States - 2017 September

September 1

Akshaya Patra sets up kitchen in Telangana
The Akshaya Patra Foundation has set up its first high-tech kitchen in Narsingi in Telangana to support 35,000 kids with the mid-day meal scheme. This was set up with the support of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd.
According to Satya Gaura Chandra Dasa of the Foundation, launching the kitchen with the support of the Government of Telangana and the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. We will be feeding 35,000 children in the region.
The kitchen, in the current phase, is poised to serve 366 anganwadi centres, and in 238 schools through the Mid-Day Meal Programme.

September 2

LV Prasad Eye Institute goes global
The LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad had a VVIP visitor in Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of the Republic of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The Liberain President, who came to Delhi to receive the Indira Gandhi International Peace Prize for 2012, took time out to discuss the possibilities of getting the reputed eye institute to help set up facilities back home.
What prompted her move was not just the widely known contributions of the LV PEI, but also the first-hand account of the treatment her son received at the hospital.

September 3

Ancient Buddhist site from 1st century discovered in Andhra Pradesh
Archaeologists in Andhra Pradesh have discovered an ancient Buddhist site that dates back to 1st century AD, in Guntur district, in Putlagudem village of Achampet mandal.
Dr E Sivanagi Reddy, CEO of Culture Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati (CCVA) found the site. The site had six limestone pillars with half lotus medallions and depicted animals and patterns. He informed that these structures dates back to satavahana rule.
one of the prime Buddhist tourist spots in the state in Ghantasala village in Krishna district, was all set to receive a boost, with a Rs 1,500 crore project.
The new facility will be themed on the Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha. A two-storied structure in Buddhist architecture resembling a pedestal with a 100-ft wide and 70-ft high Buddha in the Mahaparinirvana posture will be a major highlight, Executive Director of the AP Tourism Development Corporation Mallikarjuna Rao.

September 4

TruJet to connect Hyderabad to Mysuru
According to Vankayalapati Umesh, Managing Director, Turbo Megha Airways, Air Connectivity to Mysuru from Hyderabad is part of the effort to connect the under-served cities with metros.
Turbo Megha is one of the five air operators which won bids to operate on 128 routes connecting 70 airports, of which 31 are unserved under the regional connectivity scheme or Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN).

September 5

Andhra Pradesh exporters urged to make use of SBI products, services
The exporters and importers of Andhra Pradesh in particular, and the country in general, should make use of the many products and services being offered by the State Bank of India, according to Deputy Managing Director, Chalasani Venkat Nageswar, who looks after the global markets in the bank.
According to venkata nageshwar, with the merger of six associate banks on April 1, the SBI had emerged as one of the top 50 banks in the world, opening up more opportunities abroad. The bank had come up with many digital products and services to suit their needs.
Fifty exporters and importers from across the State representing pharma, agro-processing, aquaculture, marine, steel and granite units participated in the meet.

September 7

Andhra CM Naidu announces new programme ‘Jala Siriki Haarat’ to offer prayers to water bodies
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has announced a new programme named ‘Jala Siriki Haarati’. It is a programme offering prayers to water bodies and to create awareness among the public regarding water preservation announced on 6th sept. 2017.
The programme will be held on September 6, 7 and 8 across the state.
The programme is aimed at praying at all kinds of water bodies like rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, irrigation projects, water reservoirs, check dams etc.
The Chief Minister also stated that 28 projects would be completed by next three months.
He attended the ‘Krishna Haarati’ programme held at the Pavitra Sangam (meeting point of Rivers Godavari and Krishna) at Ibrahimpatnam.
The Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project had been completed through which diverting the Godavari water into River Krishna was possible.

September 8

AP signs MoU for country’s 1st Hyperloop to connect Vijayawada and Amaravati
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) on 6th of Sept. 2017.
The pact has been signed to connect Vijayawada and Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh in Guntur district.
The project will use a public-private partnership (PPP) model with funding primarily from private investors.
iii.The MoU will facilitate the development of HTT’s hyperloop transportation system in Andhra Pradesh.
The proposed route for the hyperloop is between the city centres of Vijayawada and Amaravati. It will turn a trip of more than one hour into a 5-minute ride.
During the first phase of the project, HTT will conduct a six-month feasibility study commencing in October.
After conducting the feasibility study, in the second phase of the project, the company will construct and build the first hyperloop in the country.

September 9

First water ATM inaugurated in Hyderabad
First water ATM has been inaugurated by Telangana State Home Minister N Narasimha Reddy at Nalgonda X Roads on 7th of Sept. 2017.
A total of 200 ATMs will be set up to reach a targeted 150,000 people. In the first phase 50 water ATMs will be operationalised by 2018.
Safe Water Network, an international NGO has partnered with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to launch water ATMs.
It will provide affordable, 24×7 safe water access in Hyderabad.
The initiative is supported by USAID under the Urban WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Alliance Partnership and funded by Honeywell India.
These water ATMs use a seven step treatment process to purify water that adheres to national norms.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) will supply raw water for these ATMs.
They are connected via cloud-based technology for real-time monitoring and analyses operational parameters, thereby minimising downtime.

September 10

Telangana readies plan for new Secretariat complex
The Telangana government has come out with a master plan for development of the new Secretariat complex on the Bison Polo ground which is currently a Defence property.
The proposed move to develop the Secretariat complex in the defence land received a shot in the arm with the outgoing defence minister Arun Jaitley assuring the State that the Centre would consider allotting the Bison Polo Ground along with some defence lands for development of the two proposed skyways.

September 12

World Congress of Optometry begins in Hyderabad
The second World Congress of Optometry began to discuss new ideas and share research and knowledge about various facets of Optometry.
Over 1,200 delegates comprising optometrists, researchers, educators, students and health professionals from around the world were attending the three-day event.
Deliberations will focus on the future of Optometry, upgrading Optometrists’ skills, as well as developing clinical and professional knowledge and skills.
The biennial congress is a World Council of Optometry (WCO) initiative organised in partnership with the Asia Pacific Council of Optometry (APCO) and the India Vision Institute (IVI).

September 13

Telangana installs pre-paid energy meters in govt offices
In a pilot initiative, the energy distribution companies in Telangana have launched a project to install pre-paid energy meters in government offices, local bodies and some commercial establishments.
The State government has decided on this move to ensure that offices and commercial establishments get on to regular payment mode and a sense of discipline is inculcated.

September 14

Amara Raja plans skill development centres in AP
The Amara Raja Group, a major manufacturer of automotive and industrial batteries, is planning to establish two more Skill Development Centres at Diguvamagham in Chittoor district and in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh.
The first Amara Raja Skill Development Centre, started in 2014 with an investment of Rs. 30 crore at Pettamitta, Tirupati also in Andhra Pradesh, has been training youth in new areas leading to their employment. The first centre was established by the Rajanna Trust run under the aegis of Amara Raja Group.

September 15

NRDC, Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society (APIS) ink pact for start-up
The National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) has signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society (APIS) to encourage start-up pre dominantly in the manufacturing & technology driven sectors.
The APIS has created four ‘plug & play’ technology business incubators in Visakhapatnam, Tirupathi, Anantapur and Kakinada to promote innovation and start-ups.
The State Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu has already announced early this year the creation of a ₹100 crore, exclusive start-up fund to help budding entrepreneurs and innovative ideas.
The Chairman & Managing Director of NRDC H Purushottam signed the MoU with Valli Kumari, CEO of APIS recently at the International Innovation Fair at Visakhapatnam.

September 16

Andhra Pradesh to construct over 5 lakh affordable houses in urban areas in 15 months
The Andhra Pradesh Government assured the centre that over five lakh affordable houses will be built in urban areas of the State under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) in the next fifteen months.
Progress of PMAY(Urban) in the State was discussed in detail when the Andhra Pradesh Minister of Housing & Urban Development Dr.P.Narayana met the Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri.
Noting that Andhra Pradesh was sanctioned the highest number of houses under PMAY(Urban), Shri Puri enquired about the progress of this mission in Andhra Pradesh.

September 17

Assam government employees who dump parents will lose part salary
The Assam Assembly passed a bill that makes it mandatory for state government employees to take care of their parents and needy siblings or face a cut in their income.
The Assam Employees Parental Responsibility And Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill was passed unanimously, with almost all the ruling and opposition MLAs backing it.
Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had introduced the Bill in the House.

September 18

Incentives galore for dairy sector in Telangana
Telangana State Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao showered incentives and subsidies for the diary sector. Accordingly, farmers will get Rs. 4 a litre of milk as incentive and 50 per cent subsidy for buying a buffalo.
The financial incentive to be launched from September 24 will be applicable to all dairy development societies and in line with those being enjoyed by the Vijaya Dairy Development Society.
The other major societies are the Mulkanur Dairy, Nalgonda, Ranga Reddy and Karimnagar district’s Development Societies.

September 19

Incentives galore for dairy sector in Telangana
Telangana State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao showered incentives and subsidies for the diary sector. Accordingly, farmers will get Rs. 4 a litre of milk as incentive and 50 per cent subsidy for buying a buffalo.
The financial incentive to be launched from September 24 will be applicable to all dairy development societies and in line with those being enjoyed by the Vijaya Dairy Development Society.
The other major societies are the Mulkanur Dairy, Nalgonda, Ranga Reddy and Karimnagar district’s Development Societies.

September 22

Transgenders can avail government schemes in Andhra Pradesh; Andhra Pradesh to be declared ODF by March 2018
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr.Chandrababu Naidu announced that the transgender community can avail government schemes. Also, Andhra Pradesh is to be declared ODF by March 2018.
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu announced that, the trans-genders would be provided with housing, ration cards and a pension of 1000 rupees.
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu announced that Andhra Pradesh is to be declared ODF (Open Defecation Free) by March 2018.
This announcement was made in a Collectors’ Conference in Vijaywada, as a part of the Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign on 21st September 2017.

September 23

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief exercise “Pralay Sahayam” held in Secunderabad
The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju addressed at the seminar “Pralay Sahayam”- “Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief” held at College of Defence Management in Secunderabad Cantonment.
The exercise is for all agencies involved in search, rescue and relief operations during natural disasters, to interact and evolve a seamless and optimized Disaster Management Strategy.
Disaster resilience is the collective responsibility of all stakeholders, including Government, business communities, non-government sectors and individuals. He commended the role of Armed Forces in Disaster Management and highlighted the challenges faced by Southern Command in addressing natural disasters.

September 25

Hyderabad Airport Becomes First in India to Provide Wheelchair Lift
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad has become the first airport to provide a wheelchair lift or vert-lift. The move comes as part of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd’s Accessible India Campaign for passengers with reduced mobility.
Out of approximately 40,000 passengers who fly in and out of Hyderabad every day, over 100 are wheelchair-bound. The new facility has been made available to domestic arrival passengers under the GHIAL’s signature programme ‘Passenger is Prime’.

September 26

Andhra Chief Minister declares 2017 as e-pragati year
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr.N.Chandrababu Naidu declared 2017 as e-pragati year, at Vijayawada.
Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu declared 2017 as e-pragati year while inaugurating a training programme for government officials at Vijayawada.
The e-pragati training programme is for government officials to familiarise and update new technologies.
e-Pragati is to be implemented in all departments in Andhra Pradesh.

September 28

Bathukamma festival celebrated in Telangana
Bathukamma, one of the major festivals of Telangana and some parts of Andhra Pradesh was celebrated.
This festival is celebrated for nine days days during the Durga Navaratri celebrations before Dussehra.
People worship Goddess Bathukamma, who is also known as Goddes Gauri for nine days.
On the last day, the Goddess is immersed in rivers after completion of rituals.
The Bathukamma Jatara, which commences two days before Dussehra, is organised where both festivals are observed.

September 29

PFC sanctioned 4,009 cr loan to Telangana to set up Yadadri thermal plant
Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC) has sanctioned a term loan of Rs 4,009 crore to the Telangana Power Generation Corporation Lt (TSGENCO) for setting up a 4000 MW Yadadri thermal power plant announced on 27th Sept. 2017.
The Yadadri plant would generate approximately 29,784 million units of energy to meet the future power requirement of Telangana.
PFC would lend the amount to TSGENCO for the 5X800 MW coal-based Yadadri Thermal Power Plant using super-critical technology in Nalgonda district of Telangana.
The loan agreement for the project was executed between PFC and TSGENCO officials recently in Hyderabad.