Current Affairs Assam – April 2018
( Covers all important Assam Current Affairs & GK topics for the month of April 2018 )
NITI Forum for North-East outlines five development missions
The Government of India vision to establish a regional NITI Aayog forum for the north eastern states. The first meeting of the newly constituted NER forum was organised by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER) and the North Eastern Council (NEC).
The meeting was co-chaired by Kumar and the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for DoNER Jitendra Singh along with representatives of all eight member states — Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura — of the NER gave suggestions on moving towards making it a prosperous region.
Aim of the Mission
(i) The mission was outlined for promoting the sectors like horticulture, tourism and food processing in the region. Other mission will cover bamboo-based handicrafts and medium scale industries with focus on “Make in North-East”.
(ii) Prime Minister said that the focus of development projects in the region will be based on the concept of “HIRA” which stands for Highways, Internet ways, Railways and Airways.
(ii) There will be also emphasis on education, health and skill development in the region.
Chandra Shekhar Ghosh re-appointed as CEO of Bandhan Bank
Chandra Shekhar Ghosh has been re-appointed as managing director and CEO of Bandhan Bank for a period of three years from July 10, 2018. Appointment was approved by the bank board.
The Bank also announced the decision of its Non-Executive Chairman Ashoke Kumar Lahiri to resign from his post.
Ashok Kumar Lahiri, a former Chief Economic Advisor to the Centre, will be the Chairman, while Chandra Shekhar Ghosh will be the MD and CEO of the bank.
FACTFILE – Bandhan bank
- It is an Indian banking and financial services company headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal.
- Bandhan Financial Holdings is owned by Bandhan Financial Services Limited (BFSL), the largest micro finance organization in India.
- Bandhan bank received banking licence by Reserved Bank of India in 2014 and also recently, it became the 8th largest bank in India by market capital.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched ‘Project Dhoop’
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched ‘Project Dhoop’ on 10 April 2018. It was launched at National Bal Bhavan in New Delhi.
It is an initiative to shift the school assembly time to noon time mainly between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to ensure maximum absorption of Vitamin D in students through natural sunlight.
(i) The project has been launched by FSSAI along with the NCERT, NDMC and North MCD Schools.
(ii) This initiative has been conceptualised by McCannHealth and supported by Kwality (Ltd).
(iii) It is an initiative to ensure that school students should get adequate vitamin D through sunlight, while also opting to choose milk products and edible oils that are fortified with vitamin A and D.
(iv) FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal also said that opting for fortified foods (with +F symbol) was a simple and inexpensive way to correct micro-nutrient deficiencies.
ISRO Launches Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1I
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the IRNSS-1I navigation satellite aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C41. The satellite was launched from Sriharikota, Andra Pradesh on 12 April 2018.
(i) IRNSS-1I is part of Indian satellite navigation system ‘Navigation with Indian Constellation’ (NavIC) in a copy-book style. NavIC, which was earlier known as Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
(ii) Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1,500 km around the Indian mainland.
(iii) The IRNSS-1I is having weight of 1,425 kg which was carried into space by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket’s ‘XL’ variant.
AIIB decides to invest $140m to improve rural connectivity in India
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a loan of US$140m loan to improve the rural road connectivity and management for in Madhya Pradesh in central India in a meeting recently held in Beijing, China.
The Project, co-financed with the World Bank. It aims to improve the rural road connectivity and management for residents of about 5,640 villages who use the rural roads for daily activities.
Planned Activities under the project are:
(i) Upgrading the gravel surfaced roads to a sealed surface standard.
(ii) Providing additional linkages to villages with potential for high growth.
(iii) Enhancing institutional capacity through implementing/upgrading a rural road asset management system and strengthening design and research and quality assurance capacity of the implementation agency.
(iv) Developing road safety management capacity with road accident data management system and piloting a comprehensive road safety program.
(v) Supporting design, implementation and management.
(vi) AIIB Director General of Investment Operations SupeeTeravaninthorn said that this Project will provide sustainable and safe last-mile connectivity to small villages and improve mobility of the rural population of Madhya Pradesh.
(vii) The road maintenance pilot under the project will also employ more women, contributing to gender equality and income generation, according to the bank.
IIT-Delhi setup India’s first 5G Lab
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi has installed a radio lab with an array of antennas for “standardisation, research and manufacturing” of 5G equipment.
This will be the first such Lab in India and will be inaugurated in 13 April 2018.
- The Massive MIMO Technology Lab has been set up at the Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management, at IIT Delhi.
- This large antenna array at the base station allows the network to communicate reliably with a very large number of mobile terminals simultaneously at the same time and on the same frequency channel.
- The large antenna array also improves system power efficiency, as the mobile terminals will now be required to radiate ten times lesser power than in 3G/4G systems.
- It will help curb the emittance of radiation harmful to our health and also allow less radio interference for better communication.