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All India Radio News Summary, 16 Aug 2017

All India Radio News Summary, 16 Aug 2017

  1. Union Cabinet has approved raising extra budgetary resources for Long Term Irrigation Fund

The Union Cabinet has approved raising extra budgetary resources up to 9,020 crore rupees for Long Term Irrigation Fund in 2017-18. The amount will be raised by NABARD through Bonds.

  • The Fund seeks to make loans from NABARD attractive for states by ensuring lending rate of 6 per cent per annum.
  • The loans are for implementation of Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme works of 99 on going prioritised irrigation projects under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana.
  • The completion of projects will generate immediate wage and other employment opportunities during the construction phase.
  • The utilisation of irrigation potential of 76 lakh hectares is expected to transform the agriculture sector in the region resulting in more employment opportunities.


  1. Cabinet approved a new metro rail policy

The Cabinet also approved a new metro rail policy for expanding the metro network across various cities in the country. The policy was prepared in consultation with states and is intended to end ad hoc arrangement for expansion of metro rail network in the country.


370 kilometre of metro is operational in 7 cities, 537 are under construction in 12 cities. 600 kilometers proposal are under consideration. Additionally also under consideration is 381 kilometer of Regional Rapid Rail for NCR region.   

  • The policy seeks to enable realisation of growing metro rail aspirations of a large number of cities in a responsible manner.
  • It will open a big window for private investments across a range of metro operations.
  • It makes Public Private Partnership component mandatory for availing central assistance for new metro projects.
  • It seeks to provide necessary last mile connectivity through feeder services, and Non-motorised Transport infrastructure.


  1. Madhyamik and Uchchtar Shiksha Kosh(MUSK)

Cabinet has given its nod for creation of a single non-lapsable corpus fund for Secondary and Higher education.

  • All proceeds of Secondary and Higher Education Cess will be credited into this account.
  • The new corpus fund will be known as Madhyamik and Uchchtar Shiksha Kosh, MUSK.
  • The funds arising from MUSK will be utilised for schemes in education sector, which would be available for benefit of students of secondary and higher education all over the country.


  1. North Koel Reservoir Project 

Water Resources minister has said that North Koel Reservoir Project once completed will be very beneficial for Bihar and Jharkhand.

  • The North Koel reservoir is located in the most backward tribal areas in Jharkhand’s Palamau and Garhwa districts
  • Minister said this project will help end disparity in these districts which are Maoist-affected. This irrigation project will act like a weapon in fighting Maoists in these areas


  1. A major relief to patients suffering from knee problems

In a major relief to patients suffering from knee problems, the government today capped the prices of orthopaedic knee implants

  • The decision will help check unethical profiteering in the implant surgery.
  • It will benefit around 1.5 to 2 crore knee patients.
  • Now, the most widely used Cobalt chromium knee implant will cost around 55 thousand rupees instead of current average price of over 1.58 lakh rupees.  
  • Titanium Oxidized Zirconium surgery implant has been capped at 76,600 rupees against the current average prices of 2.5 to 4.50 lakh rupees.
  • Punitive action including cancellation of licences and initiation of criminal proceedings will be taken against the hospitals which overcharge.  


The decision was taken by the National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority following the Prime Minister’s indication in this regard during this year’s Independence Day speech.   


  1. flood situation has further deteriorated in Bihar and Assam

In Bihar, flood situation has further deteriorated following heavy rain in flood affected areas of the state. Flood water is engulfing fresh areas in Darbhanga, Sitamarhi, East and West Champaran districts.

  • MeT department has forecasted heavy rain and lightning in the next 24 hours.
  • Relief and rescue operations were affected today in North Bihar due to heavy rains.
  • Air dropping of food packets was also hampered.
  • The death toll in flood has risen to 91.
  • More than 340 relief camps have been set up in the affected areas and about one lakh people are taking shelter in these camps
  • Embankment along Kamla river has been breached in Darbhanga.

Kamla River:

The Kamala River originates from Nepal and flows through Indian state of Bihar.

It joins the river Kareh (Bagmati) at Badlaghat in Khagaria district and the combined stream flows into the Kosi River.


  1. Centralised Selection Mechanism(CSM) for Trial court appointments

To make trial court appointments more transparent, the Supreme Court had on the 4th of August indicated that it was inclined to go ahead with a proposal for the central government-funded Centralised Selection Mechanism (CSM) for appointment of judicial officers in the subordinate judiciary. even if there was no consensus among various high courts and the states.

The apex court is examining a proposal for having single examination under CSM to select judicial officers, to fill up vacancies in subordinate judiciary, which stands at over 20 per cent of the sanctioned strength.


  1. First-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew – Navika Sagar Parikrama
  • Six women officers of the Indian Navy, who are due to circumnavigate the globe on the sailing vessel, INSV Tarini called on Prime Minister today.
  • This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew.
  • They will begin their voyage later this month from Goa and are expected to return in March next year.
  • The expedition has been titled Navika Sagar Parikrama.


  1. Ceasefire violation along the Line of Control

Pakistani forces today again violated ceasefire along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian troops guarding the borderline retaliated and are giving a befitting reply.


  1. Committee of Administrators, COA has sought the removal of current BCCI office-bearers

The Committee of Administrators, COA has sought the removal of current BCCI office-bearers, including acting president, secretary and treasurer for non-compliance of Lodha Panel reforms.

Committee of Administrators:

The Supreme Court has appointed four-member Committee of Administrators to carry out the reforms in the BCCI to make its affairs transparent.


  1. Earthquakes in Himachal Pradesh

In Himachal Pradesh, two earthquakes jolted Chamba and surrounding areas this morning. The intensity of the tremors were recorded at 3.5 and 4.1 on the Richter Scale.

The MeT office said, the depth of the tremor was about 10 kilometres while the epicentre was in the area bordering Jammu and Kashmir, of Chamba district.


  1. International News
    1. Colombia has declared its conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Force of Colombia (FARC) officially over

Colombia has declared its conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Force of Colombia (FARC) officially over. The rebel group handed over the last of its weapons to be melted down under UN supervision. President Juan Manuel Santos reviewed the handing over of weapons and called it an historic day for the country.


The conflict, which began in 1964, has so far left a quarter of a million people dead. About 60,000 remain unaccounted for and seven million have been displaced.



  1. Suicide attacks by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria

In Nigeria, 28 people have been killed in three simultaneous suicide attacks in the town of Mandarari. The attack was reportedly carried out by suspected Boko Haram extremists. 


  1. Mudslides in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, the death toll has crossed over 400 in the mudslides caused by heavy rain.


Mudslides occur when a large amount of water causes the rapid erosion of soil on a steep slope. Rapid snowmelt at the top of a mountain or a period of intense rainfall can trigger a mudslide, as the great volume of water mixes with soil and causes it to liquefy and move downhill.


  1. Nepal and China have signed three pacts in the power and energy sectors

Nepal and China has signed three pacts to further boost their ties in the power and energy sectors. The pacts were signed to undertake a feasibility study to excavate natural gas and petroleum in the Himalayan country, including in the southern Terai plains.

The agreements that were signed  cover economic and technological cooperation, oil and gas resources exploration, and promotion of investment.