New EU copyright laws to ensure fair play for web publishers

London : In a bid to address the challenges faced by digital news stakeholders, the European Commission on Wednesday unveiled new proposals to protect the copyright of news organisations, web publishers, authors and others.

The proposals aim to make EU laws fit for purpose in a digital environment.

International probe into Kashmir violence crucial, says UN rights chief

United Nations : Amid continuing unrest in Kashmir, the UN Human Rights chief has said it is crucial that an independent, impartial and international mission be given free access to Indian as well as Pakistan-administered Kashmir to assess the situation on both sides of the border.

Morocco on maximum security alert during Eid celebrations

Rabat : Morocco has put its security services on maximum security alert over terror threat during Eid al-Adha celebrations, local media reported on Saturday.

The annual festival is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, which marks the end of the spiritual peak of the annual pilgrimage or Haj in Arabic, when pilgrims descend from the hill of Arafat to the nearby holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Eid al-Adha will take place on Monday in Morocco, Xinhua news agency reported.


UK’s regulatory body warns right-wing organisation to stay away from RSS

By M Ghazali Khan,

London: Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), a right-wing organisation based in the UK, has been instructed to keep away from its parent body Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in India.

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.