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Indian cos invested $26 bn in US   Indian companies have invested more than USD 26 billion in the US in the last five years and the IT companies employ more than one lakh people in that country, New Delhi's top diplomat in Washington has said. "Indian companies are now contributing strongly to local State economies in the US with a presence in 43 states and having invested over USD 26 billion in the last five years in several key areas of the economy, in manufacturing as also in services," the Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, said yesterday.   India's IT industry has in particular been a strong player in establishing value based mutually beneficial partnerships, Rao said in her address to Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, India-South Asia Programme.   "As per our estimates, Indian IT companies employ over 100,000 people in the US and the Indian IT industry supports over 280,000 jobs ind


By B.Raman Of all the Chief Ministers, who have protested against the proposed creation of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in the Intelligence Bureau of the Government of India with effect from March 1,2012 without consulting the State Governments, only J.Jayalalita, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, has got it right. 2. She has made it clear that her objection is not to the creation of the NCTC to strengthen our counter-terrorism capability. Nor is her objection based on fears of dilution of the principle of federalism. 3. Her objections are to two features of the proposed NCTC mechanism--- the powers of arrests and searches sought to be given to the NCTC, which will be a division of the IB, a clandestine intelligence organisation, and the provision for the setting-up of inter-State intelligence teams by the NCTC. 4. She has reportedly described these provisions as highly objectionable and said that the powers of arrest and searches given to the IB through the


By Dr Subhash Kapila Introductory Observations India’s foreign policy establishment so far has revelled in the luxury of not having to make hard foreign policy decisions. In early 2012 what is increasingly coming to the fore is that this sort of luxury may not be all that forthcoming henceforth. This phenomenon that dominates the Indian foreign policy establishment has plagued Indian policy formulations more notably on our main military adversaries, namely China and Pakistan now has become an all pervasive reality. Instantly at issue is as to how the Indian foreign policy establishment faces the challenging conundrum of managing its relations with Israel and Iran. In the last two days this predicament has contextually hit India in two ways. The first development was the attack on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi. The second development today has been the unveiling in full global glare of Iran’s advanced centrifuges at the Natanz facility which may be a precursor to acquisition o

US retailer Target Corp's Bangalore centre to help in maiden overseas foray in Canada

From Bangalore, a 2,500-strong team will draw up a blueprint to help Target Corp, the US' thirdlargest retailer, in Canada. Shruti Sabharwal & Lison Joseph, ET Bureau | Feb 18, 2012, 10.34AM IST BANGALORE: Target Corp, the US' third largest retailer, is aiming to set up shop in Canada next year. For its maiden overseas foray, the Minneapolis-based company has set its sights thousands of miles away on its technology centre in Bangalore. From the Indian city, a 2,500-strong team, including architects, will draw up a blueprint to help Target in Canada. They will create the design for the stores and the layout of shelves, decide what the shelves should be stocked with and assist in setting a supply chain for over 100 stores that will be opened. With $68 billion in sales, Target spends nearly $1 billion on

First Sanskrit School in Australia Will Teach Vedic Chanting, Vedic Mathematics and Science in Vedas

Source: News Bharati Date: 2/18/2012 9:05:19 AM Flemington (Aus), February 18: Chanting of the Sanskrit poems, verses, and slokas mingled in the air of Australia when little nightingales of BSK Flemington sung it in a very Indian way. The occasion was to inaugurate a new Sanskit school at Homebush Boy’s High School premises on 5 February 2012. Australia’s Vishwa Hindu Parishad took efforts to start first Sanskrit school in the Australia (first school outside India) which will teach Vedic chanting and Vedic mathematics and science in Vedas to the children. There were two power point presentations by BSK students, Sanskrit – Hidden Treasure, BSK aims and objects & Sanskrit in Britain. While the former glorified Sanskrit, the later explained love and appreciation for Sanskrit by people of different culture. Sumana Hebbar Coordinator and Teacher, BSK Flemington welcomed the dignitaries, parents and children, highlighting the importance of the ceremony. This was followed by

Indian IT companies employ over 1 lakh in US: Nirupama Rao

PTI | Feb 18, 2012, 12.39PM IST WASHINGTON: Indian companies have invested more than $26 billion in the US in the last five years and the IT companies employ more than one lakh people in that country, New Delhi's top diplomat in Washington has said. "Indian companies are now contributing strongly to local State economies in the US with a presence in 43 states and having invested over $26 billion in the last five years in several key areas of the economy, in manufacturing as also in services," the Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, said yesterday. India's IT industry has in particular been a strong player in establishing value based mutually beneficial partnerships, Rao said in her address to Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, India-South Asia Programme. "As per our estimates, Indian IT companies e

“Supranational” Investing

By Addison Wiggin 02/17/12 Baltimore, Maryland – Some of the very best Argentine steak houses are in Amsterdam, some of America’s very best rodeo cowboys are Brazilian and some of the world’s very best beach volleyball courts are high in the Swiss Alps. The “cosmopolitanization” of the world is under way — creating vast, new and diverse patterns of commerce… which also means vast, new and diverse investment opportunities. Because cultural influences continuously tend to travel and disperse like pollen on the breeze, the resulting cross-pollination produces a dizzying array of cultural hybrids. In one sense, therefore, the world is becoming smaller. But as it “shrinks,” it is also expanding culturally. When cultural influences combine with one another, they sometimes produce sociological phenomena and expressions that defy strict national categorization. To illustrate the point, let’s return to those Argentine steaks, American cowboys and beach volleyball courts… According to a col

Rohrabacher Introduces Bill Recognizing Baluchistan’s Right to Self-Determination

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2012 Contact: Tara Setmayer 202-225-2415 Rep. Rohrabacher Introduces Bill Recognizing Baluchistan's Right to Self-Determination Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced a House Concurrent Resolution that the Baluchi nation has a historic right to self-determination. Baluchistan is currently divided between Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan with no sovereign rights of its own. In Pakistan especially, the Baluchi people are subjected to violence and extrajudicial killing. The bill states that the Baluchi people "have the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign country; and they should be afforded the opportunity to choose their own status." "The Baluchi, like other nations of people, have an innate right to self-determination," says Rohrabacher. "The political and ethnic discrimination they suffer is tragic and made more so because America is financing and

Letter of appreciation: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Chairman of the Oversight and Investigation sub Committee of The House Foreign Affairs committee. 2300 Rayburn House office Building Washington DC 20515     14 February 2012     Subject: Human Right Situation in Balochistan     Dear Dana Rohrabacher,     This is in appreciation of the notice taken by the US Congress on the worsening human rights situation in Balochistan. Showing concern on the sufferings of the Baloch by civilized world is a ray of hope for the thousands of the families whose loved one had either been extra-judicially killed or been kidnapped by Pakistani security agencies.   As Pakistan is heavily dependent on economic, military, and political support of the United States of America, any gesture of support for the human rights of the Baloch may save some of the Baloch lives. Although, we consider the recent investigative meeting of the committee as a very positive step; however, we would like to highlight the fact that u

A hearing on Balochistan that stirs up new tensions between U.S. and Pakistan     February 15, 2012       MALIK SIRAJ AKBAR   An extraordinary hearing of the U.S. Congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs on February 8 exclusively focusing on Pakistan's restive Balochistan province has triggered new diplomatic tensions between Washington D.C. and Islamabad. At least five members of the U.S. Congress belonging to both the Democratic and the Republican parties and a retired colonel of the military directly or indirectly called for supporting the Baloch right to self-determination.   During the same hearing, a panel of five witnesses, including representatives of the Human Rights Watch and the Amnesty International, spoke of how the Pakistan government was using American weapons against the secular Baloch rebellion instead of using them against al-Qaeda and the Taliban. They told the hearing that Islamabad had manipulated the "war on terror" to commit widespread human rights vio

Situation in and around Syria The Syrian Crisis Looks Unsolvable

    For US led West and most of its dependent and submissive allies including many Arab states, the Cold War never ceased from the Western side, after the fall of the Berlin Wall .Just look at the extent of activities of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). NATO troops once arrived in Crimea in Ukraine and were hounded out by an irate populace .Using the pretext of helping the victims of the earth quake, they even entered Pak occupied Kashmir. They are swarming around and all over the Mediterranean. The events /conflicts /near wars unfolding in north Africa and West Asia are but continuation of the Cold War .Western Franchised street revolutions in early 2000s were resisted and stopped by Sanghai Cooperation Council members, when West entered Russia's near abroad, in spite of promises to Gorbachev (Do not trust anyone when strategic interests are concerned) .Regime changes in Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine were successful but failed in Belarus and Uzbekistan. They have been revers


Source : Mail Today by KANWAL SIBAL Mounting Iran-West tensions have implications for India's energy security, transit to Afghanistan, the India-US "strategic relationship", India's ties with the Gulf countries as well as its international role as a rising power. Iran is India's second largest oil supplier after Saudi Arabia, providing about 12% of its annual requirments worth about $12 billion. India can potentially obtain pipeline gas or LNG from Iran if security and sanctions issues can be overcome. Iran's geographically proximity makes it a logical source of hydrocarbons for energy deficient India which today imports 70% of its needs and will import 90% in the years ahead. INTERESTS Competition with China in the Gulf region makes the task of securing our energy requirements even more daunting. China's Security Council membership and financial clout give it more leverage than we have with Iran as well as the US. It can more easily enter into barte

India's dilemma: How to pay for Iranian oil

  By Vijay Prashad An explosion on Aurangzeb Road in New Delhi damaged an Israeli embassy car, and injured its occupants.Tal Yehoshua Koren, the wife of the defense attache at the Israeli embassy was seriously wounded. She is in critical care. She was on her way to pick up her children from their school. It is unusual for a diplomatic vehicle to be attacked on the streets of New Delhi. The Delhi police went into action. The international media wanted to know who had done the attack minutes after it was reported. The police was wary. Let us conduct our investigation, they said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went before his parliament and accused Iran of a terrorist act. "The elements behind these attacks were Iran and its protege, Hezbollah." Iran, he said, is "the largest terror exporter in the world" and Israel "would act with a strong hand." This was all the confirmation that BBC needed. I

Strained ties? US pledges $2.4bn aid to Pak in 2013

  Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN | Feb 15, 2012, 05.48AM IST WASHINGTON: The Obama administrationproposes to lavish $2.4 billion of US taxpayer money on Pakistan in 2013 despite its dodgy role in terrorism and nuclear proliferation that has set the world on edge. Unveiling an annual budget of $3.8 trillion that calls for tax hikes on the rich, the administration on Monday recommended to the Congress $2.2 billion in assistance to Pakistan including $1.1 billion already authorized under the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill and $800 million for the Pakistan Counter-insurgency Capability Fund. An additional $197 million is proposed to support the US government's civilian presence, as well as programs for engagement with Pakistani civil society. The ostensibly reason offered by the state department for this massive aid to a country most Americans perceive as an enemy (a sentime

US engagement in Afghanistan must go beyond 2014

Author:  Hiranmay Karlekar While American troops will finally pull out of Afghanistan by 2014, it will not mean the end of US's involvement in that country. The US must maintain its hard-gained leverage There has been much speculation about the United States' role in Afghanistan after 2014 when it is scheduled to withdraw most of its troops from that country. Releasing a report on Central Asia and the Transition in Afghanistan by the majority staff of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committe's chairman, Senator John Kerry, said on December 19, 2011, that the US's relationships and engagement in Afghanistan will continue after the military transition in 2014. The report itself categorically states, "The US role in Afghanistan is changing, but Washington should repeatedly stress that its engagement is not ending. Afghanistan's nei

An India-China Military Conflict? Part-I

By Bhaskar Roy There have been projections among some Indian experts and think tanks that a limited Chinese attack along the unresolved Sino-Indian border may be imminent. This view cannot be totally faulted. They are based on China’s aggressive official and semi-official postures and warning to India, especially on the sovereignty of Tawang, an important Buddhist pilgrim town in India’s north-east state of Arunachal Pradesh. China claims officially the whole of Arunachal Pradesh as its territory. The official Chinese media, have started referring to Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet. This is a very important shift in China’s nomenclature of Arunachal Pradesh. This is an effort to now make this Indian state a historical part of Tibet which China militarily occupied in 1950. With India among other countries in the world having acknowledged the original Tibet as a sovereign part of China, extension of Tibet to Arunachal Pradesh may give China an opening into its sovereignty clai

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Shyamala B.Cowsik

No professional diplomat would ever attach any importance to US claims of furthering democracy, protecting human rights, and now promoting R2P in Libya and (hopefully not) Syria. Can you ever imagine the US or any other Western country applying R2P to the PRC over Tibet, or even in the event of another Tiananmen? -- Shyamala B.Cowsik , Indian Foreign Service (Retd.)

COMMENTS: US attitudes towards a terror

The Unfinished Crisis: US Crisis Management after the 2008 Mumbai Attacks This ... sums up accurately the US attitudes towards a terror incident against India. I doubt Mr Krepon understands how deeply offensive if not racist American attitudes are. But I do hope the Indian observers on this forum fully confront this reality. In American eyes, a terror attack against India is qualitatively different from one on India. In the former case, the entire focus is on punishing the whole nation from whose soil the terror attack was launched, without any reference whatsoever to any international norm or organization. In the latter case, punishing even those proven to have led the attack is a mere desirable but not a necessity. The whole thrust of American effort is to somehow prevent India from taking action similar to what US would like if the attack was against any western country. When 9/11 terror attacks were carried out, US diplomats so much as refused to be photographed in a way that t