Amid Covid-19 headwinds, Adityanath reaffirms trillion-dollar economy goal


Even as the covid-19 headwinds have severely impacted the commercial and industrial sectors globally, the has reaffirmed its target of Uttar Pradesh becoming a $trillion by 2024-25.

The target is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi envisioning a $5 trillion mark for India.

While, the government had deferred its roadmap regarding the $trillion goal following the covid-19 lockdown in March 2020 and the emphasis on curbing the pandemic, setting up of medical care facilities and treatment of patients, the state has now decided to draw up its blueprint to achieve the milestone.

The state government will float a global tender for the selection of a consultant to prepare the roadmap for the $trillion economy mark. Once selected, the consultant would be mandated to submit its recommendations within 150 days.

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A proposal in this regard was cleared by the Adityanath cabinet meeting by circulation on Friday evening. The request for proposal (RFP) document is also ready in this regard.

Since, the state has been witnessing

Bharti Airtel launches ‘unlimited’ broadband plans starting at Rs 499


On the heels of offering cheap broadband services, on Sunday launched “unlimited” category broadband plans starting at Rs 499 per month. These will come bundled with subscription to video entertainment apps and high-definition set-top boxes against a refundable deposit.

Airtel said it had enhanced high-speed data usage limit (fair-usage policy) by up to 23 times in the revised plans to 3,500 gigabytes.

Last week, Jio had announced new plans for JioFiber broadband starting at a monthly price of Rs 399 with no limit on data usage. This is, by far, the lowest price for

In Jio’s new plans, that started from September 1, entertainment app Netflix is on offer for customers subscribing the costliest bundle.

Airtel said its new and revised plans will be rolled out from September 7 across 125 cities where the company has operations, and in new cities where it will gradually expand its footprint.

Airtel’s new plans will comprise an entry-level plan of Rs 499 with promised speed of 40 megabits per second, and revised Rs 799, Rs 999 and Rs 1,499 plans.

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After Early Virus Success, Israel Heads For Partial Lockdown


Once a role model in the fight against Covid-19, Israel is set to lock down several cities to slow the fast-spreading contagion as the government faces harsh criticism over the crisis.

Israel passed the milestone of 1,000 novel coronavirus deaths this weekend after the toll tripled over the summer, fuelling regular protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s management of the health crisis and associated economic downturn.

The dead were commemorated by Yediot Aharonot, Israel’s top-selling daily newspaper, which covered its front page with the names of the pandemic victims and called out the “shameful failure of the management of the crisis since May”.

According to data collected by AFP, the Jewish state has risen to be ranked fifth in the world for the number of infections per capita over the past two weeks, ahead of hard-hit countries Brazil and the United States.

On Wednesday, the country with a population of under nine million confirmed a record 3,141 new infections in a single day.

The ballooning cases stood in contrast to the low number of infections recorded in the early stages of the pandemic.

Israeli comedians, wearing masks bearing the portraits of leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stage a fake

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