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Lalu's horse carts to take on BJP 'raths'
RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Friday said he will unleash 1,000 horse carts, called 'Tum-Tum', across Bihar to take on the BJP's high-tech 'raths' ahead of assembly elections.
 
"I will flag off 1,000 Tum-Tums for campaigning to reach out to the poorest of the poor to counter the BJP raths," the former chief minister said here.
 
"We don't have funding from the rich. So the RJD has decided to use horse power to defeat the BJP's machine power," he said, referring to the 'raths'.
 
"Dozens of Tum-Tums will be engaged by our party for campaigning in each constituency." 
 
Elections to the 243-seat Bihar assembly will take place later this year.
 
The Rashtriya Janata Dal leader said the horse carts were perfect for Bihar's "dusty and rough roads. Tum-Tums will help us save money on petrol and diesel".
 
BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday launched the party's high-tech 'Parivartan Rath' campaign for the polls by flagging off 160 GPS-fitted 'raths' here.
 
The 'raths' would show a video film in Hindi depicting the 15 years of "misrule" of Bihar by Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi.

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Who's to pay anti-trust penalty imposed on state-run insurers?
While the Competition Commission of India imposed the penalty on National Insurance, New India Assurance, Oriental Insurance and United India Insurance, the question is: Will it be drawn from the funds of the shareholders of these non-life insurers or from that of policyholders
 
The penalty of Rs.671.05 crore imposed on four state-run insurers by the anti-trust panel for manipulation in the bidding process for the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna of Kerala has raised a curious question: From where will the money be drawn for the fine?
 
While the Competition Commission of India imposed the penalty on National Insurance, New India Assurance, Oriental Insurance and United India Insurance, the question is: Will it be drawn from the funds of the shareholders of these non-life insurers or from that of policyholders.
 
The regulator stipulates that fines imposed by it are to be debited to the shareholder fund and not on the policyholders. But the current debate is over penalty imposed by the anti-trust ody over malafide means in selecting service providers for the Kerala's insurance scheme over three years from 2010-11.
 
The matter was taken up by the anti-trust suo moto on receipt of anonymous information against the four companies. The allegation was that the four companies had indulged in anti-competitive agreements including bid rigging.
 
"The commission noted the impugned conduct of these companies to have resulted in manipulation of the bidding process in contravention of the provisions of section 3(1) read with section 3(3)(d) of the Act," the CCI said in a statement.
 
While imposing penalties, the commission noted that the present case related to bid-rigging in public procurement for social welfare schemes, the beneficiaries of which were below the poverty line and poor families. Accordingly, it was taken as a more serious offence.
 
The penalties imposed was Rs. 162.80 crore National Insurance, Rs. 251.07 crore on New India Assurance, Rs. 100.56 crore on Oriental Insurance and Rs.156.62 crore on United India Insurance.

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Rs.17 crore goes down the drain at Modi's washed out Varanasi event
As rains led to the cancellation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to his parliamentary constituency on Thursday, for the second time in the past one month, a staggering Rs.17 crore of the tax payer's money also has gone down the drain. Literally!
 
If local district and protocol officials are to be believed, washed out trip has cost the exchequer more than Rs.17 crores. While VVIP visits do cost a fortune, the amount spent on Modi's now-cancelled visit is stunning for more than one reason.
 
First, while this is in stark contrast to the austerity Modi often speaks of, secondly, if one breaks down the expense of the visit, which was to last four hours and 35 minutes, the per-minute expense was to be Rs 6.18 lakh and the per-second averaging Rs 10,333.
 
With heavy rains ruining Modi's programme on June 28, the organizers this time had done their homework well and six special 'German Hanger' like marquees were erected for the public rally at Dereka grounds. These gigantic marquees were both fire and water proof and are estimated to have cost Rs 9 crore. Three air-conditioned mobile toilets were requisitioned from New Delhi for use of Modi and his entourage.
 
The organizers, on condition, of anonymity told IANS that air-conditioners totalling 100 tonnes were in place at Dereka, keeping in mind the humid and sultry weather. Ten special generators to provide 125 KVA electricity were also installed, adding a major expense to the budget. While the VVIP's were to be provided AC's to give them respite from the humid conditions, 100 coolers and 2,000 fans were in place for the public.
 
These generators, along with ten 6 KVA and two 5 KVA gensets would have produced 1.4 MW of electricity that, in ordinary conditions, could have powered more than 1,000 households, an official mused. 
 
This apart, over Rs.4 crore rupees has been sent on boarding, lodging, transport and other expenses of the the prime minister's security and SPG detail.
 
A Wi-Fi enabled mini-PMO was also raised behind the hanger in which Modi was to be present during the launch of the developmental projects. Fifteen LED screens that would have telecast the prime minister's address live to almost 20,000 people amd a high- quality sound system at the rally venue also burnt a hole in the common man's pocket.

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COMMENTS

Dahyabhai S Patel

2 years ago

Isee aadmi ne sansad me' virodhiyo' se poochha tha, "hamaari deshbhakti par kisiko shak hai?' Yah kya desh bhakti hai? Us ne Gujarat me' yahee kiyaa tha and Gujarat ka rin ek lakh crores se bhee jyada barha diya hai!!!! America me' Gamndhiji ko shoes nikal ke bhakti bhav dikhane ke liye pranam karta tha, jab ki Gandhiji ko ek inch rah gayee pencil kee bhee kimat thee or apnee tooti hui chappal khud theek karte the!!! Nadee ke paani jaise resource ko bhee jaya nahee' karte the!!!

AJOY KUMAR SARAF

2 years ago

acche din aa gaye. tent
contractors aur bijili walo kay.
janata to aise hi rotirahati hai.
at least rains and visit ( cancelled hui yeh baat
alag hai ), swatch varanasi ko to kiya.

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