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.

Muslim cleric denies supporting IS, asks Cameron to apologise

London : A South London Muslim cleric on Thursday demanded an apology from David Cameron after the prime minister last month accused him of supporting Islamic State because he attacked Labour’s London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan.

Muslim community leader Suliman Gani has firmly denied that he supports the IS terrorist group. He said the allegations were particularly surprising since he was a Conservative voter and had even been invited by a Tory candidate to attend a forum encouraging Muslims to become councillors, RT online reported.

Top Chinese Communist Party politburo leader visiting India

New Delhi : Han Zheng, member of the politburo of the Communist Party of China and party secretary of Shanghai, is visiting India from Thursday.

Han, who is coming on an invitation extended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, is being accompanied by a strong business delegation and will visit New Delhi, Agra, Bengaluru and Mumbai, external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in his weekly media briefing here on Thursday.

UAE honoured for supporting women in parliament

Abu Dhabi : The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) has honoured the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its pioneering step of electing Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi as the first woman Speaker in the Arab world and the Middle East.

Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC), who is currently heading the UAE's delegation to the WIP summit in Jordan's capital Amman, received the certificate of appreciation on Wednesday.

Brandeis University’s conference on Caste discussed contemporary issues

Brandeis University conference on Caste

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Myanmar to promote, protect labour rights

Nay Pyi Taw : Myanmar has pledged to promote and protect labour rights, including ending forced labour and stronger enforcement of child labour law in the country, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population said on Monday.

In a statement, the ministry invited all interested partners to join with the government in its efforts to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on labour-related issues, Xinhua news agency reported.