All-Weather Railway Line, Biggest Solar Energy Park In Pipeline For Ladakh:Def Min

LEH — Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Saturday lambasted the Congress for allegedly neglecting Ladakh over the past six decades and said various initiatives like railway line and biggest solar park are in the pipeline for the region for its overall development.  She assured all the pending defence issues, including rent for the land which is under […]

‘No Evidence Of Lanka Bombers Getting Trained In Kashmir’

NEW DELHI —There is no record to suggest that any of the suicide bombers who carried out the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka had visited Kashmir as claimed by the Army chief of the island nation, officials of central security agencies said here Saturday. One of the officials said immigration records were re-visited after […]

Cyclone Fani Kills Dozens In India And Bangladesh

BHUBANESWAR — Cyclone Fani, the strongest storm to hit the Indian subcontinent in five years, has barrelled into Bangladesh after leaving a trail of deadly destruction across the eastern coast of India. At least 16 people died in India, mostly in the worst-hit state of Odisha, Al Jazeera’s Scott Heidler said on Saturday, citing local […]

Politics To Decide Rupee’s Near-Term Fate: Poll

BENGALURU — The outlook for India’s rupee has deteriorated from just a month ago as the outcome of a more than month-long national election draws near, according to foreign exchange strategists polled by Reuters. While the rupee pared some of 2018’s losses early this year, it has remained under pressure. It lost about 1 per cent against […]

Complaints Against Modi: Differences In EC Over 2 Clean Chit Decisions

NEW DELHI — One of the two election commissioners had given a dissenting view in the decision of the ‘full Election Commission’ to give a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the two speeches made in Maharashtra last month, highly-placed sources aware of the development said on Friday. In the last three days, […]

Militant Killings: Shutdown in Shopian, Pulwama

SRINAGAR — Life remained crippled for the second day on Saturday in Shopian district and parts of Pulwama in south Kashmir, where three Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants, including a top commander, were killed in an encounter by state forces. Additional  forces and state police personnel have been deployed in Shopian and Pulwama, where polling will be held […]

Boeing 737 Slides, Falls Into Florida River With 136 People On Board

FLORIDA — A Boeing 737 commercial jet with 136 people on board slid into the St John’s River near Jacksonville, Florida after landing on Friday, a spokesman for Naval Air Station Jacksonville said. The flight arriving from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay went into the river at the end of the runway at about 9:40 pm local time, […]

Kabul Proposes Truce, But Taliban Reject Offer

KABUL — An Afghan grand council convened by President Ashraf Ghani ended on Friday with a resounding call for peace with the Taliban and a promise from the president to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramazan. The council known as Loya Jirga brought together more than 3,200 politicians, tribal elders, prominent figures and others to […]

Sri Lanka To Regulate Madrasas Under Religious & Cultural Ministry

COLOMBO — Madrasas in Sri Lanka should be regulated by the Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry and not by the Education Ministry, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said, days after the country’s worst terror attack killed over 250 people. Authorities are on high-alert in the country after nine suicide bombers carried out a series of […]

Gaza Hits Back After Israeli Forces Kill 4 Palestinians

GAZA CITY — Escalating the tensions in the region, Gaza on Saturday launched rockets towards Israel after the latter’s forces killed four Palestinians in southern Gaza Strip on Friday, reported Al Jazeera. Reportedly, Israeli defence forces are intercepting rockets through its Iron Dome missile. According to Gaza health ministry, while two civilians were killed in the […]