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1.Chandrababu Naidu bags USIBC award
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has been selected for the ‘Transformative Chief Minister Award 2017’ in recognition for his role in advancing the US-India partnership at the state level.
The award by the US-India Business Council (USIBC) would be presented to Mr. Naidu during the USIBC West Coast Summit in Bengaluru (the Silicon Valley) on May 8.
Last year’s recipient of this award was Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog.
2. Tejas Express to be launched: New Premier Train between Mumbai and Goa
Indian Railways is expected to launch a new premier train, called the Tejas Express, between Mumbai and Goa in June.
Cuisine curated by celebrity chefs, tea and coffee vending machines and individual LCD screens.
This train is expected to begin operations from June this year.
The 20-coach Tejas Express will be the first Indian Railways’ train to have automatic doors and secured gangways for all coaches.
3. Paes-Lipsky win Tallahassee Challenger title
Indian tennis player Leander Paes won his second Challenger-level title of the season
The top-seeded Indo-American pair of Leander Paes and Scott Lipsky defeated Argentine third seeds Leonardo Mayer and Maximo Gonzalez to win the Tallahassee Challenger title
4. HRD Minister launches Vidya-Veerta Abhiyan
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched a nationwide Vidya-Veerta Abhiyan to encourage Universities to display portraits of Param Veer Chakra decorated soldiers. The idea of this Abhiyan is to instill sense of patriotism and nationalism among students.
5. Shri BandaruDattatreya Launches two Schemes
Shri BandaruDattatreya launched two schemes “One IP- Two Dispensaries” and “Aadhaar based Online Claim Submission” on the occasion of International Labour Day. IT was launched by EPFO Organisation.
Under Aadhaar based Online Claim Submission scheme all EPF Members who have activated their UAN and seeded their KYC (Aadhaar) with EPFO will be able to apply for PF final settlement (form19), Pension withdrawal benefit (Form10-C) and PF part withdrawal (Form31) from the their UAN Interface directly.
6. Department of Telecom (DoT) Launches web portal Tarang Sanchar
The Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha has launched here Tarang Sanchar, a web portal for Information sharing on Mobile Towers and EMF Emission Compliances.
7. India’s 2nd tallest national flag hoisted in Kolhapur
Marking the formation day of Maharashtra, CM Devendra Fadnavis hoisted India’s second tallest national flag in Kolhapur at 303 feet.
Notably, India’s tallest flag pole, at 360 feet, is installed at the Attari-Wagah border in Punjab.
8. Chhattisgarh auctions India’s most expensive limestone block
Chhattisgarh successfully auctioned its third limestone block, Kesla-II
Kesla-II block is situated in the Tilda Tehsil of Raipur district and covers over 357 Ha in area with an average grade of 43 percent CaO.
Chhattisgarh had also earned the distinction of conducting the first ever successful non-coal mineral auction in India in February, 2016 with the auction of Karhi Chandi limestone block.
It is also the first and only state in India to successfully auction a Gold mine.
9. Madhya Pradesh switches to January-December fiscal pattern
Madhya Pradesh government has decided to part ways with the conventional April-March financial year pattern to adopt the January-December period as the new fiscal. With this it became the first state to break away from the age-old tradition.
The change will come into effect from the next year, as the state government intends to complete all budgetary proceedings for this year by the close of 2017.
10.Mr. Anthony Lianzuala takes over as the New Controller General of Accounts
Mr. Anthony Lianzuala took over as the New Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance with effect from May 1, 2017, in New Delhi.
He is the First person from the North-Eastern Region to hold this position.