Thursday, 26 July 2018

26th July 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC


Shortage of personnel in Assam Police

  • The total strength of IPS officers in the Assam Police as on today is 109 compared to the sanctioned strength of 135.
  • The actual strength of the Assam Police as on today is 52,183 against the sanctioned strength of 64,988 accounting for a shortfall of 12,805 personnel.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Tobacco Control Division), Government of India, will set up a Regional Satellite Centre of Tobacco Quitline Services (RSCTQS) at the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati

  • The Ministry would provide full funding for the infrastructure development, salary of 22 counsellors, and other ancillary support to run the quitline service centre.
  • The quitline service centre will be inaugurated on August 15 and the work in this regard, like manpower recruitment, has already been initiated
  • As per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) report of 2010, the national prevalence of tobacco consumption was 34.6 per cent, which decreased to 28.6 per cent in 2017.
  • However, in Assam tobacco consumption has increased from 39.3 per cent in 2010 to 48.2 per cent in 2017. All other NE states except Sikkim have a high prevalence of tobacco consumption.
  • In Meghalaya and Tripura TRC constitutes 65.2 per cent and 53.8 per cent in men, respectively. In Assam, TRC constitutes 46-52 per cent in men and 20-25 per cent in women.
  • As per the report of Public Health Foundation of India, the Government of Assam spent Rs 157.8 crore for treatment of tobacco-related diseases in 2011 out of its total health budget of Rs 542 crore for that year.
  • In Assam, about 3.2 lakh packets of cigarette and 6.5 lakh sachets of gutkha are sold daily.
  • The Global School Personnel Survey (GSPS) states that 34.2 per cent of the children in the North East states consume tobacco as against 13 per cent in the south Indian states.

The first-ever total knee replacement surgery was performed on a 65-year-old lady by a team of doctors and nurses of Tura Civil Hospital recently. 


  • The operation was led by Dr Adrian R Marak, Orthopaedic Surgeon.
  • According to Dr Marak, the woman had severe pain in the knee joints and was unable to perform normal errands. After the surgery, she is now very well on her way to recuperating from her ailment



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