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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.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - At least 1,000 people are believed dead and hundreds are trapped in rubble after the region's strongest earthquake in 50 years hit the western Indian state of Gujarat on Friday, India's republic day.Officials said the death toll may climb further as hundreds of buildings in the state have collapsed and several districts remain cut off from communication lines.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The United States on Friday expressed concern over the threat posed by Maoist rebels to Nepal's fragile democratic institutions, even as the people of the Himalayan kingdom mulled over an official inquiry committee's report blaming crown prince Dipendra as having been responsible for the recent palace massacre.Armed police patrolled the streets of Katmandu in a bid to thwart any violence. Area police chief Sager Thapalia said police had been put on high alert, and nothing untoward had been reported so far.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Violent protests by Hindu hardliners in the Indian capital Wednesday failed to deter young lovers in urban India from celebrating Valentine's Day, which the activists consider an unwanted Western import.Shouting slogans, members of the fundamentalist Shiv Sena party ransacked a fast food restaurant in the heart of New Delhi, where a large number of young couples were celebrating the day in a country where even holding hands in public can raise eyebrows.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The arrest of three men accused of planning to bomb U.S. embassies in India and Bangladesh points to the growing threat to American interests in South Asia, regional analysts said Monday. The suspects reportedly have ties to terrorist Osama bin Laden.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - A bipartisan U.S. congressional delegation arrives in India over the weekend on a 10-day tour of India and Pakistan during which they will review the Kashmir conflict and assess American aid efforts in the aftermath of last month's deadly earthquake.Analysts said the first congressional visit to South Asia since President Bush assumed office would provide the new administration with a fresh perspective on the issues of the region.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - India plans to spend $95 billion on weapons over the next 15 years, in a move analysts here Monday linked to fears Chinese nuclear proliferation could result from American plans to develop and deploy missile defense systems."Missile defense will have an indirect impact on India for two reasons," Rakesh Sharma, a strategic analyst with Jawaharlal Nehru University said.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The appointment of Gen. Colin Powell as America's next Secretary of State has evoked both hopes and concerns in India, analysts said on Wednesday.Powell's backing for the National Missile Defense (NMD) proposal is one area of concern in a country strongly opposed to the idea."India will have to carefully assess the potential for tectonic shifts in the U.S. nuclear doctrine and adapt its own nuclear security and arms control position," said Santosh Jha, a foreign policy analyst at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
March 23, 2001New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - In a significant shift in its nuclear policy, Pakistan has indicated its keenness to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, a move foreign policy analysts Friday attributed to economic considerations.But neighboring India, which considers the treaty discriminatory, is unlikely to follow suit, analysts said."We are not quite there, but getting there," said Pakistan military ruler General Pervez Musharraf in an interview with a U.S. newspaper, in reference to the CTBT.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - FBI agent Robert Hanssen, charged with selling secrets to Moscow, reportedly sent $20,000 of his spying earnings to the late Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity on the advice of a Roman Catholic priest he confessed to.The order, which cares for the destitute and orphans in India, said Tuesday it never checks the source of donations nor does it impose any limits - upper or lower - on the amounts donated.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia Wednesday reacted to the imposition of United Nations sanctions by shutting down the U.N. mission in the country, calling for a boycott of American and Russian goods in the Muslim world, and reiterating its refusal to hand over wanted terror suspect Osama bin Laden."These are cruel sanctions, unjust, irrational and unilateral,'' Mullah Abdul Zalam Zaeef, the Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan, told a news conference.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - American sanctions imposed on India after it tested nuclear devices in 1998 could be lifted next month, when Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh makes a three-day visit to Washington, analysts here predicted Monday.Singh, who also holds the defense portfolio, is scheduled to meet Secretary of State Colin Powell, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and other senior Pentagon officials.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Alarmed by Pakistan's shift toward Beijing, its economic collapse and the threat of Islamic fundamentalism, Washington is working out a regional strategy that includes a closer relationship with Islamabad."We are in the process of working it out, in my view for the first time, a relationship with Pakistan," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told the Indian daily The Hindu 0 this week.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - President Clinton has praised India's unilateral decision to extend a cease-fire in disputed Kashmir by another month, and Pakistan's partial pullback of troops from the disputed border.But even as he welcomed what he called "an important step forward," the new peace initiative was marred Thursday by mutual accusations by the two protagonists.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Former President Clinton arrives in India Tuesday on a low-key humanitarian mission that contrasts sharply to his high-profile visit to the subcontinent last year.On his first major overseas visit since leaving office, Clinton is scheduled to tour Bhuj, the epicenter of the devastating January 26 earthquake, as well as surrounding areas, and to witness the rehabilitation work."Essentially, this is a private visit for the rehabilitation of earthquake victims," the Indian foreign ministry spokesman said.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Alarmed by Pakistan's shift toward Beijing, its economic collapse and the threat of Islamic fundamentalism, Washington is working out a regional strategy that includes a closer relationship with Islamabad."We are in the process of working it out, in my view for the first time, a relationship with Pakistan," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told the Indian daily The Hindu 0 this week.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Pakistan is considering urging the United Nations Security Council to review its decision to impose sanctions against the Taliban militia ruling most of Afghanistan."Pakistan has received the sanctions resolution against Afghanistan and it is closely examining it," Foreign Office spokesman Riaz Mohammad Khan said Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Pakistan expressed anxiety Monday after reports that its archrival and neighbor, India, is establishing a defense cooperation agreement with the United States.Analysts said the pact, discussed during a visit by Foreign and Defense Minister Jaswant Singh to Washington, could spark off a new arms race in the region, whose regional powers have fought three wars since gaining independence in 1947.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Religious leaders in India have joined the battle to protect female babies in their mothers' wombs, because legislation has failed to protect them in a society that displays a preference for sons, sociologists said on Wednesday.The killing of preborn female babies in the country has grown to such a degree that the ratio of women to men is no longer in line with global trends.