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Patsies are created by these fundings of the NGOs
BBC NEWS -- <b>Dutch give nod to 'guru currency' </b>
<img src='http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/38782000/jpg/_38782925_raam_currency_small300.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' /><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->A new "currency" issued by a group founded by Beatles guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi may be used and has not violated Dutch law, the Dutch central bank has said.
The Global Country of World Peace, set up by the Indian mystic, issued the brightly coloured notes of one, five and 10 "raam" last October.

Since then, more than 100 Dutch shops, some of them part of big department store chains, in 30 villages and cities have accepted the notes.
<!--emo&:ind--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/india.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='india.gif' /><!--endemo--> Ram currency hum chalayenge
fir usse Ram Mandir baneyenge
<!--emo&:clapping--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/clap.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='clap.gif' /><!--endemo-->
ek chavanni chandi ki
jai bolo Mahrishi Mahesh Yogi ki
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Two LeT militants arrested in Delhi</b>
[ 16 Oct, 2006 0932hrs ISTPTI ]
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NEW DELHI: Two Lashker-e-Toiba militants, belonging to Bangladesh, were arrested early Monday morning from <b>Old Railway Station here with 1.5 kg of RDX, days ahead of Diwali</b> and Id.

The arrested were identified <b>as Mohd Aslam Gir and Abdul Razaq, residents of Rajshahi district of Bangladesh, </b>Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Alok Kumar said.

<b>They landed in police net on their arrival from Jammu by Pooja Express </b>at around 0500 hours, he said adding<b> 1.5 kg of RDX were recovered from their possession</b>.

The arrest comes at a time when security in the Capital is at an all-time high in view of the festive season.
Top Indian scientist shot dead

Dehradun, November 13: The Director of Uttaranchal Space  Application Centre,
Dr Anil Kumar Tiwari, was shot dead by an unidentified  person near his
residence, police said on Sunday.

Tiwari was shot and critically wounded on Saturday night. He succumbed to 
injuries at a hospital on Sunday evening, they said. 

The incident took place when the scientist was returning home after attending
a party, police confirmed. 

An unidentified man approached Tiwari outside his Mohit Nagar house and fired
a shot at him after a brief altercation. 

Tiwari was immediately rushed to a private hospital where an operation was 
conducted to remove the bullet but his condition deteriorated and he died a day

Expressing shock over the incident, Chief Minister N D Tiwari said an inquiry
has been ordered into the incident. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Any Fiji experts around?
Fiji commander issues new coup threats

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Bainimarama wants the government to kill legislation that would grant pardons to conspirators in a 2000 coup in the South Pacific island nation, and <b>quash two other bills that he says unfairly favor majority indigenous Fijians over the ethnic Indian minority.</b><!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Any details on this?

<b>Chris Hedges: America’s Holy Warriors</b>

By Chris Hedges

<i>Editor’s note: The former New York Times Mideast Bureau chief warns that the radical Christian right is coming dangerously close to its goal of co-opting the country’s military and law enforcement. </i>

The drive by the Christian right to take control of military chaplaincies, which now sees radical Christians holding roughly 50 percent of chaplaincy appointments in the armed services and service academies, is part of a much larger effort to politicize the military and law enforcement. This effort signals the final and perhaps most deadly stage in the long campaign by the radical Christian right to dismantle America’s open society and build a theocratic state. A successful politicization of the military would signal the end of our democracy.

During the past two years I traveled across the country to research and write the book “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.” I repeatedly listened to radical preachers attack as corrupt and godless most American institutions, from federal agencies that provide housing and social welfare to public schools and the media. But there were two institutions that never came under attack—the military and law enforcement. While these preachers had no interest in communicating with local leaders of other faiths, or those in the community who did not subscribe to their call for a radical Christian state, they assiduously courted and flattered the military and police. They held special services and appreciation days for all four branches of the armed services and for various law enforcement agencies. They encouraged their young men and women to enlist or to join the police or state troopers. They sought out sympathetic military and police officials to attend church events where these officials were lauded and feted for their Christian probity and patriotism. They painted the war in Iraq not as an occupation but as an apocalyptic battle by Christians against Islam, a religion they regularly branded as “satanic.” All this befits a movement whose final aesthetic is violence. It also befits a movement that, in the end, would need the military and police forces to seize power in American society.

One of the arguments used to assuage our fears that the mass movement being built by the Christian right is fascist at its core is that it has not yet created a Praetorian Guard, referring to the paramilitary force that defied legal constraints, made violence part of the political discourse and eventually plunged ancient Rome into tyranny and despotism. A paramilitary force that operates outside the law, one that sows fear among potential opponents and is capable of physically silencing those branded by their leaders as traitors, is a vital instrument in the hands of despotic movements. Communist and fascist movements during the last century each built paramilitary forces that operated beyond the reach of the law.

And yet we may be further down this road than we care to admit. <b>Erik Prince, the secretive, mega-millionaire, right-wing Christian founder of Blackwater, the private security firm that has built a formidable mercenary force in Iraq, champions his company as a patriotic extension of the U.S. military. His employees, in an act as cynical as it is deceitful, take an oath of loyalty to the Constitution. These mercenary units in Iraq, including Blackwater, contain some 20,000 fighters</b>. They unleash indiscriminate and wanton violence against unarmed Iraqis, have no accountability and are beyond the reach of legitimate authority. The appearance of these paramilitary fighters, heavily armed and wearing their trademark black uniforms, patrolling the streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, gave us a grim taste of the future. It was a stark reminder that the tyranny we impose on others we will one day impose on ourselves.

“Contracting out security to groups like Blackwater undermines our constitutional democracy,” said Michael Ratner, the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. “Their actions may not be subject to constitutional limitations that apply to both federal and state officials and employees—including First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights to be free from illegal searches and seizures. Unlike police officers they are not trained in protecting constitutional rights and unlike police officers or the military they have no system of accountability whether within their organization or outside it. These kind of paramilitary groups bring to mind Nazi Party brownshirts, functioning as an extrajudicial enforcement mechanism that can and does operate outside the law. The use of these paramilitary groups is an extremely dangerous threat to our rights."

<b>The politicization of the military, the fostering of the belief that violence must be used to further a peculiar ideology rather than defend a democracy, was on display recently when Air Force and Army generals and colonels, filmed in uniform at the Pentagon, appeared in a promotional video distributed by the Christian Embassy, a radical Washington-based organization dedicated to building a “Christian America.” </b>

The video, first written about by Jeff Sharlet in the December issue of Harper’s Magazine and filmed shortly after 9/11, has led the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to raise a legal protest against the Christian Embassy’s proselytizing within the Department of Defense. <b>The video was hastily pulled from the Christian Embassy website and was removed from YouTube a few days ago under threats of copyright enforcement. </b>

Dan Cooper, an undersecretary of veterans affairs, says in the video that his weekly prayer sessions are “more important than doing the job<b>.” Maj. Gen. Jack Catton says that his being an adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a “wonderful opportunity” to evangelize men and women setting defense policy. </b>“My first priority is my faith,” he says. “I think it’s a huge impact.... You have many men and women who are seeking God’s counsel and wisdom as they advise the chairman [of the Joint Chiefs] and the secretary of defense.”

Col. Ralph Benson, a Pentagon chaplain, says in the video: “Christian Embassy is a blessing to the Washington area, a blessing to our capital; it’s a blessing to our country. They are interceding on behalf of people all over the United States, talking to ambassadors, talking to people in the Congress, in the Senate, talking to people in the Pentagon, and being able to share the message of Jesus Christ in a very, very important time in our world is winning a worldwide war on terrorism. What more do we need than Christian people leading us and guiding us, so, they’re needed in this hour.”

The group has burrowed deep inside the Pentagon. It hosts weekly Bible sessions with senior officers, by its own count some 40 generals, and weekly prayer breakfasts each Wednesday from 7 to 7:50 a.m. in the executive dining room as well as numerous outreach events to, in the words of the organization, “share and sharpen one another in their quest to bridge the gap between faith and work.”

If the United States falls into a period of instability caused by another catastrophic terrorist attack, an economic meltdown or a series of environmental disasters, these paramilitary forces, protected and assisted by fellow ideologues in the police and military, could swiftly abolish what is left of our eroding democracy. War, with the huge profits it hands to businesses and right-wing interests that often help bankroll the Christian right, could become a permanent condition. And the thugs with automatic weapons, black uniforms and wraparound sunglasses who appeared on street corners in Baghdad and New Orleans could appear on streets across the U.S. Such a presence could paralyze us with fear, leaving us unable to question or protest the closed system and secrecy of an emergent totalitarian state and unable to voice dissent.

<b>“The Bush administration has already come close to painting our current wars as wars against Islam—many in the Christian right apparently have this belief,” Ratner said. “If these wars, bad enough as imperial wars, are fought as religious wars, we are facing a very dark age that could go on for a hundred years and that will be very bloody.” </b>

<b>Disappearing world: Global warming claims tropical island</b>

<i><b>For the first time,</b> an inhabited island has disappeared beneath rising seas. Environment Editor Geoffrey Lean reports</i>
Published: 24 December 2006

Rising seas, caused by global warming, have for the first time washed an
inhabited island off the face of the Earth. <b>The obliteration of Lohachara
island, in India's part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the
Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when one
of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate
scientists has started coming true</b>.

As the seas continue to swell, they will swallow whole island nations, from
the Maldives to the Marshall Islands, inundate vast areas of countries from
Bangladesh to Egypt, and submerge parts of scores of coastal cities.

Eight years ago, as exclusively reported in The Independent on Sunday, the
first uninhabited islands - in the Pacific atoll nation of Kiribati -
vanished beneath the waves. The people of low-lying islands in Vanuatu, also
in the Pacific, have been evacuated as a precaution, but the land still juts
above the sea. The disappearance of Lohachara, once home to 10,000 people,
is unprecedented.

It has been officially recorded in a six-year study of the Sunderbans by
researchers at Calcutta's Jadavpur University. So remote is the island that
the researchers first learned of its submergence, and that of an uninhabited
neighbouring island, Suparibhanga, when they saw they had vanished from
satellite pictures.

Two-thirds of nearby populated island Ghoramara has also been permanently
inundated. Dr Sugata Hazra, director of the university's School of
Oceanographic Studies, says "it is only a matter of some years" before it is
swallowed up too. Dr Hazra says there are now a dozen "vanishing islands" in
India's part of the delta. The area's 400 tigers are also in danger.

Until now the Carteret Islands off Papua New Guinea were expected to be the
first populated ones to disappear, in about eight years' time, but Lohachara
has beaten them to the dubious distinction.

Human cost of global warming: Rising seas will soon make 70,000 people

Refugees from the vanished Lohachara island and the disappearing Ghoramara
island have fled to Sagar, but this island has already lost 7,500 acres of
land to the sea. In all, a dozen islands, home to 70,000 people, are in
danger of being submerged by the rising seas.
Don't know where this is supposed to go:

The Age Australia today Jan 2007 - 'Terrorists' attack US embassy in Athens
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Attackers fired a rocket into the US embassy in Athens in what police labelled at "act of terrorism" but no-one was hurt.

"This is an act of terrorism. We don't know where from. There was a shell that exploded in the toilets of the building ... it was fired from street level," Attica Police chief Asimakis Golfis told AP.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd--><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Anonymous callers have claimed the Greek leftist guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle was behind the attack, Greece's Public Order Minister said.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Quel surprise. It's the Comrades - Struggling For World Revolution, Equality and what have you. The Indian leftists are no doubt cheering for their comrades working for equality, peace and the other familiar trademarked items that only secularists and christoislamics are allowed to claim.

Also Reuters Attackers fire rocket at US embassy in Athens

Although the police are still not too certain about who did it, anonymous callers have claimed they're communists (or are they other usual terrorists who have blamed the leftists?) Time will tell.
But the possibility of the left can't be ruled out, because
New Zealand Herald: Greek leftists greet Rice with violent protests - Apr 2006
Anyway, everyone with half a brain knows the leftists (marxists, maoists, communists) believe in the same kind of 'peace' as the other christoislamics. The question is, which of these did it. My money's on the Greek communists who have been terrorising Greece for a long time.

In related news, found more reasons why the Greek communists could well be capable of this act too:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Greece's biggest domestic security threat, the leftist November 17 guerrilla group claimed responsibility for the 1996 rocket attack. It has also killed US and other foreign diplomats in Greece, but was dismantled in 2002.

In November last year, Greek riot police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators marching to the US embassy in Athens who chanted slogans including "Bush the butcher, out of Iraq" and "The USA is the real terrorist".<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Dismantled communists regrouped under new name?
Seems the UN is coming out with a climate change report that doesn't bode too well:

At http://au.news.yahoo.com/ there is a video-link titled 'Damning environment report expected'
Part summary, part transcript:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->A meeting of the world's top international scientists will today hand down bad news on the environment.
Rising sea levels caused by global warming could see beach side villages disappearing under water.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->It was thought sea-level rise would be 88cm, now they think it might be 60cm, whereas some scientists think it will be as high as 1.5m depending on the melting of the <i>unpredictable</i> icesheet in western Antarctica. "If chunks of the West Antarctic iceshelf go into the sea, there'll be a sudden increase in sea level."
Even a tiny rise can take out some Goromorra (?) island off the east coast of mainland India: "1000s of people have already fled as refugees" (they looked Indian in the video, women in what looked like sarees leaving with their children). Scientists warn that "this island won't last 20 years".
Now even Greenland's icesheet, which scientists thought would last 1000 years, poses uncertainty.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Friday February 2, 08:58 AM
<b>Report highlights global warming urgency</b>
By 7News
A new international report on global warming has highlighted the urgency of the situation.
The UN report warns of more droughts, heatwaves and rising seas. It also states global warming is 'very likely' man-made.

Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd says we need an immediate solution.

"My concern is it's getting late and we're facing a real fork in the road on climate change. We must act, we must act urgently," Mr Rudd said.

The report projects Arctic ice will completely disappear and oceans will continue to rise for the next 1000 years.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Aus related: Urgent action 'needed on climate change'

BBC's late Jan 07 news report: Melting of glaciers 'speeds up'<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Mountain glaciers are shrinking three times faster than they were in the 1980s, scientists have announced.
We can say there were times during the warmer periods of the last 10,000 years when glaciers have been comparable to what they are now," he told the BBC News website.

"But it is not the past that worries us, it is the future. With the scenarios predicted, we will enter conditions which we have not seen in the past 10,000 years, and perhaps conditions which mankind has never experienced." (Wilfried Haeberli, WGMS: The World Glacier Monitoring Service)

Last year, WGMS scientists forecast that the Alps would lose up to three-quarters of their glaciers during the coming century.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
VIEWPOINT: John Ashton (early September 2006) - <i>Excerpts</i> only
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Human-induced climate change must be treated as an immediate threat to national security and prosperity, says John Ashton, the UK's climate change envoy. He argues that we must secure a stable climate whatever the cost, as failure to do so will cost far more.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Then there's a bit about the lawlessness that prevailed where Katrina had struck, followed by<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Hurricane Katrina hit a city in the world's richest nation. If anywhere should have been resilient enough to deal with the force of nature, it was the United States.

The economic and security impacts of extreme climatic events in more vulnerable regions, such as Africa and South Asia, or more strategically important regions, like the Middle East, will be more dramatic. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd--><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Economic threat</b>
Our prosperity is also at stake. Europe's economic health increasingly depends on a thriving Chinese economy. Should China falter as we progress through this century, European pension funds would struggle to earn the returns necessary to pay our pensions. As Europe's population ages, the drag on our economies would be immense.

China's economy is one of the most vulnerable to a changing climate. China is already planning to divert water hundreds of kilometres from the south, where it is currently abundant, to the arid but populous north, in order to maintain economic stability. But that plan will fail if the Himalayan glaciers that feed China's southern rivers continue to melt at an accelerating rate because of a rising temperature.

Last week, Professor John Holdren, the newly elected president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a distinguished scientist not noted for sensational pronouncements, told the BBC: "We are not talking any more about what climate models say might happen in the future. We are experiencing dangerous human disruption of the global climate and we are going to experience more."

What this means is that we need to treat climate change not as a long-term threat to our environment but as an immediate threat to our security and prosperity.

We need to see a stable climate as a public good without which it will become increasingly difficult to deliver the other public goods that citizens rightly expect from those who govern them.

We need to see the pursuit of a stable climate as an imperative to be secured whatever it costs through the urgent construction of a low carbon global economy, because the cost of not securing it will be far greater.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Europe Has Warmest January On Record</b>
Many European countries had their warmest January since records began, weather offices said on Wednesday, bringing Dutch daffodils out early and triggering grassland fires in Hungary.
<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd--><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->In the Netherlands, January temperatures were the highest since they were first measured in 1706, the Dutch meteorological institute KNMI said on Wednesday, averaging about 7.1 degrees Celsius -- 2.8 degrees more than usual.

Already daffodils were flowering more than a month early in fields south-west of Amsterdam near the North Sea.

In Switzerland, where many ski resorts had been short of snow until heavy falls late last week, MeteoSwiss said January was set to be the warmest on record in Swiss cities.

Hungary also said January had been its warmest on record, with high temperatures and lack of rain causing fires on grasslands in eastern and southeastern Hungary.

The same story was echoed across Europe with Germany's meteorological office DWD saying that January temperature averages of 4.6 degrees Celsius were some five degrees above long-term averages -- making January 2007 together with January 1975, the warmest since records began in 1901.

In most parts of Austria, the temperatures were also the warmest since records began, according to Austria's Central Institute of Meteorology and Geodynamics ZAMG.

Britain said this month could be the second warmest, with 1916 holding the record.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Bird Flu Pandemic 'Inevitable'</b>
14/02/2007 Reuters
World health experts hold strategy talks to cope with a bird flu pandemic they say is virtually inevitable.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Unclear who are involved in the rioting - just leftists?

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>At least 190 arrested in Copenhagen street clashes</b>
12:10PM Friday March 02, 2007

Danish police officers clash with protesters in Copenhagen. Photo / Reuters

COPENHAGEN - Danish police arrested about 190 people in Copenhagen today in violent street clashes after authorities evicted left-wing squatters from a youth centre, a police spokesman said.

Authorities took control of the building in the <b>multi-ethnic</b>, working class Norrebro neighbourhood in an early morning raid. Members of an <b>antiterrorist unit</b> leapt on the roof from helicopters while police officers perching on a crane aimed water cannon through the windows.

After the eviction, scores of demonstrators threw cobblestones at police and set fire to makeshift barricades of trash cans and bicycles. Officers in riot gear chased protesters through the streets and police vans smashed through barricades.

Television footage showed crude weapons that police said they found in the youth house, including crates full of stones and shopping carts wrapped in barbed wire.

One officer and two protesters were injured, police said, including one protester who blew off his hand trying to hurl firecrackers at police.

Clashes flared up again in the evening after a call on the youth centre's website for a demonstration through Norrebro towards the house. Sympathisers from outside Copenhagen arrived by train and in cars to join the demonstration.

During the march, more than 1000 protesters threw bottles and bricks at the police, who responded with tear gas.

Later the unrest spread to near the hippie enclave of Christiania, where rioters smashed shop windows, overturned cars and set them on fire.

"We hope the rain and the cold will help us calm things down," said Flemming Steen Munch, spokesman for Copenhagen police.

According to Danish news agency Ritzau, <b>at least 17 of those arrested are foreigners.</b> Twenty-four people have been remanded in custody, and two have already been sentenced to 27 days in jail for assaulting police, Ritzau said.
('Lefties from the world unite', in Kopenhagen?)

The conflict over the youth centre has been simmering since 2000 when <b>local government sold the building to a religious group. Left-wing activists have used it as a base since 1982.</b>
(What religious group, may we know? Is this like France: where "(deliberately unspecified) 'youths' riot and terrorise police"?
Or is this like India's congressi communist goons who riot and vandalise the neighbourhood when their bosses say Go?)

The current owners have a court order to have squatters evicted, which sparked several clashes last year between police and demonstrators.

The youths have sworn to protect the house and have repeatedly called for a political solution while refusing a proposal to move to another building.

"We made them an offer and I'm sorry that they did not accept it," Copenhagen Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard told a news conference after hurrying back from a ski vacation in Norway. "The police handled the situation very professionally," she said.

<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Also in http://www.theage.com.au/news/World/About-...2338831396.html
'About 190 arrested in Copenhagen clashes'
<b>The world's most corrupt nations</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->While a year ago, some 72 out of 158 nations surveyed by the international watchdog group Transparency International were classified as "corrupt," now 74 of 163 countries fall into the same category. A few, most notably India, managed to bootstrap themselves (just barely) out of the truly corrupt group, while others, particularly Iran, dug themselves more firmly into that camp.

<b>One of the World's dirtiest cities</b>
Ranipet, India
Ranipet’s pollution can affect up to 3 million people, as it is upstream from populous Chennai. Its tannery waste amounted to 1,500,000 tons a year of toxic material. There is contamination of ground and water. There are efforts being made at containment.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Anything multiplied by zero is zero indeed</b>!
<i><b>Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues and freebooters. All Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw." Winston Churchill on the eve of Indian Independence.</b></i><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Coming from the highest echelons of the government, these remain an authentic and a grim reminder of what has gone wrong since Independence. Consider these dismal facts from this document of the Planning Commission:

-Official poverty stands at 28 per cent. Significantly, one has to appreciate that the current definition of poverty is hopelessly inadequate. It is defined on the premise of whether a person can afford to consume 2,400 calories of food in rural India or 2,100 calories of food in urban India per day. Naturally, this limited definition ignores the other bare minimum necessities required for a decent living. Obviously, if one were to consider a more realistically defined poverty line, based on the basic needs for a decent living, the number of poor in India could be far more than the officially stated figure of 30 crore (300 million).
-The abhorrent practice of manual scavenging continues even today.
-Quality of education and curative health services are beyond the reach of the common man and those provided by the private sector are costly and of variable quality.
-A major institutional challenge is that even where service providers exist, the quality of delivery is poor and those responsible for delivering the services cannot be held accountable.
-In the health and education systems, there is a large number of staff vacancies that have not been filled up due to resource constraints.
-The cost of displacements of our tribal population is high and the compensation tardy and inadequate.
-Corruption is now seen to be endemic in all spheres and this problem needs to be addressed urgently.
-The legal system in India is respected for its independence and fairness but it suffers from notorious delays in dispensing justice. Delays result in denial of justice.
-Literacy rate is still below 70 per cent.
-The most difficult task is to ensure good quality of instruction and the position in this respect is disturbing. A recent study found that 38 per cent of the children who have completed four years of schooling cannot read a small paragraph with short sentences meant to be read by a student of class 2. About 55 per cent of such children cannot divide a three-digit number by a one-digit number.
-Drop out rate in primary schools for the country as a whole was at a staggering 31 per cent in 2003-04.
-While some of our institutions of higher education compare well with the best in the world, the average standard is much lower.
-India's infant mortality rates, under-five mortality rates, maternal mortality rates and immunisation rates are higher than that of Sri Lanka, China and Vietnam.
-The biggest constraint in achieving a faster growth of manufacturing is the fact that infrastructure -- roads, railways, ports, airports, communication and electricity -- is not up to the standards prevalent in our competitor countries.
-Indian roads are very accident-prone and claim a large number of lives representing an enormous human and economic loss.
-The Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (APDRP) initiated in 2001 was expected to bring down AT&C losses to 15 per cent by the end of the Tenth Plan. In fact, the average for all states is closer to 40 per cent.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Narayana Murthy sorry, but state govt won't pardon </b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The government on Friday said Murthy’s statement was an “unpardonable offence”. <b>What was Murthy’s offence? During a function at Infosys’ Mysore Global Training campus on April 8, Murthy asked that an instrumental version of the national anthem be played so that foreign guests who didn’t know the words are not “embarrassed”.</b>

The Chief Mentor of Insoys has been under attack since then. "It is an unpardonable offence. There is no need for Murthy to make a statement that instrumental version of the national anthem had to be played to avoid embarrassment to foreigners in his Mysore Global Training campus," State Home Minister M P Prakash told the State Assembly on Friday
Why he is hiring foreigners? He must be embarrassed when those foreigners will see cow, dogs, and filth on road, brown Indians, poverty and what not.
I can only say, it just reflects lack of pride.

Related to Post 129:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The Age Australia today Jan 2007 - 'Terrorists' attack US embassy in Athens<!--QuoteBegin--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->
Attackers fired a rocket into the US embassy in Athens in what police labelled at "act of terrorism" but no-one was hurt.

"This is an act of terrorism. We don't know where from. There was a shell that exploded in the toilets of the building ... it was fired from street level," Attica Police chief Asimakis Golfis told AP.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->[...]
Although the police are still not too certain about who did it, anonymous callers have claimed they're communists (or are they other usual terrorists who have blamed the leftists?) Time will tell.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->And time did tell:
Mudy posted the following link in Islamism thread (about predictable Kosovo islami blowback onto US):
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->In the meantime, cadres, cash and ordnance linked to <b>jihadist outrages all over Europe</b> have been traced back to Kosovo, including the bombings in Madrid (March 2004) and London (July 2005), and<b> a rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in Athens last year.</b><!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Don't know where this goes. No idea if it is the usual suspects. Can swing in any direction.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Monday May 14, 02:53 PM
<b>Ten dead after blast in Russian cafe</b>
Ten people have been found dead after an explosion and fire in a cafe in the Russian city of Orsk, emergency officials said.

Authorities were trying to determine the cause of Sunday's late-night blast and fire in the city about 1,400 kilometres southeast of Moscow, Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov said. He said all the victims were believed to have been found.

Investigators suspect it may have been an arson attack, state-run Vesti-24 television reported, citing a regional emergency official.

The report said the victims, five men and five women, included the cafe's proprietor as well as employees and customers.

A spokesman for the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry, Vladislav Zubchenko, said it was unclear what sparked the fire, seemingly suggesting the blast may have been the result of the blaze and not its cause.

Without citing a specific source, Vesti-24 reported that investigators were not ruling out the possibility that the victims were killed before the fire broke out.

Zubchenko said the cafe was located at a market in Orsk, a city of about 250,000 people in the Orenburg region near the border with the ex-Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.

Firefighters extinguished the fire about 90 minutes after they were alerted of the blaze around midnight, he said.

Commercial disputes have been blamed for occasional bombings and arson attacks at offices, stores, restaurants and other establishments in Russia.

Large food and goods markets are chaotic, often including a mix of ethnic groups, and sometimes the site of violence.

Russia has been plagued by terrorist attacks carried out by militants from war-scarred Chechnya and surrounding provinces in the North Caucasus in recent years.

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<b>World's richest is Mukesh Ambani: Billion-dollar decisions from a billion-dollar home</b>

Read the comments under this article and especialy from Indians.
sour grapes.!!!!
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Indonesian Rupiah with Lord Ganesha</b>
11/21/2007 6:38:24 AM  HK
The Indonesian Government’s 20,000 rupiah note with Lord Ganesha's picture. According to the Finance Minister of Indonesia-The biggest Islamic Nation- the reason for putting Ganesha picture is to "remove all obstacles from the financial development of the State, whose economy during the last ten years has suffered many a crises.

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All India has to do is to grow strong both politically and economically. All our long lost brothers will come back to our fold.

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