Month: January 2018

Average inflation dips to 6 year low

The Economic Survey said the average retail inflation has declined to a six-year low of 3.3% in 2017-18. “Controlling inflation has been a priority area for the central government,” the survey said. CPI based headline inflation, factored in by RBI while arriving at its bi-monthly monetary policy, averaged 3.3% during the period which “is the […]

Open defecation falls to below 50%

The number of people defecating in the open in rural India had reduced to less than half of what it was in 2014, according to the Economic Survey. So far, 296 districts and 3,07,349 villages have been declared as Open Defecation Free. 8 States and 2 UTs, i.e., Sikkim, HP, Kerala, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Arunachal, […]

Dharmasena Pathiraja died

Renowned Sri Lankan filmmaker Dharmasena Pathiraja, passed away. Hailing from Kandy in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, the filmmaker is credited with making a critical intervention in Sinhala cinema, with themes that served as social commentaries on the prevailing socio-economic and political realities. He also taught film studies in various Sri Lankan universities.

Sushma Swaraj to visit Nepal

In a bid to revive ties with Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kathmandu from February 1 to 2. The visit comes weeks after Nepal elected a Leftist coalition, which won the first historic poll under the new Constitution of the country. The visit by Ms. Swaraj will be the first big diplomatic […]

Jazz musician Coco Schumann dead

German Jewish guitarist Coco Schumann, died at the age of 93. He was also a member of “Ghetto Swingers band”, and was forced to perform concerts at the camp. He had a seven-decade-long career in swing and jazz music and survived Nazi concentration camps.

Prakash won Lifetime Achievement Award

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu conferred Badminton Association of India Lifetime Achievement Award to 1983 World Championship medallist Prakash Padukone. Naidu termed Padukone a “grand legend of a great game”, who inspired the nation through his “sheer passion, grit and determination”. The Mysuru-born had won gold medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games & the All England […]

First ever ‘Khadi Haat’ in Delhi

Marking the 69th Republic Day celebrations, Khadi and Village Industries Commission and New Delhi Municipal Council have launched the first ever ‘Khadi Haat’ in the country. The Khadi Haat was inaugurated on January 25 by Minister of State Giriraj Singh in Connaught Place. In this Khadi Haat, entrepreneurs under PMEGP will get an opportunity to […]

Sunny Deol’s ‘tarikh par tarikh’ in ES

The Economic Survey 2017-18 has quoted Sunny Deol’s dialogue ‘tarikh par tarikh’ to highlight frequent delays in the judicial process. The survey, tabled in Parliament called for coordinated action between government and the judiciary to address the delays and boost economic activity. It also featured a line from a Bollywood song, “Mere desh ki dharti […]

“Biggest protest in history”: London

London will hold the “biggest protest in British history” against US President Donald Trump’s visit to the country, Labour MP David Lammy has claimed. This comes after Trump said he will make his first state visit to Britain in October this year. Several MPs have requested PM Theresa May to withdraw the invitation for a […]

5 states account for 70% of exports

The Economic Survey 2017-18 has revealed that five states– Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Telangana, accounted for 70% of India’s exports for the first time. The survey found that states’ export performance and their standard of living were strongly interrelated. It also noted that India’s internal trade in goods and services accounted for an […]