Author archives: zafar

CIA Releases Vast Bin Laden Archive Seized In Compound

CIA Releases Vast Bin Laden Archive Seized In Compound As the CIA on Wednesday released at least 470,000 files from Osama Bin Laden’s computers which was seized during the May 2011 raid in his Abbottabad safehouse, the world got a major glimpse of his life. Amidst graphic videos of suicide bombings and beheading are Bollywood chartbuster songs sung by the likes of Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik. The […]

23 dead in worst flooding seen across some regions of Europe in 500 years

June 11, 2013 CZECH REPUBLIC – Expectations that Central Europe’s flooding would ease this week were put on hold following heavy rainfall over the weekend, as the Vltava and Elbe rivers swelled again to near critical levels in the Czech Republic while the flood wave moving through northern Germany triggered more evacuations. Forecasters are expecting more thunderstorms in parts of southern Germany, just as recovery efforts were beginning to get under way after […]

Development spurs larger fight over Turkish identity

Istanbul: Across this vast city, a capital for three former empires, cranes dangle over construction sites, tin walls barricade old slums, and skyscrapers outclimb the mosque minarets that have dominated the skyline for centuries – all a vanguard for more audacious projects already in the works. For many Turks, though, the development is not so much progress as a reflection of growing autocratic ambitions by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and […]

India bans captive dolphin shows, says dolphins should be seen as ‘non-human persons’

Dolphins have long been one of our favorite ocean-going animal counterparts, blurring the line that separates human intelligence and emotion from the wildness of nature. Sadly, though, this attraction has resulted in dolphins around the world being exploited for our entertainment, subjected to a life in captivity. But now, in a bold move to protect the well-being of dolphins, India has moved to ban dolphin shows — a push that […]

Over 6500 Indians currently jailed in foreign countries

Thiruvananthapuram: A total of 6,569 Indian nationals are currently lodged in prisons of 67 foreign countries, including 254 in Pakistan, according to information accessed by a Kerala-based RTI activist from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The Arab countries topped the list with Saudi Arabia (1691), Kuwait (1161) and UAE (1012), according to the information provided by the MEA on April 22 to lawyer and RTI activist DB Binu in […]

Scarred for life, minor burns herself to death

As 15-year-old Fatima breathed her last late on Wednesday night, all those who had known her could not hold back their tears. The young girl was the life of the chaali where she lived. She had suffered enough in life, but the last thing that the residents of the chaali would have imagined was her committing suicide. Her only grouse was that all the attention and protests happened only when […]

Sunil Tripathi :Indian-American student's family issues video plea

The anxious family of 22-year-old Indian-American Sunil Tripathi, who went missing on March 16, has issued a passionate video plea for him to return home. “Not knowing his whereabouts, we feel strongly about communicating with him directly,” said Judy Tripathi, Sunil’s mother in the short video released on Monday. “Each of us wants to express to Sunil our unconditional love and support, and how much we long for him to […]

Delhi Police usually busts informers or surrendered militants: JTSA

New Delhi – In context of Liaqat Shah’s arrest, claiming that he was conspiring to carry out attacks in the national capital, the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA) on Saturday said that “Many of these prize catches of the Delhi Special Cell happened to be either police or IB informers, surrendered militants, or men with whom one agency or the other had a score to settle.” After arresting Liaqat Shah […]