UAE honoured for supporting women in parliament

Abu Dhabi : The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) has honoured the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its pioneering step of electing Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi as the first woman Speaker in the Arab world and the Middle East.

Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC), who is currently heading the UAE's delegation to the WIP summit in Jordan's capital Amman, received the certificate of appreciation on Wednesday.

Brandeis University’s conference on Caste discussed contemporary issues

Brandeis University conference on Caste

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Myanmar to promote, protect labour rights

Nay Pyi Taw : Myanmar has pledged to promote and protect labour rights, including ending forced labour and stronger enforcement of child labour law in the country, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population said on Monday.

In a statement, the ministry invited all interested partners to join with the government in its efforts to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on labour-related issues, Xinhua news agency reported.

India universities' delegation experiences UK's version of 'Chai pe charcha'

Birmingham : A delegation from 13 Indian universities got an exposure to the United Kingdom's own version of what can be called "Chai pe charcha" or how to transform a tea factory into an innovation hub for small and medium enterprises.

The delegation, selected by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, spent time this week in Birmingham City University's Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences, the International Office and the Department of Enterprise Innovation and Business Engagement here.

Efforts of IMRC make drinkable water accessible to drought-affected rural areas in India

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

As a debilitating drought enters its thrird successive year in Marathwada region of Maharashtra, Mohammad Yousuf, 45 a farmer from village Waranga in District Hangoli recollects how they have been struggling to find potable water to survive on.

Govt’s Land Grab?

By Ramesh Menon

Nearly seven decades after the Partition and five decades since the 1965 war with Pakistan, the NDA government is brusquely trying to rewrite a law giving it control over 16,000 properties worth thousands of crores belonging to In-dian Muslims. It is called “enemy property” as it was once held by someone who opted for Pakistani citizenship and is vested with the government. This is irrespective of the fact that the property is presently held by their legal heirs who are Indian citizens.

Indian Americans express shock over church attack in Chhattisgarh; demand justice for victims

By, Staff Reporter

Washington: The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) , a US based advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos, joined millions of Indians and other people around the world in strongly condemning the barbaric attack on a Christian pastor and his wife in Chhattisgarh.

The incident which took place on Sunday, April 17, was reported in the media a few days thereafter.

US university students protest kirtan singing by white woman not born Hindu

By Arul Louis

New York : Singing of kirtans at an Ivy League university has drawn protests from a section of Indian students there.

Unlike in the protests against yoga the demonstrators this time were not religious fundamentalists, but students spewing leftist rhetoric at Brown University. They protested a non-Indian white woman singing kirtans, asserting that only those born Hindu should sing the religious hymns, according to media reports.

Islamic face veil to be banned in Latavia

Riga : Latvia has banned women from wearing the Islamic full-face veil in public, despite only three people being known to wear them in the entire country.

Authorities say the new legislation was necessary in order to protect Latvian culture and prevent terrorists from smuggling weapons under garments, reports the Independent.

The move follows a similar ban on full-face veils in public spaces implemented by France in 2011.

‘Deep and disturbing’ decline found in world media

Paris : A leading journalism advocacy group says media freedom experienced a sharp decline around the world over the past year, citing increasing government restrictions in places like Turkey, Poland, Tajikistan, and Egypt.

In its 2016 World Press Freedom Index released on April 20, Reporters Without Borders said that there had been a “deep and disturbing” decline in freedom of information in many places around the world.