India tests fire Pirthvi Missile

May 9, 2007

India has reportedly test fired Pirthvi I missile. Indian army has termed the test as a success. Missile test was conducted in Orissa state. Details awaited.

 Update

Pirthvi – the missile test fired, is a surface to surface medium ranged (range upto 150 KM, nearly 100 miles) is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear weapons. Missile test was conduced in Chandipur area of Orissa district. As per defence officials in Orissa – missile test was carried out on military’s request to check its working.

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It happens only in India

April 4, 2007

Once cricketers were ranked as gods and cricket as religion “Cricket is our religion – Sachin is our god”. But now a village court (panchayat)  has banned Cricket in 25+ villages of Haryna District. 

Daily Telegraph Reports

It may have the status of a religion across India, but a small village has banned cricket in response to the country’s dismal performance at the cricket World Cup this year.

The decision by the Uchana council in Jind district, some 120 miles north west of New Delhi, is also supported by 27 surrounding villages that are considering imposing their own embargoes.

Village elders, infuriated with India’s failure to make even the last eight in the tournament in the West Indies and frustrated by the media coverage of the country’s failing cricketers, announced yesterday that anyone opposing the ban would face being ostracised socially.

“We believe cricket is as bad for society as a disc jockey. A wise man once said that cricket is not our sport. We should race and play football and volleyball,” the council’s secretary, Jogi Ram, said.

In the conservative Haryana state, DJs are associated with western licentiousness and frowned upon by elders in rural areas.

Other council members declared that the restriction would be no great loss as cricket was not India’s national game.

Locals privately concede that their principal reason for the ban was the poor overall performance of the star India batsman Virender Sehwag, who comes from their part of India and had enjoyed iconic status before the World Cup debacle.

Upon returning from the West Indies last week along with the rest of the Indian team, Sehwag and his colleagues were given a police escort home for protection against angry and disappointed fans.

The homes of all the cricket team have been given armed guards by the respective state governments after scores of incensed fans destroyed the home of wicket keeper Mohinder Dhoni in eastern India following India’s surprise loss to Bangladesh in its first match on March 18.

Another Report by ibnlive

Jeend (Haryana): India’s performance in the World Cup has left many disappointed. But a village in Haryana has gone a step further and imposed a blanket ban on cricket.

 

The children in Jeend may just be playing their last game of cricket. Call it a fallout of India’s World Cup debacle or disillusionment with the sport. The Uchana village Panchayat in Haryana’s Jeend district has decided to ban the game.

 

The Panchayat’s decision to boycott cricket also has the support of 27 other villages. The village elders say it’s no great loss as it’s not even the country’s national game.

 

“We all have taken this decision and those who go against it will have to face social boycott. We have enshrined this in the Panchayat records of 28 villages,” Tewa Singh, the head of Dadan Panchayat says.

 

“We believe cricket is as bad for society as a DJ (disc jockey) is. A wise man once said that cricket is not our sport. We should race and play football and volleyball,” says secretary Jogi Ram.

 

The Indian team’s performance at the World Cup may have been the last straw, but most of these villagers want other games lost in the shadow of cricket to be given their due. And the decision to ban cricket doesn’t seem to have upset the children either.

 

“If our elders don’t play we also wont play,” Sanjay, a resident of the village, says.

 

“We will stop playing it. We will play kabaddi, football, volleyball and wrestle instead,” Pankaj, another resident, adds.

 

And even though a reshuffle is on the cards for the Indian team, in this part of the country it’s not just a few players who are facing public anger but the game itself seems to have fallen from favour.


Pakistan tests Hatf-VII Babar Cruise Missile

March 22, 2007

Early Morning today, Pakistan has successfully test fired its radar evading nuclear ready Hatf-VII Babar Cruise Missile ranging upto 700 KM (430 miles). It can carry conventional weapons as well as nuclear ones.

Babar was previously tested in 2005. General Ehsan ul Haq alongwith scientists and senior army personnels were available the site of test fire.

“The test is part of Pakistan’s ongoing efforts at consolidating its strategic capability and strengthening national security,” the ISPR (Inter Services Public Relations) directorate said in a statement.

“Babur was tested successfully with new technical parameters and enhanced edge,” said Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad, the top army spokesman.

Neither Arshad nor the military statement specified site of the missile launch.

President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz congratulated the scientists and engineers for “this very important success” of the test, the military statement said.

India and Pakistan have an agreement under which each country informs that other ahead of its missile tests.

But Pakistan did not inform India of the test Thursday because the accord does not include providing prior information on cruise missile tests, a military official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment to media.

In February, Pakistan successfully test-fired a new version of its long-range nuclear-capable missile, Hatf VI (Shaheen II), which has a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,245 miles).


Where is Justice Bhagwan Das?

March 13, 2007

Where is the Senior most judge of Supereme Court of Pakistan Mr. Justice Bhagwan Das? Who had to become care-taking Chief Justice of Pakistan in absence of Mr. Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary.

As per official information available to media, he is in India on private holidays. Where exactly he is? This is unknown to the authorities.

When BBC contacted Pakistan’s High Commission in India about Justice Bhagwan Das’s visit to India – they said that they do not know anything about his visit to India. Rather they said that they have come to know about his visit to India through media!!! mind doesn’t accept such a lie.

He is serving on one of the most senior posts in the country, he must have informed the high commission – only if he is in India?

If what High Commission is saying, is correct & to be believed then there should be a reference filed against him that he is visiting an enemy state without informing High Commission?

When BBC tried to contact his brother Sri Chand in Karachi about Justice’s visit to India & about his possible return to Pakistan, he said that flight went to Delhi from Karachi, I don’t know where he has gone since then.

According to some sources he is in a 5 star hotel in Delhi, when that hotel was contacted they negated the news.

then where is he? should we add his name amongst those who are missing in the country?

news source BBC Urdu Service

Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2007 

A few moments ago – It has been learnt that Justice Bhagwan Das is in Lucknow and he is in intermittent touch with his wife over telephone; when her wife was asked to provide Justice’s contact number in Lucknow, she first said that she doesn’t have one, later on she refused to provide Justice’s contact number; she further said that he calls her quite regularly using Public Call office telephone – hence he can not be contacted.

Justice Bhagwan Das is on a private visit to India – he may return to the country on 24th March. Justice Bhagwan Das is the most senior Judge in Supreme Court of Pakistan; he retires in December 2007.

Updated: Monday, March 19, 2007

Justice Bhagwan Das Found

He is in Lucknow (northern Indian city) now a days – living a like a Hindu Bhagat. He is reported to be participating a religious meeting of Sadhu Neelu Bhagwan. Justice Bhagwan Das alongwith his fellow participants of the meeting is living a small home of Krishna Nagar in Lucknow. Mr. Diwan Chand, the current neighbour of Mr. Justice Bhagwan Das told BBC that Mr. Bhagwan Das is only talking about religious matters and not commenting anything about politics et al. Justice Bhagwan Das is avoiding media now a days; however he has spoken to the media thru a mediator. Justice Bhagwan Das is set to return to the country on 22nd March; unless his leaves are extended or unless he is sent on ‘forceful leaves’; as per constitution ‘General’.

Justice Bhagwan Das Found


Pakistan test fires Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile

February 23, 2007

Pakistan has test fired their long-range nuclear capable surface-to-surface,  two staged solid fuel ballistic missile Hatf-VI, Shaheen II.

Hatf-VI, Shaheen II

The Shaheen II, Hatf-VI launched from an undisclosed location has a range of roughly 2,000 kilometers i.e. 1,250 miles which covers a major portion of India (the main threat).

The Shaheen II, Hatf-VI is Pakistan’s longest-range ballistic missile system, and has the capability to hit major cities in neighboring India.

The missile “can carry nuclear and conventional warheads with high accuracy,” the military said in a statement. An earlier version of the missile was tested in April 2006, and officials said they could not release details of how it had been upgraded.

On Wednesday, Pakistani and Indian officials signed an agreement in New Delhi to reduce the risk of an accidental nuclear war between them.

Pakistan became a declared nuclear power in 1998 in response to nuclear tests by India.

After witnessing the missile test on Friday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Gen. Ehsan Ul Haq, congratulated the scientists and engineers for “achieving an important milestone in Pakistan’s quest for sustaining strategic balance in South Asia,” the military statement said.

It also quoted Haq as saying that “Pakistan’s strategy of credible minimum deterrence was fully in place and was a guarantee of peace in the region.”

In separate messages, Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz also congratulated the scientists and engineers for upgrading the missile.


Samjhota Express – Truth of Indo-Pak Relationship

February 22, 2007

For last so many years, we have been hearing from both sides (India & Pakistan) that peace between India & Pakistan can only be achieved through friendship between people. Whether its Friendship Bus Service, Friendly Cricket Series (Dil Jeet Lo – Win the Hearts) or its Samjhota Express Train Service – all are the tries to reach to the goal of peace.

BUT, recent tragedy of Samjhota Express near Panipat has brought the truth out of this so called peace-process. The measured distance between Wahgah Border (Entry point of this train) & Delhi (Indian Capital) is 492 KM i.e. roughly 300 miles. Don’t believe me – see it for yourself – this is what Indian Government signs are saying on the border.

Road Sign

Train from Indian side, starts its journey from Delhi. Recent news have shown that for 300 miles of journey – mind you its not an express train – it hardly travel at the speed of 30 to 40 miles per hour, people are are bound to be caged in bogies from Delhi till they reach the crossing point. No immigration procedure is performed from the starting point of journey – all the immigration, customs, checking etc are performed at Wahgah border. Then whats the logic behind caging the passengers like animals are kept in zoos? Is this what the world’s largest democracy has to offer to the world?

Indian Claims

Where is the list of Passengers? When people are boarded on train – there is a list maintained by the government, and security and “so called” intelligence agencies do keep a list of the passengers travelling by this “spacious train” with a capacity of 300 passengers carrying more than double of its capacity. Where is that list? Why has it not yet been provided to the Government of Pakistan?

Mr. Laloo, Railway minister of India is claimed to be a close & personal friend of Shiekh Rasheed (the railway minister of Pakistan) and has visited is well known laal haveli in Ralwapindi, as per a program telecasted on AAJ Television – Mr. Rasheed says that he has been unable to speak to his close friend & counter part on other side. Mr. Laloo is missing from the scene.

News reports also suggests that all the telephonic links between India & Pakistan were cut off after the news break up?

Our Government (if one exists) has accepted that it didn’t know that passengers were given such a VIP treatment on the Indian side. This train service started back in 1974. What is our intelligence agency doing? Intelligence agencies are meant to safeguard the interests of the country – and from this report it seems that they have nothing to do with the interests of its own citizens!

What are Indian security agencies doing? There was no checking what so ever performed by any official before the train left its station?

I mean I am not getting emotional – I don’t want to be – but for anyone’s sake – people are people – they are human – they are not animals – they should be treated like human.

 I am forced to sing the song

 “Samjhota Ghamo`n Say Kar Lo…..


ICC Cricket Worldcup 2007 – Schedule

February 13, 2007

ICC Cricket Worldcup 2007 - Matche Schedule