NRIs Are India’s Brand Ambassadors Overseas: PM Narendra Modi


PM Narendra Modi addressed NRI delegates at the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas today

Varanasi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described NRIs as India’s brand ambassadors and said they were the symbols of the country’s capabilities. The prime minister was inaugurating the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi.

“I consider NRIs India’s brand ambassadors. They are the symbols of our capacities and capabilities,” he told the gathering.

“People of Indian origin are in leadership roles in countries such as Mauritius, Portugal and Ireland,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi also alluded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s comment that only 15 paise of Re 1 reaches masses and said the Congress government had done nothing to stop the loot.

The prime minister added that his government had stepped in to rectify the situation. The “85 per cent loot” taking place during the Congress regime had been plugged “100 per cent” through technology, he said.

“We have given about Rs 5,80,000 crore to people, transferred to their bank accounts through various schemes. Imagine, if the country was being run on the older system? Then Rs 4,50,000 crore would have vanished,” PM Modi said.

Continuing his attack on the Congress, he said efforts to stop the “leakage” could have been made earlier as well but there was no intention and will power.

“Our government is moving towards ensuring that the aid given by government is directly transferred to beneficiary accounts through direct benefit schemes,” he said.

Mauritian Premier Pravind Jugnauth, who is the chief guest for the three-day event, also spoke on the occasion.

He hailed the prime minister for India’s transformation through initiatives such as the Skill India and the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ schemes.

He also praised PM Modi’s global stewardship in promoting clean energy and for setting up the International Solar Alliance.

Mr Jugnauth announced that his country will hold a Bhagwad Gita Mahotsav next month and a Bhojpuri Festival next year.

For the first time, the three-day convention is being organised from January 21 to 23 instead of January 9 to allow participants to visit the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad and attend the Republic Day parade in the national capital.

The theme of this year’s convention is ”Role of Indian diaspora in building new India”.
 





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India’s First All-Women Political Party Launched, To Contest on 283 Seats


Mumbai: 

India’s first-ever all-women political party — the National Women’s Party (NWP) — was launched on Monday in Mumbai and it will contest half of the 545 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 elections.

The NWP, described as “a party of mothers”, has been founded by a medico and social activist, (Dr) Shwetha Shetty, and will strive for 50 per cent reservation for women in the lower House.

“This party is a historic step in our mission to ensure equal representation for women in Parliament. Our ideology is to remove gender disparity in politics and thus create equal importance for females in the patriarchal Indian society,” Ms Shetty told the media persons at the formal launch.

She pointed out that the battle to get reservations in parliament is now over two decades old, but the fact is that we continue in a society where most political decisions are taken by men, with women not having an equal say in parliament, thus diminishing the possibility of “women empowerment”.

“With this initiative, the NWP plans to create an environment for full development of women which enables them to realise their full potential and help achieve the goals of empowerment,” Ms Shetty said.

The NWP will soon launch a mobile app called “Mahila Rakshak” which would provide assistance to women in distress during emergencies, since “safety is of utmost importance considering the growing incidents of crimes against them”.

The party will open a Youth Parliament which would be political school for women in every state in the country to provide academic and practical training and exhort them to become involved in the country’s political process, said Ms Shetty.





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IIT Hyderabad Introduces India’s First B.Tech. in Artificial Intelligence Programme


Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad is introducing a new B. Tech. course in Artificial Intelligence that will be available to the students beginning the coming academic year (2019-2020). It is the first such full-fledged B. Tech. programme to be offered by an Indian university. Even internationally, only select institutions like Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are currently offering similar courses, claimed IIT Hyderabad in a press release.

According to a report in NDTV, the B.Tech. in Artificial Intelligence course will intake 20 students each year, who will be selected through the JEE Advanced entrance examination that the students across the country take every year to get admission in the graduate courses at the IITs.

Commenting on the new course, Prof U.B. Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad, said, “The basic aim is to create a complete ecosystem for Artificial Intelligence Academics and Research at IIT Hyderabad. This involves B.Tech., M.Tech. and different Minor Programs in AI. Moreover, the R&D will be strongly entwined with academics.”

The B.Tech. in Artificial Intelligence course will include study of algorithms, signal processing, robotics and mathematical foundations. It will also focus on application verticals such as healthcare, agriculture, smart mobility, and more. IIT Hyderabad notes that ethical impact of AI and related technologies on areas such as privacy, bias, and related issues will also taught to the students.

The institute hopes that the new programme will allow the students to become leaders in the field and help meet the growing demand for artificial intelligence and machine learning experts in the industry.

“AI solutions are particularly promising for India (given the availability of a large corpus of data) where it can have a major positive impact on several critical domains such as healthcare, crop and soil management, weather prediction, surveillance and security, and defence. However, the demand for professionals trained in this area far exceeds the current supply. The BTech program in AI is a step in the direction of addressing this highly skewed demand-supply scenario,” said Dr. Sumohana Channappayya, Dean (Research and Development).

The IIT Hyderabad already offers a M.Tech. course in Machine Learning.



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PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates India’s 1st Private Sector Howitzer Gun-Making Unit


PM Modi inaugurated the howitzer gun-manufacturing unit of Larsen & Toubro at Hazira, Surat

Hazira, Gujarat: 

Prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the howitzer gun-manufacturing unit of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) at Hazira in Surat today.

Larsen & Toubro had won the Rs 4,500-crore contract to supply 100 units of the K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 calibre Tracked Self-Propelled gun systems to the Indian Army in 2017.

The company has set up the Armoured Systems Complex at its Hazira facility, around 30 km from Surat, to manufacture the guns.

The Armoured Systems Complex is the first such facility in the country”s private sector, an official said.
 





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In 4.5 Years, India’s Debt Up 49% To 82 Lakh Crore, Says Finance Ministry


The huge surge in government’s debt has been propelled by 51.7 per cent growth in public debt.

New Delhi: 

Total liabilities of the government has increased 49 per cent to Rs 82 lakh crore in the last four-and-half years during the Narendra Modi government, as per the 8th Edition of the Status Paper on Government Debt released on Friday.

Compared to the latest data available till September 2018 when the total debt of the Central government stood at Rs 82,03,253 crore, the corresponding amount till June 2014 was Rs 54,90,763 crore, the Finance Ministry’s data on government borrowings shows.

The huge surge in government’s debt has been propelled by 51.7 per cent growth in public debt from Rs 48 lakh crore to Rs 73 lakh crore in the four-and-half year period, which in turn was driven by 54 per cent rise in internal debt to about Rs 68 lakh crore.

Dependence on market loans show a similar rise of 47.5 per cent to more than Rs 52 lakh crore during the period. While debt raised through gold bonds was nil at the end of June 2014, it stood at Rs 9,089 crore including the gold monetisation scheme.

The Central government, in the status paper on government debt, gave a detailed analysis of the overall debt position of the government of India. It has been bringing out an annual status paper on government debt since 2010-11, the Finance Ministry said.

“The overall liabilities of the Central government are on a medium-term declining trajectory and government’s debt portfolio is characterised by prudent risk profile,” the paper, covering details of fiscal deficit financing operations of the government, however, said.

“Government is primarily resorting to market-linked borrowings for financing its fiscal deficit. Conventional indicators … indicate that debt profile of the government is comfortably placed in terms of debt sustainability parameters and is consistently improving,” it added.

While the country’s debt has been on the rise, little help is expected from the fiscal deficit side in the current financial year. The fiscal deficit in the first eight months till November stands at Rs 7.17 lakh crore, or 114.8 per cent of the Rs 6.24 lakh crore full year’s target.
 





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India’s Defence Export May Cross Rs 10,000 Crore By End Of Financial Year: Official


This year, by November, India has done Rs 7,500 crore worth of exports. (Representational)

Gandhinagar: 

India’s defence export is likely to double to Rs 10,000 crore by the end of the current financial year, Secretary of Defence Production Ajay Kumar said today.

He was speaking at a seminar on “Opportunities for Defence and Aeronautics in Gujarat” organised as part of the ninth edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.

“Indian industry has been doubling the defence exports in the last three years. Three years back, total defence export from India was only about Rs 1,500 crore. Last year, the figure reached Rs 4,500 crore. This year, by November, we have done Rs 7,500 crore export, and by March we are going to cross Rs 10,000 crore,” Mr Kumar said.

He said the growth in defence export was possible due to the government’s reforms, which made it easier for private companies to enter the defence sector.

“One of the reforms that government has done is making the entry into the defence (sector) simpler. Nearly two third of the items have been made licence-free, especially on the component side,” he said.

He said the current government’s endeavour was to add a bridge between the start-up and the defence forces. “One of the biggest challenges for the industry working in the defence sector is the opacity of the system…there is far more openness, willingness to share information, collaborate and work with each other,” he said.

Mr Kumar said the defence investor cell, an online cell created by the government, acts as a guide to get information, understand issues, etc. “This was started about ten months back and the MSMEs
have particularly benefited from the cell in the last 10 months,” he said.





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Parents Of India’s Youngest Chess Grandmaster Seek Government Help


Parents of India’s youngest Grandmaster, 12-year-old Gukesh, have sought government help to groom their son to become a world chess champion. The class seven champion and his doctor parents who received a warm welcome at the Chennai airport said that they have exhausted all their savings. His father, an ENT specialist, said Gukesh travels three weeks in a month and he has had to give up his full-time practice and take up visiting consultation during his free time to help his son.

“After this level we need to travel to many tournaments and give him intensive training. Government help would be good. We have spent all our 10 years of savings. We are running the show with my wife’s income,” Gukesh’s father told NDTV.

Since 2017, Gukesh’s school and a corporate have been helping the prodigy monetarily.

A soft spoken Gukesh has also made many sacrifices. He skipped classes for two years.

Gukesh said that his school and another corporate have been very supportive and encouraged him with monetary contributions as well.

“I want to improve my chess levels and rankings. Of course, my ultimate aim is to become a world champion. I work a lot. My present coach Vishnuprasanna sir helps me so much,” said the 12-year-old Grandmaster.

With chess being his main focus, Gukesh still manages to find some time for fun.

“I play badminton with my mother. I watch films too.”

His role models he says are “Bobby Fischer and Vishy (Viswanathan) Anand”.

Gukesh’s mother said that she has never had second thoughts about encouraging her son’s interest in chess.

“There was no question of cricket vs chess at all. I always wanted him to become good in chess. We just wanted to nurture his passion for chess,” said Gukesh’s mother.

On January 15th, the Chennai boy defeated Dinesh Sharma in the ninth round of the Delhi International Open GMs chess tournament for his third and final GM norm.

In the past, he has defeated some big names including Nigel Short, former world championship challenger at Bangkok Open, Aleksandrov Aleksej No.3 player in Belarus and Aleksandra Kostenuik, former women’s world champion.



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Twitter Goes Wild After India’s Historic ODI Series Win In Australia


MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav’s unbeaten 121-run partnership took India past the winning line as India defeated hosts Australia by 7 wickets to register their first-ever bilateral ODI series victory in Australian soil. India won the 3-match ODI series 2-1. Former captain MS Dhoni was back among the runs as he scored three back-to-back half-centuries in this series. Dhoni’s scores read 51 in Sydney, 55 not out in Adelaide and a match-winning knock of unbeaten 87 in Melbourne. He scored 193 runs in three-match ODI series.

Greetings and wishes started flowing in praise of India following the historic 2-1 series win.

After drawing flak for playing out a slow inning of 51 from 96 balls in the first ODI, Dhoni turned the tides in the very next match as he partnered with captain Virat Kohli to bring India back in the series in Adelaide where they were chasing a stiff target of 299 runs. And in Melbourne, the former-captain played the sheet anchor role as he and Kedar Jadhav (61 not out) put together a match-winning partnership to chase down 230 runs which could have become tricky had India lost any more wickets in the middle-order. Dhoni for his stupendous knocks in all the three matches was adjudged Player of the series.

This was 70th ODI half-century. He also becomes the fourth Indian cricketer to score 1000 runs in ODIs in Australia after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal took a five-for as he registered the joint-best bowling figures in ODIs equalling Ajit Agarkar’s 6-42, to bundle out Australia for 230.

Peter Handscomb put up a fighting 58 while centurion from the previous match Shaun Marsh managed to get 39. Chahal was adjudged Player of the match.





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Twitter Goes Wild After India’s Historic ODI Series Win In Australia


MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav’s unbeaten 121-run partnership took India past the winning line as India defeated hosts Australia by 7 wickets to register their first-ever bilateral ODI series victory in Australian soil. India won the 3-match ODI series 2-1. Former captain MS Dhoni was back among the runs as he scored three back-to-back half-centuries in this series. Dhoni’s scores read 51 in Sydney, 55 not out in Adelaide and a match-winning knock of unbeaten 87 in Melbourne. He scored 193 runs in three-match ODI series.

Greetings and wishes started flowing in praise of India following the historic 2-1 series win.

After drawing flak for playing out a slow inning of 51 from 96 balls in the first ODI, Dhoni turned the tides in the very next match as he partnered with captain Virat Kohli to bring India back in the series in Adelaide where they were chasing a stiff target of 299 runs. And in Melbourne, the former-captain played the sheet anchor role as he and Kedar Jadhav (61 not out) put together a match-winning partnership to chase down 230 runs which could have become tricky had India lost any more wickets in the middle-order. Dhoni for his stupendous knocks in all the three matches was adjudged Player of the series.

This was 70th ODI half-century. He also becomes the fourth Indian cricketer to score 1000 runs in ODIs in Australia after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal took a five-for as he registered the joint-best bowling figures in ODIs equalling Ajit Agarkar’s 6-42, to bundle out Australia for 230.

Peter Handscomb put up a fighting 58 while centurion from the previous match Shaun Marsh managed to get 39. Chahal was adjudged Player of the match.





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India’s Most Popular Cars From 2009 Take The #10YearChallenge





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The Tata Nano was launched in 2009, like a host of other cars that year. Here’s how they’ve aged

The world is taking the 10-year challenge, posting pictures from a decade ago. While everyone is on a nostalgic trip revisiting memories from a decade ago, we too decided to revisit the cars that were popular in 2009. The auto industry was extremely different then with so many brands yet to make their way to India, while the massive boom of diesel cars was yet to happen. It were simpler times, some would say. However, the Indian auto industry has not only progressed over the years but also brought a massive change in our safety standards, emission standards and general road safety culture, for the better. So, in our version of the #10YearChallenge, we take a look at the most popular cars of 2009 and how much they’ve changed in the past decade.

Maruti Suzuki Alto

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The Maruti Suzuki Alto passed through a generation change over the decade

India’s most-selling car was dethroned in 2018 by its sibling – the Dzire, but back in 2009, the Maruti Suzuki Alto was the first time car buyer’s most preferred choice. In 2019, the Alto remains a close second best-selling car in India, albeit the model on sale is a new generation version with better space, features and engines.

Maruti Suzuki Swift

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The current Maruti Suzuki Swift on sale is in its third generation in India

The Maruti Suzuki Swift was at the end of its first generation cycle in 2009, but with volumes surging higher month-after-month. A decade later, it still remains one the most popular cars in India with the third generation model turning a year old next month.

Hyundai Santro

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The Santro brand was revived last year with a completely new model

The Hyundai Santro was quite popular 10 years ago, and a consistent seller from the automaker. 10 years later, there’s a new Santro in town complete new inside and out with more features, better safety and an automatic transmission option too.

Toyota Fortuner

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The new generation Toyota Fortuner continues to be a strong seller with its decade long presence

Toyota entered into the full-size SUV segment with the Fortuner in 2009 and the SUV has established its dominance in the segment over the years. The current generation Toyota Fortuner was introduced in 2016 with more tech, all-new engines, and is based on the completely new TNGA platform. There are petrol versions too this time.

Ford Endeavour

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The Ford Endeavour is due to receive a facelift later this year in India

Ford India had very limited products on sale in India a decade ago and while its portfolio has grown over the years, the Endeavour continues to be a popular choice in the company’s stable. The Ford Endeavour has changed dramatically in the last 10 years with the new generation model in place and a facelift there too internationally. The new tech-friendly, off-road ready SUV continues to keep up the fight against the Fortuner in the segment.

Mahindra Scorpio

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The Mahindra Scorpio has evolved in design but now also comes loaded on tech

It was 2009 and Mahindra’s expanded line-up of ’00’ models were yet to hit the market. What was soldiering on instead was the faithful Scorpio as its flagship offering. A decade later, the Mahindra Scorpio remains a popular choice with its robust skills on and off-tarmac. The latest generation model arrived in 2014 with comprehensive upgrades to the exterior and interior.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

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The new generation Wagon R is all set to debut on January 23

India’s blue-eyed car has been around for a while now and things were no different back in 2009. However, the Wagon R gets the much needed generation change. The third generation Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is based on the new Heartect platform and gets a more powerful engine, roomier cabin, more features and better design. The new model will be launched on January 23, 2019.

BMW Z4

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The new generation BMW Z4 is all set to make its way to India this year

The BMW Z4 was launched in India in 2009 amidst much fanfare and the drop-top coupe got much needed attention in the country. While it wasn’t a brisk selling model for the automaker in India, the Z4 was all about the performance and looks and it had that in abundance. While the model was discontinued in India for a while, the all-new Z4 will be making its debut in the country later this year.

Hyundai i20

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The Hyundai i20 started as a low-volume product for the company but is now a brisk-seller

Hyundai launched the i20 back in 2009 and the model was supposed to a low-volume premium hatchback in a price conscious Indian market. A decade later, the Hyundai i20 often ranks in the top selling cars list and is well into its second generation with the facelifted version on sale.

Tata Nano

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The Tata Nano is towards the end of its lifecycle

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Another car that made headways in 2009, the Tata Nano was probably the most important launch for that year. The small city car was supposed to be fulfilling the common man’s aspiration of owning a four-wheeler with its ₹ 1 lakh price tag. However, with multiple issues around its launch did the job of not allowing the car take off. The Nano couldn’t fulfill it’s destiny in the long run. 10 years later, the car is nearing its end of its production run even as Tata Motors updated the model time and again.

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