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All India Radio News Summary: 07 FEBRUARY 2018

All India Radio News Summary: 07 FEBRUARY 2018

  1. Maldives Supreme Court cancels its earlier decision to release nine opposition leaders, hours after police arrested the Chief Justice and another judge

The court’s remaining three judges issued a statement saying the order has been revoked in light of the concerns raised by the president.

The ruling to put Supreme Court out of the jurisdiction of the judicial services commission, was also revoked.

Earlier, President Abdullah Yameen had said that he declared an emergency in the country as the Supreme Court had a plan to overthrow his government by first making it dysfunctional through a series of orders.

Opposition parties have called for international help saying Presidents’ moves are encroachment on the entire democratic system.

UN Secretary General in a statement urged the Maldives government to lift emergency and ensure safety of its people.


  1. The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, blasted off at the Kennedy Space Center

The world’s most powerful rocket, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, blasted off at 3:45 PM local time at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida in the US, on its highly anticipated maiden test flight.

  • SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is carrying cherry red Tesla roadster to an orbit near Mars.
  • The 23-story tall Falcon Heavy was launched from the same site used by NASA’s towering Saturn 5 rockets to carry Apollo missions to the moon more than 40 years ago.
  • If the demonstration flight succeeds, Falcon Heavy will rank as the world’s most powerful existing rocket, with more lift capacity than any US space vehicle since the era of NASA’s Saturn 5 rockets.


  1. Reserve Bank of India kept key policy rates unchanged for the third time in a row

RBI said that higher government spending would accelerate inflation, and warned of risks from wider fiscal deficit.

  • The six-member Monetary Policy Committee, MPC, headed by RBI Governor, retained the repo rate at 6 per cent and reverse repo rate at 5.75 per cent
  • The repo rate is the rate at which the central bank lends short-term money.
  • The reverse repo rate is the rate at which it borrows from banks and absorbs excess liquidity.


  1. India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile off Odisha coast

The missile which weighs about 4,600 kilogram, is capable of carrying 500-1,000 kilogram of warheads and is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.

  • The nine-metre-tall, single-stage liquid-fuelled Prithvi-II is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.
  • The trial was a part of regular training exercise by the armed forces which reconfirms the Army’s readiness to fire it at short notice.  
  1. NGT ordered the state pollution control boards of Delhi-NCR to examine illegal operation of brick kilns

The National Green Tribunal ordered the state pollution control boards of  Delhi-NCR to examine illegal operation of brick kilns that resulted in severe air and water pollution in the region and seek report on their compliance.

  • A bench issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan governments.
  • The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by a Delhi resident  seeking action against brick kilns which are operating without complying to pollution norms and causing immense air and water pollution.