India will Fail in Kashmir as U.S. in Afghanistan: Imran Khan

It was a real show of power from the cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan who with his 100,000 flag-waving supporters rallying near the Minar-e-Pakistan monument, saw himself establishing as a real force in Pakistani politics.

Talking up the issue of the rights of Kashmiris at the heavily electrified political rally, he said the Indian Army will fail in Kashmir as the U.S. army did in Afghanistan. “Did the Americans succeed in Afghanistan? Is the Indian Army more powerful than the U.S. Army? When the Americans couldn’t succeed, how can you succeed with 700,000 troops that are involved in excesses?,” he asks as the crowd cheered.

“No army has been able to solve any country’s problems at any time,” he said demanding that the Indian troops should be withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir. The chief of Tehreek-e-Insaf also asked Hindustan to give the people of Kashmir their right to self-determination. He said his party would “stand with the Kashmiri brothers and speak for their rights at all forums”.

Khan who founded his political party 15 years ago is trying hard to translate his fame into votes. Focusing on the core issues in the country such as corruption, lack of education, rising prices, inflation and unemployment, the cricketing legend is expanding his political base ahead of the 2013 general election. A poll conducted by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center back in June sees Khan as the most popular political figure in Pakistan.

China Could Do Kargil on India, Warns IDSA

China could do a Kargil on India “to teach India a lesson”, warned strategic affairs think-tank Insitute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), adding it could be a “limited war“.

The limited hostilties could be confined to a specific section of the border, limited in duration
and amenable to a negotiated termination, IDSA said in its report.

Projecting conflict scenarios between the two Asian giants, a report titled A Consideration of Sino Indian Conflict by Ali Ahmed said, “The lower end of the conflict at this level could be a Kargil-like situation. China’s aim could be to teach India a lesson so as to influence India’s rise before its capacity building underway acquires traction.”

The report warned this “could be a limited war confined to a specific section of the border or LAC, limited in duration and amenable to a negotiated termination”.

The Kargil hostilities were triggered by infiltration of Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri militants into positions on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) in 1999.

Ahmed warns at a higher level, China could indulge in a “territorial grab” by entering an area such as Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

“At the next rung, it could be a more ambitious bid southwards up to its claim line. Lateral or horizontal expansion of conflict from one theatre to another is the next step, with the conflict engulfing one or more of the four possible theatres — Ladakh, Central Sector, Sikkim and Arunachal,” the report said.

The think-tank said in view of India becoming better prepared in future with its capability-development programmes, it could engage China’s “hegemonic attention.”

“Since India would be better prepared by then, China may instead wish to set India back now by a preventive war. This means current day preparedness is as essential as preparation for the future,” it said.

2G Scam: CBI to Oppose Bail to Corporate Honchos in Supreme Court

The CBI will oppose the bail of five corporate honchos in the Supreme Court which is to hear their petitions on Monday, in connection with the 2G scam, days after it did not object to the bail pleas of DMK MP Kanimozhi and four others in the trial court.

Sources in the investigating agency confirmed that it has instructed the lawyer to oppose the plea of corporate executives – Unitech Wireless MD Sanjay Chandra, Swan Telecom Director Vinod Goenka and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group executives Hari Nair, Gautam Doshi and Surrendra Pipara – who have approached the apex court for bail.

Earlier the agency on October 24 did not oppose the bail plea of Kanimozhi, Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Asif Balwa, Rajiv Agarwal and Bollywood producer Karim Morani before a special CBI court here.

It had, however, opposed bail plea of Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa and A Raja‘s former private secretary R K Chandolia in the trial court. Monday’s proceedings in the Supreme Court assumes significance as the apex court had earlier said the accused in the 2G scam can seek bail after framing of charges against them which was done on October 22.

Other accused in the case include former telecom minister A Raja, former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura and three telecom firms Reliance Telecom Ltd, Swan Telecom and Unitech (Tamil Nadu) Wireless Ltd.

First Chinese Sanskrit Pop Singer

Sa Dingding, who won the BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music in the Asia Pacific category in 2008, is being promoted as the first Chinese Sanskrit Pop Singer by China ‘s official media. She is being promoted by the provincial government of Tibet and if she garners enough attention she might sing at the inauguration of the May 2010 Shanghai World Expo, which is expected to draw the top business firms

She is the first pop singer who sings in Sanskrit. She is also famous for her ethnic clothes and Tibetan Buddhist style of music. Although she is famous for her ethnic characteristics clothing and Tibetan Buddhist music, she is not a Tibetan girl. Her parents’ ancestral home is Shandong province and her grandmother’s ancestral home is Inner Mongolia .

Only people who can endure loneliness can be successful. As a musician, she dropped fame and learned Sanskrit by herself. She visited all the Chinese cultural sites to find inspiration and to derive affluent nutrition for her music. Her musical inspirations all come from Chinese civilization and culture. 

Apparently, the local government is pushing her to give up song writing and singing in languages other than Sanskrit so she can be presented to the world as a symbol of China ‘s rich cultural heritage. “It is possible China may be trying to show that Sanskrit is part of its cultural heritage. What better way to draw world attention than to get a lovely voice to sing pop?,” a Shanghai based expert on Chinese culture told TNN.

The Fire Yogi of Tanjore

The Fire Yogi is a 47 minute documentary exploring a Yogi who has the extraordinary ability to use a unique breathing technique to get into union with Fire. This documentary portrays a rare and unusual Fire Ritual performed by the Yogi and the subsequent chemical analysis of his clothing & physical tests that examine this supernatural phenomenon. The Yogi has performed this Fire Ritual for a total of 1000 days over the last 45 years. The Yogi, weighing a mere 94 pounds (43 kilos), has been able to survive on only two bananas and a mere glass of milk with a few drops of water twice a day for the last 28 years. Many aspects of the Yogi are on the edge of unbelievability, while at the same time highlighting the power and endurance of human mind, body and spirit.

Yogi Rambhauswami, the 63-year-old yogi, claims that in 1975 he stopped drinking more than a few drops of water each day, that two years later he began limiting his daily diet to a banana and a cup of milk, and that he sleeps only three hours each night. By all rights the Sanskrit scholar should be malnourished and dehydrated, but in director and producer Mike Vasan’s documentary, he appears to be a relatively normal, if somewhat slender, senior citizen. Rambhauswami’s real claim to fame, however, is his elaborate fire ritual.

The ritual begins with his taking a bath, then moving on to meditation, pranayama, and a ceremony honoring Ganesha. The fire portion of the ritual is conducted over a sunken pit, into which Rambhauswami offers rice, coconut, sugar cane, and gallons of ghee. As he’s doing this, he goes into a deep meditative state. He enters the blaze and rolls around, protected by only a wool shawl, and remains there, in the fire, for up to 10 minutes at a time.

When Rambhau emerges from the flames, though, there’s little evidence that he’s just been charbroiled. Even his shawl is intact, its preservation credited to a protective aura. The shawl was later tested for fire retardant, and results showed that the material hadn’t been treated.

The Fire Yogi of Tanjore (complete 47 minute documentary video)


Signs of a heart attack for women

In a survey of the attitudes of women to heart disease, only a small percentage OF people was found to be aware that a heart attack is a major cause of death in the world today. The survey also says that about 300,000 women die of heart attacks each year, all because they tend to ignore the signs and symptoms. Women are less likely to visit a doctor and a check because they believe their family is more important and should be given higher priority.

The first signs of a heart attack are not as difficult to distinguish. However, you must understand that women’s symptoms are not always the same as in men. These are the signs and symptoms that you have to look out to save him from a fatal heart attack as possible.
1. Upper body discomfort – is logical that a heart attack strike and affect the left side of the body, especially in the left arm. However, one of the sure signs of a heart attack is the feeling of pain and discomfort, either in the left arm or both arms. The discomfort can also be felt in the jaw, back, neck, or stomach.
2. Shortness of breath – If you are the athletic type, but finds it difficult to breath even when sitting or lying in bed, something is probably wrong. Shortness of breath that comes with profuse sweating and a feeling of vertigo is usually a sign of a heart attack. Be careful, because this symptom may also lead to fainting.
3. Unexplained weakness – It is normal to feel tired, especially if you’ve had a stressful day at work, but if you feel fatigued and weaker than normal, it could be a sign that you’re having a heart attack. Before or during a heart attack, his heart fails to pump properly. Because of this, oxygen and glucose does not spread throughout the body, causing you to feel very weak, as if his energy was weakened.
4. Nausea and vomiting – Because your body is in a state of emergency for a heart attack, the nerves that control body function can overwork. This will make you sweat profusely and very pale. Also make you feel very dizzy to the point that will keep you in the vomit. Experts do not know exactly the reason behind this, but if you’ve been experiencing this for a while, seek medical attention immediately.
5. Anxiety – Anxiety is a normal part of life, but be aware that there may be a risk factor and a sign of a heart attack at the same time. There is a link between panic and heart attacks so you have to be very careful in the diagnosis of both. When you are having panic attacks, you may experience shortness of breath and feeling some pain and discomfort as well. But if you are getting tense, for no reason at all, can mean that your nerves are reacting to the exertion of the heart.
6. Inability to sleep – Experts suggest that sleep disturbances are a symptom of a heart attack on women. In obstructive sleep apnea, where the upper airway is partially or totally blocked, breathing is interrupted by a heart attack is more likely to happen. This is accompanied by turning in bed at night and a total inability to sleep sometimes. According to surveys, women who suffer from a heart attack experience this type of symptom than a month before the attack occurs. So when you wake up often in the middle of the night with cold sweats, unable to catch your breath, it’s time to visit the doctor for a checkup.
7. Indigestion – Heartburn is sometimes difficult to distinguish from a heart attack simply because acid reflux can fester just behind his heart. However, you can easily know that you are having a heart attack if you do not get heartburn during a meal, but during physical activity. When this occurs, consult your specialist immediately.
Your heart is a muscle, so what makes your biceps and triceps strong also strengthen the heart. If you can combine a heart-healthy diet with regular exercise, you will have the greatest chance of not experiencing a heart attack in full

Army Rollback: A Promise of Freedom from the Gunpoint

For Kashmiris, freedom is only in words and not in deeds. There is not even a semblance of freedom in the world’s most heavily militarized zone, where they are stopped any time for security checks and their homes are often raided.


As the debate over the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) gets heated, it’s that indomitable quest for freedom that shook the established political arrogance to rethink about a possible revocation of this draconian law. Under this rule, the troops can forgo warrants and use force. It even allows the army to shoot or arrest anyone on mere suspicion, a rule often criticized to be powering the army with complete impunity against human rights violation. The AFSPA was initially passed 1958 giving special powers to the army to be exercised in specially categorized “disturbed areas” in the North-Eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The Special Powers Act was later extended to Jammu and Kashmir in 1990.

The act clearly says, “Fire upon or otherwise use force, even to the causing of death, against any person who is acting in contravention of any law” against “assembly of five or more persons” or possession of deadly weapons.” It also permits the forces to arrest without a warrant and with the use of “necessary” force anyone who has committed certain offenses or is suspected of having done so. The army also can enter and search any premise in order to make such arrests.

While the government figures tell us that insurgency and fatalities due to terrorist attacks are weakening, it’s startling to know that the soldiers-to-civilians ratio still remains to be very high that there is a soldier for every ten civilians in Kashmir.

Irom Sharmila

However, the army has raised strong objections against the suggestions made by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for the withdrawal of the controversial special powers to the troops and it reportedly has the full backing from the defense ministry. The army would never agree on proposals on diluting the AFSPA until soldiers are assured of legal protection against being dragged to civilian courts.

Backed by the Home Ministry‘s suggestion that violence-free areas can be denotified as “disturbed areas,” the state government is all-set to revoke the Disturbed Ares Act from districts like Badgam, Samba, Srinagar, and Jammu.

The iron-lady of Manipur Irom Sharmila‘s fight seems to have gotten the attention of the nation as several hundreds are taking it to the streets to join ‘Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign which calls for the revocation of the special armed force act. Her decade-long Gandhian way of protest has become a nucleus for collective protest against the draconian law.

The account of human rights violations under the shadow of this law is unimaginable as it can be better said to be “over 50 years of human rights violation” in Kashmir and in the North-Eastern states. While the army should be given its needed freedom and adequate protection in its fight against insurgency, the revocation of this draconian law would be the much-needed taste of freedom from the gunpoint.

Mysterious Evidence of Life on Red Planet


Bangalore: The Red Solar Neighbour has fascinated us from time immemorial. Mars is the most earth like planet in our Solar System. Scientists and Astronomers have for quite some time now tried to explore the possibility of life conditions on Mars. Mars has always remained mysterious as it has left innumerable hints on its past civilizations in photographs that have been decoded in various ways as to suggesting that the Red Planet once supported life.

There is no conclusive evidence that life ever existed on Mars. However, there are some photos taken by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) that point to life forms on Mars, and others that support evidence of intelligent life.


Plant life on Mars

This photo points to sand dunes on Mars, and is located in the southern hemisphere of the Red Planet. It resembles aerial view of Earth’s deserts covered by shrubs. A Hungarian research team, studying these photos on similar areas believes that the black dots are living trees or shrubs. The NASA research teams, however, disagree. Their findings suggest that the dark spots are the effects of defrosting process on Mars and are not signs of life.


Mars Trees

This is another photo that is much like spread trees, when seen from above. The renowned author Arthur C. Clarke feels they are like Earth’s Banyan trees. Many photos taken during different times of a year, show that these forms change with seasons, growing during the increased warmth of Mars’s spring season, just like any vegetation. NASA has again rejected this theory, and explained these away as defrosting phenomenon.


Tunnel like Tubes

There have been some images with structures that look more artificial than natural. One of such photos shows a fascinating tunnel like structure, resembling an uneven tube. The structure partially under surface terrain seems as though it has been unearthed by a geologic process. NASA’s theory on these structures is that they are quiet natural and are only sand dune rows.

One needs to understand that these are only theories and NASA’s stance is no better than Hungarian theory.


Glass Tubes

These are among the most mysterious structures to have been photographed on Mars’s surface. They are like long translucent tubes supported by rows of arches. There have been many guesses on this object. Some feel these could be large water channels funneling water from one area to another. Others say these are one of geological anomalies of Mars.


Mars Ports

This supposed ‘port’ is a structure on a Martian cliffside that resembles a two-story building constructed for a mysterious purpose. The first floor walls of the ‘port’ are facing camera and in shadow. The second floor is at 45-degree angle to the first floor. Located on the roof of the second floor is a sharp circle, similar to helipads on tall buildings. Beside this structure is a huge U-shaped drain, flowing a great deal of liquid.


Mars Tower

The “Mars Tower” seems very much like a tall tower having a white tip, casting extensive shadow around. It is around 6 kilometers high, about 10 times higher than the largest skyscraper on Earth. Many have wondered whether these are just optical illusions or an artificial structure of a lost civilization on Mars.


Mars PyramidsMars Pyramids

In Cydonia area of Mars, there are many anomalous structures. Below this region is a group of structures that have been called “pyramids”. They have smooth triangular sides strikingly resembling the Egyptian Pyramid.


Mars Riverbed

Scientists have always refuted the presence of water on Mars. This photo taken by Mars Express Orbiter in a way challenges their theories. Resembling a blue green “something”, these patches are very much like a water body. Are there actual riverbeds on Mars? Recently Scientists found “water everywhere” on the Red Planet. Or are they a kind of blue-green algae or lichen anomalous to Mars?


Mars Sea Shell

Sir Charles W. Shults III, in his “A Fossil Hunter’s Guide to Mars”, uncovered several photos of objects taken by the Spirit rover on the surface of Mars. They resemble terrestrial seashells. These cannot be rocks, and if they are, then they are indeed anomalous to Mars.


Mars Bio Station

When astronomer David Martines was exploring Google Mars, he found a structure resembling a large building, in the northern hemisphere of the planet. He called it “Bio-Station Alpha”. He feels there may be some kind of a creature living in it. The structure is over 700 feet long and 150 feet wide. It may be located at the following coordinates on Google Mars: 71 49’19.73″N 29 33’06.53″W.


Golf Ball Craters on Mars

This Golf Ball Crater is one of the strangest craters on Mars. It is so called because in its centre is a dome like structure, nearly spherical, and appears to have a golf ball texture. Interestingly, this dome is close to what seems like a series of tunnels that run above and below the Martian surface. Small tunnels apparently connect large tunnels, very much like a large drainage system.


Star City on Mars

These strange formations have been dubbed “Star City”. It is a complex structure that some that resembles artificial wall constructions. Star City is located on the Syrtis Major Planum area and is part of a larger area that is home to geometric objects and structures that look like tubes and tunnels. Were they part of a real Martian city? It is not sure and some scientists feel these are just natural formations.

Formula One Fatal Accidents Ever

What thrills everyone about Formula One is the high speeds and skill at which a driver drives. It makes the race fun and exciting. But same factors can also be the means of danger for drivers. The open cockpit and speeding over 100 mph strike some fatal accidents that are unavoidable and has left many close to death or killed them.

Here is the list of the most striking Formula One crashes:

1. Niki Lauda (1976):

Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda, one of the greatest survivors of the most horrific crashes in the history of F1. In 1976 at the German Grand Prix in Nurburgring, Lauda lost control of his Ferrari in the second lap of the race, his car spun into the barriers on the right side and then back across the track, where he collided with another car and burst into flames. It was his fellow drivers who saved his life, pulling him out from the fire. Lauda experienced heavy burns; his lungs were tortured by the flames and gasses which later put him into coma. There were no hopes that Lauda would survive. In fact a priest was also called for last prayers. But Lauda survived and in just six weeks he was back driving his Ferrari.

2. Gilles Villeneuve (1982):

Gilles Villeneuve

1982 was the year that Formula One lost one of its most skilled drivers, Gilles Villeneuve. A qualifying race at the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder saw the last glimpse of Gilles. On the final qualifying lap, Gilles’ Ferrari came into contact with Jochen Mass’s car and was launched into the air. The crash was so strong that his car was severely smashed and Villeneuve was thrown across the track still strapped to his seat. Doctors tried mouth-to-mouth resuscitation at the scene, but his neck was broken. He died in a local hospital that evening. Gilles Villeneuve, a Canadian racing driver started his Formula One career in 1977 with the McLaren team. He was soon acquired by reigning world champions Ferrari. From that day to his death in 1982 he drove for the Italian team. He won six Grand Prix races in a short career at the highest level. Villeneuve died in a 140 mph (225 km/h) crash.

3. Gerhard Berger (1989):

Gerhard Berger

The year 1989 proved to be lucky for Gerhard as he had narrow escape with death. It happened in 1989 at San Marino Grand Prix in Imola. It happened at the Tamburello corner, when Berger lost control of his car that was at 300 kmph and hit the wall, slided down the road and then went on fire since his gas tank was almost full. No one could believe that he had escaped with nothing but bruises and a few burns. nlike his country man Niki Lauda 13 years earlier Berger had survived a ruptured tank on the Ferrari with only minor burns, a broken rib and fractured shoulder blade. Gerhard Berger was born in Austria, on 27 August 1959. His father Hans was the owner of a quite big truck company and Gerhard started off working as a mechanic and later as a driver for the company.

4. Ayrton Senna (1994):

 Ayrton Senna

The death of three-time Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna on May 1, 1994, occurred as a result of his car crashing into a concrete barrier while he was leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Italy. On lap 7, from the onboard camera of Michael Schumacher’s Benetton, Senna’s car was seen to bottom out heavily (as on the previous lap and during his first laps in the warmup session) and then seen to break traction twice at the rear and strike an unprotected concrete barrier at Tamburello corner. Telemetry shows he left the track at 310 km/h (190 mph) and was able to slow the car down by braking to 218 km/h (135 mph) in slightly less than 2 seconds before hitting the wall. The car understeered strongly off the track, hit the wall at a shallow angle, tearing off the right front wheel and nose cone, lifted slightly with the nose as it straightened, and spun to a halt. After Senna’s car came to a halt, he remained motionless in the cockpit.

Professor Sidney Watkins, a world-renowned neurosurgeon, Formula One Safety Delegate and Medical Delegate, and the head of the Formula One on-track medical team, performed the on-site tracheotomy on Ayrton Senna said “He looked serene. I raised his eyelids and it was clear from his pupils that he had a massive brain injury. We lifted him from the cockpit and laid him on the ground. As we did, he sighed and, although I am not religious, I felt his spirit depart at that moment.”

5. Roland Ratzenberger (1994):

Roland Ratzenberger

Roland Ratzenberger was an Austrian racing driver who raced in Formula Nippon, Formula 3000 and Formula One. He died during qualifying for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, the same event at which three-time World Champion Ayrton Senna was killed the following day. Ratzenberger was killed during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix at the Imola circuit on Saturday 30 April 1994. He went off-track on the previous lap, damaging his front wing, but rather than come into the pits he continued since he was competing for the final grid spot.[3] The high speed on the back straight, and therefore high downforce, finally broke the wing off, sending it under Ratzenberger’s car. His car failed to turn into the Villeneuve Corner and struck the outside wall at 195.68 mph (314.9 km/h). The cause of death was a basal skull fracture. The day after Ratzenberger’s death, three-time world champion Ayrton Senna was killed in another accident that brought the sport of Formula One under international scrutiny. The double tragedy was marked before the start of the next race in Monaco, with the front row of the grid left empty and the two slots painted with a Brazilian and Austrian flag.

6. Jos Verstappen (1994):

Jos Verstappen

Although it is not really a crash, we have to mention Jos Verstappen’s accident in 1994 in the GP of Germany at the Hockenheimring. At the end of lap fifteen, Jos Vertsappen dashed into the pits in his Benetton B194 for a scheduled fuel and tyre stop; things went horribly wrong. As the pit-crew worked on the car, it appeared that the fuel nozzle had not been correctly attached. As the fuel began to flow the pressure pushed the nozzle of the refueling rig off the car. A malfunction in the fuel rig meant that the fuel continued to flow after the refueling nozzle had been pulled from the car. Verstappen’s Benetton was engulfed by a massive fireball that lasted several seconds before the pit-crew extinguished the flames. Amazingly, Verstappen emerged from his Benetton largely unhurt. The situation could have been much worse. Verstappen later commented that his visor had begun to melt. Had the fire lasted for just a few more seconds, it is possible Verstappen may not have lived to tell the tale.

7. Rubens Barrichello (1994):

Rubens Barrichello

As if it was a warning for the upcoming days, Rubens Barrichello had a heavy crash at Imola in 1994 when his car lifted in the air and hit the fence. It was the same weekend that took two F1 lives: a F1 rookie Roland Ratzenberger and the magnificent Ayrton Senna. It was a terrible time for Formula One. Another incident was the huge pile-up in Belgium in 1998 which involved unbelievably 14 cars: Eddie Irvine, Coulthard, Wurz in his Benetton, Nakano’s Minardi, and both Prosts, Saubers, Stewarts, Tyrrells and Arrows drivers. It happened at the first start when Coulthard used too much throttle in his McLaren in wet conditions. Surely only a look at the video can best describe what a mess that was.

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