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Demonetisation added fuel to the fire in declining GDP: Yashwant Sinha

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New Delhi, Sep 27, 2017: Former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha launched a scathing attack on his own party by claiming that the decision to demonetise high-valued notes has dented the India’s economy.

In an article written for The Indian Express, Sinha has said that many in the BJP know that the economy is on a downward spiral, but are not speaking up in fear.

In the razor-sharp worded article titled ‘I need to speak up now’, Sinha said that demonetisation proved to be an “unmitigated economic disaster” and that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was “badly conceived and poorly implemented”.

Sinha also attacked the BJP President Amit Shah for citing ‘technical’ reasons for the recent fall in GDP. He added that since the BJP changed the method of calculating growth, the GDP is actually even lower than what it has been quoted to be. The former finance minister said that demonetisation was not responsible for the low growth rate, but had only “added fuel to the fire”.

In the hard-hitting remarks, Sinha, who was the Finance Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government, lashed out at “superman” Jaitley for making a “mess” of the Indian economy which is headed for a “hard landing” as sector after sector is slipping into distress.

Sinha claimed that his views reflected the “sentiments of a large number of people in the BJP and elsewhere who are not speaking up out of fear”.

Calling raids by Income Tax department, Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation “a new game to instill fear in the minds of people,” adding that the BJP protested against these when they were in the Opposition while now it has become the order of the day.

Sinha concluded his article by saying, “The prime minister claims that he has seen poverty from close quarters. His finance minister is working over-time to make sure that all Indians also see it from equally close quarters.”

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Lucknow girl Divyanshi Jain stuns all with 100% marks in CBSE

Divyanshi appeared for the examination of all subjects except Geography, which was cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.

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Lucknow, July 13 : Getting hundred per cent marks in examinations is no mean feat but Divyanshi Jain of Lucknow has done the impossible.

She has scored 600 marks out of 600 in the CBSE class 12 examinations.

“For me, it is unbelievable and the result is yet to sink in. I am delighted and surprised at the same time,” said Divyanshi, a student of Navyug Radiance Senior Secondary School in Lucknow.

She has scored full marks in English, Sanskrit, History, Geography, Insurance and Economics.

Divyanshi appeared for the examination of all subjects except Geography, which was cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.

She was also among the toppers at her school too.

Divyanshi”s father is a businessman while her mother is a homemaker.

“My teachers guided me throughout the year and I was able to follow a systematic routine due to my parents. Both these factors allowed me to concentrate on my studies and score good marks,” said Divyanshi on phone.

“I also made it a point to focus on revision and mock tests that helped me to score better,” she added.

She also ensured that she had a good sleep and followed a healthy routine.

Divyanshi says she is fond of history and wants to pursue the subject in higher studies.

“I want to study history further. I have applied for admissions in BA (H) History at Delhi University,” she added.

Her teacher, B Singh, said: “I am amazed at Divyanshi”s achievement. We were confident that the she will top but the marks she got are beyond our expectations.”

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Indian media captured by fascist interests, hate-filled narrative spread: Rahul Gandhi

“The media is muzzled and terrified. The truth seems dormant. But it flows in the blood of every single Indian army officer and soldier. They know exactly what is happening in Ladakh.

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New Delhi, July 13 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday took a swipe at the Narendra Modi government, saying a large part of the Indian media had now been “captured by fascist interests” and asserted that the narrative of lies is tearing India apart.

He said that he would be sharing his own thoughts with people through videos.

In a series of tweets, Rahul Gandhi said: “Today, a large part of the Indian news media has been captured by fascist interests. A hate-filled narrative is being spread by television channels, WhatsApp forwards and false news.”

“This narrative of lies is tearing India apart. I want to make our current affairs, history, and crises clear and accessible for those interested in the truth. From tomorrow, I”ll be sharing my thoughts with you on video,” the Congress Lok Sabha MP from Kerala”s Wayanad said in another tweet.

In the last six years, the Congress leader has slammed section of the media on several occasions for alleged disproportionate criticism of the grand old party.

On June 8, he tweeted on the Chinese ”intrusion” in Ladakh: “The media is muzzled and terrified. The truth seems dormant. But it flows in the blood of every single Indian army officer and soldier. They know exactly what is happening in Ladakh.

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Abdullahs challenge house detention of NC leaders

Unfortunately that was not to be. The house detentions without any administrative orders are unlawful, undermining the due respect to human rights and individual liberty,” he said.

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Srinagar, July 13 : Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) President and Srinagar MP Farooq Abdullah and his son and party Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court challenging the ”unconstitutional and ”illegal house detention of 16 NC leaders and functionaries.

As per the statement issued from the party headquarters, Farooq Abdullah has filed a petition for the release of Ali Mohammad Sagar, Abdul Rahim Rather, Nasir Aslam Wani, Aga Syed Mehmood, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Irfan Shah and Sahmeema Firdous from house detention, while Omar Abdullah has challenged the detention of Mohammad Shafi Uri, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzaan, Mubarak Gul, Bashir Veeri, Abdul Majeed Larmi, Basharat Bukhari, Saifudin Bhat Shutru and Mohammad Shafi through their counsel advocate Shariq Reyaz.

Party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said the decision to move to the court has been taken as a last resort to provide relief to various party members who have continuously been under house arrest or have been kept under house detention after being shifted from detention centers.

“Shifting of the detainees from detention centers to their homes only characterised revolving-door detention practice. Quashing of the PSA on party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar underscored the indefensible nature of all detentions in the court of law, leading us to believe that the administration will release all the detainees in the absence of any convincing reason.

Unfortunately that was not to be. The house detentions without any administrative orders are unlawful, undermining the due respect to human rights and individual liberty,” he said.

“We are hopeful that the court will come to the rescue of our colleagues, who have been suffering for no fault of theirs ever since the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A on August 5, 2019. This was the only recourse left to us. We are hopeful that the court will uphold the civil liberties of our colleagues, most of whom have not been keeping well,” Dar said.

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