State Current Affairs in December 2020

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State Current Affairs in December 2020

Current Affairs- State News- December 2020

30th December, 2020

Madhya Pradesh hosts 96th Tansen Sangeet Samaroh

96th edition of Tansen Sangeet Samaroh was hosted at Behat in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh from 26th to 30th December, 2020. The event was jointly organized by Department of Culture, Govt. of MP and  Ustad Alauddin Khan Kala Evam Sangeet Academy  to pay tribute to the great musician and one of the 9 gems of Akbar’s court, Tansen. Santoor maestro, Pandit Satish Vyas was honored with the prestigious Tansen Samman 2020 alongwith a prize money of Rs. 1,00,000. The Raja Man Singh Tomar Award 2020 was awarded to Abhinav Kala Parishad of Bhopal.

BSSUKM and NKJ Biofuel sign MoU to establish India’s 1st Ethanol plant in Chhattisgarh

Sugar mill firm, Bhoramdeo Sahakari Sakhar Utpadak Karkhana Maryadit (BSSUKM) has signed MoU with Chattisgarh Distillery Limited’s subsidiary, NKJ Biofuel Ltd. to establish the nation’s 1st Ethanol plant in Kawardha (Kabirdham) district of Chhattisgarh. The construction of the plant will start in two years with an investment of Rs. 100 crores. The Ethanol Plant will have a production capacity of 40 kilo liters per day. The MoU has been signed between two companies for 30 years. The plant will produce ethanol from sugarcane juice, molasses and byproducts from BSSUKM.

29th , December, 2020

Uttarakhand gets India’s 1st Pollinator Park

India’s 1st Pollinator Park has been inaugurated at Haldwani, Nainital of Uttarakhand. It was inaugurated on 29th December, 2020 by the eminent butterfly expert, Peter Smetacek. The Research Wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department has developed the park’s layout and design. The park has been set up with an aim of conserving various pollinator species and the endemic species of honeybees especially the Indian honeybee (Apis cerana indica).  At present the park is a habitat of around 40 pollinator species including birds, bees and butterflies. Pollinators carry the pollen grains from male flowers to the female flower by which they get fertilized and produce fruits.

IMD sets up India’s Highest Meteorological Centre in Ladakh

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has established India’s highest Meteorological Centre at Leh, Ladakh. It was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 29th December, 2020. The Meteorological Centre is situated at a height of 3500 meters above the mean sea level (msl). With this centre, IMD now has 2 meteorological centers in the Himalayas. The new meteorological centre will collect process and analyze the weather and climate related data to provide early warnings related to cloud bursts, flash floods, avalanches etc. in Ladakh.

28th December, 2020

Delhi Metro gets India’s 1st Driverless train

PM Narendra Modi has inaugurated India’s 1st Driverless train on the Magenta Line of Delhi Metro virtually. The driverless metro train will be made operational from 28th December, 2020. The Magenta line metro is a 38 km long metro-rail line that connects Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden in Noida. With this the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has now joined the club of Driverless Metro Rail Networks in the world. As of now, only 7 % of Metro Networks in the world operate without drivers.

26th December, 2020

MP Cabinet approves Religious Freedom Bill to outlaw marriages for conversions

Madhya Pradesh Cabinet headed by CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has approved the Dharma Swatantrya (Religious Freedom) Bill, 2020 to outlaw marriages that are done for the sole purpose of religion conversions. The Bill has been approved to stop the forced religious conversions of minors or women or a person belonging to SC/ST category or any kind of forced religion conversions in a mass level. The new Bill intends to replace the Freedom of Religion Act, 1968 in Madhya Pradesh.

PM Modi launches PMJAY-SEHAT scheme in Jammu & Kashmir

PM Narendra Modi has launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY) – Social Endeavour for Health and Telemedicine (SEHAT) scheme in Jammu & Kashmir. The scheme will provide a universal health cover worth Rs. 5 lakhs to around 21 lakh people of J & K. The premium of the health insurance will be paid by the Government of India. The health insurance scheme will be covered by Bajaj Allianz General Insurance which has been already handling the PMJAY scheme since 2018. Both public and private hospitals registered under PMJAY will cater to health-related needs of J & K residents for free of cost.

MPL to set up India’s 1st Lithium Refinery in Gujarat

Manikaran Power Limited (MPL) will invest Rs. 1000 crores for building India’s 1st Lithium Refinery in Gujarat. The proposed Lithium Refinery will be involved in processing of Lithium ore and the product will be used for producing Lithium batteries. MPL will procure Lithium ore from the Australian firm, Neometals that mines the Lithium ore from the Mount Marion Lithium mine in West Australia. The proposed refinery will boost the Indian Lithium battery industry and will boost Electric Vehicle (EV) production in India.  Sanand and Dholera have been shortlisted for establishing the Lithium Refinery.

KVIC revives 1000-year old Monpa Handmade Paper Industry of Arunachal Pradesh

Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has revived the extinction-driven 1000 year old heritage art of the Monpa Handmade Paper Industry in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. The art of making Monpa paper originated around 1000 years back and was once an integral part of local custom in Arunachal Pradesh. The Monpa paper making disappeared around 100 years ago. The Monpa Handmade Paper Industry unit of KVIC was inaugurated by KVIC Chaiman, Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena. The fine-textured handmade paper is locally known as Mon Shugu. Many Buddhist scriptures found in the monasteries have been written on the Monpa paper which is made from the bark of a local tree ‘Shugu Sheng’.

24th December, 2020

Odisha to build India’s largest Hockey stadium for hosting FIH Men’s World Cup 2023

Odisha CM, Naveen Patnaik has officially announced that Odisha government will build India’s largest Hockey stadium in Rourkela before FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023. The proposed Hockey stadium will have a capacity of 20,000 seats and will be equipped with all modern facilities. FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 will be hosted in the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and the new stadium in Rourkela. The stadium will be spread in an area of 15 acres in the campus of Biju Patnaik University of Technology. Odisha will be the host of Men’s Hockey World Cup for the 2nd time.

22nd December, 2020

Assam Cabinet approves ‘Bodo’ as Associate Official Language of the state

Assam Cabinet has approved the Bill to make ‘Bodo’ as an Associate Official Language of the Assam. The ‘Assam Official Language Amendment Bill’ was approved by CM Sarabananda Sonowal as the head of the cabinet. As per the Census 2011, there are around 14.16 lakh Bodo speakers in the state accounting for 4.53 % of the total population of Assam. Bodo is spoken in parts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and West Bengal. It is also listed as one of the 22 languages in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

Karnataka govt. rolls out 1st of-its-kind FRUITS portal

Karnataka government has launched 1st of-its-kind Farmer Registration and Unified Beneficiary Information System (FRUITS) portal for facilitating e-governance and for integrating it with the BHOOMI Package. The FRUITS portal will be used to fetch and validate the land details. The project will be managed by Canara Bank on pilot basis. The FRUITS portal will collect land related details from around 70 lakh farmers in the state. The portal was launched in the Karnataka office of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).   

21st December, 2020

Kerala government signs MoU with UN Women to set up India’s 1st Gender Data Hub

Kerala government has signed an MoU with United Nations (UN) Women for establishing India’s first Gender Data Hub at the Gender Data Park of International Institute for Gender and Development in Kozkikode.  According to the MoU, UN Women will deal with the project development and capacity building of the Gender Park. The Gender Park aims to promote women empowerment in South Asia. The Gender Data Hub will host the 2nd edition of the International Conference on Gender Equality.

20th December, 2020

Guwahati hosts the 8th edition of North East Festival (NEF)

The North East Festival 2020 was hosted in Guwahati, Assam for the 1st time on 19th and 20th December 2020. The festival was hosted in the Radisson Blu Hotel with proper safety measures and the event was open for all the citizens to attend virtually. The NEF 2020 was inaugurated by Union Minister for Development of North Easter Region, Jitendra Singh who was also the Chief Guest of the festival. The theme of the festival was ‘Growth Agenda for North East Post COVID-19’. North East Festival is celebrated every year to showcase and highlight the investment opportunities in the North East Region (NER) to the investors and to promote tourism.

19th December, 2020

Andhra Pradesh gets India’s 1st Aquafarmers Call Centre

Aquafarmers Call Centre has been launched by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The call centre has been launched to address the technical issues faced by the aqua farmers in the state. The call centre will also extend knowledge about modern aqua farming techniques and Best Management Practices (BMPs) to the aqua farmers. Andhra Pradesh accounts for 60 % of the total marine products export from India. It was launched by the Chairman of MPEDA, K S Srinivas virtually. The Aquafarmers Call Centre will be based on Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) and will be available in both Hindi and English language.  

Nagaland bans PVC flex boards, posters and banners in government offices

Nagaland government has completely banned the use of flex banners, boards and posters in its offices and in the government programmes and functions to promote eco-friendly governance. The flex boards and banners are banned because they are made of Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) which is a non-biodegradable material. PVC releases harmful toxins after it gets disposed in the soil causing soil pollution and toxicity. Harmful gases are also released when PVCs are burnt that cause air pollution. Nagaland government is now promoting the use of lightweight eco friendly materials like natural fabrics for making banners.

18th December, 2020

Haryana gets India’s 1st CoE for Skill Development in Power Sector

India’s 1st Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Skill Development in Power Sector was launched by the Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, R K Singh on 18th December, 2020. It has been set up at the campus of National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Gurugram, Haryana. The establishment is the result of the MoU between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (India) and Ministry of National Education & Youth (France) and Schneider Electric. The CoE intends to provide a platform and a robust cadre of certified trainers and assessors across India.

17th December, 2020

Uttar Pradesh launches South Asia’s 1st P2P Trading Platform of Rooftop Solar Power

Uttar Pradesh government has launched South Asia’s 1st Peer-To-Peer Trading Platform for Rooftop Solar Power in Lucknow. The project will be implemented by India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), Power Ledger and Abajyon Consulting. The project will be administered by Utar Prdaesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (MVNL) and Uttar Pradesh New & Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA). The platform will enable trading of energy produced by the Rooftop Solar Power Systems installed on the buildings in Lucknow along with their tracking and settlement of surplus solar energy transactions.

Odisha govt. unveils PAReSHRAM portal along with 22 online services of labour laws

PAReSHRAM portal along with 22 online services of labour laws and Employees State Insurance (ESI) Department were virtually launched by Odisha CM, Naveen Patnaik on 17th December, 2020. The recently launched portal is a part of Odisha government’s 5T (Technology, Transparency, Teamwork and Time leading to Transformation) initiative. The PAReSHRAM portal will provide 52 types of services. Some of them are- registration, issuing license, design approval and renewal of the enterprises. The PAReSHRAM portal will directly benefit the industries, commercial organizations, small entrepreneurs and the general public.  

Uttar Pradesh to set up India’s first Leather Park

Uttar Pradesh government will establish India’s 1st Mega Leather Park in Kanpur at an expected investment of Rs. 5850 crores. The 235- acre Mega Leather Park will be constructed at Ramaipur Village of Kanpur. The leather park aims to create 50,000 jobs directly and 1,50,000 employments indirectly. The Mega Leather Park will be a manufacturing and business hub for leather products like purses, wallets, shoes, jackets, belts etc. and will also export the products abroad. It will have a treatment plant for treating the effluents before releasing in River Ganga.

15th December, 2020

Uttar Pradesh government starts 1st of its kind ‘Varasat’ Campaign

Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath has launched 1st of its kind ‘Varasat’ campaign for resolving property and land related disputes in the rural India. It is a two month long campaign starting from 15th December, 2020 and will continue till 15th February, 2021. The campaign has been launched to eradicate the fear of land mafias in the rural areas. The land mafias exploit the farmers in the name of ‘Varasat’ of land properties. The ‘Varasat’ of land properties make the farmers ineligible for borrowing lo0an from the banks.

Ladakh celebrates New Year festival ‘Losar’

Losar festival has been celebrated by the Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) to mark the beginning of the New Year of Ladakh. It is celebrated in the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar. The religious and traditional flag- Tarchen is hoisted every year on this day to mark the beginning of the new year along with prayers and celebrations at the Chokanga Vihara of Leh. The traditional festival started in the 17th Century, during the reign of King Jamyang Namgyal, the 9th ruler of Tibet. Losar celebration started when King Namgyal decided to wage war against Baltistan after which they ended up celebrating.   

Gujarat gets the world’s largest renewable energy park, PM Modi lays foundation stone

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of world’s largest renewable energy park in Kutchh, Gujarat. It will be the 1st-of-its kind hybrid renewable energy park which will have a desalination plant and a fully automated milk processing and packaging plant. The park is being constructed over 72,600 hectares of wasteland with a capacity of 30,000 Megawatt (MW) at cost of Rs. 1.5 lakh crores. It will provide employment to around 1 lakh people. The RE park aims to cut down the overall CO2 emission of India by 5 crore tones annually.

13th December, 2020

Gujarat becomes 1st state to modernize Fire Safety Certification process

Gujarat has become the 1st state in India to get approval for modernizing the process of Fire Safety Process. The process of Fire Safety Certification will now be carried out via Fire Safety Compliance Portal (Fire Safety COP) which will be supervised by the Fire Safety Officers (FSOs). The portal has been designed by Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM) headed by PK Taneja. The new process will grant Fire Safety Certification Approval (FSCA) to the new buildings for 3 years.

12th December 2020 

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Dr. Rituparna Dubey 

The film and entertainment sector will be given industry status

The Maharashtra government will provide sanction to confer industry status to the Film and entertainment sector which entails the inclusion of the sector in  State/Central industrial policy. ‘Industry status’, as a term has not been specifically defined in any legislation in India. Conferring industry status basically entails an inclusion in the State/Central industrial policy.                                      

Maharashtra government presented a draft bill making amends to the existing laws on violence against women and children.

The proposed Bill, Maharashtra government by the is to be enacted as the Shakti Act, 2020. Amends are to be made to the Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. Changes are also proposed to the existing sections of rape, sexual harassment, acid attack, and child sexual abuse.

MahaSharad will be launched

Maharashtra Social Justice Department is planning to launch the MahaSharad, which stands for  Maharashtra System of Health Rehabilitation and Assistance for Divyang. It is essentially a digital platform to provide the tools required by differently-abled people for free. It has been named after Sharad Pawar, a state politician.

11th December 2020

Bihar hosts Migratory Birds Festival for the 1st time

 Bihar has hosted its 1st Migratory Birds Festival at Bhagalpur district. It will be a 3-day festival from 11th to 13th December, 2020. The event will exhibit the migratory birds that arrive from distant parts of the world annually in the winter season. Migratory birds can be spotted at the Bird Watch of Jagatpur Lake,  Vikramshila Dolphin Sanctuary (VGDS) in the Ganga River course, Sundervan region and Jaiprakash Udyan.  The event has been jointly organized by Bhagalpur Forest Division, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and Mandar Nature Club.

Three-lane Koilwar Bridge on Sone river in Bihar inaugurated.

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Dr. Rituparna Dubey

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated the three-lane 1.5 km long Koilwar bridge over Sone river which is a tributary of river  Ganga in Bihar which is worth Rs 266 crore. The two existing lane rail-cum-road bridges are about 138 years old which are major roads for transport between Bihar and UP.

The 2nd edition of Ladakh Literature Festival 2020 commences.

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Dr. Rituparna Dubey

LG of Ladakh RK Mathur has virtually inaugurated the 2nd Ladakh Literature Festival on Dec 10th. The 3-day festival will be a  host to a series of talks, the ancient knowledge of Ladakh, the importance of the region, Folk music, Dance, Geology, and wildlife of the Himalayas.

Andhra Pradesh government has launched Jagananna Jeeva Kranthi Scheme

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Dr. Rituparna Dubey

Under Jagananna Jeeva Kranthi Scheme about 2.49 lakh sheep and goats shall be distributed to the women in a phased manner at a cost of ₹1,869 crores. This is expected to provide impetus to the living standards of the women and requires less investment.

10th December 2020

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Dr. Rituparna Dubey 

Andhra Pradesh has signed an MoU with the Survey of India for the survey of historic land 

An MoU has been signed between the state of Andhra Pradesh and the Dehradun-based Survey of India for taking up the comprehensive land resurvey which has been named ‘YSR Jagananna Saswath Bhoo Hakku-Bhoo Raksha Pathakam’ after 100 years, using advanced technology. 

Odisha Tourism has launched its flagship Eco-Retreat program

In an attempt to attract a larger number of tourists to the state of Odisha, the Tourism Department has launched the second edition of their flagship "Eco-Retreat" program. This will be at five locations in Odisha, them being Konark, Daringibadi, Bhitarkanika, Hirakud, and Satkosia. which are open till February 28, 2021.

Panel set up to investigate Coastal Regulatory Zone in Andhra Pradesh:

A six-member panel constituted by the National Green Tribunal recently for conducting an investigation at the field level into the supposed violations of the Coastal Regulatory Zone norms along the coastal belt in Andhra Pradesh between Karavaka and the population of the concerned area, the level of ecological sensitivity, the distance from the shore, and whether the region had been classified as a natural park or wildlife zone.

The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020 

Karnataka assembly has passed stringent penal provisions against cow slaughter. The punishments range from imprisonment for three to seven years, and a penalty of ₹50,000 to ₹7 lakh for the violations. Selling or disposing of the cattle for slaughter or intentionally killing is also punishable.

9th December 2020

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Dr. Rituparna Dubey

NHPC will  commission a project on Subansiri by March 2022

On Subansiri, a tributary of the Brahmaputra River a 2,000MW Lower Hydro Electric Project at Gerukamukh along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border has been commissioned by NHPC. This will be the biggest hydroelectric project to be undertaken in India Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project (LSHEP) at Gerukamukh along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

Maharashtra Police cyber branch will use software to tackle child pornography.

Maharashtra Police’s Cyber wing has recently acquired the software from Interpol which allows them to track down child pornography that might have been uploaded online, and for this, they have set up the TRACE team. This software detects nudity in images also recognizes the age of the person, based on this, the software ‘crawler’ scans the net and detects child pornography. ‘Operation Blackface’ is part of the larger action taken by the Maharashtra government against  Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) across the country.

Nokia and Vi CSR will be deploying the SmartAgri solution

Vi CSR has deployed Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING)for providing smart agriculture solutions to about  50,000 farmers to assist them in India to help achieve enhanced yields. In the initial phase, The Data will be collected and analyzed in 100 locations in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

9 states have successfully implemented the One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme

The ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ policy has been successfully adopted and implemented in 9 states of India as was announced by the Finance Ministry. The feat could be possible only because of the support of the central government. The Union Government strengthened the states by providing them with financial resources amidst a challenging pandemic. This scheme ensures that the beneficiaries, especially the migrant workers are given access to food grains from any Fair Price Shops in the country.

Dandupur railway station will be renamed Maa Barahi Devi Dham

Dandupur railway station located in UP between Pratapgarh and Badshahpur on the Lucknow-Varanasi rail section shall now be named the Maa Barahi Devi Dham. The station is named on a temple of Maa Barahi Devi located in Parasrampur village, which  6 km from the railway station and an annual fair attract is organized for the devotees

Deep-sea port at Tajpur, West Bengal 

West Bengal cabinet has approved the construction of West Bengal’s first deep seaport in Tajpur'. The estimated cost of the project  Rs 15,000 crore and will generate employment for 25,000 people. 

Orchha and Gwalior have received world heritage site tag

Orchha and Gwalior, the two cities in Madhya Pradesh, have been included in the world heritage cities list of UNESCO, which is a huge achievement for the state. UNESCO along with the tourism department of MP will make a master plan to provide impetus to the aesthetics of the two cities. The team shall visit MP in the year 2021,  and will work towards the development and conservation of historic cities.

8th December 2020

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Dr. Rituparna Dubey

Moolamylliang has recovered from rat hole mining.

Meghalaya’s Moolamylliang, a village located in the  East Jaintia Hills district, has made significant progress in becoming a greener place amid abandoned pits because of the rat-hole mining which had been banned by the National Green Tribunal in 2014

DUET For Urban Centers

Decentralized Urban Employment and Training could act as a step towards urban employment guarantee. In the trying times of covid when there is a crisis of employment in the urban informal sector, as millions of people have lost their jobs. In this the state government issues ‘job stamps’ which are distributed at the approved institutions like colleges, schools, these job stamps into one person-day of work within a stipulated period these Wages are paid by the government directly to the accounts of the job stamps certified by the employer. 

NHSRC  Limited will adopt the LiDAR technique for surveys for the Delhi-Varanasi HSR corridor.

The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited shall employ Light Detection and Ranging Survey, utilizing the Laser enabled equipment attached to a Helicopter for the conduction of ground survey for preparing of Detailed Project Report for the recently proposed  800km long Delhi-Varanasi HSR corridor.

Launch of fortified rice PDS is facing opposition in Odisha

The Odisha government has planned to launch fortified rice in their Public Distribution System (PDS) in the theMalkangiri district from February 2021. This has been facing opposition from activists because more than 100 activists have opposed the move as the rice is being planned to be fortified with Vitamin C which is water-soluble. Vitamin C will get washed away when the rice is washed, and hence it shall be an unnecessary expenditure on the taxpayer.

The Culture of the Tharu Tribe will be introduced to the world. 

The Uttar Pradesh government has recently launched a scheme that involves creating homestays to take the unique culture of its ethic across the world. This shall allow the tourists to stay with the tribals. This shall be a great opportunity to experience their unique culture from close quarters.

Vadhavan port project:

The Vadhavan port shall be India’s 13th major port to be developed on a landlord model. It has been designed to be an  ‘All Weather, All Cargo’ satellite port to bolster capabilities in handling deep-draft ships and larger vessels. The project is facing opposition from the Villagers in Maharashtra’s Dahanu as they believe this project will be detrimental to the environment and their livelihoods.

Lakshadweep is  the  first UT to become 100% organic

Following Sikkim, Lakshadweep has been declared as 100 % by The Ministry of Agriculture as the farming here is carried out without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, thus providing the people access to safer food choices and thereby making agriculture on the island more environment-friendly.

7 December 2020

 -By

Dr. Rituparna Dubey

Jammu and Kashmir has sought the review of the Roshni Act

Going back on its initial decision, the J&K administration has sought amends to the High Court judgment passed on October 9th, which had declared the 2001 Roshni Act null and void in the region. This had directed the authorities to end the ownership rights of the occupants of government land, as a large number of common people might suffer unintentionally.

The Chariot at Hampi cannot be touched 

 A chain barricade has been set up by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to prevent the people from touching or climbing the popular iconic stone chariot in front of the Vijaya Vittala Temple at Hampi. This decision has been taken to prevent damage to it in any way. This delicately carved chariot at Hampi, which is one of the most visited monuments in Hampi, is a reflection of the skill of the temple architecture under the patronage of the Vijayanagara rulers who reigned from 14th to 17th century CE.

Tamil Nadu Commission for Case-wise Data

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has announced that a Commission will be set up to conduct a survey for the collection of caste-wise data in Tamil Nadu. One of the major arguments received by this plan is taking the caste information of individuals is that it might perpetuate the caste system.

Himachal Pradesh to provide free online medical consultation

In order to make health care services more accessible to the people in the wake of COVID-19 Pandemic, the Himachal Pradesh Health Department has launched a unique idea of providing free online medical consultation to people who are ill, right at their residence using the e-sanjeevani-opd

Pune Zilla Parishad has decided to provide temporary ‘ration cards’ to more than 80,000 people. 

The undocumented people in the district will be given temporary ration cards by the Pune Zilla Parishad so that they can receive foodgrains under the Public Distribution System (PDS).  It is one of a kind innovation to help the common mass to access government benefits during the Covid-19 lockdown

Mizoram has entered India’s Solar Map With a 2 MW Photovoltaic Plant

Mizoram’s first solar power plant at Tlungvel has been planned. The grid-connected two-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant was inaugurated by Power Minister of Mizoram  R Lalzirliana. Solar power plants are under construction at Vankal in Khawzawl district & near Saitual town of 20 MW & 5 MW capacities

Construction Work Of Agra Metro Project has been flagged off.

The construction work of the Agra Metro project has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an estimated cost of  Rs 8,379.62 cr which will be completed in 5 years. The Agra Metro project consists of two corridors with a total length of 29.4 km. It is expected to boost ‘Ease of Living’ for the people of Agra as well as benefit tourists.

6 December 2020

 -By

Dr. Rituparna Dubey

Krishi Overdraft Scheme has been launched by Karnataka Grameen Vikas Bank (KGVB) 

The KGVB has launched the Krishi Overdraft (OD) Scheme for the farmers. This scheme can be utilized by the farmers based on the value of their land. The Krishi OD scheme has been launched by NABARD in Dharwad. A farmer can avail a maximum of 1.5 Lakh per acre for irrigated land and about 1 Lakh for dry land.

A three-day virtual conclave on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene was held.

A three-day virtual conclave on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in was held Hyderabad, which was organized by UNICEF in association with the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR) and the State Governments. The WASH witnessed the participation of the State officials, experts, and development partners from  Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka. The WASH conclave aimed to bolster awareness, knowledge exchange, and action on WASH-related issues in the wake of the pandemic.

Migratory Bird Festival to be organized by Bihar

Bihar is planning to celebrate its first-ever migratory bird festival this year. The proposed festival is three-day-long and is to be organized in the Bhagalpur district of Bihar. The Migratory Bird Festival will be jointly organized by the Bombay Natural History Society, Bhagalpur Forest Division,  and the local Mandar Nature Club. The said region, especially the 60 km long Vikramshila Dolphin Sanctuary between Kahalagon and Sultanganj, plays a host to a large number of migratory birds between the months of November and March every year. The objective of this festival is to check the cases of poaching in this region.

Manipur's Nongpok Sekmai police station is the nation’s best-performing police station.

Nongpok Sekmai located in the Thoubal district in   Manipur has been designated as the best performing police station in the country according to a list released by the Union Home Ministry at the virtual 55th annual DGPs, IGPs conference. This station is followed by the AWPS-Suramangalam in Salem, Tamil Nadu, and the Kharsang in Arunachal Pradesh's Changlang district

NHPC will be commissioning a hydropower project on’ Subansiri, Assam

NHPC Ltd (erstwhile National Hydroelectric Power Corporation), a leading Public sector unit has announced the commission of the 2,000 MW Subansiri hydropower project, which has been stalled for nearly 8 years, by March 2022. The construction work will be  taking place at Gerukamukh along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on the Subansiri river

ADB has approved a $190 mn loan for up-gradation of the Bengaluru power distribution system

The Asian Development Bank has sanctioned a loan of USD 190 million that is over Rs 1,400 cr for the modernization and up-gradation of the power distribution system in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The loan comprises of a  $100 million sovereign loan and a $90 million without a  sovereign guarantee loan to Bangalore's BESCOM  which is a state-owned distribution utility in Karnataka.

5 December 2020

 -By

Dr. Rituparna Dubey

 Majerhat Bridge has been renamed 'Jai Hind' to mark Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s 125th Birth Anniversary

 Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal has renamed the newly built “Majerhat bridge” located in Kolkata as the ‘Jai Hind’ bridge to commemorate the 125th Birth Anniversary of Subash Chandra Bose. The new bridge was built in the place of the old which had collapsed in September 2018. Majerhat bridge is a 650-meters long bridge that connects the Central part of Kolkata to the Southwestern suburbs of Behala.

Ken Betwa Interlinking Project Dam

An expert panel constituted by the Environment Ministry of India has deferred the environment clearance for the Lower Orr Dam. This dam is a part of the Ken-Betwa river interlinking project. The panel has sought fresh data to decide on the requirement of a new public hearing. This project has been conceived as a two-part project and is India’s first river interlinking project. The objective of this project is to transfer the surplus amount of water from the river Ken in  Madhya Pradesh to Betwa in Uttar Pradesh to irrigate Bundelkhand, the drought-prone region.

Foundation stone for renewable energy park project in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 15th December, will lay the foundation stone for the 30,000 MW Renewable Energy Park in Gujarat’s Kutch district, which is claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world. This renewable energy park has been planned at about 25km from Kandva, has been planned to have two zones. One of them is a 49,600-hectare hybrid park zone which will accommodate the wind and solar power plants of 24,800 MW capacities. The second one is an exclusive wind park zone that is spread over an area of 23,000 hectares and is located 6km from the India-Pakistan border.

Ramayan Cruise Service to be launched soon on river Saryu in Ayodhya.

Mansukh Mandaviya the Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways has announced the launch of the Ramayan Cruise Tour’ on the Saryu river in Ayodhya. Ramayana Cruise Service shall be the first-ever luxury Cruise service to be available on the Saryu river which is a part of the Ghagra/National Waterways-40

4 December 2020

 -By

Dr. Rituparna Dubey

Odisha has launched15 online Fisheries, Livestock Department Services

Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik has launched 15 online services of the Fisheries Department and the Livestock Development via video conferencing. The state has also signed a MoUs with various entrepreneurs for taking up Cage Culture in the Hirakud Reservoir. The proposed services shall be inclusive of services for the farmers and fishermen, this will include registration of fishing boats, licenses, brackish water farms. The subsidy shall be provided for the setting up of fishery and livestock units.

Delhi HC has directed the Delhi Government to ensure home quarantined COVID patients follow ICMR guidelines

The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi government to ensure that all the symptomatic COVID-19 patients who have been advised for home quarantine, follow the guidelines that have been issued by the ICMR to keep in check on the rise in COVID-19 cases in the capital. The following advice has been rendered considering that the positivity rate in the National Capital is above 5 percent,  and there were about 4000 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the national capital as of December 2nd. . It was also noted that the level of testing cannot be reduced any further in order to keep a check on the spread of COVID-19 infection.

The government of Goa has launched One-Time Power Bill Settlement Scheme 2020

Pramod Sawant, the Chief Minister of Goa has launched a one-time settlement scheme for the benefit of power consumers. It has been launched to support the consumers in clearing their long-pending dues by letting them pay only the principal amount. No limit has been applied to the outstanding dues pending for payments.

Foundation stones of 15 National Highway projects of Nagaland have been laid.

Nitin Gadkari, The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, MSME, along with the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio have virtually inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of 15 National Highway projects of Nagaland. The said Project will connect Kohima to Phek District and the Myanmar border and will have a total length of 270kms.

Jaipur gets India’s first organ donor memorial.

The Chief Minister of Rajasthan has virtually inaugurated the nation's 1st organ donor memorial in Jaipur. The  Organ donor memorial is dedicated in the honor of those who have donated their organs and thus given life to hundreds of others. The  Memorial, designed by Sameer Wheaton is inspired by the famous Jantar Mantar of Jaipur.

3 December, 2020

 -By

Dr. Rituparna Dubey

Jharkhand police have prepared a handbook titled ‘Cyber Security Awareness Handbook’ to educate people on cybercrime

Jharkhand police have prepared a handbook titled ‘Cyber Security Awareness Handbook’ to educate people on cybercrime

Key Points:

  • In its multi-layered drive to curb cybercrime, the Jharkhand police launched a 36-page handbook.
  • The handbook contains various types of cyber incidents and measures to prevent them. 
  • The book has been titled ‘Cyber Security Awareness Handbook’
  • It explains a wide range of cybercrimes.

ADB and India sign a loan of $50 million to boost West Bengal’s digital platforms. 

ADB & the Govt of India signed a $50 million policy-based loan for public finance reforms

Key Points:

 -  The loan is to:

  •  Improve financial management procedures
  • Bolster the operational efficiencies to achieve more fiscal savings, 
  • Promote informed decision making, and
  • To improve service delivery in the state of West Bengal.

Odisha has approved of the Unified Emergency Helpline number 112

Odisha Government has approved the Unified Emergency Helpline Number 112 to provide all forms of police assistance to people in distress.

Key Point:

  •  It subsumes the earlier segregated helpline numbers like 100,101,108 & others for emergency services like police, fire & ambulance.
2 December, 2020

 -By

Dr. Rituparna Dubey

Child-friendly police station inaugurated in Pune

Pune’s first child-friendly police station was inaugurated at the cantonment police station. 

Key Point:

  • The mandate for this arose out of the Juvenile Justice Act 2015
  • It outlines the steps to be taken for the protection of the rights of children in need of care & protection.

Maharashtra Government has started  a new campaign to detect patients suffering from leprosy and tuberculosis

Maharashtra government has started a new campaign to detect patients suffering from leprosy & tuberculosis. 

Key Point:

  • It comes after the success of the of My Family, My Responsibility,
  • It is a month-long campaign that will cover over 8.66 crore people including 6 cr. people from rural areas.
  • My family Responsibility was launched to track COVID patients

Lucknow Municipal Corporation bonds listed on BSE

Bonds of Lucknow Municipal Corporation become the 1st Municipal Bond from the north Indian states listed on BSE.

Key Point:

  • It has raised Rs 200 cr on a private placement basis using the BSE bond platform. 
  • The bond issue proceeds will be used for infrastructure projects in Lucknow
  • Lucknow is the 9th city in India to have raised municipal bonds.
1 December, 2020

 -By

Dr. Rituparna Dubey

Nagaland will be hosting the very first virtual celebration of Hornbill Festival 2020

The Hornbill Festival is Dubbed as Festival of Festivals is to be hosted virtually by Nagaland.

Key Points:

  • The Hornbill Festival is celebrated to glorify and showcase the diverse and rich cultural heritage and tradition of Nagas in one platform; at Naga Heritage Village Kisama under Kohima District.
  •  The 21st edition of the festival is online 
  • It is celebrated annually from 1 to 10 December in the state.

Learning Management System for Government Colleges

Karnataka Government has launched a Learning Managemen System.

Key Point:

  • The Learning Management System is based on Digital technology for the Government Colleges.
  • It shall benefit 4.5lakhstudents and 24000 teachers.
  • This shall impact the learning and teaching respectively for the students and the teachers.
  • The implementing cost of the project is Rs.34.14Cr.