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Witzel was forced to step down in 1995 for unprofessional conduct

Witzel was forced to step down in 1995 for unprofessional conduct Published On Wednesday, June 07, 1995 12:00 AM By JONATHAN A. LEWIN ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------- In the words of more than one University Hall administrator, the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies is a mess. A former lecturer is suing three professors and the graduate school dean for unspecified damages, the Dean of the Graduate School has been made the Department's chair, some graduate students say they are considering leaving the Department and there is friction between two of the Department's three tenured professors. In addition, graduate students say the other tenured professor is ill and some say they think the department's former chair has behaved unprofessionally. At least four graduate students (out of approximately 25) say they may leave the department early, saying they are wasting some $30,000 on a "disgus

Clamour to deny River Saraswati

Oped-Pioneer Earthquakes and other natural phenomenon caused the 'Naditama', or River Saraswati, to dry up over two millennia ago. Now, says Makkhan Lal, it's a man-made disaster what with pseudo-secularists and Communists out to deny it ever existed The Parlia- mentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture has, in its 91st Report submitted to the two Houses of Parliament on November 25, virtually "detoxified" the Saraswati Heritage Project (SHP). This is a rude blow to the first ever comprehensive archaeological study commissioned on tracing the flow of a subterranean river whose discovery has already been confirmed by geologists. LANDSAT imageries provided by NASA and Indian satellites have also provided clinching evidence that there was nothing "mythical" about the Saraswati. It really did exist and even today its revival, though prohibitively expensive, is technically possible. In 2002, the Vajpayee government had started SHP as

Hindus are Sandwiched between Baloch Nationalists and Pak Millitary

Reports from Balochistan say that situation is grim and Millitary is taking tough measures against Nationalists and millitants . "We fear a major millitary action , already scores of nationalists were taken into custody and are been tortured " said President of BSO-NA Dr.Wahid baloch from Florida to IntelliBriefs . Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) chief Nawab Akbar Bugti tokd BBC , the number of Frontier Constabulary personnel had been increased to 15,000 and that a part of the operation had started on a limited level in Turbat, Nushki and Kalat. Sources in Balochistan confirmed to IntelliBriefs that the Frontier Constabulary (FC) has started a search operation for suspected militants hiding in the mountainous areas between Kalat and Naushki .Speaking to reporters Nawab akbar Bhugti said “Sibi, Tilli, Machh, Bolan and Shoran were singled out and these areas are the electoral colleges of PML-Quaid parliamentarians,” Attaullah Mengal another prominent Nationalist said to

Yes, Dick, You Are a Liar

Yes, Dick, You Are a Liar by Jeffrey Steinberg Vice President Dick Cheney spent the second half of November ranting against Administration critics who dare accuse him of lying the United States into a disastrous war with Iraq. Speaking on Nov. 21 at the American Enterprise Institute, Cheney snarled that anyone making such accusations is "reprehensible" and practically guilty of high treason. His scheduled 90-minute appearance at the primo neo-con think-tank in Washington, where his wife Lynne is a resident fellow, lasted a total of 19 minutes. Cheney came, he ranted, and he departed, without taking a single question. The Vice President is a man with something to hide. The simple truth is: Cheney did lie, repeatedly, to bludgeon the U.S. Congress into approving an unnecessary and disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq. According to several eyewitness accounts, Cheney personally lied to scores of members of the U.S. Senate, claiming that the White House had rock-solid pr

BJP sweeps civic polls in Gujarat

BJP SWEEP in Gujarath ia.rediff.com/news/2005/d...&file=.htm BJP sweeps civic polls in Gujarat December 13, 2005 21:38 IST The Bharatiya Janata Party stormed to power in all the five municipal corporations of Surat, Vadodara, Rakot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar, the elections to which were held on December 11, according to reports on Tuesday evening. The Congress was completely washed away in all the five civic bodies, including Rajkot, where it had ruled, and had to be satisfied with just ten seats out of 69, the results of which were declared on Tuesday. The counting began on Tuesday morning, amidst tight security in the five cities of Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar. The BJP wrested power in Rajkot from Congress, which had ruled it for five years, after having won 44 seats out of 69 in the last elections in 2000. In Vadodara, the BJP recorded a third consecutive win in the civic body. Of of the 84 seats, results of 81 were declared, in which the BJP secured 74 s

The Global Jihad's Internet Front

Stephen Ulph Western analysts speculate on the crucial role of the Internet in the propagation of the jihad, and how in many cases the Internet front takes second place only to armed confrontation. All the more interesting is the succinct definition of the role of the Internet taken from the point of view of the mujahid, as appeared on the al-Safinat forum [www.al-saf.net/vb] on November 28, authored by one Abu al-Asbat al-Athari: "There is no doubt that the jihadi forums play a critical role in providing aid to the mujahideen on the battle field. Who could have thought that it would convey up to the minute statements from the mujahideen, as is happening now? Who could have thought that it would break the ring of steel that the Crusaders and Jews have attempted to erect in order to conceal the voice of the jihad, and cover up their humiliations on the battlefield?" That role has progressively increased in importance, as groups such as al-Qaeda have been disappointed by

Hindus in Pakistan

The Pioneer Edit Desk December, 9, 2005 The recent abduction and conversion of three Hindu girls in Pakistan clearly shows that, despite the isolated example of a Danish Kaneria playing for the country's cricket team, Hindus there are a marginalised and persecuted lot stalked constantly by insecurity. The details are shocking. The three - Reena (21), Usha (19) and Rima (17) - who lived in Karachi's Punjab Colony along with their parents and two other siblings, went missing from October 18, 2005. As the local police station refused to lodge an FIR, they approached the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Clifton, who forced the Station House Officer to register a case. Accordingly an FIR was recorded on October 22 and three young men of the locality were mentioned as suspects. Almost immediately thereafter, the family began receiving threats and, within days, it received, through courier service, three affidavits by the three girls stating that they had converted to Islam on t

Swedish girls design anti-rape belt

A group of Swedish teenage girls has designed a belt that requires two hands to remove and which they hope will deter would-be rapists, one of the creators told AFP on Tuesday. "It's like a reverse chastity belt," one of the creators, 19-year-old Nadja Björk, told AFP, meaning that the wearer is in control, instead of being controlled. The military-style buckle has a latch that the wearer has to move through a labyrinth into the correct position in order to unlock the belt. "You need two hands to open it, so the rapist can't hold you down and open it at the same time. It takes a while to figure it out if you don't know what you're doing," she said. The product was designed as part of a high school project in entrepreneurship and the girls have already sold 300 of the belts in Sweden, priced at 150 kronor. Björk and one of her partners now plan to start a business to mass produce the belts and are currently in negotiations with potential partner

No security checks: After Dalai Lama, Robert Vadra only one named in VIP list

No security checks: After Dalai Lama, Robert Vadra only one named in VIP list SOURAV SANYAL Sunday, November 13, 2005 http://www.indianexpress.com/ full_story.php?content_id=81873 &headline=No~security~checks~ at~airports~for~Sonia%27s~Son-in-law NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 12: So far, Nobel Laureate, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is the only “individual” named in the list of “VVIPs/VIPs” who don’t have to go through a security check at domestic airports across the country. Now there is a new name to that list: Shri Robert Vadra. Son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Vadra’s name was added to the list on September 28 in a circular issued nationwide by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The list mentions that Vadra is exempted from security checks “while travelling with SPG (Special Protection Group) protectees.” As husband of Priyanka Gandhi, who is an SPG protectee like her mother and brother Rahul, Vadra does get SPG prote

Fiasco of Harvard Indologist's campaign

Harvard Indologist's campaign to have his Aryan theories taught in California schools ends in fiasco. N.S. Rajaram In what could prove to be a major embarrassment to Harvard niversity, California educational authorities rejected the recommendations made by the Harvard Indologist Michael Witzel. The commission of experts advising the California Board of Education rebuffed his efforts to have his theories on Aryans and the Aryan invasion included in the school curriculum on India and Hinduism. The German-born Michael Witzel is known in India for his media campaigns in favor of the discredited Aryan invasion (which he now calls migration) and his crusade against scholars who oppose his theories claiming Indian civilization to be seeded by an "Aryan invasion". Mr. Witzel, a linguist, not a historian or archaeologist is better known for his publicity campaigns than any contribution to Sanskrit literature or history. Harvard greatly cherishes its liberal tradition. This ha