Former Gujarat Governor and CEC RK Trivedi passes away

Former Gujarat Governor and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Ram Krishna Trivedi passed away in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh after prolonged illness. He was 94.

Mr. Trivedi had served as the CEC of India from 1982 to 1985 and was the first person to introduce the Election Photo identity card  (EPIC) i.e. voter ID cards in Indian Elections.

He had joined civil services in 1943 and had a long and distinguished career as a bureaucrat.

Mr. Trivedi had served Governor of Gujarat from 1986 to 1990. He also had served as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and was appointed in October 1980.

Government of India had honoured him with prestigious Padma Vibhushan in recognition to his services towards the nation.


Union Government clears first batch of flagship urban projects under AMRUT

Union Government has cleared the first batch of projects under the flagship scheme of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for 89 cities from 3 states.

It was cleared by Union Urban Development Ministry by allocating 2,786 crore rupees to facilitate development projects without any financial delays.

Key facts

  • It is for the first time in India’s urban governance, Union Urban Development Ministry has approved State level development plans unlike the past practice of appraising and approving individual projects.
  • The States that are getting benefited from these funds are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
  • These 3 states had submitted around 143 projects which have been approved after a reviewing of Union Urban Development Ministry.

About AMRUT Scheme

  • It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015 for urban transformation.
  • The focus of the urban renewal projects is to establish infrastructure that could ensure adequate robust sewerage networks and water supply.
  • Under this scheme: Union Government provides an assistance of 50 per cent of project cost for cities with a population of up to 10 lakhs each.
  • It provides one third of project cost for cities with a population of above 10 lakhs each.
  • Rest of the project cost has to be borne by the states and urban local bodies.


Government divides Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Areas into two Separate Headquarters

Union Ministry of Defence has divided erstwhile Maharashtra and Gujarat (MnG) Naval Area into two separate headquarters in order to enhance operational and administrative organizational structure.

They have been divided under Flag Officer Maharashtra Area and Flag Officer Gujarat Naval Area.

The division will help

  • For better vigilance on the sea border with Pakistan
  • In better communication and coordination with the respective state governments, local authorities and fishermen.

The charge of Flag Officer Maharashtra Area was assumed by Rear Admiral Satish Namdeo Ghormade. While, Rear Admiral Murlidhar Pawar will assume as Flag Officer of Gujarat Naval Area.


The idea of dividing the existing Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area into two parts was mooted after considering breach in naval security from Pakistan’s side on at least on two occasions i.e. 26/11 terrorist attack in 2008 and destroying of ship carrying ammunition by Indian Navy in 2014.