the I page news for 5 December 2019


  • P Chidambaram ji has violated his bail conditions on the very first day: Prakash Javadekar

  • Nothing sums up state of the economy better than the following series of numbers- 8, 7, 6.6, 5.8, 5 and 4.5 : P Chidambaram

  • ‘People are accusing me of being elitist, this Government of being elitist. I condemn this approach’ : Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha

  • US President Donald Trump to be impeached. The speaker, Nancy Pelosi announced ‘The President is a continuing threat to our democracy and leaves us no choice but to act. I am asking our Chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment’

  • AIADMK takes out peace rally on Jayalalithaa’s anniversary.

  • To strengthen aviation access to the region, 11 unserved airports in J&K and 2 in Ladakh are open for bidding under UDAN 4.0 : Hardeep S Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation

  • Artificial Intelligence has been introduced as a subject in class IX from the session 2019-20 in the schools affiliated with CBSE: HRD Minister Dr RP Nishank

  • ISRO sets up 5 Space Technology cells at premier institutions like IITs, IISc to carry out research activities in the areas of space technology and applications



‘The economy can be saved, but..’


Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram spoke to the media at the Congress HQ today on the Economy. Excerpts :

  • I am grateful for clear & comprehensive order yesterday of Supreme Court. The order will clear the many layers of dust that have unfortunately settled on our understanding of criminal law and the manner in which criminal law has been administered by our Courts.
  • We have total confidence that the Courts will, ultimately, render justice Let us leave the matter at that and turn to the most pressing and explosive issue of the day- which is the state of the economy.
  • The place to start is diagnosis. If the diagnosis is wrong, the prescription will be useless, may be even fatal. Even after 7 months into the fiscal year, the BJP government believes that the problems faced by the economy are cyclical.
  • Govt is wrong because it’s clueless, unable to look for obvious clues as it is stubborn & mulish in defending its mistakes like demonetisation, GST, tax terrorism, regulatory overkill, protectionism & centralised control of decision-making in PMO.
  • Nothing sums up state of the economy better than the following series of numbers- 8, 7, 6.6, 5.8, 5 and 4.5.
  • Those are the quarterly growth rates of GDP in the last six quarters. The third and fourth quarters of 2019-20 are not likely to be any better. We will be lucky to end the year if growth touches 5 per cent.
  • Daily wage earners get work for no more than 15 days a month.
  • Government is calling the present slowdown ‘cyclical’. Thank god they have not called it ‘seasonal’. It is ‘structural’ and the government has no solutions or reforms that would address the structural problems.
  • The UPA lifted 140 million people out of poverty between 2004 and 2014. The NDA has, since 2016, pushed millions of people below the poverty line.
  • The economy can be saved, but this government is incapable of doing that. I believe that the Congress and some other parties are better equipped to pull the economy out of the slowdown and push economic growth, but we have to wait for better times.






P Chidambaram ji has violated his bail conditions on the very first day: Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar speaking to the media at the Parliament House
The court had asked P Chidambaramji to not give any public statement on the case as a condition for bail but Chidambaram ji today said that his record as a minster was very clear.

‘People are accusing me of being elitist, this Government of being elitist. I condemn this approach’ : Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, condemned the opposition in Rajya Sabha for accusing her of being an elitist. On Wednesday when an MP asked her ‘if she ate onions’, She had said ‘I belong to a family which does not eat onion and garlic’.

In Rajya Sabha today, FM Nirmala Sitharaman said the statement given by one of the Finance ministers in 2012 when price rise was high was ‘When urban middle class can buy a bottle of water for Rs 15 ,why do they make so much noise about price rise’.

AIADMK takes out peace rally on Jayalalithaa’s anniversary

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam paid tributes at Jayalalithaa’s Memorial at Marina Beach in Chennai on the 3rd death anniversary of Jayalalithaa.

Pic Courtesy : @CMOTamilNadu

Class 12 Student ‘Safa’ wins applause for  flawlessly translating Rahul Gandhi’s speech

The young 17-year-old girl ‘Safa Febin’ from the Government Higher Secondary School – Karuvarakundu in Malappuram, Kerala translated Rahul Gandhi’s speech as he addressed a group of young students after inaugurating the new science block in Karuvarakundu school.

President Kovind presents National Florence Nightingale Awards 2019

President Kovind presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards 2019 in New Delhi. President Kovind said the country is grateful to the nursing community for their dedication and selfless services to fellow citizens.

Pic Courtesy : @rashtrapatibhvn

The only emissions from this car is water…

@dpradhanbjp – Dharmendra Pradhan – 

  • Experienced Toyota India‘s new Hydrogen Fuel Cell based car.
  • In the rapidly evolving energy landscape, hydrogen offers an eco-friendly and innovative solution for sustainable and green transportation fuel.
  • Delighted to learn that the only emissions from this car is water.

  • Hydrogen can be produced from various sources including biomass, renewables, LNG etc. and possesses high energy density and long time storage. Hydrogen and electricity can also compliment each other.
  • India’s massive biomass potential, expanding natural gas coverage and push for electricity generation from renewables offers a good opportunity to explore hydrogen as well as other green and sustainable sources of energy for a more decarbonised future.
  • While Hybrid technology is promising, the manufacturing cost of this high-end technology still needs to be worked upon to make it more affordable in the Indian scenario. Suggested to plan a workshop for brainstorming with experts for a greater understanding of hybrid technology.
  • India’s energy transition is impacting global energy transition in a big way.We are exploring new sources of energy to create a sustainable & responsible model of energy transition.Switch to cleaner energy will also contribute towards ensuring a cleaner environment for our people.

Shillong – the ‘Scotland of the East’

@PemaKhanduBJP – Pema Khandu :

Rechd Shillong, the beautiful city ‘Scotland of the East’ to take part in the biggest Northeast Food Innovation Exhibition. This event will benefit farmers, entrepreneurs of NE & will reach market globally.