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All India Radio News Summary: 29 SEPTEMBER 2017


All India Radio News Summary: 29 SEPTEMBER 2017


  1. Finance Minister says government is finalising electoral bonds scheme to clean up political funding.

Finance Minister said the government is finalising electoral bonds scheme, which aims at cleaning up political funding.

  • As per the electoral bond mechanism, the proposed bonds will resemble a promissory note and not an interest-paying debt instrument. They will be sold by authorised banks and can be deposited in notified accounts of political parties within the duration of their validity. The bonds will not carry the name of the donor and routing of the money through banks will ensure that only tax paid money comes into the political system.
  • They will be sold by authorised banks and can be deposited in notified accounts of political parties within the duration of their validity. The bonds will not carry the name of the donor and routing of the money through banks will ensure that only tax paid money comes into the political system.

 

  1. Gujarat to be first big state to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail system in the forthcoming assembly polls.

Gujarat will be the second state after Goa and the first big state to use the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system for the coming Assembly elections.

  • Due to VVPAT machines during the poll, the voters will experience the transparency and would enjoy a new right.

 

  1. New rules on flight take-off by Directorate General of Civil Aviation

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has ordered that if a flight does not initiate takeoff within five minutes of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) clearance, it will be moved to the end of the queue.

  • The Order of the aviation watchdog said that such flights will be allowed to depart only when a slot is available.
  • The move will help prevent a ripple effect on operations if a flight gets delayed.
  • The airports in Delhi and Mumbai are facing severe constraints and have not been able to accommodate new flights during peak hours due to unavailability of slots.

 

  1. A high-level committee recommends setting up of cyber crime cells in every district to deal with hate speech on the Internet.

A high-level committee set up to deal with hate speech on Internet has recommended appointing cybercrime coordinators in all states and establishing cybercrime cells in each district.

  • The committee, headed by former Secretary General of the Lok Sabha, T K Viswanathan, has submitted its report to the Home Ministry.
  • It has also suggested replacing some clauses of the IT Act and amending some sections of the IPC.
  • The committee was formed after the Supreme Court struck down Section 66 A of the Information Technology Act.

 

  1. India- Norway bilateral relationship

India and Norway have extended bilateral cooperation in health sector through the Norway-India Partnership Initiative for a period of three years starting 2018. A letter of Intent was signed to this effect in New Delhi between the two countries. 

  • It has also supported National Health Mission by providing credible technical support.
  • The cooperation between India and Norway will focus on global health issues of common interest.
  • It also includes areas related to reproductive, maternal, new-born, child, adolescent health and strengthening of health system.
  • The cooperation between the two countries will continue to be aligned with the development goals of India as outlined in its National Health Policy 2017 for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. 
  • The Partnership Initiative now extends to Jammu and Kashmir and four other States- Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are already covered under it.

 

  1. At least 22 people killed and more than 30 injured in a stampede at Elphinstone Road railway station in Mumbai; Railways orders high level inquiry into the incident.   

Twenty-two people, including four women died and more than 30 others were injured in a stampede at the Elphinstone Road station in Mumbai this morning.

  • The state government has announced an ex-gratia of 5 lakh Rupees each to the next of kin of the deceased. The state government will bear the entire cost of treatment of the injured.
  • According to authorities, the stampede on the north foot over bridge was triggered as people started gathering on the bridge to take shelter from sudden heavy rains.
  • Accident Relief Medical Equipment Train reached the spot immediately. Senior railway officers also rushed to the site. The foot over bridge that connects the Eliphinstone Road Station on the Western Line and Parel Station on the Central line is extremely crowded during the office hours.
  • Ministry of Railways has ordered a high level inquiry into Mumbai’s Elphinston road suburban station footover bridge stampede this morning killing 22 people and injuring over 30.
  • Railway Minister said in Mumbai today that a complete ‘safety and capacity’ audit of all the Foot over bridges across the suburban train network will be done.

 

  1. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB ) has been successful in ensuring the surrender of 51 naxals

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB ) has been successful in ensuring the surrender of 51 naxals and  seizure of 125 weapons and 135 kg explosives in  the last two years .

  • The force also recovered 64 kg IED and nearly 40 thousand detonators from the apprehended naxals during the period.
  • There was unprecedented action against trans-border crimes and trafficking in narcotics, wildlife, fake Indian currency notes and human trafficking last year.
  • More than 4700 criminals were apprehended in 2016 as against 3500 in 2015 by the SSB.  
  • The DG said, modern and technologically advanced equipment like UAV, explosive and narcotics detectors and laser fencing systems were introduced in the SSB.
  • Sashastra Seema Bal, in English the Armed Border Force, is one of India’s Central Armed Police Forces. It is currently under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA), Government of India. Prior to 2001, the force was known as the Special Service Bureau (SSB).
  • SSB was assigned the duties of manning the Nepaland Bhutan

 

  1. Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah says stability and prosperity in Afghanistan is in the interest of the region.

Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has said that stability and prosperity in Afghanistan is in the interest of the region.

  • Dr Abdullah said, Afghanistan wants friendly relations with all nations in the region. He said, Afghanistan never differentiated between good and bad terrorists.
  • He said terror groups are threatening the security of Afghanistan and it is a big challenge for the whole region.
  • He said, the relationship between Afghanistan and India has further strengthened in the last 16 years and it has made a difference to the lives of millions of Afghans.
  • In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Dr. Abdullah said, terrorism should not be used as an instrument of foreign policy.
  • He said, India will help in low-cost housing for returning Afghan refugee. The Foreign Secretary said, India’s commitment to Afghanistan remains steadfast.

 

  1. Union Home Minister addressed trainee officers of the 92nd foundation course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie.

Union Home Minister addressed trainee officers of the 92nd foundation course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie.

  • Home minister urged the probationers to work with humility and honesty.
  • He said that there is no space for arrogance while serving the common people.
  • He reiterated that the probationers should work with utmost honesty and integrity.
  • The Minister said one can acquire knowledge even from a common man, as knowledge has no end.

 

  1. Pakistan asks its Election Commission to bar from politics a new party supported by LeT founder Hafiz Saeed.

Pakistan has asked its Election Commission to bar from politics a new party supported by LeT founder Hafiz Saeed.

  • Pakistan’s Interior Ministry recommended that the Election Commission of Pakistan reject the newly formed Milli Muslim League’s (MML) application to become an official party as it is affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.
  • The ministry said MML is ideologically of the same type as LeT and its affiliated charities Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-e-Insanyat Foundation (FIF).
  • It said such groups will breed violence and extremism in politics, and therefore, registration of such groups be avoided. 

 

 

 

  1. Finance Minister says government is committed to widen the tax base by encouraging and incentivising new tax payers.

Finance Minister said Income Tax Department has taken various initiatives in the last two to three years to bring about efficiency, transparency and fairness in tax administration.

  • Finance Minister said, government is committed to widen the tax base by encouraging and incentivising the new tax payers.
  • He said, number of tax payers has been increased significantly from 4.72 crore in financial year 2012-13 to 6.26 crore during the current financial Year.
  • FM said rate of tax for individuals with income of 2.5 lakhs to five lakhs rupees was reduced from 10 per cent to 5 per cent which is one of the lowest in the world.
  • He also said the concept of – no scrutiny was introduced for the first time for Non-Business Tax payers having income up to 5 lakhs rupees so that more and more people could join the tax net and file their IT returns.
  • The Minister said, corporate tax was reduced to 25 per cent for companies with turn-over up to 50 crore rupees, covering almost 96 per cent of the companies.
  • Highlighting the initiatives in the field of E-Governance, the Finance Minister said, 97 per cent of the income tax returns were filed electronically this year, out of which 92 per cent were processed within 60 days.

 

  1. India has registered a significant decline in Infant Mortality Rate, IMR in 2016

India has registered a significant decline in Infant Mortality Rate, IMR in 2016.

  • According to the just released Sample Registration Bulletin (SRS), IMR has declined by three points from 37 per 1000 live births in 2015 to 34 per 1000 live births in 2016.
  • The country has also recorded a major drop in birth cohort, which has for the first time come down to below 25 million.
  • The total number of estimated infant deaths have come down to 8.4 lakhs in 2016.
  • The gender gap in India for child survival is reducing steadily. The gender difference between female and male IMR has now been reduced to below ten percent. 

 

  1. The Sino-India border dispute can be resolved through a “structural dialogue” and a positive approach

The Sino-India border dispute can be resolved through a “structural dialogue” and a positive approach, Home Minister Singh said.

  • The Home Minister said this while visiting Mana, a border post in Uttarakhand where he met jawans of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
  • He said there has been a “perceptional difference” of the border between the two neighbours and he is sure that this issue will be “resolved” with time.
  • The ‘Mana’ ITBP post is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand as the last battalion centre of the paramilitary that serves forward border bases along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).