News Summary for October 20th, 2010

++ The Interior Secretariat said that an operation to seize more than 130 tons of marihuana in Tijuana, Baja California, came about after a joint intelligence and operational plan carried out by the Coordination Group in that state. The operation also led to the arrest of Juan Carlos Avelar, a brother of the head of the Tijuana Tourism and Conventions Committee, and another 11 suspects. + Authorities incinerated the 134 tons of marihuana seized in Tijuana … The drugs had a street value of 196.45 billion dollars in the United States.

++ Attorney General’s Office spokesman Ricardo Nájera confirmed that Federal Judiciary Police carried out an operation in two homes in the Jardines del Pedregal district in Mexico City, linked to the Beltrán Leyva drug cartel… There were no arrests….

++ Speaking before businessmen in Nuevo León, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said that it is possible to change the situation of insecurity and violence not only in Nuevo León, but in the entire country.

++ With a 384-81 vote, and four abstentions, the Chamber of Deputies approved the 2011 Income Law 4, that sets a budget of more than 3.4 trillion pesos, an increase of more than 60 billion pesos, to the president’s proposal.
The value-added tax or IVA, was kept at 16 percent and 11 percent in the border area.

++ PRD senate caucus leader Carlos Navarrete said he trusted that the consensus in the Chamber to approve the income law would also be repeated in the Senate and underscored that the party will back the seven-peso increase to cigarette packs.

++ UNAM rector José Narro Robles called for a profound and comprehensive reform to education in Mexico… He called for an end to illiteracy in three years, since Mexico has the funds to do it as well as the organization and capacity.

++ Senator Gustavo Madero and former migration chief Cecilia Romero signed up to run for PAN national president, taking over from current leader César Nava.

++ Mexicana de Aviación employees demanded that the Chamber of Deputies create a special fund from next year’s budget to get the airline flying again.