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11-year-old boy fathers child with 36-year-old woman

Melbourne, Jun 20: An 11-year-old boy in New Zealand has become a father after conceiving a child with the 36-year-old mother of a school friend.

The woman coerced the boy, from Auckland, into repeated sexual encounters over a period of time before becoming pregnant, the New Zealand Herald newspaper reported.

The...

Jet Airways enters into code share agreements with Air France, KLM

New Delhi, Jun 18: Jet Airways and European carriers Air France and Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) have entered into a code share agreement to provide seamless connectivity to passengers for destinations in India and Europe.

As per the agreement, Air France (AF) and KLM can place their own codes (AF) and (KL) on Jet...

FB adds 'hashtag' feature, taking a page from Twitter

Jun 13: Facebook Inc, the world's No. 1 social network, is adopting the "hashtag," one of the most recognizable features of its younger rival Twitter, in a move to position its Web service as an important complement to television, sporting events and breaking news.

Facebook said on Wednesday that it will begin to roll...

Premlata first Indian woman to climb 7 peaks

New Delhi, Jun 1: Ace woman mountaineer Premlata Agrawal has become the first Indian woman mountaineer to scale the seven continental peaks after climbing Alaska's McKinley Peak.

With this, she became the first Indian woman mountaineer to step on the highest peak of North America. She was felicitated for this momentous achievement on her return...

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Asghar Ali Engineer's Struggle for Preservation of Plural Ethos

(We lost Asghar Engineer on 14th May 2013. It is an irreplaceable loss to human rights movement, anti communal struggle, to the movement for preservation of secular values. This is a small tribute to my esteemed, close and very dear friend)

The events of last over three decades have...

A transplant that won a Pakistani heart

Chennai, May 24: When Moulana Mohammed Zubair Ashmi's heart grew large, literally, and failed him, it was another large heart that replaced it. If hearts have nationalities, then the first was Pakistani, and the second, Indian.

The 51-year-old Pakistani religious teacher was diagnosed with a condition calleddilated cardiomyopathy' where the heart is enlarged, becomes weakened and is unable to...

A former expat's reflections on Makkah

Columbus, May 7: On our way to Makkah from Jeddah, I was surprised at the traffic. What was wrong? Everyone was actually driving within the speed limit and in their lanes. There were no cars on the shoulder. I was here for Umrah from the United States, visiting the Kingdom after seven years.

“There are...

Ph.D. holder jobless after eight years in prison

There have been some famous prison memoirs, but Dr. Anwar Ali Javed Ali Khan's took an educational tack. His book “Learn Urdu in 30 days,” now into its third edition, is quite popular and he gets requests from as far as the U.S. for this primer of sorts. If Dr. Khan didn't pour out grim reminiscences...

Foster Hindu parents bring up Farzana in Islamic tradition

When they marry off their daughter Farzana on Sunday, Madhava Reddy and Lakshmi Reddy will have set a new benchmark for secularism. The couple raised Farzana, who lost her parents, from the age of four as their own child and according to Islamic traditions

Take heart. All is not lost yet. There are still...

Blast triggers war of words ahead of Karnataka polls

JUST A day after the Boston Marathon terror attack and less than a month after twin blasts rocked Hyderabad, 17 people were injured in a low-intensity blast near the Karnataka BJP's office in Bengaluru. Among the injured were 11 policemen who had been deployed there as it was the last day of filing nominations for the upcoming Assembly election...