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AID: Twenty-five years of Sangharsh, Seva, and Nirman

By Suresh Ediga for TwoCircles.net

Courage, Commitment, and Change or Sangharsh, Seva, and Nirman are the guiding principles of Association for India’s Development (AID). AID recently completed its twenty-five years of existence.This piece is to reflect back on the twenty-five years of AID.

Bhopal gas disaster was a tragedy that happened in 1984 but the tragedy still continues and the Sangarsh for justice is still going on.

India’s human rights record to be discussed at US Capitol

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 3:00pm [EST]
Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building

By TwoCircles.net special correspondent

Washington DC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is yet again in the United States. He is scheduled to address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday. On the eve of his address, a group of activists to testify at a special hearing on the human rights conditions in India.

Obama's Ramadan message includes swipe at Trump

Washington : US President Barack Obama issued a message extending best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world at the start of Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

"For many, this month is an opportunity to focus on reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, patience and resilience, compassion for those less fortunate, and unity across communities," he said in the message issued on Sunday evening.

Act against child labour, rights body says

Geneva : Governments should better regulate businesses to prevent child labour in global supply chains, Human Rights Watch said in a video released on Monday.

The report comes in advance of the World Day Against Child Labour on June 12. Child labour in global supply chains is the theme for the World Day in 2016.

Millions of children risk pain, sickness, injury and even death to produce goods and services for the global economy.

Human Rights Watch has documented hazardous child labour in agriculture, mining, the leather and apparel industry as well as other sectors.

India, Qatar sign 7 agreements; want ties ties beyond trading

Doha : India and Qatar on Sunday signed seven agreements, including on investment and tourism promotion, as the two sides discussed ways to take bilateral ties beyond the current normal trading relationship.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led delegation-level talks with the Qatari leadrship, as well as holding restricted meetings with Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and Qatar Prime Minister Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Anupam Kher supports UN Women's work on gender equality

New York : Veteran actor Anupam Kher is happy to be appointed as the 50/50 champion for gender equality to support UN Women's work.

In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took a step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The 61-year-old took to Twitter, where he shared some photographs from the event and also a letter from the organisation.

India has larger role to play in global affairs: Vice President

Tunis : Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said that India has a much larger role to play in charting a more equitable and sustainable future for the world .

He was addressing the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies in Tunis, Tunisia, on the topic ‘India and the World’.

“We do believe that as one sixth of the humanity and in keeping with the growing capacities and aspirations of our people, India has a much larger role to play in charting a more equitable and sustainable future for our world,” Ansari said.

US-based Indian researchers shocked, discomfited at UCLA shooting

Kolkata : Shocked at the shooting incident in the prestigious University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA), some Indian researchers in the US have said they were "discomfited" to learn Indian doctoral student Mainak Sarkar was identified as the killer of a professor and his own wife.

Researcher Sohini Ray who was in "lockdown" for around two hours along with her lab mates in a UCLA building said taking someone's life was not justifiable.

Iranians urged not to use third country to join Haj

Tehran : Head of Iran's Haj and Pilgrimage Organisation Saeed Ohadi on Wednesday asked Iranians to avoid travelling to Saudi Arabia from a third country to join the Haj ritual in September.

"This year, due to the psychological atmosphere against Iran created by the Saudis and (their) failure to provide consular services to Iranian pilgrims, it is not advisable for any (Iranian) national to go on Haj pilgrimage from another country," Xinhua quoted Ohadi as saying.

UAE president pardons 1,010 jail inmates ahead of Ramadan

Abu Dhabi : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan here on Wednesday ordered the release of 1,010 jail inmates before the Islamic spiritual month of Ramadan which is expected to start on June 6.

The president hoped the released prison inmates will take an opportunity to start a new life and bring stability to their respective families.

Mass pardons are common in the Islamic world ahead of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

In the UAE, the president and the rulers of the seven sheikhdoms have the right to pardon prisoners.

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