There’s hope in the air. If a Zee Media-dna forecast for 2014 is to be believed, the worst may be over on the hiring front and employees can even look forward to a salary hike of at least 10-12 per cent.
Almost two dozen new cars are expected to be launched in 2014 as manufacturers aim to arrest the slowdown in their revenues.
The carnival will begin in the first week itself, when the new Honda City diesel and Mercedes S class will be launched.
The forecast was bullish on the stock markets, with the indices expected to hit a record in 2014.
Sectors like infrastructure, capital goods, power, realty and IT are expected to perform well. After general elections, a stable government at the Centre is expected to continue with the reforms momentum, which would augur well for the infrastructure sector.
The forecast also saw hope in the 2014-15 budget, as the finance minister would not afford to present an unfriendly budget since it’s an election year. Although it would be an interim budget, it would be politically motivated.
The forecast said Ranveer Singh could be the next big thing in Bollywood. His last film, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, has catapulted him into the Rs100-crore club. His next release will be Gunday with Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. The film is expected to release on February 14, 2014.
As for politics, while admitting that the emergence of Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have changed the contours of Indian politics, it wondered whether voters outside the capital will embrace AAP or not.
With Maharashtra, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim slated for polls in 2014, the forecast wondered whether the clones will be for real?
The 2014 general elections verdict could prove the end of the road for politicos like Manmohan Singh, LK Advani, Sharad Pawar, Mulayam Singh et al, the forecast said.
The consensus growth estimates point to a moderate recovery in economic growth in 2014. For the current fiscal year that ends March 2014, international agencies and most of the private estimates say the growth will be below 5 per cent.
The Asian Development Bank said GDP growth is expected to accelerate to 5.7 per cent in 2014-15. The World Bank estimated a growth rate of 6.2 per cent in 2014-15.
The forecast said many new banks will open their branches in 2014 and this will lead to greater competition in the banking sector.
Entry of new banks and liberalisation of foreign banks will increase competition in the sector.
As the winter session ended recently, 126 bills were pending before Parliament. This includes the women’s reservation bill, which has been pending since 1996. With only one session to go before the end of the 15th, it will be interesting to see how the new government will show some urgency in clearing them.
As 70 Rajya Sabha MPs retire in 2014, a whole set of new individuals will seek to make it to the Upper House, the forecast said.
But this will not be the end of the road for professionals seeking a life in politics, especially, post AAP’s success. Taking a cue from the success of the Aam Aadmi Party, many non-political faces could come into politics. But, it may also depend upon the performance of the AAP legislators who don’t have any political background.
If Google’s India head Rajan Anandan is to be believed, there will be 240 million Indians on the Internet by the 2014 election, and that includes 70 per cent of India’s voters who can swing an election.
On the health front, the Zee Media-dna forecast said it will be two years without polio, if, on January 13, 2014, the country doesn’t witness any case.
Similarly, it said the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) will soon be started in all states on the lines of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
NUHM will be established to address the health problems and needs of the urban poor. Under the programme, 75% of the funds will be given by the central government and 25% will be borne by the state government.
So, let’s say cheers!
Fresh start but not at the same time
India was bracing itself for the oncoming festivities at 3.30pm on Tuesday, but by then, Samoa and Christmas Island, in Kiribati in the central tropical Pacific Ocean, already rung in 2014. An hour later, New Zealand became the first country to bid farewell to 2013, with fireworks erupting from
Auckland’s Sky Tower as cheering revellers danced in the streets of the South Pacific island nation’s largest city. Australia followed suit two hours later with more than 1 million people gathering at the Sydney Harbour foreshore to watch a 7 metric tons of pyrotechnics explode in 12 seconds. But when it comes to explosions, Dubai plans to break all records by creating the largest pyrotechnics show ever as part of its celebrations. With the rest of the world hit by ‘14 fever, it is not until New Year’s Day begins to fade away at 5.30pm on Wednesday when two uninhabited US atolls in the Equatorial Pacific, Baker Island and Howland Island, will be the last place on the planet to let the old year slip away.