Tuesday, 28 August 2018

28th August 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC

Asian Games:

  • Neeraj Chopra harvested another record-smashing gold in javelin throw as India’s track-and-field athletes delivered a clutch of medals at the 18th Asian Games. He won the Federation Cup in March with 85.94m, clinched a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a throw of 86.47m, before the 87.43 effort in Doha. Before coming here, he had 85.17 and 85.69 in France and Finland during his preparations for the Asian Games. 
  • There was plenty of silver to celebrate as well, all of it coming from the athletics arena. Sudha Singh (women’s 300m steeplechase), Neena Varakil (women’s long jump) and Dharun Ayyasamy (men’s 400m hurdles) came second in their respective events.
  • Ayyasamy clocked 48.96 seconds to shatter his own national record and finish behind Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba who won the gold with a Games record time of 47.66.
  • Varakil’s best jump of 6.51m came in the fourth attempt, which was enough to fetch her the silver.
  • Veteran Sudha clocked 9:40.03 seconds to win her second Asian Games medal after the 2010 Guangzhou edition gold in the same event.
  • Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu remained in the hunt for a historic Asian Games gold medal after a tense win but Saina Nehwal settled for a bronze following her 10th straight defeat against World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying
  • Assam sprinter Hima Das shattered the women’s 400m national record for a second time in 24 hours to win a silver in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta 
  • Tejinderpal Singh Toor shattered the Games record in men’s shot put to open India’s medal account in athletics in the Asian Games. He bettered the earlier national record of 20.69m set by Om Prakash Karhana in 2012. Toor was the favourite to win the gold as he had entered the event as season leader (20.24m). The winning throw came in the fifth attempt though he was leading the field with his first throw of 19.96m.

General News

  • Maj Leetul Gogoi, who was at centre of the human shield controversy, has been indicted by an Army court for “fraternising” with a woman, paving way for initiation of disciplinary action against him.
  • Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has written a Hindi biography of the State’s erstwhile King Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarma Manikya Bahadur, which will be published soon. August 19, 2018 was the 110th birth anniversary of the King who is known as the architect of modern Tripura and a respected figure in the State. Deb released a gold coin on his 110th birth anniversary. The King died in 1947, two years before Tripura merged with the Indian Union on October 15, 1949. The King first built the Agartala airport in 1942, which is now the second busiest airport after Guwahati in NE. The Manikya Kings had offered incentives to his Bengali subjects to settle down in Tripura for agricultural use of wetlands. Bir Bikram reserved almost two-third of the State territory for the aboriginal tribes of the State in 1939, which was the precursor to the present Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), the home to the tribals, who constitute one-third of the State population. Tripura is also the only Indian state which has its own constitution too.
  • Sanskrit Divas celebrated on August 27 to commemorate the mother of all languages.
  • Guna Mahanta, a veteran actor of celluloid and stage, passed away this morning on way to a doctor’s chamber. With his death, an era of Assamese cinema and theatre has come to an end. A resident of Nagaon who was born in 1946, Mahanta was also associated with the Sankari culture, and staged several bhaonas in the Brajabali language. To spread Sankari culture, he also formed the Purnamurti Gopaldev Kalakshetra.
  • In a major policy shift aimed at enhancing effectiveness and minimizing side effects of TB treatment, the World Health Organization (WHO) has put forward a recommendation of injection-free regimens for the treatment of rifampicin- and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (RR/MDR-TB). The new WHO recommendation suggests replacing injectable medicines (kanamycin/capreomycin), which have severe side effects and causes distress to patients and are associated with increased risk of failure and relapse. The new MDR-TB treatment guidelines scheduled for release later in 2018 will replace all previous and current WHO guidelines on treatment of RR/MDR-TB.
  • The State government has hiked the rate of State pre-matric scholarship for the ST students studying from Class I to Class VIII from Rs 25 per month to Rs 100 per month with immediate effect.This was stated in a notification issued by the Department for Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes.
  • The Law Commission will this week recommend a tough legal framework, which includes changes in the Constitution and election law, to hold Lok Sabha and assembly polls together
  • The State government is very likely to suggest some more Assam handloom items, like eri chadar, riha, costumes and cloths produced by the weavers of the State's ethnic groups in their handlooms, to be covered by the Handlooms (Reservation of Articles for Production) Act, 1985. The Union Ministry of Textiles has initiated the process for amending this legislation, which came into force on March 31, 1986. There are 11 categories of handloom-woven articles covered so far by this legislation. There are five items, under two different categories, from Assam. The two categories of Assam items covered by this legislation include Gamocha and Mekhela-chadar. Dakhona, Danka and Phanek of the State are covered under the Mekhela-chadar category.

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