Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Miss India bikini shoot with 2 Muslim gals * 60

Miss India 2016: Official Bikini Shoot

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hilary's example is let the husband do what he wants: emancipation of women be Dammed

Hillary's statement that she stands for women appears hollow with conduct of her husband.

How can Hillary say she fights for women when her husband has lied throughout their marriage and is a womanizer who she accepted?

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Hillary Clinton was the Democratic candidate for the president and she lost.

 Hillary Clinton may retire from politics but many are overlooking the fact that she was a liar and not the best example for American women. Was she really the best person for the job of US President? What are her qualifications to be president? 
Hillary's husband Bill Clinton is accused of being a rapist and of having numerous affairs with other women. In short, he can be classified as a womanizer. It should not be forgotten that Bill under oath admitted to many affairs. Nearly a dozen women have accused Bill of improper conduct. In addition, he carried on affairs in the oval office. To top it Donald produced 3 women at the second presidential debate who had been raped and molested by Bill. The fact is Hillary all the time knew of the affairs of Bill and yet she chose to keep quiet and in a way acquiesced with his actions.

Hillary and her actions

The actions of Hillary also raise doubts that a woman who condoned the philandering of her husband  can best stand for women in the USA. What message would she like to give? These are difficult questions but Hillary has to answer them

Monday, December 26, 2016

Russian TU-154 crashes into Black Sea: Too Frequent Crashes?

Russian TU-154 carrying famed army band crashes after take off from Sochi killing 92

The RAF short haul jet with 3 engines crashed after takeoff into the Black Sea and all passengers including crew are feared dead.

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The Russian state seems to be dogged by bad luck. The last week was particularly bad. Firstly the Russian ambassador to Turkey was killed and now a TU-154 with 92 passengers has crashed. The plane took off from Sochi   lost radio contact and by all accounts crashed into the Black Sea The plane carried the famed Russian army band to entertain the troops in Syria, where the Russians have a large presence. The plane had a crew of 8 and was piloted by an experienced pilot who had logged over 3000 flying hours. The crash of the plane is a mystery and perhaps the truth will only be known once the black box is retrieved, which itself is a herculean task considering the plane crashed into the Black Sea.

The TU-154

The TU-154 is a 3 engine plane and is mass produced. It is also Russia's most popular model and is supposed to have a good safety record, but it has had some terrible crashes and hundreds have been killed. The plane looks similar to the American Boeing 727.The plane took off in good weather and it was classified as airworthy. Hence the crash immediately after it lost contact with ATC is an enigma. 
Earlier a Russian airliner was taken down by the ISIS in the Sinai. There have been quite a few crashes in Russia and that does not auger well. Maybe the security apparatus needs to be revamped as this TU_154 may also have been targeted by the enemies of Russia.
A search is on and the Russians better satisfy themselves as quicky as possible as to the reason for the crash

Friday, December 23, 2016

Tigers, Temple and ill-treatment in Thailand

Tiger temple in Thailand is raided and tigers rescued

The temple in Kanchnaburi was a tourist delight, till animal rights group who had long suspected maltreatment got into the act.
Kanchanaburi is a hallowed name as the infamous bridge on the river Kwai was constructed by the Japanese here. It also has a tiger temple dedicated to Lord Buddha. This temple which came up in 1994, had a mission to integrate wildlife with humans. The temple was initially loaned 2 Bengal tigers, but the temple authorities began a breeding program and their numbers multiplied to 137. The animals were a great tourist attraction and Americans who had never seen anything like this were simply enthralled by tame beasts. Many American tourists also photographed them with tigers. One can see the fascination of American tourists for tigers as none are available in natural habitat in America. The temple earned millions of dollars from tourists and the monks led a lavish life.

Ill-treatment of tigers

Animal rights groups were keeping a watch on the temple activities, as reports had come that the animals were ill-treated. The tigers in the temple were the Bengal tigers, who are not native to Thailand. The tigers were reared in the temple by the monks as an example of how animal life and human environment can co-exist with each other. Unfortunately, a police raid revealed the sordid goings-on in the temple. The raid revealed the carcasses of nearly 70 tigers cubs. In addition, nearly 1000 talismans were found which were made of  body parts after processing. Obviously, many tigers were killed in the making of these talismans. This was a fit case for action and the police on prodding from animal rights groups had to act.

Removal of the tigers

The police went into action, and all the tigers were rescued and relocated. The tigers could not be set free in the jungles as firstly, they were not native tigers and secondly, the tigers were unable to hunt prey and subsist in the jungle. The monks protested, but their case was weakened by the dead carcasses and the inability to explain how the talismans were made. The goings-on in the temple has dismayed many Thai's. The tourists, mainly Americans who patronized this temple will miss the tigers. There is a good chance that with the loss of earnings, the temple may also close. The temple authorities can also face charges for illegal trade in wildlife and encroachment on forest land. After the removal of the tigers, the temple has become like a normal Buddhist temple with 15 monks left. Despite the removal of the tigers many other animals like horses and bears remain.

Indian Navy and the Sea Harrier * 72

Indian Navy phases out the Sea Harrier

End of an Era of British Aircraft as the Sea Harrier is phased out by the Indian Navy; marks the demise of British connection with India

The Indian Navy is the only Navy in South Asia to operate an aircraft carrier. Presently two aircraft carriers are deployed by it. Considering that China has only one operational aircraft carrier, the significance of the Indian Navy operating two of them cannot be lost.In 1980,  India opted for the Harrier a VSTOL fighter aircraft. In September 1980, The Sea harrier Project ( SHARP)  was formed and the first aircraft was ready to join the air fleet in December 1982.This was a British aircraft and was operated from the Indian aircraft carrier. India was a colony of Great Britain and though the British left in 1947, the hangover for things British continued. When an interceptor was needed  for the aircraft carrier Vikrant, the navy opted for the British-made Sea Harrier. It replaced the obsolete Sea Hawks. 

The Sea Harrier.

The  sea harrier is a difficult plane to fly as was brought out by the death of one of the test pilots in the UK.  Indian pilots, however, mastered flying the Harrier which was the main weaponry of the INS Vikrant.  After 34 years of service, the Navy has phased out the Harrier. A glittering ceremony was held in Goa as the Sea harrier was phased out on 11 May 2016. The plane  has been replaced by the  MIG 29 K. This is a Russian Mach 2 interceptor and much superior in performance to the Harrier. The phasing out of the Harrier also brings an era of British aircraft to an end with Indian military aviation. Earlier the Indian Air Force also used a preponderance of British made aircraft like the Hawker Hunter, Folland Gnat, English electric Canberra among much more.  All these aircraft have been phased out and replaced by Russian fighter / interceptors Like MIG and the Sukhoi.

Last of the British aircraft.

This shift was political as the western nations after the 1965 war with Pakistan, denied the latest military aircraft to Indian and perforce, the left-leaning  defense minister Krishna Menon negotiated with the Russians for the state of art aircraft to equip the Indian armed forces.The Harrier served with distinction for 33 years and though no war took place, yet it always acted as a deterrent. The Harrier with a speed of 1150km an hour was a versatile aircraft and helped the Indian navy become the dominant force in the Indian Ocean. The last mission was on 6 March 2016 from the deck of the carrier INS Viraat. It was also the last hurrah for British aircraft with the Indian Nav

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Stalins Victory Parade in 1945 may well lead to a Putin Parade

Josef Stalin's Victory Parade in 1945 at The End of World War II

Jul 4th, 2012
At the end of the war, Josef Stalin held a massive military parade. an earlier parade in 1941 also comes to mind. Putin's Russia is on a similar path and Trump the new US president may play ball.

The Second World War is receding from the minds of the younger generation. It is becoming more and more distant, but some events of that period can even now rouse the spirits of old soldiers. One of the famous events was Stalin’s victory parade at the end of the war. The parade took place on 24 June 1945 more than a month after the surrender of Nazi Germany to Russian commanders. 
The order for the parade was issued by Josef Stalin himself. Earlier as per noted historian Anthony Beevor Stalin himself wished to lead the parade, but then gave up the idea as the horse on which he was to ride unseated him. After that, he commented that let Zhukov lead the parade as he is from the cavalry.images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQhQTE-SpneTjEFLl6PvOo
 Stalin thus in his operational order appointed Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov as the parade inspector and MarshalKonstantin Rokossovsky as the parade commander. The organization of the parade was the prerogative of Colonel-General Pavel Artemyev.
The parade took place on a rainy day and later the fly past was canceled. Stalin himself took the salute standing atop Lenin’s mausoleum. Units of all Russian federation groups, as well as a small Polish contingent, took part in the parade.
The parade commenced with both Zhukov and Rokossovsky riding down Red Square on a white and black chargers. A statue of Zhukov on a horse adorns the state historical museum in Moscow.Columns of Soviet soldiers and tanks sped past Stalin atop the mausoleum of Lenin.
Perhaps Donald may see Putin ina similar fashion with his support

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Vin Diesel says" Deepika Padukone the next big star of 2017" in Hollywood

Deepika Padukone has struck out in Hollywood and she is the star of the film "xXx: Return of Xander Cage," along with Vin Diesel. The film is due for release in early 2017 and will be first for her. It will also mark the first asssault by an Indian actress on teh citadal of Hollywood

Deepika and Vin Diesel

The chemistry between Deepika and Vin Diesel is something special and the top Hollywood producer-director and actor gives high praise to the 26-year-old Deepika. He has stated,"I am blessed to be part of her introducing to the whole world because the next global superstaris coming from India."
This is high praise and he has also stated that when Deepika auditioned for the role in the film all the viewers were overwhelmed with her steamy performance. he claims he has a special relationship with Deepika and in an interview with CNN stated " I love her so much and we have such natural chemistry together."

Friday, December 9, 2016

Review of MG Singh's novel " ROMANCE OF THE FRONTIER"

The Novel

Writing a novel is a work of inspiration and this novel by MG Singh fills that genre. I am told the novel was written many years back but was kept pending as the author never thought it good enough for publication. Having got hold of a copy I am impressed with the book. For a first timer, it is good and well written. There is a lot of action, killings, and the most important part is that the book is laced with oriental erotica.
The novel is published by Notion Books an Indian publishing firm from Chennai and overall as far as esteem value is concerned the book is well presented with a glossy cover that will attract readers.
The book is on sale on-line in both paperback forms, as well as a kindle e-book.

The Plot

The novel is set in the period when the British empire was on its last legs and as a parting shot had decided to divide India into two by creating Pakistan. This was a tumultuous period in Indian history and forms the background of the novel.
The hero is a Muslim Pathan tribesman who is benevolent, educated and above all a great warrior. The novel delineates his love affair with the daughter of a British major of the Indian army and subsequent affair with Anglo- Indian girl. In all this mayhem there are excellent erotic passages, as well as action. The hero kills with compunction, but he is just and fair . The author presents a feud between him and a Punjabi Muslaman who wants to drive the Hindus out of Punjab.
There is plenty of action and the reader can be spellbound in case he likes tales of love and adventure.
The author
MG Singh is an early retired officer of the IAF. He took up writing a few years back and has written over 7000 articles on the net. In addition, MG is a prolific short story writer and has published over 60 short stories in various magazines.
MG is presently a corporate advisor and “The Romance of the Frontier’ is his first novel. MG has drawn heavily from his experience in the services for this novel. He also has a strong connection with Punjab and thus has first-hand accounts from his grandfather about the tumultuous period of the partition of India which forms the backdrop of the novel.
MG is fond of golf and writing and is a specialist on military matters.

Last Word

Considering that it is the first book, I feel it's a commendable piece of work. However one wonders if all the gory violence depicted is really required in the novel. In addition, MG could well in his future books try and join up some disjointed parts. Probably he will iron out the problems in the next book.
The book runs into 252 pages and does a picture of that turbulent time. The backdrop of a sizzling love adds to the allure of the novel. It's a good tale and well presented. It's also a tribute to the language of English which is now part of India, making it the biggest English knowing nation in the world. At a conservative estimate over 350 million Indians are well versed in this language. India has produced a number of top writers like Salman Rushdie and Kushwant Singh and this book will add to the repertoire of English literature published in India.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

USS Zumwalt : Is it a flop? * 76

Is USS Zumwalt worth $ 4 billion? It breaks down a second time
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The ship commissioned on the 15th of October is still undergoing trials, and it will be some time before it is certified as fit for combat. The ship has however been plagued by snags since its launch. This time the ship lost power while in the Panama canal, creating a piquant situation by breaking down. The US navy estimates that it will take 10 days for the ship to be made operational. In the meantime, the ship is parked in one of the quays in the canal. As per reports the ship developed an engine problem and lost power -- it also hit one of the locks in the canal and was damaged.

The ship had earlier also while in dock, had a flooding of its engines. For a ship so costly these snags are cause for alarm and one hopes they are sorted out. The uS Navy has ordered 3 of such state of art warships.