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  • INS Kolkata Completes Delivery Acceptance Trails; Handover to Indian Navy Today

    07/10/2014 7:09:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    DefenseWorld.Net ^ | July 10, 2014
    Indian Navy will receive its first indigenous P15A, Kolkata class destroyer today. The destroyer completed delivery acceptance trails (DAT) and will be commissioned soon. The 6,800 tonne destroyer, which is over three years behind schedule, is a technology demonstrator and will showcase shipbuilding technology for India. It was constructed at Mazagon Dock, Mumbai. INS Kolkata will be a part of the Kolkata Class destroyers of the Indian Navy which will include follow-on ships by the name of INS Kochin and INS Chennai respectively. The keel of the warship was laid down in September 2003 and the ship was launched in...
  • Incredible sight of the elephant that cried:... held in chains, beaten and abused for fifty years...

    07/09/2014 10:59:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 05:08 EST, 7 July 2014 | By Emma Glanfield
    FULL TITLE: Incredible sight of the elephant that cried: Raju was held in chains, beaten and abused for fifty years and on the day he was released tears rolled down his face Raju was held in chains for more than 50 years after being poached in India The animal bled from spiked shackles and lived on hand-outs from tourists Team from North London charity Wildlife SOS travelled to India to free animal Raju cried tears of joy after being freed from suffering on American Independence Day Five-and-a-half tonne animal driven 350 miles away to safe conservation area These incredible pictures...
  • Court: Islamic law holds no legal sway in India

    07/07/2014 10:38:22 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 4 replies
    Court Rulings News ^ | 7 July 2014 | Unattributed
    Islamic courts have no legal authority in India, the country's Supreme Court ruled Monday, saying Muslims cannot be legally subject to a parallel religious authority. Individuals may abide by Shariah court rulings if they wish, but cannot be legally forced to do so, Judge C. K. Prasad said. "No religion is allowed to curb anyone's fundamental rights," he told the court, giving the decision of a two-judge bench. Indian law does not recognize Shariah court rulings, he said. The court was responding to a petition filed in 2005 by a lawyer who said the Shariah courts should be disbanded for...
  • Backlash In U.S. Against Foreign Worker Visas Growing

    07/06/2014 11:03:16 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 49 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 6 2014 | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and PAUL WISEMAN
    Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson's Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company. The dream didn't last long. Parker claims she was laid off one year later after she trained her replacement, a newly arrived worker from India. Now she has joined a federal lawsuit alleging the global staffing firm that ran Harley-Davidson's tech support discriminated against American workers — in part by replacing them with temporary workers from South Asia. The firm, India-based Infosys...
  • 'Snake' Found in Mid-Day Meal in Bihar, 54 Children Fall Ill (School Lunch Program)

    07/05/2014 4:32:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    54 students of a government middle school in Bihar's Sitamarhi district fell ill today after eating a mid-day meal in which a 'snake' was found. Sursand block development officer Vinod Kumar said the children of Meghpur Middle School at Sursand developed symptoms of nausea and fell unconsciousness after eating the meal. They were rushed to a nearby public health centre, given medicines and kept under observation. None of them were in critical condition, he said. "We have seized the khichdi that was given to the students. A long, black object was found in it and we suspect that it could...
  • Maria Sharapova Doesn't Know 'God of Cricket'

    Twitter and Facebook users were outraged as the news of Maria Sharapova not knowing Indian cricket’s master blaster Sachin Tendulkar went viral. The Russian lawn tennis ace found herself in the eye of a social media storm over her saying she doesn't know who Tendulkar is to tennisworldusa.org website. The website after an interview with Sharapova said, “Sachin Tendulkar may be the greatest cricket batsman in history and one of the legends on the sporting world. But French Open champion Maria Sharapova admitted that she did not know who he was during her press conference at Wimbledon on Saturday.” Sharapova...
  • ISIS Chief Confirms Indians Could Be Part of Insurgent Group

    07/02/2014 9:58:14 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | July 3, 2014 04:44 GMT | Sanjib Kr Baruah
    In a revelation that is sure to raise worries in India's security establishment, the first-ever audio message of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ISIS, has confirmed suspicions that Indians could well be part of his organisation's ranks. While enumerating the nationalities of fighters who constitute ISIS, Al-Baghdadi's 20-second-long audio titled 'A message to the Mujahideen and the Muslim Ummah in the month of Ramadan' that was released on Tuesday mentions that Indians, among a host of other nationalities including Chinese, American, French, German, Australian, etc. figure in the ISIS squad. According to intelligence sources, on January 22, a...
  • US to Sell India Submarine-Launched Missiles

    07/02/2014 8:21:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Zachary Keck
    On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced Washington will be selling India submarine-launched Harpoon missiles. On Tuesday, the U.S. announced its intention to sell India submarine-launched missiles. The announcement was made in a press release by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India for UGM-84L Harpoon missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $200 million,” the press release said. It noted that it sent a certification of delivery to Congress on July 1, 2014. DSCA elaborated on the sale: “The Government...
  • Paskistan Army Sweeps Miramshaw

    07/01/2014 11:26:07 AM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    foreign Policy ^ | 7//14 | schneider
    At least 15 militants were killed and three soldiers were injured on Monday as the Pakistani military began the second phase of its offensive in North Waziristan with a ground operation in Miramshah (NYT, ET). The military released a statement on Monday that said infantry and special forces units moved from house to house throughout the city and uncovered networks of tunnels and bomb factories. The operation included the mobilization of tanks, artillery, and gunship helicopters in support of those infantry forces. The statement also said that 376 militants and 17 soldiers had been killed since the beginning of the...
  • Is There A Distinctive 'Indian English'? [The Butchering of the English Language!]

    06/29/2014 5:12:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 29, 2014
    Is There A Distinctive 'Indian English'? BBC Trending By BBC Trending Is there a distinctive "Indian English"? Yes, according to a hashtag that's been trending in the country - #IndianEnglish. "Open the windows and let the atmosphere come in." "Today is my Happy Birthday." These are a couple of examples being shared on the hashtag #IndianEnglish. Since it took off early on Thursday, it's been used around 20,000 times in India. It was started by 22-year-old Ojas Korde, a masters student in public relations from Mumbai. "On Twitter, we take things lightly," he told BBC Trending. Indians often translate directly...
  • Not Allowing Wife to Wear Jeans, Kurta Amounts to Cruelty, Court Rules

    06/28/2014 2:40:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Gulf News ^ | June 28, 2014
    Court grants woman divorce for forcing her to wear sariObjecting to wife wearing kurta and jeans and forcing her to wear sari amounts to cruelty inflicted by husband and can be a ground to seek divorce, a family court here has ruled. The wife pleaded that after marriage in December 2010, her husband did not buy her any clothes and therefore she had purchased kurta and jeans from her salary. However, the husband did not allow her to wear them, saying she should wear only saris. In her order was passed on June 24, Principal Judge of Family Court, Dr...
  • THE PROVING GROUND: Vikramaditya aircraft carrier! (English subtitles)

    Youtube video at link.
  • India's long, dark and dangerous walk to the toilet

    06/27/2014 3:03:40 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 22 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 26 June 2014 | Divya Arya
    The danger faced by women going to the toilet outdoors in rural India was made clear last month when two girls were ambushed, gang-raped and hanged from a tree. But defecation outside is normal for most Indian villagers - so how do they manage?
  • India's new anti-submarine warfare corvette ready to sail out

    06/24/2014 11:21:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    India's newly-built anti submarine warfare (ASW) corvette Kamorta is now ready to join the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet. The warship is slated to be commissioned into the Indian Navy in July at Vishakhapatnam, where a nuclear submarine - Arihant - is also being built indigenously. Now docked at the fitting-out jetty (FOJ) of Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) here, Kamorta - a super-sophisticated frontline warship with stealth features - is readying to sail out to play its role as Indian Navy's newest submarine hunter/killer, a defence ministry statement said Tuesday. It will be the first warship armed with...
  • A largely Indian victory in World War II, mostly forgotten in India

    06/23/2014 6:56:19 PM PDT · by cold start · 26 replies
    Times of India ^ | 23 JUNE 2014 | Gardiner Harris
    KOHIMA: India soldiers died by the dozens, by the hundreds and then by the thousands in a battle here 70 years ago. Two bloody weeks of fighting came down to just a few yards across an asphalt tennis court. Night after night, Japanese troops charged across the court's white lines, only to be killed by almost continuous firing from British and Indian machine guns. The Battle of Kohima and Imphal was the bloodiest of World War II in India, and it cost Japan much of its best army in Burma. But the battle has been largely forgotten in India as...
  • Modi targets counterterrorism as a key policy

    06/21/2014 7:07:04 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    The National ^ | June 21, 2014 | Harsh V Pant
    While his government’s focus remains squarely on domestic issues, Mr Modi is also charting a rather ambitious foreign policy course. He has already visited Bhutan and his future destinations over the next few months are likely to include Japan, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Australia and Nepal. Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign minister has saluted the new Modi government for injecting “new vitality into an ancient civilisation”.
  • World Cup 2014 : Football-Mad Kolkata Couple Off to 9th World Cup

    06/21/2014 11:42:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 21, 2014
    Their World Cup love affair began more than three decades ago in Spain. Now 81-year-old Pannalal Chatterjee and his wife Chaitali, 72, are once more heading from cricket-mad India to the ultimate football fiesta."This may be my last one, but I am so happy at getting the chance to watch a tournament in Brazil," Pannalal said during a stopover in Singapore on his way to what will be the couple's ninth World Cup. "It's always been my dream to watch the World Cup in Brazil. It's the Mecca of football," he told AFP by phone. SNIP The couple, who have...
  • Why do millions of Indians defecate in the open?

    06/21/2014 4:12:25 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 159 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/16/2014
    It's early morning and local commuters are queuing up for tickets at the Kirti Nagar railway station in the Indian capital, Delhi. Along the tracks, another crowd is gathering - each person on his own, separated by a modest distance. They are among the 48% of Indians who do not have access to proper sanitation. Coming from a slum close-by, they squat among the few trees and bushes along the railway tracks and defecate in the open. To many, this is a daily morning ritual despite the hazards of contracting diseases such as diarrhoea and hepatitis. It can be even...
  • Indian officials ordered to ditch English for Hindi

    06/20/2014 11:08:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:28PM BST 20 Jun 2014 | Dean Nelson
    Since Lord Macaulay set out to turn India’s native elite into “a class of persons Indian in blood and color, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect” in 1835, English has been the country’s language of government. But according to a leaked memo, Indian officials must now use Hindi in all official posts on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Ministers have also ordered officials, many of whom do not speak fluent Hindi, to use the language in presentations. The disclosure provoked an angry response from state leaders across the country yesterday, who resent the...
  • Immigration reform still a possibility, says top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett

    06/20/2014 6:37:37 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 6/20/14 | By Linda Feldmann
    With new leadership in the House, the Obama administration thinks it may have a better chance of securing immigration reform, Valerie Jarrett says at a Monitor breakfast. The White House is holding out hope that immigration reform can still pass this year, bucking the conventional wisdom that the issue is all but dead for now. “We have an opportunity with a new team in place in the House to act,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, at a breakfast Friday hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. On Thursday, House Republicans elected a new majority leader, Rep. Kevin...
  • White House: Election boosts immigration (Jarrett plotting with Rupert Murdoch, Business Roundtable)

    06/20/2014 10:21:04 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/20/14 | Justin Sink
    The White House believes that the election of a new House leadership team has opened up an opportunity to pass immigration reform this summer, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett said Friday. Jarrett said the change necessitated by Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) surprising primary loss gives new life to immigration reform. -snip- But Jarrett said in discussions with business leaders in recent days that “nobody has said to me they thought his defeat was because of immigration reform.” In recent days, Jarrett shared a dinner with News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and a breakfast with the Business Roundtable to discuss the topic....
  • White House's Valerie Jarrett dines with Rupert Murdoch to plot immigration strategy

    06/20/2014 10:15:07 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/20/14 | Susan Crabtree
    President Obama's longtime senior adviser Valerie Jarrett confessed to breaking bread this week with conservative media titan Rupert Murdoch, a new White House frenemy of sorts on immigration reform. The two dined at the posh Blue Duck Tavern on Tuesday night in Washington's Foggy Bottom, and Jarrett described the evening as “very enjoyable.” “Good policy sometimes makes strange bedfellows,” she told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor Friday, adding that she was impressed by Murdoch's passion for passing comprehensive immigration reform. He is an immigrant himself and he understands from a business perspective how important immigration...
  • RUPERT MURDOCH: Here's Why 'My Heart Sank' When Eric Cantor Lost

    06/19/2014 1:45:43 PM PDT · by kingattax · 43 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato/Jessica Rinaldi
    News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch Rupert Murdoch said his "heart sank" after he learned of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning Republican primary loss last week, because he believes Congress needs to tackle the issue of immigration reform this year. Murdoch, the chair of News Corp., has an op-ed in Thursday's Wall Street Journal in which he argued immigration reform "can't wait." After Cantor's loss, immigration reform was almost universally pronounced dead as a possibility this year, as it was perceived to be one of the issues on which Cantor lost favor with his Republican constituents. But Murdoch,...
  • Rupert Murdoch Pushes for Immigration Reform in WSJ Op-Ed

    06/19/2014 6:19:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 6//18/14 | Josh Feldman
    Rupert Murdoch, the head of NewsCorp (the corporate owner of Fox News), penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal today in which he strongly advocates for immigration reform, an issue believed to have cost Eric Cantor his reelection at the hands of the tea party. And, in fact, Murdoch opens his op-ed by saying, “When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank.”
  • SPOTTED: Rupert Murdoch, eating dinner with Valerie Jarrett

    06/19/2014 5:40:57 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Politico Playbook ^ | 6/18/14 | Mike Allen
    SPOTTED: Rupert Murdoch, eating dinner with Valerie Jarrett at the Blue Duck Tavern in D.C. Among the topics they discussed: immigration reform.
  • RUPERT MURDOCH: AMNESTY, UNLIMITED HIGH-TECH VISAS 'CAN'T WAIT'

    06/19/2014 5:35:54 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/19/14 | Tony Lee
    American workers are struggling to find jobs and illegal immigrants flooding across the border are straining the country's resources, but Rupert Murdoch believes amnesty legislation "can't wait." A day after dining with President Barack Obama's top adviser Valerie Jarrett, Murdoch, the Chairman of the group that owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, pushed for amnesty and an unlimited number of high-tech guest-worker visas in a Wednesday op-ed in the Journal. Murdoch said his "heart sank" when he learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was ousted last week in a primary election that was widely viewed as...
  • Indian teenager is worshipped because he has a seven inch TAIL

    06/18/2014 6:17:44 PM PDT · by Renfield · 52 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6-17-2014 | Emma Innes
    An Indian teenager is worshipped as a god because he has a 7ins ‘tail’. Arshid Ali Khan, 13, has become a divine symbol in the state of Punjab. Locals have hailed him a reincarnation of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman - and refer to him as Balaji. However, Arshid has to use a wheelchair and he is considering having the ‘tail’ removed. He said: ‘This tail has been given to me by God. I am worshipped because I pray to god and the wishes of people come true.....
  • Rafale contract elusive, Eurofighter and Saab remain hopeful (India)

    06/17/2014 8:26:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | June 17, 2014 | Ajai Shukla
    Saab believes co-developing Tejas Mark II would end need for Rafale More than two years after India's ministry of defence (MoD) chose to buy 126 Dassault Rafale fighters for the Indian Air Force (IAF), the world's biggest fighter contract swings in the wind. With no deal in sight after 28 months of haggling with Dassault, two of the losing vendors -Eurofighter and Saab - believe they could yet come out tops. Eurofighter GmbH, whose Typhoon fighter narrowly lost out to the Rafale, still retains a senior executive in New Delhi. This is to allow Eurofighter - the official runner-up -...
  • Japanese defense contractors make overseas pitch after weapons export ban eased

    06/17/2014 6:32:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    THE ASAHI SHIMBUN ^ | June 17, 2014
    PARIS--Japanese defense contractors for the first time displayed their wares at the Eurosatory international exhibition, taking advantage of the Abe government’s move in April to lift the three-decade ban on weapons exports. But Japan still faces a number of diplomatic and technological hurdles before it can become a major arms exporter. About 1,500 defense companies from 58 countries will exhibit their latest weapons and other defense equipment at the Eurosatory in Paris through June 20. The trade show is expected to draw 58,000 military officials and industry participants from 90 countries. Participant companies displayed large items, such as tanks and...
  • Army scores major win over IAF, gets Apache gunships (India)

    06/16/2014 12:04:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Sunday Guardian, India ^ | 14th Jun 2014 | VISHAL THAPAR
    The government has approved the raising of three squadrons of the iconic American-made Apache attack helicopters for the Indian Army. This marks a big win for the Army in its epic war with the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the control of helicopter gunships. "The Army will get 39 Apache attack helicopters at an estimated cost of over $2.5 billion after the first tranche of 22 of these gunships, currently being negotiated with the US, is delivered to the IAF," disclosed an exultant officer at Army Headquarters. All future acquisitions of attack helicopters will thereafter be for the Army, an...
  • Golden rice refusal kills millions

    06/10/2014 6:11:40 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    Western Farm Press ^ | May 6, 2014 | Don Curlee
    A University of California report has exposed the injustice that prohibits a genetically engineered additive to rice. Without it the death of millions of children has occurred, notably in Africa and India. The researcher opinion lays the blame for the international prohibition of producing golden rice through genetic engineering to powerful forces that hide behind environmentalism. California, of course, is one of the world’s major rice producers, ready to supply the vitamin enriched product, especially for export.
  • Permission to Board? Challenges to seizing drugs at sea in the Indian Ocean

    06/14/2014 9:45:59 AM PDT · by mgist · 13 replies
    global Initiative ^ | 4/2015 | NA
    In the four months to date for 2014, warships from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Task Force 150 (CTF 150) have seized in excess of 2,000 kg of heroin being trafficked in dhows via the Indian Ocean. The most recent seizure was of 1,032 kg by an Australian warship on 26 April - African’s highest drug seizure ever – and 130kg by a Canadian warship on 7 April. In 2013, warships operating with CTF 150 seized more than 2,000 kg of heroin being shipped via the Indian Ocean. The heroin appears to be of Afghan origin, and is generally of...
  • This IT worker had to train an H-1B replacement

    06/12/2014 9:22:30 AM PDT · by RaveOn · 34 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | June 10, 2014 | Patrick Thibodeau
    This is the story of an IT worker who was replaced by a worker on an H-1B visa, one of a number of visa holders, mostly from India, who took jobs at this U.S. company. Computerworld is not going to use the worker's name or identify the companies involved to protect the former employee from retaliation. For purposes of this story, the worker has been given initials -- A.B. (They're not the person's real initials.) At A.B.'s company, about 220 IT jobs have been lost to offshore outsourcing over the last year. A.B. is telling the story because, initially, there...
  • Pittsburgh’s new immigrants: Local students symbolize Asian success story

    06/09/2014 12:06:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 8, 2014 | Mark Roth
    Last month, Rishi and Suvir Mirchandani traveled to sunny Los Angeles. The Fox Chapel Area High School students weren't taking a vacation. They were there to compete in one of the world's most rigorous science competitions, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Rishi, 17, a junior, ended up with a third-place award in the mathematics section of the fair for his work on the most efficient way for traffic to travel along a network of roadways. Younger brother Suvir, 15, got the $1,500 Web innovator award from GoDaddy for his project to allow paralyzed people to interact with a...
  • Bihar: Man Loses Wife in Gamble Over Bottle of Liquor

    06/06/2014 12:37:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | Lata Rani
    Women’s helpline authorities order probe, seek legal action against the accusedPatna: Authorities in Bihar are flummoxed after a man lost his wife in a gamble for a bottle of liquor. The saga came to light after the woman contacted the Women helpline over the weekend. She told the authorities how a man had been calling her on her cell phone claiming that he was her new husband. The victim is a resident of Bihta town in Patna district. “She [the victim] told us how a local man had been calling her on her mobile [phone] for some time claiming to...
  • Haqqani Network, Pakistan terror group, grows into worst enemy for U.S.

    06/06/2014 7:43:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 5, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Haqqani Network, the terrorist group that the U.S. command in Afghanistan says is its most formidable enemy — worse than the Taliban or al Qaeda — has operated for a dozen years across the border in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area with little to fear other than sporadic drone strikes. Now, even the drone strikes have stopped for the family-run gang that held Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five years. ... The Haqqani network maintains a safe haven in North Waziristan, Pakistan, across Afghanistan’s southeastern border. The Pakistani Army has consistently refused to launch a military operation in North...
  • India Sikh groups clash at Golden Temple [Sword Fighting!]

    06/06/2014 6:53:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    BBCIndia ^ | 6 June 2014 Last updated at 05:01 ET | Staff
    Several people have been injured after Sikh groups brandishing swords clashed at India's Golden Temple as special prayers were held to mark the deadly military offensive there in 1984. Reports said the fight at Sikhism's holiest shrine was over who would speak first at the ceremony and that a scuffle broke out over a microphone. Footage showed men running down temple steps lashing out with their swords. Reports said at least three people had been taken to hospital with injuries. The Indian government says 400 people and 87 soldiers were killed during the 1984 military raid to flush out Sikh...
  • MiG 29K naval combat aircraft suffers damage on INS Vikramaditya (India)

    06/05/2014 7:52:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    NEW DELHI: A MiG 29K naval combat aircraft has suffered damage while landing on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya during operations in Arabian Sea off the coast of Goa, a Navy official said today. The Russian-origin aircraft had taken off from the Naval airbase INS Hansa in Goa yesterday and was landing on the aircraft when it carried out a 'hard-landing' causing damage to the nose-wheel undercarriage, the official said. The pilot of the aircraft is safe and the further details of the damage are being assessed, they said. The Navy has ordered a Board of Inquiry (BoI) into the...
  • Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Says 'Rape Sometimes Right, Sometimes Wrong'

    06/05/2014 12:46:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 14 June 5, 2014
    BJP dismisses Gaur’s comments as an expression of his personal views, and not the party’sA lawmaker from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party has described rape as a social crime, saying “sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong”, in the latest controversial remarks by an Indian politician about rape. SNIP A regional politician from Modi’s own party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said on Thursday that the crime of rape can only be considered to have been committed if it is reported to police. SNIP Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong,” said Babulal Gaur, the home minister responsible for law...
  • India closely watching Russian move to sell attack helicopters to Pakistan

    06/04/2014 8:16:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jun 4, 2014 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: India is closely tracking Russia's move to directly supply Mi-35 attack helicopters to Pakistan by lifting an informal arms embargo. But officials here also say that Russian arms have in any case been surreptitiously finding their way to Pakistan through China for years now. "Yes, there is some concern here. But then, other countries like the US and France also sell their weaponry to both sides of the line of control. If the French sell Agosta-90B submarines to Pakistan, they sell the Scorpene submarines to us," said a senior defence official. This comes in the backdrop of Russian...
  • Ronald Reagan Is Alive in India

    06/02/2014 4:25:13 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 65 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 2, 2014 | Allan Meltzer
    Narendra Modi won an overwhelming victory in the Indian election. He avoided or minimized contentious issues, like Hindu nationalism. The Republicans can learn a lot by following a similar strategy on religion. Modi’s campaign emphasized growth, a better future, and a program for achieving improved living standards for everyone. He charged the current government with “tax terrorism” because it repeatedly changed India's tax rates and tax law. That created uncertainty, an enemy of business investment and economic growth. The Indian election was a classic confrontation between the proponents of growth and the advocates of redistribution and the welfare state. Growth...
  • India's Modi carries out pledge to downsize government after only 5 days in office

    06/01/2014 11:47:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/01/2014 | Richard L. Benkin
    In office only five days, India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is already showing people how a small government, conservative head of state acts. Without even touching his people’s services or their quality, he began on his very first day in office fulfilling his promise to cut the size of his country’s bloated government. He began by swearing in only 23 cabinet ministers, combining several portfolios and eliminating others. It was the smallest number of cabinet posts in 16 years. Only five days later, the Prime Minister did away with an entire layer of government by summarily abolishing the country’s...
  • Mould for minting Roman coins found in Talkad [India]

    05/30/2014 4:39:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Deccan Herald ^ | May 19, 2014 | Akram Mohammed
    For those who think financial fraud or circulating fake currencies is a modern day phenomenon, an ancient Roman coin mould on display at the Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage in the city is a startling revelation. The Roman coin mould, which is being displayed for the first time since its excavation in 1993, indicates that fake coins were in circulation around 19 to 20 centuries ago. The terracotta mould is among the most important objects displayed at the exhibition, apart from terracotta figurines, iron objects, bronze dies, stone beads. M S Krishnamurthy, a retired professor of Archaeology who led...
  • Indian court asked to decide whether revered Hindu guru is dead or just meditating

    05/29/2014 11:24:58 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 21 replies
    National Post ^ | May 29, 2014 | Dean Nelson, The Telegraph
    New Delhi — The family and followers of one of India’s wealthiest Hindu spiritual leaders are fighting a legal battle over whether he is dead or simply in a deep state of meditation. His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, the founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan religious order, with a property estate worth an estimated US$167-million, died in January, according to his wife and son. However, his disciples at his ashram have refused to let the family take his body for cremation because they claim he is still alive. According to his followers, based in the Punjab city of Jalandhar,...
  • Indian teen girls gang-raped and hanged from a tree: police

    05/29/2014 11:00:58 AM PDT · by Theoria · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 May 2014 | Nita Bhalla
    Indian police have arrested one man and are looking for four other suspects after two teenage girls were gang-raped and then hanged from a tree in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Thursday. The two cousins, who were from a low-caste Dalit community and aged 14 and 15, went missing from their village home in Uttar Pradesh's Budaun district when they went out to go to the toilet on Tuesday evening. The following morning, villagers found the bodies of the two teenagers hanging from a mango tree in a nearby orchard. "We have registered...
  • 15% of the world’s obese population lives in India and China

    05/29/2014 10:19:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    LiveMint ^ | 05/29/2014 | Nikita Mehta
    New Delhi: One of every three people, or almost 2.1 billion of the world’s population is either obese or overweight, according to the Global Burden of Disease study published in Lancet medical journal on Thursday which analyses data from 188 countries between 1990 and 2013. Almost 37% of the world’s men are overweight or obese, up from 29% in 1980. And almost 38% of the world’s women are, up from 30% in 1980. According to the study, 13% of the obese people in the world are in the US and 15% in China and India — an indication of how...
  • Democratic amnesty fan Luis Gutierrez helping Eric Cantor get reelected

    05/29/2014 6:25:48 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 5/28/14 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Full Title: Democratic amnesty fan Luis Gutierrez helping Eric Cantor get reelected in order to protect immigration reform I’m late to this story but Mickey Kaus and David Steinberg are all over it. You know the background here: Eric Cantor, who’s been on the outs with House conservatives lately and who’s championed immigration reform for DREAMers for more than a year, is suddenly facing a surprisingly tough primary challenge in Virginia from Dave Brat, who’s attacked him for being soft on amnesty. How tough? Tough enough that Cantor recently ran away from Jeff Denham’s ENLIST Act for DREAMers despite having...
  • Dave Brat: Eric Cantor is pro-amnesty

    05/29/2014 4:55:33 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Augusta Free Press ^ | 5/29/14 | Dave Brat
    Eric Cantor once praised Congressman Gutiérrez for his leadership on the issue of amnesty. Congressman Gutiérrez is here to set up a great deception that will allow Eric Cantor to claim he is opposed to amnesty, at the eleventh hour, just two weeks prior to the primary on June 10th. Congressman Cantor has spent countless dollars claiming that I’m a “liberal college professor.” This is the act of a desperate campaign. I am more conservative than Eric Cantor across-the-board. I am the constitutional conservative in this race. Eric Cantor is trying to buy this election with corporate cash from Los...
  • Tea Party Opponent: Cantor Saying He Opposes Amnesty Is Like Obama Saying He Opposes Obamacare

    05/29/2014 5:50:55 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 5/28/14 | AP
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor faced criticism over immigration from right and left Wednesday, laying bare the rough politics of the issue even as President Barack Obama sought to increase pressure on House Republicans to act. Cantor’s Tea Party opponent in Virginia’s June 10 GOP primary, Dave Brat, convened a news conference on the steps of the Virginia Capitol to label Cantor a top cheerleader for “amnesty” in the House, citing Cantor’s support for action on certain immigration measures. A short time later, in a conference room inside the state Capitol, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., a leading proponent of overhauling...
  • Eric Cantor stresses support for legalization measure

    05/29/2014 6:18:13 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/21/14 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Wednesday stressed his support for a legalization measure for young undocumented immigrants in the military, after he was criticized by advocates who see him as the main obstacle to immigration reform. In an interview with POLITICO, Cantor said he backs the policy merits of the legislation from Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), which would give a path to legal permanent residency for immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children.