Birth of a Mystic

MOHAMMAD was the first name of Rumi. His honorific was Jalal-ud-Din. He became famous with the public accolade Moula-i-Rum (Master of the West).The name of his father was also Mohammad, and so was the name of his grandfather. His father was, however, known by the honorific of Shaykh Baha-ud-din Walad. The family genealogy of Rumi […]

Something Strange is Happening

MOST PEOPLE read the papers, forget most and get on with the day. Few people see the patterns; the big picture of what is happening in the world. One of the things that has been happening with greater and greater frequency is large and mysterious animal deaths. Something that punsters call flockalypse (as in apocalypse […]

India issues visa to Uyghur ‘terrorist’ Dolkun Isa, China fumes

Beijing: China aired its concern over World Uyghur Congress (WUC) leader Dolkun Isa’s reported visit to India, saying he is a ‘terrorist’ on Interpol’s Red Corner and it is the obligation of all countries to bring him to justice.“I am not aware of the situation,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a written response […]

Israel to close off West Bank, Gaza Strip for Jewish holiday

The Israeli regime plans to close off all entry points to the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip ahead of a Jewish holiday.According to the Israeli army, the crossings to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip will be sealed off on Friday and Saturday, the days of the so-called Passover holiday, over security […]

Russia fired at Israeli jets in Syria: Report

Russian forces in Syria have fired at least twice on Israeli military aircraft, Israel’s top-selling newspaper says.The Yedioth Ahronoth daily on Friday gave no dates or locations for the incidents nor any indication Israeli planes were hit.Separately, Israel’s Channel 10 TV said a Russian warplane approached an Israeli warplane off the Mediterranean coast of Syria […]

Nigerian army killed 350 and secretly buried the bodies, Amnesty says

The Nigerian military has been urged to “come clean” over the deaths of 350 civilians who are alleged to have been shot or burned alive and then dumped in a mass grave following a confrontation in the north of the country last December.A new report from Amnesty International, which includes witness testimony and satellite images […]

RTI reveals millionaire Mallya never failed to claim MP salary,perks

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya may be a millionaire, but he did not hesitate to claim amounts as little as Rs 20,000 as perks to which he was entitled to as a Rajya Sabha MP, a reply to an RTI query has revealed.In response to a Right to Information query by a Bareilly-based activist Mohammad Khalid […]

Drone believed to have hit British-Airways flight ‘may have been a plastic-bag’

An object widely believed to be a drone struck British Airways plane on Sunday as it was coming in for landing at Heathrow.However, it has now transpired that the object may actually be a plastic bag, according to British Transport minister Robert Goodwill.“The reported drone strike on Sunday has not been confirmed it was actually […]

Nawaz Sharif among Pakistan’s richest politicians

Islamabad: Amidst the Panama Papers leak row, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has emerged as one of the richest politicians in Pakistan with personal assets of Rs 2 billion, an increase of over a billion in just four years.The Election Commission yesterday released the assets statements of Sharif for 2015 who as per law update the […]

Bangladeshi national arrested for filming airhostess on Indigo flight

Mumbai: A Bangladeshi resident was taken by Mumbai Airport security to domestic airport police station and booked for allegedly clicking pictures of an airhostess on board an Indigo aircraft without due permission. A case has been registered against the accused, Aseem Joygopal Bhumia, under section 354 B/2 of the IPC for assault or use of […]