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BALOCHISTAN: Gilani assures Mengal of addressing Baloch grievances

The Baloch Hal News KARACHI: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, on Saturday said that government would do its best to address the grievances of the people of Balochistan, reported the official news agency. Gilani was talking to media after holding an hour-long meeting with seasoned Baloch leader Sardar Ataullah Khan Mengal here at his residence. Mengal was the first eve elected chief minister of Balochistan in early 19703. When his government was forcefully removed by late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, a deadly war of resistance had been initiated by Baloch tribesmen which was brutally crushed by the country’s strong military. The Prime Minister said that his meeting with Sardar Ataullah Mengal was long overdue and this time he took the opportunity to meet him. He said that Sardar Ataullah Mengal briefed him about the problems of the people of Balochistan which included the issue of missing persons as well as under-development of various areas of the province. The Prime Minister assure


B.RAMAN The Agence France Presse (AFP) has quoted Mrs.Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, as warning Pakistan in a recorded TV interview for the CBS Channel to be telecast on May 9,2010, that it would face " very severe consequences" if a terror plot like the failed Times Square bombing of May 1 was traced to that country. She said:"We've made it very clear that if -- heaven-forbid-- an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences." However, she added: "We've gotten more cooperation and it's been a real sea change in the commitment we've seen from the Pakistan Government.We want more. We expect more." 2. Her warning has received greater attention in India than in Pakistan. The lack of an impact in Pakistan could be attributed to two reasons. Firstly, a careful reading of her remarks shows that her so-called warning is not with reference to the fail

Conflict in Yemen Fueled by Tribalism, Religious Conflicts

For nearly six years, the government of Yemen has conducted military operations north of the capital against groups of its citizens known as “Huthis.” In spite of using all means at its disposal, the government has been unable to subdue the Huthi movement. Along with southern discontent and al-Qa'ida-inspired terrorism, the Huthi conflict presents an enduring threat to the stability of Yemen and the regime of its president. This book presents an in-depth look at the conflict in all its sociocultural, political, and military aspects. Basing their research on a wide variety of sources, both Western and non-Western, the authors provide a history of the Huthi movement and its origins in the Zaydi branch of Islam. They discuss the various stages of the conflict in detail and map out its possible future trajectories. In spite of a recent ceasefire, the 2009-2010 round of fighting, featuring Saudi involvement and Iranian rhetorical condemnation of Saudi-Yemeni actions, points to the confl

A natural power: Challenges for Australia's resources diplomacy in Asia

A natural power: Challenges for Australia's resources diplomacy in Asia Monday, 3 May 2010 This report, authored by Richard Leaver and Carl Ungerer argues that Australia’s role as a stable, low-cost supplier of key commodities to the emerging great powers of Asia, China and India, gives Canberra a greater diplomatic bargaining tool than previous governments have been willing to acknowledge. The report makes four key recommendations: • Australia should reassess the idea that commodity marketing is a purely commercial issue that should be removed from state intervention • Australia should immediately raise the current bilateral discussions with China on a free trade agreement into a ‘strategic economic dialogue’ that would aim to produce acceptable principles for foreign direct investment as well as greater stability in iron ore trade • Australia should then seek to broaden that bilateral dialogue into a global campaign directed against speculation in commodity markets • Australi

Nuclear Disarmament and the Challenges Facing Obama Iranian Diplomacy is an international relations and foreign policy research center, founded and based in Tehran in 2007. Every five years, signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) gather to review the status of the treaty, put forth recommended amendments, and discuss its future prospects. But this year’s conference may have a different implication for its attendees, as it is held at a time when U.S. President Barack Obama has set himself a nuclear mission. Since his arrival in the White House, Obama has evinced an interest in international security in general, and nuclear security specifically. And in doing so, he has chosen a different path from that of his predecessor George W. Bush, supporting a multilateral approach that will ultimately serve the national security concerns of the United States. To have a better understanding of Obama’s pla

Moscow to Assist Venezuela in Urban Planning

By JAMES SUGGETT - VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM Mérida, May 7th 2010 ( – On Thursday, Venezuela moved forward on an urban planning and development deal with the mayoralty of Moscow to help improve the water, electricity, and housing systems in Venezuela’s sprawling capital, Caracas. During a meeting in Caracas, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzkhov signed a letter of intent to finalize a “Plan for City Development and Modernization of Urban Infrastructure” by September as part of the ongoing bilateral cooperation between Venezuela and Russia. The head of the capital district of Caracas, Jacqueline Farías; the mayor of Caracas’s Libertador Municipality, Jorge Rodríguez; the minister for culture, Francisco Sesto; and the ministers for public works and housing, Diosdado Cabello, participated in the meeting. Russia’s delegation included Russian Ambassador Vladimir Zaemsky, the head of the Moscow Urbanization Department, Alexander Kosovan, and the d

US New Air Force Combat Systems Officer Course opens at Navy base

by Capt. John Severns Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs 5/7/2010 - PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. (AFNS) -- Air Force aviator training took a step into the 21st century May 5, when the inaugural class of Combat Systems Officer students began training here with the 479th Flying Training Group. As they sat down in classes and began a new year-long training program, the CSO students became part of a fundamental transformation of Air Force training that started in 2002, when then Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper ordered a re-design of Air Force navigator training. "With the CSO, we are taking the best of three programs: navigator, electronic warfare, and weapon systems officer, and combining them into a single training pipeline that will produce skilled, effective aviators able to meet the needs of combatant commanders," said Col. Richard Murphy, the 12th Flying Training Wing commander, at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. The CSO students being trained at

Greek General Strike Turns Tragic

When ISN Security Watch wrote seven weeks ago that ‘Brussels Fiddles While Athens Strikes,’ the Neronic allusion was intended half in irony, half as warning: This week Athens burned; and it is not yet even summer, the season known in southern Europe for wildfires, Robert M Cutler writes for ISN Security Watch. By Robert M Cutler for ISN Security Watch On Wednesday, three people died in Athens when a bank was set on fire in the course of furious popular protest - the third one-day general strike in as many weeks - against the austerity measures agreed by the Greek government with Brussels and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which the country’s parliament was making ready to ratify into law. This tragedy follows monthly one-day general strikes since the start of the year, which have since April become weekly with next week no exception. The taproot of Greek torment Remarks made by a civil serv

KASAB: 'Death sentence will take time’

May 09 2010 Ujjwal Nikam, the special public prosecutor for the 26/11 trial, has been involved in several other high-profile cases, including the 1993 bomb blasts case. In an interview with Umesh Mohite, he talks about different aspects of the 26/11 trial — the verdict, the evidence and the nature of the crime itself. Q. How will you differentiate between the 1993 bomb blasts and the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks? In your view, what are the major factors that make the two cases different? A. In the 1993 bomb blast case, Indians were involved. There, the motivating factors were different, such as religious feelings. Tiger Memon, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and others from the underworld were involved in it, but there wasn’t really a direct international connection. But in case of 26/11, there was an international connection — Pakistan’s involvement. While the 1993 bomb blasts were a result of an outburst of strong emotional and religious feelings

Mauritius wants greater Indian role Pranay Gupte We want India to assist us in our sustainable economic development efforts, says Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun. — Photo: Pranay Gupte Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun: Indian companies are welcome but they should be more present and more forceful. Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun says that Mauritius wants greater participation by Indian companies in developing the infrastructure of this island-nation. “Our bilateral relations have always been excellent, but we feel that there's much more room for collaboration,” Mr. Beebeejaun said in an interview with The Hindu on Friday at his modest office in the capital city of Port Louis. “We expect more interest from our friends in India in setting up enterprises here.” Besides strengthening the infrastructure of this Indian Ocean country of 1.3 million people, Mr. Beebeejaun said Indian companies could assist in such fields as renewable energy, sh

National Mission for Manuscripts to publish 'Soundarya Lahari' php?newstype=local&newsid= 179176 Bangalore May 6: National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) has created a database of over three million manuscripts scattered all over the country, Director NMM, Prof Dipti S Tripathi said today. Talking to newspersons here after inaugurating a workshop on 'Importance of Kadatas and Its Conservation' organised jointly by Karnataka State Archives and NMM here today, Prof Tripathi said creating a database of over 3 million manuscripts was an herculean task. She said that while NMM was continuing its job on creating database on ancient manuscripts, paintings and books which not only reflects country's history, heritage and culture, was not indulged in dissemination of knowledge contained and concealed in the database. She said as a first step NMM had planned to publish the Sanskrit manuscript 'Soundarya Lahari' originally scripted by Adi Shankara, praising the almighty for having created the universe


B.RAMAN Najibullah Zazi , a 25-year-old Afghan citizen with permanent resident status in the US, was arrested by the USA’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in September 2009 on a charge of belonging to an Al Qaeda motivated and trained cell, which was allegedly planning suicide bombings in the New York City subway system. He pleaded guilty along with one of two other co-conspirators. The third co-conspirator did not plead guilty. The case is reserved for judgement in June. 2.According to the prosecution, the three had planned to attack the subway system at the instance of Saleh al-Somali, Al-Qaeda's head of external operations, and Rashid Rauf , who was described by the prosecution as an Al-Qaeda operative. Rashid Rauf , who was reportedly killed in a US Drone ( pilotless plane) strike in North Waziristan in November ,2008 , belonged to the Jaish -e-Mohammad (JEM) of Pakistan and was related by marriage to Maulana Masood Azhar , the Amir of the JEM. 3