States - 2015 July

July 2

France offers Telangana State its expertise.
Indo-French discussion in water sector at National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) in Hyderabad France was open for tie-up in water management projects.
Government of France is open to extend its expertise in improvement of water management and conservation projects in Telangana.
French government and companies will extend their expertise to strengthen Telangana’s energy, industries, environment protection, water management and pollution control sectors.
French government and industries are already facilitating water projects in Delhi, Bombay, Jaipur and Nagpur.

July 4

Andhra Pradesh to allow setting up of distilleries.
State government has decided to rename the erstwhile AP Beverages Corporation Limited as AP State Beverages Corporation Limited.
A decision was taken by the State Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
The marathon meeting discussed the availability of liquor in the State and felt that the existing capacity was insufficient to meet the demand and forced to purchase liquor from other States like Telangana and Karnataka as there are no distilleries in the State.

July 6

President inaugurates 'Nakshatra Vatika' at Rashtrapati Nilayam.
President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a 'Nakshatra Vatika' at Rashtrapati Nilayam Gardens, Bolarum, Secunderabad.
The vatika (garden) has plants representing planets, zodiac signs and stars.
The layout of 'Nakshatra Vatika' has been developed in various geometrical combinations corresponding to the Sree Chakra of Vedic astrology on a 0.91 acre plot.

July 7

Uber to set up its campus in Hyderabad.
Uber, the car sharing company, operations of which was banned across the country by the Union Home Ministry last year, has got sanctions from the State of Telangana to set up a 50 million dollar facility in Hyderabad.
The facility will be the company’s largest office in the world.
An MoU to this effect was signed between department of IT and Uber.
The cab service was banned by the Union Home Ministry after one of its registered drivers raped a female passenger in December, the previous year.

July 8

Cash-strapped AP govt to splurge 100 crore on tablets.
Chandrababu Naidu from deciding to arm his senior officials with nearly one lakh tablets to be purchased at a cost of Rs. 100 crore.
The state government has already placed an order for 32,000 tabs to be given to the officials of the animal husbandry, marketing, agriculture, revenue, excise, commercial taxes, forest, energy and irrigation departments. Of these, around 6,700 tabs have been handed over to senior employees in these departments.
All of them will have internet connection so that they can receive updates from the head of the department every day.
The initiative is aimed at quickening the grievance redressal and provides a transparent administration.

July 9

Telangana, Icrisat MoU to help farmers.
Telangana government and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve profitability of farmers.
Under this MoU, the organisation will provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-based knowledge sharing platforms and other agricultural innovation initiatives to farmers in order to improve their productivity.
The partnership will explore areas of collaboration in the field of digital agriculture along agriculture value chain and also explore the possibilities of ICRISAT playing an active role in the T Hub (an incubator launched by the Telangana government).
About International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics:
The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT) is an international non-profit agricultural research organization headquartered in Patancheru (Hyderabad, Telangana, India).
Motto: Science with a Human Face.

July 14

12-day Godavari Maha Pushkaram began in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
The 12-day Godavari Maha Pushkaram began on the banks of River Godavari in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It will be held till 25 July 2015.
While Godavari Pushkaram occurs once in 12 years, Godavari Mahapushkaram is a unique event which happens once in 144 years.

July 15

Plan to convert INS Viraat into a tourist attraction.
The State government has plans to get the decommissioned aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, stationed in Visakhapatnam and convert it into a hotel or tourist attraction.
This would be on the lines of the submarine museum INS Kursura.
The District administration prepared a plan to plant saplings in 1.13 lakh acres all over the district since a huge number of tress fell under the impact of Hudhud last year.
There is a proposal to introduce night safari facility at the zoo park and also create a botanical garden to provide a pleasant experience to the locals as well as tourists.

July 18

Andhra Pradesh plans to acquire INS Viraat, the last British ship serving the Indian Navy, once it is decommissioned in 2016.
The oldest aircraft carrier in the world is all set to take a new avatar as an important tourist attraction in the beach off Visakhapatnam after its decommissioning. INS Viraat has been serving the Navy for the last 56 years.
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The aircraft carrier with a huge built-up space could be turned into a museum or a hotel or a mini-township at an expenditure of around Rs. 200 crore in the Public-Private Partnership mode.
INS Viraat, which was launched in 1953 and acquired by India and commissioned in 1987, is slated to get a grand farewell at the International Fleet Review in Visakhapatnam in February.

July 19

Post offices to distribute 'God-Jal'.
Bottled 'God-Jal' (Godavari Jalalu) will be distributed through post offices in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Responding to an announcement by the India Post, 7,22,768 orders, including 4,512 requests by Telugu people staying abroad, were placed by those who might not be able to take a holy dip in the Godavari Pushkaralu, which ends on July 25.
God-Jal bottles will be distributed to customers in a phased manner.

July 23

Micromax to start operations in Hyderabad.
The company as said was attracted to Telangana as it could feed the market not only in the south but east and western States. The airport connectivity and easy availability of literate manpower were the other factors that weighed in the decision.
The company has plant at Rudrapur in Uttaranchal produces 2 million handsets.
About Micromax:
Micromax Informatics Limited is one of the leading consumer electronics company in India and the 10th largest mobile phone player in the world.
Micromax is currently the 2nd largest smartphone company.

July 25

Travel and Tourism Fair takes off in Hyderabad.
Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) was kicked off in the city with a spread of 150 stalls from eight countries and 16 States and Union Territories.
The three-day travel trade show at Hyderabad International Convention centre(HICC) has brought together tourism boards, national tourist offices, hoteliers, airlines, tour operators, travel agents, online travel companies, railways and cruise lines.
It’s the first time that Telangana, the host State represented by its tourism development corporation, is participating in TTF which is a national meet.
Thailand and Jordan were present here as feature countries.

July 27

TS to launch 'Grama Jyothi' for all-round development of villages.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to launch ''Grama Jyothi'' programme from the coming Independence Day for integrated and comprehensive development of rural areas by spending about Rs. 25,000 crore in villages in the next five years.
The objective of the programme was to strengthen the panchayat raj system, making gram panchayats active participants in development schemes and preparation of plans at village-level on their own.
'Mana Vooru, Mana Pranalika' already being implemented by the government will make Grama Jyothi work easy.
The Programme to be launched on Independence Day.

July 28

AP to set up Rs. 100 crore fund to revive sick MSMEs.
A Rs. 100 crore fund to support the revival of sick Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across Andhra Pradesh will be created this financial year.
The policy targets to attract new investments to the tune of Rs. 15,000 crore in the MSME sector and create an additional employment opportunity for three lakh people by 2020.
It offers incentives, infrastructure development, technology up-gradation, skill development, marketing support, simplification, administrative reforms and rehabilitation of sick enterprises in the State.
Under the Swachh Andhra Initiative, MSME projects engaged in recycling of waste-to-environment friendly products/ energy will be brought under zero-rated category of the VAT act.

July 29

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad protest mars medical counselling in Telangana.
Counselling for admission into Government and private medical colleges in Telangana was disrupted by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at the counselling centres in JNTU Hyderabad and Osmania University protesting against the increased fee structure and alleged loss of seats for BC, SC and ST categories.
The disruption came in the wake of increased fee for the “B” category seats.
The fee for “B” category seats that were to be filled based on the ranks obtained in the entrance test was Rs. 2.40 lakh per annum earlier but it has been hiked to Rs. 9 lakh per annum.
Moreover, the managements got the freedom to fill the seats based on their own entrance test ranks.

July 30

TS plans 'Pattana Jyothi'.
After the launch of ‘Grama Jyothi’ programme aimed to develop villages ‘Pattana Jyothi’ with the same objective in urban areas is being planned to be launced.
Chief Minister: K. Chandrasekhar Rao.



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