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 […]

Haneef case descends into farce

From the family album … in one of the first photographs released to the media by the Haneef family, Mohamed Haneef and his wife, Firdous Arshiya, pose at Surfers Paradise during a beach holiday earlier this year. (SMH) By Craig Skehan in Canberra, Julia May in London and Amrit Dhillon […]

Haneef: India’s hypocrisy

By Barkha Dutt 0 UR SCHIZOPHRENIA as a people is astounding. Right now we are consumed with selfrighteous indignation over how Mohammed Haneef, an Indian citizen and an initial suspect in the Glasgow bomb blast, is being treat- ed by the Australians. In his humiliation, we see a sinister attack […]

Analysis: Australia terror laws under scrutiny

By Nick Bryant BBC News, Sydney Queensland’s Gold Coast has twice this year been the unlikely setting for stories that have reverberated around the globe. The first came in late February, when Dr Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, suggested to a Gold Coast business summit […]