All India Radio News Summary: 21 DECEMBER 2017
- Union Cabinet approves new Consumer Protection Bill seeking to establish an authority to safeguard consumer rights
The new bill also has provisions for penalty and jail terms in case of adulteration and misleading advertisements by companies.
- As per the new bill, the celebrities endorsing misleading advertisements will also be liable for fine and ban of up to three years.
- The introduction of the Consumer Protection Bill, 2017, which was approved by the Cabinet, will result in the withdrawal of a bill brought in 2015.
- Prime Minister had recently said that consumer protection is the government’s priority.
The Cabinet also cleared a new skill development scheme covering the entire value chain of the textile sector excluding spinning and weaving. The Scheme for Capacity Building in the Textile Sector will have an outlay of 1,300 crore rupees upto 2019-20.
- Myanmar has denied the entry of UN special rapporteur to assess the human rights of minority Rohingya muslims
Myanmar has denied the entry of UN special rapporteur to assess the human rights of minority Rohingya muslims in Rakhine state. A United Nations human rights investigator Yanghee Lee has disclosed that she had been barred from visiting Myanmar.
- The declaration of non-cooperation with her mandate can only be viewed as a strong indication that there must be something terrible happening in Rakhine state.
- Lee condemned Myanmar government, saying she is puzzled and disappointed by the decision.
- Lee was scheduled to visit the western state of Rakhine next month, where security forces have been accused of abusing the human rights of Rohingya Muslims.
- Government to impose 30 per cent import duty on Chana and Masoor to protect farmers’ interest.
The Government has decided to impose 30 per cent import duty on Chana (Chickpeas) and Masoor (Lentils) with immediate effect. The Ministry of Finance said, the production of Chickpeas and Masoor Lentils is expected to be high during the forthcoming Rabi season. It said if cheap imports are allowed unabated, they are likely to adversely affect the interest of farmers.
- Sahitya Akademi announces annual awards for 2017; Mamang Dai’s novel “The Black Hill” awarded in English language category.
Sahitya Akademi announced the annual awards for 2017 in 24 languages. Seven novels, five collections each of poetry and short stories, five works of literary criticism, a play and a book of essays have won the awards.
- This year, Mamang Dai will get the award in English language for her novel The Black Hill.
- Ramesh Kuntal Megh has won the award in Hindi for his literary criticism work Vishw Mithak Sarit Sagar.
- Lok Sabha passes Supplementary Demands for Grants and Appropriation Bill, 2017
Finance Minister assured the Lok Sabha that every deposit of the people in public sector banks is safe and there should not be any apprehension in this regard.
FM said, the level of protection to public deposits will be much higher in the proposed Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill than it is now.
- The House voted the Supplementary Demands for Grants and passed the Appropriation bill to authorise the government to spend the money from consolidated fund of India.
- Under Supplementary Demands for Grants, the government proposes for additional expenditure of 66,113 crore rupees under different heads.
- Of the total expenditure, over 20,532 crore rupees will be provided for urea freight subsidy, while another 15,908 crore rupees towards National Highways.