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A rash of farmers' suicides are due to Monsanto supplied seeds
Report dated 12/01/2014 @ 11:56 AM

A rash of farmers' suicides are due to Monsanto supplied seeds An epidemic of farmers' suicides in India are a result of Monsanto's growing control over cotton seed supplies, 95 percent of which is now controlled by the company. Monsanto is the company that produces 'Genetically Modified Foods' which it supplies to supermarkets and grocery stores.

Among those combating the growth of GMOs in India, is Prashant Bhushan, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court who has been handling matters concerning a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in 2005 to ban GMOs in India. Bhushan who has joined the Aam Aadmi Party is expected to hold out more hope with the backing of CM Kejriwal, in order to take on Monsanto and its ilk

Arun Shrivastava for his part in the campaign, collected signatures from 6.5 million farmers across 8 states in India and submitted his case in support of the PIL in 2007. Sadly though the campaign made the media, the mainstream has ignored it

Another NRI moneylender murdered in the Philippines
Report dated 12/01/2014 @ 11:48 AM

Another NRI moneylender murdered in the Philippines Navjot Singh 26, was shot twice in the chest and his associate Lakhwinder Singh 33, was shot in the arm by unidentified gunmen as they were on a trip to a rural area of Calabanga town to collect loan payments from clients. Paramjit Singh, 34, who was accompanying the two men took the victims to a hospital in Naga City.

Police say two unidentified motorcycle-borne gunmen were waiting for the men near a store. No cash was taken from the victims.

The bureau of immigration in Naga City says it has no records for Navjot Singh, who is described as an 'unverified Indian national'.

Reports and officials say Indian nationals targeted in several armed robberies and shootings were uncooperative with police investigators, and in fact Indian nationals have masterminded armed robberies and shootings of fellow Indians because of business rivalries.

India expels US diplomat as Devyani returns home
Report dated 11/01/2014 @ 2:25 PM

India expels US diplomat as Devyani returns home After a session of hardball negotiations between India and the US, Devyani Khobragade left America armed with full diplomatic immunity from visa fraud charges, putting the lid on the heated month long diplomatic fiasco. If she returns to the US however, she will still face the charges. On her arrival in Delhi, Diplomat Divyani, 39, thanked India for the support she received.

Meanwhile India has expelled an American diplomat of similar rank as Khobragade, on the grounds that the officer allegedly played a role in the events leading up to Khobragade's arrest. Sources say the officer was also involved in getting the family of domestic helper Sangeeta Richard to the US.

Clearly the Khobragade issue is not completely resolved because Divyani is married to a New York born NRI who is a US citizen and the couple have two school going children, making the eventual settlement take into account ways to keep the family together. An eventual resolution could involve periodic postings for Khobragade to the United Nations to enable her to be with her family if her husband, Aakash Singh Rathore desires or needs to be in New York City or region.

Counsellor Khobragade continues to maintain her innocence on charges filed against her and her determination to make sure the episode will not leave a lasting impact on her family, particularly her children.

It is certain though that Diplomat Divyani will continue to occupy the headlines going forward, while India and the US continue to seethe over the whole bizarre episode.

The new challenge - 44% voters in metros will vote for AAP !
Report dated 11/01/2014 @ 2:19 PM

The new challenge - 44% voters in metros will vote for AAP ! Research has revealed that of voters in India's biggest metropolises, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Ahmedabad, 44 percent confirm that they will vote for the Aam Aadmi Party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However a majority still see Narendra Modi as a better PM prospect than Arvind Kejriwal.

When it came to prime ministerial preferences, 58% chose Modi, 25% chose Kehriwal even though he is not in the running, and just 14% chose Rahul Gandhi.

India to introduce electronic emigration process in April
Report dated 10/01/2014 @ 3:06 PM

India to introduce electronic emigration process in April Speaking on the sidelines of the 12th annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Delhi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Secretary Prem Narain announced that India will introduce e-migrate, an electronic emigration process, that will enhance transparency and make the movement of people across the border easier. The process will be ready in April.

E-migrate will provide a complete and comprehensive electronic platform linking all the stakeholders with minimum human intervention. The system will convert all routine processes such as application submission, document verification and other approvals to electronic mode. Information related to migrants and agents, as well as data related to their country of travel and residence, will be provided at one place.

The government contracted Tata Consultancy Services for the implementation of the project.

Nearly 25 million NRIs and PIOs live across the world. The Indian government has issued nearly 1.5 million OCI cards that carry a lifetime visa.

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