Showing posts from 2005

Historic challenges for Hamid Karzai

WASHINGTON - Buoyed by the mandate of his people, Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's first democratically elected president, now faces some of the biggest tests of his leadership.

Truce in Kashmir, but for how long?

It's not often that India and Pakistan agree on something. When they do, it becomes cause for congratulatory phone calls from Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to the foreign ministers of both countries.

Technology Without Borders

The 40,000 IIT graduates in the U.S. have helped change perceptions of India as geo-economics changes our lives. One of the goals of the alumni of the Indian Institutes of Technology is to turn their alma mater into a household name in the United States, like Harvard, MIT and Stanford.

Officials hoard tents vital to survivors

Tents and relief supplies donated by international charities for survivors of a deadly earthquake in Pakistan-administered Kashmir are being hoarded by local officials, said human rights groups and volunteers working in the stricken region. The charges come with the onset of the freezing Himalayan winter, when shelter can mean the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of families left homeless.

Let Hamas take part in election, Israeli urges

Israel should not prevent the Islamic militant group Hamas from participating in Palestinian elections in January, but it must insist that the group disarm before doing so, says the deputy mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo.

India accord seen tough sell on Hill

The Bush administration will have a tough time convincing skeptical members of Congress that its July 18 decision to undertake civilian nuclear cooperation with India will not undermine the U.S. commitment to nonproliferation.

Pro Cricket: Yanks on the Pitch

On a recent Sunday afternoon, two teams of men smartly attired in cricketing gear prepared for a face-off at a minor league baseball field in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Three hours later, with the match satisfactorily over, the cheery group was packing its bags and heading home.

Desi Infotainment for the Diaspora

More TV programs for people of South Asian heritage are being produced in America by journalists and entrepreneurs with roots in the subcontinent.

Nuclear battle lines drawn

WASHINGTON - The ink had barely dried on a document laying out ambitious civil nuclear cooperation between the United States and India when Washington's entrenched non-proliferation lobby raised its head.

Singh reassures Congress on nukes

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday assured members of Congress that India's track record in nuclear nonproliferation is "impeccable." In an address to a joint session of Congress, Mr. Singh said India was a responsible nuclear power that is "fully conscious of the immense responsibilities that come with the possession of advanced technologies, both civilian and strategic."

Bush refuses to support bid for Security Council

President Bush yesterday acknowledged India as a responsible state with advanced nuclear technology but declined to endorse its bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. After a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House, Mr. Bush said he supports civil nuclear energy cooperation with India as it realizes its goals of promoting nuclear power and achieving energy security.

Malling of America

The opening of the Southdale Center in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina, Minnesota, in October 1956 heralded what author William S. Kowinski later described as the “malling of America.” It was certainly not the first shopping center in the United States, but this one was different.

Rebels' ties to charities cause concerns

Links between charities and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department, have raised concerns in Western governments that the Sri Lankan rebel group is using aid meant for victims of the tsunami to buy weapons and replenish its depleted ranks with child soldiers.