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Ferguson shooting: Brown's mother says hearing jury's decision felt like 'getting shot' Nov 27, 10:21 am
Washington, Nov 27 (ANI): Michael Brown's mother has said that hearing the grand jury refusing to indict the police officer who killed her son felt like getting shot.
IS used Hungarian porn film stills to show abuse of Muslim women by Western soldiers Nov 25, 2:59 pm
London, Nov 25 (ANI): The US State Department has said that online images released by Islamic State militant group showing abuse of Sunni Muslims at the hands of Western soldiers have been taken from a Hungarian porn film.
Poor security provisions, 'lax culture' leave US govt agencies susceptible to hack attacks Nov 24, 4:29 pm
Washington, Nov 24 (ANI): Despite a dozen mass breaches of government computer systems since 2013, many federal agencies have a "lax culture" and poor security provisions to repulse the growing threat posed by hackers and cyber attacks from states such as China, Russia and Iran, internal investigative reports said.
Senior US diplomat to visit Delhi to firm up agenda for President Obama's January visit Nov 23, 12:32 pm
Washington, Nov.23 (ANI): The State Department has announced that it will send a top diplomat to India next week to firm up the agenda for President Barack Obama's second visit in the last four years.
US watching Kashmir election process, no major complaints Nov 22, 5:05 pm
Washington, Nov. 22 (ANI): American officials are keenly watching the political drama unfolding in Jammu and Kashmir, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party is running to claim the coveted prize of winning India's only Muslim-majority state. They are aware that if the BJP successfully completes its most ambitious and audacious project or comes close to the prize, the signal that it is the new national party would be unmistakable. US diplomats have learnt a quick lesson after the national elections where their analysis was a little behind the curve. But Kashmir also arouses worry in Washington -- it is seen as a "flash point" between India and Pakistan, an ever-simmering flame that can spark a confrontation. Pakistani visitors never fail to whip up exactly those sentiments among Americans with exaggerated accounts of alleged Indian army excesses and the desire among Kashmiris for "azadi." It so happens that Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's army chief, is currently on a six-day visit to the US, meeting officials at the Pentagon and the State Department. He has blamed India for the current spate of LOC firings, saying that his attention is being forcibly diverted from fighting terrorists on his eastern border. But blaming India for Pakistan's self-inflicted wounds doesn't sell as well in Washington as it used to. The constant misinformation campaign on Kashmir - best exemplified by the unmasking of ISI-fronted Kashmiri American Council and ISI-funded Ghulam Nabi Fai in 2011 - has taken a heavy toll on the credibility of Pakistani claims. US officials can see that the BJP is looming large on Kashmir this time with an effective strategy of making inroads over the past two years. But they are worried about BJP's stated desire to "debate," if not abolish Article 370, which gives the state a special status. Even though BJP leaders are trying hard to keep the 370 issue away from headlines this campaign season, the pot has been stirred. The first phase of voting for the 87-member State Assembly begins Nov. 25 and political dynamics are fluid to pin down. Only two things are sure: that the BJP won't join the Congress in a coalition and that the two main regional rivals, the National Conference and the PDP won't join each other. All other combinations are possible, especially with smaller parties, many of which were created recently, playing an important. They will be crucial in BJP's attempt to get the magic number of 44 since no matter how hard it tries; its appeal among Muslims in the valley is low. US analysts say that parties like the Kashmir Development Front, which has several former bureaucrats and academics, may be appealing to voters. KDF was created by Farooq Renzu Shah, who left the Congress Party saying he was disillusioned. Renzu, a bureaucrat who helped rebuild damaged shrines and big bridges when he was in government, is popular among the people. US officials say they see no major problems in the execution of the elections and the theme of development in Kashmir is just what the doctor ordered. They don't see the streets erupting if the BJP forms the government. The meeting between Modi and former separatist leader, Sajjad Lone, was seen as an especially interesting development. Vijay Sazawal, a Kashmir expert who is consulted widely by Washington opinion makers, said the mood in the valley and elsewhere has noticeably changed, mostly in favor of the BJP. He cited two factors - the apology by the Indian army for the shooting of a teenager and a young man on Nov. 3 and the sentencing by a military court of five soldiers, including two officers, to life imprisonment for the staged killing of three Kashmiri civilians in the Machil sector in 2010. The rare developments have been welcomed by Kashmiris whose wounds are deep and feelings raw. "It has helped greatly and the apology came after direct orders of the PMO not to fudge the issue. The people are happy that the army has been punished. People tell me that none of Modi's posters has been torn or defaced in the valley," says Sazawal, who regularly talks to people on the ground. He marveled at the strategic insights of BJP managers - Amit Shah and Ram Madhav - in making the right moves and saying the right things. He cited BJP's state unit vice-president, Ramesh Arora's declaration that Sufi Islam would prosper under BJP. This is clever messaging to those Muslims who are tired of terrorism and want the peaceful version of their religion to return home. The US government, struggling to contain the extreme strains of Islam as exemplified by ISIS, can hardly quarrel with promotion of Sufi Islam. Pakistan, the other player in the "dispute" doesn't raise confidence levels when it comes to dealing with or "managing" Wahabism, which it and Saudis have injected into India.
Government conducts search and rescue training in Uttarakhand Nov 20, 4:05 pm
Nainital (Uttarakhand), Nov. 20 (ANI): The disaster management department of Uttarakhand on Wednesday trained firemen for search and rescue operations with Uttarakhand having witnessed one of the worst natural disasters last year.
US says Haqqani network, Pak Taliban as much threat to security as any other terror group Nov 19, 2:31 pm
Karachi, Nov 19 (ANI): A day after Pakistan's National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz said that they should not target militant groups that do not pose "a direct threat" to the nation, the United States Department sought to remind Pakistan that all militant outfits including, the Haqqani network and the Taliban, were as much a threat to regional and international security as any other terror outfit.
Washington, Nov.17 (ANI): Computers at the U.S. State Department have reportedly been hacked, and its technicians have taken the unprecedented step of shutting down the entire unclassified e-mail system to repair possible damage caused by the hacker attack.
US spurns Russian TV reports that accuse Ukraine of downing MH17 Nov 16, 3:43 pm
London, Nov 16 (ANI): The U.S. state department has snubbed Russian TV reports that claimed that a Ukrainian fighter jet downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as "preposterous" while describing the images backing the claim as "crude fakes."
Pak army spurns Pentagon's `baseless, malicious` report accusing Islamabad of waging `proxy wars` Nov 16, 11:56 am
Karachi, Nov 16 (ANI): The Pakistan army has reportedly termed a report released by the U.S. Defence Department, accusing Pakistan of using "proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India's superior military," as "baseless, malicious, demoralising and contrary to ground realities."
New York, Nov 14 (ANI): The United States Justice department is spying on thousands of American citizens by scooping data from their cellphones in a hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a number of innocent people, according to those familiar with the operations.
U.S seeks equality for India's LGBT community Nov 14, 12:12 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 14 (ANI): Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights at the US State department, Sarah Sewall, has pushed for an end to discrimination against the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community in India.
Lack of ankles not to hamper Pistorius' prospects of early release Nov 12, 12:08 pm
Johannesburg, Nov 12 (ANI): The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has warned journalists to refrain from irresponsible reporting after it was reported that convicted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius would not be eligible for correctional supervision because an electronic monitoring device cannot be fitted to his ankle.
Pentagon hoping to develop an airborne aircraft carrier Nov 12, 12:08 pm
Washington, Nov 12 (ANI): The United States Defense Department is reportedly seeking ideas to develop an airborne platform that could both launch and recover other aircraft.
Washington, Nov 11 (ANI): Pakistani expert and Assistant Professor at Center for Peace and Security Studies, Georgetown University, Christine Fair, said on Monday that veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistani expert Robin Raphel merely executed U.S. policy as a diplomat.
Washington, Nov 9 (ANI): Scientists have found that exposure to mouse could cause more asthma-related emergency department visits for children than exposure to cockroach.
Burdwan blast kingpin arrested in joint operation Nov 8, 9:42 pm
Salt Lake (North 24 Parganas), Nov. 8 (ANI): The main accused involved in the Burdwan blast case on Saturday was nabbed in a joint operation by the security agencies, thus giving a major boost to the ongoing investigation process in the case.
Washington, Nov.7 (ANI): veteran State Department diplomat and longtime Pakistan expert Robin Raphel is under federal investigation as part of a counterintelligence probe and has had her security clearances withdrawn.
US diplomat-cum-Pak expert under investigation over counter-intelligence allegations Nov 7, 10:41 am
Washington, Nov 07 (ANI): Veteran US diplomat and long-time Pakistan expert Robin L. Raphel is reportedly facing federal investigation on counter-intelligence allegations.
India to have exclusive drug control department for Ayurveda Nov 6, 5:43 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 6 (ANI): Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Thursday announced that the government will set up an exclusive drug control department to facilitate research and development to monitor quality control and standardise the manufacturing of medicinal products of Ayurveda and other traditional Indian treatment systems.
National capital to witness smog in coming week: MeT Nov 6, 10:08 am
New Delhi, Nov. 6 (ANI): The Meteorological Department (MeT) has predicted a return of smog and related conditions in the national capital and National Capital Regions (NCR) in the coming week.
Washington, Nov 05 (ANI): The US military watchdog says the army lost 420 million dollars worth of military equipment during its stint in Afghanistan.
New Delhi, Nov. 4 (ANI): The Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the appointment of Hasmukh Adhia as the new Financial Services Secretary.
JP Morgan in midst of US currency trading probe Nov 4, 3:20 pm
London, Nov 04 (ANI): US banking giant JP Morgan is facing probe over currency trading.
Lion falls in well, rescued in a heroic effort Nov 3, 6:18 pm
Junagadh (Gujarat), Nov.3 (ANI): A lion, which had fallen in an open well was rescued by the forest department in Amrapur village of Junagadh district on Monday.
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