The misery continues: 16 more succumb to hunger in Syria’s Madaya

BEIRUT: At least 16 more people have died of starvation in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya since an aid convoy entered earlier this month, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The group warned that several dozen more residents of the town are in “danger of death” because of severe malnutrition. The latest deaths bring […]

Pak shuts 230 educational institutions over security concerns

ISLAMABAD: Amidst Taliban threats, over 230 educational institutions, most of them government-run, in Pakistan’s Punjab province have been shut, with authorities asking them to step up security by Sunday or face action. The institutions, 138 of them run by government, in Punjab’s Rawalpindi division have been asked by authorities to boost their security. As many […]

Today, I’m scared to say I’m Hindu: Anupam Kher

NEW DELHI: Veteran actor Anupam Kher has been on the forefront of the ‘anti-intolerance’ debate in India of late. He was also known for harshly criticising Aamir Khan for his statement on intolerance. Surprisingly, however Kher has now openly admitted to being scared of calling himself a Hindu in his own nation. Have the tables […]

Earth is actually two planets, scientists conclude

NEW DELHI: The traditional belief regarding the origins of Earth and Moon, that a smaller planet Theia grazed Earth and sent a portion into Earth’s orbit, is false, according to University of California’s professor Edward Young. Instead, the professor reveals that planet Theia slammed into Earth so hard that the planets melded together and a […]

At least ten migrants drown off Turkey, several missing

AYVACIK: At least ten migrants, including five children, drowned on Saturday when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, the Turkish coastguard said. An unknown number of people were still missing after the latest in a long list of migrant boat sinkings in the Mediterranean. So far, […]

UN-hosted Syria peace talks get off to shaky start

GENEVA: Peace talks aimed at ending Syria’s five-year civil war got off to a shaky and chaotic start on Friday, with the main opposition group at first boycotting the session, then later agreeing to meet with UN officials – while still insisting it would not negotiate. That small commitment by the group known as the […]

Two cases of H1N1 flu detected in J&K

Jammu: Two cases of H1N1 Influenza have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir, prompting the government to step up measures in place to tackle the flu. The Jammu and Kashmir Health department collected 43 samples of suspected H1N1 patients yesterday, out of which two turned out to be positive. “We collected 43 samples of suspected […]

As human shield Ali received the first volley of fire

On Oct 2, 2002, Ali Mohammad Najar, a carpenter, was allegedly abducted by Indian Army in Arin, Bandipora. “At 12 pm, he had his lunch and went outside the house,” Fareed, a shopkeeper, who had hired him for work. “But he didn’t return. I became sceptical and went outside to see him. I saw two […]

865 Budgam youth get employment under PMEGP

BUDGAM, JANUARY 30: In order to generate employment avenues for unemployed educated youth, about 865 youth in Budgam district have been covered under Centrally Sponsored Prime Minister’s Employment Guarantee Programme (PMEGP) during the last two years. Under the employment programme the loan assistance up to   Rs. 25 lakh with handsome component of subsidy is […]

Former Indian Army chief dies at 92

New Delhi: Former Army Chief General K V Krishna Rao, who played a key role in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, died here today at the military hospital following a cardiac arrest. He was 92. Rao also served as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir at a time when militancy was at its peak in […]