INDIAN WELLS – World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki claimed her 14th career title, outlasting France’s Marion Bartoli 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 in the WTA Indian Wells final on Sunday. Meanwhile, Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic won the ATP title, rallying to beat world No. 1 Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and improve his record this season to 18-0. Denmark’s Wozniacki captured her second title of 2011 and becomes the eighth different women’s champion in eight years at the $4.5 million WTA hardcourt
GUWAHATI – At least 21 people in a refugee camp in northeastern India, mostly women and children, died on Saturday after a kitchen fire spread rapidly through huts of bamboo and plastic sheets, a police officer said. The fire destroyed one of six camps in the Kanchanpur area, about 170 km (105 miles) northeast of Tripura state’s capital Agartala. The camps house over 14,000 people from the Reang or Bru tribes out of around 40,000 who fled the neighbouring state of Mizoram in October
KARACHI – Pakistani Maritime Security Agency (MSA) has arrested 22 Indian fishermen, the MSA spokesman said on Friday. The Indian fishermen had violated the Pakistani territorial waters, which resulted in their arrested, and five of their vessels were also seized. The fishermen have been handed over to the police.
HONG KONG – Dilnaz Boga, an Indian photojournalist and reporter, has won the Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for her courageous work in Indian-administered Kashmir, the AFP Foundation announced on Wednesday.
Boga, 33, spent a year in Srinagar working for the respected news portal Kashmir Dispatch as well as a number of international publications and websites, the culmination of a decade covering the troubled region. The Kate Webb Prize was launched in 2008 in honour of the
Prince of pop-turned-King of Soul, Ali Zafar has stolen millions of hearts ever since he released his first song. His fan following has multiplied frenetically over the past few years with the maturity of his music and acting skills.
At a press conference in Melbourne for Indian Film Festival 2011 where Ali Zafar was present amongst Bollywood bigwigs Arbaz Khan, Malaika Arora, Vidya Balan, Joohi Chawla, and others. This ‘Tere Bin Laden’ star who was sitting beside Vidya Balan
NEW DELHI – The United States judged that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was isolated within his own government over pushing for resumed talks with Pakistan, cables obtained by WikiLeaks revealed on Tuesday. The rival South Asian states suspended talks in 2008 after gunmen killed 166 people in Mumbai, and only agreed last month to resume their dialogue.
In an August 2009 diplomatic cable published by The Hindu newspaper, US ambassador Timothy Roemer reported that Singh was
INDIAN WELLS – Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters both faced tough challenges at Indian Wells on Sunday, but not enough to prevent the world’s second-ranked players from moving on.
Federer beat Igor Andreev of Russia 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) in a second-round match while Clijsters defeated Italy’s Sara Errani 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in their third round match in the $9 million dollar WTA and ATP Masters 1000 tournament. Federer fired four aces and won 92 percent of this first service points.
WASHINGTON – Confessions by an Indian Swami to Hindu radicals’ being behind a spate of bombings – earlier blamed on Muslims – have revealed the extent of prejudice against the minority community and also exposed the hollowness of New Delhi’s frequent and convenient assumptions of a Pakistani link to all terrorist incidents in India.
A report in The Washington Post noted that when a series of bomb attacks ripped through Muslim neighbourhoods, mosques and shrines in India in recent
NEW DELHI – Fifty-six pilots working for Indian airlines have failed alcohol tests in the last two years, according to a list issued by the civil aviation ministry. Ten pilots were fired after they failed tests, including one who was found over the limit on two occasions, according to the list released by Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi in parliament on Thursday. The fifty-six pilots worked for the state-owned national carrier Air India, as well as private airlines Jet Airways, Indigo,
SRINAGAR – Police in Indian Kashmir said Thursday they had shot dead the top commander of a Pakistan-based militant group blamed for a series of local attacks, including an assault on the state assembly in 2001. The chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM), Sajjad Afghani, and his bodyguard were killed in a gunfight along the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar, the biggest city in Kashmir, senior police chief S.M. Sahai told reporters. Afghani, who was also known among the militant ranks as “Qari
LAHORE – A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday seeking directions for federal government to approach international court of justice (ICJ) against India for constructing dams on three rivers Chenab, Jehlum and Sindh. Advocate Rana Ilamudin Ghazi filed the petition and submitted that India by blocking water to Pakistan and constructing dams on these rivers wanted to turn Pakistan into a desert. He said despite fifteen year long Pak-India dialogues over
KARACHI – The Indian Navy on late Thursday night arrested 20 Pakistani fishermen while taking away three fishing vessels from the Pakistan territorial waters near Kajar Creek in the Arabian Sea.
Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) Chairman Mohammad Ali Shah said the Indian naval police had crossed international sea limits and came inside the Pakistan waters to arrest the 20 fishermen and seized their three fishing vessels named Al-Rehman (bearing registration number B-14984),
BANGALORE – Indian cricket chiefs apologised to thousands of fans left short-changed by the World Cup’s deepening ticket chaos on Friday while firing a broadside at the sport’s international rulers.
Tournament director Ratnakar Shetty, who is also the chief administrative officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), admitted fans had been let down. However, he said contractual obligations had complicated ticket distribution.
“We are sorry the fans have been
NEW DELHI – India’s Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata is drawing up plans to offer free medical check-ups to fans in a bid to fill the ground during the World Cup, a newspaper reported Thursday.
Eden Gardens has been left with three games not involving the home nation after the India v England clash on Sunday was moved to Bangalore as the venue was not ready on time.
“We have decided to do something benevolent for the spectators. Our president is in talks with private
LAHORE – Noted Pakistani artiste Rahat Fateh Ali Khan on Wednesday thanked the government of India, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Pakistani High Commissioner Shahid Malik for their cooperation in the recent airport issue in India.
At his first press conference after returning home from India, Khan said he was not aware of the rules of carrying cash while travelling out of India. He said there were 14 people who were accompanying him and some of the money belonged to them.
MUMBAI – An Indian trader has slashed iron ore prices to secure a sale to a Chinese buyer at $191 per tonne, a level not seen since January, as the market eyes lower steel prices as an indicator iron ore may fall too.
“There are no buyers at any level. Cargoes are not getting sold even if there is one,” Dhruv Goel, managing partner at iron ore trader Steelmint, told Reuters, adding “people are unclear about the price outlook.”
The cargo was loaded at the port of Paradip,
AHMEDABAD – An Indian court on Tuesday convicted 31 people on conspiracy and murder charges over a deadly train fire in 2002 that triggered anti-Muslim rioting in which 2,000 people were killed. The unrest, some of the worst religious violence in India since independence, was sparked after 59 Hindu pilgrims perished in the train fire at Godhra station in the western state of Gujarat.
Hindus in the state blamed the blaze on Muslim protesters at the station, and furious mobs