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Jul 30, 2013

Congress party agrees to create new Telangana state

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The ruling Congress party approved on Tuesday the creation of a new Telangana state, a move that has revived deep political divisions and raised fears of violence in the area, home to global firms including Google.

The decision to break up Andhra Pradesh and establish Telangana comes ahead of elections next year and critics say the ruling party is seeking to shore up its political fortunes after dragging its feet over the explosive issue for four decades.

Jul 30, 2013

India’s Congress Party agrees to create new state in south

NEW DELHI, July 30 (Reuters) – India’s ruling Congress party
approved on Tuesday the creation of a new southern state, a move
that has revived deep political divisions and raised fears of
violence in the area, home to global firms including Google.

The decision to break up Andhra Pradesh state and establish
Telangana comes ahead of elections next year and critics say the
ruling party is seeking to shore up its political fortunes after
dragging its feet over the explosive issue for four decades.

Apr 23, 2013
via Pakistan: Now or Never?

From the ground in Afghanistan, an uncertain future

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Arriving into Kabul you are struck by two contrasting images. Streets jammed with noisy traffic, pavements spilling with hawkers and women in sky-blue burqas wending their way through the crush of people. And then just a few metres from this bustle of everyday life are whole streets walled off, defended by layer upon layer of guards with machine guns behind sandbags and blast barriers set up in a zigzag manner to stop or at least slow down the suicide bomber.

These are the green zones of the Afghan capital where the top international military brass, diplomats, officials, and staff of the dozens of non-government organisations work and live and party, cut off from the turbulent nation outside, like virtual prisoners.

Jan 21, 2013

Rape prosecutors bank on DNA, despite poor forensic track record

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A DNA investigation of bloodstained clothes and body swabs has linked all five men and a juvenile accused of the gang rape and murder of a woman in New Delhi to the crime, providing evidence the prosecution claims will be enough to convict them.

Prosecutors say their case will also hinge on cellphone records and on testimony from the dying woman and a male companion who was attacked with her on a moving bus in the capital on December 16.

Jan 20, 2013

India rape prosecutors bank on DNA, despite poor forensic track record

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A DNA investigation of bloodstained clothes and body swabs has linked all five men and a juvenile accused of the gang rape and murder of a woman in New Delhi to the crime, providing evidence the prosecution claims will be enough to convict them.

Prosecutors say their case will also hinge on cellphone records and on testimony from the dying woman and a male companion who was attacked with her on a moving bus in the Indian capital on December 16.

Jan 14, 2013

India army chief threatens Pakistan over Kashmir killings

NEW DELHI, Jan 14 (Reuters) – India’s army chief threatened
to retaliate against Pakistan for the killing of two soldiers in
fighting near the border of the disputed region of Kashmir,
saying he had asked his commanders there to be aggressive in the
face of provocation.

General Bikram Singh’s remarks come amid mounting public
anger in India after Delhi accused Pakistani soldiers of
slitting the throat of one of the soldiers and decapitating him.

Jan 14, 2013

India’s army chief turns up heat on Pakistan, says can retaliate

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s army chief accused Pakistan on Monday of detailed planning of an attack along Kashmir’s de factor border last week in which two soldiers were killed and said India reserved the right to retaliate.

The comments, which came as public anger mounts over the decapitation of one of the slain soldiers, appear certain to further inflame tensions between the nuclear-armed enemies.

Jan 13, 2013

Defendants’ lawyers in the spotlight in Delhi gang rape case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In a grubby room, one wall lined with legal tomes, a father and his son leaf through thick case files in preparation for the trial of their lives – defending the main accused in a gang-rape that outraged India and caused shock waves around the world.

The small New Delhi legal firm, with its headquarters in a cramped office above a local bank, has been thrust into the international spotlight after being appointed to represent bus driver Ram Singh.

Jan 13, 2013

Defendants’ lawyers in the spotlight in Indian rape case

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In a grubby room, one wall lined with legal tomes, a father and his son leaf through thick case files in preparation for the trial of their lives – defending the main accused in a gang-rape that outraged India and caused shock waves around the world.

The small New Delhi legal firm, with its headquarters in a cramped office above a local bank, has been thrust into the international spotlight after being appointed to represent bus driver Ram Singh.

Jan 11, 2013

A grandmother, a new bunker lead to India-Pakistan clashes

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A grandmother who slipped across one of the world’s most guarded frontiers and a new border post being built in response could have been the catalysts for the worst flare-up between the armies of India and Pakistan since 2003, a newspaper report and a resident said.

At least four soldiers, two from each side, have been killed in clashes since last Sunday in disputed Kashmir, where the nuclear-armed enemies are separated by a Line of Control (LoC) set up in 1948.