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Rahul Manio: PRATHAM NGO to control educational agenda

Rahul Manio: PRATHAM NGO to control educational agenda This may be a little more sinister than may appear at first sight. We learnt from informed sources that an anti-national, very large NGO called PRATHAM is close to Rahul and wants to control his educational agenda. Sanghvi may be in on it. http://www.prathamusa.org/enewsletter.asp Waheeda Rehman is its "goodwill ambassador." Educating Rahul Sycophancy in an editorial of a supposedly national newspaper. No wonder Vir Sanghvi found the media out of sync with the people. Educating Rahul Author: Editorial Publication: The Indian Express Date: March 11, 2006 Introduction: Let the Amethi MP become educating minister and infuse some energy into a moribund minister Rahul Gandhi's maiden Budget speech in Parliament on education threw up some interesting ideas, and one big whopper of a suggestion: make the Amethi MP a minister of education, so that he can match his words with action. Yes, we are dead se

Rahul Manio: PRATHAM NGO to control educational agenda

Rahul Manio: PRATHAM NGO to control educational agenda This may be a little more sinister than may appear at first sight. We learnt from informed sources that an anti-national, very large NGO called PRATHAM is close to Rahul and wants to control his educational agenda. Sanghvi may be in on it. http://www.prathamusa.org/enewsletter.asp Waheeda Rehman is its "goodwill ambassador." Educating Rahul Sycophancy in an editorial of a supposedly national newspaper. No wonder Vir Sanghvi found the media out of sync with the people. Educating Rahul Author: Editorial Publication: The Indian Express Date: March 11, 2006 Introduction: Let the Amethi MP become educating minister and infuse some energy into a moribund minister Rahul Gandhi's maiden Budget speech in Parliament on education threw up some interesting ideas, and one big whopper of a suggestion: make the Amethi MP a minister of education, so that he can match his words with action. Yes, we are dead se

Baloch Nationalist Senator Sanaullah Baloch US visa cancelled under pressure of Pakistani Government

Under pressure from the Pakistan Government, the Bush Administration has decided to revoke the U.S. visa of Senator Sa Ullah Baloch, a senior Baloch leader, who was scheduled to speak at a leadership programme at the end of this month in the United States. According to a letter issued by the U.S. Embassy here, the invitation extended to Senator Sana Ullah Baloch to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Programme on Accountability in Government and Business from March 27 to April 15 this year, has also been withdrawn. Senator Sana Ullah Baloch, aged 35, is presently in pocession of a U.S.visa that was issued to him on December 1, 2005 and is due to expire on April 28, 2006. Clearance for issuing the visa was given on November 29, 2005. According to the letter written by Tom C Pickrel, First Secretary for Cultural Affairs at the U.S.Embassy, Baloch’s visa and invite has been cancelled “due to a recent withdrawal in funding, which made it necessary for us (the U.S.Embas

Four Harkat suspects shot dead

Four Harkat suspects shot dead RK Misra / Gandhinagar Four suspected terrorists were killed by Ahmedabad Police in a pre-dawn encounter on the outskirts of the city on Friday in which a constable was also injured. Four pistols and explosives have been recovered. Mr PP Pandey, joint commissioner and chief of the Crime Branch of Ahmedabad Police told newspersons that the four, whose identities have not been disclosed, are believed to be Harkat-ul -Mujahideen terrorists. "We had information that terrorists were planning a major strike in Gujarat and we were maintaining strict vigil especially on movement in and out of the State," he said. According to Mr Pandey, the four had been under the sleuths' scanner for quite sometime. Police decided to raid the terrorists' hideout at their Ganga Row house in Vatwa area on the outskirts of the city at around 3 am on Friday. When asked to surrender, the four opened fire and the encounter lasted 15 minutes. All four terrorists

Afghanistan demands Pakistan quit sullying the good name of Ahmad Shah Abdali

Ahmad Shah Abdali is recognized as the founder of modern Afghanistan -- he had himself elected by a jirga and created a dynasty that lasted over two centuries. (For better or for worse, he was also my paternal ancestor, but that is another long story of my paternal family's migration from Afghanistan to Sindh some 150 years ago). An article in Open Democracy reports: In mid-February, Afghanistan's minister of information and culture Sayed Makhdom Raheen wrote a letter advising Pakistan not to designate two of its missiles the Ghauri (Mohammad Ghauri was a 12th-century Afghan commander who led numerous raids into India) and the Abdali (Ahmad Shah Abdali invaded India from Afghanistan and founded the Pashtun dynasty in 1748). Raheen said that these rulers "spread art and civilisation across the subcontinent. Their names should not be used for tools of war and killing". KABUL (AFP) - Afghanistan's government said it had asked neighbouring Pakistan to stop

"Intelligence Brief: Sectarian Violence Moves Iraq Closer to Civil War"

Between March 13-14, Iraqi security forces uncovered at least 86 bodies in Baghdad. The victims were all murdered, many killed in large groups as a result of gunshot wounds to the head. Some 29 bodies killed in this manner were found in a Shi'a neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, while 15 bodies, all victims of strangulation, were discovered in the back of a truck in a Sunni Arab neighborhood in western Baghdad. The killings appear to be the result of sectarian violence, a development that has escalated since the February 22 bombing and destruction of the al-Askari shrine, one of the holiest sites of Shi'a Islam. The latest killings come after a series of car bombs in the Shi'a-majority Sadr City on March 12 that killed at least 46 people. The increase in sectarian violence is moving Iraq closer to civil war. Indeed, in recent days, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has publicly warned about the possibility of civil war, telling the U.S. Congress that if a full-blown

INDIA defense review : Source from Parliament Q & A

----------------- MIG's Statement ---------------- (a) Due to a spate of accidents in 2002-2003, the term ‘Flying Coffin’ was coined by a section of the media. (b) Out of a total number of seven hundred and ninety three (793) MiG-21 aircraft which have been inducted in the Indian Air Force (IAF) since 1963, the IAF has lost three hundred and thirty (330) MiG-21 aircraft in the accidents. (c) the earlier versions of the MiG-21 aircraft (e.g. Type-77, Type-96 and Type-75 Bis) are in the process of being phased out. The latest version has been upgraded to MiG-21 Bison using the contemporary systems and is likely to continue in the service till 2020. ----------------------------------- Dhruv Helicopter fleet Grounded ----------------------------------- (a) Dhruv Helicopter fleet of the Indian Air Force has been grounded since 26.11.2005. (b) Though fault was found with the specific batch of tail rotor blades, no technical fault about the maneuverability or otherwise of Dhru

ISI ATTEMPT TO DISCREDIT THE BALOCHS

by B. Raman The Baloch freedom-fighters continue to wage a determined struggle against the Pakistan Army and the Punjabi feudal aristocracy, which has colonised their homeland with Chinese assistance. Their struggle is against the Punjabi-dominated Army and not against the common people, wherever they are from. 2. The operations of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and other groups, which have joined this freedom struggle, are directed against the external manifestations of the Punjabi colonisation such as the Army, the Air Force and para-military forces as well as the infrastructure through which the valuable resources of the Baloch people are being taken away to add to the wealth and comfort of the Punjabis, while the Balochs themselves continue to suffer in abject poverty and misery. 3. Despite the deployment of nearly 40,000 troops and para-military forces and the use of the Air Force, including the helicopters donated by the US for operations to hunt for Osama bin Laden and his

Baluch Rebels Succeed In Shutting Iran-Pakistan Rail Link

March 14, 2006 Mandeep S. Bajwa Background Last week Associated Press reported that because of insurgent attacks, rail service between Quetta in Pakistan and Zahedan in Iran was to be suspended. Other reports said that Pakistan had suspended traffic only for a week till the security situation improved; but there was confusion as whether it was goods or passenger traffic that was affected. Trains were already restricted to daylight operations on the line because of frequent attacks. A rocket attack on March 4 that seriously injured an engine driver is said to have led Pakistan Railways staff to refuse to operate trains. Analysis The suspension of Iran-Pakistan rail traffic represents a major victory for the Baluchistan Liberation Army (Sherkoh). This is the main branch of the BLA and is led by Khair Bux Marri and his three sons. It is supposedly funded, trained and loosely controlled by the CIA. The increasing daily incidents of violence in Balochistan prove that far from the c

''Iran's Nuclear Plans Complicate China's Energy Security''

In mid-February 2006, amid controversy over Iran's nuclear research program, China and Iran announced an energy deal potentially worth US$100 billion. According to the agreement, state-owned China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, or Sinopec, will develop Iran's Yadavaran oil field, and China agreed to buy from Iran ten million tons of liquefied natural gas per year for 25 years beginning in 2009. Sinopec would assume a 51 percent stake in the field, expected to produce 300,000 barrels per day, with 29 percent going to India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (O.N.G.C.) and the remaining 20 percent to either Iranian firms or another foreign company such as Royal Dutch Shell. China and Iran Improve Economic Relations This deal is the latest and most significant step in economic relations between the two states. Trade between China and Iran increased from US$1.2 billion in 1998 to US$7.5 billion in 2004, and jumped to US$9.5 billion in 2005. China currently imports about

Rabindra ‘spy’ Singh surfaces in Virginia

This picture was circulated by unknown indian group which called itself as PSMI, Patriotic Sons of Mother India . It is believed that members of these organization became radio active eversince he fled India with active help of US . Author: Pramod Kumar singh Publication: The Daily Pioneer Date: March 13, 2006 http://www.dailypioneer.com/ Rabindra 'spy' Singh surfaces in Virginia Pramod Kumar Singh/ New Delhi RAW officer missing since 2004 with secrets ---- Rabindra Singh, the former joint secretary of the country's external intelligence agency, whose mysterious disappearance two years ago had created quite a stir, has been traced along with his family members. Well-placed sources told the Pioneer that Singh who went missing on May 14, 2004, was discovered living in disguise in the United States. Based on his latest photograph in disguise and other evidence, the Indian agencies have concluded that the former Joint Secretary of Research and Analysis Wing

"China Becomes Increasingly Involved in the Middle East"

wo regions have emerged as the most likely sources of great power conflict in the 21st century. The first is the Middle East, which is the focal point for the U.S.-led war on terrorism. The region is important both as part of a global ideological struggle against Islamist extremism and in the quest for oil and gas resources. The second is Asia, as the rise of China presents competition for both intangible and material resources on the world stage. On the ideological front, China's model of protecting one-party rule by improving the economic livelihood of the people and emphasizing the principles of sovereignty, non-interference and territorial integrity while calling for a multi-polar international system challenges the U.S.-led international order, which favors democracy, human rights and humanitarian intervention. China's rapid growth, development and modernization is also proceeding in tandem with China's growing resource needs, which are placing pressure on raw materi

New face of political Islam

New face of political Islam Last Friday, violence erupted in Aminabad and Qaiserbag, two prominent marketplaces in Lucknow, when an un-notified anti-Bush rally by local Muslims took a communal turn. Four lives were lost in the violence apart from injuries to another 10. The rally was un-notified but not unscheduled since, according to eye witnesses, preparations on a large scale were being made since morning. The violence could have been resisted but for the pronounced laxity of the police and the administration. The police should have anticipated the preparations that were afoot in full public view in Aminabad. Violence erupted when Muslim protesters, after Friday prayers, marched through the streets forcing closure of shops on Latouche Road, Aminabad, Kaiserbagh, Nazirabad, Maulviganj and Hazratganj. They damaged shops and vehicles by pelting stones and set ablaze over two dozen two-wheelers. Bank of Baroda's Aminabad branch and a post office were torched by the rioters wh

India: The terrible price paid for economic progress

India's economic success is a modern miracle. But the dark side of the boom has been its tragic cost to the subcontinent's most vulnerable people. In a special investigation, Daniela Bezzi and Peter Popham report from Kalinganagar, a village that paid a terrible price in the name of progress Published: 11 March 2006 It was dawn on 2 January 2006 when the quiet morning rituals of Kalinganagar, a village in eastern India, were drowned in a noise like the end of the world: a stream of bulldozers and excavators and khaki-painted lorries containing more than 400 armed police came grinding into the village. For days there had been rumours that something was about to happen. The village, surrounded by dense forest but only 50 kilometres from a major iron-ore mine, already has three steel plants in its midst. Tata, a major Indian company, wants to build another, much bigger than the rest. The villagers, who belong to the indigenous Ho tribe, want none of it: last year police broke

UP blasts: Police announces reward for clues

Lucknow, Mar 10: The Uttar Pradesh Police today announced a reward a of Rs 1 lakh for the person, who would give any clues regarding the whereabouts of the suspected militants involved in the Varanasi blasts. The police also appealed to the public to come forward without fear to cooperate in nabbing the culprits. Centre to examine possibility of CISF security for temples "The identity of the person providing information and helping the police arrest those responsible for the blasts would be kept secret," Director-General of Police Yashpal Singh told reporters here. He said the name of a shopkeeper had come up during investigations from whom the terrorists had purchased pressure cookers to carry out the explosions in which ammonium nitrate mixed with RDX and aluminum foil were used. "Efforts are under way to locate the shop." He admitted that no "concrete lead" had been found so far but "the case would be solved within a week just like the terro