States Current Affairs 25.08.17Rajasthan government to encourage use of mud idols
- The department of local bodies (DLB) has issued directions to all district collectors to encourage people to use mud idols, instead of those made by Plaster of Paris (PoP), during the approaching Ganesh Chaturthi and Navratri festivals.
- The DLB directive refers to National Green Tribunal's order that says mud idols should be used instead of PoP to save environment. It is estimated that there would be 10,000 idols of Lord Ganesh made of plaster of Paris (POP) on the streets of the city during the festival that begins August-end.
- Nearly two years ago, (NGT) had asked Rajasthan to comply with Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) guidelines on idol immersion. It also ordered for immediate seizure and destruction of all idols made of (PoP) and other non-biodegradable idols.
Uttar Pradesh stops assemblies at school, Gujarat doesn't.
- In an effort to prevent the spread of swine flu, the Uttar Pradesh government issued a circular halting the morning assemblies at schools, but Gujarat has learnt no lesson from this. The state education department has set up 'Arogya Senani' and 'Bal Sena' to spread awareness about swine flu.
- Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, education minister, said that it is up to the health department to take a decision on swine flu
- Meanwhile, some schools have started taking precautions to curb swine flu spread themselves
26% rise in crime cases between 2011 and 2015 in Maharashtra: CAG
- The number of crime cases in Maharashtra had increased by 26% from 3,35,124 in 2011 to 4,23,180 in 2015. The number of cases pending investigation also increased from 33% to 38% during 2011 to 2016, according to the Comptroller and Auditor General's report for 2016.
- The CAG report was based on the reports of "Crimes in Maharashtra" prepared by the state CID. It found that the percentage of crimes in the four categories of rape, kidnapping and abduction, robbery and assault on women had increased by 186% during 2015 over 2011.
Scanty rainfall in 40 districts puts Madhya Pradesh BJP in a tizzy.
- Alarmed over deficient rainfall in the state, BJP has asked the government to conduct a survey of affected districts and take early action to save farmers from the impending drought-like situation. Leaders claimed that of the total 51 districts, 40 districts have been affected due to scanty rainfall, where crops have been damaged in the last fortnight.
- Sources said that the government will review drought situation in all districts and initiate relief measures.
NHRC issues notice to Chhattisgarh govt over deaths of newborns due to 'disruption in supply of oxygen' at govt hospital.
- The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to Chhattisgarh government over death of four newborns at the government-run Ambedkar Hospital in Raipur, Chhattisgarh on Sunday night allegedly due to disruption in the supply of oxygen.
- The Commission has asked the state government to send a detailed report in four weeks.
- The Commission is of the opinion that suitable effective measures are required to be taken to address such problems. There is a need for issuance of suitable instructions to all the government run and private hospitals to ensure that such lapses do not occur.
Bihar moots new drainage plan to tackle floodwaters.
- Chief minister Nitish Kumar said the state government would make a comprehensive drainage plan to drain out floodwaters fast and reduce the impact of the floods, which caused 26 more deaths as the toll mounted to 367 in the state on Wednesday.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to make an aerial survey of the worst flood-hit Purnia, Katihar, Kishanganj and Araria districts on S The CM said the restoration and repair work on roads, bridges and culverts damaged in the floods would be taken up on a war footing and power supply would also be restored soon.
Assembly ratifies GST Bill after JMM ruckus.
- The Jharkhand assembly on Thursday tabled and passed the State Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017, unanimously through a voice vote. Jharkhand became the fourth state after Telaengana, Bihar and Rajasthan to clear the bill, paving the way for GST being rolled out nationally on July 1.
- The state government convened a special one-day session of the assembly in which the ruling BJP made all efforts to get the support of the opposition and was successful in getting the bill passed unanimously.
Meerut has highest swine flu mortality rate.
- Meerut has the highest mortality rate in the state for swine flu cases. Out of the total 120 patients who tested positive in Meerut this season, 17 have died.
- In Lucknow,10 patients out of 1035 and in Kanpur, 4 out of 30 patients died of swine flu.
- Lucknow being the state capital, it is getting maximum patients as many families come here to live and earn. This can be a reason why the number of patients is high.
- With the weatherman predicting rain in the coming days doctors said people should take precaution to keep infection at bay.
10,430 family related cases pending in Uttarakhand courts
- Over 10,000 cases related to family matters are pending in various courts in the state till March 31, 2017.
- The hill state apart from the lower courts has seven family courts operating to expedite 8,577 cases till March 31, this year. In December, 2014, total number of cases pending in family courts of the state stood at 7,360, which increased to 7,690 in December 2015 and number swelled to 8,431 in December 2016.
- The maximum number of pendency is in Dehradun district with 2,848 followed by Haridwar at 2,212.
- Total pendency across the state is around 2.33 lakh in which the Uttarakhand high court has 32,190 cases pending and the lower courts is yet to hear 1.99 lakh cases.
Himachal Pradesh government waives Rs 14 crores tax of two gold refinery units
- Decision of Congress government in Himachal Pradesh to give tax waiver of around Rs 14.11 crore to the two Gold Refinery units has courted controversy with leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal raising the issue in state assembly on Thursday. Dhumal said that on one side government claims of having no money to pay for dearness allowance and interim relief installments of employees and is taking Rs 800 crore loan for this while on the other side due tax of Rs 14 crore was waived off just to benefit two people.
45% of Hyderabad electoral rolls revised using geo-tagging method.
- Ahead of the 2019 elections, the Telangana government has embarked on a massive exercise of putting electoral rolls through the 'geo-tagging' process. So far, authorities have completed 45% of intensive revision of electoral rolls (IRER) in Hyderabad.
- As part of the exercise, enumerators will now accompany the booth-level officer (BLO) to households and enter data into tablets. Earlier, electoral verification was done manually with officials visiting households and noting down details.
Assam forest dept deploys excavators to evict illegal encroachers.
- Assam forest department deployed 20 elephants and excavators to evict 1400 families that have been encroaching upon Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary on the northeastern fringe of Guwahat. The sanctuary is spread over 78.64 sq km.
- As a precautionary measure against possible protest by the encroachers, a huge contingent of police, forest and security forces personnel have also deployed at Batahghuli area of the sanctuary where the eviction process has started.
- A forest department official said that so far there has been no protest from people and the eviction drive is likely to continue for at least five days.