Daily Archive: February 12, 2017

UP elections 2017: #AkhileshYadav blasts PM Narendra Modi at Badaun rally; 5 key takeaways

UP elections 2017: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is fighting both the anti-incumbency factor as well as a muscle-flexing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under an increasingly aggressive President Amit Shah who has dusted out a number of issues in the lead up to polling that includes the Ram temple at Ayodhya as well as hitting out at at the Samajwadi Party for playing communal (appeasement) politics through its pandering to ‘vote banks’. The star BJP campaigner, PM Narendra Modi has used the development card to the full and held up his economic achievements record to indicate that only he can raise the state’s economy to a higher plane in a dispassionate manner that will cater to the interest of all sections of society, especially the poor and the farmers, rather than focusing on a few.

Demonetisation ‘biggest scam of 2016’: Chidambaram

Terming demonetisation as the "biggest scam of 2016", former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said the country is likely to grow by 6-6.5 per cent in 2016-17, much lower than what have been predicted by the CSO and RBI, due to the impact of note ban. Notably, the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) has predicted a growth rate of 7.1 per cent and RBI pegs it at 6.9 per cent for financial year 2016-17. "I am sorry to make the prediction that 2016-17 will end with growth (rate) between 6 and 6.5 per cent, a good one per cent down from the earlier estimate and that means a hit of Rs 1.5 lakh crore on GDP.

Kiran Bedi bats for elected panchayat bodies in Puducherry

Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has made out a strong case for elected Panchayat bodies in the Union Territory which are now bureaucratically administered. She said in her twitter handle after visiting villages under her week end trips to rural areas today that "my week end rounds to rural areas reveal the need for Panchayat system in Puducherry, which is non existent now".

Live Score, India vs Bangladesh Test Day 4: India declare at 159/4, set 459-run target for Bangladesh

India were not able to bowl out Bangladesh in the first innings on the third as Bangladesh were propelled by a score of 322 for 6 after a brilliant innings by Shakib Al Hasan and later followed by unbeaten fifties from Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan. Indian pacer Umesh Yadav was on top of his game and picked up a couple of wickets and then Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin and Jadeja chipped in with a wicket each before Mushfiqur and Mehedi struck an unbeaten 87-run stand to take Bangladesh to stumps. They still trail India by a massive 365 runs and still need 166 more runs to save follow-on with four wickets in hand.