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Mamta dares Budda on Nandigram issue

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1919728,000…Arindam SarkarNandigram (West Bengal), February 4, 2007 People of Nandigram gave blood in the freedom struggle and they will give blood again to save the farmlands from being grabbed by the state government said Mamata Banerjee. Addressing her first public meeting after coming out of the nursing home, Mamata paid rich tributes to the people of Nandigram for putting up a strong resistance against forcible acquisition of lands for industries here. In fact, the atmosphere at Sitananda College grounds at Nandigram was electrifying as Mamata threatened Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of serious consequences, if he used force to grab lands in this part of Bengal. Neither the CPI(M) nor the […]

Commerce to GoM: clear 41 'cleared' SEZs. roll back freeze

Shishir GuptaSEZ: Infosys, Wipro, Bajaj, Satyam and HCL among those in waiting: letter to Pranab NEW DELHI, JANUARY 29: Infosys Technologies, Wipro, Satyam Computers , HCL Technologies and Bajaj Auto Limited are among the 41 approved developers who are knocking on the doors of the government for a rollback of the GoM’s decision withholding their SEZ notification. Among them, they have acquired nearly 5,000 hectares and Rs 40,000 crore in investment is sitting idle. The Commerce Ministry has today written to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee — who heads the Empowered Group of Ministers — seeking directions on issuance of notification in these 41 cases spread in nine states, including […]

Missing the wood for the trees

By K P Prabhakaran Nair All of a sudden, there is a great debate and agitation going on in the country on the question of setting up industry by private enterprise acquiring land, sometimes fertile and from farmers, who have been tilling it for generations, under the overall umbrella of Special Economic Zones (SEZ). Nowhere else has the agitation gripped the attention of the entire nation as pointedly as it did in Singur, in West Bengal, on the acquisition of about 1,000 acres to set up the “small car” project of the Tatas. Undoubtedly, India has been an agrarian country for millennia: 65 per cent of the population is involved […]

Widows of the cotton world

Jaideep Hardikar http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1076687 Sunday, January 28, 2007  22:26 IST A common tragedy binds together the families of cotton farmers’ who have lost their lives. YAVATMAL: It’s a tale of three widows bound by a common thread of cotton; and policies of the state that their husbands vocally blamed for their plight before their death. Savita Ghugul’s husband Dinesh fell to the police bullets in December 2006 at Wani cotton procurement centre, when a mob of cotton growers erupted in anger over delay in procurement of cotton. Dinesh, 35, had left his home in Mendholi village the morning he died; his body returned the next day amid police protection. Sunita Girsawale’s […]

Singur, Nandigram and Industrialisation of West Bengal-II

http://pd.cpim.org/2007/0128/01282007_nilotpal.htm Nilotpal Basu THE SEZ QUESTION AND NANDIGRAM There has been extensive coverage on the stand of the Left parties on the current SEZ policy of the government in these columns. The major areas of our disagreement with the extant policy pertain to nature of the land use, extent of land use, the tax package and the rehabilitation package. The design of the current package of the government has undergone a qualitative change when SEZ rules were framed under the Act and process of approvals which has led to sanctions being given to 237 SEZ proposals. This huge number immediately brings to the fore the contrast with China which had […]

Singur, Nandigram and Industrialisation of West Bengal-II

http://pd.cpim.org/2007/0128/01282007_nilotpal.htm Nilotpal Basu THE SEZ QUESTION AND NANDIGRAM There has been extensive coverage on the stand of the Left parties on the current SEZ policy of the government in these columns. The major areas of our disagreement with the extant policy pertain to nature of the land use, extent of land use, the tax package and the rehabilitation package. The design of the current package of the government has undergone a qualitative change when SEZ rules were framed under the Act and process of approvals which has led to sanctions being given to 237 SEZ proposals. This huge number immediately brings to the fore the contrast with China which had […]

The New maharajas of India

What is it like to be a modern-day Indian prince? Devinder Sharma and Bhaskar Goswami explain how the laws of the land are being redefined to bring in the reality of the royal tag for the rich and beautiful. It took nearly 15 years to ensure that the 554 princely estates scattered throughout the country for which India’s first Home Minister Sardar Patel initiated the process to finally integrate with the new nation. Some 45 years later, and in the 60th year of India’s Independence, almost an equal number of princely estates are once again being carved out. A new breed of Maharajas is all set to grab the crown. […]

TVR Simple, misguided by congress: CM

HT CorrespondentLucknow, January 25 Advertisement …dubs Oppn as selfish, opportunist CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav was in his element today, as he came down heavily on his political rivals and adversaries. Replying to the debate on motion of thanks to the Governor’s address in the Vidhan Sabha, he spared no one and used all kinds of adjectives against his opponents. The Chief Minister strongly condemned the opposition for boycotting the House despite apology and regrets by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan. Saying that there were people worse than Naresh Agarwal in the Opposition, he dubbed the opposition members as ‘selfish, opportunist, shameless and blind’ and held them responsible for weakening […]

Government is only 'thinking of' waiver of cooperative farm loan

http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/26/stories/2007012610… Special Correspondent A clear-cut announcement on this is expected in the Budget State’s industrial infrastructure to get a boost Government plans to set up SEZs in tier-two cities IN DETAIL: Governor T.N. Chaturvedi addressing the joint Legislature session in Bangalore on Thursday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy Bangalore: The Governor’s address has put to rest the recent confusion over the proposed waiver of cooperative farm loans, with a clear statement that the Government “is only thinking” of such a move in the interests of farmers. The confusion in political circles, in particular between Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, thus apparently looks […]

The Question of Displacement and the Call for an United Battle

http://dsujnu.blogspot.com/2007/01/question-of-dis… The natural and legal rights of the people are being trampled on a scale unprecedented in post-1947 India. Successive governments at the centre would call this the needed drive for a New India marching forward in the 21st century as a major power. Development and Security are the twin needs of the Brave New World in which India and the sub-continent of South Asia is a vital cog. This development can only happen with the massive inflow of Foreign Direct Investment in the form of Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs), Foreign Institutional Investments (FII). Inequality has been considered as a necessary condition for mobilising savings and capital formation. To envisage […]

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