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CRPF training to curb Naxal Menace

CRPF training woes OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT New Delhi, April 29: The battle-worthiness of the Central Reserve Police Force for anti-Naxalite operations is in doubt even as the Centre is giving final touches to a major offensive against the rebels. According to a recent presentation made by the CRPF to Union home ministry officials, only 7 per cent of its personnel — approximately 14,700 — were able to complete a two-month compulsory training this year because of constant deployment. Even fewer personnel — 12,600 or 6 per cent — were able to take the training last year. A CRPF official said the two-month training is considered sacrosanct to keep the forces fighting fit, as it not only provides relief from the fatigue that they undergo during deployment but also sharpens their skill in tactical warfare and use of weaponry. Occupied with deployment duty, only a small fraction of the force is able to train for extreme challenges like fighting Naxalites or militants. With about 2.1

BALOCHISTAN : Sardar Attaullah Mengal on Exit Control List

Sunday, April 30, 2006 Mengal to file petition against ECL restriction By Irfan Ali KARACHI: Sardar Attaullah Mengal, founder of the Balochistan National Party (BNP), has been named on the Exit Control List (ECL) for which he received a letter on Saturday from the Federal Interior Ministry about restrictions on his departure to any country. “Mr. Mengal has decided to challenge the ban in a court of law on his foreign tour and I will file a petition in the Sindh High Court on Tuesday on his behalf,” lawyer Ghulam Shah told Daily Times. He said that he would not be able to file the petition on Monday as it is a holiday. The interior ministry had informed Mengal through registered mail that on a letter from an intelligence agency, his name was put on the ECL. Shah, also the secretary general of the Sindh Thinkers Forum, a member of the nationalist parties alliance PONM, said that he has informed PONM member parties, NGOs and the British government of the restrictions on Mengal

Time to Streamline RAW’s Operations

by Ravindra P Singh INDIA’S external espionage agency the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), has many skeletons rattling in its cupboard. The agency is plagued by infighting between its direct recruits and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers on deputation to corner plum postings, particularly in Europe and North America. Some senior officers working at the headquarters in Delhi and posted abroad have been found leaking secret information, thus, undermining the security interest of the country. Many foreign spying agencies have penetrated the organisation in Delhi, and ferreted information marked “Top Secret”. The government is planning to revamp the agency, and a committee is likely to be set-up soon to draw up a roadmap for future functioning of the agency.The defection last year of its joint secretary, Ravinder Singh to the US had ruffled many feathers in the government. Though he was under surveillance for weeks, the man first fled all the way to Nepal by road and from there flew

Indian Students Seek Justice in Vain in Armenia

Indian Students Seek Justice in Vain [April 21, 2006] I happened upon a huge crowd of Indian students walking up the Baghramyan Street. I thought it was one of their national holidays; they are always accompanied by processions and music. Well, I thought, the procession would be a great part of a new project, Indians in Armenia, that Hetq photographer Onnik Krikorian and I have launched recently. But as soon as I approached, it became clear that the crowd gathering at the National Assembly building was not celebrating a festival at all; it looked more like a demonstration. “What's the gathering about?” I asked one of the students, expecting to hear some common Armenian university problem. His answer was beyond all my expectations. It was something horrible. Later in the several hours that I spent with them at the National Assembly others added their stories to his tale, and gradually the whole picture emerged. Today (April

'Sonia revealed her imperialist mentality' --Sushma Swaraj

Press Trust of India Posted online: Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 1535 hours IST Updated: Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 1553 hours IST Lucknow, April 29: Accusing Congress president Sonia Gandhi of having an imperialist mentality, senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said her party would give a tough fight in the Rae Bareli by-election and might throw up a surprising result. "By declaring in Rae Bareli that her fight will continue and the caravan continue to move, Gandhi revealed her imperialist mentality," Swaraj, who took on the AICC chief in the Bellary Lok Sabha by-elections in Karnataka in 1999, told reporters here. Asked why she did not contest against Gandhi from Rae Bareli, the former Union Minister said there was no organisation of the party in Bellary while there are several leaders in the Uttar Pradesh state unit who could give a tough fight to the Congress president. She denied allegations that BJP nominee for the seat Vinay Katiyar had been made a scape

Mujahideen Day celebrated in Balochistan

QUETTA, Apr 28 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghans celebrated on Friday the 14th anniversary of Mujahideen Victory Day in Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan. A ceremony was arranged in this regard by the Afghan Consulate that was largely attended by Afghan representatives, elders, teachers and students. Addressing the ceremony Afghan Consular General Ahmad Ali Babak termed the April 28 an important day in Afghanistan history and congratulated Afghans for this. He said Afghanistan was moving towards peace abandoning war and he urged the refugees to return to their homeland and took part in reconstruction process. Babak said friendly ties in Afghanistan and Pakistan was useful for people of both the countries and hastened to add: "If one country does not enjoy peace, it may affect the peace of the neighbouring state." Some tribal elders in their speeches flayed April 27 and appreciated April 28. A tribal elder Haji Akhtar Mohammad Achakzai said April 28 was an important

ISI Agent in USA : Khalid Azam's comment on Indian Intelligence

Below message received from a FOIL member ( Federation of Inquilabi LEftist , a Anti-West ,Anti-India, commmunist organization based in USA . Unfortunately this ISI agent in USA is a member of FOIL , who's hate for Hinduism and India surpasses Nazis hate for Jews . He has to say that Indian Intelligence is Hindutva sympathizers .READ BELOW [START ] "FYI....See the article below. The author, a former Intelligence Bureau director, completely [or should we say conveniently] forgets that Saffron Hindutva poses any threat to the Indian polity. This is particularly disturbing given that most public figures coming out of Indian Intelligence organizations (B Raman, former chief of RAW, being another case in point) are all Hindutva sympathizers. No wonder every untoward incident is conveniently blamed on LeT, JeH or ISI. Even the Jama Masjid blasts are said to be done by "rival Muslims" (No question of VHP/Bajrang Dal being possibly involved are to be raised), m

Actuaries Submit Terrorism Risk Analysis to President's Working Group

The American Academy of Actuaries,in response to questions posed by the President's Working Group on Financial Markets, has submitted its Terrorism Risk Insurance Analysis, which concludes that a national framework for terrorism risk is necessary if terrorism coverage is to be widely and readily available. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT "A large chemical, nuclear, biological or radiological (CNBR) terrorist attack on New York City could cause insured losses of $778 billion," said Michael McCarter, chairperson of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Subgroup. "Without a national framework for managing terrorism risk, insurers would be exposed to losses far greater than they could sustain -- significantly damaging their ability to provide the ongoing insurance coverage that is essential to the stability of the entire economy." The actuaries were not able to identify any insurance, reinsurance or capital market solution that could finance such potential insured losses

Pratt & Whitney Awarded First Production Contract for Joint Strike Fighter Engines

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., April 28 -- Pratt &Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), has been awarded the first production contract for F135 engines to power the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The contract, valued at $23 million, is for long lead-time hardware for six engines supporting the first five production F-35 aircraft covering Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP). This contract is the first portion of a full LRIP contract valued at up to $120 million through January 2010. "The entire F135 team is excited as we officially begin the transition from a development engine program to a production engine program entering a new phase in Pratt & Whitney's history," said Bill Gostic, Vice President of F135 Engine Programs for Pratt & Whitney. Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine program recently achieved more than 5,000 hours of System Development and Demonstration (SDD) ground testing and is on schedule to support the first flight o

Defense Policy of Paritrana, New Indian Political Party

Defense Policy The world is dynamic in existence. Nothing is static, nothing is permanent. One must accept the reality that PEACE IS A PROCESS NOT A STATE. Peace also, like everything else, is dynamic in nature, as even stability is. Prosperity is ultimately derived from stability, which depends heavily on the security environment. This is as true internationally as it is in the domestic sphere. If there is a possibility of loopholes originating in the delicate process of development, there are enough elements that will lead to the collapse of the system. It is important to realize the utility of different components that is uniquely and efficiently theirs. The military component has value of its own that can not be fully compensated by anything else. The military component gives an essential security to the country, and the nation's international footing has a lot more value than it has currently. The readiness of defense, at times in terms of offensive capabilities, is the

Why is Steve Farmer obsessed with the court hearings ?

Why is Steve Farmer obsessed with the court hearings? Why doesn't IER get a legally competent person? He has no more competence pass opinion on court proceedings than he does on India. What is in it for him? who is paying for all this? The whole thing smacks of self-justification. Are IER members abandoning him? Is he the only one posting anything on it-- and only on the California case? ---------------------------------------------- From: Steve Farmer Date: Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:43 pm Subject: Hearing Transcript (HAF Lies Worse Than We Thought!) Dear List, Early this evening in California we received, direct from the Court Reporter, the Official Transcript of the ruling given at the April 21 hearing that denied a Preliminary Injunction to the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) in the California textbook case. Denial of the Preliminary Injunction means that the California Board of Education and Department of Education can proceed with the textbook adopti

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT :Sarasvati River and the Vedic Civilization by Dr.N S Rajaram

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT Sarasvati River and the Vedic Civilization: History, science and politics by N.S. Rajaram The discovery of the Sarasvati River, lauded in the Vedas as the greatest river, and the decipherment of the 5000-year old Indus script are the two most important breakthroughs in Indian history to have taken place in recent decades. The story of Sarasvati’s rediscovery in our time is also the story of the rediscovery of Vedic India. Here is a book on these epoch making developments by one who has been at the center of these developments. The book shows unequivocally— Harappan civilization was Vedic. Harappan archaeology represents the material remains of the culture and civilization described in the Vedic literature, and flourished in the same geographic regions. In the present book, N.S. Rajaram, a scientist as well as historian, marshals evidence from a wide range of sources, from archaeology and astronomy to the newly deciphered Indus seals, to shed light on the origins

U.S., Pakistan Launch Strategic Dialogue on Economics, Security Discussions also to include education, science, technology, State's Burns says By David Shelby Washington File Staff Writer Washington – Pakistan and the United States have a “unique relationship” based on common security interests, according to U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns, and through the newly launched U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, the two countries seek to broaden that relationship through increased commercial, educational and technological exchanges. “There’s no country in the world more important to the United States in prosecuting and winning the global war on terror than Pakistan,” Burns told reporters during a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Riaz Khan in Washington April 27. He said, “[O]ur common struggle for peace, for stability and for security and against terrorism is what has been at the core of our relationship.” But he added, “[T]hat also has allowed us to think mor

Karzai must not allow Pak diktate his choice of friends

Date : 2006-04-28 Karzai must not allow Pak diktate his choice of friends By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features It is understandable why Hamid Karzai has to do a tight rope walking on Indian soil and underplay his apparent disgust with Pakistan’s reluctance to catch the remnants of the Taliban sheltered by the Pakistani tribesmen near the Afghan borders. Any reproach of Pakistan by him while on a visit to India would provide an instant propaganda boon to Islamabad which has been regularly spreading the canard that Kabul’s charges against Pakistan are instigated by India. Nonetheless, at least in the interest of his own country, the Afghan president need not be ambiguous in speaking out his mind on certain matters, regardless of the fact whether he is in his country or in a foreign land. One such matter is the question of allowing transit of Afghan-bound Indian goods across the Pak territory. While in Delhi, Karzai hoped that a day would arrive soon when Pakistan would allow transit

Interview with Baltistan activist

ZNet(Red Alert) is carrying an interview of M Hasnain - an activist from Baltistan on the Pakistani side of the LOC in Kashmir. Hasnain doesn't have nice things to say about how his ethnic group on the Pakistani side of the border are being treated. He does say things are nicer for his people on the Indian side. A careful analysis will show that Baltis in Kargil have far more cultural, religious and political freedom compared to Baltis in Pakistani control. ... Indian Balti Muslims I have talked to express pride in being Indian, which reflects on how they are treated there. Further, they have economic autonomy through a local autonomous development council. Their language and script is promoted by Indian government, something that the people of Baltistan can only dream of.- ZMag From the article at Zmag: M. Hasnain is a leading activist and ideologue from Baltistan, in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir. He is deeply involved in Baltistan's movement for self-determination