National - 2017 MAY

May 1

Haryana Government to set up 15 waste disposal plants.
The Haryana government would set up 15 integrated solid waste management clusters to deal with solid waste in urban areas in the state.
Electricity would be generated from the solid waste in three clusters and manure from the remaining 12.
The solid waste management plant being set up at Faridabad at a cost of Rs. 330 crore would generate electricity from 1,236 tonnes of waste received from Gurgaon and Faridabad every day.

Railways to track wagons, coaches with RFID tags.
The Indian Railways will use radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) for tracking of wagons, coaches and locomotives to ensure effective and transparent functioning.
Leveraging information technology in a big way, the public transporter has issued instructions for equipping all wagons with RFID tags to begin with.
There are about 2.25 lakh wagons, 50,000 coaches and 9,000 locomotives in the railways. Railways have sanctioned Rs. 57 crore for the first phase of rollout of the system.
The tag designed by the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) is estimated to cost Rs. 1000 per tag.

Assam gets its first Shatabdi Express.
Assam got its first Shatabdi Express with Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain flagging off the train from Dibrugarh. The new Shatabdi Express train (No. 12085/12086) will run between Dibrugarh and Guwahati.
The Shatabdi Express trains are among the fastest and most prestigious trains of the Indian Railways along with Rajdhani and Duronto trains which connect metro cities with other important cities from the point of view of tourism, pilgrimage or business.

UP govt to introduce e-challans for payment of road taxes.
Uttar Pradesh Transport Minister Swatantra Dev Singh state government led by chief minister Yogi Adityanath is planning to introduce a system of e-challans for payment of road taxes in a bid to get rid of touts in the Regional Transport Offices (RTO).
In order to keep a check on touts at Regional Transport Offices (RTO), the Yogi Adityanath government is planning to introduce the system of e-challans for payment of road taxes.

India, Turkey agree to boost cooperation in combating terror.
Erdogan, who arrived, is on a two-day visit to India, and this is his first visit to India as the Turkish President. Earlier in the day, Erdogan was awarded a ceremonial welcome by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also payed his tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, following which he addressed a FICCI business summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India and Turkey strongly condemned the "use of double standards" in combating terrorism and agreed to strengthen cooperation in effectively dealing with the menace both bilaterally and at multilateral fora.
A joint statement, issued after extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, both sides urged all the countries and entities to work sincerely to disrupt terrorist networks and their financing and stop cross-border movement of terrorists.
The two leaders also called for early conclusion of negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT).

Shri J.P. Nadda inaugurates the first-ever Induction Training Programme for new recruits of Central Health Services (CHS).
The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J.P. Nadda inaugurated the first-ever induction training programme for the newly appointed General Duty Medical Officers (GDMOs) of the Central Health Service Cadre at National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), at New Delhi.
NIHFW and the Ministry for designing this nine week training module for the new recruits. This is the first time such a foundation training programme is being undertaken. This will also orient you to your roles and responsibilities about healthcare delivery systems in the country, legal ethical issues, and schemes programme of the Ministry, OPD, emergencies, pharmacies, administration AYUSH, Yoga, etc. You will learn new thing.
Central Health Service (CHS) Cadre is a cadre governed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and its doctors are working all over the country providing health care services to a large number of people. CHS has four sub-cadres, namely, GDMOs, Teaching, Non-Teaching Specialists and Public Health, with a sanctioned strength of more than 4000 of which the GDMOs constitute the largest chunk, more than 2000.
Shri Nadda further that the course provides an opportunity to expand ones horizons, learn the philosophy and depth of life. ''Trainings provide a platform to further know your strengths, weaknesses and be dedicated to your service''.

New Premier Train between Mumbai and Goa.
Indian Railways is expected to launch a new premier train, called the Tejas Express, between Mumbai and Goa in June. Aiming to provide comfort to passengers in the inter-city journeys, the train will have executive class and chair cars.
The train's interior colour scheme will match the exterior to give the passengers a feel of world class travel.
After the Mumbai-Goa run, the Tejas service is likely to be pressed on the Delhi- Chandigarh route.
The train will have facilities including tea and coffee vending machines, magazines and snack tables. There will also be water level indicators in bio-vacuum toilets, sensorised taps, and hand driers.
The passengers will get a taste of choicest cuisine curated by celebrity chefs. Catering service will be part of Tejas fares like Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.The train will offer wi-fi facilities, automatic doors and secured gangways for all coaches.
Modi releases stamp on Ramanujacharya's 1,000th birth anniversary.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative stamp on the 1,000th birth anniversary of Saint Ramanujacharya and the central message of his life was inclusive society and religion.
Ramanujacharya taught that remaining steeped in radicalism or ritualism and treating it as religion was the way of cowards, superstitious and unreasonable persons.

Swachhta Pakhwada being observed by the Ministry of Textiles throughout the country.
The Ministry of Textiles is observing Swachhta Pakhwada from May 1 – 15, 2017. The fortnight-long observance of programmes to spread the message of cleanliness and make it a part of our lives, was inaugurated by the Minister of State, Textiles, Shri Ajay Tamta, in Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi.
The Minister administered the Swachhta Pledge to the officers and staff of the Ministry. the Minister the mission of Swachh Bharat will become a reality if every one of India's 125 crore citizens makes up one's mind to neither litter nor let others litter. Having watched the Swachh Bharat song, the Minister playing the song to children in the morning would instill in them the importance and divinity of cleanliness. Shri Tamta that Swachhta should be looked upon as everyone’s responsibility, not just that of the workers involved in cleaning.
Seminar on the theme ''Waste to Wealth'' to be organized.

Real estate (Regulation and Developed) act roll out from may 1, 2017.
The long-awaited Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) will be implemented from May 1, with the government calling it the beginning of a "new era".
The act specifies that all existing projects must be registered with the state's regulatory authority by July 2017, and that no new project can be launched without this registration.

May 2

Prakash Javadekar Launches VIDYA VEERTA ABHIYAN.
Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre jointly launched the VIDYA VEERTA ABHIYAN in New Delhi.
Portraits of Param Vir Chakra (PVC) decorated soldiers will be displayed at designated places on educational campuses to instill sense of nationalism nationalism among the students. This is part of a nationwide 'Vidya Veerta Abhiyan', initiated by writer and former Rajya Sabha member Tarun Vijay.
Armed Forces are our real post-Independence heroes while the freedom fighters who laid down their lives and faced atrocities for the cause of freedom are the natural heroes.
The Minister also launched the India Standards Portal – a one stop portal for all information on Standards, Technical Regulations, conformity assessment & accreditation practices, and the related bodies in India and adivsed that portal should also help exporters to identify regulations in various countries abroad.

Odisha's Sualgiri, Swalgiri communities notified as Scheduled Castes.
Odisha's Sualgiri and Swalgiri communities have been notified as Scheduled Castes following President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent to a new law. The Rajya Sabha had last month passed the bill on it after it was cleared by the Lok Sabha in March. The president gave the nod to the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Act, 2017. The SC category status will entitle these communities to reservation in government jobs and admission in educational institutions, besides some other financial benefits.
Some of the major schemes for the scheduled castes include post-matric scholarship, national overseas scholarship, Rajiv Gandhi national fellowship, concessional loans from National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation, hostel facilities for the SC boys and girls etc.
As per the modified list for Odisha, the ''Sabakhia, Sualgiri, Swalgiri'' are notified Scheduled Castes. The new law has also replaced the term Union Territory of Pondicherry to Puducherry in the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964.

Chattisgarh auctions India's most expensive limestone block.
Chhattisgarh successfully auctioned its third limestone block, Kesla-II to Dalmia Cement in a bidding that went on for a record 23 hours with the highest bid received 96.15 per cent of IBM prices which is 20 times more than the reserve price. The bidding began on May 1 at around 11 am.
Kesla-II block is situated in the Tilda Tehsil of Raipur district and covers over 357 hectare in area with an average grade of 43 per cent CaO. The block is located at a distance of 40 km from Raipur.
State mining department, total revenue that the state would receive from this auction has surpassed that of all previous non-coal mineral blocks at Rs. 11,893 crores over the life of mine.
Over Rs. 9,967 crore would accrue to the government as bid-revenue and over 1,900 crore through royalty, DMF and NMET. Over 600 bids have been received from the parties interested in winning the mining lease for the Kesla-II block.

Uttar Pradesh launches ambulance service to rescue ill or injured cow.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya flagged off an exclusive ambulance service for cows, complete with veterinarians and assistants.
The Gauvansh Chikitsa mobile van service will transport ill or injured cows to gau shalas or to a veterinary facility. A toll-free gau seva number has been released for the people to report about cows in distress.
Mr. Maurya, who posted pictures of the event on his Facebook page, flagged off five such ambulances from his official residence. In its initial phase, the service will be available in Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Mathura and Allahabad. The ambulance service is being run in collaboration with the MGNREGA Mazdoor Kalyan Sanghathan, an organisation that says it works for labourers and others employed in the informal sector. Its president, Sanjay Rai, says the organisation has a presence in five states.

Centre seeks 2,000 acres from Assam for aerotropolis in Guwahati.
The Centre is planning to build an aerotropolis in Assam and has sought 2,000 acres from the State for the purpose, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha.
The issue was discussed during a meeting between him and the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for development of the civil aviation sector in the State.
Sinha proposed to build an aerotropolis in the State which would bring huge benefits to the region in terms of civil aviation and air connectivity.

Prabhu flags off Ahmedabad-Chennai Humsafar express.
Western Railways' first Humsafar Express between Ahmedabad and Chennai was flagged off Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at a function held in Udvada town in Valsad district.
Prabhu flagged off the inaugural run of the superfast weekly express from Ahmedabad through video conferencing from Udvada, a railway Humsafar Express, comprising the air-conditioned three-tier coaches, aims at providing a luxurious travelling experience to the common man.

May 3

Centre to set up Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra at Rajghat.
The government will set up Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra under Swachh Bharat Mission at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), Rajghat, to mark the centenary year of the Champaran Satyagraha. It will be set up by the Ministry for Drinking Water and Sanitation.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has also developed an 'e-guide' (audio-visual) app to create awareness for tourists visiting the National Museum in Delhi.
This was announced by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma while addressing media persons on the culmination of "Swachhata Pakhwada" on.
Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar assured that the work to set up the proposed Swachhata Kendra will begin in two-three months in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture.

Madhya Pradesh becomes 1st state to shift to January to December financial year.
Madhya Pradesh has become the first state to switch to the January-December financial year from the existing April-March cycle, with the state cabinet endorsing the move.
The move breaks a 150-year tradition as India started adopting the April-March financial year from 1867. The state cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan (pictured) decided to shift the financial year to January-December. So, now the Budget session of the next financial year will be held either in December 2017 or January 2018.
The state Government, would try to conclude the current financial year by December for a smooth transition to the new system. In the meeting, the chief minister directed all ministries and departments to prepare a quarterly, half-yearly and annual road map of works to be done with fixed deadlines in view of the new financial year cycle.
The central government had constituted a high-level committee under former Chief Economic Advisor Shanker Acharya to examine ''desirability and feasibility'' of having a new financial year. The report hasn’t been made public yet.

Cabinet approves modifications in the 7th CPC recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved important proposals relating to modifications in the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) recommendations on pay and pensionary benefits in the course of their implementation. Earlier, in June, 2016, the Cabinet had approved implementation of the recommendations with an additional financial outgo of Rs. 84,933 crore for 2016-17 (including arrears for 2 months of 2015-16).
The benefit of the proposed modifications will be available with effect from 1st January, 2016, i.e., the date of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations. With the increase approved by the Cabinet, the annual pension bill alone of the Central Government is likely to be Rs. 1,76,071 crore.
The Cabinet approved modifications in the recommendations of the 7th CPC relating to the method of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners based on suggestions made by the Committee chaired by Secretary (Pensions) constituted with the approval of the Cabinet.
The Cabinet also approved the retention of percentage-based regime of disability pension implemented post 6th CPC, which the 7th CPC had recommended to be replaced by a slab-based system.

Centre sanctions Rs. 200 crore for Jammu and Kashmir primary teachers.
The Centre had sanctioned Rs. 200 crore for paying pending salaries of primary teachers in Jammu and Kashmir.
Following a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir education minister Altaf Bukhari, Javadekar Rs. 25 crore of the Rs. 52 crore sanctioned for two engineering colleges in the state will be released.
These engineering colleges will be at Sapakora in the Kashmir valley and at Kathua in Jammu. Tutorial work will begin this year, the construction of the buildings will be completed in two years.

Maharajas Express to begin new circuits ''Southern Sojourn'' and ''Southern Jewels''.
The Indian Railway PSU, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) has decided to start two new circuits of their flagship luxury train Maharajas' Express, this year.
These two new trips have been named as "Southern Sojourn" and "Southern Jewels" which will cover prominent destinations in West and South India. The Southern Sojourn will cover Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Ernakulam, Kumarakom and Trivandrum. The Southern Jewels will cover Chettinad, Mahabalipuram, Mysore, Hampi and Goa.
Maharajas' Express is known for recreating the royal journeys of yesteryears. Though the regular trip of these two new journeys will take place in September 2017 for this year, however two new tour circuits with a view to cater especially to domestic travellers are being planned during monsoon period of June/ July 2017.