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All India Radio News Summary: 10 SEPTEMBER 2017


All India Radio News Summary: 10 SEPTEMBER 2017


  1. India has urged Myanmar that the situation in Rakhine state be handled with restraint and maturity

India has urged Myanmar that the situation in Rakhine state be handled with restraint and maturity, focusing on the welfare of the civilian population alongside that of the security forces.

  • The External Affairs Ministry said that it is imperative that violence is ended and normalcy in the state restored expeditiously.
  • It said, India remains deeply concerned about the situation in Rakhine State and the outflow of refugees from that region.
  • During Prime Minister’s recent visit to Myanmar, it was agreed that India will provide assistance under the Rakhine state development programme in conjunction with the government of Myanmar.

Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Myanmar have declared a one-month unilateral ceasefire to ease the humanitarian crisis in the northern Rakhine state. Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) said the truce will start today. About 2.9 lakh Rohingya are said to have fled Rakhine and sought shelter over the border in Bangladesh since then.

 

  1. Railway Minister has asked the railways to remove all unmanned level crossings within a year

Railway Minister has asked the railways to remove all unmanned level crossings within a year, instead of the initial goal of doing it in three years. He said around 5,000 unmanned level crossings, which account for nearly 30-35 per cent of total rail accidents, need to be removed in the next one year. He also advocated the use of technology to reduce manual maintenance of rail tracks, as it entails huge manpower. The minister said that the RailTel Corporation has already prepared the optic fibre network for improving communication.

 

  1. The Government is moving ahead with linking Aadhaar with mobile SIM cards

The Government is moving ahead with linking Aadhaar with mobile SIM cards and all unlinked phones will be deactivated after February 2018.

  • Aadhaar mobile linkage is being done as per the orders of Supreme Court passed in February this year in the Lokniti foundation case.
  • All SIM cards have to be verified with Aadhaar within a year from the date of judgement so that criminals, fraudsters and terrorists cannot use the issued SIMs.
  • The Central government had told the Supreme Court in February that it will put in place, within a year, an effective mechanism for the verification of pre-paid mobile users who constitute 90 per cent of the total subscribers.

 

  1. Defence minister today flagged off Navika Sagar Parikrama in Goa

Defence minister today flagged off Navika Sagar Parikrama in Goa, a circumnavigation programme by women naval officers aboard INSV Tarini.

  • This is the first Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The project will be a milestone in promoting ocean sailing activities by the Indian Navy.
  • The expedition is aimed at promoting women empowerment in the country.
  • Under the project, a team of six women officers of the Indian Navy would circumnavigate the globe on India-built sail boat INSV Tarini
  • Prime Minister today hailed the all-women global journey Navika Sagar Parikrama to be embarked by six women officers of Indian Navy. He said, the entire nation comes together in wishing the all-women team of Navika Sagar Parikrama the very best in their remarkable endeavour. Prime Minister also urged the citizens to share their good wishes and words of encouragement for the team of Navika Sagar Parikrama.

 

  1. The Supreme Court has said, children cannot be expected to walk three or more kilometres to attend school

The Supreme Court has said, children cannot be expected to walk three or more kilometres to attend school.

  • The court said this while dealing with a matter regarding a school in Kerala, the state which has the highest literacy rate in the country.
  • The apex court said, right to education up to the age of 14 years is now a fundamental right under the Constitution. It said, to make right to education meaningful, efforts should be made to have upper primary schools in such a manner that no child in the age group of 10 to 14 years has to walk such a distance only to attend schools.

 

  1. The Centre has allocated funds for the purchase of bullet-proof vehicles

The Centre has allocated funds for the purchase of bullet-proof vehicles for the personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

The Union Home Minister also said, the Centre has approved funds for opening a trauma centre for police personnel.

 

  1. The Election Commission of Nepal has invited international observers for upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections

The Election Commission of Nepal has invited international observers for upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections. The commission has issued a notice inviting applications from the international organisations, communities and individuals to observe the elections of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies scheduled on 26th November and 7th December.

  • In a significant move the Election Commission of Nepal has decided to invite international observers for forthcoming assembly and parliament elections.
  • Interested international organisations, communities and individuals can submit their applications till September 30.
  • The basic objective of inviting international observers is to witness overall management of elections and contribute in conducting elections in free, fair and credible manner.
  • The commission says it will also help in developing and strengthening mutual relations with international organisations and communities in the electoral management process.
  • The presence of international observers will also help in maintaining the credibility of the Election Commission and strengthening democratic process in Nepal.

 

  1. Central government has unveiled India Smart Cities Awards Contest

Central government has unveiled India Smart Cities Awards Contest with a total prize of over 50 lakh rupees to measure the quality and impact of smart city projects.

  • It is aimed at recognizing and rewarding cities, projects and innovative ideas that promote the goals of the Smart City Mission including enhancement in quality of life.
  • A concept note and guidelines in this regard have been circulated by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to States and Union Territories, alerting them for the competition.
  • All projects that will be completed by 1st of April next year will be eligible for participating in the context. Awards will be presented on 25th June 2018 marking the third anniversary of the launch of the Mission.

 

  1. “North East Calling” festival

The purpose of the event is to promote the art, culture, heritage, cuisine, handicrafts, business and tourism of North East India.

  • The event has been organised by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), under its ‘Destination North East’ series of this year.
  • During the two day festival, the rich cultural heritage of North East including Music and dance forms was showcased.
  • Besides, handloom show and stalls of various Central Government Ministries showcasing the works being undertaken by them in the region were displayed.
  • Stalls of State Governments offering opportunities in their states were also exhibited.
  • People visiting the event enjoyed the taste of food items of the North East India.
  • In addition to it, business to business conference, video and choreography contests and quiz competitions for students on the theme Connect North East were also organised.