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APTMA’s patience wears thin over Indian intransigence

APTMA’s patience wears thin over Indian intransigence

LAHORE – All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Chairman Gohar Ejaz expressed serious concerns over delaying tactics used by the Indian government with regards to the shipment of one million cotton bales to Pakistan and termed it a contravention of the free market system. It may be noted that the Indian government’s interference in the free market has already drawn heavy criticism from the international community.
He went on to say that India has produced 32.5 million

Indian duo shrug off row

MELBOURNE – Indian doubles stars Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes Saturday shrugged off a furious on-court row after officials were forced to intervene to calm their seething opponents.
Bhupathi said the ugly row, which brought play to a halt on Court 2 as the players argued at the net, was “good for the game”, adding that the “crowd loved it”. Losing pair Juan Monaco and Feliciano Lopez were apparently so incensed over the Indians’ use of the Spanish word “vamos” (“let’s go”)

Indian general convicted of corruption

ISLAMABAD – An Indian Army court on Saturday convicted serving Lt General PK Rath in the Sukna land scam. Lt Gen Rath is the highest-ranking serving officer ever to be convicted in a court martial in India.
The Indian court ordered his court martial on three counts -for providing a no-objection certificate (NOC) for the construction of the building next to the army headquarters in Sukna, for signing a memorandum of understand (MoU) with a private builder and for not informing the

Pakistani millers oppose Indian sugar import

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani millers oppose sugar imports from India because of fears New Delhi may dump surplus product and hurt the domestic industry, an industry official has said. Pakistan imposes no import duty on White sugar and the government in September waived a 25 percent duty on raw sugar.
This was to encourage the private sugar sector to import sugar to meet feared shortages after August flood damage reduced the 2010/11 crop to 3.2 million tonnes. But government and

Indian farmer suicides rise to 17,000 a year

NEW DELHI – More than 17,000 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009, a seven percent rise on the previous year, according to new government figures. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) study titled “Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India” revealed the rise without attributing causes, with the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh the worst affected. Many farmers, particularly in the southern and western states listed, were pushed further into debt in 2009 after

Pakistan hopes for elusive Indian cotton

LAHORE – Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, on the request of Ministry of Textile Industry and All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), has asked the Indian government to ensure early shipment of one million cotton bales of Pakistani importers stuck up in India since last three months due to the ‘doctored default’ by Indian exporters, reluctant in fulfilling the contractual obligations.
Textile Minister Rana Farooq Saeed and APTMA Chairman Gohar Ejaz called on

Indian Basmati processor expects steady output

MUMBAI – Rice processor REI Agro Ltd is expecting its 2010-11 basmati rice output and exports to remain steady at last year’s level and for revenues to grow due to higher prices, a senior company official said.
“Because of lower production of basmati, prices this year will remain firm,” Managing Director Sundip Jhunjhunwala said. In the December quarter, the company was exporting basmati rice at around $1,400 per tonne, compared with $1,300-$1,325 per tonne during the same

Bin Hammam dampens Indian hopes

DOHA – India have a lot of work to do before they can consider hosting a major football tournament, Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam said, casting doubt on the country holding the World Cup any time soon. Seizing on comments by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, several British newspapers said the South Asian country could be an option for the 2026 World Cup as part of Blatter’s drive to see the game spread to new frontiers.
But Bin Hammam said huge strides needed to be made if

PM ignores norms, phones Indian parliament speaker

ISLAMABAD – In an unusual diplomatic initiative, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday telephoned India’s Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to exchange New Year’s greetings.
“The prime minister conveyed his good wishes to her,” an official said. “Meira Kumar had sent a message of greetings to the prime minister on New Year’s eve. Matters of mutual interest were also discussed during the telephonic conversation,” the official said.
Another senior official said: “The prime

Heart and liver transplant – Dr Ziauddin Hospital, Indian hospital team up

KARACHI – Dr Ziauddin Hospital of Karachi and the Global Hospitals of India have agreed to join hands for heart and liver transplants and other services and they would sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for this purpose soon.
“Global Hospitals India has reached this agreement with Dr Ziauddin Hospital to provide state-of-the-art medical facilities to the people of Pakistan,” Khalid Rasheed, group vice president of International Business, Global Hospitals, India, told

Pakistan accepts Indian offer for dialogue

ISLAMABAD – In response to India’s fresh invitation to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to visit New Delhi for the revival of Indo-Pak dialogue, Pakistan has made it clear that this important trip would take place only if India agrees on a “comprehensive agenda” for talks on all issues, including Kashmir.
Nonetheless, Pakistan has accepted the Indian offer of holding a foreign secretaries’ meeting on the sidelines of upcoming SAARC Foreign Secretaries Conference slated to be

Agri Forum lashes out at Indian sugar import

LAHORE – Agri Forum Pakistan has opposed the import of Indian sugar and termed it wastage of valuable foreign exchange of the country and great injustice to the growers. This was stated by Forum Central Chairman Ibrahim Moughal at a meeting attended by representatives from sugarcane areas in different parts of Punjab. The meeting was called to review the production, availability and sugarcane prices in different areas.
It was claimed that the crop production was higher than last

Wife of jailed Indian doctor considers seeking asylum

RAIPUR – The wife of a medical doctor sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of helping India’s Maoist insurgents said Tuesday she would like to seek asylum in a “liberal democratic country.”
“I am not feeling secure in this country,” Ilina, wife of jailed doctor Binayak Sen, told AFP in Raipur, the capital of the Maoist insurgency-riven state of Chhattisgarh. “I am feeling threatened and if you are being persecuted for your feelings then why would you stay here,” she said.

Indian police give up in famed 2008 girl murder case

NEW DELHI – Indian police have closed a probe into the murder of a schoolgirl and her domestic helper in 2008, admitting detectives had failed to solve a crime that transfixed the nation.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said Wednesday it did not have “sufficient evidence to nail anyone” for the deaths of 13-year-old Aarushi Talwar and the male servant in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi. Indian police standards were again under the spotlight after hundreds of

Indian spy agency asks ISPs to keep data in record

NEW DELHI – India’s intelligence agency wants internet service providers (ISPs) to keep a record of all online activities of customers for a minimum of six months, a local newspaper reported on Thursday.
In a communication to the Department of Telecom, India’s Intelligence Bureau has sought that addresses of websites visited with date and time and financial transactions of all customers be stored by the internet operators for six months, the Times of India newspaper reported.

Legal threat hits Blackburn’s new Indian owners

MUMBAI – The new owners of English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, Indian poultry firm Venky’s, are facing a claim for more than five million dollars for allegedly reneging on a proposed joint venture deal. Mumbai-based businessman Saurin Shah told AFP he had issued a legal notice to the firm over a proposed tie-up for the Blackburn bid between Venky’s and his investment firm, Qubic Group.
The notice alleged that Venky’s, which completed the deal in November for 23 million

Indian satellite rocket explodes after lift-off

BANGALORE – An Indian space rocket carrying an advanced communications satellite was destroyed by mission control on Saturday following a malfunction after lift-off, officials said.
Live television pictures showed the rocket exploding in a plume of smoke and fire moments after taking off from the Sriharikota launch site, some 80 kilometres from the southern city of Chennai.
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) veered from its intended flight path and was