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Friday, March 17, 2006

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Business and Economy
  • The Ministry of Civil Aviation is considering the creation of an independent body that will regulate airport and civil aviation issues. Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel revealed that this authority would manage issues like allotting parking bays, time slots, airport tariffs, consumer issues, and other functional issues. With the increase in the number of domestic flights and international carrier flights to India, there is an increasing demand for parking and landing rights in overcrowded and under-prepared airports.

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Environment, Health and Education

  • Uranium starved India will start exploring for that material near the Nagarujasagar reservoir ignoring fears that the material may pollute the dam that is also a major source of drinking water. Chitrial, which has intense radioactivity is spread over 50 kilometer, is at the heart of the Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a major Tiger reserve. Improper management, inadequate administrative attention, and sheer greed have decimated tiger population in India. Most tigers are poached for body parts to be sold in China for use in its medicine.

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Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Vice-Admiral Arun Kumar Singh revealed military plans to expand its operations in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (A&N) to include three new airbases, increase in coast guard troop levels, and strengthening infrastructure of existing facilities. A&N is strategically crucial because it is close to the pirate-infested Straits of Malacca and is the stepping-stone to eastbound trade. Singh said that they found a 3000-feet World War II runway at Kamorta Island in good condition, which will be developed as an airbase. The other two will be at Campbell Bay and Diglipur after existing runways will be enhanced to handle transport and fighter planes. India already has a strong naval presence in Nicobar Islands. China has built a navy base on a Myanmar island at the mouth of the Strait. Although the area was badly affected with Dec 26, 2004 tsunami, defense forces quickly rebuilt the area and held several exercises which included Sukhoi and Jaguar aircraft. Historically, dominant Indian kingdoms had always maintained their presence at Nakkavaram (as it was called then) to facilitate trade with China, Sri Vijaya (Sumatra), and Mataram (Bali), and Kadaram (Kedah).

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  • US Pre-emptive Military Strategy to Continue
    The United States has released a National Security Strategy that advocated preemptive strikes on so-called rogue nations if diplomacy should fail to check the spread of nuclear weapons and terrorism.<More>


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