Monday, August 8, 2016

Highlights of Election Expenses of MLAs from the Assam Assembly 2016 Elections:

Dear Friends,
According to Section 78 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, every contesting candidate has to lodge a true copy of his election expenses within 30 days from the date of declaration of result of election, with the District Election Officer in all States and Union Territories
Assam Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analyzed the election expenditure statements submitted after the Assam 2016 Assembly Elections for 126 MLAs. The expenditure limit for the candidates during the Assam Assembly elections was Rs. 28 lakhs. Please find below a detailed analysis: 
Summary and Highlights of Election Expenses of MLAs from the Assam Assembly 2016 Elections:

1.      Less than 50% of the Limit: Candidates have constantly claimed that the election expenditure limit set is very low. However, based on the election expense declarations of all 126 MLAs analysed from the 2016 Assam Assembly elections, 65 MLAs (52%) have declared election expenses,
less than 50% of the expense limit in their constituency.
2.      Average Election Expenses: Based on the election expense declarations of126MLAs from Assam Assembly, the average amount of money spent by them in the elections is only about Rs 14.78 lakhs, which is 53% of the expense limit.
3.      Party-wise Average Election Expenses: The party wise average election expenses shows that the average spending for 60 MLAsfrom BJP is Rs 15.11 lakhs (54% of theexpense limit), for 26 MLAs from INC is Rs 16.98 lakhs (61% of the expense limit), for14 MLAs from Asom Gana Parishad is Rs 14.04 Lakhs (50% of the expense limit), for 13 MLAs from AIUDF is Rs 10.24 Lakhs (37% of the expense limit), and for 12 MLAs from Bodoland Pepoles Front is Rs 14.75 Lakhs (53% of the expense limit).
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4.     Top 3 MLAs with highest Election Expenses: The maximum expense of aboutRs27.29 lakhs (97% of the expense limit) has been declared by Nandita Das of INCfromBoko(SC) constituency followed by Rekibuddin Ahmed of INC fromChaygaonconstituency with an expense of Rs 26.47 lakhs (or 95% of the expense limit) and Utpal Borah of BJP from Gohpur constituency with an expense of Rs25.88lakhs (or 92% of the expense limit).
5.      MLAs with lowest Election Expenses: Nijanur Rahman of AIUDF fromGauripurconstituency has declared election expenditure of Rs. 3.81 lakhs followed byAnanta Kumar Malo of AIUDF from Abhayapuri South(SC) Constituency with election expenses of Rs. 4.80 lakhs and Suzamuddin Laskar of AIUDF Party from Katlichera Constituency with election expenses of Rs. 5.11 lakhs.
                    6.  Percentage Breakdown of Funds Received by MLAs:
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Summary and Highlights of Election Expenses of Ministers from the Assam Assembly, 2016

1.       Less than 50% of the Limit: Based on the election expense declarations of all 11 Ministers analysed from Assam Assembly 2016, 3 Ministers (27%) have declared election expenses of less than 50% of the expense limit in their constituency.
2.       Average Election Expenses: Based on the election expense declarations of all 11 Ministers from Assam Assembly 2016, the average amount of money spent by them in the elections is only about Rs 17.33 lakhs, which is 62% of the expense limit.
3.       Top 3 Ministers with highest Election Expenses: The maximum expense of aboutRs 25.26 Lakhs (90% of the expense limit) has been declared by Sarbananda Sonowal of BJP from Majuli(ST) constituency followed by Atul Bora of Asom Gana Parishad from Bokakhatconstituency with an expense of Rs 22.44 lakhs (or 80% of the expense limit) and Himanta Biswa Sarma of BJP from Jalukbariconstituencywith an expense of Rs 22.09 Lakhs (or 79% of the expense limit)
Ministers with lowest Election Expenses: Rihon Daimari of Bodoland Peoples Frontfrom Udalguri (ST) Constituency has declared an election expenditure of Rs. 10.75 lakhs (38% of the expense limit). He is followed by Sri Parimal Suklabadya of BJPfrom Dholai (SC)constituency who has declared election expenditure of Rs. 11.25 lakhs (40% of the expense limit), and Pallab Lochan Das of BJP from Rangapara  Constituency with election expenses of Rs. 13.08 lakhs (47% of the expense limit).
Percentage Breakdown of funds received by Ministers:
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Crackdown on mining of rare earth

– China will continue to crack down on illegal mining, processing and sales of rare earth elements, experts said on Monday.
In the 13th Five Year period, from 2016 to 2020, Chinese ministries and departments will enhance cooperation, increase inspections, and take a zero-tolerance approach toward illegal mining of rare earth metals, said Zhou Changyi, head of the department of raw materials under the Ministry Of Industry and Information Technology.
A tracking system will also be implemented to trace the source of rare earth elements to curb illegal mining, he said.
“The next few years are an important period for the overhaul of China’s rare earth industry and promoting its healthy development,” he said.
China is the world’s largest rare earth producer and exporter, but the industry is beset by numerous problems, such as illegal mining, smuggling and a lack of competitiveness due to weak research and development. Excessive exploration has also caused environmental damage.
“Illegal mining is the principal reason for gloominess in the industry,” Zhou said.
During the 12th Five-Year Plan period, 14 illegal rare earth mines and 28 companies were closed. More than 36,000 tons of illegal rare earth products were seized, and 230 million yuan in fines were imposed, according to statistics from the Ministry Of Industry and Information Technology.
Monitoring systems have been created in key mining districts such as Baiyun Ebo in Inner Mongolia, Ganzhou in Jiangxi Province, and Maoniuping in Sichuan Province. Xenhua

Champion custodian Edel Bete comes to FC Pune City

Pune, 8thAugust 2016: – The Rajesh Wadhawan Group and Hrithik Roshan co-owned Indian Super League club FC Pune City signed up one of Indian Super League’s most decorated goalkeepers Edel Betefor the 2016 edition of the league.Bete, a top-notch custodian, last season played with 2015 champions Chennaiyin FC and was a part of defending champs Atletico de Kolkata in the inaugural season of the ISL.

FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwelwas excited with the new signing, “Bete has a towering presence in front of the goal. He is one of those rare goalkeepers who can read his opponents mind early enough to anticipate and make a difference. The fact that he has been a crucial cog for both the sides that won ISL in the first two seasons (ATK in ’14 & CFC in ‘15) says enough and more about his abilities.

Bete has once been a member of French giants Paris Saint-Germain. The 30-year old born and raised in Cameroon, has dual nationality,but represented Armenia at U-19, U-23 and senior level. He also represented multiple times Israeli champions Hapoel Tel Aviv from 2011-2013.

Head coachAntonio Habaswas delighted to have his former ward join forces at FC Pune City, “I’ve worked with Betein the first season and let me tell you he is gifted with amazing reflexes and better anticipation. Rival strikers have never found it easy to score against him. For me, he is the finest keeper in ISL’s short history.”

Representing his third club in third ISL season, Bete said. “My experience playing in India has been memorable to say the least. I’ve won the title with two different teams and am looking forward to win it with my third team, i.e. FC Pune City. I am thankful to FC Pune City for providing me a new challenge and work with Habas again.”

Co-owner Hrithik Roshan welcomed the addition of the star goalkeeper.“Bete has been a proven performer and his addition to our club makes us a strong unit. I welcome him to the FC Pune City family.”


You are cordially invited to attend the awards program

(to felicitate the North Indian Beauticians for the first time)

Time    : 7 p.m
Date    : 9th August, 2016 (Tuesday)
Venue: PRIDE PLAZA HOTEL, Asset 5 A, Hospitality District, Aerocity, Indira Gandhi International Airport

You are requested to send correspondents/photographers/camera crew for the Awards program.
Shailesh Giri

Indo-European Chamber of Small & Medium Enterprises

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