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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.
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) - 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
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) - 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.