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Friday, June 19, 2009

Mumbai: June 19,2009

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Peeved Zardari not to face Singh
In a sudden development, President Asif Ali Zardari has decided not to attend the NAM Summit in Egypt next month, apparently to avoid another meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose blunt public comments appear to have annoyed Pakistan.
(Free Press Journal, Mumbai )


Pakistan satisfied with Singh- Zardari meeting in Russia, but the country’s establishment has raised the Kashmir issue again. Dr Manmohan Singh, while agreeing to continue dialogue with Pakistan had categorically said that the focus should only be on terrorism
(Sakaal, Marathi, Pune / Mumbai)

DNA editorial on Political Gentlemanliness
Summary : DNA, Mumbai editorial ‘Saying Sorry’ has commended both Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. L K Advani for showing to the world that they are gentlemen of the old school. This exchange of apologies should serve as a good example for our politicians. Ideological differences need not necessarily lead to personal attacks.
Abridged editorial

 

Indian politicians do not really say sorry even when they have to. They feel that an apology amounts to loss of face.


Prime minister Manmohan Singh and leader of opposition LK Advani , by saying sorry to each other showed that both are gentlemen of the old school, given to courtesies. It was uncharacteristic of them to have turned pugilistic in the first place.


Each in his own way, Singh and Advani, bring a more suave style to the business of politics. If it is the scholar's gentleness that shines through with Singh, it is the-man-with-more-than-political-interests that define Advani. So their style of doing politics is not exactly that of the so-called hard boiled politician.

 

In these days of hard media sell, there is a feeling that there has to be something noisy and nasty if it is to become interesting. It is a battle for political TRPs and possibly, Singh and Advani might have been pushed into it much against their own inclination.


Neither Singh nor Advani are part of the TV-shouting brigade though they are no less men of conviction for it. By expressing regret for what they had said to each other, they showed that they indeed belonged to a different world.


This exchange of apologies should serve as a good example to some of the newer recruits to politics that ideological differences do not necessarily have to lead to personal attacks. Hopefully it will also mean a more courteous atmosphere in Parliament where standards of debates and discussions have been plummeting in recent years.
(DNA, Mumbai)

 

Women’s Reservation Bill facing hurdles
Recently, Prime Minster Manmohan Singh was taken aback when journalists accosted him in Parliament for his reaction about JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav’s threat to consume poison if the Women’s Reservation Bill was passed. Mr. Singh stood quiet for a minute and, recovering his composure, just smiled and walked away without giving an answer. UPA chief Sonia Gandhi had no answer either when she was asked how the bill would be passed except to say that they would try.

The Women’s Reservation Bill has been a controversial political issue triggering heated debates in Parliament and outside for the past 13 years. It is a long story since the then Prime Minister Deve Gowda introduced it in 1996 in Parliament. Since then, a solution has eluded it. It was re-introduced in June 1998 and again in November 1999 but nothing happened. In 2004, the UPA made it a part of its common Minimum programme but opposition from SP, RJD and JD(U) stalled it. To save face, the Government just introduced the bill in the Rajya Sabha in 2008 and referred it to a standing committee headed by Nachiappan. In 2009, the Congress party made in election promise. While the supporters of the bill try to sell it as a political stunt to woo women voters, its opponents continue to stall it by describing it as an elitist measure.
( Free Press Journal )

90:10
Starting this session, nine out of every 10 seats in Maharashtra’s junior colleges will be reserved for students of the state board (SSC). That would leave students of CBSE, ICSE and other boards eligible to compete for just 10 per cent of the seats.

The government finalized the decision on Thursday. A government resolution would be issued and the decision would come into effect from the current academic year ( 2009-10), school education minister Radhakrishnan Vikhe Patil told The Indian Express.) ( Mumbai Newsline )

CBI raids Padamisinh Patil’s flats, seizes arms
The CBI on Thursday raided two flats in Colaba reportedly belonging to NCP MP Padamsinh Patil who has been arrested in connection with the murder of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar.

A source said several “highly incriminatory” documents relating to the murder as well as the financial fraud in the Terna co-operative sugar factory in Osmanabad were seized. Unaccounted for cash, to the tune of Rs.7.26 lakh, was also seized. Documents referring to social activist Anna Hazare were also found in the flats.
( Times of India )

Won’t shift new airport site: State
The State government is not keen to shift the site for the new airport near Navi Mumbai.


A day after Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh wrote Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to consider shifting the site of the new airport, as it could cause “irreparable damage” to coastal ecology, state government officials said scouting for an alternative site would not be ‘viable at this stage’.

Chavan is expected to reply to Ramesh by Friday, apprising him of approvals taken for the project.
The letter is also expected to point out that the City and Industrial Development Corporation has already acquired 77 per cent of land required for the airport planned across 2,053 hectares.
( Hindustan Times)

Suspected Swine flu case in Vidarbha
A suspected case in swine flu is found in Nagpur. The patient has been admitted in Nagpur Medical College and Hospital. A resident of Akola the patient has flew from USA to New Delhi recently. Meanwhile two more suspected cases of swine flu are spotted in Pune.
( Lokmat)

 

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