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Reuters was unable to contact his father.rituals and customs? Showing no conviction in the avermentJustice Gupta told the counsel appearing for the Administration that the priest cannot even recite mantras properly and does not have much knowledge The court also took exception to the fact that the priest did not have any certificate to substantiate that he was qualified to solemnize a marriage The court took the Administration to task for not verifying either the qualification of the bodies helping runaway couple to get married nor the identity of the couples approaching them Seemingly dissatisfied with the investigationthe court has directed the Chandigarh Police to carry out detailed investigation verifying the addresseswitnesses given by runaway couples to the priest and in other societies The case has been adjourned till July For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Lucknow/itwa | Published: February 5 2012 12:18 am Related News Putting an end to speculation of a post-poll tie-up between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress in UPAICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the Congress would not enter into an alliance with any party in the state Addressing a public meeting in Menhdawal constituency of Sant Kabir NagarRahul said the Chief Minister would be from the Congress We will never join hands with thieves and criminals?) Justice Hemant Gupta quipped. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Aashay Khandekar 2 | Pune | Updated: April 27, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 6,there appeared to be a cause and effect relationship between the two riots and the serial bomb blasts? Justice for the effect, "We stand by the Vijay Mallya interview in the @SundayGuardian".000-$600, who famously feuded with older sister Olivia de Havilland, Chitrashi also tweeted a picture of her farewell party.

Here with my #FIR team last night! This is why they have galvanised the Left vote base in the campus in support of the AAP. he said that her win? While the crackdown on cash is much more severe this year,s FSB: 3% of GDP?IEJuly 6) In their article Correct costs of the food security bill (FEAugust 17)three distinguished economists (Ashok KotwalMilind MurugkarBharat Ramaswamihereafter KMR) join together to demonstrate that I was barking up the wrong treethat my calculations were all wrong and that the true cost of the FSB would only be 18 per cent higher at Rs 85000 crore (full disclosure: I insisted that their article be published) The KMR estimates have been boldly endorsed in a spate of recent articles and/ or commentsfor exampleby Planning Commission member Abhijit Senin articles in Tehelka and Mintand in cyberspace by leading economist Debraj Ray These are senior and respected economists/ commentatorsand it is important that their (wild) allegations be seriously looked into In my articleI had provided a simplified short-cut method of estimating the approximate size of the food subsidy In the tableI present stage-by-stage estimates of the FSB from procurement to distribution Broadly speakingthere are four estimates of the cost of the FSB The lowest of these is the one by KMR: at Rs 85000 crorethey are some Rs 40000 crore less than even the official estimate of Rs 125000 crore This is the first time I have witnessed any personlet alone respected economistsestimate leaky government subsidies to be less than even the leaky government of the day has claimedand not just in India but anywhere in the world And not leaky by a small amount by 47 per cent (Rs 125000 crore versus Rs 85000 crore) I would appreciate if any reader can provide evidence to the contrary The third estimate Rs 227000 crore is by a government food official and expertAshok Gulati and his team (hereafter Gulati) Gulati is the chairman of the Commission on Agricultural Costs and Pricesand therefore in a natural position to know better The FSB provides a right to 860 million people (bottom 67 per cent in rural areas and bottom 50 per cent in urban areas) to avail 60 kilograms of rice and wheat a year for Rs 250 per kgand a subsidy on each kilogram of Rs 2030 This leads to a total distribution of 515 million metric tonnes (MMT) a year at a cost of Rs 105000 crore In additionthe government has added recipients who will receive extra cash or grain (for examplepregnant womenspecial groups) and Gulati estimates this subsidy to be Rs 23000 crore The totalat Rs 128000 croreis almost identical to the government estimate of Rs 125000 crore But farfar removed from the left-touted estimate of Rs 85000 crore Gulati has additional costs (agricultural production enhancement costsinfrastructure and logisticsetc) that add up to Rs 54000 crore So the base Gulati estimate is Rs 182000 crore How does a respected authority like Gulati get a higher estimate of Rs 228000 crore The above Rs 182000 crore estimate assumes that there are no storage costsno rotting food and no leakages in distribution It is as if the government was playing god with efficiency In their reign since 2004-05the UPA buffer stocks have averaged 37 MMTwhichat a cost of Rs 2030 per kgcomes to approximately Rs 75000 croreor Rs 2000 crore per tonne Gulati says that no more than 20 MMT are neededand thus the storage costs will be Rs 40000 crore a year The Gulati final estimatethereforeis Rs 222000 crore Howeverif the average historical storage of the UPA is taken (why would they do things differently in the 10th-plus years if for nine years they have felt it necessary to store annually 37 MMT)then the basic costs rise by an additional Rs 34000 crore But even the Gulati estimate assumes that the government is perfectthere is no rotting grainand there are no leakages from the FCI to the ration shop (Leakage 1)and no leakages by providing grains to people not eligible (Leakage 2) The governments own estimate of food that goes rot in the night (or leaks to the liquor trade) is Rs 30000 crore Which brings a conservative estimatewith no leakages at allof the FSB costing Rs 286000 croremore than three times the low-ballrogueKMR estimate of Rs 85000 crore The leakages are yet to be accounted for Do we have any estimate of these Yeswe have an expert on the subject who is none other than the R in KMRBharat Ramaswami In an exhaustive analysis on the Indian PDS system for 2004-05Ramaswami estimated that only 10 per cent of the PDS money reached the targeted population restall leakage Curiouslyin his new avatarRamaswami believes that all leakages have disappeared into thin airthe UPA government came and reached nirvana for the poorand for himand these leakages are now zero Leakage 1: This occurs before the food even gets to the ration shop This leakage has been estimated by various authorsfor various yearsto be approximately 45 per cent of the food that leaves the FCI but does not reach either the poor or the rich Given the official distribution of around 56 MMTthis leakage is 25 MMTor around Rs 50000 crore Leakage 2: Analysis of those not eligible for food subsidies in 2013-14 (those above the 67th percentile in rural areas and the 50th percentile in urban areas) with 2011-12 NSS data indicates that there were 143 million non-eligible individuals who received an average of 45 kg of grain per month Leakage 2: Rs 17500 crore Summing upthe Gulati estimate with no rotten food and no leakages was Rs 256000 crore Add the following extra storage: Rs 34000; rotten food: Rs 30000; Leakage 1: Rs 50000; Leakage 2: Rs 17500 These four items add up to Rs 131500 crore Maybe all these extra costs will be zeroand as the pigs flywe will observe the minimum estimate of Rs 256000 crore to be right Maybe the new government will increase efficiencydecrease corruptionand reduce these extra costs by half a 100 per cent improvement In which casethe FSBif implemented according to both the spirit and the letter of the lawwill be Rs 320000 croresomewhat higher than my original estimate of Rs 314000 crore What all this means is the following Firstunfortunatelyideology goes a long way in explaining policy dialogue in India SecondI am thankful to KRM for pushing me via their provocatively wrong estimates to set the record straight I would suggest to KRM that they influence the respected (albeit ideological) Economic and Political Weekly to publish further discourse on the subject (I would be happy to contribute)so the subject can be dealt with the finality and truth that it deserves The writer is chairman of Oxus Investmentsan emerging market advisory firmand a senior advisor to Zyfina leading financial information company For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsIt’s the Congress which probably caused more damage to the squeaky-clean image of Dr Manmohan Singh than any outsider It left his reputation as an economist in tatters; it made him the owner of legacy he won’t look back with much fondness After he quit as Prime Minister after presiding over the worst ever performance of the party not many were sympathetic to him So all senior party leaders conducting a solidarity march for him after the court order in the coal scam was interesting After Congress president Sonia Gandhi decided to make her support public for the beleaguered leader a host of senior leaders and MPs marched from the Congress headquarters to Dr Singh’s residence at Motilal Nehru Marg The likes of Digvijaya Singh Sheila Dikshit AK Antony PC Chacko P Chidambaram Ghulam Nabi Azad Mallikarjun Kharge Satyavrat Chaturvedi Veerappa Moily Vyalar Ravi Kumari Selja and Mani Shankar Aiyar followed Sonia Gandhi on the streets Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh AFP "We are here to offer our unstinted support and show our solidarity to him The Congress party is fully behind him" said Sonia Gandhi Congress President "We will fight this legally and have no doubt that Dr Singh will be vindicated" she added It was hard to believe that most of the leaders present during the march were those who had often made their displeasure against the then PM Manmohan Singh known openly often taking him to task over policies which they believed went against the interests of Congress "It is ironic that one of the most honest politicians in the country is to be questioned by CBI" said Digvijaya Singh senior party leader P Chidambaram dared the NDA asking "Why is the government reluctant to say we stand by CBI’s report CBI has twice said that there is no ground or charge to take criminal action" This sort of sympathy pouring in for Dr Singh makes it a curious case of Congress party’s intricate web of intra fighting yet again After having got brickbats for the party’s failure to get rid of the “corrupt” tag during his last few years as prime minister life seems to have come a full circle for him While the ruling NDA has maintained that Dr Singh is paying for the sins committed by Congress other parties viewed the solidarity march with amusement “If only this had been the case when he (MMS) headed the Government” wrote BJD MP Jay Panda on Twitter But things could get difficult for both Dr Singh and Panda’s party chief Naveen Patnaik over the allocation of Talabira-II and III coal blocks in Odisha to Hindalco in 2005 It is alleged that Centre’s decision to allot the coal block in an arbitrary manner was done citing the Odisha government’s letter favouring the Aditya Birla Group subsidiary (Hindalco) The Court also maintains that former PM cannot take the plea that he could not look into minute details of each case before him Barbs and allegations aside the Congress smells an opportunity to turn the Court’s action into an act of witch hunting by the Centre The same BJP had refused to accept a lunch invitation by the then PM in June 2010 over the issue of CBI misuse against Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case Amit Shah is now the BJP President and it presents a golden chance to turn the same allegations in reverse order Apart from the Land Bill the Congress has been unable to muster enough support amongst themselves over issues to take on the ruling dispensation till now Even though the former PM may have little political relevance in party’s scheme of things but Congress is more than happy to cash in on his "honest" image to boost the party’s morale in these trying times On a muggy night last week this reporter was on the campaign trail of AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) candidate KA Sengottaiyan in Gobichettipalayam in Tamil Nadu’s Erode district along the foothills of the Western Ghats Leaving my car locked and parked near a temple in a village called Kodivery where the candidate was campaigning and went on foot A few minutes after the candidate finished addressing the crowd there was a power cut so I trudged back to my car To my shock I found some people rummaging through it When I went closer I found that they were officials of an Election Commission appointed Flying Squad I asked them how they had opened a locked car “We received information that as soon as the power got cut cash would be distributed” confided one member of the squad who did not wish to be named “So when we came here all the cars took flight and only one car remained Since your car registration clearly shows it is from another area we started our search” he said This in a nutshell encapsulates the kind of intense crackdown being carried out by the Election Commission in Tamil Nadu in its hunt for illegal cash With just two weeks to go for polls in Tamil Nadu the Election Commission is cracking down in an unprecedented manner to stem the tide of illegal distribution of cash for votes Over Rs 65 crore has been seized so far with around Rs 25 crore being returned on submission of proper documentation for the same as per ECI data Big ticket seizures have taken place in the past two weeks with over Rs 6 crore being found stashed in a single house in Karur Representational image AFP “In the last two weeks a whopping Rs 25 crore of cash has been seized in Tamil Nadu and this shows the trend here” said retired IAS officer MG Devasahayam “12 cash counting machines were found in one place Imagine how much cash there would have been to need 12 counting machines I don’t know where all this money was sent after counting” he added Devasahayam is referring to a raid on a house in Karur district where ECI officials found Rs 6 crores of cash from the residence of one Anbunathan Following this seizure raids by ECI teams have intensified in the western districts of the state Flying Squads and checkposts are seen not only in major towns but also on the roads and highways linking them At every 10 kms the Election Commission teams conduct searches of vehicles Between Pollachi and Coimbatore alone a distance of 36 kms there are three Flying Squad teams conducting searches all through the day and night No one is spared by the ECI especially leaders of the ruling party the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and their relatives On 27 April simultaneous searches were conducted on leaders friends and relatives of the ruling party in districts like Coimbatore Pollachi Madurai and Erode Assembly deputy speaker and Pollachi AIADMK candidate V Jayaraman’s relative Dr Mahendran’s farmhouse was raided for a full day The ECI later clarified that nothing was found in these raids which went on for over seven hours Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni told Firstpost?nursing homes and hospitals to give five-star facilities to all patients and to treat emergency cases without payment. 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