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States Current Affairs 04.08.17
- Operation Alert’ from August 7.
- BSF will start its exercise 'Operation Alert' on the western international border adjoining Pakistan from August 7. The exercise would continue till August 20. Officers all branches of BSF will take part in the drill.
- Already, the entire western border adjoining Pakistan in J&K, Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat has been put on high alert due to Independence Day.
- Lion population roars to 650 in Gujarat forests.
- According to a recent internal lion count by the forest department in July this year, there are nearly 650-odd lions in the reserved forests and even outside the national park in Amreli, Bhavnagar and Gir-Somnath districts.
- The roaring rise of 125-odd lions in two years -- the lion population was pegged at 523 in 2015 lion census -- was revealed in the lion population counting exercise now undertaken every full moon day.
- In 2010 census, there were 411 lions. In fact, lions were categorized as 'critically endangered' in year 2000 after only 304 lions were recorded in Gujarat's Gir in 1995.
- Maharashtra moos to boost desi cow varieties.
- Maharashtra's long-time obsession with crossbred or foreign varieties of cowsis set to change to a preference for pure desi bovine varieties.
- The state government will soon start centres to conserve and increase the number of indigenous breeds of cows. Three centres have been finalised in Amravati, Pune and Palghar where indigenous varieties like the Gir, Khillari and Goulav will be purchased and housed. Besides providing the cows best-in-class nutrition and health facilities, new techniques of insemination will be attempted to boost fertility of these animals.
- Officials in the animal husbandry department said the desi cattle breeding project would be undertaken as part of the Rashtriya Gokul Mission, a centrally funded scheme in which the government will be spending Rs 15 crore.
- Officials said that they have also sent a proposal involving a technology called sorted semen for approval to the central government. In this practice, the aim is to inseminate the female cow with only such semen that has the highest chance of producing a female calf—the idea being to increase milk production in the state.
- Underground tunnels, ancient rooms excavated in MP’s Ratlam district.
- In Taal Villager of Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh, ancient tunnels and rooms were found during digging work for a mosque.
- The tunnels and two rooms of 8ft by 8 ft area, were found at a depth of at least 10 ft. The rooms seem to be over 300-years-old,
- Historians claim that Taal town is believed to be built by reclaiming land from a large pond. Taal was part of the princely state of Jaora, ruled by the Dodia chief. The princely state was ruled by the Dodia clan which holds the title 'Rawat'.
- 1271 farmers committed suicide in 30 months in Chhattisgarh: Minister
- A total of 1,271 farmers killed themselves during the last two-and-half years in Chhattisgarh, the Assembly was told.
- Maximum suicides by farmers were reported in five districts including Surajpur (198), Balodabazar (181), Balod (170), Mahasamund (153) and Balrampur (138).
- Of the total suicides, in 11 cases economic crises was the trigger, while in 17 cases it was a debt burden, as per the reply.
- The minister said the economic assistance of Rs 11,23,328 was provided in these 17 cases.
- Now, December 2019 deadline for Ganga driveway.
- The state government's ambitious Loknayak Ganga Path, popularly known as Ganga driveway, is unlikely to meet 2017 deadline due to delay in land acquisition and other issues. Senior Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited (BSRDCL) officials said the project would be completed by December 2019 as the construction firm has requested for extension of deadline.
- CM Nitish Kumar had laid the foundation stone for the 23.5km expressway project on October 11, 2013 at Digha ghat.
- Sources said the project has been facing mining and land acquisition issues. So far, the project has witnessed just 20% progress. Delay in land acquisition has turned out to be the biggest hurdle. Of 530 acres required for the project, 57 acres of private land and 93 acres of government land are under litigation.
- To meet the construction expenditure of the mega project, the government had allotted Rs 2,770 crore. After cabinet approval, Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) provided the state government a loan of Rs 2,000 crore. The rest of the fund, which amounts to Rs 1,160 crore, was raised from state resources.
- Over 37% of schools in India have no electricity,Jharkhand at bottom.
- While only 62.81% schools in the country have electricity connections, Jharkhandis at the bottom of the list with just 19% schools in the state having access to electricity. The national capital along with Chandigarh, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry top the list with 100% schools having electricity connection.
- National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) annually collects the information on various educational indicators including infrastructural facilities in schools through the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE).
- The Centre supported state governments and Union Territory administrations for creation and augmentation of infrastructure facilities including electrification in government elementary and secondary schools under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyanprogrammes. Under SSA, 1,87,248 elementary schools have been provided internal electrification up to 2016-17 and under RMSA, electricity had been provided in 12,930 secondary schools so far.
- Gorakhpur to have UP’s biggest zoological park.
- The Yogi government has raised the project size of the proposed Gorakhpur zoo, coming up in the CM's home turf. It will now have a sprawl of 212 acres, making it the biggest in Uttar Pradesh and among the big 10 zoos in the country.
- The target set for the zoo's opening is 2018 and the cost has been increased to Rs 118 crore, up from the earlier proposed Rs 88 crore.
- The zoo is likely to be re-named, for the third instance, this time after RSS and BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay, government sources said. Conceptualised in 2009 as an ambitious project by the Mayawati government, the Gorakhpur zoo, the project remained in the backburner during the previous Akhilesh government, when it got no more than Rs 5cr on an average every year. The Yogi government had revived the project almost immediately after coming to power by allocating Rs 13 crore to it on March 31.
- Akshay Kumar becomes the cleanliness ambassador of UP.
- Akshay Kumar has now joined the cleanliness campaign in UP and will promote the Swachh Bharat campaign as the state's cleanliness ambassador. Talking about the cleanliness campaign of the state government at an event in Lucknow, UP CM Yogi Adityanath announced that Akshay Kumar will be the brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat campaign.
- SC exempts hilly areas of Uttarakhand from highway liquor ban.
- In a big relief to the state government which had been grappling with protests on liquor vends shifting to residential areas following the Supreme Court’s 500-metre directive for alcohol shops located on highways, the apex court on Friday allowed nine hill districts and seven tehsils falling in hilly areas of the state to open liquor shops on highways.
- Hilly regions of the state had been witnessing continued protests since the past few months as liquor shops had started opening in residential areas following the enforcement of the 500-metre direction. This was being objected to by locals especially women who had risen in protest.
- Liquor industry insiders said that the exemption will help the state government reach its excise revenue target which has been set at Rs 2,310 crore this year. Meanwhile, liquor shop vendors while welcoming the SC directive expressed apprehension at fresh protests breaking out.
- Rs 100 crore sanctioned for 14 Himachal Pradesh tourism projects.
- Chief minister Virbhadra Singh said Rs 100 crore had been sanctioned under the Himalayan Tourist Circuit for development of 14 tourism projects in Himachal Pradesh.
- The shortlisted projects under the circuit include Rs 25 crore convention centre at Kiarighat, which aims to provide wayside amenities for visitors, construction of Rs 7 crore 'heliport' at Shimla (somewhere near Sanjauli- Dhalli bypass), Rs 4 crore each for 'Village Haat' at Kangra.
- An agreement for four ropeway projects on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis has already been signed, which includes around Rs 150 crore - Dharamshala-McLeodganj, Rs 289 crore - Adi-Himani-Chamunda, Rs 340 crore - Palchan-Rohtang and around Rs 94 crore - Bhuntar Bijli Mahadev. These ropeways would facilitate both adventure and religious tourism.
- Children forced to risk lives to reach school in Himachal Pradesh's village.
- In Mandu village of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh the children are everyday risking their lives to reach school in rainy season these days. The population of village is around 400 and the girls are worst sufferers during this season to go through slippery and rough roads to seek education.
- Government focuses on women’s health, sets up check-up camps.
- In a bid to educate and motivate women regarding early screening of diseases, the district medical and health department is conducting comprehensive medical check-up camps in rural and tribal areas. Early screening for diabetes, hypertension, gynaecological problems, thyroid and cancer will be covered under the initiative.
- Screening for diabetes and hypertension have already started under the Mahila Master Health Check-up programme by the medical and health department. Women above 30 years of age are also being educated about the symptoms and self-examination..
- Screenings are being conducted at the primary health centre (PHC) and sub-centre level. Based on the cases, the patients are to be treated at the PHC or referred to tertiary centres like King George Hospital (KGH). As part of the programme, tabs have been provided to all health workers where they can digitally store the details of the medical history of the patients since their registration as well as reports of screening.