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All India Radio News Summary: 25 SEPTEMBER 2017


All India Radio News Summary: 25 SEPTEMBER 2017


  1. ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana is launched to provide electricity to un-electrified households by March 2019

Prime Minister launched the ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana to provide electricity to un-electrified households by March 2019.

  • The scheme is named ‘Saubhagya’ and will provide subsidy on equipment like transformers, meters and wires.
  • Over 16 thousand crore rupees will be spent on providing electricity to un-electrified households. 

The Prime Minister said,

  • The government is committed for the welfare of people especially the poor.
  • The government is working on six basic principles for providing well planned, accessible, affordable, clean and safe electricity.
  • It is unfortunate that four crore people of the country are yet to get electricity and are dependent upon lanterns to light their homes.
  • His top priority is fulfilling the aspirations of the poor.
  • He announced that no fee will be charged from poor for power connection.
  • Our country, which used to face power shortage, is now a power surplus state.

The installed power capacity has increased by 12 per cent during last three years and 60 thousand Mega Watt power has been added. Financial condition of power distribution companies has improved and distribution system has been strengthened in the country.

 

  1. Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board has issued notice for the closure of 1200 MW thermal power plant

The Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board has issued notice for the closure of 1200 MW thermal power plant of Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) for over polluting the Belgiri canal. The Plant is located in Korba district.

  • The closure notice mentioned that ash slurry water from the damaged ash dam is polluting water of a Belgiri canal passing near the plant that drains into Hasdeo river.
  • Notably, Hasdeo river water is mostly used for irrigation and at some places for drinking purpose in the region.
  • Action has been taken following collapse of a Ash Dam (Ash Dyke) resulting in thousand tonnes of ash slurry drained into Belgiri canal passing near the plant.
  • The Environment Board has also asked BALCO management to repair the dam urgently.

 

Hasdeo River

  • Hasdeo River, a major tributary of the Mahanadi, is one of the important rivers of Chhattisgarh.
  • It flows towards south of the state, through Koriya, Bilaspurand Korba Districts.
  • Hasdeo has a total length of 245 km and has its origin in Mendra village.
  • Other tributaries of Hasdeo include Jhumka and Bania.
  • Along the river lie rocks and hilly areas, thin forest areas and important settlements such as Sonhat, Ghugra, Manendragarh, Kosgain, Korba and Champa.

 

  1. A new underground water treatment plant has been commissioned at Sadhutilla in the southern part of Agartala

In Tripura, a new underground water treatment plant has been commissioned at Sadhutilla in the southern part of Agartala under the aegis of the state Urban Development department.

  • The plant has fulfilled long cherished aspiration of the people looking for drinking water free from iron and other contamination.
  • The plant has started functioning with supply of quality treated water initially to 565 households.
  • The Sadhutilla water treatment plant is designed to treat surface water and deep tube wells.
  • Initially, this is started treating underground water collected through six deep tube wells of the locality. It has two Over Head Storage Reservoirs with capacities of 1,130 Kilo Liter and 450 Kilo Liter.
  • The specialty of the plant is that it will be treating water at higher standards with minimizing turbidity and iron in water much below the permissible level.
  • The plant has also the provisions of recycling of sludge water and rain water harvesting.

 

  1. Prime Minister has constituted a five-member Economic Advisory Council

Prime Minister has constituted a five-member Economic Advisory Council.

  • The committee will analyse any issue economic or otherwise referred to it by the Prime Minister.
  • Niti Aayog member Dr Bibek Debroy will head the council.

 

Economic Advisory Council

  • Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister(PMEAC) is a non-constitutional, non-permanent and independent body constituted to give economic advice to the Government of India, specifically the Prime Minister.
  • The council serves to highlight key economic issues facing the country to the government of India from a neutral viewpoint.
  • It advises the Prime Minister on a whole host of economic issues like inflation, microfinance, industrial output, etc.
  • Views of the PMEAC are sought after to better understand the prospects of economic performance of India like its growth rates as well as on policy matters like autonomy of regulators.
  • The periodic reports of the PMEAC – the annual Economic Outlookand Review of the Economy – are the most widely followed

 

  1. Voting underway in Iraq in controversial referendum on independence of Kurdish region.

In Iraq, the historic voting on the referendum to carve out a separate country is underway in Kurdistan despite warnings within the country and regional opposition from its neighbours Iran and Turkey.

  • Approximately five million people are expected to cast their votes on independence of the provinces controlled by the Kurdish Regional Government.
  • The federal government in Baghdad has called the referendum unconstitutional and affects both Iraqi and regional security.
  • Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has warned of the potentially destabilising impact the referendum and said that vote could also hinder efforts to counter Islamic State group.
  • Leader of Iraqi Kurdistan said, independence is the only way to guarantee the safety of his people
  • Kurds are one of the largest ethnic groups who occupy a similar geographical area spanning huge mountainous region across Iran, Syria, Turkey and part of Armenia.

 

  1. Pakistan’s envoy to the United Nations has been criticized for using a fake image to illustrate alleged Indian atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistan’s envoy to the United Nations has been criticized for using a fake image to illustrate alleged Indian atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations held up a picture of a victim of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza claiming it to be of a victim of Army’s pellet guns in Kashmir.
  • Her claim boomeranged on her as the picture used by her was reported by a number of media outlets as that of Rawia Abu Joma’a, a 17-year-old girl injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza city in 2014.