Sushma offers free legal aid to Indian in Kuwait

New Delhi : Once again, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has used the social media to help an Indian facing trouble abroad.

"Pawan Kumar (Kuwait) - He is facing some criminal charges in Kuwait. We have offered him free legal aid," Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Sunday.

She was responding to a retweet by Simi Guddu who said that Pawan Kumar was "seeking your help".

Earlier, Kumar tweeted to Times Now's Arnab Goswami in Hindi that he was stuck in Kuwait for over three years now.

Muslim women most disadvantaged in Britain

London : Muslim women were the most economically disadvantaged group in British society, according to a report issued by MPs.

They were three times more likely to be unemployed and looking for a job than women generally and more than twice as likely to be economically inactive, the BBC on Thursday cited the report as saying.

Ministers must introduce a plan to tackle the inequalities before the end of the year, the MPs urged.

According to the report, evidence suggested that the biggest cause of the "acute" disadvantage felt by Muslim women was their religion.

Halal meat subsidized in China

Beijing : Several provincial and local governments throughout China have subsidized Muslims' purchases of halal meat this year.

According to the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, the policy has sparked controversy over whether the State should subsidize religious observance, the Global Times reported on Thursday.

Halal meat subsidies were first instituted in Wuhan, Hubei province in 2012 as meat prices rose, and several cities in China subsequently adopted this policy over the past four years.


Saudi King issues directives to address woes of Indian workers

By Irfan Mohammed

Jeddah : In a ray of hope for hundreds of distressed Indians and workers of other nationalities rendered jobless, Saudi Arabian King Salman has issued a series of directives to address their problems, and also earmarked Saudi Riyal 100 million ($26 million) for the workers.

According to a statement issued by Saudi labour ministry, Saudi Riyal 100 million ($26 million) has been earmarked to address the concerns of workers and end their sufferings.

US Muslim woman fired from work for wearing hijab

Washington : A muslim woman in the US was fired from her new job at a dental clinic for wearing a hijab to work.

Najaf Khan was hired as a dental assistant at Fair Oaks Dental Care in Fairfax County last week. She did not wear the hijab at her interview or on the first two days of employment.

"I was really upset. The day that it happened, I was devastated," NBC Washington quoted Khan as saying.

On her third day, she chose to wear the hijab as she felt that she would stay at the job and wearing it was part of her spiritual journey.

Bangladesh blocks 35 websites

Dhaka : The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has blocked 35 websites, a media report said on Friday.

The telecom regulator blocked online news portals Sheersha News and Amar Desh's websites, bdnews24 reported.

BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood told the media that " BD" was blocked on government orders. He did not assign any reason for the action.


Saudi King assisting stranded Indian workers: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said the King of Saudi Arabia has given instructions to help the thousands of Indian workers stuck in the Gulf kingdom, including giving them free passage back home.

The minister informed the Rajya Sabha that the Saudi King has instructed his officials to resolve the crisis faced by Indians.

Indonesian President inaugurates 12th Islamic World Forum

Jakarta : Indonesian President Joko Widodo opened the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum here on Tuesday, urging the Muslim community to use their fundamental powers to tackle global economy.

Speaking at the Jakarta Convention Centre, President Widodo said the Muslim community had the best demographic figures, apparently dominated by youths when compared to other communities, Xinhua news agency reported.

Indian mission in Jeddah working to get back pending arrears of workers

By Irfan Mohammed

Jeddah : As India said it will try to bring back over 10,000 Indians rendered jobless in the Gulf, the Indian diplomatic mission in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia is working on a mechanism to retrieve the pending arrears of the retrenched Indian workers from their Saudi employers.

Most Indian workers are unwilling to leave without getting back their money from the Saudi companies that have shut down.

India to bring back 10,000 workers from Saudi Arabia: Sushma

New Delhi : The government is making all efforts to bring back the 10,000 Indian workers rendered jobless in Saudi Arabia and is also providing them food in camps, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

She also said that Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to start the process.