August 7

Golden start to New Jersey temple
As priests chanted mantras, the $7 million Swaminarayan temple was inaugurated on Sunday after the statues of the deities were weighed against 780 kilos of pure gold bullion.

'Be vigilant about your rights and freedoms'
Best-selling novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni said successful Asian Americans should never forget those who are still struggling for their American dream

Moon wants to revive the Indian joint family
The South Korean evangelist's followers have already started preaching his message -- in India. Jemima Khan to the rescue of the pound
Jemima Khan has launched herself into a political life of sorts to defend the British pound against the euro.

Retired Pak soldier's son joins Indian Army
Ali Hassan, 72, who retired as a soldier with the Karakoram Scouts, has slipped into his life as an Indian with ease, living happily as a citizen of the country he fought against in 1965.

India plans new air surveillance software
The software will be mounted on three A-50 AWACS to be built for the Indian Air Force by the Russian firm Beriev with state-of-the-art Israeli communication systems.

'India still a difficult country to do business with'
In spite of the fact that eventual returns were recognised as 'excellent,' India is still regarded as a difficult country to do business with, says NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul.

Hopes, cynicism over new Nasscom head
If Kiran Karnik takes up this position, he will have his task cut out for him. For he will always be compared with his predecessor, the late Dewang Mehta,

Manisha in Company
The Bombay girl replaces Rinke Khanna.

Yeh Raaste ...: Madhuri's test by fire
Co-star Ajay Devgan too hopes for a hit.

India 'winning one-day battles, not the war'
Chairman of selectors Chandu Borde expresses disappointment over India's defeat in a final for yet another time.

Imran's bat sold for Pakistan flood victims
The bat with which the legendary Pakistan captain played to win the 1992 World Cup was sold for Rs.1.25 million

India fails to get berth for C'wealth hockey But Pakistan, despite being suspended from the Commonwealth, have been listed as one of the eight teams for the 2002 Manchester Games.

Greene wins third world title
The Olympic champion hurt a hamstring in his left leg in the final strides of the race while achieving the victory.

August 6

90-year-old freedom fighter to revisit Czech Bata factory
Rameshwar Mukherjee used to work in the shoe factory in Zlin when, in 1941, he took a break and left for Berlin to be a part of Subhash Chandra Bose's government-in-exile.

August 5

Police tried to bribe me: Kanishka accused
In a letter to journalists from a jail near Chandigarh, Lal Singh, who was the first to be named as an accused in the Kanishka bombing, alleged that the Canadian police offered him $2 million and immigration to a country of his choice for giving a false statement.

A-I trial security to cost $5.4 million
According to architect Michael Barnes, the courtroom renovations are designed to meet the modern-day needs for litigation in a high security courtroom. AIF gives $550,000 for Gujarat quake relief
The American India Foundation's focus areas include shelter reconstruction using new earthquake-resistant building techniques, livelihood regeneration, health and education.

Canadian aid for Orissa flood victims
The Canadian International Development Agency has asked two organisations, the Canadian Lutheran World Relief and Care Canada, to coordinate the relief effort.

NY court restrains Hindu temple trustees
The Hindu Temple Society of North America, which oversees the Ganesha temple in Flushing has been issued a show-cause notice by the New York supreme court, following complaints that it has flouted state corporate laws.

Squabble in Chicago over I-Day parade
Two factions of the Federation of Indian Associations, the apex body of Indian community organisations, are claiming legitimacy. And the war, which began in Indian restaurants, was taken to courts and eventually spilled out onto the streets.

New immigrants to Canada shell out more for accommodation
In Toronto and adjoining suburban cities, you need some extra cash to hand over to the landlord to be kept as safety deposit.

Fee for Narasimha temple irks South African Indians
The Hindu community objected to the fee that was charged at the Maha Chakra Yagna -- a sacrificial ritual held in the township of Phoenix ahead of construction of the temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha.

5H moves east with Chaurasia
The renowned flautist will perform with tabla maestro Swapan Chaudhuri in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and Toronto to raise funds for the 5H Programme.

Indian American firm blazes a trail
Indian American-run New Age Systems in New Jersey has been selected as one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the state for the second year in a row.

India to amend foreign funds Act
Sources said the new bill would specially target three categories: the funds received by 'madrasas', funds for Christian missionaries working among tribals and funds for Buddhist organisations.

'Hrithik is hunkalicious'!
Yaadein   gets a glowing review in the Chicago Tribune. .

This web spins no intrigue
Along came a spider and scared me away.

August 4

NY businessman admits to faking abduction
When confronted with the evidence, Bobby Kumar, 44, broke down and admitted that he had made up the story because he wanted police to investigate a mystery newspaper, India in US, which published a number of allegations against him.

CII miffed over US trade measures on steel
India, which is the 10th largest producer of steel in the world, exported 0.9 million tons of steel to the US in 2000.

Punjab seeks to extradite terrorist from Canada
The police request for the return of Malkiat Singh alias Meeta has been conveyed to the Canadian authorities along with his fingerprints and photograph.

Rocca urges return to democracy in Pak
The US assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs, who wound up her visit to the region on Friday, also warned that US policy on Afghanistan was unlikely to change until the Taleban support to terrorists was halted

'India doesn't have a ready nuke arsenal'
A Pentagon study says that India's objective is to create a 'force-in-being', which it describes as a nuclear deterrent that consists of available but dispersed components.

British-Asian denies role in exporting nuke kit to Pak
Accountant Abu Siddiqui has denied before a London court that he fraudulently evaded export regulations by sending vital nuclear equipment to Pakistan.

Tugging at clothes gives smuggler away
South African customs confiscated more than a million rand hidden in the man's underpants and a body suit worn by his wife.

Guffaws galore!
Tucker and Chan pack a punch in Rush Hour 2.

Will Amritraj's Bandits  Save MGM?
Its only recent success has been the teen comedy Legally Blonde.

Six shortlisted for Davis Cup duty
Five players will make it to the team for India's September 21-23 match against the United States.

August 3

UK plans memorial for colonial troops
Queen Elizabeth II laid the foundation stone for a memorial to honour those soldiers from India, Africa and the Caribbean who died fighting for Britain in the two world wars.

Leniency to killer upsets slain couple's kin
A New York judge overturned the double murder conviction of a young man saying conversation between AA participants, which led to him being caught, should have the same privilege as sessions between priests and penitents.

An 'enlightened' school of thought
Among other records, the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment has 10 times the national average for merit scholar finalists. And students and teachers say it's all due to Transcendental Meditation. Indians in Australia plan grand I-Day bash
But differences persist over how precisely this should be done.

McCartney buys Indian jewellery for fiancée
The former Beatle sneaked into Jaipur to buy jewellery, including a sapphire-and-diamond ring and a bracelet, for Heather Mills.

Dhaka rolls out the red carpet for Carter
The former US president is in Bangladesh as part of an international delegation to oversee the elections slated for October.

Steven Seagal writes to Sonia Gandhi
The Hollywood action hero sought the opposition leader's assistance to protect animal rights in India, and pointed out that the Rs 50 fine for those who violate the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was hardly a deterrent.

Decks cleared for Patients' Rights Bill
The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin is one of the prime movers behind the path breaking Patients' Rights Bill, which is expected to be approved by the Congress this week.

August 2

Indo-Canadian gets 25 years for poisoning wife
Sukhwinder Singh Dhillon is also charged with poisoning his business partner. The case lasted 10 weeks and cost the taxpayers an estimated $1 million, making it one of the most expensive prosecutions in the Hamilton area

Quake concert cancelled for lack of sponsors
Lack of corporate funding forced Aftershock to cancel a concert featuring Luther Vandross and Marc Antony at the Compaq Centre in San Jose last week.

A girl, a book and some magic
Manjusha Pawagi never dreamt that her first book The Girl Who Hated Books  would become such a runaway success.

Third New York drowning victim found
Shajeda Ahmed, 12, had disappeared along with her sister Jubeda and cousin Rahela Begum from Rockaway Beach last Monday when a strong riptide carried them far out to sea

Burn victim Soni discharged from hospital
Dr Achilleas Thoma had performed the reconstructive surgery that included skin grafting on Soni's left arm and chest, both badly burnt when she tripped over a kerosene lamp, sparking a disastrous fire.

Indian American campaign manager for Chicago judge
Judge Sandra Otaka of the circuit court of Cook county, Illinois, has chosen Dr Ann Kalayil to be her campaign manager.

Srichand Hinduja dons a new hat
The businessman has returned to a new role in Britain as a spiritual guide to Hindu youth.

August 1

Rupinder's kin seek death for his killers
Family and friends of the youth who was shot dead by people he had given a lift in his car are adamant that the killers be awarded the maximum sentence.

Couple faces charges over child's death
The two-year-old, who was attending services at a mosque with his parents, got separated and went back to their car. He was found unconscious in the back by relatives, and died on the way to hospital.

Review sanctions, Pakistan urges US
But US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca made it clear that the sanctions 'have been imposed in a phase-wise manner and cannot be lifted at once'.

RSS takes activists back to its roots
With traditional sports, lectures, discussions, slide shows and question-answer sessions, the 21-day camp in Bangalore is part of the Sangh's programme to teach its overseas activists about Hinduism.

Airlines slash fares to boost demand: Reuters
The cuts -- mostly on the busiest and most lucrative London and New York sectors, and by as much as 40 per cent -- has turned the market into a bargain hunter's delight.

Government evaluating Enron's offer to quit: Reuters
A power ministry official said that if the central government picked up Enron's equity, it could save millions of dollars in penalties which it would have to pay if it lost an arbitration case over the project.

Tendulkar's availability still uncertain
Whether he can travel to Sri Lanka for the Test will be known on August 10.

'People shouldn't test the mental ability of a player'
Roshan Mahanama, on the two lines from his 232-page book Retired Hurt that created a lot of flutter in Australia.

Love is in the air!
It's all about romance in August 2001.

Barber the Great
Krishna Kumar gets a haircut -- and survives to tell the tale.

Mad about Madhavan
When he's not shooting for his next big film, this young star frequents chat rooms as Suzy16.