All India Radio News Summary: 29 NOVEMBER 2017

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All India Radio News Summary: 29 NOVEMBER 2017


  1. Prime Minister calls entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India;

Prime Minister has called upon world entrepreneurs to invest in India and be part of its growth story. He said the Government has taken several initiatives to create environment of transparent policies to provide a level playing field for entrepreneurship to flourish.

  • PM invited them to become an instrument of change for the country’s transformation and contribute towards creating a new India by 2022.
  • High lighting the Government’s efforts to create an investor friendly environment, the Prime Minister said these efforts have started giving results and Government bond ratings upgraded after 14 years.  
  • A historic overhaul of the taxation system has been recently undertaken, bringing in the Goods and Services Tax across the country.
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code introduced in 2016 is a step towards ensuring timely resolution for stressed ventures. Recently it has been improved further, preventing willful defaulters from bidding for stressed assets.

 

  1. Hypertension Management Initiative for prevention and control of high blood pressure

The government has launched India Hypertension Management Initiative for prevention and control of high blood pressure.

  • The programme aims at reducing disability and death related to cardiovascular disease by improving the control of hypertension, reducing salt consumption and eliminating artificial trans-fats.
  • Initially the programme will be implemented in 25 districts spread over Punjab, Kerala, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.
  • Under the programme, the focus will be given on prevention, detection, management and control of hypertension.

 

  1. N. Security Council to hold emergency meeting tonight after North Korea’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch.

North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile which flew nearly one thousand kilometer before splashing down in the Sea of Japan. This is the first such launch in two months which comes just a week after the US slapped fresh sanctions on the reclusive nation and declared it a state sponsor of terrorism.

  • North Korea said it has successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, Hwasong-15 that can reach the whole of the continental United States. State television claimed that Pyongyang had now achieved its mission of becoming a nuclear state.
  • The test, which defied international sanctions imposed over the North’s weapons programme, drew swift international condemnation.
  • Japan’s Prime Minister said the latest North Korean launch was a violent act that can never be tolerated and called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting.
  • The United Nations Security Council will convene an emergency meeting after North Korea said it has successfully tested a new type of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).

 

  1. Parliamentary committee on Information Technology asks Padmavati director and Censor board chief to appear before it.

“Padmavati” film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi have been asked by the Parliamentary committee on Information Technology to appear before it. They have been asked to present their views on the controversy surrounding the movie which has been accused of distorting history by some sections of society.

The 30-member panel has also asked producers of the movie and officials of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to appear before it and brief it about the controversy relating to the 150 crore rupee film.

 

  1. Chhattisgarh government bans use of firecrackers in six cities, including Raipur, to curb pollution during upcoming wedding season

The Chhattisgarh Government has imposed a ban on bursting of firecrackers in six of its cities, including the state capital Raipur, ahead of the wedding season.

  • The ban will be in effect from the 1st of December to the 31st of January.
  • Besides Raipur, other cities where the ban has been imposed are : Bilaspur, Bhilai, Durg, Raigarh and Korba.
  • The decision has been taken to control pollution which increases during winters due to the direction of wind.

 

  1. One thousand and seventy three kilometers long Paradip- Raipur-Ranchi pipeline

Union Petroleum Minister will dedicate to the nation one thousand and seventy three kilometers long Paradip- Raipur-Ranchi pipeline in Chhattisgarh’s Korba. He will lay the foundation stone of LPG Bottling plant in Korba.

The 2800 crore rupees pipeline project is expected to assure efficient and uninterrupted supply of petroleum products to large portions of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand.

 

  1. India and Singapore have agreed to further deepen security cooperation to collectively tackle the threat of terrorism

India and Singapore remain strongly committed on transnational security threats.

  • Conveyed India’s interest in continued professional training and Interactions between the two armies  
  • Also explored possibilities for expanding collaborations in defence R&D and Industry which has unrealised potential.
  • Singapore will not only be comfortable with berthing of Indian naval ships but also encourage Indian Navy to use Changi port more often.

 

  1. Centre extends stock limit period of onion till 31st of next month to curb its hoarding.

The Centre has extended the stock limit period of onion till 31st of next month to curb the hoarding of kitchen staple. It has also asked Delhi Government to sell the onion under PDS, while Maharashtra and other state governments have been asked to sell it after purchasing at lower prices.

The government has initiated the process of importing onion, and NAFED and other agencies have been directed to take urgent measures to tackle the price rise.

 

  1. Ten lakh houses have been constructed in just one year under  Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin)- PMAY-G

A record ten lakh houses have been constructed in just one year under  Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin)- PMAY-G. With this the government today achieved the target of completion of ten lakh houses under it well before time.

Prime Minister had launched the scheme from Agra on 20th of  November last year. According to the Rural Development Ministry, the government has set a  target of construction of  one crore new houses by 31st of March, 2019  out of which  51 lakh houses are to be built by 31st of March next year.

 

  1. Competition Commission of India imposes over 52 crore rupee fine on BCCI for anti-competitive practices with respect to IPL media rights.

The Competition Commission of India, CCI, today imposed a fine of over 52 crore rupees on BCCI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, for anti-competitive practices with respect to IPL media rights.

  • The CCI has found the cricketing body to be in contravention of competition norms for its assurance to the broadcasters of Indian Premier League.
  • The BCCI had assured the broadcasters that it will not organize or support another professional domestic Indian T20 competition that is competitive to IPL for a period of ten years.
  • After a detailed investigation, CCI found that BCCI enjoys a dominant position in the market for organisation of professional domestic cricket league events in India and described the board as an enterprise in view of its nature of activities.