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Madhya Pradesh becomes first state to achieve complete door-to-door garbage Madhya Pradesh has become the first state in India to completely implement door-to- door garbage collection in all areas under urban bodies.

  1. Maya Singh, Urban Development and Housing Minister, said that measures like solid waste management at landfill sites and processing through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode are implemented in urban
  2. She instructed the respective officials to submit weekly reports on the progress of work done in solid waste management centres. She said that, garbage collection should be carried out on holidays

 

PM Narendra Modi attends Annual DGP Conference at BSF Academy in Tekanpur

On 7th and 8th January 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in the Annual Conference of DGPs and IGPs at the BSF (Border Security Force) Academy in Tekanpur, Madhya Pradesh.

  1. The DGPs Conference is conducted annually. It has participation from top police officials from all over India. They discuss issues related to security
  2. This Annual DGP Conference is held outside the national capital in line with Prime Minister’s vision to conduct such conferences all over India, not restricted only to

IFC to provide $440 mn debt to Rewa solar park developers

International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member institution of the World Bank Group will provide $440 million debt to Mahindra Renewables Pvt. Ltd, Acme Group and global private equity fund Actis Llp to build the Rewa solar park in Madhya Pradesh.

  1. Earlier, Rewa Ultra Mega Power Ltd had invited bids for the solar projects. Based on the bidding, three 250MW projects were awarded to Acme Solar Holdings Pvt. Ltd, Mahindra Renewables Pvt. Ltd and Actis LLP’s Solenergi Power Pvt. Ltd.

 

MP Govt to impose 50 paisecess on petrol and diesel to fund road infrastructure

On January 3, 2017, Madhya Pradesh government decided to impose 50 paisa cess on per litre of petrol and diesel.

  1. Decision in this regard was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh

 

 

 

  1. Funds raised through this cess will be used for developing and strengthening road infrastructure across Madhya Pradesh and for laying the metro railroad in Bhopal and

Indore.

 

MP Govt to impose 50 paise cess on petrol and diesel to fund road infrastructure

On January 3, 2017, Madhya Pradesh government decided to impose 50 paisa cess on per litre of petrol and diesel.

  1. Decision in this regard was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
  2. Funds raised through this cess will be used for developing and strengthening road infrastructure across Madhya Pradesh and for laying the metro railroad in Bhopal and Indore.

 

Indian, Vietnamese armies hold first military exercise ‘VINBAX’

On January 29, 2018, armies of India and Vietnam began ‘VINBAX’, a six day-long military exercise in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

  1. Vietnam – India Bilateral Army Exercise (VINBAX) is the first military exercise between India and Vietnam.
  2. Defence ties between India and Vietnam have strengthened in recent times with the primary focus being cooperation in the maritime
  3. With the first protocol on defence cooperation signed in 1994, India and Vietnam have been periodically elevating their defence cooperation since then.

iii.   In 2016, India-Vietnam strategic partnership was elevated to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

 

Former MP Assembly Speaker Sriniwas Tiwari Passed Away

  1. On Jan 19 2017, Former Speaker of the Madhya Pradesh assembly and Congress leader Shriniwas Tiwari ,93 passed away in a hospital in New
  2. Tiwari, popularly known as “White Tiger”. He is survived by his MLA son, Sunderlal

 

Khajuraho dance festival organised in Madhya Pradesh

On 20th February 2018, the Khajuraho dance festival started off in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. 

  1. Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel lit the traditional lamp and inaugurated the 44th Khajuraho dance This festival will be held till 26th February 2018.
  2. This festival is organised by the culture department of the Madhya Pradesh government. It will feature classical dances like Kathak, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Mohiniattam.

 

Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav begins in Madhya Pradesh

On 24th February 2018,Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav celebrations began in Madhya Pradesh.

  1. The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is organized by the Ministry of Culture under the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat matrix. This event is held in several locations of Madhya Pradesh like Bhopal, Gwalior
  2. Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is being celebrated to highlight the idea of unity in diversity. It is conducted for 7

 

Madhya Pradesh’s first butterfly park comes up in Raisen

Madhya Pradesh’s first butterfly park, at Gopalpur in Raisen district opened for public on February 15, 2018.

  1. The park is spread over three hectares of land.It houses 65 species of butterflies and nearly 137 plant
  2. Madhya Pradesh Forest Minister GaurishankarShejwar expressed hope that this park will give a new identity to the state in the field of eco

 

MP government launches “pollution metre” app to spread awareness against pollution On 6th February 2018, Madhya Pradesh government introduced ‘Pollution Metre’, a mobile application to spread awareness against pollution in the western part of Madhya Pradesh.

  1. The mobile application ‘Pollution Metre’ is available on Google Play Store. This app has

been developed jointly by a private firm and Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board.

  1. Using the ‘Pollution Metre’ app, users can check the status of air, water and noise pollution in their
  • Using this app people from 8 districts in western Madhya Pradesh can notify their concerns regarding pollution and environment. This would help the government to have a check on pollution.

 

 

 

Former Indore mayor and Senior Congress leader Suresh Seth passes away

On 22nd February 2018, Suresh Seth, senior Congress leader and former Indore Mayor, died after suffering from age-related health issues, at a hospital in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

  1. Suresh Seth was 87 years old. He was also called as the ‘Lion of Indore’ or ‘Sher-e-Indore’.

 

  1. He fought for people’s issues aggressively and worked for the benefits of common man. He had also served as minister for urban administration in Madhya
  • When he was mayor of Indore, he played a key role in changing street lanterns to tube lights. He had to face a lot of quarrels with his party to implement

 

 

Madhya Pradesh announces pension for single women

On 8th March 2018, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced the ‘Mukhyamantri Mahila Kosh’ scheme that will offer pension to unmarried women above 50 years of age.

 

MP has the highest tribal habitations fully covered by Drinking Water supply

Among all Indian states, Madhya Pradesh has the highest number tribal habitations (55770) fully covered with the safe drinking water supply.

i.   As on March 21, 2018, 301858 out of 365050 Scheduled Tribe (ST) dominated habitations in India are fully covered with provision of safe drinking water supply.

  1. Under ‘National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP)’, 10% of the total allocation of funds is earmarked to be used for the supply of drinking
  • Besides, with funding from NRDWP and assistance from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government is also installing solar power based dual pump schemes in Left Wing Extremist/Naxal Affected States for providing safe drinking water to small rural tribal habitations in these areas through

 

Madhya Pradesh’s Kadaknath chicken gets Geographical Indication tag

Madhya Pradesh has got Geographical Indications (GI) tag for Kadaknath, a chicken breed whose black meat is in demand in certain regions of the state.

  1. Kadaknath chicken’s protein-rich black meat is sold at a much higher price than other varieties of chicken.

ii.   It is native to Jhabua, Alirajpur and parts of Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh.

 

 

About Geographical Indications (GI) tag:

  1. GI tag is a name or sign given to certain products which correspond to a specific geographical location or
  2. GI tag grants exclusivity for using the name/sign to the producer/manufacturer in the corresponding region and thereby testifies the origin, quality and reputation of the product/commodity.

 

Madhya Pradesh government raises retirement age of state government employees from 60 to 62 years

On 30th March 2018, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan increased the retirement age of Madhya Pradesh government employees from 60 to 62 years.

  1. In August 2013, Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that the Madhya Pradesh government will consider increasing the retirement age of state government employees from 60 to 62 years.

 

Madhya Pradesh inks MoU with Bharat Financial for animal healthcare plan

The Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry Department has inked a MoU with Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd (BFIL) to launch ‘Pashu Dhan Sanjeevani – 1962’, an animal healthcare programme.

  1. The MoU was signed in the presence of Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry Minister Antar Singh Arya and BFIL CEO and MD Geoff
  2. The ‘Pashu Dhan Sanjeevani – 1962’ is claimed to be the first of its kind initiative by any state government in India.They just have to dial the toll-free helpline number

iii.  The service delivery process will be monitored through the ‘Bharat Sanjeevani’ software and a mobile app

 

Madhya Pradesh inks MoU with Bharat Financial for animal healthcare plan

The Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry Department has inked a MoU with Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd (BFIL) to launch ‘Pashu Dhan Sanjeevani – 1962’, an animal healthcare programme.

  1. The MoU was signed in the presence of Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry Minister Antar Singh Arya and BFIL CEO and MD Geoff
  2. The ‘Pashu Dhan Sanjeevani – 1962’ is claimed to be the first of its kind initiative by any state government in India.They just have to dial the toll-free helpline number

iii.  The service delivery process will be monitored through the ‘Bharat Sanjeevani’ software and a mobile app

 

 

Madhya Pradesh power utility starts ‘Pink Electricity Zone’

On 8th March 2018 (International Women’s Day), Madhya Pradesh West Power Distribution Company (MPWPDC) launched a “Pink Electricity Zone’ that will be managed by women staff.

  1. Akash Tripathi, MD of MPWPDC, said that, the Zone comprises 25 women
  2. They will manage the energy maintenance work of 13,000 power connections in Aranya

 

Nitin Gadkari inaugurates 5th Nadi Mahotsava at Bandrabhan in Madhya Pradesh

On 16th March 2018, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the 5th ‘Nadi Mahotsava’ at Bandrabhan in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh.

  1. He said that, ‘Nadi Mahotsava’ was started by late Union Minister Anil Madhav Dave. He urged people to cooperate in preserving of
  2. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan also addressed the gathering. He spoke on various measures taken by government to preserve

 

PM Modi to launch Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan from MP

On April 24, 2018, on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district and launched the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan at Ram Nagar.

  1. Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) is aimed at helping Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) to develop governance capabilities to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through inclusive local governance with focus on optimum utilisation of available
  2. The roadmap includes utilisation of Rs. 2 lakh crore funds for development of areas under tribal panchayats.
  • During the course of this visit, PM Modi also unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of an LPG bottling plant of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) at

 

Eighth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and Pacific was held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Eighth ‘Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific’ was held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from 10th – 12th April, 2018.

i.   3R stands for – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

 

  1. During the course of this event, participants engaged in high-level discussions on policies, shared useful information and committed to support implementation of 3R projects in member countries.

iii.   Theme of this event was ‘Achieving Clean Water, Clean Land and Clean Air through 3R and Resource Efficiency – A 21st-Century Vision for Asia-Pacific Communities’.

iv The event concluded with the signing and adoption of ‘Indore 3R Declaration on Achieving Clean Water, Clean Land and Clean Air’ in cities.

Quick Facts about Regional 3R Forum in Asia and Pacific:

  • Established in – 2009
  • Proposed by – Japan
  • Inaugural Forum held in – 2009, in Tokyo,

 

 

Roll-out of e-Way Bill system for Intra-State movement of goods in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Puducherry

The e-Way Bill system for Intra-State movement of goods is implemented from 25th April 2018 in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Puducherry.

  1. e-Way Bill system for Inter-State movement of goods was launched on 1st April
  2. As on 20th April, 2018, e-Way Bill system for Intra-State movement of goods has been rolled- out in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Uttar

 

 

Government of India and World Bank Signs Agreement to Improve Rural Road Network in Madhya Pradesh

On 24th April 2018, Government of India, Government of Madhya Pradesh and World Bank signed a $210 million loan agreement for the Madhya Pradesh Rural Connectivity Project.

  1. The Project would enhance the durability, resilience and safety of the gravel surfaced rural roads and improve the capacity of Madhya Pradesh to manage its rural roads

ii.   The Project will cover 10,510 km distance of rural roads in Madhya Pradesh that come under the Chief Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (CMGSY) program.

  • Out of this 10,000 km will be upgraded from existing gravel to bituminous surface roads. 510 km of new roads will be built to the bituminous surface
  1. This project will carry out surface sealing of roads, embankment pitching, and balancing culverts to prevent damages caused by extreme flood
  2. The project will implement Road Accident Database Management System

 

(RADMS). Madhya Pradesh will pilot a comprehensive Road Safety Program (PCRSP) in districts with the most fatal and serious injuries observed in the past.

About Madhya Pradesh Rural Connectivity Project (MPRCP):

  • Chief General Manager – Pankaj Jhawar
  • Project Implementing Agency of MPRCP – Madhya Pradesh Rural Road Development Authority (MPRRDA)

 

Madhya Pradesh conferred Most Film Friendly Award

Madhya Pradesh will be conferred Most Film Friendly State Award 2017 by Central Government.

  1. Announcement in this regard was made on April 19, 2018 by Ramesh Sippy, Chairman of the jury for selecting the Most Film Friendly State Award 2017. The jury comprised renowned filmmakers – Nagraj Manjule, Raja Krishna Menon, Vivek Agnihotri and Uday
  2. Madhya Pradesh has been selected for the award on account of ease of filming in the state, excellent ground support, filmic infrastructure, informative website and incentives for
  • The award will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind on May 3, 2018 during the presentation of the 65th National Film