Assam Current Affairs 3rd January 2018

Gunotsav III begins 13 districts in State to be covered

Jan 3: The third phase of Gunotsav, a quality enhancement initiative for bringing about improvement in learning level of students at elementary level began in the State today.

  • The last phase of the exercise will cover 13 districts –
    Baksa, Biswanath, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Goalpara, Golaghat, Hojai, Karimganj,  Majuli, Nalbari, Sonitpur and South Salmara-Mankachar. 
  • A total of 12,37,922 students in 12,883 schools in these districts would be covered in the third phase of the exercise. With 2,241 schools, Dhubri has the highest number of institutions among the districts to be covered under in the third phase.
  • The government has roped in 6,137 external evaluators, besides 1,607 liaison officers and 17,883 nodal teachers who would participate in the third phase of the exercise that would continue till January 6.

General insurance pensioners’ meet

Guwahati Jan 3: The seventh annual convention of the retirees of general insurance (PSU) companies will be held at the Bishnu Nirmala Trust Auditorium here at 10.30 am on January 6.
GIC Pensioners’ Association, the convener of the meet, has requested all the retirees and family pensioners of the NE
to attend the convention.
New executive: The 9th biennial conference of the LIC Pensioners’ Association, Guwahati Division, was held recently at the Pragjyoti Cultural Complex, Machkhowa, where a 31-member executive committee was formed with Dinesh Sarma as president, Sambhu Datta as general secretary and Manoranjan Dutta as treasurer.
Satanjib Das, president, Eastern Zone Insurance Employees’ Association, inaugurated the meet and K Venugopal, vice president, All India Insurance Employees’ Association, was the chief guest. Sambhu Datta placed the biennial report. Manoranjan Dutta placed the accounts report. Over a hundred pensioners and retired employees of Guwahati Division, LICI, attended the meet .

Krantikal Award for Anil Raichoudhury

NAGAON, Jan 3: The Krantikal Award for the year 2017 will be presented to wellknown writer and left-oriented social scientist Anil Raichoudhury. Writer Raichoudhury was born in Barsapara, Barpeta in the year 1926. He
joined Jatiya Mahasabha of Ambikagiri Raichoudhury during his school days and was involved in explaining all the so
cial problems in a scientific way. His poems were published when he was a student of JB College, Jorhat.
He joined the CPI in 1951 and was one of the key persons behind the publishing of a left-oriented magazine
Natun Prithivi in 1971. Most of his books were the result of thorough research and highlight social problems.
Announcing his name for the prestigious Krantikal Award publisher Kailash Kr Rajkhowa and critic Arindam Borkotoki informed that this award will be presented by the Sibakanta Krantikal Publication Trust.
The Krantikal Award was started in the year 2011 and earlier recipients were Dr Kabin Phukan, Ananda Ch Dutta, Dr Pranabjyoti Deka, Sananta Tanti, Jnan Pujari, Dr Basanta Deka and Rafiqul Hussain

CM lays foundation of Majuli tourism project

JORHAT, Jan 3: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today laid the foundation stone of the Rs 72-crore Heritage Swadesh Darshan, Majuli Project to boost tourism in the river island.

  • The project, to be implemented by the Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC), is aimed at developing top-class infrastructure in Majuli district to make it a major tourist destination.
  • Under the project, five bird watching towers will be built at places near the water bodies, along with a cafeteria. A floating barge will also be installed to facilitate cruise tours on River Brahmaputra.
  • Infrastructure in the Salmora area will be developed to promote the centuries-old craft of making pottery items
    from clay. Apart from this, a hall will be constructed to hold workshops, along with an auditorium at the Samuguri Sattra where masks are made

Gaurav for water treaty with China

NEW DELHI, Jan 3: Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi has called for a structured bilateral water treaty with China to
safeguard the country’s interests and access important hydrological data.

  • The Lok Sabha member, who met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday, submitted a note, stating that the possibility of China diverting the waters of River Brahmaputra adds to insecurity. The construction of a dam, 13 km upstream of Tsangpo by diverting the entire water inside a mountain, suggests that the purpose may not just be hydropower generation. The purpose could be to divert a portion of the Brahmaputra to the parched areas of Taklamakan desert.
  • Gogoi said that he had written to the Prime Minister, requesting that the Chinese Government should share the details of the possible downstream impact of construction of hydroelectric projects on the Tsangpo. He said that absence of any bilateral water treaty with a neighbouring country like China grants it space to claim a larger stake on the use of waters of the Brahmaputra.
  • What complicates the matter is that neither India nor China is party to the Convention on the law of Non-Navigational Uses of International Water Courses 1997, which states that parties have an obligation to share information on the use of river waters, including hydro projects and any water diversion, Gogoi pointed out. The MP stressed that India needs to engage with China’s growing influence in its neighbourhood in a positive and constructive manner .

Meghalaya to host 2022 National Games

SHILLONG, Jan 3: Meghalaya Government today signed the “host city contract” with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to host the 39th National Games here in 2022.
The contract was signed by secretary general of IOA Rajiv Mehta and working president of the Meghalaya Olympics Association John Khrashiing in the presence of Arts and Culture Minister RV Lyngdoh.
Lyngdoh presented a cheque of Rs 4.5 crore as bid money to the IOA. Mehta in his address said that the National Games would give Meghalaya a unique opportunity to showcase the Northeast’s culture and talent to the entire world.
He further informed that it is only the third occasion that the Games are being held in this region. The first National Games in the region was held in Manipur in 1999 and the second was held in Assam in 2007.
Mehta assured the State Government of all possible help in hosting the Games. “If there is any technical assistance required, the IOA would always provide the necessary assistance,” Mehta added. The bid was submitted in June 2016 by the Meghalaya Government and the IOA approved the Games in December, 2016.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Government has said it has already started the groundwork to host the Games. The Games would coincide with Meghalaya’s 50th Statehood celebrations

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