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“They have always struggled to find a partner for Tiger that’s been successful. Without? Calcutta High Court declared the appointments as illegal. It is fortunate that the proposal of the Janata government contained in the Constitution (Forty-fourth Amendment) Bill,on a road 9 m wide. during a telephonic conversation, District police called the anti-bomb squad from Jalandhar to defuse the bombs.07 crore at the BO.Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted “#MohenjoDaro witnessed growth on Sat and Sun but needs solid numbers on Mon to leave a mark… Also needs to be consistent on weekdays…” With its Saturday collection Mohenjo Daro has earnedRs 3054 crore in India biz He had tweeted earlier “#MohenjoDaro Fri 887 cr India biz… Will need to show solid growth to leave a mark” Directed by Gowariker Mohenjo Daro shows Hrithik taking on a man (Kabir Bedi) bent on destroying one of the world’s oldest cities The film is set during the Indus Valley civilisation and has been made at a massive cost of Rs 100 crore Read: Akshay Kumar’s Rustom is unstoppable at box office Produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Sunita Gowariker for Disney’s UTV Motion Pictures and Ashutosh Gowariker Productions the period drama also spent Rs 15 crore on promotion The film has already earned Rs 60 crore from the sale of satellite rights to Star TV and the music rights to T-Series Read: Hrithik Roshan’sMohenjo Daro box office day 1 collection isRs 88 cr Comparing Mohenjo Daro to the other big release — Akshay Kumar’s Rustom — this weekend Adarsh wrote “#Rustom Fri 1411 cr Sat 1643 cr Total: 3054 cr India biz SUPERB” Backed by Disney Mohenjo Daro is releasing on about 2300-2500 screen In comparison Rustom gets 2000 screens Hrithik can be seen in a movie after two long years His last film Bang Bang with Katrina Kaif managed to earn Rs 2754 crore on day 1 at BO For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsPublished: August 29 2014 12:16 am Source: C R SASIKUMAR Related News By Adam Roberts Outside interest in India leaps and falls roughly in line with its rate of economic growth For far too long the country isolated itself hid away from global trade and capital and stayed poor as a result In turn its international role was far too puny for such a massive population India left South Asia its hinterland to degenerate into the least interconnected region in the world Only in the past two decades has that thankfully begun to change A more open economy and sustained growth helped stir commercial strategic and other kinds of foreign attention As India has grown economically and reached out even building modestly better relations in its region its position in the world has also expanded In four years so far as The Economist correspondent in Delhi I have seen once-intense foreign appetite for news from India first shrink and then begin to grow again While corruption misdirected official policies and weak leadership dominated the news interest from abroad waned Then over the past year the triumphal march of Narendra Modi to office again provoked attention New evidence of faster growth will lift interest higher Imagine the rush of excitement when one day India nudges ahead of Chinese growth rates Great bursts of diplomatic activity help too But it is largely on the back of economic might that interest rises in India’s future strategic military and diplomatic heft Modi’s arrival as India’s most dominant character of course drew intense attention Mostly that is because he is a moderniser anxious to make government function better wielding a big electoral mandate who says he will improve the business climate open up to foreigners and get the economy racing Unabashed ambitions to make India strong active internationally and influential in its immediate region are welcome Separately some questions linger about stability and tolerance Is Modi’s continued close association with far-right Hindu nationalists an indication of social tension ahead What if a majoritarian leader proves clumsy in his treatment of minorities a fifth of India’s population How hostile is he to immigrants Are signs of an uptick in communal violence the start of a trend Will far-right extremists who spout provocative claims such as that all Indians are Hindus be contradicted in public by the prime minister The broad task before Modi is to deliver a future as stable tolerant and welcoming to all diverse groups as possible — including foreigners — but also a country much more prosperous efficiently run and influential abroad Three months after taking office how is he doing One opportunity to take stock is at The Economist India Summit in Delhi on September 11 A day-long event it offers frank open and informed discussion Business leaders from India and abroad experts and investors representatives of the government and commentators will assess the record so far and ask what comes next No one can doubt that the political rupture of the general election and the size of the mandate won by Modi and the BJP mark a big political turn What is less clear is how decisively the government can break from previous policies or how quickly it can reform bureaucracy slash red tape and overcome vested interests One evident change is in style Modi’s election campaign was intensely personal — cult-like said critics — and in office his rule looks near-presidential Much decision-making is centralised He works hard claiming that he only sleeps three or four hours a night but generates energy through yoga So far the signs are that he will at least be far readier than his predecessor to take decisions Thus few at least beyond apparently disaffected rivals in the ruling party see a presidential-style leader as a problem Many voters plus investors who craved decisive transparent and responsive leadership still cheer him on How this will be sustained is less clear One man on however little sleep can only do so much The first three months in office have seen a remarkable focus on foreign affairs with Modi taking trips to Brazil Bhutan Nepal and (forthcoming) to Japan and America His hand is heavily directing foreign policy as India seeks deeper engagement in the rest of Asia hosts a series of foreign leaders veers from warmth to hostility towards Pakistan and rethinks its position at the World Trade Organisation Less attractive was the message he sent in July by scuppering the WTO deal on trade facilitation He may pay a price whatever his domestic reasons for that He immediately lost some of his international reputation as a pro-growth figure ready to take politically difficult decisions to fast open India as a trading economy That came shortly after an interim budget that underwhelmed despite some measures for foreign investment in defence insurance and railways Now the pressure is on Arun Jaitley the finance minister to deliver a much more decisive reforming budget early next year By then there will be no excuse about lacking time for preparation Is it possible that the innumerable pressures on Modi pose too much distraction He spoke tellingly in his speech on August 15 of discovering factions within government They have to be overcome if fine-sounding policies — whether on sanitation infrastructure or manufacturing — are to be implemented Rivalries between ministries bureaucrats lobbyists and politicians cannot be wished away To be seen as a truly reformist leader in other words Modi must find ways to turn his promises into facts on the ground It looks troubling that the pace of appointments and reforms in government is slow Is the economic advisor to be a pro-market figure after all Is the Planning Commission really to be replaced by a more liberal think-tank and with what powers Are the ministries of finance defence and corporate affairs really best huddled together under the control of one man Might it not prove useful to appoint a spokesman for the prime minister one day These remain relatively early days in office too soon to talk of opportunities missed It may be that the ruling party and its boss assume that the forthcoming state elections will bring victories and in turn eventually greater sway in the Upper House of Parliament But the usual presumption of those who win a landslide electoral victory should be that your political capital begins to decline from Day One Barack Obama’s power as president has gradually ebbed in his years in office In Britain Tony Blair’s domestic reforms for example to Britain’s constitution came early in office Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan stormed to victory in 2013 with a mandate comparable to Modi’s — a year later Sharif’s hold on power looks tenuous and he has achieved little Since Modi has centralised power the buck rests with him Unlike his predecessor he cannot blame anyone else if his government does not deliver A nationwide goods and services tax could give a big lift to the economy and draw in investors High-profile examples of making India a more open trading economy — slashing tariffs and food subsidies reforming a corrupt and inefficient agricultural system rolling out cash welfare in place of goods in kind — should be urgent priorities The outright sale of many rotten state-run firms (fly away Air India) is long overdue It is up to Modi to deliver Roberts South Asia correspondent for ‘The Economist’ is conference co-chair at The Economist Events’ upcoming India Summit 2014 where participants will have the opportunity to hear from and assess the new government and what it means for business and society Find out more at economistinsightscom/india2014 For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: September 22 2017 3:02 am The BMC’s Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project includes seven STPs with tertiary treatment which could increase the city’s water supply by up to 50 per cent Related News The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) plan to set up a sewage treatment plant in Malad recently received conditional approval from the Ministry of Environment and Forests which has asked the civic body to plant mangroves on a plot five times the land to be used for the project But the civic body has now written to the MoEF saying such a direction cannot be implemented Civic officials said under the plan the BMC would need to clear only 35 hectares of land for the project and had planned to plant trees on a plot of the same size they had identified in Thane “While we planned to plant trees on a 35-hectare plot the MoEF has asked us to plant mangroves on five times the land we will use which is around 180 hectares The direction is unreasonable as it is difficult to find such a large plot We wrote to the MoEF earlier this week seeking clearance to go ahead with the project” said an official The project has received all other clearances barring the MoEF’s approval and finalisation of discharge norms Civic officials said the project recently received clearance from the forest department and the collector as well “Our sewage already meets the standards prescribed by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board However for the Malad STP project the discharge norms need to be expanded The delay is due to a lack of consensus between experts We have requested the CM to urge the MoEF to give us the necessary approvals so we can start work on the project” said the official Around 1500 million litres of untreated waste water is dumped into the sea which has adversely impacted the city’s coastline The existing treatment facility is only for preliminary treatment before the sewage collected mostly from Versova and Malad is dumped into the Mahim creek The BMC’s Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project includes seven STPs with tertiary treatment which could increase the city’s water supply by up to 50 per cent The Malad STP which will take around four years to build is expected to generate around 847 million litres of water which is enough to cater to around 35 lakh people living in the area measuring 5483 hectares For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Isher Judge Ahluwalia | Updated: April 20 2016 2:04 pm It is now almost 25 years since the 74th constitutional amendment mandated that state governments transfer to the local governments a set of specified functions Related News Most people are aware that if Indian cities are to provide a reasonable quality of life for their residents and a better investment climate for investors it will require massive investments in urban infrastructure Lack of funding is usually perceived to be the principal constraint in achieving this objective What many people fail to realise is that even if funds were somehow made available it would not lead to well-designed and well-managed infrastructure and improvement in public service delivery unless there is fundamental reform in the institutions that govern the planning and management of cities within the Indian federal regime The ability to finance large investments is itself dependent on reforms For example reform in the form of setting user charges for the delivery of a public service to cover at least the operation and maintenance cost of the infrastructure asset including debt servicing would yield a revenue model that assures repayment of the loans raised from the capital market If equity is brought in by a private partner in a public-private partnership project then the user charge must cover a return on such investment However city governments are not allowed to raise user charges (while protecting the poorest by cross-subsidising) without approval from the state government Similarly the reform of assigning to urban local governments the function of urban planning including town planning would provide them with the opportunity of activating a market for land use change This would help them to unlock land value as they go about the business of land zoning and appropriating a part of the consequent appreciation in the value of land for financing urban infrastructure The systems of public service delivery in Indian cities and towns are very fragmented and highly inefficient The report of the high powered expert committee on urban infrastructure and services (HPEC 2011) had recommended administrative and institutional reforms designed to overhaul the system for example a unified command under an empowered and accountable mayor a municipal regulator for bringing a degree of professionalism in the pricing of urban services and use of e-governance and e-enabled smart technologies for better efficiency But there has been little action on the wide-ranging recommendations Successful attempts at e-governance in cities such as Hyderabad Bangalore Pimpri-Chinchwad and Surat are helping to create an environment for grievance redressal and better service delivery but the demonstration effect on other cities has been slow The demand for good governance is typically confronted by lack of capacity as cities grapple with unprecedented tasks of preparing various plans and projects to seek funding under national missions The experience of the JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission) which ran its course from 2005 to 2014 highlights the importance of reforms if Indian cities are to be transformed The government of India’s financial support under the JNNURM was made conditional on both the state government and the urban local government committing to specific reforms in urban planning finance and management The expectation was also that with reforms state governments and urban local governments will be able to attract additional finance from the private sector While some cities made serious effort at reform better service delivery as well as private finance came only when the state governments were willing to reform devolve funds and build capacity of their urban planners and city managers I had highlighted some success stories for example Amravati and Malkapur for water Alandur Surat and Jaipur for wastewater treatment Pune and Pammal for solid waste management as “Postcards of Change” in this newspaper But the wider canvas remains bleak The unwillingness of the system to devolve responsibility and funding to the city level is a major failure It is now almost 25 years since the 74th constitutional amendment mandated that state governments transfer to the local governments a set of specified functions While many functions have been devolved a major omission has been that of urban planning including town planning — the golden goose — which has been retained by most state governments The constitutional amendment itself was flawed in that it only required the state governments to set up state finance commissions that would spell out the principles for sharing/ devolving a part of the revenue of the state government The state finance commissions have not followed the high standards set by the Central Finance Commission and they have not been able to challenge state-level political resistance to devolving funds to urban local governments The share of municipal own revenues in their total revenue was at a low of 53 per cent in 2007-08 and declined further to 51 per cent in 2012-13 As of now property tax is a major source of revenue for these governments but both the rates and exemptions are set by the state government One way of reducing dependence on the state government for discretionary funds would be to create a Municipal Finance List in the Constitution that should specify taxes that are exclusively in the domain of local governments Ideally the opportunity provided by the GST which is the most efficient tax (because it does not cascade and its destination principle promotes India as a common market) should be used to constitutionally ensure that state governments share a pre-specified percentage of their revenue from GST with local governments The structure of the GST would remain two-tiered but the revenue allocation would be three-tiered Guaranteed devolution of GST will significantly reduce uncertainty in the finances of urban local governments and provide them with a basic cushion of financing to discharge their constitutionally assigned responsibilities Since devolution through GST is highly unlikely given the current political mood reforms in urban planning finance and management become even more important to mobilise resources and improve service delivery in Indian cities In June 2015 the government of India launched a number of major national missions for urban rejuvenation including Amrut (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) and the Smart Cities Mission Amrut a successor of the JNNURM with funding conditional on reforms is effectively a Centrally sponsored scheme with an outlay of Rs 50000 crore over a five-year period Its challenge will lie in enforcing the conditionality of reforms precisely the area where the JNNURM failed The Smart Cities Mission with a commitment of Rs 48000 crore over a five-year period for 100 cities focuses on high-tech infrastructure to provide smart solutions for Indian cities The government of India has explicitly admitted that a significant part of the funding for these missions will have to come from the state governments and the private sector This makes reform indispensable The sooner we spell out the dimensions of institutional reform alongside the high-tech infrastructure plans the closer we will be to delivering a better quality of life in our cities and a better investment climate for investors The writer is chairperson of Icrier? 2015 12:21 am The CPM’s target is not and should not merely be mobilisation to win elections.general manager.

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