States - 2015 JANUARY

February 1

Kera Gramam project launched.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has announced The Kera Gramam Project being implemented by the State government will be a game changer for the coconut sector that is reeling under adversities.
Inaugurating the launch of the project in the three grama panchayats of Pampady, Kootoppada and Meenadom under Pampady Block Panchayat, Mr. Chandy stated women would have a pivotal role in making the initiative a big success.

February 2

'Clean Kalaburagi Mission' launched.
The ‘Clean Kalaburagi Mission’, a step to fulfil the Union government’s conditions to declare Kalaburagi a smart city, was launched to ensure the scientific management of solid waste.
Municipal Administration and Minority Affairs Minister Qamarul Islam launched the project with the promise of providing funds for the collection and diposal of garbage.
Besides the collection, the segregation of recyclable garbage, plastics and others material would be done before being transported to the landfill site.

February 3

AP Government approves reformed policy to promote clean energy in the state.
The Andhra Pradesh government has given nod to some significant solar and wind energy policies in cabinet.
The single window system, easy permissions and industry like treatment for rendering clearances are some of the striking features among the policies approved by the ministry.
These are the best policies in the country. The flexibility and facilities in the policies do not exist in others states.
Andhra Pradesh currently generates 127 MW of solar energy and the government targets to take it to 5,000 MW in five years.
Haryana Government launched e-registration of properties in all tehsils of the State.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched e-registration of properties in all the 130 tehsil and sub-tehsils of the State to mark the completion of 100 days of his government.
The Chief Minister also directed all Deputy Commissioners to now work towards implementing e-stamping in all the districts by end of June 2015.
Using technology, the e-pension scheme has also been launched and old age pension would increase by Rs. 200 every year for the next five years.

A.P. inks pact with Austrian firm.
Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Development Corporation (APWRDC) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Austrian Power and Environment Technology (APET) for implementing State-of-the-Art technologies in Andhra Pradesh for improving the service delivery.
Under the agreement was signed in the presence of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, APWRDC will act as a nodal implementing agency and APET will provide training to the department to implement these technologies and provide international financing.
The agreement also includes preparing technological baseline of irrigation projects in the State.

February 4

Kerala seeks exclusive Marine Police battalion.
Rising manpower shortage in the Coastal Police has forced Kerala to knock at the Centre’s door for sanction of a Marine Police Battalion comprising 1,083 personnel.
The proposal, made by the State Police Chief in November last year, was contemplated at a videoconferencing with the Cabinet Secretary.
Kerala, with a coastline of 580 km, sought a single battalion, Tamil Nadu wanted three.
The battalion will have an executive staff of 1,002 personnel and 33 specialists to handle wireless operations, besides medical hands and those in the transport department.

February 6

Madras HC directed Tamil Nadu government to ban beauty contests in colleges.
The Madras High Court directed the state government of Tamil Nadu to issue a circular banning beauty contests in colleges and other educational institutions of the state.
Justice T.S. Sivagnanam passed an interim order on a plea that it is not known as to how walking the ramp would benefit a student pursuing a course of engineering.
The judge directed the Secretary, Higher Education department and the Commissioner of Technical Education Department, to issue a circular to all institutions, Universities, Deemed Universities, and Colleges affiliated to various universities in the state to ban or not to conduct any beauty shows in their Institution or in any event organised at Inter-College Level.

February 7

Punjab approaches Supreme Court for reallocation of river waters share.
Citing a drastic reduction in flow in the Ravi- Beas rivers systems and receding groundwater table, Punjab government moved the Supreme Court under Article 131 of the Constitution.
Seeking directions for the Union Government to constitute an appropriate tribunal for reallocation river water share which has been disputed and counter claimed by Haryana.
Punjab’s plaint comes close on the heels of the announcement by the Haryana Chief Minister to approach the Supreme Court on the issue.

IDCO signs MoU with IRE to set up a mineral separation plant in Odisha.
State owned Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) has signed a MoU with public sector Indian Rare Earth Ltd (IRE) to set up a mineral separation plant in Odisha’s Ganjam district.
MoU was signed by IDCO CMD Vishal K Dev and IRE CMD R.N. Patra in the presence of State Industries minister Devi Prasad Mishra in Odisha.

February 9

Rajasthan Government and Adani Enterprises signed MoU to set up 10000 MW Solar Park.
The Rajasthan Government and Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly set up India’s largest solar park with capacity of 10000 MW of electricity in Rajasthan.
MoU was signed by Adani Enterprises CEO Vineet Jain and Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Managing Director B.K. Dosi.
The joint venture project includes generation projects and a manufacturing unit for solar module, parts and equipments. The project will be completed in the next ten years.
Adani Enterprises Ltd, the flagship company of Adani Group will set up solar project of 5000 MW on its own in the next five years.
It is expected that the project will produce 16644 million units of clean and green energy and help in reducing carbon footprint by approximately 16.2 metric tonnes.

Uttarakhand Government launched Himalaya Darshan programme to boost tourism in the State.
Uttarakhand Government launched Himalaya Darshan programme at Dehradun. The programme was launched as part of ongoing efforts to boost tourism by the State Government.
The chopper was flagged off by Civil Aviation Secretary Akshat Gupta to mark the launch of the programme. As part of the celebrations, a chopper carrying a group of students was flagged off from the Sahastradhara Helidrome of Dehradun for a sortie around the mountains.
The motto of the programme is to enable common people to fly around the beautiful mountains of Uttarakhand for 5000 rupees to 10000 rupees.
The move is among a slew of measures being taken by the state government to put back on track Uttarakhand's tourism industry derailed by the 2013 calamity.

February 10

Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra singh to launch advanced criminal tracking system.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will launch the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS) for enabling advanced and effective policing system and bringing transparency.
The Centre-funded project will help share data on crime and criminals, besides offering citizen-friendly services on real-time basis.
The project will help connect 177 sites - 114 police stations, 13 district headquarters, 26 Sub-Divisional police offices, three police ranges headed by IPG rank officers, state crime records bureau, CID crime branch, 14 control rooms, finger print bureau, forensic science laboratory, 16 CCTNS training centres including state data centre and data recovery centre.

National Institute of Design (NID) to come up at Mangalagiri,Andhra Pradesh.
The temple town of Mangalagiri is all set to get yet another national institute -- National Institute of Design (NID) – a premier design institute under the Union Ministry of Commerce and Textiles.
The NID offers courses in design -- Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD), a four-year graduate programme and Post Graduate Programme in Design PGPD, a two-and-a-half-year programme for post graduates.
This will be the fourth NID campus in the country with the other three being located at Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru.
The location of NID at Mangalagiri is expected to give a fillip to not only to the local handloom industry, but also help boost the prospects of fashion designing in Guntur and Vijayawada.

February 11

West Bengal Government launched Micro Business Credit Card to boost MSME sector.
West Bengal Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee on 11 February 2015 launched the Micro Business Credit Card in association with the State Bank of India to boost the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector in the state.
The Micro Business Credit Card is the first of its kind in India. These Business credit cards will even help the farmers to start businesses.
With the help of this card, the small and medium entrepreneurs will be able to avail the cash credit or loan up to 5 lakh rupees for their business activities, even without collateral security.
A fund of 200 crore rupees has been created for this purpose by the state government and a simplified clearance process was chalked out. The government will start the clearance centres in Bardhaman, Durgapur, Asansol and other places to expedite the clearance process.

February 12

Jammu and Kashmir: PDP, BJP come closer on Common Minimum Programme.
The Peoples Democratic Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party are working towards forming a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir before the commencement of the budget session of Parliament.
The two sides have come closer on finalising the Common Minimum Programme and are close to working out the structure of the government. The CMP is 98 per cent done.
A common understanding has to be reached on the wordings of the document and some of the issues after which top leadership of both the parties will meet on the structure of the government.
Jammu and Kashmir gave a fractured mandate in the Assembly elections held with the PDP emerging as the largest party with 28 seats in the 87-member House.

February 13

Fourth river festival began in Madhya Pradesh.
Fourth River festival has begun at Bandrabhan bank of Narmada River in Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh.
Three day festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Theme of this year’s river festival is River, its catchment area, chemicals and crisis.
In this year’s festival more than 100 participants will discuss topics like effects of chemicals used in agriculture on forests, wild life and human beings. Success stories on natural farming will also be part of discussion.

February 14

Arvind Kejriwal sworn-in as Chief Minister of Delhi.
Arvind Kejriwal was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Delhi. The oath of office and secrecy was administered by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung at Ramlila Ground, Delhi. Other than Arvind Kejriwal, six other party members Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain, Jitendra Tomar, Gopal Rai, Sandeep Kumar and Asim Ahmed Khan were administered oath as Cabinet Ministers.
President Pranab Mukherjee had appointed Arvind Kejriwal as Chief Minister of Delhi and 6 Ministers of his govenment as per provisions of Article 239AA of Constitution. These appointments comes after President revoked the central (President’s) rule in Delhi under Article 239AB of the Constitution to pave the way for installation of an elected government.
In 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, AAP staged a historic victory by sweeping 67 of the 70 seats. This will be Arvind Kejriwal‘s second term as Delhi Chief Minister. Earlier in February 2014, he had resigned after running a 49-day government with the support of Congress.

23rd edition of New Delhi World Book Fair began.
The 23rd edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair began at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
This year the theme of fair is Suryodaya: Emerging Voices from Northeast India. Singapore has been accorded the Guest of Honour Country status for this edition of fair while the Focus Country is South Korea.
The nine-day event has been organised by National Book Trust (NBT), an apex body of the under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. While, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) is the Co-organizer.
Over 1,500 exhibitors from all over India and 30 countries are participating in this year’s fair. Besides, the fair also hosting many literary and publishing conferences, emerging new voices in Indian writing as well as special programmes for children and youth.
The Delhi Book Fair is India’s oldest book fair organized at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. First Delhi Book Fair Was held in March 1972 and was inaugurated by then President of India V.V. Giri.
PM Narendra Modi inaugurated Permanent Judicial Museum at Bombay High Court.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a Permanent Judicial Museum at Bombay High Court located on the ground floor of the heritage building of court.
This museum is conceived and set up as part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration (150th year) of the Bombay High Court.
It is first of its kind museum in Maharashtra designed by Advocate Rajan Jaykar. It displays antique items associated with the rich history of the 150 year old court.
Museum displays some historic and important documents such as the barrister certificates of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, judgment copies of sedition cases against Lokmanya Tilak.
It also displays barrister certificates of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, K.M. Munshi and the first Chief Justice of India, M.C. Chhagla.

February 16

Ancient Vishnu idol found in Punjab.
An ancient idol of Lord Vishnu dating back probably to the 7th century AD was unearthed in a field at Algon Kothi village in Bhikhiwind town of Tarn Taran district of Punjab.
The statue is surrounded by 21 other deities on a lotus flower base. It also showcases Demi-goddesses Ganga and Yamuna from its head and lions are depicted near its feet.
The idol was discovered during digging a field by a local resident Suba Singh.It seems that the four feet high and weighing around 400 kilogram idol belongs to the era of King Harshvardhana (590-647AD).
After discovery, the idol was handed over to the authorities of the local Shiva temple, who placed it inside the place of worship.

February 17

Bihar State Cabinet approved the inclusion of Dusadh caste in Mahadalit category.
Bihar State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi approved a proposal of state SC/ST welfare department to include the Dusadh (Dhari and Dhadi) caste in the Mahadalit category.
With this approval, there is no Dalit community in Bihar as all Dalits are now categorised as Mahadalits in the State. Dusadh caste is now eligible for welfare schemes meant for Mahadalits.
The State Cabinet, in addition to above proposal, also approved 8 other proposals. Some of them are:
Nod to Bihar Journalists Pension Scheme 2015.
Sanction for over 300 crore rupees for Bailey Road flyover, a project started during Nitish Kumar’s tenure as CM.

February 18

Bihar Government decided to grant 35% reservation for women in Non-Gazetted jobs.
State Government of Bihar decided to give 35 percent reservation to women in non-gazetted government jobs.
The decision was made during the state cabinet meet presided by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. Apart from this, the Cabinet also made 21 more decisions. Some of them include:
Hike in MLA development fund from the existing 2 crore rupees in a year to 3 crore rupees from financial year 2016.
Approved the proposal to pay 13 months’ salary in place of 12 months to policemen up to inspector rank.
It enhanced the daily wage for home guards from existing 300 rupees to 400 rupees.
It decided to recommend the Union Government to pay an additional 1000 rupees per month to cook engaged under mid-day meal scheme in schools.

February 19

'Neeru-Chettu' can make Andhra Pradesh drought-proof in 5 years: CM.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will be launching ‘Neeru-Chettu’ programme from Thambalapalle village in Chittoor district to kick-start measures for water conservation, improve ground water table to make the State drought-proof within five years. The whole administrative and political machinery transform the flagship programme into a people’s movement and take up repairs and maintenance of canals, reservoirs, lift irrigation schemes, check dams and de-silting of tanks in a campaign mode across the State in the next five months.
On the eve of ‘Neeru-Chettu’ launch, Mr. Naidu held a review meeting with the Ministers and officials of Rural Development, Forest, Water Resource, Ground Water, MA&UD and later a video conference with all the District Collectors.
Of 395 lakh acres in the State, about 200 lakh acres were cultivable but only 50 per cent of it was irrigated area. The target is to bring the balance 100 lakh acres also under irrigation, Of 1,557 tmc of dependable yield, only 1,299 tmc was utilised now and of 3,525 tmc flood water going to sea hardly anything was being utilised

February 21

J&K govt formation.
Jammu and Kashmir is likely to have a BJP-PDP coalition government soon as the two parties are believed to have firmed up a “carefully drafted” Common Minimum Programme (CMP) touching all controversial issues like Article 370 and AFSPA.
Sources said the announcement of government formation is expected over the weekend or by early next week unless RSS does not create further hurdles for BJP.
PDP with 28 MLAs and BJP with 25 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly have been in talks ever since the election results on December 23 last gave a fractured verdict. The state is under Governor’s Rule for over a month.

February 22

'Mission Indradhanush' to be launched in Karnataka State next month.
Minister for Health and Family Welfare, U.T. Khader said that the Union government’s ‘Mission Indradhanush’, an immunisation programme, will be launched in the State from the last week of March.
It aims to cover all those children who are either unvaccinated, or are partially vaccinated against seven vaccine preventable diseases which include diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B.
In the first phase it would be taken up in five Hyderabad-Karnataka districts of Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppala, Ballari and Bengaluru (Urban) and in the jurisdiction of Bengaluru Bruhat Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). It would be taken up in five Hyderabad-Karnataka districts as they have been considered high risk areas due to low record of immunisation. It would be taken up in BBMP jurisdiction and in Bangalore (Urban) due to high concentration of migration workers or labourers.

February 23

Himachal Pradesh to present India's first paperless budget.
Himachal Pradesh is set to become the country's first state to present a 'paperless' budget on March 11. Since the state already has the country's first green assembly, all documents related to budget estimates would be made available online and only around 10 budget copies would be printed for record.
Earlier, around 200 copies along with huge volumes of other documents used to be published during the budget session. Running the proceedings on e-Vidhan would save the state exchequer Rs. 15 crore annually.
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh had inaugurated e-Vidhan on August 4, 2014. "This is for the first time the budget session would be held under e-Vidhan.

February 24

Highlights of Uttar Pradesh budget 2015-16.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav presented Rs. 3.02 lakh crore annual budget of state on 24 February 2015. In annual budget state government has given main thrust on agriculture, education, power, health, roads and infrastructure development.
Key facts from budget
The budget also contains the fiscal deficit of 2.96% of the total GDP of the state. Whereas the state’s debt is expected to be around 27.5% of its GDP.
Taxes: For 2015-16 no new taxes have been levied in the budget.
Agriculture: State government has declared year 2015-16 as the Farmers year. In this regard 1000 Agri centrs will be established to promote agriculture as a good mean of livelihood among young farmer entrepreneurs.
Government Schemes: State government has included new schemes of over Rs. 9388 crores in the budget. For farmer’s accident insurance scheme, Rs. 600 crores has been allocated. For women empowerment, Rs. 100 crore Mahila Samman Kosh has been created. For free laptop for meritorious students scheme, state government has allocated Rs. 100 crores.
Power sector: Rs. 25764 crores have been allocated for power up gradation and line maintenance in the state.
Health: State government of built state of the art cancer Institute in Lucknow with a cost of Rs. 854 crores. For In proposed budget Rs. 111 crores have been allocated.
Infrastructure: State government allocated Rs. 3000 crores to Lucknow Agra Express way. It will longest elevated expressway in India on completion.
BJP-PDP seal deal on forming J&K govt.
After nearly two months of talks on formulating a common minimum programme of governance, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday announced their alliance for forming a “popular’’ government in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the first time that the BJP will participate in governance in the border State.
The first formal announcement of the alliance came after a 45-minute meeting between BJP president Amit Shah and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti.
Neither of them revealed the terms of agreement on contentious issues such as Article 370 that grants special status to J&K and withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act among others.

February 25

AAP Government decided to reduce power, water tariffs in Delhi.
Keeping its key promise to the voters, the Aam Admi Party government said it would slash power tariff by 50 per cent for households which consume up to 400 units per month. The government also decided to provide 20,000 litres of free water to every household.
Both subsidies would become effective from March 1 and cost the exchequer Rs. 70 crore for power and Rs. 21 crore for water per month.
The government said it has planned to set aside Rs. 1,477 crore annually for the power subsidy, while the projection for water is Rs. 250 crore. AAP sources said the projected amount for power is likely to include a possible hike in electricity rates by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission this year.
Power distribution companies have demanded a hike of 10-15 per cent as their operating costs have gone up. The estimate for water will include the cost of setting up more meters to allow more people to get the benefit of piped water.
Delhi Govt. launched mobile app ''mLiquorSaleCheck'' on sale of liquor.
The Delhi Government announced that it had developed a mobile application “mLiquorSaleCheck” for end consumers of liquor, which will provide detailed information about the liquor being sold in the city.
The application is expected to confirm the authenticity of the liquor and bridge gaps in system adoption.
Every liquor bottle or case has a unique barcode pasted on its cap or case. Scanning this barcode using this mobile application after the sale, a user gets the information such as brand name and size. This information is provided on real time basis from the central core server.
Government officials believe that a consumer-based check will help in applying desired pressure on all stakeholders to strictly follow the Standard Operating Procedure for ensuring 100 per cent scanning.
The application informs the customer whether the liquor bought by him is coming through the Excise-approved system. It gives a user a service reference number for each scan with its result. It allows the user to provide shop name from where the liquor has been purchased. The user provided shop name is sent to the central server and can be used for further analysis

February 26

Chhattisgarh Govt Order Allowing Staff to Join RSS Sparks a Row.
Chhattisgarh government has kicked up a controversy with a notification that allows its employees to join RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) and attend "shakhas", evoking sharp criticism from the Congress which demanded its immediate withdrawal.
The BJP-ruled state revoked the ban which was imposed during undivided Madhya Pradesh, barring government employees from participating in RSS' activities.
The Chhattisgarh Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1965 prohibits a government employee from taking part in politics."No government servant shall be member of, or be otherwise associated with any political party or any organisation which takes part in politics nor shall he take part in, subscribe in aid of, or assist in any manner, any political movement or activity''.

February 27

Cash reward for inter-caste marriage raised in Haryana.
The Haryana government said it has decided to raise the cash reward under the inter-caste marriage scheme from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 lakh. Such assistance should be provided through bank accounts under the Pradhanmantri Jan-Dhan Yojana.
This decision was taken at a meeting of the state level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee held here under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
It was constituted under Rule 16 of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The Chief Minister said with the hike in the reward money, the number of inter-caste marriages would go up and help in removing caste discrimination.
The Chief Minister also directed officers of the Police Department to ensure wide publicity of 'HARSAMAY', a citizen portal of the Haryana Police, where anyone can register a complaint any time. In addition, zero FIR system should also be publicised which enables anybody to lodge an FIR at any police station irrespective of jurisdiction.

February 28

Karnataka will get an IIT soon.
After a long wait, Karnataka’s wish to have an Indian Institute of Technology has been fulfilled. Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, who presented the Union Budget 2015–2016, said an IIT would be established in the State. While the location is not yet known.
Karnataka already boasts the Indian Institute Management, Indian Institute of Science, and the National Law School of India University, among others. Besides, the World Heritage Site - Hampi - will also receive funds for tourism development along with eight other sites in the country.
The budgetary proposal to provide income tax benefits to yoga institutions will help a large number of yoga institutions in the State, which attracts yoga practitioners from across the globe.