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Sanskrit Script Transliterater

Below is a tool is Transliterate Sanskrit in 19 Scripts (All Indian Languages including South East Asian Languages like Thai, Burmese & Cambodian). Grantha & Tamil with superscripted numerals is also supported aksharamukha

Underwater treasure hunt

Sreeram Chaulia Posted online: 2010-09-03 22:17:59+05:30 The announcement by the Chinese government that one of its manned submarines dived 12,330 feet to the South China Sea floor to plant the Chinese national flag has dramatically heightened international competition for the mineral-rich water body. Beijing’s disclosure of the symbolic act has perturbed rival claimants from Southeast Asia for the Sea’s bountiful fishing grounds and untapped oil, natural gas, tin, manganese and other precious commodities. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia contest China’s definition of its territorial waters as including islands in the South China Sea that are launch pads for drilling and extracting maritime treasures. China’s mastery of submersible vehicle technology to indulge in nationalistic provocation on the seabed is racking nerves of the region’s smaller powers. No one is left in doubt that China is

The Anarchic Republic of Pakistan

August 24, 2010 Ahmed Rashid [2] THERE IS perhaps no other political-military elite in the world whose aspirations for great-power regional status, whose desire to overextend and outmatch itself with meager resources, so outstrips reality as that of Pakistan. If it did not have such dire consequences for 170 million Pakistanis and nearly 2 billion people living in South Asia, this magical thinking would be amusing. This is a country that sadly appears on every failing-state list and still wants to increase its arsenal from around 60 atomic weapons to well over 100 by buying two new nuclear reactors from China. This is a country isolated and friendless in its own region, facing unprecedented homegrown terrorism from extremists its army once trained, yet it pursues a “forward policy” in Afghanistan to ensure a pro-Pakistan government in Kabul as soon as the Americans leave. For a state whose economy is on the skids and dependent on the IMF for massive bailouts, whose elite refuse to pa

India, China locked in zero-sum geopolitics

Brig Kiran Krishan (Retd) I NDIAN news channels are at it again - on what else but India's bete noire, China. By denying visa to the GOC-In-C, Northern Command, Lt Gen B.S. Jaswal for a planned official visit, an ill-mannered diplomatic move in itself, Chinese diplomats have given a cause celebre to Indian news czars, who even in ordinary circumstances, can blow any thing to high heaven. To them, at this time, an article in The New York Times (NYT) stating that 11,000 Chinese soldiers are currently working on construction projects in Gilgit-Balistan region of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and also building tunnels, has come as a breath of fresh air. "Mystery surrounds the construction of 22 tunnels in secret locations where Pakistanis are barred. … they could also be used as missile storage sites," writes Selig S. Harrison in his August 28 piece entitled 'The other Kashmir problem'. This has given rise to all sort of speculation. The tunnels have to be for housi

Tomorrow's warriors

BY RICHARD GOWAN - 02 SEP 10 The end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq this month has been an anti-climax. There is no defining image for us to remember – nothing like the last helicopter out of Saigon or the last Russian tank out of Afghanistan. 50,000 American military trainers remain in Iraq. Even if there has been little drama, historians may conclude that this was an important moment. As the U.S. is pulling back from Iraq, strategists and policy-makers are starting to question if the troubled superpower can keep devoting vast sums to defense spending. One skeptic is Robert Gates, the man who runs the Pentagon. The Secretary of Defense has announced initial cuts to his department’s budget. He hints that far more is required. A more outspoken critic is Michael Mandelbaum, a senior Democratic foreign policy intellectual. In a book published in the U.S. in early August, he argues that Washington will need to devote more a

"Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis"

A new documentary on the causes and consequences of the U S financial crisis has been making waves. "Overdose: The Next Financial Cris is " was produced by a team of filmmakers led by prominent Swedish libertarians Jonah Norberg and Martin Borgs. The film has been broadcast in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Australia - and won the prestigious 'Best Feature Documentary' award at the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival. Since the film debuted on the popular television series Four Corners on Australia's public broadcaster ABC, it has incited a bit of an uproar among left-wing journalists. The film relies heavily on interviews with Euro Pacific's Peter Schiff, as well as a former US Comptroller General, a former Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, Economic Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith, and others. It's a very interesting group that presents different perspectives on the factors that led to the credit crunch and where we are headed from here. Each one is

Cracks in India's nuclear law

By Indrajit Basu South_Asia/LI02Df04.html KOLKATA - Pleasing neither supporters nor its critics, India this week passed a Nuclear Liability Bill, opening up the country’s US$150 billion nuclear power market to global equipment suppliers. The first to benefit may be American companies like General Electric and Westinghouse Electric, followed by French and Russian nuclear power equipment suppliers. Although the new bill paves the way for bringing India out of what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh describes as "nuclear apartheid", critics said it didn't do enough to address the safety concerns of its people. For the time being, the bill may be a personal triumph for the prime minister. After signing the landmark 123 Agreement with then United States President Gorge Bush in October 2008 to lift a three-decade long global embargo on the transfer of nuclear fuel and technology to India, Manmohan has fought many battles to bring the opposition ove

Pakistan: providing relief to Balochistan's flood victims

MEDIA RELATIONS UNIT International Committee of the Red Cross 19, avenue de la Paix 1202 Geneva Switzerland Phone: +41 22 730 3443 Fax: +41 22 734 8280 ICRC News Release No. 10/ 166 03 September 2010 Pakistan : providing relief to Balochistan's flood victims Geneva/Quetta (ICRC) – A string of natural disasters that caused widespread suffering and devastation in Balochistan in 2010 seems largely to have gone unnoticed outside this arid south-western province. The ICRC, acting through the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, responded quickly to the first bout of monsoon flooding in July by distributing food for 21,000 people in the flood-affected Sibi district towns of Talli and Sultan Kot. More relief assistance is planned to be distributed in the coming days in this severely affected region. "In the third week of August, food and othe

With Asia in flux, US dominance will remain

Brig Kartar Singh (Retd) 2010/20100903/edit.htm#6 I N today's world it may be difficult to forecast any definite strategic scenario, though an effort can be made to arrive at certain deductions through identifying and analysing important players dominating the scene. One thing that can be said with certain degree of surety is Uncle Sam remaining the global policeman and affecting most global situations -- be it Afghanistan, Iraq, Middle East, South Asia or Central Asian Republics. A survey of few world events will indicate three very strong elements at play globally. These are, first, non acceptance of use of force to settle political disputes by countries other than USA and/or the United Nations. USA and Russia had jointly declared that a nuclear war cannot be won and should, therefore, not be fought. Also a conventional war may not, any longer, be an instrument of politics. Does this then mean that there shall be no wars ? Some strategic thinkers w

COMMENT: on "Rubbishing Nuclear Technology"

I read Dr. YK Alagh's article (R ubbishing Nuclear Technology, Yoginder K. Alagh Posted: Thu Sep 02 2010, 13:51 hrs New Delhi: news/rubbishing-nuclear- technology/676320/0 ) with great interest; the title should really have been "Rubbishing Indian Nuclear Technology" . The comments by the Advisor for Energy in the Planning Commission are incomprehensible and dismaying, especially if they are driven by a focus on nuclear power plant imports rather than on (or at the expense of) promoting rapid progress towards fulfilling Dr. Homi Bhabha's dream and getting Indian thorium-based FBRs up and running. It is one thing for foreigners to denigrate our potential in this field, but much, much worse to have one of our own, and that too someone in a position of influence, do the same. With specific reference to Dr. Alagh's comments" These were also the years when Indian scientists refurbished both RAPP at Kota and Tarapore because th