States - 2018 JANUARY

January 1

Andhra CM declares 2018 as Telugu promotion year
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu declared 2018 as Telugu promotion year.
He made this announcement at 29th edition of Annual Book Exhibition of Vijayawada.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and the Chief Minister inaugurated the fest, which will remain open till January 11 at Swaraj Maidan.

January 4

Telangana government constitutes minorities commission under Mohammed Qamaruddin
The Telangana government has constituted the State Minorities Commission.
Mohammed Qamaruddin has been appointed chairman of the panel.
Rajarapu Pratap is the vice-chairman while Mohammed Arshad Ali Khan, Vidya Sravanti, Gusty Noria, Bommala Kattaiah and Surender Singh are the members of the commission.

January 6

India’s first National Park for differently abled people inaugurated in Hyderabad
Telangana State Government inaugurated India’s first National Park for differently abled people in Hyderabad.
The park has speech therapist, vocational training instructors and physiotherapist for the differently-abled children.
The park was inaugurated by Telangana Municipal administration and Urban Development Minister K.T. Rama Rao.
At the inauguration, Mr. Rao stated that Telangana State Government is also planning an Information technology (IT) park on similar lines.

January 8

ONGC’s Kakinada asset to boost gas production
ONGC’s eastern offshore asset based at Kakinada is enhancing its gas production substantially from February and is in a position to offer gas to more user industries.
Nandan was speaking after participating in a customers’ meet. At present producing one million cubic meters daily, would hike it by an additional 5 million per day from next month.

January 12

Telangana takes to asset monetisation of TOT tollways
The Telangana government has initiated a process to monetise toll-operate-transfer (ToT) asset road projects.
By appointing a consortium of LEA Associates South Asia Pvt Ltd and Crisil Risk & Infrastructure Solutions Ltd (CRIS) to support the move as Transaction Advisors for the monetisation of the Hyderabad Outer Ring Road project assets, it has become the first State to take up such an initiative.

January 13

IIIT-H sets up Products Lab
IIIT-Hyderabad has launched a Products Lab to push innovation.
It will be part of the institute’s technology transfer office (TTO). The Products Lab will work on creating marketable prototypes of research work from its labs and research centres.
IIIT already houses the T-Hub, which is driving a start-up movement in Telangana.

January 16

Chittoor historian unravels Andhras’ role in freedom struggle
The revolt by Indians against the British prior to 1857 is not known to many, more so, about the freedom movement prevalent in the Andhra region.
Historian Prof. K.S.S. Seshan brought out a book, Early anti-British revolts in Andhra, 1766-1857, which was unveiled at the Indian History Congress held at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. The book was released by Prof. Irfan Habib, considered a doyen among historians.

January 18

AP govt, NITI Aayog sign MoU to develop a online dash board
The Andhra Pradesh Government and the NITI Aayog signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Amaravati to develop an online dashboard for the 115 most backward districts in the country.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Vice-chairman of NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
The districts were identified on the basis of objective criteria such as education, health, nutrition, basic infrastructure like rural road connectivity, rural household electrification, access to potable water and individual toilets and others.

January 20

Telangana and Tokyo body sign Mou for Municipal waste incineration
The Telangana government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Clean Authority of Tokyo in connection with municipal solid waste incineration.
The government of Telangana and Clean Authority of Tokyo have signed an MoU for municipal solid waste incineration facilities.
They will exchange knowledge in municipal solid waste incineration facilities and make an effort to realize human resource exchanges in view of technical cooperation in the future.

January 21

Parents give thumbs up to Islamic education in schools
The neighbourhoods of Mehdipatnam and Toli Chowki are connected to IT Hub by means of the Old Mumbai highway.
While the area is now a hub of commercial activity, over five years or so it has witnessed a spurt in government-recognised schools that offer courses in Islam tailor-made for students.

January 23

Andra Pradesh–Zurich sign sister state agreement
The Andhra Pradesh Government and the Canton of Zurich signed a letter of intent, to promote mutual prosperity and development.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu by Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and Government Counselor Minister Carmen Walker Spah for sister state relation.
This will bring the State of Andhra Pradesh and Canton of Zurich closer and ensure that a framework is created, which supports the exchange between both the parties.

January 24

High Court seeks status report on land acquisition in Telangana, AP
A division bench of Hyderabad High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Ganga Rao expressed dismay at AP and Telangana governments’ laxity in payment of compensation to persons who lost lands for various projects undertaken by the governments.
The bench was dealing with a taken-up case based on a letter written by district judge of Mahabubnagar who informed the High Court that though several judgements were passed by the courts under Land Acquisition Act the governments are not paying the compensation as per law.

January 26

TS seeks Rs. 725 crore dues from Centre for rural development
Telangana government has urged the Centre to undo injustice done to the State in the past by allocating more funds to various rural development programmes being undertaken by it.
The State has also requested release of 725 crore dues for 2016-17 and 2017-18 for rural infrastructure and sanitation.

January 27

Telangana K.T. Rama Rao Showcases T-Fiber project at Davos
The Telangana Fiber Grid (T-Fiber) project for providing internet connectivity to every household in the State was showcased by Information Technology and Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao at a session organised on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
T-Fiber has been envisioned to establish a state-of-the-art network infrastructure to facilitate the realisation of Digital Telangana objective.

January 30

“Samakka Saaralamma Maha Jathara” Tribes Festival Commences in Telangana
The four-day mega tribal festival, 'Sammakka Saralamma Maha Jathara' or 'Medaram Jathara', started in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district of Telangana.
The state government's website describes the festival, held every two years at Medaram village in Tadvai mandal, deep inside forests, as the largest tribal religious gathering in the world.

January 31

Telangana electric vehicle policy to create separate consumer category
The Telangana government is planning to come out with an exclusive policy for electric mobility which will create a separate consumer category in consultation with the State Electricity Regulator.
At advanced stage of preparation, the policy aims to cover charging stations at public places and offer concessional tariffs.