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Koodankulam stalled again: Sinister geopolitics

Radha Rajan
29 Nov 2011

Not many know that the global mafia dealing in enriched uranium, called the Nuclear Suppliers Group, came into being because the Buddha smiled in 1974. In its own words –

The NSG was created following the explosion in 1974 of a nuclear device by a non-nuclear-weapon State, which demonstrated that nuclear technology transferred for peaceful purposes could be misused.

http://www.nuclearsuppliersgroup.org/Leng/default.htm

The driving force behind the NSG is the Bretton Woods Bandits and their vassals; and the driving principle of the NSG is white supremacist and therefore monotheist – What I am, no one else should be; what I have, no one else should have.

Cutting through the maze of information and disinformation, the real issues surrounding the Koodankulam nuclear power project are –

–       America’s desperation to halt the project for geopolitical reasons

–       India is in partnership with Russia (the Generic Church’s persistent anti-Christ) to develop the Koodankulam site (several placards at the protest gathering were anti-Russia and not anti-nuclear power)

–       If not stopped now Koodankulam may emerge as one of India’s largest nuclear plants with the capacity to generate 9200 MWe or 9.2 GW of power

–       India has already closed the fuel cycle at Kalpakkam and in the near future may yet render the NSG mafia irrelevant to national requirement for reactors and reactor fuel

–       If India tides over the current deficit of overall national power requirement through short-term and interim arrangements by taking the less travelled light water, enriched uranium road, while simultaneously pursuing its indigenous nuclear programme via the heavy water, plutonium and thorium, fast-breeder path, the NSG may become almost certainly irrelevant to India’s nuclear programme, civilian or military
–       Therefore lure India into the Indo-US nuclear deal to cut ice with the NSG mafia, lure India away (hopefully) from her purely indigenous, wholly self-reliant nuclear programme with the promise of short-term benefits of uninterrupted supply of enriched uranium; promises which can and will be broken going by President Obama’s letter to the US Congress seeking approval for the Indo-US Nuclear deal where the American President stated that American assurances of fuel supply to India are not legally binding(meaning when, not if, America reneges on its contract to supply India with reactor fuel, India will have no case or avenues for redress)

–       The idea behind leading India down the proverbial garden path to make this prohibitively expensive detour is to delay progress (again hopefully) on the fast breeder reactor (FBR) front

–       Will buy America and other members of the NSG time to create and instigate a violent anti-nuclear front in the local villages around Koodankulam; the PIL filed by the anti-nuclear mafia in the Supreme Court calling for a total halt to India’s civil nuclear programme, which will also halt all work on the fast-breeder front, thus perfectly serves the American agenda

–       The ominous trend of foreign-funded Christian padris and churches jumping into the anti-nuclear campaign and descending hordes of foreign environmental and anti-nuclear activists is a pointer in the direction of geopolitical machinations by the Bretton Woods Bandits

–       Senior officials from Koodankulam (Station Director, Site Director and Chief Engineer) indicated as much during the course of a press meet in Chennai last month when they made a passing reference to significant dislocation (perhaps permanently) of Russian and Ukrainian scientists, engineers and other personnel working on the site leading to cost overrun and further delay in commissioning the reactors

The inference was unambiguous; if there is no end to the standoff at Koodankulam in the near future and if the sub-text of the standoff is actually anti-Russian and not anti-nuclear, then Russia may well opt out of Koodankulam altogether and not build the four reactors, each with the capacity to generate 1000 MW of power, agreed upon in the 2008 Memorandum of Intent signed by both countries.

As America and Europe sink deeper and deeper into recession and economic depression, the naked desperation of the Bretton Woods Bandits to evict Russia from Koodankulam is becoming too obvious to be missed.

At a public meeting in Chennai organized by the Tamil Nadu Congress party a few days ago, Minister of State in the PMO, V. Narayanaswamy, the point-person coordinating talks among all parties – state government, central government and the villages around Koodankulam, remarked that foreign anti-nuclear intruders/activists stirring spittle in Koodankulam were all citizens from America, Finland, France, Australia and Germany among others; what he did not say intentionally or otherwise was that these protestors were all from countries of the NSG.

The French reactors which will come up in Jaitapur in Maharashtra also come with fuel supply guarantee for 25 years. The Russian reactors already up and waiting to become critical in Koodankulam too comes with fuel supply guarantee for 20 years.

Currently, America is nowhere in the picture – either as builder of reactors or as fuel supplier from the enriched uranium NSG cartel. The last minute, stage-managed protests at Koodankulam are therefore only last-ditch attempts by the Bretton Woods Bandits to coerce the Indian government to give them a share in the Indian nuclear pie on their terms.

America wants India to amend/dilute/bend/circumvent/ the Civilian Liability for Nuclear Damage Act 2010; altering a comma or a full-stop in effect nullifies the Act and Dr. Manmohan Singh stated as much to US President Obama in Bali in November 2011 when they met on the sidelines of the India-ASEAN and East Asia Summits.

The Prime Minister made it clear to the American President that any changes to the Act will have to be done within the defined parameters of the Act as passed by Parliament, and that the government had no power to amend it without parliament sanction.

And so the poor dog had none.

The Civilian Liability for Nuclear Damage Act 2010 thus remains intact. In the event of an accident involving nuclear reactors either because of faulty design, faulty technology or any other cause, the Indian parliament sagaciously refused to cap the extent of liability that will be borne by foreign companies selling nuclear reactors and associated technology to India.

Chapter 2, Insurance and financial security –

(1) The operator shall take out an insurance policy or financial security or a combination of both in accordance with section 8 of the Act.

(2) The financial security referred to in sub-rule (1) shall be irrevocable and shall continue till removal of all spent fuel from the spent fuel storage pool nuclear of the installation after removal thereof from the reactor core.

(3) Shares or bonds or instruments constituting financial security shall be pledged to Central Government and remain so pledged till decommissioning of the plant and a security margin of 1:1.33 be maintained during pledge and in the event of any shortfall in security so calculated shall be immediately made good by the operator by providing insurance or additional financial security to the extent of shortfall.


(4) Nothing in this rule shall prevent a group of operators to enter into a joint arrangement of financial security providing for contribution towards such security in proportion to their individual installed capacity in thermal megawatts.

(5) The provisions of this rule shall not apply to a nuclear installation owned by the Central Government
. (Notification of Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Rules, Issued Gazette of India Extraordinary, November 11, 2011. http://www.dae.gov.in/rules/liab_rules.pdf)

America wants India to treat nuclear reactors like washing machines which come with a warranty for 2 years when all service is free and faulty components are replaced without cost to the customer. At the end of two years the company is no longer responsible for the washing machine in any manner or for any damage that may be subsequently caused.

India’s Civilian Liability for Nuclear Damage Act 2010 refused to treat nuclear reactors like washing machines and refused to treat nuclear liability like a product warranty for a fixed time and also refused to place a cap on financial liability.

Russia’s Atomstroyexport came to India long before the CNLD Act 2010 and subsequent to the Act, placed no new conditions upon India. Besides Russia, France is the only country with which India has signed a contract for developing nuclear plants in the country. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed an agreement on December 6, 2010 for the French industrial conglomerate Areva SA to construct two reactors at Jaitapur, Maharashtra.

Considering that Areva’s 1600 MW reactor in Olkiluoto, Finland, has still not been completed and is already suffering huge cost and time over-runs, the Indian government’s decision to allow France to take a bite from the Indian nuclear pie is intriguing, not to say questionable. Did France twist India’s arms?

According to an article, titled “Mass Leak of Client Data Rattles Swiss Banking” by David Gauthier-Villars and Deborah Ball (The Wall Street Journal, July 2010), two employees of HSBC — Herve Falciani and Georgina Mikhael — had sent emails more than two years ago to tax authorities across Europe.

Accordingly, they claimed that they could provide a large list of clients of a Swiss-based private bank. The emails were sent to Germany and the French investigating authorities.

HSBC officials in turn allege that Falciani copied thousands of files of wealthy clients of its Swiss private-banking arm.

Swiss authorities are reportedly investigating whether these two employees stole bank records and violated banking secrecy laws in Switzerland

Interestingly, the French got the data when its police raided Falciani’s residence at the behest of the Swiss authorities who had, in turn, launched an investigation into the alleged violations of banking secrecy back in Switzerland.

Crucially, the French sent copies of the data to Switzerland, but kept back the original files to pursue possible tax cheats.

Expectedly, the French authorities found thousands of accounts and bank-transfer details. Sifting the data, apparently the file contained data on about 79,000 clients and 20,000 companies!

The list includes more than 8,000 French, about 1,500 Americans and as many British residents.

Subsequently, the French have reportedly made available this data to governments across the world for possible pursuits of their tax cheats.


If press reports are to be believed that included the Indian government too as there were allegedly several hundred Indian names in the list.

http://www.mrv.net.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=272:why-india-too-is-a-tax-haven-now&catid=18:globalization

While the choice of Areva SA may raise eyebrows and questions, Russia’s Atomstroyexport has not only completed the two reactors in Koodankulam but the reactors can be commissioned anytime the TN state government allows it to happen. It is Jayalalithaa’s government and not the people in and around Koodankulam and Idinthakarai who pose the biggest obstacle to the reactors going critical.

This is the real story behind the so-called people’s protests in Koodankulam. The first unit should have been commissioned in December 2009 and the second in March 2010; the current projections, if Jayalalithaa through divine intervention sees the light of wisdom, is between March and June 2012.

What knowledgeable circles know, including the media, but are unwilling to speak out is that Jayalalithaa, the incumbent Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, has declared in so many words that she intends to be a part of the problem and not the solution to the standoff; this notwithstanding the fact that the two reactors in Koodankulam which are ready to be commissioned will generate 4800 MW of power! Jayalalithaa has in fact asked for all work at Koodankulam to be stopped until such time the central government has allayed the fears of the people.

Unasked questions –

1.      Why is Jayalalithaa placing the entire onus of responsibility to allay some of the genuine fears of the local populace only on the central government?

2.     Worse, why have the scientists, engineers, experts and other workers in Koodankulam been left to fend for themselves as if it is they who have everything to win or lose?
3.     If despite extensive interactions by the committee constituted by the central government and the scientists at Koodankulam with the residents and people in the local villages, the protests have not ended does it not mean that the continuing protests have little to do with genuine fears and more to do with extraneous considerations?

4.     Why did the state government not instruct the police to provide security to the workers at Koodankulam and in fact exposed them to violence unleashed by the protestors against them and prevented them from entering the site?

5.     Does this not imply that Jayalalithaa by refusing to provide security to the workers, sent them the signal that if they valued their life, they should not attempt to enter the Koodankulam site for work?

6.     Does this also not imply that Jayalalithaa has made common cause with the Church and brought all work at Koodankulam to a grinding halt which only serves American geopolitical interests?

7.     What exactly is the nature of the common interest or nexus between Jayalalithaa, the Church and the US-led NSG?

The writer has drawn repeated attention in the last ten years to the fact that Tamil separatism in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu is a Christian agenda and that Tamil Eelam, like East Timor, will be a Christian state. It is not a coincidence of life that south of Cuddalore almost every single fishing hamlet in TN is Christian. The Church controls a vast section of TN’s coastal populace.

If paralysing the Madras High Court in the name of Sri Lankan Tamils and for LTTE chief Prabhakaran for the better part of 2008 and 2009 was the Brown Church’s first major public political success, bringing all work at Koodankulam to a grinding halt and holding the people of Tamil Nadu and the central government hostage to their blackmail is the Church’s second major political success.

The same forces –
Brown Church, Dravidian splinter parties, some infamous film personalities, the same human rights organizations and activists who also don the cap of anti-nuclear propagandists – which propagate the cause of Tamil Eelam and destructive Tamil chauvinism are also behind the anti-Koodankulam nuclear power protests.

And behind them all is the furtive, lurking presence of the White Generic Church – American and European churches, governments and international organizations.

Military might, and economic prosperity deriving from consistent economic growth and stability, determines national clout in world affairs, and meeting growing domestic and industrial energy requirements is the key for any growing economy. Some experts maintain that the economy has to grow 10% every year for 8% growth in GDP.

India needs 1,00,060 MWe of power while we are generating only 1, 00, 034 MWe. Of this –

–       60% is Thermal power which uses coal, diesel and natural gas as fuel

–       25% is Hydro

–       7% is from non-conventional sourceslike solar, wind and bio-gas; and

–       2.9% is nuclear

World average for nuclear power is 20%

–       75% of all France’s power requirements is met by nuclear energy

–       20% US

–       18% UK

–       12% Germany; and

–       5% China

In addition to its already existing and functioning nuclear reactors, China has 20 new nuclear reactors at an advanced stage of development while another 15 are in the offing. India’s GDP and nuclear capability – nuclear power generation and nuclear defence arsenal will play a critical role in deciding India’s place in global geopolitics.

All this is well-known to Jayalalithaa, just as she knows how much power Tamil Nadu needs and how much power Tamil Nadu has and the extent of the deficit. The question that the media and the nuclear establishment, particularly the garrulous M.R. Srinivasan, are not asking Jayalalithaa and therefore not compelling her to respond, is why is she denying the people of Tamil Nadu their energy requirement by calling for all work at Koodankulam to be stopped.

It is imperative that all facts about civilian nuclear programme around the world and India’s energy requirements be placed before the nation in terms of hard numbers.

Per capita power consumption

–       National per capita consumption – 503 units

–       China – 2500 units

–       America – 13,000 units

–       Tamil Nadu – 900 units

India’s nuclear reactor history so far

–       India has 20 nuclear power plants

–       Kaiga, Karnataka – 4

–       Kakrapar, Gujarat – 2

–       Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu – 2

–       Narora, Uttar Pradesh – 2

–       Rawatbhatta, Rajasthan – 6

–       Tarapur, Maharashtra – 4

–       Total power generated from 20 nuclear reactors – 4780 MW

Nuclear units under construction – 9

–       Kalpakkam – 1

–       Koodankulam – 2

–       Kakrapar – 2

–       Rawatbhatta – 2

–       Banswara, Rajasthan – 2

–       Total power that will be generated upon completion – 6700 MW

 

Facts about Tamil Nadu’s energy requirements and power generating capabilities

–       Tamil Nadu needs – 12000 MW

–       Tamil Nadu generates – 7000 MW

–       Power from central grid – 2825 MW

–       Deficit in meeting state requirement – 5000 MW

Given the fact that the two nuclear reactors ready for commissioning in Koodankulam will generate 4800 MW power, Jayalalithaa owes the people of Tamil Nadu an explanation for denying them access to much needed power. People of Chennai suffer one hour power cut seven days of the week, while some cities and towns suffer six to seven hours power cut every day. As things stand the situation does not look likely to improve.

The Generic Church does not want India’s nuclear programme – civil and military to be indigenous, independent and self-reliant. It would ideally like India’s indigenous nuclear programme, particularly the fast breeder reactor centric nuclear programme to be stalled permanently, and there are elements within India’s nuclear scientific community and elements in our bureaucracy which shamefully want the same. These have to be isolated and marginalised.

The US wants India to buy reactors and enriched uranium from the NSG so that it can send the intrusive IAEA into India for inspection, verification and control; we can ill afford to forget Hans Blix or Mohammed El-Baradei.

India’s Brown Church (Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, New Life and every other denomination and cult) will do exactly what the White Church wants. The people of Tamil Nadu have the right to know how Jayalalithaa perceives her role in the Generic Church scripted plot to evict Russia from Koodankulam.

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The author is Editor, www.vigilonline.com

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  User Comments:
one cant disagree with author. the ‘US and its allies’ are international nuclear bully. they want things as per their national interest. Church and NGO are their extra governmental political tools, our leadership doesnt understand it. Jayalalitha should seeit as a major boost to her state. the Fast breed reactor is a distant but a reality we will be achieve that and before any western nation. why we went for france only because they are providing us latest reactor tech much needed for FBR which will lead to thorium based FBR, India has largest thorium deposit in world. we will be sitting on energy gold mine which west doesnt want.
Rohit
29 Nov 2011
The rotten Kkangress has no qualms about toppling state govts.; it has a long, proven track record. The rotten Kkangress had no qualms lathi-charging and beating a woman to death in Sw. Ramdev’s entourage. But it has qualms doing anything here at Koodankulm because the rotten, criminal Church is in the way. Ditto for taking action against Maoists. Imagine airlifting a slain Maoist out of “compassion” and displaying the responsible police officers’ name in the papers. The only thing remaining is a state ceremony with full honours!
seadog4227
29 Nov 2011
Dear Smt Radha ji brilliant informative article.
LSK
29 Nov 2011
Two points – India’s nuclear power is 2.9% of total power generation. Second – Sergei Ryzhov, the chief designer of the light water VVER nuclear reactors built by Russia in foreign countries, including India, was among those killed in the plane crash in Russia that claimed at least 44 lives in June 2011. Russia has built many nuclear power plants abroad with the VVER reactor, including one in Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu. The whole leadership of the designers units of Russia’s state nuclear corporation was killed when a Tu-134 passenger plane crash landed in the northern republic of Karelia.
Radha Rajan
29 Nov 2011
I don’t know how deep Radha Rajan has gone into the energy issue and why he has not qualified his political analysis of Kudankoolum opposition by stating that the nuclear is the worst energy option for densely populated India and for the world at large. ## 12-13 years ago, Dr Arjun Makhijani was invited to help planners with India’s energy strategy [he was then energy advisor to Clinton] and he said that since 36% T&D losses, it should first upgrade its T&D network and end users’ equipment. That would save 27-30% of total electricity generated, leaving 6-7% normal T&D losses, at a total cost of 100 US dollar per Kw of installed capacity [which comes to 100000 dollar per MWe]. And secondly, he had warned against chosing the nuclear and coal options, citing resource limitations and geo-politics as the main reasons. And then he had added that no nuclear reactor is safe. He later came out with detailed analysis of the nuclear option in his “Carbon Free, Nuclear Free.” ### I analysed Working Group papers from the Planning Commission [four volumes] and it reads more like as if a case was being built for coal-hydro-nuclear. These four volumes do not even look into the economics of other renewable options. Not even as long term solutions; and allocated 2 million dollars for R&D over 2012-2017. Therefore, I am happy that Rajan has exposed the role of White Christian Church, and they are active in all trouble spots, including the sensitive Northeast. But I am not happy because he appears to support the nuclear option. This option is based on failed science. Please note that Indian reactors have mean capacity factor of about 62% against 93% of American reactors, I sent this data to Arnie Gunderson and he was shocked. Around our 20 nuclear reactors live 230 million rural people; Delhi and Mumbai are within 100 kilometres of six reactors. So, about 250 million folks are getting their daily dose of radiation. In the event of any major accident, the Indian Government will have no option except to let people die of radiation sickness. Perhaps that is the option they like; perhaps the author are glossed over that option uncritically.
Arun
29 Nov 2011
Well researched article on politics of atomic power. Seems like the imperial racist white church treats the followers of orthodox church of the east europe like sort of pagans. No matter however christian the russians could be, seems like russia is still anathema and could not fit into the scheme of things of white church. What is conspicuously absent in the article is the role of the evil forces represented by NGOs which are behind every other activity against the welfare and sovereignty of the country.
krishnakumar
29 Nov 2011
Sergei Ryzhov and the other nuclear reactor design experts were killed by the same forces that killed Homi Bhabha in the exact same way and for the same reasons.
Nirmala Pandit
29 Nov 2011
http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/06/21/russia.plane.crash/index.html?hpt=hp_ Several prominent members of Russian nuclear community lost their lifes Sergey Ryzhov, Reactor Chief Designer, Gidropress Gennady Banyuk, his deputy, Gidropress Nikolay Trunov, Reactor Designer and Department Head, Gidropress Andrey Trofimov, Chief Technology Officer, Afrikantov Bureau Valery Lyalin, Department Head, Rosatom This is geopolitics. This is the Dirty Tricks Department.
Radha Rajan
29 Nov 2011
We must make it clear to our people that India can’t escape from being a major nuclear power generating nation.We must move forward in this direction irrespective of the opposition from this or that church or this or that lady or a gent.As planned, we must ensure that we reach the target of generating 20% of our electric power through nuclear route by 2020.With such fifth columnists among us, this appears difficult but we must not give up.
Jitendra Desai
30 Nov 2011
Death of Homi Babha and Vikram Sarabhai: http://interestingnewsfromallover.blogspot.com/2010/05/mystery-death-of-two-indian-nuclear.html
seadog4227
30 Nov 2011
Excellent research work. All credit to the author. The ‘jholawallahs’ and the ‘church sponsored’ anti-Koodankulam protestors have been citing the example of the USA not having constructed any new nuke power generating facility post ‘Three Mile Island’ meltdown. They are WRONG. A report in the newspaper – Seattle Times – of 26 Nov and entitled : “U.S. to restart construction of nuclear reactors”, stated: “After 34 years, the United States is expected to resume construction of nuclear reactors by the end of the year, and Toshiba will export turbine equipment for the reactors to the U.S. early next month”. It added : ” According to sources, construction will begin by year-end on the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors of the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Georgia and the Nos. 2 and 3 reactors of the Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station in South Carolina. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to shortly approve the construction and operation of the reactors, which have been designed by Westinghouse, a subsidiary of Toshiba.The reactors to be constructed are of the AP1000 type, an advanced 1,100-megawatt pressurized water reactor, and are targeted to go into operation in 2016 at the earliest”. So, any answers Mr.Uthay Kumar & Father Jerome ?!! I maintain that all the ‘jholawallahs’ who come in the way of India’s development, need to be packed off to the ‘salubrious heights’ of Siachen without protective clothing !! JAI HO !!
H.Balakrishnan
30 Nov 2011
In the past four years, FOUR Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated, and there have been reports of mysterious blasts at some of the nuclear facilities. The murders began with Ardeshin Hassonpour’s death in 2007. Then Massoud Ali Mohammad was shot outside his home in Jan 2010; Darioush Rezaeinejad was shot outside daughter’s kindergarten school in July 2011; he was working on a trigger for a nuclear weapon. Fereydoon Abbasi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, barely survived a car bomb under his car, but the attack took the life of Majid Shahriari [Nov 2010]. Iran blames Israel, the United States and Britain. ### Indians who think our interests lie in being Toadies of the White @@@@ are fifth column.
Night Vision
30 Nov 2011

http://www.vijayvaani.com/FrmPublicDisplayArticle.aspx?id=2074

Subramanium Swamy prime minister material : Uma Bharti

PTI | 08:11 PM,Nov 29,2011

Patna, Nov 29 (PTI) BJP leader Uma Bharti today said that Janata Party president Subramanian Swami was prime ministerial material, but clarified that it was her personal opinion. “Swami is prime ministerial material because of his integrity and honesty in the manner that he has pursued the 2G Spectrum scam,” Bharti said. Bharti, however, clarified that it was her personal view and the BJP was at liberty to pick a prime ministerial candidate of its choice. Speaking about the decision by the UPA to open up FDI in retail, she said “jab loktantra mein janata ki awaz nahi suni jati hai to woh thoktantra ka istemal karten hai. (The people will attack if their voices in a democracy is not heard),” she told reporters at a function here. Bharti also criticised the UPA government for delay in declaring the Ganga as a national river and said that it was as emotive to the people as opening of the retail sector to FDI.

http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/subramanium-swamy-prime-minister-material–uma-bharti/918876.html

Mirror: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/subramanium-swamy-prime-minister-material-says-uma-bharti/articleshow/10920715.cms

Rahul Gandhi promoting FDI to benefit foreigners: Mayawati

http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.com/2011/11/rahul-gandhi-promoting-fdi-to-benefit.html

26.11.11

Rahul Gandhi promoting FDI to benefit foreigners: Mayawati

TNN | Nov 26, 2011, 01.19PM IST

NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Saturday attacked Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress general secretary was promoting FDI in the retail sector to benefit foreigners, Times Now reported.

The UP chief minister further said that Rahul Gandhi viewed things only in a foreign perspective.

“The UPA government’s decision to allow FDI in retail is anti-people and the UP government will not give approval for it,” Mayawati said.

The BJP and the Left on Friday slammed the government’s move to allow FDI in multi-brand retail trade, saying it will destroy the livelihood of millions of retailers.

The Union Cabinet on Thursday allowed 51 percent FDI in multi-brand stores and 100 percent FDI in single brand stores in the country. Government has maintained that farmers will get higher remuneration and the FDI will help developing logistics and cold chains in the country.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rahul-Gandhi-promoting-FDI-to-benefit-foreigners-Mayawati/articleshow/10880314.cms

The Hindu Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addresses a press conference against central government policy of allowing FDI, in Lucknow on Saturday. Photo: Subir Roy

Mayawati slams Govt move to open retail sector to FDI

PTI

Slamming the Centre’s decision to allow FDI in retail, UP Chief Minister Mayawati on Saturday alleged that it was taken to benefit companies of foreign friends of Rahul Gandhi and said that her government would not allow it in the state.

She demanded that the Congress-led UPA government roll back the decision immediately, failing which her party would be forced to take some harsh decision.

“In a bid to benefit the foreign companies and to make the country a slave on the lines of East India Company, the Centre has decided to hand over the economy in the hands of companies like Walmart,” Ms. Mayawati alleged while talking to the reporters.

“The state government is writing a letter to the Centre in this regard,” she said.

Hitting out at Mr. Rahul Gandhi, the UP CM said that as the Congress ‘yuvraj’ was brought up and educated in foreign country, his mindset was that of a foreigner.

“Therefore, whenever he comes to UP he brings along his foreign friends on leisure trip and for entertainment take them to the huts of poor people to make mockery of their poverty,” she alleged.

She further alleged that the decision on FDI was taken to benefit companies of these foreigners and to make them billionaires.

“With UP assembly elections nearing, Congress ‘yuvraj’ in a bid to benefit companies of his foreign friends is indulging into dramatics to bring his party in power,” she alleged.

“The decision to allow FDI was taken by the cabinet despite opposition by a UPA ally,” Ms. Mayawati said.

The decision was taken by the UPA government despite knowing the fact that after the entry of the multinational companies, the economy would “completely go in their hands”, she said.

“The country would become an economic slave. The Congress led UPA government knows that after entry of such companies small shopkeepers and industries will close down and crores of workers will get unemployed,” the UP Chief Minister alleged.

She said that in such a situation, condition of crores of farmers and poor people, who were already forced to commit suicide due to wrong policies of the Centre, would turn worse.

With the entry of these companies, farmers would be forced to sell their produce at a lower rate and they would bring cheaper products from countries like China, she said.

“Despite knowing the fact, the government took the decision because it cannot make Congress ‘yuvraj’ angry at any cost,” she alleged.

She said the decision would impact workers, farmers, poor and middle class section as they would be forced to buy products at a higher cost.

“The decision will be a fatal one…to fulfil the wish of a person, the Centre has permitted foreign companies to enter the retail market,” she alleged.

The CM alleged that their entry would contribute in raising inflation at a time when people were already facing tough times due to high prices.

Ms. Mayawati said that she is confident that people would not let the intentions of Congress get fulfilled.

“I want to assure the people that till the time I am the CM no foreign company will be allowed to make investment in retail market and do business in the state,” she said.

“The party will strongly protest the move in Parliament and across the country,” she said.

On a question whether BSP would withdraw support from UPA, Ms. Mayawati said the issue was still pending in Parliament.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2662550.ece

First they beat up SP members, then they beat up each other and they say UP ruled by ‘mafia’

then they call UP people bhikari – is this an election campaign or a hate and violence campaign?

For UP youths it has become very difficult to digest the remarks of Rahul Gandhi

LUCKNOW: Internal fighting in the party took much of the sheen off Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s first address at Bahraich on Wednesday.

On day two of Rahul’s Jan Sampark Yatra (public contact journey), a scuffle broke out outside the Gend Ghar grounds, between workers, allegedly, supporters of district President Jitendra Prasad Singh ‘Jitu’ and the supporters of local party candidate Chandra Shekhar Singh Azad.

Party leaders alleged Jitu’s supporters, his brother Twinkle Singh and others, prevented the crowds from entering the rally grounds, to protest Congress’ candidature to Azad, regarded as an “outsider” in the party.

With barely a few hundred in attendance at the grounds when Rahul was to commence his rally, the general secretary’s address was delayed by nearly two hours. Meanwhile, senior Congress leaders intervened to placate Jitu’s supporters, who, in turn, allowed the crowds to enter the ground. A senior party functionary said, “It was some minor local level politics at play. A party member’s brother began to protest because his supporter was not given a ticket. It was nothing serious.”

Rahul also met at least five disgruntled party workers late on Tuesday night. According to party insiders, several “freshers” were given tickets after union minister Beni Prasad Verma recommended their names. This, leaders said, had lead to a sense of resentment within the party loyalists who have been denied a ticket.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi party workers also protested Rahul’s rally saying it was the Congress that destroyed India’s infrastructure. “We are protesting because Rahul has once again called us beggars. We work hard to earn a living in other states and Rahul comes and calls us beggars. He has forgotten that scores of Indians leave India to settle abroad. Why doesn’t he focus on that migration instead?” asked Anwar Khan Warsi, an SP supporter in Matera Bazaar block of Bahraich.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Congress-internal-squabbles-turn-Rahul-Gandhis-rally-a-damp-squib/articleshow/10841874.cms

2G Scam: CAG digs in his heels: it’s Rs. 1.76 lakh crore

Published: November 15, 2011 15:52 IST | Updated: November 16, 2011 01:28 IST

B. Muralidhar Reddy

In a staunch defence of the calculation of Rs. 1.76-lakh crore presumptive loss to the exchequer on account of the award of 2G spectrum in 2008 at the prices of 2001, the Comptroller and Auditor-General on Tuesday argued that a strong case for revision of prices was made by the Union Finance Ministry and concurred with by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

In a PowerPoint presentation to the Joint Parliamentary Committee, which is examining the telecom policy from 1998 to 2009, CAG Vinod Rai dwelt at length on the criteria adopted by his office in calculating the presumptive loss. He pointed out that the Finance Ministry and the PMO, in their separate communications in 2007, recommended revision of the methodology adopted by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

The nearly six-hour presentation, followed by a question and answer session, came a day after the then Director-General (Post &Telegraph) in the CAG, R.P. Singh, explained the basis on which he had pegged the ‘actual loss’ at Rs. 2,645 crore.

Mr. Rai said Mr. Singh, in the same note in which he calculated the loss at Rs. 2645 crore, also gave some estimations of loss for further consideration such as Rs.10,2000 crore and Rs.65,000 crore. In his May 31, 2010 letter addressed to the CAG, Mr. Singh suggested that further audit be carried out if required.

The presumptive loss of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore, in the final report in 2010, has been a subject of intense debate for several months with senior leaders of the ruling UPA contending that the CAG has overstepped its mandate by getting into a policy matter while its role is restricted to audit.

Quoting from the noting in the Finance Ministry files, Mr. Rai told the JPC that if spectrum were to be priced, the option before the DoT was auction or charging a market-determined price. “While the MoF [Ministry of Finance] gave two parameters for calculating the value of spectrum, neither was conclusively suggested. If so, how can the government itself thereafter orchestrate a “no loss” hypothesis?”

Communications Minister Kapil Sibal asserted, days after he took charge of the Ministry following the resignation of A. Raja, that there was ‘zero loss’ to the exchequer. In one of the notings in 2007, the Finance Ministry had maintained that economically there would be a case for increasing the entry fee for technology crossover and said the entry fee could be calculated on the base of the 2001 auction price weighed with the improvement in technology, and demand in terms of subscribers as well as per subscriber traffic.

Three-stage audit

Mr. Rai told the committee that different loss figures were projected in the three-stage audit process of the CAG. The Field Audit Report carried figures of Rs.48,000 crore and Rs.26,000 crore.

It was redrafted by the office of DG (P&T) and figures of Rs. 2,645 crore, Rs. 2,651crore and Rs.36,000 crore were incorporated in the report. The office also mentioned figures of Rs.1,02,000 crore and Rs. 65,000 crore.

In stage III of the audit done by the CAG headquarters after examination of ‘records not available earlier’, a range of figures from Rs. 58,000 crore to Rs.1, 76,000 crore emerged.

Elaborating on the term ‘presumptive,’ Mr. Rai said it was a term which was part of the Direct Tax Code, and the Income Tax Code recognised and used the terms ‘presumptive income’ and ‘presumptive tax’. Further, it was the normal practice of the office of the CAG to cite figures on the basis of presumptive losses.

On the criticism that the CAG had overstepped its mandate in preparation of the 2G spectrum report, Mr. Rai said the report only sought to examine implementation of the policy. “The entire implementation process does not withstand the test of scrutiny, and hence, the widely held belief that it has benefited a few operators and has not been able to maximise generation of revenue from allocation of such a scarce resource.”

The CAG said an adversarial role between Audit and the Executive was inherent in the structure of polity. There was a difference in the oaths of a Cabinet Minister and the CAG: A Cabinet Minister takes the oath to conscientiously discharge his duties as Minster for the Union and to do right to all manner of people in accordance with the Constitution and the law. The CAG takes the oath that he will, duly and faithfully and to the best of his ability, knowledge and judgment, perform the duties of his office and uphold the Constitution and the laws.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2629791.ece

Chidambaram, Raja discussed 2G pricing: Subramanian Swamy

CHENNAI: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy today released a set of documents to prove that Union home minister P Chidambaram discussed with former telecom minister A Rajain may-June 2008 the issue of pricing of the 2G Spectrum at 2001 rates.Releasing finance ministry documents dated July 4, 2008, he told a press conference here that Chidambaram, then the finance minister, and Raja had agreed upon fixing the pricing of 2G spectrum.

The documents also show that they discussed spectrum usage charge and also the pricing for 3G bandwidth. The new 2G licences were distributed in January, 2008 by Raja who is facing prosecution.

“I am releasing these documents to demolish any argument that meeting between Chidambaram and Raja did not take place. There is no ambiguity (that they met),” said Swamy, a petitioner in the case on the multi-crore scam, who has sought making Chidambaram a co-accused.

“It has been agreed that the base price of 2G spectrum shall be determined by taking the entry fee of Rs 1,650 crore determined in 2003-04 for pan-India operation of UASL licensees as a price of spectrum for 6.2 mhz of bandwidth for GSM operators”, the document said.

This was the 2001 rate adopted by NDA government, Swamy said.

“The document shows it (pricing) was an agreement. It comes clear,” he said and claimed the two had met four times.

Swamy said he will file these documents before the court in Delhi on December 3 when the case comes up for hearing.

Asked if Chidambaram should resign, he replied in the affirmative.

See video of Dr.Swamy’s press conference

http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/chidambaram-met-raja-to-fix-2g-pricing-subramanian-swamy/216698

2G trial shifted to Tihar jail

Next order of the judge would be to the cooks (who are now experts in making idly and Dosa)  in Tihar to be trained in making Pizza and Pasta (guess why?)!

New Delhi:  All those accused in the 2G spectrum scam and their lawyers were in for a surprise as the Delhi High Court issued a notification saying the 2G trial will be transferred to the Tihar jail court complex.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini announced that the trial venue of the case is to be shifted as per a Delhi High Court notification, received by him today.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 9 (6) of the CrPC 1973, the acting Chief Justice and judges of this court (Delhi High Court) have been pleased to order that the trial of the 2G spectrum cases shall be held in Tihar court complex, New Delhi, according to law,” read the notification issued by the high court.

The announcement by the judge triggered protests by former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and other accused, who contended that the move was bereft of valid reasons.

Raja said, “I do not know what is happening in this country.”

The defence counsel opposed the notification, saying if the trial is shifted to the Tihar jail, it would create a lot of inconvenience as everybody will have to get an entry pass to Tihar Jail made before attending the proceedings.

“This is a completely illegal order. It has to be with the consent of the prosecution and the accused. Nobody has been consulted,” said Sushil Kumar, former telecom minister A Raja’s lawyer.

Protesting lawyers say they will raise the matter with the acting Chief Justice and seek a stay against the administrative order tomorrow morning.

Mr Raja was arrested in February this year; the CBI is handling the case against him and 13 others accused of criminal conspiracy. The Supreme Court is monitoring the CBI’s investigation; a special court headed by Judge OP Saini is handling the trial.