States - 2017 MARCH

March 1

'AP to make full use of water resources in capital region'.
Andhra Pradesh is making all efforts to make the best use of available water resources and make the State drought-free, CM N. Chandrababu Naidu.
He was speaking in Guntur district after laying the foundation stone for the Kondaveetivagu pumping scheme to prevent flood threat to 14,000 acres in the capital region. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 237 crore with 16 pumps.
At a public meeting on the occasion, the project would be completed in three months. Over 5,000 cusecs of water would be pumped into Krishna river during flash floods of Kondaveetivagu (a rivulet) and the balance floodwater would be diverted to Krishna western delta through left main canal to supply water to tail-end areas.

Start-up Tapp Me extends service to corporate.
Tapp Me, a Gurugram-based start-up offering its services in skilled labour arena to households in the city, has now extended its service to corporates, according to Snehanshu Gandhi, co-founder.
Provides a one-stop solution to people when they need small household repairs, repairs to appliances and ACs and other related requirements.
They often find it difficult to get skilled workers to carry out these small plumbing works and other works at reasonable rates. We address the problem. Our platform benefits both the house-holders and the skilled labour.

March 3

An e-market place for 'arty' kids.
Children are quick to grasp things and can be as creative as elders. But their creative spirit often disappears if they grow up without encouragement and sustained appreciation.
The e-market place is open for children interested in arts and crafts across the world. They can also get their family, relatives and friends to 'like' and comment on their work. Friends and relatives will go for emotional buying to encourage the kids.
The children will be allowed to price their work. But the buyers can offer more to encourage the artists. The site allows the members to build points that can be monetised to buy things on the site.
The start-up will give away 50 per cent of sale proceeds to charities working for the welfare of children. While the child gets 30 per cent, the remaining 20 per cent will go to the start-up to meet operational costs.

March 4

Fellowship for former CCMB chief.
Lalji Singh, former Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), has been selected as an SERB Distinguished Fellow.
The fellowship is instituted by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statutory body of the Centre.
The award supports research activities of scientists who are active after superannuation.
The fellowship carries an amount of Rs. 60,000 per month and a research grant of Rs. 5 lakh per year for a period of three years.

March 5

Hyderabad varsity research projects bag Rs. 113 crore funding.
Strategic research projects at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) Centre-Archem will get a whopping Rs. 113 crore funding for the next five years. The project is supported by the Defence Ministry.
The University, among the top five in the country, will very soon become the first public-funded varsity to house a 500 MHz NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance), as a joint facility between the The Advanced Centre for Research in High Energy Materials (Archem) and the School of Chemistry.
Established in 2005, Archem will drive at least 30 national projects, which are aimed at boosting indigenous efforts of critical defence technologies. Of these, 22 are in Chemistry and eight in Physics.

March 6

Vizag port cargo handling up 8 per cent.
Visakhapatnam port has shown substantial improvement in cargo-handling during the current fiscal, at 8.1 per cent, over the corresponding period last year.
The port has so far handled 56.54 million tonnes during the current fiscal as against 52.7 million tonnes, a growth of 8.1 per cent.
Port officials are confident of reaching, and even surpassing the target of 61 million tonnes set by the ministry.
Among the major ports, Kandla is the front-runner with 90 million tonnes so far followed by Paradip (74 million tonnes). According to estimates, Visakhapatnam port might get fourth rank ahead of JNPT by the end of the financial year.

March 7

Fintech Startup Challenge in Vizag.
The stage is set for Fintech Startup Challenge-2017 and it is estimated by authorities that 150 companies from within the country and abroad may participate in the event.
The state government has collaborated with banking and financial institutions such as ICICI Bank, ICICI Lombard, HDFC Life, Bharti AXA Life and Angel Broking to launch the AP Fintech Valley Startup Challenge-2017.
J.A. Chowdary, IT adviser to the CM the challenge is being conducted to power Visakapatnam as a national and global hub for fintech. We want start-ups, entrepreneurs, innovators and developers around the globe to view Vizag as the hot destination for fintech.

T-Hub, Anthill launch Smart Women Angels Network.
T-Hub and Anthill, a platform for early-growth stage start-ups, have announced the launch of an international start-up initiative, the Smart Women Angels Network or SWAN.
The initiative is aimed at supporting the entrepreneurial spirit in women, create awareness about investing and facilitate investments.
Prasad Vanga, founder and CEO of Anthill, Along with our partnership with T-Hub, we hope to transform the Indian startupecosystem, by creating valuable partnerships both nationally and internationally that will help start-ups scale.
T-Hub is one of the largest starts up ecosystem builders with over 2,000 start-ups in its database clustered into various stages of growth.

Telangana no more a power deficit state.
Telangana has transformed itself from a power deficit state about 30 months ago to a situation where it is in a position to ensure 24×7 (power cut less) supply to consumers.
When the new State came into being in June 2014, about two-and-a-half years ago, it started with a huge deficit of over 2,000 to 2,500 MW.
However, the commissioning of a couple of Genco projects and 1,200 MW thermal power plant of Singareni Collieries Company Limited in Adilabad and solar power projects, have all played a role in ensuring the demand supply gap has been significantly bridged.
In addition, the State has made arrangements for purchase of over 500 MW during the peak summer months and would augment another 1,000 MW from Chhattisgarh with the commissioning of a dedicated transmission line from Wardha to Dichpally.

Hyderabad Metro segment to be operational by June.
The Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd, which is now developing a 72-km-long elevated metro rail network across three dense city corridors.
Expects to commission a segment of 11 km by the middle of this year, and another stretch of about 18 km later during the year.
Of the three corridors under construction, the concessionaire L&T is expected to complete two corridors before the end of this year and the entire project by June 2018, according to NVS Reddy, Managing Director of HMRL.

March 8

Telangana allots land for women's industrial park.
Telangana IT and Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao, unveiled FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) Women Green Industrial Park, which will be the first such women entrepreneur park in the country.
At a function on World Women's Day, K.T. Rama Rao handed over Sanction Proceedings of allotment of land for FLO Women Green Industrial Park to its Chairperson Padma Rajgopal.
TSIIC allocated FLO 50 acres of land at Sultanpur, Patancheru, on the city outskirts. The land has been allotted at Rs. 45 lakh per acre.

March 9

AP inks pact with Singapore firm for fintech centre in Vizag.
The Andhra Pradesh government and Singapore-based Fintech major Lattice 80, have signed a memorandum of understanding for establishment of a fintech incubation centre here. The MoU was signed at the two-day Fintech Startup Challenge.
J.A. Chowdary, special adviser to the AP Chief Minister on IT, The Andhra Pradesh government is not merely trying to create the right ecosystem for promoting fintech in the State, but to develop a whole fintech culture.
It wants to conduct a series of events to promote fintech in the city and the state. Lattice 80 will help the government in the endeavour.
150 startups, several of them from abroad, were participating in the Fintech Startup Challenge. A 20-member Singapore team and two teams from Switzerland and Japan are participating in the event.

March 13

Telangana Government presents tax free budget.
Telangana finance minister Etela rajendra presented tax-free budget development-cum-welfare-oriented Rs. 1, 49,446-crore Budget for 2017-18.
The budgetary allocation for several sectors is higher over the 2016-17 Budget of Rs. 1,30,415 crore.
Presenting his fourth Budget, the Finance Minister stated the State is projected to achieve a Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) growth of over 10.1 per cent during the current fiscal.
Seeking to balance welfare with development initiatives, he announced allocation of Rs. 5,943 crore for the agriculture sector and Rs. 4,000 crore towards fourth instalment of loan waiver scheme for the farm sector.
Sectorally, the irrigation sector has been allocated Rs. 25,000 crore, panchayati raj Rs. 14,723 crore, roads Rs. 5033 crore, power sector Rs. 4,203 crore, health Rs. 5,976 crore, municipal administration Rs. 5,599 crore, Mission Bhagiratha Rs. 3,000 crore, IT Rs. 253 crore, industries Rs. 985 crore and education Rs. 12,705 crore.

March 15

Andhra Pradesh Presents Around 1.57 Lakh crore Budget for 2017-18.
Andhra Pradesh presented nearly Rs. 1.57 lakh crore for budget 2017-18 an increase of 15.71 per cent in the outlay over previous year.
Presenting the maiden budget in the new state capital Finance Minister Y. Ramakrishnudu proposed total expenditure at 1.57 lakh crore comprising revenue expenditure of Rs. 1.26 lakh crore and capital expenditure of Rs. 31,087 crore.
The estimated revenue deficit is around Rs. 416 crore and the fiscal deficit is estimated at around Rs. 23,054 crore.
The government has allocated Rs. 1,061 crore for the development of the new state capital. 

March 16

Andhra Pradesh to receive special assistance package from Central govt.
The Union Cabinet approved a special assistance package for Andhra Pradesh to provide of funding the state's externally-aided projects and the irrigation component of Polavaram project.
This support for capital expenditure would help the newly separated state of Andhra Pradesh to put its finances on a firmer footing and promote economic growth.
This support for capital expenditure by way of repayment of Externally Aided Projects (EAP) loans would help and assist the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh to put the State’s finances on a firmer footing and promote economic growth.
Further the central funding of the irrigation component of the Polavaram Irrigation Project and its execution by the State Government shall expedite completion of the project and the increase irrigation prospects in the State benefitting the people at large.

March 23

Ninth Gorkhas celebrates 200-years of raising In secunderabad.
The ninth Gorkhas celebrated 200-years of its raising in secunderabad, Telangana. The first battalion of the Ninth Gorkhas was raised by the British government in 1817 as the 'Fatehgarh Levy'.
Ninth Gorkha Rifles has a unique honour that all its battalions have been awarded the Chief of Army staff's Citation for exceptional performance in the line of duty.
Awards conferred on the regiment in the two centuries of its existence includes three Victoria crosses, Five Mahavir Chakras, Seventeen Vir Chakras.
Some of the Regiments battle honours are Mesopotamia, France and Flanders, Afghanistan, North Africa, Burma, Chindits, Kumarkhali, Phillora, Dera Baba Nanak and Jammu & Kashmir.

March 24

Project in Mahabubnagar to tackle 'Climate Change'.
Drought-hit Mahabubnagar district and its environs could see more dry conditions in the years ahead because of the impact of climate change.
To help the farmers tackle the crises with a multi-fold scientific approach in practices and livelihoods, the Central Government initiated a pilot project, stated Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI) director general Kalyan Chakravarthy.
Addressing district officials of Nagarkurnool also at the ZP meeting hall, he stated that the Rs. 24 crore project will be executed by the EPTRI along with TS Department of Agriculture, NABARD, ICRISAT and Prof. Jayashankar TS Agricultural University in three clusters of Mahabubnagar, Wanaparthy and Nagarkurnool covering five villages each in Jadcherla, Bijanapalli and Ghanpur mandals.
An agriculture officer will be appointed for every 2,000 acres in these areas for four years to interact and hand hold the farmers in taking up climate resilient agricultural interventions based on choosing crop varieties which can withstand high temperatures, mixed cropping, micro irrigation, marketing along with helping in water management, poultry, animal husbandry, etc.
Farm scientists and others will be closely monitoring the project implementation and if the outcomes are positive, the same could be replicated elsewhere.

March 25

Nellore in AP to get Post Office Passport Seva Kendra.
The External Affairs Ministry announced the opening of a Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) in Andhra Pradesh.
It has been decided to open a Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.
It would be the 86th POPSK in the country, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay stated.
He also added that the Ministry of External Affairs and the Department of Posts will be working closely for the early operationalisation of this POPSK at Nellore.
The pilot projects for this joint venture between the two were inaugurated in January in Mysuru in Karnataka and at Dahod in Gujarat.
Following the success of these pilot projects, the MEA and the DoP announced 56 POPSKs in the first batch of expansion, eight in the second batch announced in February, and 19 more announced in March.

March 26

AP tops in Aadhaar seeding of Jan Dhan accounts.
Post demonetization of specified bank notes, more accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) have been seeded with Aadhaar numbers.
Of the 25.51 crore PMJDY accounts, around 53.65 per cent were seeded with Aadhaar numbers.
Four months hence, the number of PMJDY accounts has gone up to 28.01 crore, and the share of Aadhaar-seeded accounts has risen to 63.61 per cent.
At present Andhra Pradesh had linked 87.73 per cent of its Jan-Dhan accounts with Aadhaar numbers.
This was followed by Tripura at 87.08 per cent and Telangana 83.56 per cent.
The share of Aadhaar-seeded accounts remained above 53 per cent in States with more than one crore PMJDY accounts.
Maharashtra had linked 80 per cent of its 1.86 crore PMJDY accounts with Aadhaar numbers. Odisha was able to seed 53.90 per cent of its 1.11 crore accounts.
The seeding remained below the 10 per cent range in Assam (1.3 per cent) and Meghalaya (2.08 per cent). Of the 1.1 crore PMJDY accounts in Assam, around 1.49 lakh were seeded.
Aadhaar seeding remained below 50 per cent in Arunachal Pradesh (34.12 per cent), Jammu and Kashmir (25.16 per cent), Manipur (47.38 per cent) and Nagaland (40.94 per cent).
Uttar Pradesh, which saw the number of PMJDY accounts grow from 3.76 crore to 4.35 crore, also saw the seeding of the accounts rise from 43.20 per cent to 57.50 per cent.

March 27

ESI mobile clinics launched in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana.
Workers in small industries covered by the ESI facility but unable to access the medical services due to locational problems will have something to look forward to with the government launching mobile clinics.
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will be the first States in the country where the facility would be made available initially and later expanded to other parts of the country.
Union Minister for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattareya flagged off these mobile clinics that would serve the areas not covered by ESI dispensaries in Telanagana and Andhra Pradesh.
13 mobile clinics have been launched initially and among them 8 clinics would serve in Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, Nalgonda and Nizamabad districts in Telanagana, while five clinics would serve Chittoor, Prakasam, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, West Godavari, Nellore and Anantapur districts in Andhra Pradesh.

March 28

Gangadevipalli a village in Telangana claims 100 per cent literacy, liquor prohibition.
Gangadevipalli, a village in Warangal district of Telangana has claimed 100% literacy and complete prohibition of liquor.
A life-size statue of Mahatma Gandhi and a 15-foot-long stupa painted red with hammer and sickle at the top symbolize the spirit of Gangadevipalli, a small village in Warangal district of Telangana.
A board at the village gram panchayat office further indicates 100 per cent house tax collection, 100 per cent school-going children, 100 per cent construction of toilets and 100 per cent in small savings.
The village also follows family planning norms with each family having a maximum of two children.
Once dominated by Maoists, Gangadevipalli was like any other disturbed village in the state. Even now, almost the entire village is influenced by CPI(M) ideology.
However, it attracted the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who made a proud mention of it in his radio programme Mann ki Baat in the first week of March.
Warangal (Rural) collector Prashant Jeevan Patil stated Gangadevipalli has become a model village not just for Warangal, but the entire country in the implementation of twin-pit toilet technology.

March 31

Hyderabad becomes 1st city in country with 1Gbps wired broadband service.
In a boost to the internet-centric entertainment and communication services, Hyderabad has become the country’s first city to have access to the 1 Giga(gbps)-speed wired broadband connectivity, launched by ACT Fibernet.
The high-speed internet would mean the citizens are no longer dependent on cable TV or direct-to-home (DTH) service provider for viewing TV programmes and other content.
The smart TVs, which have been in the market for a couple of years, would now be able to show the full potential of what the internet can bring to the living rooms of families.
Several global and domestic on-demand movie and entertainment content providers, including Netflix and Amazon, have been waiting for the improved internet speed so that they would be able to attract TV viewers by offering programmes in high-digital clarity.