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Complete Assam Current Affairs for 2016 (Jan-Dec)

Prime Minister dedicated Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited to Nation
The Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had been dedicated to the nation, Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited, a petrochemical complex, at Lepetkata, near Dibrugarh.
This is the first ever petro-chemical project in the entire North-East.
The project will help in employment generation, and avoid massive cost overruns.
The Projects includes MUDRA and Start-up India to create fresh opportunities for the youth.
These projects will provide natural raw material for the industrial purposes.

GOI initiated “Hydrocarbon Vision 2030” for North-East
In a bid to make making hydrocarbons a tool to enable social and economic development, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan had released the North East Hydrocarbon Vision-2030 in Guwahati.
As a part of vision Rs 1, 30,000 crore will infused in the North East region for next 15 years for the production of hydrocarbon.
CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory has been designated as the Knowledge Partner to develop for Vision report.
The division of expenditure is blueprinted as – Rs 80,000 crore in upstream, Rs 20,000 crore in midstream and Rs 30,000 crore in the lowerstream.
State covered under Vision – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

Highlights of Hydrocarbon Vision 2030: The Vision aims at doubling Oil & Gas production by 2030, making clean fuels accessible, fast tracking projects, generating employment opportunities and promoting cooperation with neighbouring countries.
5 Pillars of Vision:
People – Clean fuel access to households fostering skill development and involvement of the local community.
Policy – Moderation in light of specific terrain and weather conditions of the region.
Partnership – Greater involvement of state governments in planning and implementation and boosting trade with neighbouring nations.
Projects – Pipeline connectivity for carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas, and petroleum products, oil and lubricants (POL).
Production – Production enhancement contracts, technology deployment, fast-track clearance, and development of service provider hubs.

Assam CM Gogoi unveiled Vision Assam 2030 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had unveiled a draft document Vision Assam 2030. The aim of the vision is to ensure inclusive and sustainable development in the state.
The theme of Vision Assam 2030 is ‘Everything for Everyone’
The government is trying to transform the future of the people of Assam within 15 years.
It is the efforts of the government to get rid of poverty, illiteracy and hunger for ensuring healthy lives and achieving gender equality through women’s empowerment.

Assam Cabinet approved Metro Rail for Guwahati : Assam Cabinet approved Mass Rapid Transit System and given green signal to Detailed Project Report of Guwahati Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
The 203 Km Metro Corridor will be completed in three phases, The Whooping 18,020 crore project’s detailed project Report with 4 lines adding 61.4 Km in the first Phase of the project prepared by RITES Ltd.
Phase I of the Project consists of 4 Lines with 54 Stations and all the trains will come up with 3 coach structure that has the capacity of carrying 975 passengers each
The Project total cost would be shared by center and state government by 20% eachand local bodies to contribute Rs. 350 Crore , while the remaining Rs. 10,074 crore will be funded through soft loans from funding agencies guaranteed by the Center.
The Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi will lay the foundation of the project on February 29 in Kahnapara where a station will come up to serve as node between the Line 2 and Line 3.

Assam Current Affairs - March 2016

IWAI instigated two vital projects on NW-2: The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has introduced two prime projects for National Waterway No 2, a section of the Brahmaputra River between the Bangladesh border and Sadiya (Assam).
These two facilities will encourage the Inland Water Transport users to interpose into environment friendly mode of transportation.
The Projects include:
Development of a ship repair facility (Slipway Project) at Pandu, Guwahati with an outlay of Rs 50.76 crore.
Commencement of Ro-Ro ferry service between Dhubri & Hatsingimari of Assam.

Tikhor park to be set up in Guwahati and Shillong: Organizing Committee of the 12th South Asian Games has decided to set up Tikhor Park (Games Mascot) in Guwahati and Shillong and Rs. 2 Crore has been earmarked on behalf of the project.
The Parks are mean to preserve the legacy of the South Asian Games concluded recently in Guwahati and Shillong.
These Parks will would be set up at Guwahati University and Shillong based North Eastern Hill University.

Cycling event of Indian Army with theme Cycle to Recycle flagged off: To create public awareness about the need of nature and environment conservation, a 10- member army team boarded upon a 1,000-km bicycle journey from Pangsau Pass in the India-Myanmar border.
The journey organised as part of the Assam Rifles 181st raising day celebrations was flagged off by Brigadier DK Singh, commander of the 25 Sector Assam Rifles
The theme of the Event “Cycle to recycle”

Tezpur and JNU won Visitors Award for 2016: Tezpur University won the annual Visitor’s Award for the Best University. Rakesh Bhatnagar and the Molecular Parasitology Group of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have also won the Visitor’s Awards for Research and Innovation respectively.
Visitor’s Award for Innovation: Professor Rakesh Bhatnagar of Jawaharlal Nehru University for development of a genetically engineered vaccine and a therapeutic antibody against anthrax The Visitor’s Award for Research: The Molecular Parasitology Group of Jawaharlal Nehru University of pioneering work in the area of molecular parasitology, especially anti-malaria, leishmaniasis and amoebiasis

Ajit Singh sworn in as Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court:
Justice Ajit Singh was sworn in as chief justice of the Guwahati High Court, the Oath of the Justice was administrated by Assam Governor Padmanaba Balakrishna Acharya.
Prior  to  his  new  appointment  he  was  serving  as  the  Acting  Chief  Justice  of     the Rajasthan High Court.

Mahesh Kumar Singla committee constituted to consider ST status to 6 communities of Assam: The Centre to set up Committee to recommend the modalities for Granting of SC statusto six OBC communities in Assam.
The committee will be headed by Special Secretary in the Home Ministry Mahesh Kumar Singla, and the committee will submit its report by May 31 this year.
The Six communities that have been demanding ST status are Moran, Koch Rajbongshi, Muttuck,Sootea,Tai Ahom and Adivasis
In article 342 of the constitution communities are notified as Scheduled Tribes if they display five basic characteristics Primitive traits, geographical isolation distinct culture, Shyness of contact with higher community and Economic Backwardness.
If these communities were granted ST status the state will be a Tribal Dominated State accounting 50 % of Tribal population.

Assam Current Affairs – May 2016

Assembly Elections 2016 Results Assam:
i. Bharatiya Janata Party gains the position for the First Time
ii. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi conceded defeat and appreciated BJP chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal
iii. No of Constituencies won: 87 out of 126

Sarbananda Sonowal to be sworn in as Assam CM and becomes first BJP Government in Assam. BJP government formed the Legislative Assembly and Sarbananda Sonowal took charge as the Chief Minister of the state along with 11 ministers.
Assembly Constituencies: 126
Ruling Party: BharatiyaJanata Party
Opposition Party: Indian National Congress
Chief Minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
Governor: Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya

BJP Government has won 60 seats out 126 seats

Delegates: NarendraModi – Prime Minister, Amit Shah – BJP President, Chief Ministers of Punjab
Parkash Singh Badal, Andhra Pradesh – Chandrababu Naidu and Madhya Pradesh – Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Venue: KhanaparaVetrinary College
Speeches by Prime Minister:
Assam would be centre for development of the entire Northeast – Act East policy
All-round and balanced development in all parts of the country
Ensure development of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and the entire Northeast
Other Ministers: BJP Party
1. Himanta Biswa Sarma
2. Parimal Suklabaidya
3. Chandra Mohan Patowari
4. Naba Kumar Doley
5. PallabLochan Das
6. RanjitDatta
AGP Party
1. Atul Bora
2. KeshabMahanta
BPF Party
1. Pramila Rani Brahma
2. RihanDaimary
Das is the only other former Congress MLA

Assam Current Affairs - June 2016

Assam Assembly passes Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2006:
i. The State of Assam Assembly has passed Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2016 to make ease of doing business and to attract fresh investment through an easy computerised clearance system across the state.
ii. The bill aims to create an investment-friendly environment for economic development by making speedy processing of applications and issue of clearances for setting up industries.
iii. The bill also facilitates creating a bureau under the name of Assam Bureau of Investment Promotion for the purpose of overall supervision and administration

Gangetic River Dolphin to be City Animal of Guwahati
i. In a rare move Assam’s Guwahati became the first city in the India to have its own city
animal with the district administration announcing the Gangetic river dolphin as the symbol.
ii. The animal, locally known as Sihu would be the city animal of Guwahati.
iii. The Guwahati District administration had organised online and offline voting for three-month- long that attracted 60,003 participants to decide the city animal and Gangetic
river dolphinreceived 24,247 votes among three protected creatures.
iv. In the voting process along with Gangetic river dolphin, the other two animals were black softshell turtle (Bor Kaso) and greater adjutant stork (Hargila) that was kept on the process.

Assam Government launched Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra initiative to link primary schools to colleges
Assam Government decided to launch Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra Scheme to link Primary Schools to colleges in Sivsagar District.
Launched by: Education Department, Assam
Focus: Under the programme, College lecturers will be taking Classes in High Schools and High School Teachers will be teaching in Primary schools voluntarily.
Aim: To change the mindset of the teachers, as in some places subject teachers of a school considered it below their dignity to teach the lower level students.

Centre to make Assam as petroleum hub for South Eastern countries
i. Union government is planning to make the Assam as a hydrocarbon hub to meet petroleum requirements of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries by 2030.
ii. This fiscal centre would raise Rs 6,000 crore through public sector oil companies in Assam’s petroleum sector in the current fiscal that would be primarily invested in exploration and production and increasing pipeline network.
iii. This will be a part of the total Rs 80,000 crore investment to take the oil and gas production in Assam to 9.4 million metric tonnes by 2030 as part of Centre’s ambitious plan to make Assam the petroleum hub of Southeast Asia.

Assam’s famous Kamakhya Temple receives an aid Rs. 25 crore for Infrastructure
i. Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced an aid of Rs 25 crore over the next couple of years for the infrastructure development of Kamakhya temple.
ii. The announcement comes from the Minister during the Ambubachi Mela festival  which is thecelebration of goddess Kamakhya’s annual menstruation cycle, considered as a symbol of fertility by the Hindus.
iii. The festival is the eastern India’s largest congregation of pilgrims – drew a whopping 25 lakh devotees this year.
Kamakhya Temple: The Kamakhya Temple situated on the Nilachal Hill in western part of Guwahati city in Assam is a Hindu temple dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya.

Majuli to become India’s first river island district
i. Assam government has granted a river island named Majuli in the state as district status. The island is sprawl over 400sqkm Island in the river Brahmaputra.
ii. Notably Sarbananda Sonowal who is CM of the state had won the assembly election this year from Majuli, a constituency reserved for scheduled tribes.
iii. The erosion-troubled Majuli was a sub-division of Jorhat district, will become the 34th district of Assam.

Ranu Langthasa first woman chairperson of NCHAC
i. Ranu Langthasa was unanimously appointed as the chairperson of the NC Hills Autonomous Council in Assam. The appointment was made in the aftermath of the special session held in the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC).
ii. Ranu is the first woman chairperson to be appointed to the post since the inception of N C Hills Autonomous Council.

Veteran theatre personality Achyut Lahkar passes away
i. Veteran Actor Achyut Lahkar has breathed his last at his resident, Pathsala in Barpeta district of Assam. He was 85 years old.
ii. He hailed from Pathsala, Lahkar was well-known for Nataraj Theatre in 1963 and gave a rebirth to moving theatre in Assam.
iii. He is not only Actor, he was also a producer, writer, director of his theatre company, Lahkar toured across Assam and many other states to perform plays in his four decades long career.
iv. Famous Dramas that he appeared include -Black Money, Usha, Sankardev and Doctor Babu. He also published and edited a magazine ‘Deepawali’ and was conferred the Kamal Kumari National Award in 1997.

Assam Pradesh Congress President Anjan Dutta passes away
i. President of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) Anjan Dutta has died following cardiac failure at AIIMS in New Delhi. He was 64 years old.
ii. Dutta hailed from Assam and was a three times MLA from the Amguri Constituency. He also served as the Minister and the Member of the State Legislative Assembly.
iii. He had served as the chairman of the North East Youth Congress Co-ordination Committee and a member of the Assam Agricultural University as well as served in several important positions like the state’s transport minister

Assam Current Affairs - July 2016

Second BRICS Youth Summit concludes in Guwahati:
i. The second Edition of BRICS Youth Summit concluded in Guwahati of Assam State that focused on enhancing people-to-people contacts of BRICS member states viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
ii. It was formally inaugurated by Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, who lit the lamp and declared beginning of the three-day long 2nd BRICS Youth Summit, India 2016.

Assam Current Affairs - August 2016

Assam Assembly passes the Assam Amusements and Betting Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
i. Assam Assembly passed the Assam Amusements and Betting Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
ii. This bill will reduce the service charge of cinema tickets with an aim to give a fillip to the local film industry but, government raised the entertainment tax on cinema tickets by up to ten percentile points.
iii. As per this bill, the government proposed to make service charge Rs 8 per ticket for the halls without air conditioning system and Rs 12 for the halls with air conditioning system with back-up generator.
iv. The government also advised to increase the entertainment tax to 20 per cent from 15 per cent at present for entry charges between Rs 5 and Rs 20 per ticket. It is noted that it will be 30 per cent compared to 20 per cent in case the admission charge is more than Rs 20 and there will be no entertainment tax if the entry charge is Rs 5 or less.

India Bangladesh join hands for the movement of Petroleum products from Assam to Tripura through Bangladesh
i. India – Bangladesh signed a short-term route agreement to allow transport of petroleum goods from Assam to Tripura through Bangladesh due to the heavy monsoon damaged roads and made the transportation between the two states difficult.
ii. This is a short-term deal and Bangladesh side agreed to the Indian proposal to grant validity of the MoU till September 30.
iii. Petroleum Trucks will ride in the Dawki (Meghalaya) – Tamabil (Bangladesh) – Chatlapur (Bangladesh) – Kailasshar (Tripura) route.
iv. It is noted that the Government of India had requested Bangladesh to allow carrying petroleum goods from Assam to Tripura through their territory as heavy monsoons and the resultant bad condition of NH44 have disrupted the supply between these two states.

Assam Government become the first Indian State to ratify the GST Constitution Amendment Bill:
Assam has become the first state to ratify Constitution Amendment Bill related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), following its passage by both houses of Parliament.
i. Assam assembly unanimously passed the Constitution Amendment Bill on GST and this
BJP ruled state has become the first state to do so.
ii. The government is aiming to get the bill ratified by 16 states within the first week of September to stay on course its 1 April 2017 implementation deadline. States need to pass the bill by a simple majority to ratify the bill.

First Tech Meet Of Hydrocarbon Vision 2030:
i. The Two day long first technology meet under the targets of the ambitious Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for Northeast India started in Guwahati Assam.
ii. The idea of the meeting mooted by the sub- committee of the upstream sector headed by ONGC and has members from upstream national oil players as well as private players.
iii. The main event of the meeting was to deliberate the issues pertaining to the implementation of the Vision document which envisions an investment of Rs 1,30,000 crore over the next 15 years.
iv. The meet attended by various PSUs and private sector oil firms including ONGC, OIL, Geo Enpro, Jubilant, Hindustan and other companies involved in the sector.

Havildar Hangpan Dada honored with Ashok Chakra posthumously:
Havildar Hangpan Dada was honored posthumously, with the government announcing the highest award to an army man during peace-time operations on the eve of the Independence Day.

  • Havildar Hangpan Dada was a Nocte tribal born in Borduria village of Arunanchal Pradesh. Dada, as he was fondly called, was recruited to the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment on 28 Oct 1997. 
  • Six years later, Dada was transferred to the Assam Regimental Centre and on 24 Jan 2008 he was taken on the strength of 4th Battalion, The Assam Regiment where he served the most. Dada’s personality had many shades. Two traits that were forever to the fore were fearlessness and righteousness.
Four new governors appointed for the state of Punjab, Assam, Manipur and UT Andaman Islands :
President Pranab Mukherjee appointed four new governors on 17th August and the list includes former Union minister Najma Heptulla for Manipur.

The appointment includes new governors for the:
State of Manipur – Najma Heptulla
State of Punjab – V.P. Singh Badnore, and
State of Assam – Banwarilal Purohit.
Lieutenant- Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands –Jagdish Mukhi.

Verification of Rhino Horns has begun in Golaghat, Assam:
i. In to check genuineness and updating the complete inventory of horns, verification of rhino horns which were kept in various treasuries in the custody of Assam government since 1980 has started in Golaghat, Assam.
ii. The physical verification of the rhino horns at the Golaghat Circuit House is performed by acommittee headed by former Information Commissioner M C Malakar.
iii. Besides the verification, they also check the seal of the trunk and verification would be conducted with the help of the Directorate of Forensic Science.

One of the world’s largest one-horned rhino horns was found in central Assam:
i. One of the world’s largest one-horned rhino horns was found in central Assam’sNagaon treasury during the ongoing verification of the horns in Assam.
ii. The rhino horn verification committee (RHVC) has found one of the world’s largest horns – possibly the heaviest – of the one-horned rhino in central Assam’s Nagaon treasury.
iii. The only recorded rhino horn bigger than this could be found in British Museum in London, where a 60 cm  long horn from Assam, found in 1909.
iv. It is noted that the verification Committee have completed the verification process rhino horns kept in  Golaghat, Tezpur, Jorhat, Diphu and Nagaon treasuries of Assam.
v .It is also noted that the the committee will move to Morigaon district treasury tomorrow where 22 horns are being kept from the nearby Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

Guwahati to Host ISL 2016 Opening Ceremony:
i. Hero Indian Super League promoter Football Sports Development Ltd have awarded Guwahati to host the opening ceremony and the season opener match of Hero ISL 2016.
ii. The Ceremony to be hosted on Indira Gandhi Stadium, Sarusajai, with a capacity of 30,000 on 1st October 2016 as the ISL teams will join owners, celebrities and artistes to deliver North East a memorable visual extravaganza at the Opening Ceremony.

Litterateur Mahim Bora passed away:
i. Well known Assam litterateur Mahim Bora has passed away due to old age related ailments in a private nursing in Guwahati Assam. He was 93 year old.
ii. The Assam hailed author penned many books including Rangajivya (The Red Dragon Fly), Adhani Mahir Hahi , Bohubhuji Tribhu, Eai Nadir Sonte and Kathonibarir Ghat, among other books of short stories and poems.
iii. Bora received India’s fourth highest civilian honor Padma Shri in 2011 and the Assam Valley Literary award in 1998. He was also worked as President of Asom Sahitya Sabha.

Assam Current Affairs - September 2016

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal  inaugurated world class library in NIT Silchar:
i. On September 5,2016 Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the ‘Bharat Ratna Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Learning Resource Centre’ in NIT, Silchar and start up centre in NIT Silchar under the start up India campaign launched by Prime Minister.
ii. The world class library is established with the help of University of Illinois, USA.
iii. 28 crore rupees spented to create a world class library in the 80 thousand square feet carpet area.

Majuli River Island – World Largest River Island says Guinness World Records:
The Guinness World Records has declared Majuli in Assam as the largest river island in the world. The beautiful river island is situated on the Brahmaputra River. It has toppled Marajo in Brazil to clinch the record.
The island has been nominated to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The nomination has not been approved yet. The wetland attracts many different kinds of fauna and varied kind of fauna also grows on the island.
HDFC ERGO implements Crop Insurance scheme in Assam, MP and Uttarakhand
i. HDFC ERGO, a leading Private sector non-life insurer has implemented Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) in Assam, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh.
ii. The company has been allotted clusters in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Goa for implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana(PMFBY).

Indian Ecologist Bibhuti Lakhar has been awarded with Heritage Heroes Award’ by IUCN: Assam-based ecologist and conservation activist Bibhuti Lahkar has become the first Asian to be awarded the prestigious ‘Heritage Heroes Award’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
About Bibhuti Lahkar :
Bibhuti started working in Manas sanctuary in 1999 as part of his PhD, focusing on the management of grasslands of Manas with particular reference to the Critically Endangered pygmy hog, which is found nowhere else in the world. This work meant he had to stay near the park and traverse a landscape that was greatly ravaged by activities of militant groups operating in the area.
The then young student had to build ties not just with forest personnel in Manas, but also with local residents who were wary of strangers.

Shri Prakash Javadekar launched PARAM-ISHAN supercomputer at IIT, Guwahati: IIT Guwahati unveiled one of India´s fastest and most powerful computer, PARAM-ISHAN. Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the Param-Ishan supercomputing facility at IIT, Guwahati.
PARAM-ISHAN has power of 250 Teraflops and three hundred tera bites capacity.
PARAM-ISHAN can be used in the application areas like
Computational Chemistry,Computational Fluid Dynamics,Computational Electromagnetic,Civil Engineering Structures,Nana-block Self Assemble and Optimization.
Param Ishaan will have a speed of around 250 trillion floating point operations per second (tflops)and 300 TB storage.

Eminent Assamese poet Nalinidhar Bhattacharya passes away:
i. Assamese Eminent Poet Nalinidhar Bhattacharya has passed away due to old-age ailments in Guwahati. He was 95 years old.
ii. The Sahitya Akademi award winning litterateur is the elder brother of Assam’s first ‘Jnanpith’ award winner Birendra Bhattacharya.
iii. He registered his mark as a poet with five anthologies of Assamese poems – Ali Kuwoli (1979), Charshalir Malita, Aahot Xapun, Noni Asone Ghorot and Biday Phulor Din besides he is also a prolific essayist with five collections – Mul Aru Phul, Bezbaruah Aur Adhuniktar Dharana. 
iv .He was bestowed with the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 for his collection of literary works Mahat Oitijhya and is also the recipient of Soviet Land Nehru Award along with various honours.

Assam Current Affairs - October 2016

Assam CM inaugurated the first Model Skill Development Centre in Guwahati:
i. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated first Model Skill Development Centre “Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra” at Panjabari, Guwahati.
ii. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and National Skill Development Corporation.

Govt to invest Rs.1 Lakh Crore to boost road, Inland,Water Transport  in Assam:
i. Road and inland water communication in Assam is prepared to improve by the Centre. It decided to invest nearly Rs.1 lakh crore to improve connectivity.
ii. Gadkari announced plans to increase the Central Roads Fund to Rs.800 crore from earlier sanctioned limit of Rs 450 crore. He has also asked the state government to identify1200- kilomters of new stretch of road for converting the same into national highways

Assam CM Sonowal releases report on human development:  Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal released the “Assam Human Development Report 2014” and the Vision and Strategic Architecture Document on SDGs, namely, “Assam 2030: Our Dream, Our Commitment”
Assam’s HDI :
Assam has witnessed a “steady and continuous improvement” in human development with its latest Human Development Index (HDI) estimated at 0.557 against the national average of 0.586
This is the second Human Development Report for the state, the first was published a decade back in 2003.The present Report is based on a survey of 39,998 households and 1,87,511 individuals from 27 districts of the state.
The Report puts Human Development Index (HDI) in Assam at 0.557 indicating that level of human development in the state is just about halfway of the desired level.
The Report observes that human development achievements have been found to differ greatly across districts.

Guwahati gets FIFA nod, becomes fifth Indian city to host U-17 World Cup:
i. Guwahati became the fifth Indian city to be ratified as a venue for next year’s Under-17 football World Cup.
ii. The FIFA delegation along with members of the Local Organising Committee visited the site and had a comprehensive look at the stadium and the training facilities.
iii. Earlier, Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Goa and New Delhi had got the FIFA’s nod and the 23- member delegation will travel to Kolkata.

Eminent Assamese journalist Tilak Hazarika passes away:
i. Veteran Assamese journalist Tilak Hazarika has died in Guwahati, Assam. He was 96 years old.
ii. Hazarika was serving till his death as the Editor of the Assamese weekly Sadin and as an advisor of the vernacular daily Dainik Pratidin.

Former Asiad Gold Medallist Goalkeeper Burman Passed Away:
i. Asian Games winning former India football goalkeeper Prodyut Burman passed away this evening at a city hospital following a prolonged illness.
ii. The 81-year-old was suffering from Parkinson’s disease for a long time.
iii. Mr. Burman represented Eastern Railway, Later he moved to Mohun Bagan.

Assam Current Affairs - November 2016

12-km-long elevated railway corridor to be set up in Guwahati under Smart City Project:
i. The Centre on November 10, 2016, announced the construction of a 12-km-long elevated railway corridor inside Guwahati, worth Rs 5,000 crore, as a part of the smart city project.
ii. The project covering the entire corridor between Kamakhya and New Guwahati will be elevated
iii. The Indian Railways will form a joint venture in the form of a special purpose vehicle with the state government to implement the project.

Assam govt inks MoU with Civil Aviation Ministry for Regional Connectivity Scheme:
i. Chief Minister Sonowal and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok GajapatiRaju inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airport Authority of India under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).
ii. He also requested to make Guwahati Airport as a world class airport
iii. According to MoU, the Assam government shall reduce VAT to 1% or less on Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) at RCS Airports.
iv. The Assam Government will provide free land for the development of heliports in Diphu and Haflong

Indian Railway and Assam enters Rs. 5000 crore JV.:
i. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, on November 10, 2016, announced a joint venture project worth 5000 crore with Assam government for the construction of four elevated railway tracks between Kamakhya and New Guwahati.
 ii. The elevated tracks would remove conjestion of city roads and free up railway land and enable railways to develop Guwahati station as a commercial hub.

Assam Current Affairs - December 2016

Assam Launches Solar battery station & Community development centre:
i. Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, on December 14, 2016, inaugurated a solar battery station and a community development centre at Bindhakata Tengapukhuri village in Dibrugarh.
ii. The project implemented by Sri Sri Rural Development Programme (SSRDP) Trust of Art of Living Foundation in collaboration with Cooper Foundation has installed two solar battery charging stations of 6 kilowatt capacity, one of the biggest project in Assam.

Union Government announces Rs 207 crore project for Majuli:
i. Centre has announced Rs 207 crore project for protection and development of world’s biggest river island Majuli, located aong river Brahmaputra in Assam.
ii. The announcement was made by Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh.

Hailakandi District in Assam becomes first to Pay Wages to Tea workers via Bank Account:
i. Hailakandi has become the first district in Assam to pay wages to Tea Garden Workersthrough individual bank accounts before the December 15 deadline set by the state government for cashless transactions to the plantation workers.
ii. Following demonetisation of Rs 500 and 1000 currency notes from November 9, Assam government had set December 15 as the deadline for cashless transactions to tea plantation workers.
iii. At least 504 workers of Burnie Braes Tea Estate received their wages through bank accounts and the payment was made through five Banking Correspondents (CSPs) of Assam Gramin Vikash Bank.

Assam to Make Majuli Country’s First Carbon Neutral District:
i. Assam government has initiated a project on December 14, 2016, to make river island Majuli the country’s first ever Carbon Neutral district by 2020.
ii. The project titled ‘Sustainable Action for Climate Resilient Development in Majuli’(SACReD, Majuli) was initiated by Assam’s department of Environment and Forest and was launched by Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Biodiversity and Climate) A K Johari at Majuli.

Judima Festival begins in Assam:
i. The three-day ‘Judima Festival’ begin at Haflong in Assam on December 18, 2016.The festival seeks to establish the only hill station of Assam, Haflong into the tourism map of the Northeast.
ii. Aim : To promote and nurturing of ethnic culture, music, dance, craft and folk-art of Dimasa tribals living in Dima Hasao district of the state

Assam Launches Health Insurance Scheme ‘Atal-Amrit Abhiyan’:
i. The state government of Assam on December 25 launched an ambitious health insurance scheme ‘Atal-Amrit Abhiyan’ which will provide coverage against several critical illnesses.
ii. The scheme was launched by Assam’ Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a function in Guwahati, to mark the 92nd birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
iii. Both Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families, with annual income below Rs 5 lakh, are eligible for the scheme.
iv. The total financial outlay of the scheme is around Rs 200 crore and would entitle the poor to receive coverage of Rs. 2 Lakh annually. In order to avail the facilities, a laminated health card with unique identification number will be given to all the members of an eligible family and the assurance will be cashless at the point of delivery.


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