Sunday, July 24, 2011

Why Do India need such Friend?

India getting roughed up by Americans: Top scientist on visa rulesRead more at:
New Delhi: Annoyed with the US visa rules, CNR Rao, the Science Advisor to Prime Minister, has threatened to boycott visiting the US. Mr Rao has been affected by the US visa norms that allow a one year visa to some Indian scientists, as opposed to the earlier five-ten year multiple entry visa.Clearly unhappy with the annual pilgrimage scientists are forced to make to the American Embassy, Mr Rao said, "India is getting roughed up by the Americans."Mr Rao, a frequent visitor to the US for the past 50 years has been hit by the visa norms for three years now. Speaking to NDTV, he said, "I find it very insulting to go through this each year. I am sick and tired...may never go to America again after my current visa expires."
The Minister of State for Science Ashwani Kumar lodged a protest with US President Barack Obama's Science Advisor John P Holdren after the issue came up during the recent Indo-US strategic dialogue, calling the visa rules a bottleneck that impedes free scientific exchange.The US Embassy in New Delhi has not said why this is happening, however, President Obama's Science Advisor told NDTV, "I understand visas are a problem...we hope to improve."

NSG decision not end of the road: Nirupama Rao

New Delhi: India has said that the recent decision of the Nuclear Suppliers' Group on transfer of sensitive technology was "not the end of the road" and the new rules, which are not in the public domain yet, need to be studied before drawing any conclusion.
"First of all let me say that these guidelines have not been published in open text as yet. We need to study that more fully and we need to draw our conclusions from that," Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told Karan Thapar on "Devil's Advocate" programme on CNN-IBN.
On former Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar's remarks that the new guidelines amounted to "betrayal", she said she would not use similar terminology.
"As a professional engaged in this process, I think the latest NSG decision is not the end of the road. It is not set in stone," Rao said.
The NSG last week decided to push for more stringent norms that govern technology transfer for enrichment and reprocessing technology. This decision has raised concerns about its impact on the landmark civil nuclear deal India signed with the US.
The Foreign Secretary indicated that India could leverage its burgeoning nuclear power sector.
"The whole issue of full bilateral civil nuclear cooperation, the fact that India has the potential to develop 60,000 MW of electricity from nuclear energy by 2030. So, this is a dynamic process. We have an expanding nuclear industry. This is a great attraction to the rest of the world," she said.

NSG all set to up-end India's clean waiver

NEW DELHI: Barring last minute objections, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is set to approve new guidelines for the transfer of “sensitive” nuclear material that will do undo the hard fought “clean” waiver India obtained in 2008 from the cartel's restrictive export rules.
At stake is India's ability to buy enrichment and reprocessing technology and equipment (ENR) from NSG members. Under the terms of a landmark September 2008 agreement, the NSG waived its catch-all requirement of full-scope safeguards as a condition for supply in exchange for a concrete set of non-proliferation commitments by the Indian side. This agreement means NSG members are allowed to sell any nuclear equipment and material they want, including ENR, to India despite the fact that it does not allow international supervision over all its nuclear activities and is not a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.


Amar Singh Being Framed: Mulayam

New Delhi, Jul 24 (IANS): Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Sunday came out in support of his former party general secretary Amar Singh, saying he was being "framed" in the cash-for-votes scam of 2008.
Addressing a press conference here, Mulayam Singh showed sympathy towards his ex-colleague, who was expelled from the the party after the relations between the two turned sour.
"Injustice is being done with Amar Singh. It is a conspiracy to trouble him and he is being framed in the case," he said.
"What was the benefit for us? Was the Samajwadi Party being included in the government? Were we getting ministers posts?" he asked.
Amar Singh has been alleged to be involved in the cash-for-votes scam of 2008 after his former aide Sanjeev Saxena was found involved in transfer of money to some MPs. The MPs alleged they were paid the money to abstain from voting in the trust vote sought by the then Manmohan Singh government, after the Left's withdrawal of support.
Amar Singh was quizzed by the Delhi Police's crime branch Monday.
"Amar Singh is being trapped, he is innocent," reiterated Mulayam Singh. "We only voted to save the government."

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India do not need such friends who can ot be trusted.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Supreme Court to Uttar Pradesh Govt: Sinister campaign to grab land

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today slammed the authorities for taking advantage of the "colonial law" on land acquisition to divest farmers of their prime agricultural land benefitting the rich and paying "pittance" to common men.

The apex court said a "sinister campaign" has been launched by various state governments to take advantage of the law against the poor people for taking away the land and giving it to builders where multiplexes, malls, posh residential complexes are developed which are beyond the reach of common men.

"Do you think judges live in fools' paradise"? snapped a bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly when senior advocate P P Rao responded to a question that the residential complexes were being developed for the "needy".

"You are building hotels, malls, commercial complexes, townships where common men have no access. Does it come under the perception of public purpose for which the land have been acquired?"

The bench questioned the change by Uttar Pradesh government in land use in Greater Noida and said "this is not the plan for which the land is acquired. How different notifications came out for changing the use of land".

The sharp remarks were made by the bench during the hearing on petitions filed by Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority and real estate developers and builders, including Supertech and Amrapali, challenging the Allahabad High Court order which had quashed the notifications for land acquisition in Greater Noida adjoining the national capital.

The bench made it clear that it was not going to stay the High Court verdict and would go ahead with the hearing of the parties.

"We are indicating that we are not inclined to stay the order of the High Court. We are not inclined to entertain the special leave petition. We will ask only for your submissions," the bench said.

While Rao, appearing for Supertech, contended the development of residential complexes were for the "needy", the bench drew his attention to the brochure of the company saying "what is there in it is not for the poor people".

"Look at your own brochure. It is saying about swimming pool, spa, tennis court, badminton court, beauty parlour, ayurvedic massage etc. All these are for poor people?

"I am reading from your own brochure. Is it for a common man? Land is taken and given to the builder. This is a sinister plan," the bench said.

"Land is given for the development which must be inclusive. The state is taking advantage of the law against the poor. A sinister campaign is made by various state governments. The state is doing a totally anti-people thing," it said.

While maintaining that the purpose of the land acquisition was being defeated, the bench said the poorest man in society should benefit in public interest but "you (authorities) are responding in such a way that they (the poor and common men) are driven out".

"In the name of globalisation, you are marginalising the people. Why is there a proliferation of terrorist activities? Because they are pushed to the walls. Why so many people are committing suicide? They are marginalised. You are not taking care of them. Poor men cannot come to this court," the bench said.

The court expressed its anguish over the whole development in recent times where the emergency clause has been applied for acquiring land of farmers on the pretext of public purpose.

"The state is taking advantage of the colonial law. What you are giving to the common men is pittance," the bench said.

The High Court had on May 31 quashed acquisition of 170 hectares of land at Gulistan village in Greater Noida for industrial development.

The High Court had said that acquisition of land in Greater Noida for residential apartments, which was done after invoking Section 17 of Land Acquisition Act depriving the aggrieved persons of the chance to file their objections on the ground that the matter was urgent, was a "colourable exercise of power" and had quashed the notification.

The counsel, appearing for Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority, contended the acquisition was part of its "well-known" 2021 plan called the Industrial Development Plan which is a generic term that includes commercial and residential use.

The High Court order had come on the plea of landowners and farmers who challenged the government notification for land acquisition issued on September 5, 2007.

Qatar ranked above India, China in innovation index

Innovation has created wealth in last century. Knowledge is most imprtant part of creating wealth. Creating knowledge is the only way forward for the GCC to creat diversified economy and sustainable economy.
DUBAI: Qatar has been ranked 26th in the Global Innovation Index, securing the highest position in the Middle East ahead of even the world's two largest emerging economies China (29) and India (62).
The report, prepared jointly by business school INSEAD and few other institutions, said that Qatar improved its world ranking by nine places vis-a-vis its 2010 position.
Last year, the Gulf country was placed 35th on the Global Innovation Index. The Global Innovation Index is computed as an average of the scores across input pillars (describing the enabling environment for innovation) and output pillars (measuring actual achievements in innovation).
The UAE, which has the second position in the Middle East, is eight ranks below Qatar at No. 34 in the list. No other Middle East country figured in the top 40 on the Global Innovation Index.
As per the findings of The Global Innovation Index 2011 edition, Switzerland topped this year's GII ranking, with Sweden in second place and Singapore third.
Joining INSEAD as Knowledge Partners for the report were Alcatel-Lucent, Booz & Company , the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a specialised agency of the United Nations.
The GII includes 16 economies from the Middle East and North Africa. While Qatar and the UAE are in the top 40, the other GCC economies are ranked in the top 60. Bahrain secured 46th rank, Kuwait was 52nd, Saudi Arabia 54th and Oman 57th.
Three countries from the region are within the bottom 15. They are Syria (115), Yemen (123) and Algeria (125). The five pillars of GII constitute the Innovation Input Sub-Index: 'institutions', 'human capital and research', 'infrastructure', 'market sophistication' and 'business sophistication'.

Oil Economy to Knowledge Economy -
Sustainable Growth - Oil Economy to Diversified Knowledge Economy

Global economic uncertainty make it imperative that GCC countries should develop competitive, diversified economies, concludes a new paper from the Carnegie Middle East Center.
In the report explains that the top priority for the Gulf Council Cooperation (GCC) countries should be improving economic governance
Special Industrial Parks and Their Role in Diversifying Economy
- Bio IT KnowledgeCenter
· To diversify local economy
· To increase high end employment opportunities for the national
· To develop Knowledge based economy for the future
· To develop education to locals in association with different universities and biotech companies present in the park.
· Biotech
· Pharmaceutical
· Pharmaceutical Logistic and Warehousing

Monday, July 4, 2011

Country of Rich God and Poor People

Kerala temple could be the richest in country

This is not the only temple which is rich. This lies in India's Varn Vyavastha which has made Temples and Their Priest Rich. They are sole owner of the national wealth. Indian poor remain hungry but riches goes to temple and they remain rich. This has percolated to Mazar and shrines also.
The economic status of majority lower caste, and status of upper caste minority is clear indication of exploitation. Today the 4%+10% upper class ( Brahmins+ Shatriya+Vaishave) governs more than than 80% wealth in the country, even after 60 years of independents Burocracy still has 70% domination of upper class and industry is their bastion.

The present system and system which is adopted by present government is for making rich more rich and poor .........poorer. This is post independent story.

Call it the mother of all treasure hunts. The stock-taking by a panel of experts at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple has catapulted the shrine located here to the country's richest, with reports claiming that the value of recoveries may have touched close to Rs 1 lakh crore, more than Kerala public debt of Rs 70,969 crore.

To whom this wealth belongs

The wealth of all religious shrines and temples must be governed independetly and used for the welfare of people. Even though there is billions of dollars in Waqf properties in India, everything is mis used by government nominated boards and ministers. Peoples are building Mansions on it. Mukesh Ambani billion dollar home is built on Waqf property.

These properties really belongs to peoples and must be used for welfare of the peoples of nations. Temples, Mazars and for that matter all such institutions must be controlled and governed in most transparent way and this wealth must be used for welfare.

If this is done India will not have poor and hungry anywhere.

The best method is using this wealth, including Waqf for creating welfare institutuins and running them. The infrastructure of the Hospitals and Schools and Colleges, Orphanages should be created with this money. After creating these institution should be run Professionally or some other scheme's should be designed so that every one in the society get the benefits.
No one has right to hold these properties to ransom when peoples are dying of hunger. The Waqf has billions of dollars assets in Delhi alone, What is the use? Waqf are created for welfare of the people?

All these treasure are national wealth and should be used for welfare of people.
I do not trust the present corrupt government and their mechanism for this purpose. Nation neeeds much more transparent and accountable mechanism to use these treasures for welfare of the people.

Thiruvananthapuram: Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala could well be the richest in the country as unofficial estimates Saturday, the sixth day of preparing an inventory of treasures in its six chambers, suggested the value of its gold, diamond and other precious metals at close to Rs one lakh crore. The inventory of the temple here, maintained by the erstwhile royal family of Travancore, is being made by a seven-member Supreme Court-appointed panel.

The stock-taking process was ordered by the Supreme Court following a petition by advocate TP Sundararajan over mismanagement of the temple affairs. On Monday, ahead of entering the temple chambers for the first time, the committee chairman, retired Kerala High Court judge MN Krishnan, said he hoped to finish the entire process by the end of the week.
The temple has a total of six chambers, named A to F by the committee. With chamber B yet to be opened and chamber A's accounting ending on Saturday, and two more chambers left unopened yet, it is expected that the inventory process may continue for a few more days. The inventory of a chamber opened on Friday could only be completed Saturday. The committee, which includes a gemmologist, stumbled upon a nearly four-foot-tall statue of Lord Vishnu in gold and studded with emeralds. Other precious items that were accounted for Saturday included several golden statues, almost all weighing two kg each. Among other things are a gold necklace as long as 15 feet, and crowns studded with emeralds, rubies and diamonds. The chamber is situated around 20 feet under the ground. The committee conducted the examination using artificial lights.

As of now, the Balaji temple in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is believed to be the richest temple in the country, followed by Shirdi Sai Baba shrine in Maharashtra.