Rauf and son Hammad Azhar — were named in a dossier that India had sent to Pakistan i n the wake of the Kashmir bombing and were being held in what Pakistan called “preventive custody” as there was no “actionable proof” against them, Islamabad’s Ministry of Interior Secretary Azam Khan said to reporters Tuesday. According to India’s Foreign Ministry, the dossier co ntains specific details of JeM complicity in the Pulwama terror attack and the presence of JeM terror camps a nd its leadership in Pakistan. In the wake of the February attack, India called on its neighbor to “take credible an d visible actionRead More →

  SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, its first spacecraft designed to carry humans, took flight for the first time Saturday.   An uncrewed demonstration mission took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Saturd ay for the International Space Station. NASA tweet ed early Sunday that it had attached to the International Space Station.   ”Capture confirmed!” it said.   The successful launch without people puts SpaceX one step closer to an historic landmark: Crew Dragon could be the first commercially built sp acecraft to carry NASA astronauts to orbit. And Crew Dragon — along with a capsule called Sta rliner built by Boeing — could end the UnitedRead More →

  hers fill that 70 million-year gap, as well as provide a portrait of tyrannosaur lineage in North America. Moros links the earliest, smaller tyrannosaurs to Tyrannosaurus rex.   ”With a lethal combination of bone-crunching bite forces, stereoscopic vision, rapid growth rates, and colossal size, tyrant dinosa urs reigned uncontested for 15 million years leading up to the end-Cretaceous extinction — but it wasn’ t always that way,” said Lindsay Zanno, lead study author and paleontologist at North Carolina State Un iversity, in a statement. “When and how quickly tyrannosaurs went from wallflower to prom king has been vexing pal eontologists for a long time. The onlyRead More →

  so many years. It should try not to interfere in the Middle East for 10 years. Let’s see if the region’s security returns to its original state.   GT: The US and Poland are jointly organizing a global conference on the Middle East in Warsaw next month which is described by some as an “anti-Iranian summit.” What’s your comment?  In our knowledge, the Warsaw conference has not been welcomed by the international community. If this meeting is finally held, it will have an adverse impact on West ern Europe and our region. The conference is an act of interference in the affairs of other countries. IRead More →

Ravi?”Ravi nodded vigorously. “Piscine?”I nodded even more vigorously. He kept his eyes on me. I nodded so hard I’m surprised my neck didn’t snap andmy head fall to the floor. I would like to say in my own defence that though I mayhave anthropomorphized the animals till they spoke fluentEnglish, the pheasants complaining in uppity British accents oftheir tea being cold and the baboons planning their bankrobbery getaway in the flat, menacing tones of Americangangsters, the fancy was always conscious. I quite deliberatelydressed wild animals in tame costumes of my imagination. But Inever deluded myself as to the real nature of my playmates. My pokingRead More →

The cruelty is often more active and direct. The literaturecontains reports on the many torments inflicted upon zooanimals: a shoebill dying of shock after having its beaksmashed with a hammer; a moose stag losing its beard, alongwith a strip of flesh the size of an index finger, to a visitor’sknife (this same moose was poisoned six months later); amonkey’s arm broken after reaching out for proffered nuts; adeer’s antlers attacked with a hacksaw; a zebra stabbed with asword; and other assaults on other animals, with walking sticks,umbrellas, hairpins, knitting needles, scissors and whatnot, oftenwith an aim to taking an eye out or to injuring sexualRead More →

On December 26, some netizens uploaded a video of pandas playing with kitchen knives. In the video, the panda “Mengmeng” holds a kitchen knife in both hands and puts it on his face. Some visitors see it and shout at the panda, “It’s too dangerous, throw it away, throw it away”, and then “Mengmeng” throws the kitchen knife away. Video has attracted a lot of attention on the Internet. Today (December 27), the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base responded by saying that on December 26, at 9 am, the on-duty keepers replaced new enrichment items and added bamboo for them at the Mengmeng Stadium,Read More →

Thistle, he thought. “Ever get tired of me, Mummy?” “Of all the idiotic questions ever asked, that takes the grand prize!” Mrs. Langwell answered. “Can I help you?” “Of course you can.” The getting ready did not take long, and exactly half an hour later, Nike lighted about a mile from the Flying Field where the girl Sky-Pilot found her passenger had just arrived. The woman came in a taxicab, nodded a greeting,   paid the driver, then came briskly to the waiting plane. Her throat was wrapped in a scarf. Haggon would call it an abomination, the blackest sin of all, but Haggon wasRead More →

“We haven’t heard anything from him this morning, but your father plans to stop at his office on the way in to town.” Before Mance, Varamyr Sixskins had been a lord of sorts. He lived alone in a hall of moss and mud and hewn logs that had once been Haggon’s, attended by his beasts. A dozen villages did him homage in bread and salt and cider, offering him fruit from their orchards and vegetables from their gardens. His meat he got himself. Whenever he desired a woman he sent his shadowcat to stalk her, and whatever girl he’d cast his eye upon would followRead More →

I love Canada. I miss the heat of India, the food, the houselizards on the walls, the musicals on the silver screen, the cowswandering the streets, the crows cawing, even the talk ofcricket matches, but I love Canada. It is a great country   muchtoo cold for good sense, inhabited by compassionate, intelligentpeople with bad hairdos. Anyway, I have nothing to go hometo in Pondicherry. Richard Parker has stayed with me. I’ve never forgotten him. Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in mydreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged withlove. Such is the strangeness ofRead More →