All India Radio News Summary: 27 SEPTEMBER 2017

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All India Radio News Summary: 27 SEPTEMBER 2017


  1. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha calls off its over 100-day old indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has called off it’s over 100-day old shutdown in Darjeeling hills of West Bengal.

  • GJM, which was spearheading the agitation for a separate state of Gorkhaland, said the decision was taken after Union Home Minister made an appeal to withdraw the strike.
  • On Monday, with normalcy returning to the hills, the administration had decided to lift the restrictions on use of internet services, which were imposed on the 18th of June.
  • The town, known as the Queen of Hills, sprang back to life as news of the suspension of the agitation spread. The shops and markets have opened from this morning. Vehicles are plying on the roads as usual.
  • Home minister said that in a democracy dialogue is the only way out to resolve any problem and solutions can be found through restraint and mutual dialogue within the legal ambit.

 

  1. Prime Minister invites French companies to benefit from growing investment opportunities in India.

Prime Minister has invited French companies to take advantage of the improving business climate and growing investment opportunities in India.

  • He extended the invitation during a meeting with the President of the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF) Pierre Gattaz in New Delhi.
  • MEDEF is the largest employer federation of France.
  • France is one of India’s top ten sources of Foreign Direct Investment.
  • PM appreciated the invaluable contribution of business leaders from both countries in strengthening bilateral ties over the years.

 

  1. Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah inaugurates India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show.

​The Chief Executive of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah is arriving in New Delhi on a three-day visit to India.

  • Dr Abdullah will inaugurate India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Conference. It will feature Afghan entities from economic, agriculture, health, education and energy sectors seeking trade and investment opportunities with India.
  • Consumer goods from Afghanistan will also be on display.
  • India and Afghanistan enjoy deep rooted civilizational links and India has been partnering with the Government and the people of Afghanistan in their efforts to build a stable, peaceful, prosperous, united and pluralistic country.
  • The visit of the Chief Executive follows the recently concluded second meeting of the Strategic Partnership Council which was co-chaired by the External Affairs Minister of India and the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan.

 

  1. US imposed new economic sanctions against North Korea; Blacklists its banks and individuals in several countries.

The United States has imposed new economic sanctions on North Korea tightening pressure on the nuclear-armed country.

  • Under the new sanctions, eight North Korean banks and 26 individuals operating in China, Russia, Libya and UAE have been blacklisted.
  • The Treasury department said, the banks are used to help finance development of weapons of mass destruction and the individuals were working with the North Korean financial system. 
  • It said, the move will further advance their strategy to fully isolate Pyongyang in order to achieve broader objectives of a peaceful and denuclearized Korean peninsula.

Meanwhile, a day after North Korea said it was ready to defend itself by shooting down US bombers, President of US said, Washington is totally prepared for military action against Pyongyang, but it is not a preferred option.

 

  1. A mob led by a group of Buddhist monks attacked a United Nations safe house for Rohingya refugees in capital Colombo

In Sri Lanka, a mob led by a group of Buddhist monks attacked a United Nations safe house for Rohingya refugees in capital Colombo. The mob broke down gates, pelted stones and entered the walled multi-storied compound.

  • The monks claimed that the refugees are Muslim terrorists who killed Buddhist monks in Myanmar.
  • The Sri Lankan Navy had rescued the refugees in April after they were found drifting in a boat in Sri Lankan waters.
  • Sri Lankan government has condemned the action of a group of Buddhist monks and the police over the incident involving Rohingya refugees at a UN safe house in Colombo.
  • Rohingya refugees have been in Sri Lanka since 2008 and yet monks were protesting only now.

 

  1. World Tourism Day.

The World tourism day is dedicated to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the international community.

The theme this year is ‘Sustainable tourism – a tool for development’.

  • September 27 marks World Tourism Day, an annual event organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) aimed at underscoring the social, cultural, political and economic values of international tourism.
  • This day has been celebrated since 1980 on 27th September in which the Statutes of the World Tourism Organization, UNWTO entered into force.
  • It is dedicated to exploring the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Whenever people travel, wherever they travel, they should remember to respect nature, respect culture and respect the host. 

On World Tourism Day, Prime Minister has invited people from all over the world to come and discover the beauty of Incredible India and hospitality of Indian people.

 

  1. Government will organize Hastkala Sahyog Shivirs

The Government will organize Hastkala Sahyog Shivirs in 421 handloom and handicrafts clusters in different parts of the country which will benefit over 1 lakh 20,000 weavers and artisans. The pan India Handloom and Handicraft camps to be organized between the 7th to the 17th of next month.

 

  1. Mudra promotion campaign on pan-India basis is launched today

The Centre has launched the Mudra promotion campaign on pan-India basis in different parts of the country. The campaign will continue till 17th of next month.

  • According to the Ministry of Finance, 50 such campaigns will be organised in different parts of the country where Union Ministers will take part.  
  • The Micro Unit Development and Refinance Agency, or MUDRA Scheme was launched to fund and promote microfinance institutions, which would in turn provide loans to small and vulnerable sections of businesses.

 

  1. Two influential US lawmakers introduce legislation in the House of Representatives to support India’s permanent membership to UN Security Council.

In the United States, two influential Democratic lawmakers have introduced a legislation in the House of Representative to support India’s permanent membership to the UN Security Council.

  • The resolution will put the House officially on record in support of India’s bid.
  • Securing a permanent spot for India on the UN Security Council would strengthen democracy around the world.
  • India plays a critical role as a strategic partner for the United States and is a pillar of stability in South Asia.
  • This move is in the interest of the US and the world to have a UN Security Council whose members combine military strength with respect for democracy and pluralism.

 

  1. Dialogue among all the States possessing nuclear weapons to build trust and confidence

India has called for a meaningful dialogue among all the States possessing nuclear weapons to build trust and confidence and for reducing the salience of atomic weapons in international affairs.

  • High-level plenary meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons happened in New York.
  • India’s Permanent Representative to the UN said India remains committed to the goal of a nuclear weapon free world and the complete elimination of nuclear weapons consistent with the highest priority accorded to nuclear disarmament.

 

  1. Prime Minister asks States to help small traders in adopting GST; calls for sustained efforts to boost digital payments.

Prime Minister has asked the States to use the district administration to facilitate small traders to access and adopt GST.

  • He said that while traders across the country are positive and are accepting the new taxation arrangement, they need hand-holding so that their problems can be resolved.
  • Chairing the 22nd interaction through PRAGATI, PM reiterated that small businesses must register with the GST network to take advantage of business opportunities.
  • He said the common man and the trader must benefit from this path breaking decision.
  • The Prime Minister also called for sustained efforts to boost digital payments and work towards a less-cash society.
  • He asked the Secretary, Financial Services, to look at ways to increase the use of RuPay debit cards that have been issued to Jan Dhan account holders.
  • The Prime Minister said many Central Government departments are now using the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) but only ten States have so far shown keenness in using it. He urged all Chief Secretaries to optimise its use to minimize leakages and delays.
  • During the meeting, PM reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to the banking sector. He also reviewed the progress of nine infrastructure projects in the railway, road, power, coal and gas pipeline sectors, spread over several states.
  • Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) platform is a multi-purpose and multi-modal platform aimed at addressing grievances of common man.

It also aims at simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important Union government programmes and projects as well as projects flagged by State Governments.

  1. Union Cabinet approves 25 thousand crore rupee scheme for modernization of state police forces in next three years;

The Cabinet Committee on Security approved the implementation of an umbrella scheme for modernization of state police forces in the next three years.

  • The internal security, law and order, women security, weapons procurement, hiring of helicopters and other requirements will be covered under the scheme.
  • The scheme has three thousand core rupees as central assistance for 35 worst Left Wing Extremism  affected districts.
  • It will also have 100 crore rupees outlay for North Eastern States for police infrastructure up-gradation, training institutes and investigation facilities.

 

Cabinet decided to increase the retirement age of Central government doctors other than Central Health Service (CHS) to 65 years. The decision will benefit around 1445 doctors of various ministries and departments of the Central government.

The Cabinet also approved installation of telecom towers in all army cantonments to improve mobile phone connectivity in the Cantonments and Military Stations.

 

  1. The government has extended the deadline for obtaining Aadhaar to avail government schemes and subsidies

The government has extended the deadline for obtaining Aadhaar to avail government schemes and subsidies by 3 months to 31st of December this year. Earlier, the deadline was 30th of this month.

  • This extension will only apply to those beneficiaries who are not assigned Aadhaar number or those who have not yet enrolled for Aadhaar.
  • As many as 135 schemes including the free cooking gas to poor women, kerosene and fertiliser subsidy, targeted public distribution system and MGNREGA will be covered by the extension.

 

  1. The Defence Acquisition Council, DAC, today accorded Acceptance of Necessity to the Indian Navy

The Defence Acquisition Council, DAC, today accorded Acceptance of Necessity to the Indian Navy for procurement of upgraded Sonars for its destroyers and frigates through the BUY INDIAN route at a cost of 200 crore rupees.

  • These Sonars are designed, developed and manufactured indigenously by the DRDO and the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory, Kochi.
  • They will provide a significant boost to the Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
  • The DAC also cleared procurement of missiles for replenishing the naval inventory.

 

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC)

The DAC is Defence Ministry’s highest decision making body for capital acquisition proposals forwarded by the Indian armed forces. It was set up in 2001 as part of the post-Kargil reforms in defence sector.

  • It approves the long-term integrated perspective plan for the forces,
  • accords acceptance of necessity (AON) to begin acquisition proposals,
  • Grants its approval to all major deals through all their important phases.
  • It also has the power to approve any deviations in an acquisition, and recommends all big capital defence purchases for approval of the Cabinet committee on security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister.
  1. Army inflicted heavy casualties on insurgent group NSCN(K)

The Army inflicted heavy casualties on insurgent group National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang, NSCN (K) during an operation along the India-Myanmar border in the early hours today.

The Eastern Command of the Army maintained that its troops suffered no casualty during the action. The Indian troops operating along the Indo-Myanmar border were fired upon by unidentified rebels of NSCN-K. Indian troops reacted swiftly and brought down heavily retaliatory fire on insurgents. The insurgents then broke contact and fled from the spot. The Army also asserted that Indian troops did not cross the international border.