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NIA summons Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Naseem Geelani for questioning in Kashmir terror funding case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday (March 9) issued summons to top Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Naseem Geelani, son of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. While Naseem has been summoned twice earlier, this is the first time the top leader of Hurriyat has been called for questioning related to 2017 Jammu […]


Romance meets propaganda in China’s Marx anime

The Chinese Communist Party is trying a new way to woo younger people, commissioning an anime series whose hero is clean-shaven, slim and a hopeless romantic — Karl Marx. Called The Leader, the online cartoon series is designed to make Marx more palatable to China’s younger generation, which usually encounters the bearded German philosopher through […]


Japanese woman is oldest person at 116

A 116-year-old Japanese woman who loves playing the board game Othello was honoured on Saturday as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records. The global authority on records officially recognised Kane Tanaka in a ceremony at the nursing home where she lives in Fukuoka. Ms. Tanaka was born on January 2, 1903, the […]


When: March 6, 2019

Two U.S. think tanks and South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency have reported that work is under way to restore part of North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station. Last June, North Korea began to dismantle a missile engine test stand at Sohae after the first summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and its leader Kim Jong-un. […]

Business Economy

Why is GSP vital to India-U.S. trade ties?

What is the programme? The Generalized System of Preferences is the largest and oldest United States trade preference programme. The U.S. intended it to promote economic development by eliminating duties on some products it imports from the 120 countries designated as beneficiaries. When was it introduced? It was established by the Trade Act of 1974. […]


The lowdown on the Official Secrets Act

What does it mean? An ‘Official Secrets Act’ is a generic term that is used to refer to a law — originally invented by the British, and then exported across the Commonwealth — that is designed to keep certain kinds of information confidential, including, but not always limited to, information involving the affairs of state, […]