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  • Pottery, beads retrace close links between India and Bali

    08/03/2015 10:34:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Znews ^ | Thursday, July 30, 2015 | IANS
    Remnants of ancient Indian pottery, beads and even Indian DNA found in human bones point to thriving trade and social contacts between India and Bali dating back to more than 2,000 years. Besides trade, Indian merchants brought with them their language -- Sanskrit -- and the influence of Hinduism and Buddhism... The major Indian port of connect with Bali in Indonesia and other places in Southeast Asia was Arikamedu, a thriving port located seven kilometres from Puducherry from where archaeologists have unearthed Roman artefacts too. The influence of Sanskrit and the ideology of Hinduism and Buddhism which the Indian traders...
  • ‘A shining soul,’ gunned down in Columbia, buried Saturday

    08/01/2015 6:12:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The State ^ | August 1, 2015 | Ron Barnett, The Greenville News
    * Gentry worked with children at the Shandon Presbyterian child development center * A children’s home in India will be named after him when completed next year * The Clemson grad was preparing to go to nursing school Tim Gentry was the kind of guy who could look into a person’s heart and see what was good, even if they couldn’t see it themselves. That’s the way his younger sister described her brother — as “a shining soul,” who always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he met. Gentry, 32, was gunned down on...
  • ISIS preparing to attack India to provoke confrontation with the US, says report

    07/30/2015 2:53:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Mumbai DNA India ^ | July 29, 2015
    "The document warns that 'preparations' for an attack in India are underway and predicts that an attack will provoke an apocalyptic confrontation with America," the report said. The ISIS is preparing to attack India to provoke an Armageddon-like confrontation with the US, according to an internal recruitment document of the feared group which also seeks to unite the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban into a single army of terror. An investigative story published yesterday by the USA Today and reported by American Media Institute refers to a 32- page Urdu document obtained from a Pakistani citizen with connections inside the Pakistani...
  • Yakub Memon Hanged in Nagpur Jail

    07/29/2015 7:27:12 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    NDTV.com ^ | Thursday, July 30, 2015 | Cheat Sheet
    Video: Yakub Memon was convicted for helping finance the serial blasts in Mumbai in 1993 in which 257 people were killed. NEW DELHI: Yakub Memon, convicted as "a driving spirit" for the 1993 blasts in Mumbai, was hanged a little before 7 am at Nagpur Central Prison. At 5 am, the Supreme Court had rejected his last-minute petition to stop his hanging after an unprecedented middle-of-the-night hearing. Here are the 10 latest developments: 1. President Pranab Mukherjee rejected Yakub Memon's mercy petition sent to him on Wednesday. 2. Activists and Memon's lawyers told the Supreme Court in a late-night appeal...
  • Islamic State secretly planning to provoke 'end of the world' by attacking India ......

    07/29/2015 7:18:03 AM PDT · by cold start · 13 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 29 july 2015 | Elaine O'flynn
    Urdu document passed to U.S. media by Pakistani with links to the Taliban Preparations underway to attack India as a way of enticing U.S. into battle Urges Taliban factions to join with ISIS in bid to form a worldwide caliphate Worldwide caliphate will 'behead every person that rebels against Allah' U.S. intelligence officials say they believe the document is authenticA recruitment document understood to be written by ISIS militants has revealed the terrorist group's plans for all-out war to bring about 'the end of the world'. The Urdu document, passed to the American Media Institute by a Pakistani citizen...
  • ‘Kandhamal’ tells the whole story of anti-Christian persecution

    07/28/2015 6:23:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/28/15 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Because of the dramatic events that unfolded there, certain places have come to symbolize entire movements or chapters of history. “Gettysburg,” for instance, immediately evokes the American Civil War, just as “Tiananmen Square” is now universal shorthand for non-violent protest. In similar fashion, in terms of contemporary anti-Christian persecution, “Kandhamal” may be the single word that best captures the whole story.Kandhamal is a district of the eastern Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, where an orgy of violence descended upon the impoverished Christian minority in August, 2008. A series of riots led by radical Hindus left roughly 100...
  • Deep Designs (India has ground on submarine front)

    07/28/2015 6:28:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Week, India ^ | August 02, 2015 | Ajit Kumar Dubey
    The Dragon is breathing fire under water. And, Pakistan is close on India’s heels. Over the years, India has lost ground on the submarine front. Hence, the need for more subs, and fast They do it every time. Before the Chinese send their president or prime minister to visit a neighbouring country, they send a few troops across the border—just to test the neighbour’s military and political will. Thus, ahead of Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s May 2013 visit, a few People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops forayed into western Ladakh and stayed there for close to a month. They moved back...
  • Ex-President APJ Abdul Kalam Passes Away, Nation Pays Homage

    07/27/2015 3:50:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | Jul 28, 2015 | Rahul Karmakar and Rezaul H Laskar
    Former President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on Monday evening. He was 83. Kalam, who reached Shillong via Guwahati in the morning, collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong (IIM-S) at around 6:30 pm and was rushed to the Bethany Hospital there. Doctors at the hospital said he was brought dead around 7pm. “He had no pulse when he was admitted to the hospital. We can attribute his death to cardiac arrest,” a doctor said. The hospital authorities, however, refrained from confirming the death until Meghalaya governor V Shanmughanathan and chief secretary PBO Warjri visited...
  • India Rising? Modi’s Landmark Tax Bill Will Likely Pass, Says Eurasia

    07/24/2015 11:07:39 AM PDT · by entropy12
    Barron's Asia Edition ^ | 23-7-15 | Shuli Ren
    China’s loss is India’s gain. International investors are pulling out of China and plowed $705 million into India since June 12, sending the Sensex Index 7% higher. But does India have any near-term catalysts? The buzz on Narendra Modi‘s landmark reform Goods & Taxes Bill is back. An important panel in the Upper House of the parliament, which Modi’s political party does not have majority in, already approved the GST bill. Now Modi just needs to get this bill passed in the Upper House. But worryingly, the monsoon session of the parliament, which opened on Tuesday and will end on...
  • China to provide eight submarines to Pak in largest-ever defence deal

    07/24/2015 6:31:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    China is to provide eight submarines to Pakistan in a multi-billion dollar deal, which is touted to be the largest-ever defence contract signed by Beijing with any nation so far. According to The Express Tribune, the Pakistani government did not provide any details and even declined to confirm the size of the transaction, despite the magnitude of the agreement. However, the composition of the Chinese delegation, with whom the agreement was reached, suggested that the accord involved purchase of eight submarines. Sources in the finance ministry said that the payments would be made to China in four instalments and the...
  • Shashi Tharoor tear apart British colonialism in this Oxford debate

    07/24/2015 12:07:39 AM PDT · by Cronos · 31 replies
    The Political Indian ^ | July 23, 2015 | Shashi Tharoor
    Tharoor began by talking about the years of plunder by the U.K. of its colonies, a siphoning of wealth that propelled Europe’s industrial revolution of the 19th century. He highlighted the fact that India’s share of the global economy — 23% when the British first arrived — had dropped to 4% by the time the Union Flag was finally lowered. Colonial apologists often argue that India’s dense and intricate railway network, one of the largest in the world, was built thanks to the British. But Tharoor’s simple rejoinder, after reiterating that the railways and roads were built only to serve...
  • Man Calls Daughter’s ‘Rapist’ Home, Tortures and Kills Him, Say Police

    07/20/2015 11:34:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The father allegedly burned the man’s genitals using heated tongs and strangled him to death.Furious over the alleged rape of his 14-year-old daughter by a 45-year-old married man, the father called the man to his house on Friday night, treated him to dinner and then tortured him to death, police said. He then went to the police station, surrendered himself and gave police a detailed account on how he tortured and murdered the man. The 36-year-old reportedly burned the man’s genitals using heated tongs and then strangled him to death. The incident was reported from Northeast Delhi’s Khajuri Khas area...
  • The ghost of Gorshkov (Russian ships for India)

    07/20/2015 11:54:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Business Standard ^ | July 20, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    The Indian Navy, clearly, has an appetite for punishment. One might imagine that the nightmarish experience of refurbishing the Gorshkov - now the aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya - in a Russian shipyard would be enough to forestall any more such warship building projects. But no! Although the Gorshkov took more than twice the contracted time (118 months instead of 52 months) and almost thrice the contracted cost ($2.3 billion instead of $947 million), the navy now wants to involve itself in building three Russian Talwar-class frigates. Frigates are versatile, multi-role warships of 4,000-6,000 tonnes that can deal with threats from...
  • 'Chinese naval vessels in Indian Ocean should not be taken as a threat'

    07/20/2015 10:16:33 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Tuesday, July 21, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Justifying the docking of Chinese submarines in Karachi and Colombo, a Chinese think tank questioned criticism in India of the presence of Chinese naval ships in the Indian Ocean, saying China has a right to protect its interests and India should be "broad-minded" to accept it. "But even if Chinese naval ships and submarines appear regularly in the Indian Ocean, so what?," an article in the state-run China Daily questioning the criticism of Chinese vessels in the Indian Ocean said. Written by Zhou Do, an honorary fellow with Centre for China American Defence Relations of Beijing-based Academy of Military Science,...
  • India tolerant? Its Christians beg to differ

    07/19/2015 3:36:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/19/15 | John Allen
    At the level of sweeping stereotypes, most Westerners tend to think of India and its dominant religion, Hinduism, as bastions of tolerance. Ever since the Beatles traveled to an ashram to study meditation, there’s been a chic about Indian spirituality as the ultimate in “all paths lead to the same place.”One might profitably ask Christians in today’s India, however, whether those stereotypes have anything to do with their reality. The answer you’re likely to get is, “Are you kidding?”In truth, India’s small Christian minority has felt under the gun for a long time, and they say things have become considerably...
  • North Carolina Hindu temple sign hit with over 60 shotgun blasts

    07/19/2015 10:51:08 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 44 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Sunday, July 19, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    The Om Hindu Organization of North Carolina is planning to build a 3,600 sq ft temple in Clemmons and has bought 7.6 acres at the site where the sign board, which was shot at, was put. (Representative illustration) Houston: A sign board for a planned Hindu temple in the US state of North Carolina has been fired at, leaving over 60 holes in the sign, prompting authorities to probe the incident that has shocked the Indian community. The incident happened sometime between noon July 4 and about 1pm last Saturday, Forsyth county sheriff's office said in a report. The sheriff's...
  • Soldier of Fortune? The Pro’s and Con’s to Contracting Overseas

    07/17/2015 11:20:06 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 3 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 7/17/2015 | Robert Spunga
    Today, there are hundreds of thousands of men and women working overseas on various contracts and making good money, probably two to three times what they can make in the United States. On top of that, they may even be eligible for the foreign earned income exclusion, which in 2014 meant that the first $99,200 of their total income earned overseas was excluded from being taxed at the Federal level (it’s higher for 2015). However – and I can’t emphasize this enough – they are earning it! Naturally, the best-paying jobs are in high-threat environments such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria,...
  • India specifies 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier, with catapult

    07/16/2015 10:23:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Business Standard ^ | July 17, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    For the first time, the size and specifications of the Indian Navy's future aircraft carrier have been officially acknowledged. The navy has written to at least four major global shipbuilders, asking for proposals to help in designing a 65,000 tonne carrier that would be about 300 metres long. The letter of request, issued by the Indian Navy on Wednesday, specifies the carrier should be capable of speeds greater than 30 knots (56 km per hour). However, it is silent on whether it prefers nuclear propulsion, or conventional diesel or gas turbines. The navy's letter states the carrier will embark 30-35...
  • Jeb Bush, a ‘nerdy’ tech guy, tries to woo Silicon Valley

    07/16/2015 5:23:13 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/16/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Out on the campaign trail, Jeb Bush wears an Apple Watch. He’s invested in tech companies working on driverless cars. His son and former business partner say they are “nerdy tech guys” who like buying and trying out new gadgets. Just days after Hillary Rodham Clinton raised concerns about the labor practices of such companies as Airbnb and Uber, Bush is coming here Thursday to embrace the fast-growing, disruptive nature of the “sharing economy.” He plans to hail a ride from Uber, the ride-hailing company based here, on his way to the offices of Thumbtack, a Web site that helps...
  • You "ARE" Redeemed be at Peace [charismatic caucus]

    07/14/2015 9:39:21 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Redemption is on its way for those lost and trodded upon as a doormat "Truly" KNOW I stand before you and I have become this for you. So now your declaration is "REDEEMED" for I AM your Redeemer from the lies of the enemy. Redemption is yours eternally just come to Me that I may heal your broken hearts for I AM your Hope and Healer . So now just come and drink from My Love for you are My creation and I love you for you Are My Beloved friend and I have already laid down My life for...
  • PM Modi to ask Tajikistan for lease of ex-Soviet airbase

    07/14/2015 6:17:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    India Today ^ | July 12, 2015 | Sandeep Unnithan
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to ask Tajikistan for the lease of a former Soviet airbase that was refurbished by India in 2007. Government sources told Mail Today that use of the Ayni airbase for the Indian Air Force, tops the agenda for discussion with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon when the prime minister arrives on a state visit on July 12. Tajikistan marks the last leg of Prime Minister Modi's eight-day tour of the five Central Asian Republics and Russia. The Ayni airbase near Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe has long been key to expanding India's strategic footprint in Central Asia. India...
  • India: The Stormy Revival of an International University

    07/13/2015 8:30:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | August 13, 2015 issue | Amartya Sen
    Classes began in early September last year at a small new international university, called Nalanda, in Bihar in northeast India -- one of the most backward parts of the country. Only two faculties -- history, and environment and ecology -- were holding classes for fewer than twenty students. And yet the opening of Nalanda was the subject of headlines in all the major newspapers in India and received attention across the world. "Ritorno a Nalanda" was the headline in Corriere della Sera. The new venture is meant to be a revival of Nalanda Mahavihara, the oldest university in the world,...
  • Trusting Iran to stop terrorism is like inviting an arsonist to join the fire brigade

    07/12/2015 7:32:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6:30AM BST 10 Jul 2015 | Dore Gold
    Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has written an op-ed in the Financial Times which sets forward a distinct sequence for ostensibly resolving the daunting security challenges of the Middle East. First, the P5+1 - the group of powerful nations negotiating with Iran - should come to a deal over its nuclear program. As a result, he argues, Tehran will "open new horizons" and join "the international battle" against "the increasingly brutal extremism that is engulfing the Middle East." The idea that Iran is a partner in the fight against terrorism is not only disingenuous but also absurd. What Zarif is...
  • India's most expensive movie ever? Epic film rivals Hollywood

    07/11/2015 6:25:49 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | July 11, 2015 | Harmeet Singh
    New Delhi, India (CNN)Indian cinema has produced something spectacular. And it's not from Bollywood. Hundreds of miles from Mumbai, the hub of the nation's Hindi-language movie industry, a South Indian director has attempted a battle epic that critics say has successfully blended local folklore with Hollywood's technological grandeur.
  • GRACE [Charismatic Caucus]

    07/09/2015 7:54:10 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Jedediah, Holy Spirit
    I was torn to lament over situations recently so I asked The Lord to explain His Grace to me and I share it for your consideration . . . Grace is sufficient is more than a statement it is an enactment for many in My Creation ask "Why"? When I have given them the gift to (( ( "DECLARE" ) )) ((( "GRACE" ))) ! And so it is with this enlightenment they "IN FACT" carry the KEY to their own Blessings and Grace ! For I AM GRACE ETERNAL and it is in this manner you must speak and...
  • Good enough for China, but India spurns Arjun

    07/09/2015 2:46:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Business Standard ^ | July 6, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Chinese experts have given a thumbs up to the Arjun main battle tank (MBT), even as India's own army continues to sideline it, inexplicably preferring to continue a four-decade-long dependence on Russian armoured vehicles. Last week, a senior People's Liberation Army (PLA) officer at its premier tank design institution, the Academy of Armoured Forces Engineering in Beijing, told visiting Indian journalists that the Arjun tank is "very good", and well suited for Indian conditions. This could hardly have been pro forma politeness, as PLA is not given to praising India's military capabilities. It would appear that PLA officers, who work...
  • Putin: Russia and China can overcome any difficulty together

    07/08/2015 12:40:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2015 2:14 PM EDT
    Welcoming China’s leader to two summits in a Russian city, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia and China can overcome their countries’ difficulties by working together. Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping both arrived Wednesday in the Russian city of Ufa for summits of the BRICS trade group and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The BRICS group also includes Brazil, India and South Africa, while the SCO, which also focuses on regional security and political issues as well as economics, includes the former Soviet Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Iran, India and Pakistan are observer SCO...
  • It's CHINA that's facing financial meltdown and the biggest stock market crash

    07/08/2015 6:14:46 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/08/15 | Simon Tomlinson
    Nearly $3trillion wiped off Chinese stock markets in just the last few weeks Government and investors launched campaign to prop up tumbling shares Experts draw parallels with the credit booms that led up to the 1929 crash Analyst: 'I've never seen this kind of slump before. Don't think anyone has' China's tumbling stock markets plunged even further today, intensifying fears the country was tail-spinning towards the biggest financial disaster since the 1929 Wall Street crash. Almost $3trillion (£2trn) – more than the entire economic output of Brazil – has been wiped out since markets went into reverse just a few...
  • India in talks with Russia to lease new modern, world-class nuclear attack submarine

    07/08/2015 6:48:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | 8 Jul, 2015 | Manu Pubby
    NEW DELHI: India is in final talks with Russia to lease a new nuclear attack submarine, giving a much needed boost to its depleting underwater fleet. Signaling a difference in approach by the Modi-led government, India is now looking to lease a newly built, customised submarine, unlike in the past when older vessels were refurbished and handed over. Several sources related to the project that ET spoke with confirmed that talks on leasing a new submarine under the 'Chakra 3' project are .. While talks on leasing a third Chakra have been on for over two years, a change of...
  • White House Instructs Allies To Lean On ‘Jewish Community’ to Force Iran Deal

    07/07/2015 5:18:22 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 42 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 7, 2015 3:02 pm | Adam Kredo
    VIENNA—The White House is targeting Jewish groups in its latest push to blunt congressional criticism of an Iran deal that observers expect to be sealed in the coming days, according to a recording of a strategy conference call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and experts familiar with the call. The White House’s liaison to the Jewish community on Monday advised dozens of progressive groups to push a poll commissioned and distributed by the liberal fringe group J Street, which has been defending a deal with Iran. Matt Nosanchuk, an official in the White House Office of Public Engagement, who...
  • World’s Oldest Active Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat Set to Be Museum Ship in India

    07/07/2015 9:58:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | 06 Jul 2015 | Megan Eckstein
    INS Viraat on its 50th anniversary in 2009. Indian Navy Photo The oldest active aircraft carrier in the world will be converted into a docked museum when the ship, now in the Indian Navy, decommissions next year. INS Viraat (R-22) was commissioned in 1959 into the Royal Navy as HMS Hermes (R-12), the last of the Centaur-class conventional aircraft carriers. It was transferred to India in 1987 after undergoing refits and equipment upgrades, according to The Tribune in India. After 57 years of service life, the ship will decommission in 2016. The Tribune reported that Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation...
  • US prez candidate Jindal says India desperate for US leadership

    07/07/2015 12:55:33 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Republican presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal has sought steps by the United States to take the mantel of global leadership saying even non-aligned nations like India and Vietnam are desperate and hungry for American leadership. Trashing the foreign policy of the Obama Administration, Jindal, told the Fox News, “We would work not only with our allies, like Japan and South Korea and Taiwan. We'd work with non-aligned countries like India and Vietnam that are desperate and hungry for American leadership." Jindal, who last month announced his bid for the 2016 presidential elections, was responding to questions on addressing the challenges being...
  • Greece, China, and Russia – a Plan B for Greece

    07/05/2015 5:21:37 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 3 replies
    Golem XIV ^ | 7-3-15 | Pseudonym
    If the Greeks were to vote ‘No’ what would happen next? Well no one can say. But here is a quick thought on what I hope the Greek government might have been exploring if they are excluded from the euro. It’s just food for thought nothing more. They have to be prepared to have a currency that does not depend on Europe supplying Euros. So they will need another currency – hopefully their own. I think we can be sure no western company has been printing them. There are few such companies and there is, I think, no possibility that...
  • Preserving the Truth Behind Gandhi’s Murder

    07/04/2015 11:01:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Hindu ^ | HARI NARAYAN
    BEYOND DOUBT — A Dossier on Gandhi’s Assassination: Compiled by Teesta Setalvad; Tulika Books, 35 A/1 (ground floor), Shahpur Jat, New Delhi-110049. Rs. 450. TOPICS books and literature history books June 25, 1934 has got a curious connection to the three shots fired at around 5:10 pm on the fateful Friday of January 30, 1948, shots that would go on to silence the life of a 79-year-old frail but resolute Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. For it was on that day, while on a visit to Pune, that Gandhiji witnessed the first of six attempts on his life, the sixth of which...
  • Fund in China Aims to Stabilize Stock Markets

    07/04/2015 8:46:19 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 5 replies
    HONG KONG — Struggling to respond to precipitous declines on China’s stock markets over the last three weeks, the country’s biggest brokerage firms unveiled a government-endorsed plan on Saturday to buy shares starting on Monday, in a bid to stabilize the markets. The government-controlled Securities Association of China said that 21 big brokerage firms had agreed to set up a fund worth at least 120 billion renminbi, or $19.4 billion, to buy shares in the largest, most stable companies, and would stop liquidating their own portfolios of shares. But some experts said that this might not be enough to stop...
  • Indian attack helicopter crosses crucial hurdle

    07/03/2015 11:02:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Business Standard ^ | June 27, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Over the last week the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), designed and built in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), moved a crucial step closer to operational service by successfully completing a set of gruelling trials in the desert areas around Jodhpur. These were the LCH's "hot weather flight trials", designed to check whether it could meet its performance requirements even in blazing temperatures, with oxygen in short supply. HAL pilots proved their helicopter's ability to meet its performance specifications, handling qualities and loads, even at low speeds when a helicopter engine is gasping for air. In February, the LCH had...
  • A Video Featuring Snoop Dogg Has Caused Uproar Among a Religious Group in India

    07/03/2015 6:28:17 AM PDT · by odds · 4 replies
    TIME ^ | 5.008 AM ET | Time Staff
    Members of the Parsi Zoroastrian community in Calcutta have filed a petition in a local high court against the music video for the song “King” by Amitis featuring Snoop Dogg, calling it blasphemous and disrespectful toward their faith, the Times of India reports. Zoroastrianism is a millennia-old faith with roots in ancient Persia and a flourishing community in India; its scripture emphasizes the sanctity of nature and the duality of existence. Amitis is an Iranian-born singer who now lives in Atlanta; “King” appears to be her entrance into the realm of Western pop. Snoop Dogg is Snoop Dogg — in...
  • China's "Ancestral" Claim to South China Sea Islands (Video)

    07/01/2015 1:31:49 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 6 replies
    China Uncensored ^ | Jul 1, 2015
    China has vowed to never back down from its aggressive territorial expansion into the South China Sea because it would shame their ancestors. What their ancestors would say about angering all their neighbors by building fake islands in the middle of the ocean is still unknown. China is locked in territorial conflicts with the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia over what amounts to $5 trillion dollars a year in shipping lanes. And sharing does not seem to be an option.
  • Global support for ISIS includes up to 42M Muslims, group claims

    07/01/2015 6:21:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/01/2015 | By Brooke Singman
    Global support for ISIS may be much bigger than previously known, according to a new report that found as many as 42 million Muslims around the world have positive feelings about the black-clad army of barbarians that established a so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq last year. The report from the New York-based research institute Clarion Project crunched numbers from four recent polls surveying Arab public opinion toward ISIS. Clarion found the terror group's supporters are 8.5 million strong, but more than 42 million of the world's estimated 1.5 billion Muslims feel at least somewhat positively about the terror group....
  • Divers Find Ruins Of Mythical City Off India

    04/10/2002 7:34:31 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 567+ views
    Ananova ^ | 4-10-2002
    Divers find ruins of mythical city off India Explorers believe they have discovered remains of a mythical city off the coast of India. According to legend it was swallowed up by the sea about 2,000 years ago. An expedition from the Scientific Exploration Society and India's National Institute of Oceanography discovered the ruins off the coast of Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu. Structures which appear to be man-made were found at depths of five to seven metres. Local legend tells of a great city containing seven temples, so beautiful that the jealous gods sent a flood to engulf it. Author Graham...
  • Excavations Reveal 7,000 Year-Old Harappan Sites

    01/20/2004 3:30:39 PM PST · by blam · 58 replies · 3,830+ views
    Daily Times ^ | 1-20-2004
    Excavations reveal 7,000 year-old Harappan sites Staff Report PESHAWAR: Gandi Umar Khan, around 55 kilometres west of Dera Ismail Khan, is the most important archaeological site of the Indus Valley civilization in the North Western Frontier Province. Gandi Umar Khan is spread over an area of 220 by 200 meters and has a maximum height of 8.5 metres. The site was discovered in 1997 by the University of Peshawar. The Directorate of Archaeology and Museum NWFP conducted an extensive survey of the Gomal Plain in March 2003 and discovered 95 sites out of which exist 53 sites of different periods...
  • Tsunami throws up India relics - The Tides of Spirituality

    02/12/2005 6:11:11 PM PST · by Red Sea Swimmer · 7 replies · 852+ views
    BBC News, Delhi ^ | Soutik Biswas
    The relics have been buried under the sand for centuries. The deadly tsunami could have uncovered the remains of an ancient port city off the coast in southern India. Archaeologists say they have discovered some stone remains from the coast close to India's famous beachfront Mahabalipuram temple in Tamil Nadu state following the 26 December tsunami. They believe that the "structures" could be the remains of an ancient and once-flourishing port city in the area housing the famous 1200-year-old rock-hewn temple. Three pieces of remains, which include a granite lion, were found buried in the sand after the coastline receded...
  • Clues To Missing Pagodas Found

    07/10/2002 4:51:08 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 652+ views
    Times Of India ^ | 7-6-2002 | Akshaya Mukul
    Clues to missing pagodas found AKSHAYA MUKUL TIMES NEWS NETWORK [ SATURDAY, JULY 06, 2002 11:49:09 PM ] NEW DELHI: Submerged structures found off the coast of Mahabalipuram in the Bay of Bengal could well solve the mystery of seven pagodas dating back to the Pallava Period (7th Century AD). The Archaeological Survey of India’s Underwater Archaeology Wing (UAW) has discovered three walls and a number of carved architectural members of ancient temples running north to south and east to west. Also found are seven big submerged rocks 500 metres off shore. According to UAW in-charge Alok Tripathi, who undertook...
  • Experts Survey Seabed Off Gujarat For Dwarka Evidence (India)

    08/19/2007 2:12:19 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 532+ views
    New Kerala.com ^ | 8-17-2007
    Experts survey seabed off Gujarat for Dwarka evidence New Delhi, Aug 17 : A group of archaeological experts and Indian Navy divers have conducted the first scientific survey off the Gujarat coast to establish whether or not the ruins on the seabed are of the mythological city of Dwarka, the capital of Hindu god Krishna. "The area off the Samudranaraya temple at (present day) Dwarka is known to contain structures which have been widely reported and interpreted by renowned scholars. However, no scientific study of the area had been conducted so far," Alok Tripathi of the Archaeological Survey of India...
  • Tsunami Uncovers Ancient City in India

    02/18/2005 6:12:00 AM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 21 replies · 1,425+ views
    AP/Red Nova ^ | Feb. 18, 2005
    MAHABALIPURAM, India (AP) -- Archaeologists have begun underwater excavations of what is believed to be an ancient city and parts of a temple uncovered by the tsunami off the coast of a centuries-old pilgrimage town. Three rocky structures with elaborate carvings of animals have emerged near the coastal town of Mahabalipuram, which was battered by the Dec. 26 tsunami. As the waves receded, the force of the water removed sand deposits that had covered the structures, which appear to belong to a port city built in the seventh century, said T. Satyamurthy, a senior archaeologist with the Archaeological Survey of...
  • RSS gives defunct ASI wing a job: Search for Dwarka, Rama Setu

    06/28/2015 3:09:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    DNA India ^ | Sunday, June 28, 2015 | Rohinee Singh
    The defunct underwater wing of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is set for a revival with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the government keen to establish the scientific veracity of Dwarka, the mythological submerged capital of Lord Krishna's kingdom, and the Rama Setu, a set of limestone shoals believed to date back to the Ramayana... "The National Institute of Oceanography has the expertise. They will be training our fleet of young divers," said Dr RS Fonia, ASI joint director general. The ministry of culture, the nodal ministry for ASI, is also looking at options to bring on board...
  • Putin promises 40 new nuclear missiles in 2015

    06/17/2015 2:04:08 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 30 replies
    UPI.Com ^ | Updated June 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM | By Ed Adamczyk
    MOSCOW, June 16 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday Russia's nuclear arsenal would be would increase by 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015. Speaking at Army-2015 Expo, an international military trade show near Moscow, Putin said the new missiles could "overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems," adding a new long-range early-warning radar "to monitor in the western direction" was also being prepared. It was a reference to plans by NATO to permanently place troops and heavy armaments in Poland, a Russian neighbor and former Warsaw Pact country. In reference to apparent plans to reinforce NATO's...
  • Sister Nirmala Joshi, Successor to Mother Teresa, Dies at 81

    06/26/2015 12:14:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Mother Teresa as head of the Roman Catholic order Missionaries of Charity, died Tuesday in Kolkata, India, where the organization is based. She was 81. Her health had been declining, the order said, but it did not specify the cause of death. In its obituary, the Vatican newspaper, l’Osservatore Romano, said she had been elected superior of the order even though she had an incurable form of malaria that gave her constant fevers. Sister Nirmala was selected to lead the charity six months before the death of Mother Teresa, its founder, in 1997. Mother Teresa...
  • 1000-year-old coins found in Northern Territory may rewrite Australian history

    05/20/2013 1:31:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 20 May 2013 | BARBARA BARKHAUSEN
    REMEMBER when you were taught that Australia was discovered by James Cook in 1770 who promptly declared it "terra nullius" and claimed it for the British throne? Turns out that could be completely and utterly wrong. Five copper coins and a nearly 70-year-old map with an "X" might lead to a discovery that could rewrite Australia's history. Australian scientist Ian McIntosh, currently Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University in the US, is planning an expedition in July that has stirred up the archaeological community. The scientist wants to revisit the location where five coins were found in the Northern Territory...
  • African Coins Found In Australia: 1,000-Year-Old Discovery May Rewrite Country's History

    05/22/2013 8:07:24 AM PDT · by Renfield · 23 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 5-20-2013 | Zoe Mintz
    Australians may need to rewrite their history textbooks. A new archaeological expedition may prove that the continent may have been discovered earlier than previously thought. Ian McIntosh, professor of anthropology at Indiana University, says he plans on visiting the location where five African coins were found in Australia’s Northern Territory in 1944 that have proven to be 1,000 years old, AAP reports. “Multiple theses have been put forward by noted scholars, and the major goal is to piece together more of the puzzle. Is a shipwreck involved? Are there more coins? All options are on the table, but only the...