Iran leader threatens ‘fierce’ reaction if Saudi does not return Hajj dead

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Syed Ali Khamenei threatened a “fierce” reaction on Wednesday if Saudi Arabia does not quickly repatriate victims of last week’s Hajj stampede. “Saudi officials are failing to do their duties,” Syed Khamenei said following delays in the return of more than 200 Iranian bodies. “If Iran wants to react… our response […]

Internet Ban Shows Govt.’s Inability to Use Moral Influence to Keep Peace

The Internet is a paradox: It has the potential to be a powerful democratising medium, even as it is increasingly becoming a tool for governments to control entire populations. The weekend’s three-day blanket ban on net services in Muslim-majority Kashmir during the festival of Eid-al-Azha once again brought to fore the absence of substantive democracy […]

There may be flowing water on Mars. But is there intelligent life on Earth?

Evidence for flowing water on Mars: this opens up the possibility of life, of wonders we cannot begin to imagine. Its discovery is an astonishing achievement. Meanwhile, Martian scientists continue their search for intelligent life on Earth. We may be captivated by the thought of organisms on another planet, but we seem to have lost […]

Pak-India Relations—Is There A Way Forward?

ONCE AGAIN, expectations were raised and quickly dashed when it became clear that there was no likelihood of a meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session. Not that there were any high expectations of the one-off meeting had it been pulled off. It wouldn’t […]

Will Army Come on Board?

The Civil-Military Liaison Conference at SKICC  has been an attempt to discuss the issues that have long bedevilled the relations between the successive state governments and the security establishment for some years now. The situation over the past 25 years has created an often uneasy relationship between the military and the civil administration, with the […]

A Letter to Burhan

“BURHAN”,  I do not understand why you joined your “Dad” in his lap to see the hustle bustle of Eid in the market. What prompted your father to take you along? You knew that you were surrounded by guns and explosives in every nook and corner of the valley. You did not even give a […]

Taj, Indigo Airlines Bring Colour To Kashmir Fam Tour

SRINAGAR: Dozens of leading travel agents and tour operators from India participated in a familiarization tour conducted by the Vivinta by Taj Hotels and Resorts, Srinagar in collaboration with Indigo Airlines, at the sprawling Tango Hall of the hotel here today. The main aim of the tour was to sensitize the participants on the importance […]

Babies petition India’s top court over pollution

The parents of the three babies argue that they have a constitutional right to breathe clean air New Delhi: Three babies have been named on a petition urging India’s top court to ban air-polluting fireworks in New Delhi, saying the city’s choking smog poses a “clear and present danger” to their health. The parents of […]

Germany translates its constitution into Arabic for refugees

BERLIN: To help the refugees integrate and understand their rights and duties, Germany has translated the first 20 articles of the country’s constitution which talk about basic rights like freedom of speech, into Arabic. Germany is struggling to cope with an expected influx of some 800,000 people this year, both economic migrants and asylum seekers […]

Polish army start digging for Nazi gold train

The Independent WARSAW: Polish authorities have started excavating the area which allegedly hides a Nazi train full of stolen gold and priceless artefactsThe army deployed chemical, radiation and explosive experts to the site outside the south-western town of Walbrzych, Poland, on Monday. But the two men who originally claimed to have found the “gold train” […]

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