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Opposition obstructs proceedings in Nepal Parliament

Nepal , the opposition parties continued to obstruct the proceedings of the Parliament on Sunday.

The 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.

The opposition 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 long insurgency.

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.

In a program at Kathmand…

Aung San Suu Kyi on election campaign trail

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, …

Indian Govt to take up Indonesia's proposal on coal tax

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 Saturday.

"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.

Indonesia 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.

According 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

Taj Mahal's minaret tilted 3.57 cm in three decades: ASI

Is 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.

This has 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 Taj Mahal.

The direction was given following reports that the historical monument is facing danger to its structure owing to environmental pollution.


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           …
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
a series
of monthly screenings 28th February 2012 6.30 PM THE MODERN
MINS 28th March 2012 6.30 PM
3rd April 2012 6.30 PM THAKURDIRECTED
MINS Venue: Auditorium, India International Centre
40 Max Mueller Road, New Delhi, India

We are happy to send the above three months film screening details to you and also I would like to request to add these in your events/programme listing if possible. Your consideration and supports for our programmes are highly appreciated.

India Art Fair 2012

Suu Kyi audio broadcast at World Economic Forum

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 year.

Here is the full text of her remarks:

Distinguished 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.

I would 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…

Burma has a high growth potential

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 expenditures.

“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.

Karasulu said modernizing Burma’s economy…

Expert Committee on Sugar Sector

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…

“Vivekananda Memorial Programme for Museum Excellence”

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.”
Dr Manmohan Singh First woman PM of Thailand, Ms.Yingluck Shinawatra will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations this year

Myanmar, Mr. U. Wunna Maung Lwin called on the Prime Minister

Myanmar, Mr. U. Wunna Maung Lwin called on the Prime MinisterDr Manmohan Singh Foreign Affairs Minister of Myanmar, Mr. U. Wunna Maung Lwin called on the Prime Minister today Posted just now by

Tell President Obama to support in word and deed democracy and human rights in Egypt and Bahrain!

Dear Naresh,
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…

India Art fair Saturday, 28th January 2012

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
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…

Our security interests are intertwined with Myanmar: Krishna

Seeking deeper 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.

"We 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 concerned over victory of "dark forces" of terrorism

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.

"While 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 address

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 Border Issues.

India and Myanmar Resolves to Strengthen Cooperation in Border Issues. The 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 to lift sanctions against Myanmar

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.

"We 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…