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   Editorials - May 2006


 
  • Kalam Returns OoP Bill (May 31, 2006)
    President Abdul Kalam returned the controversial Office of Profit Bill that sought to exempt some 50 odd positions occupied by allies and Congressmen from disqualification and asked for clarifications from the Government before he could sign it.<More>

  • SC Intervenes on Quota, Demands Answers from Govt (May 30, 2006)
    The Supreme Court (SC) admitted a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on the ongoing quota issue and asked several inconvenient questions to the Government while appealing to the striking doctors to withdraw their strike.< More >

  • The Decreasing Relevance of Hurriyat (May 29, 2006)
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh defied terrorism and continued his roundtable discussions with various groups with Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and proposed setting up 5 groups to consider various issues but vowed to fight terrorism from Pakistan.<More >

  • Baradei Asks US Congress to Support Nuke Deal (May 26, 2006)
    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief El Baradei came out strongly to support the Indo-US civilian Nuclear Deal and asked the US Congress to vote in support of the “win-win agreement.”<More>

  • US Pledge to Israel over Iran (May 25, 2006)
    The US pledged protecting Israel from Iran should diplomatic efforts to negotiate an acceptable end to that country’s controversial nuclear program fail and the situation escalated to a full fledged conflict.<More>

  • Speaker Trouble (May 24, 2006)
    The Budget-session of the Parliament ended in a controversy about an admonishment motion on a former Lok Sabha Secretary-General for his disparaging remarks on the Speaker and the Opposition opposed the propriety of the motion and the motives for it.<More>

  • EU Reveals Plan to Placate Iran (May 23, 2006)
    The European Union (EU) 3 countries Britain, France, and Germany revealed a proposal that offers Iran a new nuclear plant, a consortium-based guaranteed fuel supply, warplanes, and recognition of boundaries.<More>

  • Anti-Quota Struggle Expands, Students Threaten Suicide (May 22, 2006)
    Students and doctors protesting the quota-based reservation system expanded their protests to other cities and intensified them in New Delhi and Mumbai even as a group of students wrote to the President Abdul Kalam seeking permission to commit suicide.<More>

  • Stock Market Takes a Beating (May 19, 2006)
    The Indian Stock Market index SENSEX tumbled 826 points or 6.77% in the worst ever correction (in point terms) since 1992 prompted by a slew of international events, ill-informed reporting, Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) selling, and Government fumbles.<More>

  • India-US to Meet on Nuke Deal; US No to Pak (May 18, 2006)
    Even as Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and US Under-Secretary of Political Affairs Nicholas Burns plan to meet to try iron out last minute hurdles in the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear deal, the US firmly spurned Pakistan's request for a similar deal.<More>

  • Indian Political Perceptions on Religion (May 17, 2006)
    Information & Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi said that he has asked the board that certifies films not to approve the Da Vinci Code movie before he gets a nod from the Catholic Church.<More>

  • Govt Softens & Threatens on Quota, Protests Spread (May 16, 2006)
    The Government seemed to soften its stand a bit inviting striking students and doctors for talks even as Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss vainly threatened to dismiss striking doctors even though there is a shortage of doctors in the country.<More> 

  • Super-Advanced Weapons Systems in Pipeline (May 15, 2006)
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that India would be soon begin production of super-advanced weapons systems using remote-controlled sensors, robotics, and propulsion systems and develop new precision-guided munitions and unmanned vehicles.<More>
     

  • Commies Say No to Oil Price Hike (May 11, 2006)
    Buoyed by the exit polls that predicted an ultra-left victory in state elections, the communists vowed to stop the Government from hiking oil prices that could force oil companies to absorb a loss of over USD 16.5 billion or $13.5 billion for the exchequer.<More>

  • ISRO & NASA in Moon Tie-up (May 10, 2006)
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) & US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) so NASA can send 2 instruments on the Chandraayan-1 mission to the Moon. <More>

  • US-Russia Oil Moves in C Asia (May 9, 2006)
    The US is actively promoting oil routes that does not depend on Russia in Central Asia is prompting Russia to make counter-moves that may create a "second Cold War."<More>

  • Change Quota-Reservation Policy (May 8, 2006)
    The Supreme Court (SC) reversed its own verdict recognizing the complexity involved to provide mandatory allocation of the 10% reservation for the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) in national level Post Graduate (PG) medical colleges.<More> 

  • US-Russia Rift Widening (May 5, 2006)
    In a series of issues, the diplomatic, military, economic, and political rift between the US and Russia are widening debunking chances of closer cooperation and threatening to retreat to the Cold War days.<More>

  • Tata Wants Spectrum Policy Review (May 4, 2006)
    Rata Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group and an important player in the Telecommunication space, has appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to review the spectrum allocation plan that treats the scarce resource inefficiently.<More>

  • Pak in Top 10 Failed State List (May 3, 2006)
    A Foreign Policy report that annually rates 146 countries on their effectiveness in maintaining control of its territories, running a Government, and providing basic public services rated Pakistan 9th most likely to fail ahead of Afghanistan, Nepal, and Lanka.<More>

  • More Conflict of Interest Reports on Maran (May 2, 2006)
    Another report in the New Indian Express (NIE) revealed broad based and deeper instances of Telecommunications Minister Dayanidhi Maran’s conflict of interest in dealing with wireless spectrums, cable television, and voice technologies for personal gain. <More>

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