All India Radio News Summary: 18 OCTOBER 2017
- At least 74 persons killed and over 170 injured, in a series of suicide attacks by Taliban in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan Taliban targeted police compounds and government facilities. Suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a police training centre and killed 41 people, including 20 police personnel, in the eastern city of Gardez, the capital of Paktia province.
- In a separate attack, insurgents stormed a security compound in Andar district of Ghazni province and killed 25 security officials and five civilians.
- The attacks come a day after four-way talks between Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China were held in Oman with the aim to end the Taliban’s 16-year insurgency.
- Centre asks states to be extra vigilant during the on-going festive season
The Centre has asked states to be extra vigilant during the ongoing festive season against attempts by terrorists and subversive elements to disrupt peace and ignite communal tension.
- The Home Ministry has asked the state governments to deploy additional forces in crowded and religious places to foil any attempts by terrorists to carry out attacks.
- The state governments have also been advised to be alert against provocative sloganeering, especially near religious places.
- Delhi Police has registered 21 cases in connection with illegal sale of firecrackers
Cracker Ban Fires up Black Market with merchants providing doorstep deliveries of fireworks, defying the Supreme Court ban.
- The Delhi Police has registered 21 cases in connection with illegal sale of firecrackers in the national capital.
- The Supreme Court had temporarily banned sale of firecrackers in Delhi and national capital region till the 31st of this month to control air pollution.
- Several measures have been taken in the recent past to keep a check on pollution. The most recent is a ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR.
- Prior to this, government had also issued prohibitory orders on stubble burning, as it had become a major concern, resulting in air pollution as well as reduction in soil fertility.
- Environment Pollution Control Authority banned diesel generator sets in Delhi and ordered closure of Badarpur thermal power plant. The efforts come in the wake of degrading air quality in the national capital.
- Central Pollution Control Board will monitor air quality from various stations located across Delhi-NCR and will sent a daily reports to the authority.
- The rate of interest has been reduced on loan given to women and their self-help groups under ‘Saksham Yojna’
The Chhattisgarh government has reduced the rate of interest on loan given to women and their self-help groups under ‘Saksham Yojna’ from 6.5 per cent to 5 per cent.
- The initiative will allow the women and SHGs to easily avail the loan facility for self-employment and thereby become self-dependent.
- The Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh is operated by state’s women and child development department to disburse easy term loans to women and SHGs.
- Odisha government has enhanced monthly remuneration of Anganwadi workers by 50 per cent.
The Odisha government has enhanced monthly remuneration of Anganwadi workers by 50 per cent. The anganwadi workers will receive 6,000 rupees per month against 4,000 at present. Similarly, monthly remuneration of mini-anganwadi workers has been increased to 4,125 rupees against the existing amount of 2,750 rupees. Anganwadi helpers will receive 3,000 rupees per month against current 2,000. The decision will benefit more than 70,000 anganwadi workers of the state.
- China’s biggest political event, the Communist Party Congress, began in Beijing
China’s biggest political event, the Communist Party Congress, began in Beijing. The summit takes place once every five years and determines who rules the country and its direction for the next five years.
- President Xi Jinping, who became China’s leader in 2012, is widely expected to remain as the Chief of the ruling Party. He said, socialism with Chinese characteristics had entered a new era.
- Shortly after the Congress ends, the party is expected to unveil the new members of the country’s top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, which will steer the country.
- Chinese President said any attempt to separate Taiwan from China will be thwarted and the principle of peaceful reunification must be upheld.
- China regards self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as a wayward territory, to be brought under Beijing’s rule by force if necessary.
- Reacting to Chinese President’s speech, Taiwan’s government said that it was “absolutely” the right of Taiwan’s 23 million people to decide their future.
- Chinese President assured China’s neighbours that Beijing is ready to resolve its disputes through dialogue but not at the expense of its strategic interests.
- US author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize
US author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize. He became only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel “Lincoln in the Bardo“.
- India can help the US keep an eye on Pakistan
US Ambassador to the UN said, India can help the US keep an eye on Pakistan as President has taken tougher approach to Islamabad harbouring terrorists.
- US President recently announced a new strategy for combating terrorism in Afghanistan and South Asia, one of the pillars of that strategy is the development of America’s strategic partnership with India.
- She said, the US cannot tolerate Pakistan or any other government giving safe haven to terrorists who target Americans.
- The US is looking at India to help US more in Afghanistan particularly in economic and development assistance.
- IBSA Dialogue Forum(8th IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting)
India, Brazil, South Africa, IBSA Dialogue Forum brings the member countries together under common principles of tolerance, multiculturalism and shared views on issues like climate change, international trade, UN Reforms and fight against international terrorism.
- IBSA Forum is a unique platform for consultation, coordination and cooperation among the three democratic traditions from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
- Though the geographical distances separate the three countries, there is much convergence in their world views on sustainable development, clean and healthy living, multilateral trading system, Doha Development Agenda, disarmament and non-proliferation.
- The IBSA Forum has expanded and enriched the engagements in a meaningful way in a rather short time.
- IBSA Fund has been a shining example of IBSA Cooperation and it has generated immense goodwill and solidarity with partners from developing world.
- Adopt innovative ways for speeding up various processes of governance
Prime Minister has asked officers to adopt innovative ways for speeding up various processes of governance.
- Interacting with Directors and Deputy Secretaries working in various departments and Ministries, the Prime Minister asked them to create teams to achieve better results.
- PM exhorted them to work with full dedication towards creation of New India by 2022.
- PM interacted with the officials in four separate groups this month and discussed several issues, including governance, corruption, health, education, Swachh Bharat and tourism.
- Death of a 11-year-old girl reportedly due to starvation in Jharkhand
The Centre has sought report from Jharkhand government over the death of an 11-year-old girl reportedly due to starvation.
- Food Minister said, it is a matter of concern that even after three months of the implementation of Food Security Act in the state, the beneficiary did not get the benefit.
- The girl died at her village in Simdega district after the administration allegedly stopped giving her family subsidized food.
- Meanwhile, Jharkhand Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of fifty thousand rupees to the kin of the girl.