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UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

According to India Today-Axis survey, the BJP would win around 180-191 seats in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The poll also predicts a good number of seats for newly formed SP-congress alliance, giving them 168-178 seats, slightly behind the BJP. The poll also predicts a dismal performance by Bahujan Samaj Party which according to it would … Continue reading UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

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Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

New Delhi: His name adds credibility to the films he does and the actor has A-listers vying to work with him but Nawazuddin Siddiqui does not want to think about stardom as he fears it will corrupt his performances. Film after film, there has been a growth in Nawazuddin’s fan following so much so that … Continue reading Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

According to India Today-Axis survey, the BJP would win around 180-191 seats in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The poll also predicts a good number of seats for newly formed SP-congress alliance, giving them 168-178 seats, slightly behind the BJP. The poll also predicts a dismal performance by Bahujan Samaj Party which according to it would … Continue reading UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary


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Bengaluru, (PTI) The rhetoric of protectionism in developed economies and unpredictable global slowdown have not affected India and it is determined to grow with focus on investments, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today.

“What strikes us today is two important factors – unpredictable global slowdown and the rhetoric of protectionism in developed economies – have not affected India,” he said at ‘Make In India-Karnataka conference’ here.

Not a single sound or even ‘a whisper’ of protectionism is being heard in India and such talk is there only in the developed economies, he said, adding that this itself is a tribute to the fact that the country is willing to accept investments and tune its policies.

Jaitley said there is tremendous pressure on government policy makers because of peoples’ impatience to see India grow at a faster rate and get rid of poverty, among other things.

He said the environment supporting reform has never been as supported in the past as today and so it is the responsibility of both the central and state governments ‘to put themselves together’ and look at the road map of continuing this path of growth.

The minister also said that in spite of India’s growth being pegged at 7 to 7.5 per cent growth rate, it is not a satisfied nation and has hunger to grow even faster.

“We are not satisfied with the tag of being the fastest economy in the world. We think we have a potential to do better,” he said.

Jaitley lauded Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, his ministers and civil servants for working with a positive frame of mind for implementation of GST by the middle of this year, which, he said, would bring a transformational change.

He said once the GST regime is implemented, the whole country will become one big market with easy flow of goods and services, with the help of good taxation system and one assessment system, instead of multiple ones.

“So on the one hand, you have a system where evasion becomes difficult and on the other, generation of shadow economy through taxation system becomes more difficult,” he added.

Jaitley said government has taken a series of steps to integrate the informal economy with the formal one, which could increase revenue for states as well as the Centre.

The government has chosen to invest in agriculture, infrastructure and social sectors, he said.

“We have chosen to invest in agriculture where a larger purchasing power is in existence,” he said.

Jaitley said it is only when Karnataka achieves 2-3 per cent higher than the national growth rate that its ability to lead India economically would become a reality.

“You are one of the most innovative states. You have a very progressive population, a progressive set of policies.”

The conference was organised by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Karnataka government and Confederation of Indian Industry.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday notified a relaxation on the withdrawal limit of deposits from bank deposit accounts. On its website, it announced that it will extend the withdrawal limit for deposits that have been made in notes that are presently legal.

The apex bank has made this move as depositors are hesitating to deposit their money in banks due to the limit on cash withdrawals. On November 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes as legal tender and put limits on the daily and weekly withdrawals from banks. Subsequently, the daily withdrawal limit was waived off and a weekly limit of Rs 24,000 was imposed on cash withdrawals from banks till December 30.

The reserve bank announced that the current limits on cash withdrawals was disrupting the circulation of currency notes in the economy. In wake of this situation, the central bank said that, “It has been decided to allow withdrawals of deposits made in current legal tender notes on or after November 29, 2016 beyond current limits.” It further added that preferably available higher denomination banks notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2000 are to be issued for such withdrawals.

The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi held the third Facebook session of Q&A today. The live chat, which began at 1:30 PM, aimed to get a one-on-one feedback on citizens’ perspective on the schemes and policies pertaining to women and children.

Over 1000 questions on issues related to the Women & Child Development Ministry were received, and it reached nearly 2,00,000 people. The Minister diligently answered the questions for about 3 hours and has promised to answer the remaining queries soon.

During the session, the Minister remarked that the questions posed by Facebook users were well-researched, implying the great degree of interest taken by them in the issues pertaining to the Ministry of Women & Child Development.

People were keen to know about the Ministry’s initiatives to establish safety for women and quality pre-school education for children, among other questions that ranged from Adoption, Violence against women, Harassment against elderly women to Child rights, Foster care, Gender sensitization etc.

The WCD Minister shed light on the various legal aspects of women and child rights, and elaborated on the several initiatives of the Ministry like One Stop Centres to help women in distress, Training of women sarpanches, Panic buttons in phones, 33% reservation in police force, Women volunteers in every village and several similar efforts for women and children of the country.

On the issue of adoptions, the WCD Minister said, “Adoption of children is one of my passions in this ministry and I have tried my best to streamline and professionalize the process so that it becomes less random, less corruption ridden and quicker. In fact every time I get a complaint, we take action within an hour. Please let me know how we can be better. I specially want children of an older age to be adopted and we have an exceptions committee that allows them to go through first to adopting parents”.

She added, “Every state has been asked to send in their children to be put on the list and practically no state has bothered to bring in the illegal, unregistered homes or orphanages into the system. We have at any given time about 2000 children in the system and about 9000 parents waiting. We need more children to be brought in and I am constantly at it”.

This was the 3rd Facebook Q&A session by Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, through which the WCD Minister made a constant effort to hear out people’s concerns and also receive their valuable suggestions. The social media of Ministry of WCD has strived to give people a platform to express their grievances and give their feedback, and hence been ranked 4th on Facebook among other ministries. On Twitter too, the Ministry has fared well by reaching a significant number of followers.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture has said that Incredible India Tourism Investors’ Summit (IITIS) 2016 is a platform for the investors across the globe to explore investment opportunities available within the ambit of India’s tourism sector as well as core infrastructure. India being one of the fastest growing economies, the landscape of the tourism sector is sought to escalate India’s rich culture and heritage. He opined that the tourism sector of India has brought about a new paradigm of growth and development in creating employment, generating income and fostering entrepreneurship. Briefing Media persons on the forthcoming IITIS here today, Dr. Sharma said that the objectives of IITIS are to Showcase a bouquet of investment ready projects from all the Indian states and private project owners, present opportunities for global Investors to understand the investment ecosystem for garnering investments, Catalyzing partnership in the form of B2B linkages and Identifying opportunities for local players to move up the value chain through technical collaboration and global partnership.

The Minister opined that IITIS will showcase the investment opportunities in tourism sector. It’s main objective is to position the Indian Tourism sector for attracting large investments and presenting to the Investors tangible investment-ready projects in the different States/Union Territories of India. The summit will provide a global platform for interaction with investors, policy makers and Indian industry leaders, and other stakeholders.

Shri Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism in his address said that the Tourism landscape in India is undergoing significant transformation, heralding a new paradigm of growth and development in creating employment, generating and ushering entrepreneurship. The India Tourism Sector today present a plethora of investment opportunities in areas of infrastructure development, both from India and overseas. With the streamlining of infrastructure in the core and tourism related sectors through investments and partnerships

FMD vaccination in non-covered (FMD-CP) States under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) during 2016-17 Rs. 100.00 crore has been allotted for FMD control under RKVY for 16 States and one UT

Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) is one of the most economically devastating contagious viral animal diseases affecting all susceptible cloven-footed animals. As per the estimates by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), direct loss due to milk and meat is to the tune of RS. 20,000 crores per annum. It can be much more if indirect losses due to reduced work capacity; abortions, subsequent infertility and sterility (that account for the reduced milk production subsequently) are taken into account.

In order to prevent economic losses due to Foot and Mouth Disease, a location specific programme called ‘Foot and Mouth Disease Control Programme (FMD-CP)’ is under implementation since 10th Plan Period. Gradually FMD-CP was expanded during 11th & 12th Plan Period. Thus, as of now, it covers 351 Districts in 13 States and 6 UTs i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, Rajasthan, Bihar, Puducherry, Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu and Lakshadweep. The scope of the programme will be extended to cover remaining States in a phased manner so as to have geographically contiguous areas to yield desired results for the creation of FMD Free Zones depending upon availability of resources. With robust implementation of FMD-CP in the States, disease occurrence has drastically been reduced particularly in FMD-CP States e.g. 879 FMD outbreaks were reported in 2012 throughout the country which have been reduced to 109 in 2015.

Looking at the economic importance of the control disease, the Department has conceived ‘FMD Mukt Bharat’ in next few years. However, 16 States and one UT are yet to be covered under intensive FMD vaccination at six monthly intervals. Therefore, it has now been decided to take up FMD vaccination in these States under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) during 2016-17.

Initially Rs. 100.00 crore has been allotted for FMD control under RKVY for these 16 States and one UT i.e. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and UT of Chandigarh. State-wise allocation has already been informed to respective State Governments and States have been requested to undertake FMD vaccination by availing the assistance under RKVY.

Srinagar, July 26 (PTI) Four militants were today killed and another apprehended by security forces during an encounter in Naugam sector near the LoC in Kupwara district of Kashmir, an army official said.
“Four terrorists have been killed while one has been apprehended alive during an operation in Naugam sector,” the official said.
He said all the militants were foreign nationals.
The operation was in progress when reports were last received from the encounter site.
The official said as the operation was still going on, it would be premature to say whether it was an infiltration bid or not.
“We have got one of them alive and expect some vital information from him,” he added.

Close on the heels of assuming charge as the Human Resources Development Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar on Saturday evening paid a visit to the Gopal Krishna Gokhale Night School in Dadar, Mumbai and interacted with the students studying there.

“Education is essential for upliftment, I sincerely salute the spirit of these poor students, who are pursuing education in night schools, after putting in 8-10 hours of hard work during the day” Shri Javadekar said. He said education should be inclusive and no one should be left behind. He described night schools to be among the important institutions helping make education inclusive and asserted that Government’s top priority will be to improve the conditions of night schools and zilla parishad schools.

“After meeting you, my will to work for you has strengthened. PM Narendra Modi says work for the dailts, underprivileged and backward classes. We will study the problems of night schools and will do whatever is possible for them” Shri Javadekar said. He added that since he himself has studied in a Zilla Parishad School, he is in a good position to understand their problems and challenges The Union Minister assured the students and the teachers that he would ask Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde to do his best to improve the infrastructure in nights schools and municipal schools.

School authorities told the minister that they have been having 100 per cent result for the last four years. Mumbai, the commercial capital, has a well developed infrastructure of night schools, where over 15,000 students, aged 15 and above are enrolled for Class 8 upwards. The city also boasts of many success stories in the form of night school students who went on to succeed as entrepreneurs, particularly in the hotel business.

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on the successful launch of PSLV-C34, carrying a record 20 satellites in a single mission including the Cartosat-2 series satellite and 19 other satellites.
“I offer my congratulations to the Scientists, Engineers and Technicians of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch of the PSLV-C34, carrying a record 20 satellites in a single mission including the Cartosat-2 series satellite and 19 other satellites.

The nation is proud of this achievement which has demonstrated, yet again, India’s increasing space capabilities.
I wish ISRO all the very best for the future.”

337 villages have been electrified across the country during last week (from 14th to 20th March 2016) under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Out of these electrified villages, 67 in Odisha, 49 in Jharkhand , 66 villages in Uttar Pradesh, 30 in Arunachal Pradesh , 41 in Bihar, 49 in Assam, 12 in Chhattisgarh, 9 in Madhya Pradesh and 11 in Rajasthan 1 each in Himachal Pradesh, Manipur & J &K . The progress of ongoing electrification process can be tracked on http://garv.gov.in/dashboard

Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting today felicitated the winners of the social media contest in various categories organized by New Media Cell of I&B Ministry as part of 67th Republic Day celebrations. Speaking on the occasion the Minister said that the innovative approach to crowdsource ideas from the people provided government an opportunity to understand the people’s perspective on major flagship programmes of the government. The minister also complimented the winners for providing fresh ideas through social media platforms. Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore and Secretary I&B, Shri Sunil Arora were also present during the occasion.
The contests were held on the Ministry of I&B Social Media platforms – Facebook (www.facebook.com/inbministry), Twitter (@MIB_India) and a specially designed webpage (http://www.graffiti.inbministry.in) where Graffiti were invited from participants on various flagship programmes of the Government. The competition was open for a fortnight from, 1st January to 14th January, 2016. The winners of the contest were provided a unique opportunity to witness the Republic Day Parade, 2016 at New Delhi. The travel and accommodation arrangements of all these winners were sponsored by Ministry of I&B.

For Graffiti wall, the themes were Start Up India, Stand Up India; Digital Empowerment; Entrepreneurs of Young India; Skilled India, Powerful India; Make In India; Financial Security to All and Housing For All. The response on graffiti was over-whelming with 419 entries across all themes. The First prize in the Graffiti contest was awarded to Shri Narendra Kumar Singh for his work captioned Housing for All”. Shri Narendra Kumar Singh has beautifully captured the idea of “Housing for All” by using a metaphor of Weaver Birds’ nest. It shows independent and affordable housing for everybody across various income categories”, the jury described. The second prize was awarded to Shri Narendra Vasantrao Borlepwar’s artwork Skill India which depicts “the fusion of Education and vocational training leading to recognisable improvement in the economic graph”. The third prize was awarded to Shri Vimal Kumar’s artwork Make in India showing “ladders which visually double up as scaffolds on construction sites best captures the idea of ‘making’.”

For the Twitter contest, netizens’ responses were invited on Twitter on three hashtags; #VisionofTeamIndia, #MyIdeaofIndia and #RDayNotJustaHoliday. A total of 888 tweets were received by @MIB_India, the twitter handle of Ministry of I&B. The winners of the Tweet contests across three theme segments taken collectively were as follows in order of first, second and third places:

Shri Ganesh Joshi @Igjganesh –“#MyIdeaofIndia For evry Mouth there is Meal for evry girl there is life For evry head there is roof For evry foot there is road. The user has summed up in very simple terms that everybody in India should have the basic needs satisfied.

Shri Narayana Vinayak @vinumon2016 “#VisionofTeamIndia centre and states working together in the great act of nation building in spirit of ‘all for one and one for all”. The user has drawn our attention to cooperative federalism.

Shri Neeraj Gupta @neerjanni2000 – #RDayNotJustaHoliday It is a moment2get inspiration 4rm freedom fighters & to taking up new initiatives4making India No1 country. The user has invoked the sacrifices and sufferings of freedom fighters for whom India became independent and a constitution was framed.

Regarding the Poster making contest on Facebook, participants were invited to send posters on three themes; Give It Up – LPG Subsidy, Per Drop More Crop and Save the Girl Child. 432 posters were received by Ministry of I&B. The jury awarded first prize to Shri Advait Chitnis for his artwork captioned “Save the Girl Child” where “the artist highlighted a graphical representation of a female gene which led to the noose, whereas a male foetus seldom faces this ordeal.” The second best poster was designed by Shri Sudhir Komawar for his artwork captioned “Per Drop More Crop” which “brilliantly captured super imposed image of the leaves of crops inside huge drop of water reminding that how a universe of microscopic can subsist in a drop of water.” The third place was awarded to Shri Anunay Mandal for his painting captioned “There is no He without She” which captured “a brilliant truism that women are the substratum of mankind.”