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DR. MANMOHAN SINGH (CONTD.):  However, our Government is mindful of the need to ensure that the impact on India from the disturbed situations within Nepal is minimised.  Events in Nepal do affect us widely.  There is no passport system between our two countries.  If there is trouble in Nepal, it invariably means larger inflow of people into our country.  So, like Bangladesh, what happens in Bangladesh and Nepal becomes, whether we like it or not, our concern. Therefore, normalcy, peace and prosperity of our neighbours is in our vital interest. 

       Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, I do not wish to go into great detail, but across the board, I would like to assert that we are developing closer ties with both new and traditional partners.  I have mentioned about our ties with the European Union.  We have built valuable and effective strategic partnership with France, Germany, and the United Kingdom with regular interactions at the highest level.  I have mentioned about the visit of President Chirac last month which gave a new impetus to the very valuable relationship we share with France.

 In the Asian region, we are adding depths and new dimensions to our cooperative ties with Japan and Korea.  We have excellent relations with the countries of South East Asia bilaterally and in the ASEAN framework.  I participated in the first East Asian Summit in Malaysia a few months ago.  Our relations with the nations of West Asia are developing consistently as I have said a moment ago, including through the landmark visit of His Majesty, the King of Saudi Arabia. 

Contacts with other nations in the West Asian regions are also dynamic and extensive.  In this regard, Shri Chandan Mitra expressed concern that the relationship with Israel has been systematically down -graded.    This is not correct.  We are not reviving our age-old ties with the nations of West Asia at the cost of our relations with Israel.  Our principled position on the Palestinian issue is unchanged.  We remain supportive of the efforts of the international community in finding a just and durable solution to the problems faced by the Palestinian people, so that they may achieve a State of their own.  At the same time, we attach importance to our friendly relations with Israel which we hope to strengthen and diversify. 

Sir, similarly, we have maintained mutually beneficial links with traditional partners in Africa and Latin America.  Shri Shahid Siddiqui spoke of the need for the Government to focus on these relationships as well.  I am happy to reaffirm that we will build on our historical links with these nations to create a modern, 21st Century-oriented relationship based on mutual complementarities.  The India-Brazil-South Africa initiative is one such partnership which will allow us to leverage each others areas of strength for our collective benefit. 

       Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, specific mention was also made by several Members of the agreement on civil nuclear energy cooperation with the USA, and I have dealt with this thing extensively.  Therefore, I do not wish to repeat what I have already stated. 

       Sir, in closing let me repeat what is the state about our faith in the abiding principles of our foreign policy laid down by Pandit Jawharlal and followed consistently by our country.  At the same time, we are alive to the impact of changes that have been brought to our external environment by rapidly changing international order.  We remain committed to intensify our engagement  with the world community bilaterally, regionally and multilaterally including through the U.N. and other international organisations to utilise every emerging opportunity for the benefit of our people.                      (Continued by PK/4B)

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DR. MANMOHAN SINGH (CONTD.):   In conclusion, Sir, I would like to mention that Shri Sitaram Yechury pointed out that nowhere in my speech or in the Report of the Ministry of External Affairs, a reference is made to our commitment to universal nuclear disarmament.  I believe, I had covered this subject in my previous intervention in this very House and I would like to repeat that India happens to be the only nuclear- weapon State which believes in universal nuclear disarmament.  There is no weakening of our resolve.  That is the ultimate objective to which we remain committed.  With these words, Sir,  I once again, thank all the hon. Members who have participated in this debate. Thank you.  (Ends)

PRIVATE MEMBERS' LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

BILLS INTRODUCED

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Prof. M. M. Agarwal; absent, Shri Santosh Bagrodia; absent, Shri Shantaram Laxman Naik.

THE DELIMITATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006.

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK (GOA):   Sir I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill further to amend the Delimitation Act, 2002.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK:  Sir, I introduce the Bill.         (Ends)

THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006.

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK (GOA): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill further to amend the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK:  Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE

(SECOND AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006

 

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK (GOA):  Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill further to amend the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI SHANTARAM LAXMAN NAIK:  Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

THE PATHOLOGICAL LABORATORIES AND CLINICS

(REGULATION AND CONTROL) BILL, 2006.

 

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA (MAHARASHTRA): Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for regulation and control of pathological laboratories and clinics by making their registration compulsory with an appropriate authority and prescribing norms and standards for setting up a pathological laboratory or clinic and for matters connected therewith or incidential thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

SHRI VIJAY J. DARDA: Sir, I introduce the Bill.

(Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Shrimati Hema Malini; absent, Shrimati Vanga Geetha.

THE COMPULSORY REGISTRATION

OF MARRIAGES BILL, 2006.

 

SHRIMATI VANGA GEETHA (ANDHRA PRADESH): I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to provide for the compulsory registration of all marriages solemnized in the country so as to prevent child marriages, check bigamy or polygamy, help women to exercise their rights of maintenance from husband and custody of children, enable widows to claim inheritance and to serve as deterrent to husband deserting their wives and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

The question was put and the motion was adopted. 

SHRIMATI VANGA GEETHA:  Sir, I introduce the Bill. 

(Ends)

THE PREVENTION OF ATROCITIES ON WOMEN

AND CHILDREN BILL, 2006. 

 

SHRIMATI VANGA GEETHA (ANDHRA PRADESH):  Sir, I beg to move for leave to introduce a Bill to prevent the commission of offences of atrocities against the women and children in the country, to provide for Special Courts for the trial of such offences and for the relief and rehabilitation of the victims of such offences and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto. 

The question was put and the motion was adopted. 

SHRIMATI VANGA GEETHA:  Sir, I introduce the Bill. 

(Ends)

 

 

 

STATEMENT RE: STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE SEVENTH REPORT OF DEPARTMENT-RELATED PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON EXTERNAL AFFAIRS.

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THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS (SHRI E. AHAMMED):  Sir,  I beg to lay a statement on the status of the implementation of recommendations contained in the Seventh Report of the Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, on the Table of the House.                                     

(Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The House stands adjourned to meet at 11.00 a.m. on 17th March, 2006.

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The House then adjourned at ten minutes

past five of the clock till eleven of the clock

on the Friday, the 17th March, 2006.

 

 

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