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Is India doling out contracts to China?

Times Now 27 July 2009, 07:00pm IST NEW DELHI : Are Indian manufacturers being overlooked and Chinese made equipments being preferred for power projects in India? (http://timesofindia .indiatimes. com/videoshow/ 4826553.cms). If construction major Larsen & Toubro's chairman and managing director's concerns are anything to go by, then Indian companies are being shortchanged by government’s policies that inadvertently tilt the scales in favour of Chinese companies. At a time when India-China rivalry has left relations at the lowest ebb, come complaints from industry heads of 'buy China' bias, that gives Chinese companies inordinate advantage over their Indian counterparts. A letter written to the Finance Minister last month ahead of the Union Budget, L&T CMD A M Naik expressed concerns over import of Chinese power equipment to India that totalled nearly 8.3 billion dollars, while Chinese taxation model struck down any hopes of Indian exports to China .

Indology must change with the times

N.S. RAJARAM Recent developments suggest that academic courses may be in danger of becoming irrelevant WITHIN THE past year, the Sanskrit Department at Cambridge University and the Berlin Institute of Indology, two of the oldest and most prestigious Indology centres in the West, have shut their doors. The reason cited is lack of interest. At Cambridge, not a single student had enrolled this year for its Sanskrit or Hindi course. Other universities in Europe and America are facing similar problems. Coming at a time when worldwide interest in India is the highest in memory, it points to structural problems in Indology and related fields such as Indo-European Studies. What is striking is the contrast between this gloomy academic scene and the outside world. During my lecture tours in Europe, Australia and the United States, I found no lack of interest, especially among the youth. Only they are getting what they want from programmes outside academic departments, in cultural cen

Hindu Economics and Charity

Sarvesh K Tiwari on जुलाई 31, 2009 In a recent article on Wall Street Journal, its bureau chief in New Delhi Paul Beckett has wondered why India’s rich were not generous enough towards charity, has exhorted them to ‘open their wallets’, and implicitly made reference to the Hindu roots of the phenomenon. His misguided opinion is a typical example of how the western journalists posted in India develop their views and spread the typical stereotypes about India, whose spirit they have never tried to, or succeeded in, grasping. His usage of the derogatory term “Hindu Rate of Growth” reminds us of a similarly stale and offending commentary on the growth of Indian Industry by another western journalist stationed in India, Edward Luce, in his ‘In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India’. Unfortunately for them, these western commentators on the economics of India are prisoners of their cognitive cocoon, and while physically being here, they fail to under

US Special Ops Command opens new headquarters

by Airman 1st Class David Dobrydney 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 7/31/2009 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Special Operations Command Central officials opened a new home with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new building July 29 here. The headquarters will allow SOCCENT members to better accomplish its mission of exercising operational control of more than 7,000 special operations servicemembers in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. "We're privileged to be at the center of our nation's efforts," said Army Maj. Gen. Charles Cleveland, the SOCCENT commander who officiated at the grand opening. "With the help of our partners, we look forward to continuing to work toward a future that offers greater peace and stability in this region and throughout the world." A part of the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command, SOCCENT includes and supports members from all services, as well as civilians and coalition partners.

Iranian Imbroglio: Use Of Smart Power For Solution

By Kazi Anwarul Masud In a speech delivered in July this year at the Council of Foreign Relations US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said “We know very well what we inherited with Iran, because we deal with that inheritance every day. We know that refusing to deal with the Islamic Republic has not succeeded in altering the Iranian march toward a nuclear weapon, reducing Iranian support for terror, or improving Iran’s treatment of its citizens. Neither the President nor I have any illusions that dialogue with the Islamic Republic will guarantee success of any kind, and the prospects have certainly shifted in the weeks following the election. But we also understand the importance of offering to engage Iran and giving its leaders a clear choice: whether to join the international community as a responsible member or to continue down a path to further isolation. Direct talks provide the best vehicle for presenting and explaining that choice. That is why we offered Iran’s leaders an un

China: Speculations About a Power Struggle

Four events, which took place in China in the very recent period, have given rise to speculations, especially abroad, on a power struggle developing in the country. Given the opaque Chinese political system, such a phenomenon should not come as a surprise to anybody. Said to be involved in the struggle is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Chief and the country’s President, Hu Jintao, perceived as a leader trying to further consolidate his leadership position through weeding out the remaining supporters of former President Jiang Zemin from positions of power. In chronological order, the events, all seemingly unrelated, are the following – the arrests of Shenzhen Mayor Xu Zongheng and some senior Guangdong officials on corruption charges (June 2009), the eruption of ethnic unrest in Xinjiang (5 July 2009), the reported figuring of Hu Jintao’s son Hu Haifeng in a corruption investigation started by the authorities in Namibia (17 July 2009) and the promotion of four senior military offic

Let's talk about Baluchistan!

July 31, 2009 Source: REDIFF.COM, India Since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [ Images ] in his infinite wisdom put Baluchistan on the Indo-Pak agenda along with Kashmir, let's now not shy away from talking about it. The Pakistani case for Kashmir no longer rests on religion; the Bengali rebellion and secession in 1971 did in that argument. It now rests upon the more exalted principle of self-determination. That is what their friends abroad and even in India wax eloquent about. The Pakistanis no longer harp about Indian perfidies in Junagadh and Hyderabad. Free elections, full integration and the sheer fact of Hindus being the major community in these two onetime princely states has put paid to that. But Kashmir still dogs us. It is predominantly Muslim and the demand for self-determination has us confused. Isn't that what democracy is all about? But the irony is that Pakistan is the champion of self-determination when its own people do not often enjoy democratic rights. The

Expensive takeaway in history

Russian Oligarch Abramovich is teetotal, although he's developed an expensive taste for sushi. Late one afternoon he was in Baku, Azerbaijan, and remarked that he fancied sushi for dinner. Baku isn't known for its Japanese cuisine, so the aide ordered £1,200 of sushi from Ubon in Canary Wharf. It was collected by limousine and then flown 3,000 miles by private jet to Azerbaijan. At an estimated total cost of £40,000, it must surely rank among the most expensive takeaways in history. • Londongrad: From Russia With Cash, by Mark Hollingsworth and Stewart Lansley, is published by Fourth Estate at £12.99. To order your copy with free p&p, call the Review Bookstore on 0845 155 0713. Read more:


B.RAMAN On March 7,2008, the Chinese authorities had claimed to have foiled an attempt by three Uighurs to blow up a plane of the China Southern Airlines flying from Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang province, to Beijing. The persons involved had allegedly managed to smuggle inside the aircraft gasoline concealed inside a can of soft drinks. The plot was foiled by alert security guards on board the plane and two of the suspects were arrested on board the plane. A third was arrested subsequently. 2.The Chairman of China Southern Airlines Liu Chaoyong said that a female passenger came out of the rest room and passed by a flight attendant who detected a suspicious smell. Then she smelt the scent of perfume and gasoline in front of the rest room. The attendant immediately searched the rest room and found an inflammable substance inside the garbage bin of the rest room. The attendant notified the airplane security guard immediately. Based upon how the female passenger s

BACB seeks unpaid debt from Algosaibi

Samir Al-Saadi | Arab News Khalid Al-Nowaiser JEDDAH: The British Arab Commercial Bank (BACB) is seeking a claim of SR75 million with accrued interest of three percent annually against Algosaibi Group, a source told Arab News on Thursday. London-based BACB is a wholesale banking institution providing trade and project finance for Arab markets. The bank has empowered the law office of Khalid Al-Nowaiser to deal with Algosaibi Group and recover its defaulted debts. According to the source, the law firm has started legal proceedings in the Kingdom to seek payment on the bank’s defaulted debt with the group. Many international and regional creditor institutions have instituted similar action against the group. More than 200 international and regional debtors are queuing up to seek payment on their defaulted debts with Algosaibi Group, which according to reports total SR35 billion. This situation highlights alleged non-transparency inherent in family firms in the Gulf regi

Who owns or claims to own the Arctic?

Source: Strategic Culture Foundation 28.07.2009 Rafe MAIR (Canada) Would that the question posed was "who owns or claims to own Antarctica"? The answer is, by international agreement, no one. The Arctic, however, is a much different story where eight nations, Russia, Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland all have a stake in the Arctic's icy real estate. Growing up in Canada, I had no doubt that the Arctic belonged to us. Weren't the "great north strong and free"? No one thought of the Arctic as involving other countries. Except the US and Alaska and they were our pals, were they not? Since 1925, Canada has claimed the portion of the Arctic between 60 W and 141 W [longitude, extending all the way north to the North Pole]: all islands in this region are Canadian territory and the territorial waters claimed by Canada surround these islands. No one knew why we had done this but we had. Claims of other nations to Arctic