August 30

Regular US, India military dialogue to resume
The dialogue was interrupted by US sanctions in the wake of Pokhran nuclear tests in 1998.

S African-Indian boosts AIDS orphans' fund
A leading South African-Indian businessman, who started off as an electrician, has given a major boost to a new fund for children orphaned by AIDS with a contribution of a quarter million rands.

August 29

Pak should ask Taliban to be tolerant: Inderfurth
Former assistant secretary of state Karl Inderfurth said that given the Taliban's suspicion of the West, the more logical persuaders might be fellow Muslims and Islamic governments.

Amnesty's day for 'disappeared' has message for India
Amnesty International observed the Day of the Disappeared on Wednesday with a demand to prosecute all those who have made people disappear in India.

Smithsonian helps preserve Sikh culture
A lecture series this month kicked off the first phase of the institution's Sikh Heritage Project, which was set up 10 months ago to find, protect and display cultural and historical artefacts of the Sikh people.

Australia-Afghan refugee ship imbroglio worsens
The Australian government has been insisting that the asylum seekers are not its responsibility and they should be returned to their last port of call in Indonesia.

Lift economic sanctions on India: Lantos
The Congressman, in a letter to President Bush, urged not to let the issue of nuclear non-proliferation stand in the way of engaging India in greater scientific and defence co-operation.

August 28

$1.2 mn British anti-smoking campaign for S Asians
The drive, by the National Health Service, has been launched on the basis of a survey conducted among British South Asians that revealed that 44 per cent Bangladeshi men smoke compared to 23 per cent Indian men.

Wensley appointed new Australian envoy to India
The appointment of such a senior Australian diplomat to New Delhi is seen to reflect the importance with which the Foreign Affairs and Trade Department treats India.

10,000 infotech jobs melt in one year
Though the bigger players in the sector like Tata Consultancy Services have gone to town talking about how they are still adding to their rolls, second and third rung players are either closing shop or laying off people.

US restores duty-free import of 42 tariff lines
The US government has said the GSP benefits on the remaining tariff lines would only be extended after India enacts its patent legislation.

August 27

Ganesh festival draws hundreds in Paris
The grand conclusion of the festival on Sunday will be marked with a rath yatra that will symbolically bid adieu to the god of good luck.

Lanka rejects US offer to mediate
Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said the ruling People's Alliance coalition was already in contact with the main opposition United National Party to resolve the crisis.

US should intervene in Fiji: congressman
Eni Faleomavaega feels the US should intervene, militarily if necessary, if the Fijian armed forces fail to uphold democracy in the island nation.

Kanishka accused lacks money for defence The prosecutors have refused to release the evidence against Inderjit Singh Reyat, because he has no defence attorney to whom it can be released.

India sanctions may go as example to PakChairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joseph R Biden said by lifting sanctions against India, the US would be "setting an example for Pakistan, a reference to India's relatively good behaviour on selling nuclear-related materials to other countries."

August 25

Aussie immigration department censured
A Pakistani Australian had set himself alight after the department delayed his application to bring his family from Pakistan. The ostensible reason: his youngest daughter has cerebral palsy and treating it would cost the Australian taxpayer.

Asian festival at Sydney Opera House
A number of Indian artistes are enthralling audiences with their performances in the three-day festival.

Scholarships, costumes for SA dancers
ICCR chief Himachal Som is bowled over by African students performing Indian classical and modern dance.

Govt asks Dabhol to complete 2nd phase
Officials said this was necessary in order to ensure that Enron's pull-out did not jeopardise the project and the new buyer could run the power plant without any financial problem.

Row over basmati far from over
The larger issue of restraining RiceTec from calling some of its rice varieties grown in the US as 'American basmati' remains unresolved.

August 24

'Agnihotri's appointment will divide NRIs'
The appointment of a non-resident BJP supporter as ambassador-at-large to the US will fracture and divide the Indian community abroad, say analysts and former envoys.

US help on Kashmir won't compromise Indian stand: Torricelli
The senator and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said third-party intervention was possible without India abandoning its position that Kashmir is an internal problem.

Indians threaten Zimbabwe-style land grab
Former residents of Malacca Road, south of Durban, who were forcibly removed and resettled during the apartheid era, are threatening to grab their ancestral land if the government doesn't return it to them.

Hindu Yatra arrives in Canada
A call for awakening has been issued by sadhus, who want all NRIs to be united under one leadership, said group leader and steel magnate M L Mittal. 'I am trying to support these efforts to achieve this goal'.

South Africa's 17-year-old 'bandit queen'
The Indian girl has been arrested for heading a gang that terrorised and robbed motorists after throwing rocks at their vehicles from overheard bridges..

India supplies cloth for Russian tricolour
Evgeny Trebunok, the main tailor for official Russian flags, told a television station that many Russian tricolours, including the ones used in the Kremlin, are made of Indian cloth.

Salaam presents Dattani's play in New York
The playwright was gratified by the large turnout for the reading of 'Thirty Days in September'.

August 23

Two Home Runs in Quick Succession!
After getting the Order of Ontario last December, Indo-Canadian journalist Haroon Siddiqui now gets the Order of Canada, the highest civilian award that the Canadian government can bestow on its civilians.

Pataki makes a promise to New York's kids
'If you know anyone in the Indian community who has children who don't have health insurance, get them enrolled. They are new Yorkers, we're honoured to have them here,' the governor said.

NRI named ambassador-at-large in US
The Prime minister's friend Bhishma Kumar Agnihotri has been appointed adviser in the embassy in Washington with personal rank of ambassador and as ambassador-at-large for NRIs/PIOs.

Ritual slashing baffles New Zealand police
Some of the faithful still believe that Mohammed Safique, who was severely wounded when his brother used a machete to cut open his stomach as part of the Rativ ritual, would have healed without medical help.

A queer film festival for South Asians
Queer Filmistan, being held in San Francisco from August 31 to September 2, will mark the first time that films about South Asian homosexuals will have their own forum in the US.

A site for the confused, lonely desi
Vineeta Wadhwa's  caters to the lonely American Indian.

August 22

No clues to tabla player's murder
Police say it is likely that Suresh Mangoli, the amiable and popular tabla player whose badly burnt body was found in a irrigation canal near Stockton, knew his killer.