Digest of international news for the week Jan 8- Jan 15, 2011


Toronto: Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only man convictedin 1985 Air India bombing, is been sentenced to nine years injail by a Canadian court for perjury at the trial of his twoco-accused conspirators.

Islamabad: Dragging its feet over the Mumbai terrorstrike case, Pakistan today fired a salvo at India demandingthat New Delhi should not "squander" in bringing to justicethe perpetrators of the bombing of the Samjhauta Express trainin light of a RSS leader''s confession about the involvement ofSangh activists in the attack.


London: Anil Verma, a senior diplomat in the IndianHigh Commission here, is questioned last month by ScotlandYard on allegations that he assaulted his wife, but escapedprosecution due to diplomatic immunity.

Durban: Set to achieve a bilateral trade of USD 10billion this year, India and South Africa''s mutual ties willget a boost after the African nation is formally admitted tothe BRIC, grouping of the world''s fastest growing economies.


Dhaka: India and Bangladesh launch their crucial talksto hammer out an interim agreement on sharing of waters ofTeesta river in dry season for the next 15 years.

Islamabad: Pakistan government appears divided overresuming onion exports to India with the Agriculture Ministrynot not averse to lifting the ban but the Commerce Ministryhas some reservations.


Beijing: A top Chinese official heading the Tibetadministration has said fight against Tibetan spiritual leaderDalai Lama is meant to be "lasting, intense and complicated"and the government faced "arduous task" of keepingsecessionists away.

London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, wanted inSweden over claims he sexually assaulted two women, appears ina court here and expresses his readiness to fight extraditionfrom the UK.


Islamabad: US Vice President Joe Biden dismissescriticism that his country favours India and wants to "weakenor dismantle" Pakistan, saying the strategic partnershipbetween Washington and Islamabad, including in the fightagainst al-Qaeda and Taliban, is vital for both sides.

Melbourne: Waters of the swollen Brisbane river roaredinto Australia''s third largest city washing away homes,restaurants and cars, forcing thousands, including Indians toflee their homes. MORE PTI

Thursday Washington: The US encourages Indo-Pak dialogue toensure stability in South Asia, the White House has said,while describing India as an "important partner".

Kathmandu: Maoists, who are set to stake claim to form a newgovernment in Nepal, have dismissed reports that India istheir "principal enemy", but highlights the need to regulatethe open border with the neighbouring country and favoursvisas for Indian visitors.


eneva: Ahead of President Asif Ali Zardari''s key talkswith his American counterpart Barack Obama at the White House,Pakistan says the US should facilitate a solution to itsKashmir issue with India.

Kathmandu: The government and the main OppositionMaoist party ink a crucial eleventh-hour deal to monitorNepal''s fragile peace process after the UN mission tasked tosupervise the arms and the army of the former rebels and themilitary ends its task tonight. PTI

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