India Intelligence Report

   Editorials - August 2006

  • Baloach Leader Bugti Suspiciously Killed (August 31, 2006)
    Rebel Baloach leader and popular face of opposition against Pakistan military in the tribal areas, Nawab Akhbar Bugti, has been killed in suspicious manner leading to widespread protests against President Pervez Musharraf’s dictatorial rule.<More>

  • Is Project Tiger a Failure? (August 30, 2006)
    An investigation into the effectiveness of the federally funded Project Tiger, launched in 1973 to protect tigers in the 15 Tiger sanctuaries to ensure a viable population, concluded that the program is a failure because of insufficient training and inadequate methods.<More>

  • First Indo-Russian Joint Study Group on Trade (August 29, 2006)
    Indian and Russian trade experts are meeting this week to explore and discuss options that will remove bilateral trade blocks to achieve a USD 10 billion trade and lead to a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA).

  • Corp Expansion despite Stalled Reforms (August 28, 2006)
    Despite a stalled disinvestment process and halt to reforms, several positive factors in the Indian economy, perhaps not to the optimal level, have emerged encouraging targeted overseas mergers and acquisitions (M&A) by many Indian companies.

  • Diluted Wildlife Bill Passed (August 24, 2006)
    After promising major reforms, the Federal Government greatly diluted the Wildlife Bill in a bid to appease the tribal lobby and passed the Wildlife Bill in great hurry that could greatly affect conservation efforts and endangered species.<More>
  • Contrarian HIV Estimates in New Survey (August 23, 2006)
    A study of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) has proposed a contrarian view that the number of those living with this infection may be a third lower than current estimates of 5.2 million but warned that a nation-wide survey is required for a more accurate estimate.<More>

  • SLA Claims Military Successes as TN Censures It (August 22, 2006)
    The Sri Lankan Army has claimed several major successes against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) even as the Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously passed a resolution censuring the Government for the death of scores of children by air attacks.  <More>

  • Subsidy Cuts on the Cards (August 21, 2006)
    Facing unending global fuel price increases and increasingly exposed to global economy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reminded the nation that Government cannot on indefinitely subsidize consumption as there were limits to budgets.

  • Major Terrorism Attack over Atlantic Averted (August 17, 2006)
    British counter-intelligence seem to have averted a major terrorism attack attempt on as many as 10 civil aircraft using common over-the-counter chemicals used by most people that officials say would have been worse than September 11 twin tower bombing.

  • LTTE to Stay Banned, No Lanka Intervention (August 11, 2006)
    The National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said that India has no plans to lift the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and for “direct intervention” in peace initiatives in Sri Lanka where hostilities has escalated rapidly to civil war proportions.  <More>

  • Forbes Calls “India is next Great Bull Market” (August 10, 2006)
    Confirming other expert opinion, Forbes magazine says that “India has strong potential to be the next great bull market of the 21st century” clearly outpacing China as a better investment opportunity.

  • Natwar & Son Indicted, Implodes Under Pressure (August 09, 2006)
    Justice Pathak Commission report to the Parliament clearly indicted Former Foreign Minister Natwar Singh and his son Jagat Singh for their role in recommending their family and friends in the oil-for-food scam first disclosed by Paul Volcker.

  • Quota Plan in Shambles (August 08, 2006)
    Reports suggest that serious differences over strategy, financial requirements, and concerns of Constitutional validity within the Government may delay the Bill for Other Backward Classes (OBC).
  • Food Bill Passed as Pesticides Makeup Colas (August 04, 2006)
    As a prominent Non-Government Organization (NGO) reported high levels of pesticide and toxins in soft drinks, the Rajya Sabha passed a Bill to consolidate laws relating to food and establish a regulatory body for the food-processing sector.<More>

  • LeT Targeting Sensitive Spots (August 03, 2006)
    Senior Indian officials took umbrage to US comments absolving Pakistan on the 7/11 Mumbai blasts and said they have actionable intelligence that the
    Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was behind the terrorist attack and of plans to attack sensitive spots. <More>

  • NATO Set to Take Over Afghan Security (August 02, 2006)
    In its most ambitious mission in Asia, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has taken control of security operations in insurgency-ridden southern Afghanistan to stop the Taliban with new tactics and approach.

  • US Congress Passes Nuke Deal (August 01, 2006)
    After several hours of debate, the US House of Representatives approved the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal with an overwhelming majority but has unfortunately raked partisan politicking in India even though the Government looks resolute in defending the deal. <More>

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