California removes Islamophobic contents from syllabus and corrects Islamic history

State Board of Education accepts some of the recommendations from scholars to reverse Islamophobic edits pushed by US based Hindu nationalist groups

By TCN News,

California: In a significant move State Board of Education has reversed some of the Islamophobic content that had been earlier injected into the California curriculum and corrected history of Islam in South Asia.

Noam Chomsky speaks on Kashmir turmoil, compares it with Palestine

By Siddhant Mohan,

Boston/Srinagar - In an email conversation with Mehboob Makhdoomi, Expert on Kashmir situation and Socio-Political commentator from Harvard, American linguist and political activist Prof. Noam Chomsky compared the conditions in Kashmir to that of Palestine.

India's Nalanda among 9 new cultural sites added to World Heritage List

Istanbul : The World Heritage Committee on Friday added nine new cultural sites, including India's Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara, to the prestigious World Heritage List.

The committee, at its 40th session in Istanbul, made the decisions following a day-long review of some of the 27 nominations submitted from around the world for this year, Xinhua news agency reported.

The new inscriptions include the sites from China, Iran, Micronesia, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Britain and a joint nomination by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia also.

No reports of Indians affected in France 'terror' attack: MEA

New Delhi : The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said there were no reports of any Indians affected in the terror attack in Nice, France. The Indian embassy in Paris has opened a helpline number: +33-1-40507070.

"Our ambassador in Paris is in touch with the Indian community in Nice. So far no report of any Indians affected. Our embassy in Paris has opened helpline +33-1-40507070," tweeted Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

156 arrive from South Sudan in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram : One hundred and fifty six persons who were evacuated from South Sudan arrived on a special Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft at the international airport here early on Friday.

Among those rescued included 46 Keralites, two Nepalese nationals, seven women and three children. The remaining passengers hailed from other South Indian states. The Kerala government has made special arrangements for their onward journey.

Probe use of lethal force and ensure protection of human rights in Kashmir: Human Rights Watch

By TCN News,

New York: India should conduct an impartial probe into the use of lethal force by police during the violent protests following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in Kashmir and ensure that basic human rights are protected, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said in a statement released on Tuesday.

Akbar expected to add heft to Modi's outreach to Gulf region

New Delhi : Veteran journalist-turned-politician M.J. Akbar, who was inducted as Minister of State on Tuesday and given the External Affairs portfolio, is expected to handle India's relations with the Middle East - giving added impetus to the Narendra Modi government's stress on its 'Link West' policy of outreach to the oil-rich Muslim nations.

Akbar, 65, who joined the BJP in 2014, is expected to lend his considerable knowledge of international affairs, especially of the Gulf region, in his handling of India's sensitive relations with the region.

Indo Kuwait Friendship Society organizes Ramdan Ghabqa

By TCN News,

Kuwait: Indo Kuwait Friendship Society (IKFS) organized Ghabqa for galaxy of Kuwaiti, Indian and dignitaries at Ahmad Tower – Fatema Auditorium, Kuwait.

Ghabqa is a local tradition celebrated in the month of Ramadan after Taraweeh prayers. The program was organized on Saturday evening at 10.30 pm. Before starting the main program Sunil Jain, Ambassador of India, came to the venue and graced the event.

Muslim group break Ramadan fast with Irish LGBT community

Dublin : A Muslim group aimed at fostering peace and integration in Ireland has joined members of the country’s LGBT community to break fast during Ramadan, it was reported on Monday.

In an effort to display “true Islamic ideals”, the Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council invited a whole host of people from outside the faith to share in the spirit of the holy holiday on Saturday.

Fasting is observed from dawn to sunset during Ramadan to display self-restraint and is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Under pressure to retract statement, says Pakistani Hindu scribe

By Aadil Mir

New Delhi/Karachi : A Dalit Hindu reporter working with Pakistan's state-run news agency says he has slipped into depression after facing discrimination from his Muslim boss.

Sharing his ordeal with IANS over telephone from Karachi, Sahib Khan Oad, who works with the Associate Press of Pakistan (APP), said his agony began when his Bureau Chief -- and colleagues -- realised in May that he was not a Muslim but a Hindu, that too a Dalit.