Islamic organ commends Saudi for improving haj conditions

Rabat : The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) on Thursday commend Saudi Arabia's efforts to improve haj conditions.

"The great efforts, huge projects and large-scale preparations carried out by Saudi Arabia serve the pilgrims and secure the best conditions of comfort and security for them to perform the haj ritual," Xinhua quoted ISESCO as saying.

It also underscored the member states' respect for Saudi Arabia and their appreciation of its care of the two holy mosques, pilgrims and umrah performers from all over the world.

Two men detained in Spain for kicking pregnant woman wearing niqab

Madrid : Police in Barcelona confirmed on Wednesday they have arrested two men for kicking a pregnant woman who was wearing a niqab, a cloth worn by some Muslim women to cover their face.

The attack took place on Monday night in the Ciutat Vella, a district of Barcelona, Xinhua news agency quoted the local police as saying.

The two men first insulted the pregnant woman for wearing the niqab, and when her husband, who was with her, tried to protect her, they pushed him several times, before kicking the woman in the stomach.

Indian Social Forum helps stranded women in Saudi Arabia return to India

By TCN News

A woman from Karnataka’s coastal district of Udupi, who was forced to work as a housemaid in a remote town in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after being duped by an Indian travel agent, has finally returned home safe thanks to the selfless efforts of activists of Indian Social Forum (ISF), an organization of Indian expats.

Two Pakistani students get admission at Nalanda University

Rajgir : Ignoring political tension between Pakistan and India, two students from Pakistan have been granted admission at the Nalanda University in Bihar, an official said on Friday.

Nalanda's officer in charge of admissions Saurabh Chaudhary said: "The university has offered admission to 83 students, including two from Pakistan this year."

He said of the 83 students from 13 countries, 80 have already taken admission, and the other three -- two from Pakistan and one from Mayanmar -- were awaited.

Philippines stops issuing haj passports to Muslim pilgrims

Manila : The Philippines has stopped issuing haj passports for Muslim pilgrims after detention of over 170 Indonesians with fake documents using Manila as a transit to Saudi Arabia.

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay on Tuesday saud that the issuance of haj passports has become a source of corruption in the Foreign Department.

"This has really been the source of these fraudulent transactions and corruption," he said.

Because of this, the secretary said the government is considering to suspend issuing these kind of documents for good.


Indo-Kuwait Society asks Indian govt. to help rescue stranded labourers

By Amit Kumar and Shafeea Hudawi,

Mohammed Moosa, a young expatriate from Thalassery in Kannur district of Kerala, has now become a familiar face for the labour court officials in Kuwait City. The ‘absconding labourer’ is a usual visitor of the court, seeking help to get a release from Caesar's Restaurant and Bakery, where he had worked till May 2015 as a cook.

Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador

Baghdad : Iraq has asked Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador in Baghdad, stressing that his presence would hamper the development of bilateral ties, authorities said.

Ahmed Jamal, spokesman of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, told the state-run Iraqiya channel that Iraqi senior officials sent a request to Riyadh on Sunday to take appropriate measure and replace its ambassador Thamer al-Sabhan, Xinhua news agency reported.

"The presence of Sabhan is an obstacle to the development of relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia," the channel quoted Jamal as saying.


UN General Assembly President-elect to visit India

By Arul Louis

United Nations : Sustainable development will be high on the agenda when General Assembly President-elect Peter Thomson visits India next week and meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"My main interest will be to discuss how the UN can assist and accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," he said in a statement before his departure Wednesday.

The 2030 Agenda is a set of 17 goals for global development adopted in 2015 by world leaders with 2030 as the deadline for meeting them.


Hajj stoning ritual to be shortened: Saudi officials

Riyadh : In the wake of last year's Hajj stampede tragedy that killed hundreds of pilgrims, Saudi Arabia authorities have cut short the stoning ritual period by 12 hours, a media report said.

The symbolic stoning of the devil will be performed as usual over three days beginning September 11 at Mina, about five kilometres east of Mecca's Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest site.

Students from India, Pakistan exchange greeting cards on Independence Day

By TCN News

In an effort to promote peaceful relations among India and Pakistan, Mumbai-based Ecole Mondiale World School sent greeting cards on Independence Day to Unique School Academy, Lahore, Pakistan. This card exchange was facilitated by Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a joint Indo-Pak friendship initiative.