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Rail Budget: 58 new trains & branded food

NEW DELHI:  The Modi Government today went in for what it called a ‘course correction’  in its first Railway  Budget, announcing plans for massive involvement of the private sector, including FDI, to modernise the world’s fourth largest rail network which carries 23 million passengers a day but had slowed down due to cash crunch. Railway […]

Israel launches offensive against Gaza

JERUSALEM: Israel launched a major air and sea assault on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking at least 50 sites in the densely populated strip while the Jewish state was reportedly mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion. The army said its offensive, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge,” is aimed at striking Hamas and ending […]

3 in 10 Indians Poor: Report

NEW DELHI: A new survey suggests that between 2011-12 there were 363 million people, or 29.5% of India’s 1.2 billion population, who lived in poverty- which is significantly higher than the previously estimated figure of only 269 million under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime. The difference of about 94 million, is attributed primarily […]

Wear Colourful Abayas: Lankan Muslims Told

COLOMBO: A leading Muslim organisation in Sri Lanka is conducting a campaign to persuade Muslim women to give up black abaya and instead wear coloured ones to make the Islamic sartorial custom more acceptable to the Sinhalese majority in the country. “Bring your black abayas, we will give you coloured abayas,” says an announcement from […]

Gandhi statue in London

LONDON: Mahatma Gandhi, who was at the forefront of efforts to end British rule in India and was repeatedly imprisoned, is to be honoured outside Britain’s parliament, British finance minister George Osborne said on Tuesday. Osborne, on a trip to New Delhi to meet the new government of Narendra Modi, wrote on Twitter that Britain […]

To eliminate potential rivals IS begins with Bathists

MOSUL: One night last week, Islamic State militants in an SUV with tinted windows pulled up at the home of a former Iraqi army officer, one of the men they see as an obstacle to their goal of establishing a caliphate from Iraq to the Mediterranean. As the retired major-general was led away to the […]

Imran Khan could be in trouble over illegitimate daughter

ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan- arguably the most charismatic of Pakistan’s politicians seems to have made a lot of powerful enemies who could be coming together to land him in serious trouble. And they are armed with a weapon he is silent about- the allegation that he fathered an illegitimate daughter in 1992. Admitting to the child’s […]

CET Phobia

There was eerie silence all around, the world had either gone silent or she had gone deaf. It was exceptionally hot too and sweat was trickling down her face. What did all this mean? Why did she end up here of all places? She kept asking herself. After all it was just an exam. But […]

Integral Part or Disputed Territory

In the run up to Prime Minster Nerandra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistani and Indian narratives on Jammu and Kashmir crisscrossed in their merit and content. Pakistan set the tone. Foreign Office Spokesperson of Pakistan on Thursday 3 July 2014 in reply to a question said, “We do not accept the so- […]

Heritage lessons from Mumbai

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai that received the house from Bhabha’s family as a gift, recently auctioned it for a record sum of Rs.372 crore. Cities often act too late and offer too little to protect heritage structures. As a result, they either lose important landmarks that signify their history […]