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V Narayanasamy sworn-in as Chief Minister of Puducherry

Congress Legislature Party leader V Narayanasamy was sworn-in as Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry on 6 June 2016. 
•    Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi administered his oath of office and secrecy along with five ministers at Gandhi Thidal in Beach Road.
•    Five Congress legislators who were also sworn-in as ministers are A Namassivayam, Shah Jahan, Malladi Krishna Rao, M Kandasamy and R Kamalakannan.
•    He represented Puducherry in Rajya Sabha for three terms.
•    He was elected to Lok Sabha in 2009 and served as Minister of State Parliamentary Affairs in UPA-I.
•    In UPA-II, he served as Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office.
•    Narayanasamy is not a member of the house hence he will need to face polls in 6 months.
•    Earlier on 19 May 2016, Congress - DMK alliance has 17 members in the 30 member Territorial Assembly. DMK which has 2 members in the Assembly will be supporting the Government from outside.
•    Of the four regions of the Union Territory, Mahe alone do not have representation in the Council of Ministers.

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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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Assam Assembly has passed Assam Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2016

Assam Assembly has passed the Assam Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2016. 
•    The bill has the provision for speedy processing of applications and issue of clearances for setting up of industries. 
•    Commerce and Industries minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that the state government proposed to enact the legislation to facilitate the enterprises with a view to attract fresh investment in the state through an easy computerized clearance system.
•    The basic aim of the bill is to create an investment-friendly environment for economic development of the state.
•    With the BJP coming to power, industry leaders in Assam hoped that the new government will usher in a positive change and facilitate ease of doing business.
•    The bill provides for establishing a bureau under the name and style of Assam Bureau of Investment Promotion for the purpose of overall supervision and administration of the speedy processing of applications and issue of various clearances.

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Asia’s first ‘Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme launched at the Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre at Pinjore.

On 3 June 2016 The Haryana Government launched Asia's First Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme at Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore.
•    Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched the program.
•    The Union Government became prominent vulture breeding and conservation centre in India after successfully breeding Himalayan Griffon Vultures.
•    It is the old world vulture in the family of Accipitridae-in captivity.
•    Many vultures disappeared due to Diclofenac which is a pain killer drug given to cattle that can kill birds.
•    When vultures feed on the carcasses of animals with Diclofenac, they also die.
•    At present, the drug is banned in India.
•    The Himalayan Griffon is closely related to the critically endangered resident Gyps species of vultures but is not endangered.

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P Sreeramakrishnan elected as Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly

On 3 June 2016 P Sreeramakrishnan was elected as the Speaker of the 14th legislative assembly of Kerala. 
•    He was the candidate of ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) and a two-time legislator from Ponnani constituency.
•    In the voting held, he secured 92 votes against UDF's V.P. Sajeendran from Kunnathunadu constituency, who got 46 votes in the 140-member legislative assembly.
•    The only MLA of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) O Rajagopal voted in favour of P Sreeramakrishnan whereas the Independent MLA PC George's vote was marked invalid.
•    Earlier on 25 May 2016, veteran CPI-M leader Pinarayi Vijayan was sworn-in as 12th Chief Minister of Kerala.
•    In the Assembly Election held in May 2016, the CPI (M)-led left Democratic Front (LDF) came back to power in Kerala after 5 years, winning 91 seats in the 140 member Assembly, while UDF won 47 seats. The other two seats were won by BJP and Independent candidate each.

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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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Lakshadweep became first Union Territory (UT) in the country to sign “24×7 Power for All” document.

Lakshadweep became first Union Territory (UT) to sign 24×7 Power for All document. Representative of Government of India and the Administration of Lakshadweep signed the document in presence of P.K. Pujari, Secretary, Ministry of Power.
•    The document chalks out a plan to increase solar capacity of the region from 2.15 MW to 8.45 MW. 
•    At present, 10 inhabited islands of Lakshadweep are being fed by diesel mostly. 
•    The plan also envisions reduction of AT & C losses from current level of 21% to 6.7% till 2019 by increasing the collection efficiency up to 99 %.
•    As a part of energy efficiency measures, 1 lakh LED bulbs will be distributed by UT administration through Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) and Incandescent lamps/CFL bulbs will be replaced with LED bulbs under UJALA programme. Additionally, replacement of 3000 conventional street lights with LED street lights is also being taken up.
•    The ‘Power for All’ programme is a major step in this direction. 
•    Government of India have taken a joint initiative with respective State Governments for preparation of State specific documents for providing 24×7 power supply to all households /homes, industrial & commercial consumers and adequate supply of power to Agricultural consumers as per state policy.

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V Narayanaswamy to be Puducherry Chief Minister

V Narayanaswamy is going to sworn in as the Chief Minister of Puducherry.
•    The decision came after the state party leaders consulted the party high command in Delhi on the choice of chief minister.
•    Senior Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and party general secretary Mukul Wasnik attended the meeting as AICC observers.
•    Narayanasamy was elected unanimously by all the Congress legislators.
•    Narayanasamy, who is also a party general secretary, did not contest the elections.
•    There were three contenders for the chief minister's post - former chief minister V.Vaithilingam, party chief A.Namassivayam and Narayanasamy.
•    The Congress-DMK alliance won a simple majority by bagging 17 of the 30 Assembly seats.
•    He is a former Member of the Parliament of India who represented Puducherry constituency. 
•    In the 2014 general elections, he was defeated by the NDA candidate R.Radhakrishnan who was backed by the ruling All India N.R. Congress. 
•    He is a member of the Congress Working Committee as well as All India Congress Committee's General Secretary.

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Mamata Banerjee sworn in as Chief Minister of West Bengal for second successive five-year term

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee sworn in as Chief Minister of West Bengal on Friday, beginning her second stint in the once-Left dominated State.
•    Forty-one ministers, including 17 new faces, were sworn in along with her in batches at a function at Red Road in central Kolkata.
•    Among the new entrants in the ministry were singer Indranil Sen, cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, dissident Marxist leader Adbur Razzak Molla, powerful Muslim leader Siddiqullah Chowdhury and a couple of former IPS officers. 
•    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Urban Development Babul Supriyo attended the swearing-in ceremony.
•    Her council of ministers includes five Minister of States (Independent Charge) and 8 MoS.
•    West Bengal has always had a very strong hold for Mamta.
•    Narendra Modi’s Language and his speeches also worked against the BJP which lead to the defeat of BJP in the state.

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