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‘Gandhi was always against the division of India’

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Jaipur, Jan 15 : Rajmohan Gandhi, a biographer and historian, on Wednesday said that Mahatma Gandhi was always against the division of India.

While delivering the keynote address on ‘Understanding Gandhi’ on the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Founders’ Day of the Clarks Group of Hotels at Hotel Clarks Amer here, he said: “His efforts to prevent the Partition were incomparable to any other. He always tried to spread happiness and eradicate hatred.”

“In this mission, he visited villages, various parts of India to spread the message of friendship and unity among the people. Gandhi left behind the power of Satyagraha, taught people to think of the poor when in conflict and made people realise that not only should India be free but every Indian should also be free. He taught people to be fearless, brave and educated them about the true meaning of ‘Ahimsa’ (non-violence).”

Gandhi said that there is some truth to the statement that Gandhi did not devote as much time to his own family. This was perhaps because he adopted all of India as his family. But Gandhi loved his family and his grandchildren very much.

“As the ‘Father of the Nation’, he considered all the children of the country his own children and had to sacrifice spending time with his own family. As his family, we also realised that although Gandhi is in our blood, his soul lives in all children of the nation,” he added.

Governor of Rajasthan Kalraj Mishra said that Gandhi taught us that we are not lesser than anyone else and giving inferiority complex any space in our minds is a crime. He forced the decolonisation of a huge empire through the power of Satyagraha and Ahimsa.

Mishra said: “Satyagraha is not for the weak it is for the brave and the strong. Gandhi has always instilled Swabhlamban (self-reliance) among the youth and Indians. This was a combination of Swabhiman (self-respect), Swadeshi (indigenous) and Gram Swaraj.”

Bapu taught us the sins of our society – politics without principles, business without ethics, deeds without character and science without humanity, Mishra said.

The programme witnessed the attendance of around 1000 students from 30 schools.

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Margaret Thatcher named outfits after Gorbachev, Reagan: Report

An entry from her private diary records that she wore her “Pink Chanel Gorbachev” during a visit to the Granada Television Studios in Manchester in January 1990.

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London, Feb 29 : Late UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had named some of her outfits after other world leaders, including Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and former US President Ronald Reagan, newly released documents have revealed.

The incident is detailed in the latest release from the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust, which is overseeing the gradual publication of the former leader’s private files, the BBC said in a report on Saturday.

Files have revealed that Thatcher, the UK’s first female Prime Minister, named more outfits after Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the erstwhile Soviet Union, than any other leader, followed by Reagan.

An entry from her private diary records that she wore her “Pink Chanel Gorbachev” during a visit to the Granada Television Studios in Manchester in January 1990.

Eight months before, she had worn the same dress when she hosted Gorbachev in London.

Chris Collins, from the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust, said that “only certain men” received the accolade of having an outfit named after them.

He noted, for example, that Thatcher chose to name a dress she wore when she met French President Francois Mitterrand after Waddesdon Manor, the Buckingham country house where the meeting took place.

When she met President George H.W. Bush in 1990, she was recorded as wearing her “Black Dull Suit”.

The former Prime Minister’s christening of her wardrobe was not limited to foreign leaders she admired, the BBC report said.

BBC broadcaster Terry Wogan, who interviewed Thatcher in January 1990, had several outfits named after him including a “Wogan Long” and a “Wogan Short”.

Another entry from 1990 details that she wore her “Wogan Burgundy” to the Bank of England.

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India’s Q3 GDP expected to inch-up above 4.5%

India Ratings and Research gave a forecast of 4.7 per cent for Q3 GDP.

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New Delhi, Feb 27 : India’s third quarter 2019-20 GDP growth rate is expected to inch up on the back of rising inflation, along with a modest uptick in the momentum of services and industry.

Several economists polled by IANS said that GDP growth rate is seen in the range of 4.6-4.8 per cent for the third quarter from 4.5 per cent reported for the second quarter of the current fiscal.

Various indicators like air passenger traffic, railways’ freight revenue and commercial vehicles’ sales have shown improvement in Q3FY20 against weak performance in Q2FY20.

The macro-economic data point of the national income and the GDP will be released on Friday.

“We expect the GDP Q3 number to be 4.8 per cent. Since no major improvement was observed among leading indicators, market expectations remain subdued,” said Karan Mehrishi, Lead Economist at Acuite Ratings and Research.

“Generally, Q3 is one of the strongest quarters in a financial year because the inclusion of festive seasons sales and kharif harvest-driven rural consumption, this time, however, nothing noteworthy is foreseen.”

Besides, he pointed out that capacity utilisation levels have also fallen.

“Fresh capex looks unlikely and investments will be moderate driven by the public sector. We are however mindful of the inflation trajectory moving forward,” Mehrishi said.

India Ratings and Research gave a forecast of 4.7 per cent for Q3 GDP.

Edelweiss Securities’ Economist Madhavi Arora said: “We expect a marginal shallow pick up in 3Q, amid still-sluggish corporate earnings and weak industrial sector.”

“While government spending has been a respite for the services sector, its’ contribution to growth will also decline marginally. We expect 3Q GDP to print around 4.6-4.7 per cent.”

Meanwhile, ICRA expects the GDP and the gross value added (GVA) growth at basic prices to rise mildly to 4.7 per cent and 4.5 per cent, respectively, in Q3FY20, from 4.5 per cent and 4.3 per cent, respectively, in Q2FY20.

“Some industrial and service sectors displayed a pickup in YoY volume growth in Q3FY20 relative to the previous quarter, while the output of kharif crops displayed a mixed trend,” its principal economist Aditi Nayar said.

“Lower raw material costs, high growth of the government’s non-interest revenue expenditure and the stable profitability metrics revealed by the earnings of some banks would provide a cushion to the pace of economic growth,” she said.

However, the extent and duration of coronavirus outbreak would test the sustainability of the nascent upturn in growth in the ongoing quarter.

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Cannabis use rises among the elderly, finds study

Women, and individuals who were married, had a college degree, or had higher income also significantly increased their cannabis use.

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New Delhi, Feb 26 : Cannabis use continues to increase in popularity among adults of 65 years of age and older in the United States, according to a new study.

Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine estimates that cannabis use in adults aged 65 and older increased from 2.4 percent to 4.2 percent in the United States — a significant increase of 75 percent — between 2015 and 2018.

With the legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes in many states in the US, medical professionals are studying its use in treating a number of chronic health conditions. Since 1996, 31 states have legalized medical marijuana, while 11 states and Washington DC have legalized recreational use.

The survey categorized cannabis use by asking whether marijuana, hashish, pot, grass, or hash oil was either smoked or ingested.

Researchers observed trends in prevalence of past-year cannabis use, broken down by sociodemographic background, chronic disease, healthcare utilization, and other substance use among adults age 65 and older, in the United States, between 2015 and 2018.

Certain subsets of this population saw an even higher rise in prevalence. For example, researchers estimated that past-year use more than doubled by older adults with diabetes, among those who have received mental health treatment, and those reporting past-year alcohol use.

Women, and individuals who were married, had a college degree, or had higher income also significantly increased their cannabis use.

Researchers say they next plan to acquire more detailed information about how medical marijuana affects older populations, its risks and side effects.

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