French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before a working dinner, on July 13, 2023, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. | Photo Credit: AP
Q1 investment: Manufacturing stutters, private sector share slips
Private investors turned cautious in the first quarter of 2023-24, with new manufacturing investment plans shrinking 17.5% year-on-year and total project costs rising only 4.7% to ₹3.88 lakh crore, according to Projects Today. While the April to June (Q1) period recorded a sharp sequential decline in investment plans announced by private players — from a record high of ₹10.5 lakh crore in the previous quarter — proposed expenditures of the Center and State governments have made drastic improvements.
PM in France | Modi describes India as ‘model of diversity’ and announces agreement for use of UPI with France
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian diaspora in France on July 13 and described India as a “model of diversity” and announced an agreement for the use of UPI in France, opening up a huge new market for India’s transition to cashless instant payments. His two-day visit to France was interpreted as a step towards closer military cooperation between the two countries, as India prepares to acquire 26 new Rafale-M fighter jets to complement its maritime militaries. plan of India.
Three non-locals injured in militant attack in Shopian
Suspected militants shot dead three non-local migrant workers who were critically injured in south Kashmir’s Shopian on July 13 evening. Initial reports suggested that two gunmen opened fire on three non-locals, working as labourers, in the Shopian area of Gagran. The attack took place at night. The attackers managed to take advantage of the darkness and fled from the spot.
At over 51%, Trinamool registered its highest vote percentage in the West Bengal panchayat polls
The Trinamool Congress registered its highest vote share in any election by bagging around 51.14% votes in the recently concluded West Bengal panchayat polls. So far, the highest vote share recorded by the Trinamool Congress was in the 2021 Assembly election when the party secured 47.8% of the votes. In the panchayat elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got 22.88% votes, while the Communist Party of India (Marxist) got 12.56% votes. The Congress got around 6.42% votes, while the Indian Secular Front (ISF) got around 2% votes.
The government is listing the Delhi ordinance Bill for the Monsoon session of Parliament
The government has listed the Bill to replace the controversial Delhi services ordinance for the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament, which begins on July 20. The ordinance amending the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi Act, 1991 is reducing the power of the State Government bureaucracy. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been meeting leaders of various Opposition parties for the past one month garnering support for AAP’s campaign against the Bill.
UPSC mains examination | The Delhi High Court refused to stay the call for applications
The Delhi High Court on July 13 refused to stay the decision of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to invite applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2023. Justice Chandra Dhari Singh dismissed the plea moved by some civil services aspirants seeking direction to stick to the “Detailed Application Form-1” issued by UPSC on July 10. The plea is part of a petition filed by 17 aspirants seeking the answer key of the Preliminary examination held earlier this year.
Congress to take padayatra against Agnipath scheme in Uttarakhand
Former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will take part in a padayatra in Uttarakhand where the party will highlight how the future of the youth has been “jeopardised” by the Agnipath scheme, party leaders from the State announced on Thursday . Uttarakhand is among the northern States where a large number of youth are seeking employment in the armed forces, and this is why the Congress wants to make the Agnipath recruitment scheme a poll issue ahead of the General Election next year.
Wimbledon 2023 | Vondrousova tops Svitolina to become first unseeded women’s finalist in 60 years
Marketa Vondrousova became the first unseeded women’s finalist at Wimbledon since Billie Jean King in 1963, eliminated Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday by reeling off seven consecutive games in a stretch and then holding on for victory. Vondrousova is a 24-year-old left-hander from the Czech Republic who is ranked 43rd. She reached the second Grand Slam final of her career after reaching the 2019 French Open as a teenager.
WI vs Ind first Test | Jaiswal scored a fifty on debut, Rohit hit a half-century as India took control
Debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal (62 batting) showed perfect composure and impressive attitude with a well-compiled half-century as the Indian openers were in control, taking the score to 146 for no loss in lunch on the second day of the opening Test against the West Indies here on Thursday.
Center to provide Free-Dish, better mobile connectivity in Indo-China border villages: Anurag Thakur
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said on Thursday that the Center will ensure supply of free Doordarshan DTH connections and facilitate better mobile connectivity in remote villages along the Indo-China border. During an interaction with the people of Karzok village of Ladakh, the Minister said that the government is committed to ensuring better all-round connectivity in those areas. The Center has proposed to distribute 1.5 lakh free Free Meal connections to villages in border areas.