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  • 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....
  • India Shows Off a New Warship as Its Maritime Rivalry With China Deepens

    08/22/2014 12:46:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 22, 2014 | David Stout
    New Delhi needs more firepower to protect its stake in the Indian Ocean, defense experts say The Indian navy will add another warship into its rapidly expanding fleet over the weekend as it seeks to counter China’s growing supremacy on the high seas of the Indo-Pacific. The INS Kamorta, which Indian officials are lauding as the nation’s first domestically built antisubmarine warship, will be unveiled to the public on Saturday during a ceremony at a naval dockyard in the eastern seaboard city of Visakhapatnam. Earlier this month, newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi christened the nation’s newest naval destroyer, the...
  • German-led European consortium comes up with a cheaper proposal for its Eurofighter Typhoon (India)

    08/21/2014 10:24:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    India Today ^ | August 21, 2014 | Manu Pubby
    The world's biggest defence deal is in danger of becom-ing one of the slowest in his-tory. More than two years after India zeroed in on the French Rafale fighter jet-after a tor-tured 11-year selection process-to replace its ageing MiG-21s, the Ger-man-led European consortium which was the runner-up in the race has sought to restart the dogfight by offer-ing a new, cheaper proposal for its Eurofighter Typhoon. The Narendra Modi Government, INDIA TODAY has learnt, is studying the German proposal even as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has been nego-tiating with France's Dassault, the maker of the Rafale, to finalise agree-ments to...
  • French & Russians push stopgap submarine sales to India

    08/21/2014 12:35:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    SP Guide Publications ^ | August 21, 2014
    As the wait for Project 75 India gets longer, and as an RFP gets more elusive, both France and Russia are in discussions with the Indian Navy to supply two submarines quickly off the shelf. As SP's had reported last year, France's DCNS has already offered to quickly build two Scorpene attack submarines and supply them. Reports now suggest that Rosoboronexport has made a similar offer. In such an instance, the Amur 1650 is on offer, and would be the first of the type ever built. The tantalising underwater battle between the French and Russians has veered from one side...
  • India Cancels Planned Talks With Pakistan

    08/18/2014 6:48:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Aug. 18, 2014 11:57 a.m. ET | Niharika Mandhana and Qasim Nauman
    The Indian Foreign Ministry said it wouldn't take part in discussions set for next week after Pakistan's envoy in India met with separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, an Indian state also claimed by Pakistan. India's foreign secretary told the Pakistani envoy "that Pakistan's continued efforts to interfere in India's internal affairs were unacceptable," said Syed Akbaruddin, the Foreign Ministry spokesman. "Under the present circumstances, it is felt that no useful purpose will be served" by a meeting between the two sides ... This month has seen a sharp increase in violations of a 2003 cease-fire agreement aimed at reducing...
  • Chinese troops enter 25 km deep into Indian territory in Ladakh

    08/18/2014 9:19:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    DNA ^ | 08/18/2014
    Chinese troops are reported to have entered 25 to 30 km deep into Indian territory in Burtse area in Ladakh where they had pitched their tents last year that had led to a tense three-week standoff. Official sources said on Monday a patrol of Indian troops noticed the People's Liberation Army (PLA) personnel on Sunday while moving from their base towards the higher 'New Patrol base' post in Burtse area of North Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. The area is at an altitude of 17,000 feet. The sources said the troops after walking barely 1.5 km from their base spotted...
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • Defense Secretary: 'The World is Exploding All Over'

    08/13/2014 6:56:34 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 53 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    Fresh off a trip to India and Australia, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed a group of Marines in San Diego, California Tuesday, and may have delivered a line that will show up in Republican campaign ads this election cycle. After updating the troops on some issues in the Pacific region and the Middle East, Hagel took questions from some of the Marines and gave a stark assessment of the global security situation: "The world is exploding all over." The remark came in response to a question about the Obama administration's realignment of the military towards the Asia-Pacific theater:
  • Japanese ate Indian PoWs, used them as live targets in WWII

    08/13/2014 8:07:05 PM PDT · by cold start · 27 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 11 August 2014 | Manimugdha S Sharma
    NEW DELHI: On April 2, 1946, the Reuters correspondent in Melbourne, Australia, cabled a short message, which was carried by all newspapers a day later, including The Times of India. It read: "The Japanese Lieutenant Hisata Tomiyasu found guilty of the murder of 14 Indian soldiers and of cannibalism at Wewak (New Guinea) in 1944 has been sentenced to death by hanging, it is learned from Rabaul." The nationalist narrative has long projected the Second World War as a clash between the patriots of the Indian National Army (INA), supported by the Japanese Empire, and the evil British Empire. The...
  • PM Modi to induct INS Kolkata without its main air defence weapon

    08/13/2014 11:35:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Press Trust of India ^ | August 13, 2014
    New Delhi: The largest indigenously-built warship INS Kolkata, to be inducted into the Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 16, will be commissioned without its main air defence weapon which protects the vessel from aerial attacks. The Long Range-Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) is under development in a joint venture between India and Israel and is expected to complete its trials in September and would then be available for being deployed on board the warship INS Kolkata, Rear Admiral AB Singh told reporters here. He said the 6,800-tonne warship will have close-in weapon systems and chaffes to provide...
  • US pips Russia as top arms supplier to India

    08/12/2014 10:01:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: The US has overtaken Russia as the largest arms supplier to India in the last three years. But in terms of overall numbers, Russia still remains the biggest weapons exporter to India, having notched military sales worth over $40 billion since the first MiG-21 jets and T-55 tanks in the 1960s to the present-day Sukhoi-30MKI fighters and T-90S main-battle tanks. Russia, of course, is now running scared of the aggressive inroads being made by the US into the money-spinning Indian arms market, as if the continuing challenge from France and Israel was not enough. India, incidentally, has even...
  • Indian missiles languish in South Korea due to Gaza conflict

    08/11/2014 12:25:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | August 11, 2014 | Ajai Shukla
    The surface-to-air missiles were to be sent to Israel for testing The eponymously named Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM), being co-developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), is already two years late. Now, because of Israel's invasion of Gaza, the delay will get longer. Business Standard has learnt that four LR-SAM rocket motors, built in India and despatched to Tel Aviv for trials, have been lying in Seoul, South Korea, for close to a month. The DRDO confirms that the rockets, filled with highly combustible propellant, were despatched on a commercial...
  • India offers to buy more US attack helicopters, hopes to drive down costs

    08/09/2014 5:18:32 AM PDT · by cold start · 2 replies
    NEW DELHI: India has offered to significantly increase an order for US attack helicopters, Indian officials said, as US defense secretary Chuck Hagel began a visit to New Delhi on Thursday aimed at boosting defence and strategic ties. The Apache gunships and a deal for Chinook helicopters, both built by Boeing, will top the agenda in Hagel's talks on Friday with India's new administration led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India has offered a follow-on order of 39 AH-64D Apache helicopters in addition to the 22 now being negotiated, an Indian defence ministry official said. The sides have been wrangling...
  • India seeks Israel missile deal; Hagel to meet Modi

    08/07/2014 7:03:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Daily Times, Pakistan ^ | August 07, 2014
    NEW DELHI - The new Indian government under Narindra Modi’s leadership is moving the cabinet committee on security (CCS) to buy 262 Barak-I anti-ship missile systems and spares, costing nearly Rs. 1,000 crore, from Israel. The purchase was cleared by defence acquisition council under former defence minister AK Antony last December. Defence Ministry sources said the CCS note was moved this week for the purchase of the Barak missile from Israeli Aircraft Industries and Rafael Advanced Systems of Israel. Both firms were probed by the CBI in 2006 for a Rs. 1,100 crore missile deal in 2000 under the previous...
  • Special Tanker w/ Water Canons Deployed in India to Stop Problem of Rampant Public Urination...

    08/06/2014 9:00:59 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 31 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    This one really takes the (urinal?) cake... I myself have spent a bit of time in Europe, and one thing that strikes you as disgusting is the taking-a-leak in public thing- particularly bad the farther East you go (Czech Republic comes to mind). And it's not just drunks at 3am -though there's never any shortage of that- but the carefree, utterly shameless roadside drainage -in broad daylight, as minivans full of families motor by- you even see on the side of the freeway (and not in any woods/weeds or anything, either). But from what I've heard, India is a whole...
  • Kamov ready to supply seaborne helicopters to Indian Navy

    08/06/2014 6:45:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    RIR, Itar-Tass ^ | August 6, 2014
    The design bureau and Russian Helicopters offer to help the Indian Navy meet its shortage of helicopters by supplying Ka-52Ks. Ka-52k is the navalised derivative of the Ka-52 (photo). Source: www.russianhelicopters.aero Russia’s Kamov helicopter design bureau and Russian Helicopters are ready to jointly supply modern seaborne helicopters for the Indian Navy on request, Kamov Chief Designer Sergei Mikheyev said on Tuesday. “Upon request from the Indian Navy, we are ready to supply jointly with Russian Helicopters the necessary number of seaborne helicopters and offer the latest developments to the Indian side, including the Ka-52K helicopters,” Mikheyev said. Helicopters operational in...
  • Tank Biathlon: World Championship fires off near Moscow

    08/04/2014 9:45:24 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Tank Biathlon World Championship kicks off outside Moscow. Teams from Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia and Venezuela are participating in the competition.
  • John Kerry Just Visited. But Should We Just Forget About India? (Relationship was great under Dubya)

    08/04/2014 3:34:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 3, 2014 | Tunku Varadarajan
    Here’s how bad things are between Washington and New Delhi these days: It’s news that Kerry even made the trip. Why this reluctant partnership might be best left to wither.So low is the bar in U.S.-India relations right now that the best thing that can be said about John Kerry’s two-day hop-over to New Delhi was that he went there at all. A relationship that burst into true blossom under George W. Bush, one that held for many Americans the promise of a mold-breaking alliance for the 21st century, lies shabbily dormant. Indeed, the only memorable episode in Kerry’s visit...
  • Indian Temple Admits Women for First Time in 900-Year History

    07/27/2014 4:16:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 Jul 2014 | Abigail Frymann Rouch
    Twelfth-century Hindu temple breaks with tradition after Supreme Court rules against two Brahmin families who have claimed exclusive ancestral rights to choosing priests for centuriesA twelfth-century Hindu temple that attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims annually is to admit women and lower-caste men as priests for the first time. The historic break with tradition came about after India's Supreme Court ruled against the two Brahmin families, Badve and Utpat, who had provided the temple's priests for centuries. The court ruled against their claim to exclusive ancestral rights over the earnings and rituals at Vitthal Rukmini temple, in the town of...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...