New Delhi: The first day of the monsoon session of Parliament was stormy as the Congress refused to relent and demanded the resignations of Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister on the cricket tycoon Lalit Modi issue and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh shivraj Singh Chouhan due to the massive recruitment and medical entrance examination scam.
While the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day immediately after obituary reference, the Upper House witnessed noisy scenes and was repeatedly adjourned. Earlier, the opposition gave notice in Rajya sabha for suspension of rules to discuss the Lalit Modi issue. Former Union Minister Anand Sharma drew attention to the issue of Sushma Swaraj writing to the British authorities to provide travel documents to Lalit Modi. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley immediately responded by saying the Government is ready for discussion on anty issue but it appears that the Congress members are not prepared for it.
Answering questions by media-persons in the Parliament premises, Prime Minister Narendra Modi restricted his reply to saying: “I hope important decisions would be taken during the current session.”
At Jantar Mantar here, which is not far from Parliament, the women’s wing of Congress also held a protest demonstration today.
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned for the second day in a row on Tuesday as the main opposition Congress MLAs demanded Srate Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s resignation on the VYAPAM issue and continued to raise slogans in the well of the House.
The Congress legilators were unrelenting on the issue of VYAPAM scam which relates to massive irregularities in medical admissions and recruitment of government staff by State Professional Examination Board. They did not allow the question hour to proceed. As many congress MLAs were protesting in the well, the Speaker was twice forced to adjourn the House – once briefly and then for an hour. When the House reassembled after the second adjournment, the speaker rushed through the listed business. He then adjourned the House for the day but not before a resolution to censure the Congress, moved by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Narottam Mishra, was passed by voice vote.
Washington DC: The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) views Kashmir as the “site of the world’s largest and most militarized territorial dispute with portions under the de facto administration of China (Aksai Chin), India (Jammu and Kashmir), and Pakistan (Azad Kashmir and Northern Areas)”.
Notwithstanding the numerous incidents of unprovoked firing and violation of ceasefire from the Pakistan side, CIA’s “World Factbook” talks of disputes over water sharing of the Indus River and its tributaries and states that India and Pakistan have maintained the 2003 cease-fire in Kashmir, and continue to have
More with regard to Indo-Pakistan disputes, CIA factbook points out that Pakistani maps continue to show its Junagadh claim in the Gujarat State of India. To defuse tensions and prepare for discussions on a maritime boundary, India and Pakistan seek technical resolution of the disputed boundary in Sir Creek estuary at the mouth of the Rann of Kutch in the Arabian Sea.
The CIA factbook also states “since China and India launched a security and foreign policy dialogue in 2005, consolidated discussions related to the dispute over most of their rugged, militarized boundary, regional nuclear proliferation, Indian claims that China transferred missiles to Pakistan, and other matters continue.”
Focusing on the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s September 2011 visit to Bangladesh and the signing of a Protocol to the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh that had called for the settlement of longstanding boundary disputes over undemarcated areas and the exchange of territorial enclaves, CIA points out that this had never been implemented.
CIA factbook draws attention to the referring of the maritime boundary claims with Burma and India to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea by Bangladesh and India’s Joint Border Committee with Nepal that continues to examine “contested boundary sections, including the 400 sq km dispute over the source of the Kalapani River.”
The factbook also places on record that India maintains a strict border regime to keep out Maoist insurgents and control illegal cross-border activities from Nepal
The Central Intelligence Agency of the US was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry S. Truman. The act also created a Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to serve as head of the United States intelligence community; act as the principal adviser to the President for intelligence matters related to the national security; and serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency.
CAI recognises the “changing global realities” that have led to the reordering of the national security agenda, According to CIA, these challenges have been met by:
Creating special, multidisciplinary centers to address high-priority issues such as nonproliferation, counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence, international organized crime and narcotics trafficking, environment, and arms control intelligence, and
Forging stronger partnerships between the several intelligence collection disciplines and all-source analysis.