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India-Pakistan rivalry moves to next level, from YouTube comments to Twitter’s Space

India-Pakistan talk on Twitter Space is like your desi roadside accident crowd. Two men ram motorbikes into each other, 100 gather just to see kya chal raha hai.

Imran Khan has a gift for Pakistanis — India, the new sugar daddy

Can all Pakistanis who stand for Kashmir every Friday afternoon for half an hour sit down now?
A poster for Sarmad Khoosat's Zindagi Tamasha | Twitter

The real tamasha in Pakistan — Islamic council that’s saying no to films and corona taglines

Pakistan’s official entry to the Oscars, 'Zindagi Tamasha', can’t be seen by Pakistanis — even after two years of fights, cases, and protests.
An aircraft-shaped balloon with 'PIA' written on it recovered by J&K Police at Bhalwal, in Jammu on 16 March | ANI

Two balloons have done what Imran Khan govt couldn’t — give India sleepless nights

The pigeons and monkeys who spent their lives spying for Pakistan and India have been challenged by China-made balloons. How’s that for a two-front war?
File photo of Imran Khan | Photographer: Asad Zaidi | Bloomberg

Imran Khan’s ‘ghabrana nahin’ advice to Pakistanis on price rise is now a viral anthem

'Ghabrana nahin hai' is a lot like Aamir Khan's 'all is well' Except there is no promise of 'well' in sight.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan is in sorrow, wants vote of confidence. Opposition hopes it can finally oust him

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called it 'a sorrowful day for democracy in Pakistan'. This is a moment where you are either with Imran Khan or against him.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Twitter/ANI

Pakistanis are discussing Modi’s beard as if it’s a matter of national security

No one in Pakistan would have discussed Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s Covid-hairstyle or beard, but then he is not the most-favoured-neighbour of ours.

An Instagrammer did what two govts couldn’t. Indians and Pakistanis came to pawri together

Memes are the new confidence-building measures between two nuclear foes who are not talking. With pawri, Pakistanis are saying: ghar mein ghus ke laughter se maara.
File photo of Imran Khan | Facebook/ImranKhanOfficial

Imran Khan’s Pakistan wants to call. But Modi’s status is, ‘Can’t talk, WhatsApp only’

There will never be an end to Pakistan’s Kashmir policy. Even if it means the only talks it can hold is with itself.

In Pakistan, the cow has arrived. With it, comes Imran Khan’s new revolution

It could be Pakistan’s year of the cow, and why not? After all, the cow is its last hope to come out of the economic mess.

On Camera

China’s Mars landing will be a greater feat with the release of more data

China is clear that there are benefits to sharing data, offering up Moon samples and the ability to place experiments on its space station, but It can go a lot further.
An Air India aircraft takes off from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata (Representational image) | Photographer: Arko Datto | Bloomberg

Air India’s privatisation won’t be affected by Cairn ‘pressure tactics’, govt says

Cairn Energy has sued Air India in the US to recover its $1.2 billion arbitration award. This has raised questions around the stake sale of the national carrier.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses troops at the Pangong Tso in Ladakh Friday | Photo: ANI

Year after first big India-China clash in Ladakh, tensions linger. This is how it all began

China-India tensions began in late April last year when the Chinese objected to India’s construction of footbridges in Galwan Valley but the first major clash was on 18 May 2020.

By the rivers of the heartland & across Vindhyas, proof which politics sucks & which works

Politics & economics are at the heart of Covid tragedy in UP, Bihar. The regional imbalance in political power, economic & social indicators is deeply troublesome.