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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) - Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan have reacted angrily to the capture in Pakistan of the man the U.S. believes masterminded the Sept. 11 terror attacks.Pakistani police and U.S. agents arrested Senior al Qaeda member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Saturday in a joint operation in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad.Arrested with him were a Pakistani national identified as Ahmed Abdul Qadoos, a member of the militant Jamaat-e-Islami group, and an unidentified Arab.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Amid recent peace initiatives between India and Pakistan, an Islamic militant leader said that jihad (holy war) is the only way to end Indian rule in the disputed Kashmir region. Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the founder of the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, told a public meeting late on Wednesday that the recent thaw in relations between India and Pakistan was aimed at weakening the Muslim insurgency in Indian-ruled Kashmir.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Amid U.S. delight over the capture this week of senior al Qaeda member and suspected Sept. 11 attack mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, fundamentalists here are hailing him a hero of Islam.Regional security experts, meanwhile, wonder whether the arrest will have the impact hoped for by the U.S. in terms of the war against terrorism.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - A claim by an Indian teenager that her mother tried to sell her into sex slavery has focused renewed attention on South Asia's notorious prostitution trade.A 13-year-old schoolgirl in the western state of Gujarat is reported to have filed a police complaint this week, alleging that her mother tried to sell her to an unidentified person for about $2,100 and saying she feared for her life.A case of this nature rarely comes to light, but campaigners say the trafficking of women has deep roots in South Asian countries.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Christian leaders in an Indian state notorious for its Hindu militancy are alarmed about what they see as attempts by state authorities to delve into their private lives - and fear the result may be more religion-inspired violence against the minority.Christian leaders in Gujarat state allege that police have visited the homes of dozens of Christians in recent days, asking the occupants to complete surveys asking personal questions about their assets and religious practice - including questions about their conversions to Christianity.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Pakistan fears that a reported U.S. decision giving the green light to Israel to sell a sophisticated radar system to India may upset the regional military balance.Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokar raised the concern this week in Vienna, where he was attending a disarmament conference.Islamabad viewed the matter with "utmost seriousness" and may take "counter measures" if India acquires the Phalcon airborne radar warning systems, he was quoted as saying.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Pakistan has welcomed Washington's waiver of economic sanctions against Islamabad, but officials denied the move was linked to U.S. efforts to win Pakistan's support in the Security Council for tough action against Iraq.Over the weekend, President Bush issued a decree lifting the remaining set of punitive measures against Pakistan, saying the move "would facilitate the transition to democratic rule in Pakistan."
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - India has yet to make any decision on a U.S. request to send troops to Iraq because it is awaiting clarifications on their deployment, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said."We have sought crucial clarifications on several key questions" relating to whether the forces would be used for maintaining law and order or be involved in a fresh show of strength, he told Indian reporters in Lausanne, Switzerland."The road map for Indian troops being sent to Iraq must be clear, as well as under whose command they will work," he said in Hindi.
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.