Month: July 2019

first_imgglobal expansion Ireland has started wooing Kerala-based companies to set up units there by using that country as a base to access European markets. Tanaz Buhariwalla, Country Director – India at IDA Ireland, who was here for a road-show, told presspersons that there has been increased interest from Indian companies to use Ireland as their base for growth in Europe. This interest has spiked since Brexit, as companies were concerned about how they would service the European markets from the UK. Over 40 Indian companies from the IT, services, medical devices, engineering and pharmaceuticals sectors have set up shop in Ireland. “We are excited at the response received from Kochi-based companies that we are in discussion with. We are looking at companies engaged in food processing, agri, IT, life sciences and healthcare workers,” she said. IDA Ireland, the nodal agency to attract investments, is engaging with organisations in IT services, fintech, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, among others. Currently, six of the top 10 Indian IT services companies operate out of Ireland, including TCS, HCL, Wipro, Infosys and Mindtree.Indian and Irish companies are increasingly looking for opportunities to collaborate in key knowledge sectors, and it is encouraging to note the increase in conversations between companies of the two countries. Indian companies are turning to Ireland to benefit from the well-developed sectoral clusters there, and to gain access to valuable European markets, she added. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Brexit Published on August 03, 2018 Kerala companies Tanaz Buhariwalla, Country Director – India at IDA Ireland Ireland COMMENT SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgRepresentative image   –  RV Moorthy Orissa COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS SHAREcenter_img March 05, 2019 Published on The Odisha government on Tuesday approved Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd’s (HPL) proposal to set up an integrated refinery with an aromatics complex for the production of paraxylene and purified terepthalic acid (PTA) in Balasore district. The estimated investment on the project, which is set to come up near the Subarnarekha Port, is close to ₹28,700 crore ($4.05 billion), said a press statement issued by the State government. The investment proposal was accorded approval by the High Level Clearance Authority (HLCA) headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. As per the proposal submitted by Kolkata-based HPL on March 1, the land requirement for the project is close to 2,000 acres. This will be recommended for allotment post assessment by the Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha Ltd (IPICOL). “The first phase of the HPL project approved today is expected to be operationalised within five years of allotment of land,” the release said. PTA, one of the products of the project, can be used to set up downstream units in polyester fibres and polyethyl terephthalate (PET). These products are used by several medium- and small-scale enterprises to make garments and food packaging applications. Other proposalsIn addition to HPL, the HLCA also approved the proposal of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd to set up a polyester products manufacturing unit of 300 KTPA capacity at the textiles park coming up at Bhadrak district, at an investment of close to ₹1,970 crore. The project will create employment opportunities for 209 people, and is expected to be implemented within four years of land allotment.The HLCA also approved two proposals of Rungta Mines Ltd. The first proposal was for the conversion/expansion of its 5 X 100 TPD sponge iron plant to a 0.53 MTPA integrated steel plant at Karakolha in Keonjhar district. The expansion would entail investment of around ₹1,678 crore. The second proposal by the company was for setting up an integrated steel plant of 0.53 MTPA capacity at Karakhendra in Keonjhar district at an investment of close to ₹1,848 crore. haldialast_img read more

first_imgElection officials carry Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) after collecting them from a distribution centre ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, in Assam’s Dibrugarh district   –  PTI Voters, majority being women, queued up early morning even before polling had began. An estimated 59.5 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise till 3 pm in five parliamentary constituencies in Assam on Thursday, state Chief Electoral Officer Mukesh Sahu said.Malfunctioning of EVMs have been reported from some booths in the constituencies and have been replaced but the exact number can be ascertained only after the polling personnel returned with the machines, Sahu told PTI.Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituencies have an electorate of 76,03,458, including 38,65,334 male, 37,37,970 female and 154 of the third gender, who will decide the fate of 41 candidates.Tezpur has recorded the highest of 63.01 percentage followed by Jorhat with 62 per cent and Kaliabor with 60 per cent while Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur recorded 59.9 and 53 per cent respectively.There was all-round enthusiasm among all sections of voters in all the five constituencies to exercise their franchise since early morning.First time voters, women, people with disabilities and elderly citizens came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise and long queues were seen before polling booths through the day.Most of the 225 model polling stations have been decorated with balloons and flowers, while the first voter was offered the traditional Assamese ‘gamusa’Arrangements for drinking water, baby feeding rooms and resting place for the elderly have also been made.In many polling stations, ‘Selfie Point’ has been set up where voters, both young and old, were seen taking selfies after exercising their franchise.Among the prominent candidates to cast their votes in the first half of the day was Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at 153 Asam Sahitya Sabha in Dibrugarh, former CM Tarun Gogoi, his wife Dolly and son Gaurav, who is the sitting MP and contesting Congress candidate from Kaliabor.Lakhimpur Congress candidate Anil Borgohain was the first to cast his ballot at an all-woman polling booth, while his BJP rival and sitting MP Pradan Barua exercised his franchise at Dhemaji.Jorhat BJP candidate and state minister Tapan Gogoi and his Congress rival Sushanta Borgohain, former Union minister and Dibrugarh Congress candidate Paban Singh Ghatowar, Kaliabor AGP-BJP candidate Monimadhab Mahanta accompanied by his brother and state Minister Keshab Mahanta also exercised their franchise in their respective home towns.In Tezpur both Congress candidate M G V K Bhanu and his BJP rival and state minister Pallab Lochan Das arrived at the famed Mahabhairav Temple at the same time to offer prayers before going to the polling station to exercise their franchise.The duo greeted each other, shook hands and even posed together for photographers before leaving the temple premises for their respective polling booths.Polling in Assam will take place in three phases on April 11, 18 and 23. SHARE Action in Andhra Pradesh polls; low voter turnout in Telangana Elections 2019 COMMENTcenter_img Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED April 11, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgnational elections Published on SHARE He was allegedly attacked by a suspected member of the DMK-Congress alliance in Orthanadu A 75-year old supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi died after he was allegedly attacked by a suspected supporter of the DMK-Congress alliance following a wordy duel near here, police said Sunday.Police said they arrested Gopinath who got into an argument with the elderly man while the latter was seeking votes for the AIADMK-BJP alliance at Orthanadu late Saturday.In a fit of rage, Gopinath attacked Govindarajan who was also a fan of AIADMK founder late M G Ramachandran.The man collapsed and died on the spot, police said.Gopinath was arrested on Sunday and produced before court which remanded him to judicial custody, they added.Police said Gopinath was stated to be a supporter of DMK-Congress alliance supporter. Full coverage of 2019 Lok Sabha polls Elections 2019 BJP DMK April 14, 2019center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Tamil Nadu Political intolerance: A 75-year-old supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Govindarajan, was allegedly killed by a suspected supporter of the DMK-Congress alliance at Orthanadu in Tamil Nadu. crime, law and justice COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgThe administration of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló was engulfed in crisis as top officials resigned and political allies in the U.S. territory withdrew their support after a trove of private messages were leaked. Puerto Rico’s former Chief Financial Officer Christian Sobrino and Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín resigned their positions on Saturday, after the disclosure of nearly 900 pages of private messages between Gov. Rosselló and top administration officials that included vulgar insults toward prominent public…last_img read more

first_imgHealth economist Tomas Philipson has been named acting chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, a White House spokesman said Monday. Mr. Philipson, a professor at the University of Chicago, has served as one of three members of the council since August 2017. He has been serving as the acting chairman after the resignation of Kevin Hassett on June 28. Mr….last_img

first_imgVisitors playing with a giant bubble at Lake Kenyir during the Kenyir Festival. Such large-scale events will be held to achieve Terengganu’s target of five million tourists before the end of this year. — Filepic KUALA TERENGGANU: The Terengganu government is targeting 6.5 million tourist arrivals, with a projected revenue of RM6bil by 2025.State tourism, culture and information technology committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said in order to achieve the target, Terengganu Tourism Department has prepared a Tourism Strategic Plan 2019-2023.“Terengganu will continue to intensify promotions and exciting, creative and unique events making full use of tourism products in the state so that the objective is achieved, leading to economic spin-offs for the people,” he said.Ariffin, who is also Alor Limbat assemblyman, said this after attending a tourism-related meeting with nine non-governmental organisations at Wisma Darul Iman here. Tags / Keywords: Southern & Eastern Region {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} He said Terengganu was confident of reaching its target of five million tourists before the end of this year, with an increase in the domestic tourism segment via the hosting of large-scale events such as Kenyir Festival at Kenyir Lake, Terengganu Beach Carnival at Batu Buruk and Cultural Week in several districts in July and September .Terengganu recorded 4.79 million tourist arrivals last year. — Bernama Related Newslast_img read more

first_imgTHE World Economic Forum estimates that the global cost of corruption annually is at least US$2.6 trillion (RM10.9 trillion) or 5% of global gross domestic product (GDP).According to the World Bank, businesses and individuals pay over US$1 trillion (RM4.2 trillion) in bribes each year.Corruption adds up to 10% of the total cost of doing business globally and up to 25% of the cost of procurement contracts in developing countries. World 10 Jul 2019 Algeria’s ex-industry minister detained over alleged corruption – state TV Comics 20h ago Kee’s World – July 13, 2019 – Star2.com Nation 08 Jul 2019 Dr Wan Azizah tells Malaysians in Beijing of govt’s efforts to combat corruption StarBizProperty , Food For Thought , Alan Tong I gathered these shocking facts at a conference. There are other alarming statistics that shed light on the damage brought about by corruption and its dreadful impact on the economy. Corruption leads to further impoverishment of the poor and other issues in many countries. The average income in countries with a high level of corruption is about one-third of those countries with a low level of corruption. In addition, corrupt countries have a literacy rate that is 25% lower. The Corruption Perception Index 2018 released by Transparency International shows that on the scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean, over two-thirds of 180 countries score below 50, with the average score of 43. In the index, Denmark ranked first in the world followed by New Zealand second. Finland and Singapore were tied for third with a score of 85. Malaysia was ranked 61st in the world, scoring only 47.We were ranked the third highest in the Asean region, after Singapore and Brunei. Our country is doing better now with the ongoing investigation of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal and other prominent cases. In TI’s report, Malaysia is one of the countries on the watch with promising political developments against corruption. However, more solid action is needed in combatting all elusive forms of corruption. According to Transparency International Malaysia, corruption had cost our country about 4% of its GDP value each year since 2013. Added together, this amounts to a high figure of some RM212.3bil since 2013. For 2017 alone, that figure was a whopping RM46.9bil!As a comparison, our development expenditure in 2017 was RM48bil. If the value of corruption above was accurate, our development fund was almost “wiped out” because of corruption. Transparency International Malaysia president Datuk Akhbar Satar said: “This is our estimate. It is likely to be higher in reality (on the value of corruption).”No country can eliminate corruption completely. However, we can learn from good practices shown in some developed countries, such as the Scandinavian countries which all scored high on the Corruption Perception Index. Corruption leads to poverty as money collected is not used for the welfare of the nation. As a result, the people end up suffering and paying for the leakage in the system. If a country is corrupt-free, it will reduce the need for non-governmental organisations (NGOs). NGOs advocate for the rights of marginalised groups. The government can take care of those group when it has a surplus in the budget. A clean government and system will have a positive impact on many aspects including affordable housing, one of the prominent needs of the people. Whenever there is corruption, there is a compromise in the delivery of goods and services. The same situation applies to affordable housing. Someone mentioned to me in the past that “the government isn’t interested in affordable housing as there is literally ‘no money’ to be made in it”!Things have made a dramatic change for the better since May last year. Our new government is working on a platform of clean government and improving transparency. It plans to build one million affordable homes within two terms of its administration. To make this a reality, the government needs to put in real money to make it happen. Corruption causes a death spiral that leads to various problems. Without it, a virtuous cycle grows that ensures every part runs smoothly and the marginalised in society are looked after.With a promise of a cleaner government, we hope we will soon see a virtuous cycle that makes the one million affordable homes an achievable target.Datuk Alan Tong has over 50 years of experience in property development. He is group chairman of Bukit Kiara Properties. For feedback, please email bkp@bukitkiara.com. The views expressed here are solely that of his own.center_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Related News Tags / Keywords:last_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 22:05 IST (Photo: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSKumaraswamy announced that he would seek a trust vote and sought time from the SpeakerBJP moves its MLAs to the Ramada resort in BengaluruCongress opted for the Taj Yeshwantpur in Bengaluru for its MLAsAs the political crisis continues in Karnataka, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has said he is ready for the floor test. Speaking at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, Kumaraswamy on Friday sought permission to prove majority.With the drama entering the eighth day on Saturday, Congress leader DK Shivakumar arrived at rebel MLA Nagaraj’s house at 5 am to convince him to take back his resignation.Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has restrained Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision on the resignation or disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs. The matter will now come up in the Supreme Court on July 16.KARNATAKA CRISIS LIVE UPDATES:9:56 pm: Have decided to stay in Congress, says rebel MLA NagarajCongress MLA MTB Nagaraj on Saturday said, “I and Sudhakar had given resignation from MLA’s post. All the leaders are asking me to stay in Congress since morning. I have decided to stay in the party.”He also said, “We will try to convince Sudhakar and both of us will take our resignation back.”8:23 pm: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, rebel Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj, and Congress leader Zameer Ahmed Khan at the residence of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah’s residence in Bengaluru. 8:03 pm: 7:15 pm: Lawyer for the 10 rebel Karnataka MLAs, Mukul Rohatgi issues statement, clarifying that the Supreme Court order to maintain status quo includes not only resignations but also extends to all matters of disqualifications pending before the Speaker of the Karnataka assembly. It also states that the whip issued by the government on July 11 to the members of the coalition to attend the assembly proceedings also falls under the purview of the SC order.5:28 pm: MTB Nagaraj has told Siddaramaiah that he’ll withdraw his resignation and be with Congress. Meanwhile,Anand Singh and Sudhakar are likely to fly to Mumbai on Saturday evening.5:18 pm: MTB Nagaraj on Saturday met Siddaramaiah and later said that he is trying to withdraw his resignation. On being asked if he would withdraw his resignation, he said, “I’ll come back in the evening. We’re trying for the same.” When asked if he would withdraw his resignation if K Sudhakar withdraws, he nodded.Earlier in the day, Water Resource Minister DK Shivakumar and other Congress leaders had met MTB Nagaraj at his residence.5:13 pm: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad will arrive in Bengaluru tonight.4:55 pm: BJP leader Mukul Roy has claimed that a total of 107 West Bengal MLAs from CPM, Congress, and TMC will join the saffron party. Mukul Roy also said that he has the list prepared. “We have their list prepared and they are in contact with us,” he said.4:06 pm: Five more MLAs moved the Supreme Court on Saturday, claiming that the Speaker is not accepting their resignations. The MLAs have been identified as Anand Singh, Muniratna, MTB, Roshan Baig, and Sudhakar. Though the Speaker had earlier denied the allegations, the five MLAs who have moved the SC have alleged that Ramesh Kumar is delaying the process related to their resignations. The actions of the Speaker are in violation of their fundamental right, the MLAs have said. They have also alleged that they are being asked to support the government or face disqualification.4:05 pm: All the rebel MLAs have landed in Mumbai.3.08 pm: Rebel Congress MLA Nagaraj met Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah. Congress MLA Zameer Khan was also present. (Photo:ANI)3.03 pm: Yeddyurappa says he is in touch with the MLAs.3.01 pm: BJP ups the ante, demands trust vote on Monday2:41 pm: Rebel Congress-JDS Karnataka MLAs including Ramesh Jarkiholi visited Sai Baba temple in Shirdi. 2:29 pm: BJP MLAs staying at Ramada hotel in Bengaluru held a lunch meeting with party state president BS Yeddyurappa. 2:02 pm: Rebel MLAs from Karnataka speaking to india today said there is nothing to repent. They said, “We are firm on our stand and and soon the new govt is coming in karnataka.”1:58 pm: Deputy Chief Minister and Bengaluru Development Minister Dr G Parameshwara tweeted that he is sure that MTB Nagaraj and other MLAs will reconsider their resignations.1:40 pm: The plea filed by the five Karnataka MLAs says disqualification proceedings are being used to threaten and coerce MLAs.1:38 pm: Independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh, who took back their support from the Congress-JDS Government on July 8 have written a letter to the Speaker. They have asked him to arrange their seating in the opposition benches in the assembly.1:36 pm: Meeting is taking place at Siddaramaiah’s house. Apart from MTB Nagaraj, G Parameshwara, Zameer Ahmed, Dinesh Gundu Rao and Krishna Byre Gowda are also present in the meeting.1:32 pm: Maharashtra youth congress is protesting against BJP govt and is passing a message to rebel congress MLAs to have faith and patience.1:22 pm: MTB Nagaraj has arrived to meet Siddaramaiah at his residence. He earlier met Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and DK Shivakumar.1:20 pm: The ruling Congress in Puducherry announced that it would stage a protest on Sunday against the nasty political game of the BJP in Karnataka and Goa. PWD Minister and PCC leader A Namassivayam alleged in a release that the BJP was indulging in a nasty game to disturb democracy.1:10 pm: Munirathna, MTB Nagaraj, DR Sudhakar, Roshan Baig, Anand singhare the MLAs who approached SC today.1:07 pm: MTB Nagaraj is going to Siddaramaiah’s residence.12.55 pm: Chartered flight carrying MLAs lands at Shirdi airport.12.50 pm: Five more Karnataka MLAs move before Supreme Court seeking relief. They say that their resignations should be considered.12.40 pm: BJP issues clarification: “There are reports in some section of the media that national BJP President Sri Amit Shah took Sri Muralidhar Rao, party’s national general secretary to task for meeting JDS leader a few days back. This report is plain rubbish; absolutely baseless, malicious and far from truth.”12.38 pm: First charter plane carrying security personnel of rebel MLAs has arrived at Shirdi airport.12:23 pm: The rebel Karnataka MLAs will return back from Shirdi today at 4 pm.12:21 pm: Yeddyurappa has reached Ramada resort but refused to speak to the media.12:09 pm: DK Shivakumar said, “We should live together and die together because we have worked for 40 years for the party, there are ups and downs in every family. We should forget everything and move forward. Happy that MTB Nagaraj (rebel MLA) has assured us he will stay with us.”11:50 am: MTB Nagaraj has stated that the situation was such that they submitted their resignations. He said, “DK Shivakumar and others came and requested us to withdraw resignations, I will speak to K Sudhakar Rao and then see what is to be done, after all, I have spent decades in Congress.” 11:43 am: Commenting on the developments, BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa said these efforts would not yield any result as the fall of the government was “imminent”.”There’s confusion in Congress and JD(S) due to which the MLAs are fleeing the party. A systematic conspiracy is going on to bring the MLAs back,” Yeddyurappa told reporters here.11:33 am: Congress’s troubleshooter and Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar reached the residence of Housing Minister MTB Nagaraj at about 5 am and camped there for almost four-and-a-half hours, trying to pacify him. Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara too reached Nagaraj’s house to convince him to withdraw the resignation.10:59 am: The rebel Congress-JDS Karnataka MLAs are leaving for Shirdi from Mumbai airport. 10:27 am: Speaking on the Congress lawmakers quitting in various states, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the grand old party was giving a helping hand in the saffron party’s membership drive.”In various states, the people’s representatives and leaders of the congress are joining the BJP. Congress has become a party engaged in increasing the membership of the BJP,” he said at a function here.9:53 am: Congress moved its MLAs to Taj Yeshwantpur in Bengaluru, yesterday. 9:38 am: Four Karnataka MLAs – Rebels B C Patil, Shivram Hebbar, Byrathi Basavraj,and ST Somashekar, visited the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai. They had come back to Mumbai late on Thursday night after submitting their resignations to the Speaker. Talking to India Today after the darshan , BC Patil said that they have sought blessings for success in their mission Patil also said that they will abide by the orders of the Apex court. 9:03 am: Deputy CM G Parameshwara has also reached MTB Nagaraj’s house.8:52 am: State BJP president BS Yeddyurappa told reporters that his party would decide its strategy on the basis of Kumaraswamy’s speech on the proposed trust vote. “As a Chief Minister, he has made a statement, how can I say no to it. It is left to him. We will decide on the basis of what the Chief Minister speaks when he seeks the trust vote,” the BJP veteran said.8:31 am: On Friday, the Supreme Court restrained the Karnataka Speaker from taking any decision till Tuesday on the resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs – Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, BC Patil, ST Somashekhar, Arbail Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, K Gopalaiah, AH Vishwanath and Narayana Gowd. These MLAs then moved the apex court alleging that the Speaker was not accepting their resignations.8:25 am: Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary on Friday voiced disapproval over the “delay” on part of his Karnataka counterpart K R Ramesh Kumar in taking a decision on the resignations of MLAs. He said, “Delay on part of the Speaker is surprising. It appears he has been thinking in terms of getting the members disqualified on ground of their defying the party whip.”Friday’s developmentsThree rebels Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) MLAs failed to appear before Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Friday as sought by him for a personal hearing over their resignations, official sources said. On Friday all three parties moved their MLAs to different resorts. As Kumaraswamy called for a floor tests, BJP also moved its MLAs to the Ramada resort. Rahul Gandhi said, “BJP uses money to bring down state governments. They have been doing that. We saw that in the North east as well.”Also read | Kumaraswamy wants floor test, SC asks Speaker to not act on resignations | All that happenedAlso read | Modi gave a lead, but can Yeddy hold on if fresh Karnataka elections are announced?Also watch | BJP is using money power: Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Karnataka crisisFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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first_img Geeta Mohan New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 10:49 IST HIGHLIGHTSIslamabad removed Khalistani supporter Gopal Singh Chawla from PSGPCThe decision comes just ahead of talks to be held on Sunday, July 14.Kartarpur Corridor was first proposed in 1999 by then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.A day before the crucial second round of technical-level talks for the Kartarpur corridor between India and Pakistan, in a late night development on Friday, Islamabad removed Khalistani supporter Gopal Singh Chawla from Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC).India had been raising concerns and objections regarding the inclusion of anti-India elements in a committee that is critical to the operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor.The other anti-India, pro-Khalistani agents that no longer figure on that list are Maninder Singh, Tara Singh, Bisan Singh, and Kuljit Singh.Gopal Singh Chawla, who is known to be a close aide of Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, has been using the Gurudwaras in Pakistan to propagate anti-India sentiments.The decision comes just ahead of talks to be held on Sunday, July 14. Sources had told India Today on Friday evening that this matter would have come up during the talks.Regarding our concerns over Khalistani elements, we have been raising it on a regular basis and have marked strong protests. We also asked for clarification as to why they have been included in the Kartarpur committee. During the upcoming meeting also this would be raised. We will ask them what they have done to address the issue, said a source.But Pakistan has removed one major hurdle ahead of the talks. The second round of talks which were scheduled to take place on April 2 of this year were postponed after Khalistani elements were inducted in Pakistan’s Kartarpur corridor committee by Prime Minister Imran Khan.In an official statement on Friday (March 29), India said, “The country has shared concerns and sought clarifications on reports that controversial elements have been appointed by Pakistan to a committee associated with the Kartarpur corridor. It has been conveyed that the next meeting on the modalities can be scheduled at an appropriate time after receiving Pakistan’s response.””India wants to go ahead with the corridor but without any let up on our security concerns”, a source said.While one major impediment has been removed, it is a long way from finding common ground on technical issues to make the corridor operational for Sikh pilgrims to be able to celebrate Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary in November this year.Both sides are yet to agree on certain major issue such including the mode of connectivity. While India wants to build a bridge over a flood-prone creek that leads to Kartarpur Sahib, Pakistan is indistinguishable on a causeway.The other issue is that of the numbers of pilgrims being allowed on a daily basis. While India is insisting on 5,000 pilgrims per day and is building infrastructure on its side accordingly, Pakistan is ready to handle just 700 pilgrims on a daily basis.Pakistan’s willingness to allow just 700 pilgrims per day is way lower than the demand from Indian pilgrims. The number has to go up. Moreover, it wants pilgrims to move in groups while we demand flexibility, an official said.Kartarpur Corridor was first proposed in 1999 by then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. On 26 November 2018, the foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor was laid down on the Pakistan side. Two days later the foundation stone for the corridor was laid down on the India side.Both sides aim to finish work in time for the inauguration of the corridor to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 2019.A day before the crucial second round of technical-level talks for the Kartarpur corridor between India and Pakistan, in a late night development on Friday, Islamabad removed Khalistani supporter Gopal Singh Chawla from Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC). India had been raising concerns and objections regarding the inclusion of anti-India elements in a committee that is critical to the operationalisation of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor.The other anti-India, pro-Khalistani agents that no longer figure on that list are Maninder Singh, Tara Singh, Bisan Singh, and Kuljit Singh.Gopal Singh Chawla, who is known to be a close aide of Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, has been using the Gurudwaras in Pakistan to propagate anti-India sentiments.The decision comes just ahead of talks to be held on Sunday, July 14. Sources had told India Today on Friday evening that this matter would have come up during the talks.Regarding our concerns over Khalistani elements, we have been raising it on a regular basis and have marked strong protests. We also asked for clarification as to why they have been included in the Kartarpur committee. During the upcoming meeting also this would be raised. We will ask them what they have done to address the issue, said a source.But Pakistan has removed one major hurdle ahead of the talks. The second round of talks which were scheduled to take place on April 2 of this year were postponed after Khalistani elements were inducted in Pakistan’s Kartarpur corridor committee by Prime Minister Imran Khan.In an official statement on Friday (March 29), India said, “The country has shared concerns and sought clarifications on reports that controversial elements have been appointed by Pakistan to a committee associated with the Kartarpur corridor. It has been conveyed that the next meeting on the modalities can be scheduled at an appropriate time after receiving Pakistan’s response.””India wants to go ahead with the corridor but without any let up on our security concerns”, a source said.While one major impediment has been removed, it is a long way from finding common ground on technical issues to make the corridor operational for Sikh pilgrims to be able to celebrate Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary in November this year.Both sides are yet to agree on certain major issue such including the mode of connectivity. While India wants to build a bridge over a flood-prone creek that leads to Kartarpur Sahib, Pakistan is indistinguishable on a causeway.The other issue is that of the numbers of pilgrims being allowed on a daily basis. While India is insisting on 5,000 pilgrims per day and is building infrastructure on its side accordingly, Pakistan is ready to handle just 700 pilgrims on a daily basis.Pakistan’s willingness to allow just 700 pilgrims per day is way lower than the demand from Indian pilgrims. The number has to go up. Moreover, it wants pilgrims to move in groups while we demand flexibility, an official said.Kartarpur Corridor was first proposed in 1999 by then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. On 26 November 2018, the foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor was laid down on the Pakistan side. Two days later the foundation stone for the corridor was laid down on the India side.Both sides aim to finish work in time for the inauguration of the corridor to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 2019.Also read: Pakistan sets condition for Kartarpur corridor, opposes Indian proposals: OfficialsALSO WATCH| Exclusive: Pakistan Prepares Draft Proposal on Kartarpur Corridor!For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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