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All India Radio News Summary: 14 APRIL 2018

All India Radio News Summary: 14 APRIL 2018

  1. Prime Minister inaugurates first of 1.5 lakh health and wellness Centres to be set up under Ayushman Bharat scheme at Jangala village in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

Prime Minister visited one of the worst Maoist affected regions in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

  • Prime Minister launched a scheme for the transformation of ‘Aspirational Districts’ at Jangala village.
  • Prime Minister inaugurated the first health centre under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme in Jangla village. 
  • Bijapur is among the 115 poorest districts in the country which have been selected on the basis of their poor indicators in the field of education, health, basic infrastructure and financial inclusion.
  • In January this year, Niti Aayog had identified 115 aspirational districts which occupy the bottom of the list of the districts in the country.
  • The Prime Minister also inaugurated the first phase of the Bastar Internet scheme under which a 40,000-km-long network of fibre optics cable would be spread across the seven districts of the tribal region. The districts are Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Kanker, Kondagaon, Sukma and Dantewada.
  • The Prime Minister also launched the Van Dhan Yojana. This scheme aims to empower the tribals by teaching them skills for value addition to the forest produce.
  • The Prime Minister also inaugurated bank branches in seven villages and visited a rural BPO centre developed under the India BPO promotion scheme.


Under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, the government aims to open 1.5 lakh health and wellness centre by 2022, which would be equipped to treat a host of diseases, including blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and old-age illness.

  • Also under the scheme, the government has prepared the broad contours of the National Health Protection Scheme and work is on to finalise the parameters for identifying beneficiaries and hospital entitlement.


  1. US, UK and France jointly launch air strikes against Syria as punishment for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus.

US President announced that a joint US-British-French operation had been launched on Syria. It targeted the “criminal” regime of Bashar al-Assad.

  • United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
  • Trump said the strikes would aim to deter chemical weapons use by the Syrian government, a week after a suspected chemical attack outside Damascus left more than 40 people dead.
  • In a combined operation, the United States, Britain and France launched a military operation against Syria in response to an alleged poison gas attack in Douma last week.


The UN Security Council will meet tonight at Russia’s request to discuss air strikes launched by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack.

  • Russia has warned that any military action against Syria would be in violation of international law as it was carried out without UN Security Council approval.
  • India has called for an impartial and objective investigation by the International Chemical Weapons Watchdog OPCW to establish the facts and urged all parties to show restraint and to avoid further escalation of the tension.
  • China has expressed opposition to the joint attack by the US, France and the UK on Syria. It said any action bypassing the UN charter violates the principles of international law and the basic norms governing international relations.


  1. Gaganshakti-2018

As part of the on-going massive Indian Air Force exercise Gaganshakti-2018, the IAF conducted maritime air operations on the Western sea board, with the clear aim of air dominance and deep strike validation over the extended area of interest in the Indian Ocean Region.

In the long range strike concept validation, the Su-30s, airborne from a base on the eastern coast engaged multiple targets, in the western seaboard, at distances beyond 2500 Kilometre and landed at a southern base, thus covering a total distance of 4000 Kilometre, in a single mission.


  1. Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister launches Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to provide free LPG connections to poor women in Telangana.

Petroleum Minister launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in Telangana and distributed cooking gas connections to about 1000 beneficiaries.

  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana is a flagship programme of the central government which is aimed at providing financial assistance to the below poverty line families to procure cooking gas connections.
  • The scheme was launched two years ago and the government’s aim is to distribute 8 crore gas connections to the poor in the country by 2020.
  • In Telangana, the public sector companies Indian Oil Corporation, HPCL and BPCL have chalked out plans to distribute over two lakh gas connections during the current fiscal under this scheme.
  • There are over 94 lakh gas connections in the state at present.
  • Now with Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana, 60-70 per cent of the rural households are expected to be covered in the coming days.