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India on alert: High security in Delhi, other cities after terror threat … 0

India on alert: High security in Delhi, other cities after terror threat …

New Delhi Updated: Mar 7, 2016, 14:50 New Delhi | Updated: March 7, 2016 2:50 pm Delhi police officers stand guard outside a temple as Hindu devotees queue up to offer prayers on the occasion of Mahashivratri festival, in New Delhi, India, Monday, March 7, 2016. (Source: AP Photo) A day after Gujarat was put on high alert following intelligence inputs provided by Pakistan s National Security Advisor on a possible 26/11-style fidayeen assault, security was tightened on Monday in multiple cities including Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Vijayawada, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Panaji in view of Mahashivratri festival. Security has been beefed up in crowded areas such as malls, bus stops, railway stations and patrolling doubled in light of the terror threat. On Sunday, police and National Security Guard personnel were mobilised on a massive scale in Gujarat in order to counter any possible terror attack on religious places during Mahashivratri.

Fears of an attack in Gujarat have been mounting over the last four months, sparked by the discovery of five abandoned fishing boats in Harami Nullah, a channel that snakes along the India-Pakistan border before emptying into the Vianbari Creek.

The fifth boat was discovered by the Border Security Force (BSF) just last month.

Living Geography: Glocalisation 0

Living Geography: Glocalisation

Thanks to Miss Stockings for the lead to another McDonalds resource for glocalisation. Richard Allaway has previously shared images of meals that he has eaten in various McDonalds restaurants he has eaten in where the standard menu that is familiar the world over (the globalised version) is adapted for the local market (glocalisation) Glocalisation combines the words globalisation and localisation to emphasise the idea that a global product or service is more likely to succeed if it is adapted to the specific requirements of local practices and cultural expectations. The term started to appear in academic circles in the late 1980s, when Japanese economists used it in articles published by the Harvard Business Review .

For the sociologist Roland Robertson, who is often credited with popularising the term: glocalization means the simultaneity the co-presence of both universalizing and particularizing tendencies (Robertson, 1997, p.

4). Glocalisation combines the words globalisation and localisation to emphasise the idea that a global product or service is more likely to succeed if it is adapted to the specific requirements of local practices and cultural expectations. The term started to appear in academic circles in the late 1980s, when Japanese economists used it in articles published by the Harvard Business Review.

For the sociologist Roland Robertson, who is often credited with popularising the term: glocalization means the simultaneity the co-presence of both universalizing and particularizing tendencies (Robertson, 1997, p.

4). The resource is a food blog called Travelling McDs 1 , which is written by James McGowan who records the meals eaten on his global travels, which are quite extensive. He has eaten a number of meals which are adapted for the local palate, or to celebrate some aspect of the local culture.

Worth checking out – there are plenty of alternatives to the Big Mac here…

Image: McDonalds at Disneyland Paris – image by Alan Parkinson References ^ Travelling McDs (www.travellingmcds.com)

NSG deployed in Somnath, Delhi is put on high alert 0

NSG deployed in Somnath, Delhi is put on high alert

Gujarat and the national capital were on high alert with several teams of National Security Guard commandos on standby in the wake of intelligence inputs suggesting that a group of 8 to 10 terrorists may have sneaked into India from Pakistan. The alert came on the eve of Shivratri festival on Monday. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval told the Gujarat police top brass on Saturday about the input on a team of 10 terrorists sneaking into the State to carry out terror strikes.

Senior officials in the State claimed that Pakistan s National Security Adviser Naseer Khan Janjua informed his Indian counterpart about the group of fidayeen from the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e Muhammed on a major mission in the State. Following General Janjua s message, Mr. Doval sent a detailed note to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) which issued a warning to the security agencies in Gujarat about a possible attack, particularly at some coastal pilgrimage centres in Saurashtra or Kutch.

We have received four teams of NSGs. They have been deployed in Ahmedabad and Somnath temple. Along with the State police, NSG personnel are on standby mode, said Gujarat DGP P.C.

Thakur, who also issued a notification cancelling leave of all police officials and personnel and asking them to report for duty immediately. Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel told the media in Delhi that the authorities had taken all measures, so there was no need to worry. There is nothing to worry about.

We are taking appropriate security measures, Ms. Patel said. Somnath temple on the Saurashtra coast is on high alert with beefed up security ahead of Shivratri festival on Monday, Mr.

Thakur said. Meanwhile, all public functions to celebrate Shivratri at the historical Somnath temple have been cancelled. Police have also heightened security at another historical pilgrimage centre, Dwarka, and Bhavnath in Junagadh where a huge fair is organised on Shivratri.

We have received IB inputs that 8-10 LeT or JeM terrorists have entered Gujarat. The BSF, police, Coast Guard and other agencies are working on the information. Combing operations are under way to hunt down the militants, said Gujarat border range IG A.K.

Jadeja. The national capital went into alert mode on Sunday, after some inputs suggested that the terrorists could have moved from Gujarat to Delhi. Late on Saturday night, Gujarat s Additional Chief Secretary (Home) P.K.

Taneja held a marathon meeting with top police officials and also representatives of the BSF, the Coast Guard and other agencies to take stock of the security deployment at sensitive and vulnerable places in the State after the IB shared its inputs. This is the second major alert about a possible terror strike in the State, which shares a land and sea border with neighbouring Pakistan. In Delhi, security at public places such as malls, cinema halls, markets and along the Delhi borders was stepped up.

Police sources said there was no move to cancel the leave of its personnel, or any such emergency action. The NSG teams were on standby as is the routine, officials said. Mystery boat Meanwhile, Home Ministry sources said a BSF patrolling team had seized a Pakistani boat in Kutch on Friday.

They reported seeing some men running to the Pakistan side, one source said. However, officials insist that the recovery of the boat and the terror alert were not connected. This was the sixth boat recovered by the BSF since November in the Kutch area.

Another boat was recovered about 15 days ago. On the intervening night of December 31, 2014 and January 1, 2015 the Coast Guard had claimed to have blasted a Pakistani terror boat. The Defence Ministry had claimed that the occupants on board refused to cooperate after being intercepted and blew up the boat.

The government officials had later identified the purported Pakistani fishing boat as Qalandar and said that they had intelligence to suggest that it had come for an illicit transaction at sea.

The incident kicked up a controversy and the government had sacked Coast Guard DIG, B.K.

Loshali, for contradicting the official stand on the issue.