States Current Affairs – 2018

Queen Pineapple declared as State Fruit of Tripura

President Ram Nath Kovind has declared Tripura’s queen variety pineapple as state fruit. Tripura is one of the largest pineapple growing states in country. There are more than 100 commercial scale pineapple plantations spread throughout the state.

Queen pineapple

Queen pineapple is spiny, golden yellow in colour. It has pleasant aroma and flavour. Its sweetness and unique aroma differentiates it from pineapples of other states of Northeast region. It had received Geographical Indication (GI) tag in 2015 and was helped by North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation, a central public sector unit in getting it. APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority), an apex organisation under Ministry of Commerce and Industry has helped export Kew variety of pineapples from Tripura to West Asia.

National Highway

President also dedicated 73.71km stretch of National Highway 8 (NH-8) from Mata Tripurasundari temple in Udaipur of Gomati district to Sabroom in South Tripura.m The NH-8 connects Tripura with the rest of the country via Assam and Meghalaya. The newly inaugurated stretch of highway extends it up to southern Tripura’s border town Sabroom.

Month: Categories: States Current Affairs - 2018


Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana: Odisha’s Health Insurance Scheme for Journalists

Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana is a new Health Insurance Scheme for the journalists launched by the state government in Odisha. This scheme provides Rs. 2 Lakh per annum health insurance cover to all working journalists of the state.

Key Facts

  • Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana has come into effect from June 1, 2018 and will initially cover around 3200 journalists and their family members from various media groups.
  • The insurance coverage will be applicable for cashless treatment in government and private hospitals.
  • The scheme will also cover the injuries and illness faced by journalists while performing their duties.

Name of Scheme

The scheme has been named after Gopalbandhu Das (1877-1928) a prominent social worker, reformer, political activist, journalist, poet and essayist of Odisha. His contribution to art, culture and society to Odisha earned him the epithet of Utkalmani (jewel of Odisha). His contribution to journalism in the state was short but remarkable. In the decade of 1910, he had launched a monthly literary magazine called Satyabadi through which he tried to educate the masses.

Month: Categories: States Current Affairs - 2018