Over 160 civilians killed in Nigeria

Abuja: At least 160 people have so far been killed in recent attacks in central Nigeria by unknown gunmen, a media report said Saturday.

According to officials, the gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen had raided two separate villages in Kaduna state, Xinhua reported.

The attacks carried out simultaneously in two villages lasted three days.

Over 160 residents were killed while over 24,000 people were displaced following the three-day attacks.

US lawmakers to foster closer India ties through community

By Arun Kumar,

Washington: Three leading Democratic lawmakers have vowed to engage with the Indian-American community to identify possible areas for near-term collaboration and work to address challenges in the US-India partnership.

The three - Steny H. Hoyer, Joe Crowley and Eliot L. Engel - voiced their commitment to engaging with the Indian-American community on issues concerning the future of US-India relationship at a roundtable here Thursday.

Rape: crime or victory?

By Saquib Salim,

I am not really a soccer fan and I do not want to pretend during world cup, just because everyone else seems to be following the FIFA world cup. My knowledge of the ongoing world cup is limited to the posts of people on social media. Most people around me in the hostel were keen to watch the semi-final between Brazil and Germany as I prepared to sleep on July 9.

A new low in Indian politics (and journalism)

The newspapers from Mumbai, DNA has pulled this opinion piece from its website without giving any explanation. This is not the first time they have done it but marks a new low in journalism where newspapers are ready to remove articles based on political pressure. Here is a copy of the article in full because truth should not be silenced. - TCN

By Rana Ayyub

Investment-friendly budget to spur real estate growth

By Vinod Behl,

The 2014-15 budget is both positive and promising that focuses on reviving the sentiment of property buyers and investors and promoting investment with a view to give fillip to construction and housing sector, a significant contributor to GDP.

Post-budget, Right-Left divide will become wider

By Amulya Ganguli,

Those who had expected the budget proposals to signal a flying start to the currently stalled economic reforms in keeping with Narendra Modi's reputation for decisiveness would be disappointed.

Nothing for appeasement of Muslims in the Union Budget 2014-15

By Syed Zahid Ahmad,

There is nothing for appeasement of Muslims in the Union Budget 2014-15. Significantly there are just following two small para in 35 pages budget speech.

Ramadan thoughts: Food

RAMADAN 1435 : Phulwarishareef

By Kashif-ul-Huda,

Jaitley sporting enough to think of Indian sport

By Veturi Srivatsa,

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is, perhaps, the first finance minister who paused during his "Super" budget speech to talk of the needs of Indian sport and also doled out fat sums to the youth affairs and sports ministry in his budget allocation.

Fatwas and Muslim Women

By Irfan Engineer,

The Supreme Court on 7th July 2014 ruled that fatwas had no legal sanctity and the defiance of fatwas would not have civil or criminal consequences as it had no place in independent India under our constitutional scheme. Though the Apex Court did not injunct Islamic religious authorities like the Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband, Dar-ul-Qaza or Nizam-e-Qaza from issuing fatwa as issuance of fatwas per se were not illegal in its opinion, it clarified that “it is not a decree, not binding on the court or the state or the individual. It is not sanctioned under our constitutional scheme”.