All India Radio News Summary : 13 SEPTEMBER 2017

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All India Radio News Summary : 13 SEPTEMBER 2017


  1. 12th India – Japan Annual Summit to be held at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar

Japanese Prime Minister has reached Ahmedabad on a two-day visit to India to attend 12th India – Japan Annual Summit to be held at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar tomorrow.

  • The Japanese Prime Minister was accorded guard of honor by three wings of Armed forces at the airport. He was also accorded traditional welcome by cultural troops and Buddhist monks.
  • After visiting the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram, both leaders also visited heritage site-Sidi Saiyad Ni Jali at old Mosque. The site is known for its stone lattice work.
  • Both the leaders will attend the ground breaking ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai- Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project.
  • This was a unique road show by the two world leaders known for their warmth of friendship. Traditional performances by Indian and Japanese cultural troops also signify the bonding between the two countries during the 8 kilo meter long road show.
  • The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted co-operation between India and Japan under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ and will set its future direction.

Chief Secretary of Gujarat said that about 15 Japanese companies are going to invest in Gujarat in a big way, adding that three of them have started procuring land from state government. Memorandum of Understanding for proposed investment will be signed in presence of Prime Minister and his Japanese counterpart at Mahatma Mandir. He said that Gujarat government will also sign Memorandum of Cooperation with the Government of Japan. It is learnt that the Gujarat will get soft loan from Japan for infrastructure development and development of Alang Ship breaking yard.

 

  1. Fast-track courts to expedite criminal case trials against parliamentarians

The Apex Court has asked the government to consider legislating on setting up of new fast-track courts to expedite criminal case trials against parliamentarians and legislators.

  • The court, which was given the names of seven Lok Sabha MPs and 98 MLAs across the country by the CBDT whose assets had seen a substantial hike in between two elections, also said it had examined the names of these politicians and will examine the issue.
  • The court’s remarks came on a plea filed by an NGO for creating a permanent mechanism to investigate candidates whose assets have grown disproportionately during their tenure as MLAs or MPs.

 

  1. Central Board of Direct Taxes to consider service charge by the hotels and restaurants as income

Consumer Affairs Ministry has asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes to consider service charge by the hotels and restaurants as income while assessing the tax returns.

  • Renowned hotels and restaurants have complied with the guidelines but consumer complaints are still being received about service charge.
  • At present, some hotels and restaurants are levying service charge in the range of 5 to 20 per cent despite the government’s guidelines to make levy of such charge as optional.
  • The Consumer Affairs Minister said the hotels and restaurants have been asked either to leave the column of service charge blank or mention on the bill that it is optional.

 

  1. Kulbhushan Jadhav case

India will hand over its written arguments, known as memorial, to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at Hague on its plea to declare Pakistan as violator of international law for sentencing former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav to death.

  • New Delhi is expected to highlight the denial of consular access to Jadhav which is a violation of the Vienna Convention.
  • Pakistan has rejected India’s request for consular access 18 times.
  • ICJ had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav in May this year.

 

  1. UNSC will hold a closed-door session on the violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar

The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed-door session on the violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. The meeting was requested by Britain and Sweden.

  • The exodus from Rakhine state began after Rohingya militants attacked police posts on the 25th of last month, prompting a military backlash that forced nearly 3 lakh 70,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee their homes.
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote a letter to the Council urging members to send a message to Myanmar authorities to end the security operation.
  • The UN Security Council first discussed Rohingya refugee crisis on 30th of last month, but no formal statement was issued.
  • The Council is again meeting today in a closed-door session to find a way to resolve the crisis.
  • However, two leading human rights groups, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have criticized the nature of the meeting saying that this is an ethnic cleansing on a larger scale and why cannot the Council open its doors and stand in front of cameras. The world is keeping an eye on the session and a possible solution expected to come from today’s meeting to resolve the crisis. 
  • Myanmar leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled plans to attend the UN General Assembly session after international criticism over violence against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.
  • The European Union (EU) has announced additional aid of three million euros to address the pressing needs of the Rohingyas both in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
  • As more and more refugees continue pouring into Bangladesh, the additional funding will be used to provide emergency shelter, food, water and medical assistance to the Rohingyas.  
  • Like all EU aid, the funding will be channelized through international NGOs, the UN or the Red Cross.  The EU continues to call for full humanitarian access to the Rohingyas in Myanmar so as to be able to address the precarious humanitarian situation there and to ensure that it does not spiral into a crisis.

 

  1. Finance Minister said zero balance accounts under the Jan Dhan Yojana have come down to 20 per cent from 77 per cent previously.

Finance Minister said zero balance accounts under the Jan Dhan Yojana have come down to 20 per cent from 77 per cent previously. He was speaking at the Conclave on Financial Inclusion by United Nations in Delhi.

  • He said 300 million accounts were opened under Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).  
  • Almost 42 per cent of Indian households on the day the scheme was initiated were outside the banking system. So, the number of accounts of opened numerically is more than the number of families itself.
  • Launched in 2014 by Prime Minister, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana is aimed at providing universal access to banking facilities. These Basic Banking Accounts could get overdraft facility of 5,000 rupees.

 

Talking about the demonetisation Finance minister said it has reduced the volume of cash and increased the tax base. There is an emphasis in India, particularly after demonetisation to reduce the quantum of cash in society, is further going to aid expand the idea of financial inclusion and a greater integration of this informal sector the with formal itself.     

 

  1. Industrial Production Index returned to positive territory

Economic Affairs Secretary has said that Industrial Production Index returned to positive territory in July with 1.2 growth compared to minus point 2 per cent in June. He said, Consumer inflation ticked up by 1 per cent to 3.36 per cent and Food inflation remains low at 1.5 per cent. Pulses still are cheaper by 25 per cent compared to last August.

 

Index of Industrial Production (IIP)

The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) is an abstract number or ratio which measures the growth of various sectors in the economy. In India, IIP is a representative figure which measures the general level of Industrial activity in the country. Being an abstract number, it does not show volume of activity and only shows the magnitude which represents the status of production in the industrial sector for a given period of time as compared to a reference period of time.

Composition of IIP

Currently, the Index of Industrial Production comprises 682 individual items.

Sector wise, the items included in IIP fall into three sectors viz. mining, manufacturing and electricity sectors.  

 

  1. Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister ruled out government intervention in the daily revision of petrol and diesel prices

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister ruled out government intervention in the daily revision of petrol and diesel prices, saying the reform will continue.

  • He said, the daily revision immediately passes on the benefit of any reduction in international oil prices to consumers and avoids sharp spikes by spreading them in small doses.
  • The Minister said, the global prices have risen due to factors like hurricane in the US and there are indications of softening in the rates.
  • Asked if the government will cut excise duty to soften the blow, he said that finance ministry has to take a call but it is very clear there should be a balance between developmental needs and consumer aspirations.
  • India relies on imports to meet 80 per cent of its needs and domestic fuel rates have been aligned to movement of equivalent product prices in international market since April 2002.

 

 

  1. Minister of Electronics and Information Technology says Aadhaar data is completely safe and secure

Minister of Electronics and Information Technology said, Aadhaar data is completely safe and secure. Addressing the valedictory session of UN- Financial Inclusion Conclave in New Delhi today, he said, the data is kept in encrypted form.

  • He said “The privacy law is so tough that even if I as an IT Minister of India, as a Law Minister of India disclose my finger print, iris to anyone un-authorised, even i can also be prosecuted.   That is the kind of eco-system, we have developed.  The data is safe, secure and kept in completely in encrypted form.”
  • The Minister said, the government is promoting digital payment in a big way as digital inclusion is a part of financial inclusion.
  • He said, we do not want simply to digitize India. But we want to create technology which is transformative, which empowers India and also empowers Indians.  This is the age of information, information is power.  This is the age of technology, technology is power.  But very important is, this technology should not create inability of people of India.  This technology must empower the people of India.

The government is going to make six crore families of the country as digitally literate.

 

  1. The possession and sale of fireworks of foreign origin is illegal and punishable under the Law

Government has said, the possession and sale of fireworks of foreign origin is illegal and punishable under the Law.

  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry in a release said, the information about possession and sale of such fireworks may be reported to the nearest police station for suitable action.
  • It said, till date, no license for import of fireworks has been granted under the explosives rules.  
  • The manufacture, possession, use and sale of any explosive containing sulphur or sulphurate in admixture with any chlorate are banned in the country.
  • Besides, fireworks have been declared as restricted item in respect of import by the Director General of Foreign Trade.

 

  1. Centre will grant citizenship to all Chakma and Hajong refugees living in the Northeast

The Centre will grant citizenship to all Chakma and Hajong refugees living in the Northeast but without diluting ST status and rights of indigenous people.

  • The issue of Chakma-Hajong refugee came up for discussion today at a high level meeting convened by Union Home Minister
  • A middle path will be chosen so that 2015 Supreme Court order to grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees could be honoured and the rights of the local population are not diluted.
  • Several organisations and civil society in Arunachal Pradesh have been opposing citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees saying it would change the demography of the state.

 

  1. North Korea has rejected the latest sanctions resolution adopted by the UN Security Council

North Korea has rejected the latest sanctions resolution adopted by the UN Security Council following its 6th nuclear test on September 3rd.  North Korean Ambassador said at a U.N. sponsored disarmament conference in Geneva that his country condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the latest U.N. Security Council resolution. North Korea’s foreign ministry also said in a statement that Pyongyang will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence.

 

  1. Notification to operationalize the Office on Missing Persons (OMP)

Sri Lankan President has signed the Gazette notification to operationalize the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) with effect from Friday.

  • A notification issued by his office said the OMP will be established and its functions, duties, and mandate will come into operation with effect from 15th September.
  • The move comes as UNHRC in its session on Monday had urged Sri Lankan government to swiftly operationalize the OMP, meant for probing into disappearance of thousands of people during and after LTTE war.
  • OMP was a key promise made by Sri Lankan government to meet its commitments for human rights but it was delayed due to political reasons.     

 

  1. Typhoon Talim

Taiwan has issued a maritime warning as the Typhoon Talim, is expected to hit northern cities, including Taipei today. The Central Weather Bureau said Talim is expected to gain in strength as it swept towards the capital and other cities, lashing them with strong wind and heavy rain.