We’re Ready For Surgical Strike: IAF Chief

New Delhi— Indian Air Force (IAF) is ready for full spectrum operation but any decision on surgical strike involving the air force has to be taken by the government. This was stated by the Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa here on Thursday. Dhanoa also said that the IAF was capable of effectively countering any […]

Braid cutting is not public hysteria

All of us have heard many stories where a devious character deliberately spooks another character to drive him crazy in order to vindicate his version of an event or derive some undeserved personal benefit out of it. This strategy succeeds as it is the consequent weird behaviour of the spooked character which grabs all the […]

RBI cuts growth forecast to 6.7 from 7.3%

Mumbai—The Reserve Bank of India held its policy rate steady near seven-year lows on Wednesday after inflation surged, but still looked to prop up the cooling economy by spurring banks into lending more. The decision to keep the repo rate at 6.00 percent had been widely expected, with all but three of 60 analysts polled […]

Shourie likens demonetisation with suicide

New Delhi—Slamming the Narendra Modi government over sliding economic growth and increasing job losses, former Union Minister Arun Shourie has likened demonetisation with suicide, saying the latter is too “a bold step”. He also called the Narendra Modi government as “government of two-and-a-half persons”.  “This is a government by ‘ilhaam’ (revelation). The Prime Minister has […]

JKHPMC gets fiscal stimulus

Srinagar—In a significant decision aimed at reviving the financially frail, J&K Horticultural Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation (JKHPMC), the state cabinet on Tuesday approved conversion of government loans and financial assistance released from time to time to the Corporation into share capital. As per the cabinet decision, the outstanding financial assistance of Rs 77.39 crore […]

Turkish president arrives in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials

Tehran—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, for discussions with the country’s senior officials on issues of bilateral and regional significance. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani officially welcomed his Turkish counterpart in Tehran on Wednesday. Erdogan is accompanied by a high-ranking delegation of four Turkish cabinet ministers of economy, energy, customs and culture […]

SLBC readies for Mudra Promotion Campaign

Srinagar—J&K State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) is all set for the launch of ‘Mudra Yojna Campaign’ here at SKICC, which is being carried out to boost the country’s flagship scheme Prime Ministers Mudra Yojna (PMMY) across the country through a nation-wide promotional campaign. Representing Convener SLBC, J&K Bank Executive President Vagesh Chander said this in […]

If Only Stephen Paddock Were a Muslim

If only Stephen Paddock had been a Muslim … If only he had shouted “Allahu akbar” before he opened fire on all those concertgoers in Las Vegas … If only he were a member of ISIS … If only we had a picture of him posing with a Quran in one hand and his semiautomatic […]

Why A 7th Century Event Moves Muslims Of Today

The tenth day of the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar marks a significant day in the Muslim world, known as Ashura. “Those who are silent when others are oppressed are guilty of oppression themselves” ? Imam Hussein Ibn Ali Every year, millions gather for at least ten days to pay homage to the tragedy that occurred […]

Behind Saudi Arabia

When Saudi women’s rights activist Manal al-Sharif was taken to a women’s prison in Saudi Arabia, the prisoners inside crowded around her in shock. They were not surprised to see a woman there; after all, the prison was for women. They were, however, shocked to see a Saudi woman there. By the rights activist’s account, […]

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