Video of the recent street action against the FN in Rennes
France eyes solar power, urban development sectors in Jharkhand
JAMSHEDPUR: In a bid to augment investment in India, leading European Union member France, is scouting for ideal locations in the eastern part of the country that lacks effective presence of the French companies, so far. The country that has invested around $173 million in India, till the second quarter of the current financial year ending March 31, 2014, is keen to enhance its presence across sectors in the eastern and northeastern states.
“We are keen to invest in solar power generation, urban development and automobile sector,” said Fabrice Etienne, consul general of France, here on Monday. Interacting with the Confederation of India Industry (CII), Jharkhand chapter, members at Center for Excellence, the consul general said Jharkhand holds enough potential for the French companies vis-a-vis investment. He said banned extremist outfit, CPI (Maoist) threat to investment proposals and security scenario in general is an issue for the potential French investors. “In my meeting with the state chief secretary on Tuesday, security will be on the agenda,” said Etienne, talking to reporters following the interactive session.
Explaining further, he said he is on a fact-finding job and his assignment is precisely to gather wide information about the socio-economic and political climate of the state. “I am not here with any concrete investment proposal, but my job is to discover the ground reality so that further discussions in that direction can get underway,” said Etienne, who is on a maiden visit to Jharkhand.
Chitra Bahadur Ale joins CPN-Maoist
KATHMANDU: Central leader of CPN-Unified Chitra Bahadur Ale joined the CPN-Maoist today after the central committee approved his entry and adopted him as a full central member. Ale, a veteran communist leader and a colleague of CPN-M Chairman Mohan Baidhya, said he joined the party without condition as CPN-M was the only centre of revolutionary communists. Baidhya said his entry had added vigour to the party. Another CPN-Unified leader Chiran Pun has been accepted as alternative CC member. A decision to this effect was taken by the politburo of the party recently.
Greek militants claim “anti-austerity” attack on German envoy’s home
ATHENS, Feb 11 (Reuters) – A Greek urban guerrilla group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a December gun attack on the German ambassador’s residence in Athens that it said was a protest at austerity policies. Anti-German sentiment has grown since Greece’s financial crisis erupted in 2009 and many Greeks blame Germany’s insistence on fiscal rigour for their economic woes. The leftist People’s Fighters Group said it had launched the December attack to show solidarity with thousands of homeless and unemployed people in the crisis-hit country and to honour a 77-year old pensioner who shot and killed himself outside parliament in an anti-austerity protest in 2012. “As we were spraying gunfire on the German ambassador’s luxurious villa, we had thousands on our side, queuing up for a plate of food … the unemployed and those working for 400 euros,” the guerrilla group said in a statement.
Turkish terrorist suspects held, huge cache seized
Four suspected members of a Turkish extreme-leftist guerrilla organization were arrested in Athens on Monday after Greek anti-terrorist officers raided an apartment in the neighborhood of Gyzi and seized a large cache of weapons and explosives. Although they are said to have been in possession of forged Georgian passports, the four are believed to be Kurds with Turkish citizenship and are suspected of belonging to to the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).
Greek Police were in contact with their Turkish counterparts on Monday in a bid to identify the four suspects. According to sources, the four are believed to be members of the organization’s hit squad. The same sources said that one of the four is being sought by Interpol in connection with a bloody terrorist assault in Turkey. Police said a raid on the Gyzi apartment turned up a Kalashnikov assault rifle, two submachine guns, three pistols, 6 kilos of gelatin dynamite, two hand grenades as well as maps of Athens, Alexandroupoli and Turkey. The search also turned up berets and literature bearing the DHKP-C logo.
Three held in Mitchells Plain protest
Cape Town – A crowd of 200 blockaded Vanguard Drive in Mitchells Plain with burning tyres late on Monday night after a second day of protests over services by Isiqalo residents. In the informal settlement earlier on Monday, three people were arrested in clashes with the police, where protesters caused traffic chaos along the busy road. At issue, residents say, is the need for formal houses, decent sanitation and electricity. A number of journalists, including a Cape Times team, were pelted with stones on Monday by people in a crowd hiding between shacks in the settlement. Police deployed a number of officers, two Nyalas and five other vehicles. Stun grenades were lobbed to disperse the crowd and a water cannon was used to douse fires in the road.