Care for environment and Climate

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Care for environment and Climate
-By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Causes

Pollution of environment and accelerating climatic change are not good for humanity. However, world has been experiencing with exceeding fears the ever deteriorating environmental collapse and unpredictable climatic conditions.

Several countries with millions of people in each are vulnerable to outcomes of climate change but the top polluters are not at all worried about their future. .

The major causes of devastating climatic changes taking place rapidly world over are already known to the world but intentional community has not yet responded with the urgency the issue merits and not in ways as to assure the humanity of their safety and security from climatic dangers. .

Apart from water scarcity, water quality is also a worrying concern in many countries with herding, mining, and urban development posing threats to public health. No need to specific mentioning of illegal mining operations permitted by Indian politicians and their regime.

US led NATO terror wars in Mideast as well as regular Israeli war in Palestine continue unabated, causing escalation of climatic changes by air pollutions; Emissions from industries and elsewhere have reached the dangerous limits. Nuclear powers, instead of feeding the hungry masses, are fighting to showcase their military prowess by manufacturing more and more high precision weapons as well as increasing the nuclear reaction operations, causing apart from serious health and other problems to the populations, also makes the atmosphere poisonous.

Nuclear reactor emissions are deadly dangerous to environment and affecting even the ether layers. Impending nuclear war is sure to put an end to human civilization eventually. However, nuke powers continue to blast nuclear plants to endanger living beings.

India continues to misuse resources meant for the common people by wasting the money on nukes and nuke enabled missiles.

Nuclear plants generate radioactivity attacking people near and far beyond Indian borders and waters, and can harm Indian and South Asian regional people. And nuclear blasts can kill people. In case of wars, the enemies will attack nuke plants and destroy the people in the localities. Pakistan where many people starve without food and shelter also trying to catch up with Indian nukes and missiles, adding to the regional dangers.

Asia

Climate change, combined with rapid population growth and urbanization, are placing intense pressure on Asia’s most precious resource. At the same time, extreme weather has led to unprecedented monsoon rains and deadly floods across the region that have eaten away at traditional livelihoods and in some cases interrupted the entire global supply chain for certain industries that are located in flood-prone regions. How governments, civil society, and citizens work together to address these issues will shape Asia’s development trajectory

Asia is the world’s driest and most water-stressed continent in spite of major rivers including the mighty Mekong in Southeast Asia and the Ganges and Yamuna, other rivers that bisect the subcontinent. One of Asia’s most sparsely populated countries, Mongolia, suffers from severe water scarcity despite having some of the largest freshwater lakes in the region. Water sources are unevenly distributed within the landlocked nation with abundant surface water resources located in northern Mongolia, which are inaccessible for the drier central and southern parts of the country that lack water sources. The Asian Development Bank warned that its growing capital, Ulaanbaatar, home to nearly half of the population, will face water shortage soon, as early as 2015

Thailand experienced in 2012 the worst flooding in five decades. Heavy monsoon rains submerged one-third of the country, left nearly 700 dead, and led to millions of dollars in economic loss from major industries as flood waters ground production to a halt in electronics, auto factories, and other industries. The enormity of the crisis exposed the realities of Thailand’s still nascent model for responding to natural disasters.

South Asia is home to three of the most densely populated river basins in the world – the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra – which support an estimated 700 million people. The basins straddle national borders, making them a natural source of contention between neighboring countries. In the next 40 years, the urban population in Asia will almost double from 1.6 billion to 3.1 billion with strained demand for clean water.

According to the WHO, in India alone more than 97 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Changing weather patterns as a result of climate change and other factors have resulted in unprecedented monsoon rains and deadly floods. Encroaching development on flood plains worsens the effects of flooding in places like Delhi. A pump draws water from the Yamuna River in Delhi to be used for irrigation on the Sarai Kale Khan flood plain. Each year the area is regularly flooded during the monsoon season.

UN climate scientists have warned that the coastal areas in Asia will be among the worst affected by climate change. The negative effects of sea level rise and extreme weather is already evident in the southern coastal areas of Bangladesh near Khulna, where erosion and cyclones have already displaced thousands of residents. In addition to displacement of residents, Bangladesh’s low-lying coastal areas are faced with increasing salt-water intrusion, which has led to serious health concerns and loss of livelihood for households that traditionally rely on agriculture and fisheries.

Nukes

We don’t need scientists to tell us that environmental hazards can lead to eventual destruction of the earth and consequent wiping out of human civilization once and for all. Ordinary common sense is sufficient for us to comprehend that devastating equation.

More we care for environment safety the better and longer we live. Future of our earth and our own lives depends entirely on how we treat the environment we live in.
Environmental policy as well as measures of regimes set the tone of the people in this regard

Open arrogance by the elected regimes that promote all anti-environmental operations secretly and openly is not good for modern civilization.

Indian regime has plenty of nuclear and environment scientists to advice the best course of choice but it seems the government takes only the advice of nuke scientists in making environmental policies who obviously ask the regime to promote the manufacture of nukes, endangering both the environment and people. So much so, the Indian regime pursuing aggressive nuke policy boldly say nuclear plants are safe and people of India can enjoy in full.

Indian government along with Tamil Nadu government jointly targeted the local Tamil people of Kudankulam village in Tirunelveli district who protested the nuke plant on their soil, some people were been killed by Jayalalithaaa’s police of Tamil Nadu because they have got majority in assembly .

The possibility of disarmament is being delayed by adding more high precision nukes and missiles by nuclear powers to outsmart one another.
Nuclear states like India and Pakistan are engaged in this nasty rivalry.
India ignores danger so blasts and keep adding more nukes to its arsenals. A recent blast at Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu , nearly 100km from Thiruvananthapuram, kept as a top secret like Hindutva secret agenda) killed seriously injured and persons, has exposed not just the chinks in the security agencies’ armour but the very fragile nature of nuclear pants. .
Blasts are associated with nuclear plants and they can happen anytime, killing only the local people and workers at the plant while the leaders and rulers stay in bungalows far away in Chennai. Even if the activities of personnel of various Central security agencies deployed at Kudankulam, situated at in view of the years of simmering popular protest to stall the installation of the mammoth Russian-built plant at the sea-front had been coordinated in a better and more imaginative manner, the blast would not have been averted.
Chernobyl blast in Soviet Russia clearly showed even the best scientists cannot stop blasts taking place t at nuclear terror plants. Even American and European nations are now scared of nuclear plants and have opted for other methods for electricity generation. They care for their citizens and well being of their people.
But India and Pakistan that terrorized the South Asian masses by their nuke arsenals and terror reactors care a damn about their own people respectively and go on commissioning more nuclear terror rectors putting the masses at perpetual risks. .
More shockingly, that the blast at Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu incident took place hardly two kilometres from the live plant throws light on the possibility of making it a soft target for sea-born war mongers and miscreants sent by forces bent on destabilising the country so that USA could take full control of India as it does with Pakistan. .
The only relief for the agencies is that the blast of powerful home-made bombs was not the handiwork of Indian and TN governments treat as their enemies the popular anti-nuke movement known as People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), which has been spearheading the agitation. After harassing and putting them in jail, the Tamil Nadu police have somehow dropped the names of PMANE leaders Uthaya Kumar, Pushparayan, Mukilan and their several associates from the case. However, TN police or Jayalalithaa or central government cannot return the lives of those innocent protesters they killed on sea for protesting against state nuke terror threats.
Some bombs went off at a colony set up for tsunami victims at Idinthakari village adjacent to Kudankulam. The deceased and injured have taken shelter along with several others here from the sand mafia which calls the shots at the village of Kuthenkuly which is nearly 10km from Kudankulam. The villagers say that Kudankulam and neighbouring villages have been witnessing bloody skirmishes between people and sand mafia for the past several years. The Kuthenkuly villagers and mafia called a truce three years ago yielding to the pressure of police, but it did not last long. The police say that the villagers lost a fierce fight with the mafia engaged in mining sand from sea shore and fled the village. They had been making bombs to hit back at the mafia.
Though the authorities at the plant have been shocked by the incident, none has openly expressed it out of fear. Authorities are aware that explosives are widely used in clashes between the people and mafia and the explosives are taken from one village to another through sea. Yet, the state police and security agencies have failed to clear the area of explosives despite the fact that the nuclear power plant is located at almost a porous shore and residents’ ire against the plant has been raging.
The Indian continue to threat common people with its plans for large scale nuke pants across the nation. State madness is not good for the people. .

Peace

More than 1,500 “People’s Climate” events are now planned worldwide in 136 countries. Highlights include: The worldwide mobilization and march in New York City will take place just two days before world leaders are set to attend a Climate Summit at the United Nations hosted by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The summit is designed to build momentum for national and international climate action, including a new global climate treaty that will be finalized in Paris next year. Mobilization organizers say they are looking for “Action, Not Words” at the summit.
India saw its largest ever Climate Change Mobilization to press for stronger action on climate change. In September 2014, over 1500 people from different walks of life came out on the streets Delhi with colourful banners, placards and costumes showing their support for a healthy climate . This is the first peoples protest against any decision of the new government and will be pressing for India’s participation at the Heads of Government meet on Climate Change at the UN. The People’s Climate March started from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi which saw participation from citizens across the board . From College students to Rickshawallahs, from school students to daily wage workers, from artists to working professional, irrespective of background their one voice in unison demanded – Action on Climate Change! The speakers emphasized that the change must start from us, from our houses and from our localities.
The Climate Change March concluded with a street Natak presented by Asmita , which highlighted the hazards of Industrialization which has resulted in the form of calamities like droughts, floods apart from contaminated drinking water and polluted air. A memorandum on Climate Change was submitted to the Prime Minister detailing the demands so that India by itself can take swift action on Climate Change.

Policies at state levels to protect and preserve environment and climatic conditions alone is not enough for solving the acute problem but they must also implement the polices with active participation of various state and non-state agencies and people themselves can save our environment and climate, thereby protecting our planet from most dangerous environmental hazards like nuclear operations, regular missile testings, real wars like NATO wars in Islamic world for resources and Israeli war in Palestine, etc , war deaths and destructions, .
Denuclearization and disarmament should be focused more serious than ever now. Regional arms race need to be checked and big nations must stop dumping their unused terror goods on third world nations, especially in India and Pakistan.

Arms race and peace cannot go hand in hand. More the regimes care for environment better for the climate and living beings on earth.

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South Asian Cold War: Pakistan’s sea-based missiles

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South Asian Cold War: Pakistan’s sea-based missiles
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Pakistan is being destabilized by the US led terror and a long civil
war.  People are suffering on account of many problems. Pakistan is
undergoing political turmoil, but its military is busy developing new
missiles obviously with specific targets.  Washington eyes on
Pakistani nukes.
Pakistani instability was underscored this month, as anti-government
protests in the capital asking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to quit
appeared to push Sharif’s government to the brink of collapse. Sharif
has not yet relented. One has no idea about the immediate future of
Pakistan.

However, Pakistani military establishment seems to know the dangers
Islamabad is facing from outside Pakistan. In order mainly to outsmart
its rival nuke power India, Pakistan, like Russia, is developing
sea-based missiles and expanding its interest in tactical nuclear
warheads to give it a second-strike capability if a catastrophic
nuclear attack destroyed its entire land-based weapon system.

Instead of working to enhance the range of its missiles, Pakistan is
developing shorter-range cruise missiles that fly lower to the ground
and can evade ballistic missile defenses. In a sign of a big strategic
ambition, Pakistan in 2012 created the Naval Strategic Force command,
which is similar to the air force and army commands that oversee
nuclear weapons.

Pakistan has repeatedly tested its indigenously produced,
nuclear-capable, Babur cruise missile, which has a range of 640 km and
can strike targets at land and sea, military officials said. In 2011
and last year, Pakistan also tested a new tactical, nuclear-capable,
battlefield missile that has a range of just 60 km. This is the
miniaturisation of warheads, according to Pakistani strategic experts.

Western experts, for example, are divided over whether Pakistan has
the ability to shrink warheads enough for use with tactical or
launched weapons. Maria Sultan, chairwoman of the Islamabad-based
South Asian Strategic Stability Institute, an organisation with close
links to Pakistani military and intelligence wings, said the
short-range missile is designed as a signal to India’s military. “We
are saying, ‘We have target acquisition for very small targets as
well, so it’s really not a great idea to come attack us’?” Sultan
said. “Before, we only had big weapons, so there was a gap in our
deterrence, which is why we have gone for tactical nuclear weapons and
cruise missiles.

The next step of Pakistan’s strategy includes an effort to develop
nuclear warheads suitable for deployment from the Indian Ocean, either
from warships or from one of the country’s five diesel-powered Navy
submarines. Shireen M. Mazari, a nuclear expert and the former
director of the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad, a hawkish
Pakistani government-funded think-tank said Pakistan is on its way,
and ‘my own hunch is within a year or so, we should be developing our
second-strike capability,” he asserted.  .

The development of nuclear missiles that could be fired from a Navy
ship or submarine would give Pakistan “second-strike” capability if a
catastrophic nuclear exchange destroyed all land-based weapons.

Pakistan’s nuclear push comes amid heightened tension with US
intelligence and congressional officials over the security of the
country’s nuclear weapons and materials.
US media had reported in September 2013 that US intelligence officials
had increased surveillance of Pakistan in part because of concerns
that nuclear materials could fall into the hands of “terrorists”- the
usual US gimmick  employed to tactfully take away the nuke arsenals. .

For more than a decade, Pakistan has sent signals that it’s
attempting to bolster its nuclear arsenal with “tactical” weapons –
short-range missiles that carry a smaller warhead and are easier to
transport. Over the past two years, Pakistan has conducted at least
eight tests of various land-based ballistic or cruise missiles that it
says are capable of delivering nuclear warheads. It is unclear how
much direct knowledge the government has about the country’s nuclear
weapons and missile-development programmes, which are controlled by
the powerful military’s Strategic Planning Directorate

The acceleration of Pakistan’s nuclear and missile programmes is
renewing US and international concern about the vulnerability of those
weapons in a country home to more than two dozen “Islamist extremist
groups”. The US strategists argue that the assurances Pakistan has
given the world about the safety of its nuclear programme will be
severely tested with short-range and sea-based systems, but they are
coming.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, when asked if the US was
concerned about a sea-launched Pakistani weapon, said it was up to
Pakistan to discuss its programmes and plans. But, she said Washington
would continue to urge all nuclear-capable states to exercise
restraint regarding nuclear and missile capabilities. “We continue to
encourage efforts to promote confidence-building and stability and
discourage actions that might destabilise the region.”

While, ignoring the Israeli nukes, the western officials have been
concerned about Pakistan’s nuclear programme since it first tested an
atomic device in 1998 to counter the real threat posed by Indian
atomic bomb. Those fears have deepened over the past decade amid
political tumult, terror attacks and tensions with India.

Analysts say much about Pakistan’s programme remains a mystery. The
prime minister is the chairman of Pakistan’s National Command
Authority, a group of civilian and military officials who would decide
whether to launch a nuclear weapon. Pakistani military officials
declined to comment on the nuclear programme.

Pakistan is also, like India, testifies missiles  very often and very
recently, Pakistan successfully test-fired short range
surface-to-surface missile ‘Hatf IX’ that has a range of 60 kilometres
and can cover parts of India. The test of the missile also called Nasr
was conducted with successive launches of four missiles from a
state-of-the-art Multi Tube Launcher with Salvo Mode.
Hatf with in-flight manoeuvre capability is a quick response system,
with shoot and scoot attributes. It contributes to the full spectrum
deterrence against the prevailing threat spectrum.

The successful test launch was warmly appreciated by Pakistan
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Chairman of
Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Rashad Mahmood congratulated
the scientists and engineers on achieving yet another milestone
towards Pakistan’s deterrence capability. He appreciated the
professional attributes of all concerned which made possible the
successful launch of the weapon system. Mahmood showed his full
confidence over the Strategic Command and Control System and the
capability of Pakistan’s armed forces to safeguard the security of the
country.

Apart from nukes and Kashmir, water issue also poses trouble for
Indo-Pakistan peaceful bilateral ties.  A project 120-MW Miyar
hydropower project near Udaipur town is being commissioned by private
firm Moser Baer in the Miyar Valley on a tributary of the Chandrabhaga
River.  A three-member Pakistani delegation will inspect the 120-MW
Miyar hydropower project near Udaipur town in bordering tribal
district of Lahaul-Spiti on September 28 Monday. The purpose of the
Pakistani team’s visit is to ascertain whether any diversion has been
made in the original flow of the Chandrabhaga, which later enters
Jammu and Kashmir and merges into Chenab River. “We are hopeful that
India will show some flexibility on (Pakistan’s) reservations over the
building of new dams in India.”
The delegation led by Pakistan’s Indus Waters Commissioner Mirza Asif
Beg, reached Manali in Himachal Pradesh this afternoon and would leave
for Lahaul and Spiti. The Indian team comprising Water Commissioner K
Vohra and senior joint commissioner PK Saxena would also accompany the
Pakistani delegation to the site.

The Indus Waters Treaty was signed in 1960 with the support of the
World Bank to settle water issues between the two neighbouring
countries provided that India and Pakistan can inspect sites of
development works such as projects or dams to check that no diversion
has been created to the river flow, which could deny it the unhindered
flow.

During the five-day trip, the delegation will also visit four
“controversial sites” on the Chenab River where New Delhi is planning
to construct new dams, said the paper. Reiterating that Pakistan’s
objections over the design of Kishanganga dam were logical, Baig told
the daily that some serious doubts pertaining to the controversial
project – particularly regarding the Neelum distributary point – and
other dams on the Chenab river have already been allayed.

The delegation would try its best to resolve all issues during their
stay in India. But at the same time, he admitted that Islamabad would
have no choice but to approach the International Court of Justice if
New Delhi did not entertain their “fair” demands.

Such cross border water problem remains a major irritant between them
as Pakistan is the victim of this anomaly. As Pakistan does not get
enough water from rivers running from India or get over flooded when
it rains heavily in Indian side.

Though it is not like US-USSR era cold war, Indo-Pakistan cold war has
negative impact on the people of Kashmir.
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Let a new era of Indian secular democracy dawn soon!

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Let a new era of Indian secular democracy dawn soon!

-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
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Not by mere statements alone – now BJP should help Muslim masses in real terms!
Muslims in India are the largest minority of Indian state, deserving dignity, protection, livelihood, education, jobs, and quality life. However, they have been reduced to mere vote bank stuff with the status of semi-slaves that could be manipulated and misuse by the politicians in order to win polls, particularly the Congress party.
For ordinary Muslims, the recent positive statement of Indian premier Narandra Modi naming Indian Muslims credible patriots has become shocking even for Congress party leaders as not even that party that exploited the Muslims for its own purposes ever said something like truthful that soothing to Muslims years in India in public.
Today, Indian government run by the national parties like Congress and BJP in alliance with regional parties like Siva Sena, DMK, AIADMK, Telugu desam, etc can deal with Muslims the way they prefer and they do exactly that makes majority Hindus happy.
This anti-Muslim problem has been happening for decades with changing political fortunes of Indian political parties primarily because Indian Muslims have no credible voice in the country, in parliament, state assemblies as their leaders have already sold out Muslims to major parties in exchange for favors for their families; Worse, Muslims still trust the Congress and other pseudo secular parties like Congress, SP that also, like other Hindutva parties, pursue Hindutva programs in India and abroad
It remains a fact that Congress pursues the same polices the BJP advances in India to make Hindus the bosses and Muslims the slaves.
For Indian Muslims the ruling party should not be concern but it is because they see BJP more dangerous than Congress party.
Indian media lords, worst possible fanatic minds the world has today, just dutifully help the regime’s anti-Muslims and anti-Islam overturns and also insults the terrorized Muslims
A few Muslim leaders who control Muslim vote banks in the country, jointly or separately, and transfer votes to the parties that offer maximum money to them benefit from every regime, irrespective of which party or coalition rules India.
Congress party and allies, the so-called secular factory, cannot do that because they gain only if Muslims are divided and hated by Hindus.
A major task for the Narandra Modi government is to release Muslim mindset from the awkward position they have been pushed by the essentially the Congress party that colonized Muslim mindset in its own profitable ways.

False dependence on Congress party has led them to such an extent that Muslims are unable to think that Congress party is the root cause of ill-fated journey of Indian Muslims. The Hindutva parties have only benefited from secret agenda of Congress party.
Muslims are made to think without Congress party Muslims, like in Jammu Kashmir where the military does that, would be killed by Hindutva parties and hence they must protect the Congress party and governments.
Muslim leaders are betraying the Muslim masses. Modi should vacate the court case regarding the historic Babri Mosque and let Muslims worship there as they used to do before the Congress government of Nehru dynasty conspired to dismantle that mosque by misusing Hindutva parties.
Indian Muslims continue to suffer as hapless sections of Indian vote bank politics.
Muslims in India look forward to positive attitude from Hindutva parties toward their cruel fate so that they could aim at a better destiny for themselves in a constructively meaningful manner.
Narandra Modi led BJP government has the absolute majority for making decisions and all the resources under its total command , and so it can showcase the pro-Muslims rhetoric in practice by implementing polices that help Muslims and improve their status in the national scenario that they continue to serve India now as the legitimate citizens of India.
India now should undertake serious economic measures to uplift majority of Muslims who suffer due to the mischevious behaviour of Muslim leaders.
True, India remains a Hindu majority nation will remains so as far as we can see but Muslims as a major minority section are entitled status as Indian constitution.
New premier Narendra Modi can make it a reality. It seems only he has got the authority and power to empower pathetically living Muslims and can do it.
Modi should ask Indian media lords to sympathetic towards defenseless Indian Muslims – enough of gimmicks of fanaticism and hatred towards them. Let the highly communalized India media do justice to Muslims now on. Stop the mischief of putting Pakistani stamp on Indian Muslims, thereby further complicating their pathetic existence in India.
Indian Muslims, except those Congress vote bank agents, look forward to Modi for enough sympathy for them.

Let a new credible era of Indian secular democracy set in soon!

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Asian Games: While Iran ready for more medals, UAE seek better fortunes!

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Asian Games: While Iran ready for more medals, UAE seek better fortunes!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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In 2010 Games in Guangzhou Islamic Republic of Iran become the lone Muslim nation to have won many gold medals to put Islamic world at the sports map. Most Muslim nations have made a mess of themselves in competitions and some of them did not want to win medals at all. Undoubtedly, Iran will emerge the tallest sports nation in Islamic world in Asian Games in South Korea this year with a tall of more medals than they got last time. . .

Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates, UAE has announced its intent of flexing its sport muscle in Asian games by winning as many medals as possible, though chances for it are not bright. Saudi Arabia could perfrm better than UAE while Iran would be the torchbearer for Islamic world.

18 September 2014 Soccer, shooting and equestrian events likely to produce podium finishes When UAE’s flag-bearer, Shaikh Juma bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, steps into the impressive main stadium of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea on Friday, he will have two main targets to aim at. The UAE double trap silver medallist in 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China will not only be trying to spur his team-mates but would also go all out to grab the gold this year in the shotgun category.

The UAE are upbeat taking part in 13 disciplines this time with an 81-member contingent. . The contingent started to leave the country in batches starting on Sunday for the extravaganza from September 19 to October 4. The UAE footballers were silver medal winner in Guangzhou. The Mahdi Ali-trained football team had caused a series of shock wins by getting past both South as well as North Korea and knocking off hosts China in the last four stages. The young Emirati footballers narrowly missed the gold when they went down by a solitary gold to Japan in the title clash.

Goodwill Ambassador of the Games, Shaikha Latifah bint Ahmed Al Maktoum, who was a member of the bronze medal winning equestrian team in the Doha 2006 edition and a double silver medalist in the 2010 Games, is another bright medal prospect for the UAE squad. The only time the UAE won Gold at the Asian Games was in 2006 at Doha when they captured three gold medals. All three were individual gold with two in equestrian and one in bodybuilding event respectively.
The Doha games was the most fruitful for the Emiratis as they bagged a total of 10 medals, their highest medal haul the Asian Games. In equestrian action, Shaikha Latifah will be joined by Abdulla Al Marri, Mohamed Al Owais, Muftah Al Dhaheri and Abdulla Al Muhairi at the Dream Park Equestrian Venue from September 28 to 30.
Olympian Mubarak Al Bashir, Mohammed Al Ghaferi and Khaled Al Suwaidi are scheduled for the swimming events, while Ahmed Al Mansouri, brothers Yousif and Badr Mirza, and Majed Al Balooshi form the UAE cycling squad.

At the cycling velodrome, Yousif Mirza and Ahmed Al Mansouri will pair up for the team pursuit while the former will participate in an individual item later. Al Mansouri will also tackle the individual time trial while the seasoned Mirza brothers look good to push the strong hosts South Korea, Japan and the central Asians in the flat road racing event.

However, it is absolutely necessary for every Muslim nation to showcase their cumulative sport strength at intentional sport events like Asian games and get ready for the next Olympics in Rio.

Hopefully, South Asian Muslim nations Pakistan, Bangladesh and Maldives, who failed miserably even at the recent Commonwealth Games, would get some gold medals this time. The problem with these Muslim nations has been that they suffer from an erroneous perception about sports. They consider cricket as the only useful sport because it allows plenty of runs to batboys to make fake records and rankings plus they can mint money by joint cricket exercises permitted by cricket boards. Even UAE has begun playing cricket and provide cricket stadiums to make money. . .
The 17th Asian games have commenced in Incheon, South Korea and as of now no Muslim nation has won any medal but Iran is on its way get its first medal.

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Asian Games: While Iran ready for more medals, UAE seek better fortunes!

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Asian Games: While Iran ready for more medals, UAE seek better fortunes!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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In 2010 Games in Guangzhou Islamic Republic of Iran become the lone Muslim nation to have won many gold medals to put Islamic world at the sports map. Most Muslim nations have made a mess of themselves in competitions and some of them did not want to win medals at all. Undoubtedly, Iran will emerge the tallest sports nation in Islamic world in Asian Games in South Korea this year with a tall of more medals than they got last time. . .

Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates, UAE has announced its intent of flexing its sport muscle in Asian games by winning as many medals as possible, though chances for it are not bright. Saudi Arabia could perfrm better than UAE while Iran would be the torchbearer for Islamic world.

18 September 2014 Soccer, shooting and equestrian events likely to produce podium finishes When UAE’s flag-bearer, Shaikh Juma bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, steps into the impressive main stadium of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea on Friday, he will have two main targets to aim at. The UAE double trap silver medallist in 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China will not only be trying to spur his team-mates but would also go all out to grab the gold this year in the shotgun category.

The UAE are upbeat taking part in 13 disciplines this time with an 81-member contingent. . The contingent started to leave the country in batches starting on Sunday for the extravaganza from September 19 to October 4. The UAE footballers were silver medal winner in Guangzhou. The Mahdi Ali-trained football team had caused a series of shock wins by getting past both South as well as North Korea and knocking off hosts China in the last four stages. The young Emirati footballers narrowly missed the gold when they went down by a solitary gold to Japan in the title clash.

Goodwill Ambassador of the Games, Shaikha Latifah bint Ahmed Al Maktoum, who was a member of the bronze medal winning equestrian team in the Doha 2006 edition and a double silver medalist in the 2010 Games, is another bright medal prospect for the UAE squad. The only time the UAE won Gold at the Asian Games was in 2006 at Doha when they captured three gold medals. All three were individual gold with two in equestrian and one in bodybuilding event respectively.
The Doha games was the most fruitful for the Emiratis as they bagged a total of 10 medals, their highest medal haul the Asian Games. In equestrian action, Shaikha Latifah will be joined by Abdulla Al Marri, Mohamed Al Owais, Muftah Al Dhaheri and Abdulla Al Muhairi at the Dream Park Equestrian Venue from September 28 to 30.
Olympian Mubarak Al Bashir, Mohammed Al Ghaferi and Khaled Al Suwaidi are scheduled for the swimming events, while Ahmed Al Mansouri, brothers Yousif and Badr Mirza, and Majed Al Balooshi form the UAE cycling squad.

At the cycling velodrome, Yousif Mirza and Ahmed Al Mansouri will pair up for the team pursuit while the former will participate in an individual item later. Al Mansouri will also tackle the individual time trial while the seasoned Mirza brothers look good to push the strong hosts South Korea, Japan and the central Asians in the flat road racing event.

However, it is absolutely necessary for every Muslim nation to showcase their cumulative sport strength at intentional sport events like Asian games and get ready for the next Olympics in Rio.

Hopefully, South Asian Muslim nations Pakistan, Bangladesh and Maldives, who failed miserably even at the recent Commonwealth Games, would get some gold medals this time. The problem with these Muslim nations has been that they suffer from an erroneous perception about sports. They consider cricket as the only useful sport because it allows plenty of runs to batboys to make fake records and rankings plus they can mint money by joint cricket exercises permitted by cricket boards. Even UAE has begun playing cricket and provide cricket stadiums to make money. . .
The 17th Asian games have commenced in Incheon, South Korea and as of now no Muslim nation has won any medal but Iran is on its way get its first medal.

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Indian Politics: The controversy surrounding the appointment of Kerala governor

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Indian Politics: The controversy surrounding the appointment of Kerala governor
-By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Constitutionally, the appointment of governors of states is the
prerogative of the ruling dispensation at the centre and regime
chooses eminent person to perform their duties as perfectly as they
can and decorate the gubernatorial seat in state capital with dignity.
On the recommendation of the incumbent Narendra Modi government,
Justice P. Sathasivam, former Chief Justice of India, was appointed
Kerala governor on September 03 by President Pranab Mukherjee after
former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit resigned from the
gubernatorial post.

Justice Sathasivam, 65, who hails from the neighbouring state of Tamil
Nadu, was the 40th chief justice of India, holding office from July
2013 to April 2014. As a judge of the Supreme Court, Sathasivam was
known for some outstanding judgments such as Md. Khalil Chisti vs.
State of Rajasthan case in which, he set aside the Pakistani
national’s conviction under Section 302 IPC and allowed him to go back
to his native country; the Mumbai blasts case, in which he convicted
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt to five years’ imprisonment under the Arms
Act; the Graham Staines murder case in which he upheld the conviction
of Dara Singh; and Jessica Lal murder case.

Therefore, the questions raised are not about his suitability for the
job, but the appropriateness. Can a former CJI stoop to the level of a
state governor at the instance of a ruling party. Justice Sathasivam,
who had delivered some landmark verdicts such as the Reliance gas
judgment in which he said that natural resources should be used
through public sector undertakings and that the “national assets
belong to people”, had made it clear on his retirement that he was
open to any posting appropriate to his stature. He even said that he
wouldn’t mind taking up the post of Lokpal if his name was proposed
unanimously.

Not everybody approved the appointment of a judge as the state
governor. The issue also brings to the fore the larger question of
ruling parties paying back constitutional authorities with political
jobs after their retirement. Although there was no legal bar for a CJI
accepting the post of a governor, it is up to the person concerned to
decide if it was appropriate.

The matter of the fact is the regime, as a practice, appoints its
favorite politicians as governors so that they not just obey the
central leadership but also work for the party interests in the states
that they are asked to govern. Political people are preferred for
such important postings so as to use them as and when some tricky
problems for the governments arise.

Issue

A crucial issue here is if the new government can sack the governors
appointed by the predecessor government. Every government,
irrespective of which party or coalition rules has committed this
seemingly unethical measure of removing the governors and replacing
them with a new set of persons. The BJP had earlier replaced the
governors appointed by the Congress with its own candidates and the
Congress led UPA regime repeated the same when it returned to power.
The cycle of replacements continued for years and now it is the turn
of the BJP to strike the “balance” in its favor.

Congress and other non-BJP now condemn, possibly as a route matter,
the appointments of new governors in general, and of Justice P.
Sathasivam as Kerala governor, in particular. They argue that by
appointing a judge, the Modi government has deliberately slashed the
dignity, reputation and image of judiciary.

The facts of previous appointments, however, reveal that the practice
in not a not a new phenomenon. There have been cases of a former CAG
and a CEC being made Rajya Sabha MPs, with one of them going on to
become a governor. Justice Fathima Beevi, the first woman judge of the
Supreme Court who was made the chief justice of Tamil Nadu and later
was subsequently appointed as the governor of Tamil Nadu. In early
90s, Congress had brought a former CJI Ranganath Misra to the Rajya
Sabha from Odisha.

Opposition to Sathasivam’s appointment also came from his own
fraternity and the Bar associations. Former CJIs such as Justice GB
Patnaik and Justice Ahmadi expressed reservations over his nomination.
“Justice Sathasivam should not have accepted the offer. This is purely
a political appointment and earlier, the Law commission of India had
also recommended that no retired high court or Apex court judge should
accept such political posts,” reportedly Justice Patnaik said. The All
India Bar Association president Adish Aggarwal wrote a letter to the
president Pranab Kumar Mukherjee and said that he should not be made
even the Lokpal or head of National Human Rights Commission. “He has
to maintain the dignity of his position. It will lower the dignity of
judiciary,” Justice Aggarwal told Zee News. The Supreme Court Bar
Association President P H Parekh said that “Justice Sathasivam should
have maintained some cooling period.” Without taking sides on the
issue, Justice KT Thomas said that if he was offered the post, he
wouldn’t have accepted”

As Centre’s reported move to appoint former Chief Justice of India
Justice P Sathasivam as Kerala Governor sparked a debate, Congress
today signalled its disapproval. Congress party which has been
target of the Modi government ‘ s removal of governors is annoyed
with the BJP government’s axe on Congress party favorite in Governor
bungalows and slammed the move to appoint Sathasivam as the Governor
and wondered whether the government was “pleased” with his judgment in
the BJP leader Amit Shah case. The party had last week distanced
itself from Janardan Dwivedi’s comment regarding age bar on
politicians even as another senior party colleague Digvijaya Singh
supported him.

Kerala

The controversy over the appointment of former Chief Justice of India
P Sathasivam continues to brew in Kerala with political leaders from
the Congress and the CPM as well as constitutional experts expressing
serious reservations. The Congress in Kerala expressed doubt over the
aptness of a former chief justice of India taking over as the governor
of a state. Seemingly, the most peeved over the decision of the Modi
government are the Congress leaders. While chief minister Oomen Chandy
maintained that he has not been consulted, the president of the Kerala
Pradesh Congress Committee, VM Sudheeran said constitutional experts
should examine the issue of a former Supreme Court Chief Justice (CJI)
becoming a state governor. This move has been unprecedented in
independent India. Sudheeran hinted at the appointment reducing the
stature of the Chief Justice. The CJI administers oath of office to
the President, how can such a person of high office be appointed the
governor, he asked. While Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the Centre
had so far not sought his views on the proposal, KPCC president VM
Sudheeran said the issue involved questions of “propriety” but it was
for legal and constitutional experts to give answers to them. The
AICC’s reaction came even as reports from Thiruvanthapuram had it that
the move has generated a debate in political and legal circles in the
state on the propriety of giving gubernatorial assignment to a person
who retired from the highest judicial office in the country.

CPM Polit Bureau member Seetaram Yechury also echoed similar
sentiments and went on to add that such things hadn’t happened in the
past because it could have appeared to be affecting the independence
of the judiciary.

Slamming the Centre for appointing former Chief Justice of India P
Sathasivam as Governor of Kerala, AAP today said the BJP-led
government has set a bad precedent due to which, questions will be
raised on the verdicts given by the jurist. “The central government’s
decision to appoint former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam as the
Governor of Kerala will set a wrong precedent. The BJP-led government
may justify the appointment on the ground that it does not violate set
procedures, but it compromises independence of the judiciary which
would dent the credibility of the institution. With this decision,
questions will be raised on the verdicts given by Justice Sathasivam
during his tenure as a Supreme Court judge and CJI,” AAP said in a
statement. The party also noted that Sathsivam may be asked to quit
his post as Governor at the will of the next ruling dispensation. “If
the ruling party at Centre changes before his tenure ends, a former
CJI may be asked to quit his post as Governor at the will of the next
ruling dispensation,” it said. “The central government’s decision and
the former CJI’s consent does not augur well for the future of
democracy in the country, which should have been avoided to keep the
independence and credibility of the judiciary intact and to protect
the dignity and protocol of the CJI’s office,” the party stressed in
the statement.

New Governor

With a view to ending the controversy, former chief justice of India P
Sathasivam said there was “no controversy in my appointment” as the
new Kerala governor as he had retired from the apex court four months
ago. “There is no controversy at all with my appointment. If the
government had considered my appointment when I was the chief justice,
then it was justified, but I retired four months ago,” Sathasivam told
a news channel. “On my retirement day, I had said I was not going to
do any business like some of my colleagues are doing. I had also
declined to provide legal opinion to the corporate who had come to
me,” he said. His remark comes after strong criticism from the state
government and the Congress leadership who termed the appointment
“inappropriate”. Sathasivam also added that with his 19 years of
experience since he belonged to Kerala, he would be able to serve the
people better. “I am a person with knowledge on constitutional
statute, so I would be able to serve way better than any other
politician,” he said. Further, as people from his own judicial
fraternity have also raised opposition to his appointment, he said
they should be happy with his appointment. “Firstly this is not a
political appointment, it is a constitutional appointment. So, the
legal fraternity and former judges should be happy with my
appointment,” added Sathasivam.

His remark comes after strong criticism from the state government and
the Congress leadership who termed the appointment “inappropriate”.
Sathasivam also added that with his 19 years of experience since he
belonged to Kerala, he would be able to serve the people better. “I am
a person with knowledge on constitutional statute, so I would be able
to serve way better than any other politician,” he said. Further, as
people from his own judicial fraternity have also raised opposition to
his appointment, he said they should be happy with his appointment.
“Firstly this is not a political appointment, it is a constitutional
appointment. So, the legal fraternity and former judges should be
happy with my appointment,” added Sathasivam.

Delhi Fort

Sheila Dikshit resigning as Governor of Kerala earlier in the week has
sparked off more political speculation in Delhi’s political circles
than expected. Even though she has not given any indication about her
next move it has ruffled feathers amongst the senior Congress leaders
of Delhi. Her tenure of three terms (1998-2013) ensured that Sheila
had become synonymous with Delhi and any achievement or problem in
Delhi earned her admirers and scorn at the same time. She was clearly
the tallest and undisputed leader in the state and its 70-member
assembly. But the crushing defeat in 2013 assembly elections,
especially her own New Delhi seat to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief
Arvind Kejriwal from New Delhi seat had daggers drawn against her. She
was appointed Governor just days before the model code of conduct for
2014 general elections came into effect on 11th March. Since then, the
party has been struggling to keep afloat in Delhi’s new political
scenario. “If there is anyone in the Congress who can actually get
sympathy from the people of Delhi, it is Sheila, Workers still look up
to her and she remains the face of Delhi Congress” says a close aide
of Sheila Dikshit.

Though the Congress high command opted for a comparatively young
leader in Arvinder Singh Lovely to take over as Delhi Congress chief,
the results have not been encouraging for the party, as the party
remains a distant third choice in the eyes of the public. There is no
doubt that Lovely has himself led from the front against the BJP and
the AAP on issues ranging from shortage of power and water to price
rise, but he has also alienated many seniors within the state unit.
The situation had reached a flashpoint last month in July when some
MLAs met Congress president Sonia Gandhi asking her to bring back
Shiela Dikshit and help in running the state unit. While Lovely
continues to enjoy the confidence of the senior leadership and is busy
steering the ship with Haroon Yusuf as leader of the Congress in Delhi
assembly, another senior leader has been waiting in the wings because
of a strong vote bank favoring the party in the capital is former
Union minister Ajay Maken who has been working behind the scenes to be
projected as the new face of the party. He is known to take good care
of his supporters and was seen as the antidote to Sheila camp during
the UPA regime (2004-2014). His proximity to Rahul Gandhi as head of
the party’s media wing is an indication that he remains a serious
contender.

Sheila kept everyone guessing. Reports suggest that Sheila wanted to
stay on Governor of Kerala till November this year, as that would give
her enough time to rethink her future plans. But it seems that the NDA
was in a hurry to ease her out, and she comes back to Delhi at a time
when the state is expected to go to polls in a few months time. She
also put up a show of strength when many senior leaders lined up at
Kerala Bhavan to discuss the political fallout of her resignation at
such a crucial juncture. When asked about her future role in the
party, specifically Delhi, “I am not in a position to answer right
now” is all she told reporters after her resignation as Governor.
Despite no clarity on the three time chief minister’s possible return
to active politics, it has shaken the current stakeholders out of
their comfort zone. Sources say that these leaders are already pushing
forward the argument that the Opposition will rake issues of her
alleged corruption in Commonwealth Games (CWG), Delhi Jal Board and
nexus with private power distribution companies in the Delhi
electricity scam. This will push the party back to where it was in
December last year, and all the hard work done by the post Sheila
regime in taking to the streets to protest against BJP and AAP would
come to naught. “I am not in a position to tell you whether she
(Sheila) will be back to active politics in Delhi,” says Sandeep
Dikshit, two-time former MP from East Delhi and son of the former
chief minister who distanced himself from the entire issue.

Notes

A governor represents the state he governs though an elected
government and accountable to central government for his action or
inaction. Appointment of Justice P. Sathasivam who hails from Tamil
Nadu is resented by the ruling Congress party in Kerala, according to
sources, because it thinks the Modi government chose him to replace
Congress leader Sheila Dikshit on recommendations from Tamil Nadu
chief minister Jayalalithaa who has won the Mullaiperiyar dam issue
legally.

From the expert opinions and political responses, it’s clear that the
main opposition to Sathasivam’s appointment is ethical — the most
common question raised is if a governor’s post befits a former CJI or
whether people who held constitutional posts, particularly those who
handled sensitive cases, should angle for or accept post retirement
jobs.
There is no constitutional or legal bar on a former Chief Justice of
India to accept the position of a governor.
However, there is no chance for any regime change in New Delhi as the
BJP has a full majority to rule full term without any problems. As
such its appointees in state capitals have no worry about quitting
their gubernatorial posts for at least for 5 years. Since there is no
threat to the BJP government on account of its full majority in the
parliament, there is no scope for any change in the governorship of
Kerala or any other state.

The debate is not going to die down soon because the issue raised is
untenable and opinion is strongly one sided with hardly anybody, other
than perhaps the ruling BJP, batting for the experienced Justice P.
Sathasivam who is going to assume office in Thiruvananthapuram on 05
September. As Justice Sathasivam is assuming governorship the none
will need this issue any more or at least until the BJP stays in
power. .

One hopes the political parties come to some consensus on who all
should or should not be appointed as governors n future so that no
further controversies arise on the subject.
Surely, Justice P. Sathasivam will prove to be an efficient governor
in the country.
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Are they going to destroy the tomb of the Prophet Mohammad?

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Are they going to destroy the tomb of the Prophet Mohammad?

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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A leading Saudi academic Dr. Irfan al-Alawi the Director of the
Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, supporting the Abdullah regime,
has proposed a controversial document whereby Islam’s most revered
holy site, the tomb of the Prophet Mohamed in Saudi Arabia may be
destroyed and his body shifted to the cemetery to prevent any practice
of idolatry in the Muslim world but the suggestion threatens to spark
massive sectarian tension.
Dr. Irfan al-Alawi said that people visited the site and prayed in
front of the burial chambers that came across as an idolatry practice
which is prohibited in Islam. Alawi added that this could be stopped
only by shifting Prophet’s body to the cemetery.
The mischievous proposal has been circulated among the supervisors of
al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque in Medina where the relics of the Prophet
are under the Green Dome which is regarded as Islam’s second holiest
site.
Meanwhile, another Saudi academic who condemned the proposal to
destruct the artifacts and holy places in Mecca has called for the
removal of chambers around the Prophet’s grave that are particularly
revered by Shia Muslims.
Such proposals would not have cropped up on their own in Saudi kingdom
where freedom of expressions are controlled and tailored to the regime
needs and they have the backing for the Saudi regime. Even private
newspapers and electronic media are not allowed to express their free
will or opinions, especially on a very important subject. In fact,
they cannot even talk against USA on the Israeli criminal issue. Even
very thought to destroying the tomb of the Prophet Mohammad would no
t have crossed the minds of ordinary, sincere Muslims. . This is
state mischief, perhaps took birth either in Washington or London and
conveyed ot the king himself who seems to have found the “scholars” to
express it openly. .
Instead of presenting proposals to destroy the tomb of the Prophet
Mohamed and chamber s around the Prophet’s grave, Saudi government
could consider educating the visitors on their behavior at the Holy
sites.
Alternatively, Islamic Holy sites should be brought under an
international Islamic body, instead of Saudi royal family which is
actively engaged in serving the anti-Islamic cause of its western
bosses. The Mosques should not be object of ridicule and insult by
Saudi citizens who make full use of these Holy sites to mint money as
tourist organizations do in USA and UK.
It seems Islam is in danger from the nation where it originated –
Saudi Arabia – and global Muslims should protect the Holy Mosques and
the tomb of the Prophet Mohammad (SAS).