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RAJASTHAN

  •  Jhalawar district collector gets world education award. 
  • In the category of innovation in the public sector, Sri Lankan Education Minister V. S. Radhakrishnan was honored with World Education Award in World Education Conference, 2017, New Delhi. 
  • In the 10th World Education Conference, Jhalawar has been given the award for innovation in government sector through e-Knowledge Center, Shri V. S. Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Education, Sri Lanka, gave this award to Jhalawar Collector Dr. Jitendra Kumar Soni. 
  • It may be mentioned that the e-knowledge center was launched by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on July 21, 2016. This innovation was also included in the book New Beginning by the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on the Civil Service Day 2017. For this innovation, in February 2017 Telangana Government had awarded the Leadership Award for this innovative initiative to the Jhalawar District Collector in a program organized by the Telangana Government in Hyderabad. District collector Dr. Jitendra Kumar Soni has described the e-knowledge center as revolutionary step for the promotion of digital literacy and information technology in rural, backward and remote tribal areas.

 Now, 100 schools in Rajasthan renamed after martyrs.

  • The state education department has completed a century of schools named after martyrs. The naming process introduced in 2016 has reached 100 schools with the naming of a school after Shaheed Chandram in Nagaur last month. Chandram attained martyrdom in 2016 while fighting terrorist in Jammu and Kashmir region. 
  • The state has targeted to cover all the war heroes of 1965, 1971 and 1999 along with those who attained martyrdom during proxy wars. 
  • Either a school in the native village of the martyr or the one close to their village should be chosen for the purpose. Maximum renaming of schools has been done in the Shekhawati region where youths have a special interest in the armed forces.  
  • The scheme is also open for police officers who have shown the highest degree of courage while on duty. The State has around 68,500 government schools. The renaming process has been old in the state; however, the BJP-led government has formed a policy to make it regular.

  

GUJARAT

  •  Amit Shah quits as Gujarat MLA 
  • BJP national president Amit Shah on Wednesday resigned as Gujarat MLA after he was elected to the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Mr. Shah was first elected to the State Assembly in 1996 and since then he remained a member till his election to the Upper House of Parliament.
  • Mr. Shah submitted his resignation to Speaker Ramanlal Vora.
  • CM Vijay Rupani to open Rs 100 crore hospital
  • Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani will inaugurate Tricolour Hospitals on Tuesday. 
  • The hospital is a new venture of the team of doctors who had started Baroda Heart Institute and Research Centre in the city around 18 years back as Gujarat's first super speciality cardiac centre. 
  • The hospital has been set up with an investment of Rs 100 crore.

 

MAHARASHTRA

  • Cash-strapped’ Maharashtra govt. yet to recover ₹1 lakh crore in tax arrears
  • The State government, while searching for avenues to bring in more revenue, has done little to recover taxes and arrears amounting to over ₹1 lakh crore. Pointing this out, the CAG report criticised the government for slow progress in recovering tax es and arrears. The report mentions that lack of efforts in developing a recovery module has affected rate of recovery, resulting in pending cases piling up and recovery figures shrinking further.
  • The report said arrears to be recovered by the government in 2015-16 is ₹2,03,607.23 crore, while it was ₹1,72,405.93 crore in 2014-15. Actual recoveries in 2015-16 was ₹3,262.29 crore, which is less than the ₹3,679.46 crore recovered in the previous fiscal year. It also found that adjustments of arrears has increased in 2015-16 to ₹92,841.69 crore from ₹50,272.07 crore in 2014-15. 

 

MADHYA PRADESH

  • Garlic appeal challenged in High court
  • ​A writ appeal that challenged an order to let garlic farmers sell their produce through commission agents was challenged before the Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court.  
  • The appeal sought to quash the order passed by high court single bench, ruling that garlic can be considered a vegetable for the purpose of sale and can be sold through commissioning agents or through government markets.
  • The sale of garlic through agents had been disputed since the past ten years after the state government's order in 2007 banning agents from selling the spice.

 

CHHATISGARH 

  • Septuagenarian couple to tie knot in Chhattisgarh's Jashpur district.
  • A unique wedding in Chhattisgarh's Jashpur district is awaited on August 16 when a septuagenarian couple would tie nuptial knot, with the whole village witness to the grand celebration. The couple decided to convert their brief friendship into marriage as their spouses are no more, children are married off and they are spending life in loneliness. 
  • The elderly couple has been dependent on the pension for their livelihood. 
  • They shared their plan with sarpanch who readily agreed and complemented with financial aid.

 

BIHAR

  •  Bihar Minister asks media to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai.
  • Bihar Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vinod Kumar Singh asked journalists to chant Bharat Mata ki Jai at a party function in patna but later expressed regret over his utterances. 
  • CM Nitish announces eye banks in all medical colleges in Bihar to expedite donation.
  • Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said eye banks would be set up in all the medical college hospitals of the state as well as at capital-based Rajendranagar Super Speciality Eye Hospital by the end of December 2017 to facilitate and expedite eye donation campaign across the state. 
  • Speaking at a social event organised by Dadhichi Dehdan Samiti (DDS) on the occasion of International Organ Donation Day, the CM also announced to donate his eyes and urged the DDS office-bearers to get the necessary form for eye donation filled up by him. 
  • Recalling the works done by his government for rejuvenating health-care system during his second stint as CM in 2005-06, Nitish said the new government would work with similar vigour to improve medi-care system at government run hospitals across the state.
  • CM also said that the state government has planned to launch a special campaign against child marriage and dowry system from October 2.

 

 JHARKHAND

  • Wrestler Vishal Kumar Verma electrocuted at water-logged Ranchi stadium.
  • A 25-year old national-level wrestler Vishal Kumar Verma died after being electrocuted in a stadium in Ranchi, capital of Jharkhand.
  • Verma had represented Jharkhand state at various championships since 2005 and had stood at fourth position in senior national level competition this year.
  • The incident happened at Jaipal Singh stadium in Ranchi where the office of the Jharkhand State Wrestling Association (JSWA) is located.
  • The indoor stadium was built in 1978 and was said to be waterlogged due to heavy rains for the last few weeks.

  

UTTAR PRADESH 

  •  India’s 1st aviation varsity to be inaugurated in UP on August 18
  • ​The country’s first aviation university at Fursatganj in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district is all set for inauguration on August 18.
  • The central university has been planned as an autonomous body under the administrative control of the ministry of civil aviation with an aim to facilitate and promote aviation studies, teaching, training and research. 
  • Air Vice Marshal (retired) Nalin Tandon has been appointed as the vice-chancellor.
  • The university is planning the launch of its flagship programme in 2018 at its campus in Fursatganj. A number of management development programmes have also been planned
  • The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Bill, 2013 had received the assent of the President of India and published in the Gazette of India on September 19, 2013. About 26.35 acres of land available with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, an autonomous flying training institute under the central government, was identified for setting up of the RGNAU in its first phase (2013-14 to 2018- 19).
  • DM awarded by UP CM for making Bijnor open defecation free district.
  • District magistrate Jagat Raj has been bestowed with Rs 50,000 and a letter of appreciation by chief minister Yogi Adityanath for his efforts to make Bijnor "almost open defecation free" (ODF) district.
  • The chief minister has decided to felicitate those officials who play a key role in making the campaign to make UP open defecation free successful.

  

UTTRAKHAND

  •   Uttarakhand blind footballers aim for international glory 
  • The Uttarakhand football team for the blind won the All India Invitational Blind Football (IIBF) tournament in Kerala in May, defeating seven other teams to bring the trophy home. The team achieved this with a partially sighted goalkeeper although the rules stipulate that the goalkeeper can be a normal sighted person.
  • This success is not only a triumph for a sport overshadowed by cricket in India but also a victory of the human spirit, where a bunch of boys fought accident, disability and sometimes poverty to prove a point, not just to themselves but the world at large.

  

HIMACHAL PRADESH

  •    Himachal Pradesh landslide: Death toll reaches 46.
  •  Around 50 people are feared to be killed by the massive landslide that struck Kotrupi area under Urla panchayat of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday wee hours. Huge chunk of debris sliding down the hill washed away two HRTC buses, some other vehicles and few houses besides around 250 meters stretch of Pathankot-Mandi national highway. Till the filing of this report 46 bodies were recovered while five injured were shifted to hospital.  
  • The teams of NDRF, Army, Police and Home Guards have been deployed in the operation. Sources said that during the rescue operation, bodies recovered from headless and amputated.

  

ANDHRA PRADESH

  •  More elephants in Andhra Pradesh, but state lags in south: Census 
  • ​An elephant census released by the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change recently revealed that Andhra Pradesh has 65 elephants.
  • The total number of elephants in the country stood at 27,000 which shows stability from the last census conducted in 2012. Though the number of elephants increased from 41 in 2012 census to 65 in AP in 2017, the figures are were among the lowest in the south. Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, AP and Maharashtra were kept under southern region. The highest Number of elephants was reported in Karnataka (6,049). 
  • Assam occupied the second spot with 5,719 elephants. Tamil Nadu has 2,761 elephants whereas Kerala has 3,054. The least number of elephants for the southern region was from Maharashtra (6).

  

ASSAM

  •  NGT directs Assam to improve sensor barriers in Kaziranga.  
  • Concerned over death of animals in road accidents near the Kaziranga National Park, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Assam government to improve sensor-operated automated traffic barriers installed in the animal corridor. 
  • The Assam government told the green panel that it would go through the suggestions made by the Wildlife Institute of India (WWI) on sensor barriers and incorporate them after due consultation. The tribunal had earlier rapped the Assam government for the death of several animals in road accidents near the park and directed it to ensure their safety, especially during monsoons. 
  • The green panel was earlier informed by the Sarbananda Sonowal government that it has issued 1,010 challans on National Highway-37 that passes along the southern boundaries of the Kaziranga park for over-speeding and over-loading till July 10. 
  • The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by wildlife activist Rohit Choudhury opposing the widening of NH-37 which passes from Jakhalabandha to Bokakhat along the reserve.
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