Sonneratia alba to be state mangrove tree in Maharashtra

News: Maharashtra is set to become the first state in the country to declare Sonneratia alba as a state mangrove tree species. Facts: Sonneratia alba or mangrove apple: It is an evergreen mangrove tree in the family Lythraceae.  Distribution: It grows naturally in many tropical and subtropical areas from East Africa to the Indian subcontinent,… Continue reading Sonneratia alba to be state mangrove tree in Maharashtra

Emergency Response Sanitation Units(ERSUs)

News:The Maharashtra government has directed all civic bodies in the state to set up Emergency Response Sanitation Units(ERSUs) to ensure safeguards for sanitation workers who clean manholes and sewers. Facts: About ERSUs: The municipal commissioner of the civic body concerned will be the Responsible Sanitation Authority(RSA).The unit would be headed by a senior civic officer… Continue reading Emergency Response Sanitation Units(ERSUs)

Cabinet clears major port in Maharashtra

News:Union Cabinet has given its approval for setting up a Major Port at Vadhavan near Dahanu in Maharashtra. Facts: About Vadhavan Port: The Vadhavan port will be the 13th major port in the country.It will be developed on a landlord based model. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be formed with Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust(JNPT)… Continue reading Cabinet clears major port in Maharashtra

State of Maharashtra’s Agri-business and Rural Transformation Program (SMART) Project

News:Government of India, the Government of Maharashtra and the World Bank has signed a loan agreement of USD 210 million for State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project(SMART). Facts: About SMART Project: The project has been launched by the Maharashtra Government with the assistance of World Bank. It aims to transform Rural Maharashtra through… Continue reading State of Maharashtra’s Agri-business and Rural Transformation Program (SMART) Project

Explained: Amid Maharashtra drama, recalling a landmark SC judgment–S R Bommai

News:The Supreme Court has directed the Maharashtra Governor to ensure that the trust vote be held on November 28,2019.Several important observations were made by the Court from the ‘Bommai case’. Facts: About S.R Bommai vs Union of India case: S.R. Bommai was the Chief Minister of the Janata Dal government in Karnataka. His government was… Continue reading Explained: Amid Maharashtra drama, recalling a landmark SC judgment–S R Bommai

Explained: Supreme Court orders Maharashtra floor test tomorrow, what next?

News:Recently,the Supreme Court has ordered a floor test in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Facts: About the Floor Test: A floor test is the determination on the floor of the House whether the Chief Minister commands the support of the majority of the MLAs.  This can be done by means of a voice vote or by… Continue reading Explained: Supreme Court orders Maharashtra floor test tomorrow, what next?

Maharashtra govt to set up cleanliness university

News:The Government of Maharashtra has decided to set up ‘Swachh Bharat World University’. Facts: The ‘Swachh Bharat World University’ will be located in Wardha to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The university will focus on research, education and finding permanent solutions for cleanliness. This university is being set up despite the Swachh Bharat Mission… Continue reading Maharashtra govt to set up cleanliness university

Asian Development Bank(ADB)

News:India and Asian Development Bank(ADB) has signed $200 million loan agreement for upgrading rural roads in 34 districts of Maharashtra to improve road safety. Facts: About Asian Development Bank(ADB): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established on 19 December 1966. ADB is headquartered in Manila, Philippines.It aims to promote social and… Continue reading Asian Development Bank(ADB)

In a first, Maharashtra gets biometric database to list criminals

Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to adopt automated multimodal biometric identification system(AMBIS). AMBIS unit comprises a computer terminal,a camera and iris,fingerprint, and palm scanners.It also includes a portable system to dust off and capture fingerprints from crime scenes. AMBIS system collates data and enables automated identification of criminal records using fingerprint,… Continue reading In a first, Maharashtra gets biometric database to list criminals

Explained: Jalyukta Shivar key for Maharashtra, but still has a long road ahead

Jalyukta Shivar is the flagship programme of the Maharashtra government.It was launched in December 2014.It aims to make 5,000 villages free of water scarcity. The scheme targets drought-prone areas by improving water conservation measures in order to make them more water sustainable. The scheme envisaged to arrest maximum run-off water especially during the monsoon months… Continue reading Explained: Jalyukta Shivar key for Maharashtra, but still has a long road ahead