All India Radio News Summary: 13 OCTOBER 2017

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All India Radio News Summary: 13 OCTOBER 2017


  1. World Bank chief says reforms undertaken by Prime Minister of India are significant and results will be reflected in the mid and long-term growth figures.

World Bank Chief Jim Yong Kim has said that the reforms undertaken by Prime Minister have been significant and the results will be reflected in the mid and long-term growth figures.

  • The slowdown has been because of the waiting for the passage of the Goods and Services Tax.
  • GST will be very good for Indian growth.
  • World Bank chief said that their perception is that the slowdown in growth is temporary. He said the actions that the Government has taken are really quite substantial.
  • Earlier, both the World Bank and the IMF downgraded India’s growth projections.

 

  1. The spread of dengue in Tamil Nadu

The Prime Minister has directed central health officials to assess the requirements of Tamil Nadu to help the state control the spread of dengue.

 

  1. Indo-US ties are comprehensive and should not be seen through the prism of a third country

New Delhi has rejected suggestions that the United States was hyphenating India and Pakistan, saying that Indo-US ties are comprehensive and should not be seen through the prism of a third country.

  • India-US bilateral relations are very comprehensive and stand on their own merits.
  • The two plus two strategic and security dialogue involving the US Secretary of State, Defence Secretary and Indian External Affairs Minister and Defence Minister will materialise soon.  

 

  1. The government has invited bids from central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) for buying its entire shareholding in the consultancy firms

The government has invited bids from central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) for buying its entire shareholding in the consultancy firms, National Projects Construction Corporation (NPCC), Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation (HSCC) and Engineering Projects (India) Ltd, EPI.

  • The government looks to bringing all advisory business under one outfit.
  • The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, while inviting bids said, the government wants to sell its entire 98.99 per cent stake in NPCC and 100 per cent each in HSCC and EPI, but only to Central PSUs.
  • Besides, the government wants to sell its 99.35 per cent stake in the Kolkata-based construction company Bridge & Roof Co, which is under the control of the Heavy Industries Ministry.
  • The government has in-principle decided to disinvest its entire equity shareholding in NPCC along with transfer of management control through a competitive bidding process.

 

  1. The Supreme Court referred to a constitution bench the matter pertaining to a ban on the entry of women at Sabarimala Temple

The Supreme Court referred to a constitution bench the matter pertaining to a ban on the entry of women at Kerala’s historic Sabarimala temple.

  • A three-judge bench headed by Chief justice framed several questions to be dealt with by the constitution bench, including whether the temple can restrict women’s entry.
  • The constitution bench will also deal with question whether this practice amounted to discrimination against women and violate their rights under the Constitution.
  • The court is hearing a plea challenging the practice of banning entry of women in the temple.
  • The Sabarimala temple is located on a hilltop in the Western Ghats of Pathanamthitta district in Kerala.

 

  1. The Supreme Court refused to relax the ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi NCR

The Supreme Court today refused to relax the ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi NCR and directed Delhi Police to implement its order banning the sale of firecrackers. 

  • The apex Court was hearing the traders’ plea seeking modification of its October 9th order banning sale of firecrackers in Delhi and national capital region till the 31st of this month.
  • The Supreme Court, however, said that people could burst firecrackers which they have purchased before its order banning the sale.

 

  1. The Indian economy is poised for strong, sustainable and balanced growth

Finance Minister said the Indian economy is poised for strong, sustainable and balanced growth backed by the Government’s  strong focus on implementing structural reforms.

 

  • There is clear evidence now that slowdown effect of demonetisation and GST has more or less played it out.  
  • The Finance Minister said implementation of GST and its gradual complete transition, follow-up to demonetisation, and enacting other structural reforms by the Government would take the economy towards higher growth trajectory.
  • FDI flows to India have increased in 2016-17 over 2015-16, indicating improved global confidence in the Indian economy. 

 

  1. Madhya Pradesh Government has reduced VAT on petrol and diesel

Madhya Pradesh Government has reduced Value Added Tax, VAT on petrol and diesel.

  • VAT on diesel has been reduced by 5 percent and on petrol by 3 percent.
  • This decision was taken in a meeting held by Chief Minister. This step has been taken to ease the burden on the common man and farmers

 

  1. Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana

The Government launched Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana and expansion of Postal Life Insurance.

Under the Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana, at least one village having a minimum of 100 households will be identified in each of the revenue districts of the country.

  • Endeavour will be made to cover all households of that identified village with a minimum of one Rural Postal Life Insurance policy each.
  • Coverage of all households in the identified Sampoorna Bima Gram village is the primary objective of the scheme. 
  • Under the scheme expansion of clientèle base of Postal Life Insurance, it has been decided that its benefits will no longer be confined to government and semi-government employees, but will also be available to professionals such as doctors, engineers, management consultants, chartered accountants, lawyers and bankers.
  • The two initiatives launched will serve as an instrument for securing lives of people as well as enhancing financial inclusion.

 

  1. MUDRA scheme has proved to be the biggest scheme for women empowerment.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting has said that MUDRA scheme has proved to be the biggest scheme for women empowerment.

  • 80 per cent of the total sanctioned loans under the MUDRA scheme have been given to women. Loan amount of 4 lakh crores was sanctioned to 9 crore people, of which 80 per cent were women.
  • The financial inclusion program of the Central Government is the most successful and the world’s largest programme.
  • Under this scheme, 55 per cent beneficiaries are from OBC, ST and SC category.

 

  1. Maharashtra government has cancelled the registration of over 4,500 doctors

The Maharashtra government has cancelled the registration of over 4,500 doctors for failing the mandatory service in rural areas for a year.

  • The decision to cancel their registration was taken by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research.
  • In all, 4,548 doctors who graduated from government-run medical colleges in the state between 2005 and 2012 have faced action.
  • These doctors also failed to pay the penalty incurred for not serving in rural areas.
  • The penalty for not serving in rural area is 10 lakh rupees for an MBBS, 50 lakh rupees for post-graduates and 2 crore rupees for super-speciality doctors.

 

  1. MITRA SHAKTI 2017

The fifth India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2017 started with a grand Opening Ceremony at Aundh Military Station, Pune.

An Infantry company from both the countries is participating in the exercise which is based on Counter Terrorist Operations.

 

  1. Prime Minister says, certain States and regions are lagging behind due to governance deficit;

The Prime Minister said that India does not lack in ideas, resources and capabilities, but certain States and regions have lagged behind due to a governance deficit.

  • Various government schemes for the benefit of the poor are better implemented in areas where good governance exists.
  • For Schemes such as Mission Indradhanush, Governors can facilitate greater effectiveness of government initiatives.
  • PM urged governors to involve themselves in initiatives such as Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat and Run for Unity to strengthen the unity and integrity of the country.

 

  1. India will emerge as a developed nation only when every State develops – President

President said that India will emerge as a developed nation only when every State develops.

 

  • He expressed confidence that Governors and Lieutenant Governors will continue to make important contributions in giving a new direction to development in their respective States.
  • States and Governors should share information about their successful programmes with their counterparts.
  • Deliberations on both achievements and problems between States, will give a new dimension to co-operative federalism.
  • Vice President said, Governors should act as catalysts and facilitators in the change process.
  • Governors can act as a bridge between the Centre and the States.

 

  1. foundation stone for four sewerage projects will be laid in Bihar

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for four sewerage projects costing 738 crore rupees and four National Highways projects of 195 Kilometer worth 3031 crore rupees in Bihar.

These four sewerage projects include Sewage Treatment Plant at Beur, Sewerage System with Sewer Network at Beur, Sewage Treatment Plant at Karmalichak and STP and Sewer Network at Saidpur. 
The four National Highways projects include 4-laning of Aunta -Simariya section of NH-31 and construction of 6-lane Ganga Setu, 4 laning of Bakhtiyapur-Mokama section of NH-31, 2-lane construction of Maheshkhunt- Saharsa-Purnea section of NH 107 and 2-lane construction of Biharsharif – Barbigha- Mokama section of NH-82.    

 

  1. Finance Minister has made a strong case for reforms in H1B and L1 visa processes

Finance Minister made a strong case for reforms in H1B and L1 visa processes and social security contribution during his talks with US Treasury and Commerce Secretaries.

  • The Finance Minister also discussed Indo-US Economic cooperation, in particular how bilateral trade and investment can be improved between the two countries.
  • FM highlighted the structural reforms India has undertaken through a series of bold measures, including the Goods and Service Tax, financial inclusion and action against the shadow economy.      

 

  1. Indian duo Deborah Herold and Aleena Reji have qualified for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup

The Indian duo Deborah Herold and Aleena Reji have qualified for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup to be held at Manchester in England from 10th to 12th of next month.

The pair obtained enough points to enter into the qualifying rounds of UCI Cycling World Cup events following their strong show in the Track Asia Cup held at the IGI Sports Complex in New Delhi. 

The Indian Cycling team finished their campaign by winning four medals, including two silver and two bronze.

 

  1. LED lights could supplement Wi-Fi

A study by researchers of the University of Edinburgh, UK, which “found that  transmitting digital data via LEDs at the same time as using them to generate light does not make the light dimmer or change its colour.