Thursday, 30 August 2018

30th August 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC




Asian Games:


  • The Indian table tennis contingent’s dream run at the Asian Games got better today when the mixed doubles pairing of A Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra won a historic bronze. It was only yesterday that the Kamal-led men’s team had secured a bronze, ending India’s 60-year-wait for a maiden medal at the Asian Games.
  • India’s silver medal in the 4x400m mixed relay will not be upgraded to gold after the country’s protest against champions Bahrain was rejected by the Asian Games’ Jury of Appeals for the athletics competition

General News:

  • Almost all the 500 and 1,000 currency notes that were made illegal in November 2016 have returned to the banking system, the RBI said today, prompting the Opposition to question the efficacy of demonetisation in curbing black money. Banks received Rs 15.31 lakh crore or 99.3 per cent of the Rs 15.41 lakh crore worth Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that were in circulation on November 8, 2016
  • Sivasagar district administration has embarked on a mission in consonance with Swachh Bharat Mission objectives by rolling out the first of its kind Menstrual Hygiene Management programme in the district, named ‘Sakhi: A ray of hope’. As part of Phase I, 17 (13 government schools having female adolescents) schools and one college viz., the Sibsagar Girls’ College will be having sanitary vending machines and incinerators. The project would also see the formation of WASH groups in all these schools and college with a nodal teacher, who would be the torch bearers in percolating the good habits of safe and hygienic disposal practices, removal of social taboos and other related sanitation issues. The project has been conceptualised and implemented by the district administration, Sivasagar, and supported by ONGCL, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility activity.
  • The NITI Aayog has introduced ‘Building As A Learning Aid (BALA)’, in aspirational district, Barpeta, to improve the quality of government schools. The Piramal Foundation has been engaged by NITI Aayog to replicate the concept of BALA in the district. Apart from it, Piramal fellows who have been currently working in 17 schools of the district have also taken up BALA to introduce in each of their adopted schools. The fellows have initiated a donation drive at the school and community level where a handsome amount of money has been collected with the sole motive to be utilised on the expenses under BALA project.
  • The Chief Secretary designate, Alok Kumar, a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, who will take over as the Chief Secretary of Assam on August 31 from TY Das, said that his priority would be to create an environment where all the officers and employees feel at home to give their best. He pointed out that the Government has already outlined its priorities and it is the job of the officers and employees to follow the directions given by the political leadership. He said that the Government has announced its commitment to provide a corruption free, pollution free and foreigner free State to the people and it is up to the officers and employees to live up to the expectations of the people.




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