.
The objective of this event is to obtain information and expertise from all related stakeholders on crime against children.
Secretary in Women and Child Development Ministry, Rakesh Srivastva that, various measures have been taken to ensure that children grow in a violence free environment.

Baba Kalyani heads group to study SEZ Policy
Government of India has constituted a group of eminent persons to study the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Policy of India.
The SEZ Policy was implemented from 01st April, 2000. Subsequently the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005 was passed by Parliament in May, 2005 and received Presidential assent on the 23rd of June, 2005 and the Special Economic ZoneAct was enacted. The SEZ Act, 2005, supported by SEZ Rules, came into effect on 10th February, 2006.
Geo-Intelligence Asia – 2018 for providing insight of the latest technology in the GeoSpatial field
The 11 edition of Geo-Intelligence Asia 2018 was organized at Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi. This event was organized by Geo Spatial Media and Communication in association with Directorate General of Information System as knowledge partners.
To examine the latest technology solutions and on the critical role of geospatial technology in military and security applications.
The theme of this year’s event : ‘GeoSpatial : A Force Multiplier for Defence and Industrial Security’.
Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff stressed on the use of various technologies available in the Geo Spatial field to automate the Indian Army find solutions for the challenges faced by the Indian Army.
The session covered subjects like Enhanced Situational Awareness for Combat,Smart Cantonments, GIS and Logistics, Cyber Security and LIDAR .

Bihar govt launches new crop insurance scheme ‘Bihar State crop Assistance scheme’ with effect from Kharif (monsoon) this year
The state government of Bihar launched new crop insurance scheme.This decision was taken by a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Mr. Nitish Kumar.
This insurance scheme will come in effect from the Kharif season of 2018.The name of the scheme is : ‘Bihar State Crop Assistance scheme’.Under this scheme the farmers would get a compensation of Rs7500 per hectare if less than 20% of the crop is damaged.
And if more than 20% of crop is damaged , Rs.10000 would per hectare would be given as compensation.

Tamil Nadu, Nagaland, Jharkhand, Maharashtra set to become plastic-free; Uttarakhand bans polythene
Rising to the grave environmental challenge posed by rampant use of plastics, states of Tamil Nadu, Nagaland, Maharashtra and Jharkhand announced that they are set to become plastic-free, while Uttarakhand banned the use of polythene from July 31.
The state governments expressed their resolve to end the menace as India played global host to 2018 World Environment Day celebrations with the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution".
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami's told the state assembly that his government would ban the use of plastic items, including non-biodegradable carry bags, from January 2019 to "gift a plastic-free" state to future generations.

UP govt decides to set up one police station in each district to check power theft & minimize power loss in state
Uttar Pradesh government to set up police station in every district. To minimize power theft and power loss.33 enforcements units are working to check power theft.
The state government announced that only 15% of power loss would be compensated. 55 more enforcement units have been approved.
State cabinet has also decided to declare Nagar Palika Vrindavan and Nagar
Panchayats Barsana, Gokul, Govardhan, Nandgaon, Radhakund and Baldev as no liquor
Areas. These places are under Mathura District.

Madhya Pradesh government announces outstanding power bill waiver scheme
The Madhya Pradesh government has announced an outstanding power bill waiver scheme for labourers and poor families.
The state cabinet headed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan approved the Bijli Bill Mafi Yojana 2018 (Power Bill Waiver Scheme) which is expected to benefit about 77 lakh people of the state.
Labourers falling under the unorganized sector in Madhya Pradesh will get power supply at a subsidized rate.
The state cabinet also approved Mukhyamantri Jan Kalyan (Sambal) Yojana 2018 (a scheme to provide subsidized power) in the meeting.
Under the subsidised power scheme, registered labourers of the unorganised sector and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families would be provided electricity at a cost of Rs 200 per month.

Haryana bans single-use plastic water bottles in all government offices:
The Haryana government has decided to ban single-use plastic water bottles in all government offices in the state.
The chief minister stated a five-point programme would be implemented in the state for maintaining ecological balance.

June 7

Prime Minister to hold ‘Samvad’ with Beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojna and affordable cardiac stents and knee implants
Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi will interact through Video Conference with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojna (PMBJP) & affordable Cardiac Stents and Knee Implants on 7th June.
The purpose of the ‘Samvad’ is to get to know as to how these initiatives have brought changes in the lives of patients, especially the poor and to elicit first hand feedback from them.
The entire ‘Samvad’ will be on different social media platforms like NAMO App, Youtube, Facebook, etc.

Ministry of Water Resources accepts two major irrigation and four flood management projects from six states
The Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has accepted two major irrigation/multipurpose projects and four flood management schemes/master plans with a cumulative cost of Rs. 84,748 Crores from six States/ UT in its meeting held in New Delhi.
The Kaleshwaram Project of Telangana with an estimated cost of Rs. 80190.46 Crores involves diversion of 195 TMC (5522 Million Cubic Meter) of Godavari water to irrigate about 18.25 lakh acres of land in 13 districts (out of total 31 districts) of Telangana.
Further, this project will stabilize about 18.82 lakh acres of land under different projects of the state. In addition to this, the project will provide 40 TMC (1133 MCM) of drinking water to Hyderabad, Secundarabad and villages enroute and 16 TMC (453 MCM) of industrial water.

President Inaugurates 73 km Long National Highway in Tripura
President Ram Nath Kovind, who is arrived in Tripura, inaugurated National Highway from Matabari to Udaipur-Sabroom.
While inaugurating the 73 km long NH in Tripura, infrastructure plays key role in development of any state.
The President also appreciated that though the project entailed working over some difficult terrain, the work was completed in only 30 months.

Operation NISTAR Successfully Culminates with Safe Disembarkations of 38 Indian Nationals at Porbandar
Indian Naval Ship Sunayana entered Porbandar harbour after successfully evacuating 38 Indian Nationals at/ off Socotra Islands during a swift Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operation (HADR), code named Operation NISTAR.
The Indian Nationals were stranded for nearly ten days after severe Cyclonic Storm – Mekunu devastated the area around Socotra Island.
INS Sunayna was diverted from Gulf of Aden deployment to Socotra Island for search and rescue operations after Indian Navy received a distress call from Directorate General of Shipping and Indian Sailing Vessels Association.

Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board launches ‘Awareness Campaign on Protection of Children in contact with Railways’ as a Joint Initiative with NCPCR and Railway Children of India
Shri Ashwani Lohani , Chairman, Railway Board has launched a document
called “ Guidebook for creating a child friendly and protective environment for
children in contact with Railways” developed by National Commission for protection
of Child Rights (NCPCR).
The need to protect children who have run away from abusive situations at home or are lost and have reached railway platforms as they are extremely vulnerable to abuse by strangers.
This was launched at an event in collaboration with Railway Children India at the Habitat World.Information Education Communication (IEC) Materials on child protection was launched in association with Save the Children to create awareness among stakeholders and people.
The aim of this event is to create awareness about the care and protection of distressed children and a mass campaign would be launched on 8 June 2018.
Shri Rajnath Singh felicitates Jammu & Kashmir sportspersons The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh arrived in Srinagar today on a two-day visit to the state.
In his first program, Shri Rajnath Singh attended the sports conclave in Srinagar. More than 3,000 sportsmen, students and enthusiasts from the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh participated.
The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Ms. Mehbooba Mufti and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba were also present.
During the event, Shri Rajnath Singh felicitated prominent sports persons: Parvez Rasool (cricket), Manzoor Ahmad Pandav (cricket), Mehraj Uddin Wadoo (football), Real Kashmir Club (football), Ms Palak Kaur (gymnastics) and Ms Balween Kaur (gymnastics).

Portal for job seekers and employers launched in Kerala
A new portal, providing single window facility for job seekers and employers, was inaugurated.
The facility has been conceived and developed by Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE), the umbrella agency for skill development initiatives in the state, leveraging the possibilities of Information Technology.
Kerala Labour minister, T.P. Ramakrishnan,the government will conduct a study to assess setting up skill centres in the state, and will also expand the industrial internship programme.

Election Commission Of India Launches its online RTI Portal
Chief Election Commissioner Sh. O.P. Rawat, Election Commissioners Sh. Sunil Arora and Shri Ashok Lavasa launched the online RTI Portal of Election Commission of India.
The online portal will facilitate applicants seeking information under the Right to Information Act. The portal can be accessed by general public on the Home Page of the Commission’s website `’ by clicking on `Online RTI’.
There is also online payment gateway for making payment of requisite fees under the RTI Act. The portal also facilitates online reply to applications and also for making first appeal and reply thereto. There will be timely notification alerts to RTI applicant via SMS and E-Mail.

CM of Odisha announces welfare measures for working journalists under GSSBJ
After the announcement of the ‘Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya
Bima Jojona’ of the Odisha government for the health insurance of working journalists, a few extra measures was taken. An assistance of Rs. 4 lakh to the family of the journalist in the event of death.
Assistance for the treatment of any critical illness that is beyond the expenditure of Rs. 2 lakh.Three per cent interest subvention each up to Rs 25 lakh house building loans,four wheeler loan up to Rs 4 lakh and two wheeler loan upto Rs 50,000 will be released annually.
The subvention would be released annually after the repayment of regular installments and interests. Assistance of Rs. 2 lakh in the event of permanent incapacitation.

June 8

President Kovind distributes LPG connections to 20 beneficiaries under PMUY at Raj Bhavan in Agartala
President Kovind distributed LPG connections to 20 beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Raj Bhavan in Agartala.
President of India Mr. Ram Nath Kovind visited Tripura for the first time.
The president inaugurated 73 km long National Highway connecting Matabari and Sabroom in Udaipur. This would help in increasing connectivity and infrastructure development across the state and with other states and ASEAN countries neighboring the state.
Road projects covering a length of 5,200 km are being constructed in the region to enhance connectivity.
As a part of Bharatmala project (in connecting the highways across the country) 500km of roads are to be constructed.

Sikkim gets its longest tunnel
Minister of State for Defence Subhash Ramrao Bhamre inaugurated 578-metre-long Theng Tunnel, the longest in Sikkim.
Constructed on Gangtok-Chungthang State Highway by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the double-lane tunnel bypasses a treacherous stretch of road between Sikkim's capital Gangtok and Chungthang, which frequently remains closed due to landslides and shooting stones.
Besides shortening the distance, the tunnel will also improve operational mobility as well as provide great relief to tourists and citizens travelling to North Sikkim district.

Workshop on Skill Development in Port and Maritime Sector
Ministry of Shipping in association with Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramin Kaushal Yojana (DDU-GKY), Ministry of Rural Development conducted a one-day workshop on “Skill Development in the Port and Maritime Sector” in New Delhi.
The workshop was inaugurated by Secretary (Shipping) Sh. Gopal Krishna and Sh. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament from Andaman and Nicobar.
Skill Development in the Port & Maritime sector is an opportunity to improve India’s coastal areas, usher in port led prosperity and provide the world with skilled youth.
India is one of the leading suppliers of seafarers in the world and now want to be the leading supplier for all talent in the Port and Maritime sector. Shri Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament from Andaman and Nicobar also lauded the efforts made by the Ministry of Shipping.
The workshop brought together employers, training partners and government institutions working in the Port and Maritime sector. The workshop also highlighted various skill development initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Shipping.

India, Myanmar discuss bilateral ties, boundary issues
The 17th round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Myanmar was held in New Delhi.
The Indian side was led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. The Myanmar side was led by Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U Myint Thu.
Both the countries reviewed the bilateral relations. They discussed on high-level visits,security and defence related issues, boundary matters and border management, trade and commerce, development cooperation, connectivity, cultural and consular matters.
They exchanged views on sub-regional, regional and global issues of mutual interest between both the countries.

Punjab government launches Business First Portal
Punjab Government launched a “Business First Portal” that was released by Industry Minister Sunder Sham Arora.
This online portal will help industrialists in Regulatory Clearances and Fiscal Approvals. It offers real time tracking of applications.

June 9

Rural sanitation coverage under Swachh Bharat crosses the 85% mark
Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the largest behavior change programme in the world, the rural sanitation coverage of India has now risen to 85%.
Through mobilization of rural communities, 7.4 crore toilets have been built across rural India, and as an outcome, over 3.8 lakh villages and 391 districts have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF).
This is significant because, under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), sanitation coverage has increased to more than double the coverage at the time of the launch of the Mission.

Eight States to implement 'Ayushman Bharat'
Eight States and four Union Territories have signed MoUs with the Union Health Ministry to implement the government’s ambitious national health protection mission - Ayushman Bharat which aims to provide a cover of ₹5 lakh per family annually to 10 crore vulnerable families.
Four States - Delhi, Odisha, Punjab and West Bengal - were yet to give a positive response, the Health Ministry.

Govt. launches smoking cessation campaign
At a World Health Organisation event held recently, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India launched a national media campaign to encourage smoking cessation.
Titled 'What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do', the public service announcement (PSA) prompts smokers to think about each cigarette or bidi as the path to one of many potential harmful events: heart attacks, cancer, lung disease, and more.
By highlighting tobacco's links to stroke and heart disease, the leading cause of death among tobacco users globally, the campaign amplifies the theme of this year's World No Tobacco Day, which is 'Tobacco Breaks Hearts'.

Odisha signs MoU with PGBF for establishment of badminton
Odisha government signed an MoU with Hyderabad-based Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation (PGBF) for the establishment of P. Gopichand Badminton Academy.
The memorandum of understanding was signed between the Sports and Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha and Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Sports minister Chandra Sarathi Behera and P Gopichand were present at the MoU signing ceremony.

Chief Minister launches 'Arunachal Rising Campaign'
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu recently launched the Arunachal Rising Campaign.
The campaign was launched on June 8 with the objective to reach out to the people throughout the state targeting remote areas and make them aware of the government initiatives, policies and programmes.

Himachal receives financial assistance of Rs 84.13 crore under NDRF
The Himachal government has received a financial assistance of Rs 84.13 crore from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Finance under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).
The state experienced constant rainfall, cloudbursts and landslides leading to severe losses to life, property and crops during the monsoon season in 2017.
All deputy commissioners and departments concerned like Agriculture, Horticulture, MPP and Power, Irrigation and Public Health, PWD and Education had submitted detailed loss and damage reports.

June 10

Pradhan inaugurates 2 CNG stations in Cuttack
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated two Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Cuttack district of Odisha.
The CNG stations, located at CDA Sector 1 and Bidyadharpur in the city, would provide the cheaper, environment-friendly and safer fuel to CNG-run auto-rickshaws.
With this, four CNG-dispensing stations have become commercially operational in the twin city of Odisha- Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Two more CNG stations are coming up at Khandagiri and Tamando.
Over the coming years, more than 20 CNG stations will be commissioned in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to supply CNG to vehicles.

CSIR lab to give technology for India’s first indigenous Lithium Ion Battery project
Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for transfer of technology for India’s first Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Battery project.
The Agreement was signed in Bengaluru by Dr Vijayamohan K. Pillai, Director, CECRI and C. Narasimhan, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of RAASI Group in the presence of Union minister for Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan.

June 11

Centre launches 'Rail MADAD', 'Menu on Rails' mobile apps
The Ministry of Railways launched two mobile applications to ease the travelling experience. The two apps, 'Rail MADAD' and 'Menu on Rails', were launched by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State (MoS) Manoj Sinha.
While Rail MADAD will enable travellers to lodge complaints, Menu on Rails will facilitate seamless ordering of food.

IMD to forecast floods using new system, soil study data
A new system and soil study data will soon enable the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to also forecast floods and guide the disaster management agencies on prevention techniques.
Currently, the Central Water Commission (CWC) issues flood warnings.
IMD Director General (DG) K.J. Ramesh told Bhasha that the national weather agency was preparing to launch this service from the next month by using the Flash Flood Guidance System (FFGS) for the first time in the country.

IT Minister launches 5000 Wi-Fi Choupals, delivery of rail tickets through CSCs
Union Minister for Electronics & IT and Law Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad launched major services showcasing the impact and progress made by the Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) in promoting rural Wi-Fi network infrastructure. This was launched in a conference organized by CSC SPV.
5000 Wi-Fi choupals have been launched to provide Internet connectivity to the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats through optical fiber cable.Mou between CSC and IRCTC has been signed for availability of railway services like booking railway tickets etc. through CSC centres.
IndusInd bank will provide CSR support CSC SPV for digital literacy of 3 lakh candidates through PMGDISHA.
2.90 lakh CSCs will be able to work as Business Correspondents (BCs).CSC will also be used for first line maintenance of BharatNet in the country.
CM releases special booklet on 80-years of Odisha Budget
Odisha's annual budget was only Rs 1.77 crore for the year 1936-37 which has increased to Rs 1,20,028 crore in 2018-19, according to a special booklet on 80-years of Odisha Budget.
The special booklet titled '80-years of Odisha Budget - A Commemorative Volume' was released by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
This compilation is an effort to present the journey of Odisha in these 80 years through facts, figures and pictorial representation. Odisha is the first state in the country to bring out such a compilation.

Haryana to organise awareness campaign for farmers
Awareness programmes will be conducted at the village, block and district levels for farmers in Haryana from June 20 to July 15.
These programmes will generate awareness about the negative effects of stubble burning, its alternatives and various farmer welfare schemes and will be supervised by senior officials, Principal Secretary of Haryana Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Department, Abhilaksh Likhi.
Likhi was addressing a meeting, via video-conferencing, which was attended by deputy directors from his department and those form the district horticulture departments.

June 12

NITI Aayog’s AIM has selected 3,000 additional schools for the establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs.
NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has selected 3,000 additional schools for the establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs), bringing the total number of ATL schools in India to 5,441.
The selected schools shall receive a grant of Rs 20 lakh spread over the next five years to establish Atal Tinkering Labs for nurturing innovation and entrepreneurial spirit among secondary school children across India.
These additional 3,000 schools will greatly expand the reach of the ATL program, increasing the number of children exposed to tinkering and innovation and providing access to the young innovators of India to technologies like 3D Printing, Robotics, IoT and microprocessors.
These additional schools will facilitate the creation of over one million neoteric child innovators by 2020.

BPR&D tasked to give soft skills training to policemen.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assigned a new task to the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), asking it to impart soft skills training to policemen across the country and identify exceptional police officials at district level so they could serve as role models for others.
BPR&D conducts its research to study crime patterns, policing and other related aspects to provide training skills to the policemen to prevent cyber crimes and meet the challenges of changing crime scenario.
The Home Minister was given a presentation by BPR&D Director General A.P. Maheshwari on the ongoing activities and future projects of the organisation.

RSP's rebuilt Blast Furnace 'Parvati' dedicated to nation.
Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh dedicated to the nation the rebuilt Blast Furnace-1 'Parvati' of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP).
The furnace was put down on August 6, 2013 for total rebuilding. Although erected on the old foundation, the rebuilt furnace laced with superior technology has a higher production capacity.
The blast furnace, rebuilt at a cost of about Rs 615 crore. With the rebuilding of the furnace, its annual production capacity has increased from 0.438 million tonnes to 1.015 MT.

KVIC distributes 2330 Bee-Boxes in Kashmir beating its own record.
KVIC has created a world record of distributing maximum number of bee-boxes in one day. This was achieved by the KVIC in the Zangalee Army area at Kupwara in Kashmir beating its previous best of 1000 bee boxes distributed in Kaziranga forest area among the Mishing tribe on the occasion of World Honey Bee Day.
Two thousand three hundred thirty (2330) bee-boxes were distributed among 233 beneficiaries in the Zangalee Army area.
The KVIC made an action plan named 'Honey Mission' - with a target to distribute 1.3 lakh bee-boxes before November 2018 across the country and so far 27,000 bee-boxes have already been distributed.

Haryana CM approves e-auction for allotting petrol pumps, CNG sites.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved introduction of e-auction with an amendment in the policy for allotment of petrol pumps, CNG or PNG sites to various oil companies in the urban estates of Haryana Shehari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP).
The decision was taken by a committee set up under the chairmanship of the chief administrator, HSVP.
The committee has reached the conclusion that in order to inject transparency in the allotment process, e-auction would be adopted and only Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and CGD (City Gas Distribution) Companies would be allowed to participate.
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Bihar CM inaugurates, lays foundation stones for schemes worth Rs 875 crore
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated and laid foundation stones for more than 100 schemes, worth Rs 875 crore, of the state bridge construction corporation.
At a function organised on the occasion of the 43rd establishment day of the Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Ltd, 122 schemes were inaugurated or their foundation stones laid down by the chief minister.

ISRO offers lithium-ion cell tech transfer to 'qualified' industries
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) floated a request for qualification (RFQ) for technology-transfer of the lithium-ion cell to Indian industries.
ISRO's Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) has offered to transfer the in-house developed Li-ion cell technology to competent industries on a 'non-exclusive' basis to establish Li-ion cell production facilities in the country.
Li-ion cells find wide applications in electronic gadgets, telecommunication, and industrial applications as well as in aerospace.

Govt sets up T.C.A. Anant panel to bring transparency in jobs data
The union government has set up a committee headed by former chief statistician of India T.C.A. Anant to bring in transparency in the jobs data calculation and presentation, the labour ministry.
Government has taken measures in recent past to bring in more transparency in data releases. It would like to present a proper perspective on these issues so that the end users and public at large become aware of the processes involved in generation of these estimates.
Labour bureau conducts two major surveys on employment scenario—Annual Employment-Unemployment Survey and Quarterly Employment Survey. The Annual Employment Unemployment Survey was later replaced by Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) being conducted by ministry of statistics and programme implementation (MoSPI).

June 13

Cabinet Approvals On June 13, 2018
Extension of tenure of the Commission constituted to examine the issue of Sub-categorization within Other Backward Classes in the Central List has been approved by the Cabinet
Union cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) for the repositioning of posts in the North Eastern Council.
Union Home Minister has been nominated as ex-officio Chairman of North Eastern Council the Cabinet also approved that Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of DoNER would serve as Vice Chairman of the Council.
Cabinet Approves Dam Safety Bill, 2018; National Committee on Dam Safety to be built.
To ensure safety of dams and safeguard benefits from such dams.
For proper surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance of all specified dams in the country to ensure their safe functioning.
Constitution of a National Committee on Dam Safety for formulating policies of dam safety.
Establishment of National Dam Safety Authority as a regulatory body for implementation of policies.
Cabinet Approved monetization of 3.70 acres of land at Pragati Maidan for running of a Hotel by a third party including private sector ; construction to be done by ITPO
Cabinet has approved the monetization of 3.70 acres of land at Pragati Maidan by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) on long-term leasehold basis for 99 years for construction and running of a Hotel by a third party including private sector through a transparent competitive bidding process.
Withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 pending in Rajya Sabha for reconsideration of previous provisions by the Governing board approved by Cabinet
To amend certain existing provisions of the Nalanda University Act, 2010 and add some new provisions.
The Amendment Bill will need to be discussed with the current Governing Board of Nalanda University before a final decision.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of the Three Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of the scheme for Agricultural Education Division and ICAR Institutes with an outlay of Rs. 2225.46 crore.
Strengthening and Development of Higher Agricultural Education in India – Rs. 2050.00 crore;
ICAR - National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) – Rs. 24.25 crore.
ICAR – Central Institute of Women in Agriculture (CIWA) including All India Coordinated Research Project on Home Science (AICRP-HS) – Rs.151.21 crore.
Cabinet Approval of Additional share capital of M/s. HDFC Bank raised up to a maximum of Rs. 24,000 crore

Cabinet Approvals With Foreign Countries On June 13
Cabinet approves MoU between India and Viet Nam on Joint issue of postage stamp
Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications and Viet Nara Post mutually agreed to jointly issue Postage Stamps on India-Viet Nam.
The Theme of the Joint Postage Stamp is : “Ancient Architecture”.
They were released on 25-01-2018.
It depicts Sanchi Stupa of India and Pho Minh Pagodaof Viet Nam.

Union Cabinet has approved of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed in March, 2018 between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Institut National de la Santeet de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM), France.
Itaims at cooperation in areas of common interest within the medical, life sciences and health research fields.
Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Peru
Itaims to establish the basis for a cooperative institutional relationship. To encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable issues.
Cashless Ticketing through 'Utsonmobile' app developed by CRIS
Continuing towards digitalization and moving towards becoming a cashless economy, the initiative of faster and more techno-advanced transactions in Indian Railways is being taken up, the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) has developed a mobile based application ‘utsonmobile'. This application has the following features:
The ‘utsonmobile’ application enables booking and cancellation of unreserved tickets, issue and renewal of season and platform tickets, check and load R-wallet balance and helps maintain user profile management and booking history.
The 'utsonmobile' application is very handy, free and is available for both Android and Windows smart phone. Users can download this app from Google Play Store or Windows store free of cost.
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Rs. 14.30 crore sanctioned for Block level sports in Jammu & Kashmir
Grants-in-aid amounting to Rs. 14.30 crore has been sanctioned for Bock level sports in the State of Jammu and Kashmir under the 'Khelo India' Scheme by the Union Sports Ministry, Government of India. An amount of Rs. 10 lakh per Block will be spent under the scheme in all the 143 Blocks of 22 Districts of J&K.
The Central grant of Rs. 14.30 crore will be used to provide soft support in terms of coaches, equipments, consumables, technical support, organizing competitions including boarding and lodging facilities and travelling expenses for the participants etc.
Sports competitions will be organized depending upon popularity of the games in a particular district.
It may be recalled that implementation of this sports scheme at the Block level in all the 22 Districts of the State was announced by the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh during his visit to J&K.

NITI Aayog to launch Composite Water Management Index
The objective of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas can be fully achieved once the benefits of the interventions reach the last mile. As a step beyond measurement of outcomes, NITI Aayog has come out with various indices that not only fulfills its mandate of cooperative and competitive federalism but also challenges States and Union Territories (UTs) them to meet the aspirations of the new India.
Furthering this mandate, NITI Aayog has come up with the Composite Water Management Index as a useful tool to assess and improve the performance in efficient management of water resources.
This index is an attempt to inspire States and UTs towards efficient and optimal utilization of water, and recycling thereof with a sense of urgency.
In view of limitations on availability of water resources and rising demand for water, sustainable management of water resources has acquired critical importance. The index can be utilised to formulate and implement suitable strategies for better management of water resources. It has been finalized after an elaborate exercise including seeking feedback from the States and consultation with reputed experts.

President to launch Solar Charkha Mission to be launched soon in 50 clusters
President Ram Nath Kovind will launch Solar Charkha Mission on June 27, which will entail a subsidy of Rs 550 crore in the initial two years for 50 clusters.
The scheme also aims at linking five crore women across the country to the initiative.
The Minister also informed that work being done by the Ministry has promoted Ease-of-Doing-Business with the setting up of 4 portals: ‘MSME Sambandh’, MSME Samadhaan, Udyog Aadhaar and Udyam Sakhi.

Maharashtra government, Quebec ink pact for greater economic cooperation
The Maharashtra government and Canada’s Quebec province have signed a pact to increase the economic cooperation, especially in areas like information technology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and welfare of the tribal community.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is on a week-long tour to the US and Canada, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.
The chief minister also met Pierre Beaudoin, chairman of the Board Corporate office of Bombardier Inc, a multinational aerospace and transportation company and the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft and trains in Quebec.

Mizoram government to bring resolution against Citizenship Bill
The Mizoram government has decided to introduce a resolution in the state legislature objecting to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.
The council of ministers made the unanimous decision in a cabinet meeting where Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla informed that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had been earlier informed by the state government of its objection to the Bill.
The government, all political parties, including the state BJP unit, and the NGOs opposed the Bill saying if legislated, the amendment will legalise thousands of Buddhists (Chakmas) who have illegally entered the state from Bangladesh.
The cabinet also approved the Sinlung Hills Council Bill, 2018 and decided to convene a special session of the Assembly on June 27 to pass a legislation.

Tamil Nadu government announces sops for MSME sector
Tamil Nadu government announced a slew of sops for various sectors including the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) including setting up an agency to attract foreign investment and cooperation in state MSMEs.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced that the proposed MSME agency will work towards attracting investment, besides getting foreign cooperation for such units. “It will function as a coordinating agency for providing single window clearance for MSMEs in Tamil Nadu, to enter into agreements with trade and industry bodies and those proposing investment policies”.
Further, an Innovation Policy will also be rolled out which will enable the government promote innovative ideas and create entrepreneurs, this will be formulated in line with the state government’s Vision 2023 document which envisages a 11 per cent GSDP by that year.
Palaniswami also announced a subsidy scheme for research and development in the MSME sector, expressing confidence that new innovations could even lead to the creation of degradable products in the backdrop of the government’s proposed plastic ban that will come into effect from January 2019.

Centre's nod for two women battalions of J&K Police
The Central government gave nod to raise two women battalions in the Jammu and Kashmir Police, fulfilling the promise made by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his two-day visit to the state.
To enhance the representation of women in the State Police, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has approved raising two women Battalions for Jammu and Kashmir Police.
One Battalion each would be raised in the Jammu and Kashmir regions, adding 60 per cent of the posts would be kept reserved for women of 10 border districts - Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch, Rajouri, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Kargil and Leh.

Mathura to get city-wide integrated sewerage treatment infrastructure
The Centre's 'Namami Gange' initiative got a boost after Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan signed a concession agreement for developing India's first city-wide integrated sewerage infrastructure for Mathura.
The project, which is being done through Hybrid Annuity Based Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, will be the first under the One City-One operator concept.
The planning for this project has reached its final stages, and the work will commence shortly.

June 14

Swajal scheme of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched in 115 Aspirational Districts of India.
Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation announced that Swajal schemes in 115 aspirational districts of the country will involve an outlay of Rs 700 crores through flexi-funds under the existing NRDWP budget.
These schemes will aim to provide villages with piped water supply powered by solar energy. The scheme will train hundreds of rural technicians for operation and maintenance of Swajal units. The relevance of Swajal in remote rural areas in the aspirational districts of the country.
The Minister also announced the modernisation of 2000 water quality testing laboratories spread across the country. She urged the State Ministers to closely monitor the functioning of the water laboratories so as to ensure safe drinking water for rural Indians. She also highlighted the importance of rain water harvesting and water conservation, announcing that a special communication campaign will be taken up in the country to create awareness on the same. Further, she called upon the States to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goal ‘safe drinking water for all’ is achieved in India by 2030.

Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons launches the new Incredible India website
The Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism Shri K.J. Alphons launched the new Incredible India website in New Delhi. The website showcases India as a holistic destination, revolving around major experiences, such as, spirituality, heritage, adventure, culture, yoga, wellness and more. The website follows the trends and technologies of international standards with an aim to project India as a “must-visit” destination, among its overseas travellers.
Launching the new dynamic and interactive website with latest platform and technology, the Minister hoped that the website will evolve as one of the best in the world. The new website is more interactive, it will have all the required content and further, the content shall be updated in a timely manner. The stakeholders like Tech Mahindra, Google, Adobe and NIC team who were involved in the development of the website.

Piyush Goyal inaugurates NLCIL's Solar Power Projects in Tamil Nadu
Union Minister Piyush Goyal inaugurated three Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL) 100 MW Solar Power Projects each in Tamil Nadu.
The projects which were erected at Thoppalaakkarai, Sethupuram in Virudhunagar district and Sellaiya Sezhiyanallur in Tirunelveli district, with an installed capacity of 100 MW each.
These projects were erected at a cost of Rs. 1302 crores, which includes operation and maintenance cost for at least 15 years.

National Tribal Museum proposed to be set up at Delhi-Shri Jual Oram
A National Tribal Museum along with a National Level Tribal Research Institute is proposed to be set up at Delhi by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. Briefing mediapersons on four years of initiatives and achievements of the Tribal Affairs Ministry, the Museum will showcase the rich tribal culture and heritage using state-of-the-art technologies.
Rs. 5405 crore disbursed as pre/post matric scholarshiships in last 4 years, 30 lakh ST students benefitted every year 70000 tribals currently enrolled with Tribes India for sale of products, numbers expected to increase to 1.5 lakh soon.

Ayush Minister inaugurates Yoga Ambassadors Tour in Kerala
Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State, (I/C), Ministry of AYUSH Government of India has inaugurated the Yoga Ambassador’s Tour at Leela Convention Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.
The Yoga Ambassadors Tour is organized by ATTOI (Association of Tourism Trade Organizations, India), in association with Ministry of Ayush and Kerala Tourism. The event, aimed at propagate Kerala as a global destination, is taking around 60-plus Yoga professionals from across the world to different destinations in Kerala to experience yoga and learn more about yoga. The 10-day educational tour will conclude on International Yoga Day, which falls on June 21. The delegates include Yoga Tour operators, Wellness Magazine professionals, and Yoga Teachers from across the world.

NDMA conducts mock drill on flood preparedness in Uttar Pradesh
As monsoon approaches Uttar Pradesh, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) conducted a mock exercise to guage its preparedness for the recurring annual floods.
According to Met officials, monsoon is likely to cover the entire state by end of June.
The exercise was held in collaboration with State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA).
The simulation exercise was conducted in 23 flood-prone districts of the state at the same time to assess the preparedness of the state's machinery to handle the disaster.

PM visits Chhattisgarh, inaugurates Integrated Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, visited Chhattisgarh. He inaugurated the Integrated Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur Smart City. He was briefed on various aspects of the Command and Control Centre.
He later visited Blast Furnace-8 at the Bhilai Steel Plant, and was briefed on various aspects of the Plant. People lined the streets of Bhilai to greet the Prime Minister.
At a large public meeting, the Prime Minister dedicated the modernized and expanded Bhilai Steel Plant, to the nation. He laid the foundation stone for IIT Bhilai. He also unveiled a plaque to mark the commencement of phase-2 of BharatNet. The Prime Minister inaugurated air services between Jagdalpur and Raipur. He also distributed laptops, certificates and cheques etc. to beneficiaries under various schemes.

Smart village initiative for Arunachal Pradesh
The Arunchal Pradesh government has inked an agreement with Andhra Pradesh-based Smart Village Movement (SVM) to facilitate technology innovations, research and development in selected villages of the north-eastern state.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by director-cum-member secretary of State Council for IT & e-Governance, Neelam Yapin Tana, and SVM project director Shreya Evani, in the presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein among other officials.
The project will focus on solving "pain-points" or challenges in rural segments by developing platforms driven by "open innovation" approaches.

Himachal Cabinet approves admission of 100 MBBS students for 2018-19
The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet decided to enhance the honorarium of part-time water carriers working on contract basis in the education department from Rs 1,900 to Rs 2,200 from April 1.
A meeting presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also gave its nod to admission of first batch of 100 MBBS students in Dr S Radha Krishanan Medical College, Hamirpur for 2018-19.
The Cabinet also decided to restrict the quota of NRI seats to provide more merit based admissions reducing it from 34 to 20.
The Cabinet accorded its nod to engage 100 posts of accountant-cum-support staff and 30 posts of data entry operators at block level under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan and also approved the guidelines to start 'Akhand Shiksha Jyoti, Mere School Se Nikle Moti, as fulfillment of promise made in the 'Swarnim Himachal Drishti Patra' to honour pass outs from the government schools who have made a mark in life, according to officials.

Odisha sets up expert panel for Jagannath temple management reforms
The Odisha government set up a three-member expert committee to recommend measures for streamlining the functioning of the 12th century Jagannath temple at Puri.
The committee, headed by Additional Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra, will study management schemes of other important shrines in the country.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had asked the Odisha government to constitute an expert team to study the management practices adopted by several major temples in the country and submit a report.
New norms for recruitment, promotion of college teachers
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has brought out a new set of regulations to alter the conditions for recruitment and promotion of college and university teachers, so as to make universities more focussed on research and colleges on the teaching-learning process.
For the first time, requirements for promotions - measured through the API points till now, but to be measured by grades, like satisfactory, good and very good, in future - have been made different for college and university teachers.
While research will no longer be mandatory for college teachers for promotion, university promotions will offer weightage to research done.
College teachers will be graded on teaching rather than research. However, teachers can still do research and earn higher grades for it.

June 15

Meghalaya to implement Ayushman Bharat Health scheme.
Meghalaya government will implement the Centre's Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM). Hek made this announcement at the Health Ministers conclave held in New Delhi.
The state government also signed an MoU with Union Health Ministry and agreed to implement the AB-NHPM in Meghalaya. The state would merge its own Meghalaya Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) with the AB-NHPM.
Under MHIS the existing health insurance cover is Rs 2,80,000 while the AB-NHPM will provide a cover of Rs 5 lakh per family annually.
Meghalaya and seven more states signed MoUs with the Union Health Ministry, taking to 20, the number of states which have agreed to implement the Centre's ambitious national health protection mission.

June 16

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu to lay foundation stone for sewage management system in Itanagar.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will lay the foundation stone for sewage management system and storm water drainage system of Itanagar under AMRUT Scheme.
Mr Naidu arrived in Itanagar on a two-day visit tour of Arunachal Pradesh. He will also address research scholars and faculty members of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) at Nirjuli.

Government likely to penalise insurance companies for delaying payment under NHPS
The government has proposed to impose penalty on insurance companies for delay in payment to hospitals for settlement of claims under its ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS).
Under the scheme, if an insurance company delays the claim payment beyond 15 days, then it would have to pay a penalty of one per cent interest on the claimed amount per week till it finally settles the claim.
Twenty states and Union territories have so far signed MoUs with the Union Health Ministry for implementing the NHPS that aims to provide a cover of Rs 5 lakh per family annually to 10 crore vulnerable families.
The insurance company will pay the penalty directly to the hospital concerned, according to the model tender document that was released.
The model tender document also comprise a list of the procedures and their rates which would be covered under the scheme along with the ones which require pre-authorisation.

Foundation stone for ALIMCO's production unit laid in Faridabad
To cater to the needs of the differently-abled persons from Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar laid the foundation stone of a production unit of the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) at Nawada village of Faridabad district.
The decision to set up the Auxiliary Production Unit and State-of-the-Art Artificial Limbs Fitting Centre of ALIMCO was taken following demands from the differently-abled persons, who faced difficulties in visiting Kanpur to avail the facilities of evaluation, measurements and fitment of assistive devices at the ALIMCO headquarters.
The unit will be set up under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Once functional, the unit will not only reinforce the capacity of ALIMCO, but also provide other rehabilitation services like limbs-fitting, awareness generation about other schemes for the empowerment of differently-abled persons etc.

Government approves financial assistance of Rs. 5.5 lakh per family to West Pakistan Refugees settled in J&K.
The Union Government has approved financial assistance amounting to Rs. 5.5 lakh per family to West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs). It will benefit 5,764 families of WPRs settled in Jammu & Kashmir.
The scheme comes into effect from June 2018. The amount of Rs 5.5 lakh per family will be deposited in bank accounts of eligible beneficiaries based on authentication by state Government. For smooth implementation of the scheme, the state Government will also appoint Nodal officer for this scheme. full expenditure for this scheme will be borne by central Government.

India set to launch $240 million retaliatory tariffs on US imports
India is likely to introduce retaliatory tariffs worth $240 million on a revised list of 30 items imported from the US to counter the American move to unilaterally hike duties on Indian steel and aluminum.
The move comes at a time when India has decided to negotiate a “trade package” with the US to ease tensions between the two sides.
India notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) a revised list of 30 items imported from the US, including almonds, apples, phosphoric acid and motorcycles with engine capacity more than 800 cc (including Harley-Davidson Inc.), on which it intends to impose retaliatory tariffs.

June 17

States collect taxes worth Rs 10,000 crore online post e-Governance initiative: Road Ministry
States have collected taxes to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore online since the rollout of Transport Mission Mode Project (MMP), which has also automated regional transport operations (RTOs), under the Centre's ambitious e-Governance initiative.
According to a Road Transport and Highways Ministry document, the Government has set up a consolidated nation-wise transport database and launched citizens and trade-centric applications under the e-Governance initiative.
More than 19-crore vehicles and 10-crore driving licence records have come under the national register.
Two flagship applications under Transport MMP -- Vahan and Sarathi Vahan - deal with vehicle registration, taxation, permit, fitness and associated services; while Sarathi is related to driving licence, learner licence, driving schools and related activities.

Tripura starts GPS (Global Positioning System) and wireless based 24×7 mobile policing service
The Tripura government launched the GPS (Global Positioning System) and wireless-based 24x7 mobile policing services to curb crime, especially against women. Launching it, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb informed the BJP-led alliance government’s main thrust was to make Tripura a crime and drug-free State.

19 cancer centers in Assam to start functioning from mid 2020
Assam government announced 19 cancer care centres, to be set up across the state in partnership with Tata Trusts at an investment of Rs 1,910 crore, will start functioning from mid-2020.
The government will lay the foundation stone of the proposed centres at a function on June 18 in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP President Amit Shah and Tata Trusts Chairman Ratan Tata.
The Assam government and Tata Trusts have formed a non - profitable entity - Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) - with equal partnership to implement the project and manage the centres.

June 18

US team of experts in Delhi to discuss key military agreement
AS PART of preparations for the 2+2 dialogue between the foreign and defence ministers of India and the US in Washington, a team of specialists from the Pentagon will be meeting their counterparts on the Indian side in Delhi from negotiate the text of a “foundational” military communications agreement.
The US team, which will include lawyers, and policy and technical experts, is scheduled to meet the Indian experts from Monday to Wednesday. The US officials will try and address Indian observations on the draft Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) submitted earlier.

European Union Film Festival inaugurated in New Delhi
Celebrating the latest cinematic offerings from Europe, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) kicked off with a promise to regale cinegoers with unusual stories from around the world.
Organised by the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States in partnership with the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India and various city film clubs, the 23rd edition of the festival will showcase 24 latest European movies from 23 European countries.
The award-winning film "Little Harbour" from Slovakia opened the festival. Directed by Iveta Grofova, the movie is inspired by true events about two children whose innocent play changes their lives forever.
The festival was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, in the presence of Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; Raimund Magis, Deputy head of Delegation of the European Union to India; Chaitanya Prasad, Additional Director General, Directorate of Film Festivals; Katarina Tomkova, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Slovak Republic.

KisanKraft plans to take ‘aerobic rice’ technology to 5 states
The Bengaluru-based KisanKraft intends to take the 'aerobic rice' technology to five states during this kharif season and conduct demonstrations to reach out to more farmers.
KisanKraft is a designer, importer and distributor of affordable farming equipment suited to the needs of small and marginal farmers.
According to Ravindra K Agrawal, Promoter and Managing Director, KisanKraft, the aerobic rice technology is an excellent solution for water-stressed paddy farmers. It could prove to be a lifesaver for the country, farmers and help in restoring soil conditions while contributing to national food security.
Aerobic rice is direct-seeded into the field, eliminating the cost of raising nursery, transplantation and its related impact on labour health. Direct seeding also reduces ‘seed rate’ dramatically.

Chhattisgarh Government approves merger of around 1.50 lakh shiksha karmi with state school education department.
The Chhattisgarh cabinet approved much awaited "merger" of 'shikshakarmi', who are presently working under Panchayats and other local bodies, with the state school education department.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh this evening. The decision will be effective from July 1, and will benefit around 1.50 lakh shikshakarmi who are presently under the purview of Panchayats and urban local bodies

Paper setters to receive training from National Testing Agency
The National Testing Agency, which is being set up to relieve the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) of the burden of conducting multiple examinations, will also train paper setters to set better question papers and provide better model answers.
There is no system for paper-setter training till now introduce it as part of the National Testing Agency’s mandate while listing the “achievements” of the Modi government in the field of education.
The agency’s mandate as envisaged by the Ministry of Human Resource Development is to put in place a robust system for the conduct of examinations.
The National Testing Agency is expected to conduct some of the examinations that the CBSE has been conducting till now, Mr. Javadekar, who held a review of the proposed body.

June 19

Defence Minister inaugurates workshop on cyber security framework 2018
A workshop on Cyber Security Framework for Department of Defence was organised by DDP, Ministry of Defence. The workshop was inaugurated by RakshaMantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman.
During her address, Smt Sitharaman stressed upon the fact that Defence sector is more prone to the cyber threats and hence it becomes important to safeguard our cyberspace with anticipation of possible attacks.
Earlier addressing the participants Secretary (Defence Production)Dr. Ajay Kumar emphasised that all Defence PSUs and Ordnance Factories are increasingly relying on Information Technology. However, any compromise in Information and Cyber Security in Defence Production environment can have far reaching consequences on effectiveness of our defence forces and national security. Therefore, it is important to establish a strong, robust and resilient cyber security infrastructure on priority basis.

Haryana approves scheme to provide Rs 8,000 monthly assistance to female acid victims
The Haryana government has approved a scheme to provide monthly financial assistance to female acid victims.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has given his approval to an monthly assistance of Rs 8,000 to women and girl acid attack victims.
They would also be given preference in the allotment of fair price shops by the Haryana Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department.

Punjab Govt offers free saplings through mobile app
To increase the state's green cover, the Punjab government launched a smartphone application that lets users order free plant saplings. The 'i-Hariyali' app under 'Mission Tandarust' can be downloaded from the app store for free.
The users can book a sapling of their choice, a maximum of 25 per person, from a nearby government nursery. Once the booking is done, the contact number of the concerned employee of the nursery or the forest guard will be displayed on the mobile phone of the person.
The app aims to inspire people to plant more saplings to save the environment from pollution.

Shri J.P. Nadda Releases National Health Profile-2018 Launches India’s First Ever Nationwide Healthcare Establishment Census
Shri J.P. Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare released the National Health Profile (NHP)-2018 prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI). The E-book (digital version) of the annual document was also released. The National Health Profile covers demographic, socio-economic, health status and health finance indicators, along with comprehensive information on health infrastructure and human resources in health.
At the function, Shri J.P. Nadda also launched the National Health Resource Repository (NHRR) - Country’s first ever national healthcare facility registry of authentic, standardized and updated geo-spatial data of all public and private healthcare establishments.
Ayushman Bharat will provide comprehensive healthcare to the people as 1,50,000 sub-centres will be converted into Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs). “The H&WC would provide preventive, promotive, and curative care for non-communicable diseases, dental, mental, geriatric care, palliative care, etc.

Women bear uneven burden of family planning through sterilization
A National Health Mission report released has flagged the “uneven burden” women bear in family planning with latest data showing women account for more than 93 per cent of sterilisations in the country. The report also found that male sterilisation services still remain inadequately available.
The 11th report of the Common Review Mission of the National Health Mission, released has flagged the issue citing latest data from the Health Management Information System (HMIS) where states upload data on various parameters of NHM including sterilisations.
Women continue to bear an uneven burden of the terminal methods of family planning and sterilisation. As per HMIS in 2017-18 (till October) of the total 14,73,418 sterilisation procedures only 6.8 % were male sterilisation while 93.1 % were female sterilization.

Govt sets up CM's group to coordinate policy for farm sector, MGNREGS
The government has constituted a chief ministers' sub-group to coordinate policy approaches for agriculture and MGNREGS with the Madhya Pradesh CM Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan as the convener.
Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim along with NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand are the members of the subgroup.
The move comes against the backdrop of the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards doubling farmers' income by 2022 which requires a multi-dimensional and inclusive approach.
At the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, approaches with special emphasis on pre-sowing and post-harvest interventions using MGNREGS were sought for creating durable assets that double incomes of farmers and reduce agrarian distress.

3 MoUs signed and 6 at an advanced stage under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Scheme: Culture Ministry
In response to certain reports appearing recently in the media regarding ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) pertaining to Red Fort being ‘put on hold’, the Ministry of Culture has clarified that ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Scheme of the Government of India is making good progress.
The scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India. Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Raghvendra Singh informed that under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Scheme, three MoUs have already been signed and six are at an advanced stage and 31 more Adarsh Monuments are enlisted for coverage under the scheme. The Project aims to develop synergy among all partners to effectively promote “responsible tourism”.
The schemes aims to involve public sector companies, private sector companies and corporate citizens/individuals to take up the responsibility for making our heritage and tourism more sustainable through development, operation and maintenance of world-class tourist infrastructure and amenities at ASI/ State heritage sites and other important tourist sites in India.

Haryana government gives star rankings to panchayats on seven parameters
Haryana has become the first state in the country to give star ranking to village on the basis of seven social parameters.
A total of 1,120 villages of Haryana have achieved star ranking under '7-Star Gram Panchayat Rainbow Scheme' launched in January this year by Chief Minister Manohar Lal,".
The star rating to the village panchayats under the scheme is given on the basis of seven parameters such as sex ratio, good education, hygiene or serenity, environment preservation, good governance and social participation,.
Under the scheme the villages would be rewarded Rs 1 lakh for achieving each star. The villages having equal or more girl population would be given an additional Rs 50,000 as bonus with their reward money.

Shri Radha Mohan Singh assures India’s support to further Nepal’s agriculture sector
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh met his Nepalese counterpart Mr. Chakra Pani Khanal, Minister for Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperatives in New Delhi and assured him of India’s support to further Nepal’s agriculture sector.
Shri Singh informed both countries are largely agrarian and agriculture has been identified by the two sides as an important area of bilateral cooperation for which we are committed to support Nepal.
In the inaugural Ministerial meeting of India-Nepal “New Partnership in Agriculture”, the two Ministers discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in the agriculture sector such as agricultural research and education, arrangement for supply of fertilizers, mutual recognition of inspection, testing and certification system, trade facilitation measures, strengthening livestock services, veterinary research and development facilities, and promoting exchanges between the India Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC).

Centre sets 30 GW target for offshore wind power by 2030
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has declared medium- and long-term targets for offshore wind power capacity addition. the target is 5 GW by 2022 and 30 GW by 2030.
The MNRE had earlier invited Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the first 1 GW offshore wind project in India.
While this may look moderate in comparison to India’s onshore wind target of 60 GW and its achievement of 34 GW and solar target of 100 GW by 2022, this would still be challenging considering the difficulties in installing large wind power turbines in open seas. “It may be mentioned that offshore wind turbines are of much larger dimensions and capacities than onshore turbines''.

June 20

World’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics launched in Gujarat
The world's first of its kind and state-of-the-art International Centre for ‘Humanitarian Forensics’ (ICHF) was launched at the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University in Gandhinagar.
The centre is a joint venture of the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in India, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives and also Gujarat Forensic Science University.
The joint venture has been established, as forensics plays an important role in humanitarian action but access to practitioners is a great challenge.

7th India Minerals and Metals forum inaugurated in New Delhi
7th India Minerals and Metals forum was inaugurated in New Delhi. The forum seeks to come up with solutions to leverage in the sector with the changing global scenario.
The deliberations took cognizance on the need to consolidate small players for strengthening of overall health of the industry. The government officials emphasized on utilizing low grade minerals to reduce burden on high end minerals. It was expressed that India has been conservative in exploration of deep seated minerals due to environmental concerns but it needs quick progress and there is a lot of scope for private sector for carrying out such researches.
The Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines, a joint venture between three Public sector companies has been formed to acquire strategic mineral assets to source and export from abroad. The concerns on metal recycling was also looked upon.

Shri RK Singh inaugurates solar plant at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib; calls for a clean environment for our future generations
India is making rapid strides in the field of renewable energy and will overshoot the target of 175 GW renewable energy by 2022. The inauguration of 1500 kWP capacity solar plant developed by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) at the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib.
Lauding this noble initiative by DSGMC, this would inspire other institutions to go green and become environment conscious. 20 cities in India are ranked among the most polluted in the world and there is an urgent need to reduce fossil fuel use so that leave a better world for our children. The Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment to bring electricity to every household by 31st December, 2018.
The solar plant was inaugurated by Sant Balbir Singh Ji Seechewal and Baba Sewa Singh Ji. Shri Hardeep Puri,Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs and Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change were among the dignitaries present at the occasion.

Haryana government introduced a scheme to give school kids 50 rupees for planting trees
In an innovative scheme to ensure active participation of school students in environment conservation, the Haryana government has decided to give incentive of Rs 50 per student for every surviving sapling planted by them. They will be paid after every six months and the incentive would be given for a period of three years. Besides, they would also be provided with a book on environment conservation.
It was among several decisions were taken in a meeting held under the chairmanship of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar to review the progress of five environment-friendly schemes of different departments. Panchayats minister O P Dhankar, forests minister Rao Narbir Singh, urban local bodies minister Kavita Jain and minister of state for public health and engineering Banwari Lal were also present in the meeting.

Railways to become ‘net zero carbon emitter’ by 2030
Indian Railways will become a “net zero” carbon emitter by 2030. ‘The Rail Contact 2018’, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in collaboration with the Railway Board, the national transporter was going green in a big way.
With the current action plans on anvil for 100 per cent electrification, coupled with renewable strategies, Indian Railways will become a net zero carbon emitter by 2030. However, it is always a team which needs to work in partnership, with a collective effort of working towards a common goal.

Vasundhara Raje seeks national project status for eastern canal
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has requested the Centre to give special financial assistance to the State to help it tide over the acute water crisis and sought the national project status for the proposed Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project, which will supply drinking and irrigation water to 13 districts.
Ms. Raje also sought an increase in the land holding limit from 2 hectares to 5 hectares for receiving agricultural input subsidy, while pointing out that the crop production was low in several districts despite big size of land. Besides, up to 10 districts in the State were perpetually facing drought conditions.

June 21

Gujarat launches wind-solar hybrid power policy
The Gujarat government announced wind-solar hybrid power policy - 2018, aiming to make optimum utilisation of the land and grid.
The policy, which will have a coverage period of five years, provides encouragement to renewable power producers supplying to the grid as well as to those having captive use.
Gujarat energy minister, Saurabh Patel announced the policy stating that the developer of an existing solar project will now be able to use the same land for setting up wind and solar power units. Also, it will allow them to use the common transmission line to evacuate the power.
The benefits of the new policy will be applicable for a period of 25 years or lifetime, whichever is earlier.

Kerala government to launch scheme to offer loans at low interest rates
The Kerala government will be launching an ambitious micro-finance programme in the co-operative sector to help people, who were exploited by private financiers charging exorbitant interest rates for loans.
The initiative is to help ordinary people who are being exploited by private financiers charging exorbitant interest rates for loans, state Minister for Co-Operation and Tourism.
Co-operative banks would launch the proposed scheme, titled 'Muttathe Mulla', with the support of women neighbourhood network - 'Kudumbashree,'.
The government is taking steps to regulate loan sharks through a joint initiative of cooperative banks and Kudumbashree.

Country's first river interlinking project caught in U.P.-M.P. tussle
Disagreements over water-sharing and difficulty in acquiring non-forest land impede the Rs. 18,000 crore Ken Betwa river interlink project.
The scheme, which involves deforesting a portion of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, was accorded clearance by the National Wildlife Board on the condition that the land lost would be made good by acquiring contiguous, revenue land. This is to ensure that wildlife corridors in the region aren’t hit.

Yoga session at Kota enters Guinness Book of World Records
Rajasthan witnessed a world record by conducing the largest yoga session to mark the 4th International Yoga Day at Kota where over one lakh people together performed the yogic exercises. Yoga guru Ramdev conducted the yoga session that was attended by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, ministers, officers and local people at RAC ground in the presence of two officials from the Guinness World Records.
After the Yoga session, the Executive officers in India on behalf of the officials Guinness Book of World Record - Swapneel and Ribika from London presented the certificate mentioning the largest yoga lesson was achieved by Government of Rajasthan, Patanjali Yogpeeth and District Administration at Kota (all India), at Kota, Rajasthan, India on 21 June 2018.

Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu to lead two-day National Consultation on Farm Sector issues
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate and participate in a two-day National Consultation on ‘Making Agriculture Sustainable and Profitable’, at Pune, Maharashtra. This Consultation is organized in the context of the ongoing debate and efforts at various levels to double farmers’ incomes by 2022.
The two day brain storming on various issues relating to farm sector will be attended by the Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radhamohan Singh, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, senior officials of Central Government agencies like ICAR, farm scientists, representatives of Farmers Unions, CII, FICCI, NAFED and other stakeholders.
The two-day Consultation is being organised by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) of which the Vice President of India is the Chairman and Shri Vaikuntha Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management, Pune.

Haryana Finance Dept issues notification revising allowances in various categories
Haryana Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu the Finance Department issued notifications revising allowances in various categories. The revision of allowances would be on the basis of recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission, effective from May.
that now the state government has revised the existing rate of Children Education Allowance to Rs 1,125 from 750 per month per eligible child, limited to first two children.

Prime Minister to lay foundation stone of Vanijya Bhawan
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Vanijya Bhawan, a new office complex for the Commerce Department of the Government of India. Locatednear India Gate, it is being built on a plot of 4.33 acres, belonging to erstwhile Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D), at the junction of Akbar and Man Singh Roads.
Strictly conforming to Central Vista norms, the building has an area of 19233.745 sq. meters. It will accommodate about 1000 officers and staff. While retaining the Central Vista architecture, the Vanijya Bhawan will have all modern technology driven features. It will be a completely paperless office with state of the art facilities such as smart access control, central air-conditioning, video conferencing, and completely networked systems.The building is also significantly a green building with all required certifications.

Haryan CM Manohar lal Khattar announces to set up 'Yog Aayog' in state
On the occasion of the 4th International Day of Yoga Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced to set up a 'Yog Aayog' in the state.
Urging the people to make practising yoga an integral part of their daily routine to energise their body and mind.
Presiding over a state-level yoga programme, the practising yoga leads to physical, mental and spiritual development and is helpful in all round development of one's personality.
Asserting that Yoga, the glorious tradition of Indian culture It a matter of pride for us that the United Nations passed the resolution (four years back), involving 177 countries of the world for declaring this day as Yoga Day on international level.

June 22

Power Minister Shri R.K. Singh launches campaign to promote energy efficiency in the area of air-conditioning.
Shri R.K Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable launched a campaign to promote energy efficiency in the area of air-conditioning. "Every one degree increase in the air-conditioner temperature setting results in saving of 6 per cent of electricity consumed. Normal human body temperature is approximately 36-37 degree Celsius, but large number of commercial establishments, hotels and offices maintain temperature around 18-21 degree Celsius.
This is not only uncomfortable but is actually unhealthy. Setting the temperature in the range of 18-21 degree Celsius compels people to wear warm clothing or use blankets; therefore, this is actually wastage of energy. Some countries like Japan have put in place regulation to keep the temperature at 28 degree Celsius".
Therefore, under the guidance of Ministry of Power, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has carried out a study and has recommended that the default setting in the air-conditioning should be at 24 degree Celsius. The new campaign will result in substantial energy savings and also reduce greenhouse gas emission.

Cabinet nod to set up private industrial park as Domestic Tariff Area (DTA)
Odisha cabinet has approved a proposal to utilise a piece of land in Ganjam district as a Domestic Tariff Area (DTA) to set up a Private Industrial Park by a Tata group company.
The DTA is a zone outside an SEZ, enabling companies to set up manufacturing units that cater to the needs of the domestic market, whereas an SEZ is for export oriented units.
The Odisha Industrial Infrastructural Development Corporation (IDCO) had earlier been handed over 2970 acre land at Gopalpur in Ganjam district. Out of that, the Centre has notified 1235 acre to be utilised by TATA Steel Special Economic Zone Ltd (TSSEZL).

CEMS sets up 24 labs for skill development in maritime sector
The government has 24 labs have been set up by Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS), a startup for skill development in the sector.
The Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS) has announced setting up of 24 labs - 6 in Mumbai and 18 in Vizag campus.
Promoted by Indian Register of Shipping in partnership with Siemens and support from Sagarmala, shipping ministry, CEMS aims to build competency in the field of maritime and shipbuilding sector through skill development in the latest manufacturing technologies for shipbuilding, repair and ancillary sectors.

PM Modi inaugurates luxury nature centre in US
As millions around the world celebrated the fourth International Yoga Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that yoga can become a “binding force” for the world, asserting it has no religion and contributes to physical and mental well-being of individuals.
Modi made these remarks while inaugurating the ‘YO1 Luxury Nature Cure Centre’ in the Catskills area of New York state via video-link. The telecast was viewed by Chandra and several members of the Indian-American community at the centre, including Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal.

Prime Minister lays foundation stone of paperless Vanijya Bhawan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Vanijya Bhawan, a new office complex for the Union Department of Commerce, in New Delhi.
The Bhawan, located near the India Gate, will be built on a plot of 4.33 acres, belonging to previous Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D).
While retaining the Central Vista architecture, the Vanijya Bhawan will have all modern technology-driven features. Once ready, it will accommodate about 1000 officers and staff.

Uttarakhand High Court bans all water sports activities
In what could come as a blow to adventure sports in the state of Uttarakhand, the high court has ordered a ban on all water sports activities including river water rafting and paragliding.
The court observed that these activities were being carried out in absence of any policy and has given two weeks to the state government to enact a law regulating the adventure sports.
The court took note of the deaths caused due to capsizing of boats and remarked that such activities should only be allowed under the supervision of highly trained professionals.

June 23

Centre has sanctioned Rs 1800 crore Tourism projects for Himachal Pradesh
The Union government has sanctioned Rs 1,800 crore for tourism development projects in Himachal Pradesh which would go a long way in making the state a major tourist destination.
Addressing a public meeting at Garagushaini in Kullu district after laying foundation stone for the Science Lab block of the Government Senior Secondary School that effort would be made to develop lesser known an unexplored tourism destinations from tourism point of view.

Gujarat launches Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY) Scheme for farmers to generate solar power
The Gujarat government launched a solar power scheme for farmers- Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY) enabling them to generate electricity for their captive consumption as well as sell the surplus power to the grid and earn an extra buck.
Announcing the pilot project of the scheme in Gandhinagar, chief minister Vijay Rupani termed it a revolutionary step towards empowering farmers to generate their own electricity using solar energy and help doubling their income.
As per the scheme, farmers having existing electricity connection will be given solar panels as per their load requirements. The State and Central governments will give 60 per cent subsidy on the cost of project. The farmer is required to take 5 per cent cost, while 35 per cent will be provided to him as an affordable loan with interest rates of 4.5-6 per cent.
The scheme duration is 25 years, which is split between 7-year period and 18-year period.

PM Modi to visit Madhya Pradesh, inaugurate urban projects worth over Rs 40 billion
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Madhya Pradesh to attend various programmes in Indore and Rajgarh districts.
During his visit to the state ahead of the upcoming assembly elections, the Prime Minister will attend the Shehari Vikas Mahotsav in Indore. Prime Minister Modi inaugurated, remotely, several urban development projects worth over Rs 40 billion, at various locations across the State.
These include houses under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana, urban drinking water supply schemes, urban solid waste management, urban sanitation, urban transportation and urban landscape projects.
Besides this, the Prime Minister will also give away the Cleanliness Survey-2018 Awards to the cleanest cities and best performing States. A report and a film made on the survey will also be displayed on the occasion.