All India Radio News Summary: 24 OCTOBER 2017
- Political parties welcome Centre’s decision to initiate sustained dialogue on Kashmir issue by appointing former IB Chief as government’s representative
Political parties have welcomed the Centre’s decision of appointing former Director of Intelligence Bureau, Dineshwar Sharma, as its representative to hold dialogue on the Kashmir issue.
- The government wants to initiate a sustained dialogue to find a solution to the issue.
- His priority would be finding peace and a permanent solution to the issue.
- This is a huge responsibility given by Government of India.
- America’s relationship with India is of strategic importance and not limited to South Asia.
US Secretary of State said America’s relationship with India is of strategic importance which is not limited to South Asia. He said
- The US administration was of the view that India can play a positive role in creating a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
- India has already been providing important economic activity creating jobs which is important for the future of Afghanistan.
- The relationship with India is of strategic importance not just for this specific region, but it was about a free and open Indo-Pacific region stretching all the way from Japan to India.
- US policy toward Islamabad will be based upon whether they take action that the US feels is necessary to move the process forward for both creating an opportunity for reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan but also ensuring a stable future for Pakistan.
- Islamabad should stop providing safe havens to terror groups on its soil to improve bilateral ties.
- Prime Minister appreciated the United Nations’ efforts in promoting world peace
Prime Minister has appreciated the United Nations’ efforts in promoting world peace and laud the wide range of initiatives under its guidance. He said, India is proud of the steadfast support and active participation in several UN initiatives aimed at making the world a better place.
United Nations Day
- The 24th of October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.
- The day is devoted to inform people about the aims and achievements of the UN.
- SC takes U-turn on Mandatory ‘Jana Gana Mana in Movie Halls
In a major departure from its order mandating cinema halls to play the national anthem before the screening of any movie, the Supreme Court has said that such a direction, if at all, has to come from the government.
- The minimum support price (MSP) of wheat, gram and masoor for this year has been increased
The government increased the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat, gram and masoor for this year.
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister hiked the MSP of wheat by 110 rupees and of pulses by 200 rupees to help boost the output of these crops and check prices.
- MSP is the rate at which government buys grain from farmers.
- The support prices are in line with the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices.
- MSPs have been raised by 200 rupees per quintal each to 4,200 and 4,150 rupees to encourage the cultivation of gram and masoor.
- Among oilseeds, MSP for mustard and safflower seed has also been increased substantially.
- Prime Minister and visiting Afghan President reviewed the entire gamut of multifaceted bilateral strategic partnership
Areas of discussion
- The efforts to combat the menace of terrorism.
- Held consultations on furthering the shared objective of promoting peace, security, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.
President of India said,
- Civilizational links and people-to-people contacts provide a strong foundation to the ever-growing friendship of India and Afghanistan.
- India fully empathises with the on-going quest of the Afghan people to secure peace.
- India believes that whatever initiatives are taken for bringing peace in Afghanistan should be Afghan-led and Afghan-controlled.
- India and Afghanistan have agreed to work closely with the regional and international partners to further the objective of seeing Afghanistan emerge as a stable, peaceful, united and prosperous nation.
- The two sides also decided to consult, coordinate and cooperate in various international for a.
- They reiterated their commitment to strategic partnership and positively assessed the outcomes of the recent high level bilateral exchanges.
- The two leaders held delegation level talks and reviewed the entire gamut of multifaceted bilateral strategic partnership.
- The Indian side agreed to extend further need based assistance to Afghan defence and police forces.
- China’s ruling Communist Party endorsed to amend its Constitution to add President Xi Jinping’s name
China’s ruling Communist Party endorsed to amend its Constitution to add President Xi Jinping’s name and ideology, elevating him on par with party founder Mao Zedong and his successor Deng Xiaoping.
- Mr Jinping’s concept of “socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era“ was added to the party’s Constitution at the end of the Communist Party’s week-long once-in-a-five-year Congress.
- According to a resolution of the 19th CPC National Congress, the amendment to the CPC’s Constitution was approved making Mr Jinping’s ideology as a new component of the party’s guide for action.
- Mao and Deng are the only other Chinese leaders whose names and thoughts are included in the party’s Constitution.
- The party also endorsed a second five-year term for Mr Jinping and appointed a new set of leaders backed by him.
- Mr Jinping, along with Premier Li Keqiang, ranked number one and two in the Communist Party of China’s hierarchy, would continue based on two five year tenure convention for top leaders.
- UNSC will vote today on whether to extend an international investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria
The United Nations Security Council will vote on whether to extend an international investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria – a measure that could be vetoed by Russia.
Reason for voting
- The United States requested a vote on a draft resolution that would allow the joint UN-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) panel to continue for another year on its work of identifying who is behind toxic gas attacks in Syria’s six-year war.
- US Ambassador has urged the council to act now to support the continued work of the panel, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism
The measure is facing a possible veto from Russia, Syria’s ally, which wants to first see a report due on a sarin gas attack in Khan Sheikhun before deciding on the fate of the inquiry.
- US has initiated actions against Myanmar’s military leadership involved in violence against Rohingya Muslims
The US announced that it has initiated actions against Myanmar’s military leadership involved in violence against Rohingya Muslims.
- US is in consultations with its friends and allies on the accountability options.
- US will continue to support Myanmar’s transition to democracy, as well as efforts to resolve the current crisis in the Rakhine State.
US announcement mentioned,
- The Burmese Government, including its armed forces, must take immediate action to ensure peace and security,
- Implement commitment to ensure humanitarian access to communities in desperate need
- Facilitate the safe and voluntary return of those who have fled or been displaced in Rakhine.
More than 6 lakh members of the minority Muslim group have fled across the border into Bangladesh in an intensifying crisis that began in late August.
- 20 fighter jets touchdown on Agra Lucknow expressway in a special exercise of the Indian Air Force.
A major touchdown exercise of the Indian Air Force was held on the Agra Lucknow expressway at Bangarmau in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh today. As many as 20 fighter aircraft took part in the special exercise.
- The drill witnessed the participation of a C-130J transport aircraft with Garud commandos for assault landing as well as three Jaguars, six Mirages, six SU 30s in touch down and take off operations.
Goal of this exercise
- The exercise was conducted to test the capability of the India Air Force to land its fighter jets and transport aircrafts on highways in the event of an emergency or in a war-like situation.
This is the second time that a touchdown exercise was held at Agra Lucknow expressway.
- Cabinet approved a capitalisation plan of two lakh eleven thousand crore rupees for public sector banks
The Cabinet approved a capitalisation plan of two lakh eleven thousand crore rupees for public sector banks.
- The huge spending on infrastructure announced today will give a fillip to private sector investment, direct benefit to MSMEs and employment generation.
- Various capital infusion measures have been taken by the government to ensure health of public sector banks.
- Public sector banks will catalyse private investments and there is a need to increase public investment.
The Finance Minister said,
- The fundamentals of the economy continue to be strong.
- India has remained the world’s fastest growing economy for the last three years.
- Structural reforms have short term impact but will help in the medium and long term. Government has decided on the steps necessary to sustain the growth momentum.
- 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ meeting in the Philippines
India says terrorism and radicalisation pose a serious security challenge to all countries and a strong collective action is required to fight the menace.
Defence Minister said,
- The global strategic and security situation is constantly evolving and has thrown up fresh and serious challenges.
- India has taken resolute measures to fight the scourge of terrorism from across its borders.
- Maritime security continues to be another key concern and India supports freedom of navigation, over flight and commerce throughout the region.
- Nations should resolve maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law.
- A proposal for 50 temperature-controlled posts along the India-China border for ITBP jawans
The government is looking into a proposal for 50 temperature-controlled posts along the India-China border for ITBP jawans who guard the Himalayan heights in sub-zero temperatures.
- The government is considering using technology to maintain a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in the proposed new posts.
- These will be located in high-altitude areas where ITBP jawans have to bear the brunt of snow blizzards and sub-zero temperatures.
- A model Border out Post is being set up in Ladakh with the purpose to maintain a uniform 20 degree Celsius temperature.