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Close to 6,000 poor patients treated free by IMRC in 12 days in three States

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net

Kerala:The 7th annual India Health Initiative-2016, a program created by US-based NGO India Muslim Relief and Charities (IMRC) to provide medical services to poorest of poor in India, concluded with its last free health camp organised in Engapuza village of Kozhikode district, Kerala on March 6, 2016.

South Africa marks International Human Rights Day

Cape Town : South Africans on Monday marked the International Human Rights Day, with President Jacob Zuma calling for the fight against rising racism, which has led to tension in the country.

"There is still a long way to go before we can say we have successfully reversed the impact of institutionalised racism in our country or to remove prejudice amongst those who subscribe to the notion of white supremacy," Xinhua quoted Zuma as saying.

He urged all South Africans, black and white, to "become part of this journey to a new society".

Pakistan should not live by 'Islam in Danger' slogan: Husain Haqqani

New Delhi : Pakistan's former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani said the country should not live by the slogan 'Pakistan in Danger' and it should focus on friendly relationship with India.

Haqqani's speech on Thursday was played as a recorded video message at the ongoing Penguin Spring Fever Literary festival as he could not make it to the event.

Clarifying his absence, Haqqani said that he could not avail the visa as he applied late and it takes very long for a Pakistani to get an Indian visa.

Bomb hoax at Delhi airport; one flight delayed, another cancelled

New Delhi : A bomb threat call led to panic on one domestic and another international flight at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here on Thursday morning as passengers were hurriedly deplaned. Though the bomb threat was later found to be a hoax, one flight was delayed while the other was cancelled.

Police said a call was received at the Gurgaon-based centre of Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) at 10.04 a.m. that claimed bombs had been placed on the Kathmandu-bound Royal Nepal Airlines flight RA 206 and the Bhubaneswar-bound Air India flight AI 075.

Power of one million elected women influencing communities: Maneka

By Arul Lewis

United Nations: As India challenges centuries-old biases, the power of one million elected women is influencing communities across India through the local self-government bodies, according to Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi.

"During the last seven decades, we have achieved significant success in the political sphere by taking the democratic institutions for local self-government right down to the local governance level, Gandhi told the UN Commission on the Status of Women Tuesday.

Mother Teresa to be canonised on September 4: Pope

Vatican city: The Pope during consistory of cardinals on Tuesday announced September 4 as the date for Mother Teresa's canonisation, the media reported.

After months of anticipation, the date for Mother Teresa's canonisation was announced as September 4, which this year will also mark a special jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy, Catholic News Agency cited Pope Francis as saying.

The Pope had cleared the way in December for sainthood for the Nobel peace laureate, who died in 1997 aged 87.

Nepal to have first woman chief justice

By Anil Giri

Kathmandu : After its first woman president and speaker, Nepal is set to have its first woman chief justice.

A meeting of the Judicial Council on Monday recommended Sushila Karki, the seniormost judge in Nepal's Supreme Court, as the next chief justice of the country.

The Judicial Council decided to forward her name to the Constitutional Council headed by the prime minister which is responsible for approving the head of the judiciary.

Karki will take charge once President Bidhya Devi Bhandari clears her nomination.

Anti-migration party records large gains in German regional elections

Berlin : Germany's anti-migration party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), has recorded remarkable gains in Germany's regional elections on Sunday and is able to break into three more German state parliaments, according to first projections.

Eligible voters have cast their ballots in the southwestern states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate as well as eastern Saxony-Anhalt to elect three new regional parliaments, Xinhua reported.

Two killed, 3,000 displaced in Indonesian floods

Jakarta: At least two people were killed, three went missing and around 3,000 forced to flee their homes as floods hit Indonesia's Java province, official said on Sunday.

The floods occurred on Saturday as heavy rain caused waters of the Citarum river in Bandung district to overflow and submerge large areas in the district, Xinhua quoted an official of disaster agency as saying.

The flood waters affected over 24,000 people in the district, said the official.

23 Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lanka

Colombo: At least 23 Indian fishermen were arrested in Sri Lanka for poaching in the country's waters, the media reported on Sunday.

The fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan navy in the seas off the town of Mannar and were handed over to the police, Xinhua news agency reported.

The police said that the navy handed over the fishermen and three boats to them in Mannar.

The fishermen are between the age of 15 and 56, the police said. They will be produced before a court on Sunday.

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