Campaigning for the second and final phase of assembly elections in Gujarat came to an end this evening.
As part of his campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled in the first sea plane to fly from river Sabarmati in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district.
In a tweet, Mr Modi said it was a unique experience. He said it is a step towards the government’s resolve to harness waterways for India’s progress. Mr Modi said effective use of waterways augurs well for tourism.
He pointed out that places like Andaman and Nicobar islands, Lakshadweep, North East, places with many water bodies, big dams, waterways will benefit with usage of sea planes. He added that more tourism will also brings greater economic opportunities.
The Prime Minister said sea plane services can also be helpful during times of medical emergencies.
Meanwhile, Congress President elect Rahul Gandhi said the Prime Minister and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani have initiated only one-sided development in Gujarat in the last 22 years, and that too for only 5-10 people.
Addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad, Mr Gandhi said not everyone has been given their rights. He informed that his party started this journey four months ago and met all sections of Gujarat like farmers, traders, and ASHA workers.
He expressed confidence that Congress will win the assembly elections. Mr. Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he has stopped working for development.
Our correspondent reports a total of 851 candidates are in the fray for the final phase which will be held this Thursday.
- The anti-profiteering mechanism under GSThas kicked in with the governmentallowing consumers to file complaints against any irrational profit made by businesses by not passing on cost reduction benefit to buyers.
- RevenueSecretary Hasmukh Adhia said the governmenthas notified the 'standing committee' comprising four officers -- two each from the Centre and states for receiving complaints on profiteering
- Besides, states are in the process of notifying the state level 'screening committees', which will also include central governmentnominees.
- National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited (NCDEX), the only commodity exchange in the country promoted by national level institutions, has awarded Raghunandan Industries Pvt Ltd with Krishi Pragati Awards 2017.
- With the honour of Krishi Pragati Awards to Raghunandan Money, NCDEX has acknowledged the outstanding contribution made by Raghunandan Industries in the area of Agri Commodities.
- Raghunandan Industries, which is a part of Raghunandan Money Group, offers commodities broking services for more than a decade. Overall, the group Raghunandan Money offers a wide bouquet of financial services such as demat, equity, derivatives, currency trading, mutual funds, IPOs, corporate FDRs, life insurance, general insurance etc.
- India’s GDP growth is expected to be around 7.1 % this fiscal following a likely pick up in industrial production as firms resort to ‘restocking’ post GST especially ahead of festive season, says a Nomura report.
- According to the Japanese financial services major, post-GST restocking is likely to drive a faster pace of industrial output growth in the coming quarters.
- Before the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST), destocking was triggered largely owing to a steep fall in demand from consumers as they delayed purchases. Post GST implementation, restocking might pick up in anticipation of rising demand conditions.
- Nomura further said the ongoing remonetisation will have a positive impact on the cash-intensive services sectors and this in turn will help to augur growth numbers.