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All India Radio News Summary: 17 OCTOBER 2017


All India Radio News Summary: 17 OCTOBER 2017


  1. Vice President asks corporate bodies to have separate corpus for science and technology research. 

Vice President asked corporate bodies and private agencies to have a separate corpus for promoting science and technology research.

  • He said India had a glorious tradition in science and technology and asked the youth to reclaim it by their dedicated and innovative research activities.
  • A proper ecosystem for innovative science research should be ensured for the progress of the nation.
  • Science and technology would help reduce disparities between urban and rural areas and economic divide
  • Science is the corner stone for the progress of mankind. Scientific inventions have revolutionised the world and shaped every aspect of the modern life.
  • Indians have made significant contributions from time immemorial in the field of Science from ancient times and now in the forefront of the state of the art, space technologies and the IT revolution teaching the world.


  1. Election Commission directs Jammu and Kashmir government not to transfer officials engaged in special summary revision of electoral roles without its permission.

Election Commission has directed Jammu and Kashmir government not to transfer officials engaged in special summary revision of electoral rolls without its prior permission.

  • The substitute officers can be posted in consultation with the State Chief Electoral Officer and he or she should consult the commission whenever necessary.
  • Stressing on timely completion of the revision process, the commission also sought public participation and cooperation of political parties, local bodies and NGOs.
  • As per the schedule of special summary revision of electoral rolls, the commission has fixed January 1, 2018 as the qualifying date to prepare accurate electoral rolls inclusive of all eligible persons as electors.
  • During the process, the focus will be on the registration of new voters and missing voters.


  1. Eight Maoists arrested in Seraikela-Kharsawan district of Jharkhand

In Jharkhand, eight Maoists were arrested and explosives seized during raids in Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

  • Jharkhand is witnessing increased police action against Maoists and other left wing extremists in recent months.
  • A high level Eastern Region Council meeting of police officers from five States were held at Jharkhand police headquarter,
  • Here after it will be difficult for naxals to exploit the benefits of crossing from one state to another to escape police actions.
  • Jharkhand police has been repeatedly urging the naxals either to surrender or face tough actions. 


  1. India is currently pursuing an exciting route of digital transformation, IMF

IMF which is featuring a case study on digital revolution in its new book said, India is currently pursuing an exciting route of digital transformation which can be a learning experience for everyone.

India is currently pursuing “an alternative and very exciting” route in which it is making the use of digital technology and digital records in public administration with new technologies that make use of financial inclusion and bio metrics.


  1. European Union imposes fresh sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes

The European Union imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes.

  • Sanctions include a new package of measures including a ban on investments in North Korea and on EU exports of oil to Pyongyang.
  • They also tightened the restrictions on North Korean workers in the EU to try to stop money being sent home that could be used to fund the disputed weapons programmes.  
  • The EU said the new steps were taken in view of the persistent threat to international peace and stability posed by Kim Jong-Un’s regime.


  1. Prime Minister inaugurates the country’s first All India Institute of Ayurveda in New Delhi

Prime Minister inaugurated the country’s first All India Institute of Ayurveda at Sarita Vihar in New Delhi on the 2nd Ayurveda Day.

  • The institute has been set up along the lines of AIIMS.
  • An Ayurveda hospital to come up in every district of the country and AYUSH Ministry is working in this direction.
  • Ayurveda is not just a medical practice and no country can move forward without pride in its heritage and history.
  • PM said, the world is searching for a holistic medical system and yoga and Ayurveda taken together can give a solution.
  • Preventive health care, as well as affordability and accessibility are the government’s main focus in the health sector.
  • He also released the Ayurvedic Standard Treatment Guidelines developed by the AYUSH Ministry.


  1. Diesel generator sets in Delhi are banned by Environment Pollution Control Authority

Environment Pollution Control Authority has banned diesel generator sets in Delhi and ordered closure of Badarpur thermal power plant in the national capital to control air pollution in the city.

  • If air pollution aggravates further and in case it touches alarming proportions, cars will have to be off the roads.
  • Vehicle parking fee may have to be hiked in Delhi if required.


  1. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launches gold options trading on leading commodity bourse MCX.


Finance Minister launched gold options trading on the leading commodity bourse MCX. This is one of the steps towards formalising trade in the yellow metal.

  • Options are derivatives which give a buyer the right but not the obligation to buy or sell an underlying asset or instrument at a specific price on or before a certain date.
  • This is the first product for options trading that the regulator SEBI has allowed after 14 years of commencement of commodity exchanges in the country.
  • The gold options contract launched allows trading in 1 kg gold.
  • The introduction of options trading on gold features is a good step as far as market prices is concerned because this will improve the options for people who want to invest in gold.


  1. In Afghanistan, 20 people killed in a suicide attack on a police training centre in Paktia province

In Afghanistan, 20 people, including police personnel, were killed in a suicide bombing targeting a police training centre attached to the headquarters in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province.

Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.


  1. Pregnant women and lactating mothers will now receive 5,000 rupees cash

India has taken several measures to tackle malnutrition in children and mothers.

  • The NITI Ayog has said, pregnant women and lactating mothers will now receive 5,000 rupees cash on fulfilling basic conditions of health and nutrition.
  • The NITI Ayog released the National Nutrition Strategy focusing on interdepartmental convergence, targets and real-time monitoring.


  1. Google Maps announces to virtual visits all planets, Moons

Google has announced that one can now virtually visit all planets and moons in our solar system using Google Maps.

  • Google Maps now enables a visit to Saturn’s natural satellites such as Enceladus, Dione or Iapetus, Rhea and Mimas as well as Jupiter’s Europa and Ganymede.
  • Google has also added to its line-up imagery of Pluto, Venus and several moons as well as made it easier to find them in Maps.
  • To access the new imagery, one can just zoom out from terrestrial Google Maps view until you hit outer space.
  • One can also visit the International Space Station, which also joined Google’s Street View program.


  1. US drone attack on a compound used by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network in Pakistan’s remote tribal Kurram district

The death toll from a US drone attack on a compound used by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network in Pakistan’s remote tribal Kurram district along the Afghan border has risen to 26. The strike took place on the border with Afghanistan, with part of the compound sited in Paktia province (Afghanistan).


  1. Full control of Islamic State’s one-time capital of Raqqa has been taken

A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters says, it has taken full control of Islamic State’s one-time capital of Raqqa.

The fighting is over after a five-month assault. Clearing operations are now under way to uncover any militant sleeper cells and remove landmines.


  1. Wi-Fi is still unsafe!

The password protected Wi-Fi connection could be vulnerable to trespassing.

  • Researchers claim to have discovered a weakness in a Wi-Fi security protocol called WPA2 that leaves password-protected Wi-Fi connections open to cyber-attacks and manipulation.