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  Last Updated: May 21, 2007 - 4:00:57 AM


Kate Webb, journalist friend of India, is dead
New Delhi, May 21 - Kate Webb, one of the finest Western wire service journalists who loved India, has died - after 40 years in the profession during which she once got to read her own obituary.
May 21, 2007 - 5:14:19 PM

India Travel
German tourist alleges sexual assault
Jaipur, May 21 - A German tourist has alleged that the conductor and driver of a bus attempted to sexually assault her at Rajasthan's famous tourist destination Pushkar.
May 21, 2007 - 5:13:49 PM

India Politics
Nation remembers Rajiv Gandhi with tributes, marches
New Delhi, May 21 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, accompanied by several leaders, paid tributes to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 16th death anniversary Monday at his memorial here.
May 21, 2007 - 5:11:42 PM


Four policemen, another get jail terms in 1993 blasts case
Mumbai, May 21 - In the first sentencing of policemen in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, a special court Monday sentenced four constables to six years' rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs.25,000 each, and 10 years in jail to a man who had taken an AK-56 gun from Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.
May 21, 2007 - 5:11:13 PM

India Politics
Badal seeks dera chief's apology, supports strike call
Chandigarh, May 21 - Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday categorically told the Dera Sacha Sauda chief to apologise to the Sikh community for his actions to defuse the tension between the Sikh community and the sect.
May 21, 2007 - 5:01:32 PM


Man pushed down from judge's flat, dies
Patna, May 21 - Residents of this city fearfully assessed security in their buildings Monday, a day after the sensational killing of a company official who was thrown off an eighth floor flat belonging to a judge.
May 21, 2007 - 4:26:58 PM


INTACH's first seminar in Mizoram draws huge response
Aizawl, May 21 - A two-day seminar on protecting the tradition of the northeast and sectors suffering from neglect saw many speakers from the political class and artists debate fervently on what ails the region.
May 21, 2007 - 4:22:26 PM

India Politics
Congress MP acquitted of double murder charge
Kolkata, May 21 - Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury was acquitted of charges in a double murder case Monday by a West Bengal court.
May 21, 2007 - 4:21:55 PM


My son's life in danger, says blast suspect's father
Hyderabad, May 21 - The father of the prime suspect in Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid blast Monday disputed that his son was in Bangladesh and alleged that he was in police custody and could be killed in a staged shootout.
May 21, 2007 - 4:21:25 PM

India Entertainment
Mohanlal celebrates birthday with new film, fans
Thiruvananthapuram, May 21 - Malayalam superstar Mohanlal Monday celebrated his 47th birthday in style with the launch of his new film 'Alibhai' apart from cutting a cake with his family and thousands of fans.
May 21, 2007 - 4:14:19 PM

India Business
Munnar demolitions: will it harm Kerala tourism?
Thiruvananthapuram, May 21 - In the last one week, more than two dozen illegal tourist resorts in the picturesque hill station of Munnar have been razed and 200 more are to be demolished for encroaching on government land, but tourism industry watchers say the move could harm Kerala's booming tourism industry.
May 21, 2007 - 4:13:31 PM


Indian militants fleeing Bangladesh after crackdown
Agartala, May 21 - At least a hundred Indian militants sheltered in camps inside Bangladesh have fled the country and surrendered before authorities here following a crackdown by the caretaker government in Dhaka.
May 21, 2007 - 4:13:00 PM

India Business
India should open financial service sector: London Mayor
New Delhi, May 21 - Lord Mayor of London Alderman John Stuttard urged India Monday to open up its financial services sector to take advantage of the 'transparency, benign regulatory environment and financial skills base' available in London.
May 21, 2007 - 4:12:22 PM


Develop IAF into dominant aerospace power: Antony
New Delhi, May 21 - Urging eternal vigilance to safeguard India's security concerns, Defence Minister A.K. Antony Monday called for all efforts to develop the Indian Air Force - into a dominant aerospace power.
May 21, 2007 - 3:59:19 PM


Blast suspect's father fears for son's life
Hyderabad, May 21 - The father of prime suspect in Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid blast Mohammed Shahed alias Bilal, said Monday his son was not a terrorist and could be killed by the police who, he alleged, had taken him in their custody.
May 21, 2007 - 3:58:03 PM


Indian guru takes yoga to Iraq to promote peace
New Delhi, May 21 - Indian spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is visiting strife-hit Iraq to spread the message of peace armed with three simple but invaluable weapons: yoga, meditation and breathing techniques.
May 21, 2007 - 3:57:21 PM

Bangladesh
Ill health keeps Kumble off the field
Chittagong, May 21 - India's leg spinner Anil Kumble didn't turn up for the fourth day of the first India-Bangladesh Test match here Monday as he was down with fever.
May 21, 2007 - 3:56:02 PM

India Politics
Three years of UPA rule a mixed bag: Left
New Delhi, May 21 - Indian communists who provide key support to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh say the government's three years have been a mixed bag and want a 'course correction to avoid further disillusionment' among people.
May 21, 2007 - 3:55:28 PM

India Politics
DMK to launch two new TV channels
Chennai, May 21 - Tamil Nadu may soon get two new television channels sponsored by the ruling DMK and its leader M. Karunanidhi, with one being launched on June 3 - his 84th birthday.
May 21, 2007 - 3:23:28 PM

Europe
Volcanic ash cloud stretches 500 km above Kamchatka
Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky -, May 21 - Volcanic ash from an eruption of Eurasia's highest volcano, Klyuchevskoi, on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, is stretching over 500 km above the Bering Sea, spokesman of a volcanology institute said Monday.
May 21, 2007 - 3:22:55 PM

India Education
Court suspends order to disclose UPSC scores
New Delhi, May 21 - The Delhi High Court Monday suspended its order to the Union Public Service Commission - to disclose cut-off marks and individual scores of candidates for the 2006 Civil Service Preliminary Examination.
May 21, 2007 - 3:22:17 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Civilian killed in Israeli air strike on Gaza building
Gaza City/Tel Aviv, May 21 - An Israeli air strike on a Gaza City building block factory killed a 28-year-old civilian and injured at least three other people overnight, Palestinian medical officials said Monday.
May 21, 2007 - 3:21:26 PM

Europe
Why don't more Indian films do well globally?
Cannes, May 21 - The big cultural movie gap between India's vast film market and the rest of the world acts inhibits the nation's films from conquering new territory in global markets, a forum at the Cannes Film Festival was told Sunday.
May 21, 2007 - 3:20:17 PM

India Politics
Report card on three years of UPA rule Tuesday
New Delhi, May 21 - With the United Progressive Alliance - government completing three years in office May 22, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be releasing a broad, performance-related report card to the people Tuesday.
May 21, 2007 - 3:03:57 PM


The bustle resumes in Hyderabad's old city
Hyderabad, May 21 - Life returned to normal in the old quarters of Hyderabad Monday, three days after a blast at the historic Mecca Masjid killed 11 people.
May 21, 2007 - 2:59:39 PM

India Business
Talks on ONGC refinery in Rajasthan to resume
Jaipur, May 21 - The state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation - and the Rajasthan government are expected to hold fresh talks for the proposed Rs.100 billion - refinery in Barmer next month, officials said Monday.
May 21, 2007 - 2:56:41 PM

India Politics
Abdullah says PDP plotting trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu, May 21 - National Conference president Omar Abdullah has accused ruling coalition partner Peoples Democratic Party - of plotting to trifurcate Jammu and Kashmir on regional and religious lines.
May 21, 2007 - 2:19:34 PM

Medical News
AIDS victims, supporters gather in bond of hope
New Delhi, May 21 - Stories of struggle, despair and a burning hope of those suffering from AIDS came forth as hundreds of people, some suffering from the disease and others who were there to support them, gathered at a candlelight memorial at the Jantar Mantar here.
May 21, 2007 - 2:18:48 PM

Gulf & Middle East
New airlines for business travel launched in UAE
Abu Dhabi, May 21 - A private jet aviation company providing business charter flights was launched in the United Arab Emirates -, Gulf News reported Monday.
May 21, 2007 - 2:17:58 PM

India Politics
Former Orissa minister Murari Prasad Misra dies
Bhubaneswar, May 21 - Former Orissa minister Murari Prasad Mishra died Monday at the age of 79 due to old age related complications in his home district of Sambalpur, his family sources said.
May 21, 2007 - 2:08:20 PM

Bangladesh
Sharma tastes Test cricket
Chittagong, May 21 - Gangling pacer Ishant Sharma, who replaced injured Sreesanth for India's ongoing Test series against Bangladesh, had his first feel of the Test match atmosphere - though only on the sidelines of the actual action.
May 21, 2007 - 2:06:08 PM


Bengal CID assisting Hyderabad team to trace blast links
Kolkata, May 21 - The Criminal Investigation Department - of West Bengal is assisting a police team from Hyderabad to probe Friday's blast at the Mecca Masjid in that city amid reports that two people were taken for questioning in Asansol town of the state.
May 21, 2007 - 1:46:35 PM

Bangladesh
Khaleda's political secretary sentenced for graft case
Dhaka, May 21 - Bangladesh's former prime minister Khaleda Zia's political secretary Harris Chowdhury was sentenced to three-year imprisonment by a special court in a graft case Monday.
May 21, 2007 - 1:44:12 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Emirates Airline to become world's largest Boeing 777 operator
Abu Dhabi, May 21 - The Dubai-based Emirates Airline, the second largest and most profitable Arab carrier, will soon become the world's largest operator of the Boeing 777 aircraft, local newspaper Khaleej Times reported Monday.
May 21, 2007 - 1:42:33 PM

Nepal
Chernobyl lurking in Himalaya's main rivers?
Kathmandu, May 21 - If concerted efforts are not made to recover two missing radiation detectors in the Himalayan ranges, another Chernobyl could erupt, poisoning two of Asia's biggest rivers, a Japanese filmmaker has warned.
May 21, 2007 - 1:32:22 PM


Kashmir shutdown on Hurriyat call
Srinagar, May 21 - A general strike sponsored by the moderate Hurriyat conference paralysed normal life in the Kashmir Valley Monday with shops, government departments, banks and schools closed.
May 21, 2007 - 1:21:11 PM

India Politics
Manmohan sails fine, but coalition on shaky ground
New Delhi, May 21 - India's ruling coalition begins its fourth year Tuesday with the reputation of its Prime Minister Manmohan Singh riding high, but scoring poorly on the one plank that catapulted it to power: better life for the common man.
May 21, 2007 - 1:20:20 PM


Woman arrested for killing her newborn in Orissa
Bhubaneswar, May 21 - Police arrested a woman from Orissa's Nuapada district Monday for allegedly killing her newborn baby in the hospital where she gave birth to a healthy girl child, police said.
May 21, 2007 - 1:19:49 PM

America
Indian American wins Young Democrat of the Year award
New York, May 21 - A 27-year-old Indian American lawmaker has won the Ohio Young Democrat of the Year award.
May 21, 2007 - 1:19:11 PM

Europe
No change in Spanish soccer top order
Madrid, May 21 - There is no change at the top of Spanish football's 'La Liga' with Real Madrid again winning with a last-minute goal and Barcelona romping past atrocious Atletico Madrid.
May 21, 2007 - 1:18:03 PM


Nine injured in Assam blast
Guwahati, May 21 - At least nine people were wounded, one critically, in a powerful explosion at a crowded marketplace Monday in Bongaigaon town of Assam.
May 21, 2007 - 1:15:49 PM

Bangladesh
School kids fill in the stands
That there are few takers here for the five-day cricket Test match is obvious. While the stadium was packed for the third One-day International, which was eventually washed out May 15, half the stands are empty at any stage of this rain-marred match.
May 21, 2007 - 12:43:17 PM

Bangladesh
Cricket umpires and their amusing visiting cards
Chittagong, May 21 - Visiting cards can be refreshingly amusing and indicative of the sense of humour of their owners. Take for example those of the affable Australian umpire Daryl Harper who is on duty for the India-Bangladesh Test here. The picture on his card shows him running from a dog that has entered the field.
May 21, 2007 - 12:40:25 PM


India wants more vendors to supply howitzers, guns
New Delhi, May 21 - The Indian defence ministry has issued two requests for proposal - to overseas vendors for 180 155mm/52 caliber wheeled howitzers and 100 tracked self-propelled - guns respectively as part of a long-delayed attempt at standardizing the army's artillery inventory.
May 21, 2007 - 12:38:40 PM

America
Visiting 85-year-old Indian swami charged with rape in Trinidad
Port-of-Spain -, May 21 - A senior Hindu missionary from India, whose trips here attract hordes of visitors including government ministers, has been charged with raping a young woman at his centre in south Trinidad.
May 21, 2007 - 12:03:46 PM

India Politics
Akal Takht edict could lead to constitutional crisis
Chandigarh, May 21 - The edict by the Akal Takht - the highest temporal seat of Sikhism - that the Dera Sacha Sauda sect should close all its campuses in Punjab by May 27 could lead to a constitutional crisis and embarrass the Akali Dal government led by Parkash Singh Badal.
May 21, 2007 - 11:58:41 AM

America
Controversial film on 1984 Delhi riots set for US release
Washington, May 21 - Writer-director Shonali Bose says her award-winning Indian film 'Amu' brings to light what she calls the 'suppressed history of genocide' after the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
May 21, 2007 - 11:57:49 AM

America
Indian American named among Washington's top lobbyists
Washington, May 21 - A newspaper covering US Congress and its members has named an Indian American among the capital's top lobbyists.
May 21, 2007 - 11:25:16 AM

Nepal
Nepal okays pocket money for Maoist guerrillas
Kathmandu, May 21 - Nepal's Maoist guerrillas, once carrying a price on their heads, will now be paid pocket money by the government in a move to keep the peace process on track.
May 21, 2007 - 11:24:29 AM

Europe
Rhys terrified of love scenes with Knightley and Miller
London, May 21 - British actor Mathew Rhys is scared of shooting love scenes with actresses Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller.
May 21, 2007 - 11:23:01 AM

India Diaspora
Housemaids to be trained before emigration: Renuka Chowdhury
New Delhi, May 21 - Indian women seeking employment abroad as housemaids or domestic workers will be given training in a first step to regulate their emigration and protect them from any kind of abuse, says Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury.
May 21, 2007 - 11:17:32 AM

India Business
Agra businessman takes lead in ending monkey menace
Agra, May 21 - Several efforts to control the growing monkey menace in Agra yielded little results due to a financial crunch. And now a businessman here has come to the government's aid by financing a campaign to drive the animals out.
May 21, 2007 - 10:50:15 AM

India Politics
Hindus, Muslims equal sufferers of communal strife
New Delhi, May 21 - Hindus and the Muslims in India have suffered equally in incidents of communal violence that have shown a marginal increase since 2004, says a union home ministry statement on communal situation in the country.
May 21, 2007 - 10:49:32 AM


Freedom of expression vs people's sentiments in art
New Delhi, May 21 - Whether it's the Vadodara issue of a fine arts student getting arrested for painting allegedly obscene pictures of gods or noted artist M.F. Husain getting slapped with court cases time and again over the same issue, art has become a sensitive issue these days. One never knows when the stroke of a brush may prick the sentiments of a section of people.
May 21, 2007 - 10:48:17 AM

India Business
Will Munnar demolitions help Kerala tourism?
Thiruvananthapuram, May 21 - In the last one week, more than two dozen illegal tourist resorts in the picturesque hill station of Munnar have been razed and 200 more are to be demolished, a move that many say would harm Kerala's booming tourism industry.
May 21, 2007 - 10:47:28 AM

Europe
Eating apples and fish during pregnancy benefits babies
London, May 21 - Consumption of apples and fish by mothers during pregnancy could be extremely beneficial for babies, latest research suggests.
May 21, 2007 - 10:46:52 AM

Europe
Obesity may lead to cancer, warns expert
London, May 21 - Obesity may lead to cancer and one can avoid it by making simple changes in the lifestyles, says a British expert.
May 21, 2007 - 10:37:20 AM

America
New Jersey Asians celebrate heritage
New York, May 21 - Hundreds of South Asians in New Jersey gathered over the weekend to celebrate the South Jersey Asian Heritage Festival.
May 21, 2007 - 10:36:32 AM

America
'Shrek the Third' tops US box office, sets new record
Los Angeles, May 21 - DreamWorks Animation's 'Shrek the Third' debuted at the number-one spot at the US box office this weekend, raking in some $122 million over the three-day period and setting a new opening record for an animated film.
May 21, 2007 - 10:36:00 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Chinese director's 'Blind Mountain' screens at Cannes
Cannes, May 21 - Chinese director Li Yang's hard-hitting 'Mang Shan' - movie about the trade in buying wives in China was screened at the 60th Cannes Film Festival Sunday, bringing two levels of Chinese society into sharp contrast.
May 21, 2007 - 10:17:02 AM

Europe
Indian filmmakers seek answers to lack of global acclaim
Cannes, May 21 - The big cultural movie gap between India's vast film market and the rest of the world acts to hinder the nation's independent films from conquering new territory in global markets, a forum at the Cannes Film Festival was told Sunday.
May 21, 2007 - 10:16:11 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Lawmaker's house hit as Olmert threatens strikes on Hamas
Tel Aviv/Gaza, May 21 - At least eight people were killed and 13 wounded when Israeli planes fired missiles Sunday night at the house of a senior Hamas lawmaker, witnesses said.
May 21, 2007 - 10:15:30 AM

Pakistan
Shahbaz Sharif returning ahead of Nawaz and Benazir
Islamabad, May 21 - Former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif will return to Pakistan 'in the next two months', ahead of exiled elder brother and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and another former premier Benazir Bhutto, in time for the elections.
May 21, 2007 - 9:45:49 AM

India Politics
This man keeps digging out official information
Pune, May 21 - Meet Harikumar P. This 24-year-old from the northern Karnataka pocket of Kasargod could put a parliamentarian to shame, going by just the volume of Right to Information - questions he tables.
May 21, 2007 - 9:34:39 AM

India Entertainment
I'm neither insecure, nor nervous: Randeep Hooda
Mumbai, May 21 - Actor Randeep Hooda has only two films in hand, but refuses to take on work that doesn't challenge him.
May 21, 2007 - 9:29:57 AM

India Business
Posco protests cripple Orissa's betel leaf farming
Jagatsinghpur -, May 21 - As thousands of people continue their stir against the proposed Posco steel plant to protest displacement, betel leaf farming - the main economic activity in the area - has been severely affected.
May 21, 2007 - 9:24:05 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Fighting between militants, Lebanese army leaves 42 dead
Tripoli -, May 21 - More than 40 people have been killed in northern Lebanon in fierce fighting between the Lebanese army and Al Qaeda-linked militants who ambushed soldiers near a Palestinian refugee camp.
May 21, 2007 - 9:14:07 AM

Pakistan
Hostage crisis builds at Islamabad mosque
Islamabad, May 21 - Pakistani security forces have pulled back from a radical mosque in Islamabad despite expectations of a storming operation after authorities failed to secure the release of two police officers held hostage inside.
May 21, 2007 - 9:01:42 AM

India Business
Animation, engineering services will be in focus: Nasscom chief
Chennai, May 21 - Lakshmi Narayan, the new chief of India's IT body Nasscom, is fascinated by the animation industry and says this sector along with engineering services will be key focus areas in the future. .
May 21, 2007 - 8:52:01 AM

India Entertainment
I can never be guilty of insulting anybody: Himesh
Mumbai, May 21 - Singer-composer Himesh Reshammiya is in trouble...again!
May 21, 2007 - 8:48:08 AM

Bangladesh
Bangladesh's rulers planning new political party
Dhaka, May 21 - A new party may be in the offing in Bangladesh, drawing 'young and honest' people from mainstream outfits to establish a new political order - something that members of the present government have been advocating even as they deny harbouring any political ambitions.
May 21, 2007 - 8:36:33 AM

India Entertainment
Vikram Bhatt now turns producer too
Mumbai, May 21 - After years as a director, Vikram Bhatt has finally turned producer too and hopes to carry forward his grandfather Vijay Bhatt's legacy.
May 21, 2007 - 8:19:04 AM

Nepal
Chernobyl lurking in Himalaya's main rivers?
Kathmandu, May 21 - If concerted efforts are not made to recover two missing radiation detectors in the Himalayan ranges, another Chernobyl could erupt, poisoning two of Asia's biggest rivers, a Japanese filmmaker has warned.
May 21, 2007 - 8:09:22 AM

Europe
Comic lovers remember Herge, creator of Tintin and Snowy
Brussels, May 21 - When the Belgian cartoonist known as Herge died in March 1983, not even Fanny, his widow, thought the extraordinary success of 'The Adventures of Tintin' would live on.
May 21, 2007 - 7:50:27 AM


Ganges river dolphins continue to die in India
Patna, May 21 - They are known as sons of the river but the endangered dolphins in the Ganges continue to die of pollution and activities like fishing - with the latest incident reported from Bhagalpur in Bihar.
May 21, 2007 - 7:31:37 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Lebanon battles Palestinian fundamentalists, 31 dead
Tripoli -, May 20 - Lebanon's army continued Sunday to battle an Al Qaeda-linked Palestinian group which has vowed to open the 'gates of fire' against the Lebanese army after it killed 10 of the militants. The clashes in northern Lebanon so far have killed 31 people, Lebanese security sources said.
May 20, 2007 - 11:21:14 PM

Europe
Two Czechs conquer Mount Everest, another dies
Prague, May 20 - Two Czech mountaineers conquered Mount Everest last week even as one died before reaching its summit.
May 20, 2007 - 11:07:04 PM

Pakistan
Jealousy behind Pakistan minister Bakhtiar's resignation: report
Islamabad, May 20 - Pakistan Tourism Minister Nilofar Bakhtiar's reported resignation could have been caused by her being outsmarted by a younger woman colleague with stronger political backing, a report said Sunday.
May 20, 2007 - 10:10:24 PM


Akal Takht wants deras closed, Sacha Sauda says never
Amritsar, May 20 - The Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikh religion located in the Golden Temple complex here, Sunday demanded the closure of all Dera Sacha Sauda campuses in Punjab after a controversy over the sect's head led to sectarian clashes in the state.
May 20, 2007 - 9:49:40 PM

Bangladesh
Off-spinner Powar turns 29, celebrates birthday with teammates
Chittagong, May 20 - Indian off-spinner Ramesh Powar turned 29 and celebrated his birthday with his teammates here Sunday, two days after making his Test match debut.
May 20, 2007 - 9:37:28 PM

India Business
Clash over Posco project in Orissa village
Bhubaneswar, May 20 - Tension gripped a village in Orissa's Jagatsinghpur district Sunday after two groups of residents clashed over South Korean steel major Posco's proposed project, coming up in the region with the largest foreign direct investment in India.
May 20, 2007 - 9:33:27 PM

India Sports
Prasar Bharati gets telecast rights for Military World Games
New Delhi, May 20 - Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has been given the exclusive rights for telecasting and broadcasting the fourth Military World Games to be held in Hyderabad and Mumbai later this year.
May 20, 2007 - 9:17:07 PM


Tihar serial killer arrested
New Delhi, May 20 - A serial killer who used to dump his victims' bodies outside the Tihar Jail in Delhi was arrested Sunday, Delhi Police said.
May 20, 2007 - 9:16:41 PM

India Business
New pension fund managers only from Indian entities
New Delhi, May 20 - The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority - Sunday said fund managers for the new pension system would be only from Indian entities, an official release said in the wake of reports that foreign and private firms may be allowed to manage pension funds.
May 20, 2007 - 8:59:37 PM

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka to reopen entry point to rebel territory
Colombo, May 20 - The northern most entry point to the Tamil Tiger rebel territory from areas under government control is to be reopened Monday, officials said Sunday.
May 20, 2007 - 8:59:02 PM

Europe
Federer ends Nadal's streak, gets fourth Hamburg title
Hamburg, May 20 - World number 1 Roger Federer ended the clay court winning streak of Rafael Nadal after 81 matches when he beat the Spaniard 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 Sunday for his fourth title at the Hamburg Masters.
May 20, 2007 - 8:50:40 PM


Sikh community hardens stand, wants all deras closed
Amritsar, May 20 - Rejecting regrets expressed by the Dera Sacha Sauda head over a controversy that led to sectarian clashes in Punjab, Sikh clergy and community leaders Sunday demanded the closure of all deras or campuses of various sects in the state.
May 20, 2007 - 8:08:31 PM

India Politics
Two Samajwadi Party activists killed in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, May 20 - Two activists of the Samajwadi Party were killed in an Uttar Pradesh town after a clash with the supporters of the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party - Sunday, police said.
May 20, 2007 - 7:33:31 PM


Tension at Sikh meeting, cop caught with revolver
Amritsar, May 20 - Tension and high drama was witnessed outside the venue of a crucial meeting of Sikh clergy and community leaders at the Akal Takht in the Golden Temple complex here Sunday when a Punjab policeman was caught by Sikh volunteers with a revolver.
May 20, 2007 - 6:46:53 PM

India Diaspora
Family prays for release of engineers kidnapped in Nigeria
Guwahati, May 20 - The family of one of the two Indian engineers kidnapped in Nigeria Saturday is shocked and is offering prayers for their release.
May 20, 2007 - 6:46:17 PM


Apex court ratifies life sentence to Khalistani militant
New Delhi, May 20 - The Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence awarded to Khalistan Liberation Force - militant Daya Singh Lahoriya for kidnapping former union minister Ram Niwas Mirdha's son 12 years ago for securing the release of a fellow militant.
May 20, 2007 - 5:15:17 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan, Afghanistan preparing for 'small war', Islamabad denies report
Islamabad, May 20 - Pakistan has denied a report in a British newspaper that Islamabad and Kabul were preparing for 'a small war' in the Spingar mountain range, saying there was 'no tension' on the border.
May 20, 2007 - 5:03:38 PM

Medical News
Naresh Trehan back on duty at Escorts hospital
New Delhi, May 20 - Renowned cardiologist Naresh Trehan was back in the premier Escorts hospital Sunday doing his usual rounds a day after the Delhi High Court stayed his ouster from the hospital.
May 20, 2007 - 4:58:55 PM


MIM stages protest at Andhra police headquarters
Hyderabad, May 20 - The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen -, a party with a large following in the Muslim-majority old city of Hyderabad, Sunday staged a protest in front of the Andhra Pradesh police headquarters demanding immediate suspension of the police officials responsible for firing after Friday's bomb blast at the historic Mecca Masjid.
May 20, 2007 - 4:57:36 PM

Gulf & Middle East
'Brown readying Iraq troops for withdrawal'
London, May 20 - British prime minister-designate Gordon Brown is planning an about turn in the country's Iraq policy by bringing the troops home as soon as possible, British press reports said Sunday.
May 20, 2007 - 4:56:44 PM


Temple 'purification' after minister's entry criticised
Guruvayoor -, May 20 - The Sri Krishna temple at Guruvayoor Sunday invited scathing criticism over the 'purification' rituals it carried out at the premises a day earlier following the entry of union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi's family to make an offering.
May 20, 2007 - 4:55:50 PM

Europe
Valencia move up to third, Tarragona relegated
Madrid, May 20 - Valencia kept alive their hopes of snatching the Spanish league title with a 1-0 win over mid-table Mallorca.
May 20, 2007 - 4:55:08 PM


Another mobile phone recovered from blast site
Hyderabad, May 20 - Another mobile phone, a Nokia 6030, was found Sunday from the water tank of the Mecca Masjid along with pieces of the explosive device that went off Friday killing 11 people and injuring many others.
May 20, 2007 - 4:33:25 PM

Nepal
Nepal deity 'sweats' -- bad times ahead?
Kathmandu, May 20 - As the political stalemate in Nepal continued and the security situation worsened in the southern Terai plains, priests of a temple in the mountainous north reported 'sweat' oozing out of the deity's stone idol - spelling further woes for the Himalayan nation.
May 20, 2007 - 4:33:03 PM

Pakistan
Militants kidnap nine Pakistan officials
Islamabad, May 20 - Suspected Islamist militants have abducted nine government officials, including six women, at gunpoint on the Bannu-Miranshah highway in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province -, media reports said Sunday.
May 20, 2007 - 4:17:59 PM

Bangladesh
Bangladesh to tour India in 2009 for Test series
Chittagong, May 20 - The Bangladesh cricket team will tour India for a Test series in 2009 while the Indian team will play a One-Day International series here sometime next year, a top Bangladesh Cricket Board - official said Sunday.
May 20, 2007 - 4:14:58 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Seven Lebanese soldiers among 14 killed
Tripoli -, May 20 - At least 14 people were killed Sunday, half of them Lebanese soldiers, in clashes with fundamentalist Palestinian militants at a refugee camp in northern Lebanon, Lebanese security sources said.
May 20, 2007 - 4:04:53 PM

India Diaspora
Middle East schools do well in Kerala Class 12 exams
Thiruvananthapuram, May 20 - Students from the Middle East who took the Class 12 examination of the Kerala state board have done well, with most schools recording cent percent pass percentage.
May 20, 2007 - 4:04:21 PM

India Business
Bihar to recover power dues from Nepal
Patna, May 20 - Power-starved Bihar has decided to recover Rs.540 million in electricity dues from neighbouring Nepal.
May 20, 2007 - 4:03:55 PM

Bangladesh
After play wash out, officials ask why Chittagong was given match
Chittagong, May 20 - With the rains badly affecting the first India-Bangladesh Test match in this port city, experts are wondering why Bogra, a northern Bangladesh city with clean weather at this time of the year, was not allotted the match.
May 20, 2007 - 4:02:29 PM


Tusker crushes man in West Bengal
Kolkata, May 20 - A wild tusker trampled a person to death after being chased by villagers in Bankura district of West Bengal.
May 20, 2007 - 3:50:51 PM

Europe
Sikhs complain of rising discrimination in Europe
Brussels, May 20 - Around 200 Sikhs from across Europe have met the British member of the European Parliament to discuss problems faced by their community in Europe.
May 20, 2007 - 3:50:22 PM

India Politics
Kumaraswamy plans surgery to tone up administration
Bangalore, May 20 - Irritated over the functioning of the bureaucracy, Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has announced that major changes are in the offing among senior officers.
May 20, 2007 - 2:35:07 PM


Dalit woman killed over cow
Patna, May 20 - A Dalit woman was beaten to death in a Bihar village on mere suspicion that she stole a cow. The death triggered protests by hundreds from the community.
May 20, 2007 - 2:34:21 PM


Among blast victims were many who were sole bread earners
Hyderabad, May 20 - The terror blast at the Mecca Masjid and the subsequent police firing here has snuffed out lives of many who were the sole earners for their families.
May 20, 2007 - 2:30:42 PM

Europe
Federer, Nadal to contest in Hamburg dream final
Hamburg, May 20 - World No. 1 Roger Federer and the king of clay Rafael Nadal will renew their rivalry in the Hamburg Masters final after they claimed comeback semi-final wins.
May 20, 2007 - 2:29:27 PM

India Business
India to increase advertising expenses by 2010: Assocham
New Delhi, May 20 - India is likely to increase its advertising expenses to 0.55 percent of its gross domestic product - from the current 0.52 percent within the next three years, says an industry lobby.
May 20, 2007 - 2:28:50 PM

Europe
AC Milan lose against Udinese
Milan, May 20 - Serie A mid-table side Udinese took home a 3-2 win against an under-strength AC Milan, who are more focussed on next week's Champions League final.
May 20, 2007 - 2:28:15 PM

India Business
Left writes to PM disapproving move on pension funds
New Delhi, May 20 - Taking strong objection to the move to allow private and foreign firms to manage pension funds, the Left parties Sunday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to put the decision on hold.
May 20, 2007 - 2:16:26 PM

Nepal
Two years after tobacco ban, Bhutan still awaits law
Kathmandu, May 20 - More than two years after it made history by becoming the first nation to ban tobacco sales and smoking in public, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is still awaiting a law to back the ban while a black market in tobacco flourishes.
May 20, 2007 - 2:15:44 PM

Europe
Mourinho's future with Chelsea remains doubtful
London, May 20 - Coach Jose Mourinho completed the full set of domestic trophies when Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 after extra time to win the FA Cup final but his future at the club remains shrouded in doubt.
May 20, 2007 - 2:14:13 PM


Punjab Police register case against Dera chief
Chandigarh, May 20 - The Punjab Police Sunday registered a case against the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief for 'deliberately' outraging the religious feelings of the Sikh community.
May 20, 2007 - 2:00:55 PM

India Business
Singur flares up yet again
Kolkata, May 20 - Fresh tension erupted Sunday at the site of the upcoming Tata Motors small car unit in Singur in West Bengal as some 200 farmers clashed with the police to reclaim their land acquired for the project.
May 20, 2007 - 1:59:56 PM

America
Money makes the mare go!
Going by the financial disclosures of the presidential hopefuls, it's a race of the wealthy. At least 10 of the major party candidates are millionaires and together the whole pack is worth at least a quarter billion dollars.
May 20, 2007 - 1:35:44 PM

America
A sheep's clothes for Wolfowitz
Wolfowitz is gone from the World Bank at last - fired for getting big raises for his girl friend. But not before extracting a testimonial from the Bank board about 'his service at the bank' and how 'much has been achieved in the last two years' under his stewardship.
May 20, 2007 - 1:35:06 PM

America
Deal or no deal: that's the question for Bush
Washington, May 20 - With just 20 months to go before he leaves the White House, George W. Bush is looking for a deal, any deal that would overshadow the botched war in Iraq and be remembered as the legacy of his presidency.
May 20, 2007 - 1:33:48 PM

Europe
India origin postman jailed for stealing gifts
London, May 20 - An Indian origin postman in Bolton was sentenced to one year in prison after he was found guilty of stealing gifts and cheques worth thousands of pounds he was to deliver.
May 20, 2007 - 12:47:20 PM


Find locally relevant solutions to global environmental problems
A recently published report of the Food & Agriculture Organization - has identified the livestock sector as a major contributor to global warming, land and air pollution and loss of biodiversity with an implied hint that at fault is mostly the developmental efforts of the poor nations.
May 20, 2007 - 12:33:00 PM

Medical News
Gilead's AIDS drug awaits patent in India
New Delhi, May 20 - American bio-pharmaceutical major Gilead, which has entered into generic licensing deals with 10 Indian pharma firms to distribute its HIV drug Viread, is hoping to get a patent in India soon.
May 20, 2007 - 12:32:24 PM

Bangladesh
Third day's India-Bangladesh Test called off due to rain
Chittagong, May 20 - The entire third day's play in the first India-Bangladesh cricket Test was called off Sunday after persistent early morning rain made the ground slushy and unplayable. The five-day match is headed for a tame draw.
May 20, 2007 - 12:27:16 PM

India Business
New water trade route beckons India, Bangladesh
Guwahati, May 20 - The Brahmaputra river is expected to once again come alive with vessels carrying fuel sailing to Bangladesh.
May 20, 2007 - 12:23:31 PM

India Entertainment
Screen villain Yashpal Sharma feels underused
Mumbai, May 20 - Yashpal Sharma, brilliant as a villain in 'Lagaan' and 'Gangaajal', is all set to play the good guy, but says he is tired of being ill-treated and underused in Bollywood.
May 20, 2007 - 12:22:54 PM


Footwear leads to boycott of tribal girls
Bhubaneswar, May 20 - They are the first group of girls from the Chakotia Bhunjia community in Orissa to wear chappals. They are also the first to appear for the high school examination. They also wear innerwear like petticoats and blouses, which is considered a taboo in this community.
May 20, 2007 - 12:22:07 PM

India Business
India Inc. to reel under manpower crunch: industry body
New Delhi, May 20 - Corporate India would undergo severe manpower shortage in the next five years due to gap in the demand and supply of skilled human capital, says a leading industry body.
May 20, 2007 - 12:21:30 PM

Europe
Bhutto, Sharif vow to return to Pakistan
London, May 20 - In a challenge to President Pervez Musharraf who has vowed not to allow Benazir Bhutto to return to Pakistan, the former prime minister has declared: 'No matter what, I'm going back this year.'
May 20, 2007 - 12:18:56 PM

Europe
De Niro seeks lawsuit dismissal
London, May 20 - Actor Robert De Niro is asking a California judge to dismiss a lawsuit against him, filed by an insurance company accusing him of fraud.
May 20, 2007 - 11:50:30 AM


Agra records 20 suicides in a month
Agra, May 20 - As many as 20 suicides were recorded in Agra in a span of one month from April 20 -- and a large number were due to sheer penury.
May 20, 2007 - 11:50:08 AM

Pakistan
Lahore Muslims support Christian accused of blasphemy
Lahore, May 20 - Several Muslim leaders showed up at a police station here to rally behind an elderly Christian man who was accused of blasphemy by his servant and jailed.
May 20, 2007 - 11:49:48 AM


LTTE sympathy to erode over fishermen abductions
New Delhi, May 20 - The dramatic return of 11 of the dozen Indian fishermen abducted from the sea by the Tamil Tigers marks the end of an ugly nearly 70-day saga that is bound to cost the group valuable sympathy in India, particularly in Tamil Nadu, officials say.
May 20, 2007 - 11:33:14 AM

India Business
Brazil will help India in civilian nuclear energy
New Delhi, May 20 - India and Brazil, despite being continents apart, are ready to add more 'economic and strategic' muscle to their growing ties, a process that is likely to include civil nuclear cooperation that will be discussed during President Lula Da Silva's visit here in June.
May 20, 2007 - 11:30:42 AM

Medical News
Helpless labourers fall prey to TB in Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal, May 20 - The lives of labourers begin from mines and end with tuberculosis in the Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh. Forced to work in illegal stone quarries because they get no other jobs, constant exposure to silica dust puts the labourers at high risk of getting TB.
May 20, 2007 - 11:30:13 AM


Jaipur's famous sculptors may have to move out
Jaipur, May 20 - The sculptors of Jaipur's prized statues and artworks may soon have to move out of the walled city area as civic authorities have found the decibel level around their workshops much higher than the permitted level thus creating noise pollution.
May 20, 2007 - 11:29:50 AM

India Business
Exporters look for alternatives as rupee appreciates: survey
New Delhi, May 20 - With the rupee appreciating day by day and putting consequent pressure on companies' bottomlines, Indian exporters are gradually shifting their focus in doing business with euro-denominated trade opportunities, says an export survey.
May 20, 2007 - 11:29:31 AM


Google to digitise 800,000 books at Mysore varsity
New Delhi, May 20 - At least 800,000 books and manuscripts, including India's first political treaties the 'Arthasastra' written in the 4th century B.C. by Kautilya, that are lying in Mysore University in Karnataka, will be digitised by Google, the world's leading Internet search engine.
May 20, 2007 - 11:28:39 AM

Europe
If the Finns could do it, why can't we?
This is a tale of two frontiers - and of forgiveness and animosity. It's a tale of two countries geographically as far removed as the desert is from the snow; of one nation where pragmatism is the cornerstone and of another where an antagonistic mindset has come in the way of moving forward for the common good of its citizens.
May 20, 2007 - 11:26:50 AM


Indian lawyer takes up former CIA man's case
Chandigarh, May 20 - A Chandigarh-based lawyer has filed a case on behalf a 'stateless' former US citizen and CIA financial contractor before the UN human rights agency in Geneva.
May 20, 2007 - 10:53:28 AM

India Business
Oil pricing - between devil and deep blue sea
Global crude oil prices are rising once again. And once again developing countries like India are going to be the worst hit. Consumers in this country may have to face hikes in the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas in the coming months if the situation does not ease soon in world markets. Indian public sector oil companies are already gearing up to make a case for a price hike to the government, which ultimately takes these decisions.
May 20, 2007 - 10:53:01 AM

India Politics
Aiyar attacks 'elitist bias' of UPA's policies
New Delhi, May 20 - As the United Progressive Alliance - completes three years in power this week, Sports and Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar has warned that the government badly needs a 'midpoint course correction' as high economic growth has benefited classes rather than the masses to a 'disproportionate' degree.
May 20, 2007 - 10:33:45 AM

Bangladesh
Continuous rain delays third day's play
Chittagong, May 20 - The third day's play in the first India-Bangladesh cricket Test was indefinitely delayed Sunday as persistent early morning rain rendered the outfield unplayable.
May 20, 2007 - 10:15:31 AM

America
'US has paid Pakistan $5.6 bn to counter terrorism'
Washington, May 20 - The United States is paying Pakistan roughly $1 billion a year for what it calls reimbursements to the country's military for conducting counter-terrorism efforts along the border with Afghanistan, the New York Times reported.
May 20, 2007 - 10:13:29 AM

Europe
NRI elected mayor of London borough
London, May 20 - Harshadbhai B Patel, who was elected as a councillor in Brent during three successive local council elections since 1996, has now been elected mayor of the London borough that has a large minority of Indian origin.
May 20, 2007 - 10:07:55 AM

Europe
Coen brothers' new movie marks out end of American West
Cannes, May 20 - More than just a thriller, American directors Ethan and Joel Coen's latest film 'No Country For Old Men', premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, is much more about a drug deal that went baldly wrong.
May 20, 2007 - 10:07:28 AM

Gulf & Middle East
'Iran to produce nuclear fuel, electricity within five years'
Tehran, May 20 - A senior Iranian nuclear official has said that Tehran would produce both nuclear fuel and electricity in five years' time.
May 20, 2007 - 10:07:05 AM

Gulf & Middle East
Iran urges US to withdraw troops from Iraq
South Shuneh -, May 20 - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has urged the US to withdraw its troops from Iraq.
May 20, 2007 - 9:59:18 AM


Hyderabad peaceful, police find more clues to blast
Hyderabad, May 20 - The situation remained peaceful in the old city of Hyderabad Sunday with no untoward incidents reported overnight, while police claim to have got some clues in their probe into Friday's bomb blast at the Mecca Masjid that claimed 16 lives, including five in police firing.
May 20, 2007 - 9:48:41 AM

America
US right to pick World Bank chief questioned
Washington, May 20 - As the search for a new World bank chief to replace Paul Wolfowitz begins, many are questioning the United States' traditional right to pick the top man - a claim reasserted by the White House.
May 20, 2007 - 9:42:15 AM

India Business
Tourists savour the tranquility of rural Bengal
Kolkata, May 20 - Waking up to the chirp of birds in a village cottage to soak in the unspoilt beauty of rural West Bengal may not be too far away for visitors, with the state planning a new tourism initiative.
May 20, 2007 - 9:30:38 AM

India Entertainment
Televised communal attacks a worrying trend: minorities panel
New Delhi, May 20 - The recent publicized attacks on Christian priests in Rajasthan and Maharashtra indicate a breakdown of the rule of law which should worry all the people of India, says Michael P. Pinto, vice chairman of the National Commission for Minorities -.
May 20, 2007 - 9:22:40 AM

India Business
India and overseas Indians are truly unstoppable
When I left India 25 years ago, it was for my higher education. Like so many of my friends and contemporaries, I saw opportunities overseas and followed them. Indeed, part of the reason I came to Britain was that three generations of family members had come to Britain to study, and so it was very much a natural choice for me as well.
May 20, 2007 - 9:09:59 AM


Tyeb Mehta to trump Saffronart auction
Mumbai, May 20 - The Saffronart summer online auction of modern Indian art works, featuring 130 works by 41 artists, will take place June 6-7. And the most prominent among them is Tyeb Mehta's 'Kali' estimated at a hefty $875,000-$1.1 million -.
May 20, 2007 - 8:46:55 AM


Is Taj Mahal really turning yellow?
Agra, May 20 - A parliamentary committee headed by Sitaram Yechury of the Communist Party of India-Marxist's - has expressed deep concern over the Taj Mahal turning yellow. The committee has asked for urgent measures to initiate remedial steps.
May 20, 2007 - 8:36:02 AM

India Entertainment
Newcomer Mithoon impresses with 'The Train'
Film: 'The Train'; Music Director: Mithoon; Singers: Mithoon, KK, Kshitij Tarey, Shilpa Rao, Zubeen, Shaan; Ratings: **1/2
May 20, 2007 - 8:12:05 AM

America
Windows Vista's best-kept secrets
Washington, May 20 - Listen to the buzz about Windows Vista, and you'll hear plenty of talk of improved security and semi-transparent Aero interface. What you won't hear much about are the less glamorous improvements in Vista that can make your daily life with the computer easier and more fun.
May 20, 2007 - 7:46:54 AM

India Entertainment
Gun or film, Nana Patekar enjoys shooting both
Mumbai, May 20 - Veteran actor Nana Patekar, who won a bronze medal at the state level for gun shooting, says he loves both films and gun shootings.
May 20, 2007 - 7:44:47 AM

India Politics
Dera chief expresses regret to Sikh community
Sirsa -, May 19 - Controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Saturday night expressed his regrets to the Sikh community over the issue of his being attired in the manner of 10th Sikh guru Gobind Singh.
May 19, 2007 - 11:17:13 PM

Medical News
Court stays Trehan's ouster from Escorts hospital
New Delhi, May 19 - The Delhi High Court Saturday stayed the ouster of pioneering cardiologist Naresh Trehan from the premier Escorts hospital after he was prevented by the management from entering it.
May 19, 2007 - 10:19:39 PM

India Education
ICSE, ISC results out, girls outshine boys
New Delhi, May 19 - The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination - Saturday declared Class 10 - and Class 12 - examination results, with girls outshining boys.
May 19, 2007 - 9:47:35 PM

India Business
Uttar Pradesh-Delhi bus row ends, commuters relieved
New Delhi, May 19 - A six-month-old stand-off between the Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments over the plying of buses in each other's territory ended Saturday, spelling relief for thousands of daily commuters.
May 19, 2007 - 9:37:39 PM

Gulf & Middle East
Britain will continue to support Iraq: Blair
Baghdad, May 19 - Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a surprise visit to Iraq Saturday and said he had 'no doubt' that Britain would continue its support for Iraq after his departure.
May 19, 2007 - 9:30:02 PM

India Politics
Mayawati to administration: Don't tolerate corruption
Lucknow, May 19 - Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Saturday made it clear to senior bureaucrats and top police officials that she would not tolerate corruption in developmental works and lethargy in maintaining law and order.
May 19, 2007 - 9:29:39 PM

India Politics
Peace talks to end Nandigram violence on May 24
Kolkata, May 19 - West Bengal's ruling Left Front and the main opposition Trinamool Congress, after weeks of slugfest, arrived at a consensus Saturday to hold the much-awaited all-party peace meeting on May 24 to restore normalcy in trouble-torn Nandigram.
May 19, 2007 - 9:05:32 PM

India Education
Haryana gets thermal power plant, nuclear plant to follow
Hissar -, May 19 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday expressed concern at the shortage of power in the country and said his government had called a meeting of all state chief ministers later this month to take necessary steps in this regard.
May 19, 2007 - 8:45:55 PM

India Politics
Punjab peaceful, police withdraw security for Dera chief
Chandigarh, May 19 - Punjab witnessed a normal day Saturday after five days of sectarian clashes even as the state police withdrew the security cover of the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief at his headquarters in Haryana.
May 19, 2007 - 8:36:47 PM

Bangladesh
Sachin dedicates 36th century to his late father
Chittagong, May 19 - Sachin Tendulkar Saturday dedicated his 36th Test century to his father, whose eighth death anniversary was a day earlier. The maestro scored 101 on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh here.
May 19, 2007 - 8:27:40 PM

Europe
Moore returns to Cannes with scathing look at healthcare
Cannes, May 19 - The larger-than-life figure of US filmmaker Michael Moore jetted into Cannes this week stirring up the film festival with a screening Saturday of his latest polemic - a scathing look at the US health service.
May 19, 2007 - 8:22:14 PM

Europe
India section kicks off at Cannes
Cannes, May 19 - The India Focus section at the Cannes film festival kicked off to a bright start here with a top festival official describing it as a 'treasure trove of cultural diversity, democracy and modernity in the new India'.
May 19, 2007 - 8:05:25 PM


Ugly Betty look ruled at NIFT's Fashionova 2007
New Delhi, May 19 - Defying stereotype good looks, models sported thick-rimmed glasses, school shoes and scruffy looks as 20 students of the National Institute of Fashion Technology - presented their collection at Fashionova 2007.
May 19, 2007 - 7:39:59 PM


Ugly Betty look ruled at NIFT's Fashionova 2007
New Delhi, May 19 - Defying stereotype good looks, models sported thick-rimmed glasses, school shoes and a scruffy look as 20 students of the National Institute of Fashion Technology - presented their collection at Fashionova 2007.
May 19, 2007 - 7:39:59 PM


CBI files fifth Nithari charge-sheet, absolves Pandher
Ghaziabad, May 19 - The Central Bureau of Investigation - Saturday filed the charge-sheet in the Nithari serial killings, and once again gave a clean chit to businessman Moninder Singh Pandher while his domestic aide Surinder Koli was charged with the rape and murder of a minor girl at Pandher's Noida house.
May 19, 2007 - 7:25:06 PM


Punjab Police withdraws security of dera chief
Chandigarh, May 19 - In a significant move, Punjab Police Saturday withdrew the security cover of the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief at his Sirsa headquarters in neighbouring Haryana.
May 19, 2007 - 7:07:39 PM

Pakistan
31 killed as windstorm, heavy rains lash Pakistan
Islamabad, May 19 - The death toll has risen to 31 in incidents caused by heavy storms and rain that hit the central and northern parts of Pakistan overnight, Pakistani media reported Saturday.
May 19, 2007 - 7:06:19 PM

Bangladesh
Tendulkar, Ganguly hit tons as India take firm grip
Chittagong, May 19 - Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly scored fine centuries as India took a firm grip on the first Test against Bangladesh on a rain-affected second day here Saturday.
May 19, 2007 - 6:52:05 PM


Blast toll 16, Hyderabad tense but under control
Hyderabad, May 19 - The situation remained tense in parts of Hyderabad Saturday, a day after a blast ripped through a 400-year-old mosque claiming 16 lives, including five in police firing to quell violence, as parts of Andhra Pradesh saw sporadic violence and protests against the terror attack.
May 19, 2007 - 6:38:30 PM

Medical News
Trouble at Escorts hospital over removing top doctor
New Delhi, May 19 - Tension prevailed at the premier Escorts hospital here Saturday as pioneering cardiologist Naresh Trehan was prevented by the hospital management from entering, a day after they removed him from the post of executive director, even as his patients rallied behind him and protested the management move.
May 19, 2007 - 6:07:09 PM

India Politics
24X7 politician turns 75 and loves calling the shots
Bangalore, May 19 - Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda, former prime minister of India and the current president of the Janata Dal-Secular -, turned 75. While publicly denying it, there is little doubt he revels in his role as Karnataka's one and only 24-hour politician.
May 19, 2007 - 5:47:51 PM


Hyderabad MP demands action against 'anti-Muslim' cops
Hyderabad, May 19 - The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen -, a powerful political party with a large Muslim following, Saturday demanded action against the policemen responsible for firing on the protestors after Friday's bomb blast at the historic Mecca Masjid here.
May 19, 2007 - 5:41:27 PM

India Sports
Budhia for long walk to Kolkata, government says no
Bhubaneswar, May 19 - Little Budhia Singh is again set to perform a feat much beyond his five years - of walking 500 km to reach Kolkata, but the Orissa government Saturday decided to nip the ambitious plans of his coach.
May 19, 2007 - 5:38:15 PM

India Business
Infosys launches campus in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram, May 19 - India's IT major Infosys Technologies Ltd Saturday began construction of its first campus in Kerala, apart from a leases facility here, with plans to invest Rs.3.06 billion - for expansion in the state.
May 19, 2007 - 5:22:13 PM


Three of a family murdered in Gurgaon
Gurgaon, May 19 - Gurgaon police Saturday recovered the bodies of three members of a family, who were allegedly murdered by their domestic help in their Palam Vihar residence here.
May 19, 2007 - 5:16:05 PM


Will reach conclusions only after proper probe, says Patil
Hyderabad, May 19 - Though police suspect the involvement of Bangladesh-based terror group Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami - in Friday's bomb blast at the historic Mecca Masjid here, union Home Minister Shivraj Patil Saturday said it would not be proper to jump to conclusions before investigations were completed.
May 19, 2007 - 5:15:42 PM

Bangladesh
New Indian cricket coach by June 10: Niranjan Shah
Chittagong, May 19 - The Indian cricket team's new coach will be appointed by June 10, a top board official said here Saturday.
May 19, 2007 - 4:53:00 PM

Pakistan
Pakistan court raises level of probe into official's murder
Islamabad, May 19 - Pakistan's Supreme Court has directed that a senior Lahore High Court judge conduct an inquiry into court official Syed Hammad Raza's killing, cancelling a probe ordered at the level of an Islamabad District and Sessions judge.
May 19, 2007 - 4:48:08 PM


Large dams behind India's methane emissions: study
New Delhi, May 19 - Shattering the myth of big hydropower projects being clean, a new scientific study has revealed that large dams in the country are accountable for at least 19 percent of India's global warming emissions, especially methane.
May 19, 2007 - 4:47:44 PM


Wanted Ranvir Sena militia man arrested
Patna, May 19 - A top 'commander' of Bihar's banned private militia Ranvir Sena, charged with killing dozens of members of the lower caste in Bihar, has been arrested, police said Saturday.
May 19, 2007 - 4:47:21 PM

India Business
Reliance Energy to build mega power plant in Haryana
New Delhi, May 19 - The Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Energy Ltd's engineering, procurement and construction arm is all set to build a 1,200 MW thermal power plant near Barwala in Hisar district of Haryana. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the project Saturday.
May 19, 2007 - 4:46:56 PM

India Politics
I am not unlettered: Radhika Selvi
New Delhi, May 19 - With her three-year-old son watching Tom and Jerry cartoons and under the benign gaze of her proud parents, 31-year-old Radhika Selvi, who took oath Friday as minister of state for home, is wary of being drawn into the politics of how she made it to the high office.
May 19, 2007 - 4:46:25 PM

India Politics
Punjab quiet, hardliners demand sect chief's arrest
Chandigarh, May 19 - Punjab witnessed a normal day Saturday after five days of sectarian clashes even as a hard line Sikh group demanded that nothing less than the arrest of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief was acceptable to the Sikh community.
May 19, 2007 - 4:46:05 PM

India Business
S Kumars brings luxury brand Dunhill to India
New Delhi, May 19 - British luxury goods major Alfred Dunhill marked its foray into the Indian retail market with the launch of its first store in the capital Saturday and said it will launch four more stores in the next two years in the country.
May 19, 2007 - 4:45:33 PM

India Business
Royal Enfield rolls out 500cc Machismo in India
Chennai, May 19 - India's heavyweight motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield has announced the launch of its latest 500cc bike Machismo, priced at about Rs.105,000.
May 19, 2007 - 4:03:41 PM


Andhra chief minister apologises for police firing
Hyderabad, May 19 - Heckled by angry relatives of victims of police firing on protesters, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Saturday apologised for the police action but ruled out a central probe into the firing and a bomb blast at a mosque here.
May 19, 2007 - 3:50:43 PM

India Business
Indian equities register sharp gains
Mumbai, May 19 - Cheer once again returned to India's share markets, as a key index ended higher during the trading week ended Friday after a drop in the week before, riding on robust performance by banking and manufacturing sectors.
May 19, 2007 - 3:31:21 PM


Blast toll 16, protests across Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad, May 19 - The situation continued to be tense in parts of Hyderabad Saturday a day after a blast ripped through a mosque claiming 16 lives, including five in police firing to quell violence, as demonstrations were held across Andhra Pradesh to protest the terror attack.
May 19, 2007 - 3:24:14 PM

America
Run to support fight against kidney disease
New York, May 19 - The third Zayed International marathon to mobilise public support for the fight against kidney diseases was kicked off here Saturday.
May 19, 2007 - 3:20:26 PM

India Politics
Bihar legislator likely to lose membership in assembly
Patna, May 19 - Lok Janshakti Party - legislator Nagina Devi may lose her membership of the Bihar assembly a day after her Indian citizenship was questioned, even as the legislator is confident that she will prove her political rivals wrong.
May 19, 2007 - 3:10:14 PM


Mumbai sleuths to help in Hyderabad blast probe
Mumbai, May 19 - A crack unit of the Mumbai police's Anti-Terrorist Squad - Saturday left for Hyderabad to trace the terror imprints in the blast at the Mecca Masjid there a day earlier.
May 19, 2007 - 2:48:34 PM

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