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India-US relations under strain

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

India and the US relations are under strain these days. Close on the heels of the Narendra Modi episode, a noted Indian Shia scholar Maulana Kalbe Sadiq was detained at the Chicago International Airport and two other clerics were denied entry. Sadiq is a prominent member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).

Musharraf rules out military operation in Balochistan

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

President Pervez Musharraf has ruled out any military operation in Balochistan but reiterated that the government would not allow anybody to disrupt the process of development or damage national installations in the province.

Death sentences passed against three Sri Lankans -- Rights of the family and the public

The Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission has once again brought up the issue of death sentences passed on the Sri Lankan nationals. Earlier in its report it pointed out that one Sri Lankan was facing the death sentence, but in the recent press release the Asian Human Rights Organization speaks of “Death Sentences passed against three Sri Lankans,” but details are sketchy.

India-Pak in shadow boxing on eve of Musharraf visit to India

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

India and Pakistan are engaged in a round of shadow boxing, which observes see here as the sub-continental way of keeping the enemy off key on the eve of a crucial meeting.

No unilateral withdrawal from Siachin: Kasuri

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has said it is willing to pull troops from Siachin but made it clear that there would be no unilateral withdrawal.

BJP attacks the UPA on Patents.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Patent seems to have become the latest stick for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition party in India which heads opposition conglomerate National Democratic Alliance (NDA), to beat ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and its outside supporters, Left Parties.

US Congress to Protect Children and Women

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

Both branches of the United States Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives, early this month, simultaneously took an unusual step in introducing legislation to prevail upon the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) the urgency of safeguarding the lives of women and children fleeing armed conflict, oppression, famine, drought and natural disasters.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Studies Northern Ireland Politics

Neville de Silva, Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse spent three days in Northern Ireland trying to make sense of the territory's roll-coaster politics.

U.S. Sells F-16 Fighter Jets to Pakistan

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

The United States decision on Friday to sell two dozens of F-16 fighter jets amidst India’s objection was interpreted by the United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a step to strengthen military ties as a fillip to Pakistan’s path toward democracy.