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Climate model to predict malaria outbreaks in India
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Scientists from the University of Liverpool are working with computer modelling specialists in India to predict areas of the country that are at most risk of malaria outbreaks, following changes in monsoon rainfall.
The number of heavy rainfall events in India has increased over the past 50 years, but research has tended to focus on the impact this has on agriculture rather than the vector-borne diseases, such as malaria and Japanese Encephalitis. The University's School of Environmental Sciences is working with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR) Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation (C-MMACS), Bangalore, to develop technology that will help decision makers and planners target areas that are prone to large scale climate variability and malaria epidemics.
The number of malaria cases in India has dropped from two million a year to 1.5 million in recent years, but the percentage of the more dangerous form of the disease, P. falciparum infection, has increased in some areas. The model could help inform early intervention methods to prevent the spread of malaria at key points in the seasonal monsoon cycle, reducing the economic and health impacts of the disease.
Dr Andy Morse, from the University's School of Environmental Sciences, said: "We already know that an anomalous season of heavy rainfall, when heat and humidity are high, allows insects such as mosquitoes to thrive and spread infection to humans. In order to prepare health services and prevent epidemics we must have a way of predicting when these events are likely to occur in areas that are not accustomed to annual outbreaks of malaria. "Liverpool has developed human and animal disease models that can be integrated into seasonal forecasting systems to give a picture of what the climate impacts on disease risk will be like in four to six months time."Dr Prashant Goswami, from C-MMACS, India, said: "We are rapidly developing our computer modelling capabilities using technology that can address the impacts of climate variability on agriculture and water systems. This knowledge, together with the Liverpool models of vector-borne diseases, will help us develop systems to predict when changes in the monsoonal rain may occur and which areas are most likely to see an increase in malaria. "Health authorities in India are already very successful at controlling malaria cases, but this new research should support decision makers in keeping ahead of the more serious occurrences of the disease, which is starting to increase across the country alongside the changing climate conditions


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Foreign Frenzy

As the mercury rises in the Capital, foreign assignments give government officials a pleasant break from the heat. Many in the HRD Ministry are heading for foreign shores this season. So while Minister Kapil Sibal has already flown out with a delegation to Israel this week, next weekend another delegation piloted by the ministry will head out of the country. Under a HRD Ministry initiative, department officials along with some state education ministers, who are part of a central committee on community colleges, are going on a tour of community colleges of USA. The US trip is likely to be followed up with another to Australia sometime later.

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Lucky Number

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal’s official car’s licence plate number ends in 786 — considered lucky by Muslims and much sought after. Sibal smilingly dismisses it as “pure coincidence” but his associates say it is something he is happy with, and brings a smile on the faces of several people in his constituency, Chandni Chowk, which has a significant number of Muslims.


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The CPM has long argued that the UPA’s neoliberal policies are impoverishing the people. Now, the party is considering a study to identify their impact on “different sections” of the population, believing that its own political future, after recent electoral setbacks, rests on mobilising these sections. In the latest issue of CPM weekly People’s Democracy, the party general secretary, Prakash Karat, writes that it will have to organise the struggles of the working class to expand its political base and influence.

Karat writes in a front-page article on the ongoing 20th Party Congress, that in the current situation, “what is of crucial importance is the strengthening of the CPM and its independent growth all over the country.”

“Along with this, we have to strengthen Left unity and gather all the Left forces to project Left politics. The party has to work to build a Left and democratic alliance which can be the real alternative to the parties of the big bourgeoisie and the bourgeois-landlord order... In the course of building such an alliance in order to fight both the Congress and the BJP, the party will seek to cooperate with other democratic and secular parties on people’s issues and in defence of secularism,” he writes.

Tribal entitlements

An article in People’s Democracy says the inadequate allocations for tribal development made in the Union budget shows that the UPA is not interested in meeting its constitutional obligations towards tribal populations.

“In accordance with constitutional obligations, the total allocations under the Tribal Sub Plan should [be] equal to the proportion of the schedule tribe population within the country — that is, about 8.5 per cent. In the 2012-13 budget proposals, Rs 21,710.11 crore have been allocated for tribal specific schemes under the TSP... However... [this] is misleading because the percentage of TSP allocation to the total plan budget has actually declined marginally from 4.3 per cent in 2011-12 to a projected 4.1 per cent in 2012-13,” it says.

How poor is poor

The People’s Democracy editorial focuses on the poverty estimates for 2009-10 by the Planning Commission, which claimed an overall reduction in the incidence of poverty by 7.3 per cent.

It said that these figures, based on daily per capita consumption of Rs 28 in urban cities and Rs 22 in rural areas, were a “a gigantic fraud...in the making for some time”.

“After a huge public outcry, the government was forced to revise these ridiculous claims... The government had announced that poverty estimates henceforth would be based on a new methodology... According to reports, the methodology approved by the cabinet will mean that a family of five earning members earning more than Rs 27,000 per annum would be automatically excluded from the BPL list... This not merely echoes the benchmark of the Planning Commission’s [sic], but is, in fact, worse,” it says.

It argues that the plan panel itself prescribes a minimum intake of 2400 calories daily to sustain oneself. “In 2010, this would have cost at least Rs 44. Today, it would be much more, at least a double of what [sic] the latest figures that have been doled out by the government.”

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SHOOTING THE MESSENGER

Launching an attack on the government because of the army chief controversy, the latest issue of Organiser says the “besieged UPA government” is using its allies and willing sections of the opposition to mount a “sack the army chief” campaign.

In an editorial, it alleges the government is trying to bypass crucial issues raised by army chief General V.K. Singh. “There have been several reports in... recent months exposing the inadequacies in the army... But it did not stir the conscience of the political class in the country nor the bureaucracy...” it says.

It argues that criticism of the general has increased after he went public. “What is important is not how and when he said, but what he said... Gen Singh’s letter to the prime minister is disturbing. He must have brought these issues to the notice of the defence minister earlier. Failing to get any response he knocked at the doors of the prime minister,” says the Organiser.

The editorial says the Bofors kickbacks now look “like a peanut in front of the pumpkin-sized commissions and deal-money being discussed”. It also advised the BJP and alliance partners like JD(U), which had sought the sacking of the chief: “By targeting Gen Singh and blaming both sides (government and the army chief) equally, the opposition is giving safe passage to the government... Don’t shoot the messenger because the message was bad,” it says.

UTTARAKHAND DEFEAT

In an interview in Organiser, the former chief minister of Uttarakhand, B.C. Khanduri, conceded that internal reasons led to the BJP’s defeat in the recently-held assembly elections in the state. “When I took over in September 2011, the party felt that the position of the party was not good. I got only three months and 14 days to work as chief minister before the code of conduct was implemented. The internal problem resulted in the loss of several seats,” Khanduri says.

The former CM, who faced a shock defeat in his constituency, implied that a conspiracy was behind his failure. “In the party forum, I have said something and I have requested the party high command to look into the matter. The high command knows the truth and it will take action against the conspirators. I think the culture of infighting or conspiracy within the party is a very serious matter...” Khanduri said.

BRICS, INDIA AND CHINA

The Panchjanya has commented on the just-concluded BRICS summit in New Delhi. It argues that the Delhi declaration adopted at the summit shows that the BRICS nations — comprising almost half the world’s population — are attempting to negate US pressure. According to Panchjanya, the attempt to dilute the influence of the dollar is evident in the decision to have a master agreement on extending credit facilities in local currency. At the same time, it has warned India to be cautious of China, which it claims has always tried to attack the unity and stability of the country. “China’s gameplan to end American supremacy and become a world power is not hidden from anyone... If Indian government fails to see through China’s gameplan and becomes a pawn in its expansionist programme, it would mean serious trouble for the country”, it says.


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Troop movements of the curious kind.


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Troop movements of the curious kind.


The military forum thread on Indian Army has three four pages of lively discussion on this topic. Please follow it there or continuity.

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Robert Vadra .. And The Tip Of The Iceberg


Rohini Singh & Sruthijith KK, The Economic Times

Vadra Makes Low-Key Entry into Real Estate

Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law ties up with DLF, buys tracts of land in tier-3 cities in Haryana & Rajasthan

New Delhi-based entrepreneur Robert Vadra, married into the country’s most powerful family, has made a quiet and relatively unheralded entry into the real estate business, including a partnership with DLF Ltd, India’s largest realty firm.

Vadra, the son-in-law of the ruling United Progressive Alliance coalition chairperson Sonia Gandhi, has stayed away from electoral politics, maintaining that he wants to be known as a businessman. In interviews he has said that his focus is on Artex, a small company specialising in jewellery and handicraft exports.

That seems to be changing as 42-year-old Vadra, known for his punishing fitness regime and love for fast bikes, has sought to scale up and diversify his business activities since 2008, acquiring tracts of land in Haryana and Rajasthan, a 50% stake in a leading business hotel in Delhi, and attempting an entry into the business of chartering aircraft.

Regulatory filings available in the public domain and reviewed by ET reporters reveal the changing graph of Vadra’s business interests. These include wide-ranging transactions with the DLF Group. Several of his companies have received loans, some unsecured, from DLF group companies, including the Bombay Stock Exchange-listed flagship DLF Ltd.

A JOINT VENTURE AND SOME LOANS

Sky Light Hospitality Pvt Ltd, a company wholly owned by Vadra and his mother Maureen Vadra, is a partner, along with DLF Hotel Holdings and others, in a partnership firm that owns the business hotel Hilton Garden Inn in the upscale South Delhi business district Saket. The hotel is located within the DLF Place mall, also known as DLF Courtyard.

“The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Saket is a small business hotel. I have interest in hospitality and am happy to be part of the hotel,” Vadra told ET, speaking on the phone from Europe, where he is travelling presently. He said the business association with DLF stemmed from a long-standing friendship with the family that controls the realty giant.

“I have known the DLF people for a long time and they are friends of mine. I had wanted to invest in real estate and one thing led to another. Right now, I can only be part of a small hotel. If I were taking favours from people I would be doing far bigger things. But I am doing this on my own. I can’t expand immediately but I hope to expand a few years down the line,” he added.

DLF HAS GIVEN LOANS TO VADRA'S COMPANIES

DLF has also extended loans to various companies owned by Vadra. Some of these are unsecured loans or debt without any collateral. As on March 2009, Sky Light Hospitality had received unsecured loans amounting to 25 crore from DLF Ltd. As on March 2010, only 10 crore remained. It's unclear from the statement of accounts if the rest was paid back or written off.

Sky Light Hospitality has, in turn, loaned money to other Vadra-owned companies such as Blue Breeze Trading Pvt Ltd, North India IT Parks Pvt Ltd, Real Earth Estates Pvt Ltd and Sky Light Realty Pvt Ltd. Blue Breeze Trading, a company incorporated in 2007 with Vadra and his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as first directors and equal shareholders, is in the business of chartering aircraft. The company, however, seems to have done little business, apart from acquiring agricultural land.

Priyanka Gandhi ceased to be a director as on July 2008. She is no longer a shareholder. Real Earth Estates Pvt Ltd also had a 5 crore loan directly from DLF on its books as on March 2010. The joint venture firm Saket Courtyard Hospitality had received 3.58 crore of unsecured loans from DLF Hotel Holdings Ltd, the group company that owned 50% stake in the JV.

"The business relationship of DLF Group with Robert Vadra has been in his capacity as an individual entrepreneur and on a completely transparent and arms-length basis. DLF has always respected and complied with Mr Vadra's explicit directions and wish to not utilise his name or association in any manner whatsoever. The business relationship has been conducted to the highest standards of ethics and transparency," a DLF spokesman said in a statement. The company said it intended to respond to a detailed questionnaire sent by ET on March 9. At the time of going to press, no response was received.

LAND IN TIER-3 TOWNS

Vadra’s companies have also been acquiring tracts of land in recent years. Sky Light Hospitality acquired 5 bighas in Sohna, Haryana, for 7.9 crore during the first year of operation - 2007-08. In 2008-09, the company's fixed assets included land acquired in Manesar for 15.3 crore and by the next fiscal, the company also had bought land in Bikaner for 79 lakh. The acreage of land is unknown.

Vadra's company, North India IT Parks, has been the most prolific acquirer of land. During 2009-10, the company acquired 160.62 acres (including 85.62 acres of agricultural land) in Bikaner for 1.02 crore. Another Vadraowned firm, Real Earth Estates, acquired varying quantities (undisclosed) of land in Hayatpur, Bikaner, Hassanpur, Mewat and New Delhi's pricey Greater Kailash (Part II) neighbour-hood, during 2009-10. The company paid a total of 7 crore.

Sky Light Realty has bought an undisclosed amount of agricultural land in Palwal, Haryana, and Bikaner, Rajasthan, which collectively cost the company 89 lakh. The company also has land in Hayatpur, Haryana, which cost 1 crore. The company has also paid 5.2 crore to DLF for buying seven flats at DLF's Magnolia apartment complex in Gurgaon.

Another 5 crore has been spent on flats at the Capital Green complex owned by DLF Estates Pvt Ltd. This might be related to a 'Booking of Flats' business under a joint venture between Sky Light Realty and Sky Light Hospitality, both Vadraowned companies. Vadra said he could explain the details of these transactions after he returns and reviews the documents on which this newspaper has based its questions. However, he said buying up land in tier-3 cities was part of a deliberate strategy akin to value investing.

“I've been investing in real estate every time I make money from my other businesses. I make investments in tier-3 towns because it is cheaper to invest there. I usually liquidate my real estate assets whenever I can, but I have no intention to develop. I invest like anyone else, in remote areas," Vadra told ET.

However, at least one of his companies has expressed its intention to enter the construction business. The directors' report accompanying the audited accounts of Real Earth Estates for 2009-10, says: "During the year, the company has purchased land in the state of Haryana and Rajasthan. A plot in Delhi has also been purchased during the year. The company has entered into joint venture arrangement with Sky Light Realty. Very soon the company hopes to enter into the field of construction. Necessary legal formalities are being completed in this respect."

There have been murmurs in the past about Vadra's interest in realty. Vadra's lawyers served a legal notice on the realty firm BPTP Ltd in 2006, alleging the firm has been "intentionally, falsely, and fraudulently claiming that several of their projects were part-owned by Robert Vadra and that he was helping them in their Real Estate Development Business”.

Vadra told ET that BPTP has been exploiting his name. "BPTP has been exploiting my name for a long time. In the past I have served them legal notices as well," Vadra said. "I've been married for 14 years but I keep away from politics. I am still grounded. I am because of my own talent and I have to prove myself. I do not try to benefit from my family. I never take obligations from people because if I do then they will ask me for something bigger in return,” he said.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY

But DLF was different. "I have a good understanding with DLF. Our children are friends, we are friends. They are seasoned businessmen. They are not daft. They are educated, sensible people and are reasonable and shrewd in their business. They don't need me to enhance them. They've existed for years," he said. DLF, founded in 1946, has enjoyed spectacular commercial success and built much of Gurgaon, a suburb of Delhi.

Moradabad-born Vadra, whose mother is Scottish, rose to national prominence when he married Priyanka Gandhi in 1997. Because he is married into the Nehru family, Vadra's life and activities attract a great deal of interest.

Vadra maintains a small group of friends in Delhi and is known for his interest in fitness, cycling and aviation. He has been forthcoming in recent interviews about his fitness regimen, cycling and the motorcycles he own. He is often seen at public ceremonies and state events with Priyanka Gandhi. The couple has two children - Raihan and Miraya. "People can imagine all kinds of things about me but people who matter to me know me and know how I am," Vadra said.


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So the Sin-in-law also rises!


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This Is The New 'It' Destination for India's Rich And Famous
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Is Matheran the new maha cool destination for the city's well heeled? Before Switzerland and Italy were hangouts of your diarist's favourite trustafarians, Matheran was where the patrician summered. Now we find that the Dubashes are restoring their family stronghold and Zia Mody has recently acquired a massive property there.They will have good neighbours in the Shapoorji Pallonji clan that is frequently there in December. Meanwhile, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, is now Matheran resident. Locals report of Shanghvi's visiting buddies - Bollywood royalty, literary legends, even the odd Italian fashion house heiress. But if you are itching to reach out for a phone and dial a rendezvous, be warned - the call may never go through. Perhaps this heightened anonymity is why the international jet set heads to monkeysville?


Where is this place?


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Matheran is a small hill station in the Western Ghats, close to Mumbai. Many middle class families of Mumbai would spend weekends there when I was growing up. Looks like it's moved "upmarket" since then.


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Delhi Confidential

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NO QUESTIONS

Remember Babri Masjid Action Committee convener Zafaryab Jilani? Well, he has been appointed the additional advocate-general by the Akhilesh Yadav government. In a normal situation, the BJP would promptly cry foul over this development and go hammer and tongs against “Maulana” Mulayam. But none of this for the saffron party for now. State BJP leaders, who found themselves overwhelmed by poll-managers, surveyors and busybodies from outside in the polls, are apparently in no hurry to get back to work so soon. Incidentally, Jilani’s views on many other issues relating to minority communities are at variance with SP’s Muslim strongman Azam Khan.

TRYING TIMES

ON Thursday as Rahul Gandhi started consultations with leaders from Uttar Pradesh to analyse the reasons for the party’s debacle in assembly elections, Congress general secretary in charge of the state Digvijaya Singh was abroad dealing with a more serious crisis in the family. With two members of his family battling cancer, the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister has been going through trying times. What his colleagues found impressive was how he used to shuttle between the US, where his family members have been undergoing treatment, and UP where he was trying to revive the party’s fortune — all with a smile and equanimity.


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good article to read, even though most of what said jells well in BR. still, many keep asking questions without context or having no idea of where we want to be


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NO QUESTIONS

Remember Babri Masjid Action Committee convener Zafaryab Jilani? Well, he has been appointed the additional advocate-general by the Akhilesh Yadav government. In a normal situation, the BJP would promptly cry foul over this development and go hammer and tongs against “Maulana” Mulayam. But none of this for the saffron party for now. State BJP leaders, who found themselves overwhelmed by poll-managers, surveyors and busybodies from outside in the polls, are apparently in no hurry to get back to work so soon. Incidentally, Jilani’s views on many other issues relating to minority communities are at variance with SP’s Muslim strongman Azam Khan.

TRYING TIMES

ON Thursday as Rahul Gandhi started consultations with leaders from Uttar Pradesh to analyse the reasons for the party’s debacle in assembly elections, Congress general secretary in charge of the state Digvijaya Singh was abroad dealing with a more serious crisis in the family. With two members of his family battling cancer, the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister has been going through trying times. What his colleagues found impressive was how he used to shuttle between the US, where his family members have been undergoing treatment, and UP where he was trying to revive the party’s fortune — all with a smile and equanimity.


Seems to me at this stage BJP has given up and os resigned to a UPA-3 Govt or third front led, INC supported Govt.


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I think we get confused by the high funda stuff about INC goals and freedom movement contributions, Westminister system and all those ideals. All that is how it should be.

The reality is right after Independence, INC became a political power house and its only point was how to expand in all of India and not just British India and then how to retain that power. Examples are dismissing Opposition ruled State govts invoking art 355 etc. Appointing dubious characters as governors of Opposition run State Govts. All these are expansion traits.

While this was going on, INC transformed itself into a dynasty led party. What happened here is the INC got afraid of the masses taking power and did something like the English did after the Revolution in 1630s. They restored the monarchy with Charles II for they were afraid of the commoners taking over. However INC could not be as blatant as to restore a monarchy in modern times so they went for a dynasty led elected monarchy.

Now to keep the dynasty elected, they need to appease some segments of the selectorate (only those who vote out of those who are elegible to vote). Now even this is a large number so they prop up Trojan Horse parties to divide the opposition like TRS, PRP, MNS etc. To add to this, they have like minded, but apprarantly different parties to ensure further decrease in the selectorate eg. SP, Lalu's outfit, TMC etc.

Then there is the Commie Left who are brain dead and are really British creation (even if they claim to get inspiration from FSU and PRC they really are trained in UK: Joyti Basu, Somnath Chatterjee etc.) who further reduce the selectorate.

So for them to be dislodged all these factors need to be overcome.

Left is mostly dead idea wise but their support is really caste based in most of India and hence will still be present in pockets.

Its the Torjans who have to be bought over to the nationalist idea. A new selectorate will be formed.

I think in the past most dynasties fell because they didn't have the selectorate with them.

The long duration dynasties (Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Cholas typical 450 years rule) of India had long term support of their selectorate and benefitted by making the selectorate bigger by creating a meritocracy.


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Good points.
INC has become a special interest groups party and this will change as the people become aware

Leftist/marxist party take is spot on


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UP may withdraw cases against two accused

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The Akhilesh Yadav government is examining the possibility of withdrawing cases against alleged Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami (HuJI) operatives Tariq Kazmi of Azamgarh and Khalid Mujahid of Jaunpur, who are accused in the 2007 Lucknow and Faizabad court blast cases.
Both are lodged in the Lucknow jail at present. They have been charge-sheeted and their trial is under way.

The Special Task Force claims to have arrested them from outside the Barabanki railway station on December 20, 2007, and seized 1.250 kg RDX, six detonators, three cellphones and two SIM cards. Few days later, the STF made two more arrests, that of Sajjad-ur- Rahman and Akhtar, both from J&K.

All four were accused of involvement in triggering the serial blasts in Lucknow and Faizabad district courts on November 23, 2007. While the blast in Lucknow did not cause much damage, the one in Faizabad claimed five lives. A third blast took place in Varanasi.

Both Kazmi and Mujahid are facing trials in Barabanki, Faizabad and Lucknow. Tariq is also accused of conducting a recce in Gorakhpur where a blast took place on May 22 same year. He has, however, not been summoned for trial in the case.

Government sources said the Law Department had been asked to study the cases pending against Tariq and Khalid. The ATS, which is the investigating agency, will be asked to provide the details about evidence, witnesses and the court proceedings, the sources said.


SP caught in Imam-Azam crossfire now

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GANDHINAGAR, India — He is widely touted as a possible future prime minister of India, but he is a pariah in much of the Western world. Some in India call him a role model, their country’s most competent leader. Others accuse him of being complicit in the mass murder of Muslims.Narendra Modi is probably India’s most complex and divisive figure, a man whose rise could kick-start the economy but whose Hindu nationalist leanings would polarize the country along religious lines and potentially, critics say, undermine the long-cherished secular identity of the world’s largest democracy and a key American strategic ally.Since Modi, Gujarat has seen faster economic growth than the nation as a whole.The chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat, Modi is fawned over by business leaders for the way he has rooted out corruption and promoted economic and industrial growth. His fast-growing state has attracted investment from all over India as well as from American companies such as Ford and General Motors.Yet he has been denied a visa to visit the United States over allegations that he failed to prevent Hindu mobs from massacring between 1,000 and 2,000 Muslims during riots in his state in 2002 or that he even actively encouraged the slaughter.His prominence represents a yearning among certain sections of the middle classes for a strong, decisive leader, a desire to emulate China’s economic successes and impatience, too, with liberal ideas of human rights and social justice.Ron Somers, the head of the U.S.-India Business Council, said Modi has “created a magnet for investment.” A Congressional Research Service report lauded Gujarat as “perhaps India’s best example of effective governance and impressive development.”
Gujarat has long been an entrepreneurial, business-friendly state, but Modi has helped unleash its potential since he took over in late 2001, with the state’s economy growing by more than 10 percent since then, compared with a national average of under eight.“We make a very simple promise to all who wish to invest in Gujarat,” said Modi, a key figure in India’s main opposition party, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in a rare interview last month. “We promise an atmosphere of clean, proactive and responsive government. We promise an environment that minimizes red tape-ism and encourages business.”The BJP was largely pro-business and pro-America while ruling India as head of a coalition government from 1998 to 2004, but its strident assertion of what it sees as India’s essentially Hindu character alienates many people in this diverse nation of 1.2 billion people.A man with few close friends, Modi sleeps just 31 / 2 hours a night, admits to being a “workaholic,” says he has no time to even read books these days and no pastimes at all apart from an early-morning spell of yoga.He expects a similar dedication from his administration. Bureaucrats are kept on a tight leash and to tight deadlines. Even cabinet ministers clock in and out, and keep him informed if they leave their offices for meetings, a radically different way of working in India.
The United States does not allow its ambassador to meet with Modi, restricting access to the level of its consul general in Mumbai. The British government will not deal with him at all.Other countries are not so troubled by Modi’s record, and while contacts with Canada and Japan might not bother Washington, Modi’s warm reception on a visit to China last November would not have gone unnoticed.Private conversations with Western diplomats suggest that there is a general desire to rehabilitate Modi, a feeling that bets need to be hedged in case he rises to national prominence.“We believe it would dilute our influence to avoid Modi completely,” the U.S. Embassy wrote in a 2006 cable released by WikiLeaks, adding that waiting until Modi “achieved national stature” to engage with him could be seen as opportunistic.· .


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Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law ties up with DLF, buys tracts of land in tier-3 cities in Haryana & Rajasthan


In the battle of the vices, corruption has beat communalism.


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In the battle of the vices, corruption has beat communalism.


The voters don't seem tot think so. Certainly the ones in key swing states like AP, UP, MH and Delhi.


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Rockefeller Fund played a part in anti-mining stirs: Federation of Indian Mineral Industries
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the industry lobby alluded to a "concerted move" by "vested interests" in US and Western Europe for stalling economic development in India.
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It even suspects the National Green Tribunal of being infiltrated by these vested interests. What's prompted the industry lobby is a funding proposal for a movement to stop Australian coal exports, based on research supported by the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF).
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They do everything possible through their respective governments or various funds (such as Rockefeller Family Fund) and adopt various measures such as provoking the local NGOs to fight Civil Suit, organise local protests, contacting the opposition legislators so that the fate of the project become uncertain leading to the financial unviability of mineral based industries as well as mineral resources.
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Rockefeller family fund, however categorically denied any role ..
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..believes both Vedanta's Niyamgiri Bauxite Mining Project in Odisha, and the National Green Tribunal's recent suspension of environmental clearance for Posco's steel were both the results of influence by these groups who have "percolated extensively in this country, particularly in Odisha."(my comment- thereby not allowing Odisha to prosper. Why Odisha?)

"I have got every doubt that even the National Green Tribunal has been infiltrated by these vested interests in US and Western Europe whose main objective is to stall the progress and growth of this country," Sharma alluded in the letter. The petitioner, an activist Prafulla Samantray pooh-poohed FIMI claims.

"It is in fact American lobbying and pressure that has moved the Prime Minister's office to set up a monitoring cell for Posco when it has done nothing of the kind for any other project. It is because Posco's backed by American banks and institutions that own more indirect stake in the company than its Korean promoters," claims Samantray.

Just wondering that if economic progress, mineral resources development is the best when done ingenuously. Correct me if I am wrong, but otherwise it is just playing catching up for the same.


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Orrisa is the ground for Christian conversion. Keeping the people poor is important for Christians to get more people into their folk.

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If the world culd move the Abu Simbel temples to build the Aswan Dam why cant the GOI move the temple to build a road?

X-Post of Surasena in Nukkad.

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The temple at Panaiyapuram that has been marked for demolition to facilitate NH expansion. Photo: T. Singaravelou

The NHAI's plan to widen the Vikkiravandi –Thanjavur National Highway 45C will destroy a 1,300-year-old Siva temple.

A 1,300-year old Siva temple, celebrated in the verses of Saivite saint Tirugnana Sambandar and boasting of inscriptions belonging to the Chola kings, is facing demolition by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
The Tirupuravar Panankateesvarar temple is situated in Panaiyapuram village, two km from Vikkiravandi in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu. The Pennaiyar flows near Panaiyapuram. The temple is also called Paravaipuram.

The NHAI, which is widening the Vikkiravandi –Thanjavur National Highway 45C, over a distance of about 160 km, has painted big arrow marks in white on the compound wall of the temple and inside its premises, where the widened road will cut through.

The NHAI has placed stones outside the temple to signify the portions that will be lost to the highway's widening. If this plan goes through, the temple's sanctum sanctorum for Panankateesvarar, the adjacent shrine for the goddess Satyambikai and much of the temple premises including other shrines, will be demolished. This has shocked and angered about 4,000 Panaiyapuram villagers and residents of Pappanapattu, Mundiyambakkam, Kappiyampuliyur and Thuravi villages. They met the Villupuram District Collector, V. Sampath, and submitted a petitionto him.

STRONG STAND

R.P. Pugazhendhi, former president of the Panaiyapuram panchayat, said: “We are spending sleepless nights. Almost the entire temple including the sanctum, the shrines for goddess Satyambikai, Ganesa and Muruga will be demolished. Only the flag-post and the shrine for Saneesvarar will remain. There is enough land on the west of the temple for the broadened highway to go through or a new alignment can be given from the National Highway 45. We will not allow even a single stone from the temple to be removed.”

R. Nagaswamy, former Director, Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department, said that the 1,300-year old temple was visited by the Tamil Savite saint Tirugnana Sambandar, who lived in the seventh century CE, and had sung verses celebrating the deity, a Sivalinga. The Sivalinga is called Panankateesvarar because the area abounds with palmyra trees.

The temple has a number of inscriptions belonging to Rajendra Chola I (regnal years 1012 CE to 1043 CE), his son, Rajendra Chola II, Adhi Rajendra, Kulotunga I, Jatavarman Sundara Pandya I and Vikrama Pandya among others.

Rajendra Chola's inscription called the deity Nethrodharaka Swami (meaning, the main deity will cure eye ailments). The inscription recorded the gift of land and money for worship and making offerings in the temple. It spoke about Rajendra Chola's conquest of Kadaram. (The present-day Kedda in Malaysia was called Kadaram and it belonged to Sri Vijaya kingdom). It revealed that the Chola emperor rebuilt the main temple between 1025 CE and 1040 CE, pointed out Dr. Nagaswamy.


“Another important aspect of the village is that it is also named Paravaipuram,” he said. Paravai was the consort of Tamil Saivite saint Sundarar, who lived in the eighth century CE. Paravai belonged to a family of dancing girls and she is worshipped even today, along with Sundarar, in Siva temples. Rajendra Chola I also had a personal assistant called Paravai, who was an ‘anukki.' This Paravai was named after Sundarar's consort. (Female personal assistants, who were trusted by the kings, were called anukki and anukkan were their male counterparts). Paravai built the Thyagaraja temple at Tiruvarur in Tamil Nadu and covered the vimana with gold, said Dr. Nagaswamy .

HONOURING PARAVAI

To honour her, Rajendra Chola I made her sit next to him in his royal chariot and drove her in a procession on the four main streets around the Thyagaraja temple. The Chola emperor made two bronze images resembling her and placed them before the deity in the Tiruvarur temple's sanctum and worshipped them. “This is recorded in a long inscription in the Tiruvarur temple,” said Dr. Nagaswamy, a scholar in epigraphy. Rajendra Chola I re-built the Panaiyapuram temple in Paravai's honour, when she was alive and the town around the temple was named after her.

The temple has two inscriptions of Rajendra Chola II (regnal years 1052 to 1064 CE), both datable to 1058 CE. One of the inscriptions mentions his gift of paddy to “Paravai Easwaramudaiyar Mahadeva in the town of Paravaipuram in Panaiyur Nadu”, falling under the larger division called “Rajendra Chola Valanadu.”

The temple has an inscription of Adhi Rajendra, who ruled from 1068 to 1071 CE. This inscription, dated 1070 CE, records the gift of tax-free land to the temple by a merchants' guild of Paravaipuram to feed the pilgrims. There is a record of Kulotunga Chola I (regnal years 1070-1122 CE) on the gift of gold coins by a chieftain named Ponnambala Kizhan of Arumbakkam, near present-day Chennai, for lighting a perpetual lamp.


“An interesting point about the Panaiyapuram temple”, said Dr. Nagaswamy, “is that on the first day of the Tamil month of Chithirai every year, the sun rays fall on the Sivalinga enshrined in the sanctum and the idol of Satyambikai. The temple's orientation is so perfect that this happens and special pujas are offered.”

S. Ganesa Gurukkal, the temple priest, was emphatic that the villagers would take all steps needed to save the temple. “We went to Chennai and gave a petition to the NHAI officials,” he said.

When contacted, an NHAI official said, “We are trying to save the temple. We are trying to look at other options. The NHAI headquarters has been informed about the villagers' objections.”

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Vo Subha Kabhi to Aayegi - 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs_SHadp ... ure=relmfu

Mission half accomplished and will be fulfilled in next 20years
Cheen-o-Arab Hamara
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWfHRCxD ... ure=relmfu

Shyam Saran is saying the same thing.Mission success 30% onlee. Need another 40 years .

Indian GDP60Trilion, Population Stable at 1.5 Billion. Literacy 99% , Armed Forces 5 Million, Nationalism 1008%. Enemies trembling at 20k RPM.Bad news , many of us wont be there to witness such glory. Good News, we will take rebirth and take it further. 8)


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Indian government now able to tap BBM messages
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On Saturday, India Today reported that the India government is getting its way when it comes to tapping into BlackBerry devices. I sure hope RIM handles this clearly with the remaining global media sources who haven't yet written about this. For years, there have been significant misunderstandings about RIM security. It has lead to a lot of crappy reporting. And unless RIM takes a different strategy this time, it's bound to lead to more of the same. The India Today article is well written. The issues are clearly laid out. The government needed RIM's help to decrypt BBM messages coming from BIS accounts. So to be very clear, RIM is not helping the government decrypt BES messages. RIM has always said they don't hold the keys to BES decryption. Those keys are specific to each BES installation. BBM, which is used by about one million consumers in India, is not as secure as BES. Sure, it uses 256 bit encryption, and is much more secure than a normal email. But the encryption key is shared. It's the same key across all users. So as long as the government has the key, and the encrypted message, it can decrypt whatever it wants.


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Indian GDP60Trilion, Population Stable at 1.5 Billion. Literacy 99% , Armed Forces 5 Million, Nationalism 1008%. Enemies trembling at 20k RPM.

Hallelujah!

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Amen, birader. Amen.


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Armed Forces 5 Million


This goal is achieved already. Perhaps this needs to be updated to a larger number?


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Savarkar once said (much before independence), to ensure the India (tibet and Myanmar included) is secured, the army should be 1 crore.


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5 million to 1 crore strong army. Sounds good but who will pay for their salaries and pensions ? Welcome to 21st century.What we need is Unmanned assets backed by robust AI research.

Check this link by Gurmeet Kanwal wrt increasing manpower costs of Indian Military

http://idsa.in/system/files/jds_4_4_gkanwal.pdf


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Misunderstood Middle Eastern group in spotlight
Springfield resident will speak about the culture of Sikh families.


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SPRINGFIELD — When men from the Middle East come to America, they often leave their turbans in their bags. But Sikh men, from India, keep theirs on.The tradition has drawn a lot of misunderstanding in America, said Jagdish Singh, who will speak about this and other ways of life for Sikh people as part of Wittenberg University’s continuing Global Education speaker series, now in its 10th year.Her talk will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in room 105 of the Shouvlin Center, next to the university’s student center.“If you have a neighbor who’s different from you, you might like to befriend that neighbor and know their culture, and celebrate with them,” Singh said.Maybe a dozen Sikh families live in Springfield, Singh said — including she and her husband, who have lived here 30 years. She has two masters’ degrees, one in physics and the other in computer engineering, has worked for IBM and has been a full-time volunteer while raising her children.“It’s an honor to be able to talk about my religion, my culture,” Singh said, “and let people know that we are very peace-loving. Even in Sikh history, it’s known we will fight for other peoples’ rights. We will not stop defending when other people need help, no matter what religion they belong to


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More antiquities discovered in Taxila

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The most remarkable discovery is an iron nail and animal bones which opened two new chapters in the history of Gandhara. One is that these people knew the use of different metals and the second rejected the notion that the followers of Buddhism at that time were only vegetarian,” said Dr Khan while talking to this correspondent here on Sunday.He said the discovery of animal bones at a deep surface and at the kitchen area was a proof that the monks and followers of Buddhism at that time were not vegetarians. “This will need rewriting of the history of Taxila in the light of the new and substantial evidence.” Dr Khan said the discovery of the iron nail revealed the craftsmanship of the people living in the area between the first century and 4th century AD and their knowledge and utilisation of different metals. He said the other discoveries, including a lamp, terracotta and beads and kitchen pots, belonged to the Kushan period.During the excavations, as many as 55 monk cells were also discovered, he said, adding in the previous excavations such a huge quantity of cells was never discovered in Taxila valley. He said the monastery where the discoveries were made comprised 280 metres area and so far only 80 metres area has been excavated while the remaining was still being unexcavated. Dr Khan said the main water tank area would also be excavated during the current season while during the next session the stupa would be excavated and preserved.Dr Khan said TIAC had earlier carried out excavation at the site in July 2011 during which an assembly hall, a cooking area, stores as well as steward areas had been discovered along with a significant amount of antiquities.


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Delhi could be a turning point

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India hosts scores of international conferences every year and nine out of ten do not get even a passing mention in the international press. But the BRICS summit that concluded on March 29 broke the mould. In just two days, March 29 and 30, it was reported in no fewer than 624 major newspapers and TV newscasts around the world. What brought about this sudden change of heart? The short answer is that the international media have sensed a challenge to the two-century-old hegemony of the West over the modern, increasingly interdependent, world.


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5 million to 1 crore strong army. Sounds good but who will pay for their salaries and pensions ? Welcome to 21st century.What we need is Unmanned assets backed by robust AI research.

Check this link by Gurmeet Kanwal wrt increasing manpower costs of Indian Military

http://idsa.in/system/files/jds_4_4_gkanwal.pdf
Can be done just cut MGNREGA.


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If Imam wins mayor election, I will quit politics: Azam

RSS magazine targets BJP on Kushwaha


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5 million to 1 crore strong army. Sounds good but who will pay for their salaries and pensions ?
Can be done just cut MGNREGA.


No need to cut NREGA, rather expand NREGA to cover military service. Bonus is that more people will get trained in secular methods.


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APJ Kalam is being propped by SP for President. No word from Kalam yet.


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APJ Kalam is being propped by SP for President. No word from Kalam yet.


subramanian swamy once said that Kalam prevented Sonia from being a PM on the basis of foreign origin thingy..


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There is some sort of penchant amongst Paki's to prove that Dharmics of yore were hard core non vegetarians. Animals were always a part of households for milk, cheese, butter, makhan, ghee. When Taxila was destroyed the ruins were pretty much there. Animals would have grazed, died there too. Look at recent abandoned ruins anywhere. They are very much above ground and animals grazing within it's abandoned precincts. It would take another 100-200 years of abandonment where the top soils start getting covered up along with any dead animal. Within 500 years the bones of the animal could be considered along with time of destruction. What is also wrong in considering that the hordes who beheaded the monks and ravaged Taxila didn't throw in animal bones and blood to shock the vegetarian monks..this happens even today. Compassion for all living things ran strongly in the evolved Dharmics of that time. There is a lot of doctrinal evidence towards that too. So i'll take the Paki archaeologists views with a massive pinch of salt.


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Altair wrote:
APJ Kalam is being propped by SP for President. No word from Kalam yet.


subramanian swamy once said that Kalam prevented Sonia from being a PM on the basis of foreign origin thingy..


Glad to know a patriot and true son of the Nation served as the First citizen.
India had abnormal share of traitors at the throne since the the time of Chandragupta and even earlier.


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Indian Firm Seeks to Book the Plaza
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An Indian conglomerate has made an unsolicited $600 million offer to acquire the storied Plaza Hotel in New York, but the deal would need approval of two owners: an Israeli-owned holding company and a Saudi Arabian prince.Sahara India Pariwar Ltd., which bought London's high-profile Grosvenor House hotel in 2010, made the offer to Israeli-owned El Ad U.S. Holding Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. El Ad is examining the proposal, these people said. But, as of Monday, El Ad executives had yet to discuss the offer at length with their partner in the hotel, Kingdom Holding Co


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