No Pandit township under consideration: Govt

New Delhi: No plan for creation of exclusive zones for Kashmiri pandits is under consideration, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday putting to rest controversy revolving separate township for the displaced community. Replying to a question put forward by nine MPs whether there is any proposal to create separate zones for Kashmiri Pandits, […]

Inferno consumes 25 houses in Baramulla

Baramulla: At least 25 residential houses were gutted in a devastating fire at old town here on Monday night. No loss of life was reported in the incident. However two people suffered burn injuries in the fire. “In a devastating incident of fire, 25 residential houses were gutted last night here,” Deputy Commissioner of Baramulla […]

Mufti lost in battle of ideas: Hurriyat G

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) Tuesday said Mufti government has put its chairman Syed Ali Geelani under house arrest since Monday evening. While terming the action of the state administration as fascism, the spokesman Ayaz Akbar in a statement said that the Mufti’s slogan of “battle of Ideas” has practically come to a nought and he […]

India mulls price control of 12 cancer drugs

New Delhi: The prices of drugs to treat several life-threatening conditions, from leukaemia to breast cancer, can cost from Rs 3,000 to Rs 8 lakh. To make treatment affordable for patients the pharmaceutical pricing authority of India has recommended the inclusion of 12 such essential cures in the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM). The […]

267 Projects Overshot Completion Dates: CAG

Srinagar: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) today slammed the Jammu and Kashmir government for a prolonged delay in completion of 267 developmental projects in the state. “As on March 31, 2014 there were 267 projects and works costing Rs one crore and above which have overshot their scheduled completion dates,” said a CAG report […]

U Turn: Indian govt says “No idea where Dawood Ibrahim is”

New Delhi: The Indian government caught itself in an embarrassing situation as it contradicted its own position on the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim, one of India’s most-wanted men for masterminding the 1993 blasts in Mumbai. Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told Lok Sabha on Tuesday, 5 May that India has no idea […]

Why Muslims are offended by images of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

A fundamental principle of Islam is accepting Allah as the only one worthy of our worship. It is probably the simplest explanation as to why idolising Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has been forbidden in Islam since it is counterproductive to that very notion. “It’s all rooted in the notion of idol worship,” Akbar Ahmed, who chairs […]

Iran says won’t allow Yemen siege

TEHRAN: A senior Iranian diplomat says Tehran will press ahead with its efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Yemen and will not allow the war-wracked country to remain under siege like the Gaza Strip. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the deputy foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs, told Lebanon’s al-Manar television that Iran will not allow a […]

Govt not to probe Nehru’s snoop files on Netaji

NEW DELHI: Government has no plans to conduct any probe into the reports of surveillance on family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose by the Intelligence Bureau for 20 years. “There is no proposal to probe into the spying,” Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The Minister said […]

‘Birthplace of Ram in Pakistan, not Ayodhya’

HYDERABAD: A member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) — the highest body of Muslims in India – has said the Ram Janmabhoomi, the birthplace of Hindu deity Rama, is in Pakistan and not in India’s Ayodhya.  The Ayodhya dispute centers on a plot of land in Uttar Pradesh where Babri Mosque […]