IMF : India GDP 11.5% for 2021

IMF revises growth projection for India to 11.5 per cent in 2021

International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected an 11.5 per cent growth rate for India in 2021. It makes India only major economy of the world to register double-digit growth this year amidst the coronavirus pandemic. With the latest projections, India regains the tag of the fastest developing economies of the world.

Revising its figures, the IMF said that in 2020, the Indian economy is estimated to have contracted by eight per cent.

In its latest World Economic Outlook Update, China is next with 8.1 per cent growth in 2021 followed by Spain (5.9 per cent) and France (5.5 per cent).

India’s economy, the IMF said, is projected to grow by 6.8 per cent in 2022 and that of China by 5.6 per cent.

Early this month, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva had said that India actually has taken very decisive action, very decisive steps to deal with the pandemic and to deal with the economic consequences of it.


Three Rafael Jets Lands

Rafale jets, manufactured by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation, are India’s first major acquisition of fighter planes in 23 years after the Sukhoi jets were imported from Russia.

 The third batch of three more Rafale fighter jets on Wednesday landed in India from France after a non-stop flight, boost to the strike capability of the Indian Air Force.

IAF is also procuring a new generation medium-range modular air-to-ground weapon system Hammer to integrate with the Rafale jets.

Hammer (Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range) is a precision-guided missile developed by French defence major Safran. The missile was originally designed and manufactured for the French Air Force and Navy.

Meteor is the next generation of BVR air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) designed to revolutionise air-to-air combat. The weapon has been developed by MBDA to combat common threats facing the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden.

The first squadron of the Rafale jets is stationed at Ambala air base while the second one will be based at Hasimara base in West Bengal.


Merapi Spews Lava

The extrusive eruption of the volcano continues at elevated levels today.
A series of strong pyroclastic flows were released from the actively growing lava dome in the inner summit crater this morning at about 06:00 local time. Gravitational collapse of the lava dome parts generated the block-and-ash flows that descended the SW flank of the volcano. Glowing avalanches reached 800 m-1200 m in the Kali Krasak drainage and lasted approx. 83-122 seconds. 

Indonesia’s most active #volcano erupts, causing a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes.

Mount Merapi spews volcanic materials in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, as it continues to erupt on Tuesday.

Merapi #volcano in Java, Indonesia pyroclastic flow Jan 20 th morning . The eruption continues on its gradually increasing trend.

Pyroclastic flows – turbulent and hot avalanches of hot lava rocks, ash and volcanic gasses mixed together.


Sourav taken to Apollo Hospital

Two more stents likely to be put by surgery in as per news reports.

BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly being taken to Apollo Hospital in Kolkata after he complained of chest pain. More details awaited.Reports ANI

Sourav Ganguly stable and feeling better now. Family members and doctors are not taking any risk and want to keep him under hospital observation for a couple of days.


Marin talks Kallas

Prime Minister Marin talks with new Prime Minister of Estonia.

Government Communications Department 26.1.2021 19.23 PRESS RELEASE

Prime Minister Sanna Marin has congratulated the new Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, who took office today. Prime Minister Marin sent a letter of congratulations to Prime Minister Kallas immediately after the inauguration and had a video call with her this evening.

Two Prime Ministers discussed the bilateral relations between their countries, EU affairs and the health security measures needed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in Finland and Estonia. In their discussion, Prime Minister Marin and Prime Minister Kallas highlighted the need for coordinated action to ensure health security in movement across the border.

FM @Haavisto congratulated #Estonia’s new FM @eliimets on a video call today.

Two FM agree to continue keep close cooperation and communication between Finland and Estonia on bilateral, EU and international affairs, including the challenges posed by COVID-19.


Holland Lockdown Stir Violence

Over 150 arrested in the Netherlands after a third night of COVID-19 curfew riots”.

Fires set, police vehicles burned, windows smashed – these are the scenes witnessed in the #Netherlands, where anti-lockdown riots continued for a third night in response to some of Europe’s strictest COVID restrictions.

COVID lockdown restrictions, the situation remains tense in the Netherlands. Police have beefed up their presence to prevent another night of unrest.

This is the worst violence the Netherlands has witnessed in 40 years” Foreign correspondent Anna Holligan tells #BBCBreakfast riot police have again clashed with protesters defying a curfew, following a weekend of unrest

Across Netherlands remains tense but without major unrest on Tuesday night after three nights of violence in protest against the government’s implementation of tough restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.   

Police took to the streets of towns and cities across the country to prevent violent rioting, while businesses closed early and shops boarded up.

On Tuesday when the 9 p.m. curfew went into effect, rowdy crowds of youths gathered in Amsterdam and Hilversum, but were broken up without incident. In Rotterdam, 33 people were detained for violating social distancing regulations and vandalism.

That was in stark contrast to Monday night, when rioting rocked cities across the country and more than 180 people were arrested for burning vehicles, stone-throwing and widespread looting.


Maduro Covid Miracle

Scientists at home and abroad remained skeptical. Venezuela’s National Academy of Medicine in a statement late on Monday said Carvativir “has therapeutic potential against coronavirus.”

“Nonetheless, it is prudent to wait for more data from the Carvativir tests … to consider it a candidate for an anti-COVID-19 medication,” reads the statement.

Nicolas Maduro presents Carvativir as a miracle cure for COVID-19,but medical experts in the opinion that carvativir lacks scientific evidence to prove anti-covid dose.

President Nicolas Maduro is promoting a “miracle” medication that he said would cure patients who contracted the novel coronavirus. But his government has released no evidence to back the claims.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is promoting a “miracle” medication that he said neutralizes COVID-19 with no side effects, a claim doctors said was not backed by science.  

Nicolás Maduro@maduro_en·If we combine prevention, treatments and medicines created in Venezuela, we will have great results in this battle for the control of the Covid-19 pandemic, waiting for the arrival of the vaccines. Together we shall prevail!


No to Trump Impeachment Trial

Republican Senator Rand Paul made a motion on the Senate floor that would have required the chamber to vote on whether Trump’s trial in February violates the US Constitution.

The Democratic-led Senate blocked the motion in a 55-45 vote.

US Senate need two-third vote to impeach the President. Secondly Trump is not the US President thus to impeach person not the President, empirically is not the impeachment process.

Five Senate Republicans have voted in favor of dismissing Trump’s impeachment trial, making clear a conviction of the former president for “incitement of insurrection” is unlikely.

The vote means the trial on Trump’s impeachment will begin as scheduled the week of February 8. The House impeached him January 13, just a week after the deadly insurrection in which five people died.

But only five Republican lawmakers joined Democrats to reject Paul’s motion, far short of the 17 Republicans who would need to vote to convict Trump on the impeachment charge.

“It’s one of the few times in Washington where a loss is actually a victory,” Paul later told reporters. “Forty-five votes means the impeachment trial is dead on arrival.”

Paul and other Republicans contend that the proceedings are unconstitutional because Trump left office last Wednesday and the trial will be overseen by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy instead of by US Chief Justice John Roberts.


WHO: More Covid Mutation

WHO’s Special Envoy on Covid-19 David Nabarro says people should expect to see more coronavirus mutations

The World Health Organization’s Special Envoy on Covid-19, David Nabarro, said people should expect to see more coronavirus mutations, but at present there is no evidence to suggest vaccinations will become ineffective.

Talking to a TV channel that scientists were now looking in more detail at the UK variant following reports that it could be more virulent.


Conte Resigns

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte resigns following criticism over spending in coronavirus crisis

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has resigned – and it is not clear if he will be able to form and lead a new coalition government.

Parties are divided over spending in the coronavirus crisis, in which more than 85,000 Italians have died.

Mr Conte met President Sergio Mattarella, who may ask him to form a stronger government. Last week he lost his Senate majority.

However media reports said, someone else could become Italy’s PM, or a snap election could be called.