PDP’s Surrender to BJP

WHEN, on April 4, Mehbooba Mufti, the Peoples Democratic Party’s president, takes office as chief minister of Indian Jammu & Kashmir in coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party, her fall will be even more abject than was that of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed when he took oath of office as chief minister as head […]

April Fools !

  April Fools believe suicide bombers can be stopped with more body scanners and police surveillance. Fifteen years of bigger, better blast walls, checkpoints, limits on access, barricades, obstacle courses and ever-expanding restrictions at airports and government buildings may fend off car bombers, but driven suiciders with a bit of planning can obviously wreak havoc […]

Shaping Perceptions on Kashmir

Islamabad might have heaved a sigh of relief after Beijing blocked New Delhi’s attempt getting the UN Sanctions Committee to impose a ban on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar. However, while Islamabad may be seeing this as proof of its “sweeter than honey” and “all weather” friendship with Beijing, this move may not be […]

Cricket – A Bridge of Peace!

The Oxford dictionary defines war as an “aggression or hostile contentiousness through arms carried between two or more states, nations or rulers”. But when the same word is used in cricket, it means an intense battle fought with bats and balls on a 22 yard pitch. Whenever there is a cricket match, the ardent fans […]

Dreaming of a place called home

It is difficult to obliterate the memory of Kashmiri Pandits who fell victim to violence. Although their blood has dried, their screams, cries and lost laughter continue to resonate in the hearts and minds of those who lived to tell their story. The accounts of those who survived – or, were born after – are […]

How Smart Are Our Smart Phones

The FBI had its way eventually and finally – after nearly a month – unlocked the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino attackers, Rizwan Farook. An attack that claimed 14 lives. A win for the investigative agency, but at what cost? Fueling the paranoia of smartphone owners worldwide that their precious phones – and […]

Here’s How 8 Leading Tech Companies Got Their Utterly Weird Names

 Weird names abound in the tech world and though we utter many of them on a daily basis (some have become verbs, no less), the fact remains that a good chunk of them make very little sense. We decided to do some digging to find out how some of the most famous tech entities in […]

Modi’s Saudi visit part of push to ‘de-hyphenate’ India from Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday is part of a broader diplomatic offensive to put pressure on arch rival Pakistan by forging ties with some of Islamabad’s closest allies, Indian ruling party and government officials said. Modi is expected to sign trade agreements, including contracts to secure investment for infrastructure […]

China again blocks India’s move at UN to ban Masood Azhar

  China has once again blocked India’s move in the United Nations to ban Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar, the alleged mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack. Sources told the Times of India that on Thursday, China requested the UN Committee, which is considering a ban on the chief of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM), to […]

US, Saudi Arabia sanction alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba supporters

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and the United States imposed joint sanctions targeting the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, the two countries announced on Thursday. The sanctions targeted four individuals and two affiliated organisations, including James Alexander McLintock and the Pakistan-based Al-Rahmah Welfare Organization, which the US Treasury Department said was a front for al Qaeda. Also listed […]

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