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New Delhi: An uptick in manufacturing pushed up India’s factory output to 4.1 percent in April, against 2.1 percent in the month before.

Further, among the six sectoral indices, capital goods expanded by 11.1 percent, as per official data released Friday.

The factory output had grown at a slower pace of 2.1 percent in March from 5 percent in February. The factory output had stood at 3.7 percent in April, 2014.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) which released the data on the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), the healthy growth in the factory output for April was attributed to an uptick in the manufacturing sector.

The manufacturing sector, which has the maximum weightage in the IIP, grew by 5.1 percent in the month under review from 2.2 percent in March.

For the other two major sub-indices of the IIP, the CSO data showed that the index for the mining sector inched by 0.6 percent against 0.9 percent in March, while that for electricity segment was down 0.5 percent in April, against a growth of 2 percent in the month before.

The three sub-indices of the IIP namely manufacturing, mining and electricity, had registered a growth of 3 percent, 1.7 percent and 11.9 percent in April, 2014 respectively.

Friday’s data also showed that among the six use-based classifications of the index, the output of capital goods expanded by 11.1 percent. The capital goods segment is a key indicator of economic activity.

While consumer non-durables, intermediate goods, consumer goods and basic goods also came out with healthy performance. These sectors grew by 4.4 percent, 3.3 percent, 3.1 percent and 2.8 percent respectively.

The consumer durables segment expanded by just 1.3 percent in April.

Overall, 16 out of the 22 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown positive growth during the month under review.

Segment-wise, growth was witnessed in plastic moulding machinery (266.4 percent), aluminium conductor (92 percent), cashew karnels (52.4 percent), vitamins (48.3 percent), boilers (40.3 percent), air conditioner (34.4 percent), copper products (33.4 percent), tea (33.2 percent), carbon steel (32.5 percent), block board (26.3 percent), three-wheelers (24 percent) and sugar (22.9 percent).

Segment-wise, high negative growth was reported in cigarettes (- 52.8 percent), grinding wheels (- 46.5 percent), computers (- 46.4 percent), telephone instruments including mobile phones and accessories(-43 percent), cement machinery (- 38.9 percent), tractors (- 35.2 percent), aviation turbine fuel (- 29.3 percent) and aerated waters, soft drinks (- 23.5 percent). (IANS)

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RSS’ call to re-mould Indian Constitution

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says that the Army takes six to seven months to train its soldiers, the RSS can get its cadres ready for battle in two to three days

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  • RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) is a is an Indian right-wing
  • RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat expressed his views on Indian Army’s preparation in his speech to RSS workers in Muzaffarpur in Bihar
  • Kiren Rijiju said if the Constitution permits, RSS can go ahead with its interference in military matters.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh wants to re-mould the Indian State with a military which adheres to Hindutva, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has said.

This is the message that emerges from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech to RSS workers in Muzaffarpur in Bihar that while the Army takes six to seven months to train its soldiers, the RSS can get its cadres ready for battle in two to three days, the CPI-M said.

“This remark has drawn widespread condemnation, with the main criticism being that the RSS chief had insulted the Indian army by claiming that the RSS can do a better job than the Army in training soldiers,” an editorial in the CPI-M journal “People’s Democracy,” said.

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“While this criticism is valid, the intent of these remarks is much more serious,” it said. “The statement has revealed a vital aspect of the RSS outlook about the Army and the militarization of society.”

The editorial said: “What the RSS wants in the re-moulding of the Indian State is armed forces which adhere to Hindutva. For Bhagwat, the soldier in the Indian Army and the Swayamsevak of the RSS are on the same footing.

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RSS world’s largest organisation promote Hindutva.

“Under the present Indian Constitution, such an integration of the Army and the RSS is not possible.

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That is why, both the RSS clarification and the defence put out by (Minister of State for home) Kiren Rijiju makes this qualification that if the Constitution permits, the RSS can go ahead with its interference in military matters.

“The implication is ominous: a re-worked Constitution should enable this to happen.”

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