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August 30, 2002

Another UK-Indian doctor accused of selling kidneys
Jarnail Singh of Hillfields Health Centre, Coventry, will appear before the General Medical Council, which is hearing the case of Dr Makkar, in October.

Muslim immigrants to face tougher US regulations
Immigrants and visitors from certain Arab and Muslim countries will be fingerprinted, photographed, and tracked after September 11. But civil liberties groups see this as nothing but racial profiling.

August 29, 2002

6 suspected Al Qaeda supporters indicted in US
A grand jury in Detroit has charged Karim Koubriti, Ahmed Hannan, Youssef Hmimssa, Farouk Ali-Haimoud and Abdella, and another in Seattle has charged James Ujaama with supporting the terrorist organisation.
America's War on Terror: Complete Coverage

English vicar bans yoga classes in church hall
Rev Derek Smith said that even if followers in the West used it just for fitness, spiritual leaders in the East insisted it was inseparable from Hindu devotional practice.

August 26, 2002

Pak shopping for nuclear equipment, UK worried
Special high-grade metals from a UK-based company are believed to have reached an uranium enrichment plant near Islamabad, a report in the Sunday Times said.

August 24, 2002

Florida doctor held for plotting attacks on mosques
Robert J Goldstein allegedly had a list of about 50 mosques in apart from 15 homemade explosive devices.

August 22, 2002

Al Qaeda video gives bomb-making lessons
The lessons will allow anyone to arrive at a target city unarmed and put together explosive devices using common household materials.

Britain backs India's claim to Security Council seat
At a press conference in London at the end of his three-day official visit to the United Kingdom, Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani conveyed India's appreciation for Britain's support.

August 21, 2002

British Hindus, Sikhs seek a holy river closer home
They are seeking to use part of the Aire river in west Yorkshire for the ash immersion ceremonies.

August 17, 2002

UK Charity Commission to Probe VHP, HSS
Islamic organisations in London have demanded a ban on the UK chapters of the VHP, HSS, and RSS, alleging that they were responsible for attacks on Muslims in Gujarat.

August 16, 2002

DIASPORA
US court sentences Indian in credit card fraud case
Syed Gul Mohammed Shah admitted selling 15 fraudulent credit cards for up to $2,000 each in the black market. He and Mohammed Jaweed Azmath were originally held in connection with the September 11 attacks.

Gul Mohammad's family shattered by verdict
'We don't know when he will emerge from this ordeal,' elder brother Zahir Shah said.

'I hope the Indian government identifies with him'
Gul Mohammad Shah's lawyer says his client was overpunished, and hopes the Indian government will be lenient towards him.

California felicitates eminent Indians
Commemorating India's Independence Day, the state assembly adopted a resolution honouring Indians who have contributed to diverse fields in California.

THE WAR ON TERROR
Kin of Sept 11 victims file $116 trillion suit
Some 600 family members of the victims have charged three Saudi princes, several foreign banks and charities, and the Sudanese government with financing the attack on America.

US to quiz Taliban official about IC-814 hijack
India would submit to the US questions to be asked of Wakil Ahmed Mutawakil, foreign minister of the Taliban regime.

OTHER REPORTS
Racial killing leaves South Asians jittery
A mob killed Bangladeshi photojournalist Mianzor Rahman on August 12 after tensions had flared up between Bangladeshis and Puerto Ricans in New York's Ozone Park area.

August 15, 2002

Vajpayee to attend 9/11 memorial
Heads of State from around the world will join the ceremony in course of which an eternal flame will be lit.

August 13, 2002

Temporary work visas down sharply in US
The INS issued about 60,500 H-1B visas from October 2001 to June 2002, posting a 54 per cent decline from 130,700 visas issued during the same period in the previous fiscal year, the latest data released by the INS shows.

August 09, 2002

EXCLUSIVE!
'Kargil underlined army shortcomings
A Joint Intelligence Center of the US Pacific Command report said the crisis underlined Indian army's shortcomings 'in intelligence, key equipment and inter-services coordination'.
Also Read: Fernandes pleads ignorance about report

DIASPORA
State Department refuses diplomatic status to Agnihotri
India has given Agnihotri the title of adviser to the Indian embassy in Washington and adviser is not a diplomatic position that is recognised by the State Department.

August 08, 2002

US court allows illegal Indian worker to seek damages
This decision overturns the US Supreme Court's ruling that 'an illegal immigrant who was unlawfully fired could not seek back wages for the time he would have remained working'.

US rebuts Musharraf; says Osama responsible
The Pakistani president in an interview to a US magazine had said, 'I did not think it possible that Osama sitting up there in the mountains could do it'.

August 07, 2002

UK race rights campaigner fined for row with police
But Gurbux Singh got a 115,000 payoff after stepping down from his post following the drunken confrontation after the NatWest Tri-Series final.

August 06, 2002

Sept 11 hate crime victim's brother killed
Sukhpal Singh Sodhi, brother of Balbir Singh Sodhi, the first South Asian killed in the hate crimes following the September 11 attacks was going home in his car when someone shot him.

Tommy Franks briefs Bush on new plan on Iraq

August 05, 2002

'Osama may not be behind Sept 11'
'I didn't think it possible that Osama sitting up there in the mountains could do it', the Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf told 'The New Yorker'.

August 03, 2002

Iraq's invitation to UN weapons inspector evokes mixed reaction
While the US and the UK described it as a 'ploy', France and Russia described it as a 'positive step'.

August 02, 2002

US reopens arms smuggling case involving Pak govt
Initially, the US government had tried to hush up the embarrassing incident, which occurred in June 1991 in the state of Florida, pleading 'diplomatic' and 'national reasons'.

Iraq does a volte face, invites UN arms expert for 'review'
Foreign Minister Naji Sabri wrote to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan asking for the chief weapons inspector to visit Baghdad and discuss the return of arms inspectors into the country.

August 01, 2002

'Rajneeshites were earliest users of WMDs'
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Marshall Billingslea said 'the potential for terrorists and other non-state actors gaining access to weapons of mass destruction has raised the cost of failing to contain proliferation'.

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