Budget Session 2023: FM Nirmala Sitharaman To Table Annual Pre-Budget Economic Survey 2023

Budget Session 2023: FM Nirmala Sitharaman To Table Annual Pre-Budget Economic Survey 2023

Marking the beginning of the Budget Session 2023, President Droupadi Murmu is addressing members of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in a joint session. After assuming office in July 2022, the Budget Session 2023 is President Murmu's first Budget Session speech. Shortly after the President's speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be presenting the annual pre-budget Economic Survey 2023, nearly a day before presenting the Union Budget for Financial Year 2023-24 in Lok Sabha. During her address to both houses of Parliament, President Murmu said: "Today, India's self-confidence is at its highest, and the world is looking at her from a different perspective. India is providing solutions to the world. In the past three years, about 11 crore families have been connected with piped water supply in three years under the Jal Jeevan Mission. Poor families are getting the maximum benefit from this," As per the officials, India will continue to be the world's fastest-growing economy, and the official growth estimate is expected to be between 6% and 6.8%. An Economic Survey gives insights into the economic performance of the country in the last FY, highlighting performance on central development programmes government's policy initiatives and also providing an outlook for the next financial year. The Economic Survey is presented yearly before the Union Budget, officially beginning the Budget Session. Also read: Fraud cannot be obfuscated by by Nationalism: Hindenburg's sharp reply to the Adani Group  https://twitter.com/ombirlakota/status/1620293511122927618

NSA Ajit Doval Holds Crucial Talks With US Counterpart For Initiative for Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET)

On Monday, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval arrived in Washington to attend the first high-level dialogue on Initiative for Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET) with US counterpart Jake Sullivan. As per industry experts, the talks could be the next big milestone in the India-US relationship after the India-US Nuclear Deal. The dialogue is expected to lay the foundation for developing a trusted partner ecosystem between corporate sectors so that both countries can successfully address the challenges posed by authoritarian regimes in the domain of technology and scientific research. The PTI report states that NSA Doval has been accompanied by 5 secretary-level officials and corporate leadership from Indian companies that are doing some cutting-edge research in India. Under iCET, India and US have identified 6 areas of cooperation, including scientific research and development, quantum and artificial intelligence, defense innovation, space, and advanced telecoms such as 6G and semiconductors. https://youtu.be/A3o7EY_6LtI

Assam: Non-Bodo People Organize Protests Against Inclusion of 60 Villages in Bodoland Territorial Region

After the Assam Government announced the decision to include 60 villages in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), parts of Assam witnessed protests from several people belonging to non-Bodo communities. Yesterday, protestors burnt tyres on the streets against the inclusion of Gohpur in the BTR. They also blocked the National Highway and raised slogans against the government. On Republic Day, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government has decided to include villages in the BTR which have at least 80% of the Bodo population. He said: "There can be no hindrance as far as inclusion of Bodo villages in BTR is concerned. If Bodo villages get included in BTR, then there is nothing to oppose," However, quite the opposite happened as protests started in various areas after the big announcement. "We are against this decision. We don't want to be included in the BTR. How can the government take such a decision which is against the will of the people? We demand the withdrawal of the decision. If they don't do it, we will intensify our protest," said a protestor. The decision is part of the state government's commitment to implement the Tripartite Bodo Accord signed in January 2020 for permanent peace in the Bodoland region. https://youtu.be/VvQ1nHHQoTo

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