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  • Assam launches its first air ambulance for the public

    The government of Assam inaugurated its first air ambulance of the state. It will operate from Guwahati airport. The air ambulance is equipped with all emergency medical equipment and medical team to take care of patients onboard. Unveiling the service, Patowary hoped that the air ambulance service would usher in a new era of healthcare for the patients of Assam and Northeast. Delhi-based Flaps Aviation Private Limited will operate its air ambulance service from Guwahati with “Book Air Ambulance” as its brand. The aim is to expand this facility to the capitals of all states.

    Union Cabinet increases carpet area of houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

    The Union Cabinet approved an increase in carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for Middle Income Group (MIG) under Pradhan Mantri AwasYojana (Urban). The purpose is to further enhance the scope, coverage, and outreach of Scheme for Middle Income Group (MIG) under Pradhan Mantri AwasYojana (Urban). The purpose is to further enhance the scope, coverage, and outreach of Scheme and outreach of Scheme. The limit of 120 sqm and 150 sqm is seen as reasonable enhancement and it will cater to the market generally scouted by MIG belonging to two income category.

    Maharashtra CM Fadnavis launches initiative to curb Childhood Obesity; Schools to get BMI Dialers to measure BMI

    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched a new initiative against childhood obesity, which will directly benefit over 6,000 children in Pune alone by making them aware of their Body Mass Index (BMI).  As per the initiative, a BMI dialer will be given to the schools through which children will be able to know their BMI. India is the diabetes capital of the world and by 2025 is expected to be the second-largest country with childhood obesity, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The initiative was taken by Rotary Club of Koregaon Park with JT Foundation. The s campaign will ensure that childhood obesity will not hamper the growth or development of our future generations. This is a positive movement and the government will ensure support to spread this across Maharashtra.

    Maharashtra bans Plastic Bottles at Government Offices, Hotels

    Maharashtra government announced a ban on plastic bottles, with effect from 18 March 2018, which will cover government offices, functions and state educational institutes before it is extended to private institutes. They announced the new measures on plastic bottles ban, at a meeting with municipal officials in Mumbai on 16th November 2017. They that, plastic bottles will be prohibited at the Mantralaya – the state government headquarters, before the statewide ban comes into effect on Gudi Padwa, the Maharashtrian New Year, in March 2018. The state government is to hold meetings with beverage manufacturers and industry leaders and urge them to shift to environment-friendly options such as compostable plastic.

    Madhya Pradesh partners with Nagaland and Manipur under Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat Yojana

    Madhya Pradesh partnered with Nagaland and Manipur under Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat Yojana to strengthen cultural relations between them. The  Government has made its Higher Education Department as a nodal department to execute the scheme. They will participate in Sangai Mahotsav which is being organized in Manipur. Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat Yojana launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Ekta Diwas (31st October 2015) on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

    Karnataka launches project to install WiFi facilities in gram panchayats

    Karnataka State Government unveiled an ambitious project to install Wi-Fi facility in all gram panchayats across the state. During this year itself, Wi-Fi facility will be installed in 2500 gram panchayats. The main objective of this project is to bridge the digital divide. Through this project, each and every entrepreneur from the cities and towns across Karnataka, will be provides an opportunity to benefit from the enabling eco-system. This project is a part of Karnataka State Government’s efforts to strengthen the Information Technology sector in the state.

    Nagaland becomes first North East state to launch PoS for electricity bill payments

    Nagaland became the first among the North Eastern states to launch Point of Sale (PoS) for electricity bill payment. The PoS facility was formally launched by State Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar, at Kohima Electrical Subdivision-1 in Kohima on 16th November 2017. The Chief Engineer of Power Department, Khose Sale informed that PoS services will be extended to other major cities and districts of Nagaland.

    Hunar Haat inaugurated in IITF 2017

    The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs had organized Hunar Haat at India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.  It has become a successful mission to provide employment and employment opportunities and national as well international markets for thousands of master artisans from across the country. It has provided a platform to master artisans and craftsmen to display their rich heritage and skills. It is also providing domestic and international markets to these artisans and craftsmen.

    Union Government Bio-toilets to be installed in all trains by 2018-end

    The Union Ministry of Railways advanced target for 100% completion of installing human waste discharge free Bio-toilets in coaches to December 2017. Earlier, the target to install bio-toilets in all its coaches as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission was by September 2019.  The bacteria convert human fecal matter into the water and a few gases (including methane) by process of hydrolysis.

    Union Government to introduce BS-VI grade auto fuels in National capital Territory in 2018 instead of 2020

    The Petroleum Ministry in consultation with Public Oil Marketing Companies has decided for preponement of BS-VI grade auto fuels in National Capital Territory of Delhi from 1st April next year instead of 1st April 2020.  This is part of government's concerted efforts to reduce vehicular emissions and improve fuel efficiency with an aim to reduce the carbon footprints and keep a healthy environment. India has followed the regulatory pathway for fuel quality and vehicle emissions standards termed as Bharat Stage or BS.

    Power Minister launches National Portal for power sector

    Power Ministry launched a National Power Portal (NPP), a centralized platform for collation and dissemination of Indian power sector information. The portal may be accessed at The NPP is a centralised system for the power sector which facilitates online data capture/input (daily, monthly, annually) from generation, transmission and distribution utilities.

    President Ram Nath Kovind to lay foundation stones of various projects in Ranchi on the occasion of Jharkhand state foundation day

    President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurate a Johar schemes worth one thousand five hundred crores rupees aimed at doubling the income of two lakh rural poor and give appointment letters to 254 doctors, 363 teachers, and 24 college Principal and start service of dial 108 free Ambulance service.  He lay foundation stones for two flyovers and two smart roads of Ranchi are also planned from Morahabadi. President Ramnath Kovind will attend a function at Yogda Satsang Ashram at Ranchi.

    Uttar Pradesh Tops in Mobilising Jan Dhan Accounts

    Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) launched to further the financial inclusion process in the country have gathered momentum in some northern States post demonetisation. With its area and size of the population, Uttar Pradesh tops in opening new PMJDY accounts. In fact, one-fifth of the more than five crore new PMJDY accounts in the Indian banking system came from Uttar Pradesh alone. Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal cumulatively added another 2.2 crore new accounts in the last one year.

    Northeast to get India first ever Air Dispensary

    Northeast is set to get India’s first-ever “Air Dispensary” based in a helicopter and the Union Ministry of Development of Northeast (DONER) already contributed Rs. 25 crores as part of the initial funding. As per the plan, the helicopter will be based at two locations, namely Imphal in Manipur and Meghalaya in Shillong. From these two locations, specialist doctors, paramedical staff, and necessary equipment would move into the helicopter and hold a dispensary in different locations across the eight States of North Eastern Region.

    Rajyavardhan Rathore releases the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017

    Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge), Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore released the ‘India Youth Development Index and Report 2017’ in New Delhi. In India Youth Development Index 2017, the five dimensions of Global Youth Development Index (Global YDI) have been retained. These five dimensions are education, health and well-being, employment and opportunity, political participation and civic participation for young people.

    WCD Ministry to Host Hausala 2017 to Celebrate Child Rights Week

    The Ministry of Women and Child Development would be celebrating the Child Rights Week by hosting ‘Hausala 2017’ festival from 16-20 November 2017. The festival will be hosted by the Ministry as an Inter CCI Festival for the children who reside in Child Care Institutions (CCIs). The week was chosen as the nation celebrates the Children’s Day on 14 November and the International Child Rights Day is celebrated annually on 20 November.

    Assets worth Five thousand crores will be distributed on the occasion of 17th Jharkhand Foundation Day

    The occasion of 17th Jharkhand Foundation Day, the state government will distribute an asset worth Rs.5, 000 crores on November 15. President Ramnath Kovind will be present as the chief guest at the Foundation Day celebrations. The assets are provided to the beneficiaries at the Maherabadi Ground, under Ujjwala Plan, Crop Insurance Scheme, Swile Health Health Scheme, Dudharu gaay Distribution Scheme, Mudra Yojana, Prime Minister Employment Guarantee Scheme, Jharkhand State Livelihood Mission Scheme and Pradhanmantri Awas Yojana. Jharkhand was founded in eastern India created from the southern part of Bihar on 15 November 2000.

    Karnataka inks pacts with Chinese firms

    Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated the sixth China-India Forum meet being jointly hosted by the Government of China, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), China-India Friendship Association (CIFA), and Podar Enterprise in Bengaluru. Karnataka Minister for Large and Medium Industries RV Deshpande stated Karnataka expected trade and investments between India and China to increase as India sees big opportunities to attract Chinese companies to Make in India, besides attracting investments.

    Sainik Sankshema Sabha to be organised in all districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

    The Sainik Sankshema Sabha will be organized in all districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The Inauguration of Dakshin Bharat Area at a rally and grievance redressal programme held in Secunderabad. The Headquarters Telangana & Andhra Sub Area under the aegis of HQ Dakshin Bharat Area conducted. Thousands of former armed forces personnel from Ranga Reddy, Medchal, Malkajgiri, Vikarabad, and Hyderabad districts including those who had served in World War-II attended the rally.

    Union Government to launch BharatNet Phase 2 project

    The Union government will launch its second and final phase of the BharatNet project to provide high-speed broadband service in all Gram Panchayats by March 2019. It will be implemented at an outlay of around 34 thousand crore rupees. Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is organizing a National Conference in New Delhi in which it will sign MoUs with states for the implementation of the second phase of BharatNet. Under this phase, broadband connectivity will be provided in remaining 1.5 lakh Gram Panchayats in the country. Almost 90 thousand installations have been completed and broadband services are expected to commence in 80 thousand Gram Panchayats soon.

    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced World Bank backed Rs.6,000 crore irrigation scheme

    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced World Bank-backed Rs.6,000 crore scheme to improve the irrigation facilities and water accessibility capacity in several states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Telangana. Gadkari also announced Rs.25,000 crore-worth Daman Ganga-Pinjar inter-state river connectivity project, which is expected to resolve the domestic water supply demand of Mumbai.

    India became the first country to partner with Facebook on disaster response

    India is the first country to partner with social networking site Facebook on disaster response, Union minister Kiren Rijiju announced at the inaugural meeting of the 'India Disaster Response Summit', organised jointly by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Facebook. The programme will be piloted in two disaster-prone states - Assam and Uttarakhand.

    Bike Ambulance On Pilot Basis to be introduced in Delhi from January

    Starting January, bike ambulance facilities would be introduced on a pilot basis in three of Delhi's 11 districts - East, North-east, and Shahdara. It aims to provide quick pre-hospital care response in congested areas of the city by introducing the First Responder Vehicles (FRVs). The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal at the Raj Niwas in New Delhi.

    India soon to get mini version of Niagara Falls in Bengaluru

    Indians can soon get their ‘mini’ version of Niagara Falls in Bengaluru. Bengaluru’s iconic Lalbagh botanical gardens will soon sport a mini Niagara Falls and it is expected to be ready by January.  The artificial waterfall will have water falling down from a height of 25 feet and a width of 120 feet. The Rs 2.7 Crore project is being funded by the state horticulture department. It has been in the works for over a year and is being executed by the public works department.

    Ayurvedic AIIMS will be set up in Haryanas Panchkula to promote Ayurveda in the state

    Haryana government planned to promote AYUSH as well as allopathy, Unani and natural systems of medicine. In order to promote Ayurveda in the state, Ayurvedic AIIMS would be set up over 20 acres of land in Panchkula.

    Adani Power Inks Power Purchase Agreement with Bangladesh

    Adani Power (Jharkhand) inked long-term pact with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) to supply electricity from its upcoming 1,600 MW plant at Godda in Jharkhand. It has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for the net capacity of 1,496 MW with BPDB for 25 years. The power supply under the PPA will be made from a new  1,600 MW (2x800 MW) ultra-supercritical, coal-based power plant to be set up by Adani Power (Jharkhand).

    IRDA makes linking of Aadhaar with insurance policy mandatory

    Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) announced that linking of Aadhaar number to insurance policies is now a mandatory requirement under Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017.  This norm of linking Aadhaar number to insurance policies will apply to new customers as well as existing policyholders. Besides, it will apply not only to life insurance policies but also to general insurance policies. Insurance industry experts believe that this norm will be helpful during claims settlement.

    Kerala government launched She Pad scheme for school girls in Kerala

    Kerala government launched a new scheme for school students named ‘She Pad’ in Kerala. It will benefit the girls of classes 6 to 12 in Kerala and will be implemented in 300 schools in 114 panchayats this year. Women’s Development Corporation in collaboration with the local governments will be implementing it, this year in 300 schools. This will be expanded to all schools in Kerala in the coming years.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Hasina to inaugurate train service between Kolkata and Khulna through video conferencing

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina will jointly inaugurate the long-awaited direct train-service between Kolkata and Khulna through video-conferencing. The new train service, called Bandhan Express, is the second cross-border train between the two neighboring countries. They will also launch two railway bridges, built with the Indian line of credit. 

    Surat bags best city bus services award for attracting 87 percent of private vehicle users

    Gujarat state is considered as one of the best models that have provided employment, economy, infrastructure and law and order to the state. It has been chosen for the ‘Best City Bus Services Award’ by the Central government. Notably, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs gave the award to Surat Municipal Corporation for operating the 'best city bus services'. The corporation bagged the award for attracting 87 percent of a private vehicle and auto-rickshaw users to its buses. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs announced these awards to promote the best practices in urban transport and these are presented at the annual conference.

    Odisha being ‘focus state’ of World Food India-2017 set to get investments from Amul worth around Rs.250 Crores

    Odisha being the ‘focus state’ of mega event World Food India-2017 (WFI), the state set to get investments from Amul worth around Rs.250 Crores. With an aim to tap huge diary potential of Odisha, Gujarat based dairy cooperative, Amul announced that it will invest around Rs 250 crore in the State.  It is the second biggest market for Amul in India. Currently, there is a supply gap of 30 lakh liters of milk per day in the State.

    Telangana set to get 24x7 power supply to boost agriculture sector

    Telangana set to provide 24x7 power supply in order to boost farm sector. The state government decided to take this initiative by supplying 'quality' and 'uninterrupted' power on an experimental basis in the entire state to the agricultural sector.  Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao did experimental basis 24-hour power supply would be given from Monday night for five or six days all over the state for the agriculture sector. Transco, Genco and Discoms SPDCL and NPDCL have invested about Rs. 12,000 Crore to strengthen the distribution and supply systems. About 23 lakh pump sets are in use in the State farm sector.

    Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana launched to Promote Philately

    Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha launched a Pan India scholarship program for school children called Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana to increase the reach of Philately. Under the scheme of SPARSH (Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude & Research in Stamps as a Hobby), it is proposed to award annual scholarships to children of Standard VI to IX having good academic record and also pursuing Philately as a hobby.

    Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal Launches 647 Schemes for Development of Majuli

    Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal rolled out 647 schemes entailing an investment of Rs 24.57 crore for development of the world's largest river island Majuli. Out of these, 448 schemes under MGNREGA involved Rs 21.90 crore and 199 schemes under 14th Finance Commission have an outlay of Rs 2.67 crores.

    Andhra Pradesh to convert 29,000 fair price shops into village malls

    The Andhra Pradesh government has announced plans to convert 29,000 fair price shops across the state into mini-malls, offering subsidised grains along with over 500 grocery items and fast-moving consumer goods. The initiative is aimed at improving the rural population's lifestyle by providing them with access to high-quality grocery products.

    Aadhaar linked IRCTC accounts can book 12 tickets a month

    Indian Railways has increased the monthly cap on tickets booked on the IRCTC portal from six to 12 for Aadhaar-verified passengers. The move aims to encourage passengers to link the 12-digit unique numbers to their online booking accounts on IRCTC. However, passengers can continue to book up to six tickets a month without validating their Aadhaar number.

    Govt may make gold jewellery hallmarking mandatory by January

    The government is planning to make hallmarking along with carat count mandatory for the gold jewellery sold in India, by January 2018. It will be done for jewellery in three categories — 14 carat, 18 carat and 22 carat. Food and Consumers Affairs Minister - Ram Vilas Paswan.

    Seventh Asia Ministerial Energy Roundtable Held in Bangkok

    The Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan was on an official visit to Bangkok, Thailand to participate in the IEF 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER7). India is the current chair of International Energy Forum (IEF) which is promoting the AMER - a biennial event bringing together Energy Ministers and experts from Asian countries.

    Central Government launched the Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana, an annual scholarship for students collecting stamps

    The central government launched the Deen Dayal SPARSH (Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude and Research in Stamps as a Hobby) Yojana, an annual scholarship to promote philately, the hobby of collecting and studying postage stamps. Only students of Class 6 to Class 9 will be eligible for the scholarship. The amount of scholarship will be Rs 6,000 per annum. The scholarship will be provided to 920 students who have a good academic record and pursue philately.

    Maharashtra Government Adds 18m to Shivaji statue, to be World’s Tallest at 210m

    The 210-metre-high statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj received environmental clearance, making it the world’s tallest statue, once built. the Maharashtra government plans to build it in the sea off the Mumbai coast. The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) approved the government’s application to increase the height from the earlier proposed 192 mmeters Currently, the Spring Temple Buddha statue, which stands at 208 metres in China, is the world’s tallest statue.

    Central Government allocated Rs 109 crores to promote tourism projects in Puducherry

    Central Government earmarked Rs 109 crores to promote heritage and spiritual tourism projects under ‘Swadesh Darshan’ Scheme in Puducherry. The main focuses on integrated development of tourist circuits around specific themes.

    Bihar Government to apply reservation formula in engaging outsourced employees

    The Bihar government decided to follow its reservation policy while engaging professionals and other employees through outsourcing agencies. The new policy will make private outsourcing agencies recruit manpower based on the reservation policy of the state government if they want to work with the state agencies. Thousands of IT professionals have been engaged by the state government and the district administrations to run IT operations including Beltron and skill development centers.

    Haryana Government Announces Lifetime Pensions for 'Hindi Satyagrahis'

    The state government of Haryana has announced lifetime monthly pension of Rs 10,000 for 'Hindi Satyagrahis' and those from the state who were jailed during the Emergency. The state government also announced that it would be providing enhanced financial assistance to World War-II veterans and their widows. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu was the Chief Guest for the occasion.

    Bharti AXA Life Appoints Vikas Seth as CEO

    Bharti AXA Life Insurance, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and AXA, appointed Vikas Seth as Chief Executive Officer. The appointment is subject to requisite IRDAI approval. Prior to joining Bharti AXA Life, he was with the Aditya Birla Group, where he worked for nearly 10 years in different roles. He has also served as the Chief Distribution Officer for Birla Sun Life Insurance.

    India and World Bank Signed $200 Million Loan Agreement for Assam

    The Government of India and the World Bank signed a $200 million Loan Agreement for the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project. The Project will support Assam to facilitate agri-business investments, increase agricultural productivity and market access. The Project will be implemented in over 16 Districts of Assam. Over 500,000 farming households will directly benefit from the Project.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurated Bidar-Kalaburagi New Railway Line in Karnataka

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Bidar - Kalaburagi New Railway Line to the Nation by unveiling a plaque at Bidar Railway Station, in Karnataka. He also flagged off the DEMU Service between Bidar and Kalaburagi.

    Uttar Pradesh declares Vrindavan, Barsana as sacred sites

    Uttar Pradesh State Government issued an order notifying Vrindavan and Barsana towns in Mathura district as “pavitra teerth sthals” (sacred pilgrimage sites). Due to this notification, no meat and liquor shops will be allowed in these towns anymore. Departments of urban development, excise, food and drug administration, general administration and home have been directed by the State Government to ensure that necessary steps are taken in this regard within three months. It is to be noted that, Vrindavan and Barsana are the first two places to be notified as teerth sthal in Uttar Pradesh Government records.

    Ministry of External Affairs Launches AsktheSpokesperson for better understanding of foreign policy

    The Ministry of External Affairs launched the “#AsktheSpokesperson” initiative on Twitter, to create better awareness and understanding of foreign policy issues to general public. #AsktheSpokesperson initiative will be a regular feature to engage and educate the public about foreign policy matters in simplified terms. It will be held every 2months. The Ministry invites questions from the public on India’s foreign policy and selected questions would be responded by the Official Spokesperson. It also launched its LinkedIn profile.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates International Conference on Consumer Protection

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated two-day International Conference on Consumer Protection for east, south and Southeast Asian countries in New Delhi. This conference is being hosted by the Department of Consumer Affairs under Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Theme of this conference is ‘Empowering Consumers in New Markets’.

    Piyush Goyal launches first set of solar plants with capacity of 5 MW

    Railway Minister Piyush Goyal launched the first set of solar plants with a total capacity of 5 megawatt in New Delhi area. The project is part of the government's National Solar Mission in which Indian Railways plans to commission one thousand Megawatt solar plants across its network. The railways are working towards speeding up its electrification and road-map for identifying various solutions to achieve larger goal of transforming Railways as a 100 per cent de-carbonised and most energy efficient.

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