Jaipur Literature Festival

Asia’s leading literature event Jaipur Literature Festival is being organized here in Jaipur, since 21 st January.
The Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the 5 day mega event. Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and many other national and international writers encompassed a range of activities including readings, talks, literary lunches, debates, performances, film, music and theatre, children’s workshops and interactive activities during the festival. Noted writers including Jerry Pinto, Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, Muriza Shamsee, PrasoonJoshi, Vinod Kumar Shukla, Mridula Garg participated in literary talks. The subjects of talks varied from literature, language, story telling, women empowerment to recitation. This festival provides a chance for readers to interact with their writers.
Noted lyricist Gulzaar, Javed Akhtar along with Prasoon Joshi talked about the language the present scenario of Indian Songs while John Le Endersn and David Finkle discussed about the reporting of occupation. Hundreds of writers are enthusiastically participating in the festival. 
In the festival South Asia Literary award worth Fifty thousand US Dollar was accorded to the noted Pakistani Writer H.M.Naquvi for his book "Home Boys". This book features the story of three friends who faced the problems of their identity after the attack of 9/11.
The Jaipur Literature Festival was originally an initiative of the Jaipur Virasat Foundation, an NGO that works with Rajasthan’s musicians and craftspeople to preserve skills and promote economic livelihoods while protecting heritage. The fest opened with bracing Rajasthani folk tunes as writers from India and various parts of the sub-continent and the world gathered in Jaipur to participate in the lit fete. 

China’s GDP up by 10.3% in 2010

China's gross domestic product (GDP) grew a faster-than-expected 10.3 per cent in 2010, official statistics show. GDP figures for the fourth quarter also defied expectations of a slowdown, with an increase to 9.8 per cent from 9.6 per cent recorded. But inflation eased to 4.6 per cent in December from a 28-month high of 5.1 per cent the previous month, as food price pressures eased. Inflation for 2010 was 3.3 per cent. 
Analysts say the apparent easing of inflation reflected a relatively low base the year before, and that the government needs to do more. The huge sums of money pumped into the world's second largest economy by state-run banks are hindering moves to bring inflation under control, they add.

January 25 will be National Voters Day

25th January will be declared as National Voters Day. The Union Cabinet today approved a proposal in this regard. Speaking to reporters after Cabinet meeting, Information and Broadcasting minister Ambika Soni said that the Election Commission has decided to take up a vigorous exercise to identify all eligible voters attaining the age of 18 years on the first of January every year. Beginning this year, eligible voters will be handed over their electoral Photo Identity Card on the 25th of January every year. They will be handed over a badge with the logo and slogan "proud to be a voter, ready to Vote "at a felicitation function to be organised in each of the polling station areas. Mrs Soni said that this is expected to give the youth a sense of responsibility. Empowerment, pride and a sense of participation as well inspire them to exercise to cast their vote. 

Thrissur revenue district of Kerala will become the second totally electrified district in India on Jan 22.

Thrissur revenue district of Kerala will become the second totally electrified district in the country on the 22nd of this month.  

Kerala Electricity Minister A K Balan has stated that Alappuzha and Eranakulam districts are also to be declared totally electrified by next month. Our correspondent reports, that fifty eight legislative assembly constituencies of Kerala are already electrified and total electrification work is fast progressing in another forty eight constituencies.

Kerala is fast progressing towards the land mark achievement in total electrification. After declaring Palakkad as the first ever totally electrified district in India a few month ago, now it is the turn of Trissur district to earn the coveted achievement on 22nd of this month. Inaccessible tribal households will be electrified through solar energy. Close to eighteen crore has been spent on war footing for total electrification of Thrissur. By next month, Kerala will have the unique distinction of four districts completely electrified. Efforts are underway to declare Kerala as totally electrified state within six months.

Indirect tax collection up by 42 pc in first three quarters

Indirect taxes grew by over 42 percent in the first three quarters of this fiscal compared to the previous fiscal year. According to an official release, over two lakh thirty seven thousand crore rupees were collected as indirect taxes till December. With this 75.7 percent of the Budget estimates for this fiscal have been achieved. Custom collections increased by over 68 percent while central excise collection grew by over 33 percent. Apart from customs and central excise duty indirect taxes also include service tax.

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