It’s official! Bush to visit India in early 2006
US President George W. Bush along with the First Lady Laura Bush are looking forward to their India visit in early 2006 as relations between the two countries are “poised for a very significant advance in the coming months.”
“It was conveyed to me that President Bush and the First Lady are very much looking forward to the forthcoming visit to India,” Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran told reporters at the end of his two-day official visit to the US.
“I, in turn assured the Secretary of State, the National Security Advisor and my interlocutor at the State Department, Nicholas Burns that a very warm welcome awaits President Bush in India and that we would like this visit not only to be a demonstration of the transformation which has taken place in India-US relations during the past year but would also have a lot of substance in that relationship.”
Saran had a hectic schedule in Washington with his meetings spread over at the Departments of State, Defence, Commerce, Energy and Capitol Hill.
“It was a very crowded agenda... And I go back very satisifed with the progress that has been achieved in the relationship between the two countries. We have achieved considerable advance in terms of the implementation of the various understandings which were reached on July 18 and I believe we have a very good foundation for taking our relations to a much higher level,” Saran remarked.
Taxmen eye Irfan’s booty
Nothing could be a greater let-down: Just when the Indian cricketers thought that the game was going exactly according to plan, there’s been a small surprise - a rather unpleasant one. While the Indian cricket board has doubled the amount of retainership for three cricketing grades, with the senior pros earning up to Rs 1 crore, the tax authorities have decided to extract their pound of flesh.
Not just cricketers, the tax guys are planning to bring football and hockey players, shooters, athletes and other sportspersons into the withholding tax net as well. Withholding tax is the tax to be deducted at source on payments - match fees - made to these players.