All India Radio News Summary: 09 NOVEMBER 2017

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All India Radio News Summary: 09 NOVEMBER 2017


  1. Twenty third meeting of GST Council begins in Guwahati today to review the impact of its implementation in the first quarter.

The 23rd meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council began in Guwahati.

 

Significance:

  • The two-day meeting will review the impact of the new tax regime in the first quarter of its implementation.
  • The Council is likely to take up the issue of Benami properties during the meeting.
  • The Council will also deliberate to bring the real estate sector under GST for fixing standard rates in the entire country.

 

Exemption to small traders, issues related to MRP and the impact of the new tax regime on the small scale industry are among the issues likely to be taken up at the meeting.

  1. The President will unveil the Agriculture Roadmap Bihar – 2017-2022

The President will unveil the Agriculture Roadmap Bihar – 2017-2022, a five year blue print which envisages betterment of farmers in the state.

 

Salient features:

  • Enhancing of irrigation area up to 36 lakh hectare and
  • Development of allied sectors of agriculture like dairy farming, fisheries, horticulture and vegetable production through Rainbow revolution.

 

The President will also inaugurate the first dedicated agriculture feeder of Bihar at Naubatpur in Patna

 

  1. Prime Minister inaugurated direct train-service Bandhan Express between Kolkata and Khulna in Bangladesh;

Prime Minister said both development and connectivity are linked together. A direct train-service between Kolkata and Khulna was inaugurated.

  • He said being a trusted partner in Bangladesh’s development work is a matter of pride for India.

 

Significance:

  • Strengthen the relations between the two countries which have centuries old historical links, especially among the people of West Bengal and Bangladesh.
  • This train named Bandhan Express will save three hours of railway passengers and it will also help them in custom and immigration checking.
  • The International Passenger Terminal at Kolkata offering simplified joint immigration and customs services to passengers will ease movement of people and trade between the two countries.
  • The second Bhairab Railway Bridge over river Meghna constructed under Indian Credit Line will greatly ease communications between Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.
  • There are now two cross border train services between the two countries, with Maitree express running between Kolkata and Dhaka since 2008.  

 

  1. Delhi gets some respite from smog conditions; NGT bans all construction and industrial activities in Delhi NCR. 

Delhi got some relief from continuous smog conditions. Bright sunshine in morning removed a thick blanket of smog in Delhi and its adjoining areas. All schools in Delhi, adjoining areas and Punjab will remain closed till Sunday in view of the prevailing pollution over the last couple of days.

  • Health Ministry has issued an advisory for the people of Delhi asking them to remain indoors if they have difficulty in breathing and try to keep children indoors as much as possible.

 

  • The Delhi Metro has decided to run extra trips from today in view of the weather conditions.

 

  • The National Green Tribunal NGT banned construction and industrial activities in Delhi-NCR till Tuesday.
  • NGT directed that no trucks from outside or within Delhi will be permitted to transport any construction material.
  • The NGT directed that sprinkling of water where PM 10 is found to be in excess of 600 micrograms per cubic metre.
  • The NGT directed authorities to implement Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority’s directions to improve the ambient air quality.
  • The NGT also directed civic bodies to constitute teams to ensure that there is no burning of waste in Delhi-NCR.

 

  • The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, sent notices to the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana in view of “life-threatening” pollution levels in Delhi-NCR region.
  • It sought reports within two weeks on “effective steps” being taken and proposed to tackle the situation.
  • The NHRC criticised authorities for not taking proper steps to tackle the “hazard”, amounting to violation of right to life and health.
  • It said, the state cannot leave its citizens to die due to the toxic haze.

 

  • The odd-even car rationing scheme will be enforced in Delhi for five days from Monday. The timings will be 8 a.m to 8 p.m.
  • Under the formula, odd-numbered cars are allowed to run on odd dates while even-numbered cars can only run on even dates.
  • CNG vehicles, two-wheelers and women drivers will be exempt under the odd-even scheme. 
  • Under the policy, odd-numbered cars are allowed to run on odd dates while even-numbered cars can only run on even dates.
  • In 2016, the scheme was enforced twice, from 1st to 15th January and 15th to 30th April and had led to a remarked improvement in air quality.
  • Research shows cutting down vehicle numbers can reduce exposure to toxic pollution and prevent the peaks from getting worse.

 

  1. Highest ever 74 per cent voter turnout recorded in Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh.

In Himachal Pradesh, the highest ever 74 per cent voter turnout was recorded in assembly elections. Voting was held on all 68 constituencies in a single phase.

  • Highlighting of this Election is, VVPATs machines were used with EVMs in all the assembly constituencies.