WASHINGTON: Militant groups under the banner of the Taliban in Pakistan as well as those operating in South and Central Asia pose the “greatest threat” to Islamabad’s nuclear infrastructure, a report by a US think tank has said.As Pakistan continues to build up its stockpile of nuclear weapons, the Washington-based Federation of American Scientists (FAS) said there is a broad appreciation of the danger of them falling into the hands of what the report called the ‘Pakistani Neo-Taliban’.”The greatest threat to Pakistan’s nuclear infrastructure emanates from jihadists both inside Pakistan and South and Central Asia, generally,” said the FAS report entitled ‘Anatomizing Non-State Threats to Pakistan’s Nuclear Infrastructure: The Pakistani Neo-Taliban’ released yesterday.”While there is a broad appreciation of this danger, there are few substantive studies that identify and explore specific groups motivated and potentially capable of acquiring and employing Pakistani nuclear weapons and/or fissile materials,” the report said.According to The Wall Street Journal, the report is likely to make waves in the US and India, where public opinion towards Pakistan is increasingly hostile in the wake of the secret US raid on a Pakistani Army garrison town which killed Osama bin Laden in his hideout.Noting that there has long been concern over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear infrastructure, the FAS report authored by Charles Blair, director of FAS’s Terrorism Analysis Project, said the killing of bin Laden raises questions about Pakistan’s sympathies to terrorist groups that target the US and its ongoing civil war against many of these same groups have only exacerbated these apprehensions.Blair still believes that it is unlikely Pakistan will lose control of its nuclear materials or weapons, though this report makes it clear that the security situation in Pakistan is only getting worse, said Charles Ferguson, the FAS president.According to the report, with the exception of tanks and airplanes, the Pakistani Neo-Taliban (PNT) has immediate access to virtually any conventional weapon a militant might seek.Military-grade weapons are reportedly available in major towns and cities in all of FATA and growing sections of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.It also said that Pakistan has considered a strong Taliban presence in Afghanistan as a way to counter India’s growing role in that country.”In short, a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan is perceived by the ISI as one that brings stability to the region, is a useful counter against Pakistan’s bête noire India in contested regions of Kashmir, and simultaneously offsets mounting Indian influence in Kabul,” it said.
The visit also came amid the persisting standoff between the government and civil society activists over the Lokpal bill, with Ramdev, who fasted earlier this month against mounting corruption in the country, reiterating his charges against the government for not doing much against back money stashed abroad.
Profusely thanking his supporters at a press conference, Ramdev, blazing with anger, stressed that the entire world saw the injustice done to women and children at the crackdown and charged that police did not come to arrest him June 4, but to kill him.
He said he had come to Delhi on the eve of the 36th anniversary of the imposition of emergency and asserted that the situation “was very much similar to the emergency”.
“At Ramlila Maidan, the police did not come to arrest me, they wanted to kill me. I won’t give any evidence right now, because the case is pending with the Supreme Court,” said Ramdev.
He added that police attacked his supporters when they tried to extinguish the fire which started on the stage. “The attempt to set the stage on fire was again an attempt to kill me. They attacked my supporters who were trying to extinguish the fire.”
Ramdev also lashed out at the way the government reacted to his protest, saying that if they suspected that he was doing something illegal, then why did four ministers go to the airport to meet him when he arrived and why did Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister Pranab Mukherjee write letters to him.
“Government doesn’t want to see Ramdev alive. If it’s a mistake, then we’ll commit such mistakes many times,” he thundered.
With the government trying to expose him over his thriving yoga business, Ramdev asserted that he was innocent.
“If the government finds any black money with me, they can declare it national property,” he said.
He dared the government to come clean on the issue of black money.
“If its not their money, then I ask, why are they afraid of declaring it as national property. I have uploaded all the details of our account in the website. Government should do the same,” he said.
After reaching Delhi, Ramdev rushed to GB Pant Hospital where the 51-yar-old Rajbala was being treated and invoked her condition as the government’s tactic of repression against those protesting corruption and black money.
Rajbala suffered spinal injuries in the June 4 police crackdown.
“Bhrastachaar and atyachar” (corruption and cruelty) was the new rallying cry of Ramdev, who said that his “fight was not illegal” and asserted that and “nobody can silence” him.
“Behen Rajbala is in very critical condition. Only a miracle can save her once the ventilator is removed,” he said. If she lives, she won’t be able to walk again,” he said.
“This government is not only corrupt but also cruel. If I had not asked the people to stay calm, there would have been a pool of dead bodies,” he added.
Ramdev also alleged that there were attempts at rape during the midnight crackdown. “There was attempt to rape the women and molestation… human rights were violated.
“We will give the proof related to this when the time comes,” he said.
Rejecting the charges of being the face of communal forces – an allegation made by some Congress leaders – he said it was a smear campaign.
“I am not the face of any party or organisation, I am not communal, I am only the face of billions of Indians,” he said.
He was asked to leave Delhi and banned from entering the city for 15 days. Ramdev continued his fast in Haridwar and Dehradun till June 12.
Delhi Police has in an FIR on the Ramlila Maidan incident, cited “provocative” speeches made by religious and political leaders, including Baba Ramdev and Sadhvi Ritambara, as the main reason for canceling permission for the yoga guru’s protest at Ramlila Maidan.
Shri Tarun Vijay, created a history by becoming first MP and columnist from India to visit Preah Vihear Temple, under threat to be destroyed by heavy shelling by Thai army. He worshipped at this ancient Shiva temple built between 9th and 12th century. Thai and Cambodian armies have taken war like position on both sides of this temple, built on a hill, bordering both countries. Both countries claim the temple.
Shri Tarun Vijay said it was his dream to visit this world heritage site and do his bit to create public opinion for the safety and preservation of this thousand year old temple which is a pride for this world. He was greeted by the Governor of Preah Vihear H.E. Oum Mara and senior officials of APSARA Authority of Cambodia, the highest govt body to take care of Ang Kor Wat including its Director General, who briefed Shri Tarun Vijay about the real situation and also the decision of ICJ. Prof S. Sahai, a senior scholar and world renowned researcher who has done extensive work on Preah Vihear temple accompanied Shri. Tarun Vijay and gave him all the background material on the temple.
Shri Tarun Vijay took pictures of the Temple including the ones showing damage to the ancient world heritage site by Thai shelling. He lamented that such a world heritgae should become a controversial issue and said that this site needs world attention and a collective will of all the civil citizens of this planet to preserve and safeguard world’s most valuable heritage. He assured that this issue will be taken up with Thai authorities also and he will inform Indian parliament about his visit and his experiences in Cambodia. He said- maintain peace, preserve Preah Vihear, for regional stability and progress.
Shri Tarun Vijay was invited to Phnom Penh to attend the meeting of distinguished diplomats and guests which was addressed by the Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Sok An on the issue of preservation and safeguarding Preah Vihear world heritage. He met and discussed the matter with H.E. Sok An and assured all help to have the Temple area declared as a peace zone. Deputy Prime Minister invited him for a special breakfast meeting at his residence also.
Shri Tarun Vijay said there should be a global consensus to assure that Preah Vihear temple is guaranteed safe passage for the tourists and pilgrims and not a single bullet is fired on it, which is a crime against humanity. He said he will do his best to publicize the Temple in India and felt confident that thousand of Indian Hindus and Buddhists would like to visit the Temple.
Hinduism Summit in Virginia attracts pan-American audience, calls for action
There were traditional Hindu rituals like auspicious conch blowing, lighting of the wick lamp and Vedic recitations as Durga Mandir (Temple of Goddess Durga) in Virginia hosted a Hinduism Summit on Sunday.
Source: (AHN) Reporter: Tejinder Singh
Location: Washington, D.C., United States Published: June 20, 2011 09:49 pm EDT
There were traditional Hindu rituals like auspicious conch blowing, lighting of the wick lamp and Vedic recitations as Durga Mandir (Temple of Goddess Durga) in Virginia hosted a Hinduism Summit on Sunday.
Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA) and Durga Mandir of Virginia organized the summit to bring “to attention the issues faced by Hindus in America and provided unique, practical solutions to the Hindu community,” according to a statement issued by the organizers.
Bhavna Shinde Hurley, Hinduism Education Coordinator of Durga Mandir and Spokesperson of FHA, drew attention to various issues facing Hindus that are not commonly known, such as Hindu youth increasingly converting out of Hinduism, and trivialization of Hindu Deities in American entertainment, art and advertising industries.
Bhavna noted that the red dot (vermillion mark) on the forehead increases concentration while the Agnihotra sacrificial fire can neutralize nuclear radiation.
Maya Jairam, a native of Fort Collins, Colorado, opened the presentations with a firsthand account of growing up in America and embracing Hindu spirituality while S. Kalyanaraman, a Hindu activist who had come from Chennai, India, brought to light the inaccurate and negative depiction of Hinduism in school textbooks and higher academia.
Calling for protests against such inaccuracies, Kalyanaraman proposed erecting a museum as a reminder of the contributions of the Hindu community in America, to gain a voice for Hindus in America.
Shilpa Kudtarkar of Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) shared the importance of spiritual practice and healing measures to successfully overcome the issues faced by the Hindu community, as she explained how these issues have an underlying spiritual component.
It’s another massive blow for the DMK with the Supreme Court rejecting Kanimozhi’s bail application. But, the real trouble may only be beginning. Top Sources in the CBI have told TIMES NOW that the money trail to the Rs 200 Cr ‘bribe’ to Kalaignar TV has extended beyond Cineyug and that another top corporate may be involved in repayment of the so-called loan – a development that spells more trouble for the DMK.
source: Times of India
June 20, 2011
Statement of Dr. Subramanian Swamy,
President of the Janata Party.
It is now clear that the corrupt cotarie that operates out of 10, Janpath, New Delhi has lost all hope on Dr. Manmohan Singh performing for them in the coming months as the 2G Spectrum Scam unravels and the list of accused lengthens with additions from the Congress Party. Hence the mouthpiece of the Janpath cotarie Mr. Digvijay Singh has declared that Mr. Rahul Gandhi is ready to take charge as Prime Minister of India now as if Dr. Manmohan Singh was some kind of regent in the Maino dynasty, waiting for Rahul to grow up.
First of all Mr. Rahul Gandhi should not try to become the Prime Minister of India because of a legal bar arising from Italian law which made him a citizen upon birth (to the then Italian citizen mother in 1970). He has never renounced this inherited citizenship and that he has traveled on Italian passport all over Europe on a alias. Moreover he has for the last two decades a medical history which disqualifies him to hold the post of Prime Minister.
In fact the disabilities, both legal and medical that Mr. Rahul Gandhi suffers from, does not entitle him to even remain as a Member of Parliament. Let him therefore learn from the experience of his mother whose attempt to become the Prime Minister in 2004 was aborted when the President of India Dr. Abdul Kalaam wrote her a letter (which is still to be published) and which letter was read by two witnesses present when Ms Sonia Gandhi received that letter, namely, Mr. Natwar Singh and Dr. Manmohan Singh. It should now be perfectly clear to Ms Sonia Gandhi as well as her two children that there is no legal way by which any of them can ever become the Prime Minister of India.
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Ramdev-run Bharat Swabhiman Trust, saying it wants to hear its version over the eviction of the yoga guru and his supporters from Ramlila Maidan.
A vacation bench comprising justices P. Sathasivam and A.K. Patnaik issued notice to Acharya Virendra Vikram, the president of the Delhi chapter of Bharat Swabhiman Trust.
The apex court said it wants to hear the other side as a chance should be given to them to represent their stand.
The court told senior advocate U.U. Lalit, who appeared for Delhi Police, that police had made several allegations against Baba Ramdev and his followers and the other side should also be heard.
The Supreme Court posted the matter for July 11 for next hearing.
In an affidavit, the city police had told the court that no force was used against the protesters but only eight teargas shells had been lobbed to disperse Baba Ramdev’s supporters after they turned violent and started pelting stones.
Justifying its action, police had said the authorities had given permission to Baba Ramdev to use the ground only to hold a yoga camp.
It had said that instead of holding a yoga camp, Baba Ramdev was “instigating” the crowd during his fast on the issue of corruption and black money at the ground where more than 20,000 people had gathered.
Delhi Police had filed the affidavit following a direction of the apex court which had taken suo motu note of the police crackdown and had directed it to explain why it resorted to such action against Baba Ramdev and his supporters.
The issue is not anyone’s hurt and anyone else’s regret, not even about double taxation avoidance agreements; these are mere irrelevant diversions and delay tactics, mere suppressio veri, suggestio falsi.
The imperative is about our safeguarding children’s wealth to which we are all trustees. This is our dharma.
It is our responsibility, our dharma, to ensure restitution of India’s national wealth stashed away in foreign accounts and bring the wealth back to the nation’s financial system.
The restitution of India’s wealth held abroad means that the money should be fully deployed with integrity and transparency — as a National Initiative for Transparency and Integrity NITI नीति — within India’s financial system to benefit the poor people, to benefit the present and future generations to whom the wealth belongs.
Recent changes in Swiss laws provide for the restitution of illicit finances. That the Swiss government takes the issue seriously (as it did with the Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos’ loot, in 1991) is seen from the announcement that Egypt ex-President Mubarak’s illicit finances have been frozen and would be returned to the people of Egypt.
See the present status of Swiss law at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/38995251/Restitution-of-Illicit-Assets-Act-RIAA
Report of Feb. 19, 2011 Switzerland Freezes Mubarak Regime Assets http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703407304576154843483815936.html
Similar action is called for in the case of Indian black moneys reported by the experts to have been stashed away in foreign accounts. This action should be swift, forceful and emphatic to act as a deterrant to future looters and plunderers.
Indian Blackmoney Abroad Report (IBAR): http://bjp.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6567:executive-summary-of-indian-black-money-abroad-in-secret-banks-and-tax-havens&catid=68:press-releases&Itemid=494
This note tracks down one particular transaction well documented and reported in a reputed magazine of Switzerland, Schweizer Illustriete, about 2.5 billion dollars then said to have been kept in the account of ex-PM of India Rajiv Gandhi. (See the photograph of Rajiv Gandhi which also appeared in this magazine’s report, reproduced below).
The money movements of this transaction have to be tracked down and brought back to India. This is the responsibility of Govt. of India which is accountable to the people of India which ensuring financial propriety, integrity and accountability of politically exposed persons (PEPs) — a term well recognized by all Central Banks of the world.
As our Hon’ble PM often repeats: Caesar’s wife should be above suspicion. PEPs should certainly be who should not be allowed to route illicit finances through Participatory Notes which violate the key principle applicable to PEPs — a financial institution’s responsibility with the financial dictum: KNOW YOUR CLIENT (KYC).
Fluchtgelder500 Millionen in der Schweiz – Imeldas faule Tricks
Weil sie so das Millionen-Vermögen ihres Clans auf Schweizer Banken retten will, kehrte die Diktatoren-Witwe Imelda Marcos jetzt nach Manila zurück.
SI 46/1991 – Fluchtgelder – Seiten 38/39
Translation to English: Flight capital500 million in Switzerland – Imelda dirty tricks
Because they are so will save millions of their clan’s assets in Swiss banks, the dictator’s widow Imelda Marcos now returned to Manila.
Tot. 2.5 Milliarden Franken auf Englischen Gehwinkontes in der Schweiz
Translation from German: Tot. 2.5 billion Swiss francs in Switzerland on English Gehwinkontes
Autor: Daniela Gisler
pdf version: http://www.schweizer-illustrierte.ch/sites/default/files/SI-46-1991-Seiten-38-41.pdf
…Writing a column in The New Indian Express on January 3, 2011, titled ‘Zero Tolerance, Secret Billions’, S Gurumurthy, one of India’s well-known chartered accountants and an expert on these matters, pointed out to the expose of over a dozen Third World politicians contained in Schweizer Illustrierte, in its issue dated November 19, 1991, six months after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.
The venerable Swiss magazine alleged that approximately $2.2 billion was lying in the credit of a numbered Swiss bank account in the name of Rajiv Gandhi. As Rajiv Gandhi has been assassinated by then, there could be no possible denial or verification.
Similarly, Dr Yevgeniya Albats, the author of The State Within a State: KGB and Its Hold on Russia, too has pointed out to the payments by the KGB to several prominent Indians in the seventies and the eighties through such accounts…
The Swiss magazine has not carried any further story on the said numbered accounts since then. What happened to the money? Is it still lying with the Swiss bank? What have successive governments done to follow up on this story? …
Or was the reputed Schweizer Illustriertecompletely wrong on this matter? If so, why is it that the government of India has not sought an official apology from the Swiss magazine, especially given the fact that the person — a former prime minister of the country, no less — is not around to defend his honour?
Fascinatingly, his party has been in power for eleven of the nineteen years since then. Yet, there is complete silence from the party. More interesting is the fact that in the rest of the period, his political opponents have been in power. They too remained silent when they could have easily pursued the matter.
When it comes to the tax havens, ostrich not peacock would be our national bird
What is crucial according to Gurumurthy is that this information of the late Rajiv Gandhi having a Swiss account has been in public domain for over a decade. Gurumurthy points out “A G Noorani, a well-known columnist, had reported on bothSchweizer Illustrierte and Albats’ exposes in Statesman.
Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy had put out the photocopies of the pages ofSchweizer Illustrierte and Albats’ book on his web site along with the mail of the Swiss magazine, dated February 23, 2002, confirming that in its article of November 1991 it had named Rajiv Gandhi with a total of Swiss Franc 2.5 billion ($2.2 billion) in a secret account.”
“This was again recalled in my article inThe New Indian Express (April 29, 2009) written in response to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s speech at Mangalore (April 27, 2009) declaring that, “the Congress was taking steps to address the issue of untaxed Indian money in Swiss banks,” Gurumurthy writes.
Gurumurthy continues “Rajinder Puri, a reputed journalist, has also earlier written on the KGB disclosures in his column on August 15, 2006. Recently, in India Today (December 27, 2010) the redoubtable Ram Jethmalani has referred to the Swiss expose, asking where is that money now?
Yet the Congress has not reacted to these allegations to this date. It has maintained a stoic silence — except for the fact that the prime minister has made a tacit admission last week that bringing back the money from tax havens would a long-drawn affair!