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All India Radio News Summary: 03 SEPTEMBER 2017

All India Radio News Summary: 03 SEPTEMBER 2017

  1. Prime Minister reshuffled his Council of Ministers 

Nine new Ministers of State were inducted in the Union Council of Ministers today. Four Ministers of state were elevated to the cabinet rank.

  • The country got a woman Defence minister.
  • President administered the oath of office and secrecy to them at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of Prime Minister.
  • PM congratulated all those who have taken oath.
  • PM said,
    • their experience and wisdom will add immense value to the Council of Ministers.
    • Professionalism will have to prevail in all that we do.
    • A good lot of probity and working together as team and making sure that Government of India functions and delivers.
    • We have to deliver and keep in mind the poor of the country and also make sure all the promises given in the manifesto is full filled.


  1. Locky Ransomware


The government has issued an alert on spread of new malware ‘Locky Ransomware’ that can lock computers and demand ransom for unlocking them.

  • An alert regarding spam spreading Locky Ransomware was issued by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team.
  • Ransomware is malicious software and the Locky Ransomware is learnt to be demanding ransom of half bitcoin, which at present rate is equivalent to over 1.5 lakh rupees.
  • The alert, issued on Cyber Swachhta Kendra, said it has been reported that a new wave of spam mails is circulating with common subject lines to spread variants of Locky Ransomware.
  • The alert stated that the computer users are advised to exercise caution while opening e-mails and organisations are advised to deploy anti-spam solutions and update spam block lists.


Cyber Swachhta Kendra

Extending the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign to the cyber world, the Cyber Swachhta KendraBotnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre for analysis of malware and botnets that affect networks and systems was launched.

  • This is a part of MeitY’s Digital India initiative, aimed at creating a secure cyber space by detecting botnet infections in India and to notify, enable cleaning and securing systems of end-users to prevent further infections.
  • The centre is operated by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).
  • The Centre aims to enhance coordination between the Government and industry in order to encourage cyber hygiene among all end-users and to create a secure and safe internet ecosystem in India.


  1. North Korea conducted a hydrogen bomb Test


North Korea today has claimed to conduct a hydrogen bomb Test with perfect success. The state news agency said, Pyongyang can now successfully mount a hydrogen bomb on an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. It said, the device was capable of being loaded onto long-range missiles. The agency also said, two shallow earthquakes that shook the country today were caused by the test.

  • The US Geological Survey was first to report the earthquake. It cited a first powerful tremor of 6.3 magnitude with a depth of 23 kilometres in the country’s northeast, where North Korea has detonated nuclear explosions in the past.
  • Japan lodged a formal protest with Pyongyang after a major explosion at the isolated nation’s main test site. Japanese Prime Minister said the test is absolutely unacceptable and could not be tolerated.
  • North Korea’s biggest nuclear test to date was condemned around the world today.
    • India has condemned the nuclear test conducted by North Korea. It is a matter of deep concern that North Korea has once again acted in violation of its international commitments which goes against the objective of the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
    • US President said, North Korea has conducted a major nuclear test and their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States.
    • French President urged the United Nations Security Council to react quickly and decisively.
    • China, the only North Korean ally, urged its neighbour to stop wrong actions that worsen the situation. China said it would fully enforce U.N. resolutions on the country.
    • Russia has slammed North Korea nuclear test and urged all sides involved to hold talks to resolve the Korean peninsula’s problems.
    • The International Atomic Energy Agency, called the nuclear test, Pyongyang’s sixth since 2006, an extremely regrettable act that was in complete disregard of the repeated demands of the international community.


  1. The Delhi High court heard the PIL related to matters involving children


The Delhi High Court has sought response from the Centre on a PIL seeking direction to formulate guidelines for expeditiously resolving child custody cases arising from the rampant practice of inter-parental child abduction. The court issued the notice to the Ministry of Law and Justice on the matter.

  • The plea claims that there has been a paradigm shift in matrimonial cases mostly impacting children who largely bear the brunt of the custody fight between parents.
  • The PIL has emphasised the need for appointing professionally qualified counsellors for the family and the affected children.
  • It also sought directions for mandatory holding of sensitisation workshops for all judicial members dealing with matrimonial matters.
  • The court took due note of the absence of guidelines on child rights and the concept of joint parenting.


  1. Circular for amendment in the Human Organs and Tissues Transplantation Act 1994


In a move that is likely to benefit those awaiting organ donations, the government is planning to include step-parents, step siblings and extended family members in the definition of near relatives.

  • The Health Ministry has put out a circular for amendment in the Human Organs and Tissues Transplantation Act 1994, as amended in 2011, to widen the definition of near relatives.
  • It has sought comments from the public till the 25th of this month.
  • Expanding the definition of the term would increase the availability of living donors in the country.
  • Initially, spouses, sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters were defined as near relatives and could legally donate organs


  1. The NITI Aayog has suggested waiving fees for the madrasa who opt for NIOS exams


The NITI Aayog has suggested waiving fees for the madrasa students who opt for National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) exams.

  • The policy think-tank stressed on the need for continued efforts to modernise them and educationally empower the minority community.
  • It made these recommendations in its ‘Three-Year Action Agenda, 2017-18 to 2019-20’, released recently.
  • On the modernisation of madrasas, the Aayog has recommended that government make continued efforts through curricular reforms and by providing facilities such as computers, labs, libraries, among others.


  1. Terrorism has become the biggest enemy to mankind, Vice President

Vice President said, terrorism has become the biggest enemy to mankind, which is affecting the peace and development of the people and the country.

  • He said, India’s proposal to conclude a comprehensive convention on suppression of international terrorism is now under consideration of the UN.
  • The Vice President said, India represents a mature Parliamentary democracy with a highly independent judiciary and fourth estate.
  • He said, India values the contribution of the Institute of International Law in resolving the disputes between countries and to promote treaties
  • India has been a major stake holder in the promotion of global peace and it firmly believes in peaceful settlement of disputes through negotiations on the basis of international laws and the UN Charter.


  1. Iran has tested its home-grown air defence system – Bavar-373

Iran has tested its home-grown air defence system, designed to match the Russian S-300.

  • Bavar-373 system is made completely in Iran and some of its parts are different from the S-300.
  • All of its sub-systems have been completed and its missile tests have been conducted.
  • Bavar (which means “belief”) is Tehran’s first long-range missile defence system, and is set to be operational by March next year.
  • In 2010, Iran began manufacturing Bavar-373 after the purchase of the S-300 from Russia was suspended due to international sanctions.