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All India Radio News Summary: 12 MARCH 2018

All India Radio News Summary: 12 MARCH 2018

  1. Prime Minister and French President jointly inaugurate a solar power plant at Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh.

The solar power plant at Dadar Kala village in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh will produce 157 million units of power per year and the commercial production will begin from next month. 

  • Before inaugurating the plant both leaders visited several panels and inquired in detail about the project.
  • It is largest solar project in Uttar Pradesh.
  • It has been set up by French company ENGIE. The company was awarded the project in 2016 with the cost of 680 crore rupees.
  • Solar Energy Corporation of India has signed Power purchase agreement for 25 years with the company.
  • About one Lakh houses may be served from this clean Power project. 


  1. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018 and the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill 2018 were introduced in the Lok Sabha

The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill will help in laying down measures to deter economic offenders from evading the process of law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.

  • The cases where the total value involved in such offences is one hundred crore rupees or more, will come under the purview of the bill.
  • It has also the provisions of confiscating all assets including benami properties of absconding economic offenders.
  • Such a person will be barred from pursuing any civil claims in the country.

The Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill is aimed at facilitating the orderly growth of the chit funds sector and remove bottlenecks being faced by the industry and enabling greater financial access of people to other financial products. 


  1. Ammo India 2018
  • Self-reliance in defence has got to be given priority.
  • Ammo India 2018, a two-day International Conference on military ammunition was inaugurated.
  • The objectives of the conference include familiarising the industry with policy and regulatory issues associated with the manufacturing of ammunition, and getting a holistic overview of the opportunities for industry in ammunition requirements.
  • Indian private industry is keen to leverage the opportunity and establish capacities and the capabilities for indigenous ammunition manufacture.
  • Currently, the annual ammunition market size in India exceeds one billion dollars and there is scope of additional annual capacity of approximately 250 million dollars in private sector.
  • Ministry is encouraging public-private partnership to promote Make in India in defence sector.
  • Ordnance Factory Board and Defence Public Sector Undertakings will be reviewed, revived and made more dynamic.
  1. India offered a 100 million dollar Line of Credit, LoC, to Mauritius for defence procurement to help its security capacity
  • India agreed to sell a Multi-Purpose Offshore Petrol Vessel to the island nation, which will be financed through the LoC.
  • The Line of Credit is a big step in India’s defence cooperation with Mauritius.
  • Both the countries signed four MoUs to further strengthen bilateral cooperation. These agreements are in the fields of education, health, culture and civil services.
  • India and Mauritius are two countries with deep historical links and strong people-to-people ties.
  • Based on the foundation of deep mutual trust and confidence, both countries have embarked on a new era of intensive cooperation.


  1. Prime Minister inaugurates the Delhi End TB Summit

The summit is being co-hosted by the Health Ministry, WHO South East Asia Regional Office and the Stop TB Partnership.

  • PM will also launch Tuberculosis Free India Campaign.
  • The campaign will take the activities of National Strategic Plan for TB elimination forward in a mission mode.
  • The NSP is backed by a funding of over 12,000 crore rupees over the next three years to ensure that every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment and support.
  • The new NSP adopts a multi-pronged approach which aims to Detect all TB patients, with an emphasis on reaching TB patients seeking care from private providers and undiagnosed TB in high-risk populations.
  • The Prime Minister’s vision to end TB by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals has galvanised the efforts of the Revised National Tuberculosis Program, which has treated over 2 crore patients since its inception in 1997.


  1. The United States applauded India for its efforts in initiating and inaugurating the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

The US appreciates the ISA’s goal of expanding access to cost-effective solar power and look forward to the economic and social benefits this will bring to the developing world.