28. Current Affairs 2012 Exam November Third Week unit one

I have started a new series dealing with current Affairs. The material here is very useful for  General Studies Paper. If you find anything useful while reading newspapers, magazines or on the TV post. I shall edit and include it. I shall be posting one new unit everyday as far as possible. At any rate there will be at least seven postings per week. The following are included in this nlog

28. 1.India and Asean
BALI: Without naming China, India on Saturday proposed that “all issues” should be discussed at the East Asia Summit. – disputes and issues like the South China Sea
2.Deadline passes with no sign of Syria violence abating
3. Thinking Like a Geographer: GPS
4. Are there too many people on the planet?
5. Syria ‘will not bow down’ to foreign pressure: Assad
6. Health spend set to double in 12th Plan
7. Is containing Iran the way forward?
8. The article on Indian Liberalism I was looking for.
9. .Panchayayi Raj and Social audit:
10. Gandhi’s former Johannesburg abode now a museum
11.Brihadeshwara Temple: Big temple, Tanjore:
12. India-China bilateral trade may touch $100 bn by 2013
13. “Land of billion opportunities, not billion problems”: Mukesh Ambani
India wins “World’s Leading Destination” award
Mobile Radiation Detection System
Uranium Reserves
Neutrino Research Centre
Collaboration in Space Programme
” Go East, young entrepreneur! ”
India may eclipse US in steel production in next few years
Agreement with EU Not to Detain Generic Drugs from India

42 thoughts on “28. Current Affairs 2012 Exam November Third Week unit one

  1. Prime Minister proposes that all regional issues should be discussed at Asean
    Indrani Bagchi, TNN | Nov 20, 2011, 01.17AM IST

    India’s position reflects the sentiments of the other countries in the region who prefer a multilateral solution.
    BALI: Without naming China, India on Saturday proposed that “all issues” should be discussed at the East Asia Summit. In his remarks at the summit, the PM said, “Political and security issues have increasingly become a part of the discourse in the region, whether in the ASEAN Regional Forum or the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus Eight. We believe that while respecting differences and ensuring synergy between different forums, theEast Asia Summit provides an opportunity to discuss all issues. It can contribute to enhancing mutual understanding and promoting peace, stability and security.”

  2. The PM’s remarks are significant because China wants disputes and issues like the South China Sea to be discussed and resolved bilaterally. India’s position reflects the sentiments of the other countries in the region who prefer a multilateral solution. Support for this was also forthcoming from Washington since the US has joined the East Asia Summit and they would prefer this to be the forum of choice.

  3. 2. Globe and Mail
    Deadline passes with no sign of Syria violence abating
    Reuters India – ‎20 minutes ago‎

    Demonstrators against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad take part in a march after Friday prayers in Kafranbel near Adlb November 18, 2011.

    We shall have a discussion blog on Syria soon

  4. 3. Thinking Like a Geographer

    Whether you are visualizing the most efficient path through the grocery store, navigating your route home, or determining the itinerary of your next vacation, you are thinking like a geographer. In all of these situations, you are organizing concepts of space, employing spatial representations, and structuring your reasoning to arrive at some spatial conclusion. GPS is a great instrument for this.

  5. 4. Are there too many people on the planet?
    There are now 7 billion people on the planet. About every second, five people are born and two people die. Before the 20th century no human being had lived through a doubling of the human population; but there are people alive today that have seen it triple. Are there too many people on the planet?

    The answer to this question is not just about how many of us there are, it is also about how we live that determines whether there are too many of us for the planet to support. Water tables are falling, soil is eroding, glaciers are melting, and food production is suffering. As people continue to squeeze the earth’s resources; our quality of life and ability to thrive becomes compromised. Our numbers matter, but how much we consume matters much more. The question really is how do we find quality of life and reduce our global impact at the same time?

  6. As the global population increases so does our carbon footprint. We are placing greater demands on the resources of our planet, including mineral and energy resources, open space, water, plant and animal resources. Statistics show that the carrying capacity of the earth is not merely determined by our numbers but by our efforts at conservation, preservation and utilizing renewable resources.

    To summarize, no one can clearly answer if there are too many people on the planet. Some could argue there is room and resources for all of us, if properly managed. The real question is what are our actions going to be in the future? And how can we bring awareness to the masses so that we can work together to continue our existence on planet earth.

  7. 5. Globe and Mail
    Syria ‘will not bow down’ to foreign pressure: Assad
    Times of India – ‎23 minutes ago‎

    LONDON: President Bashar al-Assad said Syria would not bow down in the face of mounting international pressure over his lethal crackdown on dissent, in an interview with The Sunday Times.

  8. 6. Health spend set to double in 12th Plan
    Times of India – ‎Nov 18, 2011‎

    NEW DELHI: India’s allocation for health is all set to double. The Planning Commission has decided to increase its spending on health to 2.5% of the GDP in the 12th Five Year Plan that starts next year.

  9. 7. Is containing Iran the way forward?

    In 1980, Saddam Hussein invaded Iran. He reckoned Iranians were too divided by their year-old revolution to offer much riposte. Wrong: Iranians were galvanised, the last internal opposition to Ayatollah Khomeini’s theocracy was quashed, and Iran stood as one to face the enemy.
    There’s no need to look much further to know how Tehran would respond if Israel or theUnited States bombed Iran in an attempt to halt its nuclear programme. An Iranian society that today is a combustible mix of depression, division and dysfunction would unite in fury.

  10. This, in the cautionary words of US defence secretary Leon Panetta, could have “unintended consequences”. Among them: a lifeline for the weakened Islamic republic that would lock it in for a generation; a wave of radicalisation just when jihadist ideology seems tired and the Arab Spring stands at a delicate juncture; a blow to the global economy from soaring oil prices; a revival of Iran’s sagging regional appeal as it becomes yet another Muslim country to face western bombs; increased terrorism; and a subsequent Iranian race for a nuclear weapon fired by resentments as indelible as those left by the CIA coup that ousted Prime MinisterMohammed Mossadegh in 1953.
    This is not an appealing proposition. But nor of course is a nuclear Iran. And there’s the rub.

  11. I see four key elements. First, Iran is not fiddling around with nuclear triggers and high-precision detonators because it wants to generate electricity. It seeks a military-nuclear capability common to its region (Israel, Pakistan, India and Russia).
    Second, its halting progress towards this goal, far slower than Pakistan’s, relates not only to effective countermeasures ( Stuxnet, dead scientists) but also to a deep-seated inertia and ambiguity; Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, is the “guardian of the revolution” and as such in a conservative business where he will be judged on the Islamic republic’s survival. The nuclear programme is nationalistic glue for a fragile society even if it goes nowhere.
    Third, Iran, shaken by the 2009 uprising, a young nation with a stale revolutionary regime, is uneasy: a feverish demand for hard currency has pushed the unofficial dollar rate way above the official one, prices for staples are soaring, a huge banking scandal has underscored rampant corruption, and the tensions between the Islamic republic’s divine superstructure (Khamenei) and its (frau-dulently) elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are virulent.
    Fourth, the big loser from the Arab Spring has been Iran because the uprisings are about accountability and representation, which is precisely what the Iranian Revolution denied its authors after promising freedom.

  12. The country is hesitant and divided, and it does not want war. Khamenei is aging; how he would be replaced is unclear. Another presidential election in a couple of years will again reveal the Islamic republic’s paralysing contradictions. These circumstances give the United States and Israel room for effective action, so long as they resist a rash military strike. The aim should be to increase Iran’s internal divisions, not unite it in furious resolve.
    In 1946, when he wrote the ‘Long Telegram’ that birthed the policy of containment, George Kennan observed a Soviet Union that was also an ideological enemy of the West, but overstretched and economically weak. He judged, correctly, that it could be contained through firmness, as it was even after developing a bomb.

  13. The article on Indian Liberalism I was looking for. I found from the search engine on my web site!!!!

    Indian Liberalism: A few nights ago, i found myself ascending the splendid winding staircase of the National Liberal Club in London’s Whitehall. The club was founded by William Gladstone and its grand heyday was – like that of Britain’s Liberal Party – long past. On a cold November evening, it had a slightly desolate air. Until my host reminded me, i’d forgotten that it was here that one of India’s greatest liberal minds, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, stayed when in London. In these rooms he wrote letters to his young protege, M K Gandhi, then a lawyer in South Africa, who would go on to develop one of the most original critical dialogues with liberalism.

  14. Today, liberal ideas everywhere seem to be lingering in a slightly desolate air. Many of their proponents are in retreat – battered by rising protectionism, populist political movements, religious revivalism, and growing state intervention in private life.
    Indian liberalism, too, seems in poor shape, but this is nothing new. Among historians, the broader currents of India’s liberal intellectual traditions have rarely received serious attention. Indian liberals have been dismissed as mendicants to colonial power; as professional climbers, and mere imitationists. For the Left, liberals are stooges of the existing order – and the only thing worse than being a ‘neo-liberal’ is to be a ‘liberal’ plain and simple. For the nationalist and religious Right, liberals represent dangerous, ‘unIndian’ ideas.

  15. Lately, when applied to India, the term ‘liberal’ is invariably preceded by words like ‘weak’, ‘last’ or ‘absent’. Liberalism is seen as a loser strain of thought – an idea from the remnant bin still unsold. Nothing could be further from the truth. Liberal thought and ideas have provided the backdrop against which almost all Indian political thinking from the early 19th century has developed. It is liberal ideas – whether about the value of the individual, the universalism and perfectibility of values, the importance of pro-perty rights and markets, the scope of reason or science, the place of violence and moral persuasion, the status of women, or the role of the state – that Indians have argued with, appropriated, and reworked.

  16. Liberal ideas actually define the broad foundation of modern Indian political thought – the foundations upon which nationalism, socialism, and even some types of religious politics have developed and, even more crucially, upon which India’s democracy has been built. Because liberalism has often been conflated with colonial power, we don’t always see how much it was strategically assimilated by Indians for their own purposes.

  17. The underlying liberal ‘common sense’ that has pervaded – and often provoked – Indian political thinking is the subject of a landmark book, published next month, by the brilliant historian of India, Sir Christopher Bayly, professor at Cambridge. In Recovering Liberties: Indian Thought in the Age of Liberalism and Empire, Bayly de-monstrates how Indian public men from Rammohun Roy to Nehru picked up liberal ideas and then spun them in new ways – so making liberalism Indian.

  18. Thus, the liberal belief in individual rights was given a communitarian slant: while the individual was seen as sovereign in the spiri-tual realm of belief and conscience, in the social realm individual rights might be curtailed so as to allow, for instance, diverse religions to co-exist. When it came to economic exchange, Indians drew on the liberal critique of monopoly as destructive of liberty. The remedy they proposed, though, was not the free market, but more conscientious regulation. Or again, Indians deployed the liberal critique of the state – not to limit or weaken it, but to call for a more benign, welfarist state.

  19. Indian critical engagement with liberalism often took the form of what Bayly terms ‘counter-preaching’ – think of Gandhi. What is interesting about this mode of argument is that it operated not by agonistic confrontation or by dismissing the opponents’ views. On the contrary, it assumed overlapping consensus, shared principles – and then moved the argument in unexpected directions, imparted new meanings to old words and ideas.
    Through Bayly’s book we come to see the very pervasiveness of core liberal ideas across the landscape of Indian political argument. This helps us better grasp the most extraordinary feature of India’s political history over the past century and more: its moderation.
    Source: TOI 19 Nov11

  20. 9.Panchayayi Raj and Social audit: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh today stressed that the panchayati raj system should be used to keep a watch on the working of MNREGA.
    “Panchayats should keep a tab on the working of MNREGA. Roads being built one season is being swept way in the next monsoon due to corruption,” Mr. Ramesh said at a Panchayati Raj Convention organised by the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee here.
    “I have seen in West Midnapore that black top of roads missing within three years of constructing the metalled roads under the scheme, this should not happen and has to be kept a tab upon by the panchayat system,” he said.

  21. 10. Gandhi’s former Johannesburg abode now a museum
    Satyagraha House complete with the Mahatma’s memorabilia and period pieces from India
    A house in the leafy suburb of Orchards in Johannesburg, where Mahatma Gandhi once resided, is now a unique hotel that doubles up as a museum on the life of the leader who left a legacy in both South Africa and India.
    ‘Satyagraha House’ was officially opened on Tuesday night by Jean Francois Rial, Chief Executive of French travel company Voyageurs du Monde, which bought the house from its owners two years ago.
    With assistance from local historians, the company has re-created the authentic Edwardian home and developed an on-site museum complete with Gandhi memorabilia and period pieces from India that reflect the development of the Mahatma’s anti-colonial and anti-racism philosophy and his commitment to non-violence. “Gandhi’s concept of passive resistance became known as Satyagraha, hence the name chosen for this new tourism destination for those who wish to learn more about Gandhi’s South African experience,” Mr. Rial said.

  22. 11.Brihadeshwara Temple: Big temple, Tanjore: Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has put up a touch screen kiosk at Big Temple here in connection with the World Heritage Week celebrations being held between November 19 and 25.
    Collector K. Baskaran inaugurated the kiosk, located at the Keralandhagan Gopuram, the first gopuram of the temple, on Saturday.
    Sathyabhama Bhadrinath, Superintending Archaeologist, ASI, Chennai Circle, said that the kiosk on touch by visitors would present details on the history of the Big Temple, its sculptures and paintings. One could see the Bharata Natya Karna sculptures and Chola paintings. Those sculptures and paintings were on the inner side of the ‘Vimana’ of the temple above the sanctum sanctorum. The voiceover for the visuals had been rendered by Abdul Hameed, former radio announcer of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Service.

  23. The kiosk would be a permanent feature of the temple. Another kiosk would also be put up at the interpretation centre inside the temple. A new lightning conductor would be installed at the Raja Rajan Gopuram of the temple. She said that lightning had struck the temple two times. On one occasion, a ‘kalasam’ of Raja Rajan Gopuram (second gopuram of the temple) was smashed to pieces while on the second occasion, the wall of the ‘mandapam’ in front of the temple peeled off. “However the damage was not much. But as a precautionary measure, we are going to install a lightning conductor on Raja Rajan Gopuram also. Already, there are two lightning conductors — one on the 212-feet ‘vimana’ and another on Keralandhagan Gopuram,’ she said.

  24. The history of the temple would be narrated in four languages — English, Tamil, Hindi and French. With respect to sound and light programme in the temple, she said that the script had been approved. “We are coordinating with the Tourism Department and soon it will be commissioned soon,” she said.
    The ASI has taken up works at Chikkanathaswamy Temple at Kudumiyanmalai, Big Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Jalakandeswaraswamy Temple at Vellore, and Vellore fort. In Big Temple, flooring work would be carried out this year in some parts.

    1. Actually while discussing La Chapelle aux saints (Conservative Neandertals) I would be telling how he was a crippled arthritic and an old man impossible of earning his bead taken care off by others. also Neandertal graves show bodies being buried together with grave goods, all of which show that compassion is not entirely a modern trait. It is basic and human trait.

  25. India-China bilateral trade may touch $100 bn by 2013
    November 21, 2011

    Business Standard: Dilip Kumar Jha

    Trade between India and China is likely to achieve the $100-billion mark by 2013, two years ahead of the target set in 2009 by governments of the two countries.

    China has become India’s largest country trading partner, while the latter is attaining the position of the former’s 10th largest trade partner.

    Trade volumes reached $61.7 billion in 2010. India’s exports to China jumped 68.8 per cent to $19.6 bn last financial year from 11.6 bn in 2009-10. Overall imports also increased 41 per cent to $43.5 bn from $30.8 bn in the same period.

    The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India says the two can emerge as the world’s largest trading partners by 2030. Buyers in India are looking for well-made, cost-effective consumer products. For Indian exporters, China is also an attractive market for iron ore, cotton, yarn and cotton products, besides chemicals, small machinery and pharma products.

    Potential for growth exists in capital goods, machinery, infrastructure, information technology, organic chemicals, iron and steel, power, telecommunications, wind energy, food and marine products. The massive infrastructure modernisation underway in India is opening new markets for Chinese companies, especially in the telecom, machinery and power equipment sectors.

  26. “Land of billion opportunities, not billion problems”: Mukesh Ambani
    November 14, 2011

    The Hindu, Business Line

    India is a land of billion opportunities and not billion problems, according to Mr Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd.

    “Lot of people think that India is a land of problems. I really think that India is a land of billion opportunities and not a billion problems,” said Mr Ambani in a panel discussion at the India Economic Summit 2011, organised by the World Economic Forum.

    Ready to take-off

    In spite of the grim situation that the world is facing, India is now at a stage where it is ready to take-off on the back of a young population and high-level of entrepreneurship, which is the differentiating factor in the world, emphasised Mr Ambani, who was ranked ninth in the Forbes 2011 list of world’s billionaires.

    Today, India is roughly at $1,000 per capita. In the last 20 years, the country has added a trillion dollars of output. An estimated 150 million people have come out of poverty, he added. “Earlier, it was the Government which had to move the economy. Now, we have moved away from this scenario, with the Government fast becoming a facilitator. This is one of the most satisfying aspects of the changes that have happened in the last two decades,” explained Mr Ambani.

    On Leadership Development:
    The private sector is playing a significant role in the economy with bottoms-up entrepreneurship that is driven on the strength of ‘young’ people. Underscoring the fact that corporates are fast adopting the shared value concept, the Reliance chief said most of corporate India is transiting to create shared value for the society rather than only for the shareholders.

    On leadership development, he observed that it has to reflect our demographics. “We have had a history where we think that responsible jobs can only be done by 60 year olds. I think we are fast moving towards a situation where a 40-year-old can take on more responsibility and perform better. That mindset change is happening as India is going to become younger in the next two decades.”

    On Governance:
    Mr Ambani averred that a dramatic shift in governance is happening in the corporate sector. Governance systems, he felt, must ultimately deliver goods and services for common people.

  27. India wins “World’s Leading Destination” award
    November 09, 2011

    Hindu : Hasan Suroor

    India, on Tuesday, won recognition as the “World’s Leading Destination” at the World Travel Market 2011, currently on here.

    It also bagged the “World’s Leading Tourist Board” award. Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai, who received the awards from Graham E. Cooke, president and founder of World Travel Awards, said five million tourists had already visited India this year so far and the target was to attract another five million over the next two or three years. This would help generate 25 million additional jobs.

    He said though India started late in developing tourism it was determined to make it a success. Efforts to boost tourism included a move to remove visa restrictions that barred tourists from revisiting the country within two months of their first visit.

    The issue was being “resolved’’. Mr Sahai said the aim was to increase India’s share in the International Tourist Arrivals from the present 0.6 per cent to 1 per cent –one billion travellers— by the end of 2016.

    “Tourism sector is going to be recognised as the infrastructure sector. We need two million hotel rooms if we are going to add five million tourists. The infrastructure will be developed by the central and state Governments on the private-public participation model,” he said.

  28. Recent Bills introduced in the 15th Lok Sabha session 9 :

    1. The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2011 ; Government Bill. Passed on 28/11/2011 by I&B Ministry.

    2. The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2011; Govt bill; Passed on 23/11/2011; by Ministry of Urban Development

  29. 3rd India-Japan Dialogue on Africa
    November 28, 2011

    The 3rd round of India-Japan Dialogue on Africa took place in Tokyo, Japan during 24-25 November 2011. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Gurjit Singh, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs while the Japanese side was led by Ambassador Sumio Kusaka, Director General for African Affairs in Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Personal Representative of the Prime Minister for Africa.

    The two sides held wide ranging discussions on their respective cooperation with the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of Africa; economic cooperation with select African countries; issues of mutual political interest including regional affairs in Africa; UN Security Council Reforms and impact on Africa of major political developments in the region.

    India and Japan also explored avenues of mutual cooperation for contributing to Africa’s socio-economic development, peace and security. In this regard, the Indian delegation also held meetings with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

  30. Mobile Radiation Detection System

    The Government has proposed to equip 800 police stations covering 80 cities of India with radiation monitors including mobile radiation detection system that can be fitted to Police Control Room (PCR) vans of the police. This will facilitate police to detect and get alerted in case such a van approaches any radioactive source or a radiologically contaminated area or detects any radio active sourec being transported.

    The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office Sh V Narayanasamy gave this information in a written reply to a question by S/Shri Nityanand Pradhan and Baijayant Jay Panda in Lok Sabha today.

    Dated: 30/11/2011

  31. Uranium Reserves
    Dated: 30/11/2011

    No export of Uranium took place during last three years from the country. During this period, India imported Uranium from three countries namely France, Russia and Kazakhstan to the tune of 300, 625 and 600 tonnes respectively.

    The Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD) has so far established the presence of 63,269 tonnes of Uranium resources (U 308 )in Tummalapalle area ,Kadappa District, Andhra Pradesh.

  32. Neutrino Research Centre

    Dated: 30/11/2011

    The Indian based Neutrino Research Centre (INO) Project is proposed to set up at Bodi West Hills in Pottipuram village, Theni District in Tamil Nadu.

    The State Government provided land for setting up of this underground laboratory and the action is on hand to take possession of land.

    There are no environmental concerns since INO is a laboratory for basic sciences.

  33. 2 more russian based Nuclear Reactors to bet set up in Kudankulam

    Dated: 30/11/2011

    Two Vodo-Vodyyanoi-Energetichesky Reactors, each of 1000 MW capacity, are being set up at Kudankulam in Tamilnadu in technical cooperation with Russian Federation.

    The design and supply of major equipment are in the Russian scope, construction, commissioning and some of the supplies are in Indian scope.

  34. Collaboration in Space Programme

    Dated: 30/11/2011

    India had asked other countries for help in Manned Space Programme.

    As part of Pre-project Studies on “Manned Space Programme” approved by the Government in 2007, Indian Space research Organisation (ISRO) has initiated preliminary studies to understand the technological challenges involved in undertaking Manned Space Programme.

    In December 2008, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between ISRO and Russian Federation Space Agency on undertaking joint activities in the field of human spaceflight programme.Two feasibility studies were conducted by Russia under this MoU during 2009-2010.

    The United states has also expressed interest to collaborate with India on Human Space Flight as stated in the joint statement of Indian Prime Minister and US President during November 2010.

  35. Shri Vishnu Prakash appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Republic of Korea
    December 07, 2011

    Ucal.TShri Vishnu Prakash, presently Joint Secretary at Headquarters has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Republic of Korea.

  36. ” Go East, young entrepreneur! ”

    Venture capital investment in Asia has nearly tripled in the past five years to $15.6 billion. China has leaped ahead to become the world’s second-largest venture market at $7.6 billion investments, while India has climbed to third place at $5.8 billion.

    Together, these dragon and tiger markets account for 13 percent of the $37.8 billion put into startups globally. That’s up from 5 percent in 2005.

    Since 2005, more than 6,000 startups in Asia – about half of them in India and China alone – have been venture funded.

    Asia’s innovation hotspots are fast emerging as first choice destinations for bright young entrepreneurs. By 2014, an estimated 200,000 skilled tech workers leave the U.S. to return to their Chinese and Indian homelands to find new opportunities and to create tomorrow’s leading startups

  37. Shri Sunil Kumar Lal concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to the Principality of Andorra
    December 05, 2011

    Shri Sunil Kumar Lal, presently Ambassador of India to Spain has been concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to the Principality of Andorra, with residence in Madrid.

  38. India may eclipse US in steel production in next few years
    December 05, 2011

    PTU via Business Standard

    Keeping in view the growth rate of steel sector, India would likely eclipse US, the third largest steel producer of the world, in next couple of years, Executive Director of Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Ronald E Ashburn said today.

    India will eclipse US in two/three years in steel producing after China and Japan, he told a press conference here on the eve of launch of the inaugural AIST International Steel Academy (ISA).

    Currently, India was producing 70 million tonnes steel per annum against its install capacity of 80 million tones, he said.

  39. Agreement with EU Not to Detain Generic Drugs from India

    After several rounds of extensive consultations, India and EU reached an “Understanding” to guide border enforcement of intellectual property in the EU. This inter-alia, includes the core principle of the Understanding that the mere fact that medicines are in transit through EU territory, and that there is a patent title applicable to such medicines in the EU territory, does not in itself constitute enough grounds for customs authorities in any Member State of EU to suspect that the medicines at stake infringe patent rights. EU also agreed to issue guidelines to confirm the principles contained in the Understanding.

    EU also agreed to reflect the principles contained in the Understanding in its proposal for a new Regulation
    In the meanwhile, so long as the EU and its Member States adhere to the principles contained in the Understanding with respect to generic drugs in transit through the EU, India has assured not to request the establishment of a dispute settlement panel at the WTO.

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