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Weapon Deal with Israel worth 600 crore commission PDF Print E-mail
Corruption

New Delhi: Twenty-two years after Rajiv Gandhi courted ignominy by claiming no commissions were paid in the Bofors howitzer deal with Sweden - when, in fact, they were - the UPA government headed by Manmohan Singh seems headed in the same direction with the Rs 10,000 crore missile deal involving Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Rajiv's widow Sonia Gandhi is the presiding deity of the UPA coalition. The deal, for the purchase of medium-range surface-to-air missiles (MRASM), was signed towards end-February this year, just days before the general elections were announced. In the Bofors case, the main allegation, first aired by Swedish Radio, was that Rs 64 crore of bribes had been paid to Indian middlemen to procure the deal. In the MRSAM case, the UPA government, has, curiously, agreed to pay nearly 10 times that amount as "business charges."

 

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AICC Report says 2008 was ‘horrible year’ for Christians in India PDF Print E-mail
Minorities

The 2008 annual report of the All India Christian Council has showed that it was a “horrible year” for Christians in India, who were subjected to waves of violence and attacks. The report called the constant persecution Christians were subjected to in the state of Orrisa, “ethnic cleansing” and “the fruit of Hindu-inspired terrorism.” According to the Fides news agency, the AICC report indicates that there were “106 isolated attacks against Christian persons or structures, which have affected 16 states of India, with an average of 9 acts of violence per month.”

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The rich borrow and the poor repay PDF Print E-mail
Op Ed

Jacques ATTALIIn a study directed by the economist Jonathan Murdoch, to be published in April 2009, a very concrete, in-depth vision of the world's poorest workers emerges. At a time when we are speaking of so many millions of dollars, and even thousands of millions, it is interesting to take an interest in the real life of real people. From 2000 to 2005, having analyzed more than 250 precarious households (who earn less than $2 a day, the threshold for poverty designated by the World Bank) in India to Bangladesh and in South Africa, these economists are describing for the first time the usage of the rare money that these people have.

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Subjugation of women rights in India lead to violation of human rights PDF Print E-mail
Women

Human rights as an issue occupies centre stage in contemporary public debate. Part of the debate on Human rights is about the origin and significance of the notion itself. Changes in a society demand changes in the way of maintaining social order. The techniques of social control are also adjusted to changed situations, as no system of social control works perfectly. People often deviate from social and legal norms, although non-conformity varies greatly in form and frequency. Though deviation is perceived as a threat to social stability yet attitude towards deviants keeps on changing with change in beliefs in the causes of deviant behavior in general and crime in particular.

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Fake conversions, sham marriages: Making a mockery of legal system PDF Print E-mail
Law and Judiciary

Chander Mohan and Anuradha Bali, now known as Chand Mohammad and Fiza Parveen after conversion to Islam and second marriageThe saga of Chander Mohan-Anuradha Bali, now (in)famously known as Chand Mohammad-Fiza love story, has finally ended into a tailspin of sorts. A peeved Fiza, who allegedly attempted suicide by consuming 25 non-fatal sedative alprazolam tablets, narrated her harrowing tale before the mediapersons in Chandigarh after her newly-wed husband suddenly left her house where he has been staying for the last two months.

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