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Indian sun dried tomatoes Sun-dried tomatoes are ripe tomatoes which are placed in the sun to remove most of the water content from the tomatoes. Cherry types of tomatoes will lose 88% of their initial (fresh) weight, whilst larger tomatoes can lose up to 93% during the process. As a result, it takes anywhere from 8 to 14 kilos of fresh tomatoes to make a single kilo of sun dried tomatoes. After the procedure the tomato fruits will keep their nutritional value . The tomatoes are high in lycopene , antioxidants , and vitamin C and low in sodium , fat , and calories . Sun dried tomatoes were created in the tile roofs of Italy as a way to store fresh tomatoes for the winter. This technique is still used for tomatoes, only in much larger quantities of tomatoes and for commercial use (commercially available tomatoes). Sun-dried tomatoes can be used in a wide variety of recipes and come in a variety of shapes, colors, and t

Caution over misadventure

March 31, 2011 2:50:05 PM G Parthasarathy 328012/Caution-over- misadventure.html Rather than go along with the West and back its duplicitous decision to ‘intervene' in Libya, India has decided to chart its own independent course in foreign affairs. After emerging from a situation two decades ago, when the country was bankrupt and internationally isolated following the collapse of the Soviet Union, India can derive satisfaction with what has been achieved since then. The nuclear tests of 1998 and end of global nuclear sanctions by the Nuclear Suppliers Group in 2008, has led to worldwide recognition of India as a legitimate nuclear weapons power. It is now for India to negotiate skillfully with partners like Russia, France, the US and Canada, to see that agreements on nuclear power it signs are economically advantageous and meet the highest standards of transparency and nuclear safety. With a sustained high rate of economic growth

Foreign Secretary saw closer cooperation on counter-terror with U.S. as ‘silver lining' of 26/11

Nirupama Subramanian 31/stories/2011033153081300. htm On the ground, though Indian investigators shared much evidence with the FBI, the distrust did not disappear

To Live United or to Perish Like Fools

Original article at The Baloch Hal | Mar 29, 2011 | Story by Dr. Jumma Khan Marri We all speak and write for Baloch unity while hardly understanding its meaning and purpose. That is the reason the long awaited unity looks like an unachievable dream (“Whereas everybody wants heaven yet nobody is ready to die”.). Education is one of the main pillars for understanding the need and purpose of that unity. Fearing that unity, the government of Pakistan started its cruel inhumane acts of eliminating our educated youth. Today Baloch people are deprived of the candle of enlightenment and are kept in the darkness of ignorance, illiteracy and backwardness. I beg my elders, leaders, tribal notables, let us unite and try to understand the meaning and purpose of unity. In English or any other language, the word unity means oneness, or togetherness. Why do we need this oneness and togetherness now and today? Because we have no other options left other then unity. Disunity is ou

'At Home and Abroad', India's Air Defence Planners Saddle Up to the SAM Procurement Challenge Contributor: Laurent Rathborn India faces unique air security challenges. It suffers from a quasi-belligerent, nuclear-armed neighbour at its border and an increasingly outdated Cold War air-defence system. Consequently, the last fifteen years have seen efforts by the Indian Ministry of Defence to either purchase upgraded systems or, increasingly, internally develop their own . SAM (surface-to-air missile) systems can be mounted on a number of delivery platforms at sea and on the ground. Moving on from legacy solutions The bulk of India’s Cold-War era SAM systems are of the OSA-AKM [SA-8 Gecko] and ZRK-BD MR/LR-SAM type, which are rapidly being surpassed by modern offerings from suppliers such as France and Israel. The Ministry of

How Jimmy Carter and I Started the Mujahideen

Interview of Zbigniew Brzezinski Le Nouvel Observateur (France), Jan 15-21, 1998, p. 76* Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs ["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct? Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military i

Behind the Arab revolt is a word we dare not speak 24 February 2011 Shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, I interviewed Ray McGovern, one of an elite group of CIA officers who prepared the President’s daily intelligence brief. McGovern was at the apex of the “national security” monolith that is American power and had retired with presidential plaudits. On the eve of the invasion, he and 45 other senior officers of the CIA and other intelligence agencies wrote to President George W. Bush that the “drumbeat for war” was based not on intelligence, but lies. “It was 95 per cent charade,” McGovern told me. “How did they get away with it?” “The press allowed the crazies to get away with it.” “Who are the crazies?” “The people running the [Bush] administration have a set of beliefs a lot like those expressed in Mein Kampf... these are the same people who were referred to in the circles in which I moved, at the top, as ‘the crazies’.” I said, “Norm

Things to learn from Japan: How it handled the recent natural calamity?

Many thanks to Dinesh Agrawal Email: dinesh1234 @ 10 things to learn from Japan after the recent natural calamity that country faced and how it dealt with it? 1. THE CALM Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated. 2. THE DIGNITY Disciplined queues for water and groceries. No looting and irrational complaining. Not a rough word or a crude gesture. 3. THE ABILITY The incredible architectures, for instance: Tall Buildings swayed but didn’t fall. Earthquake proof building codes are strictly enforced and followed. 4. THE GRACE People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something. No reports of hoarding or inflating the prices 5. THE ORDER No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding and consideration for fellow human being. 6. THE SACRIFICE Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors fully aware th


B.RAMAN "Any exercise to demotivate the Pakistani state and help it to rid itself of its fears---which are seen by its army as real and by India as imaginary--- has to start with frequent and sustained interactions between the institutions of the two countries---- political parties to political parties, parliament to parliament, army to army, intelligence to intelligence, Foreign Office to Foreign Office and Home Ministry to Home Ministry. Increasing institutional contacts is as important as increasing people to people contacts to remove imaginary fears of each other. How to achieve this increase in institutional interactions between India and Pakistan.? That should be the basic question to be addressed. It should be addressed in the context of an over-all vision statement between the two countries. The imaginary fears are more in Pakistan’s mind than in our mind. The Indian Prime Minister should take the initiative for visiting Pakistan to set the ball rolling towards an agreed

Target Col Gaddafi,Western Democracies Descend to Middle Ages

by K. Gajendra Singh 30 March,2011 UNSC Cover for Euro-US Bombing for Libyan Oil Undermines Moral & Legal Authority of WWII Alliance Moscow cries foul, too late; interference into the internal, civil war not sanctioned by the UN Resolution “This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land...” “To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and--more profoundly--our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as president, I refused to wait for the images of sl