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  • Indian employees likely to see a 11.3 percent wage hike this year

    01/28/2015 7:25:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Forbes India ^ | January 28, 2015 | Debojyoti Ghosh
    W orking professionals across sectors might not have much to cheer this year as salary increases likely to see a “marginal” rise compared with last year’s pay hikes in India. According to a study released today by global management consultancy Hay Group, employees across job roles can expect an average of 11.3 percent wage hike in 2015 led by FMCG and chemical industry. Last year, the actual average salary increase was recorded at 10.9 percent across industries, the report noted. “The study that we have conducted predicts that the pay raise in 2015 will remain in double digits. At this...
  • India asks Japan if it’s interested in Rs 50,000 crore submarine project

    01/28/2015 6:32:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 29, 2015 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: Russia, France, Germany and Spain, all better watch out. They may have to contend with Japan in the race to supply submarines to India. In keeping with their expanding strategic partnership, the Modi government has asked the Shinzo Abe administration whether it would be interested in the over Rs 50,000 crore project to build six stealth submarines in India. With Japan recently ending its decades old self-imposed arms export embargo, New Delhi has forwarded "a proposal" to Tokyo to "consider the possibility" of making its latest diesel-electric Soryu-class submarines in India, say sources. This "feeler" dovetails into PM...
  • Agenda 21: Obama Commits To Helping India Build ‘Smart Cities’ (Video)

    01/28/2015 6:23:37 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 13 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | Jan 28 2015 | Renee Nal
    During his trip to India, President Obama declared America’s commitment to “help design smart cities” and “bullet trains” in the country. The main selling point for “smart cities” is that they are “sustainable,” a vague but applauded term that often used in context of combating what this author strongly believes is a non-existent problem: man-made climate change. During a speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium in India, Obama, who met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the tour, declared: We are ready to join you in building new infrastructure…roads and airports, the ports and bullet trains to propel India into...
  • Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge

    01/28/2015 11:40:15 AM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    reuters ^ | january 26, 2015 | Sanjeev Miglani and Roberta Rampton
    U.S. President Barack Obama ended a landmark day in India on Monday with a pledge of $4 billion in investments and loans, seeking to release what he called the "untapped potential" of a business and strategic partnership between the world's largest democracies. Earlier in the day, at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Obama was the first U.S. president to attend India's annual Republic Day parade, a show of military might that has been associated with Cold War anti-Americanism. -snip "We are moving in the right direction ... That said, we also know that the U.S.-India relationship is defined...
  • Watch Obama Refer to Himself 118 Times in [Thirty] Three Minutes

    01/27/2015 8:49:08 PM PST · by PROCON · 33 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Jan. 27, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    Me, Myself, and I.President Obama, speaking to an audience of mostly young people celebrating India’s Republic Day in New Delhi on Tuesday, told the crowd, “I realise that the sight of an American president as your chief guest on Republic Day would have once seemed unimaginable. But my visit reflects the possibilities of a new moment.” He pointed out that he was the first American president to participate in the country’s Republic Day and boasted, “And I’m the first American president to come to your country twice!” The president went on to refer to himself an astonishing 118 times in...
  • Michelle is not impressed: The First Lady does not look happy to be meeting Saudi king..

    01/27/2015 12:12:37 PM PST · by maggief · 188 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2015 | ASHLEY COLLMAN
    Michelle Obama did not look happy today when she had to cut short her visit to India to accompany her husband on a trip to a country where women aren't even allowed to drive cars. The First Lady bowed and beamed as she boarded Air Force One in New Dehli on Tuesday, but by the time she landed in Saudi Arabia a few hours later, she had traded her floral dress for a more conservative long-sleeved jacket and slacks - as well as a new scorned expression. In pictures at the airport and Egra Palace, Mrs Obama pursed her lips...
  • India Rejects Climate Deal With Obama

    01/27/2015 8:32:48 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/27/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    India has rejected pleas from the Obama administration to enter into an agreement to put a future limit on its greenhouse gas emissions in order to fight global warming. President Barack Obama went abroad hoping to strike a climate deal with India — the world’s third-largest greenhouse-gas emitter — in order to build support for an international global warming treaty ahead of a United Nations summit later this year. But India had other ideas. Obama wanted India to announce it would peak its greenhouse gas emissions by a certain year, mirroring a pledge China made last year to peak its...
  • Obama's gum-chewing in India called 'ungainly sight'

    01/27/2015 7:16:20 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/27/15 | Lucy Mccalmont
    President Barack Obama became the first president honored as chief guest for India’s Republic Day parade with an old habit: gum chewing. Obama popped in a piece of chewing gum during Monday’s parade, according to pool reports and local press. Story Continued Below . . The president could be seen “at certain points” chewing gum while watching the procession, which celebrates that day the Constitution of India came into force in 1950, one pool report said. Obama was also spotted chewing upon his arrival as he greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in video posted by The Times of India....
  • Obama assures Modi on concerns over H-1B visa issue

    01/27/2015 3:56:57 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 29 replies
    Times of India ^ | Jan 26, 2015, 08.14 PM IST | PTI
    NEW DELHI: President Barack Obama has assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he will look into India's concerns on the H-1B visa issue as part of his comprehensive immigration reform, US officials said on Monday. Obama told Prime Minister Modi that his administration would be in touch with the Indian government on issues related to H-1B visas, popular among Indian techies. "I think what the President indicated is this is the type of issue (H-1B) that we have approached through the context of comprehensive immigration reform and so, given his ongoing efforts to work with Congress in pursuit of comprehensive...
  • Obama promotes religious tolerance in India speech

    01/26/2015 10:45:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2015 1:37 AM EST | Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution’s pledge to uphold the “dignity of the individual,” drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi. Obama said that while he has had extraordinary opportunities, “there were moments in my life where I’ve been treated differently because of the color of my skin.” As he touted the importance of religious tolerance, he noted the persistent false rumors that he is a Muslim, not a Christian. “There have been times where my faith has at times...
  • Watch: Hindu guru converts to Christianity after something amazing happens

    01/26/2015 5:54:17 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 10 replies
    Blessings.buzz ^ | 1/25/2015 | Elly Mae
    This story is miraculous in so many different ways. A man named Ravi said that God showed him a man that he was supposed to go find. He didn’t know his name but he did know what he looked like. After going where God led him, Ravi found the man God showed him. The man was a guru, dedicated by his parents to be the priest in the village temple. After talking to each other for a while, it is revealed that the guru had a dream about Ravi… And you have to watch to see what happens next… Watch...
  • Obama Knocked for Chewing Gum in India: 'Ungainly Sight'

    01/26/2015 7:54:30 AM PST · by george76 · 74 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 26, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    resident Obama is being knocked by local press for chewing gum today at the Republic Day parade in India. In an ungainly sight, cameras caught .. resident Brack Obama chewing gum during the Republic Day parade on Monday. In the picture captured by cameras and posted on Twitter by some users, Obama was spotted removing his chewing gum while PM Modi was ... this is not the first time that Obama has been spotted chewing gum during an important function
  • Obama Knocked for Chewing Gum in India's Republic Day Parade: 'Ungainly Sight'

    01/26/2015 7:53:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/26/2015
    President Obama is being knocked by local press for chewing gum today at the Republic Day parade in India."In an ungainly sight, cameras caught US President Brack Obama chewing gum during the Republic Day parade on Monday. In the picture captured by cameras and posted on Twitter by some users, Obama was spotted removing his chewing gum while PM Modi was seen trying to explain something to the US president," reports the Times of India.Here's the picture that appears to be driving the conversation:The report has more:
  • Obama’s ‘green kiss’ of deceit

    01/26/2015 7:34:15 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/26/15 | Judi McLeod
    Obama’s lipstick on a pig remarks are no longer just insults hurled at his closest rivals, but of a kind that exposes the U.S. presidency to open ridicule Careful, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi: You are talking billions of dollars in nuclear trade and deepening defense ties in hopes of an enduring strategic relationship with a president who speaks from both sides of his mouth. This is the same president who gave his first interview after last week’s State of the Union (SOTU) Address to YouTube star ‘GloZell Green’, whose main claim to fame is a YouTube showing her eating...
  • Obama to be guest of honour at India's Republic Day parade

    01/25/2015 3:54:27 PM PST · by PROCON · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | Claire Cozens
    Barack Obama will become the first US president to be chief guest at India's Republic Day parade on Monday, a day after hailing a new era of friendship between the world's biggest democracies. The invitation to the annual celebration of the birth of modern India is one of the biggest honours the country can bestow on a foreign leader and underscores the growing closeness between Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Security will be tight for the parade, a colourful display of India's military might and cultural diversity showcasing everything from tanks and state-of-the-art weaponry to camels and traditional...
  • Barack Obama (& the Mooch) pays floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi

    01/25/2015 5:00:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    IBN Live.in ^ | 1/25/15
    New Delhi: US President Barack Obama, who has often talked about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on his life, on Sunday paid homage to the 'apostle of peace' at Rajghat soon after his arrival on a three-day visit. Obama placed a wreath at Gandhi's memorial and bowed before the Samadhi with folded hands. He went straight to Rajghat from the ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. During his last visit in 2012 too, he had paid tributes to Gandhi at the memorial. The American President was presented a replica of Gandhi's famous 'charkha' by the officials of the memorial. Obama...
  • Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia for King Abdullah's funeral (by skipping Taj Mahal visit)

    01/24/2015 3:05:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    President Obama will forego a visit to the Taj Mahal during his visit to India in order to travel to Saudi Arabia for King Abdullah’s funeral, the White House announced early Saturday morning. Vice President Biden was initially scheduled to lead the U.S. delegation, but he will instead now remain in Washington and Obama will add the stop onto his return from India, where the president is embarking on a three-day trip to foster economic ties with the nation. “President Obama and the First Lady will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday, January 27 in order to pay respects to King...
  • Obama cancels Taj Mahal visit: Indian media (put the spit back)

    01/24/2015 2:21:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 1/24/15
    **SNIP** In an interview published Friday, Obama said "the stars are aligned" to enable the United States and India to forge a global partnership. The cancellation of the Taj Mahal visit would deprive the country's top tourist attraction of publicity at a time when the government is trying to boost visitor numbers. Twitter users rushed to thank the president for orchestrating a clean-up of the mausoleum in the town of Agra, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved empress who died during childbirth in 1631. "It was just Obama's clever plan to get Agra cleaned up. Thank you...
  • Do-It-Yourself street cleaning trend sweeps through India’s cities

    01/23/2015 10:52:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    France 24 ^ | January 5, 2015 | Satish Bhuwalka
    Volunteers cleaning the streets of Raipur, India.In cities all over India, anonymous men and women are picking up trash, fixing potholes and painting dirty walls. They’re not paid to do this; in fact, they pay for their tools themselves. These citizens are part of a growing movement of “spot-fixers”, volunteers who use their free time to clean up ugly parts of their city, and then post before-and-after pictures on social media. While teams of volunteers like this have operated steadily in big cities like Bangalore and New Delhi for several years now, dozens more have sprung up over the past...
  • I have come as a beggar, says PM (India PM) as he pleads to save girl child

    01/22/2015 7:32:31 AM PST · by Republic_Venom · 3 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | PTI (Press Trust of India)
    I have come as a beggar, says PM as he pleads to save girl child Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the Sukanya Samridhi Account Scheme at the launch of the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ Programme, at Panipat, in Haryana along with actress Madhuri Dixit. Photograph: Press Information Bureau  Denouncing the practice of female foeticide, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the discrimination against girls reflects "mental illness" and displays a mindset worse than that in the 18th century.Launching 'beti bachao beti padhao (save daughter, educate daughter)' scheme in this district of Haryana, a state with one of the poorest...
  • Muslim population grows 24%, slower than previous decade

    01/21/2015 4:49:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Times of India ^ | January 21, 2015 | by Bharti Jain
    NEW DELHI: The latest census data on the population of religious groups, set to be released shortly, shows a 24% rise in the Muslim population between 2001 and 2011, with the community's share of total population rising from 13.4% to 14.2% over the 10-year period. While the growth rate of the Muslim population has slowed from around 29% between 1991 and 2001, it is still higher than the national average of 18% for the decade. The data accessed by TOI showed that the most rapid rise in the share of Muslims in the total population was witnessed in Assam. Muslims...
  • House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe

    12/09/2008 12:15:10 AM PST · by hamboy · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Privacy Digest ^ | December 9, 2008 | MacRonin
    House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe A congressional panel will ask the National Security Agency's internal watchdog to investigate whether the super-secret spy agency eavesdropped without warrants on a Muslim scholar and later hid that evidence in a 2005 terror prosecution that got him a life sentence.The House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel and the judge overseeing the case want the NSA's inspector general to find out if the government failed to disclose evidence that might have cleared the name of a Northern Virginia spiritual leader Ali al-Timimi, Rep. Rush Holt (D- New Jersey) told the New York Times.That...
  • India’s Anti-Terror Troops Despise Their Assault Rifle

    01/14/2015 9:53:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 13, 2015 | Robert Beckhusen
    In 1999, the Indian Army fought a three-month-long undeclared war with Pakistan. It was also the combat debut of India’s new Insas battle rifle. The Insas is a very bad rifle. During the conflict—waged over the disputed and mountainous Kargil district in the province of Kashmir—the Indian troops’ rifles jammed up, and their cheap, 20-round plastic magazines cracked in the cold weather.
  • HATCH, RUBIO, FLAKE CO-SPONSOR BILL TO INCREASE H-1B GUEST-WORKER VISAS

    01/13/2015 8:51:18 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 13, 2015 | By Tony Lee
    On Tuesday, three Republican Senators joined three Democrats to introduce legislation that would expand the number of guest-workers for the tech industry even though there is a surplus of American high-tech workers. The Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) bill, introduced by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would also enable companies to hire an unlimited number of workers with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions in science, technology, engineering and math, which critics have said would turn some universities into diploma factories for foreign students. Currently, the first 20,000...
  • Wake up call? Obama White House changes its mind about Paris response

    01/13/2015 12:50:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | Liz Peek
    Some 40 world leaders marched together in a unity rally Sunday in Paris in what the New York Times banner headline dubbed a “Huge Show of Solidarity Against Terrorism.” Forty world leaders were present, but not President Obama, who was conspicuous by his absence. Not only did the leader of the free world decline to participate, Vice President Joe Biden couldn’t be bothered either, or Secretary of State John Kerry (who was busy hectoring India’s head of state over climate change), or Attorney General Eric Holder -– who was actually in Paris for an anti-terrorism summit. If only the world...
  • Kerry, Obama Pressuring India on Climate Change

    01/13/2015 7:32:20 AM PST · by opentalk · 11 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | January 12, 2015 | PATRICK J. MICHAELS
    Secretary of State John Kerry is currently in India as advance guard for President Obama’s visit later this month. The president is going there to try and get some commitment from India (or the illusion of a commitment) to reduce its emissions of dreaded greenhouse gases. Until now, India, along with China, has resisted calls for major reductions, effectively blocking any global treaty limiting fossil fuel use. The president is very keen on changing this before this December’s United Nations confab in Paris, where such a treaty is supposed to be inked. Kerry’s mission is to get India ready for the president....
  • Doctors 'used nine-year-olds as human guinea pigs' for a new cervical cancer vaccine......

    01/12/2015 6:46:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 12 January 2015 | Gethin Chamberlain In Indore, India, For Mailonline
    EXCLUSIVE: Doctors 'used nine-year-olds as human guinea pigs' for a new cervical cancer vaccine... and they suffered side-effects including nausea, dizziness and weight-loss Children as young as nine suffered side-effects after being used as unwitting human guinea pigs for a new multi-billion pound anti-cervical cancer drug, it has been claimed. The new anti-cancer drug has just been approved for use in the United States and is due to be released in Britain this year. But MailOnline has learned that several of the children used as 'guinea pigs' for the drug trial in India reported suffering problems including weight loss, fatigue,...
  • Pakistan: Muslims destroy Hindu temple

    01/12/2015 10:29:57 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 3, 2012 | Robert Spencer
    Every month there is an incident, like taking property of Hindu people or forced conversion of Hindu girls. ... Minority Hindus have complained of increasing harassment and discrimination in Muslim-dominated Pakistan in recent years, including the destruction or desecration of their places of worship. ... Hindus complain that girls are forcibly converted to Islam, there is no legal recognition for Hindu marriages, and Hindus are discriminated against when it comes to access to government jobs or schooling. ... During partition in 1947, the violent separation of Pakistan and India into separate countries, hundreds of thousands of Hindus decided to migrate...
  • ‘Russian’ Submarine Found Again Near Sweden And England, Cold War 2 Fears Increase

    01/12/2015 6:24:24 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 6 replies
    INQUISITR ^ | 11 Jan 15 | Unknown
    Reports of a potential “Russian” submarine found near England and Sweden have once again become common, and now the United States is being asked by Great Britain to help in the search for this mysterious underwater object. In a related report by the Inquisitr, Vladimir Putin recently signed and enacted a new military doctrine which proposes that Russian nuclear weapons defense systems near Europe will be expanded based upon joint defense projects with China, India, and other countries. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev also warns that the Ukraine crisis may transform into World War 3, claiming that a nuclear war...
  • India to ramp up amphibious capabilities with four warships

    01/12/2015 5:26:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Tribune News Service ^ | Jan 11, 2015 | Ajay Banerjee
    India is on its way to indigenously build four warships, which will be the biggest-ever made in the country other than the under-construction 40,000 tonne sea-borne aircraft carrier the INS Vikrant. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) had re-issued a request for proposal (RFP) to Indian private sector shipyards in September to build four amphibious assault ships, also called the Landing Platform Docks (LPD) in naval parlance. Each of these will approximately cost Rs 6,000 crore and are expected to deliver over the next 10 years. Each of these ships will be anything between 35,000 and 40,000 tonnes. The Indian shipyards...
  • India’s Amazing No-Show Civil Servant Wins Membership in the Bureaucrat Hall of Fame

    01/11/2015 12:22:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    IÂ’m impressed, in a dark and gloomy way. I thought the Italian healthcare official who showed up for work only 15 days in a nine-year period set the record for bureaucratic loafing.Based on longevity of laxity, he definitely out-did the San Francisco paper pusher who didnÂ’t work at all in 2012 yet still got paid $333,000.And while itÂ’s remarkable that a New Jersey bureaucrat simultaneously got paid for six different jobs, he presumably actually went to work every day.But all these bureaucrats will probably be ashamed to learn that one of their counterparts in India makes the rest of them...
  • ‘Fears Of Man-Made Global Warming Exaggerated’ (Indian Science Congress)

    01/09/2015 10:45:36 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    India Times ^ | 1-9-2015 | Anahita Mukherji
    Anahita Mukherji, TNN January 9, 2015 MUMBAI: Two of three scientists at a session on climate change and society at the Indian Science Congress on Tuesday felt fears of man-made global warming were greatly exaggerated. Their presence at the conference was particularly significant in light of the current 'development-versus-envir- onment' debates. "While I agree that glaciers are melting because of global warming, if this is because of man, then what was the reason for the melting of the glaciers in the Gondwana period long before man arrived on the planet?" asked Dhruv Sen Singh, Centre of Advanced Study in Geology,...
  • Paris terror attack a 'backlash': Mani Shankar Aiyar

    01/08/2015 11:39:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Zee News ^ | January 9, 2015 | Press Trust of Inda
    New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Thursday described the terror attack in a satirical magazine office in Paris as a "backlash", noting that Muslims were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan without any discrimination of being "innocent" or otherwise. The opposition not only slammed Aiyar for his comments but his own party distanced itself from the controversy. "If you are more powerful, it does not mean you can do anything and the weak will not respond. So when drone attacks happen and homes are destroyed and children are killed, then it is imminent that there will be a...
  • Charlie Hebdo tragedy: Former India UP State Minister offers Rs 51 crores ($8MM) to attackers

    01/08/2015 11:09:27 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 37 replies
    News Nation ^ | 1/08/2015 | News Nation Bureau
    The whole world is in complete shock after the terrorist attack that struck Paris on Wednesday, but this former minister from Lucknow, Haji Yakub Quereshi, stirred a controversy by saying that he will reward the attackers by giving them Rs 51 cores (~$8,000,000,000). According to reports published in a Hindi newspaper, Yakub said, "I will reward the attackers who killed Charlie Hebdo Editor, cartoonist of the infamous Prophet poster, with Rs 51 crores (8 Million Dollars)."...
  • India reacts sharply after US 'certifies' Pakistan's action against terror groups

    01/05/2015 11:32:49 AM PST · by VeronicaCromwell · 5 replies
    Times of India ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | PTI
    NEW DELHI: Reacting strongly to the US certification that Pakistan has curbed terror leading to more aid to Islamabad, India on Monday asserted that its neighbour was not showing "sustained commitment" or "ceasing support" or dismantling "bases of operations" of terror groups including LeT and al-Qaida. But it maintained that "How the US government decides to spend US tax payers' money is entirely its prerogative". "However, India does not believe that Pakistan is showing "sustained commitment" or making "significant effort" or ceasing support" or dismantling "bases of operations" of the Laskhar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, the Haqqani network and quite possibly the al-Qaida....
  • 4,000-Year-Old Copper Crown Found in India

    01/04/2015 4:30:46 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | January 1, 2015 | Venus Upadhayaya
    Indian archaeologists uncovered a 4,000-year-old copper crown in the village of Chandayan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh this week, from what they believe was the late Indus Valley civilization. According to Dr. Rakesh Tewari, the director general of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), this is only the second crown discovered at an Indus Valley site in either India or Pakistan. Earlier, a silver crown was found at another late Indus Valley site in what is now the Fatehabad district of Haryana state in northeast India... The copper crown, decorated with a Carnelian and a Fiance bead...
  • India mulls switching from Rafale to Su30MKIs

    01/01/2015 6:35:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Jan 1, 2015
    For the first time since January 31, 2012, when the French Rafale fighter was chosen as the future medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF), it has been officially admitted that there are serious problems in negotiating the purchase with the French vendor, Dassault. the Indian Business Standard reports. Speaking to the media on Tuesday evening, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said there were “complications” in the negotiations, already on for almost three years, with the French side reluctant to meet commitments that IAF had specified in the tender. Parrikar mentioned that local production of Su-30 MKI...
  • Why New North Carolina Measles Cases Worries Health Officials

    12/31/2014 3:53:56 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 34 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | December 30, 2014 | LIZ NEPORENT
    A case of red measles, also known as Rubeola, was diagnosed earlier this week in Moorseville, North Carolina -- worrying health officials and highlighting the renewed threat of measles in this country. The infected person was unvaccinated and had recently returned from a trip to India confirmed Rebecca Carter, the public information officer for Mecklenburg county. Carter said she could not release any additional details such as the age or sex of the person due to patient confidentiality. Dr. William Schaffner said this case is no trivial matter, warning that measles is highly contagious, spreading easily through coughing and sneezing....
  • As World Turns Its Back on Israel, a Surprising Ally Emerges in India

    12/24/2014 7:58:41 PM PST · by cold start · 23 replies
    BreakingIsraelNews ^ | 23rd December 2014 | Lea Speyer
    Benjamin Netanyahu, left, meets with Narenda Modi in New York City on September 28, 2014. (Photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO) With the EU moving farther away from its traditional support of Israel, it seems as if the Jewish state is finding a new ally in an uncommon place. According to The Hindu newspaper, India is considering moving away from supporting the Palestinian cause at the UN, Indian government sources said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is looking to move his foreign policies regarding the Palestinians to a state of abstention, the two sources claimed. “Like other foreign policy issues, the Modi...
  • India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions of Christians & Muslims in challenge to PM Modi

    12/24/2014 10:20:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/24/2014
    The head of India's most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the prime minister's economic reform agenda. Mohan Bhagwat of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which is also the ideological wing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, said India was a "Hindu nation" where many Hindus had been forcibly converted to other religions. "We will bring back those who have lost their way. They did not go on their own," Bhagwat said in a speech late on Saturday. "They...
  • Nun Pleads for Christians Raped, Sold, Killed by ISIS

    12/23/2014 6:37:39 PM PST · by Maudeen · 21 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | December 23, 2014 | Leo Hohmann
    Refugees live 'like animals' in camps ...........................Sister Hatune points to the fact that 96 percent of the people who populated the Middle East at the turn of the eighth century were Christian. Now, that Christian population has dwindled to 6 percent. Turkey was once almost all Christian, but now it is 0.03 percent Christian. Iraq had 1 million Christians under Saddam Hussein, but now only a few thousand remain, and the churches of Baghdad will be mostly empty this Christmas. “Where are these Christians? Where are these people? Just ask yourself,” said the fiery nun, whose native tongue is Aramaic.
  • Iran’s IRGC 'Massacring' Iraqi Sunnis It 'Saves' from ISIS

    12/22/2014 12:19:34 PM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/21/2014, 6:50 PM | Mark Langfan
    Iraq’s Grand Mufti accuses IRGC, Iraqi government, Shiite militias of genocide and rape of Sunnis they 'liberated' from ISIS In an explosive TV interview aired last week, Iraq’s Grand Mufti Rafi Al-Rifa’i, the highest Sunni authority in the country, accused the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Iraqi government, and Iraqi Shiite militias of mass genocidal killings and rape of Sunni men and women from Iraqi towns and villages “liberated” from ISIS (Islamic State). Mufti Al-Rifa’i posed the unanswerable question, “Why should we fight ISIS? So the Iranian IRGC can take over? The same Iranian IRGC that is running operations...
  • In 2008 Mumbai Attacks, Piles of Spy Data, but an Uncompleted Puzzle

    12/22/2014 7:09:11 PM PST · by cold start · 5 replies
    Frontline ^ | 21st December 2014 | James Glanz of The New York Times, Sebastian Rotella of ProPublica, and David E. Sanger of The NYT
    n the fall of 2008, a 30-year-old computer expert named Zarrar Shah roamed from outposts in the northern mountains of Pakistan to safe houses near the Arabian Sea, plotting mayhem in Mumbai, India’s commercial gem. Mr. Shah, the technology chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani terror group, and fellow conspirators used Google Earth to show militants the routes to their targets in the city. He set up an Internet phone system to disguise his location by routing his calls through New Jersey. Shortly before an assault that would kill 166 people, including six Americans, Mr. Shah searched online for a Jewish...
  • Feeding the STEM Myth

    12/22/2014 8:25:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 65 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 18, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    As we have reported, contrary to current wisdom, studies consistently show that there are more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors than there are STEM jobs. Nevertheless, those with a vested interest in perpetuating the legend not only still claim that there is a STEM major shortage but declare that women are uniquely qualified to fill it. Recently, here in Washington, D.C., at George Washington University, Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation (an organization geared toward more STEM education at the pre-K12 level and above), said, “Employers…are having difficulty finding the STEM talent they need.” For example, she...
  • Key suspect in 2008 Bombay bomb attacks freed by Pakistanis (day after Peshawar school attack)

    12/22/2014 5:16:22 AM PST · by Cronos · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 18 Dec 2014 | Salman Masood
    A Pakistani court granted bail to a terrorist accused of planning the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, drawing loud protests from India. The suspect, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, is a senior commander with Laskar-e-Toiba, the group behind the blitz of attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that left 166 people dead.The slow pave of th trial has been a contniuing source of contention with India, which accuses te Pakistani authorities of tacitly supporting Lashkar-e-Taiba. Mr. Lakhvi's lawyer, said his client had been granted a release on bond of $5000.Indian officials protested the release and called for it to be immediately reversed. The...
  • Indian PM tweets Hanukkah greeting in Hebrew

    12/20/2014 11:25:30 AM PST · by VeronicaCromwell
    The Times of Israel ^ | 19 Dec 2014 | The Times of Israel
    "And so we encounter another oddity of Hanukkah: Jews know the fuller history of the holiday because Christians preserved the books that the Jews themselves lost. In a further twist, Jews in the Middle Ages encountered the story of the martyred mother and her seven sons anew in Christian literature and once again placed it in the time of the Maccabees."
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • India’s ‘Annihilator of Enemies’ Submarine Begins Sea Trials

    12/15/2014 8:29:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies
    The National Interest ^ | December 15, 2014 | Zachary Keck
    India’s first indigenous ballistic missile nuclear submarine (SSBN) began its maiden sea trials today, a senior Indian defense official announced. On Monday, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar announced that INS Arihant--which roughly translates to “annihilator of enemies”-- pulled out of Visakhapatnam Harbor this morning to begin its long awaited first sea trials. The Hindu described in the scene in unusually poetic language, writing, “INS Arihant, with a helicopter flying over it, emerged from the breakwaters into the Bay of Bengal even as low hanging mist made it difficult to view the submarine. The submarine glided in [the] Bay partially submerged...
  • Light Combat Aircraft: Need for course correction (India)

    12/15/2014 8:51:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    StratPost ^ | December 8, 2014 | Air Marshal M Matheswaran (retired)
    Every major power – and there are just a handful of them – have the capability to aspire to design, develop and manufacture fighter aircraft by themselves. Now, ideally, this would include all critical technologies – aero-engines, aircraft design, metallurgy, radar, sensors and weapons. However, very few countries have mastery and control in all these areas; the early birds or leaders – USA, Russia, UK and France are closely followed by Germany, Japan, Italy and Sweden. Aspirants after the Second World War included Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Iran, South Korea and Taiwan, of which only a few...
  • The Origin of the Number Zero

    12/13/2014 6:32:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 60 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | December 2014 | Amir Aczel
    Of all the numerals, "0" -- alone in green on the roulette wheel -- is most significant. Unique in representing absolute nothingness, its role as a placeholder gives our number system its power. It enables the numerals to cycle, acquiring different meanings in different locations (compare 3,000,000 and 30). With the exception of the Mayan system, whose zero glyph never left the Americas, ours is the only one known to have a numeral for zero. Babylonians had a mark for nothingness, say some accounts, but treated it primarily as punctuation. Romans and Egyptians had no such numeral either... Found on...