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Talibanization takes root in Pakistan

Barbers are too scared to shave their customers' chins. Alleged thieves are paraded before jeering crowds. People suspected of spying for Americans are found beheaded.

  • Taliban imposes 'music fine' in Pakistan
    Having banned music in Pakistan's tribal areas, the Taliban are now imposing a fine of Rest 500 for any one playing it in public.

  • No al-Qaeda camps in Pakistan, says minister
    Pakistan has rejected the US intelligence chief’s claims that Osama bin Laden and his deputy are hiding in the country, and that al-Qaeda is setting up camps near the Afghan border.

  • Pakistan, America’s limited partner
    Since Musharraf took power in a military coup and presides over a regime that may be described as, at best, a severely compromised democracy, the primary basis for that strategic affiliation is the fight against Al Qaeda. A Boston Globe editorial carried by The Indian Express.

  • Five Afghans arrested for Taliban links
    Pakistani police have arrested five Afghans with suspected links to the Taliban in a raid in the southwestern frontier city of Quetta, officials said on Thursday.

  • Former Taliban defense minister arrested
    Pakistani security forces captured the former Taliban defense minister, Pakistani intelligence officials said Friday, in what would be the highest-ranking leader from the Afghan insurgency to be arrested since it lost power in 2001.

  • Pakistan arrests former Taliban defense minister
    The Taliban's former defense minister was arrested in Pakistan while Vice President Dick Cheney was visiting the country this past week, two government officials said.

SC moved in Sidhu case

A petition was moved in the Supreme Court today to intervene in BJP leader Navjot Singh Sindhu’s appeal against his conviction in a road rage death case on the ground that the apex court order staying his conviction for enabling him to contest election.

  • Shahabuddin convicted
    The Siwan court today convicted RJD MP Md Shahabuddin for abducting and assaulting a CPM worker in 1998. Facing over 34 criminal cases, Shahabuddin, once known as the uncrowned king of Siwan, is now lodged in Siwan jail.

  • Shahabuddin convicted in assault case
    For the first time in his long controversial political history, RJD MP from Siwan Mod Shahabuddin on Thursday was convicted by a local court in an assault case.

  • Bill on communal violence approved
    The Cabinet has approved enactment of a leglistaltion which envisages providing relief and rehablitation to victims of communal violence and speedy dispensation of justice.

Belarus dismisses new U.S. sanctions
Belarus on Thursday dismissed new financial sanctions imposed by the United States as politically senseless, and President Alexander Lukashenko said his country was ready to normalize relations with Washington.

Bangladesh freezes corruption suspects' accounts
Bangladesh authorities waging a corruption crackdown have asked banks to freeze the accounts of 53 prominent politicians and business tycoons suspected of massive tax evasion.


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Ancient Indian dynasties documented their administration,
significant developments, grants, and milestones as inscriptions
in temples. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has
documented these inscriptions from 1886. These pages
contain inscriptions from Pallava, Chola, Pandya,
Western Chalukya, Eastern Chalukya, Rashtrakuta,
Hoyasala, Vijayanagara, Vishnukundin, Kakatiya, Reddi,
Vaidumba, Chinda, Eastern Ganga, Gajapathi,
Kalchurya, Qutb-Shahi of Golkonda, and Moghul,  dynasties.

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Exports up 32% in ten months

India’s exports grew 32.22 per cent in April-January 2007 to $99 billion against $74.9 billion during the same period last year, according to the data of the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics (DGCI&S).

Trade with Australia set to rise
India and Australia have agreed to substantially enhance bilateral trade and investment relations.

China builds thermo-nuclear fusion reactor
China has completed construction of a thermo-nuclear fusion reactor.

EU-style integration unlikely in Asia
An economic and political integration in Asia based on the European Union model is unlikely at this stage because the region is too diverse, the president of the Asian Development Bank said.

Moser Baer starts trial run of solar photovoltaic cell unit
Optical storage device maker Moser Baer said its subsidiary Moser Baer Photo Voltaic Ltd (MBPV) announced that it has successfully completed final line integration and trials on its initial 40 MW crystalline photovoltaic ce ll production facility.

Himatsingka buys 70% stake in Italian co
Himatsingka Seide has completed the acquisition of a 70 per cent equity stake in Giuseppe Bellora SpA, Italy.

Kuwait group to set up 5-star hotel in Kochi
The Kuwait-based KGA group of companies is venturing into the hospitality and tourism sectors in Kerala with an initial outlay of Rs 600 crore in the next five years.

Finnish nod for Aurobindo unit
Aurobindo Pharma Ltd has announced that NAM (National Agency for Medicines), Finland has given the go-ahead for the manufacture of Cefuroxime injectable 750 mg and 1,500 mg at its Unit-VI facility in Chitkul village of Medak district.

Democracy in action
THE ANDHRA PRADESH Assembly Speaker, Mr K.R. Suresh Reddy, with a Norwegian Parliamentary delegation in the Assembly in Hyderabad.

Defence budget: untouched by reforms
India has the fourth largest military in the world. Yet despite this, Indian defence spending over the years has been in the the region of 2.5 per cent of GDP; and this year was no different.



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