All India Radio News Summary: 07 JANUARY 2018

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All India Radio News Summary: 07 JANUARY 2018


  1. The move to end extension of H-1B visas would be bad policy – US Chamber of Commerce

The US Chamber of Commerce has said, the move to end extension of H-1B visas would be bad policy and is contrary to the goals of a merit-based immigration system. The move would harm American business, economy, and the country.

  • The Trump administration is planning to end the extension of H-1B visas that could result in self-deportation of around 7 lakh Indians.
  • Department of Homeland Security is drafting the proposal to curb the extensions which was part of President Donald Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ initiative’.

H1-B Visa:

The H-1B programme offers temporary US visas that allow companies to hire highly skilled foreign professionals working in areas with shortages of qualified American workers.

 

  1. Major projects are in the pipeline to decongest the national capital

Road Transport and Highways Minister said, major projects, entailing an investment of about 32 thousand crore rupees, are in the pipeline to decongest the national capital.

 

These include, development of the Dwarka Expressway at a cost of 6,000 crore rupees.

The initiatives, some of which are progressing fast, have started with a vision to ensure seamless flow of traffic in the National Capital Region besides minimising vehicular pollution.

 

  1. SAIL should focus on overall improvement in performance in view of competition from private players

A parliamentary panel has said, PSU steel giant Steel Authority of India Ltd, SAIL should focus on overall improvement in performance in view of competition from private players.

 

The Standing Committee on Coal and Steel said, the PSU must adopt necessary measures to remove all bottlenecks. Observing that SAIL achieved its highest ever hot metal production at 15.73 million tonnes during 2016-17, the panel, said though physical parameters have improved, it should step up efforts.

 

  1. A week-long international kite festival kicked off at Sabarmati River Front in Ahmedabad

In Gujarat, a week-long international kite festival kicked off at Sabarmati River Front in Ahmedabad.

  • Two thousand students from the schools run by the Municipal Corporation performed ‘suryanamaskar’ during the opening ceremony.
  • Kites with different shapes, shades and colors are the main attraction for children-who gathered in large numbers to witness the event.
  • About 149 foreign kite fliers from 44 countries are participating in this edition of international kite festival.

International kite festival is also planned at small towns to promote the tourism.

 

  1. Full immunization against preventable childhood diseases is the right of every child

To strengthen and invigorate the program and achieve full immunization coverage for all children at a rapid pace, the Government of India launched Mission Indradhanush in December 2014.

The aim of Mission Indradhanush is that all children under the age of two years and pregnant women are fully immunized with all available vaccines.

In Tripura, the programme is being implemented with high spirit and efforts.

 

  1. ASEAN-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – Singapore

External Affairs Minister said that India’s dialogue partnership with ASEAN has evolved into a strategic partnership and the Indian diaspora provides a platform for stronger ties with the grouping.

Noting the 25-year milestone of ASEAN-India partnership, the External Affairs Minister emphasized that ASEAN was a part of India’s Act East Policy.

She said, as India’s economy grows its ties will deepen; its trade and investment flow will grow. She also said that India’s North East region will prosper when it is better connected to South East Asia.

 

  1. e-Sansad and e-Vidhan in Parliament and State Legislatures to digitize and make their functioning paperless

Government has proposed rolling out e-Sansad and e-Vidhan in Parliament and State Legislatures to digitize and make their functioning paperless.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister will inaugurate the 18th All India Whips’ Conference in Udaipur, Rajasthan and will consider rolling out e-Sansad and e-Vidhan in Parliament and State Legislatures.

The Delegates of the Whips’ Conference would deliberate on the issue and make suggestions and recommendations for making it a success.

 

Significance:

  • These projects will make the functioning of Parliament and State Legislatures participative, responsive, transparent, productive and more accountable to the public and make the entire Legislative process more efficient.
  • This environment friendly initiative is in line with the Go Green initiative of the government.