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Civil nuclear deal to increase Indo-US defence trade: Lippert

Washington, Nov 19 ,(PTI) : Describing the US-India defence ties as "strong and growing," a top US official has told lawmakers that the civil nuclear deal between the two countries would lead to increased defence trade. "The civil-nuclear cooperation agreement was a landmark agreement that significantly transformed the US-India bilateral relationship," Mark Lippert said during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination as the Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. "The agreement has also deepened the level of trust between the United States and India that will have positive effects on DoD interests and will hopefully lead to greater military-to-military cooperation and increased defense trade," he said. If confirmed, Lippert said he believe US priorities for this relationship should be focused on increasing maritime sec

Call to spread Vedic knowledge TNN Nov 17, 2011 THRISSUR: Kadavallur Anyonyam, an annual Rig Veda contest involving scholars from two vedic schools, Thirunavaya Brahmaswam Math and Thrissur Brahmaswam Math, began on Wednesday at Kadavallur Sree Ramaswamy Temple, situated near the border of Thrissur and Malappuram districts. K C Venugopal, union minister of state for power inaugurated the Anyonyam. He said, "Concepts of Vedas should reach the public. Conducting Anyonyam of this kind will help us understand the relevance of Vedas in Indian culture". He also said discrimination in learning the Vedas should be eliminated.Presiding over the function, Mahakavi Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri said, "More opportunities should be created to help people from all religions and communities learn Vedas and this will ensure the survival of Vedas. People should come forward to study it."Akkitham is the president of Kad


B.RAMAN If Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari is intelligent, he would realise the damage that has been caused to the credibility of the state of Pakistan by Mr.HussainHaqqani, the Pakistani Ambassador to the US, by his naivete in trying to use the services of MansoorIjaz, a controversial US businessman of Pakistani origin, for conveying to Admiral Mike Mullen, then Chairman of the USJoint Chiefs of Staff, a request to rein in Gen.Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, the Chief of the Army Staff, in return for some quid pro quos promised by Haqqani on behalf of “his boss”. 2. In this highly murky case, we have only claims and denials----with most of the claims coming from Ijaz and most of the denials coming from the Pakistani side. Apart from a belated admission that the Admiral did receive a memo relating to Pakistan, US Government sources have refrained from any comments in the matter. 3. There is as yet no smoking gun on the basis of which anyone can be hung ----not even Ambassador Haq

Nord Stream Brings Siberian Resources to Europe Quite recently the most anticipated project of the world power industry has begun operating — the Nord Stream gas pipeline. On November 8, Russian gas supplies to Europe started. The project will help decrease Russia’s reliance on transit countries and provide stability and safety for gas deliveries. The Nord Stream pipeline runs along the seabed of the Baltic Sea, from Vyborg (Leningrad region) up to Greifswald (Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) and connects Russian gas fields with European consumers. Everyone understands how significant the Nord Stream is, but t the same time, no gas pipeline can operate without a stable gas feed. That is why the Nord Stream project should be reviewed in the integrated manner in terms of both logistics and resources. Gasprom’s gas transportation system will ensure gas feeding to the Nord Stream. Initially, the Yuzhno-Russkoye field in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District will be used a

Nord Stream: a partnership at all levels

Anisimov Sergey, Anna Forostenko Nov 12, 2011 14:56 Moscow Time The Nord Stream offshore gas pipeline came into operation this week. Running along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, the pipeline will supply gas direct to European consumers. Nord Stream runs from Portovaya Bay in Russia’s Vyborg to Greifswald in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The 1,224-kilometer pipeline consists of two parallel pipes and its capacity is 55 billion cubic meters a year. The pipeline will hit its intended capacity after the commissioning of the second line in 2012. For now, the second line is 70% ready. Nord Stream holds a particular significance given that the gas deficit in EU countries will reach 200 billion cubic meters by 2030. President Medvedev has described the Nord Stream pipeline as important for European security. "The launch of Nord Stream marks a significant step in relations between Russia, the EU, Germany and a number of other countrie

Raja's 2G note says Chidambaram okayed selling of stakes by Unitech, Swan

An internal note, written by former telecom minister A. Raja to then telecom secretary, which could indict Home Minister P. Chidambaram and draw even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the 2G spectrum allocation scam mess, has been accessed by Headlines Today. In the note, Raja claims that Chidambaram as finance minister gave his nod to the dilution of stake in Unitech and Swan Telecom. It claims that this happened in the presence of the prime minister. In the letter dated November 5, 2008, Raja wrote: "Since some misleading articles are written in the media about the issuance of new licenses and spectrum allocation, more specifically in the case of Swan Telecom and Unitech Telecom, the matter was discussed with honourable prime minister and honourable finance minister as I observed in a press conference at Chennai." "In the meeting honourable finance minister clarified that dilution of shares to attract foreign investment for business expansion did not amount to sa

Flawed Pakistan Strategy

Flawed Pakistan strategy Kanwal Sibal New Indian Express Last Updated : 18 Nov 2011 12:37:23 AM IST Our policy towards Pakistan, as the SAARC summit at Maldives last week showed, is stuck in the double grooves of hope and good faith. We think that India and Pakistan can turn a 'new chapter' in their relationship and believe in the good faith of Pakistan’s leadership in translating their peaceful protestations soon into policy. 'Trust but verify' applies well to disarmament negotiations where intentions can be believed but actions are inspected on the ground. With Pakistan this approach can be relevant to the terrorism question, where Pakistan’s anti-terror claims can be verified by inspecting the ground infrastructure of terrorism through agreed mechanisms. But what is pertinence of verification to the composite dialogue on normalising bilateral relations without linkage to terrorism? We believe we can build a relationship of trust with Pakistan through a soft and

Can Manmohan & Rahul repeat these words?

Rahul Gandhi is Good for Nothing , He is Useless , Knows Nothing (Seedhi Baat)

Subramanian Swamy to file FIR on black money

PTI Nov 13, 2011, 04.21AM IST Tags: AHMEDABAD: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said he will soon register an FIR with CBI on the issue of black money stashed in foreign countries. This would help him obtain letter rogatory from a court and his organization then can directly approach foreign countries to get details of funds stashed, he said. "After studying the laws on how to get details of black money stashed abroad, my organization, Action Committee Against Corruption in India, has decided to go to CBI office on November 28 and register an FIR on the issue," Swamy said. "For filing of an FIR, we do not require names... we can only say that the unnamed people have committed a crime against the country by stashing black money in foreign banks. If the CBI would not file a complaint, then we will approach a court to direct the CBI to file it," he said. "Once the complaint is filed, we will approach a local court and obtain a letter rogat

Raja's 2G note: Subramanian Swamy seeks action against Chidambaram

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy. RELATEDS Raja's 2G note hints at PC's complicity? CBI accused of influencing 2G scam witness The main petitioner in 2G scam case, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, on Friday called the dilution of equities by the original license holders -- Unitech and Swan Telecom, a "sham transaction" in the name of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Reacting to a 2G note written by former telecom minister A. Raja to then telecom secretary in November 2008 highlighted by Headlines Today, Swamy said, "I think there is one crucial paragraph in the note you have shown which I can testify is a genuine note because it's there in my file that I got from the CBI." "Raja says let this telecom commission also consider this. Now the telecom commission proceedings, the minutes all further prove that it is the finance ministry wh

Who will guard the guards? India must work on more freedom, less governance model of polity – unlike Desert Bloc systems that need more laws, more powers that limit freedom. Anna Hazare has an empty agenda. Zero ideology. (Cartoon by Ajit Ninan; source and courtesy - Click for source image. Santosh Hegde ran protection money cartel as Karnataka Lokayukta, claims IPS officer A senior police officer who was part of the Karnataka Lokayukta during Justice N. Santosh Hegde’s tenure has alleged that the watchdog was steeped in corruption. In an interview to a Kannada daily, IPS officer Madhukar Shetty said: “The officers have formed a cartel to extract protection money from a particular department in return for a free run.” Shetty, who was the SP in the Lokayukta’s police wing during Hegde’s tenure, is now in the US on study leave for two years. (via http://ind

140 Rajya Sabha MPs have assets but no financial interests

By Indo Asian News Service | IANS – 12 hours ago New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) A total of 140 out of the 241 members of the Rajya Sabha claim that they have no financial interests, despite owning assets running into crores of rupees, said an election watchdog Thursday. The financial interests, which have to be declared by an MP within 90 days of his election, include income as directors of companies, controlling shares, regular salaries, paid consultancies and professional engagements. These have to be declared by the members before participating in any discussion related to their interest, and are also to be kept in mind while appointing the members to any parliamentary standing committees. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also declared no financial interests, but has assets worth more than Rs.4 crore. 'It is strange how one can have huge assets and no financial interests,' said Anil Bariwal, national coordinator of National Election Watch (NEW). An analysis of data on MPs&#

Army vs Zardari on his SOS to the US An article in a British paper last month by Mansoor Ijaz, a Pakistani-American businessman with political connections in Washington, has taken a toll of the civilian government of President Asif Zardari in Islamabad. The irony is that it was written to strengthen Mr Zardari against encroachments by General Ashfaq Kayani. Mr Ijaz claims that shortly after the US Navy Seal raid to extract OBL from Abbottabad on May 2, the Zardari government felt threatened by General Kayani and sought out Mr Ijaz to convey its insecurity to Admiral Mike Mullen, the then Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff and avowed "friend" of General Kayani, to fend off a possible coup. Accordingly, with the help of a top Pakistani diplomat close to President Zardari, Mr Ijaz drafted and dispatched a secret "memo" portraying the Pakistani military as being part of the problem rather than the solution to America

Client Magnet: A Blog Planning Template for Lawyers

Mike Mintz Whether you call it "blogging" or "blawging," writing for social media is scary, even for lawyers. Most members of the bar are used to spending many billable hours polishing anything they will present or publish. The misplacement of an apostrophe or an innocent typo can mean death and ruin even to the fiercest litigator. In a medium where formalities are eschewed almost as a badge of honor, lawyers may find it difficult to make the transition from brief writing to blog posting, but don't worry: we've got you covered. After all, we're teaching you how to hack Connected. Why Should Lawyers Blog? There are many reasons why you may be considering blogging, despite your busy day. I spoke to popular blogger and lawyer Mark Herrmann about