States Current Affairs - 2019

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MP gets its 1st international flight with Air India’s Indore-Dubai service

Indore, the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh recently made it to international aviation map with national carrier Air India launching its flight service to Dubai from MP Airport. Air India Flight AI903 took wings from Indore’s Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar International Airport with 150 passengers on. This was the 1st international commercial flight from Madhya Pradesh.

Key Highlights

The non-stop flight fulfilled long-standing desire from travel fraternity and tourists for direct connectivity to Gulf region. This flight will also improve Dubai’s business relationship with Indore.

Air India is operating 162-seater A-320 Neo aircraft on Indore-Dubai route.

It will fly directly to Dubai on every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday while return flight from Dubai will be on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar International Airport:

It is named after Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore (1725–1795), who belonged to Holkar dynasty of Maratha Empire.

It is considered as busiest airport in Central India.

It has been bestowed Worlds Standardization Certification by United Kingdom (UK).

Background

On 29 May 2019 Central Government designated Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport, Indore of Madhya Pradesh State as an international airport. This was in pursuance of sub-rule (b) of rule 3 of Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950, that made the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport as an authorized Immigration Check Post for entry into/exit from India with valid documents for all classes of passengers.

An international airport has customs and border control facilities enabling passengers to travel between two countries.

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12 July: ‘Save Water Day’ observed by West Bengal government

On 12 July 2019, West Bengal government observed Save Water Day across the state to spread the message of water conservation. This is the 1st time the day was observed. From now onwards it will be observed in state each year to create awareness among people to check misuse of water.

About ‘Save Water Day

On occasion of day West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and eminent persons of different fields including writers, actors and directors of Bengali film and theatre industry and sports personalities, school students took part in Padayatra in Kolkata.

It was also observed in Districts and Blocks of State.

Padayatra: was undertaken in Kolkata which began from Jorashanko Thakurbari and ended at base of Gandhi Statue in city. All present took pledge for conservation of water was also taken on occasion.

On occasion of day Chief Minister urged prople to-

  • Save water and save life.
  • Come forward for joining such social programme
  • Take precautionary measures to save natural resource as water scarcity has become a major issue in world.

Steps Taken for Water Conservation in State

Since 2011, programme of digging ponds is being undertaken throughout state for conservation of water. About 3 lakhs ponds have been dug till now to deal with water scarcity.

State has water conservation programme: Jal dharo Jal bharo (Collect water, store water). To prevent floods and provide water during the period of scarcity, many check dams have been constructed and irrigation canals have been rejuvenated.

From now on state government would observe a Student Day to disseminate message of conservoing water in every sphere of society.

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