All India Radio New Summary
- US will deepen its strategic partnership with India
20 US designated foreign terrorist organisations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan; the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world. For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror. After a “comprehensive review”, it has been decided that the American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically.
- The US today ruled out a hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan and sought an enhanced role for India to bring peace in the war-torn country.
- US President laid out his South Asia policy saying a “critical part” of it was developed to further US’ strategic partnership with India.
- The US President reached out to India seeking an enhanced role for New Delhi, especially in the economic field, to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
- He said the world’s largest democracy, is a key security and economic partner of the US and appreciated India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan.
- US President slammed Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to do so.
- India has welcomed US President’s determination to enhance efforts to overcome the challenges facing Afghanistan and confronting issues of safe havens and other forms of cross-border support enjoyed by terrorists.
- India is committed to supporting Afghanistan’s government and its people in their efforts to bring peace, security, stability and prosperity in their country.
- India has been steadfast in extending reconstruction and development assistance to Afghanistan in keeping with traditional friendship with its people and this will continue.
- Foreign direct investment in the country grew by 37 per cent
- Foreign direct investment in the country grew by 37 per cent to 10.4 billion US Dollars during the first quarter of the current fiscal.
- According to the figures of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, DIPP, India had received 59 billion US Dollars FDI during the same period last year.
- A bulk of the FDI came in from Singapore, Mauritius, the Netherlands and Japan.
- The main sectors which attracted the highest foreign inflows include services, telecom, trading, computer hardware and software and automobile.
- ‘Champions of Change’ programme
Prime Minister met young CEO’s today in a ‘Champions of Change’ programme organised by the NITI Aayog. The Prime Minister along with his Cabinet Ministers and Secretaries interacted with over 200 CEOs seeking their inputs for expediting growth and promoting job creation.
- The meeting focussed on reviewing the relationship between public and private sectors in the country at present.
- The meeting also focussed on finding answers to key challenges face by young business leaders.
- The CEOs made presentation to the Prime Minister on action points which will be incorporated in the 15-Year Vision Document being prepared by the NITI Aayog.
- They will focus on six themes –
- New India by 2022,
- Doubling Farmer’s Incomes,
- Creating Cities of Tomorrow,
- Taking Forward Make in India,
- Reforming Financial sector and
- Building World- Class Infrastructure.
Today’s programme is the second such event to be conducted by the Prime Minister. Earlier on 17th August, he had met with the entrepreneurs of various start-ups. Prime Minister has said welfare of the people and the happiness of citizens is supreme for the government.
- He said, the government always thinks about where the nation will reach through its work.
- Addressing a meeting of young CEOs in New Delhi today, he said, there is a need to make India’s development a mass movement in the same spirit as Mahatma Gandhi did for the freedom struggle.
- PM also said that if this generation thinks of feasible solutions to country’s unique problems, markets and jobs will automatically be created.
- He said, every citizen must have a feeling that this country belongs to him and he has to work for it.
- The Prime Minister urged the young entrepreneurs to become soldiers of development and asked the industry leaders to think about what more they can do for the poorest of the poor.
- On cashless transactions, the Prime Minister exhorted young entrepreneurs to go cashless by 2022.
- PM said, he is looking at end-to-end solutions for India and the digital India with 100 times increase in Optical Fibre Networks is an example.
- He said, planting timbers on fringes of farm land will help double farmers’ income and also reduce its import.
- The Prime Minister said, the rationalization of numerous laws to provide Gas smoothly for the production of Urea is a big initiative of the government to ensure farmers welfare.
- PM also talked about promoting the Khadi through giftingand said it will greatly help the poor.
- He also gave the example of Government e-Marketplace to show how small traders are competing successfully in provision of supplies to the government.
- Government to replace physical Police verification of Passport applicants with online verification
- Physical police verification for passports will not be needed from next year as the Centre is planning to connect the procedure with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems, CCTNS.
- CCTNS is expected to be linked with the passport service of the External Affairs Ministry allowing online police verification for passports within a year.
- Police in some states are already using CCTNS for passport credentials.
- The CCTNS project finally got off the ground yesterday with Home Minister launching the Digital Police portal that integrates the country’s over 15,300 police stations online and allows citizens to report crimes and request antecedents’ verification online.
- US based Indian doctor discovers a new way to prevent sepsis in new born babies.
- Pinaki Panigrahi, a US-based doctor has discovered an inexpensive prevention technique against sepsis.
- He has found that feeding babies with probiotic bacteria dramatically reduces the risk of sepsis in new-borns.
- This is a breakthrough study and an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of new-borns from a top killer- Sepsis.
- Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by our body’s response to an infection. In early infancy it results in one million annual deaths worldwide, most of them in developing countries.
- No efficient means of prevention is currently available.
- It is primarily caused by bacterial infections
- Supreme Court declares triple talaq as unconstitutional and illegal
The Supreme Court today set aside the practice of divorce through triple talaq among the Muslims, terming it as unconstitutional, illegal and void.
- In a 3:2 majority judgment, the apex court held that triple talaq is against the basic tenets of the Quran and hence, is unacceptable.
- The three judges also said the triple talaq is manifestly arbitrary and violative of the Constitution and must be struck down.
- While Justices Kurian Joseph, RF Nariman and U U Lalit held triple talaq as violative of the Constitution, Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer were in favour of putting on hold for six months the practice and asking the government to come out with a law.
- The bench comprised judges from different religious communities — Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Hindu and Muslim.
- It had heard seven petitions, including five separate petitions filed by Muslim women, challenging the prevalent practice of ‘tripletalaq’ among Muslims.
- The Muslim women, who had filed the petitions, had challenged the practice of ‘triple talaq’ in which the husband pronounces ‘talaq’ thrice in one go, sometimes even by phone or a text message, to get divorce.
- The bench had taken up the main matter on its own as a petition titled “Muslim women’s quest for equality”.
- The apex court had on its own taken cognizance of the question whether Muslim women faced gender discrimination in the event of divorce or due to other marriages of their husbands.
- Prime Minister has termed the Supreme Court judgment on Triple Talaq as historic. In a tweet, he said, the judgment grants equality to Muslim women and is a powerful measure for women empowerment.
- All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board and All India Shia Personal Law Board have welcomed the Supreme Court judgement.
- One of the petitioners Shayra Bano, welcoming the verdict said it will help in liberation of Muslim Women.
- The Shia Personal Law Board spokesperson said, the decision will help end the harassment of Muslim women.
- Political Crisis in Maldives
Maldives Presidential elections are due next year but opposition parties have been trying to prove majority in Parliament in a bid to oppose policies of President Yameen. The latter, however, has taken all sorts of measures to muzzle the opposition. In the latest incidents, five of the MPs who crossed over to opposition camp, were deprived of their seats by election commission and three of them were imprisoned. Opposition camp led by former President Mohammed Nasheed has been trying to bring no confidence motion against Parliament speaker since early this year but has been repeatedly bulldozed by such tactics. This has also invited criticism from international community including UN and US.
- In Maldives, the Parliament session was adjourned amidst chaos in the House today as opposition MPs were prevented from bringing a no-confidence motion against the Speaker for the second time.
- The no-confidence motion was thwarted in a similar fashion last month as the party aligned to President Yameen Abdul Gayoom is feared to have lost the majority in Parliament.
- Opposition led by former President Mohammed Nasheed has claimed support of 45 MPs in the 85 member Majlis.
- However, five of the MPs, who had switched sides to opposition, have been divested of their Parliamentary seats by the country’s Election Commission and the matter is pending before the Supreme Court for a final verdict.
- More than 60 per cent areas of the country will be covered by FM radio by 2020.
- Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting has said that more than 60 per cent areas of the country will be covered by FM radio by 2020.
- Inaugurating 1 kW FM transmitter of All India Radio, Kota, he said his ministry is working towards the goal.
- Prime Minister has chosen All India Radio for his Mann ki Baat programme because it covers around 99 percent areas of the country.
- He said the government is working on two-way communication with the public to get better feedback and it helped the government to prepare and implement the policies.