Monday, 15 October 2018

12th, 13th, 14th,15th October 2018 | Assam daily current affairs for APSC




  • The “100 per cent organic State” Sikkim, the first in the world, will get the “Oscar for best policies” at a UN ceremony in Rome and it bolsters efforts to attain the Sustainable Development Goals. Sikkim beat out 51 other nominees from 25 countries for the Future Policy Award 2018 – the world’s best laws and policies promoting agro-ecology – which will be presented during the World Food Week at headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 19, 2016 declared Sikkim as the first organic State in the country, saying it will soon become the harbinger of organic farming not only in India but around the world.
  • India has suffered economic losses of $79.5 billion due to natural disasters during the last two decades, according to the UN.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the Industrial Disputes (Assam Amendment) Bill, 2017 that will replace the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 paving the way for companies to retrench up to 300 employees without seeking prior approval of the Assam Government.The Bill envisages boosting ease-of-doing-business. The legislation proposes that companies will be allowed to retrench up to 300 employees instead of 100, as per the existing legislation, without seeking prior approval of the government. Under the new legislation, the compensation to a retrenched labourer will be 60 days’ salary instead of the present 15 days’ salary and no government permission will be required for the retrenchment.
  • The United States of America is studying the possibility of initiating infrastructure development programmes in association with Government of India in North East particularly in Manipur to promote border trade and other economic activities.
  • An officer of the Assam Police has been conferred with the Kirti Chakra posthumously for displaying indomitable courage and exemplary leadership in fighting ULFA militants, a Home Ministry official said. Inspector Lohit Sonowal laid down his life in Tinsukia district of Assam on April 19, 2013 in an encounter with ULFA militants in which two extremists were also killed. During the crossfire, Sonowal sustained bullet injuries, but eliminated two extremists in direct exchange of fire. Sonowal succumbed to his injuries later.
    The Kirti Chakra is the country’s military award for valour, courage action and self-sacrifice. It is second in order of precedence of peacetime gallantry awards after the Ashok Chakra
  • Four forest personnel of Biswanath Wildlife Division in Biswanath district were presented with gallantry awards by the Department of Environment and Forest, Government of Assam recently on the occasion of 64th Wildlife Week for their outstanding performance and high level of contribution along with optimum dedication and sincerity towards the forest and wildlife conservation in the area. The honoured forest personnel include Ranger of Kaziranga Northern Range, Pranjal Baruah and forest workers Pranjit Hazarika, Gautam Chakravarty and Ajay Das. 
  • Pilgrims headed to the Vaishno Devi shrine will get free insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh. This was decided on Saturday at a meeting of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (MVDSB) chaired by Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik. The Board has approved enhancement of free accident insurance cover for pilgrims visiting the shrine to Rs 5 lakh besides free treatment to trauma victims. The Governor is also the Chairman of the Board.
    The spokesman added that the insurance cover shall be in addition to the accidental cover available to each pilgrim once he or she collects the yatra slip and commences the journey.
  • Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe’s rapid rise to global fame has earned the teenaged World Cup winner an appearance on the cover of Time magazine’s international edition, to appear on Friday. Mbappe became the youngest French goalscorer in World Cup history when he struck in a 1-0 win over Peru in the group stages.



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