SRINAGAR - A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) trooper was killed and six other security personnel injured when guerrillas attacked their convoy on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday evening, police said. An SSB trooper was killed and six other security men including five SSB troopers and a state police driver injured when militants attacked the convoy in Zakura area, 12 km from city centre Lal Chowk, around 7 p.m., police said.
JAMMU - Fresh firing across the de facto border between India and Pakistan on Tuesday intensified military tension between the already tense neighbours with Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha warning that the situation on the Line of Control (LOC) was still "live". The Indian Army alleged that Pakistan troops opened unprovoked heavy firing in at least three places on the LoC -- a ceasefire line that divides Jammu and Kashmir...
NEW DELHI - India and Pakistan troops exchanged fresh border fire on Monday, hours after top security advisors of the two countries spoke with each other in a bid to reduce escalating tension. It was for the first time that the two NSAs spoke to each other after the September 18 deadly terror attack at a military base in Jammu and Kashmir. Defence sources here said Pakistani troops, without provocation,
NEW DELHI - India-Pakistan tension escalated afresh on Saturday as forces of the two countries exchanged fire along the border in Jammu and Kashmir, sparking international concerns with UN chief Ban-Ki Moon offering mediation to negotiate peace between the rival neighbours. The skirmish in the Akhnoor sector of the International Boundary that caused no casualties came days after India claimed to have conduced...
KERALA - In his fiercest attack on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the sacrifices of 18 soldiers killed in the Uri terror attack will not go in vain and India will totally isolate Pakistan in the international arena for "exporting terror". In his first public speech post the September 18 Uri attack, Modi termed Pakistan as the one country in Asia which is conspiring to spill "blood" across the continent and...
ISLAMABAD - Days after India and the US signed agreement on sharing military logistics, Pakistan on Thursday said that it was "carefully monitoring" the development between the two "sovereign states". The agreement between New Delhi and Washington was termed as a major step forward in closer bilateral defence cooperation, though both sides clarified it will not involve setting up of military bases.
SRINAGAR - Dozens were injured in fresh protests in the Kashmir Valley on Monday as people defied curfew to march to Anantnag in a more volatile region in response to a call by separatists. Police sources said people from many places in south Kashmir and parts of old Srinagar city took to the streets despite the strict curfew. The government had tightened security across the valley to thwart the Anantnag march,
SRINAGAR - Amid recurring clashes in curfew-bound Kashmir Valley, three injured protesters died in hospitals here on Monday, taking the death toll to 32 in three days of bloodshed following the killing of a top militant that has sparked fresh India-Pakistan tensions. And for the first time, police opened fire hitting two civilians in embattled Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's hometown Bijbehara in southern Kashmir, which has accounted for...
ISLAMABAD - An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale jolted parts of Pakistan on Sunday, the media reported. The quake struck at a depth of 236 km with epicentre determined in Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region, Dawn online quoted Pakistan Meteorological Department as saying. Tremors were felt in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Swat Valley, Chitral, and Pakistan-admiistered Kashmir. No casualties has...
BEIJING - The China-India Yoga College has drawn thousands since it opened in November last year in Kunming in China's Yunnan province. Based in the Yunnan Minzu (Nationalities) University, the country's first yoga college frequently has students queue up for free lessons in the ancient art, reports Xinhua news agency. Lu Fang, deputy director of the college, said more than five dozen full-time students have completed...
yoga sessions. Close to 3,000 people participated in free yoga sessions offered by the college. "Several companies and government offices invited our teachers to teach yoga," said Lu. Yoga was first introduced into China by Hong Kong practitioner Wai Lana in the 1980s. Her workout programmes, which aired daily on China's Central Television, were the starting point for many Chinese yogis. China's white collar workers have adopted yoga as a way to stay fit, with many attending a couple of sessions per week in the gym or studio. Lu said a growing number of people want to learn from Indian yoga masters. "They not only learn yoga positions, but also sutras, philosophy, culture and dining habits from the Indian tutors," Xinhua quoted Lu as saying. "I only knew about Iyengar style, but after extensive learning with Indian tutors, I have come to a much deeper understanding of the yoga art," said Han Mingxue, a Chinese yoga teacher in the college.
The college figured in one of 24 agreements reached during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China in May last year.
Under the agreement, India sends at least two tutors to the college. It does not issue degrees, but students who want a degree in yoga can pursue further study at Indian colleges. Velusamy Subbulakshmi, who came from India's Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, has spent the past five months giving yoga lessons. She said it was not hard to communicate yoga culture with Chinese learners. "For example, the Chinese Taiji (shadowboxing), has a great deal of similarity with yoga," she said.
"Yoga has become the most popular form of cultural exchange between China and India," said Ding Shaoxiang, vice governor of Yunnan province. China and India, as neighbours and two of the world's fastest growing economies, have great potential in deepening cultural exchanges, he said.