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Feel pride when Kerala diaspora is praised in Gulf countries: Modi

Kozhikode (Kerala) : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that he feels a sense of pride when he hears praise for the Kerala diaspora during his visits to Gulf nations.

Addressing a rally here to coincide with the BJP national council meeting here, Modi said: "Whenever I got an opportunity to visit Gulf countries, apart from my official talks with their leaders, I asked them to arrange a meeting with the people of India residing there, and especially the people of Kerala."

Muslim woman in Canada ordered to remove hijab in court

Montreal : A Muslim woman in Canada, who was denied a court appearance because of her hijab, sought legal clarification on the rights of Quebecers, who want access to justice while wearing religious attire.

Rania El-Alloul's lawyer appeared in Quebec Superior Court on Thursday seeking a declaratory judgment that would clarify that litigants have the right to wear a hijab or other religious attire in court, Toronto Star reported.

EU to hold education fair in Delhi

New Delhi : The European Union (EU) is going to hold an education fair here to help Indian students who are looking to go to Europe for higher education.

The two-day exhibition will be held at Pragati Maidan from September 30.

The fair is aimed at helping Indian students, who are looking to go to European universities and institutions for higher education including Bachelors, Masters and PhD courses and will also be of interest to parents.

Sharif's UN speech a monumental error of judgement

By Hardeep S. Puri

Absent good advice, democratically-elected leaders are capable of making serious mistakes which have far-reaching repercussions on the future of their country. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's address at the UN General Assembly on September 21 will go down in the country's history as a monumental error of judgement and an example of delusional politics.

NSA Doval sends signal with surprise presence at Saudi event

By Ranjana Narayan

New Delhi : Indicative of the growing importance of Saudi Arabia in India's foreign and strategic policies, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was a surprise presence at the Saudi National Day at a five-star hotel here where he was seen having a long tete-a-tete with the Saudi envoy.

The entry of Doval, considered one of India's most powerful officials with a strong say in foreign policy, at the gala event on Thursday evening was noted by all.

Doval, who is a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is not known to attend these gala events.

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Sharif spoke at UN like Hizbul supreme commander: Ram Madhav

New Delhi : BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Thursday said Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke at the United Nations General Assembly like the "supreme commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen" and not the leader of his country.

"The Pakistan PM at the UN did not talk like the supreme commander of Pakistan, but as supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen," Ram Madhav told reporters here.

Madhav, who is in charge of Bharatiya Janata Party's affairs in Jammu and Kashmir, also accused Sharif of "openly campaigning for terror commanders".

President greets Saudi Arabia on its National Day

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday extended his greetings to the King and people of Saudi Arabia on the occasion of their National Day, observed on September 23.

In a message to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the President underlined the "millennia-old cultural and economic exchanges underpinned by extensive people-to-people contacts" between the two nations.

Sharif presents dossier on rights violations in Kashmir

New York : Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has presented a dossier containing details of violations in Kashmir to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The Prime Minister on Wednesday night apprised Ban of the plight of the Kashmiri people who he said were victims of Indian brutality in the region which have continued unabated since the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani which sparked violent protests and clashes, Dawn online reported.

Complete speech of Nawaz Shareef at UN General Assembly and India’s strong rebuttal

By TCN News,

Full text of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Speech at the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly on September 21, 2016

Mr President,
Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen.

We congratulate Mr Peter Thomson on his election as President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly. We agree that implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda should be the focus of this Session.

Sharif rakes up Kashmir at UNGA, says Burhan Wani symbol of 'Kashmiri intifada'

United Nations : As expected, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday majorly raised the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly, saying that Pakistan fully supports Kashmiris' right to self-determination and demanded an "independent enquiry" into the "extrajudicial killings" in Kashmir.

Sharif said that Hizbul militant Burhan Wani, whose killing on July 8 sparked off the current unrest in the Kashmir valley, had become "the symbol of the new Kashmiri intifada that was led by common Kashmiris".

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