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Company pledges to complete construction of bridge in 25 days through ad

The construction company had not completed the construction of Sonwani bridge in local MLA Rashid's constituency even after missing the deadline by over three years

Srinagar: An independent member of legislative assembly (MLA) in Kashmir has forced a local construction company to come out with an advertisement in a local English daily pledging to complete within 25 days the construction of a bridge which has missed several deadlines so far, reports PTI.

 

Sheikh Abdul Rashid, MLA from Langate constituency in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, was set to launch drum-beating protests against "inefficient officials, ministers and contractors" outside the respective residences of the company owner.

 

The MLA had chosen the residence of proprietor of New Asian Construction Company to launch his protests. The construction company had not completed the construction of Sonwani bridge in Rashid's constituency even after missing the deadline by over three years.

 

"I hereby submit my undertaking that the construction of Sonwani bridge at Langate shall be completed by 25 September 2012 in any case," the company said in the advertisement published on Friday.

 

"I deeply regret to the inhabitants concerned for all the inconvenience due to delay in execution of work," it added.

 

Rashid told PTI that he was forced to resort to such tactics as all his efforts earlier in this regard were not given any consideration by the people concerned.

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Tata car plant in WB possible depending on political climate

Speaking about the abandoned Nano car factory at Singur, the Tata group chief said it is something that does not bring anger to him but there is a sense of sadness

Kolkata: Ratan Tata, the outgoing Chairman of Tata Sons on Friday said there is still a possibility of locating a Tata Motors factory somewhere in West Bengal, but can be done only when "there is friendliness at the political level", reports PTI.

 

He was responding to the shareholders' questions relating to the abandoned Nano car factory at Singur at the AGM of Tata Global Beverages.

 

Tata said: "It is something that does not bring anger to me. But there is a sense of sadness because we could not bring it here."

 

"The case is now sub-judice and we will honour the outcome and respect the wishes of the Bengal government. Who knows, there could be a Tata Motors factory somewhere in Bengal and hopefully we welcome that," he said.

 

On his involvement with Bengal, he said, "I enjoyed, in fact, a great sense of satisfaction during interaction with the shareholders. The people of Bengal are friendly and warm. I had lived for six years in Jamshedpur and often used to visit Kolkata during which time an affinity had developed. That is why we wanted to bring a car factory here."

 

"Only when there is friendliness at the political level, we will think of it. We are an Indian group. We have no bias and prejudice. The group will not walk away from Bengal," Tata said.

 

It was the last appearance of Ratan Tata as the chairman of the company at the AGM.

 

Describing himself as a "very emotional person", Tata said, "This is an emotional meeting for me. I will be back sitting with you in future. I will carry back the warmth and affection showed towards me and I will remember it till the end of my life."

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Parliament paralysed for 8th day on coal block issue

Uproarious scenes were witnessed in both Houses of Parliament like in the last seven days on the coal block allocation issue creating turmoil with BJP paralysing the proceedings by pressing for resignation of the PM 

New Delhi: The eighth consecutive day of the Indian Parliament was lost on Friday to the uproar created by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over coal block allocations, raising the prospect of washout of the remaining part of the Monsoon Session which ends on 7th September, reports PTI.

 

Uproarious scenes were witnessed in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha like in the last seven days with the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India) report on the coal block allocation issue creating turmoil with BJP paralysing the proceedings by pressing for resignation of prime minister Manmohan Singh.

 

In the Rajya Sabha, BJP members refused to take part in the House proceedings shouting slogans and vehemently refusing to read out their Special Mentions. However, NK Singh, a member of NDA ally JD-U, laid it seeking urgent measures to address the problem of declining growth rate of export.

 

As soon as the two Houses reassembled after the first adjournment till noon, opposition members were on their feet shouting slogans like “Koyla Dalalon Ki Sarkar Nahin Chalegi” (we will not allow government run by coal brokers). They were countered by Congress members.

 

In the Rajya Sabha, Renuka Chowdhary led the Congress charge and shouted back at the BJP saying “sit down or go out” while her other colleagues chanted “BJP ki gundagardi nahin chalegi” (BJP’s hooliganism won’t be allowed).

 

A short notice question, which was listed, could not be taken up as the BJP member who was supposed to ask it declined to do so and no supplementary was asked by any other member.

 

Soon BJP members trooped into the well in both Houses while those from AIADMK as well as the CPI-M were standing.

 

As the slogan shouting continued, both Houses were adjourned for the day.

 

In the Rajya Sabha, KN Balagopal and P Rajeeve (both CPI-M) demanded cancellation of the coal blocks.

 

When the Lok Sabha met for the day, BJP members trooped into the well raising slogans against the Prime Minister for allegedly extending “undue benefits” to private parties to the tune of Rs1.86 lakh crore while allocating coal blocks.

 

UPA members launched a counter-offensive raising slogans in favour of Mr Singh and waved the “List of Business” at the agitating BJP-led opposition members.

 

P Lingam (CPI) was seen holding a placard “We want Parliament to Function”.

 

As members continued their protests, Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House till noon.

 

In the Rajya Sabha, the moment chairman Hamid Ansari took up the Question Hour, BJP members rushed to the well demanding the prime minister’s resignation.

 

Minister of state for railways Bharatsinh Solanki’s reply to a supplementary raised by Saifuddin Soz (Cong) could not be heard in din.

 

As BJP members did not relent, Mr Ansari adjourned the House till noon.

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