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   Editorials - September 2006


 
 
  • LTTE Agrees to Talks (September 28, 2006)
    Responding to calls from many parties and despite afterthought caveats introduced by the Sri Lankan Government (SLG), the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said that his organization is ready to resume stalled talks on a peaceful future in the island.<More>

  • China ’s Aging Population Plan (September 27, 2006)
    Thanks to its disastrous and draconian one-child policy, China is set to have an “irreversible” ageing society in the 21st Century but the country seems to have devised a broad-based plan to address economic and social pressures from the ageing population.<More>

  • Torture, Censorship, and Repression in ‘Azad’ Kashmir (September 26, 2006)
    Human Rights groups say that in so-called ‘Azad’ (free) Kashmir , largely closed to international and independent scrutiny, the Pakistani Government represses democratic freedom, stymies the press and media, and uses torture as instrument of administration.<More>

  • New Polio Campaign in UP (September 23, 2006)
    Facing sharp criticisms from all quarters on failure to curb spread of polio in {Uttar Pradesh (UP)}, the Health Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss now says that it “will launch a massive campaign” to “win the battle with the virus.”<More>

  • Military Coup in Thailand (September 22, 2006)
    The Thai Army took over administration from to break deadlock and stop “rampant corruption” in the 74 year old democracy but promised to return “power to the people” as soon as possible but after cleaning the political system.<More>

  • UN Treaty Seeks to Curb Arms Trade (September 20, 2006)
    A draft resolution for an international arms trade treaty is being floated by Britain, Finland, Japan, Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, and Kenya in the UN seeking to reduce human rights, limit the spread of terrorism, and reduce unintended suffering of millions.<More>

  • Iran Complains of US Negative Role  (September 19, 2006)
    Signaling its willingness to temporarily suspend its controversial nuclear enrichment program, Iran complained of US’s negative role through its “unfounded accusations” even as UN bodies protested parts of a Congressional report as “outrageous and dishonest.”<More>

  • Lanka Says Willing to Talk Peace (September 18, 2006)
    At sharp variance with international mediators, Sri Lanka denied agreeing to hold unconditional talks with Tamil rebels but said it was committed to peace and negotiated settlement provided there is “a comprehensive and verifiable cessation of hostilities.”<More>

  • US Says Reforms Stalled, Growth Up (September 15, 2006)
    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.”<More>

  • Energy Usage Patterns and Social Progress (September 14, 2006)
    India estimates that it will consume 70% more energy by 2030 and although it seeks to generate energy through other sources such as nuclear, coal, and renewable sources, about 60% of this will be from oil and natural gas.<More>

  • Manmohan-Mush Peace Dialogue in Havana (September 13, 2006)
    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>

  • IBSA Trade Rises Dramatically (September 12, 2006)
    Calling the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) grouping an “emerging trinity in the new geography of international trade,” United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) values the intra and inter regional trade close to USD 10 billion for 2007.<More>

  • Pak-Taliban Peace Pact (September 08, 2006)
    Pakistan announced that it had arranged a peace pact with the Taliban is seen by many as an admission by the Pakistan Army of its inability to control the region by brute force methods it employs against opponents and having lost hundreds of soldiers
    .<More>

  • Naxalism, Micro-Terrorism Major Security Threats (September 07, 2006)
    A security review by Chief Ministers with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh found leaders worrying about increasing activities of Pakistan-sponsored and directed terrorist outfits organized into “sleeper cells” who are motivated to perform suicide attacks.<More>

  • BDR Denies ULFA Presence (September, 06 2006)
    At the end of a 3 day face to face between the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) where India demanded imprisoned terrorists be repatriated, Bangladesh denied the presence of leaders of the terrorist movement.<More>

  • Confusion on Iran as Deadline Passes (September, 05 2006)
    EU Foreign Ministers have cautioned against hasty decisions, including sanctions, on Iran even as the US said
    military action against Tehran “is not off the table” and some say that India ’s relations with Iran may arrest the development of Indo-US relations.<More>

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