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

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

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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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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Revenue nudge to Mamata - Pranab cites Left lesson to convince Bengal

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Revenue nudge to Mamata
- Pranab cites Left lesson to convince Bengal

Nov. 12: Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee today advised the Mamata Banerjee government to generate more revenue, the public nudge couched in a reminder that the erstwhile Left regime had ignored his repeated appeals and pushed the state into a debt trap.

"The previous government took loans and went in for borrowings at random. I had repeatedly told Ashok Mitra and Asim Dasgupta (state finance ministers when the Left was in power) not to depend so much on loans but to increase state revenue. I had warned the government also. But they didn't listen.

"What was the result? Bengal has piled up a staggering public debt of Rs 2.03 lakh crore. So, mere borrowings won't do. The state must step up its revenue earnings… and the present government will have to keep that in mind as well," the Union finance minister told a panchayati raj convention in Murshidabad today.

What Mukherjee said in public today was the articulation of the advice the Centre has repeatedly given the Mamata government that has been banking on Delhi to bail it out of the financial mess.

However, Mamata has so far refused to raise taxes or tariff — a populist policy that the Prime Minister also apparently raised when Trinamul Congress MPs called on him a few days ago.

By drawing attention to the folly of the Left and the consequent debt trap, Mukherjee appears to be giving Mamata a saleable reason, if at all she needs one, to explore the possibility of hard decisions such as tax increases or tariff revisions.

Mukherjee has cited the very factor Mamata has been blaming — Left profligacy — to argue why the state government should generate more revenue.

Besides, he also sought to address a question Mamata has been asking: why the Centre allowed the Left to borrow so much.

"Pranabda has simply answered the query by saying he had warned the earlier CPM government against taking huge loans," a Congress minister said today. In the process, the Union minister also added how the new government should avoid repeating the Left's mistake.

Through her high-decibel campaign against the Centre and some sharp comments on the Prime Minister's refusal to commit himself to a price freeze, Mamata has already positioned herself as a friend of the common people and the most vocal champion of Bengal's causes.

The Centre has promised some help but it will take time. But the Mamata government will come under increasing pressure to take some hard decisions — not only to make ends meet but also to deliver the innumerable welfare schemes she has promised Bengal.

If Mamata is looking for economic logic that makes political sense, Mukherjee provided her one today.

Justifying the recent petrol price increase that Mamata had opposed, Mukherjee said the money so raised was used to subsidise kerosene, diesel and cooking gas that affect people from every strata.

Mukherjee painstakingly explained: "The price of petrol is Rs 73 a litre now. But it should have been Rs 43 per litre. Then why are people paying Rs 30 more? Because, the Centre collects close to Rs 15 per litre as tax and the state's share of tax is a little more than Rs 15. The tax collected by the Centre is spent for providing subsidy to diesel, kerosene and LPG consumers."

Then he asked a question the Mamata government has been skirting so far — be it proposals to raise power tariff or milk prices.

"So, how will we run the country without taxes?" Mukherjee asked.

In reply to a question, state commerce and industries minister Partha Chatterjee referred to finance minister Amit Mitra. "Matters relating to finance should be answered by him," Chatterjee said. Mitra was unavailable for comment.

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