New Delhi [India], August 18 : Dismissing reports about higher economic growth during the UPA Government's regime, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Saturday said that the economic growth or Gross Domestic Product under Narendra Modi government has been higher than previous governments. He added that in the past four years strong foundations have been laid for "sustained high and inclusionary growth" for the future. "Growth rate under four years of Modi government is still higher than the growth rate of last four years of UPA. This is being managed despite the pernicious legacy of massive NPAs, de- leveraging of commercial bank credit and uncertain global trade environment," Kumar said on Twitter.
New Delhi [India], Aug 18 : Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda on Saturday informed that the Centre is closely monitoring the Kerala flood situation and providing all the necessary medicines, required for post-flood prevention of vector-borne diseases.
New Delhi, August 18 : The Congress on Saturday demanded national calamity status for Kerala floods, and also announced a month-long campaign against supposed irregularities in the Rafale deal. The decisions were taken at a meeting of Congress General secretaries and in charges, legislature party leaders and state chiefs chaired by party president Rahul Gandhi here on Saturday.
New Delhi, August 18 : All AAP MPs, MLAs and ministers will donate one-month salary for the relief work in flood-ravaged Kerala, where 194 people have died. Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal yesterday announced Rs 10 crore relief for the state from the government. In a tweet, Kejriwal today said, "All AAP MLAs, MPs and ministers (are) donating one month salary for Kerala."
Islamabad, August 18 : Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu today hoped that his friend Imran Khan's accession to the prime minister's post will be good for Pakistan-India peace process. Wearing a blue suit and a pink turban, Sidhu was among the special guests present at Khan's oath taking ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad today. Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa after arriving at the ceremony went to the front row of the guests where Sidhu was seated next to President of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) Masood Khan.
New Delhi, August 18 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately declare the floods in Kerala as a national disaster. "Dear PM (Prime Minister), please declare #Kerala floods a National Disaster without any delay.
Islamabad, August 18 : Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Saturday took oath as Pakistan's 22nd Prime Minister, three weeks after his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won the highest number of seats in the general election. Khan, who outvoted opposition and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Shahbaz Sharif in the Prime Minister's election on Friday, was administered his oath by President Mamnoon Hussain at the President House here, reports Dawn news.
BHUBANESWAR, August 18 : In the wake of a distress call by some Odia people in flood-hit Kerala, the Odisha government has requested the southern state to provide assistance to 130 labourers from the state in Odapally, official sources said.
Srinagar, August 18 : Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti called on Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra here today and discussed issues relating to elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Panchayat's scheduled to be held in September-October. Mehbooba, the PDP president, met Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here, an official spokesman said.
New Delhi, August 18 : The much-awaited Signature Bridge on the Yamuna, to be opened by the end of October, will serve as tourist destination with the 154-metre high glass box giving a birds eye view of the city to the visitors. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the work on the bridge was "almost complete" and it would be opened for public use by October 31.