Sunday, December 26, 2010

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Former Telecom Minister A Raja was on Saturday questioned for the second time in a row for his alleged involvement in allocation of 2G spectrum in 2007-08 even as the agency roped in Enforcement Directorate officials in the case.A Letters Rogatory (LR) would also be sent to as many as three countries including Singapore by the CBI to know about the financial trail in the 2G scam as the agency has alleged that some of the kins of the former minister were associated with the case.

Raja was asked to clarify some contents in certain documents, seized by the agency during its raids on Department of Telecom offices in October last year after registering a case against unknown officers of DoT and telecom companies.Today's questioning by CBI sleuths also focused on the tapped conversation of Raja with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia.Raja left CBI office around 3.45 pm after the questioning. He refused to make any comments.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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NDA Anti-Corruption Rally on 2G spectrum scam

National Democratic Alliance (NDA) start its anti-corruption rally against UPA on Wednesday, Dec 22 at Ram Lila Maidan in Delhi and follow in eight other states:
The corruption campaign aimed to keep the pressure on UPA, which is dwindled by the continuous corruption scams.NDA convenor Sharad Yadav said “JPC means sky is the limit while PAC has limited powers.JPC is a sort of mini-Parliament which is the only instrument left to deal with the issue of corruption. I still want Congress to give up its adamant attitude. It is not good,” Mr. Yadav said addressing a press conference here. He Claimed that even Congress allies are in support of JPC, he said that a JPC this time would be a “balanced” affair as government does not have a majority in Rajya Sabha.

A Central Bureau of Investigation team on Tuesday questioned corporate lobbyist Niira Radia at her house here in connection with the 2G spectrum scam a day after the agency quizzed former telecom watchdog chief Pradeep Baijal.Official sources said a team of CBI reached Radia's farm house at Chhattarpur area at about 10 am to question her on several issues including her alleged involvement in the spectrum allocation.Official sources said a team of CBI reached Radia's farm house at Chhattarpur area at about 10 am to question her on several issues including her alleged involvement in the spectrum allocation.The CBI sleuths had earlier carried out searches at Radia's residence and the premises of her firm, Vaishnavi Communications, in New Delhi.

Supreme Court is closely monitoring the multi agency probe in the allocation of 2G spectrum to certain telecom firms.The apex court has asked CBI and ED to submit status reports on their probe to it by 10th February when the 2G spectrum case will come up for hearing.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its report to the Parliament had said that the allocation of 2G spectrum at under valued prices had resulted in the loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer.

CBI sent a notice to former Telecom Minister A Raja to appear before it for questioning in connection with alleged bunglings in allocation of spectrum to some telecom firms that resulted in loss of at least Rs 22,000 crore to the exchequer.
Former Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Pradip Baijal was being stioned by the CBI sleuths on Monday, official sources said.Baijal, a former Disinvestment Secretary, belonged to the 1966 batch of IAS from Madhya Pradesh cadre.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi's five-point action plan outlined on Sunday to battle corruption, Dr. Singh said he wished to assure her that it would receive careful attention of his government."Our approach to corruption is clearly reflected by our acts, both in the Centre and the states. We have asked our Ministers and Chief Ministers to step down merely on the basis of suspicions because we believe in principled politics," Dr. Singh said.Hitting out at BJP for not sacking Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, he said, "We are not like some Opposition parties who want to retain their tainted Chief Ministers despite scandal after scandal.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Iran hit by an earthquake

Iran hit by an earthquake of 6.5 magnitude

Quake rocked at 10:12 p.m. local time on Monday, IRIB reported late on Monday and epicenter was in the town of Hosseinabad, 28.6 degrees north latitude and 59.1 degrees east longitude, at a depth of five kilometers, the Iranian Seismological Center said on its website.

Monday, December 20, 2010

India and Russian trade $20 billion by 2015.

Nksagar -Sagar Media Inc New Delhi Russian President Dmitry Medvedev from Monday to start an official three-day visit to India to discuss trade, economic, energy and cultural cooperation, as well as international issues.A number of agreements would be signed.These agreements would in areas of space, economic and defence sectors," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vishnu Prakash told reporters in New Delhi. He however did not give details.A number of agreements are to be signed between two giant countries for co-operation following the Russian and the Indian leadership talks. Medvedev arrive in New Delhi on Monday evening.Dmitry Medvedev to meet with Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Indian counterpart Pratibha Patil.

Relations between Russia and India have blossomed in recent years, with India becoming one of the biggest importers of Russian military hardware.In 2009, Russian-Indian trade reached the $7.5 billion mark. It grew 20% in the first nine months of 2010, and the countries plan to raise the figure to $20 billion by 2015.
Russian Ambassador to India Alexander M Kadakin had said early this week that the two sides are expected to sign around 15 pacts including on the cutting edge Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) and to build more nuclear reactors in India.
The External Affairs Ministry said the two sides will also look at ways to expand cooperation in the field of hydrocarbons.

On Tuesday, Medvedev will hold talks with Prime Minister Singh on a range of bilateral and regional matters, including situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, apart from global issues."The two countries have a similar perspective on the terrorism issue.India and Russia are also the members of the G-20 and work closely for reforms in international financial system," Prakash said.Asked if the agreement on the FGFA was going to be signed during the visit, Prakash said, "That is a long term project of advance manufacturing and it will have a number of milestones in it and we don't know whether one or two of them will be achieved during the meeting here."

Under the deal for the FGFA, likely to be worth over USD 30 billion, India is planning to co-develop and build an advanced fighter aircraft which will be similar or more advanced than the American F/A-22 Raptor. The stealth fighter is currently being developed in Russia and the prototype flew for the first time earlier this year.

Asked to comment on the issues raised by the Russians on the issue of liability clause in the nuclear deal, the spokesperson said the two sides had signed a framework agreement for nuclear cooperation during Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's visit in March this year.

"We see the current conversation for Kudankulam 3 and 4 (in Tamil Nadu)and as part of the process. This is purely a technical discussion between both sides and includes whole range of things including cost and liability and we hope that we will reach a resolution to all these issues," he said.The biggest joint projects today are the construction of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in southern India and the exploration of the Sakhalin-1 oil and gas field with the participation of India's ONGC state-run corporation.

On Wednesday, the Russian President will go to Agra and also to Mumbai where he will visit IIT, Powai and the Film City to have a feel of the Bollywood industry.

Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said Sunday his country's companies are ready to take part in the Russian privatization program for 2011-2013. The prospects will also be discussed during Medvedev's visit.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sonia Gandhi inaugural address two-day plenary

Nksagar Sagar Media Inc.New Delhi:
Sonia Gandhi inaugural address two-day Congress plenary held at Burari in North Delhi. Four resolutions on political, economic, foreign affairs and 125 years of the Congress party will be adopted at this Plenary.

( - Congress looks all set to adopt a tough posture on corruption in the plenary corruption in high places is rogue in the system its dimension has reached the apex heights.The Plenary session in Delhi is being held at a time when the party is facing opposition onslaught on the issue of corruption.

(PTI) Congress today amended its constitution to extend its party president's term to five years from the current three years.An amendment to this effect was passed at the 83rd Congress plenary which began in Burari on the fringes of the national capital.The resolution was moved by senior leader Oscar Fernandes and approved by other party leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, senior ministers and scores of party leaders gathered here.The amendment comes at a time when Sonia Gandhi is serving as Congress president for the fourth straight term the longest-serving chief of the 125-year-old party.Another key amendment pertained to meeting of the AICC at least once every year.Earlier, the party constitution mandated that AICC should meet "not less than twice" every year.
The Delhi Plenary is the first such meet of the party after it came to power for the second time along with other UPA partners in the Lok Sabha elections last year. The plenary also marks the completion of the 125 years of Congress, which is the oldest political party in the country.The election for the party president's post with this amendment to be held after every five years instead after every three years.

Sonia Gandhi the longest-serving chief of the 125-year-old party.In her address she has mentioned that Congress Party with its centurion history is oldest party to bring the nation with success to 21 st Century.Congress is committed to bring people from all section in the mainstream of development. Congress party has gone through various changes but stands with its value on its own and is here we all not to celebrate the event but to pass various resolution and for the self introspection for the sake of progress for all.Those who are governing at higher post needs to give heed to the party workers who hail from each corners and are active. Congress president Sonia Gandhi further added that the party is opposed to fundamentalism of all shades whether by majority or minority organisations. "Both are dangerous and should be tackled," she said party to organise brainstorming sessions soon on the lines of Pachmarhi and Shimla in the past.

Gandhi and Dr. Singh also felicitated freedom fighters for their contribution to the independence struggle.Both the leaders came down from the dais to honour the veteran freedom fighters, some of whom broke down as they narrated their struggles to Gandhi and Dr. Singh.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

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Wen critical of Indian media

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was on Friday sharply critical of the Indian media, saying it was causing "damage" to bilateral ties.Winding up his three-day visit in New Delhi, Wen told a group of editors and scholars before emplaning for Pakistan that he understood that the press in India had freedom but it should play a role in promoting friendship.Wen said that in his eight years as Premier he had given only one interview to a departing foreign journalist, who was from India (PTI).
Answering questions, the Chinese Premier said it was undeniable that in the long history between the two countries there was "a page of twists and turns", an apparent reference to the 1962 Sino-Indian war.But that was a "short page" and it was time the two countries "turned over that page", he emphasised.
Both India and China had gone through "a lot of history" and surmounted "a lot of difficulties". Both had great ethnic, cultural and religious diversities and therefore both have to be "inclusive societies".

Pointing out that India and China had jointly initiated the five principles of peaceful co-existence; Wen said that at the core of these principles was respect for each other. Citing the Indian media's coverage of the situation on the Sino-Indian border, the Chinese leader said that "not a single shot had been fired" nor had there been any "exchanges in border areas" between the troops.Still, the boundary question has "repeatedly been sensationalised" by the media after which leaders of the two countries have had to "repair the damage and harm", he said.His advice to the media was that it should play a more active role in enhancing friendship. "A good neighbour is a blessing. We must be good neighbours," Wen emphasised.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrives in New Delhi

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrives in New Delhi,
China on Monday said Sino-India relations were "very fragile" requiring special care, to which India responded by affirming that its approach was "very rational".
Wen lands in New Delhi on Wednesday along with a biggest ever delegation of 400 businessmen, senior ministers and officials for the three-day visit which Beijing has described as a "big event."The Chinese Premier will have discussions with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on a host of security and strategic issues, including issuance of stapled visa by China to residents of Jammu and Kashmir, greater market access for Indian goods to that country's market and UN reforms.

Two neighbours will be holding wide-ranging discussions on a range of issues-bilateral, global, regional and of mutual interest and a number of agreements and MoUs are likely to be signed or concluded during the visit, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vishnu Prakash told reporters.
On addressing conference, Chinese Ambassador to India Zhang Yan said "China-India relations are very fragile and very easy to be damaged and very difficult to repair. Therefore, they need special care in the information age."
"To achieve this, the government should provide guidance to the public to avoid a war of words," Zhang said, adding that his country views India's rise as "positive" and as an "opportunity" to China.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who was present too at the conference, sought to address the feelings of the Chinese envoy,by telling him that India has a "very ommonsensical" and "very rational" approach to China.Eager in helping to ease some of the irritants that has cropped up in the past one year between the two countries, the visit is expected to provide further impetus to the multi-faceted bilateral ties.The activities of Chinese firms in Pakistan-occupied- Kashmir(PoK), increasing military sales to Pakistan and China- Pak civil nuclear co-operation are some of the Indian concerns that will be raised during the visit.

India has been maintaining that it was engaged with all its interlocutors, including China, over its concerns on terrorism which emanates from this country's neighborhood.Noting that India was in touch with Chinese side on the growing trade imbalance, Prakash said efforts were also underway to have better market access for Indian products such as IT services and agricultural farm products.
Asked if the stapled visa issue will be resolved during Wen's visit, Gautam Bambawale, Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said "We have raised (the issue) with Chinese side for last many months and we hope the Chinese side will address the issue. But whether it will happen today, tomorrow, during the visit or after the visit".

India and China are managing their relationship well and looking for long-term solutions to resolve their differences as the "old mindset still prevails", Indian Ambassador to China has said, hoping that Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India would increase bilateral cooperation."Even on our differences, we have managed them well while seeking long-term solutions," Ambassador S Jaishankar said in an interview to Chinese news agency, Xinhua, ahead of Wen's 15th-17th December visit to India.
The two countries have held interactions in a range of fields, from agriculture and environment to urbanisation and transport, he said.

The convergence of interests of India and China will transcend rhetoric and manifest itself in substantial cooperation and interaction, Jaishankar who is in New Delhi to make preparations for Wen's visit, said.

"This could be expressed in different dimensions of our relationship: on bilateral ties, on regional questions and on global issues," he said.
India hoped Wen's visit would raise the level of bilateral cooperation, Jaishankar said adding that relations had developed positively since Premier's last visit in 2005, when China and India agreed to establish a "strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity."

With regard to problems in Sino-Indian relations, he said most of the issues were historic and in other cases, "the old mindset still prevails." "The question really boils down to whether one recognises the reality of growing inter-dependence in the contemporary world," he said, adding the risks of not getting along were very high.
He said that so long as world views were dominated by the balance of power and national competition, issues in the relationship would get more prominence than they probably deserved.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún

Cancún, 11 December 2010 The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún, Mexico, ended on Saturday with the adoption of a balanced package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world.The package, dubbed the Cancún Agreements was welcomed to repeated loud and prolonged applause and acclaim by Parties in the final plenary.

Cancún has done its job. The beacon of hope has been reignited and faith in the multilateral climate change process to deliver results has been restored, said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. Nations have shown they can work together under a common roof, to reach consensus on a common cause. They have shown that consensus in a transparent and inclusive process can create opportunity for all,she said.

Governments have given a clear signal that they are headed towards a low-emissions future together, they have agreed to be accountable to each other for the actions they take to get there, and they have set it out in a way which encourages countries to be more ambitious over time, she said.

Nations launched a set of initiatives and institutions to protect the poor and the vulnerable from climate change and to deploy the money and technology that developing countries need to plan and build their own sustainable futures. And they agreed to launch concrete action to preserve forests in developing nations, which will increase going forward.

They also agreed that countries need to work to stay below a two degree temperature rise and they set a clear timetable for review, to ensure that global action is adequate to meet the emerging reality of climate change.This is not the end, but it is a new beginning. It is not what is ultimately required but it is the essential foundation on which to build greater, collective ambition,said Ms. Figueres.

Elements of the Cancún Agreements include:• Industrialised country targets are officially recognised under the multilateral process and these countries are to develop low-carbon development plans and strategies and assess how best to meet them, including through market mechanisms, and to report their inventories annually.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Crompton Greaves Open Golf

Mumbai, December 9, 2010: Kolkata’s Rafick Ali Mollah shot a sizzling seven under 63 in round two of the CG Open that catapulted him into the lead. Rafick’s second round effort moved his score to 10 under 130. Karanjit Singh Sandhu of Delhi , who fired a 69 on Thursday, is two shots off the pace in second place.
The cut was declared at four over 144. Fifty-two professionals made the cut.
Rafick Ali Mollah (67-63) followed up his first round 67 with a fabulous bogey-free 63 on day two to snatch the lead. Rafick had a dream start in round two as he birdied the first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh to be five under through seven holes. He chipped-in from the edge on the par-three second and hit a perfect sand-wedge shot on the fifth to create another birdie opportunity from five feet.

The 41-year-old then had a relatively quieter back nine with two birdies on the 10th and 18th. His near-flawless nine-iron tee shot on the par-three 10th stopped just a few inches short of the hole. Rafick then came up with another superb sand-wedge shot that led to an easy birdie putt on the closing 18th.

“My putting made all the difference today. I had struggled with the putter in round one. That was not the case today. I sank a decent 12 footer for birdie on the seventh. I was also delighted with my recovery on the 18th. My drive had found the rough on the 18th but despite that I managed to salvage a birdie on that hole,” said Rafick.He added, “It’s important to take your chances on the front nine as the fairways are straighter and that presents more birdie opportunities. My strategy for the next two days would be to look for maximum birdies on the front nine.

“I was playing well in patches over the last few months and therefore could not produce any good scores. I’m glad that I’ve been able to put together a solid round after a long time.”

Karanjit Singh Sandhu (63-69), the first round leader, shot a 69 to end the day in second place at eight under 132. He had an action-packed first nine (10th to 18th) which featured four birdies and three bogeys. Karanjit’s second nine included a bogey on the seventh and a birdie on the ninth.

Karanjit said, “My putting was not as good as round one. I made a good birdie on the closing ninth, which is not an easy hole. The pins were tougher today and thus birdies were not easy to come by.“I don’t have any score in mind for round three but will just try to hit maximum fairways and improve on my putting.”Mandeo Singh Pathania of Greater Noida brought in a card of 66 to be placed third at seven under 133.Lucknow’s Vijay Kumar and Chandigarh ’s Harendra Gupta are tied for fourth at six under 134. While Vijay carded a 65, Harendra returned a 67.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Czech Republic vibrant destination

Czech Republic vibrant destination
Czech Tourism has launched its campaign aimed at encouraging Indian tourist refereed to as "the heart of Europe" a thrilling options for leisure travels spa shopping and ICE for Indian visitors: Czech Republic is a land of unique architecture and cultural heritage which makes tourist to-walk through the lanes of European history Czech diverse country, has always been a Europe hub and its capital Prague is often referred to as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: Prague attracts more than 3 million visitors with her beautiful architecture, amazing museums, with UNESCO site and great classical and modern music on offer. Czech Republic has 12 UNESCO sites with outstanding views and break taking panoramas: Czech is also renowned for its beer and the many beer drinking opportunities in its excellent pubs. you'll find opportunities for hiking in the beautiful mountains, or skiing if the season is right! Czech's central location also allows for easy travel opportunities to other parts of Europe. The cost of living in Czech is also generally quite cheap, making it an extra-appealing destination choice. It is commonly perceived by most Czechs that being able to speak English makes one closer to the western world, and therefore raises one's chances of being able to succeed in it economically. As the economic transformation of this country continues, more and more Czechs will need to learn to speak English in order to get by in the international business world. In order to be competitive, Czech businesses must have employees who can speak English. For all of these reasons English teaching jobs are now being regularly advertised for positions in both the government run schools as well as the private

Monday, December 6, 2010

India, France to sign five pacts

Nksagar-Sagar Media Inc: New Delhi:
India and France will sign five pacts at the end of summit level talks with a focus to give a big push to the bilateral civil nuclear cooperation. Three of the five agreements are regarding civil nuclear cooperation. India and France the two Countries have finalized the general framework agreement for implementation of reactors unit at Jaitapur nuclear plant in Maharashtra. They have also concluded a pact of early works agreement for construction of nuclear reactors. Pact between Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and France's atomic energy commission CEA for cooperation in the field of nuclear science and technology has also been concluded besides an MoU between Indian Space research organization, ISRO and France's Centre National D'etudes Spatiales (CNEc] .Another pact on co production of films will also be inked.

The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is leading the Indian delegation at the talks while the French side is led by its President Nicolas Sarkozy. They will address a joint press conference after the talks. Dr. Singh had one on one talks with Mr. Sarkozy during the private dinner hosted by the Prime Minister in the honour of the visiting dignitary and his high level team.

Civil Nuclear Cooperation, India's bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council and reforms in the international financial architecture are likely to figure prominently during the talks. The growing threat of terrorism originating from Afghanistan and Pakistan and its impact on international peace and security are also expected to be discussed by them.

Other important issues to figure during the talks include enhancing partnership in defence, education, research, healthcare, agriculture, climate change and sustainable development.Mr. Sarkozy arrived in New Delhi last evening from Agra where he visited the historic Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri.

During his stay in National Capital Mr. Sarkozy will call on the President, Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil at Rashtrapati Bhawan and will also exchange views with UPA Chiarperson Sonia Gandhi. He will also attend a reception by the French Community in Delhi.The French President will leave for Mumbai tomorrow to pay homage to the victims of 2008 terror attacks and confer french honours to senior executives of Oberoi and Taj Hotels for their extra ordinary services during the attack. Before leaving for home on same evening from Mumbai, Mr. Sarkozy will also deliver the valedictory address at the Indo French business meet which is expected to be attended by over 300 business leaders from the two countries.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Nicolas Sarkozy "France is a friend of India "

French President Nicolas Sarkozy left Bangalore on Saturday for New Delhi after a brief visit to this IT hub.Sarkozy, who preferred Bangalore as his first destination for his four-day India tour, visited the ISRO campus in Bangalore.

The French President, leading a team of ministers and a high level business delegation, will visit Taj Mahal in Agra on Saturday evening along with wife singer-model wife Carla Bruni. "France is a friend of India. It will stand with it in its efforts in developing non-polluting energy and nuclear industry," the French President said addressing scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
"We need to put an end to nuclear isolation of India. It was injustice done to India challenging your right to access to civil nuclear energy," Sarkozy, who is on his second visit to India, said.India is now going to be a full-fledged member of the multilateral groups overseeing non-proliferation regimes; he said adding France would support India's application for candidacy of NSG.Sarkozy noted with "delight" that a French company Areva would be setting up nuclear plant at Jaitapur in Maharashtra that would go on to produce 10,000 MWe of "non-polluting" energy.However, he noted, there was certain "inconsistency" in India's approach as while it wanted development of clean energy on one hand, at the same time "restricting access"."We cannot force upon India obligations without giving it the means to meet the obligations," he said.Speaking of France's relationship with India, Sarkozy said that his country has been a good friend of India."We don't speak in two languages. We mean what we say." Condemning the 26/11 attacks, he said any such strike on India was an attack on democracy and all democracies stand by India.

"When India is attacked, it is democracy attacked," he said.
He observed that terrorism emanating from Pakistan and Afghanistan is a "major source of instability" in the world.Talking about Afghanistan, he praised India's role and said the world cannot afford to lose the war against Taliban.
"We cannot afford to allow Taliban to comeback. No one stand benefited if civil war raises its ugly head...we must succeed," he said.Noting that one cannot stand still if India wants to move ahead in 21st century, he said, "India, Brazil, Germany, Japan, some representatives of Africa and Arab world must be in UN Security Council."

Sarkozy showered praise on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying the Indian leader was obsessed with peace through development and eradication of poverty.
"I have great admiration for Prime Minister Singh. I value his friendship. He is right in believing in peace and stability. India's challenge is that if you succeed through peace, it will have a huge knock-out effect on the world," he said.
India and France are united by common values and believe that international relations should not be governed by brutality or force and it should be based on dialogue and rule of law, Sarkozy said adding the relationship between the two countries should go much further.Appreciating India's growth, he said its voice has to be heard in the global level."We need India to regulate the world monetary order. I believe Indian currency will be counted as one of major currencies," he said.On education sector, Sarkozy said he expected a three-fold growth in the number of Indian students going to France."We want to train young Indians in our universities and open our research facilities for them. I very much hope that the reverse will also be true," he said.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Nicolas Sarkozy visit ISRO India

Defence, nuclear power and sustainable development will dominate the agenda of talks between the Indian leaders and the visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy who reaches Bangalore this morning.In his four-day visit to India, Sarkozy will accompanied by his wife Carla Bruni, seven of his key ministers and a business delegation.
He has landed in Bangalore Sarkozy is scheduled to visit headquarters of the Indian Space Research Organisation and exchange views with the scientists there. ISRO sources said the President, during his visit to the Centre, will be briefed about the activities of ISRO and its Space programme with France. At a separate function, the French Minister for Higher Education and Research Valerie Pecresse would inaugurate the French Consulate in Bangalore, its fourth in India. AIR correspondent reports about the pacts likely to be signed during the visit.
He will visit the Taj Mahal in Agra with his wife and will reach Delhi tomorrow evening. French President will hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on various issues on Monday.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Parliament deadlocked for the 15th working day

Parliament remained deadlocked for the 15th working day, NDA on Thursday declared that there was no going back on the issue of demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the 2G spectrum scam.It, however, indicated that it has no plans to bring a no-confidence motion against the government on the issue;

"2G scam is a multi-dimensional scam, undermining democracy itself... Business houses talking of composition of the government... in view of this nature... for a thorough probe and to bring all guilty to book, nothing short of a JPC can do justice to the task," senior BJP leader L K Advani said.Accusing the government of provoking it to bring a no-confidence motion when only year has passed since the Lok Sabha polls, he suggested that such a course of action was not planned, noting that "every MP wants to serve the full term".

Besides, he said, he was for a fixed term for legislatures in the country and have also met the Prime Minister and Leader of the Lok Sabha in this regard.Advani said that the NDA has decided to launch a "crusade" to mobilise public opinion against corruption. He appealed to other opposition parties which have supported the demand for JPC to join in the endeavour.

"Why is the Government running scared of a Joint Parliamentary Committee? The Committee will be headed by a Government nominee," Advani asked and told the Congress-led coalition that the responsibility for the parliamentary stalemate rests squarely on its shoulders.

Alleging that the autonomy and independence of the CBI has been "seriously compromised", he said the investigations by the agency "no longer inspire confidence."

"It has become a convenient instrument in the hands of the Government either to whitewash certain investigations or to harass political opponents", the BJP veteran said.

Noting that the Central Vigilance Commission is the internal vigilance authority of the Government, he said "the appointment of its chief has completely demolished the credibility of the CVC as an institution".

"A person chargesheeted in a corruption case, who attempted to deny the CVC and CAG its authority to question the impropriety in the 2G spectrum allotment, was appointed as its head," he alleged.

He said that the opposition was no longer interested in merely talking out the issue and it wants action. "We had to resort to an extraordinary step of a parliamentary stalemate when scam after scam were being pushed under the carpet by the Government."

Replying to a number of queries concerning corruption in the BJP-ruled Karnataka and the allegations against Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, he merely said "we are dealing with it and are confident that we will deal with it... There is no comparison".

"What can we do when we do not have so many corrupt people", he remarked when asked to react to Congress President Sonia Gandhi's poser that when her party was taking action in regard to corruption why the BJP was silent on the Karnataka CM.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

WikiLeaks Documents stopped hosting the WikiLeaks website, a day after the site was forced to move from its service provider in Sweden to escape a cyber-attack.WikiLeaks, sparked U.S. condemnation several days ago for releasing classified government documents to major newspapers worldwide, announced the move on Twitter Wednesday. The rogue site says it has moved to a service provider in Europe after being "ousted" from apparently under pressure to drop WikiLeaks. Sen. Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, acknowledges that his staff contacted for an explanation of its decision to host WikiLeaks. notified the senator Wednesday that it had stopped hosting the site. Documents disclosed unflattering descriptions of Western leaders, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The Obama administration has ordered government agencies to develop stricter criteria for getting access to classified data and has ordered an investigation to find the source of the leaked documents.

Hillary Clinton:India as a "self-appointed front-runner UNSC seat"

US Embassy in Colombo alerted the Sri Lankan:
US Embassy in Colombo alerted the Sri Lankan government over the dossiers expected to be released by the whistle blowing website ‘Wikileaks’, Sri Lanka said that it “does not wish to comment publicly on privileged communications of a foreign government. However, Colombo said, if the contents reveal any material relevant to Sri Lanka’s interests, these will be taken up through diplomatic channels.

A press statement today by the External Affairs Ministry of Sri Lankan said that they are in the process of obtaining the contents of the documents allegedly pertaining to Sri Lanka put in the public domain by Wikileaks.

Reports say that the new documents released by Wikileaks suggests that United States wanted its diplomats at the UN headquarters to find what the global agency was thinking about the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

The Guardian newspaper published the secret cables sent to the US diplomats in which enquires were made about Sri Lanka.

One such cable was dispatched in July, 2009; two months after Lankan government troops defeated the LTTE amid allegations of human rights violations by both sides.

US talks Julia Gillard Governent:
US ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich said he has been talking to the Julia Gillard government over the issue.Bleich described the release of leaked diplomatic cables on the website founded by Australian Julian Assange as "reprehensible action," according to a report in the AAP.His comments came as global police agency Interpol issued an arrest warrants for Assange on a rape charge originating from Sweden.Bleich said the US was "aware of documents that are purported to have come from Canberra that are purported to relate to Australia but we are not going to validate those"."We are talking together about ways to ensure that our partners and our sources throughout the world are not put in jeopardy or not harm as a product of them working to promote a safer world," he said.
Bleich said the US embassy had now briefed Attorney-General Robert McClelland, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, Defence Minister Stephen Smith and the secretary of the Defence Department. "Based on those conversation we have effectively calibrated what the risks are and tried to take people out of harm's way," he said.

"We have done the best we can to mitigate those risks and we hope that it will not result in harm to any people".
The ambassador said he had not discussed the possible action that could be taken against Assange. "With respect of people who engaged in illegal action that is for the law enforcement authorities to evaluate and for them to look at what are prosecutable offences," he said."I love Australia and I don't think there is anything I have put in a cable to cause me heartburn", the ambassador said.

Hillary Clinton:India as a "self-appointed front-runner"

Treading cautiously on the Wikileaks issue, government on Wednesday said it will react only after complete facts come out."Let the facts come out, then we will react," External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told reporters outside Parliament House.He was asked to comment on the cable communication between the US Embassy in New Delhi and Washington leaked by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.Krishna's deputy in the Ministry Preneet Kaur had recently said, "This (wikileaks issue) is a very sensitive issue. We have good bilateral relations (with the US) and they had already warned us. So, I think it is not the right time to comment on it...."

As part of its massive leak of a quarter million classified documents of the US government, the website released a "secret" cable issued by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which she has described India as a "self-appointed front-runner" for a permanent UNSC seat.Clinton had also directed US envoys to seek minute details about Indian diplomats stationed at the United Nations headquarters, according to classified documents released by WikiLeaks.

NATO condemns Wikileaks over tactical nukes:

NATO is condemning the release by Wikileaks of diplomatic cables detailing the deployment of US tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu Tuesday described the leaks as ``illegal and dangerous.''

Leaked US diplomatic cables show that most of about 200 US tactical nuclear bombs still left in Europe are based in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Turkey. The four nations have been long suspected of hosting the warheads, but NATO and the governments involved have always refused to confirm this.The B-61 bombs, America's oldest nuclear weapons, date back to the 1950s.They were part of Washington's effort to demonstrate a commitment to NATO's defense during the Cold War by embedding such weapons near potential battlefields.

Japan joins criticism of WikiLeaks:

Japan, a key ally of the United States, tuesday joined criticism of the WikiLeaks website over its release of secret US diplomatic cables."It's just outrageous. It's a criminal act," Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara told a news conference when asked about his stance on the controversial website."It is a government that makes decisions on documents, no matter whether they are unscreened or classified," Maehara said.

"(WikiLeaks) steals them without asking and then makes them public. I cannot see any value in the act at all."

Top US diplomat Hillary Clinton on Monday accused WikiLeaks of an "attack" on the world as key American allies were left red-faced by the embarrassing revelations in the vast trove of leaked memos.According to confidential cables released by WikiLeaks, an unnamed Chinese official criticised Japan, which has been pressing North Korea on the fate of its citizens kidnapped in the 1970s and 1980s to train the regime's spies.

"Japan's obsession with the abductee issue reminded him of a Chinese expression for an individual who was too weak to make something work, yet strong enough to destroy it," the cable said.

Another cable was on a visit to China in April 2009 by then Japanese prime minister Taro Aso and his meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.Kunio Umeda, who at the time was a minister at the Japanese embassy in Beijing, reported that Wen was "tired and seemed under a lot of pressure" from dealing with the economic crisis.

WikiLeaks site came under renewed cyber attack Tuesday as a fresh batch of secret documents revealed the depth of American and British fears over Pakistan’s nuclear material falling into the wrong hands.

The latest disclosures show that even as President Barack Obama was offering assurances on Pakistan last year, senior U.S. diplomats and their U.K. counterparts fretted about a downward spiral that left the safety of a stockpile of bomb-grade uranium in doubt.

The Pakistan files were detailed in near-simultaneous reports released Tuesday afternoon by The New York Times, The Guardian and Germany’s Der Spiegel, which said the secret U.S. diplomatic dispatches “provide deep insights into the true extent of Pakistan’s volatility.”
Pakistan has confirmed to the BBC claims by Wikileaks that the US had wanted nuclear fuel taken away from a reactor, citing security fears.

Foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said they rejected US attempts to have the highly enriched uranium removed.Pakistan's Army and ISI are covertly sponsoring four militant groups, including LeT, and will not abandon them for any amount of US money. As per the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks,the American envoy to Islamabad Anne Patterson wrote this in a secret review of Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy in September 2009.

Patterson also underpinned the need for the US to reassess India's role in Afghanistan and the US policies towards India including the growing military relationship through sizeable conventional arms sales. She said all of this feeds Pakistani establishment paranoia and pushes them closer to both Afghan and Kashmir-focused terrorist groups while reinforcing doubts about US intentions.

The latest cache of WikiLeaks documents also lay bare the deep concern of the US over the safety of Pakistan's nuclear weapons and the fact that Islamabad is producing them at a faster rate than any other country in the world.

The US diplomatic cables also revealed that hundreds of millions of dollars in American military aid to Pakistan earmarked for fighting Islamist militants was not used for the desired purpose, but diverted to the government's coffers.

WikiLeaks has disclosed the conversation between US Senator John McCain and former president Pervez Musharraf in which latter talked about the possibility of the presence of Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri in Bajaur Agency.

The US embassy cables disclosed Musharraf as saying that although he had no direct evidence, he thought al Qaeda leaders Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri were hiding in Bajaur Agency, bordering Afghanistan's Konar province where US forces were not deployed.Musharraf, however, added that Mullah Omar was not present in Balochistan.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Turkish FM made fun of him being dangerous

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made fun Tuesday at a leaked US memo's description of him as "exceptionally dangerous," saying he sees only a smiling face in the mirror.Speaking to reporters, Davutoglu also denied suggestions in other cables leaked by the Internet whistle-blower WikiLeaks that his government is anti-Israeli with fantasies of reviving the Ottoman empire.

WASHINGTON: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu poked fun Tuesday at a leaked US memo's description of him as "exceptionally dangerous," saying he sees only a smiling face in the mirror.Speaking to reporters, Davutoglu also denied suggestions in other cables leaked by the Internet whistle-blower WikiLeaks that his government is anti-Israeli with fantasies of reviving the Ottoman empire.

"Yes, I'm extremely dangerous for those who want to have instability in our region. I'm extremely dangerous for those who want to create new tensions," Davutoglu told a press round table in a Washington hotel."If somebody says to me 'extremely dangerous,' I look to mirror, I don't see any dangerous face. (I see) a smiling face," he said.

A high-ranking government adviser, quoted by US diplomats in a cable published by the German magazine Der Spiegel, describes Davutoglu as "exceptionally dangerous" and warns that he would use his influence on Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

A cable signed by the US ambassador in January 2010 says the foreign minister wants to reassert on the Balkans the influence the Ottoman empire used to exert on the region.But Davutoglu said: "We don't want to have anything back to history." "All the countries, regardless of their size, or population or influence, are equal in our foreign policy. There is no hegemonic or imperial type of ambition."

He said neither he, nor the prime minister or other leaders used the concept of a revived Ottoman empire in their policy discussions.The Turkish foreign minister also sought to shoot down any perception from the leaked cables that his government was somehow anti-Israeli or anti-Semitic, citing "excellent relations" with Jews throughout Turkish history.He said tensions in the relationship with Israel were due to Israeli policies, which he called "irresponsible" when they resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians.

He cited the Israeli offensive into the Gaza Strip in December 2008 and January 2009, where the majority killed were civilians.He also cited a May 31 Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship which killed nine Turks aboard, including one with dual US-Turkish citizenship.He insisted it is "usual" practice among friends under such circumstances for Israel to apologize and offer compensation to the families of the victims."If we are enemies, of course, we have to know. If we are friends and we continue to be friends, this is the way to resolve it," he added.

A leaked US diplomatic cable dated October 2009 reports the view of the Israeli ambassador to Turkey, Gabby Levy, that Erdogan "simply hates Israel" on religious grounds. Other conversations backed up the view, it added.

Arjun Atwal star of Hero Honda Indian Open

Arjun Atwal star of Hero Honda Indian Open

01.12.2010 04:57:48 Nksagar-Sagar Media Inc: New Delhi, November 30: Arjun Atwal tees-off in the Hero Honda Indian Open on Thursday which is the event that got him started on the road to stardom.Atwal hit the headlines this season by winning the Wyndham Championship to become the first Indian to win on the US PGA Tour but his victory in the Indian Open 11 years ago almost has as much significance

( - “Winning the Indian Open in 1999 is one of my favourite victories. It was my first win on the Asian Tour. It gave me so much confidence as I had been on the Asian Tour four years before that without winning,” said Atwal.He claimed the title at Royal Calcutta Golf Club that year and will bid to win it for a second time this week at Delhi Golf Club.

India 's most decorated golfer, Jeev Milkha Singh,has been advised three weeks of complete rest following extensive medical tests on his problematic lower back on Monday Jeev Milkha Singh forced to withdraw due to a hip injury, which also saw caused him to pull out of an event in Japan last week. He plans rest and return next season."The doctor has asked me to take complete rest for three weeks with intensive physiotherapy sessions. Hopefully, the disc will move back in place soon and there should not be any long-term damages. If all goes well over the next few days, I will be able to resume practicing in the New year. "Unfortunately, the injury means I will have to pull out of the Hero Honda Indian Open. It's a huge disappointment for me because I was looking forward to playing in India after a long gap, and also because I greatly admire what Hero Honda has done for Indian golf, as well as for me personally. “The Indian Open is a very important part of my schedule and that is why I try and make it back every year no matter how I am playing or where I am playing.

Anytime you win it is fun especially when you win in India. Winning our national Open is always a great feeling,” added Atwal.Atwal is no stranger to success at Delhi Golf Club. He won the Hero Honda Indian Masters there in 2000 and also his very first win on the local tour in the 1995 DCM Open.

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