Manipur Assembly Passed Bills for Protection of Indigenous People
- The Manipur Assembly unanimously passed three bills i.e., Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015, the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (7th amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015 on August 31, 2015 to protect the indigenous people of the State.
- The bills were passed by voice vote. The State government also adopted a resolution relating to the ‘Peace Accord’ signed by the government of India and NSCN(I-M).
- Recently, there was strong violent protest in the North-Eastern State of Manipur over the issue of protection of indigenous people of State.
- The issue came into light after state assembly had- passed the Manipur Regulation of Visitors, Tenant and Migrants Workers Bill, 2015 to protect the interest outsiders in the State. It should be noted that there is long standing demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the State.
Punjab Awarded for Achievement in Rooftop Solar Power Output
- Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy conferred 5 awards to Punjab for outstanding performance in the various fields of Renewable Energy Power Generation.
- These awards were awarded to Punjab during Foundation Day function of Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of State (AREAS) held at Bengaluru.
- Punjab bagged awards in the areas of for achieving highest cumulative grid connected solar rooftop power capacity.
- Deployment of highest cumulative numbers of Solar Water Pumps.
- Deployment of highest capacity addition of off-grid waste to energy plants.
- Achieving highest capacity,addition in grid connected solar power in the country.
Delhi’s ‘Aurangzeb Road’ Renamed after Abdul Kalam
- New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) gave its nod on August 28, 2015 that Aurangzeb Road in Lutyen’s Delhi will soon be known as APJ Abdul Kalam Road as per the requests from certain sections of the society for changing the name of the road as a tribute to the former President.
- APJ Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India, widely acclaimed as the People’s President’, passed away on July 27, 2015 after collapsing during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Shillong.
- Aurangzeb Road is India’s richest road where property prices are the highest in India and is located in the heart of Lutyens’ bungalow zone.
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Andhra Government Inked Pact with Tata Trusts
- The Andhra Pradesh government entered into an agreement with Tata Trusts on August 24, 2015 for community empowerment and improvement of overall living standards of people in 264 villages in the Vijayawada Lok Sabha constituency.
- Tata Trusts have identified these villages in Vijayawada region, mapped and geo-tagged them to implement ‘interventions in the thematic areas’ of bamboo cultivation, fisheries, nutrition and fortification along with micro planning and village development based on the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).
- This is the first of its kind of project undertaken by Tata Trust in the country to develop all villages of a single Parliamentary constituency.
- Around 2.5 lakh households in all villages of this constituency will benefit from this ambitious project in the way of social activities, nutrition, health and creating livelihood, etc.
Himachal Government Launched RISHTA Project
- Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh launched Rajiv Gandhi Illuminating Scheme for Hill Town Advancement (RISHTA) an efficient smart street lighting project at Shimla on August 21, 2015 which makes Himachal Pradesh the first State in North India to do so.
- LED-based, Energy, Efficient and Centralised Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) Smart Street Lighting Scheme for Urban Local bodies launched as a tribute to former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi on his 71st birth anniversary.
Gujarat High Court Stayed Compulsory Voting in Local Polls
- The Gujarat High Court stayed implementation of compulsory voting in local polls on August 21, 2015 after a lawyer moved a public interest litigation challenging the constitutional validity of the same.
- The High Court Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Jayant Patel and .Justice JB Pardiwala admitted the petition and stayed implementation of the mandatory voting in the municipal and district panchayat polls coming later this year.
- Recently, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel decided to implement the mandatory voting bill, which was passed in the Assembly in 2014. Subsequently, the State government also framed rules pertaining to the penal actions to be initiated against those who do not exercise their franchise.
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