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World's only Sanskrit daily turns 42

Mysore, July 7 (IANS) Even as English and modern Indian language newspapers continue to flourish in the country, Sudharma, which claims to be the only Sanskrit newspaper in the world, is struggling hard to survive as it enters its 42nd year next week. Regd. No. KA/SK/MYS-107/09-11 R.N.I. No. 20007/70 E-mail : E-paper : Phone : 0821-2442835 / 428783 Address :- Sudharma Sanskrit Daily Editor: Sri KV Sampath Kumar No. 561, 2nd cross, Ramachandra Agrahara, Mysore - 570 004 Karnataka INDIA 0821-244-2835 "That's because no state or central body comes forward to assist us in any way and the response from various organisations in the private sector is indifferent," K.V. Sampath Kumar, editor of the Mysore-based daily that has over 2,000 subscribers, told IANS. But then why publish a paper in a "dead language" at all? The editor's wife, Jayalakshmi, who is well versed in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, En

NSG bid to force India to sign NPT, says Kakodkar

Express news service Posted: Sun Jul 10 2011, 02:51 hrs Mumbai: news/nsg-bid-to-force-india- to-sign-npt-says-kakodkar/ 815425/ Anil Kakodkar A key player behind the historic India-US civilian nuclear deal and former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Anil Kakodkar, said on Saturday that the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG), wants to amend its rules in an attempt to force India to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). “This is obviously their agenda,” said Kakodkar, after speaking to over 400 students and faculty members from 30 city colleges on Saturday at RD National College, Bandra. The NSG, which currently has 46 countries as members, was set up after India exploded its first atomic device in Pokhran in 1974. The latest guidelines state that only those countries which have signed the NPT will be entitled to obtain enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) technologies. This has upset India because at a meeting of the NSG in September 2008, In

US, India dialogue to focus on Afghan, counter-terrorism

July 09, 2011 9:46:59 PM S Rajagopalan | Washington Cooperation on counter-terrorism and the evolving situation in Afghanistan are among a host of key issues set to be taken up at the high-power India-US strategic dialogue, to be held in New Delhi on July 19. Issues relating to the nuclear waiver for India, defence cooperation, economic ties and an upcoming bilateral education summit are all likely to feature in this second round of strategic dialogue. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who co-chairs the meeting with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, will be arriving in New Delhi with a team of senior officials drawn from various departments of the Obama administration. “The depth of the US-India strategic dialogue demonstrates the United States’ strong support for India as an important actor on the world stage and is representative of the broad and multifaceted US-India relati


By Dr Subhash Kapila http://www.southasiaanalysis. org/papers46/paper4588.html Introductory Observations Pakistan presents the picture of a fractured nation and a failing state in mid-2011. Pakistan has presented this picture in the past many times over but was pulled from the brink by the United States by a providential coincidence of Pakistan Army reinventing its strategic utility to serve United States strategic interests and the United States readily exploiting the mercenary instincts of the rentier Pakistan Army. The strategic utility of the Pakistan Army to serve United States strategic interests in the region has frayed particularly since 2007 and the United States going by the record of Pakistan Army’s duplicitous performance has belatedly realized that its policy formulations on Pakistan Army were grievously misplaced. For far too long the United States policy establishment had labored under the misimpression that the key to handling and managing Pakistan to serve United Sta

The movement for an independence Baluchistan has never disappeared

Saturday, July 9, 2011 The ethnic groups in Iran territorially separated and the ethnic divisions are prominent, the case of ethnically inspired uprising is strong. The classic case is Baluchistan, a region populated with the Baluch people previously was a part of a sovereign state Baluchistan (1872) divided and combined into five Iranian administrated units. I believe the fundamental ethnic conflict cannot be bridged by Iranian constitutional rewriting, because Iranian has never governed their state by rules of law and constitutional supremacy. The long period of autocratic rules has radicalised the ethnic groups. For these reasons relation between groups and relation between groups and government are unbridgeable. The movement for an independence Baluchistan has never disappeared. After the 1979 Islamic revolution the nationalist movement was overtake by the religious conflict, between Shiite Zaboli and Sunni Baluch. Sistan and Baluchistan consist of two groups the Baluch Sunni m


B.RAMAN Karachi stands in danger of turning into another Beirut of the 1970s and 1980s if the Government of Pakistan does not wake up in time to the implications of the unending clashes between the Mohajirs and the Pashtuns, between the Barelvis and the Deobandis and between the Shias and the Sunnis. 2. Since the late 1980s, these animosities have led to periodic spells of ethnic and sectarian violence---almost amounting to a civil war. In the past, the situation was further aggravated by the ethnic animosity between the Mohajirs and the Sindhis. This animosity has since died down after the Pakistan People’s Party, which is largelyof mainstream Sindhis, took the MuttahidaQaumi Movement (MQM), the party of the Mohajirs, into the ruling federal coalition in Islamabad and the provincial coalition in Karachi after the elections of 2008. 3. The ethnic animosities have been compounded by sectarian animosities arising from the fact that the Mohajirs and the Sindhis largely


B.RAMAN ( To be read in continuation of my earlier article of June 27,2011, titled “Introspection in Pakistan: Will it Endure?” at ) After 64 years of hating, distrusting and wishing ill of each other, have India and Pakistan started learning to like each other? Things seem to be changing. Glacially, bien sur.But changing all the same. If you concentrate intensely, you can feel the change under your feet. We are still harsh to each other, but not as harsh as before. We still distrust each other, but not as intensely as before. We still talk ill of each other, but not with asmuch venom as before. We still hail the discomfiture of each other, but not with as much glee as before. We still demonise each other, but not with as much pleasure as before. The lingo is changing for the better, though one is not certain how long this would last. Read the recent remarks of Smt.NirupamaRao, our outgoing Foreig


B.RAMAN At a time when the Communist Party of China (CPC) was directing all discussions in the print,TV and new media towards its achievements during the 90 years of its existence, a section of determined netizens of the country operating clandestinely with the help of microblogs has managed to hijack the discussion and divert it away from a debate on the achievements of the party. 2. Instead, they have succeeded in drawing attention to the nervousness of the CPC over its future and over the effectiveness of its political control. They have done this by the simple act of spreading through microblogs rumours that Jiang Zemin, the predecessor of President Hu Jintao, as the President, the CPC General Secretary and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, had passed away in a Beijing military hospital after suffering a massive heart attack when he had come to Beijing from Shanghai to attend a gala function held by the CPC on July 1,2011, chaired by Hu, to mark the 90 th annive

Once in Afghanistan a true story

by Jumma Marri on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 9:29pm While I was in my summer vacation and was to leave the camp next day this event took place which I could never forget both killed men and their father were very good friend of mine and were body guards of my father. It was September 1988 at 3 PM two Mari crossed Helmond river bridge to sell some of their animals infect it was known as enemy territory because there the forest started and it was controlled by so called Afghan Mujahidin’s few locals tried to snatch the weapons of the two Marris and a hand fight started and then gun fires were heard worried about the situation father sent more Marri to get them back to safety but they were already taken to forest by the enemy. Horror gripped the heart of those who went to save their friends, among the rescuers were one father and his son as the elder brother saw his younger brother lying on ground while they were behind trees and there was fierce gun fire from both sides. Caught behind b

Khan of Kalat's speech at the South Asia Forum in Berlin, Germany

Baloch Statesman and de jure Ruler of Balochistan HH Khan of Kalat's speech at the South Asia Forum in Berlin, Germany. July 5, 2011 By HH Khan of Kalat Suleiman Daud Ahmadzai Baluchistan means the land of Baluch. It is situated at the eastern edge of the Middle East, linking Central Asian states with the Indian subcontinent and Indian Ocean. Presently Baluchistan is divided into three parts under the occupation of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Baluchistan is an ancient inhabited land with more than 5,000 years of history; it’s a land of contrast. Ladies and Gentlemen, the history of Baluch people and Baluchistan has been the story of liberation, occupations, state building, nation building, struggle for survival and continuity. For millenniums, throughout the history of Empires, every empire had left its mark on Baluchistan: Moghul, Persian, Turks, Arab and British. Empires have come and gone but the Baluch survived as a unique nation with distinction in character, languag


Posted on | July 5, 2011 | 6 Comments After the suspected bugging of the office premises of the Finance Minister in the power-centre of North Block I was requested by several electronic and print media to offer expert opinion. As I know the NB corridors and the premises of the FM I formed certain conclusions: It was an amateur job as intelligence agencies do not leave behind footprints; bugging was done during the budget framing period; it was done by some corporate house; it had insider collaborators who provided access and a place within 100 yds to sit comfortably and record the transmissions by the intruder. Micro radio/video bugs can transmit to a distance of 100 yds. Their functional life is about seven days, unless a bulky extra package is attached or connected to main power line. The government was not happy with the opinion and some unseen spook hijacked my mobile phone for seven days. Service was restored after I