In defence of referendums

Referendums seem to be everywhere at the moment, Kurdish people voting on independence: the Irish getting a say on abortion, and there are still calls for another vote on the EU and Scottish independence. But do such binary choices ever result in anything more than discord? When I moved to Barcelona I thought I’d had […]

Every day is Ashura, Every Land is Karbala

The holy day of Ashura, marking the 10th day of Muharram or the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar, holds special significance within Islam. Its significance is rooted in honoring one of the most important Prophets of the monotheistic faiths, Moses (Musa). Ashura marks the day that God saved the Children of Israel from the […]

The Hussaini call

Karbala epitomises the apogee of human values. While the event may have occurred over 1,000 years ago, its message is timeless and resonates with great clarity and magnetism even today, as if the battle occurred within our lifetimes. Some may assume this is due to the fact that the tragedy is retold year after year. […]

Rohingyas threat to national security, have links with Jihad: RSS chief

Nagpur—RSS chief Mohan R Bhagwat on Saturday said while India was at the focus of global attention for the first time in 70 years, internal and external security issues of different kinds were still a matter of concern. Bhagwat made the remarks at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s traditional annual Dussehra Day rally here. Present were […]

Iraq ‘to take control of Kurdistan borders’

Baghdad—Iraq says it will be taking control of the borders of its northern Kurdistan region — which has voted controversially to break away from the country — in coordination with Iran and Turkey. The Iraqi Defense Ministry said on Friday that the implementation of the central government’s decisions to take over all of Kurdistan’s border […]

Like demonetisation, bullet train will kill everything: Cong attacks Modi

New Delhi—A day after 22 people were killed in a stampede on a foot overbridge at Elphinstone Road railway station, Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday attacked the government over the bullet train project, saying the train would, like demonetisation, “kill everything else including safety”. Bullet train will be like demonetisation. It will kill everything […]

Stampedes will happen till migrants continue to pour into Mumbai:Raj Thackeray

Mumbai—Stampedes will continue to occur in Mumbai till hordes of migrants keep pouring into the city, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray said in Mumbai, a day after 22 people were killed in a crush at Elphinstone railway station. He also warned that “not a single brick will be allowed to be placed for […]

Afghan Shia fear further attacks on Ashura procession

Kabul—The Afghan capital Kabul braced on Saturday for further possible attacks ahead of Ashura, the holiest day on the Shia Muslim calendar, a day after an attack claimed by Islamic State that killed at least five people near a large Shia mosque. Ahead of the procession on Sunday, signs of increased security were in evidence across Kabul, with extra police checkpoints […]

CM joins Dussehra festivities at Polo Ground

Srinagar—Dusshera, the festival of victory of good over evil, is being celebrated Saturday. Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti joined hundreds of people at Polo Ground this evening to witness the burning of effigies of Ravan, Meghnath and Kumbakaran. On the occasion, the Chief Minister was presented shawl as a token of love by the organizers of […]

Mirwaiz Remembers Martyrs of Karbala

Srinagar—The incarcerated APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq paid glorious tributes to the Martyrs of Karbala especially Imam Hussain (AS) stating that his sacrifice infused new life to Islam which will always be remembered as great sacrifices in the history of Islam. Mirwaiz said Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) along with his family members and companions offered […]