Archive - 2014

December 26th

12th Rashtriya Sabha (Bhubaneshwar; Odisha) 26-28 Dec. 2014

Resolution 1
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Resolution 2
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Resolution 3
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November 25th

US is back to playing games; ‘cautiously optimistic’ about ties with India

Links TFA to meeting Bali condition

Visiting U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has said that despite positive developments such as the easing of the foreign direct investment cap in the Defence sector, the U.S. remained “cautiously optimistic” about relations with India as the Modi government had raised tariffs.

Mr. Froman said the “so-called Peace Clause,” proposed in the recently concluded Indo-U.S. World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement, would depend on whether India’s foodgrain buffer programme met the conditions set in Bali.

November 17th

India looking at ways to restrict import of Chinese goods

NEW DELHI: Xiaomi mobile phones may be climbing up the popularity charts in India, but the government is looking at ways to restrict such imports and several other consumer goods from China through standards and safeguards as it has not been able to extract a concrete plan from the country to address the heavily imbalanced trade.

November 14th

Conflict of interest: US patent lobby to meet Indian judiciary, patent officials

November 11th

Modi government set to fast-track big economic ‘reforms’

The Narendra Modi government, it is reported, is set to embark on a series of economic reforms aimed at putting – what they claim, the country on track for 8% growth in the intermediate term and an even faster pace beyond that.

November 6th

Government objects use of Khadi trademark by German company

Khadi - the handspun and hand-woven cloth is amidst a trademark battle. A German company, Khadi Naturprodukte is making efforts to use the khadi trademark for selling a range of Indian-origin products, including shampoos, soaps and oils in European markets. The company has already been granted a trademark by the Office for Harmonization in Internal Markets, an organisation responsible for trademark and design registration in EU.

Land acquisition law may be eased for PPP projects

Need for consent of affected families and social-impact assessment could go

The National Democratic Alliance government lead by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to exempt public-private partnership (PPP) projects from the need to obtain consent of affected families and the mandatory social-impact assessment, through amendments to the land acquisition law.

November 5th

Power-hungry businesses build their own solar plants

IT firm ValueLabs has turned to the sun beaming down on its head office for solving its power problem like constant electricity cuts and government-enforced "power holidays".

In July, it finished building a 13 megawatt solar plant — enough to power 6,000 homes — to keep the lights on and computers humming for more than 3,000 employees at its base in Hyderabad. It is even selling surplus electricity back to the grid.


4In a blunt assessment of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan, the Pentagon has told the US Congress that the country is using militant groups as proxies to counter the superior Indian military.

"Afghan-and Indian-focused militants continue to operate from Pakistan territory to the detriment of Afghan and regional stability. Pakistan uses these proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India's superior military," the Pentagon told the Congress in its latest six-monthly report on the current situation in Afghanistan.

Hasmukh Adhia is new financial services secretary

The government has appointed Hasmukh Adhia, a Gujarat cadre IAS officer who was principal secretary to Narendra Modi during his stint as chief minister, as secretary, department of financial services. He replaces Gurdial Singh Sandhu, who has been shifted out as chairman, National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention, in the rank and pay of secretary, in the vacancy of Dr Prajapati Trivedi.

The other key appointments cleared by the appointments committee of the Cabinet (ACC) involved 26 special secretary-level posts across various ministries and departments.