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All India Radio News Summary : 08 JANUARY 2018

All India Radio News Summary : 08 JANUARY 2018

  1. Saudi Arabia gives green signal to India’s proposal to revive sea route for Haj pilgrimage.

Minority Affairs Minister said that Saudi Arabia has given green signal to India’s proposal to revive option of Haj pilgrimage through sea route.

  • It will be a revolutionary, pro-poor, pilgrim-friendly decision.
  • Sending Haj pilgrims through ships will help cut down travel expenses
  • Officials from both countries will discuss all formalities and technicalities so that Haj through sea route can be re-started in coming years.

The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai and Jeddah by waterways was stopped from 1995..


  1. Big business houses to come forward in improving the quality of education

Vice President appealed to big business houses to come forward in improving the quality of education. VP said, the task before the nation is to equip two thirds of the population, below 35 years of age, with right skills and knowledge for inclusive growth. The Vice President said, he believes that education is the best way to empower women.


  1. All India Whips conference in Udaipur

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that the parliamentary democracy is the best form of the democracy in the world and it is the need of the hour to think how to raise the dignity and prestige of the parliamentary democracy.

  • There is a misconception among public about parliamentary procedures and Opinion makers. Therefore, the ways to raise the prestige of parliamentary democracy should be pondered.
  • He said Whips are the back bone of the parliamentary democracy.


Union Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has been organizing All India Whips Conferences since 1952 and this is the 18th addition. More than 100 delegates from various political Parties besides official observers are participating in the Conference.


The Conference will deliberate upon three issues namely-

  • Action Taken Reports on recommendations of previous two Whips Conferences held in Goa and Visakhapatnam,
  • efficient functioning of legislatures
  • Rolling out e-Vidhan in State Legislatures to digitize and make their functioning paperless. 


  1. Prime Minister stressed on the need for greater openness and information sharing among States on security issues


PM was addressing the valedictory session of three day Director Generals and Inspector Generals of Police Conference at Tekanpur in Madhya Pradesh.


The Prime Minister said, security cannot be achieved selectively or alone.

  • The emerging global consensus towards greater information sharing on illicit financial dealings, and said India had a key role to play in achieving this.
  • Cyber security issues should be dealt with immediately, and receive highest priority. In this context, PM mentioned the importance of social media and said messaging should rely on local languages for greater effectiveness.
  • On radicalization, he stressed on the use of technology to pinpoint problem areas.


  1. Government has extended the deadline for linking of biometric identification Aadhaar to small savings schemes

Government has extended the deadline for linking of biometric identification Aadhaar to small savings schemes like post office deposits, Kisan Vikas Patra by three months to 31st of March this year.

  • The government has insisted on quoting Aadhaar for bank deposits, obtaining mobile phone and several other utilities to weed out benami deals and blackmoney.
  • In October, the government made 12-digit Aadhaar mandatory for all small savings schemes.
  • The government has already extended the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail the benefits of various government schemes till March this year.


  1. Supreme Court refers plea against section 377 of IPC to a larger bench.

Supreme Court referred to a larger bench, a plea seeking decriminalisation of gay sex between two consenting adults.

  • A bench comprising Chief Justice and other two judges said the issue arising out of section 377 of the Indian Penal Code requires to be debated upon by a larger bench.
  • The bench was hearing a fresh plea seeking to declare section 377 as unconstitutional.
  • The apex court in 2014 had set aside the high court judgment and termed the provision as constitutional.

After the dismissal of the review plea against the 2014 judgment, a curative plea was filed which was referred to a larger bench.


  1. Jammu and Kashmir government has launched a Social Security Net “Muhafiz” for the three lakh construction workers of the State

The objective is to uplift the condition of the workers of unorganized sector.

The social security net involves the Accidental, Life and disability insurance cover, educational scholarships for the children, Special Microcredit facility and online Registration portal.


  1. Temperatures reached record high in Sydney

In Australia, temperatures reached record high in Sydney as the city bore the brunt of a heatwave.

The temperature in Penrith, west of Sydney, recorded 47.3 degree Celsius, the highest in 79 years. Severe fire warnings were issued in the greater Sydney area and fire bans were put in place across the city and other states.


  1. Trump administration feels that it is time to try something different to prevent Pakistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists

The remarks by the official come days after the Trump Administration suspended two billion US dollar in security assistance to Pakistan.

The official said, exercising patience or offering inducements have failed to deal with the problem threatening the region’s stability.

The official said, post 9/11, policies followed by the successive US administrations vis-a-vis Pakistan have not worked. The official said, the Trump’s new policy is not about looking at Pakistan through the lens of Afghanistan, but it is about looking at the region and the future of the US.