Wednesday, 8 August 2018

8th August 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC



  • The National Handloom Day was observed to commemorate the Swadeshi Movement and various dignitaries urged the people to wear handloom clothes to stay rooted to their culture and also encourage rural weavers and the economy. The National Handloom Day is observed every year on August 7 to honour handloom weavers of the country and remember the Swadeshi Movement of 1905. During the movement, Indians boycotted British goods in favour of domestic products, added the Governor.
  • The Nalbari district unit of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) has resolved to confer the Bhaben Baruah Award for the year 2018 to renowned cine actress Bidya Rao for her lifetime contribution towards the uplift of preforming arts. The Nalbari district unit of AJYCP has been presenting the Bhaben Baruah Award since 2009. Over the years, the award has been presented to Dulal Roy. The other recipients are Guruji Adya Sarma (2010), Biju Phukan (2011), Nilu Chakravarty (2012), Mahananda Sarma (2013), Jibeswar Deka (2014), Achyut Lahkar (2015), Dharani Barman (2016) and Hemanta Dutta (2017) respectively.
  • Mizoram gets first medical college. The Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER), a premier medical college, was inaugurated. On the occasion, Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said that the college was one of the biggest milestones in the history of Mizoram and attributed it to the peace and development that has prevailed in the State since the signing of the Mizo Peace Accord in 1986.
  • An impressive silver-medal finish at the Champions Trophy has helped the Indian men’s hockey team jump one spot to fifth in the latest FIH rankings. India, which is defending its title at the upcoming Asian Games, is the only team which registered an upward movement among the top 10 teams. The Indian team, which now has 1484 points in its kitty, is above the likes of 2012 Olympic champions Germany, England and Spain. World champions Australia maintained its top spot with 1906 points, ahead of Olympic champion Argentina (1883), Belgium (1709), the Netherlands (1654) and India. Germany, England, Spain, New Zealand and Ireland complete the top 10. The second best Asian team is Malaysia at number 12th and is followed by Pakistan and Korea. In the women’s rankings also, the Indian team gained one spot to rise to ninth. The team had lost to eventual runners-up Ireland in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup via penalty shootout on August 2. The Indian women’s team is ranked the highest in Asia, ahead of the likes of Korea (10th), China (11th) and Japan (14th).  World champions Netherlands remained on top, ahead of England, Australia, Argentina and Germany. The Irish team, which surprised one and all by reaching the final of the World Cup, jumped eight places to be at eighth spot. 
  • World Champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu today pulled out of the Asian Games after failing to recover from a lower back injury, which is yet to be fully diagnosed.


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