Iraq’s grand Ayatollah grants rare audience to Rouhani, sends a message

BAGHDAD — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani capped his state visit to Iraq on Wednesday by meeting the country’s most respected religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani– a sit-down that has eluded previous Iranian presidents and American leaders alike. The meeting signals to Washington that the religious, cultural and economic bonds that tie Iran and Iraq will not be undermined by a focused […]

No excuse, no panic -Kohli sees big picture in Australia loss

NEW DELHI:- India captain Virat Kohli is too busy counting the gains for his team’s World Cup campaign to mourn the setback in their dress rehearsal against Australia. The importance of the five-match series against the world champions – India’s last before this year’s World Cup – was not lost on Kohli who wanted to […]

Surgical strike against Congress: Sonia aide joins BJP

NEW DELHI — In a huge embarrassment to the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, its spokesperson Tom Vadakkan, once a key aide of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, joined the BJP Thursday and attacked his former party for its stand on Balakot air strikes. Vadakkan, who joined the saffron party in the presence of Union minister Ravi Shankar […]

Erdogan lashes out at Netanyahu as tyrant, child murderer

ANKARA:- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu a “tyrant” who kills Palestinian children, as a heated war of words between the two officials continues. “Hey Netanyahu, behave yourself. You are a tyrant, you are a tyrant who massacred seven-year-old Palestinian children,” Erdogan told supporters in capital Ankara. The remarks were […]

US drops reference to ‘Israeli-occupied’ Golan Heights in rights report

The United States has dropped the word “occupied” in describing the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights paving the way for furtherance of the Israeli regime. The State Department changed its usual description of the Golan Heights from “Israeli-occupied” to “Israeli-controlled” in an annual global human rightsreport released on Wednesday. Israel has been lobbying the administration of US President Donald Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan […]

Books: Latest Arrivals

NON-FICTION   When India Votes :The Dynamics of Successful Election Campaigning by Jaishri Jethwaney and Samir Kapur (INR 295, 216pp) [[{“type”:”media”,”fid”:”38989″,”view_mode”:”wysiwyg”,”instance_fields”:”override”}]]  ABOUT THE BOOK Elections have always been festive occasions in liberal democracies, and India is no exception. Media becomes one of the most important players in elections because of its power of reach and agenda-setting. From […]

India Pakistan After Playing ‘War War’ Calls For Truce

India and Pakistan seem to have just got over playing “War War” on the February 26 and 27, 2019 testing aerial capabilities of each other and in the end declaring victory. In the absence of hard evidences and credible sources, both the sides have sold their own version of the story to save their faces […]

Media Must Desist From Fanning Anti-Muslim Sentiments

Haq Se Agar Gharz Hai, To Zaiba Hai Kya Ye Baat, Islam Ka Muhasiba, Yourap Se Darguzar! (And if your goal be truth, Is this the right road, Europe’s faults all glossed, and all Islam’s held to so strict an audit?) – Sir Muhammad Iqbal The fatwa from Darul Uloom Deoband asking Muslims to refrain […]

Wholesale Inflation Rises To 2.93 Pc In Feb

NEW DELHI — Inflation based on wholesale prices inched up to 2.93 per cent in February over the previous month on account of firming up of prices of food items, including vegetables and cereals, according to government data released Thursday. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation was 2.76 per cent in January this year and 2.74 […]

Modi Surrendered To China On Masood Azhar: Omar Abdullah

SRINAGAR — National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said Thursday the BJP cannot claim to have been tough on terror as Prime Minister Narendra Modi “surrendered” to China on Masood Azhar. He also said the NDA government had given Pakistan a “big victory” by not conducting the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir simultaneously with parliamentary polls. “PM […]

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