Monday, May 29, 2017
NEW DELHI: “Wash yourself, be clean” Dalits were told as the administration handed out shampoo and bars of soap to the 100-odd Musahar Dalit families of Mainpur Deenapatti village in Kushinagar district a day befor .. Read More
NEW DELHI: The war in Afghanistan, which the previous United States administration vowed to end, is set to see yet another escalation as NATO allies converge in Brussels for a key summit. A major point on the agenda will be a pote... Read More
NEW DELHI: A group of concerned citizens, including Justice AP Shah, Former BJP MInister Yashwant Sinha, former foreign secretary Salman Haider, and others have issued a statement urging the government to at least ensure a peacefu... Read More
NEW DELHI: Bhim Army’s young leader Chandrashekhar emerged from hiding on Sunday to address a gathering of thousands who had gathered at Jantar Mantar Delhi to protest against the violence in Saharanpur. A massive mobilisati... Read More
SRINAGAR: Curfew-like restrictions have been imposed by authorities in parts of the capital Srinagar city to thwart the moderate Hurriyat's week-long program culminating tomorrow to commemorate the killings of its senior leade... Read More
LUCKNOW: “The houses of those Dalits who did not vote for the BJP in the Assembly electons in Uttar Pradesh were selectively targeted, their properties burnt, their women terrorised,” is the one singular fact that form... Read More
NEW DELHI: At a time when civic polls have been brought to the level of state elections by an over-exuberant media, West Bengal seems to have given a go by to the Bharatiya Janata Party by reposing full trust in Mamata Banerjee an... Read More
NEW DELHI: Seven months and this mother is still looking for her son.She camped in Delhi for months since her son disappeared in October last year, joing students in protests, sitting on dharna, being dragged by the cops to detent... Read More
NEW DELHI: Public intellectuals and activists from across India have written to the Governor and Chief Minister of Chhatisgarh urging them to revoke the suspension of Dalit police officer, Assistant Jail Superintendent Varsha Dong... Read More
NEW DELHI: The demonstration by Aam Aadmi party leader Saurabh Bharadwaj, also an engineer like Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has created a flutter amongst the Opposition parties with the Congress party also reluctantly convenin... Read More
Thousands of Christians, weeping and praying, had gathered at a church in Dayr Jarnous a small southern Egyptian village on Friday to mourn seven of their community who were among the more than two dozen Christians shot dead by unidentified gunmen. There was anger as funeral prayers at the Church of the Sacred Family in the village became a protest march with young men chanting as they carried a large wooden cross. "With blood and soul, we will defend you, oh cross!" they yelled. "We will avenge them or die like them," they said. "There is no god but God and the Messiah is God!" Gunmen had attacked a group of Coptic Christians travelling to a monastery in central Egypt on Friday, killing at least 29 people and wounding 24, with many children among the victims. Islamic State took responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It followed a series of church bombings claimed by the militant group in a campaign of violence against Copts. The Vatican called it "a barbaric attack". One of the gunmen had a camera, eyewitnesses said, indicating that the group behind the shootings might release footage of the attack in the future.
Forces loyal to Libya’s unity government said that 52 of its fighters were killed as they repelled rival militias in fierce clashes in the capital Tripoli. Apart from sporadic gunfire in southern Tripoli, calm returned to the city on Saturday. Among the 52 killed in Friday’s clashes which centred on the southern district of Abu Slim, said Hashem Bichr, a security official of the Government of National Accord, were 17 members of pro-GNA forces who had been “executed”. UN special envoy Martin Kobler condemned the fighting in which heavy artillery and tanks were used, urging restraint from all sides. Forces of the UN-backed GNA announced on their Facebook page they had defeated rival militias and taken control of a prison holding key leaders of the ousted regime of Moamer Qadhafi including his last premier, Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, and former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi. Al-Hadhba jail had been under the control of the Fajr Libya militia coalition set up a government headed by Khalifa Ghweil. Meanwhile Ansar al-Sharia one of the jihadist groups that sprung up in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, in the chaos following the death of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011 announced its dissolution. Washington had accused the group of being behind the September 11, 2012 attack on the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi in which ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. In its communique Ansar al-Sharia yesterday said it had been “weakened” by the fighting. group lost its leader, Mohammed Azahawi, in clashes with Haftar’s forces in Benghazi at the end of 2014. Most of its members then defected to the so-called Islamic State group. Ansar al-Sharia later joined the Revolutionary Shura Council of Benghazi, a local alliance of Islamist militias.
Riot police in Venezuela fired tear gas and water cannon to stop anti-government protesters from marching on a key military installation on Friday during the latest violence in nearly two months of unrest. The opposition was trying to sway the support of the armed forces, a key pillar of the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who was resisting opposition calls for early elections. Retired military personnel joined demonstrators who tried to march to the Los Proceres complex, which housed the defense ministry and was close to a major military base in Caracas. Friday's protest was aimed at "demanding that the armed forces lower their weapons and not be complicit in the dictatorship," said Freddy Guevara, an opposition leader who was Vice President Of Parliament, the only branch of government the opposition controlled. He called on the military to reject a "constituent assembly" to be elected in July and tasked with drafting a new constitution, saying Maduro's plans "will liquidate Venezuelan democracy forever." Despite the opposition's calls for the military to abandon Maduro, the high command had retained its public support for him so far.
Iran's hardline Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia's rulers faced "certain downfall" for aligning themselves with the United States. His comments came hours after the country's President Rouhani called for improved ties with Gulf states. Khamenei told a religious gathering, according to his Twitter account that "They (Saudi leaders) act cordially towards the enemies of Islam while having the opposite behaviour towards the Muslim people of Bahrain and Yemen," . "They will face certain downfall," he told a Koran reading event marking the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. President Hassan Rouhani had called for improved relations with Gulf Arab states during a telephone call with the emir of Qatar. The state news agency IRNA quoted Rouhani as telling Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani "We want the rule of moderation and rationality in the relations between countries and we believe that a political solution should be a priority," …"The countries of the region need more cooperation and consultations to resolve the crisis in the region and we are ready to cooperate in this field,".