States - 2017 AUGUST

August 1

RCEP trade negotiating Committee meeting held in Hyderabad
The 19th round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) meetings and other related meetings were held from 17 to 28 July 2017 in Hyderabad, India.
RCEP is a proposed comprehensive regional economic integration agreement amongst the 10-ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and its six Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) partners, viz. Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Korea and India.
During the 19th round, parallel meetings were held by the three main Working Groups on Trade in Goods, Trade in Services and Investment, including their respective Sub-Working Groups. Working Groups in other areas like Intellectual Property, electronic commerce, Legal and Institutional Issues etc.

August 2

Mytrah commissions its first set of solar projects in Telangana
Renewable energy-focused independent power producer Mytrah Energy Ltd has commissioned its first set of solar photovoltaic power projects in Punjab and Telangana.
The company, which has all through been focussing on generation of power from wind masts, has recently commissioned 53 MW solar capacity and added 65 MW wind power, bringing its total installed capacity to 1,119 MW.
The company had bagged contracts to develop about 500 MW solar projects in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Karnataka.

August 3

Telangana serves notices on DataWind for ‘lay-offs’
The Labour Department of Telangana has asked the representatives of DataWind, the Canadian phone-tablet maker, to appear before it on August 11 in connection with the retrenchment of staff at its Hyderabad assembly facility.
The representatives of the company failed to attend meeting convened by the Labour Department. It would ask them to come on August 11 to discuss and resolve the issue, Bhupal and Mallesh, leaders of CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions).

August 4

India’s first private missile sub systems production facility inaugurated at Hyderabad
India’s first private sector missile sub-systems manufacturing facility, a joint venture between the $2.5 billion Kalyani Group and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd., was inaugurated near Hyderabad, Telangana.
KRAS is a 24,000-sq ft facility, located about 40 km from Hyderabad and is close to the new international airport.
The project has been set up in a record time, and is considered first such facility which makes missile systems by a private player in India.
This is in line with the Government’s Make in India initiative, where the joint venture will invest in high-end technology and advanced manufacturing techniques to design, develop and manufacture weapon systems for the Indian Armed Forces.
Set with an initial outlay of about Rs. 70 crore, the facility may see additional investment as the product range goes up.
The project is expected to create about 1,300 jobs both direct and indirect and India’s first private missile sub systems production facility inaugurated at Hyderabad will play a critical role in import substitution.
To begin with, the Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) plant will make anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) Spike and the production is expected to begin in a few weeks.

August 5

Microsoft ties up with Telangana to provide AI-based eye care solutions
Microsoft is going to help the government of Telangana use artificial intelligence to provide eye care screening for children in the State.
As part of the agreement, Microsoft’s cloud based machine learning eye care screening Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE) will align with the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram programme under the National Health Mission.
MINE is a global consortium of eye care providers, research and academic institutions that will apply artificial intelligence to help in eye care delivery.
Microsoft system can predict whether a lasik, cataract or other surgery is going to be successful for a given patient or not. It is now also able to predict how a patient’s refractive error is going to progress over time.
For the new partnership with Telangana, the idea is that Insights derived from MINE will help make early interventions and prevention through treatment of refractive errors in children.
This partnership will also offer access to Microsoft’s cloud based analytics to derive insights from all the health screening programmes being run for infants to 18-year-old students.

August 6

Nasscom digital literacy centre in Telangana
Nasscom Foundation and post-trade technology firm Arcesium jointly established the first rural digital literacy centre in Telangana, in Peddashapur village, on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
The Centre trains people in use of computers and mobile phones so that they will be able to register for Aadhar, ration, PAN cards, pay bills, send emails and use the internet for multiple utilities.
The initiative is under the ePradhan Mantri Gamin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan. Arcesium is supporting the training infrastructure and the trainers at the centre with the help of its implementation partner.

August 7

IOC offers 5-kg FTL cylinders in Hyderabad
In its effort to provide easy access to LPG connections to the migrant workforce, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd launched 5-kg Free Trade LPG (FTL).
Rahul Bhardwaj, ED TAPSO, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, launched this facility at a company-owned and -operated facility in the hi-tech City.
The 5-kg cylinder option is aimed at helping youngsters and migrant workforce, whose consumption in minimal due to nature of job, to quickly secure LPG connection.
This category of customers is unable to avail new connection in view of absence of proper proof of address.

August 8

Amazon to offer training, aid to Telangana weavers
Amazon India has signed an agreement with the Telangana government to promote handlooms on the e-commerce platform.
As part of the agreement, the firm will educate, train and enable weavers and artisans to directly sell their products to its customers in India.
Amazon India and the Department of Handlooms and Textiles will conduct training programmes to help them get ready for sales on a different window. The training programme would also have sessions on computers and Internet.

August 9

Approval of Industrial Parks in Andhra Pradesh
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under Ministry of Commerce and Industry has approved two projects under 'Modified Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (MIIUS)' for development of industrial clusters at Hindupur and Bobbili in the respective districts of Ananatapur and Vizianagaram of Andhra Pradesh.
The objective of the above projects is to provide quality and reliable infrastructure to industrial units located in these clusters; specifically these projects aim to provide road network, drainage, power and water supply networks and some other common services like health centres, canteens, creches, dormitories, parking areas, etc.
These projects are likely to be functional by 31st March, 2018.

August 10

Vizag’s Rayichapalu declared one of the rarest fish in world
Vizag’s Rayichapalu is declared one of the rarest fish in the world by researchers from the Marine Living Resources Department of Andhra University.
The tiny, colourful fish, called ‘Ranguchapulu’ or ‘Rayichapalu’ by the fisherfolk, will have the scientific name ‘Pseudathias Vizagensis’, after the city where it was first discovered.
For four years, the researchers have been working to name the fish one of the rarest in Vizag's Rayichapalu declared one of the rarest fish in worldthe world.
Ranguchapulu is a colourful fish which is around 97mm in length and lives near the reefs.
The fish can be found all along the east coast, at a depth of 80-120 metres, and can also be seen at harbour fisheries catchments.
Scientists also say that Vizagensis is only the fifth fish in this size category.
The researchers explain that this fish has a unique colour pattern with spectacular diamond shaped bands.