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Hillary Clinton arrives in India to breathe life into ties

News4u-News Desk-KOLKATA: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in India on Sunday with hopes of reinvigorating a relationship seen as losing steam despite efforts to bring the world’s two largest democracies closer.

Clinton will be wading into a row over Iran, which is sending a trade delegation this week to New Delhi despite US threats to slap sanctions on countries that buy the Islamic republic’s oil.

Clinton’s final stop on a three-nation tour follows a tense visit to China defusing a crisis over a dissident and a stop in Bangladesh where she urged the country’s polarised politicians to unite in the push for development.

The veteran politician arrived in Kolkata, where she will tour monuments and meet citizens in her latest bid to use her personal popularity as a diplomatic tool.

Clinton said that she saw ample progress in relations with India, pointing to rising trade and cooperation in areas from education to clean energy.

“I think it’s like any relationship — there is progress in some areas that we are very heartened by, and there is more work to be done,” Clinton told reporters before her arrival.

“But that’s the commitment that we make when we say to another country, we want to be your partner,” she said.

The United States and India, which had uneasy relations during the Cold War, started to reconcile in the late 1990s under former president Bill Clinton and reached a milestone when his successor George W. Bush championed a deal that ended India’s decades of isolation over its nuclear programme.

But champions of the relationship have begun to voice disappointment, with US businesses upset that India’s parliament has not passed legislation they seek to enter the nuclear and retail sectors.

India has bristled at a US law that would impose sanctions on banks from countries that buy oil from Iran due to concerns over Iran’s contested nuclear programme.

Only EU nations and Japan have so far been given exemptions to the law which starts on June 28.

India has been reducing oil imports from Iran, but is highly dependent on foreign energy and has historically enjoyed friendly relations with Tehran.

TP Sreenivasan, a former Indian ambassador to the United Nations, said that expectations for the US-India relationship had not been met but that Clinton had the advantage of being considered a friend of New Delhi.

The visit “comes at a useful time as there is a certain amount of strain in relations that needs to be rectified,” he said.

“The relationship has lost momentum partly because… both are preoccupied with their own internal problems,” he said.

C. Raja Mohan, a fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, said that India and the United States had the same objectives in Iran and would likely want to “keep their differences to manageable limits.”

“Contrary to what one might think, the relations are reasonably on track in terms of their engagement. The US is in election mode; India has its own problems,” Mohan said.

Experts noted that the United States made little fuss last month when India tested its nuclear-capable Agni V missile, which can reach across China.

“Now the US views India as a strategic partner with growing economic and political clout that will contribute to promoting security and stability in Asia,” said a paper by Lisa Curtis and Baker Spring, of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative US think tank.

India has recently worked to repair relations with historic enemy Pakistan, removing one potential headache for the United States whose own relations with Islamabad have been in crisis since last year’s killing of Osama bin Laden. AFP

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Binding agreement on climate change among UN priority list

News4u-News Desk-UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said getting a binding agreement sealed on climate change was among his top priorities for the year after the Copenhagen conference that marked “an important step forward”.

Listing his seven priorities for 2010 to the General Assembly, Ban placed at the top of his ‘to-do’ list efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, while on the second spot he put the target of reaching a binding agreement on climate change.
“Copenhagen marked an important step forward. But there is tremendous work to do in 2010… Our second strategic priority in 2010 is to negotiate a binding agreement on climate change, as well as to deliver on commitments made to date,” Ban said.
He said for the purpose he would work in cooperation with political leaders of the world and asked world nations to set more ambitious target cuts to achieve the goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2 degree Celsius.
He said world leaders must come to Mexico, where a follow up climate summit is to be held this year, with the aim of achieving a solution.
The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, which was held in December in the Danish capital failed to produce the anticipated legally-binding Copenhagen treaty.

Instead, a Copenhagen Accord was produced and states were given the option to be “associated” with the document.

So far, Cuba is the only country that has stated that it does not want to be associated with the accord.

The Secretary-General also called on world nations to take action on mitigation and adaptation even before a climate deal was signed, and for establishment of the Copenhagen fund to begin allocating resources to those in need.

“We must ensure that the important financial commitments undertaken in Copenhagen are delivered upon immediately,” he said.

“A high-level panel on financing the struggle against climate change is going to be established and should contribute to implementing these plans and proposals”.

The final draft of the controversial Accord provides USD 100 billion for long-term funding for developing countries and USD 30 billion for the short term, which will go to the poorest and most vulnerable.

The UN Chief also listed six other goals that the UN would pursue in 2010 — sustainable development, empowering

women, nuclear free world, resolving deadly conflicts around the world, strengthening human rights, rule of law and the UN system.

“I have seven strategic priorities for 2010… opportunities to be realised not over decades but within the next 12 months,” Ban said.

“Taken together, they can make the world safer, fairer and more prosperous today and in the future,” he said.

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India must not lag behind in climate change initiatives: PM

News4u-News Desk-The Copenhagen meet made “limited progress” and no one was satisfied with the outcome, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday, while observing that taking the path of low greenhouse gas emissions was the only alternative and India “must not lag behind” on this.

Inaugurating the 97th Indian Science Congress, Singh acknowledged that results of last month’s climate summit, that saw sharp differences over issues of emission cuts and accountability, had left no one satisfied.

However, he said, India should aspire to be among the world leaders in climate-friendly technologies.

“We were able to make only limited progress at the Copenhagen Summit and no one was satisfied with the outcome.”

“And yet there is no escaping the truth that the nations of the world have to move to a low greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficient development path,” he said.

Singh, who was among over 100 world leaders who attended the finale of the 12-day summit in the Danish capital, said nations are chalking out strategies to achieve greater energy efficiency and a shift to renewable energy sources, as well as for adapting to climate change “which is inevitable”.

“India must not lag behind in these areas. Indeed we should plan to be among the leaders in the development of science and technology related to mitigation and also adaptation to climate change. The market for such technologies is not just India. It is the whole world,” he said.

The much-anticipated Copenhagen climate change summit ended in a disappointment last month, with world nations failing to agree on clear terms on the way to combat global warming, and coming out with a mere face saver statement.

Major differences persisted over the limit to which rise is temperature is to be contained and on the insistence of developed countries that developing nations must open up their domestic mitigation targets for scrutiny.

The Prime Minister said even as India grapples with the challenges of food security and disease control, climate change and its effects are posing fresh challenges to the country.

Climate change, he said, “is a problem that is challenging the knowledge and wisdom of humankind”.

He said India now faces “new challenges of climate change and the management of our scarce water resources,” and pressed for marking a greater share in the energy sector to clean supplies like nuclear and solar energy.

“As far as energy is concerned, renewable and clean energy supplies will need to play a much bigger role that what they do currently. Nuclear and solar energy supplies will need to increase considerably,” Singh told the gathering.

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Miss World crown won’t help you to change the world: Priyanka

News4u-News Desk-Priyanka Chopra, who is here on the panel of the judges to crown Miss World 2009, feels it is wrong to expect the winning beauty to change the world.
“Miss World is not the President of a country, and people should not expect her to be that,” Priyanka, who won the title in 2000, said.
The 59th edition of the contest that takes place here this evening will see beauties from 112 countries participating and Priyanka says that the winner of the pageant is just another girl doing her bit to help.
“She’s just a girl who has been given this pedestal of power and position and she is going to do her bit to help whoever needs help, especially because the Miss World organisation does so much for children who are disadvantaged, sick and underprivileged,” Priyanka said.
“It’s doing fundraisers, raising money for charities, so she is going to help people who need it, but she is not going to eradicate poverty or change the world,” she added.
The beauty queen-turned-actress has not yet met Miss India, Pooja Chopra, at the rehearsals here, but has extended her best wishes to Pooja who is nursing a twisted ankle.
Priyanka also explained what she would be looking for in the winner.
“I’ll be looking for a girl with substance who knows what she’s saying and can face world media. I will see whether she can stand up to the pressure of being Miss World, because it comes with a lot of expectations,” Priyanka said.
Priyanka, who has visited South Africa a number of times in recent years while shooting for films, said that the country to be “one of my most favourite places.”
“I love the people… Johannesburg is my first time, but I love Cape Town, where I’ve shot several films. The people, the place, the environment is so energetic,” she said.
When told that South African film critics were debating whether she or rival Kareena Kapoor was the best actress of 2009, Chopra thanked her local fans for the support they had shown for her roles in ‘Kaminey’ and ‘What’s Your Raashee?’.
“You know I’m a Punjabi girl and to learn the Marathi and its unique culture, especially the body language, was extremely challenging. But I enjoyed doing that. Plus it was a bonus working with Vishal Bhardwaj, who is extremely talented,” Priyanka said.
“‘What’s Your Raashee’ was also challenging because I played twelve roles, a first in the world for any actress,” she added.
Priyanka also talked about her upcoming film ‘Pyar Impossible’ with Uday Chopra which is set to hit the theatres on January 8.
“That film is a beautiful romantic comedy. It’s sweet story like the kind of movie you want to take your girlfriend to. It’s about this geek guy who has always been in love with this unattainable girl and he totally believes how it is impossible that he can get somebody like her. The story moves forward when they meet and enter into each others’ lives,” Priyanka said.

News4u-Entertainments Desk-Priyanka Chopra, who is here on the panel of the judges to crown Miss World 2009, feels it is wrong to expect the winning beauty to change the world.

“Miss World is not the President of a country, and people should not expect her to be that,” Priyanka, who won the title in 2000, said.

The 59th edition of the contest that takes place here this evening will see beauties from 112 countries participating and Priyanka says that the winner of the pageant is just another girl doing her bit to help.

“She’s just a girl who has been given this pedestal of power and position and she is going to do her bit to help whoever needs help, especially because the Miss World organisation does so much for children who are disadvantaged, sick and underprivileged,” Priyanka said.

“It’s doing fundraisers, raising money for charities, so she is going to help people who need it, but she is not going to eradicate poverty or change the world,” she added.

The beauty queen-turned-actress has not yet met Miss India, Pooja Chopra, at the rehearsals here, but has extended her best wishes to Pooja who is nursing a twisted ankle.

Priyanka also explained what she would be looking for in the winner.

“I’ll be looking for a girl with substance who knows what she’s saying and can face world media. I will see whether she can stand up to the pressure of being Miss World, because it comes with a lot of expectations,” Priyanka said.

Priyanka, who has visited South Africa a number of times in recent years while shooting for films, said that the country to be “one of my most favourite places.”

“I love the people… Johannesburg is my first time, but I love Cape Town, where I’ve shot several films. The people, the place, the environment is so energetic,” she said.

When told that South African film critics were debating whether she or rival Kareena Kapoor was the best actress of 2009, Chopra thanked her local fans for the support they had shown for her roles in ‘Kaminey’ and ‘What’s Your Raashee?’.

“You know I’m a Punjabi girl and to learn the Marathi and its unique culture, especially the body language, was extremely challenging. But I enjoyed doing that. Plus it was a bonus working with Vishal Bhardwaj, who is extremely talented,” Priyanka said.

“‘What’s Your Raashee’ was also challenging because I played twelve roles, a first in the world for any actress,” she added.

Priyanka also talked about her upcoming film ‘Pyar Impossible’ with Uday Chopra which is set to hit the theatres on January 8.

“That film is a beautiful romantic comedy. It’s sweet story like the kind of movie you want to take your girlfriend to. It’s about this geek guy who has always been in love with this unattainable girl and he totally believes how it is impossible that he can get somebody like her. The story moves forward when they meet and enter into each others’ lives,” Priyanka said.

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Wen calls up PM to discuss climate change issue

News4u-News Desk-Voicing concern over climatic distortions adversely affecting ground water table and impacting crop productivity, India on Thursday made it clear it would not convert its domestic carbon reduction pledges into a globally binding pact.

Senior Indian negotiator at the climate change meet in Copenhagen Chandrashekar Dasgupta said that India’s targets were not up for review.

India has set a goal of 20 to 25 per cent reduction in carbon intensity by 2020, compared to the 2005 levels.

“This year we had floods in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and elsewhere. At the same time around 300 districts of the country were declared as drought affected. These imbalances will only intensify with climatic distortions. Moreover, there are concerns that climate change may also adversely impact ground water table and its quality, affecting crop productivity,” he said.

Improvement in irrigation is key not only to step up agricultural productivity but also the strategy for sustainable water use, he said.

“There has to be greater synergy between our water and agricultural policies with a view to securing food supply,” the Prime Minister said.

Addressing the inaugural session of the 5th Asian Regional Conference of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage in New Delhi, Dr Singh said that in order to address the complex inter-relationships between different sectors of the economy, the government has formed the National Water Commission, which is among the eight missions part of National Action Plan on Climate Change.

With climate change set to have unpredictable consequences on water regime, the action plan, he said, aims at increasing water use efficiency by 20 per cent and promote basin level integrated water resources management.

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India not acting under pressure on climate change issue: Saran

News4u-News DeskWith nations engaged in tough negotiations for a new climate treaty, India has said its decision on voluntary reduction of carbon emission intensity was not announced under pressure but was made to “facilitate and promote a successful outcome at Copenhagen”.

India decided to cut down its carbon emission intensity by 20-25 percent by 2020 in the run up to the Copenhagen summit, shortly after a similar declaration by China.

Asked if the recent announcement on emission reduction indicated flexibility in India’s position, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, Shyam Saran said: “We are not required by the convention to do this but we are doing this in order to facilitate and promote a successful outcome at Copenhagen.”

He also made it clear that India would stick to the fundamental elements of its stated position on the issue.

“We should be aware of the fact that there are certain fundamental elements that should not change. In terms of those fundamental principles the Indian stand has been quite consistent,” he said.

On Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s late decision to attend the summit’s finale on 18th December, that came after US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s confirmation of their attendance, Saran denied India was acting under pressure.

“We should not be looking as this (PM’s visit) as something as done under pressure. This is a good gesture on our part as a contribution to the success of the negotiations,” Saran said.

He said India would stick to the fundamental elements of the principle of common but differentiated responsibility and that legally binding quantitative emission reduction targets obligations should be on developed countries not on developing countries.

He also said mitigation action being taken voluntarily by developing countries should be supported by financial resources and technology.

The fundamental elements also include a mechanism for technology transfer as well as a financial mechanism that provides for large-scale mobilisation and deployment for financial resources on a stable and predictable basis.

The 12-day long climate change conference kicked off on Monday with strong calls for action by Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, UN’s top scientist R K Pachauri and UN’s top climate change official Yvo de Boer.

The negotiators are expected to produce either a legally binding document or at least a document that captures an agreement on key political fronts to tackle climate change that will be worked into a legally binding treaty next year.

Meanwhile, another track of negotiations are being for conducted for extension of Kyoto Protocol into its second term after its first commitment period expires on 31st Dec 2012.

India not to accept any legal binding on emission cut: Govt

Under attack for its climate policy for Copenhagen summit, the govt on Monday said India will not accept any legal binding on emission cut and rejected any proposal that would put a cap on the carbon emission.

Days before leaving for the Copenhagen summit which began in the Danish capital on Monday, Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh said, “Under no circumstances, we will accept any draft which suggests that India’s emissions should peak by 2025, 2030 … This is simply not on our agenda”.

Replying to queries from members in the Rajya Sabha, he said India would not accept the same level of international scrutiny for the country’s unsupported carbon mitigation action though it can do so for the plans supported by global funding and technology.

“Wherever the world supports us in terms of finance and technology, they can come and verify what we are doing. But where you (developed world) are not supporting us… we will not support these actions to international scrutiny”, he said.

Ramesh, who is blamed by opposition for opening the country’s negotiating cards before going to the summit, said, “We will under no circumstances accept a legally binding emission reduction cut.”

He had last week announced in the Lok Sabha that India would unilaterally cut carbon intensity level by 20-25 percent by 2020. His announcement came in for sharp criticism from the BJP and the Left parties.

Justifying the announcement, Ramesh said this was a unilateral domestic obligation that the country had taken on its own interest and tell the world that “if you want us to reflect it internationally, you have to support us both in terms of finance and technology”.

Asserting that he has nothing to hide and was being transparent, he assured them House that the proposal did not mean international monitoring, reporting and verification of unsupported actions.

“I am trying to come clean as much as I can. I am not trying to hide anything”, he said.

Disagreeing with Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley that India’s unveiling its plan would weaken its negotiating position in the summit, Ramesh said, “Every major country in the world has a major offer on the table.

“We also have an offer on the table. But under no circumstances, our per capita emission should exceed the emissions of the developed world” and this too was non-legally binding offer.

He said it strengthened country’s negotiating position to demand greater cuts from the West and denied that the plan was made under any foreign pressure.

On fears that the commitment of 20-25 emission cut would lead to denial of electricity to the masses, Ramesh said, “If this emerges as a constraint, we will re-look it.”

Seeking to allay apprehensions, Ramesh said India would not deviate from its stated position that emission cuts should be on principle of per capita and historical responsibility.

The Kyoto Protocol, which is sought to be replaced by developed countries, follows the principle of per capita emission generation.

Since India stands to gain by this principle because of its large population, the rich nations want to dump this basis.

About 193 countries have begun negotiations to reach a new agreement for cuts in greenhouse gases which threatened to melt glaciers and rise sea levels.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would join the world leaders including US President Barack Obama at Copenhagen on 17th and 18th December.

Prime Ministers Special Envoy on Climate Change, Shyam Saran

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Clinton spells constructive sea change in Pak attitude

News4u-News Desk-US Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton on Sunday expressed her contentment over the change in the attitude of Pakistanis in the last one year and appreciated the military actions being taken by its army against the Taliban militants.

“I think what we’ve seen over the course of this year is a sea change in attitude by the Pakistanis. If we’d been sitting here a year ago and you had asked what they were going to do, there wouldn’t be much of an answer,” Clinton told the NBC news channel in an interview.
“Now we can say they are beginning to go after the terrorists who are threatening their very existence as a sovereign nation. They’ve had two military campaigns in the space of the last eight months, and they are making real progress,” she said.
“What we are discussing and consulting with them over is how all of these groups are now a threat to them. There is a syndicate of terrorism with al Qaeda at the head of it,” she said.
“So we are doing everything we can to support them in what is a, really, life-or-death struggle. I mean, they just blew up — the terrorists just blew up a mosque in Rawalpindi filled with military officers. These terrorists, with al Qaeda’s funding, encouragement, training, equipping, is going right at the Pakistani government,” Clinton said.
When asked about Osama bin Laden, she said: “I really believe it’s important to capture and kill Osama bin Laden, Zawahiri, the others who are part of that leadership team. But, certainly, you can make enormous progress, absent that.”

Appearing on the same news channel along with Clinton, Secretary of Defence Robert Gates said that failure in Afghanistan can’t be an option.
“No, I don’t think it can be, given the nature of the terror network that Secretary Clinton referred to. But we will be monitoring our progress and be willing to adjust our strategy if there are issues,” he said.
“We are not just going to plunge blindly ahead if it becomes clear that what we are doing isn’t working. I mean, there are some other alternatives. We, frankly, didn’t think that the outcome of the long discussions that we had was that those outcomes were probably less likely to work than what we have chosen,” Gates said.
“We think and recommended to the president a strategy that he has decided on, but we believe, all of us, including the uniformed military and our commanders in the field, offers the very best chance for our success. That’s what we’re going to count on,” he said.
The two top members of the Obama Administration also said that based on the available information; the US is comfortable with the security of nuclear weapons of Pakistan.
“We are comfortable with the security of their weapons,” Gates said.
“Yes,” said Clinton, when asked about the safety of Pakistani nuclear weapons.
“We have actually given them assistance in improving some of their security arrangements over the past number of years. This is not a new relationship. I think just based on information available to us, that gives us the comfort,” Gates said explaining the reason for being comfortable.

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C’Wealth presses for ‘urgent’ action against climate change

News4u-News Desk-Warning that climate change was posing “existential” threat to several small countries, the 53-nation Commonwealth has said the upcoming Copenhagen meet should come out with an ambitious outcome as there was a need for an “urgent and substantial” action to reduce global emissions.

Warning that the climate change was posing “existential” threat to several small countries, they said a global solution “is central to the survival of peoples, the promotion of development and facilitation of a global transition to a low emission development path.”
Noting that the grouping represents one-third of the world’s population, a declaration issued at the end of the two-day Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM), attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh among others, said that “internationally legally binding agreement is essential” and its voice has to be heard at Copenhagen.
The agreement at the 7th to 18th December Copenhagen summit “must address the urgent needs of developing countries by providing financing, support for adaptation, technology transfer, capacity building, approaches and incentives for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and for afforestation and sustainable management of forests,” it said.

“We need an ambitious mitigation outcome at Copenhagen to reduce the risks of dangerous climate change without compromising the legitimate development aspirations of developing countries. We stress our common conviction that urgent and substantial action to reduce global emissions is needed…,” the declaration said.
Prime Minister Singh had on Saturday told the delegates to the Commonwealth summit that India is willing to sign on to an ambitious global target for emission reduction or limiting temperature increase if it is accompanied by an equitable burden-sharing paradigm.
Pushing for a legally binding substantive outcome at Copenhagen, Singh denounced attempts by some developed nations to junk the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions and said climate change “is becoming the pretext for pursuing protectionist policies under a green label” which would be rejected by India and other developing nations.
Voicing concern over the “undisputed threat” posed by the climate change to the security, prosperity, economic and social development of people, the Commonwealth said “we pledge our continued support to the leaders-driven process … to deliver a comprehensive, substantial and operationally binding agreement in Copenhagen leading towards a full legally binding outcome no later than 2010.”
In addition, the Commonwealth backed a multi-billion- dollar initiative to help developing countries deal with the climate change.

The fund, proposed by the UK and France would start next year and build to a level of USD 10 billion annually by 2012.

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PM discusses climate change issue with Sarkozy, Brown

News4u-News Desk-Ahead of the Copenhagen Summit on climate change, India on Saturday discussed with France and the UK ways to ensure the success of the event as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordan Brown in Port of Spain.

During the separate meetings with Sarkozy and Brown, Dr Singh told them that India has a major stake in the Copenhagen meet and would like to see a “balanced, ambitious and equitable outcome” from it, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash told reporters.

Dr Singh emphasised on transfer of adequate resources and technology to developing nations, which is the “key” to the fight against climate change, Prakash said.

While noting that India was one of the worst affected by climate change, Dr Singh apprised Sarkozy and Brown of the unilateral steps taken by his government to tackle the problem through the National Action Plan, Prakash said.

Dr Singh told them about the thrust being given by India to renewable energy, like solar energy. He said several proposals had been received from various countries over dealing with the climate change and these were under consideration.

Dr Singh, Sarkozy and Brown, who are here to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), met on its sidelines of the summit.

The exchange of views that Singh had with Sarkozy and Brown on climate change assumes significance as it came just a week ahead of the Copenhagen Summit on the issue.

India is pressing for a “legally-binding substantive” outcome at the Copenhagen meet, disapproving the attempt by the US and some other developed countries to defer a cut in greenhouse gas emission.

New Delhi maintains that there is still some time left before the high level segment of the Copenhagen meet beginning on 16th December and efforts should be made to get the maximum from it.

France is not a member of Commonwealth, a grouping of 53 former British colonies, but Sarkozy is here as a special invitee at the Summit, where climate change is the main theme of deliberations.

Dr Singh and Sarkozy expressed satisfaction over the ongoing cooperation. India has already allocated a site to France for setting up a nuclear plant.

The unanimous vote by both assemblies is an important milestone in the development of the civilian nuclear cooperation between France and India, the French Foreign Ministry has said.

“It will enable the early entry into force of the agreement. It now paves the way for strengthening relations between French and Indian partners and for more concrete developments in the industrial field,” it said.

M anmohan Singh Meet Nicolas Sarkozy and discusses climate change issue

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Bhandarkar believes that ‘Jail’ will bring about positive change

News4u-Entertainment Desk- In a kinder world, Madhur Bhandarkar would have been called a crusader. His penchant for digging up dirt on different issues celebrated. But we live in a cruel, cruel world. “If I go to a hospital to visit a relative, the doctors worry that I will make a film on the problems plaguing the health department. If I go to a school as a chief guest, people wonder if I will make a film on donation. I think I am being stereotyped,” says Bhandarkar who was in the city to promote his latest film, ‘Jail’.
In ‘Fashion’, Bhandarkar decided to make fun of this very tendency. “I made a cameo and made other people point at me and discuss among themselves if I was making a film on the fashion world now. It was actually an effort to make fun of myself,” he says.
‘Jail’, as we all know by now, is a film which “throws light on our prison system, as Page 3 did on media and Fashion did on the Fashion world. And Bhandarkar spent a considerable amount of time researching on the subject. “That’s what I love about moviemaking. It gives you the opportunity to delve deeply on such varied subjects. I didn’t know anything about the corporate world when I made Corporate. I’m not even a graduate but that didn’t stop me from researching on our legal system for Jail. I find the idea of taking on these issues very exciting and challenging,” he says gleefully.
Working with Neil Nitin Mukesh and Mughda Godse was, predictably, a “wonderful experience”. “I signed him right after Johnny Gaddar and I recognized the spark in him. He will go a long way. His performance in Jail demanded a lot and he was more than happy to deliver,” says Bhandarkar.
Jail, assures Bhandarkar, will bring a positive change in the prison system in our country. “I am sure it will change your attitude towards a lot of issues,” he signs off. screen

News4u-Entertainment Desk- In a kinder world, Madhur Bhandarkar would have been called a crusader. His penchant for digging up dirt on different issues celebrated. But we live in a cruel, cruel world. “If I go to a hospital to visit a relative, the doctors worry that I will make a film on the problems plaguing the health department. If I go to a school as a chief guest, people wonder if I will make a film on donation. I think I am being stereotyped,” says Bhandarkar who was in the city to promote his latest film, ‘Jail’.

In ‘Fashion’, Bhandarkar decided to make fun of this very tendency. “I made a cameo and made other people point at me and discuss among themselves if I was making a film on the fashion world now. It was actually an effort to make fun of myself,” he says.

‘Jail’, as we all know by now, is a film which “throws light on our prison system, as Page 3 did on media and Fashion did on the Fashion world. And Bhandarkar spent a considerable amount of time researching on the subject. “That’s what I love about moviemaking. It gives you the opportunity to delve deeply on such varied subjects. I didn’t know anything about the corporate world when I made Corporate. I’m not even a graduate but that didn’t stop me from researching on our legal system for Jail. I find the idea of taking on these issues very exciting and challenging,” he says gleefully.

Working with Neil Nitin Mukesh and Mughda Godse was, predictably, a “wonderful experience”. “I signed him right after Johnny Gaddar and I recognized the spark in him. He will go a long way. His performance in Jail demanded a lot and he was more than happy to deliver,” says Bhandarkar.

Jail, assures Bhandarkar, will bring a positive change in the prison system in our country. “I am sure it will change your attitude towards a lot of issues,” he signs off. screen


Madhur Bhandarkar

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