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US diplomat told to go back had helped nanny’s family leave

Wayne May,ExpelledUS Diplomat Written by Manu Pubby | New Delhi | January 11, 2014 06:42    Indian Foreign Service officer Devyani Khobragade was seen off at the New York airport by an official of the US State Department, who told  Devyani "Ma'am, I am sorry, and it was wrong". To this, Devyani Khobragade replied: "You have lost a good friend. It is unfortunate. In return, you got a maid and a drunken driver. They are in, and we are out." And, read what the expelled US embassy diplomat Wayne May wrote about his posting in India, from 2010 till yesterday:  "Challenges include unhealthy living conditions like air and water pollution, the threat of disease and sickness, bad traffic and everything else that one would associate with a developing country with a population of over 1.2 billion. Professional challenges involve the threat of te

Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade leaves US under immunity

Jason Burke in Delhi and Dan Roberts in Washington, Friday 10 January 2014 08.20 GMT   A serious row between Washington and India appeared to move towards conclusion on Thursday after a high-tension drama resulted in the effective expulsion of a diplomat from the US hours after she was granted immunity from charges of visa fraud and underpaying her maid. The arrest of Khobragade, who was India's deputy consul general in New York, caused outrage in her home country and prompted a range of retaliatory measures in Delhi against US diplomats in the Indian capital. Though John Kerry, the US secretary of state, expressed regret shortly after the incident, this fell short of the apology demanded by Indians. Khobragade's father, Uttam Khobragade, a retired bureaucrat, said: "Devyani today left the US with full diplomatic immunity, vindicating the stand that whatever dispute being raised in the US is a prerogative of [the] sovereign country, India, and o

Kazakhstan Biological Laboratory: What Does Pentagon Need it For?

Dmitry POPOV | 09.01.2014 | 00:00 The US Department of Defense (DOD) is building an extremely expensive dual purpose biological laboratory in Kazakhstan. These kinds of facilities are built by the Pentagon along the Russian border creating a potential threat for the Russian Federation and the states of Central Asia. The construction of Central reference-laboratory on the basis of former Soviet anti-plague research institute in Almaty was started in 2010 with funds provided by the US Defense Department. It is to become operational in 2015. A new decease detection early warning station situated in the populated area of Otar (supposedly on the basis of agricultural research institute – DNISHI) will add to its capability. The station is slated to start functioning in April 2014; the US has allocated $5, 6 for the purpose. Formally the Almaty Central laboratory is to

Khobragade Fallout: India Expels Senior US Diplomat

New Delhi | Jan 10, 2014 COMMENTS Indo-US diplomatic ties suffered another blow today with India expelling a senior US diplomat in retaliation for the expulsion of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade hours earlier after she had been indicted by a jury in New York in a visa fraud case. An unnamed Director-rank American diplomat from the US Embassy was given "a little more than 48 hours" to leave India even as Khobragade was on a flight home nearly a month after she was arrested and strip searched for allegedly underpaying her maid, Sangeeta Richard. Arrest of Khobragade had led to tense diplomatic stand- off between the two countries which saw the US finally approving her accreditation to the UN on Wednesday which gave her full immunity against partial immunity she had in her position as Deputy Consul General at the time of her arrest. Khobragade was told by the US to leave that country immediately after Ind

Saudi FM al-Faisal in Pakistan to Prop up the two Sides of Triangle of Terror

Confirms Retreat of US Military Power and hegemony The writer has consistently stated that the bane of most of the greater Middle East, south west and south Asia has been the unholy triangle of Washington, Riyadh and Islamabad. This triangle when expanded includes some of the western countries led by UK and Israel in the background with Jewish control over the US Congress. Also see This began soon after the Khomeini led revolution in Iran, which exiled the Shah-in-Shah, US gendarme in the Middle East .Almost all Muslim countries, led by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies, European countries and others joined hands with Gen Ziaulhaq of Pakistan to create nurseries of terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan against the Soviet troops invited to strengthen the leftist regime in Kabul in 1980s. Media reports suggest that Saudi Arabia has contributed over USD 300 billion of petrodollars towards promoting Islamic extremism by provi

India successfully launches indigenous cryogenic engine-powered GSLV-D5

SRIHARIKOTA: Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Sunday successfully launched GSLV-D5 rocket, which is powered by an indigenous cryogenic engine, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Seventeen minutes after liftoff at 4.18pm, the rocket successfully injected GSAT-14 communication satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit. Isro chairman K Radhakrishnan declared the mission a success. He said, "This shows the maturity of the team. We dedicate the proud moment for the country." "The launch has been so precise that the satellite was put just 40 metres within the 179km perigee and only 50km of the 36,000km apogee," mission director K Sivan said. Isro achieved the feat after two failures earlier. While India has mastered the PSLV range of rockets with a string of 25 consecutive successes, GSLV, which can carry heavier payloads including humans to space, has remained a challenge. In April 2010, Isro tested its first indigenous cry