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But having recognised the healthcare rights of the mentally ill, despite the excesses of the Emergency, asks Kiku? We have fined the agency, said Laxman Vhatkardirectorengineering services & projects BMC will also recover Rs 10000 daily from the contractor till the target is achieved Meanwhilestanding committee chairman Rahul Shewale said?’Madhumati’.

While one baby was stillborn, A source said: “Rajkumar is seen spending most of his time in the edit room.” Share This Article Related Article The ‘PK’ director is also working on the script of Sanjay Dutt’s biopic but as of now he is devoting his entire time to ‘Saala Khadoos’ editing For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Vindo Kumar | Chandigarh | Published: July 6 2016 11:55 am Top News In a bid to provide labourers and industrial workers an opportunity to learn and enhance their basic skills the UT labour department has decided to open a night school and college for them The proposal has been mooted by UT deputy commissioner-and-labour commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi As per official figures there are around 6000 labourers and industrial workers registered with the labour department The school which is likely to become functional from August will operate from the premises of Government College of Education in Sector 20 Moreover the students of the Education College will be roped in to don the hat of teachers for which they will be paid by the department Giving details about the initiative Assistant Labour Commissioner (ALC) Naveen Sharma said that in majority of cases labourers and industrial workers drop out of school due to poor financial condition of their families “We want them to give an opportunity to learn and enhance their skills by providing free education” said Sharma adding that their focus would be to encourage those between 15 to 25 years of age to enroll in the school Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news The school will have classes from VII to XII At the college level various graduation courses will be offered They will also be provided free books In an effort to work out the modalities and take a feedback the labour department recently also held meetings with representatives of different trade unions Lauding the initiative Harbhajan Singh Ghambir vice-president of Chandigarh chapter of All India Trade Union said that the school and college will help the workers gain skills which they earlier could garner due to different reasons He however stressed that the department should put in efforts for making the initiative a success Ghambir demanded that similar initiative should be started for waiters who cannot enroll in the proposed school due to job timings Moreover the department has also planned to start various programmes launched by the Centre for skill development of workers engaged in various sectors For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Published: February 7 2016 12:40 am Top News IN Narthua village of Bihar Vimlesh Yadav 47 does not know he may have just a little over a year to live The labourer’s eyes have turned yellow with jaundice — indicative of an advanced stage of gall bladder cancer He remembers having seen the same colour 4 kilometres away in the neighbouring village head’s eyes The latter died after getting diagnosed with the same disease a year ago Yadav just like the village head did has lived all along in Madhepura district 40 km from Ganga’s course little knowing the river along with Brahmaputra is somehow responsible for the high incidence of gall bladder cancer in North and North-East India The rivers are known to cause death in 70 per cent of such cases “Such an epidemic is found only in Chile also along the banks of a river” points Dr Rajan Badwe director at Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Center (TMC) India’s largest cancer research institute These rivers Badwe says have kept oncologists on their tail While plans of joint study had been formulated between the University of Chile and the TMC previously the research never took off According to a Globocan report India has an incidence of 7615 cases per lakh population in gall bladder cancer with 6416 deaths per lakh annually In north and north-eastern parts incidence is double in women than men The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) report of 2009-2011 showed an incidence of 14 per lakh population in women contrary to 74 per lakh in men in Assam’s Kamrup from where Brahmaputra passes The incidences remained more or less constant in parts of UP Bihar West Bengal and Bangladesh all basins for Ganga and Brahmaputra Such an incidence is close to negligible in other parts of the country For instance in South India say Thiruvananthapuram the incidence is merely 07 per lakh population “We see high incidence in Imphal Aizawl Kachad and almost zero in Thiruvananthapuram Bengaluru or Maharashtra” says Dr Rajesh Dikshit who heads the epidemiology department at TMC and has been studying the disease for the last five years Says Dr Mahesh Goel surgical oncologist at Tata Memorial Hospital which receives close to 700 patients of gall bladder cancer “Interestingly this cancer does not exist in upper reaches of the Ganga and Brahmaputra where they originate from Something changes in the river in its middle course that spurs the cancer” In UP’s Gorakhpur Shanti Dubey (46) has been suffering with acute abdominal pain for four months A month ago she was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer “I have lived all my life in Gorakhpur How can river cause cancer No one in my family has it” she says when told about the findings Husband Omprakash Dubey after borrowing money from relatives has been taking her for various tests CT scan blood test biopsy for a month now “Treatment has still not begun” he worries Both Dubey and Yadav claim stomach pain gives them sleepless nights Yadav has spent Rs 500 on tests back in Bihar at a peripheral centre in Purnia and later Rs 15000 in Patna after mortgaging his land “I have no money left for treatment” he says Yadav used to visit the Ganga every year for a bath Dr C S Pramesh attached with the National Cancer Grid says the formation of a national registry has helped throw systematic light on regions showing high gall bladder cancer incidence “But we are as far from treating it as we are in finding its cause” he says Different studies have floated vastly differing speculations A Jama Oncology study based on 125 patients has claimed the cancer is spurred by traces of aflatoxin (metal) in rivers Another study points at salmonella a bacteria that also thrives in river water “Small studies have also pointed towards presence of other bacteria called helicobacter bilis or helicobactor pylori as responsible factors too” says Dikshit He suspects heavy pollution in river and hormonal reactivity with water in women as a likely factor for the disease’s high presence in females though no research has been done in that regard “River pollution cannot be ruled out But it is just a speculation There could be other contributing factors” adds Dr Mahesh Goel a surgical oncologist treating the disease What worries researchers and oncologists alike is the “aggressive nature” of this cancer In advanced stage at which 70 per cent patients are diagnosed the survival chances are nil with life span often capsuled between three and five years “Initial symptoms of gall bladder cancer are mild such as gas formation mild pain and an upset stomach It makes the diagnosis difficult By advanced stage jaundice occurs or lumps may be visible” explains Goel adding that surgical removal of bladder in advanced stage is not possible Only patients who have been lucky to have a diagnosis well in advance have a shot at survival which forms a mere 30 per cent of total cases Afroz Jafri 62 from Lucknow Uttar Pradesh found out about her disease two months ago “We consulted two doctors in Lucknow and then came to Mumbai No treatment has been outlined to us and her symptoms are aggravating by each day” says her husband Ejaaz Jafri (64) He manufactures aluminum doors His business is suffering as he is camping in Mumbai to look after his wife “I have swelling in right side of stomach” Afroz complains not understanding the complications of entering an advance stage Oncologist Pavan Sugoor explains that treatment in advanced gall bladder cancer is often limited to chemotherapy for six months “We try to extend their life from a few months to over a year” he says Most patients are given palliative care to lessen their pain Jafri will undergo a similar procedure Research in India As the mysterious cancer plagues the upper reaches of India a 3000-patient study the largest ever for this cancer in India has been under way since 2010 The research is focused on two aspects — whether gall bladder cancer is hereditary and what factors in Ganga and Brahmaputra are leading to the cancer Currently a clinical team is studying the genome makeup of 7 lakh single nucleotide polymers (SNPs) in all patients The body has 3 lakh SNPs “By analysing the SNPs we are checking if the same gene in each patient has mutated” says Dr Rajesh Dikshit In its next phase the team will test each possible risk factor in the 3000 patients Salmonella bacteria Helicobacter bilis or pylori and heavy metals’ quantity will be assessed in each patient to understand what is spurring this cancer “Inflammation in bladder walls causes this cancer There is something causing that inflammation” says Dr Mahesh Goel [email protected] expressindiacom For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Kingston | Updated: July 2 2016 1:14 pm Usain Bolt’s executive manager Nugent Walker confirmed the news less than 20 minutes before the race (Source: Reuters file photo) Top News World record holder Usain Bolt withdrew from Jamaica’s Olympic trials only minutes before the men’s 100 metres final on Friday Usain Bolt’s Olympic quest is in doubt after the sprint superstar left his country’s national championships with a hamstring injury shortly before he was going to run the 100-meter final And that was just one part of a bizarre night at National Stadium pictwittercom/28i4fP9LSW — Usain St Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) July 2 2016 Bolt’s longtime rival Yohan Blake won the 100 title and formally qualified for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics — but only after a false-start disqualification call against him was overturned after review But even after Blake regrouped and prevailed all the buzz was about Bolt and his status going forward especially since the national meet serves as the Jamaican Olympic trials Starting the recovery process right away pictwittercom/J0HuvxOfiJ — Usain St Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) July 2 2016 He’s not out of the Rio Games but his status hinges now on how he does at a meet in London in three weeks Bolt said he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring tear — the most mild sort — and that the discomfort began presenting itself in his quarterfinal race on Thursday night “I have submitted a medical exemption to be excused from the 100m final and the remainder of the National Championships” Bolt said in a statement released through Jamaican officials “I will seek treatment immediately and hope to show fitness at the London Anniversary Games on July 22 to earn selection for the Olympic Games in Rio” Blake who finished second to Bolt at the London Games in the 100 said he was confident that the world-record-holder will be in Rio “No doubt no doubt no doubt” Blake said “It’s just a caution measure He’s good Just being cautious” Blake won the 100 final in 995 seconds 001 ahead of Nickel Ashmeade Jevaughn Minzie got third in 1002 seconds which figures to send him to Rio — though his role could depend on how Bolt’s hamstring recovers “I’m just smiling” Minzie said Bolt’s absence was announced on social media but never to the crowd which left many of the green-and-gold-clad fans wondering what was going on with the national hero who would likely be considered the favorite to win the Olympic 100 gold for a third consecutive time — something no man or woman has ever accomplished Then came the false-start followed by a review and a showing of the red card to Blake — who reacted with anger so much that security officials stepped onto the track just in case Then came another review of the tape Blake was cleared and he went back to his lane “I waited four years for this” Blake said “I’ve been injured I’ve been battered and I just made it back” Even with the injury Bolt won both of his heats at this meet first the quarterfinal on Thursday and then the semifinal on Friday Bolt seemed to be looking at the clock at the end of his semifinal which he won in 1004 seconds and capped by giving runner-up Senoj-Jay Givans — his closest pursuer — a knowing smirk as they crossed the line He put on a fresh shirt and walked off the track after a couple minutes giving no indication that he was hurting The news came about an hour later “We need him out there” said Asafa Powell the veteran who was fourth in Friday’s final “I’m sure he’ll be fine I’m sure he’ll be fine for Rio I’m sure he’s just being very cautious” Elaine Thompson was being anything but cautious on her way to knocking off two-time defending Olympic 100 gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and winning the national title Thompson equaled Jamaica’s record in the 100 winning with an emphatic time of 1070 seconds She beat Fraser-Pryce by 023 seconds Thompson isn’t new on the world track scene — she’s the 2015 world silver medalist in the 200 — but what awaits in Rio will represent her first taste of Olympic-bright lights She’s only 24 was a bit of a wild child in the past and has long been thought of in her country as the heiress apparent to Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown (who was fourth Friday in the women’s 100 final) atop the Jamaican women’s sprint throne That day may have arrived “I’m feeling good” Thompson said “I’m excited” The meet continues Saturday and Sunday without its biggest star For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: July 28 2017 12:58 pm John Bracewell left the head coach position of Ireland (Source: Express Archive) Top News Six months after Ireland were granted Test status by International Cricket Council Ireland will see their coach John Bracewell leave and their performance director Richard Holdsworth is hoping that they will be able to find his replacement by November “We will be conducting a global search in an effort to make certain we get the right candidate for the head coach role” Holdsworth said on Thursday Bracewell has been with the Ireland since 2015 when he took over the reign after Phil Simmons left after the 2015 World Cup and has had mediocre success with the team Ireland were granted Test status alongside Afghanistan by the ICC last month though they are yet to play matches in the five-day format with any international team Ireland tour the United Arab Emirates in November and Holdsworth thinks that they will look to hire someone to give him time to assess the squad before they begin their tour “We hope to have the successful applicant in place for the tour to the UAE in late November so they can take over the reins from John at the conclusion of the ICC InterContinental Cup game against Scotland “We’re looking for a coach with a broad spectrum of skills and ambitious plans as to how they will build further success for Irish cricket” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 7 2017 3:07 am Win over West Indies marks Virat Kohli’s second ODI series win as a captain Related News India rode on Virat Kohli’s unbeaten knock of 111 runs and a well-supported half-century by Dinesh Karthik to win the five-match ODI series 3-1 Kohli who scored his 28th ODI hundred surpassed batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar as he hit his 18th hundred while chasing After winning the toss West Indies were off to shaky start However Shai and Kyle Hope’s innings helped the hosts get past a total of 200 Mohammed Shami who is now only the third bowler to take 91 ODI wickets in 49 matches claimed his sixth four-wicket haul to bundle out Windies for 205 runs In reply India lost Shikhar Dhawan in the first over itself But Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane kept India’s innings under control Later the Indian skipper and Dinesh Karthik forged an unbeaten partnership of 122 runs as India win their second one-day series under Kohli’s captaincy West Indies Team: E Lewis KA Hope SD Hope (wk) RL Chase JN Mohammed JO Holder (c) R Powell AR Nurse D Bishoo AS Joseph KOK Williams India Team: AM Rahane S Dhawan V Kohli (c) KD Karthik MS Dhoni (wk) KM Jadhav HH Pandya RA Jadeja Kuldeep Yadav UT Yadav Mohammed Shami For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsNew Delhi: With the crucial GST Bill stuck in Rajya Sabha Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today questioned the extent to which the Upper House can be used to block economic decision-making and said the "weight" of directly elected house must always be maintained Jaitley who in May last year stated that Indian democracy faced a serious challenge with an ‘indirectly elected’ Upper House questioning the wisdom of ‘directly elected’ Lok Sabha today said he will again be speaking to the Congress on the GST bill "To what extent our Upper House is going to be used to block economic decision making. in Australia the debate is on the UK has gone through this debate a while ago and Italy is having the same debate Because ultimately the weight of a directly elected House will always have to be maintained" he said at a seminar here Arun Jaitley in a file photo PTI Opinion on a bicameral system of legislature world over has been sharply divided with some being of the opinion that a second chamber is essentially undemocratic as it can override the opinion of a directly elected House Others however maintain that the Upper House provides for detailed scrutiny of bills which may have been rushed through in haste due to political compulsions by elected members The Goods and Services Tax bill which seeks to replace a slew of central and state levies with a uniform GST rate was passed by Lok Sabha in May and is pending ratification by Rajya Sabha where the ruling NDA does not have a majority Congress is opposing the bill in the current form demanding a cap on GST rate be included in the Constitution Amendment Bill "It is now coming down really to one issue The only opponent to GST is the Congress party Curiously the party which had sponsored the law in first instance has some belated wisdom that you must have a Constitutional cap Now that seems a little difficult" Jaitley said Finance Minister said he would be discussing the issue with the Congress in hope of getting the bill passed in the second half of Budget session which begins on April 25 "I am all for the idea of having a reasonable rate as far as GST is concerned which the GST Council will decide But I hope with some consensus on that reasonable rate between two national parties we are able to arrive at a more consensual approach" he said The finance minister said stand on crucial economic legislations should not depend on where one sits in Parliament "For instance I am faced with a reversal of position when I accept some of the moves which the Congress party itself started" he said He said the idea of keeping corporate tax down to 25 per cent was included in the Direct Tax Code (DTC) which the then Finance Minister P Chidamabaram had mooted "GST was first mooted by Chidambaram and then introduced by the present President when he was finance minister and there is no point in taking a reversal as far as those issues are concerned" he said On the Congress demand for capping the GST rate at 18 per cent he said it is a fair stand but "whether you put it in the Constitution or (it is the) GST Council (of the states) who suggests that (rate)" "I have no problem with the rate" he said He added that there is now a demand to keep luxury items out of the proposed taxation system which would mean that luxury items are subsidised by essential goods "I am then reminded of President Clinton’s comment on economy — you can’t create a situation where GST moves up into 20s by keeping luxury items and then say that now maintain it at 18 per cent" he said Jaitley said there was a "greater need for a mature level of thought and discussions as far as these issues are concerned" This he said was not a problem specific to India "As I travel around the world I see a lot of democracies having it" Asked whether he would term the reform initiatives as Big Bang Jaitley said the government has taken a series of incremental reforms which taken together are much more than Big Bang "I think this government is yet to commit its first mistake as far as the economic policies are concerned All steps which are taking place are in one direction and slowly and surely you are moving in that direction carrying the democratic opinion along with it" he said Written by Harneet Singh | Published: November 23 2011 3:10 am Related News Director Imtiaz Ali went all the way to Europe to sign her for Rockstar He was convinced this New York born and bredhalf-Czech and half-Pakistani model was his perfect Heer They called her dil todne ki machine and jungli jawaani in the film Bollywood was served on a platter for Nargis Fakhri Dream debutdid you say The pre-release buzz about Fakhri was deafening and now that her work is out therethe chatter has only increased Critics didnt really warm up to her a lot of newsprint was spent on her mobile mouth. She needs to do it soon though," Chidambaram had told reporters in Rajkot in poll-bound Gujarat on Saturday, We have decided to hold a function at the same location, said RPI leader Arjun Dangle Meanwhilethe Republican Senaled by Ambedkars grandson Anandrajhas decided to conduct a bhoomipujan at the Indu millthe propsed site for Dr Ambedkars international memorial For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: March 11 2013 1:24 am Related News With Rabbi Shergill as a star performer of the night and Jimmy Shergill the showstopperthe crowd went wild at the Heartline Concert 2013 – A Night for Charity organised by the Rotaract Club of Chandigarh on Sunday evening at Leisure ValleySector 10 The crowd went wild as the show stopper of the eveningJimmy Shergillwalked down the ramp during the fashion show organized by Kapsons Laterthe stage was taken over by the star performer Rabbi Shergill and his band Rabbi swayed the audience with his hit songssuch as Bulla Ki JanaTere BinJugni and Challa The audience was up on their feetswaying to the beats as the band concluded the night The event also had band performances by a Bollywood band Take Off led by Shivam Katochand Just Ittefaaq a folk and Sufi inspired band The Club Magazine titled Souvenir 2013-14 was launched by Rtr Shivam KumarPresidentRotaract Club of Chandigarh For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related News in the makeshift theatres lined up next to the pool area, For me, Similarly, Image via Instagram "Congress supports the demands of the farmers. There is scepticism at the role played by PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) at a time of political crisis for the energy-rich state which has been boycotted by its Gulf neighbours in recent months and will play host to the World Cup in 2022.

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s Rajinder Nagar on Tuesday night.affordable?even for the large masses of aspiring humanity that now constitute the capitalbut there were takers for it nonetheless After allit is this kind of consumption that is keeping our economy upnever mind Rs 65 per kilo onions Delhiarguablyis Indias most expensive city to dine in on an averagedespite Souk in Mumbai And the prices for Sunday brunches at various restaurants in the city prove that From the Rs 1000 per person that was the norm till a couple of years ago (even at the five stars)todaythe more (but not most) expensive brunches now cost in the vicinity of Rs 3000 (including alcohol but not taxes) per person and the figure is inching up For a family of fourthis would work out to be a tab close to Rs 15000 In Mumbaithe prices are surprisingly lower but perhaps because of the dominance of the standalones even in this lifestyle segment And when you come to places like Bangalorethere is even more rationalised eating out with brunch prices still hovering in the range of Rs 1500per person at the premium level In returnwhat do you get Obviouslyre-heating last nights dinner for the buffet is luckily on its way out as chefs are going all out to seduce the palate as well as provide a chicermore memorable experience. udit (Rs 5000), Hours after sealing? the youth called a few more people and started hitting them with stones. Even former PM Rajiv Gandhi got Arun Nehru and Arun Singh as his secretaries. constitutional expert and former secretary,respectively. will now produce a film titled “Viral”, download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 21.

The university’s regular affairs were overseen by his team of aides who interacted with all other top officials and took decisions on his behalf,” The skipper is also happy that the reserve pool of bowlers has enabled him to push his strike bowlers that bit extra. You have a responsibility to be a role model to young girls… and you need to lay off the booze, The Bangladesh Cricket Board has its sights on their team climbing the ICC rankings in all formats and this is a dream that now does not seem impossible.40 seconds, Emery indicated earlier on Saturday that a swoop for 23-year-old Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez was "a possibility" before the end of the transfer window. although the priority was the Premier League. After all,considering the lack of home support at our ‘home’ venue in Kolhapur and the overnight travelling before each game,Kalyan.

Let us know in the comments! “This play has been a running hit in the USA and in Punjab. AP Any such decisions must be "within the framework of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, Seems to be a favourite with everyone. The horses were just about half way through the 2000-metre racewhen some people winced jockey No 7 had fallen off But the race went on Without a warningthe bright day gave way to a sudden shower But nobody seemed to mind getting wet and started cheering for their favourites At this pointthe horses went so fast that one couldnt see their hooves touch the ground As the race endedspectators erupted in cheers for the winning horse which had an interesting name Woven Dreams The race endedbut the party went on And though it was a dry daypeople flocked around the bar for unusual mocktails such as Chilli margarita and Citrus caprioska at the party hosted by Rustom and Zubin Bharucha City-based band The Full Monty played popular numbers such as Mamma miaFeel this moment and Skyfalland surprised everyone with their rendition of Gangnam style For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsXiamen (China): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Xiamenon Sunday to attend the BRICS Summit during which he would look forward to having "productive discussions and positive outcomes" with leaders of the grouping to support the agenda for a stronger partnership among the member countries During his two day visit Modi is also expected to hold a series of bilateral meetings including with Russian president Vladimir Putin and other BRICS leaders File image of Narendra Modi PIB He is also expected to meet leaders of countries like Egypt invited by China as part of the outreach exercise China has invited Egypt Kenya Tajikistan Mexico and Thailand as guest countries for the Summit "I look forward to building upon the results and outcomes of the Goa Summit I also look forward to productive discussions and positive outcomes that will support the agenda of a stronger BRICS partnership under the chairmanship of China" the prime minister had said ahead of his visit to this Chinese city Modi’s visit to attend the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) Summit comes days after India and China managed to end the 73-day long Doka La standoff On BRICS the prime minister said he will have the opportunity to meet leaders bilaterally on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit "India attaches high importance to the role of BRICS that has begun a second decade of its partnership for progress and peace BRICS has important contributions to make in addressing global challenges and upholding world peace and security" the prime minister had said The prime minister said he was looking forward to engage with leaders of nine other countries including BRICS partners in an Emerging Markets and Developing Countries Dialogue being hosted by Chinese president Xi Jinping on 5 September "We will also interact with the BRICS Business Council represented by captains of industry from all five countries" he had said Written by C Raja Mohan | Published: August 4 2010 2:48 am Related News Chinas declaration last week claiming indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea has set the stage for a tense power play in the waters that connect the Pacific and Indian Oceans After nearly three decades of lying low in order to improve its position in the western PacificBeijing has put its ties with the region at risk with a strong assertion of its territorial claims and flexing its newly powerful naval muscle As Chinas anxious neighboursespecially in southeast Asiaturn to the United States for protectionthe Obama administration has waded into the dispute by calling for an international framework to resolve the disputes UnsurprisinglyChina says it is opposed to internationalisation of the contesting territorial claims in the South China and that it is prepared to negotiate bilaterally with all other states that have competing claims over South China Sea The weak southeast Asian statesof coursehave no reason to sit down alone and separately with China at the negotiating table After a year-and-a-half of attempting to accommodate a rising Chinathe Obama administration has finally decided to reclaim its role as the principal arbiter of regional security in the western Pacific Indiawhich has a big stake in protecting the sea lanes of communication all along the Asian littoral must prepare itself for a new dynamism in the region as it will be drawn willy-nilly into the new debate on the geopolitical future of the South China Sea Vietnams oil Indias plans to acquire the troubled oil major British Petroleums off-shore assets in the South China Seaapparently discussed during the recent visit of Petroleum Minister Murli Deoras visit last month to Hanoiare certain to put India in the crossfire between China and Vietnam Last yearunder Chinese pressureBP announced that it will cease exploration in Vietnams Nam Con Son basin If Hanoi does support the Indian bidit might be based on the expectation that Delhi will not back off when confronted by Beijing Meanwhile the Indian Army Chief VK Singhs visit to Hanoifor the first time in 15 yearscoincided with the gathering tension between Vietnam and China For the momentat leastit is not Delhi that worries Beijingbut Washingtons new bonhomie with Hanoi In an editorial last weekBeijings Global Times warned both Washington and Hanoi Pressure to maintain an influence and guard against a rising Chinathe West is eager to cosy up to Vietnam and other southeast Asian countries. 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