States - 2018 SEPTEMBER

September 1

‘Stop CKD’ campaign launched in Uddanam region
The State government, which is keen to control chronic kidney diseases in Uddanam region, has taken up ‘Stop CKD’ campaign to prevent new cases and protect at least the next generation.
The campaign which began on August 25 will continue till September 6. Under the programme, villagers are being advised to change their food habits and consume purified drinking water The officials are trying to instil confidence among the patients too saying that they would also lead a normal life if proper medical care was taken under the guidance of senior doctors.
According to its studies, many people are not aware of symptoms of the disease and fail to take up medicines even after they are affected. The doctors say that it is easy to control kidney problems if they are detected in the early stage.

September 3

‘Treasure hunt’ to raise money for polio eradication
The ‘Treasure Hunt’ game organised jointly by the Rotary Club of Vijayawada Mid-town and Anvitha Honda evoked good response with many young couples and home-makers enthusiastically taking part in it. MLC Buddha Venkanna flagged off the hunt on bikes at the Siddhartha Arts College ground. fun and happiness were important in life and that’s precisely why Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had introduced concepts like Happy Sunday.
The ‘Treasure Hunt’ was a fund-raising event meant to generate money to help eradicate polio in the neighbouring countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Complimenting the gesture of Club members, it was heart-warming to see people working to help others and the fact that youth was made part of the event was even more positive sign.

September 4

14-year-old drinking water scheme rendered defunct
The 14-year-old drinking water supply scheme at Pedamidisileru village located on the Taliperu riverbed in Charla mandal has become defunct.
The 7.5 hp motor of the rural water supply scheme was washed away and the pipelines around the Taliperu reservoir site were severely damaged when all the 25 crest gates of the Taliperu dam were lifted to let out the huge volume of floodwater from the upstream areas in neighbouring Chhattisgarh a fortnight ago.
However, the scheme, originally designed to provide potable water to 11 habitations including several fluoride affected hamlets, is unlikely to be revived as the authorities have drawn up plans to shelve it and integrate it with Mission Bhagiratha water grid project.

Railways to introduce UTS at halt stations
The South Central Railway, Vijayawada Division, has launched a pilot project introducing Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) at 38 halt stations in the division. The project is being implemented as per the orders of the Railway Board.
UTS will replace the existing printed card system at the halt stations. Agents at the halt stations have to procure the tickets generated on UTS system from the serving station and use the stamp to mention date and time of issue on the ticket. However, the agent is authorised to procure UTS tickets only on completion of sale of existing printed card tickets. The agents can issue ordinary, express, journey and season tickets at the halt stations.

DISCOMs ink pact with Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
The power distribution companies (DISCOMs) of the State have signed an MoU with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for a Capacity Building Programme (CBP) aimed at better peak load management.
BEE Director Milind Deora, A.P. State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) CEO A. Chandra Sekhara Reddy and Eastern Power Distribution Company Ltd (EPDCL) CGM Sarath Kumar signed the pact in the presence of BEE secretary Pankaj Kumar. A similar agreement was recently signed by the BEE and AP-SPDCL.
The cost of available power in peak time becomes high and transmission systems get stressed. Besides, generation drops in the night cause poor efficiency for power plants and efficiency of equipment becomes poor. These things necessitated proper management of loads.

September 6

Telangana Governor accepts Cabinet resolution to dissolve State Assembly
The Telangana Cabinet led by the Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao recommended the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly.
Immediately thereafter, Mr. Rao accompanied by some of his Cabinet colleagues proceeded to the Raj Bhavan, Mr. Rao meet the Governor E.S.L.Narasimhan and submit a copy of the resolution for further proceedings.
The Governor while accepting the recommendation of the Telangana Cabinet dissolving the Assembly, asked the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers to continue as a caretaker government. Mr. Rao has agreed to the request.
The meeting which lasted 22 minutes witnessed the Chief Minister and his colleagues endorsing the resolution.

September 9

UDAN can improve connectivity to tourist places.
The tenure of the UDAN (Ude Desh Ke Aam Nagrik), also known as Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), is three years. All concessions would be extended to the airline operators till then, and after that the airlines would have to sustain themselves.
Responding to the observations of R. Srikrishna, Associate Vice President of IndiGo and D. Heman Reddy, Regional Manager (South) of SpiceJet, at the business session on “Regional Connectivity under Udaan Scheme” organised as part of the IATO conference, Mr. Chaukiyal was optimistic that most of the routes under UDAN would be sustained.

September 10

Telangana’s Sadarmatt anicut, Pedda Cheruvu get Heritage Irrigation Structure status
The International Executive Council, the highest decision making body of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), accorded Heritage Irrigation Structure (HIS) status on the 127-year-old Sadarmatt anicut and the iconic Pedda Cheruvu tank.
Both these sites will now be inscribed in the ICID Register of Heritage Irrigation Structures. The plaques presented by the council were received by the Member Secretary, Indian National Committee on Surface Water.
The decision to this effect was taken at the 69th meeting of the International Executive Council held at Sanskatoon in Canada. The council accepted the nominations filed by Telangana Government.

Andhra Pradesh announces Rs 2 cut in VAT on petrol, diesel
Amidst protests and national bandh by the opposition parties, the Telugu Desam Party government in Andhra Pradesh, an ally of BJP-led NDA government till March, has announced slashing the petrol and diesel prices by Rs 2 a litre.
The move is estimated to result in a burden of Rs 1,120 crore a year on the exchequer of Andhra Pradesh, which is suffering from deficit budget and claiming non-cooperation from the centre on financial support.

September 11

Hyderabad gets device to preserve liver
The wait for individuals vying for a liver just got shorter. The city is in receipt of a machine which helps put to use cadaver livers that were earlier deemed unfit for transplant.
Through a process called ‘normo-thermic perfusion’ technology, the Metra device, not just preserves but can also tell doctors if a marginally sick liver can be considered for transplant. A UK-based organisation OrganOx produces the machine.

September 19

Sri Lanka Army official visits SDD
A Simple Driving Simulator (SDS) developed by Simulator Development Division (SDD), Secunderabad, was presented to Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. Gen. NUMMW Senanayake by Commandant, Brigadier R.S. Yadav, on behalf of the Indian Army, when he visited the facility.
The SDS is a simple-yet-powerful basic driving training solution based on a light vehicle interface having custom-made exercises with varying levels of difficulties and environment effects.
The SDD is a pioneer in design and development of indigenous military simulators in the country providing skill, crew and tactical-level training for troops in the last three decades.
It has also ventured into the field of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), robotics and innovations for the Indian Army. Several other interesting products too are under various stages of development.

September 22

IIIT-H inks pact with Nasscom CoE
IIIT-Hyderabad Machine Learning Lab and Talent Sprint have entered into an agreement with Nasscom’s CoE for Data Science & Artificial Intelligence in Bengaluru to support the IT industry body’s initiative of creating AI/ML expertise among Indian IT professionals.
IIIT-H, in association with TalentSprint, offers an advanced certification programme to build Artificial Intelligence/ML expertise among 10,000 IT professionals. Over 1,000 tech professionals from Hyderabad and Bengaluru have enrolled for the programme in the first eight months of its launch.

September 23

Rushikonda Beach selected for Blue Flag certification
The Rushikonda Beach has been selected for the prestigious Blue Flag certification, which entitles the development of the beach at a cost of Rs. 7.3 crore.
The project would help in attracting more international tourists to the city
Development of beaches would be taken up jointly by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, Tourism Department and the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority.

September 24

TS steers clear of Ayushman Bharat
Telangana joined a handful of governments which have stayed out of the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
The Centre’s scheme can cover 20 lakh families in Telangana and provide Rs. 5 lakh coverage for each family. Governments of Delhi, Punjab, Kerala and Odisha have also abstained from joining the scheme.

September 25

China firm opens software development centre in Hyderabad.
Smart device Operating system and platform technology provider Thunder Software Technology Co. Ltd. of China has made a foray into India by establishing an IT development centre in Hyderabad.
The centre was formally opened by IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, The Company planned to have on board 1,000 engineers in India in the next 3-5 years. While Hyderabad would remain the India headquarters, it was considering setting up software development facilities in Bengaluru and Pune as well.

Logo for TITA’s hackathon unveiled
The Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) has initiated ‘Digithon’ in collaboration with Pixel hackathon and support of NASA, State government, JNTU, Microsoft, Mozilla, IBM, Google, Fire Fox and other technology giants.
TITA hackthon is aspiring to attempt to find out solutions for global problems identified by NASA and other local challenges relating to smart cities like intelligent traffic management, smart parking, smart sewage management etc.

September 26

Stage set for WAN-IFRA meet in Hyderabad
The 26th Annual Conference of World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA - 2018) is all set for inauguration at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.
At a time the exponential growth and adoption of consumer technologies drive new news media consumption patterns and force publishers to react and adjust business rapidly, WAN-IFRA supports this transformation through various services: Support for innovation and business development, advocating a free press, monitor and share industry best practices and market insights in print and online publications.
WAN-IFRA represents and serves 18,000 publications and over 3,000 companies and institutions (individual publishing companies, technical suppliers, service providers, national publishers’ associations, education and research institutions) in more than 120 countries. WAN-IFRA is a multi-stakeholder service organisation and mirrors the diversity of the industry and the variety of disciplines.

Triton Solar to invest Rs. 727 crore
U.S.-based Triton Solar entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the A.P. Economic Development Board to set up a solar batteries manufacturing plant in the State under Public Private Partnership mode.
The company would invest US $ 100 million (approximately Rs. 727.84 crore) in the State in a phased manner.

September 27

OU to get Rs. 100 crore grant
Osmania University has been chosen for a grant of Rs. 100 crore under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan Phase - 2 (RUSA 2).
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) chose OU as one among the 10 State varsities to extend the grant; a team presented the report at the 14th meeting of the RUSA Project Approval Board.
The team was headed by by Naveen Mittal, Commissioner, Collegiate Education and State Project Director, RUSA; Prof. S. Ramachandram, Vice-Chancellor, Osmania University; Soundarya Joseph, State Project Officer, RUSA and C. Srinivasulu, Nodal Officer, Statistical Cell, OU.

Rs. 10,000 crore to upgrade power infrastructure in three years
The Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (AP-Transco) is set to strengthen its infrastructure at an estimated cost of Rs. 10,000 crore in the next two to three years to control the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) loss at 5% to 6% against the present 9.72%.
The Energy Department is going to submit a detailed report thereof to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

September 28

RINL gets national level sports award
The Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP), received the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar-2018 from President Ramnath Kovind at a function held in New Delhi.
The award was bestowed upon the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant in recognition of its contribution to the field of identifying and nurturing of budding talent in sports.
RINL Chairman-cum-Managing Director P.K. Rath, who received the award.

September 29

Charminar declared Swachh Iconic Place
The Central government has announced Charminar as ‘Swachh Iconic Place’, in recognition of efforts towards its renovation and development and also historical monuments close by.
The award has been declared by the Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry.
Along with Charminar, Chudi Bazar, Murgi Chowk, Clock Tower, Zulfikan Kaman, and Moazzamjahi Market too were being renovated, by allotting special funds for the same.

Secunderabad railway station gets award
The Secunderabad railway station received National Tourism Award as the tourist-friendly station on Indian Railways. DRM Amit Varadan and Station Director D. Vasudeva Reddy received the Award from Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons at a function held in New Delhi.
The station was built by the Nizam of Hyderabad State in 1874 and resembles a fort. About 210 trains are dealt at an average daily with a footfall of 1.8 lakh passengers. It is also the first and only station on Indian Railways to be awarded with the green ‘platinum rating’ by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) of CII.

September 30

Swati Lakra bags Precious daughter award
Senior IPS officer Swati Lakra bagged prestigious 'Precious Daughter of India' award in Jaipur. The award was presented to Ms. Lakra at the Fourth Annual Healthcare Summit organised by the National Health Mission, Department of Medical, Health & Family Welfare, Rajasthan, for her contribution to women and child safety. Ms. Lakra is currently posted as Inspector General of Police (Women safety and Law and Order).