Day: July 14, 2011

Destructive words

Karachi, which had shown some signs of calming down as theskirmish legislation between the PPP and MQM on local government faded somewhat into the distance, has been set aflame once more following the unwise diatribe by Senior Minister of the Sindh government Dr Zulfiqar Mirza against MQM chief Altaf Hussain. The PPP, including the president […]

Europe still struggling with headscarf

For several years now, the Muslim headscarf has been the subject of heated debate between Dutch political parties. However, other European countries also host widely diverging opinions on the Islamic veil. When she was conducting research for her doctoral thesis, Doutje Lettinga found that there is considerable variety in the […]

Top 10 Most Expensive Cities

When we think of the world’s most expensive cities, it’s the traditionally chic European and North American metropolises like New York, Paris and London that usually come to mind. But according to a new cost of living survey by Mercer, an international consulting organization, two of the three most expensive […]

New Football Oracle

Nelly the elephant has taken over the role of premiere animal psychic during the Women’s World Cup this summer. The young African Elephant predicted the outcome of all German games correctly — even the host country’s devastating loss to Japan last week. More: 

Makkah realtors cash in on ‘jinn’ rumors

// MAKKAH: There are widespread rumors among Makkawis claiming some abandoned buildings and estates are possessed by jinns. According to the widely circulated gossip, residents of these buildings located in various districts of the holy city, especially on the outskirts, say they vacated their dwellings after supernatural forces had harmed […]

UAE’s mission impossible: Cooling the desert

At its base, one of the world’s largest malls houses an Olympic-sized ice rink that helps keep some 150,000 daily visitors cool in the searing heat, desert dust and humidity. // DUBAI: Ali’s air conditioning quietly cools his spacious Dubai apartment around the clock and all year round, even […]

Drugs and the Valley

The two-decade conflict in Kashmir, the highest militarised region in the world, is responsible for a spiraling drug problem amongst its populace, psychiatrists maintain. In the Indian-administrated Kashmir, 80 per cent of the drug-using population comprises those who abuse prescription medicines, doctors say. Easy availability of medicines across the counter […]