States - 2018 AUGUST

August 2

Andhra approves unemployment allowance, to benefit 12 lakh youth
The Andhra Pradesh Government has approved the "Mukhyamantri Yuva Nestam" scheme that makes unemployed youth in the state, eligible of receiving Rs 1000 per month from the government.
The website for the same will be launched before the end of this month, in which the unemployed youth would register their details. The disbursement of allowance will start after 15 days of registration which will be credited directly through the bank accounts.
While addressing the media Andhra Pradesh IT Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) general secretary Nara Lokesh informed, "12 lakh youth in the 22-35 years age group will be benefitted through the scheme. Registration for enrolling into the scheme will start from either third or fourth week of August. The scheme won't be applicable to those paying provident fund.

August 5

Transit campus of Andhra Pradesh Central University inaugurated
The Transit campus of the Central University of Andhra Pradesh (CUAP) was inaugurated by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh government has earmarked land to the extent of 491.30 acres at Janthaluru village in Anantapur district for establishment of Central University of Andhra Pradesh.

August 6

Andhra Pradesh government and Holytech sign MoU on setting up electronics manufacturing plant
Andhra Pradesh government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with electronics giant, Holytech.
Under the terms of the agreement, Holytech will set up its plant in 75 acres land in Tirupati and Chittoor districts, against an investment of Rs. 1400 crores.
With the establishment of the plant, Holytech aims to generate 6000 direct and indirect jobs.
The electronics company manufactures thin film transistors, touch screen modules, flexible printed circuits and fingerprint sensors, the production of which is estimated to begin in the first quarter of 2019.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, state electronics department officials and company representatives.

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu inaugurates world's first high energy storage device
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chadrababu Naidu unveiled the world's first-ever high energy storage device in Amaravati. The thermal battery, first-of-its-kind anywhere in the world, is a revolutionary and disruptive technology patented by Dr. Patrick Glynn in 2016 in India.
Manufactured by the Bharat Energy Storage Technology Private Limited (BEST), the first-of-its-kind cell is aimed at boosting up renewable sources of energy production, instead of non-renewable fossil fuel-based energy generation.
The BEST also aims to set up a Greenfield facility in Andhra Pradesh to manufacture these batteries. It is expected to invest Rs. 660 crores and create employment for 3,000 people within three years' time.

World’s first thermal battery plant to be unveiled in Andhra Pradesh
The world’s first-ever facility to create thermal batteries will be inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh. The state’s Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will be present at the unveiling of the plant that will see thermal batteries being manufactured by Bharat Energy Storage Technology Private Limited (BEST). These batteries are based on alternative sources of energy production, and their presence is expected to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels.
Through thermal batteries, BEST will look to store energy that can power telecommunications, commercial enterprises, electric vehicles as well as charging systems. Not only will it help create renewable energy, but these batteries are also expected to help provide energy to remote areas. As per the plans known, BEST aims to commercially open up the plant by May 2019, where it could provide an initial capacity of 1000MW. In its first phase, it will produce batteries for telecom, mini/microgrids, and electric buses, that are expected to run for up to 800kms on a single charge.

August 7

The world’s first-ever high energy storage device has been built in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu unveiled what is being claimed as the world’s first ingeniously made high energy storage device developed by the Bharat Energy Storage Technology Private Limited (BEST) at the Praja Vedika at his camp office in Amaravati. Touted to be a breakthrough technology, the device, half the size of a living room, is expected to power a bunch of households.
Addressing the gathering, he was impressed with the Bharat Energy’s business plan and announced 100 to 150 acres for the ‘Energy University’ and other energy initiatives in Visakhapatnam.

August 8

Italian bike-makers eye Telangana State for manufacturing facility
Makers of Italian superbike Benelli announced a partnership with Hyderabad’s Mahavir Group arm to set up an assembly plant and plans to explore prospects for a full-fledged manufacturing facility in the State.
Under the agreement with Adishwar Auto Ride India (AARI), a subsidiary of Mahavir Group, signed in the presence of Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao, the assembly plant on three acres in Kompally is expected to become operational by October.

August 13

India’s only lab for conservation of endangered species inaugurated by Dr Harsh Vardhan in Hyderabad.
Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan inaugurated a genetic resource storage facility at the Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES).
The Wildlife Genetic Resource Bank at LaCONES can store 17,000 vials worth of samples. Currently genetic material, including DNA, cells and tissues besides semen and eggs of 23 wildlife species are stored. It is learnt a proposal has been made by the institution to increase the storage capacity. The bank will facilitate research and, if attempted, scope for cloning.
Dr. Vardhan, who inaugurated the facility by placing some samples into liquid nitrogen for cryopreservation.

August 15

Telangana CM launched 2 schemes for people of the state on 72nd Independence day
Telangana celebrated the 72nd Independence Day was celebrated by launching two major schemes - free eye screening for all citizens and life insurance for farmers.
Under ''Kanti Velugu'', the entire population of 3.7 crore will be provided free eye care. The authorities will not only conduct eye screening but will also provide free medicines, spectacles and arrange for free surgeries, if required.
The government expects that four lakh surgeries will be performed across the state. Under what is claimed to be the first such programme taken up anywhere in the world, the government plans to distribute 40 lakh spectacles.
Unfurling the national flag at the historic Golconda Fort, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also announced the implementation of another scheme, ''Rytu Bima'', aimed at providing life insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakh to every farmer.

August 19

Telangana Govt launches Disaster Response Force vehicles
The Telangana Government has launched Disaster Response Force (DRF) vehicles in Hyderabad to combat situations like flash floods, heavy rains, building collapse and fire mishaps.
The vehicles will be parked at 24 locations with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) DRF staff and will be pressed into action at the time of need.
The force has been trained in tackling urban flooding, tree falls, structural collapses and any other site of emergencies. Hyderabad is also the second city to have an exclusive Enforcement Vigilance Disaster Management wing.
The team is capable to work continuously during emergencies. After the launch, the force has carried out rescue operations and saved couple of lives. The disaster personal will be available on the field for 24/7.

August 22

AP Chief Minister to inaugurate Siemens Centre in Andhra University.
The first innovation centre of Andhra University will be inaugurated by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. The centre will be the first-of-its-kind incubation centre, giving an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to share their ideas. The CM will also inaugurate Siemens Centre of Excellence and lay the foundation stone for R&D Department of AU and E-learning centre. He is visiting the city for Jnana Bheri programme.
The innovation centre will be a five-storeyed building constructed at a cost of `4 crores. So far, construction of two storeys has been completed. Being the first innovation centre for five districts under university limits, this will be an open centre for any student or young entrepreneur to nurture their ideas. While the university is creating a facility for having their own ideas, they will facilitate mentoring by the professors and experts at the centre.

August 24

Telangana govt increases free power units for SC/ST families
Telangana State Government increased the free electricity supply to the families of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for domestic purpose up to 101 units. Currently, the state government is supplying free electricity to these families up to 50 units.
Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao at a review meeting held in Hyderabad, announced the decision in view of the growing usage of electrical appliances. The state has availability of electricity and the benefits should reach the downtrodden. The state government will pay these charges to the dis distributary agencies.
In a slew of welfare measures, the Telangana State Government increased the honorarium being paid to Imams and Moazins of Masjids to 5000 rupees from the current 1500 rupees per month. It will benefit about 9 thousand Imams who conduct prayers at masjids every day.
The government also decided to increase the retirement age of Archakas in Temples to 65 years from the current 58 years and to pay their salaries through state treasury from next month onwards.

August 28

Naidu builds new 'bond', woos Tata to invest in AP
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu made a series of appeals to the Tata Group right from extending cooperation in production of electrical vehicles and promoting green mobility by introducing e-buses in Amaravati. To se eking cooperation in development of an industrial park in the capital region
Naidu also requested the group services from Vijayawada starting starbucks at Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada and technology sharing for crating the best eco system in the capital region.
Tata Group working on electrical vehicle in nine cities at present. An electric car will be launched in two months.

August 29

Discoms moot Rs. 6.1 per unit for EV charging stations
The two power distribution companies of Telangana - SPDCL and NPDCL - have submitted proposals to Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) with a tariff of Rs. 6.1 per unit for electric vehicle charging and battery swap stations.
According to officials of the regulatory body, the Commission is in the process of determining the special category and tariff for electric vehicle charging stations and batter swap facilities. The Commission has asked interested persons and stakeholders to visit its website and take necessary action/give their suggestions/ comments.
The two Discoms have proposed a tariff of Rs. 6.1 per unit for LT supply and Rs. 6.1 per unit with ToD (Time of Day) charges for HT supply of 11 Kv and above.

NABARD sanctions Rs. 466 crore to Andhra Pradesh State
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) sanctioned nearly Rs. 466 crore from its Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for the development and widening of 42 rural roads, providing assured drinking water supply to more than 700 tribal habitations and implementing 19 Lift Irrigation (LI) schemes in Andhra Pradesh, according to a press release by assistant general manager D. Ravi Sankar.
The drinking water projects are designed to provide minimum 70 litres per capita per day in the tribal hamlets and the LI projects are envisaged to provide additional irrigation facility for 8100 hectares.

August 30

Andhra CM invited to address UN forum
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has been invited by the United Nations (UN) to deliver a keynote address at an event, titled 'Financing Sustainable Agriculture
In a letter, the United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director Erik Solheim praised the Andhra Pradesh government for "delivering transformative environmental, social and economic impact through its pioneering Zero Budget Natural Farming Programme''.
UN Environment is privileged to support your ambitious efforts to scale-out zero chemical farming to 6 million farmers across the state by 2024.

August 31

AIIMS begins its journey with induction of 50 students
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences-Mangalagiri (AIIMS-M) crossed a major milestone with the induction of its first 50-member batch (2018-19) of the MBBS students at its temporary campus in the Siddhartha Medical College (SMC).