Current Affairs - State In News

Shaili App

The government of Kerala is set to launch an Android App ‘Shaili’, aimed at diagnosing and controlling lifestyle diseases among the people in the state of Kerala.

  • The app has been set up as part of the population-based screening project launched by the Health Department under the Nava Kerala Karma plan.
  • The app would primarily collect information about diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung diseases as well as other lifestyle-related ailments and cancers.
  • The health status of the individuals would be scored and those with a score of above four would be asked to visit the nearest health centre for a check-up for lifestyle diseases.

Ladli Laxmi Scheme 2.0

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister launched the second phase of the Ladli Laxmi scheme (Ladli Laxmi scheme-2.0).

  • The scheme is an innovative initiative to encourage girl children to pursue higher education and make them self-dependent.
  • The scheme is being implemented by the government of Madhya Pradesh since 2007 to enhance the economic and educational status of the girls.
  • Ladli Laxmi scheme is a comprehensive scheme that offers financial assistance for a girl from birth until her marriage in instalments.
  • The family of the girl child should be a permanent resident of Madhya Pradesh. The family should come under below the poverty line (BPL), i.e., should not be an income taxpayer. A maximum of two daughters can be registered under this scheme.

Poumai Naga Areas declared ‘Drug Free Zone’

The Poumai tribe has declared that Poumai inhabited areas will be a Drug-Free Zone supporting the State government’s War on Drug campaign.

  • A huge delegation of the Poumai tribe met Chief Minister and conveyed the resolution of the Drug-Free Zone in Poumai inhabited areas of the State.
  • They also informed the Chief Minister that the poppy plantation will not be allowed in the Poumai areas.

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) Award 2022

On 31st May, 2022,World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) Award, 2022 was awarded to Jharkhand state by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the for its efforts to control tobacco consumption.

  • According to the report of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS)-1, when the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) was launched in Jharkhand in 2012, the tobacco prevalence rate in the state was 51.1 per cent, of which 48 per cent were non-smoking users.
  • Each region of the World Health Organization would receive a maximum of 6 World No Tobacco Day Awards. Two of the awardees might also receive special recognition through the WHO Director -General Special Recognition Award.
  • The nominee of the award may be a group, an individual, or government department or ministry that made a significant contribution to the Tobacco Control.

UP's First Natural History Museum

A natural history museum is coming up in Uttar Pradesh on the Lucknow Zoo campus and is expected to be ready by March 2023.

  • The museum will be the first-of-its-kind in Uttar Pradesh and will have nearly 6,000 specimens of animals and birds collected by experts over the past 200 years from different places across the world.
  • The museum will offer information on birds and animals that existed millions of years ago and species that are extinct or endangered.
  • The museum will have five galleries showcasing specimens of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and aquatic animals in the form of dummies. Besides, skins, eggs, fossils and skeletons will be on display.
  • Visitors will be able to learn about animals that are now extinct, near extinction, rare, critically endangered or endangered as well as those commonly found.

Mukhyamantri Chaa Srami Kalyan Prakalpa

To ensure social security of over 7,000 tea garden workers of Tripura, the state government has announced a special scheme named "Mukhyamantri Chaa Srami Kalyan Prakalpa".


  • 75 per cent among 7,000 tea garden workers in Tripura are women.
  • The scheme assures housing, rations and financial support to the tea garden workers providing them with facilities of state and central government entitlements in a clubbed format.

Key Components of the Scheme

  • Provide home or land to farmers for constructing house,
  • Allot land of defunct tea garden on lease basis through Cooperative,
  • Provide drinking water, electricity, shelter, education and healthcare amenities to each and every family,
  • Priority group ration card to be given,
  • Promote their children to send them in pre-primary to Higher Secondary schools,
  • Social pension to all eligible families, social allowance, Maternal and Child Health Care assistance to be given, ensure health insurance as per their ability,
  • Provide supportive appliances for handicapped persons, to monitor and coordinate with the managers for providing an eco-friendly environment, to be brought under PMAY.

J&K Delimitation Panel Redraws Assembly Seats

  • In its interim report, the Jammu & Kashmir Delimitation Commission has redrawn most of the 90 Assembly seats, while reconfiguring and renaming 28 new Assembly constituencies and deleting 19 Assembly segments.
  • 17 constituencies have been redrawn in the Jammu province while 11 have been reconfigured in the Kashmir division.
  • Due to the reconfiguration, the names of nine Assembly constituencies in the Jammu division and 10 Assembly constituencies in the Kashmir division are proposed to be deleted.
  • The Commission has also proposed reframing of all the five Lok Sabha constituencies.
  • J&K currently has five Lok Sabha seats which include three seats from Kashmir and two from Jammu.

This ‘Ugadi’ Andhra Pradesh to get 13 new Districts

Andhra Pradesh will add 13 new districts this ‘Ugadi’ – Telugu New Year’s Day (falling on 2nd April).

  • The government has already issued draft notifications for carving out the new districts. Citizens residing within a district are also invited to send objections and suggestions for the same. These would be taken into consideration within 30 days.
  • With the addition of 13 new districts, Andhra Pradesh will soon get 26 districts in total.
  • This exercise is being done under Section 3 (5) of the AP Districts (Formation) Act, 1974.

Two Exclusive Districts for Tribal Population

  • The two new tribal districts will be Manyam, with headquarters in Parvathipuram, and Alluri Sitarama Raju, named after the legendary Telugu freedom fighter with headquarters in Paderu.

Other New Districts

  • The other new districts are Anakapalli (out of the existing Visakhapatnam district), Konaseema and Kakinada (out of East Godavari), Eluru (out of West Godavari), NTR (out of Krishna), Bapatla and Palnadu (out of Guntur), Nandyal (out of Kurnool), Sri Satya Sai (out of Anantapuramu), Annamayya (out of Kadapa) and Sri Balaji (out of Chittoor).

Note: The headquarters of the existing East Godavari district is being shifted to Rajamahendravaram and that of West Godavari to Bhimavaram.

Shamator: 16th District of Nagaland

  • On 19 January 2022 Shamator District was created as the 16th district of Nagaland.
  • Earlier on December 18, 2021, three new districts were created: Chümoukedima District and Niuland District carved from Dimapur District and Tseminyü District carved from Kohima District.

Kazhuveli Wetland becomes 16th Bird Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu

  • The Kazhuveli wetland located near Villupuram in Tamil Nadu has been declared a bird sanctuary by the Environment, Climate Change and Forest Department, and will henceforth be called the ‘Kazhuveli Birds Sanctuary’.
  • Kazhuveli is the second largest brackish water lake in South India located in Tindivanam taluk of Villupuram district of the state of Tamil Nadu.
  • The sanctuary lies adjacent to the Bay of Bengal along the east coast.

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