States Current Affairs 09.08.17
Govt schools in Kota city to get smart classes
- The Kota Smart City Limited (KSCL) — formed by the Kota Municipal Corporation and Kota district administration — has sought a list of government schools from the education department for starting smart classes in Kota City.
- There are proposals to develop smart classes in government secondary (up to class 10) and government senior secondary (up to class 12) like in private schools.
- Certainly e-learning is the latest technique to educate school children through the audio visual technique using projectors, which is an effective medium of education nowadays.
- Kota is among the four cities in Rajasthan — others are Jaipur, Udaipur and Ajmer — which has been selected under the centre’s Smart City project.
Centre refuses to release funds for student hostels as state govt fails to submit documents.
- The Centre has refused to release central assistance to Rajasthan for SC, ST and OBC student hostels sanctioned in the year 2014-15, as the state government failed to submit proper documents to the Centre.
- In a reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, minister of state for social justice and empowerment, Vijay Sampla pointed that the proposal for five boys' hostel for SC were sent incomplete and hence funds were not sanctioned by the ministry.
- The ministry of tribal affairs for construction of five ST boys' hostels was incomplete and could not be sanctioned as the same was not accompanied by Utilization Certificates (UCs) and physical progress reports in respect of hostels sanctioned by the said Ministry earlier.
Gujarat tops in penalizing meat sellers.
- Gujarat tops the country in fining meat and meat products sellers and slaughterhouses, according to records of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The food safety agency data shows that penalties worth Rs1,66,81,000 were imposed upon misbranded or adulterated food samples including meat and meat products in Gujarat in the year 2016-17.
- In 2016-17, meat and meat products sellers and slaughterhouses in the country were fined a total of Rs4,49,43,648 of which 37.11% was collected from those in Gujarat. This is followed by Tamil Nadu where offenders shelled out fines worth Rs78,98,500.
- According to the figures of Union agriculture and animal husbandry ministry, Gujarat has 11 slaughterhouses with FSSAI registration which come under the jurisdiction local civic bodies. There are no slaughterhouses in Gujarat with central or state licences.
Dawn of cruise tourism in India’ inaugurated in Mumbai.
- The dawn of cruise tourism in India’ was inaugurated in Mumbai.
- There is the launch of three reports, “Mumbai Port SoP’s for cruise operations”, “Road map for Sea cruise tourism” and “Cruise terminals in India”
- Mumbai Port and Ministry of shipping to host cruise vessels in the country is revealed to a worldwide audience at the event.
Madhya Pradesh houses world's oldest rock art: Experts.
- The petroglyph rock art at Daraki-Chattan (hillock) near Bhanpura in the Mandsaur district, Madhya Pradesh, is the "world's oldest rock art" and is almost 2 to 5 lakh years' old, according to experts.
- The successful expedition from November 2 to 23 this year for securing scientific dates for the world's earliest rock art was led by Rock Art Society of India Secretary General Professor Giriraj Kumar along with Australian scientist Robert G Bednarik.
111 farmers committed suicide in last one-and-half year: Govt
- The Chhattisgarh government on Tuesday informed the state legislative assembly that 111 farmers have committed suicide during the last one-and-half year in the state.
- The reply further said, family disputes, excess liquor consumption, frustrated over ailments and unknown reasons were the reasons behind the suicide.
Bihar records 10.2% GDP growth rate in 2016-17
- The 6.57% growth rate registered in the agriculture and allied sectors has jacked up the overall gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of the state to 10.2%, calculated on the basis of 2011-12 constant prices, during 2016-17 fiscal.
- The state GDP growth rate during 2015-16 was slightly over 7%, with 4.33% in agriculture and allied sectors. The GDP growth rate calculated on current prices is 14.82% pertaining to 2016-17 fiscal.
- Pertaining to the 2016-17 fiscal, the GDP growth rate of Madhya Pradesh is highest in the country, followed by that of Andhra Pradesh and Bihar nearly equal.
- The shares of the three different sectors in the state's GDP in 2016-17 are 23% of the primary sector (agriculture and allied sectors), 17% of the secondary sector (industry), and 60% of the tertiary sector (services, trade, communication and tourism, among others).
Samurai Tele To be State Hockey Brand Ambassador.
- Veteran hockey player Samurai Tete will be brand ambassador of Hockey in Jharkhand. She will also be given responsibility of training State level players, said CM Raghubar Das while felicitating the Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement 2016 nominee. Tete has given her nod to the proposal.
NHRC 'Open Hearing and Camp' in Lucknow from Wednesday.
- The National Human Rights Commission will be holding its three day 'Open Hearing and Camp Sitting' for the cases of human rights violations and related grievances of the people of Uttar Pradesh at Yojana Bhawan in Lucknow from August 9 to 11, 2017. In addition to the fresh complaints received in response to the public notices, the Commission has also decided to take up some of the cases of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes victims already under consideration.
- The matters relating to atrocities on scheduled castes, improper implementation of welfare schemes of Central and State Government for Scheduled Castes, non-registration of FIR, grabbing of land of Scheduled Castes by upper class people, non-issue of caste certificates etc will come for hearing before four benches. Complainants as well as the concerned authorities have been asked to remain present at the time of hearing of the cases.
France’s Chamonix and Uttarakhand’s Chamoli to club hands to promote each other.
- Chamonix in France and Chamoli in Joshimath not only resemble in their names but also in topography. The Uttarakhand tourism has come up with a concept which would help the two cities in promoting each other.
- According to state tourism minister, Satpal Maharaj, Chamonix Cluster Mountain Forum (CCMF), which is an expert body in skiing and eco-tourism in France, will help Uttarakhand tourism department in building a ropeway, most probably a double decker ropeway with glass bottom.
- The tourism sector is going through a complete overhaul owing to which a new policy and new logo is also being created.
Offenders told to plant 4,770 trees for felling 477
- Taking cognizance of the illegal felling of 477 trees in Tara Devi temple area of Shimla, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the concerned people to plant 4,770 trees, besides paying Rs 1.16 crore as compensation for damages. Tribunal has directed the principal chief conservator of forest, Himachal Pradesh, to ensure the compliance of direction without delay and default. It also barred the seller and the purchaser of the land from raising any construction upon the land and reserved it only for the purposes of afforestation.
- Both the seller and the purchaser are the beneficiary of the illegal and unauthorized felling of trees which has caused immense adverse impact on the environment and ecology of the area.
63 labs to 'tinker' with learning to come up in Telangana & AP schools.
- Students in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will soon have a dedicated space to push the bar on innovation with 63 tinkering laboratories coming up in several schools as part of the Atal Innovation Mission.
- Realising the need to create scientific temper and cultivate the spirit of curiosity among young minds, the Atal tinkering labs (ATL) will sow seeds of innovation in students of classes 6 to 12.
- Niti Aayog, the Union government's think-tank, will establish laboratories to give students a chance to work with tools and equipment to understand various aspects of science, technology, engineering and math.
- As per the latest list released by Niti Aayog, so far 941 schools across the country have been selected to set up these labs of which 30 are from Telangana and 33 from AP.
Forest Dept’s bid to preserve wetlands at Jonai.
- Observing the gradual destruction of forest cover and consequent degradation of bird habitat, the Dhemaji territorial forest division has taken steps to preserve the wetlands in Jonai and their scientific management.
- The Dhemaji forest division has identified a vast area wetland at Rayang-Bijoypur area as suitable habitat for local aquatic birds. Located at located 9 km south-west from Jonai town, the wetland with numerous water bodies is known as fish breeding site and many winter migratory birds come to this site every year.
- The forest officials have already conducted hydrological survey with GPS on the wetlands at Rayang-Bijoypur area.
Entire Assam declared as disturbed area under AFSPA for another month.
- The Union Home Ministry declared entire Assam state as a disturbed area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for one more month.
- The Home Ministry also declared 20 km belt along Meghalaya’s border areas adjoining Assam and three districts in Arunachal Pradesh.
- The AFSPA continuing in Assam since November 1990. In 2016, there were 75 incidents of violence reported in Assam.