Need of New Reform Agenda to Revive India’s Growth Story – By Areesha Fatma

In this decade of rapid developments in the global economy vis-a-vis emerging new economic stance in the United States, emerging protectionism in the advanced economies, recovery in Global trade; turn around in China’s economic growth and various geo-political issues, India stands on the cusp of major change, a transformation that could lead to unprecedented economic growth. The Indian economy has been observing various changes, turmoil and adjustments in the form of reforms during the past two-three years. Two key reforms undertaken in the regime of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi primarily historic demonetization drive and newly introduced GST have been both bane and boon for our economy which is quite evident as per the GDP estimates for Q1 and Q2 for FY2017-18.The economy still hasn’t revived from the aftershocks of cash crunch as the consumption demand has been impacted severely and the teething problems associated with GST implementation are still persisting. According to the much awaited CSO data released by Ministry of Statistics and Implementation recently, real GDP registered an increase in the growth rate from 5.7% in the Q1 of FY18 to 6.3% in Q2 of FY18. Also, quarterly Gross Value added (GVA) registered an increase in...

SHOULD GREEDY HOSPITALS BE BANNED AND THEIR LICENSE CANCELLED?

Billed 18 Lakhs By Fortis Hospital, Alleges Family Of 7-Year-Old Who Died NEW DELHI: The parents of a seven-year-old girl who died of dengue after a fortnight at Gurgaon's Fortis hospital allege that they were allowed to take their child's body only after they paid a Rs. 18 lakh bill that included the cost of 2,700 gloves. "Please provide me details...We will take all the necessary action," Union Health Minister JP Nadda tweeted on Monday. Little Adya, admitted to Fortis on August 31 with severe dengue, died on September 14. Her parents, who live in Dwarka in south west Delhi, allege that the hospital kept her on the ventilator for three days even though she had stopped responding to treatment. The Health Minister promised action in response to a tweet by a family friend that has gone viral. SOURCE - NDTV Government to investigate hospital that allegedly charged over Rs 15 lakh to treat child with dengue The Health Ministry on Monday decided to look into allegations that Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurugram swindled the family of a seven-year-old dengue patient. The hospital allegedly charged the girl’s parents more than Rs 15 lakh for 15 days of treatment, and she did not even...

DO WE NEED AN ENVIRONMENTAL REVOLUTION TO BREATHE BETTER IN INDIA?

Understanding air pollution levels in India and how technology can help resolve some issues As we approach the winter season, it has become a habit to hear news about 'severe smog' situations in New Delhi. The current incident of smog occurring in the capital city of India, is just another example of how situation can go out of hand if proctive measures aren't taken soon. This is easier said than done. It will require a planned execution of preventive steps for a prolonged duration. As we approach the winter season, it has become a habit to hear news about 'severe smog' situations in New Delhi. The current incident of smog occurring in the capital city of India, is just another example of how situation can go out of hand if proctive measures aren't taken soon. This is easier said than done. It will require a planned execution of preventive steps for a prolonged duration. SOURCE - FIRST POST India and China face deadliest air pollution in the world: Study Beijing and Delhi are two of the worst cities in terms of pollution, but on one hand, Beijing has a well-defined measure to battle the smog, Delhi is far from formalising one. In India, rapid industrialisation...

WHO IS THE BIGGEST LIVING BOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR?

The people’s superstar Even as Aamir Khan readies for the release of Advait Chandan’s Secret Superstar, he sits down and chats about his character Shakti Kumar, working with Amitabh Bachchan, the futility of awards and Oscars, and more. Excerpts: SOURCE - ASIAN AGE Amitabh Bachchan turns 75: How the veteran superstar established a strong south Indian base For some it was Zanjeer. For a few it, was Deewar, maybe Don. For many, it would be Sholay. For me it was Mohabbatein. No, these are not answers to ‘name your favourite Amitabh Bachchan role’ but a list of his films, which people saw for the first time in a movie hall in South India. Yes, it took me the turn of the millennium to watch Mr Bachchan on the big screen. Forgive me Big B fans, I was busy growing up with my own superstar and Ulaganayagan, but that does not compare to the sheer might of Amitabh Bachchan, as he turns a glorious 75 SOURCE - FIRSTPOST

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