Friday, 10 August 2018

10th August 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC


  • The ruling NDA today comfortably bagged the post of deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha when journalist-turned politician Harivansh of the JD(U) beat Congress’ B K Hariprasad in an election that was seen as a test for the opposition unity ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In a boost to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), its candidate Harivansh, the 62-year-old first-time MP from the Nitish Kumar-led party, got 125 votes as against 105 polled by Hariprasad, who was the opposition nominee.
  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was observed in Guwahati by the Indigenous Forum, Assam in association with the North East Indigenous People’s Forum and the World Barua Organisation in support of the United Nations.
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has ruled out any possibility of signing an MoU with the State Government for flood and disaster management. In a Rajya Sabha reply to a question by Bhubaneswar Kalita, Minister of Space and DoNER and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh said that as on date, ISRO is not contemplating any Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Assam Government for flood and disaster management. However, North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), under Department of Space, has been working closely with the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) since 2009. In association with ASDMA, the NESAC has developed the Flood Early Warning System (FLEWS). It is a terrain-specific model and employs satellite-based inputs, in-situ data on rainfall and river discharge data at critical locations to provide advance information on flood events as an input to disaster preparedness. NESAC, an autonomous organisation under Department of Space (DOS), was set up as a joint initiative of DOS and the North Eastern Council (NEC) in Shillong during September 2000. The Centre plays a catalytic role in holistic development of entire north-eastern region by providing space science and technology support on natural resource management (agriculture, water resources, forestry, geology, minerals), infrastructure planning, telemedicine, tele-education, emergency communication, space and atmospheric science research, including disaster management support.
  • The indigenous Boka Chaul (Oryza sativa) or Assamese soft-rice is the latest natural produce from Assam to be registered with the Geographical Indications (GI) tag. This is the only product after Muga silk, Joha rice and Tezpur litchi to be registered as GI. Boka Chaul is mostly cultivated in Nalbari, Barpeta, Goalpara, Baksa, Kamrup, Dhubri, Kokrajhar and Darrang districts of lower Assam. It is a winter rice or sali, which is sown from the third and fourth week of June.
  • As part of the State Government’s efforts to upgrade the communication system between Majuli and the mainland, the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off four new modern ferry vessels of Inland Water Transport (IWT) department at Kamalabarighat. One Ramp Powered Lighter (RPL), which has been refurbished to carry JCB and dumpers to Majuli from Jorhat side, was also launched by the Chief Minister. Sonowal also flagged-off another new ferry service between Ahotguri and Misamora areas of Majuli. The service will significantly shorten the travel time between the places. 
  • World champion sprinter Hima Das has inked a multi-crore two-year deal with sports management firm Infinity Optimal Solutions (IOS)
  • Nipo Nabam was today sworn in as the Chairman of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC), along with Komoli Mossang as a member of the Commission.

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