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All India Radio News Summary: 25 November 2017


All India Radio News Summary: 25 November 2017


  1. India is committed to an open, safe and inclusive cyber space

Context:

Recently Global Conference on Cyber Space was concluded in New Delhi.

 

India is committed to an open, safe, inclusive, democratic and dynamic cyber space.

  • The dynamic and evolving nature of cyber space has brought cyber issues to the centre-stage of development polity, crime prevention and investigation, expansion of economy and trade, national and international security.
  • All forms of activities which are now conducted and connected in cyber space has not only expedited the pace of growth, but also brought forth a new set of challenges for which no pre-set solutions exist.
  • The global gathering of cyber experts at the conference is a testimony to the fact that the nations need to engage with each other to redefine concepts and align traditional processes to the new paradigms.

 

  1. 12th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council held in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Home Minister

At the meeting, the views of the State Governments and the Union Ministries and Departments were considered along with the recommendations made by the Punchhi Commission on Centre-State Relations, and then the Standing Committee will finalise its recommendations.

The last meeting was held in April after a gap of 11 years. The Committee is chaired by the Union Home Minister and the members of the committee include External Affairs Minister and Finance Minister.

Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Punjab, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh are also the members of the committee.

 

  1. Nine States and the Union territory of Lakshadweep have entered into a collaboration with the Film Facilitation Office (FFO)

Nine States and the Union territory of Lakshadweep have entered into a collaboration with the Film Facilitation Office (FFO) of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).

 

Purpose:

To showcase their shooting locations to filmmakers from India and abroad

The states include Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Delhi.

 

  • The Film Offices of these States have entered into collaboration with FFO and NFDC at Film Bazaar, which was organized under the banner of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Panaji in Goa.
  • The high-profile event, which was held from 20th to 24th November, has become the converging point for film buyers and sellers from all over the world.
  • The focus of the 5-day event was on discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content and talent in filmmaking, production and distribution.  
  1. There is need to work towards concrete objectives to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, low birth weight and anaemia

Prime Minister has said, there is need to work towards concrete objectives to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, low birth weight and anaemia.

  • Reviewing the progress and efforts being made to prevent and reduce under-nutrition and related problems in India, PM said, visible and measurable results should be seen by 2022, the 75th anniversary of independence.
  • The high level review meeting held yesterday in New Delhi was attended by officials from PMO, NITI Aayog and other Ministries. 
  • PM called for convergence among all schemes of Union and State Governments, which directly or indirectly have an impact on nutrition outcomes.

 

Need of the Hour:

  • Raising social awareness towards the importance of nutrition is necessary to achieve the desired results. 
  • The current status of malnutrition, stunting and related problems was reviewed in the meeting.
  • Real-time monitoring towards progress of nutrition outcomes especially in the worst performing districts was also discussed.

 

It is emphasized that initiatives of the Union Government such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Mission Indradhanush, Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao and Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana are having a positive impact on nutrition.

 

  1. Speedy disposal of pending cases is a must

Context:

A two-day conference at National Law Day celebrations was inaugurated in New Delhi.

 

President said speedy disposal of pending cases is a must and there is a need to strengthen the justice delivery system in country. He urged the legal fraternity to provide free legal services to the poor. 

  • India has an expensive legal system due to the delay in the delivery of justice and the financial constraints in justice delivery system violate the constitutional values and republican ethic.
  • President appealed legal fraternity, lawyers, advocates and Bar Associations to find a way to remove such constraints. He said, it is a burden on the collective conscience.

 

President said,

  • Upgrading human resources in the judiciary especially in the lower judiciary is the need of the hour.
  • Access to justice to common people is a must and judiciary should be responsive.  
  • Judicial fraternity should think of disposal of civil applications without a lawyer.
  • The President noted that public life is a glass house and there is a relentless demand for transparency and scrutiny.
  • The judiciary, executive and legislature should be models of good conduct.

 

Chief Justice of India said,

  • Protection of fundamental rights of citizens is the sacrosanct duty of the judiciary.  
  • There is a need to defend the country’s constitution and India must be known for its quality governance.
  • If people ignore the Constitution and Constitutional spirit, society will decay.

 

  1. The Nagaland government has opposed the notification of the Home Ministry’s proposal for extension of the Disturbed Area Act in the State

The Nagaland government has opposed the notification of the Home Ministry’s proposal for extension of the Disturbed Area Act in the State.

  • Rejecting the extension proposal, it has claimed that the overall situation in the state is by and large peaceful compared to other states of the country.
  • In a letter written to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Special Secretary to the Government of Nagaland said,  the extension of the notification declaring Nagaland as Disturbed Area under the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act, 1958 is not necessary in view of the relatively peaceful situation.
  • Informing that the law enforcement agencies are satisfactorily dispensing their duties in the state, he said, most of the underground factions are in truce with the centre, except the NSCN (K).

The entire Nagaland was declared as Disturbed Area for six more months in July 2017 under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.