Top news of the day: Govt forecasts 8-8.5% GDP growth in FY23; ECI extends ban on roadshows, ‘padayatras’, vehicle rallies till Feb. 11, and more

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January 31, 2022 07:04 pm | Updated 07:04 pm IST

Chief Economic Advisor V. Ananth Nageshwaran with Sanjeev Sanyal and Rajiv Mishra release the Economic Survey 2021-22, in New Delhi on January 31, 2022.

Chief Economic Advisor V. Ananth Nageshwaran with Sanjeev Sanyal and Rajiv Mishra release the Economic Survey 2021-22, in New Delhi on January 31, 2022.

Economic Survey projects 8%-8.5% growth in 2022-23

The Economic Survey for 2021-22, tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha, expects the GDP to grow by 9.2% this year and 8% to 8.5% in 2022-23, even as it expressed concerns about the implications of hardening inflation and energy prices.

Also read: Economic Survey 2022 live | January 31, 2022

Assembly polls | ECI allows public meetings of up to 1,000 people

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday allowed public meetings of political parties and candidates of all phases of the Assembly elections with up to 1,000 people, after reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the poll-bound states.

Budget Session 2022, Jan 31 updates | Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

The Budget session of Parliament began with the President addressing a joint session. While the Presidential address and tabling Economic Survey are the two major events in the House for the day, a lot of activity can be expected outside with the latest revelations on Pegasus software and alleged snooping by the government.

Budget 2022 | PM Modi calls for constructive Budget session, ‘despite elections’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, the first day of the Budget session , asked Members of Parliament to set aside concerns over the Assembly elections in five States to ensure that the current session of Parliament would be fruitful and constructive and discussions meaningful and based on humanitarian concerns.

Drugs case | Supreme Court protects SAD leader Majithia from arrest till Feb. 23

The Supreme Court on Monday protected Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia from arrest in a drugs case till February 23 even as the Congress government in Punjab said the case was not motivated by political vendetta and the State was sinking under the weight of a narcotic trade, which was leading the youth on the path to damnation.

Union Budget 2022 | Experts want Centre to set aside ‘green expenditure’ funds

Ahead of the upcoming Union Budget, environmental experts on January 31 called for Budgetary allocation under “green expenditure” to show that India is serious about meeting the enhanced targets announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Conference of the Parties 26 in Glasgow.

Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls | Five years ago, rioters and muscle men used to be law unto themselves in UP: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday targeted the Samajwadi Party, saying five years ago, muscle men and rioters used to be the law unto themselves in Uttar Pradesh. In his first virtual poll rally after the announcement of dates for the assembly elections in the State, Mr Modi said during the previous government when Western Uttar Pradesh was burning due to riots, those in power were celebrating.

‘Economic Survey 2022’ calls for standardised Cross-Border Insolvency framework

The Economic Survey 2021-22 has called for a standardised framework for Cross-Border insolvency as the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (IBC) at present does not have a standard instrument to restructure the firms involving cross border jurisdictions leading to several issues.

Fitness woes keep Hetmyer out as Windies name squad for T20Is against India

The big-hitting Shimron Hetmyer remained unavailable due to fitness issues as the West Indies named a 16-member squad for the T20 series against India, keeping faith in the outfit that defeated England in a five-match home contest earlier this month.

India squad arrives in Ahmedabad for ODIs against West Indies

Members of the Indian cricket team have arrived here for the three-match ODI series against the West Indies beginning on February 6. All players entered the bio bubble between Sunday and Monday. "They will undergo a three day quarantine," a BCCI official told PTI.

No more the captain, Kohli talks about contributing more as a batter

Citing Mahendra Singh Dhoni as example, Virat Kohli says one doesn't need to be a captain of a team to be a leader and now that he is not the India skipper, he might contribute more as the side's batting mainstay. Kohli shocked the cricketing world earlier this month when he stepped down from Test captaincy following the 1-2 series defeat in South Africa. He ended up as India's most successful Test captain.

Court orders CBI probe into Thanjavur schoolgirl’s death case

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday transferred the probe into the death by suicide of a schoolgirl , who was studying at a Christian Missionary-run school in Thanjavur district, to the CBI.

Economic Survey | Different indicators on employment bounce back after dipping in April-June 2020

Different indicators on employment have bounced back remarkably after showing a dip during April-June 2020 owing to nationwide lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Economic Survey tabled in Parliament on Monday.

Union Budget 2022 | Experts want Centre to set aside ‘green expenditure’ funds

Ahead of the upcoming Union Budget, environmental experts on January 31 called for Budgetary allocation under “green expenditure” to show that India is serious about meeting the enhanced targets announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Conference of the Parties 26 in Glasgow. They also said that India’s climate targets will require an investment of about $35 million in energy storage in this decade alone. The Budget for the fiscal year commencing April 1, 2022, will be presented on Tuesday by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Gurugram namaz case: SC agrees to immediately list contempt plea against Haryana officials

Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana on Monday agreed to immediately list for hearing a petition to initiate contempt action against Haryana authorities for not reining in ‘hooligans’ who have created an ‘atmosphere of communal hatred and terror’ for worshippers offering Friday prayers in Gurugram .

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