All India Radio News Summary: 01 NOVEMBER 2017

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All India Radio News Summary: 01 NOVEMBER 2017


  1. Competition Commission of India finds conduct of major associations of cinema artists and producers in contravention of Competition Act.

Fair trade regulator, the Competition Commission of India, CCI has directed two film employee groupings, their affiliates and three film producers’ associations to cease and desist from anti-competitive business practices.

  • The directive has been passed against the All India Film Employees Confederation, Federation of Western India Cine Employees and its affiliates.
  • The regulator has also passed the order against Indian Motion Picture Producers Association, Film and Television Producers Guild of India and Indian Film and Television Producers Council.

                What is the issue?

  • The CCI found that all these entities violated competition norms by entering into anti-competitive agreements.
  • It was also alleged that provisions such as those pertaining to member-to-member working, fixation of wages, charging for extra-shift were anti-competitive.

 

  1. India-US Ocean Dialogue

                Goa is hosting the inaugural India-US Ocean Dialogue beginning today.

                It is being hosted by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs at the Council of Scientific      and        Industrial Research-National Institute of Oceanography in Goa.

                Significance:

  • The dialogue, aimed at promoting sustainable development of the Blue Economy,

 

  1. Goa Maritime Conclave 2017 at INS Mandovi

Context:

                The Indian Ocean region has gained centre stage for its potential impact on international geopolitics.  The future of the world will be determined by interactions in this region.

 

Theme:

The conclave’s central theme of Addressing Regional Maritime Challenges covers challenges faced by countries in the Indian Ocean region.

 

Trends Visible:

  • Increased militarisation,
  • emergence of non-state actors,
  • increased vulnerability of coastal population to natural calamities

 

Government’s Intervention

  • The government is working towards Prime Minister’s vision of SAGAR – Security and growth for all in the region.
  • India is focusing on enhancing sea connectivity adding that the Sagarmala project involves construction of new ports and modernisation of old ones.
  • India has also partnered with several countries in the region on the wide range of mutually beneficial projects.
  • These projects are expected to augment Infrastructure, which would lead in local development as well as in promotion of sustainable utilization of maritime resources.

 

Sagarmala Initiative

  • SagarMala initiative of the government of India aims to establish new ports and modernized old ones to facilitate this objective.

 

  1. Introduction of a Bill in Parliament to amend the National Council for Teacher Education Act
  • The bill is introduced to grant retrospective recognition to the Central and State universities and institutions who are found to be conducting teacher education courses without NCTE permission.
  • The amendment seeks to grant retrospective recognition to the institutions conducting Teacher Education Courses without NCTE recognition till the academic year 2017-2018.
  • The retrospective recognition is being given as a onetime measure so as to ensure that the futures of the students who passed out from or enrolled in these institutions are not jeopardized.
  • The amendment will make students studying in these Institutions and Universities eligible for employment as a teacher.

 

  1. India and Bhutan relationship

The King of Bhutan (Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck) visited India.

  • President of India said, the two sides should do everything to make it a model of bilateral cooperation, which will be noted by others in the neighbourhood.
  • President conveyed deep appreciation for the King’s personal involvement and guidance and the support provided by Bhutan in addressing the recent situation in the Doklam area.
  • The manner in which both India and Bhutan stood together to address the situation in Doklam is a clear testimony to the friendship of the two countries.

 

  1. US will defend the country’s decades-old economic embargo on Cuba at the United Nations

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling for the lifting of the embargo every year for 25 years, with support of many countries. US will give a “no” in a vote to defend country’s decades old economic embargo and said Cuba has engaged in human rights abuses for far too long.

 

  • But the US under President Barack Obama abstained for the first time last year, following the restoration of bilateral relations.
  • Mr Trump criticised the Obama administration for improving relations with Cuba and announced a review of that policy.

 

  1. Transforming Indian food economy and doubling farmers’ income

Food Processing Industries Minister said, the government has a vision of transforming Indian food economy and doubling farmers’ income by bringing latest technology and best practices into the system.

The Minister said,

  • Government is working towards easing the process of doing business for global and domestic industry players.
  • The government is making all efforts to ensure food safety and security across the country.
  • India is poised to attract an investment target of roughly 10 billion dollars in this sector, which will generate 10 lakh jobs in the next 3 years.

 

Role of Food processing sector

Fastest growing economy in the world attracting the highest amount of FDI the time has right for the food processing sector to take and contribute a piece in that growth story of India.

A sector which has eminence potential to bring down food wastages generates the maximum amount of employment and most importantly to fulfil the ambition of doubling farmer’s income.

 

  1. Special courts to exclusively deal with criminal cases involving politicians and their speedy disposal

The Supreme Court today favoured creation of special courts to exclusively deal with criminal cases involving politicians and their speedy disposal.

 

Context:

As many as 1,581 cases filed involving MPs and MLAs during the 2014 elections.

 

Significance:

  • The court said such a move would be in the interest of the nation.
  • Speedy disposal of cases involving politicians.

 

Direction of Court:

The bench directed the Centre to place before it the scheme for setting up of such special courts to deal with cases regarding tainted politicians and also indicate the amount of funds that could be earmarked for the purpose.

 

Response from Government:

  • The government is not averse to setting up of special courts for quick and early disposal of criminal cases involving politicians.
  • Recommendations of the Election Commission of India and the Law Commission favouring life-time disqualification of politicians convicted in criminal cases was under the active consideration of the Centre.

 

  1. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the continuation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana for three years

Its continuation will be as Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana-Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied sector Rejuvenation( RKVY-RAFTAAR).

  • The financial allocation of the scheme will be 15,722 crore rupees.

 

Objective

  • To make farming a remunerative economic activity through strengthening farmers’ efforts
  • Risk mitigation and promoting agri-­business entrepreneurship.
  • The scheme will incentivize states in enhancing more allocation to agriculture and allied sectors.

 

  1. Draft policy on civil use of Unmanned Aircraft System or Drones

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has come out with a draft policy on civil use of Unmanned Aircraft System or Drones.

  • The draft policy has been prepared in consultation with all stakeholders.
  • The policy will help encourage use of drones for various purposes including commercial and humanitarian.
  • The policies were expected to encourage the drone industry.
  • The use of drones would be banned within a certain distance from airports, the country’s borders and some areas excluded by the home ministry. Violators would be charged under provisions of the Indian penal code, according to the proposed rules.

 

  1. Indian American Friendship Council

                America’s ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said the US will not tolerate Pakistan                 providing safe havens to terrorists.

In her keynote address to the annual Legislative               Conference of the Indian American Friendship Council in Washington,

  • She backed the creation of a strategic alliance with India to fight terrorism and maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • US recently embarked on 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.
  • Top US lawmakers cutting across party lines have advocated strengthening of ties with India and asked the Indian-American community to chip in to find new opportunities for growth. Relationship with India is important and Indian-Americans have a significant role to play in this.