Israeli protesters support Palestinian state, urge end to occupation

Jerusalem:  Thousands of Israelis have staged a protest rally in Tel Aviv to express their support for an independent Palestinian state, condemning 50 years of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Israeli NGO Peace Now, one of the organizers of the demonstration, said the event was meant to denounce the lack of hope being offered by […]

Outrage after Al Jazeera posts tweet insulting Saudi king

Qatar: A row between Qatar and fellow GCC members deepened yesterday after the Doha-based Al Jazeera channel posted a cartoon denigrating the Saudi king on its official Twitter feed. The tweet set off a storm of condemnation on Twitter, and the cartoon was eventually removed by the network. Relations between Qatar and the other GCC […]

Modi starts his 6-day, 4-nation tour today; first stop Germany

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to embark for four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France on Monday, with an aim to boosting India’s economic engagement with these nations and inviting more investment. In the first leg of his six-day trip, he will visit Germany, where he will hold talks with […]

Trump In The Middle East And A Contest Of Lies

THANK GOD for Oren Hazan. Without him, this would have been an exceedingly dull visit.  Israel‘s cabinet ministers were lined up in the blazing sun at the foot of the airplane stairs for the official reception of President Donald Trump. It was very hot, there was no shade, dark suits for men were obligatory. Just awful. […]

What We Should Understand About Taqwa in Ramazan

Ramazan — the month of fasting — is linked with a number of important events in Islamic history, the most important of which is the revelation of the noble Qur’an from on high (2:185). Both the descent of the Qur’an from the lawhun mahful (the Well-Guarded Tablet), where it is inscribed till eternity (85:21–22), and […]

Tourism Department sets up helpline for tourist assistance

SRINAGAR: In view of the current situation in the Valley, the Department of Tourism, Kashmir has started helpline services for the convenience of tourists who are on visit of Valley. The department has also activated its officers and tourist police at prime tourist destinations to ensure smooth movement of tourists and their comfortable stay. Director […]

‘Impose Governor rule if JK is to be saved’

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah Sunday called for the immediate imposition of Governor’s rule in the state, stressing that it was the only way to control communal tension in the country. “We have never been promoters of Governor’s rule; we have always opposed it. But there is no other way,” […]

Centre should talk to all stakeholders in JK without ‘false prestige’: CPI

Thiruvananthapuram: The Centre should immediately start negotiations with all stakeholders in Kashmir where the situation was becoming ‘worse’ in the last few years, CPI General Secretary Sudhakar Reddy today said. “We all agree that this issue has to be settled within the framework of the Constitution. Art 370 is part of the Constitution…,” he told reporters […]

Curfew, Strike Shuts Kashmir on 2nd Day

SRINAGAR: Normal life in Kashmir valley on Monday remained affected due to the curfew, restrictions and strike following the killing of top militant commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Sabzar Bhat, his aide in South Kashmir’s Tral township on Saturday. Curfew, restrictions remain placed across Kashmir Valley on second consecutive day on Monday as there was heavy […]

How traditional Kashmiri architecture was designed to withstand even severe tremors

In traditional Kashmiri homes, refinements such as the Zoon Dub – or a cantilevered balcony designed to view the moon (called zoon in Kashmiri) – were common. Balconies and eaves with beautiful fret worked details known as pinjarakari, pendants of wooden chimes shaped like jhumkas are still visible, but the violence of nearly three decades […]