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July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Several countries including Britain and Pakistan strongly condemned bomb blasts in Mumbai on Monday that killed more than 40 people and injured more than 150.British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw telephoned Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha on Monday evening local time and conveyed his country''s sympathies with the families of those killed in the attacks.According to an External Affairs Ministry spokesman, Straw said Britain was ready to provide any assistance that India needed to deal with the situation.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The relationship between India and Pakistan has deteriorated in the days since Monday's deadly bombings in Mumbai (Bombay), with the two rivals resuming a temporarily-suspended war of words.Fifty people were killed and more than 150 injured in the two blasts in the country's financial capital.Refusing to accept Pakistan's denials of involvement, India asserted Thursday that Islamabad should understand that its proxy war would not be able to destabilize the country or change its boundaries.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Christian groups here welcomed the conviction of 13 Indians for the murder of an Australian missionary and his two young sons. They hope the verdict will improve the reputation of a country where religious violence has been a serious problem.After a two-and-a-half year trial, a court in the eastern state of Orissa convicted the 13, including a radical Hindu activist, for killing Graham Staines and his sons Timothy (7) and Philip, ages 7 and 11, by torching their car in 1999.All 13 could be sentenced to death at a hearing next week.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - As the war in Iraq intensifies, Indian political parties, media commentators and analysts remain divided over the issue, and the government is fending off pressure from political opponents to take a stronger stand against the war.Small but provocative demonstrations continue around the country, with protestors calling for boycotts of U.S. products and companies in India.India is a majority Hindu country, but its Muslim minority is one of the largest Muslim communities in the world.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - An Indian Christian organization says police in the western state of Gujarat are ignoring court orders and continuing to carry out an illegal "survey" of the Christian minority.The All India Christian Council said in a statement that police officials were visiting the homes of Christians and asking questions about why converts from other religions had chosen to embrace Christianity.Christians were also asked why they had pictures of Jesus, and who was funding Christian institutions carrying out welfare projects in poor villages.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The parliament of India's Gujarat state on Wednesday passed a controversial bill purportedly to protect religious freedom but that requires anyone wanting to convert from one faith to another to get prior permission from a district magistrate.The Freedom of Religion Bill aims to prevent religious conversion by force or bribery, and it provides for three-year prison terms and fines of $1,000 for law-breakers.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Americans of Indian origin have protested against an official visit to the U.S. by India's deputy prime minister, Lal Krishna Advani, who has a controversial history of promoting Hindu fundamentalism.\b Indian-American groups under the umbrella of the Coalition to Support Democracy and Pluralism in India staged a small demonstration outside the Indian Embassy in Washington Wednesday while Advani was in the building.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - At a time when the world is watching Iraq, South Asia's nuclear rivals are preparing to test-fire missiles of their own, in a move likely to keep regional tensions simmering.India is developing the Agni-III, a surface-to-surface missile with a range of more than 3,000 kilometers, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead deep into Pakistan or China.Pakistan, meanwhile, is said to be working on the Ghauri III or Abdali, (2,500 km range); the Tipu (4,000 km); and the Ghaznavi (range undetermined).
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - On the eve of a Camp David summit between President Bush and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, the Indian government is hoping its concerns also will be on the agenda.India says it will await the outcome of the talks between Pervez Musharraf and George W. Bush, which are scheduled for Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Even as Saddam Hussein's rule over Iraq was crumbling, Indian Parliament adopted a unanimous resolution deploring the U.S.-led war and calling for foreign forces to be withdrawn.India's upper house of parliament on Wednesday passed the resolution calling for the war to end. The lower chamber passed a similar resolution on Tuesday."This House demands that the war should be immediately stopped and the allied forces should go back," an English translation of the Hindi-language resolution said.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Pakistani opposition parties Wednesday dismissed as "dismal and disappointing" a $3 billion aid package offered by President Bush to Gen. Pervez Musharraf, while an Indian analyst questioned whether Pakistan would be able to meet the commitments tied to the aid.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - South Asian nations feature prominently in a new CIA report on the acquisition of non-conventional weapons capability.India is criticized for helping Libya develop its ballistic missile program, and Pakistan is reported to be on the receiving end of Chinese assistance - despite Beijing's past assurances not to help other countries build missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - As Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, nears the end of a high-profile Western tour, fundamentalist opponents at home are gearing up for renewed actions to demonstrate their growing disliking for his policies.The six-party Islamist MMA (Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal) coalition has vowed to launch a mass movement to oust him from power if he proceeds with a mooted plan to recognize Israel.It is also unhappy at the prospect that Musharraf may send peacekeeping forces to Iraq, following a war that was highly unpopular in Pakistan.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Almost two weeks after the fall of the government they represented, diplomats at the Iraqi Embassy here continue to live in a state of limbo, awaiting word from a new government in Baghdad.India, meanwhile, has reopened its embassy in central Baghdad, appointing a charge d'affaires on Saturday to oversee humanitarian aid to Iraqis and to monitor the situation there.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Pakistan's government and local Shiite religious leaders have conflicting views about who may be responsible for a weekend attack on a mosque in Quetta that left at least 53 people dead and almost 60 more injured.\b The attack is believed to be the first in a long-running conflict in Pakistan between members of the two main sects in Islam that has involved a suicide bombing.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The unexpected announcement that the U.S. ambassador to India is resigning has sparked speculation here that policy differences over the South Asian political situation may lie behind the move - although the State Department has denied that is the case.Robert Blackwill's decision to resign, reportedly settled with President Bush last January, was announced Monday.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - India's decision not to send troops to Iraq will not affect its ties with the United States, according to Washington, while analysts in the region also did not envisage bilateral relations suffering as a result."We would have hoped that India would have made a different choice," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said of the decision.He reiterated that "India remains an important strategic partner" of the U.S. and that he expected the "transformation" of relations to continue.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Indian airline pilots are refusing to operate flights to areas hit by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) as fears grow that infections of the mystery Asian virus in India could, if allowed to spread, cause havoc in a country of crowded cities and overtaxed health-care systems.So far, India has reported just seven confirmed and 20 suspected cases of SARS, and the government is taking active measures to prevent the further spread of a bug that has killed more than 300 people worldwide and has no known cure.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Pakistan says it has captured six al Qaeda members, including a Yemeni national wanted in connection with the October 2000 bombing of American warship USS Cole.An interior ministry statement released Wednesday said the group had been planning a major terrorist attack in Pakistan."Law enforcement agencies yesterday (Tuesday) busted a high-profile terrorist gang related to al Qaeda in Karachi, averting a major terrorist attack," the statement said.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Half a world from where the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana Saturday, celebrations at a school in northern India came to an abrupt halt as news of the tragedy broke.The Tagore School in Karnal city was the venue for a gathering of more than 2,000 people who came to celebrate the remarkable achievement of a past pupil, Indian-born astronaut Kalpana Chawla, returning from her second space mission.