Thursday, 07 May 2015
Muzaffar Baig questions own party’s Agenda for Alliance
Muzaffar Baig questions own party’s Agenda for Alliance

Seeks PM's intervention on foodgrain issue, says agreement between PDP and BJP appears to be “merely a piece of paper” New Delhi PTI: Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and MP, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, MP and a senior leader of the ruling PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, today sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention on providing foodgrains to those affected by floods in the state, saying that an agreement between his party and BJP on the issue appeared to be "merely a piece of paper".
Why shutdowns?

One again the strikes and shutdowns are back. Despite knowing that people are no longer interests in this mode of ‘agitation politics’, every single group, political or otherwise, seem to have perfected the art of calling for shutdowns. On May 5th, on the occasion or reopening of ‘Darbar’ in the summer capital, Kashmir traders had called for what was supposed to be Kashmir ‘Bandh’ -- a wholesome shutdown of all businesses and transports and other sectors. 
Younis, Azhar tons lift Pakistan to 323-3 on day 1
Younis, Azhar tons lift Pakistan to 323-3 on day 1

DHAKA: Centuries from Younis Khan and Azhar Ali powered Pakistan to a daunting 323-3 against Bangladesh on the first day Wednesday of the second Test.Younis hit a stroke-filled 148, his 29th century, before being dismissed shortly before stumps.
Pak Army chief takes 'serious notice' of RAW's activities
Pak Army chief takes 'serious notice' of RAW's activities

Islamabad: Pakistan's Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday took "serious notice" of the alleged involvement of Indian intelligence agency RAW in "whipping up terrorism" in Pakistan, the military said. The issue was discussed during the monthly conference of the meeting of Corps Commanders and principal staff officers in Rawalpindi. The meeting was presided over by Gen Sharif.
US arms Pak with combat aircraft, trainer jets
US arms Pak with combat aircraft, trainer jets

Washington: The US has handed over to Pakistan 14 combat aircraft, 59 military trainer jets and 374 armoured personnel carriers, which were earlier used by American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. As the US withdraws its forces from neighbouring Afghanistan, the major defence articles have been transferred to Pakistan under its 'Excessive Defence Article' category, an internal Congressional report has said.
Earthquake politics

It finally hit. Nepal’s overdue earthquake. According to its seismic history the fault lines under the Himalayas belch to relieve pressure every seventy years or so. The last big one was in 1934.The next earthquake had been on the radar of the government, international donors and embassies, and cautious citizens who have the means to prioritize disaster preparedness.
Of images and perceptions

What constitutes the image of a country? This is a particularly complex question for a country like India which is not only a young Republic but also an ancient civilisation. To my mind, India’s image, for the outside gaze, rests on several factors: the fact that it is the world’s largest functioning democracy; it is an ancient land, with a culture that is marked by antiquity, diversity, assimilation, continuity and peaks of unparalleled refinement; 
The feudal lord who educated 21,000 children

My childhood was filled with stories of angels, invisible creatures who would descend upon the earth every now and again to bless people. I would fall asleep in my mother’s lap as she would narrate these stories, night after night.
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