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Anand Sharma wilted under USA's influence at WTO's 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali

Protesters hold signs against the 9th WTO Conference in front of US embassy in Jakarta India has wilted under pressure from the US and agreed to accept conditionalities that were not part of the G-33 proposal.  The text of the agreed draft can be accessed below (see section WT/ MIN 913)/ W / 10 - Public Stockholding for Food Security Purposes): The text: files/documents/decw1.pdf and the various parts to the declaration: bali-ministerial-declaration What India has traded away: 1. Anand Sharma had unambiguously stated that the "peace clause" should be in place till such time that a permanent solution is found. The word "interim" that he had used IS IN the text (a clear victory), but in what is being described by the WTO Secretariat as "constructive ambiguity" the US position that it should be only for four years also finds its place (Para 1) in the text by adding, "for adoption  

Network18, Raghav Bahl's media empire exposed

Note: Raghav Bahl reacts -The December issue of Caravan has a  rather damaging cover story on Network 18, its complicated financials, and its post-Reliance tilt towards the BJP. Raghav Bahl's email to his staff  says that it is "full of outright lies and insidious half truths, conveniently suppressing the other half" and that the company is considering all remedial options available. He adds that "we shall always uphold the principles of fair, plural and unbiased journalism." The Hoot The Network Effect Reliance and right-wing politics gain a foothold in Raghav Bahl's media empire By RAHUL BHATIA | 1 December 2013 |ONE| AS DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE FOOD SECURITY BILL played on displays around the room, Rajdeep Sardesai took a seat at the centre of a simmering news pit in Mumbai, looking like he could use a break. Just ten days earlier, on 16 August, CNN-IBN and IBN7, the channels he oversees as editor-in-chief of the IBN Network, had witnessed the sudden layof

Full text of statement by ex Tehelka journalist in sexual assault case

I am heartened by the broad support I have received over the past fortnight. However, I am deeply concerned and very disturbed by insinuations that my complaint is part of a pre-election political conspiracy. I categorically refute such insinuations and put forward the following arguments: The struggle for women to assert control over their lives and their bodies is most certainly a political one, but feminist politics and its concerns are wider than the narrow universe of our political parties. Thus, I call upon our political parties to resist the temptation to turn a very important discussion about gender, power and violence into a conversation about themselves. Suggestions that I am acting on someone else’s behest are only the latest depressing indications that sections of our public discourse are unwilling to acknowledge that women are capable to making decisions about themselves for themselves. In this past week, television commentators who should know bett

Supreme Court does not give relief to Biometric Data Collector, Government of India for Aadhaar/UID

Supreme Court does not give relief to Biometric Data Collector, Government of India for Aadhaar/UID How can collection of DNA samples and biometric data collection precede passage of Human DNA Profiling Bill, 2012 and and National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2013 Previous Orders of Supreme Court, Andhra Pradesh High Court and Punjab and Haryana High Court rules against 12 digit biometric aadhaar/unique identification (UID) NUMBER West Bengal Assembly's resolution against aadhaar/unique identification (UID) number on the horizon, action by other State Legislatures awaited   November 26, 2013, Kolkata: Supreme Court did not give relief to Biometric Data Collector, Government of India for 12 digit biometric aadhaar/unique identification (UID) NUMBER. Clearly, States which are making aadhhar in manifest contempt of Supreme Court's order dated 23 September 2013 directed, “In the meanwhile, no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar card in spite of the fact th