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B.RAMAN In a despatch dated September 17,2009,from Washington, the Agence France Press (AFP) has reported as follows:"One drone attack Monday ( September 14,2009) is believed to have killed the leader of the Islamic Jihad Union, Najmiddin Kamolitdinovich Jalolov, an Uzbek native implicated in terrorist plots and attacks in Germany and Uzbekistan. Officials said they are almost certain he was killed, though a DNA test hasn't yet been performed. A drone attack on Sept. 7 appeared to have killed another prominent Islamic militant, Ilyas Kashmiri, who had been briefly detained in Pakistan for alleged involvement in a 2003 assassination attempt against then-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. There is less certainty about his death, however." Both the Drone strikes are reported to have taken place in North Waziristan in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan (FATA). Further details are not yet available. 2. In the past there were conflicting versions of th

Galileo: Failure to Launch

18 Sep 2009 Earth's horizon With cost overruns and construction delays plaguing the project, some wonder if Galileo will ever lift off, writes Carolin Hilpert for ISN Security Watch. By Carolin Hilpert for ISN Security Watch The European satellite navigation system Galileo was once envisioned to make the continent independent of the US military-run GPS system, unite European states with a prestigious industry and policy project, and establish Europe as a major player in space. But faced with growing costs and expensive delays, many wonder whether Galileo will ever fulfill these high expectations. A July report published by the European Court of Auditors, an independent EU body, heavily criticized the project for bad governance and organization of the development phase. Moreover, it accused the European Commission of not proactively leading the program. In a condemnation of the role of the European states that have a stake in Galileo, the Court found that divergent nation

Gilgit-Baltistan autonomy package wins few friends

Nirupama Subramanian A package of reforms recently announced by the Pakistan government for Gilgit-Baltistan appears to have satisfied few among those it is meant to benefit. Disappointed at what they say is a “package of gimmicks,” the people of the remote region have voiced protests against the Gilgit-Baltistan (Empowerment and Self Governance) Order 2009. But they are also leery of New Delhi’s diplomatic protest against it, saying they are as much victims of India as of Pakistan. Gilgit-Baltistan is the northern-most territory governed by Islamabad and an important element in the India-Pakistan wrangle over Kashmir. It is also in the middle of a geo-strategic hot-spot. To its north, it shares boundaries with Afghanistan and China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region; to the west is Pakistan’s troubled North-West Frontier Province; to its south is Pakistan Occupied Kashmir; and to the east, India’s Jammu & Kashmir state.


By Dr. Subhash Kapila Introductory Observations The Yale Global Online ( carries a feature by Foreign Minister of Singapore, Mr. George Yeo dated 8 September 2009 entitled "Between China and India: Is Tibet The Wedge or Link". The Singapore Foreign Minister became the first Foreign Minister to visit Tibet in August 2009 since the March 14 riots in Tibet against China's brutal suppression of the Tibetan people. The feature that has been published by Singapore Foreign Minister seems to be the outcome of his Chinese-conducted visit to Lhasa and Tibet. While one has no objections to the line of reasoning of the Singapore Foreign Minister and the contents of his observations on Tibet, there are two assertions that find mention in this feature which are distorted and not borne out by historical truth. Singapore Foreign Minister's Feature on Tibet: The Distorted Assertions Two

China and Xinjiang

Shankari Sundararaman Sept.15 : As China approaches the 60th anniversary of Communist rule, the issues that have challenged its internal consolidation are once again taking centrestage. While the country has been showing remarkable economic progress and has also taken on a regional leadership role, in terms of balancing its internal problems China will remain a critical region to watch. Barely two months after the outbreak of ethnic violence in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, another spate of violence that erupted last week brings the focus on Xinjiang once again. In July, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region witnessed intense clashes between ethnic Uighurs and the Chinese Han population, in which 184 people were killed. The trigger was the murder of an Uighur national working in a factory by a Han Chinese. The clashes that broke out between the two communities brought the capital, Uru

US rings nuke alarm bells

Al-Qaida seeking nuclear secrets from Pakistan Ashish Kumar Sen writes from Washington Al-Qaida is trying desperately to get its hands on nuclear secrets from Pakistan, according to a top US official. US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, told a congressional reception, "Al-Qaida is still there in the region, ever dangerous and publicly asking people to attack the US and publicly asking nuclear engineers to give them nuclear secrets from Pakistan." This alarming accusation is being taken seriously in light of Pakistan's history of leaking nuclear secrets and comes on the heels of similar claims made in a report to US lawmakers. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS) report — "Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation and Security Issues" — Al-Qaida has also sought assistance from the Khan network. Former Director of Central Intelligence George Tene

Why border intrusions? China wants to keep its options open

by G. Parthasarathy ONE abiding feature of our relations with China is our propensity to swing from elation and ecstasy to despondency and despair. Shortly after the visit of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to India in April 2005, our media, China scholars and sections of our Mandarin-speaking mandarins proclaimed that the festering "boundary question" with China was all but resolved. The Manmohan Singh-Wen Jiabao Declaration asserted that India-China relations had acquired "global and strategic significance" and that the two countries would establish a "strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity". An agreement laying down "Political Parameters and Guiding Principles" for resolving the border issue said that while respecting the "Line of Actual Control", India and China would reach a boundary settlement which shall "safeguard due interests of their settled popul

Musharraf admission: What's so surprising?

Arun Kumar Singh's-so-surprising.aspx Sept.16 : Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's latest admission that military aid provided by the United States to Pakistan for the war against terror during his tenure had been used to strengthen defences against India, and that he ensured Pakistan's strategic weapons programme was "speeded up", as well as China's latest border incursions should finally clear the cobwebs from the minds of India's political leadership. Many Indians wonder why we continue to suffer nasty surprises at the hands of Pakistan and China. Forty-seven years after the Sino-Indian war in 1962, India has again been taken by surprise by China in Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Uttarakhand. India's lack of strategic culture has been repeatedly exposed and its military often forced to fight under very disadvantageous conditions. Our political-

Security of politicians

Brigadier Arun Bajpai (Retd) Wednesday July, 29 2009 Source: Daily Excelsior Only an hint that the new Indian Home Minister PC Chidambaram, having shunned the elaborate security himself, is reviewing the surplus security provided at public expense to the large numbers of serving as also out of job netas, resulted in such a ruckus by the supporters of these netajis in the both houses of Parliament recently that the Government had to beat a hasty retreat and more or less abandon this well thought out action plan. The billion strong Indian population is the most terror affected in the world today. In addition to the ongoing insurgency in seven states of North East India and the Naxal problem affecting 180 Indian districts in 13 states, 1500 innocent India citizens died in 25 Pakistan sponsored Jehadi attacks in India since 2004.Various commissions appointed to suggest preventive measures have lamented that India has one of the Worlds lowest police vs. population ratios that has resul

India Air Force activates Nyoma airfield close to China border

Fri, Sep 18 03:00 PM New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): The Indian Air Force in a significant move today activated its Nyoma Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) to support the Army in carrying out operations in the inhospitable terrain. An IAF AN-32 aircraft landed at Nyoma ALG, which is located at an altitude of 13,300 feet in Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, at 6:25 a.m. today. It is located 23 kms from the Line of Actual Control. (LAC). The successful landing of a fixed wing aircraft at Nyoma marks the culmination of joint effort by the IAF and Indian Army to enable the IAF to operate in the inhospitable terrain of Leh-Ladakh region in support of the Army. The landing comes just fifteen months after an AN-32 landed at Daulat-Beg-Oldie (DBO), the highest airfield in the world situated at an altitude of 16,200 feet. Group Captain SC Chafekar touched down on the Nyoma airstrip. Air Marshal NAK Browne, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command and Lieutenant General PC Bharadwaj, Ge

Checking Chinese Intrusions: Smart Deployment is the Way

By Divya Kumar Soti Indian media reports are abuzz with increasing Chinese intrusions in Indian Territory. Latest incidents include aerial intrusion by Chinese helicopters in Ladhak, as well as an intrusion on 31st July, 2009, when Chinese patrol made ingress up to 1.5km into Indian Territory in Ladhak and reportedly painted rocks and boulders in red graffiti. Although, spokesperson for Chinese embassy in New Delhi denied any such incident, photos of rocks in media is telling a different story. Chinese may be given benefit of doubt for first incident, but the latter incident depicts a greater deliberation. This is latest in series of mischief by Chinese on diplomatic and military front over last few years. All of this started three years back, when suddenly Chinese made a complete U-turn on understanding achieved during numerous rounds of border talks between the two countries. Since then Chinese attitude is erratic and increasingly aggressive. There are numerous instances of this