Tuesday, 14 August 2018

11 - 14 August 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC




  • The 127th Patriots’ Day was observed in Manipur on Monday to pay homage to the freedom fighters of the 1891’s Anglo-Manipuri War. The main function was held at Bir Tikendrajit Park, where prince Bir Tikendrajit and Thangal General were hung to death publicly on this day in 1891 on the charge of waging war against the British, following Manipur’s defeat to the British forces. Since then, the Day, 11th August is observed as the Patriots’ Day every year.
  • Communist veteran and former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at a private hospital 
  • Chief Minister’s Samagra Grammya Unnayan Yojna (CMSGUY), a scheme to transform the rural economy with a budget outlay of Rs 33,000 crore. Sonowal also announced that best fishermen and fish producers would be felicitated at a programme to acknowledge their contribution to the State’s fishery sector.
  • The Lakhimpur College of Veterinary Science was awarded formal recognition by the Veterinary Council of India (VCI). The Lakhimpur College of Veterinary Science, which was restored in 2014, has suffered many difficulties like deficiency of teachers, manpower, veterinary clinical complex and ILFC. As such, the Lakhimpur College of Veterinary Science was considered inept by an inspection team from the VCI in 2017, primarily due to lack of infrastructure.
  • The Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) has introduced a new subject – Swadesh Adhyayan – for HS Arts stream students from the current academic session to familiarise the higher secondary level students with the history and geography of the State and the intellectual, cultural and spiritual heritage of its people.
  • The first project under the Central Government’s Swadesh Darshan Scheme, ‘North East Circuit: Imphal and Khongjom’, will be inaugurated by Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla. Swadesh Darshan’ (tour of country) is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Tourism for the development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner. The scheme was launched in 2014-15 and the Ministry has so far sanctioned 70 projects at a cost of Rs 5,708.88 crore. The project under inauguration was sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism in September 2015 for Rs 72.30 crore. The project covers two sites – Kangla Fort and Khongjom. Kangla Fort is one of the most important historic and archaeological site of Manipur located in the heart of Imphal city. It served as the seat of Manipur’s power till 1891. Under this project, the Ministry has carried out works such as restoration and improvement of outer and inner moat of the old Govindajee Temple and rejuvenation of sacred ponds, reconstruction of old rampart, among others. Under both the schemes, the Ministry has sanctioned 15 projects covering all North Eastern States for Rs 1,301.47 crore
  • Rafael Nadal held off a late surge from birthday boy Stefanos Tsitsipas to claim the 80th title of his career with victory at the Toronto Masters
  • World number one Simona Halep held her nerve in a roller coaster duel with Sloane Stephens on Sunday to win the WTA Montreal crown for the second time.
  • Norwegian track prodigy Jakob Ingebrigtsen upstaged his two older brothers to claim a memorable gold in the European 1500m in Berlin aged just 17. The middle of the Ingebrigtsen trio, Filip, had gone into the race at a packed Olympic Stadium as favourite, the defending champion and current world bronze medallist. The eldest, Henrik, had major championships experience, with a medal of each colour won in the last three European champs. But that counted for nothing as Jakob, who turns 18 next month and is coached like his siblings by father Gjert, lived up to his billing as one to watch.
  • Assam’s 3D animation film A Blind Dog has been selected to be officially screened at the APA Film Festival during August 9-12 at the famous Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. The APA Film Festival is being held as part of the 126th annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA). A Blind Dog is the only Indian film to be screened at the special APA Film Festival. Animation as well as direction of the film is done by Ryan Hazarika. Axl Hazarika is the producer, music composer and VFX editor of the 3D animation film. This is the real life-based story of the relationship between a musician and his blind dog.
  • The Assam State Zoo celebrated the seventh World Elephant Day, on 12th August, in partnership with the Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative. The initiative aimed at inspiring “a growing generation, knowledgeable and motivated to take positive actions on behalf of the wildlife that share our land and sea with us and the environment.” World Elephant Day was launched on August 12, 2012, by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and Canadian documentary filmmaker Patricia Sims. World Elephant Day encourages individuals and organizations worldwide to take action, spread awareness, and share effective ways to help save and protect elephants and support the many commendable elephant conservation initiatives.
  • TRAI  launches its apps on UMANG platform. UMANG or ‘unified mobile application for new-age governance’ has been developed by National e-Governance division of the ministry of electronics & IT (MeitY). UMANG to help consumers access multiple government services easily.
  • After Senapati and Bishnupur districts, Churachandpur has become the third Open Defecation Free (ODF) district in Manipur. The declaration was made following the total construction of Individual Household Latrines (IHHLs) as per baseline survey of 2012. The Survey conducted in 2012 identified 22,282 households for construction of IHHLs in the district. Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)-Gramin is a flagship programme of Central Government and under this programme 4,46,401 rural households, 3,919 government schools, 1,201 Angawadis of the State are to be provided sanitary latrines by October 2, 2019. According to official documents uploaded in PHE department website regarding SBM-Gramin, overall SBM coverage in the state was 52.16 per cent in 2014, when the mission was first launched. The State increased its coverage to 80.50 per cent during the current year. But ODF has also become an issue in Manipur in view of the existing dysfunctional toilets numbering around 40,482, the document said.
  • Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram finished as runner-up at the Vietnam Open after losing the final to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia.
  • In a bid to encourage writers who are associated with sports literature, the Asam Sahitya Sabha will introduce a sports literature award in memory of noted sports organiser and sports journalist Pulin Das.
  • India suffered an embarrassing 159-run innings defeat in the second Test against England after yet another batting failure on day four at the Lord’s, leaving the struggling visitors 0-2 behind in the five-match series.
  • Nilutpal Gogoi, a student of Mechanical Engineering Department of Dibrugarh University has entered the Assam Book of Records for being a numismatist (currency note and coin collector).  Gogoi, son of Pronam Kumar Gogoi of the city has been a numismatist since 2011. He has so far collected 71 currency notes and coins belonging to 12 different countries like Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Bhutan, Singapore, Bangladesh, Russia, Thailand, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, France and Nepal. The collections include ancient and modern currency notes and coins. He also possesses three antique copper coins of India, made in 1818. The Assam Book of Records has appreciated his earnest persistence of his hobby and placed his name in the state record category.

    Digital North East Vision 2022

    • The Vision Document emphasizes leveraging digital technologies to transform lives of people of the north east and enhance the ease of living. The Document identifies eight digital thrust areas namely:
    1. Digital Infrastructure,
    2. Digital services, 
    3. Digital empowerment, 
    4. Promotion of Electronics Manufacturing, Promotion of IT and ITes including BPOs, Digital Payments, 
    5. Innovation & Start  ups
    6. Cyber security. 
    • Minister of Electronics and Technology and Chief Minister of Assam will lay the foundation stone for the Common Facilitation Centre and Smart Meter Manufacturing facility in Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) in Tech City, Bongara Village, Assam for promotion of electronics manufacturing in NERegion.
    • Foundation stone will also belaid for four NIELIT (National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology) permanent centres in Guwahati, Shillong, Lunglei and Gangtok.
    • The NIC (National Informatics Centre) is launching the Secure, Scalable and Sugamya Website as a Service (SwaaS) websites for Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. 
    • To take participative governance to last mile citizen, State MyGov portals are being launched for Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura. STPI (Software Technology Park of India) incubation facility is being inaugurated in Agartala, Aizawl and Shillong. 
    • A BPO centre under the North East BPO Promotion Scheme (NEBPS) is being inaugurated in Majuli, Assam. Manipur State Data Centre (SDC) is being migrated to the Cloud Platform. ERNET (National Research and Education Network) India is enabling virtual classroom facility in Tripura. 
    • Digital Locker is being integrated with Secondary Education Board Assam and with Nagaland e-District. A comprehensive GIS based Decision Support System for North East States and North Eastern District Resource Plan Geo-Portal (NEDRP) is also being launched.
    • ‘Digital North East’ is envisioned as an integral part of the Digital India programme.  It would help in leveraging the power of Information Technology to leapfrog the overall development of the North East region.

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