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- Rajasthan government, HPCL ink pact to form joint venture company for Barmer refinery
- HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Limited (HRRL), state government will have 26% and HPCL will have 74% of partnership.
- With JV in place, the government is aiming to complete the construction work in four years.
- a revised MoU with HPCL for a 9 million metric tonne crude oil refinery at Barmer that would require investments of Rs 43,129 crore and produce fuels meeting BS-VI specifications.
- As per the claims made by the present government, revised deal will save the state Rs 40,000 crore with annual viability gap funding of Rs 1,123 crore for 15 years instead of Rs 3,736 crore as per the previous MoU that former CM Ashok Gehlotsigned with HPCL.
- Gujarat govt to honour 51 micro, small and medium industrialists
- Awards and assistance cheque will be given under Industrial Policy-2015 to encourage and assist micro, small and medium enterprises of the state.
- As many as 34 lakh industrialists from India have registered for Udhyog Aadhar from October-2015 to July-2017, out of which total of 3,30,101 MSME industries have received Udhyog Aadhar in Gujarat, which comprises 9.68% of India's total Udhyog Aadhar registries.
- Maharashtra statistics on OOS children flawed: Experts
- There are 78,501 out-of-school children in Maharashtra of whom 58,875 will be enrolled in schools during 2017-18, data from the latest central Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan committee's report indicates.
- Experts said these statistics were grossly under-reported and the state is not doing enough to bring theses students back to school.
- The 2011 census said there are over 4 lakh out-of-school children in the state. Of the 1,08,427 students in the state identified in 2016-17, '90% of the committed target have been enrolled in age-appropriate classes in regular schools, registered in Saral and provided special training'.
- Government pitches for open prisons
- Madhya Pradesh government is looking to set up more open jails in the state in the coming year, as they have proved to be reformatory centres.
- An open prison is a prison where the inmates are trusted to serve their sentence with minimal supervision and perimeter security, and are not locked up in prison cells. They are also allowed to live with their families and move out of the jail premises for employment.
- Maharashtra and Rajasthan have a number of open jails, and Madhya Pradesh is studying their model to introduce the same in the state.
- Generally, the convicts, who are left with one or two years of the sentence or have completed three-fourth of the punishment term of 10 years, are shifted in an open prison to help them spend the last leg of their punishment with their families. It also helps them in rehabilitation after long years of imprisonment.
- Chhattisgarh, Bengal blueprint to boost tourism in state.
- The state tourismdepartment officials met 46 prospective stakeholders to develop tourist spots in the line of Chhattisgarhand West Bengal tourism. The plan will help in increasing the number of visitors at local tourist spots like waterfalls, dams, parks and tourist information centres.
- The phase-wise development will be done on Tilaiya Dam, Hatia Dam, Maithon Dam and Kanke Dam in one category. Plans to set up tourist information centres in Madhuban, Jamshedpur, Palamu and develop spots in Chandwa, Latehar, Trikot, Deoghar, Rajmahal and Sahebganj are in the other category.
- Union Cabinet clears stalled North Koel Reservoir Project in Bihar.
- The Union Cabinet approved a proposal to complete the balance works of North Koel Reservoir Project in Bihar, stalled since 1993.
- Under the revived project, storage of water in Mandal dam to be constructed under it will be will be restricted at a lower level than envisaged earlier.
- The project is situated on the North Koel river, a tributary of Sone River. It aims to provide irrigation to 111,521 hectares of land annually.
- Smriti Irani to inaugurate Orient Craft Textile facility in Jharkhand
- Union Minister for Textile and Information & Broadcasting, Smriti Irani to inaugurate Orient Craft Textile facility at Irba near Ranchi in Jharkhand.
- The event will pave way for new investment as two projects will be inaugurated while foundation stone will be laid for 70 projects during the function.
- UP Housing & Development Board launches website as per GOI parameters.
- UP Housing & Development Board (UPHDB) has launched its new website called 'upavp.in' whose latest features will make the online payment more convenient and secure for its allottees. The website has been authorised by the Guidelines for Indian Government Website) and contains all the features which Centre mandates for every website operating in Indian domain (.in).
- The new website will offer many convenient features to the allottees like language option of both Hindi and English and also real time realization of payment in their ledger account.
- Uttarakhand Research Circle to conserve endangered ferns.
- The Uttarakhand Research Circle (URC) will start a conservation programme for selected ferns that are depleting due to over exploitation for medicines. Kalika in Ranikhet and Kaza in Nainital are going to be the first two sites where plots for their plantation will be set up.
- The Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board has listed 487 fern species under the endangered category in the book, Threatened Species of Uttarakhand.
- Smart City project: Himachal Pradesh forms special purpose vehicle.
- To implement the Smart City project in Shimla, the state government has formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV) named as Shimla Smart City Limited. The divisional commissioner Shimla will be its chairman. The state cabinet in its meeting held on August 5 had given its approval for setting up of SPV.
- The cost of Smart City proposal of Shimla is nearly Rs 2,906 crore. SPV will undertakreview of activities of the mission including budget implementation of projects, monitor quality control related matters, incorporate joint ventures and subsidiaries.
- Bio-Chest’ to augment MCT’s zero garbage initiative.
- To make better use of organic waste produced from vegetable markets in the temple city, the Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) has introduced two ‘on-site and in-vessel organic waste composters’ at the Rythu Bazaar and the Indira Priyadarshini Vegetable Market.
- The 'Bio-Chest' units, with capacity to handle 500 kg per day, can convert both dry and wet waste into compost within 21 days. This facility, officials said, would reduce the burden of shifting the organic waste to dumpyards or to centres following traditional composting practices.
- Job scam: Ex-Assam PSC chief gets bail.
- The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to former Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul who was arrested in November last year for his alleged involvement in a cash-for-jobs scam.
- As per police investigation, Paul engaged a number of persons for collecting bribe from candidates seeking government jobs through the APSC and he was taken into custody on November 4 last year.