J&K to Begin Gradual Removal of AFSPA: Mufti

JAMMU: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Friday said his government would initiate the gradual process of scrapping the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Jammu and Kashmir even as the state witnessed another terror attack in Kathua district that killed three security personnel and injured 11 others. “There are certain reservations as far as […]

Community engagement vital for sustainable tourism growth: Nayeem

JAMMU, MARCH 20- “There is a need to create  awareness among the stakeholders that preserving the ecology  and grandeur of our land is linked with our economic prosperity”, this was stated by the Minister for Education, Mr. Nayeem Akhter after inaugurating the International Conference on  Sustainable Destination Excellence : Rebuilding from Crisis and Disasters at […]

Bank in India Defers Launch of Shariah Equity FUnd

MUMBAI/ INDIA: India’s premier state-owned bank the State Bank of India (SBI) had deferred plans to launch its plan to launch a Shariah Equity Fund, media reports say. Shariah Equity Fund, was a planned open-ended scheme designed to invest money in companies that follow Islamic Shariah that was promoted by SBI Mutual Fund — the […]

Suicide Attacks on Friday Prayers in Yemen, 140 Killed

SANAA: Triple suicide bombings killed at least 140 worshippers and wounded hundreds more Friday at mosques in quick succession in the Yemeni capital sparking countrywide outrage. One report said 347 people were wounded in the attacks that hit mosques crowded with worshippers. Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for suicide bomb attacks, Reuters reported.  Witnesses said […]

SC asks Centre to consider facilities at Ram Janam Bhoomi site

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to consider the facilities feasible in the present scenario that could be provided to pilgrims at ‘Ram Janam Bhoomi’ site near the disputed structure at Ayodhya.  The apex court said that the Centre will file its response within four weeks after taking note of the […]

Train Derails in UP, Killing 30

LUCKNOW: At least 30 people, including children, were killed and dozens more injured when an express train derailed in northern India on Friday, authorities said. Television images showed two mangled carriages lying beside the track after the accident, which occurred around 30 miles (50 kilometres) from Lucknow, capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. […]

US will ‘reassess’ ties with Israel: Obama

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has told Benjamin Netanyahu that Washington will “reassess” its ties with Tel Aviv after the Israeli prime minister’s recent provocative statements. Obama delivered the message in a phone call to Netanyahu on Thursday, days after Netanyahu rejected the idea of a Palestinian state during his election campaign. “The President told […]

BJP bats for beef in Goa while banning it elsewhere

Goa: While there is a blanket ban on cattle slaughter and beef in most Indian states ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) like Maharashtra and Haryana, the party has decided to make an exception in Goa. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said “Regardless of what the Centre does, in Goa minorities are 39%- 40% – […]

Hindu duo move Bombay HC challenging ban on beef

MUMBAI: Two persons–both Hindus–have approached the Bombay High Court challenging the new Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, which bans slaughter and consumption of beef. They have stated that the action infringes upon their fundamental rights. Advocate Vishal Seth and student Shaina Sen petitioned the high court seeking protection of their fundamental right to quality of […]

PDP, BJP had prefixed game-plan of polarising votes: Omar

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir’s former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday accused BJP and PDP of engineering communal polarisation of votes and spreading fear in the minds of people during recently-held assembly polls. “In Kashmir Valley and Muslim-dominated areas of Jammu region, especially the Chenab Valley, PDP created fear psychosis about BJP and RSS trampling […]

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