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 




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