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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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  1. U.S. Trade Court Dismisses Shrimp Anti-Dumping Charges (March 19, 2007)
    In a significant loss for U.S. charges of anti-dumping against Indian shrimp exporters, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) dismissed US Bureau of Customs Border Protection (CBP) directives for bonds matching the duty as security.<More>

  2. Iran Stalemate Intensifies With More Sanctions (March 15, 2007)
    So called permanent U.N. powers and Germany, weary of Iran's hardening position on its nuclear program, agreed "in principle" on a new set of sanctions on Tehran for continuing to defy world demands to abandon its enrichment program.<More>

  3. Pak Alienating Neighbors, World Powers (March 12, 2007)
    Despite signs of souring relations with Tehran and strained relations with Washington, Pakistan has asserted that it will not allow its territory to be used by the U.S. for anti-Iran operations.<More>

  4. US State of Georgia Trade Office in Bangalore (March 12, 2007)
    The U.S. State of Georgia is planning to extend trade office by Fulton County and set up a full-fledged trade office in Bangalore to find new markets for Georgia-made products, attracting new investments, and promoting tourism.<More>

  5. Next Terror Attack on U.S. From Pak (March 06, 2007)
    As the first India-Pakistan Joint Mechanism on Terrorism (JMT) concluded its first meeting at Islamabad, the most anti-India organization, the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) seems to be operating with impunity and continues to spew venom on the peace-process.<More>

  6. IAEA Cannot Certify Iranian Program "Peaceful" (March 06, 2007)
    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director Mohammed El Baradei reported that his agency "cannot provide the required assurance about the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program."<More>

  7. Hindalco's Novelis Offer (March 05, 2007)
    Hindalco Industries announced that it will make a preferential allotment worth Rs 2,600 crore (about $565 million) to part-finance the company's recent acquisition of US aluminium company Novelis.<More>

  8. Informatica Plans Expansion (March 05, 2007)
    The USD 325 million data integration software products company Informatica, is planning to grow its customer support services business from its India centre in Bangalore and handling one-third of its customer services.<More>

  9. US Tech Spending from India to Increase (March 05, 2007)
    A Deloitte survey reported that the U.S. will increase its technology services procurement from India and China over the next three years with banks leading increasing its spend of 6% of annual IT spend of USD 44 billion to 30% by 2010.<More>

  10. Sunni-Shia Consensus? (March 05, 2007)
    Iranian hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz have reportedly agreed to stem increasing rift between Sunni and Shia Muslims that is dragging West Asia into crisis.<More>

  11. India Willing but Cautious on WTO (March 05, 2007)
    In a one-to-one meeting, Minister for Commerce and Industry Kamal Nath has reportedly told his European Union counterpart Peter Mandelson that India is willing to restart the stalled Doha Round but is unwilling to rush into a deal.<More>

  12. U.S. Prelim Anti-Dumping Duty on Shrimp (March 05, 2007)
    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced preliminary anti-dumping duty (averaging 10.54%) on shrimp from India, China, Vietnam, Brazil, Ecuador, and Thailand.<More>
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  13. India Bans Nuclear Exports to Iran (February 26, 2007)
    Ahead of a tough message expected from the so-called permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and responding to Tehran's continue rejection of UNSC demands, India banned export of nuclear material, equipment, and technology to Iran.<More>

  14. Cheney in Surprise Pak Visit (February 26, 2007)
    In a surprise move, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney visited Pakistan on his way to Kabul carrying a message from President George Bush that Islamabad will lose its financial aid if it cannot manage its border with Afghanistan.<More>

  15. U.S. Says Natanz Plan has Khan Links (February 19, 2007)
    The U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that the Iranian nuclear facility at Natanz has "unexplained ties" with the disgraced Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan's proliferation network.<More>

  16. Low-Cost US Motels to India (February 19, 2007)
    US-based Patel Motels along with others such as Super8 Motels, Country Hearth, Best Inns, and Best Value Inn are to enter India through the franchisee route and develop at least 20 Greenfield properties in metros and secondary cities.<More>

  17. 40 More Sukhoi Jets, 126 MRCA Plan is On (February 09, 2007)
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) clarified that it plans to get 40 more Sukhoi-30MKIs from Russia as well as faster indigenous production of 140 of these fighters in addition to the 126 multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA).<More>

  18. China's African Safari, US Plans Military Center (February 08, 2007)
    Abandoned by European colonists, used as pawns by the US and Soviet Union during the Cold War, and ignored for the last decade and a half, Africa nations are back in favor for engagement because of Chinese involvement in that continent.<More>

  19. IPI Agreement Closer to Reality (January 31 , 2007)
    As US-Iran relations nosedived over accusations of meddling over Iraq and Tehran’s nuclear program, India, Pakistan, and Iran seemed to have agreed on a price to transport natural gas to India over the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline project.<More>

  20. Indian Economy to Surpass US by 2050 (January 29, 2007)
    A recent Goldman Sachs study projected that India, along with China, will surpass the US economy by 2050 as India has moved onto a much faster trajectory fueled by strong and steady manufacturing productivity gains.<More>

  21. Space Arming Realities, Abe Wants Cons Change (January 29, 2007)
    With new nuclear weapons state in the neighborhood and testing of anti-satellite missile by China leading to possible arming of space, is compelling Japan to reconsider changing its pacifist Constitution to protect its interests.<More>

  22. NK Nuclear Help to Iran, Indian Help Sought (January 25, 2007)
    The Daily Telegraph carried an expose that accused North Korea (NK) of helping Iran with nuclear testing similar to the one it carried out last October by providing Iranian scientists relevant data and know-how.<More>

  23. Iran Bars IAEA Inspectors, US Warns (January 24, 2007)
    In an apparent retaliation against UN sanctions imposed last month on its controversial nuclear program, Iran barred 38 UN nuclear inspectors from entering the country and the US upped the ante saying that rapprochement with Iran was “not possible.”<More>

  24. Involve Myanmar in ULFA Hunt (January 20, 2007)
    With increased violence from United Liberation of Asom (ULFA), External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is visiting Myanmar over the weekend to cement oral agreement on the sidelines of the ASEAN meet in the Philippines on joint operations.<More>

  25. New Amphibious Ship is 'Jalashva' (January 20, 2007)
    The Indian Navy took possession of US Trenton and rename it INS 'Jalashva' in the hope that it will greatly enhance rescue operation and troop transportation capabilities.<More>

  26. Majors at Aero India Expected (January 20, 2007)
    With a planned purchase of 126 Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) valued at more than USD 7 billion still undecided, the Aero India in Bangalore this Bangalore is expected to attract major players.<More>

  27. AEC Chairman Guarded on Nuke Deal (January 18, 2007)
    In an interview with The Hindu, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) was guarded on the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal only to list the concerns that the Indian establishment still hankers but also said that these are issues that can be clarified.<More>

  28. India in New Security Block (January 18, 2007)
    A new four party security block including the US, Japan, Australia, and India is being formed and apparently discussed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to Japan with his counterpart Shinzo Abe Indian PM Visit to Japan.<More>

  29. New Goal-Oriented Iraq Strategy (January 08, 2007)
    As US Generals gave a sobering view of progress made by their troops in Iraq, a recent report suggested that President George Bush may introduce a new policy in Iraq that includes a set of goals that the government must meet.<More>

  30. Saddam Hanged, West Asia Crisis Intensifies (January 02, 2007)
    Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein convicted by a court of questionable credentials following controversial judicial process was hanged heightening the growing divide in the Islamic world that threatens to envelop the region and indirectly the world.<More>

  31. Is US Global AIDS Program Effective? (December 28, 2006)
    Investigators say that US President George Bush's ambitious USD 15 billion AIDS-fighting program in poor countries was pushed too hard that has ended up in unintentional misrepresentation of patient data to a point where it is unusable.<More>

  32. Bush Allays Indian Concerns (December 26, 2006)
    US President George Bush called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to wish him for the season and to also allay fears in India over the civilian cooperation bill and both leaders concluded that these concerns can be addressed in the “1-2-3 Agreement.”<More>

  33. Iran Sanctions, Shaky Azeri Relations (December 25, 2006)
    After inviting UNSC sanctions and losing civic level elections, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sought to upgrade his souring domestic popularity by escalating tirades against the West and called President Bush "the most hated person" in the world.<More>

  34. Little Progress in US-NK in Direct Talks (December 21, 2006)
    The United States and North Korea (NK) made no progress in their first direct meeting after a long time on the sidelines of the six-nation nuclear arms talks in Beijing to discuss US financial restrictions on Pyongyang, a key stumbling block in the arms negotiations.<More>

  35. India to Retain Testing Rights (December 20, 2006)
    As US President George Bush signed in the nuclear deal that granted India access to nuclear fuel outside the ambit of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), harsh criticism was heaped in India on restrictions placed on the nation by US policy makers.<More>

  36. The Iran Problem for US (December 20, 2006)
    As Tehran civic polls brought in moderate and reformist opponents of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s to power, US policy makers are increasingly concerned about developments and statements from Iran and especially about their nuclear program.<More>

  37. Taliban Is a Virtual Mini State in Pak  (December 14, 2006)
    Finally, Western media has woken up to the dangers of the peace pact between Pakistan and the local Taliban in the North West Frontier Province and the New York Times (NYT) reported about a resurgent Taliban supporting Indian concern for this development.<More>

  38. Global Trust Deficit on China FDI (December 14, 2006)
    As China’s major allies in India, the Communist Party (M) of India (CPM) seem to have given up their campaign to gain economic access for Beijing, there is increasing evidence that India has many economic reasons not trust China yet.<More>

  39. Qualitative Jump in Indo-US Relations (December 12, 2006)
    In a major show of good faith, US policy makers worked into the night to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the amendments to US law that would facilitate Indo-US civilian nuclear cooperation and will be signed into law by US President George Bush.<More>

  40. Iran Wants US Out of Iraq (December 11, 2006)
    Even as Iran said it will help when the US pulls out of the region, the Iraqi President rejected recommendations by the Iraq Study Group because it contained “dangerous articles” undermining “the sovereignty of Iraq ” and was an “insult to the Iraqi people.”<More>

  41. Chávez Wins a Polarized Nation (December 07, 2006)
    In yet another irritant for globalization enthusiasts, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez won the presidential election by a landslide for the 3rd time based on a strong economy and blatant anti-Americanism and global economy he calls “socialist revolution.”<More>

  42. No Role for Iran in Iraq (December 01, 2006)
    US President George Bush met Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to review the Iraqi situation and assured him of giving him the “the tools,” “capacity to respond,” and that the US was not looking for a “graceful exit” promising to stay “until the job is complete.”<More>

  43. Left Win in Ecuador (November 30, 2006)
    Adding to the string of leftist victories in South America, a Leftist economist, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, with radical views such as cutting off relations with international lenders, won the Presidency of poor and politically unstable Ecuador.<More>

  44. GSP Retaliation for WTO Negotiations (November 30, 2006)
    Even though there has been an overwhelming support for the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal among US policy makers, India is nervous about how they will deal with the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) mechanism set to expire next month.<More>

  45. NK-US for Talks, Japan Sets Terms (November 30, 2006)
    North Korea and the US seem to step down from the brink and said they were ready for talks, but Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asserted that his country will not “allow North Korea to possess nuclear weapons and laid out terms for engagement.<More>

  46. High-Tech Upgrade for Army (November 28, 2006)
    The Indian Army is planning major upgrades to their personnel’s standard battle gear with new uniforms, multi-function weaponry, sensors to monitor their health parameters, and latest communication network for instant access to information on the battlefield.<More>

  47. Success in Cryogenic Stage (November 21, 2006)
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced it has successfully tested a full-fledged cryogenic stage in rocketry for 50 seconds with a thrust of 7.5 tons making it the 6th nation in the world to have achieved this feat.<More>

  48. Bush Wants WMD Deals Stopped (November 21, 2006)
    Fearing further North Korean (NK) proliferation missiles and nuclear weapons, like the Nodong missile to Pakistan (now being paraded as Ghauri) in return for nuclear weapons technology, the US said that it considered these transfers “a grave threat.”<More>

  49. The Last Big Push (November 20, 2006)
    Accused of being “in a state of denial,” US President George Bush rejected calls for a phased withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and instead has come up with a plan that will give it one “last big push” recognizing “the conditions on the ground.”<More>

  50. Iran Flexes Missile Muscle Again (November 17, 2006)
    In a surprise and unscheduled military exercise displaying its conventional weapons strength and leaving Israel very worried, Iran fired a battery and range of land and ship-borne missiles and maneuvers along with anti-tank and anti-helicopter weapons.<More>

  51. Huge US Senate Support for Nuke Deal (November 17, 2006)
    Handing US President a major victory on a key foreign policy objective and in a major show of bipartisan support, the Senate overwhelmingly endorsed the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal that will allow the US to ship civilian nuclear fuel and technology to India.<More>

  52. Nuke Deal Listed Top Priority (November 15, 2006)
    With President George Bush, Republican leaders, and prominent Democrats voicing the importance, the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal may be taken up in a couple of days by the Senate even as supporters and opponents stepped up lobbying to suit their agenda.<More>

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