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strike on August 16 if the government does not meet the civil societys demand of bringing a strong Lokpal bill.

I think it is undemocratic, because ultimately the law has to be made by Parliament. Everyone in d

emocracy has the right to have his voice heard and considered by the deciding authority…IANS/ CNN IBN

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strike again from August 16 but said, When that situation arises, I am sure the government will deal with it. Noting that Hazares associates Justice Santosh Hegde and Swami Agnivesh had publicly stated that the fast is not the way, the Minister said he was sure that the Gandhian has the wisdom to decide what is best for him and the country. He maintained that Hazare and his associates had wanted to create an authority outside the system, which would be accountable to nobody and asserted that this could not be allowed to happen. Asked why the committee could not firm up a common draft and wound up in bitterness, Sibal said, On certain very significant issues, there was a huge divergence of perception and opinion, and the twain could not meet. Insisting that bringing Prime Minister under Lokpal was never the central issue of the committees discussions, Sibal said, I think the basic issue was how do you set up an authority outside the system not accountable to anybody.

How do you ensure that that the authority, which is outside the system, will function in a chaste manner, uncorrupted, only because it is under the Lokpal. These are the essential issues that were of concern to us, on which, of course, there was huge divergence of opinion. Rejecting Hazares contention that he was not seeking to create a parallel structure, the minister said the activists comparison of the Jan Lokpal with institutions like CVC and CBI was completely arduous. On the issue regarding Ramdev, Sibal said the government was able to expose what the yoga teacher stood for.

We exposed him in the sense that actually he was negotiating with us and giving promises to us and was doing just the opposite at Ramlila ground contrary to the permission granted, he said.

Sibal dismissed suggestions that the government was embarrassed over four union ministers visiting Ramdev at the airport and that there was a sense of uneasiness in the party on the issue.

Ultimately the government was able to expose what Ramdev really stood for. Had we not met him, we would never have been able to expose him, he said. PTI

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output growth and sharp decline in the flow of foreign direct investment. All these have raised a question mark on Indias growth story.

The current spate of corruption scandals has made a big dent on Indias global image. It is negatively affecting the flow of foreign direct investment. Businesses are apprehensive,Rajeev Peshawaria, chief executive officer of Kuala Lumpur- based ICLIF Leadership and Governance Centre said.

Peshawaria said cleaning up its image and reassuring foreign investors on the growth story were among the major challenges facing Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs government.

On the first day of his visit June 27, Mukherjee will address the India- US economic and financial partnership summit in Washington. The event is being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry ( CII) and the US- based Brookings Institution.

Mukherjee will also hold discussions with key US economic policy makers including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S Bernanke and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary L Schapiro.

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He said he had come to Delhi on the eve of the 36th anniversary of the imposition of emergency and asserted that the situation was very much similar to the emergency. At Ramlila Maidan, the police did not come to arrest me, they wanted to kill me. I wont give any evidence right now, because the case is pending with the Supreme Court, said Ramdev. He added that police att

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