All India Radio News Summary : 23 JANUARY 2018

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All India Radio News Summary : 23 JANUARY 2018


  1. Prime Minister pitches India at World Economic Forum in Davos; says India investment-friendly and welcomes FDI in all sectors.

Prime Minister addressed the plenary session of the 48th World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos in Switzerland.

  • PM showcased ‘New India’ to the global chief executives at the meeting.
  • PM held bilateral talks with the President of Swiss Confederation. The two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and discussed ways to deepen them further.

Key highlights of PM’s address

  • India’s democracy, demography and dynamism are making the dream of development a reality, thus giving shape to the destiny of the people. PM said India is making fundamental reforms.
  • Terrorism and climate change are grave concerns before the world. Terrorism is dangerous, but what is equally dangerous is artificial distinction made between good and bad terrorists. Both these issues need united action.
  • Referring to WEF’s theme of ‘Creating a shared future in a fractured world’, PM said the Indian philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family) has become more relevant in today’s time to address fissures and distances in the world.
  • PM called upon leaders, saying let us create a ‘heaven of freedom’, where there is cooperation and not division, and fractures.

 

  1. CBI has begun a probe into a 487 crore rupee scam related to over valuation of inferior quality of coal imported from Indonesia

The CBI has begun a probe into a 487 crore rupee scam related to over valuation of inferior quality of coal imported from Indonesia, which was passed on to NTPC and other power generation companies in collusion with officials.

  • The action of the agency came on the basis of a Directorate of Revenue Intelligence investigation which had shown over invoicing in the imports between 2011-12 and 2014-15.
  • The agency’s FIR is against promoter of Coastal Energy Private Limited, Channi and unidentified officials of NTPC, Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation, Aravali Power Company Private limited.
  • CBI has booked them under the charges of criminal conspiracy cheating and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

 

  1. The two-day international conference on dam safety began in Thiruvananthapuram

The two-day international conference on dam safety began in Thiruvananthapuram today.

  • The conference, which aims to address some of the major issues plaguing dam safety management, was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Water Resources.
  • Challenges in dam safety management across the globe, an overview of centrally funded Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project – DRIP and World Bank initiatives are some of the issues that would be discussed in the two day conference.
  • Debates on subjects focusing on the security and sustainable management of dams.
  • Seven dam safety guidelines and manuals developed under the World bank aided Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project- DRIP – would be released for implementation during the conference.

 

  1. Jammu and Kashmir government has announced various initiatives for inclusive development of the tribals

The Jammu and Kashmir government has announced various initiatives for inclusive development of the tribal population in the state.

The initiatives include

  • Special ration cards,
  • setting up of tribal research institutes and
  • Eklavya Mode Residential Schools.
  • Multiple steps have been taken in education, agriculture, dairy and animal husbandry sectors to uplift the tribals.

 

  1. China expressed dissatisfaction over a US move to impose steep tariffs on imported solar cells and washing machines

China today expressed dissatisfaction over a US move to impose steep tariffs on imported solar cells and washing machines.

China, the world’s biggest solar panel manufacturer, called the move an abuse of trade remedies.

The US approved tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels in line with President’s “America First” trade policy, which aims to protect local manufacturers from foreign competition.

 

  1. US has asked Pakistan to immediately arrest or expel Taliban leaders

The US has asked Pakistan to immediately arrest or expel Taliban leaders who are carrying out terror attacks across the border in Afghanistan.

The terse White House statement came after the Taliban claimed responsibility for a major terror attack at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul on Saturday that killed at least 22 people.