All India Radio News Summary: 15 SEPTEMBER 2017
- Nationwide campaign – Swacchata Hi Sewa
President launched the nationwide campaign Swacchata Hi Sewa from Ishwariganj village in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
- Emphasising that cleanliness is the real service to humanity; President administered a pledge to people for their commitment to the cause.
- The President said the entire country is engaged in the fight for cleanliness and each person should take part in the movement.
- Remembering the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi the President said the country’s achievements in Swachchhata Mission will be a real tribute to him.
- The President said the objectives of the Swachhta Mission cannot be achieved without active participation of common people.
- President called upon the common men to actively participate in cleanliness movement and develop habits to maintain it not only on personal level but also on community level.
Addressing the function, Chief Minister of UP announced that Ganga Mahotsav will be organised in all the districts located on the banks of the Ganga to make people aware of cleanliness.
The objective of the Swachhta campaign is to mobilise people and reinforce the public movement for sanitation to contribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a Clean India.
- Corporate Affairs Ministry and CBDT, has signed an MoU for automatic and regular exchange of information
Corporate Affairs Ministry and Central Board of Direct Taxes, CBDT, has signed a MoU for automatic and regular exchange of information to curb the menace of shell companies, money laundering and black money in the country.
- This will also prevent misuse of corporate structure by shell companies for various illegal purposes.
- The MoU will enable sharing of specific information such as PAN number data, Income Tax returns, audit reports and statements of financial transactions received from banks relating to corporates.
- North Korea today fired a ballistic missile over northern Japan.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile over northern Japan. South Korean and Japanese governments said, the missile launched from North Korea flew over northern Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean 2,200 kilometers east of Hokkaido today morning.
- The missile likely reached an altitude of 800 kilometers and flew 3,700 kilometers. It flew 800 kilometers further than last month’s launch, said the official.
- United States Pacific Command (PACOM) said that initial assessment of the test indicates the launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM).
The missile launch comes just days after new sanctions were imposed on North Korea by the United Nations because of its weapons testing.
There has been widespread condemnation of North Korea for firing a ballistic missile across Japan after imposition of new US sanctions following its nuclear bomb test less than two weeks ago.
- Japanese Prime Minister said his country would never tolerate such dangerous provocative action.
- The UN Security Council will meet in New York at the request of the United States, Japan and EU. The United States called on China and Russia to take direct actions to rein in North Korea.
- China condemned North Korea for the missile launch and appealed for restraint to avoid inflaming tensions in the region.
- NASA Spacecraft Cassini spacecraft ends its 20 year voyage
NASA Spacecraft Cassini, on mission to explore the giant ring-world of Saturn and its moons ended its 20 year voyage by diving into the atmosphere of the second largest Planet.
Cassini discovered six moons, some barely a mile or two across, as well as swarms of moonlets that are still part of Saturn’s rings.
- The Supreme Court today passed a slew of directions on prison reforms in the country
The Supreme Court today passed a slew of directions on prison reforms in the country. The Apex Court directed all state governments to appoint counsellors and support persons for counselling prisoners, particularly first-time offenders.
- SC directed all states to study the availability of medical assistance to prisoners and take remedial steps wherever necessary.
- The Apex Court directed Chief Justices of the high courts to register a ‘suo motu’ public interest litigation with a view to identify the next of kin of prisoners who have admittedly died an unnatural death as revealed by the National Crime Records Bureau during the period between 2012 and 2015 and even thereafter and to award suitable compensation.
- The top court also directed the Ministry of Woman and Child Development to discuss with the official concerned of the state governments and formulate procedures for tabulating the number of children, if any, who suffer an unnatural death in child care institutions where they are kept in custody either because they are in conflict with law or because they need care and protection.
The bench was hearing a 2013 PIL on the inhuman conditions prevailing in 1,382 prisons across the country.
- Telangana government has launched a comprehensive land survey for rectification of land records in the state
Telangana government has launched a comprehensive land survey for rectification of land records in the state. The survey, the first of its kind in the country, is aimed at rectifying and updating the land records in all 10,733 revenues villages across the state.
- The entire revenue machinery in Telangana is engaged in the first ever land survey beginning from today.
- Under this programme, revenue teams will visit all villages in the state and collect information on 54 aspects pertaining to lands.
- Each team will cover nine villages and spend 10 days in each village for rectifying the records.
- The team will obtain signatures of farmers before uploading the rectified records online.
- The survey is expected to bring clarity on the extent of agricultural lands, temple lands, forest lands, assigned lands and other lands in the state.
- The government intends to provide financial assistance of 8,000 rupees per acre from next year for farmers and the beneficiaries will be identified on the basis of this survey.
- BSF jawan was martyred as Pakistan’s forces resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing in Arnia sector
A BSF jawan was martyred and a civilian injured as Pakistan’s forces resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing in Arnia sector along the International Border in Jammu district today.
BSF sources told that the Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked firing and shelling on Indian positions and civilian areas in Arnia sector around 1 AM today.
- Jaipur’s National Institute of Ayurveda has entered the Guinness Book
In Rajasthan, Jaipur’s National Institute of Ayurveda has entered the Guinness Book for ‘Most people receiving Nasya Panch Karma simultaneously’.
On the second day of National Ayurveda Yuva Mahotsav, 733 Ayurvedic practitioners performed Nasya Karma, which has been registered in the Guinness Book of records.
- It was a unique record and its purpose was to attract youth towards Ayurveda. This morning, a total of 1466 people attended this Karma and this Karma was completed in eight minutes. Observer of the Guinness Records was also present on this occasion.
- The Nasya Karma is beneficial in all diseases related to brain. Three thousand youth Ayurveda students and doctors from across the country are participating in the three-day National Ayurveda Youth Festival.
- The Government has saved 57 thousand crore rupees through the use of Direct Benefit Transfer, DBT
The Government has saved 57 thousand crore rupees through the use of Direct Benefit Transfer, DBT, in various public schemes.
- Several schemes like MGNREGA have been linked to DBT, under which the receivables are transferred directly to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts.
- There is a proposal to link Aadhaar with driving licences as well as vehicle registration to ensure that multiple licences are not issued in case anyone seeks to do so.
- Final development flight trials of Astra were successfully conducted over the Bay of Bengal
The final development flight trials of Astra, the Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile were successfully conducted over the Bay of Bengal, off the Odisha Coast at Chandipur in Odisha.
- A two- day high-level talks between India and Pakistan, on technical issues of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) begun in Washington. A World Bank spokesperson said, these meetings are a continuation of a discussion on how to safeguard the Treaty for the benefit of the people in the countries.