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The Kyrgyzstan polls

Rajeev Sharma Saturday, September 25, 2010 AT 04:30 PM (IST) The elections are important for all the major powers in the world The October 10 elections in the Central Asian nation Kyrgyzstan are fraught with strategic overtones. In contrast, hardly anyone ever noticed the July 2009 elections in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan polls mean a lot for various stakeholders in the region: for India (whose only foreign military base is in Central Asia -- Tajikistan); for Russia (which has been pursuing an aggressive keep-off approach for Central Asian region which Moscow considers its backyard); for the United States as Kyrgyzstan is the latest nation state around Russia where Washington has recently lost a great deal of diplomatic and strategic clout to Moscow; and for China (which has dramatically increased its sweepstakes in the region over the years, much to the consternation of Moscow). India has not been maintaining o

Ayodhya judgment could have security implications: Expert The Ayodhya judgment can add to the list of perceived or real injustices in section of Muslim youth, noted security expert and columnist B Raman has said. Talking to about the likely repercussions of the Ayodhya judgment on internal security issues of India, he said, " The younger elements in organisations such as the Student Islamic Movement of India and the Indian Mujahideen [ Images ] will see the judgment as another instance of injustice against the Muslims. Their anger and motivation could increase." "I do apprehend more acts of terrorism by them. There will be no communal riots like the one that the country saw after the demolition of the Babri Masjid [ Images ], but incidents of reprisal terrorism could increase ," Raman noted. While talking about the administration's capability to counter such acts, he said, "Normall

Changing face of Russo-Pakistan ties

By MV Kamath dynamic/modules.php?name= Content&pa=showpage&pid=364& page=25 If Afghanistan will get Russian help, why would it want aid from India which would now have to face a Moscow-Kabul-Islamabad entente? But will a Russian-Pakistan relationship help in resolving Indo-Pakistan conflict? With Russia present once again in Afghanistan in a big way, would Pakistan be able to treat Afghanistan as a place to fall-back in case of a conflict with India? IS Russia slowly but noticeably turning away from India for a more profitable relationship with Pakistan, unbelievable as it may seem? Is India’s tilt towards the United States slowly pushing Moscow to improve its relations with our immediate and hostile western neighbour, at our cost? For over half a century, during the Cold War and after, the Soviet Union and later Russia has stood by India, but now, it seems, the situation is perceptibly changing. It has now been brought to the notice of Indians b

If NATO actions justified in historical Afghanistan, then why not in artificial Pakistan?

Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch Baloch Republican Party Pakistan is a jail for all nations chained in its artificial boundaries, Balochs and Pashtuns are facing massive killings, abductions, torture, rape and all forms of war crimes by Pakistan the chokidar serving imperialist interests in the region that kills and sells its own citizens. Pakistan proudly declared itself as partner for NATO actions in the region and supplied every thing it could, if these operations are justified in Afghanistan having a destined status in history, then why not in this artificial Pakistan for the same reasons? But Pakistan’s record of heneous crimes has already crossed all limits. An artificial country that is known as hatchery and nursery for terrorists, that is offering its territory to signatories of CTBT for testing of nuclear weapons, that is acting as sales agent of nuclearisation in the region, it interferes& interrupts neighbor’s sovereignty and why not deserve the same? Pakistan has worst recor


B.RAMAN Mr.Leon Panetta, the Director of the USA’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), arrived in Islamabad on September 29,2010, for talks with Lt.Gen.Shuja Pasha, the Director-General of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). He was also scheduled to meet President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani and Gen.Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, the Chief of the Army Staff ( COAS). 2. Ever since he took over as the head of the CIA last year, Mr.Panetta had been periodically visiting Pakistan for talks with Pakistani leaders and officials on action against Al Qaeda, the Afghan and Pakistani Talibans and other affiliates of Al Qaeda operating from Pakistani territory. He has also been utilizing these visits for discussing with his own officers based in the Af-Pak area the operations of the Drones (pilotless planes), which are co-ordinated by the CIA. 3. His latest visit is, therefore, not a matter for surprise. However, it has assumed more than the usual significance

'Book fair will put Sanskrit in a modern context'

The World Sanskrit Book Fair is expected to promote modern Sanskrit Literature and showcase the learning of the language based on new methods and approaches. The fair will be held in the city from January 7-11, 2011. Mallepuram G Venkatesh, vice-chancellor of Karnataka Sanskrit University, gave more details on the fair in an interaction with DNA . What is the idea behind the World Sanskrit Book Fair? In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Sanskrit book fair will provide the opportunity to understand the traditional cultural systems in India in a modern context. Sanskrit literature provides a link between modern and traditional texts. Modern science and ancient science can be combined to understand many issues and Sanskrit texts facilitate this. Hence, it is once again gaining popularity, because of the spread of Indian knowledge systems. While there are numerous language fairs that are held, why shouldn’t we have a Sanskrit Fair? What can people expect to see at the World Sanskrit Fai

BALOCHISTAN:Tethyan Copper plans to invest $3.2bn in Reco Dig

QUETTA: Tethyan Copper Company Pakistan plans to operate a world class copper and gold mine with 2.2 billion tonnes economically mineable reserves by deploying a cutting edge technology at Reco Dig, Chagai, Balochistan as a joint venture with the Balochistan government with initial $3.2 billion foreign direct investment over four years. “We have submitted a feasibility study to Balochistan government and are having talks with the provincial government to conclude an agreement which will result in take-off for the project in next four years,” TCCP senior project geologist Asadur Rehman told a group of journalists who visited the site of project, 70 kilometres north west of Nokandi. “Balochistan will get 25 percent profit plus royalty. Balochistan government will invest 25 percent in construction, development of project.” He said if an agreement was signed with the Balochistan government, TCCP- Barrick Gold Corporation and Antofagasta Minerals of Chile-will export condensate copper and

Pakistan cuts NATO supply line after border firing

By CHRIS BRUMMITT and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writers Chris Brummitt And Deb Riechmann, Associated Press Writers 16 mins ago 20100930/ap_on_re_as/as_ pakistan_afghan_border ISLAMABAD – Pakistan closed the Khyber Pass supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan after a coalition helicopter attack mistakenly killed three Pakistani soldiers at a border post Thursday, raising tensions in a vital relationship for both Islamabad and Washington. A lengthy ban on supply trucks would place intense strain on the U.S.-Pakistani relationship and hurt the Afghan war effort. But that was seen as unlikely, as neither Islamabad nor Washington can afford a meltdown in ties at a crucial time in the 9-year-old war. Briefly closing the route would serve a different purpose — a timely reminder by Pakistan of the leverage it has over the United States in Afghanistan just as the American-led coalition there is under growing public and political pressure to sho

Competition heating up for EU intelligence chief job

ANDREW RETTMAN 14.09.2010 @ 09:25 CET EUOBSERVER /BRUSSELS - Eight candidates have declared an interest in becoming the permanent head of the EU's most sensitive security organ, the Joint Situation Centre (SitCen). French diplomat Patrice Bergamini, who was recently appointed as SitCen caretaker manager by EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton, is in a strong position to lobby for the €15,000-a-month permanent post, advertised by Ms Ashton earlier this month. The new SitCen director will have to keep the trust of member states' security services while being loyal to Brussels (Photo: EU Commission) His caretaker role is limited to giving political direction to the intelligence-sharing bureau and to liaising with Ms Ashton and EU ambassadors, however. SitCen's day-to-day operations are being run by a French intelligence officer from inside the bureau, who is to step down in February. The

Terror Threats and Alerts in France

Created Sep 30 2010 - 03:55 " Terror Threats and Alerts in France is republished with permission of STRATFOR." [1] By Scott Stewart The Eiffel Tower was evacuated Sept. 28 after an anonymous bomb threat against the symbolic Parisian tourist attraction was phoned in; no explosive device was found. The day before the Eiffel Tower threat, French authorities closed the Gare Saint-Lazare in central Paris after an abandoned package, later determined innocuous, was spotted in the train station. These two incidents serve as the latest reminders of the current apprehension in France that a terrorist attack is imminent. This concern was expressed in a very public way Sept. 11, when Bernard Squarcini, the head of France’s Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence (known by its French acronym, DCRI), told French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche that the risk of an attack in France has never been higher. Never is a long time, and France has long faced terrorist threats, making this s


B.RAMAN In a dispatch from Pyongyang, the Capital of North Korea, the Government and Chinese Communist Party controlled Xinhua news agency of China reported on September 29,2010, that a one-day conference of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) held on September 28, 2010, had taken the following “significant decisions” regarding the party leadership: Kim Jong Il, who had served as the General Secretary of the Party since October 1997, was reelected to the post. It elected a 124-member Central Committee, which included among others, Kim Jong-il himself, his 27-year-old youngest son Kim Jong Un ( pronounced Kim Jong-Woon) and Kim Kyong Hui, the 64-year-old sister of Kim Jong-Il. At a plenary session of the new Central Committee, attended by Kim Jong Il, the party's innermost leading core, the Presidium of the Politburo of the WPK Central Committee, “came into being”. Beside Kim Jong Il there are four other senior members in the Presidium, known as the Standing Committee of