Frontline, October 18, 2011
By Venkitesh Ramakrishnan
In what could well be termed a rare political quirk, the state of affairs in the ruling Congress and the principal opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party, fits the same description: desperately seeking direction in an atmosphere marred by unparalleled political challenges, intra-organisational tussles and consequent confusion. There is a high level of activity on both sides and in different forums, including public spaces, the executive and the judiciary, but its impact in the immediate and possibly medium term is likely to be more confusion.
Thus, in the BJP one witnesses veteran leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani embarking on yet another rath yatra, with the professed objective of raising awareness about the need to cleanse public life. However, the vast majority of supporters of the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)-led Sangh Parivar perceive it as a manoeuvre in organisational one-upmanship to re-emphasise his credentials as a prime ministerial candidate.
Primedia Broadcasting – Eyewitness News, October 17, 2011
By Regan Thaw
A study by an international finances watchdog shows South Africa has lost over R180 billion in illicit financial outflows since 1994.
A study by Global Financial Integrity also revealed some developing nations including South Africa are losing hundreds of millions each year due to corruption.
Tax News, October 17, 2011
By Mary Swire
India is playing a major role in the global crusade against tax crimes and has completed negotiations for 16 new tax information exchange agreements (TIEAs), according to the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) M C Joshi.
The pacts with the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Isle of Man and the British Virgin Islands have entered into force, Joshi told an international tax conference organized by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).