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Indian budget might reduce taxation on oil sector

NEW DELHI: India may cut taxes on crude oil and refined products in next year's budget, the finance secretary said on Wednesday, to cushion the impact of rising global oil prices on inflation and state oil firms' profits.
"All these issues on the duty structure will be considered in the run up to the budget," Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla told reporters, adding if required, duties will be revised in the budget.
The government, already under attack from the opposition over a

‘Pakistan praised Indian response on Mumbai attacks’

NEW DELHI - A Pakistani High Commission official praised India for acting "responsibly and maturely" following the Mumbai terror attacks which killed 166 people, according to US official cables released by the WikiLeaks website.
The official, whose name was deleted in the confidential cable, made the comments when contrasting New Delhi's reaction to the Mumbai attacks to its response after the bombing of India's embassy in Kabul in July 2008. The cable, signed by then US envoy

12 Indian fishermen released

KARACHI: The government on Monday released 12 Indian fishermen imprisoned at the Landhi jail for violating Pakistan's territorial sea waters. The released men identified as Jenti, Deva, son of Nathu, Jana, son of Ram, Bhavesh, son of Karshan, Karshan, son of Velji, Yogesh, son of Nanhu, Babu, son of Shamant, Karshan, son of Pala, Jena, son of Kara, Bhupt, son of Aibha, Bhupat, son of Govind, and Dhima, son of Rana, would travel to Lahore by bus and then handed over to the Indian

Second Indian envoy in US airport frisking row

NEW DELHI: India said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over the frisking of a Sikh diplomat at an airport, in the latest of a series of spat over security searches.
India's UN envoy, Hardeep Puri, reportedly objected when he was told that his turban had to be inspected during a security check two weeks ago at the airport in Austin, Texas.
The Indian government lodged its protest to a US diplomat in New Delhi after he was summoned to the foreign

Indian doctor to help Pakistan in liver transplant

KARACHI: Global Hospitals Group (GHG) Vice President Khalid Rasheed, based in India, in an exclusive interview to Pakistan Today said that he had conducted his visit to meet representatives of the health ministry, directors of private hospitals and to offer the general services of Global Hospitals for the betterment of health sector.
He revealed that a major goal was to inculcate awareness and ultimately to provide the liver transplant facility the Global Hospitals Group to

Indian test of N-capable missile fails

BHUBANESWAR: India's maiden test of an upgraded version of its nuclear-capable, medium-range Agni-II ballistic missile ended in failure on Friday, when the missile dropped into the Bay of Bengal.
The surface-to-surface "Agni-II plus" was fired from a mobile rail launcher on Wheeler Island off the coast of the western state of Orissa.
"Shortly after initial take off, it deviated from its course and fell into the sea," an official with the Defence Research and Development

Indian delegates sent back from Wagha

LAHORE: The Indian delegates of the Asian Caravan for Palestine due to arrive at Lahore were sent back from the Wagah border on Saturday. The delegation waited three hours at Wahga border, only to be informed that the Indian members of the delegation were denied permission to cross over into Pakistan on the last moment.
This was despite the fact that the 34 Indian delegates had been issued visas by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. Members of the delegation told Pakistan

Pakistan buying Indian cotton at higher rates: traders

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani traders have inked fresh contracts on new rates to import cotton from India, after Indian exporters delivered little under previous deals on lower prices, Pakistani industry officials said on Wednesday.
Textile firms in the world's third-largest cotton consumer have banked on neighbouring India to meet demand after massive summer floods damage to the domestic crop caused an estimated shortfall of approximately four million tonnes.
Pakistan's textile

Indian gay pride parade draws thousands

NEW DELHI: Thousands of people danced, sang and cheered through the streets of Delhi on Sunday in a colourful and vibrant celebration for the first gay pride parade since gay sex was made legal in India.
Under a huge rainbow flag, to the sound of drums, whistles and horns, 2,000 gay activists and supporters clad in feather face masks shouted slogans and waved placards as they marched through the capital of this still sexually conservative country.
"Today is about saying

Kashmir rapper uses rhymes to protest Indian rule

SRINAGAR: If you ask MC Kash, he's just speaking the truth. But Kashmir's breakout rapper's songs are causing rebellion and could land him in jail. Kash calls himself a rebel who uses sharp rhymes and beats instead of stones or guns to protest India's rule over the mostly Muslim region in the Himalayas.
Kash, 20, whose real name is Roushan Illahi, has won a fan base among Kashmir's youth, whose summer uprising against Indian rule inspired his local hit "I Protest."

Indian PM wins backing over telecoms scandal

NEW DELHI: India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday staunchly defended Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against accusations he failed to act over a massive telecom corruption scandal.
Gandhi, the key powerbroker of Indian politics, said Singh was above reproach in the controversy, which the country's audit watchdog estimates deprived the public treasury up to 40 billion dollars in lost revenues. "It is shameful that a person of the integrity of the prime

Indian police kill 25 suspected Maoists

RAIPUR: Indian armed forces said Tuesday they had killed 25 suspected Maoist guerrillas in the insurgency-riven central state of Chhattisgarh, while two policemen died in a separate land mine blast.
"At least 25 Maoists were killed at Jagargunda village in a fierce gun battle with security forces," the chief policeman in charge of anti-Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh, Ramniwas, who only uses one name, told AFP.
About 500 police and paramilitaries attacked up to 200

Butt hires lawyer of Indian origin

LAHORE: Pakistan's suspended Test captain, Salman Butt, has turned to a United Kingdom based lawyer of Indian origin to represent him in the spot-fixing case. Salman Butt's lawyer Aftab Gul confirmed that Barrister Yasin Patel would be representing the player in all matters in the United Kingdom.
"Yasin Patel is a very high profile criminal defence lawyer who also specialises in human rights, money laundering and sports related cases. He will be liasioning with Scotland Yard

Indian hockey coach quits after semi-final loss

GUANGZHOU: India's national coach Harendra Singh resigned on Tuesday soon after his team crashed to a 4-3 defeat to Malaysia in the Asian Games men's field hockey semi-final.
The loss, sparked by a golden goal from penalty corner ace Amin Rahim, meant India will have to go through the qualification rounds to book a berth for the 2012 London Olympics.
Only the winner of Thursday's gold medal clash between Malaysia and Pakistan will be granted a direct entry to the Olympics.

Indian parties fail to end parliament deadlock

NEW DELHI: India's government and opposition parties failed on Monday to break a deadlock in parliament over an investigation into a widening corruption scandal that has prevented economic reforms being approved.
The opposition has halted parliament sessions since early November over demands for a joint parliamentary investigation into the sale of telecoms licences and spectrum in the world's fastest growing mobile phone market.
The Congress party-led coalition government

Indian High Commissioner calls for improved trade relations

LAHORE: The Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal has said that businessmen should strive to create a win-win situation for both Pakistan and India as the governments could only create a conducive environment for trade and it was up to the businessmen to take advantage.
The Indian High Commissioner expressed these views while he was talking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday.
The High Commissioner said that the Indian economy had emerged as one of

Indian top order heaps misery on New Zealand

NAGPUR: Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were building up India's strong reply with unbeaten half-centuries in the series-deciding third and final Test against New Zealand on Sunday.
The veteran batsmen took the innings on following the dismissal of openers Gautam Gambhir (78) and Virender Sehwag (74) to bring India to 292-2 at stumps on the second day of the match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
India were ahead by 99 runs with eight wickets in hand, having