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  • Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma signed as ambassadors of Skill India Campaign

    The two stars of the film 'Sui Dhaaga - Made in India', have been signed on to promote and endorse the Skill India Mission (SIM), chaired by the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Skill India Mission is led by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and aims to standardise vocational training.

    Swachh Dhara programme for clean water flagged off in Amaravati

    The main objective is to provide clean drinking water across the state. The Tankers providing water across the state will be cleaned periodically. About Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister: N Chandrababu Naidu. Governor: E.S.L Narasimha. Capital: Amaravati. National Parks: Sri Venkateswara National Park, Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Papikonda National Park.

    India's first tribal circuit tourism project under Swadesh Darshan scheme inaugurated at Chhattisgarh

    The central government had allocated about 100 crore rupees to develop this project to highlight tribal culture to the domestic and foreign tourists. The circuit connects 13 tourism sites in Chhattisgarh - Jashpur, Kunkuri, Mainpat, Kamleshpur, Maheshpur, Kurdar, Sarodadadar, Gangrel, Kondagaon, Nathiya Nawagaon, Jagdalpur, Chitrakoot, and Tirthgarh. Under the theme of the tribal circuit, close to Rs 400 crore has been sanctioned to the states of Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Nagaland.

    PM Modi, Bangladesh PM launch 3 key projects via video conferencing

    PM Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina have launched three key projects: ♦ 15-km Akhaura-Agartala rail link which will be operational in next two years; ♦ rebuilding Kulaura-Shahbazpur section of Bangladesh Railways. ♦ The third project is the additional 500MW power supply from India to Bangladesh via Bheramara-Baharampur interconnection.

    Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana to Cover Child Cancer Treatment

    The child cancer will be treated under the Ayushman Bharat scheme and the rate in this regard is fixed. According to the announcement made, 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres will be opened across India by 2022 under the scheme.  The centres will provide comprehensive health care for diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.  

    Continuation of Centrally Sponsored Umbrella Scheme of Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats for 2017-20 approved by Cabinet

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the continuation of the Centrally Sponsored Umbrella Scheme of Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-IDWH)beyond the 12th Plan period from 2017-18 to 2019-20.   The Scheme consists of Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger (CSS-PT), Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-DWH) and Project Elephant (CSS-PE). 

    Smriti Irani inaugurated 'digital village' in Amethi

    Union textiles minister Smriti Irani inaugurated a 'digital village' in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, the parliamentary constituency of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Under the digital village project, there would be 206 programmes available for the people including a Wi-Fi Chaupal, LED bulb manufacturing, a unit to make sanitary pads and PM digital literacy initiative.

    Rajasthan Government to Provide Free Mobile Phones To Women Of BPL Families

    The main aim of the government is to transfer financial and non-financial benefits of government schemes in a transparent manner. The state government will also provide free Wifi facilities to as many as 5,000-gram panchayats to ensure that the state is well connected with the outside world.  

    Germany to give Rs 990 crore loan for Clean Ganga Mission

    In an effort to clean the river Ganga, Germany is providing a soft loan of euro 120 million (approx. Rs 990 crore) to India to strengthen sewage water treatment infrastructure in Uttarakhand. The purpose of the project ‘Clean Ganga Mission’ is to reduce the inflow of untreated wastewater in River Ganga and, thus, to improve the water quality of the river. The initiative also includes construction of 13 sewage pumping stations.

    Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Launches Overdraft Facility For MSEs

    The facility is an add-on product to the existing MSE term loans offered by the bank.  The OD facility is offered to all MSEs with a turnover of Rs 50 lakh or more, at a competitive rate of interest. 

    NITI Aayog Releases 5 Thematic Reports On Indian Himalayan Region

    It was released by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, CEO Amitabh Kant and member Dr V K Saraswat in New Delhi.  The themes include Inventory and Revival of Springs in the Himalayas for Water Security, Sustainable Tourism, and Transformative Approach to Shifting Cultivation, Strengthening Skill and Entrepreneurship Landscape in the Himalayas. Himalayan Tourism is growing annually at 6.8% has created a huge challenge related to solid waste, water, traffic, loss of bio-cultural diversity.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch India Post Payments Bank on September 1

    The launch of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) was recently rescheduled in the wake of seven-day national mourning declared after the demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. IPPB has permission to link around 17-crore postal savings bank (PSB) accounts with its account.

    September 2018 will be observed National Nutrition Month

    Union Ministry of Women and Child Development announced to observe September 2018 as the National Nutrition Month to mark the country’s fight against malnutrition.  The month-long intensive campaign will be undertaken with an aim of reaching every household with message of nutrition — ‘har ghar posha.  

    India's First project of Swadesh Darshan launched in Manipur

    The Manipur Governor, Dr. Najma A. Heptulla inaugurated the project ‘Development of North East Circuit: Imphal & Khongjom’ implemented under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The project which covers two sites – Kangla Fort in Imphal and Khongjom was taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 72,22,82607 under the Union Ministry of Tourism. About 'Swadesh Darshan': ♦ 'Swadesh Darshan' (tour of country) is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Tourism for the development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner. ♦ The scheme was launched in 2014-15 and the ministry has so far sanctioned 70 projects at a cost of Rs 5,708.88 crore.

    Odisha government launched Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana

    On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik launched Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) which provides annual cashless health coverage of Rs 5 lakh per beneficiary family per annum. More than 70 lakh families will be benefited by the scheme. Patnaik also handed over 'Uttam Jeevan Rakshya Padak' and 'Jeevan Rakshya Padak' to two children - Pankaj Kumar Mahanta and Mamata Dalai, respectively, for their act of bravery. Mamata Dalai (6) was selected for the award after she fearlessly fought against a crocodile to save her sister Asantis life last year. Similarly, Pankaj Mahanta (15) had displayed courage by diving into the Baitarani river and saved three women who were drowning in the river.

    West Bengal Government removed family income ceiling for Kanyashree Prakalpa scheme

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lifted the ceiling on annual family income for the beneficiaries of her government’s flagship women welfare scheme ‘Kanyashree’ that aims to ensure girls stay in school and delay their marriages till at least the age of 18. Kanyashree was launched on October 1, 2013 to prevent early marriage of girl children of socio-economically disadvantaged families whose annual income is Rs 1,20,000 or less. This Scheme received the United Nations Public Service Award last year.

    FSSAI launches RUCO initiative to collect, convert used cooking oil into biofuel

    Around 64 companies at 101 locations have been identified to enable collection of used cooking oil. According to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI ), India has the potential to recover 220 crore litres of used cooking oil for the production of biodiesel by 2022 through co-ordinated action.

    Delhi gets free WiFi, broadband under 'Smart City' project

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched a host of new Smart City projects in Delhi. The event took place at the Charkha Park in Connaught Place. Besides launching the two projects to provide high speed connectivity in the city, the Union Home Minister also launched other projects under the Centre's Smart City initiative. These projects include-- ♦ a solar tree, ♦ an ideation centre, ♦ smart poles, ♦ Amdedkar Vatika, ♦ two hi-tech nurseries, ♦ 50 LED interactive screens, ♦ four mechanical road sweepers, ♦ two litter picking machines and ♦ 10 auto tippers.

    Vienna named world's most liveable city, Melbourne at 2nd

    For the first time, Austria's capital Vienna has topped the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index for 2018, beating Australian city Melbourne, which had topped the list for the past seven years. Osaka in Japan came third followed by Calgary in Canada while Sydney is fifth. Syrian city Damascus was placed at the bottom of the list.

    Film Actor Akshay Kumar Becomes Brand Ambassador For Road Safety Campaigns

    Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari launched three short films for generating public awareness towards road safety.  Akshay Kumar featured in these films, which are directed by Shri R.Balki.

    NITI Aayog Launches Pitch To MOVE

    It is a mobility pitch competition that aims to provide budding entrepreneurs of India a unique opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a distinguished jury. The main aim is to identify and incentivise the startups, which will help the Government realize its vision of Shared, Connected, Intermodal and Environment-Friendly Mobility for India.   

    Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan will be launched on 25th September

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAA) or Ayushman Bharat scheme will be launched on 25th September. The scheme aims to provide a healthcare cover of Rs.5 lakh per family per annum. The scheme is expected to benefit more than 10 crore poor families. Ayushman Bharat: ♦ Ayushman Bharat is a government-sponsored healthcare scheme to provide healthcare cover of Rs 5 lakh to 10 crore poor families every year for secondary and tertiary hospitalisation ♦ The scheme will be applicable only to the poor who are from the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) database ♦ The benefits of the scheme are portable across the country ♦ The scheme also allows the poor people to benefit from cashless healthcare services from a public/private hospital ♦ Around 1 lakh ‘Ayushman Mitras’ will be set at the hospitals as part of the scheme to assist patients enrolled under the scheme

    Union Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated NDMC Smart City Projects

    These projects are undertaken by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).  The inauguration was done by Union Minister Rajnath Singh  The projects include Smart Poles, Solar Tree, Ideation Centre, 50 LED interactive screens, Ambedkar Vatika and various other things.  

    IT Minister released Digital North East Vision 2022 In Guwahati

    The document 'Digital North East Vision 2022' emphasizes on digital technologies to transform the lives of people of the northeast and enhance the ease of living. Our Union  Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad released the document. The Document identifies eight digital thrust areas - Digital Infrastructure, Digital services, Digital empowerment, Promotion of Electronics Manufacturing, Promotion of IT and ITES including BPOs, Digital Payments, Innovation & Startups, and Cybersecurity.

    Haryana Government to launch Ayushman Bharat scheme on Aug 15

    The main aim of the scheme to provide cashless healthcare facilities to beneficiaries at empanelled hospitals.  The scheme would be initially implemented on a pilot basis in one government hospital in each of the 22 districts, one ESI hospital and one medical college.  Under the scheme, families identified by the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) would be provided with coverage of Rs 5 lakh.  

    Cabinet extended PMGSY beyond the 12th five year plan period

    The government approved that the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) can be continued even beyond the 12th five year plan period. PMGSY was to establish rural road connectivity. It will be connecting 38,412 habitations at an estimated cost of Rs.84,934 crore. In this, the central government would share Rs.54,900 crore and the state would share Rs.30,034 crore.  According to PMGSY, 6,58,143 km road was planned to be completed. Against the target, 5,50,601 km road length was completed. Under, PMGSY-II, against the target length of 50,000 km, around 32,100 km road length has been sanctioned in 13 States.  PMGSY: PMGSY was launched on December 25, 2000. The aim is to provide All-Weather road connectivity to the eligible unconnected habitations in rural areas of Country.

    Project 'SWAYAM' launched By HRD Ministry

    'Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds' (SWAYAM), aims to provide one integrated platform and portal for online courses.  This course covers all higher education subjects and skill sector courses.  The main objective is to ensure that every student in the country has access to the best quality higher education at the affordable cost.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch 650 branches of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) on the 21st of this month

    The event will take place at the capital's Talkatora stadium. The government is planning to utilize 650 branches as controlling offices for servicing and monitoring post offices.  These branches will be linked to IPPB by the end of this year. There are 370 million different types of accounts at post offices, which will be linked to IPPB gradually.  

    S Gopakumar appointed as Director and General Manager In UIIC

    Gopakumar was serving GIC Housing Finance Ltd as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. United India Insurance Company (wholly owned by the Government of India) is the 2nd Largest General Insurance company with a premium of Rs.16000+ Crore in India. The Gross Domestic Premium for the Financial Year 2017-18 is above Rs.17300 crores.

    Union Government, NABARD And NWDA sign Revised MoA For Funding Of Projects Under PMKSY

    Around 99 prioritized irrigation projects are signed under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).  The funding is done through the Long Term Irrigation Fund (LTIF).  The revised MoA will enable the Ministry of Water Resources to release Central Assistance to prioritize projects under PMKSY as per the requirements from time to time.

    NITI Aayog identified 117 districts as Aspirational Districts for RUSA Scheme

    During the second phase of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), central assistance is provided for opening of new Model Degree Colleges (MDCs) in  ‘Aspirational Districts’ identified by NITI Aayog and in unserved & underserved districts in North Eastern and Himalayan States. These districts have been selected on the basis of the composite index which includes published data of deprivation enumerated under Socio-Economic Caste Census, Health & Nutrition, Education and Basic Infrastructure.

    Startup India Launches Academia Alliance Programme

    Startup India is a unique mentorship opportunity between academic scholars and startups to fulfill the Indian Government’s mission and to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in the country. The main aim is to build bridge between the academia and industry to implement the third pillar on which the Startup India Action Plan is based - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Incubation.  

    Union Govt approved research projects worth over Rs 100 crore under IMPRINT-2 scheme

    Around 122 new research projects of 112 crore rupees under its Impacting Research Innovation and Technology ‘IMPRINT-2’ scheme are approved. IMPRINT - 2 is a government initiative to address the major science and engineering challenges that India must address and champion to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance.

    Uttar Pradesh Mughal Sarai Junction renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction

    The Mughalsarai station got a new name after Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik. Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah inaugurated the renamed station.  It is located on the main Howrah-Delhi Grand Chord line.

    Mukhyamantri Kanya Utthan Yojana was launched in Bihar

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched ‘Mukhyamantri Kanya Utthan Yojana’, a scheme for the girl child. The scheme will provide Rs.54,100 for a girl child from her birth until she graduates.  This is to express the State government’s resolve for the empowerment of women. The ‘scheme will be run by three departments namely education, health and social welfare.  The Chief Minister also said that the amount under the ‘Bicycle Yojna’ will be increased from Rs.2500 to Rs.3000.

    Andhra Pradesh government launched 'Mukhya Mantri Yuva Nestham'

    Under the scheme, an allowance of Rs 1000 per month will be provided to unemployed youth in the state. About 12 lakh youths in the age group of 22-35 years will get the benefit of the scheme. Andhra Pradesh CM - Chandrababu Naidu

    Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat emerges most-attractive state for investors in Investment Potential Index

    Delhi emerged the most-attractive state for investors on the top position on the National Council for Applied and Economic Research (NCAER)’s 2018 State Investment Potential Index. In the overall rankings, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, and Kerala emerged the most attractive States to do business, while Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, and Bihar were at the bottom.

    NABARD sanctions Rs 772 Crore For Water Projects In Haryana

    In Haryana, water projects will supply water for 256 villages and 72 hamlets. The state government has sent three more project proposals costing Rs 236.85 crores About NABARD Full form: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Head Quarters: Mumbai Founded on: 12 July 1982. Chairman- Harsh Kumar Bhanwala.

    Startup India Yatra launched in Chhattisgarh

    The Startup India Yatra launched in Raipur, the capital city of Chattisgarh.  Startup India is a flagship initiative of the Government of India. Aim:- To promote job creation in tier 2 and tier 3 towns and cities. Main pillars of the program are Simplification and Hand Holding Funding Support and Incentives Industry Academia Partnership and incubation  

    Union Minister JP Nadda launches National Viral Hepatitis Control Program

    To eradicate viral hepatitis by the year of 2030, Union Minister J P Nadda launches National Viral Hepatitis Control Program. He released the Operational Guidelines for National Viral Hepatitis Control Program, National Laboratory Guidelines for Viral Hepatitis Testing and National Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management of Viral Hepatitis.  The programme has been developed in association with all stakeholders who have worked at the grass-root level and has been launched in accordance with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), 2030.

    Dharmendra Pradhan laid foundation stone of Permanent Campus For NSTI, Women In Mohali

    This is the first Nanoscience and technology (NSTI)Institute for Punjab and only one of its kind in India which is exclusively for women.   The Minister also launched a unique Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) which would admit differently abled persons as well, also a first of its kind in India at Mohali.  He launched India’s first in-phone guide and mobile application “Go whats That”  in Chandigarh.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Projects Worth Rs 60,000 Crore In Lucknow

    The union government has estimated about 2.1 lakh jobs in the states through these projects. In the event attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and business tycoons like Gautam Adani and Kumar Mangalam Birla 81 projects are launched in Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. The ceremony was held to implement 81 of the 1,045 MoUs signed at the Uttar Pradesh Investors’ Summit.  By the year 2022, the government ensured everyone will get a permanent house.  In order to meet this target, the government has approved 54 lakh houses in the cities and also provided more than 1 crore houses to people in the village.

    Free WiFi services for villages adopted by MPs across India

    All villages adopted by the Member of Parliaments (MPs) under 'Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna', will be provided free WiFi services across India by the Government. Government has targeted to link each of the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats of India through optical fibre network under Bharat Net Project, which aims to provide high-speed internet by March 2019. About Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana:- ♦ Launched on:- 11 October 2014 (On Birth anniversary of Jayaprakash Narayan) ♦ Launched by - Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi ♦ List of a few important adoptions :- ► Under the scheme, Narendra Modi has adopted Jayapur village his constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. ►Sonia Gandhi adopted Udwa village in her constituency Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. ►Rahul Gandhi adopted Deeh village in his constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. ►Sachin Tendulkar adopted Puttamraju vari Kandriga(P.R.Kandriga) a village near Gudur in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. And Donja village in Osmanabad district of Marathwada, Maharastra.

    Three Indian States launched Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018

    Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand launched Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 (SSG-2018), which was announced by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation on July 13, 2018. Under the SSG 2018, an independent survey agency will conduct survey in all districts from August 1 - 31, 2018 on the basis of sanitation (Swachhata) parameters. The top performing states and districts would be awarded on October 2, 2018, ie., birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. As part of Swachh Survekshan Grameen, 6980 villages in 698 districts across India will be covered.

    Govt reduced minimum yearly deposit for Sukanya Samriddhi account

    The government has slashed the minimum annual deposit requirement for accounts under the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) to Rs 250 from Rs 1,000. The maximum amount that can be deposited in a year is Rs 1.5 lakh. Sukanya Samriddhi scheme was launched in January 2015, under which a parent or legal guardian can open an account in the name of the girl child until she attains the age of ten years. The account opened under the scheme will be valid for 21 years from the date of opening, after which it will mature and the money will be paid to the girl child in whose name the account is opened.

    Ministry of Human Resource Development announced 'Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat' scheme

    The initiative has been launched under 'Samagra Shiksha'. Under this initiative, government will give an annual library grant to schools to promote reading culture. The grant will be given to Primary to Senior Secondary levels and will vary between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 20,000.

    NMCG organises Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan in five Ganga Basin states

    National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) is running  “Ganga VriksharopanAbhiyan” in five main stem Ganga basin states namely Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.  The drive was launched on the 9th July and the week upto 15th July was observed as ‘ShubharambhSaptah’.  State Forest Departments of these states have been made the nodal agencies for the smooth and effective execution of the campaign.  The participation from Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), Ganga VicharManch (GVM), NGOs and educational institutions are encouraging. The campaign has been initiated as part of the Forest Interventions in Ganga (FIG) component of Namami Gange Programme. About NMCG ♦ National Mission for Clean Ganga is the implementation wing of National Ganga Council which was set up in October 2016 under the River Ganga. ♦ The main aim is to clean the Ganga and its tributaries in a comprehensive manner.

    Aadhaar not mandatory for Rs. 5 lakh insurance under Modicare

    The Health Ministry has clarified it's not mandatory for beneficiaries to submit Aadhaar details for seeking ₹5-lakh health insurance under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, dubbed as 'Modicare'. About Ayushman Bharat: Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.

    Ministry of Drinking water and sanitation launched Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018

    The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched the Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 (SSG 2018) in the Delhi. An independent survey agency will conduct the survey in all districts and the results will be announced in the form of a ranking of all districts and states on the basis of quantitative and qualitative sanitation parameters. The top-performing states and districts will be awarded on 2nd October 2018. The objective of SSG 2018 is to undertake a ranking of states and districts on the basis of their performance attained on key quantitative and qualitative SBM-G parameters.

    Gujarat approved Rs 39 crore 'Seema Darshan' Project for infra development

    Chief Minister Vijay Rupani gave in-principal approval for the project "Seema Darshan", which is also referred as border tourism project at Nadabet near Suigam in Banaskantha district. The approval was given at a review meeting held in Gandhinagar, which entails development of an exhibition hall and a parade ground with an amphitheatre for 5,000 people, under phase-2 of the project. An investment of Rs 22 crore was made into the phase-1 of the project that was launched on December 24, 2016. The project will encourage local economic activity in the Rann of Kutchh region and in adjoining flamingo and wild ass sanctuaries.

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