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  • 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 · 19 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...
  • Narendra Modi Wins Reader Poll for TIME Person of the Year [Ferguson Protesters second]

    12/08/2014 9:57:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    TIME ^ | 12/08/2014 | Justin Worland
    The Indian leader received more than 16% of almost five million votes cast Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who entered office this year on the promise of reviving the country’s economy, is the winner of this year’s reader poll for TIME Person of the Year. In the final tally, Modi received more than 16% of the almost 5 million votes cast. Protesters who took to the streets in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager finished second with 9%. Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai and the doctors and nurses treating...
  • Displaced IT workers are being silenced

    12/08/2014 6:45:38 AM PST · by Ghost of SVR4 · 40 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | 12-04-2014 | Patrick Thibodeau
    A major problem with the H-1B debate is the absence of displaced IT workers in news media accounts. Much of the reporting is one-sided -- and there's a reason for this. An IT worker who is fired because he or she has been replaced by a foreign, visa-holding employee of an offshore outsourcing firm will sign a severance agreement. This severance agreement will likely include a non-disparagement clause that will make the fired worker extremely cautious about what they say on Facebook, let alone to the media. On-the-record interviews with displaced workers are difficult to get. While a restrictive severance...
  • China's submarine noose around India

    12/06/2014 12:43:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    India Today ^ | December 4, 2014 | Sandeep Unnithan Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/china-submarine-noose-using-unde
    Four decades after the 1971 India-Pakistan war, India's intelligence agencies are once again scanning a stretch of coastline in southern Bangladesh. Cox's Bazar was rocketed and strafed by INS Vikrant's fighter aircraft to cut off the enemy's retreat into the Bay of Bengal. Today, 43 years later, it sets the stage for China's dramatic entry into India's eastern seaboard. Assessments from the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and naval intelligence say the Bangladesh Navy will station two ex-Chinese Ming-class submarines on bases that are less than 1,000 km away from Visakhapatnam, home to the Indian Navy's nuclear powered submarine fleet...
  • Indian Navy Selects Sikorsky's S-70B SEAHAWK® Aircraft for Multi-role Helicopter Requirement

    12/05/2014 8:09:34 PM PST · by cold start · 4 replies
    Market watch.com ^ | 5th December 2014
    STRATFORD, Conn., Dec. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- India's Navy has selected Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. UTX, +0.07% to fulfill the service's Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW), among other maritime roles. Negotiations will now begin to procure 16 S-70B SEAHAWK® helicopters, with an option for eight additional aircraft, along with a complete logistics support and training program. "India's selection of the S-70B helicopter represents a major strategic win for Sikorsky in an important growth market, and positions us well for future opportunities," said Mick Maurer, President of Sikorsky Aircraft. "We look forward...
  • ‘Superbugs’ kill India’s babies and pose an overseas threat

    12/04/2014 3:30:29 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    timesofindia.indiatimes.com ^ | Dec 4, 2014 | Gardiner Harris
    A deadly epidemic that could have global implications is quietly sweeping India, and among its many victims are tens of thousands of newborns dying because once-miraculous cures no longer work. These infants are born with bacterial infections that are resistant to most known antibiotics, and more than 58,000 died last year as a result, a recent study found. While that is still a fraction of the nearly 800,000 newborns who die annually in India, Indian pediatricians say that the rising toll of resistant infections could soon swamp efforts to improve India's abysmal infant death rate. Nearly a third of the...
  • Jihadi attempts to hijack Pakistani naval ship a serious threat: Navy Chief

    12/03/2014 8:50:04 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Pakistani ship in high seas can pose a jehadi threat, Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan today said, citing reports of an attempt by militants to hijack a Pakistan Navy frigate in September. He said that threat of maritime terrorism is increasing and the force was prepared for it. On the reported failed attempt by Pakistani militants to hijack 'PNS Zulfiqar' in Karachi, Dhowan said it was indeed a "very, very serious situation" which the Indian Navy has taken "serious note of". While one report had then said that the plan of the militants was to use the hijacked ship to...
  • Rattled by Chinese submarines, India joins other nations in rebuilding fleet

    12/03/2014 2:50:53 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | SANJEEV MIGLANI AND TOMMY WILKES
    (Reuters) - India is speeding up a navy modernization program and leaning on its neighbors to curb Chinese submarine activity in the Indian Ocean, as nations in the region become increasingly jittery over Beijing's growing undersea prowess. Just months after a stand-off along the disputed border dividing India and China in the Himalayas, Chinese submarines have shown up in Sri Lanka, the island nation off India's southern coast. China has also strengthened ties with the Maldives, the Indian Ocean archipelago. China's moves reflect its determination to beef up its presence in the Indian Ocean, through which four-fifths of its oil...
  • Indian Church Destroyed, Arson Suspected

    12/02/2014 3:39:03 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 2 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 2 December 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    A church was destroyed by fire in India in a suspected arson attack: A mysterious, early morning fire destroyed one of East Delhi's big churches, St Sebastian's Church in Dilshad Garden, prompting allegations of foul play by the Christian community. Police have registered an FIR against unknown persons under section 436 (mischief by fire with intent to destroy house) of IPC. The blaze started in the early hours of Monday and reduced to ashes the church's interior, including the altar, the Holy Bible, Cross and all images and statues. Several churchgoers stood outside the charred remains of the 13-year-old...
  • Israeli industry must make a passage to India

    12/02/2014 2:28:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Haaretz, Israel ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Moshe Arens
    India, the world’s largest democracy, has at present the tenth-largest economy. It will, no doubt, surpass the economies of the European nations in a few years and rank among the world’s four largest economies, together with the United States, China and Japan. It is a friend of the State of Israel. It shares with Israel the values and ideals of democratic government. Like Israel, it has a substantial Muslim minority among its population. Since its partition in 1947, it has fought three wars with its neighbor, Pakistan, and to this day faces a security threat from that direction. Terrorist acts...
  • Saudis have reasons better than shale to let prices fall

    11/09/2014 6:06:10 AM PST · by thackney · 29 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 11/07/2014 | Bob Tippee
    Only by overlooking important forces in markets and politics can anyone assert that Saudi Arabia is letting crude prices fall mainly to extinguish competition from North American shale oil. With oil, the Saudi regime always takes the long view. With security, however, its motivations are more immediate. The kingdom faces unusually intense threats: Islamic State (IS) militancy in Iraq and Syria, the chance that Iran won’t agree by a Nov. 24 deadline to suspend its nuclear ambitions, terrorist insurrections from restive Yemen, durability of the menacing government of Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus. Falling oil prices hurt the IS and Iran,...
  • India’s state-owned bank to launch Islamic fund

    11/26/2014 6:28:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 26, 2014 8:38 AM EST | Nirmala George
    India’s largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country’s 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country’s capital markets regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Shariah funds. […] A large section of India’s Muslim population remains outside the banking system, partly because Islamic law known as Shariah prohibits interest. Shares of companies linked to alcohol, tobacco, gambling and casinos and financial institutions that earn interest would be excluded from the fund. […] India’s stock exchanges have between...
  • One Million-Years-Old (Human) Footprints Found At Margalla Hills (Pakistan)

    07/28/2007 6:00:30 PM PDT · by blam · 439 replies · 6,497+ views
    Dawn ^ | 7-27-2007 | Sher Baz Khan
    1m-years-old footprints found at Margalla Hills By Sher Baz Khan ISLAMABAD, July 27: In what appears to be a major discovery, archaeologists have found two over one million years old human footprints preserved on a sandstone at the Margalla Hills. The Indusians Research Cell, which is working under the supervision of world renowned archaeologist and historian Dr Ahmad Hassan Dani of Taxila Institute of Asian Civilisations, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, has made the discovery, which is likely to add a new chapter to the archaeological history and heritage of the federal capital and attract visitors. A footprint of 1 feet is...
  • Can’t keep waiting for stealth fighter, India tells Russia

    11/25/2014 4:31:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Nov 25, 2014 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: Ahead of President Vladimir Putin's visit here early next month, India has told Russia to come back with a plan to substantially reduce the delivery timeframe for the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) if it wants to seal the futuristic project by next year. The plan till now was that India would begin inducting the stealth fighters only 94 months — at the earliest — after the two countries inked the final design and R&D contract, which itself has already been delayed by over two years by now. "Russia has now been told that India cannot wait for...
  • India's first aircraft carrier slips into history

    11/23/2014 7:06:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Times News Network ^ | 11/22/2014 | V Narayan
    Work has begun on scrapping the country's first aircraft carrier, Vikrant. Built for the British Royal Navy as HMS Hercules in 1943, it was acquired by India in 1957 and saw action during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, playing a key role. When the electric saws were pressed upon the ship, it essentially put an end to a movement by activists to save her. Vikrant was auctioned to a ship-breaker for Rs 63 crore this year. Mumbai's IB Commercials Pvt Ltd won the bid on January 29 and bought the vessel on April 9. Since then, the company faced hurdles...
  • Origin of China’s Latest Cruise Missile Debated

    11/21/2014 6:48:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AIN online ^ | November 21, 2014 | Reuben Johnson
    One of the many new weapons shown for the first time Airshow China this year was the China Aerospace Science Industrial Corporation (CASIC) CX-1 Mach 3 cruise missile. The PRC’s defense industrial complex has a number of cruise missiles that can be either ship- or air-launched, and each successive show at Zhuhai seems to generate new models. So this missile is not a major breakthrough in Chinese defense technology. What makes the CX-1 unusual is its close resemblance to another missile that is well-known to the rest of the world: the joint Indian-Russian project, the BrahMos. The uncanny similarity of...
  • India Puts Its Poor Ahead of Pointless CO2 Cuts

    11/20/2014 5:04:27 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/19/2014 | Terry Jones
    The U.S.' much-ballyhooed recent deal with China to cut carbon emissions got a lot of attention in the media. So did Europe's recent pledge to slash its carbon output by a whopping 40%. But both plans seem to have run into a major snag: India.
  • Others building fences in disputed areas

    02/21/2004 6:13:44 PM PST · by yonif · 2 replies · 116+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 22, 2004 | SAM SER
    When the International Court of Justice in The Hague starts hearing complaints against Israel's security fence in the West Bank on Monday, India will be busy constructing a fence of its own. After 15 years of fighting in Kashmir that have left more than 65,000 dead, the Indians are using cement, razor wire, and electronic sensors to stymie a menagerie of Pakistani guerrilla forces. "The fence will be a permanent barrier at the border to prevent militants from entering," the head of India's Border Security Force in Jammu and Kashmir told The Washington Post last summer. "Why should we wait...
  • 450,000 illegal immigrants in US are from India: Report

    11/19/2014 6:23:27 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Economic Times ^ | November 19, 2014
    Indians constitute four per cent of the total illegal immigrants living in the US, a country where the overall unauthorised immigrant population has remained unchanged since 2009, a latest report has said. According to a report by Pew Research, more than 450,000 unauthorised Indian immigrants live in the US, constituting four per cent of the total illegal immigrants in the country. Indian are the largest unauthorised immigrants in New Hampshire.
  • India’s First Ebola Patient Has Been Quarantined

    11/19/2014 6:24:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Time ^ | 11/18/2014 | Alexandra Sifferlin
    Man was already treated and cured in Liberia An Indian resident who tested positive for Ebola—and was cured—has landed in Delhi from Liberia. The 26-year-old man is being isolated in a facility at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport, The Times of India reports. According to the Times, the man had already been treated for Ebola in West Africa, currently does not have symptoms and tested negative for the virus before he flew. However, his semen tested positive for the virus. He had a medical clearance certificate from the Liberian government saying the had been treated and was confirmed negative from...
  • Under Modi, Israel and India forge deeper business ties

    11/19/2014 6:14:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | TOVA COHEN AND ARI RABINOVITCH
    At the U.N. General Assembly in New York last September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set aside time for a critical meeting. But it wasn't President Barack Obama he was keen to see. It was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since Modi came to power in May, ties between Israel and India have been in overdrive, with the two signing a series of defence and technology deals that have underscored their burgeoning commercial and political relationship. The same month as the UN meeting, Modi's cabinet cleared a long-delayed purchase of Israeli missiles for its navy. In October, India closed a...
  • Man tests positive for Ebola in Delhi (India), quarantined

    11/18/2014 9:49:50 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 39 replies
    deccanherald.com ^ | Wednesday 19 November 2014 | deccanherald.com
    The body fluid of a 26-year-old Indian man, who landed in Delhi from Liberia, has tested positive for Ebola virus, even as another man in Rajasthan showed Ebola-like symptoms. The man in Delhi was admitted to a health facility in the African nation in September and treated for Ebola. He was carrying a disease-free certificate from the Liberian health ministry, claiming he underwent treatment successfully and was cured of the disease. The infected Indian who reached Delhi on November 10 underwent the mandatory screening at the Delhi airport. His blood tested negative for the virus. But when his body fluids...
  • Modi government urged to revive cold fusion

    11/18/2014 6:37:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    ZeeNews ^ | November 17, 2014 | Indo-Asian News Service
    Bangalore: Some top nuclear scientists are urging India's new government to revive research on "cold fusion", saying it has the potential to provide answers to the country's energy problem. In the 1990s, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai had done some work on cold fusion -- now called Low Energy Nuclear Reactions or LENR -- but abandoned the research 18 years ago. "We are making a frantic effort to revive cold fusion/LENR research in India," Mahadevan Srinivasan, who along with the late P.K.Iyengar led cold fusion research at BARC, told IANS. "Former Atomic Energy Commission chairman Srikumar Banerjee...
  • Man Recovering From Ebola Quarantined at Delhi Airport

    11/18/2014 9:57:41 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    NDTV ^ | 11-18-2014 | All India/Reuters
    India has quarantined a man who was cured of Ebola in Liberia but continued to show traces of the virus in samples of his semen after arriving in the country, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said in a statement that the Indian national had been shown to be negative for Ebola in tests conforming to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, but had been quarantined as a precautionary measure when he arrived at New Delhi airport on November 10. Later, tests of his semen detected traces of the virus. "It is a known fact that, during convalescence from...
  • For Israel, China’s a trading partner, India a strategic one

    11/17/2014 8:25:10 PM PST · by cold start · 4 replies
    Times of India ^ | 18 November 2014
    TEL AVIV/JERUSALEM: Despite its burgeoning trade and economic ties with China, Israel doesn't look at Beijing as a strategic partner the way it does at India, its number one buyer of arms, according to top Israeli government sources. As the NDA government under PM Narendra Modi commits itself to taking ties with Israel to an altogether new level, China and Iran remain the proverbial elephants in the room in bilateral relations between the two countries. Israeli officials, though, said here that there was no question of Israel's relations with China diluting the strategic content of its ties with India. With...
  • Naming my daughter thank you freepers

    11/14/2014 5:10:41 AM PST · by The Friend · 62 replies
    None ^ | 14 Nov 2014 | The Friend
    Dear Freerepublicans, I came across your great Free Republic website about four years ago when I was googling the internet looking for information that can help us deciding on a formal name for our newly born daughter. Fourteenth November is celebrated as children’s day in India. 150 years ago, India’s first prime minister was born this day. Today, let me extend a long overdue ‘Thank You’ to this useful website and its inspiring members for the help that I received without you not even knowing about it. In the West, every formal name has an associated predictable child hood name....
  • China's Selling the J-31, But Who's Buying?

    11/13/2014 7:57:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 14, 2014 | Robert Farley
    Who’s going to buy the J-31? The recent appearance of the aircraft at the Zhuhai airshow, as well as the comments of a smattering of Chinese officials, led to a spate of articles suggesting that China was interested in the J-31 primarily as an export model. Conceivably, the J-31 could occupy a low-end stealth fighter niche that currently has no other entrants. Some have billed the J-31 as China’s answer to the F-35, as if that represented some sort of compliment. It’s hardly a stretch to suggest Pakistan would be a major customer, and perhaps Egypt as well. Beyond that?...
  • China Reveals Designs for Mars Rover Mission

    11/13/2014 3:17:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 13, 2014 | Tim Reyes
    For many space-faring nations, ambitions for Mars run broad and deep. Now, add China to the list of countries with Mars in their sights. News reports from China disclosed that country is considering a future Mars rover mission, with a potential 2020 launch date. Additionally came other hints that China may be looking to develop a next-generation heavy-lift launch system. This new project, while early in development, reveals how Chinese aspirations are growing rapidly. Human space flight successes have been followed by recent lunar mission successes of the Yutu lunar rover and the Chang’e-5 T1 test of a sample return...
  • Israel and Azerbaijan's Furtive Embrace

    08/06/2006 8:39:37 AM PDT · by Valin · 234+ views
    Middle East Quarterly ^ | Summer 06 | Ilya Bourtman
    The disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 changed the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. Within weeks, six predominantly Muslim countries along the southern rim of the Soviet Union gained independence. Israel, along with Turkey, Iran, and various Arab states, rushed to establish embassies in capitals ranging from Ashgabat to Tashkent. While Jerusalem maintains good working relations with these newly independent states, few could have foreseen how Israel's relationship with Azerbaijan would blossom. The two countries formally established relations in April 1992, one year after Azerbaijan declared its independence. The idea that a country 93 percent Muslim would cooperate...
  • Israel says it’s “ready and willing” to share with India its technology for border protection

    11/11/2014 4:36:58 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 11-10-14 | Aman Sharma
    NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, accompanied by Israel National Security Advisor Joseph Cohen, had a first-hand look on Thursday how Israel guards its border with Palestine on the Gaza strip and officials said India plans to implement some of these technologies to guard its sensitive border with Pakistan. Singh visited one of the border out-posts in Gaza before meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an hour-long meeting on Thursday where Netanyahu said Israel was "ready and willing" to share with India its technology for border protection. An official said Singh was "greatly impressed" by the technology used...
  • India to pay gold instead of dollars for Iranian oil. Oil and gold markets stunned

    01/23/2012 11:18:49 AM PST · by JohnKinAK · 29 replies
    Debka File ^ | 1/23/2012 | DebkaFile
    India is the first buyer of Iranian oil to agree to pay for its purchases in gold instead of the US dollar, debkafile's intelligence and Iranian sources report exclusively. Those sources expect China to follow suit. India and China take about one million barrels per day, or 40 percent of Iran's total exports of 2.5 million bpd. Both are superpowers in terms of gold assets. By trading in gold, New Delhi and Beijing enable Tehran to bypass the upcoming freeze on its central bank's assets and the oil embargo which the European Union's foreign ministers agreed to impose Monday, Jan....
  • India, Iran mull over gold-for-oil for now

    01/10/2011 10:22:36 PM PST · by dollarbull · 5 replies
    The economic times ^ | 1/8/11 | Dheeraj Tiwari & Rajeev Jayaswal,ET Bureau
    NEW DELHI: India is determined to ensure steady crude oil supplies from Iran and is even considering settling payments with gold in the short term before the two countries agree on a mutually accepted currency and a bank to clear the transactions.
  • India, Iran mull over gold-for-oil

    01/10/2011 3:34:36 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin
    Economic Times ^ | 8 Jan, 2011, 01.36AM IST, | Dheeraj Tiwari & Rajeev Jayaswal
    NEW DELHI: India is determined to ensure steady crude oil supplies from Iran and is even considering settling payments with gold in the short term before the two countries agree on a mutually accepted currency and a bank to clear the transactions."We have written a letter to NIOC (National Iranian Oil Company) asking it to suggest a bank where US sanctions are not applicable," a government official involved in the matter said requesting anonymity. Another official said India could settle crude oil import transaction using gold in the short term, while efforts to resolve the deadlock continue. An Indian delegation,...
  • Two stuck to MRI machine for 4 hrs

    11/12/2014 3:53:06 PM PST · by steve86 · 77 replies
    Mumbai Mirror ^ | Nov 11, 2014 | Lata Mishra
    The ward boy fractures his arm, while his colleague sustains serious injuries, including a punctured urinary bladder and severe internal bleeding. Two employees of the Tata Memorial Hospital's treatment and research centre in Khargar in Navi Mumbai suffered grievous injuries on Saturday evening when one of them walked into the centre's MRI room holding an oxygen cylinder, activating the machine's monstrous magnetic field. The two employees - one a technician and the other a ward boy - were pulled to the machine like a toy magnet pulls a pin and remained stuck to it for nearly four hours before an...
  • India’s sterilization drive leaves at least 8 dead

    11/11/2014 6:45:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 11, 2014 9:28 PM EST | Katy Daigle
    India’s drive to limit population growth by offering free sterilization surgeries left at least eight women dead and 20 others seriously ill Wednesday, highlighting the risks women face in reproductive health in a country struggling with high rates of poverty. A total of 83 women, all villagers under the age of 32, had the operations Saturday as part of the free sterilization campaign and were sent home that evening. But dozens later became ill and were rushed in ambulances to private hospitals in Bilaspur, a city in central Chhattisgarh state. By Wednesday morning, at least eight women had died—apparently from...
  • India: Eight Women Die After Mass Sterilisation

    11/11/2014 5:53:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Sky News ^ | November 11, 2014 | By Neville Lazarus
    Eight women have died in India and dozens more are in hospital, many in a critical condition, after a state-run mass sterilisation. Some 83 women underwent laparoscopic tubectomy operations in a hospital at a family planning camp organised by the state government outside Bilaspur city. "Since Monday eight women have died and 64 are in various hospitals," said Sonmani Borah, a government official in the state of Chhattisgarh, where the sterilisation camp was held. Dr Kamalpreet Singh, director of the state's health services, said: "Certainly there was some lapse somewhere. We are trying to find out its causes." Under the...
  • Israeli-Indian aerial defence system passes first test

    11/10/2014 5:39:24 PM PST · by cold start · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 November 2014
    An aerial defence system developed jointly by Israel and India passed its first trial simulating combat conditions on Monday, state-owned manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said. The Barak 8 system is designed to shoot down incoming aircraft or missiles from land or sea platforms. Defence industry sources have said the value of the project is $1.4 billion and highlights burgeoning Israeli-Indian defence ties. The Indian partner in the project signed in 2006, the government Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), confirmed the successful test in Israel of Barak 8's Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM). An Indian government statement...
  • Boy, six, dies after his female teacher 'smashed his head against a wall (not speaking English)

    11/10/2014 3:54:06 PM PST · by traumer · 46 replies
    A six-year-old boy died yesterday after he was allegedly beaten up by his class teacher at a private school in India for not speaking in English. It is claimed the teacher at the school in the Tirumalagiri village of Anumula mandal, in Nalgonda district, struck the boy on Saturday for speaking in his tribal language of Telugu. The boy has been named locally as Ramavath Chandu.
  • Indian prime minister expands council of ministers

    11/09/2014 4:06:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2014 8:08 AM EST | Nirmala George
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his council of ministers Sunday in a bid to boost the government’s agenda and kick-start the economy. Twenty-one new ministers took the oath of office at a brief ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi. […] Although Modi had promised during the election campaign that if elected he would head a lean government, political analysts said the expansion became necessary because ministers were overburdened, slowing Modi’s economic reform agenda. …
  • Asia trip tests Obama's postelection global clout

    11/09/2014 12:48:58 PM PST · by W. · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9 Nov. 2014 4:54 AM ET | JOSH LEDERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — His influence at home fading, President Barack Obama is looking abroad to China, the opening stop of a three-country trip that will test his ability to play a commanding global role during his final two years in office. Once Obama was treated like a superstar on the world stage. But the president will arrive in Beijing on Monday under far different conditions, with his most powerful days behind him. At home, Republicans are still rejoicing at having pummeled Obama's party in the midterm elections, relegating Democrats to the minority in both chambers of Congress. His counterparts in...
  • Haley's political comet soars ahead of her India visit (Gov. Nikki Haley)

    11/09/2014 8:57:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Times of India ^ | November 9, 2014 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    When Ajit Randhawa's daughters Simmi and Nikki entered the Little Miss Bamberg school pageant in the small South Carolina town in the 1970s, the community was confused. They elected only a white queen and a black queen, and the Randhawa kids, immigrant children from Punjab, were neither. Undeterred, five year old Nikki, short for Nimrata, belted out the Woody Guthrie epic "This land is your land, this land is my land, from California to New York Island," the ultimate folksy tribute to Americana, before stomping off. That little girl, now the 42-year young governor of South Carolina and a rising...
  • Senior Obama advisor comes to Iran

    05/13/2009 9:59:49 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 6 replies · 831+ views
    Press TV (Iran) ^ | Wed, 13 May 2009 06:39:29 GMT | MT/AA
    Vali Reza Nasr, a senior Obama administration advisor on Iran, has come to Iran. Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani and former parliament speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel may be behind the visit. "President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was informed well after Nasr entered the country," Tabnak reported on Wednesday. Nasr was appointed senior advisor to Richard Holbrooke -- the special US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Tabnak and Fararu claim the unannounced trip by the US official to be linked to the recent release of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi.
  • Terrorists had a friend in Clinton White House called Robin

    09/28/2001 4:18:10 PM PDT · by knak · 164 replies · 3,286+ views
    Our Political Bureau NEW DELHI MANY functionaries of the United States State Department, who handled South Asia under the Clinton Administration, may have to face embarrassment when the Bush regime gets down to locating the factors that made it easier for terrorists to carry out the September 11 carnage. These functionaries, it is reliably learnt, ignored the warnings about the activities and intentions of the terrorist groups operating out of Afghanistan and Pakistan. One of such reports had come from Michael Sheehan, the head of counter-terrorism wing of the State Department. Sheehan’s report also listed the measures that the ...
  • (H1-B) Job brokers steal wages and entrap Indian tech workers in US

    11/07/2014 10:53:35 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 28 Oct 2014 | Matt Smith, Jennifer Gollan and Adithya Sambamurthy
    Labor brokers providing Indian high-tech workers to American companies have hijacked a professional visa program, creating an underground system of financial bondage by stealing wages and benefits, even suing workers who quit. About 840,000 people from around the world work in the United States on temporary visas, intended to help companies seek uniquely talented employees for specific jobs. In the tech realm, labor brokers often sponsor the visas, then contract out the workers to technology companies or government agencies to build databases, test software and complete other technical projects. For decades, critics have sounded alarms about immigrant tech workers being...
  • Mega wave hit Oman's coast 4,500 years ago

    11/06/2014 5:01:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies
    Times of Oman ^ | November 03, 2014 | Sarah MacDonald
    Geologists from GUtech, in cooperation with archeologists from the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, have dug up evidence of a tsunami or severe storm that hit Ras Al Hadd about 4,500 years ago...The fact that there were two settlement phases, the first of which was marked by buildings made of sand brick, and the second by mud brick, suggests the village was destroyed at one point and rebuilt. The remains date back to between 3,100 and 2,700 BC, and the evidence suggests they were built one after the other, meaning the people didn't leave the area despite having their homes...
  • The Democrats Lost Big Tonight. Why Obama Should Double Down

    11/05/2014 9:45:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Nation ^ | November 4, 2014 | Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor & publisher
    If I were advising the White House right now, I would encourage President Obama to take advantage of the end of this year's election cycle—the next fifty or so days—to immediately try to change the subject, in a big way. The Obama administration should act right away to use its executive powers to take steps to deal with long-ignored issues that need to be dealt with for the good of the nation. This cannot be done quietly. To change the media narrative, issues acted upon will have to be controversial enough to dominate the news. President Obama should embrace good...