CUTS IN MEDIA-May 2006

 

Zambia’s regional ties hinder manufacturing growth – Appel
May 31, 2006, THE POST, Zambia
Call for Legal Protection against Domestic Child Workers
May 27, 2006, Hindustan Times Live
Law also mute on Domestic Child Workers
May 27, 2006, Daink Bhaskar
We, too, are Children
May 27, 2006, Rajasthan Patrika
Only change of attitude will help complete the plan
May 27, 2006, Dainik Navjyoti
We, too, are Children
May 27, 2006, News Today
Letters to Editor
May 24, 2006, The Economic Times
Stress on being alert for rights
May 21, 2006, Amar Ujala
IPR Law was on the menu at Mumbai
May 17, 2006, DNA

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Zambia’s regional ties hinder manufacturing growth – Appel

May 31, 2006, THE POST
Zambia

Zambia’s membership in regional communities (RECs) is a hindrance to the manufacturing sector, commerce deputy minister Eugene Appel has admitted.

Appel said though RECs were beneficial if all members related at an equal level, Zambia’s experience has so far not been impressive.

“To a great extent, being a member of these trade groupings will hinder growth of manufacturing sector in Zambia, this is one of the problems we are facing, but under these groupings, we cannot restrict trade,” Appel said.

“We also realise that we need to create room for the local industries to grow, which also raises the need to regulate the inflow of imports onto the local markets. We are studying that issue now and a number of options are being considered.”

He said the ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) was exploring ways of stemming the tide of imported products by helping local manufacturers produce high quality goods.

To this effect, Appel said Zambia has put up restrictive tariffs under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) but had these tariffs waived on Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) trade agreements.

This has led to huge imports of goods produced at a much lower cost from the COMESA and SADC regions, much to the chagrin of local producers.

And Appel said Zambia should exploit its opportunities to supply goods to international markets such as the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) initiative.

“Unless you have a people who have a capacity to produce for international exports, we will continue to complain about these trade issues. We need to exploit our opportunities because at the moment, we are not supplying the whole market,” he said.

Last week, the Consumer Unity and Trust Society African Resource Centre said the AGOA initiative was not much of a benefit to the Zambian economy, citing strict standardization measures as a major hindrance for fair trade between African countries and the US.

Call for Legal Protection against Domestic Child Workers

May 27, 2006, Hindustan Times Live
Jaipur

The Chairman of the State Human Rights Commission has suggested adequate provisions in the child labour Act to protect the rights of child domestic workers.

There are law to protect other forms of child labour but not of child domestic workers, said the chairperson of the SHRC, N.K. Jain. He was addressing a state level advocacy seminar organised by CUTS on Child Domestic Workers under the project 'Hum Bhi Bachche Hain' on Friday.

He said that unless the common man wakes up to the need of these children and changes the attitude, the efforts made fr these children will not be fruitful.

To implement the existing law on Right to Equality for children needs political will and the support of public parents.

Law should also have to ensure that the parents of these children fulfill their responsibilities and don't send their children for meager benefits.

There will have to be a check on the greediness of the employer.

Project Director, National Child Labour Project, Jivraj Singh said that there is a dire need to develop and follow a common code of conduct to get rid of the issue. Media plays a vital role in propagating such issues. There has to be a focussed approach towards these problems along with a positive outlook, only then some concrete output would be seen, he added.

Programe Coordinator, Save the Children, Neetu Sahi emphasised the need to locate child domestic workers and sensitise each and every person on the issue.

CUTS plans to formulate a strategy for future on the basis of the suggestions come across in this workshop and submit the recommendations to the State Government.

Law also mute on Child domestic Workers

May 27, 2006, Daink Bhaskar
Jaipur

 

We, too, are Children

May 27, 2006, Rajasthan Patrika
Jaipur

Only change of attitude will help complete the plan

May 27, 2006, Dainik Navjyoti
Jaipur

 

We, too, are Children

May 27, 2006, News Today
Jaipur

 

Letters to Editor

Earlier the better

May 24, 2006, The Economic Times

Apropos of ‘Hauling up cement and oil cartels’ by Pradeep S Mehta (ET, May 23), the writer has raised the most important issue of the need to have the new competition law implemented at the earliest.

It is highly imperative that not only the new competition law be implemented at the earliest but also large-scale import on open general list with minimum duties is allowed in the sectors that witness hyper-inflation and stagflation.

Vivek Sehgal

Beyond blame game

May 24, 2006, The Economic Times

Apropos of the report ‘Who did it?’ (ET, May 23), while the blame game will go on, the sudden and sharp crash of price of almost all stocks is never possible without domestic and foreign operators working in unison, like a cartel.

They were aided by an incompetent Sebi which is proactive only in case of minor scripts and senseless CBDT norms to give vast discretionary powers.

The way to stop manipulation is to introduce a permanent system under which daily fluctuations in the price of each stock are restricted.

Devendra Narain

Exempt fully

May 24, 2006, The Economic Times

This is with reference to your edit, ‘Politicians and the sensex’ (ET, 22 May). I disagree with your view that removal of FDI constraints in insurance will lead to greater spread of insurance in India.

What is needed is not foreign insurance companies having competitive insurance plans but full tax exemptions to investments in insurance 'Life and non-Life.

Anand Arvind Wadadekar

Stress on being alert for rights

May 21, 2006, Amar Ujala
Uttarkashi

 

IPR Law was on the menu at Mumbai

May 17, 2006, DNA
New Delhi

At a lecture on forging better understanding about intellectual property and competition laws and the perceived conflict between the two, Richard Whish, law professor with King's College in London, maintained that while the two cross paths occasionally, they both stand to serve the same cause.

"Indeed, both bodies of law share the same basic objective of promoting consumer welfare and an efficient allocation of resources," he said, while quoting from the guidelines given by the European Commission.

The Intellectual Property Law Practitioners Associations (IPLPA) along with the Institute of Intellectual Property Studies (IIPS) and the CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition (CIRC) hosted a seminar on intellectual property law and competition law at Ghia Hall at Kala Ghoda in Fort on Tuesday.

According to Whish, intellectual property rights help in promoting competition by encouraging undertakings to invest in developing new or improved products, while competition puts pressure on undertakings to innovate.
Whish also talked about the emerging interest in the two laws.

"India has already passed the Competition Act 2002, and China is now amending its laws to benefit the competition policy," he said.

"This means, in a few years, one-third of the world's population will be following the competition policy."n TN Daruwalla and Richard Whish.

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