Dharun Ravi Receives Sentence, India-Pakistan Visa Talks Fall Short | May 21-25, 2012
Life moves fast. News moves faster. India’s rupee is struggling, a US-aiding Pakistani doctor sentenced to more than three decades in prison and talks are imminent for striking Air India pilots.
Dharun And Out. The former roommate of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi was sentenced to 30 days in jail Monday, following his conviction for a bias crime. Clementi committed suicide weeks into their freshman year, after discovering Ravi had recorded a sexual encounter between him and another man. (TIME NewsFeed)
Free Falling. The Indian rupee hit an all-time low against the dollar Monday, a milestone emblematic of the state of India’s economy today. A plethora of issues plague that nation’s fiscal stability and with circumstances worsening, foreign investors are beginning to pull capital out. (Brookings Institute)
Doctor Who? The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden was sentenced to 33 years in prison Wednesday, on charges of conspiring against the state. The doctor’s false vaccination program allowed the CIA to collect DNA and confirm OBL’s presence in Abbottabad prior to his takedown last May. (AP)
Air Traffic Control. More than two weeks of strikes have resulted in dozens of canceled Air India flights and the sacking of over 100 pilots. Following a government statement that the fired individuals may be reinstated, pilots have expressed interest in meeting with India’s aviation minister. (BBC News)
Visa Denied. Pakistan and India failed to finalize a much-anticipated pact to liberalize visas between the two nations on Friday. Pakistan’s interior ministry had not secured necessary approval from the federal cabinet, but plans to establish a hotline between the home secretaries of both states may help ease visa restrictions in the short term. (Nation)
Amina Elahi is Divanee.com’s Managing Editor.