India in historic technical recession, signals RBI in its first-ever nowcast

GDP contracted 8.6% in the quarter ended September, the RBI Showed in its first ever published ‘nowcast,’ which is an estimate based on high-frequency data. The economy had slumped about 24% in April to June. India’s economy probably shrank for a second straight quarter, according to a team of economists including Michael Patra, the central bank’s deputy governor in charge of monetary policy, pushing the country into an unprecedented recession. Gross domestic product contracted 8.6% in the quarter ended September, the Reserve Bank of India showed in its first ever…

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Will a Biden-Harris administration stand up to Modi’s toxic rule in India?

Rana Ayyub On Nov. 7, the first woman elected vice president of the United States, Kamala D. Harris, dominated Indian social media, newspapers and television coverage. The daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother was making history and being celebrated as a national icon. Just hours before she took the stage to introduce Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a picture with the president-elect, assuring the world that his presidency will take India-U.S. relations to new heights. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later…

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Like Ram Mandir, Article 370 decisions, PM has decided when there would be war with Pakistan, China: UP BJP Chief

Bhartiya Janta Party’s Uttar Pradesh chief, Swatantra Dev Sing, said that Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has decided when the country would be at war with both the rival countries- India and Pakistan. Singh, according to a report by news agency PTI, made the controversial remarks amid the ongoing tensions at the Line of Actual Control between India and China. The BJP leader linked his claim to the beginning of construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya following a Supreme Court judgment, and the abrogation of special status to…

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Hathras Case: UP govt calls for court-monitored probe by CBI in Supreme Court

Uttar Pradesh has asked the Supreme Court to order a court-monitored probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the Hathras gang-rape case, which has triggered protests across the country, in an affidavit filed before the top court. The state government has already recommended a probe by the central agency. The state government also said in the affidavit, which was filed on Monday, that the body of the 19-year-old Dalit woman was cremated at night to avoid law and order problems. The government has blamed political parties and civil…

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India calls for removing Kashmir Issue under “Outdated Agenda Item” from UN Security Council’s Agenda

India at the UN has called for permanently removing the issue of Jammu and Kashmir under the “outdated agenda item” of the “India-Pakistan question” from the Security Council’s agenda, saying such “irrational exuberance” has no takers in a dignified world.In a veiled attack on Pakistan, India said that there is a delegation that repeatedly attempts to rebrand itself as contributing to international peace, but unfortunately fails to recognise that it is globally known for being the fountainhead of international terror and the hub for terror syndicates. During a virtual informal…

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Delhi Police being accused of Torture, Violence, Serious Rights Violations During Riots: Amnesty Report

The report quotes accounts of victims of the riots, and says the police’s behaviour reveals a pattern of human rights violations and rampant impunity. Human rights organisation Amnesty International has accused Delhi Police of committing serious rights violations during the Delhi riots and even “indulging in violence with rioters”. It has called on the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to initiate “a prompt, thorough, independent investigation” into all such allegations against law enforcement officials. The 20-page report made public on August 28, which documented first person accounts of riot victims…

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Unlock 4.0: What to expect from Sept 1

Unlock 4.0, the fourth phase of opening of the economy after coronavirus lockdown, will start from September 1. This phase comes at a time when India’s Covid-19 tally has crossed the 3.46 million mark and the number of deaths due to the disease have gone up to 62,550. Officials have said Unlock 4 guidelines, which will be announced later this week, only mention the activities which will be prohibited while the rest can resume. Here is a look at what will change during Unlock 4.0: • The Centre is likely…

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Aamir Khan is being trolled by Hindu nationalists for meeting Turkish first lady

On August 15, Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan posted a picture of her meeting Bollywood star Aamir Khan on Twitter. It soon went viral. “I had the great pleasure of meeting @aamir_khan, the world-renowned Indian actor, filmmaker, and director, in Istanbul…” Emine Erdogan tweeted after meeting the Muslim actor, who was in Turkey to shoot his latest film, Laal Singh Chaddha. Pro-government supporters were furious at Khan for taking a picture with the wife of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has criticised the Indian government’s decision to strip Indian-administered…

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The making of a Hindu India

If India is today a Hindu nation, it is also a tinderbox in which the self is defined by the perpetual hatred of others. Uday Chandra On August 5, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a Hindu temple in the northern city of Ayodhya. This fulfilled the orders of India’s Supreme Court, which last November awarded a victory to those who have long been campaigning to build a temple there, in place of a Mughal-era mosque that was demolished by a right-wing Hindu mob in 1992.…

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Deadly clashes in Bengaluru over a provocative Facebook post on Prophet Muhammad

At least three dead in tech hub during violence over a reported derogatory post about the Prophet Muhammad, police say. At least three people have died in southern India’s Bengaluru city after protesters clashed with police over a provocative social media post about the Prophet Muhammad, police have told Reuters news agency. The Facebook post offensive to Muslims sparked protests in India’s tech hub on Tuesday night in which a police station was attacked, and a politician’s house and vehicles were torched. “The situation is under control,” Bengaluru City Police…

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