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BGH-Urteil: Samstag ist ein Werkstag [weiter]

"Hamburg drängt es nach Indien" - Repräsentanz in Neu Delhi eröffnet [weiter]

Arun Shourie: De-nationalisation of India, Macaulay's education and the role of pseudo secularism [more]

Hamburgs Wirtschaftssenator mit Delegation in Indien [weiter]

Jobless in Germany? Check out the local brothel [weiter]

Doublespeak masterpiece: US double-standards on weapons sale [more]

Hindi: पोप की मृत्यु पर भारत मे॑ राष्ट्रीय शोक – धर्मनिरपेक्षता के नाम पर भौ॑डा मज़ाक ( The rampant pseudo secularism in India) [article as PDF]

China, India plan a free trade area [more]

China woos India's neighbours, trying to hijack SAARC [more]

Pakistan and Italy join hands against UN reforms [more]

Pakistan to get free F-16s from USA [more]

Indien - die größte Demokratie der Welt [more]

The Narendra Modi controversy [more]

US decides to give F-16s to Pak, India disappointed [more]

US balancing act: F16s for Pakistan, F18s for India [more]

Das Hamburger Wetter

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TUI verlagert IT-Stellen nach Indien

Europas größter Touristikkonzern TUI will bis Ende 2006 die Kosten um weitere 100 Mio. Euro senken. Laut einem Bericht der FTD verlagert das Unternehmen erstmals Arbeitsplätze aus Europa nach Indien.

Rund 150 Stellen in der Informationstechnik würden von Großbritannien nach Indien verlegt, sagte ein TUI-Sprecher am Dienstag. Der Reisekonzern hat in den vergangenen drei Jahren während der allgemeinen Branchenflaute nach eigenen Angaben bereits 500 Mio. Euro eingespart. "Wir glauben, dass noch etwas mehr drin ist und haben diese Programme verlängert", sagte der Sprecher. [weiter]

TUI will Inder nach Europa locken

Am 7.4 gründete TUI-Chef Frenzel in Indien ein Joint Venture - laut FTD setzt der Manager "große Hoffnungen in das enorme Kundenpotenzial des Subkontinents".

"Indien ist ein Wachstumsmarkt mit sehr viel Potenzial. Wir wollen hier eine führende Rolle spielen", sagte Frenzel. Die Welttourismusorganisation sagt für Indien eine überproportional hohe Reisekonjunktur voraus. So werde die Zahl der indischen Touristen jährlich um rund zehn Prozent steigen. Die indische Mittelschicht, die sich eine Auslandsreise finanziell leisten kann, wird auf 45 bis 70 Millionen Menschen geschätzt. [weiter]

India's pseudo secularism: A bitter joke?

The recent death of Pope John Paul II once more exposed the hypocrisy that mars India's self-styled (pseudo) secularism. The more-loyal-than-the-king government of a secular (!) state declared a three days state mourning for a religious head. It sent Vice president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat with a large delegation to attend the funeral of the deceased Pope and issued highly exaggerated statements praising the pontiff's alleged love for India and her culture.

All this drama took place despite the fact that no Indian govt. ever bothered to show such an honour to any head of an Indian religion. Worse, never did the Vatican care to declare any state mourning for an Indian religious head or for that matter for an Indian head of the state or head of the government that died in office, for instance Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

This is the sad story of Indian pseudo "secularism". The article is also available in Hindi, as a PDF file. [more]

Holi celebrated in India with joy

Celebrating HoliHoli was celebrated in India with a lot of joy and fun in the last week of March. The celebration of Holi is spread over several days. This is a festival of colours that welcomes the spring. Prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi did not celebrate Holi this year as a mark of respect for the Tsunami victims.

Holi is a religious festival in the memory of Prahalad, a devotee of Lord Vishnu, whom his father - jealous of Vishnu - wanted to burn in fire. Holi is also very closely associated with Lord Krishna who used to play Holi with a great enthusiasm. Even today Holi in Brij (the region around Mathura, where Krishna grew up) is thought to be the best [More about Holi]

"India celebrates life through Holi - its festival of colour": Here a Yahoo! News item about this year's Holi: "Indians woke up to a colourful morning on Saturday and spent most of the day celebrating life and the onset of the spring season by smearing a variety of colour on each other on the occasion of the Hindu festival of Holi. People were seen sprinkling 'gulal' or powdered colour on each other while many ran for cover to save themselves from the bucketful of coloured water being thrown at them." [more]

IndiaWorld launched in a new "Avataar"

Hamburg (23.03.2005): Welcome to the new version of IndiaWorld on the net. In its new form the site has moved to a professional web-hosting and is no more hosted on a free-of-charge server that caused inconvenience for visitors by its pop-ups and advertisements.

BuddhaFurther the site is being extensively updated in its offer on information. Some pages are still under construction and are expected to go online soon. The site will be available in English and German languages. A limited edition in Hindi is also in planning.

It is hoped that the site will thus increase its' utility even more and would contribute to a better understanding of India and Germany in particluar and South Asia in general. If you wish to contribute in this effort by ways of writing articles, providing news or in any other way, you are most welcome.

With best wishes, Rajnish Tiwari, Hamburg, 23.03.2005

Südasientag an der Universiät Hamburg

Hamburg (20.11.2004, RT): The University of Hamburg today celebrated 2nd South Asia day. Organised by the Asia-Africa Institute of the university, the programme was attended by curious citizens and people of South Asian origin. Many people had travelled from different cities in Germany.

The event was covered by local and national media including NDR and Deutsche Welle. The day saw several podium discussions about the political and economic situation in the region. An interesting theme was the discussion about the viability of a South Asian union on the lines of the European Union (EU). In the evening mesmerising Nepalese, Sri Lankan and Indian cultural dances were presented. [..more]

Here two reports in German:

i) Rückblick: Südasientag der Universität Hamburg (Samina Akbar)

ii) Südasientag 2004 - Zu wenig Zeit zum Diskutieren (Bijon Chatterji)

Indian student addresses select gathering at "Hamburger Rathaus"

The Hamburg State Ministry of Education and Health organised a reception to honour international students of the local universities. Mr. Rajnish Tiwari addressed the select gathering of about 200 people that included education authorities, representatives of the labour and foreign offices and members of the diplomatic corps from Hamburg. [..more].

The event was reported by local media, including Hamburger Abendblatt and Tide TV.

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