Kanhaiya Kumar’s India

  JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar has once again brought up Kashmir in his speech: this time on Women’s Day. Kumar spoke against AFSPA in Kashmir and North East. And importantly, he brought to light the plight of Kashmiri women, saying they are raped by security personnel. “While we have a lot of respect […]

Horrors galore on those channels

Advised complete rest by the doctors, I found myself surfing channels on television. I don’t normally watch much TV, but one month of bed rest forced me to watch whatever fare was on offer, and what I saw stunned me. My idea of terms and concepts seemed pretty outdated. For instance, humour according to the […]

The last refuge

 THE annual budget which India’s finance minister, Arun Jaitley, presented on February 29th would normally have been the big political event of the week. That is not how proceedings in Parliament in the ensuing days made it appear. Both chambers were disrupted by angry exchanges over issues close to the hearts of the more extreme […]

Quran Advocates Non-Violence In Nearly Every Passage

The Koran is mainly an advocate of non-violence. In nearly every passage it maintains that violence should only be used in self-defence Is Islam violent? ISIS in Syria and Iraq. In Pakistan, there is the Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the attempted murderer of the schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai. Immigrant Moroccan men roughly pushing women and fondling them in […]

Israeli troops deploy heavily near Lebanon: Paper

The Israeli army has heavily deployed troops and equipment along the Lebanese border and stepped up military activities there, a report from Beirut says. For the second day on Wednesday, Israeli troops fired tear gas canisters at Lebanese herders and farmers working near the border with the occupied Palestinian territories, The Daily Star reported. “We […]

Egyptian lawmakers push for ban on niqab

Egyptian lawmakers are pushing for a ban on the niqab, in what has become a fight over personal liberties and the government’s attempt to control religion in Egyptian society. The bill if passed will ban the wearing of the full-face veil in public places, government institutions and educational institutes. The Egypt Support Coalition, which claims […]

Vijay Mallya left India despite lookout notice: CBI

New Delhi:- Vijay Mallya left the country about a week ago despite a lookout notice against him being sent to all airports, CBI sources have said. “We followed all legal requirements. A lookout notice was issued against him to ensure that we have prior information on his attempts to travel abroad. There are strong reasons […]

Suu Kyi’s school friend and ex-driver gears up for Myanmar rule

As he stood beside Aung San Suu Kyi at the gates of her mansion celebrating her release from house arrest in 2010, Htin Kyaw likely never imagined he would be named to rule in her place. The affable 69-year-old university teacher, who was a school friend of the democracy veteran and once acted as her […]

At least five killed, several hurt in US shooting

At least five people were killed and several injured on Wednesday in a shooting near Pittsburgh, with police and paramedics rushing to the scene, media said. Four women and one man were shot and killed in a residential neighborhood in Wilkinsburg, about 8 miles (13 km) east of the city, news station WPXI said, adding […]

Butterfly with 15 photoreceptors that can see UV, polarized light found

Tokyo :Scientists have found that a butterfly species from Australasia has 15 classes of light-detecting cells or photoreceptors, enabling them to see fast moving objects better than the human eye and even distinguish ultraviolet and polarized light. Previously, no insect was known to have more than nine classes of photoreceptors, researchers said. These photoreceptors are […]

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