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India has to grow faster, running against time: Jaitley

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Washington, Oct 8, 2017: India needs to grow at a faster pace, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said, while asserting that there was public support for the government’s reform initiatives despite the difficulties arising from implementing GST, for instance.

“The obvious challenge to the country is to grow and grow fast. It has to grow at a much higher rate than we have been growing in recent history,” Jaitley said in an address via video conference to the Berkeley India Conference prior to his departure for the US.

He is due to leave for the US on Monday to attend the forthcoming annual meeting of International Monetary Fund and World Bank here.

“I do hope that India is able to retain its growth rate once again and live up to the aspirations of its people because we must not forget that we not only have a large population to service, we have a very young population to service,” he said.

“We have to grow at a much faster pace,” he said, adding that a young and aspirational population wants change and reforms at a fast pace, and is impatient to see results.

“Time therefore is running against us,” Jaitley said.

Pulled down by sluggish manufacturing, growth in the Indian economy, during the first quarter (April-June), fell to 5.7 per cent, clocking the lowest GDP growth rate under the Narendra Modi dispensation.

On reforms, the Finance Minister said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has resulted in creation of a national tax structure.

“In the three months, you have all the check points in states disappeared, you have clear flow of goods and services which has started all over the country,” he said.

Acknowledging issues related to compliance, Jaitley said the GST Council had noted these challenges and is taking steps to address them.

GST has been a “reasonable smooth transformation,” but there is scope for improvement, he said.

“I think in GST Council we have succeeded in creating India’s first federal institution.”

On the demonetisation of high value currency, he said the Indian normal was to live with a high-cash economy and not pay taxes.

“You buy a property, you transact partly in cash, and in business you maintain two sets of accounts,” he said.

“How can a country, which aims to be the fastest growing major economy in the world, which aspires to grow from a developing to a developed economy, continue with the normal of this type,” he asked.

He said demonetisation had led to a sharp drop in insurgent and terror activities in states like Jammu and Kashmir and Chhattisgarh.

“You are having terrorist incidents, but the fact that you were finding 5,000-10,000 stone throwers being provided with money by the terrorist organisations, why is it that in the last eight-ten months it has not happened,” he asked.

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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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