Changing Kashmir The conversation around the state must change first

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kashmir, made a few announcements and left. The state’s political parties are busy strategizing for impending elections. The separatist spectrum of Kashmir’s political firmament is responding and is probably formulating a response to the impending Assembly elections. Pakistan’s Sartaj Aziz-the country’s advisor on foreign affairs- is planning a campaign to […]

ONE day, one provincial capital, three violent incidents

  Quetta in particular, and Balochistan in general, appear to be slipping back towards outright anarchy and the state seems utterly clueless and impotent. Start with the attack on the Shia Hazara community. With the majority of Hazaras settled in one particular zone in Quetta and the community under sustained and deadly threat, the law-enforcement […]

Was Accession Fair & Legal ?

Was Maharaja Hari Singh dithering in deciding whether to join India, Pakistan or stay independent in 1947?  The way Quit Kashmir  call was initiated  and projected by National Conference leadership   surely  cultivated  bitterness in the mind of the  prince of J&K. In a way NC demanded that with the retreat of the British from […]

Paradise Lost

Love for nature and its preservations were deeply ingrained in Kashmir psyche. Much before the advent of the Vedic period people of Kashmir were ‘nature worshippers’. They saw gods and goddesses in different manifestations of nature and held them in high esteem. Preservation of nature was greatest religious duty with them. This love for nature […]

Bangladesh Jamaat Chief Sentenced to Death For Supporting Pakistan

DHAKA – A special Bangladeshi court on Wednesday handed the death sentence to the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party for war crimes, in a long-awaited verdict that triggers fears of fresh violence.The war crimes court found Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami, guilty of mass murder, rape and looting during Bangladesh’s war […]

India shifts thousands ahead of cyclone, Pakistan on alert

NEW DELHI/ ISLAMABAD: India was shifting thousands of people on Wednesday out of the way of Cyclone Nilofar due to hit the region this weekend, while Pakistan geared up for potential large-scale evacuations. Nilofar — listed as a “very severe cyclonic storm” by Indian weather officials — is barrelling across the Arabian Sea packing winds […]

Hundreds to stand in Bihar river to protest

Patna: Its a non-violent protest like none other. Hundred’s of people in the Sitamarhi district in Bihar, in Eastern India, including environment activist Shashi Shekhar on Tuesday, 28 October decided to go on a three-day Jal Satyagraha, (standing in river water) to restore a local river- to its original bed. The change in the course […]

‘Dead’ and ‘cremated’ woman returns home

CHENNAI: ‘Vennila’ in Tamil means a ‘brilliant white moon’. When 21 year old Vennila the daughter of Chennaya, whom he had presumed to have died after she went missing a few months ago returned one fine day, both her parents nearly went into shock. They were shocked because they had just cremated the body of […]

Google developing cancer and heart attack detector

SAN FRANCISCO: Google is exploring a way to search inside people’s bodies for early signs of deadly illnesses such as cancer or heart disease. A Life Sciences team at the special projects Google X Lab are experimenting with having “nanoparticles” hunt for signs of medical trouble in bloodstreams and then essentially report findings to sensors […]

Dead or alive? Fate of iconic Kurdish female fighter wrapped in mystery

ANKARA: Reports about the beheading of a young female Kurdish warrior known as ‘Rehana’ who fought for Kobani and reportedly killed scores of jihadists have sparked controversy. Other reports by people who claim to have contacted her say she is alive. A young girl, wearing military gear and holding a gun, has become an Internet […]

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