World's most expensive footballer Paul Pogba performs Umrah

Riyadh—The world’s most expensive footballer Paul Pogba has posted pictures of himself at the holiest site of Islam, days after helping Manchester United to victory in the Europa League final. He also issued greetings for the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Saturday. On Instagram, the Frenchman posted a photo of himself […]

80 killed, 300 injured in massive Kabul car bombing

Kabul—A car bomb killed at least 80 people and wounded 300 in Kabul on Wednesday, a public health official said, adding that the casualty toll would increase. The explosion occurred during the morning rush hour in a busy part of the Afghan capital that houses many foreign embassies and government departments. Bodies littered the scene and a huge […]

Yemen health system mangled as cholera bites: UN envoy

United Nations—The United Nations’ Yemen envoy says more than seven million people are facing the risk of famine in the impoverished country, which has been under incessant Saudi attacks for more than two years. Speaking at an open session of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed warned against the prolongation of […]

50 years on,Israel occupation ruining Palestinian lives:UN report

United Nations—The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has condemned Israel’s oppressive occupation and its damaging effects on Palestinians’ everyday lives, expressing concerns about the regime forces’ use of lethal force against Palestinians. In its 2016 annual report released on Wednesday, OCHA estimated that some 4.8 million Palestinians were affected by the Israeli occupation, two million […]

Modi urges Spanish firms to invest in India

Madrid—Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged Spanish firms to invest in India, saying the fast-growing country offered “many opportunities” in areas ranging from tourism to energy. “India is an enormous country and it offers many opportunities to Spanish firms in all sectors,” he said in Hindi as he arrived at Spanish Prime Minister […]

Crime Gazette-2016 released;crime against women lesser than 2015

Srinagar—Director General of Police, Dr. SP Vaid Wednesday released the annual edition of crime gazette for the year 2016 for which the data has been collected, tabulated and maintained by Crime Record Bureau, presented and released in the form of book. Speaking on the occasion, DGP complemented the Crime Branch J&K for publishing the book […]

White House communications director resigns amid tensions

Washington—A top White House communications staffer has resigned as President Donald Trump considers a major staff overhaul amid intensifying inquiries into his campaign’s dealings with Russia. The departure of Michael Dubke, Trump’s communications director, comes as aides and outside advisers say Trump has grown increasingly frustrated by allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election […]

Make cow national animal, jail slaughterers for life: Rajasthan HC

Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to coordinate with the Centre and take necessary steps to declare cow as a national animal. A single-judge bench of Justice Mahesh Chand Sharma said the chief secretary and advocate general of the state will be the legal custodians of the cow. “Nepal is a […]

Modi government accused of cover-up in Zika cases

New Delhi—The reporting of Zika virus cases found in Gujarat would have taken the sheen off the Modi government’s three years in office, as it is campaigning for clean and healthy India. The Hindu on Tuesday said not reporting the incidence was a cover up. “The surveillance system put in place by the Health Ministry […]

Not entirely uninvited

From the liberal sprinkling of allusions to Alice, in and out of her Wonderland, the gentle musings of Piglet and Pooh, the wisdom of Shakespeare, and Neruda, Shelley and Swift and Wordsworth, to the voices of the characters populating the pages of Flights From My Terrace, the sweep of sights, scents, and sounds flowing from […]