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Economic Survey pegs GDP at 6-6.5% in financial year 2021


New Delhi: Expecting strong recovery in the economy, Economic Survey 2019-20 has projected 6-6.5 per cent GDP growth in FY21. This signals that the Union Budget would be growth-oriented and announce fiscal stimulus to spur growth and investment in the country. The projection also suggests that the slowdown has bottomed out and growth would pick...

Ajay Bisaria appointed High Commissioner to Canada


New Delhi: The government on Friday appointed senior diplomat and India's Ambassador to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria as High Commissioner to Canada. In a tweet, Bisaria said he was privileged to be appointed as India's High Commissioner to Canada at a time when the Indo-Canadian "strategic partnership is poised to move to the next level." Vikas Swaroop...

‘Convicts will never be executed’: Nirbhaya mother breaks down


New Delhi: The mother of the Delhi gang rape victim has expressed her shock to the staying of execution of four men convicted of brutally raping her daughter in a murderous assault by a Delhi court. She said that the lawyer of the convicts, AP Singh, had thrown a challenge to her saying the...

Air India flight with Indians to take off from Wuhan on Saturday


 Beijing: The special Air India aircraft was set to take off from the Cornonavirus-hit Wuhan city in central China with more than 370 Indians early on Saturday. The Indians were taken to the designated airport from different parts of locked down Wuhan in buses on Friday evening and were screened for symptoms of the disease...

India celebrates 71st R-Day with displays of military prowess and cultural diversity


New Delhi: A sea of people converged on Rajpth here amid tight security on Jan 26 to celebrate India’s 71st Republic Day, marking India’s democratic constitution instituted in 1950. During the annual parade, schoolchildren, folk dancers, and police and military battalions marched through New Delhi’s parade route, followed by a military hardware display. The parade also...

GOP optimistic of nixing witness vote despite Bolton riff


Washington: Senate Republican leaders remained optimistic Thursday that they can knock down an attempt to call more witnesses during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and wrap up the whole thing by the weekend. But they don't have it in the bag just yet. It will all come to a head Thursday night when Sen. Lamar...

WHO declares global health emergency over coronavirus outbreak


Many countries including India are starting to airlift their nationals from China. Beijing/New Delhi: The World Health Organization has declared the new coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency after the death toll in China rose to 170 , with more than 7,800 cases confirmed in almost 20 countries. “The main reason for this declaration is not...

Jaipur Litfest hijacked by anti-CAA rhetoric


by Prakash Bhandari in Jaipur The Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), which in recent years acquired the reputation as one of the biggest literary fiesta sadly became a platform this time for the  authors and speakers to air their views on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act and NRC, the two political issues that have caused a...

A Milestone in India’s Military Modernization


By Swadesh M Rana    The appointment of its first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) along with the creation of a new department of military affairs is more than an institutional reform of the Indian armed forces. Announced on 31 December 2019, and long overdue since the Kargil war of 1999, it is a new charter...