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INDIA : 374 Chefs for cops on Maoists’ trail,help them stay focussed

Chefs for cops on Maoists’ trail - 374 cooks to serve policemen, help them stay focussed SUMAN K. SHRIVASTAVA Ranchi, May 31: The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, the Jharkhand government has only now realised. For, in a move to keep its anti-rebel combat forces fighting fit and content, the state government has decided to recruit cooks to be stationed at 145 police stations in Maoist-affected areas. According to DIG (personnel) R.K. Mallick, the government’s decision follows a series of complaints from the forces, that instead of concentrating on operations, they also had to deploy their own men to cook meals at various police stations. “If after hours of combing operations, the men did not get proper food, you can’t blame them for being demoralised. So, we decided to man every police station, located in Naxalite-hit zones, with a cook and water carriers,” he told The Telegraph. The state government has advertised for 374 cooks and 195 water carriers. Apart fro

UAS 2008 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems 10th International Conference & Exhibition

From : UVS International 86 rue Michel Ange 75016 Paris France Tel. : 33-1-46.51.88.65 Fax : 33-1-46.51.05.22 www.uvs-international.org www.uvs-info.com UAS 2008 CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION 10th Annual Edition Paris, France 10-12 June 2008 ONLY UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS & TRULY GLOBAL Featuring: 70 Speakers from 17 countries: - 1 Global Regulatory Organization (ICAO) - 12 National & Multi-National Military Organizations - 6 Governmental Organizations - 11 National & Multi-National Regulatory Authorities - 2 International Standards Organizations - 6 International Stakeholder Organizations - 30 Industry Representatives from 16 Countries - 3 Academic Representatives In the attachment you will find: l UAS 2008 Conference Delegate Information File This document includes the updated conference programme & the delegate registration form, as well as other useful information. Additional information concerning UAS 2008, the worl

Rama Setu talk by Dr. Subramanian Swamy on youtube

Below is a video link of brilliant talk on Rama Sethu and its relevance to the what is happening to Hinduism, delivered by Dr. Subramanian Swamy during his recent visit to US when he released his book on Rama Sethu. Every Indian must watch this. For those who may not know, it is Dr. Swamy's brilliant arguments in Supreme Court that blocked destruction of Rama Sethu. Listen to how Dr. Swamy, who is an economist and not a lawyer, relate how he argued for 8 hours at a stretch with Supreme Court justices and successfully convinced them to stop destruction of Rama Sethu. Listen to why he took up this case because he clearly saw it as another example of undermining Hindu society. Hear about the gross corruption involved, total lack of values and simple decency in the leaders of current government. (Note: This is link to play list and all the parts will be automatically played) Rama Sethu book can be ordered from Kanchi Kamakoti Seva Foundation at 908-244-3258. PLEASE PA

Balochistan :Nationalists observe ‘black day’

WASHINGTON DC: The Baloch in United States staged a protest rally in Washington DC against the nuclear tests carried out in Chagi 10 years ago, describing it as a crime against humanity and called for extradition of A.Q. Khan, founder of the Islamic Bomb, to the United States. They gathered outside the Pakistan embassy in Washington DC on Wednesday to raise slogans “No More Islamic Bombs,” Extradite A.Q. Khan”, " Denuclearize Balochistan" and “Extradite Bin Laden” the rally called for right to self-determination for the Baloch people in Pakistan and Iran. Robert Selle, president of the American Friends of Baluchistan, addressing the protest rally called for the right of self-determination for the people of Balochistan “a land rich in resources” and said he has written to President Bush and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to help the Baloch. Selle informed Bush and Rice that Baluchistan was an independent state and had its own bicameral parliament before its for

SAUDI ARABIA: THE STRATEGIC SHIFT TOWARDS RUSSIA?

By Dr. Subhash Kapila Contextual Reference: Author’s SAAG Paper No. 2154 dated 28.02.2007 “Russia’s President Putin’s Second Strategic Foray in the Middle East (February 2007) Introductory Observations Saudi Arabia’s tentative strategic shift away from the United States was significantly discernible when during Gulf War II against Iraq in 2003, Saudi Arabia denied the United States the military use of its bases for the Iraq military intervention. Saudi Arabia had been the most unreservedly staunch ally of the United States for the better part of the last century. Relations became strained, though not breakable following the 9/11 Islamic Jihadi bombings in New York and Washington. The majority of those involved in the 9/11 bombings were Saudis. While the 9/11 bombers were trained, financed and their plans operationalised by Pakistan intelligence agencies, the Saudi label became stuck in US public memory and moreso with Osama bin Laden also being a Saudi. Contextually, the abo

Pakistan: economic troubles

Source: OXFORD ANALYTICA Pakistan's economic woes will be in the spotlight this week. A budget for fiscal 2008-09 (starting July) is due for presentation on June 7. It comes shortly after the resignation of the finance minister -- one of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) representatives who withdrew from the Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led cabinet earlier this month in a dispute over the judiciary. Pakistan is facing growing trade and budget deficits, surging inflation and critical shortages of foodstuffs and energy. To tackle the latter, the country moves its clock forward by one hour this week in an attempt to alleviate demand pressures. Electricity cuts are common and emotive. They have fuelled riots before. Hardship is one of the factors that cost President Pervez Musharraf 's allies their jobs in the February election. A struggle to address it may also be the downfall of the incumbent administration. Hence its refusal to accept a World Bank recommendation that it

Bubbling Baltics

Source: OXFORD ANALYTICA Latvia hosts the Baltic Sea States Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday this week -- an opportunity to attempt a fresh start in regional diplomacy, especially in relations with Russia. Relations between Russia and countries formerly controlled by Moscow, especially the Baltic republics and Poland, have often been less than amicable. Since these countries joined the EU in 2004, mutual mistrust has also increasingly tainted EU-Russia relations, particularly as Russia regained geopolitical clout under the Putin presidency. Yet ties with Moscow have improved markedly since the low-point in May 2007, which saw the near-cancellation of the EU-Russia summit: Following Russia's move to end the Polish meat embargo, Warsaw dropped its veto, which had prevented the start of negotiations on the long-delayed EU-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA). Similarly, Lithuania last week abandoned its veto of the PCA, which means that negotiations can now beg

U.S. Fourth Fleet in Venezuelan Waters

May 27th 2008, by Nikolas Kozloff - CounterPunch With U.S. saber rattling towards Venezuela now at its height, the Pentagon has decided to reactivate the Navy’s fourth fleet in the Caribbean, Central and South America. It’s a bold move, and has already stirred controversy within the wider region. The fleet, which will start patrolling in July, will be based at the Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Florida and will answer to the U.S. Southern Command in Miami. Rear Admiral Joseph Keran, current commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, will oversee operations. About 11 vessels are currently under the Southern Command, a number that could increase in future. The Navy plans to assign a nuclear-powered air craft carrier, USS George Washington, to the force. It’s difficult to see how the revival of the Fourth Fleet is warranted at the present time. The move has only served to further antagonize Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, already rattled by a U.S. navy plane’s viola

MPs Elect Larijani New Parliament Speaker

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's new parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly elected leading conservative and former nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani as its speaker. Larijani won 232 votes out of a total of 263 ballots cast in parliament, which has a total of 287 members. One of the top conservative figures in Iran, Larijani has held posts including top nuclear negotiator, Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) secretary, state broadcasting chief, culture minister as well as unsuccessfully standing for president against Ahmadinejad in 2005. In his first words after his election as the speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, Larijani warned that Tehran may restrict its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog. Moments after the former nuclear negotiator was elected to his new role, he said a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency was "deplorable". The International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohammad ElBaradei submitted his latest report on Iran's nucle

Our impotent fight against terrorism

By Vikram Sood Wednesday, May 28, 2008 At least the US has managed to ensure that there has been no repeat of 9/11 for seven years SOME weeks ago US President George Bush announced that there had been no successful terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001 claiming that he and his policies had made America safe for Americans. Maybe, but US nationals continue to die in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Of course, he forgot to mention that there were hardly any incidents before 9/ 11. Also that neither Canada nor Mexico harbour, train and equip terrorists who plan to dismember the US. Soon after 9/11, apart from bombing Afghanistan and Iraq out of existence, the Bush administration armed itself with the most draconian anti- terror laws and has not relented despite objections from human rights organisations and the liberal sections of American society. The intelligence, security and counter- terrorist organisations were strengthened and reorganised. Hampered by inadequate h

PROFILE : PANDIT DEENDAYAL UPADHYAYA

Source : Excerpt from "My Country My Life" by L K Advani I realised early on in my political life that politics in India is an occupation in which the fame, power, honour and recognition associated with its practitioners often have no relation to their inherent qualities. If a person enters politics, he is automatically seen as a neta (leader). Before long, he starts receiving the kind of media publicity that would be the envy of persons in other professions who are far more talented and have a markedly superior record of service to society. In addition, if the person has the capacity to be a rabble-rouser or a troublemaker, he can be sure of becoming more widely popular simply because notoriety, unfortunately, has its assured benefi ts in politics. While I readily admit that such persons do not constitute a majority among politicians, the negative image of the political class that they create often makes people wonder if there ever can be ideal persons in politics. This

Executives in charge of Booz Allen intelligence Contracts

Source: IntelligenceOnline Who Deals with Agencies at Booz Allen? Among the 80 vice presidents of the governmental branch of Booz Allen Hamilton, which has been acquired by the Carlyle Group (see Page 1), a dozen deal explicitly with one of the American intelligence services. At Booz Allen Hamilton’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia, the firm’s vice presidents specializing in intelligence oversee two types of contract: offer two types of services: training executives and supplying critical systems to the agencies. Virtually all of the latter call on its services: NSA, DIA, CIA, FBI, NRO, and NGA (see graph). Even IARPA, the newly- established R&D unit of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), relies of the firm’s technology assessments. The training of senior intelligence officials brings in steady revenue for Booz Allen. For nearly 10 years the group has been grooming executives of NRO in the framework of the Future Focus program. At the Joint Military In