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.


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