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States Current Affairs 10.08.17


BJP MP from Ajmer & former Union minister Sanwar Lal Jat passes away.

  • BJP's Member of Parliament from Ajmer and former Union   minister Prof Sanwar Lal Jat passed away in New Delhi today. He was 62.
  • Prof Sanwar Lal Jat was member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly for five terms. He also served as Minister in the Rajasthan Government thrice.
  • In 2014, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Ajmer. He served as Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation till July last year.

BSF to man Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan with infrared fencing

  • Border Security Force (BSF) is all geared up for keeping a vigil along vast swathes of the desert terrain along the Indo-Pak border here in Rajasthan with infrared fencing for detecting any intrusions. 
  • The surveillance will not be left to these high resolution infrared sensors and alarms but would rather be appendaged with mobile and manual patrol and traditional surveillance from the Border Observation Pillars and posts as well for a multi-tier vigil.
  • In addition to the infrared or the IR fencing,, the troops will be equipped with other cutting edge surveillance gadgets as well as per the officials. 
  • Latest technology would also relay the information to the nearest post for a rapid action using a satellite-based signal transmission system. The infrared sensors would be operable both at night and in fog as well.

Open’ shelter homes to be set up in Gujarat.

  • The Gujarat State Child Protection Society (GSCPS) has planned to start three 'open' shelter homes of children — one each in Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara. They are expected to provide an alternative living space for children living on footpaths, railway stations and bus depots.
  •  Gujarat has about 125 observation homes and other facilities, both in government and NGO sectors.
  • The concept of 'open shelter home' is a bit different. Children here will be allowed to come and go at will


  • Maharashtra state to raise $270 m from Green Climate Fund
  • The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG) will help the Maharashtra Government raise $270 million for the Green Climate Fund, which will be invested in integrated watershed programs

Such as Jalyukt Shivar Yojana.

  • It is hosted by the International Finance Corporation and is a public-private-civil society collaboration for water resources reform
  • In developing economics.
  • The main aim is to close the gap between water demand and supply by the year 2030.

Madhya Pradesh

Crisis looms large as water table dips in 40% wells across Madhya Pradesh.

  • 40% of the wells across Madhya Pradesh are drying up. Coupled with a patchy monsoon, it may wreak havoc in the summer of 2018.
  • MP relies mainly on rainfall for natural recharge of groundwater. The worrying thing is that despite 19% surplus rainfall in 2016, groundwater levels have declined. The pre-monsoon report of Central Groundwater Authority (CGWA) shows a drop in four in every 10 wells. The report analysed data during May 2017 as it gives an insight into the groundwater levels ahead of monsoon, when they are deepest, said S C Singh of CGWA.
  • Bhopal is caught in the same trend. This is alarming because large parts of the city, like Kolar, face water shortages any way.
  • According to the report, 39.33% wells in MP show a drop in water levels. A whopping 31.67 % have dropped by up to 2 metres, 3.99 % between 2 and 4 metres and 3.67% wells have seen water levels decline by over 4m (13.12feet).


NTPC seeks advice to surrender 2 coal mines in Chhattisgarh.

  • State-owned NTPC has sought the advice of consultancy arm of Coal India, CMPDIL, to surrender its two coal blocks as the mines were discovered to be economically and technically unviable.
  • The Banai and Bhalumuda coal blocks in Chhattisgarh are adjacent to each other and facing difficulty in dumping of overburden as the area surrounding the blocks is coal bearing, an official said.
  • NTPC has been allocated eight coal blocks including Banai, Bhalumuda and Mandakini-B by the Centre.
  • Banhardih block, allocated earlier to Jharkhand Urja Utpadan Nigam, is now being assigned to Patratu Vidyut Utapadan Nigam (PVUNL), a JV company between NTPC and Jharkhand government


Bihar has maximum 'stressed' bridges on National Highways.

  • Bihar has the maximum number of "distressed structures" including bridges and elevated stretches out of the total 147 identified on National Highways by the road transport ministry. According to official data, 112 of these are minor bridges, 11 are elevated stretches and the rest are major bridges.
  • Bihar 40 such structures followed by 27 in Meghalaya, mostly in South Garo Hills. Maharashtra has 14 such structures on the NHs.
  • The actual number of such structures would be much more considering the fact that the survey done by the road transport ministry covered only the ones falling in NH corridor.


Jharkhand eyes Singapore education model for skill development.

  • The state government is all set to take a leaf out of Singapore's education model for providing skill development training to the youth.
  • The state higher and technical education department on Monday hinted that it is mulling a revision of courses at the graduation and university levels and draw up specific curricula aimed at job-oriented skill development training.
  • "In Singapore, out of the total students enrolling for university courses, 25% opt for university education. Roughly, 25% go for polytechnic education and nearly 40% for skill development," Ajay Kumar Singh, secretary of the state higher and technical education said at an awards function organized by Assocham at a city hotel.
  • Singh said with Jharkhand's growth rate standing currently at 8.6%, the state needs to produce more skilled labour to power industrial growth. "For that to happen, our education system needs to change," he added.
  • With roughly 1.05 crore of the state's 3.5 crore population aged between 18 years and 35 years, the department stressed on the need to produce more employment in the manufacturing and service sectors. Using the platform, the department called on the state's corporate houses to participate in the training process.
  • In its preliminary model, the department is contemplating designing job-oriented curricula at the university level. Trained people, namely those from the industrial units and corporate houses, will be roped in as teachers, who in turn will be able to provide hands-on training to the students. The courses will also have a six-month internship period for the students, who will be sent to different industrial units for apprenticeship.
  • In another effort to boost skill development, Singh said the department will be inking a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Singapore-based institute for opening a mega skill development centre in the state in the coming days.

Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh Government has launched Namami Gange Jagriti Yatra.

  • An awareness drive along banks of Ganga River to maintain cleanliness. The campaign was flagged off by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from the state capital in Lucknow.
  • The drive has been organised by Uttar Pradesh Homeguard volunteers to spread awareness in 25 districts situated on the banks of river Ganga for  maintaining the cleanliness and ever-flowing nature of the river. It will pass through 108 blocks of 25 districts of UP from Bijnore to Ballia along Ganga covering around 1,025 kms


On lines of Mann ki baat, Uttarakhand CM starts video conferencing with students.

  •  On lines of PM Narendra Modi's "Mann ki Baat," chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat  started a video conferencing session with school goers hailing from different parts of the state. In a first of its kind initiative in Uttarkahand, the CM heard the problems of students, took their views on different issues and shared details of work being done by the government to create a better state.
  • The students fired a volley of questions at the CM, which includes efforts to help girls, infrastructure development, generating employment, works done by the state government and its achievements in the last four months. The session was attended by over 2,500 students, who had an interaction with the CM through 201 centres across the state.

Himachal Pradesh

HP CM Virbhadra Singh honours cricketer Sushma Verma.

  • Himachal Pradeshchief minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday honoured wicket-keeper of the Indian women cricket team Sushma Vermawith a cash award of Rs 5 lakh and a job of DSP for her exploits in the ICC Women's World Cup.
  • Hailing from village Himri in Shimla (Rural) assembly constituency represented by Virbhadra, Sushma said she was grateful to the CM for giving her cash prize and offering her the job of DSP.

Andhra Pradesh

Chandrababu Naidu inaugurates tribal festival at Araku in governor's presence. 

  •  Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naiduinaugurated the tribal festival Adivasi Utsavalu at Araku in Visakhapatnam district on Tuesday. The festival coincides with the World Tribal Day. 
  • The Governor urged the government to promote tourism in the region. He advised the government to set up nature cure centre at Araku. Narasimhan also exhorted the Tribals to educate their children.
  • The CM further said that the government will promote Araku as a tourism spot under eco-tourism circuit and to develop it under public-private partnership. He also said he will concentrate more on medical and education facilities in the area while developing it as a model tourism by restoring its culture.


150 families evicted from Namphai reserve forest.

  • The forest department evicted 150 families and cleared about 25 hectares of illegally occupied land at the Namphai reserve forest under Digboi forest division in Tinsukia.
  • According to forest officials, most of the evicted people were new settlers who had come from the flood-hit Laika-Dodhia forest villages situated inside the Dibru-Saikhowa national park. The same group had earlier been evicted from the Tarani reserve forest, officials added. The Namphai reserve forest, spread over 2117.4 hectares, has been a prime target of encroachers over the years.
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