News & Politics

Thackeray Beckons Red Signal To Bullet Train Project After Stopping Work On Aarey Car Shed

After stopping work on the Aarey car shed a couple of days back, CM Udbhav Thackeray stalled the Rs. 1.1 lack crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project on the pretext of reviewing the project. Also, he promised brining out a White Paper on state’s finances. Cabinet expansion is also on his priority.

Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project

The Rs. 1.1 lack crore project is facing hurdles in land acquisition especially in the Palghar area of north Mumbai. The government has already acquired 548 hectares of the total requirement of 1,380 hectares. It is a joint project of Gujarat, Mumbai and Center. Stopping this project will bring the Maharashtra government in collision mode with the center.

Farm distress

Udbhav Thackeray demanded a compensation of Rs. 25,000 per hectare for distressed farmers during election campaigns. When reminded by the opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis about the compensation he replied that he expected the opposition leader to talk to the center for release of funds for farm distress.

Maharashtra taxes

Thackeray said that Maharashtra contributes 40-45% of the total revenue from taxes to the center. If the center waves the taxes … Read the rest

What Does 4.5% GDP Say About The Country’s Economy?

The latest data released by National Statistical Office (NSO) revealed startling details about the country’s GDP. The economy grew at its slowest pace in 26 quarters in the July-September period of the current fiscal.

Highlights of the NSO data

• GDP grew by 4.5% in the September quarter
• It is slower than 5% in the previous quarter
• The manufacturer contracted 1% in September quarter
• Eight core sectors that account for 40% of index of industrial production contracted 5.8% in October

The data shows that the GDP remained slower despite the 4.3% expansion in the January-March quarter of 2012-13.The decline in manufacturing sector is the first in the nine quarters. It highlights lack of demand in the economy. The factory out with the core sector also contracted.

The eight-core sectors coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilizers, steel, cement and electricity witnessed the sharpest slide that shows that the weakness in economy has continued in the third-quarter too.

Political slugfest over economic slowdown

Former PM Manmohan Singh said that 4.5% GDP was unacceptable. But the chief economic adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian countered that … Read the rest

Happy thanksgiving giving celebrated with thank fulness

Thanksgiving is said to be an annual national holiday in the United States. Whereas Canada celebrates this day as harvest and other blessings of the past year. It is believed by American, Thanksgiving is modelled on a 1621 harvest feast. According to them, it was shared by the English Colonists.

In1789, November 26, was declared thanksgiving day by George Washington. But this was not connected to the Pilgrim feast, it was then considered for the same year only.

How thanksgiving becomes official.

By 1789, thanksgiving was not officially set as a holiday. Thanksgiving was yet to get published officially. It then becomes a matter of interest for the common public.

It was advised by George Washington to consider the last Thursday of November as a thanking day. It was liked by the people and was considered a thoughtful idea. Lastly, It was the first president of the US, Abraham Lincoln who officially declared last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving day.

Why called as thanksgiving

It would be a common question, what could be the reason for calling last Thursday of every November as thanksgiving. The … Read the rest

Imran Khan Believes That Trees Produce Oxygen At Night

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said something that is very serious but ended up making a joke of himself. Whether it was a tongue-slip or lack of knowledge, he made people laugh throughout the night.

Why did Imran Khan say?

“Trees produce oxygen at night,” said Pakistan PM Imran Khan while highlighting the drawbacks of removing earth’s green cover. He said that trees clean air but soon after he made a blunder that went viral. Going with the flow, he said trees produced oxygen at night.

How was Imran Khan caught red-handed?

Pakistan journalist Naila Inayat shared a 15-seconds video of Imran Khan with the caption “Trees produce oxygen at night: Einstein Khan shows the minister addressing an audience.”

Twitterati were first to react and some of them even demanded Nobel Prize for Imran Khan. People made mockery of the knowledge of Imran Khan. One Twitterati uploaded a page from school book of 7th standard showing that trees don’t produce oxygen at night.

Recently Sheikh Rashid from Pakistan made headlines by explaining an explosion. He said the breakfast exploded and set fire to the gas … Read the rest

Udbhav Thackeray Sends Son To Invite Sonia Gandhi But Calls Up To Invite Modi

Thackerays have prepared a long list of invitees for the swearing-in ceremony of the first Thackeray on the eve of 28th November at Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai.

First Thackeray to become chief minister

Udbhav Thackeray, son of Bal Thackeray and chief of Shiv Sena, is all set to become chief minister of Maharashtra after end of high-octane political drama of swearing-in and then resignation of Devendra Fadnavis. Udbhav Thackeray would become the 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

List of invitees

Aditya Thackeray flew to New Delhi to invite Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the swearing-in ceremony. Former PM Manmohan Singh is also invited to the ceremony. Another VIP in the list of Thackeray invitees is Rahul Gandhi.

Udbhav Thackeray himself called up PM Narendra Modi to seek his blessings and invite him to be present at his swearing-in ceremony. It is going to be a historic event as Thackerays have 40,000 special invitees and 700 farmers.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee are on the list of invitees. Also, ex-UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and … Read the rest

Devendra Fadnavis Goes BS Yeduyurappa Way In Maharashtra Politics

The drama that unfolded in Maharashtra reminds of 2018 Karnataka incident when BS Yediyurappa became chief minister for 56 hours. The fractured mandate of 2018 Karnataka election prevented BJP to form a majority government and its misadventure resulted in public humiliation.

Karnataka government formation in 2018

BJP secured only 105 seats from the 224 legislative assembly seats in Karnataka in 2018 elections. The other seats went to Congress 80 and JD(S) 37. With no party in the position to stake claim to power, BJP moved ahead. The majority mark in Karnataka is 113.

Governor VajubhaiVala invited Yediyurapp to form the government despite the other parties – Congress and JD(S) – claiming to have the majority to form the government. The aggrieved parties went to Supreme Court for help and the SC woke up at midnight to end the high-octane political drama of Karnataka. It ordered Yediyurappa to prove its majority in 24 hours and the former opted to resign instead of facing humiliation. But Yediyurappa again became the chief minister because the Congress JD(S) coalition could last only for 14 months.

2006 Memory

In 2006, … Read the rest