Melbourne: Ahead of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's visit to India next month, a white paper submitted to the Australian government has sought early inking of an economic cooperation pact and urgent engagement with the new Indian government to reverse the dwindling bilateral trade.
There is spurt in crimes against women with the Odisha Police registering as many as 1,832 rape cases in 2013 against 1,458 such cases during 2012, according to a white paper of the state Home Department.
Congress MLAs on Friday staged a walkout in the Punjab Assembly in protest against the state government`s failure to come up with a white paper on cases lodged against drug peddlers and the number of police officers involved in smuggling.
Contending that the full magnitude of last year`s natural disaster in Uttarakhand has not come out in the open yet, a BJP MP, who had a close shave in the incident, today demanded a white paper on the tragedy and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "intervene" in the matter to find out the truth.
Terming Chief Minister Naveen atnaik`s allegation of Odisha`s neglect by the Centre as "baseless" and a ploy to hide his "inefficiency", Congress demanded a white paper on central funds released to the state and their utilisation.
China on Tuesday issued a white paper on national defence, elaborating on its new security challenges in times of peace and the diversified employment of its armed forces to cope with these challenges.