All India Radio News Summary: 28 SEPTEMBER 2017
- Prime Minister reviews nine large infrastructure projects in transportation and energy sectors worth 37 thousand crore rupees
Prime Minister reviewed the progress of nine large infrastructure projects worth over 37 thousand crore rupees in railway, road, power, coal and gas pipeline sectors.
These projects are spread over several states including Delhi, Telangana, Karnataka, West Bengal, Manipur, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand.
- Besides, the Prime Minister also reviewed the progress of the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana and the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan for the Divyang.
- The India Myanmar Friendship Bridge was also reviewed.
The Prime Minister during the interaction asked the States to use the district administration to facilitate small traders to access and adopt the new tax system of GST.
- He told Chief Secretaries that traders across the country are positive and are accepting this new taxation arrangement but they need hand-holding for resolving their problems.
- He said, the common man and the traders must benefit from this path breaking decision.
The Prime Minister also called for sustained efforts to boost digital payments and work towards a less-cash society.
- He asked the Secretary, Financial Services, to look at ways to increase the use of RuPay debit cards that have been issued to Jan Dhan account holders.
- PM also reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to the banking sector.
Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation, PRAGATI, is an ambitious multi-purpose and multi-modal interactive platform. It is aimed to address grievances of common people, and simultaneously monitor and review important programmes and projects of the Centre as well as projects flagged by State Governments.
- In Jammu and Kashmir, a BSF constable on vaccation, martyred in a terrorist attack in Bandipora district.
A barbaric and inhumane incident happened in Jammu and Kashmir. A BSF constable on vacation was martyred and his three family members were injured late last evening, when terrorists stormed his home and fired upon them at Hajin area in Bandipora district.
Rameez Parrey, the slain jawan, belonged to the 73rd battalion of the BSF. Parrey served the BSF for six years.
- The Jammu and Kashmir government has launched a scheme for disabled soldiers and their dependents
The Jammu and Kashmir government has launched a scheme for disabled soldiers and their dependents by providing credit on concessional rate of interest to set up self-employment ventures.
- The scheme is being launched in collaboration with the National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation.
- Disabled soldiers or dependent relatives of such soldiers, who are permanent residents of the state, having disability of 40 per cent and above can avail maximum loan of 25 lakh rupees with 4-7 per cent rate of interest per annum.
- Election Commission has disqualified former Jharkhand Chief Minister from contesting polls for three years
The Election Commission has disqualified former Jharkhand Chief Minister from contesting polls for three years for failing to properly file election expenses.
- The EC’s order, under the Representation of Peoples Act, came into effect yesterday.
- The matter pertains to 2009 Lok Sabha elections, when former Jharkhand CM successfully contested the election from Singhbhum in Jharkhand.
- The Election Commission issued notices to the leader and also referred the matter to Income Tax Department to probe into the expenses.
- Russia says it has liquidated the last arsenal of chemical weapons three years ahead of Schedule.
Russia says it has liquidated the last arsenals of chemical weapons in Southwest of the country, three years ahead of schedule.
Describing this as a huge step towards making the modern world more balanced and more secure, Russian President Mr. Putin stressed that Moscow strictly fulfills its international obligations including in the field of disarmament and the non-proliferation of mass destruction. However, he in a televised interview to a TV channel said that the United States has not fulfilled its own obligations to destroy chemical weapons.
- All countries should be on one page on matters related to disaster management and its prevention
Union Home Minister said, all countries should be on one page on matters related to disaster management and its prevention.
- Diplomatic efforts are needed to deal with floods.
- He said hydrological data of rivers should be shared between all nations in this regard.
- The Home Minister praised the good work done by NDMA.
- He said, NDMA has improved its system to deal with cyclones and has increased its disaster management capabilities.
- Railways to soon introduce innovative techniques to eliminate rail accidents.
Railway Minister said that innovative techniques are soon being introduced to eliminate rail accidents.
- These include revamping the existing signalling system by use of TPWS (Train Protection and Warning System) and MTRC (Mobile Train Radio Communication).
- He said, the remaining 5000 unmanned level crossings will be eliminated in a time bound manner.
- He said, Railways is committed to ensuring high standards of safety, speed and service for passengers and ensuring national wealth to contribute to national development.
- He said, priority is being given to track renewal over new lines.
- The Minister said, CCTV cameras are being installed in coaches and stations for enhanced security.
- He said, the RPF staff and TTEs have been instructed to be in proper uniform while on duty to bring in transparency.
- Electrification of rail tracks will be completed by next 4-5 years. This will lead to savings in energy costs of over 10,000 crore rupees while reducing pollution and dependence on imported diesel.
- Swachhata Pakhwadas will be held in all Gram Panchayats across the country
Swachhata Pakhwadas will be held in all Gram Panchayats across the country to encourage people to take up issues for the development of their villages.
- Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister told that Gram Samridhi and Swachhata Pakhwada will be organised from 1st to 15th of next month.
- He said major objective of the fortnight is to encourage villagers to participate in Gram Sabha meetings for the sake of development.
- The Minister said, Swachhata Pakhwadas aim to promote cleanliness and generate community interaction on economic activities and development.
- Prakriti Khoj – the online Environment quiz
The Environment Ministry has extended the qualifying round of Prakriti Khoj – the online Environment quiz upto 8th of next month. The date has been extended in view of keen interest generated among students in different States, even up to the village level and based on the feedback received from the State Nodal Agencies under the Eco-club programme of the Ministry.
Prakriti Khoj – the environment awareness initiative – was launched on 5th of this month with an aim to reach out to young aspiring minds of school students through a fun-filled interactive learning mode for triggering a sense of awareness towards environment protection and conservation.
- Nation pays homage to the revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh on his 110th birth anniversary
Nation pays homage to the revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh on his 110th birth anniversary today. He was born on 28th September in 1907 in Banga village of Lyallpur district of undivided Punjab province. He fought against British government for the country’s independence and was hanged in Lahore jail at the age of 23, along with Shivaram Hari Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar on 23rd of March in 1931.
Prime Minister paid homage to Bhagat Singh. He said, Bhagat Singh’s greatness and exemplary courage inspires generations of Indians.
- Finance Minister said India has continued to be the fastest growing economy in the last three years
FM said India has continued to be the fastest growing economy in the last three years. He said, the direct tax figures are 15.7 percent over and above last year’s figure.
- He said the government is making incremental changes and has tackled policy paralysis.
- On criticism of demonetisation, he said the Prime Minister has a very strong agenda on creating a new normal as far as India’s shadow economy is concerned.
- He said, the Centre gave opportunity to people to come clean about their accounts held abroad.
- The space of bringing a blend between a fast moving economy and economy which grows and making sure that the benefits percolate even to the poor and therefore getting all cross-section on your side and arousing a new confidence in them has been the basic tenor of this government in the past three and half year.
- Government plans to borrow 2.08 lakh crore rupees from the market in second half of current fiscal to meet fiscal deficit target of 3.2 per cent.
The Government plans to borrow 2.08 lakh crore rupees from the market in the second half of 2017-18 reiterating its commitment to meet the fiscal deficit target of 3.2 per cent of GDP.
- To finance the fiscal deficit for the current financial year, the Budget has pegged gross borrowing at 5.8 lakh crore rupees.
- Economic Affairs Secretary said the government has already borrowed 3.72 lakh crore rupees in the first half and pegged gross borrowings at 2.08 lakh crore rupees in the remaining six months of the current fiscal.
- India assures full support to build a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan as visiting Afghan CEO Abdullah Abdullah meets Prime Minister and President
President of India said, India deeply respects the supreme sacrifice made by the Afghan National Defence and Security forces to fight the forces of terror.
- He said, India stands with the government and people of Afghanistan in their quest for peace, stability and prosperity.
- Strongly condemns the acts of cross border terror perpetrated against the people of Afghanistan.
Earlier PM and Affghanistn’s CEO reaffirmed the strength and closeness of their multifaceted strategic partnership.
- They discussed enhancing bilateral economic and development cooperation and the abundant opportunities in this regard.
- The two leaders exchanged views on the security environment in Afghanistan and the extended region, and, in this context, agreed to continue their close cooperation.
- PM reiterated India’s commitment to extend full support to Afghanistan’s efforts for building a peaceful, united, prosperous, inclusive and democratic country.
- Abdullah conveyed Afghanistan’s deep appreciation of India’s continuing support for infrastructure development and capacity building in Afghanistan.
- MoU for Technical Cooperation on Police Training and Development was exchanged in the presence of the two leaders at the conclusion of the meeting.
- India and Afghanistan enjoy deep rooted civilizational links. India has been partnering with the Government and the people of Afghanistan in their efforts to build a stable, peaceful, prosperous, united and pluralistic country.
- INS Ghariwal carrying relief material under operation Insaniyat for Rohingya
Indian Navy’s INS Ghariwal carrying relief material under operation Insaniyat for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh arrived in Chittagong. Indian High Commissioner handed over 700 tonnes of aid material to Chittagong Deputy Commissioner.
The relief material consignment, including rice, pulses, sugar, tea, biscuits, soaps and mosquito nets is part of 7000 tonnes relief assurance to Bangladesh to help it tide over the Rohingya crisis.
- China has ordered North Korean companies in the country to shut down by January
China has ordered North Korean companies in the country to shut down by January as it applies UN sanctions imposed following Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test. The commerce ministry today said the companies, including joint ventures with Chinese firms, have 120 days to close from the date the United Nations resolution was adopted on 11th of this month.
The announcement comes days after China confirmed that it will apply another major part of the sanctions, a limit on exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting this Sunday and a ban on textiles from its neighbour.