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India’s forgotten magical history

India’s forgotten magical history

By Manu S. Pillai Sometime in the last decade—when I was still in school and the world was less hysterical—I happened to meet a “sun yogi”. He was a fascinating man, swathed in white, with a long beard and an enviable figure. His face beamed, more or less on a permanent basis, and he endured cheerfully my stabs […]

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in Ganga at Haridwar

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in Ganga at Haridwar

A huge crowd converged at the Har ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar to bid their final farewell to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his ashes were immersed in river Ganga on Sunday. Top party leaders including BJP president Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his Uttarakhand counterpart Trivendra Singh Rawat, Vajpayee’s […]

Thalapathi’s time: MK Stalin finally emerges as the undisputed chief of DMK

Thalapathi’s time: MK Stalin finally emerges as the undisputed chief of DMK

By Arun Janardhanan  NEW DELHI: The day M K Stalin was born, his father Muthuvel Karunanidhi, then an emerging DMK leader, was at a condolence meeting for Joseph Stalin. As someone informed him about the birth of his second child from his second wife Dayalu Ammal, Karunanidhi instantly named his son after the Soviet Communist leader. This […]

Kerala floods: Thousands in relief camps stare at bleak future

Kerala floods: Thousands in relief camps stare at bleak future

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Her one-story house collapsed and savings of a lifetime vanished in a flash in the rain fury that has wrecked havoc in Kerala in the past few days. Baby, in her early 50s, lost everything in a landslip and is currently lodged at a relief camp at Kalpetta in the high range Wayanad district. […]

How the Mysorean rocket helped Tipu Sultan’s military might gain new heights

How the Mysorean rocket helped Tipu Sultan’s military might gain new heights

By Adrija Roychowdhury  NEW DELHI: In the early nineteenth century, when the British were caught up in the Napoleonic wars against the French, they introduced a military weapon hitherto never used before in the European continent. The Congreve rocket as it was referred to was believed to have been invented by an English army personnel by […]

Protests across J&K over plea in SC to scrap Article 35A

Protests across J&K over plea in SC to scrap Article 35A

By M Saleem Pandit SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a virtual shutdown on Sunday following a call by separatists, which was endorsed by various trade and government employees’ organisations, to protest against the legal challenge to the validity of Article 35A  of the Constitution in the Supreme Court. Article 35A  bars outsiders from acquiring any immovable property in […]

Nawaz Sharif shifted to Pims hospital after health complications

Nawaz Sharif shifted to Pims hospital after health complications

Incarcerated former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is serving a 10-year jail term after being convicted for owning assets beyond income in the Avenfield reference, was shifted from Adiala Jail to Islamabad’s Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) after developing serious cardiac complications, DawnNewsTV reported on Sunday. TV footage showed a convoy of vehicles, including police vans, […]

‘Transient setback’ in M Karunanidhi’s health condition, Kauvery Hospital says

‘Transient setback’ in M Karunanidhi’s health condition, Kauvery Hospital says

CHENNAI: There was a “transient setback” in the health condition of DMK president and former Tamil Nadu  chief minister , said a medical bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital  here on Sunday night. The three-sentence bulletin issued by hospital executive director Dr Aravindan Selvaraj said the DMK chief’s “vital signs are normalising.” It said, “He continues to be closely […]

Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif face-off as Pakistan goes to polls this week

Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif face-off as Pakistan goes to polls this week

Pakistan, which goes to polls on 25 July, will see a transfer of power from one civilian government to another, for only the second time in almost 71 years of its existence. For a country, which has seen its powerful military dismiss civilian governments at regular intervals, such a seemingly smooth transition of power can […]

Twitterati go crazy over this photo of ‘gold paste’ recovered at Hyderabad airport

Twitterati go crazy over this photo of ‘gold paste’ recovered at Hyderabad airport

The world wide web is a giant repository of information, a source from which people can acquire new information. And sometimes many information can be quite baffling or even amusing. Something similar happened on Twitter on Sunday when desi users came across “gold paste”. News agency ANIreported that the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence recovered around 2kg […]

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam provided ‘B’ class facilities in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi: report

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam provided ‘B’ class facilities in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi: report

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam have spent their first night in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi and the two VIP convicts were provided “B” class facilities, media reports said on Saturday, a day after their arrest. The National Accountability Bureau officials took Sharif, 68, and Maryam, 44, into custody in […]

Rajinikanth praises 7-year-old boy who returned Rs 50,000, agrees to sponsor his education

Rajinikanth praises 7-year-old boy who returned Rs 50,000, agrees to sponsor his education

CHENNAI: Superstar Rajinikanth today praised 7-year-old boy Yasin who recently found Rs 50,000 and ensured it reached the owners. Showering praise on the boy for his honesty, the Superstar also offered to sponsor his studies. Yasin is studying in Class 2 at the Panchayat Union Primary School in Chinna Semur near Kani Ravuthar Kulam in Erode district. […]

Malaysian PM meets Zakir Naik, ruling party defends decision not to deport him to India

Malaysian PM meets Zakir Naik, ruling party defends decision not to deport him to India

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has met Zakir Naik, wanted in India for alleged terror activities and money laundering, and a ruling party strategist has stoutly defended the government’s decision not to deport the controversial Islamic preacher, Malaysian media reported on Sunday. The meeting, which may not go down well with New Delhi, […]

Sharifs’ trial ends, tribulations begin

Sharifs’ trial ends, tribulations begin

ISLAMABAD: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif was awarded 10 years in prison by an accountability court in the Avenfield properties reference on Friday, while his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Mohammad Safdar were sentenced to seven years’ and one-year imprisonment, respectively, for abetment, dealing a severe blow to the PML-N only a few weeks before […]

This Mumbai resident collected uneaten food from a flight to feed the needy

This Mumbai resident collected uneaten food from a flight to feed the needy

NEW DELHI: While many of us (you know who you are) aspire towards doing something for the hungry and the needy, a man aboard a flight from Mumbai to Jaipur decided to go one step ahead. How? A Facebook by Vishab Mehta, in which he recounted how he collected all the food wasted by people on the […]

Delhi: Army major arrested over colleague’s wife murder

Delhi: Army major arrested over colleague’s wife murder

NEW DELHI: THE DELHI Police arrested an Army officer, Major Nikhil Rai Handa (40), from Meerut on Sunday in connection with the murder of another Army Major’s wife in the Capital. Shailza Dwivedi (35), wife of Major Amit Dwivedi, was found dead at Brar Square, near Delhi Cantonment Metro station, on Saturday. Police said her throat […]

Farmers, environmentalists up in arms against Tamil Nadu highway project

Farmers, environmentalists up in arms against Tamil Nadu highway project

CHENNAI: A Rs10,000 crore project under the union government’s Bharatmala Pariyojana— a highway development programme, is facing a severe backlash from farmers and environmentalists in Tamil Nadu. The 900-feet-wide green field express highway with an eight-lane between Chennai and Salem— that already has three existing routes—would cover 277.3 kilometres. In October, the Centre approved the Phase-1 […]

Madhya Pradesh: BJP’s ‘cyber warriors’, Congress’ ‘Rajiv Ke Sipahi’ set for duel in digital space ahead of real poll battle

Madhya Pradesh: BJP’s ‘cyber warriors’, Congress’ ‘Rajiv Ke Sipahi’ set for duel in digital space ahead of real poll battle

NEW DELHI: The forthcoming Madhya Pradesh assembly election is set to witness a high-octane campaign between the BJP and Congress not only in cities and villages but also on social media. Nearly 65,000 ‘cyber warriors’ of the BJP are preparing to take on ‘Rajiv Ke Sipahi’ of the Congress in cyber space in a bid to […]

Incessant rains wreak havoc in Manipur

Incessant rains wreak havoc in Manipur

By Jimmy Leivon  IMPHAL: Incessant rains over the past two days are wreaking havoc in many parts of Manipur triggering landslides and inundating low lying areas. The continuous downpour has triggered a landslide in hill districts particularly along the National Highway-37 disrupting traffic. A statement issued by the state government said that heavy to very heavy […]

Trump-Kim summit: What the handshake in Singapore means for India

Trump-Kim summit: What the handshake in Singapore means for India

By Adrija Roychowdhury NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un created history on Tuesday by shaking hands and hence signaling the coming together for the first time in more than half a century of their countries. The US-North Korea summit held in Singapore’s Sentosa Island resulted in the signing […]

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