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   Editorials - June 2006


 
 
  • Tribal Rights Bill will shrink Forests Further (June 30, 2006)
    Satellite imagery shows that human habitation in and on the periphery of forests, encroachment, and illegal logging has reduced forest cover in 11 of the 28 forests and the proposed Tribal Rights Bill (TRB) legalizing forest dwellers land rights will exacerbate this scenario.<More>

  • US Panel Passes Nuke Deal With Caveats (June 29, 2006)
    The 50-member US Congress International Relations Committee (HIRC) approved 37-5 the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal to exempt India from the U.S. laws that restrict nuclear trade with countries that have not submitted themselves to full nuclear inspections.<More>

  • Lankan Deputy Army Chief Killed (June 28, 2006)
    Suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle on a car carrying Deputy Chief of Sri Lankan Army killing him and 3 others and injuring 8.<More>

  • Defense Plans for Parallel Warfare (June 26, 2006)
    The Army, Air Force, and Navy have created new detailed processes, called Parallel Warfare, for joint operations coordinated in strategy and tactics specifying possible formations, squadrons, and fleet movements to meet political and military objectives.<More>

  • Private Sector Wheat, Sugar Imports Allowed (June 23, 2006)
    Concerned at rising prices of wheat and sugar, the Cabinet Committee on Prices (CCP) has approved the Government to allow private sector operators to import them and has banned the export of pulses.<More>

  • LTTE Wants EU Monitors Removed (June 22, 2006)
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has categorically told Norwegian peace facilitators in Sri Lanka that it will not accept truce monitors from the European Union (EU) because of the terrorism-related ban on LTTE in Europe.<More>

  • Wheat Import Gets Murkier  (June 21, 2006)
    Whittling down the quarantine and quality norms in importing wheat, the latest tender of State Trading Corporation of India (STC) received eight global bids trying to sell 3 million tons while Indian requirements was for 2.2 million tons (mt) of wheat.<More>

  • India, China to Open Nathu-la (June 20, 2006)
    India and China have agreed to open the old silk route through Nathu-la pass in Sikkim for trade after 44 years and re-establish direct trade links to trade 28 items including blankets, agro-chemicals, dry fruits, beverages, canned food, and farm implements.<More>

  • SCO to Resist US? (June 19, 2006)
    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) ended its fifth meeting last week with a powerful message from Iran asking China, Russia, and other Central Asian nations to combine their diplomatic, economic, and political clout to resist the US.<More>

  • China Firm on Fighting Terror (June 16, 2006)
    China vowed to strengthen coordination efforts and support for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) “To fight the ‘three evil forces’ including the ‘East Turkistan’ force and safeguard security and stability in the region.<More>
     

  • Indo-US Nuke Talks End Positively (June 15, 2006)
    India and the US ended discussions positively on the bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement (which forms the backbone of the Indo-US nuclear deal) as technical experts prepared the broad outline of the pact that will be signed after US Congress approval.<More>

  • Hamas-Abbas Clash Deepens (June 14, 2006)
    The political and power standoff between Palestinian Territories President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas-led Government escalated several notches with security forces loyal to both parties clashing and burning assets belonging to the other.<More>
  • Economic Census Says Rural Sectors Growing Faster (June 13, 2006)
    In the first sign that economic reforms are working, the “Economic Census 2005” has shown that 61.3% of rural enterprises to be growing faster than their urban peers and a lot of fast-paced development is happening in the neglected North-East.<More>
  • India Offers Rs.1000 cr Deal to Nepal (June 12, 2006)
    India offer visiting Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala a deal worth Rs. 1000 crores (USD 217 million) that would include a one time grant, waiver of dues for supplied military equipment, reworking of loans, and subsidized fertilizer.<More>

  • Oslo Talks Non-Starter (June 09, 2006)
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) surprised Norway facilitators saying that they will not meet with the Sri Lankan Government (SLG) delegation as it was not representative of Sri Lanka and also because of the presence of European Union members..<More>

  • India Promises Help to Nepal (June 08, 2006)
    Reinstated Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss economic and military aid and calibrate response to the threat from Maoist terrorists choking the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and the country.<More>

  • Tenuous Russia-US Relations (June 07, 2006)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that his country is “strengthening” its “cooperation” with the US “in the international arena” and cited the positive interaction to provide a renewed deal to Iran.<More>

  • Indo-Bangla Business Ties (June 06, 2006)
    Six task forces of Indian and Bangladesh business leaders have agreed to influence their respective governments to allow containerized movement of cargo through road, rail and inland waterways to boost bilateral trade and investment. <More>

  • Pak Terror Breakthroughs in Britain, Canada, India (June 05, 2006)
    British police claims to have broken up a plan to release the deadly Sarin nerve gas or cyanide on crowded areas in London on July 7 by two Bangladeshi jihadis living among Pakistanis and Indians in East London.<More>

  • Out of Control Revenue Deficit (June 02, 2006)
    In worrying signs for the economy, the latest revenue expenditure statement released by the Government, revenue deficit ballooned in April and was 21.5% of the estimated deficit in the budget compared to 18.8% last year. <More>

  • Pressure on US to Punish Pak (June 01, 2006)
    Increasing number of policy makers, and opinion makers in the US are demanding that the US review its bogus position of Pakistan as a frontline ally against terrorism and demand a firm deadline by which it can reign in its military and intelligence agencies. <More>

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