States - 2019 July

July 29

Maharashtra became first state in the country to adopt an Automated Multi-modal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS) digital fingerprint and iris scanning system to help police investigations. The system was introduced at selected Mumbai based police stations that have upgraded tech infrastructure like Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS). 

July 19

Rhesus Macaque monkeys are to be declared as a vermin in Himachal Pradesh for a period of one year & allow the state forest department to cull them for preventing crop depredation, conflict with humans and loss of property. Though Rhesus Macaque monkeys are protected species under Schedule II of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the law allows for it to be hunted by declaring it ‘vermin’ for a specific period if they pose a danger to human life or property.

July 6

Asia’s 1st Six Sigma Institute of Mountain Medicines and High Altitude Rescue to be established at Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand. This comes in as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat accepted and agreed to a proposal for establishing the mountain institute. The institute would also train armed forces as well as para-military personnel in Mountain Medicines. It would also offer courses in mountains medicine and high altitude rescue. It will also train local people, schools and colleges in high altitude rescue and disaster.

July 4

Maharashtra achieved first rank in “Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index'' (AMFFRI) which is launched by NITI Aayog. The index ranks states based on the degree of reforms they have undertaken in agricultural marketing. Gujarat ranked second closely followed by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

July 3

The State Government of Up has decided to set up Ganga Committees in all 25 districts situated on the banks of river Ganga. This step is part of the large scale program to clean the holy river. 

July 1

In the temple town of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, Kanchi Athi Varadar festival has started. The deity is made of fig tree by the divine architect Viswakarma and hence the name Athi Varadar. He is immersed in Anantasaras, the temple tank. He is brought out once in 40 years and worshiped for 45 days and restored to his water bed. The last time he came out was on July 2, 1979, and earlier on July 12, 1939.

The tawny-colored creature, Tamil yeoman (Cirrochroa thais), with a dark brown outer ring has been officially declared as state butterfly of Tamil Nadu. These butterflies are also known as Tamil Maravan (which means warrior) is am The Uttar Pradesh government has launched massive door to door campaign “DASTAK” against Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) disease. The campaign, which was launched in association with UNICEF, is to create awareness about the communicable diseases as well as JE and AES.