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Government will disclose names of Swiss account holders to Supreme Court
On Monday, the Centre will submit to the Supreme Court the names of Indians believed to have undeclared money in Swiss banks, according to Hindustan Times. The next day, the court will continue hearing petitions on black money deposits. The list will contain 136 of the 800 names that were provided by European governments and banks to Indian investigators. According to Global Financial Integrity, an American think-tank, Indians have stashed away Rs 28 lakh crore in overseas tax havens from 1948 to 2008.
http://scroll.in/article/684587/BJP-debates-forming-minority-government-in-MaharashtraBJP debates forming minority government in Maharashtra
One section of saffron party favours forming government with outside support of NCP and independents.
As the Bharatiya Janata Party inches close to forming a government in Maharashtra, a sharp division has appeared in the leadership as to whether the party should go alone with the outside support of independents and the Nationalist Congress Party or whether it should enter into a coalition with Shiv Sena.
Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce Invites Suggestions of Public on Credit and Market Access Facilities for Foreign Trade
The Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce, headed by ShriShanta Kumar, M.P., Rajya Sabha has taken up the subject of “Credit and Market Access Facilities for Foreign Trade” for examination and report.
2. The Committee has decided to invite views/suggestions/comments from individuals/ experts/ institutions/ organizations/ stake-holders interested in the subject matter. The views/ suggestions/ comments may, inter alia, focus on issues like assistance/ support/ facilities available to the Indian exporters/ importers, policy interventions required for strengthening the inherent capacity of MSME sector and facilitating bank and market access to the sector for foreign trade; structural reforms required in the foreign trade mechanism to make it risk-free and enable it to become priority sector for loan and finances; ways and means to infuse competitiveness to our production process and promote export of finished goods rater than raw material; infrastructural bottlenecks hampering efficient foreign trade; banking reforms desirable to facilitate low interest loans for the purpose of foreign trade, regulatory framework required to oversee the growth of foreign trade and check unfair practices; streamlining of various scheme/ incentives being offered by the Government, coordination between customs and DGFT authorities on foreign trade related policies/ schemes, co-opting State Governments to promote foreign trade; efficacy of Export Promotion Councils (EPCs), Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) to promote foreign trade, etc. The aforementioned issues are only indicative and not exhaustive.
3. Those desirous of submitting their views and suggestions to the Committee may send their written memoranda (either in English or Hindi) on the above subject to Shri J. Sundriyal, Director, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Room no. 201, Second Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi-110006 (Tel.: 23034541) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com with thirty days from the date of publication of this PressCommunique. Those willing to give oral evidence before the Committee, besides sending Memoranda,are requested to indicate so. However, the decision of the Committee, in the regard, shall be final.
4. The memoranda submitted to the Committee would form a part of the records of the Committee and will be treated as confidential. These are not to be disclosed to anyone, till the report of the Committee is presented to Parliament, violation of which would constitute a breach of privilege of the Committee.
Rajya Sabha Secretariat Parliament of India, New Delhi, 4.11.2013
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Greetings from Janadhikar Sangharsh Samiti
The High Court of Delhi has quashed the Central Government order of suspending the account of INSAF dated 30.04.2013 as the Central Government had neither issued any notice of hearing/show-cause notice in terms of sub-section (2) of Section 14 nor had it initiated any enquiry in terms of the section. The Court also noted that the order initiated by the Central Government showed its failureto record the reasons which necessitated suspension of the certificate in terms of sub-section (1) of Section 13 of the Act. The use of the word ‘may’ conceived as not mandatory requirement to furnish reasons is wholly misconceived noted the judge.
“In other words, the Central Government may or may not suspend the certificate of an organization, pending consideration of cancellation of the said certificate but, if the Government decides to suspend such certificate it can be done only for reasons to be recorded and such reasons, in my view, need to be incorporated in the suspension order itself so that the organization is in a position to know what were the reasons which impelled the Government to suspend its registration and in case the organization feels that certificate has been suspended for the reasons which are not envisaged under sub-section (1) of Section 13 or are not otherwise cogent, objective and transparent, it can challenge such suspension by way of appropriate proceedings. Such reasons cannot be given, by way of extraneous evidence at a later stage. In the absence of reasons, it would not be possible for the organization to challenge the suspension.”
This is definitely a small victory for the Janadhikar Sangharsh Samiti.
On behalf of Janadhikar Sangharsh Samiti
Ashok Choudhary, Anil Choudhary
You may be aware of the long struggle waged by those who sacrificed their life and land for Sardar Sarovar Project. There are many serious outstanding issues even today. The 6 villages that first lost their lands for Kevadia Colony have not been considered Project-Affected, rehabilitation and resettlement of those upstream of the dam in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh was never satisfactorily accomplished, there have been massive cost over runs, farmers have been penalised for accessing water they were promised – destroying the very
raison d’ etre of the Sardar Sarovar Project. Worse, water has been diverted for urban and industrial use.
As if all this was not enough the Government is trying to go one up on the Statue of Liberty by constructing a statue of Sardar Patel at a massive cost of Rs. 2500 crore. And 16 villages have been brought under the Kevadia Area Development Authority (KADA), basically to promote Saturday-Sunday Tourism for those living in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat and other places. The Government now wants to extend KADA to 68 villages.
SO 70 VILLAGES MUST NOW MAKE WAY FOR TOURISTS AND THEIR RESTAURANTS, GOLF COURSES, BOATING …….
People of these villages are now becoming aware and have conducted an effective awareness campaign speaking to Sardar Sarovar tourists, distributing leaflets etc.
A padyatra has been organised in the KADA area from 28th September to 1st October ’13. At least 9 teams will march from village to village 28th Sept onwards.
We invite you to join the Padyatra and support the struggle of these 70 villages.
Lakhan Musafir Dipen Desai
Sardar Sarovar: Submergence and Rehabilitation
Hundreds of Oustees gherao Kukshi, Manavar, Dharampuri Tehsil Offices
Oustees issue Legal Notice to authorities: Demand Compensation and Rehabilitation
6th Sep, 2013: The illegal submergence in the densely populated villages of Nimad region in the last week of August has spurred a series of mass actions by the Sardar Sarovar project-affected families – hundreds of poor landless labourers, fish workers, potters, adivasis and other farmers who have not yet been ensured complete rehabilitation with alternative land, house plots, amenities at resettlement sites, alternative livelihood etc. This is a complete violation of the Narmada Tribunal Award and Supreme Court’s Judgements.
After more than 500 families gheroed the Badwani Collectorate, the oustees in three Tehsils of Dhar District – Manavar, Kukshi and Dharampuri took out huge rallies and stormed into the offices of the SDM / Tehsildar, demanding answers for the sudden and illegal release of reservoir waters from the upstream dams, leading to inhuman submergence of their farms with standing crop, houses, household items, fodder, food grains, fishing nets etc. They also questioned the virtual lack of relief services and disaster preparedness of the administration and challenged the fake claims of rehabilitation by the Narmada Valley Development Authority.
On 2nd September, at Manavar Tehsil the SDM and Naib Tehsildar had to face a volley of questions from the women and men, who came in hundreds from the villages of Ekalwara, Semalda, Gangli, Kavthi, Perkhad etc. It was only when the Naib Tehsildar finally agreed that Panchanamas would be recorded that the oustees returned, after a severe warning to the authorities that if action would not follow, struggle shall intensify.
On 4th September, at Kukshi, almost 800 oustees, largely women from the villages of Chikalda, Nisarpur, Karondia, Kothada, Koteshwar, Gehelgaon, Khaparkheda, Bajrikheda, Malwadi, Bodhwada etc. grilled the SDM, Tehsildar and R&R Officer for almost 5 hours and exposed the rampant corruption in the R&R process. As arguments became heated, the MLA, Mr. Mukam Singh Kirade also arrived at the spot and spoke to the Collector. After this, the SDM assured that video-recording of the affected houses and properties would be the done, administration will consider the process of recording Panchanamas and 50 kgs of food grains will be given to all the affected families immediately.
On 6th September, at Dharampuri, almost 500 women and men marched through the main streets and reached the office of the Tehsildar, where the Asst. R&R Officer was also called and the due not only listed to the woes, but also faced the wrath of the women, who said that to this day (since 23rd August) their kitchen fires have not been lit and the Government, which has been making hollow claims of rehabilitation, did not care to even visit the villages when water was released in the midnight !
In response to the illegal position taken by officials that since all the properties (lands and houses) in question, have been ‘acquired’, Panchanamas cannot be recorded, the oustees shot back by saying that, “Mere land acquisition is not rehabilitation. As per the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal Award, until rehabilitation is complete, no properties can be submerged and the oustees have every right to continue to reside in their original villages, cultivate the lands and the State must compensate them for any illegal submergence that occurs before complete lawful rehabilitation.
At all the three Tehsils, the oustees also issued Legal Notice to the SDM, Tehsildar and R&R Officer and also another Legal Notice to the Collector, District Dhar to immediately ensure that the Panchanamas of all losses / impacts are duly recorded as per the Revenue Book Circular (RBC) Rules and the oustees are duly compensated. The oustees have issued an ultimatum to the authorities that if their demands are not met soon, the struggle would be intensified and cases would be instituted against the officials in Courts.
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Ever since the National Green Tribunal (NGT) was first notified in October 2010 to begin operations under the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010, it has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, be it judges quitting for lack of resources or the tribunal being challenged for lack of judicial independence from the Government. This particular tribunal makes an excellent case study of tribunals in general because it mirrors the issues faced by virtually every such entity created in the last three decades, ever since the 42nd Amendment to India’s Constitution enabled their creation.
(The writer is an LLM student at Stanford Law School and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Courtesy: The New Indian Express
India’s largest car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) urged the government on Thursday to keep the automobile sector out of the purview of the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and European Union (EU). Maruti said that the India-EU FTA could have a negative impact on creation of employment in the country. For more detailed news:….http://newindianexpress.com/business/news/Maruti-wants-auto-sector-out-of-India-EU-FTA-purview/2013/05/17/article1593592.ece
Il&FS Infrastructure Debt Fund Signs MoU with eight Public Sector Banks; need for more than one Trillion Us Dollars for Infrastructure Sector in Next Five Years; Government And Private Sector to Contribute Fifty Percent Each
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Arvind Mayaram, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs said that we need about 1 trillion US dollars for infrastructure sector funding in next five years i.e. 2012-13 to 2016-17.He said that out of that, 50 percent would be funded by the Government and remaining 50 percent by private sector and financial institutions. He said that there is need for second generation reforms for infrastructure sector. Without infrastructure investment, it would be difficult to achieve the potential growth rate of 8 percent for the country, he added. Shri Mayaram congratulated the IL&FS and 8 PSBs for signing this landmark MoU which will pave the way for setting-up of more such infra debt funds and financing thereof.
Earlier, Shri Ravi Parthasarathy, Chairman-IL&FS Group said that IIDF will complement domestic banks in providing required funding to infrastructure sector and would be integral part of the IL&FS Group’s efforts in taking India’s infrastructure growth story to the next level. Shri Ramesh Bawa, Managing Director and CEO, IFIN further added that we are targeting an initial corpus of approx USD 1.0 billion and hope to increase the overall corpus to USD 5.0 billion under management in the medium term.
After the regulations for Infrastructure Debt Fund were announced by the Government last year, IFIN was amongst the first institutions to announce its intent to launch Infrastructure Debt Fund in partnership with Life Insurance Corporation of India. Its fund, IIDF was launched by the Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on February 9, 2013 in Mumbai.
The formulation of final IDF regulations by SEBI set the stage for launching the first set of schemes of the Fund. The first three schemes of Rs. 5.00 billion each of IIDF have been assigned rating of `IND AAA idf-mf` by India Ratings. The rating denotes the highest strength of the credit protection factors embedded in a fund’s investment policies and the quality of the sponsors / investment managers