Actor-turned-politician Vijayashanti, who quit the Congress over the weekend, joined the ruling BJP on Monday.
Vijayashanti was a big star in south Indian cinema when she started her political career with the BJP in 1997. She quit the party to join the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) during its fight for a separate Telangana.
She was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009. The Telugu movie star joined the Congress in 2014, just before Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated and Telangana was born.
Vijayashanti is the second high-profile Congress leader to join the BJP after Khushbu Sundar from Tamil Nadu. She quit the Congress after Hyderabad local poll results.
Chuck Yeager, the first person to break the sound barrier and one of the U.S. Air Force's most decorated test pilots, has passed away at 97.
The US Air Force officer broke the sound barrier when he tested the X-1 in October 1947. Yeager, known as "the fastest man alive," joined the Air Force at age 18 in 1941 and was assigned to the Army Air Corps.
Yeager has commissioned a reserve flight officer before becoming a pilot in the fighter command of the Eighth Air Force stationed in England in 1943. He flew 64 missions and shot down 13 German planes.
Fitch Ratings on Tuesday raised India’s GDP forecast to -9.4% in the current fiscal year to March 2021 from a previously projected contraction of 10.5% after the economy staged a sharper rebound in the second quarter.
In its Global Economic Outlook, Fitch said the coronavirus recession has inflicted severe economic scarring and the country needs to repair balance sheets and increase caution about long-term planning.
The projections compare to a GDP growth of 4.2% in 2019-20 (April 2019 to March 2020) fiscal and 6.7% annual expansion between 2015 and 2019.
In September, Fitch had sharply lowered its forecast for India’s gross domestic product (GDP) to a contraction of 10.5% in current fiscal 2020-21 (FY21) versus its previous estimate of 5% contraction.