August 15

Australian Indians first to celebrate I-Day
Consul General in Sydney Madhusudan Ganapathy said he was impressed by the enthusiasm of the expatriate community in celebrating the occasion.

Armitage hints at early lifting of sanctions on India
But the deputy secretary of state refrained from giving a time frame in which such action would take place.

US seeks closer military ties with India
'The more militaries co-operate with each other, the less likely [it is that] we'll shoot at each other,' said Major General Bruce Scott, commander of the US Army's security assistance command.

August 14

Tolstoy Foundation's award for Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama will be the second recipient of the Alexandra Tolstoy Humanitarian Award, which honours an individual whose 'life's work and career reflect the spirit of Alexandra Tolstoy's humanitarian principles'.

French Town Celebrates Janmashtami
In the heart of Noisy Le Grand, which lies on the way to EuroDisney from Paris, over 600 devotees gathered to celebrate Janmashtami at a temple run by ISKCON.

Indians, Russians celebrate Janmashtami
The main attraction of the day was a gala celebration at Moscow's famous Youth Palace on Sunday evening.

August 13

Indo-Canadians raise funds for the Harbourfront Centre
Around 150 people attended the Tandoori Open, a charity golf tournament organised by a group of Indo-Canadians at the Angus Glen, the most prestigious golf club in Toronto.

August 12

I-Day festivities launched in Toronto
But so few people attended the function, held in suburban Scarborough, that the organisers had to move it indoors.

Indians Remember Dark Days of Uganda
'I won't even go back to visit Uganda,' said Zulema de Souza, who used to be a teacher in Kampala, 'forget about going to live there.'

India caucus gives Dan Burton cold feet
Fearing another humiliating defeat at the hands of the pro-India forces on Capitol Hill, the Congressman stops short of tabling his annual motion seeking to cut aid to India for human rights violations.

Indo-Canadian accused in bank fraud in news again
Report says that Canadian Alliance MP John Reynolds owes Cdn$500,000 to Vancouver-based brokerage firm on shares that he bought of a once fast-rising dotcom company, which is owned by Rakesh Saxena.

Appeal against reprieve for killer
Judge Charles Brieant overturned Paul Cox's conviction for murdering an Indian couple in 1989. The reason: he felt that a confession made at Alcoholics Anonymous was sacrosanct and confidential, and could not be used as evidence.

Indians contribute to Labour, Tory coffers
Britain's wealthiest Asian Lakshmi Mittal, Caparo group's Lord Swraj Paul, Moni Verma of Veetee Rice and Mohammed Ali of the Ambala Group are among the leading contributors.

Canada banks get big fee to woo investors
Major Canadian banks and their consultants in foreign countries can earn up to Cdn$28,000 commission on each immigrant investor that they are able to bring into Canada.

Jaya refutes nexus with former UTI chief
"There is no question of any nexus between me and the former UTI chief, as I do not know the individual referred to in the news item at all," the Tamil Nadu chief minister said.

Three Indians in Bradman's elite list
Gavaskar, Kapil and Tendulkar were among a pool of 69 from whom the legendary Sir Donald Bradman made his selection of the 'world's best team' before he died.

Injury-hit India brace for Sri Lanka
"From the time I took over as captain, I have been unlucky. I have never had a full-strength team to lead," said Ganguly.

VVS Laxman to return in 3-4 weeks
The star batsman, who has been advised rest and physiotherapy treatment, is expected to be fit for the South African tour.

Paes-Bhupathi rally into semis
The ace Indian pair recovered from the brink to beat the in-form team of Jiri Novak and David Rikl in the Masters Series.

Lebedeva crushes rivals
Tatyana Lebedeva claims the women's triple jump world title by more than a half-metre.

Jones bounces back from defeat
Olympic champion Marion Jones got her sprinting back in tune with a virtuoso display in her 200 triumph.

August 11

Canadian PM offers to mediate on Kashmir
In a letter to Liberal Member of Parliament James Karygianns Chretien said he would continue to voice Canada's support for dialogue as the best means of achieving a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.

JHU involved in cancer drug scandal
Doctor Purvish Parikh, who is probing the clinical trial of a banned drug at the RCC on behalf of the Kerala government, said he had documentary evidence to prove JHU's involvement.

Gandhi, yes, but which one?
Contestant Geoff Rothberg is reported to be considering legal action against the Channel Seven quiz show, The Weakest Link, for rejecting his answer 'Gandhi' to the question: which Indian leader was assassinated by Sikh bodyguards in 1984.

Tellis's book tells India's N-tale
Ashley Tellis, adviser to US Ambassador to India Robert Blackwill, delved into India's future nuclear options for the Pentagon. The book is now seen as among the most authoritative on the subject.

Indian-American to advise US ambassador
Bombay-born Ashley Tellis's appointment as senior policy adviser to Ambassador Robert Blackwill is a clear signal that nonproliferation will be a top priority of the Bush administration in its dealings with India.

Bradford Janmashtami to be low key
A Hindu community leader in the racially troubled city said weekend celebrations of Janmashtami would be scaled down to avoid intimidation from local Muslim gangs.

Gandhi graces UK railway station mural
But a group of local residents is annoyed that the mural left out former world snooker champion Dennis Taylor. Taylor himself said that 'whoever decided this didn't think living in Blackburn for 32 years and winning the world championship was enough to qualify'.

Burning down the home
'In this modern India whose fondest aspiration is to a seat on the UN Security Council -- in this India, there are patients whom we chain to doors and beds in an mental "asylum". They actually have the gall to call this an "asylum",' says Dilip D'Souza.

MindTree secures $14.4-m in 2nd round
Ever since its inception two years ago, the company's expanded equity capital has shot up to $23.90 million with higher valuation, technology meltdown notwithstanding.

Kerala to host global investors' meet
While a conference of non-resident Keralites will be held in Kochi on August 20 and 21, the global investors' meet will be hosted in November.

Red tape causes low FDI, says Maran
The government on Friday admitted in the Lok Sabha that foreign direct investment was not up to expectations, having targetted $10 billion.

Which Ajay do you want?
Mistaken identity, self-sacrificing wife find pride of place in 'Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke'.

'I'm not going role hunting in the West'
AB has his plate full with Kante, Kutumb and Yash Chopra's next.

The Uppers and Downers
Of Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat.

Dangerous pitch forces premature end to three-dayer
Only one over was bowled on day 3 in the three-day match between the Indians and Sri Lanka Board President's XI.

Tendulkar to miss a Test for the first time
His 84 Tests in a row is a record for the maximum Tests played by any player in Test history since debut without missing a match.

'Tiny' chance of Ashes return for Waugh
The Aussie skipper is undergoing intensive rehabilitation work with team physio Errol Alcott

Paes-Bhupathi in last eight
The ace Indian pair next meet fourth seeds Jiri Novak and David Rikl, in the Masters Series at Cincinnati.

Johnson completes hurdles hat-trick
The American edged Olympic champion Anier Garcia to capture the world 110 metres hurdles title for a third time.

August 10

Indian advisor caught in a political battle
Caught in the crossfire of the political salvos being hurled between California Governor Gray Davis and the man who wants his job, Secretary of State Bill Jones, is advisor Vikram Budhraja.

Reddy's brother seeks leniency in sex scandal
Jayaprakash Lakireddy, who has admitted to helping his older brother bring young Indian girls into the country to be sexually exploited, compared his offence to a minor traffic violation.

Indo-Australians lobby for their languages
As a result of 'insufficient' Australians mentioning Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi or Urdu as the language at home, government information brochures do not have anything in any language from the subcontinent, say community leaders.

2 Russians held for illegal insect trade
Viktor Sinyaev and Oleg Amosov were arrested in Sikkim with about 20 kg of specimens in their possession that included 2,000 species of butterflies, moths and beetles.

Hotmail, Yahoo likely to be free
Sabeer Bhatia, the founder of Hotmail, said Microsoft is unlikely to charge its users for email service, as the company uses the service to push its products.

India continues nuclear programme: CIA
The agency said New Delhi continues to rely on foreign assistance for key missile and dual-use technologies, where it still lacks engineering or production expertise.

Attack on Dalai Lama's car upsets Tibetans
The spiritual leader's car was stoned after protestors in Jammu mistook it for the vehicle of a state minister.

Hurriyat opposes Centre's move
'The government is clearly acknowledging the freedom movement in the various parts of the Jammu region,' former Hurriyat chairman Omar Farooq told

India unmoved by US warning on WTO
Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh told visiting US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick that there was need to first deal with implementation of the issues arising out of the Uruguay Round as they were important to developing countries.

Subramanyam clarifies on call from PMO
The former Unit Trust of India chairman said that he never discussed investment proposals of the institution with an officer on special duty in the PMO.

Shiv Nadar completes 25 years of success
'I see an end to the US slowdown sometime next year. For India, that will mean excellent opportunities. Around seven to 10 million more jobs,' predicts the HCL founder.

Yaadein flounders in second week
Many moviegoers complained the film was too long, too boring, and it offered too little of Hritik Roshan. They said the impact of pirated video and DVDs was clearly exaggerated.

'It's the maddest unit I've worked with'
Preity Zinta on Aamir, Saif, Akshaye, Farhan and Dil Chahta Hai.

'Unlike Akash, I believe in love'
Aamir Khan on Dil Chahta Hai.

Das, Ramesh, Ganguly among the runs
The trio helped the Indians make a strong reply to Sri Lanka Board President's XI's first innings total.

Finding the behavioural balance
The sooner players are told how they can and cannot react to the umpire's decision, says Daniel Laidlaw, the better.

IPS officer swims English Channel
Rajiv Trivedi swam the 32-km course in 13 hours on Wednesday and set an Indian record in the under-40 category.

Martin sends Sampras packing
The defeat means that Sampras has now failed to win a title in his last 16 tournaments he has participated in.

Bidouane wins women's 400 hurdles
She is the first woman to regain a world 400 metres hurdles title.

August 9

Preserving Sikh culture at Smithsonian
A gala event celebrating the Sikh culture will be held at the Smithsonian Institute on August 11. 2001. The event will feature a dinner, lectures and entertainment.

Save bull, Maneka urges Spain's king
The minister was dismayed to learn that director Salvador Tavora has been given permission to have a bull tortured and slaughtered as part of his presentation of the opera Carmen on August 11 during the International Festival of Santander.

Pamela Singh's new passion
Photographer and former Miss India Pamela Singh took the perilous leap from photo-documentarian to photo-artist with the reckless courage that has characterised most of her public ventures. An interview.

Lawmaker held for beating up school owner
The issue was that of three African-American teachers who were being replaced and Garnet Coleman, who has made a career out of race related issues, wanted the teachers to stay, Harsh Kumar explained.

Opposition to Gandhi statue dropped
Riverside Muslims had opposed the plan to set up a Gandhi statue in their city. But after months of negotiation, a compromise, perhaps a sister-city relationship with a Pakistani city, has been worked out.

The end of tradition
'The new policy of replacing the ensign appears to be the navy's effort to get on the swadeshi bandwagon. Will we also now obliterate the names of the navy's first four chiefs and remove their portraits from South Block?' says Admiral (retd) J G Nadkarni .

$540-mn US pref trade access to India
'This gives us a tangible aspect of trying to improve an important trading relationship,' US Trade Representative Robert B Zoellick told reporters in Delhi.

That brooding intensity
Ajay Devgan promises to sear in Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke.

'Sameer's closest to me'
Saif Ali Khan on his role in Dil Chahta Hai

Vandort slams 116 as Indians toil
The young opener rescued Sri Lanka Board President's XI after they were reduced to 45 for 3 within the first 10 overs.

Zaheer Khan cleared to play in Lanka
"The injury is...more to do with the muscle. Nothing to do with the bone," said National selector T A Sekar.

India score over England
Deepak Thakur's late goal gave India their first victory in the Azlan Shah hockey tournament.

Paes-Bhupathi beat Jensens
The ace Indian pair entered the second round of the Masters Series doubles tournament at Cincinnati.

Gopichand wins Grand Prix opener
The Indian ace dropped the first game but won comfortably.

August 8

Mehta's Knopf to publish Clinton memoirs
The $8 million deal is another personal triumph for Sonny Mehta, whose reputation as one the world's finest editors may actually have influenced Clinton's decision to give Knopf worldwide rights to his memoirs.

A nature reserve from a garbage dump
Amrit Lalloo, a former South African Indian biology teacher, wants to convert a massive garbage dump allotted to Indians to resettle during the apartheid era into a nature reserve.

A South African Prison Diary
Sociologist and Nelson Mandela biographer Fatima Meer's latest book records her stint in a Soweto prison. Devastation revisited
If the unusually heavy early monsoons coupled with huge amounts of water released from the dams in Orissa caused the disaster, it was the lack of preparation as well as an irresponsible administration that aggravated it, says P V Unnikrishnan.

The PM doth protest too much
'Why should the PM take extreme umbrage when his son-in-law's activities are mentioned by anyone? Why should the PM expect his son-in-law to be accepted as being as honest and honourable as he himself is accepted to be by the country?' asks Arvind Lavakare.

IIT Kharagpur plans campus in Silicon Valley
The premier Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur near Calcutta will open a campus in Silicon Valley, US, to impart distant-learning courses.

UK slowdown to impact trade with India
The decline will impact decisions in many countries on buying British. Made in Britain is not being made much in Britain any more.

Karnik appointed Nasscom chief
The successor to Dewang Mehta will assume office in September.

UTI ex-chief, 3 others granted bail
However, Cyberspace director Arvind Johari was denied bail and he was remanded to judicial custody till August 14 by the judge.

A Coppola pix now
Apocalpyse Redux Now -- one of the defining films of the 21st century.

Julie Andrews does a Henry Higgins
In The Princess Diaries.

SA Indian takes cricket to African heartland
Hoosen Ayub is spearheading a project to make cricket a major sport in the continent.

UCBSA boss hits out at Bacher
Percy Sonn was reacting to a controversy over the allocation of the World Cup matches.

Beenamol in 400m semis
The Railways quarter-miler placed eighth and last in the second of three semi-finals at the World athletics championships.

Aussies beat India with late goal
Troy Elder's goal a minute from time saw India suffer their third defeat in the Azlan Shah hockey tournament.

Greene pulls out of World Championship
But the Olympic champion and world record holder said he still hoped to be fit again within two weeks, raising the possibility of a rematch with silver medallist Tim Montgomery in Zurich on August 17. .

Agassi loses as Ivanisevic survives
It was a tough defeat for Agassi, who won the Los Angeles title over Pete Sampras two weeks ago.