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Euphimisms: Obama asks for ‘Kashmir’ resolution without using ‘K’ word

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Euphimisms: Obama asks for ‘Kashmir’ resolution without using ‘K’ word

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We know that Richard Holbrooke was prohibited from using th “K” word. It seems Obama is also not allowed to mention Kashmir publicly. He did however mention it. Everyone who understand the language of politics knew what Obama was alluding to when he talked about “more controversial issues”. White House officials have already dropped hints that Kashmir will be discussed in private.

MUMBAI – President Barack Obama called on India on Sunday to bolster peace efforts with Pakistan, a country that he said was not acting quickly enough to deal with militancy within its borders.

Obama faces a diplomatic tightrope in fostering ties with India as its economic and geopolitical importance grows while at the same time helping Pakistan with billions of dollars in aid and promoting wider peace in Afghanistan.

“My hope is that over time, trust develops between the two countries, that dialogue begins, perhaps on less controversial issues, building up to more controversial issues,” Obama told a meeting of students at a college in Mumbai.

“There are more Pakistanis who’ve been killed by terrorists inside Pakistan than probably anywhere else,” Obama said. (Reuters)

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It is disgusting that President Obama has to go to such lengths to hide his discussions with the Bharati government. Kashmir is disputed territory per several UN resolutions and the US recognizes the dispute. President Obama has let down millions of Kashmiris and Sikhs during this trip by not addressing them while in the land of the Call Centers.

Another Man Caught With Uranium in India, This Time in Purulia

October 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Another Man Caught With Uranium in India, This Time in Purulia

Man caught with uranium in Purulia

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PURULIA: A criminal with alleged links to gangs across the country and even Afghanistan was nabbed in Purulia with nearly 1 kg of uranium on Sunday. The market value of the radioactive element is said to be about $7 million.

When police raided Ishtaq Ahmed’s house at Dubra village in the Maoist-dominated Para area after a tip-off, they found a box with ‘URM, Made in USA’ stamped on it. An automatic revolver, a pipegun and 21 rounds of ammunition were also discovered during the search. Ahmed was arrested and a case filed at Para police station mentioning uranium seizure.

Police haven’t opened the sealed box as the substance inside could be dangerously radioactive. It is being sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory for tests.


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Half of Indian air force equipment obsolete: official

October 5, 2010 1 comment

Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik, addresses the media at Gandhinagar, India, April 7. — Photo by AP

NEW DELHI: Half of the weapons and equipment used by the Indian Air Force are obsolete and need urgent replacement, a top Indian defence official has said.

Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik, pointing to investment by the government in defence, said half of the existing fighter jets, radars, transport aircraft and air defence weapons will be upgraded by 2014-15.

The country is reportedly negotiating a 3.5-billion-dollar aircraft defence deal with the United States that will be signed in November when President Barack Obama visits the Indian capital.

Naik said the air force was also likely to agree a 25-billion-dollar defence deal with Russia by 2010 to buy advanced stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

“Around 50 per cent of our equipment is obsolete and needs to be replaced,” Naik told reporters on Monday, in comments reported by local media.

“Ten years ago we had no money for modernisation. This caused some delays.
Subsequent planning will fructify by 2014-15,” he said.

India’s air force is just a third of the size of rival China’s and far short of what is needed to meet the security challenges facing the country, he said.

In February, New Delhi announced a 32-billion-dollar defence budget, a four per cent increase on 2009, when spending was hiked by a quarter.

The Indian Air Force has also contracted 18 Spyder low-level quick reaction missile systems from Israel and is jointly developing a medium-range surface-to-air missile system with them.

The US agreement will see the Indian air force buy 10 C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft, which are expected to replace the ageing fleet of Russian Ilyushin IL-76, India’s The Economic Times newspaper reported recently. — AFP

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