States - 2018 NOVEMBER

November 1

'Soura Jalanidhi' scheme launched in Odisha
 Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the SouraJalanidhi scheme that aims to increase use of solar energy for helping farmers in irrigating their land.
Soura Jalanidhi, is a dug well based solar pump irrigation system in convergence mode.
Under the scheme, 5,000 solar pumps will be given to Odisha farmers at a subsidy of 90% to irrigate 2,500 acres of land.
Malayalam film Olu to be opening film at 49th IFFI
Malayalam film Olu will be the opening film at the 49th International Film Festival of India, IFFI 2018.
The IFFI will be held in Goa in November 2018.
The Feature Film Jury of thirteen members was headed by acclaimed film director and screenwriter, Rahul Rawail.
The Non-Feature film Jury selected the Marathi film Kharvas directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale as the opening non-feature film.

All you need to know about ‘Saubhagya Raths’ scheme
Jammu and Kashmir: Governor Satya Pal Malik flags off ‘Saubhagya Raths’ to achieve 100 per cent electrification.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, 'Saubhagya Raths' will traverse each district for one month till November 30, 2018.
Under the scheme, free electricity connections are provided to poor households enlisted under Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC), 2011.

November 2

MHA approves Rs. 194.44 crore Safe City project for Lucknow
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved a Safe City project for Lucknow at a total cost of Rs. 194.44 croreunder the Nirbhaya Fund scheme.
The project would be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored scheme with Centre and State sharing the funding in 60:40 ratio.
This approval is a part of MHA’s plans to implement Safe City projects in 8 selected cities, namely, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknowunder Nirbhaya Fund with the purpose of strengthening safety and security of women in public places.
UP government join hands with Japan to develop 'food value chain'
The Uttar Pradesh government in assistance from Japanese government will develop ‘food value chain’ in the state.
The UP cabinet presided over by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath cleared a proposal in this regard.
Entrepreneurship scheme Samruddhi launched in Karnataka
The main objective is to impart skill development and benefit aspiring, young citizens from rural and tier II cities.
The scheme, targeted at socially marginalized communities to provide them with skill development and alternate means of employment has a total cost of Rs.800 crore.
For this, the government is partnering with private enterprises to train the youth from backward communities.
Karnataka Capital: Bangalore
CM: Kumarasamy
Governor: Vajubai Rudubai Wala

November 3

SMiLE virtual tour guide to give a fillip to Malabar tourism: Kerala
SMiLE is the acronym for: ‘Small and Medium Industries Leveraging Experiential’ tourism.
To give the boost to Malabar tourism, the Kerala Tourism Department launched a ‘SMiLE Virtual Tour Guide’ site for the region in north Kerala.
Japan to lend Rs 1,817 crore for hydel power project in Bengal
India and Japan signed a Rs 1,817 crore loan agreement for the construction of the Turga pumped storage hydel power project at Purulia in West Bengal.
The project will contribute to the industrial development and living standards in the state.
Meghalaya hosts the India International Cherry Blossom (IICB) festival
The India International Cherry Blossom (IICB) festival in Shillong, which is is scheduled to be held from November 14 and 17.
It is the world’s only autumn cherry blossom festival.

November 4

Odisha Government launches Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing Policy 2018
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched "Odisha Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing Policy 2018".
The main aim of the policy is to carry forward the process of industrialization through the promotion of aerospace and defence manufacturing enterprises, which is expected to generate employment opportunities.
The policy will also provide capital grants of 50 percent of the infrastructure cost limited to 10 crore for subsequent aerospace and defence parks.

Assam state police awarded for citizen services under an e-governance project “CCTNS”
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has awarded the Assam Police for “good practices” under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS),an e-governance project.
Under the CCTNS, the force has recently launched a mobile application for ease of availability of services to the citizens, besides the existing online system.

November 6

Guwahati to be connected to six South Asian countries by January 2019
According to Assam Transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Guwahati will be connected with air route with six South Asian countries by January 2019.
A new air terminal is being set up in Guwahati with the cost of 1243 crore rupees.
The flight will be operated from Borjhar airport in Guwahati to six countries.
World Bank has sanctioned 1000 crore rupees loan to strengthen the inland water system in Assam.
PMCH to be redeveloped into world’s largest 5462 bed hospital: Bihar Cabinet.
The Bihar cabinet, chaired by CM Nitish Kumar, approved redevelopment of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) into world’s largest 5462-bed hospital. It also took 33 more decisions in the cabinet.
The number of MBBS seats would be increased to 250 against the existing 150. Additionally, it would be a “green building” which will have its connectivity with “Loknayak Ganga Path”.
Presently, the world’s largest hospital currently is in Belgrade with 3500 bed.
About Bihar:
Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar. 
Governor: LaljiTandon.

Manipur Govt. inks MoU for smart city project
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Manipur government and IL&FS Township and Urban Assets Limited and Pricewaterhouse Coopers Pvt. Ltd. for implementation of Smart City Project in Imphal at Chief Minister's Secretariat.
As per the MoU, the companies will design, develop, manage and implement Smart City Projects under the Smart City Mission in Imphal. The project will be completed within three years.

November 7

Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio launches GPS mapping of govt schools
The Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio has launched GPS Mapping of GovernmentSchools and Personnel Location System (PLS) to computerization and digitization of records in Kohima.
CM Neiphiu Rio congratulated the School Education Department for undertaking the exercise.
Nagaland School Education Department envisaged this information in the public domain to facilitate departmental information being made moreaccessible to the public.
West Bengal govt decides to set up boards for Namasudra & Matua communities
West Bengal government has decided to set up development boards (Namasudra Welfare Board and West Bengal Matua Welfare Board) for theMatua and Namasudra communities.
The chairperson and members of the welfare boards will be decided by the State Chief Minister, Ms. Mamata Banerjee.
The decision to set up the boards has been taken for socio-economic development of the communities. With the setting up of the welfare boards,there will need specific development work.
The boards will also ensure better implementation of the government’s developmental projects.
Odisha Sports Dept. releases ‘Cheer-Up Song’ of Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018
The State Sports & Youth Services department released the music video of the Odia cheer-up song of Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018.
The event is scheduled to be held at Kalinga Stadium here from November 28 to December 16.
Folkloric dance ‘Sambalpuri’ and classical dance ‘Odissi’ are also being highlighted in the musical recording to add a flavour of the host State – Odisha.
'Mo bus service' launched in Odisha
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the technology-driven and citizen-friendly ‘Mo bus’ service in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Mo bus service has facilities like, free wi-fi, CCTV surveillance, public information display system and onboard announcements.

November 9

Odisha govt forms inter-ministerial panel to address farmers' issues
The Odisha government formed an inter-ministerial committee to resolve the issues raised by the agitating farmers in the ongoing protest in the state.
A large number of farmers from across the state under the banner of Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) marched to Bhubaneswar to stage a demonstration demanding "Price, Prestige, and Pension".
The three-member committee, headed by Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera, will prepare terms of reference to discuss the demands of the agitating farmers.

Meghalaya announces Rs 378 crore investment in Aqua Mission 2.0
The Meghalaya government announced Rs 378 crore investment in the second phase of the state's flagship aquaculture mission aimed at cutting down fish imports into the hill state.
The mission - Meghalaya State Aqua Mission 2.0 - was announced by Fisheries Minister Comingone Ymbon at the 5th state aqua festival held at the U Soso Tham auditorium premises which was also attended by hundreds of fish farmers from across the state.

November 10

Kerala govt scheme to provide free education to Ockhi-hit kids
The Kerala government has initiated a scheme to provide free education and vocational training to the children of those fishermen who died or went missing in the 2017 Ockhi cyclonic storm.
A total of 194 students, which includes children at all levels, from lower primary to professional colleges, have been identified as beneficiaries.
The government will provide vocational training to 124 students who have completed graduation.Rs 13.92 crore would be allocated from the Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund.

Bihar govt approves Rs 25,000 to every girl graduating from 2018
The Bihar cabinet approved a proposal to pay Rs 25,000 to every girl graduating in 2018 and onwards.
The cabinet allotted Rs 300 crore for disbursal of this payment to an estimated 1.2 lakhgirls expected to clear their graduation course this year.
According to special secretary (cabinet secretariat) UN Pandey, the one-time payment will be made to every girl who graduates from the colleges of the state on or after April 25 this year irrespective of pass division,marital status, caste, community or religion.

November 11

Every graduate girl in Bihar to get Rs 25,000 now
Bihar government has approved a proposal to pay Rs 25,000 to every girl graduating in 2018 and onwards.
This decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting yesterday which was chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
As per decision, the one-time payment will be made to every girl who graduated from the college's of the state on or after April 25 this year, irrespective of pass division, community or region.
The Cabinet alloted 300 crorerupees for disbursal of this payment to an estimated one lakh twenty thousands girls expected to clear their graduation course this year.
Tamil Nadu gets SEBI nod for State Shelter Fund launch
Tamil Nadu has received the nod from the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to launch its State Shelter Fund for attracting investments in the affordable housing segment.
Deputy Chief Minister of the State O Panneerselvam said that the - Tamil Nadu government established the Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Fund which is the category-I Alternative Investment Fund.
He said, ''The fund is a social impact fund to provide investors with profit besides getting social and environmental benefits''.
North East’s first ‘water handloom hut’ inaugurated in Manipur
North East’s first ‘floating water handloom huts’ were inaugurated at Loktak Lake in Bishnupur district of Manipur.
The five handloom huts were inaugurated by Tripura’s Forest and Tribal Welfare Minister, Mevar Kumar Jamatia.

November 12

Tripura has dropped the May Day from the list of holidays in the state
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has dropped the May Day from the list of holidays in the State.
The government announced granting holiday on May 1 only to workers in industrial sector as the day is meant for workers and labourers and no one else.

UP Cabinet Approves Renaming Of Faizabad As Ayodhya, Allahabad As Prayagraj
The Uttar Pradesh government has approved renaming of Faizabad and Allahabad divisions as Ayodhya and Prayagraj respectively.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Earlier, the government renamed the Mughalsarai Railway station, another historic spot, as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction.

November 15

Odisha Signs MoU With AIFF
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the State government of Odisha signed the MoU at the Kalinga Stadium complex in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Odisha will host National team campus while also becoming the home of the I-League side Indian Arrows, according to the MoU.

Cyclone 'Gaja' Hits Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu
The cyclonic storm 'Gaja' over the Bay of Bengal lay at about 470 km southeast from Chennai and is set to make landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban bringing heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu.
It will also cover some parts of Puducherry. Earlier it has hit the South Coastal part of Andhra Pradesh.

West Bengal govt. celebrating November 15 as ''Rosogolla Dibas''
“Rosogolla Dibas” was celebrated in West Bengal to commemorate the first anniversary of the sweetmeat getting Geographical Indication (GI) tag as ‘West Bengal’s Rosogolla’.

November 16

President of India in Jharkhand; addresses foundation day celebrations of the state
Jharkhand state celebrated its 18th foundation day on 15th November 2018.
The Jharkhand state was carved out of the southern part of Bihar on 15 November 2000.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people of Jharkhand on the occasion of 18th foundation day of the state.
Chief minister Raghubar Das declared Jharkhand open defecation free (ODF).
A total of 20 states have been declared open defecation free.

Biotechnology Policy 2018 launched by Odisha government to promote biotechnology investments
The Odisha government launched a Biotechnology Policy 2018 at the Make in Odisha Conclave held in Bhubaneswar.
The main objective of the policy is to make Odisha a top biotech investment destination in the country.
This is a part of the development of the biotechnology sector in Odisha which will be based on three key pillars – innovation, entrepreneurship and investment.
In the Summit, Odisha government had signed an agreement with ITES, Singapore to building a 64 acre skill development centre named ‘Odisha Biotech Park’ in Bhubaneswar to support the biotechnology sector in the state.

Cyclone Gaja expected to strike in Tamil Nadu
Parts of coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry began to get widespread rainfall as Cyclone Gaja comes closer to the Tamil Nadu coast.
This cyclone too is unique and variations in movement is one of its characteristics.
Chief minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Governor- Banwarilal Purohit

2nd Mega Food Park in Maharashtra inaugurated in Aurangabad
Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated 2nd Mega Food Park in Maharashtra, in Wahegaon and Dhangaon village in Paithan taluka of Aurangabad district.
It was launched under Mega Food Park Scheme and is promoted by Paithan Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd.
It has been set up in 102 acre of land at cost of Rs 124.52 crore.

November 17

Kerala Government launched Gau Samridhi scheme for dairy farmers
The Chief Minister of Kerala PinarayiVijayan has launched the ‘Cow SamridhiPlus Scheme’ to provide insurance coverage to dairy farmers in the state.
It will give insurance coverage to dairy farmers at low premium rates.
Farmers belonging to the general category will be getting 50% subsidy onpremiums while those belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) category would get 70% subsidy on the premium.

Two important North East Circuits under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Central Tourism Ministry inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh.
These projects are launched as a part of Development of North East Circuit
Bhalukpong – Bomdila – Tawang Project: It was sanctioned by Ministry of tourism in for Rs. 49.77 Crores.
Nafra – Seppa – Pappu, Pasa, Pakke Valley – Sangdupota – New Sagalee – Ziro – Yomcha Project: It was sanctioned by Ministry of Tourism in December 2015 for Rs. 97.14 Crores.

Andhra govt revealed its State Emblem inspired by Amaravati art
After 5 years of bifurcation in 2014, Andhra Pradesh government unveiled its new emblem for official use.
The Emblem consists of “DhammaChakka” – “the Wheel of Law” embellished with a ring of Triratnas alternating with pinnate leaves and precious stones.
It has been inspired by the Amaravati School of Art.
The colours used in the symbol are: green, red and yellow.

Nongkrem dance festival celebrated in Meghalaya
Nongkrem dance festival, was celebrated by the people of the Khasi Hills, in Meghalaya.
This festival is celebrated annually. People pray for good harvest, peace and prosperity of the community.
A unique dance named “Ka Shad Mastieh” is performed by the male members of HimaKhyrim, a sub-tribe of the indigenous Khasi tribe.
At the beginning of the celebrations a goat sacrifice ceremony is done at Smit located 15 kilometers to the southwest of Shillong.

November 18

Kerala Introduces New Open Online Learning Programme: ‘KOOL’
The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has rolled out– KOOL, its Online Open Learning training platform.
The platform can be used to train teachers, students and the general public.
With the state’s schools going Hi-Tech, requiring teachers and students to be trained on different domains simultaneously, it was decided to launch KOOL.
KOOL has been designed in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) model.

The Home Ministry set up a tribunal to decide on banning 2 militant groups from Tripura.
The tribunal is headed by Delhi High Court Judge Justice Suresh Kait. This was set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The 2 concerned militant groups are: the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) and All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF).

Namami Barak festival begins in Silchar
In Assam, the first ever Namami Barak festival begins at Police Parade ground in Silchar.
Chief Minister SarbanandSonowal will grace the occasion as chief guest for the openingceremony of the three-day river festival.
The event is being organised at 3 locations in Barak Valley also known as Southern Assam.

Hyperloop One signs MoU with Maharashtra and Karnataka to identify routes
US-based high-speed transport technology startup Virgin Hyperloop One has signed MoUs with governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka to conduct feasibility study of routes in the states.
The hyperloop mode uses technology in which a vehicle in a special tunnel floats above the track, using magnetic levitation, at a top speed of over 1,000 km per hour.
It could reduce commute time between Pune and Mumbai to about 14 minutes.

November 19

Maharashtra government passed the Maratha Reservation Bill
The Maharashtra government has accepted the State Backward Class Commission's report.
The government decided to give quota in jobs and educational institutes to the Maratha community.
The bill titled SEBC (Socially and Economically Backward Category) as per the recommendation of Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission.
The Bill will likely be tabled during the Winter Parliament Session of the Legislative Assembly.

Punjab becomes 3rd state to ban hookah bars or lounges
Punjab becomes third state in the country after Maharashtra and Gujarat to ban hookah bars or lounges.
The ban was announced through law after President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Bill, 2018.
The objective of this law is to check use of tobacco in various forms and prevent diseases caused by use of the tobacco products.

November 20

Centre approves additional assistance of over Rs 546 crore from NDRF to Karnataka
The Union Govt. has approved the additional assistance of Rs. 546 crores from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to Karnataka.
The decision was taken during a High-Level Committee, Chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to consider the additional Central Assistance to the State affected by floods during 2018-19.
About NDRF: The National Disaster Response Force is a specialised force constituted "for the purpose of specialist response to a threatening disaster situation or disaster" under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The "Apex Body for Disaster Management" in India is the National Disaster Management Authority.

Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal have withdrawn general consent for CBI investigation
Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal withdrew the “general consent” granted to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), effectively curtailing the agency’s powers in the state without prior permission.
There are two kinds of consent: case-specific and general. Given that the CBI has jurisdiction only over central government departments and employees.
It can investigate a case involving state government employees or a violent crime in a given state only after that state government gives its consent.

Animation, Gaming & Visual effects Institute to be set up in Mumbai, Maharashtra
The central government announced setting up of Animation, Gaming and Visual effects Institute in Mumbai.
This was announced by Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore.
This will encourage the youth participation in the field of film and cinematography.

Tamil Nadu Government announces one thousand crore rupees relief package for recent cyclone victims
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswamy has announced a relief package for people affected by Cyclone Gaja that devastated eleven coastal and interior districts of the state.
Palaniswamy reviewed the situation with senior ministers and higher officials in Chennai,and later announced that 1,000 crore rupees will be released for the ongoing relief works.
He also announced that 8,800 rupees each would be given to those sheltered in camps who lost their houses and the fishermen who could not go for fishing.s

November 21

West Bengal Passes Bill To Give Land Rights to Enclave Dwellers
The West Bengal Assembly unanimously passed a bill to give land rights to enclave dwellers in north Bengal, ending an era of uncertain future for the people residing in those enclaves.
Bangladesh and India had exchanged a total of 162 enclaves on Aug 1, 2015, ending one of the world’s most-complex border disputes that had lingered for seven decades since Independence.

Kerala Signs MoU With Airbus Bizlab
The Kerala state government had signed anMoU with Airbus BizLab to open a state-of-the-art innovation center.
This center will be the nodal body for planning and executing all the activities to help start-ups.
Bizlab is a part of Airbus innovative strategy to bring together start-ups and Airbus intrapreneurs to work and speed up the transformation of their innovative ideas into valuable businesses.

Andhra Pradesh Launches ‘Bhudaar’ Portal
Andhra Pradesh has launched a web portal which makes land records available to people with unique identification numbers.
The “Bhudaar’’ is an 11-digit unique identification code assigned to each agriculture land holding and rural and urban properties in the state.
Two types of Bhudaar cards are available including e-Bhudaar and M-Bhudaar.

Himachal Pradesh Approves Sashakt Mahila Yojna
The Himachal Pradesh government in the cabinet meeting approved to implement SashaktMahilaYojna in the state with a vision to empower rural women by providing them an interface for organization and socio-economic development.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The scheme not only envisages to link rural women with sustainable livelihood opportunities but also to improve their skill by imparting training.

Uttar Pradesh government has recently launched Nari Sashaktikaran Sankalp Abhiyan
NariSashaktikaranSankalpAbhiyan or Women Empowerment campaign launched by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.
The month-long campaign is aimed to empower women in the state through various programmes.It includes many issues like education, self employment, health,cleanliness, nutrition.
During the campaign, women officers and female staff of the state government will go door-to-door in villages of their respective blocks in every district and inform and educate women about the schemes being run by central and state governments for their welfare and security.

November 22

Centre approved additional assistance of Rs 546.21 crore from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to Karnataka.
This decision was taken during a High-Level Committee meeting, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, to consider the additional Central Assistance to Karnataka affected by floods in 2018.
Karnataka was hit by floods and landslide in August 2018.
The fund has been approved following a report of an inter-ministerial team that visited areas affected by floods and landslides in Karnataka including Kodagu district, which is India’s largest coffee-growing region.

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur approved implementation of Sashakt Mahila Yojna in the state.
It aims to empower rural women by providing them an interface for organization and socio-economic development.
The scheme would link rural women with sustainable livelihood opportunities and improving their skill by imparting training.
It also decided to implement the Himachal Healthcare Scheme (HIMCARE) in the state. The cashless treatment coverage of Rs 5 lakh per year per family will be provided under the scheme on family floater basis.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched Bhuseva programme and Bhudaar web portal to make land records available to people, in Amaravati.
Under the Bhuseva programme, each agriculture land holding and rural and urban properties in Andhra Pradesh will be allotted a unique 11-digit identity number called “Bhudaar’’.
Two types of Bhudaar cards are available: e-Bhudaar and M-Bhudaar. Chief Minister also launched Bhudaar security policy to provide security to the land records.
Wildlife Sanctuaries in Andhra Pradesh:
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary
Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary
Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary

West Bengal Assembly unanimously passed West Bengal Land Reforms (Amendments) bill, 2018 to give land rights to enclave dwellers in north Bengal ending an era of uncertain future of people living in those areas.
India and Bangladesh had exchanged a total of 162 enclaves to end one of the world’s most complex border disputes that had lingered for 7 decades since Independence.
Minister of State for Land and Land reforms, Chandrima Bhattacharya moved the bill to the House where it was passed unopposed.
This bill will help the enclave dwellers to get full-fledged status as citizens of India along with all civil amenities and citizenship rights.

Gujarat government has launched a Rs 351 crore project for the conservation of the Gir lions.
The project is launched in the backdrop of the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) outbreak that claimed 23 Asiatic lions lives in their only dwelling Gir National park in Saurashtra.
This intensive project will also include an emergency ambulance van akin to the 108 emergency services.

November 23

Sangai tourism festival held in Manipur
The annual Sangai Festival was celebrated in northeastern state of Manipur.
It is grandest festival of state named after state animal, Sangai, the critically endangered brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur.
The festival aims to promote Manipur as world class tourism destination.
It was inaugurated by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

November 24

Cabinet approves setting up of Medical College at Silvassa in UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Under chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,Union Cabinet approved the setting up of a medical college in Silvassa of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
This will increase the availability of doctors and increase in medical education opportunities.
An amount of Rs. 189 crores has been fixed for its construction. The expenditure of this medical college will be done by the Union Territory’s budgetary provision.

Kartarpur corridor, which was approved by Union Cabinet, is located in Gurdaspur of Punjab
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
Kartarpur Sahib is situated in Narowa district of Pakistan's Punjab province and there have been district of Pakistan's Punjab province and there have been demands to build a corridor linking it with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

UP government launches Women Empowerment Resolution Campaign
Uttar Pradesh government launched Women Empowerment Resolution Campaign to develop leadership capacities in women and make them vocal for their rights.
It was launched by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.
The purpose of this campaign is to ensure the empowerment of women through different programs in the state.
For the operation of the programs, a 11-member team will be formed at each district and block level of states.

November 25

Maharashtra government passed bill to amend the anti-adulteration law
Maharashtra government passed the bill to amend the anti-adulteration law to make it more stringent, prescribing life imprisonment and heavy penalty to curb food and milk adulteration.
According to the amendments, life imprisonment and heavy penalty will be awarded to curb food and milk adulteration.
The bill was tabled in the legislative assembly and it was passed subsequently.

AAI cancelled UDAN license of Air Odisha and suspended operations in 7 airports due to poor performance
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) cancelled the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) licence of low-cost carrier Air Odisha for seven airports for poor and irregular services.
The 7 airports are - Jharsuguda, Raipur, Raigarh, Bilaspur, Ambikapur, Jagdalpur and Visakhapatnam.
The flight services to the eastern regions, including Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand, by this carrier have also been suspended.
The reason behind the suspension being their failure to operate minimum 70 percent of the scheduled flights from these airports within a period of three months.

November 26

J-K Governor inaugurated annual week-long ‘Jhiri Mela’ festival in Jammu
Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurated a week long annual ‘Jhiri Mela’ festival at village Jhiri in Jammu district.
The governor announced the construction of a ‘Sarai’ (inn) at village Jhiri for the devotees.
The annual fair is celebrated as a commemoration to the memory of a martyred farmer named, ‘Baba Jittoo’.
A cultural programme comprising folk songs and a Dogri dance was presented by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages on the occasion.
Governor - Satya Pal Malik
National Parks in Jammu and Kashmir:Dachigam National Park, Hemis National Park, Kishtwar National Park, Salim Ali National Park.

3-day annual Jangalmahal Festival began in West Bengal
A three-day-long annual ‘Jangalmahal’ festival began in the adjoining forested areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts of West Bengal.
Initiated and organized by the ‘Jangal Mahal Udyog’, the festival aims to revive and popularise the culture and heritage of Jangal Mahal.
C.M - Mamata Banerjee, Governor - Keshari Nath Tripathi
National Parks in West Bengal: Buxa Tiger Reserve, Gorumara National Park, Jaldapara National Park, Neora Valley National Park.

Odisha’s Baliyatra festival inaugurated
The historic Bali Yatra festival was inaugurated in Cuttack, Odisha on the occasion of Kartik Purnima by State Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera.
The 10 days long festival is the largest trade fair in Orissa and is likely to witness a footfall of millions of people.
It is held on the banks of Mahanadi river in Cuttack.
C.M - Naveen Patnaik, Governor - Prof. Ganeshi Lal
‎National Parks in West Bengal: Bhitarkanika National Park, Simlipal National Park, Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary.

November 27

Government to set up National Sports Stadium for differently-abled in Meghalaya
According to Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot, A stadium of international standard for differently abled persons (estimated cost of over Rs 200 crore) will be set up in Meghalaya.
The decision was taken after Conrad Sangma (Meghalaya Chief Minister) came forward with the proposal and provided 50 acres of land for the same.
The stadium is expected to be completed before National Games 2022.

Indian subsidiary of Denmark-based Grundfos is to set up its third pump production unit by 2020 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
It plans to set it up in a State which would offer approvals on fast track.
The State has the ‘natural tendency’ to establish the unit in Tamil Nadu as it possessed 15 acres of land near Chennai.
Grundfos Pumps to invest Rs. 125 crore in third plant.

November 28

World-class autism township set to come up near Kolkata
A non-profit organization named the India Autism Center (IAC) in association with the state government will build a world-class autism township near Kolkata at a cost of Rs 500 crore.
This is a one-of-its-kind initiative,IAC,a non-profit organization under Section 8 of Companies Act, 2013 -will come up over a 52-acre plot at Sirakol in South 24 Parganas in the next five years.
The soft launch of the project has been scheduled for January, 2019 and is expected to come up by 2023.
This will house facilities for 350 residents and daycare centre for over 200 children.

Odisha government launched a lexicon for 21 rare tribal languages
Odisha government released lexicons of 21 tribal languages for multilingual education (MLE) purposes for elementary schools in tribal dominated districts.
This initiative has been prepared by Special Development council which will further enhance proficiency in tribal languages.
Thus, this step towards tribal proficiency will help in better connection between the government functionaries and the tribal communities.
Furthermore, the CM of Odisha,Shri. Naveen Patnaik, announced upgradation of the tribal museum as the Odisha State Tribal Museum.

Arunachal Pradesh to host first Literature Festival
The first edition of ‘Arunachal Literature Festival’ is being organized at Dorjee Khandu Convention Centre in Itanagar.
The theme of the Arunachal Literature Festival is ‘building bridges through literature’.
Renowned writers and poets will be participating from all over the country during the festival. The festival organized by the State Information and Public Relation Department ((IPR).
The Arunachal Literature festival is an initiative of the department of IPR to create awareness on importance of literature in and throw light on eminent writers and poets including emerging writers. The event will facilitate interface between local authors and prominent authors.

November 29

Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to launch single emergency number 112
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) number 112 for the state.
Under this system, all emergency numbers like 100 for police, 101 for fire, 102 for ambulance and disaster response have been integrated into one number ‘112’.
This emergency number has been introduced on basis of US emergency number 911. Gradually this emergency number will be started in other states of the country.
It will provide single emergency response number across the country, providing 24*7 efficient and effective response system which can receive inputs from various voice and data services like voice call, SMS, e-mail and panic buttons in public transport, to attend to citizens in distress.
The project was approved budgetary provision of Rs.321.69 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund.

November 30

International Gita Festival, 2018 to be held in Kurukshetra
The International Gita Festival 2018 will be organised in Kurukshetra in Haryana from December 7 to 23, 2018.
This year it is third year of this mega cultural event, where Mauritius is partner country and Gujarat is the partner state. Gita festival will also be organised in Mauritius February, 2019.
The objective behind this event is to spread the message of Gita to world.
It is being organized to commemorate birth of ‘Srimad Bhagwat Gita’.

IIT Kharagpur (West Bengal) MoU with Auckland University
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur and University of Auckland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster academic exchange and research collaboration, faculty exchange and visiting/adjunct appointments and Student Mobility.
The institutes will typically explore opportunities for research in healthcare technologies, new materials,cyber security and Artificial Intelligence (AI).



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