Govt promotion weakens Sufism

The four day World Sufi Conference was attended by around 200 scholars from across 20 countries.  The leading Sufi scholars, intellectuals and academicians  discussed ways to spread the message of peace advocated by Islam.  The conference was organised by the All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) and inaugurated at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhavan by Prime […]

Journalism isn’t dying – there’s even room for optimism about print

On Saturday, March 26, the Independent will publish its last edition in print. The Independent on Sunday sold for the last time on March 20. The distinctive El Pais of Madrid has announced that it will take “a step from paper to digital”. The Guardian with a huge online readership, shrinking print sales and sizeable […]

Is ‘internet addiction’ a misnomer?

A recent study by Phil Reed and colleagues provides some experimental evidence that internet addicts may be conditioned by what they view on the screen. I was the first person in the world to publish an academic paper on internet addiction back in November 1996, so it’s good to see that the number of studies […]

THE COLOURS OF ART: Handicrafts Sector of Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar: The official website of the Directorate of Handicrafts, Jammu and Kashmir ( states, the handicrafts of Jammu and Kashmir have acquired worldwide fame for their exquisite refinement and aesthetic elegance which have great diversity and demand. Truly speaking, the Handicrafts of Jammu and Kashmir are beyond imagination and thus have provided a ray of […]

Reading the vote in the Valley

From the days of Dogra rule to the heyday of Sheikh Abdullah to the current situation, elections have been an inherent means of articulating Kashmir’s evolving narratives. Prime Minister Modi needs to see the 2014 Assembly election for the game changer that it was Electoral practice in Jammu and Kashmir, despite its stymied recognition, has […]

Jamaal Kak and Ahad Kak; Die-Hard Fans of Pak Cricket team

Cricket is something every one of us loves and admires. Often criticized as too predictable, cricket still remains a very popular game because it only takes one good partnership to change the whole outcome of the match. I still remember the match between South Africa and New Zealand in the world cup tournament of 2015. […]

LeT attempted to kill Bal Thackeray, Headley tells Mumbai court

A Pakistani-American who helped plot the deadly November 2008 attacks in Mumbai told a court on Thursday that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) attempted to kill late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. “I have no first-hand knowledge but I think an attempt was made by LeT (Lashkar) to kill Bal Thackeray,” David Headley said, according to NDTV. Headley […]

87 million kids at risk of brain damage in conflict zones:UNICEF

The UN children’s agency, UNICEF, says some 87 million children under the age of seven are growing up in conflict zones across the world, in conditions that can adversely affect their brain development. Exposure to extreme trauma may hinder the development of brain cell connections, essential for health, emotional well-being and ability to learn, UNICEF […]

Youth throws slipper at Kanhaiya Kumar in Hyderabad

Chaos prevailed at a meeting addressed by JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Thursday after a slogan-shouting young man threw a slipper at him. The incident occurred at Sundraiah Vignan Kendram, as Kanhiaya Kumar was beginning his address at the seminar on constitutional rights. The man sitting among the audience stood up, shouted slogans against […]

Bangladesh upholds militant’s death sentence

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s top court has upheld the death sentence of an militant over fatal suicide blasts targeting secular activists 10 years ago, a prosecutor said Thursday. Asaduzzaman Chowdhury, who is also known as Panir, was sentenced to death in 2008 for his role in the December 2005 bombings that killed eight people and injured 40 […]

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