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Spain muslims issue fatwa against Bin Laden

(Agencies) Updated: 2005-03-11 10:36 Muslim clerics in Spain issued what they called the world's first fatwa, or Islamic edict, against Osama bin Laden on Thursday, the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, calling him an apostate and urging others of their faith to denounce the al-Qaida leader. The ruling was issued by the Islamic Commission of Spain, the main body representing the country's 1 million-member Muslim community. The commission represents 200 or so mostly Sunni mosques, or about 70 percent of all mosques in Spain. The March 11, 2004, train bombings killed 191 people and were claimed in videotapes by militants who said they had acted on al-Qaida's behalf in revenge for Spain's troop deployment in Iraq. The commission's secretary general, Mansur Escudero, said the group had consulted with Muslim leaders in other countries, such as Morocco — home to most of the jailed suspects in the bombings — Algeria and Libya, and had their support.

Lashkar-e-Taiba attack on IT companies - a warning for India

Lashkar-e-Taiba attack - a warning for India By G. Parthasarathy Five terrorists of the Pakistan based terrorist group the Lashkar-e-Taiba were involved in an hour-long shootout with units of the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in the Seelampur suburb in northeast Delhi on the night of March 5. Three of the terrorists, two of them Pakistani nationals and one an Indian, were killed during the exchange of fire. Police recovered AK 56 rifles, ammunition, satellite telephones and 10.5 kilograms of RDX from the terrorists, who were planning to attack the Indian Military Academy in Dehra Dun and information technology companies in Bangalore. The Lashkar-e-Taiba has displayed a continuing interest in attacking high profile targets in India. Its leader Hafiz Mohammed Syed openly acknowledged that his group had carried out the attack on the historic Red Fort in Delhi on Dec 22, 2000. Syed was eulogised by leaders of outfits like the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) Maulana Fazlur Rahman

First plane in the modern era was made in India

Over hundred years ago. In 1895, full eight years before the Wright Brothers` first flight at Kitty hawk, North Carolina, USA, Shivkar Bapuji Talpade and his wife gave a thrilling demonstration flight on the Chowpatty beach in Mumbai………The purpose of this article is to let the world know that the first plane in the modern era was made in India. ----------------------------------------------- The Indian Science of Aeronautics By: Shachi Rairikar March 12, 2004 ------ “The ancient Hindus could navigate the air, and not only navigate it but fight battles in it like so many war-eagles, combating for the domination of the clouds. To be so perfect in aeronautics they must have known all the arts and sciences relating to the science, including the strata and currents of the atmosphere, the relative temperature, humidity, density and specific gravity of the various gases....." - Col. Olcott in a lecture


Observers in Russia and elsewhere continue to mull the significance of the March 8 killing of Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov. Meanwhile, Maskhadov's London-based emissary, Akhmed Zakaev, said in a statement that the rebel leadership had agreed back in July-August 2002 that should the separatist government's president, Maskhadov, become unable to carry out his duties, they would be assumed by the chairman of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria's Sharia court, Abdul-Khalim Sadulaev, until elections could be held. "Our responsibility, the responsibility of all Chechen citizens, is to unite around our new leader, to become his reliable advisers and allies in the fight to liberate our motherland from Russian occupation," Zakaev declared (Chechenpress, March 10). Zakaev's call to rally around Sadulaev was echoed by rebel warlord Shamil Basaev in a statement posted on both the Chechenpress and Kavkazcenter websites. Most Russian observers seem to agree that the

India’s Da Vinci’s Code’ – Whoever cracks it will rule the world!

By: Ranjan Bhattacharya March 07, 2005 Feedback A lot has been said of the recent bestseller the Da Vinci Code and what it’s implications are for Christianity. However, did you know that India has it’s own little known about and little talked about ‘code’ and that whoever cracks this code will not only change the future of the planet but will go onto rule it! This article discusses the following: The Vimanas, space craft and extraordinary weapons referred to in the Indian epics. … AND it’s all true – review the evidence for yourself! Lost fountain of knowledge - the Indian Emperor Ashoka and the "Secret Society of the Nine Unknown Men" Talpade: - The story of the Indian Sanskrit Scholar who built and flew a mercury engine aircraft in 1895 (8 years before the Wright Brothers). He built this aircraft from specs in Sanskrit manuscripts thousands of years old. Who is benefiting from this knowledge today? - So many have already benefited from these texts while the In


MOSCOW LOOKS TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS AS CHEAP WAY TO FILL ITS ARSENAL Russia's nuclear policy has once again become the stuff of controversy. On the one hand, domestic right-wingers, darkly suspicious of rumored U.S.-Russian agreements to put Russia's nuclear arsenal under some form of American supervision or control, are attacking the regime for selling out Russian sovereignty and power to Washington. But they overlook the fact that the Russian nuclear archipelago remains perhaps the largest outlet where terrorists could potentially acquire the capability to use weapons of mass destruction. Consequently, it is in everyone's interest that these weapons or weapons-grade materials remain under secure lock and key and be reliably inventoried. At the same time, those Western analysts and elites who regularly assert that nuclear weapons serve no rational military purpose except to deter other nuclear weapons, along with those who believe in the efficacy of missile defenses, will

Wipro office evacuated after bomb hoax

Wednesday, 09 March , 2005, 15:05 Bangalore:Software services firm Wipro Ltd. evacuated an office in central Bangalore after a bomb scare on Wednesday, as police stepped up security against the backdrop of perceived threats to India's technology capital.|Bomb threat to Wipro office in Bangalore| A source in Wipro said it had evacuated the employees as a security measure following a bomb scare, which a police spokesman said was a hoax. Around 200 people work in the central Bangalore office of New York-listed Wipro, which has about 35,000 employees. Wipro officials declined to comment. Shares in Wipro, which has a few offices in Bangalore and its headquarters on the outskirts, fell to as low as Rs 704.55 on reports of the scare, but later recovered to trade little changed from the previous close at Rs 714.30. The bomb hoax came during a week when police were on high alert in Bangalore, the hub of India's fast-growing, $16 billion outsourcing industry. They were on g

Don't lower guard

Don't lower guard The Pioneer Edit Desk It was once said of the NDA Government that its officials often went overboard to ensure that Pakistan-sponsored terrorism made the front pages almost everyday. This was nothing but Leftist prattle, but there were many buyers of the insinuation because, overall, it contributed to their agenda of demonising the BJP. It was as if keeping people alert about proliferation of terrorist modules in their neighbourhood was a way of spreading ill-will against the minorities! One recalls the Ishrat Jahan case in this connection. It represented a veritable collision of the complex attitudes that today shape the UPA Government's position on cross-border terrorism. Sections of the media have since imposed some sort of self-censorship where news on terrorist modules is concerned. Very little has appeared in the national media in the past six months which could remotely be adduced as the way to keep the nation informed of its vulnerability. It

Call it a peace process and pump in the terrorists If you read the article given in the above URL, it says Paki doctors wants to adopt an indian village and treat the people over there !!! Even though it looks humane, but indians needs to be careful while dealing with each and every paki. You dont know, they will come to India by taking a cause, but ultimately they will do whatever it takes to destroy indians. They might indulge in Bio Terrorism. Another example is our india-pak cricket. nearly 1300 pakis are in india to watch the cricket match, and I dont know how many of them would go back, and those who stay back would indulge in terrorism. Indians cant sit quite and see what is happening now, especially in this peace process the border has been made more porous. Pakis understood that Indian army would ultimately build the fence and would stop the terrorists from entering India, and the only other route now is to Call it a peace process and pump in the terrorists.

Jharkhand: Congress' Next Step!

As I had anticipated earlier, the whole brouhaha over BJP lining up 41 MLAs in front of President will yield little. While BJP guys were congratulating themselves for the "parade of 41", last night, SOren, in his so characteristic style, coolly went ahead and nominated an Anglo Indian. His nomination awaits Rizvi's blessing. The only spanner in Soren's strategy, may have been thrown in by the Supreme Court. But wait, the Court may not have the final say yet. A possible "solution" could be to disqualify a couple of MLAs from the BJP side, and let Courts decide whether that disqualification was valid or not. That would take months, or may be years. Law, as someone has so wisely said, is an ass. And the Congress is expert at proving the validity of law's assinine traits. Or perhaps, Ekka may prove out to be a real Christian, and decide to vote against BJP at the last moment. The message of Jharkhand is loud and clear. Come what may, Sonia will have her da

Our Defiant neighbour Bangladesh is crying for military punishment.

Defiant Bangladesh Our neighbour is crying for military punishment. 9 March 2005: On Monday, Bangladesh told the Indian foreign office that it would not deport ULFA’s founding general secretary, fundraiser, money-launderer and much-wanted terrorist, Anup Chetia. On the other hand, Indian investigators could question Chetia, provided they produced specific changes (Intelligence, “Bangladesh refuses to deport ULFA leader,” 8 March 2005). The suggestion here is that Bangladesh is a liberal democracy, which protects human rights, while India is a monster state, where rule of law is nonexistent. The Bangladeshi rejection has not been taken up by the Union cabinet, preoccupied with the self-inflicted wounds in Goa, Jharkhand and Bihar, but the foreign office is expected to take the lead soon. The conditional access granted to Indian investigators won’t be accepted, and pressure will be mounted to deport Chetia. The foreign ministry believes it can do the job of pressuring Bangladesh adeq

Why Rahul Gandhi was detained at Boston airport?

While some reports says that Rahul Gandhi was infected with AIDS virus (for which he is getting secret medical treatment from London) and he was asked to take medical at Boston airport, other's says that he was in possession of drugs. Now comes this report. Rahul's $2 mn encounter with FBI IANS[ TUESDAY, MARCH 08, 2005 08:43:20 PM ] Sign into earnIndiatimes points LUCKNOW: A suit has been filed in the high court here seeking information about the alleged detention of Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his Colombian girlfriend by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2001. The petition, filed by four lawyers, is likely to be heard Wednesday. According to the public interest litigation, Gandhi, the son of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and his companion were released after being detained at Boston airport following the intervention of the Prime Minister's Office. At that time, Atal Bihari Vajpayee wa

British muslim woman accused of backing Kashmir terrorists

British muslim woman accused of backing Kashmir terrorists Quote: A British woman appeared at Bow Street magistrates court in London yesterday accused of supplying weapons to a terrorist group linked to al-Qaida. Frzana Khan, 41, was charged with providing the Kashmiri separatist fighters Lashkar-e-Taiba (LT) with money and with goods described as guns, thermal imaging equipment, material for bulletproof vests, and other hi-tech military gear. ... Mrs Khan was described in court as a "full-time mother" with two sons aged 11 and 12. She was born and brought up in Coventry, where she lives with her husband, a taxi driver.,3604,1432657,00.html

Sonia's agenda : Religious war against Hindus

March 7, 2005 An unusually strong article (The New Indian Express) by BBC correspondent (and Rajdeep Sardesai's wife) Sagarika Ghose. Here is the key: "And since Madam really hates the BJP, what better way to gain ascendancy in the royal household than by emerging as a warrior of ‘‘secularism’’?" Ghose attributes this hatred to Mahatma Gandhi's murder, which is highly unlikely. It credits her with too much sensitivity to Indian history and tradition. Also why would she be bothered by what happened nearly 60 years ago, especially whe is willing to go to bed with the her husband's murders. There is a much simpler explanation: she is a culturally primitive Christian bigot who hates the heathen Hindus with a visceral passion. It is fairly common among people of her cultural and social background-- religious bigotry combined with racial hatred. I have seen such people by the score in Europe and America. She sees her mission as a religious wa

Sonia to target President Abdul Kalam

Sonia to target President Kalam It would be politically suicidal for the Congress to now train its guns on A.P.J.Abdul Kalam. 7 March 2005: If you are not with us, you are against us. This is the ruling dictum of the Congress party, or at any rate, sections of the party which have so far committed constitutional illegalities in two states, Goa and Jharkhand. This section, comprising worthies like Ahmed Patel, reputedly Sonia Gandhi’s self-advertised political advisor, Ajit Jogi, who pulled every political punch to remain Chattisgarh CM but could not, Priyaranjan Dasmunshi, the party’s hatchet man, and Oscar Fernandes, want the Congress to confront the President, A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, and “put him in his place”. Kalam’s fault? That he called the blundering Jharkhand governor to Delhi, Sibte Razi, and pulled him up for inviting Shiv Soren to form the government when the NDA had a paraded majority. Before meeting the President, Patel & Co had briefed Razi. They had told him not be


By all accounts, events in the Middle East are moving in a direction that could lead to significant breakthroughs in Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel-Palestinian relations. Yet Moscow, while claiming support for them, seems eager to undermine these moves toward peace and democracy in order to get back into the ring. To a very large degree, Russia has hitherto been excluded from these events due to its own weakness and inability to offer anything positive to most or all of the various players. But recently Russia seems to have hit upon two tried and true methods of augmenting its influence, namely arms sales and nuclear technology transfer. Russia's recent agreement on spent fuel with Iran for the reactor at Bushehr is well known (see EDM, March 3). But it, like the new arms deals in the Middle East that are being announced, must also be seen as attempts to strike directly at important American interests. And these arms sales to unreliable partners certainly do not add to the positive

Muslims are running the politics; christists the christist social agenda

How do you like this Paswan offer of CM's post to a muslim from JD (U)! Dhanyavaadah. K. Yes, muslims are running the politics; christists the christist social agenda. Antonia Maino is ruthless, unscrupulous and treats Advani and co. in utter disdain. If the NDA neta don't realise that the family dynasty is the root cause for aggravating all the political and social problems of Bharat, they are politically naieve people and will soon have to contend with Raoul. They should, without wasting time, start creating a national anti- congress front to counter the third-front initiative of Surjeet Singh of CPI-M. Paswan renewed his offer of Bihar's chief ministership to National Democratic Alliance partner Janata Dal (United). "I offer the JD(U) the post of chief minister provided it agrees to my suggestions to break away from the BJP and evolve a consensus on the name of a minority leader belonging to the party for chief ministership," Paswan said hint

Secular = Communal in India -- SAGARIKA GHOSE

Secular = Communal SAGARIKA GHOSE Let's glance at the recent ''secular'' events in the life of the Indian republic. Congress General Secretary Margaret Alva in Panaji, blithely ignoring the controversial sacking of the BJP government, declaring instead that it was about time Goa got a ''secular'' administration. Laloo Prasad Yadav, boiling out of his residence, defeated yet strangely excited, still thundering that it was time for all ''secular'' forces to form the government. Minister for Water Resources, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi in Ranchi, smiling into the TV cameras, convinced that subverting the will of the Jharkhand voters was an act of supreme ''secularism''. Ram Vilas Paswan, leader of the triumphant Lojappa (LJP), only the other day a minister in the NDA government, but now also determined to protect ''secularism'' by issuing warnings that he can only talk to the JD(U) if it severed all links

"Pro-Muslim secular Lalloo", says Saba Naqvi

"To weaken Laloo also amounts to muffling one of the strongest pro-Muslim secular voices on the Indian public stage...." - Saba Naqvi Bhaumik in Outlook India Almost any reasonable analysis tells us, that Lalloo's leadership has been the worst thing that has happened to the 80 million residents of Bihar - in fact, any leadership would be better than Laloo's, since from just one article in Pioneer, we have the following data... ** Bihar is India's poorest and most ignorant State. As much as 42 per cent of its population lives below the poverty line, and per capita incomes in the State are a third of the national average of Rs 11,799. Bihar has the lowest literacy and female literacy rates in the country, 47.53 per cent and 33.57 per cent respectively ** The sheer situation of administrative collapse has prevented the efficient utilisation - indeed, any utilisation - of a large proportion even of available resources. Thus, out of the cumulative allocation of Rs

Guardian Challenge 2005 canceled

3/4/2005 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFPN) -- Guardian Challenge, the Air Force’s annual space and missile competition, has been canceled for 2005 to allow Airmen to focus on real-world deployments and ease budget constraints, Air Force Space Command officials said. “It takes a lot of manpower and resources to support an event like Guardian Challenge,” said Col. John Stocker, Guardian Challenge competition commander. “We need to be sensitive to the demands we place on our people and weapons systems. Given the budget and ongoing overseas commitments, we feel it is prudent to cancel this year’s event.” The 38th meeting of America’s space and missile warfighters was planned for May 1 to 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The event is the world’s largest test of space and missile warfighting skills outside of real-world operations. The primary goal of the competition is to make better warfighters of the command’s Airmen, Colonel Stocker said. Intense training precedes the ev

Did IT companies in Bangalore just escape militant bombing?

IANS NEW DELHI: With the killing of three militants and the arrest of two others here, police say they have uncovered a plot to strike at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehra Dun and major software companies in Bangalore. The special cell of the Delhi Police on Saturday evening busted a module of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, when they first apprehended two operatives and later neutralised three others in the city. Two of those killed were Pakistanis. "The militants who had made the Indian Military Academy in Dehra Dun their target were also planning to attack some big software companies based in Bangalore," Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnail Singh, told a press conference on Sunday. "The idea was to strike at the economic strength of the country as software is a major sector for India," he said. Bangalore, known as India's silicon valley, houses software giants like Infosys, Wipro, Texas Instruments and others. One of the arre