Friday, 30 November 2018

30 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • India on Thursday successfully launched its latest earth observation satellite HysIS, the data from which can be used in wide-ranging areas including agriculture, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre 
  • The 1st ‘Jonaki’ film festival organised by the Department Of Communication and Journalism, Gauhati University got under way at the Phanidhar Dutta Hall, GU
  • Freedom fighter and an ardent activist of the Binoba Bhabe-led Bhudaan and Gramdaan movements Renuprabha Saikia died at her Bamunimaidam Kushal Nagar residence here around 10 pm last night due to old-age-related ailments. 
  • The vaccination to prevent rubella disease which was launched in Assam in August this year, has covered around 84.22 per cent of the State’s population
  • Kargil hero Prabin Kumar Deka, son of freedom fighter late Thaneswar Deka of Pakoribari village near Bhergaon in Udalguri district, breathed his last at Army Command Hospital, Kolkata on November 26. 
  •  The first-ever Arunachal LitFest, being organised by the State Information and Public Relations (IPR) Department, got under way at the Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre

Thursday, 29 November 2018

29 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • Ajoy Hazarika from Assam was elected for the second term to the governing council of the Consumer Coordination Council, the apex body of all leading consumer organisations of the country.
  • Rochhinga, aged 108, was considered to be the oldest voter in Mizoram as the election to the 40-member State Assembly
  • Ditimoni Sonowal of Assam won gold medal in the 64th National School Games weightlifting.
  • Poor utilisation of funds has alarmed the Centre ahead of the 2019 parliamentary elections, with Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh advising the northeastern states to expedite

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

28 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • Dowry deaths continue to account for a substantial share of all female homicides in India despite legislation prohibiting it, according to a UN study which says the home is the most dangerous place for women around the world. 
  • The Nagaland Government has allocated Rs 5 crore for this year’s 10-day annual Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, near Kohima.
  • The Meghalaya Assembly  replaced the earlier government resolution passed on September 27 this year with an amended resolution, on inclusion of Khasi and Garo languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
  • Thailand Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrived here this evening on a two-day maiden visit to Manipur to attend the 10-day Sangai Festival which has been under way at various locations since November 21.
  • The political party launched by former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia today announced plans to move the Supreme Court to remove the “immigrant” tag from the Sikkimese Nepali community.
  • To mark the inauguration of the tenth edition of the Pragjyoti International Dance Festival presented by Kalpa, an international dance called ‘Shataranga’ from the Bengali word for seven colours, was presented at the Sri Sri Madhavadeva Auditorium on Monday

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

27 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • Russia has seized three Ukrainian naval vessels off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula in a major escalation of tensions between the two countries.
  • Thirteen Indian labourers, including eight from West Bengal, have been sentenced to six months of imprisonment in eastern Africa's Tanzania for allegedly travelling without valid documents, an official from National Anti-trafficking Committee (NATC)
  • British driver Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which saw Spain's Fernando Alonso (Mclaren) bidding farewell to Formula One (F1).
  • Manipur Government will honour MC Mary Kom by conferring an appropriate title on her in recognition of her unprecedented feat of winning the sixth gold medal in the World Boxing Championship and her illustrious career in the field.
  • Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic defeated France's Lucas Pouille 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-3 to secure his country's second Davis Cup title.
  • Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today launched the Nagaland Tourist Police at the police headquarters in Kohima to ensure a safe and friendly environment for tourists during the Hornbill Festival that starts at Kisama near Kohima
  • The first Arunachal LitFest 2018 will begin in the State capital on November 28.

Monday, 26 November 2018

24, 25,26 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • India’s MC Mary Kom on Saturday won a historic sixth gold in the Women’s World Championships,
  • The Dainik Asam Literary Award (Sahitya Bota) 2017 was presented to promising young generation poet Siddhartha Sankar Kalita at a function organised at Vivekananda Kendra 
  • Under the ten-year Rs 464-crore Muga Mission, that is the Assam Silk Outreach Mission, the State sericulture department has proposed to strengthen its 20 basic muga seed farms for production of quality muga silkworm seeds. 
  •  European Council President Donald Tusk has recommended that the EU approve the Brexit deal at a summit on Sunday.
  • Ram Goswami (84), an eminent poet of Assam, who was popularly known as ‘Seujiya Deshor Kabi’, breathed his last at his residence
  • Guru Nanak Jayanti or Guruparab was celebrated across the State
  • The three-day Manipur Cherry Blossom cum Flower Festival began at Mao Gate in Senapati district

Friday, 23 November 2018

23 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • Assam has been awarded the most improved large state in the categories of Overall performance, Economy and Health by leading news magazine of the country India Today at the “State of the States Conclave” held in New Delhi today.
  •  UNICEF Assam today appointed young singer Nahid Afrin as the first ever ‘Youth Advocate’ 
  • The 6th edition of the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival (BVFF) will be held at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre here from November 28 to December 1.
  • The eight-day mountain biking event, Dalmia MTB Arunachal Hornbill’s Flight International Race 2018 that started here on November 14 came to an end at Mechuka
  • Ivory Coast and Chelsea great Didier Drogba announced his retirement on Wednesday after a 20-year career. The 40-year-old scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for Chelsea, winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League, while he is also Ivory Coast’s all-time record goalscorer with 65. Drogba most recently played for Phoenix Rising in the United Soccer League.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

22 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • Nearly 50 per cent of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) may be shut down by March 2019 due to unviability of operations, hitting hard both urban and rural population
  • India and China will discuss their vexed boundary dispute and try to sort out major issues at the 21st round of two-day border talks beginning on Friday in the Chinese city of Chengdu, Beijing said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

21 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will inaugurate the Sangai Festival at Hapta Kangjeibung in Imphal. The festival, which is aimed at promoting Manipur as a tourism destination, will continue for 10 days. 
  • Renowned Tai scholar, historian and Siu-Ka-Pha Award winner Bimal Borpatra Gohain died at the AMCH, Dibrugarh yesterday after a brief illness. ...
  • Two new judges – Sanjay Medhi and Nana Tagiya – were administered the oath of office and secrecy by the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court on Monday. 

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

20 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • President Ram Nath Kovind will present the prestigious President’s Standard honour to the Eastern Air Command’s 118 Helicopter Unit
  • The Borkola Assamese Sikh village has been chosen for the Dr Bhupen Hazarika Samanway Gramya Bota (Award) 2018. 
  • Well-known Vaishnava scholar, author, poet and literary pensioner Bhabakanta Konwar passed away at a private nursing home here. He was 83.
  • Senior Advocate Hamarsan Sing Thangkhiew, who was sworn in by Chief Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir today has become the first Khasi judge of the High Court of Meghalaya. 
  • Alexander Zverev emphatically announced his arrival at the top of the men’s game by overpowering Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 to win his first ATP Finals title. 

Monday, 19 November 2018

17, 18, 19 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • Neermahal, is the only lake palace in eastern India.
  • Dainik Batori was the first Assamese daily newspaper. Dainik Batori is an Assamese word, which mean Daily News in English. It was first published on August 12, 1935. Shivaprasad Barua published the newspaper from Jorhat, Assam
  • India's foreign exchange (forex) reserves declined by $121.2 million during the week ended November 9
  • Tata Investment Corporation said that its Board of Directors has approved a proposal to buyback 8.17 per cent of the total paid-up equity share capital of the company. 
  • Infosys began constructing its US Education Centre at Indianapolis in mid-west Indiana state for its employees at a cost of $35 million (Rs 252 crore), said the global software major.
  • In a historic vote, more than 50 nations unanimously approved an overhaul of the international measurement system that underpins global trade and other human endeavours, uniting on Friday behind new definitions for the kilogram and other units in a way they fail to do on many other issues. Since 1889, a kilogram has been defined by a shiny lump of platinum-iridium kept in a special glass case and known as the International Prototype of the Kilogram. That artefact, nicknamed ‘Le Grand K’, is housed at the headquarters of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (whose French acronym is BIPM), just outside Paris. The kilogram has now been redefined in terms of a tiny but unchanging value called the ‘Planck constant’.
  • In a move to boost sustainable development, the NITI Aayog has constituted the Himalayan States Regional Council (HSRC) of the Indian Himalayan region. The HSRC will be the nodal agency for sustainable development in the Himalayan Region which consists of 12 States namely, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong districts of Assam and Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal. The Council has been constituted to review and implement identified action points based on the reports of five working groups, which were established along thematic areas to prepare a road map for action.

Appointments of Officers'

  • In high-level appointments by Central Government on Saturday, Sumanta Chaudhuri was appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Coal, while Upma Chawdhry was appointed as Youth Affairs Department's Secretary and Yogendra Tripathi as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism.  N. Sivasailam as Special Secretary (Logistics) in the Department of Commerce.
  • In addition, Chhabilendra Roul will take over as Secretary, Department of Fertilizers on superannuation of Bharathi S. Sihag, December 31.
  • Ashok Kumar Singh has been appointed as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes on superannuation of Raghav Chandra
  • Shalini Prasad is temporarily promoted to Secretary of Ministry of Panchayati Raj while Girish Chandra Murmu will take over as Secretary, Department of Expenditure on superannuation of A.N. Jha on January 31.
  • The committee has also approved the appointment of Anshu Prakash as Special Secretary (Logistics), Department of Commerce and Jalaj Shrivastava as Additional as Chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India, Ministry of Shipping.
  • N. Sivasailam as Special Secretary (Logistics) in the Department of Commerce.
  • In addition, Chhabilendra Roul will take over as Secretary, Department of Fertilizers on superannuation of Bharathi S. Sihag, December 31.
  • Meenakshi Gupta was appointed as Member Secretary, National Commission for Women, Ministry of Women and Child Development and Amita Prasad as Director General, National Productivity Council.
  • UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey will be the new Finance Secretary, replacing Hasmukh Adhia -- the Gujarat-cadre IAS officer 

Friday, 16 November 2018

16 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • Assam and the entire northeastern region will achieve open defecation free (ODF) status by December 31 this year. 
  • The Arunachal Pradesh Government signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with 17 private investors for projects worth Rs 1,200 crore during the 5th North East Connectivity Summit at Tawang 
  • Assam thrashed Tripura by 211 runs in the Group C Ranji Trophy match at the Maharaj Bir Bikram College Stadium in Agartala 
  • Chatak, a frontline cultural platform, presented the 10th ‘Chatak Sanman’ to two distinguished cultural personalities of the State, namely noted composer and lyricist Hiren Gohain and prominent cine star Nipon Goswami 
  • Aseem Kr Kazi, Programme Executive in the Office the Additional Director General (Programme & Administration), North East Region, All India Radio, Guwahati, has been adjudged as one of the 11 timeless radio jockeys (RJs) across India .

Thursday, 15 November 2018

15 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • ISRO’s heavy-lift rocket GSLV-MkIII-D2 on Wednesday successfully injected into orbit the country’s latest communication satellite GSAT-29 that is intended to meet the communication needs of people in remote areas in the North East and Jammu and Kashmir.
  • In order to take forward Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva’s contributions in many hues to humanity at large, the State government will produce a movie on the life and works of the great spiritual reformer. 
  • Polythenor Dhorakauri, a collection of poems by Siddhartha Sankar Kalita, has been selected for the ‘Dainik Asam Sahitya Bota 2017’. 
  • Justice Sanjoy Karol was  sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court. Tripura Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki administered the oath of office and secrecy to Karol at the old Raj Bhavan 
  • Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the 5th North East Connectivity Summit at Tawang

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

14 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has been given the additional charge of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and DV Sadananda Gowda that of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers
  • India skipper Virat Kohli and pacer Jasprit Bumrah retained their respective top spots in the latest One-Day International (ODI) rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC)
  • The Water Resources Department (WRD) of Manipur on Monday laid the foundation stone for the construction of the State Hydrological Data Centre
  • Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb will inaugurate the North East Youth Festival-2016 at Children’s Park on November 15. 
  • Happy Children's Day to all

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

13 November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • Eminent linguist, folklorist and educationist Dr Pramod Chandra Bhattacharya passed away at a local nursing home around 4:40 this morning
  • Dr Debabhuson Borah has been conferred the Munin Barkotoki Literary Award for the year 2018 for his book on literary criticism titled Nirbochon
  • No change of legacy person or family tree will be permitted at the stage of filing of claims and objections of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), while, those filing claims are given an opportunity to give details of the grounds for the claim.

Monday, 12 November 2018

10th, 11th, 12th November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • Tripura Government has decided to opt for buying 26 per cent stake in the profit-making ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC)-run Palatana power project in Gomati district.
  • Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba generated $3 billion in five minutes of its annual 24-hour online shopping sale on Sunday with Apple and Xiaomi featuring among the top brands. 

Death of Babies at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital

  • The six-member inquiry committee constituted by the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) Superintendent Prof Saurabh Borkotoky to probe into the case of 15 deaths of newborns in six days (November 1 to November 6), has identified primarily two causes that led to the deaths.
  • The mothers of the newborns that died, did not have records of pre-natal check-ups, either at the JMCH or at peripheral health centres like referral hospitals or PHCs of the district from where the expectant mothers were referred to the JMCH in critical conditions at the final stage of delivery.
  • The expectant mothers of the majority of the death cases had reported late at the medical centre or the JMCH. Majority of deaths among the 15 were referred cases from the periphery centres.
  • As the babies were delivered in critical conditions due to late reporting by the mothers, their admission to the Special Care Newborn Unit (SCNU) was necessitated
  • Another reason identified by the committee was that the SCNU was equipped to accommodate and provide treatment to 40 babies, but during the said six days 80 newborns daily on an average were undergoing treatment.

Cultivable land in Assam

  • Of the total 30.40 lakh hectares cultivable land in Assam and the assessed irrigation potential of 27 lakh hectares, the State’s irrigation department could bring only around 8.23 lakh hectares under its schemes so far.
  • The irrigation potential available for utilisation at present is just 4.81 lakh hectares and the potential utilised during the year 2017-18 is merely 2.32 lakh hectares.
  • The irrigation department, since its inception, has completed 16 major/medium projects and 2,387 minor schemes. However, 426 schemes are lying defunct at present, out of which 251 are repairable and 175 are irreparable. A total of 31,344 hectares of irrigation potential created was lost due to malfunctioning of the 251 repairable schemes.

Friday, 9 November 2018

9th NOVEMBER 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • The Union Cabinet has accorded ‘in-principle’ approval for leasing out six airports of the Airport Authority of India (AAI), including the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) airport in Guwahati, for operation, management and development under public private partnership (PPP) mode through the Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC).
  • In order to address the knowledge gap between agricultural research and practices in the paddy fields, a Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB) is going to be launched very soon by Assam Agricultural University with the technical support from International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) under APART project
  • Manipur State Transport (MST) was feted for getting the ‘Commendable Initiative’ award of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the category of Best City Bus Service Project. The award was given for the re-introduction and efficient operation of public transport in Manipur since last year.
  • The frontier State of Arunachal Pradesh has been adjudged as the best State in terms of maintenance of law and order by a national television news channel.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

8th NOVEMBER 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • The United States has exempted India from imposition of certain sanctions for the development of the strategically-located Chabahar Port in Iran, along with the construction of the railway line connecting it with Afghanistan
  • The School of Livelihood & Rural Development (SLRD) has ramped its activities with the acquisition of the largest apparel and garment manufacturing unit in Meghalaya. Located at Hatisil near Ampatiin South West Garo Hills and covering an area of 45,000 sq ft, the unit was originally set up at a cost of Rs 14.26 crore by Union Ministry of Textiles. The unit was set up under the North East Region Textiles Promotion Scheme (NERTPS), an umbrella scheme for the development of various segments of textiles, i.e. silk, handlooms, handicrafts and apparels and garments.
  • Assam is losing 8000 hectares of agricultural land every year to erosion by the Brahmaputra and other rivers and till now 8.27 lakh hectares of land has been eroded by several rivers. This was disclosed by the Minister of Water Resources Keshab Mahanta.
  • The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) said it had begun moves to disband the country’s governing body for gymnastics in the aftermath of the sport’s devastating sexual abuse scandal
  • Hriday Hazarika and Elavenil Valarivan of India won gold medal in the 10 metre air rifle junior mix event at the 11th Asian Airgun Championship held in Kuwait. They have created new world record by scoring 502.1 beating the earlier record of Elavenil Valarivan and Divansh of India. Arjun Babuta and Mehuli Ghosh of India won bronze.
  • R Chandranathan has been appointed as the new DGP of Meghalaya. Chandranathan, an IPS officer of the 1986 batch, is currently the Special Director General of Railways, Assam.
  • The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has announced an investment of Rs 759 crore for a sustainable forest development project in Tripura. The aim of the project is to improve forest quality in the targeted catchment area by imbibing sustainable forest management practices, thereby contributing to the development of the forest ecosystem services and livelihood improvement of forest-dependent communities in the State.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th NOVEMBER 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • The RN Borooah Memorial Award for best reporting on environment, tourism, wildlife and nature was given to Pankaj Kumar Nath, Tezpur correspondent of Dainik Asam, while the Protiva Borooah Memorial Award for best reporting on uplift of the poor and needy was given to Gagan Kumar Nath, Sipajhar correspondent of Asomiya Khabar. Gagan Kumar Nath has received the award for second time. Both the awards carry a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each.
  • DN Bezboruah, was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Meghalaya Government today launched another mission mode programme and this time the focus is on Mushroom, the production of which the Government plans to increase from 30 metric tonnes to 5,000 metric tonnes in five years.
  • The State government has approved 5,681 projects of the Public Works Department having financial involvement of Rs 5,700 crore since May this year, PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said
  • The Union government has awarded the Assam Police for “good practices” under the e-governance project Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS). The Ministry of Home Affairs has also awarded Anil Kumar Jha, Special Director General (CID) of the force, for his outstanding contribution in implementing the project.
  • Hackers have gained access to private messages of nearly 120 million Facebook accounts and already published such messages from 81,000 accounts for generating money, the BBC reported.
  • Russian underdog Karen Khachanov ended a dramatic week with his first ATP 1000 title after stunning the to-be world number one Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 in the 2018 Paris Masters final
  • Kuki girl Nengneihoi Haokip won the coveted Miss Kut 2018 title and received a cheque for Rs 1 lakh in the beauty pageant held as part of the two-day Kut Festival, the annual State-level post-harvest festival of the Kuki-Chin-Mizo tribes of Manipur, organised at Kangpokpi town, 45 km north of Imphal. The Miss Kut contest, held every year for the last 39 years during the Kut Festival

Friday, 2 November 2018

2nd November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

  • In a major relief to the Assam government, the Supreme Court on Thursday permitted use of five additional identity documents for filing claims and objections over non-inclusion of names in the final draft National Register of Citizen
  • In a move to help students, patients and tourists from Assam who visit Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the newly built Assam Bhawan in Chennai.
  • The prestigious RN Borooah and Protiva Borooah memorial journalism awards for the years 2016/2017 will be awarded to Pankaj Nath, Tezpur correspondent of Dainik Asam and Gagan Kumar Nath, Sipajhar correspondent of Asomiya Khabar respectively. The lifetime achievement award will be conferred on DN Bezboruah, senior journalist and former editor of The Sentinel.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

1st November 2018 | Daily Assam current affairs for APSC

    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday unveiled the 182-metre high 'Statue of Unity' in honour of country's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and dedicated it to the nation.
    • India improved its ranking on the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ report for the second straight year, jumping 23 places to the 77th position on the back of reforms related to insolvency, taxation and other areas.
    • The death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was observed across the State
    • The Assam taekwondo team secured the top spot in the 1st North East Olympic Games held in Imphal