(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 06, 2009
can�t get bigger than this. Neither can it get more tragic. Even
as drought and food scarcity loom large,
of wheat are rotting in the fields of
--- The Times of
THE wholesale price inflation was negative for 10 weeks in a row, but retail prices of items consumed by people in villages rose at the rate of nearly 13 per cent in the month of July.
Inflation based on consumer price index for agriculture labourers rose from 11.52 per cent in June to 12.90 per cent in July, while the one based on consumer price index for rural labourers went up from 11.26 per cent to 12.67 per cent last month�.
The variation between wholesale price inflation and consumer price-based inflation is mainly because of high weightage of food items in consumer price indices.
--- The Asian Age, August 22, 2009
�Outsourcing gave the agency more protection in case something went wrong,� a retired intelligence officer intimately familiar with the assassination programme was quoted as saying by The Washington Post.
The secret programme was launched in 2001 as a CIA-led effort to kill or capture top al-Qaida leaders using the agency�s paramilitary forces.
However, in 2004, CIA decided to revive it under a different code name, using outside contractors, officials told The Washington Post.
�It is unclear whether the CIA had planned to use the contractors to actually capture or kill Qaeda operatives, or just to help with training and surveillance in the program,� reported The New York Times.
Government officials said that bringing outsiders into a programme with lethal authority raised deep concern about accountability in covert operations, the daily said.
American spy agencies have in recent years outsourced some highly controversial work, including the interrogation of prisoners.
came under heavy criticism for its role in a shootout in
--- The Statesman, August 21, 2009