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The Hindu Imp. News Feb. 19th 2012

The Hindu Imp. News Feb. 19th 2012

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THE HINDUImp. NewsFeb.19
2012Page  1India wants Italian ship captain to surrender:
New Delhi wants the captain of Italian ship Enrica Lexia and two marksmen who shot dead twoIndian fishermen to surrender to Kerala Police on Sunday after several rounds of diplomaticconfabulations on Saturday culminated in a telephonic conversation between External AffairsMinister S. M. Krish
na and his Italian counterpart.Rome wanted the three to be permitted to go in return for a joint investigation into theincident. But in the conversation late in the evening, Mr. Krishna turned down the offer an hourafter Kerala Chief Minister Ooomen Chandy sought the Central assistance to persuade thecaptain and the two security personnel to give themselves up. Mr. Chandy said his governmentwas left with no option but to arrest the Italians after receiving advice on the issue from theState's Attorney- General, said government sources here.The call from the Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata capped a hectic day of activity in Rome, where the Indian Ambassador was offered options such as the despatch of amulti-Ministerial team to Kochi and high level investigation of the incident. The sub-text wasthat somehow those responsible for the shooting should be sent home.
I announces 10-lakh reward for clues to absconding IPS officer:
Mr. Jain was Rajasthan's Additional Director-General of Police when charges were filed in Junelast year. He was declared absconder some months back. The investigating agency has alsoannounced rewards of Rs.5 lakh each for information on three other police functionaries Inspector Rajesh Choudhary, Inspector Zulfikar Ali and Assistant Sub Inspector Arvind Bhardwaj.The encounter which led to the killing of alleged liquor smuggler Dara Singh took place onOctober 23, 2006, during the Vasundhara Raje regime. Suspected involvement of her seniorCabinet Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore is under investigation. The Dara Singh case was takenup by the CBI following a Supreme Court directive in the wake of his wife Sushila Deviapproaching the apex court. Since then the Court has been monitoring the progress of investigations.
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hina sticks to its guns on Syria:
China on Saturday reaffirmed that it continues to reject the western-backed Arab plan that callsfor the exit of President Bashar Al Assad as the first step towards achieving a political transitionin the strife-torn nation. Visiting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun made it plain to themedia after talks with Syrian leadership, that contrary to western exhortations, China wouldunambiguously support the roadmap scripted by Mr. Assad for stabilising democracy. The plancalls for an end to violence by all sides and the conduct of a national referendum on February26, where Syrians would vote for a constitution before the country heads for parliamentarypolls. The new constitution  which could anchor the fledgling democracy  is expected toallow the participat
ion of multiple parties during elections.Analysts say China is beginning to demonstrate exceptional boldness by openly defying theWest on Syria  a position that could not have been adopted without detailed deliberationswithin the various sections of the Chinese power elite. Signalling that China is recalibrating itsstance, an editorial on Saturday in China's
Global Times
newspaper, published by the rulingCommunist Party, said China's courage to truly express itself and to calmly stand its ground isworthy of merit. It added: The trajectory of China's influence on world politics is rising.Mirroring the tensions inside Syria, Reuters is reporting that thousands poured into the streetsof Damascus calling for Mr. Assad's resignation, following Friday prayers. Opposition activistsclaim on Saturday that one person was killed on Saturday when security forces fired live roundsat a funeral procession for three protesters who were killed the previous day. They also allegedthat there had been no letup in the assault by government troops in Homs, where theopposition stronghold of Baba Amr is being targeted with artillery and rocket fire  a view thatcould not be independently confirmed.
U.S. move on
alochistan tendentious: Pakistan
Pakistan on Saturday reacted sharply to a resolution introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by three members asserting Balochistan's right to self-determination. Acrossthe political spectrum, there was consensus that this amounted to an attack on Pakistan'ssovereignty which could impact U.S.-Pakistan relations.In the official formulation of Pakistan's reaction  put out by the Foreign Office  MinisterHina Rabbani Khar took strong exception'' and said it was against the very fundamentals of long-standing Pakistan-U.S. relations. Maintaining that it was an isolated move, she said thedraft resolution'' is contrary to the principles of the U.N. Charter and international law. Ms.Khar described the resolution as an unfriendly and irresponsible attempt by a few individuals tocreate distrust and hoped that this latest tendentious move'' will not be allowed to sailthrough the House by a vast majority of U.S. Congressmen who continued to support friendlybilateral relations. Referring to the unanimous resolution adopted by the National Assembly
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this week condemning the Congressional hearing , she said that clearly represented thelegitimate reaction of the Pakistani people.Balochistan's affairs and issues are an internal matter of Pakistan and it is for the people of Pakistan and our democratic institutions to address these. We would advise those behind thisresolution to reserve their concern and solicitude for problems closer to home. Needless to sayprovocations such as these will seriously impact the Pakistan-US relations. We value thisrelationship, but not at the cost of our dignity, sovereignty and territorial integrity,'' said thestatement even as the U.S. embassy in Islamabad distanced itself from the resolution saying theAmerican administration had nothing to do with it.
One held for U.S. terror plot:
The FBI has been w
orking overtime on sting operations, it was evident, when it announced onFriday that it had arrested Moroccan Amine El Khalifi (29), an illegal resident in the UnitedStates, for plotting to detonate a bomb in a suicide attack on the United States Capitol Building.Khalifi's arrest, which occurred as he walked from a parking unit towards the main buildingwearing an inert bomb vest earlier supplied to him by an undercover FBI officer, comes in thewake of a string of similar operations that has netted the FBI numerous would-be terrorists inrecent years. The FBI case against Khalifi noted that during the various meetings he had at thatresidence, one individual produced what appeared to be an AK-47, two revolvers andammunition... and Khalifi allegedly expressed agreement with a statement by this individualthat the war on terrorism was a war on Muslims and said that the group needed to beready for war.
USINESSPranab Mukherjee holds parleys with regulators on budget:
In possibly the last in the series of pre-budget consultations ahead of the Union Budget onMarch 16, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday had a meeting with the financialsector regulators to discuss ways and means of improving the investment climate and boostinga sagging economy.The meeting attended, among others, by Reserve Bank of India Governor D. Subbarao and SEBI(Securities and Exchange Board of India) Chairman U. K. Sinha and top officials of the FinanceMinistry was described by the apex bank chief as a pre-budget meeting of the Financial Stabilityand Development Council (FSDC) headed by the Finance Minister.
Floor bid for FII investment in corporate debt cut:
To encourage greater participation by foreign institutional investors (FIIs), regulator Securitiesand Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has reduced the minimum bid amount to Rs.1 crore forallocation of investments in long-term infrastructure corporate debt for such investors. Based

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