28 May 2007 06:00 [Source: ICIS news]
MUMBAI (ICIS news)--These were the top stories at 05:00 GMT in the following South Asia/ Middle-East newspapers’ online versions on Monday. To go to the individual websites, click the links below:?xml:namespace>
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Huge turnout for Dalit show of strength
In a hugely symbolic gesture, thousands of tribals and dalits converted to Buddhism at a massive gathering here on Sunday, marking the 50th year of Dr B R Ambedkar’s conversion to the religion to escape the rigid Hindu caste system.
After stalling gas exports and stonewalling a $1bn (€750m) translational energy corridor to India, Dhaka has invited Beijing to develop its oil sector and build roads and pipelines that will allow China to ship out exports and import crude, respectively, through two Bangladeshi ports.
Tata Tea battles Kerala CM
For more than a decade now, Tata Tea has fought allegations of “land grabbing’’ at Munnar in Kerala. Originally instigated by VS Achutanandan, now chief minister (CM) of the state, he had argued in his opposition leader days that Tata Tea had encroached on at least 50,000 acres on what he called “an ecologically fragile area”
Idea, Spice talk merger
A major consolidation in the telecom sector could be on the cards. According to top sources, the option of both Spice buying out Idea Cellular as well as the Birlas (Idea Cellular) buying out Spice are being considered.
Colgate’s still shining on brand charts
Benjamin Franklin once famously said that only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. The unfailing regularity, with which Colgate keeps topping brand equity’s survey of most tested brands year after year, makes a strong case to add one more member to that list. By topping the 2007 edition of the brand, Colgate has made it four times in a row.
The President, his highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has described his visit to Oman and his subsequent meeting with his Majesty Sultan Qaboos as a significant impetus to UAE-Omani relations.
Two UAE nationals killed in accident
Two UAE nationals were killed on the spot, while two others were critically injured in a road accident yesterday afternoon on the Emirates Ring Road that links Sharjah and
DGCX to launch Steel Rebar Futures contract on 27 June
The Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) will open on 27 June its proposed Steel Rebar Futures Contract, the first of four futures contracts targeted for the steel supply chain, that would help the industry to lessen the negative impact of price volatility of % to 20% in the UAE and the Middle East region.
Industry minister to lead Omani team at India-GCC business meet
Commerce and Industry Minister Maqbool bin Ali Sultan will lead the Omani team at an India-GCC Businessmen's Conference due to open in Mumbai.
Northwest cleared for post-bankruptcy takeoff
Northwest Airlines is readying its takeoff from bankruptcy, becoming the last of four major carriers to reorganize to cope with the long crisis in the
World Islamic economic forum to meet in Malaysia
Government leaders and top business executives will meet from Monday at the annual World Islamic Economic Forum, aimed at boosting cooperation among Muslim communities, event organisers said.
‘US will free 4 Gitmo men’
Almost 1,500 expats arrested in massive, ‘48-hour’ raids on vice
A Kuwaiti woman was confined at the
Punjab backs Sindh govt, bars Imran from leaving
After the government of Sindh barred
Crisis warning over human smuggling: 10,000 poised to enter
The embassy of Pakistan in Greece has warned of a diplomatic disaster in the making as an estimated 10,000 illegal immigrants taken to Turkey by a gang of Pakistani human smugglers are likely to be pushed into Greece and Italy, possibly between now and September.
Erratic wheat policy
In a knee jerk response, the government abruptly suspended wheat export on Wednesday while acknowledging that the open market price of the grain has shot up by 7% in spite of a record bumper crop of 23m/tonnes plus being harvested this season.
Intercropping technology to raise food production
The rate of increase in food production is too slow to cope with the rapidly increasing population and with that the rising demand for food. The need of the hour is to increase food production.
Concentration of power in an individual dangerous: CJ
About 3,000 supporters of suspended chief justice rallied in
SC resumes hearing in CJ's case tomorrow
The 'full court' of the Supreme Court will resume hearing Monday on a set of 24 identical constitutional petitions filed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and others challenging formation and competence of the Supreme Judicial Council to try the chief justice and President Musharraf's move to file the reference against the country's top jurist.
Budget to provide maximum relief to masses: ministers
Provincial Ministers, Rana Shamshad Ahmad Khan, Dr Anjum Amjad, Chairperson Chief Minister's Task Force on Environment, Fatima Atif Malhi and Parliamentary Secretary for Environment, Saadia Humayun have said that 2007-2008 budgets would be reflective of the aspirations of masses and maximum relief would be provided to them.
Unemployment down to 6.2% in 2005-06
The overall unemployment rate in the country which stood at 8.3% in 2001-2002 came down to 6.2% in 2005-2006, with 4.95 million people getting jobs during the last two years due to impressive economic growth, the Federal Bureau of Statistics said Sunday.
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