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Mr Pinarayi Vijayan took oath as Kerala Chief Minister

Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Pinarayi Vijayan took oath as the Chief Minister of Kerala with 19 ministers at the central stadium in capital Thiruvananthapuram in a ceremony that drew over 30,000 people.
•    Pinarayi Vijayan served for 17 years as the CPM's Kerala state secretary, the longest tenure ever. 
•    He has been elected to the state assembly five times and won this year's election from Dharmadam constituency by a margin of 36,000 votes.
•    In his cabinet, Mr Vijayan will have 12 ministers from the CPM or Communist Party of India-Marxist, four from the Communist Party of India or CPI and one each from LDF constituents the Janata Dal-S, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress-S.
•    Govt. major promises are safety for women and minorities, welfare of students and the elderly and a promise of new jobs and control of inflation.

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Andhra Pardesh to introduce e -office system in all districts

Andhra Pradesh is going to implement e-Governance initiatives.
•    It is going to be implemented in all districts. 
•    e-Office will be introduced on a pilot basis in all 13 districts in June 
•    Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced this program.
•    It was announced during the two-day conference of district collectors. 
•    Already 2,23,582 files with 1,72,40,119 pages have been scanned and kept ready while another 2,02,193 files would also be digitised soon. 
•    The Chief Minister directed officials to constitute a Cyber Security wing to ensure safety of the electronic files. 
•    A three-member committee would also be constituted to prepare the e-file protocol. 
•    He directed the Information Technology Department to submit quarterly reports on e-files and e-Office implementation. 
•    Employees associations are happy with the e-Office system as it eases the work. 
•    Advisor to government J Satyanarayana made a presentation on various e-Governance initiatives. 
•    Chief Secretary Satya Prakash Tucker and other top bureaucrats attended. 

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Andhra Pardesh to introduce e -office system in all districts

Andhra Pradesh is going to implement e-Governance initiatives.
•    It is going to be implemented in all districts. 
•    e-Office will be introduced on a pilot basis in all 13 districts in June 
•    Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced this program.
•    It was announced during the two-day conference of district collectors. 
•    Already 2,23,582 files with 1,72,40,119 pages have been scanned and kept ready while another 2,02,193 files would also be digitised soon. 
•    The Chief Minister directed officials to constitute a Cyber Security wing to ensure safety of the electronic files. 
•    A three-member committee would also be constituted to prepare the e-file protocol. 
•    He directed the Information Technology Department to submit quarterly reports on e-files and e-Office implementation. 
•    Employees associations are happy with the e-Office system as it eases the work. 
•    Advisor to government J Satyanarayana made a presentation on various e-Governance initiatives. 
•    Chief Secretary Satya Prakash Tucker and other top bureaucrats attended. 

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Sikkim bans disposable foam food containers.

For effective waste management in an eco-friendly manner, the Sikkim government has restricted the use of mineral water bottles in government programmes and banned the use of foam food containers all over the state.
•    In order to reduce creation of garbage in the form of used drinking water plastic bottles it is notified that the packaged drinking water bottles may not be used during any government meetings or functions.
•    It suggested that as an alternative, departments can use filtered water or water from large reusable water dispensers or reusable water bottles in government functions.
•    Government has been initiating various measures to manage the waste and maintain a clean environment but it has been found that a lot of disposable foam containers are being rampantly used not only in the bazar areas but also in the rural pockets.
•    A huge quantity of municipal waste is created in the form of disposable products which are environmentally hazardous and occupy a huge space in the landfill.
•    The order banned the use and sale of disposable items such as cups, plates, spoons, containers, etc made from foam throughout the state with immediate effect.
•    Made from polystyrene foam, such food containers are generally white in colour.

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Sonowal becomes BJP's first Chief Minister in Assam

Sarbananda Sonowal was sworn in as the 14th chief minister of Assam.
•    Sonowal was sworn in by Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya. He took his oath in Assamese.
•    Along with Sonowal, 10 ministers including from alliance partners Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodo Peoples Front (BPF) also took their oath of office at the function which was also attended by BJP President Amit Shah.
•    The two from AGP to be sworn-in were Atul Bora (Jr) and Kesab Mahanta, while the two from BPF were Pramila Rani Brahma and Rihan Daimary.
•    From AASU he predictably went on to join the Asom Gana Parishad in 2001, founded by his erstwhile seniors in the students' organisation, and was elected the party's MLA from Upper Assam's Moran constituency in 2001.
•    In 2004, he went on to successfully contest the Lok Sabha polls wresting the seat for the first time from the Congress by defeating former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar.
•    He went on to become the BJP state unit President in 2012 and was credited with raising the party's tally to seven from the earlier four and reducing the Congress' margin to three from seven in the 2014 Parliamentary polls.

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World Bank loans 100 million dollar for Karnataka water projects

Karnataka Government on 24 May 2016 signed 100 million US dollar loan and project agreement with World Bank.
It was to support ‘Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization project’.
•    The project will be implemented over a period of six years, initially in the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad, with provision for other eligible cities to join the project at a later date.
•    The Hubballi Dharwad Municipal Corporation has hired a professional water supply operating company for improving the water supply system, as also to manage the refurbished system through a 12-year contract in accordance with strict performance criteria.
•    The municipality will retain ownership of the water supply assets and control of the service delivery set up.
•    The project will help the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation set up a city-level water utility that will take over water supply operations from the professional operating company at the end of its contract period.
•    The project will benefit about one million residents of the Hubballi-Dharwad, including estimated 160000 slum dwellers.
Hubballi-Dharwad, the second largest urban center in Karnataka, will become one of the first Indian cities to provide citywide, continuous, piped water supply to its residents.

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Gujarat Chief Minister launched the Smart Village programme

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on 22 May 2014 launched the Smart Village programme to improve public facilities in villages.
•    It was conceptualized on the lines of Smart Cities initiative of the Union Government under which 100 cities were chosen for infrastructure development.
•    Under the Smart Village programme, 300 villages will be selected.
•    Villages will be shortlisted by the state-level committee consisting of experts on the basis of Gram Panchayat’s performance through a transparent process.
•    The objective of the programme is to make villages self-reliant, clean and hygienic.
•    Toilets, cleanliness, drop-out rate in primary schools, malnutrition ratio, Anganwadi facilities, vaccination of children, ATVT services are some of the parameters on which a village will be adjudged as a Smart Village.
•    These villages will get 80 lakh to 2 crore rupees cash assistance from the State government to implement the programme.

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Kiran Bedi appointed Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry

BJP leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was on 22nd may 2016 appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.
This post was under the additional charge of Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island for nearly two years.
•    The appointment comes three days after the Congress-DMK alliance won 17 seats in the 30-member state Assembly. AIADMK, which contested the elections on its own, won four seats while BJP could not get even a single seat.
•    The LG post in the Union territory had been lying vacant after the Narendra Modi Government sacked UPA nominee Virendra Kataria on July 12 barely a year after he had been appointed. Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island Lt Gen Ajay Singh had been given additional charge of Puducherry.
•    Kiran Bedi is a retired Indian Police Service officer, social activist, former tennis player and politician from India. 
•    She remained in service for 35 years before taking voluntary retirement in 2007 as Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development.

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Odisha to launch Green Passage Scheme for orphan students

The Odisha Government on 17 May 2016 decided to launch Green Passage Scheme for orphan students.
•    The scheme will ensure that the orphan students get free of cost higher education in the state.
•    Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also gave his green signal for the scheme, which would function under the department of higher education.
•    Orphan students pursuing higher education from Plus-II level to post-graduation level will no longer have to bear the education expenses.
•    As many as 16382 orphan students lodged in 272 institutions across the state, will be exempted of admission fee, tuition fees and laboratory fees for higher studies.
•    They will be provided free hostel facilities and food.
•    The state government has also directed all government, private, government aided colleges and universities to ensure that the orphan students are not charged in any form.
•    The state government will bear all cost of the orphan students.
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BHEL commissions 250 MW thermal unit in Maharashtra

State-owned BHEL has commissioned a 250 mw thermal unit in Maharashtra.
•    The unit has been commissioned at Parli Thermal Power Station (TPS), located in Beed district in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) said in a BSE filing.
•    The project is owned by Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (Mahagenco). This is the eighth coal-based unit commissioned by BHEL at Parli TPS.
•    BHEL has been a major partner in the power development programme of the state and has commissioned 16,000 mw of power generation capacity in Maharashtra, its highest in any single state.
•    The 200-270 MW rating class sets supplied by BHEL form the backbone of the Indian power sector and have been performing much above the national as well as international benchmarks.
•    Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) owned by the Government of India, is a power plant equipment manufacturer and operates as engineering and manufacturing company based in New Delhi, India. Established in 1964
•    BHEL is India's largest engineering and manufacturing company of its kind. The company has been earning profits continuously since 1971-72 and paying dividends uninterruptedly since 1976-77.

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