Thursday, June 30, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 30 June 2005

Thursday June 30, 03:03 PM By Indo-Asian News Service
Chennai, June 30 (IANS) Responding to a petition to stay the controversial Sethusamudram canal project, the Madras High Court Thursday issued notice to the central government to fill the post of chairman of the Environment Appellate Authority.
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Special: Scotland, en route to Goa!
I t must be a great drive from Mumbai to Goa if you own a Merc like the boys in Dil Chahta Hai . But in a Paulo Travels bus which involves 12 to 14 hours of hurtling through the darkness... nah!
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First Impression: Election Direction
"Every presidential campaign is a startup ." - Joe Trippi , Campaign Manager, Howard Dean Campaign
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Adding fuel to the fire
Car ownership in developing countries will overtake the west, but oil demand threatens global stability. In 1989, when the environment was briefly top of the UK national agenda, a group of Chinese planners came to London.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 29 June 2005

Best school for corporates: Rural India
Lessons that companies have picked up from the bottom of the pyramid
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Qantas to Resume Australia-To-China Flights
Hoping to cash in on China's booming economy and demand for travel to the host of the 2008 summer Olympics, Australia's Qantas Airways will begin flying between Sydney and Beijing in January after a six year hiatus.
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Pakistan not doing enough, says Pranab
WASHINGTON: Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here yesterday that the peace process with Pakistan was still not firmly in place despite positive results from negotiations launched one-and-a-half years ago by the neighbours.
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NASA hopes to use private transport soon
The U.S. space agency hopes to turn to the private sector to provide transportation for crew and supplies to the International Space Station.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 28 June 2005

Canada, Mexico, U.S. release blueprint for tight economic and security ties
OTTAWA -- Canada, the United States and Mexico are committing to much broader and deeper economic and security integration to eliminate what Industry Minister David Emerson calls the "tyranny of small differences."
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Take the Tata quiz. Win Rs 2 lakh!
Tata Crucible, a business quiz, will begin on June 30 from Chennai and will travel to other cities till it culminates in Mumbai on July 24.
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Tuesday June 28, 02:04 PM By Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) Low-cost airlines have brought air travel within the reach of the Indian middle class, leading to a 22 percent rise in passenger traffic during fiscal 2004-05 that ended March 31, a new study said.
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(AFX UK Focus) 2005-06-28 09:35 GMT: AFX NEWS BRIEFING: Mergers and acquisitions highlights to 09:20 BST
2005-06-28 09:14:26 Leoni's Elocab buys Neumatic for undisclosed sum NUREMBERG, Germany (AFX) - Automotive supplier Leoni AG said its Elocab unit has acquired Neumatic Elektronik + Kabeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG for an undisclosed sum, effective July 1. 2005-06-28 08:53:44 RCS shareholder Ricucci ready to sell his holding - report MILAN (AFX) - RCS MediaGroup SpA shareholder Stefano Ricucci is ready
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Sunday, June 26, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 26 June 2005

Weighing costs to outsource jobs
NEW YORK How cheap is it to move jobs to India? Skilled workers certainly cost far less there than in the U.S. But the savings can be difficult to calculate, and the pay gap is narrowing marginally as wages in India rise.
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Jayalalitha to skip Sethusamudram canal function
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalitha yesterday opposed plans to start dredging in the proposed Sethusamudram canal on July 2, accusing the central government of subverting the environment clearance process.
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Media splashes Indias no to Rashid request
ISLAMABAD: Indias refusal to let Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed travel by the Kashmir bus was prominently splashed by the Pakistani media yesterday, with Rashid saying the move would be challenged legally.
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Weekend's results
Men. - Senior, 4000m: K. Rodger (Uni) 11m 58s 1, A. Bell (ACA) 12m 12s 2, M. Sweetingham (Pak) 12m 18s 3. U-20, 4000m: A. Haigh (Wesley) 12m 6s 1, J. Fisher (ACA) 12m 19s 2, S. Bucknell (Wes) 12m 21s 3.
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Saturday, June 25, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 25 June 2005

Airlines ordered to abide by CAA fares
THE Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has sent a circular to all airlines strictly instructing them to follow the airfare levels fixed by the regulatory authority.
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Break Step Bridge
With the Kashmiri separatist leaders returning from an unprecedented visit to Pakistan, characterised as historic by Islamabad, the question now is: how does New Delhi take the next step of talking to the Hurriyat?
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KERALA ROUNDUP
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Travel agents in Kerala will soon launch a protest against the alleged neglect of the international airport here by the authorities, whom they accuse of favouring the Kochi airport.
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Rashid denied permission to visit Kashmir
NEW DELHI: India yesterday said it had rejected a request by Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed for permission to travel to Jammu and Kashmir on the new trans-Kashmir bus service next week.
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Friday, June 24, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 24 June 2005

One price fits all for software sellers
Everyone loves a one-dollar bargain. Just ask Alex Mercer, the Seattle-based spokeswoman for Microsoft.
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Rashid shocked by J&K visit rejection
Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid said on Friday he was shocked that India had refused to allow him to travel to Jammu and Kashmir by the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus, saying the visit would have helped peace moves.
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Travelers and airlines take wing across Asia
For the past 15 years, Paul Hooper, an air transport economist, has been keeping score as new airlines have started up, and gone bust, in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Arts Guide
austria Bregenz
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Thursday, June 23, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 23 June 2005

Delhis plaint on Hurriyat visit rejected
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad yesterday dismissed New Delhis complaints that a visit by Hurriyat leaders from Indian Kashmir to Pakistan violated a travel agreement on a new bus service across the Himalayan region.
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Adoptions from Russia face a chill
Kerrie and Scott Farkas are looking forward to spending their lives with Dmitri, a blond, brown-eyed 2-year-old they've just spent two days with at an orphanage in Tambov, in central Russia.
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Haruhiko Kuroda TalkAsia Interview Transcript
Airdate: June 18th, 2005
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Hurriyat in bid to woo back Pandits
SRINAGAR: Moderate Muslim separatists in Jammu and Kashmir will try to persuade Hindus to return to the homes they fled at the start of the anti-Indian insurgency, a separatist leader said yesterady.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 21 June 2005

Research and Markets: Foreign Traveling by the 50+ American Population
Research and Markets has announced the addition of Foreign Travel and Vacation Plans of Americans Aged Fifty and Over to their offering
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Soaring visa costs could price UK out of tourism market
BUSINESS and tourism leaders launched an extraordinary attack yesterday on government plans to increase the cost of visas for foreign visitors.
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Fly 'em 'n bed 'em
InterGlobe Hotels Pvt, the Indian partner of Europe's largest hotel manager Accor SA, said it plans to spend $80 million in the country in the next two years to set up budget hotels to tap growth for leisure travel.
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Pak violated peace by letting Hurriyat go beyond PoK: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Pakistan violated an understanding with India by allowing Kashmiri separatist leaders to travel beyond PoK recently and ruled out any role for any third party as a 'guarantor' on the Kashmir issue.
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Sunday, June 19, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 19 June 2005

Respect carries from football to baseball
T he schedule broke just right for Scott Pioli. It's the time of year when NFL executives and coaches often vacation, and the hard-working Patriots vice president of player personnel has split from Gillette Stadium for his lone break of the year. One item on his agenda is already set.
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Tourism's slow recovery along Indian Ocean's tsunami-hit beaches
Along the famous white sands of Phuket's Patong beach, stray dogs outnumber tourists, who six months after the tsunami are still staying away from the once packed shore.
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World travels make wanderlust even stronger
On Nov. 4, 2003, Milla Tonkonogy and Ben Hartner left Pittsburgh to travel around the world in 10 months. They thought it would cure their wanderlust. It has not.
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By Doug Wilson
Financial disclosure records were released by members of Congress last week, giving a somewhat blurry glimpse at their bank accounts and travel habits.
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Saturday, June 18, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 18 June 2005

Record $50bn order feast at air show
LE BOURGET, France : European jet-maker Airbus unveiled $3.6bn of last-minute orders at the Paris Air Show yesterday, claiming victory over Boeing and pushing their combined sales past a record $50bn.
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Kashmiri groups leader confirms ISI help
ISLAMABAD: Pakistans main spy agency gave military training to Kashmiri guerrillas battling security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir, a separatist leader has revealed for the first time.
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A-I launches Delhi-Dhaka-London flight
Air-India on Saturday launched a new long haul flight from Delhi connecting Dhaka, Kolkata and London, with Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed saying it would go a long way in strengthening Indo-Bangla relations.
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MakeMyTrip plans India base
MakeMyTrip.com, the Rs 90-crore (Rs 900 million) New Delhi-based online travel company servicing the non resident Indian market, will launch its Indian operations next month.
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Thursday, June 16, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 16 June 2005

Airbus announces 100-plane order from new Indian airline
Airbus said Thursday it won an order for 100 new jets from IndiGo, a new Indian airline.
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Airbus announces 100-plane order from new Indian airline
PARIS: Airbus said Thursday it won an order for 100 new jets from IndiGo, a new Indian airline. The purchase of the 100 jets from Airbus' A320 family takes to over 200 the total number of sales announced by the European plane maker during the Paris Air Show, which opened Monday.
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A Tibetan Chamber of Commerce in the Offing
Dharamshala, June 16 - An association of Tibetan businessmen will be formed in the "First Conference of Tibetan Enterprises in Exile" organised in Delhi by the Department of Finance of Central Tibetan Administration.
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Airbus Wins $6 Bln Order From India's InterGlobe (Update2)
June 16 (Bloomberg) -- Airbus SAS, the world's largest aircraft maker, won an order for 100 A320 planes valued at $6 billion from Indian travel agency InterGlobe Group, which is starting up a new low-cost carrier called Indigo.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 15 June 2005

Airbus continues mid-sized jet fight back
LE BOURGET, France, June 15 (Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus boosted commitments for its planned A350 jet on Wednesday as it scrambles to catch up with Boeing's mid-sized 787, and readied a possible A380 superjumbo order.
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Durbin discloses he took four free trips
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), once again disclosing more than the rules require, took four trips paid for by outside interests and has assets of about $900,000, according to annual reports released on Tuesday.
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KERALA ROUNDUP
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala has decided to charge an additional fee of $32,000 for students joining medical colleges under the non-resident Indian (NRI) quota.
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Kashmiris for more routes across divide
ISLAMABAD: Hurriyat leaders called yesterday for Pakistan and India to open more routes for Kashmiris to travel across their divided homeland in order to help settle a decades-old dispute between South Asias nuclear rivals.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 14 June 2005

Tuesday June 14, 03:55 PM By Indo-Asian News Service
Kolkata, June 14 (IANS) Anticipating staff shortages over the next several months, the US consulate here has stopped its practice of routinely accepting visa applications from southern India.
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Boeing losing dominance, partners in China
XIAMEN, China - (KRT) - In the CEO's office at Xiamen Airlines, one of Boeing's most loyal customers sits beside a portrait of Mao and a photo of a 737 cockpit and describes the humiliation he felt trying to enter the United States last year.
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NRI grooms, now in vogue!
The most suitable boy is no longer an IAS or IFS. NRIs are the new dream of every bride.
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Dont Make Profit On HIV Drugs
Asian countries are struggling to cope with the growing HIV/Aids epidemic because they do not have the same access to the new and expensive drugs used in the western countries. In countries where no free drugs are provided, the problem is worse.
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Monday, June 13, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 13 June 2005

Nursing team is off to India
A Cardiff University nursing team will fly to India to help people in tsunami-hit fishing villages. Five nurses studying at the School of Nursing and Midwifery will travel to India as part of a relief unit supplied by Christian charity group, An Open Door.
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India's quiet revolution
T he issue of class and privilege has been in the news in the US lately, with The New York Times running a series on the topic and the Wall Street Journal carrying some stories as well.
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Susan Cheever
'What are you doing this summer?" my friends all ask. They are busy, busy, busy. They have rented houses in the Hamptons or in Provence or Tuscany. They're packing their passports and their language-immersion tapes.
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Monday June 13, 02:27 PM
New Delhi, June 13 (ANI): Advocating affirmative action rather than job reservation, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has said that there is a need to create more employment and self-employment opportunities, especially amongst the economically backward families.
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Sunday, June 12, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 12 June 2005

Nepal kings deputy named in bank scam
KATHMANDU: King Gyanendras deputy and the second most senior minister in Nepals power hierarchy has been named in a bank scam that cost the state exchequer Nepalese Rs17.4mn, media reports said.
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COMPETITION AND COSTS MOUNTING Asia's budget airline bubble
KUALA LUMPUR--Stiff competition and rising fuel prices will force a shake-out among Asia's budget airlines, and some are likely to be permanently grounded, analysts say.
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Inside the World Bank
Even now, after the demonstrators shouting and the finance ministers whizzing around in their limousines, after all the fussing about Iraq...
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Watch story
India has had long-standing border disputes with its neighbour China and a bitter territorial fight with Pakistan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a rare visit to the Ladakh region has assured the people of peace and development in the region.
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Saturday, June 11, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 11 June 2005

Top producer warns Hollywood: the Indians are coming
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - For generations, Indian filmmakers have been copying Hollywood films, adding elaborate song-and-dance numbers, stripping out the serious sex and churning out hundreds of movies a year.
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Pressure for Africa poverty deal
Ministers from the world's richest countries discuss plans to alleviate global poverty at talks in London.
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Terrorism Probe Shakes Lodi and Its Pakistani Community
About 2,000 Muslims have put down roots in the farming town. Even after 9/11, ethnic tensions were minimal--until this week. LODI, Calif. Syed C. Shah arrived in this San Joaquin Valley wine hub from Peshawar, Pakistan nearly five decades ago, a farmworker following the immigrant trail.
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Decision buoys ship's workers
For more than two weeks, "tomorrow" was a broken promise to the crew of the St. Tropez . It was the day they would learn their fate. It was the day they would find out if they would get paid. It was the day they would find out when they could go home.
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Friday, June 10, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 10 June 2005

Missing childbirth big no-no for men
MEN today are making being present during the birth of their child top of their priorities. For sportsmen who are away for long periods, as the Lions have proved again and again, getting the balance right can be a stressful process.
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Indian Prime Minister to visit Pakistan next month
ISLAMABAD, June 9 (KUNA) -- In a major breakthrough, Indian Prime Minister will travel to Islamabad next month on an official visit to discuss bilateral issues including the decades long Kashmir dispute, foreign office sources said Thursday.
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17 held for labour law violations
Foreign workers held for investigation. Enforcement officers from the Sengkurong police station, Labour and Immigration departments made a spot check yesterday morning on foreign workers vending at the market locally known as 'Pasar Tani Serbaguna' in Mukim Sengkurong.
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Oman Air begins services to Hyderabad
Oman Air launched its air services to Hyderabad on Thursday.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 08 June 2005

European peace monitors meet Sri Lankan government amid soaring tensions with Tamil rebels
European cease-fire monitors met with Sri Lankan authorities on Wednesday, officials said, as Tamil Tiger rebels threatened to use their own "air capability" and warned that the island's fragile truce was in jeopardy.
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www.delawareonline.com The News Journal Daily Briefing
The state Public Service Commission has ordered the owner of a sewage company to allow regulators to review his financial records. The commission told H. Clark Carbaugh that he has seven days to allow its staff to review the books of Utility Services Inc. of Dover.
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Flags to fly half mast in Canada in respect of Kanishka victims
For the first time in 20 years since the Kanishka bombing, flags across Canada will be lowered to half mast on June 23 in remembrance of the victims of one of the worst terrorist attacks the world has seen.
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Pakistan's 'great dane' has Windies in a tail spin
Danish Kaneria ended with five wickets in an innings for the 11th time in Tests, as Pakistan completed a 136-run victory in the second and final Test against West Indies and record their first Test win in the Caribbean since 1988.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 07 June 2005

Congressional travel comes under scrutiny
WASHINGTON -- With congressional travel a hot political controversy, records show a wide range in the number of trips sponsored by private interests that were accepted by Washington lawmakers representing Santa Barbara and California during the past five years.
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Research to Investigate Links between Ancient Greeks and Modern Science Fiction
New research into the Ancient Greeks shows their knowledge of travel inspired early forms of fantasy and science fiction writing. There is a long tradition of fantasy in Greek literature that begins with Odysseus' fantastic travels in Homer's Odyssey.
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MILPLEX India Opens Major Naval Base at Karwar Karwar, India (SPX) Jun 07, 2005
The SiteDefense Minister Pranab Mukherjee opened the first phase of India's giant western naval base INS Kadamba in Karwar, Karnataka state, on May 31, saying it would protect the country's Arabian Sea maritime routes.
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Quit office, order fresh poll, NCP urges Chandy
KOZHIKODE : Demanding the resignation of Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government in Kerala, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today said the coalition had lost its relevance in view of the crushing defeat it faced in the Koothuparamba and Azhikode by-elections.
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Monday, June 06, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 06 June 2005

Pakistani minister plans first visit to Indian Kashmir
Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid says he plans to travel by bus to the Indian administered Kashmir, in the first visit of its kind by a senior Islamabad official.
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Pakistani minister plans first visit to Indian Kashmir
ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid said on Monday he plans to travel by bus to the Indian-held part of Kashmir, in the first visit of its kind by a senior Islamabad official.
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Sayeed welcomes Pak Minister's proposed visit to J-K
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today welcomed the proposed visit of Pakistan Information Minister Shiekh Rashid Ahmed to the state on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus.
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Pakistani minister plans first visit to Indian Kashmir
Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid said he plans to travel by bus to the Indian-held part of Kashmir, in the first visit of its kind by a senior Islamabad official.
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Sunday, June 05, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 05 June 2005

Kashmir disputed? BJP seeks answers
Musharraf said on Saturday the fact that Hurriyat leaders have not come on Indian passports and Pakistani visas is a recognition by the countries of the disputed status of Kashmir.
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BJP seeks govt clarification on Pak stand
Describing as serious Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's remarks that India and Pakistan had recognised the "disputed status" of Kashmir, Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday asked the Centre to make its position clear on the issue.
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Sunday June 5, 04:12 PM By Lola Nayar, Indo-Asian News Service
Islamabad, June 5 (IANS) India and Pakistan have agreed on the need to obtain more gas supplies to power their continuing high economic growth, Pakistan Petroleum Minister Amanullah Khan Jadoon said here Sunday.
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BJP asks Centre to make position clear on Musharraf's remarks
New Delhi, Jun 5 (PTI) Describing as "serious" Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's remarks that both India and Pakistan had recognised the "disputed status" of Kashmir, BJP today asked the Centre to make its position clear on the issue.
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Saturday, June 04, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 04 June 2005

Kashmiris visit Islamabad despite Indian objection
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Separatist leaders from Indian Kashmir arrived for talks in the Pakistani capital on Saturday, shrugging off India's objections to their travel beyond Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.
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Raynham resident in touch with the White House
RAYNHAM - Vijay K. Sinha came to this country from India in 1980 for graduate studies at Pace University in New York. Over that quarter century he and his wife Jayshree have raised two daughters, become citizens and Vijay has received accolades from prominent Republican politicians.
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Hungarians Launch a Low-cost Paris-Dakar, the Budapest-Bamako Rally
Budapest-Bamako (B2) is a new low budget car adventure through the Sahara. Drivers will travel for two weeks before they reach the capital of the Republic Of Mali. [PRWEB Jun 4, 2005]
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India to double LNG imports
NEW DELHI: India hopes to sign a deal next week to double liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports and begin negotiations for a $4 billion gas pipeline from Iran, as the energy-hungry nation seeks to secure new supplies.
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Friday, June 03, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 03 June 2005

Separatists seek voice in Kashmir talks
Separatist leaders from Indian-administered Kashmir have visited the capital of the Pakistani side of the divided Himalayan region, where they have called for a voice in the ongoing peace process between South Asia's nuclear rivals.
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Friday June 3, 01:51 PM By Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) India's Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee has surprised strategic experts by skipping an important security meet in Singapore that is being attended by top defence officials from around the world, including US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
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Teaching couple says meditation changed lives
Peter Wonder was working as a painting contractor and his wife, Maria, was a travel agent when they were introduced to the practice of Sant Mat, an inner light and sound meditation historically rooted in India.
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Advani launches temple restoration in Pak
Symbolic of the winds of change sweeping the sub-continent, BJP President LK Advani, widely perceived in Pakistan as the man behind the Babri mosque demolition, on Thursday launched the restoration work of the ancient Shaivite shrine of Katasraj.
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Thursday, June 02, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 02 June 2005

Watch story
An eight-member delegation of separatist Kashmiri leaders is travelling to PoK on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus today amidst tight security. The delegation is led by Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Omar Farooq.
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Kumaratunga to visit India ahead of deal
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga will travel to New Delhi today for talks with Indian leaders amid moves to strike an aid-sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels, her office said.
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Air Deccan to reduce fares
India's first low cost carrier, Air Deccan, today announced a reduction in its fares following an eight per cent reduction in the prices of Aviation Turbine Fuel.
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Scholarships for Kashmiris from India
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will award 100 scholarships to graduate and postgraduate students from Indias Jammu and Kashmir state in IT, engineering and medicine, Online news agency reports.
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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 01 June 2005

Sri Lanka president to visit India ahead of aid-sharing deal with Tigers
COLOMBO - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga will travel to New Delhi on Thursday for talks with Indian leaders amid moves to strike an aid-sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels, her office said.
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Sri Lanka president to visit India ahead of aid-sharing deal with Tigers
Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga will travel to New Delhi for talks with Indian leaders amid moves to strike an aid-sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels, her office said.
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The enduring lure of India
More and more business travellers are headed to India, with a requisite stop in New Delhi.
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Advani wants Association of Indo-Pak MPs
Leader of Opposition L K Advani suggested formation of a Friendship Association of Parliamentarians of India and Pakistan to further the peace process between the two countries.
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