Monday, July 1, 2013

China is quietly intruding into India's geopolitical space in Iran


With the emergency rescue operations of stranded pilgrims and tourist by various national agencies at Uttarakhand almost drawing to a close, the second phase of rehabilitation at remote villages finds prominence in the press. Mail Today writes - 'with as many as 1,840 connecting roads to villages being destroyed, more than 150 villages still remain cut off'.

"Gas in its Tank, Government set to Step-Up Speed of Reforms" headlines the Economic Times. The Government is lining up a spate of reform decisions, aimed at lifting the economy out of its slump with a two-fold thrust:- increase inflows to cut the current account deficit and to break the logjam-holding up investments and infrastructure.

"China is quietly intruding into India's geopolitical space in Iran', writes the Indian Express. It recently offered Tehran a facility of 60 million Euros, almost equal to the proposed Indian investment in the revamp of Chabahar Port, which may muscle out India from the project.

Quoting Samajwadi Party Supremo - Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Asian Age writes "3rd Front will be only after the polls". Keeping the door ajar for a Third Front Alliance between Non-Congress and non-BJP parties, he ruled out Mamta Banerjee's call for a Federal Front 'before' the Lok Sabha elections.

Hindustan Times reports that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has cleared an ambitious plan to induct private sector experts in the rank of Joint and Additional Secretaries, in Government posts that require technical and specialised knowledge, along the lines of Nandan Nilekani as head of the Unique Identity Project and Raghu Raman constructing a national intelligence grid.

And finally, Times of India reports that researchers in the UK have developed a camera that works like a huge electronic nose and can capture aromas and fragrances of objects instead of images.

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