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July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - As the Iron Curtain crumbled, the Berlin wall collapsed, the Cold War ended and the world entered the new millennium, a new relationship between two estranged democracies, India and the United States, developed.The Cold War foes transformed themselves from estranged democracies into engaged democracies as the explosion of information technology revealed how much the two countries had in common.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Despite U.S.-imposed sanctions on technology transfers, India on Wednesday successfully launched a satellite rocket, thus joining an elite club of nations capable of launching commercial satellites."It was a textbook flight," an Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) official said.The geo-synchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) rocket, which cost $300 million and took 10 years to build, is carrying a 1.5 tonne (metric ton) experimental satellite.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - An upcoming weekend summit between nuclear neighbors Pakistan and India is considered a high-stakes event for Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, analysts said on Wednesday."The failed summit would be more damaging to Musharraf, compounding his poor international standing," according to the Henry L. Stimson Center, a leading American think tank.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun a probe into the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in 1999 and Interpol has issued a "red notice" alert for Pakistani nationals allegedly involved in the hijacking."A copy of the red corner alert notice issued by the Interpol has been received by us," S.M. Khan, spokesperson for India's Central Bureau of Investigation, said Wednesday."Interpol has indicated that an alert notice has been sent to Pakistan authorities."
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The slowdown in the U.S. economy has affected Indian technology firms, resulting in massive layoffs of IT professionals and their return home from the Silicon Valley in large numbers.The slowdown is also expected to affect Indian software exports, as the U.S. market accounts for 60 percent of Indian sales abroad.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The likelihood of continuing bloodshed looms large in Kashmir after an India-Pakistan summit failed to achieve any breakthrough over the territory disputed between the two nuclear rivals, regional analysts said on Tuesday.Several militant Islamic groups based in Pakistan said the collapse of the talks would give new impetus to their efforts to end India's control over part of Kashmir.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Visiting U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) Thursday expressed concern over the attacks on Christians in India and said New Delhi was not doing enough to contain the attacks."I am not satisfied by the steps taken by Indian government to curb such incidents," said the Pennsylvania Republican, who is visiting India.Indian officials are concerned that further attacks on the country's Christian minority could affect the recently improving relations with the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Behind Californian businessman Dennis Tito's historic trip as the world's first space tourist - he arrived at the International Space Station early Monday - stands a company headed by a Sikh of Indian origin.Chirinjeev Kathuria, a telecom billionaire, set up MirCorp along with telecom entrepreneur Walt Anderson and RSC Energia, a Russian enterprise that launched Sputnik and sent Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarian into orbit in 1961.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The international terror suspect Osama bin Laden has asked his protectors in Afghanistan's Taliban militia to allow him to leave the country, but regional analysts said Thursday it was unlikely he would move his base abroad.According to reports in Pakistan media, bin Laden reportedly has asked Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar for permission to shift his operational headquarters to enable his group to consolidate its activities against the U.S. and Israel.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - India has welcomed President Bush's plans to develop missile defense systems, a change of heart primarily driven by New Delhi's own strategic concerns, analysts here said Thursday."India lauds the desire of the U.S. to make a clean break with the past, especially from the adversarial legacy of the Cold War," Indian foreign office said in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The world's largest religious gathering began this week at the Hindu holy city of Allahabad in northern India, attracting as many as 70 million Hindu pilgrims-- and some American celebrities -- despite threats of attacks by Islamic groups fighting against Indian control in Kashmir.During the 42-day festival, pilgrims from all over the world are taking a dip in the chilly waters of the River Ganges, an act they believe will wash away their sins.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The converging views of India and the United States over the military threat posed by China explains New Delhi's decision to back President Bush's proposed missile defense shield, analysts here said on Monday.They warned, however, that this could spark an arms race in the region. India eventually may need to take shelter under Washington's strategic missile defense umbrella.Senior U.S. envoys visited India last week to explain and seek support for President Bush's plan. They are visiting China Monday.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - India's test firing of an intermediate range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 2,500 kilometers may escalate an arms race in Asia, analysts said on Friday.The testing of Agni-II missile, which could reach targets deep inside China, was carried out a few hours before China's second most powerful leader, Li Peng, ended an official tour of India on Wednesday.China is believed to collaborate with India's arch-rival, Pakistan, in its nonconventional weapons program.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The weekend massacre of the Nepalese royal family, followed by the death early Monday of the heir, Dipendra, poses a threat to the decade-old parliamentary democracy in the Himalayan kingdom, analysts said Monday.The tumultuous events in the royal palace of the world's only Hindu kingdom could also badly affect the Nepalese economy, which relies heavily on tourism.Crown prince Dipendra, 29, was initially accused of killing King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya and six family members with an automatic weapon before turning it on himself.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The change of administration in Washington is unlikely to elicit many cheers in Pakistan, whose military government will have to strive hard to win over its one-time ally, analysts said on Monday."The first indication of President George W. Bush's foreign policy towards South Asia, especially towards Islamabad, indicates little change from what was followed by Clinton," said Abdul Shah, foreign policy analyst at Lahore University.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Russia has offered to develop a missile defense system for India, something analysts here called an attempt to woo back a former ally from the Cold War era. India is expected to play a balancing act between Washington and Moscow, keeping both in good humor, they added.New Delhi recently welcomed President Bush's proposals to develop and deploy systems to protect against missiles fired by unstable states, plans which Russia has so far rejected on the grounds they will undermine the U.S.-Soviet 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - A three-day visit to Pakistan by U.S. Central Command head General Tommy Franks, coinciding with the start of fresh U.N. sanctions against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, has fuelled renewed speculation in the region that the U.S. may be planning further missile strikes against suspected terrorist bases."The timing of the U.S. general's visit [suggests] that Washington has plans to fire missile on the terrorist camps run by the Saudi dissident [Osama] bin Laden," said Omar Shah, foreign policy analyst in the Lahore University, on Monday.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - As the crisis in Nepal deepens, with reports indicating a premeditated conspiracy may have been behind the massacre of the royal family, several western nations including the U.S. have urged their citizens to avoid the Himalayan kingdom.Foreign tourists stranded in Nepal, a tiny country sandwiched between India and China, are being evacuated by their embassies.Anger simmers among the people of an ethnically diverse nation whose king is regarded a unifying force, with reports of violent attacks on foreigners, especially Indians.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - An estimated 20 million people, American tourists among them, took a dip in the River Ganges in northern India on Wednesday, the most important day of a month-long Hindu festival believed to be the largest gathering on earth."When I took a dip, I felt some divine spirit entering my body, which for a moment freed me from all worries of the world," said Sarah Slacker, a researcher from New York City.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - A Vatican commission considering the case for declaring Mother Teresa a saint has decided to investigate the disappearance of a malignant tumor from a tribal girl's stomach in Eastern India, church officials said on Thursday.A team led by Postulator Father Brian Kolodiejchuk is carrying out the inquiry, and its findings will be forwarded to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican, Archbishop Henry D'Souza said.