Deepak boasts two decades of broadcasting experience, is a documentary filmmaker and contributes regularly to online publications dealing with politics, foreign affairs, development and sports.

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July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - An American tourist caused an uproar when he wandered into a Hindu temple strictly closed to non-Hindus, in an incident that highlighted the challenges India faces in presenting itself as an enlightened democracy.Detained for several hours by local police in India's Orissa state, Paul Roediger, a 59-year-old engineer from New York, was later released on condition he pay a token fine, after what authorities at the Jagannath temple called an "act of desecration."
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - In a new twist to the outsourcing for which India has become renowned, poor Indian women are renting out their wombs to foreigners.Surrogate motherhood -- carrying to term and giving birth to another woman's baby - once was limited in India to helping close relatives who couldn't complete a pregnancy due to medical difficulties.But leading gynecologist Dr. Kamla Selvaraj says it's now becoming a regular "profession" in India, with more and more women willing to carry babies for others, for a fee.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - India plans to press ahead with developing a natural gas pipeline from Iran, despite Washington's objections."Talks on this pipeline are going on," Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in reply to a question during a television interview about American pressure on India to back out of the deal.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Rejecting Washington's latest call for him to lift a state of emergency, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said over the weekend it is vital to retain the restrictions to prevent his country's nuclear weapons from falling into the wrong hands.Visiting Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte on Saturday advised Musharraf to call off the state of emergency and ensure a smooth transition to civilian rule through free and fair elections early next year.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Americans beware, kissing in public in India can be dangerous for your health.Hollywood actor Richard Gere learned the lesson the hard way after kissing Indian film star Shilpa Shetty at an AIDS awareness program for truckers in Mumbai.As chaste a kiss on the cheek it may have been, the American was quickly accused of "an attack on India's cultural ethos."Almost two decades ago, Britain's Prince Charles kissed another Indian actress, Padmini Kolhapure, but that incident aroused little more than murmurs here.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Amid growing uncertainty about Pakistan's political future, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer Tuesday held talks with President Pervez Musharraf to discuss strategies to tackle Taliban insurgency in the region.Sources say discussions focused on joint measures needed to strengthen NATO operations in Afghanistan against Taliban fighters, to better secure the border with Pakistan.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Angered by weekend violence that left 41 people dead and by the ouster of a top judge, Pakistani opposition political parties on Monday called a nationwide strike, causing severe disruption.Security forces, which were conspicuously absent from the streets of Karachi during Saturday's violence, were out in force Monday, having been given the authority to shoot rioters on sight.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - A top U.N. official in Bangladesh is facing charges of corruption, but critics say the military backed government is trying to prevent her from carrying out her mandate as the world body's special investigator on human trafficking.Bangladesh's government accuses Sigma Huda, an advocate attached to the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, of corruption. Her husband Nazmul Huda, a former communications minister, was jailed without trial last February on similar charges.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - China's plans to construct a 66 mile-long highway near Mount Everest is making environmentalists see red while other critics view the project as an attempt to legitimize Beijing's hold on occupied Tibet.The road ostensibly is being built to transport the torch for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to the base of the world's highest mountain, from where it will be carried to the summit. Everest lies on the border of Tibet and Nepal.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - In what is seen in the region as likely retaliation for the recent storming of an Islamist-held mosque in Islamabad, a series of suicide bombings in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province at the week killed at least 45 people, mostly security personnel.Two suicide bombers detonated charges in the Minamshah and Swat areas, killing 25, including 11 army personnel. A third bomber targeted a police recruitment drive, killing 20.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Indian scientists have hailed a nuclear agreement with the United States as a victory, although there are still uncertainties about exactly what was agreed - and the deal has yet to be approved by decision-making bodies in both countries.After several rounds of hard-fought negotiations, a joint statement released in Washington Friday by officials of the two countries said "substantial progress" had been made with regard to "outstanding issues."
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The United States government has ordered all non-essential embassy staff and family members to leave Nepal, as anti-monarchy protests intensify. Nepal's political crisis worsened over the weekend, with more clashes between security forces and pro-democracy protestors. Organizers announced their intention to "fight to finish the monarchy."The latest clashes came after opposition groups rejected King Gyanendra's offer on Friday to restore partial democracy. Protesters say the king must surrender his right to dissolve parliament.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Facing strong public pressure for a tougher response to terrorism following Tuesday's bomb blasts in Mumbai, the Indian government looks set to postpone peace talks with Pakistan.Investigators suspect the attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), a Pakistan-based terrorist group allied to al Qaeda Indian television news channel NDTV reported that the national security adviser had briefed the Indian cabinet about the "hand of Pakistan" behind the attack on the city's train network, which cost at least 200 lives.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - India will not accept a moratorium on nuclear tests nor sign the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapons state, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here.Replying to a day-long parliamentary debate on the Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear cooperation deal, Singh stressed that India's nuclear interests and sovereignty would not be compromised by the proposed agreement, as charged by opposition parties.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - A High Court in the Indian state of Kerala, which is governed by communists, on Friday will consider an application to lift a state ban on the manufacture and sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi.Environmental campaigners here claim the soft drinks are unsafe for human consumption, an allegation rejected this week by India's central government.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Weapons given to Pakistan by the U.S. to fight al Qaeda and the Taliban are being used by the Pakistani military to fight tribesmen in the restive Balochistan province, a Balochi nationalist has charged.Balochistan Nationalist Party member Akbar Mengal claimed sophisticated equipment from the Pakistan-Afghan border area was being diverted to the province in order to crush its demands for autonomy.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - A historic bill passed by Congress, allowing the United States to cooperate with India in the civilian nuclear field, has been mostly welcomed in India, although a nationalist opposition party wants the deal abandoned, saying it compromises the country's independence.Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said the deal, under which the U.S. will sell nuclear technology to India, recognizes India's unique and responsible role in international nuclear affairs.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - As political temperatures rise here ahead of President Bush's first visit to India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has tried to fend off domestic criticism by insisting that India's nuclear weapons program would not be compromised by a proposed nuclear cooperation deal with the United States.It is India, not the U.S., that would decide which nuclear facilities are to be opened for international inspection, Singh told lawmakers.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - President Bush's visit to India and the strengthening relations between the two countries are drawing mixed reactions here, although few dispute its significance.The president described the welcome he received in New Delhi as the most majestic he has ever experienced."I have been to many capitals around the world, but I have never seen a reception as well organized and as grand as the one we just received," said Bush, reacting to the pomp and pageantry of the colorful function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, or presidential residence.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Russia has agreed to supply India with fuel and equipment to operate its nuclear power reactors, a move that could complicate the Bush administration's efforts to win congressional approval for its historic deal to resume nuclear cooperation with India.Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov announced the decision when he arrived in New Delhi on Thursday.