Sitharaman Delivers Marathon Budget Speech, Speaker Compliments Her

NEW DELHI — It was one of the longest budget speeches, peppered with Urdu, Hindi and Tamil couplets, when the country’s first full-time woman Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s addressed Lok Sabha on Friday. Althrough her 2 hours 17 minutes long maiden budget presentation, Sitharaman did not pause to have a sip of water. The budget proposals […]

Eyes On Iran As Britain Seizes Oil Tanker Over Syria Sanctions

LONDON — British Royal Marines seized an oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday accused of bringing oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dramatic step that could escalate confrontation between the West and Iran. The Grace 1 tanker was impounded in the British territory at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea after sailing around […]

With Tanks And Jets, Trump Celebrates US Independence Day

WASHINTON — US President Donald Trump on Thursday celebrated America’s Independence Day with an unprecedented display of country’s military might at a parade in the national capital. Trump became the first US President in over 70 years to deliver an Independence Day address which the Opposition Democratic leaders criticised for what they alleged politicisation of […]

Erdogan Says US Refusal To Deliver F-35 Jets Would Be ‘Robbery

‘ANKARA — US-Turkey ties are under strain due to Ankara’s purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system that is due for delivery in a few days. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said if the US denied the F-35 fighter jest it bought, it would be robbery. Trump administration plans on imposing sanctions on Turkey for purchase […]

Govt To Soon Put In Circulation New-Series Coins Of Up To Rs20

NEW DELHI — The government Friday said it will soon make available for public use the new series coins of one, two, five, 10 and 20 rupees. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 7 had unveiled new series of coins of one rupee, two rupees, five rupees, ten rupees and twenty rupees, easily identifiable to the […]

Pray for Kashmir, Mirwaiz Urges Haj pilgrims

SRINAGAR — Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday felicitated the pilgrims descending on the sacred pilgrimage of Haj from Kashmir and urged them to hold special prayers for the Muslim Ummah in general and for the peace, development and prosperity in Kashmir in particular. “He impressed upon all the Haj pilgrims, who are embarking […]

Curbs Taking Toll On Geelani’s Health: Hurriyat (G)

SRINAGAR — Hurriyat Conference (G) has expressed serious concern over the worsening health of its chairman Syed Ali Geelani. A Hurriyat (G) spokesperson in a statement said though physical weakness is because of Geelani’s advanced age, but the continued house arrest has “grossly affected” his well-being. “Keeping a political personality away from his routine engagements and forcibly […]

Irony Of Being Zaira Waseem

On Sunday, Zaira Wasim, an 18-year-old Kashmiri Muslim Bollywood actress, caused a stir in India by announcing her decision to “disassociate” from the film industry. The actor took to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to declare that while the five years of being in the industry had brought her a “lot of love, support and applause”, it had also […]

Of Grandparents and Grand Children

Of Grandparents and Grand Children

When we were young, we spent two months every year with my mothers parents on a huge farm in a village near Bhopal. We slept in mosquito netted beds in the garden, we shelled peas and roasted green channas, we played pittoo and all sorts of indoor games with shells and seeds. We were fed relentlessly.

A Third World War

At his inauguration in 2017, many wondered how long it would take Trump to realise that he was president of all 50 states, and also commander-in-chief of the most formidable war machine history may every see. He came close to using it recently in a strike against Iran but, as he admitted, was deterred 10 […]