Rouhani Looks to Beat Hard-liner as Iran Goes To Polls Today

TEHRAN, IRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani staked his political future on opening Iran ever so slightly to the outside world and overcoming hard-liners’ opposition to secure a historic nuclear deal in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions. He’ll soon find out if voters think it’s enough to keep him in the job. The 68-year-old Britain educated […]

‘IAS-officer found dead in UP was to expose big scam in K’taka’

Lucknow: The Karnataka-cadre IAS officer, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances here, was about to expose scams worth thousands of crores of rupees of Congress-led government in Karnataka, UP minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said in the state assembly on Thursday. His response came amid allegations from opposition benches that Anurag Tiwari (36), posted as […]

Muslim activist sentenced to prison for not giving up passwords

London: More than four months after he was arrested at Heathrow airport, UK director of non-profit organisation, CAGE, was formally charged by the British police on Wednesday at the Bethnal Green police station in east London. Muhammad Rabbani has been sentenced three months in prison with a fine of US$3 200 for alleged “willful obstruction […]

Throwback to nineties

One thing unique about the prevailing situation in Kashmir is that it is not as much about the militancy as it is about a mass revolt in disparate, fragmented ways. Its latest proof came on Tesday  at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre where the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was forced to leave a women’s self-help […]

What Kashmiris Want?

    The discourse on insurgency and counter-insurgency in Kashmir has gotten entangled with multiple processes, the scale and concerns of which are local, national and global. As the people of Kashmir prepare for whatever might come next after the recent killing of Lieutenant Umer Fayaz, militant leader Zakir Musa has threatened to cut off […]

How to secure tech infrastructure?

  By now, most of the world is aware of the ransomware attack that spread like wildfire through global computer systems. Using an exploit stolen from the National Security Agency in the United States, hackers took advantage of a known flaw in several Microsoft operating systems to take control of computers and encrypt data until […]

The world as prison

Incarceration, meant as punishment, is turning out to be a medium of education for victims. The only way the West knows to deal with the problem of radical Islam is to search out, arrest, and imprison suspects. John Walker Lindh, captured in Afghanistan in 2001, and Anjem Chaudary (in Britain) became icons of resistance in […]

Science or Snake oil:Do Band-Aids really ‘heal cuts twice as  fast’?

Everyone wants wounds to heal quickly, whether it’s a paper cut or a grazed knee. So it’s easy to be swayed by marketing claims on packs of adhesive bandages, and on signs in your local pharmacy, that promise faster healing. Band-Aid’s pack of 50 plastic adhesive bandages, for instance, displays the claim the product: Heals cuts twice […]

EU fines Facebook 110 million euros over WhatsApp deal

EU: European Union antitrust regulators fined Facebook (FB.O) 110 million euros ($122 million) on Thursday for giving misleading information during a vetting of its deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp in 2014. Calling it a “proportionate and deterrent fine”, the European Commission, which acts as the EU’s competition watchdog, said Facebook had said it could […]

Environment Minister Dave passes away

New Delhi: Environment Minister Anil Dave passed away here Thursday.  60-year-old Dave complained of uneasiness at his home this morning and was rushed to AIIMS where he passed away, according to official sources.  He was a member of the Rajya Sabha since 2009.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Dave.  “Absolutely shocked by the […]