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US forces had orders to target Indian Army in 1971

Josy Joseph, TNN | Nov 6, 2011, 04.17AM IST Pakistani Army Commander in the Eastern Command, Lt General AAK Niazi, signing the Instrument of Surrender in front of General Officer Commanding in Chief of India and Bangladesh Forces in the Eastern Theatre, Lt General Jagjit Singh Aurora on December 16, 1971. NEW DELHI: A set of freshly declassified top secret papers on the 1971 war show that US hostility towards India during the war withPakistan was far more intense than known until now. The documents reveal that Indira Gandhi went ahead with her plan to liberate Bangladeshdespite inputs that the Nixon Administrationhad kept three battalions of Marines on standby to deter India, and that the American aircraft carrier USS Enterprise had orders to targetIndian Army facilities. The bold leadership that the former PM showed during the 1971 war is well known. But the decl

Rahul Gandhi lacks a Prime Ministerial drive

B.Raman's thoughts on Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi Some thoughts from Delhi's S&S circuit: 1. If Manmohan Singh goes, he would prefer to be succeeded by Rahul Gandhi and not by anybody else. 2. But Rahul Gandhi is not yet mentally ready to take over as PM.Nobody has a better idea of his limitations than Rahul Gandhi himself. 3. Rahul Gandhi doesn't think of himself as PM material--at least for present.He lacks a prime ministerial drive. 4. Rahul Gandhi thinks he is better suited to lead the party than the Government. 5 . Rahul Gandhi would prefer continuation of present arrangement where he, like Sonia Gandhi , exercises de facto prime ministerial authority . 6. Sans de Jure prime ministerial spotlight on him.The family (Sonia Gandhi family) is showing signs of dilution in its allergy to Pranab. 7. Pranab Mukharjee is increasingly seen as the man of the hour who can set right the governance before 2014. 8. Pranab Mukharjee is also sending out signals

CIA following Twitter, Facebook

AP Exclusive: CIA following Twitter, Facebook By KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer Friday, November 4, 2011 (11-04) 04:13 PDT McLean, Va. (AP) -- In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets — up to 5 million a day. At the agency's Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the "vengeful librarians" also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms — anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly. From Arabic to Mandarin Chinese, from an angry tweet to a thoughtful blog, the analysts gather the information, often in native tongue. They cross-reference it with the local newspaper or a clandestinely intercepted phone conversation. From there, they build a picture sought by the highest levels at the White House, giving a real-time peek, for example, at the mood of a region after the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden or p

PM’s opening statement at Press Conference in Cannes

November 04, 2011 The summit had before it an extensive agenda, on which work had been going on over the past two years. It was overtaken by sudden developments in Greece which could have broader spillover effects. The Summit reviewed progress on the existing agenda and also discussed the implications of the Greek crisis. As far as the ongoing agenda is concerned, the communique brings out the significant progress made in all the important areas. These include the outcome of the Mutual Assessment Process (MAP), progress in financial regulation and banking transparency, and improvements in the functioning of agricultural and energy markets, including futures markets. The communiqué welcomes the IOSCO recommendations for improving regulation and supervision of commodity markets to manage volatility in prices. The MAP process represents the first time that the major economies have undertaken a collective commitment to fiollow policies which meet their national objectives while also be

Exposing Black Money: Varun Gandhi filed RTI Application

Questions Raised in RTI Application Annexure 1 Filed RTI application as promised. Trust it will lead to exposure of rich & powerful harbouring illegal funds abroad. – If the Finance Ministry/Central Board of Direct Taxes/Directorate of Criminal Investigation possesses a list of Indian citizens who are account holders of HSBC Geneva? – According to the information held by the Finance Ministry/Central Board of Direct Taxes/Directorate of Criminal Investigation, which are the present Members of Parliament and former Members of Parliament who were found to be account holders of HSBC Geneva? – According to the information held by the Finance Ministry/Central Board of Direct Taxes/Directorate of Criminal Investigation, what is the list of persons who have more than Rs.50 crore in Bank deposits in HSBC Geneva? – What are the names of the individuals account holders who have been subjected to quest

AP: CIA eyes up to 5M tweets a day

By: Tim Mak November 4, 2011 09:26 AM EDT The Central Intelligence Agency is systematically monitoring Twitter, following up to 5 million foreign tweets a day, according to a new report. The CIA’s Open Source Center reviews and analyzes information widely available to the general public, including Twitter and Facebook, and keeps eyes on everything from blogs to tweets to more traditional media, The Associated Press says in a feature article on the unit. Analysts monitor information in an array of languages and cross-reference it to existing intelligence, and are often called on to provide information on the mood of a region after a foreign policy event. For example, the Open Source Center built a picture of the real-time reaction from the Middle East after the killing of Osama bin Laden in May to give the White House an idea of public sentiment. When President Barack Obama gave a speech addressing Mid

The Dragon enters the Heaven

A Adityanjee E-Mail- China launched an unmanned spacecraft the Shenzhou VIII (literal meaning the “divine vessel”) from the Gobi desert base in the far north-western city of Jiuquan at 5.58 AM on November 1st to carry out an important docking mission scheduled within next two days. This launch was personally witnessed by Chinese Vice-premier Zhang Dejiang along with German and European space experts. The docking finally took place successfully 343 km above the surface of the Earth on November 3rd. The process of docking took 8 minutes and was aided by microwave radars, laser distance measurers and video cameras. The joint assembly will orbit around the Earth for the next 12 days while conducting a number of tests. Earlier, on September 29th, China had launched its first module for the space station named Tiangong-1 literally meaning “The Heavenly Palace”. This Tiangong-1 module weighs 8.5 tons

Tracing the historical roots of Pakistan’s current plight.,.Setting.the.Region.on.Fire.html Fereydoun Majlesi Cloaking the tensions seems an ever-difficult burden for Islamabad and Washington these days. Pakistan, which relies on the United States’ financial and political support, sweats blood to reconstruct relations with its powerful partner; relations that are not fully under the control of Pakistan, but are also affected by the interplay of several regional and internal actors, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, India and malignant groups inside the country’s byzantine power structure. To develop a better understanding of the problem, an in-depth look at Pakistan’s history and its key developments seems necessary. 1) Inception of Pakistan and the significance of the Iranian element: Pakistan is an ‘artificial state’, formed by eight distinct ethnicities inhabiting seven separate regions, with Islam serving as the glue which held these incompatible fragments together