States Current Affairs

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.

Karnataka amends its Industries (Facilitation) Act for Attracting Investments

On 25th June 2020, Under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa the State Cabinet of the Karnataka state government has made amendments to sections of ‘The Karnataka Industries (Facilitation) Act, 2002’.  An ordinance will be issued by the state government soon for the amendments to come into effect.

The amendment was made with the aim of creating an investor-friendly environment in the state. The amendment has simplified regulations and has reduced procedural requirements. The amendment will improve the ease of doing business in the state. For the first three years, small and medium industries can begin manufacturing without having to wait for statutory clearances.

The amendment made by the Karnataka Government will be applicable for all small, medium, and large industries of the state. Gujarat and Rajasthan are the other states that have amended their Industries Act, but in both these states, the amendment was made only for small industries.

Background

The Nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought economic activities to a halt throughout the country. Now, the slow transition of the economy and the uncertainty of when things could normalize have added further pressure on most state governments across the country due to an acute fund crunch.

In order to generate employment, the state government of Karnataka had amended the Factories Act on 22nd May 2020 under which all factories were exempted from provisions of daily and weekly stipulated hours until 21st August 2020.

Mobile Application ‘eBloodServices’ launched by Union Health Minister

As the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted activities and movement of people across the globe, one challenge that has emerged for all the States and as well as Central Government of India is in ensuring safe blood for the citizens who require regular blood donation for blood or bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, etc.

On 25th June 2020, a mobile application named ‘eBloodServices’ was launched for the citizens of the national capital New Delhi by Dr. Harsh Vardhan (Union Health Minister). The mobile application is an initiative of the Indian Red Cross Society. Mobile blood collection units will be sent across all localities of New Delhi by the Indian Red Cross Society for conducting blood donation camps. This will help in ensuring no shortage of blood in the city.

Through the app, the government aims to end the worries of those who require regular blood by bringing transparency in the blood donation program. The mobile application will provide information about the availability of blood in blood banks in the city. A person will be able to place orders for four units of blood at a time.

The ‘eBloodServices’ mobile application is developed by the ERaktkosh team of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).