Wednesday, February 23, 2011


After domestic aviation markets witnessed a massive change in ticket pricing and marketing strategies due to the entry of low cost carriers, it now seems to be the turn of the global aviation market to undergo the same change.

Budget airlines are gearing up to begin operations along short haul international routes. Airlines based in India such as SpiceJet and foreign airlines such as FlyDubai and AirAsia are among the list of low cost carriers preparing to compete against full-service carriers in various international sectors.

The success story of the low-cost air travel model in India’s aviation market has influenced many airlines to choose India as one of the targeted markets. In a period of seven years, low-cost carriers in India have managed to capture 68 percent of the domestic aviation market share.

While airlines such as AirAsia and FlyDubai, which already operate flights to India, are planning to expand their operations, other low-cost carriers such as Singapore-based Tiger Airways, Hong-Kong-based Dragon Airways and Thailand-based SilkAir are drawing up plans to enter the domestic aviation sector. Dubai based-Air Arabia has even planned to enter into a partnership with a travel distribution company to increase the availability of its ticketing service for passengers in India.

Malaysia-based AirAsia will expand its operations in India, which presently covers six cities, to include Hyderabad and New Delhi as part its network in late July and early August respectively.

The price war in the domestic aviation sector that was triggered by low-cost carriers is expected to take place in the global aviation market as well, with the entry of budget carriers. FlyDubai has priced the tickets for its Lucknow-Dubai service at Rs 13,000, which is half of the fare charged by Air India. AirAsia has also introduced its New Delhi-Kuala Lumpur flight service with tickets priced at Rs 11,184 as compared to the Rs 22,824 price charged by Malaysian Airlines along the same route.

However, one of AirAsia’s cheapest tickets is for its one-way flight service between India and Malaysia that costs Rs 3,999. The airline’s India head Suresh Nair has said that its low fares would attract middle class and first-time flyers along its routes and the company will also spend $5 million to advertise and promote its services in the country.

Private Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has also announced its foray into the international market in the month of August with flights to Colombo, Kathmandu and Dhaka. The airline will also include many offers and promotions as part of its inaugural service.

However, full services carriers such as Air India do not seem to be threatened by the arrival of budget airlines in the international sector. One of the airline’s high-ranking officials has said that the cheap pricing of tickets will only increase the growth of the market at a rate of around 15 to 20 percent in the next two years. Emirates, another full-service carrier, is also expanding its fleet capacity by ordering 32 Airbus A380 aircrafts at a price of over $11 billion.

But industry analysts predict that the price war spurred by the arrival of low-cost airlines will bring down the average ticket fare for international flights. The short haul low-cost flights could even provide cheaper options for passengers travelling over a long distance by offering connecting flight services. The no-frills air travel sector is also expected to witness a growth due to the increasing passenger traffic from India, though industry insiders warn that disorganized expansion could lead to losses for airlines such as the previous loss of billions of dollars in the domestic aviation sector in a period of two years.

Although the outgoing international passenger traffic from India has risen by 11 to 12 percent in the month of June, it remains to be seen how Indian low-cost carriers, which pay higher prices for fuel and airport services as compared to their middle Eastern counterparts, will take on the international market.

Airlines industry salaries to shoot up

The promise by Jet Airways last month, to restore staff salaries that were slashed during the downturn in 2008, is possibly the first sign that things are looking up in the airlines industry . With Indian carriers expanding operations and scouting the market for pilots, cabin crew and ground staff, watchers say a 25-30% hike in pay from the current levels, may be in the air.

“There is recovery in the sector, and we see a jump in salaries of about 25-30% from the current base levels,” says Kamal Karanth, MD of the global staffing company Kelly Services India. Moreover, ancillary airlines businesses are also likely to throw up many new job opportunities relating to the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft.

After two years in a slump, the numbers are finally stacking up for Indian aviation. Airlines flew 520.21 lakh passengers last year — up 18.7% from 2009. This year, they are tipped to exhibit a 20% growth. This will translate into airlines hiring between 4,500-5,000 staffers across categories this year as they add 20% to their carrying capacity.

Government estimates suggest that on an average, every carrier in India will also add 30-40 aircraft per year over the next seven or eight years to its existing fleet, thereby creating more positions in terms of cabin crew and ground staff.

Airlines are trying to restore salaries to 2008 levels. “Since business is now generating cash, we need to put pressure on managements to restore salaries,” says a senior Jet Airways pilot. “While it will take time for this to happen, the salaries of new hires and expats have gone through the roof.”

Adds Rahul Goyal, president of HR consulting firm MaFoi Randstad: “There will be a 30-40% jump in the salaries of ground operators. Pilots will get the top slot in salaries.”

Even so, pilots will not have reason to cheer. With a dearth of senior Indian commanders, airlines, in a hurry to staff are looking at expatriate pilots. They don’t come cheap; on an average, they make one-and-a-half times more than a senior Indian commander with a private airlines, who gets Rs 5.5 lakh per month. With more foreigners willing to join Indian carriers, airlines are now spoilt for choice.

This, despite Naresh Goyal of Jet Airways warning, recently: “We cannot expand irrationally as we are also aware of the current market scenario for pilots. They are scarce.”

This blatant preference creates discontent among Indian commanders, as was demonstrated in 2009 when Jet Airways pilots formed a union (it was later de-notified) to protest the salary discrimination.

In fact, as many as 4,000 licence-holding, commercial pilots have been ‘benched’, thanks to expats. “It’s not just expats who get paid more, but airlines are also poaching pilots from competitors by paying double their existing salary,” says a pilot with a leading private airliner. “Freshers with a commercial pilot’s licence, who get an average salary of about Rs 1.5 lakh per month, were brought over for double that amount by Jet recently, which was looking to tap the growing market.”

Even the Gurgaon-based low-cost carrier IndiGo, sources say, pays 5% more than the industry average, and has emerged as one of the better paymasters.

Airlines are now looking to project themselves as good employers. “We can see two clear trends in the sector,” says Karanth.

“First, there is a lot of re-hiring of staff who were sacked during the downturn. And second, airlines are consciously trying to position themselves as employee-friendly. Carriers like IndiGo have initiated programmes for staff that adopt the best business practices in the sector.”

A major push for recruitment will come from the maintenance, repair and overhaul business (MRO). International firms in the MRO business have announced plans to open shop in India in the coming years, along with aircraft manufacturers like Boeing.

Airlines like Jet, too, have expressed interest in this growing business, while Air India has spun off a separate unit to investigate the potential in this area. “We expect MRO services to create over a lakh jobs in the next two to three years,” says Mr Goyal of Jet.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


              ANDHRA PRADESH

S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Adilabad (ST) Rathod,Shri Ramesh TDP

2 Amalapuram(SC) Harsha Kumar,Shri G.V. INC

3 Anakapalli Hari,Shri Sabbam INC

4 Anantapur Reddy,Shri Anantha Venkatarami INC

5 Araku(ST) Deo,Shri V. Kishore Chandra INC

6 Bapatla (SC) Panabaka,Smt. Lakshmi INC

7 Bhongir Reddy,Shri Komatireddy Raj Gopal INC

8 Chelvella Reddy,Shri Jaipal Sudini INC

9 Chittoor(SC) Sivaprasad,Dr. Naramalli TDP

10 Eluru Rao,Dr. Kavuri Samba Siva INC

11 Guntur Rao,Shri Rayapati Sambasiva INC

12 Hindupur Nimmala,Shri Kristappa TDP

13 Hyderabad Owaisi,Shri Asaduddin AIMIM

14 Kakinada Raju ,Dr. M. Mangapati Pallam INC

15 Karimnagar Prabhakar,Shri Ponnam INC

16 Khammam Rao,Shri Nama Nageswara TDP

17 Kurnool Reddy,Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash INC

18 Machilipatnam Rao,Shri Konakalla Narayana TDP

19 Mahabubabad(ST) Balram,Shri Porika Naik INC

20 Mahabubnagar Rao,Shri Kalva Kuntla Chandrasekhar TRS

21 Malkajgiri Sarvey,Shri Sathyanarayana INC

22 Medak Shanthi,Smt. M. Vijaya TRS

23 Nagarkurnool(SC) Jagannath,Dr. M. INC

24 Nalgonda Gutha,Shri Sukender Reddy INC

25 Nandyal Reddy,Shri S.P.Y. INC

26 Narasaraopet Reddy,Shri Modugula Venugopala TDP

27 Narsapuram Kanumuri,Shri Bapi Raju INC

28 Nellore Reddy,Shri Mekapati Rajamohan INC

29 Nizamabad Yaskhi,Shri Madhu Goud INC

30 Ongole Reddy,Shri Magunta Sreenivasulu INC

31 Peddapalle(SC) Vivekanand,Dr. Gaddam INC

32 Rajahmundry Vundavalli,Shri Aruna Kumar INC

33 Rajampet Annayyagari,Shri Sai Prathap INC

34 Secunderabad Yadav,Shri M. Anjan Kumar INC

35 Srikakulam Killi,Dr. (Smt.) Kruparani INC

36 Tirupati(SC) Chinta Mohan,Dr. INC

37 Vijayawada Lagadapati,Shri Rajagopal INC

38 Visakhapatnam Purandeswari,Smt. Daggubati INC

39 Vizianagaram Botcha ,Dr. (Smt.) Jhansi Lakshmi INC

40 Warangal(SC) Siricilla,Shri Rajaiah INC

41 Zahirabad Shetkar,Shri Suresh Kumar INC

Vacant Constituencies

S.No. Constituency

1 Kadapa

S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Arunachal East Ering,Shri Ninong INC

2 Arunachal West Takam Sanjoy,Shri INC


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Autonomous District(ST) Engti,Shri Biren Singh INC

2 Barpeta Hussain,Shri Ismail INC

3 Dhubri Ajmal,Maulana Badruddin AIUDF

4 Dibrugarh Ghatowar,Shri Paban Singh INC

5 Gauhati Chakravarty,Smt. Bijoya BJP

6 Jorhat Handique,Shri Bijoy Krishna INC

7 Kaliabor Gogoi,Shri Dip INC

8 Karimganj(SC) Suklabaidya,Shri Lalit Mohan INC

9 Kokrajhar(ST) Bwiswmuthiary,Shri Sansuma Khunggur BPF

10 Lakhimpur Narah,Smt. Ranee INC

11 Mangaldoi Deka,Shri Ramen BJP

12 Nawgong Gohain,Shri Rajen BJP

13 Silchar Purkayastha,Shri Kabindra BJP

14 Tezpur Toppo,Shri Joseph AGP


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Araria Singh,Shri Pradeep Kumar BJP

2 Arrah Singh,Smt. Meena JD(U)

3 Aurangabad Singh,Shri Sushil Kumar JD(U)

4 Banka Putul Kumari,Smt. Ind.

5 Begusarai Hassan,Dr. Monazir JD(U)

6 Bhagalpur Hussain,Shri Syed Shahnawaz BJP

7 Buxar Singh,Shri Jagadanand RJD

8 Darbhanga Azad,Shri Kirti (Jha) BJP

9 Gaya(SC) Manjhi,Shri Hari BJP

10 Gopalganj(SC) Ram,Shri Purnmasi JD(U)

11 Hajipur(SC) Das,Shri Ram Sundar JD(U)

12 Jahanabad Sharma,Shri Jagdish JD(U)

13 Jamui (SC) Choudhary,Shri Bhudeo JD(U)

14 Jhanjharpur Mandal,Shri Mangani Lal JD(U)

15 Karakat Singh,Shri Mahabali JD(U)

16 Katihar Choudhary,Shri Nikhil Kumar BJP

17 Khagaria Yadav,Shri Dinesh Chandra JD(U)

18 Kishanganj Mohammad,Maulana Asrarul Haque INC

19 Madhepura Yadav,Shri Sharad JD(U)

20 Madhubani Yadav,Shri Hukmdev Narayan BJP

21 Maharajganj Singh,Shri Umashanker RJD

22 Munger Singh,Shri Rajiv Ranjan (Lalan) JD(U)

23 Muzaffarpur Nishad,Capt.(Retd.) Jainarain Prasad JD(U)

24 Nalanda Kumar,Shri Kaushalendra JD(U)

25 Nawada Singh,Dr. Bhola BJP

26 Paschim Champaran Jaiswal,Dr. Sanjay BJP

27 Pataliputra Yadav, Prof. Ranjan Prasad JD(U)

28 Patna Sahib Sinha,Shri Shatrughan Prasad BJP

29 Purnia Singh,Shri Uday BJP

30 Purvi Champaran Singh,Shri Radha Mohan BJP

31 Samastipur (SC) Hazari,Shri Maheshwar JD(U)

32 Saran Lalu Prasad,Shri RJD

33 Sasaram(SC) Kumar,Smt. Meira INC

34 Sheohar Rama Devi,Smt. BJP

35 Sitamarhi Roy,Dr. Arjun JD(U)

36 Siwan Yadav,Shri Om Prakash Ind.

37 Supaul Kumar,Shri Vishwa Mohan JD(U)

38 Ujiarpur Devi,Smt. Ashwamedh JD(U)

39 Vaishali Singh,Dr. Raghuvansh Prasad RJD

40 Valmiki Nagar Mahto,Shri Baidyanath Prasad JD(U)



S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Bastar(ST) Kashyap,Shri Baliram BJP

2 Bilaspur Judeo,Shri Dilip Singh BJP

3 Durg Pandey,Km. Saroj BJP

4 Janjgir-Champa(SC) Patle,Smt. Kamla Devi BJP

5 Kanker(ST) Potai,Shri Sohan BJP

6 Korba Mahant,Dr. Charan Das INC

7 Mahasamund Sahu,Shri Chandu Lal BJP

8 Raigarh (ST) Sai,Shri Vishnu Deo BJP

9 Raipur Bais,Shri Ramesh BJP

10 Rajnandgaon Yadav,Shri Madhusudan BJP

11 Surguja(ST) Singh,Shri Murarilal BJP


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 North Goa Naik,Shri Shripad Yesso BJP

2 South Goa Sardinha,Shri Francisco INC


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Ahmedabad East Pathak,Shri Harin BJP

2 Ahmedabad West(SC) Solanki,Dr. Kirit Premjibhai BJP

3 Amreli Kachhadia,Shri Naranbhai BJP

4 Anand Solanki,Shri Bharatsinh Madhavsinh INC

5 Banaskantha Gadhvi ,Shri Mukesh Bhairavdanji INC

6 Bardoli(ST) Chaudhary,Dr. Tushar Amarsinh INC

7 Bharuch Vasava,Shri Mansukhbhai D. BJP

8 Bhavnagar Rana ,Shri Rajendrasinh (Raju Rana) BJP

9 Chhota Udaipur (ST) Rathwa,Shri Ramsinh Patalyabhai BJP

10 Dahod(ST) Taviad,Dr. (Smt.) Prabha Kishor INC

11 Gandhinagar Advani,Shri Lal Krishna BJP

12 Jamnagar Maadam,Shri Vikrambhai Arjanbhai INC

13 Junagadh Solanki ,Shri Dinubhai Boghabhai BJP

14 Kachchh(SC) Jat,Smt. Poonam Veljibhai BJP

15 Kheda Patel,Shri Dinsha J. INC

16 Mehesana Patel,Smt. Jayshreeben BJP

17 Navsari Patil,Shri Chandrakant Raghunath BJP

18 Panchmahal Chauhan,Shri Prabhatsinh Pratapsinh BJP

19 Patan Thakor,Shri Jagdish INC

20 Porbandar Radadiya,Shri Vitthalbhai Hansrajbhai INC

21 Rajkot Bavaliya,Shri Kunwarjibhai Mohanbhai INC

22 Sabarkantha Chauhan,Dr. Mahendrasinh Pruthvisinh BJP

23 Surat Jardosh,Smt. Darshana Vikram BJP

24 Surendranagar Patel,Shri Somabhai Gandalal Koli INC

25 Vadodara Shukla ,Shri Balkrishna Khanderao BJP

26 Valsad(ST) Patel,Shri Kishanbhai Vestabhai INC


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Ambala (SC) Selja,Kumari INC

2 Bhiwani-Mahendragarh Choudhry,Smt. Shruti INC

3 Faridabad Bhadana,Shri Avtar Singh INC

4 Gurgaon Rao,Shri Inderjit Singh INC

5 Hisar Bhajan Lal,Shri HJC

6 Karnal Sharma,Dr. Arvind Kumar INC

7 Kurukshetra Jindal,Shri Naveen INC

8 Rohtak Hooda,Shri Deepender Singh INC

9 Sirsa(SC) Tanwar,Shri Ashok INC

10 Sonipat Malik,Shri Jitender Singh INC

            Himachal Pradesh

S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Hamirpur Thakur,Shri Anurag Singh BJP

2 Kangra Sushant,Dr. Rajan BJP

3 Mandi Singh,Shri Virbhadra INC

4 Shimla(SC) Kashyap,Shri Virender BJP

             Jammu and Kashmir

S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Anantnag Beg,Dr. Mehboob J&KNC

2 Baramulla Shariq,Shri Sharifuddin J&KNC

3 Jammu Sharma,Shri Madan Lal INC

4 Ladakh Khan,Shri Hassan Ind.

5 Srinagar Abdullah,Dr. Farooq J&KNC

6 Udhampur Singh,Chaudhary Lal INC


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Chatra Namdhari,Shri Inder Singh Ind.

2 Dhanbad Singh,Shri Pashupati Nath BJP

3 Dumka(ST) Soren,Shri Shibu JMM

4 Giridih Pandey,Shri Ravindra Kumar BJP

5 Godda Dubey,Shri Nishikant BJP

6 Hazaribagh Sinha,Shri Yashwant BJP

7 Jamshedpur Munda,Shri Arjun BJP

8 Khunti(ST) Munda,Shri Kariya BJP

9 Kodarma Marandi,Shri Babu Lal JVM (P)

10 Lohardaga (ST) Bhagat,Shri Sudarshan BJP

11 Palamu(SC) Baitha,Shri Kameshwar JMM

12 Rajmahal(ST) Besra,Shri Devidhan BJP

13 Ranchi Sahay,Shri Subodh Kant INC

14 Singhbhum(ST) Kora,Shri Madhu Ind.


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Bagalkot Gaddigoudar,Shri Parvatagouda Chandanagouda BJP

2 Bangalore Central Mohan,Shri P. C. BJP

3 Bangalore North Gowda,Shri Chandre D.B. BJP

4 Bangalore Rural Kumaraswamy,Shri H.D. JD(S)

5 Bangalore South Ananth Kumar,Shri BJP

6 Belgaum Angadi,Shri Suresh Chanabasappa BJP

7 Bellary (ST) Shantha,Smt. J. BJP

8 Bidar Singh,Shri N.Dharam INC

9 Bijapur(SC) Jigajinagi,Shri Ramesh Chandappa BJP

10 Chamrajanagar(SC) Dhruvanarayana,Shri Rangaswamy INC

11 Chikkballapur Moily,Dr.(Shri) M. Veerappa INC

12 Chikkodi Katti,Shri Ramesh Vishwanath BJP

13 Chitradurga(SC) Swamy,Shri Janardhana BJP

14 Dakshina Kannada Kateel,Shri Nalin Kumar BJP

15 Davanagere Siddeshwara,Shri Gowdar Mallikarjunappa BJP

16 Dharwad Joshi,Shri Pralhad Venkatesh BJP

17 Gulbarga (SC) Kharge,Shri Mallikarjun INC

18 Hassan Devegowda,Shri H.D. JD(S)

19 Haveri Udasi,Shri Shivkumar Chanabasappa BJP

20 Kolar(SC) Muniyappa,Shri K.H. INC

21 Koppal Shivaramagouda,Shri BJP

22 Mandya Swamy,Shri N. Chaluvaraya JD(S)

23 Mysore Vishwanath,Shri Adagooru Huchegowda INC

24 Raichur (ST) Pakkirappa,Shri S. BJP

25 Shimoga Yeddyurappa,Shri Raghavendra BJP

26 Tumkur Basavaraj,Shri Gangasandra Siddappa BJP

27 Udupi Chikmagalur Gowda,Shri D.V. Sadananda BJP

28 Uttara Kannada Hegde,Shri Anant Kumar Dattatreya BJP


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Alappuzha Venugopal,Shri K. C. INC

2 Alathur(SC) Biju,Shri Parayamparanbil Kuttappan CPI(M)

3 Attingal Sampath,Shri Anirudhan CPI(M)

4 Chalakudy Dhanapalan,Shri K. P. INC

5 Ernakulam Thomas,Prof. Kuruppassery Varkey INC

6 Idukki Thomas,Shri P. T. INC

7 Kannur Sudhakaran,Shri Kumbakudi INC

8 Kasaragod Karunakaran,Shri P. CPI(M)

9 Kollam Kurup,Shri N. Peethambara INC

10 Kottayam Mani,Shri Jose K. KC(M)

11 Kozhikode Raghavan,Shri M. K. INC

12 Malappuram Ahamed,Shri E. MLKSC

13 Mavelikkara(SC) Kodikunnil,Shri Suresh INC

14 Palakkad Rajesh,Shri M. B. CPI(M)

15 Pathanamthitta Antony,Shri Anto INC

16 Ponnani Basheer,Shri E. T. Mohammed MLKSC

17 Thiruvananthapuram Tharoor,Dr. Shashi INC

18 Thrissur Chacko,Shri P.C. INC

19 Vadakara Mullappally,Shri Ramachandran INC

20 Wayanad Shanavas,Shri M. I. INC


           Madhya Pradesh

S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Balaghat Deshmukh,Shri K. D. BJP

2 Betul(ST) Dhurve,Smt. Jyoti BJP

3 Bhind(SC) Argal,Shri Ashok BJP

4 Bhopal Joshi,Shri Kailash BJP

5 Chhindwara Kamal Nath,Shri INC

6 Damoh Lodhi,Shri Shivraj Singh BJP

7 Dewas(SC) Verma,Shri Sajjan Singh INC

8 Dhar(ST) Rajukhedi,Shri Gajendra Singh INC

9 Guna Scindia,Shri Jyotiraditya Madhavrao INC

10 Gwalior Scindia,Smt. Yashodhara Raje BJP

11 Hoshangabad Singh,Shri Uday Pratap INC

12 Indore Mahajan,Smt. Sumitra BJP

13 Jabalpur Singh,Shri Rakesh BJP

14 Khajuraho Bundela,Shri Jeetendra Singh BJP

15 Khandwa Yadav,Shri Arun Subhashchandra INC

16 Khargone(ST) Solanki,Shri Makhansingh BJP

17 Mandla(ST) Masram,Shri Basori Singh INC

18 Mandsour Natrajan,Km. Meenakshi INC

19 Morena Tomar,Shri Narendra Singh BJP

20 Rajgarh Amlabe,Shri Narayan Singh INC

21 Ratlam (ST) Bhuria,Shri Kantilal INC

22 Rewa Patel,Shri Deoraj Singh BSP

23 Sagar Singh,Shri Bhoopendra BJP

24 Satna Singh,Shri Ganesh BJP

25 Shahdol(ST) Singh, Smt. Rajesh Nandini INC

26 Sidhi Mishra,Shri Govind Prasad BJP

27 Tikamgarh(SC) Virendra Kumar,Dr. BJP

28 Ujjain(SC) Guddu,Shri Prem Chand INC

29 Vidisha Swaraj,Smt. Sushma BJP


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Ahmednagar Gandhi,Shri Dilip Kumar Mansukhlal BJP

2 Akola Dhotre,Shri Sanjay Shamrao BJP

3 Amravati(SC) Adsul,Shri Anandrao SS

4 Aurangabad Khaire,Shri Chandrakant Bhaurao SS

5 Baramati Sule,Smt. Supriya Sadanand NCP

6 Beed Munde ,Shri Gopinath Pandurang BJP

7 Bhandara-Gondiya Patel,Shri Praful Manoharbhai NCP

8 Bhiwandi Taware ,Shri Suresh Kashinath INC

9 Buldhana Jadhav,Shri Prataprao Ganpatrao SS

10 Chandrapur Ahir,Shri Hansraj Gangaram BJP

11 Dhule Pratap Narayanrao,Shri Sonawane BJP

12 Dindori(ST) Chavan,Shri Harischandra Deoram BJP

13 Gadchiroli-Chimur (ST)(ST) Kowase,Shri Marotrao Sainuji INC

14 Hatkanangle Shetti ,Shri Raju alias Devappa Anna SWP

15 Hingoli Wankhede,Shri Subhash Bapurao SS

16 Jalgaon Patil,Shri A.T. (Nana) BJP

17 Jalna Danve,Shri Raosaheb Patil BJP

18 Kalyan Paranjpe,Shri Anand Prakash SS

19 Kolhapur Mandlik,Shri Sadashivrao Dadoba Ind.

20 Latur(SC) Awale ,Shri Jayawant Gangaram INC

21 Madha Pawar,Shri Sharad Chandra Govindrao NCP

22 Maval Babar ,Shri Gajanan Dharmshi SS

23 Mumbai-North Nirupam,Shri Sanjay INC

24 Mumbai-North-Central Dutt,Smt. Priya Sunil INC

25 Mumbai-North-East Patil,Shri Sanjay Dina NCP

26 Mumbai-North-West Kamat,Shri Gurudas INC

27 Mumbai-South Deora,Shri Milind Murli INC

28 Mumbai-South-Central Gaikwad,Shri Eknath Mahadeo INC

29 Nagpur Muttemwar,Shri Vilas Baburao INC

30 Nanded Patil,Shri Bhaskarrao Bapurao INC

31 Nandurbar(ST) Gavit,Shri Manikrao Hodlya INC

32 Nashik Bhujbal,Shri Sameer Magan NCP

33 Osmanabad Patil ,Dr. Padmasinha Bajirao NCP

34 Palghar(ST) Jadhav ,Shri Baliram Sukur BVA

35 Parbhani Dudhgaonkar,Shri Ganeshrao Nagorao SS

36 Pune Kalmadi,Shri Suresh INC

37 Raigad Geete,Shri Anant Gangaram SS

38 Ramtek(SC) Wasnik,Shri Mukul Balkrishna INC

39 Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg Rane,Dr. Nilesh Narayan INC

40 Raver Jawale,Shri Haribhau Madhav BJP

41 Sangli Patil,Shri Pratik Prakashbapu INC

42 Satara Bhonsle,Shri Udayanraje Pratapsingh NCP

43 Shirdi(SC) Wakchaure ,Shri Bhausaheb SS

44 Shirur Adhalrao Patil,Shri Shivaji SS

45 Solapur(SC) Shinde,Shri Sushil Kumar Sambhajirao INC

46 Thane Naik,Dr. Sanjeev Ganesh NCP

47 Wardha Meghe,Shri Datta Raghobaji INC

48 Yavatmal-Washim Patil,Smt. Bhavana Gawali SS



S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Inner Manipur Meinya,Dr. Thokchom INC

2 Outer Manipur(ST) Baite,Shri Thangso INC


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Shillong(ST) Pala,Shri Vincent H INC

2 Tura(ST) Sangma,Kum. Agatha K. NCP


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Mizoram(ST) Ruala,Shri C. L. INC


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Nagaland Chang,Shri Chongshen Mongkosungkum NPF


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Aska Pradhan,Shri Nityananda BJD

2 Balasore Jena,Shri Srikant Kumar INC

3 Bargarh Bhoi,Shri Sanjay INC

4 Berhampur Mohapatra,Shri Sidhant BJD

5 Bhadrak(SC) Sethi,Shri Arjun Charan BJD

6 Bhubaneswar Patasani,Dr. (Prof.) Prasanna Kumar BJD

7 Bolangir Singh Deo,Shri Kalikesh Narayan BJD

8 Cuttack Mahtab,Shri Bhartruhari BJD

9 Dhenkanal Satpathy,Shri Tathagata BJD

10 Jagatsinghpur(SC) Tarai,Shri Bibhu Prasad CPI

11 Jajpur (SC) Jena,Shri Mohan BJD

12 Kalahandi Das,Shri Bhakta Charan INC

13 Kandhamal Ray,Shri Rudra Madhab BJD

14 Kendrapara Panda,Shri Baijayant "Jay" BJD

15 Keonjhar(ST) Laguri,Shri Yashbant Narayan Singh BJD

16 Koraput (ST) Pangi,Shri Jayaram BJD

17 Mayurbhanj(ST) Tudu,Shri Laxman BJD

18 Nabarangpur(ST) Majhi,Shri Pradeep INC

19 Puri Misra,Shri Pinaki BJD

20 Sambalpur Pradhan,Shri Amarnath INC

21 Sundargarh (ST) Biswal,Shri Hemanand INC


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Amritsar Sidhu,Shri Navjot Singh BJP

2 Anandpur Sahib Singh,Shri Ravneet INC

3 Bathinda Badal,Smt. Harsimrat Kaur SAD

4 Faridkot (SC) Gulshan,Smt. Paramjit Kaur SAD

5 Fatehgarh Sahib(SC) Libra,Shri Sukhdev Singh INC

6 Ferozpur Ghubaya,Shri Sher Singh SAD

7 Gurdaspur Bajwa,Sardar Partap Singh INC

8 Hoshiarpur(SC) Chowdhary,Smt. Santosh INC

9 Jalandhar(SC) Kaypee,Shri Mohinder Singh INC

10 Khadoor Sahib Ajnala,Dr. Rattan Singh SAD

11 Ludhiana Tewari,Shri Manish INC

12 Patiala Kaur,Smt. Preneet INC

13 Sangrur Singla,Shri Vijay Inder INC


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Ajmer Pilot,Shri Sachin INC

2 Alwar Singh,Shri Jitendra INC

3 Banswara(ST) Bhagora,Shri Tarachand INC

4 Barmer Choudhary,Shri Harish INC

5 Bharatpur(SC) Singh,Shri Ratan INC

6 Bhilwara Joshi,Dr. C. P. INC

7 Bikaner (SC) Meghwal,Shri Arjun Ram BJP

8 Chittorgarh Vyas,Dr.(Kum.) Girija INC

9 Churu Kaswan,Shri Ram Singh BJP

10 Dausa(ST) Meena,Dr. Kirodilal Ind.

11 Ganganagar(SC) Meghwal,Shri Bharat Ram INC

12 Jaipur Joshi,Dr. Mahesh INC

13 Jaipur Rural Kataria,Shri Lalchand INC

14 Jalore Patel,Shri Devji Mansingram BJP

15 Jhalawar-Baran Singh,Shri Dushyant BJP

16 Jhunjhunu Ola,Shri Sis Ram INC

17 Jodhpur Katoch,Smt. Chandresh Kumari INC

18 Karauli-Dholpur(SC) Bairwa,Shri Khiladi Lal INC

19 Kota Singh,Shri Ijyaraj INC

20 Nagaur Mirdha,Dr. (Smt.) Jyoti INC

21 Pali Jakhar,Shri Badri Ram INC

22 Rajsamand Shekhawat,Shri Gopal Singh INC

23 Sikar Khandela,Shri Mahadeo Singh INC

24 Tonk-Sawai Madhopur Meena,Shri Namo Narain INC

25 Udaipur (ST) Meena,Shri Raghuvir Singh INC


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Sikkim Rai,Shri Prem Das SDF

          Tamil Nadu

S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Arakkonam Jagathrakshakan,Shri S. DMK

2 Arani Krishnasswamy,Shri M. INC

3 Chennai Central Maran,Thiru Dayanidhi DMK

4 Chennai North Elangovan,Shri T.K.S. DMK

5 Chennai South Rajendran,Shri C. AIADMK

6 Chidambaram(SC) Thol,Shri Thirumaa Valavan VCK

7 Coimbatore Natarajan,Shri P.R. CPI(M)

8 Cuddalore Alagiri,Shri Sambandam Keerapalayam INC

9 Dharmapuri Thamaraiselvan,Shri R. DMK

10 Dindigul Chitthan,Shri N.S.V. INC

11 Erode Ganeshamurthi,Shri A. MDMK

12 Kallakurichi Adhi Sankar,Shri DMK

13 Kancheepuram(SC) Perumal,Shri Viswanathan INC

14 Kanniyakumari Helen, Smt. Davidson J. DMK

15 Karur Thambidurai,Dr. Munisamy AIADMK

16 Krishnagiri Sugavanam,Shri E.G. DMK

17 Madurai Alagiri,Shri M. K. DMK

18 Mayiladuthurai Manian,Shri O. S. AIADMK

19 Nagapattinam(SC) Vijayan,Shri A.K.S. DMK

20 Namakkal Gandhiselvan,Shri S. DMK

21 Nilgiris (SC) Raja,Shri Andimuthu DMK

22 Perambalur Napoleon,Shri D. DMK

23 Pollachi Sugumar,Shri K. AIADMK

24 Ramanathapuram Shivakumar ,Shri K. alias J.K. Ritheesh DMK

25 Salem Semmalai,Shri S. AIADMK

26 Sivaganga Chidambaram,Shri Palaniappan INC

27 Sriperumbudur Baalu,Thiru Thalikkottai Rajuthevar DMK

28 Tenkasi(SC) Lingam,Shri P. CPI

29 Thanjavur Palanimanickam,Shri S.S. DMK

30 Theni Aaroon Rasheed,Shri J.M. INC

31 Thoothukkudi Jeyadurai,Shri S. R. DMK

32 Tiruchirappalli Kumar,Shri P. AIADMK

33 Tirunelveli Ramasubbu,Shri S.S. INC

34 Tiruppur Sivasami,Shri C. AIADMK

35 Tiruvallur(SC) Venugopal,Dr. Ponnusamy AIADMK

36 Tiruvannamalai Venugopal,Thiru Danapal DMK

37 Vellore Abdul Rahman,Shri DMK

38 Viluppuram(SC) Anandan,Shri K. Murugesan AIADMK

39 Virudhunagar Tagore,Shri Manicka INC


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Tripura East(ST) Riyan,Shri Baju Ban CPI(M)

2 Tripura West Das,Shri Khagen CPI(M)

           Uttar Pradesh

S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Agra(SC) Ram Shankar,Prof.(Dr.) BJP

2 Akbarpur Pal,Shri Raja Ram INC

3 Aligarh Chauhan,Smt. Raj Kumari BSP

4 Allahabad Singh,Kunwar Rewati Raman SP

5 Ambedkar Nagar Pandey,Shri Rakesh BSP

6 Amethi Gandhi,Shri Rahul INC

7 Amroha Nagpal,Shri Devendra RLD

8 Aonla Gandhi,Smt. Maneka BJP

9 Azamgarh Yadav,Shri Ramakant BJP

10 Badaun Yadav,Shri Dharmendra SP

11 Baghpat Singh,Shri Ajit RLD

12 Bahraich (SC) Kishor,Shri Kamal INC

13 Ballia Shekhar,Shri Neeraj SP

14 Banda Patel,Shri R.K. Singh SP

15 Bansgaon(SC) Paswan,Shri Kamlesh BJP

16 Barabanki(SC) Punia,Shri P.L. INC

17 Bareilly Aron,Shri Praveen Singh. INC

18 Basti Chaudhary,Shri Arvind Kumar BSP

19 Bhadohi Pandey,Shri Gorakh Nath BSP

20 Bijnor Chauhan,Shri Sanjay Singh RLD

21 Bulandshahr(SC) Balmiki,Shri Kamlesh SP

22 Chandauli Ramkishun,Shri SP

23 Deoria Jaiswal,Shri Gorakh Prasad BSP

24 Dhaurahra Prasada,Shri Jitin INC

25 Domariyaganj Pal ,Shri Jagdambika INC

26 Etah Singh,Shri Kalyan Ind.

27 Etawah(SC) Katheria,Shri Premdas SP

28 Faizabad Khatri,Dr. Nirmal INC

29 Farrukhabad Khurshid,Shri Salman INC

30 Fatehpur Sachan,Shri Rakesh SP

31 Fatehpur Sikri Upadhyay,Smt. Seema BSP

32 Firozabad Babbar,Shri Raj INC

33 Gautam Buddha Nagar Nagar,Shri Surendra Singh BSP

34 Ghaziabad Singh,Shri Rajnath BJP

35 Ghazipur Singh,Shri Radhe Mohan SP

36 Ghosi Chauhan,Shri Dara Singh BSP

37 Gonda Verma,Shri Beni Prasad INC

38 Gorakhpur Adityanath ,Shri Yogi BJP

39 Hamirpur Singh,Shri Vijay Bahadur BSP

40 Hardoi(SC) Verma,Smt. Usha SP

41 Hathras(SC) Baghel,Smt. Sarika Devendra Singh RLD

42 Jalaun(SC) Anuragi,Shri Ghanshyam SP

43 Jaunpur Singh,Shri Dhananjay BSP

44 Jhansi Jain Aditya ,Shri Pradeep Kumar INC

45 Kairana Hasan,Begum Tabassum BSP

46 Kaiserganj Singh,Shri Brijbhushan Sharan SP

47 Kannauj Yadav,Shri Akhilesh SP

48 Kanpur Jaiswal,Shri Sriprakash INC

49 Kaushambi(SC) Kumar,Shri Shailendra SP

50 Kheri Naqvi,Shri Zafar Ali INC

51 Khushi Nagar Singh,Shri Ratanjit Pratap Narain INC

52 Lalganj(SC) Baliram,Dr. BSP

53 Lucknow Tandon,Shri Lal Ji BJP

54 Machhlishahr(SC) Saroj,Shri Tufani SP

55 Maharajganj Vardhan,Shri Harsh INC

56 Mainpuri Yadav,Shri Mulayam Singh SP

57 Mathura Chaudhary,Shri Jayant RLD

58 Meerut Agrawal,Shri Rajendra BJP

59 Mirzapur Patel,Shri Bal Kumar SP

60 Misrikh (SC) Rawat,Shri Ashok Kumar BSP

61 Mohanlalganj(SC) Saroj,Smt. Sushila SP

62 Moradabad Azharuddin,Shri Mohammed INC

63 Muzaffarnagar Rana,Shri Kadir BSP

64 Nagina(SC) Singh,Shri Yashvir SP

65 Phulpur Karwariya,Shri Kapil Muni BSP

66 Pilibhit Gandhi,Shri Feroze Varun BJP

67 Pratapgarh Singh,Rajkumari Ratna INC

68 Rae Bareli Gandhi,Smt. Sonia INC

69 Rampur Nahata,Smt. P. Jaya Prada SP

70 Robertsganj (SC) Lal,Shri Pakauri SP

71 Saharanpur Rana,Shri Jagdish Singh BSP

72 Salempur Rajbhar,Shri Ramashankar BSP

73 Sambhal Barq,Shri Shafiqur Rahman BSP

74 Sant Kabir Nagar Tiwari ,Shri Bhismshankar Alias Kushal BSP

75 Shahjahanpur(SC) Mithlesh Kumar,Shri SP

76 Shrawasti Pandey,Dr. Vinay Kumar "Vinnu" INC

77 Sitapur Jahan,Smt. Kaisar BSP

78 Sultanpur Sinh,Dr. Sanjay INC

79 Unnao Tandon,Smt. Annu INC

80 Varanasi Joshi,Dr. Murli Manohar BJP


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Almora(SC) Tamta,Shri Pradeep INC

2 Garhwal Maharaj,Shri Satpal INC

3 Hardwar Rawat,Shri Harish INC

4 Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar Baba,Shri K.C. Singh INC

5 Tehri Garhwal Bahuguna,Shri Vijay INC

            West Bengal

S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Alipurduars(ST) Tirkey,Shri Manohar RSP

2 Arambagh (SC) Malik,Shri Sakti Mohan CPI(M)

3 Asansol Chowdhury,Shri Bansa Gopal CPI(M)

4 Baharampur Chowdhury,Shri Adhir Ranjan INC

5 Balurghat Majumdar,Shri Prasanta Kumar RSP

6 Bankura Acharia,Shri Basudeb CPI(M)

7 Barasat Dastidar, Dr. (Smt.) Kakoli Ghosh AITC

8 Bardhaman Purba(SC) Saha,Dr. Anup Kumar CPI(M)

9 Bardhaman-Durgapur Haque,Prof. Sk. Saidul CPI(M)

10 Barrackpur Trivedi,Shri Dinesh AITC

11 Basirhat Islam,Shri Sk. Nurul AITC

12 Birbhum Roy,Smt. Satabdi AITC

13 Bishnupur(SC) Bauri,Smt. Susmita CPI(M)

14 Bolpur(SC) Dome,Dr. Ram Chandra CPI(M)

15 Bongaon(SC) Naskar,Shri Gobinda Chandra AITC

16 Cooch Behar (SC) Roy,Shri Nripendra Nath AIFB

17 Darjeeling Singh,Shri Jaswant BJP

18 Diamond Harbour Mitra,Shri Somendra Nath AITC

19 Dum Dum Roy,Prof. Saugata AITC

20 Ghatal Dasgupta,Shri Gurudas CPI

21 Hooghly De(Nag),Dr. (Smt.) Ratna AITC

22 Howrah Banerjee,Shri Ambica AITC

23 Jadavpur Suman,Shri Kabir AITC

24 Jalpaiguri (SC) Roy,Shri Mahendra Kumar CPI(M)

25 Jangipur Mukherjee,Shri Pranab INC

26 Jaynagar(SC) Mandal,Dr. Tarun Ind.

27 Jhargram (ST) Baske,Dr. Pulin Bihari CPI(M)

28 Kanthi Adhikari ,Shri Sisir Kumar AITC

29 Kolkata Dakshin Banerjee,Kum. Mamata AITC

30 Kolkata Uttar Bandyopadhyay,Shri Sudip AITC

31 Krishnanagar Paul,Shri Tapas AITC

32 Maldaha Dakshin Choudhury,Shri Abu Hasem Khan INC

33 Maldaha Uttar Noor,Smt. Mausam INC

34 Mathurapur (SC) Jatua,Shri Choudhury Mohan AITC

35 Medinipur Panda,Shri Prabodh CPI

36 Murshidabad Hossain,Shri Abdul Mannan INC

37 Purulia Mahato,Shri Narahari AIFB

38 Raiganj Dasmunsi,Smt. Deepa INC

39 Ranaghat (SC) Haldar,Dr. Sucharu Ranjan AITC

40 Serampore Banerjee,Shri Kalyan AITC

41 Tamluk Adhikari,Shri Suvendu AITC

42 Uluberia Ahmed,Shri Sultan

Union Territory ::
                          Andaman and Nicobar Islands Chandigarh

S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Andaman and Nicobar Islands Ray,Shri Bishnu Pada BJP

S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Chandigarh Bansal,Shri Pawan Kumar INC

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Dadra and Nagar Haveli(ST) Patel,Shri Natubhai Gomanbhai BJP

Daman and Diu

S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Daman and Diu Patel,Shri Lalubhai Babubhai BJP


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Chandni Chowk Sibal,Shri Kapil INC

2 East Delhi Dikshit,Shri Sandeep INC

3 New Delhi Maken,Shri Ajay INC

4 North East Delhi Agarwal,Shri Jai Prakash INC

5 North West Delhi(SC) Tirath,Smt. Krishna INC

6 South Delhi Kumar,Shri Ramesh INC

7 West Delhi Mishra,Shri Mahabal


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Lakshadweep(ST) Sayeed,Shri Hamdullah INC


S.No. Costituency Name of Member Party

1 Puducherry Narayanasamy,Shri V. INC


ICC World Cup 2011 ::SCHEDULE

Date              Local GMT     IST                       Match Details                                         Venue

Feb 19, 2011    14:30 08:30 14:00                      Group B : Bangladesh vs India, 1st ODI - Mirpur

Feb 20, 2011 09:30 04:00 09:30                         Group A : New Zealand vs Kenya, 2nd ODI - Chennai

Feb 20, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group A : Sri Lanka vs Canada, 3rd ODI - Hambantota

Feb 21, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group A : Australia vs Zimbabwe, 4th ODI - Ahmedabad

Feb 22, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group B : England vs Netherlands, 5th ODI Nagpur

Feb 23, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group A : Pakistan vs Kenya, 6th ODI Hambantota

Feb 24, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group B : South Africa vs West Indies, 7th ODI Delhi

Feb 25, 2011 09:30 03:30 09:00                         Group B : Bangladesh vs Ireland, 8th ODI Mirpur

Feb 25, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group A : Australia vs New Zealand, 9th ODI Nagpur

Feb 26, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group A : Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 10th ODI Colombo

Feb 27, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group B : India vs England, 11th ODI Bangalore

Feb 28, 2011 09:30 04:00 09:30                         Group A : Canada vs Zimbabwe, 12th ODI Nagpur

Feb 28, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group B : West Indies vs Netherlands, 13th ODI Delhi

Mar 1, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                          Group A : Sri Lanka vs Kenya, 14th ODI Colombo

Mar 2, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                          Group B : England vs Ireland, 15th ODI Bangalore

Mar 3, 2011 09:30 04:00 09:30                          Group B : South Africa vs Netherlands, 16th ODI Mohali

Mar 3, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                          Group A : Pakistan vs Canada, 17th ODI Colombo

Mar 4, 2011 09:30 04:00 09:30                          Group A : New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, 18th
                                                                                                                               ODI       Ahmedabad

Mar 4, 2011 14:30 08:30 14:00                          Group B : Bangladesh vs West Indies, 19th ODI Mirpur

Mar 5, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                          Group A : Australia vs Sri Lanka, 20th ODI Colombo

Mar 6, 2011 09:30 04:00 09:30                          Group B : South Africa vs England, 21st ODI Chennai

Mar 6, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                          Group B : India vs Ireland, 22nd ODI Bangalore

Mar 7, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                          Group A : Canada vs Kenya, 23rd ODI Delhi

Mar 8, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                          Group A : Pakistan vs New Zealand, 24th ODI Kandy

Mar 9, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                          Group B : India vs Netherlands, 25th ODI Delhi

Mar 10, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                        Group A : Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 26th ODI Kandy

Mar 11, 2011 09:30 04:00 09:30                        Group B : West Indies vs Ireland, 27th ODI Mohali

Mar 11, 2011 14:30 08:30 14:00                        Group B : Bangladesh vs England, 28th ODI Chittagong

Mar 12, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                        Group B : India vs South Africa, 29th ODI Nagpur

Mar 13, 2011 09:30 04:00 09:30                        Group A : New Zealand vs Canada, 30th ODI Mumbai

Mar 13, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group A : Australia vs Kenya, 31st ODI Bangalore

Mar 14, 2011 09:30 03:30 09:00                         Group B : Bangladesh vs Netherlands, 32nd
                                                                                                                                       ODI Chittagong

Mar 14, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group A : Pakistan vs Zimbabwe, 33rd ODI Kandy

Mar 15, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group B : South Africa vs Ireland, 34th ODI Kolkata

Mar 16, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group A : Australia vs Canada, 35th ODI Bangalore

Mar 17, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                         Group B : England vs West Indies, 36th ODI Chennai

Mar 18, 2011 09:30 04:00 09:30                         Group A : Ireland vs Netherlands, 37th ODI Kolkata

Mar 18, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                        Group A : Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 38th ODI Mumbai

Mar 19, 2011 09:30 03:30 09:00                        Group B : Bangladesh vs South Africa, 39th ODI Mirpur

Mar 19, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                        Group A : Pakistan vs Australia, 40th ODI Colombo

Mar 20, 2011 09:30 04:00 09:30                        Group A : Zimbabwe vs Kenya, 41st ODI Kolkata

Mar 20, 2011 14:30 09:00 14:30                        Group B : India vs West Indies, 42nd ODI Chennai

Mar 23, 2011 14:30 09:30 15:00                        TBC vs TBC, 1st Quarter Final ODI Mirpur

Mar 24, 2011 14:30 10:00 15:30                        TBC vs TBC, 2nd Quarter Final ODI Colombo

Mar 25, 2011 14:30 09:30 15:00                        TBC vs TBC, 3rd Quarter Final ODI Mirpur

Mar 26, 2011 14:30 10:00 15:30                         TBC vs TBC, 4th Quarter Final ODI Ahmedabad

Mar 29, 2011 14:30 10:00 15:30                        TBC vs TBC, 1st Semi Final ODI Colombo

Mar 30, 2011 14:30 10:00 15:30                        TBC vs TBC, 2nd Semi Final ODI Mohali

Apr 2, 2011 14:30 10:00 15:30                           TBC vs TBC, The Final ODI Mumbai

ICC World Cup 2011

ICC World Cup 2011

Good times are here for India. The country will get to host the tenth world cup of its most loved sport in 2011 along with co-hosts Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It will be the first time co-hosting for Bangladesh in a cricket world cup. Fourteen national teams are scheduled to compete for the coveted cup between February and early April 2011. According to the announced fixtures of ICC World Cup 2011, the first match will be played among co-hosts India and Sri Lanka at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

The formerly announced time-table of 2011 world cup also included Pakistan as a co-hosting nation but the 2009 attack on Sri Lankan cricket team at Lahore which left seven players injured, forced the world cup governing body (ICC) to strip off Pakistan of its co-hosting rights on Apr 17, 2009. India will now host 29 of the total 49 planned matches including the all important grand final at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai and one semi-final as well. Sri Lanka will host 12 matches while the first time nation Bangladesh has been given the opportunity to host the tournament opener along with eight other matches. Since India has been allotted the highest number of matches, the ICC has moved its headquarters to Mumbai to ensure smooth and timely preparations for the event. Mr. Ratnakar Shetty has been appointed as the managing director of the event, while the security directorate will be headed by Mr. Shashank Manohar of BCCI.

The allocation of world cup venues is always a much sought after event with major cricketing nations bidding for hosting rights. To avoid favoritism, the ICC prefers to rotate venues between major cricket playing nations. In the bidding for the 2011 event, Australia/New Zealand had an upper hand over the trio of India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as they had not had a chance to host the World cup since 1992. But Indias argument that the trio being a bigger group of countries helped clinch the final deal. The 2015 cricket world cup will be held in Australia/New Zealand.

Cricket world cup organized every four years is the fourth largest and one of the most eagerly awaited and viewed event of the cricket world. It is widely considered to be the pinnacle of achievement in this sport. The excitement among fans is already palpable as the first phase of tickets was put for sale in Mumbai on 1 June 2010. Priced affordably at around 20 US cents, the organizing committee is expecting to reap in bumper sales and not diminish the euphoria of fans. The new revised format of the world cup wherein 14 teams instead of 16 will be participating also ensures that fans get to see their favorite teams play a minimum of six matches even if they are ruled out of the tournament due to early defeats.

Cricket fan or not- there is no way you can escape the all-engulfing madness. From cricket merchandise at stores to travel packages to host nations and restaurants and cafes serving cricket-themed food, the fever is all over. Personal relationships too are not unaffected by the craze. While the love for cricket unites some, it also spells doom for many relationships. There is simply no running away, so prepare to drown yourself in the drone of cricket slogans in the year to come.

So, Get the latest ICC World Cup 2011 Schedule to be played in 2011. The world cup 2011 schedule will begin on Feb 19, 2011. Cricket World Cup 2011 schedule will have 14 teams, out of which 10 would be of test rank status

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Aviation Sector in India

Circa 2008 and 2009:
The aviation sector in India, under attack from a recession-induced demand crawl and major capacity oversupply, was on its knees. The humungous leverage of the big boys in the game turned the knives in the wounds, and the sector as a whole made huge losses. The survival strategies in an acutely price sensitive environment included aggressive cost-cutting and a forced embrace of the low-fare model by the full-service carriers.

Cut to 2010:
The thaw in the economy gave way to a significant revival in air traffic demand in 2010 (up around 20 per cent over the previous year). Add calibrated supply increases to the concoction and load factors for the beleaguered industry perked up.

Airlines started digging themselves out of the hole, posting profits (however minor) or, at least, paring losses. Debt restructuring processes were put on the fast track, with the Government lending a helpful nod. The bourses took notice and the listed players (Jet, Kingfisher and SpiceJet), earlier subject to heavy punishment, saw their stock go up between 40 and 50 per cent in the latter half of the year.

With demand reaching record levels in the latest December quarter, the airlines tried to make the most of their pricing power, only to find that the free market is not so free after all. Agitated consumers and an alarmed Government forced the airlines to back off (at least a wee bit).

In other interesting side-shows, a new owner took charge at SpiceJet. Also, in perhaps a sign of things to come, ‘the old gave way to the new' with the other low-cost major, Indigo, moving up the pecking order as far as market share is concerned. It dislodged national carrier Air India from bronze position last November. Ambitions also soared beyond the domestic skies with eligible low-cost carriers going or poised to go international.

Crystal ball 2011

The drivers that propelled the sector in 2010 seem set to continue in 2011. Demand is expected to grow strongly (at least in the mid-teens), supply should be lower than demand (with significant additions expected only from the low-cost players) and balance-sheet repair, which is underway, should ease some pressure off the FSCs. The planned push into the smaller towns and cities should also create new and promising demand pockets. Yet, the sector still has a considerable distance to traverse before it moves into the safe zone.

The overall debt level remains precarious (in excess of Rs 60,000 crore). This, even as accumulated losses over previous years has shrunk the equity base of most players and eroded the net worth of two of the three full-service carriers.

While the much-needed restructuring and planned equity infusions are a good first step, it will take quite some time for Air India and Kingfisher Airlines to shrug off the debt albatross and show profitability at the net level. Also, while Jet has been turning in profits for some quarters now, its debt burden remains huge, and a thinning of flab is a must if the full potential of the improved demand-supply dynamics needs to be realised by the airline at the net level.

The low-cost carriers with limited leverage, better operating metrics and aggressive expansion plans, seem to be in a better position to capitalise on the opportunities being thrown up by a growing economy.

Not surprisingly, unlisted players in this category, such as Indigo and GoAir, are reported to be planning to go public in 2011.

Despite an improvement in the fundamentals and sentiment over the past year, the sector still faces headwinds. The immediate among these are escalating costs due to crude oil prices riding up in the past few months.

Also, increased Government directives and activism may put a cap on top-line and bottom-line growth. Besides, the sector needs to keep a close watch on aggressive capacity expansion plans which, if uncontrolled, could lead to an undesirable encore. From a valuation perspective, the three listed stocks in the space currently look fairly priced or even a tad expensive. SpiceJet and Jet Airways are trading at an EV/EBITDA multiple of more than 10 times, while for Kingfisher, the multiple is much higher at around 25.

Of the lot, SpiceJet seems to be the best-positioned. However, the sharp run-up in its price coupled with the substantial equity dilution after the entry of the new promoter may limit per share earnings and market upside from current levels. Also, increasing competitive pressure in the low-cost space warrants caution.

Besides, the new public issues could set revised valuation benchmarks for the incumbents.

Direct Tax Code (DTC)

Did the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee put more money into your wallet during his previous budget ?

Not much was expected considering that the Direct Tax Code (DTC) was to be implemented from April 1, 2011, yet the Minister came out with certain sops for the salary taxpayer.

While individuals would continue to be tax-exempt on incomes up to Rs 1.6 lakh, the Budget had proposed the 10% rate on a slab extending up to Rs 5 lakh, as against the current Rs 3 lakh.

Likewise, the 20% rate applied on income slabs beyond Rs 5 lakh and up to Rs 8 lakh, compared with the earlier Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh range. The maximum marginal rate of 30% was charged only on an income slab of above Rs 8 lakh, whereas this limit was at Rs 5 lakh earlier.

In an interview with CNBC-TV18, Subhash Lakhotia, Tax Guru; Sanjay Sinha, CEO of L&T Mutual Fund and Kamesh Goyal, Country Head of Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance evaluate the Union Budget and its impact on your wallet.

Below is the edited transcript of Subhash Lakhotia, Kamesh Goyal and Sanjay Sinha’s exclusive interview on CNBC-TV18. Also watch the video.

Q: Upto Rs 50,000 seems to be the benefit—more so for people who are earning above Rs 5 lakh—Rs 5 to 8 lakh and of course above Rs 8 lakh as well gets the Rs 50,000 benefit. But under Rs 5 lakh earners seem to be getting a lesser benefit?

Lakhotia: Yes, the individuals having income upto Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh will save Rs 20,000 and individuals having income of Rs 8 or 10 lakh they will save nearly Rs 50,000 income tax saving. But the worst part is the common man having income Rs 25,000 per month—his saving is a big zero. Not a single rupee saving inspite of the fact we are having big rise in inflation and other things in the country—it’s still the poor man or the common man with income of Rs 25,000 per month—no income tax saving at all because the initial exemption limit has not been changed—that’s the big problem.

Q: When we were talking ahead of the Budget, you had asked for an increase in the exemption limit under 80 C. The FM has left that totally untouched.

Lakhotia: No changes made in 80 C—Rs 1 lakh continues and this Rs 20,000, which has been made is a separate section 80 CCF. That is also only in the case of infrastructure bonds. My emotions are taken away. If he would have increased from Rs 1 lakh to 2 lakh—it would have been best one but this Rs 20,000 forced to make the investment in infrastructure bonds only.

Q: Maybe somewhere the Minister had the Direct Tax Code in mind. The Direct Tax Code does talk of an exemption increase to Rs 3 lakh for instance—the draft one. The FM hasn’t moved anywhere closer to that although on the basic exemption, the FM has tried to move in that direction—very small steps compared to what the Direct Tax Code proposes—but he has tried to move.

Lakhotia: Not in the basic exemption, but in the slab rate, FM has moved and that’s pretty good. It gives a chance that yes we can expect in the DTC the tax regime of Rs 10 lakh income and 10% tax only because this time the tax slabs have been changed. They are pretty good and very ideal one for the individuals having Rs 10 lakh or so. They are going to be happy. They will be able to fight the inflation as they are facing today.

Q: Did you expect even this much from him? Were you surprised?

Lakhotia: Not surprised at all because what I expected was for the common man initial exemption limit of Rs 30,000 coupled with standard deduction for salaried employed. Salaried employed the standard deduction is completely missing in this Budget.

Q: When we were talking before the Budget, you were hopeful that while the DTC does hang on our head from next year and that might not allow the Minister to tinker around too much—are you disappointed that from an investment category point there hasn’t been an expansion of the 80 C window at all?

Sinha: Yes one would have expected because as we were discussing that the tax slabs have been tweaked and this tweaking has been to make it come a bit closer to what the DTC proposes to do. One would have expected that the same philosophy would have extended to the tax benefits that you have under the exempt-exempt and then tax category that the DTC proposes. So on that count one is little disappointed.

But if you look at the larger picture, the fact that there is larger disposable income in the hands of people who are probably in the upper income bracket, there could be a possibility of that larger income now getting directed to savings if it’s not getting consumed.


The Assocham study has identified that the present inflationary pressure has originally started in the form of food and fuel prices hike in the first half of the year 2009-10. By the second half of 2009-10, mainly helped by the persistent supply side pressures and bad monsoons, it was generalized.

Though in the month of November 2010 owing to some transient reasons like new crop arrivals in the markets, inflation has temporarily come down, the long term supply side constraints coupled with higher level of domestic demand pressure and hardening material and fuel prices in the external markets will not allow the inflation to soften in the near future.

The study has stated that the inflation expectations are presently well anchored and ‘Inflation Expectations Survey of Households’ conducted by Reserve Bank proved the same. The survey assessed the inflation expectations of 4000 households across 12 cities for the October-December quarter as well as for the year ahead.

It was found that households expect inflation to rise further by 20 and 60 basis points during the next quarter and the next one year respectively. The survey revealed also that expectations of general price rise are mainly influenced by movement in prices of food products, housing and non-food products.

As regards the industrial sector, continued hyper-inflation has been putting pressure on the Indian manufacturing sector. The much higher increase in the prices of primary products, wages and fuel, as compared to that of manufactured products have been eroding the price cost margins of firms

These inflation figures, says the chamber study, indicate the play of both domestic and external factors. Prices of fuel and primary products have substantial external and policy influences. Manufacturing inflation reflects the performance of the domestic private sector as also has influenced by the exchange rate and global inflationary conditions.

The year-on-year inflation rates given in Table 1 show that the prices of primary articles that had started picking up in the wake of expected economic recovery in 2009 continued with that trend in the current fiscal as well. Prices of the main inputs of manufacturing sector, the primary articles, increased by 18.0 percent during April-November 2010 on year-over-year basis.

Higher prices of primary articles, especially rise in food prices, indirectly also effects the production by first pushing up the cost of living which, makes labour to ask for wage hikes and higher wage costs will in turn result in soaring cost of production.

As for the fuel inflation, it has also registered 12.5 percent in the first eight months of the current fiscal as against a negative growth in the corresponding period of the previous year. Thus, if we consider manufacturing as the process of transforming primary articles into finished products by working on them with the help of labour and machines that work on fuel, all the three major operating costs of manufacturing sector viz., raw material cost, labour and fuel costs are all increased owing to persistence of higher inflation rates.

According to ASSOCHAM, presently there exists a huge gap between the price received by the producer and the price paid by the consumer. This gap needs to be filled by creating transport and storage infrastructure to the required extent. The government needs to regulate the functioning of the agriculture markets.

Assocham study has found that a long chain of intermediators benefit from the gap between the price the farmer gets and the price the consumer pays. Besides these intermediators have no stake in the supporting the farmer with required inputs or giving him timely and useful market information.

This is the basic cause for a large number of government schemes falling flat on the farm front. Many farmers commit suicide because they have no one to guide them through the intricacies of the tricky market for farm products and also from failure to gain effective farm practices and inputs.

If the logistics and storage side is not addressed adequately by the Government at the centre and the states the food inflation will continue to rise even may touch again to very alarming rate and generate tremendous disaffection.


2011 may continue to give pain on food inflation to the government and put pressure on the manufacturing sector due to the hyper-inflation, says the Assocham paper on “Realizing the Objective of Stabilized Inflation”.

The paper says the major draw back of the country’s inflation control strategy is that it always considers inflation as a seasonal and temporary problem. Monsoon failure has always been dubbed as the main cause of inflation. Similarly, above average rainfall has been interpreted as the end of hyperinflation era. In reality, besides the domestic climatic conditions, external market conditions, logistics deficiency, unauthorized hoarding and ineffective agriculture policy too have been the major causes of inflation.

Rather the current food inflation needs to be seen from two angles: one, there is a shift in income brackets with the growth of the middle class as a result of industrialization and growth of services raising demand pressure, and two, the gap between producer prices and consumer prices is widening with retailing at consumer level a highly profitable job as demand pressure increases.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


 The delegates to the 17th Festival of Student and Youth, gathered from 126 countries, more than 15000 in numbers, have met under the theme “Let’s Defeat Imperialism for a World of Peace, Solidarity and Social Transformation” on the shore of the majestic, dynamic and vibrant South Africa. Here we have fought for decades, side by side, from all walks of life to bring down the tyranny of the Apartheid system, fostered to increase the hold of Imperialism on our people. We fought with the people of South Africa and today we meet here to further our struggle against all injustices and discriminations.

We meet in South Africa on the eve of the Centenary of the Liberation movement the ANC, in 2012. We do this to take stock with our comrades on how far they have come in building a non –racial, non –sexist, democratic and prosperous Society, fighting with every fiber in their beings to defeat imperialism in all its forms. We have come to celebrate the hosting of the festival in South Africa, aware of the magnificent role played by its movement to bring about democracy to South Africa, aware that the ANC YL was amongst the founding members of the Festival movement and the 1st African President of WFDY. We have come here to pay tribute to the contribution of Andile Yawa and all the festival veterans for giving to us a tool for Solidarity, brotherhood and an agent for change through the festival movement. We have dedicated this festival to the struggle and legacy of 2 heroes, who have made it possible for us to speak about Solidarity and World Peace: Commander Fidel Castro and Madiba Nelson Mandela. We thank them for their tireless spirits.

63 years after the beginning of the WFYS’ Movement was initiated in Prague, we highlight the important role that the Socialist camp has played in the support of this top event of the anti-imperialist youth. The location of the WFYS itself is a statement of solidarity with the struggle of its people. The WFYS is an expression of the struggle against imperialism and the struggle against the exploitation of man by man. Of particular importance is the contribution of Socialist Cuba, not only because it has hosted the festival twice, but also because by doing so in 1997 it helped the Festival movement to be re-launched despite the difficulties of the international anti-imperialist and working class’ movements in the 1990’s. We congratulate WFDY on its 65th anniversary for its contribution to the struggle for peace, justice and the Festival movement, in this year that we celebrate also the 65 years of the peoples’ victory against Nazi Fascism.

As the anti-imperialist movement of the youth and of the people developed its struggle, the imperialists also seek to consolidate their forces and to fortify their structures. They use all mechanisms in their hands such as NATO, AFRICOM, EU, IMF, WB, WTO and all ways of intervention such as blockades, sanctions, embargos, conflicts, military intervention, wars and occupations against sovereign states and progressive movements. The new strategic concept “NATO 2020”, decided in Lisbon earlier this year incorporates all the changes made in its structure of the previous years (12 new member-states, utilization of the “Partnership for Peace” in its plans), changes its position towards contesting imperialist forces like Russia, signing agreements with them; it reinforces the cooperation with EU, proving it as an imperialist organism for the creation and education of military corps, acting against “extremism” inside and outside of the member’s borders, targeting firstly all those struggling to defend the rights of the peoples and the youth against imperialism. Under these circumstances, the attack against anti-imperialist forces is intensified, with particular expression in anti-communist measures.

The crisis of the capitalist system is inherent to the deepening of its inner contradictions, unveiling its historical incapacity to achieve progress for mankind. This crisis provides the ground for emerging imperialist forces that in the past have either clashed with the USA or EU, or have been their allies, to use the different timing in the manifestation of the crisis to increase their influence in the imperialist pyramid, to hold a bigger piece in the capitalist struggle for markets and exploitation. It is not a result of the administration models of the economy or the corruption of the system; it is now expressed all around the capitalist world in both neoliberal and social-democrat led countries. We are in a phase of deepening of the crisis; the recuperation in the following years will be minuscule: the rights of the youth will continue to be attacked at social, economical and cultural level every day. It demonstrates the historical limits and the failure of the capitalist system to answer to the peoples’ needs and aspirations; it highlights the need for the creation of a society and a mode of development that will strive to fulfill the youth’s and the peoples’ needs and rights.

The youth generations’ human rights and liberties are violated categorically in every corner of the planet. The “capitalist globalization”, the system of exploitation and control of the people and resources is pushing masses of young people into the margins of society. They are the first victims of the social inequalities at all levels. The 212 million of people unemployed, in a world that precarious, temporary occupation is the rule, are a proof of this. Only between 2007 and 2009 increased 34 million. Due to the economic crisis, even more jobs were lost, condemning more people to misery and poverty. We struggle against the elimination of the majority of labor rights, especially those of young workers who suffer more the effects of unemployment. An entire generation of young people is being transformed in a generation without rights.

We highlight the role of young women in the struggle for their emancipation as part of the general struggle against imperialism. Women, who are even more strongly attacked by the imperialist policies, deserve our appreciation and full support to end all abuses and discriminations existing in our world as part of our combat to defeat imperialism.

The “external debts and deficits” that have become a reality for many countries are results of the policies followed by the capitalist forces in all countries independently of their position in the correlation of forces. They reflect the unequal development and the division of work in the capitalist system. They are utilized so that the dominant class in both loaner and loaning countries becomes more potent while the people suffer from the load of the crisis on their backs. In the international imperialist system there is no place for equal and respectful relationships between the states and the peoples, it is another proof of the need for revolutionary social transformation of the system that bears inequality and misery.

The imperialist profit drive and unbridled exploitation of the planet’s natural resources follows the logic of destruction and is the main threat to the environment and to the future of the planet. The environmental issue is taking on an alarming dimension due to the production of Genetically Modified (GM) organisms, which are jeopardizing humankind’s future. Water all around the globe is being more and more a target to the exploitative nature of capitalism and is being used as a strategic and political weapon by imperialism. Imperialism’s strategy is to pass the responsibilities for the environmental problems onto the people, individualizing what are presented as solutions in order to increase even further the big companies’ profits through the so called “green” products.

Imperialist warmongering policies produce such crises as refugees, millions of people who are compelled to leave their homes, lands, jobs and families. We strongly condemn the imperialist economic policies, interventions and occupations that have produced millions of immigrants, we uptake the struggle in the defense of the rights of the immigrants in work, education, social services. No human being can be illegal.

Imperialist policies attack the full development of education and of the young people, preventing them from accessing a free and quality education that is a school of freedom and commitment with peace. We defend and struggle for education as a public and social good, a universal human right, which gratuity must be ensured by the state. We reject the intentions of privatization that several public institutions of different levels are being victims of. We demand the withdrawal of education from the agreements of the WTO – education is not commodity!

The increase in use of drugs in young people is a dangerous phenomenon that proves the decay of the capitalist system. Millions of young people live with AIDS, mostly in Africa and Asia. The big pharmaceutical trusts monopolize the production and distribution of needed medicine are profiting from pandemics instead of providing the means of treatment. Children are being abused and forced into military operations, prostitution, and drug trafficking; the number of street children is increasing.

Despite this offense the progressive and peace loving forces have been resisting, conquering important victories and growing stronger. The struggle for peace has been very important along the years and with these recent actions we try to raise the consciousness of the youth masses and focus the struggle against the enemy of peace, imperialism. The fight at national level plays a central role in the fight against the specific measures affecting the youth. We highlight the importance of the victories achieved by the struggles of the students, workers, peasants, indigenous and women’s movements in times as these. We underline the importance of several electoral victories and other positive results of progressive parties and coalitions

Africa, many years after the attainment of political independence still remains a political and economic playground for America and its allies. HIV/AIDS still remains a life threatening challenge promising to wipe out the entire African race, alongside Malaria and other imperialist manufactured diseases. A child dies every three seconds from AIDS and extreme poverty. We condemn the unjust sanctions against Eritrea and call for the bilateral solving of the conflict with Ethiopia without any external intervention. The growing US presence in Africa through AFRICOM, used as its military expansionist project in Africa, has allowed the Americans to pose serious military threats to African countries. We denounce the setting up of military bases in the name of AFRICOM and demand Botswana to immediately remove them as they pose a perpetual security threat to SADC countries and we support that people’s struggle to achieve democracy. We condemn the deliberate funding of civil society and opposition parties in Africa by the West to bring about regime change agenda’s guised in the name of ‘development”. We further condemn the ICC for its apparent onslaught of African leaders as well as all the media campaigns promoted by imperialism to destabilize the region. We stand in solidarity with the people and youth of Swaziland and demand the release of all political prisoners. We strongly condemn the continued military occupation of Western Sahara by the Kingdom of Morocco and request the respect of the Saharawi people right to self-determination and independence. The Moroccan government should immediately put an end to the blockade of the occupied territories of Western Sahara and allow entry into the territory to international observers and independent media. We denounce and condemn all forms of human rights violations including persecutions, arbitrary detentions, disappearances and irregular trials etc.., committed by the Moroccan authorities against the Saharawi civilians and demand the release of all political detainees and the disband of the wall dividing the territory. We further make a clarion call for the immediate lifting of economic sanctions on Zimbabwe that have continued to cause untold pain and suffering on their people which are also a catalyst for their regime change agenda in Zimbabwe. We are in solidarity with the revolutionaries in Africa, and urge them be steadfast against imperial tendencies. We welcome the second phase of the African people’s struggle, the struggle for economic independence through indigenization, nationalization or any other form of empowerment to its people. We congratulate the people of Angola for the reconstruction process that is being implemented in the country. We empathize with West African countries in crises, coups and political instability, caused by imperial infiltration, and call for an urgent resolution and retention of political stability. We call for the stop of the violations of human rights in Sudan, especially in Darfur and we call for peace in the country, as well as freedom for labor organizations. Despite that, we condemn any sort of imperialist intervention against Sudan. The crisis in Cote d’Ivoire, Niger and Guinea, and the problems in Nigeria are instructive in the assessment of the current political landscape in West Africa. We also condemn the involvement of imperialist allies in the assassinations of heads of state in Burkina Faso, among others. Also, pressures from Europe and the US has forced the signing of exploitive contracts on mineral resources (as also happens in Western Sahara by the EU), as this has ruined and impoverished most countries, denying them the ability of local investment and causing a runaway youth, in search of better living conditions resulting in massive loss of life during the emigration.

The Asia-Pacific region has remained one of the explosive areas in the world, a springboard of military provocation and armed conflicts as well as of arms build-up and interference that have seriously threatened peace and security in Asia and the world. The present developments in this region have proved that the US and the NATO having more common imperialist strategies for Asia-Pacific Region. They are pursuing to establish new political-military groupings in order to extend the sphere of military activities covering the whole area of Asia and the Pacific. The growing US military presence in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, the US-Israeli strategic alliance, and the growing military cooperation with reactionary regimes in the Gulf poses a serious threat to peace, stability and security in the region. In South Asia, imperialist intervention has deepened, particularly due to US intervention in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The so called Af-Pak strategy of the US to pursue its utterly selfish interests has only resulted in serious political instabilities in the region, not to mention the brutal killings and loss of lives and property faced by the common people of people of South Asia due to the blatant aggression of US imperialism. We express our support for the people and youth of Iran in their struggle against the repressive, anti-communist and undemocratic regime, which should be overcome by the people without any sort of imperialist intervention, which is for us unacceptable. We denounce the huge US military presence in the Korean Peninsula and demand that the Armistice Agreement of 1953 should be replaced with a comprehensive peace agreement. We call upon the young people of the world to join the international solidarity campaign in support with Korean people and youth in their just cause for the national reunification under the banner of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration, and for building a prosperous, powerful and socialist country. We condemn the deployment of US troops in Philippines and its role fighting the national revolutionary forces. We stand in solidarity with the struggles of the young people of Bangladesh. We express our solidarity towards the people and youth of Nepal in their struggle for a new federal democratic republic. We demand the return of all Bhutanese refuges to their country with respect and dignity. We support the struggle of the Burmese people for the restoration of democracy and for the release of all political prisoners as we welcome the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. We express support for Sri Lanka’s progressive movement’s struggle for national unity. We salute the Vietnamese youth and people in their struggle for national independence and socialism, at a time when the 65th anniversary of the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (now Socialist Republic of Vietnam) is celebrated, and we express our solidarity towards the Vietnamese victims of the US’ Agent Orange / Dioxin in their struggle for justice.

In Latin America and the Caribbean the progressive forces have given important steps in the struggle against the interests of imperialism and its free trade policies. These steps are expressed in the integration mechanisms in the region as the ALBA-TCP, UNASUR, MERCOSUR and the future creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States; it is our goal an equitative distribution of the resources of the continent with fiscal measures over the big monopolies, which allow us to recover from more than 500 years of exploitation and underdevelopment. We denounce the imperialist policies of interventions of USA through the deployment of military bases and missions in the region, as happens in Panama, Colombia and Haiti and the reactivation of the 4ht Fleet, which goal is to reinforce the attack against the Citizen Revolution in Ecuador, the Plurinational Revolution in Bolivia, the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua and particularly the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, since they represent a historical and revolutionary alternative to the capitalist system. We further denounce other mecanisms of interference as terrorism and drug dealing because they have a direct impact on peoples like the Mexican. We stand in solidarity with the Colombian people, victim of constant political murderers imposed by imperialists, as we also express our rejection of the usage of the canal of Panama for interventional geoestrategic, with the transit of war and nuclear armament. We support the struggle of the people of Puerto Rico for its full self determination and we are in solidarity with the harsh situation of Haiti, victim of colonialism. We strongly condemn the coup d’etats that took place in Honduras and Ecuador, aiming at the desestabilization of the progressive processes in the region and we recognize the role played by the members of WFDY in both countries resisting and struggling. We demand justice for the assassination of comrade Edwin Perez, Secretary General of the Communist Youth of Ecuador, and we condemn the unfair persecution that has been targetting the people of Mapuchi in Chile. We express our solidarity towards the struggles of the young people of the Caribbean. We express our solidarity with the struggles of the aboriginal and first people’s for full self determination. We know the youth of Canada and USA stand in friendship with the peoples of the world, not war and imperialism that their Governments promote. We condemn the unfair economical, financial and commercial blockade imposed against the Cuban people for more than 50 years in what is a clear violation of the International Law as well as we demand from the USA government the immediate release of the five Cuban unjustly imprisoned in their jails for more than 12 years.

The last years have confirmed the European Union as an imperialist tool that supports and promotes measures of exploitation of the peoples and youth, intervening both outside and in its member states, many times under the alleged defense of the “human rights” that itself fails to respect. The recent “austerity measures” that the National Governments have agreed upon with the EU to be implemented, with the pretext of the capitalist crisis, demanding sacrifices by the workers while the monopolies (banks and big corporations) are receiving billions to ensure their profits, as well as the measures imposed by the governments to the peoples are proof of our analysis. However the peoples’ resistance has had big expression in Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain, with young workers playing an important role. In Education, there’s been a general trend of imposing class barriers and privatizing throughout all Europe, with particularly strong expression in the “Bologna Process” and its implementation in each country. Important struggles at Higher and Secondary Education level have been taking place in most of the countries to resist the general offense against the right to education. Side by side with the attack at social level, the attacks against the democratic rights, in general, and anti-communism, in particular, have been increasing rapidly, with a growing persecution of communist parties and youth organizations in many European countries, with particular expression in Eastern Europe with cases as the ones happened in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia with the ban (or attempt) of communist organizations and the rise and promotion of neo fascist forces. As background to the crisis, the xenophobic measures guided by the “European fortress” doctrine of the EU have been promoting the persecution of immigrants as justification to the social problems that arise from the profit-only orientated policies of the national governments, in a process with big implications in countries as France, Germany and Italy. We stand against the change of borders continuing in the Balkans with the so called “independence” of Kosovo, which became a huge military base for NATO and USA. We further express our solidarity with the people and youth of Cyprus, Greek and Turkish Cypriot, against the Turkish occupation, highlighting the big efforts made since the election of Dimitris Christophias as President of the Republic and our commitment to the bicommunal bizonal federation with one citizenship, one international identity and one sovereignty as the fair solution for the end of the occupation.

We express our solidarity with the students and youth of Palestine, Iraq and Arab countries’ resistance and support the persistence of Palestine in the resistance against the blockade and oppression. We denounce the racist inhumane practices of the Zionist Israel, with the policies of killing, expelling and settlements in Palestine, especially in Jerusalem, and in various occupied Arab Lands. We also demand an end to the Israeli occupation, removal of settlements and the wall of apartheid and we support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to UN resolutions, requesting the UN and the countries of the world to recognize the Palestinian state immediately. We denounce the war and blockade against Gaza and demand its breakdown and that the Zionist war criminals are persecuted; we also request to re-instate the UN resolution that equalizes Zionism with racism. We call for the immediate release of all Palestinian and Arab prisoners detained in Israeli and US prisons. We denounce the occupation of Iraq and support the right of the Iraqi people for resistance and demand the immediate withdrawal of the occupation forces out of it. We support the sovereignty, security, stability and unity of Iraq. We denounce the terrorism in all of its forms as well as the US secret military operations in the region. We express our solidarity towards Syria against the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan and denounce the “Syria Accountability Law” approved by the USA Congress. We also support the struggles of the Lebanese youth to complete the liberation of Sheba and Kfarshoba from the Israeli occupation and denounce the Israeli war of 2006 that lead to 1300 Lebanese victims. We denounce external interferences in the internal issues of Lebanon. We support the national dialogue of Yemen and emphasize the security and unity of Yemen. We demand the withdrawal of Spain from Cebta and Mellilla. We support the Egyptian youth and the youth of the Gulf States in their struggle to implement democratic rights, principles of justice and equality and we express solidarity with them against repressive laws and for labor rights. We also ask to treat the causes of immigration from Africa to Europe through Northern African countries. We support the struggles of the Arab youth for economic integration and demand the immediate dismantle of the Israeli nuclear arsenal.

The 17th WFYS is held during the UN International Year on Youth. As happened in 1985, once again the WFYS is, so far, the biggest youth event of this year. More importantly, the WFYS is the most relevant activity, because it most clearly raises the real problems of the youth. Unlike many other activities and the actual framework of UN Year on Youth, in this Festival the youth of the world finds the biggest stage for denouncing the problems and offenses that they suffer from imperialism and its agents.

We, the youth and students of the world gathered in this historical festival, raised our voices against all the illnesses) generated by imperialism, which is undergoing its greatest global crisis. The imperialist world order is driving humanity to the verge of a global confrontation, with the ever-present danger of a nuclear war, through its hegemonic policy that will determine the present and the future of mankind.

It is time to continue the struggle for youth development and our economic, social and cultural values and not those of a decadent system they are trying to impose on us. We shall build a future of justice, equality, peace, hope and joy for humanity. The future of a new stage of history is in our hands and it depends on the peoples, working masses and world youth and their power of transformation, to build a world of peace and solidarity, where the power and the produced wealth will belong to the peoples and the youth of the world.

We thank the people of South Africa for welcoming us to their country and celebrating with us the opportunity to see South Africa change. We commit to you that we the youth of the world will never let our guard down in pursuance of a world free of imperialism. Let us start getting ready for the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students!