States - 2019 JANUARY

January 1

Odisha: Dharmendra Pradhan launches Ujjwala sanitary napkin initiative.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan launched 'Ujjwala Sanitary Napkins' initiative saying it will go a long way in making Odisha's 2.25 crore women empowered and self-reliant.
Under the novel initiative, which will cover 93 blocks in 30 districts of Odisha, oil marketing companies (OMC) will set up 100 manufacturing units at the Common Service Centres (CSC) at an estimated cost of Rs. 2.94 crore.
Odisha: CM - Naveen Patnaik, Governor - Ganeshi Lal.
Lakes: Chilika Lake, Kanjia Lake, Anshupa Lake, Balimela Reservoir.
Dams: Rengali Dam, Kala dam, Pitamahal Dam, Kansbahal Dam, Tikhali Dam, Deras Dam, Salia Dam, Ghodahada Dam, Kuanria Dam.
Festivals: Kalinga Mahotsav, Chandan Yatra, Durga Puja, Konark Dance Festival, Rath Yatra, Diwali, Kumar Purnima

Govt approves additional assistance of over Rs. 1,146 crore to Tamil Nadu.
Government has approved the additional assistance of over one thousand 1,146 crore rupees to Tamil Nadu from National Disaster Response Fund, which was affected by cyclone - Gaja.
The approval was given by a High Level Committee chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.
Tamil Nadu: CM - K. Palaniswami, Governor - Banwarilal Purohit

Madhya Pradesh Government to create an Adhyatmik Vibhag (Spiritual department).
Madhya Pradesh Government announced that it is going to create an Adhyatmik Vibhag (spiritual department) by merging several existing department.
The proposed Adhyatmik Vibhag (Spiritual Department) going to be formed by merging Dharmik Nyas Evam Dharmasv Department (Religious Trust and Endowment Department), Anand Vibhag (Happiness Department) in addition to the Directorate of Religious Trust and Endowment, Madhya Pradesh Teerth Evam Mela Pradhikaran and Rajya Anand Sansthan.
Madhya Pradesh had become the first state in the country to create Happiness Department.
About Madhya Pradesh:
Capital: Bhopal
Chief Minister: Kamal Nath
Governor: Anandiben Patel
National Parks: Kanha National Park, Pench National Park, Bandhabgarh National Park

January 2

Gehlot approves amendments in Rajasthan Judicial Service Rules, 2010.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has approved the proposal for amendments made in Rules-12 and Rule-17 of the Rajasthan Judicial Service Rules, 2010.
As per the Rajasthan Judicial Service (Amendment) Rule 2018, the minimum age limit for general category in Rajasthan Judicial Service has been reduced from 23 to 21 years and maximum age limit is increased from 35 to 40 years.
The benefit of age exemption has been given to differently-able persons of various classes, including general category, OBC and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes by 10, 13 and 15 years, respectively.
It has been decided to give 1 per cent reservation to the Backward Classes in the Rajasthan Judicial Service.
About Rajasthan:
Governor: Shri Kalyan Singh
Capital: Jaipur
National Parks: Ranthambore National Park, Sariska National Park, Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary

AP gets separate HC from January 1
Andhra Pradesh got a separate high court which will temporarily function from the Chief Minister’s camp office in Amravati, the new capital of the state till a permanent building for the High Court is being set up at the 'Justice City' in Amaravati.
Since the bifurcation of the state on June 2, 2014, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have had a common high court at Hyderabad. With the creation of the new high court, the country now has 25 high courts.
Justice C. Praveen Kumar, the senior-most judge among the judges allotted to Andhra Pradesh, was appointed as acting Chief Justice of AP High Court, that will have 15 other judges with effect from January 1, 2019.
About Andhra Pradesh:
Chief Minister: N. Chandrababu Naidu
Governor: E.S.L. Narasimhan
Capital: Amaravati

January 3

CM Naveen Patnaik launches Rs 10,180 crore farmers’ livelihood scheme
Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, launched a Rs 10,180 crore scheme, for overall development of small, marginal and landless farmers, dubbed as 'The Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA)' scheme.
This scheme consists of a life insurance of Rs. 2 lakh for 57 lakhfarmers and would grant them crop loans at 0% interest.
The scheme will be implemented in three phases.In the first phase of the initiative, Rs. 5000 would be disbursed to farmers between January 22 and January 25, 2019. The second phase will be completed by February 15, 2019.

Mamatha Banerjee announces Krishak Bandhu scheme for farmers.
Alife insurance cover of Rs. 2,00,000 in case of death, irrespective of the cause, of an earning family member (farmer) aged between 18 and 60 years.
Farmers need not pay any premium for availing this life insurance cover.
The 'Krishak Bandhu' scheme may be extended to 72 lakh farmers and share-cropper families in the State.
'Krishak Bandhu', the scheme bears similarity to the Telengana government’s flagship 'Rythu Bandhu' in terms of providing financial assistance to farmers and landless labourers.
Against the Telengana government’s promised Rs. 8,000 an acre, the West Bengal government will give an annual financial assistance (cash dole) of Rs. 5,000 per acre in two installments – one during kharif and another during rabi – for a single crop. Farmers can take the financial assistance at one go too.

UP govt to impose gaukalyancess to protect stray cattle
The Uttar Pradesh government has introduced a "gaukalyan" (cow welfare) cess, an additional 0.5% levy on excise items, to fund construction and maintenance of cow shelters across the state.
The new cess may raise alcohol prices in UP but the department will hold a meeting to decide the items on which the cess will be levied.
Moreover, a cess of 0.5% will also be levied on toll tax collected by government agencies, and on profits made by public sector enterprises and construction agencies like UP State Construction and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, UP State Bridge Corporation Ltd, UPSIDC, etc for the purpose.

January 4

Hundred percent household electrification achieved in 25 states
The Nation has achieved yet another milestone in the power sector with completion of electrification in hundred percent household in 25 states at the year end.
These States are also taking all concerted efforts to achieve, at the earliest, saturation of household electrification in their respective States.
The Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable EnergyShri RK Singh congratulated all these States for achieving this herculean task.

Cyclone Pabuk approaches Andaman and Nicobar Islands, yellow alert sounded.
A ‘yellow alert’ was issued in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as Cyclone Pabuk made its way towards the archipelago.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places from this evening.

January 5

NGT imposedRs 100 crore fine on Meghalaya govt for failing to curb illegal mining
The National Green Tribunalimposed a fine of whopping Rs. 100 crore on the Meghalaya government for its failure to curb illegal coal mining in the state.
The amount of the fine has to be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board within two months.
The action comes after a high-level committee submitted an adverse report to a bench headed by NGT chairperson AK Goel.
About Meghalaya: Governor - Tathagata Roy

Gigantic tricolours to adorn railway stations in Hyderabad.
The busy railway stations of the State such as Secunderabad, Kacheguda and Nampallywhich fall under A1 category stations will soon have a gigantic national flag fluttering on 100-feet-tall flag posts on the station premises.
About 75 railway stations in India, whose annual earnings exceed Rs.50 crore, called A-1 category stations, have been asked to ensure that national flag flies atop their premises at a height of 100 feet.
Currently, the tallest tricolour flag post in the city is installed at Sanjeevaiah Park which is of 290 feet height.

11 projects to revive mythical Saraswati river approved by Haryana government
11 projects were approved to revive the mythical Saraswati River at the meeting of Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB) headed by Haryana Chief minister ManoharLalKhattar.
The construction of SombSaraswati barrage and Saraswati reservoir would enable the storage of 1,000 hectare metres of water.
A mobile App developed by the Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board and the logo of the Saraswati Heritage Development Board was approved.

January 7

Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu unveils schemes for marginalized Brahmins
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu unveiled various welfare scheme for the marginalized and economically backward Brahmins through AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation such as distribution of Cars to the Unemployed Brahmin youths, loans and subsidies.
Brahmin youths who had undergone training as drivers were given Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzirefor the first time.
30 cars were distributed to the Brahmin youths. Youth bore 10% of the total on-road cost the diesel run cars.
Government has started at least half dozen schemes for Brahmins and around 10000 poor Brahmins have been given loans and subsidies.
Andhra Pradesh is the first state of the country which has established a Brahmin Corporation which aims to help poor people of Brahmin families by providing financial assistance for education, coaching, entrepreneurship, skill development and welfare and culture.