No resource crunch here
With reference to Neelesh Misra’s article Mind the gap (July 1), it is disheartening to note that even though the uranium mines were known to the government in 1990s, no initiative was taken by the Department of Atomic Energy to unearth the same. Had the central government taken some action in the 90s, we would not have had to depend on the Indo-US nuclear deal so desperately. To a great extent, the lack of accountability of government officers is responsible for such laid-back attitude.
Getting North Korea on the line
Apropos of the editorial Pyongyang finally walks the talk (June 30), North Korea posed a threat to the US when they declared their capability of building atom bombs. Now North Korea is out of the US terror list. Ironically, it was the Bush administration which thrashed out the agreed framework between the two countries and now has changed its policies to accept Pyongyang.
It’s about votes, not energy
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s stand on Indo-US nuclear deal, despite the Left’s threat of withdrawing support, is significant (No backing off on N-deal now, July 1). This decision, which was taken at the highest quarters, must have been prompted by the the imminent elections and not about boosting India’s dismal power scenario.
It is heartening to know that the Congress is all set to go ahead with the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, which will help India overcome the energy crisis. If the Left parties decide to withdraw support, it will be a boon for the UPA government. Instead of doing anything constructive, the Left parties have only stopped the government from taking some good decisions.
The spectacular European Championships came to a an end on Sunday night and it was only fitting that Spain won the
Cup in the end. By defeating world champions Germany, the Spanish team ended their 44-year-old drought. From the beginning of the star-studded championship, the Spanish team looked like a formidable side. Liverpool’s star striker Fernando Torres proved his mettle by scoring the most important goal of his life, in the finals. Germany, who were regarded as one of the favourites to lift the champion’s cup for the fourth time, seemed out of touch in the finals and captain Michael Ballack’s dream to hold the cup was shattered.