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Better monsoon this year will help check inflation: Jaitley

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Mumbai, with rains this year having advanced well into the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said a better monsoon would help check food inflation.M_Id_160999_delhi_rain

“It appears that the rain gods may be kinder this year to us than they were last year,” he said at the Nabard foundation day celebrations here.

Expressing the hope that the monsoon would be as good as it was last month, Jaitley said the department of agriculture expects better rainfall in most parts of India for higher yields of oil seeds and pulses, whose prices are currently a concern in terms of inflation.

“I hope their estimates turn out to be true,” he said.

The finance minister also referred to Saturday’s official data on overall growth in indirect tax revenue collections during the first quarter and said rising tax revenues and improving macroeconomic fundamentals will take the economy to an accelerated growth trajectory.

“Saturday’s indirect revenue data for the first quarter did indicate that customs duty, excise duty and service tax, even without additional revenue measures, were up 14.5 percent over the past fiscal,” he said.

“There are some sporadic data which indicate a significant recovery,” the finance minister said.

“With the ongoing reforms process, and some more significant changes like goods and services tax in the pipeline, increased infra spending, emphasis on smart cities — when all these initiatives get onto the field, then our aspiration to cross that 8 percent growth and get to the 8-10 percent level is not something which is completely out of sight,” he added.

“The silver lining is that the revenue situation may be more comfortable, compared with last year,” Jaitley said

The overall growth in indirect tax revenue collections during the April-June quarter was 37.4 percent.

“The overall growth in indirect tax revenue (provisional) collections during the first quarter of current fiscal year, that is, April-June 2015, have increased from Rs.112,094 crore to Rs.153,980 crore suggesting an increase of 37.4 percent over the corresponding period in the last financial year,” an official statement said on Saturday.

It added that in June 2015, the indirect tax collections increased by 33.3 percent compared to June 2014.

These increases were spread across all three tax categories of “customs, central excise and service tax”.

“These collections reflect, in part, additional measures taken, including the excise increase on diesel and petrol, increase in clean energy cess, the withdrawal of exemptions for motor vehicles and consumer durables, and in June, the increase in service tax from 12.36 percent to 14 percent,” it said.

It further said these collections indicate that the underlying momentum in the economy is improving, across all sectors, including manufacturing, reflected in healthy excise tax collections.

“The growth in underlying indirect tax collections of 14.5 percent suggests a healthy increase in nominal gross domestic product growth, which constitutes the tax base for indirect tax collections,” the statement added.

(IANS)

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Monsoon Bliss: Drenched in Rain Kutch is a Must Visit (Environmental Feature)

The monsoon brings out a different facet of Kutch, the brown transforms into green

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Rann Utsav in Kutch. Pixabay

Bhuj, Sep 09, 2017: White, fluffy clouds hanging low over green hills, little pools of still water teeming with migratory birds and an omnipresent cool breeze — the semi-arid region of Kutch in Gujarat transforms into a completely different avatar during the monsoon.

And although winter — the time detailed as “ideal” to visit this region — shows you a side of hers that’s truly unique, Kutch makes for a pretty picture during the rains, perfect for a rejuvenating holiday.

Nestling on the country’s western border, close to the Arabian Sea, Kutch had recently been in the news for the cyclonic storm-induced thundershowers that lasted five days. Before that, and like the rest of the state, floods had also hit the region in July.

“Heavy showers are normal during the monsoon,” local taxi driver and long-time Bhuj resident Anwar Khatri said, indicating that the heavy rainfall was not out-of-the-ordinary. “But in the last three-four years, we have had very scanty rainfall. The monsoon brings out a different facet of Kutch, the brown transforms into green.”

Kutch occupies an important geographical location when it comes to birds, said ornithologist Jugal Kishor Tiwari, since it falls on their migration route. His organisation, Centre for Desert and Ocean (CEDO), works on wildlife conservation and promotes nature tourism.

And although the winter is a brilliant time to spot a host of migratory birds, one can indulge in some bird-watching during the monsoon as well. CEDO, which is based out of Moti Virani village, some 400 km from Gujarat capital Gandhinagar, organises tailor-made tours of such nature.

A visit to Kutch would however be incomplete without witnessing its rich treasure trove of handicrafts. Ajrakh (block printing), camel leather craft, Bandhni, different forms of weaving, bellmetal craft, Kutch embroidery — the list is endless — and nothing beats the wonder of watching an artisan work on his or her craft.

After the devastating earthquake in 2001, several NGOs took up the initiative of supporting artisans and their art, even reviving some, and helping them find suitable markets to showcase and sell their products beyond the state’s and the nation’s borders.

There are many such NGOs within a radius of 10-15 kilometres from Bhuj — the point you will either fly down to or reach by train — and one can visit their campuses to see some of these exquisite crafts take shape and understand the story behind them from the artisans themselves. Some names to look out for would be Shrujan, Khamir, and LLDC (Living and Learning Design Centre).

About eight kilometres from Bhuj is a village called Bhujodi, which has the Ashapura Crafts Park set up for artisans to display and sell their work. Again, one can meet weavers, tie-dye artists, block printers and others here. Needless to say, it will leave you wanting for more shopping bags to fill!

From the well-known to the lesser known — a monsoon visit to Kutch would also remain wanting without a trip to one of its pristine beaches. Mandvi is the closest to Bhuj and there are many resorts close by with their own private beach enclosures. The high point of the beaches here — Pingleshwar, about 98 km from Bhuj, a hidden gem — is witnessing the marine life. Jelly fish and hermit crabs are a common sight and the multi-coloured sea weeds look extraordinary.

Also Read: History of Rigvedic river Saraswati

If the children are more in the mood for some fun and frolic, Mandvi has ample opportunity for water sports as well — which may be restricted when the weather is grey. But a ride on a camel would more than compensate for that!

With the temperature hovering on the pleasant side of the scale and a constant breeze, one can also opt for some historical sight-seeing. The Aina Mahal, with its blue tiles, Venetian-style chandeliers and walls studded with mirrors, is a must-visit. Next door is the 19th century Prag Mahal, a brilliant example of Italian-Gothic architecture.

As you travel around the place and move on the fringes of the main town of Bhuj, it is difficult to miss the vast expanses of agricultural land with acres after acres of pomegranate plantations, palm groves and cotton fields — all this thanks to drip-irrigation, which has brought about a sea-change in the region’s crop pattern. With the green hills in the backdrop, it’s a sight to behold. Soak it in, for, with the changing season, Kutch will soon reveal a different face. (IANS)

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Court Asked Arvind Kejriwal if He Lied about Calling Arun Jaitley, a Crook

The court asked Kejriwal to abstain from "scandalous" and "indecent language"

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia
  • Arvind Kejriwal was asked to clarify if he lied about calling Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley a crook
  • The Chief Minister is now supposed to offer his defense to the Delhi High Court
  • Jethmalani says that the Chief Minister owes him two crores for his appearances

New Delhi, Aug 23, 2017:  Aam Admi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal was asked to clarify if he lied in court by pretending that he did not ask for abusive language to be used against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, mentioned NDTV report.

Previously, Kejriwal stated in the court that he had not instructed his former counsel Ram Jethmalani to use  “crook” to describe the union minister in court. But Jethmalani claims that the Chief Minister used harshly insulting words to attack Jaitley.

Jethmalani declared that according to Jaitley, Kejriwal had misled the court by denying the allegations. In fact, he says Jethmalani has written to him to insist that was the case.
The Chief Minister is now supposed to offer his defense to the Delhi High Court.

In 2015, Jaitley sued Kejriwal and five top leaders of his Aam Aadmi Party for defamation after they accused him of corruption during his 13-year tenure as the top boss of the DDCA, the powerful cricket association that handles Delhi and its surrounding areas.  In two separate cases – criminal and civil – Jaitley has sought damages of 10 crores.

Also Read: Ram Jethmalani Exposes Arvind Kejriwal. Says, Kejriwal was Fixated on calling Jaitley Crooked 

During court the proceedings last month, Jaitley complained to Jethmalani’s language and said ‘Kejriwal’s team is delaying hearings in the Delhi High Court.’

The court asked Kejriwal to abstain from “scandalous” and “indecent language.”

After the Chief Minister said that he had not approved the abusive words, the lawyer riposted in a blog: “Ask your conscience how many times you used worse abuses than a mere ‘crook.’ You have hundred times asked me to teach this crook a lesson.”

Jethmalani says that the Chief Minister owes him two crores for his appearances. It seems that, in his new enmity with Kejriwal, he has become an indirect ally of Jaitley.


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Are you Traveling in Monsoon? Follow these Tips to look Stylish!

If you are planning for traveling in this rainy season here are some tips to get ready and style yourself

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Traveling in monsoon season.Follow these Tips to look Stylish. Pixabay

New Delhi, August 13, 2017: 

“Experience is not What happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.” – Aldous Huxley

Everyone loves to travel during monsoon, but looking stylish and maintaining comfort in the rainy season remains a major concern for most of them.

Traveling in this season can make your best ever memories for your entire life. As you can bask in the fascinating sunlight or enjoy the cold and calm darkness of the monsoon. Also, touch and feel the verdant greenery that is spread everywhere and vibrant culture of the places that come alive during the monsoons.

There is no denying that monsoon makes the process of packing one’s bag much more complex but don’t worry, here with some easy and quirky tips that will ease your concerns and let you enjoy the tour-


MEN

  • Pack more linen clothes

Men always search for something comfortable so you can definitely try linen plain shirts or T-shirts and there is nothing more relaxing than this even you can also team them up with denim printed jackets.

T-shirt
Man in T-shirt. Pixabay
  • Carry shorts, capris

Shorts and capris are so attractive and easy to wear, easy to carry and also look fantastic.

Capris
Man wearing shorts. Pixabay

 ALSO READ: Here are 4 Ways to Carefree, Happy Feet in Monsoon!

  • Go out with lightweight waterproof bag

Just carry a lightweight waterproof luggage bag with all your belonging in it, especially a plastic bag for your cell-phone assets.

Lightweight bag
Lightweight bag. Pixabay
  • Monsoon accessories for safety and style

Monsoon accessories such as hat looks funky and stylish and also protect your hair from sun, dust, and pollution. A waterproof wrist watch makes look you stunning, use a sunglass to protect your eyes. Team it up with a scarf and make a style statement of your own.

Monsoon accessories
Monsoon accessories. Pixabay

 


WOMEN

 

  • Carry light weighted colorful fabrics
colorful fabrics
A woman donning colorful fabrics. Pixabay

Women can try refreshing light fabrics, like cotton, chiffon, silk that dries out quickly. Your clothes must be bright colored such as, yellow, orange, pink, red, blue and some context of mixtures like fluorescent and magnified colors will enhance your style.

  • Palazzos let you feel comfortable

Two bottoms (shorts, palazzos) will offer utmost comfort, also keep one stretchable denim pant. This funky look will definitely win hearts wherever you go.

Denim
Girl wearing stretchable denim. Pixabay
  • Must carry a long sleeved top

Sum up your clothing with minimum outfits and carry one long sleeve that will protect your skin from tanning and mosquitos. One sleeveless top, a crop top for shorts- will give you bold look and colorful jackets that are reversible.

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Girl donning full sleeve top. Pixabay
  • Accessories add to your style

Accessories like a jelly umbrella, comfortable footwears (avoid flat and shoe), belt, scarves, sunglasses, and junk jewelry will add to your style and will surely turn heads wherever you go.

scarves, sunglasses,
Girl wearing scarves and Sunglass. Pixabay

 

 

– by Nidhi Singh of NewsGram. Twitter @NidhiSuryavansi