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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.

#TCN10: Looking back at TwoCircles.net

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net

“Are there enough news stories on Indian Muslims to do a daily news portal?” This was one of the first question that was asked when I was contemplating starting a daily news website for Indian Muslims. I must confess, the question startled me. I mean, how can a population of about 150 million people not have enough stories to be told?

Eastern Public School in Bhopal accorded with Global Education Award

By TCN News,

Bhopal: The Eastern Public School (EPS) in Bhopal was awarded with highly coveted Global Good Governance (3G) Education Award by Cambridge Analytica, UK. The award was conferred during a ceremonious program held last week in Istanbul, Turkey.

Riyadh to allow non-Muslims to enter 4 mosques in Jeddah

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia will allow non-Muslims to enter four mosques in Jeddah, local media reported on Monday.

The main purpose of the move is to allow non-Muslims to get acquainted with the Islamic civilization, Xinhua news agency quoted a media report as saying.

Saudi Arabia banned non-Muslims from entering Mecca city, which is a sacred land for Muslims around the world.

Although many Islamic countries have been allowing non-Muslims to visit mosques as tourist attractions for years, mosques in the Kingdom until now were off-limit to them.

Saudi Arabia says Iran refused to sign Haj agreement

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran for refusing to sign an agreement that would have allowed tens of thousands of Iranian citizens to travel to the kingdom for the annual Muslim pilgrimage of Haj amid souring diplomatic ties between the regional rivals.

Iran on Sunday announced that its citizens won't travel to the Saudi cities of Makkah and Medina for the Haj, which is taking place in September.

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