States - 2015 MARCH

March 1

Bihar: Jitan Ram Manjhi may float a new party, said it will be better than AAP.
After the Aam Aadmi Party swept to power in Delhi on a pro-common man agenda, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi vowed to follow Arvind Kejriwal’s model in Bihar by announcing a new front christened Hindustani Awami Morcha (HAM).
The congregation made up of JD(U) dissidents and supporters was a show of strength by those opposed to chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
The front is seen as an attempt at the political awakening of Dalits as a unified pressure group of 22%, which could transcend caste barriers to emerge as a vital force.

March 3

Akrama-Sakrama scheme is finally on in Karnataka.
Nearly nine years after it was piloted, the State government has decided to implement the ‘Akrama-Sakrama’ scheme for regularisation of unauthorised construction in all urban areas, including Bengaluru, from March 23.
Lakhs of owners of houses and commercial buildings are expected to get a ‘one-time opportunity’ to regularise illegal constructions if it has not been challenged in the court again. The scheme will be in force till March 22, 2016.
Under the scheme, violations pertaining to setback, floor area ratio (FAR), non-conversion of agricultural land and formation of unauthorised layouts in all 213 urban local bodies will be regularised.
Owners of buildings can submit applications to the urban local body concerned to regularise illegal constructions by paying prescribed penalty. Violations up to 50 per cent and 25 per cent would be regularised in case of residential and commercial properties, respectively.

March 4

Telangana to launch e-Panchayats.
With a view to taking e-governance initiatives to the grassroot level, the Telangana Government will launch e-Panchayat initiative soon in Domakonda mandal of Nizamabad district. The State government would use VSAT and optic fibre connectivity to connect the villages with central databases of various service providers and departments.
All these centres will be run by women, who will be specially trained by the Panchayat Raj department. The Government is planning to expand the e-Panchayats to 150 mandals in the first phase under the Telangana Palle Pragathi programme funded by the World Bank.
These e-Panchayat centres would act as one-stop-shop centres will allow people to access a number of government schemes. The services include payment of taxes, pensions and National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREGA) wages.
IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao, while making this announcement in Nizamabad, also said that the proposed e-Panchayat programme will cover 18 gram panchayats and all of them will be connected with Internet, enabling them to offer a wide range of services to the rural people.

Maharashtra Government scrapped 5% reservations to Muslims in government jobs.
State Government of Maharashtra scrapped the resolution that provided five percent reservations to Muslims in Maharashtra government jobs. The resolution was announced by the erstwhile Congress-NCP government just before Assembly polls in 2014.
In this regard, Devendra Fadnavis headed BJP government released a resolution stating that the ordinance to provide a five per cent job quota to Muslims stands scrapped.
The ordinance was passed by the previous government on 24 July 2014 and lapsed on 23 December 2014.
Congress-NCP led government of Maharashtra in June 2014 had approved a 16 percent reservation for Marathas and five percent for Muslims ahead of the Assembly polls that were held on 15 October 2014. 
These quotas were given through two separate categories namely the Educationally and Socially Backward Category (ESBC) for Marathas as well as a Special Backward Class (Muslims) segment for the Muslims.

March 5

PM Modi inaugurates two units of Singaji Thermal Power Plant in Khandwa.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated two 600 MW units of the Singaji Thermal Power Project at Dongliya village here in Madhya Pradesh.
The first phase of the Singaji Thermal Power project is of 1200 mega watt capacity.
The project will give impetus to the state government's 'Atal Jyoti Abhiyan', which aims at providing 24 X 7 power supply across the state.
About Atal Jyoti Abhiyan Scheme:
Under the scheme, the government would provide 24 hours power supply for domestic use in rural areas.
For agriculture connection holders the government would provide minimum power supply for eight hours.
A total of 17,529 villages would get round the clock power supply on the separation of 1,891 feeders in areas falling under the MP East Zone Power Distribution Company Jabalpur.

March 6

Haryana mulls law to make registration of pregnancy compulsory.
Haryana government is mulling to frame a law under which registration of pregnancy will be made compulsory.
Health Minister of Haryana Anil Vij.
Vij, while reviewing the implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act in the state, said inspections would be conducted on all ultrasound centres in the state within next one month.
Notably, the Union government's ambitious "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao" campaign to improve the child sex ratio was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Panipat in January this year.
The campaign would be implemented in 100 districts of the country, of which 12 districts of Haryana with the lowest sex ratio have been selected.

March 7

Budget Sessions of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Assemblies began.
The Budget Sessions of the two Assemblies are being held simultaneously for the first time after the reorganisation of these states last year.
Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan will address the joint session of Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Council in the morning. The Governor will later address the joint session of Telangana Legislature.
The Budget session of the Telangana Assembly is expected to be stormy with the opposition set to target the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Government on a host of issues, including farmers' suicides, increasing swine flu deaths and alleged failure to fulfill the poll promises.
Telangana Finance Minister E. Rajender will present the Annual Budget on March 11, while his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Yanamala Ramakrishnudu will present the budget on March 12.

March 8

'Aapki Beti Humari Beti' scheme launched in Haryana.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched a scheme for girl child - 'Aapki Beti Humari Beti' - with an aim to combat the problem of declining child sex ratio in the state. The scheme was announced at a state-level function on the occasion of International Women's Day.
'Aapki Beti Humari Beti' will be implemented in both rural and urban areas of the state covering first-born girl child of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and all second girl child born on or after January 22, 2015 of all families. Under this scheme, the first girl child born on or after January 22, 2015, in SC and BPL families will be eligible to receive Rs. 21,000.
Similarly, all second girl child born on or after January 22, 2015 of all families will get Rs. 21,000. Families, where twin girls or multiple girls are born, will get Rs. 21,000 per girl child.
Khattar also launched 'Haryana Kanya Kosh' for the welfare and development of girl child and women in the state. Haryana CM who himself contributed Rs. 1 lakh to the Haryana Kanya Kosh said that efforts would be made to increase the amount of this Kosh (coffer) to Rs. 100 crore.

March 9

Maharashtra launched Bhagyashree scheme for girl child.
Maharashtra Government launched Bhagyashree scheme for girl child. The scheme replaced Sukanya scheme. As per the scheme, the state government will deposit an amount of 21200 rupees in bank for a girl child born in a Below the Poverty Line (BPL) family.
The Bhagyashree scheme aims at providing one lakh rupee on maturity after the girl completes 18 years of age. The scheme was launched by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis in the presence of Bollywood actress Bhagyashree. Bollywood actress Bhagyashree is the brand ambassador of the scheme.
The Bhagyashree scheme would be linked to the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme of Union Government.

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao was launched by Indian PM Narendra Modi on January 22, 2015.

March 10

Jharkhand CM announced Rs. 1 lakh for alcohol-free villages.
To end the curse of liquor in the state Jharkhand government is planning to give Rs. 1 lakh to villages which will become alcohol-free, the state Assembly was informed.
JMM MLA and former minister Champai Soren called for a ban on opening new liquor shops in villages in the scheduled areas.
The way Self Help Groups (SHGs) in this area have launched special drives against alcoholism is really commendable. Any village, which becomes 100 per cent alcohol-free, will get Rs. 1 lakh from the State Government.

Maharashtra govt launched 'jalyukta shivar abhiyan' to make state drought-free by 2019.
Maharashtra government has launched a new programme named ‘Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan’ in a bid to make Maharashtra a drought-free state by 2019. The programme aims to make 5000 villages free of water scarcity every year.
This Abhiyan aims at initiating permanent measures to make the state drought-free by 2019 and to harvest rainwater within the village boundaries, thereby increasing ground water levels.
Under the programme, micro-irrigation systems would be encouraged for proficient use of water, hence increasing the irrigated area. Government will be initially allocating Rs. 1,000 crore for the scheme. Moreover, all the existing water conservation schemes will be now accumulated under this scheme.
With several parts of Maharashtra still reeling under the drought, the state government has launched the scheme to combat increasing number of suicide by the farmers of the state.

March 11

North-East's first Kisan Call Centre opens in Tripura.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has launched Northeast India’s first Kisan Call Centre in Agartala.
The call centre is financed by Tripura government and will be run by experts of agriculture, fisheries, horticulture and animal husbandry from a private enterprise.
It includes expert consultation seed procurement, agro-metric, fertilisers, soil health, pesticides usage and marketing of the produces.
Farmers from neighbouring states will also be able to take advantage of kisan Call Centre.
The Tripura government financed call centre will be run by a private enterprise with experts of agriculture, horticulture, fisheries and animal husbandry from 6 am to 10 pm daily.
Rs. 3,168 crore for compensation in new capital of A.P.
The Andhra Pradesh Budget for 2015-16 has set aside Rs. 3,168 crore towards the compensation for taking the consent of farmers, to part with their land for the new capital project.
As per the plan, 50 per cent of the total land is to be used for common infrastructure for the capital city.
About 25 per cent of the land is to be returned to the land owners in the form of developed reconstituted plots.

March 13

Mumbai HC directed Maharashtra Government to set up a redressal mechanism against noise pollution.
The direction given by the Mumbai HC is the latest in the series of “rules and judgments pertaining to noise pollution” given by various courts and the Union Government respectively.
It also directed the state government to frame a policy in this regard within two months and submit a compliance report by 6 June 2015.
The court further said that organizers of the religious festivals do not have the right to take away the fundamental right of citizen( under Article 21) to silence and to live in peace and comfort.
The direction was given by the division bench of Justices AS Oka and AS Gadkari while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Mahesh Bedekar.

March 14

Haryana government to impose complete ban on beef.
The BJP government in Haryana, headed by CM Manohar Lal Khattar, has a majority in the assembly and the proposed bill is all set to be made into law.
The law is ”Gau Sanrakshan Avam Gau Samwardhan”.
It would have provision of 10 years imprisonment if found guilty of cow slaughter.

March 15

Teaching of Bhagavad gita to be introduced in Haryana schools.

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said that the government will introduce teaching of Bhagavad Gita in schools across the state from coming academic session.
Students in schools will be taught shlokas of Bhagavad Gita from the new academic session.
Government of Delhi orders installation of GPS in all cabs plying in Delhi.
In order to ensure women safety, Delhi government has ordered all taxi operators to install GPS in their vehicles.
The government’s decision will be enforced on all types of taxis, including Radio taxis and black-and-yellow cabs.
The government has also made it clear that taxi operators will not be issued fitness certificates unless they get Global Positioning System(GPS) installed in their vehicles.

March 16

Assam rolls out scheme to promote double cropping.
Assam government has launched an ambitious scheme to increase agricultural production by providing facilities and assistance to farmers for double cropping in their lands.
Under the programme 'Momai Tamuli Barbaruah Krishak Bondhu Scheme', facilities and assistance will be provided for double cropping in all the crop areas which have so far been utilised for single cropping only and also inaugurated a solar energy regulated first ever irrigation scheme under the same scheme at the same village.
Launching by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, the scheme at Timtimia village in Jorhat.

March 17

Haryana released its state Budget for the fiscal year 2015-16.
Haryana government led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar presented its state Budget for the fiscal year 2015-16.
The state budget was presented in the state assembly by Finance Minister of Haryana Capt. Abhimanyu.
The overall size of the state budget is 68985.87 crore rupees that includes 52312.10 crore rupees of revenue expenditure and 16673.77 crore rupees of capital expenditure. The receipts are pegged at 12877.81 crore rupees for the fiscal year 2015-16.
Key Highlights of the Budget 2015-16:
Rate of VAT on LED lights, pipe fittings and pre-fabricated steel structures was reduced to 5 percent from 12.15 percent. This was done to encourage the use of these in the context of development strategy.
Revenue Expenditure in 2015-16 was increased by 12.52 percent over the Revised Estimates for 2014-15.
Capital Expenditure in 2015-16 was increased by 11.33 percent over the Revised Estimates 2014-15.
Proposed Annual Plan 2015-16 with an overall outlay of 25743.46 crore rupees which includes central assistance of 5106.21 crore rupees for centrally sponsored schemes.
Allocations for completion of Metro train link in Faridabad by April 2015 and Bahadurgarh link by April 2016 for the residents of NCR was made.
Apart from setting up of Gau Raksha Board and a board to revive Saraswati River, the budget also promised maize and bajra at the rate of 1 rupee per kilogram for BPL families.
Proposed to connect about 4000 villages of Haryana with 100 Mbps internet connectivity by September 2015.
Allocated 17331.08 crore rupees, including Plan outlay of 5793.65 crore rupees to the economic infrastructure sector. This is 7.56 percent higher than the Revised Estimates of 2014-15.

Tripura Biodiversity Board launched a project to link conservation to economic concern.
The project was launched by Principal Chief Conservator of Forest S. Talukdar at the Pragnya Bhavan in Tripura.
The project will link conservation and sustainable utilisation of bio-resources with the livelihood and economic concerns of the owners through access benefit sharing.
The project aims to strengthen the implementation of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Biological Diversity Rules, 2004.

March 18

Eco-restoration project for Kinnerasani Sanctuary in Telangana announced.
The project will be implemented in 716 hectares of land under the Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary limits in Kothagudem Mandal with an estimated cost of 60 lakh rupees.
The objective of the project is to reverse the damage caused to ecology due to human intervention and restore the degraded ecosystem in the sanctuary.
Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Khammam district, Telangana. The wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 635.40 km2 (157,010 acres).
Maharashtra Government announced to rename Girgaon Chowpatty as Swaraj Bhoomi.
Girgaon Chowpatty is the oldest and most famous beach of Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The demand was raised by the Lokmanya Tilak Gaurav Samiti.
They demanded that the spot at Chowpatty where Lokmanya Tilak was cremated, and where a garden stands now, should be called Swaraj Bhoomi. He died on 1 August 1920.
The Girgaon beach was called Chau-pati because of four channels of water that existed there.

March 19

Haryana Government decided to issue UIDAI-like numbers for cows.
State Government of Haryana decided to introduce Special Identification Tags with unique identification numbers for Haryana cows.
The scheme aims to establish identity of cows, their security and provide them benefits of health schemes.
Each cow will have a 12-digit identification number and an ID card which will be fixed as tags around its neck.
This programme will begin under the National Dairy Programme.
Kerala to host its first global conference on Gender Equality.
The Gender Park, an institution under the state department of Social Justice, is organizing the three-day International Conference on Gender Equality (ICGE -I) in Thiruvananthapuram with the support of UN Women from November 12-14.
It is envisaged to be the country's first such large-scale exercise in creating a space to share knowledge and global experiences in reducing gender inequalities.
"Gender, Governance and Inclusion" is the core theme of the conference.

March 20

Delhi to launch India's first e-ration card scheme.
Delhi will become the first state in the country to launch an e-ration card service which links ration and Aadhaar cards with a view to curbing corruption and increasing transparency in the system.
Anybody with an Aadhaar card can apply online for a ration card.
The service will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Along with the online ration card, Delhi government will also start issuing temporary Fair Price Shop (FPS)-licences. According to government data, there are around 25,000 FPS in Delhi.

Delhi government hikes water charges by 10 per cent.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government announced its popular free-water schemes for Delhiites; the government has decided to hike the fee by 10percent.
However, the hike will only affect those households which consume more than 20,000 liters of water per month.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisoidia, who chaired the 121st board meeting of the Delhi Jal Board, gave his nod to the proposal for the tariff hike with immediate effect.
People consuming under 20,000 litres will not be affected by the hike. It was also decided to regularise all unauthorised water connections by charging a fee of Rs 3,310, which was earlier Rs 20,000.

International Conference on Counter Terrorism 2015 held in Jaipur.
India’s first conference on Counter-Terrorism was held in Jaipur, Rajasthan for three days (March 19 to March 21).
It was named as International Counter-Terrorism Conference 2015 and it was organised by India Foundation in association with the Sardar Patel University of Police Security and Criminal Justice-Jodhpur.
The central theme of the Conference is ''Integrated Approach to Counter-Terrorism''.
The International Conference on Counter Terrorism was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

March 21

National Action Plan for Skill Training of Persons with Disabilities Launched in New Delhi.
The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot has said that the Government is committed to the holistic empowerment of persons with disabilities through education, rehabilitation and especially skill development and employment.
He also said that the National Action Plan is a partnership between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability for skilling 2.5 million Person with Disability (PwD) over seven years.
He also announced that the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has decided to contribute 100 crore to this initiative and support MSJE at every step.
According to census 2011, there are 2.68 Crore Persons with Disability (PwDs) in India. About 1.34 crores persons with disabilities are in the employable age of 15 to 59 years.

March 23

Shaheed Bhagat Singh PG Institute for Horticulture to be set up at Amritsar.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the setting up of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh PG Institute for Horticulture Research and Education at Amritsar, Punjab.
This announcement was made after he paid homage to martyrs on the occasion of 84th Martyrdom Day at the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, near Firozpur in Punjab.
Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister of India in 30 years to visit Hussainiwala, the place where Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh was cremated in 1931.
Rajiv Gandhi was the last Prime Minister of India to visit Hussainiwala. He visited the place in 1985.

March 24

Sale of gutka to be non-bailable offence in Maharashtra.
Food and Drugs Minister Girish Bapat assured the House that steps were being taken to effectively implement the ban.
And directives have been given to the police to book the accused under Section 328 of the IPC which is non-bailable.
The person who administers or causes any person to take any poison or any stupefying, intoxicating or unwholesome drug” could be imprisoned for a term which may extend up to 10 years with fine.
Previous in 2012, Maharashtra Government had banned sale and manufacturing of Gutka and Pan Masala under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954.
With this Maharashtra was fifth state to ban gukta after Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and first state to ban Pan Masala.
Andhra pradesh's capital to be named Amaravathi.
Andhra Pradesh government has made up its mind to christen the new capital city, proposed to be built near Tullur in between Vijayawada and Guntur cities, Amaravathi.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has decided to name the new capital after the ancient capital of Telugus with the same name.
The original Amaravathi town had served as the imperial capital for the Satavahanas, who had ruled much of India from 2nd century BC to 3rd century AD.
Gujarat Philatelic Exhibition Gujpex-2015 inaugurated in Ahmedabad.
Hon. Governor of Gujarat Shri O.P. Kohli inaugurated Gujpex-2015 at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial, in Ahmedabad.
It is the 13th state level philatelic exhibition of Gujarat postal circle.
He also inaugurated a special cover on ‘River front’ and a book ‘Collector’s guide to british India bazaar card- Edwardian & Georgian period’ written by philatelist Shri Prafful Thakkar.
This exhibition will run by the Gujarat Postal Circle with the active support of philatelic associations of Gujarat.

March 25

Delhi HC sets up commercial courts to ensure speedy disposal of trials.
The Delhi high court became the first court to set up dedicated commercial divisions within it, in line with recommendation of the Law Commission of India.
Chief Justice G. Rohini designated two benches in the original jurisdiction as commercial courts to deal with the suits involving commercial disputes and two division benches in the appellate jurisdiction as commercial appellate courts to hear appeals.
Among the total four benches designated to deal with commercial disputes, two benches (one in the original jurisdiction and one in appellate jurisdiction) will be e-courts, functioning as paperless courts, the release specified.
The HC has also designated 11 courts of civil judges in the district courts -- one in each of the 11 districts of NCR of Delhi, to deal with commercial disputes.
Textiles Minister lays foundation stone for Apparel and Garment Making Centre in Sikkim.
Minister of State for Textiles (I/C), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar laid the foundation stone for an Apparel & Garment Making Centre in Gangtok, Sikkim.
The project is entirely funded by his Ministry, under North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS).
The estimated expense is Rs. 18.18 crores, for each state in the North East Region.
NBCC will complete the construction of the centre and installation of machinery by June, 2015.

March 26

Dalit Vachanakara Jayanti to be celebrated in Bidar, Karnataka.
For the first time, the State government will celebrate Dalit Vachanakara Jayanti in all districts and taluk headquarters on March 30, in honour of ‘Sharanas’ from the deprived communities.
The Jayanti of Madara Channayya, Madara Dolayya, Dohara Kakkayya, Samagara Haralayya and Urilinga Peddi sharanas will be celebrated in all taluks and in Bidar.
Sharan means:
Sharana (Kannada) means "to surrender" denotes egoless surrender and refuge in god, the lord IndiaShiva, the Deity of Lingayatism and Hinduism.
In practice, the wordsharana refers specifically to a person who is a follower (a bhakta or a seeker) of the Lingayat tradition.

Kerala Tourism bags Web Ratna Award for outstanding content.
The Kerala Tourism website ( was Launched in 1998 and
won the Golden Icon award in the ‘Outstanding Content’ category of the Web Ratna Awards, instituted by the Union government under the ambit of the National Portal of India.
Kerala Tourism Secretary G. Kamala Vardhana Rao received the award from Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad at the award ceremony held at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.
The Kerala Tourism website has won several national and international awards, including five national awards and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold award, for its innovative use of information technology to promote tourism across the world.
Maharashtra plans insurance cover for king of fruits.
Maharashtra government is studying a proposal to provide insurance cover of up to Rs. 2 lakh a hectare for mango farmers affected by unseasonal rain in the State.
State Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Eknath Khadse tweeted the plan, adding that cashew farmers too would be covered.
Recently the central government announced a Rs. 2,000-crore relief package for Maharashtra.

Rs. 250 crore boost to set up SPV for Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh.
In terms of Section 90 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014, the Centre has decided to release Rs. 250 crore in this financial year for setting up of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the Polavaram Irrigation Project.
The SPVs are subsidiary firms typically used by major companies to isolate themselves from financial risk.
This financial boost is in addition to the Rs. 100 crore earmarked for the project in the Union Budget.

March 27

Rajasthan government opens mother’s milk bank.
Rajasthan’s first State-run human milk bank, “Jeevan Dhara”, was inaugurated by Health Minister Rajendra Rathore at the Mahila Chikitsalaya.
The first mother’s milk bank in the State was started by a non-governmental organisation in a government hospital in Udaipur.
“Jeevan Dhara” has been started in collaboration with the Norwegian government and JK Lon Hospital, and aims to collect excess breast milk from lactating mothers and provide it to infants deprived of it.
The infant mortality rate in Rajasthan is 47 per 1,000 live births, which is expected to come down substantially when infants get breast milk.
Goa village bans kissing in public.
A village panchayat in Goa has “banned” kissing in public, arguing that “such an obscene behaviour” by some couples and holidayers creates nuisance.
The Salvador do Mundo village panchayat, near the State capital Panaji, recently passed a resolution, banning kissing in public, besides consumption of liquor and playing music aloud in the open.
Delhi government to ban sale, purchase of chewable tobacco.
The Delhi government will put a ban on sale, purchase and even storage of all forms of chewable tobacco including "guktha, khaini and zarda".
However, no such ban will be enforced on cigarettes.
Stepping up its efforts towards tobacco control, the Health Department has also launched an innovative drive, creating a 'Tobacco Aware Citizens' Directory' to spread the word about its harmful effects.
Delhi Health Minister is Satyendra Jain.
PM to inaugurate international energy summit "Urja Sangam" in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Urja Sanga, an international energy-focused summit to be held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
The event will mark the celebration of 50 years of operations of ONGC Videsh, the overseas arm of explorer ONGC, Engineers India Ltd (EIL) and the Barauni Refinery of largest refiner Indian Oil Corp (IOC).
Rajasthan is the first state passes bill on eligibility for panchayat polls.
Rajasthan became the first State in the country to fix a minimum educational qualification for contesting elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions.
The Assembly passed the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (amendment) Bill, 2015, which makes Class VIII pass mandatory for the post of sarpanch - except in tribal reserved areas, where the minimum qualification is Class V - and Class X for Zila Parishad or Panchayat Samiti elections.
The amendments to Section 19 of the Rajasthan Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 also make a functional toilet mandatory in the house of a contestant.
Delhi Government launched India’s first e-ration card Service.
Delhi Government launched India’s first e-ration card service. The service was launched by the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal.
In this service, E-ration card will be linked with Aadhaar cards and it would enable the beneficiaries of Public Distribution System (PDS) to get the cards online from the government’s web portal without hassles.
The new service is expected to curb corruption and increase transparency in the system.

March 28

Rajasthan enacts law to ban camel slaughter.
The Rajasthan Assembly has passed a law that bans the slaughter, trading and unauthorised transportation of camels. Camel had been declared as the State animal of Rajasthan last year.
The Rajasthan Camel (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Bill, 2015 also makes causing injury to camel punishable.
Camel slaughter is punishable for up to five years and monetary fine.
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Lal Saini said that the number of camels in Rajasthan had sharply declined to 3.26 lakh.

March 29

Amaravathi will be named NTR district.
The government is contemplating developing Amaravathi as the new State capital by renaming it as NTR district.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is likely to make an announcement in this regard in the Telugu Desam Party’s Foundation Day on March 29.
Mr. Krishnamurthy indicated the scope for amending the Revenue Act to plug loopholes as the terminology such as “adangal and ajamayishi” lacked clarity.
The International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) to be held in Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh.
The International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) will hold this year’s annual meeting in Mumbai during December.
ICGC consists of several countries doing research on cancer, with each country concentrating on one type of cancer that is more prevalent and during the annual meetings the countries exchange their information. In India the specific programme is on oral cancer.
The ICGC meet will be attended by representatives of 20 countries apart from India, Dr. Rao told The Hindu during a national conference conducted by the GITAM University.
Most of the oral cancer cases are from Bihar and UP.
The Advanced Centre for Treatment Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), in Navi Mumbai (earlier known as Cancer Research Institute) and the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIMBG) at Kalyani near Kolkota are involved in the project.
UGC releases Rs. 255 crore for A.P. varsities.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released Rs. 255 crore for upgrading of universities in the State.
The Chief Minister’s office said in this,Rs. 55 crore had been allocated for the Rajahmundry Government College.
An amount of Rs. 20 crore each has been granted for upgrading infrastructure in Andhra, Sri Venkateswara, Acharya Nagarjuna and Sri Krishnadevaraya universities.
The UGC also granted Rs. 12 crore each for upgrading Pathapatnam College in Srikakulam and Cheepurupalli College in Vizianagaram to model centres for college education.

March 30

Himachal Assembly Becomes First In India To Launch E-Vidhan Mobile apps.
Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has launched part one of E-Vidhan Mobile apps. The apps was launched in the presence of Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail.
The apps could be accessed by all the members 45 minutes before the question hours on android and tablets having information about day business.
Himachal Pradesh assembly is only one in the country which was switch on to hi-tech E-Vidhan system, saving 8 crore Rupees per annum being spent on the paper.Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha is the first state assembly in the country to launch this apps.
Rajasthan Diwas celebrated on 30 March.
Rajasthan Diwas was celebrated marking the unification of the erstwhile princely states in the region into the State of Rajasthan.
On 30th March 1949 the grand unification of the erstwhile princely states of Rajputana giving birth to Rajasthan state in the Union of India had taken place. Since then, 30th March is celebrated as Rajasthan Diwas every year.
Rajasthan Diwas is celebrated every year with an aim to showcase Rajasthan’s culture & heritage and revive the traditional sports, cuisines and folk-art.
There have been 44 Padma Shri, 19 Padma Bhushan, 6 Padma Vibhushan awardees from Rajasthan till 2010.
All forms of chewable tobacco banned in Delhi.
Delhi government effected a ban on sale, purchase, storage and manufacturing of all forms of chewable tobacco including 'guktha' and pan masala containing tobacco.
However, no such ban will be enforced on cigarettes in the capital.
Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that over 10,000 people die of Oral Cancer caused by tobacco every year.

March 31

RINL commissions green power project to generate 120 MW.
Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited(RINL), the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, crossed another milestone with the launching of a novel project to generate a completely pollution-free 120 MW captive power generation by using 100 per cent blast furnace and coke oven gas.
This is the first of its kind in the Indian steel Industry and Chairman-cum-Managing Director of RINL is P. Madhusudan.
In order to efficiently utilise the surplus Blast Furnace Gas (BFG), the state-of-the-art technology Boiler Turbo Generator (BTG) Power Plant is designed for firing 100 per cent BFG and Coke Oven Gas for the new captive power plant of 120 MW-capacity.
Kerala HC approves State's liquor policy.
Oommen Chandy government has received a shot in the arm with a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court approving the state's liquor policy that seeks to bring down the number of bars in stages.
The Division Bench, comprising Justice K.T. Sankaran and Justice Babu Mathew P. Thomas, cancelled a Single Bench judgment permitting opening of four star bars.
China planning to set up Consulate General in Chennai.
A substantial Chinese participation is expected at the forthcoming Global Investor Meet to be held in Chennai in May this year. Not just that, China has also proposed to establish a Consulate General in Chennai soon.
Mr.Le Yucheng, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to India, who met Chief Minister O Paneerselvam, highlighted the possibilities of investment in the renewable energy sector, particularly solar energy.
Currently, there are about 100 Chinese firms operating in India. Of this only, 6 are in Tamil Nadu.
China is also collaborating on developing the high speed rail link between Delhi and Chennai and on increasing the speed on the Chennai-Mysore rail line.
Excavation to begin in search of Saraswati river in Haryana.
The Haryana government would soon start the excavation of the mythical Saraswati river from Adi Badri.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said his government would ensure development of Adi Badri Heritage Board to increase the importance of the site.
The Forest Department started work on bringing the Saraswati to the surface by creating a stream at its point of origin at Saraswati Udgam Sthal at the foothills of the Shivaliks in the Adi Badri area.
Gujarat assembly passes controversial anti-terrorism and organized crime bill.
Gujarat assembly passed a majority vote the controversial Control of Terrorism and Organized Crime Bill (GCTOC) which allows police to intercept and record telephonic conversations and submit them in court as evidence.
The bill, which was earlier returned by the President thrice to the state government for reconsideration when Narendra Modi was CM.
The bill is a modified version of the original 2003 Gujarat Control of Organized Crime (GUJCOC) Bill which was not cleared by the earlier NDA and UPA governments for last one decade.
Haryana School Education Department ordered 10% reservations to EWS in private unaided schools.
The Haryana Department of School Education (DPSE) issued an order regarding the mechanism for implementing the provisions of Rule 134-A of Haryana School Education Rules (HSER), 2003.
The rule prescribes 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) category students from Classes I to XII in private unaided schools.
The order was issued by the DPSE in compliance with the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) order.
The rule imposes reservation of 10% over and above the 25% reservation already under implementation as prescribed by Section 12 (1)(c) of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.
Under the RTE Act, 2009 schools reserve seats for EWS children in class one or previous classes only whereas the Rule 134-A requires reservation of 10% seats in all classes from I to XII.
The Union Government and state governments share cost burden 68% and 32% respectively, Rule 134-A passes entire responsibility on the private schools.