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India to become fifth largest economy in 2019: Arun Jaitley


 India is on track to surpass Britain next year to become the fifth largest economy in the world and to emerge among the “big three” global economies by 2040, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday. He said while India’s per capita income may still be modest, but the size of the economy was very large and growing at a fast pace.

“This year, in shear size, we have overtaken France. Next year, we’re likely to overtake Britain. And therefore we will be the fifth largest (economy in the world),” Jaitley said at the inauguration of the new building of Competition Commission of India.

The Minister said that other economies in the world were growing at a rate much slower than India’s.

“It won’t take a very long time to overtake those economies which are growing at 1 to 1.5 per cent if we grow at 7 to 8 per cent on an average. And if you look at 2030 or 2040, we are unquestionably going to be – as world projections are – among the big three in size,” he said.

Jaitley added that India still had a lot of avenues for pushing up growth over the next 10 to 20 years. “For instance, growth is more in the north, south and the western parts of the country. The eastern side still has to grow faster. That’s an area where we will see growth. Women employment is an area where we will see their contribution coming into the growth process.”

The Minister added that as the market and the economic activity expand, the role of the Competition Commission of India would also expand.

“Our population is large, our consumer base is large, the size of the economy and its potential is going to be large, and hence the market is also going to be very large. And if the market is large, we will certainly have aberrations in the market, and therefore the need for you to step in is also going to be there,” he said. “So over the next 10 to 20 years, your role is going to expand.”

Govt to Provide Free Coaching For JEE, NEET Exams

The JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) and NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) are some of the toughest entrance exams in India. Each year, millions of students take the two tests to gain admission into engineering and architecture courses, or medical and dental colleges, respectively. The coaching industry consists of thousands of service providers, many of whom screen their students with their own entrance tests, before allowing them to undergo coaching. Then comes the astronomical fees for the coaching!

An official from the HRD Ministry  quoted in the publication said that those who attend the test centre will not be charged any fees, so it will be very beneficial for talented students who require financial assistance. What’s more, candidates from rural and semi-urban areas will also benefit, with the teaching component of the plan expected to start from May 2019. The practice centres, on the other hand, will start working on September 8th, 2018.

For the upcoming JEE-2019, the NTA will allow aspirants to sit for a mock test. This can help students analyse their preparation with NTA mentors, and rectify their errors. Further, teachers at the centre will help students with concepts and common mistakes. At noon on September 1, the online registration process for UGC-NET 2018, and JEE-Main will also open, and continue till September 30th. Well, for the hordes of students who write these exams, free help from the government might make their dreams come true!

Indians lose over 1.5 years of their lives to air pollution

Ambient air pollution shortens an average Indian’s life by over 1.5 years, say scientists who suggest that better air quality could lead to a significant extension of human lifespan around the world. Researchers said that if PM2.5 concentrations worldwide were limited to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) air quality guideline concentration of 10 microgrammes per square cubic metre, the global life expectancy would be on average 0.59 year longer.
The benefit of reaching the stringent target would be especially large in countries with the highest current levels of pollution, with approximately 0.8–1.4 years of additional survival in countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and China. This is the first time data on air pollution and lifespan has been studied together in order to examine the global variations to find out how they affect the overall life expectancy.
The researchers from University of Texas at Austin in the US looked at outdoor air pollution from particulate matter (PM) smaller than 2.5 microns. These fine particles can enter deep into the lungs, and breathing PM2.5 is associated with increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, respiratory diseases and cancer.

PM2.5 pollution comes from power plants, cars and trucks, fires, agriculture and industrial emissions. They found that the life expectancy impact of ambient PM2.5 is especially large in polluted countries such as Bangladesh (1.87 years), Egypt (1.85 years), Pakistan (1.56 years), Saudi Arabia (1.48 years), Nigeria (1.28 years), and China (1.25 years). India had a life expectancy impact of 1.53 years, according to the study. The team used data from the Global Burden of Disease Study to measure PM2.5 air pollution exposure and its consequences in 185 countries.
They then quantified the national impact on life expectancy for each individual country as well as on a global scale. “The fact that fine particle air pollution is a major global killer is already well known,” said Joshua Apte, who led the study published in the journal Environmental Science echnology Letters.

“We were able to systematically identify how air pollution also substantially shortens lives around the world. What we found is that air pollution has a very large effect on survival — on average about a year globally,” said Apte. In the context of other significant phenomena negatively affecting human survival rates, Apte said this is a big number.
“For example, it’s considerably larger than the benefit in survival we might see if we found cures for both lung and breast cancer combined,” he said. “For much of Asia, if air pollution were removed as a risk for death, 60 year olds would have a 15 per cent to 20 per cent higher chance of living to age 85 or older,” he added.
“A body count saying 90,000 Americans or 1.1 million Indians die per year from air pollution is large but faceless,” said Apte. “Saying that, on average, a population lives a year less than they would have otherwise — that is something relatable,” he said.

Retired Colonel Arrested Over Molestation Of ADM’s Wife

A retired Army officer, who was arrested on the complaint of the wife of an additional district magistrate (ADM) that she was molested and hurled caste-based abuses in Sector 29, was granted bail by a court yesterday.

The release of 76-year-old retired Colonel, Virendra Pratap Singh Chauhan, comes a day after the police arrested two persons, including the ADM’s gunner and an aide, on charges of assaulting and attempting to murder the ex-armyman. “He (Chauhan) has been granted the bail by the court hearing the case on charges registered against him under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,” Colonel (retd) Shashi Vaid, who campaigned for his release, said.

“He is OK now. He has come back and met his family after a tiring day in the court. He has not gone home and is staying at a guest house in Arun Vihar,”  Meanwhile, the officials of the Sector 20 police station, where the case is registered, said further probe was underway in the case. Mr Chauhan was arrested on the morning on August 14 from a park near his home in Sector 29 following a spat between the two sides over alleged illegal construction by the ADM’s family. He was accused of molestation and hurling caste-based abuses by the ADM’s wife. She then called up police, which arrived at the spot and arrested Mr Chauhan. The ADM’s family lives on the third floor of a building, in which he lives on the ground floor, Mr Chauhan, who served in the elite 1 Parachute Regiment (Special Forces), had said.

“The ADM was getting some construction done to convert his car garage, near my house, into a guest house. It was illegal and not permitted by the Noida Authority. I had raised objection against it because it was also obstructing the passage, sunlight and air flow into my house,” he had said in the complaint, adding that had irked the family. He had claimed that the ADM has previously served in the Noida authority and used his influence to get his complaint overlooked. In a complaint to the police from jail, Mr Chauhan had said, “On the morning of August 14, I was sitting in the park waiting for my taxi to go to railway station from where he would go to Agra when the family arrived, they were accompanied by the ADM’s gunners also. His wife started hurling abuses at me and soon all the men started punching me on the chest and kicked me.”

“The woman soon called up the emergency police who arrived at the spot and arrested me on false charges of molestation made by her and under the ADM’s pressure,” Mr Chauhan alleged in the complaint.

A couple of days later, the footage of the closed-circuit television camera installed in the park emerged in which it was purportedly seen that Mr Chauhan was being assaulted by the seven persons. District Magistrate Brajesh Narayan Singh had taken note of the video and instructed the police to file an FIR against the ADM and others involved in the matter. The police then booked the seven persons, including the ADM, his wife and son, among others for attempt to murder and other relevant sections of assault.One of the ADM’s gunners Rahul Nagar, 28, and his household help Jitendra Awasthi, 26, were arrested yesterday, the police said.

Asian Games 2018: Saurabh Chaudhary Clinches Gold, Abhishek Verma Bronze In 10m Air Pistol Shooting

16-year old shooter Saurabh Chaudhary won gold while Abhishek Verma clinched bronze in the 10m Air Pistol final as India took their medal tally to seven at the Asian Games 2018 on Tuesday.

Saurabh Chaudhary produced an Asian Games record score of 240.7 to clinch the gold medal in Men’s 10m Air Pistol final at the Asian Games. Abhishek Verma won the bronze with a score of 219.3 on day 3 of the games. Chaudhary piped Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7) in an exciting final to add a gold to India’s shooting tally of two silver and a bronze in this year’s Games. In second position for most of the final, Chaudhary grabbed the lead after Matsuda fired 8.9 in his penultimate shot. The Indian went ahead with a 10.2 off his second-last shot and held the nerve to stay ahead.

It was a brilliant performance by the 16-year old Chaudhary after he topped the qualification round with a score of 586. Abhishek Verma qualified in the sixth position with a score of 580.


India previously won three medals in shooting at the Asian Games 2018 – Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar opened the account with a bronze in 10m Air Rifle Team event, Deepak Kumar won silver in 10m Air Rifle individual event and 18-year old Lakshay clinched the silver medal in Men’s Trap.


It has been a great year for Saurabh Chaudhary till now as the youngster set a new world record on the way to winning a gold medal in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany. Earlier, Saurabh qualified for the Youth Olympics Games with a gold medal and a junior world record at Asia Youth Olympics Games qualification. Abhishek Verma also impressed everyone with his show in the national trials earlier in the year and at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, the 29-year old won the mixed gold with Yashaswini Deswal. In the 10m Air Pistol individual event, he scored 585 in qualification beating Deepak Sharma, Jitu Rai and Amanpreet Singh to the top in the trials.



“Hardik” Happens in Trent Bridge, England collapses for 161

There is a new hero in England and its captain’s favorite hardik pandya. The lad gave his best performance of all time in a match that could be the disaster decider for Captain Kohli’s side.

Despite not being able to impress with his performance, hardik was in the playing list and Nottingham witnessed while he proved his worth in the team and took the English batsmen head on. Pandya became the second fastest Indian to take a five-wicket haul when he took just 29 balls to rattle the hosts. Harbhajan Singh is the only other bowler to take five wickets in fewer balls for India than Hardik Pandya’s 29 balls on Sunday.

Pandya produced an inspired spell of bowling to record his best figures in Test cricket. Pandya had come under criticism earlier for lack of contributions with the ball and for failing to justify his position in the Test team with the bat. Before the start of the third Test, Michael Holding had come out and questioned Hardik Pandya’s place in the Indian team. He had said that Pandya is not yet the all-rounder India wants him to be, because he is ineffective as a bowler and also not scoring enough runs with the bat.

Incidentally, Pandya was the second highest run-scorer in the Indian side after the first two Test matches of the series – both which India lost.

Modi Walks Miles behind Atal Bihari’s pyre, breaks Protocol

Not even a single eye was left dry during the funeral of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the whole nation bid its farewell to him. His pyre was lit by foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal on the bank of river Yamuna today.


PM Modi took charge and displayed his love and respect towards the deceased in the most commendable manner. The event was planned without leaving any aspect behind and Narendra Modi took it as an opportunity to display his management skills with the workers of BJP.

This is the first time the Prime Minister of India walked for miles and paid homage. This is the first time any PM has walked behind the coffin of a statesman. Nehruji sat on the vehicle carrying Gandhiji’s remains, Rajivji too sat on the vehicle. Modi is the first PM to walk the entire length behind the gun carriage.

While speaking to NLC, union minister said that the event was planned with no glitches to spare.

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharam took charge of the family of Atal Ji while Piyush Goyal was in charge of the ceremonies and rituals involved in the funeral. The International Guests were handled by Sushma Swaraj.

Kerala Floods: Death Toll Rises To 167, PM Modi To Review Relief Operations

Kerala is witnessing the worst monsoon in a century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kerala, where nearly 167 people died since August 8, following torrential rain and related floods and landslides this evening. He will undertake an aerial survey of the state.
Nearly 100 people died over the last 48 hours in the worst monsoon in a century. Chalakudy town in Thrissur district turned into sea as river Periyar overflowed. Pandalam town in Pathanamthitta district and Changanassery in neighbouring Alappuzha district are flooded as well. Met office said the rain will continue till Saturday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Had a telephone conversation with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan just now. We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations. Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding.”

PM Modi will reach Kochi after attending the funeral of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which is expected to take place around 4 pm.
Almost all parts of Thrissur and Chalakudy towns are under water. Fifty police personnel are marooned in Chalakudy bridge. Seven people are missing after a building collapsed, at least 70 people had taken shelter in it. Water has started entering relief camps.
The met office has predicted heavy rainfall till Saturday. Thirteen of the 14 districts in Kerala are on red alert – the exception is Kasaragod. Idukki is the worst affected.

Twelve fresh teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been rushed by the Centre, news agency Press Trust of India reported. Altogether, 35 teams are expected to reach the state by evening. The Coast Guard has stationed three ships at Kochi.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has issued a stern warning to those spreading fake news about floods in the state using social media. The warning came after Idukki District Collector Jeevan Babu said fake news was being spread on social media about the safety of Mullaperiyar dam.
Domestic airlines have been asked to keep a check on air fares for flights operating to and from Kerala. Telecom operators have announced free call and data services, extension in bill payment dates and other relief measures for seven days for customers for users in Kerala.

Kerala has been ravaged by unprecedented floods following torrential rains that also triggered landslides, claiming 97 lives since August 8 besides disrupting air, rail and road traffic in several places.
Many parts of Kochi have been flooded. Aluva is one of the worst-affected areas.Fresh landslides were reported from southern Kerala’s Idukki and the northern districts of Malappuram and Kannur.
Popular tourist destinations like Munnar and Ponmudi are almost cut-off because of bad roads due to landslides. Except for official vehicles, no other vehicles are allowed to enter Munnar. People have also been asked not to visit the Sabarimala hill shrine as the water level in the rain-fed Pampa river is high.

India Mourns Poet Prime Minister Vajpayee, Funeral Today

The 93-year-old BJP patriarch died on Thursday evening at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences or AIIMS, where he had been admitted in June after his health worsened. In 2009 the former Prime Minister had a stroke that severely affected his ability to speak and confined him to his home.

Mortal remains of Vajpayee has been brought to the BJP Headquarters in New Delhi. Scores of leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Yogi Adityanath, Devendra Fadnavis and LK Advani paid tribute to the former PM.

The final rites will be performed at the Smriti Sthal on the banks of the Yamuna. The government has announced seven days of state mourning. The Ministry of Home Affairs said the national flag would be flown at half-mast from Thursday for seven days across the country.

Over 5 lakh people, including VVIPs, politicians and dignitaries, are expected to be present at the BJP party office as well as the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal near Rajghat Friday. More than 2,000 Delhi Armed Police (DAP) and paramilitary police, along with force from three districts — Central, North, and New Delhi — will be on the ground to make sure that the funeral is conducted smoothly. As many as 20 companies of the DAP and hundreds of paramilitary personnel will be guarding the cremation ground. Delhi traffic police have closed 25 arterial roads, starting 8 am.

Calling Vajpayee’s death a “personal loss”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it marks the end of an era. He said the BJP patriarch lived for the nation and served it assiduously for decades while noting that it was Vajpayee’s exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century. “Atal Ji’s passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me. I have countless fond memories of him. He was an inspiration to Karyakartas like me. I will particularly remember his sharp intellect and outstanding wit. It was Atal Ji’s exemplary leadership that set the foundations for a strong, prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century. His futuristic policies across various sectors touched the lives of each and every citizen of India,” Modi tweeted. He said it was due to Vajpayee’s perseverance and struggles that the BJP was built brick by brick.

Vajpayee was awarded India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in March 2015. During his second term as prime minister, Vajpayee ordered nuclear tests in May 1998 in a strategic masterstroke to blunt Pakistan’s nuclear ambitions. He followed this up with peace overtures to Pakistan, riding on the first direct bus from India to Pakistan in February 1999.

Former Prime Minister Vajpayee, who ruled the country thrice in the 1990s, had retreated from politics over the last few years because of his health.

Vajpayee was the first non-Congress leader since India’s independence in 1947 to complete an entire term in office as head of a BJP-led ruling alliance between March 1998 and May 2004.

A former journalist, his rich oratory and poetic jibes directed at opponents were popular on both sides of the political divide.

Atal Ji Used To Ride Bicycle To This Place in Gwalior

Long before Atal Bihari Vajpayee became Prime Minister, he used to visit the homes of his childhood friends riding a bicycle, much to the surprise of many here in Madhya Pradesh, his niece Kanti Mishra said.
Kanti Mishra said Vajpayee, who died today at the age of 93, was humble in his conduct despite becoming a towering personality in the Indian politics.

He used to cycle down to the homes of other childhood friends in the city also, she said.
The 75-year-old lives Kanti next door to the former PM’s house in Kamal Singh Ka Bagh area, which plunged into grief after the news of Vajpayee’s death came.
Kanti Mishra said Vajpayee last came to Gwalior, his native town, around 12 years ago.
“Chachaji came to Gwalior last time round in 2006 to celebrate his birthday and stayed here for three days,” she recalls.

Ravi Upadhayay, a photojournalist who lives close to Kanti Mishra’s house, said Vajpayee got his two-storey house converted into a free computer training centre and children’s library in 1997 in the memory of his father late Krishnaji.