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Japan's PM seeks security ties with Australia, India

Posted: 29 December 2012 1349 hrs Shinzo Abe. (AFP/Yoshikazu TSUNO)   TOKYO: Japan's hawkish new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought to expand the Japan-US security partnership to Australia and India as it faces a bitter territorial row with China, a newspaper reported Saturday. "The Japan-US alliance is the cornerstone," Abe, sworn in as prime minister on Wednesday, said in an interview with the mass-circulation Yomiuri Shimbun. "It's good to expand it to security co-operation among Japan, the United States and India. (Co-operation) among Japan, the United States and Australia will also contribute to stability in the region," Abe said. "It is important to regain the region's power balance," he added without elaborating. Abe won conservative support in national polls earlier this month with forthright pronouncements on the Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, vowing not to budge on Japan's claim to them. China also l

TWEETS on Amanat's sad ending

  Subramanian Swamy   @ Swamy39 Nirbhaya by her plight, resolve, ultimately by death has emerged as our national tipping point.Either we go down to Rwanda or to renaissance Vikram Sood   @ Vikram_Sood Maybe we ought not to be celebrating the New Year. Nothing to cheer about Balbir Singh   @ balbir59 @ Vikram_Sood  We should request the Hotel associations n student unions not to celebrate new year by dancing n drinking...  # DelhiBraveHeart B.RAMAN   @ SORBONNE75 Time for an all-party,all-age procession of mourning & grief.Our daughter shd be given a State funeral Expand 1h B.RAMAN   @ SORBONNE75 pple have a right to mourn the death of their daughter & demonstrate peacefully & in dignity.But avoid violent confrontation

HILLARY CLINTON & JOHN KERRY---STYLE & SUBSTANCE

B.RAMAN Both Mrs.Hillary Clinton, the outgoing US Secretary of State, and Mr.John Kerry, her successor-designate already officially nominated  by President Barack Obama, are public servants of style and substance who had distinguished themselves as Senators for their knowledge of the world and expertise. 2.Ms.Condoleezza Rice, who was Secretary of State  during the second term of Mr.George Bush, and Mrs. Clinton were different from the traditional cold war style of Secretaries of State that one had seen before them. They realized that they had to operate in a world that had changed and that continued to change after the end of the Cold War and that the old style of policy-making, execution and projection that served the US well during the days of the Cold War, would no longer serve it well. 3. They diluted the elitist tradition that dominated the functioning  and thinking of the US State Department before them. Public diplomacy and greater policy maker-p

Victim of gang rape in India dies at hospital in Singapore

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/victim-of-gang-rape-in-india-dies-at-hospital-in-singapore-310939 Singapore: The 23-year-old medical student whose savage gang-rape on a moving bus in Delhi triggered outrage and protests through India died in a hospital in Singapore at 4.45 local time (2.15 India time). Her parents were by her side. Amanat's body has been taken in a police van to the Singapore general hospital; after formalities, her body and the girl's parents will be flown back to India today for last rites. "She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome," a statement by the Mount Elizabeth hospital said.     "Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in Mount Elizabeth Hospital to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days. She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain," s

Stars, stripes and chakras: The future of US-India defence ties

by Manohar Thyagaraj   http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20121227/edit.htm#4   TWO weeks ago, the US Senate passed an amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act for 2013, asking the Pentagon to report on an approach for "normalising" the US defence trade and relationship with India, including discussions of co-production and co-development of defence systems. Seen in isolation, this is a statement of intent by Capitol Hill, in particular spearheaded by Senators Mark Warner and John Cornyn, to provide some ballast on the defence relationship. In fact, this mirrors a quietly ongoing coalescence of the US government's notorious interagency process on the very same issue. This coming-together, a revolution of sorts in Washington's India orientation, has been sparked by the Carter initiative — led by Deputy Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter, with Indian NSA Shivshankar Menon as his interlocutor. When taken together with the interest shown by Capitol Hill, the

Remembering Ramanujan: India Celebrates Its Famous Mathematical Son

India, home of the number zero, ends a yearlong math party in unique fashion By Evelyn Lamb     http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=remembering-ramanujan-india December 22, 2012, marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of legendary Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. An intuitive mathematical genius, Ramanujan's discoveries have influenced several areas of mathematics, but he is probably most famous for his contributions to number theory and infinite series, among them fascinating formulas ( pdf ) that can be used to calculate digits of pi in unusual ways. Last December Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared 2012 to be a National Mathematics Year in India in honor of Ramanujan's quasiquicentennial. Ramanujan's story is dramatic and somewhat larger than life. It is even the subject of an opera by Indian-German composer Sandeep Bhagwati, a novel and two plays . Largely self-taught, he dropped out of college, took a job as a clerk in Madras and attracte

BNC strongly condemn the ongoing Pakistani military aggression against the Baloch people in Balochistan.

Dec. 26, 2012 WASHINGTON, D.C - Balochistan National Congress (BNC) strongly condemn the ongoing Pakistani military aggression against the defenseless Baloch people in Balochistan and reiterates its call for international intervention and action to stop the killing of innocent Baloch citizens in their own homeland Balochistan by Pakistani foreign occupying forces. Balochistan, an Independent state, was forcefully occupied by Pakistani army in 1948, when Balochistan's ruler Khan Kalat unilaterally signed the so called document of accession against Baloch will and mandate. Since then Baloch people are fighting to restore their sovereignty over their homeland Balochistan.  According to the latest news, Pakistani Army has launched a massive operation in the hometown of Baloch leader Dr. Allah Nazar in Balochistan killing 12 people, including six women and four children on Wednesday. Hundreds of military personnel supported by gunship helicopters are taking pa

Russia-India Strategic Partnership 2012: Contextual Imperatives for Enhancement

Paper No. 5340                                       Dated 26-Dec-2012 By Dr. Subhash Kapila "India is one of our strategic privileged partner…..and speaking from the point of view of geographical representation……India is number one". -------President Putin, December 2004 "The Declaration of Strategic Partnership between India and Russia signed in October 2000 became a truly historic step. The developments of the first decade of the 21st Century confirmed that it was a particularly significant and timely step."------President Putin December 23, 2012 President Putin's visit to New Delhi for the Annual Summit on December 22, 2012 provides the appropriate moment for a review of the contextual strategic imperatives for enhancement of this vital relationship. Moreso, when in recent times some hairline cracks seem to have crept-in on both sides in terms of future perspectives on this strategic partnership. The Indian policy establishment flush with the heady exc

Ominous signals

Dec 25, 2012: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/300929/ominous-signals.html The Obama administration has more ominous signals coming from Afghanistan. The latest in the series of worrying signals is Monday's incident in Kabul in which one Afghan police woman shot and killed a US security advisor. There have been over 60 reported incidents of personnel from the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) killed in what is called "insider" firing by their Afghan security personnel. It is by now widely known that the "insider" acts are the handiwork of pro-Taliban elements within the Afghan national security forces, including the national police force, trained by the ISAF. The Taliban infiltration of the Afghan national forces raises serious questions about the security of Afghanstan after 2014. The international community, including India, has invested heavily in the war-torn country with the objective of promoting peace, stability, and development

Rape Metrics: A Global Comparison

http://quicktake.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/rape-metrics-a-global-comparison/ I am all for a ban on tinted windows in all vehicles, if any one can guarantee even a minor reduction in rape cases. Assuming parity in definition, India on a population that is 400% larger has a rape incident ratio which are 24% of US. | Graphic source – hindustantimes.com ; Hindustan Times e-Paper dated 2012-12-23 accessed at 17-29-59. rotesters and activistas  have semi-successfully projected  the Delhi gang-rape case  as representative of India, Indian society and Indian governance – as  detailed in the previous post . Fog & Noise In  the din of protests  and clamour, on  the Delhi gang-rape case , facts and data have become less than important . There is wide availability of data in public domain – and across countries. Cross country comparisons will quickly dispel claims that these protesters and  activistas  are making. Indian rape metrics are skewed by the definitio

From China’s ‘peaceful rise’ to ‘peaceful development’: The rhetoric and more

http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/1102 Paper No. 5336                                         Dated 25-Dec-2012 Guest Column by Dr. B R Deepak In the wake of China’s mammoth economic growth that catapulted China as the second largest economy of the world in 2010, and the military expenditure corresponding to its economy, everyone including the Chinese is talking about China’s rise and its emergence as a challenger to the unipolar world. Chinese think tanks and government alike on their part have been looking for their own answers in the best Confucian tradition where the rectification of names is attached great importance.  They came up with the concept of “Peaceful Rise of China” (Zhongguo de heping jueqi 中国的和平崛起) during the 1990s. However, the term became a fad after it was used by Zheng Bijian, the former Vice Principal of the Central Party School in November 2003 during the Boao Forum for Asia, and later by the outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao in a speech on the occasio

Is Delhi’s Brutal Gang Rape Outrage the Tunisian Moment!

India Gate becomes Cairo's Tehrir Square   The judicial system in India did not deliver justice but has become a tool for litigation by the rich and powerful to thwart and delay justice; Supreme Court Justice Singhvi   "Indian police has become the armed militia of the political party in power," a retired Delhi police chief  Rule of law is a Semitic contribution to human civilization. The 'Eye for an eye 'custom was codified as part of the Hammurabi Code, which formed the basis of law in Semite lands. If an eye is not taken for an eye aka guilty not punished then lawlessness will take over .This Semite tribal thesis later became the core of Judaic, Christian and Islamic civilizations .In Europe it was further refined.  Rule of Law or equality of all before the law evolved further in Europe following the Reformation and the Renaissance.   In India, caste based Dharma rules .The political class are now the high castes and above the Rule of law.  "Never do