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Data Quality in Risk Management and Basel II

An Informatica White Paper Basel II is one of the major drivers of change within the banking world. Because it is used to assess risk, the underlying quality of the data is critical in delivering a report with any level of confidence. Financial institutions are adopting Basel II not simply because it is a compliance directive but also because it is, for many, the embodiment of best practice. While almost all leading banks have invested in the data infrastructure to support Basel II, data quality is still often managed as an explicit function, dealt with by tools not designed specifically for the purpose. This white paper examines this important oversight, discusses the critical role of data quality for Basel II compliance and introduces Informatica’s Basel II solution. Register today.

Final Text of the Kerry Lugar Bill

S. 1707 One Hundred Eleventh Congress of the United States of America AT THE FIRST SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the sixth day of January, two thousand and nine An Act to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to promote an enhanced strategic partnership with Pakistan and its people, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) SHORT TITLE.—This Act may be cited as the ‘Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009.’ (b) TABLE OF CONTENTS.—The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Definitions. Sec. 3. Findings. Sec. 4. Statement of principles. TITLE I—DEMOCRATIC, ECONOMIC, AND DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FOR PAKISTAN Sec. 101. Authorization of assistance. Sec. 102. Authorization of appropriations. Sec. 103. Auditing. TITLE II—SECUR

Why Pakistan's military hates America's new aid package.

Turf Wars Why Pakistan's military hates America's new aid package. BY AYESHA SIDDIQA | OCTOBER 14, 2009 To the surprise of many Americans, Pakistan does not seem too excited at the prospect of receiving U.S. aid. The conditions in the Kerry-Lugar bill, which would provide Pakistan with $7.5 billion in economic aid over the next five years, have been derided by Pakistani opposition parties as "humiliating." The Pakistani daily Dawn even reported that Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, will be replaced due to his role in negotiating the bill. The armed forces are also not too pleased with the assistance package. Last week, the military high command urged the civilian government to review the aid package and the conditions that Islamabad must meet to qualify for receiving financial assistance. The generals would like the government of President Asif Ali Zardari to renegotiate the deal with Washington. If they do not, many in Pakistan thi

Can free broadband be a reality in India?

Thu, Oct 15 02:42 PM Yahoo India! News The internet has become an integral part of human life and further validation of this assertion comes from the fact that Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband Internet access a right for every Finnish citizen. Yes, Finland has just passed a law that makes access to broadband a legal right for its citizens. Come July 2010, every person in Finland, which has a population of around 5.3 million, will have the guaranteed right to a one-megabit broadband connection. This law could pave the way for India to start looking at broadband connection or even basic internet connection as its citizens' legal right, just like freedom of speech and expression. India is emerging as a hub for information technology and global companies invariably looks toward India to meet their research and development needs and software production demands. So should India go ahead and make this a legal right for its citizens? "While the


Prakash Nanda It has now become quite routine for China to, through its officials in international meets, armed forces near the line of actual control spokespersons and state-controlled media, say and do everything possible to humiliate India. It has just criticised the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Arunachal Pradesh and that too on the very day when as high as 72 percent of people in the state voted in the assembly elections and reaffirmed their identities as proud Indians. All this is besides the facts of engaging in activities in the so-called “string of pearls”, countries surrounding India (Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan) that have ominous implications for India. And yet, one finds in India powerful voices symapthising and justifying the Chinese behaviour. These sympathizers include not only leading communist leaders and powerful media barons but also a former foreign minister such as Natwar Singh. The latter gladdened the hearts of the Chines


B.RAMAN There are welcome indicators of some fresh-thinking in New Delhi on India's relations with China. This fresh-thinking has been reflected in the decision of the Goverment of India to bring on record its unhappiness and concern over the Chinese involvement in the construction or upgradation of some infrastructure projects in the disputed territory of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK), including the Northern Areas of Jammu & Kashmir (Gilgit & Baltistan). The Chinese, who had earlier helped Pakistan in the construction of the Karakoram Highway connecting Pakistan's Punjab with the Xinjiang province of China through Kashmiri territory occupied by Pakistan, are now helping it in its upgradation. They have also agreed to help Pakistan in the construction of a hydel project in the Kashmiri territory occupied by Pakistan.A feasibility study has been undertaken by Pakistan for the construction of a railway line, with Chinese assistance, to connect the Chinese-constructe

President Obama, an appraisal: Cold on India though Indians remain warm

By OP Gupta IFS (Retd) So far as India is concerned Obama has continued to behave as a non-proliferation Ayatollah neglecting outstanding self-imposed restraints and non-proliferation roles of all Indian Governments. The unemployment rate in US is running high and is expected to keep rising to 10 per cent by 2010. This coupled with continued returning of body bags from Iraq and Afghanistan has adversely affected popularity of Obama in opinion polls. In article ‘Obama makes a welcome History’ in the Organiser of November 16, 2008 this writer had opined that Democratic US Presidents had in general been less friendly to India than Republican Presidents; and, only time would tell whether Barack Hussein Obama would be able to reverse this trend. Actions taken by Obama so far show that he has continued with the democratic trend of tilting against India though we Indians remain warm heart

An immoral economic order: Corruption permeates the US political system

By John Kozy Wealthy Congressmen are not likely to ever run out of money. Why, when criticised for supporting legislation advocated by a special interest they have accepted money from, do Congressmen claim that the money didn't influence their votes? Since the American Congress can now provide a cure for absolutely no disease, it is time for the American people to assert their right and change the Constitution in ways that will force the Congress to legislate solely for the benefit of the people. An immoral economic system compels a society's moral decline. Because of Congressional devotion to our traditional economic system, American government seems to have enshrined all the disadvantages and none of the advantages of democracy. We have a government based on dissent, in which delay is a common tactic and secrecy is regularly employed, and which enacts imbecilic measures that