All India Radio New Summary
- Terror attack in Barcelona, Spain
In Spain, at least 13 people were killed and 100 injured in a terror attack after a van rammed into a crowd of pedestrians on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas tourist area last evening.
The famous Las Ramblas boulevard is one of Barcelona’s busiest streets and usually packed at this time of year with tourists.
Meanwhile, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
- The Barcelona attack drew condemnation from across the globe.
- Heads of several countries condemned the terror
- In another incident this morning, Six civilians and one police officer were hurt when a car drove into people in the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils.
- Defence Ministry clears acquisition of 6 Apache attack helicopters for the Indian Army.
- The Defence Ministry has cleared a proposal to procure 6 Apache attack helicopters for the Army.
- The decision was taken in the Defence Acquisition Council meeting chaired by Defence Minister.
- The Council has also approved a proposal to procure two gas turbine engines for Naval ships.
- Chiefs of Staff Committee has reviewed the security preparedness of the three services
The powerful Chiefs of Staff Committee comprising chiefs of the Army, Navy and Indian Air Force has reviewed the security preparedness of the three services including along the Sino-India border.
- The standoff between the armies of India and China in Dokalam and attempts by Chinese troops to enter the Indian Territory in Ladakh were also discussed in the meeting.
- Issues relating to the country’s external security as well as the situation along the borders were discussed.
- The meeting came two days after Indian border guards foiled an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian Territory along the banks of Pangong lake.
- “2-plus-2” security meeting between USA and Japan
The Foreign and Defence Chiefs of Japan and the United States have agreed to continue exerting pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs.
- It was the first “2-plus-2” security meeting between the two countries since the launch of new administration.
- Finance Minister asks states to reduce burden of VAT on Petroleum Products used as inputs in making of goods post GST
Finance Minister has written to state Chief Ministers urging to reduce burden of VAT on Petroleum Products used as inputs in making of goods after the introduction of GST.
- He has also requested States to explore the possibility of having a lower rate of VAT on petroleum products used for manufacturing of those items on which there is GST, so that there is minimum disruption in the pricing of goods.
- The move comes after concerns were raised by the manufacturing sector on the higher tax incidence that they are facing as they do not get input tax credit on petroleum products.
What is the actual issue?
At present, five petroleum products including crude petroleum, high speed diesel, petrol, natural gas and aviation turbine fuel do not attract GST as States were concerned over revenue losses. However, many of these products like natural gas are used as inputs for making fertilisers and petrochemicals. These fuels are also used for public transport.
In the pre-GST regime:
Because the petroleum products and the final goods produced both attracted VAT, input tax credit of petroleum products was allowed to varying extent by different States
In the pre-GST regime:
Manufactured goods attract GST while the inputs of petroleum products used in the manufacturing attract VAT and, it leads to cascading of taxes.
Alternative fuels to natural gas such as naphtha and LPG are already included within GST.
- TRAI raises penalty on call drops to 5 lakh rupees.
Tightening regulations, telecom regulator TRAI today raised the penalty on telecom operators to 5 lakh rupees for poor mobile service quality, including call drops.
- The regulator will also now measure call drops on the basis of data collected on the performance of telecom towers and not from area offices of telecom companies.
- Child care allowance for women employees with disabilities
Centre has doubled the child care allowance for women employees with disabilities.
- At present, the allowance of 1,500 rupees per month is given to Divyang female employees for taking care of their new born child but now it has been revised to three thousand rupees per month.
- An order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said, the allowance will be payable from the time of the child’s birth till the child is two years old.
- It will be payable for a maximum of two eldest surviving child
- Flood situation in Bihar critical; 37 districts reeling under flood in Uttar Pradesh
- Chief Minister has instructed officials to step up relief and rescue operations on war footing a level.
- The government’s priority has now shifted to providing relief material to the marooned people, while the evacuation of the people trapped in flood-hit areas is also going on.
- Over two thousand country boats are engaged in rescue operations.
- Over 70 thousand food grains have been distributed among flood hit persons.
- Over 1500 Community kitchens have also been set upto provide cooked food to the stranded people
In Uttar Pradesh:
- Flood water of river Ghaghrahas inundated several villages in Barabanki, Faizabad and Ballia districts
- While Rapti river is flowing above danger mark in Shrawasti, Balrampur, Basti and Gorakhpur.
- River Ganga has inundated several areas in Bulandashahar, Kanpur, Allahabad and Ghazipur districts.
- Sharada river has inundated several villages in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Tarai region.
- The Assam government has intensified relief measures in the flood hit areas.
- 1 lakh people are taking shelter in temporary relief camps being operated by the district administration.
- Essential food items are being distributed among the flood affected people.
- India will continue to engage with China
India today said it will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff.
- Peace and tranquillity on the border is an important pre-requisite for smooth bilateral relationship.
- Two border personnel meetings had taken place between Indian border guards and Chinese troops recently.
- No country should use unilateral forces to alter the status of Dokalam.
India has not received hydrological data from China this year despite an agreement.
- ASEAN Youth Summit in Bhopal
External Affairs Minister said that India’s relation with ASEAN is that of love.Addressing the concluding session of the India ASEAN Youth Summit in Bhopal, she said that
- Ramayan and Buddhism connect India and ASEAN countries.
- The message of Lord Buddha is as relevant today as it was years ago.
- The youth have immense transformation power, and are agents of change.