Monday, 20 August 2018

18th - 20th August 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC

  • Actor Adil Hussain has received the Best Actor award at the Amanda Awards, the top national film honour in Norway. Hussain received the aard for the film What Will People Say made by Norwegian-Pakistani filmmaker Iram Haq. The film is set in Pakistan and Norway and traces how a Pakistani immigrant family deals with its teenage daughter’s affair with a local boy in Norway. Hussain had earlier bagged the Kanon Award at the Kosmorama film festival in Norway. The 54-year-old actor was adjudged the best actor at the festival for his role in the film.
  • India opened its account in the 18th Asian Games with a bronze medal after Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar cracked under pressure to finish third in the rifle mixed team shooting event .
  • Bajrang Punia opened India’s gold medal account at the Asian Games, bringing smiles and relief to the Indian camp which was jolted by the early exit of star wrestler Sushil Kumar. Bajrang came into the Games after winning three tournaments – Commonwealth Games, Tbilisi Grand Prix and Yasar Dogu International – and carried on with his superlative show.  
  • The Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary comprises three reserve forests – Khanapara reserve forest, Amchang reserve forest and South Amchang reserve forest. In 1953, the Khanapara reserve forest was declared with an area of 9.96 sq km. The Amchang reserve forest was declared in 1972 with an area of 53.18 sq km. In 1990, the South Amchang reserve forest was declared with an area of 15.50 sq km. Ultimately on June 19, 2004, the Assam government declared these three reserve forests as Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located within the geographical limits of longitudes 91.50 degree East to 92.03 degree East and latitudes 26.08 degree North to 26.26 degree North, covering an area of almost 78.64 sq km. There are 24 species of mammals in the sanctuary and among them some are very rare and endangered among which hoolock gibbon is feared to be lost as nobody had heard its mystic voice for a long time.
  • Udit Gogoi of Assam representing India won the doubles title of the Road to Wimbledon Tennis Tournament which was held at Wimbledon Grass Courts in London. Udit partnering with Chirag Duhan of India defeated Billy Blaydes and Jonah Gethin of UK 6-3, 0-6, 10-5 in a gruelling three setter. 
  • In a bid to boost export of handicraft items to the neighbouring countries, the Bodoland Regional Apex Weavers & Artisans Co-operative Federation Ltd (BRAWFED), has taken a slew of initiatives. To carry forward its plan, the BRAWFED has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) to hold an exhibition at Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan from September 12 with a four-day-long programme. The aim of the expo is to promote handicraft products produced by the local artisans, especially in the Bodoland areas. BRAWFED, which has been promoting handicraft products by encouraging local artisans, has plans to hold expos in various parts of the neighbouring countries in the days to come.
  • Movietonne, an online platform to stream Assamese and regional films, was launched today with a platter of 16 different flicks. Movietonne, a startup, aims to offer over 100 regional cinemas in the future.
  • Piramal Foundation, a premier non-profit organisation working in the field of education and health for more than a decade has entered into an agreement with Niti Aayog to work for transformation of all the 115 aspirational districts of the country by focusing on core areas pertaining to education, health, nutrition agriculture, financial inclusion, infrastructure development sectors for improving the living standard of the people by ensuing inclusive growth for all. Accordingly, Piramal Foundation has been working in close coordination with the district administration, Goalpara and collaborating with the Department of Education, SSA, DIET, department of adult education for supporting transformation of students learning outcomes with especial focus relating to issues of female literacy etc.
  • The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Dudhnoi along with the district agriculture office, Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) and allied departments have something to cheer for after achieving the top position in Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan (KKA) which has been implemented in all the 115 aspirational districts of the country. The KKA programme which started from June 1 and continued till August 15, 2018 with the objective to improve the economic condition of the farmers by giving boost to agriculture has been implemented in 25 selected villages of the district. Various specific actions like soil testing, issue of soil health cards, distribution of mini kits of pulses and oil seeds/paddy, horticulture, agro forestry plants, NADEP pits, artificial insemination in cattle, bovine and goat vaccination, agriculture implements and other related activities have been implemented during this period.
  • Under the extended Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, Goalpara district has achieved 100% saturation in 3 key schemes under financial inclusion, stated a DIPRO release. The schemes under financial inclusion, namely Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), Pradhan Mantri Jibon Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) against the target of 20,341 covering all the 289 villages, 23,851 accounts were opened under PMJDY, thus achieving 114.86% saturation. aUnder PMJJBY, 17,412 persons were covered even though the target was 16,949, thus achieving a saturation of 102.74%, while 102.58% saturation was achieved under PMSBY, covering insurance of 27,818 persons against the target of 27,118 persons. Under Indradhanush, the Department of Health & Family Welfare has achieved 100% saturation too, the release stated.
  • Scholars in China have cautiously welcomed India’s move to invite limited Chinese investments for the development of its northeastern States by connecting them with Bangladesh’s Chittagong port. India has unveiled a major plan for the development of its NE States by connecting them with Chittagong port and invited for the first-time limited Chinese investments which were shunned till now due to security concerns in the border areas. Senior Cabinet ministers from Assam, Tripura and Nagaland – the States governed by the BJP and its allies – accompanied by BJP general secretary Ram Madhav visited the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou last weekend and met Indian and Chinese businessmen. State-run Global Times in a report said the invitation to China to participate in an India-Bangladesh connectivity project is a surprise move that Chinese observers broadly and cautiously welcomed.

Focus Article : Thanks to Vajpayee, East West Corridor reached Northeast - R DUTTA CHOUDHURY

  • The East West Corridor, which is now becoming a major communication lifeline of the entire country, was extended to the northeastern region because of the initiative taken by Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Prime Minister. He also accepted the proposal of the Assam Governor and the State government to award the Bharat Ratna posthumously to Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi.
  • Former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who had close relation with Vajpayee right from his days as the president of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), recalled the contributions of the former Prime Minister towards Assam and other States of the region and said that Vajpayee always had a soft corner in his heart for the region.
  • Talking to The Assam Tribune, Mahanta said, “When I was the Chief Minister, we felt that we received all required help from Vajpayee whether he was the Prime Minister or the Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament.” He said that as per the original plan, the East West Corridor was to end in Kolkata and so, he along with Chief Ministers of other States of the region met Vajpayee, who was the Prime Minister at that time, and requested him to extend it to the Northeast to improve road communication that was vital for the development of this part of the country. “Vajpayee immediately agreed to the proposal and issued necessary instructions to extend the East West Corridor to the Northeast,” he added.
  • Mahanta said as Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi was instrumental in preventing merger of Assam with Pakistan, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) government in Assam sent a proposal to the Centre to confer the Bharat Ratna posthumously on Bardoloi. Vajpayee immediately accepted the proposal and Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour of the country, was conferred posthumously on the Lokapriya. Similarly, during the tenure of Vajpayee as the Prime Minister, the Borjhar airport was renamed as Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport.
  • Mahanta said that as the North Eastern Council almost became defunct, Vajpayee started the process of setting up the Department for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER). But the process could not be completed during his tenure as the Prime Minister and the department was formed later. He said the progress of the bridge over the Brahmaputra river at Pancharatna (Goalpara) was very slow and the Vajpayee-led government gave the necessary thrust to expedite the process, and he also came to the State to inaugurate the bridge. Similarly, Vajpayee laid the foundation stone of the Bogibeel bridge. Though different persons are claiming credit for the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, it was during the time of Vajpayee as the Prime Minister that the Defence Ministry clearance was received for the project, Mahanta said.
  • The former Chief Minister pointed out that a statue of Lachit Barphukan was set up in the National Defence Academy during the time of Vajpayee as the Prime Minister, while the accord with the Bodo Liberation Tiger (BLT) was also signed during that time to pave the way for creation of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
  • Mahanta admitted that during the tenure of Vajpayee as the Prime Minister, the State always received due importance from the Centre. He said that whenever floods occurred in the State, he immediately sent Central teams to assess the situation and he himself visited Assam a few times to assess the situation on the ground.
  • Leading an AASU delegation, Mahanta also met Vajpayee when the latter was the External Affairs Minister to demand construction of the Kaliabhomora bridge.
  • He said during the Assam movement, Vajpayee along with Dr Bhupen Hazarika and several other prominent personalities attended a meeting in the office of the AASU in Cotton College and offered valuable suggestions. During the movement, Vajpayee visited the State several times and extended his support to the movement.
  • Mahanta met a number of Prime Ministers both as a student leader and a politician, and when asked to assess them, he said, “VP Singh was also sympathetic towards Assam. But I still feel that Vajpayee was most considerate and had a soft corner for the State.”
  • Meanwhile, former State minister Biraj Kumar Sarma recalled how once Vajpayee, who was then the Prime Minister, enjoyed a Bihu function in the Latasil Bihutoli. “At that time, Dhiren Baruah was the president of the Bihu committee. Vajpayee addressed the function and then spent hours at the Bihutoli and enjoyed the function. Vajpayee also interacted with the Bihu committee members and local people. Vajpayee enjoyed the cultural programmes and stressed the need for keeping Bihu alive, said Sarma, who was then the Urban Development Minister of Assam and accompanied Vajpayee to the function.

The major take aways of Atalji's Government 

➡️ Operation Shakti (Pokhran-II) nuclear tests.
➡️ Passed the Chandrayan-1 project.
➡️ National Highway Development Project.
➡️ Goldern Quadrilateral.
➡️ North-South and East-West Corridors
➡️ Pradhanmantri Gramin Sadak Yojna.
➡️ Delhi Metro Project.
➡️ Dhola Sadiya Bridge (Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Setu)
➡️ Bogibheel Bridge (Brahmputra - Assam) ongoing.
➡️ Indian Rivers Inter-link kicked-off.
➡️ Promulgated 'Prevention of Terrorism Act'.
➡️ Prevention of Terrorism Activities Act (POTA).
➡️ Defence Intelligence Unit created.
➡️ Information Technology and Industrial Parks.
➡️ Important Disinvestments.
➡️ Fiscal Responsibility Act.
➡️ New Telecom Policy (NTP).
➡️ Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan - Right ot Education
➡️ National Institute of Technology
➡️ Pravasi Bharatiya Samman.
➡️ Ministry of Tribal Affairs' established
➡️ Delhi-Lahore Bus regular link after 1947.
➡️ Operation Vijay (Kargil War).
➡️ Strategic and military cooperation with Israel
➡️ Impetus to India’s ‘Look East Policy’
➡️ Purchased 'INS Vikrmaditya' for Indian Navy.
➡️ Agreement for 'Sukhoi', 'Brahmos'.
➡️ "Tejas", First Flight took in 2001.
➡️ Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
➡️ Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand created.


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