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BALOCHISTAN: United Against Arab Sheiks Almost all mainstream political parties in the province have complimented Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly, Mohammad Aslam Bhootani , for taking a firm and principled stance against the alleged sale of 70,000 acre land to Arab sheiks in the coastal region of Balochistan. The Speaker had revealed in a rare press conference that the Balochistan government was under constant pressure from the Prime Minister House in Islamabad to endorse a summery, which is currently pending at the Revenue Department, to provide huge areas of land to the Arabs. While Bhootani does not belong to a nationalist party, he has gained tremendous backing from Baloch nationalist parties that have assured him full and timely cooperation on the matter. Senator Abdul Malik Baloch, the central President of the National Party , spoke to the media in his party office in Turbat and admired Bhootani for bringing up the issue to public notice.

Obama visit: A testament to Indo-US partnership

Satish Chandra Whether the two leaders addressed threats posed by Pakistan and China remains a mystery While President Obama’s three-day visit to India was an indisputable success, the extent to which it was leveraged to address the threat posed to us from Pakistan and China remains a question mark. The leadership and bureaucracies on both sides are to be complimented in ensuring that the visit was rich in the variety of agreements and understandings arrived at. Indeed, Obama himself indicated that more agreements were concluded during his India visit than during any other visit undertaken by him. These covered nearly every conceivable area of national activity ranging from agriculture to space, from higher education to defence, from energy to health, from trade to counter insurgency and from high technology to the promotion of a nuclear weapon free world. While none of these, on their own, were as import

Obama surprises India

Obama surprises India November 14, 2010 3:13:28 AM 296235/Obama-surprises-India. html It was widely believed that the US President, coming to India after the disastrous mid-term elections back home, would merely act like a ‘salesman’, trying to squeeze jobs and economic benefits for Americans. He, however, proved the critics wrong. Utpal Kumar analyses the visit and finds out what made it successful Although Jawaharlal Nehru had cordial relations with US President Dwight D Eisenhower and his successor John F Kennedy, he was regarded as anti-American. So much so that in his memoirs, Nice Guys Finish Second , the then Indian Ambassador to the US, BK Nehru, mentions how he once dared to ask him, “Your instinctive reaction to any proposal that may come from the US is to reject it, however good it may be... Why are you so anti-American?” Nehru first refused to concede this, but later said, “Maybe I am instinctively anti-American. When I was at Harrow in

BLF Attacks FC in Panjgur;Raisani Condemns the Blast

The Baloch Hal News QUETTA: The Baloch Liberation Front (BLF), while accepting responsibility for a remote-controlled bomb attack on a convoy of the Frontier Corps (FC) in Pak-Iran border district of Panjgur, claimed to have killed at least eight personnel of the security forces. However, this claim could not be varified through independent sources which said only two people had been injured in the remote control blast which took place on Saturday near Jamia Mosque in Chiktan, the district headquarter. The bomb bad been fixed with a motor cycle which was parked near the mosque. Eyewitnesses said the blast was so powerful that it also blew up two electricity pylons. As a result, the supply of electricity to half of Panjur’s population was also disrupted. An eye-witness told The Baloch Hal that people rushed to their homes and the local bazaar was closed soon after the bomb blast. The FC cordoned off several routines and increased patrolling of the area. Bashman Baloch, a spokesman of


B.RAMAN " It is absurd to say Obama's whirlwind tour to India is a proof that the U.S. strategic focus has been shifted from Beijing to Delhi." 2. So wrote Li Hongmei, the columnist of the party-controlled "People's Daily Online" of China, in a half-serious, half-sarcastic article on the recent visit of President Barack Obama to India. The article, titled "Obama greets India with more than a lip service? ", was carried by the "People's Daily Online" on November 9,2010. The article said: " When the United States Federal Reserve's action involving $600 billion came under attack from Germany, Brazil, China and other emerging economies, accusing in chorus America of trying to devalue the dollar to the detriment of other nations' exports, Mr. Singh, however, gave it an unexpected endorsement. Seemingly, the U.S. and India are right now singing a duet, echoing each other. " 3. The text of the article is given below. (


B.RAMAN In a well-timed move to win hearts and minds in the Islamic world, China has announced the commissioning on November 13--- a few days before the Haj--- of the Mecca Metro constructed by its engineers in Saudi Arabia. The 18-km-long Metro, which has been described as the first dual track light railway in Saudi Arabia, connects Mecca with nine holy sites, including Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah. The Metro, which is estimated to cost US $ 1.8 billion, is designed to carry 72,000 passengers per hour when it is fully operational by May 2011. It can now carry 50 per cent of this number. According to the "China Daily" of November 14," this is the first cooperation project between China and Saudi Arabia after the two countries signed an agreement in June 2008 to enhance cooperation on infrastructure construction. It is also the first light rail system built by Chinese companies in the Middle East." 2. The "China Daily" had earlier reported on November


B.RAMAN Syed Mehdi Shah, the Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), who has accompanied President Asif Ali Zardari to Guangdong in China to attend the inaugural function of the 16th Asian Games at Guangzhou, is being extended VIP treatment by the Chinese authorities. He is being treated on par with the other members of the Pakistani delegation, which has accompanied Zardari. 2. He was invited for a welcome banquet hosted by State Councillor Madam Liu Yangdong for the foreign dignitaries, who have come to participate in the inaugural ceremony of the Asian Games. He was also a member of the Pakistani delegation headed by Zardari which held bilateral talks on Sino-Pakistani relations on November 12,2010, with a Chinese delegation headed by Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. 3. The Pakistani media has reported that Syed Mehdi Shah would be separately visiting Kashgar in the Chinese-controlled Xinjiang Province, at the head of a 17-member delegation, to attend an international fair o


B.RAMAN Pakistani agency journalists accompanying President Asif Ali Zardari on his present visit to Guangzhou in China to attend the inaugural function of the 16th Asian Games, have reported that during a bilateral meeting with Zardari on November 12, 2010, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao informed him that he intended visiting Pakistan in December to further “deepen the strategic cooperation” between the two countries and proposed the establishment of a mechanism for formal and structured dialogue to ensure smooth and real time communication on all issues of common interest. Wen has been quoted as telling Zardari: “ We are looking forward to establishing contacts between the political leaderships of the two countries.” This possibly refers to the establishment of a hot line between the leaderships of the two countries similar to the hotline being established between the Prime Ministers of India and China. 2. It may be recalled that Wen had informed Prime Minister Manmoh

BALOCHISTAN: The good doctor

Original story in Himal SouthAsian | Oct 27, 2010 | Interview with Dr. Nazar by Sajid Hussain, The News: When a Book Buys a Gun By Naimat Haider Unbeknownst to even most residents of Pakistan, the country’s military has unleashed a new phase of systemic violence upon Balochistan. The apparent reason this time around is Dr Allah Nazar, a former chairman of the Baloch Students’ Organisation (BSO), whom the military intends to ‘remove’. The residents of Balochistan are in trouble again, and one of the leaders of the Baloch resistance, Dr Allah Nazar, is currently a hunted man. While systemic oppression by paramilitary forces, the Frontier Constabulary (FC) in particular, and disappearances and torture of citizens at the hands of intelligence agencies, has pretty much become the norm in Balochistan, Pakistan’s military has now initiated a direct ‘operation’ in many areas of the province. The direct target of state ire this time around is former BSO chairman Dr Allah Nazar, who, the milita

US's Pak conundrum

Barack Obama was neither forthright nor honest during his India visit, says Ramtanu Maitra. archivedebates/nat2.asp?recno= 2064 Washington, 12 November 2010: On 7 November, the visiting US president, Barack Obama, encountered a sharp question at Bombay's St Xavier's College, where a management student, Afsheen Irani, asked him: "Why is Pakistan such an important ally of the United States? Why hasn't America called it a terrorist state?" Although Obama was coached how to answer such a question, he was a bit rattled . Nonetheless, he came back saying he was expecting such a question. There was no doubt that he was expecting such a question and he also remembered how to obfuscate it. He said: "Pakistan is an enormous country with an enormous potential, but it also has extremist elements within it just like any other country." It was rather a clumsy way to hide the facts, and it was evident that it did not satisfy the studen

Cloud, Mobile Computing Raise Security Fears: Study

The report, titled Borderless Security , indicates that while there is a commitment to protecting data, many organizations remained concerned about their ability to face advanced, persistent threats against their corporate infrastructures. “The combination of more mobility, increased social access to information and outsourcing to the cloud requires a change in traditional information security paradigms,” says Jose Granado, security practice leader for Ernst & Young’s Americas practice. “The ‘outsiders are now the insiders,’ meaning people and organizations outside the borders of the traditional corporate environment play a role in helping to achieve information security objectives, but can also pose a risk to protecting your information.” The report, based on a survey of 1,600 senior executives in 56 countries, found that 60% perceive increased risk from the use of cloud computing, social networking and personal mobile devices at work. Additionally 64% of respondents see data prot

Between India and the U.S., a defining partnership

Lydia Polgreen 12/stories/2010111254070900. htm The long and complicated relationship has veered from warm embrace to uneasy frostbite to reconciliation. – PHOTOS: AFP/THE HINDU PHOTO LIBRARY EVOLUTION THROUGH THE YEARS: In Indo-U.S ties, ‘it is the personal equation that is important.' U.S President Barack Obama with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi in November 2010, Three decades and two oceans stand between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India. But on a dais in New Delhi after a joint news conference on November 8, the two men, neither known for his social ebullience, were inseparable: the youthful, lanky American President's arm firmly fixed on the older man's shoulder, with Mr. Singh grinning widely and his arm wrapped tightly around Mr. Obama's waist. More than once during his three-day visit Mr. Obama called the relationship between India and the United States “the defining partnership of th