Jayden Thayer had 17 points and the Loggers outscores the Panthers 19-7 in the fourth-quarter as Eureka High downed McKinleyville Panthers 69-49 in the second-round of the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament, punching a ticket to the consolation championship Friday afternoon at Arcata High.The Loggers (3-3) jumped out to an early lead behind the hot-hand of Thayer. The senior recorded nine of Eureka’s 18 first-quarter points –more than the entire Panthers roster mustered — as the …
Prayers and messages wishing formerPresident Nelson Mandela a speedyrecovery continue to flood in fromaround the world.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zizi KodwaSpecial Advisor on CommunicationsThe Presidency+27 82 330 4910• Sello HatangInformation communications managerNelson Mandela Foundation+27 11 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Mandela’s legacy• SA families give back on Mandela Day• World leaders praise Mandela• World celebrates Mandela DayNosimilo RamelaChurchgoers across the country joined thousands of people from all over the world wishing former South African President Nelson Mandela a quick recovery. Over the weekend churches around South Africa held vigils and said special prayers for the ailing Nobel Peace Prize laureate.“Let us light a candle and pray for the health of former president uTata Nelson Mandela,” said Pastor Joseph Kubheka of the Methodist church in Johannesburg’s Braamfontein suburb, at the morning service on Sunday.Many other churches in the country included similar prayers in their Sunday services. Over the past week, messages of support wishing Mandela a speedy recovery have poured in from all over the world.The elder statesman was admitted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday 26 January, suffering with an acute respiratory infection. He was discharged two days later to recuperate at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home, where he continues to receive specialist care.“Let us now unite in prayer and wish him a speedy recovery,” said African National Congress treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, who attended the prayer service organised by the ruling party and the Eastern Cape Council of Churches for Mandela at the Regent Hotel in East London on Sunday.A candle of hopeGauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane joined the congregation at Soweto’s famous Regina Mundi Catholic Church, praying for Mandela’s fast recuperation. As part of the Candle of Hope campaign, which encourages people to show their support for Mandela by lighting a candle of hope for his recovery, Mokonyane lit a candle bearing an image of the South African flag as prayers were said.At the Faith Mission Church of Christ in Vosloosrus, east of Johannesburg, the congregation sang songs and clapped in celebration of the anti-apartheid icon. “We want to wish uTata well, we hope he recovers soon,” said Ntate Jacob Motlana, one of the elders in the church.“There has been such a gloomy air surrounding our great hero’s hospitalisation, so by celebrating his life in our service today we are hoping to send some positive energy that will put uTata in good spirits. We hope he is not in pain and recovers soon.”Well-wishers congregated at the Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton, northern Johannesburg, on 29 January to light candles and pray for Mandela. The candle lighting ceremony was also aimed at sending prayers and positive energy to the veteran.“Light represents life and ignites warmth and good energy, so that is why we have lit candles,” said Gordan Dehl, who attended the ceremony. “We hope that as the candles burn they blow some positive energy that helps Mr Mandela heal soon.”World leaders, including US President Barack Obama, have also sent their best wishes to Mandela.“We truly appreciate the support and good wishes we received,” said South African President Jacob Zuma.Speaking at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday, Zuma also wished the statesman a full recovery.“We wish him a long life and good health, as he continues to age with dignity and inspire all of us to strive to be better people each day.”
Tension emanating from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam is “uncalled for” Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, MP, and Organising Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, said on Sunday. He was here to attend a conference on safety of minorities and democracy.“We think that there is considerable tension in the region over this (NRC). This is totally uncalled for and unnecessary,” Mr. Chowdhury told The Hindu on the sidelines of the conference. It was organised by the Indo-Bangladesh Cultural Centre along with civil society organisations.Peaceful South AsiaHe also said that the tension over NRC will be “harmful” to all stakeholders in the region. “If we want South Asia to remain peaceful, then all of us have to work on the issue in a dedicated manner,” said Mr. Chowdhury.The Awami League leader said no one should act in such a manner which will disrupt regional peace. “We have to be more dedicated in maintaining peace in the region,” said Mr. Chowdhury.Huge humanitarian crisisEarlier, noted rights activist Teesta Setalvad alleged that the NRC exercise in Assam was causing a “humanitarian crisis of huge dimension” as it has left out a large number of people from the draft NRC list.“Over 40 lakh people have been left out of the draft NRC list. We are also looking at a process that is politically whipping up the worst kind of sentiments for us as a society,” she said at a conference on NRC in the city.She further alleged that, “Dangerous politics is being played over the NRC. The humanitarian crisis is of such a scale that the family members of a former President have been left out of the NRC,” said Ms. Setalvad pointed out.
P. ChidambaramP. CHIDAMBARAMUNION FINANCE MINISTERIs politics overtaking the new economy? Let us first understand what is the new economy. The new economy for which the doors were opened in 1991 is based on a few fundamental postulates. First, an open and competitive economy. Second, adherence to fiscal prudence. Third, promotion,P. ChidambaramP. CHIDAMBARAMUNION FINANCE MINISTERIs politics overtaking the new economy? Let us first understand what is the new economy. The new economy for which the doors were opened in 1991 is based on a few fundamental postulates. First, an open and competitive economy. Second, adherence to fiscal prudence. Third, promotion of investment, in every sector and from as many sources as possible. Fourth, growth that creates employment opportunity. Fifth, a growth which is inclusive and embraces all the sections of the society. There are, of course, some other elements but I do not wish to make it a very long list. Suffice for my purpose today to emphasise the need for open and competitive economy, adherence to fiscal prudence, job creating growth, inclusive growth and promotional investment. Many believe that the 9.2 per cent growth is despite government, I wish good luck to those who believe that. I think government is critical to growth, therefore it would not be wise to dismiss the role of government.DYSFUNCTIONAL POLITICS CAN IMPACT GROWTH BY PUSHING WRONG POLICY OR BY HOLDING BACK THE RIGHT POLICIES. Now let us define the nature of politics today. In my view, the current politics is determined by the rise of regional parties, the coalitions at the Centre, the dysfunction that seems to characterise law-making by Parliament, the effectiveness of executive and regulatory action and the role of the media.Consider first the regional parties. They have gained a much greater voice today than ever before. Add to this the Left which, while being regional also, has a national outlook and footprint. Then you have coalitions at the Centre. Today it is a Congress-led coalition and two years back was led by the BJP. Both coalitions have a dominant presence of regional parties which are not wedded to any ideology and can shift from one coalition to another. I believe we will see more coalition governments not only at the Centre but also in the states. This is because people are unwilling to trust absolute power to any one political party. So, we must understand this . Now consider the role of Parliament-it is essentially to make law. But Parliament makes few laws these days and chaos rules. The Appropriation Bill is passed mostly without debate. The Vote on Account is taken without debate and amendment to the Banking Laws was made without debate. Surely, some day, civil society will ask is this law or the intended law? Can you make law without debate? Dysfunctional status of Parliament is something we should worry about. Contrast that with the role of executives and regulatory agencies. Policy decisions, which require no Parliamentary approval, are moving smoothly. So are executive and regulatory actions. Then finally there is the media. It is no longer possible to say that the media has no role in shaping politics. The media is playing a very powerful role and sometimes a disconcerting role. Pricing power to one section of industry also brings advertising power and thus lobbying power. I think the media must recognise its power and therefore must voluntarily place limitation on how it presents news, how it fosters debate and how it takes a position in the editorial columns.advertisementP. ChidambaramSo, is politics overtaking the new economy? My answer is the politics shaped by these forces has clearly overshadowed the economic reforms. As one put in a position to carry out economic reforms, I do not say that we are overwhelmed or that we feel that we have been defeated. Has the new politics overtaken the new economy? Well, thankfully not. If it did we would not have 9 per cent growth. The economy continues to move at a brisk pace. Thanks to the entrepreneurial skills and energies of our people. The young generation of India today is driven by the desire to create wealth. Inventiveness, innovations, entrepreneurial skills and risktaking are driving India’s economy. I do not think any political factor can ever overwhelm that force. Dysfunctional politics though can impact growth by pushing wrong policy or holding back right policies.While there is a welcome check on governmental neglect and carelessness, politics is currently not supportive of good economics. Good and forward-looking politics can drive India’s growth to 10-plus per cent.DiscussionQ. How do you balance attracting foreign investment with the interests of the Left parties and of the common man? Chidambaram: It is not easy because of the current state of politics. The large number of regional parties, in a coalition or supporting a coalition, have necessarily to defend their interests. I think one must show a great deal of empathy for the political process that we are working with today. This is a new and a very difficult process.advertisementQ. We need to bring structural reforms in social sectors if inclusive growth is to be a reality. Chidambaram: Many of these issues cannot be addressed by the Central Government. Many of them have to be addressed at the state level and the sub-state level. To ask the Central Government to take responsibility to address these is asking it to do the impossible. Therefore, we must ask ourselves the question, what is the quality of people we are electing at sub-state and state levels and not only look at Parliament and the Government of India. There is so much to be done at the state and the sub-state levels.Q. Do we need to take a fresh look at Central, state and concurrent list of subjects which were drawn 60 years back to ensure accelerated and inclusive growth? Chidambaram: In politics, there are two contrary pulls today. One section believes that since states are neglecting their responsibilities, the Centre must take over areas like primary education and primary healthcare. The other view is that the Centre has no business in these areas and should shed its responsibilities in favour of the states. I think this debate has not reached a final conclusion. Over the past decade, the debate seems to be swinging in favour of the Centre playing a more active role. I don’t know though how the Centre can manage all these responsibilities.Q. What we are concerned about is majority or minority view should not suppress the other view. Our perception is that the tail is wagging the dog. How can industry help you in this? Chidambaram: Well, certainly industry can help if it stops complaining about the little tweaking of a tax rate here or a tax rate there. Industry is doing well, so is the services sector. I offer my congratulations. But when the government turns its attention to neglected sectors, industry must willingly share that burden. Industry must play a role in macro economic stability. You can’t only look at balance sheets. The latest figures show inflation rates for primary foods and fuel have come down while they have gone up for manufacturing. Please don’t allow core inflation to be entrenched.Q. GDP growth is 9 per cent, it could be 15 per cent also, if we have good governance and a bureaucracy that is answerable. Chidambaram: I think it is unfair to paint the whole bureaucracy with the same brush. Bureaucracy is like a horse. If you know how to ride your horse, you can get things done or you will be taken for a ride. Today, the individual in society is far more empowered that ever before with provisions like the Right to Information Act. You should use these to place a check on the government.