World schooling the new form of learning

By Lina Asher

To start with a whole load of people will ask what world schooling is. I define it as homeschooling on the go: Educating your child through experiential learning whilst travelling in the world.

World schooling is the new way of home schooling children, an unconventional way of education, where the child learns while travelling the world and interacting with people of different cultures. It is a form of experiential learning.

US condemns killing of Indian soldiers

New Delhi : The US on strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir that left 17 soldiers dead.

"We strongly condemn the terror attack in Uri. Our thoughts are with the families of the brave soldiers who lost their lives," US Ambassador to India Richard Verma said in a tweet.

Terrorists sneaked into an army camp at Uri early on Friday and killed 17 soldiers in the worst attack on a military centre in the state in a decade.

Hamid Ansari meets Iranian President

New Delhi : Vice President Hamid Ansari held a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Venezuela.

"Time for an important partner. VP Ansari meets President Rouhani of Iran on sidelines of NAM Summit," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders meeting on Friday.

This is yet another sign of New Delhi's increased engagements with Iran in recent times.

Riyadh to establish company to upgrade capacity of holy sites

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia has agreed to form a company to develop and increase the capacity of the holy sites in Makkah and Medina, local Al Eqtisadiya news website reported on Saturday.

The proposed company, which will be owned by the government, was approved days after the kingdom announced the success of the Haj season that brought together more than 1.8 pilgrims.

The company will be in charge of enhancing the efficiency of utilities and services such as electricity, water, air-conditioning and cleanness. It will work to separate the routes of pedestrians and vehicles.

Saddam's daughter to stand for Iraqi Parliament

Baghdad : The eldest daughter of late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein intends to launch a new tribal coalition to run in the country's 2018 national elections, media outlets reported on Friday.

Raghad Saddam Hussein, 48, currently lives in Jordan but could return to Iraq under a controversial amnesty passed by Parliament last month.

The Jordanian royal family rejected a request from Iraq's Foreign Ministry in May to extradite Raghad and other figures from Saddam's regime who are wanted by the country's judiciary.


British envoy to Saudi Arabia converts to Islam, performs Haj

Riyadh : Simon Collis, Britain's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, has performed Haj after recently converting to Islam, it was reported on Wednesday.

The diplomat was pictured with his wife in the traditional white garments of the annual pilgrimage, which is compulsory for Muslims to perform at least once in their lives.

Collis has been posted in Riyadh, the capital of the Arab kingdom, since 2015. He is the first British ambassador to perform Haj, an online portal reported.

New EU copyright laws to ensure fair play for web publishers

London : In a bid to address the challenges faced by digital news stakeholders, the European Commission on Wednesday unveiled new proposals to protect the copyright of news organisations, web publishers, authors and others.

The proposals aim to make EU laws fit for purpose in a digital environment.

International probe into Kashmir violence crucial, says UN rights chief

United Nations : Amid continuing unrest in Kashmir, the UN Human Rights chief has said it is crucial that an independent, impartial and international mission be given free access to Indian as well as Pakistan-administered Kashmir to assess the situation on both sides of the border.

Morocco on maximum security alert during Eid celebrations

Rabat : Morocco has put its security services on maximum security alert over terror threat during Eid al-Adha celebrations, local media reported on Saturday.

The annual festival is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, which marks the end of the spiritual peak of the annual pilgrimage or Haj in Arabic, when pilgrims descend from the hill of Arafat to the nearby holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Eid al-Adha will take place on Monday in Morocco, Xinhua news agency reported.


UK’s regulatory body warns right-wing organisation to stay away from RSS

By M Ghazali Khan,

London: Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), a right-wing organisation based in the UK, has been instructed to keep away from its parent body Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in India.