Rahul Dravid Retires, Shakeups Threaten Pakistani Taliban | Mar. 5 – 9, 2012
Life moves fast. News moves faster. India’s cotton ban is causing problems for Bangladesh, a Brooklyn man’s plans to join al-Qaeda in Pakistan were foiled and, 10 years from now, the tallest Hindu temple in the world will sit next to the Ganges River.
Booted Out The firing of Pakistan Taliban deputy commander Maulvi Faqir Muhammad last weekend suggests a developing rift in that organization’s leadership. Muhammad’s removal stemmed directly from his willingness to entertain talks with the government. Now, Islamabad may have an opportunity to further dismantle the group. [New York Times]
Final Run Indian star batsman Rahul Dravid announced his retirement from Test cricket Friday. The 39-year-old enjoyed 16 years playing for India, during which time he scored the second highest number of runs of any batsman from his country. His decision to step down follows a surprisingly poor performance on a recent tour of Australia. [Times of India]
Cotton Ballistic India’s ban on cotton exports could be detrimental to at least one of its neighbors, according to Bangladesh’s commerce ministry. Those officials said the ban violates international trade norms. Additionally, Bangladesh’s textile industry will take a hit since because of repeated halts of cotton shipments, leading the ministry to appeal for a reversal of the ban. [One India News]
Foiled Plans A 24-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced to 27 years in prison for conspiring to kill American soldiers abroad. Betim Kaziu was detained in Kosovo before he managed to carry out plans to kill soldiers before heading to Pakistan to join al-Qaeda. Kaziu claims he did not ever mean to actually kill anyone. [Brooklyn Daily]
Double Take India plans to replicate a Cambodian temple right on the banks of the Ganges River. Over the next decade, a temple trust will spend $20 million to recreate the edifice, which will reach 223 feet, making it the tallest Hindu temple in the world. [TIME NewsFeed]
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