Andhra Pradesh Current Affairs

Indian Navy launches underwater Harbour Defence Systems in Visakhapatnam

Indian Navy has launched the state-of-the-art Harbour Defence Systems, viz. Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Besides, Mine Warfare Data Centre (MWDC) was also launched.

IUHDSS and MWDC systems seek to enhance the Indian Navy’s surveillance capability and response to security threats at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam.

Key facts

  • IUHDSS: It is a multi-sensor system capable of detecting, tracking, identifying and generating warnings for all types of surface and underwater threats to Visakhapatnam harbour.
  • MWDC: It will collate, classify and analyse data collected by the Indian Navy’s Mine Hunting Ships from various ports along the East coast.
  • This state-of-the-art facility will be the nodal centre for maintaining an underwater information database of harbours along the East coast.


  • Post 26/11, the Indian Navy was made responsible for the security of the country’s vast coastline of 7516 km in coordination with other agencies like Indian Coast Guard (IGC), Marine Police, Fisheries, etc.
  • The creation of the Sagar Prahari Bal along with induction of Fast Interceptor Crafts (FICs) and commissioning of the IUHDSS are some of the Navy’s measures to strengthen security in the post 26/11 scenario.

Note: India’s first Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) was commissioned in Kochi, Kerala in August 2015.


Andhra Pradesh Harita-Priya Agriculture Project wins 2016 WSIS Prize

Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Project  has won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2016 prize in the e-Agriculture category.

Harita-Priya (Harmonized Information of Agriculture, Revenue and Irrigation for a Transformation Agenda – Precision Technology for Agriculture) Project is meant to collect very specific climate data from farms and give farmers personalised information through SMS.

Key facts

  • The Harita-Priya Project uses wireless sensor networks to collect micro-climatic information from farms.
  • The data is used to create advisories and alerts on irrigation schedules and pests and plant diseases.
  • Based on this state agriculture officers disseminate personalised crop advisories in Telugu language to farmers by way of SMS.
  • The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) in Hyderabad has developed the project and is having a pilot run in Anantpur district.
  • Andhra Pradesh government, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) station and Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University also have partnered for the project.


Andhra Pradesh Government launches Chandranna Bima Yojana

Andhra Pradesh Government has launched Chandranna Bima Yojana, an insurance scheme for the working class people.

The scheme was launched by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on the occasion of May Day in Vijayawada.

About Chandranna Bima Yojana

  • Any insured worker who meets an accidental death and permanent disability will be paid 5 lakh rupees.
  • Any insured worker who suffers partial disability will be paid 3 lakh rupees.
  • Under it, about 1.5 crore workers of the state will be covered.