Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fresh charges for garbage collection by MCD is a multi-crore scam
From: Media Cell AAP  Sat, 20 Sep '14 3:44p
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The Aam Aadmi Party will oppose the proposed move by the BJP-controlled three Municipal Corporations of Delhi to impose fresh charges on residents for waste collection, since there is no justification in asking the people to pay for failures of these corrupt civic bodies.
The move initiated by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, in which the Delhi BJP chief played a key role till he resigned on Thursday, and is proposed to be followed by East and North Delhi corporations too, is nothing short of a multi-crore scam.
The decision to invite a global tender in which bidders include foreign firms, is a highly suspect move and these three corporations, which have turned Delhi into a heap of garbage, will not be allowed to burden the taxpayers any further.
The national capital presents a sorry picture with lack of public toilets for women in market areas, bad roads, clearly visible filth on roads, miserable sanitation and sewage, and the threat of outbreak of diseases like Dengue looming large in this time of the year once again.
Such a state of affairs is despite the official figures showing that there is no shortage of money and on the contrary, the three BJP-ruled corporations have chosen not to spend the allocated amount to improve the condition.
Nearly 60% of the budget allocated to the Municipal Corporations of East, North and South Delhi Municipal Corporations for carrying out development work, remained unspent in the financial year 2013-14.
In case of South Delhi, the corporation’s budget was Rs 319 crore in 2012 and Rs 456 crore in 2013, for improving sanitation. Can it show how much of this amount was spent ? If it could not spend even half of this amount, then what is the reason behind the proposal to impose charges on residents ?
Similarly, Rs 45 crore was earmarked to combat diseases like Dengue and Malaria, Official records it could not even spend Rs 18 crore to check these diseases. Can the SDMC deny it ?
Situation is no better in East and North Delhi corporations, where the residents have been running from pillar to post to atleast get a clean living environment.
The AAP will expose how the BJP-controlled MCD has been cheating the people and is now planning to impose an unjustified financial burden, which will not be tolerated by the people.

AAP Media Cell



Modi, Hasina to meet in New York on 27th Sept
PM Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 27th September in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Announcing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Hasina on the margins of the UNGA which will be their first bilateral meeting, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, however, did not give the date for the interaction between the two leaders.Sources, however, said the two leaders will meet on September 27 after addressing the General Assembly.
The Prime Minister had invited Hasina for his swearing-in ceremony May 26 but the Bangladeshi leader was travelling that time and could not attend the event.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, who is here for a JCC, extended an invitation on behalf of Hasina to the Prime Minister to visit Bangladesh to which Modi said that he looked forward to visiting Bangladesh at the earliest convenience.

Catalan parliament approves Nov independence vote

Reuters/StringerCatalan independence movement gained strength over the last few years, gathering momentum against a backdrop of EU financial crisis. The autonomous region of Catalonia has a population of 7.5 million and accounts for almost one-quarter of Spain’s GDP.
On September 12, Europe saw one of the largest demonstrations in recent years: at least 1.8 million people formed an 11km red-yellow line to show their support for the upcoming independence referendum.
Catalan parliament has passed a law giving its regional president the power to carry out a non-binding consultation vote on secession from Spain. Catalan nationalists believe this law enables them to hold the long-awaited independence referendum.
On Friday, the Catalan parliament voted in favor of the new law, with 106 MPs supporting it and 28 voting against.The MPs hope it will bring Catalan President Artur Mas a step closer to the planned independence referendum on November 9.
However, while the nationalist block thinks the bill directly paves the way for a referendum on independence, the Catalan socialists who allied with them for the vote do not share this opinion.Catalonia’s new law comes right after Scotland voted “No” to independence, but Mas said that the people should not see it as a discouraging sign.
The Spanish government called the Catalan consultation vote illegal and said it will be taking the matter up at the Constitutional Court. The court has the power to suspend the vote after it hears the case on Tuesday.
Madrid maintains that any kind of secession vote has to be decided by the whole country, citing Spain’s 1978 constitution.
Mas stressed that the fact Scotland had a referendum to decide on this issue was “key.”
“This is a powerful and strong message that the UK is sending to the entire world – that if there is such a conflict elsewhere in the world you have the right way to try to resolve these differences,” he said.
Scotland “has shown the way to others – the Catalan process continues,” Mas added.

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