All India Radio News Summary: 19 OCTOBER 2017
- US says Washington and New Delhi are committed to building ambitious partnership to benefit nations working towards peace and stability.
The United States has said that President of US and Prime Minister of India are committed to building an “ambitious” partnership that benefits not just their countries but also other nations working towards peace and stability.
- Secretary of the State made an impassioned plea for closer ties with India while casting China as a threat to the world order and saying Pakistan needed to do more to fight terrorism.
- Supported New Delhi’s opposition to the One-Belt One-Road initiative of China. India is opposed to the project as it passes through Pak-occupied Kashmir.
- The US values the role India can play in global security and stability and are prepared to ensure they have even greater capabilities.
- Deepawali, the festival of lights being celebrated across the country with pomp and show
In the national capital, people gear up to celebrate a Cracker less and pollution free Diwali. The Supreme Court has temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in the national capital region till the 31st October to control air pollution during diwali.
- Last year, the air quality of Delhi had deteriorated and a dense blanket of smog had kept the city shrouded for over a week, soon after the Diwali festivities.
- The President, in his message urged people to take a resolve to celebrate the festival in a clean and pollution free manner as well as build a healthy, prosperous and sensitive nation and society.
- The Vice President wished that the festival will light up our lives and usher in peace, prosperity and happiness.
- In Tamilnadu, several villages including Koothankulam in Tirunelveli district celebrated Diwali without bursting firecrackers to avoid scaring birds in their areas.
- For a long time, people of Koothankulam, which has a bird sanctuary, have avoided bursting firecrackers during the festival.
As a Diwali gift to personnel of the military and the paramilitary, the Government has abolished the monthly charges on Digital Satellite Phone Terminal, DSPT and also reduced call rates to 1 rupee a minute instead of the existing 5 rupees per minute.
- Maharashtra government releases 4,000 crore rupees under the first phase of its farm loan waiver scheme
The Maharashtra government has released a sum of 4,000 crore rupees under the first phase of the over 34,000 crore rupee farm loan waiver scheme. Chief Minister said that in the first phase the disbursal will cover more than 8 lakh farmers across the state.
- Income Tax Department launches an online chat service for taxpayers
The Income Tax Department has launched an online chat service for taxpayers so that they can seek answers to their basic queries and doubts relating to direct tax issues.
- A window has been hosted on the main page of the department’s website – <<incometaxindia.gov.in>> with a prominent icon stating Live Chat Online – ask your query.
- IT officials said a team of experts from the department and independent tax practitioners have been deputed to answer the general queries of a taxpayer.
- This first-time initiative is aimed to enhance taxpayer services in the country.
- The process of making new constitution got a major setback in Sri Lanka,
In Sri Lanka, the process of making new constitution got a major setback when two of the leading Buddhist organizations said the country does not need a new constitution or amendments to the present Constitution.
- The Sri Lankan government had made major progress in constitution making in a bid to address minority aspirations.
- The proposed constitution was major promise of the new government under President Maithripala Sirisena to bring reconciliation and long term peace in the country.
- However, with the government facing criticism on several fronts, it will be difficult now to garner necessary support for new constitution which will also require a referendum.
- In the national capital, the air quality this evening is better than last year’s Diwali
According to Central Pollution Control Board, the Air Quality Index value was 319 which falls in very poor category. Last Diwali, it was 431 which was severe.
- Last week, the Supreme Court had banned the sale of firecrackers during the festival to see effects of its suspension in the light of the severe pollution and smog-like conditions.
- India strongly condemns Taliban attack on Afghan National Army base in Kandahar province that killed 43 soldiers.
India today strongly condemned the terror attack on the Afghan National Army base in Kandahar province that claimed the lives of at least 43 soldiers.
- The External Affairs Ministry said, New Delhi is gravely concerned about the recent escalation of terrorist violence against Afghanistan, despite hopes recently kindled by new strategies as well as efforts for bringing peace in the country.
- The Ministry said, the terror attacks demonstrate that safe havens and support systems continue to be available to the terrorists.
- It said, states hosting the terrorists and their sanctuaries must eliminate them immediately and without distinction.