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All India Radio News Summary: 22 SEPTEMBER 2017

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All India Radio News Summary: 22 SEPTEMBER 2017


  1. Prime Minister dedicates to the nation Deendayal Hastkala Sankul, a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts in Varanasi.

Prime Minister said his government is taking decisions at a rapid pace to fast track development in the interests of the poor and to empower the poor.

  • The Prime Minister inaugurated newly constructed,  Deendayal Hastkala Sankul, a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts in Varanasi. The centre is a testimony of the government’s resolve for a better future for weavers and craftsmen.
  • PM said, the museum at the centre will also give a boost to tourism in the city and will be the hub of economic activity in the region. 
  • The Prime Minister flagged off the Mahamana Express. The train will connect Varanasi with Surat and Vadodara in Gujarat. He said, the train service will increase trade and economic activities between the two states.

 

  1. India urges world community to act against countries using terrorism as a state policy instrument; Calls for collective efforts to disrupt terrorist networks, their financing and movement.

External Affairs Minister has said that the horror of terrorism continues to haunt global peace and security. She was addressing the BRICS Ministerial Meeting in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session.

  • She did come down heavily on terror groups operating with support system by other countries. It is basically a very strong signal to Pakistan to stop using terrorism as an instrument of State Policy.”
  • The External Affairs Minister said countering terrorism must not be a matter of political convenience and efforts, including by States, to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against other countries must be condemned
  • Minister said, there is a need for collective efforts to disrupt terrorist networks, their financing and movement.
  • She also referred to Prime Minister’s call for a BRICS Counter-Terrorism Strategy for Joint Action at the Xiamen BRICS Summit in China. 
  • The Minister said the situation in West Asia remains precarious and the crisis in the Gulf has further added to uncertainty. She said the spiral of violence in Afghanistan manifests the complexity of the challenge and the action and rhetoric of North Korea has been a source of growing global concern.

 

  1. New Delhi presses for early and comprehensive United Nations’ reforms to make it more representative and legitimate.

India has emphasised on the need for an “early comprehensive” reform of the United Nations, including the Security Council.

  • Addressing a trilateral meeting of India, Brazil and South Africa, on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly Session in New York, External affairs minister said that the IBSA forum believes in a multilateral trading system that is fair, open and transparent with the World Trade Organization at its centre.
  • IBSA should play its rightful role in shaping global discourses and share its wisdom with the world community.
  • The reference to UN reforms and there was an agreement for the need for comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council and to increase representation of developing countries.
  • The Foreign Ministers of the IBSA stressed the need for early reform of the UN Security Council in order to make it more representative, inclusive, legitimate, and effective.
  • They discussed and exchanged views on the global political situation, Global Economic and Financial Situation, Reform of Global Governance and Sustainable Development.
  • Emphasizing the growing importance of South-South cooperation, the IBSA Ministers reviewed the progress of the implementation of the lBSA Fund, progress on Poverty and Hunger alleviation.

 

  1. US President signs a new order to enforce sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme. Pyongyang warns of strong countermeasures.

US President has signed a new order that will enforce sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme.

  • The US treasury has been authorised to target firms and financial institutions conducting business with North Korea.
  • He also said China’s Central Bank had instructed other Chinese banks to stop doing business with Pyongyang.
  • It comes less than two weeks after the UN approved new sanctions against the country over its latest nuclear test.
  • Meanwhile, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has said his country will consider the highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history against the United States.

 

  1. Protests outside UN headquarters demanding probe by United Nations into Human rights violations in Baloachistan and Sindh provinces of Pakistan

Activists from Baluchistan and Sindh in Pakistan demonstrated outside the United Nations headquarters, when Pakistan Prime Minister was addressing the General Assembly in New York.

  • They were demonstrating against human rights violations and disappearance of people in the country.
  • They were demanding independence and protested against Pakistan’s illegal occupation of Baluchistan.
  • The protesters demanded UN probe into human rights violations.

Last year, Indian External Affairs Minister in her speech at UN had raised the human rights violations of Baloch people.

 

  1. UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister has proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims, who are fleeing a military crackdown to seek refuge in her country.

  • Adressing the UN General Assembly, she said that these people must be able to return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity.

 

  1. India describes Pakistan as Terroristan, the land of pure terror; says it has become geography synonymous with terror, producing and exporting global terrorism.

India has described Pakistan as Terroristan, the land of pure terror.

  • Exercising its right to reply at the UN General Assembly, India said, Pakistan has become geography synonymous with terror with a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terrorism.
  • First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN said Terroristan is in fact a territory whose contribution to the globalisation of terror is unparalleled.
  • In its short history, Pakistan has become geography synonymous with terror. The quest for a land of pure has actually produced the land of pure terror.
  • The Indian diplomat said, it is extraordinary that the state which protected Osama Bin Laden and sheltered Mullah Omar should have the gumption to play the victim.
  • All Pakistan’s neighbours are painfully familiar with these tactics to create a narrative based on distortions, deception and deceit.
  • She said,
    • Pakistan’s current state can be gauged from the fact that Hafiz Saeed, a leader of the UN designated terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba, is now sought to be legitimised as a leader of a political party.
    • Pakistan’s counter-terrorism policy is to mainstream and upstream terrorists by either providing safe havens to global terror leaders in its military town, or protecting them with political careers.
    • Islamabad will never succeed in undermining India’s territorial integrity despite their best efforts to scale up cross-border terrorism.
    • Having diverted billions of dollars in international military and development aid towards creating a dangerous infrastructure of terror on its own territory, Pakistan is now speaking of the high cost of its terror industry.
    • The world does not need lessons on democracy and human rights from a country whose own situation is charitably described as a failed state.
    • Pakistan can only be counselled to abandon a destructive world view that has caused grief to the entire world. 
    • If it could be persuaded to demonstrate any commitment to civilisation, order and to peace, it may still find some acceptance in the comity of nations.

 

Pakistan Prime Minister had raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly.
After India, Afghanistan has also said that Pakistan has adopted a policy of use of violent proxies in pursuit of political objectives.

  • Exercising its right to reply at the UN General Assembly, Afghanistan said, Pakistan is diverting international attention over country’s long standing failure to take effective action against terrorist groups and sanctuaries.

 

  1. Science and Technology Minister urged the innovators to make their innovations affordable and accessible to the common man.

Science and Technology Minister urged the innovators and scientists to make their products and innovations affordable and accessible to the common man.

  • He said, hundreds of beautiful things have been developed in the country but they are yet to reach the hands of people.
  • This is the biggest challenge how innovative products should be available to households.

 

  1. The world famous artificial leg ‘Jaipur Foot’ developer organization has once again started a special camp in Dhaka

The world famous artificial leg ‘Jaipur Foot’ developer organization has once again started a special camp in Dhaka, today.

  • In the camp 700 Bangladeshi disabled will get Jaipur foot fitted free of cost.
  • Prior to this, Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayta Samiti has implanted 1400 Jaipur Foot free of cost in two special camps organized in Bangladesh.
  • The design and technique of Jaipur Foot is very advanced.
  • It is cheap, more flexible and effective compared to other artificial limbs.
  • Jaipur foot has organised 65 camps in 29 countries, including Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia and has given momentum to life of 35 thousand people.
  • So far, the organisation has benefited more than 5 lakh people from the country and abroad.

 

  1. In Indonesia, nearly six thousand residents evacuated from villages near an active volcano, Mount Agung on Bali island. 

In Indonesia, nearly 6000 residents were evacuated from villages near an active volcano, Mount Agung on the island of Bali.

  • National Disaster Management Agency said, volcanic activity remains high and there are indications of magma rising to the surface and causing tremors.
  • Authorities warned tourists and residents to avoid camping or hiking within 6 kilometers radius of the crater.
  • However authorities said, flights at Bali’s international airport are operating as normal and there is little disruption to tourism operators across the rest of the island.
  • Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country.

 

  1. Finance Minister says GST implementation is smoother than expected.

Finance Minister said the implementation of Goods and Services Tax, GST regime is going smoother than expected.

  • He said the number of people coming under the network itself is now likely to expand gradually.
  • The Finance Minister stressed that assets of banks is a core area of concern for the government.
  • He assured banks that the government stands with the banking system and will work expeditiously to strengthen it.
  • He lauded banks for their initiatives towards financial inclusion and Aadhaar seeding.

 

  1. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has unveiled its latest ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has unveiled its latest ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres, capable of reaching much of the West Asia, including Israel.

  • The opening came during a military parade in Tehran. The parade commemorates the 1980s Iran-Iraq war.