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Foreign policy cannot be based on personal agenda: Former Minister Salman Khurshid

By Nirendra Dev

New Delhi : Indian foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been derailed and made "directionless", former external affairs minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said.

He also stressed that diplomacy "cannot be based on personal agenda" and has to look "beyond one's own nose".

"Where is the foreign policy under this regime? We have not seen one during the last two years," Khurshid told IANS in an interview here.

Saudi women face jail, flogging for checking husband's phone

Riyadh : Women in Saudi Arabia could be sent to jail and flogged if they check their husband’s telephone without his knowledge and consent. The matter was not covered in the Kingdom’s Islamic laws, but would instead be seen as a violation of privacy, a report said on Saturday.

Women are not allowed to drive or even go out in public on their own. Now, according to RT online, women in Saudi Arabia have discovered they will be flogged and imprisoned if they check their husband’s telephone without his permission.

TNTJ organises blood donation camp in Saudi Arabia

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By TCN News

Dammam: Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ) successfully organized a blood donation campaign in Dammam, Saudi Arabia on Friday May 6 to help raise 146 units of blood thanks to 160 volunteers.

Muslim ban was 'just a suggestion', says Trump

Washington : Republican party's presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump has demoted his proposed Muslim immigration ban to a mere "suggestion".

In a radio interview with Fox News' on Wednesday, Trump softened his call to temporarily prohibit Muslims from entering the US.

"We have a serious problem. It’s a temporary ban. It hasn’t been called for yet. Nobody’s done it. This is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on,” Trump said.

But Trump did not mince words in linking Muslims to the proliferation of terrorism around the world, Politico reported.

'Praise Allah' banners to appear on British buses for Ramadan

London : London’s iconic red buses and public transport in other British cities will carry banner adverts featuring the Arabic phrase “Subhan Allah” (Glory be to God) in a bid to encourage British Muslims to support Syrian war victims.

The posters will appear on hundreds of buses during Ramadan, which begins at sunrise on June 6 and lasts until July 7, the Daily Mail reported.

The start of the campaign will begin a month after London elected the first Muslim mayor of a major Western city, Labour’s Sadiq Khan - who, coincidentally, is the son of a bus driver.

After 12 years, three Mangaloreans freed from Saudi jail

By TCN News

Jeddah: Thanks to the efforts of India fraternity Forum, a social organization of NRIs of Saudi Arabia, three out of four Mangaloreans, who were jailed under STC illegal Call Routing (Hundi Calls) case, were released last week from Jeddah Jail.

Uber driver arrested for raping, robbing passenger in Mexico

Mexico City : A driver for the ride-hailing service Uber was arrested for raping and robbing a female passenger in Mexico City.

The driver was arrested on Sunday after a criminal judge ordered the driver to be jailed on May 4.

He is now being held in the Varonil Norte prison awaiting a court ruling on whether to bring him to trial, based on evidence currently being gathered, officials with the Federal District's Attorney General's Office told EFE.

Strike against Jammat chief's death sentence hits Bangladesh

Dhaka : A two-day nationwide shutdown called by the Jamaat-e-Islami began on Sunday in Bangladesh against a Supreme Court verdict upholding the death penalty for its chief for the 1971 war crimes.

Hours after the court on Thursday dismissed the review petition of the party's Ameer (president) Motiur Rahman Nizami, the party called a 48-hour nationwide strike.

Nizami, the Jamaat chief since November 2000, now only has the option of seeking the President's mercy to stall his imminent execution.

British Muslim Sadiq Khan 'set to win London mayoral race'

London : Sadiq Khan looks set to become the new Mayor of London - boosting Labour after it slumped in Scotland's elections.

Khan, who would be the city's first Muslim mayor, was on course for victory over Conservative Zac Goldsmith, reports BBC.

The result would bolster leader Jeremy Corbyn after Labour were beaten into third in Scotland by the Tories and lost English councillors.

In Scotland, the SNP said it would form a minority government after winning its third election in a row.

Danish school bans Muslim students from wearing niqab

Copenhagen : An adult education centre in a Copenhagen suburb has told Muslim students that they can no longer attend classes unless they remove the niqab face veil.

The controversial move was an effort to promote "free and unhindered communication" which would be compromised by the face veils, RT online reported citing VUC Lyngby school which put it up on its Facebook page.

"Teaching takes place by means of communication. And this cannot be done if they’re wearing a niqab,” deputy headteacher Inge Voller told Metroxpress.

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