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June 25, 2008

May 13 was an important day in India’s fight against terror. Nine low-intensity blasts went off in the tourist city of Jaipur, killing 62 people. Places of worship and crowded areas were targeted. It was the day when India changed the questions it usually asks after a terrorist attack. No more why, how or who. From now on, it will only be ‘when and where next?’

The nature of terrorism has changed over the past three decades. Concentrated in the Valley for the better part of the 1980s, it moved to big cities — particularly Mumbai in the 1990s. Since the turn of the millennium, it began trickling down to the smaller cities.

As India searches for a way to combat this wave of terror — which agencies believe is being orchestrated by the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence — here is a look at the country’s top ten most wanted men. The 10 names, by itself, neatly define terrorism in India: Some outfits born from India’s bloodiest phase of violence before the Kashmir Valley became a hotbed in the 1980s — the Khalistan movement.

Intelligence agencies say they are gaining capability to strike in India. Also a part of this list are past masters of all things crime and anti-national: the Mumbai mafia. These may seem like spent forces, but they are very much active and help the ISI in many ways, the intelligence agencies say.

Rounding off the list of India’s most wanted are the men of the moment: the face of terror in India as we know it today and a faceless man, a man who for all you know is now plotting the answer to those two questions: ‘When and where next’.

Here is the list:

  1. Rahil Abdul
  2. Shahid Bilal
  3. Dawood Ibrahim
  4. Abdul Tunda
  5. Tiger Memon
  6. Lakhbir Singh Rode
  7. Ranjit Singh Neeta
  8. Ayub Memon
  9. Chota Shakeel
  10. Paramjit Singh

Source: Rediff

India beats UK in number of science PhDs

June 25, 2008

India may have a long way to go before becoming a global powerhouse in science but there’s some reason to celebrate. India has pipped the UK, a biotech power, and left far behind electronics giants South Korea and Taiwan in the number of science doctorates it generated from 1983 to 2003.

Between 1983 and 2003, India’s science PhDs went up from 3,886 to 6,318, while it went up from 2,430 to 3,780 in the UK. South Korea, which began with 281 PhDs, surged to 3225, while Taiwan began with 8 and closed at 202.

Source: Times of India

House Approves $150 Million More for FDA in Fiscal 2008

June 25, 2008

Lawmakers voted last week to give the FDA $150 million more for this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. The agency could continue to spend the money through Sept. 30, 2009.

The amount approved in the House vote on H.R. 2642, a supplemental funding bill, is a little more than half the $275 million approved by the Senate in its amendment to the bill in May.

The Senate version included $100 million for medical devices, drugs and biologics as suggested by FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach in a letter to Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.).

Also last week, the House Agriculture Subcommittee approved a fiscal 2009 budget of approximately $2.1 billion for the FDA.

The budget includes $282 million more than originally requested by the administration, according to subcommittee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). That increase covers the additional $275 million that HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt recently requested.

Source: FDANews