The FTA should not be allowed to endanger the Indian retail in general and agriculture and dairy farming in particular, he said, insisting that “all treaties which impinge upon the sovereignty of the country and the fundamental rights of the people including food security and health, and the federal structure of the country should be ratified after the scrutiny of Parliament”.
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The two under-construction power generating units and the proposed Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS) in Rawatbhata have raked up a major controversy with locals claiming that these power units are being set up without the necessary safety measures. The locals, supported by the local BJP unit, had even called for a bandh in Rawatbhata on the issue.
As the opposition slammed the government for mishandling the 2012 presidential poll, Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani Friday drew a parallel with what happened in 1969 when then prime minister Indira Gandhi‘s call for a conscience vote led to the defeat of the official Congress candidate. This was the first time this had happened in an Indian presidential election and Advani termed it an “extraordinary event”. ”In all the president elections, the most unforgettable was the one in 1969. This is at number two,” Advani told reporters here.
BJP National Secretary P. Muralidhar Rao expressed support to the agitation by fishermen against the proposed setting up of a petro-coke factory at Chaatimetta village in Visakhapatnam district. In a statement here on Thursday, he said the BJP shared their fears regarding the threat posed to marine life by hazardous lead and mercury that will be let out from the factory. Mr. Rao demanded that the Central and State governments safeguard the livelihood of thousands of fishermen and marine life along the coastline and urged the Centre to evolve a ‘National Fishing Policy’.
Members of the Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha took out a protest in Hassan on Thursday against the Global Investors Meet being held in Bangalore. The protesters alleged that the outcome of the meet would be a decision to acquire more farmland to hand it over to corporate companies.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) has once again forced the UPA Government to postpone a key reform measure, less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised to give a push to economic reforms. The Union Cabinet on Thursday played safe by deferring the Pension Bill, following opposition by the TMC.
A nationwide strike against rising petrol prices in India has closed shops and disrupted public transport, with the under-fire government facing new dissent over its economic management. Opposition political parties and trade unions enforced a shutdown in many cities on Thursday, with anti-government marches held in New Delhi and commercial hub Mumbai. In New Delhi, most shops were closed and traffic was extremely light, with many workers deciding to stay home because of the lack of public transport. In Mumbai, the Shiv Sena party, a BJP ally, instructed residents that they “should not venture out of their houses” and there were reports of buses being stoned and offices attacked. Protesters in Patna city meanwhile burned effigies of Manmohan Singh, Indian prime minister, while protesters in Kolkata blocked roads and shouted anti-government slogans. The strike came on the same day as shock economic growth figures for the January-March quarter showed the slowest quarterly expansion in nine years, of 5.3 per cent. Al Jazeera’s Prerna Suri, reporting from New Delhi, said government’s decision to raise fuel prices by over 11 per cent , the highest in the country’s history, triggered the protests. ”And now the opposition is using this anger to rally around support,” she said.
The dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the State on Thursday to protest against the hike in price of petrol was total and incident free in the district.
The protest was largely peaceful, barring stray incidents of hartal supporters trying to halt public transport at a few places including Vyttila junction in the city. LDF supporters took out a procession denouncing the Union government for imposing further burden on common man and fuelling inflationary tendencies of the economy. Trade union leaders including K Chandran Pillai of the CPI(M) said the hike had come at a most inopportune time as the common man was already reeling under the spiralling prices of essential commodities.
The 12-hour hartal threw public life out of gear owing to lack of public transport. Shops and other commercial establishments, barring a few medical shops, had downed shutters, bringing life to a standstill. Attendance in government institutions and private establishments were thin and normal functioning was affected, reports indicate. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) initially operated its long distance services, but stopped them when reports of stray incidents of violence trickled in. There was hardly any public transport on the roads and only a few two-wheelers, and cars sporting the ‘wedding’ sticker could be seen on the main thoroughfares. In the industrial zones, normal life was affected and attendance was down in most establishments.
Spelling more trouble for former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, Karnataka Lokayukta Police on Monday filed a chargesheet against him and former industries minister Katta Subramanya Naidu for “criminal misconduct as public servants in arbitrarily denotifying land”.
The opposition has attacked the government for lack of storage of foodgrain. The storage space for grains is one the most urgent need for Indian farmers for which the government for the last 60 years has done very little to improve. No wonder why this country has so many millions that go to bed with an empty stomach…. grainsfor