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All India Radio News Summary: 05 OCTOBER 2017


All India Radio News Summary: 05 OCTOBER 2017


  1. Prime Minister says Indian economy on firm footing; ready to make changes to ease any bottleneck in the GST.

Prime Minister has assured the business community that government is ready to make changes to ease any bottlenecks in the Goods and Services Tax (GST). He will not let the present problems jeopardize the future of the country.

  • He said, foreign investment in the country has been the highest in the last three years since the opening of economy.
  • He said, inflation has come down to less than 3 per cent and Current Account Deficit brought down to 2.5 per cent. Fiscal deficit has also been reduced to 3.5 perGovernment has taken several important decisions related to reform and the process will continue and the country’s financial stability will be maintained.

 

The Prime Minister assured people that the steps taken by the government are to keep the country in a new league of development in the coming years.

  • He said, the present government understands the cost of the hard-earned money of people and its policies and schemes are aimed at making life easier for the poor and the middle class and also saving their money.
  • The government believes in empowering people and bringing a qualitative change in their lives. He said, policy decisions in the field of affordable housing are unprecedented. The government has spent more than 10,600 crore rupees on the new and renewable energy sector. 

 

Prime Minister has also said that the government has undertaken 87 reforms in 21 sectors in the last three years and the country has come out of policy paralysis to become a nation of policy makers and implementers.

  • He said, the government had the courage to take bold decisions like demonetisation and implementation of GST.
  • The Prime Minister said that in a crackdown on black money, registration of over 2 lakh shell companies has been cancelled.
  • He said that in the policy planning of the government, care is being taken to ensure that savings accrue to the poor and the middle class, and their lives change for the better.

 

Quoting the RBI, the Prime Minister said the growth is expected to improve to 7.7 per cent in the last quarter of this fiscal. Observing that the number of EPFO subscribers has gone up from 3.26 crore in 2014-end to 4.8 crore, he said this cannot happen without increase in job creation.

 

  1. PM says idea of a tour or pilgrimage is an integral part of the Indian culture; inaugurates Umiya Dham Ashram at Haridwar through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that the idea of a yatra or pilgrimage existed as an integral part of the Indian culture. He said, through yatra people get acquainted with various parts of the country they may never see otherwise.

Addressing a programme to mark the inauguration of Umiya Dham Ashram at Haridwar through video conferencing, he said, tourism could be a new concept and definition for the world, but in India Yatra is a part of life.

He said, the work being done by devotees of Maa Umiya has touched the lives of several people and they have also spread awareness on gender equality.The Prime Minister appealed to all devotees attached with Umiya Dham Ashram to become Swachhagrahis. He also urged them to be a part of plantation drive for afforestation.

Expressing concern over drug addiction among the youth, the Prime Minister appealed to the devotees for creating an environment which keeps the young generation away from drugs.  

 

  1. SC voices concern over abuse of social media platform, says wrong information is being disseminated even about court proceedings.

The Supreme Court referred to a five-judge constitution bench questions like whether a public functionary or a minister can claim freedom of speech while airing views in a sensitive matter which is under investigation.

The court’s observations came in the backdrop of controversial comments by former Uttar Pradesh Minister in Bulandshahr rape case. The court was hearing a plea filed by a man whose wife and daughter were allegedly gangraped in July last year on a highway near Bulandshahr. The petitioner is seeking transfer of the case to Delhi and lodging of an FIR against former Uttar Pradesh Minister for his controversial statement that the gangrape case was a political conspiracy.

The apex court also expressed concern over the misuse of social media platforms and said that people disseminated wrong information even about the court proceedings.

 

  1. Djibouti acknowledges India’s role in maintaining peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region, both countries agree to join hands to eradicate menace of terrorism.

Djibouti has acknowledged India’s role in maintaining peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region as the two countries decided to join hands to eradicate the menace of terrorism.

  • During the President’s visit, the two nations signed an agreement to establish regular Foreign Office-level consultations. Both the leaders acknowledged the significant role of Djibouti and its strategic importance as well as India’s role in the maintenance of peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region.
  • They have expressed willingness to join hands with the international community in eradicating the menace of terrorism from the society in order to insure peace and tranquillity in the world.
  • They agreed on the need to take strong measures against terrorists, terror organisations, and their networks.
  • The leaders called for an urgent need for the reform of the UN Security Council, including its expansion, to make it more representative, accountable, effective and responsive to the geopolitical realities of the 21st century.

 

India and Ethiopia signed agreements on trade, communication and media to boost bilateral ties. The agreements were signed after wide ranging talks between President and his Ethiopian counterpart at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The two leaders discussed economic relations between the two countries and also support to Ethiopia in the power, healthcare, and education sectors.

  • He referred to India as among the top three sources of foreign direct investment for Ethiopia. The President also thanked Ethiopia for its participation in the International Solar Alliance (ISA), established in 2015. He said, India’s relationship with Ethiopia is symbolic of its engagement with the African continent.

 

  1. Election Commission says it will be logistically capable of holding simultaneous polls to state assemblies and Lok Sabha by September 2018.

Election Commission has said that it will be logistically capable of holding simultaneous polls to state assemblies and Lok Sabha by September 2018.

  • Election Commissioner said that the Centre had asked Election Commission about its requirements to hold simultaneous state and national polls.
  • The commission told the government that funds will be needed for requisite number of EVMs and VVPATs and it has got 15,400 crore rupees for the purpose.
  • He said around 40 lakh EVMs and VVPATs will be needed for simultaneous polls.

 

  1. Reserve Bank to allow funds transfer from one mobile wallet to another soon.

Users will be able to transfer funds from one mobile wallet to another as Reserve Bank is allowing inter-operability among prepaid payment instruments (PPI) very soon.

  • PPIs which include the likes of e-wallets, gift cards and meal coupons are used as substitutes for cash.
  • RBI has said in the ‘Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies’ that KYC compliant PPIs can inter-operate within six months of the revised directions.

 

  1. Air Chief says the Indian Air Force is ready to take on the challenge of a two-front war. 

Air Chief said, the Indian Air Force is capable of countering China and ready to take on the challenge of a two-front war

  • The Air Chief Marshal said, his force is ready for a full spectrum operation, but added, that any decision on surgical strike involving the IAF has to be taken by the government.
  • On the issue of tactical nuclear weapon of Pakistan, the IAF chief said, Air force has the capability to locate fix and strike targets across the border that is not only with tactical nuclear weapon it is with any target across the border.
  • Air Marshal, however, said the possibility of a two-front war in the current geopolitical scenario is low.
  • He said, the Air Force would achieve its sanctioned strength of 42 fighter squadrons by 2032.

 

  1. Government is trying to move over 65 million people living in slums into decent houses in the next 5 years.

Construction of over 28 lakh affordable houses for economically weaker sections, and low and middle income groups has been approved so far under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban.

  • Addressing the World Habitat Day -2017 function in New Delhi today, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister said, the scheme has been designed to ensure that every single individual has a house with access to water, sanitation and pucca roads.
  • Housing for all attempts to meet in a very ambitious and a bold manner the requirement of providing an urban home for each one of us our citizen by 2022.   

 

  1. Center to organise Paryatan Parv from today across the country to promote tourism.

Paryatan Parv, a festival of Tourism is beginning all over the country from today. The event is being organized by the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with other Central Ministries, State Governments and Stakeholders.

  • It is being organized with the objective of drawing focus on the benefits of tourism, showcasing the cultural diversity of the country and reinforcing the principle of Tourism for All.
  • Paryatan Parv which will begin at the Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, will continue till 25th of this month.
  • It will have three main components, Dekho Apna Desh, Tourism for All and Tourism & Governance.
  • The components aim to encourage Indians to visit their own country, tourism events at sites across all states and interactive Sessions and workshops with stakeholders on various themes will be organised during the event.
  • During Paryatan Parv, cultural Programmes of Dance and Music, Theatre, Story Telling, Sensitisation Programmes for Stakeholders around the Sites, Tourism Exhibitions, Showcasing Culture, Cuisine and Handicrafts and Handlooms, will be organised all over the country.
  • Tourism Minister has said that last year 14.5 million tourists visited India. He said, in the last few years, the foreign tourist arrivals have increased in the country. The Minister said, there is a need to explore more activities to attract tourists from abroad as there is still much scope.

 

  1. The  government is focusing on infrastructure development that will generate employment and boost economy

Union Home Minister said the government is focusing on infrastructure development that will generate employment and boost economy.

  • He laid the foundation stone of three projects of Andaman and Lakshadweep Harbour Works and officially inaugurated the alternative sea route from Port Blair to

 

Baratang Island is an island of the Andaman Islands. It belongs to the North and Middle Andaman administrative district, part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The island lies 150 km north of Port Blair.

 

  1. The role of the government is to facilitate constructive communication in the digital world

Information and Broadcasting Minister has said that the role of the government is to facilitate constructive communication in the digital world.

  • Regarding the distinction in content or creativity in a digital world, Minister said, the biggest challenge and opportunities in managing digital content is to know the intent behind that creativity.
  • She said if the intent of the communication or creativity was to create disharmony, then there would be concerns regarding it.

 

  1. 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals (SDG) is a unique opportunity for South Asian countries to redouble efforts for sustainable and inclusive development in the region

Lok Sabha speaker said that 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals (SDG) is a unique opportunity for South Asian countries to redouble efforts for sustainable and inclusive development in the region.

  • Addressing the 8th meeting of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians in Colombo, the speaker emphasized that poverty anywhere is threat to prosperity everywhere and regional cooperation can play an important role in mitigating poverty. More form our correspondent:
  • The theme of SAARC speakers conference is focused on meeting sustainable development goals which aim to address the issues ranging from hunger and poverty to climate change by 2030.
  • Speaker in her speech said that these goals are very close to her heart and speaker research initiative has been set up to provide MPs in India with deeper insight on complex development issues.
  • The speaker emphasized that South Asia has a crucial role to play in making 21st century the Asian century and called the Parliamentarians to work in team for making the dream come true.
  1. Security has been tightened along Indo-Bangladesh border to prevent infiltration by Rohingyas

Security has been tightened along Indo-Bangladesh border especially in Cachar and Karimganj districts of Assam to prevent infiltration by Rohingyas into India.

  • Regular checking of vehicles and persons is being done and all the border areas in the Barak valley have been on high alert since the past 2-3 days.
  • The Assam police have arrested 6 Rohingias from Karimganj district recently and on the basis of their information police arrested another three persons in Tripura who helped them to entering into the Assam.
  • BSF officials have swung into action following intelligence inputs about possible influx of Rohingya refugees via porous border areas in Karimganj district of Barak valley.
  • In Cachar district also police and BSF are maintaining tight vigil in border areas and other vital locations to stop possible infiltration. 

 

  1. NGT directed the Delhi government and the police to immediately stop all protests at Jantar Mantar road in the Capital

The National Green Tribunal, NGT, directed the Delhi government and the police to immediately stop all protests at Jantar Mantar road in the Capital.

  • It said, these protests cause noise pollution.
  • The bench also directed the New Delhi Municipal Council to remove all make-shift and temporary structures and public address systems from the stretch of the road.
  • The tribunal directed the authorities to shift the protesters to alternative site at the Ramleela Grounds forthwith.

 

  1. Uttar Pradesh government has decided to purchase tree wood from farmers under agro forestry on minimum support price

Uttar Pradesh government has decided to purchase tree wood from farmers under agro forestry on minimum support price.

  • Government has taken the decision to increase the income of the farmers and encourage them for plantation.
  • Corporation will purchase the wood directly from the farmers through an App in a transparent manner.
  • Farmers have been allowed to cut trees planted at their own land without any prior permission but they will be expected to plant minimum 10 plants when they cut a tree.
  • Prior permission for cutting trees will be necessary only for 6 varieties of trees including Mango, Neem, Saal, Mahua, Khair and Teak.

 

  1. US says India is a force for stability in South Asia and is coming into its own as a great nation, economically with steady growth rate.

US Defence Secretary said India is a force for stability in South Asia and India-US political ties can be tightened together.

  • During a Congressional hearing on Afghanistan, he told members of House Armed Services that India is a nation coming into their own as a great nation, economically, as they have steady growth rates going on right now.
  • He said India has an “outsized role” to play in the region because of its size.
  • India and the US now have a strategic convergence of two natural partners, the two largest democracies in the world.
  • He said, Pakistan has a last chance to give up using terrorism to further its goals before Washington initiates action against it.
  • He said President is prepared to take whatever steps necessary against Pakistan, if it does not change its behaviour and continued to support terror groups.
  • He also warned Pakistan of global diplomatic isolation and losing its Non-NATO ally status if it failed to take action against safe havens to terrorists on its soil.

 

  1. British author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. 

British author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.  The novelist has written eight books, which have been translated into over 40 languages. His most famous novels “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go” were adapted into highly acclaimed films. He was conferred the prestigious Order of British Empire in 1995.