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Terror SMS from your cell phone number? Possible V Narayan, TNN, Mar 21, 2010, 03.16am IST MUMBAI: Imagine getting a lewd SMS from a number you know, going to police with a complaint and then finding out that the supposed sender is clueless about what happened. Two such cases have been reported to Mumbai police in the past month. Though they are yet to track down the sender, they have managed to unearth a bizarre truth, that of the 'masked SMS'. The user has to register on a website (for as little as $10) and can send text messages to and from any mobile number on the planet without being identified. Mumbai police have managed to track down two or three websites that are used to send masked messages and are collaborating with IT experts to get to the bottom of the matter. "We have received two complaints in the last one month where the sender's number was camouflaged," joint commissioner of police

To protect Headley, did US let 26/11 happen?

Swapan Dasgupta 243589/To-protect-Headley-did- US-let-26/11-happen.html During the 2008 US presidential election there was a belief in New Delhi that a Barack Obama presidency would trigger the re-calibration of Indo-American relations. Translated into English, it implied concern that the new guy wouldn’t accord the same priority to Indian concerns as President George W Bush did. At that time we were assured by star-struck Indian reporters in Washington, DC, that this was poppycock and a function of the deranged Islamophobia of the Dick Cheney Fan Club. Obama, we were informed, saw Hanuman as his lucky mascot. The more sober interlocutors informed us that the Cold War was over, that India was no longer a hyphenated link with Pakistan and that the relationship was on auto-pilot. It’s now 14 months since Obama assumed office and the special relationship forged by Bush shows distinct signs of wear and tear. I may be guilty of only a minor exaggeration in

US won't let truth regarding Headley come out

US won't let truth regarding Headley come out March 18, 2010 11:23 IST Tags: David Coleman Headley , FBI , US , Obama , USA's Drug Enforcement Administration 2010/mar/18/headley-and-2611- us-plays-dirty-on-india.htm Unless one is naive beyond redemption, it was clear from the beginning that the Obama [ Images ] Administration and its FBI were trying frantically to prevent the truth regarding Headley from coming out, writed B Raman. E ver since the case of David Coleman Headley broke out in October 2009, I have been repeatedly pointing out the following in my articles and TV interviews: Headley was a quadruple agent, who was working for the USA's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba [ Images ] (LET). The FBI has already reached a plea bargain with him in order to avoid any formal production of evidence against him in the court, whi

David Headley case: US has let down India badly 2010/mar/20/headley-terror- david-case-us-has-let-down- india-badly.htm March 20, 2010 11:33 IST A ll governments indulge in spin. One should not, therefore, blame the government of Dr Manmohan Singh [ Images ] for indulging in spin in the case of David Coleman Headley, of the Chicago cell of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba [ Images ], and for trying to mislead the hapless Indian public with the help of obliging journalists that the plea bargain entered into by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with Headley was not a setback, but a great triumph for Indian diplomacy. We might not have succeeded in getting him extradited in the Mumbai [ Images ] 26/11 case, says Union Home Secretary G K Pillai bravely, but the option of getting him extradited in other cases is still open. What other cases? We will keep trying, says Union Home Minister P Chidambaram [ Images ]. And, in the meanwhile, more Indians will keep dying at the hands of the terrorists. 'Four Re

Pakistan gas pipeline is Iran's lifeline

Weblink: Click TEHRAN, March 19 (UPI) -- As Iran braces for another broadside of economic sanctions over its nuclear program, Tehran moves closer to opening up a new lifeline -- a natural gas pipeline to Pakistan and possibly India and China as well. If everything goes as planned, this much-delayed, controversial project could wreck U.S. efforts to check Iran's expansionist ambitions. U.S. energy analyst Gal Luft said the pipeline could also "have profound implications for the geopolitics of energy in the 21st century and for the future of South Asia." Iran and Pakistan signed an agreement for the construction of the 560-mile, $7.5 billion pipeline from the huge offshore South Pars gas field in the Gulf through Pakistan's unruly Balochistan province to Sindh province. The project is crucial for Pakistan's growing energy requirements. Iran will supply 750 million-1 billion cubic feet of gas per day by mid-2015. The project was first mooted in 1994. It was

Hindu-Sikh Minorities in Pakistan: The Vanishing Communities By Maloy Krishna Dhar | March 19th, 2010 I was inspired to write this essay by a Pakistani journalist friend. Later, during a lecture tour in South East Asian countries, where Indian and Chinese origin minorities are also discriminated I noticed that the minorities are palpably anguished. The latest incidents of organized attacks by Bengali Muslims on hill dwelling Chakma tribals in Khagrachari areas firmed up my decision to chronicle a preliminary account of the conditions of the non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan. I had earlier written a piece on the plight of the Pakistani Christians. I have not touched upon the plight of the Shia and Ahmadiya (non-Muslim) communities in Pakistan, which require international attention. Not a single Indian Muslim religious seminary has so far condemned Pakistan for inhuman treatment of the Shia and Ahmadiya communities. I am indebted to a member of the Pakist