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All India Radio News Summary: 26 SEPTEMBER 2017


All India Radio News Summary: 26 SEPTEMBER 2017


  1. Prime Minister invites ONGC to take up a challenge of developing energy efficient electric cooking stove

Prime Minister has invited India’s biggest oil and gas producer ONGC to take up a challenge of developing an energy efficient electric cooking stove. Addressing officers and staff of ONGC at the inauguration of the firm’s new corporate office and

  • At the launch of electricity scheme ‘Saubhagya’, the Prime Minister exhorted them to work towards making an efficient electric chulha (stove), which will enable cooking through the use of electricity.
  • This innovation will significantly impact the nation’s dependence on imported fuel.
  • He said while the world is working towards electric cars, in India, in addition to electric cars, electric stoves will go a long way in meeting the needs of the people.
  • The Prime Minister asked ONGC to invite startups and youth to innovate in this field.
  • The Prime Minister said, the government is working on six basic principles for providing well planned, accessible, affordable, clean and safe electricity.    

 

  1. India slams Pakistan for using a fake picture to mislead UN General Assembly; displays a photo of an Indian Army officer from Jammu and Kashmir, killed by Pak sponsored terrorists.

India has slammed Pakistan for using a fake picture in the UN General Assembly to push a completely false narrative, a day after its Permanent Representative presented an image of a girl from Gaza as a victim of pellet guns in Kashmir.

  • An Indian diplomat at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations took the floor of the General Assembly to exercise India’s right to reply to the attack by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the U.
  • Pakistan representative misled the Assembly by displaying a fake picture to spread falsehood about India and to divert attention from Pakistan’s role as the hub of global terrorism.

Indian diplomat displays a photo of an Indian Army officer from Jammu and Kashmir, killed by Pak sponsored terrorists.

  • The picture is of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz, a young officer from Jammu and Kashmir who was kidnapped from a wedding celebration and brutally tortured and killed by Pakistan supported terrorists in May this year.
  • The Indian diplomat said it portrays a harsh and tragic reality, a picture of terrorism emanating from across Indian borders that the people of India, especially in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have to struggle with, every day.

 

  1. Army Chief General says surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control can be repeated, if required.

Chief of Army Staff Gen has said that surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC could be repeated; if necessary. The strike was a message that India wanted to communicate to Pakistan. He said, the surgical strikes last year sent a message that India is a stronger nation and capable of taking decisions when time comes.

  • The cross-border infiltration is continuing in Jammu and Kashmir because camps across the Line of Control, from where terrorists are being launched, are still operational.
  • He said Indian Army is ready and it will neutralize the infiltrators.

 

  1. India and US assert that there can be no tolerance to terrorism safe havens. Defence Minister and US Defence Secretary hold talks in New Delhi;

US Defence Secretary arrived in New Delhi on a two-day visit to India. The trip of Defence secretary comes weeks after US President unveiled a new Afghanistan strategy and urged India to increase assistance to the war-torn nation’s economy.

Discussions between the two sides focussed on developing new institutional mechanisms to elevate the status of India-US defence relationship.

Defence Minister and visiting US Defence Secretary held talks in New Delhi today.

  • Terrorism and ways to strengthen defence co-operation were among the things that were discussed.
  • Defence co-operation between India and the US has gone up significantly and there is a need to expand it further.
  • They also have exchanged views all regional and international issues of mutual interests. The situation in our neighbourhood and the growing menace of cross-border terrorism were discussed in depth.
  • She said, India supports the freedom of navigation, over-flight and unimpeded lawful commerce. She said that disputes should be resolved through peaceful means and in accordance with the universally recognized principles of international law.
  • Security situation in Afghanistan and maritime security in the Indian Ocean and the broader Asia-Pacific Region as well as regional connectivity issues were discussed. The US Defence Secretary has assured that he will raise the issue of terrorism with Pakistan when he visits that country.
  • India and the US have suffered due to the menace of terrorism. A high degree of team work is needed to wipe out the menace.
  • The US Defence Secretary also appreciated India’s efforts to put pressure of North Korea. He said his country will continue to maintain diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea.
  • Defence Minister said, cooperation in the defence sector between India and the US has grown significantly in recent years and has emerged as a key pillar of the strategic partnership.
  • The US is now a leading supplier of the state-of-the-art defence equipment to India. US showed willingness to share further cutting-edge platforms which would enhance India’s defence preparedness to meet current and emerging threats.

 

  1. Election Commission considering using paper trail slips of one polling station in each constituency in upcoming Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.

The Election Commission has said it is considering counting Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips of one polling station in each assembly constituency on a pilot basis in the upcoming Himachal Pradesh elections.

  • Reviewing the preparation for the state polls, Chief Election Commissioner said ay that VVPAT machines will be used for the first time in all 7,516 booths in 68 assembly constituencie
  • He said the commission will also use VVPAT machines with EVMs in all the constituencies in 2019 General Elections.
  • The Commission expressed full satisfaction over the arrangements and steps being taken by state authorities for the assembly elections.

 

  1. PENCIL web portal is launched by Union Home Minister

Union Home Minister launched a web portal called ‘PENCIL’ (Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour).

  • Developed by the Labour Ministry, PENCIL will be used as an effective enforcement tool for no child labour.
  • Departments and Ministries at the Centre and the State level will register themselves on this portal for better coordination to save and track children.
  • It will connect the Centre, States and districts so that they can share information about the present status of child labour and act against it.
  • People should pledge to fight child labour. Effective implementation of labour laws is a must adding that social awareness is required to deal with child labour.
  • Every child is the future of the country and efforts should be made to protect children. It is unfortunate that even after 70 years of independence; child labour is prevailing in the country.

Home Minister has said that more than 70 thousand missing children have been rescued in different parts of the country under Operation Smile. Operation Smile was first launched by the Home Ministry in January 2015 to rescue and rehabilitate missing children.

 

  1. India urges UN Security Council to ensure that terrorists do not find safe havens anywhere and at any level.

India has urged the United Nations Security Council to ensure that the first and foremost duty of the international community is to ensure that the forces of terrorism do not find sanctuaries and safe havens anywhere and at any level.

  • India’s Permanent Representative to the UN said this at the UN in New York in an open debate on Afghanistan.  
  • He said, Taliban, Haqqani Network, Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad are all terror organizations, many of them prohibited by the UN.
  • These groups should be treated like terrorist organisations with no justification offered for their activities.

 

  1. INS TARASA is commissioned into the Indian Navy

Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command commissioned INS TARASA into the Indian Navy in Mumbai. The commissioning is a proud moment and a shot in the arm for the western naval command and will further strengthen the defence of the west coast.

 

  1. Nargund taluk in Gadag district were formally declared as open defecation free by Vice President

In Karnataka, rural areas of Nargund taluk in Gadag district were formally declared as open defecation free by Vice President.

  • The announcement was made at a function held in Konnur village where he also inaugurated a waste processing unit and a clean drinking water distribution unit.
  • Vice President called upon villagers to convert Swachata Abhiyan as a mass movement by actively participating in the programme.
  • He said, over two lakh villages, 1300 cities and 200 districts in the country have become free from open defecation and toilets are now available to 72 percent population.
  • The Vice President narrated success stories of people who held protests and announced incentives for villagers to construct toilets for safeguarding their modesty.
  • He asked media and cine stars to motivate people to build toilets.
  • Cleanliness he said will improve GDP and health of nation. As of now 76 percent of families have toilets in the state.
  • The programme was organised under Swachata Hi Seva programme of Central Government and Shouchalayakkagi Samara programme of the state. 

 

  1. The first Helicopter service from Srinagar to the world’s second coldest inhabited place Drass was started

The first Helicopter service from Srinagar to the world’s second coldest inhabited place Drass was started today under Udan Scheme.

  • The Centre had approved operation of helicopter services in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh on a pilot basis in 10 sectors, stipulating that the most inaccessible destination points should be chosen.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, five sectors in Srinagar-Drass-Kargil-Zanskar-Leh were accepted.
  • Under the scheme, emergency services and common passenger services to the local residents of the state will be provided on priority and at subsidized rates.

 

  1. Sports Minister said, there would be zero tolerance for misgovernance in National Sports Federations

Sports Minister said, there would be zero tolerance for misgovernance in National Sports Federations.

  • Inaugurating the ‘National Workshop on Sports for All’ in New Delhi, he said, there cannot be any alternative to the core principles of governance in sports.
  • He said, 65 per cent of India’s population is below 35 and it is the Prime Minister’s vision to promote sporting culture in the country.
  • The Minister added that there would be massive amount of transparency in terms of team selection and results.

 

  1. Divyang Sarathi – an accessible and comprehensive mobile App for easy information dissemination to Divyangjans

The Centre today launched Divyang Sarathi – an accessible and comprehensive mobile App for easy information dissemination to Divyangjans.

  • Unique features of the App are audio notes embedded in it which convert the written information into an audio file.
  • The mobile application aims at providing all relevant information pertaining to the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, including its various Acts, rules and guidelines.

 

  1. 480,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence broke out in Myanmar on 25th of August

The United Nations said that some 480,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence broke out in Myanmar on 25th of August, increasing its estimate by 45,000 in two days.

A report by UN agencies and international charities said the change was due in large part to an estimated 35,000 Rohingya moving into two refugee camps who had not been accounted for before.