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Shahbuddin arrested

RJD MP from Bihar Syed Shahabuddin, who is wanted in more than 30 cases of crime and has at least eight non-bailable arrest warrants pending against him, was arrested from his official residence in New Delhi by a Bihar Police team. Wanted in more than 30 cases of crime including the kidnapping and suspected killings of two CPI(ML) activists in his home district Siwan, the elusive RJD MP was arrested from 5, Bishambar Dass Marg. After his arrest, Shahabuddin was taken to the Parliament Street Police Station. The Bihar Police will take him on transit remand to Siwan, where he will be produced before a local Court in Siwan. Shahabuddin was arrested on a tip-off by Delhi police to the Bihar police team that was camping in the capital. The MP from Siwan was not even given time to change his clothes, which were brought to the police station by an aide. Shahabuddin is to be produced before a local court in New Delhi for seeking his transit remand. A nation-wide alert f

TERRORISM: INDIA PREPARES U.S.-STYLE SECURITY CENTRE

Mumbai, 4 Nov. (AKI) - India is preparing to set-up a "centre for security" to coordinate the work of the intelligence agencies and the police force, based on the US model of a centralised structure that was set up to help the United States in its war on terrorism. Official sources in New Delhi said on Friday that experts from India's interior ministry and the security services have been working for some time on the project to establish a similar centralised structure in India. The project has been approved by India's Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing, amid greater urgency in the aftermath of the bombs in the Indian capital last Saturday which killed 62 people. The Internal Security Centre or ISC, said the sources, aims to create a database on all citizens, which, in addition to the current personal data and work-related information, will contain detailed information on all the trips made abroad and on other activities people engage in. The

Syrian Bigwigs and Capital Flee under Implied Threat of Military Action

DEBKAfile Special Report November 1, 2005, 2:30 PM (GMT+02:00) The threat of military action was embedded in the UN Security Council resolution. It was reinforced by US Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice when she spoke of “serious’ consequences” – diplomatic parlance for military action – should Syria fail to cooperate with the final and conclusive part of UN investigator Dehlev Mehlis’ inquiry into the murder of Lebanese leader Rafiq Hariri last February. The explicit threat of economic sanctions was deleted from the American-British-French draft demanding Damascus’ cooperation. It was dropped for the sake of a unanimous 15:0 endorsement to appease Russian, Chinese and Algerian objections. Instead, the resolution called for unspecific “measures.” However the motion was adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which spells out these measures as being “partial interruption of economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraph, and other means of communication, and

Indian communists oppose INDO-US Joint Air exercises

Indian communists to demonstrate against joint air exercises with US Special Correspondent Nov. 1, 2005 Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)]-led ruling Left Front in the eastern state, West Bengal, on Tuesday [1 November] announced it will hold demonstrations across West Bengal on 7 November against joint exercises by air forces of India and the US beginning that day. Around 700,000 Left Front activists would "peacefully demonstrate" around the Kalaikunda Air Force station (in West Midnapore district) on 7 November, CPI(M) Politburo Member and State Secretary Anil Biswas told reporters here. Stating that CPI(M) had sent repeated pleas to the federal government against joint exercises with the US, Biswas said the demonstration was decided upon after a similar exercises in the central Indian city Gwalior. Expressing apprehensions about "US designs", he said the US has conducted joint military exercises in 120 countries, set up air bases and later est

EDITOR OF AFGHAN WOMEN'S MAGAZINE ARRESTED FOR BLASPHEMY

http://www.jamestown.org Ali Mohaqqeq-Nasab, editor of the Kabul-based women's magazine Hoqooq-e-Zan (Women's Rights), was suddenly arrested on October 1. He was snatched on the street, without any warrant, summons, or prior notice (Outlook Afghanistan, October 2). He was subsequently summoned to court on October 11 to face charges of writing anti-Islamic articles, charges that, according to one judge, could carry a sentence "from a frown to execution" (Tolo TV, October 12). Mohaqqeq-Nasab is an Islamic scholar with a law degree who has quite openly advocated for the rights of women and individuals. He is the founder and chairman of Burhan (Reason), a legal and cultural organization in Kabul. His writings criticize the severity of some punishments meted out to individuals in an Islamic society. Specifically, he argues that everyone should be free to choose his or her religion and if one speaks against or objects to certain sections or rulings in Islamic law he o

Iraq's about oil, not food

Pioneer-1November2005 Iraq’s about oil, not food Sandhya Jain Good old-fashioned nationalism compels me to write about the duplicitous UN Oil for Food scam at a time when I am deeply anguished over the tragedy which has effectively ended all festivities in the capital. Most of us will go through the motions of observing Hindu dharma’s greatest annual event, but Saturday’s bloodstains have left an indelible impact on us all. Delhi Police’s sustained efforts over the past few years had revived confidence in the battle against terrorism, making the sudden catastrophe difficult to digest. The Prime Minister’s studied silence on his open border policy has been noticed by all, and so long as South Block substitutes American pressure for an independent foreign policy, we can expect such incidents to be repeated ad nauseum. The UN Oil for Food programme stinks to high heaven of the oil piracy with which America is virtually synonymous, while Secretary General Kofi Annan reinforc

Indian Army Upgrades Battlefield Surveillance

By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI, NEW DELHI October 31, 2005 The Indian Army next month will issue a request for proposals to procure 2,000 thermal imaging integrated observation systems as it strives to build a modern, dedicated battlefield surveillance system for the infantry. Indian observation posts are hampered by rangefinders that do not work accurately at night. The surveillance system would represent the first component of network-centric warfare operations for the Indian infantry and be part of a multidisciplinary command, control and intelligence system. The Army has already begun modernizing the infantry’s firepower and surveillance capabilities. Among the recent additions are a hand-held thermal imager, a short-range battlefield surveillance radar, unattended ground sensors, laser rangefinders and various types of night-vision goggles and binoculars. The existing battlefield system has shortcomings in navigation, requires much training, has fragile gear, is susceptible to

U.S. Air Force Chief seeks boost intelligence

Chief seeks boost in blue’s intel presence Moseley also stands up office for strategic communications By NICOLE GAUDIANO November 02, 2005 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley announced two major organizational changes Oct. 27 that will expand and redefine the service’s intelligence and communications fields. In an interview with Air Force Times, Moseley said he will recommend a lieutenant general to lead the intelligence field, while increasing personnel and standing up separate intelligence directorates within the service’s war-fighting headquarters being developed around the world. The current director of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance is Maj. Gen. Ronald Sams. Moseley also announced he stood up a new Office of Strategic Communications, doubling the Pentagon’s 56-member public affairs staff with new divisions under the leadership of a two-star general instead of a one-star. “I think we can do a better job with the talent we’ve got,” Mo

U.S. Navy Exercise Will Test Link Between Ships in Different Hemispheres

Communicating Over the Horizon U.S. Navy Exercise Will Test Link Between Ships in Different Hemispheres By CHRISTOPHER P. CAVAS October 31, 2005 Trailing a suspicious vessel, a Canadian frigate on maritime interception operations reports to its coalition commander using an ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio. But during the transmission, the frigate moves over the horizon away from the commander, and communications are lost. Keeping widely spread-out forces connected in such a situation is one of the focuses of Trident Warrior, an annual naval exercise devoted to trying out network-centric concepts in operational situations. “The idea of net-centric warfare is your units are very dispersed, but from all directions, you can mass effects onto the bad guys,” said Cmdr. Tony Parrillo, program manager and director of the U.S. Navy’s FORCEnet Execution Center in San Diego. “They don’t know where it’s coming from — it’s coming from everywhere. They can’t shoot back at you.” Theori

China : Oil May Contribute US$55b Trade Deficit

Oil May Contribute US$55b Trade Deficit 2005-11-02 11:51:47 xinhua BEIJING- Rises in global oil prices could lead to an outflow of billions of dollars in spending for China, with oil likely to single-handedly contribute a US$55 billion deficit to the country's trade balance this year, an academic with a government-backed think tank warned. This would be larger than the US$35 billion deficit in 2004, said Niu Li, an economist with the Economic Forecasting Department of the State Information Center. China is expected to post an overall trade surplus of US$90 billion this year, nearly triple the US$31.95 billion surplus recorded in 2004, based on an earlier prediction by the Ministry of Commerce. "Oil is the single commodity that causes the biggest trade deficit (in China), " said Niu in an article carried in the China Daily on Tuesday. Rapid economic expansion has made China the world's second-largest oil consumer after the United States. Its oil im

Rising Leader of the Global Jihad , Al-Zarqawi

Al-Zarqawi as Master Strategist in Iraq, Rising Leader of the Global Jihad A series of online statements posted by the mujahideen increasingly downplay the issue of foreign invasion as a factor in the rise of jihad. One of the more recent of these was a posting on October 18 by the Organization of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Referring to the upcoming visit by Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa, who was heading a delegation aimed at convincing the Sunnis to engage with the political process, the statement dismissed the link between political rights for the Sunnis in Iraq and jihad. "We are not fighting to chase the occupier out or preserve national unity or keep borders delineated by the infidel intact. We are fighting," it explained, "because it is a religious duty, just as it is a duty to take Shari'ah law to the government and create an Islamic state" (al-bawaba.com). The posting is the second conspicuous statement

Thuraya Satellite Phones giving terrorists the edge

Satphones giving terrorists the edge Vishwa Mohan [ Tuesday, November 01, 2005 10:14:15 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ] NEW DELHI: Increased use of satellite phones by terrorists is posing a serious problem for security agencies working at intercepting their communication traffic. ANYONE WHO IS HOLDING THESE CELL PHONES SHOULD INFORM POLICE IMMEDIATELY IN INDIA As a result, the agencies have of late missed vital information that could otherwise have been used to prevent major terror attacks across the country because they do not have the sophisticated interceptor equipment required to monitor satphone traffic. The matter came to the fore at a high-level meeting of top security and intelligence officials in the home ministry to discuss the loopholes in the agencies’ functioning in the wake of Saturday’s serial blasts in Delhi. "Discussions were held over scores of issue, including the use of satellite phones by terrorists," said a senior home ministry official. Senior of

India has 'no political will here to fight terror' , CJI

CJI’s exit wake-up call: there is no political will here to fight terror ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 31 Sending a wake-up call to the Government, outgoing Chief Justice of India Justice R C Lahoti said today that there was no “political will” in the country to fight terrorism, a crime that needed an “altogether new type of investigation.” Speaking to the press on his last day in office, Justice Lahoti’s remarks assume significance coming as they do two days after the worst terrorist strike in Delhi. And when the UPA government repealed the terror law citing its misuse and its commitment in the Common Minimum Programme. “Has anyone thought why there has not been a single instance of terror in USA post-9/11 unlike India where such attacks occur almost every day? The difference lies in the desire to study the problem scientifically and take remedial measures,” Justice Lahoti said. “We do not have the political will to fight terrorism”, he said underlining the need f

LIQUIDATE TERRORISM FROM INDIAN SOIL

PRESS RELEASE LIQUIDATE TERRORISM FROM INDIAN SOIL Indian American Intellectuals Forum condemns, in the harshest possible terms, the lethal and well-planned series of terrorist attacks on Saturday, October 29, 2005 in New Delhi in which more than 70 innocent men, women and children were killed and more than 150 people injured. These bomb blasts should not be treated in isolation. They are part of the murderous ideology which motivates young religious bigots and uncivilized brutes to kill anyone who does not subscribe to their fanatic religious beliefs. The long-term aim of this jihad is to terrorize Hindus, destabilize Indian polity and ultimately establish Nizam-e-Mustafa (Rule of Allah) in India. The weak and vacillating policies of the Government of India coupled with vote bank politics have emboldened Islamic militants to carry out their heinous attacks with impunity. In the present parlance, there seems to be no difference between the terrorism and jihad. It is, theref

Delhi Bomb Blasts and the Lashkar’s Jihadist Agenda

Yoginder Sikand Responsibility for last week’s deadly bomb blasts in Delhi has been claimed by a little-known outfit the Islami Inqilabi Mahaz (‘Islamic Revolutionary Front’), said to be sponsored by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-i Tayyeba. Ruthless terror is the hallmark of the Lashkar, fired as it is by an irrepressible hatred of non-Muslims, whom it sees as, by definition, anti-Islam. The Lashkar is the armed wing of the Markaz Dawat wal Irshad ('Centre for Invitation and Instruction'), an organisation affiliated to the Ahl-i Hadith sect, which follows a version of Islam almost identical with that of the Saudi Wahhabis. It is today the single most powerful militant outfit operating in Kashmir. Its involvement in Kashmir goes back to the early 1990s, when Pakistan began patronising radical Islamist outfits to counter the influence of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front which had inaugurated the armed uprising against Indian rule. The Front’s agenda of an independent and

STATE VS CIVILIAN IN GILGIT

People are losing confidence over Arm forces day by day. Gilgit city has been tied up in the "State Terrorism" for last 9 months after the cold blood assassination of Shia prominent leader Syed Zia-ud-Din Rizvi on 8 January 2005. Recently the Para-military forces again tried to create sectarian riots in the peaceful region. The Rangers are directly involved and responsible of current situation of Gilgit. The misused of law by law enforcement agencies to oppress the civilian proved that the tensions in Gilgit city is state versus civilian . It is the reason that the local Muslim Sunni population of Gilgit is very sympathetic to the suffering Shias. The ongoing situation of Gilgit started from 11th Oct 2005,when 3 un known terrorists ambushed on the vehicle of a Shia officer Muhammad Ali in Baseen 60 kilometer from Gilgit City. As a result 2 innocent men were killed including a former District Magistrate Qurban Ali and others 6 were critically wounded. One inju

Iranian President : " Israel Will Vanish from the Center of the Islamic World"

Iranian President at Tehran Conference: "Very Soon, This Stain of Disgrace [i.e. Israel] Will Vanish from the Center of the Islamic World - and This is Attainable" In advance of Iran's Jerusalem Day, which was established by Ayatollah Khomeini and is marked annually on the fourth Friday of the month of Ramadan, the "World without Zionism" conference was held in Tehran. At the conference, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to the representatives of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, members of the Society for the Defense of the Palestinian Nation, and members of the Islamic Students Union, and an audience of hundreds of students. In his speech, he described his vision of an age-old confrontation between the world of Islam and the "World of Arrogance," i.e. the West; he portrayed Israel and Zionism as the spearhead of the West against the Islamic nation; and he emphasized the need to eliminate Israel – which, he claimed, was a goal that was attainab

Boycott Pakistani onions

Pakistani onions get dropped like hot potatoes Sunday, October 30, 2005 More than essential commodities, patriotism seems to be flooding the wholesale market in Navi Mumbai. In protest against Saturday’s bomb explosions by terrorist outfits in New Delhi, consumers and retailers at the Maharashtra Agriculture Farming Corporation (MAFCO) and Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) and the community at large have refused to buy onions imported from Pakistan. “It’s a silent protest. Retailers and consumers just check the Pak variety out, but buy Indian dry onions saying they don’t want either Pak or Chinese ones,” said stockist Datta Sayaji Pawale (shop no 145) at MAFCO market. Of the 19 wholesalers at MAFCO only two have bought the Pak variety from APMC commission agents. Mast, like Narayan Botre, Kamlesh Kand, and Vitthal Atkari, have not bought it because “consumers refuse to purchase it”. “Look at the bombings. We don’t want produce from that country,” said retailer Sakha

Arrest of terror suspects is OPPRESSION , says FOIL members

We received from a reliable source , who intercepted FOIL emails . NOTE , FOIL (Federation of Inquilabi Leftists) is a Pro Terrorist organization based in USA , with leftist ideology . They support Islamic Jihadis in Iraq to Kashmir . ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PTI has reported that "22 detained in connection with Delhi blasts " HOWEVER , ANTI-INDIA FOIL (Federation of Inquilabi Leftists) are unhappy over arrest . FOIL member , a known Hindu Hater, Anti-India, Pro Jihadi , Mr.Sandeep Vaidya , Email: vaidyasandeep2000@yahoo.com , says police is oppressing MUSLIMS . Please take a note at his below mail to FOIL members . ==================== It is impossible that Delhi police could have so quickly cracked the case but 22 people, surely all young muslims are arrested. Police response in Delhi fits in a pattern that is by now familiar to us. Like in Godhra, police conduct indiscriminate sweeps and pick up large number of muslims and torture them

US dalit hearing simply scandalous

www.organiser.org/ By Sandhya Jain Successive Indian governments have failed to protest America’s propensity to misuse human rights issues for politically motivated calumny against nations it seeks to undermine to serve its foreign policy objectives. Shamefully, large sections of the Indian elite also betray unseemly desperation to report against the nation to US human rights committees, usually as quid pro quo for funds for their agenda-driven NGOs. Yet, even by the standards of its normally invasive diplomacy, the US Congress’ decision to appoint a sub-committee on “India’s Unfinished Agenda: Equality and Justice for 200 Million Victims of the Caste System,” is simply scandalous. Not only does it construe a gross interference in our internal affairs, it is also an attempt to influence the Indian Supreme Court hearing on reservation rights for dalit converts to religions like Christianity, which admit that they discriminate against dalit adherents! In these circumstances, the