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Devyani Khobragade case on backburner, US poised to irretrievably lose unilateral privileges

Chidanand Rajghatta,TNN | Dec 29, 2013, 05.46 AM IST http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Devyani-Khobragade-case-on-backburner-US-poised-to-irretrievably-lose-unilateral-privileges/articleshow/28077308.cms Devyani Khobragade case on backburner, US poised to irretrievably lose unilateral privileges What is emerging clearly from Devyani Khobragade episode is that US diplomatic corps is poised to irretrievably lose many of the unilateral privileges it had in India. WASHINGTON: In the annals of diplomatic exchanges across the world, it has long been understood that the United States will get more consular and protocol privileges than it will give to other countries. After all, the argument went, the US has the world's largest diplomatic corps, does more outreach, and its personnel face greater danger abroad than those from any other country. So if Americans demand greater security, easier access, more privileges in New Delhi or Islamabad or Kabul than it would give to di

Tribute to Farooq Sheikh

Farooq Sheikh or Farooque Sheikh (25 March 1948 − 27 December 2013) was an Indian actor, philanthropist and a popular television presenter. He was best known for his work in Hindi films from 1977 to 1989 and for his work in television between 1988 and 2002. He returned to acting in films in 2008 and continued to do so until his death on 27 December 2013. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema. He had worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ketan Mehta.[1] He had acted in many serials and shows on television and performed on stage in famous productions such as Tumhari Amrita (1992), alongside Shabana Azmi, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, and presented the TV show, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (Season 1).[2] He won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lahore.[3] He died on 27 December 2013 following a cardiac arrest.[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farooq_Sheikh