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Posted: 22 February 2013 at 8:15am | IP Logged

Govt had warned of bombs that killed 16 in Hyderabad

By Shafiq Mohammed

HYDERABAD, India | Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:45pm IST

(Reuters) - India had intelligence agency warnings of a security threat several days before two bombs went off in a market in the city of Hyderabad, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on Friday, adding that the death toll had risen to 16.

Four people were in critical condition after the near-simultaneous explosion of the bombs planted on bicycles on Thursday, Shinde told parliament after visiting the site and a hospital treating some of the 117 wounded.

Hyderabad is a major IT centre in India, only second to Bangalore. Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Google (GOOG.O) have centres in the city. The blasts happened in a market near a middle-class neighbourhood across the city from the business district.

Shinde faced anger over the attack from opposition politicians who questioned whether the government had done enough to prevent it after the warning. Police said two of three security cameras at the market were not working at the time.

No group claimed responsibility and Shinde said it was too early to make accusations.

Pakistan condemned the attack. India often blames its Muslim neighbour and old rival for militant attacks including a commando-style assault in Mumbai that killed 166 people in 2008.

"Being itself a victim of terrorism, Pakistan fully understands and shares the pain and agony of the people of India," the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Police were deployed throughout Hyderabad to prevent violence between Hindus and Muslims in the city where there has recently been tension between the two communities. Bomb blasts in India have in the past led to clashes.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition force in the country, called for a one-day strike in Hyderabad on Friday to protest against the attack.

Shinde said the federal government had warned states of an unspecified threat though no particular target was identified.

"A general alert was given in the past two to three days to the whole country. And that's all," he told reporters.

The explosions come less than two weeks after India hanged Afzal Guru for his involvement in an attack on parliament in 2001. Authorities say a bomb that killed 17 at Delhi High Court in 2011 was planted by militants who wanted Guru's death sentence commuted.

How effective the government is in preventing militant is a political issue in India and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Congress party has had to fend off accusations by the BJP of being weak on security.

The hanging of Guru, who denied involvement in the parliament attack, was seen by some commentators as a show of strength by a government gearing up for a general election due by early next year.

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj criticised the government for not doing enough to prevent the Hyderabad blasts.

"What exactly did you do to stop it?" Swaraj asked during a special debate in parliament.

(Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Additional reporting by Satarupa Bhattacharjya and Annie Banerji; Editing by Matthias Williams and Robert Birsel)

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Jallianwala Bagh massacre deeply shameful, says Cameron

Rohan Dua, TNN Feb 21, 2013, 01.55AM IST


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  • Wednesday became the first British prime minister since the Empire crumbled to visit the site of the worst colonial massacre at Jallianwala Bagh, where he took off his shoes, knelt in mourning but stopped short of making a formal apology.

"This was a deeply shameful event in British history, one that Winston Churchill rightly described at that time as monstrous," the left-handed Cameron wrote in the visitors' notebook at the memorial of the April 13, 1919 massacre which left nearly 1,000 people dead as soldiers were ordered to fire on a crowd of unarmed men, women and children locked inside the public park. Colonial records put the toll at 379.

As families of the victims and historians criticized Cameron for not making a full apology, the Conservative PM said it would be wrong to "reach back into history and to seek out things you can apologize for."

A British daily quoted him as saying, "I think the right thing is to acknowledge what happened, to recall what happened, to show respect and understanding for what happened."

Although Cameron, who also made a trip to the Golden Temple, had put Amritsar on his itinerary with an eye on the Sikh vote in Britain, his remarks could end up re-opening wounds rather than acting as a balm.

In the visitor's book, Cameron wrote: "We must never forget what happened here," twice underlining the word "never." "And in remembering we must ensure that the UK stands up for the right of peaceful protest around the world."

"If he said it was shameful, why did he not apologize," asked Sunil Kapoor, president of the Jallianwala Bagh Freedom Fighters' Foundation. "I am not satisfied he did not meet the families. We have waited for 94 years for justice," London's Guardian newspaper quoted him as saying.

Cameron also rejected a demand for the return of the Kohinoor diamond, saying, "I certainly don't believe in returnism."

However, among those who felt Cameron's trip to Amritsar and his choice of words were sufficient healing was Sukumar Mukherjee, who's family has looked after the memorial since 1919. "The 94-year-old wait has ended today. British PM David Cameron appeared apologetic for what our then colonial masters did. There was remorse in his voice. The damage can't be undone but the British government's gesture is moving," he said.

A senior UK diplomat told TOI that Cameron had, on Tuesday evening, thought many times on how best to express his regret. "At a small meeting, he said he wanted to make a serious attempt to make amends for the tragedy. However, he was unsure of using the word apology, thinking that it would set a precedent leading to apologies for other events throughout British colonial history," the diplomat said on condition he not be named.

Just minutes before he wrote the telling remarks, he told a few journalists: "It was a terrible act."

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February 22, 2013 12:05:16 AM | By FPJ Bureau

After nuke test, it's iron fist at pokhran!

Pranab  and  a delegation of 28 Parliamentarians will witness the  biggest-ever firepower display by the IAF.

War Game: An  IAF transport plane dropps paratraoopers at

the full  dress reharsal of " Iron Fist" exercise on Wednesday.

Jaisalmer : President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and a delegation of 28 parliamentarian will witness the biggest-ever Indian Air Force wargames -Iron Fist ' at the Pokhran range on Friday.

Security has been enhanced in the entire district ahead of VVIPs visit. Delegates from over 60 countries will also grace the occasion.The IAF's public relations officer said, the IAF would showcase more than 30 types of platforms and weapons systems amounting to a participation of over 200 aircraft.

"This fire power display will demonstrate the day-and-night employability of air power by frontline fighter aircraft, including Su-30 MKI, Mirage-2000, Jaguar, MiG-21, MiG-27, MiG-29 and Hawks. The transport aircraft taking part in the exercise would include ' C130J, AN-32, Embraer and IL-76, while Mi-8, Mi-17 V5, Mi-17 1V and Mi-35 attack helicopters will constitute the rotary wing ingredients," he said. The IAF would also be showcasing for the first time its surface-to-air missile systems and its latest aircraft Pilatus PC-7 Mk II. The events at the Iron Fist intend to display various aspects of fire power like air defence operations, counter surface force operations, urban warfare and combat search and rescue operations. Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), two of the most prestigious indigenous projects, would also form a part of the display. In addition, IAF's para jumping team ' Akash Ganga, air warrior drill team and air warrior symphony orchestra would also                      perform. Aimed at providing the nation the reassurance that the IAF will deliver whenever called upon, a demonstration of this magnitude is being carried out for the first time by day, dusk and night. Very few air forces in the world can achieve this feat.

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  One Woman: That  Man standing there is a    Damn fool.

   Another Woman: Why, what happened?

  He thinks women's  monthly  is a ladies    Magzine.

Teacher : Boys question papers have
been prepared and given to the press.
There are 5 days to begin exams. so
revise your lessons and do well.
Any question?

Student : Please sir, name the printing press.

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Hina Rabbani's Fine - Dinning Restauarent Offers Electric Menu 

The ambience at the Polo Lounge is serene and reeks of old money, a lot like its owner, some would say. After all, the fine-dining restaurant is Hina Rabbani Khar's 'baby'. (Pic: BCCL)

ISLAMABAD: The ambience at the Polo Lounge is serene and reeks of old money, a lot like its owner, some would say. After all, the fine-dining restaurant is Hina Rabbani Khar's 'baby'. On the menu are steak, prawn and lobster - quite fittingly "foreign" for an eatery owned by Pakistan's foreign minister.

An outdoor restaurant with spectacular views of the Margalla Hills in Islamabad's upmarket Saidpur Village, the Lounge attracts the who's who of the capital city. It's the second in a chain of restaurants started by Khar, who has a degree in hospitality management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The first Polo Lounge came up at a polo club in Lahore 11 years ago. Khar's businessman husband Feroze Gulzar is a polo aficionado.

The restaurant bears the aristocratic stamp of Khar, who comes from a wealthy, land-owning family. These days, though, the business is more or less run by her partner Asma Ramday, daughter-in-law of a retired supreme court judge. "I've been busy," Khar explained to a journalist once. Yes, she chose the interiors, including the furniture and the paint. "But a restaurant is a 24-hour job and my poor partner has been running the show. I will make up for it when I get the time."

That's modest, considering the Islamabad branch owes its existence to Khar. Polo Lounge was one of the many businesses which responded to an advertisement put out by Islamabad's civic body, Capital Development Authority, in May 2008, inviting investors to set up businesses at the remodelled Saidpur Village. Those interested were required to apply by June 9, 2008. But, said a CDA official, Polo Lounge's application, pinned with the official visiting card of Hina R Khar, landed in the office of CDA's chairman on August 13, 2008.

A month later, CDA's offer letter was on its way to the management of Polo Lounge in Lahore, he said. At that time, Khar was minister for economic affairs.

A senior CDA official said that had the sites for restaurants in the village been auctioned instead of being leased out, the civic body would have earned at least 10 times more. Polo Lounge's monthly lease payment is around $1,190 - modest considering the market value of the place.

But, such instances hardly raise eyebrows here; using one's name to make big bucks wouldn't even fall in the ambit of dishonesty by Pakistani standards. In a country where big-ticket corruption is rampant, Khar enjoys the reputation of being 'Ms Clean'. No major scam has been unearthed against her since she joined the government as minister of state for economic affairs under Musharraf's military regime a decade ago. One of the country's richest ministers, she paid only $720 in taxes last year. In Pakistan, this is par for the course.

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  1.                "Romance is the poetry of literature.

  2.                - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  3.                                                                    **
  4.                "The greatest healing therapy is friendship and l                      love. 

  5.                   - Hubert H. Humphrey"
  6.                 "How bold one gets when one is sure of being
  7.                  loved! -

  8.                 Sigmund Freud"
  9.                "Since love grows within you, so beauty grows.                  For  love is the beauty of the soul.
                   - St. Augustine"

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What is this between good and evil -
Are you good and am I bad?
Which of us is true devil?
Think of this and you'll be sad.

Two sides of the coin,
The two faces of Man;
Where are you going?
Where have I gone?

The Right and the Wrong
Are both within us.
Sing your own song,
And ride your own bus.

Try and get to some place.
Do some nice thing.
Never fall from grace _
Happiness this will bring.

Contentment you will find,
And the purpose of life,
It is all in the mind;
Don't create your own strife. 

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