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All India Radio News Summary: 21 SEPTEMBER 2017


All India Radio News Summary: 21 SEPTEMBER 2017


  1. India reaffirms need for early reforms in UN Security Council; Condemns terrorism in all forms

India has reaffirmed the need for early reforms in the UN Security Council and strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly in New York, External Affairs Minister said,

  • There can be no justification for any act of terrorism.
  • She said connectivity with the SCO countries is India’s priority.
  • She said that SCO is the one of the main pillars of peace and security in the region

Reaffirming the need for early reforms in the UN Security Council, G4 nations issued a joint statement after a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the G4 nations.  In the joint statement, G4 members recognised that members of the UN have gone up from 51 in 1945 to 193 today and that the current composition of the UN Security Council does not reflect changed global realities.

  1. Business establishments wanting to deregister their brands for availing benefit of lower GST can do so by filing affidavit before Tax Commissioner

The Government says, businesses that want to de-register their brands for availing the benefit of lower GST will have to file an affidavit before the tax commissioner about forgoing the rights.

A Finance Ministry said,

  • The businesses will also have to print in indelible ink on containers in which they are selling cereals, pulses, flours that they have voluntarily foregone actionable claim or enforceable right on brands.
  • Under the Goods and Services Tax regime rolled out from July 1, unpacked food grains like cereals and pulses are exempt. However, packed food grains put up in unit container bearing a brand name attracts 5 per cent levy.

Since the GST introduction, it had come to the notice of the Tax Department that many businesses have been de-registering their brands to avail the benefit of lower GST.

  1. Prime Minister pitches for boosting co-operative sector;

Prime Minister pitched for boosting the co-operative sector saying that it can play a pivotal role in the overall development of the country.

Addressing Sahkar Sammelan in New Delhi, PM said, there are several areas where the co-operative sector can help make a positive difference.

  • He said, the cooperatives should enter into new areas like beekeeping and sea-weed cultivation to help farmers double their income by 2022 and boost the rural economy.
  • The PM said, it is natural for the co-operative sector to grow and shine in India.
  • PM also said, the development of rural India is also important along with the development of urban India
  • There is a need to increase the income of farmers
  • The government has provided 29,000 crore rupees to the co-operatives. The Centre will establish the Laxman Inamdar cooperative institute in Gurugram next year.
  1. Home Minister says, Rohingyas who came to India from Myanmar are illegal migrants and not refugees. 

Union Home Minister said, Rohingyas who came to India from Myanmar are illegal migrants and not refugees. He said,

  • The Rohingyas have not followed the procedure of granting status of refugees.
  • Rohinhgyas have not taken asylum and therefore, terming them refugee on ground of human rights is not justifiable.
  • He said, if India deports them to Myanmar, it does not violate any international law as it is not a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention of 1951.
  • Home minister expressed hope that the government of Myanmar will soon take a concrete step in this direction.
  1. The government is trying to dispose off a buffer stock of 18 lakh tonnes of pulses through the National Cooperative Consumers Federation

Food Minister said, the government is trying to dispose off a buffer stock of 18 lakh tonnes of pulses through the National Cooperative Consumers Federation and other entities.

  • The government will procure pulses in the current year as well, if the rates fall below the Minimum Support Price level.
  • The country had procured a record 22.95 million tonnes of pulses in 2016-17 crop years due to good monsoon.
  • The Minister also said that the country has no shortage of sugar and the government will ensure retail price of sugar remains stable during the on-going festive season.
  1. The Centre is planning to start helicopter and smaller aircraft services to hilly areas and Islands

The Centre is planning to start helicopter and smaller aircraft services to hilly areas, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands under the second phase of the UDAN scheme.

  • Under the first round, the government was able to add around 30 new airports.
  • The Centre was also working on adding more international routes from southern cities like Coimbatore and Tiruchirapalli.
  1. The strategic Chabahar Port in Iran will be operational by the end of 2018

The Government said, the strategic Chabahar Port in Iran will be operational by the end of 2018. Transport Minister said that the port will be a “win win” situation for India, Iran and Afghanistan as it would serve as a growth engine for the entire region.

  • The trilateral pact envisages establishment of Transit and Transport Corridor between India, Iran and Afghanistan using Chabahar Port as one of the regional hubs for sea transportation in Iran.
  • It will also help in multi-modal transport of goods and passengers across the three nations.
  1. Textiles is not just an industry, it is a tradition and legacy

Union Minister for Textiles said, textiles is not just an industry, it is a tradition and legacy that we present to the world through the magic of handcrafts.

  • 4-day international textile and apparel fair ‘VASTRA-2017’ was inaugurated in Jaipur today. She said, FDI in Textile has tripled since 2016-17.
  • She also said, due to the Mudra Yojna, the income of the weavers has increased by 50 to 60 percent.
  1. Ministry of Tribal Affairs has decided to overhaul its ambitious scheme of providing fair price for the Minimum Forest Produce

Ministry of Tribal Affairs has decided to overhaul its ambitious scheme of providing fair price for the Minimum Forest Produce through Minimum Support Price.

  • Presently the MSP scheme is under implementation in nine states and the government wants to roll it out in 30 States.
  • He said, currently the government is providing MSP at 24 forest produce including Mahua, Lac, Chironjee, wild honey, tamarind and Gum
  • He said, value addition of forest produce will be done so that the tribals can get better price of their produce.
  • It has to be a village level operation for procurement, then the primary value addition at the village level itself. For example, tamarind, for which the Minimum Support Price is likely to be 35 rupees per kg, will become 120 rupees a kg if you remove the seed. And, then it will be stored and auctioned by state agencies. So, this is a value chain from village right up to the market.
  1. The first of six scorpion class submarines delivered to the Indian Navy today

The state owned Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai delivered the  first of six scorpion class submarines to the Indian Navy today. The submarine will be commissioned soon.

  • The  development marks a major milestone in Indian Navy’s submarine programme as the vessel is expected to bolster India’s maritime prowess,
  • The six submarines designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS,  will replace  the Indian Navy’s  aging Sindhughosh  and Shishumar class of submarines.
  1. The Calcutta High Court today allowed immersion of Durga idols

The Calcutta High Court today allowed immersion of Durga idols on all days from Vijayadashami on the 30th of this month, including on Muharram, and directed the West Bengal government to make necessary security arrangements.

  • The court asked the state government to chalk out designated routes for immersion and Tazia processions.
  • It said, immersion of Durga idols would be held on all days according to the Hindu almanac, including that on Muharram on the 1st of October, when such processions were prohibited by the state administration.
  • The bench also directed the state government to put out advertisements giving information about the routes and also for ensuring amity and harmony between the communities.
  1. Festival of Navratra begins today; Prime Minister greets people on the occasion.

The festival of Navratra, which marks the worship of Goddess Durga, began today with religious fervor and gaiety.

  • All temples in Uttar Pradesh including Vindhyachal in Mirzapur and Kalyani in Allahabad have been tastefully decorated and people in large numbers are visiting various temples to offer special prayers.
  • In Gujarat, the festival of worshipping Ma Amba begins today. The festival is also known for its Garba and Dandiya performances.
  • With the start of navratri, the rass, garba and Dandiya will also begin from tonight. Every club and societies have planned Garba and Dandiya during the navratri.
  • State tourism department has also organized vibrant navratri festival at Ahmedabad from this evening.
  • Prime Minister has greeted the people on the occasion of Navratri.