Current Affairs Assam – April 2018

Current Affairs Assam – April 2018

( Covers all important Assam Current Affairs & GK topics for the month of April 2018 )

April 13

AASU demanded status for Assamese language in BTC

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) demanded that the status of Assamese language in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) areas should remain intact.

AASU president and general secretary Sankar Prasad Roy and Tapan Kumar Gogoi alleged that of late some steps have been taken to do away with Assamese language in the BTC areas.

The land records, ration card forms, etc, are written in English and Bodo in the BTC areas. In many Government offices too, a similar picture is witnessed. But, in the BTC areas, Bodo, English and Assamese are to be treated as the official languages.

Industrial production grows 7.1% in February 2018

As per data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) industrial production grew at 7.1 per cent in February 2018. It was mainly driven by robust performance of the manufacturing sector coupled with higher offtake of capital goods and consumer durables.

Industrial Production growth in February 2018
(i) Index of Industrial Production (IIP) recorded growth rate for the month of November 2017 grew by 8.54 per cent, 7.1 per cent in December 2017 and 7.4 per cent in January 2018.
(ii) During February 2018, manufacturing sector grew at 8.7 per cent, capital goods output rose by 20 per cent, Consumer durables grew at 7.9 per cent and Electricity generation grew by 4.5 per cent. However, mining output declined by 0.3 per cent in February 2018.
(iii) During April 2017- February 2018, IIP has slowed to 4.3% from 4.7% compared to same period 2017-18 fiscal.

NHAI signs agreement with for its first international project under IMT trilateral highway

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has signed an agreement with Punj Lloyd Ltd – Varaha Infra Ltd joint venture for upgradation of Yagyi – Kalewa section in Myanmar to Two Lane with Earthen Shoulder. It has signed an agreement for its first international project as part of the India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) Trilateral Highway.

Key Facts

  1. This project is funded by Ministry of External Affairs, India. It will be executed on Engineering, Procurement and Construction(EPC) mode at a cost of Rs 1,177 crore.
  2. The project will enhance trade, business, health, education and tourism ties between the three countries.
  3. The project will have 3 new major bridges, repair and strengthening of 4 existing major bridges, 2 new minor bridges, reconstruction of 6 existing minor bridges, repair and strengthening of 9 existing minor bridges, reconstruction of 226 existing culverts, 20 bus bays and passenger shelters and 1 rest area.

Anish Bhanwala becomes India’s youngest CWG Gold Medalist

Fifteen-year-old shooter Anish Bhanwala became India’s youngest gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games. In his first performance at the CWG, the 15-year-old bagged the top prize in the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event in Gold Coast, Australia.

Anish, who is participating in his first Commonwealth Games, won gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney 2017. By winning the gold, Anish bettered team-mate Manu Bhaker, who had become the youngest Indian Commonwealth Games gold medallist earlier this week when she emerged champion in the 10m air rifle finals.

April 14

India celebrates 127th Ambedkar Jayanti

Every year on 14th April is observed as Ambedkar Jayanti to commemorate the birth anniversary of B.R.Ambedkar who was born on 14 April 1891.

Nation remembers Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary. Floral tributes were paid at Babasaheb’s Statue in the Parliament House Complex, New Delhi.

FACTFILE – B.R.Ambedkar

  1. B.R.Ambedkar was born on 14 April 1891 in the town and military cantonment of Mhow in the central provinces  (now in Madhya Pradesh). 
  2. Ambedkar was the first Indian to pursue a doctorate in economics abroad. He was also the first law minister of India. 
  3. He was the architect of Indian Constitution. He is known as the “Father of Indian Constitution.
    He had dedicated his life for uplifting the deprived section of the society. He had also played a major role in India’s freedom struggle. He had received Bharat Ratna award in 1990.

India, Russia signs MoU at DefExpo

Indian companies and Russian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) on 14 April 2018 signed 7 MoUs at the DefExpo 2018 which was held in Thiruvidanthai, Kancheepuram district on the East Coast Road near Chennai.

The MoUs were signed during third India-Russia Military-Industrial Conference held on the sidelines of DefExpo 2018. The Indian delegation was led by Secretary (Defence Production) Dr Ajay Kumar while Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russian Federation Mr Oleg Ryazantcev led the Russian side. 

Key Facts about the MoU

(i) Larsen & Toubro Ltd and joint stock company Rosoboronexper: for underwater platforms of Indian Navy and Heavy Weight Torpedo and future-ready combat vehicles.

(ii) Ananth Technologies and JSC Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRE): for product support for defence systems and upgrade of opto-electric sighting and navigation complex for Su-30MKI aircraft).

(iii) Ananth Technologies and Research and Production Corporation: to set up technical and logistic support in India for T90 S&T72 tanks in service with the Indian Army.

(iv) Space Era and KRET: to set up technical and logistics support in India.

(v) OSKROSOMARINE and Russian company JSC AGAT: for post-sale support for Fregat radar installed onboard naval frontline warships.

(vi) Krasnet Defence Technologies and JSC Concern AGAT: for co-operation in the field of after-sales support of equipment manufactured by JSC AGAT and installed on board Indian ships.

(vii) Aviatech Enterprises and JSC AGAT: for co-operation in after-sales support of equipment manufactured by JSCAGAT and installed on board Indian naval ships.

Mary Kom the first Indian Woman to win CWG Boxing Gold

MC Mary Kom becomes the first Indian woman to win boxing gold at the Commonwealth Games. She won the gold medal by defeating Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the 45-48kg category final at Gold Coast, Australia.

With Mary Kom starting the gold rush, Gaurav Solanki and Vikas Krishan too won gold medals while Amit Phagal, Manish Kaushik and Satish Kumar claimed silver medals.

Neeraj Chopra, the first Indian to win Gold in Javelin Throw

Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Neeraj was favourite for gold after his 85.94m throw in March 2018 at Patiala during the Federation Cup National Championships.

The 20-year-old World junior had made the final after achieving the qualifying mark in his very first throw and became India’s fourth individual gold winner in Commonwealth Games history in track and field.

The field had been depleted after Olympics and world silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya failed to qualify for final round, while 2012 Olympic champion and Rio Games bronze winner Keshorn Walcott opted out of the CWG.