Pakistan imported medicines worth Rs 136 cr from India in 2019

Pakistan imported medicines and vaccines worth (Pakistani) Rs 136,99,87,000 from India in 2019, its Health Ministry has said.

Express News reported that the imported medicines included life-saving drugs, tablets, syrups and vaccines.

According to figures announced by the Pakistan Health Ministry in Senate on Friday, the country imported drugs and vaccines worth (Pakistani) Rs 15,43,17,000 in January; Rs 22,32,47,000 in February; Rs 19,37,37,000 in March; Rs 11,10,42,000 in April; Rs 18,96,47,000 in May and Rs 4,89,12,000 from India.

Demanding that the senate be informed about which medicines and vaccines were being imported from India, Senator Abdul Rehman Malik said the government must curb the shortage of snake venom serum and rabies vaccines in Pakistan by making it mandatory for local manufacturers to produce these vaccines in addition to expensive medical products.

“It’s a pity that medicines are being imported from India and China when Pakistan is self-sufficient in medical raw material. Vaccines made here would be much more affordable,” he added.



Centre took loans worth Rs 30 lakh crore says Congress

The Congress on Tuesday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wrecking the economy and cited Finance Ministry data to allege that the Modi government took additional loans worth Rs 30 lakh crore since 2014.

“Finance Ministry’s shocking data show that in the last four years and nine months, the Modi government borrowed additional loans worth Rs 30,28,945 crore,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

This, he claimed, was unprecedented as in the past 70 years, the total debt of the country up to March 2014 was Rs 53,11,081 crore. “Only in the Modi government’s term, there was a hike in public debt by 57 per cent,” Surjewala said.

The Congress leader claimed that the government had hidden data from December 2018 to March 2019 but information available in the public show that additional debts worth Rs 7,16,700 crore was taken by the Centre in just the last three months, taking India’s total debt to Rs 90,56,000 crore.

“This is gross economic mismanagement,” said Surjewala.

“The high loan amount is a burden on 130 crore Indians, which is estimated at Rs 23,300 per person since 2014,” he added.



Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan declares assets worth Rs 52 crore

Telugu actor and Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan, who is making his electoral debut in next month’s Andhra Pradesh Assembly polls, has declared assets worth over Rs 52 crore.

The actor, who filed the nomination from Gajuwaka constituency in Visakhapatnam district on Thursday, also revealed that his liabilities were to the tune of Rs 33 crore.

Kalyan, in the affidavit submitted to the Returning Officer along with his nomination papers, mentioned that his movable assets including bank deposits, vehicles and jewellery were worth Rs 12 crore. He had Rs 4.76 lakh cash in hand while his wife Anna Lezhneva had Rs 1.53 lakh cash.

The 50-year-old, who is contesting from two Assembly constituencies – Bhimavaram and Gajuwaka, revealed that his immovable assets were worth Rs 40.81 crore. His income during 2017-18 was Rs 9.60 crore, down from Rs 15.28 crore in the previous year.

Kalyan showed professional fee as hero in the films, agricultural income and interest on bank deposit as the sources of his income.

The actor’s fleet of vehicles include Mercedes Benz R Class, Toyota Fortuner, Skoda-Rapid, Mahindra Scorpio, Volvo XC-90 and Harley Davidson-Heritage soft-tail, all valued over Rs 2.75 crore.

He owns 18 acre agriculture land near Hyderabad worth over Rs 5.70 crore while non-agriculture land in Hyderabad and Guntur is valued at over Rs 33 crore.

The actor, who showed his educational qualification as 10th pass, owns a flat in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad valued at Rs 1.75 crore. His wife has one-bedroom apartment in St Petersburg, Russia, worth Rs 40 lakh.

Kalyan has shown his liabilities at over Rs 33 crore that include bank loans and personal loans from film personalities, production houses and family members.



Business worth Rs 25,000 cr hit as traders protest against Pulwama attack; CAIT

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Monday said that business worth about Rs 25,000 crore was hit due to the “Bharat Trade Bandh” that was called to protest against the recent Pulwama terror attack.

According to CAIT, the day-long bandh saw seven crore business establishments remain closed across the country, including Delhi.

“Business of about Rs 25,000 crore was hit due to today’s ‘Bharat Trade Bandh’,” the confederation said in a statement.

“In the wake of tremendous and spontaneous voluntary response from traders across the country, the CAIT has decided to create a Special Relief Fund exclusively for the welfare of the forces,” it said.

In the worst-ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, a suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his SUV packed with explosives into a CRPF bus on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district, killing as many as 40 troopers and leaving many injured.



Odisha CM launches projects worth Rs 2,196.30 crore

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday performed groundbreaking-cum-inauguration ceremonies for 18 industrial units, which will collectively invest Rs 2,196.30 crore and employ 3,465 people.

The Chief Minister performed groundbreaking of 14 new projects and inaugurated four industrial projects through video-conferencing here.

Among others, he inaugurated Emami Cement’s cement grinding unit and 15 megawatt captive power plant at Kalinganagar in Jajpur district with an investment of Rs 401 crore.

Food processing, including seafood, received a significant boost with the inauguration and groundbreaking of six projects, thereby grounding investments of Rs 672.39 crore.

Two aluminium downstream units had their groundbreaking done at the Angul Aluminium Park which was a first in this industrial park’s short history.

“Odisha’s vision is to become the manufacturing hub of the East. Through Vision 2025 for industrial development, we had devised an action plan to bring more manufacturing investments across the state to provide higher employment opportunities to our people,” said the Chief Minister.

“I am happy to note that GO-SWIFT, the online single window portal has received 600 industrial project applications in just over 14 months, which translates to almost two new proposals for industrial projects every working day during this period in the state,” he added.

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said the state has recently launched a dedicated mechanism of ‘Industry Care’ to further facilitate and provide after-care services to the industrial units setting up in the state.