December 31, 2010Rashtrapati Nilayam opens its gates for visitors
Come 2011 and the denizens of Hyderabad and the tourists will have a new attraction beckoning them. The historic Rashtrapati Nilayam, the southern abode of the President of India, will be throwing its gates open for the first time to the visitors.
Images: The last few hours of 2010
As the decade enters its final few hours, rediff.com looks at how the world is preparing to welcome 2011.
Pro Publica confirms ISI link to 26/11 attacks
Pro Publica has published a report which underlines the ISI's links to the 26/11 terror attacks. Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa eaxamines this latest revelation in the twisted and long drawn out investigation.
PIX: Obama holidays in Hawaii, snowed-in US fumes
The Obamas' Hawaiian holiday is costing the national exchequer at least 1.5 million dollars, and in normal circumstances, no one would mind it. But with mainland America battered by snow storms, there has been all round criticism for the United States President's trip.
2010: BJP gets it right in Bihar, wrong in K'taka
After the shattering defeat in the general elections last year, the Bharatiya Janata Party appeared to have found its feet in 2010, putting behind internal bickerings and getting its act right in Parliament, but problems with its government in Karnataka stuck out like a sore thumb.
2010, The Year of All Scams
In a year that will be remembered for the scams that exposed the deep rot in the government and the system of governance,
looks at the big scams unearthed in 2010.
Mining scam: A nexus between blood and iron
Blood And Iron is veteran journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta's painstaking effort at documenting the mining scams that erupted in south India this year.
December 30, 2010Season's first snowfall brings cheer to Kashmir
On Thursday, people rejoiced in the Valley as it received the season's first snowfall ending a two-month long dry spell of an intense cold wave.
Exclusive! Headley's wife's good friend speaks out
In an interview with Rediff.com's
, George Alexander Mapp, a friend of Faiza Outalha, estranged wife of Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist David Coleman Headley, talks about his relationship with Faiza, his ordeal with the NIA and what he thinks about the Headley case.
Bengal CM is a Maoist leader, says Mamata
Rubbishing Trinamool Congress's links with Maoists as alleged in West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee's letter to Home Minister P Chidambaram, Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said, "The chief minister himself is a Maoist leader."
IMAGES: What the world will be like in 2025
If 100,000 Britons are correct, the world in 2025 could see China emerging as the most powerful nation and Prince William as the King of England.
Protest, violence, curfew: Kashmir's story in 2010
Months of unrest marked by stone-pelting protests, the deaths of over 100 people, the infamous Macchil fake encounter case and allegations of human rights violations kept Jammu and Kashmir in the news in 2010.
PIX: Heroes & Villains of Indian politics in 2010
They say we get the politicians we deserve. In that case, all of us need to do better, immediately. For our elected leaders rarely make us proud; most of the times, they make us cringe. Rediff.com takes a look at politicians across India who made headlines this year, often for the wrong reasons, rarely for the right ones.
December 29, 2010Why this corruption, Mr Prime Minister?
'On January 1, 2010, I didn't imagine Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be fighting a political battle to save his famed credibility.'
2010 saw Parliament's longest shutdown since 1947
It was a tumultuous year for Parliament rocked as it was by disruptions on scams that led to the longest shutdown of an entire session for the first time in independent India.
The girl who stumped Obama
Afsheen Irani asked the one question everyone wanted to ask the most powerful man in the world.
on the girl who made Obama fumble.
VOTE! Rate the UPA govt's performance in 2010
How would you rate the UPA? Did Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government live up to its promises and the expectations? Or did it fail to deliver on tackling issues like poverty and corruption? Vote and tell us!
Photos: 2010, a hit-and-miss year for the forces
The worst-ever attack on a police force by Maoists, the blast in Pune at the beginning and the Varanasi explosion at the end of the year blotted the copybook of the security forces, which otherwise kept 2010 free from terror.
The flawed case against Binayak Sen
'Glaring holes in the evidence have been ignored and on flimsy pretexts, Dr Binayak Sen and two others have been convicted of sedition.'
December 28, 2010Blizzard leaves thousands stranded across US
Thousands of travellers, including Indian-Americans, were stranded at airports across the US as a fierce snow storm lashed towns and cities, leaving a large number of people in the country without power in the freezing cold.
IMAGES: Rains, fog make Delhi shiver
A blanket of fog coupled with rains made Tuesday morning very difficult for Delhiites though the minimum temperature rose only slightly.
The innocence that touched the soul of India
Keshava, the 7-year-old tabla prodigy stole the show at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
on the wonder boy with magical fingers.
Meet the men, women America admires the most
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were the "most admired" man and woman in the United States for 2010, a new survey has revealed.
Punish Maoists for the violence, not Binayak Sen
By treating Maoists and their sympathisers similarly, we will be driving more people -- who are now merely in the periphery -- into the arms of hard-core violence, warns B Raman
What did M M Joshi mean? BJP leaders clueless
The statement by Public Accounts Committee Chairman Dr Murali Manohar Joshi -- about the offer of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to appear before the PAC to clarify his position in the 2G spectrum scam -- has shocked senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
December 27, 2010PIX: Normalcy hampered as severe cold grips Valley
Kashmir is reeling under a severe cold wave which is getting worst with each day affecting life across the freezing Valley, reports Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar.
2010: Delhi's year of agony and joy
Giving the city a world-class look and enhancing infrastructure ahead of the Commonwealth Games became the top priority of the Delhi government in 2010 while dwindling revenue and unprecedented rains posed as major challenges to it.
2010: Narendra Modi faces SIT probe, Nitish's ire
The ghost of the 2002 Gujarat riots continued to haunt Chief Minister Narendra Modi who was grilled for the first time by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team this year.
December 26, 2010Pak's latest challenge: Burqa-clad suicide bombers
The use of a woman suicide bomber by the Taliban to target a United Nations aid centre in Pakistan's restive tribal belt represents a fresh challenge as security forces will have to find ingenious ways to avert more such attacks, experts said on Sunday.
2010: Toughest year in politics for PM, Sonia?
After an excellent year in which it led a coalition back to power at the Centre, the Congress finds itself in sheer turbulence as 2010 comes to a
December 25, 2010PIX: GSLV mission fails, rocket explodes in midair
In a jolt to India's space programme on Saturday, the launch of a communication satellite aboard a home-grown vehicle failed after the rocket exploded midair minutes after the lift-off from the spaceport in Sriharikota.
IMAGES: How the World celebrated Christmas!
On this joyous occasion, rediff.com wishes all its readers 'Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,' as we a take a look at pictures of Christmas festivities from across the globe.
Gujjar agitation: Why Gehlot needs to act quickly
Two years ago, in the run-up to the assembly elections, no one but Rahul Gandhi believed there would be a change of guard in Rajasthan, and, least of all, a person as uncharismatic, even dull, as Ashok Gehlot would become chief minister.
December 24, 20102G scam: CBI grills Raja for 8 hours
He was "questioned in relation to the case registered into the allocation of unified access service licenses," CBI DIG and spokesperson Bineeta Thakur told media persons, adding that the process was continuing.
In PHOTOS: Whacky, thrill-seeking Santas are here
In PHOTOS: Whacky, thrill-seeking Santas are here
'The PM is guilty of a conspiracy of silence'
'If Parliament had not been obstructed, even the Indian media would not have realised that such a monumental scam had taken place,' says Arun Jaitley.
Yeddyurappa all set to join national politics?
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Friday said he had discussed with Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari the issue of his shifting to national politics after the next assembly elections, and would abide by the decision of the party central leadership.
2010: The year that Obama backed India's UNSC bid
By any standards, 2010 would be remembered as a watershed year in India-United States ties, when American President Barack Obama paid his maiden visit to India and endorsed his country's "indispensable partner" for a permanent United Nations Security Council berth, recognising New Delhi's emergence on the world stage.
Dr Binayak Sen, 2 others get life term
A Raipur sessions court on Friday held Dr Binayak Sen, Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata businessman Piyush Guha guilty of treason and waging war against the state and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Chalo India, say Big 5 world leaders
Rediff.com takes a look at how the Indian sojourn turned out for the presidents and prime ministers of the mighty P5.
December 23, 2010Chalo India, say Big 5 world leaders
Rediff.com takes a look at how the Indian sojourn turned out for the presidents and prime ministers of the mighty P5.
Images: Remembering the King of Kerala politics
Affectionately called 'Leader' by his admirers, Congress stalwart Kannoth Karunakaran was a master tactician who remained a 'King' in Kerala politics for decades and a political troubleshooter at the national level.
Kashmir's woes: 'Blame Nehru's erroneous vision'
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said the 'erroneous' vision of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the weak policies of successive Congress governments at the Centre were responsible for the problems in Jammu and Kashmir and suggested withdrawal of the special status to the state.
Bush's men tried to stop Fahrenheit 9/11 screening
Filmmaker Michael Moore's unpopularity with the Bush administration was never a secret but a Wikileaks cable has revealed that panicky US officials had tried to stop a screening of his documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11' in New Zealand, terming it a "potential fiasco"
Mamata's threat: Congress is not worried
The Congress party on Thursday sought to downplay Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee's remarks on alliance, saying she was only raising the issue of misuse of central forces in West Bengal, which she has the right to do.
ND Tiwari must undergo DNA test: Delhi HC
Justice S Ravindra Bhatt had reserved his order on September 21 after hearing the contention of Shekhar, his mother Ujjwala Sharma and Tiwari.
PIX: Celebrities who fell in love with the Taj
Over the years, many political celebrities have toured the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
B Raman: Congress out to demonise RSS
By demonising the RSS as a terrorist and Nazi-like organisation, the Congress under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi seeks to insult millions of Hindus in this country, warns B Raman
In PHOTOS: Odd, crazy moments of 2010
With days to go before we welcome 2011, let's see some of the odd, crazy moments captured from around the world this year.
'PM's PAC offer a master act of deception'
Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, takes on the government, especially Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and Home Minister P Chidambaram.
REWIND: The best PHOTOS in the last 24 hours
We bring you a presentation of the best photos in the last 24 hours from around the world
Rs 2,00,000 cr lost! The BIGGEST scams of 2010
Going by the estimated size of these scams, the total for the year 2010 could be well beyond Rs 2,00,000 crore -- a 13-digit figure -- although much of the loss is presumptive in nature.
December 22, 2010PM took Congress by surprise with PAC offer
As the Opposition remained adamant over a joint parliamentary committee probe into the 2G spectrum issue, the Congress on Wednesday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's offer to appear before the PAC was his 'personal sentiment' and did not mean that the government had conceded to any demand.
The PM is hiding something, says NDA
In a show of strength for the Bharatiya Janta Party-led National Democratic Alliance opposition, nearly 20,000 supporters and top leaders of the coalition thronged the Ram Lila grounds in central Delhi on Wednesday, to protest the price rise and press for their demand for a joint parliamentary committee probe in the 2G scam.
Key files on CWG deals are missing!
Some of the crucial documents, which could throw light on the Commonwealth Games deals, have gone missing with the probe agencies fearing that they could have been destroyed or hidden.
How US failed to stop Pak going nuclear
Despite a persistent anxiety over its nuclear programme, the Carter administration failed miserably in efforts to dissuade Pakistan away from fuel enrichment and officials were left "scratching their heads" on how to tackle the problem, newly declassified documents have shown.
Worrying signs for Karunanidhi and co in 2011
The 2G spectrum scam that cost A Raja his chair took the steam out of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's preparations for the 2011 Tamil Nadu polls during the year that saw All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Jayalalithaa taking up cudgels against the party and asking Congress to dump its ally.
Austerity: The TOP word of the year
The top 10 words of the year by Merriam-Webster
2G scam: Sonia, PM using diversionary tactics
Sonia Gandhi and the prime minister seem to be calculating that if they continue to stonewall the demand for a JPC and avoid a comprehensive inquiry, there could be a backlash against the opposition and public memory will start forgetting the scams. This should not be allowed to happen, says B Raman
In search of Rahul Gandhi's aam aadmi
While covering the Congress plenary session in Delhi, rediff.com's
searches for the aam aadmi that Rahul Gandhi has made the centre piece of his political philosophy.
REWIND: The best PHOTOS in the last 48 hours
We bring you a presentation of the best photos in the last 48 hours from around the world
December 21, 2010IMAGES: A stunning eclipse after 372 years
After a wait of 372 years, sky gazers were in for a special celestial treat when the winter solstice coincided with total lunar eclipse on Tuesday.
Think before you speak, RSS tells Rahul
Expressing shock over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's remarks that radicalised Hindu groups could pose a 'bigger threat' to India than the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Tuesday said the statement indicated his lack of understanding of Indian history.
A civilised state cannot hide terrorists: Medvedev
Russia on Tuesday said a modern, civilised state cannot hide terrorists and should extradite them if it is interested in cooperating in the fight against terrorism.
Dr Haneef strikes compensation deal with Aus govt
Mohammed Haneef, a doctor of Indian origin based in Australia, who was wrongfully accused of terrorism, has struck a 'substantial' compensation deal with the Australian government, reports claimed on Tuesday.
The Assange Interview: 'I have nothing to regret'
Anarchist or messiah, WikiLeaks founder and Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange wears both mantles with ease. His avalanche of words continues to rock world capitals from Washington to Wellington, but the man himself is rather soft-spoken. S Kalyana Ramanathan braved Arctic weather conditions and jostling photographers outside Beccles police station in Suffolk, where Assange must report daily as part of his bail conditions, for an exclusive interview with Business Standard.
Pak-China bhai-bhai! Does India need to worry?
During his recent visit to Pakistan, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said it was a valuable asset and appreciated its efforts to fight terrorism, notes senior analyst B Raman.
The professor who begs for his students
Professor Sandeep Desai has set up two schools for poor children. To achieve his goal of setting up one school every year in a backward area, he collects donations from commuters in Mumbai's local trains. Sanchari Bhatthacharya meets a unique teacher.
Attack, reverses, exits: Kerala saw it all in 2010
The 'Taliban-like' attack on a college teacher by radicals who chopped off his hand sent shock waves across Kerala during the year which also saw the drubbing of the ruling Left Democratic Front in the local body polls.
India's new 'Most Wanted Terrorists' list
The 'Most Wanted Terrorists' list comprises jihadis from the Indian Mujahideen and the Jam-I-yyathul Ansarul Muslimeen, which is strongest in Kerala and Karnataka.
December 20, 2010In PHOTOS: Police action against Chandrababu Naidu
Chandrababu's son Lokesh, MLC Y V B Rajendra Prasad and several others were injured in the police action during the arrest of the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister.
'Headley has expressed hatred towards India'
American-born Lashker-e-Tayiba operative David Headley, accused of plotting the Mumbai terror attack in 2008, had 'hatred' towards India and warned that he would stop helping the probe if his admission of guilt was linked to cooperation with New Delhi.
Caption this: Pranab sleeping? PM's headache?
Write a caption for the photos you see and in the subsequent slides? Please mention the title of the slide you are writing the captions for in the subject line of your message. The best responses will be highlighted here on rediff.com
Aap ka number nahi aayega: Chidambaram to BJP
Launching a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party, senior Congress leader and Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said the opposition party would not come to the power in the next decade and even after.
RSS is worried, BJP scared: Digvijay on 2G probe
Congress leader Digvijay Singh has once again launched a scathing attack on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
PM's straight talk on 2G: 'I have nothing to hide'
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, speaking on the second day of the Congress plenary meet on Monday in New Delhi, said the PM's post should be above suspicion and that he is ready to appear before the Public Accounts Committee in the 2G spectrum scam even though there was no precedent to do so.
In PHOTOS: Travel chaos in frozen Europe
Heavy snowfall has paralysed air-services in Europe as tarmacs remained under thick white blanket, leaving thousands of travellers stranded during the busy Christmas season.
In PHOTOS: South and North Korea on brink of war
The South Korean military on Monday fired shells into disputed waters in the Yellow Sea in a live-fire drill that could re-ignite tensions with North Korea
Maharashtra's year of ups and downs
The Adarsh housing scam, which exposed the politician-bureaucrat nexus and dethroned a chief minister, the political storm over Lavasa hill city project, and war of words between the Thackeray cousins dominated Maharashtra's political landscape during the year.
Bihar poll 'corruption': Sonia summons Wasnik
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday summoned party general secretary in-charge of Bihar Mukul Wasnik and asked him to explain his position on the allegation that he had sough financial favours to allot seats in the recent Bihar assembly elections, where the party faced a thorough drubbing.
The simple housewife who hit the jackpot
Rahat Taslim, the first woman to win Rs 1 crore on Kaun Banega Crorepati this season, tells
about the jackpot that will change her life forever.
2010: A forgettable year for Indo-Pak peace
With Pakistan's trial of Mumbai attack suspects making little progress, efforts to revive the stalled Indo-Pak peace process failed to make much headway in 2010, a year which also saw Islamabad struggling to deal with a rising Taliban insurgency.
December 19, 2010Day 1 at Congress plenary: Blame the BJP
If you were present at the 83rd Congress plenary in New Delhi on Sunday, you would have thought that there is nothing wrong with the UPA-2 government, the government is not responsible for any corruption scandal, B S Yeddyurappa is the only corrupt politician in the country, and the BJP and the RSS are responsible for all that ails the country.
Sonia: Can BJP make its corrupt ministers resign?
In a fiery speech at the 83rd Congress plenary in Burari, Congress president Sonia Gandhi hits out at the Opposition, report
Congress adopts anti-RSS resolution
Congress at its plenary session in New Delhi resolved to call upon the government investigate links between terrorists and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its sister organizations, report
Listen to the ordinary Congressman, says Sonia
When Congress President Sonia Gandhi asked her ministers and people in authority in the 125-year-old Congress Party to take ordinary workers seriously, she immediately struck an chord with thousands of grassroots workers who have come from across the country to attend the 83rd plenary session of the party.
December 18, 2010Pak official praised India's reaction after 26/11
A Pakistan High Commission official in Delhi had praised India for acting 'responsibly and maturely' in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks, according to United States's official cables released by Wikileaks.
Congress plenary passes being sold for Rs 325!
Interestingly, this is not being done surreptitiously or secretly but is a decision taken by senior AICC general secretaries who feel there is nothing wrong with the practice. This though is a first of its kind move by the AICC leaders.
India more assertive with China, but not enough
While India was prepared to talk tough on some issues, crucial issues like disparity in trade and China's support to Pakistan and border issues have not been dealt with adequately during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit, says strategic expert B Raman
December 17, 2010Congress report card: Terminal decline in states
Team Rediff.com asked veterans Congress watchers all over India to give their opinion about Congress's weaknesses and strengths in the states and how people perceive the local leadership. The opinions outline the perception that the party is suffering from terminal cancer. Only a miracle can save it.
32 years on, Delhi gears up for Congress plenary
On the eve of the Congress plenary, Sahim Salim captures the mood in Burari, a town in northwest Delhi, which is all geared up for the mega event.
10 reasons why the Congress endures
A series of allegations, scams and election setbacks and everyone is predicting that it's gloom time for Congress party in the season of Radiagate. But then few things are working in favour of the Congress party if looked at in a wider time-frame. Let's take a look at 10 of them...
Sonia Gandhi opens up about her family
A classified United States Cable titled 'A Garrulous Sonia Gandhi Opens Up to Maria Shriver' describes a meeting between the Congress chief and California's first lady in August 2006.
Suu Kyi's time has come and gone, said India
Contending that Myanmar's pro-democracy icon Aung San Sui Kyi's time "had come and gone," an Indian officer told a United States diplomat in 2004 that democracy in Myanmar could be encouraged only through greater engagement with the ruling military regime.
How IM is trying to resurrect itself
Investigations into the Varansi blast reveal that the Indian Mujahideen is back in action and is all set to pump fresh blood into its outfit, reports Vicky Nanjappa.
We can't move away from Pak, says US
The unclassified five-page overview of the Afghanistan-Pakistan annual policy update unveiled by United States President Barack Obama on Thursday tends to sugar-coat the situation in the region.
'India could become capital of biological warfare'
American diplomatic cables leaked by whistle blowing website WikiLeaks have revealed Washington's concerns about India becoming a target of biological terrorism.
Kashmir: 'Detainees are tortured for promotions'
In a rare briefing with the then United States ambassador to India, the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2005 expressed concern over alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and spoke about torture in detention centres, though it pointed out that the situation was much better than in the 1990s.
Karat an 'extortionist', Arjun 'inept': US cables
Unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, four thousand diplomatic cables from the United States embassy in New Delhi reveal a difficult but increasingly warm relationship between India, an emerging power anxious about its security despite its size and increasing wealth, and the US, a superpower that is keen to be friends but very much on its own terms.
Ahmedinejad greets Indian-led peace caravan
A peace caravan to Gaza travels through Iran to a rousing reception. The caravan is part of an effort to lift the two-year-old blockade of Gaza by Israel.
What Rahul told US envoy about Hindu terrorism
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi had told United States ambassador Timothy Roemer that the growth of 'radicalised Hindu groups', which create religious tensions in India, could pose a bigger threat to the country than activities of groups like Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
Possibility of an attack from China? Unlikely
We invited China expert and rediff.com columnist Dr Srikanth Kondapalli, associate professor of Chinese Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for a chat with our readers on the Sino-India ties. Here's the transcript...
In PHOTOS: A night to remember for 'old friends'
Chinese folk dance fused with Kathak to create a cultural synergy on Thursday night leaving the audience spellbound at a glittering function in New Delhi to celebrate 60 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two Asian giants.
December 16, 2010In PHOTOS: Roar for Telangana rises again
People of Telangana, aspiring for a separate state for more than half a century, on Thursday erupted in an unprecedented roar to deliver an ultimatum to the central government that their patience was running out and it will have face the 'fury of Telangana' if does not grant their demand after December 31.
How Al Qaeda has weakened since 9/11
Terror group Al Qaeda's senior leadership based in Pakistan is "weaker" than anytime since the 9/11 attacks and is under "more sustained pressure," United States President Barack Obama's review of the Af-Pak situation said on Thursday.
'Pakistan goes through a 9/11 every year'
General Ehsan Ul Haq, former director of the Inter Services Intelligence, has urged the United States to stop demonising the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and pressuring Pakistan to go after it, saying it's not a priority for the Pakistan army.
Help us sort out Kashmir issue, Pak tells China
Pakistan expects China to play a 'bigger role' in persuading India to hold a sustainable dialogue with it to resolve Kashmir and other issues, the country's top envoy to Bejing has said.
India is a great neighbour, says Chinese PM
Setting a positive tone, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday hailed India as a 'great neighbour' and expressed confidence that the two countries would reach 'important strategic consensus' during the visit and take bilateral ties to an 'even higher level'.
Facebook founder is Time's 'Person of the Year'
The founder of the social networking site was named Person of the Year for "connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives", according to the magazine.
IMAGES: Topless performance shocks Vatican
The weekly audience held by Pope Benedict XVI at Paul VI Hall in Vatican City was in for a shock on Thursday, when a group of toned dancers took off their shirts for an acrobatic performance.
For Time readers, Assange is Person of the Year
In an online poll conducted by Time magazine for its readers WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has beaten the likes of United States President Barack Obama and Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs to be nominated as 'Person of the Year'. Here's a list of 2010's top 10 personalities.
'Tiger cub' Aditya Thackeray speaks out
Aspiring poet and photographer, the Shiv Sena scion justifies opposing Rohinton Mistry's book and describes his simple political worldview
Pix: No winter vacations for Kashmir students!
Winter vacations in secondary and higher secondary schools have been cancelled to make up for the time lost during the over five months of unrest in the region during the summer, reports
Experts Speak: Mr PM, get serious about Tibet
For India, Tibet is just one of the topics they may or may not raise during the ongoing visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. But for the fraction of Tibetans in exile settled in India, the talk regarding the status of Tibet is of paramount importance.
If Karunanidhi has not reacted yet, all is fine
The DMK is having a meeting on Saturday to discuss the situation arising out the raids and what steps the party needs to take and what kind of reaction to formulate.
December 15, 2010CBI raids Radia, Raja's kith; claims breakthough
In a crackdown as part of the 2G spectrum scam probe, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday searched 34 offices and residences of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India chairman Pradip Baijal, siblings of ex-Telecom Minister A Raja and an NGO linked to Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam member of Parliament Kanimozhi.
Wen arrives in Delhi 'to promote friendship'
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday on a three-day visit, which he said was to promote friendship and expand cooperation between the two countries, which have seen comprehensive and rapid progress.
Holbrooke's last words: 'Worried' about Af-Pak
Even in his final moments, United States troubleshooter Richard Holbrooke was "worried" about Pakistan and Afghanistan, reflecting his "relentless" pursuit of the policy that he crafted to help the region tackle terrorism.
Why terror financing from Gulf continues unabated
The recent revelations by made by whistleblower website WikiLeaks regarding funding for terrorism by the Gulf nations is something that has been often discussed by security agencies, and this factor has also figured in the interrogation reports of various terror suspects who have been nabbed in India.
ALBUM: The best wildlife photos of 2010
We bring you a collection of best wildlife photos of 2010 taken around the world.
Varanasi's vibrancy cannot be destroyed by bombs
'Last Tuesday's bombing might best be interpreted as an attack against the tolerant, cosmopolitan character of modern Varanasi, which also characterises India at its best.'
REWIND: The best PHOTOS in the last 72 hours
We bring you a presentation of the best photos in the last 72 hours from around the world
What Wen wants: More trade, fewer problems
The Chinese premier will try to boost the burgeoning trade between the two nations and strive to keep bilateral differences under control, explains Sheela Bhatt
Wen Jiabao, the people's prime minister
Former Foreign Secretary AP Venkateswaran assesses Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and the secret of his overwhelming popularity
December 14, 2010WikiLeaks boss Assange gets bail but stays in jail
Granting him bail on an amount of 240,000 pounds, the court ordered Assange to adhere to strict bail conditions.
Congress party is searching for a big bang idea
In a bid to lift the sagging mood and morale of its party workers over the developments of the last one month, including the crushing defeat in Bihar, the Congress party and the government have suddenly woken up to the need to effectively and aggressively counter the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance's campaign against the party.
'Don't make Kasab a martyr; give him life term'
Lawyers of Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab on Tuesday urged the Bombay high court not to make him a martyr by hanging him even as the state justified capital punishment saying he had committed heinous crime against humanity by participating in the 26/11 attacks.
I am not a liar, Digvijay on Karkare claim
A day after he claimed of having proof of his phone talk with Hemant Karkare just before the 26/11 attacks, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Tuesday said he has not been able to get the phone records but stuck to his remarks about threat to the police officer from right-wing Hindu groups.
Pak honours ISI agent on suicide mission in India
The listing in the Shuhada's (Martyrs') Corner of the website www.pakistanarmy.gov.pk named Naik Zulfiqar Ahmed as the ISI operative who died in New Delhi's Ganga Ram Hospital on November 16, 2007.
WB polls will further put to test 'Rahul effect'
Rahul Gandhi, the All-India Congress Committee general-secretary and the man leading the revival of the party's youth wing, may have suffered a setback in the Bihar assembly elections. But his supporters are putting a distance between the Congress defeat and the 'Rahul effect'.
Tit for tat: Should India pat down US diplomats?
There has been public outrage in India over the humiliating searches of Indian diplomats and visiting dignitaries at airport in the United States. But should India counter a pat down with a tit-for-tat policy?
says analyses the situation.
Visa woes lead Indian Americans to 24-hour fast
The difficulties to get a visa to India has forced several Indian Americans to go for a 24-hour fast at Houston, Texas ion the United States. It was covered on the front pages of mainstream newspapers, including The Houston Chronicle.
Holbrooke throughout his tenure avoided 'K word'
Richard Holbrooke, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who died on Monday at age 69, throughout his tenure in the Obama administration, scrupulously eschewed using the 'K' word despite constantly being baited by South Asian journalists and even US lawmakers after it was first rumoured that he would be President Obama's trouble-shooter for the subcontinent.
US mourns 'a true giant' Holbrooke's demise
Mourning the death of Richard Holbrooke, the United States special envoy to Af-Pak region, President Barack Obama on Tuesday described him as one of the true giants of American foreign policy who has made the country stronger, safer and more respected.
War and peace: The India, China story
The closure of 1962 conflict and demarcation/freeze on border dispute would lay the foundations for a friendly and peaceful relations between the two great countries and be a guarantee for peace in the 'Asian Century', says Colonel (retd) Anil A Athale.
Clinton the best ever US Secretary of State: Obama
There is a growing bipartisan consensus that Hillary Clinton is the best ever Secretary of State, US President Barack Obama has said.
Our National Capital of Rape gets worse by the day
Delhi has not only been unable to shake off its tag of being the 'rape capital' of India, the city has actually become much more unsafe for women this year. The number of abduction and rape incidents this year are equal to the combined number of such cases in the last four years, reports Sahim Salim.
Special: The worrying rot in Indian armed forces
A barrage of damning revelations has raised troubling questions about India's best-respected institution?But is there even a semblance of an effort to confront or acknowledge, let alone fix the problem
PHOTOS: Decoding Da Vinci's Mona Lisa
A fresh look at the Mona Lisa portrait has revealed that artist Leonardo da Vinci has hidden some tiny letters and numbers in the dark paint of the masterpiece pupils.
December 13, 2010Delhi cops told to make city safer for women
Expressing concern over a spurt in the number of rape cases in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has asked the city police to be more 'vigilant and prompt' in ensuring safety for women and "end the atmosphere of panic."
Parliament logjam wasted over Rs 146 crore!
The 2G spectrum scam may have caused a colossal loss to the national exchequer, but the standoff between the government and opposition over it has resulted in the further wastage of over Rs 146 crore as the entire Winter Session of the Parliament was virtually washed out.
EVM busters held in Delhi. Reason? There's none
Alex Halderman and Rop Gonggrijp, two of the three scientists who had exposed the flaws in the Election Commission's EVMs, flew in to New Delhi around 2 am on Monday and were detained immediately. After a harrowing wait for hours, the duo was let off in the evening.
Al Qaeda involved in Sweden's first terror attack?
The blasts in Stockholm indicate a possible link to the so-called 313 Brigade of Ilyas Kashmiri, says B Raman
Track foreign funds, Pranab tells IB, RBI
On instructions from Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the Intelligence Bureau has taken up the task of identifying a sudden quantum jump in the amount of foreign money flowing in the country through withdrawals by foreigners on credit and debit cards issued by foreign banks.
In PHOTOS: The BEST fighter jets in the world
Air power is an indispensable aspect in any nation's security apparatus. Countries like India are aggressively pushing forward with plans to build a robust air force, arming themselves with tech-loaded aircraft. Let's take a look at some of the best fighter aircraft around the world today.
December 11, 2010I'm worried about Parliamentary system: PM
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Saturday said he is "worried" about the future of the Parliamentary system in the wake of a complete washout of the winter session of Parliament on the 2G spectrum issue.
Top PHOTOS: The world in the week gone by
We bring you a collection of the best Reuters photos taken around the world last week.
Digvijay repeats Karkare charge, gets slammed
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday made a sensational claim that two hours before the terrorists struck in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, Anti-Terror Squad chief Hemant Karkare had called him and informed him that his life was under threat from those who opposed to his probe into the Malegaon blast.
WikiLeaks: Congress party will stoop to any level
Post 26/11, a section of the Congress leadership was seen playing religious politics after one of its leaders, A R Antulay, implied that Hindutva forces may have been involved in the Mumbai terror attacks, according to a confidential memo by the then US ambassador to India, David Mulford, released by WikiLeaks.
IMAGES: Meet the Nobel Laureates of 2010
Nobel Prize laureates attend the 2010 Nobel Prize ceremony at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, on Friday.
December 10, 2010'Spectrum: The PM is somewhat culpable'
Sheela Bhatt speak to senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan about the implications of the spectrum scam of the possiblity of the government recovering the money lost due to the sale of spectrum.
UPA govt won't last its full term, says upbeat BJP
Buoyed by its success in stalling Parliament over the 2G spectrum scam and the recent victory in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said the United Progressive Alliance government is unlikely to complete its full term and maintained that there was a need to expand the National Democratic Alliance to take on the Congress in the next elections.
Nobel: Empty chair makes tough statement to China
Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year jail term for demanding more fundemental rights in the communist nation, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia in Oslo, Norway on Friday afternoon, local time.
PIX: Students attack Prince Charles' car
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were attacked in their car on Thursday night by an unruly group of students who were protesting on the streets of London against a steep hike in university fees.
Here's one war Obama needs to win
Obama's spokesman Robert Gibbs said he had not seen or witnessed any evidence of his boss smoking in probably nine months.
Pak media regrets using fake cables to bash India
The whistle blower website WikiLeaks is being exploited for propaganda purposes against India by Pakistani newspapers, which have published fake cables attacking the Indian Army.
India's 1st C-130J Super Hercules set for delivery
Senior Indian and US government officials, as well as Indian air Force and US Air Force personnel will be on hand for the ceremony on December 16, where the Hercules C-130J-30, the most advanced airlifter ever built, will be handed over a month in advance of the delivery schedule.
In PHOTOS: The year 2010 in Science
From genetically engineered angelfish to asteroids trips to revealing the God particle, science evolved further in 2010. Let's take a look at some of the advances in science
Nobel prize ceremony: Who is not attending
Liu is serving an 11-year jail term on subversion charges for his role in advocating democracy and multi-party rule. The Chinese may have obvious reasons for not attending the ceremony, but what's preventing others from taking part?
How Julian Assange became a worldwide hero
Is Julian Assange a dangerous "cyber terrorist" or is he a champion of the free press?
India's snub to China on Nobel row deserves a bow
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh needs to be complimented for standing firm to China and refusing to be bullied by it into not attending the Oslo function on December 10, 2010, in honour of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese political dissident in jail in China, who has been awarded the Nobel Peace prize this year, notes senior analyst B Raman.
Images: The Last Post for a 36-yr-old warhorse
The Indian Navy decommissioned one of her oldest units, INS Vagli in a solemn ceremony at the naval dockyard in Vishakhapatnam on Thursday.
December 09, 2010The most powerful women in India
Eight women who mean power in India today.
Why New Delhi snubbed Beijing on Peace Nobel
According to highly placed officials, China had issued at least four demarches, diplomatic notes that are in fact stern requests, to India and all other countries in Asia to stay away from the Nobel ceremony for Liu in Oslo.
Will Sonia Gandhi break Indira's record?
The original Mrs Gandhi -- Indira -- had delivered a second successive election victory for the Congress in 1971 but before that she had to win a war. The reigning Mrs Gandhi -- Sonia -- has also led the Congress to consecutive poll successes (in 2004 and 2009) but she hasn't had to go so far as to fight an external war, though there have been many domestic battles, writes Kidwai, whose second book on Sonia Gandhi, 24 Akbar Road, is soon to be released by Hachette Books
Day 20 wasted, Parliament deadlock is the longest
The opposition demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the 2G spectrum allocations has led to the longest shutdown of Parliament in independent India, the government on Wednesday claimed.
Karzai urged US to back 'threatened' Zardari
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai urged United States Senators to secure strong American support for Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in his efforts to free his country from extremism, according to a classified US diplomatic cable released by whistleblower website Wikileaks.
India most sober nation in the world!
Britons are the world's heaviest tipplers while Indians drink the least, with just 27 per cent ever having a drink, according to a survey.
83 inmates die as fire engulfs Chilean prison
At least 83 inmates have died after a fire swept through a severely overcrowded San Miguel public prison in the Chilean capital Santiago on Wednesday.
December 08, 2010IMAGES: Bloodshed inside God's abode
According to security experts, an attack on a religious site not only causes death and destruction, but also packs in the potential to trigger backlash and lead to communal clashes
Lashkar's terror budget for India: Rs 23 crore!
The annual military operations budget of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Tayiba is a whopping $5.2 million, according to a secret United States document, which gives details about the outfit's fund raising activities, some of which comes through Jamaat-ud-Dawah's charitable networks.
VHP demands ban on entry of non-Hindus to Kashi
Dubbing the explosion in Varanasi as "a heinous act of Jehadi terrorism", Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Tuesday demanded the holy city of Kashi be accorded the status of a "protected heritage site" and entry of non-Hindus into it be banned.
December 07, 2010IMAGES: Terror strikes Varanasi again
One infant and 22 others, including some foreigners, were injured in a blast that rocked the crowded Shitla Ghat bank of the Ganga river in Varanasi , about 300 km from Lucknow on Tuesday evening.
In PHOTOS: Sarkozy honours 26/11 heroes
Speaking at a special memorial service held at the Trident-Oberoi Hotel, which had along with Taj Mahal Hotel, bore the brunt of the terror attack in 2008, Sarkozy said: 'Mumbai terror attacks are comparable to 9/11 attacks. I count on Pakistan authorities to show that they are resolute in combating terrorism.'
Revealed: Why the Lashkar was targetting Modi
The Lashkar needed to strike badly using its Southern Modules since they wanted the attention for the modules down South. When Khafa was brought into the picture, he was told that the Southern module would begin with the assasination of Narendra Modi.
Next time, I will come for four weeks: Carla Bruni
Her birthday falls on December 23, but little children at the Naz Foundation serenaded French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on Monday.
PHOTOS: Winter postcards from Europe
We look at the first snowfalls and dropping temperatures as winter hits countries across the northern hemisphere
Saeed, Lakhvi ran terror operations from Pak jails
Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba's operations commander Zaki-ur- Rahman Lakhvi were running their terror groups while still in custody in Pakistan following the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, said US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.
When Google Earth scared China: WikiLeaks
China is worried over the images of its key defence and nuclear sites on Google Earth, fearing that terrorists might use them. The communist nation sought United States' help in getting the image resolution reduced, according to a diplomatic cable.
December 06, 2010Pak doing NOTHING to punish 26/11 culprits: India
India on Monday said Pakistan's move to take ahead the prosecution of masterminds of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks is nothing but a 'facade' as it is doing nothing to pursue the people who were instructing the group of terrorists from the 'control room' on that day.
Dr Singh, Sarkozy put Jaitapur on nuclear map
France on Monday became the first country to sign agreements to set up nuclear reactors in India, two years after Indian's nuclear isolation prompted by Pokhran tests in 1998, ended.
'I was desperate. I wanted to get into the army'
Krishnant Gholap is a rickshaw driver's son. After two failed attempts, he made it to the National Defence Academy, which he saw as the only way out into a better life. He graduated from the NDA last month.
Carla Bruni is not just a model. Here's proof
Most people around the world know Bruni as Italian-born French songwriter, singer and former model, but few know that she is also the brand ambassador for Global Fund, an international financing institution that invests the world's money to save lives, especially victims afflicted with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Will the Dalai Lama retire in six months?
The Dalai Lama is not only an institution, but also a 'private' human being. Tibetans will certainly ask him to continue to guide their destiny for the years to come, believes
How top Chinese politician forced Google's exit
The latest round of WikiLeaks disclosures published by the UK's Guardian newspaper claimed that Li Changchun, who is ranked fifth in the Chinese Communist Party politburo, became hostile to Google after he searched his own name and found articles criticising him.
US ally Saudi Arabia is terror-funding hub
Besides Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates are listed as major source of terrorist financing.
REWIND: The BEST images in the last 72 hours
We bring you a presentation of the best photos in the last 72 hours from around the world.
Shocking! China blocked move to ban Lashkar and co
China, at the apparent request of Pakistan, put a "technical hold" on an Indian request to the UN Security Council to slap sanctions on three terrorists, says a secret State Department cable of December 2009 signed off by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
PIX: Dr Singh's dinner diplomacy with Sarkozy
Dr Singh hosted a private dinner for the French leader and his wife Carla Bruni at his official residence in New Delhi, which was attended by United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and some senior Cabinet ministers, including Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon.
Why hacking of the CBI website is worrying
The recent hacking of Central Bureau of Investigation's website by a group called 'Pakistani Cyber Army' has raised questions over the safety regulations of servers provided by National Informatics Centre, the organisation responsible for maintaining government servers.
December 05, 2010WikiLeaks Reveals: Lashkar planned to kill Modi
Information coming out of a secret State Department cable dated June 19, 2009 released by WikiLeaks indicates that LeT has established a facilitation centre in Sri Lanka and was looking at setting up a base of operations in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
December 04, 2010He wants to 'create' kidney to solve dialysis woes
Shuvo Roy did not want to be a doctor. His father was a public health physician and several family members were doctors. "I wanted to be different," says Roy. "So I studied engineering." Now he leads a team that is hoping to create the world's first artificial kidney, writes Sandip Roy.
Sharif is bad news, UK is paranoid: US cables
Former Afghanistan foreign minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta reportedly described former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif as 'the author of Islamic radicalism'.
A fallen legend: Winston Churchill's dark side
Madhusree Mukerjee's book on Winston Churchill bares his dark side, reports
Obama inspired millions in India: Rajiv Shah
Dr Rajiv Shah, administrator, United States Agency for International Development, who accompanied President Barack Obama to India, said his agency's developmental relationship with India has evolved into a peer to peer partnership unlike in the past when India was simply an aid recipient.
The business of cooperation
While receiving Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House last November, President Barack Obama had termed the United States-India ties as one of the 'defining relationships' of this century.
December 03, 2010Is multicultural Britain dead?
The country where he immediately felt at home in 2005 is no more a melting pot, muses
IDENTIFIED: Germany's WikiLeaks mole
A top aide to German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has been identified as the person responsible for passing on information about government coalition talks to the United States embassy in the latest WikiLeaks disclosures.
Days or months? How long will Kiran Reddy last?
Andhra Pradesh's new chief minister has been in trouble from day one. With several serious challenges facing the state and the Opposition parties vying for power, the Congress will lose out if it does not play its cards right.
REVEALED: 'Global' 26/11 terrorists India wants
It has been two years since the horrific 26/11 attacks shook Mumbai and India, but there are still plenty of lose ends in the case thanks to the fact the Pakistani spy agency Inter Services Intelligence and Lashkar-e-Tayiba relied on operatives from around the globe to execute the dastardly attacks, reports Vicky Nanjappa.
Why France wants India's 'contract of the century'
French Defence Minister Herve Morin explains why India and France have such an important relationship.
Osama hiding in Pakistan, Musharraf told US
Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been accused of 'profiting handsomely' from his relationship with Russian premier Vladimir Putin, in the latest WikiLeaks scandal.
PIX: 26 years on, Bhopal tragedy haunts the nation
Even as the 26th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster is being observed in the city on Friday, its victims continue to be plagued with a number of problems that have not been resolved over the years.
Why Sarkozy's visit is so important
'People who understand will tell you that France is a very critical partner.' India's Ambassador to France Ranjan Mathai on French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit.
Taliban WON'T share power in Afghan: US to India
Addressing New Delhi's concerns about peace talks with Taliban, the United States told India that it will not let the rebels enter a power sharing agreement in Afghanistan, according to leaked US cables by Wikileaks.
Pak army wanted back-channel talks, Zardari didn't
Pakistan's powerful Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani told a top American diplomat that his establishment wanted the resumption of back channel talks with India, but President Asif Ali Zardari was against it, according to a secret United States cable leaked by WikiLeaks.
US asked Pak to present India its anti-terror plan
Powerful United States senator John Kerry asked Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to present before India Pakistan's plan of action for fighting terrorism if it was "really serious" in resuming Indo-Pak dialogue, but the Premier expressed concern that the public would not support the idea.
November's best PHOTOS from around the world
Here's a collection of some of the best photographs taken by Reuters photographers in November from around the world.
December 02, 2010'Nobody fears Sonia Gandhi'
'The way Congressman feared her, they don't fear her now. That is why you see how she took time to take action in Andhra, Maharashtra and corruption in the Commonwealth Games,' says Arun Shourie
Army apologises after Omar complains to PM
The apology came close on the heels of Omar complaining to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about Army's public criticism of the state governemnt's policies to deal with militancy.
Respect the PM,mind your attitude: SC tells Raja
The Supreme Court on Thursday came down heavily on former telecom minister A Raja for 'bypassing' and even 'overruling' Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's advice to defer the allocation of 2G spectrum by a few days.
I will continue as CVC, says defiant Thomas
Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas may quit the post in the wake of stinging observations from the Supreme Court on his capacity to supervise the CBI probe into the 2G spectrum scam.
'Dr Singh doesn't understand my constraints'
Praising Dr Singh as an "excellent economist", Zardari told the then National Security Advisor Gen (rtd) James Jones in a meeting in Islamabad on June 25, 2009 that the Indian Prime Minister was unaware of what it took to change the mindset of the Pakistani establishment.
26/11 terror trail leads to Spain, Thailand
The arrest of Al Qaeda operatives in Spain and Thailand has once again revealed the burgeoning nexus between terror outfits and criminal gangs across the world.
Stalled Parliament cost Rs 95 crore!
The Opposition and government may be slugging it out over the losses caused to the national exchequer due to the 2G spectrum allocation but their stand-off has resulted in wastage of over Rs 95 crore on account of Parliament not functioning for the last 15 days.
Why ISI chief didn't come to India post 26/11
The confidential document shows that the then British Foreign Secretary David Miliband had called Zardari, asking him to send the ISI chief to India, to which the President readily agreed. He, however, was overruled by the Pakistani Army led by General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.
REVEALED: How the world reacted to 26/11
In the aftermath of 26/11, diplomats from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Canada had decided not to get 'sucked into' the Indo-Pak blame game and stop short of blasting India on the huge intelligence failure, disclosures by WikiLeaks show, according to New Zealand media.
No takers in Pak for Musharraf's Kashmir solution?
A former Pakistani army chief and senior intelligence official, who was a close aide and confidant to Pervez Musharraf, has completely dismissed the much hyped proposals on Kashmir by the erstwhile President and military dictator that were widely reported as having been the closest India and Pakistan had come to a resolution of this historic imbroglio.
India's leadership unknown to 44% of the world
As New Delhi seeks to cement its place as a world leader with its bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, a survey released on Wednesday said that the Indian leadership is not much known in the world.
Terror risk list: Somalia 1st, Pak 2nd, India 16th
Together with Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Iraq top for the second year the Terrorism Risk Index (TRI) -- developed by Maplecroft, a London-based risk advisory company -- that discloses the countries most at risk from terrorist attacks.
In PHOTOS: Heavy snowfall hits Europe
Heavy snowfalls hit UK and most of Europe
Churchill caused Bengal famine: Madhusree Mukejee
Arthur J Pais on author Madhusree Mukerjee's rebuttal of historian Arthur Herman's critique.
December 01, 2010WikiLeaks: Kayani plotted to topple Zardari
The latest tranche of WikiLeaks published in the media has revealed that Zardari had made extensive preparations in case of his own assassination and instructed his son Bilawal to name his sister, Faryal Talpur, as president.
For US, 26/11 closed door for talks on Kashmir
The Mumbai terror attacks, which were carried out by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayiba terror outfit, closed the door for any Indo-Pak discussions on Kashmir, according to a top American diplomat.
'BJP and Congress are one party'
'They are jointly ruling. It is a dinner party. They meet at dinners. They meet socially. They decide on what has to be done about issues. It is all very cooperative behaviour,' says former Union minister Arun Shourie.
The wild, whacky case of Vickram Bedi
Vickram Bedi will be tried before a New York court for fraud. But the facts of the case sound like the plot of some very bizarre Hollywood movie.
Headley's 26/11 revelations won't matter to Pak
Pakistani authorities had told United States officials that the statements given by David Headley, the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks suspect, to American investigative agencies would not carry any value in Pakistan's courts and would be treated as "hearsay with little evidentiary" value.
200 American nukes across Europe: WikiLeaks
While the international community has long suspected that the US has warheads remaining in Europe, the locations of the bombs have never been revealed -- until now.
How ties with India troubled US diplomats in Pak
As Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller headed towards Islamabad after his successful New Delhi visit, a top US diplomat cautioned him about the tough time they were experiencing inside Pakistan mainly because of the growing US-India relationship.
WikiLeaks: US special ops inside Pakistan
US embassy cables released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks reveal that teams of US special forces have been secretly working with Pakistan military in the tribal areas, the Guardian said.
When India and Pakistan almost resolved Kashmir
An agreement on Kashmir is coming sooner than anyone might think, an optimistic Pervez Musharraf had told top US Congressional leaders in 2007, informing them that India and Pakistan were on verge of a deal on the contentious issue, leaked cables from WikiLeaks show
The grim story of Pak and its much-prized nukes
The latest cache of WikiLeaks lays bare the deep concern of the US over the safety of Pakistan's nuclear weapons and the fact that Islamabad is producing them at a "faster rate than any other country in the world".
WikiLeaks: Zardari's rhetoric and US 'phone call'
In the tense post 26/11 scenario, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had told the US that Islamabad would have no option but to respond militarily if India chose to launch an attack on its territory, secret US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show.
REWIND: The BEST images in the last 24 hours
We bring you a presentation of the best photos in the last 24 hours from around the world.
What India told US about Pakistan Army in 2009
In his meeting with Richard Holbrooke on February 16, 2009 in New Delhi, the then Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon also thanked the Special Representative for US' role in pressing Pakistan to act on India's dossier on Mumbai attacks and said that it was "remarkable that we got this far".
Khushwant Singh launches his 'last book'
The legend, who will be 97 next year, says this is his last book.
US aid won't deter Pak supporting terror group
Four militant groups, including India focussed Lashkar-e-Tayiba, receives covert support from Pakistan's influential army and "no amount of money" from America will change the policy, according to a newspaper report on Wednesday.
'India's Cold Start plan may never be used on Pak'
American embassy cables leaked by whistleblower website WikiLeaks reveal that the United States conducted its own secret analysis of India's military contingency plans codenamed 'Cold Start', the Guardian reported.
How BJP created poll magic in Bihar
Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP general secretary-in-charge of Bihar, who was part of the backroom team that planned the Bihar campaign, reveals to rediff.com's Krishnakumar P the secret formula that ensured the party's landslide victory in the recently-concluded state assembly polls.
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