December 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday “expressed his regret” to a senior Indian official about the treatment of an Indian diplomat who was arrested last week in New York, although he didn't concede that U.S. authorities had broken any rules during her detention, the State Department said. Kerry's telephone call sought to calm a diplomatic furor over the treatment of Devyani Khobragade, a deputy consul general who was arrested and charged with visa fraud Thursday.
December 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Seeking to defuse a growing dispute, the State Department on Tuesday promised an internal investigation into the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York and urged New Delhi not to retaliate in ways that threatened the safety of U.S. diplomats. The arrest Thursday of Indian deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade on federal charges of visa fraud has set off a storm of angry protests in New Delhi, and a stripping of privileges of U.S. diplomats there. Khobragade was accused of filing false documents to obtain a visa for her housekeeper, and of paying her $3.13 an hour, about one-third the federal minimum wage.
December 17, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- India reacted Tuesday to the arrest of one of its diplomats in New York last week by snubbing a U.S. Congressional delegation, removing security from outside the U.S. Embassy and threatening to treat U.S. diplomats the same way it says its envoys were treated by America. The issue has become a major story, with India's often-breathless media calling the situation a “full blown diplomatic war,” while National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon was quoted describing the U.S. action as “barbaric” and “despicable.” The incident was sparked off when Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, was arrested last week by New York police on charges of visa fraud.
December 11, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - In a reversal that surprised many gay activists and flew in the face of changes seen in some other countries recently, India's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower-court ruling, in effect making homosexuality a crime again. The nation's top court overturned a 2009 Delhi High Court decision that decriminalized homosexual sex between consenting adults. In Wednesday's ruling, the top court argued that the lower court had overstepped its mandate and had no right to augment the law. “It is up to parliament to legislate on this issue," said Justice G.S. Singhvi, who headed the two-judge Supreme Court bench.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 |
The second suspected gunman who allegedly opened fire at a Sikh sports event in Sacramento County has been caught in India five years after the fatal shooting, the FBI announced. Amandeep Singh Dhami, 28, went on the run after the August 2008 attack at the Gurmukh Singh Johal Memorial Tournament, according to the FBI. One person -- 26-year-old Parmjit Pamma Singh -- died in the shooting, and several more were injured. Spectators were able to hold down the other shooter -- 28-year-old Gurpreet Singh Gosal -- until Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene, some of them using hockey sticks and cricket bats, the Sacramento Bee reported.
November 29, 2013 |
India is now the world's third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India's grain harvest is coming from wells that are starting to go dry. This sets the stage for a major disruption in food supplies for India's growing population. In recent years about 27 million wells have been drilled, chasing water tables downward in every Indian state.
November 20, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Perennial tensions between Pakistan and India found their way into movie theaters Tuesday when a Pakistani judge imposed restrictions on the screening of Indian films. Responding to a petition filed by controversial television talk show host Mubashir Luqman, the Lahore high court issued an interim order barring the screening of any imported film unless it can be established that it has proper documents and the sponsorship of a Pakistani national, both required by law. Luqman, once a film producer, is known for his anti-India views.
November 16, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar retired Saturday, drawing to a close a stellar 24-year career with tears, a final wave and the enduring love of millions. Spectators in the packed stands of Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, his hometown, chanted, “We want Sachin, We want Sachin,” as television networks broadcast a huge banner in the stands proclaiming “Legends Never Retire.” With millions watching across the country, he shook hands with players on the opposing West Indies side and climbed the stairs to the dressing room.
November 11, 2013 |
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. -- Mother Teresa After my trip to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan I wasn't sure how I would react when I returned to India. Bhutan is peaceful; India is India. Two months on a motorcycle with a sidecar aren't exactly tranquility, so you'd think I'd be prepared for the bedlam of India. Not quite. I got used to it again and went about looking for a place to stay for the night in Kolkata, once known as Calcutta.
November 10, 2013 |
Regarding "The World Within" by Amanda Jones, Nov. 3: Unless you are so rich that you can travel to the Ananda spa in northern India in a private jet, I take issue with the claim that guests there can clear a gentle path to inner stillness. On arrival in India, a country with 11 times the population density of the U.S. but 8% of its annual income, you are facing a population 70% of which lives on $2 a day. And if you ride a train to northern India, you come face to face with the poor hordes.