Govt mulling dropping key clause in N-liability bill

[India continues to grovel at American feet–now the government openly bows to American dictates.  Following the Bhopal farcical verdict, which spared the American corporation for criminal liability for the slaughter, the passage of the nuclear liability bill will advertise to the world that India is a population of “useless eaters” eager to die for jobs.  SEE: Nuclear Liability Bill to be introduced on Monday]

Govt mulling dropping key clause in N-liability bill

2010-06-10 18:40:00
Last Updated: 2010-06-10 19:36:52
​A verdict that shattered the hopes of a nation

New Delhi: The government is understood to be considering changes in the nuclear liability bill, including a proposal to drop a crucial clause that would compel a foreign nuclear supplier to provide for compensation in case of accidents due to wilful action or gross negligence.

The changes coming against the backdrop of light sentencing in the Bhopal gas tragedy verdict have already come under attack from political parties including the BJP and the Left parties which have said it was being done under American pressure.

The government intention is believed to have been conveyed during a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology on Tuesday by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

No ministerial connivance on Anderson: Soni

The changes appear to have even caught off guard the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), which plays a key role in forging cooperation with the US and other nations for the government.

Highly placed sources in the MEA said Section 17(b) was part of the Bill at least till last week and they were not aware if changes were being mooted by the DAE. However, the sources maintained that the government would not take away the liability of the supplier under contractual obligation and that the interests of the common man would be protected.

This, they claimed, would be ensured in the context of the Bhopal court verdict that has highlighted the lacunae in Indian laws in dealing with such industrial disasters and to provide adequate compensation for the victims.

There was no official word from the government on the changes except a terse press release from the DAE which referred to news reports on deletions and modifications in the Bill.

How Anderson was escorted out of Bhopal

It merely said the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010 was under consideration by a Parliamentary Committee, which is “examining all aspects”.

“The Government’s role is limited and will continue to be restricted to providing inputs in response to queries put to it by the Committee,” the release said.

Afghan drug production – a challenge to the world community

06/10/2010

Afghan drug production – a challenge to the world community

Natalia Kharitonov

Under Niyazov, Afghan drug traffic through the territory of Turkmenistan could not be counted and implemented with the direct support of intelligence. When Berdimuhamedov taking steps (until fine) to counter drug trafficking.

Moscow hosted the International Forum “The Afghan drug production – a challenge to the world community”, organized by RIA Novosti and the Federal Service for Control of illicit trafficking in drugs (FSKN). Yesterday, during the TV Moscow – Washington, Russian and American experts expressed the view that the Afghan drug problem should be addressed at the international level, developing an integrated approach. In fact ascertained fact that all the efforts to date measure any significant result was not given. This is evidenced by the numbers – according to various sources on the territory of Afghanistan produced more than 90 percent of the heroin consumed in the world.

The problem of Afghan drug really took rampant. According to the UN, Russia ranked first in the world for the consumption of heroin. Every year from the Afghan drug kills more than 30 thousand people, which was 2 times higher than during the entire Afghan war.

First, it is assumed that the primary responsibility for combating the Afghan drug traffic should take the United States. And not just because they have actually led Operation Enduring Freedom, but also because since the invasion of coalition forces in Afghanistan, drug production steadily increases.

It is known that the Taliban came to power, in principle, against drug production and drug trafficking used only as a temporary financing in guerrilla warfare.

At the same time expect the United States any serious measures to combat drug trafficking is futile. Drug trafficking for them – a kind of leverage over the situation in Afghanistan. After all, the production and drug trafficking – is the main method of funding the warlords, and a blow to drug trafficking repeatedly reinforce the activity of these groups against the coalition forces. It turns out that the presence of drug alleviate conflict in this country. Statements by the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, to the effect that the U.S. “can not be distracted by the fight against trafficking”, as in the first place they should fight against the main enemy – al Qaeda, a position confirmed. R. Holbrook summer of 2009 also recognized that the cost of the destruction of opium poppy have not brought positive results, and announced that henceforth the strategy will be based on measures to curb the drug traffic and arrest drug lords who organize the supply chain. Furthermore, again as stated R. Holbrook, given the rising unemployment destruction of poppy fields is not only futile and ineffective, but counterproductive, since the Afghan farmers can go to the Taliban. Later it was reported that the U.S. can not force the Afghan farmers not to grow poppy because they still have nothing to offer in return.

Secondly, the external forces, carrying out policy in Afghanistan, always pursuing only their own interests, and usually without a thorough analysis of the situation inside the country and even less without regard to the Afghan interests. This practice is waning. Afghanistan can not be regarded as “Asian Colombia” – which is ruled by drug lords reside exclusively. In Afghanistan, there has traditionally developed political system.

A decisive role here could play Russia – as the country most affected by the Afghan drug trafficking.

Russia may find allies in the EU (eg Germany, which conducts an independent policy in Afghanistan), Iran (the country is taking stringent measures to counter the Afghan drug trade) and China.

Case here is the question of interaction with the countries of Central Asia, because it is clear that a transit point between Russia and Afghanistan are precisely those countries.Experts believe that now the main flow of Afghan drugs pass through Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. As for Turkmenistan, Niyazov’s Afghan drug traffic across the country could not be counted and implemented with the direct support of intelligence. Now, with Berdimuhamedov, who unlike Niyazov prefers to build relations with the Kabul government, steps are being taken (still fine) to combat drug trafficking. Nevertheless, Russia in Central Asia is, at least two allies – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, whose leadership is interested in addressing the drug because, inter alia, in the Ferghana Valley is a way of funding Islamist entities with which the many years of being actively controlled .

Source:: Novaya Gazeta (Kazakhstan)

US Army Looking for Construction Contractors for 5 Central Asian Countries

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THIS IS A SOURCES SOUGHT MARKET SURVEY ONLY. THE SOLICITATION NUMBER USED IS A FICTICTIOUS NUMBER. THERE IS NO SOLICITATION AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. REQUESTS FOR A SOLICITATION WILL NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE. Any information submitted by respondents to this synopsis is strictly voluntary. This market survey does not constitute a Request for Proposals (RFP) or a request for sealed bids (IFB), nor does its issuance restrict the Government as to its ultimate acquisition approach. The Government will neither award a contract solely on the basis of this notice, nor pay respondents for any information that they submit in response to this Sources Sought request. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is conducting this sources sought market survey to determine interest from potential sources capable of fulfilling Construction Requirements as follows:

This scope of work is to perform large-scale ground-up design-build construction projects in the following Central South Asian States (CASA): Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; and Uzbekistan.

COUNTRY AND ESTIMATED DOLLAR VALUE OF PROJECT
Kazakhstan $1,000,000 – $5,000,000
Kyrgyzstan $5,000,000 – $10,000,000
We anticipate two different projects in Kyrgyzstan. Both are estimated to be in the $5M to $10M dollar range.
Tajikistan $1,000,000 – $5,000,000
Tajikistan $5,000,000 – $10,000,000
Turkmenistan $1,000,000 – $5,000,000
Uzbekistan $1,000,000 – $5,000,000

Responses to the Sources Sought Market Survey should include the following information:

(1) Who are you? Tell us about your company. Provide a brief description of previous ground-up and design-build construction experience (include the size of project, location, dollar value; your role in the project, i.e. prime contractor, sub-contractor, or joint venture);

(2) Do you have the ability to perform large-scale ground-up construction and deliver the required services, equipment and manpower in a timely manner tell us how you can meet this requirement?;

(3) Our projects will require design. What capability do you have to provide a complete design?

(4) Do you have a company website address? Please share it with us.

(5) Please state specifically which countries you are interested in performing in.

Contractor is encouraged to utilize CASA local sources and service to the maximum extent practicable when it does not conflict with other requirements, especially quality.

Responders must have the financial capacity to fund the construction, no advance financing will be provided. Joint Ventures are encouraged.

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Tajik Journalists Picketed the Uzbek Embassy in Dushanbe Over Rail Shutdown

The journalists picketed the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Tajikistan in Dushanbe

June 9, 2010, 11:46
CA-NEWS (TJ) – Over 20 employees of the independent media had a picket at the Uzbek embassy in Tajikistan on Wednesday.

As the correspondent of CA-News, the journalists were kept in their placards “Free cars Tadizhkistana!” And chanted “Mr. Ambassador, leave us and answer our questions!”.

According to the protesters to leave the picket prompted their sense of patriotism and the emerging critical situation in the country in connection with the May disaster.

The embassy of Uzbekistan, the head of diplomatic mission Shokasym Shoislamov is currently in Tashkent, in connection with preparations for the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, scheduled for June 11.

Tajik President Rakhmon officially Confirm their participation in the upcoming summit.

Last week’s second rally held in front of the Uzbek Embassy in Dushanbe. Last week, a rally held women activists in Tajikistan.

The wave of pickets organized by citizens of Tajikistan, were also at the Uzbek Embassy in Bishkek and Washington.

Participants in all pickets demanded that the Uzbek authorities to lift the blockade of transit trains with cargo for Tajikistan, which has been going on for the past six months. According to the Tajik side, at the moment on the territory of Uzbekistan is delayed about 2,5 thousand wagons with cargo to Tajikistan.

Recall that on Tuesday the President of Tajikistan, told a conference “Water for Life 2005-2015″ in Dushanbe, the need for unhindered passage of goods, which play a strategic role in solving the problems of poverty, disaster management, support health, education and other tasks .

CIS States Cope With Remnants of Soviet Electrical Water Distribution Networks

Participants of the international conference on water in Dushanbe declare interconnectedness of water and electricity
June 9, 2010, 16:54
CA-NEWS (TJ) – The International Conference on High-Level Mid-Term Review of the implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life 2005-2015″, which completes its work in Dushanbe on Wednesday, to recognize the UN’s role in discussing and reaching agreement on all matters associated with water.

As a result of the conference is expected to adopt the Dushanbe Water Declaration, the draft of which is available to the CA-News.

The Conference expressed interrelatedness of water and electricity. “Water as a source of renewable energy needed to generate electricity, and electricity is in turn necessary for water supply, as well as providing other basic services naselniyu. Sustainable hydropower can contribute in meaningful progress on poverty reduction, climate change mitigation and sustainable development, particularly in developing countries “, – stated in the draft document.

Delegates believe that the sustainable management of surface and ground water resources is key to achieving progress on all aspects of economic and human development, as well as to ensure water quality and ecosystems, life support products and services.

In their view, issues related to water resource management requires an approach at the local, national, regional and international levels. “Water is central to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Sustainable and equitable access to water, requires the solution of the extremes of water availability through proper management of water resources, as well as providing appropriate services to improve sanitation and wastewater treatment “, – emphasized in the draft document.

The participants also expressed the need to accelerate the process in achieving the goals of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

“The political will and financial commitment, both by national governments and by development partners, should be further strengthened and taken as a priority for the international development goals on water resources during the remaining part of the International Decade for Action” Water for Life ” 2005-2015, especially for developing countries “, – stated in the draft document.

The declaration is expected to be adopted on Wednesday by the International Conference in Dushanbe, will be presented to the UN General Assembly at its 65 th session.

The conference brought together delegations from 70 countries are UN members, representatives of 20 organizations, UN entities, as well as 65 international and regional organizations, as well as a large number of scientists and international experts.

The main objective of the conference – the midterm comprehensive review of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, analysis of the progress made within the internationally agreed development goals related to water issues, as well as the projection of the international commitments related to water and water issues 2015.