Mumbai rocked by attacks

Mumbai rocked by attacks

Over the past 20 years, Mumbai has suffered vicious communal riots, repeated bomb attacks, persistent gang violence, and political assassinations.
It is India's most prosperous city, its most outward-looking - and also its most volatile.
Still, the scale and sophistication of these audacious attacks will be shocking for the 20 million people who live in and around Mumbai - and for a country whose growing prosperity is in large part built on the city's commercial success.
The targets included the main rail station, one of the world's busiest, and the sort of hotels and restaurants patronised by local and visiting business leaders.
The country has been captivated and horrified by live television pictures of flames leaping from the roof of one of its grandest hotels - and of troops surrounding another Mumbai luxury hotel to root out remaining assailants.

Train attack in Mumbai, 2006

For the authorities, the immediate priority is to respond to the emergency and to free those still trapped or held hostage, rather than to attribute responsibility.
India's TV news channels have, in the initial hours of the drama, largely refrained from pointing the finger of blame.
The claim from a little-heard-of organisation, Deccan Mujahideen, may harden suspicions that Islamic radicals are involved.
Two years ago the authorities blamed a series of bomb attacks on Mumbai commuter trains on Islamic militant groups once based in Pakistan.
Back in 1993, a string of co-ordinated attacks on landmarks across Mumbai, bombings which left hundreds dead, were widely believed to have been the work of organised crime.
The Indian authorities held neighbouring Pakistan responsible for organising those bombings, an allegation angrily rejected in Islamabad.
Election disruption?
But there are other possible culprits.
Some recent bomb attacks - though on nothing like this scale - have been blamed on militant Hindu organisations.
The motive is far from clear. The choice of targets might suggest an attempt to undermine business confidence and put off foreign investors.
Some may wonder whether the attacks are intended to frustrate attempts to improve relations between India and Pakistan.
Or perhaps they are designed to destabilise the world's largest democracy.
A nationwide election is expected in the next few months, and there are regional elections currently being held in several Indian states.
One is in Indian-administered Kashmir, the Himalayan region whose disputed status has been the main cause of 60 years of tension and conflict between South Asia's two nuclear neighbours.

Indian security forces have been exchanging fire with gunmen holding dozens of hostages in two luxury hotels in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay). Troops surrounded the premises shortly after armed men carried out a series of co-ordinated attacks across the city, killing 101 people and injuring 287.
The hotels were among several locations in the main tourist and business district targeted late on Wednesday.
Police say four suspected terrorists have been killed and nine arrested.
The situation is still volatile in two of the most high-profile targets of Wednesday's attacks - the Taj Mahal Palace and Oberoi Trident hotels, where armed men are believed to be holding about 40 hostages.
There are reports of intermittent exchange of fire between security forces and the armed attackers barricaded inside both hotels.
Correspondents say security personnel have so far not stormed the premises perhaps for fear of endangering the lives of hostages, some of whom could be Westerners.

Flames and black smoke billow from the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, Mumbai

Police say the dead include six foreigners, 14 police officers and 81 Indian nationals.
Eyewitness reports suggest the attackers singled out British and American passport holders.
If the reports are true, our security correspondent Frank Gardner says it implies an Islamist motive - attacks inspired or co-ordinated by al-Qaeda.
A claim of responsibility has been made by a previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen.
Our correspondent says it could be a hoax or assumed name for another group.

In other developments:
• Fire crews evacuated people from the upper floors of the Taj Mahal Palace, where a grenade attack caused a blaze
• Israel says it is concerned for the safety of its citizens in Mumbai, as a rabbi and his family are feared captured by gunmen
• The head of Mumbai's anti-terrorism unit and two other senior officers are among those killed, officials say
• The White House held a meeting of top intelligence and counter-terrorism officials, and pledges to help the Indian government
• India's Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange markets are closed, as the authorities urge local people to stay at home
• There are unconfirmed reports that five gunmen have taken hostages in an office block in the financial district of Mumbai.

"The terrorists have used automatic weapons and in some places grenades have been lobbed," said AN Roy, police commissioner of Maharashtra state.

The city's main commuter train station, a hospital, and a restaurant popular with tourists were among at least seven locations caught up in the violence.
Local TV images showed blood-splattered streets, and bodies being taken into ambulances.
One eyewitness told the BBC he had seen a gunman opening fire in the Taj Mahal's lobby.

"We all moved through the lobby in the opposite direction and another gunman then appeared towards where we were moving and he started firing immediately in our direction."
One British tourist said she spent six hours barricaded in the Oberoi hotel.
"There were about 20 or 30 people in each room. The doors were locked very quickly, the lights turned off, and everybody just lay very still on the floor," she said.
There has been a wave of bombings in Indian cities in recent months which has left scores of people dead.
Most of the attacks have been blamed on Muslim militants, although police have also arrested suspected Hindu extremists.
The BBC's Sanjeev Srivastava says the timing and symbolism of the latest attacks could not have been worse.
By choosing to target the richest district of India's financial capital in such a brazen and effective manner, he says those behind the attacks have perhaps dealt the severest blow to date to the morale and self esteem of the Indian authorities.
The attacks have come amidst elections in several Indian states and exposes the governing coalition to the charge that it has failed to combat terror, our correspondent says.

Aerial map of Mumbai showing sites of shootings

No more: ATS Chief Hemant Karkarae and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar
gun battle.

An Urgent Appeal for Financial Assistance for a Kidney Operation

An Urgent Appeal for Financial Assistance for a Kidney Operation 
Mr. M.A Sadath (32 years) of 79/37 Welikadamulla Mabole, Wattala Sri Lanka is admitted in Colombo General Hospital, Ward No 41 and awaiting a kidney transplant operation.
His blood group is 'O' positive. According to Professor Rizvi Sharif (MD,FRCP) and Dr. Surjith Somiah (Consultant Nephrologist) of Apollo Hospitals Mr. Sadath's both kidneys have failed. He need a kidney transplant immediately. Mr. Sadath is from a poor family and married a poor girl just four months ago.
His family is unable to support him for his operation. The family members of Sadath found it extremely difficult to find a person of the same blood group who would donate him a kidney. Finally a generous person has agreed to donate one of his kidneys. But he is reluctant to get admitted to the general hospital. As Such Mr. Sadath too has to he admitted to a private hospital for the operation. The hospital charges amounts to Rs. 650, 000. Another Rs. 200,000 is needed for medicine and clinic expanses.
Therefore the close relatives of Mr. Sadath appeal to the kind hearted general public to assist Mr. Sadath in this hour of need.
Please send your donations to his Wife's below bank account.
A/C name: N S Fareena
A/C No 200111098273
People Bank Wattala Branch Sri Lanka.
Patient's telephone number: 0722955127
For further details please contact Moulavi Mahir T.D Ramdeen on 0713343656

The Desperate Position of Muslim Girls Of Srilanka

Oh My God Allah! Who is responsible for this?????
Please watch the video.

Each and every Muslim must answer at Allah in the day of Judgement!

Our Politicians will never care of these girls! Ulamas will never bother about this critical sitiuation!
Our community also say Subahanallah or Naoodubillah and just forget this pathetic condition of our girls.
What is the Solution for this?
We may fight for our rights and get back those. Though our Kids cannot continue the studies in peacefull mind. There shoul be harrasment and totures inside the scholl whoever goes with Bottam and Hijab.
Only wise thing is Improve and devolop our excisting Muslim Girls school and give admission for them.
Will our our Political Leaders, Ulama, Hajiyars, and pilonthrophist come forward to develop our Muslim Girls and Boys schools? Will they open their two eyes and see the situation of Sri Lankan Muslim? Will their heart feel worry about our muslim community??? ???

Jazakkallahu hairan Son of Mashoor.

25 Tips for a healthy heart

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Top 10 Excuses for NOT Giving Recognition

1."I don't know how."

No doubt this can be an honest and valid concern. Most folks never receive any type of training on giving recognition. But, it is a skill that can be learned.

2. "I don't have time."

For sure, most of us have more stuff to do than time to do it in. But somehow we all manage to do the things that are really important to us. Maybe, you just haven't made recognition high enough of a priority. Besides, how much time does it take to say, "Thank you"?

3."People don't care about it all that much."

Yeah, right! Okay, if you look hard enough, maybe you can find one or two people who couldn't give a flip about being recognized. But for every person like that, there are hundreds who like being stroked for their efforts and contributions. Play the odds.

4. "It's not MY job!"

Think that giving recognition is strictly a top-down thing that only bosses are responsible for? THINK AGAIN! It's one of the biggest reasons why recognition doesn't happen as often as it could. Fact is, supporting an environment in which people are acknowledged and truly appreciated is everyone's job.

5."I don't believe in rewarding people for just doing their jobs!"

Me neither! A "reward" is something special and should be reserved for special achievement. But recognition is an acknowledgement, a favorable notice, and a reinforcement that increases the likelihood that people will keep doing their jobs…and making work that much easier for you!

6."It becomes meaningless if done too much!"

Maybe so, but most organizations have a looooooong way to go before the meter reads "Too Much Recognition Happening Here." Actually, it's insincerity rather than quantity that tends to devalue recognition.

7."I'm very limited in what I can do."

Chances are that you're limited mostly by untapped imagination. Okay, so you don't control or even have access to money and formal award programs. Those only represent the tip of the recognition iceberg, anyway. Get creative!

8."Sometimes it's awkward and uncomfortable."

So was the first time you drove a stick shift! But the more you did it, the easier it got (hopefully). And the more you liked doing it! If you're uncomfortable with recognition, there's a good chance you're not doing it enough. Go forth and PRACTICE!

9."People will think they've 'made it' and stop working hard."

NOT! Think about it: Do you slow down when others show appreciation for your contributions? Enough said on this one.

10. "I don't get it. Why should I give it?"

Because it's the right thing to do! You know how it feels to have your efforts and achievements overlooked. You know how it feels to be taken for granted. It stinks! Don't let one wrong become your rationale for doing another.