States Current Affairs - 05.08.17
108 ambulance service gets 65% fake calls a month.
- The integrated emergency response service or “Jeevan Vahini” in Rajasthan that provides the 108 and 104 ambulance services, gets 65% fake calls every month, an official said.
- Presently there are 645 emergency 108 ambulances, 586 Janani Express or 104 ambulances meant for ferrying pregnant women to health centers and 192 base ambulances in the state. After an emergency call, an ambulance now takes almost 22 minutes to reach an urban area and 25 minutes for a rural place.
- Apart from free ambulance, the 104 service also offers free medical consultation, complaint registration, suggestions, information dissemination and other similar services.
- By latest, One hundred new ambulances will be added to the 108 emergency medical service in Rajasthan as a replacement for old vehicles.
- Emergency response services in Rajasthan is implemented by a joint-venture between the GVK EMRI (Emergency Management and Research Institute) and state government.
High-speed internet, open online courses on govt’s plan.
- The state higher education department has outlined an information and communication technology (ICT) strategy to achieve reforms goals for its Vision 2020.
- The vision plan, with objective of making the state’s colleges future-ready, has been approved by the government, a plan document released by the government.
- Under the ICT strategy, the department has outlined projects to introduce e-governance in colleges, high-speed internet connectivity of 4mbps and a large number of open online courses among others and aims to implement them before the end of the academic year.
- Creating of a single database of students and faculties, single gateway for issuing of documents and certificates, and availability of digital contents and curriculum are some the projects included under the plan.
- This will enhance the e-learning habits in the students and option to opt for massive open online courses (MOOC) will be given to students.
- Besides, digital classrooms will be developed in 44 government girls’ colleges with the help of corporate social responsibility projects.
- Government colleges will also be registered with the National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content and will have access to more than 97,000 e-books and 8,000 e-journals.
- Besides, the plan document states that smart science labs will be set up at seven selected government colleges at divisional headquarters.
- The state government has sanctioned 2.5 crore in the 2017-17 budget for implementing the vision plan.
Gujarat ranks third in number of honour killings
- The state reported 30 cases of honour killings in three years, the third highest number in the country. If the figures are adjusted for population, Gujarat ranks fourth in the country in honour killings per crore population, between 2014 and 2016.
- The so-called model state lags just behind comparatively the underdeveloped states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, which had 148 and 39 cases of honour killing respectively, between 2014 and 2016.
- Gujarat is far ahead of Haryana, which has a particularly regressive image due to existence of khap panchayats there. Haryana reported six cases of honour killing between 2014 and 2016, and is far behind the PM's home state when figures are adjusted for population.
- These figures are alarming especially as the state recently witnessed a spate of incidents of 'shame killings' as perpetrators believed the victim would bring shame or dishonour to them.
Maharashtra Government to launch My plant app to create database on Tree Plantation.
- The Maharashtra Government to launch My Plant app to create a database on tree plantation.
- The app would be helpful in recording the tree plantations in the street.
- Earlier The forest department had planned to plant four crores samplings through public participation between July.
MP: Polling booths to display criminal records, assets details of nominees.
- The voters will be able to see details like criminal records, assets and liabilities of contestants at every polling booth in the local bodies polls of 37 local bodies in Madhya Pradesh, slated for August 11.
- Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission (SEC) has issued a circular here, directing the officials engaged in the election process, to display the affidavit of the contestant vying for the post of president or the corporator in the ensuing polls, a public relations department officer said.
- The official said the decision was taken as voters have the right to know the details which the candidates have filed in the affidavits during the election process.
- Madhya Pradesh is the second state after Maharashtra to adopt this practice.
Chhattisgarh IPS officer sends daughter to government school.
- Following the footsteps of Balrampur collector and Jashpur legislator, now an IPS officer sends his daughter to a government school in state capital.
- Breaking the belief that government schools lag much behind private schools in quality education, the IPS officer D Ravishankar took initiative and got his daughter's admission at Shanti Nagar Government School in Class 2.
- It was initiated by Balrampur collector Awanish Sharan first who had sent his daughter to a government school after her tenure at Aaganwadi. Later, Jashpur's Pathalgaon legislator Shivhsankar Sai also got his son's admission at a government school.
Aadhaar mandatory for prisoners in Patna jails.
- All prisoners, whether under trial or convicted and lodged in Patna jails would now have to present their Aadhaar number to the jail administrations mandatorily.
- Those inmates who do not have Aadhaar numbers for any reason , would get it within ten days, that too within the four walls of the prisons.
- Unique identity number was necessary to control incidents of crime as there were instances of persons with criminal history recorded in a police station managing to get no objection certificate from other police stations.
Anti-conversion bill set to rock monsoon session.
- After courting controversy by introducing the CNT and SPT Amendment Act in the monsoon session the previous year, the state cabinet has invited fresh trouble by approving the draft of the Jharkhand Religious Freedom Bill-2017, likely to be introduced in the monsoon session this year.
- Opposition protests against the draft bill may well lead to a washout of the forthcoming monsoon session.
- The ghar wapsi programme (a move launched by a section of Right-wing groups to motivate converted persons to return to Hinduism) had been excluded from the ambit of the draft anti-conversion bill, as per opposition said.
In UP, smartphones, cash prizes for men who gift toilets on Raksha Bandhan.
- In an attempt to discourage open defecation among residents, several districts in the state have come up with a scheme to motivate men to gift toilets to their sisters this Raksha Bandhan. The idea is pioneered by Amethi chief development officer Apurva Dubey, who says that over 850 men have already signed up for the initiative.
- A letter-writing competition for women also organized. They will address these letters to their brothers and will narrate their ordeal of defecating in the open. The best writers will be awarded and their letters will be read out in a public function.
1109 industrial units along Ganga creating maximum pollution of river.
- Responding to a query raised in the Lok Sabha the minister of state for water resources, river development & Ganga rejuvenation Sanjeev Balyan said that as per data collected by the Central Pollution Control Board(CPCB) for the year 2016-17, 1109 industrial units were found to be creating maximum pollution of the river.
- "Periodic inspection of these units is being conducted and suitable action taken against offenders under the Environment Preservation Act, 1986 and Water (Prevention and control of pollution) Act, 1974," the minister said.
- Uttarakhand has been allotted a total amount of Rs 81.44 crore under the Namami Gange mission from 2014 till now.
Himachal Pradesh govt to survey carrying capacities of areas near Rohtang.
- Amid a tough stand taken by the National Green Tribunal on the issue of pollution caused by unregulated tourism activity in ecologically sensitive Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradeshgovernment has decided to undertake a survey through a consultant for working out physical, ecological, social and economic carrying capacities of areas from Vashisht, near Manali, to Rohtang Pass and from there to Khoksar in Lahaul-Spiti district, including their catchment area and influence zones.
- The tribunal in an order on August 19 last year had directed the state government to conduct a survey and submit a report to it on the carrying capacity of areas beyond Vashisht and Rohtang Pass and up to Khoksar.
- The study will also suggest as to what regulatory steps can be taken to prevent construction on roads or on those immediately adjacent to these.
Union Government to Develop Green Airports in Andhra Pradesh.
- Union Government launched green airports, two airports in Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati and Vijayawada are going to go completely green.
- Airport Authority of India (AAI) commenced installation of the 1MegaWatt solar power plant at Tirupathi and Vijayawada Airports.
The basic capacity of installed solar power plants at 29 airports/locations with a total capacity of 12.84 MWp
State’s first ‘digital anganwadi’ opened.
- HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao inaugurated a ‘digital anganwadi centre’, a first in the State, at Nerellavalasa village in Bheemunipatnam constituency.
- The construction of the building and setting up a pre-school digital classroom were taken up with the 3 lakh provided by the Telugu Association of North America (TANA).
- TANA had already contributed 3 crore and was prepared to extend another 2 crore. Of the 3 crore spent so far, 1 crore was allocated to Visakhapatnam district alone. The amount was being spent on construction of 7,000 anganwadi centres and setting up of pre-school digital classrooms. Burial grounds would also be developed. The government allocated 17% of the budget to education. Digital classrooms would be set up in all schools and anganwadis, and the State would be converted into ‘digital AP’.