Showing posts with label INDIA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label INDIA. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 26

India wants Iran to insure, ship oil.

India has allowed its state refineries to import Iranian oil on the condition that Tehran arranges for insurance and shipping of the crude oil. This will give India a chance to continue buying Iranian oil after EU sanctions come into force on July 1.

Despite the US exemption of India in the forced compliance with its unilateral sanctions on Iran's oil industry, Indian refiners would have faced problems with insurance from Western-based protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs after July 1.

Nearly 90 per cent of the world’s tanker fleets are covered by 13 international P&I clubs, which insure against personal injury and environmental clean-up claims.

But the Indian Petroleum Ministry has found a way to avoid Europe-based insurers. India’s government has given permission to its state-run refiners to import Iranian oil on the CIF basis, Reuters reports citing a senior ministry official.

In terms of shipments, this means that the supplier of the cargo has to bear the cost of insurance and freight. Thus, Iranian tankers, which are insured by Iran itself, will be fully responsible for the cargo's passage to India.

India’s state-run companies need governmental permission to import oil on a CIF basis, as federal policy requires them to favor Indian insurers and shippers by buying only on a Free on Board (FOB) basis.

India, one of Iran’s biggest crude buyers, plans to keep purchases of 310,000 barrels per day from Iran under contracts during the fiscal year from April to March, which includes 100,000 barrels per day of purchases by Essar Oil, the only private customer.

But the solution is said to be simple theoretically, but not practically. One obstacle is that Iran cannot make its entire tanker fleet available to India, even though the country is a major buyer of its oil. The other is that Iran uses mostly Very Large Crude Carriers, which are not suitable to call at Indian ports because of depth constraints.

Monday, June 25

25 June 2012 Metamorphosis of Matters Maritime

As India’s naval profile rises, security in the Indian Ocean and the Asia-Pacific is rapidly evolving. Following the seaborne nature of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, the Indian navy has incorporated a new mission of counter-terrorism. The safeguarding of energy shipments through the Persian Gulf to fuel India’s growing economy has grown in importance. The Indian Defence Minister recently stated that the navy has been mandated to be “a net security provider” to island nations in the Indian Ocean. Since 2008, the Indian navy has been deploying a warship in the Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy operations.

As the US re-balances its maritime forces towards the Asia-Pacific, it sees defence cooperation with India as a ‘lynchpin’ in this new strategy. At the same time China’s growing military budget and projection of power in the Indian Ocean has raised concern in India, leading to a bilateral maritime cooperation agreement. Whilst calling for the “unhindered freedom of navigation in international waters”, India also seeks “strengthening” of the multilateral security architecture in the Asia-Pacific region.

Amidst these critical geo-strategic and military developments, India’s new maritime posture - supported by 36 principal naval combatants and over 100 other warships – is being bolstered by the expansion of aircraft carriers and nuclear-powered submarines along with the deployment of a nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine.

Admiral Verma is the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee & Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. A specialist in Communication and Electronic Warfare, he has commanded the aircraft carrier INS Viraat (formerly HMS Hermes), and also served as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy & Plans), Vice Chief of Naval Staff, and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command (Vishakapatnam).

The meeting was chaired by Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, IISS Senior Fellow for South Asia.

Thursday, May 6

INDIA: The only gunman captured alive after the 2008 Mumbai attacks

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab, a Pakistani citizen aged 22, was found guilty on Monday of many charges, including murder and waging war on India. When sentencing, the judge said there was no chance of his rehabilitation. Qasab has the right to appeal. The attacks left 174 people dead, nine of them gunmen. Relations between India and Pakistan have still to recover. India blamed Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba for the attack.  After initial denials, Pakistan acknowledged the attacks had been partially planned on its territory and that Qasab was one of its citizens. Prosecuter Ujjwal Nikam appeared in front of the court smiling and giving the victory sign. "I'm very happy with the judgement. I have been successful in my attempt to put a balm on the wounds of the victims," he said.  During the trial Qasab had been branded a "killing machine" and "cruelty incarnate" by the prosecution.  "Today's sentencing sends the message that keeping Qasab alive would be a crime in itself," Mr Nikam added as crowds outside the court chanted "victory to Hindustan".

Qasab's lawyer had called for leniency, saying his client had been brainwashed by a terrorist organisation and could be rehabilitated. He said no decision had been made yet on whether to appeal against the sentence, the Associated Press news agency reported. In India the death penalty is carried out by hanging, but it is rarely used and most death sentences are commuted to life imprisonment. Only one person has been executed since 1995. A security guard was hanged in 2004 for the rape and murder of a schoolgirl. The BBC's Soutik Biswas in Delhi said if Qasab decided to appeal, the legal process could take years. Our correspondent said Qasab could, as a last resort, appeal to the president for clemency, which would take even more time.

Friday, April 30

Le persecuzioni dei cristiani ad opera dei nazionalisti indù e delle autorità locali continuano senza sosta.

Un gruppo di fedeli nel Karnataka, uno stato nell’India Sudoccidentale, è stato aggredito da estremisti e poi è stato arrestato dalla polizia. Poco dopo, nei pressi di Mumbai, cuore economico dell’India, un sacerdote è stato assassinato. I due fatti non sono direttamente collegati, ma sono rivelatori del clima di intolleranza e violenza anti-cristiana nella “più grande democrazia del mondo”.

L’episodio nel Karnataka è anche un esempio di connivenza della polizia con i nazionalisti. Il gruppo di fedeli vittime dell’aggressione aveva partecipato ad un evento organizzato da un movimento cristiano locale, il “Festival della Pace 2010”, a cui hanno partecipato circa 3000 persone, uomini, donne e bambini di tutte le caste. Forse infastidita da una presenza così massiccia di fedeli di un’altra fede, una banda armata di bastoni, costituita da una ventina di induisti affiliati al movimento nazionalista Bhajrang Dal, ha attaccato un gruppetto di 16 cristiani, fra cui donne e bambini, subito dopo la fine del festival. Li hanno picchiati, insultati e molestati, intonando canti e slogan anti-cristiani. Poi sono stati gli induisti stessi a chiamare la polizia. Che, arrivata sul posto, invece di fermare gli aggressori, ha arrestato le vittime.

“Il ministro capo del Karnataka è il nostro padrone e nessuno può toccarci” hanno detto gli assalitori. E l’intervento della polizia a loro favore lo dimostrerebbe. Il piccolo pogrom è stato guidato da esponenti influenti del nazionalismo indiano. I cristiani arrestati, sono stati trattenuti in una caserma di Karkala per tutta la notte. Una volta liberati, donne e bambini erano in stato di shock. La stessa notte, un sacerdote 74enne, Peter Bombacha, è stato ucciso vicino alla casa del vescovo di Vasai, nei pressi di Mumbai. Non si conoscono ancora né il movente, né l’assassino, ma si sospetta un omicidio religioso. “Padre Peter era un sacerdote pieno di fede che serviva la Chiesa e la popolazione senza discriminazione di casta o di credo”, ha detto di lui, all’agenzia missionaria AsiaNews, il vescovo di Vasai Felix Machado. “Senza discriminazione di casta o di credo”: è probabilmente questo il movente del delitto. I nazionalisti indù proibiscono qualsiasi forma di proselitismo di altre religioni e difendono in modo intransigente la divisione della società in caste.

Sunday, March 14

India: police arrest men 'planning terror strikes'

Indian police have arrested two men suspected of planning to attack three targets in Mumbai, India’s financial centre, including the offices of the state energy firm, Oil and Natural Gas Corp.

Police said they believed the men were receiving directions from Pakistan, and several Indian media reports said the pair had been in telephone contact with a man they called “Uncle” in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

"We believe they were taking instructions from across the border to attack three or four targets in Mumbai," Vinesh Agarwal, an inspector with Mumbai's Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), said.

"They are being interrogated," he added, identifying the two men as Abdul Lateef, 29, and Riyaz Ali, 23.

The Press Trust of India quoted another ATS officer as saying: "The two were preparing to set one of the ONGC establishments in the city on fire following instructions from someone called 'Uncle'."

The other two targets were a shopping mall and a market, according to reports.

Police said that it was too early to name the militant group they believe was behind the plot.

India blamed a Pakistan-based group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, for an attack on Mumbai in November 2008 which killed more than 160 people, and said that the assailants in that case were directed by handlers in Pakistan.

Indian officials say that at least one of the handlers in the Mumbai attack was a current or former officer in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency – an allegation that Pakistan's Government has denied.

Security in the city has been especially tight since a bombing in the neighbouring city of Poona last month killed 16 people in the first major militant strike since the Mumbai attacks.

Mumbai is also hosting several matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament – featuring Indian and international players – over the next month.

Islamic militants are reported to have threatened to target the IPL, which began on Friday, the hockey World Cup, which concluded in Delhi yesterday, and the Commonwealth Games, which begin in Delhi in October.

Wednesday, March 3

INDIA: Terror alert sounded in key cities of Gujarat

GANDHINAGAR: A terror alert has been sounded in five key cities of Gujarat following an intelligence tip-off, an official said on Tuesday. Cities marked out for enhanced vigil are Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and Jamnagar. According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Ahmedabad) Satish Sharma, this was done following specific intelligence inputs. "Terror strikes follow a pattern taking place on weekends or places of mass congregation especially in times of revelry, and therefore the precautionary exercise," he added. The maximum alert was sounded during Holi but with the festival passing off peacefully there has been a stand-down, however, the alert nevertheless continues, the police said. Parks and gardens which are frequented by morning walkers were particularly marked out for special attention. In the backdrop of the Pune blast and following reports that the American terror accused Tahawwur Rana had visited Ahmedabad and carried out a detailed survey in November 2008, the fear of a terror strike hangs heavy in cities of the state.

Monday, February 15

India on Alert After Explosion

Mr. Pillai said the police had been alerted last October that Mr. Headley “had surveyed 200 yards from the bakery,” but he added that it was too early to say if Lashkar-e-Taiba was involved in the Pune blast. 

Wednesday, January 20

Al Qaeda terrorist arrested in Bihar

One suspected Al Qaeda terrorist carrying a Pakistani passport was arrested near here today, a senior police official said.

Acting on a tip-off, police raided a house in Purnia town, about 350 km from here, and captured Gulam Rasool alias Mirza, ADG(HQ) U S Dutt said.

Dutt said during interrogation Mirza had confessed that he had worked for Al Qaeda between 2004 and 2005.

Mirza was planning to sneak into Bangladesh through the Indo-Bangla border in Purnia district, the ADG said.