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States News and Discussions

Postby ramana » 30 Jun 2008 21:35

We used to have a States News and Discussion thread long time ago to keep up with news particular to a state or a group of states.

Please post economic news relevant to a particular state in this thread and discuss it as necessary.

Thanks, Ramana

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby ramana » 30 Jun 2008 22:04

X-Posted

Avinash R wrote:Neighbours envy Bihars pride

Thanks to the CMs initiatives, Bihars labourers find work at home more paying.

In February 2008, when Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists — led by Raj Thackeray — attacked Bihari workers and drove them out of Nashik, little did they realise that they were about to ruin their matrubhoomi — Maharashtra’s economy.

Four months down the line, these Bihari migrant workers are reluctant to leave their home state. As a result, Nashik’s construction business has suffered a severe jolt on account of scarcity of cheap labour.

Of late, prosperous farmers of Punjab are facing a similar dilemma after the migration of Bihari workers from their state. These farmers are ready to shell out 50 per cent more remuneration than what they used to fork out till last year. But still Bihari labourers are not available.

It’s not that these workers are scared of the likes of Thackerays or his men. But the fact is that Bihar’s economy has witnessed a huge turnaround with an avalanche of employment avenues in this part of the cow-belt during the last two years. The change is no longer merely in the realms of government files but is visible on the ground. The increased economic activity here has caused a crisis in other states, which so far had scripted their growth story on the backs of these poorly-paid Bihari workers.

Recently, mill owners in Surat (Gujarat) made a fervent appeal to Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi to help arrange return of Bihari workers as the output (industrial production) had been adversely affected due to the labourers’ migration.

The average Bihari worker, who used to go thousands of miles away to eke out a living, now finds his home state too lucrative to migrate. With a flurry of construction activities — roads, schools and hospitals —jobs are easily available for anyone or everyone, skilled or unskilled.

Take the example of roads. The JD(U) government has spent Rs 4,722 crore on rural as well as state highways in its first two years in office. Compare this with Rs 366 crore spent by the RJD government in its last year. In this fiscal, the government intends to spend Rs 3,000 crore on roads alone. More roads mean more employment, better connectivity and greater economic activity.

Not only roads, other sectors like elementary education and health have seen a drastic improvement. If an average of one person visited a primary health centre per day in the previous regime (then, most of them were non-functional), today an average of 150 patients visit the same centre every day. Almost a 150 per cent jump in a place, which till recently was termed as a BIMARU, also means diseased in Hindi, state.

The perceptible change is because the Bihar government has set an annual plan expenditure target of Rs 13,500 crore this financial year as compared to Rs 10,400 crore last fiscal. Now, compare this with the average layout of Rs 2,000 crore during the RJD rule, that too with a large chunk of funds remaining unutilised.

By pumping in thousands of crores in a plethora of construction activities, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has not only improved working conditions in Bihar but has sent a message across to his fellow brethren: If you can get a job here, why risk your life and limb working elsewhere?


Whats the news from rest of the BIMARU states- Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh?

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby G Subramaniam » 01 Jul 2008 05:16

ramana wrote:X-Posted

Avinash R wrote:Neighbours envy Bihars pride

Thanks to the CMs initiatives, Bihars labourers find work at home more paying.



Whats the news from rest of the BIMARU states- Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh?



Rajasthan is doing pretty well due to Vasundara
Madhya Pradesh, the bjp regime is mediocre

Uttar Pradesh we have mayavati

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Avinash R » 14 Jul 2008 17:59

this news should be followed. since it is an attempted suicide case, the persons who abetted it would be arrested, in this case karunanidhi himself.

Married to Marans, TN CM daughter's suicide attempt
Mon, Jul 14 02:21 AM

The eldest daughter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who is married to Murasoli Maran's brother Murasoli Selvam, was found unconscious on Sunday after reportedly an overdose of sleeping pills.

Selvi had been trying to patch up Karunanidhi and the Maran brothers.

According to reports, Selvi, who stays in Bangalore with her husband and family, had come to Chennai to meet her mother Dayaluammal.

Her mother has been in hospital for the past few days as she is unwell. Selvi reportedly tried to meet Karunanidhi in the morning but was not allowed permission.

She tried to meet him again but was again refubbed. In the afternoon, Selvi was found unconscious at a private hospital. Doctors suspected an overdose of sleeping pills.


Selvi was admitted in hospital at 2.30 pm, and discharged at 9 pm. She is now okay.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby vipins » 14 Jul 2008 18:19

Mayawati woos investors

LUCKNOW: To reverse the trend of poor industrial growth in Uttar Pradesh (about 4.6 per cent during the 10th Five Year Plan period), the Mayawati Government has chalked out an elaborate strategy to woo the investors.

Infrastructure development remains the thrust area of the State’s plans to attract investment. Over the years, industrial investment in U.P. has been negligible, considering that the industries play a pivotal role in the development of the State.

With the public-private partnership model emerging as the new mantra of development, the Mayawati Government planned to attract an investment Rs.1.33 lakh crore in the transport sector, power projects, medical sector and urban regeneration plan pertaining to the modernisation of 12 cities, including Lucknow.

Of this, the Ballia-Noidaactually,greater noida Ganga Expressway project with an investment of Rs.40,000 crore to be developed by the JP Group has already been set in motion.

The Hindon Expressway in Ghaziabad districtto dehradun, the Jhansi-Kanpur Betwa Expressway and the Agra-Gorakhpur Yamuna Expressway??taj expressway has been renamed yamuna expressway bt its from greater noida - agra, which will run alongside the left bank of the river, are the other three road projects proposed to be developed on the PPP framework.

The concept report of the Yamuna Expressway has been prepared and its technical and financial aspects are being looked into. The land survey for the project has been started by the PWD.

Another Rs.25,000 crore is proposed to be invested in the power sector. While work on the Roza thermal power plant in Shahjahanpur district, being developed by Reliance Energy, is progressing, bids for the Bara and Karchhana power stations in Allahabad district are being formulated.

The State is hoping to attract investment by making the plea that the industrial climate has improved and the law and order situation is better than it was during the previous regime. However, industrial houses feel that the basic issue is implementation of proposals.

“Law and order is not a big issue for the industry. Political consensus on basic issues and continuity are far more important aspects,” said D.S. Verma, Executive Director of Indian Industries Association. The practice of the decisions taken by one government being set aside by the next government is a major area of concern for the industry. The business houses want a definite time frame for implementation of proposals.

The new plan would be unveiled at an investors’ meet in New Delhi this Monday.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby vipins » 14 Jul 2008 18:22

here it is....

Taj project renamed as Yamuna Expressway

Now, the three expressway projects — Ganga Expressway, Yamuna Expressway and Hindon Expressway — have been named after rivers.


conceptualisation of 250-km-long Hindon Expressway, between Ghaziabad and Saharanpur linking Dehra Dun.“Since both Ganga and Hindon Expressway will meet at Greater Noida, we thought to rename Taj Expressway as Yamuna Expressway — thereby giving names to all the expressways after rivers along which they are being constructed,” said a senior officer.

Initiated in 2003, the Taj Expressway is a 165-km road project between Agra and Greater Noida. The Ganga Expressway — a 1,043-km road connecting Ballia to Greater Noida — was initiated by the Mayawati government in its present term.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Avinash R » 31 Jul 2008 11:55

Aryan Invasion theory supporter HRD minister Arjun Singh in hospital
7/31/2008

Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Wednesday night (July 30) following complaint of severe stomach ache.

Singh, 77, who was admitted to the hospital at 10pm, was diagnosed by doctors as afflicted with stone in his gall-bladder for the stomach ache, AIIMS Superintendent B K Sharma said.

i hope that aryans riding their horses somewhere in the central asia send him some strong 'aryan' medicine.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Raghavendra » 31 Jul 2008 12:00

Avinash R wrote:
Aryan Invasion theory supporter HRD minister Arjun Singh in hospital

i hope that aryans riding their horses somewhere in the central asia send him some strong 'aryan' medicine.

:rotfl:
make it pork eating, white skinned 'aryans'.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby ramana » 12 Aug 2008 21:01

Hindu:
Karnataka Annual plan at Rs. 26000 crores

Karnataka annual plan fixed at Rs 26,000 cr
New Delhi (PTI): Karnataka's annual plan size for 2008-09 has been fixed at Rs 25,952.53 crore which include an additional Rs 100 crore-central assistance for projects of special interest of the state.

The annual plan size was agreed on Tuesday at a meeting between the state Chief Minister Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia after a review of the financial performance.

"This is the third highest plan size after Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh," the Chief Minister said after the meeting.

While pointing out that the state's tax to Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) ratio was among the highest in the country, Ahluwalia said, "efforts should be made to improve infrastructure through public private partnership."

Asking the state to address problems in the health sector, he said, incidence of anemia and malnutrition was high in Karnataka.

Briefing the Commission about the steps being taken by Karnataka to encourage growth and development, Yediyurappa said, "state intends to achieve a growth rate of nine per cent during the Eleventh Plan."

He further said that Karnataka has been able to restrict fiscal deficit to less than three per cent of GSDP and has been achieving revenue surpluses every year since 2004-05.

Karnataka Chief Minister also demanded "inclusion of Cauvery basin irrigation projects in the Prime Minister's package for distressed farmers without insisting on clearance from Cauvery Tribunal."

Between 1994 and 2004, the manufacturing and service sectors grew at 7.50 per cent and 10.61 per cent respectively, while the growth in the primary sector regressed to 0.6 per cent per annum. The state, he said, would try to achieve a growth of over four per cent in primary sector.



Please post other state news here.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Avinash R » 14 Aug 2008 17:41

Even commie violence cant stop development in chhattisgarh.
Chhattisgarh commercial tax collection up 28 percent
Raipur, Aug 14 : Chhattisgarh has collected Rs.11.48 billion as commercial tax during the first four months of the current fiscal, a 28 percent jump compared to collections during the corresponding period of the previous year, the government said Thursday.

"The state has a healthy receipt of commercial taxes in the current fiscal year with a 28 percent jump over the last fiscal," an official statement said.

The mineral-rich state received Rs.8.19 billion from value added tax and Rs.1.8 billion from central sales tax during April-July this year.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby ramana » 15 Aug 2008 00:29

Good news from Orissa
From The Telegraph, 14 Aug.2008

MARCHING ON THE GOLDEN PATH OF GROWTH
The ongoing economic turnaround in Orissa will only bear fruit if it succeeds in allaying the fears of the poor and the disadvantaged in the state, writes V.J. Ravishankar


Time to change
Orissa, one of the poorest states in India, is today poised to make a significant economic turnaround. Its economy has shifted gears and is now on a higher growth trajectory.

While no one can deny the debilitating burden of having 45 per cent of people living in poverty, it is also true that the long-beleaguered state is gradually emerging from a period of economic stagnation and deep financial stress. The gross state domestic product has grown at 8.5 per cent on an average during the tenth plan period (2002-07), compared to India’s growth of 7.8 per cent. No longer is Orissa the most indebted state of India, a dubious distinction it enjoyed for a long time. Prudent fiscal policies have helped reduce Orissa’s outstanding debt from 343 per cent of state revenue in 2001-02 to 201 per cent in 2007-08. The annual interest burden has come down from over 35 per cent of revenue to less than 25 per cent.

The turnaround has been triggered by a number of factors. Policy reforms at the Central and state levels have spurred the arrival of industry. The state government’s resoluteness has helped complete long pending infrastructure projects despite a resource crunch, and its consultative approach has enabled the government to take measures to maximize revenue and reduce expenditure.

Having put its fiscal house in order, Orissa is attracting sizeable investments. Orissa has, for the last three years, consistently won the first place among Indian states in terms of private investment projects under implementation, according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy. This feat was unimaginable even five or six years ago. Today, there are around 470 projects under different stages of implementation that add up to US$ 125 billion, or about seven times the state GDP. The majority of these projects are expected to be completed before 2013, implying that investments could climb further over the next five years.

In the past, Orissa used to attract investments for extraction of minerals, which would be sent elsewhere for further processing. Now mining as well as large manufacturing concerns — steel, electricity, aluminium and other metal industries — are flocking to the state. There are also some, albeit very early, signs of economic diversification. In the services sector for instance, Indian IT companies are entering Orissa as traditionally favoured destinations become increasingly saturated. Industrial growth during 2002-07 averaged as high as 15.1 per cent, far ahead of the all-India figure of 9.2 percent. The services sector grew at 5.6 per cent. This may be slower than the India rate but is still better than Orissa’s own performance in the past. Trade and transport have also grown faster than in the rest of the country. Agriculture — traditionally beset by drought and floods — grew at only 2 per cent per year, as bad as the rest of India.

The potential multiplier effects of the ongoing investments can be huge on employment and incomes, making it possible for the state to touch double-digit growth, provided it harnesses the benefits well and ensures their equitable distribution among its people.

As a result of its recent economic turnaround, Orissa’s per-capita income, which progressively fell behind that of the rest of the country during the past five decades, has begun to catch up. Average spending level in rural Orissa is still low, but it is moving up more rapidly than ever before. The latest National Sample Survey data show that rural families in the southern region of the state — one of the poorest parts of the country without the mineral deposits of the north — are now spending up to 25 per cent more on basic necessities like food, clothing, and education for children, compared to their expenditures only five years ago.

Such signs of change have sparked hope as well as anxiety. Optimists are hoping that the state will catch up and cross the all-India average in per capita income by 2020. The anxiety is largely about whether hitherto disadvantaged groups, including the scheduled tribes, will benefit or be hurt by rapid industrial growth. The anxieties need to be managed well so that the hopes can be realized sooner than later. This is also one of the key messages of the World Bank report titled Orissa in Transition.

The report, while highlighting the change, also points out that Orissa is still the second poorest state in the country with one of the lowest levels of urbanization. The scheduled tribes that make up a sizeable 22 per cent of the state’s population and 40 per cent of the poor continue to lag far behind the others.

Most of these people live in villages or habitations whose geographical isolation underlines their poverty. Rural electrification is among the lowest in the country; some 18,000 villages and 5 million households are yet to get electricity. Education levels in schools are low while the burden of ill health is considerably high. The NSS data show that regional disparities have narrowed a bit but the interior is still significantly behind the coastal districts. The story on gender disparity is also on similar lines.

Other infrastructure too is far from adequate. Capacity constraints in rail are increasing congestion on roads, and limited port capacity is diverting cargo from Paradip in Orissa to Haldia in West Bengal and to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The state is yet to capitalize on its large coastline facing southeast Asia.

However, the state government has more money now than five years ago to invest in roads, irrigation, education and health. A lot needs to be done to ensure that this money is spent efficiently to achieve the purposes it was intended for. The recently completed Detailed Implementation Review of the World Bank-funded Orissa Health Systems Development Project revealed some shortcomings in the use of public funds for healthcare.

The state government responded to this with concern and is taking significant actions to remove the weaknesses in the systems. The open and cooperative approach the state government is forging to accompany its new policies holds out hope of a culture of greater transparency and accountability taking root, leading to better human-development outcomes.

Despite these challenges, the magnitude of the transition underway needs to be appreciated. According to the CMIE’s projections, even the direct impact of ongoing investments would lead to a doubling of the industrial workforce in Orissa over the next five years.

Given the recent economic acceleration and fiscal improvements, the time is now ripe for the state to consolidate the gains of the past and to devote public resources to building infrastructure. The reduction of the gaps between rural and urban, between the interior and the coast, and between the scheduled tribes and the rest of the population should also be a priority.

Policies concerning land and other land resources need to be modernized to unleash the full potential of agriculture, fisheries and forestry on which an overwhelming 85 per cent of the state’s people depend. As Orissa strives to build for the future, it can take productive lessons not only from others but also from its own recent successes in turning around its finances and charting the path to higher growth.

The author is a lead economist at the World Bank and the principal writer of the report, Orissa in Transition

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Avinash R » 15 Aug 2008 09:09

ramana wrote:In the past, Orissa used to attract investments for extraction of minerals, which would be sent elsewhere for further processing. Now mining as well as large manufacturing concerns — steel, electricity, aluminium and other metal industries — are flocking to the state. There are also some, albeit very early, signs of economic diversification. In the services sector for instance, Indian IT companies are entering Orissa as traditionally favoured destinations become increasingly saturated. Industrial growth during 2002-07 averaged as high as 15.1 per cent, far ahead of the all-India figure of 9.2 percent. The services sector grew at 5.6 per cent. This may be slower than the India rate but is still better than Orissa’s own performance in the past. Trade and transport have also grown faster than in the rest of the country....


ramana wrote:The potential multiplier effects of the ongoing investments can be huge on employment and incomes, making it possible for the state to touch double-digit growth, provided it harnesses the benefits well and ensures their equitable distribution among its people.

As a result of its recent economic turnaround, Orissa’s per-capita income, which progressively fell behind that of the rest of the country during the past five decades, has begun to catch up

this is the result when the state is fighting maoist scums. if the scums were not there the development would have been more as resources would not have been diverted to rid the state of the menace. the sooner the maoists are finished the better for the people of the country.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby ashish raval » 21 Aug 2008 16:46

Some news from Gujarat:

http://deshgujarat.com/2008/08/21/new-engineering-syllabus-in-gujarat-is-tougher-at-par-with-iit/
http://deshgujarat.com/2008/08/21/gujarat-continues-to-be-no1-investment-destination-in-india/

When i was in my undergraduate out 70% subjects contained same syllabus as IIT, while computer science fplks did exactly same syllabus as IIT and now they have upgraded it in most of the subject i guess. Anyway it is good news.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Avinash R » 22 Aug 2008 21:42

DMK-Left Ties:On The Brink Of Collapse?
Chennai, Aug 22: The ties between the DMK and the Left parties in Tamil Nadu are on a brink of collapse as the leaders of these parties are engaged in a war of words over the former's continuance of relationship with the Congress.

Sharply reacting to CPI-M state Secretary N Varadarajan's remarks last night that DMK would also sink if it continued its alliance with the Congress, DMK chief M Karunanidhi today said it appeared that the Left parties had decided to snap their ties with his party.

The 'political forecast' by Varadarajan only proved that the Left had already decided not to continue in the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi said in his second comment on Left-DMK ties in as many days.


"I feel relaxed to note that the veil of intrigue has been removed. At least in future, we will be careful," he wrote in party mouthpiece 'Murasoli'. Varadarajan has remarked that if DMK continued its alliance with Congress, it would meet the same fate as that of UPA allies in Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Jharkand, where the grand old party of India lost the assembly elections.

If that was so, why CPI-M leaders held talks with the Congress even after knowing that it was a sinking ship, without getting down from it till the Indo-US nuclear deal reached the final stage? Karunanidhi asked.

"Have they decided to snap ties with Congress only because of its defeats in these states? Is the reason of differences over Indo-US nuclear deal only a farce? Weren't they aware of the sinking ship? Then why they held talks with the Congress?" he asked.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Nayak » 23 Aug 2008 11:15

Sock de, India


Will Vijender Kumar's bronze put India on the boxing map, or vice versa? It is too early to tell, but the signs are promising going by the tenets of sports anthropology, a specialised branch of social anthropology that the Beijing Olympics have brought into sharp focus.

Sports anthropology studies the performance of athletes from different cultural, geographical and ethnic backgrounds to try and understand why particular groups from particular regions excel in certain sporting activities. For example, long-distance runners from East Africa are said to outperform their rivals from other parts of the world because their body tissue can carry energy-imparting oxygen for longer periods. By and large, blacks - who have long legs and comparatively short torsos - can outrun whites, who have shorter legs and longer torsos. However, whites tend to outperform blacks in sports that require greater upper-body strength, such as swimming and shot-putting.

Physiological factors aside, psychological and cultural influences literally come into play in the sports arena. For instance, it has been said that societies such as that of India which have a more ‘contemplative orientation' tend not to put too high a premium on sporting performance, which might account for the lean harvest of Olympic medals reaped by a country of a billion-plus.

But in bronze-winning boxer Vijender and wrestler Sushil Kumar, India has found two new inspirational role models. Both the boxer and the wrestler come from Delhi and its neighbourhood.

Bhiwani in Haryana is justly famed for its boxing talent, and the akharas of north India as a whole are noted for
their wrestlers. What would the sports anthropologist have to say about this?

North Indians generally tend to be physically larger than their compatriots in the south, east or west of the country. Moreover, having borne the brunt of centuries of martial incursions from Central Asia and beyond, northerners can be said to have developed a certain brawniness of brain as well as of physique. This might help to explain why physicality as an instrument of social negotiation manifests itself in a peculiarly Delhi phenomenon called 'road rage'. In other communities, two motorists who happen to have bumped each other's vehicles might exchange insurance policy details; in Delhi the exchange is likely to be of a more muscular nature, and without benefit either of referee or of Queensberry Rules. Nor is the full-contact sport of road rage restricted to male participants. Many women too are enthusiastic practitioners of this streetside event, prompting the suggestion that, in Delhi and its environs at least, Bharatiya nari might more appropriately be called Bharatiya mari , as in mara-mari .

Nor is the sport dependent on chance encounters on the road. People who live in Delhi and its surrounding areas are endowed with what are locally referred to as 'next-door neighbourers', a euphemism for full-time sparring partners who are always willing to oblige you with a neighbourly bout of mukka-mukki (same as mara-mari ) over issues such as whose car parking space has been wrongly occupied by whom, and who's been pinching whose supply of meagre municipal water.

Next-door neighbourers apart, special establishments to promote the sport have been set up in Delhi and its vicinity. Known as bars, such establishments have proved to be excellent venues for the sport as played among the patrons themselves or with specially trained personnel called bouncers. To aid matters, bars also provide a variety of performance-enhancing substances, generically known as 'booze-shooze', as in 'After booze-shooze, let's have a fight-shight'.

So boxing and wrestling fans needn't despair. Vijender and Sushil, doughty lads as they are, may not have brought home the gold. But north India, with Delhi as its epicentre, continues to show that it can sock it to itself, if not to the world.


North Vs South ?

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Avinash R » 23 Aug 2008 12:00

Nayak wrote:Sock de, India
North Vs South ?
written by Jug Suraiya aka Jughead.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby ashish raval » 23 Aug 2008 13:06

Again a heaps of racial junk. Chinese/Japanese/Southkoreans have nothing in common with either Blacks or Whites or even so called martial race of north India nor they have highly developed physical body yet they can produce good swimmers, divers, 110 m hurdles running athlete, basketball players, rowers, shooters, gymnasts, weightlifters yada yada. Aha we forgot to mention the most warlike people of all, the rich, skillfull and famous Arabs and the mongols who won hundreds of gold isnt it ? All bull crap. Everything is in society. In China, each and every person, yes each and every person knows either 1) sports or 2) some form of music (check out the best piano/violin players in the world) or 3) good in studies because they are forced to excel in either 1 of them right from their birth and that's it. :twisted:

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby ramana » 26 Aug 2008 22:12

X-posted...
Singha wrote:a new force, a new power has arisen in the south - Chiranjeevi launched his
Praja Rajyam party in Tirupati today among a crowd estimated at 1 million.

http://specials.rediff.com/news/2008/aug/27sli1.htm

it is to be seen if other warlords accept him as the Great Khan and
merge their armies with him until finally a Great Horde forms on the
steppe's of rayalaseema and marches on hyderbad under the command
of Sabutai Khan.

a white winged eagle was seen circling the area and flew to the north-east
in a 'sign' from the elements...



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Actually this completes the trifurcation of the political space between the three groups comprising the AP politics. What wll happen is there will be alliances and breakages in AP For the foressable future.

NT Rama Rao was able to break the INC stranglehold by creating a coaltion of all people dienchanted with the INC message and execution. However he lost the poltical capital he built and CBN took over. CBN frittered away his advantages due to hubris from which he never recovered. He still blames others when he is at fault for the severe loss in 2004.

Chiranjeevi can hope to rally the non-Congress and non-TDP folks and emerge as a leader . But he has to sell his vision. I dont know what his vision is. So far folks joining him are joining due to group dynamics.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Singha » 26 Aug 2008 22:31

hyderabad is ripe for a fast raid by The Horde. the rulers have become hypocritical
and allied to interlopers like the EJs.

the flag of the Dharma has to be raised on the steppe again and all like minded
tribes gather under the banner of the new Khanate.

let the golden horde march for justice again.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Naidu » 27 Aug 2008 00:41

I wish him, and AP, all the best, but I doubt Chiranjeevi can make a difference all by himself. We should all get out of the next-great-leader-from-up-high who will lead us to salvation mindset. All the usual political opportunists will gather around him to partake in the spoils.

So far he has not demonstrated grass roots organization skills nor sharp political acumen.

Already there are reports of his "fans" getting out of control in Tirupathi. Converting these fan boys into a disciplined political organization will be a huge task. If not handled properly there is a danger of this deteriorating into casteism and sub-regionalism.

If he and his party are very popular in one region (say coastal AP) and not so much in other places (say Telangana and Rayalaseema), that would widen the existing fissures. Though I'm not totally opposed to the idea of smaller states as long as the the issue is handled transparently, fairly and without violence.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby jkarthik » 27 Aug 2008 06:03

Chirru launch was a mega event, Beijinglike in scale - 70 giant LCD/LED screens, fireworks and all! Massive buzz around here. Lessee

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Neshant » 27 Aug 2008 11:49

I don't see anyone talking about the grim flood situation in Bihar.

The govt is quick to rush money and aid to anti-national goons in kashmir. How about some help for the struggling people (2 million) who have lost their homes in Bihar due to the floods.

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Postby Singha » 27 Aug 2008 12:01

they have to demand seccession and want to join Nepal first. after that the freebies
will follow.

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Postby Rupesh » 27 Aug 2008 13:14

Kolkata Korner

'Kolkata Korner', with yours truly as the writer, draws to a close with this. It has been exciting and very rewarding to note, observe, rant at, condemn, oppose, praise, run down and hold up so many events, trends, personas and traits over the past couple of years....

JAIDEEP MAZUMDAR
Shattered Dreams
Rajarhat--Bengal's showpiece township and one that Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee so proudly points out as a sign of the state's resurgence--stands as an eloquent testimony to faulty planning, shortsightedness, inefficiency and incompetence of all those who chart the state's, and it's people's, destinies. The township, foolishly touted by Bhattacharjee and his team as the country's best, lacks all amenities--drinking water, power, roads, sewers, shops and markets, public transport and security. As a result, a few score families who were taken in by Bhattacharjee's tall talk and purchased apartments at the upcoming township have had to shift away. Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO), a state agency developing the township for 1.5 million people, only offers excuses for the lapses. Many who were planning to purchase apartments there have changed their minds. The reason behind this monumental folly that Rajarhat has become is sheer ineptitude of officials in charge of affairs, and their political masters.

But then, it is not just Rajarhat, but most other projects in this state, that suffer for the same reason. No project in Bengal gets completed in time and after completion at huge time and cost overruns, they develop or throw up even design defects and shortcomings. Be it flyovers, bridges, roads, pipelines, drains or housing colonies, the story is the same. Which makes me come to a point I always make: how is it then that Bengalis claim to be so intelligent? It's only human to commit mistakes, but only imbeciles repeat them. It is high time Bengal's rulers, planners and officials admit they're unintelligent and incompetent and take lessons from other states. There are examples galore of good, intelligent and visionary planning, even next door in Orissa. Bengal only has to look and learn. And to do that, Bengalis have to stop thinking they're the best when they're clearly not.

Lazybones
This is another point I never tire of making--that people of Bengal lack work culture and are basically lazy people who love to shirk work. Yet another example of this was provided earlier this week when employees of the National Library laid siege around the director's office to protest attempts to make them work. A committee came up with the shocking revelation just a few days ago that it taken an employee one whole day to catalogue a book! Compare this to private libraries where it takes an employee just ten to fifteen minutes to do the same work and where an employee catalogues about 25 to 30 books a day. But at the National Library, whose employees are paid out of the public exchequer and are, fittingly enough, mostly aligned to the CITU, lakhs of books are gathering dust and have even been laid to waste by the elements and insects, thanks to the lazybones. And then, they have the temerity to launch this shameless agitation to protest attempts by the authorities to make them catalogue more books--not 25 to 30 a day as in private libraries, but just five to six books.

In the past, employees have been found guilty of stealing books and smuggling out rare documents, but their powerful CITU backers have always protected them. This is the case with employees in all other government or public establishments in the state who, when the Left came to power in Bengal three decades ago, infamously raised the slogan that they ought to be paid their salaries for simply commuting to their workplaces! It's not only government employees, but also those in private establishments who shirk work at the slightest opportunity. My friends in the corporate sector tell me about low productivity, indiscipline and belligerence of their lower and even middle-level employees.Can this state move in any direction but south?

Who's To Blame?
Climatic conditions here--high humidity and sultriness--are not conducive to hard and energetic work. That's one reason for the laidback and lazy attitude of people here. But there are more powerful factors as well. One is the thinking among Bengalis that being intellectuals, they're above menial work. But the most important, perhaps, is the CPI(M) which has systematically destroyed whatever work culture the people of this state had in the past. Defiance of authority, indiscipline, shirking work etc are some of the traits that the CPI(M) has encouraged among government and private sector employees. The CPI(M) and its affiliates like the CITU have always protected errant employees. This party has reinforced the attitude of intellectual superiority and arrogance among Bengalis.

The dominant Left culture in Bengal has ensured its residents have been imbibed with a sense of loathing for authority and private capital. Thus, Bengalis have become an anarchic lot who'll intentionally violate rules and laws and will resist all attempts to discipline them and make them fall in order. The industrialist, the banker, the top executive, the office boss--these are all hate figures to the average Bengali who suffers from a crushing inferiority complex and tries to hide it behind intellectual pretensions. A prominent person had once said that what Bengal thinks today, the country does tomorrow. In reality, what Bengal thinks today, the rest of India had done years ago. And sadly, Bengal can't even think right and straight these days.

Strong Medicine
The Left is like a cancer that has eaten into the body of Bengal and left its soul depraved and devastated. Bengal is but a pale and sorry shadow of its former self. All institutions have been systematically destroyed by the commies; society has been totally politicized and the government machinery has been reduced to a mere adjunct of the party. The spirit of entrepreneurship that Bengalis once possessed has been totally destroyed by the commies with their short-sighted and suicidal opposition to private capital. The aspiration levels of the people have been kept at an artificial low. The vice-like grip of the Leftists on even the private lives of the state's residents have reduced people here into little more than automatons who think, act and behave in a linear, narrow, and regressive manner. The constant endeavour of the communists to perpetuate the supremacy of their party over all institutions and society at large has left no room for private or collective apolitical initiatives that are transforming the rest of the country.

All arms of governance have been thoroughly compromised and made subservient to the CPI(M). Bengal has thus become an authoritarian state where the CPI(M) reigns supreme. And it is thus the commies who have to be weeded out if Bengal is to survive. It won't be easy to do this. Drastic measures and a certain amount of brutality are necessary; it is after all a cancer and cancerous cells can only be killed by a strong chemotherapy. The salvation of Bengal and Bengalis lies in decimation and total annihilation of the communists. They're the enemies of Bengalis and deserve extermination by even undemocratic and authoritarian means. Using such means would be justifiable because commies don't really believe in democracy, but use and abuse the freedoms that democracy guarantees to undermine democracy. There can thus be no mercy for them, and more so since their true loyalties lie with China.

Introspection
A critical self-analysis would go a long way towards helping Bengalis find their flaws. This can only happen, and it has to happen, when Bengalis concede that, like all other communities, they too have their flaws.I've mentioned and described in detail many of these flaws, or at least the major ones, in this forum quite often in the past and, hence, there's no need to repeat them. This endeavour of mine has got many a reader's goat at times, and I regret that some responses have been abusive and, hence, sans logic, reasoning and worthy of reaction. I've also noticed many responses from Bengalis who display an unfortunate tendency to blame other communities for Bengal's ills. It needs to be underlined that Bengalis themselves are responsible for the state of Bengal today and it would be not only futile, but also self-defeating, to blame other communities or New Delhi.

Bengalis need to immediately shed their intellectual arrogance and accept that they're as intelligent or intellectually-inclined as any other community in the country. As I've repeatedly said, Bengal produced many visionaries and stalwarts not because our creator vested Bengalis with extra intelligence, but because the British chose to establish the first educational and scientific research institutions in Bengal. Had they done so in, say, the Andamans, the Jarawas and Sentinelese there would have produced Nobel laureates. Ironically, the names (Tagore, Jagdish Chandra Bose, S.N.Banerjee etc al) we Bengalis love to take weren't parochial or sectarian at all and had, instead, argued in favour of opening our minds to influences from all over the country and the world. But we've become so inward-looking today and harp on the past because we've nothing to show for the present. This has to change. It is not difficult to change out mindsets. I believe reading of and understanding the works of great men of yore, like Tagore and Swami Vivekananda, would make us open our minds and hearts to external influences and enrich our lives and souls thus.

Fare Thee well
'Kolkata Korner', with yours truly as the writer, draws to a close with this. It has been exciting and very rewarding to note, observe, rant at, condemn, oppose, praise, run down and hold up so many events, trends, personas and traits over the past couple of years. I've earned my fair share of brickbats and bouquets and it has always been great to read the critical responses. Some constructive and well-intentioned criticisms--and I wish there were more of those--have enriched me. And no, I'm not a non-Bengali with a Bengali nome de plume , but very much a Bengali who loves his 'maach-bhaat', especially if the 'maach' happens to be 'ilish'. Just that I'd love all Bengalis to be able to afford the 'ilish' even every day and for that to happen, we need to change. My 'subhechcha' to all.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Rupesh » 27 Aug 2008 18:11

Some good news from Bihar

Work, work and more work!
27 Aug 2008, 0300 hrs IST, Madhuri Kumar,TNN


A giant corporation called Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam has now woken up from its slumber and in less than two years of time made significant strides, building bridges of hope, prosperity and confidence among the people of the state.

Thirty-three years after its inception, the Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNN) today stands as a premier organisation and is contributing to the development of the state.

Established in 1975, the BRPNN, under Indian Company Act 1975 as a government company, had a great task to fulfil. Its areas of work and its main objectives are — construction of bridges and roads, maintenance of bridges and toll collection.

However, with the passage of time the Nigam, which was set up with a view to implementing major projects, failed in its objectives and this giant corporation’s core activities were reduced to a state of anticipation, long wait and despair. It was gripped by various ills.

But better days were to come for this sleeping giant. In came the new government and winds of change started blowing. The Nigam got a dynamic chairman, who led a grand journey of recovery.

“We put the gloomy days behind. This is due chiefly to diligence of our team, the support from the government and the confidence of the people of the state in us,” said Nigam chairman Pratyaya Amrit.

The turnaround of the corporation in the last two years can be attributed to several innovations. There was a shift from deposit work basis to contract work, upgradation of infrastructure and outsourcing of technologies, project management mode, simplified registration of contractors and improvement of quality control laboratory, computer aided design and digitization of designs, e-tendering and Wi-fi (a trade name for popular wireless technology) connectivity on headquarter campus.

The Nigam is headed by a chairman, appointed by the government and is assisted by the managing director and board of directors, all nominated by the government. Thriving on a distinct work culture, which focuses on innovative contributions, creates a sense of belonging, leverage the strength of individual and holistic development and promote culture of continuous improvement, it has come a long way.

A visit to the Wi-fi office of the corporation will reveal the work culture that reflects satisfaction, pride and a strong sense of belonging among employees.

With a state-of art gymnasium, a huge conference hall, organizing yoga and health camps at regular intervals, motivational lectures, celebration of major festivals, community lunches etc. the We feeling is there.

“We now have a motivated and devoted team to work for the betterment of the state. The achievement of the Nigam is something unheard of. In so little time, we have achieved so much,” said senior project engineer R P Singh.

Managing director Alamendu Kumar Jha is also happy about this success story. “It is now an unending journey. We are determined to march ahead. All our employees are working with a zeal.”

Another employee K K Sinha says, “I’m with this organization for the last 29 years. But now is the time to work, enjoy and relax. Here we have everything. It was unimaginable even two years ago. We now get our salaries before a month begins and of course there are incentives to boost our morale from time to time.”

As the chairman Prataya Amrit says, “The Nigam has an incentive bonus scheme, including paid vacations to foreign countries, for its employees. For example, the project in-charge of Katonjha bridge after its successful completion was given a ticket to Bangkok to enjoy a holiday with his family.”

Today the net profit of the corporation stands at Rs 49 crore after paying the income-tax, while the gross profit is around Rs 75 crore, according to Amrit.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Patna/Work_work_and_more_work/articleshow/3409592.cms

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby ramana » 28 Aug 2008 01:01

More on Chiranjeevi's new political party.

From Pioneer, 28 Aug., 2008

Blockbuster rally

The Pioneer Edit Desk

Chiranjeevi will shake up Andhra politics

Irrespective of how he fares in the hurly-burly of electoral politics whose dynamics are not determined by charisma alone, it must be conceded that Telugu cinema's superstar Chiranjeevi has made a blockbuster of an arrival on the political scene. Tuesday's rally in Tirupati was both a demonstration of his huge fan-following and the organisational abilities of his aides -- mobilising five lakh people (Chiranjeev's loyalists claim at least 10 lakh people turned out for the rally) for a public meeting in this day and age is no mean achievement. Seasoned politicians and senior leaders would be delirious with joy if 50,000 people were to attend their public rallies; a turnout of 10,000 is considered a commendable success. But, it would be incorrect to assume that the adoring crowds who jammed the rally ground in Tirupati on Tuesday are a definitive or reliable indicator of what lies ahead for Praja Rajyam Party and Chiranjeevi. Making the transition from being a reel life hero who is worshipped by millions of people to a real life politician is not an easy task. Others have tried to emulate MG Ramachandran and failed, though NT Rama Rao was stunningly successful, although only a lakh of his fans turned up for the Telugu Desam Party's inaugural rally in March 1982; he was no less a star than Chiranjeevi. Yet, it would be in order to suggest that given the caste appeal of Chiranjeevi, the Kapus, whose political loyalty till now was evenly divided between the Congress and the TDP, will gravitate towards Praja Rajyam Party. Coupled with his pan-Andhra Pradesh popularity and increasing cynicism with the established political order, which has been tested and found to have failed in matching popular expectations, this is bound to create a certain turmoil in the State's politics. The Reddys will no doubt remain with the Congress and the Kammas with the TDP -- the BJP is a marginal player and really does not matter any more in Andhra Pradesh -- but this by itself is unlikely to ensure status quo: What was till now bipolar politics will become a triangular contest for power. Chiranjeevi may not taste outright, over-riding victory over his rivals, but he will surely inflict serious, or even fatal, injury. It is anybody's guess as to which side, the Congress or the TDP, will suffer the most casualties.

That apart, there is no reason to be impressed by Chiranjeevi's political agenda -- others have talked of self-pride, regional aspirations, poverty elimination (not alleviation), and taking a kindly view of those who indulge in violence, in this case Maoists. There's nothing novel about paying obeissance to BR Ambedkar, MK Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Jyotiba Phule through vote-for-me posters either. Where Chiranjeevi scores is that he is yet to be tested; tired of both the Congress and the TDP, voters may elect to give him and his Praja Rajyam Party a chance. With Mr Chandrababu Naidu floundering for a political platform that carries conviction and the Congress suffering from anti-incumbency, Chiranjeevi could make a dent. The last time Andhra Pradesh resounded with clamour for change was after NT Rama Rao's simha garjan (lion's roar, nothing less would do for him). This time a different kind of declaration of war has been made; for the moment, we must wait for the Congress and the TDP to join battle. It would be an interesting fight for power and spoils of office.


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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby svinayak » 28 Aug 2008 05:43

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=ADLmHb6oV3I


Full video-http://www.123telugu.com/
Chiranjeevi's speech at his first party meeting in Tirupati

Can anybody estimate the number of people 250K

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Postby Rupesh » 28 Aug 2008 12:10

I hope Chiranjeevi does not indulge in populism like his predecessors. Just wanna know what will be the effect of Chiranjeevi on BJP's prospects.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby derkonig » 28 Aug 2008 18:40

Rupesh wrote:I hope Chiranjeevi does not indulge in populism like his predecessors. Just wanna know what will be the effect of Chiranjeevi on BJP's prospects.


Well this doesn't seem to be going in the right direction. Chiru is possibly just another sekoolaar socialist. All those teresa pictures & invocations about the common man should leave no doubts about that.
BJP should just play its nationalism card & stay away from all these sekoolars.

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Postby derkonig » 28 Aug 2008 21:54

derkonig wrote:
Rupesh wrote:I hope Chiranjeevi does not indulge in populism like his predecessors. Just wanna know what will be the effect of Chiranjeevi on BJP's prospects.


Well this doesn't seem to be going in the right direction. Chiru is possibly just another sekoolaar socialist. All those teresa pictures & invocations about the common man & 'healing touch' for naxal terrorists should leave no doubts about that.
BJP should just play its nationalism card & stay away from all these sekoolars.

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Postby Avinash R » 05 Sep 2008 11:06

Orissa Revenue Minister face wrath of violence hit locals
By our Correspondent

Bhubaneswar (orissa): : The Orissa Revenue and Civil Supplies Minister Manmohan Samal on Thursday faced the anger of communal violence hit Kandhamal.

Minister Samal, who visited the district to take stock of the relief operation, faced the anger of hundreds of women, who are staying in temporary relief camps.

Meanwhile, several people sustained serious injuries as a mob of women clashed with the police at a relief camp in Tikabali area of Kandhamal.

The women forcefully entered the relief camp, alleging that despite being riot victims, the administration was unconcerned about their problems because they were Hindus.

Unofficial sources, however, put the number of injured at 38 with at least six of them believed to be in serious condition.

Meanwhile police sources said "they rushed with lathis (sticks) and axes and forcibly entered the relief camp".

"Police lathicharged and chased them after they turned violent and started pelting stones" police said. "Two people have sustained injuries", sources added.

The women, belonging mostly to tribal areas were demanding food and lifting of prohibitory orders banning assembly of more than five people in a place. "Situation is first changing and we hope for better in coming days," IGP (Intelligence) RP Singh told odishatoday.com.

The violence erupted after Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and four others were killed by unidentified gunmen at his ashram in Kandhamal August 23.

"We have dispatched additional forces and steps have been taken to bring normalcy," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters here.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Avinash R » 05 Sep 2008 11:37

more on chiranjeevi's new party; these old losers will sink his PR party; he should give to membership to new,clean persons.
It's quit Naidu, join Chiranjeevi in Andhra Pradesh
Friday, September 05, 2008, (Hyderabad)

Praja Rajyam's chief Chiranjeevi is on a membership drive as both senior politicians and activists from other parties are joining him. At the moment, it seems to be Chiranjeevi's gain and Chandrababu Naidu's loss in Andhra Pradesh.

T Sitaram, Chandrababu Naidu's tourism minister joined Chiranjeevi's Praja Rajyam on Thursday.

"I am very happy. I am expecting another batch. I will introduce them to you soon," said Chiranjeevi.

On Monday, another political heavyweight Vidyadhar Rao, who was Naidu's industry minister, joined hands with Chiranjeevi.

However, Naidu says that a couple of bad apples won't upset his electoral applecart in 2009.

"The people are the same, remember that. These changes are temporary and you may imagine a lot. But ultimately TDP will get the support of the people," said Chandrababu Naidu, president, TDP.

Chiranjeevi is also vying to woo the Left parties, with whom Naidu is already cosying up. A meeting between the left leaders and Chiranjeevi's party is said to be open-ended, something Naidu would not be too happy about.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby putnanja » 08 Sep 2008 00:51

Capacity of first phase of Chhattisgarh power plant increased by 200 MW

Capacity of first phase of Chhattisgarh power plant increased by 200 MW



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Signing of memorandum of understanding today

Civil works of the project likely to commence in about six months


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RAIPUR: The first phase of the proposed 2,000-mega watt pithead thermal power plant to be set up by Karnataka in Chhattisgarh will get the status of “mega power project” with Karnataka deciding to increase the capacity of the first phase to 1,200 MW from the present 1,000 MW.

A phase of the power project will get a mega project status if its capacity is above 1,000 MW. Such a decision to increase the capacity has been taken to get tax benefits for the project as a mega power project will get concessions in excise and import duty.

This is expected to reduce the cost of the project by 12 to 15 per cent, which would further reduce the cost of generation of power.

Now, the first phase of the project will have two generating units with a capacity of 600 MW each instead of the earlier plan to have two units with a capacity of 500 units each. However, there is no change in the overall capacity of the project which will have two phases. The second phase will now have one generating unit with a capacity of 800 MW instead of the earlier plan to have two generating units with a capacity of 500 MW each.

The stage is set for signing the memorandum of understanding between Karnataka and Chhattisgarh on Monday for setting up the above power plant at Janjgir in Champa district.

The officials concerned of both the governments will sign the agreement in the presence of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and his Chhattisgarh counterpart Raman Singh.

The civil works of the project, which is being implemented by the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited, is likely to commence in about six months.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in about 48 months.

The project which is the first of its kind in the country — a State setting up a power project in other State — is advantageous to both of them.


According to an estimate, Karnataka can save nearly Rs. 1.50 per unit by generating power in Chhattisgarh,

In other words, Karnataka will save nearly Rs. 1,500 crore a year through this power plant which will avoid the need for transportation of coal.

The project is estimated to cost about Rs. 6,000 crore.

Joint Secretary, Department of Energy of Chhattisgarh, Srivatsa, said the above project was a prestigious one for his Government as this would pave the way for mutual cooperation between the two States in development projects.


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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Avinash R » 09 Sep 2008 22:26

any idea how much property mgr left behind?
MGR's niece held for murder of brother-in-law
Being childless, the late star had adopted six daughters of his wife Janaki's brother Narayanan, who were to manage his property after his death. However, the property and trusts caused a feud within the family, as each of the sisters claimed the lion's share of the wealth.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby dinakar » 15 Sep 2008 16:43

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chennai/Karunanidhi_launches_one_rupee_a_kilo_of_rice_scheme/articleshow/3484699.cms

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday launched the one rupee a kilo of rice scheme for ration card holders. At present, it costs two rupees a kilo.

As per the new scheme, 20 kilos of rice will be provided at a price of one rupee a kilo.

The scheme was announced on the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of Annadurai, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. Annadurai was a follower of E.V.R. Periyar, the founder of the Dravida Kazhagam, and was at the forefront of the rationalist movement.

The populist Rs 2 per kg rice scheme, fulfilling a Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam's (DMK) poll assurance, was launched on June 3 coinciding with Karunanidhi's birthday. Prior to 2006, ration rice cost Rs 3.50 per kg.

Earlier, Karunanidhi said: "Though the move would lead to an additional expenditure of Rs.400 crore annually, it would benefit 1.86 crore families."

The scheme comes at a time when the price of rice in the open market is expected to jump, as mills have been unable to meet their production targets due to power cuts.

Even the state-owned rice mill at Thazhayuthu in Tirunelveli district, from where the ration rice is sourced, has cut down production from 120 tonnes to 60 tonnes a day.

Wat's next :?: :-?

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby Raghavendra » 15 Sep 2008 16:48

rshyam wrote:Wat's next :?: :-?

50 anna scheme.

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Postby dinakar » 15 Sep 2008 17:05

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200809131790.htm
Karunanidhi to announce more sops on Oct 2

Chennai (PTI) : After reducing the price of PDS rice from Rs two to RS one per kg, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday said he is going to announce more sops for the poor and middle classes on October 2.

"I am sorry that I cannot disclose what the scheme would be. It is aimed at benefitting middle class and poor sections of the society. The scheme would come into force from October 2,he said at a function here.

The DMK government's move to launch a slew of sops was seen as an attempt to gear up for the next Lok Sabha polls.

This scheme would be launched to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a day which is as important to us as that of C N Annadurai's (DMK founder) birth anniversary," he said.


We've to wait itll oct 2 it seems :|

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby vipins » 26 Sep 2008 23:23

Christian school principal arrested in chennai

Five staff of a school in Chennai, including its principal, have been arrested for distributing pamphlets "propagating" Christianity and "degrading" Hindu gods in the city following complaints by the BJP and Hindu Makkal activists.


Police said a group, including students, of East Coast Christian Matriculation School in Neelankarai had come on a tour to Udhagamandalam and the city on Tuesday night and parked their vehicle at Corporation grounds on Crosscut road.

As the students and some teachers left for shopping, the five persons started distributing pamphlets "propagating" Christianity and reportedly "denigrating" Hindu Gods, they said.

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Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Postby ramana » 30 Sep 2008 00:19

Vips, This thread is for politicial and econ developments in the states. Please delete and post in other threads or nukkad.

CM bows down to pressure


Hyderabad, Sept. 28: The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, seems to have succumbed to pressure from a strong lobby of millers and traders who sought the transfer of the civil supplies commissioner, Ms Poonam Malakondaiah. Though the government sought to show that she was posted as agriculture commissioner to handle the fertiliser crisis, it was the constant pressure by a veteran minister on Dr Reddy that forced her transfer, sources said.

Her replacement by another IAS officer, Mr Sanjay Jaju, was even more surprising because a few months ago the government had shunted him to an insignificant post as some power lobbies did not like his performance. Ironically, Ms Malakondaiah was shunted out of agriculture a year ago by the minister, Mr N. Raghuveera Reddy.

The transfer has shocked many ministers and ruling party leaders who were repeatedly complaining to Dr Reddy against the spiralling prices of essential commodities and urging him to act tough on hoarders. "We expected results after Dr Reddy assured us on an action plan to control prices. We were shocked when the official was transferred," a senior minister said. Sources said in an unusual manner, the chief secretary, Mr P. Ramakanth Reddy, telephoned Ms Malakondaiah when she was holding a regional conference in Tirupati and informed her of the transfer.



The recent reshuffle of the GHMC leadership is also related to builder pressure. Reportedly all stops are being pulled to realize funds for coming elections. So any officials blocking the party's chances of funds are transferred.


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