Madhya Pradesh Current Affairs

Madhya Pradesh becomes first state to have Happiness Department

Madhya Pradesh became the first state in India to have ‘Happiness Department’ that will work as knowledge resource centre on the subject of happiness on the lines of Bhutan.

Decision to set up Happiness Department was taken by the state cabinet meeting presided by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Key Facts

  • The Happiness Department will will work under a working committee headed by a chairman. The committee will evaluate the state’s gross happiness.
  • The department will prepare guidelines for coordination between different departments like women and child development, health, and sports for propagating happiness in the state.
  • It will prescribe action plan and activities for experiencing happiness by identifying and defining the parameters of happiness and efficiency.
  • It will also undertake constant researches and surveys for expanding means happiness and improve norms to assess them. It will publish reports pertaining to status of happiness.

Bhutan is the first country in the world to come up with the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH). It has fixed standards of living, education, good governance, health and psychological happiness among the various parameters that make its citizens happy.

The World Happiness Report 2016 published by the United Nations ranks India at 118th position among 156 countries.

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MP Tourism wins Lonely Planet’s Best Indian Destination for Wildlife Award

The Madhya Pradesh Tourism (MPT) won the Lonely Planet Group’s Best Indian Destination for Wildlife Award.

The award was handed over to MPT at a function in Mumbai by actress Amy Jackson. On behalf of MPT Chairman, the award was received by his Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Vinod Kumar Amar.

Madhya Pradesh located in Central India has 25 wild life sanctuaries including 9 National Parks. Among them Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench are ideal habitat for tigers.

State Government has launched numerous programmes for the conservation of flora and fauna because of which Pench and Kanha were regarded as the most beautiful national parks in Asia. While Pench  and Bandhavgarh also are known all  over the world because of tiger reserves.

It should be noted that Lonely Planet is world’s largest travel guide book publisher owned by the American billionaire Brad Kelley’s NC2 Media since 2013.

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BHEL commissions 600 MW thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh

Public Sector Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned 600 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh.

The unit was commissioned at the 1×600 MW Jhabua Thermal Power Project (TPP) located in Seoni district in Madhya Pradesh.

The project has been developed by Jhabua Power Ltd (JPL), a subsidiary of Avantha Power & Infrastructure Limited (APIL).

This is the second project of APIL commissioned by BHEL after the 1×600 MW Avantha Bhandar TPP at Raigarh in Chhattisgarh.

Presently, BHEL is also executing two supercritical units of 800 MW for NTPC at Gadarwara in Madhya Pradesh.

BHEL is a power plant equipment manufacturer completely owned by Union Government. It is largest engineering and manufacturing company of its kind in India. It was established in 1964 and was awarded a Maharatna Company status in 2013.

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