Jun 17, 2008
Intelligence reports and police talk of heavy infiltration in Doda &Kishtwar and intruders building bunkers on hill- tops
By Syed Junaid Hashmi in Jammu
RAISING the spectre of another Kargil- like attack, heavily- armed terrorists from Pakistan have infiltrated into Indian territory and occupied positions in the hilly areas of the Doda region of Jammu.
Radio intercepts and information provided by locals form the basis of credible intelligence to suggest that terrorists belonging to the Lashkar- e- Tayyeba (LeT) and Jaish- e- Mohammad (JeM) have established apresence in the higher reaches of the Doda region, which includes two newly carved districts of Kishtwar and Ramban. Reliable sources have confirmed to MAIL TODAY about the possibility of a‘Mini Kargil’ being planned by these terrorist organisations. The infiltrations, initially small, have gradually increased over the last six months. “The presence of foreign mercenaries in the higher reaches of the hilly and mountainous district of Doda is worrisome. Wehave already intensified the combing operations. Their plans for creating a ‘mini Kargil’ in Doda will never succeed,” said K. Rajindra, inspector general of police (IGP) for Jammu. He said the terrorists and foreign mercenaries — who had the support of Pakistani security forces across the border and local recruits on the Indian side — were planning a “major terrorist operation” in the rugged terrains. The security forces were awaiting specific and location-wise inputs on the presence of the infiltrators, who are said to be mostly Pakistanis and Afghans. Heavy presence of the LeT and JeM cadres have been noticed in Marmat, Bonjwah and Chiralla areas of Doda district and in Marwah, Dacchan and Chattroo areas of Kishtwar. They are said to be regrouping in Neel, Chamalwas, Khari and Pogal Paristan areas of Ramban district, the sources said. The terrorists are now believed to be focusing on creating a supply line via Margantop that would enable them to keep the security forces engaged for at least 15-17 days.
Infiltrators are 250 km into India by now
Aim: To bleed the security forces
Their apparent purpose, according to intelligence sources, is to occupy the mountainous area for a short period with the intent of “bleeding the security forces” in an operation lasting about a fortnight. The sources said they had no inputs to suggest that the terrorists were planning to occupy the mountainous terrains of the Doda region. They could also be planning to hold the Indian security forces in an area for a long time and cause them heavy casualties, which would serve to rejuvenate their local cadres. The terrorists are believed to have penetrated 250 km to 300 km into Indian territory from the border and the Line of Control (LoC). Sources in the security agencies said they had “inputs” that the infiltrators were making underground bunkers for storing arms and ammunition that comprised a collection of grenade launchers, AK-47 rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, grenades, universal machineguns and heavy weaponry, said the sources. Modern communication gadgets had been provided to the terrorists for remaining in contact with each other without getting noticed. Efforts are currently in progress among the security forces to identify how the terrorist cadres established a large presence without being noticed. Sources in the state police said the heavily-armed and trained guerrilla fighters of the LeT and JeM had entered Doda via Anantnag. This route is said to be “safe” for the militants as it is a dense forest area with scattered population. It is in these areas that they had been spotted by shepherds. The police claimed the shepherds had seen them moving about the region, but they had not come to the villages. IGP (Kashmir) S.M. Sahai said the number of militants had dwindled in the Kashmir Valley. “Their number has reduced considerably on our side. They might be shifting to the higher reaches of Doda district through Daksum in Anantnag. Probably, these areas are safer for making hideouts and carrying out high-intensity attacks on the security forces from the higher reaches.” Then, at Samba for instance, one group of infiltrators cut the concertina wires lining the border zone and crossed over. This group appeared to have crossed over the LoC from Uri and Anantnag. However, there is no denying that the security agenclick image to enlarge
The security forces have been lax
agencies have been lax. However, the Army denied the dangerous activity involving the JeM and LeT cadres. “In that area, the situation is very much under control. We have almost wiped out militancy in the Doda-Kishtwar area and poll canvassing is happening in full swing there,” Lt Col S.D. Goswami, the Jammu-based Army spokesperson said. “This specific inquiry is surprising in the first place.”
‘The presence of foreign mercenaries in the higher reaches of Doda district is worrisome. We have intensified combing operations. Their plan of creating a ‘minor Kargil’ in Doda will never succeed’ — K. RAJINDRA, IG (Jammu)
Jun 16, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
1. Must be unmarried (because people are looking for future brides there)
2. Girls should not have very high level educational qualifications (high level education will lead to frustration in call center in mumbai and delhi )
3. Must not be fatty (Because ultimately girls are going to be fatty by shift job)
4. Must have a mobile number (to call girls at any time)
5. Must know English (Indian people are not much aware of taking help from call center)
6. Must know how to cook (Because girls will need to make food at any time)
7. Home should be near to main road (For easy daily transport at any time)
8. Girls should have enough bank balance to cover the living cost when fired from job.
the world's deepest swimming pool. The pool itself consists of a submerged
structure with flat platforms at various depth levels. The pool has two large
flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of 5m (16 ft) and 10m (32 ft), and a large
circular pit descending to a depth of 33m (108 ft). It is filled with
2,500,000 litres of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water maintained
at 30°C (86°F) and contains several simulated underwater caves at the 10m depth level. There are numerous underwater windows that allow outside visitors to look into the pools at various depths. The complex was designed by Belgian diving expert John Beernaerts as a multi-purpose diving instruction, recreational, and film production facility, and opened in 2004.
You can take only a few items of your own dive kit (computer, mask, pool fins) but no BCD, fins that require booties, regulators(unless they have an integrated air linked to your computer - but no DIN fittings at all). torches, etc... You are not allowed to practice any skills unless you have an instructor in your group.
Jun 13, 2008
Hey, what are you doing here?
Dont u know, I sell tickets in black over here..
2. In the bus: A heavy lady wearing pointed high-heeled shoes steps on your feet...
Sorry, did that hurt?
No, not at all, I'm on local anesthesia.....why don't you try again.
3. At a funeral: One of the teary-eyed people ask...
Why, why him, of all people.
Why? Would it rather have been you?
4. At a restaurant: When you ask the waiter
Is ! the "Butter Paneer Masala" dish good??
No, its terrible and made of adulterated cement. We occassionaly also spit in it.
5. At a family get-together: When some distant aunt meets you after years...
Munna, Chickoo, you've become so big.
Well you haven't particularly shrunk yourself.
6. When a friend announces her wedding, and you ask...
Is the guy you're marrying good?
No,he's a miserable wife-beating , insensitive lout...it's just the money.
7. When you get woken up at midnight by a phone call...
Sorry. were you sleeping?
No. I was doing research on whether the Zulu tribes in Africa marry or not. You thought I was sleeping....you dumb witted moron.
8. When you see a friend/colleague with evidently shorter hair...
Hey have you had a haircut?
No, its autumn and I'm shedding......
9. At the dentist when he's sticking pointed objects in your mouth...
Tell me if it hurts?
No it wont. It will just bleed.
10. You are smoking a cigarette and a cute woman asks...
Oh, so you smoke.
Gosh, it's a miracle .......it was a piece of chalk and now it's in flames!!!
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|Cylinder arrangement||Single cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke||57×58.7mm|
|Maximum power||17PS / 8,500rpm|
|Maximum torque||15 N.m / 7,500rpm|
|Starting system||Electric Start|
|Engine oil capacity||1.0 liters|
|Fuel tank capacity||12 liters|
|Fuel supply system||Electronic fuel injection|
|Primary / Secondary reduction ratio||3.042 / 3.000|
|Clutch type||Constant-mesh wet multi-plate|
|Transmission type||Return type 6-speed|
|Gear ratios||1st=2.833, 2nd＝1.875, 3rd:=1.364, |
4th=1.143, 5th=0.957, 6th=0.84
|Frame type||Deltabox Frame|
|Caster / Trail||26° / 100mm|
|Tire size (Front / Rear)||80/90-17 / 100/80-17|
|Brake type (Front / Rear)||Hydraulic, single disc (Front / Rear)|
|Suspension type (Front / Rear)||Telescopic / Linked type Monocross|
|Headlight||12V35W / 35W＋35W|
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|Minimum ground clearance||160mm|
|Dry weight / Curb weight||120kg / 131kg|
Jun 11, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
Getting drunk on a tight budget is practically a rite of passage. Just about all of us have some tale to tell about nights spent getting shitfaced on Olde English 800 or some equally putrid swill.
But party all the time as we might, it's doubtful any of us have stories that involve being so broke, we had to resort to throwing down any of this. If we had, we'd likely not have lived to talk about it.
Nothing about tharra, a home-brewed alcohol native to India, sounds too bad at all. Granted, its 90 percent alcohol content will end your shit, but that's the point of homemade alcohol, right? But unlike other homemade swills you'll read about later, tharra is rarely mixed with other less drinkable alcohols to improve its potency. It is simply made by fermenting the mash of sugar cane pulp in large ceramic containers. It sounds kind of delicious really, and it may very well be at first.
And you can drink it right out of a bag!
But before you go dipping into that bottle of finely-aged tharra that grandma brought back from her trip to India during her days as a high school floozy, there's something you should know. Unlike other spirits, whiskey for example, tharra doesn't benefit from aging. In fact, let it sit long enough and it turns from barely consumable alcohol into full on poison.
But if the numbers are any indication, a little copper formaldehyde poisoning isn't going to stop anyone from getting their drink on, because tharra continues to kill hundreds of people each year.
Just last September in the Pakistani city of Karachi, 22 men died after drinking tharra from an illegal brewery run by a police constable. And why were they drinking tharra when regular old alcohol is plenty legal in Pakistan? For the same reason any of us would have. It was the middle of the holy month of Ramadan and the liquor stores were closed.
For all of you who still think communism is evil, hear this. During the reign of communism in the Soviet Union, alcohol was one of the few things people could afford. In present day Russia, steep excise duties have put alcohol out of the price range for many working-class stiffs. We'd take communism any day, thank you very much.
To get around the pricing problem, many Russians have turned to the most horrible of options: surrogate alcohol. For those unfamiliar with the term, your liver thanks you, because surrogate alcohol refers to any number of products that have high alcohol contents but are not intended for human consumption. In Russia, in a pinch, common cleaning products will do, but the surrogate alcohol of choice is usually cologne or aftershave.
Boasting a 97 percent alcohol content that should earn it a skull and crossbones on the label, the cheap aftershaves are often bottled to resemble cheap vodka, because, you know, drinking out of an actual aftershave bottle would just be humiliating.
No one knows how widespread the whole "getting drunk off aftershave" thing is, in or out of Russia. "These are products that are often consumed by people living on the margins of society," said professor Martin McKee, head of the Department of Shit We Already Knew at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Thunderbird is far and away the most normal drink on this list. It's perfectly legal to buy and finding it is as easy as following the trail of broken souls to your nearest crime-ridden neighborhood liquor store.
But that's where the normalcy ends. Thunderbird was introduced shortly after prohibition ended by E&J Gallo Winery. According to Bumwine.com, the brothers Gallo wanted to corner the young wine market and began selling Thunderbird in the ghettos of America. Good luck finding that info on their website.
As part of the marketing campaign for Thunderbird, they produced radio ads with the catchy lyrics, "What's the word / Thunderbird / How's it sold? / Good and cold / What's the jive? / Bird's alive / What's the price? / Thirty twice." You know what's not awesome about that? Not a damn thing.
Thunderbird is so synonymous with vagrancy that several cities have introduced legislation banning its sale in certain impoverished areas. Oh, and one more thing about Thunderbird, despite being pale yellow in color, it has the pleasing side effect of turning the lips and mouth black whenever consumed in large quantities. Scientific studies confirm, that's pretty fucked up.
Created from fruit, sugar and, oh dear, ketchup, pruno ranks just below anal rape as one of the least favorable alternatives to the luxuries of the outside world that prison has to offer.
When speaking of pruno, it's not unusual to hear words like "bile" and "vomit" used to describe its unique flavor. Even the type of hardened killers who eat a little bit of their victims probably hold their noses when downing a glass of this fermented goop. While prisoners are famously unconcerned with exactly what they use to make it, just so long as it gets made, the most famous recipe comes from a jailhouse poem and calls for ten oranges, fruit cocktail, 40 to 60 sugar cubes, water and ketchup. Minus the ketchup, that doesn't sound all that unpleasant.
But most recipes don't call for hiding the contents away in a Ziploc bag out of the line of sight of prison guards so they can ferment for days on end either. And that is the long and short of the pruno-making process. Add ingredients in a Ziploc bag, let it rot, heat it occasionally, strain it, drink it.
To add to the deliciousness, stories abound about guards who, upon finding batches of pruno being made, have opted to piss in the would-be-hooch rather than confiscate it. Because of its trademark unflinchingly foul taste, most prisoners may never taste the difference. Sometimes revenge is a dish best served lukewarm.
Look, we understand that, as a website whose main talent lies in our ability to place comic book movies in order from least to most awesome, you probably take whatever advice we give you with a grain of salt. But please, we beg of you, if ever there comes a time to view Cracked not as a symposium of dick jokes but instead as a source for information invaluable to your very existence, let it be the time you spend reading the following sentence:
If you're ever in Kenya and someone asks if you'd like to try some changaa, do not drink that shit.
In a simpler world, changaa would just be another variety of home-brewed alcohol, like moonshine in the US or tharra in India. But in Kenya, the production of changaa is often controlled by criminal gangs who are in competition with each other. With that competition comes a willingness to go to dastardly lengths to make sure one gang's changaa provides more of a "kick" than the competitor's changaa.
To up the alcohol level of their product, gangs have been known to dilute changaa with tasty mixers like jet fuel, car battery acid or formalin (a mixture of formaldehyde, water and methanol, if you're keeping score at home). In case you're wondering, yes, changaa kills a lot of people every year.
Above: Changaa, powering a small barrel across a lake.
But thanks to its considerably low price compared to traditional alcohol, people still risk it. Of course, some people have opted not to chance drinking tainted changaa and instead have made kiroro their drink of choice. What's kiroro you ask? Jet fuel, of course! Except without all those needless "meant for human consumption" ingredients. We only wish we were joking.via cracked.com
Jun 5, 2008
"Lalu uses his blogspace to hit out at Vasundhara
By Swati Sharma in New DelhiWHEN IT comes to expressing your angst and sarcasm against rivals, blogs are the favourite means of celebrities. Aamir Khan’s blog was in the news when he expressed his enmity against Shah Rukh Khan by naming his dog after him. So was Amitabh Bachchan who ridiculed the media and industry colleagues on his blog. The latest to jump on the bandwagon is Union railway minister Lalu Prasad. He has started his blog on mypopkorn. com. In his first blog post, Lalu lashed out against the inability of Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje to control the Gujjar agitation. Lalu is worried about Indian Railways’ revenue loss. “Raje was the root cause behind the spread of agitation by Gujjars, which has lost its direction… Vasundhara first promised reservation in the election manifesto and now, she is not keeping her word, which has fuelled the agitation further,” says the minister on his blog. Lalu says the agitation is being driven by Gujjar leaders who aspire to gain power through it. “This is not in the best interest of the country… the matter should have been resorted amicably.” He also expresses his anguish on railways’ property being misused by the agitators. “It is unfortunate that the Gujjars have vented their anger by disrupting rail lines, but they don’t realise they... dismantled the lifelines of the country,” he writes. Lalu decided to start his blog after he was briefed about the positives of having an open forum during an interview to mypopkorn. com . “These days, we need aplatform where leaders can connect with the general public and blogs are perfect for that,” said Ishwar Jha, CEO of Digital Media Convergence Ltd, owned by the Essar Group, which hosts the blog. The minister will update his blog twice aweek and readers can look forward to his personal experiences. “Every week, Lalu will pick up asubject of his choice and talk about it with our executive. This will then be translated and posted on the blog,” added Jha. Lalu’s blog has received 70 comments in the first three days of the posting."
Check out his blog here
Hope he writes something about his buffaloes too .