States - 2015 May

May 1

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana introduce 5 lakh rupees Accident Insurance Scheme for transport drivers
A new five-lakh rupees Accident Insurance Scheme for transport drivers have jointly launched by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.
It was formally launched by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu at Rajhamundry while Telangana Chief Minister Chandrasekhara Rao made the announcement in Hyderabad.
About the scheme:
The registered transport drivers will get a Rs 5 lakh insurance cover.
The enrolled will get an accident death insurance of Rs 2 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Bima Suraksha Yojana by opening a Jan Dhan Yojana account.
And also the insurer will give Rs 3 lakh for which both states government will ink a MoU.
This scheme apart from providing monetary insurance will also cover education of two children of the beneficiary.
Here the Transport drivers have to register their names on a specified portal named to facilitate the initiatives. The Labour Department will issue Smart cards to all those who are registered under the scheme.
Under this programme, about 11 lakh transport drivers and journalists in the two Telugu states will be benefited. About 16 thousand Home Guards in Telangana will also be benefited by the scheme.
Mamata declares Nadia first 'open defecation-free' district in India.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declared Nadia as the first Open Defecation Free (ODF) district in the country.
Representatives from UNICEF and World Bank were present on the occasion. To celebrate the success of the efforts in Nadia, 30 April will be observed as Nirmal Bangla Divas across the state every year, announced CM.
Thanking UNICEF and the World Bank for helping the district achieve this feat, Ms. Banerjee declared April 30 as the “Nirmal Bangla Diwas” to be observed in the years to come.

May 2

Maharashtra banned 'Horn OK Please' for trucks
Maharashtra government issued a circular banning the use of the phrase “Horn Ok Please” on the rear side of commercial vehicles.
The phrase is part and parcel of Indian of commercial vehicles, such as trucks and tempos, across the country. It was coined basically to allow vehicles to overtake on narrow roads.
This order was passed by Maharashtra State Transport Department as it is of the view that this phrase (“Horn Ok Please”) gives licence to motorists to honk unnecessarily and there have been numerous complaints of excessive honking in silence zones such as near hospitals, schools and colleges.
Haryana Government launched seven IT based e-services in state
The Haryana government launched seven e-services and software applications in a measure to provide hassle free and graft-free administration to the people of the state.
Launching the services in Panchkula near here, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the e-services would help translate the dream of 'Digital Haryana' into reality.
The digital infrastructure as a utility to every citizen includes easy access to common service centre and "cradle-to -grave digital identity", e-Governance and e-Services on demand envisage electronic financial transactions and mobile platform based services.
The e-services and other add-on facilities launched by Khattar include -- Access to Common Service Centre, Services on demand, e-Stamping, Jeevan Pramaan, Revised State Portal, Aadhaar-enabled biometric Attendance System, CM Window, Mobile app and Aadhaar-linked registration of birth.
About Haryana:
Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar
Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki
Capital: Chandigarh
Madhya Pradesh Clears Way For World’s Largest Solar PV Plant.
The world's largest solar power plant that will generate 750 MW of electricity once completed was commissioned in India.
The solar power plant in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh state in central India will overtake America's 550-megawatt solar project in California. The joint venture agreement between state-run PSU Urja Vikas Nigam and Solar Energy Corporation of India.
The country plans to install 100 GW capacity of solar power by 2022, a five-time increase from a previous target. In comparison, China aims to achieve 100 GW of solar power capacity by 2020.

May 3

Rajasthan Forest department has allotted more than twelve crore rupees for a bird conservation programme, Project Great Indian Bustard (GIB). For this project Japan Bank is going to provide financial support of three crore rupees.
Under the GIB Project, closures will be made at many places in Khudi rasla, Pokhran and Shahgarh of Jaisalmer district for safe habitat of bird. In order to regularly monitor the bird information chips will installed.
The Great Indian Bustard locally called as Godawan is also the state bird of Rajasthan.
Status of the Great Indian Bustard:
The Great Indian Bustard presently is confined to only eight pockets in 6 Indian states- Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
The largest population is found in Jaisalmer, Barmer, and Bikaner districts of Rajasthan Great Indian Bustard is the State Bird of Rajasthan and locally is called as Godawan.
It is listed as critically endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red data list.

May 4

BHEL commissions Bijlee Utpadan's thermal unit in Bihar.
State-owned power equipment maker BHEL said it has commissioned a thermal unit of KBUNL in Bihar.
It said that this is the first 195 MW unit to be commissioned by BHEL at the 2 x 195 MW Muzaffarpur thermal power station of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL) in Bihar.
KBUNL is a joint venture of NTPC and Bihar State Power Generation Company Limited.
It includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of Steam Turbines, Generators and Boilers, along with associated Auxiliaries and Electricals, besides Controls & Instrumentation and Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs).
The second 195 MW unit is expected to be commissioned in the current financial year (2015-16).

May 5

Haryana Government notified 163 services under Right to Service Act, 2014.
With an aim to provide time-bound and hassle-free services to the citizens, Haryana government has notified 163 services under Right to Service Act, 2014.
An official spokesman said that according to a notification issued to this effect recently, these services would be provided in prescribed time period and in case of unnecessary delay, the concerned official would have to pay a fine.
He said Revenue Department would provide 20 services in a time-bound manner. Certified copies of all documents at 'Fard Centre' level, including 'girdwari' (revenue survey) and mutation, would be provided in one day by Duty Patwari (revenue official).

Cow-Urine Refinery for Researching Cow Products Inaugurated in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan medical and health minister Rajendra Rathore inaugurated a cow-urine refinery at Jalore.
The refinery, set up at Pathmera Gaushala, will prepare cow-urine extract for use in the formulation of various products. Rathore on the occasion emphasised on the need for large-scale research on cow products and their application in the treatment of various diseases.
A MoU to this effect has been singed between Jodhpur's Dr S Radhakrishnan Ayurveda University and the Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at Bikaner. According to Rathore, a by-product derived from cow-urine extract will be used for cleaning at the SMS Hospital in Jaipur. He also reiterated the commitment of the state government for the consumption of various other by-products.

May 6

BHEL commissions GVK's hydro-power project in Uttarakhand.
State-owned power equipment maker BHEL has commissioned GVK Group's 82.5 MW green field hydro electric project in Uttarakhand.
It said in a regulatory filing that it has successfully commissioned the first unit of 82.5 MW at the upcoming Shrinagar Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in Uttarakhand.
The green field hydro electric project consisting of four units of 82.5 MW each is being set up by Alaknanda Hydro Power Corporation Ltd ( GVK Group).
The project is located on the Alaknanda River (near the town of Shrinagar in Pauri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand), a major tributary of the Ganga.

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar launched Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.
Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar launched the state level ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme’ in Panaji.
After launching the campaign, the Chief Minister also urged the society to invest more on girl child basically in the field of education as the girls gives more fruits to the society and family also.
North Goa is among 100 districts selected from across the country to implement the central government scheme on pilot basis. The objective of the scheme is to empower the girl child and enable her education.

Maharashtra Government lowers natural calamity-hit crop loss percentage to 33% for compensation aid.
Maharashtra government decided to bring down the crop loss percentage, which is crucial in awarding compensation to farmers whose crop is hit by natural calamities, to 33 per cent from existing 50 per cent.
The state cabinet also raised the amount of compensation by 50 per cent.
As per the new directive, farmers who toil crop on non- irrigated land will get compensation of Rs 6,800 up to two hectares from existing Rs 4,500 in case of damage due to natural calamities, while those with irrigated land are entitled to get Rs 13,500 up to two hectares from Rs 9,000, a release said.

Mangaluru to host 'India Open of Surfing' from May 29-31
Mangaluru will host the first edition of the ‘India Open of Surfing’ at Panambur beach from May 29 to 31. Rammohan Paranjape, Vice-President of the Surfing Federation of India, said that the event is being jointly organised by the Surfing Federation of India, Karnataka Tourism Department, Panambur Beach Tourism Project, and the Mulki-based Mantra Surf Club.
Apart from domestic participants, surfers from Sri Lanka, Maldives, Australia and France are likely to participate in the event.
Bollywood actor, Sunil Shetty, who has been an ardent supporter of surfing, is the brand ambassador of the event.
Rajasthan Government signed deal with NHM, UNICEF & GAIN to counter malnourishment.
Rajasthan Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Health Mission (NHM), UNICEF and GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) in Jaipur to tackle the severe problem of malnourishment of the state.
Initially, the programme will be implemented in thirteen districts in which more than 10000 children have been identified as malnourished. To deal with malnourishment, a special management programme will be organised on the community basis.
At present, Rajasthan has 40 malnourishment treatment centres, which are equipped with 10000 beds. It is also facilitated with 107 centres with six beds.

May 7

High Court shuts down 67 sandmining units in Gir sanctuary.
The Gujarat High Court ordered shutting down of 67 sandmining activities units which continued to operate without renewing their leases in the Gir Sanctuary which is the only abode of Asiatic lions.
A two-judge bench of the High Court, comprising Justice Jayant Patel and Justice G B Shah, passed the order on a public interest litigation (PIL).
The order came after the Gujarat forest department submitted that the 67 units would not be given 'No Objection Certificates (NOC)' to mine on the banks of the Shetrunji river in the Gir Sanctuary area.

May 8

Punjab to Revamp 165 Towns with Projects Worth Rs.5,000 Crore.
Announcing a major scheme that will see revamping of 165 towns and cities across the state.
Under the scheme, the state government plans to provide facilities like water supply, sewerage, sewerage treatment plants (STPs), streetlights, roads and parks in all the 165 towns by the end of 2016 which was decided to set up a 'six-point' agenda for development of these towns.

May 9

Haryana Government included Deaflympics in its sports policy.
Haryana Government included Deaflympics in its Sports Policy. It was included to enable Deaflympian medalists to get cash rewards, jobs and other benefits.
Deaflympics, previously known as World Games for the Deaf and International Games for the Deaf, is an event sanctioned by International Olympic Committee (IOC). Its participants are deaf athletes and they compete at an elite level.
About Deaflympics:
It is the longest multi-sports event excluding the Olympics and is held once in every four years. The first games were held in Paris in 1924, and were also the first ever international sporting event for athletes with a disability. Since first event, the games is organised by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (Comite International des Sports des Sourds (CISS)).
About Haryana:
Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar
Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki
Capital: Chandigarh

Goa Government launched hot air balloon & amphibious vehicles.
Adding attractions to its tourism portfolio, the Goa government launched hot air balloon and amphibious vehicles in the picturesque state of beaches.
Tourists can now travel in the hot air balloon that will fly over picturesque landscape offering aerial view of the popular tourist destinations.
Delhi-based Camping Retreats of India Pvt Ltd will run the two services from Panaji initially, and will be later operated from other prominent tourist spots of the state
Amphibious vehicle, which can run on road and ply in waters, was also launched
About Goa:
Chief Minister: Laxmikant Parsekar
Governor: Mridula Sinha
Capital: Panaji

May 10

Govt sets up single window to permit shooting movies in state.
Jammu and Kashmir government has set up a single window clearance system for granting permission within seven days for shooting Bollywood movies in the Valley.
Kashmir was a favorite outdoor shooting destination for Bollywood movies before the militancy began in the state in 1990. The Valley is again finding favour with the producers after legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra's last directorial venture starring Shah Rukh Khan 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' was extensively shot in Kashmir.
About Kashmir:
Chief Minister: Omar Abdullah.
Governor: Narinder Nath Vohra.
Capiatl: Jammu (Winter), Srinagar (Summer).

May 12

Hyderabad to host global pharma summit 2015.
Hyderabad will play host to a four-day global pharma expo and summit from July 23-2015.
The Theme of Pharma Summit is “Innovation and Advances”.
The event will deliberate on a range of issues, from pharmaceutical technology to education, indigenous drugs and drug regulatory affairs, besides serving as a platform for joint ventures and project collaboration.
Renowned pharmaceutical experts will be addressing the Indo-Global Pharma Expo and Summit 2015, being organised by Indus Foundation, in association with FTAPCCI and OMICS group.

May 16

Several industrial townships to come up as part of the proposed Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor.
The 195-km coastal strip in Nellore district covering Tada to Kavali is all set to receive a major boost in the form of industrial townships which will be developed as part of the proposed Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC).
A host of mega and major projects including the Krishnapatnam Port, Apache Footwear, Sir City SEZ, several thermal power projects and edible oil refineries have come up successfully in the region.
It covers big towns and cities, including the proposed capital Amaravathi along the 795-km stretch from Visakhapatnam to Chennai.

May 17

Rare discovery pushes back Iron Age in India.
Iron Age may have come into existence in Telangana much before the rest of the world. At least that’s the conclusion reached by archaeologists excavating the University of Hyderabad campus who found iron artifacts dating back to roughly 2,200 BC.
One of the earthen vessels discovered at the University of Hyderabad.
The team of archaeologists, led by professor KP Rao, has found several artefacts, including small knives and blades besides earthen pots.
"The implements that were found were tested at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) using a method called Optically Simulated Luminescence (OSL).

May 18

AP's Logo Design Contest For Godavari Puskarams.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu released a logo for Godavari Maha Pushkarams.
The logo designed by Shreshtha Communications.
The logo reflected the river in flow and a devotee offering prayers, depicting the relationship between the river and people. The logo also depicts the speed, direction and flow of the river.

Postcard campaign for Andhra Pradesh special status.
The Andhra Pradesh Special Status Sadhana Samiti launched a one lakh Postcard campaign demanding special category status for the state.
Launching the Campaign by Posting 500 Postcards, Samiti state President Laggadu Govind announced the campaign will be extended to all 13 Districts.
Postcards will be addressed to Prime minister Narendra Modi.

May 19

Andhra Pradesh to hold temple tour in amphibious buses.
TDP (Telugu Desam Party) government is introducing an amphibious bus that will undertake a quick pilgrimage tour.
Plans are afoot to run the special bus across 800 km stretch of rivers and roads, which would help authorities and their NRI devotees save lot of time.
The tour will begin with Sri Varaha Narasimha Swamy temple at Simhachalam in Visakhapatnam district, before the bus proceeds to Sri Veera Venkata Satyanaryana temple at Annavaram in East Godavari district. After a halt there, it will leave for Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at Antarvedi in West Godavari district.

May 22

Telangana government to launch ‘Overseas study Scheme for Minorities.
The Telangana Government released an order which provides for grants to students from the minority community who wish to pursue their higher education abroad.
The initiative is modelled on the lines of a similar scheme for the SCs, christened as the “Overseas study scheme for minorities “the scheme will provide financial assistance of Rs. 10 lakh to students on merit basis.
The funds will be released in two instalments of Rs 5 lakh each, once at the time of landing permit and then upon the production of first semester results.
An amount of Rs. 25 lakh crore has been sanctioned for this scheme.

May 23

Srikakulam District Cooperative Central Bank (DCCB) Launches New desposit schemes for women.
Srikakulam District Cooperative Central Bank (DCCB), as part of its mission to involve more women in banking, launches an exclusive deposit scheme for women.
The New schemes such as Podupuvalli, Harshavalli and Kalpavalli would offer interest up to 9.75 per cent per annum.
Srikakulam District Cooperative Central Bank (DCCB) targeted to achieve Rs. 20 crore in deposits by June 6, 2015.
Srikakulam DCCB Chairman: Dola Jaganmohana Rao
Chief Executive Officer: D. Vara Prasad

May 24

Two US-based firms to invest over Rs. 700 cr. in A.P Capital region.
US-based Pi Data Center (PDC) and Pune-headquartered Sahyadri Industries Limited (SIL) are the two biggies which started foraying into the Capital region of Andhra Pradesh have set the tone for its industrial growth post-bifurcation.
The first major entry of the sort by the PDC(Pi Data Center), which has come forward to set up a 5,000-rack Tier-IV Data Centre in the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC)’s layout at Mangalagiri in Guntur district at a total investment of Rs. 600 crore spread over five years.
The government allotted 10 acres of land there for it and instructed the APIIC to take necessary steps for giving possession of the land to the PDC on lease for 33 years at a lease premium / price of Rs. 1 crore per acre.

May 25

Visit to Brothel an Offence, Rules High Court.
Hyderabad High Court has directed a lower court to take cognizance under Section 370-A against a person, who was booked under Section 4 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.
Section 370-A of the IPC recognises a ‘customer’ of a brothel or a person who hires a woman for sexual exploitation as an offender.
The High Court can exercise its inherent power to give such direction when the material placed by the prosecution i.e. chargesheet, discloses the commission of offence under Section 370-A IPC.

May 27

Telangana asks centre for 20 lakh LPG connections.
The Telangana government has requested the Centre to allot 20 lakh new LPG connections to ensure 100 per cent coverage of BPL families and also to reach the “saturation” limit.
Finance minister Etala Rajender handed over the request letters from Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and Union minister of state for petroleum and natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, in New Delhi.
He requested the Union minister to sanction the LPG connections on June 1, the eve of the Telangana Formation Day.

May 31

Andhra Pradesh brought 16 Sectors under Swiss Challenge method to develop Infrastructure.
The State government issued a GO, bringing new sectors for development of infrastructure projects in public private partnership (PPP) mode under the schedule-III of the AP Infrastructure Development Enabling Act, 2001.
The order was issued by the Infrastructure and Investment Department to facilitate the government to extend Swiss Challenge method to award infrastructure project in these 16 sectors.
The sectors which have been included to be developed under Swiss Challenge method are:
Telecommunications and broadband internet services.
Power generation, transmission and distribution including renewable energy projects
Highway projects including housing or other activities being an integral part of high way project, transport terminus and depots.
Railway systems.
Urban transit projects, ports and inland ports, airports.
Urban development projects including smart city and educational institutions.