All India Radio News Summary: 16 OCTOBER 2017

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All India Radio News Summary: 16 OCTOBER 2017


 

  1. Government orders partial withdrawal of central forces from Darjeeling hill area of West Bengal.

The Government has decided partial withdrawal of central forces from the Darjeeling hill area of West Bengal.

  • The Union Home Ministry sent a notice to this effect to the state government saying that ten companies of central forces will be withdrawn from the hill areas.
  • Five companies of central forces will remain in the hills to maintain law and order helping state government administration.
  • The West Bengal Chief Minister has expressed strong resentment over the central government’s decision.

 

  1. An indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan was commissioned into the Indian Navy

Defence Minister commissioned an indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan into the Indian Navy at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam.

  • The country is becoming self-reliant through indigenisation, thus, accentuating the national objective of Make in India.
  • INS Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik Class, Kolkata Class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt to have joined the Indian Navy’s arsenal.
  • It has been designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation Directorate of Naval Design and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers in Kolkata.
  • INS Kiltan portrays the growing capability of the Indian Navy.
  • It is India’s first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fibre composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight and maintenance costs.
  • The ship derives its name from one of the islands in Aminidivi group of the strategically located Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of islands. 

 

  1. Sending money to Gram panchyats directly for development works

Union minister said that government has started sending money to Gram panchayats directly so that they can plan their development works on their own.

  • Addressing a programme under Sansad Aapke Dwar at khadav village in Jaipur District, Minister said that government is sending money according to the population of the village and it has been increasing every year to strengthen the rural India.

 

  1. Terrorism has no religion and boundaries, VP

Vice President said terrorism has no religion and boundaries and nobody should be allowed to get away with acts of violence in the name of ideology.

  • The time has come for the international community to launch a concerted effort to isolate States which are sponsoring terrorism.
  • He said, over last 33 years, NSG have successfully handled terrorist and hijack situations, defining role in Akshardham, Mumbai and Pathankot attacks.
  • NSG is a specially trained, highly skilled and usually motivated force.
  • NSG is tasked with multifarious responsibilities, be it counter terrorists or counter high jack operations or protection of persons with high threat perception.

 

  1. Wholesale inflation fell to 2.6 per cent in September

Wholesale inflation fell to 2.6 per cent in September as prices of food articles, led by vegetables, softened.

  • Inflation, based on the wholesale price index (WPI) had soared to a four-month high of 3.2 per cent in August. It was 1.36 per cent in September last year.
  • The government data showed that inflation in food articles reduced to 2.04 per cent in September, as against 5.75 per cent in August on yearly basis.
  • Inflation in vegetable prices cooled to 15.48 per cent in September, as against a high of 44.91 per cent in the previous month.
  • Onion prices, however, continued to rule high with 79.78 per cent increase in September.
  • In egg, meat and fish segment the rate of price rise was 5.47 per cent.
  • Inflation in manufactured products witnessed a slight increase at 2.72 per cent, against 2.45 per cent in August.
  • In fuel and power segment, inflation cooled to 9.01 per cent, against 9.99 per cent in August.

 

  1. The Centre has directed the food safety commissioners to take strict action against those involved in food adulteration

The Centre has directed the food safety commissioners of all the states to take strict action against those involved in food adulteration.

  • The concerned officials have been asked to remain vigilant against any kind of adulteration during this festive season.
  • A mobile app IFRA (Indian Food Recovery Alliance) is launched to prevent food wastage.

 

  1. Food Processing Industries will generate one million jobs in the next 3 years

The Centre today said that Food Processing Industries will generate one million jobs in the next 3 years. 

  • India is poised to attract an investment target of roughly 10 billion dollar in food processing sector.
  • India can become the global food factory for the entire world, if the infrastructure in the sector is developed fully. 
  • Making India self-reliant in food processing sector is a necessity for the entire world.
  • World Food India platform will strengthen India’s position as a Global Food Factory and is a positive step towards making the Country Food Secure.
  • World Food India 2017 Expo will be held in New Delhi from 3rd to 5th of next month.
  • India is the second largest producer of food, leader in milk, fruits and vegetables, cereals and marine products and there is a huge potential with 127 agro climatic zones and proximity to food importing nations.

 

  1. Jalna district of Maharashtra has been facing the perennial problem of drought

Jalna district of Maharashtra has been facing the perennial problem of drought.

  • Farmers at Delegavhan, Akoldev and 19 villages of Jafrabad Tehsil have joined hands and formed a federation of Agro India Group Farming to solve the crisis. The federation has proved to be shot in arm for these farmers.
  • This federation proved to be major success. This experiment has augmented the income of the farmers substantially making them financially independent.
  • Under this initiative which was formed way back in 2000, initially the farmers planted the orchards of sweet orange. However, these orchards were withered out due to severe drought between 2011 and 2014.
  • However, this set back did not deter these farmers from their enterprise and made them only to change pattern of the crop switching from sweet orange to cotton, ginger, turmeric, green chilly under shed-net, grapes and pomegranate.
  • The pilot project of Innovative cotton sowing in the name of ‘Atighan’ proved to be huge success.

 

  1. Indian Navy has sent a reconnaissance aircraft to the Philippines to join the search operation

The Indian Navy has sent a reconnaissance aircraft to the Philippines to join the search operation for the 10 Indians on-board a cargo ship that sank in the Pacific off Japan.

  • The P-8I long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft landed at the Vilamor air base in Manila to start the search operation.
  • The 33,205-tonne cargo ship Emerald Star sank off Okinawa on Friday.
  • Sixteen Indians have been already rescued, while search was still on for 10 other missing Indians.
  • Indian missions in Japan, the Philippines and China are coordinating the search operation.

 

  1. The death toll in Saturday’s bomb explosions in Mogadishu has crossed 300 in Somalia

In Somalia, the death toll in Saturday’s bomb explosions in Mogadishu has crossed 300. The Director of the city’s ambulance service said, the toll will still be higher because there are more than 300 injured and some people are still missing. Police described the bombing as the deadliest attack ever. Saturday’s blast occurred at a junction in Hodan, a bustling commercial district of the capital Mogadishu which has many shops, hotels and businesses. Hundreds of people had been in the area at the time of the blast. Al-Shabaab, a violent Islamist group in Somalia, was responsible for the blast. World leaders have strongly condemned the incident.

 

  1. Government forces have taken control of vast areas in the oil-rich Kirkuk region

In Iraq, government forces have taken control of vast areas in the oil-rich Kirkuk region without opposition from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

  • Government forces have taken control of vast areas in the oil-rich Kirkuk region, oilfields and Kurdish military positions were also captured by the Iraqi forces and Federal Police.
  • However, Kurdistan Regional Government denied the claim and said oilfields and the air base west of Kirkuk is still under Kurdish control.
  • Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered security forces to impose security in Kirkuk in cooperation with the population of the city and the Peshmerga.

 

  1. It is the duty of every person in the country to provide  children the opportunity and experience of being citizens of a better India

President said that it is the duty of every person in the country to provide children the opportunity and experience of being citizens of a better India.

  • Addressing the closing ceremony of the Bharat Yatra for a ‘Surakshit Bachpan-Surakshit Bharat’ being organised by Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • He believes that even if one child is unsafe, the entire society is guilty.
  • He said, there are policies and laws to ensure the rights of children in our country, however, these rights can only be ensured through the awareness and sensitivity of the entire society.

Nobel Laureate Mr Satyarthi said, the Bharat Yatra for ‘Surakshit Bachpan-Surakshti Bharat’ is a non-violent war on sexual abuse, rape and trafficking of children.

 

  1. The European Union today reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers

The European Union reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by US President.

  • It also urged U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
  • US President defied both U.S. allies and adversaries by refusing to formally certify that Tehran is complying with the accord, even though international inspectors say it is, and said he might ultimately terminate the agreement.