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Indian economy ‘back on track’ to Bruno Mars’ 6 Grammys: Top stories of the day

The worst is over and the Indian economy is poised to rebound to grow in the range of 7-7.5% in 2018-2019, said the Economic Survey. Bruno Mars won all six Grammy music awards he was nominated for. These stories made news on Monday.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2018 08:35 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Economic Survey India,Sex ratio,Kasganj
Bruno Mars receives a second Grammy for Record of the Year during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards show on January 28, 2018, in New York. (AFP Photo)

The worst is over and the Indian economy is poised to rebound to grow in the range of 7-7.5% in 2018-2019, said the Economic Survey. Bruno Mars won all six Grammy music awards he was nominated for. These stories made news on Monday. Here is more about them.

Indian economy expected to grow at 7%-7.5%g

India’s economic growth would accelerate to 7%-7.5% in the 2018-19 fiscal year, to once again become the world’s fastest-growing major economy. According to the annual Economic Survey, demonetisation of high-value currencies and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has led to more people being brought under the tax net and the formal economy is now much bigger than what it is estimated at. The survey says that though the plan has been to reduce the fiscal deficit from an estimated 3.2% this year to 3.0% in 2018-2019, a pause in the move toward a lower deficit could be merited in order to give the economy momentum.

21 million ‘unwanted’ girls in India

Indian’s desire for sons has created an estimated 21 million “unwanted” girls because couples keep having children until they produce a boy, said the Economic Survey. Sons are seen as breadwinners and family heirs, but girls are often viewed as a financial burden. “Families where a son is born are more likely to stop having children than families where a girl is born. This is suggestive of parents employing ‘stopping rules’ -- having children till a son is born and stopping thereafter,” it said.

36 die as bus falls off bridge in West Bengal

Thirty-six people died when their bus plunged into a canal in Daulatabad in Berhampore district of West Bengal. The death toll may rise as the bus was carrying more than 50 people and not all have been accounted for. Residents of a village nearby damaged two police vehicles and threw stones at the fire brigade because of alleged delay in rescuing accident victims.

UP governor calls communal clash in Kasganj a ‘blot’

Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik called the Republic Day communal clash in Kasganj a “kalank” (blot) on the state and the district police chief was moved out, as the city continued to simmer over the death of a young man on January 26. Stepped up police security failed to prevent “miscreants from setting fire to a shop in a market.

Mehbooba Mufti defends police complaint against Army

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti defended a police complaint filed against the Indian Army for allegedly shooting dead two civilians in Shopian, saying her government’s decision will not “demoralise” the force. “If some Army officer has committed a mistake, an FIR has been lodged and it is the duty of the government to take it to a logical conclusion,” she said.

Kovind and Modi press for simultaneous elections

Political parties “need to arrive at a consensus” on holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and state elections, said President Ram Nath Kovind, supporting an idea that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking political consensus for. Kovind spoke about the idea in his joint address to Parliament and Modi told leaders of the National Democratic Alliance to work for creating an environment in favour of simultaneous elections. Their remarks added to speculation that the government could bring forward the Lok Sabha election, due in May 2019, to late 2018 and time it with elections in some key states.

China says ready for talks with India about Pakistan corridor

China said it’s ready to discuss India’s concerns about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which New Delhi has opposed because it passes through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK). CPEC will connect Kashgar in northwestern China with Gwadar port in southwestern Pakistan through a network of roads, railway lines, oil and gas pipelines and a fibre-optic cable. India has raised its concerns about the project with China as a key section of the corridor passes through PoK.

UP, Haryana, Rajasthan get SC notice on ‘cow vigilantism’

The Supreme Court sought the view of Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments after a petition sought action against them for allegedly not following the court’s order to take stern steps to stop violence in the name of cow vigilantism. The three states have to be reply by April 3.

Political parties to boycott Nagaland polls

All major political parties in Nagaland decided on Monday not to give tickets to candidates or file nominations for next month’s polls, reiterating the demand for a solution to the Naga political issue before assembly elections are held. The decision taken in Kohima at a meeting called by the Core Committee of Naga Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) could impact the elections due next month.

Bruno Mars spreads 24K Magic, wins 6 Grammy awards

The Grammy Awards seemed poised to make this a triumphant year for rap at music’s showcase event—until Bruno Mars crashed the party. The musician from Hawaii won all six awards he was nominated for on Sunday night, including the three most prestigious Grammys for song (That’s What I Like), record (24K Magic) and album of the year. His music also dominated the rhythm and blues categories.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 08:32 IST