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Thursday, November 08, 2007


India has an active participation in the open meetings of the UN Security Council on key issues such as the situation in West Asia, Afghanistan, Iraq as well as on thematic issues such as threats to international peace and international security. India has been an active participant in eleven out of fifteen ongoing UN Peace Keeping Operations around the world. 

India welcomed the unanimous adoption of Resolution 1511 as a positive step towards the restoration of sovereignty to the Iraqi people, although it noted that the Resolution lacked specificity regarding the timing of the transfer. At the 58th Session of the First Committee of UNGA, in recognition of the widely shared concern of the international community about the heightened dangers posed by the risk of terrorists getting access to weapons of mass destruction, India's resolution on "Measures to Prevent Terrorists from Acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction", was adopted unanimously.


India continued to play an active role in UN debates on major issues. In addition to being a major troop contributor, India continued to play a significant and constructive role in the UN activities in economic, social and developmental areas. India actively participated in the debates on environment and sustainable development, Convention against Corruption, humanitarian issues and Human Rights issues. Terrorism, Afghanistan, Middle East Peace Process, conflicts in Africa, were some of the other issues, in which India has remained in the forefront.

India's election to the Commission of Human Rights for the period 2004-06 was a vindication of its long-standing and multi-faceted contribution to human rights with the UN system.


The world’s largest commercial utility employer and largest rail organization is now also the world’s largest transport organisation in the fight against climate change. (Railways Send Out Green Signal, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

US President George W Bush bluntly asked Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to hold elections in January as planned and quit as army chief as patience in Washington wore thin. (Bush To Mush: Hold Elections Soon, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

IT was an amazing pointer by the former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr P.K. Iyenger. (Nuclear Ignorance, Tribune, O.P. Sabherwal, Nov 08, 2007)

It is often said that farmers are on the front lines dealing with global warming, their livelihoods being extraordinarily dependent on the weather. But tour operators and resort owners are not far behind. (Climate Change And Tourism , Deccan Herald, Elisabeth Rosenthal, Nov 08, 2007)

Switzerland is a member of IAEA, Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (Nuclear Expert To Explain Deal With U.S. To Switzerland, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Iran has built a landmark 3,000 centrifuges for uranium enrichment, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced today, despite international pressure to halt its atomic work. (Iran Has Reached Key Nuke Target: President, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Manmohan, Putin will discuss how to increase civil nuclear cooperation (N-Deal With Russia, Pioneer, Dmitri Kosyrev, Nov 08, 2007)

Indian companies are making a killing by controlling their carbon emissions and trading the credit points accrued in the process to global business giants who have an obligation under the Kyoto protocol to bring down their carbon emission targets . . . . (India Inc Makes Big Bucks From Carbon Trading , Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

THE selection for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has indeed come as a surprise. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body, and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr., the former Vice-President of the United States . . . . (Climate Of Peace, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

Iran’s nuclear programme is “irreversible,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday, voicing continued defiance in the face of possible new international sanctions on the Islamic Republic. (Iran’S N-Programme Is Irreversible, Says Ahmadinejad, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Chilling apprehensions about oil, which is on a relentless runaway rise, threaten to make this winter colder, even as oil jumps to $98 a barrel, on fears of a harsher winter. (Market Storms That Lash The Energy Engine, Business Line, D. Murali , Nov 08, 2007)

It is no accident that those who advocate war for humanitarian reasons end up justifying torture. (Torture And ‘Humanitarian War’, Hindu, John Laughland, Nov 07, 2007)

United Nations top officials, including secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, have demanded that the military regime in Pakistan should immediately release all persons detained in the wake of imposition of emergency, including lawyers, judges . . . . (Un Rights Envoy To Visit Myanmar , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

It appears it is the Americans who most fear that the proposed civil nuclear cooperation deal will collapse, if you look at their recent actions. (Us Needs Deal More Than Us, Pioneer, Rajeev Srinivasan, Nov 07, 2007)

The U.S. imposes draconian sanctions on Iran while preparing the ground for a military attack on the Islamic republic. (Warmongering Against Iran, Frontline, JOHN CHERIAN, Nov 07, 2007)

PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin, when he travelled to Teheran last month, became the first Russian leader after Josef Stalin to visit Iran. (Friend In Need, Frontline, Vladimir Radyuhin , Nov 07, 2007)

There are as yet no signs of General Pervez Musharraf preparing to return to civilian rule. Actually, there is considerable confusion about the future scenario. (Secure That Button And Fast!, Business Line, B. S. Raghavan , Nov 07, 2007)

The world’s poorest people are not seeing the benefits of a global poverty rate decline driven by Asia’s economic growth in the past two decades, a report said today. (Better Times Ahead , Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 07, 2007)

At the recently held four-day World Toilet Summit in New Delhi, delegates from 40 nations made a pledge to “mobilise governments, UN agencies, financial institutions, corporate bodies, sanitation service providers, local bodies and other . . . . (Better Sanitation , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Nov 07, 2007)

The Iraq War and subsequent events in the region, including the war in Lebanon and the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have significantly altered the distribution of power and calculations of governments in the region. (Continued Instability In West Asia, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 06, 2007)


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