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Sarasvati Heritage Project; Parliamentary Standing Committee report

Sarasvati Heritage Project; Parliamentary Standing Committee report in The Tribune, Chandigarh of October 9, 2006 Press Release (14 October 2006) S. Kalyanaraman, Ph.D., Director, Sarasvati Nadi Shodh Prakalp, Former Sr. Exec, Asian Development Bank, 3 Temple Avenue, Srinagar Colony, Chennai 600015 Tel. 044 22350557 Re: Sarasvati Heritage Project; Parliamentary Standing Committee report in The Tribune, Chandigarh of October 9, 2006 We urge that the reported recommendation of the Parliamentary Committee headed by Hon'ble Mr. Sitaram Yechury of the CPM should be rejected by the Government of India and the Heritage Project expanded in scope. One gets the impression from the Press report that this is an example of suggestio falsi and suppressio veri since the importance of many aspects of the project do not seem to have been fully appreciated. The expanded scope is essential to cover the multi-disciplinary facets of investigation, exploration and

North Korean Civil-Military Trends: Military-First Politics to a Point

Civil-military relations is one of the most challenging dimensions to deal with regarding North Korea. Since 1998, Pyongyang's foremost policy has been declared as "military-first." While experts debate the precise meaning and significance of this policy, considerable consensus exists that it gives the leading role to the Korean People's Army (KPA. Hence, military leaders in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are very powerful and influential figures. Who are they? What kind of power and influence do these leaders wield, and how do they exert it? How do KPA leaders interact with dictator Kim Jong Il and their civilian counterparts? Mr. Ken Gause sets out to answer these questions in this monograph. DOWNLOAD

A bully in military uniform

October 2, 2006 A bully in military uniform By TAREK FATAH The Globe and Mail, Toronto Many Canadians are rightfully upset at the derisive manner with which Pakistan's ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, mocked our soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Others are simply scratching their heads, not knowing what to make of the machismo of the general as he locked horns with Carole Off of CBC Radio. When asked to comment on growing doubts about Pakistan's commitment to seal its borders and restrict the movement of the Taliban, who have inflicted many casualties on Canadian troops, Gen. Musharraf bristled at his host and mocked Canadians as cry babies weeping over the deaths of "four or five" dead soldiers. The undiplomatic language and blunt posturing of Gen. Musharraf needs to be understood in the context of the country he rules and the armed forces he commands. Unlike most countries that have an army, in the case of Pakistan, the army has a country. Whereas the armed

Joint Mechanism with Pakistan : Letter to Manmohan from BNF chairman Abdul Hamid Khan

Date: 10th Oct. 2006 Mr. Manmohan Singh The Honourable Prime Minister of India New Delhi Your Excellency, I have the honour to write to you on the meeting held with the Musharraf and “Joint Statement” issued during the NAM summit in Havana. It is premature to predict the achievements of this meeting because no body knows what would be the planning of ISI behind the curtains. It has been cleared by your government, that the mechanism to curb the terrorism would be worked out jointly. As far as General Musharraf’s assurance to your honour is concerned, it’s not a new. Every one knows, that Musharraf is a clever person or have a clever advisor, he is always very quick to condemn act of terrorism anywhere in the world in spite Pakistan’s involvement and offers some sort of help. Condemning recent bomb blasts at Malegaon and Mumbai is a good example of this. In the past the first country who condemn was Talibaan regime and also Pakistan establishment issued statement imm

India at the cross roads

Posted on 10.09.06 by Cynical Nerd @ 2:00 am . We apologize for our extended absence due to a hectic non-stop work schedule. We thank all readers who wrote to us. We do keep an eye on the ever evolving situation with regards to the Indian national interest. Here are some of our thoughts: . Geo-politics: The withdrawal of Shri Shashi Tharoor as a candidate of U.N. Secretary General is a slap in India’s face. The nomination itself was done by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) without consulting South Block and India’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. Further it was done without gaining the confidence of a single UNSC permanent member. It could not even muster the support of non-adversarial South Asian nations such as Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Finally, the sole veto came from none other than India’s “newfound friend” the United States. This indicates a lack of clarity in the foreign policy administration of the Manmohan Singh regime. It has been a saga of one failure after the other sinc

Extremist violence on rise, says report

ARUN KUMAR [ 8 Oct, 2006 0228hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ] articleshow/2116855.cms RSS Feeds| SMS NEWS to 8888 for latest updates PATNA: Altogether 165 persons have been killed in seven Maoist-hit states between July and September, 2006. The victims included 19 security forces, 70 civilians and 76 alleged Maoists. According to the forthcoming issue of Naxal Conflict Monitor (volume III) of the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), the highest number of killings has been reported from Chattisgarh (94), followed by Andhra Pradesh (39), Jharkhand (10), Bihar (9), West Bengal (5), Maharashtra (4) and Orissa (4). The report, quoting Union home ministry sources, says Maoist violence was reported from 1,427 police stations in 2006, compared to 509 police stations in 2005. At least, 102 security personnel were killed in Maoist attacks during January-July, 2006, against the killing of 85 security personnel by armed groups in terrorist-affected Jammu and