08-09.03.20 Himachal Pradesh (HPPSC) Daily Current Affairs

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Himachal Pradesh budget 2020-21: Highlights


Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur presented budget in the state assembly for the financial year 2020-21. Here are highlights from the budget:

HP CM proposes Rs 3,986 crore for PWD

Jai Ram Thakur allocates Rs 44 crore to install crash barriers and improve condition of roads

Modern Transport Nagar proposed in Hamirpur. Two new national highways will be developed: HP CM

Jai Ram Thakur allocates Rs 150 crore for ‘nayi rahein nayi manzilen’ scheme

New tourist destinations will be developed in Himachal Pradesh. Bijli Mahadev and Rohtang ropeways will be started soon: HP CM

Himachal CM allocates Rs 480 crore subsidy for domestic power consumers

Jai Ram Thakur allocates Rs 158-crore scheme to deal with low voltage problem

Projects hanging fire for last many years, one time policy will be provided to start them at the earliest: Jai Ram Thakur.


New scheme launched to boost handicraft production with provision of Rs 58 crore: Himachal Pradesh CM

Him startup Yojana launched with the venture capital fund of Rs 10 crore

HP CM announces Rs 2,213 crore for irrigation and public health department

Commercial parking will be constructed in Mandi on pop mode, says Jai Ram Thakur

Ayurvedic medicines to be provided free of cost to people 60 years of age or above: Himachal Pradesh CM

Samman scheme launched for persons who are left at hospitals: HP CM

10 mobile health centres to be launched in far flung and remote areas of Himachal Pradesh. 100 old ambulances to be replaced.

HP CM allocates Rs 3,000 for financial assistance to critically ill patients

Rs 1,500 crore allocated for monthly financial assistance to tuberculosis patients in state: HP CM

HP CM allocates Rs 8,016 crore for education sector

Himachal Pradesh CM announces Rs 9 crore for better infrastructure of nine colleges in the state.

Jai Ram Thakur allocates Rs 15 crore for better facilities at selected schools in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal CM announces a cluster scheme to improve quality in primary education

Glacier harvesting scheme to be launched in Kullu, says Himchal Pradesh CM

Himachal Pradesh CM allocates Rs 15 crore to increase forest cover

6th state finance commission to be constituted soon in Himachal Pradesh

Tobacco-free panchayats to get Rs 5 lakh grant: Jai Ram Thakur


101 new trout units to be set up in Himachal Pradesh to boost trout production: Jai Ram Thakur

Himachal Pradesh CM increases milk procurement price by Rs 2 per kg.

Mobile veterinary scheme to be launched on pilot project basis to ensure better treatment of animals.

Jai Ram Thakur announces Mehak scheme for the plantation of scented plants

HP CM allocates Rs 50 crore for anti-hail net structures

A committee will be constituted for water conservation in rural areas of Himachal Pradesh: Jai Ram Thakur

Himachal Pradesh CM allocates Rs 25 crore for natural farming

Himachal Pradesh CM says natural farming will be taken to 1 lakh farmers through awareness camps. 20,000 hectares will be brought under natural farming.

To stop migration of farmers from village, a committee of MLAs from all parties will study whether abandoned land should be used for agriculture by other farmers of Himachal Pradesh

2.7 lakh families of Himachal Pradesh were provided LPG connection by December 2019

In future cabinet meeting to be made paperless with the help of e-cabinet software: Jai Ram Thakur

Jai Ram Thakur: MLA priority meeting to be held twice a year to review development works

Himachal Pradesh ranked first among small states in good governance. HP CM announces prize of Rs 50 lakh, Rs 35 lakh and Rs 25 lakh to top three districts of the state in good governance.

CM thanks Centre and 15th finance commission for Rs 19,308 crore revenue deficit grant

Himpragati portal is launched to facilitate investors and to end red tapism, says Jai Ram Thakur

Annual plan for 2020-21 is Rs 7,900 crore: Himachal Pradesh CM

Global Investors Meet, which was held at Dharamshala last year, would be an important milestone in the development of Himachal Pradesh: CM

Himachal to celebrate 50 years of statehood as golden jubilee year in 2020-21

Himachal Pradesh CM presents his third budget for the financial year 2020-21

Speaker Vipin Singh Parmar enters Vidhan Sabha to start budget proceedings

Jai Ram Thakur arrives in Vidhan Sabha with budget bag


Covid-2019 is official name for disease caused by new coronavirus says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-2019.

It comes after the death toll from the virus passed one thousand. Tens of thousands of people have been infected.


The word coronavirus refers to the group of viruses it belongs to.


Researchers have been calling for an official name to avoid confusion and stigmatisation of any group or country.


US President Donald Trump signs USD 8.3B bill to fight coronavirus outbreak



US President Donald Trump signed an 8.3 billion US

Dollars measure to help tackle the coronavirus

outbreak killed 12 people in the US and infected

more than 200.


The legislation provides federal public health

agencies with money for vaccines, tests, and

potential treatments and helps state and local

governments prepare and respond to the threat.




Cabinet clears merger of 10 PSBs into 4 banks effective April 1


The Cabinet approved the amalgamation of the 10 public sector banks (PSB) into 4 PSBs that was announced on August 30, 2019.

The merger would come into effect from April 1, 2020.


The Cabinet’s approval will lead to the merger of –

  • Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India into Punjab National Bank;
  • Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank into Union Bank of India;
  • Syndicate Bank into Canara Bank; and
  • Allahabad Bank into Indian Bank


According to the government, the merger of the 10 banks will lead to the creation of stronger establishments that will be able to meet the challenge of a $ 5 trillion economy.



Mumbai set to host IOC session in 2023


Mumbai is set to host the 2023 International Olympic Committee’s session after the IOC Executive Board recommended the Indian city for the annual conference.

The IOC Executive Board decided to put Mumbai’s candidature to a vote of the members.


The decision is to be ratified at the 136th IOC session in Tokyo in July this year.


After ratification, this will be the second-ever IOC session to be held in India after a long gap of 37 years.

India last hosted an IOC session way back in 1983 in New Delhi.

Mineral Law Amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha


The Lok Sabha approves Mines and Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill over the Delhi violence and other issues.

Mines and Mineral Laws

The Bill proposes to remove end-use restrictions for participating in coal mine auctions, and it will open up the coal sector fully for commercial mining for all domestic and global companies. The process for the passage of the bill was underway when the House was adjourned following protests by Opposition members over controversial remarks by a Rajasthan MP against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her family members.

The bill explains about the coal sector completely for commercial mining. It intends to remove end-use restrictions to participate in coal mine auction. The ordinance allows coal mining by any company present in industries other than steel and power and does away with the captive end-use criteria.


DAY-NULM signs MoU with Amazon for e-marketing of products made by SHGs


Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) that functions under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs signed MoU with Amazon for e-marketing of products made by Self Help Groups (SHGs) across the country in urban areas.


The partnership aims to provide access to a wider customer base for products made by SHGs and to strengthen the mission of creating sustainable livelihoods in urban areas.


MHA approves Automated Facial Recognition System to identify bodies, missing children, criminals

Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the automated facial recognition system (AFRS) for the identification of unrecognized bodies, missing children, and criminals.

The approval has been accorded for the implementation of AFRS by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).


AFRS will use police records and will be accessible only to law enforcement agencies.


It is expected to facilitate better identification of criminals, unidentified dead bodies, and missing or found children and persons and will not violate privacy.

AFRS will use police records and will be accessible only to law enforcement agencies.

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