UK: Prince Harry in the Front Line with troops


prine-harry.jpg      Which Indian Neta will send his son to the front?

     They want their brood to be protected by NSG round the clock

Prince Harry to leave Afghanistan after leaks

By Luke BakerLONDON (Reuters) – Prince Harry is to be withdrawn from Afghanistan after Internet leaks that he had been secretly serving on the front lines there for 2-1/2 months, Defence Ministry sources said.

      Military commanders have drawn up plans for his removal from the country but it is not known exactly when it will happen.“It will be relatively quick, and it will be an ordered and dignified retreat, but there’s no need to rush it,” a source at the ministry said.

       Harry was made aware of the news leak shortly after it was broadcast around the world on a U.S. Web site on Thursday.

      The leaks raised concern that Harry, who is on the front lines in Helmand, a dangerous province of southern Afghanistan, could become a “high-value target” for al Qaeda, the Taliban and other Islamist militants.

       Harry, 23, was deployed to fight against the Taliban in December, seven months after plans to send him to Iraq were scrapped following threats from Iraqi militants to kidnap or kill him.The military posted him only after the British media and selected members of the international press agreed not to report his presence until he had returned from a scheduled 4-month deployment.

      The embargo was broken on Thursday after German, Australian and U.S. Web sites reported he was in Afghanistan.The breaking of the embargo, a rare agreement in Britain’s usually free-for-all media environment, infuriated the military.

      “Now that the story is in the public domain, the chief of staff and I will take advice from the operational commanders about whether his deployment can continue,” the head of the army, General Richard Dannatt, said in a statement.“I am very disappointed that foreign Web sites have decided to run this story without consulting us,” he said.During his deployment, Harry has been responsible for calling in air strikes against Taliban positions, has conducted foot patrols through villages and has fired on suspected militants, pooled media photographs and film footage have shown.

      “His conduct on operations in Afghanistan has been exemplary. He has been fully involved in operations and has run the same risks as everyone else,” said Dannatt.In interviews given to reporters sent out to cover his deployment as part of a so-called “pool” arrangement, Harry said he was aware that if his presence in Afghanistan was reported it could make him a target for al Qaeda or other militant groups.

        “Once this film comes out … every single person that supports them will be trying to slot me,” he said.“Now that you come to think about it, it’s quite worrying. But as I say, now that this film has been made and now … people will know I’m out here, no doubt I’ll be a top target.”Talking about his experiences on the front lines, Harry said: “I haven’t really had a shower for four days, I haven’t washed my clothes for a week. It’s very nice to be sort of a normal person for once.

       “It was the Queen who told him he would be allowed to go to Afghanistan.Harry was at one time dubbed a royal “Wild Child” by the tabloids for his underage drink and drugs antics.Before he was deployed, Harry told reporters he sometimes wished he was not a member of the royal family as it made it difficult to do things that he enjoyed, including being a soldier in the army.

       “I wish that quite a lot actually,” he said, adding his older brother Prince William shared the view.(Editing by Steve Addison)Browne hails Prince’s bravery

Defence Secretary Des Browne has hailed Prince Harry as an example of a generation of young people willing to put themselves in danger for Britain’s security.Speaking during a visit to HMS Gannet, Rescue Centre, Ayrshire, Mr Browne paid tribute to the 23-year-old Household Cavalry officer.He said:

       “I am delighted Prince Harry was able to deploy to Afghanistan and to work with those who he trained with and do what he was trained to do as a soldier. “I think he is an example of a generation of young people who are prepared to take on these very serious and dangerous tasks for our security.

        “He was only able to do that because of the co-operation of the media who exercised a degree of discipline and I think they have to be commended for allowing him the space and time so we could manage the risks associated with that.”Mr Browne made no comment on Harry’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. But he said it was “disappointing” that the story had broken in the foreign media.Meanwhile, speaking during a visit to a telecommunications factory in Birmingham, Prime Minister Gordon Brown commended Harry and said the country owed him a “debt of gratitude” for his courage and bravery in Afghanistan.

        He said Harry had “served with a great distinction”. He said: “Security considerations come first. That has been the deciding factor which was made by our defence staff and I think that everybody will respect that is the right decision.”

       He thanked Prince Harry for his “professionalism and dedication he has shown”. 

NRI: Couple to organise mass marriages in home town


NRI: Couple to organise mass marriages in home town

A big, fat harmony wedding in Gujarat

    

       Now here is a Hotelier from Maryland in USA, who is not planning to throw a lavish party to mark his 50th marriage anniversary on March 3.

Instead, the NRI couple, Narendra and Nirmala Patel, who own a motel there, will be visiting their native town of Bavla to celebrate their marriage anniversary in a special way.

The couple is going to splurge money on a ‘samuh lagan’ (mass marriage) on March 3 and residents are preparing for it as if there’s no tomorrow. The function will also be a toast to harmony — couples, irrespective of caste, community or religion, will be tying the knot on the occasion.

“In the US, anniversaries are celebrated by throwing parties. We thought, instead of wasting money that way, why not put it to good use by helping those in our homeland? The idea was welcomed by our family members,” says a beaming 68-year-old Patel.

The couple wants to perform ‘kanyadaan’ for at least 50 brides to mark their own golden jubilee.

They are thrilled that the number of couples has crossed 50, and includes eight Muslims.

Prosperous communities do organize mass marriages, but only for their own community members. The Patels are going a step further by including all castes, communities and religions, he says.

“Thakors, Rajputs, Kolis, Patels, Dalits and Muslims are all welcome to participate in the joyous occasion. We have even taken care to ensure that the customs of each community are respected. For instance, for a Muslim bride and groom, we have arranged for a Maulvi to perform the nikkah,” says Patel.

All the expenses of the mass function will be borne by the Patel family. “Some of the couples are so poor that they will have to go to money lenders to foot the bill for their marriages and this will lead them into the debt spiral,” adds the motel owner.

His family members living in the US will be in Bavla to participate in the celebrations. And, it seems that Patel has another reason to smile.

Residents of Bavla have assured him that they will keep up the good work, and continue to organize similar mass marriages in the coming years.

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Karnataka ban on women working in night shifts


      Karnataka ban on women working in night shifts

      The Government of Karnataka has been trying to shirk any responsibility for the safety and security of half its population ie women and is also depriving them of their right to work.

    Any one who has had the misfortune to interact with the Labour department in any state knows how and why cases are foisted on companies and CEOs.

extracts from a report in TOI

     New Delhi. After exempting IT and ITES companies in 2002 from the general ban on women working in night shifts, the Karnataka government initially proposed that such employees should not only be provided free two-way transport but also that the vehicles carrying them should each have a security guard. 

   This was mentioned in the draft rules issued by the labour department inviting objections and suggestions from all concerned. The rules notified in the official gazette however replaced the security guard clause with a stipulation that transport facilities shall be provided with “adequate security.”
        This change apparently followed a feedback from women employees, who constitute about 70% of the ITES workforce, that having a security guard in the vehicle might actually increase threat to them. Since the expression “adequate security” was left undefined, the call centres in Karnataka worked out their own measures to comply with that condition and intimated them from time to time to the labour department.
        According to the documents accessed from the SC, it was against such a legal backdrop that a woman employee of Bangalore-based HP GlobalSoft, Pratibha Srikantmurthy, was raped and murdered allegedly by an unauthorized driver, Shivakumar, after she had been picked up from her home around 2 am on December 13, 2005. The complaint lodged with a magistrate by the labour department accused the then CEO of the company, Som Mittal, of not providing “adequate security” — but without any substantiation.
        The complaint made a bald assertion that the charge was being made after “verifying” the company’s report of the safety measures it had claimed to have adopted to comply with the condition of “adequate security.” In the event, the safety measures listed out by the company included a 24×7 “help desk” which the woman employee was supposed to contact if a new driver turned up in place of the one who had been regularly ferrying her.
        Mittal has a strong case as the labour department, taking undue advantage of the outrage over Pratibha’s tragedy, had gone beyond the law in implicating him personally.

Sino-India war 1962: Govt refuses to release report


Press Trust of India

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (New Delhi)

In 1962  India was was caught napping. How did this happen? Who is the government trying to protect? Having lost over 12,000 sq km of territory in Ladakh alone and frequent incursions in the NE What security interest is the government talking about?

        Government has refused to make public the Henderson Brook report, which probed the causes of India’s defeat in the 1962 war with China.   

    In reply to a question asked by MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Rajya Sabha on the release of the report, Defence Minister A K Antony said, ”the report has been recommended to be declassified in the National Security interest”.         He said the freeze on the release of report, compiled by late Lt Gen Henderson Brook, would continue ”considering the sensitivity

Andher Nagari :Gurgaon


Andher Nagari :Gurgaon 

      People shifted from Delhi to Gurgaon in droves. MNCs, firms, professionals flocked to Gurgaon  hoping that soon it will be an Eldorado as promised by builders. Alas they did not realise that no one can fight the bureaucracy, its  sloth or corruption in the administration.

extracts from a report

       “It was the worst time of my life. Electricity and water were a rare luxury. Invariably there would be a power cut every single day for six to seven hours, sometimes during the night. I just couldn’t live like that,” said Gehlot, who sold off her bungalow and now lives in Ansal Sushant Estate apartments, where she enjoys 100 per cent power back up and 24 hours water supply.
        Gehlot sold off her 300 square yard bungalow for Rs 1.5 crore. A similar bungalow would cost Rs 5 crore in neighbouring Delhi.
        DLF Phase I, II and III, Sector 20 and Palam Vihar are some of the areas where people are regretting having bought plotted villas.
       “There is a power cut of at least six hours every day in our area,” said R.S. Rathi, president of the DLF Phase I residents’ welfare association (RWA).
        Rathi said the problem of power cuts and water shortage was not new. “We have been facing this nightmarish way of living for the past three years,” he said.
       “There is a glaring difference between the demand and supply of power and water. And we thought DLF was a posh locality.”
        Rathi said he knew of several Phase 1 residents who had sold off their mansions and shifted into high-rise apartments apartment. “Water and electricity are too much of a problem here. It’s beyond what I can handle. And it is only getting worse by the day.

       The only reason I don’t want to sell my bungalow is because I am hoping that someday property prices will rise and I might get a good price,” Sahni said.

       As for what HUDA officials believe, the problems have just begun. An official who did not want to be named said: “Gurgaon is a bubble. It’s growing faster than it should. It will burst.”
praveen.kumar@mailtoday.in,
Available power and water resources for a projected population of 10 lakh
Officially, Gurgaon’s population has grown to 16 lakh, but unofficially it is estimated to have touched 20 lakh
Daily demand 450 MW
Peak demand 525 MW in summers
l But the actual supply is only 350 MW (shortfall of about 30 per cent during peak demand period)
l In terms of per unit consumption, there are almost 3.5 lakh electric connections which require about 105 lakh units of power daily in Gurgaon l But Gurgaon manages to generate about 70 lakh units only, almost a shortfall of 30 per cent in per unit consumption l Gurgaon’s power load is rising by 15-20 per cent annually. By 2010 Up to 640 MW
HOPE RESTS ON
l The 300 MW power plant at Yamunanagar and three others in Yamunanagar, Hissar and Jhajjar generate about 1,600 MW of power daily. l Good monsoon will stop power supply being diverted to farms, which consumes 20 per cent of power resources.

Current Water supply

40 MGD (million gallons a day)
l This was meant for a population of I0 lakh. l Part of it gets lost in theft, leakages and unauthorised connections. l This means the actual accounted water supply is even less than 50 per cent of the actual demand — seeing the spurt in population By 2021 126 MGD l Per person consumption of water in Gurgaon:33 litres daily.

HOPE RESTS ON
l Four new water-treatment plants at Chandu Bhadera and Basai village l New channel providing 500 cusecs of water daily but no sign of it coming up in the near future as work has not started yet.

mausam.sharma@mailtoday.in

ABVP: What is wrong with it ?


        Why do ABVP members misbehave so badly so often? The recent incident in Delhi University is a poor reflection on BJP.

      But will hooligans be replaced by sensible youth in ABVP?

      At last we have a magistrate who has taken a tough stand. 

extracts from mail today

Deal with thugs
          At last, here’s one magistrate who has administered justice without prejudice, fear or favour. Metropolitan Magistrate Siddarth Sharma’s tough action of sending three Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad activists to 11-day judicial remand for vandalism in Delhi University, must be commended.

          The activists of the ABVP, the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who were former DU students, had stormed into the History Department and assaulted its head for some allegedly objectionable portions in a scholar’s essay. The magistrate was not just firm when he said that vandalism was simply unacceptable in a democracy and that no one was allowed to take the law into their hands; he was telling it as it is.

          If magistrates across the land send the message to hooligans that they will be restrained by law if they cannot behave, the country will be much more peaceful. Incidents, like the one in Ujjain where activists of ABVP allegedly assaulted a university professor leading to his untimely death, would not occur.

         Neither would we have the unseemly trashing of art exhibitions or attacks such as the ones engineered by Raj Thackeray this month.

Some things to learn


Mr Watwani has sent this.  Do read and act on the last paragraph. colrama They’re written by Andy Rooney , a man who has the
gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy…….
I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world
is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned…. That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned…. That just one person saying to me,
‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.

I’ve learned…. That having a child fall asleep in
your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the
world.

I’ve learned…. That being kind is more important
than being right.

I’ve learned…. That you should never say no to a
gift from a child.

I’ve learned…. That I can always pray for someone
when I don’t have the strength to help him in some
other way.

I’ve learned…. That no matter how serious your life
requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act
goofy with.

I’ve learned…. That sometimes all a person needs is
a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned…. That simple walks with my father
around the block on summer nights when I was a child
did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned…. That life is like a roll of toilet
paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it
goes.

I’ve learned…. That we should be glad God doesn’t
give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned…. That money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned…. That it’s those small daily
happenings that make life so spectacular.

I’ve learned… That under everyone’s hard shell is
someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I’ve learned…. That to ignore the facts does not
change the facts.

I ‘ve learned…. That when you plan to get even with
someone, you are only letting that person continue to
hurt you.

I’ve learned…. That love, not time, heals all
wounds.

I’ve learned…. That the easiest way for me to grow
as a person is to surround myself with people smarter
than I am.

I’ve learned…. That everyone you meet deserves to be
greeted with a smile.

I’ve learned…. That no one is perfect until you fall
in lov e with them.

I’ve learned… That life is tough, but I’m tougher.

I’ve learned…. That opportunities are never lost;
someone will take the ones you miss.

I’ve learned…. That when you harbor bitterness,
happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned…. That I wish I could have told my Mom
that I love her one more time before she passed away.

I’ve learned…. That one should keep his words both
soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat
them.

I’ve learned…. That a smile is an inexpensive way to
improve your looks.

I’ve learned…. That when your newly born grandchild
holds your little finger in his little fist, that
you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned…. That everyone wants to live on top of
the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs
while you’re climbing it.

I’ve learned…. That the less time I have to work
with, the more things I get done.

To all of you…. Make sure you read all the way down
to the last sentence.

It’s National Friendship Week. Show your friends how
much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a
FRIEND, even if it means sending it back to the person
who sent it to you. If it comes back to you, then
you’ll know you have a circle of friends. HAPPY
FRIENDSHIP WEEK TO YOU!!!!!! YOU ARE MY FRIEND AND I
AM HONORED! Now send this to every friend you have!!
And to your family.