‘Friends’ of Gaza

We live in interesting times. One is perpetually intrigued and amazed by the contrasts and contradictions of the world. If the never-ending hypocrisies and petty selfishness of some wear you down, there are still people out there whose humanity and sheer generosity and nobility of spirit help retain your faith in mankind. The latest round […]

America’s helping hand in Iraq, blind eye to Gaza

The US has once again proved that it is more alert to the atrocities of some rather than others. American jets are bombing ISIS militants in Iraq after US President Barack Obama authorised airstrikes against the jihadi groups making rapid progress in Kurdish areas and threatening major towns such as Erbil. Mr  Obama also signed […]

Nawaz Sharief : Running scared

Pakistani capital Islamabad is bracing up for two major political rallies this week. One organized by Tehreek e Insaf, led by Imran Khan and the other by Pakistan Awami Tehreek, PAT, which is led by the Canada based Pakistani religious preacher, Tahir ul Qadri. So far the PML-N  Govt, both in Islamabad and Punjab have […]

They are only interested in Hafta

Putting human lives on risk the majority of medical shops are promoting substitute and substandard drugs at large scale which fetches them higher margins of profit. The drug department has hoodwinked the state government and general public by declaring in newspapers that there are taking action against those selling spurious and sub-standard drugs in Kashmir […]

India, Pakistan businessmen want liberalised visa regime

ISLAMBAD: As foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan prepare to meet later this month, business leaders from both sides are pushing the need to liberalise the visa regime between the neighbours in order to promote business linkages. During the fourth meeting of the India Pakistan Joint Business Forum (IPJBF) held in the capital on Friday, […]

HDFC Bank opens branch at Dubai

Srinagar: HDFC Bank Ltd, the second-largest private sector bank in India, opened its branch in Dubai International Financial Center to provide wealth management services to the non-resident Indians based in the UAE. This is the bank’s third branch outside India, the other two being located at Bahrain and Hong Kong. The bank will continue to […]

Adidas marketing push an uphill battle against ‘cool’ Nike

BERLIN: Sportswear firm Adidas probably thought it had hit the marketing jackpot when Adidas-sponsored Germany beat Adidas-sponsored Argentina to win the Adidas-sponsored World Cup. But arch rival Nike may have stolen much of its soccer branding thunder with quirky videos, innovative boots and amusing Tweets, not to mention the odd sponsorship coup of its own […]

Amazon publishes Hachette CEO’s email address in pricing spat

NEW YORK: Amazon revealed on Saturday the email address of the American head of publishing group Hachette, urging readers to pressure him in writing to end the two groups’ simmering dispute over book pricing. The move came after more than 900 authors signed a letter urging the US online giant Amazon to end its battle […]

Islamabad Prepares for Tsunami

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is bracing itself for huge street protests in the capital, Islamabad, this week amid political crisis that has resulted in cities’ petrol supplies being cut, clashes between police and the followers of a popular cleric in Lahore, and demands by politician and former cricketer Imran Khan for the government to quit. The chaos […]

Qadri booked for ‘murder’ that never happened

ISLAMABAD: A case was registered against Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri on Sunday for instigating his followers to murder a policeman but today’s  Pakistani newspapers report that the policeman died at a hospital on August 9 after a road accident a day before. According to Pakistan Today, Constable Muhammad Arshaf, a resident […]