Wednesday, 25 July 2018

25th July 2018 | Assam current affairs for APSC

    Indian deposits in Swiss banks fell by 34.5 per cent in 2017 and by 80 per cent since 2014

    • The money parked by Indians in Swiss banks rose to CHF 1.01 billion (Rs 7,000 crore) in 2017 after falling for three consecutive years
    • According to Swiss authorities, the more reliable data source for deposits held in Switzerland is the Locational Banking Statistics (LBS) of Bank of International Settlements.
    • LBS measures international banking activity from a residence perspective, focusing on the location of banking office and captures around 95 per cent of all cross-border banking activity.

    The Centre today said that power to grant citizenship to minority migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh has been delegated to district magistrates of 16 districts and governments of seven states to make the process simpler and faster

    • The Ministry of Home Affairs has been in touch with the state authorities concerned and other stakeholders, and has sensitized them to expeditiously process all the pending citizenship applications of eligible applicants, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said in a Lok Sabha reply to a question by Kalyan Banerjee of West Bengal.
    • According to online data, a total of 4,044 applications are under process at various levels for grant of Indian citizenship. Out of which, 1,085 applications are under process in the Ministry of Home Affairs and 2,959 are with various state governments. However, religion-wise data is not maintained centrally.
    • As per the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and rules made thereunder, Indian citizenship is granted to foreign nationals, who make an application in the prescribed form, Rijiju said.

    The State government has launched a Rs 460-crore ‘Muga Mission’ to raise the muga production by ten times more than what it is today. 

    • The mission will be operative for a period of ten years from the financial year of 2017-18. The preliminary work under the mission has already started with the State government releasing an amount of Rs 100 crore.
    • For 2017-18 financial year, the State produced 156.96 metric tons of raw muga, while in the preceding financial year, it could produce 139 metric tons of raw yearn of this golden silk.
    • Meanwhile, the World Bank-sponsored APART (Assam’s Agri-business and Rural Transformation Project) has taken up the districts of undivided Kamrup, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Jorhat and Sivasagar for plantation of muga and eri host plants, setting up rearing houses and providing equipment support to the sericulture farmers.
    • In Darrang district, ventures for development and expansion of mulberry silk sector are undertaken under the Rs 29.54-crore Northeastern Regional Textile Policy Development Scheme (NERTPS) of the Union Ministry of Textiles. The initiatives undertaken under this scheme started in the financial year of 2015-16 and its initial period of three years has been extended by one year to the financial year of 2019-20.

    Singapore has entered into an MoU with the Assam government, and it has been agreed that trainers from that country will train up youths from Assam. 

    • Four agreements were also signed relating to tourism, hospitality, wellness and retail sectors. As part of an agreement signed with Singapore, a skill city of international standard would also be set up at Mangaldai with an estimated cost of Rs 9,000 crore
    • ‘Swabalamban’ scheme is launched by the government for self-employment of surrendered militants, which will assist the beneficiaries to take up different activities in primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. 
    • Government initiatives for jail inmates like ‘Karagar Se Karigar’ under which prisoners will get opportunities to engage themselves in fruitful pursuits during their jail terms
    • Japanese delegation has urged the Government of Assam to give six months’ language training in Japanese so that Japan can absorb as many electronics engineers from Assam as possible in the IT sectors of that country. Assam government will urge premier institutions like Gauhati University to impart training in foreign languages at the University.

    With the country setting its goal on tuberculosis (TB) elimination by 2025, technology has come to assist the fight against the dreaded disease in the matter of tracking and monitoring TB patients in real time.

    • ‘Swasthyaa’ – one such technology platform supported through a software interface for health administrators, medical officers and health workers to track and monitor TB patients in real time – was launched by Dr R Bhuyan, Director of Health Services, Assam, at a function at Guwahati Press Club today.
    • Dr Bhuyan informed the gathering that the State Tuberculosis (TB) Cell, Government of Assam, and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, have jointly developed Swasthyaa, which would be implemented in Kamrup (Metro) and Nalbari districts in a pilot mode.

    Honouring the rich legacy of the glorious journey of Assamese cinema since 1935, the State Film Awards ceremony and Film Festival for the year 2018 will be held at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Panjabari on July 28 and 29. 

    • The awards to be given away during the event comprise two years viz. 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Notably, awards in each category would be given separately for each year i.e., for films between 2015-2016 and for 2016-2017.
    • The films to be screened during the festival are Dr Bezbaruah (10-30 am), Dinabandhu (11-30 am) and Bowari (1-30 pm) on July 28 and Chameli Memsaab (10-30 am), Haladhiya Charaye Baodhan Khai (1-30 am) and Village Rockstars (1-30 pm) on July 29.
    • The festival aims at encouraging the production of films of aesthetic excellence and social relevance, contributing to understanding and appreciation of films and promoting the integration and unity of the State.

    The I-T office celebrated the Income Tax Day today along with the rest of the country. Income tax was first levied as a duty on July 24 in 1860 and so July 24 is observed as the Income Tax Day

    Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri put pen to paper on a fresh one-year deal that will see him stay at the club until the end of the 2020-21 season

    • The deal adds to the AIFF Player of the Year’s current contract at the JSW Group-owned side.
    • The 33-year old Chhetri had earlier signed a three-year deal with the Blues ahead of their move to the Indian Super League last season. Chhetri, who is the longest serving player at the club, spoke of his delight at the extension.

    Guwahati tea auction made a record today when a line of gold tea produced by a tea garden in the State sold for Rs 39,001 per kg

    • A line of Manohari Gold Tea was knocked down under pan-India online auction system at Rs 39,001 by Contemporary Brokers. It was bought by Sourabh Tea Traders Pvt Ltd of Guwahati for their upcountry buyers in Delhi and Ahmedabad.
    • According to the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre, this is the highest price any tea has fetched in any auction centre all over the world.
    • This exclusive gold tea was produced by Manohari Tea Estate situated at Dibrugarh and made by tea expert CK Parashar under the guidance of estate owner Rajan Lohia.
    • The owner of Sourabh Tea Traders ML Maheshwari said, “Our customers are always looking for best quality specialty tea. Earlier, we had purchased another line of Donyi Polo Tea Estate specialty tea at Rs 18,801.


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