- Karnataka budget 2019-20: Highlights
- Grant of Rs 40 crore for the work of laying of pipeline for utilizing 40 M.L.D water being carried to Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board under K.C. Valley project
- Action of operationalisation of Bidar airport. Rs 32 crore grant for construction of new terminal building in the year 2019-20
- A grant of Rs 100 crore to construct security barriers across the tanks, canals and other water bodies existing beside the roads in the state to prevent accidents
- Development of 7,940 km length of roads at a cost of 10,000 crore under SHDP. Work of improvement and up-gradation of roads and bridges at a total cost of Rs 5,690 crore. Completion of 1,317 small bridges in Malnad and coastal districts
- Construction of Peripheral Ring Road with an estimated cost of Rs 17,200 crore and Rs 1,000 crore in the year 2019-20
- Metro line from Central Silk Board junction to the Outer Ring Road-Airport via K R Puram via Hebbal at a cost of Rs 16,579 crore
- Construction of pedestrian flyover in Yeshwanthapur and metro rail stations
- Commuter’s card for metro and BMTC, converting 3 coach into 6 coaches of 50 trains, charging facility to two wheeler e-vehicles in 10 metro stations, small capacity buses from BMTC in 10 selected Metro stations to provide last mile connectivity.
- Sub-urban rail services in Bengaluru at a total estimated cost of Rs 23,093 crore; a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), Bengaluru Rail Infrastructure Development Entity (B-RIDE) under State and Central Government partnership
- Rs 50 crore for implementation of a comprehensive mobility scheme; priority for public transport and stabilization. Grant to increase the number of buses in BMTC
- Action to establish an e-Governance Cell in Administrative Training Institute, Mysuru and in all district training institutes
- Grant of Rs 1 crore for a special program to promote feature films in Tulu, Kodava and Konkani
- Development of Kodava Community Hockey stadium at Balugoda in Virajpet at a cost of Rs 5 crore
- Grant of Rs 10 crore for the overall development of Kodava community
- Grant of Rs 5 crore for providing systematic facilities and upgradation of Urban Haat for the artisans in Mysuru through Jagadguru Shree Suttur Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji Mutt
- Establishment of state level training centre for all workers of Department of Women and Child Welfare at Ballari and divisional level training centres at Mysuru, Belagavi and Kalaburagi and Chitradurga in Bengaluru division; allocation of Rs 5 crore
- Upgradation of Chikkamagaluru district hospital as Super Specialty Hospital with grant of Rs 50 crore
- New technological university to come up in Hassan.
- Establishment of well equipped language skill training centres in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Belagavi and Kalaburgi divisions in the name of Alur Venkatarao at a cost of Rs 2 crore to improve language teaching methodology
- Grant of Rs 13 crore for tank filling works of 8 tanks of through lift irrigation from Tunga river flowing near Hole Hasanavadi village in Shivamogga
- Grant of Rs 100 crore for water filling works for the tanks in the limits of Balaghatta Gram Panchayathi in Pandavapura taluk
- Expenditure of Rs 638 crore under Ksheera Bhagya scheme for school going children and Rs 405 crore for Anganawadi children
- Incentive to milk producers increase from Rs 5 per litre to Rs 6 per litre at a cost of Rs 1,459 crore
- Rs 125 crore grant for Shivamogga city
- Rs 150 crore grant for Mysuru city
- Creation of new taluks in Harohalli of Ramanagar district, Chelur in Chikkaballapur district, Terdal in Bagalakot district and Kalasa in Chikkamagalur district
- Rs 60 crore grant in the year 2019-20 for various mutts and religious institutes
- A grant of Rs 5 crore for the comprehensive development of historical Melukote by constituting the Melukote Development Authority
- Increased subsidy for pilgrimage to Manasa Sarovara to Rs 30,000/-
- A grant of Rs 2 crore for constitution of Kodagu Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Development Authority
- Re-survey work with the help of Drones in the districts of Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Dakshina Kannada, Mysuru, Gadag, Davanagere and Kodagu
- Development of Chikkamagalur and Shivamogga airstrips under PPP model
- Hassan to get new airport
- A grant of Rs 50 crore for the comprehensive development of industries located in Mandya district and to generate employment around the same
- Helping of Startups in Bengaluru City by strengthening the “Incubation Centre”
- Grant of Rs 5 crore to launch 6 Double Decker open buses from KSTDC in line with London Big Bus for sightseeing of famous tourist places of Mysuru
- Vijayapura to get Rs 40 crore hospital
- Rs 1,000 crore for Elevated Corridor in Bengaluru
- 10 days training to 1 lakh teachers under ‘Guruchethana’ programme
- Grant of Rs 100 crore to control human-elephant conflict by constructing rail track barriers under the project – ‘Prevention of Human-Elephant Conflict by Used Rail Barriers’
- Rs 25 crore allocated for Ulsoor Gurudwara
- Special grants for Veerapura in Magadi taluk of Ramanagar district. It happens to be the birth place of Siddaganga seer Shivakumara swamiji, who passed away recently
- Rs 20 crore special package to Ramanagara and Dharwad district to install mango processing unit
- Karavali package gets Rs 5 crore. The farmers will get Rs 7,500 per hectare to grow paddy
- Kolar, which is one of the largest tomato market in the country, to get tomato processing unit
- Rs 368 crore allocated for minor irrigation
- Rs 100 crore allocated to drought hit/underground water depleted taluks
- Government will construct 800 houses for flood affected victims. Centre has released over Rs 900 crore to address drought-related issue
- Support price of Rs 10,000 and Rs 7,000 per hectare to farmers who grow millet and paddy, respectively.
- CM earmarks Rs 5 crore for enhancing vaccine production to prevent Monkey fever (Kyasanuru Forest Disease) that’s hitting some the districts in Malnad.
· Siamese fighting fish was named Thailands national aquatic animal
- Tiny, testy and eye-catching with a colorful fin plumage,the Siamese fighting fish was named Thailand’s national aquatic animal. Known in the West as a betta fish, the underwater brawler is popular in home aquariums for its iridescent body and many-hued tail.
- The government said in a statement that the cabinet approved a proposal for the “fighting fish to be the national fish”, citing its historical and cultural significance. Thailand’s official national animal is the elephant.
· India ropes in space technology to track border management
- India areas are island development, border security, communication and navigation, GIS and operations planning system, and border infrastructure development.
- The recommendation was given a green signal as Union Minister Rajnath Singh approved use of space technology at the borders.
- The task force headed by Joint Secretary (Border Management) and having members from Border Security Force (BSF), Department of Space and Border Management division of the Home Ministry consulted all stakeholders including BGFs, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
- PM Modi lays foundation for Sela Tunnel
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the strategically important Sela Tunnel Project in Arunachal Pradesh.
- The project, costing Rs 687 crore, is being constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO)
- It would be completed in the next three years.
- Once the 12.04-km tunnel is complete it will give a fillip to the overall development of the area as it will provide all-weather connectivity to Tawang and other areas.
· RBI resuced the policy repo rate by 6.25 percent
- TheReserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced the policy repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.25% in a bid to revive economic growth as it projected retail inflation to remain below its target of 4% for the next 12 months.
- The rate reduction was the first since August 2017. The RBI also simultaneously changed the stance of the policy to ‘neutral’ from ‘calibrated tightening’, which indicates that the central bank remains ready to move in either direction based on incoming data.
· Narendra Modi to launch DD Arunaprabha
- Prime Minister Narendra Modiis scheduled to launch DD Arunaprabha in Arunachal Pradesh at Itanagar on 9th February. DD Arunaprabha is India’s public service broadcaster Doordarshan’s exclusive channel based in Arunachal Pradesh. This will be Doordarshan’s 24th channel.
- These projects are part of the government’s focus for the development of the North-east region through its “Act East Policy”.
- The government is focusing on modernising and upgrading existing facilities in studios that are essential to sustain the ongoing activities and also for high definition television [HDTV] transmitters at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
- For All India Radio, the scheme provides for FM expansion at 206 places, and the digitalisation of studios at 127 places is envisaged.
- The FM expansion programme will allow an 13% additional population of the country to listen to All India Radio programmes.
· Free treatment to all under 30 by 2022
- By 2022, all people up to the age of 30 years will not only get free health check-ups but also free medical treatment, said Union health minister JP Nadda.
- To attain that goal, he said the government was transforming primary and community health centres into health wellness centres and more than 20,000 such centres had been made so far.
- Under the Prime Minister’s National Dialysis Programme, 1.5 lakh people had taken the facility of free dialysis while under Ayushman scheme, more than 11 lakh people had been benefited in just four months.
· 12,000 MW solar power project by PSUs cleared
- The cabinet approved a proposal for setting up 12,000 MW grid-connected solar photo-voltaic (PV) power projects by government entities with viability gap funding (VGF) of Rs 8,580 crore.
- The capacity will be set up under Central PSU Scheme Phase-ll over the next four years through 2022-23 at an estimated investment of Rs 48,000 crore. The scheme envisages use of cells and modules manufactured domestically.
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