'US counts on the rise of India as a global power'

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Washington, Sep 29: Counting on the rise of India as a global power, the United States has said it would like New Delhi to work with it around the world despite inevitable differences from time to time.

"We are counting on India's rise not just as an economic partner but as a global power, one that engages everywhere from Latin America to the Middle East to East Asia," US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said here on Tuesday.

"For our part, accepting India as a global power means learning to agree to disagree sometimes," he said in a lecture on 'Is there a future for the US-India partnership', organised jointly by industry lobby FICCI with Washington think tank Brookings Institution.

"It means recognizing that profound mutual interests and shared values do not add up to unanimity of opinion," he said.

India's leadership in promoting a more stable South Asia - its multibillion dollar assistance commitment to Afghanistan, its determination to re-engage and normalise trade with Pakistan and its joint projects to boost infrastructure and capacity in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives - offer the hope of a more peaceful future for the region and the world, Burns said.

Stressing that the world can't afford to repeat the mistake of neglecting Afghanistan, Burns said that "success in Afghanistan depends on ensuring that others are there, too".

"That certainly includes India. With coalition forces drawing down, Afghanistan will need extensive private investment and economic linkages with its neighbours," he said.

Burns said that even without direct access to India's rising middle class market, Afghanistan already sends one-quarter of its exports to the country.

"Imagine what will be possible when transit and trade agreements extend outward to India and Central Asia, and Afghan traders are able to shift goods directly to the markets of Mysore and Mumbai," he said.

"And, with cooperation moving forward on so many issues, a few differences need not cause us to lose momentum or ask whether there is a future for our partnership," Burns said warning "The greatest risk is not disagreement -- it is inattention."

Few questions will matter more for both countries than whether they are doing as much as they can to realise its full promise "in the new century unfolding before us," he said. (IANS)

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Telecom Commercial Communications Customer

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Preference Regulations (TCCCPR) 2010 Come into Force
Messages Relating to Transactions Exempted from Restriction of Hundred SMS Per Day
The Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations (TCCCPR) 2010 comes into force from today. Shri Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology marked the enforcement of the TCCCPR 2010 by sending a sms on 1909 to register for not receiving unsolicited/pesky calls and smses. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Sibal said with this launch a long standing demand has been fulfilled.

With these regulations in force, customer who does not want to receive commercial communications can register himself in ‘National Customer Preference Register (NCPR) by simply dialing 1909 or sending SMS to 1909.

Some of the key features of this regulation are – options to customers to exercise his preference, separate number for telemarketers starting with 140, easy registration of the telemarketers, sharing of database, blacklisting provisions, filtering of calls and SMS by service providers, restriction on more than 100 SMS per SIM per day, effective complaint redressal system and financial disincentive on Access Providers. The Minister however clarified that messages involving transactions are not covered under these restrictions. This includes messages sent by schools to students, parents, financial institutions, banks, insurance companies, credit cards etc.

In order to curb unsolicited commercial communication, which are a major cause of disturbance and inconvenience for Telecom users, TRAI notified “Telecom Unsolicited Commercial Communication Regulations” in 2007, putting in place a framework for controlling unsolicited commercial communications. This Regulation was further improved through two amendments in 2008. As a result of this regulation, the number of unsolicited calls decreased but the number of unsolicited SMS increased. The Indian telecom customer demanded more from TRAI.

After extensive deliberations and consultations with stakeholders, (TRAI) notified “The Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2010, on 1st December 2010. All the provisions of the regulations have come into force from today, i.e. 27th September 2011. The Regulations at one hand empowers the customers to exercise the options to control unsolicited commercial communications (UCC), it also provides the easy way to Telemarketers to Register with TRAI and get telecom resources from Access providers from identified series.

Due to low cost and high degree of penetration, telecom services in recent years have become increasingly commercialized. Today, operators want to extract money from every fraction of bandwidth available to them. This has resulted in unwanted commercial calls to telecom service user.

Shri Sachin Pilot and Shri Milind Deora, the Ministers of States for Communications and IT, Shri R. Chandrsekhar, Secretary, Department of Telecom and Shri J.S. Sarma, Chairman, TRAI were also present on the occasion.


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Army to hold joint exercises with 16 friendly forces

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NEW DELHI: From just a couple of joint exercises annually a decade ago, Indian Army is really cranking up its engagement with foreign armies now. The 1.13-million force will undertake as many as 16 combat exercises with friendly forces in 2011-2012.

The flurry of exercises constitute an effective diplomatic tool to enhance overall strategic ties and military-to-military cooperation with countries in India's "immediate" and "strategic neighbourhood" as well as "priority nations'' far away.

From US, UK, France, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Maldives, Seychelles, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand, the response has been "simply overwhelming", say Army officers.

"Other armies are very keen to exercise with us since we have six decades of combat experience across the entire spectrum of conflict. One of the main focus areas in the exercises has been counter-terrorism/counter-insurgency in rural, semi-urban and urban terrains," said a senior officer.

With the ever-growing threat of terrorism looming large over the globe, this comes as no surprise. Indian Army, after all, has dealt with insurgencies and terrorism over the years, developing valuable expertise in tackling "sub-conventional warfare" or "low-intensity conflict operations".

Army, of course, also has specialized institutions like the Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) at Vairengte in Mizoram, where soldiers learn to "fight the guerrilla like a guerrilla'', as well as the High-Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) in Jammu and Kashmir, which runs specialized mountain warfare courses in Sonamarg area and snow-craft and winter warfare in Gulmarg area.

So, if 200 Indian soldiers recently participated in "Ajayee Warrior" exercise with British soldiers at the Land Warfare Centre in Warminster, near Salisbury in UK, another contingent is currently in Mongolia for the "Nomadic Elephant" counter-terror exercise. Then, French soldiers will be at Chaubatia, near Ranikhet, to take part in the "Shakti" exercise with India's 99 Mountain Brigade from October 9 to 22.

The exercises, of course, are meant to build bridges in tune with India's larger geostrategic interests. India, for instance, has been assiduously ramping up economic and military ties with Central Asian Republics. A joint special forces training exercise will soon be held with Kyrgyzstan as part of the policy.

"Exercises with Myanmar, Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh are also slated in the coming months. The one with Myanmar, for instance, will be held at CIJWS. After 'Vajra Prahar' and 'Shatrujeet' exercises with US earlier this year, the 'Yudh Abhyas' one in India is also next on the agenda," said another officer.

"The exercises build mutual trust, confidence and interoperability. Our soldiers also learn a lot from different armies, and enhance their capability to operate alongside other defence forces under the UN flag or otherwise," he added.

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