Japanese Navy Flexes Muscles in Regional Fleet Review

South Korea takes part in military exercise despite tensions between the two countries

YOKOSUKA, Japan—Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presided over a show of naval strength on Sunday with Japanese allies and boarded a U.S. aircraft-carrier, a symbolic visit after the passage of widely criticized security legislation in September.

At a fleet review, the Maritime Self-Defense Force—Japan’s navy—mobilized nearly 40 vessels including the Izumo, Japan’s largest warship since World War II, which went into service in March. Overhead, anti-submarine patrol planes dropped depth bombs and an acrobatic flight team sketched circles in the sky.

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Palejo leads QAT and Sindhyani Tehreek rally against KBD in Badin


BADIN: Hundreds of workers belonging to the Qaumi Awami Tehreek (QAT) and the Sindhyani Tehreek, led by QAT chief Rasool Bux Palejo, on Sunday gathered in Badin city to register their protest against the proposed construction of the Kalabagh Dam.

The rally comprising children and women, who were carrying party flags, placards and banners inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands, marched from Allahwala Chowk to Badin press club.

Read: Centre must clear position on dam: QAT

Palejo addressed the charged workers and warned the PML-N-led federal government other leaders who favour the controversial mega water project termed the construction as a great conspiracy against the federation and the solidarity of the country.

He said that the Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan assemblies had rejected the project and the people of the three provinces would never allow the rulers to construct the dam.

The veteran politican alleged that some people want to create conflicts, which the country can not afford as it is already facing internal as well as external threats and problems.

Read: Jamaat declares Kalabagh dam ‘very dangerous’

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh assemblies on Dec 12, 1988, Oct 6, 1994, and May 14, 1994, respectively, had passed unanimous resolutions against the construction of the dam.

Many people oppose the controversial Kalabagh Dam project over apprehension that it may render Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s land infertile and water logged, while many in Sindh and Balochistan express the fear that the dam could allow the upstream provinces to withdraw the waters from the reservoir through high-level tunnel outlets leaving the land in the two provinces barren.

Former chairman of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Shamsul Mulk, however, advocates the construction of bid dams over smaller ones saying, “small dams could meet the requirements of the local population and regions but big dams could accomplish the national requirements of electricity and irrigation.”

About the opposition to the Kalabagh dam, he has said the basic problem of the opponents was that they did not have correct information about it.

During a seminar held in November 2014, Mr Mulk had said that in the last 50 years China had constructed 22,000 dams, India over 6,000 dams and United States 7,500 dams in the last century.

“Pakistan can currently store water to meet needs of only 29 days. On the other hand India stores water to meet the need for next 200 days,” he said.

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It is time for Arabs to take off their hats to Indians! – Saudi Gazette

By Nasser Al-Sarami

To all conceited and arrogant Arabs who take pride in the glorious history of Arab civilization, it is time you took off your hats to Indians after having treated them with discrimination and having looked down upon them for decades.

Indians today run America and the world. While the US imports oil from the Gulf, it imports minds from India. Fifteen percent of start-up companies in Silicon Valley, south of San Francisco which is home to hundreds of technology companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, etc., are owned by Indians, who, by the way, constitute the largest percentage of immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their number exceeds that of the British, Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese combined, who own companies in that area.

Vivek Wadhwa is an entrepreneur who was born in India and holds numerous academic positions at Singularity University, Stanford University and Duke University, all in the United States. In his study, he shows that one-third of start-up companies all over the United States were formed by Indians.
Figures show that Indian-Americans have the largest annual per capita income at $86,135 compared to $51,914 for other Americans. Nowadays, Indians run several mega companies around the world. Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is an India-born naturalized American who is currently the chief executive officer of PepsiCo; Ajaypal Singh Banga is the current president and chief executive officer of MasterCard and Anshuman Jain was the former CEO of Deutsche Bank. In fact, you will find many Indian-origin CEOs running technological companies in the US. For example, Pichai Sundararajan is the CEO of Google Inc. while Satya Nadella is the director of Microsoft.
India ranks second in terms of the largest number of management leaders while the United Kingdom, which colonized India for several centuries, comes third on the list. The United States is first.

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