Indore amid top 4 in 'India Smart Cities Award Contest', leaving behind 96 competitors

Selected under myriad categories for its varied projects, Indore expects to win multiple awards!

Holding its flag high as the cleanest city of India, Indore has added yet another feather to its cap by entering the final round of Smart Cities Award Contest 2020. Organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the contest witnessed 100 competitors and Indore managed to qualify for the second stage, leaving 96 of them behind. The demonstrations related to the projects have begun, although the date for the announcement of awards has not been declared yet.


Selected for a diverse range of projects in 7 of 12 categories

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With the aim to recognize India's most innovative and ambitious Smart City projects, the competition is being conducted under 12 categories. A total of 9 projects from Indore have made it to 7 of these 12 categories. The city has been nominated under all categories except Governance, Social Aspects, Urban Environment, Urban Mobility and Water. Last year, Indore had topped the list under the River Front Development category.

While the first stage of the contest records basic details of the competitors, the top 4 are chosen in the second round. The final stage involving the presentation of projects from the selected cities, commenced on Monday. Reports have stated that the CEO of Indore Smart City Development Company is making presentations for the city's projects at the contest. According to the CEO's statement, the city is nominated for its heritage conservation and restoration works at Chhatri, Gandhi Mall, Rajawada and Gopal Mandir, amongst others.

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Being the only smart city that has gained lakhs of rupees through carbon credits, Indore has made its way to the economy category as well. The redevelopment project of the very famous Chhappan Dukaan food gallery has also been selected. What has garnered the maximum attention though, is the work of the Indore Smart City Development Company during the pandemic. The integrated control and command center and the facility of Indore-311 app for the home-quarantined patients, led the city towards securing selections under 2 prestigious categories.

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Selected among the first 20 smart cities in India, Indore often makes its way to the national headlines. The city aims to develop into a world-class metropolis that preserves the best of its inherited past while incubating new ideas for the future. With the recent addition to its list of achievements, Indore is not far from the day when all its dreams would be transformed into reality.

UP mandates liquor license for domestic storage over the prescribed limit

According to the latest guidelines, only six litres of alcohol would be allowed per person or in a house without a license.

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With the introduction of the revised excise policy, booze consumers need to be extra alert and careful about their liquor stocks at home. The Uttar Pradesh government has mandated the presence of a license for keeping liquor stocks above the prescribed limit within the household. As per the rules entailed in the policy, citizens would be required to have a license for purchasing, transporting and stocking liquor in excess of the authorized retail limit.

A limit of six litres per person or a single household

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According to the latest guidelines, only six litres of alcohol would be allowed per person or in a house without a license. If an individual wants to consume more than this, he would have to obtain a license from the Excise Department at an annual fee of ₹ 12,000. In addition to this, ₹ 51,000 would have to be deposited as security money under the specified conditions.

"The state government has set a revenue target of Rs 6,000 crore more than Rs 34,500 crore in the year 2021-22, against Rs 28,300 crore in the year 2020-21 of the Excise Department. As a result, 7.5 percent increase in annual license fees for country liquor, foreign liquor retail shops, and model shops for the year 2021-22." stated the Additional Chief Secretary of the Excise Department. He further informed that there has been no increase in the retail shop license fees of beer through the revised policy.

New policy promotes liquor production in the state

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The ADC also mentioned that the new policy encapsulates provisions that would encourage liquor production in the state. As per one of its clauses, the liquor produced in the state from the state-grown fruits will be exempted from consideration duty for the next five years.

Mumbai may flag-off the first, Made in India Metro on corridors 2-A and 7 by May 2021

Enabling rapid transport, 2 new metro lines to get operational in Mumbai

The Maharashtra Urban Development Minister has revealed its plan to open two Mumbai metro corridors for public use by May 2021. Metro line 2-A, from Dahisar to DN Nagar and Corridor 7, from Dahisar E-Andheri E, may get operational by end of May this year, stated the Development Minister. As per reports, these two lines will use the first-ever Made in India carriages which are being manufactured in Bangalore. The first six metro cars will be delivered to Mumbai in the next six months, informed the Urban Development Ministry.

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Towards a self-reliant India: IIM Indore to assist in boosting MP's industrial ecosystem

The institute will help in improving the ease of doing business index for the state, amongst many other things.

The Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation has signed an agreement with the managerial body of IIM Indore for enhancing the industrial sector of the Indian state. As per the three-year-long MOU, the IIM body would assist the state government in chalking out plans for building up its industrial infrastructure and drafting policies aimed at attracting investors.

Enhancing MP's brand value for setting up industries a priority

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Amidst the unstable circumstances brought by the COVID pandemic, the Madhya Pradesh government is trying hard to stabilise the state economy. With a focus to revive and boost industrial development in the state, the government is executing projects for the growth and expansion of industries, one of which is the latest agreement. As per the new MOU with the top-notch B-school, the management body at IIM Indore would help the state machinery in strengthening its industrial sector.

Experts from the Indian Institute of Management would work out plans for the Global Investors summit in addition to suggesting changes for the state's industrial policy. They will not only aid in improving the brand value of Madhya Pradesh but also recommend policies that can amplify the state's ease of doing business index. Based on their recommendations, the government would alter its industrial policy and make room for accommodating new proposals.

Looking forward to an ecosystem that supports & nourishes industries

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As per reports, the director of the institute stated that it is important to establish an ecosystem in the state which supports and nourishes business and industries. All interventions in this regard would not just help the state but also propel the spirit of a self-reliant India. While the Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation is bound to implement plans for promoting the state's industrial sector, the current initiative would help the organization in augmenting its framework and increasing its research and development capacity.

Fighter aircraft, Rafale will soon be able to take off & land at UP's Purvanchal Expressway

Soon, top-of-the-line fighter planes, such as Rafale or Sukhoi, will be able to take off and land from the expressway.

To maximise the reach of Military across the nation, its bases are being stretched in every direction and the newest region in the checklist is the Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh. The government is developing a stretch of 3.2 kilometres near the Sultanpur district on the Expressway as an air-strip to shoulder combat aircraft. Soon, top-of-the-line fighter planes, such as Rafale or Sukhoi, will be able to take off and land from here.

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In Rajasthan’s vaccination drive on Sunday, Jaipur records the lowest turnout

Jaipur has witnessed vaccination of only 51% of the designated individuals in the six days of immunization.

Speeding-up the covid-19 immunization in Rajasthan, the state's health department conducted vaccination drives at 408 centres on Sunday. Though the objective was to vaccinate more than 38,000 healthcare workers, reports have stated that about 26,255 individuals(67% of the target) were inoculated by the end of the day. Jaipur, the state capital recorded the lowest rate of the target achievement by vaccinating only 41% of the designated number.

39% target achievement rate recorded for COVAXIN in Jaipur

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There has been an increment in the number of Covaxin sites in Jaipur, totaling up to 11. The natively developed vaccine is currently being administered to the healthcare workers only in Jaipur. Around 430 individuals out of the targetted 1,116 healthcare workers received the Covaxin jab on Sunday, registering a target completion rate of 39%. In all other districts across the state, 68% of the total intended beneficiaries were administered the Covishield vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India. Achieving a target completion rate of 100.5%, Sikar outshone all other districts in the state.

After receiving the dose, 12 recipients of the Covishield vaccine experienced effects while no adverse effect was reported for Covaxin.

Vaccination sites are being increased daily

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As per reports, a senior official from the health department stated that new vaccination sites are being set up daily and the state aims to immunize 4.5 lakh citizens as soon as possible. While there were 167 vaccination centres for the first four days of the drive in the state, the count stood at 408 on the sixth day. Through these days, over 93,500 individual have been given the COVID-19 jab which is 21% of the total target.

Jaipur, the city with the highest reported COVID cases in the state has recorded a cumulative target attaintment of 51% for the vaccination drives conducted in the past days. While Bundi has been successful in wtnessing the highest cumulative rate, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Sikar are among the front runners.

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