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Saturday, March 18, 2006

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Business and Economy
  • Suzlon Buys Hansen for USD 656 for Wind Energy 
    Suzlon Energy Limited, makers of windmills, announced the acquisition of the second largest wind energy and industrial gear box maker, Belgium-based Hansen Transmissions International NV for USD 565 million.<More>

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • President Disqualifies Jaya Bachan 
    Heeding sound advice from the Election Commission (EC), President Abdul Kalam too the unusual step of disqualifying Samajwadi Party (SP) Rajya Sabha representative, former actress Jaya Bachan since she was engaged in an “office of profit.”<More>

Environment, Health and Education

  • Even as 64,000 birds were culled in Jalgaon district, the bird flu epidemic spread, 4 more districts reported the death of birds due to mysterious circumstances. Samples of the dead birds have been sent to Bhopal-based High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory to deduce the cause for the death. Authorities have barred local bazaars, vehicular transportation to infected areas, and organized medical checkups for the 200,000 population. Leveraging political connections and with police collusion, over 600,000 birds from infected districts have already moved by poultry owners to other districts.

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Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Bangladesh charged 7 terrorists it captured a few days ago with sedition for their involvement in a nation-wide bombing spree that killed 30 and injured 100. The charge said “they hatched conspiracy to oust the present democratic government. To this end, they mobilized arms and explosives and attacked courts of law.” This is the first time that treason charges are used in Bangladesh against Islamic terrorists. Those charged include Shayekh Abdur Rahman, Chief of the banned Jamat ul Mujahideen Bangladesh and his deputy Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai that is also the chief of a group calling itself Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh. These groups wanted to create a Muslim order in Bangladesh. Terrorism had assumed serious proportions in Bangladesh, as it became a training ground of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for attacks against India. Bangladesh continued to ignore India’s frequent requests for a crackdown till the terrorists invariably turned against local targets.

  • Gujarat police shot dead 4 heavily armed terrorists of the Harkat ul Mujahideen as they entered the state to assassinate important Government functionaries and attack places of worship. Receiving an intelligence tip-off, the police raided a housing colony. Ensuing gun-battle left the terrorists dead and 5 police officers injured. The police have recovered 1 kilogram of RDX explosives, Rs. 100,000 to be used for recruitment of local youth, inflammatory CDs, etc


  • Nepal’s 7 party political alliances against King Gnanendra are huddled in close discussions near New Delhi on whether to support the blockade call of the Maoist terrorists. They are under intense pressure from US Ambassador James Moriarty and Gnanendra that they do not take there lose alliance with the terrorists any further. India strangely has not been very active on this issue presumably because of domestic political pressure from the communist allies of the Government. Some of Nepal’s political parties are already talking about a face-saving exit to a national stalemate that is reducing it further in international stature and decimating every semblance of order and economy.

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  • India acknowledged Hamas victory saying “India respects the will of the Palestinian people as reflected by the outcome of the recently concluded elections.” India’s representative to Palestinian Territories (PT) Ohm Prakash met with Prime Minister elect Ismail Haniyeh and reiterated India’s support for the Palestinian cause. In parallel, India has asked Denmark to postpone its Prime Minister Anders Rasmussen visit to avoid controversy over the Danish cartoons issue. Denmark has readily agreed to this request and Rasmussen will visit India in August.

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  • India-Russia Sign 3 Deals, Keep Nuke Deal Quiet 
    India and Russia signed three important deals that included energy, space, and economic co-operation but were carefully not highlighting the deal for Russia to supply “limited quantity” of uranium for Tharapur.<More>

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