End hatemongering is Bihar's message to Modi, says NYT

Washington: Bihar's electorate has sent Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a message: "Put an end to hatemongering", said the influential New York Times on Tuesday.

An editorial "A rebuke to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi" in the New York Times said that during a national election in India last year, Modi promised “development for all”.

As prime minister, he has yet to deliver big economic improvements, "but in the meantime, members of his government and political party have shredded his promise of inclusion by inflaming sectarian tensions".

Bangladesh shuts factories, 20,000 workers affected

Dhaka: Bangladesh has shut down 73 garment factories for safety reasons since the country's worst-ever industrial tragedy in 2013, affecting nearly 20,000 workers.

"A total of 37 factories were closed which affected 16,938 workers," Xinhua quoted Syed Ahmed, inspector general of the department of inspection of factories and establishments, as saying on Tuesday.

"Production has been suspended partially in another 36 factories with 2,041 workers affected," he said while revealing a latest garments assessment report.

American India Foundation raises $200,000 for India initiative

By Arun Kumar

Washington : American India Foundation (AIF) has raised $200,000 for its Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI), designed to reduce

maternal and child mortality in rural, impoverished areas of India.

Founded in 2001 at the initiative of then US President Bill Clinton, the community organisation engaged in catalysing social and economic change in India, raised the amount at its annual Washington DC gala Friday.

PM to visit Britain, Turkey

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a visit to Britain from November 12 and visit Turkey from November 14 for the G-20 summit.

In Facebook posts, Modi said his visit to Britain was aimed at strengthening cooperation with a traditional friend that was not only a major economic partner but also one of the world's leading economic players and home to a strong financial services sector.

"India and UK are two vibrant democracies, which are proud of their diversity and multicultural societies.

Religious upbringing can make kids less generous

New York: Belying common perception, a new study has found that children from religious families are less likely to share their possessions with others than children from non-religious families.

Religious upbringing is also associated with more punitive tendencies in response to anti-social behaviour, the findings showed.

"Our findings contradict the common-sense and popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind toward others," said lead researcher Jean Decety, professor at the University of Chicago in the US.

Gandhi Foundation’s International Peace Award for Norwegian promoting nuclear-free world

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

London : Tore Naerland, president of Norway-based organisation Bike for Peace, which seeks to initiate and develop a grassroots concern for the local environment as well as creating an understanding of the national and global consequences of the actions of individuals, communities and campaigns was awarded the International Peace Award on by The Gandhi Foundation on Wednesday.

Egyptian court postpones Mubarak's trial

Cairo: An Egypt court on Thursday postponed the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters in January 2011, a media report said.

The trial, the third and final one, was postponed till January 21, 2016, just days before the anniversary of the start of the 2011 upheavals, Xinhua reported.

This constitutes the third time the case is heard in court since Mubarak was deposed in 2011. However, this time Mubarak faces the court alone as all other defendants were acquitted.

ICSSR to sponsor conference on tackling and co-existing with 'Radical Islam' in Mathura

By Staff Reporter,

Delhi: A three-day international conference sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research on ‘How to understand and co-exist with radical Islam’, to be held in a college in Mathura plans to delve deep into how extremism in Islam threatens world peace and what efforts can be taken to counter its growth.

Controversy over Palestine-Saudi World Cup qualifier

Ramallah: For security reasons, world football governing body FIFA has asked Palestine to find a neutral venue in Asia to host its next two World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, but it has not been accepted by the Palestinians.

In a statement on Wednesday, FIFA said: "The Palestinian government confirmed that it could no longer guarantee the safety and security around the matches in question."

Saudi Arabia, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel, announced on Tuesday that they refused to play in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, reports Xinhua.

70 percent Indians are Pakistanis, says sarcastic Kapil Mishra

New Delhi: Seventy percent Indians who had not voted for the BJP are Pakistanis, Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra on Thursday said in a sarcastic tweet.

"SRK is Hafeez Saeed, Badal is Mandela, Modi is biggest thing happened to India and 70% Indians are Pakis (Pakistani) for not voting BJP," Mishra tweeted.

BJP MP Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday compared Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan with Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed after the actor said there was growing intolerance in India.