Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tech And Terrorism

India-Pakistan Peace Talks Sought by US Seen Surviving Mumbai Bombings Bloomberg the July 13 bombings in Mumbai..... India has blamed Pakistan for a series of previous attacks, including bombings in Mumbai, the financial capital, that killed almost 400 people since 2003. A raid by Pakistani guerrillas in the city in 2008 led to the collapse of a five- year peace effort between the nuclear-armed neighbors. ..... The Indian government has refrained from suggesting a Pakistani link to the July 13 bombings in Mumbai that killed at least 19 people. ..... India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars since they separated at independence from Britain in 1947, agreed in February to resume peace talks. ...... Pakistan and India recognize that issues of terrorism should be discussed under a bilateral mechanism and Pakistan has categorically condemned the Mumbai attacks ..... India’s main opposition party renewed its criticism of Pakistan as a sponsor of terrorism against India and of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to reopen peace talks. ..... Dialogue is futile as long as Pakistan fails to eliminate Islamic militant groups that attack India from its soil, said Lal Krishna Advani, the leader in parliament of the Bharatiya Janata Party. ...... Relations between India and Pakistan have “considerably improved” since the February announcement that talks were resuming and a March 30 meeting of their prime ministers at a cricket match between their national teams ...... Pakistan has backed Islamic militant groups fighting in the Indian-administered portion of the disputed territory of Kashmir. ...... Before its interruption, the peace process made progress on a proposal to settle the Kashmir dispute ...... Talks between India and Pakistan are important for stability in South Asia and for U.S. hopes of resolving the decade-old war in Afghanistan ...... That importance increased as President Barack Obama ordered a start this month to withdrawals of American troops that will lead to an end of the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan by 2014.

Officials Say Bombers in Attack on Mumbai Had Some Training New York Times Indian officials said Thursday that the bombers who had traumatized Mumbai during the evening rush a day earlier appeared to be trained in handling explosives and had possibly used timers to synchronize the deadly triple blast. But they also said that investigators had not identified any suspects and that they had been hampered by a soaking rainstorm that impeded evidence-gathering..... killed 17 people and wounded 131 ..... the first terrorist attack there since the assault by a team of Pakistan gunmen in November 2008 ....... Intelligence officials had picked up no warnings that an attack was imminent, he said. “Whoever has perpetrated this attack has worked in a very, very clandestine manner.” ....... ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer component, had been used in the bombs, and that the early evidence pointed to the use of timers rather than remote triggers as the detonators. The explosions took place within minutes of one another in crowded areas of the city. ..... not crude bombs but sophisticated devices ...... early indications pointed to India-based militants, not to Lashkar-e-Taiba ...... Determining whether the attacks were carried out by a domestic group like the Indian Mujahedeen or a foreign group like Lashkar-e-Taiba ....... The deteriorating relationship between the United States and Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden, as well as the death of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half brother of the Afghan president who controlled southern Afghanistan, have made an already complicated regional atmosphere even more volatile. ...... The Indian Mujahedeen is a shadowy domestic group that has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks beginning in 2006, but its ability to carry out attacks has waned since the government arrested many of its top members in 2008...... Some analysts praised Indian officials for their handling of the explosions, saying that the response was far more swift and controlled than the reaction in 2008...... L. K. Advani, a leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, told reporters in Mumbai that the attacks demonstrated “not a failure of intelligence but a failure of policy” on the part of the Congress Party-led government...... With monsoon rains falling and the investigation blocking parts of the city, Mumbai was tense but quiet on Thursday. Many shops were closed in the Opera House neighborhood, a normally bustling area filled with diamond wholesalers and auto-part dealers. Merchants said many people decided to stay home because of the rain and because the police had barricaded the street on both ends, making it impossible for cars and trucks to pass.

Nitish unhappy over Rahul's terror remark Indian Express ‎Jul 15, 2011‎ Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ..... Gandhi had said "It is very difficult to stop every single terrorist attack. The idea is that we have to fight terrorism at the local level. We have improved in leaps and bounds. But terrorism is something that it is impossible to stop all the time."

Aishwarya condemns Mumbai blasts; postpones French Award ceremony IndiaFM ‎Jul 15, 2011‎ Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who was to receive the special honor of the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier Dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) on Wednesday, requested the French government to postpone the award ceremony scheduled in the Delhi later in the evening in wake of the serial bomb blast in Mumbai. The award ceremony was cancelled last minute. The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters is the second biggest award in France and Ash was to receive the award from French ambassador Jerome Bonnafont on the eve of the National Day of France. Aishwarya's appearance at the award ceremony was highly anticipated. Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan made an appearance at the Taj Palace in Delhi around 9 pm, accompanied by Jerome Bonnafont, the French ambassador to India, and Farooq Abdullah. Aishwarya said, "We are very shocked and saddened by this incident... And keeping in mind what's happened, we didn't deem it prudent to celebrate. My family and I felt it would be prudent to request that the ceremony be postponed, and we thank the French government for understanding our sentiments in the current situation." ..... This was the second time Aishwarya couldn't accept this award. She was to be conferred back in 2008 but she could not receive it then owing to her father's illness.

Bollywood cancels events after Mumbai blasts India Today In the wake of the serial blasts that rocked the Maximum city, Bollywood cancelled major events in solidarity with the victims. ..... Amitabh Bachchan was also in the city but he chose not to attend the ceremony after the news of the blasts broke. .... Farhan Akhtar, who was set to release the first look of Shah Rukh Khan starrer Don 2, postponed it. ... Mahesh Bhatt and Emraan Hashmi had organised a success party of Murder 2, which was also called off. ... "When our own people are dying we can't celebrate," said Hashmi, who had flown to Mumbai from Hyderabad to attend the event.

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