Fifth UPA-Left meet on Indo-US N-deal today

New Delhi, Oct 22 : A crucial meeting between the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Left parties will be held here today in an attempt to end the impasse over the much-touted Indo-US civilian nuclear cooperation agreement.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury yesterday said that concerns expressed by the Left Front needed to be met before arriving at a consensus on the contentious civilian nuclear deal.

"Monday's meeting may not be the last meeting," he said.

"Till the meetings are over and till our concerns are taken on board, we expect the government not to proceed (in operationalisation of the deal)," he said.

Crucial UPA-Left meet on Indo-US nuke deal tomorrow

New Delhi, Oct 21 : The crucial meeting between the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Left parties will take place here on Monday to end the impasse over the much-touted Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation agreement.

The UPA-Left Committee set up to look into the concerns expressed by the Communist leaders on the nuclear deal held its last meeting on October 9.

Yesterday, Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary A B Bardhan asked the government to clear its stand on the deal. His remarks came in the wake of a statement made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the bilateral deal was very much alive and a consensus was needed to be built over it.

UPA Government will honour court verdict on Sethusamudram project: Sriprakash Jaiswal

Sri Prakash Jaiswal
New Delhi, Oct 17 : Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal has said that the UPA Government will abide by the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project.

"There is no contradiction. The matter is in the court, and we will abide by the decision. We are true followers of Ram and have never misused his name or instigated riots," Jaiswal said.

A fresh row erupted last month after the Central Government filed a statement before the Supreme Court on the project, saying that Hinduism's most important texts are not proof of the existence of Hindu gods.

Third meeting of UPA-Left Committee on nuclear deal today

New Delhi, Oct 5 : The third meeting of the UPA-Left Committee on Indo-US civil nuclear deal will take place today to address the Left concern on the deal.

The Left parties, which provide a crucial support to the UPA Government, have refused to have any reconciliation with the government till it stalls the agreement.

The Centre has already replied to the Left parties note on their concerns over the implications of the Hyde Act on India's foreign and security policies.

Today’s meeting is expected to achieve little as the Congress is not showing any sign of slowing down on meeting milestones to conclude the deal.

The Left leadership is clear that withdrawal of support is automatic the moment the next step is taken.

CPM supports UPA government on Sethusamudram project

Chennai, Sept 21: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Friday said that the Central Government should continue with the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project without any further delay.

"We don't consider the issue of the Adam's Bridge as an obstacle. There is no scientific evidence to show that this is a man-made formation," CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat said.

UPA-Left Committee to meet again over Indo-US nuclear deal

New Delhi, Sept. 19: The United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-Left Committee on the Indo-US civil nuclear deal will meet here again today.

The meeting assumes significance in the light of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) asking the Centre on Tuesday not to operationalise the deal for at least six months.

Left-UPA Group On N-Deal To Meet Again Today

New Delhi: The Left-UPA group on the N-Deal will assemble for the third time today amid a new notice from the CPI (M) against carrying out the deal and to hold it for at least 6-months.

As CPI (M) General Secretary, Prakash Karat, told the administration not to operationalise the contract for the next 6-months and anticipate the outcome of a discussion in Parliament, Left leaders yesterday held consultations among themselves and with members of the scientific community.

The Left parties and the administration have already exchanged written views on the matter.

The Government had on Monday sent a 15-page response to the five-page Left note on the Indo-US nuclear issue.

Board On N-Deal Likely To Meet After Sept. 9

New Delhi: Defence Minister Pranab MukherjeeThe UPA-Left group on Indo-US nuclear agreement is likely to hold its first meeting after September 9.

This was declared by senior CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury after his conference with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who also heads the committee.

The composition of the 15-member committee was announced yesterday, a week after the administration and Left parties decided to establish such a board to check out the concerns brought up by the latter.

The group has six members from Congress, three from UPA partners and six from Left parties.

Left to Carry on N-Deal Opposition – A B Bardhan

CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan
Kolkata: CPI General Secretary, A B Bardhan stated that the left parties will carry on opposing the Indo-US nuclear contract even within the Centre-appointed group that will check into the conditional relations of the Hyde Act.

While addressing a crowd of Left leaders and workers, setting out in a ‘Jatha’ for Vizag as a protest mark against the Indo-US combined naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal, Mr. Bardhan said, “The Government will set up a committee, but we shall oppose the deal there also. However, we are ready for any talks at the same time.”

Union Home Minister To Make Statement On Hyderabadi Attacks Tomorrow

Union Home Minister Shivraj PatilNew Delhi: Shivraj Patil, Union Home Minister is likely to make a suo motu affirmation on the twin explosions in Hyderabad when Parliament adjoins on Wednesday after a four-day break.

Today, Mr. Patil held a conference with senior functionaries of his ministry, comprising Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, to appraise the condition following the terrorist attacks that claimed 40 lives.

BSP Will Support UPA Candidate - Mayawati

UP Chief Minister MayawatiLucknow: While addressing a press conference, Uttar Pradesh and BSP president, Mayawati said that the BSP will back up the UPA applicant Hamid Ansari in the Vice-President election to be held on Friday.

She also said she had not specified her party’s support when the name of the UPA candidate was declared in July. The BSP Parliament Members will support the UPA contender.

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