Rs 2500 Honorarium For Sarpanchs, Rs 1000 For Panchs

JAMMU — The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik, approved honorarium for Sarpanchs and Panchs to be elected in the ensuing Panchayat elections. The meeting was attended by Advisors, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai and Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam. To […]

Man Arrested For ATM Fraud In Poonch

JAMMU — A man was arrested for allegedly withdrawing money from another person’s bank account after fraudulently getting possession of his ATM card in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, police said Wednesday. Liyaqat Hussain of Kanuvyian village in the district was arrested within 12 hours of receiving a complaint in connection with the incident, a police […]

Al-Umar Pays Tributes To Slain Tral Militants

SRINAGAR — Al-Umar chief Mushtaq Zargar on Tuesday paid tributes to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants killed in Tral encounter on Tuesday evening. In a tele-statement, Zargar said they will do more sniper attacks in coming days in Kashmir. “I salute slain militants for their bravery,” he said. Zargar also said that “the India occupied Jammu and Kashmir forcibly […]

Afghan Army Helicopter Crashes, Killing All 25 On Board

KABUL — An Afghan army helicopter crashed Wednesday in bad weather in the western Farah province, killing all 25 people on board, including the deputy corps commander of the western zone, a provincial spokesman said. Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the Farah governor, said the helicopter crashed around 9:10 a.m. (0440 GMT), shortly after taking off from […]

SC Asks Centre To Submit Details Of Pricing Of 36 Rafale Fighter-Jets

NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre for pricing details of the 36 Rafale fighter jets India is buying from France in a sealed cover within 10 days but agreed that “strategic and confidential” information need not be disclosed.  In its order, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, […]

An Officer And A Gentleman

Movie actor Naseeruddin Shah was having a tame chat with an indulgent Delhi audience when one of his two elder brothers seated in the front row rattled him with a troubling question. Why were terrorists almost always shown as Muslims in Mumbai movies? One such movie was a hit in which Naseer played a nationalist-minded […]

Why Khashoggi’s Ruthless Killing Is A Global Issue

I wasn’t planning to write about the barbaric murder of my friend, Jamal Khashoggi. We were supposed to be sharing a panel at a con­ference two weeks from now. The Saudi journalist, who disappeared a week ago while inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, has been executed by a hit squad with Islamic State-like barbarity. […]

Tolerance Is Basic Principle Of Islam: Pak SC

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Supreme Court in a landmark verdict Wednesday overturned the conviction of a Christian woman facing execution for blasphemy, sparking protests in the Islamic nation. Asia Bibi, a 47-year-old mother of four, was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting Islam in a row with her neighbours. She always maintained her innocence, but […]

7 Killed In Suicide Attack Near Kabul Prison

KABUL — A suicide bomber targeting a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan’s biggest prison killed at least seven people on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest militant attack in the war-torn country. Another five were wounded in the blast near the facility in Kabul, which police spokesman Basir Mujahid said had hit a vehicle that […]

In Yogi’s Wisdom

According to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Hindus and Sikhs in Kashmir were safe under a Hindu king. Also that the peace in the state in the past was a direct function of  a Hindu king ruling it at the time. On the face of it, the statement appears too puerile to be taken seriously. […]