Prime Minister David Cameronhas re-afﬁrmed Britain’s decisionto continue its aid programme toIndia, amidst a row sparked by some ruling Conservative MPsdemanding an end to it, andreports that India did not need it.The Prime Minister’s spokesmansaid, “We have reviewed ouraid commitments to India. Wecontinue to think it is right to stick to those aid commitments. Wecontinue to provide aid to India, but we focus it on the three pooreststates.”He added, “The reason we are doingthat is because a huge number of the poorest people in the world livein these states. The Governmenthas always been very clear aboutsticking to its aid commitmentsand the fact that it would not balance the books on the backs of the poorest people in the world. Itis going to stick to that.”International Developmentsecretary Andrew Mitchell onMonday defended the aid, and said,“We will not be in India for ever but now is not the time to quit. Ourcompletely revamped programmeis in India’s and Britain’s nationalinterest and is a small part of amuch wider relationship betweenour two countries“.He, however, added, “We arechanging our approach to India. We will target aid at three of India’spoorest states, rather than centralGovernment. We will invest morein the private sector, with ouraid programme having some of the characteristics of a sovereign wealth fund.”International aid is among few areas that have not been subjectedto deep funding cuts by theeconomically-strapped DavidCameron government, which hasfaced much ridicule and morefor continuing to send aid to anincreasingly prosperous India.
India aid to continue: U.K.
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Wars of the future might bedecided through manipulationof people’s minds, concludes areport this week from the UK’sRoyal Society.It warns that the potentialmilitary applications of neuroscience breakthroughs needto be regulated more closely.“New imaging technology willallow new targets in the brainto be identiﬁed, and while some will be vital for medicine, othersmight be used to incapacitatepeople,” says Rod Flower of Queen Mary, University of London, who chairs the panelthat wrote the report.The report describes how such technology is allowingorganisations like the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to test ways of improvingsoldiers’ mental alertness andcapabilities.It may also allow soldiers tooperate weaponry remotely through mind-machineinterfaces, the report says.Other research could be usedto design gases and electronicsthat temporarily disable enemy forces.This potentially violates humanrights, through interference withthought processes, and opensup the threat of indiscriminatekilling.The panel highlights the time thatRussian security forces ended ahostage siege in a Moscow theatrein 2002 by ﬁlling the venue withfentanyl, an anaesthetic gas. Along with the perpetrators, 125hostages died.The Chemical WeaponsConvention is vague about whether such incapacitants arelegal. Ambiguities like this must be ironed out, say the panellists.
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British member of parliament Keith Vaz is to meet the family membersof Anuj Bidve, the engineeringstudent from Pune who was killedin Manchester city last December.The meeting will take place onFebruary 11.
An e-mail communication from Vaz, who is chairman of the home affairscommittee, said that he would be visiting India to ‘repair relations’following Anuj’s murder. The mailalso stated that Vaz was ‘keen toencourage Indian students to study inthe UK’ and strengthen the relations between the two countries. Anuj wasdoing an MS in Microelectronicscourse at Lancaster University, whenhe was killed.During his visit from February 11 to17, Vaz will meet the Bidves on hisarrival on Saturday in Mumbai andlater visit New Delhi. He had already met the Bidve family in the UK, whenthey had gone there to claim Anuj’s body in the ﬁrst week of January. Vaz will also hand over donations fromthe Anuj Bidve Memorial Fund to theBidve family on Saturday, said theofﬁcial mail from Vaz’s ofﬁce.
When contacted, Rakesh Sonawane, Anuj’s brother-in-law said, “Anuj’sfather Subhash, mother Yogini,sister Nehal and I will meet Vazin Mumbai at a hotel near theinternational airport. We havealready been informed about the visit. Vaz had helped us during our visit to the UK.”
The UK government, especially theGreater Manchester Police (GMP)had faced criticism when Anuj’sfamily learnt of the attack on him andhis death through Facebook posts.Two ofﬁcials from the GMP had later visited the Bidve family in Pune.
Keith Vaz to visit Indiato repair relations
UK Weather Warning: More snow at the weekend
Sir Alex Ferguson calls for a toughline against racism
racist language.Chelsea’s John Terry has also beenremoved as England captain ahead of hisJuly trial for alleged racial abuse of QueensPark Rangers defender Anton Ferdinandduring a Premier League match in October-- a charge he denies.said he did not understand why racism infootball had once again reared its head.“I’ve had some fantastic black players,absolutely magniﬁcent black players,and every one I’ve enjoyed my workingrelationship with them. So I don’tunderstand where it’s coming from to behonest with you. I don’t understand itat all,” he said in a CNN interview at theLaureus Sports Awards.Sir Alex Ferguson said “This is a moment where we have to take stock. I think they should do something about it if it’ssurfacing again and really be hard and ﬁrmon any shape or form of racism.”snow in the Midlands and East Anglia by Friday.The colder of Britain’s two contending weather fronts has established a gripon the eastern half of the country, withtemperatures falling to lows below -10Covernight and fresh snow likely beforethe weekend.Severe weather alerts for ice are in forcealong the entire North Sea coast andstretching inland as far as the Pennines,Birmingham, Oxford and Hampshire, which mark the border with the warmer west.• Up to half an inch of snow could fall atHeathrow airport this weekend raisingrisk of fresh disruption• Boy, 10, collapses and dies while buildinga snowman with friends in Castleford, West Yorkshire• Temperatures down to -9C with 6cm of snow predicted for Friday • 100 per cent probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions until Friday morning.
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