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All India Radio News Summary: 23 SEPTEMBER 2017

All India Radio News Summary: 23 SEPTEMBER 2017

  1. External Affairs Minister meets US Secretary of State in New York; Raises the issues of terrorism and H1B visa;

External Affairs Minister met US Secretary of State Rex in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session.

  • During the meeting, which was the first bilateral engagement of the two leaders, she raised the issues of terrorism and H-1B visa
  • The US Secretary of State thanked the External Affairs Minister for India’s contributions to stability and development in Afghanistan and the region.
  • New Delhi and Washington reviewed all aspects of the bilateral relationship and discussed the situation in the neighbourhood and the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
  • The Minister and the US Secretary of State also exchanged ideas on the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which the US and India will co-host in Hyderabad in November.
  • Both the leaders also looked forward to convening 2+2 dialogue alongside Indian Defence Minister and Secretary of Defence


External Affairs minister also met the Foreign Ministers of SAARC countries. She said,

  • It is necessary for the region’s survival that all nations eliminate terrorism in all its forms.
  • Regional prosperity, connectivity and cooperation can take place only in an atmosphere of peace and security which remains at serious risk in the region.
  • She reaffirmed India’s commitment to regional co-operation saying that India believes that Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas is as relevant to foreign policy as it is to domestic one.

In his address last night, Bhutan Prime Minister said, countries like India, Japan, Brazil and Germany must be given permanent seats in the UN Security Council. He said, UN reforms will be incomplete without reforming the Security Council to reflect the changing realities of the world. He said Africa must be appropriately represented.


  1. Supreme Court asks states to frame guidelines within six months for appointments in the Pollution Control Boards

The Supreme Court has directed all state governments to frame guidelines on recruitment rules within six months for appointment of suitable professionals in the State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs).

  • It set aside the August last year’s order of the National Green Tribunal directing the state governments to reconsider the appointments and laying down guidelines for appointments in SPCBs, saying it exceeded its jurisdiction.
  • The apex court also granted liberty to public spirited individuals to move the concerned High Court, if any person who does not meet the statutory or constitutional requirements is appointed as the Chairperson or a member of any SPCB or is currently continuing in such posts.


  1. Centre asks Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure payment to Special Police Officers through Aadhaar-linked bank accounts and make their recruitment process transparent.

The Centre has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure payment to Special Police Officers (SPOs) through Aadhaar-linked bank accounts.

  • The Home Ministry said the step is being taken to make sure that no one receives the remuneration by providing a fake name.
  • The Ministry has also asked the state government to ensure that the process to recruit around 4,200 SPOs is fair, transparent and free from political interference.
  • The state government has been told to look into the mechanism to review the performance of existing SPOs.


  1. Centre to launch country-wide LPG Panchayat under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for encouraging rural communities to turn to clean fuel;

Central government will today launch a country-wide LPG Panchayat programme under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in a bid to push usage of LPG cylinders in rural areas where conventional fuel is used for domestic purposes.

  • Under the scheme, one lakh LPG Panchayats will be held across the country during the next one and a half years to make the women understand the benefits of clean fuel compared to traditional fuels like cowdung, charcoal or wood.
  • Through officials of the oil PSUs, NGOs, Asha workers and social workers, the Panchayat aims to connect with the beneficiaries of the Ujjwala Yojana to resolve issues and wrong beliefs they may have.
  • India has over 21 crore LPG connections, with 51 per cent reach in the rural areas and nearly 100 per cent penetration across the urban centres.


  1. Prime Minister says government aims to provide Housing to all by 2022; Distributes certificates to beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

Prime Minister said the government has decided to give a house to each and every homeless family by 2022.  

  • He distributed allotment letters to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana both for rural and urban areas. 
  • Construction of houses on a large scale will also generate employment and improve quality of life of the common man.
  • PM said, government has launched a drive against corruption and black money and introduction of GST and linkage of Aadhaar cards with different schemes are a part of the drive.
  • Prime Minister said, promotion of animal husbandry, introduction of modern technology in agriculture and maintenance of soil health cards are the need of the hour to double the farmers’ income.
  • Improvement in cow breeds and good health of animals will be helpful to farmers to increase their income and will attract them towards animal husbandry.
  • Wellness fair of animals -Pashu Arogya Mela – will be helpful to the farmers to keep their animal husbandry in good health.
  • He said, a sense of responsibility for cleanliness must be developed in each and every person.
  • The Prime Minister appreciated the local villagers for taking measures for creating Open Defecation Free villages and constructing toilets in every house. He also appreciated the naming of toilets as Izzat Ghar.


  1. China to limit oil exports to North Korea under UN sanctions

China today announced that it will limit oil exports to North Korea under UN sanctions over its nuclear and missile development.  

  • The move will further reduce support from Pyongyang’s last major trading partner, energy supplier and Diplomatic Ally.
  • Exports of refined petroleum to the North will be limited to 2 million barrels per year and sales of Liquefied Natural gas banned outright, effective from 1st of January, 2018.
  • China will also ban textile imports from the North.

China accounts for some 90 percent of the North’s trade which makes Beijing’s cooperation critical to any efforts to derail Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.


  1. US based Materials Research Society, (MRS) has conferred its highly prestigious Von Hippel Award Prof. C.N.R. Rao

The US based Materials Research Society, (MRS) has conferred its highly prestigious Von Hippel Award on Bharat Ratna Prof. C.N.R. Rao.

  • He will be the first Asian scientist to receive this award.
  • C N R Rao is being honoured for his immense interdisciplinary contributions to the development of novel functional materials, including nanomaterial, Graphene, superconductivity, 2D materials and colossal magneto resistance.