Last Week Not in News – 20th July to 26th July

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In NOT in NEWS, we try to cover news items that highlight some of the most positive developments of the previous week. These news items are just shown in some article online and are never given the importance that they deserve. While media runs debates on useless topics, all positive news items are forgotten as they are not good for TRP. Forgotten by all, but by us.

Here is the Not in News for last week. This edition contains news items from 20th July to 26th July. Do give us your feedback.

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1. 55 Solar Cities to be Developed in India

As many as 55 cities in 27 states and union territories are currently being developed as solar or green cities, parliament was told today. So far, 55 existing cities in 27 states/UTs are being developed as solar cities in the country under ‘Development of Solar Cities programme’, Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

The new and renewable energy ministry has been implementing the programme under which a total of 60 cities and towns are proposed to be supported for development as “solar or green cities”.

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2. PM Narendra Modi launches new scheme for power reforms in rural areas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana’ for power sector reforms in rural areas with a view to ensuring round the clock electricity supply to farmers and rural households.

Speaking at the launch of the scheme here, Modi said that development is the panacea for all problems related to poverty and unemployment.

The new power scheme focuses on feeder separation (rural households and agricultural) and strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure, including metering at all levels in rural areas.

3. Major ports added 71 MT capacity in Modi government’s first year

India’s 12 major ports added more capacity in the first year of the Narendra Modi government than they did in any single year over nearly a decade before that. The total capacity of the major ports increased 71 million tonnes to 871 million tonnes as of March 2015.

The capacity addition since the Modi government took charge is part of an ambitious port-led development strategy drawn up by the government. This includes the attempts of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s largest container facility, to tap into its dollar denominated income to raise funds for the hinterland connectivity projects.

4. Monsoon’s good run raises prospects of bigger Kharif harvest

The monsoon’s unexpectedly good run and timely rain in parched regions has raised the prospects of a bigger kharif harvest than last year and moderate food prices, setting the stage for a rate cut as inflation worries have receded. The next monetary policy announcement by the central bank is scheduled for August 4.

Crops in some parts of the country are still stressed by erratic rain. But analysts and economists are optimistic as surplus rainfall in June encouraged farmers to plant cro ..

5. 2.86 lakh toilets constructed in schools across country under Swachh Vidyalaya Initiative: Smriti Irani

As many as 2.86 lakh toilets have been constructed in schools across the country under the Swachh Vidyalaya Initiative with Andaman and Nicobar, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Kerala, Puducherry and Sikkim achieving 100 per cent target.

Stating this in Lok Sabha today, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said states and Union territories and PSUs from 15 Central ministries and more than 10 private sector entities are involved in construction of toilets in about 2.68 lakh schools.

6. BJP-led states in fast lane on construction of highways

BJP-ruled states led the pack in construction of national highways in 201415, with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh figuring among the top five performers on this count. BJDruled Odisha and Samajwadi Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh were the other two states.

The year saw a slight pickup in construction activity , with 4,409 km of highways being built during the fiscal, up from 4,281 km in the previous year. Yet, the figure was lower than the 5,732 km achieved during 2012-13.

7. Bring down LED bulb prices or government will allow imports: Piyush Goyal

Asking LED bulb producers to bring down prices, Power Minister Piyush Goyal today said he will allow “indiscriminate imports” to increase competition in case any cartelisation is found in the segment.

“If I find anything which is not fully appropriate, then I can take tough action. If any such (cartelisation) effort comes to my notice…I will allow indiscriminate imports and increase competition. The competition should be healthy and on quality and margins,” he said at an event here.

“I think there is a gap between what it (price of Led bulb) is and what it should be,” he said.

The recent price discovery of Led bulbs in latest biding in the government tender was about Rs 72 for a 7 watt bulb which is much lower than maximum retail price which ranges between Rs 275-500.

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8. Seven of 67 auctioned coal mines begin operation

Operations have commenced in seven of the 67 coal mines that were auctioned or allotted by the government, while the remaining blocks are at various stages of development.

“Out of the 67 coal mines successfully auctioned/allotted, seven coal mines have been granted mine operating permission and are operational. Rest are at various stages of development,” power and coal minister Piyush Goyal told the Lok Sabha in a written reply on Thursday.

The minister said at this stage it was not possible to estimate the yield from all the 204 coal mines, the allocations of which were cancelled. Many of the de-allocated mines are regionally or partly explored and mine plans are not available in all cases of explored coal mines.

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