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Yogi government curbs hit Kanpur leather industry: Trade bodies

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Kanpur | Twelve tanneries have been allotted land by the West Bengal government to shift from Kanpur, following restrictions imposed on them by the Uttar Pradesh government ahead of the Kumbh Mela, business representatives said.

The applicants were told by West Bengal authorities two weeks ago to collect their allotment letters on Friday, Javed Iqbal, Regional Chairman, Council for Leather Export (Central Region) said Saturday.

UP Leather Industries Association vice-president Iftikharul Ameen said he got his own letter during the Bengal Global Business Summit, which ended Friday.

This is the first phase of approval of applications by the West Bengal government and more are expected to get their letters soon, Iqbal said.

About 80 industrialists had applied for land in the Bantala leather industry cluster near Kolkata.

According to Iqbal, the Kanpur industrialists will together invest about 1,000 crore there.

There are 400 tanneries in the leather industry hub in Kanpur and 40 in neighbouring Unnao district.

The BJP government had issued a directive to shut these tanneries from December 15 last year for three months to stop waste disposal in the Ganga, claiming this was necessary to keep the river clean during the Kumbh now on in Allahabad.

Reacting to the development, UP Industries Minister Satish Mahana said only Kanpur can provide the excellent environment for the industry. “In Kolkata, there is no favourable atmosphere for the tannery industry.

West Bengal has the worst political system in the whole country, he charged, suggesting that the ruling Trinamool Congress workers are goons ,

But Iqbal said Kolkata is a better bet than Kanpur-Unnao.

What will the industrialists produce and what will they sell as the tanneries here have been asked to remain closed till March 15?” he asked.

UP Leather Industries Association (UPLIA) president Taj Alam said since the change of government in the state, business has been hit hard.

He claimed the tanneries being falsely accused of polluting the Ganga.

Foreign businesses have also started looking at nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh and China for leather, Alam claimed.

According to Igbal, each applicant has been allotted a plot measuring 3,000 square metre in Bantala. The allotment letters were issued by that state’s Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Textiles Department

The land has been provided at a low price of Rs 2,700 per square metre, he said.

UPLIAs vice-president Iftikharul Ameen said he had applied for 5,000 sqm of land and was allotted a 3,000 sqm plot during the business summit.

The rate of Rs 2,700 per square metre includes the cost of a common effluent treatment plant to be build soon, he said.

We chose to shift our tanneries to Kolkata as there was a threat of complete closure of tanneries here, Taj Alam said.

In addition, he said, Kolkata is a metropolitan city with an international airport. Skilled and unskilled workers are easily available, he added.

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Pulwama attack: Shiv Sena MLC wants boycott of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir

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Mumbai | Against the backdrop of the Pulwama terrorist attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel, a Shiv Sena MLC wants people from other parts of India to boycott tourism in Jammu and Kashmir for two years.

Sena legislator and spokesperson Manisha Kayande said boycotting tourism in Jammu and Kashmir, “where youth, women and children pelt stones on security forces”, would hurt the economic resources of the northern state. “The need of the hour is to counter the mentality of keeping the state on tenterhooks by targeting Indian jawans,” she said in a statement issued on Saturday.

Noting that Jammu and Kashmir is a beautiful state that attracts visitors from across the globe, Kayande said, “Tourism benefits the local people. If these resources earned are used against the country and the security forces, Indians should boycott tourism in the state for next two years.”

“Whenever there is an encounter between militants and security agencies, locals pelt stones on jawans to help militants get away,” she claimed. The Sena leader also demanded boycott of all Chinese goods, saying that country was supportive of Pakistan, which has been fomenting trouble in India.

China on Friday condemned the Pulwama terror attack carried out by a Jaish suicide bomber but declined to back India’s appeal to list the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.

At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

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Rajinikanth and his party won’t contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls

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Chennai | Actor turned politician Rajinikanth has announced that he along with his party Rajni Makkal Mandram won’t be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in 2019.

In an issued Press release Rajinikanth stated that his party Rajni Makkal Mandram (RMM) will not support any party and added that its focus will on next assembly elections. The Tamil actor also appealed to his supporters to that he wants them to vote for a party which will solve Tamil Nadu’s water issues.

Rajinikanth further mentioned that his photo or party symbol should strictly not be used for any propaganda. On 31 December 2017 Rajinikanth had announced his entry into politics with the intention to contest in the 2021 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly elections in all 234 constituencies.

Out of the 2014 Lok Sabha election held on the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK won 37 seats while PMK and BJP managed to win 1 seat each. DMK and Congress failed to win even a single seat in Tamil Nadu.

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Lok Sabha polls: Mumbai Congress promises jobs, unemployment allowance

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Mumbai | The Mumbai Congress is set to roll out a campaign aimed at providing employment to youth in the megacity and a monthly allowance to unemployed people if the party is voted to power in the Lok Sabha polls.

The campaign, titled ‘Chalo Ward Abhiyaan’, taken up in view of the “rising unemployment in the country”, will commence from Monday, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam said in a statement. The city Congress unit has already started working on the plan and printed around six lakh forms, he said.

The Youth Congress workers will be visiting every house in all the Assembly segments in Mumbai to ensure that every youngster fills these forms, Nirupam said. “Those who fill the forms will be given allowance cards. If we are voted to power, the allowance card holders will be given preference in employment, or else they will provided unemployment allowance,” he said.

Nirupam said people between 18 and 40 years of age would be eligible for the unemployment allowance. The new Congress-led governments in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have already announced unemployment allowances of Rs 3,500 and Rs 4,000 per month respectively, he noted.

Nirupam also said that unlike the ruling BJP, the Congress will “actually walk the talk”, if it is voted to power in the Lok Sabha elections.

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