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Friday, April 27, 2012

First Look Into The NHU University Karachi

Professional Education is the sine qua non for the survival and progress of Pakistan and full attention will have to be given to the education along with defence for the national security. These views were expressed by Mr Tariq Mir at the inaugural function of Nazeer Hussain University (NHU) in Karachi. Mr Mir is the President of NHU and founder and managing trustee of the Society for Unwell and Needy (SUN), an international welfare organization. Mr Mir said that lack of proper education and ignorance was incongruous with the 21st century. He said that the NHU would prove to be a milestone in the progress and advancement of the country. Mr Mir said it was unfortunate that the Pakistani universities were not at par with international standards. He said that the NHU would not only compete with the international universities in high standards but it would equip the students for better employment. Speaking about the programmes being offered by the university Mr Mir said that initially admissions would be given in the faculties of engineering, architecture and business administration. He said that the faculty of medicine would also start functioning soon. Mr Mir said that highly qualified teachers living outside the country would also participate in the process of teaching through video conferencing. Mr Mir said that the admission process would start from August 2012 and initially 1000 students would be admitted. The university, spreading on an area of 15 acre, has future expansion plans to accommodate 5000 students in various faculties. Mr Mir said that hostel and sports facilities would also be provided to the students. Deputy Conveners of the Co-ordination Committee of the MQM Dr Muhammad Farooq Sattar, Mr Anis Ahmed Qaimkhani, Mrs Nasreen Jalil, Dr Nusrat Shoukat, other members of the committee, MNAs, MPAs and senators were also present on the occasion. Syed Mustafa Kamal, member of the Co-ordination Committee, vice chancellor of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University Dr Abdul Wahab, former British Justice Minister Mr Shahid Malik, Mr Nasir Gulzar also spoke on the occasion.
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Moscow Warned Iskander Missiles May Be Deployed In Kaliningrad

Moscow reiterated on Tuesday it may deploy Iskander theater ballistic missiles in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad that will be capable of effectively engaging elements of the U.S. missile defense system in Poland.
The missile defense system in Poland does not jeopardize Russia’s nuclear forces, Army General Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said. “However, if it is modernized…it could affect our nuclear capability and in that case a political decision may be made to deploy Iskander systems in the Kaliningrad region,” he said in an interview with RT television. “But that will be a political decision,” he stressed. “So far there is no such need.” NATO members agreed to create a missile shield over Europe to protect it against ballistic missiles launched by so-called rogue states, for example Iran and North Korea, at a summit in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2010. Russia has strongly criticized NATO’s reluctance to provide written, legally binding guarantees that its European missile shield will not be directed against Moscow. President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an array of measures to strengthen the country’s missile defense capabilities to counter NATO’s shield, including the deployment of Iskander missiles on the border with Poland.
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Conviction Heaps Pressure On Gilani To Exit PM's Post

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has found Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt but did not order him to serve time in jail. While he was spared a possible six-month jail sentence, the verdict quickly prompted calls from within the ruling coalition and other places for his resignation. The country's highest court had charged Gilani with contempt in February for failing to reopen a graft case against President Asif Ali Zardari. Gilani had argued that the president, who rejects the corruption charges, has immunity from prosecution while in office. The three-month trial ended when the court gave Gilani the token sentence, detaining him in the courtroom until the end of the proceedings. He emerged shortly afterward, smiling and waving to supporters. AP news agency quoted Gilani’s lawyer as saying he would appeal. Gilani was facing up to six months in jail and the automatic loss of office.
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NATO Aircraft Landed In Pakistan After Airspace Violation

A foreign military cargo aircraft was forced to land at the Karachi airport after information was received that it is carrying military equipment and to fly without permission over the country, local media reported. The plane, which was flying from the US-controlled Bagram airbase in Afghanistan to the United Arab Emirate, was asked to land at Karachi after it was found that it did not have clearances from the Pakistan’s Civil Aviation. Reports said that NATO was using the aircraft for transporting military equipment and had no permission for it. Pakistani authorities inspected the plane and also questioned its crew, TV channels reported. Reports quoted civil aviation authorities as saying that the plane had violated Pakistan airspace as there is no permission to any aircraft to use the country’s aircraft for transporting arms. Pakistan parliament this month approved guidelines for the future relationship with the US and NATO, which recommended to the government that NATO should not be allowed to use airspace and land route for transporting arms to Afghanistan. Aviation officials at the Karachi airport said that the air headquarters had issued instructions to forced the foreign aircraft to land for inspection. Pakistan had closed supply line for NATO forces in November a day after the US fighter jets raided Pakistani border posts and killed 24 soldiers. The supply line has not yet been restored and Pakistanis says they will look at ‘positive response’ from the US to its quest for respecting the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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Pakistan Test Fired Upgraded Shaheen 1A Ballistic Missile

Pakistan's military said it successfully test-fired an upgraded Shaheen-1 missile Wednesday. The Shaheen-1 is capable of hitting targets in India with a nuclear weapon, and this upgraded version is thought to have an even longer reach.
The missile test comes less than a week after India claimed it successfully test-fired a new missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead as far as Beijing. Indian officials said that test launch showed it had joined the ranks of the world's missile powers. India's Agni-V has a range of 5,000 kilometers and had been described as a "quantum leap" in India's strategic capability - able to carry nuclear warheads as far as the Chinese capital as well as Shanghai. China's communist party newspaper, the Global Times, responded to India's test launch with a warning of its own, saying for the foreseeable future "India would stand no chance in an overall arms race with China". Indian defense analyst Kapil Kak said New Delhi appears increasingly worried about cooperation between China and Pakistan in possibly "targeting India, in which case India will well have to be prepared for a two-front war.'' The country has been testing its ballistic missile defense system since 2006. If it becomes viable, India would become one of the few nations with a working missile shield.
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India Tested First Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni V

India on Thursday successfully test fired a new missile capable of delivering a one-tonne nuclear warhead anywhere in rival China, marking a major advance in its defence capabilities. Watched by hundreds of scientists, the Agni V was launched from a test site off the eastern state of Orissa. India views the rocket, which has a range of 5,000 kilometres, as a key boost to its regional power aspirations and one that narrows — albeit slightly — the huge gap with China’s technologically advanced missile systems.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister A K Antony congratulated the nation’s defence scientists on the “successful” launch, with Antony calling the achievement “a major milestone in India’s missile programme”. The test leaves India knocking at the door of a select club of nations with inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which have a minimum range of 5,500 kilometres. Currently only the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — possess a declared ICBM capability. “I am announcing the successful launch of Agni V making history and making our country proud in the area of missile technology,” V K Saraswat, head of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which made the missile, said. He said India was now a “missile power”. DRDO spokesman Ravi Gupta insisted the Agni V was a “non country specific” deterrent, but analysts noted it extends India’s missile reach over the entire Chinese mainland, including military installations in the far northeast. Agni, which means “fire” in Sanskrit, is the name given to a series of rockets India developed as part of its ambitious integrated guided missile development project launched in 1983. While the shorter-range Agnis I and II were mainly developed with Pakistan in mind, later versions with a range of 3,500 kilometres — are perceived as China-centric deterrents. A team of 800 have worked on the indigenously developed Agni V over the last three years, using new materials and technology to build motors capable of increasing the propulsion and speed of the new missile. “Firstly you have a phenomenal range so every single significant city — Beijing, Shanghai — will come within its range,” retired Air Force officer Kapil Kak from the Centre for Air Power Studies in India. “Secondly, it has a very, very high speed compared to previous missiles…But the key issue is that this missile can be pushed to 8,000 kilometres. “The significance there is that India then demonstrates the capability to make an ICBM,” he added. There was no official reaction in China, but the state-run Global Times newspaper warned India “should not overestimate its strength” in an editorial published on Thursday. “India should be clear that China’s nuclear power is stronger and more reliable. For the foreseeable future, India would stand no chance in an overall arms race with China,” it added. The two Asian giants, each with a population of more than one billion, have prickly relations and a legacy of mistrust that stems from a brief but bloody border war in 1962. In public, their leaders stress that trade is booming and that the world is big enough to accommodate both of them as they develop economically. China’s military arsenal is far larger and far more technologically advanced than India’s, which is why the Agni V is so important, according to Monika Chansoria, a senior fellow at the Delhi-based Centre for Land Warfare Studies.
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Search Operation Continues In Gyari Sector, Siachen

RAWALPINDI: Search and rescue operation at Gayari Sector is being carried out round the clock. Plant equipment is suffering breakdown due to extreme weather conditions but work on all indentified sites is in progress. According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release, the ground penetrating Rader Team took readings at 24 different points and indentified four of these for further probe.
Army Survey Group of Engineers team has completed the survey of the avalanche including water channel.
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Indian Navy Inducted INS Chakra

The nuclear-powered attack submarine INS Chakra, with lethal "hunter-killer'' and intelligence-gathering capabilities'', was formally inducted into Indian Navy on a 10-year lease from Russia at a cost of around $1 billion.
Defence minister A K Antony, Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and Russian ambassador Alexander M Kadakin, among others, all extolled the submarine as a "shining example'' of the deep and abiding "strategic partnership'' between India and Russia during the ``welcome'' ceremony at the highly-guarded Ship-Building Centre. INS Chakra, with a dived displacement of 12,000-tonne, will, however, not give India its long-awaited third leg of the "nuclear weapons triad'' since it's not armed with long-range strategic missiles due to international treaties. That will only happen after the country's own homegrown nuclear submarine INS Arihant, armed with the nuclear-tipped K-15 missiles, is inducted into service sometime next year. But INS Chakra, propelled by a 190MW nuclear reactor for a maximum speed of around 30 knots, will give India the capability to deploy ``a potent weapons delivery platform'', armed as it is with 300-km Klub-S land-attack cruise missiles and advanced torpedoes, at a place of its choosing at long distances with lot of stealth. ``We can outrun and overcome any adversary in our neighbourhood,'' said a confident INS Chakra's captain P Ashokan. Admiral Verma said the 100-metre INS Chakra had propelled India into a select group of countries like the US, Russia, France, the UK and China, to operate nuclear-powered submarines. ``It gives us operational flexibility in our blue-water operations,'' he said. China's growing maritime presence in the Indian Ocean region (IOR), coupled with its increasing assertiveness in the entire Asia-Pacific region, is obviously a big worry for India. Interestingly enough, the Akula-II class ``K-152 Nerpa'' submarine silently traversed the South China Sea during its 42-day journey to India after being rechristened INS Chakra in Russia. Antony downplayed the China angle as is his wont. "Induction of INS Chakra, or other warships, is not aimed at any country. It is meant to more effectively strengthen our national and maritime security. India does not believe in an arms race but we have long land and coastal borders,'' he said. On being asked by ToI, Antony admitted India was in negotiations with Russia for leasing another Akula-II class submarine from Russia after INS Chakra. ``But no final decision has been taken,'' he said.
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