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29th November, 2018


  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rejects Congress' criticism of new GDP data series; says it is better reflection of Indian economy.

  • Government decides to revise height norms for STs of North Eastern states and Gorkhas for recruitment in Central Armed Police Forces.

  • Rajasthan and Telangana witnessing hectic campaigning for Assembly elections on 7th of next month.   

  • Prime Minister reaches Argentine capital, Buenos Aires to attend the 13th G-20 Summit tomorrow.

  • Observation satellite HysIS successfully launched from Sriharikota to capture High Definition images of Earth's surface.

  • In Men's Hockey World Cup, Argentina beat Spain 4-3 while New Zealand defeat France 2-1 in Pool-A matches at Bhubaneshwar. 


Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said, the new GDP series is more broad-based and is a better reflection of the Indian economy and is globally more comparable. Talking to reporters, Mr Jaitley said, the Central statistics Office, CSO, changed the way of calculating Gross Domestic Product, GDP in 2015. He said, GDP growth rate estimates were revised from the year 2012-13 onwards with 2011-12 being the base year.

On Congress leader and Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's questioning credibility of new GDP data, Mr Jaitley said, those who hailed the new series in 2015, now consider the backward extension of this series as a hatched job and a bad joke. He said, when the new GDP estimates were given, Mr. Chidambaram publicly welcomed to the new series. Mr Jaitley said, Mr Chidambaram had said that the new data successfully establishes the fact that UPA succeeded in reviving the economy.

"2015 की फरवरी के महीने में उन्होंने एक नया फार्मुलेशन किया था, जिसपे न्यू जीडीपी सीरीज बनाया था और पुराने को डिस्काट किया था। ये जो नया सीरीज नाया था, ये जो चीजें इसके अंदर शामिल की गईं, उसका विस्तार किया गया और जो विश् में सबसे अच्छे मापदंड हैं, उसके मुताबिक इसको किया गया और तब से लेकर आज तक न्यू जीडीपी सीरीज लागू हो रहा है।"

The Niti Aayog had yesterday announced the back-series data. The new numbers show India's economic growth rate averaged 6.7 per cent during the Congress-led UPA regime as compared to 7.3 per cent under the present government. Previous numbers had put the average growth rate during the 10-year UPA rule at 7.75 per cent.


The Home Ministry today took a decision to revise height norms for the Scheduled Tribes (STs) of North-East states and Gorkhas for recruitment in the Central Armed Police Forces, CAPFs. In a tweet, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, with this relaxation, a large number of youth will be recruited.

The existing height criteria for Sub Inspectors in CAPFs and ASI in CISF is 165 centimetres and it has been revised to 157 centimetres for Male STs of North East and Male Gorkhas. The existing criteria for constable is 162.5 centimetres and it has also been revised to 157 centimetres.


Telangana and Rajasthan are witnessing hectic campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections. Both the states will go to polls on the 7th of next month.

In Telangana, senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu addressed a series of election rallies and held roadshows across the state.

With less than a week left for electioneering, BJP, Congress, TRS, TDP and other parties have intensified their campaigns. Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Rajnath Singh who addressed a series of meetings held the chief ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh responsible for lack of development in their states. He assured people that programmes like Ayushman Bharat will be implemented in the state if BJP voted to power. Rahul Gandhi during his electioneering at Armur alleged that TRS Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has made the surplus state into a deficit state. On the other hand TRS Chief said his party has done everything in four and half years which the Congress and TDP could not do in their decades long governance. Lakshmi, AIR News, Hyderabad.

In Rajasthan, electioneering is also at its peak as senior leaders of various parties, including BJP and Congress, are focusing on the state.

BJP President Amit Shah today addressed a number of rallies in the state. Addressing a gathering in Kaurali, Mr. Shah said that BJP governments at the Centre and in Rajasthan had implemented welfare schemes covering all sections of society. Senior Party leader Ravishankar Prasad addressed media at Bikaner and Kota. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje interacted with people at 5 election rallies. From Congrss side, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot attended four public rallies. He alleged that the BJP government had stalled and delayed various public welfare schemes. PCC Chief Sachin Pilot also addressed series of public meetings today. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur.


In Jammu and Kashmir, overall 71.1 per cent polling was recorded for the 5th phase of panchayat elections held today.

According to Chief Electoral Officer, Shaleen Kabra, 85.2 per cent polling was registered in Jammu division and 33.7 per cent  in Kashmir division. Counting of votes is underway and results are expected by tonight or tomorrow morning.


The Supreme Court has allowed medical aspirants older than 25 years to appear in NEET undergraduate exam 2019 for MBBS and BDS seats across the country. However, the court clarified that final admission would be subject to the final outcome of the case on validity of CBSE decision to fix upper age limit.

The top court has also extended the last date for submitting filled NEET forms by a week from tomorrow to enable aspirants who did not qualify under the earlier age criteria to apply.


Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel today said, the Government’s new schemes and programmes have contributed to changing the country's health scenario. She said Mission Indradhanush has yielded very encouraging results due to which, the target of achieving 90 per cent full immunization in the country has been advanced to the current year from the earlier target of 2020. Mrs Patel was speaking at the 15th India Health Summit in New Delhi.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, this evening to attend the 13th G-20 Summit. He was welcomed by Argentina's Minister for Justice German Garavano and Ambassador Maria Isabel Rendon.

The summit, beginning tomorrow, will focus on building consensus on a fair and sustainable development in the field of Agriculture as put forth by the host country.

Speaking to AIR, Indian Ambassador to Argentina, Sanjiv Rajan, said sustainable agriculture, which is one of the immediate concerns for developing countries, will be among the main topics of discussion during the Summit.

Argentina, for example, when they cut their crops, they leave the cut crops in the fields, which helps them to retain the top layer of soil which contains the main nutrients and it also helps them to reduce the consumption of water when they seed the crops because the soil moisture is retained. These are practices which can be shared globally to enhance soil productivity and fertility.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to highlight oil price volatility which has a direct impact on the Indian economy.

On the sidelines of the summit, Mr Modi will be meeting with several leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Antonia Gutteres. He will also meet the BRICS heads of state and governments.

All arrangements are in place for the G 20 summit as more than two thousand media persons are scheduled to cover the event. Security has been tightened all over the city as world leaders are gathering to sit together and discuss issues of great concern. G 20 collectively represents all inhabited continents, 85 percent of the world´s population and 75 percent of international trade. Argentina has been holding year long meetings by Ministers from different countries and engagement groups. The outcome of the annual meeting will be primarily focussed. Workstreams are finance, agriculture, anti corruption, business women leaders task force, climate sustainability, development, digital economy, education, employment, energy transitions, health, trade and investment. Health agenda includes discussions on anti microbial resistance, malnutrition with a focus on childhood obesity and overweight, strengthening of health systems and their responsiveness to crisis and pandemics will also figure in deliberations during the summit. Joy, AIR News, Argentina.


India launched its sophisticated earth observation satellite HysIS successfully from Sriharikota today. The national space agency ISRO launched the hyper-spectral imaging satellite HysIS onboard its workhorse rocket PSLV-C43. The rocket also put thirty other micro and nano-satellites of customers from eight nations in a different orbit, as part of the same mission.

India now has got the proverbial eagle’s eye in the sky, with the high definition cameras in the form of the HysIS satellite. Globally, only a few nations have their operational satellites of its class, that can capture crystal clear images of the earth's surface for varied applications. They are set to provide a continuous stream of high definition pictures as well as data in multiple frequencies for its user agencies in five days’ time from today. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai.

Talking to media in Sriharikota after the launch, ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan described the satellite as an excellent space-asset for the nation. He informed that the ISRO has a long line-up of launch missions in the coming days.

The road ahead of us is really full of traffic. We are going to have another spectacular mission of GSAT-11.That is the heaviest satellite India has made.It is going to be launched from French Guyena on December 5th early morning. Subsequently, in December itself we are planning another long awaited mission that is GSLV which is going to launch GSAT-7A. Next year, we are going to have another mission that is Chandrayaan-2.


The Maharashtra legislature unanimously passed a bill  proposing 16 per cent reservation for Marathas under socially, educationally and economically backward category. The Bill tabled by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was passed without any discussion.

It is an historic day for the Maratha community in Maharashtra as the state legislature today passed the Bill providing reservation to them in jobs and educational institutions. The Bill tabled in both the Houses of state legislature did not face any kind of hurdle as legislators cutting across party lines joined hands in passing the Bill, which will now pave way for the Marathas to reap the benefits of reservation. Chief Minister Fadnavis also tabled the action taken report on the State Backward Class Commission's recommendations for reservation to the Marathas. The Maratha community, which comprises over 30 per cent of the state's population, has been seeking reservation in government jobs and education for a long time. Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai.


The Women and Child Development Ministry has amended the existing provisions under the POCSO Act. Secretary, Rakesh Srivastava said child sexual abuse can now be reported at any age. In an exclusive interview to All India Radio News, he said ensuring child safety is the top priority of the government.

As per the IPC, it was thought that you can report a matter till seven years of its occurrence, but we were told by the law ministry there is no such thing and you can report it any time . In POCSO, there is no mention of any limitation so the incidents can be reported at any point of time.

The full interview can be heard on FM GOLD Channel of All India Radio at 9.30 tonight.


The Sensex and the Nifty continued to post gains for the fourth straight day today. The rupee also rose against the dollar.

At the stock markets, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange jumped 453 points to close at 36,170, today. The Nifty advanced 130 points, to 10,859. At the forex market, the rupee appreciated 77 paise, to 69.95 against the Dollar. Gold fell 20 rupees, to 31,540 rupees per ten grams in Delhi.  And Brent crude futures rose 57 cents, to 59.33 dollars a barrel. Paul Thotam, for AIR News.


On day two of Men’s Hockey World Cup, New Zealand beat France 2-1 in a Pool-A match at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.

Earlier this evening, in another Pool-A match, Olympic gold medalist Argentina defeated Spain 4-3.


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