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Sudan likely to resist U.S. pressure on Darfur

Sudan is unlikely to ease its opposition to the deployment of U.N. troops in Darfur this week when a top U.S. official visits, but there are signs it may be flexible on boosting African troops in the troubled region.

  • China urges Sudan to be "flexible" on peace plan
    China told Sudan it should show more flexibility on a Darfur peace plan put forward by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan and improve humanitarian conditions in the region, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

  • S.Africa's Mbeki to press Sudan on Darfur force
    South African President Thabo Mbeki is to travel to Sudan on Tuesday in a bid to persuade the government in Khartoum to accept a beefed up peacekeeping force in the war-torn Darfur region.

A united front against the Taliban

As the spring fighting season opens, Afghanistan faces many challenges: terrorism, the Taliban, Islamic extremism, drugs and criminals, warlords and factional friction, weak government and an inadequate national and international security presence.

We've factored in the delay: AIF chief

The delay in acquiring more than 100 combat jets would not have a "negative" impact on the Indian Air Force (IAF).

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Ethiopia bought arms from North Korea with U.S. assent
Three months after the United States successfully pressed the United Nations to impose strict sanctions on North Korea officials in the Bush administration allowed Ethiopia to complete a secret arms purchase from Pyongyang.

Maternal mortality and budgets
Lack of appropriate care during pregnancy and childbirth, and inadequacy of services for detecting and managing complications, contribute to most maternal deaths.

Chasing a mirage
Yet another round of Indo-Pak talks on a breakthrough to resolve the two-decade old military stand off in Siachen glacier region has ended without any seeming forward movement.

Judicial activism a need of the hour
The remarks of two constitutional heads, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan, should be seen in the backdrop of a plethora of legislations being struck down by the apex court.

Iraqi leader meets with Japan's emperor
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met with Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko starting off a four-day visit that was delayed after Iran refused to allow his plane to fly over its airspace.

North Korea will allow UN inspections once it gets funds, envoys say
North Korea's top nuclear negotiator told U.S. envoys Monday that his government would immediately invite UN nuclear inspectors into the country if $25 million in disputed North Korean funds are released.

US envoy says progress on N.Korea "in days"
The US point man on North Korea said Monday he is hopeful there will be progress within days as the clock ticks for Pyongyang to meet a deadline in a breakthrough aid-for-disarmament deal.

More minefields in SAARC?
After several years of effort, the time has come to move SAARC from a declaratory phase to action and implementation.

Not ambitious enough
There is scope for criticism in the lack of ambition in the defence offset policy, which demands as offsets a mere 30 per cent of the overall value of any contracts worth more than Rs 300 crore.

Students' OBC status sought in IIT exam
To pave the way for a smooth implementation of OBC quotas in this academic session itself, the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) asked candidates at the joint entrance exam on Sunday to mention their caste.

Coca-Cola shifts Kerala bottling unit to Orissa
Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, the bottling arm of Coca-Cola India, has relocated one bottling line of its controversy-ridden Plachimada plant in Kerala, to Orissa.

Female unemployment rate declines in class I cities
The overall unemployment rate of women in the 27 Class I cities declined by 2 percentage points during 1999-2000 and 2004-05 to 4%.


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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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Meet on India-Lanka trade pact
A two-day awareness programme on Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement and B2B meet will be arranged under the auspices of the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with the Government of Sri Lanka.

Mango crop badly hit in Krishna district
A summer sans mangoes is joyless, to say the least, but people in Krishna district and other parts of Andhra Pradesh may have to settle for it, as horticulture experts are predicting the lowest-ever yields of the fruit during the current season.

Jakarta meet may finalise good practices for pepper
The International Pepper Community (IPC) will hold a second meeting to finalise the draft of Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) for Pepper in Jakarta from April 24-25.

High dwell time shows up low efficiency of Indian ports
Inadequate port capacity and navigational aids, bunching of vessels, limited cargo handling facilities, high down time of equipment, low labour productivity, shortage of storage space, all contribute to the low efficiency of the Indian ports.

Some fear Russia to become space cabbie
It looks like a bonanza for the Russian space industries — the planned retirement of the U.S. space shuttle fleet in about three years would make Russia the principal carrier of crews and cargo to the international space station, sharply raising its reven

Japan, India start second round of trade talks
Japan and India opened a second round of talks on a free trade deal that the Asian giants aim to seal within two years.

India, Pak extend bi-lateral pact, to continue Samjhauta Express
Undaunted by the February bomb attack on Samjhauta Express, India and Pakistan on Monday extended till 2010 a bilateral agreement to run passenger train and freight services between the two countries.

ONGC to pick 50% in SPV to execute Tripura Power
The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has reworked the project structure of ONGC Tripura Power Corporation, its proposed gas-based power project in the state.

RIL likely to set K-G basin gas price by July
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), which made the world’s largest gas discovery in the Krishna Godavari (KG) basin off the east coast of India in 2002 said that it expected to arrive at a price for marketing its gas mid-year.

India for more trade with Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan
The Minister of State for Commerce, Mr Jairam Ramesh, is leading a multi-sectoral Indian delegation to Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan to boost bilateral economic relationship encompassing both trade and investment.

Govt OKs Morgan Stanley, Citi stake in NSE
The government on Monday approved 13 foreign investment proposals worth Rs 4.77 billion ($111 million), including the purchase of 6 per cent stake in National Stock Exchange by Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and private equity firm Actis.

Moser Baer mulls unit for wafer manufacturing
Having acquired stake in the Slovenian company, Solarvalue Proizvodnja, Moser Baer Photovoltaic Ltd (MBPV) is now looking at the possibility of setting up its own unit for manufacturing wafers that would be used in turn to produce solar cells.

Listing in India remains onerous: E&Y official
A senior Ernst & Young official says that the process of listing in India is onerous and this is the main reason why more and more small India companies opt for AIM listings.

Rate hike won't ruin party: CEOs
Brushing aside the recent hikes in the cost of capital, corporate chieftains are bullish on business prospects for the current financial year, though they expect interest rates to rise further in the coming months.

Trent inks pact with US-based The Xander Group
Trent has entered into an agreement with US-based global private equity firm The Xander Group Inc.

A 17% dip in oilseeds prodn projected in '07
The third advance estimates of crop production for 2006-07 presented by the Union Agriculture Minister estimated the total oilseeds production at 23.26 million tonne (mt), a decline of 17% from the final estimates for last season at 27.98 mt.

Not yet in clear zone
The Empowered Group of Ministers has cleared the air somewhat but ambiguity still shrouds the SEZs.

Gas OPEC a hot topic, but a distant possibility
Gas producing nations will discuss the idea of an OPEC-style cartel that has alarmed consumer nations when they meet on Monday, but it is unlikely to become reality soon.



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