States Current Affairs – 2017

Union Government launches new train services in Northeast

Union Government launched new train services in the Northeast Indian states after the completion of Balipara- Bhalukpong (Arunachal Pradesh) and North Lakhimpur-Murkongselek (Assam) sections into broad-gauge.

The train services were launched by the Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu through video-conferencing from New Delhi.

With commissioning of Balipara-Bhalukpong gauge conversion Arunachal Pradesh state has received second Broad Gauge connectivity in its history. Earlier in 2015, direct train service was launched between Arunachal Pradesh’s capital Itanagar and Delhi.

Project Background

These 510 km gauge conversion project was sanctioned in 2002-03 with the budgetary outlay of 3600 crore rupees. However, the project was delayed mainly due to funds constraint. But in 2014-15, another budgetary outlay of 713 crore rupees was provided for this line and additional balance of 300 crore rupee was provided in 2015-16.

Other Projects

Union Government has undertaken project of 13 new lines, 4 Doubling and 3 Gauge Conversion projects with allocation of 37,000 crore rupees in Northeast India. These projects on completion will augment railway network by 1915 km.


Poet, freedom fighter Kayyara Kinhanna Rai passes away

Eminent Kannada poet and freedom fighter Kayyara Kinhanna Rai passed away at Badiyadkka in Kasaragod district of Kerala. He was 101.

He was an author, poet, journalist and Indian independence activist.

About Kayyar Kinhanna Rai

  • He was born on 8 June 1915 in Kasaragod in then Madras Presidency of British India. He had started his career as a secondary school teacher and later delved into journalism and contributed his writings to various newspapers.
  • Some of his famous poems are Aikyagana, Shreemukha, Chethana, Punarnava and Koraga.
  • His other important works are Sahithya Drushti and Malayala Sahitya Charithre (History of Malayalam literature) which is a translation of an original work by P. K. Parameshwaran Nair.
  • In 1998, he had served as President of 67th Akhila Bharatha Kannada Sahitya Sammelana which was held in Mangalore.
  • Activist career: He was forefront in the movement of merging the Kannada-speaking region north of the Chandragiri river (Kasaragod district) with Karnataka in order to fulfill its linguistic and development aspirations after the 1957 States Re-organisation. For this cause, he had founded Kasaragod Vileenekarana Kriya Samiti.
  • Awards: Karnataka Sahitya Academy Puraskar (1969), National Award for Best Teacher (1969), Karnataka Ekikarana (Unification) Award (2007) etc.