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20th National Conference for e-Governance begins in Visakhapatnam

The 20th Edition of the National Conference for e-Governance 2016-17 has started in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Internet of Things and e-Governance’ and will be covering newly evolving areas of e-Governance across five plenary sessions.

Key Facts
  • The conference has been organised by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) in partnership with Information Technology, Electronics and Communication (ITE&C) Department, Andhra Pradesh Government.
  • It is being held on the premise of “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance”. It will provide an opportunity for the public and private sector to discuss best practices and explore new areas of partnership in areas related to e-Governance by leveraging various technology initiatives.
  • It will conduct plenary session include ‘Cyber Security policy for the future’, ‘IoT and Data Analytics’, ‘Digital Connectivity to the last mile’ and ‘Andhra Pradesh – Leading 4.0 which refers to the 4th Industrial Revolution.
  • The conference is aligned with the Digital India programme of Union Government and it is the largest annual event in the arena of Governance reforms in the country. Last year it was held in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Note

E-Governance is one of the subjects allocated to DARPG under the II Schedule to the Allocation of Business Rules, 1961. DARPG has been entrusted the role to promote e-Governance activities in consonance with the overall national objectivities and priorities. Whereas, DeitY’s mandate is to encourage e-Governance to empower citizens, promote inclusive and sustainable growth of Electronics, IT & ITeS industries.

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Andhra Pradesh Government launches NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme

Andhra Pradesh Government has launched NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme to provide the medical treatment to the people below Above Poverty Line (APL) at Rs. 1200 premium per annum. 

It was launched by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada. The new health scheme offering medical insurance to those who were not covered under any of the existing health schemes of the state government.

Key Facts
  • NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme covers 1044 diseases and offers up to `2 lakh and free treatment. One can register for the scheme at any of the Mee Seva centres till February 2017.
  • People below Above Poverty Line (APL) can avail its benefit by paying Rs. 1200 premium per annum i.e. monthly instalment of Rs. 100 per month per head.
  • Under it, medical treatment for 1,044 diseases and medical ailments will be offered free of cost at corporate and government hospitals.
  • A similar service ‘Arogya Raksha’ has been provided to employees and journalists in the form of health cards and for those, who are not being covered by any such scheme.

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6,117 Kuchipudi dancers set new Guinness World Record

As many as 6,117 Kuchipudi dancers set a new Guinness World Record by performing together in a single event in Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh.

The Guinness World Record adjudicated for the 12-minute “Jayamu Jayamu” item as the ‘Largest Kuchipudi dance’ performance.

Key Facts
  • Kuchipudi dancers from various age groups (as young as 5 to more than 60 years) from across the world, including from US, UAE, UK, Russia, Hong Kong and Mauritius took part in performance.
  • The record event was organised by SiliconAndhra, a cultural non-profit organisation in association with the Andhra Pradesh Government at IGMC Stadium.
  • ‘Jayamu Jayamu’ was choreographed by the legendary Vempati China Satyam and it was chosen for the record attempt ‘Mahabrinda Natyam’.
  • The ‘Mahabrinda Natyam’ was part of the 5th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention hosted by the Andhra Pradesh Government’s Department of Language and Culture.

About Kuchipudi dance

  • Kuchipudi is one of the ten major Indian classical dances. It originated in a village of Krishna district in modern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It derives its name from this village.
  • It is a dance-drama performance art, with its roots in the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra.
  • Like all major classical dances of India, it was also developed as a religious art linked to traveling bards, temples and spiritual beliefs.
  • The Kuchipudi style was conceived by Siddhendra Yogi, a talented Vaishnava poet of 17th century.
  • It begins with an invocation to Lord Ganesha followed by nritta (non-narrative and abstract dancing); shabdam (narrative dancing) and natya.
  • The dance is accompanied by song which is typically Carnatic music. The singer is accompanied by musical instruments like mridangam, violin, flute and tambura.
  • Like other classical dances, Kuchipudi also comprises pure dance, mime and histrionics but it is the use of speech that distinguishes Kuchipudi’s presentation as dance drama.

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