All India Radio News Summary: 15 NOVEMBER 2017
- PM Says North Korea’s proliferation links must be investigated and parties who supported unlawful programmes be held accountable
Prime Minister returned home after concluding his three-day visit to the Philippines capital Manila, where he participated in three major summits and held five bilateral meetings with world leaders.
- The Prime Minister participated in the 15th East Asia Summit in Manila.
- He welcomed the statements on ‘Countering Ideological Challenges of Terrorism Narratives and Propaganda’ and on ‘Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism.’
- He called for complete verification and irreversible denuclearisation of the region and pointed out that North Korea’s proliferation links must be investigated and the parties who have supported the unlawful programmes be held accountable.
- The Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of safe, secure and free navigation in the Indo-Pacific Region and called for respecting the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas.
- The role of blue water economy in the region was also been stressed in the East Asia Summit by the leaders of the forum.
In the 15th ASEAN-India Summit, PM called for intensified cooperation in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
- Prime Minister invited the leaders of all ASEAN nations to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit being planned in Delhi on the 25th of January next year.
- He also extended his invitation to the ASEAN Leaders to be the chief guests in the Republic Day celebrations.
In the leader’s meet of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP, he stressed the need for a balanced outcome on goods, services and investments under its framework.
- RCEP is an idea similar to the free trade agreement, being floated to improve trade and commerce between the member states.
- Its members include the ten ASEAN nations and six of its dialogue partners – India, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.
The Prime Minister held bilateral talks with leaders of Australia, Vietnam, Japan, Brunei and New Zealand in Manila.
- Japan to simplify visa rules for Indians from January next year
Japan will simplify its visa rules for Indians from January next year and issue multiple-entry-visa for short-term stay in the island nation.
- The Japanese Embassy said in New Delhi that the move is expected to benefit tourists and business persons as well as frequent visitors.
- It said, the relaxed visa regime will not only have simplification of visa application documents but also expansion of scope of eligible applicants.
- Under simplified visa application documents, the applicant’s employment certificate and explanation letter stating the reason will be exempted in cases of multiple-entry-visa applications.
- Multiple entry visas with a maximum validity of 5 years and maximum stay of 90 days will be issued to applicants who have travel records to Japan twice or more in the last one year.
- President inaugurated the JOHAR scheme – Jharkhand’s Opportunities For Harnessing Rural Growth
President inaugurated the JOHAR scheme, worth 1,500 crore rupees, in Ranchi on the occasion of Jharkhand’s foundation day.
The World Bank aided JOHAR (Jharkhand’s Opportunities For Harnessing Rural Growth) scheme.
- It is aimed at doubling the income of two lakh rural poor.
- Besides this, 57 lakh families were given the Health Insurance Scheme, covering two and half crore people.
- AP AgTech Summit 2017 at Visakhapatnam
Vice President has called upon the scientists, technology experts and policy makers as well as the programme implementers to come up with a strategy that will bring a significant, sustainable change in the agriculture landscape of Andhra Pradesh and India.
- Inaugurating the session of AP AgTech Summit 2017 at Visakhapatnam, Vice president said, it is the need of the hour to work collaboratively and strategically to make a difference in the lives of farmers and tap into the nature’s bounty.
- If you want to make agriculture as sustainable, if you want the migration from agriculture to other aspects, you need to strengthen agriculture.
- BS-VI grade auto fuels to be introduced in the National Capital Territory
Petroleum Ministry in consultation with Public Oil Marketing Companies has decided for introduction of BS-VI grade auto fuels in the National Capital Territory from 1st April next year instead of 1st April, 2020.
- This is part of government’s concerted efforts to reduce vehicular emissions and improve fuel efficiency with an aim to reduce carbon footprints and keep a healthy environment.
- India has followed the regulatory pathway for fuel quality and vehicle emissions standards termed as Bharat Stage.