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States Current Affairs 26.08.17

PETA calls on Rajasthan Government to keep tonga races banned.
  • Under pressure from a minor section of the society with vested interest in using horses for tonga races, the Rajasthan government has approached the High Court of Rajasthan at Jodhpur in a review petition to lift the current ban on cruel tonga races in Nagaur. As a result, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India shot off an urgent letter to not to support tonga races.
  • On 6th January 2016, the High Court of Rajasthan had banned tonga races following a study report submitted by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) - a statutory body constituted under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, and overseen by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.


AMC, GU tie up for insect research to fight malaria.

  • Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gujarat University for research into life of insects (entomological study). The campaign is in line with the state government's ambitious campaign, 'Malaria-free Gujarat by 2022'.
  • The research will focus on three broad aspects — understand the pattern of virus and infections; species of mosquito prevalent in the city; and the effectiveness of measures taken by the AMC against vector-borne diseases.
  • This apart, the research will also try to understand the effectiveness of chemicals used in insecticides used for indoor residual spraying and fogging.


Maharashtra bans photos of bureaucrats in govt advertisements, warns of action.

  • The Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government on Thursday banned use of photographs of bureaucrats in government advertisements. An order issued by the urban development department led by the CM stated that in quite a large number of advertisements of government schemes and projects released by the state government, photographs of bureaucrats are published, which is not acceptable.

Madhya Pradesh

Digital Madhya Pradesh will be decorated by Mp.mygov and CM dashboard.

  • The Madhya Pradesh government is going to launch two innovative initiatives to keep citizens directly from the development related issues and plans for monitoring. One of these citizens will be useful to communicate directly to development related issues and through the second, plans of the government will be monitored at a higher level.

Mp.mygov portal

  • The mp.mygov portal is being started by the Public Service Agency to communicate with the citizens. The main purpose of the portal is to make the result-oriented schemes with the involvement of subject-specialists and their views with the citizens in socio-economic development of the state. On the portal, many departmental activities will be implemented with the help of 'Dil Se', 'Ao Mill Baanche Madhya Pradesh', 'Hanuvantiya Jal Mahotsav' with the citizens.

CM Dashboard

  • There will also be a launch of CM Dashboard for continuous and systematic review of development schemes. Through this, at the state level, it will be easy to know how various departments are operating their activities related to agriculture, health, water resources, education, employment. Also, it will prove useful in the challenges and financial resources faced in the implementation of these schemes. Several schemes are being run by the government for mid-day meal, Janani Suraksha, Ladli Lakshmi, Indira Awas Yojana for public welfare.


Interstate crime meet to discuss Naxal threat

  • The interstate crime conference, discontinued towards the end of last decade, is set to resume as city police are taking initiative to organize a mega one-day brainstorming sessions on crime, terrorism and Naxalism on August 28.
  • Officers of the ranks of superintendent of police and above from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, especially Vidarbha, are expected to attend the conference. Crime branch is the nodal agency for the meeting. The main motive of the conference is to rein in inter-state gangs.
  • Another objective is to pave way for better coordination and cooperation for sharing criminal intelligence, informations, crime data and records. At present, the exchange of information and collaboration is a mere formality.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Bihar to conduct aerial survey of flood-affected regions

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Purnea on a day-long visit to Bihar to take stock of the flood situation in the state. 
  • He is undertaking an aerial survey of the worst-affected bordering districts of Araria, Purnea, Katihar, and Kishanganj.
    Over one crore seventy lakhs people in 21 districts are affected by recent floods. 415 have, so far, lost their lives.


Jharkhand to have intercity air link by September

  •  Intercity air connectivity will become a reality in Jharkhand by September this year
  • Air connectivity is of vital importance to the state's development. Inter-city air connectivity and flights linking Ranchi to Hyderabad and Chennai are essential to draw more investment. This new airport, the second to come up in Jharkhand since Independence, will boost tourism and improve connectivity to the Santhal Pargana
  • The Deoghar airport will be completed by December 2019 at a cost of Rs 350 crore. While the DRDO will give Rs 200 crore, AAI will spend Rs 100 crore. The remaining amount will be taken care of by the state government. Even jet aircraft will be able to land at Deoghar.

Uttar Pradesh

International Ramayan Conclave likely in January.

  • Taking forward the centre’s proposal, the Yogi Adityanath government is likely to hold the ‘International Ramayan Conclave’ in Uttar Pradesh in January. The six-day event will be spread across locations in Lucknow, Ayodhya and Chitrakoot.
  • The central government had planned to organise the conclave in December 2016 in Ayodhya, before the UP assembly polls. However, the proposal was shelved and the event could not be held at the time.
  • Teams from Indonesia’s Bali province, Thailand, Myanmar, Surinam, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and other countries will participate in the mega event that will showcase the famous Ramlilas of India. These will include the oldest and grandest Ramlila of Ramnagar in Varanasi.
  • To promote tourism in the state, the CM has also talked about connecting all tourist destinations with a helicopter service.


Uttarakhand seals 43 stone crushing plants within 5 km of Ganga.

  • After Uttarakhand high court's stand on stone crushing plants operating in the vicinity of the Ganga in Haridwar district, the state government submitted in the HC that ban has been imposed on 43 units operating within 5 km of the river.
  • As many as 43 stone crushers within a 5-km radius of Ganga were sealed by the Haridwar district administration. The administration's action came after the HC had cracked the whip on the state government on Thursday asking it to reply within 24 hours.

Himachal Pradesh

Health sciences bill, 2017 gets green light on last day of monsoon session.

  • On the last day of the monsoon session, Himachal Pradesh assembly on Friday passed the Himachal Pradesh University of Health Sciences Bill, 2017. The move is likely to pave way for setting up of medical university in the state. 
  • At present, health education is being provided by the state government, and private medical colleges and institutions are under the control of the Himachal Pradesh University as there is no separate medical university to regulate such health and medical education.

Andhra Pradesh

State to declare dengue a ‘notifiable disease’

  • The State Medical and Health Department is going to be better equipped to deal with dengue as the government is all set to recognise it as a “notifiable disease” and publish it in the Extraordinary Gazette dated August 28.
  • It makes the reporting of every suspected dengue case by government and private hospitals and laboratories mandatory.
  • The State government has issued a GO to this effect in accordance with a request from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


Kudumbashree signs MoU with Assam government.

  • Kudumashree's poverty eradication activities will be replicated in 51 more grama panchayaths in Assam. An agreement in this regard was signed between Assam state rural livelihood mission's chief financial controller Diganta Gogoi and Kudumbashree executive director S Harikishotre.
  • The decision to replicate the Kudumbashree programmes in 51 grama panchayats in Nagaon and Sonitpur districts in Assam was taken following the successful implementation of the programme in two other districts since 2014.
  • Kudumbashree gives guidance and assistance towards formation of women self-help groups and roll out livelihood projects as part of the implementation of the national rural livelihood mission programme. At present, Kudumbashree model works successfully in 13 states and one union territory.
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