In early May of 2004, I packed up my Ford Taurus station wagon and headed to some beautiful pasture land just outside Fredericksburg, Virginia, for the Haymaker Festival. The weather was picture perfect, I had some of my best music buddies along for the weekend, and I knew that Haymaker, with a bill that included Keller Williams, Del McCoury Band, Drive-by Truckers, Leftover Salmon, Brothers Past, and many others, would be a wonderful weekend of music.Every anticipation I had for that weekend was realized and, for many reasons, Haymaker remains one of my favorite festival experiences to date.Over the course of the weekend, my buddies and I dodged a tornado – some sort of microburst touched down Friday evening, demolishing one stage, damaging another, upending many a campsite, and rearranging the night’s schedule – and I somehow walked out on the Drive-By Truckers, which – to this day – remains one of my biggest festival regrets. I also got to witness one of my good friends impersonate another good friend in order to interview a band; the questions and responses of said interview were transcribed on a brown paper bag, a favored medium of music journalists everywhere.Perhaps the highlight of the weekend, though, was being introduced to the music of Tea Leaf Green. These San Francisco rockers dropped a set of dirty, funk infused porn rock that transfixed me. Josh Clark’s wailing guitar gelled brilliantly with Trevor Garrod’s keyboard, and the 70’s induced jam rock was a perfect cap to my Haymaker Saturday night.I dug the band so much that I caught them the following week at the now defunct Starr Hill Music Hall, and tunes like “Vote On Tuesday” and “Bootlegger” have stuck with me nearly ten years later.Tea Leaf Green has returned with In The Wake – a great record that speaks to the band’s maturation after nearly twenty years together – and they will be sure to showcase many of those tunes when they land at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 6th.I would like to give you and a friend the chance to check the show out. Take a shot at the trivia question down below and email your answer to [email protected] A winner of two tickets to the show will be drawn from all correct responses received by 5 P.M. on Thursday, May 30th.For more information on Tea Leaf Green, their new record, and when the band will be in your area, surf over to www.tealeafgreen.com. Also, be sure to check out “Give Me One More Chance,” a great cut from In The Wake, on this month’s Trail Mix.Trivia Question – This band used to regularly perform a song lamenting what iconic rapper’s hiatus from cannabis consumption?Shoot me an email at [email protected] Good luck!!
The site of Virender Sehwag’s schoolCricketer Virender Sehwag and filmmaker Subhash Ghai are among celebrities who have been given large swathes of panchayat land by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana government. Over the years, the state government has been gifting or leasing land to corporate houses, politicians and businessmen, allowing,The site of Virender Sehwag’s schoolCricketer Virender Sehwag and filmmaker Subhash Ghai are among celebrities who have been given large swathes of panchayat land by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana government. Over the years, the state government has been gifting or leasing land to corporate houses, politicians and businessmen, allowing them to run petrol pumps, gas agencies and stone crushers. The lease of five acres of panchayat land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, that has Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra and Rahul Gandhi on its board, to build an eye hospital and research centre in Gurgaon’s Ullawas village is one of a long list. It’s a move now challenged by petitioners before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.All lease and sale of panchayat land has to be approved by the state government. The lease amount varies from district to district and is five per cent of the price fixed by the district collector for the land. For instance, the lease value chargeable from the Rajiv Gandhi trust and Sehwag’s society is Rs 3 lakh per acre annually, with a provision for a 5 per cent increase every year. While a total of 151 sites belonging to panchayats have been approved to be gifted, sold or leased by the state government since January 1, 2001, Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, alone has got 75 sites to set up Satya Bharti schools to impart primary education.Bharti Foundation Chief Executive Officer Vijay Chadha says the foundation paid Rs 11.99 lakh as lease fees last year and this year will pay more as there is a five per cent hike built into the agreement. The foundation, which retained 46 sites and returned the rest, has now written to the Haryana government seeking a waiver of the lease amount. It has cited the example of Punjab where it pays no lease for 90 sites allotted in the state. Says Chadha, “We want it (lease) to be waived as it’s all for charity. We are fighting it out. Also, we’ve given the government an undertaking that we will not undertake any commercial activity in these sites.”advertisementSite for Subhash Ghai’s film instituteREALTY BITESInstances of panchayat land in Haryana being given away since 2001Trusts of Chautala/Devi Lal family75 acres of land was given between June 2001 and July 2004 as a gift.Rajiv Gandhi Charitable TrustOver five acres of land on lease for 33 years since February 2010 in Ullawas village.Virender Sehwag’s schoolKrishna Drishti Educational Society got 23 acres in October 2008 on lease for 33 years for sports complex and school.Bharti Foundation75 sites totalling over 70 acres since June 2007 on lease for either 20 years or 33 years; Bharti has retained 46 sites, returned the rest.Rohtak resident Rajinder SinghSix kanals (less than an acre) on a 33-year lease since April 2010 for a petrol pump.New Anil Stone CrusherOne acre on lease since May 2008 for 33 years.Rulthan resident Vijay PalBought 505 sq m for gas agency in September 2001.Saraswati Sugar MillBought eight acres of land in May 2008 for sugar mill.Subhash Ghai’s Mukta ArtsBought 20 acres in September 2010 for television and film institute for about Rs 8 crore.KCL Milk ProductsBought 60 acres of land in October 2010 for milk plant.Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) government accounted for the sale or gift of 39 of these sites while the remaining 112 were handed over after March 2005 when the Congress government came to power under Hooda as chief minister. Chautala family-managed trusts and societies were the single largest beneficiaries during the inld’s term when seven sites measuring over 71 acres at different places in the state were ‘gifted’ to them. Officials say that government policy earlier provided for gifting, but not any longer. inld President Ashok Arora insists the Chautalas did nothing wrong. “Our stand is clear on this matter. Let the government come out with a white paper on this. Let it list all allotments and land releases since the forma-tion of the state. We demand an inquiry by a Supreme Court judge. They have been giving away land to whosoever they wished,” he says.The list of beneficiaries during Hooda’s term includes some heavyweights. In October 2010, the government sold 20 acres of Bahadurgarh panchayat land in Jhajjar to Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts to set up an international film and television institute and multimedia complex. Virender Sehwag’s Krishna Drishti Educational Society was given over 23 acres of land in Jhajjar’s Shilani Kesho village in October 2008 on a 33-year lease for a sports complex and a school at Rs 3 lakh per acre.Most of the beneficiaries have big business plans which involve charging steep prices for services.advertisementPallavi Farwell, head of human resources and public relations for Sehwag’s Krishna Drishti Educational Society, says the proposed school has 315 students so far, having opened only this academic session. Asked about the fees and other charges the school levies on students, she says they are “very nominal, but from 2012 onwards the institute plans to charge Rs 3 lakh per student annually, which will include the sports academy charges as well. This amount is for boarders while day scholars will pay around Rs 1 lakh less.”Ghai’s Whistling Woods International institute hasn’t decided on fees as the facilities will take about three years to be ready, but it will be high if the institute’s Mumbai chapter is the yardstick, where it is Rs 6 lakh a year. Ghai says the fees are not high given the “infrastructure, technology and faculty from abroad”. “The land cost Mukta Arts around Rs 8 crore and comes without any further government support or subsidies,” says Ghai. “Film schools the world over get subsidies from governments, not ours. When we approached Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda, he visited our Whistling Woods International campus in Mumbai with his team. He then extended his support to us to set up an international film, television and multimedia school in Haryana and we were offered 20 acres of land as per government rules in Jhajjar’s Badsa village. It will take at least three more years to establish facilities,” adds the filmmaker, who is chairman and founder of the institute.The Haryana government leased six kanals (less than an acre-eight kanals make an acre) of land to Rohtak-based Rajinder Singh to set up a petrol pump in Hisar district in April last year and sold eight acres of land to Saraswati Sugar Mills in 2008 to establish a sugar mill in Ladwa in Kurukshetra. Sixty acres of land was sold to KCL Milk Products India Private Ltd to set up a milk plant in Kaloli in Jhajjar in October last year.”I cannot believe that the Haryana government can actually lease or sell land for purposes such as a petrol pump. That’s a big scam,” says Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Chetan Mittal, who is arguing against the state’s action to lease panchayat land to the Rajiv Gandhi trust, which has snowballed into a controversy. Alleging that the village sarpanch was forced into signing the lease with the trust, some of the residents have moved court protesting against the ‘low’ lease amount.Haryana Town and Planning Principal Secretary S.S. Dhillon says, “Panchayats are free democratic bodies. What’s wrong in leasing out land that’s not giving you any income for money? Yes, earlier there was a practice of gifting land. But we have stopped that practice now.””The state government should inquire into the use of panchayat land by trusts and societies and allotments should be cancelled in case the land is found to be used for purposes other than what it was allotted for,” said Congress MLA Sampat Singh, who headed the finance ministry in the Chautala government.advertisement”There is something called transparency,” says Mittal. “Issue an advertisement in the media, invite bids and then consider giving out land. How can the state allocate land based on its whims and fancies to just about anyone?”
zoom In an effort to attract containerships of up to 12,500 TEUs at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India unveiled the details of the second phase of the deepening and widening project at the Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel.Under the USD 309.8 million project, the existing channel would be widened from the current 370 to 450 meters for straight reach, while its draft is set to be increased from 14 to 15 meters.The project would also see the channel extended from the current 33.5 to 35.5 kilometers.“The work is likely to be implemented by inviting global tenders and to be completed within 2 years after its award,” the officials informed.Additionally, India’s government said that the entire project cost will be funded through internal resources of JN Port Trust (JNPT) with market borrowing, if necessary.The present total capacity of the JNPT for container handling is 5 million TEUs. After the fourth terminal becomes operational, this capacity is expected to increase to 9.8 million TEUs.“Considering the expansion of the container vessel sizes on the main trade routes, it is anticipated that vessels of more than 8,000-12,000 TEU size will call the JN Port,” the government said, adding that the port currently handles vessels with a capacity of up to 6,000 TEUs.
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