Himachal Pradesh Monthly Current Affairs - February 2020

Himachal Pradesh Monthly Current Affairs - February 2020

Himachal Pradesh Monthly Current Affairs - February 2020

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Himachal Pradesh Weekly Current Affairs: February Week 1

The population of Flagship Species, Bar-headed Goose have shown a 68% increase from last year (2018-19):

  • 115701 birds of 114 different species have been recorded at Pong Dam Lake this year, which include 104032 migratory waterfowls of 60 Species, 10377 resident water birds of 30 species and 1292 birds of 24 other local Species.
  • Dominant species are Bar Headed Geese (49496), Northern Pintails (12881), Eurasian Coots(10860), Common Teals (7334),  Common Pochards (3988), Northern Shoveler (2818), Great Cormorants(2121), Eurasian Wigeons (1350), Eurasian Wigeon (1350), and Ruddy Shelducks (1028)  have been noticed this year.
  • Other uncommon bird species recorded in the lake are Common Shelducks (75), Northern Lapwings (32), Common Ringed Plover (20), Pied Avocets (09), Ospreys (05), Black-bellied Terns (05), Common Mergansers (04), Sarus Cranes (02), Eurasian Curlews (02), White-tailed Lapwings (01), Water Pipits (01),   Lesser White-fronted Goose (01), and Buff-bellied Pipit (01).
  •  The population of Flagship Species of Pong Lake, Bar-headed Geese have shown a 68% increase from last year (2018-19) as the total count was 29443 as compared to 49496 Bar-headed Geese this year.

Vipin Parmar to become new Speaker of Himachal Assembly

  • Himachal Pradesh minister Vipin Parmar is set to become the next Speaker of the state Assembly.
  • Mr. Parmar filed his nomination papers on 25th Feb 2020 for the Speaker’s post to assembly secretary Yash Paul Sharma in the presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and former speaker Rajeev Bindal.
  • The 55-year-old BJP leader will be formally declared as the new Speaker on Wednesday as no other member of the legislative assembly has filed his or her nomination.
  • Born on March 15, 1964 in Kangra’s Nanao village, Mr. Parmar is a law graduate and MLA from Sullah assembly constituency.
  • Mr. Parmar was elected to the state legislative assembly for the first time in 1998. He was re-elected as MLA in 2007 and 2017. He was inducted into the Council of Ministers as Health Minister along with the portfolios of Medical Education, Ayurveda and Science and Technology on December 27, 2017.
  • He also remained organizing secretary of state Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and secretary of national ABVP.

Pong dam of Himachal records 1, 15,701 birds of 114 different species

  • Around 1,15,701 birds of 114 different species have been recorded at Pong Dam Lake this year, that include 1,04,032 migratory water fowls of 60 species, 10,377 resident water birds of 30 species and 1,292 birds of 24 other local Species. 
  • Total population of birds as well as number of species of birds have shown an increase over the last year probably because of open grassland and desirable habitat. Population has shown marginal increase from 1, 15,229 to 1, 15,701 whereas species have increased from 103 to 114.
  • This year number of migratory water-dependent species as well as resident water dependent species have also show an increase over the last year from 58 to 60 species and 29 to 30 species respectively.
  • Pong Lake Wild Life Sanctuary is one of the important destinations of migratory birds. Lakhs of migratory and local birds of more than hundred species have their destination at and around Pong Dam Lake. This lake has become one of popular places to be visited by the bird watchers, researchers, experts and tourists.

HP tax revenue collection increased by 17.2 percent: 

  • The Himachal Pradesh government has succeeded in ensuring increase of overall tax revenue collection of 17.2 percent till 31st January 2020, which was a healthy sign of economic growth of the State.
  • The state has collected taxes of more than Rs. 600 crore in the financial year 2019-2020 over the corresponding year in the financial year 2018-19.
  • The results for the current year were also encouraging, as the overall GST collection has registered a growth of 50.76 percent.

MoUs worth Rs. 15 thousand crores received after Global Investors Meet:

  • MoU’s worth Rs. 15 thousand have been signed after Global Investors’ Meet, which was organized in November 2019.
  • 703 MoU’s have been signed so far, with proposed investment of Rs. 96720.88 crore.
  • Nine MoU’s worth Rs. 309.55 crore were signed in Agri-Business, Food Processing, and Post-Harvest Technology, 250 MoU’s of Rs. 17063.22 crore in Manufacturing and Pharmaceuticals, 225 MoU’s, worth Rs. 16559.94 crore signed in Tourism, Hospitality and  Civil Aviation sector, 18 MoU’s of Rs. 34112 crore in Hydro and Renewable Energy.
  • Besides these 50 MoU’s of Rs. 1901.75 crore have been signed-in Wellness, Healthcare, and Ayush, 76 MoU’s of Rs. 21740.36 crore in Housing, Urban Development and Transport, 14 MoU’s of Rs. 2833.21 crore signed in Information Technology, ITES and Electronics, 57 MoU’s of Rs. 2034.85 crore in Education and Skill Development and four MoU’s of Rs. 166 crore in various sectors.
  • Employment to 196800 persons is proposed through these MoU’s.

Himachal Pradesh Weekly Current Affairs: February Week 2

15th Finance Commission increased grant for Himachal Pradesh:

  • 15th Finance Commission has recommended an annual grant of Rs. 11,431 crore to Himachal Pradesh for the year 2020-21 with a 45 percent increase.
  • In the commission report, Himachal will receive the highest revenue deficit grant in the country after Kerala which will be given Rs 15,323 crore.
  • The projected annual growth rate of comparable GSDP for Himachal has been put at 10.3 per cent for 2020-21 as compared to 9.3 per cent for 2019-20.
  • A grant of Rs 207 crore will also be made for urban local bodies. The commission has also restored the budgetary allocation to Zila Parishads and block development committees (BDC), which had been stopped by the previous Finance Commission.
  • There has also been a hike of almost 40 percent in the disaster relief fund being provided by the Centre. Sources in the government said this would rake in an additional amount of almost Rs 450 crore to Himachal.
  • In a major decision, which will go a long way in helping Himachal, is the enhancement in the weightage given to states for protecting forest and ecology. There are six major factors – area, population, income distance, demographic performance, and tax effort, besides forest and ecology. In the case of Himachal, this too has been enhanced from 7.5 percent to10 percent.
  • Forest cover was used as a criterion in the devolution formula for the first time by the 14th commission on the grounds that while the forest cover maintained by states provide ecological benefits, it also imposes opportunity costs that need to be compensated.

CM launches Chhenna Kheer of H.P Milkfed:

  • CM launched Chhenna Kheer produce by State Co-Operative Milk Producers Federation (Milkfed) 
  • He also launched half kilogram packet of cow milk on the occasion.Vice Chairman Milkfed Nihal Chand Sharma and Managing Director Milkfed Bhupender Kumar Attri were also present on the occasion.

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Himachal Pradesh Weekly Current Affairs: February Week 3

State Planning Board approves Rs. 7900 crore annual plan for year 2020-21:

  • The State Planning Board has approved Rs. 7900 crore annual plan for the year 2020-21, which is Rs.800 crore more than 2019-20 with about 11 percent increase.
  • The social services sector has been accorded priority by allocating Rs. 3487.24 crore, which was 44.14 percent of the total annual plan.
  • The transport and communication sector has been allocated Rs. 1394.89 crore, hereas agriculture and allied activities had been allotted Rs. 974.29 crore.
  • Similarly, irrigation and flood control has been proposed Rs. 508.05 crore, while Rs. 499.05 crore has been earmarked for the energy sector.

Himachal Pradesh gets indigenous cattle breed registered ('Himachali Pahari' as very first indigenous cattle breed of the state).

  • The cattle breed of Himachal Pradesh has finally got its recognition as 'Himachali Pahari' with the Breed Registration Committee of National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR). The Agriculture University of Himachal Pradesh at Palampur issued a statement on Saturday appreciating the scientific work by animal breeders from CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University.
  • Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, vice-chancellor, NBAGR at Karnal (Haryana) has approved and registered 'Himachali Pahari' as very first indigenous cattle breed of the state.
  • The veterinary scientists of his university lead by Dr YP Thakur, Director of Extension Education has done all the scientific research work to get this breed with unique features, registered with the NBAGR.
  • “Among the seven cattle breeds recently registered, 'Himachali Pahari' with an approximate population of 8,00,000 was primarily distributed in mid-hills to high hills region of the state, like Kullu, Chamba, Mandi, Kangra, Sirmour, Kinnaur and Lahaul Spiti districts and adapted to mountain topography, extremely cold climate and fodder scarcity,” he said in his statement.
  • Scientists here said that 'Himachali Pahari' was a small to medium in size animal, primarily black and blackish-brown in colour with compact cylindrical body, short legs, medium hump, horizontally placed ears and comparatively long tail.
  • Horns of this breed are medium in size and are mainly curved in the lateral and upward direction. It is well-suited to the mountainous livestock production system as a source of milk and manure. Adult weight varies from 200 to 280 Kg in males and 140 to 230 in females. Its height varies from 90 to 120 cms. Daily milk yield ranges from one to three kg and lactation milk yield from 350 to 650kg.

GoI recommended Rs 3184 crore for the power sector in Himachal Pradesh:

  • The government of India recommended a financing facility worth Rs 3184 crore through World Bank for the project namely Himachal Hydro Power and Renewable Power Sector Development Project.
  • This financing would come in the pattern of a 90 percent grant and a 10 percent loan to the Government of Himachal Pradesh.
  • The project aims at the holistic development of the power sector of the state through investment in all three segments of power sector i.e. Generation, Transmission and Distribution.
  • On the generation part, funding of Rs 1600 crore will come to the ongoing Shongtong Karchham HEP 450 MW. This is an ambitious project of HPPCL which will generate energy at a very competitive rate of Rs 6.3 crore per MW against the normal average cost of Rs 10 crore per MW. The project once commissioned would earn revenue of Rs 500 crore per annum to the state exchequer.
  • This is by far the biggest project taken up by state government without the participation of any Central Public Sector undertaking and was facing financial hardships due to non-availability of adequate funds.
  • Transmission part-funding amounting to Rs 534.72 crore would come for strengthening Extra High Voltage transmission (EHV) network in different parts of the state.
  • The distribution system will get a funding of Rs 937 crore and would be used towards automation and strengthening of the distribution network in 13 different towns of Himachal namely Solan, Baddi, Nalagarh, Nahan, Paonta Sahib, Mandi, Sundernagar, Bilaspur, Kullu, Manali, Una, Parwanoo and Hamirpur.

Finance Commission recommends Rs 19,309 cr devolution to Himachal for 2020-21

  • The 15th Finance Commission has recommended devolution of Rs 19,309 crore to Himachal Pradesh for the year 2020-21, Industries Minister Bikram Singh said.
  • In a statement issued on Saturday, Singh said the 13th Finance Commission only awarded an annual average grant of Rs 4,338.4 crore to Himachal Pradesh when the UPA-II government led by Congress was in power at the Centre.
  • Singh said the people of the state were thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government for enhancing the grant by over Rs 50,000 crore for the state in 14th Finance Commission for 2015-19 in comparison to the grant provided by 13th Finan...
  • The average annual grant under was increased by Modi to Rs 14,407 crore in 14th Finance Commission and now to Rs 19,309 crore in 15th Finance Commission for 2020-2021, he said
  • The 15th Finance Commission is yet to give its recommendations for 2021-22 to 2025-26, he said, adding that the state government would continue to pursue issues of Himachal Pradesh with the Commission, whose final report is expected in October 2020.

Himachal: CM Thakur, Union minister Anurag Thakur lay stones of projects worth Rs 40 crore

  • Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union minister Anurag Thakur laid the foundation stones of development projects worth Rs 40 crore in the Dehra assembly constituency of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday 19th February 2020. 
  • Among the projects whose foundation stones were laid are a health centre in Bhawan Chanaur, a bridge on the Bassi Sunhet road and a drinking water initiative for various panchayats. 
  • Earlier, the chief minister inaugurated a bio-mass project at Dhaliara. Cabinet ministers Vipin Parmar and Bikram Thakur were also present on the occasion. 

Himachal Pradesh Weekly Current Affairs: February Week 4

Himachali Pahari cow gets recognition at National level:

  • Himachali Pahari Cow has been officially registered and named as ‘Himachali Pahari‘ cow and this breed has now been included in the category of other indigenous breeds like Sahiwal, Red Sindhi, Gir.
  • Earlier Animal Husbandry Department has sent a proposal to Bureau to register this cow under the name ‘Gauri‘ but the indigenous cow of the state was more famous as Pahari Cow so this breed has been named as Himachali Pahari.
  • At present the strength of Himachali Pahari cow is estimated to be between 7.50 to 8.00 lakhs and this cow is mainly found in Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Kangra, Sirmaur, Lahaul-Spiti districts.
  • Apart from this, the Bureau has also recognized the special breed of buffalo found in the state, which has been named as Gaujari. This breed of buffalo is found mainly in Chamba and Kangra districts.

Himachal Pradesh wins Best State for Tourism:

  • Himachal Pradesh has been declared as winner in the Best State for the Tourism category in Outlook Traveller Awards, 2020. This award was received in Delhi by Department of Tourism.
  • This is the 4th award received by Department of Tourism in the span of last one month.
  • On January, 14th the state tourism department made world record by cooking 1995 KG of Khichhri at Tattapani which has been entered in the Guinness book of World Record.
  • Thereafter during the Surajkund Craft Mela the showcase of Himachal Pradesh as a Theme state has been awarded for Excellence, which is 1st time any Theme state has been appreciated for the last 33 years for its performance.
  • During the IITM Kolkata Tourism fair in February, 2020 again Himachal has been awarded as an Adventure Tourism destination of the year.

Himachal to host paragliding pre-World Cup at Bir-Billing from 31st March to 5th April, 2020:

  • The Paragliding World Cup Association (PWCA) has given their permission to organise the paragliding pre world cup.
  • The event would be organised from 31st March to 5th April, 2020 at Bir-Billing. He further informed that there would be 100 participants from 28 different countries.
  • Bir-Billing is very famous for this adventurous sports and earlier world level event was organised in the year 2015.
  • The event is being organised by the Department of Tourism and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali.

State Government to develop Shiv Dham in Mandi town:

  • The state government was contemplating to develop a Shiv Dham in Mandi town to make Choti Kashi Mandi an added attraction for tourists.
  • The idea of the state government was to create replica of the twelve Jyothirlinga viz. Somnath in Gir Somnath, Gujarat, Mallikarjuna in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, Mahakaleswar in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, Omkareshwar in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnath in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, Bhimashankar in Maharashtra, Vishwanath in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh,  Trimbakeshwar in Nashik, Maharashtra, Vaidyanath in Parli, Maharashtra, Nageshvara in Dwarka, Gujarat, Ramanathaswamy in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu and Grishneshwar in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Himachal Pradesh cabinet approves new excise policy for 2020-21

  • The new policy, which was approved by the state cabinet on February 17, envisages collection of ₹1,840 crore annual revenue, an increase of 13% over present fiscal.
  • In addition to this, the policy also extended operational timings of the bars in all-star-related hotels and bars in specified important tourist areas from 12 noon to 2 am past midnight.
  • Meanwhile, nod was also given for the renewal of retail excise vends in the state with an objective to generate more revenue, reduction in the price of liquor and to curb its smuggling from the neighboring states.
  • However, the government has been drawing flak from people for making liquor cheaper and extending the timings of the bars.
  • Opposition Congress has adopted an aggressive posture against the government and was cornering the government over the issue. 
  • Sources said that the government may soon take a decision on implementing the amended Motor Vehicle Act. The law department has given its recommendation on the new Act and the state government may reduce the penalties for traffic violations. The government is likely to implement the Act after budget session.

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