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India will get its growth back, PM Modi tells industry, calls for more ‘Made in India’ products ‘for world’



As the Centre’s three-phase unlock plan kicked in after the end of the fourth phase of the national lockdown on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India took the right steps at the right time and exuded confidence that the country will definitely get its growth back.

PM Modi was addressing the annual session of top industrial body, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), his first speech on economy since the country entered Unlock 1.0.

He said, on one hand today, the government has to fight the deadly Coronavirus. while on the other, it has to stabilise and speed up the economy.

“In this situation, the CII has started the talk of ‘Getting Growth Back’, he said, but asserted that he would rather say “Yes ! We will definitely get our growth back.”

The Prime Minister said that the Coronavirus may have slowed the country down, but in reality, India has entered Unlock 1 and getting growth back has already started.

“I have faith in India’s innovation, industry leaders, all of you. India will get its growth back,” he added.

The Prime Minister further said that strengthening India by strengthening economy amid COVID-19 fight is among the government’s highest priorities.

He said to bring India back on track for fast-paced growth, five things are very important, which are “Intent, Inclusion, Investment, Infrastructure and Innovation”.

“For us, reforms means having the courage of taking bold decisions and then ensuring that it is implemented in a time-bound manner. We have been working continuously to create a favourable ecosystem for investment and business.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address, said the Government is trying to maximise opportunities for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).

Asserting that MSMEs are the engines of India’s overall growth, PM Modi said, “We all know how MSMEs are key to India’s economy. But for a long time there had been a need to define MSMEs and increase its scope to allow it to row. That has now been done. The decisions taken on MSMEs will be the fuel that will power the sector to grow exponentially.”

He further stated that getting growth back is “not that difficult”. He said the most important thing for indutrial units is to have a clear path – “a path paved by a ‘self-reliant’ India”.

PM Modi also called for the need to develop more and more “Made in India” products that are “made for the world”. “We have to focus towards reducing imports,” he added.

He said the private sector is a big partner in ensuring India’s growth.

“Develop concepts, think big, and together we will build a self-reliant India. We can do it. If you have the belief and do your bit, and we do ours, then India will rise to be a key business player globally,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the CII Annual Session 2020.

He said the rest of the world holds India in high regard and has trust in the country. “The world is looking for a trustworthy partner. India has the potential and capability to ensure that we are that partner,” he added.

“We will take structural reforms that will change the course of the country. We will together build self-reliant India,” PM Modi concluded.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on economic growth comes a day after he chaired a Union Cabinet meeting, wherein the Centre approved Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debt for stressed MSMEs.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari informed that the Cabinet has approved modalities and road map for implementing two packages for MSMEs – Rs 20,000 crore package for distressed MSMEs and Rs 50,000 crore equity infusion through Fund of Funds.

Further widening the definition of micro, small and medium enterprises, the Union Cabinet on Monday announced that entities with turnover up to Rs 250 crore or investment up to Rs 50 crore will qualify as medium enterprises.

Under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat package, the government has done away with the distinction of services and manufacturing MSME.



Justice Served: UP Gangster Atiq Ahmed and 2 Others, Sentenced to Life Term for Kidnapping



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In a recent development, a court in Prayagraj has sentenced Atiq Ahmed, a well-known gangster turned politician, along with two others, to rigorous life imprisonment. The verdict was pronounced after they were found guilty of the 2007 kidnapping case of Umesh Pal. Pal was an eyewitness in the murder case of BSP MLA Raju Pal. The court has also acquitted seven others, including Atiq’s brother Ashraf.

The sentencing of Atiq Ahmed and his accomplices comes after a long-drawn legal battle. They were found guilty of abducting Umesh Pal, who was a crucial witness in the murder case of Raju Pal. The court’s decision to award rigorous life imprisonment to the three accused has been welcomed by many, who see it as a step towards justice for the victim and his family.

In another development, earlier today, the Supreme Court refused to entertain Ahmed’s plea seeking protection in connection with the case. The apex court directed Ahmed’s lawyer to approach the High Court with his grievances instead. This decision has come as a setback for Ahmed, who was seeking protection from possible harm in jail.

The verdict in the case is being seen as a significant victory for the judiciary and the law enforcement agencies, who have been working tirelessly to bring the accused to justice. It sends a strong message to anyone who thinks they can get away with heinous crimes like kidnapping and murder. The case has also highlighted the need to protect witnesses in such cases, who play a crucial role in ensuring justice is served.

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Covid cases increasing in Delhi, more than 150 cases in 24 hours, infection rate also increased.



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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delhi has been on the rise again in recent days. The capital has seen a continuous surge in the number of cases, with 152 new infections reported in the last 24 hours alone. The infection rate has also risen to 6.66%. This represents a significant increase from the 117 cases reported on Thursday, indicating that the situation is worsening rapidly.

Experts have suggested that the rise in COVID-19 cases may be linked to the increasing number of cases of H3N2 flu in the city. As more people have been getting tested for H3N2, some have been found to be positive for COVID-19 as well. The trend is reflected in the figures from the past few days, with 84 cases reported on Wednesday and 83 on Tuesday, before the sudden spike on Friday.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has issued several recommendations to hospitals in the city to help tackle the situation. Hospitals have been advised to screen patients with fever and maintain an adequate supply of essential medicines. They have also been instructed to ensure that ventilators and other equipment are in good working order.

The Corporation has urged hospitals to promote the booster vaccine dose to their employees and patients and to follow all government guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A nodal officer has been appointed to ensure that hospitals maintain cleanliness, prevent the spread of infection, and manage biomedical waste effectively.

The situation is not limited to Delhi, as cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly in other parts of India as well. Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka are all areas of concern, and the central government has held a meeting to discuss the matter. The focus remains on testing, tracing, and treatment, as authorities work to contain the spread of the virus.

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Traffic chaos in Delhi as marshals struggle to control heavy vehicles on Ashram flyover



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Delhi, India – Chaos ensues as the Ashram Flyover becomes a traffic nightmare for commuters in the city. But fear not, as a group of marshals has been deployed to restore order and bring some sense to the madness.

The Ashram Flyover, a major artery in the bustling metropolis of Delhi, has been a headache for commuters for quite some time now. The flyover, which connects the city’s south and central areas, sees heavy traffic congestion during peak hours, causing long delays and frayed nerves.

But things have taken a spicy turn as marshals have been brought in to keep things under control. These marshals, donning bright green jackets, have been tasked with managing the traffic flow, ensuring that vehicles move smoothly and without incident.

The marshals have their work cut out for them, as the chaos on the flyover seems to have no end in sight. The heavy traffic, coupled with the city’s notorious lack of lane discipline, has resulted in a free-for-all on the flyover, with vehicles jostling for space and tempers flaring.

But the marshals are undeterred. Armed with whistles and hand signals, they are determined to bring some order to the chaos. And their efforts seem to be paying off, as traffic has started moving more smoothly, and the honking and shouting have reduced considerably.

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