In this post, I will share Compilation of current affairs 2016 related to Madhya Pradesh, which I have prepared from various websites –
* Madhya Pradesh selected for Krishi Karman Award for the year 2014-15
January 18, 2016
Madhya Pradesh has been conferred the Union Government’s prestigious Krishi Karman Award in maximum food grains production category for the year 2014-15 for the 4th consecutive year.
MP has been shortlisted for the award in the Integrated Agri Production category for the year 2014-15. It has produced a record 328 lakh tons in the mentioned period compared to 280 lakh tons 2013-14 period.
Earlier the state had won this award in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The state will get an amount of five crore rupees along with Krishi Karman award.
* Chhattisgarh: Chosen for achieving growth in production of pulses.
* West Bengal: Chosen for good agriculture production.
* Odisha: Chosen for being the best-performing state in overall foodgrains production among category-II states.
About Krishi Karman awards
- Krishi Karman awards are given to Best performer States for raising country’s food grain production.
- These awards were instituted in 2010-11 for recognizing the meritorious efforts of the states in foodgrains production.
- It comprises of three awards for total food grain production and four awards for production of crops that
constitute the food grain viz. rice, wheat, coarse, cereals and pulses.
* India’s Grid-linked solar generation capacity crosses 5,000 MW mark
January 15, 2016
Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has announced that India’s grid-connected solar power generation capacity has crossed the 5,000 Mega Watt (MW) mark.
Presently, Government has set an ambitious plan to achieve 175 Giga Watt (GW) of power generation capacity from renewable sources by 2022. It includes 100 GW from solar and 60 GW from the wind.
Under the National Solar Mission (NSM), Union Government increased the solar power generation capacity addition target by five times from 20,000 MW to 100 GW by 2022.
Top grid-connected states-
- Rajasthan (1,264.35 MW).
- Gujarat (1,024.15 MW).
- Madhya Pradesh (678.58 MW).
- Maharashtra (378.7 MW).
- Andhra Pradesh (357.34 MW).
- Telangana (342.39 MW).
- Punjab (200.32 MW).
- Uttar Pradesh (140 MW).
Major states lagging behind-
- West Bengal (7.21 MW).
- Uttarakhand (5 MW).
- Haryana (12.8 MW).
* 42nd Khajuraho Dance Festival begins in Madhya Pradesh
February 24, 2016
The 42nd edition of world famous Khajuraho Dance Festival began at Khajuraho in Chhatrapur District in Madhya Pradesh.
It is a cultural festival that highlights the richness of the various Indian classical dance styles. It showcases performances of some of the best exponents in the field of Bharathanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri and Kathakali.
The performances includes Documentaries, Short Films related to fine Arts and Classical dance forms that are performed in open-air auditorium usually in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya (Sun God) and Vishwanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva Khajuraho Temple: It is a group of Hindu and Jain Temples in Madhya Pradesh build by Chandela Dynasty between 950 and 1050 AD. They are UNESCO World heritage Site.
* MP, Rajasthan set up SPVs for implementation of Smart City Plans
February 20, 2016
Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Government have set up Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) for the implementation of Smart City Plans.
SPVs have been set up for five cities – Jabalpur, Indore, and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan.
These cities are among the first batch of 20 winners of Smart City Challenge Competition held by the Union Ministry of Urban Development. The Ministry will release 200 crore rupees for each of the 20 selected cities only after SPVs are set up.
Smart Cities Project
The Smart Cities mission is a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that seeks to improve infrastructure and service delivery in selected cities through the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and e-governance. Urban local Bodies (ULBs) and State Governments will play a key supportive role in the development of Smart Cities.
Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV)
# SPVs must be registered under the Companies Act, 2013 to ensure timely, cost-effective and efficient execution of smart city projects with operational freedom.
# They will ensure that the qualities of the outcomes of these smart city projects are benchmarked against global standards.
# SPVs shall have 50:50 equity that will be held by the states and respective urban local bodies.
# Private equity is also allowed but the management control will rest with the Governments only.
# SPVs will be headed by a CEO and shall approve, sanction and execute the projects besides mobilizing resources from various sources.
* India inks $35 million loan agreement with WB for MP project
March 18, 2016
India has signed loan agreement of 35 million dollars with the World Bank for Madhya Pradesh citizen access to responsive services project.
The loan has been sanctioned by the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm International Development Association (IDA).
- The project size is 50 million dollars, of which 35 million dollars will be financed by the World Bank and the
remaining amount will be funded out of State Budget.
- The objective of the project is to improve access and quality of public services in the state through
implementation of the Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act, 2010.
- It is expected to deliver key results in terms of improving access to services and citizen outreach,
performance management, simplification of government services and strengthening the capacity of
implementing agencies. The duration of the project is 5 years
* India-World Bank ink Credit Agreement for MPHEQIP
March 4, 2016
Union Government, Madhya Pradesh government and the World Bank have signed $300 million credit agreement for Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Quality Improvement Project (MPHEQIP).
The credit will be provided by the International Development Association (IDA), World Bank’s concessionary lending arm with a maturity of 25 years, including a five-year grace period.
- MPHEQIP’s objective is to improve student outcomes especially of disadvantaged groups in selected Higher
Education Institutions (HEIs).
- It also seeks to increase the effectiveness of the Higher Education System in Madhya Pradesh.
- The project comprises of three components viz. grants support to higher education institutions, improve
system management and state level Initiatives.
- The main impetus MPHEQIP will be on helping government colleges and universities to use institutional
grants effectively in improving the quality of higher education.
- It also seeks at providing equitable access to education for all and ensuring better capacity utilization as well
as including activities in education for making students more employable.
* Madhya Pradesh High Court terms reservation in promotions in the State as unconstitutional
May 1, 2016
The Madhya Pradesh High Court has termed reservation in promotions in the state as unconstitutional.
Ruling in this regard was given by HC division bench chaired by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar on the petitions filed by several employee associations and social organizations.
Petitioners had challenged the rules of the state government which provided reservation in promotion for Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes.
- Stated that the reservation to underprivileged during appointments is logical but reservations in promotions
frustrate talented people.
- Giving priority to reserved categories over general classes in promotions is not justice.
* World’s first White Tiger Safari opens in Madhya Pradesh
April 5, 2016
World’s first White Tiger Safari was inaugurated at Mukundpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh.
It was inaugurated and opened to public by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The first of its kind safari is situated adjacent to the Mukundpur Zoological Park. It is spread over an area of 25 hectares and has been built at cost of 50 crore rupees.
The safari houses three white tigers, including two females named Vindhya and Radha and one male named Raghu.
The first white tiger in Madhya Pradesh’s was spotted in Vindhya region in 1915. However, the rare breed of the big xcat spotted for first time died in 1920.In 1951, a white tiger cub named Mohan was captured by Rewa Maharaja Martand Singh. Later In 1951, a white tiger cub named Mohan was captured by Rewa Maharaja Martand Singh. Later the cub became the progenitor of all known white tigers in the world after the Maharaja arranged for its breeding.White Tigers in India: It is a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger. They have been reported in the wild from time
White Tigers in India:
- It is a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger. They have been reported in the wild from time
to time in the Indian states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar.
- These tigers have white fur because lack of the pigment pheomelanin, which is found in Bengal tigers with orange colour fur.
* MP Tourism wins Lonely Planet’s Best Indian Destination for Wildlife Award
May 11, 2016
The Madhya Pradesh Tourism (MPT) won the Lonely Planet Group’s Best Indian Destination for Wildlife Award.
The award was handed over to MPT at a function in Mumbai by actress Amy Jackson. On behalf of MPT Chairman, the award was received by his Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Vinod Kumar Amar.
Madhya Pradesh located in Central India has 25 wild-life sanctuaries including 9 National Parks. Among them Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench are ideal habitat for tigers.
State Government has launched numerous programmes for the conservation of flora and fauna because of which Pench and Kanha were regarded as the most beautiful national parks in Asia. While Pench and Bandhavgarh also are known all over the world because of tiger reserves.
It should be noted that Lonely Planet is world’s largest travel guide book publisher owned by the American billionaire Brad Kelley’s NC2 Media since 2013.
* BHEL commissions 600 MW thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh
May 4, 2016
Public Sector Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned 600 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh.
The unit was commissioned at the 1×600 MW Jhabua Thermal Power Project (TPP) located in Seoni district in Madhya Pradesh.
The project has been developed by Jhabua Power Ltd (JPL), a subsidiary of Avantha Power & Infrastructure Limited (APIL).This is the second project of APIL commissioned by BHEL after the 1×600 MW Avantha Bhandar TPP at Raigarh in
This is the second project of APIL commissioned by BHEL after the 1×600 MW Avantha Bhandar TPP at Raigarh in Chhattisgarh.Presently, BHEL is also executing two supercritical units of 800 MW for NTPC at Gadarwara in Madhya Pradesh.
Presently, BHEL is also executing two supercritical units of 800 MW for NTPC at Gadarwara in Madhya Pradesh.BHEL is a power plant equipment manufacturer completely owned by Union Government. It is largest engineering
BHEL is a power plant equipment manufacturer completely owned by Union Government. It is largest engineering and manufacturing company of its kind in India. It was established in 1964 and was awarded a Maharatna Company status in 2013.
* 2016 BRICS Convention on Tourism begins in Madhya Pradesh September 1, 2016
September 1, 2016
The 2016 BRICS Convention on Tourism has begun at UNESCO World heritage site Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh to promote intra-regional tourism.
The two-day convention was inaugurated by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism and Culture. The convention has been organized as a precursor to the BRICS Summit to be held in Goa in October 2016.
- In this two-day convention, delegates from the BRICS countries viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa are participating.
- It will consist of inter – Governmental exchange of views and ideas, panel discussions on technology, innovation in Tourism.
- Besides, it will primarily focus on cooperation between the BRICS countries for promoting intra-regional tourism.
- Besides, Business to Business (B2B) meetings between the India Travel Trade and their counterparts from the BRICS countries will also be organized.
- During the convention, elements of culture, handicrafts and cuisine from different regions of India will be showcased.
Khajuraho Temple: It is a group of Hindu and Jain Temples in Madhya Pradesh build by Chandela Dynasty between 950 and 1050 AD. It is an UNESCO World heritage Site.
* Madhya Pradesh becomes first state to have Happiness DepartmentJuly 16, 2016
July 16, 2016
Madhya Pradesh became the first state in India to have ‘Happiness Department’ that will work as knowledge resource center on the subject of happiness on the lines of Bhutan.
Decision to set up Happiness Department was taken by the state cabinet meeting presided by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
- The Happiness Department will will work under a working committee headed by a chairman. The committee will evaluate the state’s gross happiness.
- The department will prepare guidelines for coordination between different departments like women and child development, health, and sports for propagating happiness in the state.
- It will prescribe action plan and activities for experiencing happiness by identifying and defining the parameters of happiness and efficiency.
- It will also undertake constant researches and surveys for expanding means happiness and improve norms to assess them. It will publish reports pertaining to status of happiness.
Bhutan is the first country in the world to come up with the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH). It has fixed standards of living, education, good governance, health and psychological happiness among the various parameters that make its citizens happy.
The World Happiness Report 2016 published by the United Nations ranks India at 118th position among 156 countries.
* Madhya Pradesh Government launches Narmada Seva Yatra
December 12, 2016
Madhya Pradesh Government has launched five months long Narmada Seva Yatra to turn the Narmada river pollution free. It was launched by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Amarkantak.The Narmada Sewa
The Narmada Sewa Yatra aims to create awareness about the conservation of the river. It is one of the biggest public campaign of the world to conserve river and environment.
- All the villages along the river will have Narmada Sewa Samiti. These samitis will take follow-up action on measures to be undertaken for its preservation.
- Trees will be planted along the banks of the Narmada. Participation of public and society will be ensured in it. It will cover more than 1,900 kilometres in 16 districts.
- Districts and villages along the banks of river will have facility to treate sewage water before it discharged into the river.
- The yatra holds religious, social and scientific importance of the river to create awareness about its conservation.
* Professor Raj Bisaria selected for Kalidas Samman
November 12, 2016
Madhya Pradesh Government has selected renowned theater personality Prof Raj Bisaria for the prestigious ‘Kalidas Samman’ national award for 2015-16.He will be bestowed with the prestigious award for achievement in
He will be bestowed with the prestigious award for achievement in theater in a ceremony to be held in Ujjain.About Raj Bisaria
About Raj Bisaria
- He was born on November 10, 1935. He is director, producer, actor and educationalist.
- He is best known for blending artistic concepts of the East and the West and the traditional and the modern.
- The Press Trust of India (PTI) describes him as the father of the modern theater in North India.
- He had founded Theatre Arts Workshop in 1966 and Bhartendu Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1975. He also owns repertory company of Bhartendu Academy of Dramatic Arts founded in 1980.
About Kalidas Samman
It is an annual award constituted by Madhya Pradesh in 1980. It is bestowed upon personalities in the four fields of classical music, classical dance, theatre and arts. Some of the previous recipients are Pandit Ravi Shankar, M F Husain, Pandit Jasraj, Shambhu Mitra, Habib Tanvir, Ebrahim Alkazi etc.