Wednesday morning news brief, January 10

Wednesday morning brief Jan 10 2018
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
The World Bank said that India has huge potential and projected country’s growth rate to 7.3% in 2018. India, despite initial setbacks from demonetization and Goods and Services Tax (GST), is estimated to have grown at 6.7 per cent+ in 2017, according to the 2018 Global Economics Prospect released by the World Bank here today. In 2017, China grew at 6.8 per cent, 0.1 per cent more than that of India, while in 2018, its growth rate is projected at 6.4 per cent. Read.
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Two RJD workers surrendered in an allegedly false case to serve Lalu Prasad in jail, claim cops. The 2 aides of Lalu Prasad have been lodged in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail after they surrendered in an allegedly false case on the same day their boss was convicted of corruption+ and sent to prison, police said on Tuesday. Sources said the two plotted to “land in trouble”, get themselves incarcerated in the same prison as Lalu.
Taking a dig at China, PM Modi said that India didn’t covet any other country’s resources or territory. PM Modi said India’s external policies were based on human values and not on the notion of profit and loss. The prime minister said the world’s perception of India had changed in the past three to four years, adding that “reform to transform” was his government’s mantra.
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Saudi Arabia has increased India’s Haj quota by 5,000, taking it to 1,75,025, the highest since Independence. Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who signed the bilateral annual Haj (2018) agreement with the Saudi authorities a few days ago, credited the increase in Haj quota, for the consecutive second year, to PM Modi’s immense popularity with the Saudi regime, especially the Saudi monarch Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud.
Manali resident Aanchal Thakur has made history by winning India’s first-ever international medal in skiing. The <a href=””>21-year-old clinched bronze </a>in the coveted Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) &mdash; skiing&#39;s international governing body &mdash; at the Palandoken Ski Centre in Erzurum in Turkey. She won the medal in the slalom race category. Her father rues the fact that there has been no monetary support from the Centre.
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