Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Saudi - Indian leader says secular forces will defeat Modi's PM bid  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 24/12/2013
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) Muslim League leader P.K. Kunhalikutty, Kerala state's long-serving minister of industries, was in the Kingdom recently on a private visit with his close relatives to perform Umrah.
In an exclusive interview with Arab News, Kunhalikutty expressed his optimism that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is accused of masterminding the 2002 carnage of Muslims in the state, would not become the next prime minister of India. "I am sure the BJP move to bring Modi to power in New Delhi would be defeated by the Congress and other secular parties."
"I don't think Modi will become the next prime minister. It will not be that easy. When election time comes all secular parties will come together to defeat him, because if Modi comes to power it will change the whole scenario in India; it will destroy the country's cultural unity."
The minister also spoke about Kerala government's efforts to rehabilitate Gulf returnees. "We have a clear agenda for rehabilitation. We have plans to establish special industrial parks, identify special projects for NRIs (nonresident Indians), give them subsidies and advertise them. Plans have been made to set up a series of small-scale projects in IT, food processing and agriculture. We also intend to make use of NRI investment in BOT projects with government guarantees."
Kunhalikutty is confident that India's growing youth force would make a big difference in its economic growth and political transformation. It would enable the country to compete with Western industrialized nations, which are now facing economic downturn with an ageing population.
The minister emphasized the need to strengthen the historical and cultural ties between India and Saudi Arabia. "Trade ties may vary but cultural relations will remain forever and make our bonds stronger. It's a kind of neighborly relation. We want to maintain this kind of natural relationship with Saudi Arabia."
According to him, there are good prospects for expanding industrial cooperation between the two countries. "We plan on inviting Saudi businessmen to Kerala to discuss possibilities of setting up joint ventures in various sectors, including IT, tourism, infrastructure and real estate."

He allayed fears of investors about industrial strikes in Kerala, asserting, "It has now become part of history. Those who conduct strikes would be isolated. Young people are watching progress in other parts of the world and if they see parties obstructing their progress by striking they will turn against them."
Kunhalikutty highlighted his ministry's achievements in making Kerala a leading electronic state in the world. "People in Kerala use information technology in most areas including education, commerce, communication, health and government matters. We have the largest number of mobile phone users, exceeding the number of our population. We have 14 e-districts. The number of people using social media platforms in Kerala is also very high compared to other states."
As per a recent assessment, Kerala ranked first in e-governance among the bigger Indian states.
The grassroot level e-service initiative 'Akshaya' has become a major success, offering a variety of services to the people including banking transactions.
"We will soon introduce e-movement of government files. This will not only improve transparency but also help eradicate corruption," the minister said.
The move by economic giant China to establish some of its manufacturing units in India is expected to generate many new job opportunities in various sectors, he added.
Asked whether he has any proposals to improve Haj services, Kunhalikutty, who is also minister in charge of Haj affairs, said the ongoing expansion works at the Grand Mosque would help more pilgrims to visit Saudi Arabia for Haj and Umrah in the coming years. "Our main problem is the long list of people who want to perform Haj. This problem will be solved after the completion of expansion projects."
He commended Keralite organizations for their volunteer services for the guests of God during the peak Haj days. He also disclosed plans to strengthen the Muslim League on a national level.

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 May 6 2016 - Air strikes on Syria displaced c killing 28 as Aleppo truce holdsThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Syrians carry a giant pre-Baath Syrian flag as they shout slogans during an anti-regime protest in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo on May 5 2016. The ...

 May 5 2016 - Qatar- Ronaldo hails Zidane as Real reach Chions League finalThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Manchester City ...

 May 5 2016 - Qatar could host Summer Olympics says CoeThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) President of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Sebastian Coe (L) and Presdient of the Qatar Athletics Federation (QAF) Dahlan Al Hamad (R) speak ...

 May 5 2016 - Qatar Aquabike chionship to begin on FridayThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) DOHA: The third round competitions of Qatar’s Local Aquabike Championship 2016 organized by the Qatar Sailing and Marine Sports Federation (QSMF) will get underway ...

 May 5 2016 - Gulf Air's FalconFlyer and Europcar in dealThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Gulf Air and Europcar officials signing the agreement. Manama: Gulf Air the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier yesterday announced a partnership between the ...

 May 5 2016 - Visitors from Qatar to Dubai increase by 26 in Q1 2016The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Doha: Dubai welcomed 4.1 million overnight visitors in the first three months of 2016 a 5.1% increase over the same period last year backed by strong double digit ...

 May 5 2016 - Joyalukkas wins Best Service Performance Brand awardThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum honouring Joy Alukkas Chairman Joyalukkas at a function in Dubai. Dubai: The eponymous Joyalukkas Jewellery received ...

 May 5 2016 - Qatar- Real estate deals at QR580.6m in last week of AprilThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) DOHA: The combined value of Qatar’s real estate transactions during the fourth week of April (from 24-28) amounted to QR580.6m showing over 57 percent growth compared ...

 May 5 2016 - Qatar- SP affirms QIB's long-term ratingThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) DOHA: S&P Global Ratings has affirmed Qatar Islamic Bank’s (QIB) “A-/A-2” long and short term counterparty credit ratings. QIB’s rating reflects ...

 May 5 2016 - Qatar bourse and Goldman Sachs launch London roadshowThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) DOHA: Qatar Exchange (QSE) in coordination with Goldman Sachs yesterday commenced in London a roadshow that aims to promote investment in the Qatari companies listed on QSE ...

 May 5 2016 - Vodafone Qatar unveils Connect Plans schemeThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Vodafone officials at the launch of the company’s ‘Connect Plans’ scheme at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha yesterday. Pic: Baher A / The Peninsula ...

 May 5 2016 - Qatar for joint efforts to rejuvenate global economyThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Minister of Economy and Commerce H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani with Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir ...

 May 5 2016 - Philippines' leading airline Cebu Pacific boosts direct service to DohaThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) DOHA: The Philippines’ leading airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) will add a frequency between Manila and Doha beginning July 9. The only Philippine carrier flying non-stop ...

 May 5 2016 - Qatar Today announces second edition of business excellence awardsThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) DOHA: Qatar Today has announced the second edition of its Business Excellence Awards. The event being held under the auspices of Qatar Stock Exchange will identify ...

 May 5 2016 - Qatar Chamber participates in food security meetThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassem bin Mohammed Al Thani (left) Chairman Qatar Chamber at the Food Security Conference held in Fujairah. DOHA: Qatar Chamber (QC) participated ...

 May 5 2016 - KidzMondo set to open at Mall of QatarThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Ali Kazma (left) KidzMondo Founder and Nabil Barakat General Manager during a press conference and groundbreaking event of KidzMondo Doha at Hilton Hotel yesterday. Pic: ...

 May 5 2016 - Four wounded after rockets hit Turkey's KilisThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) >Four people including a police officer were wounded after rockets fired from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-controlled territory hit the ...

 May 5 2016 - Turkey- Delegation from Turkish opposition party detained in IsraelThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) >A delegation from Turkey’s far-right Great Unity Party (BBP) was detained at Israel’s Tel Aviv airport early on May 5 the party and CNN Türk ...

 May 5 2016 - ISIL must be pushed back in northern Syria: Turkish ministerThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) must immediately be pushed back from the Turkish border said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt ...

 May 5 2016 - Jordan- Deputizing for King Royal Court chief receives US delegationJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman May 5 (Petra)--Deputizing for His Majesty King Abdullah II Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh on Thursday received a delegation of US congressional aides currently ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help