Morato Hits His Sixth Goal

Alvaro Morata has made his sixth goal.

Alvaro Morata has made his sixth goal. He scored his sixth goal in as many games in all competitions as Atletico Madrid moved third in La Liga with a 3 - 1 win over struggling Espanyol on Sunday.

Meanwhile, he thumped home his fifth league goal of the season just before the hour mark to put Atletico in front in Madrid after Sergi Darder had shocked the Wanda Metropolitano with fine opener seven minutes before the break.

Diego Simeone’s side stays just a point behind Barcelona and Real Madrid, easy winners over Eibar and Celta Vigo respectively on Saturday , but move above Real Sociedad , who drew 1- 1 with Leganes on Friday .

Espanyol meanwhile stays second - from - bottom after their third league defeat on the bounce, adding to a dismal domestic run that has seen them win just once since mid - September .

Diego Simeone’s side stays just a point behind Barcelona and Real Madrid, easy winners over Eibar and Celta Vigo respectively on Saturday , but move above Real Sociedad , who drew 1- 1 with Leganes on Friday .

How To Control Your Anger

How to Control your anger

Dr Redford Williams, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science at Duke University, states: 'The hostility and anger associated with Type-A behaviour is a major contributor to heart disease. People who struggle with anger are five times more likely to suffer coronary heart disease, and people with heart disease more than double their risk of a heart attack when they get angry.'

The first mention of anger in Scripture is when Cain got so angry with his brother Abel that he murdered him. In 2017, investigation showed that over half of all homicides in England and Wales were the result of some type of anger. But anger not only kills others, it can kill you.

Of course, there's a difference between anger and mere aggravation. A little girl asked her father to explain that difference. So he picked up the phone, dialled a number, allowed his daughter to listen in, and when the other person answered, he said, 'Hello. Is Melvin there?' Back came the answer, 'There's no one here named Melvin.

Why don't you look up numbers before you dial them?' The father waited a moment, then re-dialled the number. 'Hello. Is Melvin there?' The man yelled, 'I just told you there's no Melvin here! Don't call this number again!' then slammed down the receiver. The father looked at his daughter and said, 'Honey, that was anger. Now let me show you aggravation.' He dialled the number again and when a voice roared back, 'Hello!' her dad calmly said, 'Hi. This is Melvin, have there been any calls for me?'
'Don't sin by letting anger control you.' Ephesians 4:26 NLT. The word anger is only one letter short of the word danger. So ask God to help you manage your anger. He will!

'A quick-tempered man acts foolishly.' Proverbs 14:17 NKJV The truth is that when your temper gets the best of you, it reveals the worst of you.

The Bible says three things about unrighteous anger that you need to keep in mind:

(1) It's stupid. ' A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated' (Proverbs 14:17 NKJV) . Benjamin Franklin wrote in Poor Richard's Almanac: 'Take this remark from Richard poor and lame; 'Whatever's begun in anger ends in shame.'

(2) It's divisive. ' A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them' (Proverbs 15:18 NLT) Occasionally we may become angry for good reason. But most of the time it's because we're selfish, impatient, irritated or hurt about the way we have been treated. Humourist Will Rogers once said, 'People who fly into a rage seldom make a good landing.' Instead of solving the problem, anger only makes it worse.
(3) It's destructive. ' Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again' (Proverbs 19:19 NLT) . That means when you keep losing your temper, you keep losing. You will lose friends, you will lose the love and respect of your family, you will lose your business associates, and it can even cause you to lose your health.

John Hunter, a psychologist who had a severe heart condition, said, 'My life is at the mercy of the person who can make me angry...the first scoundrel who gets me angry can kill me.' And guess what? That scoundrel can be you! So ask God to help you control your anger.


Soul Food
1 Chron. 23:21-26:19,
John 10:1-10,
Ps. 99,
Pro. 26:1-6,
1 Chron. 19:1-23:20,
John 9:24-41,
Ps. 115, Pro. 25:26-28

Remain blessed!

More than Eleven Thousand Experts Around The World Calls For Strategy Of Dumping Fossil Fuels

Climate change

Greater than eleven thousand experts from around the world are calling for a critical addition to the main strategy of dumping fossil fuels for renewable energy: there needs to be far fewer humans on the planet.

Forty years ago, scientists from 50 nations converged on Geneva to discuss what was then called the “CO2-climate problem.” At the time, with reliance on fossil fuels having helped triggerthe 1979 oil crisis, they predicted global warming would eventually become amajor environmental challenge.

The scientists got to work, setting forthproposalson how to attack the problem, setting the stage for the eventual creation of theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s preeminent body of climate scientists. Their goal was to get ahead of the problem before it was too late. But after a fast start, the fossil fuel industry, politics and the prioritization of economic growth over planetary health slowed them down.Now, four decades later, a larger group of scientists is sounding another, much more urgentalarm.

“We declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories frown around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” the scientists wrote in a stark warning published Tuesday in the journal BioScience.

While warnings about the consequences of unchecked climate change have become so commonplace as to inure the average news consumer, this latest communique is exceptionally significant given the data that accompanies it.

When absorbed in sequence, the charts lay out a devastating trend for planetary health. From meat consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and ice loss to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, they lay out a grimportrait of 40 years of squandered opportunities.

The scientists make specific calls for policy makers to quickly implement systemic change to energy, food, and economic policies. But they go one step further, into the politically fraught territory of population control. It “must be stabilized—and, ideally, gradually reduced—within a framework that ensures social integrity,” they write.

The problem is enormous, yet the signatories still manage to strike an upbeat tone. For all the lost chances, progress is being made, they contend.

“We are encouraged by a recent surge of concern,” the letter states. “Governmental bodies are making climate emergency declarations. Schoolchildren are striking. Ecocide lawsuits are proceeding in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding change, and many countries, states and provinces, cities, and businesses are responding.”

The report, however, comes one day after U.S. President Donald Trump began the formal procedure of withdrawing America from the Paris climate accord.

Matt Bevan, The Republican Governor LossesTo Democratic Challenger Andy Beshear




Matt Bevan, the Republican governor of the Republican state of Kentucky, lost to Democratic challenger Andy Beshear, in an upset defeat largely due to his own unpopularity. But President Donald Trump, who had put his full weight behind him and held an election eve rally for him on Monday, will end up shouldering some of the blame, especially from critics.

The US Republicans lost a key gubernatorial race and conceded a set state legislatures in a handful of state elections that were also seen as the first test of President Donald Trump’s mounting troubles stemming from the impeachment inquiry, which has not been going too well for him.

A key witness in the ongoing inquiry reversed himself and told congressional investigators Tuesday and said he had told Ukrainians they had to give President Trump what he wanted, a public announcement of investigation of corruption, to un-block almost $400 million in military aid it was supposed to get.

Republicans also conceded the assembly and senate in Virginia for the first time in a quarter century, with Democrats now in charge of all the major state-wide offices, in a state that was once considered Republican but has turned into a swing state with a sharp rise in Democratic voters.

These reverses for the Republican party came a year after it lost control of the US House of Representatives to Democrats in the 2018 mid-term elections. Republicans are seen to be losing support in cities and in the suburbs largely on account of the divisive brand of politics popularised by Trump.

There had been no reactions from President Trump himself till late in the night. His 2020 campaign claimed credit for the president for the other victories in Kentucky and said about Bevan, the “President just about dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line, helping him run stronger than expected in what turned into a very close race at the end”.

Earlier in the day, another Trump-loyalist handed the president a fresh set of troubles. US ambassador to EU Gordon Sondland told impeachment investigators in a “supplemental declaration”, adding to an earlier close-door testimony he had indeed conveyed to an Ukrainian official that there were conditions that had to be met to get the security aid, laying out, in effect, a quid pro quo that the president and his allies have denied.

“I said that resumption of the US aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anticorruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,” Sondland said. He is a wealth hotelier from Oregon, who donated generously to Trump’s campaign and inauguration and was given the prestigious ambassadorship as a reward.

The Trump administration is alleged to have pushed Ukraine to order an investigation against former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden about latter’s association with a Ukrainian company.

Sondland did not, however, connect the quid pro quo to the president, and the White House pointed it out in a reaction. He “‘did not know, (and still does not know) when, why or by whom the aid was suspended’”, a spokesperson said, adding, “He also said he ‘presumed’ there was a link to the aid—but cannot identify any solid source for that assumption”.

Current Update On Whatsapp Snooping Episode

Update On Whatsapp Snooping Episode


Describing the entire WhatsApp snooping episode as worrisome, Congress leader Anand Sharma who chairs the parliamentary standing committing on home affairs, said this issue will be taken up at the panel’s next meeting on November 15.

Two parliamentary panels headed by Congress leaders have decided to examine the WhatsApp snooping case and will seek details from top government officials including the Home Secretary.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Thursday said Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using an Israeli spyware Pegasus.


The users span across four continents and include diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials.

Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has askedWhatsAppfor a report on the allegations. Facebook owned WhatsApp has over 1.5 billion users globally, of which India accounts for about 400 million.

The Home Secretary is scheduled to brief the panel on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the next meeting. “In that meeting this issue will also be discussed and we will seek details from the secretary,” Sharma said.


Concerned about this development, Shashi Tharoor, who heads the parliamentary standing committee on information technology, said the panel would share its concerns.


He said he will consult other members by email on the matter.
“In any case Cybersecurity is a major issue on our agenda and we are definitely going to take this up under that rubric. And we will be seeking clarifications from the government,” Tharoor said.


He said as the WhatsApp NSO issue has emerged in the open it is important to ensure that no other social media platform can be similarly used, and the panel will seek to learn how exactly the government can ensure that.


“It is vital that as a democracy, India remains vigilant about the risk of our freedoms being eroded by technological means. We must not, at any price, become a surveillance state like China,” he said.

Meanwhile, the WhatsApp had said it was suing NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance firm, that is reportedly behind the technology that helped unnamed entities hack into phones of roughly 1,400 users.

Donald Duke UrgesThe Government To Compel Banks To Reduce Interest Rate


Past Governor s of Cross River State

Mr Donald Duke , the previous of governor of Cross River State, has urged  the Federal Government to compel banks to reduce to reduce the interest rate to the barest minimum to make credit available and affordable for small businesses .

According to Duke , the Nigerian banking industry is a major obstacle to sustainable economic development because of about 25 per cent interest being charged on loans to customers

“ If you want to grow an economy, you will have to ensure that credit is available and affordable .


“ In Nigeria , credit is neither available nor affordable for the average Nigerian to start- up business because of the high - interest rate .

“ Banks should be compelled to reduce their interest rates to the barest minimum to encourage entrepreneurship in a country where the population is growing at 3 . 5 per cent while the economy is growing under 2 per cent .

“ As long as our population is growing faster than the economy is growing , we will remain in perpetual recession, ” he further said.

Duke made all these declarations call at the 5th anniversary of Political Forum G50, with the theme: “ Blueprint For Sustainable Economic Development” held on Saturday in Lagos State .

Technopreneurship in South and South East Asia


Entrepreneurship in parts of South and South East Asia has recently undergone rapid revitalization. The term "technopreneur" arose from within Singaporean culture to describe an individual whose entrepreneurial endeavours focus on a technology­ centered enterprise. The government of Singapore has embraced technopreneurship and has launched several initiatives to promote technopreneurship as a means of economic development. In the past three years, Singapore has restructured the focus of many of its economic policies to fully support the growth and development of domestic technopreneurial firms.

Singapore is a small island city-state and has few natural resources that it can exploit in order to promote economic development. Thus, Singapore has had to largely rely on its people and human capital for the sustainment of development. Initially, the government improved the country's human capital by dedicating d large amount of the annual budget to education expenditure. However, now that the country can boast of high literacy rates, traditional human capital development is no longer sufficient to sustain economic growth.

Recognizing the need for a new strategy for economic growth, Singapore's government turned towards the technology sector. With the creation of the Technopreneurship 21 Initiative and Ministerial Committee, Singapore began promoting technopreneurship encouragement policies. For example, the government now sponsors university courses on technopreneurship and helps connect venture capital companies with budding technopreneurs. This greater openness has encouraged many new start-ups to form, and the country is well on its way to fully integrating itself into the New Economy. Singapore's success with technopreneurship policies has influenced other Asian countries to begin such initiatives. For example, Malaysia recently launched its Multimedia Super Corridor to encourage domestic technology development, and Hong. Kong recently completed the construction of its CyberPort, a technopreneurship-' friendly business district. Finally, technopreneurship encouragement has also taken place in certain cities in India.

As a whole, India is still one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. Despite the grim situation that faces much of the country, several technology-focused cities have recently had impressive success with technology driven development. In 1991, the Indian government introduced numerous market reforms to overhaul the lndian economy. The information technology industry is probably that which has benefited most from the reforms. For the educated urban class, information technology businesses have provided a new source of income. To utilize the educated youth, who have been trained in engineering and computer programming, international IT companies began locating in India, particularly in Bangalore. The result is that Bangalore has become a powerhouse for software production. Although Indian technopreneurs were not originally at the center of Bangalore's technology development, they are now beginning to pop up throughout southern India, largely due to the government's help in creating the right climate to encourage this sunrise industry. The government created policies to boost technopreneurial education and to encourage the creation of domestic software parks. Additionally, domestic entrepreneurship is encouraged in Bangalore with tax incentives and a relatively advanced communications infrastructure.
Bangalore's localized success is gaining great praise for its rapid development. Although Bangalore was the first major technology center in India, Hyderabad is now following its example. Although smaller in scale, the success of Hyderabad suggests that the Bangalore model of technology-led development may be applied in other parts of the country. Since much of India is still far behind Bangalore and Hyderabad in terms of human capital development, it is unreasonable to suggest that all of India should adopt policies to promote technopreneurship. Nonetheless, the rest of the country could likely benefit from the implementation of policies that encourage entrepreneurs to fill the market's deficiencies, whatever they may be in the local markets and specific regions of India.

Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer and Abhijit Banerjee Wins the 2019 Nobel Price In Economics



Esther Duflo Michael Kremer and Abhijit Banerjee Wins the 2019 Nobel Price In Economics

2019 Nobel Prize for economics has been awarded to Esther Duflo Michael Kremer and Abhijit Banerjee , for their contribution and experimental approach to alleviating global poverty, according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


This year’s Laureates have introduced a new approach to obtaining reliable answers about the best ways to fight global poverty. It divides this issue into smaller, more manageable lines of enquiry like, for example, formulating the most effective interventions for improving child health, said a statement from the Nobel Committee.

The prize, officially known as the ‘Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences In Memory Of Alfred Nobel’, wasn’t created by the prize founder, but it is considered to be part of the Nobel stable of awards. The prize was created by Riksbanken, the Swedish central bank, in 1968, and the first winner was selected a year later. So far, 81 Nobel laureates in economic sciences have been awarded. Along with the glory comes a 9-million-kronor ($918,000) cash award, a gold medal and a diploma.

In the mid-1990s, Mr. Kremer and his colleagues demonstrated how powerful an experiment-based approach can be by using field experiments to test a range of interventions that could improve school results in western Kenya. Mr. Banerjee and Ms. Duflo, often with Mr. Kremer, soon performed similar studies of other issues and in other countries, including India. Their experimental research methods now entirely dominate development economics.

The 2019 Economic Sciences Laureates’ research findings have dramatically improved our ability to fight poverty in practice. As a result of one of their studies, more than five million Indian children have benefitted from programmes of remedial tutoring in schools, the statement said.


Over 700 million people still subsist on extremely low incomes. Every year, five million children still die before their fifth birthday, often from diseases that could be prevented or cured with relatively cheap and simple treatments.

Godly Leadership Principles

Godly Leadership Principles

Leadership is very vital to God’s created order, so much so that even animals have a way of choosing leaders among themselves. When you watch wildlife documentaries, you will appreciate how important leadership is in fulfilling God’s *plan* and purpose in the affairs of living creatures, today, we shall be considering leadership from God’s perspective. I believe this will help us to set our priorities in order as we go about our leadership obligations wherever God has placed us, whether in the family, school, church, community of country.

In today’s Bible reading, our Lord Jesus Christ taught godly leadership principles in response to an argument among His disciples on who should be their leader, He also taught them practically with His leadership lifestyle. He specifically said in Luke 22:27, “For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.”

In this verse, the Lord established the principle of leadership by example. It is however amazing that many do not lead by example. Even in the Church today, some leaders demand hero-worships from the flock of Jesus Christ. Many guest ministers dictate the type of *hotel* accommodation their host should provide for them as part of the preconditions for accepting invitations to minister God’s word. Some even have a “price list” stating the honorarium they must receive and the class of flight they must be flown in. Instead of the richer ministers to support the upcoming ones with the wealth of experience they have, they scare them away from partaking of their anointing through the enormous cost of inviting them for ministration.

Some senior pastors are becoming burdensome to junior ones because just one statutory visit from them places unbearable financial obligation on their growing parishes. If the spread of the gospel will not be inhibited, we must go back to the leadership principles of our Lord in John 13:13-15, which says:“ Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”

Beloved, only the principle of leadership through service can stand the test of time, even in the political arena. Selfish and self-centered leadership does not endure beyond the ordained tenure of a leader. Let us follow the leadership principles of Jesus Christ, built on love and firmness and devoid of hypocrisy.

MEMORISE
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. John 13:14

READ
Luke 22:24-27

24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.


PRAYER POINT
Father, impart in me the leadership traits of Jesus Christ my Lord.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
2 Chronicle 19-20
Revelation 14:14-15:8


HYMN 3
I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS.
1.I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

2.Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

3.The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

Johnson Faces a Brexit Showdown With Parliament On Saturday

Brexit Deal

In an extraordinary Saturday sitting, the first since 1982, parliament will vote on approving Johnson’s deal. Britain is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a Brexit showdown with parliament on Saturday after clinching a last-minute divorce deal with the European Union that his Northern Irish allies oppose.


Johnson, whose Conservative Party has no majority in the 650-seat House of Commons, will face a deeply divided parliament where his opponents are trying to force both a delay to Brexit and another referendum. Other options include collapsing his government so that others can take control of Brexit negotiations.

Parliament will sit from 0830 GMT on Saturday Oct. 19 - the first time since April 3, 1982 when it discussed the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands. Johnson will make a statement to lawmakers, after which there will be a 90-minute debate and then a vote. The final vote is intended to meet one part of the criteria for ratifying the exit deal. Legislation would then need to be passed by Oct. 31 in order to complete the ratification.

Johnson said he had agreed a “great” new Brexit deal. He is framing Saturday’s vote as a choice between his deal or a no-deal exit. Others say the choice is more complex. If the deal is approved, Johnson can proceed with his plan to leave the EU on Oct. 31. If it is rejected, he may seek approval to leave the EU without a deal on Oct. 31.

The Democratic Unionist Party said it could not support the deal. The opposition Labour Party, the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats have all said they will oppose it. If Johnson loses a vote on a deal and does not get approval for no deal by Saturday, he is required by law to write a letter to the EU requesting more negotiating time, delaying Brexit until Jan. 31, 2020.


The government has said both that it will comply with this law and that Britain will leave the EU on Oct. 31 whatever happens. Johnson has not explained how he plans to take these two apparently contradictory steps.


Lawmakers will try to amend the wording of the motion which is voted upon to change its meaning. These so-called amendments need to be approved by a vote in parliament, which would take place before a vote on approving the final text of the motion. So far three have been submitted, and more could be added on Saturday. The speaker has discretion over which ones he thinks lawmakers should be able to debate and vote upon.

Amendment A
This has been submitted by a cross-party group of lawmakers. Its effect would be to withhold approval for a deal until legislation implementing the deal has been passed by parliament. This could require a delay to Brexit if the legislation cannot be passed before Oct. 31.

Amendment B
This changes the vote from being about approving Johnson’s deal, to being about cancelling Brexit altogether. It seeks lawmakers’ approval to revoke the ‘Article 50’ notice that notified the EU of Britain’s intention to exit.

Amendment C
This calls for lawmakers to reject Johnson’s deal and request a delay to Brexit in order for a general election to be held. A group of Labour lawmakers who favour a second referendum could put forward an amendment calling for approval of any deal to be subject to another public vote. If passed, this would not be binding on the government, but would be hard to ignore and would be a big step forward for the long-running campaign for a new vote.

The prime minister needs the support of 320 lawmakers to be certain of victory in the 650-seat parliament. This number is lower than a simple majority of 326 because seven Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party members do not sit or vote, three deputy speakers do not vote, and the speaker, John Bercow, votes only in the event of a tie. There are also four “tellers” who help count votes, but do not vote themselves. However two of the tellers must support the deal and two must be against. This means that if the vote in favour of the deal is 318 or above, Johnson has won. He could win with fewer votes if there are abstentions.

If there is a tied vote, the speaker casts the deciding ballot. Parliament’s website states that in the event of a tie: “The Speaker casts his vote according to what was done in similar circumstances in the past. Where possible the issue should remain open for further discussion and no final decision should be made by a casting vote.”

Conservative Party
Johnson’s party does not have a majority in parliament and is not united about the best plan on Brexit. There are 288 Conservative seats and most would be expected to vote with the prime minister. But there is a faction of committed Brexiteers who could rebel if they feel the deal does not provide a satisfactory break from the EU. Lawmakers in that group, who can number as many as 80 but have a hard core of around 28, are unlikely to vote as a single bloc and are difficult to predict.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)
Its 10 lawmakers are also pivotal to Johnson’s chances of success. The party is allied with the Conservatives under a formal arrangement, but the DUP says it cannot support the Brexit deal. The DUP’s decision is expected to influence some of the Brexit-supporting Conservatives’ votes.

Conservative Exiles
Johnson expelled 21 Conservatives from his party in September because they did not support his plan to leave the EU on Oct. 31, with or without a deal. Another, former cabinet minister Amber Rudd, quit the party over Brexit and also sits as an independent. Some could support his deal, others are more likely to reject it and back a delay to hold a second referendum.

Labour Party
Labour has 244 members of parliament.Leader Jeremy Corbyn said he could not support the deal, and he will order his lawmakers to vote against it. Asked whether he would put forward a motion of no-confidence to try to bring down Johnson on Saturday, Corbyn said the weekend was a time to discuss the Brexit deal and other issues would be for next week.

Labour Rebels
Labour rebels are crucial to Johnson’s hopes of getting a deal approved. A small number of Labour lawmakers are explicitly pro-Brexit and have supported previous attempts to back a deal.
Another larger group of around 20 Labour rebels who want Britain to leave the EU with a deal could also back Johnson, depending on the final terms.

Other Parties
Most remaining lawmakers are expected to vote against a deal. They are made up of 35 Scottish National Party members, 19 Liberal Democrats and the rest from smaller parties or independents. The SNP and Liberal Democrats said they opposed the deal. Some independents are likely to vote for it.

Parliament rejected an earlier Brexit deal, negotiated by Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May, three times.Jan. 15 - Government lost by 230 votes when parliament voted 432-202 against the deal. March 12 - Government lost by 149 votes when parliament voted 391-242 against the deal. March 29 - Government lost by 58 votes when parliament voted 344-286 against the deal

World Bank Reduces India’s Growth Projection To 6.9 Per Cent


The World Bank has said that India’s growth rate is likely to fall to 6 per cent as the economy battles a slowdown. The growth rate stood at 6.9 per cent in 2018-2019.

In the quarter ended June, India’s GDP growth slowed down to 5%. This is the slowest pace in which the economy has expanded since March 2013, when the growth rate was 4.7%. The slowing down of household, which also affected other sectors, demand was one of the major factors for the decline

The World Bank though said that GDP growth rate was expected to gradually recover to 6.9 per cent in 2021 and 7.2 per cent in 2022. The ‘South Asia Economic Focus’ report said growth will recover as rural demand benefits from effects of income support schemes, results of tax incentives and credit growth resumes.

The industrial output figures for August showed that output shrank by 1.1%, it had seen a growth of 4.2% a month ago. Earlier this month, data showed that the output of eight core sector industries that constitute about 40% of Index of industrial production recorded a 0.5% decline in August.

The auto industry is experiencing a hard time. In September, car sales slumped to 23.7%, the eleventh straight month of decline.


The government is working on several policies to boost the sluggish economy. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has already announced five rounds of fiscal, administrative and policy measures to stimulate the economy since August 23. The biggest among these was the slasing of the corporate tax rates.

The Reserve Bank of India cut policy rates by 25 basis points this month and the central bank said it will continue its accommodative stance to revive growth.

The World Bank though said that GDP growth rate was expected to gradually recover to 6.9 per cent in 2021 and 7.2 per cent in 2022. In the quarter ended June, India’s GDP growth slowed down to 5%(Ramesh Pathania).

“Exports growth is expected to remain modest, as trade wars and slow global growth depresses external demand,” the report added.

The World Bank noted that growth decelerated for the second consecutive year and pointed out to the widening current account deficit. India’s current account deficit, a parameter which reflects the trade balance, was 2.1 per cent of the GDP in 2018-19 from the 1.8 per cent a year earlier.

UEFA’s ruling body Wants to Examine Turkey Footballers Military Salute in their Euro 2020 qualifier

UEFA’s ruling body Wants to Examine Turkey Footballers Military Salute in their Euro 2020 qualifier

The UEFA’s ruling body said that they will “ examine” reports that Turkey footballers performed a military salute in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Albania to mark their country ’s widely - condemned armed offensive against Kurds in Syria.

“Personally, I have not seen this gesture, which could be considered a provocation,” UEFA’ s press chief Philip Townsend uttered.“ Does the regulation prohibit references to politics and religion? Yes , and I can guarantee you that we will look at this situation.”


The salute was made after Cenk Tosun’ s winning goal for Turkey in the game in Istanbul on Friday. In Turkey , it is common for celebrities, including footballers, to show their support for the security forces after attacks or during military operations . The Turkish offensive began on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump ordered American troops to pull back from the border area of north -east Syria .

After the match , a photo was also posted on the official Twitter account of the national team . In it , the players are seen making a military salute with the tweet indicating the players “ have dedicated their victory to our brave soldiers and fellow martyrs”.


Meanwhile, at the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, Turkey’ s Ibrahim Colak made a military- style salute on the podium after winning gold in the men ’s rings event. It was not known if the gesture was linked to the military campaign .