The Someswara temple is nature's bounty for sure, tucked
away in the backwaters of the Srisailamdam construction on which began in
1960 and 21 longy ears to be opened.
The dam was constructed across the Krishna river onthe
border of Mahbubnagarand Kurnool district and is the second largest
capacity, working hydro-electric station in India.
The temple of Someswara (Lord Shiva), believed to have
been originally constructed in the 7thcentury. But the present temple
structure is on a relocated site.
Of the temple per se, was built during the time of the
Chalukyas, following the ‘Vesara’ style that is considered unique to what is
The main temple, with nine Shiva lingas was practically
dismantled and relocated around the late 70s to a higher location because it
faced submersion in the backwaters
The exercise to relocate the massive structure was
modelled after the way in which the Abu Simpel temple was dismantled and
re-constructed at a height of 600 to800 metres because it faced submersion
following the construction of the Aswandam across the River Nile in Egypt.
The Abu Simbel temple was originally constructed in 1257
BC around the time of the Pharoah Ramses in Nubia on the West Bank of the
River Nile and re-located once the dam came in place.
All are waiting in vain for the promised help from the
State government, which included a detailed medical survey and a financial
package ensuring proper rehabilitation of affected families but nothing
happened so far.
Six years have passed since the National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC) directed the State government to conduct a health survey
and economically empower the poor victims of the killer pesticide, once
sprayed indiscriminately in the mango orchards of Muthalamada
The order issued on December 31, 2010, directed the
government to pay at least Rs. 5 lakh to the close relatives of those who
died because of the aerial spraying of the banned pesticide.
An equal mount was promised to those who became
permanently bedridden and suffered from severe deformities.
The NHRC also ordered payment of at least Rs. 3 lakh to
all those who turned living victims of the killer pesticide.
Now the families of the living victims are demanding an
expert study at Muthalamada, Elavanchery, Kozhinjampara, Velanthavalam,
Vadakarapathi, Eruthempathy, Nenmara, and Nelliyampathygrama panchayats.
After IAEA confirmation on nuclear stock, Sanctions were
removed from Iran.
Lifting of sanctions allowed Iran to rejoin the
international economy. Although Iran kept it low key because of multiple
disappointment and broken promises it has faced in past few years.
The end to the sanctions is a success for the government
of President Hassan Rouhani, but comes at a cost for Iran’s ruling system.
Since the deal was signed last July, Iran has had to put
into storage more than 12,000 centrifuges, ship out almost its entire
stockpile of enriched uranium and remove the core of its heavy- water
Commentators have estimated a windfall of USD 100-150
billion for Tehran due to removal of sanctions.
The removal of sanctions will tremendously help India’s
plans in Iran, which are many and include the Chabahar port, an Indian Oil
petrochemical plant and the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline.
India’s oil imports from Iran have been restricted by the
sanctions and the recent forward movement on Chabahar port was accommodated
within the exemption granted for projects exclusively serving commerce with
The U.S. removed a wide range of sanctions against Iran
after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Tehran
had met its commitments to roll back its nuclear programme, under an
agreement with China, France, Russia, the U.K., the U.S. and Germany on July
The U.S. has only removed secondary sanctions that
restrict the dealings of other countries with Iran. Primary sanctions that
bar U.S. citizens and companies from business with Iran will remain
However, the removal of restrictions on its oil,
petrochemicals, banking, naturalgas and port sectors will hugely benefit
Iran and allow it to re-enter the global market.
Iran will be able to access the huge amount of cash it
has accumulated overseas from restricted oil sales during the sanctions.
Most of this money is sitting in China, India, Japan, South Korea and
Apart from Iranian oil, India will also benefit from
theremoval of restrictions onpayments to Iranian companies that the
sanctions had imposed. India reportedly owes Iran$6.5 billion for crude oil
purchases, the payment of which has so far been held up due to the
U.S. allies in the region fear that the U.S. focus onthe
nuclear threat distracts theUnited States from the array ofother threats
that Iran poses tothe region.
The U.S. will have to reassure Saudi and UAE andothers
that that is not the case
The U.S. had also made itclear that it continued to treat
Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism, and punitive actions prescribed for
promoting terrorism, human rights violations and missile tests would
India is all set to overhaul its security cooperation
agreement with China and further liberalise visa norms for the neighbouring
If the agreement comes through, China will deport Indians
accused of terrorist acts and operating in Chinese territory after its
agencies conduct an independent probe
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2005
between the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security,
People’s Republic of China, is being revisited to expand its scope
The new agreement will also factor in contemporary global
threats like the Islamic State, as many Chinese nationals are also learnt to
have joined the extremist outfit, especially those from the Uighurregion who
are fighting for a separate state
Even though India includedChina in the list of countries
which have been extended thefacility of electronic touristvisa on arrival,
the neighboring country has pressed forlifting restrictions on conference
and research visas aswell.
However, China is yet torespond to India’s demand tooffer
a similar arrangement for its citizens. Despite opposition from the
intelligenceagencies against extending e-visa facility for the Chinese,Prime
Minister Narendra Modi, during his maiden visit tothe country in May 2015,
China is among the top fivenations which have
expressedinterest in doing business inIndia. According to Ministryof Home
Affairs data, eightChinese companies were given the green signal to
startbusiness operations in Indiaunder the Make in Indiapolicy.
In the UnionBudget this year, the government may announce
cash and tax benefits to owners of old vehicles if they scrap and replace
them and may also double the fleet of public transport buses to check
The Road, Transport and Highways Ministry has requested
at least 50 per cent rebate in excise duty to people who, on purchase of new
vehicles, give their old vehicles in exchange for scrapping.
A separate environment- friendly industry to scrap old
vehicles is proposed to be set up.
Ministry has also requested accelerated depreciation of
up to 50 per cent to auto industry on additional investment for bringing
environment- friendly vehicles.
According to the proposed cash-for-clunkers scheme,
consumers would get an incentive, including tax-exemptions, of up to Rs
30,000 for discarding passenger vehicles and up to Rs 1.5 lakh for
National carrier Air India, marking a major shift in its
stance, has drop- ped its resistance to abolish five years and 20 aircraft
norms, also known as 5/20 rule, for Indian carriers to be able to fly
According to the ‘5/20 rule’, all airlines in India are
permitted to fly abroad only if it has five years of domestic flying
experience and at least 20 aircraft in its fleet.
The Union government has drafted a ‘civil aviation
policy,’ that is yet to go to the Cabinet for which its it approval, is
evaluating in abolishing the ‘5/20 airlines rule’.
The industry is divided over the issue of ‘5/20 rule’.
The private air- lines which are allowed to fly abroad — IndiGo, Jet
Airways, Spi- ceJet — have all opposed the proposal to abolish the rule as
it will impact their market.
However, the new airlines vistara and AirAsia India are
in favour of scrapping the decade-old rule which is restricting them to fly
to international airports from India.