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Grim Outlook For Tamil Nadu

As the State government is set to unveil its first Budget under a GST regime, experts anticipate sharp declines in income and growth with impending drought adding to woes It has been at least four years of misery for the Tamil Nadu economy and experts feel that this situation is likely to continue into the next couple of years. A state that was once topping the charts in all indicators, especially growth rate and investments, has been sliding unstoppably for the past few years, with no stem in sight for the fall. A number of factors are compounding the misery of Tamil Nadu’s economy and its people, forcing a domino effect on jobs, incomes and livelihoods of the seven crore population of the southern state. Budget 2018, to be unveiled on March 15, will showcase this in a subtle way.…

British Tribunal’s decision may reveal UK’s role in Operation Bluestar

An ongoing Tribunal in the UK will decide whether to make public classified files that detail British military support given to the Indira Gandhi government and the Indian Army during the 1984 attack on the Golden Temple.   We may soon know new facts about the lead up to Operation Bluestar. A UK tribunal will decide whether or not to release classified files that detail British military support given to the Indira Gandhi government and the Indian Army during the 1984 attack on the Golden Temple. The decision will come within six weeks’ time, after a three-day long session of the tribunal which heard arguments from both the UK Government and independent British journalist Phil Miller, concluded on 8th March. Miller’s research into declassified government files in the National Archives in 2014 revealed the involvement of the Special Air Service (SAS), a special forces unit of the British Army, in the 1984 operation. Miller first came across the files in 2014, after government files were released to the public under the UK’s 30-year rule, which mandates that documents that were deemed to not be sensitive in terms of national security must be made available to the public after a period of 30 years. The findings prompted the then Prime Minister David Cameron to call for a formal inquiry to be led by his Cabinet Office Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood. The Heywood Inquiry subsequently concluded that the UK’s role during the events of 1984 was “purely advisory, limited and provided to the Indian government at an early stage in their planning,” and that it had a “limited impact”. Some Sikh groups within the UK, however, such as the Sikh Federation UK (SFUK), believed that the conclusions reached by the 2014 inquiry were insufficient, and, following the UK Information Commissioner’s decision to not launch a separate inquiry in 2015, have formally started the procedure for a public inquiry last week. “The timing of us submitting the formal request for a public inquiry and the tribunal being held was purely coincidental, and down to a delay on the part of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO),” Dabinderjit Singh, an advisor to the SFUK, told The Lede. “We believe that the Heywood Inquiry’s frames of reference were limited, and deliberately chosen to look at a specific time period in the months running up to Operation Bluestar, to present an official sanitised view of what role the UK government played,” he said. “Phil Miller has subsequently found additional documents in the National archives that show the Indian authorities requesting British support in setting up the National Security Guard, which states on its website that it was modelled in part on the SAS,” Singh added.…

‘Watch’ And Get Paid – The Left Ends Kerala’s Disastrous Labour Union Practice

‘Nokku Kooli’ has for decades been an accepted labour practice that has for long affected the state’s Ease of Doing Business image On May 1 this year, when workers worldwide observe Labour Day to commemorate the 1886 mass labour walkout in Chicago demanding eight-hour working days, headload workers in Kerala will ‘lose’ their most-controversial ‘right’. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, at present the sole Communist Chief Minister in India, who likes to present himself as a ‘doer leader’, has taken the bold step to remove the decades old and widely-criticised ‘Nokku Kooli’ system that has prevented industry and businesses from flourishing in the state.. ‘Nokku Kooli’ is a practice followed by unionists in Kerala, where the owner can load or unload the goods himself, but money has to be paid to the trade unions for ‘watching’ (therefore, literally ‘Nokku’) the movement of goods. As the Leftist CM sees it, ‘Nokku Kooli’ is affecting the state’s status of being investor-friendly and thanks to this, its ‘ease of doing business’ is in the negative.…

The Honeymoon Ends

The Telugu Desam Party and the BJP break ties which were uneasy to begin with The four-year alliance of Andhra Pradesh’s ruling party, the TDP (Telugu Desam Party) and the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) ended on a bitter note with the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu calling the non-granting of special status to AP a “betrayal”.…

KCR’s Third Front – A Political Mirage?

Regional politics and personal ambitions, with fragmented political agendas can render this an uphill task  Two months ago, TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) had declared that he had no interest in national politics and that his only goal in life was to transform Telangana into ‘Bangaru Telangana’ (Golden Telangana). This was in response to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s query on his interest in national politics, so that BJP could accommodate him in such an arrangement. His announcement on Saturday, March 03, about his plans to launch a Third Front as a national alternative to the Congress and BJP, has come as a shock to the regional leaderships of both the national parties in the state.…

The Countdown Begins for 2019

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has primed his weapons at the Prime Minister ahead of the 2019 state and general elections   Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) continued his volley of attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday saying that there had been all round response to his criticism of the Congress’ and BJP’s failure to lead the nation.…