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From devotional hymns to traditional folk melodies, this part of north-western India reverberates to the sound of music, says Cathy Packe

Farzana Shaikh: Musharraf can save his country - by resigning

As Pakistan mourns Benazir Bhutto, its military-dominated government is being accused of actively conniving in the assassination. Even if the President's leadership survives these allegations, he has long since ceased to be of use to the US in the 'war on terror'

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Three weeks after two of Britain's most notorious spies defected to Soviet Russia, the Prime Minister and his cabinet were more concerned about the moral fibre of the Foreign Office than any threat posed to national security.

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'Married' lesbian couple defy their families and vow to fight Indian law

Two young women in Punjab state have eloped for what may be the region's first lesbian wedding. The two, identified only as Raju and Mala, disappeared from their homes in Amritsar two weeks ago.

Hot Spot: Thetford, Norfolk

This Saxon town became a London overspill in the 1950s. Improved rail links have now made it attractive to commuters, says Robert Liebman

Letter: Feudal Pakistan

Sir: Professor Akbar Ahmed, High Commissioner for Pakistan, explains his reasons for accepting the post under the military regime (Comment, 8 December). From what he says it will take a decade to sort out the problems that Pakistan faces. I do not hold out any hope; as usual the military will again be booted out by the people.

Nirvana, by way of Ancient Greece

In a remote, mountainous region of Pakistan there sits a Buddha wearing a toga. He is part of the remains of a great, lost culture initiated by Alexander the Great

Books: A partition of the truth

This epic of the Sikh experience in India simplifies history to amplify the grievances of a single community. By Aamer Hussein;What The Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin Doubleday, pounds 12.99, 476pp
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