Wednesday, 22 August 2018

22nd August 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC

  • The government today asked WhatsApp to set up a local corporate entity and find a technology solution to trace the origin of fake messages circulated through its platform.
  • The Supreme Court today said the option of none of the above (NOTA) cannot be permitted in Rajya Sabha elections.
  • After 20 years of negotiation, the Naga rebels have agreed to drop the demand for greater Nagaland and reached a common understanding with the Government of India that boundaries of neighbouring states will not be touched. With respect to Nagaland, there is already a special arrangement. Article 371A of the Constitution makes it very clear that they are special and a special status has been accorded to them.
  • Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), in collaboration with the Department of Bioengineering and Technology of Gauhati University, has for the first time in the North East started a master’s course or MSc in cancer biology.
  • Assamese film Xhoihobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) has won the Best Screenplay award in the recently concluded Treasure Coast International Film Festival, Florida, US. The film was nominated in as many as five categories in this prestigious festival.The Treasure Coast International Film Festival presented the TCIFF Lifetime Achievement Award to film action director and industry veteran Isaac Florentine. Xhoixobote Dhemalite became the first Assamese film to be commercially released in the US. The film also won three awards in the Love International Film Festival, Los Angeles, including the Best Film award. 
  • Divya Kakran shrugged off a crushing quarterfinal defeat to bag a bronze, ensuring that medals continued to come from the wrestling arena. Divya had won a bronze at the 2018 Gold Coast CWG and silver at the recently-held Asian Junior Championship in New Delhi.
  • It was a ‘victory in defeat’ for the Indian men’s sepaktakraw team which settled for its maiden Asian Games bronze medal after being beaten by a formidable Thailand in the semifinals here today. The Indian men’s regu team lost to Thailand 0-2 but picked up a bronze as both the losing semifinalists are also awarded a medal. Sepaktakraw, which directly translates to kick the ball, has been part of the Games programme since 1990. India has participated since the 2006 edition and is slowly catching with the South East Asian countries, where the sport has a huge following. Thailand has won a whopping 22 gold medals at the Games and Myanmar is a distant second in the list with five gold. Eight of the 12 members of the squad are from Manipur and the rest from Delhi.
  • Saurabh Chaudhary, all of 16, today became the youngest Indian shooter to win an Asian Games gold medal as he trumped a field comprising multiple world and Olympic champions in the 10m air pistol finals. The seasoned Sanjeev Rajput then made the country proud, winning the silver in the 50m rifle 3 positions. Another Indian making his international debut, 29-year-old Abhishek Verma, shot 219.3 to secure bronze in 10m air pistol event. Expectations were high from Chaudhary as he had broken the world record on his way to winning a gold in the Junior World Cup in Germany couple of months ago.
  • The ambitious Van Dhan Yojana, which seeks to increase the income of tribal people through value addition and boost economic development of tribal communities, will soon be launched in all districts across Assam. The scheme will be implemented in association with The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) and the project implementation and management will be done by the Assam Plain Tribes Development Corporation. The Assam Tribune that the scheme aims to promote livelihood generation among the tribals and transform them as tribal entrepreneurs. Among other things, the scheme proposes to set up community owned Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) centric Van Dhan Vikas Kendras in predominantly tribal districts which could act as common facility centres for procurement-cum-value addition to locally available NTFPs and also for skill-based handicraft and marketing of such products. The plan is to set up 41 such Van Dhan Vikas Kendras in Assam during the ongoing 2018-19 fiscal and another 46 in 2019-20. It is expected to generate livelihood to 26,100 tribal gatherers and artisans and transform them into tribal entrepreneurs.
  • Two girl students of Dikom tea estate, who have made it to the prestigious Asian University for Women, Bangladesh for five years of study. The selected students, Sonali Kerketta and Bandana Pator, whose parents are ordinary workers of the tea garden will be accompanied by their guardians while leaving for Bangladesh on August 22. The students will be admitted into the international university with 100% tuition fee waiver as well as food and lodge free of cost for all five years. The cost of the entire study programme for full five years comes to around $75000 (approximately Rs 52 lakh) for each student.


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