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  • Uttarakhand BJP MLA suspended over indiscipline

    first_imgDehradun: The ruling BJP in Uttarakhand has suspended Khanpur MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion from the party for three months on charges of indiscipline, a party spokesman said on Sunday. Champion’s suspension on Saturday night came after a preliminary report prepared by the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Disciplinary Committee found him guilty of gross indiscipline. It also took cognizance of the legislator’s alleged threats to a journalist. State BJP President Ajay Bhatt later suspended Champion. Recently, a video had gone viral in which Champion appeared to be threatening an electronic media journalist. He was also in the news for publicly making fun of BJP MLA from Jhabreda Deshraj Karnawal. Champion, who wanted a ticket for his wife for the Lok Sabha polls from Haridwar, had described then sitting MP from the seat and now Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank as a “migratory bird”. He was among the nine Congress MLAs who had rebelled against Harish Rawat and crossed over to the BJP in 2016. Later, all the nine MLAs were disqualified by the Speaker.last_img read more

  • Global hotspots top agenda as UN chief meets with new US Secretary

    “US leadership will remain crucial in the period ahead,” Mr. Ban said during a press encounter with the newly-appointed Secretary of State.The Secretary-General said there was much for the two men to discuss, including Syria, where nearly 70,000 people have been killed since the crisis began almost two years ago and “the tragedy continues to deepen without any prospect of a political resolution.”Also on the agenda today was the crisis in Mali, the recent nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“We all need to make special efforts to forge a two-State solution before the window of opportunity closes,” said Mr. Ban, who welcomed the plans of President Barack Obama and Mr. Kerry to visit the region.“It is important that the right of Israel to exist should be respected and also the viable Palestinian authorities, in terms of the political and financial situation, be supported so that both can live side by side in peace and security. That is a two-State solution,” he stated.Mr. Ban also noted that at a time when families and government everywhere are feeling severe financial strains, the benefits of working with the UN are clear – burden-sharing, wise use of the global taxpayers’ money, and international solutions in the national interest. “I look forward to strengthening the US-UN partnership and working closely with Secretary of State Kerry towards our shared goals of peace, development, and human rights.”As part of his two-day visit to the US capital, Mr. Ban held meetings yesterday with members of the US Senate and House of Representatives, and addressed the Organization of American States (OAS). read more

  • EYEWITNESS Straight talk…

    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Boning up…October 16, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The free marketFebruary 18, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: New developments…December 21, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …and politiciansWell, it’s certainly past time! Time for some group with clout to sit down this government and explain the facts of (economic) life for a country. The Private Sector Commission (PSC) decided to call in all the political parties for a palaver on what the politics of unilateralism is doing to the economic prospects of our country. The perspective goes beyond the specific poor decisions made in so many areas – such as dropping tax reform like a hot potato – but involves the context of business decisions. Of which, this government is clueless!!The economists would like us to believe businessmen or entrepreneurs make their decisions to invest or not invest, or pull their funds from the market, etc…based on “rational choice”. That is, at every intersection of the variables in their business environment, they examine the pros and cons of the available choices and then make a “rational” choice. Sounds good, doesn’t it? For what it’s worth, the rational choice model was extended by the economists into every aspect of our lives. Looking at the supermarket shelf, are we going to buy the Heinz, Hunt’s or Del Monte Ketchup?But your Eyewitness figures you’ve spotted the flaw in the argument – which has pulled the rug out from under the economists influencing governmental policy. You didn’t choose the Hunt’s because of that comparison of qualities, did you? You went with your GUT feeling. The decision was more emotional than rational. The irrelevance of the “Rational choice” model becomes even clearer when we think about how we make our POLITICAL decisions. Did we really compare and contrast the PPP and the PNC according to some set of factors? Naaah!! You know we didn’t! Gut feeling, Budday!And we return to the point about the PSC’s timely call to get the Government to stop with the schupidness it’s on. It’s been known from the days of Walter Raleigh that Guyana’s chock-full of resources. Rational choice theory would’ve predicted that businesses with capital and knowhow would’ve sat down and done their comparisons, etc…and invested! Some did, of course, but not nearly enough.Why? They were scared away by their gut feeling about a country ruled by arbitrary despots like Burnham. This loss of confidence can happen even in developed countries – like the Great Depression, which Keynes said, was caused by “animal spirits” – his name for gut feeling.Right now, the animal spirits pervading businesses in Guyana are driven by the feeling these yahoos in Government don’t know their ass from their elbow when it comes to investment.The ongoing vendetta on old privatisation deals is a perfect example.Why are PNC privatisations like Demerara Timbers, National Paints…getting free passes?…and oil negotiationsLumumba really made mincemeat out of Trotman when the Natural Resource Committee examined the bonus the latter had claimed he “negotiated” with Exxon, didn’t he? We discovered sooo many things. Trotman let on as to how the US$18 million figure for the bonus was arrived at by some other department (most likely Foreign Affairs) because that’d be around the amount they’d need to handle Venezuela’s border controversy at the ICJ.Can you imagine NEGOTIATING for a bonus and not even connecting it to the amount of oil under the ground? Here we are, a certified shithole country that’s salivating for an injection of funds up front and we ASK for a measly US$18 million when we have 3.5 BILLION bbls?? It gets even scarier when we consider Trotman was the man who’d proposed early in the day that Exxon could extend funds to us up front against future revenues.Your Eyewitness won’t even mention Trotman’s admission that there’s no “paper trail” on the bonus. It was all “verbal”!!…on CCJPM Freundel Stuart on his intention to have Barbados withdraw from the CCJ: “I’m not going to have Barbados disrespected by any politicians wearing robes. It is not going to happen.”Imagine the uproar if Jagdeo had said the same!! read more