NGO pulls curtains down on ‘anti-US’ Pak play (ASIT SRIVASTAVA, November 30, 2005, Express India)

For these 11 theatre actors from Pakistan, the show has ended even before it began. Invited by an NGO — the Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA) — to stage plays across the country, the Pakistani troupe was allegedly told to pack their bags because their production, Zikr-e-Nashunida (Discussing the Unheeded), expressed anti-US sentiments.

It’s not your father’s India.

Boost To India-US Nuclear Deal (Kushal Jeena, Nov 29, 2005, UPI)

Prospects of a change in U.S. law to accommodate a civilian nuclear agreement between India and United States look bright following the visit of a U.S. delegation to India, Indian analysts said Tuesday.

“A delegation of U.S. congressmen, which is visiting India, is looking in an upbeat mood to see the Indian administration showing enthusiasm in working out a program for the separation of its nuclear facilities to meet the condition of India-U.S. civilian nuclear agreement,” said senior political analyst A.B. Mahapatra.

He said with India keen to separate nuclear installations despite opposition from the left parties, the nuclear agreement signed between U.S. President George W. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will go through.

“India is willing to separate its civilian and nuclear facilities and programs and impose safeguards as required by the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.

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