Why this Independence Day is different

Later this week, India will celebrate its 68th Independence Day. Besides recording the momentous break from an oppressive and debilitating colonial rule, this 15 August promises to be different due to five fundamentally changed circumstances. Firstly, for the first time in 10 years, it won’t be a Congressman—Manmohan Singh—who will have the honour of addressing […]

Ill-advised on Pakistan

Who is the real Narendra Modi? The one that reached out to Islamabad in the first flush of his election victory, inviting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his oath-taking, and exchanging shawls and sarees with him for their mothers? Or the one that on Tuesday sneered that Pakistan “has lost the ability to fight a […]

A cautious celebration

Pakistan celebrates their Independence day on August 14, just a day before we do in India. This was not always the case though, as the official day for the Independence Day for both the nations was August 15. In 1948, Pakistan brought it a day ahead of us as it coincided with the 27th day […]

Thousands descend on Pak capital, coup fears loom

LAHORE: Tens of thousands of supporters of two opposition leaders on Thursday swarmed the capital, Islamabad amid fears that a prolonged confrontation might lead to a military coup a year after the country’s first democratic transfer of power. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and Pakistani-Canadian cleric Allama Tahirul Qadri were leading the separate protest rallies to topple […]

UN declares highest-level humanitarian emergency in Iraq

NEW YORK: The United Nations announced it had declared the humanitarian crisis in Iraq to be the highest level of emergency, while clashes between Iraqi troops and Takfiri militants west of Baghdad killed at least four children Thursday. The U.N. on Wednesday declared the situation in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency” — a development that […]

Rebels Massing Near Baghdad

BAGHDAD- Rebels are massing near the Iraqi town of Qara Tappa, 122 km  north of Baghdad, local officials said, in an apparent bid to broaden their front with Kurdish peshmerga fighters. The Takfiri militants have made a dramatic push through the north to a position near Arbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region. The movement […]

Top 5 richest Indians have half of nation’s billionaire wealth

New Delhi: In George Orwell’s famous 1945, dystopian novel- ‘Animal Farm’, which he described as a satirical tale against Stalin, he famously said, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,” when the pigs on the farm, who promise equality to all animals, turn into the tyrants they promised to replace- […]

Beware: Your flight may be on auto-pilot, as the real pilot may be taking a nap

NEW DELHI: In a shocking case of negligence, compounded by non-disclosure, India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) learnt through an anonymous SMS about a major lapse on the Mumbai to Brussels- Jet Airways flight that occurred last Friday, 8 August, four days afterwards, on Tuesday, 12 August. The flight had reportedly dropped an incredible […]

Iranian woman wins ‘Nobel Prize of maths’

Maryam Mirzakhani, a Harvard-educated mathematician and professor at Stanford University in California, was one of four winners announced by the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) at its conference in Seoul on Wednesday. “This is a great honour. I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians,” Mirzakhani said in a press release […]

Shanti Bhushan’s comments read as implosion within AAP

New Delhi: The debutante Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday, August 13, launched a signature campaign, demanding fresh assembly elections in Delhi, which has been under President’s rule for almost six months since 14 February, 2014, when Arvind Kejriwal resigned as Chief Minister after failing to table the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly. […]

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