Court Directs Govt to Amend SRO-75 of 1992

Srinagar—Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the state government to ‘amend’ SRO-75 of 1992 notionally from 1987 and financially from the year 1990. The High Court Bench of Jammu wing comprising Justice M K Hanjura issued direction to the state to implement the ruling in letter and spirit in WP 1608/192 as a cadre […]

Freudian slip? Bihar Board ‘Recognises’ Kashmir as Country

Srinagar—The education board of Bihar state has apparently ‘recognised’ that Kashmir is not a part of India, but a separate country, media reports said on Wednesday.   A question paper prepared by the state board for class-VII students across all government schools asked them to name what the people of five countries — China, Nepal, […]

Asiya Andrabi in Social Welfare Deptt Poster

Anantnag—Perhaps recognising her public profile, Social Welfare Department of the J&K government added picture of prominent separatist leader and Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi in one of its banners which was put on display at a tourism festival in Kokernag in South Kashmir. Andrabi’sphoto has been shown among the twelve prominent women for the promotion of […]

Godhra was not an act of terrorism: Gujarat High Court

Ahmedabad—The Gujarat High Court, in its judgement on the 2002 Godhra carnage, has upheld the conspiracy theory but said the crime of the 11 convicts whose death sentence was commuted to rigorous life imprisonment was neither terrorism nor an act of waging war against the state. The division bench of Justice Anant S Dave and G […]

Time US taught ‘new’ lessons: Iran Armed Forces

Tehran—Iran’s chief Armed Forces spokesman has lashed out at US President Donald Trump for making threats and accusations against the Islamic Republic, saying it is high time for the United States to be taught “new” salutary lessons. “It seems the Trump administration understands nothing but expletives and needs some shocks to learn the new concept of power in today’s world,” […]

Six Features of the Disinformation Age

Concern about the proliferation of disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda has reached the point where many governments are proposing new legislation. But the solutions on offer reflect an inadequate understanding of the problem – and could have negative unintended consequences. This past June, Germany’s parliament adopted a law that includes a provision for fines of up […]

Seven body organs you can live without

The human body is incredibly resilient. When you donate a pint of blood, you lose about 3.5 trillion red blood cells, but your body quickly replaces them. You can even lose large chunks of vital organs and live. For example, people can live relatively normal lives with just half a brain). Other organs can be removed […]

Why reservation system is a menace

Fifty years ago, India was highly plagued by casteism, as is evident from incidents archived in history. Whether it took the form of Dalits not being allowed inside places of worship, lower castes denied the right to education or Dalit women forced to keep their upper bodies uncovered – casteism was and is a huge […]

Don’t feel ashamed if you’re depressed

Other than the emotional pain and suffering, studies suggest that depression also puts them in the danger of self-destructive behaviour, like rash driving, unsafe sex, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, excessive drinking, dropping out of school or college, self-injury, etc If you take India’s 364 million youth (10-29 years), and carve them out into a separate […]

Need a regional approach to Afghanistan

Around two months after the US President announced his South Asia policy and blamed Pakistan for harbouring alleged safe havens for Taliban, there has been no indication that the new strategy is being put into action. One reason for this is Pakistan’s strong objection to Trump’s threats  which has forced US on the backfoot.  Soon […]

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