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All India Radio News Summary: 03 OCTOBER 2017

All India Radio News Summary: 03 OCTOBER 2017

  1. President appoints a Commission to examine sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes.

President has appointed a Commission to examine the sub-categorisation of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

  • Justice (Retd.) G. Rohini will be the chairperson of the Commission which will present its report to the President with in twelve weeks.
  • The sub-categorization of the OBCs will ensure that the more backward among the OBC communities can also access the benefits of reservation for educational institutions and government jobs.
  • The Commission will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among the castes or communities included in the broad category of OBCs with reference to such classes included in the Central List.
  • It will work out the mechanism, criteria, norms and parameters in a scientific approach for sub-categorisation within such OBCs.
  • On receipt of the report, the Central Government will consider ways and means for equitable distribution of the benefits of the reservation in Central Government jobs and admission in the Central Government Institutions amongst all strata of the OBC.


  1. Bi-annual talks between the chiefs of the border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh

The bi-annual talks between the chiefs of the border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh has bgun in New Delhi. A 24-member delegation of the Border Guard Bangladesh led by Director General will hold talks with the Border Security Force team led by its chief KK Sharma.

  • The 45th such meeting between the two sides will be held at a BSF camp in New Delhi for four days.
  • Smuggling of fake Indian currency notes, narcotics, drugs and human trafficking are among a host of issues that will be discussed during the meeting.
  • The two sides are also expected to discuss trans-border crimes, including cattle smuggling, activities of Indian insurgent groups based in Bangladesh, prevention of illegal migration, joint efforts for effective implementation of common agenda programmes and other confidence building measures.
  • India shares a 4,096-km-long border with Bangladesh.


  1. Foundation stone for development of Muktyala to Vijayawada stretch of Krishna River called National Waterways -4 in Vijayawada

Vice President laid the foundation stone for development of Muktyala to Vijayawada stretch of Krishna River called National Waterways -4 in Vijayawada.

  • He also inaugurated nearly 415 kilometres of the National Highway projects worth 1,928 crore rupees.


  1. In Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists attack BSF camp near Srinagar airport

In Jammu and Kashmir, three terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces near Srinagar airport. One BSF official was martyred. The deceased BSF personnel have been identified as ASI BK Yadav.

  • The encounter broke out when a group of three to four terrorists attacked the 182 battalion of the BSF camp adjacent to the Srinagar International Airport outside the Airforce station at Gogo Humhama area in Srinagar. 
  • This fidayeen attack is the second high profile attack on the highly fortified security installation within over a month in Kashmir Valley.  
  • Home Minister has complimented the security forces for successfully eliminating the terrorists involved in the attack on the BSF camp near Srinagar International Airport.
  1. Women voters outnumber their male counterparts in Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu, women voters outnumber their male counterparts by more than six lakh people.

  • The draft electoral roll was released in Chennai by the state Chief Electoral Officer.
  • The total number of voters enrolled in the draft list is about 5 crore, 96 lakh including about three crore one lakh women.
  • The Highest voter concentration is in Sholinganalur constituency near Chennai.
  • Incidentally, it is the constituency having the highest number of women voters as well. 


  1. Kerala kick starts the Measles-Rubella vaccine drive as part of the National Immunisation Programme

Kerala kick starts the Measles-Rubella vaccine drive as part of the National Immunisation Programme aiming to eradicate measles by 2020.

  • Chief Minister inaugurated the one month long State-level programme in Ernakulam.
  • 76 lakhs children are expected to be immunized through this drive in the state.
  • Measles-Rubella vaccine mandatory for children between 9 months and 15 years, will be administered to an estimated 41 crore children in the country.
  • The drive is being conducted in several phases in the country, in which Kerala comes in phase 2. 


  1. Foreign diplomats were taken on a tour of Rohingya villages

Myanmar’s government has taken foreign diplomats on a tour of Rohingya villages in the country’s western state of Rakhine.

  • Officials from the United Nations and foreign countries flew over an area where fighting took place.
  • They also visited an area where a village had been burned down and met residents.
  • This is the first time since fighting broke out between Rohingya militants and government troops in late August that the country has allowed foreign representatives into the region. 


  1. President Ram Nath Kovind reaches Djibouti City on the first leg of his two-nation tour of Africa.

President embarked on a four day visit to Djibouti and Ethiopia. This is his first overseas visit after assuming office. He reached Djibouti, on the first leg of his visit.

  • This will be the first ever visit at the level of Head of State or Government from India to Djibouti since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. 
  • The President will be in Ethiopia from 4th to 6th of this month. It will be the first visit by an Indian President to Ethiopia after almost 45 years.


  1. The Central government reduced the basic excise duty on petrol and diesel by two rupees per litre

Petrol and diesel will be cheaper by two rupees per litre from yesterday night. The Central government today reduced the basic excise duty on petrol and diesel by two rupees per litre to cushion the impact of rising international prices of crude oil and retail prices of petrol and diesel.

  • The reduction will apply on both branded and unbranded Petrol and Diesel and is expected to provide much needed relief to the common man.
  • The Finance Ministry said the revenue loss on account of these reductions will be about 26 thousand crore rupees in a full year and about 13 thousand crore rupees during the remaining part of the current financial year.


  1. Infrastructure growth at five-month high of 4.9 per cent in August as coal and electricity sectors register robust growth.

Helped by robust performance of the coal and electricity sectors, the country’s infrastructure sector grew to a five-month high of 4.9 per cent in August this year.

  • The infrastructure sector had grown 3.1 per cent in August last year, and 2.6 per cent in July this year.
  • Official data released today showed that production of coal spurted 15.3 percent in August, output of natural gas increased 4.2 percent, and electricity generation jumped 10.3 per cent during the month.
  • Refinery production grew 2.4 percent in August, and steel output grew 3 per cent.
  • But crude oil, fertiliser and cement recorded negative growth in the month under review.
  • The core sector numbers for August seem to suggest that the manufacturing segment seems to be turning around because electricity is only produced when there is a demand for electricity and the increasing supply of coal also augurs well.
  • The new policy that has been put for putting coal mines for private auctions, so, together with the continuing robust production of steel there is a turnaround in the manufacturing segment of the economy.