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Weekly news presentation 13

  1. 1. PM should clarify spectrum allocation irregularities  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should give a clarification on the spectrum allocation irregularities in Parliament and also constitute a JPC to inquire into the scam  According to the constitutional scheme of things, it is the legislature which has to keep a vigil on the executive. And, therefore, this responsibility of legislature must be exercised  A JPC's role is not only to find out the culprit, its job is also to identify how the system has been manipulated, what are the weakness in it which have to be corrected. It would also recommend a regulatory framework. This job can only be done by a JPC
  2. 2. Sri Lanka's president to start second term Friday  Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is due to be sworn in for his second term Friday, a day after his 65th birthday.  More than 1,000 local and foreign dignitaries are due to attend the ceremony in Colombo.  The government is to declare open some 54,000 development projects throughout the island during a 10-day period to mark the event. Among them is the commissioning of a new international harbour built with Chinese assistance in the southeast.  Rajapaksa was elected in 2005 but opted for early presidential elections in January this year, nearly two years ahead of the end of his term. After winning the election, he delayed the swearing-in ceremony by nearly nine months to gain the maximum period in office and continue as leader until 2016
  3. 3. India-US education ties set for major expansion  India-US cooperation in the field of education is poised for major expansion with India engaged in massive expansion of the education infrastructure, said Indian ambassador Meera Shankar.  "India sees education as critical for achieving its goals to have inclusive growth and to realise the potential for taking the Indian economy to a higher growth trajectory," Shankar said at a function Tuesday to commemorate the 60th Year of Nehru- Fulbright Educational Exchange Programme.  Noting that a bill has been introduced in parliament to open up the education sector for foreign universities, she said: "This provides an excellent opportunity for US universities to increase the number of Indian students studying in their institutions, not only in the United States, but also in India, through opening up of their off-shore locations or through tie- ups with Indian institutions.“
  4. 4. Saarc to discuss easing movement across border  Transport ministers of all eight Saarc countries will meet in New Delhi next week to build consensus on an aviation policy providing direct flight links to all capitals and a regional motor vehicle agreement which could enable barrier-free movement of people and freight.  The two-day conference will begin on Monday which will involve transport secretaries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh , Sri Lanka, Bhutan , Nepal, Maldives and India. The transport ministers would meet the next day.  India does not have a direct flight link to Islamabad and Male. According to sources, India will raise the issue with Pakistan and Maldives to have state carriers introduce at least two flights every week.
  5. 5. Next Google phone will be mobile wallet: Schmidt  A new Google mobile phone imbedded with a chip that makes it a virtual wallet so people can "tap and pay" is poised to make its debut, the Internet giant's chief said Monday.  The successor to the Internet firm's Nexus One smartphone runs on fresh "Gingerbread" software and is imbedded with a near-field communication chip for financial transactions, according to Google chief executive Eric Schmidt.  "I have here an unannounced product that I carry around with me," Schmidt said while pulling a touch-screen smartphone from a jacket pocket during an on-stage chat at a Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco.  "You will be able to take these mobile devices that will be able to do commerce," he continued. "Essentially, bump for everything and eventually replace credit cards. In the industry it is referred to as tap-and-pay."

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