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Writing a Constitution

Afghanistan is in the process of writing its constitution, and it is not easy. There are 502 delegates, consisting of Tajiks, Uzbeks, Pashtuns and many other ethnic groups involved in deciding many issues including which language the national anthem will be sung. Another issue that the opposition of Hamid Karzai does not like is a “strong presidency”:http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1231afghan31.html.

bq. Meeting the Tajiks’ demands would be a considerable compromise for Karzai, who has held out for a strong presidential system. His opponents want parliamentary control of the printing of money, the creation of a constitutional court, three vice presidents rather than one, a ban on top officials holding dual citizenship or having a foreign spouse, more power devolved to provincial councils, and for Uzbek and Turkmen language rights in their ethnic regions.

The Loya Jirga was halted after many delegates boycotted the sessions. It is to resume soon and Afghanistan may have a constitution. Now I am sure, we will see the same issues, when Iraq starts writing a constitution.

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Deepening Ties

As two democracies facing a common enemy called Islamic Terrorism, it is only natural that Israel and India become allies. American Thinker had an article on on the “deepening”:http://americanthinker.com/comments.php?comments_id=39 Indo-Israeli alliance. The American Thinker article focuses on the relations in the field of Space technology, but there are many other areas in which co-operation is there.

* “Business”:http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/EK25Df01.html
* “Defence”:http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13340952
* “India’s Moon Mission”:http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=49130
* “Phalcon”:http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/376174.html
* “Spy Planes”:http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=452CED9B-0C38-4AF5-855EDD6ACD568F11

[links via “Bharat Rakshak”:http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=005896;p=2]

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Vedic Mathematics

Srijith has started a series on Vedic Mathematics. The aim is “Through a series of blog notes, I plan to present some astounding mathematical knowledge available to us in the Vedas.”

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Shanti has this news about an Indian graduate student in Boston, Bhalerao, who was tortured and stabbed because some morons thought he was from Iraq. She is right when she says:

bq. “Horrible!:”:http://www.madhoo.com/archives/002522.php#002522 Whether this attack was intended towards a Muslim or a Hindu or anybody, I think it was extremely cruel and horrible. I hope they lock the perpetrators up and throw away the key. Such people are not fit to live amongst other human beings.

and now police have arrested the criminal involved

bq. “Man arrested in attack on pizza driver:”:http://www.globe.com/dailyglobe2/175/metro/Not_guilty_plea_in_DSS_worker_s_killing+.shtml Police arrested a 20-year-old man early yesterday after he and several others allegedly kidnapped and stabbed a pizza delivery man, police said. Christopher Pereira, of New Bedford, was charged with kidnapping, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, and larceny of a motor vehicle. Saurabh Bhalerao, 24, an employee at Sanducci’s Pizza, was in fair condition at Rhode Island Hospital last night.

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Visa Rejection

No respect for a Muslim cleric these days! Kuwait has rejected the visa application of Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari . Few days back the Imam had asked all Muslim nations to oppose the war on Iraq. It seems no one told him that the Coalition forces had entered Iraq from Kuwait.

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