Pakistan hails Sharmeen

ISLAMABAD: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was on Monday hailed in Pakistan for being a “source of inspiration” to all women of her country by winning the prestigious Oscar, her second, for her new documentary dealing with the sensitive topic of honour killings. President Mamnoon Hussain termed Chinoy’s choice of the subject as “heroic”. “Sharmeen had performed a […]

Sports budget gets marginal raise

New Delhi: The allocation for the Sports Ministry on Monday got a marginal hike of Rs 50.87 crore from last year in the union budget for 2016-17, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament here. Jaitley allocated Rs 1400 crore as plan outlay, while Rs 192 crore was set aside for non-plan for […]

Sharif took money from Osama to contest elections: Book

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif received money from al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden to contest elections against Benazir Bhutto-led Pakistan People’s Party in 1990, a new book has claimed. The book titled ‘Khalid Khawaja: Shaheed-i-Aman’ by Shamama Khalid, the wife of former ISI operative Khalid Khawaja, claims that Sharif’s pledge of introducing an Islamic […]

Should adapt to conditions rather than fighting it: Ashwin

Mirpur: India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has no complaints with the seaming track of the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, which has little on offer for the spinners, as he believes in adapting to different conditions rather than whining about it. “It is very important to know what conditions are thrown at you. You can’t try and beat […]

Germany down Indian eves in hard fought encounter

Stellenbosch :The Indian women’s hockey team went down fighting 2-3 to slump to their second consecutive defeat against Germany in the tour to South Africa, here. The first period started with the Indian eves looking to make up for the 0-3 loss in the previous tie against Germany. They began on an attacking note and […]

Tax sops for small I-T payers, hike in super-rich surcharge

Tax sops for small I-T payers, hike in super-rich surcharge

New Delhi: The Budget for 2016-17 today offered sops for small and marginal income tax payers, hiked the surcharge by 3 per cent on earnings above Rs 1 crore, levied a pollution cess on petrol, diesel cars and SUVs and offered a one-time compliance window for domestic black money holders slapping a tax and penalty […]

‘FM has ‘cleverly’ made opposition’s job difficult’

Srinagar: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has “cleverly” made opposition parties’ job difficult by not making corporate sector the focus of the budget. “By not focusing the benefits of #UnionBudget2016 on the #suitboot (reference to corporate) people, @arunjaitley has cleverly made the opposition’s job a bit tougher,” […]

Defence budget hiked by nearly 10%

New Delhi: The defence budget was today increased by 9.76 per cent to Rs 2.58 lakh crore for the next fiscal as compared to the revised estimates of Rs 2.33 lakh crore for 2015-16 even as military pension zoomed to Rs 82,000 crore mainly due to the One Rank One Pension scheme. The capital outlay […]

‘Before re-opening of schools, introduce sports in curriculum’

‘Before re-opening of schools, introduce sports in curriculum’

Srinagar: Two days before the reopening of schools in Kashmir Valley after winter vacations, a group of youngsters held a protest in Srinagar to demand implementation of government order making physical education a compulsory subject in school curriculum. They alleged that the authorities had announced to start formal teaching of this subject from April 1, […]