Summary of The Hindu 26th FEBRUARY 2024

Poverty levels below 5% , claims chief of center’s think tank

·         NITI Aayog CEO BVR Subaranaiyam had following take on Indian economy after recent release of Household Consumption Expenditure Survey ( HCES ) ,

     Decline in Poverty – Less than five percent of  Indians are expected to be below poverty line , and extreme destitution has almost gone away .

     Broad based growth – The growth is ‘ broad based ‘ and not limited to a few . This is shown by spending by the Rural population rising faster than their Urban peers .

     Increase in Income – Expenditure on food items such as Pulses and cereals has dropped to 5% per capita consumer expenditure  – and higher Expenditure on conveyance , consumer durables and consumer services indicate  that people are earning more and need to spend less on food .

     Diversifying food habits – Within food consumption of beverages , processed food , milk and fruits is going up .  This indicates more diverse and balanced food consumption

Uttarakhand to bring in damage recovery bill

·         The Pushkar Singh Dhami government in India Uttarakhand is set to introduce the Uttarakhand public and private property Damage recovery bill during the budget session of assembly set to start from Monday .

·         The Bill provides for recovery of cost of damage to public and private property during protests from those involved in the incidents .

·         A tribunal headed by a retired judge will investigate the charges against the accused .Uttar Pradesh and Haryana has similar laws in place . This  is coming after recent Haldwani riots in which a police station was badly vandalized .

·         The government later decided to build the police station over the property that was recovered from the anti encroachment drive .

Ahead of Lok Sabha elections , Modi launches projects worth Rs. 48,100 crore

·         PM Modi on Sunday launched  projects worth Rs.48,100 crore from Rajkot.

·         Earlier in the day he inaugurated Sudarshan Setu , India’s longest cable-stayed bridge of around 2.3 km linking Okha mainland to Beyt Dwarka , built at a cost of Rs.980 crore .

·         The PM inaugurated five AIIMS in Rajkot ( Gujrat ,) ,  Bhatinda ( Punjab ) , Raebareli (Uttar Pradesh ) , Kalyani ( Maharashtra ) and Managalgiri ( Andhra Pradesh ) .


Sudarshan setu


Trump coasts to another victory in the race for Republican nomination

·         Donald Trump has won the Carolina  Republican Primary by defeating his rival Nikkie Healey .

·         Trump got around 60 % of the vote while Nikkie Healy got 39.5% . By this win Trump has gained 47 delegates while Nikkie Healy got 3 delegates .

·         There are 2492 delegates total , to win the Presidential candidature from Republican side one need to get at least 1215 delegates .

·         Trump till now has got 110 delegates while Nikkie Healy has got 20.

Zelensky says 31,000 troops killed in Russia war

·         Ukrainian President Zelensky on Sunday said that 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died fighting against Russia . He said that figures quoted by Russian media and Putin which is 3 lakh and 1.5 lakh respectively is a lie .

Israel , Hamas face off in Gaza as efforts for a cease fire gather momentum

·         Talks between Israel and Hamas are going on to end the war in Gaza . It is being mediated by US , Qatar and Egypt .

·         Hamas and Other Islamic states demand is to immediate ceasefire . Israel on the other side is planning to expand the war in Rafah .

·         US NSA. Jake Sullivan said in an interview with CNN that the negotiators”  came to an understanding “ on the basic contour of the hostage deal during the talk in Paris . The deal is still under negotiation.

Melie echos Trump on U.S. visit , says ‘ make Argentina great again ‘

·         Argentina’s president Javier Milie met former US president Donald Trump on Sunday .

·         Milie is a longtime Trump supporter .

·         The Policy of the new Argentina President is Pro US .

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