Nepal , the opposition parties continued to obstruct the proceedings of the Parliament on Sunday.
Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and other fringe parties have been demanding
that the government take back it’s decision to legalize the land
transactions made by the Unified Communist party of Nepal -Maoist
(UCPN-M) during the decade old conflict.
For the sixth time, the
proceedings of the Parliament in Kathmandu have been obstructed and the
Speaker adjourned the House till Wednesday.
continues to obstruct the proceedings of Parliament for the sixth
consecutive time on the government’s decision to legalise the land
transaction made by the Maoist parallel government during the decade
The matter is now in the Supreme Court which has
passed an interim stay order, on which the Prime minister has told the
opposition leader that the matter will be kept in abeyance.
However the opposition has said that they want the decision revoked.
Aung San Suu Kyi, visit coastal town of Dawei on a political tour ahead of by-elections on 1 April.
She initiated first time her election venture outside Rangoon for months her visit is seen as litmus test how she and her
party are able to campaign.Military new administration entered into dialogue with Ms Suu Kyi
and has changed the electoral laws that led to the NLD to poll.
Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) is
contesting all the available constituencies in the coming by-elections.She herself is seeking office in the rural township of Kawhmu.
Aung San Suu Ky flocked by many thousands to see Nobel peace prize winner, who was released from house arrest in 2010.Burmese government is planning to build a huge industrial complex in Dawei, which could transform the region.NLD is running for all 48 seats up in the ensuing polls. Suu Kyi
is standing in a rural constituency near Rangoon. Sunday's visit was in
support of Aung Soe, …
The government is trying to take up the issue of Indonesia proposing a tax
of exports of coal at bilateral level, Coal Secretary Alok Perti said on
"We have taken up the issues of export tax and
restrictions in certain quality of coal by the Indonesian government
with the Ministry of External Affairs and Finance Ministry," Perti said
on the sidelines of the Fourth Asian Mining Congress and International
Exhibition in Kolkata on Saturday.
"We are trying to negotiate on the issue on a bilateral level," Perti added.
plans to impose export duty on coal and minerals from 2012 and a total
ban from 2014 to discourage export without value addition and to
encourage base metal and coal downstream industry development.
There was also talk of export of only value-added coal of more than 5,600 kilocalories (kcal) by Indonesia from 2014 onwards.
to analysts, there would be an overall impact on the Indian power
sector, as currently over 5…
Taj Mahal's minaret tilted 3.57 cm in three decades: ASI
a leaning Pisa Tower in the making in India? It appears so. According
to the Archaeological Survey of India, the South west minaret of the
famed Taj Mahal has recorded a tilt of 3.57 cm in three decades. But
overall there is no significant change in its heights.
been revealed in an affidavit filed by it in the Supreme Court in
response to the apex court's direction for the latest survey report on
The direction was given following reports that the
historical monument is facing danger to its structure owing to
ITALIAN INITIATIVES FOR THE KOLKATA BOOK FAIR Italy has been invited to participate as Partner Country to the 36th Kolkata International Bookfair 2012, reciprocating India’s participation in 2010 in the Book Fair in Turin , the largest of its kind in Italy which takes place every year in May. The Italian participation in the Kolkata Book Fair will not only promote Italian literature with the participation of some of the most translated and best known Italian writers such as Dacia Maraini, Alessandro Baricco, Beppe Severgnini, Valerio Massimo Manfredi but also authors with a longstanding relation with India and its culture such as Angela Staude Terzani and Sandra Petrignani. Indian authors who contribute to promote Italy in India such as Ritu Dalmia or Dileep Padgaonkar will also participate. On this ocassion, Embassy of Italy and Istituto Italiano di Cultura are holding the following event MEET THE AUTHORS KOLKATA BOOK FAIR – COLLATERAL EVENTS in Delhi Dacia Maraini …
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Aung San Suu Kyi ,In
an audio broadcast played to delegates in the main hall, she said: “We
yearn to be a part of the global community: not only to be economically
and socially connected, but also to achieve the domestic political
stability and national reconciliation that would enable us to fully
address the needs of our people.”
She also addressed the forum last
Here is the full text of her remarks:
guests – heads of state, government and UN officials, leaders of global
companies, representatives of the media, academia, NGOs, and young
global leaders: I am very honoured and privileged to have this
opportunity to address the World Economic Forum in Davos.
especially like to extend my appreciation to Professor Klaus Schwab and
the organizers of this influential gathering of leaders who are
committed to improving the state of this planet.
Over the past
few years, despite my isolation from much of the world, I have been able
to follow closely…
International Monetary Fund (IMF) team says Burma has the potential to become “the next economic frontier in Asia.” Meral
Karasulu, the deputy division chief of the Asia and Pacific Department
at the International Monetary Fund, who led the IMF assessment team,
said in a statement released on Wednesday:
“Burma has a high growth potential and could become the next economic frontier in Asia, if it can turn its rich natural resources, young labor force, and proximity to
some of the most dynamic economies in the world, into its advantage.
”The IMF team studied current processes and analyzed factors that could streamline and
enhance Burma’s financial system, including aspects of its budget
“As this essential process continues, channeling
the reform momentum to improving monetary and fiscal management and to
structural reforms would allow taking full advantage of the positive
effects of exchange rate unification,” she said.
Prime Minister constitutes an Expert Committee on Sugar SectorPrime
Minister has constituted an Expert Committee under the Chairmanship of
Dr. C. Rangarajan, Chairman Economic Advisory Council to the Prime
Minister, to examine issues relating to the sugar sector. The other
members of the committee are:
1. Dr. Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance
2. Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution
3. Secretary, Department of Agriculture
4. Dr. Ashok Gulati, CACP
5. Shri Nand Kumar, former Secretary, Department of Food and Public
Distribution and Department of Agriculture and Cooperation and
presently Member NDMA
6. Dr. K.P. Krishnan, Secretary EAC – Convener
The Committee has been empowered to involve such experts, academics as
required as special invitees. The Committee will look into all the
issues relating to de-regulation of the sugar sector and it has been
requested to complete its task as early as possible and giv…
Union Finance Minster Shri PranabMukherjee
would be leaving for the two day official visit to Chicago, US on the earlymorning of
Saturday,28th January, 2012. During his visit, the Finance
Minister’s first engagement on arrival would be to address the Chicago Council
on Global Affairs where large number of business leaders of
the Corporate World are likely to participate. Finance Minister Shri Mukherjee
include unveiling of Swami Vivekananda Memorial Plaque at the Art Institute of Chicago, inauguration
of exhibitions of Tagore Paintings at Art
Institute of Chicago and signing of two agreements by the Ministry of Culture,
Government of India with the (a)Art Institute of Chicago for the “Vivekananda
Memorial Programme for Museum Excellence” and (b)
with the University of Chicago for an endowment to establish “The Indian
Ministry of Culture Vivekananda Chair.”
President Obama asserted in last night's State of the Union address that the United States is a global leader.
He said that the United States "will stand for the
rights and dignity of all human beings" and that it "will support
policies that lead to strong and stable democracies...because tyranny
is no match for liberty."
We agree. But as the people of Egypt build a new
government and as human rights defenders and NGO's in Bahrain call for
democratic reforms, tyranny continues. Tell President Obama to support in word and deed democracy and human rights in Egypt and Bahrain!
We've seen a positive impact when the United States
leads and it must do so more concretely in the Middle East. Last
weekend, President Obama called Egyptian Field Marshal Tantawi to
condemn SCAF's recent violence against peaceful protesters and raids in
NGO's. He reminded him that an active civil society and respect for
human rights ar…
Saturday, 28th January 2012 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Session 7 Topic : The Arab Spring and the Broadening Gulf Speakers : Judith Greer, Associate Director, International Programmes, Sharjah Art Foundation Suzanne Cotter, Curator, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Moderator : Kavita Singh, Associate Professor, School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU 214 Speakers’ Forum Over the past decade, the Arab world has emerged as a node in the global art network. Growing wealth in the oilrich states supported an extensive art infrastructure, including art fairs, art collections, museums and bienalles. At the same time, the less wealthy Arab regions in northern Africa and the Levant remain centres of artistic production and political and intellectual ferment. What is the present and likely future of art in the Arab world? Will changes there have an impact India? Two eminent speakers – the former director of the Sharjah Biennale and the curator for the Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi discuss a wor…
bilateral ties in strategic areas between Myanmar and India, External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Tuesday said New Delhi's security
interests are "intertwined" with that of Nay Pyi Taw.
have traditional and civilisational relationship with Myanmar. Our trade
links have been very ancient and our security interest are intertwined
with Myanmar," Krishna said while welcoming Myanmar Foreign Minister
Wunna Maung Lwin in New Delhi. His comments came in the backdrop of the "17th
National Level Meeting to Strengthen Border Issues" between the two
countries that was concluded at Nay Pyi Taw last week. In a statement issued by the Union Home Ministry
today, it said both sides discussed in detail security related issues
like presence of Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) along Indo-Myanmar
border, exchange of intelligence information and arms smuggling. Home Secretary R K Singh, who led the Indian
delegation mentioned about IIGs c…
India has sought a
cautious approach on the US-backed peace talks with the Taliban, warning
against a victory for the "dark forces of terrorism" if such
negotiations are put on a fast track.
we agree that ultimately there would have to be political solution, we
also believe that this should not become an over-riding objective that
needs to be achieved at all costs for that would risk the prospect of
the victory of the dark forces of terrorism and extremism that have
plagued the region for long," Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao
has said. India has been "fully supportive of US efforts to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and to bring stability there. In this regard we are keenly watching recent efforts for a political dialogue," Rao said. "Let us not wait for the dusk and the owl of Minerva to spread its wings, with awareness coming too late. Too much is at stake both for Afghanistan, and for our region in what happens in that country…
President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union addressJan25
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some
of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud
salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow
citizens fought – and several thousand gave their lives.
We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the
United States safer and more respected around the world. For the first
time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq. For the
first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this
country. Most of al Qaeda’s top lieutenants have been defeated. The
Taliban’s momentum has been broken, and some troops in Afghanistan have
begun to come home.
These achievements are a testament to the courage, selflessness, and
teamwork of America’s Armed Forces. At a time when too m…
India and Myanmar Resolves to Strengthen Cooperation in Border Issues.
17th National Level Meeting between India and Myanmar concluded at Nay
Pyi Taw, Myanmar last week. The Indian delegation was led by Shri R.K.
Singh, Home Secretary and the Myanmar delegation was led by Brig. Gen.
Kyaw Zan Myint, Deputy Union Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs,
Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Recalling the
traditionally close relationship between India and Myanmar, the leaders
of India and Myanmar delegation expressed commitment to further
strengthen the cooperation between the two countries in economic and
developmental areas, closer people to people contact and maintaining
peace and tranquillity on the border.
In the delegation level meeting, Home Secretary gave an overview of the
main areas of concern to India and expressed hope that these could be
discussed in the spirit of trust and friendship between India and
Myanmar. Both sides discussed in detail s…
EU foreign ministers
agreed on Monday to begin easing sanctions against Myanmar to encourage
reform but will await further positive signals before calling an end to
restrictive measures, diplomats said.
will begin by suspending some visa bans as a first stage from today,"
said a diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity as EU foreign
ministers began a day of talks in Brussels. Lifting all sanctions will be "conditional on the continuation of positive action by the authorities," the source added. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton hailed "the
quite extraordinary changes in the last weeks and months" and announced
she would visit the country in April as she went into the ministerial
meetings. The 27-nation bloc has been divided over how soon to
lift sanctions, with some insisting on waiting for by-elections on April
1, which will see a historic bid for parliament by Nobel peace laureate
Aung San Suu Kyi. Ashton said the European Unio…