National - 2017 APRIL

April 1

PM Modi to hold delegation-level talks with Malaysian PM in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak will hold delegation-level talks in New Delhi.
The two leaders will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations.
Various issues, including terrorism, are expected to come up during the talks.
A number of bilateral as well as commercial agreements are also likely to be signed.

Withdrawal of service charge on e-tickets of train extended till 30 June.
Passengers will continue to get benefits of service charge exemption on train tickets booked online till June 30. 
In order to help passengers and incentivise payments made through digital modes for booking of reserved tickets, service charge on online booking of train tickets was withdrawn for the tickets booked from November 23, 2016 to March 31, 2017. 
Railways received instructions from the Ministry of Information and Technology advising the public transporter to extend the incentives at least till June 30. 
The service charges on booking train tickets online through IRCTC ranges from Rs. 20 to 40 per ticket. 

Defence Ministry permits Arunachal Pradesh to use ALGs for civilian purpose.
The Union Defence Ministry has allowed Arunachal Pradesh government to use the functional Advance Landing Grounds (ALGs) in the state for civilian purpose.
The Ziro, Mechuka, Walong, Aalo, Pasighat and Tuting ALGs across the state have been developed by the Defence Ministry and are under the direct control of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
State government can approach the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation for construction of civil terminal at these ALGs and for scheduled civil operations.

Dharmendra Pradhan launches BS-IV grade fuels from 12 different locations across country.
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched a supply of BS-IV grade fuel in 12 towns through video-conference.
The launch came after the Supreme Court banned sale and registration of BS-III vehicles from April 1.
The petroleum ministry is pursuing various other forms of energy like liquefied natural gas (LNG) for industries and the transport sector, compressed natural gas (CNG) and auto LPG for automobiles and piped natural gas (PNG) for households, besides ethanol and bio-mass, to expand the existing energy basket.
2nd unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant starts in Tamil Nadu.
The 2th unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant started commercial generation of power. 
The 2th unit attained its full power generation capacity of 1000 Mega watt in January. 
The 1000 MW nuclear power plant is built with Russian expertise.
The second unit attained criticality in July last year and was synchronized with southern grid in August.

81st Foundation day 'Utkal Divas' celebrated by Odisha.
On April 1, 1936, Odisha was formed and since then the day is celebrated to mark the contributions and sacrifices made by the people of the state in the formation days or Utkal Divas.
Odiya community has celebrated 'Utkal Divas' the 82 Foundation Day of Odisha state, in Gandhinagar.
Gujarat governor O.P. Kohli attended the ceremony as the chief guest.
Inaugurating the Foundation Day of Odisha, which was celebrated with a cultural programme at Sector 22 Rang Manch in Gandhinagar.

India declares its Association status with International Energy Agency.
India declared its ''Association'' status with the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The IEA which covers the entire spectrum of energy globally will play an important role in India’s energy security context.
With enhanced cooperation with the IEA, India would be able to play a more visible and influential role in the future global energy governance landscape.

India's first International research centre for Foot, Mouth disease of cattle inaugurated in Odisha.
India's first International research centre for Foot and Mouth disease of cattle and buffalos was inaugurated at Argul (Bhubaneswar), Odisha.
The research centre has been constructed in joint collaboration of UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAT). It will conduct research on viral disease of cattle and buffaloes.
It has the facility for safe handling and storage of live Foot and Mouth disease virus that essentially is required for control of the disease.
It will collect samples from all over the country to find a cure of the disease. Notably, India is suffering a loss of Rs. 23,000 annually due to Foot and Mouth disease of cattle and buffalos.

April 2

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges start up sector to explore areas where technology can help judiciary.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar that the government would make its share of ''contribution'' to help fulfil his ''resolve'' to reduce the burden on the judiciary and deal with the high number of pending cases.
The Prime Minister made the pledge after observing the ''pain'' in Justice Khehar's speech in which he lamented the pendency of cases in the higher and lower courts.
Mr. Modi lauded Justice Khehar’s resolve to tackle the pendency of cases and his stress on simplification of legal work through use of technology.

Government plans to change security features of bank notes every 3-4 year.
To check counterfeiting, the government plans to change security features of higher denomination banknotes of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 500 every 3-4 years in accordance with global standards.
The issue was discussed threadbare at a high-level meeting attended by senior officials of the ministries of Finance and Home, including Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.
The move came after fake currency notes were recovered post demonetisation.

Digidhan is aim of Centre to make society corruption free: Venkaiah Naidu.
Information Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has informed that the Centre is organising digidhan melas across the country to create awareness among the general public on the use of cashless transactions through internet.
Digidhan melas are being organised in the country from 25th December 2016 in which bankers, service providers and various welfare departments are taking an active part by putting up their stalls providing the know-how of using various apps and downloading them to people for carrying out cashless transactions.
People who have performed cashless transactions since its launch were selected and given away lucky grahak, and digi vyapar puraskars on the occasion.

Mizoram becomes 27th state to join UDAY scheme.
Mizoram has become the 27th state to join UDAY scheme meant for revival of debt-stressed discoms which will help it get overall benefits of Rs. 198 crore during the period of turnaround.
According to the statement, with the signing of MoU by Mizoram, the total states/ Union territories covered under UDAY.
Mizoram would derive an overall net benefit of about Rs. 198 crore by way of cheaper funds, reduction in aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) and transmission losses and interventions in energy efficiency during the period of turnaround.

April 3

Maharashtra tourism welcomes tourists to visit live coal mine.
The Maharashtra Tourism Board has invited tourists to visit a live coal mine in Saoner, Nagpur district.
Tourists spend an estimated 45 minutes inside the mine, which is 200 metres below the ground, alongside coal miners.
They wear torch helmets and reflective jackets while using a man-riding system to visit the mine.

Patients with rare disease will be offered free Air tickets by Air India.
Air India announced that it gave free round-trip tickets to three patients from Bangladesh who are suffering from a crippling disease.
The move came after a Mumbai-based neurosurgeon offered to treat the patients, aged 8, 14 and 24, as their family was seeking euthanasia.
The three suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disorder that causes progressive muscle degeneration.

Madhya Pradesh hikes power tariff by an average of 9.48 per cent.
The Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has hiked the power tariff by an average of 9.48 percent for 2017-18 Fiscal Year.
In the Industrial category, the hike is 5.02 per cent and in the agriculture category, the hike is 13.18 per cent. Furthermore, in domestic consumer category, the hike is 7.83 per cent whereas, in the non-domestic category, the hike is 7.55 per cent.
The Electricity Regulatory Commission has issued the revised tariff following the power companies proposed for the hike.

Centre sanctions Rs. 98 crore for Assam Heritage Circuit.
Union Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs. 98.35 crores for a Heritage Circuit in Assam. 
Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Dr. Mahesh Sarma announced this while meeting Assam chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal. 
This amount is sanctioned for development of the Tezpur, Majuli and Sivasagar circuit under the scheme of Swadesh Darshan. 
This includes development of a composite tourist infrastructure in Majuli, comprising of an interpretation centre near Kamalabari ghat, log huts, watch towers, cafeteria, elevated walkway, solar illumination, landscaping etc. worth Rs. 61.26 crores.

April 4

CDS of salary implemented by IAF for its Air Warriors, Civilian employees.
Indian Air Force has implemented a pan India Centralised Disbursement System (CDS) of Salary for its Air Warriors and Civilian employees.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff launched the CDS at Air Force Central Accounts Office (AFCAO).
This endeavor is in line with the Honorable Prime Ministers directions on Digital India" mission.
Indian Air Force has achieved 100 per cent digitisation and central online remittance of salaries.
By this system the digital disbursement of salary to the tune of 13,000 crores per annum would be ensured by AFCAO at Subroto Park, New Delhi, which thus far was being manually executed.

Polythene products of below 50 microns banned by J&K.
Jammu and Kashmir government has imposed a ban on the use of polythene bags manufactured below fifty microns.
New guidelines and regulations would facilitate proper recycling of plastic waste, reducing its impact on the ecology.
The manufacturer's name and address will now be required to be printed on the bags, failing which, strict action, as per the law.

India, UK to set up Green Growth Equity Fund under NIIF for green energy.
India and the United Kingdom have decided to set up a 240 million pound Green Growth Equity Fund to finance clean energy projects in India.
Both India and UK are going to make a contribution of 120 million pounds each in the fund which will focus initial investments in India’s rapidly growing energy and renewables market.
The Fund will be a sub-fund of National Infrastructure and Investment Fund (NIIF) which was set up by India to finance greenfield as well as brownfield projects and stalled projects.
Decision in this regard was taken at the 9th India-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue in Delhi.

PM greets people on the occasion of Ram Navami.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people, on the occasion of Ram Navami.
The Holy festival of Ram Navmi is a spring Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of god Rama and is being celebrated across the whole country.
On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation. PM took to twitter and along with the tweet in Hindi and English, the PM posted a clip encapsulating his speeches related to Lord Shri Rama.

Tripura ink agreements for robust power distribution system.
Tripura Government has signed two agreements with the Union Ministry of Power to enhance power supply in distribution network.
The agreements will enable state to get the benefits under the Central government scheme.
As per the agreements, state has accepted the provision of Ujjwal Distribution Assurance Yojana (UDAY) and Transmission Service Agreement of Union Power Ministry to upgrade the existing transmission network to reduce Aggregate Technical and Commercial Loss.
Uttar Pradesh Government forms committee to implement farm loan waiver decision.
The Uttar Pradesh government has constituted six-member committee to implement its decision of waving off farmers agricultural loan.
It will be headed by Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar. The committee has been asked to coordinate with Nationalized Banks, Government, Cooperative, and Rural Banks from where farmers have taken agro loans till March 2016 and formulate the strategy to implement the government's decision.
It also has been asked to prepare a working plan to arrange financial support to the banks.
Earlier in its first cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath cabinet had decided to wave off farmer's agricultural loan up to Rs. 1 lakh.
It will benefit about 86 lakhs small and marginalized farmers of the state.

April 5

New category of visas introduced for foreign filmmakers by Government.
Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore announced a new category of visas for foreign filmmakers.
Foreign tourists visiting India on e-visa can now stay up to two months, instead of the earlier one, and enjoy double-entry benefits while those coming for treatment can avail triple-entry facility.
With the double-entry benefits, tourists can visit neighbouring countries like Bhutan and can return to India within the stipulated time.
The window for application under e-visa scheme has been increased from 30 days to 120 days.

Minimum wages for workers increased by Madhya Pradesh government.
The Madhya Pradesh government has increased the minimum wages of workers on the basis of the revised dearness allowance (DA) rates in the state with effect from April 1.
As per the new rates of minimum wages, unskilled workers would get Rs. 7,125 per month at the rate of Rs. 274/day, while the semi-skilled workers would get Rs. 7,982 per month at the rate of Rs. 307/day.
The wages for skilled workers have been increased to Rs. 360/day, which means they would get Rs. 9,360 per month.

Yogi Adityanath waives farmers loan upto Rs. 1 lakh in Uttar pradesh.
The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, at its first Cabinet meeting, announced its decision to waive farmers’ loans worth Rs. 30,729 crore, writing off all farm loans up to Rs. 1 lakh.
The government will also settle around Rs. 6,000 crore of NPAs of seven lakh small and marginalised farmers, to whom the banks had stopped issuing loans, through a one-time payment.
The double decision, a major promise made as part of the BJP's poll campaign, will benefit over 86 lakh small and marginalised farmers, who had taken loans until March 31, 2016.
The total cost to the State exchequer will amount to Rs. 36,000 crore.

Over two crore LPG connections released to BPL women under PMUY.
The number of beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for providing free of cost LPG (cooking gas) connections to BPL households has crossed 2 crore mark since its launch in May 2016.
The success of the scheme shows that how it is serving as a novel means of women empowerment and achieving the goals of providing clean fuel and a better life to the people.
Government has approved Rs. 8000 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) for release of 5 crore deposit free new LPG connections to Women of BPL families over three years, i.e. FY 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.
The scheme will provide an initial cost of Rs. 1600 for providing LPG connection to poor households in the name of women of the household. The Prime Minister launched the scheme at Balia, Uttar Pradesh.

I&B ministry to increase grants for Community radio stations.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Col Rajyavardhan Rathore has informed, his ministry has taken decisions to increase grants for Community radio stations especially for North-East, to increase grants from 75 per cent to 90 per cent, with upper cap of 7.5 lakh rupees.
Community radio stations are set up by educational institutions, universities as well as Non-government organisations (NGOs) and are largely focused on development issues concerning the communities in regional languages and dialect.
I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu chaired the meeting of the consultative committee of the Ministry to discuss the roadmap for developing community radio stations.

Gunotsav programme launched in 8 districts of Assam.
The four-day long Gunotsav programme, will cover over 9 lakh students of 12320 primary schools in Barpeta, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Hailakandi, Kamrup (Metro), Lakhimpur, Morigaon and West Karbi Anglong districts.
The state government has launched the initiative to improve elementary education.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, his ministerial colleagues and all senior officials will visit the schools and interact with students and their guardians.

Haryana to provide one-time grant of Rs. 21,000 to families for third girl child.
Haryana government will provide one-time grant of Rs. 21,000 to all those families whose third girl child was born after August 24, 2015, under the Aapki Beti, Hamari Beti scheme.
The eligible families will receive the amount irrespective of their caste, creed, religion, income and number of sons.
The scheme is aimed to combat the problem of declining child sex ratio and promote girls education in the state.
Earlier, under the scheme, the first girl child born in the families belonging to Scheduled Castes and all Below Poverty Line (BPL), and second, twin or multiple girls born on or after January 22, 2015 in any family were eligible for the grant.

Madhya Pradesh Government launches MP e-nagarpalika mobile app.
Madhya Pradesh government has launched 'MP e-nagarpalika' mobile application to provide various municipal services online.
The app will offer 378 services like online payment of property tax, birth/ marriage/ death certificates, building permission etc.
It will also register complaints related to water, garbage, streetlights etc. It also has online payment gateway.
The mobile app was launched as part of Rs. 225 crore 'e-nagarpalika' project, under which all municipal services will be made available online on a unified web platform.

April 6

Rail Development Authority to be set up by Government to fix train fares.
The Union Cabinet gave the green light to a proposal of setting up an independent regulator Rail Development Authority (RDA) that will recommend passenger fares for Indian railways.
Likely to be functional by August 1 with an initial corpus of Rs. 50 crore, RDA will decide on tariffs, services for passengers and adoption of new technologies.
The regulator will decide on tariffs, ensure fair play and a level playing field for private or foreign investment in the railways.
The regulator is expected to lay down standards for efficiency and performance which will lead to customer satisfaction in both passenger and freight services.

Diploma course 'Purohityam' to be launched by Madhya Pradesh government for priesthood.
The Madhya Pradesh government will start a one-year diploma course on Hindu priesthood called 'Purohityam' from July.
There will be no specifications on caste as both Scheduled Caste and Brahmins will be eligible for the course.
It is for the first time that such a course has been introduced by the state government.

MoU with Aus for cooperation in healthcare got approval from government.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the MoU between India and Australia on cooperation in the field of health and medicine.
The main areas of cooperation include communicable diseases such as malaria and TB, regulation of pharmaceuticals, vaccines and medical devices, mental health and non-communicable diseases, tobacco control, among others.
The MoU will involve cooperation through joint initiatives in the Health Sector and strengthen bilateral ties between India and Australia.

Uttar Pradesh government to set up 25 medical colleges, 6 AIIMS like institutes in next five years.
The Yogi Adityanath government has started work on setting up six AIIMS and 25 new medical colleges in the state, one of the promises the BJP made in the run-up to the assembly polls. 
There are more than 600 private and 13 government engineering colleges in the state.
Expressing concern over the poor medical facilities in rural areas, Mr. Adityanath appealed to medicos to come forward to work.

KSRTC to start service of essential public utilities delivery.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has stepped in to assist delivery of essential public utilities using their buses due to ongoing nationwide lorry strike.
The Lorry owner's federation has withdrawn its lorry services demanding roll back of decision to increase insurance premium by the Central Government and imposition of toll collection by the state Government.
To meet public demand for essential goods, the state Transport department has directed all its 15 divisional offices in the state to provide required number of buses as and when district authorities requested.
The Road Transport Corporation sources have informed that around 20 buses are provided in Bangalore jurisdiction to transport essential commodities from whitefield sector.

Union Cabinet approves Audio Visual Co-Production and five other agreements with Bangladesh.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the agreement on Audio Visual Co-Production India and Bangladesh.
India has so far entered into audio-visual co-production agreements with Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, France, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Canada, China and the Republic of Korea.
An audio-visual co-production made in accordance with the proposed Agreement shall be entitled to all the benefits which may be accorded to any national audio-visual work by both countries in accordance with their respective laws and regulations.

Cabinet approves Air Services Agreement between India and Georgia.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of the Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Georgia.
The Agreement between the two countries is based on latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) template keeping in view of developments in Civil Aviation sector and with an objective to improve the air connectivity between the two countries.
Presently there is no Air Services Agreement between these two countries. ASA is the basic legal framework for any air operation between the two countries.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Bangladesh for fairway development on two rivers.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved MoU between India and Bangladesh for fairway development of Ashuganj-Zakiganj stretch of Kushiyara river and Sirajganj-Daikhawa stretch of Jamuna river in the Indo-Bangladesh protocol route by undertaking necessary dredging jointly by the two countries.
The MoU will considerably reduce the logistics cost of cargo movement to North Eastern India.
It will also reduce the congestion through the Siliguri Chicken's Neck corridor.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and France on Technical Cooperation in Civil Aviation.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and its French counterpart, Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), France to implement Technical Cooperation Program in civil aviation sector.
The Technical Cooperation Program will be beneficial for enhancement of skills and expertise of AAI's officers.
This MoU is also beneficial for imparting training of engineers, technicians, managers etc.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Bangladesh in field of judicial sector cooperation.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved signing of MoU between India and Bangladesh in the field of judicial sector cooperation.
It is aimed at developing, promoting and strengthening mutual cooperation between the judiciaries of the two countries.
The MoU provides for promoting mutual interaction among judges and officials at various levels of the judiciary through exchange visits, training and academic programmes.

Cabinet approves MoU on passenger cruise services between India and Bangladesh.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved MoU on passenger cruise services on the coastal and protocol routes between India and Bangladesh for starting regular movement of passengers and tourists in water crafts between the two countries.
The operationalization of this MoU will promote people to people contact and cooperation between the two countries in respect of economic, social and cultural advancement.
It will also generate employment opportunities for the people of India and Bangladesh.

Cabinet approves closure of Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved closure of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) which was set up in 2012 to address the social security-related issues of the Emigration Check Required (ECR)-category workers going abroad for employment to ECR countries.
The subscription under the MGPSY was very low and no new subscription was received for more than a year.
Closure of the scheme will,therefore, obviate the avoidable recurring administrative and record-keeping expenditure.

April 7

Bill on allowing bullock cart races passed in Maharashtra Assembly passes.
The Maharashtra assembly passed a legislation for resumption of bullock cart races across the state close on the heels of Tamil Nadu recently enacting a law to regularise its rural sport Jallikattu.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Maharashtra Amendment) Bill would regularise the bullock race, a popular sport in rural Maharashtra which had been banned in 2014.
As per the amendment, bullock cart races could be held with the prior permission of the district collector concerned by ensuring that no pain or suffering would be caused to the animal.

Bangladesh PM arrives on four-day India visit.
India will sign an inter-governmental agreement on civil nuclear energy with Bangladesh during Prime Minister Hasina's visit to India.
According to Dhaka Tribune, India and Bangladesh may sign around 35 deals and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on trade and commerce, economy and connectivity, and on defence related issues.
The MoUs will include prevention of human trafficking, blue economy and maritime cooperation in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean, use of Chittagong and Mongla seaports, Indian economic zone, and joint research on oceanography of the Bay of Bengal.

Awareness program on promoting digital payments to be organised by Uattar Pradesh government on 14th April.
In Uttar Pradesh to promote digital payments, awareness programmes will be organised at all district and tehsil headquarters across the state on 14th April.
The state government has been running various programmes to encourage users to create awareness about digital payments and to encourage people to use them.
The government will also run a Digidhan Mela initiative in Allahabad.

Deendayal Rasoi Yojna to be launched by Madhya Pradesh govt to provide food at subsidized rate to poor.
Madhya Pradesh Government has launched Deendayal Antyodaya Rasoi Yojana, a populist subsidised meal scheme for poor in the state.
The first phase of the scheme was launched by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in 49 districts headquarters across the state.
The scheme has been named after the BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya.
Tamil Nadu was first to launch such scheme under brand name of Amma Canteens followed by Rajasthan.

April 8

Uttar Pradesh government orders English compulsory language in schools from Class 1.
English will be taught as a compulsory subject from Class 1 in government-run schools in Uttar Pradesh.
Till date, English was till now being taught as a compulsory subject from class 5.
Students of government schools to get equally good education like those of private or missionary schools.

State highways in Uttarakhand to be classifed as district roads by government.
The Uttarakhand government decided to denotify state highways falling in the area of local civic bodies and categorise them as other district roads as highway specifications were coming in the way of their maintenance and expansion.
There are 64 state highways in Uttarakhand out of which 63 are located in local civic body areas.
The cabinet also decided to give stamp duty exemption for five years to farmers who take loans after mortgaging their cultivable land.
The move will also help the state government minimise the revenue loss it would have incurred with the closure of as many as 420 vends along national and state highways.

Bill passed in Maharashtra assembly to prevent attacks on journalists.
The Maharashtra state legislature approved a bill to protect working journalists.
The bill that aims to make attacks on journalists a non-bailable offence also includes provision for the imprisonment of up to three years for the offence or fine up to Rs. 50,000 or both punishments in case of an attack on a media person on duty.
Under the provision of the law, any act of violence against media person will be cognisable, non-bailable and triable by a first class magistrate. 
Also, the cases under this law will be investigated by an officer, not below the rank of deputy superintendent of police or assistant commissioner of police.

Haryana Sex ratio reaches 950 mark out of 1000 boys.
For the first time in the history of Haryana, the sex ratio in the state has touched the 950 mark out of 1000 boys.
As per district-wise data, the sex ratio at birth during March in Kaithal, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Gurugram, Bhiwani, Jind, Fatehabad, Panchkula, Rewari, Ambala, Mewat, Sonepat and Faridabad was 864, 863, 893, 893, 893, 896, 898, 912, 913, 921, 926, 939 and 947 respectively.
The ratio in Karnal, Hisar, Yamunanagar, Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Palwal and Narnaul was 953, 972, 974, 976, 980, 993, 1,217 and 1,279 respectively, as per information provided by the state government.
After the launch of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' programme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Haryana, accepted the challenge of improving the skewed sex ratio.

Uttar Pradesh government to purchase one lakh metric ton potato direct from farmers.
In Uttar Pradesh, the government has decided to purchase one lakh metric ton potato direct from farmers to provide them better price of their produce. Government has fixed rate of 487 rupees per quintal.
The government took this decision on the basis of market interference scheme and has authorized National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED), and three institutions of the State Government to purchase potatoes on the rate fixed by government.
The state cabinet had set up a three member ministerial committee to consider the problems of potato growing farmers.

April 9

PMO discusses ways to involve private real estate developers in 'Housing-for-all by 2022' programme.
Ways to involve private real estate developers in the government's ambitious 'Housing-for- all by 2022' programme was discussed at a meeting in the Prime Minister’s Office with focus on removing the ''bottlenecks''.
The meeting called by the Prime Minister's Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra discussed how the benefits of the interest subsidy on affordable housing could reach the prospective home buyers.
The two-hour-long meeting came amid the thrust given by the government to the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Awaas Yojana (PMAY), as part of Narendra Modi’s ambition of providing housing for all by 2022, when the country celebrates its 75 years of independence.
Modi, Hasina flag off trial run of India-Bangladesh train.
The trial run of passenger train service between Bangladesh's Khulna city and West Bengal capital Kolkata began with the arrival of a train at Petrapole along the India-Bangladesh border.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ,Bangladeh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee jointly flagged off the train service through video link from New Delhi.
Regular service between the Kolkata station and Khulna will commence in July.
India-Bangladesh rail corridor through Petrapole was reopened in January 2001 for goods trains.
Mega draw of Lucky Grahak Yojana & Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana being held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
President Pranab Mukherjee will draw lots for mega draw of Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The Government of India launched the Lucky Grahak Yojana for consumers and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana for merchants on December 25, 2016 in order to promote and encourage digital transactions.
These schemes are being implemented by the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI).
The Lucky Grahak Yojana rewards Rs. 1000 daily to 15,000 customers undertaking digital transactions.
Weekly prizes upto Rs. 1 lakh for consumers and Rs. 50,000 for merchants are given.
Mahavir Jayanti celebrated across the country.
Mahavir Jayanti, the birth anniversary of 24th and last Jain Tirthankar Bhagwan Mahavir is being celebrated across the country.
Mahavir Jayanti is considered to be one of the most auspicious events for Jain people and holds a lot of importance in their religious life.
President and Vice President and Prime Minister have greeted the people on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti.
26 projects worth Rs. 2100 crore approved for Namami Gange project.
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 26 projects worth Rs. 2,154.28 crore under the Centre’s 'Namami Gange' programme, aiming to reduce the river's pollution load.
As part of the projects, the NMCG will set up Sewage treatment plants (STPs) and develop sewage network in four Ganga basin states: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Delhi.
It will create sewage treatment capacity of 188 million litres daily (MLD), setting up 13 new STPs in the states.
The NMCG will rehabilitate three existing STPs of 596 MLD-capacity in Delhi, Haridwar (Uttarakhand) and Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh). Five STPs of 30 MLD-capacity will be upgraded in Uttarakhand.

April 10

Trees planted by Bihar police stations to promote prohibition.
All the police stations in Bihar will be planting fruit-bearing saplings in the premises from April 20 to create awareness against liquor and promote prohibition in the state.
According to state director general of police (DGP) P.K. Thakur, Vaishali boy Ratan Ranjan had proposed the idea of 'Ek ped sharadbandi ke liye' (a tree for prohibition).
Bihar had launched the 'Hariyali Mission' in 2012 and fixed a target to plant 24 crore trees to achieve 15 per cent greenery by 2017.

Proposal made on denying government jobs by Assam government for those with over 2 kids.
A draft population policy of the Assam government has suggested that people with more than two children will be denied government jobs.
The draft also informed that all girls of the state will be given free education up to university.
Besides, all elections such as panchayats, municipal bodies and autonomous councils held under the state election commission will also have this norm for candidates.
People marrying before attaining the legal age for matrimony also not Eligible for government jobs.
The country has a two-child norm, which is rarely followed strictly. Child marriage is banned in India and violation of the legal age - 21 for men, and 18 for women - attracts punishment whenever such incidents are caught.

Cheap food canteen 'Annapurna Bhojnalayas' planned to launch by UP government.
Taking a cue from Amma canteens in Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh government has decided to start a subsidised food scheme – Annapurna Bhojnalaya (Annapurna canteen) – where poor and under- privileged people will get refreshments at Rs. 3, and a full meal at Rs. 5.
In the initial phase, the scheme will be implemented in all 14 municipal corporations across the state under public private partnership (PPP) model. Under the scheme, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available.
Breakfast menu includes idli, sambhar, poha, porridge, pakode and tea. For lunch and dinner, people will be offered dal, rice, chapati and seasonal vegetables.

Web Portal 'Bharat Ke Veer' launched to donate money to martyred CRPF jawans' family.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched website 'Bharat Ke Veer' to facilitate monetary contribution to martyred CRPF jawans' families.
An app which will allow Indian civilians to donate money to families of deceased Indian soldiers.
The initiative is actor Akshay Kumar's brainchild, and it is available both as a web portal and mobile application.

Mahatma Gandhi exhibition inaugurated by PM Modi, marking 100 yrs of Champaran Satyagraha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated an exhibition titled ''Swachhagraha – Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani'' in New Delhi mark the 100 years (centenary year) of Champaran Satyagraha.
The exhibition will showcase Champaran Satyagraha and it will connect essential principles of Satyagraha with Swachhagraha.
It will also showcase the ground covered by the Swachh Bharat Mission in creating a mass movement towards a clean India.

April 11

''Nakshe'' web portal launched by Government for precised Indian map.
A new web portal ''Nakshe'' was launched by the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi, on the occasion of 250th anniversary of Survey of India (SoI).
Topographic maps or Open Series Maps (OSM) containing natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography are prepared by the SoI since its inception in 1767 and is in conformity with the National Map Policy-2005.
These OSM maps have been made available for free download from ''Nakshe'' web portal in Pdf format on 1:50,000 scale through Aaadhar enabled user authentication process, in line with Digital India programme of the Government of India.

Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha.
The Lok Sabha passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The Bill amends the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 to address issues such as third party insurance, regulation of taxi aggregators, and road safety.
Under the Act, the liability of the third party insurer for motor vehicle accidents is unlimited.
The Bill caps the maximum liability for third party insurance in case of a motor accident at Rs. 10 lakh in case of death and at Rs. 5 lakh in case of grievous injury.

Mobile app to be launched by Maharashtra government for black-yellow taxis in the state.
The Maharashtra government is in the process of launching a cab-hailing mobile application for the state's black and yellow taxis.
The measure was meant to help the black-and-yellow taxi operators facing stiff competition from the cab hailing services, especially in Mumbai and other major cities.
The government is considering providing AC services to customers of the black-yellow taxis and will begin the AC fitting work with drivers who have bought a new car.

Rs. 23,500 crore fund released by government for States under MGNREGS scheme.
The Centre has released Rs. 23,443 crore to the states under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) as part of the its early spending push.
It has also declared drought in eight states, allowing them to offer 50 days of extra manual work under MGNREGS in 2017-18. 
Funds released would be used to undertake priority work under water conservation measures.
The government had allocated Rs. 48,000 crore to MGNREGS in 2017-18 budget.

Haryana Government plans to boost number of Science Clubs.
With a view to engage the interest of youth in science and technology, the Haryana government decided to increase the number of Science Clubs being operated in Sanskriti Schools from 20 to 200, besides enhancing financial assistance being given to these Clubs from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 50,000.
Besides, gold, silver and bronze medal winners of the senior category in the international-level Science Olympiad would be given Rs. 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh, respectively.
The Participants senior category would be given Rs. 1 lakh. Similarly, the gold, silver and bronze medal winners of the junior category would be given Rs. 2.5 lakh, Rs. 1.5 lakh and Rs. 1 lakh, whereas participants would be given Rs. 50,000.

Tertiary Cancer Centre inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chawna Mein inaugurated Tertiary Cancer Centre at Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences at Naharlagun.
The Tertiary Cancer Centre includes the Installation of a Babatron Cobalt Therapy Machine.
Inaugurating the Tertiary Cancer Centre at Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) at Naharlagun, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein informed that the government has allocated Rs. 3 crores to provide free chemotherapy to APST cancer patients for up to 500 patients in the Tertiary Care Centre at Naharlagun, with a ceiling of Rs. 10 lakh per patient.

April 12

From May 1 Petrol, diesel prices to be revised on daily basis in 5 cities.
The prices of petrol and diesel in India will change every day in sync with international rates from May 1.
To begin with, daily revision of fuel prices will be implemented in Puducherry and Vizag in southern India, Udaipur in the West, Jamshedpur in the East and Chandigarh in the North.
State refiners currently revise fuel prices every fortnight to reflect volatility in the currency and global oil markets.
State refiners - Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) - operate 90 per cent of the retail outlets in the country.

EC orders re-polls at 38 polling stations in Srinagar.
The Election Commission announced re-polling at 38 poll stations in the Srinagar parliamentary constituency.
The Lok Sabha constituency, whereby-polls were held, had witnessed a large-scale violence wherein eight civilians died and only 6.5 per cent voter turnout was recorded.
Following violence in other parts of Jammu and Kashmir, the EC also postponed the by-elections to the Anantnag Parliamentary constituency.

Police stations in Kerala grow organic vegetables.
Many police stations in Kerala are growing organic vegetables on their plots, as part of the government's 'Haritha Keralam' initiative.
Police personnel at the Mulavukavu police station reportedly grew vegetables of 27 different varieties on the land adjacent to the station.
The produce from one of the stations was sold and the amount was donated for treatment of underprivileged patients.

Cow killer Polythene bags to be banned from May 1 in Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh government decided to ban plastic or polythene carry bags across the state from May 1 saying that its consumption results in large number of cow deaths.
The cows eat polythene or plastic bags, which leads to their death. Banning of polythene use will protect their lives.
However, this ban would not be meant for bucket and other plastic materials. It is restricted to plastic carry bags only.

Uttar Pradesh government orders 18 hour power supply in villages.
The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has decided that villages in the state will get 18 hour power supply, Power Minister Shrikant Sharma informed.
In the second Cabinet meet, Yogi Adityanath also ordered 24 hour power supply in district headquarters, 20 hour at tehsil level and in Bundelkhand region.
Besides deciding to ink a pact with the Centre to ensure electricity in all villages by 2019.

Teaching Malayalam made mandatory in all Kerala schools.
Kerala government has promulgated an ordinance making it mandatory for all state schools, including both private and government schools, to teach Malayalam.
Any school or teacher disobeying the provision would have to face legal consequences, the law states.
The Kerala High Court had in 2012 struck down a similar order stating that students from other states also studied in Kerala.

Himachal Pradesh government achieves 108 per cent target under MGNREGA.
In Himachal Pradesh, 240 lakh man-days were generated under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act against the target of 218 lakh man-days during 2016-17.
A sum of 625 Crore Rupees was spent against target of 396 Crore Rupees and the achievement was 108 per cent. The state was now able to clear all previous liabilities under the act.
Under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act funds amounting to 700 Crore Rupees had been got approved for current financial year.

Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant 2017 of Indo-Mongolia kicks-off.
The twelfth edition Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant 2017 has begun at Vairengte in Mizoram.
Vairengte houses Indian Army's elite Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School.
The first joint Nomadic Elephant was held in 2004 and since then it is annually held.
It seeks to promote military associations between India and Mongolia.

April 13

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi reshuffles major administrate.
In its first major administrative reshuffle, the Yogi Aditynath government transferred 20 IAS officers. Eight officers, including top officials of the Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad development authorities, have been put on the waitlist.
Among the major appointments, excise commissioner Mritunjay Kumar Narayan has been made secretary to the chief minister.
Ten officers including Principal Secretary Information Navneet Sehgal, Principal secretary civil aviation Anita Singh, Principal secretary Industrial development Rama Raman, Principal secretary Child Child Welfare and Nutrition Dimple Verma, MD of UPSIDC Amit Kumar Ghosh and VC of Ghaziabad Authority, Vijay Kumar Yadav, have been put on the wait list.

Gujarat Self Financed School (Regulation of Fees) Bill – 2017 got approval Gujarat governor Kohli.
Governor O.P. Kohli has given his stamp of approval to the Gujarat Self-Financed School (Regulation of Fees) Bill 2017.
This Act, which will be applicable to all schools run by state board, CBSE, ICSE and even international boards, is expected to bring relief to lakhs of parents who are charged exorbitant fees by private schools.
In provisions of the new Act, the government has fixed a cap of Rs. 15,000 for annual fees of primary schools; Rs. 25,000 for annual fees of secondary schools and Rs. 27,000 for yearly fees of higher secondary schools.

11 CPSEs got approval from Cabinet on stock exchanges.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved listing of 11 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), including Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, on stock exchanges.
The CCEA has also approved reservation of shares for the eligible employees of 11 CPSEs in accordance with the extant provisions of SEBI regulations.
However, actual disinvestment in respect of each CPSE along with the mode of raising resources has been delegated for decision on a case to case basis to the alternative mechanism, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Areo app launched by Google India for food delivery, home services.
Google has started rolling out an Android app called 'Areo' in India that lets user’s order food and hyperlocal home services from local providers.
Areo aggregates services like beauty, plumbing, electrical work, fitness training, and physiotherapy among others.
Google has reportedly partnered with Indian startups like UrbanClap, FreshMenu, and Faasos to provide the services.

Haryana implements anti-Romeo squads in state.
After taking charge as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath asked all district administrations to form an 'Anti-Romeo' to check harassment of women.
Now, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has followed suit by launching Operation Durga.
Immediately after Khattar launched Operation Durga, teams swung into action and nabbed 72 people across the state.
Twenty-four teams have been formed to check crimes against women across Haryana.

Union Cabinet apprised of MoU between India and Russia for cooperation in Science & Technology.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Russia for cooperation in the field of Science & Technology (S&T).
The objective of the MoU is to facilitate and support joint scientific and research activities between scientific organizations, subordinated to the Agency and scientific organizations and scientists of the Republic of Russian Federation, with India.
The MoU, which will remain valid for five years, also seeks development of inter-disciplinary and multi- institutional projects with the involvement of the industry.
The Cabinet also approved an MoU on cooperation in the field of justice between India and Tunisia.

Framework of Understanding for hydrocarbon cooperation with Bangladesh got approval from Union Cabinet.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved signing of Framework of Understanding (FoU) on Cooperation in the Hydrocarbon Sector with Bangladesh.
The objective of the proposed FoU is to establish a cooperative institutional framework mechanism to facilitate and enhance India-Bangladesh bilateral cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
The FoU promotes bilateral cooperation at the sub-regional and regional levels. It will provide impetus to development and enable the two countries to realize their developmental aspirations, shared destiny and common vision of a peaceful and prosperous South Asia.

April 14

PM Modi to launch several crucial initiatives to further digital payments revolution in country.
Commemorating the 126th birth anniversary of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will launch several crucial initiatives to further the digital payments revolution in India on April 14th.
These include, the launch of BHIM Aadhaar platform for merchants, cash back and referral bonus schemes for BHIM and declaring about 75 townships going less-cash.
PM will also felicitate the winners of the Mega draw of the two major incentive schemes to promote digital payments, viz. Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digidhan Vyapaar Yojana.
These initiatives would further promote the digital movement that the country embarked upon and reinforce the vision of Baba Saheb for social empowerment of all through financial inclusion.

Railways had highest corruption complaints in 2016: CVC.
Railways has topped a list of government organisations against which complaints of alleged corruption - over 12,000 - were received by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)
As many as 12,394 complaints of alleged corruption were received against railway employees followed by 5,363 against bank officials and 5,139 against Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi.
A total of 4,986 such complaints were received against officials working under Finance Ministry, 3,379 against those in Telecommunication Ministry and 3,079 against employees working under Urban Development Ministry.
These were among the total of 56,104 complaints of alleged corruption received by Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs), who act as distant arm of the CVC, of various government departments. 

Gujarat Government clears bill proposing life term for cow slaughter.
Gujarat Governor OP Kohli approved the bill proposing life term for the slaughter of cows, calves, bulls and bullocks and up to ten years imprisonment for transporting beef in the state.
Furthermore, the bill also proposes the vehicles used for transportation of beef shall be confiscated permanently, while the present law allows their confiscation for six months.
The new law also proposes imprisonment ranging from seven years to ten years for transportation, sale and storage of beef.
Supreme Court pulls up Tamil Nadu govt over farmers' suicides.
Holding that a government cannot be allowed to be insensitive towards the plight of the drought-hit farmers who commit suicide, the Supreme Court informed the state must take necessary steps to grant relief to them.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra, A.M. Khanwilkar and M.M. Shantagoudar pulled up the Tamil Nadu government for its failure to come to the rescue of the farmers.
Farmers are suffering due to famine in the state and sought explanation on steps taken by it to address the agrarian problem.

Odisha celebrates Pana Sankranti.
Odisha celebrated New Year by observing Maha Vishuva Sankranti, popularly known as "Pana Sankranti “while devotees also performed pujas on occasion of the birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman.
Maha Vishuva Sankranti in Odisha is similar to the New Year festivals observed as 'Baisakhi' in Punjab, 'Chaitro Sankranti' in Bengal to ring in the first day of Baisakh and in other places.
People use a small pot filled with "Pana" or a sweet drink of Mishri and water is hung on a basil (Tulsi) plant.
There is a hole at the bottom of this pot which allows the water to fall from the pot, representing rain.


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