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Membership of the grouping will help India significantly expand its atomic energy sector. which has an ambitious energy generation programme. * For the first time, * This is the first ever win by India at Chepauk against Australia.will come from the government.The rest of the money should come from the private sector “Government funding cannot be sufficient” said Devendra Pant chief economist at India Ratings and Research “And it is a big challenge to get private investments When you talk about urban infra projects recovery will not be immediate You should find out alternate ways of revenue generation Can private sector investor get returns to his investments Nobody will come for charity” Though big cities still have a better chance to get funds the smaller ones in the list of hundred will have to struggle Pant says If one goes by recent reports the signals so far is that foreign investors who are supposedly enthused about the prospects of investing in smart cities haven’t really put money on the table A 1 September Hindu Business Line article which cited an RTI query said no investment has come from foreign investors ever since Modi embarked on the 100-cities smart city journey some two years back What does this mean Foreigners aren’t as thrilled as us on India’s smart cities Secondly how will the SPVs raise funds is a question The government has clarified that the Centre’s contribution to smart cities will be strictly in the form of grants and the ULB is exercising its own discretion in utilising these funds as its equity contribution to the SPV The SPV can access funds from other sources including debt and loans besides user charges Raising money from bond issuances will not be easy for SPVs considering the experience of municipal bond issuances in the past said Pant of India Ratings “What will be the revenue model of that SPV Till now response to municipal bonds has been lukewarm Not much money has been raised It will be a test whether these SPVs will be able to leverage the grants given by central and state governments and raise money in the debt market" Third there is a likelihood of new smart city plans clashing with the existing limited infrastructure of cities In cities where there already is chaos on account of inadequate infrastructure such as congested roads and land scarcity how will the designers of new smart cities prepare ground for world-class infrastructure is a question So is the question how will these cities accommodate the urban poor and migrant unskilled workers One of the ways for investors to recover money they invest in smart cities is through charging inhabitants for better services This can make smart cities a costlier option for a large section of urban poor and can lead to social imbalance too The bottom line is this: There aren’t two thoughts on the potential of the 100-smart city plan It is an idea that deserves attention But convincing investors to put money in these new cities will be a huge challenge Much of its success will lie in the execution And even if that happens the government will have to find out an answer to what the new world of smart cities will mean to the urban poor (Data support from Kishor Kadam) But, while dozens of villages reported partial flooding.” said Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Third Front? Since 1989it has been argued that the Congress and BJP both need to beand can bekept out of government formation and the rest could form a coalition that becomes the federal front This line has many takersboth in the political arena and in intellectual circles Parties other than the Congress and the BJP have their own stakes in such an arrangement Only by keeping these two parties out could players like the Janata Dal in the past and the Samajwadi Party now think of a decisive role at the Centre In 1989non-Congressism helped these Third Front partners come together and provided some political justification for their alliancewhich was bereft of ideological commonality The menace of communalism replaced non-Congressism in the mid-1990s Thusnon-BJPism became the binding factor for the United Front government of 1996 Mulayam Singhs renewed attack on the Congress needs to be read in this context Parties such as the SPDMKTMC and so on require an argument both to convince their cadres and to justify their stand to the larger public They lack ideological cohesion They do not have a common position on most crucial issues Most of them have been party to the economic policies of the last quarter of a centurysince they have been part of either the NDA or the UPA governments (or bothas in the case of the TMC and DMK)and cannot escape blame for the current economic crisis Sothey need to keep (re-)discovering the vices of the Congress and BJP in order to dump these parties and form a Third Front yet again That is the process Mulayam Singh seeks to set in motion He realises that his partyand others like hiscan perhaps survive as ruling parties at the state level by negotiating with the BJP or the Congress But at the national levelthey can play a decisive role only by decimating the two larger parties The question is: is Mulayam Singh saying anything that NT Rama Rao or VP Singh did not say in those early years of the Third Front So farat leastthe DMKMulayam Singh or Mamata Banerjee (whose party seems to be most eager to bring down the UPA government) have not sought to change the terms of the political discourse by bringing in any new arguments They have been content with name-calling and grumbling about the treatment meted out by the Congress Moreovertheir governance record leaves very little scope to argue that they are any different from the Congressin terms of ideas or practices But if we go beyond their public posturingthree crucial issues seem to emerge that may have some bearing on the politics of coalition-making in the year to come and the art of governance within a coalition framework Firstlet us look at what the DMK was demanding It was asking for a share in foreign policy-making power This issue had also been manifest in the case of the TMC and Indias Bangladesh policy Unfortunatelypolitical parties have failed to address it up front so far Increasinglystates and state parties are going to assert themselves in areas that have hitherto been out of bounds for them Both in terms of federal governance and in terms of the relation between so-called national and so-called state partiesthis is going to be an important issue The face-off on the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008 must also be seen as part of this processwhere different partieswhatever their geographical reachhave different foreign policy preferences Secondstates and state parties will increasingly demand preferential treatment from the Centre Bihar and West Bengal are already asking for this and such demands can only proliferate While this phenomenon will test the resilience of the federal structureit will also test the tenacity of the rival coalitions A Nitish Kumar can negotiate a better deal for his state and strengthen his position within the NDA At the same timethe Congressby granting his demandscan bring him closer to the UPA The DMK can threaten the Congress by pulling out of the government but cannot risk the possibility of its rivalthe AIADMKmoving closer to the Congress By giving more financial assistance to drought-hit Maharashtradoes the Congress help its state wing or does it help the NCP to run away with the credit for wresting more from the Centre The third issue for coalition politics dominated by the Congress and BJP is power-sharing within the respective alliances Nowthe question of deciding the leadership of the coalition might arise particularly with the BJPs Modi-turn So farit has been accepted that within the NDA or UPAthe larger partner chooses who leads the government As the fluidity of coalitions becomes a norm and both face the possibility that a majority might elude themit is likely that their partners will stake claims if not for the top jobat least for a say in deciding on the leader of the legislative coalition It would only be a logical step towards further institutionalisation of coalition politics if the prime minister is chosen not by the Congress or BJP (in the case of the UPA or NDA)but through negotiations among the partners Nitish Kumars astute moves last monthand Mulayam Singhs headline-grabbing murmurssymbolise the new strains that the politics of coalitions may have to face during and after the elections If that is indeed the casewould the NDA and UPA look like the United Front The writer teaches political science at the University of [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Aizwal | Updated: February 22 2017 1:46 pm Photo for representational purpose Top News Two decades after it got Union cabinet approval a 60 MW project in Mizoram will see the light of day in June making the hilly state the third power-surplus state in northeast India after Sikkim and Tripura Farmers’ agitations and administrative hurdles delayed the commissioning of the power plant the biggest in Mizoram which shares a border with Myanmar (510 km) and Bangladesh (318 km) State-run North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) a ‘Mini Ratna’ company under the Union Ministry of Power will be commissioning the hydro-electric project along the Tuirial river in Aizawl district “The first unit would start generation in June and the second unit in September” NEEPCO general manager PK Bora told IANS “The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) cleared the project on July 7 1998 The project was conceptualised in 1994 NEEPCO has so far invested Rs 1100 crore on the project” After the project work started the locals launched a massive agitation due to submerging of their standing crops and farmland under the reservoir that would be created “The project work came to total stop on June 9 2004 due to the stir launched by the newly-formed Tuirial Crop Compensation Claimant Association claiming compensation for the standing crops in the riverine reserve forest” Bora said “After the Union Power Ministry NEEPCO and the Mizoram government jointly negotiated with the agitators work resumed in 2011 after seven years of stoppage” Till June 2004 30 per cent of the project work and 95 per cent of the design and engineering work had been completed The NEEPCO official said that though the company has invested Rs 1100 crore so far due to delay and price escalation the original sanctioned cost was Rs 369 crore With a population of just 11 million Mizoram’s current demand of electricity is only 85 MW and this is being met by state’s mini power projects and availability of its share of power from central sector projects Thus the additional power is likely to be supplied to the regional or national grid Sikkim is self-sufficient at 9570 MW while Tripura whose daily need is 272 MW is self-reliant in electricity Since March last year Tripura is supplying 100 MW of power to Bangladesh and is ready to provide an additional 100 MW if the central government permits it to do so For all the latest City Others News download Indian Express App More Top News no one paid any heed to it. 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the PPP tried to besiege the Panj Pir madrasa with a police force but was unsuccessful in bringing it to heel,s largest democracy must not project themselves as intolerant of free speech and cartoons. Rajagopalan Chennai Quota effect * THE introduction of SC/ST quota for promotions in government jobs may not have the desired impact (? congratulations. nitesh and nilesh rane ever." BJP sources told the Times of India that this particular strategy helped get in touch with voters and ensure that they would go out and cast their vote. Read the complete report in The Times of India HERE They also feel that economic reforms have enabled the privatisation of power for the benefit of the few and the privileged. The turnaround on multi-brand retailing was hung on the potential plight of the kirana shop-keepers; the rollback of the price of petroleum products on the inflationary implications for the lower middle class and straitened farmers; the silence on labour market flexibility on the rights of workers. I thought I was going to die.

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but Venkatraman says it is all worth it when an idol is returned to the temple it belongs in.local bodies have a constitutional obligation to provide reservation to women and backward classes.

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