India in Pakistan media May 17

Summary: India swung back into the radar with reports about the country’s nuclear accord with US (Daily Times, The News) and military. Dawn and Daily Times also reported the Sikh governing body’s ruling on growing long hair by Sikh students in Delhi. Daily Times picked up a report about India’s $5bn spending on Israeli military technology, while Dawn reported on the US moves to sell 126 combat aircraft to India. In a human rights-related story Daily Times and The News reported on the issue of child marriages in the country. Daily Times carried a major story about Indian plans to enter the “high-tech” chipmaking area.

Total stories: 16
Business & economy: 2
Education: 2
Foreign Affairs: 4
Human rights: 2
Insurgency: 1
Kashmir: 1
Military: 2
Politics: 1
Misc: 1

Business & economy

India’s domestic wheat buying picks up
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: The Indian government has bought around 9.6 million tonnes of new season wheat from farmers as market arrivals pick up, raising hopes it can build healthy buffer stocks from domestic grain purchases.

India plans to join ranks of chipmakers
Daily times
SEOUL: Having carved a niche in global software development and services outsourcing, India’s search for the next big thing in high-tech could see it take on the rest of Asia in the crowded chip manufacturing market.

Education

Sikh students ordered to grow long hair
Dawn
NEW DELHI, May 16: Sikh students in the capital must not cut their hair or trim their beards if they want to study at schools and colleges run by their community, a governing body official said on Wednesday….

Sikh group orders students to grow long hair, beards
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: Sikh students in India’s capital are not allowed to cut their hair or trim their beards if they want to study at schools and colleges run by their community, a governing body official said on Wednesday.

Foreign Affairs

Train service
Dawn
KOLKATA, May 16: India and Bangladesh plan to restore a daily train service after a gap of 36 years, an Indian official said on Wednesday….

‘India, US not uniting against oceanic crimes’
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday ruled out his country’s joining the US in developing a worldwide network to combat oceanic crimes, stating that there was no such proposal from the US Navy.

India says US nuclear accord on track
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: India said Wednesday the nuclear energy deal with the US would be finalized within the framework and parameters of agreement reached between the two nations on July 18, 2005.

N-accord with US on track: India
The News
NEW DELHI: India said on Wednesday a landmark nuclear energy agreement it signed two years ago with the United States was on track ahead of a visit by the US envoy for further negotiations on the deal….

Human rights

India’s underage brides wedded to tradition
Daily Times
Despite being illegal since 1929, child marriage is still rampant in parts of India. According to a 2006 government survey, around 45 percent of girls in India are married before the legal age of 18

India’s underage brides wedded to tradition
The News
ALSISAR, India: Dusty towns and villages turn into a brief riot of colour each year in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan as thousands of Hindu couples tie the knot and seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu.

Insurgency

Rebels kill six migrants in Assam
Dawn
GAUHATI, May 16: Separatist rebels shot and killed six migrant workers in north-eastern India’s restive Assam state, police officials said on Wednesday….

Kashmir

CBMs aimed at resolving Kashmir dispute: Kasuri
The News
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri on Wednesday said Pakistan has been engaged in the confidence-building measures with India to resolve the outstanding dispute of Jammu and Kashmir aimed at

Military

Bush keen to sell 126 combat aircraft to India
Dawn
WASHINGTON, May 16: A person no less than President George W. Bush is leading the US effort to sell 126 multi-role combat jets to India, diplomatic sources told Dawn….

India’s defence spending in Israel reaches $5b
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: India’s defence-related purchases in Israel over the past five years have reached a massive $5 billion. Defence Minister AK Anton told the Rajya Sabha here on Wednesday that Israeli company M/s ELTA was the lowest bidder in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued for the procurement…

Politics

Vajpayee proposed as presidential candidate
Dawn
NEW DELHI, May 16: The name of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has unexpectedly figured as a possible opposition candidate for India’s presidential race due later this year….

Misc

India issues earthquake management guidelines
Daily Times
NEW DELHI: After year-long deliberations, India has issued comprehensive guidelines for earthquake management. Amongst other things, the guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) here on Wednesday called for an urgent revision of the seismic.

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