States - 2016 januray

January 1

AP Transco sees Rs. 5,148 crore revenue gap for FY17.
The annual revenue requirement (ARR) proposed to be filed by the AP Transco with the State Electricity Regulatory Commission, shows a revenue deficit of Rs. 5,148 crore.
The proposal assures 24 hours power supply to all consumers and seven hours of free power supply to agriculture consumers.
The ARR for 2016-17 is pegged at Rs. 28,423 crore and the projected revenue from current tariff is Rs. 23,275 crore, leaving a revenue deficit of Rs. 5,148 crore.
While the average cost of supply of power is Rs. 5.60 per unit, the average realisation is Rs. 4.59 per unit, leaving a revenue gap of Rs. 1.01 per unit.

January 2

Telangana become first state to accept e-motor insurance policies.
Electronic motor insurance policies are legally accepted by the police and transport authorities in Telangana, making it the first state in the country to do so.
The e-Vahan Bima, an electronic motor insurance policy issued in digital form with Quick Response (QR) code, has been formally launched here by the Minister for IT, K.T. Ramarao.
As these policies can be stored and accessed on smart phones, the process of verification will become easier for commuters as well as police.
The launch of e-Vahan Bima and digital acceptance will help the poor accident victims in the state and also ensure better compliance.

January 3

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot lays Foundation Stone for Composite Regional Centre - Andhra Pradesh, at Nellore.
Shri. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Hon'ble Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment laid foundation Stone for the Composite Regional Centre, Andhra Pradesh.
The CRC-Nellore, will serve the following objectives and mandates:
To serve as resource centre for rehabilitation and special education of PwDs.
To establish linkages with existing medical, educational and employment services, following the principles of community-based rehabilitation and offer extension services in the rural areas.
To stimulate growth of services and delivery of services by encouraging the supporting voluntary organization, parent groups and self-help groups and other functionaries in Government and non-Government sector, required for providing services to persons with disabilities.
To undertake designing, fabrication and fitment of aids and appliances.

January 5

BHEL commissioned 600 MW Kakatiya Thermal Power Plant Stage-II in Telangana.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) commissioned the 600 MW Kakatiya Thermal Power Plant Stage-II at Bhoopalapally in Warangal district of Telangana.
This new plant is in addition to the 500 MW thermal plant commissioned by the BHEL in 2010 at Bhoopalaplly.
With this commissioning, total installed capacity of TS Genco went up to 5045.26 MW. It includes 2882.50 MW of thermal power, 2161.76 MW of hydel power and 1 MW of solar power.
The projects include
4000 MW thermal plant of NTPC
4000 MW Yadadri thermal plant of TS Genco
1800 MW of Singareni Collieries Company Ltd

January 6

Cabinet okays ‘Sampoorna Arogya Keralam’ medical care project.
The State Cabinet has decided to implement the ‘Sampoorna Arogya Keralam’ project announced in the 2015-16 State budget.
The project aims to bring all major government health services under one umbrella. With this, people will not be required to visit multiple offices or agencies for medical care.
The IT platform of a similar project implemented in Telangana by Arogyasri Trust will be customised for use to roll out the project.

January 7

Foundation Stone Laid for an "International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography" at INCOIS, Hyderabad.
The Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri. Y.S. Chowdary has said that Government wants to promote Operational Oceanography since it plays an important role in translating the benefits of science for the common public.
Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has also signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with IOC/ UNESCO to cooperate in capacity development programmes.

January 8

Anantapur court issues NBW against Dhoni.
The judicial first class magistrate court issued a non bailable warrant against Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the case of complaint of hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus, originally filed in 2013.
The magistrate, taking into account that the accused Mahendra Singh Dhoni had not presented himself before the court inspite of summons being served on him, issued a non bailable warrant against the cricketer, who is in Australia now.
The case was filed by a Viswa Hindu Parishad activist Y. Shyam Sunder of Anantapur alleging that M.S. Dhoni

January 9

Andhra Pradesh introduced e-Tappal system.
A software tool known as the Online Tappal Management System for the convenience of people launched by the Andhra Pradesh state Regional Transport Authority, Vijayawada.
The online tappal management system has been introduced to streamline the functioning of different sections, thereby ensuring a better and effective service to the applicants.
The queries filed through RTI (Right to Information), NOC (No Objection Certificate) applications, court orders, dealers’ grievances, head office orders have been brought under the new system.

January 10

Flamingo festival gets under way in Nellore.
The annual Flamingo Festival began on a colourful note at Sullurpeta and the surroundings of the Pulicat lake.
Kicking off the two-day State Festival, the government was developing a tourist circuit with the assistance of the Centre to fully tap the eco-tourism potential of the district.
The nation lags behind countries like Singapore and China, which attract more tourists than India, govt said, adding that while Singapore with less land area earned income to the tune of Rs. 2,00,000 crore from tourism, China netted an income worth over Rs. 29,00,000 crore.

January 11

RINL Inks MoU with Andhra Pradesh Government.
RINL, the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant inked an MoU with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
The MoU has been signed during the 22nd CII Partnership Summit & First Sunrise AP Investment Meet, which is currently being held in Visakhapatnam.
The Andhra Pradesh state government and RINL agreed on the importance of infrastructure and industrial development in Andhra Pradesh and also agreed for mutual cooperation for facilitating investments in Andhra Pradesh.
The MoU envisages facilitating investment of around Rs. 38,500 crores by RINL to take up various projects at Visakhapatnam with an employment opportunity to around 3000 people.
Project Details:
Expansion of RINL to 7.3 mtpa & modernization with an investment of Rs. 3,600 crores
Construction of Coke Oven Battery-5 and other projects at an investment of Rs. 3,400 crores.
Further expansion of RINL to 11.5 – 12 mtpa with an estimated investment of Rs. 25,000 crores.
Establishing a Slurry Pipeline & Pellet Plant Project (Joint Venture with NMDC & Others) at an investment of Rs. 6,100 crores.
Transmission Line Tower Project (JV with POWERGRID) with an investment of Rs. 330 crores.

January 12

Telangana becomes first State to make gender education compulsory.
Telangana has become the first State to introduce compulsory gender education at the graduate level; without repeating gender stereotypes in its bilingual textbook titled, 'Towards a World of Equals'.
The book introduced on a pilot basis in engineering colleges affiliated to the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU-Hyderabad) discusses gender in its composite form without limiting itself to crime against women.
The book is being taught over 14 weeks in a semester at the rate of two classes per week. Credits earned in the end semester examination add up to students’ GPAs.
A nine-member, all-women, panel which drafted the syllabus and developed its content has already held four training workshops for groups of 15 to 40 teachers.

January 13

RDL inks MoU with AP Government to set up naval facility at Visakhapatnam.
Reliance Defence Ltd (RDL) has inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Andhra Pradesh Government to set up a world class naval facility in the state.
It was announced by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu during the CII Partnership Summit titled ‘Sunrise Andhra Pradesh Investment Meet’ in Visakhapatnam.
The proposed naval facility will be established at Rambilli, 70 kilometers south of Visakhapatnam on the East Coast of India with an initial investment of 5000 crore rupees.
RDL is going to use these two naval facilities to build submarines and aircraft carriers on lines with Make in India and also provide services including maintenance and refitting of ships.

January 16

AP cancels land allocation to White Field Paper project.
The Andhra Pradesh government has cancelled the land allotment made to White Field Paper Mills Limited which has proposed a Greenfield paper manufacturing unit at Bayyaram in West Godavari district.
The allocation of 271 acres, including government land of 203 acres, along with the memorandum entered into was cancelled on the ground that the company had failed to develop the project in spite of being given adequate time for its implementation.

January 17

Exim Bank pact to boost exports from Andhra Pradesh.
Exim Bank of India and the Government of Andhra Pradesh have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for promotion of exports from the state.
The MoU was signed by the Chairman and Managing Director of the bank, Yaduvendra Mathur, and Secretary and Commissioner for Industrial Promotion, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Shamsher Singh Rawat.
Exim Bank seeks to support the exporters having operations in Andhra Pradesh in achieving higher exports by facilitation of market linkages through its market advisory services, which will assist in identifying suitable partners and develop skills through capacity building workshops, select trade fairs and exhibitions and through research activities.

January 18

Krishnapatnam Power plans thermal projects.
Krishnapatnam Power Corporation of the CVR Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Andhra Pradesh to build 2780 MW (3X660 MW and 1X800 MW) capacity thermal power projects with an investment of Rs. 16,680 crore.
It is expected to create direct/indirect employment opportunities for approximately 1,500 people.
The agreement has fortified the commitment and contribution towards the macro scheme of ‘Infrastructure Mission’ of Andhra Pradesh which envisions the creation of world class infrastructure for excellent connectivity and augmenting power generation capacity.

January 21

NASSCOM inaugurates startup warehouse in Hyderabad.
A ‘startup warehouse’ was inaugurated at the startup incubator, T-Hub, at Gachibowli.
The warehouse, conceived as part of Nasscom’s 10K Startup Programme and set up in partnership with the state government, will mentor startup companies to be handpicked by leaders of the IT industry.
The ‘10,000 Startups Programme’ has initiated startup warehouses across different states to create a micro-ecosystem where many start-ups and entrepreneurs can work together and share their experiences with each other.

January 22

Andhra Pradesh Government reconstituted the Commission for Backward Classes.
Andhra Pradesh Government reconstituted the Commission for Backward Classes with immediate effect.
AP Commission for Backward Classes (APCBC) will be a two member commission with Justice KL Manjunath, (Retd.) as its chairman and Member Secretary, APCBC as the other member.
The Commission was not constituted since, 24 September 2011, when the previous commission term expired.
About Andhra Pradesh Commission for Backward Classes (APCBC):
The body of the Commission consists of the following Members nominated by the State Government.
A chairperson who is or has been a Judge of High Court or a retired Judge of the Supreme Court.
A Social Scientist
Two persons who have special knowledge matters relating to backward classes.
A Member Secretary who shall be an officer of the government in the rank of Secretary to the Government.

January 23

AP Government launches Giriputrika Kalyana Pathakam Scheme for tribal people.
Andhra Pradesh Government has launched Giriputrika Kalyana Pathakam Scheme to support the tribal women in their quest for livelihood.
It was launched by Minister for Social Welfare Ravela Kishore Babu. The scheme seeks to reduce rampant infant mortality and child marriages among tribal people.
Highlights of Scheme:
The scheme is designed to provide a onetime financial assistance of 50,000 rupees to each tribal woman who gets married.
The amount will be directly disbursed to the bank accounts of the beneficiary through District Tribal Welfare Office.
To avail the benefits of this scheme, each beneficiary would have to fulfil some mandatory conditions.

January 24

Tirupati to host symposium on e-governance.
The Andhra Pradesh government will organise a national e-governance symposium in Tirupati
Several State and Central government representatives will talk on a host of e-governance initiatives in respective States
The symposium will provide a platform for different states to showcase their models.

January 25

ONGC gets environmental clearance for project in Krishna-Godavari basin.
State owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has received environmental clearance for a project in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin in Andhra Pradesh.
Under this clearance, ONGC project has been allowed to drill 45 development wells and other related infrastructure will cost over 53,000 crore rupees at offshore KG-DWN-98/2 block.
Other Clearances:
ONGC also has been asked to obtain Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance, approval from Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) for commencement of drilling.
It also has been asked to comply with all recommendations and conditions specified by Andhra Pradesh Coastal Zone Management Authority.

January 27

AP set to complete phase-I of Green Energy Corridor.
Andhra Pradesh is set to complete phase-I of the Rs. 2,000 crore Green Energy Corridor, by March 2016, aimed at strengthening the evacuation network for renewable energy projects.
To facilitate wind power transmission of 3,150 MW, a Green Energy Corridor is being developed. In the phase one, a Corridor to support 2,000 MW is being set up with an outlay of Rs. 2,085.4 crore.
The project is funded by Rural Electrification Corporation.
The evacuation facility for existing and proposed network has already been approved for 3,000 MW. During the Twelfth Plan, the State expects to take the solar capacity to 5,258 MW.

January 28

AP to pilot supply of energy-efficient 5-Star rated fans.
The Andhra Pradesh government is all set to launch a pilot project of energy efficient fans, a first of its kind initiative in the country.
In a major drive towards energy conservation, the State has initiated several steps which include supply of LED bulbs under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme, replacement of conventional lights with LED street lights, energising agriculture pump sets with solar power and now replacement of old generation fans with energy efficient five-star ones.
In the pilot project, it is proposed to offer one lakh fans. If all the one lakh fans are deployed, the State Distribution Company is estimated to save about Rs. 5.81 crore per annum at Rs. 3.95 per unit.

January 29

Telangana seeks Rs. 25,000 crore from BRICS Bank for Hyderabad.
The Telangana government has sought financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 25,000 crore from the BRICS Bank (New Development Bank BRICS) for the development of Hyderabad.
The government had prepared plans for developing the city with investments to the tune of Rs. 30,000 crore.
About BRICS Bank:
The New Development Bank (NDB), formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, is a multilateral development bank operated by the BRICS states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) as an alternative to the existing American and European-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
The goal of the bank is to "mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies and developing countries".
The bank is headquartered in Shanghai, China.
There will be 1 million shares with a value of USD 100 000 (initially USD 500 000 shares), 20% of which will have to be directly paid in to the bank in the first 7 years after entry into force.