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All India Radio News Summary: 30 DECEMBER 2017


All India Radio News Summary: 30 DECEMBER 2017


  1. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has conducted study in 60 major cities  on plastic waste

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has conducted study in 60 major cities of the country and has estimated that a total of around 4059 tonnes of plastic waste is generated from these cities per day.

The government has notified Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016.

  • As per the rules, the generators of waste have been mandated to take steps to minimize generation of plastic waste, not to litter the plastic waste, ensure segregated storage of waste at source and handover segregated waste to local bodies.
  • The rules also mandate the responsibilities of local bodies, gram panchayats, waste generators, retailers and street vendors to manage the plastic waste.

 

  1. India issues strong demarche to Palestine over its Pakistan ambassador sharing stage with Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed

India issued a strong demarche to Palestine on the issue of presence of its ambassador to Pakistan at an event of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, terming it as unacceptable.

  • The Ministry said, the concerns were conveyed both in New Delhi to the Palestinian Ambassador and in Ramallah to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.
  • The Palestinian side has conveyed deep regrets over the incident and assured India that they are taking serious cognisance of their ambassador’s presence at this event.

India had strongly conveyed to the Palestinian side that its Ambassador’s association with global terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who is proscribed by the United Nations is unacceptable. Meanwhile, Palestine has recalled its Ambassador to Pakistan.

 

  1. Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO has announced to launch 31 satellites in a single mission, including Cartosat-2

The Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO has announced to launch 31 satellites in a single mission, including Cartosat-2, onboard its Polar rocket on January 10.

  • This mission will be the first PSLV mission after the unsuccessful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August this year.
  • The mission’s main payload would be India’s Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite.
  • PSLV-C40 will be launched from the spaceport in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota. The mission would be a combination of 28 nano satellites from foreign countries, including Finland, US and a micro and nano satellite each from India along with the Cartosat-2 satellite.

 

  1. In Assam, the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be published soon

In Assam, the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be published soon. Official sources said that the draft list will be available at various websites and citizen will also find their names through SMS service.

The NRC is being updated in the state under the supervision of the Supreme Court to detect illegal citizens.

Awareness meetings are being organised across the state by the district administration on NRC.

Meanwhile, security measures are being beefed up in the state to avoid any untoward incident.

 

  1. 74th anniversary of the First Flag Hoisting Day is being celebrated in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The 74th anniversary of the First Flag Hoisting Day is being celebrated in Andaman and Nicobar Islands today. Lieutenant Governor hoisted the National Flag at the main function held at the Gymkhana Ground in Port Blair this morning.

It was on this day Netaji Subash Chandra Bose had hoisted the National Tri-colour Flag for the first time at the Gymkhana Ground in Port Blair in 1943.

Veteran Islanders who were members of Indian National Army and Indian Independence League were felicitated at the function.

 

  1. United States is considering withholding aid to Pakistan over its inaction against terror networks

The United States is considering withholding aid to Pakistan over its inaction against terror networks. The Trump administration is strongly considering withholding 255 million US dollar in aid to Pakistan, reflecting dissatisfaction with Islamabad’s inaction against terror networks.

It said the relations between the US and Pakistan have strained steadily since President Donald Trump declared that Pakistan gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror.

 

  1. Bangladesh government said, it wants to send up to 1 lakh Rohingya muslims back to Myanmar in the first batch of repatriations of refugee

In Bangladesh, the government has said, it wants to send up to 1 lakh Rohingya muslims back to Myanmar in the first batch of repatriations of refugees who fled ethnic violence this year.

He said based on the decision of the joint working group, a first list of 1 lakh Rohingya will be sent to the Myanmar government for their safe and honourable return.

More than 655,000 Rohingya from Myanmar’s Rakhine state had sought refuge in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in late August.

The two governments signed an agreement in November allowing for repatriations from January 23rd.

 

  1. Israel has formally notified the UN’s culture and education body UNESCO of its withdrawal from the organisation

In a statement, UNESCO chief, said she was officially notified yesterday that Israel would leave on December 31, 2018. Earlier in October, United States announced that it is pulling out of the organisation accusing UNESCO of having an anti-Israel bias. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also accused UNESCO of becoming the theatre of the absurd.

 

  1. In Chhattisgarh about six thousand gram panchayats will be connected with optical fiber network

In Chhattisgarh, in order to bridge the ‘Digital Divide’ between the rural and urban regions, about six thousand gram panchayats will be connected with optical fiber network.

  • The State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the second phase of Bharat Net Project with Union Government in Raipur.
  • In order to bridge the ‘Digital Divide’ between the rural and urban regions, about six thousand gram panchayats will be connected with optical fiber network in the state.
  • Union Government had sanctioned more than one thousand mobile towers at an additional expenditure of Rs 18 hundred crore in the Left-Wing Extremism affected districts of the state.
  • Chhattisgarh government is planning to provide land records at gram panchayats’ level in the near future.
  • The social welfare schemes will reach the villages through Broad Band Highway technology.
  • The wages under various social welfare schemes will also be paid at panchayats’ through the micro-ATMs.