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Blacklisted organizations get government funds

CAPART doles out funds to 248 blacklisted organisations Rajeev Ranjan Roy | New Delhi In what appears to be a sort of scam, the Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) recently released around Rs 5 crore to 248 blacklisted voluntary organisations across the country. Over Rs 22 lakh has been recovered from the blacklisted organisations. These organisations allegedly managed to get funds by resorting to forged documents. An autonomous body under Union Rural Development Ministry, CAPART is involved in catalysing and co-ordinating the emerging partnership between voluntary organisations and the Centre for sustainable development of rural areas. Ministry officials do not rule out the involvement of CAPART officials in the release of funds to the blacklisted organisations. Deputy leader of the BJP in the Lok Sabha Vijay Kumar Malhotra and Chandra Mani Tripathi recently raised the matter in Lok Sabha and sought action to recover the funds. &q

PAKISTAN: INVESTIGATOR, JUROR & JUDGE

PAKISTAN: INVESTIGATOR, JUROR & JUDGE By B.Raman. In law, theft, possessing stolen property knowing it to have been stolen and selling or supplying stolen property to others are criminal offences carrying severe penalties. Giving shelter to a thief or a possessor or seller of stolen property is also an offence if one knew that the person sheltered has committed one of these offences. 2. The police is there with due investigative powers to investigate the crime and prosecute the accused. The judge decides whether the offence has been proved or not. If proved, he awards the appropriate penalty. In certain countries, such as the US, a carefully selected jury helps the judge in assessing the evidence against the accused. 3. The international community, with the US in the lead, has exempted Pakistan from these basic principles of common law with regard to its theft of nuclear equipment and technology from different countries, possessing them, and selling or supplying them to ot

Iran Could Be West's Trial Run

Business Day (Johannesburg) May 25, 2006 Posted to the web May 25, 2006 Jonathan Katzenellenbogen Johannesburg WESTERN states could be putting pressure on Iran in a "trial run" to prevent countries without nuclear weapons from enriching uranium, President Thabo Mbeki said last night. If Iran's peaceful nuclear ambitions were blocked, other signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which include SA, might have to forgo this right at some stage, Mbeki said at a dinner in London. In this light, he said, Iran's rights to the peaceful use of nuclear technology needed to be protected like those of other countries. "So the Iran thing is not unique in itself, but is a pacesetter for (what) might happen in the future," he said. "We believe that Iran's rights in this regard need to be protected. In part we are raising this because you get these whispers that Iran constitutes a trial run, and if there is success in terms of prohibiting

Conference on Balochistan in London

Conference on Balochistan in London by Zrombesh with Senator Sanullah Baloch Senator Sanaullah Baloch is the chief speaker of the conference on Balochistan at London University on Sunday 28, May 2006. The conference shall address the situation of Balochistan in Pakistan and Iran which will encompass wide area of concerns to Baloch Nation such as human rights situation in Balochistan, rise of national struggle for democratic rights, approaches of states on Baluch cause in recent past in a political perspective, and international standing of Balochistan. Balochistan National Movement proposed and facilitated this conference on Balochistan. Balochistan National Movement urges and request every Baloch activists, Baloch person and all interested people in the politics and situation in Balochistan to participate in the conference and take an active role for its success and ultimately for bringing up the Balochistan issues to the international community. The language for the confere

Quote of the day : Senator Sanaullah Baloch

“There is a clear demand from the Baluch intelligentsia, Baluch politicians, Baluch political workers that the international boundaries created between Baluchistan, that divide Baluchistan should be softened and the people of Baluchistan be allowed to govern their territory and their regions and their state declared as a non-nuclear region, a de-militarized region and the ownership of the resources of the region should be accepted for the people of Baluchistan,” -- SANAULLAH BALOCH

Revenues of temples increase - but it flows to the Govt coffers

Even as the revenues to temples increase. The corrupt Indian babudom and petty politicians reap the benefits. The temples remain dirty, ill-maintained and abused. In the US, the Swaminarayan group wants to build a $140 million temple !! Instead of such a lavish temple in the US, I wish they would spend half that money in Bihar and Assam create a chain on Temples and build a Vaishnava temple circuit. The religious demographic pressure is high in Assam. Such chain of temples would help the Hindu samaj a lot more and also integrate the local population as they would become more dependent on the yatri-circuit. Unity of India and cause of dharma would be better served. But then, the Swaminarayan people are spending their money to satisfy their own wishes. Who are we to question their priorities. ======================================================= The bucks stop at the altar http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ articleshow/1569464.cms The bucks stop

Hindus of Holland

Hindus of Holland www.hinduvoice.co.uk After the United Kingdom, the second largest Hindu community of Europe live in the Netherlands. There are between 150,000 - 200,000 Hindus currently living in the Netherlands, the vast majority of who migrated from Surinam - a former Dutch colony in South America. There are about 50,000 Hindus living in the Hague (Dutch capital) while the other concentrations of Hindus are in the Cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Most Dutch Hindus trace their ancestry back to India from about 5 to 6 generations ago. Their ancestors were mainly from the Bihar and Uttar Pradesh areas of India. They were taken to Surinam as 'Indebted Labourers' - a system that was all but slavery and used by the colonial powers to get very cheap labour to replace the freed slaves - on a ship called "La la Rookh". In several ways, the Hindus in Holland are better organized than us in the UK. They are well integrated into Dutch society. There are five governmen

BALOCHISTAN : US must stop aid to Pak says expert Selig Harrison

US must stop aid to Pak: Expert Selig Harrison Source :http://www.ibnlive.com/news/ us-must-stop-aid-to- pak-expert/11513-2.html Washington: Noted American expert on South Asian Affairs, Selig Harrison, has urged the Bush Administration to withhold US aid to Islamabad until Pakistan ceases military activity in Baluchistan. LISTEN TO AUDIO OF THE CONFERENCE Speaking at a seminar organised by the US Institute of Peace, Harrison, who is the director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Policy, said, "In my view, future US military and economic aid to Islamabad should be withheld until Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf stops his military repression of Baluchistan and enters into serious negotiations with Baluch leaders.” Harrison added “Pakistan is likely to become increasingly ungovernable in the absence of a political settlement with the Baluch." He warned that continued military confrontation in Baluchistan could well intensify the long-simmeri

Lashkar-e-Taiba : Terror Breeding ground in India

Breeding ground PRAVEEN SWAMI in Srinagar ANUPAMA KATAKAM in Aurangabad Investigators shut down terror cells tasked with executing strikes in Gujarat, but the threat remains. Three suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants arrested in Aurangabad for moving RDX and AK-47 rifles and ammunition. "ISLAM is our nation," thundered Mohammad Amir Shakeel Ahmad at a Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) conference in 1999, "not India." Sitting in the audience was one of the founding fathers of the Lashkar-e-Taiba's Indian operations, Azam Ghauri, who would die just six months later in a shootout with the Andhra Pradesh Police. For months after the speech, intelligence operatives carefully monitored Ahmad's movements, certain that he was linked to Ghauri. Despite painstaking surveillance, not the slightest bit of evidence emerged that Ahmad had links to the Lashkar. Ahmad barked loudly, investigators concluded, but had no intention of biting. Ea

Balochistan : Sindhi activist ridiculed Muslim worlds indifference

Minorities protested against ongoing military operations in resource rich Balochistan in Lahore . Protestors included Catholic nuns, politicians, rights activists, lawyers, social workers, laborers and students . The 100 demonstrators who gathered May 15 outside the press club in the city, about 270 kilometers southeast of Islamabad, included . The protest was organised by an NGO , Minority Rights Commission of Pakistan . Demonstrators held placards that read "Stop military operations in Balochistan," "Peace for all," "Equal rights for all citizens," "Repeal discriminatory laws" and "Repeal blasphemy laws." Since December, unconfirmed reports say hundreds of women and children have been killed by military shelling in Balochistan province, Pakistan's poorest and most underdeveloped province but also the country's major source of natural gas and oil. Prominent Sindhi activist Dr.Gul Agha ,based in US , told to IntelliBriefs so

New Zealand Forces Explore Network Technologies

By NICK LEE FRAMPTON, WELLINGTON, New Zealand May 01, 2006 New Zealand’s military is outlining a path to its networked future. The Network Enabled Capability (NEC) Framework calls for doctrine that draws from that of allied militaries and supports “capability concepts,” said Cmdr. Rodger Ward, the deputy director for C4ISR at the New Zealand Defense Force’s (NZDF) development branch. The latter can be summed up as “one force,” he said. Another definition circulating among the troops is “where am I, where are my mates and where is the enemy?” The framework also is intended to help produce a plan to improve network-enabled operations, a definition of each and a description of their interrelationships. “The NEC Framework will ensure that every NZDF capability development activity takes into consideration the requirements for NEC; i.e., it will make sure that every program considers the requirements for — and effects of — being part of a Networked Force throughout the development process,

NORAD Expands Surveillance Role, Includes Maritime Responsibilities

By DAVID PUGLIESE, VICTORIA, British Columbia May 22, 2006 The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is expanding its mandate to take on a maritime surveillance and warning role and is examining how to counter potential new threats, such as unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles, said the organization’s deputy commander. Canadian Air Force Lt. Gen. Eric Findley said the decision by the United States and Canada to renew the NORAD agreement May 12 is confirmation the alliance remains the pillar of the defense relationship between the two nations. The renewal also includes the decision to expand NORAD’s role to include maritime defense of the continent, involving offshore approaches and inland waterways. That would see NORAD eventually evolving into a clearinghouse for surveillance and intelligence data about vessels and maritime threats. Findley said the terms of reference on what the two nations want still have to be worked out, as well as decisions on what systems wo

Terrorists Stayed in MLAs Hostel

Author: Suyash Padate Publication: Afternoon Despatch & Courier Date: May 19, 2006 URL: Introduction: Police investigations lead to MLCs, MLA from DF Govt. In what could be an embarrassment to the ruling Democratic Front (DF) government, two MLCs and an MLA have come under the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) scanner for allegedly providing shelter to suspected terrorists in their rooms at the Akashvani MLA Hostel near Mantralaya. They are reportedly Shaikh Rashid Haji Shaikh Shafi, a Congress MLA from Malegaon, Shaikh Abdul Sattatr Nabi, a Congress MLC from Sillod, and Fowzia Khan, an NCP MLC from Parbhani. Some of these suspected terrorists were recently arrested in Aurangabad and Malegaon for possessing and transporting arms and ammunition. The ATS is unwilling to comment on the issue, claiming that it could hamper investigations. But sources say that they have started checking the list of visitors who had lodged in the rooms of these three members. When contacted, Deput

The ‘Singh Doctrine’

By Brigadier Arun Sahgal (Ret.) and Parama Sinha Palit Perhaps the most salient development in international politics in the brief history of the 21st century is the budding strategic partnership between the U.S. and India. America’s ideas about India are, unquestionably, changing. In Washington, strategists project India as a “strong and independent” nation representing “a strategic asset” even as Delhi insists that it is only a “partner” and not a formal ally. In the emerging U.S. view, the two countries’ interests are no longer at loggerheads. Indeed, the recent “strategic coordination” being carved out seems to suit both Washington and New Delhi’s long-term strategic objectives. Whether one refers to the recent New Framework for the U.S.-India Defence Relationship, agreed in June 2005, or the Joint Statement signed the following month, or the bonhomie of President Bush’s recent summit in India with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, both the countries appear to be engaged in the op

What India wants from US

What India wants By Christopher Griffin Begin with two countries that are allied with each other’s nuclear adversaries. They spent the Cold War in opposite camps, one emerging as the free world and the other rallying a “nonaligned” movement against superpower politics. The two have bickered over nonproliferation issues for 30 years, one trying to preserve the status quo, the other challenging what it derided as “nuclear apartheid.” Is this the basis for a beautiful strategic partnership or what? The Bush administration has come to believe that it is. Indeed, during the last five years, the administration has gradually lifted sanctions on dual-use and military sales and permitted security cooperation with Delhi, reversing a host of policies imposed in the wake of India’s 1998 nuclear tests. This under-the-radar courtship culminated in July 2005 with the so-called “nuclear deal,” under which the U.S. will support India’s civilian nuclear program. With this step, the White House exp