19 & 20.09.17 Uttarakhand (UKPCS) Current Affairs



  • Cabinet nod to bring 7% more of Uttarakhand’s rural areas under urban local bodies


  • Ahead of elections in 35 urban local bodies (ULB) of Uttarakhand next year, the cabinet approved inclusion of an additional 7% of the Himalayan’s state rural areas under jurisdiction of the ULBs. Officials confirmed that the ULBs will be empowered to take complete charge of 355 villages while they will take partial charge of 11 other hamlets in the state. The move is aimed at better administration of basic civic amenities such as drinking water facilities, drainage system, enhanced road connectivity, more allocation of government funds and regular power supply.


  • At present, 70% of the state’s total area is considered rural while 30% is urban. However, with the cabinet nod, the urban coverage will go up to 37% and areas considered rural will be 63%.


  • The state cabinet also gave green signal to the Uttarakhand Awas Niti scheme, 2017, which aims to provide homes for each family by 2022.





  • Japan releases postage stamps on Indian yoga experts


  • Acknowledging the role played by yoga legend Bishnu Charan Ghosh and his family members in spreading Indian postural yoga in Japan, the Japanese postal department has released postage stamps on four of Bengal’s famous exponents of the ancient Indian practice.


  • The stamps on Bishnu Charan Ghosh, his son Biswanath Ghosh, daughter Karuna Ghosh and Karuna’s father in law Asutosh Ghosh, that were released recently in Japan, were official showcased here by the Japanese Consul General in Kolkata, Masayuki Taga.


  • India ranks third among countries that faced most natural disasters


  • India ranked third among the countries that have faced the most natural disasters in the last half century, UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said pleading for unwavering international action on climate change.


  • The United States, followed by China, India, the Philippines and Indonesia, have experienced the most disasters since 1995.



  • Climate change was among the seven global threats that he listed needing immediate global action.
  • India to conduct the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ from October 10-13


  • The First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ (BIMSTEC DMEx-2017) are conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)as the lead agency from October 10-13, 2017 in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). 
  • It is a platform for sharing Best Practices on all aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), strengthening regional response and coordination for Disaster Management among the BIMSTEC member countries.




  • BCCI nominates MS Dhoni for Padma Bhushan award


  • The Indian cricket board nominated Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the country’s third highest civilian award the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the game.
  • Two World titles (2011 50-over World Cup and 2007 World T20), nearly 10,000 runs, 90 Test matches.


  • Zero Hunger Programme to be launched in October


  • India’s ambitious Zero Hunger Programme through interventions in farm sector will be launched on occasion of World Food Day(October 16) with focus on agriculture, nutrition and health in a symbiotic manner. The Programme will be initiated by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
  • The programme consists of organisations of a farming system for nutrition, setting up genetic gardens for biofortified plants and initiation of‘Zero Hunger
  • The program will be launched in three districts namely Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Koraput (Odisha) and Thane (Maharashtra).


  • Tripura is the First State to Set Up Family Welfare Committees


  • Tripura becomes the first state in the country to set up family welfare district committees to examine the complaints of women against their husbands and in-laws and find an amicable solution.
  • Tripura High Court is the first high court among 24 high courts of the country that has constituted the family welfare district committees.
  • The new system would be valid for the next six months and after that National Legal Services Authority (NLSA) would submit a report of its performance to the apex court, on the basis of which a new course of action would be decided.


  • Union Government to launch mobile app for retiring govt staff


  • Union Government will launch amobile applicationfor central government employees to help them to monitor the progress of their pension settlement cases.
  • Retired employees will also be able to assess their superannuation funds and record complaints through the pension calculator.
  • Minister of State for Public Grievances and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh will launch the app in New Delhi.
  • He will also inaugurate the first Pension Adalat.


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