15-day cap on Umrah visas

Manama: Saudi pilgrimage authorities may impose a 15-day cap on stays by foreigners who enter the kingdom to perform Umrah. The decision will be proportionate with the capacity to accommodate worshippers inside the Grand Mosque in Makkah, currently undergoing massive construction work that has shrunk its space. Peak seasons, mainly during the holy month of […]

Israelis wish death on Holocaust survivors

Ramallah: Israelis on social media have lashed out at a group of Holocaust survivors who have placed an ad in the New York Times condemning Israel’s latest massacre in Gaza. Ironically, some Israelis have actually called for the death of the Holocaust survivors for publishing the ad. In a letter published as an advertisement in […]

Isil brings Saudi Arabia and Iran closer

DUBAI: In the first direct talks between the two countries in some years, Iranian deputy foreign minister Hussain Amir Abdollahian is flying to Riyadh on Tuesday for talks on regional issues, including the war against the terrorist organisation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria, political experts said. “I […]

Soon, ‘raindrop’ may make reading glasses redundant

London: Tired of wearing eyeglasses? Scientists have developed a technique that could see reading glasses gone forever. Soon it may replace laser surgery that still requires reading glasses in dim light. In this technique, a tiny implant known as “raindrop” is placed under the cornea to solve vision problems linked to ageing. “Raindrop can not […]

Foetus found in woman 36 years after miscarriage

New Delhi: Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years in what is believed to be the world’s longest ectopic pregnancy, a doctor has said. The 60-year-old woman became pregnant at the age of 24 but suffered a miscarriage because the foetus had been […]

The dice is loaded for Kashmir

Explanations abound for the current spat between India and Pakistan. The less accepted view, which I am inclined to go along with, might seem perverse. Yet I do believe that Prime Minister Modi wants to strengthen the ragtag resistance leaders in Kashmir — who are still quaintly known by much of the media as the […]

Prime Minister Modi Fumbles on Pakistan

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, fumbled an early test of leadership this week when he canceled a high-level meeting with Pakistan. There are no two countries in the world that need to talk, and talk regularly, more than these nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors whose tensions must be carefully managed. Mr. Modi raised expectations that he […]

Hold Your Ground!

Our nation of about 200 million has been waiting for a revolution to get rid of corrupt political system for almost the time Pakistan came into being. Now that efforts are being made by two forces, we should support them wholeheartedly. People who believe change will happen gradually, are wrong. Instead of problems of people […]

The Deadlock in Pakistan

With Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri having spent almost a week in Islamabad with their supporters asking for Nawaz Sharif’s ouster, things seem to have gone from bad to worse. The political impasse in the country looks like it will continue for more time given that both sides have hardened their positions. Imran Khan […]

‘Education is all about character development’

Born in Mumbai, Father Ivan Albert Perera, after his ordination to priesthood worked in various parishes of the Diocese of Jammu-Srinagar for nineteen years in Jammu region. Simultaneously, he got opportunities to work for sixteen years as principal of various schools run by the Diocese of Jammu-Srinagar Education Society. In an interview with Shabir Hussain, […]