All India Radio News Summary: 17 NOVEMBER 2017
- Union Cabinet has approved creation of National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) under GST
Union Cabinet has approved creation of National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) under GST, to ensure benefits of reduction in indirect tax rates are passed on to consumers.
- The authority will comprise a standing committee, screening committee in every state and Director General of safeguards in the central board of Excise and customs.
- The constitution of NAA will bolster the confidence of consumer as they reap the benefits of recent reduction in GST rates.
- NAA enables consumers to apply for relief if they feel reduction in prices is not passed on to them and for this an institutional framework has been provided to take appropriate remedial action.
- The Supreme Court has said that freedom of speech and expression is sacrosanct and it should not be ordinarily interfered with
A bench headed by Chief Justice said that any film, theatre, drama or novel is a creation of art and courts should not crucify rights of an expressive mind.
- The court was hearing a plea seeking to stay the release of film An Insignificant Man.
- While dismissing the plea, the court said prohibiting exhibition of a documentary or a film is very serious and courts should be very slow in interfering with it.
- It said, courts should allow the respect that a creative man enjoys in writing a drama, play, book on philosophy or any kind of thought that is expressed on the celluloid or theatre.
- There is no overpricing in the Rafale purchase
The Indian Air Force has said that there is no overpricing in the Rafale purchase as the government has negotiated a very good deal for the French fighter aircraft.
- Chief of Air Staff said, the government has negotiated for 36 French fighter aircraft Rafale at a price lower than that in the contract.
- Stressing that it was a government-to-government contract, he told that the IAF is getting 36 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft at a greatly negotiated price.
- Two aircraft have been purchased in a fly-away condition as an emergency measure.
- Maharashtra government has decided to ban the use of plastic water bottles in its offices including the state secretariat.
Environment Minister instructed his officials to ban plastic water bottles from every government office in a time-bound manner.
- The Environment ministry had taken a decision to ban plastic carry bags from Gudhi Padva this year.
- Instead of plastic, the government will promote paper and cloth bags and women self-help groups will be empowered to ensure they can meet the needs of the state.
- Minister asked officials to supervise hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and other establishments, where plastic carry bags are being used.
- The local body authority will be authorised to take action against those who will be using plastic carry bags.
- Zimbabwe’s President is reportedly refusing to step down immediately
Zimbabwe’s long-time President Robert Mugabe is reportedly refusing to step down immediately, despite growing calls for his resignation. The 93-year-old was put under house arrest during a military takeover on Wednesday, amid a power struggle over who would succeed him. There has been no official word on the outcome of talks he had with regional envoys and the army chief earlier. But sources say he has so far refused to agree to move aside.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country’s army took over on Wednesday. He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare. Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The appearance comes during an extraordinary series of negotiations with regional leaders over Mugabe’s departure after 37 years in power.
- Russia cast its veto at the UNSC on UN-led investigation related to chemical weapons attacks in Syria
Russia cast its veto at the UN Security Council to block the extension of a UN-led investigation to determine who was behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
- It was the 10th time that Russia has used its veto power to stop council action that targeted its ally Syria.
- International Film Festival of India (IFFI), will begin on Monday at Panaji in Goa
The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which will begin on Monday at Panaji in Goa, will have Bioscope Village this year.
- It is being set up as part of the IFFI Next Gen side bar program aimed at involving greater participation from the local Village audience.
The Next Gen-Bioscope Village is open to all with a entry fee of 50 rupees from 21st to 27th of November.
- The Village is a concept based on the theme New Age Cinema for allowing non-delegates to watch films at the IFFI.
- The Bioscope Village will screen new and classic films including Children movies.
- The village will also host a skill studio aimed at honing cinematic skills through special sessions on a diverse range of topics.
- It will also host a short film competition for all delegates who are participating in the Festival.
- The theme for the short film festival is ‘IFFI as never seen before’.
- “Delhi government to bring 40 services to your door” including marriage registration, water connections, driving licenses and pension schemes.
- US-based International rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded India’s sovereign credit rating by a notch to ‘Baa2’ with a stable outlook
US-based International rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded India’s sovereign credit rating by a notch to ‘Baa2’ with a stable outlook citing improved growth prospects driven by economic and institutional reforms. Moody’s has revised the sovereign rating of India after a long gap of 14 years.
The decision to upgrade the ratings is underpinned by Moody’s expectation that continued progress on economic and institutional reforms will enhance India’s high growth potential. It will also improve large and stable financing base for government debt, and will likely contribute to a gradual decline in the general government debt burden over the medium term.
The global ratings agency, however, cautioned that high debt burden remains a constraint on the country’s credit profile.
- Prime Minister reviewed the progress of key infrastructure sectors including PMGSY, housing, coal and power.
The review meeting was attended by top officials from PMO, NITI Aayog and infrastructure Ministries of the Government of India.
It was noted that remarkable progress has been made in several areas.
- Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, 81 per cent of the targeted habitations numbering about 1.45 lakh have so far been connected.
- Officials said progress is being made towards connecting all the remaining unconnected habitations within a defined timeframe.
- The Prime Minister observed that resources available for this work should be used optimally throughout the year.
- He also hoped that the advancement of the Union Budget date would lead to further improvement in performance.
- He called for detailed analysis of the complaints, so that timely remedial measures are initiated wherever required.
Reviewing the coal sector, the Prime Minister called for renewed efforts towards underground mining and coal gasification, through infusion of latest technology inputs.
- College student and footballer Majid Arshid, who had joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba a week ago, has surrendered before security forces.
Officials said today that Arshid walked into a security camp in south Kashmir last night and surrendered with his arms and ammunition. The college student, a goalkeeper for his local team in Anantnag in south Kashmir, is believed to have turned to militancy after a close friend was killed in an encounter. Police was constantly in touch with his friends and family members, urging them to put pressure on Arshid to return home.
- Sri Lankan court has summoned the commander of the country’s Army tomorrow over the disappearance of 24 Tamils
A Sri Lankan court has summoned the commander of the country’s Army tomorrow over the disappearance of 24 Tamils since their arrest in 1996 by security forces during the internal conflict with the LTTE.
Judge ordered them to appear in court when a case filed by parents and relatives of the 24 missing persons was taken up. The relatives have claimed that the 24 had gone missing since July 1996 when the security forces had arrested them in Jaffna.
- Health Ministry has decided to change the treatment strategy for TB patients from thrice weekly to daily drug regimen
The Health Ministry has decided to change the treatment strategy for TB patients from thrice weekly to daily drug regimen using fixed dose combinations for treatment.
Earlier, the Ministry was providing the thrice weekly regimen for the treatment of TB.
Recently the government had announced the launch of daily regimen for TB patients across the country under The Revised National TB Control Programme.