27.5.15

Angie betrayed Germany

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Merkel deceived German public on US espionage pact: Report

By Presstv.com

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deceived her people about an inclination by the United States to sign a no-spy agreement with Germany, according to a new report.
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The high-circulation daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday that Merkel’s claims in the run-up to the general elections in 2013 regarding Washington’s readiness to stop espionage on Berlin had been totally fake.
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The report, which is based on some confidential documents seen by some German broadcasters, said that Merkel was aware at the time that the US would not agree to refrain from spying, but she, along with members of her government, still led the public to believe that this would be the case.
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According to a document, which has also been seen by Merkel, Germany’s then-foreign minister Guido Westerwelle received “no concrete confirmation” from US Secretary of State John Kerry after asking him about the possibility of such an agreement between Berlin and Washington.
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Merkel has repeatedly been criticized in the German media about her deceptive methods of handling the controversial US espionage case with many saying that she has tried to mislead the public about the deep layers of cooperation between the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the German intelligence service BND.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (© AFP)
According to leaked reports, the US espionage apparatus has been actively spying on members of the German government as well as industrial enterprises for years.
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Revelations over the past two years have proved that BND has been engaged in an extensive cooperation with the NSA, with documents showing that the German intelligence agency has provided its US partners with a huge collection of data on the activities of German and European firms for more than 10 years.
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Earlier in May, Germany's federal prosecutor launched a preliminary probe into the case following media reports and demands by opposition politicians for more information on the unfolding scandal.
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According to the German magazine, Der Spiegel, BND has collected information on European firms at Washington's behest to see if they were violating trade embargoes.
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The magazine has also claimed that in 2013, the BND officials ordered its staff to delete some 12,000 email addresses, IP addresses and phone numbers, mostly from senior German officials who had been under NSA surveillance.

 

25.5.15

India's foreign aid strategy....what strategy?

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Mongolia gets $1bn while Maharashtra farmers die, says Sena

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India can only fight a hot war on multiple fronts for a meager 3 weeks

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India faces severe ammunition shortage, can fight war for only 20 days: CAG

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India cannot fight a war beyond 15-20 days due to crippling shortages in its ammunition stocks. To add to its woes, the home-grown Tejas light combat aircraft is still nowhere near being combat-ready despite being in the making for over 30 years.

This grim reality of the critical shortfall in ammunition reserves adversely impacting the operational readiness of the 1.18-million Army as well as the problems dogging the Tejas fighter, which has led to a sharp fall in the number of IAF fighter squadrons, has been repeatedly highlighted by TOI.

On Friday, it was made official by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. In reports tabled in Parliament, the audit watchdog attacked the Tejas Mark-I jet for being just about 35% indigenous and falling short on as many as 53 technical requirements, greatly reducing its capabilities and survivability in combat.


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It also slammed the defence establishment for the dismal management of ammunition in the Army, expressing shock that there was total "disregard" of the policy to hold ammunition for 40 days of "intense" fighting under the war wastage reserves (WWR).

Stocking of 125 of the 170 different types of ammunition was not enough for even 20 days of war-fighting or "minimum acceptable risk level" requirements. "Further, in 50% of the types of ammunition, the holding was critical or less than 10 days in March 2013," said CAG.

The situation has not changed much since then. As reported by TOI, the approved Army "ammunition roadmap" holds the desired 40-day WWR will only be possible by 2019, which as things stand now does not seem achievable.

The CAG said while the Ordnance Factory Board was failing to meet the requirements due to its limited production capacity, the import route was also proving to be "unreasonably" slow. "In 17 import cases (total imports worth Rs 16,594 crore) for which acceptance of necessity was accorded in July 2013, no contract could be concluded by December 2014," it said.



As for Tejas, the CAG held the fighter was "dependent on foreign sources" for important components such as engine, multi-mode radar, radome, flight control system actuators, multi-functional display system and the like.

Moreover, Tejas Mark-I is "deficient" in electronic warfare capabilities as the self-protection jammer could not be fitted on it due to space constraints. "The radar warning receivers/counter-measure dispensing systems fitted on the aircraft are also having performance issues," it said.

The Tejas Mark-II, with more powerful engines and weight reduction, which is what the IAF wants, is still on the drawing board. As of now, the fighter cannot fire BVR (beyond-visual range) missiles or drop laser-guided bombs, nor is capable of undergoing mid-air refueling. It, hopefully, will be able to do so when the Mark-I gets its final operational clearance (FOC) by December 2015.

"IAF would be constrained to use Mark-I, which has reduced survivability, lower performance, lower range and endurance, reduced pilot protection, reduced operational capability and reduced weapon accuracy," it said.


Read in Hindi: सेना के पास केवल 15-20 दिन युद्ध लड़ने का गोला-बारूद — CAG


Not the NAVY.

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Sadly LAND POWER India is building another aircraft carrier, the third in its arsenal, which will be ready by 2025, using American technology, based on EXISTENTIAL THREATS from CHINA, just as Modi visits China.

How wrong can this get?

It gets more wrong as money meant for a Mountain Strike Corps to meet REAL THREATS, as a pose to imaginary ones is siphoned off to pay for the aircraft carrier. Clearly London Sahib had a hand in this utterly stupid decision. The RSS emerged and blossomed during British colonial rule, as a ruse to polarize Indian society through rabid extremist religious dogma.....just as the Muslim League was Christened by the British Raj in Bengal in 1905, on the eve of dividing Bengal on religious lines.

The RSS now bow to London Sahib wishes, by this simple act of diverting MSC funds for a white elephant aircraft carrier project, to be built by 2025 using American technology. FUCK!

London Sahib has been encouraging both India and Iran through their spies, to divert vital military resources of two developing nations (who don't spend a lot on their military---because they distrust them...(Iran 3% of GDP....India 1.7% of GDP) into the NAVY. In the case of Iran, even though the Israelis for the better part of 20 years have been threatening air strikes with America on LAND TARGETS in PERSIA a billion times......the Israeli spies in Iran's security keep shouting about the navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy. navy, navy and navy.Fucking navy!

India has fought a good many wars UP THE MOUNTAIN.....1948....1962....1965......1971 was undertaken on the basis that the mountain passes would be snowed under......1999 Kargil. Saichen Glacier 1990---2002?

There are daily incursions, and exchange of fire in the LOC...and LAC.....since 1947.

During the recent Chinese Premiers visit to India, Chinese troops invaded and occupied Indian territory, indicating that a Busharaf fraction exists in the PLA.....who don't want peace and co -existence with India.

China claims Arunchal Pradesh.

Pakistan still claims Kashmir.

You would think that a nation that spends so little on defense, BUT has fought so many defensive wars should hedge its bets on the VERY REAL threats, rather than on Existential threats....from the future.

But no, the ass fucks in the RSS have decided to honor the intrigues of London Sahib for allowing them to exist and blossom during the British Raj.....1921? Just after Gandhi began his non-violent campaigns, and other Indian revolutionaries intensified their campaign for Independence.

The RSS emerged and intensified their Hindutva campaign, specifically at that time. They channeled their energy fighting fellow Indians.....both Muslim, and specifically Hindu Indian leaders (Gandhi).

THE DREADNOUGHT FEVER BEFORE WWI. 
 
The British built the first dreadnought in 1906.

With the launch of the dreadnought, a dreadnought fever developed in ALL powers and would be powers to build such ships.

Wiser counsel would say that certain not so great LAND POWERS should have pooled their meager resources into their army, where the critical and decisive battles would be fought that would ultimately decide the fate of the overall war beyond all else....but no!

The ever weakening Ottoman Empire was one such victim of the dreadnought fever.

The Jewish Young Turks were maneuvered into power by the Rothschilds of London (Just as the RSS have been in India) The Young Turks sounded like the RSS......appealing NOT to the unity of the country in a COSMOPOLITAN nation, but to Pan-Turanic nationalism that was in all cases illusionary, impractical and dangerous.

The Ottoman Empire lost the Balkans war of 1912-1913. You would think that given their very recent experience ALL resources would be funneled into the army, mobilizing to 360,000 on the eve of WWI.......NO...the Jewish Young Turks installed by the Rothschilds of London, instead opted for a big navy, including the purchase of 2 modern dreadnoughts from who??????...................................from the UK. Not Mausers and Krupps artillery from Germany, OR the upgrading and EXPANSION OF their meager 2 munitions factories built by the French in the 19th century.

In order for poor poverty stricken Ottoman empire to be able to purchase modern dreadnoughts...a pathetic melodrama of epic cinematic proportions took place where the Jewish Young Turks appealed to the nation to give their ALL for their country....a Dreadnathon Charity took place...and old people, young children, poor families across the country gave their life savings to be able to purchase the two British Dreadnoughts.(1913-1914).

War broke out, organized by the Rothschilds and NY bankers...and the Jew Young Turks NATURALLY looked to London for an alliance OF-COURSE......after all London was their original patron. The Jew Young Turks approached London 3 times for an alliance ........BUT the Rothschilds...sorry London refused the Turkish overtures. The Ottoman Empire had to be destroyed, so that Israel could be created....and the Jewish Young Turks would help London achieve this objective. To encourage the Jewish Young Turks to choose the wrong/right side in the war, the British immediately confiscated the 2 dreadnoughts being built in the UK meant for the Turkish navy. Then mysteriously two German dreadnoughts sailed from the other side of the Mediterranean UNHINDERED by the Royal navy into Turkish waters, where many British and French warships would be sunk subsequently by the Turks....AND the Germans went to Istanbul and told the Jewish Young Turks...'ich liebe dich' and handed over the two ships free to the Turks. The Germans then sent a military delegation to guide the Ottoman empire's ARMY...ARMY...ARMY.....led by General Liman Von Sanders a Crypto-Jew......who would play a decisive role at Gallipoli, along with the other crypto-Jew in that sorry saga, Colonel Kemal.

Dreadnought fever also caught Imperial Russia.....another poverty stricken would be power, which relied on French handouts to a certain extent to build its strategic infrastructure.

Imperial Russia lost the war against Imperial Japan in 1905. The decisive factor was the defeat on LAND, in Manchuria. The Jews sensing a weakness in the regime after its defeat organized a REVOLUTION in Russia, where the Czar conceded many of his powers.......loss of legitimacy.

You would think given that experience there would be a massive re-organisation of the Imperial Russian army officered up to 50% by the nobility inept officer class....and greater expenditure on maxim guns and artillery....and overall modernisation of the ARMY....NO! The Czar decided that what LAND POWER Russia needed was a bigger and better navy.....spending $600 million into that direction between 1908-1914.

Ultimately Russia lost the GREAT WAR on the land....and through the inappropriate readiness and archaic nature of the Russian army.

 



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Eye on China, Modi government clears funds for India's largest-ever warship


India has finally set the ball rolling for the eventual construction of its largest-ever warship, the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier INS Vishal. The defence acquisitions council (DAC) has sanctioned an initial Rs 30 crore as seed money for the project.

Just before PM Narendra Modi left for China on Wednesday night, the Manohar Parrikar-led DAC cleared a flurry of long-pending projects for ultra-light howitzers, medium-transport aircraft, light utility helicopters and the like worth over Rs 25,000 crore, as reported by TOI.

But tucked away in the approvals was the relatively minor amount of Rs 30 crore for the indigenous aircraft carrier-II (IAC-II). But its potential is huge, and very significant for a country that is vying with China for the same strategic space in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Carrier battle groups are the final word in raw power projection around the globe, capable as they are of travelling 600 nautical miles a day with their supersonic fighters and missiles as well as accompanying destroyers, frigates and submarines.

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Officials said there were three main reasons for the DAC's green signal to the "commencement of preparatory work for construction of IAC-II". INS Vishal is likely to have nuclear propulsion for greater endurance as well as CATOBAR (catapult assisted take-off but arrested recovery) configuration for launching fighters as well as heavier aircraft from its deck.


The first obviously is the increasing presence of the Chinese Navy in the IOR, coupled with its assiduous attempts to establish logistical bases in the region. "After inducting its first carrier Liaoning in 2012, China is building four carriers, two conventional and two nuclear-powered. The latter will be over 90,000-tonne super carriers like the American Nimitz-class ones," said an officer.

Two, the 56-year-old INS Viraat will retire early next year, leaving India with only one operational aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The 40,000-tonne IAC-I or INS Vikrant being built at Cochin Shipyard will be ready for induction only by 2018-2019, as earlier reported by TOI.

"It will take well over a decade to build INS Vishal. Its size, propulsion, its aircraft etc will have to be finalized before the construction can actually begin," he added.

Finally, India and the US are now set to collaborate on aircraft carrier technologies, with New Delhi having asked Washington to share technology for EMALS (electromagnetic aircraft launch systems) developed by General Atomics, under the bilateral Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI). "US defence secretary Ashton Carter and the top brass of General Atomics are slated to come to India in the first week of June," said another official.

All Indian carriers till now have had angled ski-jumps for fighters to take off under their own power in STOBAR (short take-off but arrested recovery) operations. But this limits operations to only fighters like MiG-29Ks. With CATOBAR, IAC-II will be able to handle more as well as heavier aircraft for surveillance, early-warning, electronic warfare and other operations.

Keep moving .......ahead, faster...nothing to worry about

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India's trade is about $822 billion for 2014, and about 15% of the $5.5 trillion PPP GDP.

India's growth has not come from EXPORTS, but from domestic investment and consumption.

So a slump in Exports from the $336 billion figure of 2014 is nothing to worry about in any real sense.

AND again NO......there is no correlation between India's domestic investment and consumption led growth, and general global decline in demand due to the slowing of the Chinese economy, Europe and an USA economic collapse.

India needs to re-orientate its focus  on trade with STILL buoyant economies like Japan, South Korea.....yes China, Russia, Persia, SAARC neighbors, ASEAN ........and so forth in anticipation of economic slump in the EU and North America.

Readjustment of trading priorities to meet the very reasonable figure of $900 billion exports for 2019. The Indian government may wish to play a significant role in this direction.

AND finally I repeat again, the Soviet model under Comrade Stalin between 1928--1941...where his command economy, under detailed planning achieved on average 20% GDP growth rates year in year out. Obviously the totalitarian government exacted a heavy sacrifice from the population (butter and jam tomorrow), which would be politically unacceptable in Democratic India. BUT that is not the point of the argument. The point is that despite sanctions by the Western powers, and the Great Depression of the late 1920's and early 1930's.....the Soviet Union still achieved through heavy INVESTMENT in INDUSTRY and INFRASTRUCTURE remarkable economic growth.......and the secret source of China's economic miracle since 1980, with the aid of foreign capital investment, and Capitalist legal instruments in specialized trading Zones, through the far sighted leadership of Deng Xiaoping.

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Export slump cast shadow on growth prospects


Reuters and Times of India.

India's exports slumped for the fifth straight month in April from a year earlier, dragged down by fall in global demand that has cast a shadow over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal of achieving over 8 per cent growth in 2015/16 fiscal year.

 

 

The ongoing weakness in merchandise exports, which account for about 16 per cent of India's roughly $2 trillion economy, will weigh on January to March economic growth numbers due to be released on May 29.

Modi sees manufacturing and export-led growth as the best way to create jobs for the millions of young people who helped him gain power last year.

He aims to almost double goods and services exports to $900 billion in the next four years.

 

But merchandise exports contracted 14 per cent in April. The trade deficit narrowed to $10.99 billion as oil imports declined by more than 42 per cent from a year earlier, data released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry showed on Friday.
 

Exporters said falling global commodity and crude oil prices had so far partly offset their lower overseas sales, but they fear more gloom - as demand is falling further, particularly in oil exporting and Latin American countries.

 

 

 "There is a fall in order booking for coming months, particularly from buyers in the Middle East, Africa and Latin American countries," said Ajay Sahai, a senior executive at the Federation of Indian Export Organisations.

 

 

 He warned that exporters could be forced to lay off workers if sales orders continued to decline over the next 4-5 months.

Some relief could come from the Reserve Bank of India, which has cut policy rates twice this year to 7.5 per cent because of slower consumer inflation, and is expected to make borrowing cheaper again when it meets for a policy review on June 2.

To counter slack global demand, Modi has vowed to modernise overloaded roads, ports and railways in a bid to make India's exports more competitive. This week, he is visiting top trading partner China, hoping to invigorate exports.

India's economy expanded 7.5 per cent year-on-year during the three months ending in December, higher than China's 7.3 per cent growth recorded in that quarter. 

  

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How Akbar went from great to not-so-great

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The Akbar vs Rana Pratap debate is driven by myth-making rather than facts, say scholars.

In the latter half of the 16th century, when Elizabethan England was persecuting Catholics and the Spanish Inquisition had become an instrument of terror, one Indian ruler had established the first nursery of Indian secularism at Fatehpur Sikri. He held socio-religious and spiritual discussions with men of different faiths at the ibadatkhana. 
 That was Mughal emperor Akbar, a man far ahead of his time.

But the emperor's legacy is now under siege. Last week in Delhi, members of a Hindutva outfit defaced the signage of a road named after Akbar and several other Muslim rulers. They wanted these roads renamed after Hindu rulers like Shivaji and Maharana Pratap.

Days later, Union home minister Rajnath Singh demanded the epithet 'great' for Rana Pratap. He also said that the rest of the country should follow Rajasthan's example and devote a full chapter to the Mewar ruler in history textbooks. Many interpreted this as an official signal to knock down one of India's most remarkable rulers.

A smear campaign against the emperor seems to be currently running on social media. Tweets, Facebook posts, blogs and chainmail are calling Akbar a "rapist, looter and killer coming from a family of drunkards, illiterates, homosexuals and child molesters". And all sorts of falsehoods culled from TV serials, myths, legends, and propaganda are being passed off as the "real history of Akbar".

"It's unfortunate that people are so gullible that they lap up fiction as fact. While there can be no doubt that Maharana Pratap was an important figure in history, it's unfair to compare him with Akbar," says archaeologist and historian Dr KK Mohammed, who discovered Akbar's ibadatkhana at Fatehpur Sikri in the 1980s.

The scholar elaborates his point with a historical anecdote: "Once in Hormuz, some Portuguese had tied a copy of the Quran around the neck of an ass and released it in the market. When Hamida Bano Begum, Akbar's mother, learnt about it, she asked the emperor to tie the Bible around a dog's neck and release it in Agra. Akbar refused. If the actions of the Portuguese were wrong, then this would be wrong too, he reasoned. His stance showed his remarkable mind and spirit."

Professor Jos Gommans of Leiden University says for the cohesion of India as a nation, Akbar will do a much better job as a hero than Rana Pratap or Shivaji. "Akbar inspired even Dutch liberals in the mid-19th century to build a secular society without religious interference."

Dirk Collier, author of The Emperor's Writings: Memories of Akbar the Great, points out that historical facts are being ignored in the debate. "The resistance of Maharana Pratap against Akbar has often been portrayed as a desperate and noble struggle for Hindu independence against the overwhelmingly superior forces of a Muslim invader, but, as most historians agree, it was hardly that. The Hindu kings of Amber, Bikaner and Bundi sided with Akbar, and even Rana Pratap's own brother Sagaraj did the same. Pratap's army, on the other hand, included large Afghan contingents. Only 30 years before the fall of Chittor, an earlier Rana of Mewar had marched against the neighbouring king of Malwa in alliance with the Muslim sultan of Gujarat. In other words: the Mewar conflict was essentially one of local rivalries," he says.

A current television serial eulogises Rana Pratap and vilifies Akbar as an ever-scheming, bloodthirsty bigot. Its impact has been such that one blogger says her five-year-old neighbour is yet to study history but already hates Akbar. But, argues historian Tripta Wahi, Akbar's secularism remains unmatched even today. "He separated religion from the state — his Tauheed-i-Illahi or Din-i-Illahi was essentially a reflection of that policy. It was Akbar who had abolished slavery in India. He also abolished sati in his empire, centuries before Sir William Bentinck," she says.

Wahi also points out that in the 1560s, when the Mughals were trying to create a bigger state system, the indigenous states, Hindu as well as Muslim, were resisting it. "Akbar was resisted by the Sharqis of Jaunpur, the Afghan sultans of Bengal, the Bahmani kingdom and its splinter states, Gujarat and Malwa — all these were Muslim kingdoms. And some of them resisted for far longer than Mewar. Yet you don't hear the proponents of Hindutva talking about Chand Bibi or Malik Ambar of Ahmednagar sultanate."

The historian points out that Akbar made intelligent use of secularism in his statecraft. For instance, post-war, he treated defeated Rajputs and Muslims differently. He returned to Rajputs their vatanjagirs (patrimonial estates) and gave them high mansabs in his military bureaucracy. Neither favour was granted to defeated Muslim landed gentry. Akbar wanted the Rajputs to become important shareholders in his successes. Across the border in Pakistan, Akbar is not seen as a great ruler either. Islamic hardliners there sometimes dismiss him as the "infidel king" for his secular views. All of Pakistan's missiles or weapon systems are named after Babur, Ahmed Shah Abdali, Mahmud of Ghazni or Muhammad Ghori but none after Akbar.

Ironically enough, in India, there are no public buildings or spaces named after the Great Mughal. But there are roads, universities and public buildings — including an airport — named after Maharana Pratap.

24.5.15

India's second aircraft carrier

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This is India's second aircraft carrier for the LAND POWER of India.

A third will be built in India, using some USA technology, and will be the biggest.

A total waste of public funds for a country that actually spends very little on defense...at just 1.7 % of its official PPP GDP.....$4 trillion out of a total PPP GDP of $5.5 trillion. 

India's REAL defense budget at official USA 2015 prices is nearer $90 billion......officially it is just $37 billion.

But feels good for a nation with superficial super power pretensions.

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Russia wants friendship between China and India

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China-India Rapprochement Is Paramount For Russia

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Russia is friendly to both and would like to see the two put their differences arising from boundary dispute and territorial claims aside to improve the prospects for BRICS and other forms of cooperation
By staff writers of Russia Insider

The visit of the Indian Prime Minister to Beijing could signal a breakthrough in relations with China. While the two countries work closely together on many issues, and are part of the BRICS association, unresolved disputes have meant that the trust between the two countries is not on the highest level.
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Before his visit to Beijing Prime Minister Modi held a phone conversation with Putin. Russia traditionally has friendly relations with both countries and is expected to balance the ties, but it could also act as a mediator in resolving the conflicts.




The meeting between leaders of the world’s two most populous nations came just days after China’s President Xi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin signed a US$25 billion deal to boost Chinese lending to Russian firms and a host of other economic accords.
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“Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Beijing comes on the heels of President Xi Jinping’s much-advertised visit to Moscow,” said Sergei Strokan, an observer for the Kommersant.
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“And obviously this is something that gives new intrigue to the upcoming Indo-Chinese summit. Of course in its pivot to Asia policy, which sees Delhi and Beijing and Russia’s two pillars of its Asia-Pacific strategy, Moscow has to perform a delicate balancing act while trying not to antagonise each side of this very uneasy triangle.”
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India and China have a complicated history. They went to war in 1962 and the relationship has continued to be uneasy. However, experts said that India has nothing to fear from a Chinese-Russian union.
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Said Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs Fyodor Lukyanov: “It doesn’t matter whether the fear of the Indians is realistic or not. The most important thing is that this fear exists and it should be addressed by the Russians and Chinese. Especially by the Russians because we have traditional ties with India – very, very close ones.”

Japan investments in India

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$35 billion to be invested over the next 5 years.


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Japan identifies 11 sites to set up industrial townships in India

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By Dilasha Seth of The Times of India


Shinzo Abe's government is firming up its promise to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi build India's infrastructure and promote domestic manufacturing as it doubles its investment in the country.

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Japan has identified 11 sites to set up industrial townships in India, which would serve as hubs for investments into the country. These include Tumkur in Karnataka, Ghilot in Rajasthan, Mandal in Gujarat and Supa in Maharashtra. Japan will also provide soft-skills training to Indian workers in the manufacturing sector to help bridge the demand-supply gap. "Japan aims to double its investment in India to about $35 billion in the next five years. The move would help strengthen bilateral economic ties. They are already the primary investors in our economic corridors," said a government official, adding that the details are being firmed up. The move will strengthen domestic manufacturing, support the 'Make in India' campaign and ensure transfer of technology.

The government plans to give concessions to Japanese companies in the industrial townships, equivalent to at least what is offered to units in special economic zones and the proposed National Investment & Manufacturing Zones. "We are yet to work out the investment incentives for the companies, but it will definitely not be lower than what is under the prevailing policy framework including SEZs and NIMZs, like what has been announced for the Chinese industrial parks as well," said the official.
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Special economic zones are allowed duty-free imports and 100% tax-free export income for the first five years, 50% for the next five years and 50% of the ploughed back export profit for the subsequent five years. NIMZs, under the National Manufacturing Policy, provide tax incentives to small and medium enterprises.
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The development of the townships will be assisted by the respective state governments, the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry. Japan is the fourth-biggest foreign investor in India, contributing 7% to the total FDI inflows since April 2000, according to the DIPP. Japan brought in $1.7 billion worth of FDI in 2013-14 and $18 billion between April 2000 and February 2015. The other areas identified for the townships include Ponneri in Tamil Nadu, Neemrana in Rajasthan, Jhajjar in Haryana and the Integrated Industrial Township in Greater Noida.
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Japan will extend its industrial township advance soft-skills development project to impart training to workers in the manufacturing sector.
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"The sectors will be wide-ranging, right from auto components to textiles, food processing and engineering," the official said. Japanese Minister for Trade Yoichi Miyazawa met Indian Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi last week and they signed a five-point agenda for the development of Japanese industrial townships, promotion of investment and infrastructure development, further development and cooperation in the IT sector, enhancing cooperation in strategic sectors and advance Asia-Pacific economic integration. Japan has invested $4.5 billion in the first stage of the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor through lending by Japan International Cooperation Agency and Japan Bank for International Cooperation. They together hold 26% equity in the project.

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China promised $20 billion in investment over 5 years, when the Chinese premier visited India recently.

Now China has promised a further $22 billion in investment in India, while PM Modi visited China.

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Deals worth $22 billion likely to be signed during PM Modi’s China visit 

By Times of India and Arun Kumar . 

Deals worth $22 billion are likely to be signed during PM Narendra Modi's China visit, including new joint ventures which could see investments of $17 billion and $6 billion of financing.
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These include a $2.5-billion financing for Bharti Airtel from Chinese lenders, a $3.5-billion venture by the Adani Group as well as big-ticket investments by JSW Steel, GMR and Welspun. With the exception of Bharti, the other companies are likely to sign joint venture agreements with Chinese partners.

The traffic is not entirely one-way as big investments by Indian IT majors Wipro and Infosys in China will also be announced during the visit, said people familiar with the matter. . India's largest telecom company by subscriber numbers and revenues is raising $2.5 billion from Chinese banks. This includes $1 billion of financing from China Development Bank, which will go towards paying spectrum fees. The bank is also providing an additional $1 billion for purchase of equipment from Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Huawei.
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In addition, Bharti Airtel will sign a memorandum of understanding with Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) for a credit facility of $500 million. Bharti Airtel declined comment on the issue.
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The Adani Group is setting up an integrated photovoltaic industrial park in the Mundra special economic zone (SEZ) in a joint venture with Chinese green energy major Golden Concord Holdings. A framework agreement between the two companies will be signed during Modi's ongoing visit.
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The two are also exploring investment opportunities in gasbased power plants. Further, the Adani Group is raising $1 billion from China Development Bank for financing the expansion of Adani Power's Mundra plant. In all, China Development Bank plans to lend $3 billion to Bharti Airtel and Adani. Welspun is setting up a $2-billion integrated steel project in Gujarat in alliance with China National Technical Import & Export Corporation, according to the people cited.
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$3.5 BILLION LOANS FROM ICBC
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Indian companies will receive $3.5 billion of loans from ICBC. This includes $1 billion each to JSW Steel, Jindal Steel & Power Limited and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), apart from the $500-million facility to Bharti. The IL&FS Group is setting up a 4000 mw thermal power plant through IL & FS Energy Development Company Limited with China Huaneng Group as partner. The project involves an investment of $3 billion. Infra major GMR would enter into an agreement with Guizhou International Investment Corporation for setting up a 2,000-acre industrial park in Kakinada SEZ to house high-end Chinese equipment manufacturers.
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The proposed project would entail an investment of $2.5-3.5 billion. Senior GMR officials confirmed the development to ET.
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Adani Group declined comment while JSW Steel officials didn't reply to ET's queries. Chinese solar power player CSI will sign a $500-million pact with the Sun Group to produce 5,000 mw of green energy in five years. The deal also envisages manufacturing solar modules locally under the 'Make in India' initiative.
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Wipro is setting up a delivery centre in Dalian, China. The $1.25-billion IT project will be in partnership with the Dalian government and Yida China Holding Limited. Infosys, meanwhile, will partner the Dalian government and Yida China Holding to build a China-India Information Service Industry Corridor in Qiannan — an autonomous prefecture of Guizhu.

23.5.15

RSS politics

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Yeah a few statues here and there does no harm, as long as it does not get into Mayawati proportions.

So the RSS are going to put up the statute of every single two bit actor who fought the Mughals?

Not sure this is the pure message to carry across for an inclusive cosmopolitan India.

Akbar had an empire, that was probably the most powerful 'Canon and Muskets power' in the world at his time, and one of the richest that covered Afghanistan to Bengal. His administration was so efficient, that the Chinese sent delegations to COPY his system into Imperial China. He married Hindu Princesses, and tried to create his own religion. In his later life he may have become a vegetarian...................AND who is this Pratab compared to all this?


Another Great Ruler of India is Ashoka, as he united ALL of India, including Afghanistan and bits of Central Asia. Like Akbar the Great he too had a powerful army of 600,000 and a navy. Like Akbar the Great he too had a very efficient administration much admired by the Chinese......you can't have a great effective empire without efficient administration and rules.

SMALL men with small ideas and small circles don't make GREAT nations with BIG creative forward thinking ideas, whilst peering hopelessly into the past.

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Rajnath says if Akbar is ‘great’, so is Rana Pratap, wants 'history corrected'



By Times of India and





Rahul in the PARTY

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Rahul is GREAT.....he is GREAT at Elite playboy parties, for the rich.
 
Rahul is GREAT.....he is great at obfuscating around key issues.

Rahul is GREAT ......at being superficial.

Rahul is GREAT......at money laundering, in big bags of suitcases from arms deals.

If Congress still thinks that Dynasty politics is a thing of the future for a modern prosperous forwarding thinking India, then they are on a loser.

Ditch the little gay guy and find an alternative in the VAST pool of unrecognized Congress talent.

IDOL worship is primitive and backward, that is only useful for the unwashed poor, and illiterate.


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Expect Rahul Gandhi to become Cong President this year: Jairam Ramesh


By PTI and Times of India

Rahul Gandhi is expected to become the party president this year and intends to build the outfit similar to the one that existed during Nehru's time by promoting regional faces, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said on Wednesday.


"..I expect that it would be in 2015. We are expecting that he will take over (as Congress President), and we are expecting that he would take over in 2015," the former Union Minister told in an interview here.
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Gandhi is committed to creating a new cadre of leadership in states, he said.

"He (the Congress Vice-President) recognises that we need state-level leadership. We need to create the Congress party that existed during the times of Jawaharlal Nehru, where we had a Kamaraj, Pratap Singh Kairon, Y B Chavan, B C Roy, G B Pant among others," Ramesh said.
"We need regional-level leadership because we are not only fighting national elections, we are also fighting state elections.
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"He (Rahul) does not believe in the culture of nominations; he believes in people emerging as leaders; he does not believe in para-trooping," he said.
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Ramesh dismissed complaints from some quarters that the Congress old guard feels insecure about their future with Rahul taking over from Sonia Gandhi and downplayed the discordant notes on his leadership qualities.

 

Obama wants the Civilian nuclear issue FINALLY settled with Iran.

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Nuland is in Russia negotiating for peace and understanding with Russia.

The USA is also steadily focusing on a FINAL negotiated civilian nuclear deal with Iran due to be finalized by 30th June.

Israeli spy's in the Iranian armed forces tried untimely, unsuccessfully to provoke matters, in the Persian Gulf, for their Likud Masters in Hertzilya.....BUT they failed as the USA did not respond.

What is going on?

ELECTIONS.....in the USA. Hilary wants to win.

Aggravated security situation around the world, helps the Republican Party with their tough right wing stance. For the Democrats on the other, still nominally the party of the excluded 'other', peace settlements benefit the party with re-elections.

Aggravated security situation around the world ALSO creates a perception that the world is chaotic, and out of control. AND that the USA bears a major responsibility for this as the sole hyper-power in the mind of the USA public.

Obama is no longer popular as he once was, as the President for CHANGE, and with the peace prize for which he has not delivered.  

Carter 1977-1981, and the subsequent Republican October Surprise.

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Iran deal will have my name on it: Obama

Presstv.com

US President Barack Obama has said a possible nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 will have his “name on it”.
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“This deal will have my name on it, nobody has a bigger personal stake in making sure it delivers on its promise,” Obama said on Friday at Adas Israel, Washington’s most prominent conservative synagogue.
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The US and its negotiating partners reached a framework nuclear agreement with Iran in Switzerland on April 2.
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Tehran and the P5+1 group – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – are currently working to draw up a final accord by the end of June.
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“I want a good deal,” Obama said. “I’m interested in a deal that blocks every single one of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon.”
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Obama made the remarks shortly before he signed into law a bill that would allow Congress to review and potentially reject any final nuclear agreement with Iran.
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The Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015 overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives and Senate earlier this month. The legislation will allow for a 30-day review of any final nuclear deal with Iran.
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The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
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Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
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In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
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In February, Al Jazeera television network released a secret Mossad cable which revealed that Israel has been aware that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and does not include “the activity necessary to produce weapons.”
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The Israeli spy agency’s top-secret cable, leaked on February 23, concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons.”

 

19.5.15

Hello Neo-liberal mafia looting 1991

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It happened to Russia in 1991, when a couple of Jewish shyster economic advisers from the Chicago School of Economics under the spiritual guidance of Professor Milton Friedman (Jew) Asset stripped Russia to the point of absolute poverty with a GDP of a mere $196 billion by 1999.

Russia became a Third World failed State banana republic, under Yeltsin.

Russia went from being a Super-power with good living standards into a poverty stricken nation on the brink of collapse, and civil war......and mass emigration.

The same is being repeated in Ukraine NOW by the Jews.

Poroschenko is a Jew.

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Ukraine's Lithuanian Economy Minister Selling Off State Assets to the West - Surprise!

“We can only make our economy more successful and dynamic by selling the assets to, preferably Western investors, who will make them more dynamic and transparent”

By Russia Insider


This article originally appeared at Business New Europe

Amongst the first things the Lithuanian-born fund manager and investment banker Aivaras Abromavicius did following his appointment at the end of 2014 as Ukraine’s new economy minister was to order a stock take of all the state-owned enterprises under his control.
“We have 3,000 state-owned enterprises, of which only 1,833 are operational, but there is a high concentration of assets: the top 100 control 92% of the revenues, but a little over half are losing money,” Abromavicius told bne IntelliNews in an exclusive interview on the eve of the EBRD annual meeting on May14-15. “These companies have a dividend yield of about 0.1%. They are not sharing cash flows with their main shareholders – the state. For years they have been managed in the interests of some private owners, not the state. We need to change that.”

The ministry has already changed the way the heads of state-owned enterprises are appointed, namely that they must now be approved by a committee of ten people: “five ministers all with investment banking backgrounds like myself; and five independents including the heads of the World Bank, the EBRD, IFC in Ukraine, [the newly appointed] Business Ombudsman and the rector of the Kyiv School of Economics.” The top-50 companies will also now be forced for the first time to carry out audits with one of the big recognised auditors to produce transparent accounts.
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The abuse of state-owned assets was highlighted by the recent showdown between the government and Ukraine’s pre-eminent oligarch, Ihor Kolomoisky, who owned 43% of oil and gas producer Ukrnafta with the state holding another 51%. Previously, the company’s charter required 60% of shareholders to be present at shareholder meetings, leverage that Kolomoisky used to his personal advantage. “After years of attempts, finally [in April] the parliament reduced the requirement for quorum from 60% to 40%,” Abromavicius said. “As the president said: state assets need to be managed by the state and private assets by private companies. This is the beginning of the process of de-oligarchisation. It was bold move and a very necessary move.”
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For years Ukrnafta sold its oil through auction at a 15% discount at which only Kolomoisky could participate. “So when I became minister I appointed myself as chairman of the commission that sold oil and in the Cabinet of Ministers we removed the 15% discount and organised a new auction,” Abromavicius said. The oligarch blocked the new auction for two months, but then “in March we sold the oil without a discount for the first time in the history of Ukraine. The tycoons were earning be-tween $150mn-200mn a year from this scheme,” Abromavicius claimed.
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Corruption is widespread and not limited to the oligarchs, so Abromavicius has launched an initiative to properly compensate state employees and bureaucrats to incentivize them to work for the benefit of the state, which will be presented to parliament in the coming months.
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The next priority will be to sell off these assets after they have been cleaned up. “This year we have UAH17bn (€743mn) in the budget as proceeds from the privatization process, so we are definitely going to attempt to sell something,” said Abromavicius. “I believe a state with weak institutions, like Ukraine, is a bad owner of the assets. We can only make our economy more successful and dynamic by selling the assets to, preferably Western, investors, who will make them more dynamic and transparent.”
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The reform of Ukraine’s industrial base is not going to be easy because, said Abromavicius, “resistance is still massive wherever you look.” However, he remains optimistic that the worst is over. “Finally we have a critical mass of people that want to change the country in the government, in the parliament, in the presidential administration and on the streets, to ensure Ukraine finds the right path.

Hey Nigga what the fuck!

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Russia Just Closed NATO's Land Corridor to Afghanistan

Long overdue

By Russian Insider

“The graveyard of empires” just got a little bit more graveyardy: Medvedev has‬ canceled the decree that allows ‪NATO‬ forces to use Russian territory as a transit corridor to Afghanistan. The decision comes just as it was revealed that the U.S. plans on extending its already over-extended “stay” in Afghanistan. Hey, somebody has to guard all those delicious poppy fields
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The decree states: 
With regard to the ceasing of actions related to the NATO resolution 1386 (2001), the Russian Federation issues the following decree:
  1. To nullify the acts of the Government of the Russian Federation as listed according to the appendix.
  2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation informs the governments of foreign lands and international organisations of the ceasing of terrestrial and combined (rail, auto and air) transit of weapons, military goods and ammunition across the Russian Federation , following the address of the International powers of defence cooperation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.         
Have fun resupplying your poppy-guarding bases via Pakistan….