IndiaOz agree on closer cooperation on security and trade


India, Aus agree on closer cooperation on security and trade

Seeking to enhance defence ties, India and Australia on Tuesday established a framework for security cooperation, as they decided to conclude a long pending Free Trade pact by the end of next year and an “early closure” of the civilian nuclear deal that will facilitate uranium trade.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott held talks and decided to establish a Framework for Security Cooperation to reflect their deepening and expanding security and defence collaboration for advancing regional peace and combating terrorism among other challenges.

After the summit talks at the Prime Minister’s office, just two months after Abbott’s maiden visit to India, the two countries signed five pacts on social security, transfer of sentenced prisoners, combating narcotics trade, tourism, and Arts and Culture.

“This is a natural partnership, arising from our shared values and interests, and our strategic maritime locations,” Modi said at a joint press conference with Abbott.

“Security and defence are important and growing areas of the new India-Australia partnership – for advancing regional peace and stability, and combating terrorism and trans-national crimes,” he said.

The security framework, finalised hours before the talks, lays out an extensive “action plan” including annual prime ministerial summits and maritime military exercises, besides cooperation in counter-terrorism, border control and close consultations on regional and international institutions.

It’s confirmation came only after Chinese President Xi Jinping left Canberra for Tasmania, Australian media reported. Modi said the two sides also “agreed on seeking early closure on the civil nuclear agreement, which will give Australia a chance to participate in one of the most secure and safe nuclear energy programme in the world.”

Modi and Abbott had summit talks in Delhi last month during which India and Australia sealed a civil nuclear deal.

Australia has about 40 per cent of the world’s uranium reserves and exports nearly 7,000 tonnes of yellow cake annually.

India and Australia had commenced negotiations for the sale of uranium in early 2012.

Later in a rare address to the Parliament, Modi said the region has seen huge progress on the foundation of peace and stability.

“But, we cannot take this for granted. Preserving it will be the most important task in the region. India and Australia can play their part in it – by expanding our security cooperation and deepening our international partnerships in the region,” he told the lawmakers.
Modi on Tuesday said Australia will not be at the periphery of India’s vision but at the centre of its thought, as he called for closer bilateral security cooperation and a comprehensive global strategy to tackle the menace of terrorism.

Modi, while addressing the Australian Parliament, the first Indian Prime Minister to do so, said, “It has taken a Prime Minister of India 28 years to come to Australia. It should never have been so. And, this will change. Australia will not be at the periphery of our vision, but at the centre of our thought.”

Modi addressed the Parliament after holding bilateral talks with Prime Minister Tony Abbott following which the two countries signed five pacts on social security, transfer of sentenced prisoners, combating narcotics trade, tourism, and Arts and Culture.

During the talks, the two sides sought an early conclusion of negotiations for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement and a closure on the civil nuclear deal.

Addressing the Parliament, Modi said terrorism has become a major threat.

“In India, we have seen its face closely for three decades. And, we see it with the clarity that comes with it. Terrorism is changing in character and expanding in its reach,” Modi said.

“Internet has made recruitment and call to violence self-generated. It also feeds off money laundering, drug trafficking and arms smuggling. We have to deepen our bilateral security cooperation. But, we need a comprehensive global strategy for a global problem,” he said.

In order to tackle the new security challenges, Modi sought closer security cooperation, a policy of no distinction between terrorist groups or discrimination between nations, a resolve to isolate those who harbour terrorists, willingness to empower states that will fight them, a social movement against extremism in countries where it is most prevalent and every effort to delink religion and terrorism.

“India sees Australia as one of our foremost partners in the region. There are few countries in the world where we see so much synergy as we do in Australia,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also called for support for the process of economic integration across the region and an open global trading system that remains integrated. “We must guard against regional trade initiatives becoming instruments of political competition. However, economic integration by itself won’t be a strong basis for peace and stability, without strong regional institutions,” Modi said.

Modi also called for collaboration in the field of maritime security.

“We should collaborate more on maintaining maritime security. We should work together on the seas and collaborate in international forums. And, we should work for a universal respect for international law and global norms,” he said.

Modi said countries needed to ensure that outer space and cyber space remain instruments of connectivity and prosperity, not new frontiers of conflict.

More importantly, he said, both the countries can work together to deal with piracy and range of other issues related to security.

“The oceans are our lifelines. But, we worry about its access and security in our part of the world more than ever before,” he said.

“Responding to the region’s disasters, combating proliferation, acting against piracy, we can work together on a full range of security challenges,” the Prime Minister said.

Modi said India and Australia were members of several institutions “critical” to the region and the world and both the countries should coordinate more closely on different global fora.

He said the two countries need not have to rely on borrowed architecture of the past nor did the two have the luxury to “choose who we work with and who we don’t.”

“But, what we do need is to work together and with others to create environment and culture that promotes the currency of co-existence and cooperation; in which all nations, small and big, abide by international law and norms, even when they have bitter disputes.

“India and Australia are members of several institutions that are critical for this region and the world. We should coordinate more closely in East Asia Summit, G20 and the Indian Ocean Region Association,” Modi said.

Modi said, India’s development and growth provides a long term opportunity for Australia and it has immense opportunities in the field of agriculture, food processing, mining, infrastructure, finance, technology and energy.

“We have a new Mission for turning ‘Make in India’ into a global name just as Computer in India is. But, we want to find new pathways to prosperity, not simply travel down the roads of the previous century. Much of India’s future cities and infrastructure is yet to be built and so we have a unique opportunity to make our choices now.

“India’s development, demography and demand provide a unique long term opportunity for Australia – and all in the familiar framework of democracy. There is no other example of this nature in the world. Indian investors, too, are coming here in growing numbers and commitments,” Modi said.

He highlighted that since his government came to office, no region has seen more intense engagement on India’s part than Asia Pacific region.

Modi said Australia has immense opportunities to participate in India’s progress and in turn, India will be the answer to Australia’s search for new economic opportunities and desire to diversify global economic engagement.

He said India and Australia were connected to each other with history and geography.

Modi once again highlighted the example of Walter Griffin, who designed Canberra and was buried in Lucknow, after narrating his story to Abbott and Obama during the G20.

Modi, during his address, also talked about Australian novelist and lawyer Jang Lang, who helped Rani Laxmibai against the Birtish East India Company.

“This morning, Prime Minister and I honoured our soldiers, who 100 years ago made the supreme sacrifice together in the battle of Gallipoli. The man who designed this beautiful capital of Canberra, Walter Burley Griffin, lies buried in the old city of Lucknow in India.

“More than 150 years ago, an Australian novelist and lawyer John Lang fought the legal battle for a brave Indian freedom fighter, the Queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai against the British East India Company in India’s first War of Independence. He also lies buried in the Indian hill town of Mussoorie,” Modi said.

He said both the nations had common love for cricket and are set to battle it out on the cricket field next month. “We celebrate the legend of Bradman and the class of Tendulkar together.

We are impressed by Australian speed as you are charmed by the Indian spin, until of course Shane Warne came along!” the Prime Minister said amidst laughter in the Parliament.

Speaking about his clear cut majority government in 30 years, the Prime Minister said there was a new “high tide” of hope and energy in India.

“Today, we have a government with a majority after thirty years. From the remotest village to the biggest cities, there is a new high tide of hope in India; a new energy. It is the energy of our youth the 800 million people below the age of 35 eager for change, willing to work for it – because, now they believe that it is possible. That they can make it happen. It is this force of transformation that we will unleash.

“In the six months that we have been in office, we have moved forward, thinking with ambition, acting with speed; seeking growth not just for growth, but to transform the quality of life of every Indian,” Modi said.

Lauding the people of Australia for making what the nation is today, Modi said generations of people’s representatives have made the country one of the greatest nations of the world. Media agencies

India Rank 121 of 129 in Environment Sustainability


Ravinder Singh
It is not surprising India Rank 121 of 129 in Environment
World Energy Council reported 83% Power in India is contributed by
Conventional Thermal generation, Hydro Power contributed just 13%
could provided well over 60% and Nuclear & Renewable Energy
Contributing 2% each.

In last 20 years India depended almost entirely on Coal Based power
plants and didn’t retire old and world’s most inefficient Coal Based
power plants and even new Super Thermal Units were switched to using
low grade cheap coal and either stopped building Hydro Power stations
or built Lame Duck Run of River Hydro Projects that yield just 40% of
site potential.

Instead of Rooftop Solar India largely invested in Solar Farms that
were most expensive involving high Transmission & Distribution losses
– this restricted roll out Solar PV installations.

Investment in Least Reliable WIND Power necessitate Standby Diesel Gensets.

India didn’t improve T&D Losses in badly designed Grid & Power Distribution.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant,
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
Technologies and Projects

India Can Cut 75%, 3 Billion Tones GHG Yearly By 2030
November15, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh

India’s Energy Policy is loaded entirely in favor of Costliest and
Most Polluting Coal based power. Even the latest Super Critical
Thermal Plants are not effective mainly because such units are located
in hot regions, high ambient air and circulating water temperature and
shortage of water adds up to much lower thermal efficiency and in
addition there are substantial Transmission & Distribution losses. Use
of low quality coal releases around 200 million tones of Fly Ash at
power stations, partly in air also.

Business As Usual situation may consume 2000 million tone of Coal
every year producing over 800 million tones of Fly Ash at power
stations including 160 million tones released in air by 2030.

Thus Indian power is Costliest and Most Polluting due to extensive use
of thermal coal for power generation.

Green Energy Programs to Avoid 3.0 Billion Tones of CO2 by 2030 are: –

1.]  India should be developing 200,000 MW of Multipurpose Hydro
Power+, producing 800m Units of Electricity and avoiding 0.8 Billion
Tones of CO2 every year and around 40 tones of Fly Ash emissions in

+ Additionally Prevent or Moderate Floods in 40 million hectares of
flood affected land and supply 500 BCM of addition Clean Blue Water
for Irrigation, Municipal other uses, reduce water pumping for
irrigation etc.

2.]  100,000 MWe of Nuclear Power shall produce around 750 BU of green
electricity avoiding 750 million tones of CO2.

3.]  200,000 MWp Solar Power with Tracking shall generate 450 BU of
green electricity to be ready by 2020.

4.]  Energy Efficiency 500 BU Annually by 2030 avoiding 500 million
tones of CO2 every year.

5.]  Wind, Biomass, Tidal, Bio-Fuels together shall produce 200 BU of
electricity or 200m avoid Tones of CO2.

6.]  Electric Transport like Railways, Electric Vehicles, Trams etc
shall avoid 300m of CO2 in replacing petroleum.  `

All these programs are Commercially Viable and produce Cheaper
Electricity than by polluting Coal Based power require just $2.5
Trillion investments including T&D. India to Lead The World in Saving
Planet Earth From Impact Of GHG/ Climate Change.

India Can Cut 75% GHG, 3 Billion Tones GHG Yearly By 2030

Transparency Watchdogs of India too transparent to make their asset details public.


Transparency Watchdogs of India  too transparent to
make their asset details public. पारदर्शिता से परहेज  करते पारदर्शिता
के रखवाले : आयुक्तों की संपत्ति की सूचना सार्वजनिक न करने को कुतर्कों
तक का सहारा ले रहे सूचना आयोग Central Information Commission makes
lame excuses to deter exposure of asset details of its Commissioners
under RTI, Uttar Pradesh info-commissioners fail to file asset details
as mandated by Lokpal & Lokayukta act , exposes RTI.Lucknow. भारत में पारदर्शिता की मुहिम के लिए भला इससे बड़ा और कोई
दुर्भाग्य क्या होगा जब पारदर्शिता के रखवाले ही पारदर्शिता से परहेज
करते नज़र आ रहे हैं l  सामाजिक संगठन ‘तहरीर’ के संस्थापक लखनऊ  निवासी
सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता और इंजीनियर संजय शर्मा द्वारा दायर  एक आरटीआई  में
केंद्रीय सूचना आयोग द्वारा अपने आयुक्तों की संपत्ति की सूचना सार्वजनिक
न करने के लिए  कुतर्कों का सहारा लेने का एक मामला सामने आया है तो बहीं
संजय शर्मा द्वारा दायर  एक अन्य आरटीआई में उत्तर प्रदेश राज्य सूचना
आयोग के  आयुक्तों द्वारा अपनी संपत्ति  की जानकारी अभी तक आयोग को ही
नहीं  दिए जाने का खुलासा हुआ है l

‪#‎तहरीर‬ ‪#‎tahrir‬{ Transparency, Accountability & Human Rights’
Initiative for Revolution – TAHRIR }  . भारत में लोक जीवन में
पारदर्शिता संवर्धन, जबाबदेही निर्धारण और आमजन के मानवाधिकारों के
संरक्षण के हितार्थ  जमीनी स्तर पर कार्यशील संस्था  है l

संजय ने बताया कि केंद्र सरकार के कार्मिक और प्रशिक्षण विभाग (डीओपीटी)
ने लोकपाल और  लोकायुक्त कानून के तहत “लोकसेवक  :फर्निशिंग आफ
इनफार्मेशन एंड एनूअल रिटर्न आफ एसेट्स एंड लाइबलिटीज एंड द लिमिट्स आफ
एम्जेम्पशन आफ एसेट्स इन फाइलिंग: नियम, 2014″  अधिसूचित किया था । इसके
तहत सभी लोकसेवकों  के लिये अपनी,अपनी पत्नी/पति तथा आश्रित बच्चों की
संपत्ति और देनदारियों का ब्यौरा देना अनिवार्य हो गया था जिसके लिए 5
नये फार्म जारी किये गये थे  जिनमें नकदी, बैंक जमा, बांड, डिबेंचर्स,
शेयर तथा कंपनियों की इकाइयों या म्यूचुअल फंड में किये गये निवेश, बीमा
पालिसी, भविष्य निधि, व्यक्तिगत रिण तथा अन्य किसी व्यक्ति या इकाई को
दिया गया कर्ज समेत अन्य संबंधित जानकारी देनी अनिवार्य  थी ।फार्मों  के
अनुसार लोकसेवकों को अपने, पति-पत्नी या अपने उपर आश्रित बच्चों के पास
उपलब्ध वाहनों, विमान या जहाज, सोना एवं चांदी के आभूषण तथा अपने पास रखे
गये सर्राफा के बारे में भी जानकारी देनी थी। लोकसेवकों को अचल संपत्ति
तथा रिण एवं अन्य देनदारियों के बारे में  31 मार्च 2014 की स्थिति  के
आधार पर 15 सितम्बर 2014 तक  जानकारी देनी थी। नए नियमों के मुताबिक, अगर
लोकसेवक समय पर संपत्ति की जानकारी नहीं देते हैं या गलत ब्योरा देते हैं
तो उनके खिलाफ कार्रवाई का प्रावधान है।

केंद्रीय सूचना आयोग के जन सूचना अधिकारी और उपसचिव सुशील कुमार ने 20
अक्टूबर को दिए जबाब में लिखा है कि लोकपाल और  लोकायुक्त कानून 2013 के
तहत  बनाये गए  “लोकसेवक  :फर्निशिंग आफ इनफार्मेशन एंड एनूअल रिटर्न
आफ एसेट्स एंड लाइबलिटीज एंड द लिमिट्स आफ एम्जेम्पशन आफ एसेट्स इन
फाइलिंग: नियम, 2014″  के अंतर्गत कार्यवाही प्रचलन में है। संजय  का
कहना है कि उन्होंने सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा संपत्ति की घोषणा के 5
फार्मों की सत्यापित प्रतियां माँगी थीं और  सुशील कुमार  का  कार्यवाही
प्रचलन में होना लिखना  सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा संपत्ति की घोषणा की सूचना
सार्वजनिक न करने के लिए  कुतर्कों का सहारा लेने से अधिक कुछ भी नहीं है
l संजय  ने इस मामले में केंद्रीय सूचना आयोग के अपीलीय  अधिकारी ए. के.
दाश  को अपील  भेज दी है l

उत्तर प्रदेश राज्य सूचना आयोग के जन सूचना अधिकारी ने  30 सितम्बर को
दिए जबाब में लिखा है कि लोकपाल और  लोकायुक्त कानून 2013 के तहत  बनाये
गए  “लोकसेवक  :फर्निशिंग आफ इनफार्मेशन एंड एनूअल रिटर्न आफ एसेट्स एंड
लाइबलिटीज एंड द लिमिट्स आफ एम्जेम्पशन आफ एसेट्स इन फाइलिंग: नियम,
2014″  के अंतर्गत राज्य सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा संपत्ति की घोषणा के 5
फार्मों की सत्यापित प्रतियां उत्तर प्रदेश राज्य सूचना आयोग के कार्यालय
में धारित ही  नहीं हैं l

संजय ने राज्य सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा संपत्ति की घोषणा की सूचना अभी तक
आयोग को भी नहीं दिए जाने  पर खेद व्यक्त करते हुए बताया कि कुछ
नवनियुक्त सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा भ्रष्टाचार में लिप्त होकर अपने
परिवारीजनों के नाम पर अचल सम्पत्तियों में भारी निवेश की शिकायतों की
पुष्टि करने हेतु ही उन्होंने यह आरटीआई डाली थी और  इस  आरटीआई के जबाब
ने उनकी नवनियुक्त सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा भ्रष्टाचार में लिप्त होकर अपने
परिवारीजनों के नाम पर अचल सम्पत्तियों में भारी निवेश की आशंका को और
भी पुष्ट कर दिया है l संजय  ने  अब  राज्य सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा
संपत्ति की घोषणा की सूचना अभी तक सार्वजनिक नहीं करने के इस मामले में
राज्यपाल से मिलकर राज्यपाल से हस्तक्षेप करने की अपील करने की बात कही
है l

Lucknow based Social activist and Engineer Sanjay Sharma filed a RTI
with the CPIO of Central Information Commission ( CIC ) to get
certified copies of asset details filed by Info-commissioners as
mandated by Lokpal & Lokayukta act in 5 performa. Reply sent by Sushil
Kumar, Deputy Secretary ( admn. ) & CPIO of CIC asserts that The
action is under process. Sanjay says that this makes it clear that
till now, either info-commissioners at CIC have not submitted asset
returns on these 5 performa or CPIO of Central Information Commission
is making  lame excuses to deter exposure of asset details of its
Commissioners under RTI.

Sanjay said that In July, the Department of Personnel & Training
under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, had
issued a notification under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act that
mandated  every public servant to file a declaration, information and
annual returns of assets and liabilities of his family including
himself as of 31 March 2014 and that too on or before 15 September
2014. INFO-COMMISSIONERS too, are public servants and are very much
required to comply this notification in letter & spirit, said Sanjay.

Sanjay said that its shocking that even the transparency watchdog of
India is reluctant to make annual property returns, a mandatory
obligation under the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, public. If
info-commissioners themselves do not follow the government’s
directives, how can they direct others to do so?” asked Sanjay , the
Lucknow-based Social activist & founder of ‘TAHRIR’ who filed the

“Corruption maybe another aspect of this issue. The fact that
Info-commissioners are reluctant to share information about their
property hints at possible corruption. Our newly elected Prime
Minister’s USP is good governance. If Info-commissioners conceal
information about their property, how can Narendra Modi’s vision of
providing good and efficient governance be realised?” Sanjay asked. In
this matter, Sanjay has sent First appeal to A. K. Dash, First
appellate authority of CIC.

On a separate RTI plea of Sanjay Sharma, PIO of Uttar Pradesh State
Information Commission ( UPSIC ) has flatly written that no
information related to  asset details of its Commissioners i.e. the
certified copies of asset details filed by Info-commissioners as
mandated by Lokpal & Lokayukta act in 5 performa was available with
him which meant all of the info-commissioners have failed to file
asset details as mandated by Lokpal & Lokayukta act.

Sanjay says that he filed this RTI with UPSIC on a tip-off of
purchasing a large chunk of land and investments in real estate by
some info-commissioner of UPSIC in the name of members of his family
out of money made by corrupt practices at UPSIC and adds that this RTI
reply by PIO of UPSIC has further cemented his doubts on honest and
integral discharge of functions by existing info-commissioners of
UPSIC. Sanjay shall soon meet Governor of U.P. to intervene in this
matter and do the needful to make info-commissioners accountable to
the public.

-Sincerely Yours,

Urvashi Sharma
101,Narayan Tower, Opposite F block Idgah
Rajajipuram,Lucknow-226017,Uttar Pradesh,India
Contact 9369613513
Right to Information Helpline 8081898081
Helpline Against Corruption  9455553838


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