States - 2015 October

October 2

Andhra Pradesh set to allot 2,720 acres to DRDO for missile testing project.
The Andhra Pradesh cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has decided to allot 2,720 acres of land near Orvakallu in Kurnool district for DRDO’s missile testing project. The cabinet also decided to allot 1,965 acres of land to build a naval base at Rayavaram village in Visakhapatnam district.
The cabinet has decided to grant nativity status to people who shift from Telangana to Andhra Pradesh before June 2, 2017.
The AP government has decided to reduce VAT on shipping to transform AP coast into a shipping and logistics hub. VAT will be reduced from 22.5 per cent to 0.5 per cent on international shipping and from 22.5 per cent to 5 per cent on national shipping transactions, he said.
The AP cabinet has also decided to raise forest cover of the state from 24 per cent to 40 per cent by 2020, by encouraging people to plant 15 crore saplings a year.

October 3

e-panchayats project launched in Karimnagar.
The State government’s ambitious e-panchayats project aimed at providing citizens with services in the grama panchayats was formally inaugurated in Chinna Bonala village of Sircilla mandal by Minister for IT and Panchayat Raj K. Taraka Rama Rao.
The e-panchayats albeit Palle Pragathi Seva Kendralu (One Stop Service) centres, will be manned a trained woman, called Village level entrepreneur (VLE). The e-panchayats are housed in grama panchayat office and the VLEs are provided with a laptop or desk top with internet facilities.
The One Stop Service (OSS) centres would provide disbursement of Asara social security pensions, payment of NREGS wages, banking transaction, Meeseva services, panchayat services -- such as birth and death certificates, payment of house taxes, pahanis etc.

October 4

Telangana government announced 50 per cent subsidy on purchase of seeds.
To reduce input costs for farmers in the Rabi season in view of the Kharif failure, the Telangana Government 50 per cent subsidy on purchase of seeds.
The decision was made during the high level review meeting held in Hyderabad. The meeting was held after several farmers committed suicide due to crop failure in Kharif season.
As per the decision, groundnut and Bengal gram seeds will be supplied to farmers at 50 percent subsidy.
Benefits for farmers as per the decision
30 kilogram bag of groundnut seeds will be sold at 1400 rupees.
25 kilogram bag of Bengal Gram seeds will be sold at for 800 rupees.
The Government also asked officials to monitor supply of seeds, fertilisers and power on a day-to-day basis and Bankers to issue fresh loans for Rabi season.

October 5

Online healthcare firm adopts A.P. village.
An online healthcare services firm, DesiMD Healthcare, set up in 2012 by a team of NRI doctors in the US, has adopted Angaluru village in Gudlavalleru mandal, Krishna district.
The village has a population of 4,000 and diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, besides issues concerning oral health and eyes are not uncommon among residents.
The firm’s founder and CEO, cardiologist Ajay Tripuraneni, hails from Angaluru.

October 7

Swine flu labs in Vizag, Vijayawada in a month.
The State government is planning to set up swine flu testing laboratories in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam in a month.
The decision came in the wake of rampant spread of the diseases, especially dengue, malaraia and a few swine flu cases as well.
In the absence of laboratories equipped with swine flu testing facilities, samples of nasal and throat swabs are now being sent to the Institute of Preventive Medicine in Hyderabad.

October 8

State signs MoUs on solar, wind power plants.
SBJ Cleantech, a joint venture of Japanese telecommunications major Soft Bank Corp., Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group and Bharti Enterprises Limited, and Spanish wind power developer Acciona Energia signed separate MoUs with the Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) for setting up solar and wind power projects in Rayalaseema, in the presence of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
SBJ Cleantech will develop 2 GW solar and 1 GW wind power projects in the first phase while the Spanish firm will set up a 3 MW wind electric generator with a 125 metre tower in Kurnool district.
Investment is nearly Rs. 19,000 crore. SBJ Cleantech will develop 2 GW solar and 1 GW wind power projects in the first phase while the Spanish firm will set up a 3 MW wind electric generator.

October 12

Work on 4,000 MW NTPC thermal project gains pace.
The work on the 4,000 MW dedicated power project for Telangana being set up by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Ramagundam in Karimnagar district has gained momentum with tying up of 4.73 TMC ft water per annum from Sripada Yellampally project.
Another request was made by NTPC to the State Government allocate an additional 90 cusecs (2.73 TMC ft) of water from Yellampally for the 3 x 800 MW second-stage of the proposed power project.

October 13

A.P. signs MoUs for projects worth over Rs. 1,200 crore.
The State government signed MoUs with representatives of eight different business organisations interested in starting projects in the State.
These projects would bring in investments to the tune of over Rs. 1,200 crore.
The proposals include setting up of an amusement park and water world parks at Vijayawada, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam by Vijayawada-based LEPL Ventures Pvt. Ltd in association with Ms. PAN India Paryatan Pvt. Ltd., at an estimated cost of Rs. 800 crore.

October 14

A.P. bids to recover Amaravati sculptures from UK museum.
Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to try to bring back ancient sculptures excavated in the 18th century and transported to the British Museum.
Chief Secretary I.Y.R. Krishna Rao recently visited the Amaravati gallery in the British Museum in London.
They were rediscovered in excavations carried out in 1779 by Colonel Colin Mackenzie, a Scottish army officer of the British East India Company who became the first Surveyor General of India.

October 17

State inks MoU on cyber security.
The Government of Telangana signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Hague Security Delta, a cluster in Netherlands.
Deputy Mayor of The Hague city Rabin S. Baldewsingh and Secretary (IT) Jayesh Ranjan signed the MoU on behalf of the two sides.
As part of this initiative, the Government of Telangana would work closely with The Hague Security Delta to share knowledge in cyber security, implementation of best practices in cyber security and work together in combating the cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

October 18

L.V. Prasad Eye Institute collaborates with German company.
L.V. Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) is collaborating with Gebauer Medizintechnik GmbH, Germany to utilise advanced technology that will help improve outcomes of corneal transplantations and laser refractive surgery.
With the support of the German government in the form of a grant from Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), Gebauer is providing LVPEI with automated corneal tissue processing systems for corneal transplants and two microkeratomes to assist in LASIK surgery.
These advanced instruments will be located at the Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar campuses of L.V. Prasad Eye Institute.

October 22

PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for mobile manufacturing facility in Tirupati.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of Shri Venkateswara Mobile and Electronics Manufacturing Hub in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
It is country’s first dedicated mobile manufacturing electronics cluster to be established in lines with Union Government’s flagship Make in India initiative.
In this hub, Foxconn which is world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics already has started its operations for manufacturing brands such as Xiomi and Gionee.
Other important mobile brands like Micromax, UTL (Karbonn) and Celkon are also planning to start their manufacturing operations in this hub.
It should be noted that Union Government has established Fast Track Task Force (FTTF) to promote mobile handset manufacturing eco-system in India.

PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for Andhra Pradesh’s new capital city.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone Amaravati, a new capital city of Andhra Pradesh on the occasion of Dussehra and Vijaya Dashmi.
The foundation stone of new futuristic capital city of the state was laid at a grand ceremony held in Guntur district.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu along with other guests participated in the rituals to mark laying the foundation.
Key facts
The name Amaravathi was chosen in view of the historical, spiritual and mythological significance as it was ancient seat of Satavahana kingdom.
Located between Vijayawada and Guntur region of state on the banks of Krishna River. It is only place where river flows north direction instead of east or south.
State government had inked MoU with Singapore government agencies for preparing the master plan for Amaravati.
It was submitted in July 2015. The capital city will house state Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council, High Court, Secretariat, Raj Bhavan etc. in area covering 16.7 sq km.

October 23

Andhra Pradesh signed two memorandums with Japan for development of the State.
Government of Andhra Pradesh signed a MoC for development of economic infrastructure and a MoU to develop Amaravati with the Government of Japan.
They were signed on the sidelines of foundation stone laying ceremony of Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.
AP-Japan Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC)
It was signed by the state chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Japanese State Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Yosuke Takagi.
Its primary objective is to accelerate industrial development in the state through effective policy coordination. To achieve this, Andhra Pradesh Investment Task Force will be established in Japan.
Its focus is on development of industry, ports and super critical power stations and transfer of agriculture technology.
AP-Japan Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
It was signed between Andhra Pradesh Finance department and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).
Its focus is on inviting foreign investments and developing the state's new capital city and the surrounding region.

October 25

Indian Immunologicals Ltd opened 250 crore rupees multi-purpose facility near Hyderabad.
Indian Immunologicals Ltd (IIL) announced that it operationalised a new multi-purpose facility to produce vaccines against infectious diseases of humans and animal health formulations.
The facility that is located at the Phase III of the Genome Valley on the outskirts of Hyderabad is India’s largest for producing animal health formulations.
Features of the production facility
It was developed with an estimated cost of 250 crore rupees.
It is spread across 47 acres and the second manufacturing unit of IIL in Hyderabad.
The first phase of human vaccine facility can produce 8 million doses of human rabies vaccine.
The animal health formulation facility is equipped to produce an estimated capacity of 300 million tablets, 100 million bolus, and 20 million vials of injectables for bovines, sheep and pets.

October 26

Vemulawada devasthanam proposes Rs. 410 crore works.
Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanam in Vemulawada of Karimnagar district has proposed developmental works to the tune of Rs. 410 crore following assurances given by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
The authorities plan to acquire land at a cost of Rs. 80 crore for the temple shrine, and expand the temple tank. It was proposed to modernise the temple tank as mini-tank bund at a cost of Rs. 26.50 crore.
It was decided to modernise the existing Dharmagundam at a cost of Rs. 5 crore. Additional Prakaram, Nitya Kalyana Mandapam, Abhisheka Mandapam are to come up at a cost of Rs. 25 crore. Also planned to be constructed are additional choultries and rooms; gardens and children parks are to come up at a cost of Rs. 75 crore.
The queue complexes would be modernised with Rs. 28 crore, and road widening works are estimated to cost Rs. 43 crore.

October 27

Government of Andhra Pradesh declared 196 mandals as drought-hit.
Government of Andhra Pradesh has declared 196 mandals (blocks) in seven districts as drought-hit out of the total 664 mandals spread across 13 districts of the state.
With this, Andhra Pradesh became the third state to declare drought in the country as Karnataka and Maharashtra made the announcement in this regard in August and early October 2015 respectively.
While the majority of the mandals are spread across all the four districts of Rayalaseema region namely Kadapa, Kurnool, Chittoor and Anantapur; Nellore, Prakasam and SriKakulam are the three identified districts in Coastal Andhra region.
As per an estimation of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the Rayalaseema received 36 cm rainfall as against the average of 39 cm, Coastal Andhra received 64 cm rainfall against average 58 cm between 1 June and 30 September 2015 during the southwest monsoon season.

October28

The Eighth edition of National Seed Congress (NSC) beguns in Hyderabad.
The Eighth edition of National Seed Congress (NSC) has begun in Hyderabad to deliberate on advanced seed development technologies and regulatory measures.
The event was formally inaugurated by the Telangana state Agriculture Minister Shrinivasa Reddy and has been organized by Union Agriculture Ministry.
The three day congress aims to provide common platform to all stakeholders to discuss a variety of issues including advances in seed development technologies and various seed policies with respect to the seed industry.
In this edition of Seed Congress, over 600 delegates are taking part from national and international research and development agencies such as ICRISAT.
About National Seed Congress
It is an annual event organized by Union Agriculture Minister organized in different states.
Aim: To address farmers issues for accessing quality seeds of new varieties through an innovative seed supply system.
This system seeks to facilitate the development of new plant varieties and the delivery of high quality seed varieties to farmers to further increase crop productivity, food Security and economic development.

October29

Government of Andhra Pradesh signs a memorandum of cooperation for development of Amaravati with the Government of Japan.
Government of Andhra Pradesh has signed a MoC for development of economic infrastructure and a MoU to develop Amaravati with the Government of Japan. They were signed during foundation stone laying ceremony of Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.
AP-Japan Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC):
It was signed by the state Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Japanese State Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Yosuke Takagi.
Its primary objective is to accelerate industrial development in the state through effective policy coordination. To achieve this, Andhra Pradesh Investment Task Force will be established in Japan.
Its focus is on development of industry, ports and super critical power stations and transfer of agriculture technology.
AP-Japan Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
It was signed between Andhra Pradesh Finance department and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).
Its focus is on inviting foreign investments and developing the state’s new capital city and the surrounding region.
Facts about Amaravati
Ancient Amaravati, from which the proposed capital derives its name, has long cultural ties with Japan. In Japan, around 34 percent of population practises Vajrayana Sect of Buddhism that was founded by Acharya Nagarjuna in Amaravati between 150 AD and 250 AD.

October30

IBM and TASK signed MoU to ensure cloud technology in Telangana colleges.
US based global technology company IBM and the Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for provision of technology platforms and services in cloud computing for academia in Telangana.
The agreement aims at making the IBM cloud available to colleges in Telangana for faculty and students to utilize it for practicals and project work.
As per the agreement, IBM and Task will together work upon bringing the IBM cloud experience to the engineering colleges in the state.
Faculty and students will also get access to the IBM cloud, which will provide them with an opportunity to develop their cloud skills that is desirable in the IT industry.

October31

Government of Andhra Pradesh declared 196 mandals (blocks) in seven districts as drought-hit.
Government of Andhra Pradesh declared 196 mandals (blocks) in seven districts as drought-hit out of the total 664 mandals spread across 13 districts of the state.
With this, Andhra Pradesh became the third state to declare drought in the country as Karnataka and Maharashtra made the announcement in this regard in August and early October 2015 respectively.
While the majority of the mandals are spread across all the four districts of Rayalaseema region namely Kadapa, Kurnool, Chittoor and Anantapur. Nellore, Prakasam and SriKakulam are the three identified districts in Coastal Andhra region.
As per an estimation of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the Rayalaseema received 36 cm rainfall as against the average of 39 cm, Coastal Andhra received 64 cm rainfall against average 58 cm between 1 June and 30 September 2015 during the southwest monsoon season.

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