Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Daily current affairs for Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Exams - 28th February 2018

  1. GMC Mayor Mrigen Sarania laying the foundation stone of the Corporation’s biomethanation-cum-electric energy generation plant at Paltan Bazar in Guwahati on Tuesday
  2. Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh has nominated Dr Kamala Kanta Saharia of the College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, to the General Body as well as Governing Body of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Government of India for a period of three years from February 8, 2018. It will be his second term in the ICAR as GB member.
  3.  In order to bring transparency and streamline the process of issuing government advertisements to print and electronic media by the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), Assam, a series of measures have been initiated by the government
  4. The Education department will need Rs 960 crore to tide over the problems grappling the schools with an inclusive assessment done as part of all the three phases of ‘Gunoutsav’ reflecting that nearly 70 per cent schools still do not have access to electricity while 20 per cent of the total students enrolled were found to be permanent absentees.
  5. The figures were shared by Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while releasing the results of the third and final phase of Gunoutsav, which reflected a quantum jump in terms of performance compared to the first two phases.
  6. Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan today said that various measures have been undertaken by the government to streamline the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Assam and the other North Eastern states, including augmentation of storage capacity, digitization of records and elimination of bogus beneficiaries.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Majuli, the largest river island in the world

The Union Government has launched new scheme for protection of Majuli Island in Assam from flood and erosion. The scheme was sanctioned by Government in March, 2017 and funding for it will be from Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER).

The scheme has been framed by Brahmaputra Board based on recommendations of the high level Expert Committee of Central Government that visits the world’s largest riverine island at least twice a year to monitor and recommend anti-erosion measures.

Majuli Island is largest river island in world and first island district of the country. It is formed by Brahmaputra River in south and Kherkutia Xuti, another branch of Brahmaputra, joined by Subansiri River in north. The area of Majuli island recordere in 1914 was aroung 734 sq km and in 2004, it was recorded to be 502 sq km.

Geomorphologically, the entire Majuli island is part of alluvial flood plains of the Brahmaputra river. It is formed of soil consisting mainly of silt deposits which is without cohesion and susceptible to erosion. The problem of erosion was exacerbated after 1950 disastrous earthquake and has become severe environment issue as it remains mostly uncontained.