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INDIA * dirty bomb in Delhi market
April 12, 2010 - Five people suffering serious burns were hospitalized in West New Delhi this week from contact with radioactive material
in a Delhi scrap market identified as Cobalt-60 which may be used for making a dirty bomb.
Indian police cordoned off the 200 market stores and sealed nearby establishments up to a one-kilometer radius.
Scrap dealer Deepak Jain and his helpers lost consciousness when they cut a piece of scrap metal.
A white fluid oozed out causing the burns, Jain's hair fell out and within minutes his skin turned black. His workers suffered and nausea.
All five are battling for their lives in hospital, setting off a security scare in the Indian capital, with
prime minister Manmohan Singh briefed on the incident before leaving for Washington to attend the nuclear security summit which opened Monday, April 12.
Nuclear scientists from the Baba Atomic Research Center and Narora Atomic Power Plant identified the material and are working around the clock to investigate its source.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has asked to talk with Obama about the dirty bomb terrorist threat when they meet April 13.
Cobalt-60 is used in radiotherapy for treating cancer and welding steel.
A US report last year recommended monitoring this material along with Caesium-137, Strontium-90 and Plutonium to effectively counter nuclear terrorism.
Unlike a nuclear bomb, a dirty bomb does not involve nuclear fission and can be used like a conventional weapon.
Ahead of the Washington conference, Barack Obama called nuclear terror
"the single biggest threat to US security, short term, medium and long-term."
The day before the conference, the Indian prime minister met Obama and tackled him about
Pakistan's inaction against Muslim terrorists and exhorted him to jointly combat terror emanating from Pakistan as the most dangerous source of potential nuclear terror.
The Indian and US leaders failed to agree on whether Pakistan's nuclear arsenal was sufficiently secure.
Indian leaders as well as their military and intelligence advisers have repeatedly warned Washington that
al Qaeda and Taliban were moving in on Pakistan's nuclear facilities through their deep penetration of Pakistan's intelligence service and may soon be in position to take over.
In his previous conversations with Obama, Singh reported that Israeli intelligence shared India's assessment of the Pakistani nuclear hazard.
After his interview with the Indian prime minister, Obama discussed nuclear security with Pakistani prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani,
who also arrived for the summit.
Obama said Islamabad must do more to combat the terrorists infiltrating India for terrorist attacks.
Pakistani officials said later that Gillani assured the US president that Pakistani takes nuclear security seriously and
appropriate safeguards are in place. They reported that the US president said he was satisfied with those measures, but this was not confirmed by US administration sources.
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May 28, 2010 Sabotage' kills scores on train in India
Rescuers work to free trapped, wounded passengers
NEW DELHI - Maoist rebels were suspected of sabotaging a high-speed train in eastern India Friday, killing at least 65 people after it smashed into the path of a goods train, officials said.
"This has been done by the Maoists," Bhupinder Singh, police chief of the West Bengal state where the incident occurred, told reporters.
Local television showed the mangled wreckage of capsized carriages across the tracks and the death toll was expected to rise as many passengers were still trapped. At least 200 people were injured.
"So far we have recovered 40 bodies but the toll will rise further," N.S. Nigam, a senior local government official, told Reuters. Media reports quoting government officials said at least 65 people were killed.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said a bomb had hit the train, but police said they were also looking at other sabotage methods such as the removal of the tracks' "fish plates."
The crash occurred in West Bengal state in an area known to be a stronghold of Maoist rebels. Maoists, who say they are fighting for the
rights of the poor and landless, have attacked trains in the past and have stepped up attacks in recent months.
"The driver heard a loud noise which indicates there could be a blast. A detail investigation will reveal more, but definitely there was lot of
tinkering done to the tracks," Vivek Sahay, a senior railway official, told reporters. "It was definitely sabotage."
West Bengal official Ghosh said a portion of the tracks was found missing.
The incident comes days after a passenger airliner crashed in southern India, killing 158 people,
underscoring safety issues and concern that India's aging infrastructure was failing to keep pace with an economic boom.
The Maoists had called a "black week" to condemn what they call police atrocities against innocent villagers and for an immediate halt to an armed campaign against them in India.
Explosions kill 10 in India
July 13, 2011 - 3 near-simultaneous explosions happened in the middle of rush hour
They have shaken India's commercial capital Mumbai (Bombay).
At least 10 people killed and 100 wounded in the rush-hour blasts.
One explosion was reported in the Zaveri Bazaar, another in the Opera House business district and a third in Dadar district.
India saying the explosions were a terrorist attack.
Mumbai was the scene of a 10-man raid and co-ordinated attacks in November 2008 in which nearly 170 people were killed.
21 killed in multiple terror attack in Mumbai
Indian cities raise terror alert
July 13, 2011 DEBKAfile Special Report
3 separate locations were struck by explosions during the rush hour of Wednesday, July 13, in India's financial capital of Mumbai:
the crowded Dadar hub for millions of commuters, the famed jewelry market and the Opera House business district.
The death toll climbed during the day to 21, with 140 injured admitted to hospital.
Mumbai has been sealed and is on high-alert; so are Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore.
3 years ago, terrorists besieged Mumbai killing 166 people. No organization has yet claimed responsibility.
According to some reports, the blasts were timed for the birthday of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, the sole surviving gunman from the 2008 attacks.
The Pakistani Lashkar e-Taibe, which is linked to al-Qaeda, was accused of carrying out those attacks.
The home ministry confirmed it is a terrorist attack and has rushed to the stricken city three teams of the newly-created National Intelligence Agency including forensic experts.
Heavy rain was pouring down over South Mumbai Wednesday night disrupting the gathering of evidence.
Most people were injured at Zaveri Bazaar, close to police headquarters, where Mumbai's bullion traders and jewelry shops are located, and at Opera House, where diamond exporters have their offices and workshops.
debkafile's counter-terror sources note that the blasts coincided with a visit to Washington by the Pakistanian Inter-Service-Intelligence ISI agency,
Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha, for a meeting with the incoming CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus.
India has insisted that the ISI secretly backs the Lashkar e-Taibe terrorists and therefore had a hand in the 2008 attacks on Mumbai.
Pakistan was first to condemn the terorist attacks.
Bomb attacks on heart of India kill 21
India to deploy 36,000 extra troops on Chinese border
23 November 2010
India has formed two new army divisions - comprising more than 36,000 men - to defend the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.
The remote north-eastern state adjoins China which claims large parts of it.
The 56th Division will be based in the nearby state of Nagaland to guard the eastern flank of Arunachal Pradesh from Chinese attack through Burma.
The other new formation, the 71st Division, will be based in Assam to protect central Arunachal Pradesh.
There has been no response so far from China to the decision.
Already the Indian Fifth Mountain Division guards western Arunachal Pradesh while another division is responsible for protecting the eastern part of the state.
In addition there are counter-insurgency troops in Assam who can be sent to the Sino-Indian border at short notice.
A total of 1,260 officers and 35,011 soldiers have been assigned to the two new divisions, which are being especially equipped for mountain warfare.
Officials say they were formed at the behest of the Indian army chief, General VK Singh - who said they were necessary to beef up defences against China.
Gen Singh was not available for comment but one of his staff officers, on condition of anonymity, told the BBC that the army chief had "pushed very hard to fast-track the raising of the two divisions".
He said that they should be "fully operational" by March 2011.
He said their formation was India's response to the "huge Chinese build-up" in Tibet over the last three to four years. But he did not wish to elaborate.
India is also raising a paramilitary force called the Arunachal Scouts and Sikkim Scouts to help the army protect the Sino-Indian border in the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.
"All the men in these formations will be drawn from mountain-fit local tribesmen but the officers will be from the army, at least for a while," said a corps commander.
Their formation will be modelled on the Ladakh Scouts, who the army says bravely fought Pakistani intruders during the Kargil conflict of 1999.
India says the new measures have been put in place partly because China has "superb" communications on its side of the border, especially after a new train line to Lhasa was built in 2006.
India says that the Chinese airlift capability is also far superior.
The formation of the two new divisions means that India's deployments in the eastern sector of its border with China now matches the five army divisions that existed in 1986-87, when the two countries nearly went to war.
But after India and China signed a "Peace and Tranquillity" treaty in 1993, both sides scaled down their deployments as part of a confidence-building package.
Up to 12 million girls aborted in India over last 30 years:study
May 24, 2011 – 12 million girls were aborted over the last 3 decades in India.
The missing daughters occurred mostly in families which already had a first born daughter. Although the preference for boys runs across Indian society, the abortions were more likely to be carried out by educated parents who were aware of ultrasound technology and who could afford abortions.
In India, we don't see required one-child policy. But the concern is that if urban women decide they only want one child, then this practice may spread.
India to revamp its submarine fleet admist rising naval tensions in the region
December 30, 2011 Faced with a fast-depleting underwater combat army India is planning a major overhaul of its submarine production plants to ensure its operational readiness does not get further eroded in the years ahead. For starters, the case for equipping the last two of the six French Scorpene submarines being built at Mazagon Docks (MDL) with the crucial air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems is now being progressed. -Global Security
My friend in Cyprus told me -
About 20 years ago, imported shirts made in India had 666 on their label.
666 * Cashless Society Begins in India
January 12, 2012 India Implements First Biometric ID Program for all of its 1.2 Billion Residents
Will buy Iran oil in gold, not USD
The cashless society and the developing technological control grid.
Government attempts to gain access to and force the use of biometric data for the purposes of identification, tracking, tracing, and surveillance.
Some recognize the danger, most simply deny that governments have the capability or even the desire to create a system in which the population is constantly monitored by virtue of their most private and even biological information. Others, either gripped by apathy or ignorance, cannot believe that the gadgets given to them from the massive tech corporations are designed for anything other than their entertainment and enjoyment.
However, current events in India should serve not just as a warning, but also as a foreshadowing of the events to come in the Western world, specifically the United States.
Recently, India has launched a nationwide program involving the allocation of a Unique Identification Number (UID) to every single one of its 1.2 billion residents. Each of the numbers will be tied to the biometric data of the recipient using three different forms of information – fingerprints, iris scans, and pictures of the face. All ten digits of the hand will be recorded, and both eyes will be scanned.
Indian Police Arrest 2 Men For Sacrificing Child
Jan 2, 2012 NEW DELHI Two men have been arrested in central India for allegedly killing a 7-year-old girl and cutting out her liver in a ritual sacrifice to ensure a better harvest.
Lalita Tati disappeared in October and her dismembered remains were found a week later, Rajendra Narayan Das, a senior police officer in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh state, told The Associated Press.
Police arrested two men, both poor farmers, last week and they told police they killed the girl to appease their gods and get a better harvest, Das said.
Tati was walking home after watching television at a neighbor's house when she was kidnapped, Das said. The two men confessed to cutting her open and removing her liver as an offering.
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Will Ethnic Violence Kill Burma’s Fragile Reforms?
11 Jun 2012 Clashes between Muslims and Buddhists in Burma's restive Arakan state led to a state of emergency and questions over the country's fragile democratic reforms.
Burma is a combustible place. This month, ethnic riots have erupted in the country’s far western Arakan (or Rakhine) state, claiming at least 17 lives, according to Burmese state media.
A crossroads nation sandwiched between India and China, Burma is composed of a patchwork of fractious ethnicities that were bound more by colonial diktat than by any historic sense of community. Tensions between the country’s majority Bamar (or Burman) population and various ethnic groups—the Kachin, the Shan, the Karen, the Chin, the Mon and the Arakanese, to name just a few—have for decades driven civil insurgencies in the country’s borderlands. Other internecine strife, like conflagrations between the Arakanese and the Rohingya, is also depressingly common.
Still, the news coming out of Burma over the past couple months has been surprisingly positive. The country’s military-linked leaders, who took power last year, have respected the landslide victory by the democratic opposition in April 1 by-elections. (The polls involved few parliamentary seats but the loss was, nevertheless, an embarrassment to the current government, which is controlled by forces connected to the military junta that ruled Burma repressively for nearly half a century.) Political and economic reforms have piqued the interest of Western governments and companies, leading to hopes that an era of punishing economic sanctions will give way to boom times, tapping the country’s plentiful natural resources. Then last month, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi made her first trip abroad in nearly a quarter century, a sign that she trusted the country’s new hybrid civilian-military government enough to let her back home.
India to pay gold for Iran oil
January 23, 2012 India joins China in opting OUT of US-European sanctions against Iran oil. Turkey will not adhere to any sanctions against Iran.
India and China take about 40% of Iran exports.
India agreed to pay Iran in gold instead of the US dollar, China to do the same.
By trading in gold, they enable Tehran to bypass the freeze.
Iran oil deals will be channeled through Turkish and Indian state banks.
This is expected to boost the price of gold and depress the value of the dollar on world markets.
The EU banned the signing of new oil contracts with Iran, will phase out existing transactions by July 1, 2012
Beijing and Moscow are keeping their workings secret.
My friend in Cyprus told me - About 20 years ago, imported shirts made in India had 666 on their label.
India implements Biometric ID for ALL its one billion peoples.
Events in India should serve as a foreshadowing of the events to come in the United States and the world.
With the coming cashless society and the developing technological control grid,
governments intend to force the use of biometric data for the purposes of
identification, tracking, tracing, and surveillance upon EVERYONE on earth.
The DUMB sheepl simply deny that governments have that capability to constantly monitor the population in every disturbing detail.
They cannot believe that their tech gadgets are designed NOT for their entertainment, but to CONTROL them.
India launched a nationwide program involving the allocation of a Unique Identification Number (UID) to every single one of its residents.
Each of the numbers will be tied to the biometric data of the recipient using 3 different forms of information,
fingerprints, iris scans, and pictures of the face. All 10 digits of the hand will be recorded, and both eyes will be scanned.
Phone yes, throne no
14 March 2012 India census: Half of homes have phones but no toilets
Nearly half of India's billion people have no toilet at home, but more people own a mobile phone, according to the latest census data.
Half of Indians defecate in the open. WHAT a FILTHY NATION!!!
63% of homes have a telephone.
Over half the population have a mobile phone.
About 3/4 of homes in some states have no toilet facilities
Almost half of households have a television.
India to start lowering rates to spur growth
16 April 2012 MarketWatch
For the first time in three years, the Reserve Bank of India is widely expected to lower its key lending rate Tuesday to boost waning growth, even as expectations of future rate cuts this year remain constrained by an uncertain inflation outlook.
In the latest quarter, ending in December, India’s economy grew at 6.1%, its slowest pace in more than two years.
The slowdown began late last year as steep rate hikes by the central bank began to take their toll, along with weak growth in the U.S. and financial turmoil in Europe.
With rampant inflation also showing signs of steadying in recent months, the RBI signaled four months ago its stance would shift toward supporting growth.
“Growth has clearly weakened, while inflation has moderated in the past few months,” said Sonal Varma, economist for India at Nomura.
Among the latest signs of a slowdown, industrial production for February was up only 4.1% from a year earlier, far below economists expectations for a 6.6% increase.
The central bank is widely expected to cut its key lending rate by 25 basis points to 8.25%.
India test launches Agni-V long-range missile
19 April 2012 New Delhi. India has launched a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile able to carry a nuclear warhead.
The locally-developed Agni-V missile was originally scheduled to have been launched on Wednesday in the eastern state of Orissa.
Defence officials had delayed the launch until Thursday because of heavy lightning in the area, BBC informs.
The missile has a range of more than 5,000km (3,100 miles), within range of targets in China.
Analysts say the Agni (meaning "fire" in Hindi and Sanskrit) missile family is to be the cornerstone of India's missile-based nuclear deterrent.
The missiles are among the country's most sophisticated weapons.
In 2010, India successfully test-fired Agni-II, an intermediate-range ballistic missile with a range of more than 2,000km (1,250 miles).
Defence analyst Rahul Bedi says a successful test flight of the Agni-V missile, which is capable of delivering a single 1.5-ton warhead deep inside nuclear rival China's territory, would strengthen India's nuclear deterrence once it comes into service by 2014-15.
It is 17.5m tall, solid-fuelled, has three stages and a launch weight of 50 tons. It has cost more than 2.5bn rupees ($480m; £307m) to develop.
Only China, Russia, France, the US and UK have such long-range missiles. Israel is thought to possess them.
S&P downgrades India outlook to negative
25 April 2012 Standard & Poor's on Wednesday downgraded India's credit outlook to negative as a weakening economy and gaping fiscal deficit put the country's prized investment-grade rating at risk.
The agency maintained India's rating at BBB-, but warned it faces at least a one-in-three chance of losing its status if its financial situation worsens.
The "BBB-" is one notch above "junk," which carries an increased risk of default and would see India having to pay higher interest rates on its public borrowing.
"India's investment and economic growth have slowed and its current-account deficit has widened, resulting in a weaker medium-term credit outlook," S&P credit analyst Takahira Ogawa said in a media conference call.
"We are revising the outlook on the long-term ratings on India to negative."
Asia's third-largest economy is battling stubborn inflation, the widest budget deficit of all major emerging economies, a weak fiscal position and slower growth on the domestic front.
Uncertainty in global markets and Europe's long-running sovereign debt crisis have added to the pressures.
India's fiscal deficit was 5.9% of GDP in the fiscal year ended on March 31, swelled by social spending programmes targeting the country's hundreds of millions of poor.
The government hopes to trim the deficit to 5.1% of GDP this year, but analysts are sceptical given the government's record borrowing plans.
Bigger economic crisis if no urgent steps, warns Congress MP in Rajya Sabha
5/15/12 NEW DELHI: Amid fragile global economic recovery and its impact on India, Congress member and former Planning Commission member Bhalchandra Mungekar on Tuesday warned that if government does not take "urgent" steps, the country could face a bigger crisis.
"If we do not adopt some of the urgent economic measures, I apprehend that a bigger crisis may be awaiting the country," he said participating in the discussion on the Finance Bill, 2012 in the Rajya Sabha.
While congratulating finance minister Pranab Mukherjee for intending to amend the FRBM Act, Mungekar said the decision to roll back some tax measures is "most disturbing".
"What is most disturbing...was that the FM was forced to roll back rationalisation of some tax measures with respect to the import of gold and other precious metals despite the adverse consequences," Mungekar, also a noted farm economist and former vice-chancellor of Bombay University, said.
He pointed out that Rs 57,063 crore revenue was forgone only due to tax exemption given for import of diamond and gold. In 2010-11, the amount was Rs 49,164 crore, he said.
"I am unable to reconcile to the FM's decision of giving exemptions on the import of gold and diamond in the preceding two years knowing fully well the difficulties in withdrawing the exemptions once given," Mungekar said.
He said one of the primary drivers of the current account deficit has been the growth of about 50 per cent in imports of gold and precious metals in first three quarters of 2011-12.
Pointing out that inflation causes the "greatest anger" particularly amongst poor and vulnerable sections, he said, "the government, therefore, must take all preventive and curative measures to control inflation". He also sought urgent measures to plug loopholes in the public distribution system. Inflation in April shot up to 7.23 per cent in April from 6.89 per cent in the previous month.
US naval chief's visit to strengthen Indo-US defence ties
May 24, 2012 NEW DELHI: India and the US on Monday discussed ways to further strengthen their already expansive bilateral defence, in the backdrop of their Malabar naval combat exercise being successfully held in the Bay of Bengal earlier this month.
Visiting US chief of naval operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert held talks with Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne and Army vice-chief Lt-Gen S K Singh, apart from calling on defence minister A K Antony and national security adviser Shiv Shankar Menon.
India Growth Slows to at Least an Eight-Year Low as Rupee Slides
31 May 2012, by Kartik Goyal (Bloomberg)
India’s economy expanded at the weakest pace in at least eight years last quarter, hurt by a slowdown in investment that has undermined the rupee and set back Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s development agenda.
GDP rose 5.3% in the three months ended March from a year earlier, compared with 6.1% in the previous quarter, the Central Statistical Office said in a statement in New Delhi today.
The median of 31 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey was for a 6.1% gain. GDP climbed 6.5% in the year to March, the office said.
Singh faces a struggle to bolster expansion as Europe’s debt crisis dims the global outlook and elevated inflation and a record trade deficit limit room for more interest-rate cuts to boost spending at home.
Bangladesh heavy rains kill 90
27 Jun 2012 Heavy rains causing multiple landslides over the past three days have killed at least 90 people in south-east Bangladesh
Officials are describing it as the worst monsoon rainfall in years in the Chittagong region. Chittagong is the second largest city of Bangladesh.
At least 150,000 people have also been stranded by the floods, officials say.
Rescue operations are continuing but rain is hampering efforts. Flights to Chittagong airport have been cancelled.
Most rail links have also been suspended after a railway bridge collapsed. Days of heavy rain have caused mud banks to collapse, burying houses and blocking roads.
Lightning strikes makeshift mosque in Bangladesh, kills 13
Aug 10, 2012 Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) -- At least 13 people were killed and 20 wounded when lightning struck a makeshift mosque in a remote village in northeast Bangladesh on Friday, police said.
The lightning strike occurred as people gathered for a special evening prayer known as taraweeh that is conducted during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
"Multiple lightning strikes occurred during a storm when nearly 35 people gathered at a house in the village of Saraswati where they turned a tin roof shed into a makeshift mosque for the month of Ramadan as a regular mosque was far away."
The village Saraswati is some 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the capital of Dhaka.
Heavy rains in recent weeks have swollen the Saraswati River, making access to the village difficult.
"As boats were the only mode of transport to go out of the village, it took several hours to take the critically wounded people to the hospital," said Akm Mezanul Haque, the officer-in-charge of the Modhyanagar police station, who joined the rescue operation.
Of the 13 killed by the lightning strike, Mohammad Shahabuddin, the imam, and two others died at the mosque, Alam said. Ten others were declared dead at a Dharmapasha area hospital, he said.
Area residents and police took the wounded, many in critical condition, to the area hospital.
26 killed, 60 fishermen missing in Bangladesh storm
October 12, 2012 – BANGLADESH - At least 26 people were killed and an estimated 60 fishermen are missing after tropical storms smashed into Bangladesh’s southern coastal islands and districts early Thursday, police said. Police had feared at least 1,500 mud, tin and straw-built houses were also levelled in the storms that swept Bhola, Hatiya and Sandwip Islands and half a dozen coastal districts after Wednesday midnight. At the worst-hit island of Hatiya, at least seven people were killed after they were buried under their houses or hit by fallen trees, said local police chief Moktar Hossain. More than 1,000 houses were flattened. “More than 100 fishing trawlers, each carrying at least 10 fishermen, have been missing since the storm,” he told AFP, calling it one of the most powerful in decades. Many fishermen are expected to have taken shelter in other remote islands in the Bay of Bengal or in the neighbouring Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. In the past, many fishermen thought to be missing from storms returned home to coastal villages a week or two later. Four people were killed in Bhola, three each in Sandwip and Companyganj and two at Char Jabbar, police said. The police chief of Bhola district, Bashir Ahmed, told AFP he feared as many as more than 500 fishermen were thought missing from the country’s largest island and at least 500 mud and straw-built houses were levelled by the sudden storm but the figure was later revised downward. Bangladesh’s weather office forecast heavy rain in the coastal region and advised fishermen to take care near the shore, but there was no major storm warning. “We only got the warning signal number three. But the storm was so powerful, the weather office should have hoisted the signal number seven or eight,” said Ahmed, referring to the intensity of the storm on a scale of ten. “It caught the fishermen and coastal people by surprise. Till now we haven’t had any reports from the missing fishermen.
Two dead after venomous spiders invade Indian town
June 4, 2012 Indian town living in fear of venomous spiders
Swarm left two people dead after being bitten
Authorities panicking, considering insecticide
A TOWN in India is living in fear of a swarm of venomous spiders, which last month left two people dead after being bitten.
It may sound like a B-grade horror movie, but residents of the town of Sadiya, in Assam state, say that on the evening of
May 8 as they were celebrating a Hindu festival swarms of spiders suddenly appeared and attacked them, The Times of India reported.
Over the next few days two people - a man, Purnakanta Buragohain, and an unnamed school boy - died after being bitten by the spiders.
Scores more turned up at the town's hospital with spider bites.
District authorities are panicking and are considering spraying the town with the insecticide DDT.
Locals say the most terrifying aspect is that spiders appear in swarms and their behaviour is highly aggressive.
"It leaps at anything that comes close. Some of the victims claimed the spider latched on to them after biting. If that is so, it needs to be dealt with carefully.
The chelicerae and fangs of this critter are quite powerful," head of the department of life sciences at Dibrugarh University Dr LR.Saikia said.
Teams of Indian arachnid experts have flocked to the town, hoping to identify the species, but so far they have drawn a blank.
They say it could be a tarantula, a black wishbone or even a funnel-web spider - or it could be a whole new species.
One thing they agree on is that it is not native to the area as there is no record of venomous spiders in Assam. The black wishbone and funnel-web are native to Australia.
Researchers are also still running tests to find out the toxicity of the spiders' venom.
Dr Anil Phatowali, superintendent of the town's hospital, said they had not administered antivenin as they could not be certain the spider was venomous at all.
He also pointed out other factors may have contributed to the two reported fatalities.
"All the bite patients first went to witch doctors, who cut open their wounds with razors, drained out blood and burnt it. That could have also made them sick," Dr Phatowali said.
Web of doubt surrounds India spider attack
A swarm of poisonous spiders has wreaked havoc in a remote town in northeast India, scaring its inhabitants and possibly killing two people.
A large number of spiders descended on the town of Sadiya in Assam as a local festival came to end on May 8 and sparked panic as residents tried to avoid the swarm.
The report said that scores of people later visited the town's hospital with spider bites and a middle-aged man and a teenage boy died after being bitten by the spiders.
The incident alarmed local officials who told residents to stay indoors and considered spraying the town with insecticide, the report said.
Jintu Gogoi told The Times he felt excruciating pain and nausea after being bitten by one of the spiders and his finger was black and swollen.
However, the attack has puzzled spider experts.
Bridging India’s identity divide with a number
May 27, 2012 On a boiling afternoon in the city of Surat in Gujarat state, men and women are rolling into a cavernous hall in the local municipality building to sign up for India's most ambitious plan to give a definitive identity to millions of residents.
It takes all of 10 minutes for each person to have their details keyed into a laptop before they are photographed on a webcam and their fingerprints and iris are scanned in what is also the world's biggest biometric identity exercise.
Since it launched two years ago, 200 million Indians have already signed up to India's "unique identity" (UID) scheme.
By 2014, another 400 million people are expected to enrol to get a 12-digit unique identification number - also called Aadhaar or foundation - fulfilling the scheme's mandate to cover about half of India's people. The Economist magazine calls it an "astonishing outcome" in a country which struggles to meet its most fundamental challenges.
666 UIDAI * Why India's identity scheme is groundbreaking
June 5, 2012 In an audacious technological mission, India is building a near foolproof database of personal biometric identities for nearly a billion people, something that has never been attempted anywhere in the world.
Poorer Indians who have no proof to offer of their existence will leapfrog into a national online system, another global first, where their identities can be validated anytime anywhere in a few seconds.
"India will outdo the world's biggest biometric databases including those of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US-VISIT visa programme," says Nandan Nilekani, the technology tycoon who heads the programme popularly called by its acronym UIDAI.
The United States' visa programme is a biometric database of 120 million.
In comparison, the UIDAI has already registered 200 million members, less than two years after the first enrolment.
By 2014 half of India's population will have an identity tagged to a random, unique 12-digit number.
666 UIDAI * World's Largest Biometric Database
The new biometric database that is now in the process of identifying 1.2 billions citizens of India is very much a precursor to what bible prophecy warns will come for all citizens of the world.
The book of Revelation tells us that every person will be required to accept a "mark" which will both identify the holder as a follower of the Antichrist, as well the mark will allow that person to buy and sell.
ID database forges ahead
The new biometric ID database in India will have various biometric data on each Indian citizen, (iris scan, fingerprints, photographs), and will issue a new unique number to each citizen. It will also make it much simpler for that person to open bank accounts and receive and make payments simply by authenticating themselves using a biometric reading devise, (the reader will scan their iris, fingerprints or face).
We certainly can't be far from the fulfillment of this prophecy, when we hear that 1.2 billion of the 7 billion people on the earth will soon be marked with a new ID which allows them to receive payments and make withdrawals with the wave of a scanned hand or face.
India may lose investment status on slow growth
11 June 2012 Mumbai (MarketWatch)
--Standard & Poor's warns slowing growth, political hurdles may cause India to lose investment-grade rating
--S&P rates India BBB-minus, lowest-grade investment rating
--Stocks, rupee fall after S&P's comments
Standard & Poor's Rating Services Monday warned India could become the first BRIC nation to lose its investment-grade rating if it doesn't step up economic reforms and improve investment climate, turning the heat on a government already facing huge pressure for perceived policy paralysis.
India's capital in water crisis after supplies cut
June 15, 2012 Large parts of New Delhi were struggling with acute water shortages on Friday after a neighbouring state cut its supplies at the peak of summer, officials said.
The sprawling Indian capital, with a population of 16 million sweltering in 43 degree C (109.4 F) summer heat, relies on four neighbouring states for its water -- Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand.
Haryana, the biggest supplier, cut its flow to the city on Thursday and about three million people have suffered shortages or been completely cut off, according to the Delhi Jal Board, a government agency responsible for water supply.
Some of the capital's smartest districts are among the affected areas, and the crisis reflects growing water stresses in the country of 1.2 billion people.
Rich hoarding banknotes, gold and art works in Swiss banks
July 1, 2012 Amid a global crackdown against alleged black money in secret accounts of Swiss banks, their bankers are selling a new safe-haven idea to their rich clients from India and other countries - the high-value 1,000 franc notes to be stored in safe deposit boxes.
These boxes -- kept inside the premises of Swiss banks -- are also said to be being used to stash gold, diamond, paintings and art works among other valuables -- apparently because of limited risk of catching the preying eyes of foreign governments having signed banking information exchange treaties with Switzerland.
According to industry sources, bankers are telling their rich clients that Switzerland's tax and information exchange treaties with India and other countries are mostly limited to funds in customers' savings, deposit and investment accounts, and do not apply to the safe deposit boxes.
A massive power cut has caused disruption across northern India, including in the capital, Delhi.
30 July 2012 It hit a swathe of the country affecting more than 300 million people in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan states.
Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said most of the supply had been restored and the rest would be reinstated soon.
It is unclear why the supply collapsed but reports say some states may have been using more power than authorised.
Mr Shinde said he had appointed a committee to inquire into the causes of the blackout, one of the worst to hit the country in more than a decade. The committee will submit its report within 15 days, he said.
The power cut happened at 02:30 local time on Monday (2100 GMT Sunday) after India's Northern Grid network collapsed.
Mr Shinde told the BBC that he had been informed about the problem at 05:30.
India hit by second day of power cuts
July 31, 2012 More than half the country has been left without power after three grids collapsed - one for a second day.
Hundreds of trains have come to a standstill and hospitals are running on backup generators.
A massive power breakdown has hit India for a second day running, leaving more than half the country without power.
Officials said the northern and eastern grids had both collapsed. All Delhi metro services have been halted and staff are trying to evacuate trains.
Monday's power failure caused severe disruption and travel chaos across northern India.
It was unclear why the grid collapsed but reports said some states may have been using more power than authorised.
Power officials managed to restore the northern grid by Monday evening, but at 01:05pm (0735 GMT) on Tuesday, the grid collapsed again.
The eastern grid failed around the same time. Both the northern and eastern grids have collapsed.
The two grids together serve more than half of India's 1.2bn people.
Power restored across India after historic blackout
August 01, 2012 India's top electricity official says power has been restored across the country after a major system collapse led to the worst blackout in history.
Heavy rain, floods kill 26 in Pakistan
25 Aug 2012 Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 26 people and destroyed hundreds of houses in northern Pakistan, officials said on Thursday.
Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, the prime minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir said at least 17 people have been killed and nine others injured in six districts since Monday.
"Some 685 houses and 125 shops have been damaged and roads washed away," Majeed said, adding that a request has been made to the federal government for financial help.
Irshad Bhatti, a spokesman for the country's National Disaster Management Authority, said the extent of the damage was still being assessed.
The majority of the deaths in Kashmir came when buildings collapsed due to the rains, and a further nine people died in flooding in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, officials said.
Registering property? Biometric ID must
1/2/13 NEW DELHI: If you are looking to register property or your marriage in the capital, biometric identity proof will be mandatory from now. This means, along with the other necessary documentation, an Aadhar Unique Identification (UID) number or an enrolment slip showing it is on its way will be essential.
The revenue department took the lead, making biometric ID proof mandatory for all 20 of its services ranging from registration of property to domicile and SC/ST certificates from January 1. Other departments are set to follow suit soon.
Those enrolled under the ongoing National Population Register of the Union home ministry will be considered too.
The launch in the 11 revenue districts on Monday, however, was fraught with chaos.
Millions of Indians facing worst drought in decades
3/6/13 Millions of people in western India are suffering their worst drought in more than four decades, with critics blaming official ineptitude and corruption for exacerbating the natural water shortage.
Central areas of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, are facing a water shortage worse than the severe drought in 1972, the state's chief minister Prithviraj Chavan told AFP.
"In recorded history the reservoirs have never been so low in central Maharashtra," he said. "With every passing day the reservoirs are drying up."
Chavan blamed the crisis on two successive poor monsoons, although others say a public policy failure is also responsible.
Bangladesh building collapse kills 194
April 25, 2013 Death toll rises to 194 as rescuers try to free dozens in Bangladesh garment factory collapse
A building housing several factories making clothing for European and American consumers collapsed into a deadly heap on Wednesday, only five months after a horrific fire at a similar facility prompted leading multinational brands to pledge to work to improve safety in the country’s booming but poorly regulated garment industry.
Dozens found alive in Dhaka building rubble
Bangladeshi television broadcast images of the operation at the site of the collapse in the Savar area, which killed at least 250 people.
It is thought many more people may still be unaccounted for.
Police said the owners of factories in the building had ignored warnings about cracks appearing on Tuesday.
Some 2,000 people were in the Rana Plaza building in Savar, some 30km (20 miles) outside Dhaka, when it collapsed suddenly on Wednesday morning.
Bangladesh building death toll rises to 325
April 27, 2013 Two factory bosses were arrested in Bangladesh on Saturday, 72 hours after the deadly collapse of a building where low-cost garments were made for Western brands, as the death toll rose to 325 and angry workers protested on the streets of the capital.
The owner of the eight-storey building that fell like a pack of cards around more than 3,000 workers was still on the run.
Police said two of his relatives had been detained to compel him to hand himself in, and an alert had gone out to airport and border authorities to prevent him from fleeing the country.
Officials said the Rana Plaza, on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, had been built illegally without the correct permits, and the workers were allowed in on Wednesday despite warnings the previous day that it was structurally unsafe.
The owner and managing director of the largest of the five factories in the complex, New Wave Style, surrendered to the country's garment industry association during the night and they were handed over to police.
The factory, which listed many European and North American retailers as its customers, occupied upper floors of the building that officials said had been added illegally.
Dhaka building collapse, Frantic effort to reach survivors
28 April 2013 Rescue teams remain hopeful of finding survivors trapped.
So far one more person has been pulled from the rubble, with efforts now focusing on another nine before officials bring in heavy machinery.
The smell of decomposing bodies is making some rescuers ill.
More than 350 people have died since Wednesday's disaster and hundreds more are missing.
Fire breaks out in wreckage
A fire has broken out in a collapsed factory building in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, hampering efforts to reach remaining survivors of a disaster that has killed at least 377 people.
The fire was started by sparks from cutters being used in a failed attempt to free a female survivor. Four fire-fighters have been taken to hospital.
The owner of the Rana Plaza factory, Mohammed Sohel Rana, was earlier arrested near the Indian border.
He has been flown back to Dhaka.
Rana was said to have been in hiding since the building collapsed on Wednesday.
Bangladesh building collapse Death toll passes 400
1 May 2013 The number of people killed in the collapse of a factory building on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has passed 400, officials say.
A senior army official also said that a list of 149 people still missing had been compiled from relatives.
Thousands marched in May Day parades in Dhaka demanding the death penalty for the factory owner.
The Rana Plaza, which housed five factories, collapsed - the nation's worst industrial disaster.
A military spokesman confirmed to the AFP news agency that the death toll now stood at 402.
Chinese incursion leaves India on verge of crisis
Associated PressBy NIRMALA GEORGE | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago
NEW DELHI (AP) — The platoon of Chinese soldiers slipped across the boundary into India in the middle of the night, according to Indian officials. They were ferried across the bitterly cold moonscape in Chinese army vehicles, then got out to traverse a dry creek bed with a helicopter hovering overhead for protection.
They finally reached their destination and pitched a tent in the barren Depsang Valley in the Ladakh region, a symbolic claim of sovereignty deep inside Indian-held territory. So stealthy was the operation that India did not discover the incursion until a day later, Indian officials said.
China denies any incursion, but Indian officials say that for two weeks, the soldiers have refused to move back over the so-called Line of Actual Control that divides Indian-ruled territory from Chinese-run land, leaving the government on the verge of a crisis with its powerful northeastern neighbor.
Indian officials fear that if they react with force, the face-off could escalate into a battle with the feared People's Liberation Army. But doing nothing would leave a Chinese outpost deep in territory India has ruled since independence.
"If they have come 19 kilometers into India, it is not a minor LAC violation. It is a deliberate military operation. And even as India protests, more tents have come up," said Sujit Dutta, a China specialist at the Jamia Milia Islamia university in New Delhi.
"Clearly, the Chinese are testing India to see how far they can go," he said.
Chinese incursion into India
May 3, 2013 Hindus and Muslims have been fighting each other.
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Chinese incursion leaves India on Verge of crisis.
Chinese troops grow roots inside India in a strategic area.
Chinese troops in Depsang Bulge in eastern Ladakh since April 15 has thrown the Indian government into a mass of confusion.
This was no ordinary incursion, or aggressive patrolling.
India prefers to preserve the bilateral ties with China.
This event will not be allowed to ruin ties with Beijing.
The platoon of Peoples Liberation Army soldiers has been camped in Ladakh region, 11 miles inside Indian territory, for 2 weeks.
Indian government is on the verge of a crisis.
Indian officials fear that if they react with force, it could escalate into a battle with the powerful PLA.
But doing nothing would leave a Chinese outpost deep in territory India has ruled since independence in 1947.
This is a deliberate military operation.
2-week Chinese incursion into Indian territory leaves Asian powerhouses on verge of crisis
ABC - Chinese Incursion Leaves India on Verge of Crisis
The platoon of Chinese soldiers slipped across the boundary into India in the middle of the night, according to Indian officials. They were ferried across the bitterly cold moonscape in Chinese army vehicles, then got out to traverse a dry creek bed with a helicopter hovering overhead for protection.
Bangladesh building collapse death toll passes 500
3 May 2013 The death toll from the collapse of an eight-storey factory building near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has passed 500, officials say.
Another 29 bodies were pulled from the rubble of the Rana Plaza building in Savar overnight, bringing the total to 507, the army said.
Scores of workers are still unaccounted for. Nine people have been arrested.
India and China pull back troops
May 6, 2013 India and China have started pulling back troops from disputed territory near the border.
The two sides held a series of talks to resolve the row and on Sunday, agreed to withdraw the troops.
The two countries dispute several Himalayan border areas and fought a brief war in 1962.
India and China had agreed to pull their troops back to positions they held prior to the current stand-off, which began in April.
Muslims riot in Bangladesh
May 6, 2013 - 5 dead and 60 injured after police and Islamist protesters clashed in Dhaka Bangladeshi.
Thousands of Islamists had gathered in the city to call for stronger Islamic policies.
Damned Muslims want evil Shariah. Islam is NOT peaceful!
Rioters went on to set fire to shops and vehicles.
Chanting Allahu Akbar! (god is greatest!) Since the allah of Islam is Satan, Muslims chant Satan is greater than the One True GOD YHVH. This is blasphemy!
These Muslim terrorists are calling for those who insult Islam (Satan) to face the death penalty.
Ladakh incursion issue resolved, no 'deal' with China: India
A day after India and China ended their three-week long face-off in Ladakh, the Indian government on Monday said there was no "deal" with China, which also confirmed that the "stand off incident" has been resolved but did not mention whether the status quo in the sector as it existed prior to April 15 will be restored or not.
Dismissing speculation of any "deal" while resolving the situation, government sources said the two sides have only agreed to sit and talk about the peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) while restoring to the status quo in the sector.
Meanwhile, China stopped short of acknowledging that it's troops, which had intruded 19kms into Indian territory, were going back to position prior to April 15 but said the "stand off incident" has been resolved through "fruitful consultations".
Bangladesh building collapse death toll passes 1,000
10 May 2013 workers pulled dozens more bodies from the rubble. Many people are still missing.
Nine people, including the building's owner, have been arrested.
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Bangladesh Trafficking in Young Christian Girls
May 10, 2013 140 children have been rescued from Islamic training centers (madrassas) in the last 9 months, half the children targeted because of their Christian faith.
The females report that they were used for forced labor and sex slavery.
They were forcefully converted to Islam and wear veils at all times. Some girls were also forced to work as slaves in the homes of Muslim families and only fed once a day.
India floods kills 200 and leaves thousands stranded
June 21, 2012 – INDIA – Rescuers found 40 bodies floating in the River Ganges near a Hindu holy city on Friday, sending the death toll past 200 from flooding in northern India that has stranded tens of thousands of people, mostly Hindu pilgrims, since heavy monsoon rains began about a week ago. The Indian air force dropped paratroopers, food and medicine for people trapped in up to 100 towns and villages cut off by monsoon rains and landslides in the northern Himalayas. India’s Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde put the official death toll in Uttrakhand state at 207, but that was expected to rise as authorities reach cut-off areas. The 40 bodies discovered in the Ganges were near the city of Haridwar, police officer Rajiv Swaroop said. Shinde told reporters in New Delhi that 34,000 people have been evacuated so far and another 50,000 were stranded in the region. Most are Hindu pilgrims who were visiting four revered shrines. Uttrakhand state spokesman Amit Chandola said the rescue operation centered on evacuating nearly 27,000 people trapped in the worst-hit Kedarnath temple area — one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, located atop the Garhwal Himalayan range. The temple escaped major damage, but debris covered the area around it and television images showed the bodies of pilgrims strewn around the area. Soldiers and other workers reopened dozens of roads by building makeshift bridges, accelerating the evacuation, Chandola said. More than 2,000 vehicles carrying stranded Hindu pilgrims have moved out of the area since late Thursday, he said. Thousands of soldiers continued efforts to reach the worst-hit towns and villages, Chandola said. Rakesh Sharma, a state official, said the death toll might run into the thousands, but the exact figure will not be known until the entire region is checked. The flooding washed away roads and nearly two dozen bridges, demolished 365 houses and partially damaged 275 others in Uttrakhand, the state government said. An additional 17 people died in collapsed homes in neighboring Uttar Pradesh state, said R.L. Vishwakarma, a state police officer. Thirty-six air force helicopters have been ferrying rescue workers, doctors, equipment, food and medicine to Kedarnath, the town closest to many of those stranded, said Priya Joshi, an air force spokeswoman. Another seven aircraft carried paratroopers and fuel to the region. On Friday, hundreds of people looking for relatives demonstrated in Dehradun, the Uttrakhand state capital, where flood survivors were taken by helicopters. They complained that the government was taking too long to evacuate the survivors, with small helicopters bringing in four to five people at a time. The annual monsoon rains sustain India’s agriculture but also cause flooding that routinely claims lives and damages property. –ABC News
Is a Ghost Lurking in a Factory Toilet?
Thousands of workers at a garment factory in Bangladesh stopped working and rioted earlier this week, demanding that a ghost be removed from their building. The problem began when a female worker said she felt sick and attributed her condition to "an attack by a ghost" inside a toilet in the women's washroom.
According to news reports, more than 3,000 frightened workers at a plant in the city of Gazipur protested, with dozens of them vandalizing the factory before police used tear gas to quell the riot. This bizarre situation is understandable when we consider the psychological, historical and cultural context of the events.
A history of hysterias
This is not the first time that workers in Southeast Asian garment factories have fallen ill with apparently mysterious and unexplainable health problems. Between June and September 2011, more than 1,000 workers in shoe and clothing factories in Cambodia reported feeling fatigued, dizzy and nauseated. After rest and medical attention, they recovered and went back to work; few, if any, reported lingering symptoms. No toxins or environmental contaminants were found that could have caused the symptoms. [The 8 Most Bizarre Medical Conditions]
Similar events have occurred in Bangladesh in recent weeks, with hundreds of workers in the capital of Dhaka and other factory towns complaining of feeling ill with minor symptoms and no apparent cause. Medical authorities concluded that most of these cases were due to mass hysteria, also known as mass sociogenic illness. Mass hysteria often begins when individuals under stress convert that stress into physical ills. Co-workers, family and friends may also begin exhibiting the symptoms through contagion. Outbreaks are most common in closed social units (such as schools, hospitals and workplaces) and where afflicted individuals are under pressure and routine stress. Fear and concern about factory working conditions is especially prominent in the Bangladeshi public's mind because of the April collapse of a garment factory building that killed more than 1,000 workers.
Ghosts and mass hysterias
And what about the ghost in the toilet that sparked the riots? This case is unusual in that typically mass hysterias do not involve ghosts. However, both ghosts and hysterias often begin with unusual or (apparently) unexplained phenomena. It is only a small step from being concerned about a mysterious, undetectable health menace (perhaps a hidden gas leak or other potentially threatening toxic substance) to being concerned about a mysterious, unseen presence. The belief in ghosts is widespread among the largely Muslim Bangladeshi population, and it is not uncommon for accidents and illnesses to be blamed on evil spirits.
It's important to note that few, if any, of the thousands of factory workers claimed they personally encountered the ghost or had anything to do with it.And apparently, the woman herself didn't claim to actually see the ghost; instead, she said she felt sick and assumed that a ghost was responsible. Whereas American ghosts aren't typically thought of as spending a lot of time in the bathroom, in the Middle East and Asia, the idea of a ghost or spirit haunting a toilet is not uncommon. For example, genies and other spirits are said to dwell in many places, including toilets and sewers, and Japanese folklore tells of Hanako-san, a spirit that resides in women's bathrooms.
There is no real treatment for mass hysteria (other than attention from doctors or other authorities); the episodes tend to run their course and fade away almost as quickly as they started. Factories — full of textiles, chemicals, smells, stress and boredom — are ideal environments for the development of mass hysteria.
There is one significant difference between most cases of mass hysteria and this case: The Gazipurfactory workers (taking their cues from the sick woman) decided that they "know" what is to blame, and that explanation (no matter how fantastic) has a culturally clear and well-defined remedy: ritual exorcism.
With that in mind, the factory owners held special prayers at the site to remove the ghost. The factory was also shut down for several days to give everyone a chance to calm down; when the building reopens, it will likely be ghost-free — until the next time someone experiences something strange.
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Money, guns and democracy: Why the Obama administration is obsessed with India
7/21/13 posted by BornAgain2 elsewhere
Joe Biden arrived, John Kerry declared it his “second home” on his trip last month, and Barack Obama will host its leader in the fall:
But why is India the subject of such a concerted American charm offensive?
The answer essentially boils down to money, military hardware and a shared love of freedom — to paraphrase the opinions of a number of experts.
Some believe the world’s two biggest democracies will ultimately “shape the destiny of the 21st century.”
A senior Obama administration official said Friday that Biden would meet with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leading officials in New Delhi on Tuesday and then head to Mumbai on Wednesday to give a speech at the Bombay Stock Exchange and meet with business leaders.
However, there are a number of signs suggesting the relationship might be in trouble -- a situation Washington appears keen to resolve.
Here are five reasons why India is feeling the love from the United States:
1. A bastion of democracy
Obama said the relationship between India and the U.S. would be one of the “defining partnerships” of the 21st century while visiting the country in 2010, praising its tradition of tolerance and its free market economy.
Ron Somers, president of the U.S.-India Business Council, went further.
“It’s going to be these two democracies that shape the destiny of the 21st century,” he said. “These are beacons of freedom and democracy on opposite sides of the planet and we’ve got to stick together with our close friends and believe in these principles.”
It was a partnership based on “democracy” and “a love, demand and insistence on freedom,” Somers added, while stressing these were not reasons to not trade with China.
Jody Venkatesan, national political director for the Republican Indian Committee in the U.S., said India’s importance had been recognized by George W. Bush during his time in office.
“The Bush administration made great overtures to the Indian-American community and toward India in general,” he said. “I think India has a strategic importance in terms of economic and intelligence purposes and freedom around the world.”
He said he felt relations between ordinary Indian and American people were also in a good place. “The Indian-American community has never betrayed the trust of the American public — and that’s huge,” he said.
But some in India believe American commitment to democratic values is not quite as strong as it should be.
Brahma Chellaney, a former adviser to India’s National Security Council, said India was concerned that the U.S. used its promotion of democracy as a political tool in some parts of the world “while staying quiet on China.”
“The Americans don’t speak about Tibet at all and don’t speak much about human rights” in China, he said by phone from New Delhi.
2. Booming economy
India’s economy has been growing at rates that rival the boom in China.
According to the World Bank, India’s gross domestic product rose from $1.2 trillion in 2008 to more than $1.8 trillion in 2012 – a rise of 50 percent during a time when much of the world was going through the worst economic hardship for decades.
“Europe, unfortunately, is flat on its back economically and China is also having challenges with their economy,” said Somers, of the U.S.-India Business Council. “The United States and India need to be developing a greater economic partnership now more than ever.”
The amount of two-way trade between India and the United States has quadrupled in just seven years -- from $25 billion in 2006 to about $100 billion in 2013, he said.
A senior Obama administration official said there was “no reason” that the current level of trade between the two countries could not be “five times as much.” Biden plans to raise issues about U.S. investment during his visit.
Ten years ago, defense trade between the two countries was worth just $100 million. Somers said this had since risen to $10 billion and stressed India had billions more to spend on defense, particularly as it seeks to expand its navy.
“In the recent floods in Uttarakhand, those were [U.S.-made] C-17 and C-130J aircraft that were helping bring in medical supplies and helping rescue people,” he said.
The Indo-U.S. nuclear agreement of 2008 saw the United States agree "to enable full civil nuclear energy cooperation" with India, effectively ending India's isolation as a nuclear state following its nuclear bomb test in 1974.
Achin Vanaik, a professor at the political science department of Delhi University, said the deal was hugely important to India, but suggested its government's later decision to spend about $20 billion on French fighter jets, rather than American ones, was a disappointment to Washington.
"The Americans thought after the U.S. nuclear deal the Indians would buy their fighter planes, but it ended up with the Indians buying from the French -- that's a huge thing," he said. "It obviously annoyed the Americans to some extent. They expected certain pay-offs."
Somers, who was closely involved in the nuclear deal, strongly denied any suggestion of a "quid pro quo" on arms sales.
However, he admitted there were other tensions, saying U.S. businesses had concerns about enforcement of intellectual property rights in India and also about regional differences about how taxes are applied.
And U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has also expressed concern about efforts to stimulate the economy by forcing Indian companies to buy home-produced goods.
3. A key ally in the war on terror
India has become a close ally of the United States in the fight against Islamist militants after suffering its own terrorist attacks.
Three months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, India’s parliament in New Delhi was stormed by five men armed with guns, grenades and other explosives. Ten people died before the attackers were killed.
And in 2008, 166 people were killed when gunmen attacked a Jewish center and two five-star hotels in Mumbai. India has blamed the attack on Pakistan-based militants.
But recently the relationship has hit a rocky patch over the prospect of a U.S. peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, something India fears would give its arch-rival Pakistan greater power in the region.
Chellaney, the former adviser to India’s National Security Council who now professor of strategic studies at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, said that India was “greatly troubled” by talk of a deal and believed the “political rehabilitation of the Taliban will be very injurious to regional security.”
“The Indians remain very concerned about the U.S. exit strategy, especially because these talks with the Taliban … are being conducted with the widespread support of the Pakistan army chief,” he said.
Any deal that saw the Taliban regain some political power would benefit India’s arch-rival Pakistan, giving them “a greater say in the future of Afghanistan,” Chellaney said.
India does not have troops in Afghanistan, though the idea they could replace Western forces after the 2014 pullout has been raised recently.
India has been a major supplier of aid to Afghanistan, spending a total of more than $750 million between 2002 and 2009. Afghan President Hamid Karzai met Indian Prime Minister Singh in May to discuss supplies of military equipment.
A senior Obama administration official said co-operation with India on “maritime security” and “counter terrorism” would be one of the issues at the top of the agenda. He spoke of a “strategic convergence” between India and the U.S.
Asked about Indian concern over talks with the Taliban, the official stressed the United States’ view that the militant movement would have “to be breaking with al Qaeda, renouncing violence and abiding by the terms of the Afghan constitution” to be part of an Afghan-led peace process.
4. A counterweight to China
India and the United States are the world’s two biggest democracies, but the world’s most populous country is China.
And is its economy has surged, it has begun to flex its muscles, pursuing territorial disputes with many of its neighbors.
India and China fought a war in 1962 and in April and May this year there was a three-week standoff after Chinese troops “intruded in Indian territory,” according to Indian officials.
Award-winning historian Margaret MacMillan — author of both “Nixon and Mao,” about the two leaders’ famous 1972 meeting, and “Women of the Raj,” about India during British rule — said she thought U.S.-Chinese relations had “proved to be disappointing for the Obama administration.”
The extended diplomatic push aimed at New Delhi might be a way of sending a message to Beijing, she said.
“It suggests to me the great Asian pivot with improved relations with China has turned out to be a bit of a bust,” said MacMillan, who is a professor at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University.
However, she said the U.S. would probably try to avoid picking a side and stay in the middle.
“It’s a tricky game, but if you can be the power at the center and tilt to one side and the other, it actually gives you a lot of influence,” she said.
5. Biden might have some explaining to do
The somewhat gaffe-prone Biden declared in 2006 that “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent ... I'm not joking.”
Biden’s staff later clarified he was praising the “vibrant” Indian-American community in Delaware, and making the point that along with engineers, scientists and physicians, there was a growing number of more middle-class people.
And then last year, he made headlines when he briefly appeared to imitate an Indian accent while talking about American job losses and overseas call centers last year.
Chellaney said Biden’s attempt at mimicry had been “front-page news” in India, but doubted it would cause any problems on his trip.
“The public memory in India is really short. Most people will have forgotten these incidents. I think he will be warmly received in India,” he said.
And Somers insisted Biden was “one of the best friends of India that has ever come from the United States,” noting his championing of the Indo-U.S. nuclear agreement.
And The Times of India was reasonably relaxed about Biden’s apparent mimicry, noting his “penchant for bloopers” and saying it was “mild” by his usual standards.
Train kills 37 pilgrims in eastern India
19 Aug 2013 — A train ran over a group of Hindu pilgrims at a crowded station in eastern India early Monday, killing at least 37 people. A mob infuriated by the deaths beat the driver severely and set fire to coaches, officials said. Several hours after the accident, flames and dark smoke could be seen billowing out of the train coaches, as protesters blocked firefighters from the station in Dhamara Ghat.
Dinesh Chandra Yadav, a local member of parliament, said the pilgrims were crossing the tracks in the packed, chaotic station when they were struck by the Rajya Rani Express train. Several other people were injured.
Railway official Arunendra Kumar said the train was not supposed to halt at Dhamara Ghat and had been given clearance to pass through the station. However, some pilgrims waited on the tracks thinking they could stop the train, he said.
The train stopped a few hundred meters (yards) beyond the spot where it hit the pilgrims. Angry mobs then pulled out the train driver and beat him. Yadav said the driver died, but Kumar said the driver was in hospital in critical condition.
The mob then got all the passengers out of the train and set some coaches on fire. Groups of young men also smashed the windows of two other trains that were in the station.
A crowd of around 5,000 people gathered near Dhamara Ghat station and were chasing away the district officials who tried to remove the bodies from the tracks. The crowds blocked the railway tracks and the few policemen posted at the station had fled, state officials said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed for calm in the area so that relief and rescue operations could be carried out, a statement from his office said.
Junior railway minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the mob set fire to at least two coaches of the train, and protesters were preventing firefighters from reaching the accident site.
Police said the state government was sending additional forces to the area, but their movement was hampered because railway authorities had shut down train traffic on tracks leading to Dhamara Ghat, police officer Bhardwaj said.
Kumar Ashutosh, a passenger on the train, said that within a few seconds of hitting people on the track, the driver slammed the emergency brakes and the train ground to a halt.
"Soon, groups of people began running toward the engine. They asked us to get down from the train. Some of them pulled out the driver and his assistant and began beating them," said Ashutosh, who walked nine kilometers (six miles) from the accident site to the nearby Saharsa station.
District magistrate Syed Pervez Alam said the dismembered bodies of passengers who had been killed were lying on the track. The angry mob has chased away policemen and officials who tried to reach the station.
"I had woken up and was sitting near the window, when all this happened. There were crowds of people on the platform and some on the track. It all happened so fast," Ashutosh said.
He said that although the train had been given clearance to pass through Dhamara Ghat without stopping, the driver was partly to blame.
The driver did not slow down when the train approached the station. He maintained the high speed at which the train was moving, so it was difficult for him to stop when he realized that there were people on the track.
Hindus are evil, violent, and kill Christians.
INDIA * Jewish Community on Alert
Sept. 26, 2013 The Jewish community in Mumbai, India is on alert in the wake of a threat by a terrorist organization.
Advisories sent to all synagogues and members to be on alert.
A Muslim terrorist was arrested and told police that they had plans of targeting the Jews and Israelis in India.
Mumbai India building collapse: Dozens trapped
27 September 2013 Rescuers are trying to reach people feared trapped in the debris of a four-storey building that collapsed
Mumbai building collapse death toll rises to 25
28 September 2013 At least 25 people are now known to have died when a four-storey residential building collapsed in the western Indian city of Mumbai.
32 people have so far been pulled from the rubble of Friday's disaster, some with serious injuries.
Others are still believed to be trapped in the debris of the building near Dockyard Road in the east of the city.
The collapse is the latest in a series in Mumbai. Poor construction practices have been blamed in earlier incidents.
As rescuers equipped with cranes worked into the night, a young girl was pulled alive from the the ruins nearly 12 hours after the collapse.
The cause of the collapse is not yet known.
India Unrest Puts 21 Million in Dark as Outages Threaten Google
Protests against a plan to split a southern Indian state entered a fourth day, leaving about 21 million people without electricity as outages threatened to affect technology companies like Google Inc. (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) Corp.
Striking workers shuttered power plants and impeded distribution, extending blackouts that started Oct. 6 in six districts of Andhra Pradesh. The protesters oppose Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s move last week to divide the state before national elections due by May.
“It’s as if the world has come to a standstill,” Buchi Babu Tanuku, who works with a local daily newspaper in the state, said by phone from West Godavari district. “Everyone’s staying indoors as there’s nothing much to do.”
The standoff risks disrupting the power supply to an area about the size of Spain that holds 20 percent of the country’s 1.2 billion people. The division will help Singh’s Congress party win some seats in the newly created state of Telangana as it pushes to extend its nine-year rule, according to N. Bhaskara Rao, chairman of the New Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies.
“The situation is becoming worse as there is no leader there having some credibility to tackle the problem,” Rao said. “This mess will not subside before the election. Protests will continue in one way or other.”
Mobs this week have thrown stones at police, set tires on fire and damaged buses in Seemandhra, which will remain part of Andhra Pradesh. The protesters want the state to keep Hyderabad, India’s sixth-largest city that will fall in Telangana.
The city, home to offices of Microsoft, Google and Facebook Inc. (FB), will function as the common capital for both states for a period of 10 years, according to the decision by Singh’s cabinet. Control of Hyderabad is a key reason behind the protests, state Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy told CNN-IBN television news channel on Oct. 6. A. Satya Rao, press secretary to Reddy, didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone.
Hyderabad has seen a three-hour daily power cut as about 60,000 utility workers have stayed home to protest the new state, according to a top official in the local government’s electricity department who requested anonymity as he isn’t an authorized spokesman. That has removed 3,600 megawatts of generation capacity, or 20 percent of the state’s total, he said.
Failure to contain the demonstrations may prompt further distribution cuts to sustain a power grid that connects all of southern India. Talks with the labor unions of state power plants are on to prevent a repeat of last year’s collapse of the northern power grid that left an area inhabited by almost half of the population without electricity.
“The situation is being monitored at the highest level,” said V. Sekhar, executive director at Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd., which runs the southern grid. “Every care is being taken to ensure there’s no threat to the grid.”
In the worst case, authorities would have the option of isolating Andhra Pradesh from the southern grid, according to Debasish Mishra, head of energy practice at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. in Mumbai.
“Because of the blackouts, the load has already gone down significantly,” he said. “As long as they are able to match the demand and supply, the grid should be fine.”
Representatives of Google and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories said the companies have yet to be affected. The government has provided extra security to Tech Mahindra Ltd. (TECHM), controlled by Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (MM), India’s biggest maker of tractors and utility vehicles, Aashish Washikar, a spokesman, said by phone.
“We have had no interruptions due to power cuts or any other factors,” Carson Dalton, head of corporate affairs at Facebook India, said by phone. “It’s business as usual.”
Outside of Hyderabad, the situation is becoming dire. Offices, schools and universities have closed. Private hospitals are running on generators, and non-critical surgeries have been postponed. Streets are almost empty as petrol stations are shut.
“Food prices are rising as supply is going down,” Patri Rajasekhar, who sells mobile-phone SIM cards, said from Nellore, one of the affected areas. “It’s like self-flagellation.”
The 50-year-old campaign for Telangana’s statehood got new life in December 2009 when Singh’s government backed the idea as a local leader’s hunger strike triggered protests that closed roads and offices. The government made little effort to finalize the plan as demonstrators for and against the new state clashed on the streets.
India created three new states -- Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh -- in 2000. The country has 28 provinces and seven union territories that are administered by the central government.
Cyclone Phailin aims at INDIA
Oct 11, 2013 Orissa or Pradesh India expects winds over 160 kph (100 mph) and flooding rain from Tropical Cyclone Phailin Saturday.
Indian Ocean Phalin is equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane and super typhoon.
Follow Phailin in WEATHER section
Diwali 2013: Hindu Festival Of Lights Celebrated All Over The World
Diwali, the spectacular Hindu festival of lights known all over the world, will be celebrated on Sunday, Nov. 3.
The five-day event begins on Sunday with traditional holiday staples like candles and oil lamps, called "diyas." Diwali, a contraction of the word "Deepavali" -- meaning row of lights in Sanskrit -- is often celebrated with food, dancing, parties and, of course, colorful lights hanging everywhere. Many HIndus celebrate with prayer to Sita and Rama, the goddess and god of wealth and prosperity.
**Coincidence that the modern-day church system preaches the prosperity gospel?
The festival symbolizes the victory of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over darkness, and honors of the return of Hindu god Rama to his kingdom after years of exile. In the ancient Sanskrit epic "Ramayana," Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana are welcomed back to their kingdom Ayodhya, with residents lighting oil lamps following the defeat of the demon king Ravana.
Hindus continue to commemorate these events by lighting the oil lamps, decorating their homes, and eating sweet treats. While some Hindus also exchange gifts with each other made of gold. this year could be problematic since a report last week said supplies of gold jewelry in India may be depleted right before Diwali. “The reality is that the supply chain in India is currently too slow to keep up with what is expected to be strong physical demand during the Diwali holiday period,” UBS precious metals analyst Joni Teves said.
Diwali is not only celebrated in India, where more than 80 percent of the country identifies as Hindu. Many other nations that have large Hindu populations, like Trinidad and Tobago, also celebrate Diwali, each one giving the holiday its own unique cultural flavor.
In New Delhi, the capital of India, residents customarily decorate their homes with "rangolis," flowers, lights and earthen "diyas" for the occasion. In the Indian city of Amritsar, thousands flock to Harmandir Sahib, a prominent Sikh Gurdwara nicknamed “The Golden Temple,” to pay obeisance.
Roger Seepersad, of Trinidad and Tobago, told CNN last year "the Hindu community celebrates by cleaning their houses and preparing foods such as roti, channa and aloo, white rice, and various vegetable curries. They also prepare sweets like parsad, kurma and barfi. At around 6 p.m., they light diyas around their houses. Hindus invite friends and family over to help with the diya lighting and to just enjoy each other's company ... At night there are usually tons of fireworks as well."
Pakistan Nuclear ties with Saudis
Dec 2, 2013 WW3 is building rapidly
China is aligning with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
India is distancing itself from Israel.
Gen. Raheel Sharif, who comes from a distinguished Punjabi military family, started work as new chief of Pakistan army.
Pakistan has been involved in the 12-year war in Afghanistan against Taliban, both of which used Pakistan lawless tribal territories as rear bases for their war on USA.
The Obama strategy without success is diametrically opposed to that of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif.
Sharif is anxious to be rid of Taliban terrorists threatening stability.
The Pakistani government wants to reach terms with Taliban leaders and complete the transfer to Saudi Arabia of the nuclear weapons and missiles Riyadh purchased. This transfer may have already started.
Pakistan is on the side of the Sunni Arabs against Shiite Iran.
These critical moves have not been lost on Iran or India.
India wants a southern Iranian port near the Pakistani and Afghan borders in the Arabian Ocean.
This would give Iran and India a strong foothold in Afghanistan after the American exit.
India sees Chabahar port as a counterweight for the big naval base China is building at Gwadar on the Arabian Ocean to share with Pakistan.
Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran are enemies.
The Saudis are using Baluchistan in SW Pakistan as their base for subversive operations against Tehran.
Israel is assisting this Saudi-Baluchi campaign.
The outgoing chief Kayani kept Pakistan army clear of Pakistan political wars.
But he also worked with terrorists against India.
Saudi Arabia news
Goa building collapse
5 January 2014 SW India
A building under construction has collapsed in the western Indian state of Goa, killing at least 14 people.
Dozens are feared trapped after the five-storey apartment building fell in the town of Canacona, Indian media say.
At least 40 people - mostly construction workers - are said to have been on the site at the time of the incident. Rescuers are digging through the rubble in search of survivors.
There is no word on the cause of the collapse.
One witness told Agence France-Presse the building collapsed like "a pack of cards".
India close to buying Japan-made military aircraft in $1.65 billion deal
New Delhi: India is set to become the first country since World War Two to buy a military aircraft from Japan, helping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe end a ban on weapons exports that has kept his country's defence contractors out of foreign markets.
The two countries are in broad agreement on a deal for the ShinMaywa Industries amphibious aircraft, which could amount to as much as $1.65 billion, Indian officials said on Tuesday.
However, several details need to be worked out and negotiations will resume in March on joint production of the plane in India and other issues.
New Delhi is likely to buy at least 15 of the planes, which are priced at about $110 million each, the Officials said.
"Its a strategic imperative for both sides, and it has been cleared at the highest levels of the two governments," said an Indian military source.
For the moment, a stripped-down civilian version of the US-2i search and rescue plane is being offered to India, to get around Japan's self-imposed ban on arms exports. A friend or foe identification system will be removed from the aircraft, another defence official said.
The two countries are discussing assembling the aircraft in India, giving India access to Japanese military technology, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said.
The plane has a range of over 4,500 km (2,800 miles), which will give it reach far into Southeast Asia from the base where the aircraft are likely to be located, in the Andaman and Nicobar island chain that is near the western tip of Indonesia.
The two governments have set up a joint working group that will meet in March to consider plans to either set up a plant in India to assemble it under licence by an Indian state manufacturer.
The plan is to deliver two aircraft and then assemble the rest of the planes with an Indian partner, the military source said.
The deal lays the ground for a broader Japanese thrust into India, the world's biggest arms market dominated for long by Russia but also now buying hardware from Israel and the United States.
"There is a whole amount of defence-related cooperation, between India and Japan," said Gautam Bambawalle, an Indian foreign ministry official responsible for North Asia.
"We want Japanese technology, we want Japanese capital investment into India."
India's navy is also interested in Japanese patrol vessels and electronic warfare equipment as Tokyo moves further along in easing its ban on military exports, the Indian officials said.
Abe discussed the aircraft deal with Singh during a trip to New Delhi last weekend as ties rapidly warm between the two nations at a time when both are embroiled in territorial disputes with China.
"Our Joint Working Group on US-2 amphibian aircraft has met to explore the modalities of cooperation on its use and co-production in India. More broadly, we are working towards increasing our cooperation in the area of advanced technologies," Singh said.
Abe is seeking a more assertive military and national security posture for Japan, whose post-war constitution, written by U.S.-led occupation forces, renounces war and a standing army.
Abe's government vows to review Japan's ban on weapons exports, a move that could reinvigorate struggling defence contractors like Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.
Mitsubishi Heavy is in advanced talks to supply parts for the F-35 stealth fighter to Britain's BAE Systems, in what would be the first involvement of a Japanese manufacturer in a global weapons programme, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.
India is a top market for defence hardware, buying some $12.7 billion in arms during 2007-2011, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), everything from basic military goods to an aircraft carrier.
New Delhi been trying to build up a domestic manufacturing industry and has leaned on foreign suppliers to consider transfer of technology or joint production as a condition for placing orders.
INDIA Twin blasts hit train
May 1, 2014 Chennai bomb attack aboard a train at a station during general elections.
Explosions were reported under passenger seats in two carriages of the train.
The incident happened minutes after the express train arrived at the station.
August 2013 was another train bombing.
Indian train derailment leaves 9 dead
May 4, 2014A train derailment in the western, Indian province of Maharashtra has left nine dead and a further 30 injured, reports the Times of India.
17 killed as bus falls off mountain road in India
May 11, 2014 - 17 people were killed and five more were injured when a private bus plunged off a mountain road in northern India on Saturday, police said. The five injured are being treated at an area hospital. The bus was travelling overnight in the Himalayan foothill state of Uttarakhand when it fell at the bottom of a gorge in Chamoli district. Heading from Rishikesh, the bus was about a half-kilometer from its destination in Ghat.
17 May 2014 Narendra Modi in Delhi victory parade
India's Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi has received a hero's welcome at his BJP party's headquarters in Delhi after securing the most decisive election victory in three decades.
He was cheered by supporters after a victory parade from the airport.
Current PM Manmohan Singh, whose Congress party was crushed in the poll, is expected to resign later.
Mr Modi, a Hindu nationalist and chief minister of Gujarat, campaigned on promises to revive the economy.
Results show the BJP gained a majority in parliament and will be able to govern without coalition partners.
However, many Indians still have profound concerns over Mr Modi because of claims he did little to stop communal riots in Gujarat in 2002 in which at least 1,000 people died, most of them Muslims.
Mr Modi has always denied the allegations and was never charged.
Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi claims victory as India's next Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, the leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, claimed victory as India's next Prime Minister on Friday, bringing to power a man whose controversial past at one point led the United States to deny him a visa.
Official results show his party winning at least 275 of 543 parliamentary seats, bringing a clear majority, according to the India Election Commission.
It's the first time in three decades that India's 540 million voters delivered a resounding mandate to a single party to rule the world's second-most populous nation.
Fractured electoral verdicts leading to coalition governments had been common in India since 1989.
Manmohan Singh, India's outgoing Prime Minister, called Modi to congratulate him on his "party's victory," said Singh's Twitter page.
Viewed as pro-business, Modi, 63, has pledged reforms to revive the nation's flagging economy.
But his past is not without controversy. Throughout his campaign, his relationship with the country's huge Muslim minority came under scrutiny.
New India Hindu govt will not favor Christians
May 18, 2014 I was talking to a man in India about this month elections there.
New Hindu govt has their own - we are the alpha religion - mentality.
AAP govt would have been better.
Indian hindus have been brainwashed by some heavy advertisement - just like the sheepl iln the USA.
The people were fooled to believe they will become number one. Billions of dollars spent on brainwashing the masses, after 5 years they will curse him
Sounds like corrupt lying demoncrat party in USA.
Modi’s Win Raises Hopes for Better U.S.-India Trade Ties
Priorities are going to be the economy reforms.
Why India election matters
India Election is a huge victory for Narendra Modi opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.
If confirmed, Modi could be formally installed as the nation's new leader on May 21.
Modi Hindu party will be able to rule India as single party, which hasn't happened since 1984.
With a billion people, India is the worlds largest democracy and contains around one-sixth of the global population.
The outgoing Congress party has deep links to the Nehru-Gandhi family, has been at the center of Indian politics for all but 10 years since 1947. This is a victory for new blood.
(That is not necessarily good - look at Obama-USA and how evil that new is.)
Modi has a pro-business agenda and India is a world leader in producing talented workers for the technology and modern health care sectors. Thousands of Indian expats have made huge contributions to economies across Europe and in the USA.
Modi promised the moon and the stars and vowed to clamp down on government corruption.
People bought that.
Modi has ambitious plans to compete with China, by embarking on a plan of aggressive infrastructure-building.
India eyes new government as ruling party concedes defeat is near
After a decade in power, India's ruling Congress Party conceded Friday that it is headed to defeat as vote counting in the world's largest election was under way.
The mammoth election appears likely to unseat Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's two terms of leadership after a rash of high-profile corruption scandals, stubborn inflation and a slowed economy.
Party spokesman Randeep Surjewala told CNN, "Trends indicate a victory for the opposition alliance.
"We bow before the wishes of the people of India with all humility. We will continue to play the role assigned to us. We will try with greater vigor and determination to work with the large populace of this country."
Modi win boosts Indian markets
HONG KONG (CNNMoney) - India's stock market surged Friday after early election results suggested a sweeping victory for Narendra Modi and the pro-business Bharatiya Janata Party.
Investors reacted to the news with enthusiasm, and Mumbai's Sensex index advanced by more than 5% in early trading before paring gains to close 0.4% higher. The rupee strengthened by more than 1% and hit a new 10-month high against the dollar.
The prospect of a Modi-led government has helped boost India stocks by almost 13% since the start of the year. The rupee has responded too, clawing its way back from a dismal performance in 2013.
The initial results indicate that Modi is on track to be India's next prime minister. While the final vote tallies have not been released, the BJP could capture more than 272 seats, the threshold required to secure a majority in the lower house of parliament.
A jubilant BJP described the result as a turning point for Asia's third largest economy.
May 19, 2014 RT - Implications of BJP’s landslide win
With Modi emerging as the undisputed strong man of India, this will have its own implications for the world.
South Asia/India’s Neighborhood
Modi’s emergence as the undisputed strongman in India and the sole decision-maker should make India’s smaller neighbors more cautious. Nepal and the Maldives have repeatedly cocked a snook at India during their tenure of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government headed by Manmohan Singh. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh bugged India with their own pinpricks. They could afford to do so as the UPA government was bogged down in coalition politics. This mindset should see a sea change.
Pakistan: The country’s entire leadership, particularly military, is prone to India-bashing, something that would get a fitting verbal lashing from the Modi government if such statements were to emanate from Pakistan. However, the most interesting thing to see in India-Pakistan relations will be whether Pakistani firing from across the Line of Control (LoC), which has picked up momentum in the past couple of weeks, will continue this trend. Incidentally, for the first time in its history, the BJP has won three out of six Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir, the state which is at the core of the India-Pakistan dispute, and also the venue of the Kargil War in 1999. This in itself should be seen as a huge statement from the people of India to Pakistan.
China: Modi will be more careful when dealing with China.
INDIA train crash
May 26, 2014 20 feared dead after a passenger train derailed and hit a stationary train in India.
Six coaches went off the rails and plowed into the freight train.
Rescuers searching through the mangled coaches, some people were trapped.
The train drivers are in a critical condition.
A medical train with doctors and paramedics has reached the site of the crash.
There have been numerous train accidents in recent years, killing hundreds of people.
INDIA- Ground opens and fire spews out
June 8, 2014 Ground rips open in northern India, new volcano-like eruption reported in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh. It triggered panic among the people of the area. Reports said that flames and a hot liquid stream were seen spewing out of a hill 100 m from Gadiyada village.
State geologists confirmed that the eruption is a ‘small magmatic activity.’
Fearing that a bigger eruption could damage their agricultural land and houses, residents of around half a dozen villages in the vicinity of the eruption are anxiously awaiting the final report of GSI team.
“Gases and liquids are being emitted from holes in a 10 feet area around the hill where the volcanic activity took place,” said Ved Prakash, president of Drang panchayat. He said the eruption, unheard of in this area, caused panic among villagers. This is the first time such a volcanic activity has been witnessed in the state. Chief parliamentary secretary Jagjivan Pal in whose Sulah assembly constituency the area falls visited the spot on Tuesday. He said the flames and the hot liquid emanating from the hill had created panic. “Underground temperature in the area has increased manifold and people say that a steel electricity pole had become red hot a couple of days back,” he added. Pal said a sulphur-like material and black stone is flowing out from the perimeter of the hill.
India building collapse, many trapped
June 29, 2014 - 100 people are still feared trapped after a building collapsed in southeast India.
At least nine people died and several were hurt when the 12-storey building under construction toppled in Chennai in heavy rain.
Hours earlier, a 4-storey building came down in Delhi killing 10 people.
India has seen frequent building collapses, many blamed on lax safety and substandard materials.
A police investigation has been launched.
India's Supreme Court sets rules for Sharia courts
India's Supreme Court Monday rejected a petition seeking to ban Sharia courts, but stressed that they had no legal powers over Muslims and their decisions could not be enforced.
India's 150 million Muslims follow their own laws governing family life and other personal issues such as marriage and divorce, with Sharia courts used to rule on such matters and mediate in disagreements.
The top court said that Islamic judges, who interpret religious law, could only rule when individuals submitted voluntarily to them and their decisions, or fatwas, were not legally binding.
"Sharia courts are not sanctioned by law and there is no legality of fatwas in this country," C.K. Prasad said Monday as he read out the judgement from a two-judge bench.
The different personal laws followed by India's religious minorities are a sensitive political issue. The new Hindu nationalist government is committed to bringing in a common legal code for all.
Vishwa Lochan Madan, who petitioned the Supreme Court to disband Sharia courts, told AFP on Monday that his demand had been rejected.
"The Supreme Court observed that Sharia courts have no legal sanctity. But if people still want to approach these courts, it's their will," he said.
He filed his petition in 2005 and cited a case in which a woman was told to leave her husband and children and live with her father-in-law who had raped her.
"No religion is allowed to curb anyone's fundamental rights," the court added in its judgement while taking note of the case.
Qasim Rasool Niyazi, from the Muslim Personal Law Board, said the Supreme Court ruling vindicated his group's contention that Sharia courts were not a parallel judiciary.
They issue notices which are not legally binding, he explained. "It is just like an arbitration," he told the NDTV channel, adding that qadis (Islamic judges) were required to follow the law of the land.
Hindu radicals, emboldened by power, terrorizing Christians in India
India is often described as the "world's largest democracy," but Christians there are fearing for their lives.
International Christian Concern says intimidations and attacks from the Sangh Parivar, the Hindu nationalist movement, have escalated under the Bharathiya Janatha Party's (BJP) rule.
As a result, ICC's William Stark says Hindu radicals are now outright targeting Christians all across the country as a direct consequence of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) assuming power.
"One of the expressed goals of the BJP party is to make India a Hindu nation," says Stark. "If you were living in a nation that suddenly became a nation that decided to be something else than what you were, that would make you a little nervous."
ICC has discussed the issue with U.S. lawmakers, but Stark says that events in Iraq, Syria and other nations also require attention.
Stark says he had talked to pastors in India, and they tell him they are afraid to evangelize.
"A prayer for courage is something that people can do today very easily," he says.
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Mumbai and Delhi INDIA Ebola scare
August 28, 2014 - 116 people arrive from Liberia.
Indians and Nepalese arrived on different flights from Liberia, West Africa. More were on their way on different commercial flights.
One of the passengers who arrived at the Delhi airport has fever and sore throat which is associated with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) besides other diseases. He is quarantined at the Airport, blood sample sent for test.
5 passengers from routine flights from West Africa with fever have been quarantined at the isolation facility at Delhi airport.
773 passengers are being tracked.
People were screened at the time of exit from Liberia and none of the passengers had any symptoms prior to travel. (Patrick Sawyer was also screened, and they KNEW he had ebola, yet was allowed to fly. jihad? )
Aug 26 IGI airport had APHO ambulance activities.
Flight from Liberia, routed via Doha (QATAR), QR564, Ethiopian Airlines.
3 passengers from it were rushed to APHO in an ambulance.
The Ebola suspects were wearing a suit and face mask.
The aircraft carrying the passengers was being sequestered and fumigated.
The luggage of the Ebola suspects is also being isolated.
The scare this disease has caused was palpable inside and outside the airport. All staff inside the airport wore face masks to prevent contamination since hundreds of foreign visitors were arriving at the international terminal by the hour.
India uneasy over jihadists in South Asia
Sept 4, 2014 (debka headline) Sunni Muslim jihadists loyal to Taliban in India, Burma, Bangladesh and Kashmir.
Analyzing 2+2 - June 1 Obama released the 5 Talibrains from GITMO - after that isis Sunni Muslim jihadists ripped up IRAQ.
5 Taliban for a deserter
200 dead in India Pakistan floods
Sept 7, 2014 PAKISTAN – More than 200 people have been killed in flooding caused by heavy rain across India and Pakistan, half in Pakistani-administered Kashmir and Punjab.
Floods washed away houses and triggered landslidesin Kashmir.
A bus carrying a wedding party was swept into a gorge, killing dozens. The bride and groom were among those feared dead.
In Pakistan much of Lahore was submerged by floods, with houses leveled by the rain.
Pakistan Floods Spread to Plains
Sep 10, 2014 The rains have washed away houses, bridges, communication equipment and crops. Pakistani and Indian troops say they have evacuated nearly 75,000 people. The floods are the worst to hit Pakistan since 2010, when some 1,700 people died.
Sep 11, 2014 The death toll in the two countries has passed 450 and growing.
Anger grows amid flood disaster in Kashmir and Pakistan.
There is mounting anger in Indian-administered Kashmir amid accusations that the government has acted too slowly in the flood crisis.
Many homes and even hospitals in the capital Srinagar are submerged but patchy communication means people do not know if their loved ones are safe.
Across the border in Pakistan the authorities are preparing to battle rising rivers threatening Multan city.
The death toll in the two countries has passed 450 and is growing by the day.
In Indian-administered Kashmir there have been isolated attacks by furious flood victims on rescue teams who have asked for armed escorts.
There have been reports of residents pelting soldiers with stones, but army officials told local media that they understood that people were desperate and rescue work would continue unabated.
People in the area have complained to local media of a delayed response, accusing the government of not appreciating the severity of the disaster early enough, failing to provide regular briefings and insufficient rescue boats.
Health fears loom after Kashmir floods
15 September 2014 The death toll has passed 480.
There are fears of an epidemic. The stench of death from animal carcasses, rotting vegetables, overflowing drains and other filth.
Kashmir wants a measles vaccination programme.
India's defence ministry said 13 tonnes of water purifying tablets and six water filtration plants with a capacity to filter 120,000 bottles a day had reached Srinagar.
India China sign deals
Sept 18, 2014 India and China are expected to sign key economic deals as the Chinese President Xi Jinping visits. China is expected to pledge billions of dollars in investment for the ageing India railway.
An India - China border row continues to cause tension. India discussed the issue of Chinese incursions. China is disputing all borders, globally.
The border dispute dates back to 1914 when Britain, India's former colonial power, signed an agreement with Tibet.
India successfully puts spacecraft in Mars' orbit
NEW DELHI (AP) — India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday morning and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.
Scientists broke into wild cheers as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn time to maneuver the spacecraft into its designated place around the red planet.
"We have gone beyond the boundaries of human enterprise and innovation," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, standing alongside scientists with the Indian Space and Research Organisation at the command center in the southern tech hub of Bangalore.
"We have navigated our craft through a route known to very few," Modi said, congratulating the scientists and "all my fellow Indians on this historic occasion."
Scientists described the final stages of the Mars Orbiter Mission, affectionately nicknamed MOM, as flawless. The success marks a milestone for the space program in demonstrating that it can conduct complex missions and act as a global launch pad for commercial, navigational and research satellites.
It's also a major feat for the developing country of 1.2 billion people, most of whom are poor. At the same time, India has a robust scientific and technical educational system that has produced millions of software programmers, engineers and doctors, propelling many into the middle class.
Getting a spaceship successfully into orbit around Mars is no easy task. More than half the world's previous attempts — 23 out of 41 missions — have failed, including one by Japan in 1999.
The United States had its first success with a 1964 flyby by a spacecraft called Mariner 4, returning 21 images of the surface of the planet. The former Soviet Union reached the planet in 1971, and the European Space Agency in 2003.
The U.S. space agency NASA congratulated India in a Twitter message welcoming MOM to studying the red planet.
On Sunday, NASA achieved its own success in placing its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission, or Maven, in position. The U.S. has two more satellites circling the planet at the moment, as well as two rovers rolling across the rocky Martian surface. The European Space Agency's Mars Express, launched over a decade ago, is still operating as well.
India was particularly proud that MOM was developed with homegrown technology and for a bargain price of about $75 million — a cost that Modi quipped was lower than many Hollywood film budgets. By comparison, NASA's much larger Maven mission cost nearly 10 times as much at $671 million.
India's 1,350-kilogram (nearly 3,000-pound) orbiter will now circle the planet for at least six months, with five solar-powered instruments gathering scientific data that may shed light on Martian weather systems as well as what happened to the water that is believed to have existed once on Mars in large quantities.
It also will search Mars for methane, a key chemical in life processes on Earth that could also come from geological processes. None of the instruments will send back enough data to answer these questions definitively, but experts say the data will help them better understand how planets form, what conditions might make life possible and where else in the universe it might exist
India wanted the spacecraft — also called Mangalyaan, meaning "Mars craft" in Hindi —to show the world its ability to design, plan, manage and operate a difficult, deep-space mission. India has already conducted dozens of successful satellite launches, including sending up the Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter, which discovered key evidence of water on the Moon in 2008.
The country's space scientists are already planning new missions, including putting a rover on the Moon. But space agency chief K. Radhakrishnan said their main focus would be to continue developing technologies for commercial and navigational satellite applications.
October 16, 2014 - India's air force planes falling out of the sky
Are India's ageing air force planes falling out of the sky?
All air forces have accidents, but accounts of Indian warplanes crashing on training flights have become almost routine news. A Sukhoi-30 crashed in eastern India. All 5 crew died in March 2014 on a training flight in their US-made Hercules transport aircraft.
But it is the Russian-made aircraft that form the backbone of the Indian fleet which have been the most accident-prone. The MiG is known as the "flying coffin."
Half the 872 Russian MiGs lost in accidents by 2012. India has been retiring the older planes, some dating back to the 1960s.
Ten Indian women die and dozens critical after mass sterilisation
Nov. 2014 Dozens of women fall seriously ill after receiving state sterilisation to control growing population
Ten women have died in India and dozens more are in hospital, many in a critical condition after a state-run mass sterilisation, a local official said Tuesday.
Many of the more than 80 women who underwent sterilisation at the free government-run camp in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Saturday fell ill shortly afterwards, the official told AFP.
"Reports of a drop in pulse, vomiting and other ailments started pouring in on Monday from the women who underwent surgery," said Sonmani Borah, the commissioner for Bilaspur district where the camp was held.
Television footage showed women on stretchers being rushed into hospital with anxious relatives by their side.
Borah said authorities would investigate the incident.
Local governments in India often offer incentives such as cars and electrical goods to couples volunteering for sterilisation to try to control the country's billion-plus population.
Authorities in eastern India came under fire last year after a news channel unearthed footage showing scores of women dumped unconscious in a field following a mass sterilisation.
The women had all undergone surgical procedures at a hospital that local officials said was not equipped to accommodate such a large number of patients.
The Indian Express daily said the surgeries in Chhattisgarh were carried out by one doctor and his assistant in around five hours.
"There was no negligence. He is a senior doctor. We will probe (the incident)," the chief medical officer of Bilaspur R.K. Bhange told the newspaper.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
India ENDS Gold Import Rules
November 29, 2014 - I dont get it at all
400 hospitalized in India chemical spill
December 1, 2014 - Four hundred people have been hospitalized in West India after a tanker disposed of its chemicals in the Valdhuni river. The victims reported symptoms including drowsiness, body pain and breathing difficulties. 300 people were admitted with similar health problems shortly after the spill. “They were exposed to some chemical agent. Around 35 people have been admitted and 301 people were administered first aid. We have shifted some patients to KEM hospital. About 23 have been admitted to ESIS (Kamgar) hospital,” he said.
Russian BRICS bank to rival IMF
February 5, 2015 - Russia submitted a bill to their parliament to ratify the BRICS bank. The ND bank will have assets of $100 billion from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and rival the World Bank and IMF.
The ND bank will come into force only after all 5 countries ratify the legislation. The Russian government approved the draft law on January 29.
The ND bank will be headquartered in Shanghai, India will serve as the first 5 year rotating president, and Russia will be the chairman of the representatives. Each country holds an equal voting share, and the bank is available to United Nations members.
At the BRICS summit in Brazil in July, the 5 BRICS established the $100 billion bank, as well as a $100 billion currency pool.
China, India, and Russia are working on a new 'Silk Road' corridor across Eurasia.
Days after Indian Police Torture Christians, Hindu Extremists Attack in Madhya Pradesh
Days after police tortured 20 Christians in India’s northwestern state of Rajasthan, Hindu extremists in Madhya Pradesh struck two churches in four days.
In central India’s Madhya Pradesh, where a law against forced or fraudulent conversions is routinely invoked to harass Christians – though none has ever been found guilty – members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal on Wednesday (March 4) stormed into a prayer meeting at a private residence at Haldad, near Julwania in Barwani District, with a contingent of police officers.
After the Hindu extremists accused pastor Lal Singh and Indram Chauhan of fraudulently converting poor tribal people, the officers arrested the two Christians.
“The Hindu group members caught hold of Pastor Lal Singh and Indram Chauhan, manhandled them and passed them over to the police, after creating much disturbance in the area,” pastor Anar Singh told Morning Star News.
Police reportedly confiscated Bibles belonging to Pastor Singh and Chauhan as evidence.
The incident took place near the Julwania police station, but officers took them to the Rajpur police station, about 15 kilometers (nine miles) away. The law requires that arrested persons be presented before a magistrate within 24 hours, but area Christian leaders said the process for Pastor Singh and Chauhan was delayed.
“Police personnel in Rajpur seem to be waiting for police people from Julwania police station to come and complete the formalities,” a local Christian leader said.
In New Delhi, Vijayesh Lal of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) said he had received reports that Hindu extremists with the Dharm Jagran Samiti had surrounded the Julwania police station and prevented police from going to Rajpur to complete formalities necessary to present the arrested Christians before a judge.
“It appears that the Hindu groups want the Christians to stay in the police station for a longer period of time,” Lal said.
Barwani District has a history of attacks on Christians. According to the Religious Liberty Commission of the EFI, Christians in Barwani were targeted in October and November of last year, resulting in the arrest of pastor Ashok Pratap and Kallu Rai Singh. At least four people received hospital treatment for serious injuries.
Magnitude 7.9 earthquake hits Nepal April 25, 2015
India trains derail
August 5, 2015 - At least 30 killed and dozens injured when 2 passenger trains derailed and plunged into a river in Madhya Pradesh central India. The trains were passing each other when a flash flood triggered by heavy rain struck the bridge. The tracks collapsed and some of the carriages were submerged. 300 rescued. One passenger described water pouring through the carriages after the accident.
INDIA kills Christians
September 2, 2015 Shoebat - Hindus in India are telling Christians that if they go to church or declare the name of Christ, they will cut them to pieces. Pastor Singh was threatened with death if he continues holding worship meetings. On June 28, the extremists held a reconversion ritual in Narpur village wherein 50 Christians were forced to convert to Hinduism.
They have overcome him by reason of the blood of the Lamb,
and by reason of the word of their testimony
and they have not loved their life unto death.
What would YOU do? Take the mark of the Beast and live but burn forever in hellfire - or be killed live with with the Lord forever?
India explosion kills 89
Sept 12, 2015 - At least 89 killed in a restaurant explosion in Petlawad in India.
A cooking gas cylinder exploded, causing explosives illegally stored nearby to detonate.
After the gas cylinder exploded, onlookers and people looking for their relatives gathered at the scene.
The explosives then went off, worsening the toll from the blast.
India army on war footing to rescue survivors as flood toll nears 270
CHENNAI, India (Reuters) - The Indian military evacuated more than 2,000 residents stranded in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Thursday as the death toll from flooding rose to 269 after the heaviest cloudburst in over a century.
Forecasts of more rain over the next 48 hours forced the army to work on a war footing to rescue survivors trapped in inundated parts of Chennai.
India's fourth most populous city saw only slight rains on Thursday, but water levels had not receded since a day earlier, when a massive release of water from a brimming reservoir swamped low-lying areas of the city.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has blamed climate change for the deluge, traveled to Chennai to get a first-hand view of a rescue effort that has so far been halting.
"The government will stand by the people of Tamil Nadu in their hour of need," Modi told reporters, promising $150 million for rehabilitation and reconstruction.
Even as the weather cleared, waters rose in many residential areas, fed by spills from 35 lakes that have risen to dangerous levels.
After auto manufacturers and IT outsourcing firms suspended operations on Wednesday, state-run Chennai Petroleum shut down its 210,000-barrels-per-day oil refinery due to heavy flooding. The cloudburst earlier this week dumped as much as 345 mm (14 inches) of rain over 24 hours.
"We live in a city expecting that we will have access to basic facilities. But today, we have no drinking water, no fresh food and no control over our lives," said Sudha Raman Murthy, a mother of two teenage daughters.
India PM Modi in Pakistan
Dec 25, 2015 - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed in Pakistan on a surprise visit to meet PM Nawaz Sharif. Modi was on his way back to India from Afghanistan when he stopped off in Lahore. The visit coincides with Sharif's birthday. Modi is the first Indian PM to visit Pakistan since 2004. Tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours have been high in recent years but relations have begun to warm.
India testfires Barak-8 missile
Dec 30, 2015 NEW DELHI - India successfully testfired a long-range, surface-to-air missile, Barak-8 from an Indian Navy warship. The maiden testfiring of the missile in the Arabia Sea has been successful. It was jointly developed with Israel. Indian Navy described the testfiring as a quantum jump in Indian air defense capabilities.
I wish USA could fire a Barack-08
Indian airbase attack
Jan 3, 2016 - India’s Pathankot Air Force base attacked by gunmen. Muslim terrorists assaulted the heavily guarded IAF base Pathankot, located in northwestern Punjab, near the India-Pakistan border.
Both nations have nukes. ISIS wants them.
No body in Pakistan wants war with India.
MUSLIMS IN INDIA RIOT AFTER HINDU LEADER CALLS MOHAMMED THE ‘WORLD’S FIRST HOMOSEXUAL’
The Indian Express reports that Tiwari remains jailed for the time being, as the Lucknow police have invoked the National Security Act against him, citing provisions that forbid “promoting enmity between groups on ground of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony” and “deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.”
IN EARLY DECEMBER, A HINDU LEADER IN INDIA NAMED KAMLESH TIWARI REFERRED TO MOHAMMED AS “THE WORLD’S FIRST HOMOSEXUAL.” THIS DID NOT SIT WELL WITH THE LOCAL MUSLIM COMMUNITY, WHICH CALLED FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PROSECUTE TIWARI FOR EVERYTHING FROM “BLASPHEMY” TO MAKING “ANTI-SOCIAL” STATEMENTS “DESIGNED TO INCITE A RIOT.”
The Muslims also staged a series of protest marches, the most recent of which did become a riot last Sunday. Over a dozen policemen were injured in the resulting violence, according to India TV News, while about 30 vehicles were set ablaze.
The protesters blocked a national highway and disrupted train service for several hours, ransacking a train station in the process, according to the India TV News report. When a bus tried to push through the crowd, it turned violent, setting the bus on fire after the passengers evacuated it.
“There was a rally of about 2.5 lakh people, which took an ugly turn. About 25 vehicles, including some police vans, were set on fire. Policemen were beaten up but there was no severe injury. I have heard of one person sustaining a bullet injury but there is no official confirmation of it,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Dilip Hazra.
A LAKH IS AN INDIAN UNIT OF MEASURE EQUIVALENT TO ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND, SO HAZRA IS ESTIMATING THE SIZE OF THE CROWD AT 250,000 PEOPLE.
The mob eventually turned its rage against the nearby Kaliachak police station, drove the policemen away, and set the station on fire.
The rally was organized by a Muslim group called Anjuman Ahle Sunnatul Jamat, which insisted that it wanted a peaceful rally, and blamed the violence on outside agitators.
Similarly, the Hindu organization that Kamlesh Tiwari belongs to (and has claimed to be the working president of), Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, has claimed he is not actually part of the group, but was in fact an instigator sponsored by rival groups to “tarnish the image of the party,” as India TV News puts it.
ON DECEMBER 20, A GROUP OF MUSLIM CLERICS SUBMITTED A MEMORANDUM TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES, DEMANDING PUNISHMENT FOR TIWARI.
“People like Kamlesh Tiwari are openly flouting the law and are trying to instigate riot-like situation in the peaceful country,” said the memo, according to the Times of India. “Persistently, anti-social elements have being [sic] trying to malign the image of Prophet Mohammed on various platforms, especially on social networking websites, where miscreants are using foul language and also making obnoxious remarks about the Prophet.”
Tiwari was actually arrested in Lucknow soon after making his remarks, evidently in a bid to disperse an angry mob of Muslim youths which had taken to the streets. Some are calling for much more than legal punishment for his remarks, as International Business Times reported in mid-December that he had become a target for jihadis demanding his death on social media.
The Indian Express reports that Tiwari remains jailed for the time being, as the Lucknow police have invoked the National Security Act against him, citing provisions that forbid “promoting enmity between groups on ground of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony” and “deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.” source
“Nuclear Nightmare”: Children with mutations “on almost every street” — Deformed heads, lopsided bodies, “toad skin”, eyelids turned inside out — School built using radioactive waste “part of community outreach project” — Nuclear Expert: “Exceptionally worrying, no one should’ve been living anywhere near” (VIDEO)
Excerpts from report on Huffington Post, Dec 14, 2015 (emphasis added):
How India’s Nuclear Industry Created A River Of Death…
Researchers found that the Subarnarekha river and areas around Jadugoda, India, were poisoned from the emissions of a nearby secret nuclear factory…
[T]he Center for Public Integrity has reviewed hundreds of pages of personal testimony and clinical reports in the case that present a disturbing scenario…
Doctors and health workers, as well as international radiation experts, say that nuclear chiefs have repeatedly suppressed or rebuffed their warnings…
The case files include epidemiological and medical surveys warning of a high incidence of infertility, birth defects and congenital illnesses…
[Dipak Ghosh, a respected Indian physicist and dean of the Faculty of Science at Jadavpur University, with his] team collected samples from the river and from adjacent wells, seven years ago, he was alarmed by the results… “It was potentially catastrophic,” Ghosh said in a recent interview. Millions of people along the waterway were potentially exposed…
Many said their children were born with partially formed skulls, blood disorders, missing eyes or toes, fused fingers or brittle limbs…
Analyzing a representative sample of people between 4 and 60 years old living within a mile and a half of the third tailing dam, the researchers hired by [Uranium Corporation of India Limited] concluded that the residents were “affected by radiation.”… symptoms included swollen joints, spleens and livers, and coughing up blood. The UCIL report also described “osteoporosis, defective limbs, and habitual abortion,” as well as many complaints of “missed menstrual cycle” and a cluster of cancer cases…
[A]n American diplomat [warned that] “lax safety measures … are exposing local tribal communities to radiation contamination.” In a confidential cable to Washington, Henry V. Jardine, a career foreign service officer and former Army captain, expressed blunt dismay… In a new cable on June 6, 2008… Jardine told Washington that still another epidemiological study had concluded “indigenous groups … living close to the mines reportedly suffer high-rates of cancer, physical deformities, blindness, brain damage and other ailments.” UCIL “refuses to acknowledge these issues,” he noted. Jardine wrapped up: “Post contacts, citing independent research, say that it is difficult to point out any reason other than radiation…”
Surendra Gadekar, a nuclear physicist, began taking soil, water and air samples… Their study was published in 2004… It found radiation levels inside the villages around the tailing ponds were almost 60 times the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission “safe level.”… [They] also documented the existence in neighboring populations of children with malformed torsos and deformed heads and the wrong number of fingers, as well as a cluster of cases where infants’ bodies grew at different rates, giving them a lopsided gait. Some had hyperkeratosis, a condition known as “toad skin”…
In late 2000, [Hiroaki Koide, a nuclear engineer who teaches at the Research Reactor Institute at Kyoto University] took soil and water samples… “These figures were exceptionally worrying,” Koide said. “No one should have been living anywhere near“… Koide confirmed that uranium rock and finely ground mine tailings had been used as ballast for road leveling and house building and to construct a local school and clinic… [A] senior UCIL official… confirmed these construction projects using irradiated materials had gone ahead as “part of a community outreach project.”
Toronto Star, Sep 15, 2014: India’s nuclear nightmare: The village of birth defects… Neither Alowati nor Duniya can walk, nor can they hold anything; their limbs dangle lifelessly… Their knees and elbows are rubbed raw from crawling… They need help to bathe and use the toilet. Children with birth deformities like Alowati and Duniya live on almost every street in Jadugora… When people began to notice that young women were having miscarriages, witches and spirits were blamed… But people had lesions, children were born with deformities, hair loss was common. Cows couldn’t give birth, hens laid fewer eggs, fish had skin diseases… [L]ocal media reports… included shocking pictures of children who were sick or deformed… A 2007 report by the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development, a non-profit, found a far greater incidence of congenital deformity, sterility and cancer… Mohammad is 13 but looks 7. Like Alowati and Duniya, he drags himself forward with his elbows… A few huts away [a child's] eyelids are turned inside out…
Bridge collapse, 10 killed
Mar 31, 2016 - India flyover collapse kills 10 with 150 feared trapped.
At least 10 people were killed in Kolkata and 150 were feared trapped when a flyover under construction collapsed onto traffic below. Firefighters and residents were trying with their bare hands to rescue those trapped under the wreckage. People were trying to hand bottles of water to survivors pinned underneath.
The incident took place near Girish Park in North Kolkata.
A minibus taxi was crushed.
Several dead and dozens trapped under rubble as under-construction overpass collapses. The flyover was under construction for 5 years and has missed several deadlines for completion.
Images showed residents using their bare hands to help the rescue effort.
Construction projects in India have often suffered from safety issues with frequent collapses.
Experts say there is a lack of inspections and substandard materials are used.
The collapsed structure appears to have hit cars, trucks and nearby shops.
The proximity of the buildings may limit the access for heavy lifting equipment to the area.
Kolkata * 23 dead, 90 rescued
April 1, 2016 - Kolkata Overpass collapse scores trapped under a partly constructed vehicle overpass that collapsed.
South India Temple fire kills 100
April 10, 2016 - At least 102 people have died and 200 were injured after firecrackers caused a massive blast and fire at a Hindu temple in a coastal town near Kollam in the southern Indian state of Kerala.
Freak fireworks accident kills 100
Freak accident in southern India kills at least 100, leaves hundreds injured. A freak fireworks accident during a Hindu New Year festival has killed at least100 people Sunday, injuring 200 more. One stray firework caused a chain reaction, provoking a rack of fireworks to explode inside the Puttingal temple in Paravur, Kerala, India at about 3:30 am local time. A section of the building collapsed; electrical lines were also knocked down in the area surrounding the complex.
A store of fireworks ignites at complex, a massive fire broke out during a fireworks display in a Hindu temple in south India. The temple holds a hideous Hindu goddess *Kali. After the first explosion was heard, a power outage hit the complex.
The fire started when a spark from the unauthorized fireworks show ignited a separate batch of fireworks that were being stored at the Puttingal temple complex in Paravoor village.
Thousands had been packed into the temple complex, blaze spread quickly, trapping devotees within. Most of the people died when the building collapsed. Successive explosions from the building storing the fireworks sent huge chunks of concrete flying half a mile. All those Kali arms flinging them!
*Kali - Barak Obama carries a hideous kali charm in his pocket
India drought: '330 million people affected'
At least 330 million people are affected by drought in India, the government has told the Supreme Court
Authorities say this number is likely to rise further given that some states with water shortages have not yet submitted status reports.
The drought is taking place as a heat wave extends across much of India with temperatures crossing 40C for days now.
An 11-year-old girl died of heatstroke while collecting water from a village pump in the western Maharashtra state.
Yogita Desai had spent close to four hours in 42C temperatures gathering water from the pump on Sunday, local journalist Manoj Sapte told the BBC.
She began vomiting after returning home and was rushed to hospital, but died early on Monday.
Yogita's death certificate says she died of heatstroke and dehydration.
The pump was a mere 500m from her house, but a typical wait for water stretches into hours.
India is heavily dependant on monsoon rains, which have been poor for two years in a row.
The government said that nearly 256 districts across India, home to nearly a quarter of the population were impacted by the drought.
Schools have been shut in the eastern state of Orissa and more than 100 deaths due to heatstroke have been reported from across the country, including from the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh which saw more than 2,000 deaths last summer.
Indian army ammunition depot fire
May 31, 2016 - A fire that broke at India’s largest ammunition warehouse killed at least 15 members of the Indian army. About 1,000 people were evacuated from the area. The blast in Pulgaon, in the Maharashtra region in westIndia.
Although, the fire was soon contained, several other explosions followed, prompting a mass evacuation of the residents living in the village near the site. The exact cause of the fire is not yet known, and the damage to ammunition is being assessed.
Police in India Threaten to Fine Christians Attacked by Hindu Extremists
A month after a crowd of village Hindus in Jharkhand state, India summoned 25 Christians, tied up six of them and beat them with sticks, some of the assailants ran into one of the Christians and asked if he was still worshipping Christ.
The Hindu extremists in Hunter village, Palamu District came across Gunni Bhuiya on June 14 on an area road. Bhuiya told them he still believed in and worshipped Christ, and the Hindu extremists manhandled him and threatened to kill him, Christian leaders said.
“They told Bhuiya that as the Christians are still worshipping Christ even after they had received severe beatings, they were now going to kill them,” area pastor Sanjay Kumar Ravi told Morning Star News.
Area Christians are living in fear as the Hindu extremist forbid them to worship, boycott them economically and threaten to kill them, while police threatened to fine them if they continued worshipping publicly, the leaders said.
Hindu extremists led by Dilip Chandra, Ram Chandra Vanshi and Dil Narayan Yadav on May 8 summoned the 25 Christians from six families to a public meeting, forcing them into vehicles and taking them to a middle school on the outskirts of the village.
Bangladesh Muslim terror attack
July 2, 2016 - Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadam in blood.
Terrorists attack a cafe - Holey Artisan Bakery - frequented by foreigners in the diplomatic area of Dhaka, Bangladesh, taking hostages.
13 hostages rescued, 6 ISIS attackers dead.
Bangladeshi security forces stormed the restaurant. Gunfire and explosions were heard.
Holey Artisan Bakery Ramadan siege
Bangladesh government says 20 hostages were killed by ISIS in a siege in Dhaka cafe.
The siege began as diners were gathering to break their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Bangladesh's Daily Star newspaper said the gunmen tortured anyone who was unable to recite the Koran. They provided meals overnight for only the Bangladeshi captives.
2 killed as ISIS attacks
Islamic state has claimed responsibility for the attack on a restaurant in the Dhaka Friday. 4 police officers died. Officers said that over 100 troops are fighting the gunmen.
Muslim terrorists shouting "Allahu Akbar" stormed a popular restaurant in Dacca, Bangladesh Friday, taking hostages and setting off bombs in a siege claimed by ISIS. At least 6 Islamist militants killed, 13 hostages rescued after commando raid.
"The operation is over and the situation is under control," said army spokesman Colonel Rashidul Hasan.
At around 8 am, following a 13-hour siege and failed negotiations with the terrorists, over 100 heavily armed Bangladeshi forces launched an operation to free the people being held inside the upscale cafe in Dhaka’s diplomatic district.
It has been reported that Italian, Japanese and Indian nationals were among the hostages. Witness said one of the attackers was armed with a sword, and the others carried guns.
A kitchen worker who managed to escape the building said the attackers chanted “Allahu Akbar.”
“They blew up several crude bombs, causing wide-scale panic among everyone. I managed to flee during this confusion.”
Most of the victims were killed on Friday night with sharp weapons
13 hostages were rescued from the café, but some were killed.
One attacked was captured alive by security forces.
ISIS pays Italy back for role in Libya
July 3, 2016 - ISIS struck the West again on July 1 in Bangladesh. Italian businessmen dining there that night were specifically targeted by ISIS in revenge for the Rome military intervention in the campaign to eject the Islamists from Libya. That ISIS was able to operate a terror cell in far-away Bangladesh testified to their global scope.
Bangladesh is a manufacturing center for Italian fashion houses Prada, Milan, and Benetton.
Italian special operations contingents are the largest Western force operating in Libya. They are fighting to capture the key port town of Sirte together with British and US special forces and alongside local Libyan forces.
ISIS killed 9 Italian businessmen, 7 Japanese businessmen, one US citizen, 3 local citizens, and one Indian. The hostages were executed by beheading with machetes. 5 of the 7 terrorists were known to the Bangladesh security agencies, who claimed they were unable to stop them.
Bangladesh claims ISIS not involved in bakery massacre
July 3, 2016 - He said all of the attackers were well-educated and most came from wealthy families. They have no connections with the Islamic State.
This is completely irrelevant. Followers of Islam are the same regardless what they call themselves.
July 9, 2016 - India to purchase border defense from Israel to defend against the infiltration of terrorists from Pakistan. Indian Minister Shri Rajnath Singh examined above-ground and underground sensors for movement and tunnel detection, during a recent trip to Israel. Singh toured Israel’s border with Gaza, where he said “Such systems are just what we need.”
3 months ago India discovered a tunnel shaft on its border with Pakistan.
Israeli experts will install their detection system along the India-Pakistan border, and train Indian soldiers to operate them.
Pakistan is a state sponsor of terrorism, second only to Iran. Several terrorist attacks have been committed in India (and elsewhere) by Pakistani nationals.
Israeli woman gang raped in India
July 26, 2016 - A 25 year old woman travelling in Himachal Pradesh India was gang raped after a car with 6 men in it offered her a ride. The Israeli woman was the victim of a gang rape. She was trying to find a taxi when a car with no license plates picked her up. 2 of them raped her before dropping her off in the town of Manali. Thank God they didnt kill her. She is currently undergoing treatment in the hospital and her condition is improving.
India flooding kills 96
Aug 2, 2016 - India flooding kills 96, forces 1 million into relief camps. Incessant monsoon rains cause damage across eastern areas; 17 rare rhinos die after national park swamped. Most of the rhinos killed are calves, separated from their mothers during the massive flooding.
Turkey threatens India
Aug 22, 2016 - Gulen supporters (FETO) have infiltrated India, according to Turkey.
Turkey wants India to shut down organizations linked to Gulen.
India floods death toll rises to 222
Sep 11, 2016 - Heavy flooding for 2 months in Bihar, East India leaves over 200 people and 200 cattle dead and destroying crops and property.
India train derails killing 91
Nov 20, 2016 - At least 91 people were killed and over 150 injured when 14 cars of an express train derailed near Pukhrayan in Uttar Pradesh in northern India. The death toll is expected to rise as the rescue operation is under way. All the hospitals in the area are mobilized to receive the injured.
India cash crunch
November 14, 2016 - On Sunday, the cash withdrawal at ATMs was limited.
Old notes will be accepted at government hospitals, petrol stations and toll booths for 10 more days. India announced that the now defunct currency would be accepted at government hospitals, petrol stations and toll booths till November 24. Chaos and growing public anger over limited cash availability following the surprise demonetisation of the two higher value notes.
I DO NOT understand this - posting anyway
Faith inSystem Shaken
Indian Economy Grinds To A Halt After Cash-Ban
India Takes Drastic Move Toward Cashless Society
In 2012, India launched a nationwide program involving the allocation of a Unique Identification Number (UID) to every single one of its 1.2 billion residents.
Each of the numbers will be tied to the biometric data of the recipient using three different forms of information - fingerprints, iris scans, and pictures of the face. All ten digits of the hand will be recorded, and both eyes will be scanned.
The project will be directed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) under the premise of preventing identity theft and social welfare fraud.
India has rather extensive social welfare and safety net programs, ranging from medical support and heating assistance to others aimed at helping the poor.
Fraud is a rampant problem in India, especially in relation to these programs due to a preponderance of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats who often stuff welfare rolls with fake names and take the money for themselves.
Yet, although the justification for the billion person database is the increased ability to accurately disperse social welfare benefits, it will not be just the Indian government's social welfare programs that have access to and utilize the UIDAI.
Indeed, even before the program has been completed, major banks, state/local governments, and other institutions are planning to use the UIDAI for identification verification purposes and, of course, payment and accessibility.
As Aaron Saenz of the Singularity Hub writes:
Yet the UID is going to be used for much more than social welfare programs. The UIDAI is in discussion with many institutions (banks, local/state governments, etc.) to allow them to use the UID as a means of identity verification.
These institutions will pay the UIDAI some fee to cover costs and generate revenue. There seems to be little doubt that once it is established, the UID will become a preferred method (if not the preferred method) of identification in India.
Saenz also sees the eventuality of the UIDAI program becoming a means of payment and accessibility. He continues:
Ultimately, I wouldn't be surprised if the UID, with its biometric data, could be used as a means of payment (when linked to a bank account), or as an access key to homes and cars.
Purchase a meal with your fingerprint and unlock your door with the twinkle in your eye. Similar results could be expected in other nations that adopted biometric identification systems.
Saenz, and other proponents of the UID (UIDAI), have been diligent in pointing out that the program "is just a number, not an ID card." However, this claim is debatable.
Saenz himself admits that State issued driver's licenses and identification cards will reference the UID information.
Recently, however, India has made even greater strides toward a cashless society, this time openly saying as much.
Having made a decision to ban 500 and 1,000 pound Rupee notes, Prime Minister Modi is openly stating his goal of moving India towards becoming a "cashless society."
This is despite the economic result of his decision, i.e. bringing commerce to a virtual standstill as a result of removing nearly eighty percent of India's currency from circulation.
While Modi has received much criticism for his decision, he is refusing to back down, stating in a public speech that "We can gradually move from a less-cash society to a cashless society."
According to a translation by Reuters, Modi also stated, "I want to tell my small merchant brothers and sisters, this is the chance for you to enter the digital world."
Modi admitted that, right now, a "100 percent cashless society" is not possible but that he wanted to set the wheels in motion to get there eventually.
"It's correct that a 100 percent cashless society is not possible. But why don't we make a beginning for a less-cash society in India?" Modi said. "We can gradually move from a less-cash society to a cashless society."
While citing the "black market" as one justification for the elimination of hard physical currency, the truth is that power and control are the real reasons national governments have for pursuing a cashless society.
When all financial transactions eventually become digital, it is only a matter of time before banks, corporations, and governments begin to force citizens to bend to their will with the threat of cutting off accounts as punishment for resistance or refusal.
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