Saturday, June 4, 2011

Baba Ramdev demands at glance

"Our agitation not against any political party or individual. We are neutral, not being sponsored by any party or organisation and people from all castes and religion are joining us. We appeal to all parties to join us. We are erecting a special stage where representatives from all parties can come to put forth their point of view," he said. Baba Ramdev announced of launch of his fast against corruption and to bring back black money stashed by Indians in foreign banks from June 4. Baba schedule of fast to start his fast from 7 AM on Saturday and continue till 9 PM."My fast will start from tomorrow (Saturday)," he told a huge gathering at the Ramlila ground in central Delhi."Corrupt people have no religion, they are demons. All corrupt ministers should be given the death sentence." He also claimed that his agitation was neither "politically motivated or communal" nor he has any "underground agenda" as was being portrayed by some sections.

His demands with details are:

Baba said to the Centre on the issue of land acquisition and claimed that he had already demanded that the Government amend the Land Acquisition Act, 1894.

Demanding that education in Indian languages be given priority so that the poor and maginalised sections of the society also benefit is encouraged then it will help the poor and the marginalised gain access to good schools and colleges. They will also be able to get quality education.

He also asked the Government to set up the National Farmers Commission and to ensure that organic farming and the usage of bio fertilizers are encouraged.
Baba Ramdev said that the judiciary was burdened with crores of cases and so would not be able to handle corruption and black money related cases.

"Our courts have a backlog of 3.5 crore cases and corruption and black money cases are being heard by the same courts. We should have separate courts to deal with corruption cases and exemplary punishment should be meted to the culprits. They should be given death sentence. They should be hanged to death," he said while addressing a mammoth gathering at Delhi's Ram Lila Ground on Friday.

"The issue of corruption is not a small one. If the entire black money is brought back to the country, then poverty will be abolished and India will prosper. Indian currency will be stronger than the dollar and pound. India was once the leader in every sphere of the world. It was economically most strong and had rulers who were virtuous. India taught the world about science, mathematics, geography and the universe. Now our country is at the bottom of every development index and at the top of corruption, population explosion, poverty and crime. This country is number one in corruption, lack of education, faltering health care facilities," said the yoga guru.He called people like Hasan Ali Khan who have stashed black money worth several crores in foreign bank as the enemy of the country.

Ramdev said that the slogan of his movement is: "Remove corruption, bring back black money." "There is a movement against corruption in the entire country and the entire country is joining hands. Our agenda is to bring back the black money and the country be saved from corruption. People inspired by this movement are fasting tomorrow. It is our constitutional right," said Ramdev.

“Today in this country, a troop of 10 crore people are directly connected with me. They are connected not because of any religious leaning, but because I have made them aware of the reality. I have been fighting against this corruption for the last five years. I have come here after walking one lakh kilometres. Ramdev has not dropped suddenly from the sky. He lives on the ground and has worked his way up from the grassroots level”, said Baba Ramdev.

He added, “According to my calculation, around Rs 400 lakh crore black money is stashed outside the country. Our country should get the money back. This is no small amount. It’s not just my opinion; it’s also the opinion of those who study the economy… Whenever people adopt the path of truth, others call them mad. At least people are not calling me mad. And what I’m saying will be proved right. You’ll see in the coming days that people who have committed these sins and have betrayed the nation will be exposed.”

Digvijay Singh said, “Baba Ramdev is a business man and not a sanyasi.” He added audaciously, “If Congress was scared, Ramdev would have been put behind bars. There is no fear; that is why he is out in the open and there are discussions with him”. This is not the first time Singh has tried to belittle the Yoga Guru. A Christian Congress MP from Arunachal Pradesh called Baba a ‘Bloody Indian’. Then, Rashid Alvi attempted to insult Baba Ramdev by commenting on the huge preparations going on at the fast venue.
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Foreign Tourist Arrivals and Foreign Exchange Earnings in May 2011

Foreign Tourist Arrivals and Foreign Exchange Earnings in May 2011
Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) during the Month of May 2011 was 3.69 lakh as compared to FTAs of 3.45 lakh during the month of May 2010 and 3.05 lakh in May 2009. There has been a growth of 7.0 % in May 2011 over May 2010 as compared to a growth of 13.0 % registered in May 2010 over May 2009. FTAs during the period January-May 2011 were 25.23 lakh with a growth of 11.5 %, as compared to the FTAs of 22.63 lakh with a growth of 9.5 % during January-May 2010 over the corresponding period of 2009.

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) during the month of May 2011 were Rs. 5047 crore as compared to Rs. 4358 crore in May 2010 and Rs. 3249 crore in May 2009. The growth rate in FEE in Rupee terms in May 2011 over May 2010 was 15.8 % as compared to 34.1 % in May 2010 over May 2009. FEE from tourism in rupee terms during January-May 2011 were Rs. 29723 crore with a growth of 11.6 %, as compared to the FEE of Rs. 26622 crore with a growth of 27.4 % during January-May 2010 over the corresponding period of 2009. FEE in US$ terms during the month of May 2011 were US$ 1124 million as compared to FEE of US$ 951 million during the month of May 2010 and US$ 669 million in May 2009. The growth rate in FEE in US$ terms in May 2011 over May 2010 was 18.2 % as compared to the growth of 42.2 % in May 2010 over May 2009. FEE from tourism in terms of US$ during January-May 2011 were US$ 6598 million with a growth of 13.3 %, as compared to US$ 5822 million with a growth of 38.3 % during January-May 2010 over the corresponding period of 2009.

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