India: A corrupt dynasty or democracy?

  India: A corrupt dynasty or democracy?
India’s former finance minister says “dynasticism” played a leading role in fostering culture of political corruption.  Is corruption crippling India? At first glance, such a question seems absurd. After all, India has had a functioning democratic order since before 1947, and its economy weathered the recent global economic crisis when most others faltered. Yet a combination of factors that have mushroomed over time has raised serious concerns about the threat that corruption poses to the very fabric of the Indian statehttp://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/03/2011328141557707216.html

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A Simple Protest against Tution Fee Hike becomes one of the biggest social discord in Quebec

 

A mass student strike in Quebec over rising university tuition fees is quickly turning into a major social movement and a real challenge to the provincial Liberal government. Despite growing international attention and constant protest, including demonstrations among the largest in Canada‘s history, Liberal politicians continue to hold firm on a decision to hike post-secondary tuition fees by C$1,778 over seven years, a 82 per cent increase per student. Symbolised by a carre rouge or red square, inspired by the French phrase carrement dans le rouge, meaning “squarely in the red”, in reference to growing student debt, the Quebec student strike is clearly gaining political momentum. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets on May 22, marking 100 days on strike, as local media and politicians now openly acknowledge that Quebec is facing a “political crisis”. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/05/2012529121533793470.html

 

Syria crisis worsens

  Pessimism at UN as Syria crisis worsens
Fears voiced as opposition Free Syrian Army says it will stop adhering to truce by Friday if Assad forces ignore it.  UN Security Council members have voiced fears about the direction of violence-wracked Syria as the rebel Free Syrian Army gave the government of President Bashar al-Assad a 48-hour deadline to observe international envoy Kofi Annan‘s peace plan. The FSA’s Colonel Qassim Saadeddine said in a video published online on Wednesday that the government must “implement an immediate ceasefire, withdraw its troops, tanks and artillery from Syrian cities and villages”. Council members were briefed by Jean Marie Guehenno, Annan’s deputy, on Wednesday as 13 bodies were discovered in the east of the country with their hands tied behind their backs and signs that some had been shot in the head from close range.  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/05/20125310523975167.html

Mining boom threatens Tasmania’s forests

  Conservationists say mineral-rich areas in Australia under threat as resources companies continue operations.

The ancient forests of the Tarkine in northwestern Tasmania were protected by the Australian government as a site of “national heritage”. However, that listing has lapsed, and the government seems in no hurry to re-impose it. At the same time, resources companies are applying to mine the mineral-rich area, something that conservationists say is threatening the environment. http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/05/201253151314839670.html

Arrests reported after Tibet self-immolations

  Hundreds detained in Lhasa after two monks set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese rule, radio station says.

Hundreds of Tibetans have been reportedly detained by Chinese security officers in Lhasa, Tibet‘s capital, after two Buddhist monks set themselves on fire in protest against China‘s rule over the Himalayan region last week. Late on Wednesday, Radio Free Asia cited a source as estimating that about 600 Tibetans had been detained since the Tibetan men set themselves on fire on Sunday. One of those men died after the act. The detentions come amid news that a Tibetan woman had set herself ablaze on Wednesday afternoon in Aba prefecture, in southwestern Sichuan province, according to Tibetan advocacy group Free Tibet and Radio Free Asia. Experts say China may introduce tighter restrictions to halt the growing unrest in the country’s ethnic Tibetan areas. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201253142856745500.html

Freeze on plan approval as land acquisition begins for Western Bypass

With the administration commencing the land acquisition process for the Western Bypass Road in the Local Planning Authority (LPA) jurisdiction, a freeze has been imposed on granting approval for all constructions in the survey numbers of lands coming in the proposed alignment of the road.

A release from the Chairman of LPA and District Collector M. Karunagaran said that the alignment had been finalised, the lands for acquisition identified and the Highways Department was ready with its plans thus setting in motion the land acquisition process. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/article3472460.ece

Many Challenges of Land Acquisition

Mr G.V.K. Reddy , Chairman GVK Group.  ‘There are many challenges, including land acquisition’ V. RISHI KUMAR,   VINAY KAMATH

The Head of the diversified Hyderabad-based infrastructure company is charting out plans for the $10-billion coal-mine project and related infrastructure, which is by far their biggest.

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