Over 10,000 Indian workers facing 'food crisis' in Saudi Arabia

New Delhi : In what has come as a shocking development, over 10,000 Indian workers in Saudi Arabia are facing a "food crisis", External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday.

"The number of Indian workers facing food crisis in Saudi Arabia is over Ten Thousand," Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet.

"It is not 800 as is being reported," she said.

Appealing to the over three million-strong expatriate Indian population in the Gulf kingdom to "help your brothers and sisters", she said: "There is nothing mightier than the collective will of Indian nation."

Indian embassy to appeal to Qatar SC for two on death row

New Delhi : The Indian embassy in Qatar is making preparations for an appeal to the country's Supreme Court on behalf of two Indians on death row and a third serving a life sentence in Qatar, the government said on Thursday.

While Subramanian Alagappa and Chilladurai Perumal have been sentenced to death, Sivakumar Archunan has been sentenced to life in prison on charges of murder of an elderly Qatari woman.

All the three convicted persons hail from Tamil Nadu.

Remembering Abdul Sattar Edhi & Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan, two icons of Pakistan

By Nasim Yousaf for

Pakistan recently lost another icon, Abdul Sattar Edhi, who died in Karachi at the age of eighty-eight. Edhi’s services for Pakistan shall be long remembered and he joins the ranks of other great South Asian icons, including the late social scientist Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan. This piece highlights the contributions of Mr. Edhi and Dr. Khan, who shared many similarities and were recognised around the world for their social service.

The murder of Qandeel Baloch and the ‘honour’ in killing

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Widespread human rights violation in Kashmir: Global civil society alliance

By TCN News,

Johannesburg (South Africa): CIVICUS, an international non-profit organization strongly condemned Indian government for clampdown over media and communication in Kashmir. It also denounced the excessive lethal force used on protestors by the law enforcement agencies.

CIVICUS describes itself as “a global alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world” and it focuses on regions where democracy and freedom of association are at risk.

India blames Pakistan for Kashmir trouble as valley stays calm

Srinagar/New Delhi : Amid a continuing curfew and media lockdown, the Kashmir Valley on Monday stayed calm barring a few stray incidents of stone throwing at security forces as India squarely blamed Pakistan for the unrest that has claimed over 40 lives in the past over 10 days.

Curfew remained in place all across the valley, hitting normal life for the 11th day. Shops, businesses, banks, private and government offices remained closed. People complained of severe hardships due to the security restrictions and separatist-called shutdown.

China calls for proper settlement of Kashmir clashes

Beijing : China on Monday called for proper settlement of clashes in Kashmir which have left more than 40 people dead.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China was concerned about the casualties due to violence in Kashmir which began on July 9, a day after a top militant was killed by security forces, Xinhua news agency reported.

Stressing that China's position on the Kashmir issue has been consistent, Lu said Beijing hoped that relevant parties could resolve the issue through peaceful means.

California removes Islamophobic contents from syllabus and corrects Islamic history

State Board of Education accepts some of the recommendations from scholars to reverse Islamophobic edits pushed by US based Hindu nationalist groups

By TCN News,

California: In a significant move State Board of Education has reversed some of the Islamophobic content that had been earlier injected into the California curriculum and corrected history of Islam in South Asia.

Noam Chomsky speaks on Kashmir turmoil, compares it with Palestine

By Siddhant Mohan,

Boston/Srinagar - In an email conversation with Mehboob Makhdoomi, Expert on Kashmir situation and Socio-Political commentator from Harvard, American linguist and political activist Prof. Noam Chomsky compared the conditions in Kashmir to that of Palestine.

India's Nalanda among 9 new cultural sites added to World Heritage List

Istanbul : The World Heritage Committee on Friday added nine new cultural sites, including India's Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara, to the prestigious World Heritage List.

The committee, at its 40th session in Istanbul, made the decisions following a day-long review of some of the 27 nominations submitted from around the world for this year, Xinhua news agency reported.

The new inscriptions include the sites from China, Iran, Micronesia, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Britain and a joint nomination by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia also.