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States Current Affairs 07.08.17RAJASTHAN
37 lakh students lacking Aadhaar may miss meals.
- A letter from the union human resource development ministry to the Rajasthan chief secretary says 42% students in the state have enrolled for Aadhaar; August 31 is the deadline for enrolment for a unique identification number, generated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
- The HRD ministry has asked the chief secretary to achieve 100% Aadhaar enrolment. The ministry has sought response on Aadhaar enrolment from chief secretaries of 16 states and union territories.
- In a notification on February 28, the Centre made Aadhaar compulsory for availing of benefits, such as midday meals, by students (aged 6 to 14) of elementary schools. At that time, children and parents were given time till 30 June to get Aadhaar numbers. The Supreme Court is yet to give the final verdict on making Aadhaar mandatory.
- Mid day meal is a central government scheme that aims to provide some nutrition to students in government schools, special training centres and madrasas supported under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. The programme has been allocated Rs 10,000 crore in the 2017-18 union budget, an increase of Rs 300 crore over the previous budget.
- Himachal Pradesh topped the drive with 80% enrolments out of 14,25,780 students, Nagaland has achieved 15% enrolment, and the National Capital Territory of Delhi 79%.
Edge of the seat Rajya Sabha contest likely in Gujarat on 8th August.
- After weeks of dramatic political developments, Gujarat looks set for an on the edge of seat contest in the Rajya Sabha elections.
- It is after a gap of about two decades that a contest is happening in Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, where official nominees of major parties used to get elected unopposed, after the BJP fielded a Congress rebel against Patel, who is seeking a fifth term.
Mughals are a lost chapter in the Maharashtra board's textbooks.
- They may have given us the Taj Mahal, Urdu language, and a terrific cuisine, but the Mughals are not considered worthy enough by the Maharashtra State Education Board to be included in history textbooks for school students.
- The board has, this academic year, come out with revised textbooks for Std VII and IX, focusing mainly on the Maratha Empire founded by warrior king Shivaji. The Std VII textbook has expunged chapters from the previous edition on the Mughals, and the Muslim rulers in India before the Mughals such as Razia Sultana and Muhammad bin Tuqhlaq.
- The revised version makes no mention of the monuments built by these rulers, such as the Taj Mahal, the Qutub Minaar, and the Red Fort. The revised history textbook for Std IX mentions the Bofors scam and the Emergency of 1975-1977.
Dhar fort Survey of encroachments around Dhar fort was based on oral probe, HC told
- The survey of the encroachments around the Dhar fort was based on oral inspection, Dhar district administration told the Indore bench of Madhya Pradeshhigh court on Monday, during the final arguments seeking removal of all the encroachments around the fort.
- The PIL, filed by Dhar Qila Sanrakshan Abhiyan NagrikSamiti through advocate Parasmal Jain, was heard finally by the division bench of Justice PK Jaiswal and Justice Ved Prakash Sharma. They have reserved the judgment on the petition.
- The petitioner had raised an objection to the survey report submitted by the Dhar administration. It stated on record that merely ten out of 379 constructions, within the area of 300 metres from the protected monument, were built after 1999, when the fort was declared as a protected monument.
- The state government through its notification dated March 10, 1999 had declared the area up to 300 metres radius from the fort as prohibited and regulated, thereby commissioning that no new construction can come up within a radius of 300 metres of the Dhar fort.
Chhattisgarh: Security personnel accused of 'molesting' schoolgirl at Raksha Bandhan event
- The authorities here have ordered an inquiry into a recent incident, in which security personnel allegedly molested the girl students of a state-run residential school during a cultural programme held ahead of Raksha Bandhan in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district.
- The district administration has constituted a five-member panel to look into the allegation and the police too have launched a probe after lodging a case in this regard.
Be generous in allocating funds, Nitish Kumar tells Centre
- Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said a sum of Rs 50 crore is not enough for strengthening subordinate judiciary in a state like Bihar and asked Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to show more generosity in allocating funds since he also belongs to the state.
- The CM was addressing a function organized to launch the Centre's One scheme.
- Pointing towards the increasing size of Bihar's annual budget from Rs25,000-26,000 crore when he took over as CM in 2005 to Rs1.4 lakh crore this fiscal, Nitish said, "An allocation of Rs50 or Rs60 crore will not serve the purpose."
- Nitish also said he was not demanding funds for strengthening higher judiciary, whose requirements were being taken care of from the state funds. The state government recently sanctioned Rs169 crore for expansion of Patna high court buildings.
Palamu reserve brings captive sambars to increase tiger prey base
- The Palamu Tiger Reserve (PTR) authority has brought 16 sambars from Ranchi’s Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park, popularly known as Birsa Zoo, to increase the prey base for the big cats in Jharkhand’s lone tiger den.
- However, food, public distribution and consumer affairs minister Saryu Rai has raised objection over shifting.
- Now, the authorities have decided to increase the population of sambar in the reserve so that fodder could be provided to the tiger.
- This was not the first case where zoo animals were shifted to wild in Jharkhand. In 2013, Hazaribag sanctuary had brought deer and sambar from the Birsa zoo.
NTPC to buy out UP govt stake in Meja power JV.
- Country's largest power producer National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) is looking to take over Uttar Pradesh government's 50% equity in the 1,320 mega watt (MW) Meja power project as it seeks to lower the cost of electricity in the state and bring about greater efficiency.
- Meja Utpadan Nigam is a 50:50 JV between NTPC and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam.
- Meja, which is near Allahabad, NTPC had tied up a Rs 6,600 crore loan for the project from Power Finance Corporation, which is to be used to refinance costlier loan from a consortium of banks and financial institutions. With a lower interest burden and more efficient operations, the government is hoping that the cost of power will come down, helping the state utility also become more efficient.
- Uttar Pradesh government has started steps to terminate power purchase agreements with companies that were seen to be supplying electricity at a higher cost. Yogi Adityanath government in pulled the plug on projects aggregating 7,000MW capacity , which were yet to take off.Meja was incorporated in 2008 but is yet to be commissioned.
25% land to be handed over to Uttarakhand: UP irrigation min
- Commenting on the long-pending issue of distribution of assets between Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, UP irrigation minister Dharampal Singh said that the issue has been resolved and Uttar Pradesh is ready to give 25% of unused land to Uttarakhand and 37 minor canals have also been handed over to the hill state.
- The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to give 25% of 800 hectares in Haridwar district to Uttarakhand. Also around 900 hectares is being used by both the states but the control is still with Uttar Pradesh.
- Around 37 minor canals have been handed over to Uttarakhand for regulation and maintenance purposes. Most of these canals flow from Haridwar to Kanpur. Though the water control will remain with Uttar Pradesh, sufficient water will be released for Uttarakhand farmers, he said.
- Meanwhile, the UP irrigation department has decided to operate the upper Ganga canal with full capacity
Himachal promoting organic farming in a big way
- A Rs 321 crore project is under implementation in Himachal for diversification of agricultural activities under which the farmers are being motivated to adopt organic farming and grow cash crops, an official said.
- The project, being implemented in five districts of the State, has yielded good results and a large number of farmers have come forward to switch over to organic farming and go for off season cash crops cultivation as the state emerges as a front runner in organic farming, an official spokesman here said.
- Nearly 22,000 hectare has been brought under organic farming and 40,000 farmers have got themselves registered under the scheme.
- A target of bringing 2,000 hectare of additional land under organic farming has been set while 200 bio villages have already been set up in the state.
- The state government has announced first, second and third prizes of Rs 3 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs one lakh respectively for the progressive farmers adopting organic farming.
- As Sericulture' is an important component in promoting organic farming, the state government is giving special impetus to vermi-compost production in large scale and the farmers are being provided 50 per cent subsidy for installing vermi-compost unit and 1.50 lakh such units have been established in the state so far.
- A target of setting up 20,000 more such units had been fixed to ensure adequate availability of vermi-compost to the farmers.
Centre approves State’s proposal for electronics cluster in Chittoor district.
- The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has approved the State government’s proposal to set up a Greenfield Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) at Vikruthamala village in Chittoor district. The EMC will be developed over 501.40 acre at a cost of 339.80 crore. The proposed EMC is expected to generate nearly one lakh jobs.
- The Andhra Pradesh Information Technology, Electronics and Communications Department has received the confirmation letter from the Central government. The project is strategically located in the State bordering Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, which together account for major share of electronic production in the country. For example, Sripermbudur in T.N., an electronic cluster, is around two and half hours by road from the site.
Experts hold different views on Brahmaputra study
- Experts here hold different views on the August 1 announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that an amount of Rs 100 crore would be sanctioned to study the Brahmaputra, covering all its aspects, including its ‘inter-state and international ramifications’.
- Former Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University Dr Nirmal Kumar Choudhury, who is also an engineering expert, described the announcement “as a great opportunity.” He maintained there should be an intensive study on the Brahmaputra flood and erosion.
- A team should be formed with leading experts of the country, and if required, they should seek advice and suggestions from their counterparts in other countries, where such problems have been solved
Saraighat bridges declared ‘no selfie zone’.
- With a view to preventing mishaps and ensuring hassle-free movement of traffic, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration today declared the new and old Saraighat bridges as ‘protected area’ and also as ‘no parking zone’ and ‘no selfie zone’.
- Commuters will henceforth not be able to stop their vehicles on the new and old Saraighat bridges and they have also been prohibited from clicking selfie on the bridges.
- Violation of the order issued would be punishable by fines of up to Rs 10,000. The order has come into force with immediate effect and will remain in place till modified or changed.