Category: South Asia

We are not racists: Oz High Commissioner in New Delhi

New Delhi: The Australian High Commissioner to India John McCarthy has denied allegations of racism in handling the case of detained Indian doctor Mohammad Haneef. Countering charges of human rights violations in the way Haneef was handled in Australia, he said the Australian government was simply acting upon the UK […]

Pratibha Patil is India’s 13th President

United Progressive Alliance-Left nominee Pratibha Patil has been elected as the 13th President of India. Pratibha on Saturday won the Presidential election by a huge 3 lakh margin defeating National Democratic Alliance-backed independent candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat to become the first woman head of state in a bitterly-contested poll that […]

Parathiba Patil leading in India’s Presidential count

From Rajiv Sharma in New Delhi (2.20 pm) New Delhi: Reports indicate that UPA-Left-BSP candidate Prathiba Patil is leading in the vote count for India’s President. The counting is still in phase one. Pitted against Prathiba Patil is BJP backed B. S. Shekhawat (current Vice President of India). From the […]

Leftist diplomat Hamid Ansari India’s next Vice President likely

July 20: Mohammad Hamid Ansari, a seasoned diplomat born in Calcutta, is on course to becoming India’s next Vice-President. The UPA today formally nominated the West Asia hand — the 70-year-old Ansari is now the National Minorities Commission chief — its candidate for Vice-President elections scheduled for August 10. “All […]

India will be kept informed: Downer

Downer: We owe it to the Indians to keep them informed as to what is going on. Pranab: pretty well-informed about the facts By P.S. Suryanarayana SINGAPORE: Acknowledging India’s “natural concern” in the Haneef case, Australia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Downer on Friday said, “We [Australians] owe it to the Indians […]