States Current Affairs - 2019

Current Affairs 2019-2020 of all States with latest updates. Current Affairs will list latest developments, issues in all states and may be useful for State PCS / Civil services examinations of various states of India.

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Haryana CM announces Annual Health Assistance to Loktantra Senanis

Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana has announced an annual financial health assistance of Rs.5 lakh to loktantra senanis or their spouse for treatment at private or government hospitals.

Key Highlights

Loktantra Senanis: are people who were jailed during 1975-1977 Emergency under preventive detention laws.

As per the new changes proposed by Haryana government, the term Emergency Victim on their identity cards would be replaced with Loktantra Senani.

Current Perks: Loktantra Senanis, who went to jail during the Satyagraha Movement in emergency, are already provided a monthly pension of Rs 10,000 by the state government and also free travel in the Haryana Roadways buses.

About Indian Emergency of 1975-1977

Indian Emergency that started from 25th June 1975 continued for a 21 month period up to 21st March 1977.

Then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, upon advice by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, declared a state of national emergency under Article 352 of Indian Constitution. Once emergency was proclaimed it effectively bestowed on Prime Minister the power to rule by decree, suspending elections and civil liberties.

This was a dramatic turn in Indian political affairs as democracy was brought to a grinding halt and all fundamental rights and legal remedies protected by Indian Constitution were suspended.

Actions Taken: During Emergency period, most of the political opponents of Indira Gandhi were imprisoned, press censorship was placed and several other human rights violations were also reported such as forced mass-sterilization campaign.

PM Gandhi tried to defend her emergency move on grounds of an attempt to protect state and Indian people but the emergency rule still faced immense criticism and is undoubtedly one of most controversial periods of political history of Independent India.

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Telangana hosts 32nd ISTA Congress

Telangana is hosting the triennial International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Congress in Hyderabad. ISTA congress is being held for the first time in Asia. The Congress being held from 26 June to 3 July 2019 is expected to help State to implement its plans into actions.

Key Highlights

Host: The eight-day conference is being jointly hosted by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Telangana government.

The congress will have main event for three days and technical committee meetings/sessions over next 5 days.

Participants: Over 400 experts, policy makers, scientists, researchers and members of seed industry from more than 80 countries including the UK, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, Canada and Austria, will deliberate on seed policies, production and quality aspects.

Discussion: Conference will be attended by global stakeholders representing seed production, processing, seed testing laboratories, biotechnology and associated organisations that will be showcasing their products, solutions and services and will also discuss recent developments in seed research and in seed technology.

Workshops: are being held during the event, would focus on varietal identification, seed sampling, purity, germination and moisture.

Significance: State government of Telangana is keen towards making best use of ISTA 2019 platform to showcase state’s potential in seed production and export its seeds in international market.  State government is also planning to adopt latest technology and innovative methods to increase seed production, and to create awareness among farmers of State.

Why Telangana?

Telangana is India’s major hub of seed production as it meets about 60% of country’s needs in major crops like rice, soyabean, sorghum, maize, pearl millet and cotton.

As it is in Telangana, over 400 seed companies are operating with 413 seed processing and 13 seed testing units and about 2.5 lakh farmers in 1,500 villages are engaged in seed production in 3 lakh acres who produce about 65,000 tonnes seed of various crops.

It produces nearly 65 lakh quintals of seed every year and has also emerged as a major exporter through Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to various countries in Europe and South America, apart from Australia.

Also with a view of exporting seed, mainly under Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Telangana government has already started (from Kharif 2016) seed certification for this purpose with nodal agency called Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority (TSSOCA).

About International Seed Testing Association

ISTA was formed in 1924 during 4th International Seed Testing Congress held in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Function: It is an association of laboratories who are authorised to check on marketability of seed as defined in various countries’ laws. It also determines seeds ability to germinate, vigour of seed, and content of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in seed and test results, as certified by ISTA member laboratories, are accepted by trading partners of World Trade Organization (WTO) in international seed traffic.

The year 2019 sees the Seed Symposium of 32nd ISTA Congress.

ISTA 2019 Agenda

  1. Ensuring seed Health and Implications of Change for Seed Pathology
  2. Developments in Viability and Vigour Testing
  3. Ensuring Seed Quality for Future Generations
  4. Seed production in a Changing Environment
  5. New Technology and Novel Methods for Seed Quality Assessment

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