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Friday, November 16, 2007


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From November 03, 2007  to November 16, 2007

Hamza faces extradition

Abu Hamza al-Masri, one of Britain’s most controversially radical Muslim clerics, currently serving a seven-year jail term for inciting racial hatred and murder, on Thursday suffered a setback in his legal battle against being extradited to America to face terror charges.

Pakistan facing Commonwealth sanctions

Pakistan was on Monday facing the prospect of serious sanctions including possible suspension from the Commonwealth in a move by the 53-member organisation to put pressure on President Pervez Musharraf to lift the Emergency and restore democracy in the country.

A sorry tale of Saudi King’s U.K. visit

King Abdullah’s four-day visit to Britain descended very nearly into a farce thanks to some breathtaking tactlessness on both sides.

India falls off the league table of top universities

For the first time, no Indian university figures in Britain’s most authoritative league table of the world’s top 200 universities while China is in with six universities revealing a wide gap in higher educational standards ...

Ex-U. K. soldier held for “spying” for Russia

A former British soldier is reported to have been arrested for allegedly spying for Russia raising fears of further escalation of diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

Brown’s policy termed employment apartheid

In an extraordinary attack on Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s immigration policy, Britain’s most senior Labour Asian MP and a former Minister, Keith Vaz, has challenged him over his pledge about “British jobs for British workers” calling it an “employment apartheid.”

Pressure mounts in U.K. for tougher stand against Musharraf

The debate in Britain over the current turmoil in Pakistan has been dominated by questions about what commentators have termed as British and American “impotence” in the wake of their favourite dictator’s second ...

U.K. court overturns discriminatory rules

The High Court’s decision on Friday to uphold Britain’s overseas doctors’ appeal against rules that require medical graduates from outside the European Union to obtain work permit before coming to Britain is expected to benefit thousands of overseas doctors.

Major gain for Indian doctors in U.K.

Britain’s overseas doctors, who had been battling against new discriminatory recruitment norms, on Friday won a major legal battle when the High Court upheld their appeal against rules that require medical graduates from outside ...

Blow for U.K. in BAE scandal

In an embarrassing development for the British government, the High Court on Friday allowed two pressure groups to challenge its controversial decision to drop a criminal investigation into allegations that BAE Systems, Britain’s biggest arms supplier, paid millions of pounds in secret commissions to win a £43-billion defence contract with Saudi Arabia in 1985. 

Constrained Hegemon

The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dissuaded General Musharraf from imposing an Emergency a few weeks ago.

Karuna’s Trial For “War Crimes” Urged

Britain’s human rights groups have demanded investigation into allegations of “war crimes” against the rebel LTTE leader, “Col.” Karuna Amman, who was arrested here last week for allegedly travelling on a false passport.

Macho Vs Mature

Unfamiliarity with the many ways of speaking English can create diplomatic hiccups.

To China, With Love

As someone who is convinced that Indian Communists serve as a Chinese fifth column in our beloved Bharat Mata, I look for every chance to expose their treasonous behaviour. Generally, it’s hard to catch our comrades red-handed.

Karuna In Immigration Detention Centre

The rebel LTTE leader, Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, better known as “Colonel Karuna Amman,” who was arrested here on Friday for allegedly travelling on a false passport, is being held in an immigration detention centre.

Modi Must Be Punished

Some serious-minded secularists feel that the sting operation showing Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s foot soldiers boasting about conducting the Gujarat pogrom with state support should not have been publicised.

A Winter Of Transformation In Kashmir

“I think the agenda is pretty much set,” All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told an interviewer in April this year.

Debating Points

The CPI(M) has announced that it is set for a debate, but not voting. But what will its argument be based on?

Wages Of Zombie Rule

At the risk of sounding facile, I would hazard the suggestion that while the political class has discounted the India-US nuclear non-agreement, the middle classes have become bored silly by the prevarication and brinkmanship surrounding it.

Musharraf Maelstrom And India

India had reasons to mince its words on General Pervez Musharraf’s second coup that suspended Pakistan’s constitution, emasculated the higher judiciary that was beginning to show signs of independence, and pulled the plug on the vibrant . . . . . .

Resign, Scotland Yard Chief Told

The head of Scotland Yard, Ian Blair, was on Friday under growing pressure to resign after a damning court verdict over the killing of an innocent Brazilian youth, Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead by the police at a London . . . . . . .

Debating Points

The CPI(M) has announced that it is set for a debate, but not voting. But what will its argument be based on?

Coming Up: Floor Test

The suggested parliamentary debate on the 123 agreement will be among the most important discussions held in Parliament in Independent India.

Us - Or Chinese - Poodle?

Ever since Shri Prakash Karat took over the stewardship of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), it has come out in the open as a strong defender of Chinese interests.

Public Face Of The Tamil Tigers

SP Thamilselvan - who died in a Sri Lankan air force raid on Friday morning - is the most senior Tamil Tiger leader to have been killed in recent years.

Raj Dharma Fails In Gujarat

I HAVE reasons to believe that Atal Bihari Vajpayee, when he was Prime Minister, wanted to dismiss Nahrendra Modi and had planned to do so after his visit to Ahmedabad.

Cautionary Tale

In April 1972, while walking aimlessly down Free School Street, a friend and I chanced upon a hawker selling forms that would enable travel between the newly-liberated Bangladesh and India.

Resolve Palestinian Issue: U.K.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Thursday emphasised Saudi Arabia’s role in finding a solution to the Palestinian problem as King Abdullah wound up his four-day visit to Britain amid continuing protests by campaign groups over his country’s . . . . .  

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