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Rajasthan Government has launched mobile application RajVayu for sharing information about air quality index

On 5 June 2016 Rajasthan Government launched mobile application RajVayu for sharing information about Air Quality Index of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. 
•    The app was launched by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on the eve of World Environment Day.
•    With this, Rajasthan became first state in country to launch such app for sharing information about air quality index of cities.  
•    The app has been designed by Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) jointly with Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). 
•    It will share details about the air quality, such as levels of pollutants likes SOx, NOx, CO, Ozone particles and Particulate Matter (PM) with the city residents and tourists. 
•    It will also share temperature, wind speed, humidity, weather forecast and advisories. 
•    This app is based on the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR-India) which is presently connected in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. 
•    By 2017, the services of this application would be expanded in other cities in the state including in Ajmer, Alwar, Bhiwadi, Kota and Pali.

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Dia Mirza named Ambassador for Swachh Saathi programme

Bollywood actress Dia Mirza was on 6 June 2016 named as the ambassador for Swachh Saathi (student internship) programme. It is a youth-based programme of Swachh Bharat Mission.
Under this Programme, more than 2000 interns would be enrolled to coordinate around 10000 schools across India.
•    They will also ensure that all students in the schools take the pledge for Clean India.
•    She was a second runner up at Femina Miss India 2000 and was subsequently sent to Miss Asia Pacific 2000, where she won. She became the first Indian to win this title in 29 years.
•    She also won Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Avon and Miss Close-Up Smile in Miss India.
•    Besides being Bollywood actress, she was well-known in media for her social work.
•    She won an IIFA 2012 Green Award for her contribution towards green environment.
•    She conducted many awareness campaigns on prevention of female foeticide, HIV awareness, the Cancer Patients Aid Association, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), ADAPT, Child Rights and You (CRY).
•    She supported the Naramada Bachao Andolan in Public.
•    She made her bollywood debut with Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein opposite R. Madhavan.
•    She is a member in the board of the Coca Cola foundation which works towards rural development in India.
•    She is the Eco Ambassador for Panasonic.

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Haryana Chief Minister lays foundation stone for Jai Jawan Awas Yojna

Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar on 3 June 2016 laid foundation stone of Jai Jawan Awas Yojna (JJAY) at Bahadurgarh, Haryana.
Jai Jawan Awas Yojna is an initiative to provide affordable housing to serving and retired JCOs and Other Ranks.
•    The project is being executed by Army Welfare Housing Organization.
•    It aims to provide low cost housing.
•    This housing project has been named in the memory of Late Major Rajiv Joon, recipient of Ashok Chakra and Shaurya Chakra. 
•    Major Joon had attained martyrdom fighting militants in Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir.
•    The residential project at Bahadurgarh will be pitched at a very low cost for the benefit of JCOs and Other Ranks.
•    The Chief Minister had granted dispensation in construction which permitted construction of about 500 dwelling units instead of 400 planned earlier.

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Odisha becomes first state to give social welfare benefits to transgender community

Odisha is first in the country to give transgender people social welfare benefits - such as a pension, housing and food grains - usually allocated for only the most impoverished. 

•    Niten Chandra, principal secretary of Odisha's Department of Social Security , said the move to give the transgender community the same benefits as those living below the poverty line was aimed at improving their overall social and economic status. 
•    Most transgender people are in a very bad condition because of social exclusion.
•    There are no official figures, but activists say there are hundreds of thousands of transgender people in India. 
•    A lack of access to education and employment opportunities has meant many male-to-female transgender people - also known as "hijras" - end up forced into sex work or moving around in organized groups, begging or demanding money. 
•    India's Supreme Court in 2014 recognized transgender as a legal third gender and called on the government to ensure their equal treatment. 
•    The court recognized the community as a marginalized group and directed authorities to implement policies to improve their socio-economic status. 
•    Identity documents such as birth certificates, driving licenses and passports must now recognize the third gender, and a certain number of public sector jobs , seats in schools and colleges must be allocated to third-gender applicants.

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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar launches Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on 5 June 2016 launched Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act. The act seeks disposal of peoples' complaints or redressal of grievances from Government officials within 60-days.
•    The law has strict provisions in non-compliance of applications.
•    Officials not adhering to provisions of the law could be dismissed from service or face a penalty of from 500 rupees to 5000 rupees.
•    All the 42 Departments of the State government will be covered under the new Act.
•    The Government has one Grievance Redressal Officer in each department as well as first and second Appellate authorities.
•    In cases where the grievance cannot be redressed, then the complainant will get a letter citing reasons for not getting the grievance redressed. In that case, the complainant can file an appeal if he/she is not satisfied with the answer.
•    Complaints relating to subjects covered under the Right to Information Act, Right of Public Service Act and cases pending in courts will not be entertained under Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act.

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Cabinet approves Additional allocations for the BPL and APL families in non NFSA State

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, has given its approval for additional monthly allocation of 41,800 tonnes of foodgrains for the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families at BPL rates and 20,507 tonnes of foodgrains for Above Poverty Line (APL) families at 2/3rd of Minimum Support Price (MSP) rates to three non-National Food Security Act (NFSA) States, namely, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Nagaland, from April to June, 2016 or till implementation of NFSA by the respective State, whichever is earlier.
•    NFSA has come into force from 05.07.2013 and it provides for coverage of two-third population of the country, based on the population estimates of 2011 for receiving wheat at Rs.2 per kg and rice at Rs.3 per kg.
•    It was expected that the Act would be implemented in all the States/UTs by March, 2016 and beneficiaries under Targeted Public Distribution Systems (TDPS) would get highly subsidized food grains. 
•    Accordingly, during 2015-16 non-NFSA States/UTs were allocated additional food grains for BPL and APL families up to March, 2016. 
•    33 States/UTs have implemented NFSA so far and three States, namely, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Nagaland are still getting allocation of food grains under the erstwhile TPDS. 
•    These States are in the process of implementation of NFSA in the coming months.  

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NBCC to launch Ganga cleaning project in Bihar

National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC) in the last week of May 2016 announced that it will soon launch a project aimed at cleaning River Ganga in Bihar.
•    In December 2015, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation hired NBCC to carry out the feasibility study and conditional assessment of the river for entry-level activities in Bihar.
•    Detailed project reports have been approved the Ministry of Water Resources for three towns.
o    NBCC will undertake cleaning of debris.
o    It will construct new ghats and modernize the existing ghats.
o    It will repair and clean the river surface.
o    It will construct crematorium and public facilities such as toilets.
o    It will also set up a village drainage system in order to curb direct discharge into the river

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Govt. Expands Ndradhanush: Four New Vaccines Added

The health ministry will soon revamp its flagship immunization programme 'Mission Indradhanush' to include four new vaccines. 
•    Under Mission Indradhanush, the ministry identified 201 high-focus districts which account for nearly 50% of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children in the country. 
•    Of these, 82 districts are in just the four states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and account for nearly 25% of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children of the country.
•    In one year's time, 1.62 crore children have been additionally brought under the ambit of immunization. 
•    The government is targeting to immunize 90% of infants by 2020 under its ambitious nationwide immunization drive. 
•    Though the government said that it is confident of meeting the target, health experts say it would also require increased public spending on health. 
•    The health ministry is also in talks with various international health agencies to attract funding to ramp up the programme.

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Intel India announced new initiatives to support "Digital India"

Intel India announced a series of initiatives that strengthen its support for the Digital India programme launched by the Government of India. Intel detailed three projects designed to accelerate digital literacy at the grassroots level by reaching out to the population in non-urban India, up-skill citizens in tier II cities and beyond, and encourage innovation from the local level
•    Building on the momentum of its 'Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur' initiative, the company aims to accelerate access to technology in non-urban India, Intel India e-launched its latest 'Unnati Kendra at Common Service Centre' (UK at CSC) in Karnal.
•    Intel India also announced the Digital Unnati website, being set up in collaboration with the CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. 
•    It will enable Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) to learn how to assemble a PC online and up-skill their technology know-how.
•    Trained personnel at these centers are also conducting in-depth sessions on digital literacy, computer skills and internet facilities, along with dedicated guidance sessions in entrepreneurship, language and vocational training, with the goal of creating opportunities for non-urban education, employment and empowerment.

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Mandatory for public transport buses to install emergency buttons

It is going to be mandatory for public transport buses to install emergency buttons, CCTV cameras and vehicle tracking devices to ensure the safety of women commuters, Road Transport and Highways. 
•    Government will issue a notification on June 2, laying down the safety measures to be installed in public transport buses across the country.
•    The statement came at an event at Bikaner House in Delhi where Gadkari launched 20 such Rajasthan government buses. 
•    The 20 Mahila Gaurav Express buses that would run between Delhi and Rajasthan are part of a pilot project. 
•    The Rajasthan government plans to eventually bring over 2,300 more buses under the project’s ambit.
•    Many women are also scared of the ‘consequences’ of confronting harassers. Only 36% of those surveyed say they would help a co-passenger being harassed; 22% others feel it’s safer to ignore such regular incidents

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