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May 05, 2010
Jeffrey Archer on his Indian love story   Matthew Schneeberger
English author Jeffrey Archer was in Mumbai to launch his latest collection of stories, And Thereby Hangs a Tale.

How NY bomb plot gets clearer, murkier   Reuters
Faisal Shahzad, arrested in connection with the failed NY bomb attack, has admitted he had attended a terrorist camp in Pak.

CRPF dug its own grave in Dantewada   Reuters
Maoists trapped and gunned down 76 security personnel during Operation Green Hunt, an offensive against extremists.

The richest MPs in the Rajya Sabha   
Find out the richest MPs in the Upper House of Parliament.

Women in West have 'no dignity': Ahmadinejad   Reuters
Human rights groups have rallied against Iran's election to the UN Commission on the Status of Women on the grounds that the Islamic Republic is oppressive when it comes to women's rights.

Times Square plot: 'Shahzad is being framed'   Reuters
Residents of Mohib Banda, Shahzad's ancestral village in Pubbi area of Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa province, said members of the 30-year-old's family believed he had been implicated in a "false" case.

Indian-American to lead prosecution of Shahzad   
India-born US Federal Attorney Preet Bharara, spearheading the prosecution of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, now has another high-profile terrorism case in his hands -- the Times Square bombing plot involving Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad.

Picasso's painting sold for record $106 million   Reuters
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso's painting 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust' has been auctioned off at a record $106 million. The artist's 1932 picture, which belonged to the late Los Angeles collectors Frances and Sidney Brody since the 1950s, was sold at Christie's auction house in New York.The winning bid, made by an anonymous telephone bidder, breaks the record held by Giacometti's Walking Man I, which was sold for $104.3 million.

Torrential rains throw life out of gear in Riyadh   
Torrential rains have bought Saudi Arabia' capital Riyadh to a halt. Al Jazeera said that a downpur on Monday caused flash floods and sumerged some of the cities main intersections which led to long traffic jams. one person was reported missing and 155 were rescued by emergency services.

Pak sacrificing spies as pawns in Waziristan?   
Did Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence 'give up' its spies as pawns to launch an offensive against the Taliban militia in the country's North Waziristan region?
May 04, 2010
Motormen call off Mumbai train strike   Sahil Salvi
Over 65 lakh people in the metropolis have been hit by the strike by nearly 1,100 motormen.

'The railway strike made things worse'   Rediff Archive
The strike by Mumbai's railway motormen may have been called off, but while it lasted it shook the city's office-going public to the core, so dependent is the city on its lifeline. Presenting a range of reactions from commuters affected by the strike.

Why didn't Kasab kill him?   
Sharan Arasa was probably the only person to come away alive after encountering Ajmal Kasab and Abu Ismail that fateful November night.

Mumbai train strike: Govt invokes ESMA, 170 motormen held   Sahil Salvi
Life in Mumbai was thrown out of gear as trains on the western and central lines of the suburban railway network were hit on Tuesday.

Ahmadinejad, Clinton trade accusations at UN nuclear meet   Reuters
In an expected showdown, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched a verbal attack against each other at a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting at the United Nations on Monday.In his 35-minute speech at the NPT Review Conference, Ahmadinejad slammed Washington for bullying Tehran over its nuclear programme while not pushing the 'Zionist regime' (Israel) for getting rid of its nuclear weapons.

'Pakistani-American had links with overseas radical elements'   Reuters
A middle-aged individual who is suspected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other investigating agencies for being involved in the failed Times Square car bombing is a naturalised US citizen of Pakistani origin, media reports said on Tuesday.

Raj warns motormen to get back to work   Sahil Salvi
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray warned motormen to call-off their strike else his party would oppose it "in their style" on Tuesday.

'Ontario needs Sikh community united'   
The Sikh community left behind the clouds cast by infighting in gurudwaras and extremism for the Baisakhi parade in Toronto, April 25.

'Obama's administration is not going to be Big Brother'   
Cochin-born and raised Shaffi Mather, founder of an ambulance service that has revolutionized medical transport in Mumbai and Kerala, was appreciative of President Obama's "vision of trying to bring together grassroots and community-based entrepreneurs, instead of the regular Fortune 500 and Forbes businessmen."
May 03, 2010
At Cama hospital, Kasab is a bad word   Abhishek Mande
On the day of Ajmal Kasab's trial verdict, rediff.com's Nithya Ramani and Abhishek Mande visit the ill-fated hospitals and discover how staff members are coming to terms with 26/11.

'Dead' Taliban leader Hakimullah threatens US in new video   Reuters
Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who was reportedly killed in a United States drone strike in January, has vowed to attack the US in a new video dated early April."

Karunanidhi on firefighting mission in Delhi   A Ganesh Nadar
During his meetings with the UPA boss and the prime minister, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader is expected to discuss two thorny issues affecting Dr Singh's government -- the 2G spectrum row involving Telecom Minister and DMK MP A Raja and the continued absence of his son M K Alagiri, the Union chemicals and fertilisers minister, from Parliament and Cabinet meetings.

'We were never in doubt of Fahim's innocence'   Krishnakumar P
The sensational acquittal of 26/11 Mumbai terror accused Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed have raised many eyebrows. But for Fahim's family, the decision has simply reinforced their belief that he was innocent. Rediff.com's Krishnakumar P visits Fahim's house in Mumbai, and brings forth their reactions.

Motormen on strike, Mumbai local trains stop   
Train services on Central and Western lines were badly affected on Monday as motormen went on an indefinite hunger strike, causing lot of inconvenience to commuters in the evening rush hour.
May 02, 2010
We were very lucky, says New York Mayor   Reuters
The New York police on Sunday defused a car bomb in the heart of New York's famous tourist hub of Times Square after evacuating thousands of visitors, residents and theatre-goers from the area, averting what could have been a "very deadly event" in the US.

New York police defuse car-bomb in Times Square   Reuters
Traffic was stopped and redirected to the surrounding areas as the police closed down a section of Times Square after a foot patrol officer spotted a parked Sports Utility Vehicle, identified as a Nissan Pathfinder, around 6.30 pm Saturday evening (4 am IST Sunday)

Why do terrorists target Times Square?   Reuters
Behind the JumboTron fašade of Times Square dwells a vibrant, quintessential America. Any attack plot on the Times Square is an assault on the liberalism the United States stands for. P Rajendran gets a bit nostalgic the day the 'Crossraods of the World' stood on the brink of danger.
May 01, 2010
Politics is next on actress Khushboo's agenda   
"I am silently involved in lot of social work including in the areas of HIV/AIDS, transgenders and cancer. But being in politics gives a larger platform and to work better," she says in an interview in Chennai.

Maharashtra turns 50   Sahil Salvi
Maharashtra Governor K Sankarnarayanan salutes the marching police personnel during the Maharashtra Day parade at Shivaji Park, Dadar, on Saturday. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the state's formation.

Indian-origin paramedic on Time's list of most influential people   
Rahul Singh is "honored and touched" that he is on the Time Magazine's 2010 list of 100 people who have significantly influenced the world in the 20th century.

Terror can strike Delhi markets anytime: US   
"Markets such as those located in Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Mehrauli, and Sarojini Nagar, can be especially attractive targets for terrorist groups," the advisory said.

I did my best to defend Ajmal Kasab: Pawar   
Kasab, the defence lawyer said, is "very sharp and clever" and understood the proceedings clearly although most of it was in Marathi as witnesses deposed in that language.
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