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Monday, February 06, 2006



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Business and Economy

  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the decision to modernize the airports would not be suspended and asked the striking Airport Authority of India (AAI) employees to go back to work. However, he said that representatives of the AAI would be involved in future decision-making and to explore alternate proposals. After meeting with Government officials, the union members conceded and called off their strike. Piles of garbage, increased stench, and minor violence outside New Delhi and Mumbai airports greeted passengers as they arrived and left on trips. Private aviation companies and the Indian Air Force (IAF) pitched in to keep the flights and schedules operational. To meet its increasing business growth and passenger volume, India is on a major modernization drive even as it considers plans to construct new airports. The current plan is to hand over airport operations to private vendors but not to layoff any of the AAI employees for 3 years.

  • The Information & Broadcasting Ministry is looking to raise Rs. 11.34 billion from the 2nd phase of FM radio frequency allocation. India has issued 229 FM frequencies across the country.

  • The Institute of International Finance (IIF) has said that India's economic governance is better than those prevalent in most emerging countries. It pointed out that Indian framework was consistent with IIF guidelines on minority shareholder protection, accounting, and auditing. However, it pointed out that enforcement of rules and regulations needs improvement. After meeting with senior officials of several economic agencies include the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Securities and Exchanges Board of India (SEBI), Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), and National Securities Exchange (NSE), the IIF recommended several changes for improvement. Specifically, they wanted a better compliance of listing requirements, a higher cost for non-compliance, stronger surveillance mechanisms, and pension reforms to encourage shareholder activism. They also wanted an increase in staff for official bodies so they can build stronger cases against errant entities.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said that it is happy with the Karnataka's rehabilitation of tribal population displaced by the Kabini Reservoir and the Bandipur National Forest projects. About 154 tribal families were displaced from these projects.

  • Responding to Public Interest Litigation, the Supreme Court referred back a plea for modifications in Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that makes homosexuality a criminal offense back the Delhi High Court (DHC). The original plea was submitted to the DHC, which had rejected it saying that the society was not ready to accept legalized homosexuality. Appearing for the Government, Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanian said that the issue needs reconsideration given the social changes in the India. The petitioner Naaz Foundation is a non-government organization (NGO) primarily involved in AIDS awareness. They say that men are reluctant to admit or disclose sexual behavior because they are afraid of criminal per section. This fear they say is affecting AIDS awareness campaigns, education, and control.

Environment, Health and Education

  • A Versailles court rejected a French Government bid to block independent investigation on the quantity of asbestos present on the de-commissioned aircraft carrier Le Clemenceau. It directed the Government to provide non-government organizations Green peace and Ban Asbestos the same documents available with Techno pure. The European Commission also said that it was concerned that the French Government may have violated the 1989 Basel Convention when it approved the dismantling of the ship in India.

  • A British team of scientists from Imperial College, London said that awareness, education, and changed sexual behavior caused huge declines in AIDS infections in East Zimbabwe. They said that 49% fewer women in 15 to 24 year band and 23% fewer men in 17 to 29 year band were noticed to have the virus. According to UN data, 40 millions world over are infected with the AIDS virus and over 5 million died in 2005. The poorest region in the world, sub-Saharan Africa is the worst affected area. AIDS infection in India is not well recorded to get reliable estimates.

  • Editorial: Regulate Ship Breaking Business

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology

  • About 200 Taliban terrorists attacked an Afghan police convoy killing three policemen in Southern Helmand province. Official sources said 16 terrorists were killed in this encounter. While US helicopter flew over the site, they were not part of the operation. A US spokesman said that he was not aware of this event.

  • The National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said that Pakistan-based terrorists active in Kashmir pose a persist6ent threat to regional security and some are a "potential threat" to US interests worldwide. He characterized India as a "reliable ally" in the fight against global terrorism pointing out that it has been the target of Islamic terrorism. He said that a network of Islamic terrorists exists in Lodi, California raising funds, recruiting US citizens of Pakistani origin for training in radical Karachi-based Madrasas, and maintained connections with Pakistani terrorist groups for worldwide jihadi operations. Some of the leaders were recently deported to Pakistan. Although Pakistan is an important frontline state in the fight against terrorism, he regretted that while Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has promised a lot, he has "not done enough." He concluded that this was the reason why Pakistan continues to be a "major source of extremism."

 

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Inscription
South Indian Inscriptions

Ancient Indian dynasties documented their administration, significant developments, grants, and milestones as inscriptions in temples. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has documented these inscriptions from 1886. These pages contain inscriptions from Pallava, Chola, Pandya, Western Chalukya, Eastern Chalukya, Rashtrakuta, Hoyasala, Vijayanagara, Vishnukundin, Kakatiya, Reddi, Vaidumba, Chinda, Eastern Ganga, Gajapathi, Kalchurya, Qutb-Shahi of Golkonda, and Moghul,  dynasties.

  • India and Russia are in advanced stage of negotiations in a USD 10 billion-defense deal to modernize outdated Soviet Union and Russian equipment. The deal will include an S-300 missile defense system, license to produce 1000 tanks, development and production of medium transport aircraft, submarines, and conceptual work on a fifth generation fighter aircraft and an aero-engine. Russia is backing a proposal from Sukhoi to sell the same aircraft being inducted into Russian Air Force. The timely supply of spares is a major issue with Russian equipment.

  • The Department of Ocean Development has commissioned the third expedition to Antarctica about 1000 nautical miles away from existing Indian stations-- Dakshin Gangotri and Maithri. Led by the National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research, the Physical Research Laboratory, Indian Meteorological Department, Indian Institute of Science, National Institute of Oceanography, and Cochin University will participate in this expedition. The scientist from these organizations will collect sediment and water samples to prepare baseline data to study oceanographic and environmental patterns to predict future climatic conditions. Scientific data from this expedition will be reported to the United Nation's Antarctic Treaty System.

Neighbors

  • Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's ruling coalition arrested thousands of a 13 party opposition to breakup a planned demonstration over the weekend. The opposition is demanding the Prime Minister's resignation accusing it of corruption, incompetence, and authoritarianism.

  • Bhutan King Jigme Singye Wangchuck has announced that democracy in the remote country nestled between India and China will be introduced in 2008. The plan is to have a referendum on the newly created Constitution by early 2008 followed by a democracy to a 25 member National Council and 75-member Assembly by the end of the year. Bhutan has an adult franchise population of 700,000 and is dependent on India for defense, communication, and foreign policy direction. 

  • In a major breakthrough in bilateral relations, India and China will open the Nathu La Pass for trade. Even better was China's notification that Chairman of "Tibet Autonomous Region" will visit India preferably when the Nathu La Pass opens and through the pass by road. This is the first time since the 1962 border war, that any exchange between the two countries is being initiated from Tibet. So far, India was handicapped by its support for the Dalai Lama's Government in exile in Dharmasthala even though India supports a "one China policy. This limitation has been somewhat lessened by the Dalai Lama's in peace negotiation with China for the past five years. Indo-Sino peace talks went up a couple of notches with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to China in 2003. At that time, India had proposed opening up Nathu La Pass in Sikkim along with Shipki La Pass in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh Pass in Uttaranchal. A surprised China seized the moment to recognize Sikkim as part of India. The Chinese have already upgraded the approach road to the pass and building facilities for customs clearance some 54 kilometers from Gangtok. India has agreed to the visit from Tibet in "principle" but no dates were confirmed.

  • In a major show of unity, 27 nations on the board of International Atomic Energy Agency voted against Iran's nuclear program asking that country to cease all enrichment (including research), resume talks with the European Union-3 (Britain, France, and Germany), and allow full access to IAEA inspections to its nuclear facilities. The resolution put off the referral till March so Russia may be able to convince Iran to accept its proposal of joint enrichment in Russia. Iran has already rejected this offer "in its current form" and it is open to new ideas. Egypt insisted that Israel be asked to give up its atomic weapons but accepted a compromise that the Middle East zone be "free of weapons of mass destruction." Cuba, Venezuela, and Syria voted against the proposal to refer the case to the UN. Algeria, Belarus, Indonesia, Libya, and South Africa abstained from vote. Non-aligned countries India, Egypt, and Brazil voted against Iran. Iran rejected this vote as illegal and unjust and said it will swiftly begin full-scale enrichment. Iran also said that it does not want war but is prepared for one. It also said it will end all voluntary implementation and will curb IAEA inspections.

  • Editorial: The Nepal Stalemate

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World

  • India and the Philippines signed 4 accords for closer co-operation on defense, agriculture, tourism, and pharmaceuticals. Visiting Indian President Abdul Kalam was also asked to have India host an inter-faith meeting to reduce religious extremism and intolerance. The defense cooperation includes training, exchange of personnel, aircraft, ships, and technology collaboration.

  • Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, touring the US, asked for nuclear parity with India but received a studied silence instead of lectures on Pakistan's horrendous proliferation record. Speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, he wanted "equal treatment of domestic laws, or international regimes are adjusted to allow civil nuclear energy cooperation with any non-NPT country." This demand was also seen as an effort to stop the separation of policy initiated by the US for India and Pakistan. Unlike former US regimes that equated India and Pakistan, this Administration has been seeking to have strategic relationship with India akin to those with China and Japan and independent of Pakistan.

  • Editorial: Hamas's victory in Palestinian Territories

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