Deepak boasts two decades of broadcasting experience, is a documentary filmmaker and contributes regularly to online publications dealing with politics, foreign affairs, development and sports.

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July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - China's plans to construct a 66 mile-long highway near Mount Everest is making environmentalists see red while other critics view the project as an attempt to legitimize Beijing's hold on occupied Tibet.The road ostensibly is being built to transport the torch for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to the base of the world's highest mountain, from where it will be carried to the summit. Everest lies on the border of Tibet and Nepal.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - In what is seen in the region as likely retaliation for the recent storming of an Islamist-held mosque in Islamabad, a series of suicide bombings in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province at the week killed at least 45 people, mostly security personnel.Two suicide bombers detonated charges in the Minamshah and Swat areas, killing 25, including 11 army personnel. A third bomber targeted a police recruitment drive, killing 20.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Indian scientists have hailed a nuclear agreement with the United States as a victory, although there are still uncertainties about exactly what was agreed - and the deal has yet to be approved by decision-making bodies in both countries.After several rounds of hard-fought negotiations, a joint statement released in Washington Friday by officials of the two countries said "substantial progress" had been made with regard to "outstanding issues."
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Two days after Pakistan military commandos violently expelled pro-Taliban Islamic radicals from Islamabad's Red Mosque, President Pervez Musharraf vowed -- not for the first time -- to "eliminate extremism from every nook and corner" of his country.In a televised address to the nation, Musharraf said the strong action had been necessitated by the illegal activities and blackmailing tactics of the extremists.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Pakistani lawyers are among those celebrating the return to office of the country's top judge, who was sacked by President Pervez Musharraf last March for "misuse of authority."The Supreme Court of Pakistan last week declared that Musharraf had acted beyond his powers in removing Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, sending him on forced leave and appointing an acting chief justice.An official spokesman said Musharraf "respects the decision" of the court.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The swearing-in of India's first-ever female president has focused renewed attention on the way women are treated in this country -- from sex-selective abortions of unwanted baby girls to discrimination at the top levels of government.Last Thursday, Pratibha Patil, a 72-year-old lawyer-turned-politician, became India's first woman president after being elected by national and state lawmakers.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Succumbing to pressure from its communist coalition allies, the Indian government has agreed to set up a committee to evaluate the controversial Indo-U.S. nuclear cooperation agreement.External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee assured left-wing parties that their concerns would be addressed through a political mechanism. A joint panel of coalition partners will assess provisions of the agreement that the communists deem unfair to India.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Supporters of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif filed a legal appeal after his attempted return from exile - authorized by the Supreme Court - was thwarted Monday when he was deported within hours of arrival.Despite the court ruling, the government led by President Pervez Musharraf, who toppled Sharif in a coup eight years ago, put Sharif onto a flight to Saudi Arabia shortly after he landed in Islamabad on a flight from London.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - While the role of traditional Islamic schools or madrassas in Pakistan in spreading radical ideology continues to generate concern, similar types of schools in neighboring India reportedly oppose a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam.As the U.S. State Department earlier this month was releasing its annual International Religious Freedom Report, in India many Muslims were joining their Hindu compatriots to celebrate the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The United States Embassy here has described as a "deliberate act of terrorism" an explosion on a Pakistan-bound Indian train early Monday, in which at least 67 people were killed and dozens more injured.Reacting to the blast - a replay of last year's terrorist bombing in Mumbai - the embassy said the incident "would only strengthen the resolve to defeat terrorism and achieve peace."
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Opposition political parties in Pakistan say they will defy any move by the government to ban political processions during upcoming parliamentary elections.Islamabad said it is considering the ban to prevent violence like the bombings that killed nearly 140 people the day former premier Benazir Bhutto returned from exile last week. But critics say it is an attempt by President Pervez Musharraf to undercut opposition support.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - As political temperatures rise here ahead of President Bush's first visit to India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has tried to fend off domestic criticism by insisting that India's nuclear weapons program would not be compromised by a proposed nuclear cooperation deal with the United States.It is India, not the U.S., that would decide which nuclear facilities are to be opened for international inspection, Singh told lawmakers.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - President Bush's visit to India and the strengthening relations between the two countries are drawing mixed reactions here, although few dispute its significance.The president described the welcome he received in New Delhi as the most majestic he has ever experienced."I have been to many capitals around the world, but I have never seen a reception as well organized and as grand as the one we just received," said Bush, reacting to the pomp and pageantry of the colorful function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, or presidential residence.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Russia has agreed to supply India with fuel and equipment to operate its nuclear power reactors, a move that could complicate the Bush administration's efforts to win congressional approval for its historic deal to resume nuclear cooperation with India.Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov announced the decision when he arrived in New Delhi on Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The United States government has ordered all non-essential embassy staff and family members to leave Nepal, as anti-monarchy protests intensify. Nepal's political crisis worsened over the weekend, with more clashes between security forces and pro-democracy protestors. Organizers announced their intention to "fight to finish the monarchy."The latest clashes came after opposition groups rejected King Gyanendra's offer on Friday to restore partial democracy. Protesters say the king must surrender his right to dissolve parliament.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Facing strong public pressure for a tougher response to terrorism following Tuesday's bomb blasts in Mumbai, the Indian government looks set to postpone peace talks with Pakistan.Investigators suspect the attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), a Pakistan-based terrorist group allied to al Qaeda Indian television news channel NDTV reported that the national security adviser had briefed the Indian cabinet about the "hand of Pakistan" behind the attack on the city's train network, which cost at least 200 lives.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - India will not accept a moratorium on nuclear tests nor sign the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapons state, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here.Replying to a day-long parliamentary debate on the Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear cooperation deal, Singh stressed that India's nuclear interests and sovereignty would not be compromised by the proposed agreement, as charged by opposition parties.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - A High Court in the Indian state of Kerala, which is governed by communists, on Friday will consider an application to lift a state ban on the manufacture and sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi.Environmental campaigners here claim the soft drinks are unsafe for human consumption, an allegation rejected this week by India's central government.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Weapons given to Pakistan by the U.S. to fight al Qaeda and the Taliban are being used by the Pakistani military to fight tribesmen in the restive Balochistan province, a Balochi nationalist has charged.Balochistan Nationalist Party member Akbar Mengal claimed sophisticated equipment from the Pakistan-Afghan border area was being diverted to the province in order to crush its demands for autonomy.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - A historic bill passed by Congress, allowing the United States to cooperate with India in the civilian nuclear field, has been mostly welcomed in India, although a nationalist opposition party wants the deal abandoned, saying it compromises the country's independence.Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said the deal, under which the U.S. will sell nuclear technology to India, recognizes India's unique and responsible role in international nuclear affairs.