August 21

US retail giants to boycott Indian leather
Eddie Bauer, L L Bean and Timberland have decided to boycott Indian leather until the Indian government takes steps to enforce animal protection laws.

Ganesh to Grace Australian union office
The statue was a gift from a group of eight Indian temple stone masons for whom the union fought to get proper wages.

Americans ignorant about Hinduism: Survey
They are also clueless about the growing economic clout of the Indian-Americans. And 59 per cent don't want to know anyway, it said.

Indians shoot down SA carjackers
Successful Indians have become prime targets for carjackers in South Africa. Two of them decided to hit back

London's oldest Indian eatery still a draw
The rich and famous from across the world frequent Veeraswamy, which serves authentic north and south Indian food.

British lord calls for mediation in Kashmir
'Without mediation, I cannot see peace between India and Pakistan. The Simla and Lahore agreements have failed,' Lord Nazir Ahmed said.

More Bollywood pledged in Fiji campaign
Prime ministerial contender Tupeni Baba has pledged that more Bollywood films will be shot in Fiji if he is elected.

UK dinners fund Indian children
A charity dinner by the Pushpawati Loomba Memorial Trust raised Rs 6.8 million for educating 800 children of widows.

August 20

10,000 throng NY's India Day parade
Mahima Chaudhury officiated as the grand marshal since Jackie Shroff failed to show up for the parade, which was led by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and assorted leaders of the Indian American community.

US senator supports removal of sanctions
Senator Thom Daschle has pledged support for removing sanctions against India when President Bush consults Congress after the summer recess.

Indian behind Torricelli's turnaround
Kapil Sharma, a former senior counsel for the influential senator from New Jersey, admits that he may have helped change his attitude towards India, though he denies that Torricelli was rabidly anti-India at any time.

Race for South African sari queen
Twenty candidates have been shortlisted for the contest to be held at the town hall of Springs, a small town near Johannesburg, on August 25

Pak denies assurance on not raising J&K
Foreign Secretary Inam-ul Haque, in fact, said that he 'emphasized' to his Indian counterpart Chokila Iyer 'the centrality of the J&K dispute for the normalization of relations between India and Pakistan'.

Indian sings with deaf, blind artistes in SA
Movie playback singer Mohammed Aziz is currently touring South Africa for a series of shows in tribute to his late idol, the legendary Mohammed Rafi

August 19

Will Sohan have to learn English at 80?
A British home office minister has proposed that migrants to Britain should be made to learn English -- which puts thousands like Sohan Singh, who have never bothered to do so, in trouble.

Sydney Indians celebrate multiculturalism
The India Fair 2001, organised in the western Sydney suburb of Fairfield, was presided over by New South Wales Premier Bob Carr.

Renovation of Toronto Temple Nears Completion
The maha kumbabhishekam to rededicate and consecrate the altars is now scheduled for August 30 as per 'authentic Agama and Vedic traditions', temple president R K Moorthy said.

BCCI denies 'understanding' with Azhar
BCCI President A C Muthiah said that the board has no private understanding with Azhar. The matter will be decided by the courts.

Balkishan to accept Arjuna Award
'I'm accepting the award without any reservation or feeling of hurt,' Singh said.

East Bengal out of Federation Cup
The National League champions lost to Sporting Clube de Goa by a solitary goal in their opening match at the Nehru stadium in Madras on Sunday.

Schumi wins Hungarian Grand Prix, world title
Schumacher, who started on pole position, was never troubled once team mate Rubens Barrichello overtook McLaren's David Coulthard at the start to slot in behind the German.

August 18

Apology Fails To Satisfy School Owner
Texas Congressman Garnet Coleman's repeated apologies have failed to satisfy school superintendent Harsh Kumar, who was pushed around by him last fortnight.

Change in American War Strategy
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the new strategy would focus on winning one major regional conflict decisively, while at the same time being capable of carrying on smaller-scale deployments in areas like the Balkans, Haiti and Somalia

Friends rally for murder accused
Though the evidence seems stacked against her, friends and well-wishers of Jonaki Roy are out to prove that she did not stab her husband to death in a fit of rage on a July afternoon.

South Asian festival enthrals Toronto
Masala! Mehndi! Masti! which kicked off on Friday at the Harbourfront Centre, showcases South Asian talent in Toronto

Inkatha leaders held for killing Indian family
The killing of the family of five was a revenge attack after the murder of an Inkatha councillor who was having a relationship with a member of the family.

'India, Pak Violating Religious Freedom'
But unlike China and eight other countries, which were termed 'countries of particular concern', the US Commission on International Religious Freedom did not specify reasons for placing India in this category.

`US wants robust relationship with India'
But US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said this relationship should not be interpreted as an attempt to establish a strategic counterweight to China.

August 17

Corruption scandal shames Toronto police
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is investigating into allegations of perjury and theft in a corruption scandal involving dozens of police officers of the Toronto police force.

Indians in Chicago live the suburban dream
Indian American leaders say the direct shift to the suburbs reflects the affluence of the community.

Indian Involved in Pathbreaking Heart Research
A research team comprising Dr Salim Yusuf Dr Shamir Mehta has concluded that many lives could be saved from unstable angina and mild heart attacks with Aspirin and clopidogrel, a blood thinner

VHP to organise a yatra to 40 countries
The yatra (journey) under the title 'Coexistence, Cooperation and Interdependence' celebrates 'the gifts of Hindu culture to quality of life'.

Keeping Saivism alive in South Africa
The Siva Gnana Sabay, which started out in a small way in 1969, today runs two temples, a nursery school and a pre-school as well as facilities for weddings and social events.

Drunk driver gets 35 years in jail for homicide
Thomas Adams, 23, drove a stolen van into a minivan, killing four members of the Dhami family, a year ago.

August 16

US unlikely to declare Pak a sponsor of terrorism
National Security Council official Harry Thomas said naming Islamabad as a state sponsor of terrorism would lead to Talibanisation of the country.

Naipaul in, Rushdie out of Booker first list
Bookmakers William Hill have listed Beryl Bainbridge as 6/1 favourite to win the prize for her novel on renowned literary giant Samuel Johnson, 'According to Queeney'.

'Indian scientists could benefit from stem cell research'
Professor Inder Verma, one of America's foremost experts on genetics, is convinced that it is an area that can open up new vistas for Indian scientists.

In 1964, CIA thought Bose was alive
Declassified documents show that the US Central Intelligence Agency was told in 1964 that Indian freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose survived an air crash in 1945, the Hindustan Times reported on Thursday.

Bharti confident of hurting McDonald's
'As a paying consumer, you have a right to know what you are being sold,' the Seattle-based lawyer said. 'And this is food. Once you ingest it, you can't return it.'

Record turnout for I-Day celebrations in France
Unlike in the past, when Independence Day used to attract about 150 people, this year more than 500 were present to mark the occasion.

RCMP refutes Lal Singh's bribery accusation
Lal Singh, who was the first to be named an accused in Kanishka bombing case, alleged that the Canadian police offered him $2 million and immigration to a country of his choice for giving a false statement.

August 15

Militants cause mayhem in J&K
An improvised explosive device narrowly missed Anantnag Deputy Commissioner G A Peer's bulletproof car, but it partially damaged an escort vehicle.

We will crush cross-border terrorism: PM
Declaring that India believed in peace, Vajpayee said it was with this intention that he had undertaken the journey to Lahore in 1998, but Pakistan's intrusion in Kargil spoiled the atmosphere.

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.

Indians in Gulf first to celebrate
Some 3.5 million Indians live in the six Gulf countries - the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.

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.

'People change history. We changed geography'
'In 1984, I left my job to do something in rural India. After all, all the ills of urban India are because the rural scenario is collapsing,' says Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh.

I forgot August 15!
Lebi Tom recalls her rebellious youth, when Vande Mataram meant nothing to her.

Cops file case against Krushi Bank directors
This is also a sequel to the RBI directive to the Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Andhra Pradesh, on Tuesday to supercede the board of directors of Krushi Bank and blacklist the chairman and directors

Now, exam results on your cell phone
A survey shows that most students would prefer to receive their results in a mobile phone text message to put an end to the anguish of waiting for the post.

Fix your PC yourself
Dr Know tells you how.

Day2: Jayasuriya's ton puts Lanka on top
India through rank bad bowling managed to bat the Lankan captain back into form.

Pakistani generals are adventuristic, not suicidal
'Pakistan is slowly realizing that resorting to nuclear blackmail by describing J&K as a 'nuclear flashpoint,' while at the same time refusing to adopt measures enhancing transparency, trust and confidence will only isolate it in the international community,' says G Parthasarathy.