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No interviews for non-gazetted govt jobs: PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat

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New Delhi: There will be no more interviews for non-gazetted government posts for lower posts from 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Sunday.

Making the announcement Modi in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ sought to remind listeners about his Independence Day address, when he had said that interviews should be done away with for lower posts.

“The process is almost complete… There will be no interviews for non-gazetted government jobs for group D, C, and B,” Modi said, adding that “It will be implemented from January 1, 2016. We did not want to stop the ongoing process.”

Meanwhile, speaking on other issues in Mann Ki Baat Prime Minister Modi said diversity is the pride of India and the key to development.

PM Modi recalled Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, whose birth anniversary falls on October 31, and said he made a huge contribution to India’s unity.

“He had a dream for a united India, and he succeeded in doing that geographically,” said Modi.

The prime minister, however, added that the the ‘mantra’ of unity should “constantly be a part of our thought, behaviour and expressions”.

“India is a diverse country, and this diversity is the pride of India… Peace, harmony and unity… these are the key to development,” he said.

(IANS)

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Richard Thaler Supported Demonetisation, there is More to the Story

Demonetisation is what Richard Thaler had long supported. However, he remarked "Really? Damn," when he was informed about the introduction of Rs. 2,000 notes in place of the discontinued Rs. 500 and 1,000 notes thereby highlighting how his joy of seeing a step towards a cashless economy and reduction of corruption was momentary.

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Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on 9th October.Wikimedia

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to scrape Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes last November, Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler supported demonetization describing it as a policy that he had long supported.

Dr. Richard Thaler, a Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Chicago won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on 9th October.

Did Richard Thaler really support demonetization in the way BJP took it? There is more to the story than what meets the eye.

As soon as Thaler was declared the Nobel Prize winner, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) started sharing Thaler’s tweet regarding demonetization on social media affirming that the move which was severely criticised by the members of the opposition was actually supported by a Nobel Prize winner. The BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya retweeted the old tweet within a fraction of a second.

However, Richard Thaler remarked “Really? Damn,” when he was informed about the introduction of Rs. 2,000 notes in place of the discontinued Rs. 500 and 1,000 note thereby highlighting how his joy of seeing a step towards a cashless economy and reduction of corruption was momentary.

It was not only the BJP supporters but also a large number of BJP leaders who were flowed away with incomplete picture depicted by Malviya and tweeted about it.‬ This included Union Minister Giriraj Singh, former BJP IT Cell Head Arvind Gupta, and many others.

Soon after, twitterati realized that the full picture of Thaler’s statement on demonetization was rather hidden.

Prime Minister Modi declared that the motivation behind scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was to promote cashless economy and reduce corruption. This decision was severely criticised by different sections of the society putting on Modi the ultimate responsibility for heralding economic deceleration. Demonetisation pulled down India’s GDP growth rate to a mere 6.1% in 2016-17.

Some highlighted that the introduction of Rs 2000 note was an ephemeral panacea for remonetization and that its printing has been terminated.

-Prepared by Mohima Haque of NewsGram, Twitter: mohimahaque26

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‘Didn’t Want to be an Actor at first’ : ‘Baahubali’ Star Prabhas Gets Candid in a new interview

After "Baahubali" becoming a phenomenon, Prabhas admits that fear of failure with upcoming projects looms large

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Actor Prabhas attained global fame with the "Baahubali" film franchise. Wikimedia

Hyderabad, October 8, 2017 : Prabhas always thought he was too shy to emote in front of the camera, and had planned a career in the hospitality sector. But not only did he enter showbiz, but attained global fame with the “Baahubali” film franchise. The actor says he still gets conscious at public events — and is learning the art of handling stardom.

“I am still shy when I go to interviews. I want a lot of people to come and watch my film but I can’t face (that many) people,” Prabhas told IANS in a candid interview.

“After being in the industry for 13-14 years now, I still don’t know how to handle stardom. My fans feel bad that their hero doesn’t come out so much. I’m better than before, and trying to improve,” he added.

His father is famous producer Uppalapati Surya Narayana Raju and his uncle Krishnam Raju Uppalapati has also made a name in Telugu cinema.

Many would have thought that his family’s film roots would lead him naturally into the film industry. But that was not the case.

Prabhas says he had denied his family’s suggestion to try his luck in the field, and that he still can’t put a finger on what made him change his mind.

“My uncle is an actor, my dad is a producer, so they asked me if I was interested, and I was like ‘How can someone act in front of so many people with lights and emote’. I used to feel shy… My parents asked me once or twice (about the decision to be an actor) and I said that it is impossible.

“I had thought I will do some business because I am lazy and I can’t do jobs. I had thought that maybe I will go into hotel business because our family loves food. And north Indian food is very famous in Hyderabad.”

So what changed his mind?

“This is what I remember, (though I) actually don’t know what happened inside my mind. One day I was watching my uncle’s film directed by Bapu. I imagined myself in my uncle’s character… Then I think it slowly started somewhere.”

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Prabhas, who started his career with Telugu film “Eeshwar” in 2002, says he faced a hard time making his family believe about his newfound acting ambition.

“One day, I told my friend that I want to act, and he didn’t believe me… He believed me after at least 10 days. And now he is the producer of ‘Saaho’.”

He made his place in the southern film industry with projects like “Raghavendra”, “Barish: The Season of Love”, “Varsham”, “Jeene Nahin Doonga”, “Chatrapathi”, “Yogi”, “Rebel” and “Pournami”.

But his role as Amarendra Baahubali and Mahendra Baahubali from the “Baahubali” universe changed the whole game for him, and made him popular both in India and around the world.

Filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli put together a story about the battle for control of an ancient kingdom between two brothers in two parts — with dance, music, emotion and drama.

The first part “Baahubali: The Beginning” came out in 2015 and the second “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” was released earlier this year. The second instalment will have its TV premiere on Sony MAX on Sunday.

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After “Baahubali” becoming a phenomenon, Prabhas admits that fear of failure with upcoming projects looms large.

“Fear of failure is definitely there for every film. It was present for ‘Baahubali’; then, after the first part, it was there for the second part. Now, there are so many expectations and audience wants to see something else… Fear is there, but what we can do is believe in something and try to make it.”

On the film front, Prabhas is busy with “Saaho”, which will mark Shraddha Kapoor’s Telugu debut. The film is being shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. He also has a period love story in his kitty. (IANS)

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Mann Ki Baat: Modi Recalls ‘Khadi Movement’, Urges People to Use Khadi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi

New Delhi, Sep 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his recent ‘Mann Ki Baat’ show, memorialized ‘Khadi Movement’.  He urged the masses to promote khadi usage and take it forward as a movement. “I had earlier mentioned that Khadi was not a cloth but a movement which should be taken forward,” Modi said in the 36th edition of his monthly radio programme, “Mann Ki Baat”.

Stating that he has observed a surge in the people’s interest towards Khadi, the Prime Minister said that the sale of the fabric has also increased due to which the employment among poor people has seen a rise.

“We must work towards lighting lamps in the houses of people engaged in the Khadi industry this Diwali,” he said.

“The Khadi ashram in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi was defunct for the last 26 years, however, it has now been revived,” Modi added. (IANS)