Indian Economy Downfall: Yashwant Sinha Criticizes the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

A former Union Finance minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha openly slammed the current FM Arun Jaitley for creating ‘mess’ in the Indian Economy. The former minister’s opinion published in The Indian Express where he held Jaitley responsible for the downfall of Indian GDP. While indicating that Indian economy is on the downward side, Sinha said, “I shall be failing in my national duty if I did not speak up even now against the mess the finance minister has made of the economy. A large number of people in the BJP and elsewhere who are not speaking up out of fear.”

In past three years, the FM minister Jaitley has never received such strong flak from within his own party. The 84-year-old former finance minister also said that the name of Jaitley has already been decided even before the 2019 assembly elections. To those who are unknown about the fact that Jaitley was appointed as Finance Minister even as he lost the Lok Sabha election seat in Amritsar. “In challenging times it becomes more than a 24/7 job. Naturally, even a superman like Jaitley could not do justice to the task,” Sinha added. “Luckier than any in the post-liberalization era,” said Sinha while claiming that Jaitley was a lucky finance minister.

“Depressed global crude oil prices placed at his disposal lakhs of crores of rupees. This unprecedented bonanza was waiting to be used imaginatively. The legacy problems like stalled projects and bank NPAs were no doubt there and should have been managed better like the crude oil bonanza. But the oil bonanza has been wasted and the legacy problems have not only been allowed to persist, they have become worse,” the former FM said. While commenting on the current status of Indian economy, Sinha said that “Private investment has shrunk as never before in two decades, industrial production has all but collapsed, agriculture is in distress, construction industry, a big employer of the workforce, is in the doldrums, the rest of the service sector is also in the slow lane, exports have dwindled”.

The former finance minister said, “Sector after sector of the economy is in distress, demonetisation has proved to be an unmitigated economic disaster, a badly conceived and poorly implemented GST has played havoc with businesses and sunk many of them and countless millions have lost their jobs with hardly any new opportunities coming the way of the new entrants to the labour market.” Sinha also explained the fact that the methodology to calculate the GDP was changed by the Modi government in 2015. Giving a big shock to all, he said, “So, according to the old method of calculation, the growth rate of 5.7 percent is actually 3.7 percent or less.”

The 84-year-old former FM said that Jaitley failed to take right measures in time as “he was carrying the heavy burden of so many extra responsibilities. The results are there for all of us to see”. He also criticized the current FM for creating fears in the minds of people of CBI and IT raids. “We protested against raid raj when we were in opposition. Today it has become the order of the day…Instilling fear in the minds of the people is the name of the new game,” he added. He also predicted that the Indian economy is unlikely to recover before 2019 General Elections. “The Prime Minister claims that he has seen poverty from close quarters. His finance minister is working over-time to make sure that all Indians also see it from equally close quarters,” he concluded.

Will Join Hands with BJP if need Arises, says Kamal Hassan

The Tamil superstar Kamal Hassan, who recently met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is ready to join hands with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) if the need arises. The 62-year-old actor said in an interview to The Times of India that there was no untouchability in politics and if the need arises, he would not averse to work with the saffron party in the interests of the people.

He added that he doesn’t know if his ideology is compatible with BJP or not but his upcoming party and BJP can join hand if ideology didn’t come in the way of welfare and administration. The 62-year-old actor is expected to launch his own party and fight in the Tamil Nadu elections, making the state politics more interesting and firing. He is in the development of deciding the flag, symbol, and name of his upcoming party. He also said in an interview to India Today that he could announce his as early as before the end of this year. Hassan also said that he had not thought about quitting politics but he would quit if required.

Bengaluru: A Boy of 17 get Drowns in Temple Tank, Friends taking Selfie

Selfie deaths in India, people continue to risk their lives for that one memorable picture, one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets has forced authorities in several states to demarcate no-selfie zones but accidents are still continuing.

Recently on Tuesday, a 17-year-old Bengaluru boy drowned in a temple tank in Karnataka’s Ramanagara district while his friends posed for a selfie, unaware that Vishwas G was struggling to stay afloat, said a police official.

In Jayanagar in south Bengaluru Class, 12 student of the National College is the latest victim of the craze for self-portraits in India, which accounts for half of the world’s selfie deaths. About 40km from Bengaluru on Sunday to Kanakapura in Ramanagara district, Vishwas had gone for an outing, as he was part of a group of NCC cadets.

A college teacher told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that they decided to take a dip in a temple tank near Ravagondlu Betta and left the tank after the picnic. Vishwas was missing the group realised it much later.

Teacher further mentioned that the condition of anonymity fearing reprisal from the administration, as “Some students then went through the photos and saw one that had captured the incident,”  The selfie shows Vishwas drowning – only his hair was visible on the surface of the tank — as rest of the group smiles for the picture.

The teacher said “by the time they reached the spot it had already been an hour and his body was nowhere to be found”  The college staff then informed police who pulled out the body, a police official said.

Repeated calls to the college remained unanswered.

Around 25 students were part of the NCC camp and two college staff accompanied them, police said.

Govindappa, an autorickshaw driver, who filed a police complaint, Ramanagaram superintendent of police Ramesh B said. “We have filed a case of unnatural death based on the complaint,” he said.

Ramesh said that “the complaint lodged with us does not mention any negligence on the part of those who were present,” One of the students informed Vishwas father, it appeared to be an unfortunate incident for which couldn’t be blamed on a student, said the police.

Questioning of IRCTC Hotel case: Tejashwi Yadav Seek 15 days Time from the CBI

On Monday RJD chief again skipped questioning by the CBI, the second time in a month, in a case against him and his son Tejashwi Yadav over alleged irregularities in issuing contracts for two IRCTC hotels in 2006 to a private company.

The RJD chief has sought two weeks to appear before the investigating agency for questioning in connection with a case of alleged graft in giving the maintenance contract for two IRCTC hotels to a private firm. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav continued to evade questioning by the CBI.

As per sources, it is said that Tejashwi Yadav the former Bihar deputy chief minister today from the CBI has sought 15 days to appear for questioning in a case related to alleged corruption in giving the contract for running two IRCTC hotels to a private firm in 2006.

The case pertains to allegations that Lalu Yadav, as railway minister, handed over the upkeep of 2 hotels pass run by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, to Sujata edifice, in Ranchi and Puri, a corporation in hand by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, reciprocally for a chief plot of 3 acres in Patna through a benami company.

As a quid professional quoted that, he “dishonestly and fraudulently” managed award of leasing of the 2 hotels.

The FIR alleged that the RJD leader, as the railway minister, abused his official position for extending undue favours to the Kochhar and bought a “high price premium land” through a benami firm Digital Marketing Company.

Between 2010 and 2014 just after the tender was awarded to Sujata edifice, the possession of enjoyment promoting additionally modified hands from Sarla Gupta to Rabri Hindu deity and Tejashwi Yadav. Lalu Prasad by this time had resigned as railway minister.

The case has been registered by CBI against Lalu Yadav, including his wife Rabri Devi, a former Bihar chief minister, son Tejashwi, who was deputy CM until a few months ago, and Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former union minister.
In the FIR the others named as accused includes both directors of Sujata Hotels Vijay Kochhar and Vinay Kochhar, owner of Chanakya Hotel Delight Marketing Company, now known as Lara Projects, and then IRCTC managing director P K Goel.

Is Priyanka Chopra Disappointed over Newton’s Entry to Oscars?

It was a proud moment for the whole nation when the news came that Rajkummar Rao’s Newton being officially elected for the Oscars, but it seems like that Priyanka Chopra and her mother Madhu Chopra aren’t much happy with this news. According to a report in DNA, the 35-year-old actress had high hopes for their award-winning film ‘Ventilator’ would be chosen for the Oscars 2018. It also received a standing ovation at the New York Film Festival.

“I told her not to worry, assuring her that only the best film would make it. We were a bit disappointed when we learned about the verdict, the next day,” the director of Ventilator, Rajesh Mapuskar told DNA. He also said about Priyanka that “I guess, Priyanka must be even more disappointed because she was always ambitious about the film. Had it been selected, she would have ensured that it was the most-talked-about film in the run to the Oscars, especially since she is already an established name there. The ventilator was always the favourite baby of their banner”. He also talked about the fact that how much Priyanka’s mom Madhu Chopra was happy and she called him up before the result was announced.

It was among the 26 entries in the race to the Oscars 2018 for the category of Best Foreign Film.

Ram Rahim's 'Adopted daughter' Honeypreet Singh, claims that Drug Mafia is After her

Honeypreet Singh, the ‘adopted daughter’ of rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim, claims her life is beneath threat from drug syndicates in Haryana and Punjab, according to ANI report.

In an antecedent bail plea, she filed within the Delhi tribunal on Monday, She conjointly said that “she could be a single girl with clean antecedents, is law permanent and willing to hitch the investigation” into the Dera Sacha Sauda chief UN agency was last month sentenced to twenty years in jail.

On Tuesday, at 2 pm, Honeypreet’s bail plea was scheduled to be detected. Since 25 August once Ram Rahim was taken to judicial custody after being guilty of rape, She has been on the run as the various groups of Haryana Police has travelled across the country, together with the Indo-Nepal border, in search of her.

Since Tuesday morning, Haryana Police has been conducting raids across Delhi and NCR during a bid to arrest Honeypreet, alias Priyanka Taneja, UN agency crack the list of 43 persons ‘wanted’ by the Haryana Police in reference to incidents of deadly violence that followed Ram Rahim’s conviction in 2 rape cases.

A day earlier, a court in Panchkula, Haryana, issued arrest warrants against Honeypreet, and 2 different Ram Rahim aides, Aditya Insan and Pawan Insan.

At the same time, on Monday Ram Rahim moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the trial court’s conviction and sentencing.

Protest Boosts in Delhi against BHU Campus Violence, 38 Detained

The anger against the alleged police violence at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) spread out to Delhi on Monday as students from various party lines ideological positions started protesting in the capital. In this staged protests in the national capital, organizations like ABVP, NSUI, CYSS and left participated, which led the police to use force at BHU. About 50 Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members marched up to Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road and crossed the police barricades placed by the Delhi Police near Shastri Bhavan.

Some of the protesting students also tried to climb the gates of Shastri Bhavan and started sloganeering at the gates before being detained by the police. The spokesperson of ABVP, Saket Bahuguna, said, “The ABVP has constantly delivered on student promises and we have constantly fought on student issues. We are protesting to demand more CCTV cameras on campus.” The 40 members of Congress’ National Students Union of India (NSUI) were also stopped by police barricades near Raisina Marg. With shouting slogans, the NSUI members also tried to climb over the barricades. Later, eight of the NSUI members were detained by the police.

The NSUI said in a statement, “Members of ABVP were allowed to protest outside HRD ministry which is a clear indication that the government is favoring ABVP in order to save their face. Modi Ji continues to use the police for curbing and stopping protests against him and his government.” The DCP of New Delhi, BK Singh, said that all the detained members (30 ABVP + 8 NSUI) were later released. The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) student wing, the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti CYSS, also took part in a protest on campus, and expressed their concern over “the fact that police and the university administration miserably failed in providing security to the female students.”