Thursday, 2 August 2018

2nd August 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC

  • Dr Deben Buragohain, General Manager of GAIL, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the proposed North East Gas Grid. The company is a joint venture of the IOC, OIL, ONGC, OIL and NRL, and is being floated for piped natural gas connectivity to all the NE State capitals.
  • The Asam Sahitya Sabha has now got its branch in Singapore. The Sabha’s Singapore branch will act as a hub to help promote the spread of language, literature and culture amongst the Assamese diaspora across South East Asia.
  • Sarod maestro Ustad Amzad Ali Khan will be conferred the Kamala Saikia Memorial National Award, 2018 for his contributions in propagating peace, harmony and brotherhood in society through his music. The award will be given at a function to be held on August 9 in the Vivekananda Kendra auditorium, Uzanbazar. Biplab Kumar Sarma, retired judge of the Gauhati High Court will deliver the 17th Kamala Saikia memorial lecture on the occasion.
  • Arunachal Pradesh has achieved a major milestone in public healthcare system with the launch of its first medical college – Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) at Naharlagun 
  • Indian women’s hockey team produced a stellar performance to ease past lower-ranked Italy 3-0 in the cross-over match and progress to the quarterfinals of the World Cup. The difference between world ranked 10th India and 17th ranked Italy was the first touch control and the ability to finish an attacking move successfully.

With 40 lakh people failing to get their names on the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the poll panel today said an exclusion from this list would not automatically result in their removal from the electoral rolls as registration of voters is decided by election laws. 

  • The CEC said the Chief Electoral Officer of Assam would give a factual report in the coming week on various aspects arising out of the publication of the final draft NRC. 
  • First, the voters need to be citizens of India; secondly, they should be above 18 years of age on January 1 of the year of enrolment, and thirdly, they should ordinarily be residents of the Legislative Assembly Constituency in which enrolment as voters is sought. 
  • People will have to satisfy the electoral registration officers that they are citizens of India to be part of the voters list and they can use documents available with them to support their claims.
  • The EC voter enrolment exercise is independent of the NRC, though authorities responsible for the two lists are working in sync.
  • “The EC, with its objective of ‘no voter to be left behind’, has asked the Chief Electoral Officer of Assam to coordinate closely with the State Coordinator of the NRC to ensure that all eligible persons are included in the electoral roll during the summary revision in 2019. This way a final electoral roll will be published on January 4 , 2019 to be used for the general elections in 2019,” Rawat had said yesterday.

Mizoram home to ‘lost civilisation’ : Archaeologists excavating the mysterious megalithic structures at Vangchhia in Champhai district of Mizoram is of the opinion that a great civilisation might have once existed there.

  • Located close to Myanmar border, the lush forested village of Vangchhia in Champhai-Farkawn mountain range of Mizoram’s Champhai district is home to hundreds of megalithic stone sentinels or menhirs.
  • Vangchhia comprises rolling hills and thick forests. The excavation was conducted after the director general of ASI visited the site in November last year and the objective was to study the structures that have floral, animal and human depictions on them. The excavation came after ASI declared Vangchhia as ‘heritage site of national importance’ in 2011.
  • So far, burials, retaining walls, stone stairs, streets or pathways, bunds, water pavilions, defence wall, menhirs, petroglyphs, iron caskets, different metallic weapons, tobacco pipes and several other items have been discovered in Vangchhia, the archeologist said.
  • The retaining walls or terraces were made of big stones and the average height of each terrace ranged from 10 to 25 feet.
  • “The terraces might have served as burial sites, but this can’t be ascertained as of now,” Nayan said. “There are nine terraces. We explored around eight. We also found evidence of what seems to be a water pavilion. We presume people here liked their environment and the water pavilion is comparable to those found in Mughal structures,” he added.
  • Samples of remains sent for carbon dating to Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleobotany (BSIP), Lucknow, found that they are as old as 600 CE.
  • The ASI has determined that of the 28 villages under Khawbung rural development block, under which Vangchhia falls, 25 villages have historical heritages. Of these, 15 villages have been explored.
  • As Indus Valley Civilisation was named after Harappa Culture, this hitherto unknown civilisation may well be called Vangchhia Civilisation after the name of the village where the heritage site exists


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