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All India Radio News Summary: 10 OCTOBER 2017


All India Radio News Summary: 10 OCTOBER 2017


  1. Centre will consult the states on bringing petroleum products under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Prime Minister said, the Centre will consult the states on bringing petroleum products under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

  • PM said this while reacting to suggestions of participants during the interaction with CEOs and experts of oil and gas from across the world in New Delhi.
  • NITI Aayog CEO quoted the Prime Minister as saying that there is a need to talk to the states over the issue. 
  • Currently, petroleum products face high Central and State levies and Petroleum Minister repeatedly talked about bring petrol and diesel under the GST framework.
  • The Prime Minister brainstormed on ways to raise domestic oil and gas production and asserted that his government is committed to doing more for the energy sector with a focus on expanding infrastructure and access to it in eastern India.

 

  1. Despite attempts to derail the Goods and Services Tax, GST, the states are adopting the new regime at a fast pace – FM

Finance Minister said despite attempts to derail the recently introduced Goods and Services Tax (GST), the states are adopting the new regime at a fast pace.

  • At the event jointly organised by CII and US India Business Council (USIBC) in New York, FM said global integration of Indian economy is happening at a time when other economies are becoming more protectionist.
  • He said India is now a better place to do business because of the series of steps taken by the government in the last three years.
  • Finance minister said India is now capable of taking big decisions and implementing them at a large-scale.

 

  1. Centre has imposed anti-dumping duty on imports of certain steel wire rods from China

The Centre has imposed anti-dumping duty on imports of certain steel wire rods from China for five years, with a view to guard the interest of domestic players from cheap in-bound shipments.

In a notification, the Department of Revenue said that the anti-dumping duty imposed shall be effective for a period of five years from the date of its imposition and shall be payable in Indian currency.

  • The duty was imposed after the Commerce Ministry’s Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) recommended duty on such imports.
  • In its findings, the DGAD had concluded that wire rod of alloy or non-alloy steel has been exported to India at below the normal value due to which the domestic industry has suffered material injury.
  • India has already slapped anti-dumping duty on certain cold-rolled flat steel products from four nations, including China and South Korea.
  • The Anti-dumping measures are taken to ensure fair trade and provide a level-playing field to the domestic industry.

 

  1. Vice President will inaugurate the third International Conference on Yoga

 

 

Vice President will inaugurate the third International Conference on Yoga in New Delhi. The theme for this year’s conference will be ‘Yoga for Wellness.’ The two-day conference has six technical sessions and experts will deliberate on the scope of Yoga in integrated medicine, control of cancer, depression, gynecological disorders and pain management.

Around 500 delegates, including those from 44 countries, will attend the conference which will provide a common platform to AYUSH and allopathic practitioners, researchers, academicians, policy makers and students.               

 

 

  1. NHRC issued notices to Centre and Maharashtra government over reported deaths of farmers

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices   to Centre and Maharashtra government over reported deaths of farmers due to infection caused by spraying of a pesticide on cotton crops.

  • Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports, the Commission sought detailed reports from state Chief Secretary and Union Agriculture Secretary within four weeks.
  • The reports say that in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra several farmers had to be hospitalized, during the last three months, due to an infection, caused by spraying of a pesticide on the cotton crops.
  • NHRC said, the state government is reported to have announced an inquiry into the deaths of 18 farmers and farm labourers.
  • The NHRC also directed the state Chief Secretary to inform about the steps taken to stop recurrence of such incidents and ensure that the best treatment is provided free of cost to the farmers.

 

  1. Facebook comes to minor girls rescue

Facebook comes to minor girls rescue. A family court in Jodhpur annulled child marriage of a girl who was only 12 when her wedding was solemnised 7 years ago.

The boy’s Facebook account provided evidence that helped in proving that the marriage took place 2010, when both the boy and the girl were minors.

 

  1. Indian Peace Keepers repulsed an attack by a group of around 30 militia on Friday on its Lubero post in the troubled province of North Kivu in Congo.

 

  1. The devolved powers given to the Services Chiefs should be fully utilised for achieving their capabilities – Defence Minister

The Minister said the Air Force along with Ordnance Factory Board and DRDO should make an assessment about indigenisation under ‘Make-in-India’ programme.

Minister said the budgetary allocations should not be viewed as a constraint and should be looked at to acquire what is absolutely necessary.

She said the government is committed to fill the gaps which have arisen due to lack of timely decision making.

Integration of the Armed Forces is essential – Minister said.

Defence Minister says, integration of the Armed Forces is essential particularly in the domain of training, communication, logistics and cyber among others to prepare for any future conflict.

  • Addressing the Army Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi today, she said, the government is also focussing on capacity building and capability development of the force.
  • She promised close monitoring of improvement in strategic infrastructure, long pending force modification requests, welfare of serving, retired and their families.
  1. Better and more efficient use of water is a challenge for Indian agriculture and the industry

President said, better and more efficient use of water is a challenge for Indian agriculture and the industry.

Inaugurating India Water Week in New Delhi, he said

  • The issue of water is becoming more critical in view of climate change and related environmental concerns.
  • There is a need to set new benchmarks in villages and in cities being built.
  • The President said, currently, 80 per cent of water in the country is used by agriculture and only 15 per cent by the industry. In coming years, this ratio will change.
  • The total demand for water will also rise. Efficiency of water use and reuse therefore has to be built in to the blueprint of Industrial projects.
  • The President said, in urban areas, 40 billion litres of waste water is produced every day and it is vital to adopt technology to reduce the toxic content of this water and to deploy it for irrigation and other purposes
  • The President also urged for a localised water management approach which should empower village and neighbourhood communities and build their capacity to manage, allocate and value their water resources.

 

  1. BIMSTEC’s first Disaster Management Exercise

Home Minister stressed on the need for regional cooperation to deal with natural disasters. Addressing BIMSTEC 1st Disaster Management Exercise in New Delhi, he said, advanced and improved disaster preparedness must be there to avoid a large number of losses due to natural calamities.

  • The Home Minister said, reducing loss of lives should be on the main agenda during any kind of natural disaster.
  • He said India is making improvement in its natural disaster warning systems

 

  1. Dialogue with various insurgent groups in the state with Centre’s involvement, to find a political solution to and bring peace.

Manipur Chief Minister said his government is keen to have dialogue with various insurgent groups in the state with Centre’s involvement, to find a political solution to and bring peace.

 

  • CM said government wants to have talks under one umbrella as 30 different armed groups are operating in the state. He said his party is willing to give up power if a long-lasting solution could be found to the insurgency.
  • The Centre had signed a Framework Agreement with NSCN(IM) in August 2015 to find a solution to the  insurgency, although it is yet to yield a final outcome.
  • Manipur has a long history of insurgency with banned outfits, including People’s Liberation Army, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak, United National Liberation Front and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup active in the valley. 

 

  1. Liberians are set to go to the polls to choose a successor to Africa’s first elected female president

Liberians are set to go to the polls today to choose a successor to Africa’s first elected female president and Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

  • Almost 2.2 million people are registered to vote in the election.
  • Ms Sirleaf, 78, is stepping down at the end of her two terms. She urged people to vote peacefully in a nation still recovering from a 14-year civil war.         
  • Liberia has not had a smooth transfer of power in 73 years. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, with more than 50 percent of people living in poverty. 

 

  1. The National Investigation Agency, NIA has dealt a blow to the morale of terror and separatist groups

The National Investigation Agency, NIA has dealt a blow to the morale of terror and separatist groups by crackdown on flow of funds from the neighbouring country to finance unrest in Kashmir.

  • Home minister said, the government initiated steps to grant full autonomy to the NIA in investigations.
  • He said, the agency has proved its credibility in the last eight-and-a-half years by conducting fair, credible and professional investigations.
  • He said, the NIA investigations have resulted in 95 per cent conviction rate.
  • The Home Minister said, terrorism is a road block for development and it is a curse for civilized society.

 

  1. The birth centenary celebration of Nanaji Deshmukh

Prime Minister will address a function to mark the birth centenary celebration of Nanaji Deshmukh in New Delhi. He will release a commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh. He will launch a portal for coordination and monitoring of development works at the district level.

  • He will also launch the Gram Samvad App which will carry information on the progress of rural development works at the Gram Panchayat level.

 

Chandikadas Amritrao Deshmukh also known as Nanaji Deshmukh  was a social activist from India. He worked in the fields of education, health, and rural self-reliance, and has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India. He was a leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sanghand also a member of the Rajya Sabha.

  1. In Uttar Pradesh, the State Government has ordered inquiry into the case of Chemical gas leakage from a sugar mill

In Uttar Pradesh, the State Government has ordered inquiry into the case of Chemical gas leakage from a sugar mill in Shamli district due to which many children fell unconscious and were hospitalized in various hospitals.

  • The chemical gas, leaked from bio waste of a nearby sugar mill on Budhana Road.
  • District Magistrate of Shamli has ordered the pollution control board to file a report about the gas leakage.

 

  1. NGT has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to stop indiscriminate dumping of municipal solid waste and debris

The National Green Tribunal, NGT has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to stop indiscriminate dumping of municipal solid waste and debris on the Hindon floodplains.

  • A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the state government to immediately remove the garbage lying on the riverbed and restore the area to its original form and status.
  • The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by a local resident against reckless dumping of municipal solid waste near Hindon River in Ghaziabad.

Hindon River, a tributary of Yamuna river, is a river in India that originates in the Saharanpur District, from Upper Shivalik in Lower Himalayan Range. The river is entirely rainfed. 

 

  1. International Monetary Fund revised its global growth forecasts

The International Monetary Fund revised its global growth forecasts, saying an upswing in the world economy would likely gather pace into next year.

But the global crisis lender called on governments to strike while the iron is hot, saying dangers for the current recovery lurked on the horizon and ambitious reforms are necessary for continued poverty reduction.