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Iran says external factors preventing conclusion of nuclear talks

Netiran, May. 6th, 2005, Word Count : 697 Iran said Thursday it was close to a final solution to conclude the case with Europe over its nuclear energy programs, stressing, however, that external factors are delaying the issue to be terminated. Sirous Nasseri, the head of Iran's nuclear negotiating team with the European three of France, Germany and Britain, told a news conference that the fact the negotiations have become prolonged is because of external factors which cannot be controlled. "Even though the final solution is close to us, it is not clear whether it will be available to Iran and the EU trio six months later," he said. Nasseri said Iran and the EU-3 have been able to set the stage for a long-term compromise over Iran's nuclear energy plans, stressing that this was a primary objective of the Paris deal. He added that the EU side has repeatedly told the Iranian delegation that they are waiting for the results of Iran's upcomi

US Constraining Basell Sale to Iran

www.shana.com, Daily, May. 5th, 2005 Word Count : 302 The United States is ratcheting up the pressure on Basell, a European company which is the world's top maker of the plastic polypropylene, to prevent its purchase by Iran, a senior official said. “All evidence is indicative of the fact that the National Petrochemical Company is the winner in the tender for Basell sale. The current foot-dragging in naming the winner is due to pressure applied by the United States on the venders,” NPC chief Mohammad-Reza Nematzadeh told reporters. Iran's state-owned National Petrochemical Company (NPC) is trying to buy Basell from Germany's BASF and Royal Dutch/Shell in a deal that could be Iran's biggest commercial investment abroad since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. But the transaction expected to be worth around 4.4 billion euros ($5.7 billion) has been complicated because some of Basell's assets are based in the United States at a time when relations

Bangladesh Factor Affecting Insurgency in North-East

Anil Kamboj Security Analyst based in Delhi The northeastern region of India covering a total area of about 2,55,000 sq km is surrounded by Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar. Less than one percent of the external boundaries of the region are contiguous with rest of India while remaining 99 percent form international borders. There is not only geographical isolation of this region but also absence of cultural and psychological integration with the mainstream. Many ethnic groups in the region especially in the areas bordering the international boundaries have more in common with the population living across the boundary than with the rest of India. Bangladesh has been active in exploiting the situation in the Northeastern region and this has had impact on the overall security in the region. East Pakistan had aided many insurgent activities in the India's northeast. After birth of Bangladesh till Mujibur Rehman was in power the relations were cordial. But, soon after his assa

Indian scientists set to break West's nuke monopoly

Indo-Asian News Service Kolkata, May 7, 2005 In a major leap for India's nuclear research, scientists in Kolkata have reached the advanced stage of constructing a superconducting cyclotron that could break the monopoly of the West in the field. To be operational in two years, this powerful cyclotron being developed at the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) here, namely K500, would be the seventh of its kind in the world. There are three such cyclotrons in the US, one in Canada, one in Italy and one in the Netherlands. "K500 would be indigenous and three times more powerful than the existing cyclotron here operational since 1980. It will be used by our scientists for carrying out highly advanced research experiments in nuclear science," the centre's director Bikash Sinha "The majority of components were fabricated in the country and some of them, including the superconducting coil, at the VECC itself." "The construction implies an important

Industrialists terrorised by Communist Government of West Bengal

After nearly three decades of communist rule, the state has been reduced to penury. Its debt has risen to one lakh crore of rupees and nobody says a word about it. Jyoti Basu's Communist party has now been reduced to a party of thugs and gangsters-and this admission comes from the officials of the party themselves. Only the other day Mr Azim Premji made a powerful attack on the 'bundh culture' in West Bengal. A day after his attack comes news that the authorities who produce Amul milk in West Bengal are fed up with terrorism let loose on them by government officials. The charge against Amul is that they are producing more milk! Not less! In any civilized state, a manufacturer would be complimented for producing more of any product and thus providing jobs for more people. In West Bengal, a private party is not allowed to produce more than the norms laid down by the government. Mr Rahul Kumar, Managing Director, Amul, has been quoted as saying t

UPA-NDA deal on Laloo-Modi in offing

There are the makings of a deal between the UPA and the NDA, in that if Laloo Prasad Yadav is implicated in the burgeoning Bihar flood scam and is dropped from the Union cabinet, the BJP will ask Narendra Modi to go. Top government sources said that Bihar governor Buta Singh at the Centre’s behest has recommended a CBI inquiry into the flood scam, in which Laloo’s brother-in-law, Sadhu Yadav, is already implicated, and the agency has been indicated politically to investigate in a direction to implicate Laloo as well. Exceptionally, the CBI’s Patna unit has already been alerted to prepare to investigate the flood scam and implicate Laloo and his family and associates, and the political trade-off is that once Laloo is dropped as a consequence of these investigations, Modi in Gujarat would go. The contours of this deal are yet unclear, because while the prime minister’s office knows about it, it is not a party to it, and obviously the Congress leadership is handling it, but the iden

Balochistan : Puzzle of balochis

Discussion on the blog: http://www.moonofalabama.org/2005/04/free_baluchista.html an excerpt says "A small tribal guerrilla war, supported by a few secret special forces [what if they got caught?] and some Dollars could [speculation again] easily escalate and lead into an independence movement in Baluchistan which would be hard to overcome by military means." "I wonder how: Total population of Pakistan: 160 million Population of Baluchs: 5.6 - 7.5 million" Here is the Response: But remember that the military is 90% Punjabi -- the Sindhis are against it, the Seraiki speakers are not interested, and the Pushtuuns have divided loyalties. That leaves about 60 million.. However, Pakistan will not muster volunteers for this fight. So the Baloch are really fighting a mercenary occupation army whose maximum strength is 600,000 (if every soldier were moved from the frontier with India and Afghanistan and patrolling Sindh), while virtually every Baloch male will fight

How christian CM-YSR ensures infiltration of christians into Tirupathi

-- Anonymous Y "Samuel" Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR), the CM of Andhra Pradesh, is proving to be the greatest facilitator of christian missionary work in Andhra. Readers will recall that just a few days ago, he ensured the entry of JRG Wealth Management Limited, organization owned by a Kochi based syrian christian, G B Mathew, into the decision making and procurement process of Prasadam materials for Ugranam of the Bhagawan Venkateshwara Mandir in Tirupati. And now, he has gone ahead in bringing in a deal between the SVIMS (Sri Venkateshwara Institute of Medical Sciences owned and run by the TTD) and the Frontier Lifeline and Dr K.M. Cherian Heart Foundation of Chennai. Dr Cherian is a christian and the founder of Madras Medical Mission, a true missionary hospital in Chennai. This telemedicine facility was inaugurated by YSR yesterday, with his interaction with Dr Cherian and his team through video conference. While I do not intend to belittle the professional competance

Balochistan : Puzzle of balochis

Discussion on the blog: http://www.moonofalabama.org/2005/04/free_baluchista.html an excerpt says "A small tribal guerrilla war, supported by a few secret special forces [what if they got caught?] and some Dollars could [speculation again] easily escalate and lead into an independence movement in Baluchistan which would be hard to overcome by military means." "I wonder how: Total population of Pakistan: 160 million Population of Baluchs: 5.6 - 7.5 million" Here is the Response: But remember that the military is 90% Punjabi -- the Sindhis are against it, the Seraiki speakers are not interested, and the Pushtuuns have divided loyalties. That leaves about 60 million.. However, Pakistan will not muster volunteers for this fight. So the Baloch are really fighting a mercenary occupation army whose maximum strength is 600,000 (if every soldier were moved from the frontier with India and Afghanistan and patrolling Sindh), while virtually every Baloch male will f

Religious Bias Probed at Air Force Academy

Religious Bias Probed at Air Force Academy By ROBERT WELLER Associated Press Writer Wed May 4, 7:30 AM ET The Pentagon will investigate complaints of widespread proselytizing and favoritism for Christians at the Air Force Academy, its second probe of the Colorado Springs campus in two years. The announcement Tuesday by Michael L. Dominguez, acting Air Force secretary, made clear that the actions of senior commanders would be reviewed to see if they "enhance or detract from a climate that respects both the free exercise of religion and the establishment clauses of the First Amendment." Among the complaints: A professor who required cadets to pray before taking his test, a Protestant chaplain who warned anyone not proselytizing would "burn in the fires of hell," and a football coach who hung a locker room banner announcing: "I am a member of Team Jesus Christ." Two years ago, the Defense Department and the Air Force sent teams to the academy after ne

Hindu magistrate, Muslim lawyer trapped in communal divide

Hindu magistrate, Muslim lawyer trapped in communal divide MALEGAON (MAHARASHTRA), MAY 4: As local police nervously watch, an alleged affair between a Hindu magistrate and Muslim lawyer has flared communal tensions in this teeming Maharashtra town known for its powerlooms and sectarian violence. Lawyer Noorjehan Mohammed Hussein Ansari (24) and Judicial Magistrate First Class Balasaheb Hiralal Bharaskar (31) were dragged out of a state rest house on March 7 by four Muslim youth who allegedly ‘‘caught them in a compromising position’’. Ansari initially accused the judge of rape. And Bharaskar, a probationary magistrate with two children, was arrested and removed from service—he was later granted conditional bail. But now, Ansari says she had accused the judge under duress from police and a local madarsa cleric. She has also withdrawn her complaint and rubbishes the ‘‘story’’ that the town—290 km north of Mumbai and 75 per cent Muslim—has come to accept as the truth. She says she

Pakistan: Economic and Security Progress and Political Stagnation

Source : CSIS Washington’s March 25 decision to allow the sale of F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan and President Pervez Musharraf’s April visit to India capped a year of economic progress and greater political tranquility in Pakistan. Musharraf remains army chief and has kept tight control of the political system. With national elections two years away, he is working on political deals to guarantee his reelection. The India-Pakistan peace process will continue, though real settlement negotiations will require more policy changes than either side has been willing to make thus far. Pakistan’s long-term domestic challenge is still there: to rebuild institutions and deal with extremists who flout the government’s authority. Read more

The coups in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine are under study in Russia for learning the lessons taught

The coups in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine are under study in Russia for learning the lessons taught Russian Security Council secretary Igor Ivanov said it in the interview to the journal Strategiya Rossii (Russia's Strategy). In his opinion, "a change of power by undemocratic methods" has taken place in Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan. "When they speak of 'velvet' revolutions, victory of democracy in these countries - all this makes me skeptical", Igor Ivanov stressed, calling all the three "unconstitutional change of power". "Imagining for a moment something like that in countries of West Europe, I strongly doubt that Western democracy could have put up with such practices of coming to power", Igor Ivanov said. But, he said "they are the realities and we as a state should reckon with them", which means maintenance of relations in Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan with those who have assumed responsibility for the

Courageous officers who raided Shahbuddin's Siwan : IntelliBriefs Salutes Mr.Chandrakant Anil, Mr.Ratn Sanjay

India's Most Wanted I appeal to the Prime Minister, Dr.Manmohan Singh, to personally intervene to ensure Anil-Ratn's security -- to withdraw Shahabuddin's Z-security and accord it to Anil-Ratn instead. SRIVATSA KRISHNA I have never met Chandrakant Anil. Nor Ratn Sanjay. Yet I salute this 1991 IAS and 1998 IPS duo currently serving Siwan. I believe the entire Indian civil service, should give them a standing ovation and support them for doing what few in the system have had the courage to do. They have put their own lives at stake, becoming marked men forever, by putting the common weal before personal safety or career. They have protected democracy and shown us a sterling example of what good governance means in the rough and tumble of day-to-day life in one of India’s most backward states. If only the rule of law had been upheld by the civil service on the very first day when the first version of Shahabuddin attempted to raise his head in Siwan,, we would have been spar

RSS : Sting Operators( aka Tehelka) stung by truth

India's No.1 sting operators Tehelka decided to have a go at Sangh. On scanning the galaxy of Sangh leaders they zeroed on Shri Madhavrao G. Vaidya, who was a spokesperson of Sangh. He has retired 16 months back from this responsibility and has gone back to Nagpur. He has some land at a nearby village Taroda and sometimes he also stays there to attend his personal work. Shri Vijay Simha, a journalist from Tehelka met him and asked for an interview. Shri Vaidya refused to give any interview regarding Sangh and asked him to contact the present spokesperson Shri Ram Madhav for that purpose. After much persuasion, he agreed, but insisted that Tehelka must send him a written questionnaire and he will send his written replies. The technique of a personal interview is varied. But the main weapon to confuse an interviewee is to put a question and if he/she is giving a correct answer, put him another question before he finishes his reply. This technique is used by even an old reporter of

Anti-Hindu , Anti-India gangup in USA

http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fodname=20050509&fname=US+%28F%29&sid=1 OUTLOOK INDIA.COM, MAY 9, 2005 In The Line Of God's Periscope If the Christian right and liberal advocacy groups have their way, not just Modi but other parivar members too might have to say goodbye to America SEEMA SIROHI It shouldn't come as a surprise if more US visas are denied to more BJP leaders in the future. The unofficial "BJP watch" in America is in overdrive, emboldened and elated by the surprisingly successful campaign against Narendra Modi, targeted for his crimes of commission and omission in Gujarat. The denial of a visa to Modi was only the first step in a campaign being contemplated to put the spotlight on other Sangh parivar eminences and systematically defrock them. Working with legal precedent in US law, Indian Christian and Muslim groups as well as Left-leaning, secular academics are determined to increase the heat on the parivar elite, isolating and impugnin

The Defence Industry in the 21st Century - Thinking Global ... or thinking American?

The Defence Industry in the 21st Century - Thinking Global ... or thinking American? The defence industry has reached a crossroads over its future according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. 'The Defence Industry in the 21st Century' looks at how the industry has evolved since the end of the Cold War and discusses what has shaped the industry that exists today. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT The paper examines the recent history of the global defence industry, from the decline of the Defence Industrial Base (DIB) and post Cold War consolidation to the world post 9/11. Then - most importantly - we outline the five major implications of these changes for contractors. It is these key five components that can, and should be, used as a basis for discussions with our defence clients, helping us to identify opportunities. They are: *) Maximising the value of the domestic national market *) Investing in the right capabilities and partners *) Developing international markets *)

US BRAC recommendations follow lengthy process

BRAC recommendations follow lengthy process by Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service 5/4/2005 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Few people dispute that the U.S. military has too much infrastructure to face the threats and opportunities of the 21st century. The question is, what is the best way to close or realign installations to match challenges of the new world? Since 1988, the answer has been the Base Realignment and Closure Commission , and that process continues to move ahead with a new round in 2005. While closing an individual base can be a problem, the process is designed to be nonpartisan, officials said. The first BRAC round came during the Reagan administration, the second in the first Bush administration and the third and fourth were under President Clinton. Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen first proposed the current round soon after taking office in 1997, officials said. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has been asking for a new round of closures and realignme

The man who broke Pakistan

The man who broke Pakistan General (Retd) JFR Jacob In the run-up to the 1971 Indo-Pak war, one of Lt General JS Aurora's first missions was to organise the Mukti Bahini into a fighting force. The refugee problem from then East Pakistan had grown quite serious, and Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram was sent by Indira Gandhi to persuade the United Front Government to set up camps for a tide of human settlers in West Bengal. (File photo) Lt General JS Aurora watches as Lt Gen AAK Niazi of Pakistan Army surrenders after the liberation of Bangladesh The political leadership at the Centre was well aware that the crisis was going to hit a fever pitch very soon. But the State Government had its limitations; the problem was more in the nature of an external threat. We - that is, Lt General JS Aurora and I, (as the Chief of Staff in the Eastern Command) - were closely involved in administration and planning to deal with this threat. The preparations went on for months. We worked,