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'Sweetheart' nuclear deal for US companies sparks furore

Indrani Bagchi, TNN | Sep 20, 2013, 12.55 AM IST READ MORE Indo-US nuclear deal|India's nuclear liability law|Manmohan Singh|Department of Atomic Energy|Goolam E Vahanvati 'Sweetheart' nuclear deal for US companies sparks furore The US has been very critical of India's nuclear liability law, and this is generally believed to be one of the major hurdles to the relationship. NEW DELHI: The government's effort to find an honourable way around the constraint of the nuclear liability law without actually violating it ran into rough weather on Thursday with the opposition accusing it of seeking to dilute the law for the sake of US and other foreign suppliers. The opposition seized upon attorney general Goolam E Vahanvati's opinion, as reported in TOI, that the country's nuclear operator NPCIL could waive the right to recourse to

US ties pegged on Indian appetite for technology

The aim of India-US dialogue is that as India rises and seeks an adaptation of existing rules, it does so in a concerted manner with the US. Kanwal Sibal HTTP://WWW.TRIBUNEINDIA.COM/2013/20130922/EDIT.HTM#1 OUR ties with the US have improved remarkably. The number of dialogues that the two countries are holding — on energy, education, agriculture, health, development, science and technology, environment, trade, defence, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation and high technology — far exceed those with any other country. The objective is to build Indian sectoral capacities with US technology and know-how, a process that would help India grow and provide the US greater opportunities in an expanding Indian economy. The US position on India’s permanent membership of the UN has evolved positively, indicating that the US is inclined to open the strategic space that India claims for itself. The US has also committed itself to promoting India’s membership of the existing four non-pro

Washington: Just Say No To Pakistan

Robert A. Manning, James Clad | September 20, 2013 Another day, another calamity: thirty killed by a suicide bomber at a funeral in Quetta; the commanding General in Swat blown up by Pakistani Taliban; renewed Indo-Pakistani fighting along the Kashmir border threatens to torpedo fragile reconciliation efforts. These events—all in the past six weeks—reinforce recent disclosures in the Washington Post confirming deep-seated official US doubts and fears about Pakistan. Taken together, they constitute an inflection point: it is time to re-examine the entirety of our ties with that duplicitous, nuclear-armed and unstable country Another cycle of Foggy Bottom delusion will soon begin, as Pakistan moves to capitalize on an Afghanistan from which America is mostly absent. In policy terms, dealing with Pakistan resembles “Groundhog Day”—a dismal recurring cycle of action/reaction, with hopes recurrently dashed. Whether it is the unhappy fate of a Pakistani doctor helping track down Os

The Pakistani state on its knees — Dr Mohammad Taqi\09\19\story_19-9-2013_pg3_2 Without setting the parameters for what exactly is the state willing to concede to the TTP in exchange for peace, the prime minister and his APC have left the door wide open for the terrorists to keep making highly perverse demands The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed the killing of Major General Sanaullah Khan, GOC Swat Division, along with Lt-Colonel Tauseef and Lance Naik Irfan Sattar in an IED bombing in Upper Dir on Sunday. In a statement released a day after the attack, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani said that while peace must be given a chance through the political process, no one should have any misgivings that “we would let terrorists coerce us into accepting their terms” and that “the military has the ability and the will to take the fight to the militants.” Frankly, there is little in the general’s almost decade-long track record at the helm, first as the ISI director and then as

Brazil shows the way In cancelling her state visit to the United States on account of the National Security Agency’s spying excesses, President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil has taken a principled position that most leaders around the world have shown little appetite for. While every major power affected by the NSA’s intrusive surveillance programme — with the honourable exception of Germany — has gone out of its way to brush U.S. highhandedness under the carpet, Brazil has expressed its displeasure at the highest diplomatic level. Ms Rousseff’s state visit, originally scheduled next month, would have been the first by a Brazilian head of state to Washington, D.C. in nearly two decades. Evidently, the symbolism attached to it meant little for the President in the face of allegations that her office, and other institutions, including Brazil’s largest company Petrobras, had been bugged by the NSA. That these revelations follo

India's n-trade dilemma: US power rate twice that of Russia PranabDhalSamanta : New Delhi, Thu Sep 19 2013, 09:41 hrs The high cost of power from US nuclear reactors India has proposed to buy is proving to be the biggest hurdle to pursuing nuclear trade negotiations with Washington, with the upper price limit calculated by the Department of Atomic Energy being almost twice the price finalised with Russia for Kudankulam units 3 and 4. Related: Britain lobbies for nuclear export group NSG to admit India Based on the talks so far, the upper limit calculation — essentially the maximum price per megawatt before negotiations — is Rs 38.76 crore per MW, which works to Rs 12.19 per KWH for the consumer. This, sources said, is way higher than the recently negotiated price with Russia, which is about Rs 22 crore per MW, translating to about Rs 6 per KWH for the consumer. Related: India, S Korea discuss space, nuclear ties Even though the Nu

Economic Hitman of India: Manmohan Singh

By Ambi Whenever I see manmohan singh and today's India's economic situation, it reminds me of a joke which ex US President Ronald Regan told to ex fed chairman alan greenspan. I first burst into laughter when i read it, but as i realize the depth and seriousness behind it, chill goes down my spine. As the joke goes: in earlier USSR Comrade Brezhnev was observing the annual military parade at red square. first came the army, then commandos, then navy followed by airforce, then tanks followed, later missiles. And now program was about to end then only spectators found a bizarre scene. After the missiles a bunch of civilians was following the missiles, they were extremely shabby looking, without any military drill, looking here n there, waving hands to spectators. They were looking so odd. All the fellow comrades got cold feet. They knew there ass is going to get kicked. One of them hurriedly went to Comrade Brezhnev "forgive me sir, but i really don't know how th

Modernisation and austerity Posted online: Mon Sep 16 2013, 02:18 hrs Can India afford to simultaneously modernise all three defence services at its current pace? Yesterday, India jubilantly tested the long-range Agni-V ballistic missile for the second time, en route to the missile’s induction into the Strategic Forces Command in several years. But trouble looms on India’s borders. In the recent monsoon session, Defence Minister A.K. Antony stood before Parliament to defend the government against the charge that it is permitting Chinese encroachment along the border and Line of Actual Control. Ground realities are difficult to discern from New Delhi, but much of the Indian media seems fearful that the Chinese are winning a slow border game of chicken. To the west, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif continued to make conciliatory noises towards Delhi while also chairing a National Command Authority meeting, which affirmed its support for “full spectrum det