India failing: 1.2 million children died of preventable diseases in 2015

Around 1.2 million children died of preventable causes in India in 2015 before celebrating their fifth birthday, a Unicef report has said in a grim reminder of abysmal state of child healthcare in the world’s fastest growing major economy. Most of the deaths were caused by diseases easily preventable and treatable, says the report released […]

2008 Malegaon blasts: NIA court rejects Sadhvi Pragya’s bail plea

New Delhi: A special NIA court on Tuesday rejected the bail application of 2008 Malegaon blasts accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who had been given a clean chit by the probe agency last month. Special Judge S D Tekale rejected the bail plea in an in-camera hearing. Rejecting the bail plea, the court said that […]

India is not reluctant to engage with Pakistan, says Modi

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday stated that due to his diplomatic efforts, the world has seen that India is not reluctant to engage with Pakistan and the world is unanimously appreciating India’s position and stance on Pakistan. “Our approach has created difficulties for Pakistan, and they find it hard to respond […]

‘Turkey ready to pay Russia compensation over downed jet’

ANKARA: Turkey is ready “if necessary” to pay compensation to Russia after it shot down one of Moscow’s military jets over Syria in November, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said. “We have said that if necessary we are ready to pay compensation,” Yildirim told public TV network TRT late Monday, hours after President Recep Tayyip […]

Palestinians dismayed by Israel-Turkey deal

Palestinians have expressed dismay at Turkey’s normalization of ties with Israel, with one Palestinian Authority official calling the deal a political trick by which Ankara and Tel Aviv were using Gaza to serve their interests.  “The Turkish president wanted to get Ankara out of its international isolation, which was caused by his policies,” the daily […]

RSS-affliate, Muslim Rashtriya Manch, drops Pak envoy from iftar event

A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliate has decided not to invite the Pakistan high commissioner for its annual iftar scheduled for July 2 in the wake of a terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pampore town that left eight CRPF personnel dead. The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba claimed responsibility for the attack on the Central Reserve Police […]

Losing the plot on India-Pakistan ties

That India and Pakistan are both geo-politically and bilaterally drifting apart is becoming apparent by the kind of statements being issued from their capitals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said in an interview that India will engage Pakistan but the forces have freedom to retaliate when attacked “in whatever manner they have to”.  Similarly, Pakistan’s […]

Between Opportunism and Patronage: BJP’s Game Plan for Kashmir

Mehbooba Mufti scored an emphatic victory in the Anantnag by elections. Her margin of victory, around 12000 votes , has left many surprised.  Even after discounting the fact that she is the sitting Chief Minister , with the state machinery at her command, the margin of victory is convincing. The element of surprise, however, for […]

What makes a country a super power

Just like every proud citizen wishes to see his or her country to be the best, every Indian citizen wishes to see India touching the skies.  It is the dream of every citizen of India to see their country as a superpower. Some jingoists have even declared 2050 as a deadline for the same. These […]

This is what happens to footballers’ brains when they miss penalties

It’s that time again: the possibility of penalty shoot-outs looms large in Euro 2016 now that we are entering the knockout phases. We kicked off on Saturday June 25 with Switzerland v Poland and Wales v Northern Ireland, though those with a taste for bloodsports might prefer to look forward to the possibility of another […]

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