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All India Radio News Summary: 01 DECEMBER 2017

All India Radio News Summary: 01 DECEMBER 2017

  1. Triple Talaq draft law proposes jail term of 3 years for husband

Giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void, and attract a jail term of three years for the husband as per the proposed draft legislation to curb the practice.

  • The draft Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill has been sent to the state governments for their views, and they have been asked to respond to the draft urgently.
  • The Bill is expected to be tabled during the Winter Session of Parliament starting from the 15th of this month.
  • The proposed law will give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking subsistence allowance for her and minor children.
  • The woman can also seek the custody of her minor children, and the magistrate will take a final call on the issue.

The draft was prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister.


  1. Heavy rain continues to batter Kerala under the influence of Cyclone Ockhi; Relief and rescue operations on war footing in Tamil Nadu;

Heavy rain continues to batter southern Kerala under the influence of Cyclone Ockhi. The death toll in rain-related incidents in the state has risen to seven.

  • In Tamil Nadu, relief and rescue operations are on in full swing in Kanyakumari district which has been ravaged by Cyclone Ockhi.
  • Cyclonic storm OCKHI has intensified over Lakshadweep Islands, bringing heavy rain in the area and in coastal parts of Kerala.
  • In Lakshadweep, the Minicoy Island is worst hit by heavy rain and storm.


  1. Terrorism should not be associated with any religion or nationality, says External Affairs Minister

Terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group as it is a crime against entire humanity.

  • External Affairs Minister said this in her address at the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Sochi in Russia.
  • She urged all nations to enhance co-operation in intelligence sharing, developing best practices and technologies, mutual legal assistance, extradition arrangements, capacity building amongst other measures for countering terrorism.
  • India strongly condemns terrorism in all its form and manifestations. There can be no justification what so ever for any acts of terror.
  • India is determined to consistently strengthen cooperation with in the SCO frame work in to work together to seek comprehensive cooperative and sustainable security.


  1. India re-elected to International Maritime Organisation Council securing second highest votes.

India has been re-elected to the Council of International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

India secured the second-highest 144 votes from member-countries, just after Germany’s 146 at an assembly of the body at its headquarters in London.

  • India has been one of the earliest members of the IMO, having ratified its convention and joined it as a member-state in 1959. It has been elected to the Council ever since it started functioning, except for a two-year hiatus during 1983-1984.
  • The IMO Council plays a crucial role in deciding various important matters within the mandate of the IMO, in relation to the global shipping industry and its work strategy and budget.



  1. The government’s focus is to build the capacity of farmers and create jobs in the agriculture sector

Stressing that there is a need for new perspectives to promote agro-based entrepreneurship, there is a need to emphasise on capacity building and job creation in agriculture and its allied sectors.

  • The minister of state in the PMO was speaking at an awareness campaign on centrally sponsored schemes for agriculture organised by the Directorate of Field Publicity, in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The campaign’s aim is to help farmers to avail benefits of government’s schemes to double their income by 2022.


  1. Andhra Pradesh Assembly passes Bill to provide five per cent reservation to Kapu community in education and employment; Will seek Centre’s nod for going beyond 50 per cent ceiling.

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly unanimously passed the Kapu Reservation Bill to provide five per cent quota to Kapu community in education and employment.

  • The reservation to Kapu community will be given by including them in the Backward Caste list.
  • Justice Manjunath commission had recommended reservation to the Kapu community.
  • The bill will be sent to Centre for its consent.
  • The Centre will be requested to include this reservation in the 9th Schedule, to insulate it from judicial review.


The state already has 29 per cent reservation for Backward Castes. Apart from this, 15 per cent and 6 per cent reservations exist for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

  • With the quota for Kapus, the total reservation in the state goes up to 55 per cent, beyond the 50 per cent cap set by the Supreme Court for reservations.
  • The Chief Minister assured that the existing Backward Castes will not be affected by this decision.
  • The Kapu community, with 27 per cent population in the state, has been demanding reservations for decades.