'Social neglect will turn ex-jihadis into walking time bombs'

London : Society, unfortunately, may not have been able to stop many a youth from treading a wrong path, but it is perhaps more unfortunate that those seeking to return to the mainstream are given the cold shoulder.

The mother of a British youth who fought with the Islamic State (IS) jihadis in Syria has precisely this tale to tell, sharing during a televised interview to BBC her despair at being left without support since her son's return, which The Independent cited Monday.


Post Paris - Let some of us stand apart

Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood,

The unfortunate attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine of Paris in January 2015 has brought to the fore a man-made cataclysm that has been threatening to shape up in the world for over two decades blatantly defying the existential necessity of 'maintaining an inter-community relationship balance' that's needed for the welfare of humanity and everything else in the multiverse. Like a clap it needs two hands.

Singapore ends search for crashed AirAsia flight

Singapore : The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Sunday, officially ended its deployment in the multinational search operation for the AirAsia plane, which crashed in the Java Sea Dec 28, with 162 people on board, the SAF said in a press release.

The Singapore Navy ship MV Swift Rescue, which found the fuselage of the ill-fated plane, returned to the Changi Naval Base Sunday morning, Xinhua reported, citing the SAF.


Rally in Russia condemns Prophet Muhammad's caricature

Moscow : Over 20,000 people staged a rally in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, Saturday, to protest against the unfavourable portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad in the media.

The participants at the gathering, called "Islam against Terrorism and Extremism", in Ingushetia's capital Magas, said Islam was a religion of peace and kindness and claimed to be outraged by the actions of those who continued to ignore the feelings of the Muslims and publish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Bomb threat at Paris railway station

Paris : A railway station in French capital Paris was closed and evacuated Friday following a bomb threat, media reports said.

The state railway SNCF said the Gare de l'Est rail station was evacuated at 8 a.m. (0700 GMT) but reopened about an hour later, Xinhua reported without offering details.

The scare came as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Paris for a visit in the wake of the terrorist attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last week.

UNSC reform: Negotiations to begin anew

By Arul Louis,

United Nations : General Assembly President Sam K. Kutesa said Thursday a diplomat appointed by him is working with UN members to produce a document that will be the basis of negotiations on reforming the Security Council and make a "qualitative difference" to the long-delayed process.

Reforming the Council to raise the number of permanent members is a diplomatic priority for India, which striving to win a permanent seat on an expanded Council.


'Human activity weakened four planetary boundaries for survival'

Washington : The accelerated impact of human activity has started to destabilise our own planetary life support system, driving Earth into a new geological age, reveals a global study.

The team of 18 researchers found that of nine global-scale processes which underpin life on Earth, four have exceeded safe conditions - with two impacted so significantly as to pose serious risks to future human wellbeing.


Vigil in Sacramento for victims of Paris terror attack

By Ras H Siddiqui for,

Sacramento (USA): A ‘Peace Vigil’ was held by the American Muslim Voice (AMV) Foundation (Sacramento Chapter) and assisted by the local CAIR and COSVIO organizations to express a unified outrage against the recent terror strike in Paris at the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Indian-American named to Maryland cabinet

Washington : Maryland State's Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan has named Indian-American businessman Sam Mahotra to head the Department of Human Resources.

Mahotra is founder and chief executive of Subsytem Technologies Inc. in Arlington, Virginia. He becomes the first Indian-American to ever be appointed to a Governor's Cabinet in Maryland.

He previously served in Governor Robert L. Ehrlich's Administration as a volunteeron the Maryland Commission for Asian and Pacific Islander

Protests against Islamophobia and racism sweep Germany

Berlin : Thousands of people took to the streets of Berlin on Tuesday to say no to Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris, news agencies reported.