Himachal banned sale of thermocol cutlery

The Himachal Pradesh government has banned the use and sale of thermocol cutlery including cups, plates, glasses, spoons or any other item in the state. Those violating the order will be fined according to the quantity of the thermocol. The state government has set a deadline of three months for manufacturers to dispose of their stocks.

UN member states approve USD 6.69 bn

The UN member states have approved a 6.69 billion US Dollar budget for 13 peacekeeping operations for the year 2018-19. It is the second year in a row, the committee has made significant cuts to the overall peacekeeping budget. The United States is the biggest contributor to the United Nations.

Karnataka to release water

The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), directed Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu and other States. The CWMA, which is yet to appoint full-time members, is scheduled to meet every 10 days during the monsoon months. The CWMA consists of a Chairman, a senior and eminent engineer, 2 whole-time members, 6 part-time members and a Secretary.

World Bank: Maha most vulnerable to climate

Maharashtra is among the states where people’s standards of living are most vulnerable to climate change, says a World Bank study released, titled “South Asia’s Hotspots”. The study projects that India could shave off 2.8% of GDP by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions continue unmitigated. Many districts will see 9% – 11% decline in standards of living with Chandrapur district topping at 12.4%.

Composite Water Management Index out

NITI Aayog has released a Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) of Indian states comprising 9 broad sectors with 28 different indicators covering various aspects. Gujarat topped the list while Jharkhand has been adjudged as the worst performer. Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra have been placed after Gujarat respectively.

2 women battalions to be raised in J&K

To enhance the representation of women in the State Police, the Ministry of Home Affairs has approved raising two women Battalions for Jammu & Kashmir Police. One battalion each would be raised for Jammu region and Kashmir region. 60% of posts would be kept reserved for women of 10 border districts namely, Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch, Rajouri, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Kargil and Leh.

New scheme by MP Chief Minister

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the state will give ?2 lakh to poor families whose heads die before the age of 60. He further said that in case the head of the family dies in an accident, the state will give ?4 lakh to the families. He also announced waiver on previous electricity bills.

CM inaugurates Green Mizoram Day

Green Mizoram Day was observed on 11 June across the Mizoram state. CM Lal Thanhawla inaugurated the Green Mizoram Day, 2018 at a function attended by his cabinet colleagues, legislators and senior government officials where they undertook ceremonial planting of trees along the river Chite in Aizawl. It is being organised every year on June 11 since 1999.

SBI NPAs Surpass Rs 1 Lakh Crore In FY18

11 : State Bank of India, recorded its highest non-performing asset (NPAs) of Rs. 1.1 lakh crore in 2017-18, almost equal to what it had registered in the decade before. This is available through RTI and the bank’s annual report. The gross NPAs of the bank went up from Rs. 1.12 lakh crore in 2016-17 to Rs. 2.23 lakh crore in the last fiscal.

Sikkim got its longest tunnel

Minister of State for Defence, Dr, Subhash Bhamre has dedicated a highway tunnel at Theng near Chungthang in north Sikkim to the nation. The tunnel will benefit the tourism and rapidly propel the growth of the state. The double-lane tunnel stretching about 600 meters has been constructed by the Border Roads Organisation at cost of over 42 crore rupees.

Haryana baned single-use water bottles

On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Haryana government has banned single-use water bottles in all government offices in the state. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that a five-point programme would be implemented for maintaining ecological balance in Haryana. It will include plantation of 20 lakh saplings and using LED bulbs.

Ban on polythene in Uttarakhand from July 31

In Uttarakhand, Polythene will be completely prohibited from 31st July in the state. All the polythene vendors have been asked to finish the polyethene stock before 31st July. One week before the ban, a mass awareness campaign about environmental damage caused by polythene would be undertaken in the entire state.

India to import first Russian LNG Cargo

India will import its first ever cargo of LNG from Russia under a long-term deal. State-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd will bring the shipload of LNG from Gazprom at Petronet LNG Ltd’s import terminal here, official sources said. Beginning of supplies from Russia comes within weeks of India importing its first ever LNG cargo from US under a long-term import deal.

Centre notifies Cauvery Water Mgmt Authority

The Union government on 1st June issued a notification for the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA). The authority will decide the sharing of the river water among the States of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry. The CWMA will determine the total residual storage in the specified reservoirs on June 1 every year.

Intra-State e-waybills to be implemented

The e-waybill system for intra-State movement of goods will be implemented for the final eight States. The new system would be implemented for intra-State transport in Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Mizoram, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and in West Bengal. E-way bill operations are compulsory for inter-state movement of goods throughout the nation and intra-state movement.

Andhra Pradesh gets new state bird & flower

Andhra Pradesh government has decided to notify ‘Rose-ringed parakeet’ popularly known as ‘Rama Chiluka’, as the state bird. The neem is the official tree of the Andhra Pradesh. The blackbuck is the animal while Jasmine as its state flower. Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated to create Telangana in June 2014.

Goa Celebrates its Statehood Day on May 30

Goa attained full statehood on 30th May 1987 and became India’s 25th state. Daman and Diu were separated from Goa and continue to be administered as a union territory. Earlier, Goa was a union territory, namely, Goa, Daman and Diu for all administrative and governance considerations.

Haryana constitutes Animal Welfare Board

Haryana Government has constituted the State Animal Welfare Board for Animal Welfare. The Board has been constituted under the chairmanship of additional chief secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairying. The Director General, Animal Husbandry and Dairying would be the member secretary of the Animal Welfare Board.

IMD To Team Up with BSNL For Weather Warnings

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is teaming up with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to send extreme weather warnings to people. The alerts will be about impending extreme weather conditions such as storms and heatwave.The exercise is being carried out in an experimental stage, and if successful the plan is to rope in other weather agencies.

Intra-state e-way bill comes into force

27 : Maharashtra, Manipur & 5 union territories have rolled out intra-state e-way bill system for movement of goods worth over Rs 50,000 within the state. With this, the number of States, where the system is being implemented will go up to 27.E-Way Bill is an electronically generated document which is required to be generated for the movement of goods of more Rs. 50,000 from one place to another

H D Kumaraswamy sworn in as Karnataka CM

JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy has been sworn in as Karnataka’s 24th chief minister. This will be Kumarawamy’s second term as the chief minister of Karnataka since 2007, when he last held the post for 20 months. G Parameshwara, the state Congress chief and the party’s Dalit face, was sworn in as the deputy chief minister.

EESL distributes 30 cr LED bulbs

State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has distributed over 30 crore light emitting diode (LED) bulbs across the country under the ‘Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All’ (UJALA) scheme. The UJALA scheme was launched in January 2015 and is currently the largest LED distribution programme in the world. It is a non-subsidized LED lamp distribution project undertaken by EESL.

CIA’s first female director

US Senate has approved Veteran spy Gina Haspel as CIA’s first female director.She replaces former CIA chief Mike Pompeo who was recently made Secretary of State. Central Intelligence Agency is a civilian foreign intelligence service of US federal government that analyses national security information from around the world.

India to attend SCO Culture Ministers’ meet

The Minister of State for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma will be attending Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Cultural Ministers Meeting at Sanya in China. It is the first time that India would be attending the SCO Culture Ministers’ Meeting. The meeting will showcase India’s initiatives to actively pursue cultural cooperation with other countries including SCO countries.

Indore is the cleanest city in India

According to Swachh Survekshan 2018 survey, Indore has bagged the title of the cleanest city in India, followed by Bhopal & Chandigarh. Indore was the cleanest city last year as well but that survey was conducted only for around 430 cities. This time it was conducted for around 4200 cities. Jharkhand was adjudged the best-performing state in the survey followed by Maharashtra & Chhattisgarh.

V.K. Singh’s surprise visit to North Korea

Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh has become the first Indian minister to visit North Korea in 20 years.The MoS highlighted the threat posed to India from nuclear proliferation. India and North Korea also decided to explore possibilities of cooperation in areas of mutual interest including vocational education, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and Yoga.

Yeddyurappa takes oath as the CM of Karnataka

BS Yeddyurappa of Bharatiya Janata Party took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. This comes after the Supreme Court refused to stay state Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite BJP, which fell short of the majority mark, to form the government. Yeddyurappa has been given 15 days to prove BJP’s majority.

Gujarat Governor given additional charge of MP

Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli was given the additional charge of Madhya Pradesh while the state’s Governor Anandiben Patel is on leave. Patel was appointed Madhya Pradesh Governor in January after she resigned as Gujarat’s Chief Minister in 2016 citing her 75-year age. She had replaced Kohli who had been handling the additional charge of Madhya Pradesh from August 2016.

DNA data banks to be set up

DNA databanks will be set up at the national and state level to store profiles, according to a draft bill on DNA technology being finalised by the Law Ministry. The draft bill also states that all DNA data including DNA profiles, DNA samples, and records, will only be used for identification of the person. The Department of Biotechnology was consulted by the law panel to draft the bill.

Iraq helolds first election since IS defeat

Iraq has begun voting for its 1st parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group. Haider al-Abadi who has been the PM of Iraq since 2014 is angling for a new term, claiming credit for defeating the jihadists. Iraq has been struggling to find a formula for stability since a US-led invasion toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Kerala & NTPC sign MoU for solar power

The Kerala State Electricity Board has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Thermal Power Corporation for increasing solar power generation in the state. The MoU also includes an agreement to set up a 15 MW solar power unit at the NTPC complex in Kayamkulam. The possibility of setting up solar plants at reservoirs, open space & top of buildings will also be explored.

Green Ambassador of Sikkim

The Sikkim Government has nominated Bollywood singer Mohit Chauhan as the Green Ambassador of the state. Chauhan has been nominated as the Green Ambassador for promoting Sikkim as a Green Destination, nationally and internationally, on a voluntary basis. Sikkim is known for its rich biodiversity and abundant natural resources due to environment-friendly policies.

Russia confirms Dmitry Medvedev as its PM

The Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) has given its mandate to Dmitry Medvedev for a new term as the Prime Minister. Medvedev’s candidature for the Prime Minister’s seat was proposed by President Vladimir Putin after the inauguration of his fourth term as Russia’s President. Under Russia’s Constitution, the government is obliged to resign when a new presidential term begins.

PGCIL Inks Pact With Power Ministry

State-run Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) has inked a pact with the Ministry of Power to incur capital expenditure of Rs.25,000 crore for the current fiscal. The MoU includes various targets to be achieved by Powergrid during 2018-19. Other targets in the MoU inter-alia include parameters related to human resources, project management, research & development.

Chhattisgarh to recruit transgender in police

To promote gender equality, Chhattisgarh govt has decided to recruit transgender in the police force. Chhattisgarh is the first state to recruit transgenders for police while Tamil Nadu is the first state to hire India’s first transgender police officer. In 2014, Supreme Court declared transgender people as the 3rd gender & ruled that they have equal privilege over the fundamental rights.

Ashok Lahiri appointed full-time member

Former Chief Economic Adviser Ashok Lahiri has been appointed as full-time member of the 15th Finance Commission. He is at present the part-time member of the commission, headed by N.K. Singh. He will be accorded the status of the Minister of State. The 15th finance commission’s chairman is N. K. Singh, with its full-time members being Shaktikanta Das and Anoop Singh.

Maharashtra to issue land document online

Maharashtra has become the first state in India to provide digitally-signed land record receipts (also known as 7/12 receipts). The 7/12 receipt is extensively used by farmers for loan agreements, crop survey and for availing of government facilities. Earlier the hand-written 7/12 receipts were prepared by talathis, who solely had the power to make changes in the documents.

Jagdish sworn-in as acting Manipur Governor

Jagdish Mukhi has been sworn in as the acting Governor of Manipur by the acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court, Justice N Kotiswar Singh. Mukhi, who is the governor of Assam & Meghalaya, will hold office in the absence of Governor Najma Heptullah. Article 153 states that nothing shall prevent the appointment of the same person as Governor for two or more States.

Gujarat to launch water conservation project

The Gujarat Government will start a month-long initiative from May 1 to increase its water conservation capacity.Tasks like deepening ponds, desilting water reservoirs and check dams & repairing Narmada canal networks will be undertaken during the 31-day statewide “Sujalam Sufalam Water Conservation Initiative”. The government aims to increase rain water conservation capacity in the state.

Odisha launched Odisha Skills

Odisha government has inaugurated ‘Odisha Skills 2018’, the state-level chapter of India Skill competition organised by National Skill Development Corporation.The competition would give a platform to the students of Odisha to show their talents. A skill-cum-common facility centre for filigree craftsman of the city was also inaugurated.

New frog species takes historical name of Goa

In the highland plateaus of the Western Ghats parts of Goa, scientists have identified a new species of frog called ‘Fejervarya goemchi’.The new species is named after the historical name of the state of Goa where the species is discovered.The new species is found in the high elevation areas of laterite plateaus, temporary water bodies and paddy fields of Goa.

Govt approves pacts for supply of iron

The Cabinet approved a long-term agreement for export of iron to Japan and South Korea through state-owned trading firm MMTC.The range of quantity of iron ore to be exported would be 3.8 million tonnes per annum to 5.5 million tonnes per annum. MMTC will be supplying iron ore of grade 64 Fe, or high-grade content, to Japanese and Korean steel mills from Bailadila mines in Chhattisgarh.

23rd meeting of Western Zonal Council

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the 23rd meeting of Western Zonal Council at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.During the last 3 years or so, two Council meetings and 3 Standing Committee meetings of the Western Zonal Council were held. Zonal Councils were set up under the States Reorganization Act, 1956 to foster Inter-State co-operation and co-ordination among the States.

M-Awas for allotment of Govt. homes

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C) launched a Mobile App (m-Awas) for allotment of Government accommodations in General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA).The application has been developed by NIC. The dedicated application of online allotment i.e. e-Awas will support this App. The app is user friendly and can be made operative from an android mobile phone.

E-way bill roll out in four more states

The Centre stated that the e-way bill system for intra-state movement of goods will be rolled out in four more states and one Union Territory on 25th April.The e-way bill system is being introduced in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Sikkim, and in Puducherry. The new system was implemented from April 15 in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.

India’s best Gram Panchayat

West Bengal’s Digambarpur Gram Panchayat has bagged the Centre’s award for the best Gram Panchayat in the country.Of the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country, the central government had selected 1000 and watched their function. The state of West Bengal is also in the top in generating rural employment across states.

Iraq resumes payments of Gulf War reparations

Iraq has resumed paying Kuwait compensation for the destruction of Kuwaiti oil fields and facilities during the 1990-91 Gulf War with the disbursal of $90 million.The payment had been suspended since October 2014 because of security and budgetary problems that the Iraqi government faced in its fight against Islamic State. Iraq still has to pay a remaining amount of nearly $4.5 billion.

Maharashtra now an open defecation-free state

Maharashtra has declared itself an open defecation free state, having provided access to toilets to all its residents.In October 2017, the state declared its urban areas as ODF and now, rural Maharashtra has followed suit. In a period of just 3.5 years, the state government provided toilets to 55% of the homes that did not have one.

Madhya Pradesh: Most film Friendly state

Madhya Pradesh has been announced as the Most Film Friendly State for its efforts towards easing filming in the state. MP has offered excellent on ground support, filmic infrastructure, an informative website and incentives for filmmaking. The jury for selecting the Most Film Friendly State Award 2017 was chaired by acclaimed filmmaker Ramesh Sippy.

India ranked 10th in Innovation Index

India was ranked 10th on a new Commonwealth Innovation Index which was topped by UK, Singapore & Canada. The index has been created in partnership with United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation & its annual Global Innovation Index. It is aimed at providing a tool that allows member states, organisations & citizens to benchmark themselves against 53 countries of Commonwealth.

India pools into USD 5mn Small States Fund

India is among 4 countries to pool into an innovative $5 million fund for small states to obtain easier access to international trade finance.India joins Sri Lanka, Mauritius & Malta to inject capital into the new scheme, which has Standard Chartered & BoB as its the facility managers.This new scheme is an example of innovative & collaborative approaches that are pioneered by Commonwealth.

Himachal Pradesh Celebrates its 71st Foundation Day

Himachal Pradesh celebrated its 71st foundation day with much fanfare and gaiety. Several cultural events were organized across the state. It may be recalled that the hill state came into existence after the merger of 30 odd princely states in 1948. The main event was held at Ridge Maidan in Shimla, where Chief Minister Jairam Thakur reviewed the ceremonial Parade presented by police, home guards and NCC cadets. Himachal Pradesh CM- Jai Ram Thakur, Governor- Acharya Dev Vrat.

Bhanu appointed Banks Board Bureau chairman

The government appointed Bhanu Pratap Sharma as the new Chairman of Banks Board Bureau, which primarily recommends senior executive appointments in state-run banks.Sharma will replace former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai, whose term ended on March 31.Notably, Sharma is the former Secretary of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

Tribal development centre in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government has set up an institution known as Quality Evaluation for Sustainable Transformation centre (QUEST).The QUEST will evaluate and quantify special development budget allocations and their impact on tribal development. The state has taken the initiative to bring greater accountability in spending and management of dedicated funds allocated for tribal welfare.

Andhra Pradesh to get happiness department

The Andhra Pradesh government will soon constitute a Happiness Commission that will take up a series of programmes to promote “happiness” in the state.The commission, which will work under the department of planning, will be headed by Chief Minister. AP became the second state in the country to introduce an exclusive ministry for happiness in April 2017. Madhya Pradesh is the first state.

Uttarakhand’s 2nd mega food park inaugurated

Union Minister for Food Processing Industries inaugurated the second mega food park in Uttarakhand at Mahuakhera Ganj village, Kashipur in Udham Singh Nagar district.The first Mega Food Park in the state located at Haridwar has already become operational. The mega food park would have a central processing centre as well as well as three Primary Processing Centres.

Tripura launches state version of PMKVY

8 : Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has launched the state component of Pradhanmantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) in Agartala.He has assured that the target to give training to more than 1 lakh 16,000 youths by 2020 will be achieved. Tripura is the first state in the country to implement pilot project for accreditation for skilled candidates.

Mahila Shakti Kendra to empower rural women

The government of India has approved a new scheme namely Mahila Shakti Kendra for 2017-18 up to 2019-20 to empower rural women through community participation.The scheme is envisaged to work at various levels, and at the National level and State level. Under the Scheme, State Resource Centre for Women is provided for all States/UTs & District Level Centre for Women to 640 districts.

Chhattisgarh awarded ‘State of the Year’

Chhattisgarh bagged the ‘State of the Year’ Award under the ‘business leader” category as part of the India Business Leadership for the increase in business and services activities.Union Information Technology and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad gave the award at India Business Leader Awards.Chhattisgarh has been ranked 4th in World Bank’s list of ‘Ease of Doing Business’.

BHEL commissions hydro-electric project

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) successfully commissioned the 330 MW Kishanganga Hydro-Electric Project in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).The project is located on the river Kishanganga, a tributary of the river Jhelum, in Bandipora district of J&K. In the state of J&K, BHEL commissioned 33 hydro sets with a capacity of 1,477 MW. 1st and 2nd units of HEP were commissioned in March.

Delhi tops in the list of Hospitality Index

6 : Global hospitality chain Airbnb announced that New Delhi and Maharashtra have been recognised as the most hospitable city and state respectively, according to its Hospitality Index.As per the index, the most hospitable states were Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi, Karnataka and Kerala. New Delhi led the charts as the most hospitable city in the country, followed closely by Jaipur, Cochin and Mumbai

First International Justice Conference

Union Minister of State for Corporate Affairs and Law and Justice embarked on a visit to Marrakech, Morrocco, for the first International Justice Conference.The conference is being organised by Morrocco in celebration of the judicial reforms undertaken by it in 2017. India is expected to sign MoUs with China, Russia, Qatar and Turkey in connection with judicial reforms.

NMHEP project’s foundation stone laid

Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, laid the foundation stone of the 60 MW Naitwar Mori Hydro Electric Project (NMHEP) in Uttarkashi.NMHEP is located on the river Tons – a tributary of the Yamuna, in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The project was allocated to SJVN Ltd by the Government of Uttarakhand.

Manipur’s Senapati district got ODF tag

Senapati district of Manipur has been declared as the first Open Defecation Free (ODF) district of the state.Manipur has become the third state in the North East, after Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, to get the ODF tag. Till 27th March, Manipur was among the only three states not to have a single ODF district, the other two being Bihar and Goa.

E-way bill system comes into force

The Uniform System of e-way Bill for inter-State movement of goods has come into force from April 1, 2018.Under the new system, every transporter will have to carry a system-generated bill to move goods from one place to another. The e-way bill will be mandatory for inter-state transportation of goods with a value of 50 thousand rupees and above.

MoS VK Singh to leave for Iraq

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh will leave for Iraq to bring back mortal remains of the 39 Indians killed by Islamic State terrorists in the war-torn country.As many as 40 Indians were abducted by terror group from Mosul in Iraq in June 2014, but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh. The remaining 39 Indians were taken to Badoosh and killed.

Pathan joins J&K in player-cum-mentor role

Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association has appointed former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan as the coach-cum-mentor of its senior state side for 2018-19 season.He will be the coach-cum-mentor of J&K team for a period of 1 year. Pathan played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs & 24 T20 for India b/w 2003 & 2012. He will also be holding coaching clinics in various parts of J&K for the development of the game.

DiCarlo becomes 1st female UN political chief

American diplomat Rosemary DiCarlo become the first woman to head UN political affairs. DiCarlo will replace Jeffrey Feltman, who held the post of Under-Secretary-General for political affairs since 2012. DiCarlo also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs and director for United Nations.

New Jersey declares April as Sikh Awareness

The US state of New Jersey has declared April as =Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month‘ as part of its effort to promote awareness of the faith. The resolution was adopted unanimously by both the New Jersey House of Representative and the Senate. The move would promote public awareness of the Sikh faith, recognizing important contributions of the Sikh community to US.

IM-PDS approved for implementation

A new central sector scheme namely ‘Integrated Management of Public Distribution System? has been approved for implementation during 2018-19 and 2019-20. The key objectives of the scheme are to integrate PDS systems of States/UTs with Central System, the introduction of National Portability etc. The new scheme will bring more transparency and efficiency in distribution of foodgrains.

Scientists to publish land health report

Scientists will publish the first-ever analysis of the global state of land and its ability to sustain a fast-growing human population that relies on it for 95% of all food. The report will contain the effects of unsustainable farming, mining and climate change on Earth. Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services? will publish the report.

Wang Yi promoted as State Councillor

China‘s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has been elevated to the post of State Councillor. The State Councillor, attached to the State Council, China‘s cabinet, is of a higher rank than Foreign Minister. Mr Wang will continue to retain the post of Foreign Minister.

1st unit of Kishanganga project commissioned

State-run power equipment maker has commissioned 1st unit of 110 MW of the Kishanganga hydroelectric project of NHPC in Jammu and Kashmir. Located on the river Kishanganga, a tributary of the Jhelum in Bandipora district, all the 3 units of the 340 MW project will generate 1,350 million units of electricity annually. Bhel has commissioned 31 Hydro sets with a capacity of 1,257 MW in J&K.

New fish species identified in Manipur

A new freshwater fish species have been identified in the north-eastern state of Manipur. The new fish species, ‘Pethia poiensis’, was found by a research team of Manipur University‘s life sciences department and a researcher from the Zoological Survey of India in the Challou River in Manipur. These fish species is locally known as ‘Ngakha macha’ in Manipur

NITI Aayog to release SATH-E Roadmaps

NITI Aayog will release comprehensive roadmaps and detailed timelines for its initiative ‘Sustainable Action for Trans-forming Human Capital in Education’ project at NITI Aayog. SATHE will introduce System-wide Governance Transformation in School Education. These roadmaps present customized, action-oriented programmes, outlining interventions at the individual, district and State level.

AP stands at 51st position in Poverty Index

Andhra Pradesh stands at 51st rank globally in Multidimensional Poverty Index according to a household survey conducted in the state. Andhra Pradesh becomes the first Indian state to conduct a household survey at state and district level to estimate the multidimensional poverty of the state. The study was conducted by Govt. of Andhra Pradesh in collaboration with University of Oxford, UK.

Bengal tops in rural job scheme

West Bengal has become the best performing State both in terms of allotting jobs and utilising funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. West Bengal generated more than 28.21 crore work days under the scheme so far in 2017-18 and spent more than Rs.7,335.31 crore for it. Tamil Nadu occupied the second spot with 22.17 crore work days and spent Rs.5,981.75 crore.

Coastal Berth Scheme

The Government has extended the period of Coastal Berth Scheme beyond 12th Five Year Plan i.e from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2020. The scope of the scheme has also been enlarged to cover the cost of preparation of Detail Project Report (DPR) and capital dredging at Major Ports. The Scheme provides financial assistance to Major/Non-Major Ports/ State Maritime Board/ State Governments.

MP to raise retirement age for govt employees

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh has announced raising the retirement age of state govt employees to 62 years from current 60 years.The CM cited promotion of general category employees as a reason to raise the age limit of these employees. There are about five lakh regular government employees in the state. The state already has bigger retirement age limit in case of teachers and doctors.

Kolkata bans public display of weapons

The Kolkata Police has come out with a notification banning public display of weapons in the city for the whole of 2018.
The order is effective from January 2. The notification specifies certain exemptions, but religious processions are curiously not among them.The order will not extend to persons like the President of India, governors of state and lt-governors or commissioners.

SBI Slashed IMPS Service Charges

The State Bank of India has slashed Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) charges up to 80 percent. If the users are doing an online transaction of money after selecting IMPS option, then they will have to pay 80% less charge than what they used to pay earlier. After the revision, no IMPS service charge will be imposed on online transactions under Rs. 1000.

Wipro declares Trump as potential threat

Wipro has become the first Indian business house to declare the President of the United State, Donald Trump a potential threat to business. The label comes after American President had brought in curbs to the H1-B professional visa, that is widely used by the Indian IT industry. Trump’s protectionist policies have been of great concern for IT firms.

Biodiversity Heritage Site in Manipur

Manipur government has declared Dailong village of Tamenglong district as a Biodiversity Heritage Site of the state. Dialong village covers an area of 11.35 sq km. The village has been declared as Biodiversity Heritage Site under Section 37(1) of Biological Diversity Act, 2002. The declaration was made after the recommendation of Manipur Biodiversity Board.

World’s first philosophical novel on God

Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs has unveiled a philosophical novel on God titled “Confessions of a dying mind: The blind faith of atheism. A young Indian IAS officer, Haulianlal Guite, has penned it. The book billed as “the world’s first philosophical novel for God”. The book is published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

HCL to host Asian Junior Tennis 2017.

HCL will host the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017, the most reputed tennis championship in the Asian circuit for the U/18 category in association with the Maharashtra State Lawn tennis Association. The Championship, which is the only B1 category tournament in Asia will take place from May 29 to June 3 in Pune. Players from 11 countries will participate in the tournament.

IIT-KGP signs MoU with Madhya Pradesh.

IIT Kharagpur’s Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness and MP government’s ‘Rajya Anandam Sansthan’ has signed an MoU to collaborate on the development of a Happiness Index. Happiness Index will be developed for measuring the well-being of people of the state. IIT-KGP will develop the index and analyse data collected by the state government to assess the level of happiness.

Swachh Bharat app launched

“Swachh Bharat App” has been launched in National Museum under Ministry of Culture by the Minister of State for Culture & Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma. The main focus of the app is to involve people actively to become part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The App will be monitored by the Ministry of Culture and will play an important role in cultivating the significance of cleanliness to the citizens

India to invest in world’s biggest IPO

India on May 22 sais its state refiners could become cornerstone investors in Saudi Aramco when it floats its shares next year. 3 Indian refiners were planning to build a new refining complex with a 60 million tonnes capacity a year on the country’s west coast with the help of Aramco. Aramco plans to list around 5% of its stocks on multiple exchanges and raise about $2 trillion.

Karnataka to adopt a state butterfly.

Karnataka became the second state in the country to adopt a state butterfly. Earlier Maharashtra had chosen the Blue Moron in 2015. The Southern Bird Wing has been designated as the ‘State butterfly’ of Karnataka. It is the largest butterfly in India and is endemic to south India, particularly Karnataka.

Maharashtra Day being celebrated today

Maharashtra Day is being celebrated today across the state with great joy and pride. This year, Maharashtra Day will also be celebrated as Transforming Maharashtra Day. Maharashtra is the first State in the country to have enacted the Maharashtra Aadhaar Act, 2016 making Aadhaar as the sole identifier of beneficiary for any subsidy or benefit or service.

Koradi thermal power project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 1980 MW of the Koradi super-critical thermal power project of state-run Mahagenco near Nagpur in Maharashtra to the nation. The 1980 MW capacity includes three units of 660 MW each, which are now completely operational, marking the completion of the last phase of expansion of the project.

Taare Zameen Par program

Jharkhand Police has initiated Tare Zameen Par programme to enlighten children in Naxal-affected areas in the Palamau district of Jharkhand. This programme is aimed to restore confidence in the state police force and to encourage children to lead happy lives. As a part of the programme, the state police appealed the locals to donate bags, shoes, books etc for the children.

Haryana becomes kerosene-free

Haryana has become kerosene-free as the supply of the fuel has been stopped under the Public Distribution System from April 1. With an aim to provide smoke-free and healthy environment while cooking, the state government had decided to provide free-of-cost LPG connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. As per the report of oil companies, 272949 gas connections have been made.

TN replaces ration card with smart card

Ration cards in Tamil Nadu are all set to go fully digital with. The state has launched a smart family card scheme to replace 1.89 crore cards in the state at a cost of Rs 330 crore. Consumers can continue to buy commodities at PDS outlets by using their existing ration cards till such time they received the smart cards.

Amazon acquires

Amazon has made its entry in UAE by acquiring, the Middle East’s largest online retailer., based in Dubai is the largest e-commerce platform in the Arab world offering more than 400,000 products such as consumer electronics, fashion products, and household goods.

ESIC launches mobile clinics

ESIC (Employees State Insurance Corporation) has launched mobile clinics in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, becoming the first ones in the country to do so. Each clinic will have a vehicle with a doctor, pharmacist, attendant, driver and the necessary equipment and medicines. The vehicle will visit two locations in a day for three hours each and conduct basic investigations.

Bhubaneswar to host men’s hockey World League Final 2017

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed Bhubaneswar as the venue for two of its major events the Men’s Hockey World League Final in December 2017 and the men’s World Cup in 2018. The Kalinga Stadium in the Odisha capital was confirmed as host after the state government signed a deal with FIH to sponsor the two events.

NTPC commissions 55 MW solar project at Bhadla

State-run power producer NTPC has commissioned 55 Mega Watt (MW) of Bhadla Solar Power Project in Rajasthan.
ii. With this, the installed capacity of Bhadla Solar Power project has become 260 MW and that of NTPC’s solar power projects has become 620 MW.

Union Petroleum Ministry launches MoPNG e Seva

28 : Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched MoP&NG e-Seva. It is a dedicated grievances redressal platform on Social Media for all queries and grievances relating to Oil and Gas Sector.

CCI imposes reduced penalty of Rs591 crore on Coal India for fuel supply pacts

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a reduced penalty of ` 591 crore on Coal India Ltd for fuel supply pacts. CCI asked Coal India to modify the Fuel Supply Agreements (FSAs) and also ensure that uniformity between old and new power producers as well as between private and state power producers.