China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ‘unacceptable’, Modi tells China

NEW DELHI:  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “very strongly” raised the issue regarding China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during his recent visit to Beijing, and termed the project “unacceptable”. “Prime minster during his visit took up the issue very firmly and spoke very strongly that the CPEC […]

Bomb attack kills 45 Iraqi soldiers

BAGHDAD: Security officials in Iraq say at least 45 Iraqi soldiers have been killed and tens of others injured when a tank rigged with explosives struck an arms depot in northern province of Salahuddin. The officials said the attack took place in the town of Tharthar, situated 120 kilometers north of the capital, Baghdad, on […]

Iran Military Adviser Killed Near Ramadi

TEHRAN: An Iranian officer has been killed near the Iraqi city of Ramadi while advising Iraqi forces on how to recapture it from the ISIS, state media reported Monday. Jassem Nouri, who had also served as a military adviser in Syria, was killed on Thursday, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported. Political and military leaders […]

Instagram ‘deletes account’ of late Ayatollah

TEHRAN: Photosharing service Instagram has deleted an account dedicated to Iran’s revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini just days before the 26th anniversary of his death, Iranian media reported on Monday. The @EmamKhomeini account, which published rare or unseen photos of the Islamic republic’s founder, had 100,000 followers before it was removed. “Instagram in an email […]

Arab air strikes pound Yemen

Sanaa- Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes on Monday against Yemen’s Shia fighters in the north, centre and south of the country, residents said. Saudi planes and artillery bombed the Ansarullah group’s northern stronghold province of Saada, which borders the Kingdom, and air strikes hit suburbs of the southern port of Aden on […]

Does Erdogan’s palace have gold-plated toilet seats?

Ankara: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited the main opposition party leader to inspect the toilets in his lavish, 1,150-room palace after the politician claimed that it had gold-plated toilet seats. The state-run Anadolu Agency said Erdogan’s office extended the invitation on Monday, following accusations by secular party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu and other opposition […]

Corpse left in suitcase at busy Tokyo station for a month

Tokyo: The corpse of a woman that had been stuffed in a suitcase and left in a locker at one of the world’s busiest train stations went undiscovered for a month, Japanese police said Monday. The suitcase was abandoned in a locker at Tokyo Station in late April, but removed to the left-luggage storage room […]

Panchayat orders rapist be beaten up by shoes

FARIDABAD: A Haryana panchayat has handed down a shocking verdict to two rape accused cousin brothers, ordering that they be hit by shoes five times in public and submit a paltry fine of Rs 50,000.  However, enraged by the village elders’ dictate, the family of the 15-year-old decided to knock the doors of the police […]

A Modi-ised India

Even Home Minister Rajnath Singh, it seems, has issues with the greatness thrust upon Akbar by chroniclers of history. “Why Akbar the Great? Why not Rana Pratap the Great?”, the minister demanded to know. What’s in a name? Plenty, it would seem. Just when M J Akbar, who not long ago compared Narendra Modi to […]

Breaking The Calm

Whenever the situation in Kashmir seems to have calmed down reasonably, a sudden incident wakes everyone out from this false sense of relief. This year has been no different. In Sep 2014, after facing the worst floods in the last one century, the loss to infrastructure made it amply clear that the tourist inflow this […]