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  • Russia offers India 3 additional Talwar class frigates

    10/20/2014 3:55:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | October 20, 2014
    India is also looking to upgrade the first set of three Project 11356 frigates that were purchased in the early 2000s. Russia offered India three additional Project 11356 or Talwar class frigates, after New Delhi made a formal request, Vladimir Spiridopulo, the general director working on this project at the Northern Design Bureau, said. Negotiations have been taking place since this spring, TASS said. India to spend $3 billion for 3 more Talwar-class frigates Russia supplied India with two sets of three Project 11356 frigates, with the last one being the INS Trikand. “Negotiations on the third set of three...
  • India’s Sanitation Problem

    10/17/2014 6:19:32 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 51 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Jack Dini
    Diarrheal diseases kill 700,000 children in India every year Nationwide, at least two-thirds of India’s 1.2 billion people still defecate in the open, and many do not understand the dire public health consequences. Diarrheal diseases kill 700,000 children in India every year while also contributing to widespread malnutrition and childhood growth stunting, as well as diseases like typhoid and cholera. (1) In an attempt to improve upon this situation, Indian leaders are taking on the taboo of public hygiene, one of the country’s great problems. Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, says building toilets is a priority over temples. His finance...
  • India successfully tests 'Nirbhay' subsonic cruise missile

    10/17/2014 9:54:48 AM PDT · by cold start · 3 replies
    Sahara Samay ^ | 17th October 2014
    India on Friday in Odisha's Balasore district successfully test-fired its first indigenously designed and developed long-range subsonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' with a strike range of over 1,000 kms from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) near here. Describing the test as a complete success, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said, "The entire mission, from lift-off till the final splash down, was a perfect flight achieving all the mission objectives." The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher positioned at launch pad 3 of ITR at about 1005 hours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the scientists for the successful test-firing of...
  • Smugglers Galore--How Iran arms its allies (Hamas)

    12/27/2012 9:44:56 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 31 - January 7, 2013 | Lee Smith
    An explosion in southern Lebanon last week destroyed what is believed to have been a Hezbollah weapons depot. This latest in a series of mysterious “accidents” in Hezbollah-controlled precincts proved, as one Israeli official wryly remarked, that those who “sleep with rockets and amass large stockpiles of weapons are in a very unsafe place.” With the Party of God’s overland supply route through Syria choked off by the 22-month-long uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and Israel virtually in total control of the maritime route, Hezbollah’s stockpile is being systematically degraded.Yet the arsenal of Iran’s other regional proxy force, Hamas,...
  • Recession in Russia, revolt in Venezuela? The knock-on effects of tumbling oil prices

    10/16/2014 4:04:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 15 October 2017 | Alberto Nardelli, bunch of other people
    The sudden slump in oil prices, which have fallen 15% in the past three months, has sent tremors through the capitals of the world’s great oil powers, many of whom could face testing budget crunches if the tendency persists. Higher output coupled with weaker demand from China and Europe has driven the price of crude down to $85 – its lowest for four years. The US also now produces 65% more oil than it did five years ago following the boom in shale production. The rise has contributed to the global glut of crude and allowed the US to import...
  • Why are India's air force planes falling out of the sky?

    10/16/2014 5:21:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16 October 2014 | Andrew North
    Are India's ageing air force planes falling out of the sky? All air forces have accidents, but accounts of Indian warplanes crashing on training flights have become almost routine news. The latest incident came earlier this week, when a Russian-made Sukhoi-30 crashed in eastern India - both pilots surviving after ejecting for unspecified reasons. All five crew died in March this year on a training flight in their US-made Hercules transport aircraft. 'Flying coffin' But it is the Russian-made aircraft that form the backbone of the Indian fleet which have been the most accident-prone. The MiG jet in particular has...
  • Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

    10/10/2014 4:13:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Associated Press
    OSLO, Norway – Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for risking their lives to fight for children's rights.
  • Iran Slashes Oil Prices to Asia Following Saudi Cut, Lowest Level Since December 2008

    10/10/2014 5:58:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | BENOÎT FAUCON
    Iran has reduced its oil prices to Asia to its lowest level since December 2008, hard on the heels of a similar Saudi cut last week, people familiar with the pricing said Friday... The National Iranian Oil Co. has cut its light crude oil price for Asian deliveries in November to a discount of 82 cents a barrel below the Oman/Dubai benchmark, the people said. The cut, which compares to a premium of 18 cents in October, is identical to a Saudi reduction of $1 a barrel last week for the Arab Light grade to Asia....
  • India and Pakistan exchange fire in Kashmir border clashes

    10/08/2014 11:46:17 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 1 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/08/14
    Indian and Pakistani troops traded gunfire over their border in the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing at least four civilians and worsening tensions between the longtime rivals, officials on both sides have said. The small-arms and mortar exchanges – which Indian officials called the worst violation of a 2003 ceasefire – also left 18 civilians wounded in India and another three in Pakistan.
  • Indian jihadist group calls for attacks on non Muslims

    10/06/2014 4:46:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/6/2014
    A group of Indian Islamic militants, operating out of Pakistan, has called for attacks on non Muslims in the region in retaliation for U.S.-led air strikes on ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The head of the little-known Ansar al-Tawhid fi'Bilad al-Hind urged Muslims to kill foreigners and other infidels in mainly Hindu India where Muslims have largely stayed away from global jihad. "If you are in the fortunate position to kill an American or European, whether French or Australian or Canadian, or other unbelievers who have declared war on the Islamic State, then do so," said Maulana Abdul Rehman al-Nadwi...
  • CHINESE SUBMARINES TASTE INDIAN OCEAN

    10/01/2014 5:24:20 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Center for International Maritime Security ^ | OCTOBER 1, 2014 | VIJAY SAKHUJA
    A Chinese military website, ostensibly sponsored by the People’s Liberation Army, quoting Sri Lanka media has reported that a Chinese Type 039 diesel-electric Song-class submarine along with Changxing Dao, a submarine support ship from the North Sea Fleet was sighted berthed alongside at the Colombo International Container Terminal. Although the pictures of the submarine and the support vessel together in the port have not been published either by the Sri Lankan or the Chinese media, it is believed that the submarine arrived in early September just before the Chinese President Xi Jingping’s visit to Sri Lanka. The report also states...
  • A powerful surface navy lacks sub punch (India)

    10/01/2014 11:33:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | October 1 2014 | Ajai Shukla
    Naval warfare experts agree the Indian Navy is capable of obtaining "sea control" - or domination of waters and airspace - in the Arabian Sea in a war with Pakistan. Equally, India can dominate China's sea lines of communications (SLOCs) through the Indian Ocean, cutting off trade, oil and commodities. This ability stems from India's aircraft carriers and the proximity to naval and air bases on Indian territory (Indian navy: Strong on aircraft carriers, short of submarines). Yet a bleaker picture emerges of the navy's ability for "sea denial" - bottling up enemy shipping in a particular area; or blocking...
  • Saab offers #MakeinIndia plan for the Gripen

    09/29/2014 3:20:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    StratPost ^ | September 26, 2014
    Saab's Lars-Olof Lindgren says his company has been quietly working on a plan to build the Gripen in India and has already done a lot of the homework for it. The Swedish defense and aviation company Saab has offered to make its Gripen fighter in India. Chairman of Saab India, Lars-Olof Lindgren told StratPost about his company’s intention to offer the aircraft for production in India. This comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun a campaign to encourage manufacturing industry, particularly foreign companies, to ‘Make in India’. “We are prepared to set up a joint venture...
  • Neighborly ties top India's diplomacy priority: Indian PM

    09/27/2014 11:18:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    .xinhuanet ^ | 2014-09-28 01:33:05
    "India desires a peaceful and stable environment for its development," Modi said, when delivering a speech for the first time as prime minister of India to the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, which entered its fourth day here in New York. Noting that a country's destiny is linked to its neighborhood, Modi said "That is why my government has placed the highest priority on advancing friendship and cooperation with her neighbors." "This includes Pakistan." Modi said he is prepared to engage in a serious bilateral dialogue with Pakistan in a peaceful atmosphere, without the shadow of terrorism,...
  • Russia-Egypt Arms Deal: Major Breakthrough as US Middle East Policy Faces Another Set Back

    09/23/2014 9:33:08 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Strategic Culture Foundation ^ | 21.09.2014 | 00:02
    Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on August 12, 2014. It was his first official visit to the Russian Federation as President. And Vladimir Putin was the first leader to invite him for a visit outside the Arab world since his swearing-in as head of state. The agenda included introduction to a selection of Russian military hardware for sale. (1) The two leaders agreed to expand cooperation in the field of arms exports to Egypt in addition to studying the establishment of a logistics center Masri on the Black...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-09-24 : Every American Should Be Interested in Modi

    09/27/2014 4:47:14 AM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 1 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-09-24 | Newt Gingrich
    . September 24, 2014 Newt Gingrich : Every American Should Be Interested in Modi ===================================================== When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in the United States next week, he will do so as the winner of the largest election in history and the leader of the world’s largest democracy. Modi carried his party to victory in the May elections, when it won the greatest gains (and the first outright majority) of any Indian party in a generation. Now, as the popular leader of 1.2 billion people, Modi is poised to become one of the most consequential figures of the 21st...
  • Exclusive - India eyes Sikorsky helicopter, other big U.S. arms buys

    09/26/2014 8:32:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 26, 2014 | ANDREA SHALAL AND DAVID BRUNNSTROM
    (Reuters) - In a boost to U.S. weapons makers looking for ways to offset lower domestic military spending, India is expected to choose Sikorsky Aircraft's S-70B Sea Hawk helicopters at a 16-aircraft tender worth over $1 billion. The decision could come during a high-profile visit to the United States by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that starts on Friday. The Sikorsky deal would be one of several large U.S. arms purchases by India that are nearing completion, including over $2.5 billion in orders for Boeing Co's AH-64D Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp, declined...
  • Why India's Mars mission is so cheap - and thrilling [Cheaper than the Hollywood Film: 'Gravity']

    09/25/2014 8:30:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/25/2014 | Jonathan Amos
    India's space programme has succeeded at the first attempt where others have failed - by sending an operational mission to Mars. The Mangalyaan satellite was confirmed to be in orbit shortly after 0800, Indian time. It is, without doubt, a considerable achievement. This is a mission that has been budgeted at 4.5bn rupees ($74m), which, by Western standards, is staggeringly cheap. The American Maven orbiter that arrived at the Red Planet on Monday is costing almost 10 times as much. Back in June, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi even quipped that India's real-life Martian adventure was costing less than the...
  • India Weighing Nuclear Powered Carrier

    09/25/2014 8:31:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 24, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    n artist’s conception of INS Vikrant, India’s first domestically-built carrier India is weighing constructing its second carrier with nuclear power. Indian Navy Image India is considering powering its second domestically built aircraft carrier with a nuclear propulsion plant, according to a Tuesday report by news agency Press Trust of India. The design of the carrier is ongoing and nuclear power is still an option for the carrier, said Director General of Naval Design Bureau, Rear Admiral Atul Saxena, in response to questions from reporters. India’s first domestically built carrier — the 40,000-ton INS Vikrant currently under construction in Cochin Shipyard...
  • Isro's Mars mission successful, India makes history.

    09/24/2014 3:31:27 AM PDT · by wyowolf · 38 replies
    CHENNAI/BANGALORE: India created history on Wednesday, becoming the first country to successfully get a spacecraft into the Martian orbit on its maiden attempt. Indian Space Research Organisation's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft started orbiting the red planet at 7.47am, but it was only 12 minutes later —because of a time delay in radio signals travelling the 680 million km -- that scientists at Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bangalore, could erupt in joy as Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood a happy witness.
  • Why Modi’s India is warming to China

    09/22/2014 2:34:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 17 September, 2014, 9:40pm | Debasish Roy Chowdhury
    President Xi Jinping should find the “handshake across the Himalayas” a lot warmer than usual when he starts his India trip today. As India prepares to overcome the reflexive suspicion of its giant neighbor and open the floodgates to Chinese capital, and Xi responds by opening the checkbook, relations between the two Asian giants are set for, as India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval puts it, an “orbital jump”. […] China, which (Modi) sees as his economic role model and has visited four times, in particular rolled out the red carpet. […] “There are two factors pushing India towards China....
  • Pakistan is eyeing sea-based and short-range nuclear weapons, analysts say

    09/21/2014 8:48:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2014 | Tim Craig and Karen DeYoung
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — In one of the world’s most volatile regions, Pakistan is advancing toward a sea-based missile capability and expanding its interest in tactical nuclear warheads, according to Pakistani and Western analysts. The development of nuclear missiles that could be fired from a Navy ship or submarine would give Pakistan “second-strike” capability if a catastrophic nuclear exchange destroyed all land-based weapons. But the acceleration of Pakistan’s nuclear and missile programs is renewing international concern about the vulnerability of those weapons in a country home to more than two dozen Islamist extremist groups.   “The assurances Pakistan has given the...
  • Indian TV news anchor sacked after referring to Chinese president Xi Jinping as Eleven Jinping

    09/19/2014 6:36:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies
    ABC ^ | 19 Sep 2014
    Indian TV news anchor sacked after referring to Chinese president Xi Jinping as Eleven Jinping Fri 19 Sep 2014, 8:47pm An Indian television news anchor has been sacked after referring to Chinese president Xi Jinping as Eleven Jinping, apparently confusing his name for Roman numerals. Mr Xi left India today after a visit to boost trade and economic ties that have been marred by a long-standing border dispute. The TV blooper occurred on a show on Doordarshan News on Wednesday.
  • Teenager from India invents device that can convert breath to speech

    09/16/2014 2:59:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 09/15/14 | Bec Crew
    A high school student from India has invented a device that can convert a person’s breath into speech, to give millions of people around the world suffering from speech impediment a 'voice' for the first time.
  • The 21 Sikhs of Saragarhi

    09/13/2014 11:09:31 AM PDT · by cold start · 5 replies
    Business Standard ^ | 13 September 2014 | Jaisal Singh
    A small body of Sikhs defended a vital North-West Frontier post against 10,000 Afridi and Orakzai attackers. Yesterday was the 117th anniversary of their heroic effort Britain’s Parliament interrupted proceedings and rose to give a standing ovation on September 12, 1897 to 21 valorous soldiers — all of them Indians, all of them Sikhs — for what was undoubtedly a tremendous act of collective bravery, and one of the greatest ‘last-stands’ in military history, the Battle of Saragarhi. The North-West Frontier of undivided India, now a part of Pakistan known as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, is a harsh place. Embroiled even today in...
  • Al-Qaeda India branch’s first attack ends in dismal failure as jihadists 'raid wrong ship'

    09/12/2014 9:47:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/12/14 | Dean Nelson,
    Three jihadis were killed in the attack, four were captured and another three arrested the following day on information from interrogations. Two Pakistan Navy guards were wounded in the fighting.
  • “...Rafale is the best fighter plane in the world” - Air Chief Marshal Denis Mercier

    09/12/2014 7:06:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Indian Defence Review ^ | 10 Sep , 2014 | Claude Arpi
    Appointed as the Air Force Chief of Staff (CEMAA) on September 17, 2012, at the age of 53, General Denis Mercier had joined the French Air Force academy in 1979 and qualified as a fighter pilot in 1983. With 182 combat missions and more than 3,000 flying hours (mostly on Mirage F1C and Mirage 2000C) throughout his career, he has acquired extensive experience both as an operational commander and as a fighter pilot. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the French Air Force Academy in Salon de Provence. Prior to becoming Air Chief, he was posted as a senior...
  • India's Rising Military Might: Made in the USA?

    09/10/2014 9:19:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The National Interest ^ | September 11, 2014 | James Hardy
    An interesting trend: America has supplanted Russia as New Delhi’s primary supplier of defense materiel. Will it last? In August, the Indian Ministry of Defense approved the $2.5 billion purchase of 22 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters. The sale still has one last hurdle—Indian Cabinet approval—but if completed it will be the latest example of a major shift in U.S.-Indo relations that in the past three years have seen Washington become India’s top defense equipment supplier. The approval of the Apache and Chinook deals comes about a month after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel...
  • UNDOF commander: Filipinos' defiance unprofessional (calls Filipino escape an act of cowardice)

    09/09/2014 10:35:01 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 37 replies
    PhilStar ^ | September 4, 2014 | Camille Diola
    MANILA, Philippines — The Indian commander of the United Nations' (UN) peacekeeping force broke his silence on the Philippine military's accusations that he misguidedly ordered besieged Filipino troops to surrender their arms to rebels in Golan Heights over the weekend. In an interview with a Noida-based newspaper, UN Disengagement Observer Force Commander Lt. Gen. Iqbal Singh Singha criticized the defiance of the 40 trapped Filipino peacekeepers as "non-professional." Singha, meanwhile, called what the Armed Forces of the Philippines dubbed the "greatest escape" of 40 troops from Position 68 nothing but an "act of cowardice." "The higher UN echelon as well...
  • After Syria and Iraq, Islamic State makes inroads in South Asia

    09/07/2014 1:28:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/07/2014 | BY HAMEEDULLAH KHAN AND SAUD MEHSUD
    Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda. A splinter group of Pakistan's Taliban insurgents, Jamat-ul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the well-funded and ruthless Islamic State fighters, who have captured large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in a drive to set up a self-declared caliphate. "IS (Islamic State) is an Islamic Jihadi organization working for the implementation of the Islamic system and creation of the Caliphate," Jamat-ul Ahrar's leader and a...
  • Obama reforms should allow tech companies to hire key talent

    09/07/2014 9:17:48 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 48 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 09/05/2014 | Peter Muller
    In the coming weeks, President Barack Obama will announce executive actions designed to improve America's immigration system. While he is expected to focus primarily on people living and working in the United States without documentation, the president also should seize the opportunity to improve the legal immigration system that governs how highly skilled, foreign-born workers are employed in this country. By doing so, Obama can deliver on one of the top priorities of technology companies -- reform to an outdated visa program that restricts their ability to hire key talent.
  • 'The Chinese fired at my aircraft' (former Indian pilots)

    09/05/2014 9:45:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    The Daily Mail, UK ^ | September 5, 2014 | GAUTAM DUTT
    Between the insulting defeat in 1962 at the hands of the Chinese and attaining the glorious heights with the victory in 1971 leading to the creation of Bangladesh, the Indian armed forces had a mixed-bag experience in the 22-day war with Pakistan in 1965. In the run up to the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war, dissection of the conflict has begun with the Indian Air Force (IAF) veterans gathering in New Delhi on Friday to dissect what was the first full-blown air battle between the arch-rivals. It was the test of the IAF's combat worthiness against the Pakistan Air...
  • Nuclear Pakistan’s Spies Target India—and Their Own Prime Minister

    09/04/2014 7:59:17 PM PDT · by cold start · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4 September 2014 | Bruce Riedel
    Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence directorate is using terrorist brinkmanship to threaten India and undermine Nawaz Sharif. It’s time to stop this dangerous game. Just when you thought the world was dangerous enough, another crisis between nuclear-weapons-armed India and Pakistan is brewing, and now al Qaeda is adding fuel to the fire by calling for jihad in the subcontinent. Tensions have been growing all summer long, even though, ironically, things began on a positive high note: in June, newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who swept into power on a landslide, invited his Pakistan counterpart, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to his...
  • Al Qaeda says it's opening new branch in India

    09/04/2014 6:28:31 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 9/4/2014 | Madison Park
    (CNN) -- In a 55-minute long video, al Qaeda announced it will launch a new branch in the Indian subcontinent. Speaking in the video, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said the purpose is to "wage jihad against its enemies, to liberate its land, to restore its sovereignty, and to revive its Caliphate." ISIS 'more deadly' than al Qaeda on 9/11 Al Qaeda working on 'undetectable bombs' Will ISIS and al-Qaeda join forces? How did ISIS rise to power? Al-Zawahiri also said he seeks to gain support "for the vulnerable" in Myanmar and Bangladesh; in the Indian states of Assam and...
  • Japan and India Put Nuclear Energy as a Priority

    09/04/2014 4:59:19 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Market Pulse ^ | September 2, 2014 | Alfonso Esparza
    Indian PM Narendra Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe have agreed at a summit in Tokyo to accelerate talks on a nuclear energy pact. They also agreed to strengthen security ties and Mr Modi welcomed Japan's easing of restrictions on exports of defence equipment and technology. Mr Modi is on his first major foreign visit since winning May's election. The trip is being seen as an attempt by the two democracies to balance the rising weight of China across Asia. Mr Modi arrived in Japan on Saturday and visited the former imperial city of Kyoto over the weekend. "The two prime...
  • Al-Qaida leader says it has expanded into India

    09/04/2014 1:16:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2014 3:12 AM EDT | Tim Sullivan
    Al-Qaida has expanded into the Indian subcontinent, the leader of the terror group said in a video statement released Thursday, with a regional group that he vowed would bring Islamic law to the region and “wage jihad against its enemies.” At least three Indian states with large Muslim populations had been put on alert in the wake of the video’s release, local TV stations reported. In the video, which was seen online by the SITE monitoring group, Ayman al-Zawahri said al-Qaida had been preparing for years to set up in the region. The new group “is the fruit of a...
  • Indian-Americans Pay A Price For Running Convenience Stores (Diaspora Feature)

    08/31/2014 8:55:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Silicon India News ^ | August 31, 2014
    Back in 2006, Joe Biden, then a Senate candidate ran into trouble for a remark that "you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent." Gaffe-prone Biden got away by explaining that it wasn't a racial slur but "was meant as a compliment" for the "vibrant Indian-American community" making "a significant contribution to the national economy as well." A spin or not, Biden who went on become vice president in 2008, was speaking a home truth as according to the Asian-American Convenience Store Owners Association its 50,000 members own over 80,000 convenience...
  • RedChina: Insurgency in Xinjiang Complicates Chinese-Pakistani Relations

    04/22/2012 12:23:49 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    China typically exercises caution when making public statements about terrorist attacks in Xinjiang. When China blames attacks on Pakistan-based terrorist organizations, such as the possibly defunct East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), it risks adding tensions to the Sino-Pakistani “all-weather” friendship. [1] However, when China blames attacks on local Uyghurs it is tantamount to an admission that its policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have not created a “harmonious society.” Zhou Yongkang (left), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), shakes hands with a local Uygur farmer...
  • Uyghur Unrest in Xinjiang Shakes Sino-Pakistani Relations

    08/26/2011 11:35:34 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    AFPC Terrrorism Monitor ^ | 8/19/2011 | Raffaello Pantucci
    It has been a difficult summer for Red China’s restive western province Xinjiang. A series of incidents characterized as terrorism have struck two of the province’s cities, causing death, destruction and ethnic tension. This picture was further complicated when the government of the city of Kashgar published a statement online that claimed at least one of the perpetrators had been trained in Pakistan (Xinhua, August 1). The allegation by Communist Chinese officials cast a shadow over Sino-Pakistani relations, a bilateral relationship that had been characterized in Kashgar just the month before by Pakistani Ambassador to China Masood Khan as “higher...
  • China Points to Pakistan in Xinjiang Attack

    08/01/2011 12:41:36 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 2, 2011 | Jason Dean
    China pointed a finger at Pakistan, one of its closest foreign partners, as it blamed one of two deadly attacks over the weekend in the northwestern Xinjiang region on Muslim extremists trained across the Pakistani border.‬ Police also "executed on the spot" two more suspected attackers in the city of Kashgar, according to a local government statement, while paramilitary police with shotguns and automatic weapons patrolled the streets to prevent further unrest. Local authorities said 20 people were killed in all in the attacks by knife-wielding members of the Uighur ethnic minority on Saturday and Sunday in the second week...
  • China blames extremists for Xinjiang attack(trained in Pakistan?)

    08/01/2011 7:02:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    NHK ^ | 08/01/11
    China blames extremists for Xinjiang attack China says a group led by militants trained in Pakistan was behind Sunday's attack in Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region. In a statement on the Internet, the government in Kashgar says a suspect detained after the attack told police that the leaders of their group belong to a separatist organization called the "East Turkistan Islamic Movement." They reportedly learned how to make explosives in Pakistan before carrying out Sunday's attack. On Sunday night, a group of attackers stabbed people on the streets of Kashgar, killing 6 people and injured 15. Five suspects...
  • Chinese 'operatives' face Pakistani wrath(what Chinese are up to and who hates them)

    10/20/2004 6:48:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 683+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 10/19/04 | B Raman
    Chinese 'operatives' face Pakistani wrath By B Raman The kidnapping of two Chinese engineers working on an irrigation project in South Waziristan in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan by a group of pro-Osama bin Laden jihadis last week and the death of one of them on Wednesday, during a rescue operation mounted by the US-trained Special Services Group, the parent army unit of President General Pervez Musharraf, draws attention once again to the growing threat to Chinese lives and interests in Pakistan from jihadi terrorists belonging to the International Islamic Front (IIF) of bin Laden. In an...
  • India’s Modi Visits Japan to Deepen Defense and Commercial Ties

    08/29/2014 10:48:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 12:40 p.m. ET | Niharika Mandhana
    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi starts a five-day visit to Japan on Saturday, looking to deepen defense and commercial ties between the two Asian countries as they grapple with an increasingly assertive China. Mr. Modi is to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other officials for what are expected to be wide-ranging discussions about regional security as well as a possible deal on civil nuclear cooperation. […] “It is a watershed meeting,” said Brahma Chellaney, a strategic affairs analyst at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi. “It is crucial to preventing the rise of a Sino-centric Asia.”...
  • Indian Woman Kills Leopard That Attacked Her

    08/28/2014 12:31:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 August 2014 | Shiv Prassad Joshi
    An Indian woman armed only with farm tools is stable in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her. Kamla Devi, 56, sustained multiple bites, cuts and fractures during the half-hour battle. She had been fetching water in northern Uttarakhand state when the leopard pounced on her from nearby bushes - she fought back with a sickle and spade. "I thought I was dead but I did not lose patience and courage," she told reporters after her lucky escape.
  • SunTrust to shutter Orlando fraud unit, lay off 105

    08/28/2014 5:49:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 27, 2014 | Richard Burnett
    SunTrust Banks Inc. is shuttering its fraud-response call center group in Orlando and shedding more than 100 jobs, the bank confirmed Wednesday. Atlanta-based SunTrust, the largest bank in Central Florida, handed out pink slips to 105 employees on Tuesday. The effective layoff date is Oct. 31, according to documents filed with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. "Difficult decisions must be made to increase operational efficiencies and decrease expenses to better position the company for the future," SunTrust told employees in the layoff notice. The bank posted a $400 million profit on revenue of $2.2 billion in the second quarter,...
  • Ebola scare: 116 people arrive [in Delhi, India] from worst-affected Liberia in Delhi and Mumbai

    08/27/2014 6:10:25 PM PDT · by Qiviut · 51 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Aug 27, 2014, 04.46 AM IST | Suhas Munshi & Durgesh Nandan Jha,TNN
    NEW DELHI: The enormity of the Ebola outbreak hit home on Tuesday as 112 Indians and four Nepalese arrived in the country on different flights from Liberia. This West African country has seen over 600 deaths so far and is the worst affected. Till late in the night, 88 people had arrived — 71 in Mumbai and 17 in Delhi. More were on their way on different commercial flights. Health ministry sources said of the 17 passengers who arrived at the Delhi airport, one person has been found to have fever and sore throat which is associated with Ebola Virus...
  • Pakistan Looks to Buy Weapons from Russia

    08/05/2014 12:06:52 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Via Meadia ^ | August 5, 2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    After recently ending its arms embargo against Pakistan, Moscow seems set to go through with a deal to sell MI-35 attack helicopters to the South Asian nation, ostensibly to assist it in its war against Islamist militants. This sale has little precedent; Pakistan and India’s Cold War alliances, with the U.S. and Russia respectively, have largely endured to this day. After 9/11 especially, Pakistan was a major recipient of American aid and military equipment, while India maintained its strategic relationship with Russia by continuing to be its biggest weapons buyer.
  • Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism

    08/23/2014 5:01:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2014 | By Ed Husain
    ALONG with a billion Muslims across the globe, I turn to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every day to say my prayers. But when I visit the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the resting place of the Prophet Muhammad, I am forced to leave overwhelmed with anguish at the power of extremism running amok in Islam’s birthplace. Let’s be clear: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram, the Shabab and others are all violent Sunni Salafi groupings. For five decades, Saudi Arabia has been the official sponsor of Sunni Salafism across the globe. What is religious...
  • Red China and Qatar Forge a New Era of Relations around High Finance

    10/19/2012 10:09:35 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    Jamestown China Brief ^ | 10/19/2012 | Chris Zambelis
    The impetus underlying China’s manifold interests in the Middle East remains a topic of close scrutiny. The dramatic social and political changes that are taking root in the region portend a vastly different geopolitical cartography in contrast with previous arrangements. These circumstances yield important implications for the people of the Middle East and foreign powers, such as the United States with longstanding strategic interests in the region. Owing to its notable inroads into the Middle East in recent years, China also is watching regional events unfold with great interest. Due to its increasing demand for Middle Eastern oil and natural...
  • Fareed Zakaria Busted for Plagiarism Once More

    08/23/2014 11:57:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 23, 2014 | Jack Cashill
    August 24, 2014 Fareed Zakaria Busted for Plagiarism Once More By Jack Cashill First, I will acknowledge up front that this is a revised version of an earlier American Thinker article, which in itself was a revised version of an earlier American Thinker article, which in itself was an update of the information contained in my book, Deconstructing Obama. But when a Harvard worthy gets busted for literary fraud anew, I feel compelled to update the scorecard. The man on the hot seat once again is Fareed Zakaria. Born to a Muslim family in Mumbai, the fifty year-old Harvard Ph.D....