Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India, 8 November 2009 (By Krittivas Mukherjee, Reuters) - Thousands of Buddhist monks and supporters welcomed Tibet's exiled spiritual leader on Sunday to Arunachal Pradesh also claimed by China, a trip that has renewed tensions between the Asian giants.

TAWANG: Tibetan Spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on Monday inaugurated a district hospital here and donated Rs 20 lakh for its building on the second day of his visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

The Dalai Lama inaugurated the Kahndo-Dowa Songma Tawang district hospital and consecrated a Buddhist statue at its entrance.

Later he visited the Yid-Ta-G-Choezin ground where he planted saplings and also distributed some of them among the thousands of devotees assembled there.

Addressing the devotees, the 74-year-old Tibetan monk asked the younger generation to join monasteries to carry forward Buddha’s message of peace.

“Buddhist culture and tradition have to be preserved at every cost,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Dorjee Kandu urged the people to preserve the Buddhist culture in this part of the country.

The Dalai Lama, who arrived here on Sunday on a four-day visit, had rebuffed China for objecting to his trip to Arunachal Pradesh and expressed surprise over its claims to Tawang, a revered seat of Buddhism.

GUWAHATI: India’s gamble to bat first on a tricky wicket backfired heavily as they suffered a six-wicket defeat against Australia in the sixth


One-dayer to allow the visitors to clinch the seven-match series by taking an unasailable 4-2 lead on Sunday.

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and surprisingly chose to bat first in heavy weather conditions and the side never really recovered from the early jolts to virtually serve the game on a platter to the worlds champions.


It was a thoroughly professional display by the world champions, who first shot out India for 170 in 48 overs with their second-string attack and then chased down the target in 41.5 overs — losing just four wickets — to complete a facile win.

On a track where ball turned sharply, Australia rode on Shane Watson’s run-a-ball 49 and cameos from Ricky Ponting (25) and Cameron White (25) to inch closer to the target.

Michael Hussey (35 not out) and Adam Voges (23 not out) then guided them home with 8.1 overs to spare.

Earlier, a horror story unfolded after Dhoni’s gamble to bat first on a wicket that offered generous movements boomeranged.

India slumped to 27 for five in nine overs and a three digit total looked like a distant possibility at that point.

Fortunately for them, Ravindra Jadeja (57) and Praveen Kumar (54 not out), who slammed his maiden ODI half-century, did not throw in the towel and pushed the score to 170 in 48 overs before the hosts folded.

Doug Bollinger (5/35) and Mitchell Johnson (3/39) shared eight wickets between them to knock the wind out of India’s sail in the crucial match.

Both the teams now move to Mumbai for the seventh and last ODI on Wednesday.

Earlier, Doug Bollinger (5/35) and Mitchell Johnson (3/39) wreaked havoc with the ball to leave India in tatters before defiant half-centuries from Ravindra Jadeja (57 off 103 balls) and Praveen Kumar (54 not out off 51 balls) lent some semblance of respectability to the score.

His team in dire straits, Jadeja first added 48 runs with skipper Dhoni (24) and starred in a vital 74-run stand for the eighth wicket with Praveen to save India the blushes.

Dhoni’s decision to bat first backfired soon with Johnson extracting significant swing and picking up dangermen Virender Sehwag (6) and Gautam Gambhir (0) in the opening over of the innings.

Sehwag, who had dispatched Johnson for a six over the point region of the second ball of the match, lost his stumps to the pacer two balls later.

New man in Gambhir lasted just two balls, the second being a Johnson inswinger that sent the left-hander’s off-stump cartwheeling.

Tendulkar (10) looked like carrying the golden touch of his previous match but his stay was cut short when Bollinger took a good reflex catch off his own bowling.

Yuvraj Singh (6) too departed soon in an unusual manner when a Bollinger delivery hit him on the pad and looped over his shoulder with the batsman, trying to drag his bat in, inadvertently hitting the ball, helping it knock off the bail.

With Suresh Raina too returning soon, Jadeja showed the sense of responsibility that was missing among his illustrious teammates.

The youngster joined hands with Dhoni, trying to put the house in order but their association was nipped just when it had started blooming.

Bollinger trapped Dhoni with a delivery that apparently was missing the off-stump but umpire Shavir Tarapore felt otherwise.

Jadeja finally found an able partner in Praveen, who smashed seven fours and a six in his entertaining knock to give the Indian bowlers something to bowl at.

After Jadeja’s dismissal, caught by White of Bollinger, Praveen ran out of partners with two overs to spare.

Chasing the target, Australian batsmen found it difficult to cope with the prodigious turn but the meagreness of the victory target made their job easy.

Brussels – A European Union surveillance aircraft was tracking on Thursday a Thai-flagged fishing boat headed towards the Somali coast, probably in the hands of pirates, the EU’s naval mission said.

The vessel came under attack at 05.30GMT by two fast boats about 200 nautical miles north of the Seychelles. The naval mission, EUNAVFOR, was checking reports that Russian sailors were aboard, a spokesman said.

The plane "made visual contact with the fishing vessel and confirmed that pirates were on board. Skiffs used by pirates have been sighted onboard the fishing vessel," EUNAVFOR said.


It added that it "will continue to monitor the vessel that now appears to be heading towards the Somali coast".

If the vessel was seized by pirates, it would bring to eight the total number of ships being held off the Somali coast, the statement said.

The incident came two days after Somali pirates said they had hijacked a small yacht with a British couple who were reported missing after leaving the Seychelles last week.

Ecoterra International, an environmental group closely monitoring maritime activity off Somalia, said the yacht was spotted on Tuesday around 30 kilometres south of Hobyo, a pirate town north of Harardhere, central Somalia.

Since last year a flotilla of foreign warships has been patrolling the piracy-plagued Gulf of Aden, one of the globe’s busiest maritime trade routes.

Pirates have since redeployed to the Indian Ocean, a much wider area very difficult for naval forces to patrol effectively.

Since the start of October, subsiding monsoon winds have allowed pirates equipped with small skiffs to resume their operations in earnest after a lull that had seen the number of hijacked vessels drop.

Among their latest catches are an Indian cargo ship, a Spanish trawler with a crew of 36, a Singapore container ship with 21 crew members and a Chinese bulk carrier with a crew of 25. – Sapa-AFP


A Pakistani senator Tuesday welcomed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s readiness to talk to the separatist Hurriyat Conference in Jammu and Kashmir.

‘I will welcome it but with cautious optimism. Kashmiris have to be taken aboard the dialogue process. Good Indian leaders have started doing it,’

said Mushahid Hussain, who was information minister in the Nawaz Sharif government.

Manmohan Singh said in Thai resort Hua Hin Sunday that he had held two or three rounds of talks with Hurriyat leaders and they had promised to revert to them. He said he was waiting for them.

Hussain welcomed Manmohan Singh’s initiative to re-start a dialogue with Kashmiri separatist leaders and ‘quiet diplomacy’ to solve problems in the troubled state.

Asked about military aid from Pakistan to Kashmiri militants, he said: ‘You ask this to Kashmiris if their struggle isn’t indigenous, popular and genuine.’

So wasn’t Pakistan resorting to blame game tactics in accusing India? Pat came the reply: ‘(The) same can be said about India.’

‘In the end, the two countries have to work jointly in curbing the menace (of terrorism), which is common not only to them but to the entire humankind.’

Hussain is chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Pakistan Senate. He was speaking on the sidelines of a conference against terrorism organised by the Jama Masjid United Forum at Oberoi Hotel here.

At the same time, Hussain echoed the Pakistani establishment line that India was covertly assisting the Taliban — an allegation New Delhi has dismissed with contempt.

‘India is drawing vicarious pleasure from Pakistan’s troubles. Some elements in India are using our problems to what they think is their advantage. They are following the Chanakya principle that the enemy of my enemy is my friend,’ he said.

Hussain condemned terrorism but warned that ‘the menace won’t end until the Kashmir and Palestine issues were solved peacefully and democratically’ – a popular line Pakistani leaders have been maintaining when accused of sponsoring terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

‘It is our official and realistic policy that the Kashmir issue has to be solved as per the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris, as laid down in the UN resolutions,’ he said.

Both India and Pakistan have to be ‘realistic that neither can Kashmir be held militarily nor can we snatch it militarily’.

‘We have been the biggest victims of terrorism. There is a terror corridor that runs from Iraq into Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

‘India is promoting and aiding Taliban in Pakistan and should understand that if it doesn’t stop fomenting terrorism against Pakistan, the corridor won’t stop at the Wagah border (in Punjab) and would very much enter into India,’ said the alumnus of the School of Foreign Service in Georgetown University, US.


New Delhi
Somdev Devvarman’s doubles campaign at the ATP Challenger event in Seoul, Korea ended with a straight-set first round defeat along with the American partner Todd Widom.

The unseeded Indo- American duo did their best to make a comeback after being outplayed in the first set but lost 1-6 6-7(7) to second seeded Israeli pair of Amir Hadad and Harel Levy in the opening round of the USD 1,25,000 hard court event.

Somdev is seeded fourth in the singles competition and will open his campaign against South African Davis Cupper Rik de Voest.

Prakash Amritraj is also in the fray and will take on local boy Kyu Tae IM in his opening round tomorrow. Prakash has teamed up with Australian Marinkc Matosevic for the doubles event and they will be up against top seeded pair of Thai pair of Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana.

Another Indian presenting his challenge in the doubles event is Purav Raja, who has combined with Australian Sadik Kadir. They will start with a match against Japanese combo of Hiroki Kondo and Go Soeda.


(AP Photo/Press Information Bureau, B.M. Meena)
(AP Photo/Press Information Bureau, B.M. Meena)

In this photo provided by India’s Press Information Bureau, Gursharan Kaur, wife of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, holding an umbrella left, Pimpen Vejjajiva, wife of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, center, and Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, arrive for a cooking demonstration at Cha-am, Thailand, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009. The women are accompanying their prime minister husbands to the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). (AP Photo/Press Information Bureau, B.M. Meena)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sideline of the 15th ASEAN Summit in Hua Hin, Thailand. (AP)
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sideline of the 15th ASEAN Summit in Hua Hin, Thailand. (AP)
HUA TIN(Thailand): Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh Saturday agreed here to make efforts to gradually narrow differences on the border issues between the two countries.

The two leaders discussed issues of common concern during their meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit here Saturday, Xinhua reported.

“We have reached important consensus on promoting bilateral ties. I believe our two countries could maintain a good relationship in the future that conforms with the interests of the two countries and I have confidence about that,” Wen said at the meeting.

Tourists stand in a queue outside the entrance of the City Palace in Udaipur in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan.
Tourists stand in a queue outside the entrance of the City Palace in Udaipur in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan.

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – The Indian city of Udaipur, known as the “Venice of the East,” was voted the world’s best city for travelers in 2009 in an online poll by Travel + Leisure magazine, trumping last year’s winner Bangkok.

The island of Bali in Indonesia topped the Galapagos to be named best island in the annual poll, in which casual and laid-back destinations prevailed.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to India and Thailand July 17-23. While in India, Secretary Clinton will meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and with External Affairs Minister Krishna. The Secretary and Minister Krishna will discuss the structure and elements of an enhanced U.S.-India strategic partnership that will enable us to advance solutions to the defining challenges of our time and to enhance global prosperity and stability in the 21st century.

The Secretary will arrive in Mumbai on July 17. She will meet with a broad cross section of Indian society in Mumbai and will remember the victims of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks. On July 19, Secretary Clinton will travel to New Delhi where she will have a full schedule of meetings with government officials, the leader of the opposition, entrepreneurs, scientists, and youth. The Secretary will leave New Delhi on July 21 for Thailand.

While in Thailand, Secretary Clinton will meet with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Foreign Minsiter Kasit Piromyato to underscore the importance of our alliance and our bilateral relationship and to share perspectives on common interests in the region. She will visit Bangkok July 21-22 and Phuket July 22-23. The Secretary will travel to Phuket to lead the U.S. delegation to the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference and ASEAN Regional Forum.

Rohini Dey
Rohini Dey

From Australia to America, from Bangkok to British Columbia, Indian cuisine is taking a giant leap into globalisation by fusing alien tastes and making it a rage among gourmands across the world.

The latest on this bandwagon, though, is a pioneer of sorts: a Bengali woman, who is in the spotlight for turning her back on a coveted World Bank consultancy, then chucking a lucrative job at McKinsey and Co. of advising high-tech and telecom firms to start the Vermilion restaurants in Chicago and New York, which offer menus that are made up more or less in equal part from the heady tastes of India and Brazil.

Rohini Dey told The Telegraph today that as the daughter of both Bengali parents, “my first experience in fine dining was in Calcutta”.

She is a firm believer in the idea that “all respectable sweets originated in some form in Bengal”.

In an article, Dey had challenged the notion that the French have a monopoly over good food. “Nobody takes their cuisine more seriously than Bengalis,” she asserted today from her restaurant in Chicago.

Dey is not alone in promoting Indian fusion cuisine. Adam d’Sylva, 32, born of an Indian father and Italian mother, won a competition to be Melbourne’s Young Chef of the Year 2008. The award, after being nominated three times in a row, has spurred d’Sylva to own, in partnership with two others, Coda, a fusion food restaurant which opened in Melbourne last month.

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