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22 People Killed in Bus Crash in Western India


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New Kerala reports that S.R. Rokhade, a local police official of the Malkapur police, stated that a bus of the Vijay Yatra Company from Wardha district carrying Hindu pilgrims veered off a bridge and crashed into the Nalganga river after the driver lost control over the vehicle on a bridge in western India in the city of Malkapur which is approximately 160 miles northeast of the country’s financial capital of Mumbai.  Twenty-two people were killed in the crash and the remaining eighteen passengers were injured.  The accident happened just before dawn on Thursday as those aboard the bus were returning home after  a Maharashtra tour.  The tragedy occurred before it reached its last destination of Shegaon.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Curiously enough, two years ago the same spot was witnessed to a similar accident in which 18 traders of Surat in Gujarat were killed.

The World Health Organization claims that India has the highest annual road death toll in the world and police figures show more than 110,000 deaths occur annually on India’s roads, the majority of which are caused by speeding, bad roads, overcrowding and poor vehicle maintenance.

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Obama’s India Visit Began on Positive Note

President Barack Obama, notwithstanding the news that Minnesota Republican Michelle Bachmann slammed the Obama India visit due to the approximate cost of $200mn per day, started the weekend off on a positive note in India where NDTV reports that:

20 deals have been signed between the US and India worth $10 billion and these are expected to President Obamacreate over 50,000 jobs in the US. The deals range from gas and steam turbine engines to oil and gas equipments.

Aviation giant Boeing has got an order for thirty three 737s from Indian carrier Spice Jet. The deal is pegged at $2.7 billion and is likely to add 12,000 US jobs. The company has also reached preliminary agreement on the sale of C-17 engines.  That transaction is valued at more than $4 billion and is likely to support 22,000 jobs.

Global engineering firm, General Electric is likely to get the contract for 100 engines to power India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). The $800 million deal will lead to 44, 000 jobs in the US.

Hard to believe that Michelle Bachmann having recently won her re-election campaign couldn’t understand the enormous benefits associated from the Obama India trip where trade deals were sealed worth $10bn making the initial investment for travel and security purposes of an entourage of hundreds of people at only $200mn per day well worth even a greater cost in the presence of near double-digit unemployment and an anemic economy.  Minnesotans may want to rethink Ms. Bachman’s recent re—election if she cannot reasonably come to the conclusion that  creating 50,000 jobs through a $10bn trade deal while strengthening foreign policy and bilateral ties with an emerging super economy is worth the money spent.

Not surprisingly, when Michelle Bachmann was asked by CNN to identify specific cuts in the federal budget that she would support, she refused to identify any.  Refused, or couldn’t?  Apparently, Michelle Bachmann doesn’t want Americans to have opportunities.

On behalf of , have a great weekend.

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