States - 2017 JANUARY

January 3

PM inaugurate Indian Science Congress at Tirupati.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the five-day annual Indian Science Congress at the Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati.
'Science and Technology for National Development' would be the focal theme of the Indian Science Congress, Prof D. Narayana Rao, General President of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA).
The main venue for the Science Congress is the Srinivasa Auditorium in the University where the Prime Minister would address the gathering of eminent scientists including Nobel laureates.

January 5

Andhra Pradesh CM announced Rs. 100 crore for the first Nobel laureate from State.
A huge monetary bonanza awaits the first Nobel laureate from the State.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, during the inaugural ceremony of the Children Science Congress at Sri Padmavati Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam (SPMVV), announced a cash prize of Rs. 100 crore for the young scientist (or any other) who would win the prize.
Flanked by Nobel laureate and Director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research at the University of Tokyo, Prof. Takaaki Kajita, Mr. Naidu urged the students to pursue science with emphasis on research and innovation.

January 6

Union Home Minister to lay foundation stone of new NDRF campus in Andhra Pradesh. 
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will lay the foundation stone of the new campus of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) at Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh.
The campus will house 10th Battalion NDRF, which is responsible for providing response during disasters in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.
Recognizing the services of the unit, Government of Andhra Pradesh has allotted 50 acres of land in Krishna district for construction of campus for this unit.
The new campus will house the living accommodation and world class training area besides administration buildings.
The Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu will also grace the occasion. 

January 8

Allocate Krishna waters fairly to AP & Telangana.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has made an appeal to the Krishna river management board to protect the interests of farmers of both Telugu states, as both are facing drinking and irrigation water problems whenever there is fall in water levels in the river.
The Chief Minister interacted with the KRMB chairman at Prakasam barrage, the KRMB team was inspecting the barrage. He sought judicious release of water to both the Telugu states. The real time water management system being implemented in the state.

January 9

Rajnath: NDRF will be strengthened.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has developed into an excellent force in the past decade or so and it will be further strengthened to give better service to the public in times of emergency.
At Kondapavuluru in Gannavaram mandal of Krishna district after laying the foundation stone for NDRF buildings. An NDRF battalion will be stationed there. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu participated in the function.
Still there is scope for improvement and its infrastructure will be further strengthened to make it a more pro-active and pre-emptive force in times of disaster.
Chief Minister for sanctioning 50 acres of land for the NDRF buildings the demands voiced by the Chief Minister, such as a centre for training the Greyhounds, the anti-extremist force, would be favourably considered and prompt action taken.
The Chief Minister also sought stationing of a team of Rapid Action Force (RAF) in Visakhapatnam and also the setting up of a National Academy of Prisons in Rajahmundry.

AP leads in e-governance.
The Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was addressing the two-day national conference on e-governance. He inaugurated it, with several Union and State ministers participating in the function.
The right ecosystem for e-governance and was keen on introduction of the latest technologies in the IT sector. ''Leveraging technology''.

Nadda promises to send ICMR team to Srikakulam.
The Minister inaugurated a CGHS Wellness Centre on the premises of the Government Hospital for Mental Care, along with Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas, and Visakhapatnam MP Kambhampati Haribabu.
Addressing the beneficiaries of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) – meant for serving and retired employees of Central Government establishments and their family members - on the occasion, Nadda agreed to sanction a dialysis centre at Uddanam, if a proposal was submitted to the Centre.

January 10

Andhra leads the way in digitisation drive.
Andhra Pradesh is in the forefront of the digitisation campaign, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & IT.
The state is set to become an electronic hub with the establishment of electronic manufacturing clusters at five places.Two have been set up at Tirupati and Sri City. Some are in the process of establishing three at Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Anantapur.
AP is the pioneering State in putting to use new technologies like Internet of Things, cloud computing and data analytics. ''No country has more at stake in digital technologies than India. Both in terms of creation of jobs and GDP, the IT sector has been India’s growth engine for a decade or so''.

January 12

International kite festival in Hyderabad.
Kite flyers from 17 countries are participating in KITE 2017, Telangana State's second International Kite Festival.
Telangana Tourism, Incredible India have joined hands with the Hyderabad-based Aga Khan Academy, to host the event in the 100-acre campus of the Aga Khan Academy near Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad.
As a prelude to the festival will continue up to January 17, special night kite flying displays by Singapore's team using remote controlled kites for the first time in India will take place at People's Plaza, Necklace Road, Hyderabad.
''Traditionally kites are flown with strings. But, remote controlled flying of kites is something revolutionary, has not been witnessed much in India''.
The festival has drawn 41 professionals from 17 countries including France, Indonesia, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, Singapore, Australia, Scotland - UK, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Italy, Ukraine, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Poland.

January 13

Gannavaram airport named after Amaravati.
The Gannavaram airport will now is known as Amaravati airport, as the new capital of Andhra Pradesh (Amaravati).
He was speaking at the airport after the new terminal built at a cost of Rs. 137 crore was inaugurated by its Chief Minister.
The runway would also be extended to facilitate the landing of the bigger aircraft and the 'bhoomi puja' for the runway extension had also been performed prior to the inauguration of the terminal.
The airport would be developed in phases in tune with the requirements of Vijayawada, Guntur and the new capital city, Amaravati.

January 15

HPCL refinery unit to resume soon.
The crude distillation unit-1 of HPCL's Visakha Refinery, shut down night following a minor fire accident, will be revived soon.
It will start functioning after a damaged pipeline is replaced in a day or two.
An internal inquiry will go into the cause of the fire and the loss incurred.
Describing it as a 'minor' incident, the fire was put out and unit shut down immediately. Steps were taken to stop the spread of fire to other units at the refinery.
Visakha refinery is now implementing expansion of capacity from 8.33 million tonne to 15 million tonne with an investment of over Rs. 21,000 crore after obtaining clearances from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

January 18

Gear up for GST, trade and industry urged.
The trade and industry should familiarise themselves with the goods and services tax (GST) to be rolled out later this year and make all efforts in coordination with the tax departments to make it a success, according to the Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax B Hareram.
He was speaking as chief guest at an awareness programme organised by the AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation. G Sambasiva Rao, president-elect of the federation.

January 19

Telangana to launch exclusive IT SEZ for minority industrialists.
The Telangana government has decided to launch an exclusive IT SEZ in Hyderabad for industrialists belonging to minority communities.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao told the Legislative Assembly that the government would strive for the all-round betterment of all minorities.
He listed several measures already initiated in that direction. To encourage minority entrepreneurs, TS PRIME, on the lines of TS PRIDE, a welfare scheme has been launched to encourage SC/ST entrepreneurs.
The government had launched an innovative scheme called 'Own Your Auto' in the twin cities. Under the scheme, 1,783 minority youth were given autorichaws on 50 per cent subsidy.
For the self-employment of minority youth, government subsidy has been raised from 50 to 80 per cent.

Vizag getting ready for second CII partnership summit.
The Visakhapatnam district authorities are making the requisite arrangements for hosting the second Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) partnership summit at the harbour park.
The first summit was held here last year and MoUs entailing investment of Rs. 4.7 lakh crore were signed by the AP Government and different companies, both in the private sector and public sector.
Huge enthusiasm was generated last year and the State authorities are confident that this time also many investment proposals would be put forward by the companies and the figure could easily exceed that of the last year.
The theme of the summit would be India’s global integration strategy with particular reference to Andhra Pradesh. Several foreign delegates from the Gulf, Europe and the US besides the Asian countries would participate in the summit.

January 20

Nabard pegs Telangana credit plan at Rs. 65,591 crore.
Nabard has pegged the credit plan for Telangana for the financial year 2017-18 at Rs. 65,591 crore. This is 17 per cent higher than the current year’s plan.
The Status Focus Paper prepared by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) acts as the basis for the SLBC (State Level Bankers Committee) in chalking out credit targets for the year for the primary sector.
Crop loans would be around Rs. 32,830 crore and agricultural term loans at Rs. 14,117 crore.
Releasing State Focus Paper at a seminar organised by the bank, loans to micro, small and medium enterprises would be at Rs. 9,214 crore.
Giving a break-up of the credit estimates for different verticals, he pegged farm mechanisation would need Rs. 2,088 crore and animal husbandry Rs. 3,200 crore.

Anil Ambani group plans shipyard in AP.
Reliance (Anil Ambani group) is still keen on setting up a shipyard in Andhra Pradesh for producing defence ships and submarines and the AP government is actively pursuing the proposal, according to Kartikeya Mishra, Director of Industries.
The MoU had been signed during the last CII partnership summit, by the AP Government and Reliance (Anil Ambani group) for setting up the Rs. 5,000 crore unit, probably in Visakhapatnam district.
Scotching speculation in the local media that the Reliance group was asking for a number of sops and incentives, raising doubts over the project, there was no room for such misgivings.

January 23

Cyient starts operations at Warangal facility.
Cyient, formerly Infotech Enterprises, has commenced its operations in Warangal from the Incubation Centre of the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation.
Telangana Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiyam Srihari and Cyient founder and Executive Chairman of BVR Mohan Reddy inaugurated the facility.
Cyient has also laid the foundation stone for a 70,000 square feet Technology Development Centre at Madikonda Special Economic Zone in Warangal. It will be operational in the next 18-24 months.

January 24

T-Hub launches 'GIS Innovation Hub' powered by Esri India.
T-Hub, the start-up engine catalysing innovation, announced the launch of 'GIS Innovation Hub' (GIH) for start-ups. The GIH is powered by Esri India, the Geographic Information System (GIS) software and solutions provider.
The facility was inaugurated by Jack Dangermond, Co-founder, President and CEO of Esri Inc.
The GIH will be a platform for start-ups, within the T-Hub ecosystem, to leverage the power of GIS through Esri India.
As a part of the partnership, Esri India will be inducting the start-ups into a three-year 'Start-up' program where they would get free access to Esri's ArcGIS, a cloud-based mapping platform, software development tools and ready-to-use content.

January 25

Rajanna-Sircilla is 1st ODF district in TS.
The newly formed Rajanna-Sircilla district, which is also represented by Minister for Municipal Administration and IT K. Taraka Rama Rao, has been declared the first district in Telangana State as Open Defecation Free (ODF).
Taking cue from Centre's Swachh Bharath Mission, the Minister for Municipal Administration had announced Swachh Telangana Mission with a goal to achieve Swachh Telangana by 2019. Accordingly, he accorded priority for construction of Individual sanitary latrines (ISLs) in his Sircilla Assembly segment in 2015.

January 26

Telangana ranks 2nd in Walnut’s cashless score card.
Telangana ranked second in the 'Cashless India Scorecard' prepared by Walnut app to track the growth of digital payments in the country.
The scorecard is meant for comparing how each state is moving towards a cashless economy post - demonetisation based on an aggregate and anonymised analysis of Walnut's over five million user data.
It ranked States based on percentage increase in overall cashless transactions, growth in shoppers using debit or credit card for the first time and growth in merchants accepting digital payments.
Based on these parameters, Gujarat, Telangana and Haryana emerged as the top three states with the highest growth in going cashless.

AP launches Rs. 100 crore fund of funds to prop fintech startups.
Having identified fintech as a promising space to generate jobs, Andhra Pradesh announced a Rs. 100 crore fund of funds to invest in startups.
Will put in Rs. 100 crore initially for a fund of funds will be managed professionally by a venture capital firm.
Appealing the Centre to also partner by contributing money for the fund, details of adding new companies can move-in "almost for free".
A global fintech competition with a high prize-money will be organised, while there will be monthly meet-ups where promising companies will be given grants of up to Rs. 5 lakh.
In the short-term, the government is aiming to have 100 start-ups and up to 15 global companies with their centres of excellence housed in the 'Vizag Fintech Valley'.

January 27

PSU oil companies, Andhra Pradesh govt ink pacts.
The public sector oil companies such as the HPCL, ONGC and the GAIL have signed MoUs for investing Rs. 1.65 lakh crore in Andhra Pradesh on several projects, many of them in the Krishna-Godavari basin.
A session on Sunrise Andhra Pradesh at the partnership summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Andhra Pradesh government.
The minister spoke about the importance of the Krishna-Godavari basin and the steps taken by his ministry to promote investment, both in the public sector as well as private sector, in the K-G basin for the economic development of the State.

Telangana signs MoU for aero skill academy.
The Telangana government has signed a memorandum of agreement with French firm Aerocampus Aquitaine, known for aircraft maintenance skill training to create a world-class aero skill academy.
The project deliverables include identifying skill gaps, designing courses and enabling European Aviation Safety Agency and Directorate General of Civil Aviation certifications for the academy and its courses.
The partnership focuses on developing skills among the youth as well as experienced professionals.
The new academy will offer specialized aeronautical courses in engineering, manufacturing and maintenance domains.
The academy proposes to offer long duration basic training programmes for young students and vocational training and short duration courses tailor-made to industry requirements for experienced technicians.

January 30

Gokaldas Exports to set up manufacturing units in Chittoor district.
Gokaldas Exports has entered in to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Government for setting up four apparel manufacturing units in Chittoor district over next three years.
The company plans to invest up to Rs. 200 crore, is likely to generate approximately 5,000 new jobs.
The investment is however subject to such terms and conditions as requested and sought by Gokaldas Exports, including appropriate infrastructural support and relevant incentives and subsidies being made available to GEL with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

January 31

GMR signs MoUs with firms on setting up units in Kakinada SEZ.
Kakinada SEZ Ltd (KSEZ), a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL), it has signed a series of MoUs with firms interested in setting up of manufacturing units in Kakinada SEZ in Andhra Pradesh.
GMR Group is developing an industrial zone Kakinada SEZ, spread over 8500 acres and an all-weather, multi-cargo, deep water port, with an estimated phase 1 capacity of 16 million tonnes.
MoUs were signed by KSEZ during last week's CII Partnership Summit 2017 at Visakhapatnam with five companies - Oil Country Tubular, Kamineni Steel & Power, United Seamless Tubular, Deepak Phenolics and DCM Shriram - for setting up manufacturing facilities with a total investment of Rs. 7,000 crore spread over 550 acres at Kakinada SEZ Ltd.
These MoUs would be followed up with technical and commercial discussions for lease of land in Kakinada SEZ to these firms over the coming months.