Showing posts from March, 2008

US waiting for clearance from Indian govt

President George W. Bush’s administration is “fully prepared” to submit details of a civilian nuclear agreement with India to the US Congress as soon as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government clears the remaining political hurdles in New Delhi.

Keep up war against terror, Bush tells Gilani

US President George W. Bush telephoned Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani early on Tuesday morning and urged him not to let Pakistan’s support for the war on terror waver.

Left testing our patience, says Pranab

External affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday admitted that efforts by the Manmohan Singh government’s Left partners to delay a civilian nuclear deal with the United States are “testing our patience.”

Govt clearing roadblocks, Pranab tells Rice

External affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee today reiterated New Delhi’s interest in implementing a landmark civilian nuclear deal with Washington, but admitted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s coalition government was dealing with some “political problems”.

Has time run out for India-US nuclear deal?

When India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee meets US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice here on Monday he will be reminded that Washington is eager to wrap up a civilian nuclear agreement and that delays in Delhi are not helping matters.

Obama passport details breached, 2 sacked

The U.S. State Department on Thursday night said it fired two contractors and disciplined a third for accessing the passport file of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.

Iraq war ‘noble, necessary & just’: Bush

President George W. Bush on Wednesday defended the Iraq war as "noble, necessary and just" and predicted victory even as anti-war groups demonstrated across the U.S. on the fifth anniversary of the start of the invasion.

Mahato murder: Another suspect held

The police on Thursday charged a suspect in the murder of Abhijit Mahato, an Indian student from Tatanagar who was studying at Duke University in North Carolina.

Minority Government Is No Problem

Last week, Indian foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee told Outlook it was not possible for a minority government to sign a major deal. To seek Washington's response to this, we interviewed the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, Richard Boucher, who has invested considerable time and energy in the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement. In a conversation with Ashish Kumar Sen, Boucher expressed opinions quite different from Pranab Mukherjee's.

Insecurity grips Indian students in US

Four Indian students have been killed at US universities in a span of less than a year. The violent deaths, a small part of the growing number of campus casualties, have shocked students across the country and raised questions about their safety.

Muslims seek Senator’s censure

Muslim rights groups are calling on the US Congress to censure a Republican lawmaker for his racist comments about Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama.

Obama wins Mississippi

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama won a convincing victory over Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Mississippi primary on Tuesday extending his lead over the former First Lady.

Obama says no to ‘dream ticket’

Senator Barack Obama on Monday dismissed his rival's suggestions of a "dream ticket" and made it clear he was not running for vice- president of the USA.

Will Bush push McCain forward or pull him back?

Republican senator John McCain, who clinched his party’s presidential nomination on Tuesday, was at the White House on Wednesday morning to pick up a key endorsement from President George W. Bush.

Yet another bid to throw spanner in the works

As the U.S. and Indian governments scramble to push the civil nuclear agreement towards the finish line, the non-proliferation lobby in Washington is attempting to throw yet another spanner in the works.

McCain clinches Rep nomination; Hillary climbs back

Arizona Senator John McCain clinched the Republican Party’s presidential nomination on Tuesday night, while Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton kept her campaign alive by winning key states in the primary elections. Illinois Democratic Senator Barack Obama won easily in Vermont but lost to Clinton in Rhode Island, Texas and Ohio. Clinton’s victory in Rhode Island broke Obama’s streak of 12 straight wins.