India logs 7.9 percent growth in second quarter

New Delhi, Nov 30 ( Signs of an upturn in the Indian economy were reinforced Monday with the official data on the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) suggesting a 7.9 percent growth in the second quarter of this fiscal.

The economy had registered a 6.1 percent growth in the first quarter, taking the cumulative expansion for the first half of the current fiscal to an impressive 7 percent, as per data released by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) here.

The bulk of the recovery was led by a 9.2 percent growth in manufacturing, while mining and construction activities also expanded by 9.5 percent 6.5 percent, respectively. But agriculture continued to me a major drag with a mere 0.9 percent growth.