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US to invest in Bengal as ‘partner state’: Mamata

Posted by Admin on May 7, 2012

http://in.news.yahoo.com/us-to-invest-in-bengal-as–partner-state—mamata.html

IANS India Private Limited – 49 minutes ago

Kolkata, May 7: Describing her meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “positive, constructive and creative”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said the former assured her of American investment in the state for its business and economic development, considering Bengal as a “partner state”.

Banerjee, however, said issues like Teesta water sharing with Bangladesh and foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail were “never raised” in the talks.

Addressing a press conference after a meeting with Clinton at the state secretariat, the chief minister said: “They (the US) will invest in West Bengal as a partner state. For a long time, there has not been any US investment in the state. After the change in political scenario, they said that the US would favour investment in Bengal.”

Banerjee said Clinton has expressed the US’ desire to invest in West Bengal as the state has witnessed a change in its “political scenario” after decades. She said she also urged Clinton to consider American investments in the state’s software, IT and manufacturing, health and education sectors.

Banerjee said state Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh and US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell would coordinate between themselves and jointly monitor the projects, which would be set up under public-private-partnership (PPP) mode.

“We have formed a small group. Ghosh and Powell will coordinate between themselves and monitor the implementation of the projects,” she said.

Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress chief, stressed issues like Teesta water sharing dispute and FDI did not come up in the talks with Clinton as was speculated in the media.

“We only discussed developmental issues. Strategic issues we did not discuss. Teesta and FDI did not come up in the meeting. There issues were never raised,” she stated.

There was speculations in the political circles that Teesta water sharing with Bangladesh and FDI in multi-brand retail would be discussed in the Clinton-Banerjee meet. The Trinamool is strictly opposing foreign investment in retail, while the chief minister had opted out of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s Dhaka trip last year, leading to the agreement on water sharing being dropped.

After the meeting, the chief minister said she was “very delighted” as the talks with Clinton had been “positive, constructive, creative and concrete”.

Informing that the secretary of state appreciated her for implementation of different development programmes after coming to power in the state, the chief minister said she has assured her of US government’s support in the business and economic development of the state, which was facing a severe debt crisis.

“She hailed us for coming to power in the state with huge support and changing the political scenario. She also appreciated our implementation of programmes in mission mode,” Banerjee said.

Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, joining hands with the Congress, ousted the left Front, which had been in power for 34 years, last May.

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Clinton pitches for FDI in multibrand retail

Posted by Admin on May 7, 2012

http://in.finance.yahoo.com/news/clinton-pitches-fdi-multibrand-retail-090131043.html

Note from Admin : – As usual one of the biggest most insidiously jobful bitches of the West is as usual again at it, doing what she does best, fulfilling the geo-political strategical wishes of her servant manor masters of the 13 messed up royalty banking bloodlines by coming over to the east, to my country and poking her disgusting dirty little nose into the local politics of local states in my nation.

How the hell is it even allowed to happen by all who notice this. Why the hell would a Secretary of State of the most gluttonous country in the world come over to talk politics with local chief ministers of my country. We are sovereign and independent and we don’t need any form of outside interference and/or assistance with how we should run our nation. Please F**K OFF!!

Bringing in the NCTC Act and FDI Retail Investments from the likes of Wal-Mart and others will wreck the SMBs and Cottage/Rural industries in my nation. They get mowed down by your wicked and greedy MNCs.

One of the prime opposers to this move is the Bengal Chief Minister and top political leader Mamata Bannerjee and so she is right now being coaxed to do the unthinkable and actually listen to the wonderful advice given my Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Great news for the NWO as it rumbles on in full gear forward. Either that peaks in 4 years from now or I am leaving this planet for so many other reasons.

Kolkata, May 7 (IANS) Making a strong pitch for further opening up of the Indian economy, especially with regard to foreign direct investment (FDI) in multibrand retail, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday said it would raise the standard of living in India.

“I come with certainly a belief that India can compete with anybody, anywhere. And the more open India becomes over time, the greater is the rise in the standard of living and (the more) the opportunity for the broader number of people,” Clinton said during an interaction at the La Martiniere school for girls here.

“But I also understand politics. And I understand how lots of these decisions are difficult,” she said.

Referring to the US desire to try to open the (Indian) market to multibrand retail, she said the primary reason for this was the “enormous amount of experience that has been brought to India by supply chain management in developing relationships with producers” so that their produce was easily and abundantly available and of larger quantity.

In this connection, she mentioned the factory of Fritolay India, the snack food division of Pepsico, in West Bengal, and said: “There are a lot of benefits that may not be immediately perceived.”

With her visit taking place in the backdrop of speculation that she would raise the India-Bangladesh Teesta treaty with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Clinton said: “Water is an issue about the world that will be increasingly contentious.”

“We have to do a better job of trying to find a win-win solution for everybody because the alternative will be perhaps worst than conflict, leading up to dislocation, destabilisation, refugee flows, famine and other kinds of problems that we are seeing in places like north Africa.”

“We have to work together in the international community,” she said.

Clinton clarified that the US does not have any interest on how water issues are resolved. “But we know from working on our own projections what will be the hard issues in future unless water issues are properly dealt with,” she added.

Besides FDI, she also said the US wants “greater debate” on civil nuclear cooperation.

“We want to have far greater debate and dialogue on FDI and civil nuclear cooperation. US was in conversation with Indian government on those issues for a long time,” she said.

Replying to a question on the Indian Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act passed by parliament last August, Clinton said: “We have made it clear to the government that under the legislation that was passed, it would be difficult for US companies to participate.”

“We’re still discussing this and hoping there’s a way to work it out,” she said.

The US has objected to some provisions of the Indian nuclear liability bill which allows citizens to file tort claims for damages and the nuclear plant operator’s right of recourse against nuclear suppliers.

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Hope fades in search of collapsed Indian building

Posted by Admin on November 16, 2010

By KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press – 1 hr 54 mins ago

NEW DELHI – Anna Halder sat on a patch of packed mud and dialed her cell phone Tuesday, clinging to the hope that her parents or sisters somehow survived under the wreckage of their collapsed apartment building and would pick up.

“It’s ringing,” she said. No one answered. She dialed again.

At least 66 people were killed and 73 were injured after the crude brick building crashed down in a congested New Delhi neighborhood. By Tuesday evening, as rescue workers continued to tear through the pile of broken bricks, twisted iron rods and concrete slabs, hope for finding more survivors was fading.

The building collapsed Monday about the time families were cooking dinner. Halder, 18, had not yet returned from her job as a housekeeper. Her working-class family, like millions of other migrants, moved to New Delhi hoping to get jobs in the growing Indian capital.

They, and many others from West Bengal, found housing in the crude brick building in the Lalita Park neighborhood near the Yamuna River because it was one of the rare homes they could afford amid the skyrocketing real estate prices in the crowded city.

But the building was two floors higher than legally allowed, and its foundation appeared to have been weakened by water damage following monsoon rains. The soil near the river is too weak to support such tall buildings, New Delhi Lt. Gov. Tejendra Khanna said.

Poor construction material and inadequate foundations often are blamed for building collapses in India. In New Delhi, where land is at a premium, unscrupulous builders often break building laws to add additional floors to existing structures.

While the collapse was still being investigated, New Delhi’s top elected official blamed poor construction and maintenance and vowed to punish those who had allowed the extra floors to be built.

“The scale of the tragedy is unprecedented,” Sheila Dikshit said.

Police were hunting the building’s owner, Amrit Singh, who residents said had fled the area. Officials evacuated another of Singh’s buildings next door, after finding its basement was also flooded.

When the building fell, residents said they heard a rumble like thunder. They sprinted to the site and tried to reach those inside by digging with their hands into the piles of concrete, bricks and mortar before police and rescue teams arrived.

“There were so many dead bodies, there was no movement at all,” said Dil Nawaz Ahmed, a 25-year-old journalist who lives nearby. He said he managed to help free five injured residents, but mainly pulled out bodies, which he carried to waiting ambulances. “There were many women and children.”

Rescuers sawed through iron rods and shifted concrete with a bulldozer. Sniffer dogs searched out people. Ambulances parked nearby at the ready. Women crying over lost loved ones were led away.

Malti Halder was still waiting for information about her husband and daughter. She is was not related to Anna Halder; the name is common in West Bengal where many of the residents had come from.

“I did not find them at the hospital. I’ve been searching for them since last night but have not found them,” she said.

M.D. Shahanawaz, a 23-year-old student, teared up as his hopes for a friend who lived in the building dwindled.

“He’s dead,” he said. “Everybody is coming out critical or dead.”

When workers carried a body away from the site on a stretcher, nearby rescuers stopped what they were doing and clasped their hands together in respect for the dead.

One woman whose granddaughter was killed wailed in grief from a nearby roof.

Dozens of black-and-white photographs of the dead hung on the wall outside a mortuary so relatives and friends could identify the bodies of their loved ones.

One man carried away the body of a small boy wrapped in a white sheet.

From another family, Jamuna Halder sat outside on a curb. “My husband is gone. My children are injured in the hospital,” she said.

She lived with her husband and three children in a room for 2,400 rupees ($54) a month after their nearby slum dwelling was demolished. She had been out cleaning houses when the building collapsed. “When I came back, I saw this tragedy had happened.”

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Associated Press writers Nirmala George and Kevin Frayer contributed to this report.

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