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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) - 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.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Pakistan's prime minister called a meeting of allied and opposition political parties on Monday night to discuss a peace initiative by traditional rival India and adopt a common strategy on the path ahead.Addressing a public gathering in North West Frontier Province, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali said the various Pakistani parties should "sit together and talk on the issue and take a decision unanimously."
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - India's information technology (IT) industry is bracing for the possibility that the U.S. may drastically reduce the number of special visas issued each year to enable skilled foreigners to work in the country.By year's end, the number of H1-B visas is expected to drop from the current limit of 195,000 a year to 65,000.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - A high-level U.S. delegation was heading for Afghanistan Friday on a second leg of a Southeast Asia tour focusing on regional security and an emerging diplomatic thaw between Pakistan and India.Speaking in Islamabad after meeting with Pakistani leaders, delegation head Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage declared himself "cautiously optimistic" that a process between the two rivals had begun.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Already living in fear because of threats from Islamic militants, Pakistan's Christians are now urging their government to provide them with greater security, saying they expect their plight to worsen in the event of a war against Iraq."The U.S. is identified here as a Christian country, and Christians are targeted by terrorists to express their anger against America," according to Samuel Azariah, a church leader in Lahore.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - An alliance of fundamentalist parties in Pakistan says it will accept a military officer as president for another two years, if Gen. Pervez Musharraf first sets down an exact date on which he will leave the Army.Pakistani media say the issue was raised during weekend discussions between ruling and opposition parties in Islamabad and constituted the first serious offer to Musharraf by the six-party Mutthida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) alliance since negotiations on a future political framework began.
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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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.