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Shiv Sena demands 'ghar wapsi' of Kashmiri Pandits
The Shiv Sena has demanded proper and honourable rehabilitation of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits of Jammu and Kashmir who were forced to flee their home-state over 25 years ago.
 
"Jammu and Kashmir now has a stable government of the BJP and the PDP, and a strong administration led by Narendra Modi at the centre. Since Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's government has been formed with the BJP support, he must take a decision on 'ghar wapsi' of displaced Kashmiri Pandits," it urged in an edit in Saamana on Tuesday.
 
The Shiv Sena said the decisions by Sayeed to release extremists and speak about their rehabilitation have raised doubts about what exactly he proposes to do to ensure the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homeland.
 
"Sayeed has said developing separate areas for Kashmiri Pandits...does this mean creating a slum or slum development project for the 'sons of the soil'? Even this proposal has been opposed by the separatists," the party pointed out.
 
Referring to the controversy over the party's (Shiv Sena) demand to take away the voting rights of the Muslim community, it asked how many Kashmiri Pandits managed to vote in the last election in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
"Many people are crying themselves hoarse over the voting rights of the Muslims, but no 'Owaisi' (Asaduddin Owaisi) or other secularists ever raised the same question (of voting rights) for Kashmiri Pandits. To ensure the victory of candidates on religious lines or Pakistan supporters in Jammu and Kashmir, the voting rights of Kashmiri Pandits have been crushed," the party alleged.
 
The fact that not a single Hindu legislator was elected in the last election is an ominous sign in this direction, as Kashmiri Pandits have been uprooted from their own homes and outsiders have usurped them, it added.
 
Lauding a suggestion by Bollywood actor Anupam Kher to set up the first 'Smart City' for Kashmiri Pandits in their home state, the party said these original 'owners' of Jammu and Kashmir, now reduced to nomadic beggars, must get their voting rights restored.
 
"People are concerned about the voting rights of Muslims, but in this country of Hindus, nobody is bothered about the same for Hindus of Jammu and Kashmir or Assam. India is also their motherland," it urged.

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Assam Congress MLA arrested in auto theft racket
Assam Police on Tuesday arrested Congress legislator Rumi Nath for her alleged nexus with the notorious kingpin of auto theft racket Anil Chauhan.
 
A senior official of the Guwahati Police Commissionerate confirmed this on Tuesday and added that Nath was arrested for two cases - one registered with the Azara police station and the other registered with Dispur police station in the city. 
 
"She was arrested from her official residence in Dispur on Tuesday morning," the official added.
 
Both the cases are related to her nexus with the kingpin of auto theft racket, police said.
 
"She was arrested under non-bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which include Section 120 (B), 212, 420 and 468," the official said.
 

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D S Ranga Rao

2 years ago

Congratulations! Yet another golden feather in the cap of Indian National Congress(INC). So, she qualifies to be the next Chief Minister of Assam!

World Bank pegs India's growth at 8 percent next fiscal
The World Bank has forecast India's growth accelerating to 8 percent in the next fiscal and said the country is well-placed in a region that has not only logged the highest economic expansion but would benefit the most from cheaper oil bill.
 
According to the bank's South Asia Economic Focus report, which is released twice a year, the exports sector in the region remains a cause for worry, even as the lower oil import bill should trigger a complete revamp of fuel subsidy regime.
 
The new projections come soon after host of agencies and organisations expressing renewed confidence on the Indian economy. International credit rating major Moody's revised India's sovereign ratings outlook to positive from stable, while Fitch reaffirmed its stable outlook on India. 
 
The think-tank of rich nations, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), also endorsed high growth prospects for India. Similarly, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has also projected the country's growth at 7.8 percent in 2015-16 and at 8.2 percent in 2016-17.
 
World Bank South Asia Chief Economist Martin Rama said the biggest oil price dividend to be cashed in by South Asia is one yet to be earned. But it is not one that will automatically transit through government or consumer accounts, he said, commenting on the latest findings of the report.
 
"Cheap oil gives the opportunity to rationalize energy prices, reducing the fiscal burden from subsidies and contributing to environmental sustainability," he added, even as India's oil import bill for February this year, the latest period for which data is available, shrank by more than 55 percent over the corresponding month of last year.
 
The World Bank said India's GDP (gross domestic product) growth is expected to accelerate to 7.5 percent in fiscal 2015-16. "It could reach 8 percent in fiscal 2017-18, on the back of significant acceleration of investment growth to 12 percent during (FY2016-FY2018)," the economic focus report said.
 
"The country is attempting to shift from consumption - to investment-led growth, at a time when China is undergoing the opposite transition."
 
Since the fall in crude oil prices from mid-2014, the finance ministry has estimated that the subsidy burden on account of oil for the year 2014-15 will be around Rs.80,000 crore.
 
With the steep fall in oil prices the subsidy burden has been projected to come down from a high of Rs.1.39 lakh crore for 2013-14 to around Rs.80,000 crore in 2014-15.
 
The steep fall in the oil prices has also allowed the three-state owned petroleum products retailers to pass on the benefit of cheaper prices to consumers. The retailers have been allowed by the government to fix the prices of petrol and diesel prices as per international prices. 
 
The three oil marketing companies (OMCs) have been revising rates on the 1st and 16th of every month based on the fortnightly average of international oil prices and the rupee-dollar exchange rate. 
 
The country's oil imports during April-February, 2014-15, totalled $130.84 billion, down 12.24 percent from the corresponding period of the previous fiscal. 

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