Libya’s populations and energy production 2011

Gen VK Singh exposes reality of Indian Army preparedness: “The state of the major (fighting) arms i.e. Mechanised Forces, Artillery, Air Defence, Infantry and Special Forces, as well as Engineers and Signals, is indeed alarming.

In the today controversy, and for the opening of the DefExpo show 2012, the question should be “where goes the money” invested in major arms programs as the Indo-Russia cruise missile Brahmos.

India endorses BRICS bank

India’s prime minister said Thursday that international institutions are failing to lift up the developing world and endorsed the creation of a new development bank to be run by five fast-rising nations.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke at a summit of the so called BRICS group — comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — aimed at harnessing the nations’ increasing global clout and forging stronger ties between their fast-growing economies.

Dilma Rousseff, Dmitry Medvedev, Manmohan Singh, Hu Jintao and Jacob Zuma at the Brics summit in New Delhi.

Will World Bank top job bind BRICS?

The BRICS will claim to have truly “arrived” if the top five emerging economies can throw up a joint candidate for the World Bank’s top job over the next few days. As China’s Hu Jintao, Brazil’s Dilma Rouseff, Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma arrive here for the fourth BRICS summit, the hope is that political uncertainties in the member countries should not come in the way of achieving closer economic cooperation.

India Said to Plan Using Foreign Currency for Iran Oil Deals

India may continue paying for Iranian oil in foreign currencies until European Union sanctions take effect in July, when buyers will start using rupees, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

India will waive taxes on rupee-payments for crude, it said in its March 16 budget. That raised speculation refiners will start settling its oil bill with Iran in local currency to avoid international sanctions. While India could start paying for about 45 percent of the oil in rupees from next month, the countries prefer to settle trades in foreign tender such as euros, the people said, declining to be identified because the information is confidential.

Naxalites presence.

Acting swiftly after the abduction of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka by the Maoists, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has decided to send two ministers for negotiating and securing his release. The chief minister has also said that the negotiations with regard to two Italian hostages, who were abducted by the Maoists 11 days ago, will continue with Naxal interlocutors for their release.

Odisha: Patnaik sends ministers to free BJD MLA

Indian carriers apprehend that if European Union persists with “illogical demand” of carbon tax, then their flights to Europe could be affected. On the other hand, the Government has made it clear that no Indian carrier has submitted emission details to European Union.

EU carbon tax may hit Indian carriers’ Europe flights

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff plans to travel to India next week for a summit of emerging nations, where she hopes to discuss defense and bilateral trade with Indian leaders, Brazilian officials have said.The summit would be a meeting of BRICS, a grouping of emerging economies that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Brazilian President Rousseff will attend BRICS summit in India

“Is this him?” 21st Century classical pirate!

“Is that you Jack Sparrow?”

EU set to back strikes on Somali pirate lairs

The European Union will likely approve plans Friday to strike Somali pirate equipment on beaches, widening the scope of its naval operations four years into a mission to protect shipping.

Germany had voiced reservations about plans to allow EU warships to fire at trucks, supplies, boats and fuel stowed on the coast of Somalia, but a minister indicated Thursday that Berlin would now back the plans.

India has given the green light to the controversial Kudankulam nuclear power project in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Indian nuclear power plant gets go-ahead

Geography, spelling, positions, religion, … what about cultural intelligence?!

Or simply logic and cross verification to avoid hoax …

The India interests on Afghanistan

To ensure that the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline Project does not remain a pipedream, India and Pakistan have decided to work on a joint strategy to resolve the contentious issue of transit fees in January.

Azeri Defense Minister Safar Abiyev and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran

Azerbaijan Breaks Iranian-Linked Spy Network

The South Caucasus has emerged as a battleground between Iran and its adversaries. Recent weeks have seen Iranian assassination attempts against Israeli diplomats in Baku and Tbilisi, a massive Israeli-Azerbaijani arms deal (EDM, March 7) and, most recently, the announcement that Azerbaijan’s national security ministry had arrested 22 Azerbaijani citizens allegedly linked to an Iranian-plot to attack the Israeli and US embassies in Baku (, March 14).

A bill intended to help startups could turn back decades of regulation and amounts to a “bipartisan route to disaster,” former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson writes.

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