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All India Radio News Summary: 21 OCTOBER 2017


All India Radio News Summary: 21 OCTOBER 2017


  1. India has put in place a stricter regime for trade with North Korea in line with the restrictions imposed by the United Nations

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has come out with a notification to widen the prohibition on direct or indirect import and export of specified items from North Korea. The items include condensates and natural gas liquids, refined petroleum products and crude oil for supply, sale, transfer or export. Similarly, direct or indirect procurement or imports of products including seafood, lead ore and textiles are facing restrictions.

 

  1. Most pollution-linked deaths occur in India

According to a report by The Lancet Commission on pollution and health, out of 9 million premature deaths linked to pollution worldwide, a staggering 2.5 million deaths were reported from India in 2015.

China recorded the second highest number of such deaths. 

 

  1. Prime Minister cannot pursue peace with Pakistan at the cost of India’s own security, top US official said

The US Administration official asserted that it is in the interest of Islamabad to build confidence with New Delhi to restart commercial ties.

  • After a series of setbacks India received from Pakistan, including the one after the Pathankot terror attack, the Indian government has decided not to talk with Pakistan unless it stops supporting terrorists against it.
  • India’s policy now is ‘talks and terror’ cannot go together, as was articulated by External Affairs Minister in Parliament, which has been repeated several times since then.

 

  1. Cooperative major IFFCO’s initiatives will help in doubling farmers’ income by 2022

Prime Minister has said that cooperative major IFFCO’s initiatives to train the farming community on right use of fertilisers, advanced techniques and cashless transactions will help in doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

  • The cooperative has also played an important role in implementation of urea neem-coating programme rolled out by the government to curb black marketing of urea.             
  • Stating that the government has fixed a target to double farmers’ income by 2022, Pm said, IFFCO’s initiatives to connect farmers with best farm techniques will be helpful in achieving this goal.

 

  1. The Police Commemoration Day is being observed across the country

The Police Commemoration Day is being observed across the country.

  • The day commemorates the sacrifices of ten policemen while defending the borders with China in 1959, besides 34,408 other police personnel, who have sacrificed their lives since independence to safeguard the unity and integrity of the nation. 
  • Indian Police personnel were responsible for manning the 2,500 mile long border of India with Tibet until the autumn of 1959.

 

  1. The security situation in Kashmir Valley recently has improved considerably

Chief of Army Staff General has said, the security situation in Kashmir Valley recently has improved considerably and the Army is capable enough to deal with any security related challenge across the State.

  • The terror camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir are still intact and the Army has been dealing effectively with the attempts of infiltration from across the Line of Control.
  • Earlier the Chief of Army Staff presented the President’s Standard to the 47 Armoured Regiment.

 

  1. Sri Lankan Navy rescued seven Indian crew members of a cargo ship

Sri Lankan Navy said, it rescued seven Indian crew members of a cargo ship which was bound to Maldives.

  • The cargo ship named ‘Maria Irudiyam’ was sailing from Tuticorin to Maldives when it encountered a problem last night.
  • The crew members were initially rescued by Sri Lankan fishermen and handed over to navy.
  • The crew have been brought to shore and Indian high commission has initiated steps to repatriate them back.
  • The arrests came even as Sri Lankan navy chief has claimed that number of poaching cases have gone down because of better surveillance and Indian fishermen gradually resorting to deep sea fishing.

 

  1. American Senators have called for sanctions against Myanmar and suspension of military aid

A bipartisan group of 21 American Senators have called for sanctions against Myanmar and suspension of military aid in the wake of more than 500,000 Rohingyas fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh due to alleged human rights violations by the security forces.

  • The Senators called on Myanmar government to immediately end its ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya; permit safe access to Myanmar for journalists, humanitarians, and United Nations fact-finding mission personnel.
  • They also urged Myanmar government to work to address the root of this conflict by affirming support for the report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine Stateled by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

 

  1. RBI said that linking Aadhaar number with bank account is mandatory

The Reserve Bank of India, RBI, said that linking Aadhaar number with bank account is mandatory.

  • RBI, in a statement, clarified that linkage of Aadhaar number to bank account is mandatory under the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules.
  • It said, these rules have been published in the Official Gazette on 1st of June this year. RBI said banks have to implement the rules without awaiting further instructions.

 

  1. Aadhaar card is not mandatory for receiving food grains from the public distribution system

The Jharkhand government said, Aadhaar card is not mandatory for receiving food grains from the public distribution system. State Food Minister said driving license, voter ID card or any specified card is permissible for procuring food grains and Aadhaar card is not mandatory.

  • The clarification comes after a 11-year-old girl allegedly died of starvation after her family was reportedly denied ration.
  • The Food Minister also said that a toll free number has been set up for complaints regarding ration distribution.
  • He added that grain banks would also be set up in every block.

 

  1. India should make its own decisions on the relationship with Iran based on its interests

A top US official has said that India should make its own decisions on the relationship with Iran based on its interests.

  • India is developing the strategically located Chabahar port in Iran, which will give it access to Afghanistan and then to Central Asia.
  • An agreement on the Chabahar port was inked by India and Iran in May 2016 after detailed discussions between Prime Minister and Iranian President.

 

  1. China warned that it would consider as a major offence if any country or foreign leader hosts or meets the Dalai Lama

Beijing said it deems the Tibetan spiritual leader a separatist trying to split Tibet from it.

  • China would not accept the arguments of foreign countries and leaders to meet the Dalai Lama as a religious leader.
  • China routinely protests world leaders meeting the Dalai Lama.
  • It also makes it mandatory for all foreign governments to recognise Tibet as part of China to have diplomatic relations with Beijing.
  • The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959. He has been living in India in exile since then.

 

  1. Government has fixed the issue  price of Sovereign Gold Bond at  2,971 rupees  per gram

The Government has fixed the issue price of Sovereign Gold Bond at 2,971 rupees per gram for the next subion period under Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017 -18.

  • The Government in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has decided to allow discount of 50 rupees per gram from the issue price to those investors who apply online and the payment is made through digital mode.

 

  1. Kohima village has been declared as the first Non-Iodised Salt Free Village

In Nagaland, Kohima village has been declared as the first Non-Iodised Salt Free Village.

  • The declaration was made today on the observance of Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day in the village.
  • It is through various awareness campaigns that the village could achieve such status.
  • Iodine deficiency is preventable by using iodised salt which is cheap and freely available.
  1. Government wants to make the nation a knowledgeable society

Government wants to make the nation a knowledgeable society.

  • E-library can reduce the shortage of professors to some extent.
  • With the help of digital technology, students can get the best content of any concept by using smart phone and computers even at their home.
  • Digitisation has brought technical revolution into the country.

 

  1. Vice President underwent angioplasty at AIIMS

Vice President had undergone an angiography test which showed a significant blockage in one of the main arteries. A stent has been placed to treat the condition.  

Angioplasty opens blocked arteries and restores normal blood flow to your heart muscle. It is not major surgery.