Latest update: Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut addressed the debate on nepotism in Bollywood, saying that her comments on it just acted as catalyst because "Karan Johar is a popular person".
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lashed out at the accusations against the NDA government over Rafale deal, saying that "a lot of convenience-based arguments" were being thrown at the Centre, but the actual recognition of process is "happily being ignored".
Reacting to the BJP losing both high-profile seats in recent Uttar Pradesh bypolls, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the loss was due to the party's "overconfidence".
Union information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani said that 'sanskar' has been subjected to so much criticism that it "almost sounds like a slur now".
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat took a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying that he was still a novice in politics and India does not take him seriously.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh took a dig at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying that he might be "trying to reduce load" with his apology since he has 22 defamation suits against him.
Former diplomats Shyam Saran, Nirupama Ram and Shaurya Doval, and BJP's Vijay Chauthaiwale began discussion on India's position in the world order.
Speaking on the issues related to getting sponsorship for good athletes, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the government will try to provide sponsorship for upcoming sportspersons Rs 5 lakh each for the next eight years.
Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, quizzed about his alleged relationship with Deepika Padukone, said, "There's a lot I can learn from Deepika Padukone. I learn from her, not just in acting but also in how to be a well-rounded human being. I am really grateful to have her in my life."
Morgan Stanley's Ruchir Sharma has said the trend of dynasty pervades throughout the country, in all sectors. "What jars me is the number of inherited billionaires, which is 60 percent. This is double of the global average, and only a handful of countries have so many inherited billionaires," he said.
Economist Paul Krugman said he's optimistic about India's place in the global economy. "The reason Japan's economy didn't grow fast enough is because of its demography, and its inability to manage immigrants. China's population is also headed the same way, with its population expected to turn downwards. India doesn't face this problem, and India's population will overtake China's in the future. So demographics are on India's side," he said.
He said this after Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the 'Rising India summit'. Rajnath, addressing the 'Rising India summit', said India has been successful in the battle against Naxalism. "There were over 3,000 Naxal incidents in 1987, which has come under 1,000," he said, adding that the key to this has been development taking place in tribal villages, places which hadn't seen any development.
This will be followed by Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, while Morgan Stanley’s Ruchir Sharma would take the dais after that. In the afternoon, the spotlight would be on Bollywood stars Kangana Ranaut and Ranveer Singh.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, will be in conversation with Sumit Awasthi, deputy managing editor of News18 India, following whom will be a speech titled 'India and the World', in which former foreign secretaries Shyam Saran and Nirupama Rao will be in conversation with Shaurya Doval, director of the India Foundation and Vijay Chauthaiwale, the Bharatiya Janata Party's in-charge of the department of foreign affairs. The session will be moderated by Zakka Jacob, CNN-News18's deputy executive editor.
This will be Day 2 of the summit, which got off to a rousing start on Friday, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the gathering and spoke on a range of issues — including the government's focus on the eastern region on the country, major social welfare schemes and electrification.
"For me, rising India means the rise of 1.25 billion Indians," Modi said at the beginning of his address. He further said, "Under the new dispensation, the common people lead and the government follows. Our government has been able to take big decisions because of the support of the people."
The Rising Series of Network18 was conducted in in various states like UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, and Kerala saw participation of all chief ministers and key policymakers. The Rising India Summit is only a culmination of that series.
The Rising India Summit will act as a crucible, where churning of ideas takes place as experts from diverse fields contribute on India’s growth story. Many significant announcements can be expected at the summit.
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Updated Date: Mar 17, 2018 21:34:01 IST