All India Radio News Summary, 27 August 2017

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All India Radio News Summary, 27 August 2017


  1. Terrorists attacked district police lines in Pulwama district

In Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists attacked district police lines in Pulwama district early this morning injuring four security personnel.

  • Three security force personnel including two CRPF personnel and one J&K police man were martyred after unknown terrorists stormed the DPL. One terrorist was also killed. Four others including one JKP and three CRPF personnel were injured who were evacuated to the Army’s Base Hospital in Srinagar.
  • Extra forces have been rushed to the area and a joint operation has been launched by CRPF and Police to nab the attackers. The injured jawans have been taken to an Army Hospital in Srinagar.
  • Jaish e Mohammad terror outfit claiming responsibility for the DPL attack.
  • Internet services remained suspended in Pulwama district as a precautionary measure.

 

  1. Task force on Artificial Intelligence for the country’s Economic Transformation

Government has constituted a task force on Artificial Intelligence for the country’s Economic Transformation.

  • The 18-member panel, headed by Dr. V. Kamakoti of IIT Madras, will comprise of experts, academicians, researchers and industry leaders.
  • The task force will submit concrete and implementable recommendations for government, industry and research institutions.
  • Commerce and Industry Minister said, with rapid development in the fields of information technology and hardware, the world is about to witness a fourth industrial revolution.

 

  1. No genetically modified (GM) crop should be introduced in the country

A Parliamentary panel has said, no genetically modified (GM) crop should be introduced in the country unless the biosafety and socio-economic desirability is evaluated in a transparent process and an accountability regime is put in place.

  • The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology and Environment and Forest said this in its 301st report on ‘GM crop and its impact on environment ‘.

 

  1. Prime Minister takes stock of the flood situation in Bihar

Prime Minister has announced immediate assistance of 500 crore rupees to flood ravaged Bihar. He held detailed review meeting with Bihar Chief Minister over relief operations; compensation and rehabilitation work in flood affected areas.

  • PM said, 2 lakh rupees each will be paid next to the kin of those who died in flood related incidents. Fifty thousand rupees each will be given to injured persons.
  • More assistance will be given after assessing the damage.
  • A central team will visit to Bihar to assess damage caused to flood. The Prime Minister assured all possible help will be extended to the state to tackle flood.
  • Prime Minister stressed immediate payment of crop insurance amount to farmers of the flood affected as areas.
  • Prime Minister undertook an aerial survey of the worst-affected bordering districts of Araria, Purnea, Katihar and Kishanganj

 

  1. RBI has launched the bright yellow rupees 200 currency note

The Reserve Bank of India has launched the bright yellow rupees 200 denomination currency note and said it will shortly ramp up the supply of the new currency note across the country.

  • The RBI yesterday launched the note with an aim to make it easier for the common man to transact in lower denomination currencies.
  • These notes are available only through select RBI offices and banks as is normal when a new denomination of notes is introduced and the supply increases gradually.
  • The production of these notes is being ramped up by the currency printing presses, and over time as more notes are printed, it will be distributed across the country through the banking channels and will be available for public in adequate quantity.

 

  1. CBI today said it has registered cases in Srijan scam in Bihar

The CBI has registered cases against an NGO official and several bank officials to probe into the 1,000-crore Srijan scam in Bihar. The action came after the Union Home Ministry’s consent.

  • The Srijan scam involves the Bhagalpur-based NGO which used to provide vocational training to women. The NGO allegedly pilfered funds meant for government welfare schemes from the bank accounts of the Bhagalpur district administration.

 

  1. India and Qatar relations

India and Qatar today discussed matters of mutual interest pertaining to bilateral, regional and international affairs in New Delhi.

  • The two sides reviewed progress on the follow up of key decisions taken during the high-level bilateral visits which have been contributing to building a mutually beneficial partnership between the two countries.
  • The Qatari Foreign Minister who was in New Delhi on two day visit from 25th August held delegation level talks with External Affairs Minister.
  • He also called on Prime Minister to hand over a letter from the Emir of Qatar. He met with National Security Advisor separately.
  • The visiting Minister assured India of continued Qatari support in energy security through uninterrupted energy supplies.

 

  1. In the United States, Texas is bracing for Hurricane Harvey

In the United States, Texas is bracing for Hurricane Harvey which has strengthened to a Category 4 storm.

  • Category 4 winds range from 200 to 250 km per hour and can cause widespread damage.
  • The storm, expected to be the worst to hit Texas in nearly two decades, is nearing the state’s central coast.
  • The Airlines have cancelled flights and schools have been closed.
  • After landfall, the Hurricane is expected to bring widespread heavy rain and flooding to southeast Texas continuing through the weekend.

 

  1. North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles

North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles from Kangwon province. The South Korean military said that the missiles blasted off from a coastal launching site and flew about 250 kms before falling into the sea. The US Pacific Command said, the first and third missiles failed in flight and the second launch appeared to have blown up almost immediately. It said, the missiles did not pose a threat to North America or Guam. The tests by Pyongyang were the first since it launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.