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DELHI BLAST : Indian English media distort news to protect Pakistan

Various headlines from various web-sites: Dar in court, admits Pak hand in Delhi blasts (Daily Pioneer) Dar admits role in hawala, denies part in blasts (Rediff) Delhi blasts accused admits to links with LeT terrorists (Hindu) Delhi blasts accused denies hand in explosions but admits links (Hindu) Tariq Dar admits he made call denying LeT hand in blasts (Express India) Dar says he made call denying LeT hand in 29/10 (Newindpress) Dar denies hand in Delhi blasts (The Statesman) Dar says he made call, denies role in blasts (Times of India) Dar says he had no role in blasts, only made call of denial (Outlook) Delhi blast denial (Calcutta Telegraph) Once again the winner of "Journalism Ethics" goes to - The Pioneer! -HarshaV From: Dar in court, admits Pak hand in Delhi blasts Praveen Kumar/ New Delhi The admissions made by Tariq Ahmed Dar before a city court on Friday firmly points the finger of suspicion towards Pakistan's involveme

Chinese Spies in India : Indian Leftists part of India Containment

Either by coincidence or design, the Left parties, especially those who have fraternal relations with China, part of the international Communist brotherhood, have opposed the 18 July agreement as well, but knowing their leverage to be limited, the Chinese have not relaxed their vigil, but raised it, and now, all aspects of Indian’s expanding relations, with the United States and others, is being watched hawkeyed. Chinese have begun extensive espionage on India’s external interests The Taiwanese are tailed twenty-four hours a day round the year by the Chinese in New Delhi To show opposition to China, both Thailand and Indonesia have sought Prithvi and BrahMos missiles (Intelligence, “Thailand, Indonesia seek BrahMos, Prithvi,” 23 November 2005), but India is undecided, fearful of the Chinese reaction. Several South East Asian states desire these missiles, but the Indian government is unable to take a stand, and there is also Left pressure on the Centre. The Indian military is pressing

US Space warriors : Interview

Interview with General Lance W. Lord Commander Air Force Space Command Ensuring Space Superiority and Secure Strategic Deterrence General Lance W. Lord is commander, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), Peterson Air Force Base, CO. He is responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of the Air Force’s space and missile systems. Lord oversees a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities, and ensures the combat readiness of America’s intercontinental ballistic missile force. He leads more than 39,700 space professionals who provide combat forces and capabilities to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command. He entered the Air Force in 1969 as a graduate of the Otterbein College ROTC program. He completed a series of Air Staff and Department of Defense-level assignments in strategic missiles after serving four years of Minuteman II ICBM alert duty. He directed the Ground-Launched Cruis

Developing the Near Frontier ,between 65,000 feet and 325,000 feet

Developing the Near Frontier One of the most promising regions of the high frontier is near-space, which is located between 65,000 feet and 325,000 feet. By Technical Sergeant Jennifer Thibault As Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) furthers its utilization of the high frontier, it’s looking for persistence that doesn’t have to reside quite so far out of this world. The command is focusing on developing programs that will operate in the near-space region, which is located between 65,000 feet and 325,000 feet. The driving force behind the exploration of near-space programs is feedback from combatant commanders on space capabilities. In theater, combatant commanders say space capabilities need to be more tailored and responsive to meet their needs. In response, General John Jumper, then Air Force chief of staff, directed AFSPC to start looking at joint warfighter space (JWS) initiatives, including near-space projects. Jumper assigned AFSPC the responsibility for executing all t

Special Operations :Profile and Tools of Surefire, LLC :

Interview with Dr. John W. Matthews President Dr. John W. Matthews is the founder and president of SureFire. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. A staunch supporter of America’s armed forces, Matthews directs SureFire’s engineering efforts with the specific goal of creating the very best products for the warfighter, based on operator input, using the finest materials and most advanced technology. SureFire is a California-based manufacturing company of special-purpose illumination tools, weapon-mounted tactical lights, Picatinny-specification rifle forends, sound suppressors, laser sights and edged weapons. Q: Could you give the SOTECH reader an overview of your company? A: SureFire is a unique company with an unusual approach. We believe in supplying those who go in harm’s way with the very best products to help them prevail in a combative encounter. Consequently, we build to a performance standard, not a price point. We simpl

SLEEP : Special operators’ capabilities and cognitive skills

Stay Awake and Alert Sleep, or better yet, the lack of it, can deeply impair a special operators’ capabilities and cognitive skills. Other than sleep, are there any solutions? By Cheryl Gerber The mobile operational pace of today challenges warfighters at ever higher speeds in extreme environments of heat, cold, altitude, pressure and oxygen concentrations, sometimes under multiple conditions concurrently. While people can adjust to some of these conditions, full adaptation can take weeks longer than special operators can spare. Meanwhile, military research has shown that fatigue normally begins in humans after 18 to 20 hours without sleep, leading then to performance degradation. To test the efficacy of pharmaceutical remedies, military research programs have conducted ongoing methodical scientific studies that reach beyond those required for FDA approval to include the extreme conditions of special operations. After rigorous military testing, the Air Force Surgeon General

International Special Operations Forces - Netherlands

Coordination between special forces are necessary to combat the global threat of terrorism. Special forces from Greece, Lithuania and the Netherlands—all within SOCEUR’s area of responsibility—are key partners. NL Special Forces consist of Army Special Forces, the so-called Korps Commando Troepen (KCT), a battalion-sized unit, and of Special Forces from the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (SFMARNS). In July 2000 the NL CHOD stated that KCT would be responsible for land-oriented special operations (to include counterterrorism (CT) in hostile environments) and SFMARNS would be responsible for maritime or amphibious special operations and for national counterterrorism. NL Special Forces are currently participating in operations in Afghanistan with a joint task group. The NL SFTG is composed of a NL Army Special Forces company, two SF teams of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and a RNLAF CH-47 detachment. This NL SFTG will be in Afghanistan until spring 2006 and works for a coalition

International Special Operations Forces - Lithuania

Coordination between special forces are necessary to combat the global threat of terrorism. Special forces from Greece, Lithuania and the Netherlands—all within SOCEUR’s area of responsibility—are key partners. Lithuanian Special Operations Forces’ (LITHSOF) roots date back to 1944 when Lithuania started armed resistance against the Soviet regime. The tactics used by resistance fighters were the same ones used by SOF today–i.e. raids, unconventional warfare, clandestine ops, etc. Modern LITHSOF started in 1995 from a small counterterrorism (CT) unit, which by 2004 expanded into the special operations forces of now, under one command. In the Lithuanian armed forces structure, LITHSOF is a separate type of force, at the same level together with Army, Navy and Air Force. The formation directions given in 2001, along with the dedication, professionalism and motivation of those men and women of LITHSOF, made it the highest readiness, professional, top-tier force in Lithuania. Its uniqu

International Special Operations Forces - Greece

Coordination between special forces are necessary to combat the global threat of terrorism. Special forces from Greece, Lithuania and the Netherlands—all within SOCEUR’s area of responsibility—are key partners. Article by the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG), with advice from Rear Admiral Ilias Sionides, deputy commandant of the HCG. For two decades the Special Missions Unit (SMU) of the Hellenic Coast Guard has quietly operated without much public attention. However, their counter-terrorist security preparations and presence during the Athens 2004 Olympics, along with the increasing frequency of gun battles with organized crime along Greek borders has raised their public profile. In the 1980s the emergence of terrorism, especially the cruise ship Achille Lauro hijacking, and better-armed organized crime led the Hellenic Coast Guard leadership to recognize the need for special units who would be trained and equipped to meet the new challenges and in 1987 it was decided to form a unit in

International Crisis Group : Report on PAKISTAN

Pakistan's Local Polls: Shoring Up Military Rule Asia Briefing N°43 22 November 2005 OVERVIEW Pakistan's military government rigged local elections in August and October 2005 to weaken further the mainstream opposition parties and lay the ground for its supporters to dominate forthcoming parliamentary elections. The elections were marred by serious violence, which may well become worse in future polls as ethnic, religious and regional rivalries are stirred up. President Pervez Musharraf's efforts to maintain military control over politics are likely to limit the state's mechanisms for dealing democratically and peacefully with its many internal conflicts -- unless the U.S. and others make clear, as they should, that they will withdraw political, military and financial support in the absence of genuine moves to restore power to civilians. The government manipulation of the local polls involved gerrymandering of districts to break up support for political opponents

Jholawallah obscurantism replaces Marxist poppycock

Jholawallah obscurantism replaces Marxist poppycock Udayan Namboodiri/ New Delhi What is so earthshaking about the "nationalist movement in Indo-China" that it should be represented with greater emphasis before India's 14-year-olds than their own freedom struggle? And, that too in a textbook titled India and the Contemporary World? Ho Chi Minh: Indian Idol? Now, who on earth was Nguyen Ai Quoc? More on this shadowy character later, but, why, pray, is it necessary for India's school-goers to know more about the "ideas" of Guiseppe Mazzinni, Phan Dinh Phung and Phan Boi Chau than Mahatma Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose? The Social Science textbook for Class X students that NCERT's "detoxification" specialists are seeking to introduce from the next academic year based on a syllabus released recently, seems to be based on the premise that India's new generation would be better off with an understanding of "Nationalism

New security plan for Ayodhya, Kashi

Press Trust of India Ayodhya, November 25, 2005 The Centre has approved a new security plan, including equipping para-troopers and police with sophisticated arms, for Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura shrines costing Rs 54 crore, Uttar Pradesh DGP Yashpal Singh said in Ayodhya on Friday. Singh, who visited the acquired land here and held a meeting to review security in the pilgrimage town, said the Centre had already released Rs 18 crore out of Rs 54 crore earmarked for the plan. Upgradation of intelligence network, installation of more watch towers and providing sophisticated arms to security forces were part of the new security plan, he said. To a question on terror attack in Ayodhya this year, the DGP said necessary steps were being taken at appropriate times to combat such activities in the state. On gangster Abu Salem's links with anti-socials in Faizabad and other places in Uttar Pradesh, he said the extradited don could be brought here for questioning in this connection

Kutty's murder , a message from Pakistan via Taliban

Indian embassy guards salute the coffin of M R Kutty at the Kabul airport COUNTERPOINT A Barbaric Outrage! It is a brutal message from Pakistan via Taliban - a desperate attempt to get India to stay away from reconstruction programmes in Afghanistan - particularly the southern parts of the country bordering suppressed Balochistan B. RAMAN The brutal slaughter of M.R.Kutty, a poor Keralite driver working with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), by the Taliban, which had kidnapped him four days ago and demanded the exit of the BRO from Afghanistan, has been interpreted by some analysts as a message from the Taliban to India to withdraw from Afghanistan. Their advice to the government, rightly, is not to let itself be intimidated by this blackmail, but to continue helping the Hamid Karzai government of Afghanistan in its reconstruction programme, while, at the same time, strengthening physical security for the Indian personnel deployed in Afghan territory. Where I disagree with th