Obama: 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan by summer Wednesday, Dec 2 2009 

West Point, New York (CNN) President Obama said Tuesday that the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan is part of a strategy to reverse the Taliban’s momentum and stabilize the country’s government.

The new deployment over six months will bring America’s troop strength in the country to more than 100,000, in the fight against Taliban militants.Mr Obama also urged America’s allies in Nato to send more troops.Defending the war, he insisted there were no parallels with Vietnam and that world security was at stake(More News).

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he was dispatching 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, accelerating a risky and expensive war buildup, even as he assured the nation that U.S. forces will begin coming home in July 2011.

We will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan’s security forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government and, more importantly, to the Afghan people that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country, Obama said.Obama also leaned heavily on NATO allies and other countries to join in escalating the fight.

We must come together to end this war successfully, the president said. For what’s at stake is not simply a test of NATO’s credibility. What’s at stake is the security of our allies, and the common security of the world.


Chinese officials try to find parents of 60 lost children Thursday, Oct 29 2009 

Beijing, China (CNN) — In some of the photos, the young children are wearing bibs and slight smiles can be seen on their chubby faces.But these are not your normal baby pictures.


Chinese authorities are searching for the parents of 60 children whose photos appear on a government site.

The Chinese government is trying to find the parents of these 60 homeless children, some of them so young that they had not yet developed the strength to hold their own heads up.This week the Chinese Ministry of Public Security posted pictures of these rescued children on its Web site.


Some of the children on the site are just babies -- this child was believed to have been abducted this April.

Many of them had similar stories. They were kidnapped, stolen or sold and somehow had been rescued by authorities.Police tried to find their parents but could not find them through the national DNA database, state-run China Daily reported.And for the first time, the Ministry of Public Security posted their pictures.


Police have already tried to find the children's parents through the national DNA database.

Even if I cant find my boys photo on the Web site today, it’a blessing for desperate parents like us who have nearly lost hope, Tang Weihua, a mother who lost her 5-year-old son in 1999, told China Daily this week.About 30,000 to 60,000 children are reported missing every year, but it is hard to estimate how many are involved in child trafficking cases, the Ministry of Public Security told China Daily.


About 30,000 to 60,000 children are reported missing in China every year, according to authorities.

Police have rescued 2,000 children this year since China launch a nationwide anti-trafficking campaign, China Daily reported.But after rescuing the children finding the parents can prove difficult. One issue is that in some cases the parents sold the children.Earlier this week China’s state media reported that police arrested dozens in an alleged child trafficking ring that sold at least 52 babies.

Lucky them: 100,000 Nano buyers selected Tuesday, Jun 23 2009 

Mumbai: Tata Motors, makers of the Nano small car, on Tuesday said it has completed random selection of the first 100,000 applicants who would buy the vehicle in the first phase and that delivery will begin next month. “Tata Motors once again places on record its gratitude to the people of India for according such a warm welcome to the Tata Nano, as also to all its preferred financiers, dealers and partner companies for their stupendous effort in helping the company launch the Tata Nano,” the company said in a statement.

The selection was made through a random computerised process after bookings closed on April 25. About two lakh bookings, which began April 9, were made across Tata Motors dealerships and State Bank of India (SBI) branches. This was, however, much lower than what was expected. The selected applicants will be contacted individually, the statement said, adding that delivery will begin next month and continue till the last quarter of 2010.

India’s third largest passenger car maker said 55,021 applicants out of the 106,703 not selected in the first phase had exercised the option to retain their booking. They will be given preferential allotment in the second phase.

Additionally, they will be entitled to an interest of 8.5 percent on the booking amount if the car is delivered within two years (June 23, 2011), and 8.75 percent after that date. The booking amounts of the unsuccessful applicants shall be returned, the statement added. The company will also be offering the unsuccessful applicants “an exciting offer on the Tata Indica range”, the statement read.

India, China saved developing economies from shrinking: WB Tuesday, Jun 23 2009 

The World Bank on Monday warned that developing economies would have shrunk if it were not for India and China. The developing nations are projected to grow 1.2 per cent this year and without China and India, these economies would have contracted 1.6 per cent in 2009.

Meanwhile, the World Bank forecast India’s economy to expand by 5.1 per cent this fiscal, the slowest in six years, although the country has consistently outperformed the multilateral funder’s estimates in the past. The Indian economy had grown by 6.7 per cent in 2008-09 against the World Bank’s estimate of 6.1 per cent, despite recession setting in most of the developed nations.

“Almost two years after problems in the US mortgage market set in motion the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, global financial markets remain unsettled, and prospects for capital flows to the developing world are dim,” the Bank said in its report – ‘Global Development Finance: Charting a Global Recovery’.