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Andhra Pradesh tops Ease of Doing Business Rankings

Jul 11, 2018
Andhra Pradesh was followed by neighbouring Telangana (98.33 percent score) and Haryana (98.07 percent score) at the second and third position, respectively. This year, Gujarat slipped to the fifth rank in the ease of doing business from last year’s third position.

Gujarat Government grants Religious Minority Status to Jews

Jul 11, 2018
Jews living in Gujarat had earlier in August 2017 represented before the state government that their population is very thin, in comparison to Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains. Hence, they deserved to be declared as Religious Minority Community.

Asian Development Bank approves USD 503M worth lining project of Son canal in Bihar

Jul 10, 2018
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved USD 503-million worth lining project of the Son canal in Shahabad-Bhojpur region of Bihar that would bring immense benefits to the agriculture sector of the region.

Himachal Pradesh Government bans use of thermocol cutlery

Jul 9, 2018
The Himachal Pradesh government has issued a fresh notification banning the use of thermocol cutlery across the state. As per the notification, the use and sale of thermocol cutlery, including cups, plates, glasses and spoons will invite heavy penalty.

Uttar Pradesh grants Revenue Status to 3 forest villages under FRA, 2006

Jul 9, 2018
The granting of Revenue Status to villages means that these villages will now come under the revenue department instead of forest department.

Uttar Pradesh orders ban on plastic from July 15

Jul 6, 2018
This will be the third ban since 2015. On November 18, 2015, the Allahabad High Court had directed the state government to issue a notification enforcing a complete ban on the sale of polythene across the state by the end of that year.

Animals declared as ‘legal persons’ in Uttarakhand

Jul 5, 2018
In a first, the Uttarakhand High Court has accorded the status of ‘legal person’ to the animals in the state. With the ruling, the entire animal kingdom in the state, including the avian and aquatic animals, will be treated as legal entities having a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.

DPCC notifies list of fuels permissible for industrial use

Jul 5, 2018
The notification almost eliminates the use of coal from everything except in thermal power plants, where coal with less than 0.4 percent sulphur will be permitted. Moreover, the Committee also announced its decision to shut down the coal power plants of the NCT, including the Badarpur plant.

MP government launches subsidised power scheme ‘Sambal’

Jul 4, 2018
The Madhya Pradesh state government has launched an outstanding power bill waiver scheme and subsidised power scheme called ‘Sambal’ for labourers and poor families. Under Sambal Yojana, the Below Poverty Line families would be provided electricity at a cost of Rs 200 per month.

Delhi government launches ‘happiness curriculum’ for school students

Jul 3, 2018
The Delhi government has launched 'Happiness Curriculum' for school students up to class 8. The move is expected to be a solution to modern day issues such as terrorism, corruption and pollution through human-centric education.

Madhya Pradesh to implement Ayushman Bharat Yojana

Jul 3, 2018
The Ayushman Bharat Yojana under the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission will be implemented in Madhya Pradesh from August 15 this year. Under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, an annual health security cover worth Rs 5 lakh will be provided to each family.

NMCG approves setting up of community toilets, procurement of dustbins for Kumbh Mela 2019

Jun 27, 2018
Following the success of the Ghat Cleaning Project in Varanasi, NMCG approved two more ghat cleaning projects in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand at an estimated cost of Rs 14.26 crore and Rs 15.90 crore respectively.

Saudi ARAMCO, ADNOC sign MoU for participating in Ratnagiri Refinery project of Maharashtra

Jun 25, 2018
Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd (RRPCL) was formed as a Joint Venture Company on September 22, 2017 between IOCL, BPCL and HPCL with equity participation of 50:25:25 respectively.

Maharashtra bans single-use plastic; announces stiff actions against violators

Jun 23, 2018
Devendra Fadnavis-led state government enforced the ban after issuing the 'Maharashtra Plastic and Thermocol Products (manufacture, usage, sale, transport, handling, and storage)' notification in March 2018.

Gujarat government launches Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy-2018

Jun 21, 2018
The state government of Gujarat has announced its wind-solar hybrid power policy - 2018 to promote setting up of wind as well as solar power projects at one location. The policy aims to make optimum utilisation of land and grid lines.

President Ram Nath Kovind approves Governor's rule in J&K after BJP-PDP split

Jun 20, 2018
The move came hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of its alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), citing the “critical security situation” in the Valley.

Chhattisgarh government approves merger of shikshakarmi with state school education department

Jun 19, 2018
The Chhattisgarh Government has approved the merger of `shikshakarmi' with the state school education department with effect from July 1. The decision is expected to benefit around 1.50 lakh shikshakarmi who are currently working under Panchayats and urban local bodies.

PM Modi inaugurates Integrated Command and Control Centre of Naya Raipur Smart City

Jun 18, 2018
Under the ambitious Smart City Mission, the nine other Integrated Command & Control Centres that had already become operational are in the cities of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Pune, Nagpur, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Bhopal and Kakinada.

KVIC creates world record by distributing 2330 bee-boxes in one day

Jun 13, 2018
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has created a world record of distributing maximum number of bee-boxes in one day under ‘Honey Mission’. Overall, 2330 bee-boxes were distributed among 233 beneficiaries in the Zangalee Army area.

Assam to launch awareness programme against superstition

Jun 12, 2018
The state government of Assam plans to introduce an awareness programme called 'Sanskar' in all its development blocks and panchayats.

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