UN General Assembly President-elect to visit India

By Arul Louis

United Nations : Sustainable development will be high on the agenda when General Assembly President-elect Peter Thomson visits India next week and meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"My main interest will be to discuss how the UN can assist and accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," he said in a statement before his departure Wednesday.

The 2030 Agenda is a set of 17 goals for global development adopted in 2015 by world leaders with 2030 as the deadline for meeting them.


Hajj stoning ritual to be shortened: Saudi officials

Riyadh : In the wake of last year's Hajj stampede tragedy that killed hundreds of pilgrims, Saudi Arabia authorities have cut short the stoning ritual period by 12 hours, a media report said.

The symbolic stoning of the devil will be performed as usual over three days beginning September 11 at Mina, about five kilometres east of Mecca's Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest site.

Students from India, Pakistan exchange greeting cards on Independence Day

By TCN News

In an effort to promote peaceful relations among India and Pakistan, Mumbai-based Ecole Mondiale World School sent greeting cards on Independence Day to Unique School Academy, Lahore, Pakistan. This card exchange was facilitated by Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a joint Indo-Pak friendship initiative.

Hasina cabinet okays life term for dishonouring 1971 War, Bangabandhu

Dhaka : The Bangladesh cabinet on Monday approved a draft law with a provision of life imprisonment and Taka 1 crore fine for dishonouring the 1971 Liberation War or the nation's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The proposed Digital Security Act, 2016, law states that anyone spreading propaganda against the Liberation War or Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman using digital devices will face the penalty, Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam told journalists following the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.


177 Indonesians bound for Haj detained in Manila with fake passports

Jakarta : A group of 177 Indonesians were detained in the Philippines on Saturday after attempting to board a flight to Saudi Arabia for the annual Haj pilgrimage using fake Philippine passports.

The Indonesians were reportedly about to board an early morning flight on Friday to Medina when they were apprehended by immigration personnel at Manila International Airport, who discovered that the group were unable to speak any Philippine language or dialect, EFE news reported.


18 Jamaat activists arrested from Dhaka school

Dhaka : At least 18 Jamaat-e-Islami activists were arrested here on Friday from a school run by executed war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami's wife, police said.

Police said they were arrested from the Islamic International School and College in Dhaka's Badda locality, bdnews24 reported.

Nizami was hanged on May 11 this year for war crimes including mass murder, rapes, violence etc. He was the third minister to be executed for war crimes.

He was the chief of Jamaat party which actively opposed Bangladesh's liberation from Pakistan during nine months long war in 1971.

Distressed Indian workers in Saudi Arabia have only two options

New Delhi/Jeddah : Indian workers in Saudi Arabia retrenched by three Saudi companies have only two options left -- either to return to India or to relocate to a different company in the Gulf kingdom.

Explaining the situation faced by the retrenched Indian workers of Saudi Oger, Saudi-bin Laden and Saad Group, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in his weekly media briefing in New Delhi on Thursday that Saudi authorities have offered to facilitate speedy repatriation of those seeking to return home or to assist those wishing to relocate.

Oldest human bone found in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : Archaeologists have discovered the "world's oldest human bone" in Saudi Arabia, the media reported on Thursday.

The bone is a part of the middle finger of a human being believed to have lived 90,000 years ago, rendering it the oldest human trace found in the Arabian Peninsula, Xinhua news agency reported.

The bone was discovered during excavations at Tayma, where a large oasis exists with a long history of habitation, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage said.


Racial inequality 'entrenched in Britain'

London : Blacks and ethnic minorities in Britain still face "entrenched" race inequality in many areas, including education and health, a report issued on Thursday said.

A review by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which also looked at employment, housing, pay, and criminal justice, found an "alarming picture", the BBC reported.

Black graduates earn on average 23.1 per cent less than white ones, and more ethnic minorities are unemployed, the report found.


‘Cow Holy, Dalit Unholy?’: Ambedkar group raises slogan during protest rallies in USA

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Detroit: Giving a global voice to the ongoing protests against the caste atrocities committed in India against Dalits, the Ambedkar Association of North America (AANA) took out protest marches demonstrating support for #ChaloUna Freedom march at many places in USA.