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RAJASTHAN

  •  Rajasthan government mulls free e-mail for citizens. 
    • The proposed facility is meant for beneficiaries of the Bhamashah scheme under which the state provides various benefits and subsidies to people. 
    • People will be able to register for e-mail ID on the Rajasthan.in website where they will have to link their Bhamashah or Aadhaar identity. 
    • The state government expects that the initial deployment will host approximately 25 lakh resident mailboxes and will scale up to 2 crore over three years. 
    • The required hardware and operating system will be provided by the state-government's IT arm RajComp Info Services Limited.

 

GUJARAT

  •  Dry August pushes up power demand.
    • The power demand in the state crossed 15,000 MW-mark as electricity used by the agriculture sector continued to rise. 
    • The average demand had fallen below 10,000 MW during the last week of July when the state had heavy rains and floods. The spike in power demand is mainly driven by agriculture sector. "August has remained almost dry. Farmers are increasingly drawing power for irrigation purposes. This has led to a spurt in demand for electricity.

 

MAHARASHTRA

  •  112 emergency number to be started in Maharashtra for prompt response. 
    • The Maharashtra police will soon start an integrated emergency number '112' to reach out to people in distress or those involved in accidents promptly. 
    • Centre has already started the integrated emergency number '112' in four states. 
    • For the integrated systems, the control room of each police unit in the state will have ultramodern facilities such as giant screens having live feed of CCTV cameras on various roads and wireless sets.

 

MADHYA PRADESH 

  •  Education dept likely to form junior scientists team. 
    • The school state education department plans to prepare a team of junior scientists after recent scintillating performances of Madhya Pradesh board students in national science exhibitions. 
    • School education department will hold a special programme for schools students under which the students with scientific aptitude will be asked for innovative ideas. The department will compile the list of ideas from all the districts across the state. The best idea will be awarded by the school education department.

 

CHHATTISGARH

  •  Anjali Rajput is first woman to head police station in Naxalite-hit G’chiroli 
    • Assistant PI Anjali Rajput created history by becoming the first woman in-charge of any police station in the Naxalite-affected Gadchiroli district. 
    • She took charge of the highly sensitive Bhamragarh police station, which is considered as the gateway to the rebels' bastion of Abhujamadh, straddling between Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

 

BIHAR

  •  Bihar School Examination Board sacks 188 ‘incompetent’ staff. 
    • The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) sacked 188 ad hoc and daily wages employees from the service at the office of Bihar Intermediate Council. 
    • After the merger of the Bihar Intermediate Education Council (BIEC) with BSEB in 2007, the number of posts was reduced. The board scrutinised all the employees and found 188 of them not meeting the criteria for the post they are holding.

 

JHARKHAND

  • Third ground-breaking event in November to bring IT companies on board. 
    • Chief secretary Rajbala Verma announced the state government will host the third ground-breaking ceremony of Momentum  Jharkhand Global Investors' Summit in November to lay the foundations of as many as 50 projects. 
    • Government has set aside 68,000 sq feet space for the IT companies to begin their operations in the state. 
    • The aim of government is to get 25,000 youth employed by January 12 next year when the country celebrates National Youth Day.

 

UTTAAR PRADESH

  •  Now TB patients in UP to get daily drug regimen.
    • After implementing daily drug regimen for Tuberculosis patients in five states — Maharashtra, Bihar, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala — UP is all set to start giving a fixed dose of a combination of drugs every day to TB patients. Training for the staff for implementing the program will start from August 21 in Agra.
    • India has the highest number of both TB and MDR ((multi drug resistance) TB cases based on estimates reported in Global TB Report 2016. An estimated 1.3 lakh multi-drug resistant TB patients emerge annually in the country which includes 79,000 MDR-TB patients among notified pulmonary cases.

 

UTTARAKHAND

  •  NGT directs the Uttarakhand govt to respond on the issue of rehabilitation. 
  • National Green Tribunal has asked the state government to file its reply on rehabilitation of residents of ten hamlets which are situated inside the core areas of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve. The next hearing is due on August 31. 
  • The enraged Tribunal had refused to hear the case till the deposition of the penalty amount. However now in wake of the urgency of the situation where the residents of these hamlets are facing lot of problems, NGT has begun hearing the case on humanitarian grounds.

 

HIMACHAL PRADESH

  • Himachal Pradesh Education department asks girls to learn self-defence. 
  • In the wake of the Kotkhai minor gangrape and murder, the state education department has issued a new set of guidelines under which students, especially girls, will be trained in self-defence and educated in requisite life skills to deal with such challenges. Parents and guardians will also be sensitised about their children's safety.

 

ANDHRA PRADESH

  •  Andhra University bags 3 research projects worth Rs 1 crore.
  • The department of meteorology and oceanography of Andhra University has bagged three research projects worth of Rs 1 crore from the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Prof KVSR Prasad of the department will act as the principal investigator of these three projects.
  •  As a precursor to the satellite launch, 'airborne sensor synthetic-aperture radar for ocean studies' has been given to the Andhra University.

 

ASSAM

  • Assam seeks help; plans to dredge Brahmaputra bed.
    • Since the middle of June, the floods have wreaked havoc with 144 people killed, 2,970 villages submerged, 3.3 million people displaced and crops across 1.43 lakh hectares damaged.
    • Pointing out the scale of the devastation, Governor Purohit requested Mr. Modi to send a Central team to assess the damage.
    • Facing the worst floods in a decade, the Assam government has decided to start dredging and deepening the entire river bed of the Brahmaputra across the State from September.
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