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Friday, September 15, 2006




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Business and Economy
  • US Says Reforms Stalled, Growth Up
    The US Ambassador to India David Mulford voiced concerns of the investment community that the coalition politics has caused a “a pause in the reform process” and warned of “serious economic costs to any loss of momentum on the reform front.”

  • SAIL Top Dog in Steel
    Well executed capacity expansion plans and good earnings growth has propelled public sector utility company Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) to outpace its rivals including private players such as Tata Steel and Hindustan Zinc.

  • Fastest Mobile Growth as Margins Drop
    India raced past the capture the fastest growing mobile market in the world but operators say that the average revenue per user (ARPU) has steadily fallen correlating to steep declines in tariffs because of intense competition and cheaper short-message service.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Congress Expels Natwar’s Son
    In a major blow to Natwar Singh’s hopes of rescue by the Gandhi family, the Congress Party expelled Natwar’s son Jagat Singh even as Jagat’s friend’s petition in the Supreme Court (SC) for absolution from Justice RS Pathak Inquiry commission’s indictment

  • Disappearances on Rise in South Asia
    As nations of South Asia fight terrorism, Amnesty International (AI) says that “enforced disappearances” of people is growing and while “new patterns” are emerging from Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

Environment, Health and Education

  • Forests Threatened by Elephant Training Camps
    Environmentalists say that while elephant training camps brings eco-tourism, they also increase population around these camps, create a shortage of fodder, and compromised the well being of elephants who are now unemployed because of mechanization.<More>

  • Polio Back Again
    The number of polio cases reported in the first 8 months of this year was 283 compared to 66 for 2005 with most from Uttar Pradesh and 69% of the victims being Muslims even as UN Secretary General warned that India is inadvertently exporting the virus.<More>

  • Complaints about AP Uranium Hearing
    The Movement Against Uranium Project (MAUP) has faulted Andhra Pradesh (AP) Pollution Board (APPB) hearing on uranium mining in the state as a “mockery” through a “private rather than a public meaning.”<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Russia Tests sub-ice Missile
    After a space of 11 years, Russia successfully tested an intercontinental missile from a K-84 nuclear submarine from below the ice in the North Pole and hit targets at a testing range in Arkhangesk while another fired at the same target from the Pacific Ocean.<More>

  • IAEA Complains About Iran ’s Cooperation
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed El Baradei expressed “serious concern” that lack of cooperation was hampering his organization’s efforts to determine the nature of Iranian nuclear program.<More>


  • Nepali Maoist Protest Indian ‘Arms’
    An unsubstantiated report in a local paper claiming a convoy of trucks carrying arms for the Nepal Army provoked the Nepali Maoists to call for a strike, block main arteries, burn tires, and disrupt transportation.<More>

  • Manmohan-Mush Peace Dialogue in Havana
    Rejecting domestic opposition, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh revealed that he will discuss terror with Pakistan on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Havana and sources say that stalled talks may be resumed soon.<More>


  • India , Brazil Take “Gigantic Step”
    Visiting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed a set of agreements on trade, technology, and agriculture and agreed to develop their bilateral relations into a strategic partnership.

  • Syria Promises Embargo on Hezbollah
    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that Syria has promised to adhere to the UNSC Resolution 1701 demanding an arms embargo on the Hezbollah but objected “to the presence of foreign forces along the Syrian-Lebanese border.”

Hot Topics
  US Says Reforms Stalled, Growth Up
  Forests Threatened by Elephant Training Camps
  SAIL Top Dog in Steel
  Fastest Mobile Growth as Margins Drop
  Polio Back Again
  Nepali Maoist Protest Indian ‘Arms’
  Russia Tests sub-ice Missile
  Complaints about AP Uranium Hearing

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