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Anna Hazare's political party announcement
Aug-04-2012

Hello JP garu,

As Anna Hazare's team announced their plans of entering into politics, I sincerely suggest you and your party to align or tie-up with them and combine your efforts/strength, as both of you have one of the main goals of bringing down corruption.

That way, change that we all have been aspiring for will come quicker.

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@Sahara Group --New York Plaza hotel
Jul-31-2012

Respected @Loksatta party cadre ,sri Dr JP Garu and all fellow Indians(Volunteers etc)

I have pasted an extract from NDTV profit web site - It is about Sahara Group buying out

New York Plaza hotel ,why Have I pasted this news and how it is relavent here

please allow me to explain

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i)We live in an increasingly Globalised world where business ties cut across ethinicities and regions(countries and continents )

ii)Indian faced terror strikes on Mubai (26/11) and many such incidents ,please refer to recent news about Abu Jundals capture and repartriation from Suadi Arabia

iii)Geo politics as a Global Prism and how we fit in that bigger picture ,yes I agree we are in Kukutapally ,AP state ,India but yet we no longer can afford to ignore news ,even if it is juts a business take over ,the current Indian generation - MBA,IIMs etc should not only grasp studies(subjects as part of the course ),but unseen dimension of Human interaction in Business transactions

here is the extract I have highlighted the relavent parts

@Loksatta party cadre ,every party member must analyse the deal

(see below - property is in New York USA ),owners are an Isreali business man and a Suadi Arabia Prince

so three countries involved - USA,ISREAL ,SUADI ARABIA

now if deal goes through it will be Indian owned

important point is look around the geo politics - see tensions in Middle east (Iraq),Iran vs others etc

Then put our neighbourhood volatility - Pak plus afghan border

then see our own backyard - 26/11 attacks in Mumbai

put these things in perspective ,analyse and just think in the context of Business and Globalistaion

Iam mentioning this news item to look at this news as a different perspective

three dimensions

I)Globalisation

ii)Political unrest and allied spill overs

iii)Business transactions

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Sahara Group has agreed to buy a controlling stake in New York's landmark Plaza Hotel for $570 million, Elad Properties, an Israeli-owned real estate company, said on Monday.

The 105-year-old luxury hotel overlooking New York's Central Park, is jointly owned by Elad Properties, an Israeli-owned real estate company, and Saudi-based Kingdom Holdings Co.

Elad, controlled by Israeli businessman Yitzhak Tshuva, said it would receive 1.6 billion shekels for its 60 percent stake, while Kingdom will receive the rest.

Kingdom, the investment vehicle of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, will hold a 25 percent stake once the deal is completed, Elad said in a statement.

Elad said Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc, which has managed the hotel since 1999 and which is owned by the Saudi prince, will continue to operate the property.

Tshuva bought the hotel eight years ago for $675 million.

According to media reports, Elad had sold luxury apartments in the renovated hotel for $1.5 billion. The sale of the apartments alone netted Elad Group $500 million in profit.

$1=4.05 shekels

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Ray of hope
Jul-31-2012

To whom it may concern

I strongly wish that AP politics are in a transition period now.Undoubtedly the near future is for the real horoes and leaders;for which effiicient human resources in this line need to be empowered by facilitating them with need based inputs on the societal development and HRD activities;so that when they are choosen as leaders they can serve to their best.

 

Wishing all the best,

 

Regards,

 

Dharmender Nadimetla,

Godavarikhani-Karimnagar.

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Fight for good governance and good politics
Jul-28-2012

We have great respect for Dr. JP.  We see him as a ray of hope for future politics.  We are and will be with him despite failures at elections.  We hope against hope that a day will come when people of this country will get fed up with these corrupt politicians and corrupt governance and they will turn to people like Dr. JP and parties like Loksatta.  But it is disheartening that Dr. JP is continuously criticizing Anna Hazare and his Team.  Anna Hazare is the only one who is coming on the street to fight against corruption.  He is the only one who declared a war against the mighty corrupt in India.  He has achieved so much in his life in his home state Maharashtra.  Crowds may be thinning, media may be taking jibes at him and his team seeing the decline in their popularity, NGOs and other social organizations may be distancing themselves from Anna Hazare.  But none of them, repeat, none of them really wants a clean and corruption-free Government.  They do not want a strong and independent machinery like Lokpal.  Therefore, it is natural for them to smile at the thinning crowds at the fasting site of Anna Hazare.  But it is unfortunate that Loksatta party also distances itself from those who are really unselfish,  honest and fighting for the sake of common man. 

 

As a matter of fact, Loksatta also could not achieve much in its fight for good governance and corruption-free society.  Instead, day by day, elections by elections, corrupt politicians are growing like monsters and ruling the roost, winning the elections and running the system.  The recent byelections in A.P. are the clear indication of this phenomenon where Dr. JP and Loksatta are present.  The situation is same in the entire country.  This being the case, Dr. JP ridiculing Anna Hazare and his team is quite unfortunate.  We must realize that there are not many honest people left in this country.  Rather, a honest person is living in fear and with insecure feeling. 

 

It is our earnest request to Dr. JP and Loksatta to express solidarity with Team Anna’s movement and start a similar movement in their own style nationwide.  We need to unite the people who really care for good governance and good politics.

 

With regards

JS

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@Team Anna remarks on sri @pranabdha
Jul-23-2012

respected loksatta party cadr

sri Pranab  Mukherji is one of the senior most politician in indian politics ,his political life spans a few decades

Atleast as Finance minister ,he has signed TAX treaties ,and also presented the white paper on BLACK MONEY ,it is not easy  to have such  a long political career.

TEAM Anna should recognise that first attempt should be to make  institutions robust ,for that happen and take the message to the people one need not point fingers , I believe it is determental to the cause of @lokpal.

I believe first gettingLOKPAL passed is intself  a first step,then follow step 2 (implementation) and step 3 (execution)

Having been in  india ,I understand the variou facets of indian democracy ,underneath lies

i)social structures (caste) ,reservations

ii)coalition politics etc

INDIAS dynamics are unique ,revenge based politics,finger pointing ,groupism etc will not yield results

more unity and commonground on LOKPAL  will be achieved on making indian institutions robust and effective ,we (means all indians) get this first step ,then Step2 (implementations of   lokpal) can  be worked out with similar consensus we had in step 1

I disagree TEAM ANNA naming people and pointing fingers ,i hope @loksata with mature attitude take up the cause

 

 

 

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@Money in TAX Havens
Jul-22-2012

@Respected loksatta party cadre

While this topic of money in TAX havens is discussed in the Indian contex our own sri pranab dha has presented the White paper on the same topic in Parialment ,it is imperative that I highlight  more support on the same ,this time from WEST (UK) estimates that some 15 trillion dollars is the grand total of the whole world that is stashed in TAX Havens

here is an extract from THE  HINDU (Business Line) for your reference:

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A new report by tax researchers estimates the amount of black money deposited by a ‘global super-rich elite’ in offshore accounts at £13 trillion – equivalent of the combined GDP of the US and Japan.

The report by Tax Justice Network released to The Observer is said to be the ‘most detailed estimates yet of the size of the offshore economy’.

In an appendix, the report says that “(it) first became evident in the late 1980s that a vast amount of flight capital was pouring out of the developing world”. The report suggests that for many developing countries the cumulative value of the capital that has flowed out of their economies since the 1970s would be more than enough to pay off their debts to the rest of the world.

In the report, Mr James Henry, former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, shows that at least £13 trillion — perhaps up to £20 trillion — has leaked out of scores of countries into secretive jurisdictions such as Switzerland and the Cayman Islands with the help of private banks.

Their wealth is, as Mr Henry puts it, “protected by a highly paid, industrious bevy of professional enablers in the private banking, legal, accounting and investment industries taking advantage of the increasingly borderless, frictionless global economy”.

According to Mr Henry’s research, the top 10 private banks, which include UBS and Credit Suisse in Switzerland, as well as the US investment bank Goldman Sachs, managed more than £4 trillion in 2010, a sharp rise from £1.5 trillion five years earlier, The Observer reported.

According to Mr Henry’s calculations, £6.3 trillion of assets is owned by only 92,000 people, or 0.001 per cent of the world’s population — a tiny class of the mega-rich who have more in common with each other than those at the bottom of the income scale in their own societies.

“These estimates reveal a staggering failure: inequality is much, much worse than official statistics show, but politicians are still relying on trickle-down to transfer wealth to poorer people,” said Mr John Christensen of the Tax Justice Network.

The report states that oil-rich states with an internationally mobile elite are especially prone to keeping their wealth in offshore bank accounts instead of investing it at home.

“The problem here is that the assets of these countries are held by a small number of wealthy individuals while the debts are shouldered by the ordinary people of these countries through their governments,” the report says.

 

 

Rama mohana rao Anne
@Reply to sri Ram garu
Jul-21-2012

sri @Ram garu

I have read your email about suggestions to change LOKSATTA strategy in broader terms ,and to focus on Corruption etc

Just to clear the air ,iam not a spokesperson for @Loksatta ,and writing this comment from Syd Aust

i)I think Dr JP is an elected member of the AP legislative assembly and needs to cater both to his electorate (issues and redressals etc),that means ,solving traffic issues ,education etc

ii)Since @LOKSATTA is also a political party he has to take up issues like fair price for Famers crops ,market yards etc

iii)Since he has experience with administration already ,he played a good part in working and publishing LOKPAL ...What next

so in essence Team Annas movement is mainly Corruption centred and they should keep the focus

but @LOKSATTA and Dr JP as an MLA is more broader in approach ,so the two are different

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I have seen many people advising on the forum ,that more practical approaches are needed

yes ,it is true that ,@LOKSATTA polled less votes compared to the traditional parties ,but reasons for that are wide varied which merits another discussion as such

I feel that @LOKSATTA is on right track and keep the focus and stick to the principles ,as it is non traditional political party ,and is different as such.

As far Gandihiji being a politician ,I feel he is not politician by nature ,but most probably realised POLITICS is the medium if the change has to be sustainable ,but it has to be GOOD POLITICS (here i mean - no corruption ,no cronyism ,no groupism etc ),which is also what loksatta symbolises

I feel @LOKSATTA should win more seats in state assembly and even Parialment in new delhi ,even inspite of best efforts ,it falls short in winning seats ,still it is better to stick to the principles (i know a few people might join the part and leave that happens and loksatta should be ready for it ) ,in the end I will impressed ,if @LOKPAL ,@RTI Act ,@Electrol Reforms etc ,are all geared for a change and @LOKSATTA plays a critical part in it as well
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@Marathi plus BJP double speak
Jul-20-2012

Respected loksatta party cadre and party president

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while we highlighted corruption in AP in ample measures many times

Also reagrding TELANGANA issue ,we know that Land (hyd) ,water etc are cited as some of the reasons

@BJP favors state division ,at the same time

i)NDTV published many corruption in irrigation schemes in VIDHARBHA region (refer to farmers suicides)

ii)I have pasted below The Weeks magazines article about the article that exposes alleged land grab of Marathi politicians

so if such issues of Political corruption (misuse of power) rampant acroos INDIA ,I feel breaking up the state is not a solution at all rather

Get @LOKPAL bill passed and get Transparency and Accountability in projects ,tenders and execution of such projects ,please read the below pasted extract from THE WEEK magazine for your reference

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Chhatrapati Shivaji assumes divine proportions in Maharashtra, as his rule is considered the epitome of good governance. The unique king upheld the cause of the ryots and cared for agriculture. But three centuries later, his 13th descendant is being accused of doing the exact opposite.
Udayanraje Bhonsle, current head of the royal clan and Nationalist Congress Party MP from Satara, is embroiled in a controversy wherein people in his parliamentary constituency allege that he has usurped nearly 10,000 acres of fertile land spread across 22 villages. The alleged land grab took place in the name of a private temple owned by the Bhonsle family.
Narayan Jadhav, an 82-year-old farmer in Kumthe village, says, “I needed copies of my land records but despite being the village head for years, I was made to run from pillar to post for three months. When I finally got them, I was shocked to note that the ownership of the land had been transferred to the Bhavani Devi temple at Pratapgarh Fort and I suddenly became a mere tiller and caretaker.”
Jadhav alerted other villagers and, to their dismay, they found that the ownership of 875 acres in Kumthe was transferred to the temple as inam (gift). “These alterations were made in 1997 but we came to know about it very late,” says Lakshman Raghu Jadhav, a villager. Notably, Bhonsle, then a BJP legislator, was the state revenue minister in the BJP-Shiv Sena government during the period.
The villagers have records from the 1930s, which substantiate their claim over the land concerned. For instance, Narayan and Lakshman have sale deeds of plots they bought in 1967-68. But now, with Bhavani Devi Sansthan on the 7/12 extracts of the revenue department (which identifies the owner), they are prohibited from selling or pledging their land.
“We knew that 7 acres in Kumthe were meant for the temple and 42 acres were reserved for Patil Pasoda, a system by which part of the income from that earmarked land goes for the temple's upkeep,” says Narayan. “But we just could not comprehend how almost the entire village land got transferred to the temple.”
The news spread to neighbouring villages. Hundreds of illiterate farmers soon realised that they, too, had ‘lost' their land to the temple. Some of them approached the local revenue office, but “the tehsildar and the other officers kept saying that the changes were made as per orders and the land always belonged to Udayanraje Bhonsle,” says Waman More, a farmer from Biramani village, where 1,860 acres have been transferred to the Bhavani Devi Sansthan.
“I had applied for an agricultural loan, but it was denied as the records mention me as a caretaker. That was how I came to know about the change,” says Subhash Lakshman More, who claims to have lost 40 acres.
“This mysterious change in the ownership has almost pressed the STOP button of our lives,” adds Waman. “The complete apathy of the revenue officials only worsens our misery. It is certain that they are under pressure from Udayanraje Bhonsle, who, unfortunately, is our MP.”
In Haatlot, a village which has about 300 families, land records concerning 1,600 acres have been allegedly altered. Lakshman More, a 66-year-old farmer, recalls several land deals which took place before 1997; even the city council president of Mahabaleshwar had apparently bought a piece of land here from a farmer. “If the land did not entirely belong to us, how were those deals approved?” he asks.
In fact, pre-1997 land records in possession of THE WEEK show individuals as the sole owners, and there is no mention of any temple. Our efforts over the past couple of months to get Bhonsle's views on the transfer of ownership have been futile.
In Haroshi village, too, farmers have the same story to tell. The village lost 800 acres. “The mention of inam on the land record deprives us of any bank credit,” says Anand Utekar, who claims to have lost 16 acres. “I tried pleading with Bhonsle to give a no-objection letter, allowing me to borrow from a bank against my land, but he refused.”
Utekar says the local revenue officials are scared of Bhonsle and, hence, remain apathetic. And most farmers do not go for litigation, as they are illiterate, timid and impoverished.
The issue, however, came to the notice of a social worker. The mountains, rivers and wildlife in the region attract many nature lovers, who are often hosted by the villagers during trekking expeditions. Ramakant Kini of the NGO Shramajeevi Sanghatana heard about the alleged land grab during one such expedition.
“I was shocked,” he says. “I immediately went to the Mahabaleshwar tehsil office and applied for the copies of the 7/12 extracts and the copy of the order which prompted the changes in ownership.” But the officials were not cooperative and Kini had to follow-up with sub-divisional and divisional offices to get the records—a process that took two years.
“The revenue records were altered in 1997, based on an application by the late Rani Sumitraraje Bhonsle to the charity commissioner of Kolhapur in 1952 for ‘not registering a public trust'; it stated that the 22 villages were given as inam to the temple privately owned by the royal family,” notes Kini. “The most shocking fact was that the alterations were made hurriedly within 24 hours of the date of application by the temple in 1997.” 
Vivek Pandit, a social activist and independent MLA, has raised the issue with the Maharashtra government. “The application for not registering a trust is dated 1952, by when all the regional kingdoms had merged with the Union of India and the royal families had no legal authority to grant land to any individual or temple or trust,” he points out. Also, Pandit adds, no “inam patra” or a letter granting these lands to the temple was submitted by the royal family.
Despite the lack of evidence of any such grant, local revenue officers implemented the alterations. Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat had apparently taken note of the issue at a meeting held with the district collector, revenue officers and Pandit in May last year. Thorat, who had ordered an inquiry into similar allegations on temple lands in the Konkan region, reportedly stated that “no coercive unilateral action can be taken” to change the records.
But when THE WEEK contacted sub-divisional officer Suraj Waghmare in Waai with the minutes of the meeting, he said, “I have no idea about any such meeting....”
Current records show the 10,000 acres in question as Class III inam under the ownership of the temple and the original land owners as caretakers. But former revenue secretary G.B. Pingulkar has a crucial point: “If the land has to come under Class III, the temple has to be registered as a public trust.” But the 1952 application by Sumitraraje Bhonsle, accessed by THE WEEK, clearly states that the temple is a private property of the royal family.
“Since the temple is a private property, all the tillers and caretakers should have been made owners of the land with effect from April 1, 1957 by the Kul-Kayada Act [part of land reforms], and any such inam that does not have the original inam patra or government gazette, should have ceased to exist,” he explains.
Incidentally, the temple collects donations and gives receipts without even a registration number. The charity commissioner's office in Satara, replying to an RTI application, says that “no such temple is registered with the charity commissioner, neither as a private trust nor as a public trust and the temple is not allowed to collect donations....”
Furthermore, says Pandit, the description of Udayanraje Bhonsle on the land records as ‘Chhatrapati' is improper since Article 18 of the Constitution had abolished all such titles. “Also, doesn't the Rural Land Ceiling Act apply to erstwhile royal families?” he asks.
Kini had filed an RTI application regarding implications of the Act, but found that “the officials are visibly under pressure and refuse to divulge any information”.
Pandit, however, is in battle mode. “We, on behalf of the Shramajeevi Sanghatana, will file a PIL in the High Court to take this gross injustice to its logical conclusion,” he says. “The great Shivaji Maharaj had ordered his soldiers not to even touch the crops or disturb farmers, but sadly his descendants are trying to grab their only source of livelihood.”

 

Rama Mohana Rao Anne
@Extract from Indian Express
Jul-20-2012

Dear Loksatta Party Cadre and Respected Party President

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I have Cut and pasted the extract of a very worrying Armed dealers(Brokers) ,Govt officialls nexus proving Indias Rampant Corruption that is eroding Indias Economically and also as a society ,Now is the time tp get LOKPAL passed ,CBI made autonomous as well

here is the extract - Source Indian Express dated 21st July 2010

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The Indian Air Force’s entire procurement plans, including top-secret projects detailing what systems would enter service in the next decade, are out in the open, possibly leaked with the connivance of highly placed officials within the government.

A former business associate of the jailed arms dealer Abhishek Verma has sent to several government agencies a shockingly explicit document that details the names, quantity and cost of hundreds of systems being procured by the Air Force, ranging from armed UAVs to precision guided munition, infrastructure on airfields close to China, and a new spy satellite.

The highly classified contents of this document — several hundred lines of data apparently filtered out of a central database kept on computer systems that are supposed to be closely guarded — has thrown the Air Force in a tizzy. Serving and retired IAF officers who have seen a copy of the document told The Indian Express that the contents were authentic.

Former chief of the IAF Air Chief Marshal (retd) S Krishnaswamy described the leak as “outrageous”.

“This (the contents of the document) is the entire Air Force. Every department of the Air Force is here (in the document). By looking at this document one can make out every detail of what the Air Force would be like in 2020. Any rival would know what is our state and the full capability of the Air Force,” Krishnaswamy said.

The document, which contains the logo of the Directorate of Information Technology, Subroto Park, as well as an email ID of the Air Force, appears to have been leaked in October 2010.

It is the latest in a series of classified documents that have been received by the defence ministry and the CBI from C Edmonds Allen, a former business associate of arms dealer Verma. It is separate from the 20-odd pages of handwritten notes on the IAF’s acquisition plans in 2011-12, about which The Indian Express reported last week.

Allen has sent several tranches of information to the ministry, CBI and Enforcement Directorate since January this year. The first few lots contained information on the business links of Verma’s company Ganton with global defence companies. A document released by Allen in February contained details of money transferred by Rheinmetall AD to Ganton to allegedly get it off a government blacklist.

The really scandalous disclosures came in June when Allen sent documents which contained secret files from the ministry and the cabinet secretariat. As reported by The Indian Express on July 14, these contained classified naval plans to buy new submarines, the Air Force’s acquisition plans, and plans by RAW to purchase surveillance aircraft.

One of the documents sent by Allen in July contained details of meetings Verma’s wife, Anca — also under arrest — had with top ministry officials, including Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju. This was reported by The Indian Express on July 19.

The Air Force is currently working to establish the source of the leak of the latest document. A spokesperson did not contest the veracity of the information in it, but said that the leak did not appear to have occurred from the Air Force, which has no central database of such information.

The document contains the status of each project listed — the money spent, the stage it was in at the given date, and the number of units planned to be inducted. The Indian Express is not publishing full details of the contents of the document given the implications for national security — it can, however, be revealed that the details include the number and cost of killer drones that the IAF plans to induct, precise quantities of missiles and precision-guided ammunition ordered or about to be booked, two satellites that the IAF has ordered, and details of the upgrades of fighter aircraft.

“There are serious security implications if the document and its contents are authentic. They give out a precise capability evaluation of the Air Force. A detailed investigation is required to find out how details on each of the projects has been collated and for whom. Immediate action is required to find out the people responsible and fix loopholes,” senior defence analyst Air Vice Marshal (retd) Kapil Kak said.

While officials say that an investigation is on, no agency has yet registered a case on the leak of the classified documents in clear violation of the Official Secrets Act.

siva
ap politics
Jul-18-2012
manchi vadi mounam,chedda vadi kruratvam kante pramadam!
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