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  •  Despite Rajasthan receiving 21% more rain, 12 districts still dry
    • As the third spell of the south-west monsoon has come to an end, the state has got 21% higher rain compared to 2016 till Sunday. Despite flood situation at many districts this year, 12 districts in the state have received deficit rainfall which is a matter of concern for these districts.
    • 12 districts including Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Alwar, Dausa, Jhunjhunu, Sikar and Baran have received a deficit rainfall.
    • Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh are agriculture rich districts and like Sikar and Jhunjhunu contribute to the crop of mustard and onions.
    • The district that has got highest rainfall in the state so far is Sirohi where a rainfall of 1276.93 mm 



  • Ensure oxygen in govt hospitals: Gujarat high court
  • After the Gorakhpur tragedy which claimed 68 kids in a hospital which had depleted its oxygen supply, the Gujarat high court, cautioned the state government to ensure such a situation does not arise in Gujarat.
  • In the present case, a dispute over tendering arose between A D More & Sons and Gujarat Medical Services Corporations Ltd over reduction of price by Rs1 per unit in oxygen supplied by a company. This happened after the company tried to justify the price for extending additional services in hospitals in bringing oxygen to beds of patients.




  • Maharashtra short of 45% of modern weapons it needs: Govt auditor

ðThere was a shortage of 65,026 modern weaponsin the state, accounting for 45% of the requirement by March 2015, the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for 2016 tabled in the state assembly.


ðIt also found that the supply of 1,834 weapons, accounting for 41% of the total order, were pending from the Ordnance Factory Board for periods ranging from six months to 4.5 years. And vital police equipment worth Rs 28.76 crore, including bullet-proof jackets, night vision binoculars and bomb disposal suits, which the state planned to buy, had not been procured till September 2016.


ðThe report also revealed that only 8% of the planned residential buildings including police stations could be constructed or upgraded between 2011 and 2016.



Madhya Pradesh

  • MP Cong supports Kulaste’s conspiracy theory in Gorakhpur tragedy

ðMadhya PradeshCongress on Monday supported Union minister of state Faggan Singh Kulaste's conspiracy theory in the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy that killed at least 70 children.

ðMadhya Pradesh leader of Opposition Ajay Singh said that Kulaste's statement should be taken seriously and the sabotage angle should be probed.




  • MCL exploring use of OB dump for solar power
  • Union Coal secretary Susheel Kumar said  Mahanadi Coalfield Limited has been exploring the idea to use the stabilized over burden(OB) dump to install solar panels and generate solar power.


  • He said this while responding to a question on the possibility of venturing into tapping of 2 MW solar power by MCL.


  •  Plans have been mooted to connect Sardega with Palma in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, a distance of 30 kms with railway line.





  • UGC may grant heritage status to Patna University


  • Hundred-year-old Patna University (PU) is likely to get heritage status along with a handsome grant from the University Grants Commission (UGC) soon.
  • A proposal for the purpose has been submitted to the UGC. The proposal highlights the landmark achievements of this seventh oldest university of the country and its contributions to the national freedom struggle has been submitted to the UGC.


  • Also, the Union department of posts has agreed in principle to release a special postage stamp commemorating 100 years of the university to mark its centenary celebrations likely to be held in September-October this year. 


  • The 154-year-old Patna College is not only the oldest institution of higher education in Bihar but also a mother of host of institutions, including Patna Law College, Bihar College of Engineering (now NIT-Patna) and Patna Science College. 



  • Man receives electricity bill of Rs 38 billion in Jharkhand

ðA man in Jamshedpur was in for a shock when he received an electricity bill of Rs 38 billion.

ðB R Guha was handed the non-payment of the bill by the Jharkhand Electricity Board, following which, electricity was disconnected from his home.

ðUday Scheme is a major step towards for State discom reforms but still more required to make efficient working of employees.


Uttar Pradesh


  • Farmers to get land compensation for power transmission lines


  • Farmers whose agricultural land is acquired for erecting high-tension power transmission towers will now get compensation.
  • Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission(UPERC) has recently Issued a direction in this effect.


  • Currently, only crop compensation is awarded to farmers on whose land Power transmission tower are erected.


  • However, no land compensation is awarded in the state.
    This is despite the fact that the land which is covered by the tower base of an electric tower cannot be used for any useful purpose.


  • While states such as Odisha, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Punjab, West Bengal, Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala, Jharkhand have already adopted these guidelines of the Union government, Uttar Pradesh is yet to implement the same.





  • No takers for Kailash Kher’s TV series on Uttarakhand.


  • The multi-starter television series commissioned by the previous Congress government for which singer Kailash Kher was paid around Rs 9 crore is finding no takers within various government departments of the present BJP government.


  • Made to show Uttarakhand as a safe tourist destination post the 2013 flashfloods, the series may not draw much attention now, a senior government official said.


  • Sources said that neither the state tourism department nor the disaster mitigation department was interested in owning the project. The project was, hence, passed on to the information department for clearing pending dues.


Himachal Pradesh


  • Union health minister J P Nadda holding back AIIMS project: Virbhadra Singh


  • The issue of setting up of AIIMS in Bilaspur is heating up in the approaching election season in Himachal Pradeshwith both the Congress and the BJP often taking potshots at one another over it.


  • He claimed that the state government had already provided land for the construction of the medical institute as per the requirement of the Union health ministry but for reasons unknown, it was difficult to understand why the project was being delayed.


  • Virbhadra Singh said because of the efforts put in by the present Government that Himachal had been ranked first amongst best big states in the field of education.



Andhra Pradesh


  • Andhra Pradesh cities lag behind Tier-II capitals on GDP in a big way


  • Major cities in Andhra Pradesh, including those in the capital region, contribute only 25% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state - a far cry from cities like Hyderabad and Bangalore that contribute 70% and 61% to the GDPs of their states respectively.
    An internal analysis of the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) says Vijayawada and Guntur, which fall under the capital region, contribute only 5% each to the state.


  • CRDA conducted this analysis to assert the needs of the new capital that can contribute to the economic growth of the state. According to the analysis, top capitals that contribute a lion's share of GDP to their states are Mumbai (60%), Kolkata (50%), Ahmedabad (36%) and Chennai (35%) and are also major growth engines.
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