All India Radio News Summary: 03 NOVEMBER 2017

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All India Radio News Summary: 03 NOVEMBER 2017


  1. Prime Minister inaugurates World Food India and launches ‘Nivesh Bandhu portal’ on investment opportunities in the country’s food processing sector.

Prime Minister inaugurated World Food India 2017 in New Delhi. This is the first time that India is hosting such an event for the Food processing sector.

  • Two thousand participants from 30 countries, nearly 50 global CEOs and representatives of all state are participating in the event.
  • Germany, Japan and Denmark will be the Partner Countries, while Italy and Netherlands will be Focus Countries.

 

Aim of the event:

  • To transform the food economy and realize the vision of doubling of famers’ income by establishing India as a preferred investment destination and
  • Sourcing hub for the global food processing industry.
  • Prime Minister said food processing is a top priority in the government’s Make In India initiative and doing business in India is easier now.

 

Significance:

  • This platform will strengthen India’s position as a global food factory and is a positive step towards making the country food secure.
  • World Food India will help transform the Indian food economy.   
  • Being the sixth largest food and grocery market in the world India is indeed a destination that merit global attention in the food sector.

 

Scope of Food processing sector in India:

PM said, India has huge global potential as it is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and GST has eliminated multiplicity of taxes. India has jumped thirty ranks this year, in the World Bank Doing Business rankings.

 

  • India is expected to attract an investment of 10 billion dollar in food processing sector and generate 10 lakh jobs in the next 3 years.
  • The event showcasing the best infrastructure and technology from various countries will also help find effective solution to the challenges ranging from food wastage to wastage of crops due to extreme climatic conditions. 
  • Indian and foreign cuisines using Indian ingredients, flavours and fragrances were showcased to celebrate India’s rich cultural heritage.
  • The Prime Minister said there are opportunities in post-harvest management, like primary processing and storage, cold chain and refrigerated transportation.

 

Government initiatives in Food Processing sector:

 

  • Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana,
  • This scheme is introduced to create world-class food processing infrastructure.
  • This is expected to leverage investment of five billion US dollars, benefit two million farmers and generate more than half a million jobs over the next three years.
  • The Prime Minister also launched the Nivesh Bandhu portal
  • This Portal will give details about investment opportunities in the country’s food processing sector.
  • He also released a commemorative postage stamp on Indian food.
  • Prime Minister interacted with CEOs representing the top companies engaged in food processing and related sectors across the world. The interaction was part of the ongoing World Food India event.
  • PM underlined his government’s resolve to reduce input costs for the farmer and eliminate losses due to wastage of farm produce.

 

  1. India expresses disappointment after China blocks another move to list Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

 

China, for the fourth time, blocked the bid to list Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the United Nation.

  • India has expressed disappointment at China again blocking Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar’s designation as a global terrorist by the United Nations.
  • New Delhi is deeply disappointed that once again, a single country has blocked international consensus on the designation of an acknowledged terrorist and the leader of UN-designated terrorist organisation, Masood Azhar.
  • Accommodating terrorism for narrow objectives was both short-sighted and counterproductive.
  • India strongly believes that double standards and selective approaches will only undermine the international community’s resolve to combat terrorism.

 

  1. US Senate has confirmed the nomination of Kenneth Juster as the next US Ambassador to India
  • Juster, 62, is an old India hand who played a key role in the landmark Indo-US civil nuclear dea
  • He will replace Richard Verma as the top American diplomat to India.
  • The position has been lying vacant since January 20 after Verma resigned from the post with the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

 

  1. Developing countries can meet the climate targets under the Paris Agreement by catalysing trillions of dollars in private investment through policy reforms

The World Bank’s arm the International Finance Corporation (IFC) said that developing countries like India can meet the climate targets under the Paris Agreement by catalysing trillions of dollars in private investment through policy reforms and innovative business practices.

  • IFC said that in India, ambitious targets and multiple reforms across sectors by the government have steered the country towards exceeding its Nationally Determined Contributions target.
  • As part of the Paris Climate Agreement, India has targeted to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions up to 35 per cent by 2030.
  • The report said, this presents India as an attractive and emerging market for climate business that will accelerate the market for climate-friendly solutions.

 

  1. United States has excluded China’s Bank of Dandong from its financial system, alleging that it has helped North Korea

The United States has excluded China’s Bank of Dandong from its financial system, alleging that it has helped North Korea evade financial sanctions to launder funds.

  • The US leader has demanded that Beijing do more to push its neighbour North Korea to stop efforts to build a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching American cities.
  • But China is reluctant to push sanctions so far as to destabilise Kim Jong-Un’s North Korean regime.

 

  1. FASTags
  • FASTag is a device that employs radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it. 
  • All four wheel motor vehicles sold on or after the 1st of December this year will have FASTags facility on them by the manufacturer of the vehicle or its authorized dealer.
  • In case of vehicles that are sold as drive away chassis without a wind screen, FASTag will have to be fitted by the vehicle owner before it is registered.
  • The Road Transport and Highways Ministry issued a Gazette Notification yesterday related to necessary amendments made in Central Motor Vehicles Rules-1989 in this regard.

 

  1. Supreme Court ruled that technical education cannot be provided through correspondence courses
  • The Apex Court restrained educational institutions from providing courses in technical education like engineering through distance learning programme.
  • It affirmed findings of Punjab & Haryana High Court on the issue and set aside Odisha High Court verdict which allowed technical education by correspondence.
  • Two years ago, the Punjab and Haryana high court ruled that a degree in ‘computer science’ obtained through distance mode could not be considered on par with one attained by attending regular classes.

 

  1. The Supreme Court issued notice to Centre on pleas challenging linking of bank accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar
  • SC said all Aadhaar-related pleas to be taken up for final hearing by constitution bench of the Apex Court in the last week of November.
  • The Supreme Court was hearing a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act. 
  • The Apex Court said, banks will indicate in the messages sent to customers, December 31 as last date to link Aadhaar with accounts.
  • Similarly, it said, Telecom service providers shall also tell customers that last date to link Aadhaar with mobile numbers is February 6, 2018.

 

  1. The Supreme Court disposed of 14 petitions seeking its nod to deposit demonetised notes

The Supreme Court today disposed of 14 petitions seeking its nod to deposit demonetised notes and said that a five-judge Constitution Bench would deal with this aspect besides deciding the validity of Centre’s decision to demonetise currency notes.

  • The Constitution Bench would also deal with the individual plea of those who could not deposit their currency notes during the window period provided by the Reserve Bank of India.
  • The Court then disposed of individual petitions filed by 14 persons.
  • The apex court had on December 16, last year referred to a Constitution Bench, the issue of validity of government’s decision to demonetise currency notes of 1,000 and 500 rupees.

 

The Centre told the Supreme Court that no criminal action will be taken against those petitioners who were holding old currency notes of  500 and 1,000 rupee denominations till further hearing in connection with the demonetisation issue.

 

  1. Eminent Hindi Litterateur Krishna Sobti has been awarded the Jnanpith Award for the year 2017
  • Jnanpith is the highest literary award of the country.
  • The language used by Sobti in her writings is influenced by intermingling of Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi cultures where her characters are always bold and daring – ready to accept all challenges thrown by the society.
  • Krishna Sobti has enriched Hindi literature by experimenting with new styles and forms in writing and also by minting several words in Hindi.
  • Krishna Sobti dealt with a plethora of issues ranging from partition, man woman relationships, changing dynamics of Indian society and slow deterioration of human values.
  • Some of her works include Daar se Bichhudi, Mitron Marjani, and Zindaginama.
  • Her works have been translated to various other Indian languages and also in Swedish, and Russian, besides English.
  • She is also the recipient of many coveted awards including Hindi Akademi Award, Sahitya Akademi fellowship and Padma Bhushan.

 

  1. Glide Bomb
  • Indigenously developed light weight Glide Bomb, was successfully tested from Indian Air Force aircraft at Integrated Test Range in  Chandipur, Odisha.  
  • A total of three tests with different release conditions and ranges were conducted and all were successful.