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All India Radio New Summary


All India Radio New Summary


  1. A nine-judge constitution bench of Supreme Court unanimously declares ‘Right to Privacy’ a fundamental right

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court today declared the right to privacy a fundamental right under the constitution.

  • A nine-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar ruled that right to privacy is an intrinsic part of the Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 and entire Part III of the Constitution.
  • The nine judges unanimously overruled the two earlier judgements of the apex court that the right to privacy is not protected under the Constitution.
  • Several petitioners had challenged the validity of the Aadhaar scheme on grounds of it being violative of the right to privacy.
  • The court had also voiced concern over the possible misuse of personal information in the public domain. 
  • The question whether Aadhaar violates right to privacy will be dealt with by the five-judge bench which has been hearing the petitions since 2015.
  • Government and parties across political spectrum have welcomed Apex Court’s decision.
    • Union Law Minister hailed the judgment and called it a landmark verdict. He said, ‘Right to Privacy’ is part of ‘Right to Liberty’ and no right is absolute as it is subject to reasonable restrictions.
    • AADHAAR data is fully protected and anyone who uses the data for any purpose other than for what it is meant for will be punished.
    • The Supreme Court judgment heralds a new era for individual rights, personal liberty and human dignity.
    • It will protect the misuse of private data in a world dominated by corporates.

 

  1. India and Nepal have inked eight Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs)

India and Nepal have inked eight Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in various fields including –Housing grant, prevention of drugs and reconstruction packages in health & education sectors.

  • The two leaders also jointly inaugurated the Kataiya-Kusaha and Raxaul-Parwanipur cross border Transmission lines.
  • The Prime Minister said India will extend all possible assistance to Nepal to deal with flood situation. He said the two countries have also agreed to increase trade relations. He said India is committed to ensure development of its valuable neighbour.
  • Prime Minister has stressed on close cooperation between the defence and security agencies of India and Nepal to prevent misuse of open borders.
  • Prime Minister of Nepal has reposed faith in Make in India initiative saying, it will also help Nepal in reviving its manufacturing sector and create jobs. 
  • Speaking at an India-Nepal Business Forum meeting in New Delhi yesterday, PM of Nepal, through Foreign Direct Investment, Nepal is eager to participate in scaling up benefit from the regional value chain. The Nepalese Premier said his goal is to work for the future of the youth.
  • Both the leaders have also agreed to strengthen coordination and consultation for flood control and think of its long term solution.

 

Doklam issue did not figure during the talks between both the Prime Ministers.

 

  1. Government has finalized a new cadre policy of IAS, IPS and IFoS
  • The government has finalized a new cadre policy of IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service officers aimed at ensuring national integration in the country’s top bureaucracy.
  • Officers of all-India services – the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) – will have to choose cadres from a set of zones instead of states.
  • Under the new policy, candidates can only select one state or cadre from a zone as their first choice. Their second, third, fourth and fifth choices have to be from the different zones.
  • According to an official of the Personnel department, the new policy would help in upholding the rationale behind the all-India services.

 

  1. Indian and Pakistani Armies held a flag meeting yesterday on the Line of Control (LoC)

Indian and Pakistani Armies held a flag meeting yesterday on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir against the backdrop of several ceasefire violations.

  • Both sides agreed to institute mechanisms to ensure durable peace and tranquility along the border.
  • The flag meeting was held between Battalion Commander-level officers at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch Sector.
  • The Indian side highlighted abetment and support of the Pakistan Army to cross-border terrorism, sniping actions on the LoC and deliberate targeting of civil population during ceasefire violations.
  • Resumption of trade and transit through Chakan-Da-Bagh was also discussed during the flag meeting.

 

What is a flag meeting?

A flag meeting is a meeting held at the border or on the Line of Control by commanders of both sides. The flag meeting was held between Battalion Commander-level officers at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch Sector.

 

Is an actual flag present in the ‘flag meeting’?

Yes, an actual flag is present when commanders from both the countries come for talks. The flag is to symbolise peace. Both of them are accompanied by their escorts. A chair is laid out and talks begin to sort out the impending issue.

 

Where is the meeting held?

The exact location of the meeting is subject to different considerations. Sometimes it takes place on ‘no man’s land’. Today’s meeting took place at the at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch Sector.

 

What is the follow-up from this meeting?

It is basically a confidence building meeting. After the meeting, both sides go back to their headquarters and the next line of action is determined based on the outcome of the meeting.

 

  1. The combination of development and good governance is essential for the welfare of citizens

Prime Minister has said the combination of development and good governance is essential for the welfare and satisfaction of citizens.

  • The Prime Minister was interacting with a group of over 70 Additional Secretaries and Joint Secretaries of the central government in New Delhi.
  • He emphasized the need for all wings of the Government to work in harmony and synchronisation to achieve the best possible results.
  • He said, the world is looking at India with positive expectations and the entire world feels that a successful India is vital for a global balance.
  • PM said, there is also a strong undercurrent for excellence from the citizens. He said honest decision making with good intention will always be encouraged by the Union Government.
  • He asked the officers to focus attention on the 100 most backward districts, so that they can be brought up to the national average on various development parameters.

 

  1. The ‘Anna Data’ of the nation should be free from worries.

Prime Minister has said the prosperity of farmers is essential for the development of the nation.

  • Addressing the Bhartiya Agro Industries Foundation’s Golden jubilee celebrations in Pune, via video conferencing. PM said farmers or the ‘Anna Data’ of the nation should be free from worries.

 

  1. A campaign to protect Indian rivers will be flagged off in Kanyakumari

A campaign to protect Indian rivers will be flagged off in Kanyakumari on the first of next month.

  • The 30-day ‘Rally for Rivers’, being launched by the Isha foundation, is aimed at creating awareness about the urgency to rejuvenate fast depleting rivers.
  • The campaign will include 23 major and numerous smaller events, both online and offline to involve all segments of society.
  • We, as a generation of people, have taken the largest bite of this planet. Never before any particular generation has used up as much as we have used up. So, it is the time that millions of people to come out and show their responsibility for the wellbeing of the future generations.

 

  1. Rajasthan gives reservation to Jats under OBC category.

In Rajasthan, Jats of Dholpur and Bharatpur districts have been given reservation under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category.

  • The State Social Justice and Empowerment department issued a notification in this regard yesterday after approval from the Cabinet.
  • It was a long pending demand of the Jat community residing in both the districts to include them in the OBC list.
  • The central government through a notification in 1999 included the Jats in the OBC list following which Rajasthan too included them in the reserved category in 2000. The said notification was challenged in the Rajasthan High Court, which quashed the quota to Jats of Bharatput and Dholpur in 2015.

 

  1. Security forces seized huge quantity of arms and ammunition

In Chhattisgarh, security forces seized huge quantity of arms and ammunition of Maoists in tribal Bastar region today.

  • In a joint operation, a team of CRPF and District Reserve Group- DRG recovered these ammunition and explosives dumped by Maoists in the forests of in Kate Kalyan area of Dantewada district.

 

  1. A two-day Meeting of Heads of Governments of SCO Member States

A two-day Meeting of Heads of Governments of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Member States will begin today at Cholpon Ata in Kyrgyz Republic.

  • The meeting will focus on prevention and elimination of emergency situations.
  • Home Minister is leading the Indian delegation
  • Home Minister has said that India will cooperate extensively in further consolidation of the Sanghai Cooperation Organisation, SCO as an effective regional platform. In his opening statement at the SCO meeting on prevention and elimination of emergencies at Cholpon-Ata in Kyrgyzstan today, he said, India’s membership of SCO will take the cooperation to greater heights and it will improve the cooperation in combating emergencies.  
  • India became full member of the SCO, a China-dominated security grouping, in June this year.

 

  1. Qatar has restored full diplomatic relations with Iran

Qatar has restored full diplomatic relations with Iran, disregarding the demands of Arab nations to lessen its ties with Tehran.

  • A Foreign Ministry statement said, the state of Qatar expresses its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields.
  • Qatar had pulled out its ambassador in early 2016 after Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric sparked attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran, a move to show solidarity with the kingdom.