UN chief asks Pakistan to combat terror

UNITED NATIONS: Condemning the deadly bombing of a Shia mosque in Pakistan, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the country to step up efforts to protect religious minorities and combat terrorism.  In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban said he is appalled by such vicious targeting of people on account of their religious […]

Pak Kashmir to float tenders for 48MW Jagran-II power project

MUZAFFARABAD: The Pakistan controlled Kashmir government aims to re-tender a Rs7 billion, 48MW Jagran-II hydropower project as the controversial award of the contract initiated the debate. The board of directors of AJK Power Development Organisation (PDO) approved the re-tendering of the project located at the run of Jagran Nullah in the northeastern Neelum valley. Giving […]

Fire devastates Russian library with rare texts

MOSCOW: A fire at one of Russia’s largest public libraries has been raging for more than 17 hours and is likely to have destroyed thousands of rare documents.  The Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences in south-west Moscow went up in flame late Friday. The emergency situations ministry said on Saturday that more than […]

Sujatha Singh: 'Why has it become so low and dirty'

NEW DELHI: India’s ousted foreign secretary Sujatha Singh has hit out at the government saying her reputation was being maligned. “My reputation is being mali¬gned, my record being tras¬hed. Why was this necessary?” Ms Singh told NDTV news channel. Ms Singh was removed on Wednesday night by the government with seven months to go before […]

India successfully test-fires 'Agni-5'

NEW DELHI: India on Friday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed, intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capableballistic missile “Agni-5”, which has a strike range of over 5000 kms and can carry a nuclear warhead of over one tonne, from Wheeler’s Island off Odisha coast. The missile was launched from a canister mounted on a road-mobile launcher at Wheeler’s […]

Delhi polls: AAP releases manifesto; unleashes slew of promises

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday released its manifesto for the upcoming Delhi polls, unleashing a slew of promises, including the passing of the Jan Lokpal Bill, enhanced security for women and full statehood for the national capital. The party also reiterated its plans of making Delhi a free Wi-Fi city, installingCCTV […]

CIA & Mossad killed Hezbollah commander

WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency helped Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad, to assassinate Imad Mughniyah, a high-ranking Hezbollah figure, on Feb. 12, 2008, a report says. During an operation aided by the CIA, Mossad remotely detonated a bomb planted in the spare tire of a parked SUV in the Syrian capital of Damascus killing Mughniyah who […]

US McDonald's to accept hugs as payment

NEW YORK: McDonald’s new Superbowl ad announces it will let some of their lucky customers pay for their food with selfies, hugs and high fives starting next week.  Between February 2 to 14, customers will get to pay with the Lovin’ option during pre-selected times, only in the United States. Customes will be randomly chosen […]

Think milk does your body good? See what science says

NEW YORK: Here is a quick review of what science currently says about milk’s health benefits: The Old Hurrah  A diet rich in milk has long been promoted as a way for children to build strong bones and muscles, and stave off the harms of osteoporosis in seniors. Proponents have especially noted its calcium, potassium, […]

Mosque and Seminary

THE two emblems of Islam — the mosque and the madrasa — are frequently vilified, feared and even shunned by many non-Muslims. In Pakistan, some are places to avoid, rather than to seek out. People often first determine which sect the mosque belongs to. The increasing number of madrasas has been worrisome: many are linked […]