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(Notes) Rajasthan Current Affairs Notes

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Rajasthan Daily Current Affair Notes 27 October 2018

Rajasthan Schemes: – Adarsh School scheme

  • In order to provide better education to the students in the rural areas of the state and to provide better facilities to the schools, Rajasthan Government has adopted innovation in the education sector in the last four years in every Gram Panchayat of the state for modern education in class 1 to 12 in government schools.
  • In order to promote the quality of education, initiatives have been taken to give education in the same school from 9 to 8, 895 Model Higher Secondary Schools, from 1st to 12th in Panchayat level. In addition, 9 thousand 610 excellent schools are being studied in class 1 to 8 in the same school.

Bhilwara dairy launches packaged cow milk

  • Bhilwara dairy has started selling of packed cow milk in the market. Bhilwara Zila Dugdh Utpadak Sahkari Sangh, a co-operative union of milk producers affiliated to Rajasthan Co-operative Dairy Federation (RCDF) is the only second dairy board in the state, after the one in Bikaner, which is providing packaged cow milk in the market.
  • Initially 20,000 litre of cow milk is being supplied. Dairy has planned to increase the supply as per demand in future.
  • “With the financial assistance form National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), a new processing plant having capacity to process 10 lakh litre milk will also be established. It will cost around Rs 75 crore.
  • Bhilwara dairy is also planning to introduce Cow Ghee in the market by this Diwali.

 

 The plastic bags to be replaced with Biodegradable

  • Biodegradable bags, made of starch from maize, are likely to replace regular polythene bags in the state.
  • After imposing effective ban on usage of plastic bags, government has been looking for a substitute.
  • The bags have been certified by third-party testing agencies both in India and abroad. These bags have also been certified by Central Government’s Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET).
  • A person or shopkeeper flouting norms is liable to five years of imprisonment and Rs 1 lakh penalty. If a person is found flouting norm frequently, a fine of Rs 5,000 per day can also be imposed on him/ her
  • In addition to that, state government is also planning to install vending machines to dispense cloth bags as alternative for plastic carry bags. To start with, these machines would be installed at public places like vegetable markets, malls and shopping complexes.

 

Rajasthan Daily Current Affair Notes 26 October 2018

 

Unemployment rate higher in state than national average, says report

 Rajasthan has higher unemployment than the national average, according to data released by centre for sustainable employment.

The percentage of unemployment rate within the state was 7.7% whereas the national average was 5.6% in August 2018.

The unemployment rate among women in the state was 36.7% which is almost triple of the national average of 13.6%, The data showed only 29 women out of every 100 men are employed in Rajasthan. Among the women of age group 20-24, the unemployment rate is 93% whereas among men of the same age group, the percentage is 35%.

The national average for the same age group amounts to be 23% and 55% for women and men, respectively.

 

Zika cases rise to 106 in Rajasthan

The number of people infected with Zika virus rose to 106 Rajasthan.

Of the total affected people, 25 are pregnant women. The team of experts from ICMR has changed the insecticides which are being used in the city and neighbouring districts to kill mosquitoes that spread Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses as a part of the integrated mosquito management programme.

Zika virus, transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito, causes fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain. It is harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to Microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than expected, in newborn children.

 

Centre withdraws Rs 37 crore grants for research from Rajasthan University

Rajasthan University (RU) is facing a setback after the Centre’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) has withdrawn the grant of Rs 37 crore to the university reportedly due to RU’s inability to spend the amount wisely. In 2014, Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE) by Centre’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) selected 15 Universities in the country and granted them Rs 37 crore each, for research purposes.

 Fund for Improvement of S&T infrastructure (FIST) – an initiative by Government of India in universities & higher educational institutions to rebuild the Science & Technology infrastructure in the country .

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Rajasthan Daily Current Affair Notes 25 October 2018

 

Jaipur gets first Leopard Safari

Country’s first Leopard Safari project—Jhalana Leopard Project—was duly inaugurated by Forest Minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar.

 On the lines of Jhalana Leopard Safari Project, leopard safaris will be set up in seven different districts of the state where the population of Leopards is abound. This will not only enhance the conservation of wildlife, but will also provide a boost to tourism in Rajasthan.

  • For now, Kumbhalgarh, Jaisamand, Shergarh, Mount Abu, Khetri, Jawai Dam Conservation Reserve and Bassi Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary have been marked for the same.

 

10% budget for keeping schools clean in Rajasthan

The Rajasthan government has made 10 per cent budget mandatory for Composite School Grant (CSG) for cleaning schools premises under Swachh Action Plan which falls under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). The education department has issued directives in this regard asking schools to utilise the budget at the earliest and intimate about the same to the senior officers on a regular basis.

For a period of one year, Rs 12,500 for students strength of 1-15, Rs 25,000 for 16-100 students, Rs 50,000 for 100-250, Rs 75,000 for 250-1000 and Rs 1,00,000 for students over 1,000 in strength have been sanctioned under the scheme.

 

Rajasthan nears PM Narendra Modi’s target of 90% immunization

Rajasthan is almost near to achieve the target of 90% full immunization coverage (FIC) by this December, as called by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to the pregnancy and child tracking system (PCTS) data, until September 2018, the fill immunization coverage in the state is 89.5%. Now, the health department is quite confident to increase the full immunization coverage to more than 90% before the time.

 According to PCTS data, full immunization coverage has already increased to more than 90 per cent in 17 out of 33 districts while line listed full immunization has crossed 90 per cent mark in 7 out of 33 districts.

 All officials responsible for the FIC in the districts were instructed to update the Mamta Card (immunization chart of the child) of the beneficiaries and accordingly update the Reproductive and Child Health register at the health centres.

 As per National Family Health Survey-4 (2015-16), FIC in the state among children of 12-23 months was 54.8%, as compared with the national average of 62%. After conducting four phases of Mission Indradhanush in the state from 2015-2017, 12 out of 33 districts were identified nationally for Intensified Mission Indradhanush in Rajasthan. At that time, as per NFHS-4, the state was lagging by 35 per cent points from the set target of 90%.

 

CM Vasundhara Raje inaugurates her dream Dravyavati project

In a grand event, chief minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the ambitious Dravyavati River Project from Experience Centre.

The project aims to reduce pollution, treat 170 million litres of sewerage a day, create green spaces, social space social spaces, cycle tracks, jogging tracks along its banks, reduce the threat of floods, create employment, and transform Jaipur into a clean, Smart City.

The project, which has been executed by Tata Projects Limited, is a 47.5 km, (rain fed) riverfront — that had degenerated into an untreated sewage nallah — which was restored as a perennial river, fed by treated clean water.

Dravyavati River

Dravyavati River, also known as Amanishah nallah, originates in Jaisalya village, on the western slope of Amber hills (part of the Aravalli Range). It flows through the Jaipur city, north to south over a length of 47.5 km.It stretched between the foothills of the Nahargarh Fort and the River Dhund.

 

Rajasthan Daily Current Affair Notes 24 October 2018

 

Solar plants of 620 MW get operational at Bhadla Park

With the commissioning of 620 MW by three companies, the total capacity of Bhadla solar park has reached 1365 MW Spread over 4,500 hectare, Bhadla solar park near Jodhpur has a capacity for 2245 MW which is set to be saturated in next six months as plants having 880 MW capacity are at various stages of development.

 Rajasthan is a frontrunner to get more than half of the 5,180 MW solar projects auctioned in the past two months by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), NTPC and Maharashtra government under the open access system.

With its own 1500 MW projects coming up, the state now sets sights on a cumulative capacity of 7500 MW in the next two years which can put the state ahead of Karnataka which now has the maximum capacity in the country.

 

 Rajasthan: MSMEs in focus ahead of assembly elections

The medium, small and micro enterprises in Rajasthan seem to be drawing upon extra focus just ahead of Assembly elections. The industries department has recently announced several clusters and a state-level facilitation centre for the MSME sector. In the sequence investment promotion centres will soon be developed at all districts.

There are around 27 lakh MSME units at Rajasthan employing nearly 50 lakh people. The state government has in consideration of the sector declared MSME year from September 2017 to September 2018. The year concludes just days before the model code of conduct is expected to come into force in state and many announcements for the sector have come along in the time.

PM Modi inaugurates Parakram Parv in Jodhpur to mark 2 years of surgical strikes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Jodhpur Military Station to inaugurate ‘Parakram Parv’ — an exhibition to commemorate the second anniversary of surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army against terror camps across the Line of Control in 2016.

The Army on September 29, 2016 had announced that it carried out the cross-border strikes; days after several Indian soldiers were martyred in a pre-dawn terrorist attack on the Army Headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri.

 

 Vice President at Jaipur Inaugurates Smart City Expo India 2018

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the creation of pedestrian non-motorized zones is the need of the hour curb traffic congestions.

The object of this three days long expo is to have discussions among different experts and groups to utilize benefits of new technology, town planning, capacity management, challenges before socio-economic development and development of networking in the Smart City sector.

Near about 6000 delegates from MNC’s of different countries, researchers, CEO’s of different Smart cities, Mayors and Corporates are participating in the expo.

UDH to make ‘space’ for tourism Projects

Various tourism projects signed under Resurgent Rajasthan will soon be eligible for allotment of land by local bodies without any size limits. The urban development minister reportedly has consent over a proposal to permit local bodies for the purpose.

The proposal is aimed towards improving upon state government’s score card on implementation of projects signed during the Resurgent Rajasthan in 2015. This industrial summit of Rajasthan government had 295 MoUs of expected investments worth Rs 3.2 lakh crore signed, of these 122 were from tourism sector including hotels, motels, wellness centers and resorts.

Rajasthan bags awards for implementing housing schemes

Rajasthan shined at the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Aawas (rural), Pradhan Mantri Sadak and MGNREGA at the national level by winning several awards.

Rajasthan bagged the first prize at the state level in achieving the target under the Prime Ministers Rural Housing scheme while Banswara district got the third position at the district level in completing the maximum number of houses under the scheme.

In the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojna, Rajasthan has been honored with the award in the Green Technology Works category.

 

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 Rajasthan Daily Current Affair Notes 23 October 2018

Government plans Td vaccine for children

Soon, the Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria) vaccine will be administered to older teens and pregnant woman also as the government has planned to include Diphtheria vaccine for adolescent and the pregnant woman in universal immunization program (UIP) because a number of Diphtheria cases have been observed in older age.

Presently, Diphtheria vaccination is being administered to kids until the age of 5 years. Government is planning to give the booster dose to males at the age of 10 and 16 years. Females will also be administered during their pregnancy. According to sources at the health department, the vaccine Tetanus-Toxoid (TT) which is being administered to older teens at the age of 5 years and 10 years and pregnant woman, preferably between 27 and 36 weeks’ gestation, will be replaced by Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td) vaccine.

For the protection from Tetanus TT (Tetanus-Toxoid) is given in two doses, 1st dose at age of 10 and 2nd dose at age of 16 year. A pregnant woman too requires TT vaccination. The new booster dose of TD will replace this TT booster dose.

Jaipur Literature Festival begins in Houston

Jaipur Literature Festival was begun in Houston with a soulful music performance followed by stimulating discussions. The festival is touted as the world’s largest free literary festival.

The inaugural session also saw Congress leader and writer Shashi Tharoor discuss his book “Why i am a Hindu” with writer Namita Gokhale.

The annual festival began in 2006 and is held annually in Jaipur. This is the first time that it is being held outside Jaipur.

Sawai Singh Shekhawat to be honoured with Meera Puraskar

Jaipur-based poet and writer Sawai Singh Shekhawat will be honoured with Meera Puraskar by Rajasthan Sahitya Academy for his contribution to Hindi.

The Award function will be held in October, this year.

He has published seven books of poetry and his first Rajasthani story, Koon pal, was translated in Hindi, Telegu & Dogri. He served as Editor for Bakhat and Rajasthan Vikas magazines.

Bhilwara dairy launches packaged cow milk

Bhilwara dairy has started selling of packed cow milk in the market. Bhilwara Zila Dugdh Utpadak Sahkari Sangh, a co-operative union of milk producers affiliated to Rajasthan Co-operative Dairy Federation (RCDF) is the only second dairy board in the state, after the one in Bikaner, which is providing packaged cow milk in the market. Initially 20,000 litre of cow milk is being supplied. Dairy has planned to increase the supply as per demand in future. “With the financial assistance form National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), a new processing plant having capacity to process 10 lakh litre milk will also be established. It will cost around Rs 75 crore.   Bhilwara dairy is also planning to introduce Cow Ghee in the market by this Diwali.

Election Commission survey finds 1.12 lakh fake voters in Jaipur

When the Jaipur Election Department investigated 10 lakh voters in 19 Assembly constituencies of the district, it was found that there are 1, 12,000 fake voters. The data showed that most of the fake voters are from Sanganer, Vidhyadhar Nagar and Kishanpole Assembly constituencies. The details were revealed by auto scanning being done by the Election Commission software.

The district administration, which is responsible for handling this voter list, has accepted their mistakes in this regard. January 25 is celebrated as the National Voter’s Day in India. The Indian constitution allows every Indian citizen above the age of 18 to cast their votes according to their own choices.

Applicants have to submit paper Form-6 to their Municipal Corporation / cantonment board of the area. Applicants can also apply online on the website of the chief electoral officer given for that State.

 

Rajasthan Daily Current Affair Notes 22 October 2018

 

Delegates from 20 countries to be at Smart City Expo

Delegates from 20 countries will take participate in a three-day international conference ‘Smart City Expo India 2018’ in Jaipur. The event will be organised from September 26 to September 28 at Jaipur Exhibition and Convent Centre (JECC) in Sitapura. Jaipur Development Authority (JDA), Fira Barcelona International and Quantela Inc jointly will organise the event.

The objective is to provide a platform to interact, network, and take advantage of the technology showcased. As many as 6,000 delegates from Spain, Malawi, Hungary, Brazil, Egypt, Mauritius, South Africa, Argentina, Sierra Leone, Palestine and Lebanon are taking part in the event. The participants will also include global companies, experts as well as conceptual researchers.

The international event will also focus on highlighting the innovative measures being undertaken in the field of smart cities at a global level. It will encourage innovation in ongoing smart city projects in various cities – at the same time providing solutions by way of new products and solutions.

CM to launch lion safari, project leopard

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje is likely to inaugurate the much awaited Lion safari at Nahargarh Biological Park in Jaipur on September 13.

The Lion safari in Jaipur will be the first in Rajasthan and the state forest department along with Jaipur Development Authority has made the requisite preparations for the same.

Also, in view of frequent sightings of leopards outside Jhalana forest area in Jaipur, in and around human habitats, as well as increasing incidents of human leopard conflict, the government is starting Project Leopard. Regarding Project Leopard, the official said it aims to ensure a viable population of leopard in their natural habitats, to protect their habitat in the diverse ecosystems across the state; and to reduce human-leopard conflict.

Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje in her budget speech had announced Project Leopard, along with budgetary provision of Rs 7 crore for 2017-18.

The state forest department has planned to implement the pilot project at Jaisamand Sanctuary in Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary-raoli Todgarh Sanctuary (stretch of Aravalli Hills extending from Ajmer to Udaipur), and Jhalana Adamagarh Conservation Reserve (Jaipur).

SC orders to demolish structures that threatens the Aravallis

The Supreme Court ordered to demolish the structures built illegally by a prominent builder in the protected forests of the Aravallis. The order said that the colonizers have caused irreversible ecological damage to the ancient hills.

A Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta ordered to demolish all the structures that were built after August 18, 1992, in the area known as ‘Kant Enclave’ at Anangpur in Faridabad district of Haryana. The Court instructed to raze down the structures by December 31, 2018. The Bench accused the State town and country planning department for supporting the illegalities and completely vitiating the efforts of the forest department as well as the orders of the Supreme Court.

The Aravalli Ranges the oldest range of fold mountains in India

  1. It was formed when the Indian Plate was separated from the Eurasian Plate by an ocean
  2. It is a range of mountains that runs approximately 692 km in the in a southwest direction
  3. It passes through Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Rajasthan seeks project report on feeder canal

The Rajasthan Irrigation Department has requested its counterpart in Punjab to prepare and submit a detailed project report (DPR) to reconstruct the Ferozpur feeder canal.

The feeder canal, which emanates from the Harike headworks, has a capacity of 11,192 cusecs and was constructed in 1952-53. It runs to a length of about 51.30 km for supply of Ravi-Beas waters to two Distributary systems (Mayawah and Sodhinagar), having a combined discharge of 309 cusecs. The Sirhind feeder off-taking from the Ferozpur feeder was constructed during 1954-55 and runs to a length of about 136.5 km. It has an authorised capacity of 5,264 cusecs, having a cultivable command area of 3.6 lakh hectares. Experts, in their report to the state government, had stated that the life of the Ferozpur feeder canal was limited to 50 years. Its sidewalls and bed had collapsed at several places and leakage caused water logging in Punjab too. The feeder canal, which emanates from the Harike headworks, has a capacity of 11,192 cusecs and was constructed in 1952-53. It runs to a length of about 51.30 km for supply of Ravi-Beas waters to two Distributary systems (Mayawah and Sodhinagar), having a combined discharge of 309 cusecs.

Rajasthan used only 21% Swacch mission funds

Government of Rajasthan had released Rs 292.81 crore to Local Bodies (ULBs) during 2015-17 for solid waste management under Swachh Bharat Mission out of which only 21% fund was utilized, says the CAG report.

Besides, there were no effective plans for ‘reducing, reusing and recycling’ of the waste in most of the local bodies and at village panchayats.

Compliance to the rules and regulations governing solid waste, plastic waste and e-waste was poor as door-to-door collection of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) was not done in 55.41% of the urban wards of the state during 2016-17.

Central team to assess quality of services in Rajasthan

The Centre has sent a team for review the programmes implemented in the state under National Health Mission (NHM). The team has already arrived in the state and inspecting health institutes which will continue till September 12.

Under NHM, Centre provides fund to the state for maternal and infant care. Also, it runs programme to vaccinate children against diseases along with promoting family planning for population stabilization.

State has adopted Rajasthan model for tackling the issue of sex selection through Mukhabir Yojna following which two successful decoy operations were conducted in Agra and Meerut.

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