SHELL-SHOCKED FRONT REELING UNDER ITS IMPACT
Published 19-11-2012 11:55 GMT-0000
THIRUVANTHAPURAM: In the ultimate analysis, politics is all about perception. Whatever the spin the United Democratic Front (UDF) leaders might want to put on Defence Minister A K Antony’s angry outburst against the state government headed by his ‘dear friend’ Oommen Chandy, the people perceive it to be the Defence Minister’s strong disapproval of the Congress-led Government’s style of functioning.
JUBILATIONS OVER A FAILED AUCTION
Published 19-11-2012 11:48 GMT-0000
How competent and wrong is the Comptroller and Auditor General of India? Do the CAG’s large mouthed figures on loss of revenue for failure to properly auction natural resources—telecom spectrum and coal and land for airports—even remotely correct?
India: Uttar Pradesh
RAMPANT NEPOTISM AS RELATIVES OF LEADERS GET TICKETS
Published 17-11-2012 10:00 GMT-0000
LUCKNOW: Apprehending early polls for Lok Sabha, Samajwadi Party has announced a list of 55 candidates who will be contesting in Uttar Pradesh.
SETTING UP MULTI-MEMBER CAG COMMITTEE IS WASTEFUL
Published 17-11-2012 09:56 GMT-0000
The latest controversy surrounding the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) needs to be seen in right perspective. Minister of State in the PMO V. Narayanswamy’s statement – which he later retracted – that the government was actively considering the recommendation of the Shunglu Committee report, to make the CAG a three-member body, akin to the Election Commission, has, evidently, come at a wrong time. Still worse is the denial by MOS after having gone on record in a taped interview with the PTI about the government thinking.
MIM LOOKING FOR NEW ALLY IN ANDHRA PRADESH
Published 16-11-2012 12:02 GMT-0000
The Winter Session of Parliament opening on November 22 looks set for stormy days with BJP and other opposition parties gearing up to indict UPA-II on a range of issues including corruption, and press for a vote on the divisive reform agenda, notably FDI participation in the retail sector. Major ally DMK is ambiguous on support for FDI entry into retail trade.
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE ISSUES ON THE FORE
Published 16-11-2012 11:58 GMT-0000
Wipro’s and CESC’s are two post-independent India’s fairytale entrepreneurial stories, probably unparalleled in the annals of modern business management across the globe.
DIVISION WILL HURT MOVEMENT
Published 15-11-2012 12:27 GMT-0000
For about two years now the Team Anna led by the social activist and civil society leader Anna Hazare has brought the issue of corruption to the centre stage. Last year the team fought the Lokpal war and partially won and also partially lost. The government, bowing to the Team Anna’s pressure got the Lok pal passed in Lok Sabha but it is still stuck in Rajya Sabha. Anna’s movement was a huge success in 2011 because of the combined efforts of his team including Justice Santosh Hegde, lawyer Prashant Bhushan, social activist Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and others. However, perhaps due to ego clashes, Team Anna got deviated somewhere down the line within a year.
FDI-DRIVEN HYPERMARKETS BAD NEWS FOR MILLIONS
Published 14-11-2012 11:48 GMT-0000
The fear expressed in this Column, namely, that the Congress party may be losing its survival instinct, has come true within a fortnight. The November 4 rally in Delhi, held to celebrate the United Progressive Alliance government’s disastrous decision to open up multi-brand retail to foreign investment, gave out that message, loud and clear.
BURMA IS INDIA’S TICKET TO EAST ASIAN MARKETS
Published 14-11-2012 11:38 GMT-0000
KOLKATA: The civil government that came to power in Myanmar after the general elections of 2010 has been slowly veering away from the old path. Efforts are on to make peace with the ethnic rebels who had been fighting the junta government for decades. The new government signed a ceasefire agreement with the Shan rebels in December 2011. Next month, January 2012, it signed another ceasefire agreement with the Karen rebels.
INFIGHTING MAY INTENSIFY AFTER GUJARAT ELECTION
Published 14-11-2012 11:34 GMT-0000
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is not the only person, who is feeling restless over the prospects of Narendra Modi as the next PM candidate of BJP, the same restlessness may also be found in RSS. Former spokesman of RSS, MG Vaidya demonstrated his frustration over the growing stature of Narendra Modi in a calculated way.