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RAJASTHAN

  • National Award for the Bahaala Village Seva Sahakari Samiti of Alwar district. 
  • Bahaara Gram Seva Sahakari Samiti of Alwar district was selected for the National Subhash Yadav Award from the Nafscob at first place and the Co-operative Minister of Tamil Nadu honored the committee with awards at the national function organized in Chennai. 
  • Nafscob is the leading organization working for the smooth operation of the co-operative banks and district central co-operative banks and the development of cooperative credit. This is the second institution of Alwar district which has received this type of national level award. It is pride of Rajasthan for getting the award from the Bahala Grameen Seva Sahakari Samiti of all the co-operative countries of the country that performs excellent work.

GUJARAT

  •  Gujarat mulls law to prevent 'misuse of social media'
  • In a bid to restrict the "misuse of social media", the Gujarat government has planned to enact a new law, which allows authorities to take legal action against those who post "objectionable content" online.
  • ​Under new rules, police will have the power to arrest any person, who posts or forwards objectionable content. It also proposes one to three years imprisonment for such offences.There are laws such as the IT Act and the IPC Act for this but the new act will give special powers to the police.

 

MAHARASHTRA

  •  Open defecation free city short of 20k toilets.
  • There is a paucity of 20,195 toilet seats in the city even as the Centre has been emphasising on the construction of restrooms and improving the access to the facilities.
  • The disclosure was made by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Local Bodies. "The objective of containing open defecation in Mumbai was defeated as 20,195 toilet seats could not be constructed as on March 2016," the report states.
  • Last month, Mumbai was declared as an open-defecation free city (ODF) by the Quality Council of India (QCI), a Union government-affiliated agency.

 

MADHYA PRADESH

  • Liquor sale down, revenue up in Madhya Pradesh
  • ​It is the first time that liquor consumption has dropped in Madhya Pradesh and they attribute it to the 'nashamukti' awareness campaigns being run across the state. With the CM reiterating time and again that his government is pushing for "phased prohibition", anti-liquor campaigns have erupted across MP. 
  • The government is spending big money on anti-liquor awareness drives. While this may be having an effect, it's a fact that liquor is very expensive in MP — prices here are the second highest in the country, next to Karnataka. And there is the added deterrent of having your name on police files as a 'habitual drinker' — the government has made it mandatory for liquor shops to keep details of frequent customers and share it with the cops.
  • ​Since the CM first announced plans for prohibition in January, by removing all liquor shops within 5km of Narmada riverbanks, 66 
  • liquor shops have shut down and at least 50 liquor contractors have offered to surrender their licence because of public protests.

 

BIHAR 

  •  Government’s approval mandatory for new borewell
  • ​The state government is planning to introduce fresh guidelines prescribing people in urban areas to take consent for digging new borewells for extracting water in order to avoid undue pressure on groundwater table.
  • The state government has decided to hand over its own pumping stations to Jeevika, Primary Agriculture Credit Society (PACS) and private individuals. Singh said of the 9,992 pumping stations owned by the state government, only 5,090 are functional.
  •   15% green coverage target achieved: CM
  •   Chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday the state government has almost achieved its target of 15% green cover in the state by end of 2017. The CM had launched Hariyali Mission in 2011 to increase the green cover in the state.
  • ​on the occasion of Rakshabandhan to spread awareness about tree protection and environment, Nitish said after the creation of Jharkhand in November 2000, the green coverage in Bihar was reduced to just 9%.  
  • At the time of launching the Hariyali Mission, the state government had set a target of planting 24 crore saplings in the state.

  

JHARKHAND

  •  New CISCE curriculum will focus on students
  • At least 140 delegates of ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) and ISC (Indian School Certificate) schools from Bihar and Jharkhand attended the 30th regional conference of the Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate (ASISC) in Patna.
  • The theme of the event was 'Education for a happy nation.
  • The CISCE curriculum, which is applicable from the academic year 2017-18, endeavours to provide uniformity in the teaching-learning process in all schools affiliated to the council. It is child-centric and focuses on learning by doing and learning through interaction with others.
  • Notice to 80 secondary schools without UP Board affiliation in Agra.The secondary education department has issued notices to more than 80 schools in the district for operating without affiliation of the UP Board that conducts high school and Intermediate examinations.A majority of these schools are located in rural areas but more than one dozen of them are also operating in the city areas.
  • In the notice, all these schools have been asked to present affiliation certificates within three days.The secondary department has been issuing notices since July 20 but so far, none of these institutions has provided the required documents.

 

UTTARAKHAND

  •  Reply in 2 weeks on stray menace: Uttarakhand high court to government.
  • Uttarakhand high court while hearing a petition on stray dog menace across the state on Wednesday asked the state government to file its reply on the issue within two weeks.
  • The petitioner also alleged non-availability of medicines in government hospitals in cases of dog bite.The stray dog menace is particularly rampant in Nainital where residents have taken to arming themselves with sticks, canes, slings and even air guns.

 

 HIMACHAL PRADESH

  • No proposal from Himachal Pradesh for food processing industries: Union minister
  • No proposal has been received from Himachal Pradesh for the sanction of food processing industries under Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode.
  • Project proposals of 1 Mega Food Parks; 12 Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure and 1 Food Testing Laboratories have been received from Himachal Pradesh for providing the financial assistance under the Schemes of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries

 

ANDHRA PRADESH

 

  • Govt. readies policy for youth.
  • The State government has readied the Youth Policy-2017 with an aim to address the needs and aspirations of youth in the age group of 15 to 34.
  • There were 186 lakh youth in the age group in 2016.Though the policy has been readied a couple of months ago, the government hasn’t announced it as it is yet to finalise the unemployment allowance.
  • The government has studied the policies in Karnataka, Odisha, and Kerala. Also, it has taken the youth development index in countries such as Germany, Denmark, Australia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Japan.
  • The youth policy is aimed at creating a groundswell of enthusiasm and motivation, giving rise to a strong and prosperous generation of youth.
  • The focus areas will be education, entrepreneurship and innovation, and employment and skill development. Participation in politics and governance, sports and recreation, community service and social justice are a few other areas.

 

ASSAM

  • Assam to veto partial withdrawal of AFSPA.
  • ​Assam has told the ministry of home affairs (MHA) that it will not recommend withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) of 1958 from a few areas, at least till August 31, because of the possibility of subversive activities by the anti-talks Ulfa (Independent) faction. On the other hand, Arunachal Pradesh is considering endorsing pulling out of the Act. 
  • Under the provisions of the Act, the governor of a state or administrator of an union territory or the Centre can declare an area as 'disturbed' and can deploy armed forces for civilian aid.
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