Let's build the world's largest free trade area, Beijing to New Delhi
Wen visit: 'Create synergy between world factory & office'
PRANAB DHAL SAMANTA
NEW DELHI, APRIL 1: Exploring ways to raise the level of India-China
relationship during the visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao next week, China
has proposed to develop a free trade-area between the two countries. If this
comes through, Chinese Ambassador Sun Yuxi said, it will be largest
free-trade area in the world.
The proposal is among the 30-odd documents under discussion between various
ministries on both sides as diplomats work overtime to set it all up for
Jiabao and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take it forward. But the FTA is
one proposal that, Sun believes, could do wonders in taking forward the idea
of combining economic forces between the two most populous countries of the
''China has a large manufacturing base. I believe it is the world's factory.
And India with its development in software and other areas, I feel, is the
world's office. What I am suggesting is to bring together the factory and
the office,'' said Sun at a media interaction ahead of Wen's visit.
With a trade that exceeds $13 billion-an increase of 79.1 per cent
registered in 2004 alone-there is a promise that future holds for both
countries. It is this dynamic that has made both countries to work towards a
settlement of the historical boundary question.
Yuxi said there were no immediate solutions in the offing, but there could
be an agreement reached on some ''political parameters'' and ''guiding
principles'' this visit. This will be finalised by Special Representatives M
K Narayanan and Dai Bingguo who will meet ''before or during'' the visit.
Foreign secretary Shyam Saran and Chinese Vice-Minister Wu Dawei recently
concluded a meeting of the joint working group on the boundary issue at
Beijing, where it was agreed that the Special Representatives would meet
soon for this purpose.
Gmail doubles email space to 2 GB
SAN JOSE: A year after unveiling a free e-mail service with a full gigabyte
of storage, Google is doubling the capacity of each account and plans to
keep bumping up the limit in the future.
Once the upgrade takes effect on Friday, Gmail users will be able to store
up to 2 gigabytes of e-mail and attachments for each account. Even more
capacity will be made available after that as it becomes feasible, the
"Our goal is to make sure storage is no longer an issue for Web mail users,"
said Marissa Mayer, Google's director of consumer Web products.
The announcement was made on the first anniversary of the Internet search
engine's launch of Gmail, which surprised many users with its generous
storage allotment and prompted rivals Yahoo and Microsoft to boost the
capacity of their own free Web mail services.
SAVARKAR'S MERCY PETITION
THOUGH every record leap to light, he never shall be shamed, goes an old
saying. In V.D. Savarkar's case, every record disclosed exposes his deceit,
venom and addiction to murder. He died in 1966. The next year, Gopal Godse,
brother of Gandhi's assassin, Nathuram, and his co-conspirator, revealed in
his book Gandhi Hatya Ani Mee ("Gandhi's murder and I") the close
relationship between Savarkar and Nathuram which both were at pains to
conceal at the Gandhi murder trial. Savarkar was acquitted by the Sessions
Judge, though the approver Badge's evidence was found to be completely
reliable, only because the law required independent corroboration. That came
in 1970 in the report of Gandhi's assassination by Justice J. L. Kapur, a
former Judge of the Supreme Court. He found a "conspiracy to murder by
Savarkar and his group". Savarkar's bodyguard, Appa Ramachandra Kasar, and
his secretary, Gajanan Vishnu Damle, did not testify in court. They spilled
the beans before Justice Kapur only after Savarkar's death. He had, besides,
a mass of other evidence which was not available to the court.
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