India’s 2.5 front war intensifies.

India’s Chief of Defence Staff had assured the nation that India is ready to face 2.5 front war. The two fronts i.e. China and Pakistan are obvious and borders are hot. Both of those countries while keeping borders hot are avoiding escalation. Both are focusing of war by media by planting news.

The half front is inside India, the China and Pakistani sympathisers. The Maoists, Communists and Islamist. In an intensified war three persons have been arrested including a journalist working for China.

How does a spy look like?

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Farmer’s Freedom of trade bills passed demolishing another Nehru’s Citadel.

Farmer are free to sell the agricultural produce as they may choose. It may come as rude shock that until today every farmer was bound to sell it’s agricultural produce at the ‘specified market’ which was a euphemism of a close corporation consisting of politicians rather their proxies. The ‘Management’ of ‘Market’ had the power to dictate the price of the produce.

The Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) was introduced as a reform to uplift the living of farmers but it subjugated them forcing them to make ‘illegal’ sale to outsiders without intervention of APMC. It was a cause of corruption and hardship for farmers. India had a unique institution called ‘Aadhatiya’ which was a mixture of middle man for sale and a money lander to finance agriculture operation. These Aadhatiya which were to be replaced by APMC but they became management of APMC. Three bills will pave the way for the sale of agricultural produce free from traders / Aadhatia/Dalal/Middle man. It will also protects to the farmers from market fluctuations through ‘Contract Farming’.

In most APMCs, buyers have to route all purchases through licenced Aadhatiyas(middlemen). These middlemen charge a commission for their “services” — many times, both from the buyer and seller. The Aadhatiya is also often a moneylender, supplying seeds, fertilizers and pesticides to farmers on credit. They, then, are forced to sell through him and settle their dues in perpetuity. Also, mandi fees ranges from 0.5% to 5% on the value of the sale, while varying across states and commodities. (Here is a good article explaining the issues in detail.)

Here is Congress leader Kapil explaining the the Dalal or Middleman at work:

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The three Bills named as Agriculture Reforms Bill 2020 Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance and Contract Bill for Agricultural Services and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill were enacted as Ordinance on 5 June 2020. Continue reading

Drug war intensified in Mumbai, Goa and all over India.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which started probing drug angle in Sushant Singh Rajput case, has started questioning several others dealers after getting crucial information from ‘Riya’ and ‘Guppy’. Many links related to the case are now seen connecting.

A hectic last week:

The Narcotics Control Bureau on Thursday arrested another drug peddler in the raid. NCB has got about 1 kg of drugs from the house of this paddler named Rahil Vishram, which is worth 3 to 4 crores in the market. Apart from this, NCB has received Rs 4.5 lakh cash from Rahil’s house. According to the information, direct links have been found with Rahil’s Bollywood celebrities.

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A breakthrough in Chinese Corona Virus treatment.

Scientists claimed a major breakthrough in the war with Corona.

Scientists at the University of British Columbia have discovered an organic molecule 10 times smaller than an antibody protein that has the potential to destroy even the smallest fraction of the virus, scattered in the body. This study has been published in the journal Cell.

A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia, Canada, created a drug using the smallest molecule, named AB8. Leading researcher Sriram Subrahmayam and his team found that mice and hamster organisms could be protected from the corona virus through the AB8 drug and successful treatment of infected organisms.

Subrahmayam says that a drug prepared with the smallest molecule can not only be better transmitted to the body’s tissues, but it can also be entered into the body through many subtle pathways that are not usually administered. . This will make it easier to completely destroy the virus present in any part of the body.

No negative effect

Researcher Subrahmayam said that this drug does not bind to human cells, which is a sign of absence of the negative effect of the drug in people. AB-8 can not only be used as a Kovid-19 key therapy but can also be used as a prevention to keep people away from the virus.

Plasma Choices

Researchers say that treating the patient with AB8 may give better results in the event of low plasma availability. This drug is successful in completely eliminating the virus in the body which can be considered as an alternative to plasma therapy.

Arun Shourie: The Inefficient with Integrity.

Arun Shourie in my book is a sincere person. Atleast until he sided with likes of Yashwant Sinha and Prashant Bhushan a known carpet bagger. Shouri is author of many well researched masterpieces. My favourite being Eminent Historians. It is an excellent book about the official historians of Nehru’s India and their methods to spin lies.

Integrity vs. Competence.

Between 1999 to 2004 Arun Shouri was Minister for disinvestment. While his honesty is beyond question, his Ministership raises questions about necessity of competence in governance. Integrity can not be a substitute for wisdom. Shourie all his life had no commercial experience yet he was made to sell government properties at best price!! The result was disaster. While it is a good example to quote that a teetotaller is best bar tender, it is not of universal application. A tippler if he keeps restraint, may prove to be more efficient.

Sale at price below market value.

Recently orders have been passed by a court to register an FIR against Arun Shourie, for his action as a minister in the Vajpayee government.

A special CBI court in Jodhpur has ordered a criminal case against Arun Shourie, former disinvestment secretary Pradeep Baijal and three others for alleged corruption and fraud in a government-run hotel in 2002.

Special CBI Judge Puran Kumar Sharma also ordered that the Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel in Udaipur be handed over to the state government. The court has given this order in the case of disinvestment of Laxmi Vilas Hotel at a much lower price than the market price. The hotel was earlier run by the Tourism Development Corporation of India, but in 2002 it was sold to Bharat Hotels Limited, which now runs the Lalit Group of Hotels.

The judge passed this order while hearing a CBI closure report in the case of alleged loss of Rs 244 crore to the government from the sale of the hotel. The CBI report stated that there was no evidence to initiate prosecution against the accused in the disinvestment process.

However, the court disagreed with the central agency CBI’s argument in the case and criticized it for presenting a closure report. The court said prima facie it appears that the then minister Arun Shourie and the then secretary Pradeep Baijal misused their positions and caused a loss of Rs 244 crore to the central government in the deal.

The other three accused in the case are Ashish Guha, the managing director of the then investment firm Lazard India Ltd, Kantilal Karamsi Vikamsey, the head of the then valuation firm Kanti Karamsi & Co and the chairman of Bharat Hotels Ltd and Jyotsna Suri. The special court ordered that they be booked under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and section 13 (1) D of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In other words the caucus of these people manipulated to sell a property worth 250 crores at meagre 7.52 crores.

The court said that accused persons should be summoned through arrest warrant. Also, the court ordered the Udaipur district collector to take possession of the hotel immediately.

As stated earlier Arun Shourie was the Union Minister of Communications, Information Technology and Disinvestment in the then government led by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during 1999-2004.

CBI had registered an FIR on August 13, 2014, alleging that Baijal misused his official position on the basis of preliminary investigation and criminal conspiracy in the disinvestment of the Lakshmi Vilas Palace Hotel. According to the FIR, the hotel was initially valued at Rs 252 crore. But in the end it was disinvested for Rs 7.52 crore.

Arun Shourie was one of the Ministers in Vajpayee Government who even though was not dishonest brought bad name by all his disinvestment deals. All deals were undervalued. It is a lesson for the present Modi Government which is not going out for out right sale and insted of resorting to disinvestment though offloading of its shareholding in Government Companies. Bharat Dynamics was on such company in which Goverment reduced it’s holding by selling 15% shares therein.