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Modi holds talks with Iranian president

Tehran : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, on the second day of his two-day visit to Iran, held a "restricted" meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“Building an enduring partnership. PM @narendramodi and President Rouhani exchange ideas at a restricted tete-a-tete,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

India, Iran and Afghanistan will sign an agreement on Monday to develop the Chabahar port in this Persian Gulf nation.

First British woman in space reunited with Russian crewmates

London : The first British woman in space was reunited on Friday with her Russian crewmates on the space flight which took place 25 years ago.

Helen Sharman became only the 12th woman to fly into space when she took part in the flight in the Soyuz TM12 spacecraft which blasted off from Kazakhstan, Xinhua reported.

Her two fellow crewmates were Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Artsebarsky and Sergei Krikalev and their flight docked with the Mir space station on May 20, 1991.

The team spent six days on the orbiting space station, carrying out scientific experiments.

Three Indian students selected for International Astronomy Olympiad

Kolkata : Three students from the states of Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have been selected to represent India in the International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) in Bulgaria later this year, the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) announced on Friday.

The three students are Mulinti Shaik Wajid from Sri Chaitanya IPL Olympiad School, Hyderabad, Harshit Khandelwal from Bhavan's Prominent International School, Indore, and Prashant Abhijit Gokhale from R.N. Podar School, Mumbai.

Modi to visit Qatar in June

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will go on an official visit to Qatar on June 4-5 at the invitation of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, it was announced on Friday.

This is the first prime ministerial visit from India to Qatar in eight years since the visit of then prime minister Manmohan Singh to Doha in 2008.

“There has been regular exchange of high-level bilateral visits in the recent past,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in his weekly media briefing here.

Erasing tolerance? HAF’s changes can only be described as ahistorical edits to history books

The HAF and its allies may have PR machinery and hundreds of thousands of dollars in their war chest to selectively change textbooks, but they are still on the wrong side of history and humanity.

By Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Abdullah Momin, Harjit Kaur and Anasuya Sengupta,

California textbooks: new battleground for Hindutva groups

By TCN News

Every six years, the California Board of Education reviews its History and Social Science frameworks in a multi-year series of public hearings. These hearings are meant to be part of a transparent process where members of the academic and general community from across the state can weigh in on what the children of the State of California will learn in history and the social sciences, from kindergarten to twelfth grade.

Foreign policy cannot be based on personal agenda: Former Minister Salman Khurshid

By Nirendra Dev

New Delhi : Indian foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been derailed and made "directionless", former external affairs minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said.

He also stressed that diplomacy "cannot be based on personal agenda" and has to look "beyond one's own nose".

"Where is the foreign policy under this regime? We have not seen one during the last two years," Khurshid told IANS in an interview here.

Saudi women face jail, flogging for checking husband's phone

Riyadh : Women in Saudi Arabia could be sent to jail and flogged if they check their husband’s telephone without his knowledge and consent. The matter was not covered in the Kingdom’s Islamic laws, but would instead be seen as a violation of privacy, a report said on Saturday.

Women are not allowed to drive or even go out in public on their own. Now, according to RT online, women in Saudi Arabia have discovered they will be flogged and imprisoned if they check their husband’s telephone without his permission.

TNTJ organises blood donation camp in Saudi Arabia

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By TCN News

Dammam: Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ) successfully organized a blood donation campaign in Dammam, Saudi Arabia on Friday May 6 to help raise 146 units of blood thanks to 160 volunteers.

Muslim ban was 'just a suggestion', says Trump

Washington : Republican party's presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump has demoted his proposed Muslim immigration ban to a mere "suggestion".

In a radio interview with Fox News' on Wednesday, Trump softened his call to temporarily prohibit Muslims from entering the US.

"We have a serious problem. It’s a temporary ban. It hasn’t been called for yet. Nobody’s done it. This is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on,” Trump said.

But Trump did not mince words in linking Muslims to the proliferation of terrorism around the world, Politico reported.

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