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States Current Affairs 02.09.17
- Bhamashah is Aadhar of Rajasthan, Confusion rules
- The state government's order making it mandatory for citizens to have Bhamashah cards to claim birth, death and marriage certificates remained on paper on day one as there was complete confusion among authorities on how to execute it.
- Beginning September 1, the applications for birth, death and marriage certificates should compulsorily mention an applicant's Bhamashah card number. The need to furnish Bhamashah card number has been added to the existing condition of submitting the Aadhaar card number.
- Until now the Bhamashah card, a pet project of chief minister Vasundhara Raje, was meant for below poverty line (BPL) families that availed benefits of different welfare schemes of the state government.
- There was utter confusion among authorities on how to issue any of the three certificates to people from other states who moved to Rajasthan recently and did not have Bhamashah cards. To get a Bhamashah card, one has to furnish Aadhaar number and an address proof, preferably a ration card. The Bhamashah card is a family card and is issued in the name of a woman who can be considered as the head of the family.
- President Ram Nath Kovind to visit Gujarat on September 4 to launch projects
- President Ram Nath Kovind visit Jasdan town of Rajkot district on September 4 to launch some projects and attend various programs.
- This is for the first time when our country’s president is coming to Rajkot to attend a government program.
- He will lay the foundation stone for the second phase of work for the link-4 of the SAUNI project at a place near the temple.
- HC stays information panel's order on query over judges' flats
- The Bombay high court on Friday stayed state information commissioner Ajay Kumar Jain's order directing the high court administration to supply copies of application made by HC judges for allotment of plots or flats from the government as part of a society.
- There was no rule that obligated the HC administration to maintain any such record and that they don't have the record. The bench asked the lawyer for the applicant under which rule was the HC required to maintain the records.
- Uma Bharti's tweet reveals row over Ken-Betwa river linkage project
- The clash between Madhya Pradesh government and the union ministry over finance, execution and sharing of water from Ken-Betwa river linkage project apparently resurfaced .
- Uma Bharti had in 2016 threatened to go on a hunger strike if concerns for tigers and vultures come in the way of linking two rivers that will benefit millions of people in central India. At that time the project to link the Ken and Betwa rivers was stuck due to concerns that it will impact the habitats of tigers and vultures.
- The Rs 17,000 crore project to interlink the Ken and Betwa rivers, both originating in Madhya Pradesh and flowing into Uttar Pradesh, has got all the clearances. Now this project is stuck over a dispute on sharing of water between the two states.
- Once allocation of water is finalised, 27 villages of MP will have to be shifted in the first phase of the river-linking project. The project has been in the pipeline since 1982 when the government set up National Water Development Agency (NWDA) to carry out water balance and feasibility studies for river linking. It, however, got its first major push under then PM Vajpayee's tenure.
- Chhattisgarh IAS officer to be CMD of mineral giant NMDC
- N Baijendra Kumar, a senior IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre, will soon take over as Chairman-Cum-Managing Director (CMD) of mineral giant National Mineral Development Corporation(NMDC), a public enterprise with Navratna status.
- An IAS officer of 1985 batch, Baijendra Kumar is at present posted as Additional chief secretary with charge of industries and power besides serving as ACS to chief minister.
- Kumar had served important positions during undivided Madhya Pradesh and later in Chhattisgarh and also held important positions during central deputation, including as administrator of All India Institute of Medical sciences.
- NMDC has major mining operations in Chhattisgarh in Bailadila area in tribal Bastar region where the mineral giant is also setting up a 3 million tonnes per annum ( MTPA) steel plant at Nagarnar near Jagdalpur in Bastar district.
- Government to improve sports facilities in state: Sushil Modi
- Altogether 294 national and nine international level athletes from state were honoured at 'Khel Samman Samaroh 2017', jointly organised by the state youth, art and culture department and Bihar State Sports Authority at Pataliputra Sports Complex.
- Addressing the function, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said the government has planned several measures to improve sports facilities in the state and support the athletes. "The budget for Khel Samman Samaroh has been increased from Rs 30 lakh earlier to Rs 2 crore now," Modi said.
- He added when Jharkhand and Bihar were one state, most of the athletes were from Jharkhand region as they used to receive financial help from the industrialists there.
- Adding the government has allotted 91 acres of land for construction of an international cricket stadium and a sports academy at Rajgir.
- TB drive to be launched in Jharkhand by IMA
- To trace and treat Tuberculosis cases, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) would launch a statewide programme in the first week of september.
- Under the programme , IMA members would find the patient,diagnose and treat them for free.
- The doctors would not only trace and treat the TB patient, but also upload their details on government portal www.Nikahay.com
- MDRTB (Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis) has now become a concern in Jharkhand.
- The National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to Jharkhand government over death of 52 infants due to reported malnutrition in 30 days at Jamshedpur's Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGM) hospital.
- The NHRC has also asked the union health ministry to take immediate action by way of issuance of suitable directions to all the states and UTs so that due to any negligence, such tragic deaths do not take place in any hospital in the country.
- NHRC had recently taken cognizance of two similar incidents including death of 60 children at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh and death of four infants at Ambedkar hospital in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
- UP plans tie-up with Guj to boost Krishna tourism
- Uttar Pradesh government may enter into collaboration with Gujarat to develop a 'Krishna Tourism Circuit' that will boost religious tourism in both states. Addressing journalists at the inaugural ceremony of Travel and Tourism Fair-2017, UP tourism minister Rita Bahuguna shared details of the plan which will be implemented as part of the Union government's Swadesh Darshan Scheme.
- Through this collaboration, sites in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat which have mythological significance for Krishna devotees will be mapped for visiting travellers, the UP minister said. Some such places are Mathura, Vrindavan and even Dwarka.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiatives in Gujarat with the state government's signature tourism festival, Rann Utsav, had boosted tourism in the state.
- Uttarakhand posts Rs 22 crore loss from power thefts in financial year 2016-17
- Once a power surplus state, Uttarakhand has suffered a line loss of more than 18% costing over Rs 22 Crore in financial year 2016-17.
- Line loss amounts to waste or theft of power against amount of electricity produced and transmitted to consumers across the state.
- Maximum line loss took place in Uttarkashi district with 36.68% followed by Roorkee (Urban) with 36.42%. The lowest line loss was reported in Haridwar with 4.40%.
- The main reason behind the loss is stealing of power from low tension lines and other vulnerable spots. People sometimes provide connections from their home illegally in exchange of money.
- Installation of insulated areal bunch conductors could help stop power thefts and squads can also be deployed in various areas to check illegal connections on a regular basis.
- Himachal Pradesh mulls over pre-primary school classes
- Himachal Pradeshgovernment is mulling starting pre-primary school classes for tiny tots to help them grasp lessons in primary classes.
- Virbhadra said that such an initiative could be taken in all districts by starting pre-primary classes in schools near the district headquarters. He lauded the efforts for starting 'PRERNA', an initiative to improve quality education during his regime. It aims at improving the learning level of students in reading, writing and numeracy skills of primary schools children from Class I-V. He also appreciated the 'PARYAS', an initiative to improve science and mathematics learning from Classes VI-VIII.
- UK to help Andhra Pradesh get energy calculator
- The APTransco on Wednesday organised a workshop to develop a comprehensive state-level energy calculator for Andhra Pradesh, the first such sub-national model of its kind in the world.
- The Andhra Pradesh State Energy Calculator, 2050, is an IT-enabled web tool developed by ICF, a well-known international consultancy firm. The tool is backed by a detailed, open-source excel model, which offers user-friendly graphic representations of the energy demand and supply scenarios for the state.
- First time in 27 years: State govt extends Afspa in Assam
- For the first time in 27 years since the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was promulgated in the state, the state government, and not the Centre, extended the term of the Act for six months from September 1.
- The ministry of home affairs which had tagged the entire state as disturbed area for promulgating the controversial Act on November 27, 1990 at the height of militancy spearheaded by Ulfa made the last extension of the enforcement of the Act on August 3, till August 31 before deciding not to take any decision on the matter in future as the situation in the state did not warrant it.
- Though the Act is in force in the entire state, the Army has been gradually withdrawn from some districts as the situation improved. In these districts, the Army has been replaced with central paramilitary organisations (CPO).