National - 2017 June

June 1

Punjab and UNODC will join together to wipe out drugs in state.
The Punjab government has decided to collaborate with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as part of its efforts to root out the drug menace in the State.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between the State's Health Department, a Special Task Force (STF) and the UNODC as part of the government’s efforts to intensify its war against drugs.
The Chief Minister has directed the Health Secretary to finalise the terms of the MoU after consulting all stakeholders involved.
The meeting also saw a decision regarding developing a roadmap about implementing the project, for which a committee headed by the Principal Secretary (Health) with the STF chief as co-convenor and two UNODC representatives will be set up.

Stamp on Noted Playwright Balwant Gargi released.
A stamp on noted playwright and theatre director late Balwant Gargi was released.
BJP leader and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher has released the stamp on the commemoration of Balwant Gargi centenary by the Panjab University.
BalwantGargi was the founder­director of the Indian Theatre Department, PanjabUniversity Chandigarh.
The Punjab University, in 2016, had declared the 100th year of his birth as a year­long celebration.
He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award, the highest Indian literary award, in 1962 for his book Rang Manch.
He had also received Padma Shri in 1972 and the Sangeet NatakAkademi Award in Punjabi Playwriting in 1998.

Railways introduces buy now, pay later service.
The Indian Railways has introduced a facility on 1 of June of Buy Now, Pay Later service for passengers to book tickets online first and make payment for the reservations within a window of 14 days.
The facility will allow passengers to travel after five days of booking the ticket.
It will be available for confirmed, waitlisted, and Reservation against Cancellation berths.
The new Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is in partnership with the Mumbai­based ePaylater company.

Govt. doctors in UP to retire at 62 years.
The Uttar Pradesh Government has extended the retirement age of doctors from 60 to 62 years.
The decision was taken by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a meeting held at Lucknow.
This move has been taken in the view of non­availability of medical practitioners across the state.

June 2

Punjab & UK join hands to promote skill development.
The Punjab government and the United Kingdom join hands for imparting skill training and technical education to the students to provide better employment opportunities in abroad.Under the agreement, the UK would send skill development experts to Punjab to impart technical education and skill development training.
It was announced by Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi with Britain Deputy High Commissioner Andrew Ayre at Chandigarh.
The Punjab Government is planning to focus on providing quality education to the students to get jobs in the leading industries around the world.
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Punjab and UK would be the first step in this direction.

Odisha to have first automatic coastal warning for disasters in India.
Odisha is the first State in India to have developed an automatic public address system that can be activated along its entire coast. Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) project for natural disasters will be completed by July 31.
The system will be helpful in communicating tsunami and cyclone warnings to coastal population directly from the State Headquarters. The siren activation system will be located at the SRC Office.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi Pradipta Mohapatra, Managing Director of the Odisha State.
Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) at a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi informed thatGovernment is installing Siren System under EWDS which is part of National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project at 122 locations within 1.5 km of the coast.

June 3

Uttarakhand Governor launches Vidya­Veerta mission.
Uttarakhand Governor K.K. Paul has launched the Vidya­VeertaAbhiyan on 3 of June 2017 in the state by presenting Vice Chancellors of universities with the portraits of Param Vir Chakra recipients.
The Governor has presented the portraits to VCs of state universities and representatives of colleges.
These portraits will be displayed at the institutions to pass the message to every citizen of this country is responsible for the country's safety.
A brain child of former Rajya Sabha member Tarun Vijay, the campaign proposes to construct at least one 15­20 feet wall of valour in higher educational institution campuses to display the portraits of 21 soldiers decorated with the Param Vir Chakra, the highest military honour.

Haryana renames HUDA as 'it rhymes with ex-CM Hooda's name'.
The Haryana government has changed the name of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP).
HUDA was often misunderstood as it rhymed with the name of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Congress leader Hooda is facing CBI investigation in an industrial plot allotment case, among others.

Road ministry launches online platform INAM PRO+ for infra raw material.
Minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari launched INAM PRO+ an e-commerce platform for construction and infrastructure raw material for government and private procurement.
The website inampro.nic.in launched by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL), a road ministry public sector undertaking, will act as a repository of all raw materials suppliers and manufacturers in the country from where people and construction companies, along with public sector companies, can buy construction material at competitive rates.
INAM PRO+ is an updated version of the INAM portal, which was launched by the ministry of road transport and highways in 2015, to procure cement.
The INAM portal has already done sales worth Rs. 32 crore in two years.

June 4

Four Indian Army jawans climbed Mt. Everest without using oxygen cylinders.
A team of four Indian Army personnel successfully climbed Mt Everest without using oxygen cylinders, becoming the first team to scale the world's highest peak without supplementary oxygen.
The four climbers are Kunchok Tenda, Kelshang Dorjee Bhutia, Kalden Panjur and Sonam Phuntsok.
Out of total 14 members of the team, three mountaineers - Urgyen Topgye, Ngwang Gelek and Karma Zopa - successfully climbed Mt Everest with the support of supplementary oxygen.

Punjab CM inaugurates civic project pertaining to cleaning of sewage lines.
Bringing back the focus on the home city of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu inaugurated a major civic project pertaining to cleaning of choked sewerage lines and drains through super suction-cum-jetting machines.
It has come as a breather for Patiala residents who had been complaining of being ignored for the past one decade during the previous SAD-BJP government.
Waterlogging and choked sewerage lines had been a major cause of concern for city residents, especially during the monsoon season. This had also led to the outbreak of various vector-borne diseases in the past.

Railways to reduce emission by 33 per cent by 2030.
The Indian Railways is going to reduce emission by 33 per cent in the next 10­12 years.
The Railways will going to involve with green initiatives undertaken by the public transporter.
It will reduce emission through sustained energy efficiency measures and maximum use of clean fuel.
Railways will promote low carbon mass transportation system.
The target of tree plantation on rail land is 5 crore trees in the next three years.
This year 1.2 crore trees have been planted against a target of 1.15 crore.
The Railways will be using 5 per cent bio diesel and CNG/LNG for traction and use of renewables up to 10 per cent of its energy needs by 2030.
A big target has been set to achieve 1000 MW of solar power and 170 MW of wind Power installed capacities.

Aadhaar mandatory for kerosene subsidy, Atal Pension Yojana.
The Aadhaar card has been made mandatory for government subsidy on purchase of kerosene and benefits of Atal Pension Yojana. It was announced by PM Modi on 4 of June, 2017
Key Notes:
Those who are availing kerosene subsidy or contributing for the pension scheme will require Aadhaar number.
It has been also decided to link the Aadhaar number with the ration card issued to households availing the benefits or with the bank account for cash transfer benefit.
For the Atal Pension Yojana, the deadline for getting the Aadhaar is 15 June.
Till an Aadhaar card is obtained, ration card, driving licence, voter identity card, Kisan passbook with photo, job card issued under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and a certificate issued by a gazetted officer or a tehsildar will be considered as proof of identity for the benefits.

Gold costlier under GST, apparel, biscuits, footwear cheaper.
Post roll­out of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1, 2017, Gold will be costlier, whereas biscuits, footwear up to Rs. 500 and apparel up to Rs. 1,000 will become cheaper.
Important Decisions taken at the recent GST Council meeting, chaired by Finance.
Minister Arun Jaitley:
Packaged and branded food items will be taxed 5 per cent, tendu leaves at 18 per cent and bidi at the highest rate of 28 per cent. However, unlike cigarettes, there will be no cess on bidi.
Biscuits will be taxed at a flat rate of 18 per cent, footwear costing up to Rs. 500 will be levied a 5 per cent GST and for those above this would be taxed at 18 per cent.
Man­made apparel up to Rs. 1,000 will attract a 5 per cent tax, lower than the existing 7 per cent. Those costing above Rs. 1,000 will continue to attract 12 per cent.
Gold will become slightly costlier as the current incidence is 2 per cent, whereas the GST Council has proposed to tax gold and gold jewellery at 3 per cent.

June 5

Urban Development Minister launched the source segregation campaign at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.
Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu launched the source segregation campaign at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.
Urban local bodies of Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad will be covered in the campaign. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Naidu urged the people to dump wet waste in Green bins and dry waste in Blue bins.
Study revealed that improper solid waste management causes 15 diseases including Hepatitis, Cholera and Malaria. 100 per cent door-to-door collection, transportation and processing of solid waste is targeted by October, 2019 under Swachh Bharat Mission.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated a new bridge on Savitri River.
Almost 10 months after at least 40 people were killed when an old road bridge was washed away in heavy rains near Mahad in Maharashtra's Raigad, a new bridge in its place was inaugurated at the same site.
Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Anant Geete along with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries inaugurated the new bridge here which completed a crucial link on the busy Mumbai-Goa Highway.
The bridge, around 170 km south of Mumbai, has been completed in a record 165 days at a cost of nearly Rs 36 crore, and thrown open for traffic just before the south-west monsoon hits Maharashtra.
Women to be allowed in combat roles in Indian Army, by Gen Bipin Rawat.
According to Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat Women to be allowed in combat roles in Indian Army. Currently women are allowed in medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army.
According to The Army Chief, he was ready to recruit women as jawans and the matter is being taken up with the government.

June 6

Manipur assembly passes GST Bill at a specially convened session.
Manipur assembly passed the Manipur Goods and Service Services Tax Bill, 2017 at a specially convened session.
The bill was passed by voice vote even as Opposition Congress demanded a debate.
During the discussion according to state Chief Minister N. Biren Singh under GST Manipur would generate revenue of around Rs. 150 crore to Rs. 200 crore annually.

Clean Campus, Green Campus, Smart Campus competition for students in colleges and universities.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar unveiled the Clean Campus, Green Campus, Smart Campus competition for students in colleges and universities across the country on the occasion of World Environment Day.
The contest challenges students to make their campuses eco-friendly by planting trees, conserving water and energy, and implementing sustainable waste management projects.
The objective is to make campuses across the country green and sustainable, to launch the Smart Campus Cloud Network project of the Maharashtra Institute of Technology.

TRAI launches three new apps.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has launched three new apps to help customers rate quality of services, speed and performance.
The three new apps - Mycall app, MySpeed app and 'Do not disturb (DND 2.0)' app are being launched so that there is more transparency between the consumers and the service providers.
For instance, the MyCall app, is an Android application for crowdsourced voice call quality monitoring. The application will help mobile phone users rate their experience about voice call quality in real time and help TRAI gather customer experience data along with Network data.
Similarly, MySpeed app will enable TRAI to obtain test-data from users in all service areas, without any action by the users.

Greenpeace India launched solar comet, a bus to showcase solar power.
On the occasion of World Environment Day, Greenpeace India flagged off a 'solar bus' to raise awareness about solar energy and how it can easily power an entire household.
Called the Solar Comet, the bus has solar panels installed on the roof that power energy-efficient LED bulbs, mobile charging points, a mixer-grinder, a refrigerator, an air cooler and an air-conditioner that have been fitted inside the bus, a statement by the environmental NGO read.
The 'house on wheels' will tour the city for the next 20 days and activists will interact with RWAs on the the benefits of rooftop solar panels.

India's first 'private' railway station Habibganj to come up near Bhopal.
Habibganj in the suburbs of Bhopal will redefine the concept of a railway station in India. The country's first railway station to be redeveloped as a public-private partnership (PPP), Habibganj is set to become a swanky commercial hub with shops, offices and hotels, all in a span of three years.
The operation and maintenance responsibilities for the station have been given to Bhopal-based Bansal Group for a period of eight years. It has also received four land parcels on a 45-year lease. The group, which operates in the infrastructure and construction sector, also runs a television channel and educational institutions. It won the bid in 2016.
Bansal Group will invest Rs. 100 crore to overhaul the station which was opened in 1979, and around Rs. 350 crore to develop four commercial land parcels adding up to 17,245 sq. m.

June 7

e-challan, m-parivahan apps launched by Transportation Ministry.
The government has launched two mobile apps, echallan and mParivahan, that provide access to various services and information and enable citizens to report any traffic violation or road accident.
m-parivahan
m-parivahan is a citizen-centric app that will facilitate access to various transport-related services.
It will provide a virtual driving licence and registration certificates through back-end connection to the transport national register.
m-Parivahan will help in adding a vehicle into the app, and later It will provide full details of the car Owner's driving license Registration certificate. Vehicle number is entered into the app.
e-challan
e-Challan is an integrated enforcement solution to manage traffic violations through mobile app and back-end web application, for use by the Traffic Police and Transport Enforcement Wing.
The e-challan app will help traffic police to enforce transport laws.
The e-challan mobile app will be able to quickly report accidents and increasing violations of traffic.

Kerala Government Implements 'Green Protocol' For Weddings.
With the implementation of the protocol, plastic and other non-degradable articles including disposable glasses and plates and thermocol decorations will be kept at bay from marriage functions.
Inspections will be held at marriage halls, convention centres and hotels and other venues of the wedding ceremony in this regard and action would be taken if the protocol is violated.

Shri J.P. Nadda launches Skill for Life Save a Life.
Union Government has launched a Skill for Life, Save a Life Initiative on 6 of June.
Its aim is to promote skill development in the health sector.
Under this initiative, various courses will be initiated targeting specific competencies for healthcare professionals as well as for general public.
Its objective is to upscale the quantity and quality of trained professionals in the healthcare system.
It will also empower every single citizen of the country to provide first aid and initial care in case of an emergency.

EPFO extends deadline for submitting Aadhaar number to June 30.
Retirement fund body EPFO has extended the deadline for submitting Aadhaar number to June 30 for its over four crore members.
However, the deadline for submission of Aadhaar number would be September 30, 2017 in case of north-east states.
All field offices are directed to ensure that Aadhaar Number is furnished by the employer in respect of all new members who join the Employees Pension Scheme, 1995 with effect from July 1, 2017 except north east states where it would be applicable from October 1, 2017.
The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had set April 30, 2017 as the deadline for submitting Aadhaar number earlier.

June 8

Haryana government announced a hike in the monthly stipend of widows and destitute women.
The Haryana government today announced to increase the monthly stipend of widows, and destitute women and girls imparting training in tailoring by Rs. 500.
The hike will be for beneficiaries from the schedule castes and backward classes and will be in effect from May 16.
To purchase raw materials each trainee will get Rs. 300 per month instead of Rs. 150 during the training period.
Widows or destitute women and girls belonging to scheduled castes and backward classes, whose annual family income does not exceed Rs. 2.5 lakh, can avail benefits under the schem.

The Union Ministry of Law and Justice has cleared the kambala bill.
The Union Ministry of Law and Justice has cleared the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill 2017, legalising Kambala the traditional slush track buffalo race and will send it to the President for his assent.

The Cabinet approved an IPO by the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA).
The Union Cabinet has approved an IPO by the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), which is expected to bring in a revenue of at least Rs. 139 crore.
IREDA is registered as a non-banking financial company and has worked closely with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to help implement its policies.
The Cabinet approved an issue of 13,90,00,000 equity shares of Rs. 10 each. Also approved were the issues of shares to retail investors and IREDA employees at a discount of 5 per cent on the issue price, with cap of 0.5 per cent on equity post issue for CPSE employees.

C.K. Mishra, Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) inaugurated the 'Vatsalya – Maatri Amrit Kosh'.
Shri C.K. Mishra, Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) inaugurated the 'Vatsalya – Maatri Amrit Kosh', a National Human Milk Bank and Lactation Counselling Centre at the Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC).
Speaking on the occasion, Shri C.K. Mishra congratulated the LHMC, Delhi for this initiative and said that this would be the largest human milk bank and lactation counselling centre available under the public sector in North India.
The Health Secretary further added that it is envisaged that with this donor human milk bank, all newborns in and around Delhi will have access to life saving human milk regardless of the circumstances of their birth.
Mr. Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, Ambassador of Norway to India, was also present at the occasion. ''Vatsalya – Maatri Amrit Kosh'' is established in collaboration with the Norwegian government, Oslo University and Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI).

June 9

'Digi Yatra' for air travellers is announced by Civil Aviation Ministry.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation under the proposed ''Digi Yatra'' initiative is looking forward to make boarding pass and security check-ins digital at airports using Aadhaar and mobile phones.
Under this initiative, a digital mode for airport entry and verification of passengers would be used. The move is aimed to ease the security and boarding procedure.
In a sum, the initiative aims to make the whole air travel experience completely digital. According to the civil aviation minister Jayant Sinha, the proposed initiative would not require any paperwork and the traveller will be securely identified through Aadhaar number, passport or other documents.

Madhya Pradesh government launches farmers'debt relief scheme.
Madhya Pradesh government launched a new debt relief scheme Krishi Rin Samadhan Yojana for farmers. The cabinet also allocated Rs. 1,000 crore for the scheme, under the scheme, the interest rate on loans would be less, which would in turn also help defaulting farmers get loans.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has announced a compensation of Rs. 1 crore for the kin of the dead and Rs. 5 Lakh to those who were injured. He has also appealed the farmers to maintain peace and harmony in the state.
Beside loan waivers, farmers are also demanding Rs. 50 per litre of milk as they claim that Rs. 37 is spent by them for every litre.

'Chief Minister Scholarship Scheme' scheme launched.
Punjab government has launched a unique 'Chief Minister Scholarship Scheme' with a resolve to provide cheaper and quality technical education to the meritorious and poor students of the state.

June 10

Mumbai Police is planning the launch of mobile canteens to cater to cops on duty by providing them healthy snack options.
Mumbai Police is planning the launch of mobile canteens to cater to cops on duty by providing them healthy snack options.
The idea was conceived after Mumbai police commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar expressed concern over his colleagues often eating junk food and unfiltered water, during their long hours of duty. Notably, 78 policemen died of heart attack between 2014 and 2016.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee launched a mobile Application 'Selfie with Daughter' at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee launched a mobile Application 'Selfie with Daughter' at Rashtrapati Bhavan (June 9, 2017).
The President congratulated Shri Sunil Jaglan on the launch of the mobile-app 'Selfie-with-Daughter'.
The 'Selfie with Daughter' campaign was started by Shri Sunil Jaglan in June 2015 in village Bibipur, Jind, Haryana.
A former Sarpanch, Shri Jaglan has been working in the field of women empowerment and village development. The aim of the campaign is to motivate society to feel proud to be parents of a girl child which will result in improving the child sex ratio.

Furthering the agenda for cooperative federalism, NITI Aayog has launched SATH, a program providing 'Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital' with the State Governments.
Furthering the agenda for cooperative federalism, NITI Aayog has launched SATH, a program providing 'Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital' with the State Governments.
The vision of the program is to initiate transformation in the education and health sectors. The program addresses the need expressed by many states for technical support from NITI .
SATH aims to identify and build three future 'role model' states for health systems. NITI will work in close collaboration with their state machinery to design a robust roadmap of intervention, develop a program governance structure, set up monitoring and tracking mechanisms, hand-hold state institutions through the execution stage and provide support on a range of institutional measures to achieve the end objectives.
The program will be implemented by NITI along with McKinsey & Company and IPE Global consortium, who were selected through a competitive bidding process.

Aadhaar linkage with PAN mandatory.
The Supreme Court upheld the government's decision to link Aadhaar with the permanent account number (PAN) for the filing of income tax returns, but ruled that non-compliance with the law will carry no retrospective criminal consequences.
Under the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, the unique identity number is mandatory only to receive social welfare benefits.
But according to the provisions of the Finance Act 2017, the Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment number will be mandatory to file income tax returns and to apply for a new PAN.
An existing PAN can be declared void if the taxpayer does not link it with Aadhaar by 31 July,
Aadhaar is also mandatory to obtain or retain PAN. However, permanent account numbers of those without Aadhaar will not be invalidated for the time being.

Ministry of AYUSH launches awareness drive to increase popularity of Yoga through life­size Mascots.
The Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN) has initiated Yoga.
Awareness Drive through Mascots and Flash Mobs (YogMob).
The Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN) comes under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.
It has been launched to increase popularity of Yoga especially among the youth.
The Human­size IDY Mascots are running the campaign & spreading the message of Yoga Day in Delhi NCR, Lucknow and Haryana starting 8th June 2017.

India, Mauritius sign pact to institutionalise cooperation between their parliaments.
India and Mauritius has signed a pact to institutionalize cooperation between
Parliaments of the two countries on 10 of June, 2017
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Speaker of National Assembly of Mauritius Santi Bai Hanoomanjee.
The MoU that has signed on joint framework for parliamentary support and capacity building is a ''visionary step forward''.

June 11

22nd edition of European Union Film Festival begins.
The 22nd European Union Film Festival (EUFF) has opened at Siri Fort auditorium, New Delhi on 10 of June, 2017 with the screening of Estonian film Cherry Tobacco.
The five­day event is being organised by the Delegation of the EU and Embassies of EU Members.
It is in collaboration with Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Movies from comedy to family drama, romance and adventure are part of EUFF.
Tomasz Kozlowski, ambassador of European Union to India has a universal appeal and helps to bring people and cultures together.

Insurance up for crop loan in Rajasthan.
The Rajasthan government has raised the insurance cover by 1 lakh to 6 lakh for farmers who avail crop loan from cooperative banks in the State.
It aims to bring around 25 lakh peasants under the scheme.
The Rajasthan government has raised the insurance amount by 1 lakh in the present fiscal year in the 'Raj Sahakar Personal Accident Insurance Scheme' targeted to cover more than 25 lakh farmers.

Jitendra Singh Announces Hill Area Development Programme in Manipur.
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh announced the launch of, ''Hill Area Development Programme'' (HADP) for Northeast in Imphal (Manipur).
Dr. Jitendra Singh was addressing a meet of Investors and Entrepreneurs, organised by NEDFi (North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd), with joint participation of the Union Ministry of DoNER and the Government of Manipur represented by Chief Minister, Shri N Biren Singh and other senior State functionaries. Secretary NEC Shri Ram Muivah and a large number of prominent prospective entrepreneurs were present on the occasion.

June 12

Government launches Tele-Law initiative.
With an aim to make legal aid easily accessible to the marginalized communities and citizens living in rural areas, the government has launched the 'Tele-Law' initiative of the Ministry of Law and Justice partnered with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology that anchors the Digital India programme, to provide legal aid services through its Common Service Centres (CSC) at the panchayat level, spread across the country.
According to the Law Ministry, in the first phase, the 'Tele-Law' scheme will be tested as a pilot across 500 such CSCs in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to understand the challenges and make necessary corrections to the scheme before it is scaled up and rolled out across the country in a phased manner.
Under the scheme, a portal called 'Tele-Law' will be launched, which will be available across the CSC network. This will connect the citizens to legal service providers with the help of technology-enabled platforms.

Nitish opens two bridges over Ganga.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dedicated two road bridges over the Ganga to the people of the State.
At a function in the State capital attended among others by RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, Education Minister Ashok Chaudhary and a host of ministers and officials, Mr. Kumar dedicated the two bridges, Sonepur-Digha and Ara-Chapra, by pressing the button of remote control.

Punjab government starts free mortuary van service.
The Punjab government has decided to start a free mortuary van service in the state.
All government hospitals have been directed to provide such vans free of cost.
According to Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, hospital attendants will be required to fill up a form to record whether the family of the deceased have proper arrangements for transporting the body.
Till now there was no provision of providing mortuary vans in the government hospitals of state.
He mentioned the incident in Jalandhar a month ago when a person had to carry his father's body on a 'rehri'.

Ayush Ministry launches yoga awareness drive using attractive mascots.
The Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN) under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, has initiated a Yoga Awareness Drive through Mascots and Flash Mobs (YogMob) prior to International Yoga Day (21st June) to increase the popularity of Yoga, especially among the youth. The campaign is underway at Delhi NCR, Haryana and Lucknow.
The first such event was held in Rohini area of the National Capital. According to the Ministry, illustrative Yoga sessions with the help of mascots were organised where the Mascots demonstrated a few Yoga asanas to the crowd.
The mascots Provide an eye-catching way of helping boost the awareness of International Day Of Yoga. They are connecting with families by providing added entertainment and interactivity, especially at Malls, Public Places, Events & Recreational Tourist Areas.

Indian Railways to induct 40,000 refurbished coaches by 2023, earmarks Rs. 8,000 crore.
The Indian Railways is planning to induct about 40,000 coaches with improved interiors and upgraded facilities at an estimated cost of Rs. 8,000 crore to provide world-class comfort to passengers.
Besides, the state-run transporter will strengthen safety features in all existing conventional coaches equipping them with strong couplers to prevent capsizing during accidents.
According to the plan, coaches will be retrofitted with refurbished interiors, improved seating arrangement and newly designed bio-toilets among other facilities.
The retrofitting would cost about Rs. 30 lakh per coach.
The target is to complete the process of refurbishing of coaches with improved interiors and modern facilities in the next five years.
The aim is to make available 40,000 new look coaches in the railway fleet by 2023.
The work plan envisages retrofitting of 1000 coaches in the current fiscal, the number will increase to 3000 in the next fiscal and 5,500 coaches in subsequent years.

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) signs Agreement with the MetalIndustries Development Institute (MIDI), Ethiopia.
Keeping in line with Prime Minister Modi's stress on stronger and long-term cooperation between African countries and India for mutual benefits in the areas of agriculture, women empowerment, rural development, infrastructure etc., while addressing the annual meeting of African Development Bank at Gujarat, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has entered into an agreement with the Metal Industries Development Institute (MIDI), Ethiopia to implement a twinning programme.
The same is aimed at R&D capacity building of MIDI. CSIR has clinched this multi-million US dollar assignment through a process where many international organisations were considered.
The twinning is one of the largest programs (in terms of contractual amount) between a CSIR institute and a foreign entity. It should also facilitate CSIR's future collaborations with African Organizations.

Arunachal wants separate time zone to improve efficiency, work hours.
Pema Khandu, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, has demanded a separate time zone for Arunachal Pradesh to improve work efficiency and save electricity in the state.
Prema Khandu has mentioned that people in Arunachal Pradesh wake up as early as 4 am (according to Indian Standard Time). Owing to this, several daylight hours are wasted as government offices open only at 10 am and closes at 4 pm.
Moreover, a study by Bengaluru­based National Institute of Advanced Studies claimed in a report that such a move could save up to 2.7 billion units of electricity.
It is to be noted that in March 2017, Gauhati High Court rejected a public interest litigation seeking a separate time zone for the northeast.

GST Council lowers tax rate for 66 items.
Tax rates for as many as 66 items including kitchen staples like pickles and mustard sauce under the ensuing GST regime have been cut to meet demands from various quarters as the country prepares for rollout of one- nation-one-tax regime in less than three weeks.
Within weeks of the all-powerful GST Council fitting over 1,200 items into one of the 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent tax slabs, there were complaints from various quarters about high tax incidence on various goods and services.
The Council also increased the threshold of turnover for businesses which can opt for composition scheme to Rs. 75 lakh, from Rs 50 lakh proposed earlier.
Now traders, manufacturers and restaurant owners with turnover below Rs. 75 lakh can opt for the composition scheme and pay taxes at 1, 2, and 5 per cent rates respectively.

June 13

Meghalaya passes resolution opposing Centre’s notification on cattle sale.
Meghalaya state assembly unanimously passed a resolution opposing the Centre's notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter and demanded its withdrawal as it would impact the economy of the state and the food habit of its people.
Members of the assembly from all political parties supported the resolution tabled by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had issued the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 on May 23, 2017.
According to Mukul Sangma beef was an integral part of the dietary habit of the tribals of Meghalaya and its demand in the state in 2015 ­ 2016 was 23,634 metric tonnes.
Beef production in the state was only 12,834 MT and 10,800 MT was purchased from outside.

Sikkim govt signs Mou with British Council.
The Human Resource Development department of Sikkim government signed an MoU with the British Council to enhance quality of education in the state.
The MoU was signed by GP Upadhaya, additional chief secretary cum principal Human Resource Development department and Alan Gemmell, Head of British Council.
The MoU will improve the educational structure of the schools of Sikkim as planned by the Chief Minister and his vision to revolutionise Sikkim's education and help children achieves greater feats in life.
Science teachers from undergraduate colleges and universities in Sikkim by UK higher education experts along with internship of young faculties at relevant UK Universities.

Central nod for setting up of 100 AYUSH hospitals.
According to the Minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik that the Centre has approved proposals for setting up of 100 Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH) hospitals across the country.
The Union government had approved posting of 4000 AYUSH doctors in primary health centres across the country.
A total of Rs. 283.6 lakh has been released out of sanctioned amount of Rs. 563 crore for conservation and development for medicinal plants across Tamil Nadu.
The ministry has approved setting up of two 50 bedded integrated AYUSH hospitals at Theni and Tiruvannamalai districts in Tamil Nadu.

June 14

Borrow a human for 30 minutes at Delhi's first Human Library.
The concept of 'Human Library' is about to make its way to Delhi which will allow readers to borrow real people and learn from their life experiences over a 30 minute meaningful conversation.
This unique concept allows you to borrow a 'human book', ask any number of questions to that would help dispel misconceptions, provide more information and provide participants with better knowledge of a subject or idea.
Anybody can be a book, as long as they have interesting experiences and stories to share.
Delhi will be the fourth city to host the human library community in India after Indore, Hyderabad and Mumbai.The first Human Library event in India was held at Indore in 2016 at the IIM Indore campus.

MHA panel to study rules on people's movement along India-Myanmar border.
The Centre set up an expert committee to examine the rules which allow free movement of Indian and Myanmarese citizens within 16 kms of the border, but are exploited by militants for smuggling arms, drugs, and fake Indian currency.
The decision was taken at a meeting of chief ministers of the northeastern states which share a porous border with Myanmar.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh decided to constitute the committee, headed by the special secretary (Internal Security) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, which will examine the rules and regulations adopted by the border states for free movement of the people.
India's 1,643 km border with Myanmar touches four states: Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.

The Delhi government has decided to construct 582 flats for the economically weaker section.
The Delhi government has decided to construct 582 flats for the economically weaker section (EWS) under its rehabilitation scheme.
The flats, to be built under the government's 'Jahan Jhuggi Wahan Makan' (houses in place of slums) scheme, will come up a few metres from a slum at Rana Pratap Bagh in south Delhi's Sangam Park area.
According to an official, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) will build the flats, which will be ready in the next two-three years.
In February, DUSIB had approved a proposal to construct 6,178 flats for the economically weaker section at Lajpat Nagar, Bhalaswa, Dev Nagar, Mangolpuri and Ambedkar Nagar.

Yogi Adityanath and Union State Minister Shir Jayanth Sinha inaugurated Mahayogi Gorakhnath Civil Terminal at Gorakhpur airport.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union State Minister, Civil Aviation Shir Jayanth Sinha inaugurated Mahayogi Gorakhnath Civil Terminal at Gorakhpur airport.
Addressing a gathering on this occasion Yogi Adityanath that the Government of Uttar Pradesh is working with the motive of ''Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas''.

The center decided to open passport service center in 800 head Post Office.
The Centre has decided to open passport service centres at all 800 district head post offices across the country by 2019.
The decision has been taken to increase the people's access to the facility, especially in remote areas.
150 post office passport seva kendras are being opened this year and within two years all the 800 head post offices in all the districts would be in place. We have decided to ensure that no citizen is made to travel long distances for a passport. People in far-flung areas of the country find it difficult to obtain passports and redress passport-related grievances,.
The step has been initiated through a joint effort by the ministry of external affairs and the department of posts to deliver passport-related services to the people.

June 15

PM Modi to inaugurate Usha school stadium in Kozikode.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the synthetic track at Usha School of Athletics at Kinalur.
Union sports minister Vijay Goel will preside over the function to be held and state sports minister AC Moideen will deliver the keynote address.

Nalanda varsity to collaborate with South Korean Institute.
The Nalanda University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea's Academy of Korean Studies for academic cooperation.
According to the university officials, Nalanda University Vice Chancellor Professor Sunaina Singh and Professor Shin Jong Won, Vice President Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for academic linkages and collaborations in Patna.
As per the MoU, the two universities have agreed to enhance the bilateral ties through joint research programme.
The MoU will be in effect for five years.

Centre launches IDCF to reduce child deaths due to diarrhea.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight (IDCF) in order to intensify efforts to reduce child deaths due to diarrhoea.
The Ministry has made it a national priority to bring health outcomes among children to a level equitable with the rest of the world. Through this initiative, the Ministry will mobilize health personnel, State Governments and other stakeholders to prioritize investment in control of diarrhea, one of the most common childhood illnesses.
It aims to create mass awareness about the most effective and low - cost diarrhoea treatment - a combination of Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) solution and Zinc tablets.
During the fortnight, intensified community awareness campaigns on hygiene and promotion of ORS and Zinc therapy will be conducted at state, district and village levels. Narly 12 crore under 5 children will be covered during the program across the country.

June 16

States shortlisted by NITI for transformative change in Health and Education.
NITI Aayog has initiated a unique and novel initiative to catalyse transformational change in key Social Sectors. Under SATH (Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital), NITI Aayog and its knowledge partners will provide strategic, technical and implementation support to three states for each sector.
A Committee comprising of Member, NITI Aayog , Sh Bibek Debroy, CEO, Amitabh Kant, Advisers of NITI Aayog and representatives of Health and Education Ministry spent two days assessing and vetting presentations by 14 States for each of the two social sectors.
The States showcased the initiatives undertaken by them thus far, their willingness to accelerate improvement and justified why they should be selected for the institutional support being offered by NITI Aayog under the program.

Govt makes Aadhaar card mandatory for opening bank account.
The government announced its decision making the Aadhaar card mandatory for opening bank accounts and conducting financial transactions of Rs. 50,000 and above.
Moreover, existing bank account holders have been asked to submit their Aadhaar cards issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to banks by December 31 this year, failing which banks will invalidate their accounts.
The move comes days after the Supreme Court upheld the validity of an I-T Act provision making Aadhaar a must for allotment of PAN cards and for filing Income Tax returns.
The apex court had granted a "partial relief" to those who do not have an Aadhaar or an Aadhaar enrolment ID, ruling that the PAN of such individuals will not be cancelled for the time being.

Punjab govt inks MoU with Centre, AAI.
Under the country's flagship programme UDAN in the presence of Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh the Punjab government has signed a tripartite agreement with the Centre and Airports Authority of India (AAI).
The tripartite agreement was signed by Usha Padhee (Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation on behalf of GoI), Tejveer Singh (Secretary Civil Aviation for Punjab Government) and G.K. Chaukiyal (Executive Director for AAI).
The four airports of Bathinda, Ludhiana, Pathankot and Adampur have been connected under the scheme through five proposals.
While Delhi ­ Bathinda ­ Delhi by Alliance Air is already operational, Delhi ­ Pathankot ­ Delhi and Delhi ­ Ludhiana ­ Delhi routes will be serviced by Alliance Air from July 2017.
Under the scheme all regions have been connected (Northern region 17, Southern 11, North Eastern 6, Western 24 and Eastern 12).
Under the scheme one lakh seats will be made available to passengers, wherein 50 per cent – 50,000 seats will be under fare cap.
Requirement of Viability Gap Funding (VGF) will be shared by central government and the state government in 80:20 ratio.
The VGF for the state share will be around three crore per annum.

June 17

First phase of Kochi Metro to be inaugurated by PM Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel 8 km in the Kochi metro corridor morning and soon after dedicate the much-awaited first system of mass rapid transport in Kerala to the country. After arrival at the Naval air station he will travel by road to the Palarivattom metro station.
Mr. Modi will take the inaugural ride up to Pathadipalam.
The project will be dedicated to the nation at a function to be attended by 3,500 invitees at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kaloor.

President to inaugurate Green Line of Bengaluru Metro.
President Pranab Mukherjee flagged off the Green Line of Namma Metro Phase I in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Governor Vajubhai Vala, a host of Union Ministers and State Ministers.
Noting that Kolkata was the first city to introduce metro rail in 1984, more than a dozen cities would have metro trains in the next 10 - 15 years. The Delhi Metro was successfully implemented,, and appreciated the work of the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited in the execution of Phase I project.
With the completion of the 11.3 km - line between Mantri Square and Yalachenahalli, a total of 42.3 km with 40 stations in two corridors - East - West and North - South Corridor for Phase I has been completed at a cost of Rs. 13,845 crore.

Sushma Swaraj inaugurates KIP for young overseas Indians.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated Know India Programme, KIP, for young overseas Indians at a function in New Delhi.The programme is aimed at promoting awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields such as economic and education.
The Know India Programme is a three-week orientation programme for the Indian diaspora. It provides a unique forum for students and young professionals of Indian origin to visit India, share their views, expectations and experiences and develop closer bonds with the contemporary India.
On the occasion, the External Affairs Minister announced opening of new 149 post office passport seva kendras in the country soon.

June 18

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority launched digital subscription facility for APY.
Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has now introduced ''APY@eNPS'' which involves a complete digital enrolment process.
This is the latest in the series of various initiatives taken by PFRDA for expansion of outreach of Atal Pension Yojana (APY), to give additional push to cover the as yet unreached population at greater ease. PFRDA has conducted meetings with Banks and Deptt of Post at Kolkata, Bengaluru & Mumbai respectively for the earliest roll out of the facility call.
Shri A.G. Das, CGM, PFRDA recently addressed the meetings at Mumbai where IT department/ Nodal officers of the Banks/ Deptt of Post were present.
PFRDA had briefed about the benefits of APY@eNPS platform to the Service Providers under APY where more than 45 bank officials (IT officials/ Nodal Officers) were present.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended the flying licence of Air Carnival.
Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended the flying licence of Coimbatore-based carrier Air Carnival, which has not operated a single flight since early April.
With this, Air Carnival has become the third regional carrier, after Air Pegasus and Air Costa, whose air operator permit has been suspended by the DGCA.
The DGCA has suspended Air Operator Permit (AOP) of Air Carnival after it failed to satisfy the regulator in its response to the show-cause notice.
Air Carnival chairman and managing director S. Irudaya Nathan was not available for comments.

Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram Celebrates 100 Years.
It was more aastha (spiritual immersion) than an acquaintance with Gandhian ethics and values that spurred several of the 623 people to take the inaugural journey of the 'Aastha Special Tourist Train (Gandhi Darshan)' from Sabarmati station.
Besides places related to Mahatma Gandhi's freedom struggle like Sevagram Ashram (Wardha), Champaran Satyagraha Memorial at Bettiah and Motihari, the train will connect cities such as Varanasi, Gaya and Allahabad popular pilgrimage destinations.
The special train was flagged off by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani with Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu, who joined in via video conferencing from Bandra.

CRPF launches toll ­ free helpline 'Madadgaar' to assist Kashmiri people.
With an aim to help citizens, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a 24×7 helpline Madadgaar at Srinagar’s Tagore Hall.
The helpline is the first of its kind in Kashmir with a toll free number (14411). The aim of the helpline is to assist Kashmiris, especially students studying all over the country who face security issues and other problems away from the home.
According Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, Director General, CRPF, the helpline will render assistance in case of threat to public safety, natural calamities and disruption of civic amenities.
It would also aid in career counselling for those interested in joining the paramilitary forces. It aims to provide information to pilgrims visiting the Vishnu Devi shrine as well.

June 19

Ministry of Culture launches 'National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India'.
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture & Tourism 'Dr. Mahesh Sharma' has launched the implementation of the 'National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India' at Goverdhan Block, Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh.
This Mission is part of the 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' umbrella and a stage will be provided to the registered artists for performance and display their talent.
Registration can also be done directly on the portal 'culturalmappingofindia.nic.in'.
The scheme is set to cover all the Blocks of the Country, involving a total of 6.40 Lakh villages over the span of next 3 years.

June 20

A new Mobile App ''Celebrating Yoga'' has been launched by Dr. Harshvardhan.
Minister for Science & Technology Dr. Harshvardhan launched a Mobile App ''Celebrating Yoga'' developed by Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology in New Delhi.
The Mobile App has been developed by DST on the occasion of International Yoga Day 2017. The purpose of the APP is to popularise Yoga and encourage people to participate in it for a scientifically healthy living.
Healthy life of citizens improves productivity and economy of the country as a whole. Practicing Yoga is a means of maintaining a healthy society in harmony with nature and fulfil developmental aspirations.
This aspect of quality of life is aligned with the National Mission ''Swasth Bharat'' of the Government of India. The Department of Science & Technology has launched a research programme ''Science and Technology of Yoga and Meditation (SATYAM)'' under its Cognitive Science Research Initiative (CSRI).
As Yoga and Meditation are interdisciplinary endeavors that interface with Neuroscience, Medicine, Psychology, Engineering, Philosophy etc., YOGA can contribute in a holistic way to derive integrated benefits.

Energy Conservation Building Code 2017 has been launched by Piyush Goyal.
Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines launched the Energy Conservation Building Code 2017 (ECBC 2017).
Developed by Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), ECBC 2017 prescribes the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India.
The updated version of ECBC provides current as well as futuristic advancements in building technology to further reduce building energy consumption and promote low-carbon growth.
ECBC 2017 sets parameters for builders, designers and architects to integrate renewable energy sources in building design with the inclusion of passive design strategies. The code aims to optimise energy savings with the comfort levels for occupants, and prefers life-cycle cost effectiveness to achieve energy neutrality in commercial buildings.

Punjab to get mohalla clinics, health insurance for all citizens.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced his government’s decision to establish wellness mohalla (ward) clinics across the state.
Government had initiated the process of providing health insurance to all the citizens so that they can get quality healthcare facilities at affordable cost.
The School Health Programme has also been reinforced to ensure regular health check-up of all school children.
The government has given an incentive of 30 per cent marks to PCMS doctors in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for post-graduation.

Punjab Finance minister Manpreet Badal presented State budget for the year 2017­18.
Punjab Finance minister Manpreet Badal presented a state budget of Rs. 1.18 lakh crore for the financial year 2017­18.
The budget presented by Manpreet Badal, focused on reducing the crushing debt burden and restoring fiscal stability.
The budget laid special emphasis on education and social sectors.
Badal also mentioned that Punjab's outstanding debt will be Rs. 1.95 lakh crore by the end of the financial year.
Punjab Government announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery to PhD.
This initiative was one of the key electoral promises made by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.


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