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BALOCHISTAN: BNP activist killed, several arrested in clashes with police

The Baloch Hal News QUETTA: One protestor was killed while five others wounded in firing in Shahbaz Town, area of the provincial capital, here on Saturday. Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) and National Party (NP) have held police and personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) responsible for firing on peaceful protestors. Police had arrested over 50 persons in raids last night from different area of Quetta City in connection with the killing of four police officials, including SHO Satellite Town Police Station who were targeted on Friday morning. The workers of BNP blocked different roads of the city, including Double Road and Sariab Road by burning old tyres to protest the arrests. Police resorted to shelling and aerial firing to disperse the protestors, besides arresting Secretary General of BNP Habib Jalib Advocate and former MPA Akthar Hussain Langov. A group of protestors were trying to block roads in Shahbaz Town area where law enforcing agencies fired tear gas, besides making aeri

NIA team may interrogate Headley this week

Vinay Kumar NEW DELHI: Eight months after his arrest in the U.S., prospects look bright for Indian investigators to get access to David Coleman Headley (49), an American citizen of partial Pakistani descent who allegedly helped the Lashkar-e-Taiba plan and carry out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. A team of four investigators is likely to leave for the U.S. soon to question David Headley, official sources said. The Chicago-bound team will have three officers of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and a law officer. It could get a chance to quiz David Headley next week. Sources said that some paper work of a legal nature was yet to be completed. The sources said the team was being sent following a communication from the U.S. Justice Department that all officials concerned and Headley's lawyer would be available during the visit to facilitate access. However, the sources pointed out, it was not clear for ho

HARVARD: Sanskrit Dept. To Change Name, in Pursuit of Interdisciplinary Work

So, no Sanskrit (whatever little was there), more bla-bla and more web-spinning? Whatever happened to the non-falsifiable pseudo-science IE linguistics? Will the new department be headed by Wendy Doniger of UChicago or William Dalrymple or Amartya Sen? A vikalpa, since history is also included: why not Indian Ocean Studies? Well, I suppose anything goes in Harvard Corporation with Mid-east or Infosys type funding. Kalyan Sanskrit Dept. To Change Name, in Pursuit of Interdisciplinary Work By NOAH S. RAYMAN and ELYSSA A. L. SPITZER, CRIMSON STAFF WRITERS Published: Thursday, May 27, 2010 The Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studie s has laid out plans to adopt a more interdisciplinary focus as the renamed Department of South Asian Studies—a move, if approved, that professors hope would attract more concentrators and faculty affiliated with other departments. If the proposal—discussed at a departmental meeting earlier this month—is approved by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in th

Innovation key to Indo-US relations

K.P. NAYAR SM Krishna Washington, May 29: External affairs minister S.M. Krishna will outline the next stage of Indo-US relations under the Obama administration when he addresses the 35th anniversary meeting of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) here on Wednesday. Drawing on his experience as Karnataka chief minister in having turned Bangalore into "Asia's Silicon Valley", Krishna plans to underpin "innovation" as the sheet anchor of India's ties with America as bilateral relations between them enter a new phase, six months before US President Obama’s planned visit to New Delhi. As part of preparations for the first "strategic dialogue" between the two countries next week, the US assistant secretary of state for South Asia, Robert Blake, said yesterday that plans on schedule for a global disease detection centre in India "has the potential to be one of the flagship


B.RAMAN Eighty persons were killed and over 120 others injured in two acts of terrorism directed against Ahmadi worshippers in two mosques belonging to their community in Lahore on May 28,2010. Among those killed were former sessions judge Ameer Ahmad Sheikh, the Amir of the Ahmadia community in Lahore Ejazul Haq, and Major General (retd) Nasir Ahmad. 2.Though the Ahmadis had been subjected in the past to persecution and atrocities by the Sunni extremists, these were the most brutal acts of terrorism directed against them since Pakistan was born in 1947. There had been worse acts of terrorism directed against the Shias, who are in a much larger number and much more influential politically and economically in the Pakistani society, but the Ahmadis, who are a marginalized community with no political or economic power, had been spared such acts of terrorism till now. 3. The two commando-style terrorist attacks were staged at the time of Friday prayers in the two Ahmadi mosques

Coconut pith cools their homes

Source: The Hindu ( Kerala,MARCH 17. By K. Santhosh THRISSUR A few residents of a colony at Kuriachira here have devised a new way to keep their homes cool during summer. They use coconut pith as roof insulation, which lowers the temperature in the rooms. At the initiative of C.D. Skaria, a medical representative, the Nehru Nagar Welfare Association has formed an expert committee to popularise this method among the residents and help them set up the insulation. ``A one-inch layer of coconut pith is laid over the roof. Water is sprinkled on the pith once a week. The pith holds water nine times its actual weight and is the cheapest natural thermal insulator,'' Mr. Skaria says. CONTACT Mr.Skaria : 09495739288 (India) The residents of the colony have bought pith from Kandassankadavu. ``Insulating a roof costs only Rs. 300,'' says James Cheeran, owner of Cheeran's Auto Agencies. P. Tharanath,


By Imtiaz Baloch Pakistan is the country that gives national security experts around the world nightmares. Pakistan is a country with an unstable and irrational history- Pakistan is a country that harbors Al-Qaida and its radical Islamic cells- Pakistan is a country with a notorious intelligence service which pampers Taliban- Pakistan is a country whose army's very anthem is to become the mercenary of the Islamic world right from the River Neil to Kashagar(Uyghur) China. It’s a country whose notorious nuclear missiles are named after the Islamic invaders who came from Central Asia to invade India. And if you want to put some more spice into this, it's a country with a nuclear arsenal. The security of this nuclear arsenal from Islamic extremist is one nightmare, the using of these nuclear bombs on the nonbelievers and non Muslims is another suffocation and walmartizing and retailing of these nuclear arsenals to the rogue counties like Iran, North Korea and Libya is an imminent

Wooing Business Angels

By Tai Adelaja Russia Profile Venture Capitalists Say That Russia Needs Trust and Experience More Than It Needs Investment Even highly-skilled Kremlin spin doctors would have been hard-pressed to sell a product as nebulous as Russian nanotechnology to American venture capitalists, unless President Dmitry Medvedev pitched it himself. During a meeting with 22 heads of leading U.S. venture capital funds on Tuesday, president Medvedev said that he had invited them to discuss how to develop the nation’s innovation potential and ensure that investments into high-tech businesses flow in. But given the inchoate state of the high-tech business in Russia, is president Medvedev getting a little ahead of himself? The venture capital market in Russia, Medvedev said, is underdeveloped. Efforts to grow domestic capital spending on scientific research and studies have fallen flat for lack of sufficient venture capital in

Imagine You Wake Up ... and the Global Financial System Is Gone!

This article appears in the May 28, 2010 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. by Helga Zepp-LaRouche May 21—That is just what could happen, since neither the U.S. Senate, nor the German Bundestag, nor the G20 countries, have yet done anything to prevent it. On the contrary: The financial reform bill just passed by the U.S. Senate, which left the fattest loopholes for speculators, has increased the instability enormously. And the Bundestag's rubber-stamping of the €750 billion "rescue package" for Greece has accelerated the dynamic of disintegration of the global financial system—whether by a chain-reaction domino effect, or by global hyperinflation. A taste of what could happen at any time, on a much larger scale, was shown by the collapse of the Dow Jones on May 6, when it fell by 10% in 16 minutes, wiping out $700 billion, with the automatic trading systems apparently on autopilot. The quick and partial rebound that occurred then, might not the next time, and th

Treasonous Banking Cartel Ordered Glass-Steagall Repeal

This article appears in the May 28, 2010 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. by John Hoefle READ PDF VERSION May 22—The death of the Glass-Steagall regulatory safeguard in 1999 was a disaster, not only for the United States, but also for the rest of the world. This vital restriction on speculative activities, put through in 1933, though weakened significantly over the years by deregulation zealots, remained a major legal impediment, until its final demise at the hands of the ill-conceived and corrupt Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999. Freed from the prohibition against mixing commercial banking and investment banking, the largest U.S. banks turned more and more to Wall Street speculation. To "make money" the fastest and the mostest, they abandoned investment in the physical economy, especially those substantial projects which require decades to "pay off," not only for them, but for the population as a whole. They turned increasingly toward using their deposit

Venezuela and Italy Jumpstart Stalled Railway Construction

By JAMES SUGGETT - VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM Mérida, May 28th 2010 ( – Venezuela and Italy gave a jumpstart to joint railway construction projects in the South American country on Thursday with the signing of a series of cooperation accords. During an official meeting in the Miraflores presidential palace, the Venezuelan Ministry for Housing and Public Works and the Italian Ministry for Infrastructure and Transportation signed a document to “express their commitment to honor previously contracted obligations.” Another agreement was signed to provide education and technological training to “the communities adjacent to the railway lines of the national railway plan,” according to the Venezuelan Information Ministry. “Italian companies have helped us so very much in the area of railways, and we want them to continue helping us,” President Hugo Chavez said as he addressed the Italian delegation. He said Venezuela is willing to increase its supply of oil and natural gas

A Bretton Woods Moment? The 2007–2008 Crisis and the Future of Global Finance

Eric Helleiner, May 2010 The 2007-2008 global financial crisis encouraged speculation about the prospects for a 'Bretton Woods moment' in which the global financial system would be radically redesigned. Many of those hoping for this outcome have since become disillusioned with the limited nature of the international financial reform agenda. But the success and innovation of the Bretton Woods conference was made possible by unique political conditions that are not present today, notably concentrated power in the state system; a transnational expert consensus; and wartime conditions. Moreover, a close reading of history reveals that the Bretton Woods system did not emerge from a single moment but rather from a much more extended historical process. If a new international financial system is being born today, it will be a slower and more incremental development process. The crisis of 2007-2008 has already inten

Is America in Decline?

Wednesday 19 May 2010 18:00 to 19:00 Location Chatham House, London Participants Professor Joseph Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University Chair: Sir Paul Judge, Senior Adviser, Chatham House

So What if Iran Gets the Bomb?

While Western powers have decided that a nuclear armed Iran would be a disaster for international peace and security, history suggests it would make little difference for the Islamic Republic - or the world, Dr John Mueller tells the ISN. Click to listen PODCAST

A Schuman Declaration for the 21st Century

On 9 May 1950 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made a visionary proposal, which set Europe on the path to what has now become the European Union. The Schuman Declaration made it clear that Europe needed "the preservation of peace". S ixty years later the world has changed and the old continent is facing new challenges. The EPC offers these thoughts on what Schuman might say today. 06 May 2010 On the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration (9 May 1950), which set Europe on the path to European economic and political integration, the EPC has drafted a new declaration along lines that Schuman might have thought of. This proposes a new vision to reverse the EU’s political and economic decline and give it a renewed sense of purpose. It suggests two measures to deal with internal and external challenges: one to enhance Europe’s global role by leading the reform of global institutions, such as the UN or IMF; and the other to strengthen economic governance by establishin