Andhra pradesh & Telangana - 2014 December

December 2

NABARD to give Rs. 2,500 crore to build warehouses in A.P.
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will provide around Rs. 2,500 crore to Andhra Pradesh for construction of new warehouses, according to NABARD’s AP region Chief General Manager Jiji Mammen.
Speaking at a programme on natural resources management organised by ARTS, a nongovernmental organisation, at Peddipeta in Burja mandal of the district, he hoped that warehouse facility would go a long way in helping get remunderative prices for their produce.
Telangana invites Obama to visit Hyderabad.
The Government of Telangana has made a formal request to the US to include Hyderabad as one of the destinations in the proposed visit of President Barack Obama to India early next year.
Chief Secretary to the State government Rajiv Sharma wrote a letter to the US Embassy with the request. Earlier, Minister for Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao also made similar request with a high-level official delegation from the US that met him.
The US delegation was led by Puneet Talwar, the Assistant Secretary heading the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in the Department of State. It also included Kenneth Handleman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in Defence Trade Controls Office, Atul Keshap, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Michael Mullins, US Consul General, here, and others.

December 6

Govt appoints Dinesh Kumar as CEO of Polavaram Project.
Senior IAS officer Dinesh Kumar was today appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Polavaram Project Authority.
Kumar, a 1983 batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, is currently working as Development Commissioner in the Ministry of Textiles.

December 8

For development of its new capital Andhra Pradesh Govt signed MoU with Singapore.
MoU was signed between Andhra Pradesh Government and Singapore for the development of its new capital which has to come up near Vijawayada region.
International Enterprise Singapore CEO Teo Eng Cheong and Infrastructure Corporation of the Andhra Pradesh representative Sambasiva Rao signed this MoU. By 2019 first phase of development of the capital will be completed.

December 10

National award for Heritage Foods.
Heritage Foods Limited has bagged the National Energy Conservation Award in dairy sector for the year 2014.
It was chosen for the coveted award by the Ministry of Power. Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal will present the award at a function to be held in Delhi on December 14.
This is the fourth time that the energy conservation efforts are recognized by the Ministry.

December 12

Karnataka speaker bans mobile phones in Assembly.
Use of mobile phones in the Karnataka Assembly was banned the House was rocked by chaos over a BJP member Prabhu Chavan watching a zoomed in picture of Priyanka Gandhi during proceedings.
Speaker of Karnataka: kagodu Thimappa.

540 MW thermal power plant was acquired by Tata Power for 3000 crore rupees.
540-megawatt (MW) thermal power plant in Maharashtra was acquired by Tata Power for Rs. 3000 crore. With this total capacity of TATA Power will be increased to 8885 MW.
The thermal plant was acquired from the promoters of IRB Infrastructure. With this deal, Tata Power aimed to increase its total capacity to 8885 MW.

December 13

Tamil Nadu Power Transmission Project Approved By CCEA.
The Union Cabinet approved setting up an inter-state power transmission system in Tamil Nadu with an investment of Rs. 1,593 crore.
The power transmission project was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and will be completed within three years.
The cost on creating transmission infrastructure is proposed to be met through KfW loan (40 percent), NCEF grant (40 percent of the total project cost) and the remaining 20 percent of the total project cost as state contribution.

December 14

U.P. may ban 'Ghar vapsi' programme.
The conversion programme scheduled to be organised by the Dharam Jagaran Samiti in Aligarh could be banned by the Uttar Pradesh government.

About Ghar vapsi’ programme:
The "ghar wapsi" programmes is conducted by the Dharam Jagran Samiti (DJS).
The work is distributed between different Hindu outfits, called "sahyogi sangathan". While the DJS takes on the task of identifying "targets" who could be brought back into the Hindu fold, other organizations pitch in with calls for donations.
Many of those "targeted" are people whose ancestors were Hindus and who are now Muslims or Christians. There are also those called "ardhvaraya" — people neither here nor there, who celebrate both Eid and Diwali and bear names like Mohan Khan.

December 15

Karnataka sets target of Rs. 10,000 crore worth crop loans.
Minister for Cooperation H.S. Mahadeva Prasad said that the State government has set a target of disbursing Rs. 10,000 crore worth crop loans through cooperative institutions by the end of the current fiscal.

Tamil Nadu government declare Perur Tank a bird sanctuary.
Tamil Nadu Farmers’ Association has urged the district administration to declare Perur Tank a bird sanctuary.
A release said that association president S. Palanisamy had submitted a petition stating that as the 265-acre tank had turned a resting place for migratory birds, it should be declared a sanctuary.

Kudgi’s NTPC thermal plant operations to start by 2016.
With the work in NTPC thermal plant at Kudgi going on in a rapid scale, it is expected to make the first unit operation by May 16, 2016 which produces 800mw of electricity.
The project has the total production capacity of 4000mw, had been installed in five units with each unit having the production capacity of 800mw, of which the first unit would be operational by 2016 while rest of the unit will commence its function in the span of six months each.

December 16

The Gujarat government has announced a farm relief package worth Rs. 1,100 crore for all the farmers in the state.
This move comes on the back of strong protest by farmers’ body, Bhartiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) pressing for higher MSP of cotton and groundnut.

About Bharatiya Kisan Sangh  (BKS):
The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS: Indian Farmers' Union) is an Indian farmers' representative organization affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
It is one of the well-known Sangh Parivar organization.

Haryana To Set Up Kalpana Chawla Medical University.
The Haryana government has decided to set up the largest medical university of the State in Karnal, the home town of famous U.S. astronaut Kalpana Chawla, one of its most celebrated daughters.
The village panchayat has given 100 acres of land for it.

December 17

Proposal to set up textile parks in five districts, says Chinchansur (Karnataka).
Textile and Ports Minister Baburao Chinchansur said that there is a proposal to set up textile parks at Ilkal in Bagalkot district, Waghavade in Belagavi district, Hiriyur in Chitradurga district, Yadgir and Shahpur in Yadgir district, and in Ballari.
Andhra Pradesh Cabinet approves draft CRDA Bill.
The State Cabinet approved the draft Capital Regional Development Authority (CRDA) Bill with four changes.
The Cabinet approved transfer of assets and liabilities of Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority to the CRDA.
The Chief Minister will be chairman of the 14-member CRDA and the Municipal Administration Minister vice chairman. The CRDA will have Rs. 1000 crore as development fund and Rs. 250 crore as working capital.

December 18

Karnataka to buy solar power from Sun Edison’s 150-MW plant.
Karnataka’s solar energy sector got a boost with the signing of an agreement with the U.S.-based Sun Edison to buy power from its proposed 150-MW solar power plant being set up in the State at a cost of Rs. 1,500 crore.
Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) and Hubli Electricity Supply Company (Hescom) signed agreements with Sun Edison here to buy power from the plant to be set up in about 18 months. The plant will generate about 225 million units of green energy a year.

December 19

Karnataka withdraws anti-cow and cattle slaughter Bills.
The Karnataka State legislature withdrew the controversial Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill 2010 and Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation (Amendment) Bill 2012 without debate on the last day of the session in Belagavi.
1964 Act:
The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter And Preservation Of Cattle Bill, 2010, made significant departures from the Karnataka Prevention Of Cow Slaughter And Cattle Preservation Act, 1964.
The Bill removed any distinction between “cow” and “cattle” and made slaughter of all forms of cattle — including he and she buffaloes — a punishable crime.

December 21

Lambasingi freezing at zero degree Celsius.
Lambasingi, a hill-track village of the Eastern Ghats located at a height of above 1,000 metre in Chintapalli mandal of Vizag agency, registered a temperature of 0ºC.
Chintapalli witnessed the lowest temperature of 3ºC, which was officially recorded at the local agriculture research station, and it has been a practice to calculate the temperature of the hill-track village by deducting 2-3ºC from the temperature of the mandal headquarters.

December 22

Warangal and Amravati chosen for heritage development.
Warangal in Telangana and Amravati in Andhra Pradesh are among the 12 heritage cities chosen for revitalisation by the Government of India.
The Rs. 500 crore Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) aims at bringing together urban planning, economic growth and heritage conservation. The scheme will be launched in January.
Horticulture University to be named after freedom fighter Konda Laxman Bapuji.
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has decided to name the proposed Horticulture University after freedom fighter and late Konda Laxman Bapuji.
The decision was taken following an assurance given by the Chief Minister on Bapuji's first death anniversary in September this year for naming an educational institution after the veteran leader.
NG Ranga Agri University Renamed as Prof. Jaya Shankar Agricultural University.
Telangana Chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao officially named the agriculture university after one of the key figures of Telangana Movement, the late Prof. K. Jayashankar on his 81st birth anniversary.

December 23

Gujarat to host Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
The 13th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), an event which celebrates the achievements of Indians living abroad, will be held in Gujarat from January 7-9.
Gujarat has been chosen as the partner State as 2015 happens to be the 100th year of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa. To reflect this, the event will showcase his work and achievements.
On January 7, the youth segment of PBD will be inaugurated with the theme 'Bharat ko jano and Bharat ko mano'.
PBD will have a plenary in which presentations will be made on the flagship programmes of the government such as Namami Ganga, Swachh Bharat, Skill Development and Urban Development and NRIs and People of Indian origin (PIO) would be impressed upon to take part in them.
BJP set to form government in Jharkhand with 42 Seats.
BJP is emerging as single largest party in Jharkhand as counting of votes for the 81-member assembly began at 24 centres across the state.
Out of 81 seats for which trends were available, BJP was leading in 42 while JMM was ahead in 17 seats.
The BJP and its ally AJSU headed by Sudesh Mahto were well on the road to forming a coalition government.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged as the single largest party closely followed by BJP in second spot in Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls.
PDP emerged as the largest party in the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
PDP is in the best position of making the government with the help of Indian National Congress, which fared well than expected with 12 seats.
Omar Abdullah's National Conference, which is the current Ruling party came third with 15 seats in it's kitty.
Singareni Day on December 23.
The Singareni Day will be celebrated in all the 11 areas of the SCCL on December 23.
A grand carnival being organised by the company will symbolise the beginning of the mining activity at Singareni Village, some 35 km from Kothagudem, in 1889 under the Hyderabad Deccan Coal Company owned by a group of private investors, who renamed it as the Singareni Collieries Company Limited in 1920 and listed it on the London Stock Exchange.

December 24

Andhra Pradesh Council seats increased from 50 to 58.
The number of Legislative members in Andhra Pradesh is 175. According to Constitution, it is the one third of members which is equal to 58 can be members of Legislative Assembly.
The Union government has approved an amendment to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act to increase the number of seats in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from 50 to 58.
The approval was accorded by the Union Cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Cabinet decided to amend sections 23(1) and 23(2)(i)(a) of the 2014 Act relating to provisions for the legislative council.
Since the existing strength of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly is 175 and one-third of its strength was constitutionally permissible, it was decided to increase the strength to 58 Members of Legislative Council from the current strength of 50 MLCs.

Solar park may be shifted to Adilabad.
The prestigious solar park that was to be set up in Mahabubnagar district by the Central government is most likely to be shifted to Adilabad as the government could not find suitable land for setting up such park.
The project, worth 1,000 MW capacity, was initially sought to be set up in Gattu mandal of Mahabubnagar district. Towards the same, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed among the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), APIIC and the New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP).

December 25

Oil India commissions 5 MW solar power plant in Rajasthan.
Oil India Ltd, India’s second-largest government-owned exploration firm, has commissioned its first 5 MW solar power plant in Rajasthan.
OIL built and commissioned its first grid connected 5 MW unit at village Raghwa in Ramgarh district of Rajasthan. 
The plant consists of 20,408 solar modules, each having a capacity of 245 watts. 
It is the largest coal producer company in the world and contributes around 81% of the coal production in India.
CEO: Narsing Rao.
Head Quarters: Kolkatta, West Bengal.
Founded: 1975.

December 27

1,000 villages to be declared open defecation-free on Republic Day.
The Karnataka State government is all set to declare on January 26 1,000 villages open defecation-free.
10 TN cities qualify to be smart cities.
The Centre identified 10 cities in Tamil Nadu were fully eligible to be declared as smart cities.
The growing cities such as Salem, Tiruchi, Tuticorin, Cuddalore and Erode had the right credentials to be considered smart cities, apart from Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai.

December 28

4th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention held in Hyderabad.
Siliconandhra is presenting the 4th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention from December 26-28, 2014 in Hyderabad, India.
Kuchipudi dance has its origins from a small village called Kuchipudi in Andhra Pradesh, India.
During the 13th century, the dance was formalized by a saint called Siddhendra Yogi and from then on it spread around the world.
This is the fourth time an international convention is planned in the centuries old history of this dance form to bring together five generations of dancers from living Legends to Learners onto one stage.
More than 8000 delegates are expected to attend from all over India, USA and many countries around the world. During the convention, you would witness lecture demonstrations, panel discussions, exhibits, workshops.

December 29

Pompadour Green Pigeon endemic to Western Ghats spotted in Barkheda in Rajasthan.
Pompadour Green Pigeon (Treron pompadora), a native of the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka was spotted in December 2014 over a Bar tree (Ficus bengalensis) of Barkheda village in Rajasthan.
The Pompadour Green Pigeon was photographed by Durga Lal Verma, a computer hardware mechanic-turned bird-lover. Verma shared the photographs of the bird with environmentalists to establish its real name.
Barkheda village is a place that witness arrival of some 50-odd species of birds during winter season. Some surprise arrival of the year 2014 includes Great White Pelicans, Greater Flamingos and Demoiselle Cranes.
About Pompadour Green Pigeon:
The pompadour green pigeon is a pigeon complex in the genus Treron. These pigeons have red legs, red-splashed wings marked by yellowish bars, orange breast and head. Pompadour green pigeon has been split into six multiple species, namely.
Sri Lanka green pigeon (Treron pompadora) from Sri Lanka.
Grey-fronted green pigeon (Treron affinis) from the Western Ghats in India.
Andaman green pigeon (Treron chloropterus) from the Andamans and Nicobars.
Ashy-headed green pigeon (Treron phayrei) from northeast India and Nepal, east to Yunnan in China, and south through Indochina (north of the Isthmus of Kra). 
Philippine green pigeon (Treron axillaris) from the Philippines and includes the subspecies amadoni, canescens and everetti.
Buru green pigeon (Treron aromaticus) from small islands in the Flores Sea and Buru, Indonesia.

Global Artist village inaugurated by Kerala CM Oomen Chandy.
Kerala government has laid foundation stone for the first government-run ‘Kalagramam’ i.e Global Artist village in the country at Kakkananpara in Kannur district of Kerala. The foundation stone was laid by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
Key facts of Global Artists Village:
Global Artists Village i.e. Kalagramam is a project planned by the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi.
This planned facility will provide artists from different parts of the country and abroad to stay and work in the place surrounded by swathes of scenic beauty.
The art village project will be implemented in phases and the first phase of the project will be completed in four months.
The art village project envisages construction of four living rooms, mess house, conference hall and other amenities in the first phase of the project. It will provide accommodation facilities for the artists visiting there.
It is being developed on a 3.5 acre plot. State government has allocated Rs. 75 lakh for the project and further going to extend it to Rs. 3 crore.

December 31

Late Harappan period house discovered in Chandyan village of Uttar Pradesh.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered a house belonging to late Harappan period (1900 – 1800 BC). The remnant of the house was discovered during the excavations carried out at Chandyan village in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh.
This is the first time evidence of habitation pertaining to late Harappan period found in the Upper Doab region between Ganga and Yamuna.
About Late Harappan phase:
The archeologists also found remnants of a human skull with a copper crown corresponding to the late Harappan period at a brick kiln site in Chandyan village.
Besides, they also discovered a number of items such as around 20 burial pots, a pelvic bone of the same man whose skull and a few beads like carnelian, faience and agate pertaining to late Harappan period. Also a mud wall with pot holes was found wherein wooden pillars were fixed to support thatched roofs, multi-level foundations that supported structures in different times.
The late Harappan phase link with the Uttar Pradesh was established in 2005 when a farmer accidentally discovered a huge burial site at Sinauli village located just 40km from Chandayan. The Sinauli graves are also believed to correspond to the late Harappan period, strengthening conviction of archaeologists.
Late Harappan phase of the Harappan civilisation or Indus Valley civilisation saw the beginning of decline of the civilization. The Harappan civilization is known for its superior urban planning, is believed to have flourished in the period between 3300 BC to 1300 BC  which lies in present Pakistan, northwest India and parts of Afghanistan and Balochistan.