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All India Radio News Summary: 01 SEPTEMBER 2017


All India Radio News Summary: 01 SEPTEMBER 2017


  1. Rajaswa Gyan Sangam 2017

Prime Minister inaugurated the annual conference, ‘Rajaswa Gyan Sangam 2017’ in New Delhi today.

  • The objective of the Conference is to enable a two-way communication between the policy-makers and the senior officers in the field offices with a view to increase revenue collection and facilitate effective implementation of law and policies in key result areas.
  • Apart from the joint sessions, separate technical sessions of each Board will be held during the two-day Conference.
  • Issues arising in implementation of policies and strategies to achieve targets in core functional areas will also be discussed.
  • Crucial issues like Tax Evasion, GST, Customs Reforms and Modernisation will also be discussed.
  • Prime Minister has said that human interface must be kept to a minimum in the tax administration’s dealings.
  • The Prime Minister asked for a push to e-assessment so that vested interests do not impede the due process of law.
  • Inaugurating the Rajasva Gyan Sangam, PM also asked tax administrators to fix clear targets to improve the country’s tax administration by 2022.

On the occasion the Prime Minister mentioned steps taken by his government including demonetization, and implementation of stringent laws against black money and benami property.

  • Mentioning the benefits of the GST, he said, besides economic integration and transparency in the system, over 17 lakh new traders have been brought into the indirect tax system within two months.
  • He said, the government is working towards creation of an environment which instils the trust among the honest taxpayers and shatters the confidence of the corrupt. 

 

  1. Demonetisation is not a reason for drop in GDP growth, NITI Aayog vice chairman

NITI Aayog vice chairman said that GDP growth will be good during July to September. In his first interaction after assuming office today, he said demonetisation is not a reason for drop in GDP growth. Saying private investment is a must for faster economic growth, he said efforts should be made to generate employment for our youth.  

  • He said economic growth in the second quarter of current financial year is expected to soar to 7 to 7.5 per cent on the back of good monsoon and clarity over GST.
  • In the first quarter of the current fiscal, the country’s GDP growth slowed to a three-year low of 5.7 per cent. 
  • The decline in growth in the first quarter can be attributed to de-stocking by manufacturers in anticipation of GST rollout from 1st of July.
  • On the effect of demonetisation, he said it impacted growth in the first quarter as by that time the currency shortage triggered by the scrapping of 500 and one thousand rupee notes last year was over.
  • He said employment generation will be good in sectors like textile and NITI Aayog will focus on more job creations.
  • He also said the think tank is creating a platform where all stakeholders can come together and give suggestions on growth and development.
  • Vice chairman has said that policies should focus on country’s development and people should give ideas for better governance.
  • He said, transformational ideas are the need of the hour to boost economy.
  • There is a need to modernise agricultural sector to increase productivity and income of farmers.

 

  1. The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on Monday a plea challenging the decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslims

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a plea challenging the decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar, on various grounds including that it violated international human rights conventions.

A bench of the Apex court considered the submissions that the plea required urgent hearing in view of the decision of the government to send Rohingyas back to their native land.

  1. India-Sri Lanka relationship – Second Indian Ocean Conference-IOC 2017

External Affairs Minister today met Sri Lankan President   in Colombo and discussed bilateral issues. Foreign Secretary along with a delegation of other senior officials were present in the meeting.

  • The minister, on a two -day official visit to Sri Lanka to participate in the  second Indian Ocean Conference-IOC 2017,
  • Indian Ocean nations share centuries old cultural and civilization ties and the conference is aimed at forging a common identity for the region.
  • External affairs minister said that India will use its capabilities for mutual benefit of its maritime neighbours and island states.
  • Minister called to develop security architecture to face challenges of piracy, smuggling, terrorism and human trafficking etc.
  • Foreign Secretary in his address today underlined that India is guided by security and development requirements of its neighbour states rather than a narrow vision of reciprocity.

 

  1. The US administration has held back previously promised military aid of 255 million US dollars to Pakistan by attaching new conditions. The State Department said in a statement that the Department notified Congress of its intent to obligate 255 million US dollars in financial year 2016 Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan.

 

  1. Tragedy at Ghazipur landfill

Two people died after a garbage dump caved in at a landfill site in east Delhi’s Ghazipur.

  • Five people have been rescued so far, while a few others are said to be trapped after an 80-feet heap crashed onto the road.
  • A rescue operation is on at the site in Ghazipur.   A 45-member team of the National Disaster Response Force, NDRF is at the site for rescue operations and large cranes are clearing trash, off the road.

 

  1. US government will allow people from some Muslim nations

The US government will allow people from some Muslim nations, earlier barred from entering the country by President’s travel ban, to re-apply for visas following a legal settlement with campaigners.

Under the terms of the agreement, reached in a federal court in New York, the government must contact all individuals who had been turned away at the borders as a result of the president’s first executive order that came into force on 27th of January and inform them that they may seek re-entry.

The agreement does not guarantee that applicants will receive new visas, nor does it award them compensation, but obliges the government to act in good faith when processing their paperwork.

  1. US has told Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco

The US has told Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two annex buildings in Washington and New York in the coming two days. With this action both countries will remain with three consulates each.

The move comes weeks after Russia forced a cut in US diplomatic staff in Moscow, which was a retaliatory move against American sanctions.

The sanctions were imposed in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and for its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.