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December 2003 - January 2004
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Mahathir's Parting Shot: Bush Objects
BANGKOK: President Bush told MalaysianPrime Minister Mahathir Mohamad his
remarks about Jews controlling the West by proxy were "wrong and divisive," the
White House spokesman said,"It stands squarely against what I believe," Bush
told Mahathir during an Asia-Pacific summit in Bangkok, White House spokesman
Scott McClellan said.
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program led by Indian professor
An international partnership of scientists and research institutions named India-born geoscientist Manik Talwani to head a multi-billion dollar programme called the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. The project, the most ambitious geoscience venture ever undertaken, aims to explore the evolution and structure of the Earth.Dr. Talwani will oversee work on two ships that will sail the world and sink its drills into the ocean floor at different sites to find answers on everything from continent formations to how oceans developed. The lead agencies in the project are the US National Science Foundation and the Japanese Ministry of Education & Technology. The two vessels to be used are Chikyu, a Japanese one and the other a US vessel called Joides Resolution. Dr Talwani, Professor of Geophysics at Houston's Rice University, is an alumnus of Delhi University. He was pleased with the appointment and looked forward to contributing to the understanding of how continents and oceans evolved.
Vajpayee's Visit to Russia, Tajikistan and Syria
Russia, of course, comes first. His visit to Moscow, a crucial relationship
in the books of India's foreign policy, strengthened India's ties with Russia
in almost all areas. In political matter, Vladimir Putin endorsed India's stand
on Kashmir. Moscow once again support Indian stand that an end to cross-border
terrorism is a pre-requisite for a peaceful dialogue to resolve all outstanding
issues in a bilateral framework.
Fighting for Governorship of Louisiana
The dream of Indian American Bobby Jindal, the 'wonder boy' who fought closely for governorship of Louisiana has been shattered by the strong black voters turnout in favour of Blanco, a veteran black politician and a woman. Bobby Jindal, a Republican candidate poled 48% while his Democratic rival emerged as the winner with 52%. "I stand here tonight disappointed, but not discouraged. We made the case that the American dream is more alive in Louisiana than anywhere else in America. Something special happened here," said Jindal, whose parents emigrated from Punjab in India.