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Lashkar-e-Toiba suspected behind explosions

Blasts kill 55, injure 155 in Delhi http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/ web1/05oct30/news.htm#1 NEW DELHI, Oct 29: In a major strike on the eve of Diwali, terrorists carried out well coordinated bomb blasts in quick succession in two crowded markets, killing 55 people and injuring more than 155, including some foreigners. Timely action by alert crew of a State-owned bus helped avert a big disaster when they threw out a time bomb which exploded injuring five people, including the driver. Festive mood of Diwali and Eid turned sour as the blasts, suspected to have been engineered by Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba militants, rocked Paharganj market in central Delhi at 5.40 pm and Sarojini Nagar market in south Delhi minutes later. Majority of the casualties occurred in the Sarojini Nagar market where the bomb went off near a vendor using a gas cylinder which triggered explosions in more cylinders causing fire in a row of shops. People were flung into the air due to the impact of the

No curfew break in POK ,Gilgit on Jummatul Vida

GILGIT: There would be no curfew break in Gilgit on Jummatul Vida. Officials on loud speakers warned the people to avoid violating curfew break and stay at homes. The decision was taken to avoid un toward incident, an official statement said. Dr Shabir Choudhry said "It is a sign of peace that after nearly two weeks rulers still have to rely on curfew. This will surely enhance love for Pakistani rulers, they claim from time to time that people of 'ocupied Kashmir' are desperate to become part of Pakistan, and people of Gilgit and Baltistan have already acceded Pakistan and have earned them a place in heaven by showing their loyalty to Pakistani rulers. "

Mushrraf has activate Terrorists in all the earthquake effected areas

The recent remarks of BSF commandant are right. The earthquake has perished about 80 % of terrorists and their camps. That is why terrorist master (GeneralMusharaf) has decided to revive terrorist network by allowing them to take part in the earthquake rehiblitation and aid work. Musharraf is playing this game very cleverly, by manipulating with the terrorists. He also shows the world that terrorists are against him, but actually they are his confidential and trustworthy people, who act to bring India on the TABLE by terrorism. Mushrraf has activate Terrorists in all the earthquake effected areas, so they can manage to get benefits of International donation on one hand and sympathy one the other. Third, they try to involve the earthquake effected poor people by showing money and other esential commodities. This is Musharaf's strategy to re-activate the ISI trained and sponsored terrorists in the whole region. Fourthly, I'll also tell you one th

"Project Kuwait" Will Provoke a Heated Parliamentary Debate

by Nader Habibi Kuwait's crude oil reserves are estimated at around 100 billion barrels, while current production stands at 2.6 million barrels per day (b/d). For the past eight years, the government of Kuwait has tried to win parliamentary approval for participation of foreign oil companies in development of the country's northern oil fields. Up until last June, the Kuwaiti parliament showed little interest in this initiative, which is known as Project Kuwait (PK). Finally, in June, the parliamentary committee for finance and economy voted to recommend the project for debate and approval. While many MPs were—and some remain—opposed to PK, the head of this committee, Wahab al-Haroun, was a strong supporter who played a crucial role in pushing the initiative forward. The committee, however, gave its approval only after adding some modifications that limited the project's scope. Parliament, which began its new session after the summer recess on October 17, is expected to f

Can al-Qaeda Endure Beyond bin Laden?

By Michael Scheuer The question of al-Qaeda's longevity after the demise of its figurehead is ultimately unanswerable until bin Laden is actually gone. There are those who believe bin Laden is dead—which would surely be one of history's best kept secrets—and argue that al-Qaeda has proven its survivability. While never saying never, it seems exceedingly likely that bin Laden is alive, and on that presumption the following analysis is based. Man or Organization Too often, al-Qaeda's post-bin Laden future is discussed solely on the basis of who will place him. It is asked whether the successor will have bin Laden's intelligence, charisma, and jihadi credentials. Or, can Zawahiri, Sayf al-Adl, Zarqawi, one of bin Laden's sons, or a now-unknown mujahid fill the top position? Thus, much of the analysis about a new al-Qaeda leader's impact focuses on personalities and their respective strengths and weaknesses, and frequently fails to examine the nature of the orga

Tomorrow’s Air Warfare : A German Perspective on the Way Ahead

Lt Col Frank M. Graefe, German Air Force Editorial Abstract: Operation Iraqi Freedom’s application of joint operations, networkcentric warfare, and improved sensors and weapons will influence future NATO equipment and force-structure decisions. The author states that nations who do not adjust to these developments will not meet the standards required of future coalition partners. NATO’s implementation of a Response Force and other initiatives indicates that it understands this message and is strengthening transatlantic links. In years to come, operational scenarios will increasingly require multinational cooperation.1 This notion applies not only to defense alliances with structures already established in peacetime—such as NATO or the European Union of the future—but also, and more particularly, to so-called coalitions of the willing, tailored to the specific requirements of a given mission. Some time ago, for example, the essential program for achieving this interoperability inclu

Nalchik: Chechen Rebels Build on Ancestor's Tactics

By Andrei Smirnov The attack on Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, on October 13 again demonstrated the unpredictability of the Chechen or, more accurately, Caucasian insurgency. When Chechen separatist leader Abdul-Khalim Sadulaev in May issued a decree establishing the Caucasian front, independent observers and Russian security officials alike attempted to determine where Shamil Basaev would strike next. Many believed that it would be Dagestan, the largest North Caucasian region. There was almost no reprieve in bombings and shootouts in the republic during the entire summer. At the beginning of the fall, law enforcement agencies increased their search operations in Dagestan, expecting that a major rebel attack was imminent. On October 10, just three days before the attack on Nalchik, a group of gunmen ambushed a police motorcade in the Dagestani mountain region of Untsukul. The ambush led the military to believe that the militants had gathered in the district in preparatio

No Distinction Between Terrorists, Those Who Support Them, Bush Says

No Distinction Between Terrorists, Those Who Support Them, Bush Says By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2005 – The U.S. is determined to deny radical groups the support and sanctuary of outlaw regimes like Syria and Iran, President Bush said here today. President George W. Bush speaks to the Joint Armed Forces Officers' Wives Luncheon at Bolling Air Force Base, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 25. The president thanked the members for their courage and sacrifice, saying, "We don't know the course our own struggle will take or the sacrifices that might lie ahead. We do know the strength and character that our troops and military families bring to the fight." White House photo by Paul Morse Speaking to the Joint Armed Forces Officers' Wives Luncheon at Bolling Air Force Base, Bush said that these governments have a long history of collaboration with terrorists and deserve no patience from the victims of terror. "Any

Data Bite : Tech talk

Mobile Network Information Systems Upgrade Combat Vehicles Interstate Electronics Corp. (IEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of L-3 Communications, has announced an initial shipment of ruggedized mobile network information systems for military ground vehicles in support of refurbishment contracts for current combat vehicles. The systems consist of high-performance combat-proven displays and open-architecture computer systems. Under one of the contracts, IEC integrated the functions of five onboard computers into a single system. IEC initiated the development of the multiple-purpose computer/display systems in 2003 and completed it in 2005; shipment will begin in 2006. The new mobile systems use an open rather than proprietary architecture, making them readily expandable and upgradeable in the future. This is a cost-saving feature because it allows new technologies or functionalities, such as ad hoc secure network meshing from IEC, to be easily added in the future without redesigning the e

F-15E Strike Eagle ,with advanced targeting pod

Pod gives Strike Eagles an edge by Master Sgt. Peter Borys 379th Air Expeditionary Wing 10/25/2005 - FORWARD DEPLOYED LOCATION (AFPN) -- In today’s war on terrorism, troops have many tools at their disposal. One of best tools -- and friend -- is the F-15E Strike Eagle, with its advanced targeting pod. The pod gives pilots real-time information for targeting. “The pod’s capability is simply staggering and it’s changing the battlefield on a daily basis,” said Lt. Col. James McGovern, 492nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander. However, this modern technology is just of what makes the Strike Eagle such a key weapon system. It takes a dedicated team of professionals -- pilots, weapons systems officer and the Airmen that turn the wrenches, load the munitions and schedule the missions -- to make this jet a force to be reckoned with. The squadron -- deployed here from Royal Air Force Base, Lakenheath -- supports both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. During a mis

Strike-free IT in Buddha’s reach

www.telegraphindia.com OUR BUREAU Calcutta, Oct. 23: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has all but sealed victory in his battle with the CPM’s labour arm, Citu, over making information technology free from strikes. Two senior leaders — Jyoti Basu and Anil Biswas — appeared to support Bhattacharjee’s stand that since infotech is a 24x7 industry, it could not afford strike-induced shutdowns, which happened on September 29 during the nationwide bandh called by Citu. “Information technology is a relatively new entity which works in a different manner, we will have to discuss if employees could resort to strikes in the IT sector,” said former chief minister and politburo member Basu. On October 25, when the CPM politburo meets, the question will be on the agenda. Bhattacharjee had said after the disruption caused by last month’s strike — when Citu seemed to have deliberately targeted the IT sector — that he would himself raise the issue of insulating the service industry against such labour ac

Terrorists target BSF bus in Srinagar outskirts

Soldier killed, 30 wounded in highway explosion http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/ web1/05oct27/news.htm#2 Excelsior Special Correspondent SRINAGAR, Oct 26: In a major IED explosion on Srinagar-Baramulla highway, militants today left one soldier dead and 30 others wounded when they targeted a bus of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the afternoon. Informed sources told the Excelsior that militants blasted a white colour Maruti car at Omarabad, near Lawaypora, on Srinagar-Baramulla highway at 1445 hours. With spectacular precision, the militants in ambush targeted a BSF bus which was severely ripped apart. DIG BSF K Srinivasan maintained that one soldier got killed and 20 others injured who were all evacuated, rushed to Srinagar and admitted to 92 Base Hospital at the headquarters of Army’s 15 Corps. Defence sources said, late tonight, that all the injured soldiers were stable and they were responding to the treatment. Officials said that in addition to 20 BSF soldiers, 10 civilian pe

Umberto Eco leaves JNU priests squirming

The JNU high priests must have cursed the moment they decided to invite Umberto Eco to speak. Says this report Celebrated Italian author Umberto Eco left many academics and students at Jawaharlal Nehru University squirming with embarrassed ignorance on Monday. The reason for ignorance is explained in the same report. Delivering a lecture on " Rasa and Taste", Eco spoke with great scholarly confidence and even greater scholarly tentativeness about Bharata's Natyashastra, Anandavardhana and Avinavagupta, which he had read in translation but few in his audience seemed to be acquainted with. Few? I dare say that almost none in the "red" audience would've read *about*these Masters leave alone their works. For it is taboo in the Citadel of Indian Marxism. They're banned there for their feudal, backward-looking ideas. Eco heaped further agony on the crowd: As he constantly struggled, *with a spirit of genuine inquiry, to understand the rasa t

India might clinch biggest ever arms deal with Chile

NEW DELHI, OCT 25 (PTI) Comparatively a newcomer in the international arms sales arena, India may be on the brink of concluding its biggest ever weapons platform deal to sell 12 Advance Light Helicopters(ALH) to Chile. The deal, estimated to be worth Rs 200 crores (USD 44 million), according to Defence Ministry sources here may be clinched during the official visit to Santiago by Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee at the head of a high level delegation. He leaves here tonight on a five day visit to the South American country. "The visit assumes special significance as Chile has shown heightened interest in the Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter" an official statement said here asserting that HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd) had expressed confidence of being in a position to meet the needs of the Chilean Armed Forces and Security Services. "Chile has also shown interest in a number of other armaments and defence related stores" an official spokesman said. Though

India might clinch biggest ever arms deal with Chile

NEW DELHI, OCT 25 (PTI) Comparatively a newcomer in the international arms sales arena, India may be on the brink of concluding its biggest ever weapons platform deal to sell 12 Advance Light Helicopters(ALH) to Chile. The deal, estimated to be worth Rs 200 crores (USD 44 million), according to Defence Ministry sources here may be clinched during the official visit to Santiago by Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee at the head of a high level delegation. He leaves here tonight on a five day visit to the South American country. "The visit assumes special significance as Chile has shown heightened interest in the Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter" an official statement said here asserting that HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd) had expressed confidence of being in a position to meet the needs of the Chilean Armed Forces and Security Services. "Chile has also shown interest in a number of other armaments and defence related stores" an official spokesman said. Though

Russia trips over Indian defense ties , "arm twist" in arms race ?

By Tara Shankar Sahay NEW DELHI - Defense cooperation between India and Russia, which in recent years has included joint-development of cruise missiles, hit an air pocket when visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov insisted on an intellectual property rights (IPR) agreement between the former Cold War allies. A "friendly warning" on the issue was delivered by Ivanov during his four-day visit last week to witness Indo-Russian war games carried out in the deserts of western Rajasthan state involving elite troops and state-of-the-art equipment. Russian anxiety in clinching the IPR agreement was apparent when Ivanov went to the extent of hinting that future defense cooperation with India, which has dramatically increased military ties with the United States over the past two years, would hinge on a formal IPR agreement. Ivanov also made a pointed reference to the fact that the issue figured prominently during President Vladimir Putin's visit to India la

India wants Pakistan under IAEA scanner

http://www.rediff.com/ news/2005/oct/24pak.htm October 24, 2005 15:42 IST India Monday asked the Western world to take a view on the 'A Q Khan nuclear network' in Pakistan also while deciding on a position on the Iranian nuclear issue. Ahead of the crucial second vote at the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran in November, India said the nuclear watchdog should investigate the role of nuclear suppliers as well as recipients in nuclear proliferation. Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran said in an address to experts at a seminar in New Delhi that it was important that remaining issues which involve Pakistan-based A Q Khan network, are satisfactorily clarified as well. He welcomed Iran's cooperation with the IAEA in accounting for previously undeclared activities. Speaking at a seminar on 'Nuclear Non-Proliferation and International Security', organised by the Indian Defence Studies and Analysis, the foreign secretary called for a new global consensus on nuclear

Madarsas mushroom in Mewat

www.dailypioneer.com/inde...m~in~Mewat Madarsas mushroom in Mewat Abraham Thomas/ Nuh/ Bharatpur In the last decade or two, the Mewat villages in Rajasthan and Haryana have witnessed an unprecedented growth of madarsas. While such institutions impart Islamic education for "free", it has allowed fundamentalist teachers of western Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to gain access to the backward Meo community. ‘Nuh madarsas provide free food and education for boys. Contrary to the Government’s policy, girls have to pay Rs 250 as monthly tuition fees’ The Meo leaders of the area concede the presence of some outside scholars in big madarsas but the law enforcement agencies are beginning to feel the weight of the "iron curtain" around these institutions. "The Miel Madarsa in Gopalgarh village is one of the biggest madarsas in the Mewat region of Rajasthan," said Station House Officer (SHO) Lakhan Singh Khatana of Pahari police station in Bharatpur. The class

Earthquake and Aftermath : Analysis of Pakistans policy towards India

This earthquake could have a number of unpredictable consequences. So I'd suggest that we prepare ourselves for various possibilities. So far, three things are clear from the aftermath: 1) Pakistan's hatred for Hindus and India remains as obsessive and pathological as ever. 2) The Pakistani military has proved to be thoroughly incompetent at actual governance, and its prestige has taken a serious, possibly fatal, blow. 3) The Jihadi groups have spared no time in exploiting the incident to promote themselves and to recruit more terrorists. Taking these three factors together, we can expect the following: 1) An increasingly shaky Paki regime increases its anti-India activities, in the hope that this will divert attention from its own failings, and will draw off militants who would otherwise attempt a coup d'etat. Such militants will also be sent into Afghanistan. 2) Mush and Co. will call on the Americans to pressure India to make more concessions - claiming that their