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WTO urged to fight terrorism with trade
Singapore, October 13

Trade ministers and officials from 22 countries today began a two-day meeting in Singapore to try and narrow differences over launching a fresh round of global free trade talks next month.

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Tata Tele to expand
New Delhi, October 13
Tata Teleservices yesterday announced its plans to roll out its services in Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, by June next year. “We have chalked out an aggressive investment strategy and earmarked Rs 3,555 crore for the programme,” Mr S Ramakrishnan, Managing Director of Tata Teleservices told newspersons here today.

TODAY IS WORLD STANDARD DAY
Standardisation for environment
S
tandardisation is a natural phenomenon and as a human action it is a continuous effort with a purpose to make sense in its interaction with the surroundings to help us handle repeatable situations.

Markfed exports wheat, rice
Amritsar, October 13
To cope with the lack of space for storage of agricultural products and tackling the problem of plenty, the Markfed Asia’s biggest co-operative agency has decided to export wheat and rice.

 


EARLIER STORIES
 

Cancellation of carpet fair draws flak
New Delhi, October 13
The cancellation of the mega carpet fair earlier scheduled to be held from October 15 has attracted sharp criticism from the industry. In a representation to the Chairman of the Carpet Export Promotion Council, the Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India, said “this has not only brought bad name but also reflected the inability of the carpet council”.

Dealer award for Joshi Autozone
Chandigarh, October 13
Joshi Autozone Chandigarh based ISO 9002 certified Maruti dealer has been conferred upon the Golden dealer award by Maruti Udyog Ltd for maintaining excellence in overall dealership standards in the area of sales, service and marketing.

AVIATION NOTES

Tight security only on papers
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he Railways Safety Board functions in collaboration with the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation Safety Board. When an accident or an incident occurs, the DGCA Safety Board is entrusted with the entire responsibility of conducting the probe.

  • Safety aspect

RENT CASES

Additional accommodation
Q:
Whether the landlady could exlusively get a decree U/s. 10(3) when she did not press her relief U/s. 14 (1) (b) ?
Ans:
The S.C. held the view thus in B. Kandasamy Reddiar V.O. Gomathi Ammal (2001 (2) R.C.J. 96 (SC)).Top







 

WTO urged to fight terrorism with trade

Singapore, October 13
Trade ministers and officials from 22 countries today began a two-day meeting in Singapore to try and narrow differences over launching a fresh round of global free trade talks next month.

Amid tight security surrounding the Singapore venue, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said in his opening address it was even more crucial for the free trade talks to get under way in light of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Ministers from the 142 member nations of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) hope to agree an agenda for a new round when they meet in Doha, Qatar, next month.

“September 11 does not merely mark the conflict between civilised behaviour and terrorism. It also marks the conflict between globalisation and isolationism, between free trade and protectionism,’’ Goh said.

“That is why is it is crucial for the WTO to carry on with its fourth Ministerial Conference on November 9,’’ he said.

Plans for the Qatar meeting are proceeding although speculation persists that the venue could still be changed because of security concerns.

WTO Director-General Mike Moore said failure to go ahead with the global round of trade talks would be costly in terms of jobs and confidence.

“I’m on the side of people who believe the global economy needs a confidence signal,’’ Moore told the Singapore Straits Times newspaper.

Goh said some generosity on the part of the major powers was necessary to forge a consensus to launch a new trade round.

“They should address quickly the genuine concerns of the developing and the least developing members of the WTO,” Goh said.

Ahead of today’s WTO meeting, Japan and Singapore announced they had agreed on almost all issues covering a wide-ranging free trade agreement, the first such bilateral pact for Tokyo.

A few outstanding questions remain to be finalised before Goh and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi meet at the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next week in Shanghai, where the deal is expected to be signed. Reuters 
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Tata Tele to expand
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 13
Tata Teleservices yesterday announced its plans to roll out its services in Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, by June next year.

“We have chalked out an aggressive investment strategy and earmarked Rs 3,555 crore for the programme,” Mr S Ramakrishnan, Managing Director of Tata Teleservices told newspersons here today.

The company has already paid the entry fee of Rs 175 crore and has also furnished a performance bank guarantee of Rs 700 crore as part of the signing these licences.

Mr Ramakrishnan said the company has already begun the groundwork in these circles and the network will include a combination of wireless and wireline technologies with full broadbrand capability.

The investment will be spread over a period of three to five years and will be used for creating necessary infrastructure.

The network will have a full broadband capability. For the first two years we will go solo through internal borrowings of Rs 1050 crore and then go in for joint venture partners.

The company has been allowed an extension of LoI’s for the circles of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Kerala till this month end.

The company would soon apply for NLDO licence. “Since we have an existing network, NLDO seems to be a viable venture,” he added.

Tata Teleservices and Tata Internet will become one entity this fiscal as part of the company’s plan to have a pan-Indian presence.

In Andhra Pradesh, where the company is offering basic services, an additional investment of Rs 500 crore would be made this year, raising the company’s total investment in the state to Rs 1,600 crore.

The company is in the process of laying over 1000 km of optical fibre network, linking up more cities in Andhra Pradesh. By the end of this calendar year five new towns would be in the company’s network map, he added.
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TODAY IS WORLD STANDARD DAY
Standardisation for environment
V.K. Kapoor

Standardisation is a natural phenomenon and as a human action it is a continuous effort with a purpose to make sense in its interaction with the surroundings to help us handle repeatable situations. It is the standardisation, which formed the basis for evolution and further development of society, its value system and its numerous dimensions leading to present day civilisation. An indepth analysis of development since the dawn of civilisation reveals that standardisation is a pervasive feature in the Nature, the sunrise and sunset takes place in well-defined directions, orderly pattern of seasonal changes exists and bring definite changes in flora and fauna.

Till date, nearly 500 standards are available on environmental issues. In addition standards are also available on a number of allied aspects, including estimation of the volume of water flowing in water courses, requirements of water supply and sanitation and detection of pesticidal residues and handling of cases of pesticidal poisoning.

The government has promulgated a comprehensive Environment Protection Act — 1986. Under this Act, the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MEF) had been assigned the responsibility of developing and enforcing the needed standards in regard to liquid and gaseous emissions. MEF interacted closely with the Bureau to ensure proper co-ordination and harmonisation of efforts persued by the two bodies for sustaining the purity of environment. BIS responsibility includes development and supply of standards.

In this perspective, particular significance attaches to the nation wide programmes initiated by the Central Pollution Control Board for containing the menace of water and air pollution arising from specific categories of industries. The Board has established national and zonal task forces in respect of industries like cement, thermal power plants, fertilisers, oil refineries and pulp and paper industries. Assistance for implementation of the programmes of pollution control is also being provided by bodies like industry departments in the Central and state governments, financial institutions, municipal corporations, statutory bodies, associations of manufacturers, chambers of industry and trade etc. It would be imperative to strengthen their efforts still further. It may be mentioned that pollution aspects and the need for compliance to prescribed standards should be taken into account right at the stage of planning of an industry.

With a view to providing organisations world over with the structure for managing environmental impacts of their activities, products and services and to have a uniform International Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for use as environmental management tool, for achieving sustainable development, the International Organisations for Standardisation (ISO) 14000 series of standards. Together, these standards provide the necessary guidance for implementing an effective environmental management system.

While ISO 14001, the environmental management systems specification, is a standard which can be audited against and is voluntary in nature, other standards provide guidelines that support implementation of a management system.

These standards have become an integral part of the business to make them competitive in the world market. They have already been popularised in industry and service organisation for handling their environmental issues either by implementing on their own or through third party certification.

With the growing concern for environment-friendly industrial activity, BIS launched Environment Management Systems (EMS) Certification. BIS is the sole national agency authorised to operate Environment Management System (EMS) Certification in India under an Act of Parliament as per International Standard ISO 14000 series. BIS has so far granted 48 licences. In these types of certification, the companies are not only required to comply the national regulations related to environment protection but also its commitment to environment management in totality. It will be appropriate to all concerns to adopt this certification, timely and efficient service.

The Bureau with its proactive and professional approach is fully committed to advise the Indian industry on core environmental issues and foster its confidence in new business paradigm of making business ‘green’, through standards on environment which in turn will pave the way to achieving business sustainability in their respective spheres of activities.

(Author is Deputy Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards.)
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Markfed exports wheat, rice
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, October 13
To cope with the lack of space for storage of agricultural products and tackling the problem of plenty, the Markfed Asia’s biggest co-operative agency has decided to export wheat and rice.

This was disclosed by Mr Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Co-Operation Minister while flagging off a rake load of Punjab wheat to Vishakhapatnam port for exports being undertaken by Markfed here today. Flagging off was done here for a rake load carrying 2300 MT of wheat as part of 40,000 MT contract with Cargill Geneva from Vishakhapatnam port where vessel is likely to be placed for loading on October 14, 2001.

Mr D.S. Bains, MD, Markfed has signed contracts for 2.25 lakh MT of wheat valuing Rs 94 crore and in the second phase firm contracts of 96,000 MT has been signed besides as MoU for additional 1.6 lakh MT valuing a total of Rs 107 crore at Government of India approved rates of Rs 4200 PMT for crops up to 2000-01 and Rs 4150 PMT for 2001-02 crop.

Mr Lakhwinder Seikhon, Deputy Manager said that Punjab is holding 145 lakh MT of wheat with the state agencies other than FCI valued at Rs 11,000 crore and looking at the pace of movement being provided by FCI, this wheat was likely to deteriorate which could result into a big national loss. During September and October 2001, FCI has not provided any movement of wheat stocks to any of the agencies and the only saving grace was movement through exports.
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Cancellation of carpet fair draws flak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 13
The cancellation of the mega carpet fair earlier scheduled to be held from October 15 has attracted sharp criticism from the industry.

In a representation to the Chairman of the Carpet Export Promotion Council, the Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India (FASII), said “this has not only brought bad name but also reflected the inability of the carpet council”.

This has also resulted into heavy financial loss for which the carpet council alone in responsible and answerable to the industry, FASII said.

The carpet fair has reportedly been cancelled without consulting the members of the committee of administration.
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Dealer award for Joshi Autozone
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Joshi Autozone Chandigarh based ISO 9002 certified Maruti dealer has been conferred upon the Golden dealer award by Maruti Udyog Ltd for maintaining excellence in overall dealership standards in the area of sales, service and marketing.

The award consisting of cash reward and commendation certificate was for the period of 2000-2001 as announced by Mr Jagdish Khattar, MD, Maruti Udyog.
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AVIATION NOTES

Tight security only on papers
K.R. Wadhwaney

The Railways Safety Board functions in collaboration with the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation Safety Board. When an accident or an incident occurs, the DGCA Safety Board is entrusted with the entire responsibility of conducting the probe.

Why has the Railways Ministry left probe into the heads of the DGCA Board ? The answer is straight-forward. To reach to the bottom of the incident/accident through independent, impartial and knowledgeable officials without any favour or fear.

Similar yardstick should have been adhered to in appointing committees to probe into recent air crash and hijacking. The officials on both committees are knowledgeable but they are not as independent as they ought to have been.

In the case of King Air C-90 crash, the committee among others includes Director Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy K.B. Batra. There is no doubting about his knowledge. But both Capt Vivek Gupta and co-pilot Ritu Malik were his ‘favourite’ students. Will it be possible for him to make a dispessionate assessment into their skill and ability? Some expert pilots say that the members of the committee have not only to be honest but appear to be so.

The government has done well in appointing time-bound committees. Soon, findings of both will become public. What is essential is that the observations should be heeded and recommendations made implemented. History shows that no action is taken on the recommendations. The probes thus become meaningless.

Safety aspect

Two apex bodies, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and DGCA talk tall in repeating that safety and security will not be compromised at any cost. But the AAI, for example, is going ahead to appoint pilots who are over 60. After retirement, why should they be inducted? Experience is one thing but to be medically fit is entirely another. Is there dearth of competent pilots in the country? There are many who are desperately trying to get suitable openings.

Security checks have been tightened (only on paper) at airports. Even after September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, there have been lapses galore. Passengers have been able to hoodwink security authorities and carry weapons in their hand-baggage. They have, however, been apprehended only at the last point of exit. This has happened more by chance than by design. Why are security agencies so lac. There has to be accountability. This is possible only when there is system of ruthless adherence of ‘hire and fire’.

The time has come when the incidents/mishaps/accidents should be delinked from the DGCA. There has to be independent body to probe flying irregularities. Until this all-important aspect is realised, the situation in civil aviation and general aviation will continue to be hazy and murky.

In another 5-6 months, there will be new incumbent to head the DGCA. The Government is still thinking whether to appoint an IAS or a flyer to head the pivotal unit. The aviation is a very technical and complex subject. Only a pilot or an engineer can deliver rewarding results.

Why appoint a non-technical incumbent as DG when DGCA functions under the dictates of the ministry, headed by an IAS? 
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RENT CASES

by Praful R. Desai

Additional accommodation

Q: Whether the landlady could exlusively get a decree U/s. 10(3) when she did not press her relief U/s. 14 (1) (b) ?

Ans: The S.C. held the view thus in B. Kandasamy Reddiar V.O. Gomathi Ammal (2001 (2) R.C.J. 96 (SC)).

It is submitted that once the landlady withdrew claim U/s. 14 (1) (b) her claim U/s. 10 (3) should not have been allowed. The submission is S.14(1)(b) is applicable when landlady required for erection after demolition and if this is withdrawn, then landlady cannot claim her relief U/s. 10(3) (c) for additional accommodation, if it could only be satisfied without demolition, no relief can be granted.

This submission, in the considered opinion of the S.C.s misconceived. Both Section 14(1)(b) and Section 10(3)(c) operate in two different fields. S.14(1)(b) covers the field where the bonafide requirement of landlord for immediate demolition of the building for the purpose of erecting a new building on its site. In other words, it refers to a case of erection of new building after demolition on the same site.

This would not cover a case of mere alteration or changes to be brought in through internal constructions in an existing building even if it requires through partial demolition. In such cases erection is for a new building.

On the other hand S.10 (3) (c) covers the field, where landlord requires an additional accommodation, residential or non-residential, where question of demolition of the whole building does not arise.

Thus, even if some alteration by demolition of a part of the existing building is to be made, would not be a case covered U/s. 14(1)(b). Thus the S.C. held that the landlady could get decree U/s.10(3)(c) of the Tamil Nadu Rent Act even if she did not press her relief U/s.14(1)(b).

For the reasons stated above, the S.C. held that there is no merit in this appeal and the same are accordingly dismissed. Thus, it could be seen that landlady could exclusively get a decree U/s.10(3)(c) of the Act, when she did not press her relief U/s.14(1)(b) of the Act, on the facts and circumstances of this case.
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BIZ BRIEFS

AirTel
New Delhi, October 13
AirTel today announced lowering of activation charges on post paid connections by about 21 per cent to Rs 999 with effect from October 15. “The activation charges effective from the specified date would be Rs 999 instead of the existing Rs 1260.” PTI

Hind Lever
Chandigarh, October 13
Hindustan Lever Ltd today announced a novel campaign to take forward its passionate assertion that the Taj Mahal Tea is incomparably the best in the category. The campaign revolves around a hunt for Ustaad Zakir Husain’s “lost” tablas, and will involve an outlay of as much as Rs 30 lakh in prize money alone. TNS

Nuvac
Chandigarh, October 13
Nuvac Appliances Pvt Ltd, poineers in handy vacuum cleaners in the country, now introduces India’s first domestic-cum-commercial “Wet ‘N’ Dry Vacuum/Blow Cleaner”. Priced at Rs 8990, it is available all over Chandigarh. TNS

Lakme
Chandigarh, October 13
Lakme, the leading ‘holistic beauty brand’ in the country, has unveiled the ‘Shimmer, Shine, Sparkle’ signature collection of colour cosmetics for lips, nails, face and eyes by Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal and Rina Dhaka. It was unveiled earlier at Lakme India Fashion Week 2001. TNS

Haryana Agro
Chandigarh, October 13
The Haryana Agro-Industries Corporation (HAIC) has fixed a production target of 50 MT mushroom Spawns for the current year. The production of mushroom apawn was 33 MT last year. TNS
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