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All India Radio News Summary: 29 AUGUST 2017

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All India Radio News Summary: 29 AUGUST 2017


  1. Prime Minister inaugurated various National Highway projects in Rajasthan

Prime Minister inaugurated various National Highway projects in Rajasthan today.

  • Among the projects inaugurated are: 6-Lane Cable Stayed Bridge across river Chambal at Kota; 4 Laning of Gomati Chauraha – Udaipur section of NH-8; and 4-Laning of Rajsamand-Bhilwara section of NH-758.
  • The total outlay on these projects is estimated to be over 15,000 crore rupees.

 

  1. Over two-month long stand-off between India and China in Doklam has ended

The over two-month long stand-off between India and China in Doklam has ended as both countries have withdrawn their troops from the area.

  • India said, the process of disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site has been completed under verification.
  • India has maintained that differences on such matters can be addressed only through diplomatic channels.
  • Peace and tranquillity in the border areas is an essential pre-requisite for further development of the India-China bilateral relationship.
  • The development is being seen as a big diplomatic breakthrough for India ahead of Prime Minister’s upcoming visit to China for the BRICS Summit.
  • Prime Minister will visit Xiamen in China’s Fujian province during 3rd to 5th of next month to attend the 9th BRICS Summit
  • Top experts in the US have welcomed the disengagement of troops by both India and China at Doklam, but warned that the problem is not out of the woods.

 

Future course of action

  • There are still unresolved questions between that there are serious fault lines in a relationship that is clearly seismic the two sides which should not be ignored.
  • Neither side could afford a conflict, no matter how small. 

 

  1. Centre is taking measures to bring down prices of onions

The Centre said it is taking measures to bring down prices of onions to a reasonable level to give immediate relief to consumers.

  • The government said it has allowed states and union territories to take measures to ensure adequate availability of onions at reasonable prices.
  • It said states may impose stock limits on onions and undertake various measures like de-hoarding operations and action against speculators and profiteers.
  • This has been necessitated due to abnormal rise in prices of onions though the production and supply in the market is better than last year. 
  • The Government has said there is no shortage of sugar for domestic consumption in the country. The Centre has imposed stock limits on sugar mills for September and October to keep prices under control during the festival season.

 

Essential Commodities Act (ECA)

The Essential Commodities Act (ECA) was enacted by the Central Government in 1955 to control and regulate trade and prices of commodities declared essential under the Act.

The Act is again in the limelight, as the Government is making it more stringent while bringing onions and potatoes under its purview. 

 

What does the Act deal with?

  • The Act empowers the Central and state governments concurrently to control production, supply and distribution of certain commodities in view of rising prices.
  • The measures that can be taken under the provision of the Act include, among others, licensing, distribution and imposing stock limits.
  • The governments also have the power to fix price limits, and selling the particular commodities above the limit will attract penalties.
  • Black marketing of essential commodities was a major problem in the past and this has now been controlled to a large extent.
  • The Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) and such other orders have been issued under the powers of the ECA.
  1. Torrential rain accompanied by strong winds in Mumbai

In Mumbai, torrential rain accompanied by strong winds pummelled the metropolis today, disrupting rail, and road and air services, uprooting trees and swamping homes.

  • People’s woes were compounded by the high tide that prevented natural drainage of water into the sea.
  • Thousands of vehicles were stranded on arterial roads of the city
  • Met department said, Mumbai has recorded 65 mm rain in just three hours, adding that it was the heaviest downpour since 2005 deluge.
  • Met has also forecast very heavy rainfall in next 24 hours.
  • Schools and colleges in the city have been closed for tomorrow.
  • Chief Minister visited the State Disaster Management Control room and took stock of the situation. He said the situation is being monitored closely and necessary advisories would be issued from time to time.

 

  1. Income Tax Department has again warned people against cash dealings of 2 lakh rupees

The Income Tax Department has again warned people against cash dealings of 2 lakh rupees and more, saying any violation of this cap will invite strict penalty under law.

  • In a public message, the department said accepting 2 lakh rupees or more in aggregate from a single person in a day for one or more transactions relating to one event or occasion is prohibited.
  • The department in the past has issued similar public advertisements.
  • Similarly,
    • Receiving or repaying 20,000 rupees or more in cash for transfer of immovable property
    • Paying more than 10,000 rupees in cash relating to expenditure of business or profession is also banned.

 

  1. North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan today

North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan today.

  • The South Korean military said that the missile was launched from Sunan near Pyongyang and travelled over Japan before falling into the sea.
  • No North Korean missile had overflown Japan for years.
  • The Japanese government said, is a major escalation amid tensions in the Korean peninsula.
  • Today’s launch came after a strained period in the Korean peninsula following North Korea’s testing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month that appeared to bring much of the US mainland within reach.
  • A couple of days ago, Pyongyang had launched three short-range missiles.

 

  1. 20th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, several opposition MPs and NGOs have challenged the draft bill of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution seeking to hold provincial elections on the same day.

  • People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections filed a Fundamental Rights Petition before the Supreme Court today saying the government can postpone the elections to three Provincial Councils, scheduled for this year, through the amendment.
  • The petitioner states that the government has restricted the sovereignty of the people by continuously postponing and delaying the local government elections.
  • There has been no election in the island country since 2015 though the local body elections are long overdue.
  • The draft amendment is being seen as a strategy to delay the provincial council elections also though the government maintains is being done to save resources.