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Nalgonda district in AP supplies 'terrorists' in hordes

Koride Mahesh March 10, 2006 TIMES NEWS NETWORK HYDERABAD: Ghulam Yazdani has been killed but at least another 30 youth from Nalgonda district are suspected to have been trained by terrorist groups. With more evidence of the activities of Pakistan's ISI coming to light from the district in the last two years, the police in Nalgonda are trying to verify the movements of some youth. This movement checking is especially being done in Nalgonda town, Chityal, Narketpally, Gurrampode, Koppole, Munugode, Huzurnagar, Bhongir and Devarakonda. After intelligence alerts in the last few months about increasing ISI activities in Nalgonda, the district police have started collecting information about suspected youth. Especially under the scanner are persons who have come into wealth suddenly. "We have opened suspect sheets on about 30 youth. Profiles of identified persons, who have links with banned terrorists outfits like LeT and Simi, have been prepared and we are keeping

Priyanka's security officer carries gun into parliament

By Indo Asian News Service New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) An alleged security breach occurred in parliament Thursday when a security officer accompanying Priyanka and Robert Vadra, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's daughter and son-in-law, carried a gun into the Lok Sabha. Priyanka and Robert Vadra had come to parliament along with family friends to hear Rahul Gandhi, who took part in a discussion on the union budget 2006-07. Though there was no official confirmation of the lapse, parliament officials said the personal security officer who accompanied the Vadras to the speaker's section of the visitors' gallery hid a gun inside his pocket. Parliamentary security staff called back the security officer and frisked him. On finding the gun, he was asked to leave the house. Sources said the security officer had been clearly instructed not to bring any weapon when he was issued the visitor's pass. Asked about the incident, Home Minister Shivraj Patil evaded an answer, say

Why Export Controls Couldn't Stop A. Q. Khan

In the cover story of November's Atlantic, William Langewiesche looks for accessories to Pakistan's efforts to get the bomb and finds both European indifference and American arrogance to blame: In the West the weaknesses of the Non-Proliferation Treaty were understood from the start. For the treaty to have weight it would have to be backed by the threat of sanctions—but even then, given the willingness of governments to "eat grass" to acquire such military capabilities, it was unlikely to deter serious aspirants from pursuing the bomb. The solution, therefore, would lie in the complex realm of export controls—restrictions on the sale of nuclear-related materials and components that might appear to be for peaceful purposes (research, health care, power generation) but could be used for weapons development. Emphasis was to be put on technologies that would allow countries to become self-sufficient in nuclear fuels—on uranium-enrichment and plutonium-extraction plants.

Varanasi temple attack : Mistakes on our part are unforgiveable

Terror in Varanasi ,article by B Raman Click A note from SaffronStrom a Hindu Unity post I can forgive Kargil - but not the rest. Let's remember that during Kargil, Defence Secretary George Fernandes pinned the blame for the invasion on the Pakistani Army (led by Musharraf); he implied that Nawaz Sharif was not the main mind behind the attack. As India didn't want to bring down Sharif's government, (which after all, had invited us to Lahore) we didn't cross the LOC. Even in hindsight, I think that measure is justifiable. The subsequent coup proved Fernandes right: Sharif realized that the Kargil fiasco was a political disaster for him, and tried to remove Musharraf to avoid any future misadventures. But this being Pakistan, it was the Pakistani Army which had the last say, and they removed Sharif instead. At the time, Indian leaders and journalists were generally unaware of the significance of that coup. In retrospect, it could be said to have been the most fa

Pieces in terror jigsaw, two top Lashkar men shot in UP, Delhi

MUZAMIL JALEEL & SIDDHARTHA SARMA SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI, MARCH 8 Within hours of the terror strike in Varanasi, two top-ranking Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were killed by the police in Lucknow and Delhi. While Salar, 46, the first Indian militant commander from outside the Valley, was shot near Lucknow, LeT’s Bangladesh chief, Ghulam Yazdani, 28, was killed in Delhi. The encounters don’t seem to have any direct links with Tuesday’s attack in Varanasi but the police are probing the involvement of the LeT militants. Salar, the police believe, masterminded the attack on Akshardham temple in 2002 and the Ayodhya attack and the Nalgonda-born Yazdani was the man behind the assassination of dissident BJP leader Haren Pandya and the Shramjeevi Express blast. Yazdani and his accomplice, Ahsanullah Hasan alias Kajal, were killed in Delhi early this morning. (See detailed report in Newsline). Inspector General of J&K Police, Kashmir range, K Rajindra said the J&K Police had sent

Balochistan : Pakistan playing divide and rule game with balochi tribes

By Nagesh Bhushan Pakistan launched millitary operations last december against Baloch Nationalists who were demanding more royalty and revenue for their resources from the federal government . BLA millitants were targetting Gas pipelines and Frontier corps personel since last year . Pakistani government is spending Rs.600 Crores per month , which is exactly the amount US gives to Pakistan per month for the use of their airspace . It has expanded intelligence network and fielded 120,000 troups with helicoptor gunships , 800 check posts . Nawab Akbar Bugti , chief of Bugti tribe and various Baloch nationalists demanding greater political and economic rights for his people accuse the government of exploiting the natural resources of balochistan , which alone meets more than 25 per cent of the natural gas needs of the country. Nawab Bugti and his followers had fled Dera Bugti soon after start of Military operations ,and are reportedly hiding in mountains . One of the sub tribes of Bu

India says NO to proposed Bhasha dam by Pakistan

Statement of External Affairs Ministry GOI conveys to Pakistan its protest against proposed construction of Bhasha dam and appreciation for humanitarian gesture shown by a Pakistani ship to an Indian ship 08/03/2006 The Government of India conveyed through diplomatic channels today to the Government of Pakistan, its protest against the proposed construction of Bhasha dam in territory that is part of the State of Jammu & Kashmir, which is an integral part of India by virtue of its accession to it in 1947. The reservoir of this dam, according to media reports, will inundate large parts of land which falls in the northern part of the State of Jammu & Kashmir. 2. Government of India has also conveyed its appreciation to Government of Pakistan for the humanitarian gesture shown by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) ship, MSS Rehmat, to an Indian ship Dhow Fateh Salamat on February 27, 2006. The Indian ship had developed engine trouble about 170 nautical miles so

'Pseudo-secular' cheers and Varanasi blasts

V SUNDARAM India is the only country in the world where 80 per cent of the total population of India, just by virtue of their being Hindus, have to maintain an attitude of detached silence towards all the atrocities let loose by the so-called terrorists against Hindu places of worship. Pseudo-secular political hearts of Sonia Gandhi, Arjun Singh, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Ram Vilas Paswan, etc. in the UPA Government in New Delhi and the non-communal compassionate heart of Mulayam Singh Yadav in UP will remain unshaken, unseduced and unterrified by the three bomb explosions which ripped through the holy city of Varanasi yesterday in which more than 20 persons were killed and 62 persons injured. It is feared that the highly compassionate and secular Muslim terrorists have chosen to bomb the Sankat Mochan Temple in Varanasi where hundreds of devotees had congregated for offering their worship. The bomb went off at 6.30 p.m. when the temple was teeming with devotees during the evening puja. At

U.S.-India Joint Statement

U.S.-India Joint Statement President's Visit to India and Pakistan President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today expressed satisfaction with the great progress the United States and India have made in advancing our strategic partnership to meet the global challenges of the 21st century. Both our countries are linked by a deep commitment to freedom and democracy; a celebration of national diversity, human creativity and innovation; a quest to expand prosperity and economic opportunity worldwide; and a desire to increase mutual security against the common threats posed by intolerance, terrorism, and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The successful transformation of the U.S.-India relationship will have a decisive and positive influence on the future international system as it evolves in this new century. Reviewing the progress made in deepening the global partnership between the United States and India since their Joint Statement of July 18, 2

CSIS on U.S.-India Nuclear Agreement

The U.S.-India Nuclear Agreement The U.S.-India Atomic Balm By Mary Beth Nikitin and Jon Wolfsthal March 3, 2006 The newly announced U.S.-India nuclear agreement was hailed as the centerpiece of the summit between President Bush and Prime Minister Singh, and President Bush is citing the agreement as a major nonproliferation victory. Close examination of the agreement, however, raises serious questions about both the actual and relative value of the deal for nuclear security in India and for the global nonproliferation system. While it can be argued that the deal is better than nothing, it is not clear that it places any constraints on India’s growing nuclear weapon program or reduces pressure among other states in the region to limit their own nuclear weapon programs. Under the March 2 agreement, India has laid out how it will separate its civilian and military nuclear programs, and has committed that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards to prevent unauthorized di

US Air Force accepts delivery of its first combat configured CV-22 Osprey

by Laura McGowan Aeronautical Systems Center Public Affairs 3/7/2006 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFPN) -- Aeronautical Systems Center's commander, Lt. Gen. John L. “Jack” Hudson, along with other Department of Defense leaders, was on hand to accept the keys from Bell Boeing for the first combat configured CV-22 Osprey during a ceremony March 1 at the Bell manufacturing facility in Amarillo, Texas. "It's an honor to be here for this historic milestone in aviation history," General Hudson said. "When our nation chooses to deploy forces into combat, we do our best to send them well-equipped and well-trained." The Air Force plans to purchase 50 CV-22s for long-range infiltration, exfiltration and re-supply of special operations forces in hostile or denied territory. The Osprey provides twice the speed, up to five times the range and significantly enhanced survivability over other conventional rotary wing platforms, and this is the first CV-22

''Bush Visits South Asia and Offers a Nuclear Gift to India''

fter taking salutes from the inter-services guard of honor in front of Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the president of India, U.S. President George W. Bush told reporters, "I have been received in many capitals around the world but I have never seen a reception as well-organized or as grand." This was not simply an appreciation of traditional Indian hospitality but a reflection of the warmth that a large section of Indians feel for Bush. After all, contrary to trends in most other parts of the world, 71 percent of India's populace holds a favorable view of the U.S., with 54 percent supporting Bush's handling of global affairs. Even before the trip to New Delhi, Bush's personal standing in India was higher than even in the U.S. and it is bound to skyrocket after the recently signed nuclear pact between the two states, which was the highlight of the U.S. president's four-day trip to South Asia. A Soft Landing in Afghanistan Before landing in New

''Intelligence Brief: U.S.-India Nuclear Deal''

n March 2, the United States and India reached agreement on their controversial nuclear deal. The deal still must be approved by the U.S. Congress. The deal provides India with American nuclear technology and fuel; India, however, does not have to become a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (N.P.T.) and only has to open 14 of its 22 nuclear reactors to international inspections. [See: "Bush Visits South Asia and Offers a Nuclear Gift to India"] The Bush administration's motivations behind this deal lie in Washington's strategy of convincing India to become a South Asian ally of the United States. The purpose of turning India into a U.S. ally in the region is primarily due to Washington's concerns over the growing power of China. There is recognition in Washington that China will pose a strategic threat to U.S. interests in the future. Nevertheless, Washington also sees India as a stable partner in a critical region. [See: "China's Geostrat

Bomb Blasts in Varanasi on the eve of Hindu festival HOLI

Seven bombs were later defused , including four that had been planted on the Gowdolia-Dasashwamedh Ghat Road near the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has rushed to Varanasi. "The situation is constantly being reviewed at the highest level. The Centre is in constant touch with the State Government for any assistance they may require," he said. All State Governments have been alerted. Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil ! Why don't you being back POTA , See how your brothers and sisters are making our life hell . SHAME ON U and U R COMMIE SLEEPING PARTNERS The entire top brass of Varanasi police was away in Farooqabad attending the wedding of a relative of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav when the bombings took place. The deadliest attack was on the famous Sankat Mochan temple where thousands of devotees had assembled to pay obeisance to Lord Hanuman around 6.15 pm. The impact of the blast was so powerful that many of the victims wer

BJP is on a strong comeback trail

BJP is on a strong comeback trail I have enclosed Vir Sanghvi's article in Hindustan Times where he finds out travel all thru the country that BJP is on a strong comeback trail like it happenned in 1989 after Shabhano and Ayoudhya due to Cartoon controversary and muslim reaction to it. CounterPoint by Vir Sanghvi For the last couple of months, I have spent very little time in Delhi or, for that matter, in Bombay. A succession of conferences, engagements and the shooting schedule for a new television programme have kept me on the road. I have visited parts of south India I had not seen for a decade; have driven through chunks of western India; spent much of the last week in north Bengal; and travelled through cities and small towns that have changed dramatically over the last ten or fifteen years. Admittedly, my approach is that of the standard journalistic paratrooper who lands in a new place without bothering to learn the background to the situations he encounters and the

FOIL members upset about poor hindu turnout in Anti-Bush protests in India

THIS IS A NOTE RECEIVED FROM A FRIEND WHO IS A MEMBER IN COMMUNIST FORUM FOIL = federation of Inquilabi Leftists , THIS GUY SEEMS TO BE IRRITATED BY BUSH'S INDIA VISIT AND NOT PARTICIPATON OF HINDUS IN ANTI-BUSH RALLY . RAJA SWAMY LIVES IN US AND HATES US POLICIES .// C CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF COMMUNIST PARTY ------------------------------------ Folks, theres something strange (or not so strange) about the way the anti-Bush protests erupting all over India are being characterized. The blaring headline all over (especially western media) talks of "Muslims and Communists" protesting. Just because the main organizers happen to be Muslim organizations and various left parties and organizations. But is it the case that the incredible numbers of people out there on the streets in every major Indian city including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, and so on are only reducible to "Muslims and Communists?" Without taking away from the incredible effor