PLACES IN NEWS - 2017 MARCH

March 2

Andhra Pradesh govt planning to launch airline named after Amaravathi.
Currently, there are five commercial airports in Andhra Pradesh - Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Rajamundry and Kadapa.
According to official data, air passenger traffic in the state is expected to grow to 3.6 million by the end of this fiscal.
The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to launch an airline, named after Amaravathi, once the state capital is developed.
When Amaravathi is developed, the government may like to have its own international airport and airline depending upon the requirement at that particular time.

March 3

It's official, Dharamshala is second capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Nearly one-and-a-half months after C.M. Virbhadra Singh declared Dharamshala – an upcoming 'smart city' of Himachal Pradesh as 'second capital'.
The chief minister had been under pressure from MLAs and ministers from Kangra to get a notification issued for formalising the move on the second capital for which the approval of the cabinet was a pre-requisite.
The 'second capital' will not be on the lines of Jammu and Kashmir which follows a Dardar practice of complete shifting of state secretariat to Jammu for six months during the winters and later to Kashmir during the summers.

Name changing of Tirupati Airport as Sri Venkateswara Airport got approval from Andhra Cabinet.
Andhra Pradesh State Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Amaravati took several important decisions, including naming of Gannavaram Airport as NTR Amaravati Airport and Tirupati Airport as Sri Venkateswara Airport.
The Cabinet has accepted the Andhra Pradesh Maritime Board Draft Bill. The board works in the place of Andhra Pradesh Port department.

March 4

Tribal festival 'Bhagoria' begins from March 6.
The annual tribal festival 'Bhagoria' will begin and in four other districts of Madhya Pradesh from March 6.
The week-long festival is organised at different Bhagoria haats (local markets) in Jhabua, Alirajpur, Dhar, Khargone and Barwani districts in western Madhya Pradesh.
The event is going to be organised at 34 places, Jhabua collector Ashish Saxena told PTI.

March 5

Country's tallest Tricolour hoisted at Attari border.
The flag was unfurled at a height of 355 feet from the base - which is five feet high.
A Tricolour was hoisted on a flag mast, to be the country’s tallest, 323 metres from the India-Pakistan border at Attari.
The flag was unfurled at a height of 355 feet from the base - which is five feet high. Add to it another 10 feet, where an aviation light stands, and the total height of the structure goes up to 365 feet. The flag is to be visible from Lahore.

March 7

First smart tribal village Habbi inaugurated in Jammu and Kashmir.
The first smart tribal model village 'Hubbi' was inaugurated at Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.
It was inaugurated by the Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali.
The village was developed by Rural Development Department of the State Government.
The smart tribal village has been introduced with smart classes in the schools, better roads, electricity and water facilities.

March 8

Swachh Shakti Divas celebrated at Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands is celebrating the Swachh Shakti Divas.
To mark the occasion, a function will be held at Tagore B Ed College Auditorium.
A brief description of Swatch Bharat Mission - Grameen, present status of implementation, documentary presentation and prize distribution will be held on the occasion.

March 9

NTPC commissions 45 MW of Bhadla solar plant.
State-run power giant NTPC announced commissioning of 45 MW solar capacity at Bhadla in Rajasthan taking the total installed capacity of the project to 160 MW.
With this, the installed capacity of Bhadla solar power project has become 160 MW and that of NTPC's solar power projects has become 520 MW.
NTPC has planned capacity addition of about 1,000 MW through renewable resources by 2017.
NTPC has 10 solar PV projects. In Dadri it is of 5 MW, the Andaman & Nicobar project is of 5 MW, Ramagundam (10 MW), Talcher Kaniha (10 MW), Faridabad (5 MW), Unchahar (10 MW), Rajgarh (50 MW), Singrauli (15 MW), Anantapuram (250 MW) and Bhadla (160 MW).
NTPC intends to become a 130-GW company up to 2032 with a with diversified fuel mix and a 600 billion units company in terms of generation.

March 10

Digi Dhan Mela conducted at Rajkot in Gujarat.
Digi Dhan Mela is being held at Rajkot in Gujarat.
The DigiDhan Mela has been organised to generate awareness among citizens and merchants about various digital payment systems available.
Total 40 stalls have been put up at the Mela which is being held at Chaudhari High School ground in the city.
Around 17 banks, telecom companies, mobile wallet operators, transportation network companies, UIDAI along with many state and central government departments have participated in the mela.

March 11

India's 1st AC rail ambulance launched at Mumbai.
India's 1st air-conditioned rail ambulance was unveiled at Mumbai.
The Central Railway ambulance aims to provide victims of train accidents emergency treatment within the first hour, when chances of survival are highest.
The rail ambulance is capable of providing medical facilities to 50 patients at a time and transporting organs between states for transplants.
The ambulance, which will be stationed at Kalyan, was made by modifying an AC coach used for passenger service.

India's largest Floating Solar PV Plant Installed by NTPC in Kerala.
State-run NTPC has installed India’s largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) at Kayamkulam in Kerala.
The 100 kWp floating solar generation plant, largest of its kind in India, was indigenously developed as a part of ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Solar panels mounted on floating boards that hold them in place saves land usage and has been found to be efficient than the ones installed on land.
These floating platforms were indigenously developed by NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance, the R&D arm of NTPC Ltd, in collaboration with Central Institute of Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET), Chennai and a patent has been applied for.
The system was installed by Swelect Energy Systems Ltd, Chennai with support from NETRA & NTPC Kayamkulam station in a short span of 22 days. 
It has various benefits like conserving water through reduction of evaporation, increased generation due to cooling effect on the panels, reduced installation time etc and could be installed on saline water environment.

March 12

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the first floating hotel or floatel in Mumbai.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the first floating hotel or floatel in Mumbai.
AB Celestial, a three-tier yacht featuring restaurants and a sky deck, is harboured near Bandra-Worli Sea Link toll plazas.
"The floatel will give a 360-degree view of Mumbai and the Arabian Sea and has a capacity to cater to around 650 guests''.

March 14

Centre establishes banana research center at vaishali district of Bihar.
To cater to the needs of the local farmers, the Central Government has established the Banana Research Centre in Gorole, Vaishali.
According to Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmer's Welfare Minister this area has been selected for the establishment of Banana Research Centre, keeping in view the ecological conditions of this place.
The minister also stated Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture University has initiated the research work to double the income of the Banana growers.
The Minister made this statement on the occasion of the laying the foundation stone of the Banana Research Centre at Gorole, Vaishali, Bihar Centre.
He further stated this centre will work in the areas of finding reasons of less production in banana, enhancement in acreage for cultivation, suitable utilization of the various parts of the plants, different products, marketing and value addition.


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