June 28, 2001

Sonia meets Cheney, lauds India caucus
Sources said her meeting with the vice-president was extremely 'friendly and cordial' and after the exchange of pleasantries, there was a brief but substantive discussion of bilateral, regional and global issues.

A 'firm grip' on human smuggling
The INS operation, which focused largely on airports, resulted in the interception of 415 people destined for the US and other Western countries. The bulk of those arrested were from the subcontinent

Bid alleged to frame UK aid worker's son
The son of the disabled British aid worker who was convicted in Kulu last month for drug smuggling says the Himachal Pradesh police offered him charas.
'Lagaan' will be Aamir's biggest US hit
Most Indian films lose about 50 per cent of their box-office collections in the second weekend, but Lagaan took a slim fall of about 16 per cent.

'The Qayyum Commission never got back; maybe they did not want to'
Former Pakistani skipper Asif Iqbal defends himself against allegations of match-fixing and discusses the repercussions on the game.

When an Indian won British hearts
British-born Gujarati Arvind Parmar went down fighting to Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the second round at Wimbledon. But every point he scored was a point for England.

Kramnik downs Anand in game 3
The Russian now leads 2.5-1.5 after day two of the ten-game Mainz Classic Rapid Chess Festival.

Nirupama-Rika through to round 2
They now face top seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs.

Booked for life!
Anita Nair has been hooked since she was five. On books.

June 27, 2001

Lift sanctions, urges ambassador designate to India
Noting that there was 'enormous' promise in the Indo-US relationship, Robert Blackwill said there were some deep historical ruts from which both countries had to get out.

Sonia in Washington, to meet Cheney
The congressional caucus on India and Indian Americans hosted a luncheon for her on Capitol Hill, with a record number of the 120-plus members in attendance.

US plans 'tough love' for Pakistan
Bush's envoy designate to Pakistan, Wendy J Chamberlin, says she will strongly convey America's commitment to democracy and non-proliferation to Islamabad.
Indian heads media schools association
Dr George Thottam is the first foreign president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.

US, India strengthen cooperation in countering terrorism
Sources said the US had agreed to assist India in setting up a 'centre for counter terrorism' and increase the level of cooperation in intelligence sharing.

Straw intervenes on behalf of Briton in Simla prison
Human rights campaigners in London claim that Ian Stillman, 50, is the victim of a miscarriage of justice after being sentenced to 10 years in jail by a Kulu sessions judge for possessing cannabis.

InfoUSA to set up Bay Area office
Founder chairman Vinod Gupta says the new office will help expand business and serve clients better.

Jobless techies may not be deported
The American authorities may extend the grace period for foreign workers to help them find alternative jobs.

Canada may admit temporary workers
The government is seriously considering a relaxation in immigration rules to meet the acute shortage of skilled workers.

'India has to be more open to attract business'
Canadian businessmen think India still has a closed market and hence go to other nations to invest.

Joshi hopes for better Indo-Canadian trade ties
The heavy industries minister listed infotech, infrastructure, power and roads as sectors in which Canadians could invest.

Andale makes breakthrough in online selling
Andale Inc, provider of automated selling systems to sites like eBay, is introducing the auction industry's first commerce management service.

Ganguly, Dravid power India to victory
The Indian captain finally came good with the bat in a comfortable four-wicket victory over Zimbabwe.

British ministers to meet ECB officials
But junior minister Lord Bassam said he did not anticipate any changes in the law.

British legislation for crowd trouble
A draft act will have to be approved by the House of Commons followed by the House of Lords before it can take effect.

Will the Indo-Pak summit create history?
Will Prime Minister Vajpayee of India and Chief Executive Musharraf of Pakistan be able to make a decisive break from a past of suspicion and conflict? Express your opinion.

Assaulted 'schoolgirl' turns out to be 44-year-old
Police investigating an assault against a 16-year-old student were in for a surprise.

June 26, 2001

Burnley Dy Mayor's Son, 20 Others Held
Tension remains high in the town where police are maintaining a strong presence on the streets. Meanwhile, community leaders have agreed to set up a task force to address the problems in the town

Boldly Rekindling The IT Gold Rush
The 9th conference of The Indus Entrepreneurs punched the pause button on the high-tech recession, as 2,569 people poured into the Westin Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.

Sonia Woos NRIs in New York
The Congress president will also address the UN General Assembly and is expected to meet with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Tuesday.

Beverly Hills Store Fined For Selling Shahtoosh
A high fashion Beverly Hills store and its owner have agreed to pay a fine of $175,000 for importing and selling the banned product .

'Reinventing businesses, need of the hour'
Adjusting to market changes and providing improved services to consumers will dictate firms' futures, say experts.

Cellphone buzz mars TiEcon sessions
Constantly ringing cellphones, despite requests to turn them off, made it difficult to follow the goings-on at the meet.

India likely to experiment
As Sourav Ganguly and Zimbabwe seek redemption, India are likely to field some new faces for Wednesday's ODI.

Streak doubtful for Wednesday's tie
The Zimbabwe captain said an abdominal strain could keep him out of the match against India.

India, Pak planning joint ODI series
BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele said Zimbabwe and the West Indies could be the other teams in a quadrangular event next year.

June 25, 2001

India occupying Kashmir: Zakaria
Newsweek International   Managing Editor Fareed Zakaria describes the military occupation of Kashmir by India as a tragedy. He also says Pakistan is on the verge of collapse.

Racial clashes in UK town
An alleged hammer attack by a gang of white men on an Asian taxi driver in the town last Saturday was being blamed for the trouble.

Indo-Canadian sentenced for trying to kill daughter
Piara Rai was furious that his daughter had defied him and secretly married the man she loved.

Indian may get berth in Ontario Cabinet
Raminder Gill, Progressive Conservative member of the Ontario legislature, is likely to be included in the Ontario Cabinet during the next reshuffle by Premier Mike Harris.

'There Is no danger to our neighbours'
NSCN (I-M) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah, the leader of the Greater Nagaland movement, discusses the peace talks with the Indian government and the violence that followed in Manipur. A rediff exclusive!

Sonia Gandhi arrives in New York
On Monday, she will address a closed-door meeting organized jointly by the Asia Society and the Council of Foreign Relations followed by a meeting with former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

Indian envoy asked to intervene in Britisher's case
The family and friends of 50-year-old Ian Stillman, a disabled British charity worker, claim he was wrongly arrested and convicted for drug smuggling in Himachal Pradesh's Kulu Valley.

'US slowdown may benefit India'
With the economic slowdown and the dot-com meltdown, US firms will need India now more than ever, predict experts at TiEcon. .

'Why hire people who agree with you?'
There are a lot of people who want to buy what Vivek Ranadive is selling. What he sold to a riveted TiEcon audience is the experience of a fabulously successful entrepreneur .

CBI sleuths visit BCCI office
BCCI executive secretary Sharad Diwadkar said it was just a 'courtesy call'.

Plans afoot to stop award ceremonies
The England and Wales Cricket Board is considering the move for the Ashes series to ensure player safety.

June 24, 2001

Cisco, HP chiefs stress need to stay ahead of change
'Transitions are where you gain market share,' John Chambers told TiEcon 2001. 'The company that thinks it's done [changing] is done,' quipped Carly Fiorna.

June 23, 2001

TiEcon 2001 gets off to bright start
As entrepreneurs mingled with venture capitalists and other professionals at the Westin Santa Clara Hotel and Convention Centre, doing the ritualistic business card exchange, the dotcom downturn seemed almost forgotten.

Old friends and colleagues reunite at SAJA convention
'SAJA is one of those organizations that, if it didn't exist, it would need to be created,' remarked Tunku Varadarajan of The Wall Street Journal.

Bush government gives India top billing
Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Mark Grossman said the framework of the new foreign policy review would 'regard India as a major player on the world stage'.

Pallone for Israeli AWACS for India
The irrepressible 'Mr India' on Capitol Hill asked President Bush to support the sale of an Israeli Phalcon airborne warning and control system to India.

London set to be Europe's Bangalore
A survey shows that London is Europe's most favoured city for locating e-business.

AOL-Time Honours Seema Christie
The Teen People art director got a community service award.

Racist remarks hurt Olympic bid
The mayor's gaffes have undermined Toronto's high-profile bid to stage the 2008 Olympics.