SC Bandipora edge past FC Ganderbal in penalty shootout

SRINAGAR: Sports Club Bandipora beat FC Ganderbal in a tie-break finish in Mushatq Memroial Football tournament played at sports ground Hajin on Tuesday. In the first half of the both teams played excellent football but it was FC Ganderbal that drew the first blood when striker Imtiyaz Ahmad found the net in the 17th minute. […]

Chabahar deal redraws regional geo-politics

The inking of the  Chabahar deal between India and Iran has introduced a new factor  into the geo-politics of the region. The deal which was long in works was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Tehran. India will build and operate the strategically important Iranian port.  New Delhi would invest $500m to […]

Why Mehbooba Mufti will have to rely on more than just optics

If Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s 80-minute-long maiden speech in the state Assembly on Saturday is any indication, Mufti seems keen not to rock the dinghy on which her coalition government is riding. Mufti, who heads an alliance of her Peoples Democratic Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party, took over as chief minister […]

Sainik colony land allotment episode

We don’t want to see 2008 repeated again as  our economy is already in a shaking state. My request to all intelligentsia is to oppose the move.  Further I would like to express that present govt is the first ever which is speaking dual language. Mehbooba Mufti on the one side is shrugging her shoulders […]

We’re kidding ourselves if we think we can ‘reset’ Earth’s damaged ecosystems

Earth is in a land degradation crisis. If we were to take the roughly one-third of the world’s land that has been degraded from its natural state and combine it into a single entity, these “Federated States of Degradia” would have a landmass bigger than Russia and a population of more than 3 billion, largely […]

There is no Iran-India-Afghan strategic axis in the making to counter China-Pakistan

The Indian pundits and media have gone overboard in interpreting the significance of the India-Iran collaboration to develop the Chabahar Port situated on the south-eastern coastline of that country. They fantasise that the two countries are collaborating against Pakistan and China and that Iran is helping India expand its strategic influence in Afghanistan. Of course, […]

Afghan police: Taliban kidnap 200 travelers, keep 20 hostage

Nearly 200 people were kidnapped by Taliban fighters in the northeastern province of Kunduz in Afghanistan early Tuesday morning, according to a police spokesman. The majority have since been released, but around 20 hostages remain. The victims were traveling on two buses to the provincial capital of Kunduz, when the Taliban stopped their vehicles on […]

17 killed in India army ammunition depot fire: police

MUMBAI, INDIA: A fire at a massive military ammunition depot on Tuesday killed at least 17 people and injured 19 more in central India, officials said. The blaze broke out around 01:30 am (2100 GMT Monday) at the depot in Pulgaon, near the city of Nagpur in the western state of Maharashtra, with television footage […]

Bangladesh sentences six militants to death for bank robbery

[[{“type”:”media”,”fid”:”5724″,”view_mode”:”wysiwyg”,”instance_fields”:”override”,”attributes”:{“height”:”100″,”width”:”100″}}]] DHAKA: A court in Bangladesh sentenced six extremist militants to hang on Tuesday for a bank robbery on the outskirts Dhaka in April that left eight people dead, prosecutors said on Tuesday. The gang killed the branch manager of state-run Bangladesh Commerce Bank to get the key to the vault and made off with […]

Babri Mosque demolition: Hindu, Muslim leaders meet for settlement

[[{“type”:”media”,”fid”:”5723″,”view_mode”:”wysiwyg”,”instance_fields”:”override”,”attributes”:{“height”:”100″,”width”:”100″}}]] Ayodhya: Hindu and Muslim leaders met for a negotiated settlement of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute with both sides saying a peaceful way to resolve the issue must be found. Mahant Narendra Giri, the newly elected President of All India Akhara Parishad, met Hashim Ansari, the oldest surviving litigant in the Babri Masjid case […]