After making 3000 Cr Statue of Unity, India seeks aid for vaccine price hike

This will certainly add fuel to the ongoing debate over the Statue of Unity, the 182 metre-high iron statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat, which was inaugurated on his birth anniversary by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. According to a report in The Telegraph, an upcoming price hike is likely to raise India’s budget for a key vaccine by less than Rs 100 crore and the government has been forced to seek help of an international donor. And this has happened just after the country became home to the…

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High alert sounded in Delhi after intel flashes Jaish threat

The national Capital has been put on the high alert after intelligence agencies were made aware of a message on a WhatsApp group, believed to be run by Jaish-e-Mohammed, which said that the militant outfit plans to strike sensitive locations in Delhi to avenge the killing of its commander in Jammu and Kashmir last month. The Intelligence Bureau on Tuesday circulated a letter, dated November 13, asking the intelligence wings of security forces to maintain “high priority alert” and “activate intelligence” in light of the message. Hindustan Times has a…

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India lower than Bangladesh, Nepal on World Bank’s 1st Human Capital Index; Finance Ministry rejects report

The World Bank on Thursday released its first report on Human Capital Index (HCI), which placed India at the 115th position, lower than Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Singapore topped the poll after it was highly rated for its universal healthcare system, education exams results and life expectancy figures, as per the HCI released by the World Bank. It is followed by South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Finland. The report ranked 157 economies on parameters like child mortality, health and education. In a statement, the Finance Ministry said…

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#NameChange -Post Ahmedabad to Karnavati, Shiv Sena demands name change of Osmanabad & Aurangabad

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday said that the state government was considering changing the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati and the Shiv Sena in neighbouring Maharashtra reiterated its old demand that Aurangabad and Osmanabad be renamed Sambhaji Nagar and Dharashiv, respectively. The announcement by Rupani, on the occasion of the Gujarati New Year’s day, comes on the heels of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh saying it was changing the names of Allahabad to Prayagraj and Faizabad district to Ayodhya. The BJP government in…

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Shutdown in Assam against Citizenship Bill, protesters disrupt road, rail traffic

Protesters burnt tyres on roads, disrupted of vehicular movement and rail traffic at several places in the state as a 12-hour shutdown called by 46 indigenous groups in Assam against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 began Tuesday morning. The shutdown, backed by the opposition Congress and the BJP’s ally the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), has been called from 5 in the morning till 5 pm. Essential services have been kept outside its purview. The bill proposes to grant citizenship to religious minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Assam’s indigenous…

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Even the dead and injured weren’t spared were robbed of belongings after Amritsar train accident

Call it heartless or sadistic, but what left many hopeless in humanity was when they realised that some rogues in the crowd had made away with the valuables of the helpless survivors and victims of the horrific Amritsar train tragedy that killed 61 and injured 143 on Friday evening. According to relatives and survivors, while they got their kin’s bodies back, they did not find the ornaments, mobile phones or wallets belonging to them. Jyoti Kumari, mother of Vasu (17), who died in the accident, said, “I lost my son…

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61 Dead, scores injured as train mows into crowd watching Ravan burn in Amritsar

A passenger train that mowed down scores of people watching the Dussehra celebrations near Jaura Phatak (level crossing) was inaudible to the crowd as the firecrackers in the Ravana effigy were at a crescendo on Friday evening. “We didn’t hear the train coming. It had become dark and everyone was watching the effigy in flames when the train suddenly appeared,” said Mintoo, a migrant labourer staying in the vicinity. Most of the victims are migrant labourers. “Families have been wiped out,” he said. Wails and cries filled the air as…

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Build Ram temple at the earliest: RSS Chief to Govt

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sang (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government to consider introducing legislation for the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, cautioning that it was “in nobody’s interest to test the patience of the society without any reason.” Bhagwat’s comments drew flak from critics of the RSS who linked the timing to key state elections at the year-end leading up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The demand for the legislation, earlier made by RSS affiliate Vishwa Hindu…

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How the inflation equation could impact politics

Inflation is back on the economic agenda. The annual growth in wholesale price index (WPI) in the quarter ending September 2018 was 4.98%. This is the highest since September 2014, which was the first full quarter after the current government assumed office. To be sure, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) grew at 3.88% in this period, after having grown at more than 4% in the last three quarters. Both CPI and WPI have been rising The political context is important here. Inflation was rising at a fast pace — CPI…

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A journey called Make in India to Assembled in India

India imported $6.3 billion worth of mobile phones from China in 2014, the year Narendra Modi became the country’s prime minister. This number has declined continuously and reached $ 3.3 billion in 2017 according to a study conducted by the ministry of commerce and industry. This would suggest that the ambitious Make in India programme of this government is working. But another set of statistics indicates otherwise. India’s import of parts of mobile phones as well as telecom equipment from China increased from $1.3 billion in 2014 to $9.4 billion…

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