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Friday, April 06, 2007


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From March 31, 2007  to April 06, 2007

Saarc Calls For Convention On International Terrorism
Iran was formally accorded "observer status" by the regional grouping A new dawn is breaking out over South Asia Leaders pledge to fight terrorism.

Cross The Gulf Cautiously
Iran's former President Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami was in Delhi last week.

Manmohan, Aziz Discuss Gas Pipeline
Satisfaction over technical-level talks Status reports to be provided on Samjhauta blast probe Humanitarian approach to prisoners issue.

Saarc Takes People-Centric Stand
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) — held back by bilateral problems amongst member countries since its inception 22 years ago — on Wednesday promised to make a difference to the lives of common people in the region in . . .

Kashmir Is The Core Issue: Aziz
Perhaps, there hasn’t been a single issue of Indo-Pak bilateral cooperation the progress on which is linked by Pakistan to progress on resolving the “core” issue of

Duty-Free Access For Some Saarc States: India
Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan will benefit; sensitive list will also be reduced for them Visas liberalised for students, teachers, and patients Rajapaksa advocates single currency for SAARC nations.

Coming Full Circle At Saarc
In the dismal record of South Asian regionalism, the 14th summit of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation might be remembered for initiating two trends.

Aziz Calls For Peace, Security In South Asia
"Security and development are correlated" Vitiated political environment slowed down SAARC growth Need an open environment for regional trade sans barriers.

Hunt For Suspect Hits Dead-End
Pakistani authorities fail to locate Lahore resident Sattar Khan Address provided by him to secure visa was fictitious His whereabouts and links to jehadi groups still unknown.

Samjhauta Probe Throws Up Joint Terror Rings
Joint terror mechanism can push for action against transnational networks Address provided by him to secure visa was fictitious His whereabouts and links to jehadi groups still unknown.

India Moots Legal Assistance Treaty
This will help SAARC countries to fight terror effectively, says Shivshankar Menon Kasuri, Pranab discuss Siachen, Sir Creek Foreign Ministers discuss SAFTA.

Hutongs — Repositories Of A City's History
The narrow alleyways that represent an organic connection between Beijing's present and past are fast disappearing.

Towards Jihadi Anarchy
Neo-Taliban has gained a momentum of its own, running out of Gen Musharraf's control.

A Crackdown On Lazy Investing
As liquidity gets tighter, interest rates are zipping upwards. Last week, leading private banks were offering 14% interest on 3-month fixed deposits of Rs 2 crore plus.

Rbi’S Crunchy Blow Will Make It Harder For Realtors
The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Friday night blow seem set to throw Indian business into another long spell of doom and gloom as the liquidity crunch administered by it begin to play out.

This Sterile 27 Per Cent Debate
Delighted though I am that the Supreme Court kicked the government in the butt over educational quotas last week, may I remind you that the issue is not quotas but education?

Pak Has Had Enough Of Cantonment Democracy
Suppressed societies require only a pinprick to give vent to pent-up feelings.

Colombo Awaits Delhi Response
Coordinated patrolling of Palk Strait Reports on radar "speculative" United efforts needed to meet terrorists' threat.

Order Book Manipulation
Integrated Market Surveillance System (IMSS) has helped the regulator detect a “possible order book manipulation scenario that existed in the trading engines of one of the two stock exchanges”.

If Musharraf Is Frankenstein...
There has been an increasingly disturbing challenge to the authority of Pakistan's President, Gen Pervez Musharraf, from jihadis inspired by the Neo Taliban and Al Qaeda, who are actively supported by a group of retired officers of the Army and . . . .

Why Is The Urban Voter So Angry?
The ripples caused by the recent elections in Punjab and Uttarakhand have begun to settle, and attention has shifted to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections and the likely outcome of the Uttar Pradesh elections.

This Sterile 27 Per Cent Debate
Delighted though I am that the Supreme Court kicked the government in the butt over educational quotas last week, may I remind you that the issue is not quotas but education? The issue is the abysmal failure of the Indian state on the . . . . .

Populism Is Irreversible
I must confess my profound unease at the irrational exuberance of those junior doctors and medical students at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) who observed 'Holi' after last Thursday's Supreme Court interim order on reservations . . .

Saarc Committee Approves Iran Plea
Positive recommendation for observer status Iran's plea will now go before SAARC Council of (Foreign) Ministers Close to finalising agreement on SAARC University: Menon

The Best Chance Ever For Saarc
When South Asia's leaders meet in
New Delhi on April 3, they must show the vision to abandon the beaten path.

Nuclear Deal Will Not Fall Through, Says Russian Envoy
The India-United States civilian nuclear deal will not fall through, Russian Ambassador Vyacheslav Trubnikov said here at a press conference to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and the erstwhile . . .

Justice In Battle
By refusing to resign, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary triggers an unprecedented crisis for the Musharraf regime.

Property Debate
China provides the first legal basis for the protection of private property since the Commnuist Party came to power in 1949.

The God That Failed Again
Certain things are not expected from some quarters. The belief is that these quarters, motivated by pro-people considerations, would not go too far.

People Want To Bury The Hatchet
SINCE last year some of us, including Justice Rajinder Sachar, have been arranging a function at Shadman Colony in Lahore, where Bhagat Singh and his two comrades, Sukhdev and Rajguru, were hanged on March 23, 1931.

Boi Opens Branch In Shenzhen
Bank business to cross $1 b; scope for breakthrough in bilateral trade Bank gets incentive cheque China bank may set up branch in India.

Inflation: No Great Expectations
Inflation targeting framework has to work against the backdrop of inflation expectations. And, if estimating inflation expectations has been intractable in advanced countries with well-oiled institutional structures, it will well nigh be impossible . . .

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