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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached Japan to forge fruitful bilateral ties with the country. Some of the areas where focus will be given during the bilateral talks will include commerce, infrastructure, civil nuclear, and defence. Other than these, during this 5-day visit, the Indian PM will see 'smart city' experiment in Japan to emulate and implement the same to build 100 small cities in India. Prime Ministers of both the countries look forward to take ahead the Strategic and Global Partnership. The two PMs will meet on September 1 in Tokyo. One of the major issues that is expected to be high on agenda during Modi’s visit to Japan is surely the issue of bullet trains, PM’s pet project. Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train had been proposed by Union Railway Minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda during Railway Budget. It is believed that this issue is going to get priority during the bilateral talks as Japan is credited to be the first country to launch and expand bullet train tracks over 2,000 kilometers across their own country.
  • To provide better governance, freeing the country from bureaucratic strangleholds, Indian PM wants to provide ‘digital cloud’ facility to every Indian. Ram Sewak Sharma, Information and Technology secretary, is overseeing this ambitious project of the government, which wants to create ‘digital locker’ for every Indian that will store all the certificates issued by the government including birth certificates and records such as medical, residential, educational, and many more.
  • After launching Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, which is destined to open 15 crore bank accounts, the program saw registration of 1.5 crore bank accounts on the first day of program launch. In the same program SBI has registered 1.5 lakh bank accounts in just two states and Union Territories – Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
  • Available reports show that around half of the Indian thermal stations don’t even have one week’s coal supply. This is definitely one of the lowest since mid-2012.
  • Corporate sector is building pressure on Modi government in practically implementing the labour laws. R. C. Bhargava, Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India, has called for practical implementation of the laws by following last-come-first-go principle, especially during downturns. The concerned company is already following this policy.
  • Indian economy has registered a 5.7 per cent growth rate during April-June quarter of 2014. It is the highest growth rate achieved by the economy in the last 2 and half years.
  • In an interesting move, former Finance Minister of India, P. Chidambaram, has claimed that the upward movement of GDP growth rate during April-June 2014 quarter was due to the measures undertaken during previous fiscal.
  • Sitaram Yechury of CPIM has slammed Najma Hetpullah, Minority Affairs Minister, for her controversial statements made a day back. She said that every Indian irrespective of his or her religious belief should be called ‘Hindu’. Yechury said that Minority Affairs Minister’s statement is in line with the pursuit of Hindutva ideological elements. He alleged that these elements want to convert secular democratic India into a Hindu Rashtra that is intolerant as well as fascist in nature.
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Last Updated on August 30, 2014, 5:43 pm