States - 2015 December

December 1

US firm plans to set up LED plant in State.
A US-based firm Advanced Optronic Devices (International) Inc. has expressed its willingness with Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to set up an LED lights manufacturing facility in Hyderabad and offered to commence commercial production by March.
Telangana state CM assured to give the land and extend all other assistance when a delegation of the company called on him.
The delegation informed Mr. Rao that AOD will tie up with another Indian company CISCA to invest Rs. 500 crore in the setting up of the plant over 50 acres.

December 2

Celkon launches first made in Telangana Tab.
Celkon mobiles launched the first made in Telangana tablet. The seven-inch tab, CT722 supported by Intel chipset with 1.2 GHz quad core processor is also enabled with 1 GB RAM and 8GB ROM. The tab was manufactured at the company’s Medchal unit.
The Tab will be sold at an affordable price at Rs. 4,999. The low pricing was made possible by customs duty and VAT subsidies provided by the Union Government and State Government respectively. The Tab is retailed online through Snapdeal.
The company, by the year end will also get into manufacturing of 4G-enabled devices at its Medchal unit. Celkon will also invest about Rs. 250 crore into manufacturing electronic appliances including Televisions at its Tirupati and Hyderabad units.

December 5

Andhra Pradesh became first state to join discom revival scheme UDAY.
Andhra Pradesh became the first state of India to join the Union Government’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojna (UDAY).
The scheme aims at reviving debt-stressed power distribution companies.
Andhra Pradesh joined the scheme after the state gave in-principle nod to the Power Ministry for joining UDAY.
UDAY envisages reducing the interest burden, cost of power, and aggregate technical and commercial losses. Consequently, distribution companies would become sustainable to supply adequate and reliable power, enabling 24x7 power supplies.
The scheme is optional and operationalised through signing of MoU between state governments, state discoms and Union Government.
Jharkhand and Rajasthan became the second and third states respectively to join the scheme.
Important Features of UDAY:
States will take over 75 per cent of DISCOM debt as on 30 September 2015 over two years.
Union Government will not include the debt taken over by the states and the calculation of fiscal deficit of respective states in the financial years 2015-16 and 2016-17.
States will issue non-SLR including SDL bonds in the market or directly to the respective financial institutions holding the DISCOM debt to the appropriate extent.
States accepting UDAY and performing as per operational milestones will be given additional/priority funding through schemes of Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

December 7

Telangana-Netherlands explore cooperation in agribusiness.
A team from Wageningen University and Research Centre of Netherlands held talks with Agriculture Secretary C. Parthasarathi for collaboration between the university and Telangana Government in promoting sustainable development in food and agribusiness including dairy.
The two sides have identified some priority areas including greenhouses, spice park, processing of citrus fruits, dairy sector and others for exchange of technologies.
The meeting was a follow up to the memorandum of understanding signed between Government of Telangana and Wageningen University to create a knowledge partnership in food and agribusiness sectors.

December 9

Ontario Premier to visit AP next year.
Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, Canada, will visit Andhra Pradesh next year along with a large business delegation.
During the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is expected to be signed with the State government to enhance economic relations and to facilitate knowledge-sharing in the area of climate change.
The business delegation would be focusing on sustainable development, urban infrastructure, renewable energy, environmental technologies and energy efficiency.

December 10

Molakala Punnami on postal stamp.
In a novel initiative, the Postal Department has published the cover page of the Telugu literary work, Molakala Punnami, on a stamp, which is said to be the first of its kind in south India.
The book is a compilation of short stories, which won the first 'Yuva Puraskar' Award of the Sahitya Akademi for its author Dr. Vempalli Gangadhar for the year 2011.
The Kadapa head post office released the Rs. 5 stamp bearing the cover page of the book.
The department has already introduced the 'My stamp' concept, under which any individual can submit an application by paying a fee of Rs. 300 and get 12 stamps bearing his image on the stamp.
Though individual images have been carried in the past, this is the first time a literary work is getting prominence.

December 11

TS signs up with Centre for 'Power for All'.
Telangana became the sixth State in the country to sign up for 'Power for All' scheme.
'Power for All' is a joint initiative of the Centre in collaboration with State governments for supply of quality and reliable 24 x 7 power to agricultural, industrial and domestic consumers.
The scheme will address all the key aspects and activities to be undertaken across generation, transmission and distribution, including achieving 100 per cent household electrification.

December 13

Israel offered its expertise in Vizag and Amaravati of AP.
Israel has offered its expertise in cyber security, IT, water management, agriculture, biotechnology, pharma, and fisheries to Andhra Pradesh and evinced keen interest in taking part in the development of Visakhapatnam and Amaravati, the capital of the new State, as smart cities.
Consul for Trade and Economic Affairs Avi Friedman, who is on a goodwill visit to the city told that, with Visakhapatnam being a cosmopolitan city with large industrial base and Amaravati being built as capital with international standards.
As 60 per cent of land is barren, with only a few places getting annual rainfall of 700 mm, Israel has got world-wide acclaim in water management and recycling of used water for agriculture and industrial use.

December 14

AMRUT funding for TS and AP.
The Union Ministry of Urban Development has approved an annual action plan of Rs. 415.5 crore for the current year with Rs. 204.25 crore share for Telangana and Rs. 300.14 crore for the A.P. Government under 'AMRUT' (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation).
The Centre’s Smart Cities and Swachh Bharat programmes can effectively address the climate change concerns through planned urbanisation.
These programmes will not only make cities sustainable but also make them inclusive as it entails making the country open defecation-free, scientific management of solid waste, utilisation of solar power, public transportation and so on in the next few years.

December 15

Centre to set up 14 new flood forecasting stations in two States.
The Union Ministry of Water Resources and River Development has decided to establish 14 more flood forecasting stations in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States by the end of March 2017 as part of its e-Surface Water Information System (eSWIS) for timely dissemination of flood forecast.
The flood forecasting stations would collect automatic sensor-based and satellite-based data for near real time flood forecasting and help development of mathematical models.
The trends of river water levels at the forecasting stations of the network during the last 72 hours are also made available to the general public at eSWIS website.
In addition, flood-warning messages are disseminated using Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) of Google to make the warning more effective.
In the wake of unprecedented rains in Tamil Nadu and flooding of Chennai recently, the Centre has decided to increase the number of forecasting stations with nine more stations in AP four to forecast water level and five to estimate inflows and two and three, respectively, in Telangana.

December 16

Google to open new campus at Hyderabad.
Google will build a new campus at Hyderabad, even as it is working towards including as many people as possible to use the internet in India.
In an attempt to provide internet access to people, Google have decided to provide Wi-Fi in 400 railway stations with RailTel.
The 100 stations will come online by 2016 end. Mumbai Central station will be online by January.
The company now has 1,500 employees in India.
This was also a part of the assurance which Google gave to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he visited the search engine giant's headquarters at Mountain View, Santa Clara County in California in September this year.

December 17

AP cabinet decided to abolish VAT, CST on sugar factories.
Andhra Pradesh Cabinet decided to abolish VAT (Value-added tax), CST (Central Sales Tax) on Sugar factories.
VAT is governed by respective state Acts and every state has a separate and distinct VAT act reserved for their state.
CST is governed by Central Sales Tax Act, 1956 and is governed by a single central act, though the chargeability is state specific.
Besides, The cabinet has also permitted 15 top foreign universities and 20 top universities in the country to establish their campuses in the state.

December 18

Fossils of animals and plants found in Eturunagaram.
Group of history enthusiasts led by R. Ratnakar found fossils of animals and plants, assuming them to be few million years old in Buttaigudem village of Eturunagaram mandal in the Warangal.
Buried deep inside earth, the team come out with a flow of water near river.

December 19

Evidence of Buddhist monastery found in Visakhapatnam.
A treasure trove of historical evidence of immense heritage value has been by found by archaeologists at the Vommili village of V. Madugula mandal in Visakhapatnam district recently.
The objects retrieved from a trial excavation on the surface include a standing image of the Vajrayana deity 'Heruka', a terracotta elephant head, conical mud bowls, thumb and finger print designs on pots, polished black ware, dull chocolate-coloured slipware and herringbone patterns.
Most of the Buddhist heritage sites found in the city and in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts are located along the coast and had flourished between 3 century BC and 3 century AD.

December 21

A.P assembly passes bill to regulate money lending.
Cracking the whip on private moneylenders, the State government has decided to forthwith make it mandatory for them to obtain licence for carrying out the business.
The interested parties should also pay security deposit ranging from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 2.5 lakh depending on the size of the lending in addition to arranging for display boards at their respective businesses comprising their names as also the quantum of interest they would charge.
The Assembly passed the Andhra Pradesh Money Lenders Bill, 2015 incorporating various penal provisions, including a jail term of up to three years and fine of Rs. 1 lakh to check the exorbitant interests charged from the gullible people.

December 22

TS attracts Rs. 25,972 crore investments with iPASS.
Investments worth over Rs. 25,972 crore have been cleared during the last six months, after the State Government introduced Telangana State Industrial Project Approval and Self-Certification System (TS-iPASS).
The approvals given for investments of about Rs. 1,119 crore and would create employment to 7,079 persons.

December 26

Vizag seeks RS 1,584 cr from Centre for smart city project.
The detailed project report (DPR) submitted to the Union government as part of smart city challenge recently has promised to make Visakhapatnam "a resilient and healthy metro polis for people".
The port city needs Rs. 1,584 crore to develop infrastructure and facilities that could catapult Visakhapatnam into a smart.
The cost includes expenses city development projects including a promenade on the beach road at a cost of Rs. 130 crore. The focus will be on shore protection and `hotscape and softscape'.

December 27

Andhra Pradesh to host 2019 National Games.
Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) Chairman PR Mohan has announced that the National Games in 2019 would be held in Andhra Pradesh.
The Indian Olympic Association, at its meeting held in Guwahati, agreed to the proposal to host the Games made by the SAAP Chairman, Andhra Pradesh Olympic Association General Secretary Purushotham and other sports officials from the State.
Other National Games:
The 2015 National Games was held in Kerala.
Goa is hosting the 2016 National Games.
The host for 2018 National Games is Uttarakhand.

December 28

AP Government signed MoU with Microsoft India on technology initiatives.
Government of Andhra Pradesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft India on a range of technology initiatives.
The purpose of the MoU is to improve use of information and communication technologies, drive digital inclusion and provide IT-based decentralised citizen services.
By applying Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Advanced Visualization method, the company will provide technical knowledge to the AP Government and support building three proof-of-concept (PoC) solutions.

December 29

Hyderabad to host Infosys’ biggest campu.
Infosys is going to make Hyderabad its biggest campus. The firm would expand its Pocharam campus here to double the capacity to 25,000 next month from the present 12,000 employees.
The expanded campus would be formally inaugurated in February.
The firm had earmarked over 1,000 crore to build the facility, its second campus in Hyderabad. The first one at Gachibowli has 10,000 employees.
Infosys claimed that the Pocharam facility will be run completely by renewable energy.
The plant, with a total capacity of 7.2 MW, has been synchronised with the grid.

December 30

Microsoft in pact with AP for cloud solutions.
The state government has signed an agreement with the Redmond (US) based company to improve access deployment and use of information technology and communication (ICT) to offer better citizen services and drive digital inclusion.
Microsoft India will support building of up to three proof-of-concept - (POC) solutions to apply Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Advanced Visualization in the fields of education, agriculture and e-Citizen services.

December 31

Hyderabad to host international film festival.
Hyderabad is set to host the second edition of All Lights India International Film Festival (ALIFF) & Indywood Film Market (IFM), one-of-its-kind of event to happen in the twin cities.
Touted to be South Asia’s biggest event to be held at Ramoji Film City, 105 films from different Indian languages are to be screened with an expected attendance of more than 10,000 people.