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Garibi Hatao has remained mere political slogan: Modi

The BJP-led central government was committed to making basic changes in government schemes so that the poor were actually benefited, the prime minister said in his address after distributing e-rickshaws to the poor

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that 'Garibi Hatao' (remove poverty) had sadly remained a mere slogan for the past many decades and that efforts for a turnaround in the lives of the poor had failed to bear fruit.
 
"Chunav ke dauran gareebi ki maala japte rehna ek aam baat hai (it is normal to speak of poverty during poll campaigning)," he said while addressing a gathering of rickshaw pullers in his Varanasi parliamentary constituency. 
 
The BJP-led central government was committed to making basic changes in government schemes so that the poor were actually benefited, the prime minister said in his address after distributing e-rickshaws to the poor.
 
"We have initiated many things, including skill development, which will enable the poor to begin their lives afresh and in a much better, financially sustainable manner," the prime minister said. 
 
He said he however did not wish to blame any previous government or political party for the pitiable condition of the poor in the country.
 
'Garibi Hatao' slogan was coined in the early 70s by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi and the Congress. 
 
Modi, a first-time Lok Sabha MP from the temple town, also urged the people to send their children to school as "education was a great weapon in fighting poverty."
 
He also pointed out how the Jan Dhan scheme launched by the NDA government had benefited the poor and almost 18 crore accounts had been opened. 
 
Earlier, the prime minister was received by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, state cabinet minister Balram Yadav and district officials.

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Facebook launches first newsgathering tool for journalists

Called Signal, the free tool will help journalists track relevant trends, photos, videos, and posts from nearly 1.5 billion Facebook users and Instagram's 300 million users for storytelling and reporting

 

In a move to take on the micro-blogging site Twitter which is the biggest source of breaking news for journalists, Facebook has launched an innovative newsgathering tool that will help reporters scan and file stories from the ocean of information on Facebook and its photo-sharing site Instagram.
 
Called Signal, the free tool will help journalists track relevant trends, photos, videos, and posts from nearly 1.5 billion Facebook users and Instagram's 300 million users for storytelling and reporting.
 
“We have heard from journalists that they want an easy way to make Facebook a more vital part of their newsgathering,” posted Andy Mitchell, director of media partnerships, on Facebook website.
 
“We are excited to introduce Signal, for Facebook and Instagram, a free discovery and curation tool for journalists who want to source, gather, and embed newsworthy content from Facebook and Instagram, across news, culture, entertainment, sports, and more - all in one place,” he wrote.
 
With this tool, journalists interested in seeing what conversations are resonating on Facebook can monitor which topics are trending and then quickly display related content that has been shared publicly from both people and Pages for deeper context on those trends.
 
“Search functionality makes it easy to surface content directly related to a story or topic they are tracking,” Mitchell added.
 
Journalists can access lists of public figures ranked by who is being mentioned the most on Facebook, including real-time conversations across politicians, authors, actors, musicians, sports teams, players and more.
 
“Using location-tag and topic-related search functionality, journalists can search Instagram for public posts related to specific hashtags, associated with specific public accounts, or tagged with locations using an interactive global map,” he further posted.
 
Every Facebook post, every Instagram image or video, and every metric found in Signal can be easily saved into custom collections for later use in a downstream CMS for digital writers or for integration with broadcast graphics packages for broadcast teams, the Facebook post revealed.
 
Journalists can easily embed any Facebook and Instagram post in their coverage by simply selecting and copying the post’s embed code.
 
Newsrooms can integrate Signal APIs to feed curated content onto their websites and into their broadcasts, as well as produce native visualisations of curated Instagram content for events.
 
“This is a first step in helping journalists use Facebook and Instagram more effectively and we will gather feedback and iterate to make Signal as useful as possible for industry professionals,” Mitchell pointed out.
 

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Inflation to be kept low while reforms implemented: RBI

There are expectations that the RBI would reduce interest rates at its next monetary policy review later this month

 

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday said inflation should be kept low not only now but also in the future, adding that reforms are needed for sustainable growth.
 
Rajan said at an event here that keeping inflation down and implementing reforms are needed for maintaining sustainable growth.
 
There are expectations that the RBI would reduce interest rates at its next monetary policy review later this month.
 
This has been reinforced with the US Federal Reserve deciding to hold its interest rates much against the earlier expectation they would be hiked.
 
On the US Federal Reserve's decision, Rajan said this could be due to concerns about the American economy.
 
He said the US may be waiting for more information before deciding on a rate hike.
 
Rajan also said the banks should quickly balance their books, adding there was need for a bankruptcy code to enable the lenders better handle their loan accounts.
 

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COMMENTS

Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago

Should we not recognise Raghuram Rajan Sirs fantastic contribution by holding the Indian Rupee to its lowest turbulence when other currencies went down by to 25%.

Brazil is degraded to Junk level by rating agency by Moody.

Do our Industrialst's (Government greasers) & Political class wants India to degrade to that levels.

High prices of Real Estates/Oil & Petrol/Surprising Onion Inflations/Potato inflations around elections well doctored or Engineered.

NPA across the key sectors Infrastructure/Airlines/Power/Telecom/Real Estate is not addressable by all Indians.Record inventories of unsold Commercial/ Residential.

God Bless Mahesh

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