Getting closer to Thailand
IT IS a matter of time before the Free Trade Agreement with Thailand goes live. At present, the discussions are on about `rules of origin', to define how much value addition should be made to a product in each country ...
Regional integration and Vajpayee years
After trying Curzonian "Great Games" in its neighbourhood, instead of focusing on building strong regional and economic ties cooperation in South and South-East Asia, New Delhi signed a framework agreement to establish SAFTA that was an achievement i t can be proud of. Its policy of liberalisation and free trade should also serve the country well in the long-term, says G. Parthasarathy.
THE US State Department has had the temerity, in a 71-page report on human rights, to call India, a "flawed democracy" for reasons of violence during elections, allegations of corruption influencing court decisions, ...
`We want peace but on an equal footing' Mr Muhammed Hussein Mehanti, Muttahida Majlise Ama member of Pakistan Parliament
India should not think that because of its big size and big weaponry, it can dictate to Pakistan. That is not acceptable. And that holds true for the US too. There cannot be hegemony of one power.
Call for free and fair elections
THE Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary, Mr Mohan Kanda, has asked all the political parties to co-operate with the Government for free and fair conduct of polls. At a meeting convened here on Tuesday, he assured representatives of the parties that ...
Shades of ideology
A Muslim woman holds her baby in the shade of a BJP party flag during a protest rally in Hyderabad on Tuesday. The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha organised the rally to protest the proposed Women's Right Bill of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. ...
Cabinet okays election dates
THE Cabinet on Tuesday approved the dates for elections to the Lok Sabha to be held in five phases between April 20 and May 10. The Government's recommendations will be sent to the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, for issuance of a ...
Probe into Bakht's death
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Government has announced the appointment of Dr K. Mohandas, Director, Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, as a one-man commission to look into the medical treatment provided to ...
Jayalalithaa kicks off campaign in Chennai
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms J. Jayalalithaa, campaigning in Chennai on Tuesday for the Lok Sabha elections. The AIADMK is contesting 33 seats in the State and the BJP 6. The BJP is also contesting the Pondicherry seat. ...
Essential food products: Why tinker with revenue measures for short-term benefits?
AS general elections are round the corner, the Government is concerned over rising inflation caused by spurt in the prices of essential food products such as edible oil and sugar. Experts in different ministries are reportedly mulling various ...
Microsoft to conduct five e-Gov seminars
MICROSOFT Corporation India today announced a series of five e-Governance seminars targeted at bureaucrats and Government officials. The first seminar in the series will be held at Bhopal on Wednesday. "Targeted at bureaucrats and government ...
Software to prepare DA bills in Kerala
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A software package that helps in preparing the dearness allowance bills for Government employees has been launched. Called `bill generator', this software comes with several special tools, and is especially useful ...
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