States - 2019 JANUARY

January 1

Odisha: Dharmendra Pradhan launches Ujjwala sanitary napkin initiative.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan launched 'Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins' initiative saying it will go a long way in making Odisha's 2.25 crore women empowered and self-reliant.
Under the novel initiative, which will cover 93 blocks in 30 districts of Odisha, oil marketing companies (OMC) will set up 100 manufacturing units at the Common Service Centres (CSC) at an estimated cost of Rs. 2.94 crore.
Odisha: CM - Naveen Patnaik, Governor - Ganeshi Lal.
Lakes: Chilika Lake, Kanjia Lake, Anshupa Lake, Balimela Reservoir.
Dams: Rengali Dam, Kala dam, Pitamahal Dam, Kansbahal Dam, Tikhali Dam, Deras Dam, Salia Dam, Ghodahada Dam, Kuanria Dam.
Festivals: Kalinga Mahotsav, Chandan Yatra, Durga Puja, Konark Dance Festival, Rath Yatra, Diwali, Kumar Purnima

Govt approves additional assistance of over Rs. 1,146 crore to Tamil Nadu.
Government has approved the additional assistance of over one thousand 1,146 crore rupees to Tamil Nadu from National Disaster Response Fund, which was affected by cyclone - Gaja.
The approval was given by a High Level Committee chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.
Tamil Nadu: CM - K. Palaniswami, Governor - Banwarilal Purohit

Madhya Pradesh Government to create an Adhyatmik Vibhag (Spiritual department).
Madhya Pradesh Government announced that it is going to create an Adhyatmik Vibhag (spiritual department) by merging several existing department.
The proposed Adhyatmik Vibhag (Spiritual Department) going to be formed by merging Dharmik Nyas Evam Dharmasv Department (Religious Trust and Endowment Department), Anand Vibhag (Happiness Department) in addition to the Directorate of Religious Trust and Endowment, Madhya Pradesh Teerth Evam Mela Pradhikaran and Rajya Anand Sansthan.
Madhya Pradesh had become the first state in the country to create Happiness Department.
About Madhya Pradesh:
Capital: Bhopal
Chief Minister: Kamal Nath
Governor: Anandiben Patel
National Parks: Kanha National Park, Pench National Park, Bandhabgarh National Park

January 2

Gehlot approves amendments in Rajasthan Judicial Service Rules, 2010.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has approved the proposal for amendments made in Rules-12 and Rule-17 of the Rajasthan Judicial Service Rules, 2010.
As per the Rajasthan Judicial Service (Amendment) Rule 2018, the minimum age limit for general category in Rajasthan Judicial Service has been reduced from 23 to 21 years and maximum age limit is increased from 35 to 40 years.
The benefit of age exemption has been given to differently-able persons of various classes, including general category, OBC and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes by 10, 13 and 15 years, respectively.
It has been decided to give 1 per cent reservation to the Backward Classes in the Rajasthan Judicial Service.
About Rajasthan:
Governor: Shri Kalyan Singh
Capital: Jaipur
National Parks: Ranthambore National Park, Sariska National Park, Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary

AP gets separate HC from January 1
Andhra Pradesh got a separate high court which will temporarily function from the Chief Minister’s camp office in Amravati, the new capital of the state till a permanent building for the High Court is being set up at the 'Justice City' in Amaravati.
Since the bifurcation of the state on June 2, 2014, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have had a common high court at Hyderabad. With the creation of the new high court, the country now has 25 high courts.
Justice C. Praveen Kumar, the senior-most judge among the judges allotted to Andhra Pradesh, was appointed as acting Chief Justice of AP High Court, that will have 15 other judges with effect from January 1, 2019.
About Andhra Pradesh:
Chief Minister: N. Chandrababu Naidu
Governor: E.S.L. Narasimhan
Capital: Amaravati

January 3

CM Naveen Patnaik launches Rs 10,180 crore farmers’ livelihood scheme
Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, launched a Rs 10,180 crore scheme, for overall development of small, marginal and landless farmers, dubbed as 'The Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA)' scheme.
This scheme consists of a life insurance of Rs. 2 lakh for 57 lakhfarmers and would grant them crop loans at 0% interest.
The scheme will be implemented in three phases.In the first phase of the initiative, Rs. 5000 would be disbursed to farmers between January 22 and January 25, 2019. The second phase will be completed by February 15, 2019.

Mamatha Banerjee announces Krishak Bandhu scheme for farmers.
Alife insurance cover of Rs. 2,00,000 in case of death, irrespective of the cause, of an earning family member (farmer) aged between 18 and 60 years.
Farmers need not pay any premium for availing this life insurance cover.
The 'Krishak Bandhu' scheme may be extended to 72 lakh farmers and share-cropper families in the State.
'Krishak Bandhu', the scheme bears similarity to the Telengana government’s flagship 'Rythu Bandhu' in terms of providing financial assistance to farmers and landless labourers.
Against the Telengana government’s promised Rs. 8,000 an acre, the West Bengal government will give an annual financial assistance (cash dole) of Rs. 5,000 per acre in two installments – one during kharif and another during rabi – for a single crop. Farmers can take the financial assistance at one go too.

UP govt to impose gaukalyancess to protect stray cattle
The Uttar Pradesh government has introduced a "gaukalyan" (cow welfare) cess, an additional 0.5% levy on excise items, to fund construction and maintenance of cow shelters across the state.
The new cess may raise alcohol prices in UP but the department will hold a meeting to decide the items on which the cess will be levied.
Moreover, a cess of 0.5% will also be levied on toll tax collected by government agencies, and on profits made by public sector enterprises and construction agencies like UP State Construction and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, UP State Bridge Corporation Ltd, UPSIDC, etc for the purpose.

January 4

Hundred percent household electrification achieved in 25 states
The Nation has achieved yet another milestone in the power sector with completion of electrification in hundred percent household in 25 states at the year end.
These States are also taking all concerted efforts to achieve, at the earliest, saturation of household electrification in their respective States.
The Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable EnergyShri RK Singh congratulated all these States for achieving this herculean task.

Cyclone Pabuk approaches Andaman and Nicobar Islands, yellow alert sounded.
A ‘yellow alert’ was issued in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as Cyclone Pabuk made its way towards the archipelago.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places from this evening.

January 5

NGT imposedRs 100 crore fine on Meghalaya govt for failing to curb illegal mining
The National Green Tribunalimposed a fine of whopping Rs. 100 crore on the Meghalaya government for its failure to curb illegal coal mining in the state.
The amount of the fine has to be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board within two months.
The action comes after a high-level committee submitted an adverse report to a bench headed by NGT chairperson AK Goel.
About Meghalaya: Governor - Tathagata Roy

Gigantic tricolours to adorn railway stations in Hyderabad.
The busy railway stations of the State such as Secunderabad, Kacheguda and Nampallywhich fall under A1 category stations will soon have a gigantic national flag fluttering on 100-feet-tall flag posts on the station premises.
About 75 railway stations in India, whose annual earnings exceed Rs.50 crore, called A-1 category stations, have been asked to ensure that national flag flies atop their premises at a height of 100 feet.
Currently, the tallest tricolour flag post in the city is installed at Sanjeevaiah Park which is of 290 feet height.

11 projects to revive mythical Saraswati river approved by Haryana government
11 projects were approved to revive the mythical Saraswati River at the meeting of Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB) headed by Haryana Chief minister ManoharLalKhattar.
The construction of SombSaraswati barrage and Saraswati reservoir would enable the storage of 1,000 hectare metres of water.
A mobile App developed by the Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board and the logo of the Saraswati Heritage Development Board was approved.

January 7

Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu unveils schemes for marginalized Brahmins
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu unveiled various welfare scheme for the marginalized and economically backward Brahmins through AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation such as distribution of Cars to the Unemployed Brahmin youths, loans and subsidies.
Brahmin youths who had undergone training as drivers were given Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzirefor the first time.
30 cars were distributed to the Brahmin youths. Youth bore 10% of the total on-road cost the diesel run cars.
Government has started at least half dozen schemes for Brahmins and around 10000 poor Brahmins have been given loans and subsidies.
Andhra Pradesh is the first state of the country which has established a Brahmin Corporation which aims to help poor people of Brahmin families by providing financial assistance for education, coaching, entrepreneurship, skill development and welfare and culture.

January 8

Kerala to bring ordinance against damage of private property during hartals
Kerala government will promulgate an ordinance to curb the ‘despicable’ wanton destruction of private property during hartals, demonstrations, road blockades or communal violence.
To be styled as‘The Kerala Prevention of Damage to Private Property and Payment of Compensation Ordinance 2019’, it would enforce recovery of damages from those issuing the call for hartal and perpetrators of violence/destruction of property.
Kerala Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan

January 10

Sikkim says it will become first state to roll out Universal Basic Income.
It has started the process to introduce the unconditional direct cash transfer scheme.
Sikkim’s ruling party, the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), has decided to include UBI in its manifesto ahead of the Assembly election in 2019 and aims to implement the scheme by 2022.

January 12

West Bengal quit Ayushman Bharat scheme- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna due to misrepresentation on official communication
This is due to the use of PM’s picture in the official poster of the centre-state joint scheme.
According to the announcement, the states are supposed to bear 40% of the project cost, while the Centre will foot 60% of the bill.
Thus, West Bengal joined the league of states of Telangana, Kerala, Odisha, and Delhi which have opted out of the scheme for varied reasons.
About Ayushman Bharat:
Launched: April 2018.
Other names: PM Jan-Arogya Yojana, National Health Protection Scheme.
Implementing authority: National Health Authority (NHA).

Chattisgarh withdraws general consent accorded to the CBI to probe cases in the state
The state government has conveyed the decision to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Personnel and Training.
CBI cannot initiate any investigation without the consent of the state government after this decision.
Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have already withdrawn the general consent given to the CBI.

January 13

Sikkim CM Launched ‘One Family, One Job’ Scheme
Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling launched the ‘One Family One Job’ scheme, under which for every family one government job has been allotted, in Gangtok. New recruits were taken for Group C and Group D posts in 12 departments.
Thus, Sikkim became the first state in the country to carry out such a programme for the people entitling them to state government employee benefits. He also declared that all loan debts in the farming and agriculture sector would be revoked.
CM Chamling is the longest serving CM of Independent India.
Sikkim Governor: Ganga Prasad.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has announced the doubling of their monthly pension to Rs. 2,000 as festival gift.
Doubles their monthly pension to ₹2,000, seeks a positive vote for development.
Social security scheme beneficiaries have a reason to cheer this Sankranti.

January 14

Puducherry government has imposed a ban on the sale and use of plastic products in the Union Territory from March 1.
A ban on the manufacture, use, sale and distribution of all plastic materials like plastic bags, spoons, plates, bottles and thermocol items is going to be imposed.
Puducherry Chief Minister: V Narayanasamy

January 15

Gujarat becomes 1st state to implement 10% quota to EWS (Economically Weaker sections)
Gujarat Government announced to implement 10 per cent quota for Economically Weaker sections of general category in educational institutions and government jobs for general category poor candidates.
This quota will be implemented for every job offers or admission process that is to start from January 14, 2019
The Centre had taken the decision under Article 46 of Guiding Principles of Constitution of India .This move by the Government is considered to be the historic move.

January 16

Makara Sankranthi and Pongal Harvest festival celebrated largely in Andhra Pradesj and Tamil Nadu
Makara Sankrantiis a festival day in the Hindu calendar, in reference to deity Surya (sun).
It is observed each year in January. It marks the first day of sun's transit into the Makara (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days
MakaraSankranti is one of the few ancient Indian festivals that has been observed according to solar cycles, while most festivals are set by the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar.
Pongal a harvest festival started in Tamil Nadu. It is a four-day festival according to the Tamil calendar and it is usually celebrated from January 15 to January 18.
Pongal means to boil. Rice is boiled in milk and offered firstly to the sun and then cows and then to the family and friends.
Pongal marks the beginning of the sun’s northward journey towards the equinox, known as Uttarayan.

January 17

'Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana' scheme launched in Madhya Pradesh
“Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana” scheme was launched by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shri. Kamal Nath.
It is Rs. 50,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme for farmers.
The state cabinet decided to waive crop loans of 55 lakh small and marginal farmers in the state.
The eligibility cut-off date has been extended to December 12, 2018 from March 31, 2018.
Only those farmers who have not registered themselves to pay GST and income tax can avail benefits under thisschemes.
Earlier former Chief Minister Shri. Shivraj Singh Chouhan also launched similar scheme named ‘BhavantarYojana’.

Kumbh Mela 2019 commenced in Uttar Pradesh to continue till March 4, 2019
The 55-day long Kumbh Mela 2019 commenced with the ShahiSnan of Akharas at Sangam- the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati -at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. Kumbh Mela 2019
''Chalo Kumbh Chale'' was the slogan used by the devotees commencing the mela.
For the first time at the KumbhMela, a transgender ashram, known as the KinnarAkhara, led by rights activist Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi from Mumbai, joined the first bathing day.
The Kumbh Mela is the largest human congregation in the world, with the participation of over 130 million pilgrims.

January 18

Gujarat becomes first state to implement 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections
Gujarat has become the first state to implement newly-introduced 10% reservations in government jobs and higher education for the economically weaker sections in the general category.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday announced that his government has decided to implement the reservation from January 14.
About Gujarat:
Governor: ohm Prakash Kohli

January 19

Tripura Launches Project For Sustainable Catchment Forest Management.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb launched a project for Sustainable Catchment Forest Management at State Forest Academy Ground in West Tripura and stated that the project would help develop the quality of forestlands and livelihood of forest dwellers in the state.
The project is jointly funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of India. JICA is providing Rs. 1,000 crores for a span of 10 years.

January 20

Two commemorative coins in the denomination of Rs. 100 and Rs. 5 were released to mark the 102nd birth anniversary of late Tamil Nadu chief minister
Two Commemorative coins in the denomination of Rs. 100 and Rs. 5 were released to mark the 102nd Birth Anniversary of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran.
Commemorative coins were released by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.
A 66 feet wide and 52 feet tail ''Dr. MGR Centenary Arch'' which was constructed near Marina Beach was also unveiled.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced extension of free health services under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana
Earlier the free health services under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana also known cashless care were available to all at sub-centres in villages and district headquarters hospitals.
Under the scheme, all the patients irrespective of APL or BPL category will be eligible to avail the free health services at government medical colleges and hospitals.
In empanelled private hospitals, over 70 lakh families will continue to avail of cashless care up to Rs.5 lakh per annum per family, and Rs.7 lakh for women members.
Governor: Ganeshi Lal

Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik

January 22

All-woman political party launched in Maharashtra
An all-woman political party was launched in Mumbai under the banner of National Women’s Party (NWP).
The party aims to field candidates in half of the state’s 48 Lok Sabha constituencies.
The party has also been launched in Delhi and Karnataka.
The first-ever women’s political party unveiled its agenda and said they would demand 50% reservation for women in elected bodies, including in Lok Sabha.
The ideology behind forming NWP was to prevent gender disparity in politics and to encourage women to join politics.
Party founder: Swetha Shetty

January 23

Delhi HC approved to release Movie ’72 Hours – Martyr Who Never Died’
The film is based on the life of the 1962 Sino-Indian who was a war hero Rifleman Jaswant Sing Rawat who was posthumously awarded the MahaVir Chakra for gallantry during 1962 war.
Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat was a Sino-Indian war hero who was serving as an Indian army soldier in Garhwal Rifles.
He was serving the 4th battalion during the battle of Nuranang of the Nort- East Frontier Agency in the war of 1962, and now it’s in Arunachal Pradesh.
He was honored by building a memorial by the Chinese people’s Liberation army and it was named as JaswantGarh.

Andhra pradesh government decided to give quota to the kapus community
Andhra Pradesh government decided to give only five per cent reservation to the economically weaker sections (EWS) under the Centre’s 10 per cent quota, setting aside the rest to the upper caste Kapus in its capital city Amaravati.
The cabinet also approved the decision of doubling welfare pensions given under the NTR Bharosa Scheme. Pensions of Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 1,500 will now be doubled to Rs. 2,000 and Rs 3,000 respectively.
To provide reservation to this community ,Naidu formed a committee under Justice Manjunath in 2016,but didn’t get approval from Modi government.
The cabinet further approved the proposal of providing Rs. 10,000 to houses constructed during 1996-2004 in urban areas. Andhra Pradesh Housing Board (APHB) will be given Rs. 20 crores for 20,000 units as one time grant.

Tamilnadu bull taming event enters world record
Jallikattu’ as a symbol of the valour and courage of the Tamil people.
A grand “jallikattu” (bull-taming) event held in Pudukottai and this event entered the world record for the maximum number of bulls released into the sport arena .
TN bull taming event enters world recordThis event had the participation of 1,354 bulls and 424 tamers.

January 26

Second edition of Tamil Nadu Global Investor Meet 2019 held in Chennai
The second edition of Tamil Nadu government’s ambitious two-day Global Investors Meet (GIM) 2019 which aimed at showcasing the state’s potential business opportunities and wooing investment was inaugurated at Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
The event was attended by over 250 companies from 10 countries.
This year focus will be given on key 12 sectors including automobile, textiles, aerospace, agro and food processing, pharmaceutical and chemicals, tourism, housing and construction, Electronics and hardware, Skill Development, Heavy Engineering, MSMEs and Information and Technology.
The objective of the event is to position Tamil Nadu as the investor’s choice besides showcasing its potential business opportunities.
There was special focus on MSMEs this year for which over 32,206 crore rupees of investment has been committed.

January 27

Kerala government launches Pravasi dividend pension scheme
The scheme has been introduced by the government of Kerala as part of welfare measures towards PravasiMalayalis. Under the scheme, a regular pension would be provided to Non-Resident Keralites on a one-time payment of Rs. 5 lakh.
This onetime payment would be deposited with KIIFB (Kerala Infrastrcture Investment Fund Board) for financing infrastructure projects.
On the occasion, Governor also announced an international a Toll-Free Line to provide information, register complaints and details about the action taken taken on various issues faced by the Non-Resident Indians from Kerala.

Madhya Pradesh government launches Yuva Swabhiman scheme
Madhya Pradesh Government announced the Yuva Swabhiman Yojana to provide employment for the unemployed youth from the economically weaker sections of the society.
The scheme aims to provide 100 days of employment to youngsters from economically weaker sections of the society in urban areas.

Punjab CM Launches Benefits under 'Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana'
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh launched the release of benefits under 'Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana' (MGSVY) aimed at the inclusive growth of the distressed sections of the society.
He appealed to the state's debt-ridden farmers not to commit suicide since his government was committed to the total implementation of its farm debt waiver scheme by November 2018.

January 28

Odisha CM launches Jiban Sampark project
The Chief Minister of Odisha announced the Jiban Sampark project of Odisha for the welfare of the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups at the annual Mela 2019.
The Jiban Sampark Project undertaken in association with UNICEF aims to generate awareness among Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) in Odisha on various development and welfare initiatives of State Government, especially on women and child welfare.

Uttarakhand’s first Tulip garden in Pithoragarh
Uttarakhand’s first tulip garden will come up over 50 hectares of forest land in Pithoragarh district at a cost of Rs 50 crore.
About Uttarkhand:
Governor: Baby Rani Maurya, 
CM: Trivendra Singh Rawat.

10 lakh smart meters to be installed in Haryana
In a bid to solve various complications faced by the power distribution sector, Haryana State Government has announced to install 10 lakh smart meters across the state.
The smart meters will eliminate the need to visit houses for meter reading and if a meter or power supply is shut, the complaint would be resolved by the smart grid.
Out of 10 lakh smart meters, five lakh meters would be installed this year and five lakh next year.
Haryana Capital – Chandigarh, Governor – Kaptan Singh Solanki, Chief Minister – ManoharLalKhattar

January 29

Andhra government to provide 100 units free power to MBCs
AP Chief ministerN.Chandrababu Naidu said that his government will provide 100 units free power to the Most Backward Classs.
Added to this the govt decided to give 100 units free power to the MBCs , aid of Rs up to15 lakhs for foreign education of BCs. The govt is also setting up a JyotibaPhulememorial centre with Rs 100 Crores, 69 new gurukul schools in addition to the existing 106 gurukul schools.
AP Governor: E.S.L. Narasimhan
CM launches infrastructure projects worth Rs. 1100 crore in Odisha
Odisha Chief minister Naveen Patnaik launched various infrastructure projects worth Rs. 1100 crore in Ganjam district.
Foundation stones for 231 projects were laid and 48 of them which were worth Rs. 715 crore were inaugurated.
Odisha Governor: GaneshiLal

Nagaland CM inaugurates states 1st Astro Turf Football pitch
Nagaland CM Neiphie Rio inaugurated 1st Astro Turf football pitch at Indira Gandhi stadium in Kohima on the 100th birth occasion of legendary footballer Dr. T. Ao
Governor: P.B. Acharya

Odisha Announces Jiban Sampark Project
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced "Jiban Sampark" project in partnership with UNICEF India to generate awareness about the development and welfare initiatives of state government among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups of the state.
The announcement was made after Patnaik inaugurated the annual tribal fair popularly known as "Adivasi Mela"

January 30

UP cabinet approves construction of Ganga Expressway
The Uttar Pradesh state Cabinet chaired by Yogi Adityanath has approved construction of a four-lane Ganga Expressway from Meerut to Prayagraj.
It will be 600 mt long and would be longest in the world.
A new 291 kilometres long Bundelkhand Expressway will also be constructed at a cost of 8864 crore rupees.
UP Governor: Ram Naik

Maharastra govt launches special scheme to curb infant deaths
The scheme is applicable only for the first child and will benefit around four lakh women across the state, Women and Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde said here after launching the scheme..
Maharastra CM: Devendra Fadnavis, Governor: C. Vidyasagar Rao

January 31

9th Hyderabad Literacy Festival held in Hyderabad
It is a 3 day annual event organized by ‘Hyderabad Literary Trust’ in association with the Government of Telangana.
China is the focus country in the 9th edition of Hyderabad literary festival (HLF).Gujarati was the language in focus for HLF 2019.
About Telangana
CM: K. Chandrashekhar Rao.
Governor : E.S.L. Narasimhan

Maharashtra Launched Special Scheme To Curb Infant Deaths
The Maharashtra government launched a special scheme to curb infant deaths.
Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde distributed baby-care kits to the children born in primary health centers and government hospitals.
The scheme is applicable only for the first child and will benefit around four lakh women across the state, Women.
The cost of the kit is around Rs. 2, in future.