The White House Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The cost of inaction

One year ago today, the Senate introduced S.744, a bipartisan bill that would fix our broken immigration system, grow our economy, and shrink the deficit. Last June, they passed that bill. The House has still failed to act.

Take a look at how inaction has hurt our economy — and pass it on:

Learn more about the cost of inaction. Click here to see the full infographic.See the infographic on

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The menu for Global Scenarios has been enabled.  Comparison of Scenarios of IEA, EIA and WEC is presented for Primary Energy Consumption, Electricity Generation and Co2 Emissions.

  1. Toyota to launch hydrogen-powered car
    The firm will launch the hydrogen-powered car in the United States, Japan and Europe in 2015
  2. Tata Power plans to add 646.7 MW from clean energy sources
    Firm plans to raise renewable energy capacity by 71% to cut carbon emissions
  3. Hydro power output goes up to 1,400 Mw to match rising peak demand
    Production at hydro power stations in the state has gone up by more than 200 Mw to 1,400 Mw during peak hours in comparison to March daily average output, as peak power demand in the state has been rising matching with soaring mercury levels. The …
  4. Indian companies to benefit from Nepal’s new hydropower initiative
    The initiative of International Finance Corporation (IFC) can pull up Nepal’s power profile to a much brighter scale and also boost Indian power companies business.
  5. Clarify on undecided environment approvals: Assocham to EC
    EC has been examining projects awaiting clearances to ensure their approval by the government violate poll code
  6. TAPS generated 28% of India’s atomic power in 2013-14
    There was less than 1% increase in power generation from TAPS during the year as compared to the previous fiscal, the report said.
  7. Over 14,000 MW hydro power capacity is under execution: Central Electricity Authority
    Over 14,000 MW of hydro power capacity is under execution in the country and would be commissioned in the next 4 years, according to CEA.
  8. Growth goes beyond a strong coalition
    Weakest coalition since 1989, the United Front govt from 1996-98 delivered faster GDP growth than much stronger govts
  9. Ajai Shukla: Come out of the nuclear closet
    While the ‘no first use’ pledge must quickly be scrapped, the ill-conceived commitment to ‘massive retaliation’ is even more damaging to our nuclear credibility
  10. Rays Power commissions 14 solar power projects in FY’14
    Rays Power is now starting two new parks in Rajasthan for 100 MW of capacity and its solar power capacity is now 85 MW with 56 projects.
  11. Climate change: UN panel’s latest tocsin
    Planned action just not enough, it pleads; new target cuts in emissions and deal to allocate these needed by 2015
  12. Punjab State Power Corporation petitions APTEL about CERC’s compensatory tariff order
    Punjab State Power Corp has petitioned APTEL challenging CERC’s order about compensatory tariff to two Mundra projects of Tata Power and Adani Power.
  13. Parakh set to reignite coal fire
    Former coal secretary Prakash Chandra Parakh is gearing up to put up a strong fight against the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s allegations of criminal conspiracy in the coal block allocation scam, with the launch of his book, Crusaders or …
  14. Finance ministry steps in to rescue Dabhol power project
    The project, which was built by Enron Corp, has been in trouble since last year, when dwindling gas supply from Reliance Industries’ KG-D6 block forced it to shut down.
  15. Govt receives 36 applications for three coal mines
    Applicants include JSPL and Tata Steel
  16. GVK coal mine gets conditional clearance from Australia court
    GVK’s Alpha Coal Mine is located in the Galilee Basin, Australia with the first coal expected to be extracted by 2016
  17. Coal India signs 160 fuel supply deals with power plants
    The company is likely to sign more fuel supply agreements

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Biggest Lie of Helicopter PM


Biggest Lie of Helicopter PM – Its 3%-4% MSME Jobs not 80%
April16, 2014
Helicopter PM in election interview broadcast just hours ago Claimed
80% MSME jobs created in Gujarat. MSMEs contribution is just 5% of
But I down loaded latest Annual Report of MSME ministry.
Gujarat 1st in Fixed Assets, 7th in Enterprises, 7th in Jobs, 9th in
Production Value.
No.    State/UT    Enterprises
(lakh)    Employment
(lakh    Market Value of Fixed Assets (Rs. Crore)    Gross Output
(Rs. Crore)
3    Punjab    10.14    18.31    37126    81625
24    Gujarat    15.32    34.42    166753    55306
    INDIA    214.38    501.93    689954    1077212
Gujarat 24% Fixed Assets, 5.5% Production Value, 6.9% Jobs, 7.5% Enterprises
Statement 2.3: State – wise Distribution of Principal Characteristics
of MSME Sector * Based on 2005 MSME Census

This table on page 32 is most damaging – Gujarat has 15.32 lakh
Enterprises out 214380 or 7.5% approx, 34.44 lakh employees out of
501.93 lakh or 6.9%, Rs.166753 crores out of Rs.689954 crores or 24%
Fixed Assets, But value of output is Rs.55,301 crores out of 1077212
crores or 4.76% only.
The ten leading States, in terms of enterprises, are Uttar Pradesh
(44.03 lakh), West Bengal (36.64 lakh), Tamil Nadu (33.13 lakh),
Maharashtra (30.63 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (25.96 lakh), Kerala (22.13
lakh), Gujarat (21.78 lakh), Karnataka (20.19 lakh), Madhya Pradesh
(19.33 lakh) and Rajasthan (16.64 lakh).
The ten leading States, in terms of employment, are Uttar Pradesh
(92.36 lakh), West Bengal (85.78 lakh), Tamil Nadu (80.98 lakh),
Andhra Pradesh (70.69 lakh), Maharashtra (70.04 lakh), Kerala (49.62
lakh), Gujarat (47.73 lakh), Karnataka (46.72 lakh), Madhya Pradesh
(33.66 lakh) and Odisha (33.24 lakh).

P-251 –  Number of Assisted Units 595 out of 18160, Margin Money
Subsidy Rs.2301 crores out of Rs.36146 and jobs 6937 out of 155418.
JUST 4%.
A year earlier it was 8058 jobs out of 325359 or not even 3% Page 240.
CNG Gas Price in USA $3.4 per mmBTU – Gujarat State Petroleum
Corporation demanded $15 to $18 Per mmbtu – Table-16

Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
Sabka Bharat Mission 2019
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016
Ph: 9650421857, 9718280435




Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

cordially invites you to a Public Lecture

(in the ‘Cities in History’ series)



at 3.00 pm on Thursday, 17 April, 2014

in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building





‘Women and the City:

The case of Ahmedabad’




Ms. Madhavi Desai,

Centre for Environmental Planning

and Technology University,





Asian cities are multi-layered environments. Natural and man-made, historical and modern, public and private create a complex structure of the city, deeply influencing its citizens. The built environment constitutes the image of the city and has a high cultural value as a collective memory. The city of Ahmedabad, which did not have colonial roots like Bombay, Calcutta and Madras, dates back to 1411 AD when Sultan Ahmed Shah established his capital on the eastern banks of the Sabarmati River. The 7th largest metropolis in India, Ahmedabad still contains a medieval core. In the first half of the 20th century, it was called the ‘Manchester of India’, owing to its large textile industry. Today, it is being hailed for its contemporary urban development.  On the one hand, physical planning, mostly in the hands of the government, is limited to macro level Development Plans or Master Plans. In these abstract processes, the neutrality of the user is taken-for-granted and the element of people’s participation is minimal. On the other hand, with growing impact of globalization, rapid urbanization and projects of modernization, Ahmedabad, like other Indian cities, has increasingly become less accessible to the marginalized and less mobile population, women being one of them. In addition, the discourse and critical scholarship about gender and the city has remained rather peripheral in India, creating a major lacuna in theory and praxis, severely limiting inputs to design, policy and implementation.  Spatial arrangements in an urban context help to reproduce structures of gender and also to articulate identities. At various levels, from the city to the neighbourhood and from institutions to the dwelling, the relationship between men and women is expressed in the built form. Focusing on middle class women, this presentation will examine their relationship to inside and outside spaces in the city, particularly in the public sphere, referring to traditional as well as modern markets, streets, parks and gardens, public toilets and urban transportation systems. Based on empirical research, this work-in-progress will attempt to read of the city as a gendered entity.




Ms. Madhavi Desai is an architect, researcher and a teacher. She has an M. Arch from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. She is a partner in ARCHICRAFTS since 1981 and an adjunct faculty at Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad since 1986. She has had Research Fellowships from Indian Council for Social Science Research, the Aga Khan Programme for Islamic Architecture in MIT, USA, Sarai, New Delhi and the Getty Foundation, USA. She is a founder member of Women Architects Forum. She is the co-author of Architecture and Independence: The Search for Identity: India 1880 to 1980New Delhi (1997), Architectural Heritage of Gujarat: Interpretation, Appreciation, Valuesthe Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, (2012) and The Bungalow in Twentieth Century IndiaThe Cultural Expression of Changing Ways of Life and Aspirations in the Domestic Architecture of Colonial and Post-Colonial Society, UK (2012). She is also the author of Traditional Architecture: House Form of the Islamic Community of the Bohras in Gujarat,Pune (2007) and the editor of Women and the Built Environment in IndiaNew Delhi (2007). Currently she has a manuscript ready for a book on Women in Architecture in India. She is also a member of the nominating committee of the Berkeley-Rupp Professorship and Prize at the University of California at Berkeley, USA (2012-2014). She has made presentations at many international conferences and has been widely published.







In the petition filed by the AamAadmi Party in the Supreme Court challenging the non-dissolution of the Delhi Legislative Assembly &non-holding of fresh elections, both the Congress and the BJP have filed their affidavits justifying the non-dissolution and prolonged imposition of President’s Rule.


Despite the fact that Supreme Court had specifically asked both the parties to make their stand clear as to whether they are willing to form the Government by joining hands, both the parties have not indicated any willingness to form the Government.


This shows that both the Congress and BJP have joined hands to thwart the democratic rights of the people of Delhi to have a popularly elected Government. This is because they feel that in the event of fresh elections, AAP would get a majority and form the government in Delhi, and both parties would instead have a prolonged Centre’s Rule irrespective of the political party in power at the Centre.

AAP media Cell


Pawar takes a dig on Narendra Modi and BJP’;s campaign.


Bharatiya Janata Party’;s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has brought down Gujarat’;s development, Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said on Wednesday.


He was speaking at a rally at Bhandup, arranged for the poll campaign of Sanjay Dina Patil, the Nationalist Congress Party’;s candidate for the Mumbai North-East Lok Sabha constituency. The rally saw Pawar portraying Modi as cruel referring to Modi’;s puppy remark and the massacre during 2002 Gujarat riots.

Pawar claimed that Gujarat’;s development was a continuous effort of its erstwhile Congress chief ministers and alleged that Modi is trying to steal the credit by making consistent false statements.

During the chief ministerial period of Madhav Singh Solanki, Amarsinh Chaudhary and Chimanbhai Patel, Gujarat was developing at the rate of 16% to 17.5%. However, during the period of Modi’;s rule in the last 12 years, the growth has come down to 9% or 8%. Modi has brought down the growth of Gujarat, said the NCP supremo. 

Pawar took a dig at Modi and BJP’;s campaign – ‘;Ab ki Baar Modi Sarkar’;- stating that it is for the first in the history of independent India that a politician has come up and started portraying himself as the next Prime Minister, and going down to the streets asking people to vote for him.

In democracy people choose the Prime Minister, and not vice versa,” said Pawar commenting on Modi. 

“The elections haven’;t concluded, the counting of ballot has not started, the results has not been announced and neither has the majority been proven in the Parliament. But here is one man who has been harping of himself as the Prime Minister,” said Pawar.



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