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Indian-born dominate US tech start-ups founded by immigrants: study     By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO | Wed Oct 3, 2012 2:03am IST (Reuters) - A new study showing that immigrants founded one quarter of U.S. technology start-up companies could fuel calls to relax immigration rules ahead of next month's U.S. presidential elections, where the economy and immigration are key issues. The study "America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Then and Now," shows that 24.3 percent of engineering and technology start-up companies have at least one immigrant founder serving in a key role. Indian-born entrepreneurs, representing 33 percent of the companies, dominated the group. The study paid particular attention to Silicon Valley, where it analyzed 335 engineering and technology start-ups. It found 43.9 percent were founded by at least one immigrant. "High-skilled immigrants will remain a critical asset for maintaining U.S. competitiveness in the global economy," wrote the authors of the study, sponsored by the

China’s growing role in counter-piracy operations

Contributor:  Jack Moore     While China continues to pursue an agenda that is driving its global rise in relative isolation, the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has maintained a counter-piracy presence in the Indian Ocean for four years. This begs the question: why is China becoming increasingly cooperative in counter-piracy operations? The rise of China is one of the prominent issues that scholars of International Relations encounter today and will continue to do so in the future. The PLAN deployment is a fascinating component of the wider China debate as it represents the first time that Chinese vessels have conducted a 'far-seas' operation to protect Chinese interests since the fifteenth century. Even more remarkable is the fact that the typically isolationist and paranoid Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is now openly cooperating with a variety of traditional foes in the area of counter-piracy; states such as India, Japan and the US are now closely communicating


Written by --- Munir Mengal, France. “The illiterate of the 20th Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Allvin Toffler Initially it was stated by the BNP spokes person Sana Baloch and then also endorsed by the BNP President  that "I am in Islamabad only to submit my statement to the supreme court of Pakistan regarding the missing persons issue" said Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal to the media in Islamabad. Then within the next 48hrs a bang of six points was heard by the Akhtar Mengal by utilizing the media forums as way head for the resolution of the Balochistan issue. The rest of the three days were utilized by Akhtar Mengal and team for gaining political support from the main stream political parties of Pakistan i. e. Muslim league-Nawaz and Tahreek Insaf Imran Khan. Before moving forward, it is highly important to have a brief view of the issues which forced Pakistan to drag down Akhtar Mengal to Islama

Rare Earths Could Be Pawn in Island Spat... Again

By: Heiko Ihle, CFA, Senior Research Analyst  Heiko Ihle is a Senior Research Analyst with Euro Pacific Capital.    We've written before about rare earth elements (REEs): the futuristic sounding group of 17 minerals with unpronounceable names that play a critical role in everything from hybrid cars to flat screen TVs. Of course, "rare" is something of a misnomer, as the minerals that make up the group are not all that rare. They are, however, difficult to mine in profitable concentrations. As of now, China controls over 90 percent of the world's rare earth mining concerns. In the past, this near monopoly has allowed them to exert a significant influence over both price and supply. In 2010 and 2011, China used its position to send prices on a roller coaster ride, causing some individual minerals to quadruple in price. In 2011, prices for some elements doubled again, hitting record highs.   The catalyst that caused China's use (or misuse) of its near-monopoly po


aB.RAMAN I watched with fascination the first Presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mr.Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, at Denver on the morning of October 4,2012. 2.At the very beginning, my kudos to the American TV professionals from different channels who worked together as a team to organise a debate of very high quality. 3.We too have world class TV professionals such as MadhuTrehan, BarkhaDutt, Prannoy Roy and Karan Thapar.Individually, they might have been able to organise a very good debate, but I am not sure of their ability to work as a team despite their belonging to different channels and project a debate in which the focus and attention remain on the debaters and their ability to debate issues of public and national interest.The egos of our TV professionals might come in the way of the kind of team work that we saw in Denver today. 4. In the discussions among the panellists before the debate started, the focus was not on the past,

Indian and US special forces to conduct counter-terror exercise

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 23:58  New Delhi: The Indian Army will hold its largest war game ever when top commanders from all key formations will gather at Pune this week to validate its latest pro-active war fighting concepts aimed at traditional rivals, Pakistan and China.  This is the first such warfare strategising exercise under present army chief General Bikram Singh.  The war game, played over a tabletop, is being held at a time when Pakistan is holding its largest two-month army field exercise by its Karachi-based V Corps beginning Tuesday (and will go on till middle of November), at a location overlooking Jaisalmer across the border in India's Rajasthan, to finalise its warfare concepts aimed at India.  Hosted by the Pune-based Southern Army Command from Wednesday to Friday, the war game is expected to have Gen. Bikram Singh taking part, a top army officer told a news agency here.    "Tabletop war games are much more complex and sophisticated in

Narendra Modi Speech On 1992 Lal Chowk Tour


B.RAMAN   Lt.Gen. (retd) K.S.Brar, who played a prominent  and courageous role in the military action code-named OP Blue Star in the Golden Temple in Amritsar in June 1984, was the target of a pre-planned and determined attack by unidentified elements in London on the night of September 30,2012.He escaped death. 2. In an interview to Sonia Singh of NDTV on the night of October 2,2012, his wife said that before they left India for London, the Army unit responsible for their physical security in India was informed of their travel plans and their planned stay at London. 3.Despite this, the British security agencies do not appear to have been informed of their visit to London either by the Indian High Commission in London or by the Indian intelligence agencies in order to ensure their protection till they returned to India. 4.Their physical security in India is taken care of by the Army. Their security during their foreign travels is the responsibilit

Salafism and Arab Democratization

October 2, 2012 | 0900 GMT     Stratfor By Kamran Bokhari Vice President of Middle Eastern & South Asian Affairs The outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011 brought significant attention to groups -- known as Islamists -- seeking to establish Islamic states in countries once ruled by secular autocrats. The bulk of this attention went to already established political groups such as the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which caused consternation in the West when its Freedom and Justice Party won control of both Egypt's parliament and its presidency. Much less attention was paid to the Brotherhood's principal Islamist competitors, members of the ultraconservative Salafist movement, despite their second-place finish in Egypt's parliamentary elections. This changed in late September when certain Salafists played a key role in the unrest in reaction to an anti-Islamic video posted on the Internet. Since then, Salafism has become the subject of much public discourse -- though as

India clashes with Pakistan over Kashmir at UN General Assembly

By Associated Press, Published: October 1 UNITED NATIONS — India's external affairs minister took on Pakistan at the United Nations on Monday for raising the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir. S. M. Krishna told the General Assembly that India has resumed dialogue with Pakistan and wants to normalize relations. But he lashed out at a speech last week by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardarif, saying the neighboring nation had no business meddling in India's predominantly Muslim state of Jammu and Kashmir, which India claims as sovereign territory. "An unwarranted reference has been made to Jammu and Kashmir from this podium," he said, adding, "We wish to make it abundantly clear that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India." Zardari said in his speech that Kashmir remained "a symbol of the failures of the United Nations system rather than its strengths." He said a solution could only be reached in an "environment of cooperati

Editorial: Mengal’s Political Blunder

Mallik Siraj akbar Baloch Hal The unilateral decision of former Balochistan Chief Minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal to return to Pakistan to support the country's Supreme Court will hurt Baloch interests. Sardar Mengal, who heads the Balochistan National Party (BNP), certainly has a democratic right to make his own decisions but his actions will tarnish the international image of the Baloch nationalist movement.  At a time when the United Nations sent a Working Group in Balochistan to investigate the cases of enforced disappearances and also come up with recommendations criticizing the Pakistani military, this was not the right step for a senior Baloch leader to express faith in the Pakistani Supreme Court. Balochs have reached some steps away from a next U.N. intervention or decision on Balochistan but Sardar Mengal's return will provide the United Nations a reason to step aside and treat Balochistan as Pakistan's "internal issue". At this point, the Baloch interes

It was an assassination attempt by 'pro-Khalistan elements': Lt Gen KS Brar

By  Prasun Sonwalkar  | Place: London | Agency: PTI Lt  Gen  K  S  Brar , who was assaulted by four people in central London on Sunday night, is convinced that it was an attempt to assassinate him by " pro-Khalistan  elements" for his role in the 1984 "Operation Bluestar ".  Brar , who kicked and fought three of the four assailants, suffered a knife wound in the neck and is recovering after receiving medical treatment at a London hospital soon after the attack on him near the busy Marble Arch area. He is due to return to India on Tuesday. "This was a pure assassination attempt on me. Even on Internet there are so many threats being sent to me to say that there have been many attempts on your life but they haven't succeeded, but the next one will succeed. They've been after me."  Brar  told a television channel on Monday night. "On  6th  of June, which is the anniversary of  Bluestar , particularly in London, the radical Sikhs come out

Thirsty work : How long does it take to afford a beer?

Sep 24th 2012, 16:04 by The Economist online How long does it take to afford a beer? ON SEPTEMBER 22nd, the beer started flowing at  Oktoberfest  in Munich, an annual Bavarian beer festival which confusingly begins at the end of September. Last year, over the course of the 16-day event, visitors glugged 7.5m litres of beer, sold at an average princely price of €9 ($12.50) a litre, which is what a typical large stein holds. Germans love beer and down around 100 litres per person a year. Away from the Oktoberfest beer is readily affordable. Analysts at UBS, a Swiss bank, have calculated that it takes a German earning the national median wage just under seven minutes of work to purchase half a litre of beer at a retail outlet. At the bottom of the pint glass, low wages and high taxes mean that boozers in India must toil for nearly an hour before they have earned enough to quench their thirst.

How strategists lead

A Harvard Business School professor reflects on what she has learned from senior executives about the unique value that strategic leaders can bring to their companies. July 2012 • Cynthia A. Montgomery Seven years ago,  I changed the focus of my strategy teaching at the Harvard Business School. After instructing MBAs for most of the previous quarter-century, I began teaching the accomplished executives and entrepreneurs who participate in Harvard’s flagship programs for business owners and leaders. Shifting the center of my teaching to executive education changed the way I teach and write about strategy. I’ve been struck by how often executives, even experienced ones, get tripped up: they become so interested in the potential of new ventures, for example, that they underestimate harsh competitive realities or overlook how interrelated strategy and execution are. I’ve also learned, in con