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According to a government official, among the eight bidders who are competing for Indian Railways’ first global tender to supply 487,000 tonnes of rails, the most prominent ones are- Japanese trader Sumitomo Corp & India’s Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. The tender was drafted openly on Friday, 22nd Dec.

The other popular bidders are East Metals AG, which is a unit of Russian steel and the coal producer Evraz, Voestalpine Schienen which is a Austrian company, the CRM Hong Kong Trading Ltd, the New Delhi-based Atlantic Steels, a French company, British Steel, France Rail and lastly the China-based Angang Group International.

The tender is supposed to end the monopoly of the state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) in supplying rails to the world’s fourth largest rail network of India. Heavy losses have made SAIL struggle to meet the railways’ rising demands.

The steel and rail ministries of India, however, have always been engaged in a head-on dispute over the state-run network’s decision to buy the required amount of rails from overseas. This problem continues to hamper the railways despite the assurances of supply from SAIL & the New Delhi-based Jindal Steel and Power.

After several meetings, the railways of India slashed its tender size by more than 30 % to 487,000 tonnes of rails after SAIL had said that it would scale up its supply to 950,000 tonnes in this year and 1.5 million tonnes in the next.

The committee which oversees domestically manufactured iron and steel products for several government projects is currently headed by the top civil servant in the ministry of steel.

The panel had also given a one-time waiver to the Indian railways to gather or buy the rails from overseas on one condition that, it would give 20 % of the contract to a domestic steel producer. This clause could help Jindal Steel in winning its first contract with the Indian railways.

The waiver came after a meeting held at PM Narendra Modi’s office on Dec. 19 between officials of ministry of steel and the Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal.

Prime Minister Modi’s office recently asked all the government departments to prioritise the use of local assets in state projects, after domestic companies had objected to the open tender by the Indian railways.



Getting tied up in a marital knot is a usual affair and thousands of men and women get married daily, worldwide.
In India marriage in the urban areas especially is indeed an extremely costly and show off of money power, wealth, clout and (of) influence affair when the rich and affluent get an opportunity to exhibit their clout by spending several lakhs and crores of rupees for just a single night. Several such highly expensive marriages exhibiting huge vulgar ostentation are therefore the order of the day.
On the one hand our political leaders talk so much about the well being and welfare of the poor, down trodden and the economically deprived sections of the society compounded with adopting austerity measures but when it comes to marrying their own sons and daughters they spend lavishly exhibiting their political and wealth clout and nobody is there to question them. Everybody knows that during the demonetization phase, one of the former ministers’ of the Karnataka government allegedly lavishly spent hundreds of crores of rupees in his daughter’s wedding, raising eyebrows and lot of controversy in the political corridors of the ruling and opposition parties and the media. What hypocrisy ?
The rich and affluent just waste crores for a single night in such ostentatious marriages. Even the people of the middle classes on an average spend more than fifty lakh in a marriage ceremony of their daughters and sons with dowry being a separate affair to account for. Why I am talking about these expensive marriages is because just few days ago a woman icon and a fighter in real sense who just a year ago gave up her 16 year old hunger strike while fighting against the draconian law called AFSPA namely IRON Lady Irom SHARMILA was married to her London based NRI Mr. Desmond in Tamilnadu’s Kodaikanal court where not a single relative of both husband and wife were present except friends who can be counted on fingers. Both Iron Sharmila and her husband Desmond walked from their place of stay – to Kodaikanal office of marriage registration in Dindigul district of Tamilnadu and got tied up in the marital relationship without any fanfare and vulgar ostentation.
Irom Sharmila and Desmond were knowing each other for the last 6/7 years and after the relationship between the two drew closer and trustful they finally decided to marry. Congrats to both of them. This marriage got an adequate coverage in various leading national dailies as Irom is a celebrity having undergone a historical 16-year-old hunger strike demanding the repeal of AFSPA, which according to her is a draconian act allegedly responsible for several innocent killings in the North Eastern region of the country. Irom was forcibly fed with liquid diet by the administration despite her refusal. She is in fact an inspiration for the Democratic women fighters of the country who are desirous of leading long term peaceful protests against injustice.
I met IROM SHARMILA two months ago in New Delhi along with her husband Desmond at Lodhi Estate, New Delhi in a conference of the newly formed Green Body by leading environment scholars, social activists of repute and those against corruption called National Green Alliance. On the advice of journalist and green activist Suresh Nautiyal, her name was unanimously okayed for the chairmanship of this organization amid cheers and applauds. This simple marriage ceremony of an internationally popular iconic personality Irom with her one time trusted friend Desmond a British national of Indian origin without any fanfare and vulgar ostentation is a “NAZIR” a classic example for those people who waste lakhs and crores in a single night to satisfy their futile ego and fabricated urge. What do you say friends ?