Thursday, 9 August 2018

9th August 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC

  • Muthuvel Karunanidhi, a doyen of Dravidian politics, was today laid to rest on the Marina beachfront as a sea of humanity bid him a tearful farewell after an unsavoury courtroom battle his party won to secure for him the final resting place at the Chennai landmark. 
  • The State Government has conceded to the popular demand for keeping intact the independent identity of the 91-year-old Directorate of Historical and Antiquarian Studies. The closure of the Directorate was recommended by the 7th Assam Pay and Productivity Pay Commission. After carefully analyzing the above recommendation, the Higher Education Department found that the Directorate of Historical and Antiquarian studies plays a significant role for preserving the ancient manuscripts, documents, rare books, etc., of the region and the basic objectives of this Directorate is to collect historical materials and preserve them for further research. Besides, this Directorate plays a valuable role like a bridge between the past heritage of the region and the culture of the present society.Considering the gravity of the role of this Directorate, the Government in Higher Education Department approved that the Directorate may continue as it is.
  • Padma Vibhushan award winning space scientist Dr Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan and renowned nephrologist and renal surgeon Dr Sarbeswar Saharia were conferred the honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters, while artist Neel Pawan Baruah was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy along with noted theatre personality Sukracharjya Rabha (posthumously), at the 27th convocation of the Gauhati University, in recognition of their valuable contributions in their respective fields.
  • Banana fibre is an alternative where yarn is extracted from the banana pseudo stem. In handloom banana fibre yarn is normally woven with other natural fibres like cotton and silk to achieve desired quality of the fabric. Banana fibre fabric is used for making garments, mats, curtains, bags, etc. Though the raw material is free, the process of extraction is labour-intensive. The step involves extraction of banana fibre using a fibre extraction machine. The fibre extracted needs to be properly dried and cleaned. Thereafter each strand of yarn is taken out manually and joined with one another for its use in handloom. good quality banana fibre yarn can fetch up to Rs 7,500 per kg. Since handloom products prepared from banana fibre are in great demand, there is ample opportunity for engagement of rural households.


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