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Rani Singh

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Tackling US Terrorism - Lessons From the British Experience

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 5:25 PM

The growing threat from resident terrorists was starkly highlighted by the revelation that the five suspects recently arrested in Pakistan for planning attacks on US soil, were all American citizens. Tragically, this is not an isolated incident. Most recently, there has been the trial of David Headley in Chicago; the...

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Northwest Flight 253: A Catalyst for a New Approach to Aviation Security?

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2010 | 2:11 PM

This article has been written with Tarique Ghaffur, Chairman of CSD Global Ltd and former Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police, London.

The global aviation system will continue to be a compelling target for terrorists, as illustrated by the Northwest Airlines terrorist attack on the 25th December 2009. As the dynamic driving...

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Coming to the US, the World's First Official History of an Intelligence Service; MI5

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2009 | 3:40 PM

It is the first time that any intelligence service, anywhere in the world, has allowed an historian to read through its files and record his or her findings.

In 2002, the then MI5 (British security and intelligence service) Director -- General Sir Stephen Lander took the decision to open up...

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Indian Politicians Begin Austerity Drive As Nation Faces Worst Drought In 40 Years

(4) Comments | Posted October 2, 2009 | 10:11 AM

India's ruling politicians and diplomats seem to lead a luxurious life with a plethora of acolytes and servants. The BBC's Soutik Biswas noted from India, "Long, expensive cavalcades carrying ministers and the red and blue beacon bearing cars carrying their minions with party flags painted illegally on their number...

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First Encounter with Secretary Tim Geithner at London's G-20 Summit

(8) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 7:46 PM

American politicians often knock the spots off the British when it comes to poise and confidence at international summits. The recent G-20 meet for finance ministers and central bankers held in London was a clear example.

The program for summits is routine; delegates fly in for pre-event meetings, delegates attend...

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CEO on Doing Business With India, Ahead of Presidential Visit

(2) Comments | Posted September 1, 2009 | 2:44 PM

The CEO of the UK India Business Council, Ms Sharon Bamford, sat down for an exclusive with Huffington Post to discuss her thoughts on the way the British do business in India compared with their American counterparts, and a forthcoming glittering summit which will mix business with sport.

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UK's Prime Minister Gordon Brown Agrees with Admiral Mike Mullen on "Redrawing Afghan Battle Space"

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2009 | 11:53 AM

In British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's final press conference at Downing Street before the Summer recess, he was asked about helicopters, holidays, football, the economy, and other items, including his predictions for the forthcoming Japanese election.

He gave a short statement at the beginning before fielding questions from an...

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Pakistani Media Report Significant Meetings and FM Mullah

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 10:22 AM

A much heralded meeting between Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and newly reinstalled Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took place a few days ago on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Yekaterinburg in Russia. reported PM Manmohan Singh's unusual act of making a bold...

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US Envoy William Burns Spoke To Reporters In Delhi after Meeting Indian PM Manmohan Singh

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2009 | 1:17 PM

William Burns, US Under Secretary of State, gave a press conference Thursday in New Delhi after meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Burns announced that he had personally handed a letter from President Obama to Prime Minister Singh, but would not divulge the contents, save to say that they...

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Pearl Continental Attacked In Peshawar

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 2:20 PM

There has just been an attack on the Pearl Continental Hotel in Pakistan. The Marriott-owned building was chosen most likely as part of revenge attacks on soft targets in response to a successful Pakistani military counter-offensive against the Taliban in the region.

According to the Inspector General of the Northwest...

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The Dick Cheney Of Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 8:55 AM

Pakistan's front man is President Asif Ali Zardari, husband of the late Benazir Bhutto. But there is another power player who is becoming increasingly important.

56-year old Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, is a tall, softly-spoken man with an air of authority. He hails from an influential...

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Pakistani Swat Anti-Taliban Offensive Near End, Pak Media Reports

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2009 | 11:01 AM

At the time of writing, Geo News reported that a "high level" meeting was taking place in Islamabad. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, chief and federal ministers and governors met to discuss the state of law and order in Palestine as well as the...

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I Don't See How I Can Ever Go Back to Swat Valley

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 4:20 PM

My father was born in the North West Frontier Province. I used to think that that was very cool. The people of this region are handsome; strong-limbed, often tall and elegant, with clear, fair, skins. Their hair is sometimes a lighter brown than elsewhere on the Sub-continent, and often, family...

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