Hajj pilgrims denounce IS ‘virus’ but doubt US-led war

MAKKAH – As they gather in the holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by the so called Islamic State group as “a virus” threatening the world. But many also expressed concerns about the US-led air war against them. “Islam is innocent from actions of the Islamic State,” Kurdish […]

Americans baffled by Modi’s Navratri fasts

WASHINGTON: When US President Barack Obama greeted India’s new Prime Minister- Narendra Modi at a private dinner hosted in his honour at the Blue Room of the White House on Monday night, the dinner was a delectable spread of dishes, but the main guest only had warm water as he was observing Navratri fasts.  In […]

Modi, Obama write first joint editorial

Washington, New York: For the first time, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have collaborated digitally to write a joint editorial to be published in a US newspaper on Wednesday, 1 October. After using technology successfully in their respective election campaigns, the two leaders have interacted on a pioneering effort such […]

Israel PM tries to shift focus from IS to Iran

UNITED NATIONS  – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday tried to shift the spotlight away from the Islamic State terror group and back to Iran, warning the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Tehran would pose a far greater threat than “militant Islamists on pickup trucks.” Islamic State’s seizure of large swaths of Syria and […]

The fourth Arab capital to join the Iranian revolution

The Tehran city representative in the Iranian parliament, Ali Reza Zakani, who is close to the Iranian supreme guide Ali Khamenei, said: “Three Arab capitals have today ended up in the hands of Iran and belong to the Islamic Iranian revolution”. He noted that Sanaa has now become the fourth Arab capital that is on […]

September, 2014 flood disaster is our collective responsibility

The flood waters in Jammu and Kashmir are slowly receding, but, as usual the finger pointing exercise has set in for nobody is willing to take the responsibility for this disaster. Those who should be held accountable for this catastrophe are the administration, the scientific community of the state and the public.  Current and the […]

A Glorious Past, An Uncertain Future

An idea can change the world. Who would know this better than the people of the UAE? This young nation is a living, thriving tribute to the compelling power of simple, yet magical ideas. The restless energy and enterprising spirit of the Emirates to constantly break new ground and build something new and refreshing in […]

Kashmir at the core

SPEAKING at the UN General Assembly session on Friday was a Nawaz Sharif different to the one who had earned much flak from the hawks in Pakistan for his India vision of a few years ago. He was then an opposition leader who wanted to present himself as a moderate Pakistani politician. Now he is […]

IS And Al-Qaida

Islamic State of Iraq And Syria (ISIS) the most deadliest and ferocious militant group of recent days should not only be considered as some local insurgent group they have a global jihad aspiration like Al-Qaida. The “new caliphate” being declared by jihadist organization as its steamrolls over Syria and Iraq harks back Islam’s golden days. […]

Colossal Failure

This is the third week since the floods that hit Srinagar city and South Kashmir including Anantnag, Pulwama and Pampore. The administrative response was completely missing in response to these floods and infact the coalition Govt led by Omar Abdullah just evaporated within a few hours of the flooding in Srinagar. It seems the Govt […]

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