Monthly Current Affairs January 2016 “SNIPPETS FROM THE STATES” key points to Remember.
Jaya launches ‘Amma seeds’ scheme for farmers
Implementing an announcement made in the Tamil Nadu Assembly in 2014 for farmers’ welfare, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has launched the scheme ‘Amma Seeds’ which is aimed at providing quality seeds. In an official release here, the state government said Jayalalithaa had recently launched the scheme by giving away seeds to three farmers here. She had proposed the scheme in 2014, saying quality, certified ‘Amma Seeds’ would be available through ‘Amma Service Centres’ across the state.
8 dead, 100 injured as 6.8 earthquake hits Northeast India
A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck northeast India early on January 4,sending panicked residents fleeing into the streets. The epicentre of the earthquake, which occurred at 4.37 am at a depth of 17 km below the ground, was at Tamenglong which is located 33 kilometers from Imphal in Manipur. Manipur government decided to close all schools for a week. Another aftershock of 3.4 magnitude felt at 2.30 pm.
Telangana Government launched eVahan Bima Insurance scheme
Government of Telangana has launched eVahan Bima Scheme to issue motor insurance policy in digital form. The scheme was launched by Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao in the presence of T S Vijayan, Chairman of Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA). With the launch of this scheme, Telangana became the first state in the country to legally accept motor vehicle insurance policy in digital form.
Bengaluru to Get India’s First Space Park
The Indian space agency is soon opening a 100-acre Space Park in Bengaluru where private industry players would be allowed to set up facilities to make subsystems and components for satellites. The Space Park is coming up near Whitefield for the private industry. Indian Space Research Centre’s (ISRO) satellite centre director M. Annadurai said that the space park will be inaugurated in January. The park will enable the industry to manufacture and supply their subsystems and vital components faster for spacecraft assembled at its satellite centre in the tech hub.
Delhi government scraps management quota in private schools
The Delhi government has scrapped management quotas for admissions to private schools, a move that opens more seats for general admissions but puts the government on a collision course with the schools. There will be no reservation for children of VIP, VVIP, police, MLA and MP in private schools of Delhi. Kejriwal said it was important to remove the
management quota, calling it “the biggest scam” in India’s education system.
Andhra Pradesh Introduced e-Tappal system
A software tool – known as the Online Tappal Management System- for the convenience of people launched by the Andhra Pradesh state Regional Transport Authority, Vijayawada. The state Government of Andhra Pradesh have introduced the system at RTA, Vijayawada, Gudivada and Nandigama as a pilot project and can be adopted at other offices of the state Government after being tested for sometime. In most cases, locating applications is a time consuming process and at times, they even gets misplaced in different sections.
Easy processing is the objective.
Governor’s rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir has been placed under Governor’s rule with the process of new government formation following the death of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed taking some time. The President cleared the recommendation of the Union home ministry for imposing Governor’s rule on the basis of a recommendation from Jammu and Kashmir governor N.N.
Vohra.The state had to be put under Governor’s rule in view of the reluctance of Mufti’s daughter Mehbooba to take oath during the mourning period though her party has
already conveyed to the governor that 28 MLAs of the People Democratic Party legislature party backed her for the chief minister’s post. 79-year-old Sayeed died after a brief illness and since then there is a Constitutional vacuum.
Telangana becomes first State to make gender education compulsory
Telangana has become the first State to introduce compulsory gender education at the graduate level; without repeating gender stereotypes in its bilingual textbook titled, ‘Towards a World of Equals.’ The book introduced on a pilot basis in engineering colleges affiliated to the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU-Hyderabad) discusses
gender in its composite form without limiting itself to crime against women. It also touches upon complex subjects like female-centric history and male-female relationships.
Kerala becomes 1st state in country to achieve 100% primary education
Kerala has become the first state in the country to achieve total primary education. Through its literacy programme Athulyam, which was carried out in two phases after being launched in March 2013, the state aimed at educating those who had been unable to complete their primary education up to fourth standard. The programme was meant to provide primary school education to people aged between 15 and 50. In June 2015, 2.6 lakh people took the fourth standard equivalency exam and 2.2 lakh qualified. Examinations were held in 6,613 centres and the qualifying score was set at 30/75 in English and 20/50 in other subjects.
Uttarakhand allows heli-taxi for tourists
Tourists travelling to Uttarakhand will now be able to enjoy the aerial view of the Himalayas as the first helicopter service between the city of Haldwani and Munsiyari town started from January 19, 2016. The tourism authority of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand will run the service, known as heli-taxi, and will offer an aerial view from a height of 8,000 to 10,000 feet. The journey would give an opportunity to international and domestic tourists to enjoy the scenic view.
Maharashtra inks MoU with Tata Trust for skill training of youth
The Maharashtra government and Tata Trust has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a skill training programme for the youth in the state. The programme has been undertaken under the state government’s “Kushal Maharashtra, Rojgaryukt Maharashtra” initiative. Under the programme, skill development and vocational training centres will be set up in 10 districts in the state. Virtual classrooms will also be set up in 100 ITIs in Maharashtra. The Trust will improve infrastructure in Industrial Training Institutes.
Bihar Government approves 35 per cent job reservation for women
Fulfilling a key election promise of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Bihar cabinet gave the green signal to 35 per cent reservation for women in state government jobs. The decision marked Nitish’s first big step in this direction in nearly 10 years after unveiling 50 per cent reservation for women in panchayat and local body polls in 2006.