Fiji ‘may hold elections in 2009

Fiji’s military ruler has indicated that he might hold elections a year earlier than planned, to restore parliamentary democracy. Commodore Frank Bainimarama said his Cabinet agreed “in principle” to hold elections by March 2009, revising a previous timetable of mid-2010. His comments follow a report by the Pacific Islands Forum, […]

Living in a material world

India is see-sawing between its appetite for spirituality and hunger for consumerist pleasures By Mark Tully SCHIZOPHRENIA IS defined in my dictionary as “a medical condition marked by discon nection between thoughts, feelings, and actions.” There certainly seems to be a disconnection between India’s conversion to market capitalism and its […]

N Zealand sanctions against Fiji soon

New Zealand says it has begun planning tough sanctions against Fiji, in response to the military government’s expulsion of its top diplomat. Prime Minister Helen Clark described the expulsion of High Commissioner Michael Green as a “provocative act”. She said that new measures, which could be imposed as early as […]

Prathiba Patil’s wrong on veil: Historians

New Delhi, June 18: Rajasthan governor and UPA-Left presidential candidate Pratibha Patil’s remarks on the purdah system came in for severe criticism from historians, some politicians and Muslim groups on Monday, who said the governor had simply not got her facts right. Speaking at a function marking the birth anniversary […]

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