(NEW DELHI, India.) #CycloneFani Alert: Nearly 800,000 people in eastern India have been evacuated from the expected path of a major cyclone packing winds up to 125 miles per hour and torrential rains, officials said Thursday that made landfall on Friday killing at least seven people and lashing the the east coast with ferocious winds and eventually being down graded to a tropical storm #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – May.03: The strongest tropical cyclone to hit India in 20 years made landfall Friday, killing seven people and lashing the country’s east coast with ferocious winds and torrential downpours: Tropical Cyclone Fani struck near the city of Puri, in Odisha state, as the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane — packing sustained winds of 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour). The storm is expected to weaken as it moves toward Kolkata, one of India’s most populous cities, and Bangladesh: The seven people who died in Odisha were killed by falling trees and collapsed walls, police spokesman Sanjeev Panda said: After it was predicted: #India Alert: Cyclone Fani, currently over the Bay of Bengal, is predicted to intensify further and cross the Odish… https://t.co/RJ6SuYuANV 

VIDEO: Cyclone Fani hits India’s east coast. Read full story here: https://t.co/S9QCdcmoWc https://t.co/OxDiFMLYoS— The Associated Press (@AP) May 3, 2019 

Fani made landfall as the strongest cyclone to hit the region since a 1999 storm killed at least 10,000 people. That incident prompted India to reassess its disaster management planning: More than 1 million people were evacuated ahead of Fani, Odisha’s chief minister said in a tweet. About 10,000 villages and 52 towns in nine districts in the state were in the storm’s path, forecasters said. Eleven districts along the Odisha coast were placed on red alert, and some 900 cyclone shelters were set up to house evacuees. 

Meteorologists say storm surges remain a risk as Fani is hitting low-lying coastal regions: Aid agencies are also concerned for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled ethnic violence in Myanmar and are living in refugee camps in Bangladesh near the coast………………….All flights to and from Odisha’s Bhubaneswar airport were canceled from midnight on Thursday. Kolkata’s airport canceled flights from 3 p.m. local time Friday.

The country’s coast guard and navy deployed ships and helicopters for relief and rescue operations: Army and air force units are also on standby in the states of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

The storm — which has been downgraded to a “very severe cyclonic” storm — is the first tropical cyclone of the year in the northern Indian Ocean: The country’s cyclone season has two main periods of activity: late April to early June, and October to November.These two periods are before and immediately after India’s southwest monsoon season, which lasts from June through September and provides India with the vast majority of its annual rainfall.

Nearly 800,000 people in eastern India have been evacuated from the expected path of a major cyclone packing winds up to 125 miles per hour and torrential rains, officials said Thursday: The Indian weather service said Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani was expected to make landfall Friday afternoon. CBS News contributing meteorologist Jeff Berardelli joins CBSN’s Elaine Quijano with the latest: https://cbsn.ws/2VJb09T 
#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: May.03: 2019: CNN’s Sugam Pokharel contributed reporting 
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LAHORE: ‘ India releases 16-pakistani prisoners as reciprocal gesture after 16-fishermen released ‘

#AceNewsReport – LAHORE: Aug.08: India released 16 Pakistani prisoners including nine fishermen on Saturday as a reciprocal gesture five days after Pakistan freed 163 Indian fishermen.

According to a statement by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, 16 Pakistani prisoners, whose nationality has been confirmed by Pakistani authorities, are being repatriated to Pakistan via Wagah border.

The statement added that the cases against nine Pakistani fishermen have been withdrawn.

The confirmation of the release came from the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi, which said that a total of nine fishermen detained at a prison in the Indian state of Gujarat for more than two years have been released.

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INDIA:’ Accuses Pakistan of Killing one of its soldiers near Kashmir border ‘

#AceNewsReport – INDIA:July.31: India on Thursday accused Pakistan of killing one of its soldiers near the de-facto border that divides Kashmir between the two states, AFP said.
Defacto border with Kashmir

Defacto border with Kashmir

Pakistani troops opened “unprovoked fire” Wednesday evening targeting Indian positions in Poonch sector along the Line of Control, according to Colonel S. D. Goswami, a spokesman for the Indian army.
“Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire again during which our soldier was injured who died later,” he said. A border ceasefire agreement was signed in 2003.

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#AceNewsReport – India(Mumbai):June.21: At least 94 people have died and 45 are in hospital after consuming homemade liquor in a slum in India’s financial capital, Mumbai.

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Police say they have detained five moonshine-makers in connection with the deaths, and eight police officials have been suspended for suspected negligence. “More than 150 have consumed this alcohol.

The death toll may rise,” Mumbai’s deputy police commissioner said, according to Reuters.

Homemade liquor is popular with India’s poor because it is cheap, but it is often made using poisonous industrial ethanol.

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@AceNewsServices Indian Fishermen released from Karachi Jail

#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:June.18: Pakistan on Thursday released 113 Indian fishermen, AFP reported. The fishermen, who had been kept in a Karachi jail for nine months to a year, were put on a train bound for the eastern border city of Lahore.

The release of the Indian fishermen followed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s phone call to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday.

India’s leader offered best wishes to his counterpart on the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and announced the release of the detained fishermen in an apparent move to ease bilateral tensions.

Fishermen are frequently arrested by both India and Pakistan because the maritime border between the two countries in the Arabian Sea is poorly defined.

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INDIA: ‘ Journalist reportedly burned alive for reporting politicians corruption ‘

#AceNewsReport – INDIA:June.10: An Indian politician reportedly has been arrested and charged with murder after a journalist covering his alleged corruption was burned alive.

Jagendra Singh was set on fire by police and men sent to his house by Uttar Pradesh dairy development minister Ram Murti Verma on June 1, Singh’s family claimed Tuesday, according to the Times of India.

“They had a heated argument with my father, caught hold of him, poured petrol over his body and set him on fire,” Raghvendra Singh told the newspaper. Singh died from his injuries on Monday and authorities have now filed charges against Verma and four other men.

But police have denied any wrongdoing and claim that Singh tried to commit suicide.

“There was a case against Jagendra Singh. We tried to arrest him but he committed suicide,” a Shahjehanpur police spokesperson told IBN Live, without specifying the allegations.

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‘ American Disney blacklist of American tech workers ‘

@AceBreakingNews – USA:June.09: (DAILY CALLER) The American tech workers Disney laid off in January after forcing them to train their foreign replacements were put on a “black list” that disqualified them from hire by any contractor that works with Disney, emails obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation between one of the laid off workers and a recruiting firm show.

The worker, who asked to remain anonymous because he is waiting on legal advice, learned of the black list when he sent his resume and performance review to a local IT recruiting firm that wanted to place him with a company contracting with Disney.

He had plenty of past experience doing similar work for Disney contractors, and had received the highest possible rating on his performance review, so he thought he would be a top candidate for the job.

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INDIA: ‘ Maoist Rebels Killed in Gun-Battle with Security Forces ‘

#AceNewsReport – INDIA:June.09: Twelve Maoist rebels were killed in a gun battle with security forces in a remote forest in eastern India, police said Tuesday.

The fighting broke out when policemen tried to intercept a group of suspected guerrillas late Monday in eastern Jharkand state, a rebel stronghold, AFP reported.

The Maoist insurgency began in the 1960s and has cost thousands of lives, as rebels say they are fighting against the authorities for land and other rights for poor tribal groups.

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‘ FREEDOM AND/OR SECURITY ‘

AceNewsServices – Featured Post: Jan.06: This gives me pause. . .  as I have been pondering this  problem lately. The grand experiment which is the United States was built on personal rights for all written in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. . . . . freedom of religion, speech, press, to assemble and to have personal privacy.

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After 9/11 , the country was united in the desire of “Never Again” and there was not much questioning  as to how  that security  was accomplished. But as the years have past and news and experiences of NSA spying on the nation and the world, control of the internet, airport searches and indignities at the airports,  and prisoner enhanced interrogation; Americans, including me, are questioning our freedoms, security and the methods used to establish both.

This week in the world’s largest democracy where there is understandably obsessed with security has further fuelled my thoughts. Information was circulated of a credible terrorist activity in India. Access to certain sites on the internet was stopped or limited to all of India.  I had trouble accessing Facebook, in the morning, evening, and at night. Hmm, all times when people were home using the internet. I have experienced in the US having some news and YouTube videos not available as they are in the rest of the world. I have learned that from other bloggers. Here in India,  we have been working  for days to get just the proper documentation for the students. . . photos. . . on different paper for different applications. .  phone, school, immigration.  They need copies of their passports, visas, stamped pages of their passports, forms to be filled , a letter from the hostel and the University. . .  all  this to study here for 4 months.  And all this to try to insure safety.

Some of you might  ask, “Why not just ignore it all?”  Well, one group a few years ago did just that due to ignorance of the policy.   When they got ready to leave, 7 students were allowed to leave even though they didn’t have the proper exit stamp.  Two students were detained.  They were Americans of various heritages.  Many people and countries find it hard to understand that American is  a “salad mixture” of people from all nationalities.

These detained  students had to stay in a hotel for a week while their departure was  discussed by many calls between India and the US!  Finally, this happened and all other groups from Rensselaer have meticulously  completed the process.  This time the forms seem even more complicated than in 2013. Could it be bureaucrats justifying their paycheck?

I want to be safe, unquestionably, but at the price of our freedoms? Fascist countries take these same actions and I don’t want to live in like that.  I am concerned, too, as to whom  is making these decisions.  In my lifetime, I have observed with taxes and government involvement, that once instigated or eliminated it is seemingly impossible to regain freedoms once they are gone.

Security or Freedom?

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VIDEO: ‘ PAKISTANI FISHING BOAT CARRYING EXPLODES KILLING FOUR CREW MEMBERS ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN:Jan.02: A Pakistani fishing boat has exploded on Wednesday in the Arabian Sea, 365 kilometre off the coast of India, killing all four crew members.

The Indian Coast Guard chased the boat for almost an hour trying to stop and search it before firing warning shots, the government statement says.

The crew set the boat on fire which caused the explosion.

However, the authorities gave no comment whether the explosive was intended to be used in a possible attack.

In 2008, central Mumbai was attacked by gunmen who arrived in rubber boats.

The fighting resulted in 166 casualties.

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INDIA: ‘ ELECTIONS BJP CAN APPROACH US FOR SUPPORT SAYS UDDHAV ‘

#AceBreakingNews – INDIA – October 19 – Bolstered by wins in Maharashtra and Haryana, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah came in triumphant to a press meet on Sunday, driving home his party’s goal of “Congress-mukt Bharat”.

BJP can approach us for support: Uddhav Thackeray

BJP can approach us for support: Uddhav Thackeray

“We’ve taken a few more steps towards a Congress-mukt India (Congress-free India),” he said as voters showed the door to the incumbent Congress in both states.

The BJP was poised to go past majority mark of 46 in the 90-member Haryana assembly on its own, while it was evident the party would fall marginally short of the majority mark of 145 in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly.  

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NEW DELHI: ‘ REGIONAL TWO STATE ELECTIONS TEST NARENDRA MODI’S POPULARITY ‘

Regional elections held Wednesday in two states will test the popularity of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and a good performance could strengthen his government and give him more elbow room to initiate tough economic reforms.

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Modi wants to unseat Congress Party-led governments in Maharashtra and Haryana states and repeat the impressive performance that catapulted his Bharatiya Janata Party to power in national elections in May.

Both states are politically crucial. Maharashtra is a large state that is home to India’s financial hub, Mumbai. Haryana is relatively small but one of the country’s fastest-developing states adjoining the capital. But the BJP has never been a major force in either. 

Modi personally led his party’s campaign in both states. At dozens of rallies, he appealed to voters on the same plank that won him national support — development and good governance.

Hoping to win on the backs of young voters, his strongest constituency, Modi tweeted as polls opened, “Youngsters must show the way and ensure record turnout.”

Political analyst Satish Misra at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi said a good showing by the BJP would be a vote of confidence in the prime minister. He pointed out that these will be the first state elections held since the national polls last May.

“If the BJP under Modi has to establish to people at large that it is the most popular party, then the BJP must emerge the winner of these two elections, if not with clear majority, then at least with credible enough numbers to be single largest party,” Misra said. “For the first time, Modi’s credibility and popularity and credibility is at stake. Modi is the BJP’s face.

Modi is the BJP’s vote-catcher.”

Opinion polls show that BJP could win in both states, although it might fall short of a majority.

Confidence is still high in Modi, but several analysts said some of the magic that helped him romp to power has begun to wane as people impatiently wait for him to fulfill his promise that “better days are here.”

For that promise to be bear fruit, Modi must implement tough reforms needed to rev up India’s slowing economy.

Analysts said victories in the state elections could embolden the prime minister to take some of those difficult steps, such as labour reforms.

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INDIA: ‘ Battered by Cyclonic Storm HUDHUD in Port City of Visakhapatnam ‘

#AceWorldNews – INDIA – October 12 – Cyclonic storm Hudhud has hit India with speeds up to 195km per hour (over 120mph), leaving two people dead, while damaging everything in its wake – uprooting trees, battering buildings and so on.

Earlier a 150,000-person evacuation was under-way, as the port city of Visakhapatnam, home to two million people and a major naval base, received the full impact of Hudhud after the force had gathered up the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal.

Two people, however, strayed from the safe areas – one of them was killed by a falling tree, the other by a wall.

Reuters spoke by phone to K. Hymavathi, the special commissioner for disaster management for Andhra Pradesh state, who said the Visakhapatnam situation is very serious.”

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INDIA: ‘ Narendra Modi Lashes Congress Saying it is not time for empty talk but for bullets by our soldiers ‘

#AceNewsServices – INDIA (Kashmir) – October 12 – Civilians on both sides of the Kashmir Line of Control got a brief respite today from a solid week of cross-border fighting between Indian and Pakistan forces, but leaders on both sides indicate it is likely to remain brief indeed.

In a statement at Maharashtra, Indian Premier Narendra Modi lashed Congress for meaningless statements on the border clashes, saying it is “not the time for empty talk by them, but for bullets by our soldiers.

Modi bragged that the week of fighting had given Pakistan a “befitting lesson,” and that Indian soldiers had successfully “shut their mouth” so that they dare not repeat their violations.

The assessment on the Pakistani side was just a belligerent, for while the National Security Committee ruled out war with India, Premier Nawaz Sharif ordered the army to engage in a “tit for tat” strategy of retaliation against India.

The two nations have warred in the past over the Line of Control, and as usual both sides are insisting that the other is wholly to blame for the violations, which have killed dozens of civilians.

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SEA: ‘ Rise of the Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – October 11 – The phenomenon of “child soldiers” is not new to this globe. From the far western shores of Americas, to Africa and Asia, the world continues to witness the rise of soldiers that are mere children

' Child Soldiers of Pakistan '

‘ Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

The world is stunned beyond limits to see that humanity has fallen to this level in the exploitation of young innocent children as child recruits for fundamentalist agendas.

The use of child soldiers has spread to almost all the global armed conflict. Though an exact number is impossible to define, thousands of child soldiers are illegally serving in armed conflict around the world.

According to Do Something Org, many countries are allegedly reported on use of under-age soldiers, these include Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and more.

 I am sure many are already geared up with the anti-Pakistani stereotypes that deem that whole of Pakistan is a terrorist country and on this list,  I get this hatred towards Pakistan is a global trend but not many of you know the dynamics of child militia here. And am taking this opportunity to shed some light on various important areas.

Pakistan|Trending Local Child Soldiers issue

The growing phenomenon of child militants in Pakistan is a horrific reality, one mirrored in various conflicts throughout history. Young innocent children are targeted because they can be easily brain washed by militant groups.

The cycle of poverty, large family size and economic hardships are factors that leave vulnerable parents little choice but to send children in local madrassas as they are free of cost.   The constitution Article 25-A says the State shall provide free and compulsory education to children between ages of 5 to 16. However that’s not being followed as millions of children are out of school and our literary rate is appalling low at 48%.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Most people have no choice but to send their children to religious schools or madrassas as. Moreover, there are huge discrepancies because education in Pakistan is heavily influenced by religion and in recent times Wahabi agendas.

The main source of funding for these madrasa groups is coming from Saudi Arabia. In fact, this whole phenomenon that we are confronting, which Al Qaeda is a part of, is very closely associated with Saudi Arabia’s financial and religious projects for the Muslim world as a whole. Its in greater interests to keep Pakistani children stuck into poverty cycles as they serve a greater agenda, shame on Pakistani government for colluding against its own.

Local madrassas cater Pakistani children as well as international students who avail the lucrative scholarship fundings  from Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. 

However coming back to Pakistan, the different militant groups including TTP, LeT and so on have been able to harness the young Pakistani children in scores through enticing tactics.

Local Militant Recruitment Mechanism

The militant have sinister agendas however on the forefront they are able to cajole and manipulate young children by reminding them the sufferings of the Muslim world and that they have to play a role in eradication of misery; through this jihad.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Upon meeting some under-age boy militants in Swat, I found out that for years they have attended the madrassas whose lecturers and mentors taught them things like ” The Pakistan Army is the ally of the Western capitalist world; they the  imperialists are all the enemies of Islam. The fight against them is justified; they are apostates, the friends of the infidels.”

The second message drummed into them is one which the world is facing today. The increasing intolerance towards Muslims and followers of faith Islam within their own regions and in the western world. Sadly this is capitalized upon very well by the militant groups. The young recruits are taught that they have to stand up against the helplessness of Muslim women, daughters and sisters that are getting dishonored by non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine etc.

They also watch videos purportedly showing the killing of Muslims by non-Muslims in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Instructors tell them that a war is being waged against Islam.

' Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five '

‘ Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five ‘

That the western world is at war with Islam has given a trump card to Pakistan’s militants for this sort of radical enticement of vulnerable children.

These main themes in lectures are taught to in both the senior recruits camps (ages 16 and older) and junior ones (ages 7 to 15), all are centered on vengeance and the need to do something for the wronged Muslims.The children are completely isolated from the normal outside world.

The young would-be suicide bombers are also persuaded by the promise of Paradise. This is, I repeat a huge blasphemy against the real teachings for if have to view from Islamic point of view; suicide is strictly forbidden along with the killing of innocent persons. Allah, God is the author of life that has granted us the gift of life and we mere humans don’t have the authority to take it.

This using of innocent children by militancy has to stop now. But. The inability of the Pakistan army to meet internal security challenges effectively is a particularly worrying factor. Three generations of Pakistani children are suffering due to the impact of this futile jihadi indoctrination.

It is time to seriously put an end to this madness, before it consumes us within the dark abysses of hatred and destruction.I am so exhausted to waking up in the mornings with the first thought in mind,What the hell happened Pakistan? And then trying to fix it some how in my way.

Though, we can’t bring back the already dead Pakistani children militants and can hardly ease the misery of the grieving parents, it is time for Pakistan to asses the complex root causes behind this phenomenon and design solutions for protection of children from becoming part of militancy.

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NORWAY: ‘ Malala Yousafazi and Kailash Satyarthi Win 95th Nobel Peace Prize ‘

#AceBreakingNews – NORWAY – October 10 – Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi won the 95th Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work promoting education rights for children in a year that has been anything but peaceful.

Malala Yousafazi and Kailash Satyarthi Win 95th Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafazi and Kailash Satyarthi Win 95th Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the two “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

Yousafzai, 17, is from Pakistan and Satyarthi, 60, is from India, facts that bring added significance to the award given the tumultuous history between those two nations.

Yousafzai was famously shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in 2012, but has recovered to advocate around the world for education for girls. Satyarthi, the Nobel committee said, has spent a lifetime “focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.” 

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INDIA: ‘ Twelve Killed and Fifty Injured As Two Express Trains Collide ‘

#AceWorldNews- INDIA (Uttar Pradesh) – October 01 – At least 12 people were killed and over 50 injured as two express trains collided near the city of Gorakhpur in India’s eastern Uttar Pradesh state late on Tuesday, according to new figures reported by the Hindustan Times.

The two trains involved in the crash were the Lucknow Barauni Express (15204), which derailed after the collision, and the Krishak Express (15007). The accident happened at the Nandanagar railway crossing around 11 p.m. local time.

Rescue operations began immediately after the incident, despite bad lighting, local officials said.

The region’s Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced compensations to the families of those killed in the train crash in the sum of 200,000 rupees (US$3,200).

Train crashes are common in India, due to old railroad infrastructure. In May, a train headed to Gorakhupur collided with a stationary train, killing 25 people and wounding 100 others.

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INDIA: ‘ Narendra Modi’s Visit to US Opens Door to India for Business ‘

#AceNewsServices (Sponsored) – INDIA – September 30 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States has provided an extraordinary opportunity that deserves our attention.  At a time when the world seems beset by troubles, we have the chance to elevate relations between the U.S. and India to a new level – a new level that can benefit the citizens of both nations for decades to come.

The Modi government came into office this spring with the overwhelming support of Indian voters and the promise of job creation and economic growth – of less government and more governance. The information technology sectors of the U.S. and India have already demonstrated how both nations can benefit from collaboration and the exchange of products, services and intellectual talent. Today, 10 of the top 15 tech companies operating in India are American. And many of those companies are working to train and mentor people to become future entrepreneurs, IT professionals and students in STEM education programs.

To provide vital operational support to 96 percent of Fortune 500 companies and thousands of other American businesses, India-based IT services companies have invested more than $5 billion, created more than 280,000 jobs for Americans, and paid $15 billion in taxes to the U.S. Treasury in the last five years.  High-skilled IT professionals on temporary visas often augment the permanent U.S. employees of global IT service companies to support their customers’ in-house IT staff and management on major initiatives.  This gives U.S. businesses the specific type of support they require – where, when and only for as long as they need it – helping them innovate, enter markets, grow and create more American jobs.

No wonder that Secretary of State John Kerry commented in July, before the 2014 U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, that “the dynamism and the entrepreneurial spirit of Mumbai and Bangalore, of Silicon Valley and of Boston – that is precisely what is required in order to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.”

Initial steps taken by Prime Minister Modi’s new government make this clear: India is open for business.  In the Strategic Dialogue, senior representatives of the U.S. and Indian government pledge to work together to address remaining issues such as taxation, intellectual property rights protection, FDI reforms, investment in infrastructure and manufacturing, and  the ease of doing business in India.  These talks have also produced encouraging signals for strategic cooperation in defence and other areas. 

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By Diane Farrell, Acting President U.S.-India Business Council – 09/29/14 02:49 PM EDT

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‘ Abu Sayyaf Group Threatens to Kill Hostages ‘

#AceNewsServices (SEA) MANILA – September 27 – A threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage in a show of solidarity with Islamic State is the latest sign that the Middle East group’s brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk in the region.

' Abu Sayyaf Group Threatens to Kill German Hostages '

‘ Abu Sayyaf Group Threatens to Kill German Hostages ‘

Over 100 people from South-East Asia’s Muslim majority countries of Indonesia and Malaysia and the southern Philippine region are believed by security officials and analysts to have gone to join Islamic State’s fight in Iraq and Syria.

Malaysian and Indonesian militants have discussed forming a 100-strong Malay-speaking unit within Islamic State in Syria, according to a report from a well-known security group released this week.

Admiral Samuel Locklear, who heads the US Armed Forces’ Pacific Command, said on Thursday around 1,000 recruits from India to the Pacific may have joined Islamic State to fight in Syria or Iraq. He did not specify the countries or give a time-frame.

That number could get larger as we go forward,” Locklear told reporters at the Pentagon. In addition to India, the Hawaii-based Pacific Command’s area of responsibility covers 36 countries, including Australia, China and other Pacific Ocean states.

The command does not cover Pakistan.

In the region, thousands have sworn oaths of loyalty to Islamic State as local militant groups capitalize on a brand that has been fuelled by violent online videos and calls to jihad through social media, security analysts say. Security officials say this has disturbing implications for the region, especially when battle-hardened fighters return home from the Middle East.

The Philippines’ Abu Sayyaf group, which has earlier claimed links with al Qaeda and is led by a one-armed septuagenarian, has threatened to kill one of the two Germans it holds hostage by Oct. 10, according to messages distributed on Twitter.

As well as US$5.6 million in ransom, the group demanded that Germany halt its support for the US-led bombing campaign launched against Islamic State this week.

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‘ War Makes Rohingya Muslims Stateless Refugee’s ‘

#AceNewsServices – INDIA(New Delhi) – September 25 – A recent report on Myanmar’s Rohingya stuck in refugee limbo in India, has highlighted how people feel stateless. Here is one person’s story:

'Myanmar’s Rohingya stuck in refugee limbo in India'

‘Myanmar’s Rohingya stuck in refugee limbo in India’

When Kohinoor, a stateless Rohingya Muslim, fled her home in Myanmar after a wave of attacks by majority fanatic Buddhists, “We were chased out of Burma (Myanmar). We were chased out of Bangladesh. Now we are in India, the people here tell us that India is not our country.

So where will we go?asked Kohinoor, 20, sitting in a makeshift tent on a patch of wasteland in southern Delhi.

We don’t have any land of our own. Our children don’t go to the government schools as they refuse us admission. When we go to the hospital, they don’t admit people from our community,” said Kohinoor, who fled Myanmar two years ago with her 2-year-old daughter and her sister’s family.  

Though the Rohingya minority have lived for generations in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, the largely Buddhist government passed a citizenship law in 1982 which excluded them, denying them the identity cards required for everything from schooling and marriage to finding a job and getting a birth or death certificate. They became stateless.

Hundreds died in communal violence between Buddhists and Rohingya in 2012, worsening their plight, and in the last two years more than 86,000 Rohingya have left, fleeing to countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh.

The Rohingya are among an estimated 10 million stateless people worldwide. Their plight was discussed during the first global forum on statelessness opening in The Hague. This is ahead of an ambitious UN campaign starting in November to eradicate statelessness worldwide within a decade.

India, despite hosting some 30,000 registered refugees, has no legal recognition of asylum seekers, making it difficult for them to use essential services like schools and hospitals, human rights groups say – and the Rohingya community is among the most vulnerable.

According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), there are around 9,000 Rohingya registered in Delhi. Thousands more, unregistered, are living in other parts of the country such as Jammu and Hyderabad.

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