All India Radio News Summary: 02 OCTOBER 2017

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All India Radio News Summary: 02 OCTOBER  2017


  1. Nation pays homage to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversary;

The nation pays homage to Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary today.

  • The Day is being observed as International Day of Non-Violence.
  • An Inter Faith Prayer Meeting has been organized by the Ministry of Culture at Gandhi Smriti.
  • President said,
    • Gandhi Jayanti is an occasion to rededicate to the ideals and values of Mahatma Gandhi.
    • Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence and peaceful co-existence is of increasing relevance in present times.
    • Gandhi believed that Cleanliness is next to Godliness and visualised cleanliness as having three dimensions- a clean mind, a clean body and clean surroundings.
    • Achieving the goals of the Swachh Bharat Mission expeditiously will be a true expression of tribute and regard to Gandhi on his birth anniversary.

The Nation also pays homage to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary today. A host of dignitaries paid tributes to him at his Samadhi Vijay Ghat in Delhi.

  • Lal Bahadur Shastri led the country during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 and his words- Jai Jawan Jai Kisan are remembered even today.

 

  1. In Gujarat, sale of Khadi has increased within a short span

In Gujarat, sale of Khadi has increased to 3.75 crore rupees within a short span following a small decision of the state government.

  • State Education Minister said, the sale of Khadi has recorded a sharp rise following the state government’s decision to make Khadi dress compulsory once a week for school teachers.
  • Last year, the total sales of Khadi from the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) touched a record 1,510 crore rupees. 
  • Decision to wear Khadi uniform on every Tuesday in primary schools of Gujarat boosts Khadi sales in the state.
  • There are many other reasons also behind the increase in Khadi sales. Some institutions have accepted Khadi as uniform for its employees, while ONGC had distributed its last year bonus to the employees in terms of Khadi vouchers.
  • Khadi and Village Industries Commission- KVIC also launched some unique concept including Khadi Gaonto boost rural employment by increasing Khadi sales.
  • Young generations have also started accepting Khadi on a big way following its new designe and fashion.

 

  1. Awards were conferred on those who contributed to the Clean India objective in urban areas on the third anniversary of the launch of the Swacchh Bharat Mission (Urban)

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs conferred awards on those who contributed to the Clean India objective in urban areas on the third anniversary of the launch of the Swacchh Bharat Mission (Urban).

  • A Delhi-based Facebook citizen group ‘My Delhi Keep It Clean’ will be awarded for promoting efforts to clean public places.
  • The Fertiliser Cooperative KRIBHCO will be conferred the Swacchata Award for marketing of compost made from municipal solid waste.
  • The ministry will also felicitate 20 other individuals and agencies in seven categories for significant contribution to furthering the Clean India objective in urban areas.
  • Kasturba Gandhi Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya, Ambikar will receive the award in the schools and colleges category while Swacch Ambikapur Sahakari Samiti has been chosen in self-help group category for women empowerment and livelihood generation by converting garbage into wealth.
  • Richmond Park, Gurugram has been chosen for the award for exemplary decentralized waste management initiative through waste segregation at source, in the RWAs category.
  • Roseland Housing Society, Pune also gets the award for waste segregation initiative.
  • RWA Federation of Mysuru has shown the way in Zero-waste effluent management system.
  • No Food Waste initiative of Coimbatore has been selected in the Innovative Practices category for end-to-end cycle to manage and reduce food waste.

 

  1. Centre is planning to facilitate partnership between gram panchayats and private companies

The Centre is planning to facilitate partnership between gram panchayats and private companies to enhance economic activities in rural areas.

The Rural Development Ministry has selected 50,000 gram panchayats across the country where women self-help groups are active and have basic banking infrastructure and households with savings accounts for this purpose.

 

  1. 3rd anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission

The Fortnight long Swachhata hi Sewa campaign also concluded today. Prime Minister addressed a function to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Inspired by Bapu, PM had called on the nation to make cleanliness a habit. PM also gave away Swachhata awards on the occasion.

The mission was launched in 2014 by Prime Minister to make the country Open Defecation Free and achieve 100 percent sanitation coverage by October 2019. The mission has become a mass movement and people are joining it enthusiastically. Prime Minister also presented the swacchhata awards to the participants in various categories.

  • PM said, India has accepted the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and the movement has become a people’s movement due to the ‘Siddhi’ of Swachhagrahis. 
  • PM said that the Swachhta Abhiyan has now become a dream of common man in the country and Kids are the biggest ambassador of Swachhta.
  • A positive spirit of competition has been created because of the mission.
  • He said, Swachhta should be the responsibility of every person of the country.
  • PM congratulated all those who supported and participated in the Swachhata Hi Seva movement which was launched on 15th of last month.
  • He appealed to the people to continue the momentum of Swachh Bharat built by the movement.

Swacch Bharat Mission was launched in 2014 by the Prime Minister to make the country Open Defecation Free (ODF) and achieve 100 per cent sanitation coverage by October 2019.

  • The mission has become a mass movement and people are joining it enthusiastically. 
  • Under the mission, five states Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana and Uttarakhand and nearly 211 districts around the country have become ODF.
  • Till now more than 2 lakh 50 thousand villages and 1286 cities are Open Defecation Free. Ten states will become ODF by March next year.
  • Currently 94.2 Mega Watt energy is being generated from waste. Apart from this all 4500 villages on the banks of the Ganges have been made ODF and Ganga Grams are being developed there.
  • To encourage sanitation practices, the government have constructed more than five crore toilets in the last three years. 

 

  1. Port Blair has been declared open defecation free

Port Blair has been declared open defecation free. Lieutenant Governor (Professor Jagadish Mukhi) declared the island capital city as Open Defecation Free.

  • Under the scheme, a total of 336 individual toilets were constructed and a financial aid of 14000 rupees was given to every household to construct toilets.
  • As many as 291 community toilet seeds were constructed as part of the initiative.

 

  1. Bihar government today launched a drive against child marriage and dowry

Bihar government launched a drive against child marriage and dowry on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.  

  • On this occassion a programme was held in Patna and Chief Minister led the pledge at Patna and all the government schools, health centres, panchayats, local police stations and government and non-government offices followed that.
  • People took a pledge to stop such marriage if they come across any as a part of their social responsibility and make their state free of these two social evils.

 

  1. In Uttar Pradesh, mass cleanliness drive is being organised on the conclusion of nation-wide ‘Swachchhata hi Seva’ drive

It was initiated by the President from Kanpur on September 15.

  • Uttar Pradesh government has taken several measures to achieve its goal to make the State completely Open Defecation Free ODF by October 2 next year.
  • All villages located on the banks of river Ganga have been declared ODF.
  • Chief Secretary of the State directed the officials for constructing 44,000 toilets every day to make the state ODF by October 2 next year, as 1.55 crore toilets are to be constructed to achieve this objective.

 

  1. Walkathon for older persons at India Gate in New Delhi to mark the ‘International day of Older Persons’

Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment flagged of Walkathon for older persons at India Gate in New Delhi to mark the ‘International day of Older Persons’.

  • This year’s theme of the day is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.
  • More than five thousand participants gathered at India Gate for a noble cause to create awareness about the message of caring and providing respect to older persons and senior citizens.

 

  1. At least 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert

In the United States, at least 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert.

  • A gunman, identified as 64-year-old Nevada resident, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air music festival attended by 22,000.
  • The attack is the worst mass shooting in recent US history.
  • Police described the shooting as a lone wolf attack.

 

  1. PM will lay the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), at Bilaspur

He will lay the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), at Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh.

  • The 750 bed hospital will be built at a cost of approximately 1350 crore rupees.
  • In addition to healthcare, it will also provide medical education at the under-graduate and post-graduate level, besides nursing.
  • The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), at Una.
  • He will also inaugurate a Steel Processing Unit of Steel Authority of India Limited, at Kandrori in Kangra.

 

  1. India is likely to be the world’s fastest-growing large economy in the next 10 years

A Morgan Stanley report says, India is likely to be the world’s fastest-growing large economy in the next 10 years, driven by digitisation, favourable demographics, globalisation and reforms.

  • According to the global financial services major, the trend line in India’s annual GDP growth has been accelerating to 6.9 percent in 2000s, from 5.8 percent in the 1990s, and this momentum is likely to continue in the next decade as well.
  • Morgan Stanley expects digitisation will provide an enhancement of 50-75 basis points to GDP growth and forecast that India will grow to a 6-trillion-dollar economy and achieve upper-middle income status by 2026-27.
  • Morgan Stanley said that India’s real GDP growth is to compound annually at 7.1 percent and nominal GDP growth at 11.2 percent, over the coming decade.

 

  1. US geneticists Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young were awarded the Nobel Medicine Prize

US geneticists Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young were awarded the Nobel Medicine Prize for shedding light on the internal biological clock that governs the wake-sleep cycles of most living things.

  • Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronised with the Earth’s revolutions.
  • The award was announced by the Nobel Assembly.