Wednesday, 3 October 2018

2nd & 3rd October 2018 | Assam Daily Current Affairs for APSC




  • Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today launched the Swahid Kushal Konwar Sarbajanin Briddha Pension Achoni. The scheme, which seeks to universalise the pension system in the State, has been designed by the government from its own resources with an annual financial involvement of Rs 400 crore. All senior citizens above 60 years of age would be entitled to get the benefit of the scheme through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to their bank accounts.
  • Starting January 1, 2019, the State government will provide two new schemes for farmers. Under the scheme, if a farmer takes a loan of Rs 2 lakh, the interests of the loan would be paid by the State government and if a farmer takes a loan to the tune of Rs 3 lakh and upon successful payment of 75 per cent instalments, the State government would waive the remaining 25 per cent loan amount of the farmer.
  • Located at Panbazar in the city, the only women police station in the North East today celebrated the 25 years of its existence. Set up in 1993 with minimal staff, including one woman sub-inspector as the in-charge, one woman ASI and eight woman constables, the women police station has been over the years addressing issues of women in despair, hailing from the city and its nearby areas.
  • Manipur became the 23rd Open Defecation Free (ODF) State of India and the fifth ODF State in North East India under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) on the National Cleanliness Day. The Google Toilet Locator and Swacchta App have already been launched in the State to locate the nearest public toilet and provide a web platform on which citizens can upload photos of garbage to help the authorities remove it.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a medley version of Bapu's favourite bhajan 'Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye' sung by artists from over 40 countries, during the closing ceremony of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Conference here. As part of the year-long celebrations leading to Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, artists from over 124 countries have contributed musically and paid homage to the Mahatma through his favourite bhajan
  • Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, took over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command (EAC) of Indian Air Force. Air Marshal is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the IAF as Fighter Pilot in June 1981. He is an Experimental Test Pilot and has flown 42 types of aircraft as Pilot in Command. He has the distinction of having the highest number of flying hours on the Mirage-2000 in the IAF with over 2,300 flying hours to his credit, and overall 5,100 hours of flying experience.
  • Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today termed Jackfruit as a “ready made asset” which needs to be value-added to transform the economy, especially in the rural areas of the State. Launching the Jackfruit Mission, Sangma said that when it comes to plantation projects there is a wait-in period to reap the benefits, but in the case of Jackfruit the assets have already been created. Terming the Jackfruit as a low-hanging fruit literally waiting to be plucked for economic benefits, Sangma added, the Jackfruit Mission would give the right direction to value-add the product.
  • Wage Compensation Scheme for Pregnant Women in Tea Garden areas of the State is lauched by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Termed this as a historic initiative of the State government which would be able to considerably bring down the mortality rate among the pregnant women of the tea community. 
  • Star sprinter Hima Das will join the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) as an A-Grade officer under the sports quota at the Indian Oil AOD State Office .

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today formally hoisted India’s tallest National Flag (from the average city elevation) at Gandhi Mandap here.

  • The flag is a part of the ‘Refurbishment of Gandhi Mandap’ project under Guwahati Smart City Limited and funded by the State Department of Industries and Commerce.
  • The 319.5-foot flag pole is the tallest in the country with respect to the average elevation of the city. Considering only the height of the pole, it is ranked third highest in the country after Attari border, which is 360 feet in height, and Pimpri Chinchwad Bhakti Shakti Chawk in Pune that has a height of 351 feet. 
  • The construction work of pole and podium for the flag was carried out by Bajaj Electricals Limited. The project was started in April, 2018. The total project cost is Rs 2.92 crore, which includes operations and maintenance for a period of one year.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is covered under the RTI Act and answerable to the people of the country under its mechanism, the Central Information Commission (CIC) ruled on Monday.

  • The commission, the top appellate body in RTI matters, went through the law, orders of the Supreme Court, the Law Commission of India report, submissions of the Central Public Information Officer in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to conclude that the status, nature and functional characteristics of the BCCI fulfil required conditions of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act.
  • “The SC has also reaffirmed that the BCCI is the ‘approved’ national-level body holding virtually monopoly rights to organise cricketing events in the country,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said in a 37-page long order. He directed the president, secretary and Committee of Administrators to designate deserving officers as central public information officers, central assistant public information officers and first appellate authorities as required under the law. Acharyulu also directed the BCCI to put in place, within 15 days, online and offline mechanisms to receive applications for information under the RTI Act. 

Assam imports around Rs 1,650 crore worth eggs, meat and milk every year.

  • According to a recent survey, availability of milk in the State in just 70 ml per day, against the requirement of 300 ml and national average of 167 ml.
  • Annual milk production growth is only 1.8 per cent compared to the national average of over 6 per cent and more than 90 per cent of the milk produced is in the informal sector. Similar is the case with egg and meat.

Steps to Address the issue:

  • Rejuvenate the 61 livestock farms in the State under the mentoring of Assam Livestock Agency and National Livestock Mission where demonstration activities would be carried out for capacity augmentation of farmers. 
  • A tie-up is being done with NABARD for credit linkage to farmers in a bid to increase productivity. Focus would on breeding hybrid cows whose productivity is much higher than the indigenous ones.
  • Up-gradation of 17 laboratories not only for disease diagnosis and reporting but also as a nodal point for Food Safety Act stipulations with the purview of animal based food products.
  • Emphasis is being laid on IT and a new app Dhenu would be launched soon to ensure that precise and current information will be available on demand which help in monitoring as well as decision making. 
  • Dhenu will have three modules - functional, admin and add on modules. The function module involves all the service delivery part, scheme implementation, disease monitoring and sale of products, while the admin module deals with asset management, land bank, Inventory management, vehicle management, collaboration with administration matters of establishment, etc., and add-on module includes the GIS application, MIS and dashboard, data analysis helpline, etc.

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