GST Passage Amounts to Surrender: NC

Srinagar: National Conference on Thursday said that the “vague, ambiguous and anti-people resolution” passed by the State legislature to extend the GST to Jammu and Kashmir was an unequivocal compromise with the Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir and amounts to a surrender of the fiscal autonomy of the State as guaranteed by the Constitution […]

Sinha on Kashmir crisis:BJP Has Broken Its Promise On Talks?

New Delhi—The BJP should be held to its promise of dialogue with all stakeholders, including Hurriyat, and even Pakistan, as that is the only way out of the present imbroglio in Jammu and Kashmir, says senior party leader Yashwant Sinha. He feels that after having promised dialogue, citing former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, somebody […]

Burhan Wani Anniversary: Police Orders Suspension of Social Media

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday directed internet service providers to block all social media sites or shut down their services in Kashmir from 10pm on Thursday till further orders in view of the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani this weekend. The order was issued by Inspector General of […]

Benjamin Netanyahu goes on a ‘date’ with Narendra Modi

Tel Aviv—“Almost 30 years ago, I went on a date in Tel Aviv in an Indian restaurant, and produced two fine children,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday while revealing that he got that eatery’s owner to prepare dinner for his “date” with Indian premier Narendra Modi. Mr Netanyahu, who held wide-ranging talks with […]

Syrian peace talks to resume in Kazakh capital late August

Astana—Iran, Russia and Turkey have agreed to resume the next round of Syrian peace talks in Astana in late August following their decision to continue discussions on creating four de-escalation zones in Syria. “[It has been] decided to hold the next high-level international meeting on Syria in Astana in the last week of August 2017,” […]

Muslim man dons burqa on train to ‘escape lynching’

New Delhi—Mob-violence and lynching still haunts the Muslim community in India as they fear being killed. On Sunday, a 42-year-old assistant engineer in Aligarh was caught wearing a burqa on the train by police. When quizzed by authorities, Nazmul Hassan said he was scared of being lynched for being a Muslim. He further said he […]

On GST, go by popular sentiment

J&K Assembly is debating the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax in the state. The debate has triggered ruckus and shrill exchanges in the Assembly. Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu moved the resolution seeking suggestions from the legislators on how to implement the 101st amendment of the Indian Constitution in the state with modifications […]

Of Boko Haram and Hindutva

Prime Minister Theresa May could have easily ignored, without anyone noticing, the vengeful white Briton who drove his truck into a crowd of Muslim worshippers, mowing down a few and killing one. After all, England had not yet fully recovered from the terror carnage in Manchester and London inflicted by home-grown Muslims. She could have […]

Why the most successful students have no passion for school

In order to be successful, many people believe, one must be passionate. Passion makes challenges enjoyable. It bestows the stamina necessary to excel. However, there are telling counterexamples where passion doesn’t seem to be a necessary ingredient for success. One such case is academic success. You might think that successful students should be passionate about […]

How a mother’s voice shapes her baby’s developing brain

It is no surprise that a child prefers its mother’s voice to those of strangers. Beginning in the womb, a foetus’s developing auditory pathways sense the sounds and vibrations of its mother. Soon after birth, a child can identify its mother’s voice and will work to hear her voice better over unfamiliar female voices. A 2014 study of preterm infants […]

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