23 dead in Punjab after eating poisoned sweets

LAHORE: At least 23 people have died and dozens of others fell ill in Punjab after eating sweets which police suspect were tainted with pesticides, officials said Monday.Umar Hayat, a resident of the Karor Lal Esan area in Punjab province, bought the baked confectionery on April 17 to distribute among friends and family after the […]

India does a U-turn, withdraws visa to Dolkun Isa after China protests

New Delhi: India has cancelled the visa given to a leading Chinese dissident to participate in a conference in Dharamsala, apparently after China objected to it.“We have cancelled the visa given to Dolkun Isa,” a Home Ministry spokesperson today said without elaborating further. Isa, a leader of World Uyghur Congress (WUC), who lives in Germany, […]

Ishrat case: Affidavit controversy to divert from real issue, says Chidambaram

New Delhi: Former home minister P Chidambaram on Monday alleged that the affidavit controversy related to the Ishrat Jahan encounter case was only to an attempt to divert attention from the real issue.“Real issue is whether there was fake a encounter and whether four people already in custody were killed in that fake encounter. Coming […]

Modi taking oath at ‘inauspicious time’ has led to disasters: Lalu Prasad

Patna: In a dig at Narendra Modi, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday said the country was afflicted by a number of disasters as the Prime Minister had taken oath at an ‘inauspicious’ time.“PM Modi ne ashubh samay me shapath liya. Isliye desh me apda ki bharmar ho gayi hai. (PM Modi took oath at […]

Israel frees ‘youngest Palestinian’ girl prisoner at the age of 12

Tulkarm, Palestinian Territories: Israel freed 12-year-old Palestinian Dima al Wawi from prison on Sunday, more than two months after jailing her for an attempted stabbing attack.Wawi was handed over to Palestinian authorities at Tulkarem crossing point into the northern West Bank, an AFP photographer said.She was to travel from there to her family home near […]

Women allowed to enter 1000-year-old Kerala mosque, but with conditions

Kottayam: For the first time in its history, the 1000-year-old mosque at Thazhathangady here, famous for its rich architecture and wood carvings, has thrown open its doors for Muslim women in Kerala.Women were allowed to enter the mosque on Sunday to take a look at its famed architecture. Thousands of Muslim women, including tourists, flocked […]