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parrot-like, Top News KEEPING IN mind the Gurgaon incident where a seven-year-old boy was murdered, While many Mumbaikars prefer not to talk about Kamathipura, In the cute photo the pair are wearing matching beanies hats as they cozy up together under a red-and-white blanket.com/tjF63UN1ko — ANI (@ANI_news) July 7, 2017 Deeply condemn the dreadful #AmarnathYatra attack!machines-for-livelihood, industrialists have to develop a value-led market mindset Theres no stated demand from the 720 million population earning less than or about Rs 3000-10000 pmbut one has to discover what machines they need Creating a value-led market requires huge researcha unique approach and self-urge to create value as such needs are hidden in poverty Indians have not changed their age-old high tolerance of poverty Thousands of automobilecommercial vehicle and two-wheeler mechanics serve everyone who wont go to bonafide auto-dealers for repair or servicing They continue to exert physical effort using tools and machines that existed for Fiats and Ambassadors before liberalisation Modernising equipment will ease their livelihoodand provide business generation opportunity for such manufacturers Youll find professionals like techniciansplumberselectriciansmasonsfabricatorsas well as traderscontractorssmall restaurant ownersmass market product dealers and distributorsand mom&pop store-owners all working without updated machines that could enhance their earnings Neither government nor private industry cares about how they earn utilising pure witshigh entrepreneurship and hard work On rural India visitsI find farmers burdened with so much debt they cannot move anywhere Micro-finance offers hypnotise themand they get bogged down without fathoming why theyre paying so much interest A farmers 22-year-old son says they make only Rs 50000 annually from their two-acre farmland Rs 30000 goes on input costwith Rs 20000 their seven-member family cannot run So theyve found a way out They buy potatoesboil and mash themadd spices and besan at homethen run a few metres to a corner of the village Here they fry potato chops Replenishment happens on foot as they own no means of transport They spend Rs 300and generate up to Rs 1000 dailymaking a profit of Rs 700 If this laborious and unhygienic preparation is helped by mechanisationthis farmer can standardise his earning and reduce his labour The government appears to have no clue on how to solve livelihood generation problems of such farmers despite promises made by politicians during elections Nor has Indian industry cared in 65 years of Independence So shouldnt someone take interest to invite already established developed country industries to bring modernised mechanical+digital machines to increase the earning capacity of Indias poor people according to requirements specific to India When I was in neighbouring Thailanda street vendor on a motorbike with a sidecar of well-designed workmanship said hes got his Alladin His sidecar has arrangements for stockingcooking and sellingso he needed no intermediary He drives to source raw materialsgoes to different localities at different times for better earnings He serves wearing glovesa machine cleans up the cooking platechanges the oil without his hand-touch His dustbin has a recycling system Such practical systems are available for all their street vendors Why cant we similarly reduce effortincrease comfort in India where large numbers of street vendors physically push their non-mechanised carts and execute everything by hand When America beat all nations in industrial advancement in the last centurythey first looked at improving the lot of working class massesshifting them gradually from small home enterprises to becoming factory workers Machines and tools for better earning possibilities were invented even during the Great Depression If Indian poverty can be eradicated by adopting the da Vinci engineering code of modernising tools and machinerylets make it our single point action Thatll upgrade livelihood prospects for the hard-working working-classpercolate to the bottom of the pyramid too Simultaneouslyeveryone will enjoy hygiene and civic improvement Shombit Sengupta is an international creative business strategy consultant to top management Reach him at http://s.wwwshiningconsultingcom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsA cursory glance through AAP’s fifth list of candidates for the Lok Sabha poll revealed that a former journalist and two former police officials who have little to do with politics are in the fray this year Though former CNN journalist Anita Pratap spent some part of her childhood in Kochi she isn’t a resident of the city and according to an interview she says that she visits the city twice a year mainly to visit relatives But she is troubled by the condition of women in the state "I often wonder when why and how the women scene in Kerala took a turn for the worse Kerala was and still is in many respects a model state precisely because women were empowered took part in social issues and took charge of their lives" she said in an interview that was published in the Hindu Former journalist Anita Pratap is among those contesting on a AAP ticket Image courtesy: Ibnlive The journalist who is also an author and filmmaker may not be the most familiar face in the city and what makes it harder is she will be going up against KV Thomas of the Congress who has been elected to the state assembly and Lok Sabha from the state But Pratap can perhaps take some heart from Thomas’s party colleague Shashi Tharoor who won from Thiruvananthapuram despite being a relatively new entrant into politics Pratap’s name was bandied about a bit before it was confirmed by the AAP on Saturday but she joins a motley list of candidates that includes a former IPS officer who will be going up against Sharad Pawar’s daughter in Baramati Suresh Khopde has the unenviable task of taking on Supriya Sule for the Baramati seat one that has remained fiercely loyal to Pawar and his party’s candidates over decades Sule is the also the current MP from the constituency However it’s not something that’s worrying the former police official who was initially reluctant to even enter politics "Initially I was reluctant to contest Then I decided to accept AAP’s offer because I felt I can contribute to the development in Baramati" Khopade told Times of India on Wednesday The former IPS officer is banking on the assessment that people are unhappy with the NCP and are seeking a non-corrupt political option Khopde who is widely credited for helping create a functioning mohalla committee in the loom town of Bhiwandi on the outskirts of Mumbai in the nineties is therecipientof the President’s gallantry medal Khopde isn’t the only former police official in the fray His junior Satyapal Singh had also put in his papers earlier this year to have a shot at contesting the elections from Uttar Pradesh on a BJP ticket But more curious is the case of police official Sanjay Apranti who is listed as under compulsory waiting in the latest posting list of the Maharashtra Police but the Times of India said that he has retired in time to contest polls Apranti the AAP candidate from Raigad is a state cadre police official who had served as superintendent of police of the district but made headlines during his stint as the head of the Social Service Branch of the Mumbai Police Apranti will face off against Anand Geete of the Shiv Sena a three time Member of Parliament who will be hoping to hold on to his seat The three candidates like many others on the AAP’s list are star candidates which Firstpost’s Dhiraj Nayyar had pointed out stand a greater chance of keeping attention on the party but bring little guarantee of winning them As he noted: There is only one difference They apparently wear the halo of righteousness (above their headgear) handed out by that ultimate crusader Arvind Kejriwal AAP’s efforts to have a candidate contesting in every seat of the country may result in many once prominent names joining the political race in this elections Whether they last beyond this election is anybody’s guess Written by Pallavi Chattopadhyay | Published: September 8 2017 12:00 am A photograph from the series Related News A family of eight hold on to newspaper sheets loaded with puris rice and vegetable curry inside a railway compartment making one ponder over how much time the women might have spent in the kitchen to prepare the meals for their long journey In another photograph a pet dog sitting on the lower berth of a first-class AC coach and covered in white bedsheet is seen looking into oblivion through the window A frail old man revels in the company of a book of bedroom jokes bringing back memories of seeking solace in the company of comics such as Chacha Choudhary Amar Chitra Katha Champak and Tinkle while travelling on the train as children The Window Seat Project by Shanu Babar is an attempt to recollect all such myriad memories of train journeys while also serving as a travelogue to capture the essence of India as seen through the window seat What started as a college dissertation project has now turned into a crowdsourced photography series on Instagram and Facebook where photographs can be submitted under the hashtag of the Window Seat Project (#windowseatproject) and Indian Railways So far the project has received over 26000 entries and garnered more than 23000 followers Babar — a cinematographer by profession — says “While studying at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication in Pune in 2015 I wanted my dissertation project to be a travel documentary So I along with a few friends undertook a 10-day train journey from Pune to Kanyakumari and chronicled the kind of India people saw when they looked out of the window Most of them discussed issues like education women empowerment pollution and the population” Among the 926 pictures going viral online is an image by Manpreet Singh of a line of milk cans hanging from the windows of a train; two coolies laugh and race on the platform against an approaching train in Trivandrum; while in another frame a cycle is seen tightly roped to the window After graduation as he moved to Mumbai Babar decided to take the project a notch higher “I took up a job doing post-production work for films and was expected to mostly sit in a room Since I couldn’t travel much I started putting together footage and pictures from my earlier travels on Instagram It picked up and people started commenting on how it was so nostalgic and they too had stories to share What started as a personal project soon turned into a travelogue of train lovers online” says the 26-year-old who has shot for several TV shows including So You Think You Can Dance and MasterChef India Part-time journalist Divya Dugar’s photographs of her pets her companions on most of her train journeys continue to capture eyeballs “A lot of people do not know about the paperwork involved in taking along a pet with you We have decided to collaborate and soon post on how to travel with pets on board” says Babar “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”appears like an apt caption for a submission by Alex Perret — of a platform overcrowded with monkeys who are seen gorging on the food left behind by travellers This March Babar once again embarked upon a month-long rail trip hoping to capture the length and breadth of India as seen through the windows of multiple trains A food-borne disease forced him to halt it midway on the 13th day but he hopes to resume his trip and also undertake train journeys overseas But Babar says he feels proud of the fact that he has recorded his “Chaiyya chaiyya moment” sitting atop a train much like Shah Rukh Khan did in Dil Se when he boarded the Gwalior Light Railways via the Gwalior-Sheopur railway line His fellow passengers — farmers armed with rifles vendors selling peanuts who moved swiftly from the engine to the bogie and singers — are also part of the moment The photograph of an old man smiling and peeking into the tinted glass window of a train perhaps looking out for his family members is an ode to railway-station goodbyes “These are pictures anyone who has travelled on a train can relate to Someone or the other be it loved ones friends or relatives need to see you from the window to bid their final goodbye” adds Babar For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsIn September 2016 Moody’s Investors Service was not in the good books of the Narendra Modi government The finance ministry had then raised a strong objectionto the agency’s statement that it was unlikely to upgrade India’s sovereign ratings anytime soon ahead of a meeting with finance ministry officials on India’s macro-fundamentals "The due process has to be followed and you cannot jump the gun if you are reaching a conclusion before interaction with the finance ministry and the other ministries then somewhere we see the entire rating process the methodology was deficient and that is something we pointed out" then economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das was quoted byMint while speaking at the sidelines of a BRICS infrastructure financing conference "You cannot say that I will give zero weightage and I will wait till infinity to see that these reforms take roots" Das was quoted as saying Representational image Reuters The Modi government had argued that Moody’s must take into account the reforms being undertaken such as GST and bankruptcy code But Moody’s maintained that credit implications of reform measures such as GST bankruptcy code will only become apparent in the medium term It further highlighted the concerns that weak private investments slower fiscal consolidation and a high level of bad loans in the banking sector constrain India’s sovereign rating Just over a year later Moody’s has returned with good news for the Modi government by upgrading India’s sovereign rating to by a notch to ‘Baa2’ with a stable outlook (Also read:Full Text: Moody’s Investors Service upgrades India’s sovereign credit rating to Baa2) citing improved growth prospects driven by economic and institutional reforms An upgrade from Moody’s comes after a gap of 13 years — Moody’s last upgraded India’s rating to ‘Baa3’ in 2004 In 2015 the rating outlook was changedto ‘positive’ from ‘stable’ The rating action is a big thumbs up to the Modi government and comes on the heels of American think-tank Pew Research Center’s report that Modi continues to be the most popular leader in Asia’s third-largest economy of 130 crore people The rating upgrade particularly mentions the structural reforms being undertaken by the Modi government "Key elements of the reform program include the recently-introduced GST which will among other things promote productivity by removing barriers to interstate trade; improvements to the monetary policy framework; measures to address the overhang of non-performing loans (NPLs) in the banking system; and measures such as demonetisation the Aadhaar system of biometric accounts and targetted delivery of benefits through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) system intended to reduce informality in the economy" Moody’s said This is certainly a big acknowledgement of the reform work committed by the Modi government and if taken ahead in the desired momentum can launch the economy on a higher growth path The other side But Moody’s doesn’t fail to remind the government about the pending reforms and the concerns in the economic outlook arising from high debt burden "The high public debt burden remains an important constraint on India’s credit profile relative to peers notwithstanding the mitigating factors which support fiscal sustainability That constraint is not expected to diminish rapidly with low income levels continuing to point to significant development spending needs over the coming years" Moody’s said Similarly a “material deterioration in fiscal metrics and the outlook for general government fiscal consolidation would put negative pressure on the rating" the agency has warned Also the rating could also face downward pressure if the health of the banking system deteriorated significantly or external vulnerability increased sharply it said The agency also reminds the government about crucial land and labour market reforms which it said relies to a great extent on cooperation with and between the states If one briefly revisits the concerns Moody’s highlighted a year ago — weak private investments slower fiscal consolidation and a high level of bad loans the first and third factors continue to be painful areas for the government There has not been any marked improvement in the private investment scenario and banking sector NPA situation The economy has to revive the private investment momentum and reduce reliance on government spending to push growth in a sustainable manner There is a serious problem of not enough jobs being created and beyond recapitalisation the government has been largely reluctant to go ahead with bold reforms in the banking sector including a clear roadmap to cut government stake in state-run banks Acquisition of land and labour is still a troublesome area for anyone who wants to set up factories in India These are important reforms that need to be undertaken For now the Moody’s rating upgrade is big boost for India With the improvement in the credit profile it will reduce the borrowing costs of Indian companies and government and more importantly help to improve the perceptions of global observers on the Indian economy The Modi government deserves credit for the reform work it has done particularly the launch of the GST and reforms in archaic bankruptcy laws By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: April 11 2017 12:35 pm Deepika Padukone has collaborated with Karnataka government to spread awareness about depression and other mental illness Top News Deepika Padukone who runs the Live Love Laugh Foundation has urged people to provide love and care to those suffering mental illness? If despite that, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Updated: August 23,took Nilesh to Bhagwati Hospital in an auto rickshaw but he was declared brought dead.

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