British pro-Palestinian activists raped in Libya

TRIPOLI: Two British activists with a humanitarian convoy destined for the Gaza Strip were subjected to a brutal gang rape by five men in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, the country’s deputy prime minister said on Thursday. The two women of Pakistani origin “were brutally raped in front of their father,” Awadh al Barassi said […]

Top Saudi Cleric Faces Death Sentence

DUBAI: A Saudi prosecutor has demanded the death penalty for prominent pro-democracy cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was arrested last year over calls for the release of political prisoners. Local media reported on Wednesday that the prosecutor, whose name was not mentioned, accused Nimr of ‘aiding terrorists’ and ‘instigating unrest,’ and called for the execution […]

US gun violence kills 3,000 in 4 months

WASHINGTON: More than 3,000 Americans have lost their lives in gun-related violence since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in mid-December 2012, a new report says.  According to an interactive data collection project between and the Twitter feed, @GunDeaths, at least 3,053 people have been killed by firearms across […]

The Kalashnikov & Kashmir

Facing strong criticism from all quarters for displaying utmost insensitivity while carrying out the execution of Afzal Guru and refusing to hand over his mortal remains to his family, New Delhi was at the receiving end, not knowing how to get out of the awkward situation it had created for itself. But (like always), New […]

‘NC, PDP Want To Perpetuate Indian Hold On Kashmir’

 SRINAGAR: Denouncing New Delhi over the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru, the chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, on Friday lambasted “decisions and resolutions” of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly as “inimical to the collective interest of Kashmiris,” and dared the state government to try and silence the Jamia Masjid pulpit. In a […]

Youth Being Forced To Adopt Violent Means: PDP

SRINAGAR:  Accusing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of forcing youth to adopt the violent path, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said, that Omar’s statement on PSA in assembly was just a gimmick and an attempt to mislead and befool public. “Tel me what Omar has done for Kashmir resolution during last four years. If he […]

Private School Running In Govt Dispensary

SRINAGAR: A private school is running in a government dispensary in Handwara – in a building constructed with lakhs of rupees from the public exchequer. Surprisingly, the health department, which is supposed to man and equip the medical facility, has no knowledge of the dispensary. The building has come up in the Palpora village, and […]

Raids On JKLF, Malik Lashes Out

SRINAGAR: The JKLF has reacted with outrage on police and paramilitary raids last night on the offices and homes of its leaders, including chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik. As reported by the Kashmir Observer on Friday, forces personnel had cordoned off the Maisuma area late on Thursday night, and carried out searches at the homes of […]

Forced Labour: CEO Attaches Head Master

SRINAGAR: Chief Education Officer Kupwara attached a head master and ordered a probe against his conduct for forcing students to do menial jobs at his school. According to reports the head master of Government Middle School Ahgam, Rajwara, Handwara Syed Mohammad Farooq forced the students of his school to do different kinds of jobs, including […]