Monday, 3 September 2018

1st, 2nd, 3rd September 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC




  • The Brahmaputra Board is in a restructuring mission. It is spreading its operational areas to other NE States and also to Sikkim and North Bengal. This is being done in a bid to do away with its existing image of an Assam-centric organisation and to ‘increase its foot-print in the entire NE region, Sikkim and North Bengal’. For, the rivers of these States and areas are connected with the Brahmaputra and the Barak river systems of Assam.
  • The Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans and Craftsmen (MEETAC) was formally launched at Imphal on Saturday. MEETAC is an autonomous society set up on December 29 last year by Government of Manipur under the Department of Textiles, Commerce and Industries
  • Meghalaya Government has made it mandatory to furnish marriage certificates by married couples for all official purposes. The government has made it mandatory for married men and women to furnish marriage certificates for all official purposes as notified under the Meghalaya Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act, 2012. 
  • India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Talkotara Stadium in New Delhi. The IPPB is said to be India’s largest payments bank which is seeking to link 1.55 lakh post offices countrywide. A large work force of over 3,00,000 Postmen and Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) will be offering doorstep banking in rural, urban and remote areas under the IPPB system. IPPB will make banking and payments simple. Using Aadhar, it will open paperless accounts in minutes and allow customers to make digital transactions with the help of QR Cards and biometric authentication, said DK Chutia, Assistant Superintendent, Posts, Regional Office, Dibrugarh in his welcome address.
  • Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today directed the State Power Department to adopt an aggressive strategy for timely implementation of the ambitious rural electrification scheme Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana - Saubhagya in the State. The Power Department officials during the review meeting informed the Chief Minister that while 47 lakh households have already been electrified under the scheme, another 14.25 lakh households are yet to be covered but works on the same have reached different stages of completion. Saubhagya scheme aims at providing free electricity connections to all households, both APL and poor families in rural areas and poor families in urban areas of the country within December this year.
  • Justice Ranjan Gogoi is all set to be appointed the next Chief Justice of India, reports said.
  • The current Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, as a matter of convention, reportedly recommended Justice Gogoi to be his successor. Justice Gogoi’s tenure will last till November 17, 2019. He is set to take oath as the next Chief Justice of India on October 3.
  • The Indian economy grew at 15-quarter high of 8.2 per cent in the April-June quarter of current fiscal on good show by manufacturing and farm sectors, according to the government data released
  • The revival work of Rupshi airport that started in May this year is not only going on in full swing but the authority is also set to conclude the construction works by March next. The airport that began functioning during World War II in 1945, stopped operating in 1984 and ever since it has remained abandoned, and in its 447 acres of area, jungles cropped up all over in such a way that it became rich in flora and fauna population. People from nearby areas especially from Dhubri and Gauripur areas also started visiting the place for site seeing. However, after the Bodoland Territorial Council, recently handed over around 337 of the 447 acres to Airport Authority of India to reuse it as an Airport again, the jungle area has been completely wiped off. The Airport Authority of India has informed that it is currently building a massive wall 7 km long all around the area allotted to them. They will also start working on the revival of the runway. “The runway will be 1.830 km in length
  • The US will cancel USD 300 million in military aid to Pakistan over its failure to take “decisive actions” to support President Donald Trump’s new South Asia policy and act against terror groups like the Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pentagon has announced, a fresh blow to the deteriorating ties between the two nations.
  • India is expected to convey to the US during the upcoming ‘two-plus-two’ talks that it is going ahead with the Rs 40,000-crore deal with Russia to procure a batch of S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems, notwithstanding the American sanctions on military transactions with Moscow
  • Under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, boat veterinary clinics will be launched in Goalpara, Dhubri and Majuli districts this year. In the next phases, Kamrup, Barpeta, Nalbari and Darrang will be covered. Under a World Bank project, the government would spend Rs 109.43 crore over the next seven years to meet the existing gaps and challenges in the pork value chain and milk value chain. The government is also creating ‘pigbandhus’ to bolster the piggery sector.
  • The Motor Vehicle agreement signed between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) has the potential to substantially boost up the meagre five per cent inter-regional trade and change living conditions of the people in these countries, experts here said today. Presenting a report of its findings here in the presence of senior Government officials and exporters, CUTS International, an NGO said, BBIN’s trade with ASEAN stands at 25 per cent, East Asia at 35 per cent and Europe at a whopping 60 per cent. The Motor Vehicle agreement was signed between these four SAARC Nations in 2015. However, last year Bhutan pulled out temporarily from the agreement as its Upper House of Parliament didn’t ratify the agreement. Once implemented, the agreement would allow the smooth transport of goods from one country to the other without much hindrance. There are at present ten identified corridors for the smooth movement of vehicles from these countries. One of the corridors under this agreement passes through Dawki Land Custom Station in Meghalaya to Bangladesh.
  • The 55th Indian Oil Day was observed today at Guwahati Refinery with great fervour and enthusiasm
  • In a big boost to the promotion of waterways as an alternative, cost-effective and environment-friendly mode of transport, one of the longest hauls in the Inland Water Transport (IWT) movement in the country comprising a consignment of bagged fly ash is on its way to the Pandu inland port from Kahalgaon in Bihar. The consignment in two barges containing a total of 1,233 tonnes of fly ash was flagged off at Kahalgaon on NW-1, river Ganga for Pandu on NW-2, river Brahmaputra.
  • Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said Sabroom, Tripura’s southern-most border subdivision, would be the gateway to Northeastern India once Feni bridge is made operational. The bridge over river Feni is not only important for Tripura, it is equally strategic for the entire North East as Sabroom is only 67 km from Bangladesh’s Chittagong port, he said. While Shillong, capital of Meghalaya is far away from Haldia port, Guwahati, State capital of Assam is also far (1,220 km) from Haldia port in West Bengal. But Sabroom is so near from Chittagong port – only 67 km. That’s why Feni bridge at Sabroom is so special and it is going to be a lifeline for the entire North East.
  • Indian batting once again wilted miserably under trying circumstances as a relentless England recorded a comfortable 60-run victory in the fourth Test to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
  • With the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) on, the Assam Government is not keen on taking any chance on the law and order situation and that is why, the decision to extend the term of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) for another six months with effect from September 1 was taken. However, the situation will be reviewed before the expiry of the present term of the Act.

    Asian Games

    • India finished third overall with one gold and two bronze medals. India had won a bronze each in men’s team and the mixed team events.
    • Amit Panghal (49kg) on Saturday became only the eighth Indian boxer ever to claim a gold medal at the Asian Games with a stunning tactical win over reigning Olympic and Asian champion Hasanboy Dusmatov. India signed off its boxing campaign at the Games with a gold and a bronze, won by Vikas Krishan in the middle-weight category.
    • India maintained their recent domination over arch-rivals Pakistan with a fighting 2-1 win to bag a consolation bronze medal after a below-par semifinal performance at the 18th Asian Games 
    • Pranab Bardhan became the oldest man in Indian contingent to win a medal at the 18th Asian Games as he joined forces with Shibhnath Sarkar to clinch gold in men’s pair event of the bridge competition on Saturday. The 60-year-old Bardhan and his 56-year old partner finished the men’s pair event with a score of 384 as they edged out China’s Lixin Yang and Gang Chen, who finished with 378 points after five round of competition. Bridge made its debut at the Asian Games, this year.
    • Lalremsiami has become the first Mizo sportsperson to win a medal in Asian Games with the Indian women hockey team winning silver medal in the Asian Games in Jakarta. Lalremsiami, 18, who hails from Kolasib town in northern Mizoram, is the youngest player in the Indian squad and is believed to be the brightest prospect in Indian hockey with ‘the Under-21 rising star award’ at the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy to her credit. She played a total of 31 minutes in five matches and scored two goals, helping India win silver in the tournament. Lalremsiami got her first call for the senior team, and she helped India win gold at the 2017 Asia Cup. Before making it to the senior level, Lalremsiami shone at the 4th U18 Asia Cup, scoring three goals in the tournament. During the recent tour to Korea, her solitary goal in the opening match against Korea gave India a win, where she played for 31 minutes and scored twice.

    The Law Commission has suggested certain changes in marriage and divorce laws that should be uniformly accepted in the personal laws of all religions, while holding that the uniform civil code “is neither necessary nor desirable at this stage” in the country.

    • The Commission, headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice BS Chauhan, whose tenure ended on Friday, has come out with a 185-page consultation paper on ‘Family Law Reforms’ said a unified nation does not necessarily need to have “uniformity”.
    • The law panel said the best way forward is to preserve diversity of personal laws even while ensuring they did not contradict fundamental rights guaranteed under the Indian Constitution.
    • Saying, secularism cannot contradict the plurality prevalent in the country, the Commission said in the paper that: “Cultural diversity cannot be compromised to the extent that our urge for uniformity itself becomes a reason for threat to the territorial integrity of the nation.”
    • Suggesting amendments in marriage and divorce in personal laws of all religion, the Commission advocated making adultery a ground for divorce for men and women and to simplify divorce procedure.


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