THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

Imminent Massive earthquake in the Himalayas

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS TALKS AGAINST CASTEIST HEGEMONY IN SOUTH ASIA

Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

EU tells Greece: Choose the euro or go

EU tells Greece: Choose the euro or go

11/3/2011

By Leigh Phillips

BRUSSELS - Europe delivered a stark ultimatum to Greece on Wednesday night (3 November), demanding that the country's planned referendum ask plainly whether the country's citizens wish to stay in the euro or to get out.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel - both of whom are reportedly livid with their Greek counterpart, George Papandreou, for suddenly announcing that he would hold a plebiscite on the austere terms of a fresh, €130 billion bail-out - issued the warning in Cannes ahead of a meeting of the G20, where they had summoned the Hellenic leader, demanding he explain himself.
They told Papandreou that the latest tranche of bail-out cash from the EU and IMF, som €8 billion needed to keep the lights on in the country, is now suspended and will not be delivered unless Greeks vote in favour of remaining in the single currency zone.
"The question is whether Greece remains in the eurozone, that is what we want. But it is up to the Greek people to answer that question," Sarkozy said, adding that Greece would not receive "a single cent" if it does not adhere to the bail-out plan agreed last week.
It is the first time Sarkozy and Merkel have countenanced the possibility of Greece exiting the euro, an outcome they have battled for almost two years to prevent.
It is understood that France - as well as the UK, which is outside the eurozone but part of the G20 group of leading global economies - had initially hoped to persuade Papandreou to withdraw his plan for a referendum.
But such a position hardened into a demand that Athens hold the referendum within weeks rather than in January, as Papandreou had intended.
"Europe cannot be kept waiting for the outcome of the referendum," French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, told domestic deputies. "The Greeks must say quickly and without ambiguity whether they choose to keep their place in the eurozone or not."
Papandreou has now committed to holding the referendum on 4 December under pressure from the two leading EU powers. It is the earliest they can hold the vote, the Greeks insist, as they require a minimum of a month to make the necessary preparations.

Expulsion but not voluntary exit

The legality of an exit from the euro remains however an open question. 
A 2009 assessment by the European Central Bank of the legal options came to the conclusion that while expulsion from the single currency is feasible, voluntary exit is not permitted under the EU treaty.
More seriously, an exit from the euro would provoke massive capital flight from the country. Anecdotal reports suggest this is already happening on a significant scale. To prevent further haemorrhaging, capital controls would have to be imposed while an armed presence on the borders and coastal waters would also be required to stop wealthy citizens from attempting to smuggle assets out of the country.
It is for these reasons that the government believes if the referendum question is posed in such plain terms, the 70 percent of Greeks that support continued membership in the euro according to recent polls, will back the bail-out plan.
"The Greek people want us to remain in the euro zone," Papandreou told reporters after his grilling from Sarkozy and Merkel. "We are part of the euro zone and we are proud to be part of the euro zone."

The €100 billion question

However, it remains unclear what the nature of the referendum wording will be. Government spokesman Angelos Tolkas said on Wednesday: "No, this will not be the issue. It will be the bail-out plan." 
Confusion was also sewn by another government spokesman, Elias Mossialos, who told Vima radio, a domestic broadcaster, that EU leaders had already been told of the referendum plan before Papandreou made his announcement.
"They had been informed of his intentions," he said. "But they were not informed about the date. That belongs to the Greek prime minister and not to foreigners when they will announce something or how to take the political initiative. It is a part of our national sovereignty and our policy initiatives."
Separately, Papandreou's finance minister distanced himself from the prime minister, saying that he opposed the referendum and called for a national unity government.
"Greece's position within the euro area is a historic conquest of the country that cannot be put in doubt. This [achievement of] the Greek people cannot depend on a referendum," he said in a statement. "If we want to protect the country we must, under conditions of national unity and political seriousness and consensus, implement without any delay the decision of October 26. Now, as soon as possible."
"Internal political balances and the future of individuals and political parties of this country is not what matters," he added.


"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything"
                          Alexander Hamilton

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