Monday, 16 July 2018

15th & 16th July 2018 | Daily current affairs for APSC

  • The President of India has finally given assent to the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2015. The Bill was drafted to eliminate the superstitious practices and killings in the name of witch-hunting in the State. The State Government has already notified the Act. The legislation, which is in place now, comes with stringent penal provisions for the perpetrators of the crime.The Bill was unanimously passed by the State Assembly in 2015. The Centre had also sought clarifications on penal provisions from the State before it was sent for the President’s assent.
  • Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation stone of the State’s first cultural university at Majuli island. The construction of the varsity is likely to cost Rs 300 crore. The Chief Minister also announced that soon an initiative will be taken up by the government to support artistes involved in the traditional art of making boats, the source stated. He said that the State government has already released an amount of Rs 4.5 crore to make Majuli a model organic hub. In the last two years, projects worth Rs 1,000 crore have been launched in Majuli, Sonowal urged the people of the Brahmaputra island to keep a strict watch over the implementation of government schemes.
  • Singhapurush Radha Govinda Baruah was fondly remembered across the State today on the occasion of his 41st death anniversary. Floral tributes were paid to the ‘architect of modern Assam’ remembering his contributions in the fields of culture, sports and journalism. Founder of The Assam Tribune Group of Publications, Radha Govinda Baruah, popularly known as ‘RG’, was instrumental in building state-of-the-art sports infrastructure in Guwahati, besides bringing Bihu onto stage from the fields and initiating a number of other cultural and sports activities in the State.  Other than being the first Mayor of Guwahati and launching the leading English daily of the region, The Assam Tribune, RG Baruah is also remembered for his groundbreaking efforts to start the Assam Flying Club, Guwahati Tea Auction Centre and the Nehru Stadium.
  • Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today announced an award of Rs 50 lakh to athlete Hima Das. He further announced that she would be appointed as the State’s sports ambassador.
  • The 120,000 sq ft Tech City for startups being built by Assam Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (AMTRON) near the Guwahati airport will be ready early next year. Assam is soon going to come up with the Tech Village, a concept designed to help entrepreneurs and students in training and skilling.
  • Germany’s Angelique Kerber stunned American Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to win her first Wimbledon title.
  • Newly-crowned world U-20 qurtermile event champion Hima Das today ended her campaign after anchoring the Indian women’s 4x400m relay quartet to a junior national record, though the quartet failed to qualify for the final round. The Indian women’s 4x400m relay team comprising S Venkatsen, Jisna Mathew, Ritika and Hima clocked 3 minute 39.10 seconds to finish fourth in heat number two, thus failing to qualify for the final round. The first two in each of the three heats and the next two fastest teams qualify for the finals. Despite failing to qualify for the finals, the Indian quartet bettered the earlier national U-20 record of 3:40.50 set in 2002 in Bangkok.
  • Jonali Dutta of Assam has been selected to represent the Indian women’s basketball team in the 40th William Jones Cup to be held in Taipei from July 25 to 29 and in the Asian Games which will be held at Jakarta from August 14.
  • Manas Rhino Passenger is the only train in Assam where there is a separate compartment reserved exclusively for women passengers.
  • Pawan Borthakur, Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Agriculture, formally launched a new innovative organic manure commercial production scheme called ‘NADEP Tank’ at Bamunpara village of Mangaldai in Darrang district. The scheme, taken up jointly by the District Agriculture Department and the District Krishi Vigyan Kendra, aims to construct 500 rectangular concrete tanks of 72 cubic feet in 25 villages and 20 tanks in each village.
  • Mike Bryan found himself a suitable backup partner for Wimbledon and the result was a record-tying 17th Grand Slam men’s doubles title – and his first without his twin brother. Bryan teamed with Jack Sock for only their second tournament together, and the American duo edged Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand. The 40-year-old Bryan is the oldest man in the Open era to win the doubles title at the All England Club. He won his first 16 Major championships, which included three others at Wimbledon, with his twin, Bob, who is sidelined right now because of a hip injury.
  • France lifted the World Cup for the second time by ending battling Croatia’s dream of a first title with a 4-2 victory on Sunday in one of the most entertaining final for decades.
  • Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, both 22 from the Czech Republic, won their second successive Grand Slam title with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 victory over Kveta Peschke and Nicole Melichar on Saturday at Wimbledon. As well as becoming the first pairing since 2003 to win the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back, they also became the first to claim both the girls’ and women’s doubles titles at the All England Club, after winning as juniors in 2013. Another piece of history that was more poignant for Krejcikova. Their title came exactly 20 years after her mentor and compatriot Jana Novotna won the Wimbledon singles title.
  • Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu’s title drought this year continued as she suffered a straight-game defeat against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the summit clash of the USD 350,000 Thailand Open World Tour Super 500 badminton tournament.Sindhu, who had an ankle strain ahead of the CWG and missed the Uber Cup final, reached semifinal and quarterfinal in her last two tournaments – in Malaysia and Indonesia – before this one.
  • The Government of Assam has decided to hand over the Barak valley coal scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for inquiry. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today directed the State Chief Secretary and senior officials of the home department to take necessary steps for handing over the probe to the CBI.
  • Majuli protection (Anti-erosion ) project : The project – which was allotted to TK Engineering on November 24, 2017 – has a timeframe of 18 months which will expire in May, 2019. The project entails 27 km long erosion- protection work for a total cost of Rs 200 crore. The said firm has already been penalised with a fine of Rs 1.6 crore for the delay in implementing the project


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