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Mumbai (2012-10-01): Are we headed for coffee shop wars in the months ahead? I can only rub my hands in glee. After having to suffer years of weak milky coffee, cups with lids that don’t shut, surly baristas who don’t understand your orders, it is time for a shake up in the market. Starbucks is coming, and it is welcome.

Mumbai (2012-09-24): I can always hiss if I can’t bite.” That was Mamata Banerjee last Saturday, smarting over the insult of not being consulted by the UPA before introducing the Big Bang Reforms. The mercurial Trinamool leader seemed angrier over the manner in which the reforms were introduced rather than the reforms themselves. She thundered, “We can bow our heads to Ma, Mati, Manush, but not to the arrogance of power.” Ironically, in the public opinion, as indicated by the markets and television interviews of common people and analysts, she was perceived to be just as arrogant as the UPA.

Singed or Singham? 2012  9  17

Mumbai (2012-09-17): Remember that time in school when you had to write the answer to the two mark question: What was the immediate cause for the start of World War-II or what was the immediate cause for the Battle of Plassey? Now, what really was the immediate cause for the launch of second-generation reforms last week? If social media were to be believed, then it would have to be that stinker of an article in the Washington Post calling Dr Manmohan Singh, “a dithering, ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt government.”

A risky leap of faith 2012  9  11

Mumbai (2012-09-11): The Indian media delegation got a two-hour window of opportunity to do some sightseeing in Lahore after having covered the India-Pakistan foreign minister level talks for two days. Though I had been to the city earlier, I had not had the opportunity to visit the Sufi shrine of Data Darbar and the Minar-e-Pakistan. As our bus, protected by soldiers with assault weapons and the Police Superintendent of Lahore, approached Minar-e-Pakistan, a young journalist sitting in front of me said aloud, “What is this?” His South Indian colleague replied, “some Minar.”

New Delhi, Sep 9 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna arrived back home here on Sunday evening after completing a successful three-day visit to Pakistan, during which, delegation-level talks took place with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar on the next steps in the ongoing dialogue process, followed by a stopover in Lahore.

Lahore, Sept 9 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Sunday said that India is committed to build a relationship of trust and mutual benefit with Pakistan, and added that India wishes to have a “stable and prosperous” Pakistan as its neighbour.

Islamabad, Sep 8 (ANI): India and Pakistan signed an agreement for a new visa regime on Saturday that will encourage greater people-to-people and enhanced business contacts between both countries.

Islamabad, Sep 8 (ANI): Stating that there was immense potential for normalising ties with India, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Saturday said, Islamabad has been consistent in trying to engage with New Delhi, and is determined to ensure that bilateral ties move forward, and are not held hostage to the baggage of history.

Islamabad, Sep 8 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani said on Saturday that Pakistan would be very happy to welcome Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, as and when he decides to undertake a visit of this country.
 

Islamabad, Sep 8 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday formally announced the release of 270 captive Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture in honour of Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna’s visit to Islamabad.
 

Islamabad, Sep 8 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said on Saturday that terrorism poses a “continuing threat” to regional peace and security, and also expressed satisfaction and happiness at Pakistan’s commitment to take steps to bring the perpetrators of the 26/11 terror strike on Mumbai to justice.
 

Islamabad, Sep 8 (ANI): India and Pakistan on Saturday expressed satisfaction over the progress towards normalising bilateral trade and commercial relations.

Islamabad, Sep 8 (ANI): India and Pakistan on Saturday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of culture.
 




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