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Re: Indian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:57 am

BJP demands probe into how Anderson 'escaped' from India
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Thursday, June 10, 2010 17:23 IST
Last updated: Thursday, June 10, 2010 18:29 IST
New Delhi: Charging Congress with being soft on "foreigners" accused of committing crimes in India, BJP today demanded an impartial probe into the circumstances which led to the "escape" of then Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson from the country after the Bhopal tragedy.

"BJP demands an impartial probe into the circumstances which led to the escape of Anderson...such a major step to allow him to leave the country could not have been taken without the consent of late Rajiv Gandhi," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters here.

He said as Anderson reached Delhi on a Madhya Pradesh government aircraft, then state chief minister Arjun Singh too
"cannot escape the responsibility".

"A state government plane cannot carry a passenger without the permission of the CM and as per rules, a minister or a chief secretary has to be on board when the aircraft is in use," he said adding that the person who had accompanied the Union Carbide chief should be named.http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_bjp-demands-probe-into-how-anderson-escaped-from-india_1394442
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:24 pm

Train stops 200 ft short of disaster in Tamil Nadu
D Ram Raj / DNA
Saturday, June 12, 2010 8:38 IST
Last updated: Sunday, June 13, 2010 0:43 IST

Chennai: Passengers of two trains had a narrow escape and train services were disrupted for six hours when a blast destroyed three feet of rail track in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district, 160 km from Chennai, early Saturday. State agencies suspect LTTE sympathisers critical of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to be behind the explosion.

The Salem Express felt a huge jolt while crossing Sithanai village in Villupuram district around 2.20am, forcing the guard to contact station masters of the Perani and Mundiambakkam railway stations.

The passengers of the Chennai-bound Rockfort Express from Tiruchirappali had a miraculous escape when the driver, after getting a warning about the blast, stopped the train. He halted it about 200 feet from the spot where the tracks had been destroyed. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_train-stops-200-ft-short-of-disaster-in-tamil-nadu_1395264
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:01 pm

Jul 30, 2010
India slips Myanmar a nudge and a wink
By Sudha Ramachandran

BANGALORE - Myanmar's Senior General Than Shwe ended a five-day visit to India on Thursday having sealed several pacts that will boost security and economic cooperation between the two countries. A treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters will enable India to get access to insurgents from its northeastern states who are taking sanctuary along the India-Myanmar border. The treaty will also boost bilateral efforts to combat terrorism and drug trafficking.

India has also pledged a grant of US$60 million for the construction of a road linking its northeast with Myanmar, besides a grant of $10 million for Myanmar to purchase agricultural machinery from India.

More than these million-dollar deals, it is the red-carpet welcome that Than Shwe received that the junta will probably value most of all. Under criticism from the West for its plans to hold elections under a constitution that cements the military's role in politics even as it excludes the participation of main opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi, the India visit is endorsement for the junta from the world's largest democracy. http://atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/LG30Df02.html

Since 2007, monks in Myanmar have declared Pattani Kuzanakan against the junta their families in protest of the brutal crackdown. Pattani Kuzanakan imposes a boycott on the offender and prohibits monks from accepting offerings and preaching sermons to the offender, necessary for Buddhists to earn karmic credit. Those spurned become outcasts from Buddhist society.

At Bodh Gaya, the highly religious and superstitious Than Shwe prayed for about five hours, fed monks at a monastery and donated approximately $11,000 to the temple.

Clearly, he wants the path ahead to be as smooth as possible.


1) There was a warm welcome by India to its Myanmarese guest.
2) Host is providing $70M in grant money to guest. Curious, since India usually seeks aid for itself--so where is the $70M coming from?
3) Guest is not welcome at home temples but makes a long visit in host country's temples and has $11,000 gift to leave behind.
4) Surprise, Myanmar has gas reserves and India is interested in them. This is just like the situation in Eurasia, the country near Russia that is making money on extracting oil and pipeline fees to European customers or Iran's oil or Afghanistan's oil. Everyone is interested in getting a piece of the money action.

Remember the situation in Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis' aftermath: the UN could not get into the country for three weeks until it agreed to use the government's foreign exchange rate, whereby Inner City Press determined that the government was making 25% on each transaction; this was information that was slowly revealed due to ICP's persistence. The cyclone happened two years ago and the Myanmarese government apparently did not allow people to move from their villages nor extend any significant aid, if any was given. I recall that the Myanmarese government was using the UN food aid as a photo opportunity for public relations, that the government had procured it for the people. Do you see the possibility that the $11,000 gift has strings attached to it?
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:41 pm

It has been about a year since the Indian Prime Minister visited the US as a guest. Now as host to President Obama's upcoming visit this week, talk is about the trip preparations.

US to spend $200 million a day on Obama's Mumbai visit
Published: Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010, 21:01 IST
Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

The US will be spending a whopping $200 million (Rs900 crore) per day on President Barack Obama's visit to the city.

"The huge amount of around $200 million would be spent on security, stay and other aspects of the presidential visit," a top official of the Maharashtra government privy to the arrangements for the high-profile visit said.

About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents, US government officials and journalists will accompany the president.

Several officials from the White House and US security agencies are already in Mumbai for the past one week with helicopters, a ship and high-end security instruments.http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_us-to-spend-200-million-a-day-on-obama-s-mumbai-visit_1461370
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We’re the boss here, Mumbai cops tell Obama’s men
Published: Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010, 4:01 IST
By Surendra Gangan | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

India is no more in the 1970s and 1980s, the state’s police and general administration seem to have made it clear to US security agencies and White House officials while driving a hard bargain over relaxation of security norms demanded by the latter.

The convoy of and security cover to US president Barack Obama will be led by the city police. Also, the White House cannot import guns or arms for its security personnel.

White House officials have had five to six meetings with the state’s officials and sought ‘flexibility’ and special relaxations for their teams visiting Mumbai and Delhi. But the officials here were not willing to entertain many of the requests.http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_we-re-the-boss-here-mumbai-cops-tell-obama-s-men_1461468
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby 123duyusee on Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:28 pm

$200M would feed and house lots of people in India or the park closest to the White House in the US. Think about it--where is that money coming from? Borrowed money--interest paid by taxpayers. Who has the money?
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:29 pm

Rs35,000-crore food grain meant for Uttar Pradesh poor sold outside
Published: Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010, 1:53 IST | Updated: Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010, 0:40 IST
By Pradip R Sagar | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

It is not for nothing that India is ranked 87th on the global corruption list. After Commonwealth Games, the second generation mobile telephony spectrum allocation and Adarsh Society, CBI is now probing a Rs35,000-crore food grain scam in Uttar Pradesh (UP).

The enforcement directorate (ED) has also begun the process of conducting searches and seizures of assets, properties and cash of all officials involved in the scam that relates to diversion of food grain meant for the poor.

A large stock of food grain meant for distribution under the Antyodaya, Annapurna and Mid-Day Meal schemes was smuggled and sold in Bangladesh, Nepal and other countries in connivance with top officials of the state and the Centre between 2001 and 2007.http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_rs35000-crore-food-grain-meant-for-uttar-pradesh-poor-sold-outside_1477736

What improvement in oversight of food supplies has occurred in the past three years to ensure that the food reaches the people it is meant to help? Bad optics on this matter should inspire a desire to be more transparent.
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:21 pm

Some compromises made, I am not quitting half-way: Manmohan Singh
Published: Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011, 18:45 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

With his government's image dented over a rash of scams, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today conceded that he had to make 'some compromises' to run a coalition but ruled out quitting "half-way".

He declared that his government was "dead serious in bringing to book all the wrongdoers regardless of the position they occupy" with regard to the second generation mobile spectrum allocation scam, Commonwealth Games, ISRO spectrum allocation and Adarsh Housing scams.

In his 70-minute interaction with TV editors in New Delhi, he asserted that his government was not lame-duck nor was he a lame-duck prime minister although he admitted that there were "weaknesses of processes in governance" and the "quality of governance" needed to be improved. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_some-compromises-made-i-am-not-quitting-half-way-manmohan-singh_1508836

At least Prime Minister Singh is acknowledging that coalition governments are a collaboration. Consider what happens in India as a potential indicator of how the British government can go, as it too is a coalition effort. Though I did see something about the two British PMs not being on the same message about some matter.

An opinion piece remarking upon Pakistan's request on how India ought to punish people in a recent incident covers up Pakistan's lack of progress on the Nov. 26, 2009 incident investigation which affected lives and property due to the actions of Pakistani individuals.

It’s ironic, Pakistan tells India to nail militants
Published: Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011, 1:14 IST
Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

When India and Pakistan met in Thimpu to revive the composite dialogue between their foreign ministers this spring, Pakistan asked India to do more against Hindu extremists allegedly responsible for the Samjhauta Express blasts.

This might have been ironic if it weren’t so tragic. After all, the perception of the world in general, and of India in particular, is that terrorists dominate Pakistan’s landscape at the behest of its army, which pull the strings behind a façade of civilian rule.

A rebuttal is in order. Fact: India is taking action against all terrorists, politics and religion notwithstanding. It was solid police work that first exposed the till-then unknown phenomenon of some radical Hindus resorting to terrorism. The proof of the police’s success is the fact that such radicals have not been able to carry out any further attacks.

For Pakistan to subtly link acting against those responsible for the 26/11 attacks to India cracking down on those behind the Samjhauta blasts is not just unforgivable, but smacks of a ploy to deflect attention from the fact that Islamabad has done precious little against those behind 26/11. It has not even questioned the army officers believed to have directed the attacks, let alone act against them. The trial of LeT’s Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s trial drags on and on. http://www.dnaindia.com/opinion/editorial_its-ironic-pakistan-tells-india-to-nail-militants_1505255
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby smitty on Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:10 pm

Hionwatly we wonder where Canada can come up with billions of dollars for they must rebuild the House of Commons not to mention a maze of other expenses they are coming up with. Juat think of it the F-35 fighter, that have not been replaced yet, have competiton from another & more costly aircraft that is far superior. Yet in some yrs ahead the unmand aircraft/rocket (FAL) will take over figjter aircraft.

True I will be cremated by that time & my remains are to go down the toilet bowl.

Dial into the costs of the Winter Olympics last winter & costs by the Provincial Govt to also the Federal Govt assistance leaves one wondering only it is the B.C. residents or owners of land or such will be forking out the maze for the next 50 years of out life.

They had this indoor game building, NO I cannot recall the name, but the roof fell down. So a new one is about to go into effect at a given price of 5 million dollars, BUT that price is just pennies to what they aimed at AND all of this is for tax payers that will never be in Greater Vancouver to waste their money on one of the games.
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby manga2read on Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:38 pm

Food's got two articles in the Indian paper. One is about wheat that cannot be harvested and is lost:
Rain paralyses wheat procurement in Punjab
Published: Monday, Apr 18, 2011, 23:44 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Chandigarh | Agency: DNA

Intermittent rains and hailstorm in the region has paralysed wheat harvesting,procurement and threatened to damage the stocks purchased.

Punjab targets to procure about 110 lakh metric tonnes (MT) this season, but officials feel that inclement weather might disrupt the exercise.

Rains and hailstorm lashed about half a dozen districts in the Malwa region on Sunday and Monday destroying standing crops on thousands of acres, said a senior official of the agriculture department.

The state government has ordered girdawari (it is the record of land cultivation. It records crop and its ownership) in many parts even as emergency measures were being taken to save the procured stocks from being damaged by rains.
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_rain-paralyses-wheat-procurement-in-punjab_1533474

The second is about food wastage at special events and in India, hunger remains a major issue for many:
Thomas said about 15-20% of food is being wasted in India at social gatherings.

Elaborating on the suggestions that emerged during the meeting, the minister said: "Everybody agreed that country like ours, which is 63 in the hunger index, cannot afford to have such a huge loss of food during big events".

"One view is to start awareness campaign via Jago Grahak Jago and later go for legislation if the need arise." he said.

NAC member Saxena said India can take a look at the Pakistan's one-dish law on weddings, which limits menu to one vegetable and chappati or rice.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_india-to-study-one-dish-wedding-law-of-pakistan-to-cut-food-wastage_1533385
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Re: Indian Politics

Postby manga2read on Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:28 pm

A man, Anna Hazare, has fasted for two weeks with the goal of having politicians pass his amendments to laws to end corruption in government. Indian government officials had a Saturday meeting to discuss some way of possibly passing a resolution supporting but not committing to the amendments in order to have the faster stop his fast.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_victory-for-anna-hazare_1580452
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