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8.2 Per Cent First Quarter Growth Gives Government A Much-Needed Breather

New Delhi: Economy of the country has accelerated to a nine-quarter high at 8.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2018-19 financial year, beating expectations on the back of a strong pickup in manufacturing and a low base in the year-ago period. This growth is expected to provide a much-needed breather to the government that is in the line of fire over the depreciating rupee and demonetization.

“India’s GDP for the first quarter this year growing at 8.2% in otherwise an environment of global turmoil represents the potential of New India. Reforms and fiscal prudence are serving us well. India is witnessing an expansion of the neo middle class,” tweeted finance minister Arun Jaitley.

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Rahul Gandhi Accuses PM Of Helping His Crony Capitalist Friends Through Demonetisation

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of helping his “15-20 biggest crony capitalist friends” through demonetisation whose loans had turned into non-performing assets (NPAs). Gandhi termed it the country’s “biggest scam”.

His statement came a day after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) confirmed 99.3% of demonetised currency returned to it.

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Supreme Courts Asks Pune Police To Put Five Activists Under House Arrest

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India (SC) has asked the Pune police to place five activists under house arrest in their respective homes until the case is heard again on September 6. The court stopped the police from taking custody of five activists who were arrested a day before for alleged Maoist links.

A three-judge SC bench headed by chief justice of India Dipak Misra also asked the Maharashtra government to file a response by September 5 to a petition by historian Romila Thapar and others that alleged the arrests were aimed at muzzling dissent.

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Following Simultaneous Raids Five ‘Naxal Sympathisers’ Arrested in Bhima-Koregaon Case

New Delhi: Lawyer and trade union activist Sudha Bhardwaj, poet P Varavara Rao, activist Gautam Navlakha, and two other lawyers Arun Pereira and Vernon Gonsalves were arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy, creating fear and enmity between various groups, and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. This was done after a nationwide raid was launched on the so-called Naxals.

The arrests were part of an investigation into the violence that rocked Bhima Koregaon in Maharashtra on January 1 during the bicentennial celebration of a British-era war.

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Major Leetul Gogoi Likely To Face Court Martial For Befriending Local Kashmiri Woman

New Delhi: Major Leetul Gogoi is likely to face a general court martial for his friendship with a local Kashmiri woman for his attempt to meet her in a local hotel in Srinagar and for being away from his designated place of duty. He came to limelight for using human shield.

Gogoi was detained by the police in a Srinagar hotel along with the woman in May this year. A court of inquiry (CoI) into the matter found him guilty of “fraternising with a local in spite of instructions to the contrary and being away from the place of duty in operational area,” said one of the officials cited above.