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Captains of the Sands-Metropolitan Hegemony in Mining in Tiruvitamkur, 1900-50

'Captains of the Sands' Metropolitan Hegemony in Mining in Tiruvitamkur, 1900-50 K T Ram Mohan During the first half of the 20th century the predominant mining activity in Keralam (Kerala) was related to mineral beach sands containing monazite, ilmenite and other 'rare earths'. The mineral belt was located in the princely state of Tiruvitamkur (Travancore) and industry and trade in minerals was under the control of metropolitan capital. This paper examines the nature and working of the metropolitan hegemony in mining in the region.

Of Cochin Stock Exchange and What It Means

It Means THE illustration: a well-dressed young man intently gazing at the computer screen. The bold caption: "I was studying and I wanted to make money fast. So I became a stock broker's assistant". The full-page advertisement of the Cochin Stock Exchange (CSE) which appeared in leading news dailies proceeds to narrate the story of a man who found his own career. Like other unemployed "youths of Kerala, he had mailed a thousand applications for jobs, all in vain. But his visit to the CSE provided the lucky turn. The young man became a sub-broker, started distributing application forms for new issues; began to earn a steady income through commissions; bought a motorbike, set up an office; became an authorised assistant and finally a broker, 'bought a car, built a house, married a lovely girl'. The advertisement ends with an appeal to 'create an investing revolution in Kerala instead of ones we are used to'.

Mavoor Rayons Accord-Left-Front Government on Its Knees

would mean that GATT has been given a shot in the arm, at a much needed time. The most important area of disagreement at Montrealt indeed the subject on which the Uruguay Round was poised to derail, was that of agriculture and the problem of farm subsidies. This was on top of the US agenda and the US insisted that the Montreal meeting agrees to resolve that in the long term all trade-distorting farm subsidies be 'eliminated'. The conference got stuck on words with the EC willing to use the term 'reduced' rather than Eliminated', According to press reports the Roget's Thesaurus was brought in to find an acceptable third word and failure to do so forced the meeting to be extended by a day. At the end of the day it was decided that the mid-term review would be reconvened in April 1989 to find a consensus on all outstanding issues. In the meanwhile the GATT director-general will negotiate with the US, EC and other members to prepare an acceptable document. Until then all agreements in other areas will be put in the freezer to be thawec at the April meeting. As Arthur Dunkell, GATT's director-general, shuttles across the Atlantic through the winter, trying to hammer out a consensus between the EC and the US on farm subsidies (attempting to achieve in four months what was not possible over two years) he will have Shelley on his.mind: "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" But, will the spring of 1989 see the greening of GATT?

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