Wednesday, 11 July 2018

11 July 2018 | Daily current affairs for APSC

  • The All India People’s Science Movement (AIPSN) and the Omeo Kumar Das (OKD) Institute of Social Change and Development will jointly observe World Population Day today (11th July 2018). The topic of this year’s World Population Day is – ‘Family Planning is a Human Right’. World Population Day is being observed this year to focus on the need to generate public awareness on the issue of the alarming rise in the world population and for the purpose, the organisers of the function here are organising a seminar-cum-interactive session at 4.30 pm tomorrow at the Machkhowa ITA Centre for Performing Arts.
  • In an exciting development for the State’s conservation spheres, the endangered Ganges river dolphin (Platanista gangetica) – locally called xihu – has been sighted in large numbers at Nakhanda, the confluence point of Pohumara and Kaldiya rivers in Barpeta district. Rivers Pohumara and Kaldiya meet at the point to emerge as the Nakhanda river.The sighting is significant as the river dolphin in Assam was believed to be found only in Brahmaputra, Subansiri and Kulsi rivers. The sighting confirms a fourth home for the elusive species which also happens to be the State aquatic animal of Assam.
  • Ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar is back into action at the World Challenge Cup in Turkey on July 8, Dipa opted for Handspring 360 and Tsukuhara 720 en route to her gold medal winning feat. She had scripted history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to clinch a gold medal at a global event.
  • Professor Mohan Chandra Kalita, a senior teacher in the Department of Biotechnology, Gauhati University, has been elected as Fellow of the Linnean Society (FLS) by the Linnean Society of London, United Kingdom. The Linnean Society of London which was founded in 1788, is dedicated to the study of dissemination of information concerning natural history, evolution and taxonomy.

67th plenary of the North Eastern Council (NEC) 

  • Centre has offered a lump sum package of Rs 4,500 crore for the NEC for years from 2017-18 to 2019-20 for the region’s development in earmarked fund involves Rs 2,357 crore for committed liabilities of ongoing projects, Rs 1,000 crore for North East Road Sector Development Scheme and Rs 640 crore for Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources liabilities. There is no fund for new projects during the new scheme period. 
  • The Centre has done away with six sectors (departments) of the NEC in December last year, including infrastructure development, sports, irrigation, power, roads and others.
  • The media was barred from covering the plenary and was held in in a small room at the State Convention Centre instead of using the large auditorium available at the Centre.


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