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Saudi woman receives award for promotion of Urdu

By Mohammed Shafeeq

Hyderabad: Sameera Aziz, a media personality and writer, has become the first woman from Saudi Arabia to be recognised for her work for the promotion of Urdu language.

She has been bestowed with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad special award by the Telangana government in recognition of her work to promote the language in Saudi Arabia.

The 35-year-old received the award on November 11, the birth anniversary of India's first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, which is celebrated as Minorities' Welfare Day by the state.

Taliban confirms clash with IS in South Afghanistan

Kabul,: Taliban militants confirmed the clash with the Islamic State (IS) in the southern Zabul province and suffering casualties, a statement of the armed outfit sent to media on Wednesday said.

"Since Mansoor Dadullah joined Daesh group in Zabul province recently and began disturbing the routine life of people there, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (name of ousted Taliban regime) launched operations against Dadullah couple of days ago and has brought the situation under control," Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.

Bangladesh shuts factories, 20,000 workers affected

Dhaka: Bangladesh has shut down 73 garment factories for safety reasons since the country's worst-ever industrial tragedy in 2013, affecting nearly 20,000 workers.

"A total of 37 factories were closed which affected 16,938 workers," Xinhua quoted Syed Ahmed, inspector general of the department of inspection of factories and establishments, as saying on Tuesday.

"Production has been suspended partially in another 36 factories with 2,041 workers affected," he said while revealing a latest garments assessment report.

Religious upbringing can make kids less generous

New York: Belying common perception, a new study has found that children from religious families are less likely to share their possessions with others than children from non-religious families.

Religious upbringing is also associated with more punitive tendencies in response to anti-social behaviour, the findings showed.

"Our findings contradict the common-sense and popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind toward others," said lead researcher Jean Decety, professor at the University of Chicago in the US.

Egyptian court postpones Mubarak's trial

Cairo: An Egypt court on Thursday postponed the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters in January 2011, a media report said.

The trial, the third and final one, was postponed till January 21, 2016, just days before the anniversary of the start of the 2011 upheavals, Xinhua reported.

This constitutes the third time the case is heard in court since Mubarak was deposed in 2011. However, this time Mubarak faces the court alone as all other defendants were acquitted.

Ghulam Ali's concert at Lucknow Mahotsava on: Official

Lucknow: Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, who on Wednesday announced he was cancelling all his scheduled concerts in India, will, however, go ahead with his performance at the Lucknow Mahotsava later this month, a top official said on Thursday.

Lucknow district magistrate Raj Shekhar told IANS that the organising committee members contacted the singer's programme coordinators and they confirmed that while other concerts were off, the event in Lucknow was very much on.

"We have confirmation that in Lucknow, Ghulam Ali will be coming to perform," he said.

ICSSR to sponsor conference on tackling and co-existing with 'Radical Islam' in Mathura

By Staff Reporter,

Delhi: A three-day international conference sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research on ‘How to understand and co-exist with radical Islam’, to be held in a college in Mathura plans to delve deep into how extremism in Islam threatens world peace and what efforts can be taken to counter its growth.

Controversy over Palestine-Saudi World Cup qualifier

Ramallah: For security reasons, world football governing body FIFA has asked Palestine to find a neutral venue in Asia to host its next two World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, but it has not been accepted by the Palestinians.

In a statement on Wednesday, FIFA said: "The Palestinian government confirmed that it could no longer guarantee the safety and security around the matches in question."

Saudi Arabia, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel, announced on Tuesday that they refused to play in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, reports Xinhua.

Pakistani journalist shot dead

Islamabad: A senior journalist was shot dead on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, police said.

Zaman Mehsud, who was associated with Urdu daily Ummat, came under attack when he left home on motorcycle in Tank district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Xinhua reported.

Two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire, injuring him. Locals shifted him to a hospital where he died.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, while police said the motive was unclear.

Terrorists killed over 700 Iraqis in October

United Nations: At least 714 Iraqis were killed and 1,269 others wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in October, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here on Monday.

While addressing a daily news briefing here, Dujarric quoted Jan Kubis, the UN secretary-general's special representative for Iraq, as saying that the figures illustrate the suffering of the people of Iraq from terrorism and conflict.

The latest casualty figures were contained in a report from the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).