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May 15th, 2010


PM calls for reform in legal system

Leaders of SAARC

Inaugurating a two-day national consultation on second generation reforms in legal education on May 1, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said: "There was no doubt that India had come a long way but there is a need to examine whether it had significantly altered the landscape of the legal education system."

Excerpts from his speech:

"I am very happy to be in your midst today in this national conference dealing with reforms in legal education system.

The importance of your conference cannot be over emphasised.

If we are to have a society where the common man gets speedy and affordable access to justice, if the rule of law is to prevail in our country, if we are to have an economic environment where contracts are easily enforceable, then we must ensure that our law teachers, practicing advocates, corporate legal luminaries, legal advisors, judicial officers and legal facilitators are indeed men and women of very high intellectual caliber.

This is possible only if there is dramatic reform and improvement in the scope and quality of our legal education system.

I, therefore, congratulate my colleague the Law Minister and his team for organising this important conference as a part of the initiative to improve the legal education system in our country.

Over half a century ago, the then President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan - and he himself was a great teacher - lamented that "our colleges

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Justice SH Kapadia is new Chief Justice of India

Prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai

Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia was on May 12 sworn in as the new Chief Justice of India. President Pratibha Devisingh Patil administered the oath of the office to the new Chief Justice at a glittering ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Justice Kapadia hails from Maharastra and was born on September 29, 1947. He enrolled as an Advocate on September 10, 1974 and started practice in the Bombay High Court both on the Original Side and Appellate Side in Suits.

Kapadia was appointed as Chief Justice of the Uttaranchal High Court on October 5, 2003. Later, he was elevated to the Bench of the Supreme Court of India on December 18, 2003. He will continue as Chief Justice of India till September 29, 2012.

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External Affairs Minister visits Kazakhstan

India and Kazakhstan will soon finalise a civilian nuclear agreement, which will facilitate Indian investments in mining and supply of uranium from the central Asian nation, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said on May 12. "I am confident that an Inter-governmental Agreement on Civilian Nuclear Energy cooperation will be finalised soon," Krishna said at a joint press conference with his Kazakh counterpart, Kanat Saudabayev.

Listing the possible areas of cooperation in civilian nuclear area, Krishna said: "This sector has immense possibilities for bilateral cooperation, including for supply of uranium ore, investment by Indian companies in mining in Kazakhstan, construction of nuclear reactors and others."

Excerpts from EAM's statement to the media:

"India and Kazakhstan enjoy warm and friendly ties going back several millennia. We are part of the same neighbourhood. Both India and Kazakhstan are multi-ethnic, multi-religious and secular societies. We have also forged a strategic partnership to give a qualitative boost to our ties. The landmark visit of President

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Energy Dialogue between India and Japan

In a landmark development on April 30, India and Japan agreed to work towards a civilnuclear treaty with the establishment of a Joint Working Group (JWG) on civil-nuclear cooperation.

Japanese delegation led by the Minister for Economy

Excerpts from the joint statement:

The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Masayuki Naoshima, and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India Montek Singh Ahluwalia met in New Delhi on April 30 for the fourth ministerial-level meeting of the Energy Dialogue between Japan and India.

The two Ministers welcomed the progress made in Working Group discussions by Japanese and Indian officials on energy efficiency, renewable energy, coal and electricity and power generation and the Japan-India Energy Dialogue steering committee meeting.

The two Ministers noted with satisfaction India's formal joining of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) in September 2009, and confirmed the importance of bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the fields of energy efficiency.

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PM congratulates new UK Prime Minister

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh congratulated David Cameron, the newly elected Prime Minister of United Kingdom. In a letter to Cameron, the Prime Minster extended his warm wishes and hoped that the two countries will further strengthen the bonds of friendship.

Following is the text of the Prime Minister's letter:

"Dear Mr. Prime Minister, Please accept my heartiest felicitations and congratulations on your assumption of the office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The elections in the United Kingdom and your stewardship of the Conservative Party reflect the best traditions of parliamentary democracy. I wish you the very best in your leadership of the United Kingdom in the years ahead.

I recall with great pleasure our meeting in New Delhi in September 2006. Over the years, our bilateral relations have diversified into a vibrant and multi-faceted strategic partnership encompassing almost all areas of human endeavour.

We are today well-placed to build upon this strong edifice not just for the welfare and benefit of our two peoples, but also to work together to address the pressing global challenges that we face today, and to harness the growing inter-dependence among nations for the good of humankind. I look forward to working with you to further advance and strengthen our bonds of friendship, to which India attaches the highest importance.

It gives me great pleasure to extend a most cordial invitation to you to visit India at your convenience."


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