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Tony Joseph authors “Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From”

The book titled “Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From” has been authored by journalist Tony Joseph, which unravels our history using the results of genetics and other research. According to book, the Indian population is a result of four major migrations, including that of the Aryans, into the country ..

Vashkar Bhattacharjee chosen for UNESCO / Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

Vashkar Bhattacharjee, a Bangladeshi disabilities rights advocate, has been chosen for the UNESCO / Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. Bhattacharjee has successfully developed a pioneering dictionaries in Bangladesh for people with visual, print and learning disabilities, and a special programme to help the disabled set ..

European Union to utilize Eurozone’s permanent bailout funds to help troubled banks

The EU leaders have decided to use the Eurozone’s permanent bailout funds to support struggling banks directly, without raising government debt. EU leaders also agreed that bailout funds could be utilized to stabilize financial markets, which implies buying government debts or bonds. These are steps that Spain and Italy desired, to curtail their borrowing costs ..

Indian GDP to crawl at 6.7% in 2012: UN

The UN hewed down its growth predictions for India for the year 2012 by predicting a 6.7% growth rate rather than a 7.7% rise estimated earlier. UN declared Eurozone Debt Crisis as the biggest threat to the world economy. As per UN:- Global economy to grow by 2.5% in 2012 and 3.1% in 2013. It ..

Q4 GDP growth drops sharply to 5.3%, lowest in 9 years

Yearly economic growth of India dipped to a 9-year low of 5.3% in the January-March 2012 quarter. Even during the 2008-09, the year when India was facing the hit by the global financial meltdown, growth rate was higher at 6.7%. It is the lowest growth rate since 4.0% in 2002-03. Some of the factors being ..

IMF pegs India’s growth in 2012 at 6.9%

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) has pegged growth in India’s GDP for 2012 at 6.9%, scaling down the forecast by 0.1% points, compared to its projection in January 2012. It attributed the moderating growth outlook to policy dubiety, supply constrictions, high interest rates and low external demand. Step-up of the euro zone crisis and tensions ..

Agriculture Growth target 4% in 12th Five Year Plan

Planning Commission Member and Steering Committee Chairman Abhijit Sen has recently said that farm sector target growth rate shall be 4% in the 12th Five Year Plan. The same target was set for 11th plan and Sen has blamed poor monsoon for missing the farm sector targets in the 11th Plan. Its worth note that ..

First Five Year Plan

Since 1951 India has completed 11 five year plans and 12th five year plan is about to finish in 2017.  Each five year plan started from April 1 of a particular and ended on March 31 of a particular year, so by convention the five year plans take on 5 financial years. India’s First Five ..