September 6

'Kanishka' bombing accused appeals against extradition from Britain
Inderjit Singh Reyat was extradited from Britain after serving a 10-year prison term in connection with a blast at Tokyo's Narita airport in which two baggage handlers were killed.

India Education Initiative to go public
The Bombay-based India Education Initiative has announced its plans for the global launch of IEI at the New York Stock Exchange on September 12 to garner support and funds from Indians worldwide.

Hindu saints head for Europe
The group of saints would also be accompanied by several eminent personalities like British multimillionaire L N Mittal and Indian industrialist B K Modi.

Ex-Beatle's mansion to host Hindu rally
Bhaktivedanta Manor, the London mansion of ex-Beatle George Harrison, will be used to launch a massive rally of Hindu saints in Britain on Saturday.

Mahendra Chaudhry's party lags behind
The deposed premier's Fiji Labour Party has won 27 seats in the 71-member House, while interim Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's party has surged ahead with 29.

Take wishes of Kashmiris into account: US
The US ambassador-designate to India said a solution (to the Kashmir problem) won't be imposed from the outside and it is not going to be the United States that is going to get in the middle of it.

Pak encompasses worst of everything: CIA
Terming the form of government in Pakistan as a 'hybrid regime, not democracy', a report by the American intelligence agency has predicted a 'breakdown' of the country.

September 5

Report on dual nationality soon: Dayal
After extensive meetings with NRIs around the globe, a high-level committee will submit its report to the government soon, India's high commissioner in London said.

Hussain's promotion leaves Canadian businessmen high and dry
Before he was shifted to the civil aviation ministry, Syed Shahnawaz Hussian had made plans to visit Canada as coal minister.

Indian fashion show for London Charity
Ramola Bachchan and Surina Narula plan to hold the charity show which will feature top designers and models from India..

Speight, Chaudhry win seats, face-off likely
Fiji's coup leader George Speight won a parliamentary seat from prison and is likely to face off with former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry for the PM's post.

Indian art for Robben Island
Several works of sculptor and artist Amar Nath Sehgal have been gifted to the Robben Island Museum, where former president Nelson Mandela was held by the apartheid regime.

US commits $8 million more for quake-hit
Ambassador-designate Robert Blackwill said the money would be channeled through the US Agency for International Development.

US economy sees signs of recovery
The National Association of Purchasing Management's monthly index, the nation's main barometer of factory activity, registered its biggest jump in five years in August when it rose to 47.9 from 43.6 in July.

CII to act as facilitator in DPC row
"We want a healthy Indo-US relations and Enron is a problem in this," Tarun Das, director general of CII, said in New Delhi.

Sunil Kumar in pre-quarter-finals
However, Sania Mirza crashed out in the first round of the girls' singles at the US Open.

Venezuela make history
South America's weakest team, made history by beating Chile 2-0 in Santiago.

September 4

Lapierre reminds the world of Bhopal
His book on Bhopal is making waves in the literary circuit. It also serves as a grim reminder that there could be many more Bhopals waiting to happen.

US to intensify ties with India: Blackwill
The new US ambassador to India, Robert Blackwill, said that President George Bush has approached his foreign policy the same way that the captain of a cricket team approaches an international Test match.

Congressmen want Pak to be treated fairly
In two separate letters sent to Bush, senators and Congressmen from both Republican and Democratic parties stressed the importance of treating India and Pakistan equally and fairly.

Musharraf to raise Kashmir at New York
Pakistan's defence spokesman Maj Gen Rashid Qureshi said that the president would certainly raise issues of national and international importance, including Kashmir, in his address to the General Assembly.

India to help reopen Kasturba school in SA
The school in the Phoenix Settlement was first opened in 1954, but was razed in 1985 during apartheid-inspired violence.

Pissed off, London builds open-air urinals
The measure has come after offices and restaurants made repeated complaints to the Westminster City Council complaining of stink at the most fashionable centres of London.

September 3

US walks out of racism conference
US Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed resentment at the `hateful language' used against Israel in the final declaration.

US lawmaker for immigration reforms
Sheila Jackson Lee has pledged to ensure immigration reforms in response to the concerns of Indian Americans and other minority groups over the administration's proposed amnesty for illegal Mexican immigrants only.

'India Caucus members paying lip service'
Congressman and Democratic co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on India Jim McDermott says the community is being taken for granted by many lawmakers, including members of the caucus.

Chinese food, Indian-style
Calcutta-born Sidney Chang used his culinary skills to adapt Chinese cuisine with hot and spicy Indian spices. And Hot Wok, his restaurant in Atlanta, has salivating customers lined up for more.

Blackwill journeys to 'discover' India
The US ambassador-designate is visiting Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Bombay, Udaipur and Mount Abu by train to get to know the country better.

Why the Brits fear the Eurotunnel
Despite intense security, the chunnel has become a major route for migrants wishing to cross into the UK illegally. Some 200 people are caught every day, but patterns of return and disappearance at the camps indicate that 50 to 100 get through to England daily.

Paris bids Ganesh a warm adieu
This year saw a significant increase in the participation of the local population in what is now by far the largest Hindu festival celebrated in France.

Garba proves a big hit in Sydney
Birwa Qureshi, an exponent of the garba dance form, is in Australia to teach students the finer aspects of her craft.

Prime ministerial race hots up in Fiji
The Fiji Labour Party is furious at reports that ethnic Fijian parties are forming an alliance to prevent FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry from becoming prime minister.

Australian PM's omission irks Indians
The Indian community is miffed at the Australian Prime Minister John Howard for failing to mention India in his foreign policy speech.

You want a plebiscite? Okay, let's do a real one, then!
'The objective is to gain a strategic understanding of the mind-sets of today's Pakistanis and other enemies of India. It is essential for Indians to understand their tactics, their objectives, and their role-models,' argues Rajeev Srinivasan.

Nationalised banks to resume operations in Kashmir valley: Sinha
Though the Centre had made an announcement to this effect two years ago, till date not a single public sector bank has resumed operations in the valley.

Economic reforms not only for the rich: PM
Vajpayee was addressing a gathering of rickshaw pullers, hawkers and vendors led by former Delhi chief minister and MP Sahib Singh Verma.

India may revise Air-India divestment plans The government may change the rules to privatise the national carrier if the Tata group, the only remaining contender, also withdrew from the bidding, a top government official said.

Lankan tour 'disappointing': Ganguly
The skipper added that the team needed to take 'corrective steps' to ensure a better result on the South African tour.

Tendulkar feeling better, may make it to SA
The pain in Tendulkar's right toe had subsided and he was feeling comfortable, BCCI sources said on Monday.

Paes-Raymond in round three
The Indo-American duo defeated Joshua Eagle of Australia and Barbara Schett of Austria in straight sets 7-5 6-3.

Forever Rekha
And her unique brand of animal magnetism.

September 2

America honours Padma Bhushan winner
Swadesh Chatterjee, the first Indian American to win the Padma Bhushan, in the public affairs category, has been honoured in the United States with several celebratory events.

September 1

Vajpayee To Meet Bush, Musharraf in NY
A host of regional and international issues are likely to come up for discussions between the Prime Minister and the US president, who is under pressure from several congressmen to lift the sanctions imposed on India.

Visa curbs anger Australian varsities
Australian immigration authorities have from July 1 imposed restrictions on the issuance of visas to students from some developing countries like India and China, saying a large number of applicants are fraudulent.

The browning of Leicester
Leicester is projected to become the first European city with a non-white majority by 2011.

Web guru's vision of an educated India
Michael Dertouzos, who was instrumental in forming a consortium that elevated the Web beyond the confines of government or business control, had predicted that just 50 million Indians could add $1 trillion to India's GDP by 2010.

Busting the Kathmandu myth
Samrat Upadhyay's 'Arresting God in Kathmandu' is the first book written by a Nepalese to be published by a major western publishing house.

Tough decisions needed to push reforms: PM Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Saturday unveiled a 14-point reform agenda that will give the topmost priority to reversing the economic slowdown.

Hewitt, Hingis survive
Women's top seed Hingis and men's fourth seed Hewitt were in danger of being run out of the tournament but they fought back.