All India Radio News Summary: 01 OCTOBER 2017

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All India Radio News Summary: 01 OCTOBER 2017


  1. Home Minister says  people living along China border are country’s strategic assets; Urges them  not  to migrate at any cost.

Home Minister said, people living along the China border are country’s strategic assets and urged them, not to migrate at any cost.

  • He directed the frontier guarding force to ensure that the people did not migrate as this would put India’s security at risk.
  • He said, the border population should be given more importance as the government has full faith and trust in the people living in these remote areas.
  • The Minister asked the border force to hold special camps to help the locals and assist them in redressing their problems.
  • He said, the Sino-India border dispute can be resolved through a structural dialogue and a positive approach.

 

  1. Railway Minister announces  Foot Over Bridges to be mandatory at all stations; Power delegated to General Managers on all safety related issues. 

Railway Minister has announced a slew of measures for safety of commuters with a focus on foot-over bridges (FOBs) in the country.

  • He chaired a nine-hour meeting with top railway officials in Mumbai yesterday to review passenger safety measures.
  • The meeting was held a day after 23 people died in a stampede at a crowded station in Mumbai.
  • The Railway Minister said, FOBs would now be mandatory at all stations and they will be treated as safety items having highest priority with no restriction of budget.
  • The Railway Minister said , Besides, decisions regarding sanctioning FOBs, culverts, underpasses at all the stations across the country would be taken within 30 to 35 days.
  • He said, for the next 18 months, General Managers of the Railway zones have been delegated powers without limit for safety related issues.

 

  1. Muharram being observed across the country.

Youm-e-Ashur commemorating the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hazrat Imam Hussain and his companions in the Battle of Karbala in Iraq is being observed across the country.

  • Tazia and alam processions are being taken out to mark the day. 
  • Muslims observe the day by offering special prayers and fasting. 
  • Ashura falls on the 10th of the month of Muharram as per the Islamic calendar.
  • On this day in the Hijri year of 61, Imam Hussain with his family members and 72 followers were martyred in the Battle at the hands of Yazid’s soldiers in order to uphold the teachings of the Prophet.  
  • In Uttar Pradesh, both communities of Muslims participated in Tazia processions with a deep sense of grief and sacrifice in most of the districts.
  • In Uttar Pradesh, elaborate security arrangements have been made by the administration in Lucknow and Allahabad.

 

  1. Catalonia region to hold a referendum on independence from Spain; Government calls it a mockery of democracy.

Catalonia is holding a referendum on independence from Spain despite the government calling it a mockery of democracy.

  • Tens of thousands of Catalan separatists took part in a final rally ahead of the referendum.
  • Regional President told the crowd that he believed Catalonia with Barcelona being capital, would be taking its first steps as a sovereign nation.
  • Thousands of extra police personnel have been drafted in across Spain as the government seeks to stop the ballot.
  • The government has called the referendum as unconstitutional and the country’s Constitutional Court has suspended the vote so that it could consider the matter.

 

  1. North Korea has not shown interest in pursuing talks on its nuclear and missile programs.

The US State Department has said, North Korea has not shown interest in pursuing talks on its nuclear and missile programs.

  • Washington was communicating directly with Pyongyang and exploring the possibility of talks.
  • The North Korean officials have shown no indication that they are interested in or are ready for talks regarding denuclearisation.

 

  1. The third edition of Women of India Organic Festival begins at Dilli Haat

The third edition of Women of India Organic Festival begins at Dilli Haat.

  • The 15-day festival aims at promoting women entrepreneurs and farmers in the organic sector. Women and Child Development Minister will inaugurate the festival.
  • The theme of the festival is – Good for Women, Good for India, Good for You.
  • More than five hundred participants from the remotest parts of the country will take part in the event to showcase their products.
  • India’s most varied offerings of organic products ranging from food, wellness, personal care, home improvement and solar products will be on display.
  • The festival will highlight the health and environmental advantages of organic goods and provide a platform for women engaged in it.
  • This will also boost the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for women producers.

 

  1. Reducing massive food waste is India’s priority

Union Minister for Food Processing Industries said, reducing massive food waste is India’s priority.

  • This was said while seeking American investment and technology in this regard.
  • She is currently on a week-long visit to the United States to interact with the agriculture industry and food processing companies in Chicago, Washington and New York.
  • Speaking at an industry round table organised by US India Strategic Partnership Forum, the Minister said India, currently only processing 10 per cent of its food.

 

  1. President inaugurates Shirdi airport in Maharashtra;

President inaugurated the Shirdi airport in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. President also flagged off the inaugural flight of Alliance Air from Shirdi to Mumbai.

  • President said air connectivity will give a boost to the tourism sector in the region.
  • The President also participated in the inauguration of Centenary celebrations of Samadhi of Shri Saibaba at Shirdi.
  • The flight from Shirdi to Mumbai will take around 45 minutes. At present it takes around five hours to travel from Shirdi to Mumbai by road. Constructed at a cost of around Rupees 350 crore the Shirdi airport has a 2500 meter long runway and is capable of handling narrow-body aircrafts like Airbus A320 and Boeing 737s.
  • Shri Saibaba Sansthan has contributed Rupees 50 crore for the construction of the airport. With the inauguration of the airport at Shirdi, a world famous pilgrim place due to Shri Saibaba Mandir, has fulfilled a long standing demand

 

  1. Finance Minister says revenue is the lifeline of developmental activities in the country.

Finance Minister has said that revenue is the lifeline of developmental activities in the country. He said, revenue has a great importance in the society and is the lifeline of governance.

  • Revenue is the lifeline of governance. It is the lifeline of all developmental activities.
  • Now, when people have a right to demand development, then have also a responsibility to pay what is required for that development.
  • Efforts are made in the fiscal policy to ensure that the commodities which are used largely by consumers are least taxed as indirect tax puts burden on everyone.
  • He said the society which was conventionally non-tax compliance society, is undergoing a transformational change today and people are realising the virtues of greater compliance.

 

  1. India opens two immigration check posts along its borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh

India has opened two immigration check posts along the borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh.

  • The Home Ministry said, it has designated Zorinpui land check post in Lawngtlai district of Mizoram as an authorised immigration check post for entry into or exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers to or from Myanmar.
  • It has also designated Kawrpuichhuah land check post in Lunglei district of Mizoram as an authorised immigration check post for entry into or exit from India to or from Bangladesh.
  • The opening of immigration check posts along the borders with Myanmar & Bangladesh is a sigh of relief for the people of Mizoram as it fulfills the long cherished aspirations of the people of the state.
  • The two immigration check posts will definitely help in checking illegal smugglings and illegal immigrants which often make news and create political storm in the state.
  • Experts feel that immigration check posts may also be opened at Champhai bordering Myanmar. It may be noted that Mizoram shares 318 kms long border with Bangladesh and 404kms long border with Myanmar.

 

  1. The need to properly address the garbage issue of Delhi to make it a clean global city

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister stressed on the need to properly address the garbage issue of Delhi to make it a clean global city.

  • During Swacchata Hi Sewa Campaign he said, the Centre has sanctioned three hundred crore rupees to the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi for the purchase of modern equipments for cleaning purposes.
  • He urged the people to keep separately dry and wet waste so that recycle of dry waste and compost with ease.

 

  1. Monsoon withdraws from Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and some parts of Haryana and west Rajasthan.

Southwest monsoon has withdrawn from Himachal Pradesh with 15 per cent deficit rainfall. Met department officials said, monsoon also withdrew from Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and some parts of Haryana and west Rajasthan.

  • During the current monsoon season the state received total 719.9 millimeter rainfall instead of 843.5 millimeter of normal.
  • The five districts Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Sirmour and Solan recorded less rainfall than the normal. Una and Kullu district recorded 18 and 13 percent more rainfall in this period. Last year also the state recorded 26 percent less rainfall than the normal. 

 

  1. The world heritage site Kaziranga national park will reopen for visitors

The world heritage site Kaziranga national park will reopen for the visitors tomorrow on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

  • The park remained close in monsoon session due to floods. This year flood caused heavy infrastructure damages to the park.

 

  1. Scope for lesser slabs under GST after revenue buoyancy, says Finance Minister.

Finance Minister said that there is scope for lesser slabs under the Goods and Services Tax once there is revenue buoyancy.

  • He said there is space for improvement and also need for improvement to reduce compliance burden on small taxpayers.
  • The Finance Minister said indirect tax burden is borne by all sections of society and it is always government’s endeavour to bring down tax rates on items of mass consumption.

 

  1. President declares Urban Maharashtra as Open Defecation free; Describes it as a big step towards the new India of 2022.

President said that a healthy and prosperous India will be built only on the foundations of a clean India.  

The President was speaking at a function in Mumbai to declare Urban Maharashtra as Open Defecation Free. He said it is a big step in the direction of New India by 2022, conceived by Prime Minister.

  • He said declaration of ‘ODF’ Urban Maharashtra is particularly relevant for the state as 49 per cent of Maharashtra’s people live in urban areas.
  • The President added that keeping the environment dirty is a curse to any society as it spreads diseases and decreases the overall productivity thereby decreasing GDP of the nation.