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Birth Anniversary of Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee

To celebrate the Birth Anniversary of Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee, a function under the auspices of the Indian Parliamentary Group was held on Wednesday, the 6th July, 2005 ,in the Central Hall, Parliament House, New Delhi where the portrait of Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee was put up. Dignitaries and Members of Parliament paid floral tributes on the occasion. A booklet entitled “Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee – a Profile” (in both English and Hindi) has been brought out by the Lok Sabha Secretariat to mark the occasion. A copy of the publication in both the languages is being sent to each member at their Delhi addresses.

Bomb blast in Delhi-bound Shramjeevi Express kills 10

HT Correspondents Lucknow/Jaunpur, July 28, 2005 A powerful blast ripped through a general coach of the moving Shramjeevi Express near Singramau railway station, some 40 km from Sultanpur, killing at least 10 people on the spot and injuring over 50 on Thursday. The explosion took place around 5.20 pm. The Delhi-bound train from Patna was on its way to Lucknow. The blast, near the toilet, was so powerful that the bodies were blown into pieces. The dead included a young girl. Investigating officers are not yet clear whether a time device or any other method was used to trigger the explosion. A team of explosive experts from Agra has been rushed to the site. The intensity of the blast indicates that it was a terrorist act, said senior officials. The bomb was kept in a bag near the toilet, they said. Minister of State for Railways Narain Bhai Rathwa too said the terrorist angle could not be ruled out. Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav said in Patna that investigations had begun to as

Nano-App Summit to Open NANO Week

Three-day program will explore nano products in automotive, aerospace and consumer products industries CLEVELAND, July 27 -- New products and applications based on nanotechnology will be the focus of the Nano-App Summit to be held at the Wyndham Hotel at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland during NANO Week, October 17-19. The Nano-App Summit is being jointly hosted by ASM International, the society for materials engineers and scientists, and by the Nano-Network, the Ohio-based nanotechnology educational, networking and advocacy group. Each day of the three-day summit will focus on a different industry -- automotive, aerospace, and consumer products. Leading researchers and product development experts from each industry will participate in the summit. Speakers scheduled to present at the summit include: - Monday, Oct. 17 - The Aerospace Industry and Nanotechnology - John Belk of Boeing Co.; Jim Murday of the Office of Naval Resear

NASA Research Helps Develop New Light Jet Aircraft

WASHINGTON, July 27 -- NASA has contributed to the development of a new class of aircraft called Very Light Jets (VLJs). Some of the new jets are making debut public flights at AirVenture 2005, the Experimental Aircraft Association's fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisc. Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Greensboro, N.C., tested new designs at the National Transonic Facility (NTF) at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. The tests provided data for engineers designing the experimental HondaJet. It's an experimental VLJ that's scheduled to debut at the air show today. Honda used the unique capabilities of the NTF to assess aspects of high- speed performance prior to flight tests. "It was a win-win situation for both of us," said NTF manager Allen Kilgore. "They got good data, and we got the chance to demonstrate the new high-pressure air capability of our wind tunnel." NASA also worked with Eclipse Aviation to develop aluminum structures for

US Navy to Commission New Guided Missile Destroyer Halsey

The Navy will commission the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Halsey, Saturday, July 30, 2005, during an 11 a.m. PDT ceremony at Pier J, Naval Air Station, Coronado, Calif. Sen. John McCain of Arizona will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Heidi Cooke Halsey, Anne Halsey-Smith, and Alice “Missy” Spruance Talbot will serve as sponsors of the ship named for their grandfather. In a time-honored Navy tradition, they will give the first order to "man our ship and bring her to life!" Halsey honors U.S. Naval Academy graduate Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey Jr. (1882-1959). During World War I, Cmdr. Halsey was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions while in command of the USS Benham and the USS Shaw during convoy escort duties. Designated a naval aviator in 1935 at the age of 52, he took command of the USS Saratoga from 1935 until 1937. In February 1942, then Vice Adm. Halsey, while serving as commander, Carrier Division Two a

New epicentre of terror could be Bangladesh, warns BJP

Pioneer News Service / New Delhi The BJP on Wednesday cautioned the Union Government of the likely emergence of Bangladesh as the new epicentre of terrorism and demanded a White Paper on illegal immigration into the country through its eastern border. Expressing grave concern over the internal security of the country, specially in the insurgency-infested north eastern parts, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh said, "What we have witnessed on the Western border is a live reality today in the eastern border. The situation in Bangladesh today is far worse and so unstable that we ignore it at our own peril." While initiating a debate on the increasing incidents of terrorism, with special reference to Ayodhya, Mr Singh recalled his talks with Bhutan King to flush out ULFA insurgents. Mr Singh said that the Bhutan King, while expressing his willingness to dismantle the ULFA's northern command camps located there, had appreh

''Intelligence Brief: Islamist Terrorism in Europe''

he wave of terrorism that has swept through London in recent weeks is causing much concern in European capitals. Beginning with the deadly July 7, 2005 terror attacks on London's transportation system, and ending with the July 21, 2005 attempted terror attacks on that same system, there is concern that extremist elements among the European Muslim community are attempting to further the interests of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. [See: "The Threat of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic Revolutionary Movement"] The July 2005 attacks in London came more than a year after the last major terror attack in Europe, the deadly March 2004 train bombings in Madrid that had the intention of altering the upcoming Spanish presidential elections -- a strategy that was successful. While the attacks in London could very well be an isolated incident and not predictive of a future terrorism trend, there is growing concern throughout Europe since the July 7 attackers were raised in Great Bri

''The Threat of Islamic Extremism to Bangladesh''

The Bangladesh government's current measures against Islamic extremists operating on its soil could put the country's interests in danger. With conditions in the country conducive to the spread of Islamic extremism, the government's relaxed approach to this issue could enhance Bangladesh's attractiveness as a haven for terrorists fleeing counter-terrorism operations elsewhere. Incidents of extremism and terrorism have witnessed a sharp increase in Bangladesh in recent years, with the number of attacks last year exceeding the total number of incidents in the preceding five years. Most of the attacks have been directed against religious minorities, secular intellectuals and journalists as well as against politicians belonging to secular parties and leftist activists. Islamist extremists have sought to impose an Islamic way of life on people in rural areas, often through the use of force. Women have been coerced into veiling themselves and men have been forced to grow bea

DEBATE in RS : Increasing incidents of cross border terrorism and terrorist acts

SHORT DURATION DISCUSSION The situation arising due to increasing incidents of cross border terrorism and terrorist acts in the country, particularly with reference to the recent attack in Ayodhya THE LEADER OF OPPOSITION (SHRI JASWANT SINGH), initiating the discussion, said: Today's subject terrorism defines as cross border or internal variety. It is, of course, the internal variety which quite often is a consequence of the cross border the international terrorism. Cross border terrorism that we have witnessed is a fallout and a consequence of the play of interests of external powers in our region. A seed of disorder that was sown in the region has now become not just a tree, but a kind of poison evil that has spread all over the region. I cautioned the Western Powers that the evil that has visited India already shall visit your soils be forewarned. Terrorism has now acquired ideological dimensions which we must honestly, squarely confront because what we ear

National monuments , some individuals ,modern industries are vulnerable : Shiv Raj Patil

Scientific installations face terror threat: Patil Press Trust Of India / New Delhi July 28, 2005 Government has received information that some individuals, vital scientific installations and some national monuments were under terrorist threat, home minister Shivraj Patil told the Rajya Sabha today. Security had been beefed up to guard against any terrorist attack, he said adding such information was not given publicity as this could create a scare. "There is information that important national monuments, important scientific installations, important modern industries and some individuals who are respected in the country have become vulnerable." Patil told Congress member Anand Sharma during question hour. Stating that this information had been provided to state governments, he said all assistance would be provided to deal with the situation. In reply to a query, he said that the CISF had been entrusted with the task of providing security to airpor

Pakistani mullah and military or one and the same

Say mullah and you also say military Mike Marqusee Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's image has been shattered by the bombs. PERVEZ MUSHARRAF has expressed irritation at the "aspersions" cast on Pakistan in the British media. After his extensive efforts to prove his loyalty to the United States-British "war on terror" — efforts that have exposed him to assassination attempts — the General's frustration is understandable. The alleged Pakistani links of the London bombers are a major inconvenience for this image-conscious military dictator. Yet Gen. Musharraf has been a prime beneficiary of the Western double standards of which he now complains. Just as previous autocrats (in Pakistan and elsewhere) were embraced because of their usefulness in the Cold War, so Gen. Musharraf is embraced because of his willingness to fight the war on terror — and his crimes against democracy, serial and ongoing, are forgiven. The parliamentary trappings should de

Why Muslim Extrimists want to attack MADURAI MEENAKSHI TEMPLE ?

TAMILIAN EXPRESS 28.7.2005 A WEEKLY MAGAZINE OF INDIAN EXPRESS GROUP HAS GIVEN AN ALARMING REPORT OF MUSLIM EXTREMISTS. AFTER ATTACKING AYODHYA, LONDON AND EGYPT ARE TARGETTING MADURAI MEENAKSHI TEMPLE. IT IS A SHOCKING REPORT. SOME EXTRACTS: * IN JUNE LAST SRI GANGADHARAN,THE POOJARI OF ARASAMARAM PILLAYAR KOIL, WAS MURDERED. THERE WERE 16 CUT WOUNDS ON HIS BODY. THE POLICE THOUGHT THAT IT WAS A MURDER FOR GAIN.BUT THE ASSASINS HAD NOT TAKEN THE MONEY FORM THE POCKET OF THE MURDERED POOJARI. *SOON AFTER SHRI KALIDAS OF HINDU MAKKAL KATCHI WAS MURDERED IN BROAD LIGHT. IN THIS CONTEXT THE POLICE ARRESTED SOME MEMBERS OF IMAM ALI GANG. A MEMBER OF THE GANG SURRENDERD IN TRICHY. THE POLICE TOOK HIM TO SOME FOREST NEAR MADURAI AND INTEROGGATED. SHOCKIG DETAILS CAME OUT. * HE CONFESSED THAT THEY WERE REPONSIBLE FOR BOTH THE MURDERS. -AFTER COIMBATORE BOMB BLASTS THE INTELLIGENCE THERE IS VERY ALERT.SO  THE MUSLIM EXTREMISTS HAVE VACATED COIMBATORE FOR MADURAI. THERE ARE

CACI awarded contracts to support national security and intelligence activities

CACI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) announced today that it has won approximately $89 million in contracts to support national security and intelligence activities for clients in the federal government. The awards call for CACI to provide systems engineering, knowledge management, and intelligence support, among other solutions. Approximately 50 percent of the work is new for CACI. The awards continue CACI's success in expanding its core offerings for national security and intelligence. The contracts include efforts in which CACI will support national counter- terrorism programs, such as providing communications and staffing services for a 24/7 counter-terrorism watch center. On other projects, CACI will provide technical and engineering expertise to help test automated intelligence systems. This includes offering support for a military facility that will develop, prototype, and evaluate surveillance collection systems and processing technologies. Additional CACI work wil

Comentary on Terrorism perceived by WEST and EAST

This is a difficult call. It might, at first sight, appear sensible to make common cause with America against Islamic terrorism. But it is not so simple, since we generally see the situation only from our own perspective. As the article very appropriately points out, America does not define terrorism the same way as we do; that is why for America (and ONLY for America) the so-called "War on Terror" started the day after 9/11. For the US, attacks on London and New York are terrorism; attacks on Ayodhya, Bombay, Srinagar, Godhra and Moscow are insurgencies. For the US, Al Qaeda is terrorist, Taliban freedom fighters, and the ISI are allies... never mind that they are mostly the same people, using a common infrastructure. The situation hasn't changed and never will. The reason for this is the US Christian right's virulent and deep-seated antipathy to (what they consider pantheistic) Hinduism. The US Christian right's opposition to Islam is fairly recent

JNU 's Secular image is bit dented but Secular Character is preserved

The Telegraph--Calcutta India July 25-Tuesday JNU doors reopen for madarsa pupils CHARU SUDAN KASTURI New Delhi, July 25: The Jawaharlal Nehru University has taken back its controversial decision to reject admission to madarsa students. The university administration said the decision, taken on Friday, was a "mistake and had also been "misinterpreted". "We have been admitting madarsa students for over 15 years. There has been no change in admission policy or procedure," said Harjit Singh, JNU's director of admissions.Most, however, see the turnaround as a result of the demand of the powerful students' and teachers' unions to maintain the varsity's "secular image". An equivalence committee scans madarsa degrees of admission seekers every year to check if their education matches that of the Class XII degree. The committee is believed to have recommended this year that madarsa students be denied admission. Several students from mad

There is an urgency about producing a White Paper on madrasas

Madrasas can only breed fanatics : Tavleen Singh -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Madrasas can only breed fanatics Tavleen Singh This week I really had no wish to write about Islam and terrorism. Yes, my mailbox was filled with letters from angry Muslims and there was at least one death threat, but had bombs not gone off again in London I would have preferred to write about something else. Once the bombs went off, mercifully killing nobody this time, there was no choice but to return to the subject of Islamic terrorists because events usually dictate the subject in a column like this. Let me begin by quoting Christina Lamb who in last week’s Sunday Times (London) described a visit to a madrasa she calls the ‘‘Eton of budding Islamic warriors’’ — the Darul Uloom Haqqania in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province. During my visit to our own Darul Uloom in Deoband I caused too much aggravation to get into conversation with the students s

Interview with General Bryan D. Brown : ISOF Warrior

Interview with General Bryan D. Brown Commander U.S. Special Operations Command General Bryan “Doug” Brown is the commander, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL. As commander, he is responsible for all special operations forces of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps; active duty and reserve. He entered the Army in 1967 as a private in the Infantry and later served on a Special Forces “A Team” at Fort Bragg, NC; earning the rank of Sergeant. Other assignments include: 129th Aviation Company, Republic of Vietnam; commander, headquarters and headquarters battery, 2/17th Field Artillery, Camp Pelham, Republic of Korea; commander, C Company, 158th Aviation Battalion, Fort Campbell, KY; and Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg. At Fort Campbell, he served as commander, C Company and deputy commander for operations, 160th Special Operations Aviation Group (Airborne); commander, 5/101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assau