All India Radio News Summary: 31 OCTOBER 2017
- India climbs 30 points to join top 100 countries in ease of doing business as per World Bank report;
India has jumped 30 positions and has been ranked at 100th position in ease of doing business as per the world bank’s report 2018.
- Prime Minister said, the World Bank’s ease of doing business report 2018 acknowledges India as a top improver with the highest jump in rank of any country.
- India is the only country in South Asia and BRICS economies to feature among most improved economies.
Reasons for improvement in the rank
- India is one of the top ten countries which have undertaken structural reforms in ease of doing business. The country has jumped 53 places to 119 in ease of paying taxes.
- India has done well this year in areas like resolving insolvency, reforms in taxation and providing electricity.
The country is still lagging behind in areas like building construction permits. The implementation of GST has not been factored in the report as it took facts and figures into consideration up to June.
- Prime Minister asks people to remain united as diversity is India’s greatest asset
Prime Minister said India must remain united and it is the responsibility of its 125 crore people to ensure its unity and integrity.
- Nation observed Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31st.
- PM urged, unity in diversity is India’s greatest asset and people must work toward building the nation based on this source of strength.
Run For Unity:
- The Prime Minister flagged off the Run For Unity on the occasion.
What does it mean?
- It means that the strongest political leaders gathered together to mark the run, to spread a message, they all got together with a pledge to strive to unite the nation, beyond all the differences each one may project, the final goal has and will always be the image of the country over anything else.
- History dates back to the 1600’s when the idea of divide and rule was in its inception.
- It reached its biggest success in a huge country like India under the chains of the English rule.
- The single most effective strategy they followed was divide and rule – divide people on the lines of their differences and pit one against each other and make the best of the situation.
- We have become a single country of that significance now and we will continue to promote that goal and ideal and that is the meaning of the run for unity today.
Why Vallabhai Patel
- He was the architect of Modern India
- He was a founding father of Republic India
- He organized peasants for non-violent civil disobedience movement, strongly based on Gandhi’s values providing a staunch support for him
- He was the first home minister of Independent India
- He was responsible for the unification of the country, esp the princely states which wanted to maintain their own supremacy even after independence.
- A ministerial panel, headed by Finance Minister to oversee merger proposals of state-owned banks
Government has constituted a ministerial panel, headed by Finance Minister, to oversee merger proposals of state-owned banks.
- The other members of the panel include Railway and Coal Minister and Defence Minister.
- The government is working on banking reforms and constituted an Alternative Mechanism for Public Sector Banks (PSBs) consolidation.
Last week, FM had announced around 2 lakh crore rupees capital infusion road map for PSBs.
- The move to create large banks aims at meeting the credit needs of growing Indian economy and building capacity in the PSB space to raise resources without dependence on state exchequer.
- Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of a plea challenging Article 35A
The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of a plea challenging Article 35A of the Constitution by three months.
- The article empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define its ‘permanent residents’ and bestow on them special rights and privileges.
The court’s order came after it was told by the Centre that the government has appointed a representative to hold talks with all stakeholders to resolve the Kashmir issue.
- Four petitions demanding scrapping of Article 35A were listed before the bench.
- The main petition was filed by a Delhi-based NGO in 2014. Three more petitions were also filed but were later clubbed with the main one.
- The petition said, Article 35A is against the very spirit of oneness of India as it creates a class within a class of Indian citizens.
- It said, restricting citizens from other States from getting employment or buying property within Jammu and Kashmir is a violation of fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution.
- Election Commission has allotted broadcast and telecast time to National Parties for the forthcoming Gujarat Assembly polls
The Election Commission has allotted broadcast and telecast time to National Parties for the forthcoming Gujarat Assembly polls.
- In its order, the Commission said, a base time of 45 minutes will be given to each National Party.
- It said the facilities will be available from the Regional Kendras of All India Radio and Doordarshan and in the headquarters of Gujarat and relayed by other stations within the state.
Period of broadcast
- The period of broadcast and telecast will be between the last date of filing the nominations for the first phase of poll and two days before the date of poll in each phase in the state.
- The Defence Ministry approved procurement of 111 utility helicopters for the Indian Navy
The Defence Ministry approved procurement of 111 utility helicopters for the Indian Navy at a cost of 21,738 crore rupees under strategic partnership model.
- The proposal was cleared at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister.
- 16 helicopters will be procured at a fly away condition while 95 will be manufactured under make in India programme.
- The government will now start the process to identify a foreign helicopter maker and an Indian defence firm for a joint venture for the project.
- In May, the government had unveiled the strategic partnership model under which select private firms were to be roped in to build military platforms such as submarines and fighter jets in India.
- The procurement of the helicopters will be the first major acquisition project under the new model.