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  • How the Drought Is Devastating California's #1 Food Export: Almonds

    02/09/2014 12:19:57 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 41 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Feb 8, 2014 | Gizmodo
    <p>California grows a mind-boggling amount of the nation's produce: 99 percent of artichokes, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, and on and on. That's why the record-breaking drought (yes, it's finally raining—no, it won't help much!) can affect your grocery bill, even if you live nowhere near California. But with almonds—the state's most lucrative agricultural export—the effect could reverberate for years.</p>
  • Tiger Mom Amy Chua: Three factors why Indians, Jews, Chinese do better than others

    02/09/2014 12:04:23 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 45 replies
    The Globe And Mail ^ | Feb 5, 2014 | Craig Offman
    Sounding a little wounded from the wrath that greeted her 2011 parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua has nonetheless jumped back into the pop-ethnography circus with a new book and fresh controversy. Written with her husband, fellow Yale Law School professor Jed Rubenfeld, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America posits another theory about collective identity, one that toe-tests – or perhaps leaps over – the line of political correctness: Some U.S. cultural groups, the couple say, are bound to be more successful than others. ......
  • Jaguar Land Rover's Indian Adventure

    02/09/2014 8:10:01 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 12 replies
    Management Today ^ | 30 Jan, 2014 | Andrew Saunders
    It's boom time at Jaguar Land Rover's Halewood Body & Assembly facility on Merseyside, the northernmost tip of the Tata Motors empire, the Indian giant that has coaxed a pair of venerable British car brands into performing one of the most dramatic U-turns in recent corporate history. Despite the 4,500-odd miles between it and Tata Motors Group's famously modest HQ on Homi Mody Street in Mumbai, the influence of the firm and its patriarch, Ratan Tata - who has made his fortune extracting value out of businesses that others failed to spot - is clear. JLR's assets, both human and...
  • A Map of State Life Expectancies (And What Country They're Closest To)

    02/04/2014 9:20:49 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 48 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 4 Feb, 2014 | Gizmodo
    Americans are living longer, healthier lives—79.8 years on average—ranking 35th in the world in terms of life expectancy from birth. But where you live in the United States has a drastic impact on how far over or under the average your personal timeline will be. This illuminating map by the non-profit Measure of America shows how long you've likely got, and what country it's most similar to. Hawaiians top the longevity list with an average age of 81.3 years—equal to Barbados but still lagging far behind Japan's average of 84 years—while Mississippi is dead last with a paltry average age...
  • Psychiatrist courts controversy, says homosexuality is unnatural

    01/29/2014 7:30:19 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 48 replies
    FirstPost.com ^ | 21 January 2014 | FirstPost.com
    Former president of the Indian Psychiatric Society Dr Indira Sharma has courted controversy by claiming that homosexuality is unnatural, a statement made three days ago at an annual meet of psychiatrists. The LGBT community has brought "talk of sex to the roads", she told Times of India. "Heterosexuals don't talk about sex. It's a private matter," she told Times of India. The report quoted a psychiatrist who attended the summit as saying Sharma's speech took a condescending approach towards homosexuals. Sharma denied to TOI that she called for "homo clubs" to be shut down. She said her speech was about...
  • China on the radar, India invites Japan for Indo-US Malabar naval war games

    01/25/2014 11:05:43 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 26 Jan 2014 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Injecting some much-needed thrust to its rapidly expanding strategic partnership with Japan, India has invited the Japanese forces to take part in this year's edition of the Indo-US Malabar naval war games that have riled China in the past. India and Japan on Saturday also decided to hold another joint working group meeting in March to discuss the sale of Japanese US-2i ShinMayva amphibious aircraft to Indian Navy, apart from ramping up defence ties through regular joint combat exercises and military exchanges as well as cooperation in anti-piracy, maritime security and counter-terrorism. Both the Malabar war games and...
  • China's New Hypersonic Missile Can Scream Past US Air Defenses

    01/15/2014 3:42:39 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 62 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Gizmodo
    Just what we need, another arms race. China's stepping up its bid for ballistic missile superiority, having just successfully test-fired the country's first hypersonic missile delivery vehicle, one capable of penetrating American air defenses to potentially deliver nuclear warheads. The Pentagon is not amused. The WU-14 hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) is part of China's extremely secretive missile development program, which has been quietly modernizing the country's conventional and nuclear missile systems. The missile test itself was not broadcast among any public channels but was detected, an anonymous Pentagon official confirmed with the Washington Free Beacon, flying at extremely high speeds...
  • India's light-weight gun for women slammed

    01/14/2014 7:53:46 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 14 Jan 2014 | CNN
    <p>New Delhi, India (CNN) - A light-weight gun named after an Indian gang rape victim has triggered a wave of criticism from advocates who call it "abhorrent."</p> <p>Last week, an Indian state-run gunmaker introduced the .32-calibre revolver, made of titanium alloy, calling it a "valuable contribution to women's security."</p>
  • India seeks possible U.S. tax violations in diplomat row

    12/27/2013 10:04:38 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, 27 Dec, 2013 | Reuters
    NEW DELHI India has sought details about staff in American schools in the country for possible tax violations and revoked ID cards of U.S. consular officials and their families, retaliatory steps for the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York on criminal charges. The measures suggest that the two countries are no closer to a resolution of a diplomatic dispute over the treatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade this month on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper. Khobragade, who has denied the charges, was handcuffed and strip-searched while in custody despite informing U.S. marshals about...
  • NSA Paid a Huge Security Firm $10 Million to Keep Encryption Weak

    12/20/2013 4:16:47 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 99 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 20 dec 2013 | Gizmodo
    Reuters reports that the NSA paid massive computer security firm RSA $10 million to promote a flawed encryption system so that the surveillance organization could wiggle its way around security. In other words, the NSA bribed the firm to leave the back door to computers all over the world open. Thanks to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, we already knew the NSA played a central role in promoting a flawed formula for generating random numbers, which if used in encryption, essentially gives the spies easy access to computing systems. A piece of RSA software, bSafe, became the most significant vector...
  • Why Google is buying maker of military robots

    12/17/2013 8:35:38 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 20 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | The Times of India
    SAN FRANCISCO: Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious internet company expands into yet another technological frontier. To gather the expertise and research it needs, Google has purchased eight companies that specialize in robotics this year. The acquisitions are being assembled into a new robotics division headed by Andy Rubin, who oversaw Google's development of Android, now the world's leading mobile operating system. Google added more pieces to its growing toolbox of robotics late last week with the purchase of Boston Dynamics, a military contractor that has raised intrigue by...
  • UPDATE 1-India's Mars mission enters second stage; outpaces space rival China

    12/02/2013 8:23:42 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 1, 2013 | Reuters
    NEW DELHI, Dec 1 (Reuters) - India's first mission to Mars left Earth's orbit early on Sunday, clearing a critical hurdle in its journey to the red planet and overtaking the efforts in space of rival Asian giant China. China's Mars probe rode piggyback on a Russian spacecraft that failed to leave Earth's orbit in November 2011. The spacecraft crumbled in the atmosphere and its fragments fell into the Pacific Ocean. India's mission showcases the country's cheap technology, encouraging hopes it could capture more of the $304-billion global space market, which includes launching satellites for other countries. India's low-cost Mars...
  • World's oldest alcoholic drink, Lithuanian Mead, returning to India

    11/28/2013 7:50:25 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 18 replies
    Times News ^ | Nov 28 2013 | Kounteya Sinha
    VILNIUS, LITHUANIA: The world's oldest alcoholic drink - the recipe of which finds mention in the ancient Indian text Rig Veda 6000 years ago, is now making its way back to its country of birth - India. A Lithuanian company that holds the patent of Madhu Madya (honey alcohol) - the world famous mead made with ayurvedic traditions, has now decided to make it available in India. The Indian Baltic Chamber of Commerce will launch the mead - the oldest fermented drink in the world made from honey, water, yeast, herbs and vegetable seasoning at the annual event in India's...
  • Steroid injections for premature babies linked to mental health risk

    11/24/2013 9:26:06 AM PST · by James C. Bennett
    Imperial College, London ^ | Imperial College
    Steroid injections given to pregnant women before premature birth may increase the child's risk of later behavioural difficulties, a study has found. Mothers who are expected to give birth prematurely are often given an infusion of glucocorticoids, which mimic the natural hormone cortisol. This treatment is vital for helping the baby’s lungs mature, but the new research suggests it may also increase the risk of mental health problems including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is the most common behavioural disorder in young people in the UK. The study, by researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Oulu, Finland, is...
  • Israeli army chief arrives on 4-day trip

    11/20/2013 7:13:36 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 2 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | 13 Nov 2013 | The Indian Express
    Aiming to enhance his nation’s already robust defence ties with India, Israeli Army Chief Major General Guy Zur is here on a four-day visit to explore further possibilities in joint training and exchanges. Zur, who is the Chief of the Ground Forces Command of the Israeli Defence Forces, met with Defence Minister A K Antony and the heads of the three Indian Armed Forces. The two sides discussed security situations in South Asia and West Asian regions, the officials said on Tuesday. Zur will travel to Agra on Wednesday to the Indian Para Special Forces unit to inspect the facilities...
  • Middle class Americans reach out to lawyers in India via internet for legal aid

    10/04/2013 4:41:16 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 9 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | 5 Oct 2013 | The Economic Times
    BANGALORE: As legal help becomes exorbitantly expensive in the United States, an increasing number of middle-class Americans are reaching out over the internet to lawyers in India for advice and assistance. A growing community of Indian lawyers is finding a business opportunity in helping Americans prepare legal documents. Compared with the $150-300 ( 9,150-18,450) per hour that US lawyers typically charge, enterprising Indian counterparts with online shops are offering their services for as little as $7-20 ( 400-1,200) an hour. "This is proving to be lucrative as requests from US clients are increasing," says advocate Mitul Desai who runs a...
  • Why Is China Testing Satellite-Hijacking Space Weapons?

    10/03/2013 4:29:19 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 25 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 3 Oct 2013 | Adam Clark Estes
    Last week, China tested out a satellite that's capable of grabbing and capturing other satellites as they orbit the Earth. This normally wouldn't be such a big deal, except that it amounts to China conducting a weapons test in space. And that's worrisome—especially to the Pentagon. So what's up with this space weapons test? First of all, we're not diving into a Star Trek-like future any time soon—at face value, the Chinese satellite test sounds rather benign. Experts are unclear about how exactly the test went down, but it's pretty clear that a satellite with a moveable arm reached out...
  • Supreme Court gives voters right to reject all candidates in a poll [India]

    09/27/2013 10:09:02 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies
    NDTV ^ | 27 Sep 2013 | NDTV
    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has directed the Election Commission to provide a button on voting machines to allow voters to reject all candidates contesting an election in a constituency. Election commission sources said this will be done starting with the next set of assembly elections this year. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam asked the Election Commission to make changes in voting machines and ballot papers, giving voters a "none of the above" choice, and publicise this change widely. The court observed that negative voting would lead to systemic change in elections and political parties...
  • British 'white widow' linked to Nairobi mall siege

    09/23/2013 9:46:06 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 24 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 24 Sep 2013 | The Times of India
    LONDON: The wife of one of the 2005 London bombings prime suspects, dubbed the "white widow", was on Monday linked to the ongoing siege at a shopping centre in Kenya. Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of bomber Jermaine Lindsay, was reportedly spotted shouting orders to gunmen in Arabic during the attack on the Westgate complex in the Kenyan capital, according to a media report. The 29-year-old is reportedly a member of Somali al-Shabaab movement, which has claimed responsibility for the attack, and is wanted by Kenyan police over links to a suspected terrorist cell. According to "Daily Mirror", she is a...
  • Why is the US giving Pakistan weapons to be used against India?

    09/15/2013 11:24:05 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 30 replies
    FirstPost ^ | Sept 15, 2013 | Seems Sirohi
    The US government has funded eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, 2,000 TOW anti-armor missiles, 14 older model F-16 fighter jets, 59 T-37 trainer jets, one missile frigate, six AN/TPS-77 surveillance radars, and 20 Cobra attack helicopters among other weapons for Pakistan. ------ In the context of the recent continuous tensions on the LOC, it is useful to take a hard look at the unhealthy US-Pakistan relationship of dependence, if only as a reminder of how some things never change. The Pakistani military's signals to India are clear and present. The continuous attacks along the Line of Control are an...
  • As ties with India grow, Israel again says won't supply arms to Pakistan

    09/15/2013 7:56:04 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    NDTV ^ | 15 Sep., 2013 | NDTV
    NEW DELHI: With its defence ties with India growing at a rapid pace, Israel today asserted that it will not supply any weapons systems and military hardware to Pakistan, saying the policy in this regard was "very clear" and "strict". Israeli Ambassador Alon Ushpiz said his country follows a very strict guidelines in exporting weapons systems and there was no question of reversing its policy of not supplying military hardware to Pakistan. "The policy of Government of Israel is (very clear) and we are tremendously strict about it that we do not export weapons system to Pakistan," he said. A...
  • Four men given death sentences after being convicted of India gang rape, murder

    09/13/2013 3:51:05 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 25 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 13 Sep 2013 | New York Daily News
    NEW DELHI — A judge Friday sentenced to death the four men convicted in the December gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, ordering them to the gallows for a brutal attack on a moving bus that left the young woman with such severe internal injuries that she died two weeks later. Handing down the sentence, Judge Yogesh Khanna said that "courts cannot turn a blind eye" to such crimes, saying the attack "shocked the collective conscience" of India.
  • Americans use the Internet to abandon children adopted abroad

    09/09/2013 10:55:23 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 35 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Sep 9, 2013 | Reuters
    KIEL (WISCONSIN) : Todd and Melissa Puchalla struggled more than two years to raise Quita, the troubled teenager they'd adopted from Liberia. When they decided to give up the 16-year-old, they found new parents to take her in less than two days - by posting an ad on the internet. Nicole and Calvin Eason, an Illinois couple in their 30s, responded quickly. In emails, Nicole Eason assured Melissa Puchalla that she could handle the girl. "People that are around me think I am awesome with kids," Eason wrote. A few weeks later, on Oct. 4, 2008, the Puchallas drove from...
  • Indian author Sushmita Banerjee shot dead in Afghanistan

    09/05/2013 7:16:40 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 20 replies
    PTI ^ | Sep 5, 2013 | The Times of India
    KABUL: Indian national Sushmita Banerjee, whose memoir about her dramatic escape from the Taliban was turned into a Bollywood film, was shot dead in Afghanistan by militants, police said on Thursday. Banerjee, 49, was killed outside her home in Paktika province. She was married to Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khan and recently moved back to Afghanistan to live with him. Taliban militants arrived at her home in the provincial capital of Kharana, tied up her husband and other members of the family, took Banerjee out and shot her, police were quoted as saying by BBC. The militants dumped Banerjee's body near...
  • Aircraft carrier 'INS Vikrant' raises hackles in China

    08/12/2013 7:27:52 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 61 replies
    PTI ^ | August 12, 2013 | PTI
    BEIJING: The launch of INS Vikrant has raised hackles in China, with Chinese defence experts saying the aircraft carrier would have great significance for India as it would allow the Indian Navy to wade into the Pacific Ocean - which Beijing considers as its backyard. "This bears great significance to Indian Navy. It makes India only the fifth country after the US, Russia, Britain and France to have such capabilities," senior captain Zhang Junshe, vice-president of China's Naval Research Institute, told the state-run CCTV on Monday. The Indian Navy will have lead over China as it will have two aircraft...
  • Judge’s Remarks on Premarital Sex Raise Questions in India

    06/20/2013 9:22:07 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 19, 2013 | The New York Times
    On Monday, the Madras High Court weighed in on a spousal support case and inadvertently provoked a debate over what exactly defines a relationship between a man and a woman. The court had heard an appeal from a woman who was seeking financial support from the father of her two children and live-in partner of five years. A lower court had previously ordered the man to pay child support but ruled that because the woman was not his legal wife, he did not need to pay her anything. In overturning the lower court’s ruling, Madras High Court Judge C.S. Karnan...
  • US-Taliban peace talks: Pakistan's political fortunes set to revive, India concerned

    06/20/2013 9:10:10 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Indrani Bagchi, TNN | Jun 20, 2013, 09.12 PM IST | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: A prospective Afghan political deal crafted by John Kerry and Kayani threatens to sink Karzai. As the Taliban set up an office in Doha to start peace talks with the US dressed up in their old flag and named the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan, in one fell swoop, the gesture has marginalized Hamid Karzai, presaged a future Taliban role in the Afghan government and revived Pakistan's political fortunes with the US. The new situation has profoundly negative implications for India's security, particularly if the Haqqani network is added to the talks as Pakistan desires. India has promised to...
  • China's border row with India has misfired, says regional security expert

    06/20/2013 7:31:44 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | June 20, 2013 | Raissa Robles
    China's three-week border stand-off during April in Ladakh, in Indian-administered Kashmir, had misfired, an Indian security expert told a forum in Manila, saying Beijing's move galvanised Indian leaders into finally sealing an historic security deal with Japan. The dispute strained ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours, but both sides pulled troops back ahead of a visit to New Delhi by Premier Li Keqiang, who agreed to fresh talks to settle their long-running border row. [India could help provide] security architecture in the region to restrain China Retired army major general Vinod Saighal, saw the subsequent India-Japan deal last month as possibly...
  • Prince William has Indian heritage, DNA proves

    06/14/2013 7:16:26 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 43 replies
    PTI ^ | June 14, 2013 | PTI
    LONDON: Prince William, second-in-line to the throne, will be first British king with proven Indian ancestry, DNA analysis has revealed. The DNA analysis of saliva samples taken from the Duke of Cambridge's relatives have established a direct lineage between the 30-year-old prince and an Indian housekeeper on his mother Princess Diana's side. It is his only non-European DNA and means he will become the first head of the Commonwealth with a clear genetic link to its most populous nation - India. William is now likely to be encouraged to make his debut mission to India soon after the birth of...
  • US whites now losing majority in under-5 age group

    06/13/2013 7:41:03 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 46 replies
    The Times of India ^ | June 13, 2013 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: For the first time, America's racial and ethnic minorities make up about half of the under-5 age group, the US government said on Thursday. It's a historic shift that shows how young people are at the forefront of sweeping changes by race and class. The new census estimates, a snapshot of the US population as of July 2012, come a year after the Census Bureau reported that whites had fallen to a minority among babies. Fueled by immigration and high rates of birth, particularly among Hispanics, racial and ethnic minorities are now growing more rapidly in numbers than whites....
  • In the age of unlimited bytes, Uncle Sam shapes up as Big Brother

    06/13/2013 7:35:27 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Times of India ^ | June 11, 2013 | The Times of India
    Some months back, a young entrepreneur of Indian origin co-founded a company that, to oversimplify its expertise, reads your mind. Moninder Jheeta's Silicon Valley-based Expect Labs has introduced an app that can listen to an eight-person conversation, a virtual babble, glean sense from it, and suggest information that speakers may want to see or pursue — even as they are conversing. Jheeta, who is the chief technology officer of Expect, calls it "anticipatory computing". In time, the app can reside in devices ranging from your cell phone to your refrigerator to your car, instantly and constantly crunching data it gathers...
  • Cheerios Commercial: Racist Slurs Force YouTube to Close Comments Section for New Ad (VIDEO)

    06/02/2013 10:48:23 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 106 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | May 31, 2013 | Jon Campbell
    A Cheerios commercial has sparked controversy after a large group of people started posting racially charged messages about the new ad on YouTube. The commercial features an interracial couple and their daughter, and was released by Cheerios on YouTube. However, a group of Internet "trolls" quickly began posting comments about the interracial nature of the ad, sparking such racially charged comments that YouTube eventually decided to close the comments section of the page to bring a halt to the discussion. The 30 second commercial features a young girl talking about the nutritional value of Cheerios. She asks her mom whether...
  • 26/11: India tells US to hand over Headley 'temporarily' for a year

    06/02/2013 8:33:12 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    Zee News ^ | June 2, 2013 | Zee News
    New Delhi: India has asked the US to "temporarily" hand over LeT terrorist David Headley for a year and extradite his accomplice Tahawwur Hussain Rana to get more information about the conspiracy hatched to carry out the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. In its fresh efforts to get access to the Pakistani American terrorist, India has conveyed to the American interlocutors to "temporarily" hand over Headley for a year after the US expressed its inability to extradite him. The request was made during the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue held in Washington between May 20-22. "The US interlocutors assured us to actively...
  • China steals new Australia spy agency blueprints: Report

    06/01/2013 9:07:41 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 28 May, 2013 | The Times of India
    CANBERRA: Australian officials on Tuesday refused to confirm or deny whether Chinese hackers had stolen the blueprints of a new spy agency headquarters as a news report claims. A tiny party essential to the ruling coalition's government demanded an inquiry into how much damage may have been done. Australian Broadcasting Corp. television reported on Monday night that the plans for the 630 million Australian dollar ($608 million) Australian Security Intelligence Organization building had been stolen through a cyberattack on a building contractor. Blueprints that included details such as communications cabling, server locations and security systems had been traced to a...
  • India to forge new military ties with Australia

    06/01/2013 9:04:20 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Deccan Herald ^ | 30 May, 2013 | The Deccan Herald
    Signalling the formation of a new strategic axis in the Indo-Pacific region, Defence Minister A K Antony will travel to Australia on Monday to forge new military ties between the two nations, both of which are seen by the US as linchpins to its “Asia Pivot” strategy. Canberra has accorded special status to Antony since he is India’s first defence minister to visit Australia. The defence minister will arrive in Perth where he would be received by his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith. Antony will lay a wreath at the State War Memorial and proceed to Canberra along with Smith in...
  • India's ancient university returns to life

    05/29/2013 11:41:08 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | BBC
    It was an eminent centre of learning long before Oxford, Cambridge and Europe's oldest university Bologna were founded. Nalanda University in northern India drew scholars from all over Asia, surviving for hundreds of years before being destroyed by invaders in 1193. The idea of Nalanda as an international centre of learning is being revived by a group of statesmen and scholars led by the Nobel prize winning economist, Amartya Sen. "After Nalanda was destroyed in the 1190s it lingered on for a while - from time to time some people noticed that there was some teaching going on in the...
  • India may oppose EU threat to fine AI, Jet Airways [Global Warming Mafia]

    05/17/2013 9:03:29 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    PTI ^ | 17 May, 2013 | PTI
    NEW DELHI: India is likely to oppose the reported European Union threat to impose fines on Air India and Jet Airways for not accepting EU's emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS) and not reporting their emissions over European skies, officials said today. Only these two Indian carriers, which fly to Europe, are likely to be slapped a total fine of around Euros 30,000, while eight Chinese carriers could face fines totalling Euros 2.4 million euros, they said. Refusing to be cowed down to the EU threat, the officials, requesting anonymity, said the two Indian carriers operate a total of about 5-6 flights...
  • Gehlot pays tributes to fallen Indian soldiers in Israel

    05/11/2013 6:09:50 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    Zee News ^ | Zee News
    HAIFA, Israel: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has laid a wreath at the memorial of Indian soldiers here, appreciating the decision of the local municipality to include stories of these soldiers in its history textbooks. Paying tribute to the soldiers, Gehlot said that he wanted to visit the memorial during his trip to Israel to pay his respects to the fallen soldiers on behalf of the people of his state. A large number of Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives in this region during the World War I and nearly 900 are cremated or buried in cemeteries across Israel. The Indian Army...
  • Democratic South Carolina chair defends Nikki Haley barb

    05/10/2013 5:29:05 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 5-4-2013 | Politico
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian, imploring party activists Friday night to defeat this state’s Indian-American governor, predicted next year’s Democratic standard-bearer would “send Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from.” Haley was raised in South Carolina and attended college here, but her parents were Sikh immigrants. Harpootlian, a longtime Democratic figure who has a history of using harsh rhetoric, made the comments at the party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner just moments before Vice-President Joe Biden took the stage. Asked what he meant by comment, Harpootlian wrote in an email: “Lexington County.” Before being elected governor...
  • Mother forces 14-year-old to conceive via donor sperm

    04/29/2013 7:06:02 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 14 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 30, 2013 | The Times of India
    LONDON: A woman desperate for another child forced her 14-year-old daughter to get pregnant using syringes of donor sperm, a British judge said. In a ruling reported for the first time on Monday, high court judge Peter Jackson said the mother had behaved in "a wicked and selfish way" that almost defied belief. The judge said the woman, an American divorcee living in Britain with three adopted children, hatched the plan after she was prevented from adopting a fourth. The scheme involved getting her oldest daughter to inseminate herself with syringes of sperm purchased over the internet from a Denmark-based...
  • India warns Pakistan against nuclear blackmail

    04/29/2013 6:58:53 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 2 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 30, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: With Pakistan developing "tactical" nuclear warheads, that is, miniaturizing its weapons to be carried on short-range missiles, India will protect its security interests by retaliating to a "smaller" tactical attack in exactly the same manner as it would respond to a "big" strategic attack. Articulating Indian nuclear policy in this regard for the first time, Shyam Saran, convener of the National Security Advisory Board, said, "India will not be the first to use nuclear weapons, but if it is attacked with such weapons, it would engage in nuclear retaliation which will be massive and designed to inflict unacceptable...
  • Holbrooke knew Pakistani Generals were lying on India ['Cutting US aid would increase distrust.']

    04/22/2013 11:27:40 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    PTI ^ | April 22, 2013 | PTI
    Late Richard Holbrooke, the first US special Af-Pak envoy, was fully aware that the Pakistani generals were lying to him on their support to the Islamic extremist groups against India, but he was against cutting off military aid to Islamabad, a new book has said. In his latest book "Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East", the two-time Pulitzer winner David Rhode said Holbrooke wanted massive aid for Pakistan and launch some signature big projects there, in the absence of which he increasingly became frustrated with the USAID. "While publicly praising the Pakistanis, he was tough- minded...
  • Is India Too Noose-Happy?

    04/20/2013 1:44:24 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 21 replies
    Deutsche-Welle ^ | Deutsche-Welle
    Activists fear that Indian authorities may execute more prisoners despite petitions for mercy currently pending before the president after the hanging of two high-profile convicts within six months. An Indian court sentenced alleged Indian Mujahideen operative Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig to death this week for his role in what has become known as the German Bakery bomb blast. The terror attack on the popular eatery in the western city of Pune killed 17 people and injured over 60 people in February 2010. Baig is the only accused in the terror attack to have been arrested, tried and now convicted. 300...
  • Death sentence for India restaurant bomb plotter [R.O.P Terrorist]

    04/18/2013 8:51:40 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    Global Post ^ | April 18, 2013 09:00 | Agence France-Presse
    An Indian court sentenced a cyber cafe worker to death on Thursday for his role in a deadly bomb blast which ripped through a restaurant in the western city of Pune three years ago, lawyers said. Mirza Himayat Baig was found guilty earlier this week of criminal conspiracy and murder for the attack on the packed German Bakery restaurant, which killed 17 people including five foreigners. "The court said it was the rarest of rare cases and gave the death penalty because they found him guilty of a terrorist act," special public prosecutor Raja Thakare told AFP. Baig, in his...
  • IAF practices for twin-front contingency against China, Pakistan in biggest wargame

    04/15/2013 10:35:17 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 14 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 15, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: China can "throw'' at least 21 fighter squadrons against India, from its eight airbases in Tibet and other airfields to their north. Even more Chinese fighters can join forces if they are able to overfly Myanmar. Similarly, Pakistan can deploy 21 to 25 fighter squadrons against India. With this hard-nosed assessment in mind after defence minister AK Antony himself asked the forces to be ready for the twin-threat posed by China and Pakistan, the largest-ever combat exercise undertaken by IAF tested its capability for a two-front contingency by deploying "swing forces'' from the western theatre right across to...
  • Rise of terror main reason why death sentence exists: Supreme Court [India]

    04/12/2013 1:43:41 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 13, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has held that long delays in deciding on the mercy plea of a terror convict cannot be grounds for granting a commutation of death penalty to a life sentence, putting terrorism on the top of a hierarchy of "rarest-of-rare" crimes which attract the capital punishment in India. "Terrorism stands on an altogether different plane and cannot be compared with murders committed due to personal animosity or over property and personal disputes," Justices GS Singhvi and SJ Muhopadhyaya said as they turned down the plea of Khalistani terrorist Devender Pal Singh Bhullar. The judges also said...
  • Pakistani girl gets fresh lease of life in Indian hospital

    04/12/2013 11:53:03 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 2 replies
    PTI ^ | 12 April, 2013 | PTI
    NEW DELHI: It's a rebirth for 16-year-old Pakistani girl Madiha Tariq Sheikh, who feels India is her "own country" where she underwent a successful liver transplant surgery. Madiha, who hails from Lahore, was flown to India on February 3 after she slipped into coma due to acute liver failure and underwent a liver transplant surgery at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here. "This is my own country (India)...It has been four months now and I am missing my school. Inshallah, I will return home next week," Madiha told reporters here. Her brother Rizwan had donated a part of his liver to save...
  • World abolishing death penalty, but executions on rise in India

    04/10/2013 3:47:53 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 11, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Fewer countries are carrying out executions than a decade ago, but India along with nations like Gambia, Pakistan and Japan bucked the trend to resume handing out death penalties. An Amnesty International report says that 21 countries executed convicts last year as compared to 28 in 2003. But there is greater concern that Indian courts had meted out at least 78 death sentences with more than 400 estimated to be on death row at the end of this year. The new death sentences given by India (78) are second only to Pakistan (242) in the Asia-Pacific region. At...
  • Why Margaret Thatcher connected with Indira Gandhi

    04/10/2013 7:29:44 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 3 replies
    PTI ^ | April 10, 2013 | PTI
    There was a lot in common between former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her British contemporary Margaret Thatcher as the two had struck up a close rapport and both felt the loneliness of high office. Besides being the first women to take charge of a largely male-dominated political world of their respective countries, the two women had an almost identical steely resolve on difficult issues. They may not have always agreed with each other and are believed to have had a number of fiery exchanges, but there was a grudging respect on both sides. "But in spite of everything...
  • Marines back in India after Italian climbdown

    03/22/2013 10:03:01 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 9 replies
    The Bangkok Post ^ | Published: 22 Mar, 2013. | The Bangkok Post
    Two Italian marines arrived back in New Delhi Friday to face murder charges following a last-minute climbdown by their government, leaving India to savour victory at the end of a bitter standoff. Their arrival came after a shock decision by Italy's government to drop its opposition to their trial in India for shooting dead two fishermen off the coast of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. The Indian government, which last week issued orders to immigration authorities to prevent Rome's ambassador to New Delhi from leaving the country, hailed Italy's U-turn as a victory for diplomacy. Italy meanwhile said it...