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All India Radio News Summary: 09 OCTOBER 2017

All India Radio News Summary: 09 OCTOBER 2017

  1. Election Commission to visit Gujarat today to review election preparedness for forthcoming Assembly polls in state.

Chief Election Commissioner led team of senior Election Commission officials will begin two-day visit to Gujarat. The election commission team will review the preparedness for the Gujarat assembly polls, expected to be held within the next two months. The poll panel will meet representatives of the recognised political parties in Ahmedabad.

  • It will also hold a meeting with all District Election Officers and senior police officers at Gandhinagar to review different aspects of election management.
  • The poll officials will flag off a mobile EVM-VVPAT Demonstration Centre, which will visit all assembly areas of Gandhinagar to create awareness about VVPATs.
  • The delegation will hold a meeting with nodal officers tomorrow to discuss issues related to the election expenditure management as well as the law and order scenario.


  1. Supreme Court says Insurance claims cannot be rejected purely on the ground of delay in filing a case.

Supreme Court has said that insurance claims cannot be rejected if the reason for delay in filing it is satisfactorily explained.

  • A bench of Justices said that rejection of the claims on purely technical grounds in a mechanical manner will result in the loss of confidence of policy-holders in insurance industry.
  • The observations came as the bench allowed the appeal of a man against the ruling of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission that insurance firms could deny the claim benefit for delay in filing it.
  • The apex court directed Reliance General Insurance Company to pay 8.35 lakh rupees to the Hisar-based customer whose insured truck was stolen but his claim was rejected on the grounds of delay in filing it.


  1. Women and Child Development Ministry celebrates the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Week

Women and Child Development Ministry celebrates the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Week from today to 14th of this month under the theme ‘the daughters of New India’.  

  • It is being observed as a mark to Celebrate Girl Child and Enable her Education around the week of International Girl Child Day, on 11th October.
  • International Girl Child Day is celebrated every year to promote empowerment of girls and reinforce gender equality.
  • Districts in States and Union Territories have undertaken several innovative steps to address the issue of declining child sex ratio and promote value of girl child.
  • The government has said that there has been an improvement in sex ratio at birth in 104 districts selected for the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme. Out of the total 161 districts where the programme is being implemented, an increasing trend in Sex Ratio at Birth is visible in 104 districts.
  • The Women and Child Development ministry now plans to extend this programme to all the districts of the country with focus on the 56 of the total 161 districts that have shown a decline in Sex Ratio at Birth.
  1. Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rain in Northern Odisha

Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rain in Northern Odisha, under influence of a low pressure over Bay of Bengal.

  • The upper air cyclonic circulation over North Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood has formed into a low pressure area over the bay and adjoining south Bangladesh.
  • The Met bulletin said the low pressure has become stationary at some point and is moving very slowly. Under its impact heavy rain may occur at one or two places in some districts of North Odisha including Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj, besides, other parts of the state to witness rain fall till tomorrow.
  • It forecast strong and gusty surface wind speed reaching 40 to 45 kmph is likely to prevail along Odisha coast and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea until further update.


  1. Gujarat High Court commutes death sentence of 11 convicts into life term in Godhra train carnage case

The Gujarat High Court commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts in the 2002 Godhra train carnage case to life imprisonment. The high court also upheld the life sentence awarded by the special SIT court to 20 others in the case.

  • A division bench of Justices of the high court pronounced the judgement on appeals filed by the convicts as well as the prosecuting agency.       
  • The special SIT court had on March 1, 2011 convicted 31 persons. The trial court sentenced 11 persons to death and 20 others to life imprisonment, while acquitting 63.
  • The high court also ordered the state government and the railways to pay a compensation of 10 lakh rupees to the kin of those killed in the train burning incident.


  1. Supreme Court bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till 31st of this month

The Supreme Court extended its order of last November banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till the 31st of this month.

  • The apex court’s September 12 order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers would be effective from November 1.
  • The top court, through the 2016 order, had suspended all licences which permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR.
  • On September the 12 this year, the apex court had temporarily lifted its earlier order and permitted sale of firecrackers.
  • There will be no firecrackers available for purchase this Diwali following the Supreme Court upheld its earlier verdict banning sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR region.
  • The apex court’s verdict came on a plea seeking restoration of last year order suspending all licences which permit sale of fireworks.
  • Each year, the festival leaves the air in Delhi thick with deadly smog which led to breathlessness and lung difficulties.
  • Last year, Diwali firecrackers pushed pollution level in the capital to a dangerous level.
  • The Supreme Court’s order is indeed a Diwali gift for not only humans but for the pets that get disoriented and temporarily lose hearing sense due to incredibly loud and unexpected noises.


  1. Boat carrying Rohingya refugees from Myanmar capsizes off Bangladesh; 12 dead and scores missing.  

At least 12 people died and scores were missing after a boat packed with Rohingya refugees, many of them children capsized.

  • Bangladesh authorities said, the boat sank near Shah Porir Dwip, on the southern tip of Bangladesh.
  • Coast guard and border guard officials said the boat was overloaded with about 100 people when it sank at the mouth of the Naf river that separates Myanmar from Bangladesh.
  • Nearly 520,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since late August after the military in Myanmar launched a crackdown following attacks by Rohingya militants.
  • The United Nations has said the army campaign could amount to ethnic cleansing while Myanmar military leaders have blamed the unrest on the Rohingyas.


  1. The benefits of cleaner and more fuel efficient economy should reach all sections of society – PM

Prime Minister said the status of the energy sector in India is highly uneven and stressed the need to develop energy infrastructure and access to energy in Eastern India.

  • PM flagged the potential of biomass energy and also invited participation and joint ventures in coal gasification. He welcomed all possibilities for innovation and research in the oil and gas sector.
  • He also welcomed the suggestion made for a comprehensive energy policy.
  • The Prime Minister indicated that as India moves towards a cleaner and more fuel-efficient economy, its benefits should expand horizontally to all sections of the society and in particular to the poorest.
  • The Prime Minister also focused on the use of bio-gas and emphasized the importance of development in eastern India.
  • India can decrease the import of gas and oil by 10 percent by 2022 and can emerge as strong oil and gas based economy.


  1. Union Home Minister said terrorist outfits are trying to weaken Indian economy by staging attacks on national assets

Union Home Minister said terrorist outfits are trying to weaken Indian economy by staging attacks on national assets.

  • Minister said, the CISF should always be vigilant to counter any attacks.
  • He noted that India is emerging as the fastest growing economy in the world. He expressed confidence that the size of the national economy would touch five trillion US dollars by 2030, to become one among the world’s top three economies. Now India is in the list of top five with two-trillion US dollars.


  1. Nobel economics prize awarded to Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago.

The Nobel economics prize has been awarded to Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago for his contribution to behavioural economics.

  • Prize was awarded to the economist for his understanding of the psychology of economics.
  • The Nobel committee said Thaler’s work shows how human traits affect individual decisions as well as market outcomes.
  • Thaler, 72, is a pioneer in behavioural economics, a research field in which insights from psychological research are applied to economic decision making.