Friday, 31 August 2018

31st August 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC

  • Meghalaya is the third uranium-rich State after Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh and the deposits account for about 16 per cent of the country’s uranium reserves (9,500 tonnes in Domiasiat area and 4,000 tonnes at Wahkaji
  • Passengers from Guwahati will now be able to fly direct and non-stop to Singapore. Drukair, Royal Bhutan Airlines, will launch its inaugural flight for its new route from Guwahati to Singapore and vice versa on September 1.

    Asian Games:

    • The Indian 4x400m women’s relay team today clinched its fifth consecutive Asian Games gold medal to maintain a remarkable domination in this event while Jinson Johnson won the men’s 1500m final race as the country produced its best ever show in athletics since the inaugural 1951 edition. Bahadur Prasad was last Indian to win a medal in men’s 1500m at the 1998 Games, where he won a bronze.
    • Assam sprinter Hima Das completed a hattrick of medal wins at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia with the gold in the 4x400 metres women’s relay
    • After six days of competition, India grabbed 7 gold, 10 silver and two bronze. The gold count was same as in 1978 and 2002 Asian Games but India had won a total of 17 medals in these two earlier editions as against 19 this time.
    • In the inaugural edition in 1951 held in New Delhi, India had won a total of 31 medals from athletics, including 10 gold. In 1982, India had won 20 medals in athletics but there were only four gold, the rest being eight silver and eight bronze. India finished third in athletics behind China (12, 12, 9) and Bahrain (12, 6, 7).
    • Discus thrower Seema Punia and middle-distance runner PU Chitra had to be content with bronze medals.
    • Defending champions India were today knocked out of the Asian Games gold medal contention and denied a direct entry into the 2020 Olympics, with Malaysia again proving to be their Achilles heel in the men’s hockey semifinals.


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