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India names new military, spy chiefs

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) India on Saturday announced the names of the new army and air-force chiefs along with the heads of the country’s spy agencies. Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat will take over as the new chief of army staff from General Dalbir Singh Suhag as the head of the …

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Pakistani infant becomes youngest bone marrow donor in India

BENGALURU: (Web Desk) Eight-month-old Rayan from Pakistan became the youngest donor of bone marrow in India after the infant saved life of his elder sister, two-year-old Zeenia who was suffering from a rare disease, Haemapha­gocytic Lymphohistio­cytosis (HLH). Her bone marrow produced some abnormal cells which were eating away her normal marrow cells …

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Muslims can’t grow beard after joining IAF: Indian Court

DELHI: A Muslim cannot grow a beard after joining the Indian Air Force (IAF) as discipline, uniformity and cohesiveness in the armed forces could not be sacrificed for religious beliefs, which clashed with the rules of a defence force, the Indian Supreme Court ruled. A bench of Chief Justice T …

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Why India’s poor are devoted to ‘god-like’ leaders

“To me, she was a goddess,” said party worker Shankar as he joined a sea of mourners bidding farewell to Jayalalithaa Jayaram, highlighting the messianic devotion of India’s poor for often controversial champions. Hundreds of thousands of people attended Tuesday’s funeral in Chennai for the veteran Tamil leader, an outpouring …

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Muslim teacher resigns after being told to remove burqa in India

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) A Muslim teacher employed at an Indian school has reportedly resignedafter the headmistress asked her to remove her hijab and burqa. Khan Shabina Nazneen, 25, a teacher at Mumbai’s Vivek English High School in Kasaiwada, reportedly quit her job due to the hostile working environment. However, the …

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Over 40 injured as gunbattle triggers anti-India clashes in Kashmir

SRINAGAR:  At least 40 people have been injured in anti-India clashes that erupted in Occupied Kashmir following a gun-battle between pro-freedom fighters and government forces. Occupation forces in Srinagar say the gunbattle began Thursday after soldiers and police cordoned off southern Arwani village, and suspected militants hiding there began firing …

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Trump may resolve Kashmir issue, says aide

NEW YORK: (Web Desk) US president-elect Donald Trump could use his “extraordinary deal-making skills” to reduce tensions around the world and solve problems such as the “intractable” Kashmir issue, vice president-elect Mike Pence said on Sunday. In remarks on US TV news show ‘Meet The Press’, which are likely to …

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Iran willing to mediate on Kashmir

TEHRAN: (Web Desk) Iran on Saturday offered to mediate between Pakistan and India on the issue of Kashmir if the two rivals agreed to it, saying it wished to forge strong ties with both nations, the Press Trust of India reported. “We have excellent relations with both Pakistan and India. …

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