Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray passes away

MUMABI – Bal Thackeray (86), founder of the Shiv Sena passed away at his residence Matoshree in suburban Bandra around 3.30 pm on Saturday. After his demise, son Uddhav has been taken ill. Close family members including nephew Raj Thackeray and his wife were at Thackeray’s side. Thackeray had been critically ill for the last […]

Once a militant, always an outsider

They returned to the ‘mainstream’, but normal life eludes them. Riyaz Wani reports on former Kashmiri militants, now living in the shadow of the guns they once wielded AS NIGHT fell on 30 July 1988, two men left their homes to plant bombs with timer devices at three places in Srinagar — Akhara Building, Central […]

Bangladesh struggle after Gazi bags six

DHAKA – Spinner Sohag Gazi took six wickets on debut but the home team lost both openers in pursuit of a 245-run target that left the result of the first Test against the West Indies wide open today. The 21-year-old finished with 6-74 in an impressive bowling display to fold the West Indian second innings […]

NCERT textbook says meat-eaters lie and commit sex crimes

Meat-eaters “easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes”, according to a controversial school textbook available in India. New Healthway, a book on hygiene and health aimed at 11 and 12 year-olds, is printed by one of India’s leading publishers. Academics have urged the government to exercise greater control. But the authorities say schools […]

Parasitic worms can ‘treat chronic diarrhoea’: study

LONDON – Chronic diarrhoea could be treated using parasitic worms, according to a new study. Researchers from the New York University Langone Medical Center in a study of monkeys found that the treatment restores gut bacteria to a healthy state. Other work in mice has already suggested conditions such as ulcerative colitis could be treated […]

Judge approves FTC’s $22.5 million fine of Google

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge has approved a $22.5 million fine to penalize Google for an alleged privacy breach.  In doing so, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston rejected a consumer rights group’s calls for tougher punishment. Illston issued her ruling late Friday, a few hours after holding a hearing to listen to final arguments.  […]

Gaza crisis: Israeli air strikes hit Hamas HQ

Israel has targeted the headquarters of Hamas leaders and other key facilities in Gaza, on the fourth day of Israeli air strikes in the coastal enclave. Prime Minister Ismail Haniya’s office, which Egypt’s PM had visited on Friday, was among the buildings destroyed. At least 38 Palestinians and three Israelis have died since Israel killed […]

Iraq envoy says won’t propose Arab action vs Israel over Gaza

By Shaimaa Fayed BAGDHAD – Iraq’s envoy to the Arab League said it would invite Arab states to use oil as a weapon to press for a halt to Israeli attacks on Gaza, but later appeared to withdraw the remark, saying Baghdad would make no particular proposal to a League meeting. “The Iraqi representative to the […]

Pakistan didn’t know whereabouts of Osama: US report

ISLAMABAD (ANI) – Pakistan did not know the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden before the CIA raid, an official US assessment of the Al-Qaeda leader’s presence in Abbottabad has concluded. Head of the US Special Operations Command Admiral William McRaven said that Pakistan wasn’t informed of the raid because the initial assumption was “How could […]

LPG Registration Deadline Dispensed With

Will Accept KYC Forms Till All Consumers Registered: CAPD SRINAGAR (KNS) – Even as oil companies Friday extended the date for registration and renewal of cooking gas connections in the country till end of this month, Jammu and Kashmir has got a bigger relief with the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department dispensing with any […]

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