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  • State Level Independence Day Function - Chief Minister announced several important announcements of the Rajasthan Contact Helpline '181'. 
  • Mrs Raje inaugurated the Rajasthan Contact Helpline '181' as an innovative initiative to overcome the problems and problems of public and in a time-bound manner. 

  • The State Government has given good governance to people with full sensitivity and accountability with the Rajasthan Contact Portal. 

  • Through this helpline, immediate solution can be achieved of delaying the formation of government documents, problems related to roads, electricity and water. 

  • 2% interest subsidy in cooperative farmer welfare scheme 

  • Annapurna scheme now in all urban areas of the state

Annapurna Kitchen Scheme is currently being operated in 12 cities of the state. Now it is being started through 500 smart food vans in all urban areas of the state. In this scheme, the needy people are being given food for 5 rupees and food is given at 8 rupees.

  • The third phase of rural pride path (Grameen Gaurav Path) will be built - 2000 cc roads

Construction of 2,000 cement pucca roads and milling links will be started from November 2017 at the cost of approximately Rs. 1,200 crores in the third phase of Grameen Gaurav Path. In the coming year, spending approximately Rs. 1,500 crores will be followed by rural village path work in remaining village panchayats.



  •  Record 1 million pledge to save Gujarat’s pride 
  • In one of the biggest widllife conservation awarness programme, nearly 10 lakh people, mostly school children, marched through their respective villages in four districts of Saurashtra and took a pledge to work for conservation of Asiatic lions till their last breath. 

  • On the occasion of World Lions Day, students of nearly 5,000 schools in Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Amreli and Gir-Somnath districts, not only took the conservation pledge but also spread awareness about the importance of lions and Gir. The event made its way into the Asia Book of Records and the forest department has also approached the Guinness Book of World Records for most number of people taking a pledge for saving lions simultenously at multiple locations.



  •  Maharashtra Government Launches 'Namo Yuva Rojgar Kendra.
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis  launched Namo Yuva Rojgar Kendra an initiative providing job opportunities to unemployed youth in Mumbai.  
  • There are various schemes like farmers weekly market, farmers mobile market and mother’s tiffin, under this Yuva Rojgar Kendra and Mumbaikars can get fresh and healthy food, as well as farm, produce procured directly from farmers. 
  • This app was also launched by the Chief Minister. BJP’s state president Raosaheb Danve, Mumbai president Ashish Shelar, Agriculture minister for state Sadabhau Khot were present on the occasion.



  • Petroleum products will not be brought under GST: MP Fin Min

  • The Madhya Pradesh government here today made it clear that petroleum products will not be brought under the ambit of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

  • "The total commercial revenue that we get from petroleum products is about 35 per cent of the total tax (commercial) that government collects.

  •  "Therefore, it is difficult for us to bring it under the GST as we need funds for running the government, development and to fulfill our social obligations," state finance minister, Jayant Mallaiya told reporters.
  • However, the minister, who admitted that the rate of tax (VAT and entry tax) on petroleum products in the state is on the higher side also gave a justification for it.
  • "States like Gujarat and Maharashtra get sufficient revenue from industrial production, but it was not the case with Madhya Pradesh as industrial activities are less here. Therefore, for earning enough funds (revenue) we have to levy tax on petroleum products

  •  The minister said in 2016-17, a total of Rs 29,500 crore commercial tax was collected in the state which means an increase of 14.5 per cent per year.
  • Madhya Pradesh will get lot of benefit with this new tax regime because it is located centrally. It will also result in enhancement of business activities especially stocking and transportation of goods," he said.



  •  Soil, water and air contaminated with heavy metals in these Chhattisgarh villages


  • A report called "Poisoned" on water, air and soil pollution in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh released recently highlights a severe pollution crisis in the region with levels of several carcinogenic heavy metals in air, water and soil not meeting standards. This is probably the first time environmental parameters in this region are being monitored, say authors of the study. No town or city in Chhattisgarh is being monitored under the National Air Quality Index (NAQI) programme of the Centre.
  • Villagers are now demanding that Chhattisgarh government immediately initiate continuous monitoring of emissions and health data, apprehend the polluters and take remediation measures.
  • Water and air samples collected from five villages—Kosampali, Dongamahua, Kodkel, Kunjemera and Regaon were also found to be contaminated with high levels of cadmium, chromium, manganese, selenium and others. In air, levels of manganese in a couple of villages for example exceeded health guidelines by 1.75 to 2.48 times, levels of arsenic again in samples from two villages exceeded environment ministry's annual standard by 1.36 to 1.75 times.



  • Government bid to improve infrastructure in schools
  • Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC) has asked the district education officers (DEOs) and district programme officers (DPOs) under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to update the list of primary schools running without a building.
  • According to a Unified-District Information System for Educational (U-DISE) report released in September 2016, altogether 7,007 primary schools are functioning without a building in the state. The report also mentioned that buildings of 1,006 schools are under construction and funds have been sanctioned for construction of 66 other school buildings. Altogether 9,016 primary schools in Bihar, on the other hand, are in dire straits as they are functioning without proper infrastructure.



  • Jharkhand State Bar Council bars 8,500 lawyers from practise.
  • Jharkhand State Bar Council (JSBC) on Monday declared 8,500 lawyers as non-practising advocates and stripped them of their rights and privileges provided by the Bar Council of India.

  • The list, issued by JSBC secretary Rajesh Pandey to the district bar association, under Rule 20 of the Bar Council of India Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules, named a total of 1,456 lawyers from Ranchi alone. Around 27,000 lawyers had got enrolled for practising law in the state.

  • The aim of the letter is to find out the number of people who are practising law or have joined any other profession or have left practise for other reasons.



  • Centre sanctions research centre in Gorakhpur
  • The Centre announced a regional medical research centre in Gorakhpur following the high number of encephalitis deaths at the city’s BRD medical college. The Centre also sent a team of specialists to study the reasons for the spread of the disease in the region and facilities provided to the patients.

  • It was on CM’s advice that the Japanese Encephalitis vaccination was included in the national vaccination programme. The aim was to check deaths in the region, Nadda said.



  • Rescue operations continue in Uttarakhand
  • Three days after a cloudburst triggered a flash flood in Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district, rescue operations are still underway, officials said.

  • Inclement weather and tough terrain in Malpa was hampering the operation, they said.
  • The officials feared the death toll might rise. So far 17 persons have died and more than 30, including a JCO (Junior Commissioned Officer) and five army troopers remain missing.
  • The state government has pressed a chopper into service and it is stationed at Pithoragarh.

  • In 1998, a similar calamity had struck Malpa on August 17. A cloudburst lead to collapse of an entire hill on this route, killing more than 250 persons, including five dozen Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims, ITBP and police personnel and others.



  • Geologists find increase in rainfall pattern responsible for landslides
  • Geologists researching on Himalyan region say that the main reasons for increase in landslides in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are the increased rainfall after 2010, existence of weak rocks, sudden cloudbursts and increase in human population on slopes.
  • Around 50 people died and many were left injured in a massive landslide on Mandi-Pathankot National Highway at Kotrupi village in Himachal Pradesh late on Saturday night. Two Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation buses, apart from some private vehicles were hit by boulders and debris in the landslide.



  • Activists seek integrated action plan for uplift of tribal population
  • The World Adivasis Day is being observed on August 9 and the Integrated Tribal Development Agency(ITDA) is planning huge celebrations in north-coastal Andhra region. ITDA officials are gearing up for chief minister Chandrababu Naidu's visit to the Agency areas and make the event a big success. Many new undertakings in convergence with NREGS are being planned to mark the occasion, while projects such as road-laying and introduction of coffee and horticulture vegetable plantations are being lined up.

  • The World Adivasis Day has garnered a lot of attention from various quarters and yet, tribals continue to be getting a short shrift and their culture not being preserved. 

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