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Eight Rohingya migrants killed in Bangladesh boat capsize

Dhaka, (IANS): A boat carrying Rohingya migrants capsized off the coast of Bangladesh, leaving eight dead and over 40 missing, a police official said on...

Iraqi PM starts visit to UAE

By Xinhua, Abu Dhabi : Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrived here Sunday, starting a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the official Emirates News Agency reported. Maliki, accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising ministers of interior, trade, industry and mining, was received upon arrival by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, and a number of senior officials, the report said.

Shabnum Wani: A Half widow who feels betrayed by both the Government and the...

In the last of the five personal stories of half widows, Raqib Hameed Naik narrates the story of Shabnum Wani. Bemina (Srinagar): On ...

Senegal: A secular nation with rich Islamic heritage

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat, Senegal remains one of the most peaceful nations in the African continent. With a massive 95% Muslim population Senegal was a...

Cyclone ‘Khai Muk’ builds over Bay of Bengal

By IANS, Dhaka : Exactly a year after Cyclone Sidr left a wide swathe of destruction, Bangladesh was Saturday facing grim prospects of being hit by Cyclone Khai Muk, building over the Bay of Bengal's south-western reaches off India's Andhra Pradesh coast. The cyclone is likely to intensify further and move in a northwesterly direction, and is likely to cross Andhra Pradesh coast near Machilipatnam by this noon, Star Online said.

Bangladesh tries to farm hilsa in ponds

By IANS, Dhaka : Bangladesh is attempting to farm hilsa fish, the country's most delectable foreign exchange earner, in ponds. Researchers at Chandpur Fisheries Research Institute have taken to farming the hilsa in ponds, seeking to belie a common perception that hilsa fish can survive only in rivers. Work has been on since 1988, but there was no breakthrough till now. Chief Scientific Officer of the institute Anisur Rahman hopes to succeed this time, The Daily Star reported Thursday.

Rohingyas urge India to create conditions conducive for their return

By Mohammed Shafeeq Hyderabad, Oct 22 (IANS) Rohingya refugees living here have appealed to the Indian government to mount pressure on Myanmar to create conditions...

Myanmar urges Bangladesh to extradite 1,300 ‘rebel’ Rohingyas

Naypyidaw (IANS): Myanmar said on Thursday that it has asked Bangladesh to arrest and extradite more than 1,300 Rohingyas suspected of taking part in...


डॉक्टर नदीम ज़फर जिलानी, मेनचेस्टर, इंगलैंड चलो अब दफ़्न करते हैं, हंसी को, मुस्कराहट को, शरारत, गुदगुदी को,

Former IAS officer moots pressure group of Indian Muslims

By Mohammad Shafeeq Hyderabad : A group of educated Muslims is planning to float a pressure group which will subsequently lead to a pan-India political...

What the nation actually wants to know tonight

A study by Media Studies Group on response to Caravan article on Arnab Goswami By Shaheen Nazar,

Appeal to boycott Israeli Products gaining momentum

By TCN News, Mumbai: After the call to boycott Israeli Products by the leaders and hoteliers in Mumbai, thousands of citizens in Mira Road, Mumbai took a pledge to boycott Israeli products on Sunday.

Alliance for Justice And Accountability launches campaign to protest PM’s Silicon Valley Visit

By TCN News, San Jose, CA: In anticipation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the Bay Area on September 27, 2015, the...

Hasina seeks quick solution to Rohingya problem

Asansol (West Bengal) (IANS): A day after seeking the cooperation of the international community to ensure Myanmar took back the Rohingya refugees, Bangladesh Prime...

UAE’s insurance company offers circumcision coverage

By IANS/WAM, Abu Dhabi : A United Arab Emirates (UAE) health insurance company has announced inclusion of male circumcision costs in its comprehensive enhanced insurance plans.

Saudi men lobby for remarriages of widows, divorcees

Riyadh : A group of Saudi men have formed a society to promote remarriages of widows and divorcees within the existing system of polygamy...

Khaleda Zia’s mother dies, family gets parole

By IANS Dhaka : Former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia and her two sons, all in jail, will get a brief parole to pay last respects to Zia's mother who died after a prolonged illness. Taiyaba Majumdar, 87, died at her family home in Dinajpur in northern Bangladesh Friday night after a prolonged illness. Inspector General of Police (Prisons) Brig. Gen. Zakir Hasan told The Daily Star at around 1.30 a.m. that as per Zia's wishes her mother Taiyaba Majumdar's body would be brought to her Dhaka cantonment residence by a helicopter.

Gang in Britain jailed for rape as Eid celebrations

By IANS, London: A group of Muslim men in Britain was jailed for a total of 38 years after they abducted and raped two teenage girls as part of their Eid celebrations.

Graft charges against Hasina in Mig purchase quashed

By IANS, Dhaka: The Dhaka High Court in Bangladesh Tuesday quashed the charges of corruption against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed in the procurement of Russian fighter plane Mig-29. The court observed that there was no element of misappropriation of state fund by the prime minister in this case, which was filed with an ulterior motive to damage her image and popularity.

Cherishing Jacinda Ardern as NZ ushers in new world order of high public morality

By Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood  I cherish Jacinda Ardern as my daughter. At her very young age she has catapulted herself to the likes of...

Did Lucknow make Jinnah communal?

By special correspondent,

MUSIAD and Muslim Economic Forum India to cooperate in promoting India-Turkey economic relations

TCN News, New Delhi: A delegation of Independent Industrialists and Businessmen Association (MUSIAD) from Turkey held a meeting with the Muslim Economic Forum India (MEFI)...

Aaghaz-e-Dosti conducts first Indo-Pak peace workshop in Delhi

By TCN News, New Delhi: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a cross-border Friendship Initiative, conducted the first Indo-Pak peace workshop on May 30 with the Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion, an organisation that works for the welfare and empowerment of the socially marginalized at the Indian Social Institute.

IFF holds health awareness seminar for women in Dammam

By Muhammed Iqbal for, Dammam (Saudi Arabia): An eclectic mix of medical and health-related topics was deliberated at a Health Awareness seminar exclusively organized for ladies by India Fraternity Forum (IFF) on 19th February at Paragon Auditorium, Dammam.

Rights organizations worldwide urge US Commission on religious freedom to designate India as a...

In a letter sent on April 12 to USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin and the eight other Commissioners, the signees said “the behavior” of India’s...

UAE to reopen its embassy in Baghdad

By IANS, Abu Dhabi : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) would soon reopen its embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, which was closed two years ago when one of its diplomats was kidnapped and later released. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan made the announcement Thursday. "The new ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Iraq will also be named soon," the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) quoted Sheikh Abdullah, who is currently on a visit to Iraq, as saying.

Four journalists get UAE’s Indian media award

Dubai : Four UAE-based Indian journalists have been conferred with the annual Chiranthana Media Award 2013 for helping expatriates in distress through their work...

India, Pakistan to celebrate richness of Urdu in Delhi

New Delhi: Indian and Pakistani writers Intizar Hussain, Javed Akhtar, Ashok Vajpayee, and Nida Fazli, among others will participate in an Urdu festival in...

Prominent Indian religious leaders condemn Israel actions in Palestine, appreciate India’s stand on Palestine...

President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Syed Sadatullah Husaini urged the all justice-loving countries of the world should not merely condemn this blatant aggression, but also...

Jamia alumni hold annual ‘Jamia Campus across the Sea’ event in Riyadh

First ever Kingdom wide Jamia alumni directory also released on the occasion. By TCN News, Riyadh, KSA: The prestige of Jamia Millia Islamia is reflected in the fact that six academics from the University are currently heading six different Universities as Vice Chancellors, said Professor Mushahid Hussain, former head of Jamia’s Nanotechnology Department and currently the Vice Chancellor of Rohilkhand University, while speaking on the occasion of ‘A Jamia Campus across the Sea’,the annual feat of Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni Association (JMIAA) held in Riyadh on May 14, 2015.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s role in uniting different religious groups is unforgettable: JIH

In a condolence message, the JIH President said "Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was undoubtedly an outstanding thinker who had a profound impact on our times....

A new way of thinking about Islam

By Usama Khalidi, A new Islam is rising in America largely under the media’s radar, which is routinely and profitably focused on the more competitively conservative, and violent, Islam of the Boko Haram of Nigeria, the Taliban of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and now the infamous ISIS, the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”, founders of a newly minted “Caliphate”. Consider this:

Bangladesh constitution to retain ‘Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim’

By IANS, Dhaka : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the phrase "Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim" would not be excluded from the constitution that will be reviewed by a parliamentary committee formed last Wednesday. She did not elaborate during her address in parliament Thursday. This would mean that 'secularism' will not be restored as one of the basic tenets of the 1972 constitution, political observers said.

HC asks Centre to submit report on Zakir Naik’s IRF ban

  New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the Union government to file a report on the plea of NRI televangelist Zakir Naik...

Somali pirates hijack Yemeni cargo ship, demand ransom

By DPA, Sanaa (Yemen) : Somali pirates have hijacked a Yemeni cargo ship in the Arabian Sea and demanded $2 million as ransom for its release, maritime sources said Tuesday. The sources in the south-eastern Yemeni port of Mukalla told reporters that the vessel, Erina, was attacked as it sailed from Mukalla to the Indian Ocean island of Socotra on Nov 19. Armed pirates took the ship to the port of Eyl in the semi-autonomous Puntland region in northern Somalia, they said.

Seventh Aman Chaupal in Delhi School

By TCN News, New Delhi: On 24th April, Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an Indo-Pak initiative of India-based Mission Bhartiyam and Pakistan-based The Catalyst – TC, organized its seventh Aman Chaupal in Delhi University’s Social Centre Co-ed School.

How the Taliban has turned extortion into a gold mine

By Can Merey, DPA, Kabul : Creating an Islamic emirate and getting rid of all the infidels. Those are the declared goals of Afghanistan's Taliban militants. The war of the self-styled religious warriors, who have been resisting tens of thousands of foreign solders, does not come cheap. Afghanistan's private sector does its share to finance the insurgency - albeit not entirely voluntarily. Those who want to do business in the south have to pay protection money to the Taliban.

Israel ‘will eat’ Iran? French minister’s English ouches

By DPA, Paris : The difficulties the French have in pronouncing the letter "h" landed the country's foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, in hot water. Israeli media quoted the minister as saying Israel "will eat" Iran if the Islamic Republic gained possession of nuclear weapons, prompting Kouchner's office to issue a statement of clarification Sunday. Kouchner wanted to say in an interview given in English that Israel would "hit" Iran if it developed nuclear weapons. But journalists apparently mistook his pronunciation of "hit" for "eat," the statement said.

किस पर बरसेंगे ये बाण?

By उमंग कुमार, ८००० मिसाइलों का कोई क्या कर सकता है​ ​? कहाँ-कहाँ तैनात होंगे इतने मिसाइल​ ​? किन-किन दुश्मनों के सिरों, ज़मीनों, घरों, अस्पतालों​ इत्यादि ​पर गिरेंगे यह अस्त्र? ​कितने बड़े या व्यापक युद्ध की आकांशा की जा रही है​ ​? ​यह पूछना वा​जिब ​​​ है ​क्योंकि अभी हाल ही में, अक्टूबर की खबर के मुताबिक़, भारत ने इस्रायल से ३२,००० करोड रुपयों की लागत से ८,००० से अधिक "स्पाइक" नामक मिसाइलों की खरीद पक्की की है | वैसे, यह ८,००० मिसाइल तो पूर्ती मात्र हैं - भारत के सेना की ज़रूरत ४०, ००० मिसाइलों की बताई गयी है | आप ही अंदाजा लगाइए की कितना भारी इंतज़ाम है यह |

Nine African Boxers & Coach Highly-Impressed by Muslim Culture Embrace Islam

By Pervez Bari,, Bhopal: Highly-impressed by the Muslim culture and the Pakistani hospitality, six visiting Central African Republic, (CAR), and three Cameroon boxers and their coach converted from Christianity to Islam at a simple ceremony in a Karachi hotel on Tuesday. According to a news story posted with byline Shazad Ali on web news portal the six pugilists from CAR – Gbodo Ygor, Selebangue Bienvenu, Vomitiande Huges, Grassa Thibault, Niambongui Davy and Ngocko Martial – had announced on Monday there wish to be converted to Islam.

‘ANP should give up pro-India agenda’

By IANS, Islamabad: The Awami National Party (ANP) should give up its "pro-India" agenda and support the construction of the Kalabagh Dam in Punjab province which will solve the shortage of water and power in Pakistan, an editorial in a leading Urdu paper said Saturday.

Lack of toilets, water pumps complicating Rohingya crisis

Dhaka, (IANS): The lack of toilets and well-maintained manual water pumps have complicated the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh, according to a UN report. The report released...

Muslim Congresswoman experiences increase in death threats

Washington, April 15 (IANS) Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has said that in the days since President Donald Trump tweeted about a speech she gave...

Global fraternity must come forward for Palestinian cause – Grand Mufti of Palestine

By Syed Khaled Shahbaaz,, Hyderabad: Unveiling the truth about the turbulent situation in the State of Palestine, the Grand Mufti of Palestine His Holiness Muhammed A M Hussein said that Palestine is beleaguered by Israeli forces who have seized the liberty of education, travel, and even religious freedom from Palestinians. In a rough development in Palestine, the Israeli forces have even curtailed Palestinians from offering prayers in Al-Aqsa - the Holy mosque in Jerusalem but those who are aged 50 years or more.

Indian expats conduct blood donation drive in Jeddah for help Hajj pilgrims

By TCN News, Jeddah, KSA: Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ) collaborated with King Fahad Hospital (KFHJ) to lead a major blood donation campaign in the city for the Hajj pilgrims. TNTJ is a social organization based in South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

2,000-year-old objects found in Pakistan’s Taxila

By IANS, Islamabad: About 200 objects dating back to the first century AD have been found during excavations near Pakistan's ancient site of Taxila.

Four killed in Iraq violence, gunmen seize town

By IANS, Baghdad : Gunmen seized a Sunni town in Iraq's Salahudin province after clashes with security forces Thursday while bomb attacks in Baghdad and...

Indian man commits suicide in UAE

Dubai: A 24-year-old Indian man was found dead Saturday at his home in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a media report said. The man, identified...

Eid celebration that lasts 30 days

By Anas Nilambur for,

Pakistan: 14,000 teachers to be recruited in Sindh province

By NNN-APP, Karachi : As many as 14,000 schoolteachers would be recruited in the province of Sindh to overcome shortages of teaching staff and to strengthen the education system in the province. Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy, Pir Mazhar ul Haq said this during a news conference in his office here on Wednesday. The Minister said that the 14,000 posts of schoolteachers would be advertised soon.

Indian engineer arrested in Saudi Arabia

By TCN News Riyadh: Fasih Mahmood, an engineer from Darbhanga, Bihar was arrested by Saudi Police on Sunday and now waiting to be deported to India.

“Jinnah Jaswant Bhai Bhai”

By Shafee Ahmed Ko “Jinnah-Jaswant, Bhai Bhai” seems to be the new slogan since Jaswant Singh sings a new song on Mohamed Ali Jinnah, Father of Pakistan eulogizing him in new political biography, 'Jinnah: India-Partition, Independence’.

Palestinian honour for Indo-Arab League chairman

Hyderabad : Palestine will confer 'Star of Jerusalem', the highest civilian award, on Syed Vicaruddin, chairman of Indo-Arab League, in recognition of his support...

Iraq & Syria conflict not Shia-Sunni clash; requires political solution: Muslim leaders

By TCN News, Mumbai, June 23: Prominent social, educational, religious and human rights Muslim NGOs, based in Mumbai, strongly condemn the human rights abuses and unchecked killing spree of innocent people in Iraq and Syria, whether it is by the ISIS(L), the forces of Bashar-al-Assad or Iraqi Army under Noori-al-Maliki.

Human Rights Protection Association condemns Rajnath Singh’s Israel visit

By Staff reporter, At a time when one after another countries are sidelining Israel, Indian Home Minister’s visit will send wrong message to...

Transmission of “Azan” via satellite launched in Ajman Emirate

By NNN-WAM, Ajman (UAE) : The unified broadcast of the "Azan" (call for prayer) which is transmitted via satellite has been launched in the emirate. The programme ensures that live "Azan" is transmitted via satellite to all mosques at the same time, thus unifying the call for prayer from a single source.

Muslim group break Ramadan fast with Irish LGBT community

Dublin : A Muslim group aimed at fostering peace and integration in Ireland has joined members of the country’s LGBT community to break fast...

12 Farvardin, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Day

By IRNA, Tehran : The Iranian nation, after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, made the historic and decisive choice of voting for the establishment of an Islamic Republic system through a two-day referendum held in March 1979, prior to April 1. Over 98.2 percent of Iranians in the referendum voted ’yes’ to the Islamic Republic form of government, and since then April 1 has been observed every year as the Islamic Republic Day and a public holiday.

An Appeal by Pakistani Hindu Refugees in India

By, New Delhi: Around hundred Pakistani refugees are sitting on an indefinite Dharna at Jantar Mantar with a plea to Indian government to establish a permanent mechanism bring lasting solutions in the deteriorated conditions of Pak Hindu Migrants in India. Following is a note circulated by them, signed by Hindu Singh Sodha, President, Seemant Lok Sangathan/Universal Just Action Society.

Emirates India Fraternity Forum (EIFF) organizes ‘Hubbu Rasool’ at Abu Dhabi

By TCN News, Abu Dhabi: Emirates India Fraternity Forum (EIFF) Abu Dhabi sector organized a programme for expatriate Indians on the life and message of Prophet Muhammad (SWAS) on the occasion of Rabi-ul-Awwal month.

Enhancing understanding of Muslim communities in South Asia

Book review: Being Muslim in South Asia By Kashif-ul-Huda,, History of Islam in South Asia is almost as old as Islam in Arabia. Population of Arab nations is estimated to be 370 million while more than 500 million Muslims live in South Asian countries. But Arab-centric writings on Islam have done a great disservice.

Indian Muslims stand in solidarity with Peshawar victims; call Taliban attack ‘height of barbarity’

By M Reyaz and Mudassir Rizwan,, New Delhi / Patna: In the moment of grief, most Indians have stood in solidarity with the families of victims of the brutal Peshawar killings, where in a desperate attack Taliban terrorists killed over 140 persons, including 132 school children of a school run by Pakistan army.

Six people killed by suicide bomb north of Baghdad

By Xinhua, Baghdad : A suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck a checkpoint outside an anti-Qaida armed group base north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least six people and wounding 18 others, a well-informed police source said.

Bomb blast kills 10 in Pakistan

By Xinhua, Islamabad : At least 10 people, including five children, were killed Saturday in a powerful bomb blast in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, the police said. The blast occurred near a school bus in the Kakshal area in the capital of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), TV reports said citing police officials. Sixteen other children were also injured in the blast. The injured were rushed to hospitals. Meanwhile, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani have strongly condemned the bomb blast.

78 ordinances promulgated by caretaker government in Gangladesh to be scrapped

By NNN-APP, Dhaka : The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has dropped 78 ordinances out of 122 promulgated by the immediate past army-backed caretaker government and directed Law Ministry to prepare remaining 44 as bills which would be placed in parliament for passage. “The fate of the rest of the ordinances will be decided by the House,” Law Minister Shafiq Ahmed disclosed this after a meeting with legal experts. The experts told a special committee that most of the 122 ordinances made by the caretaker government were “not justifiable”.

AMU students protest against genocide in Gaza

By TCN News, Aligarh: A Protest march was organised last Friday by Students of Aligarh Muslim University and Resident Doctor’s Association, JNMC AMU against the invasion of Israel on Gaza and to support the legitimate struggle of the people of Palestine. Thousands of the people marched from Jamia Masjid Sir Syed Hall AMU to Bab e Syed to condemn the peoples massacre in Palestine.

Bihar government to organize NRIs’ conference in Patna

By TCN News, Patna: After a brief meeting with Bihar Chief Minister, UAE chapter of AMU Alumni Forum has said that Bihar government is keen...

Love in the age of intolerance: A story from Dubai that restores faith in...

In the age of intolerance where humanity seems to be divided by border and religion, a number Muslim professionals of India went out...

Aligarh Alumni in Saudi Arabia Remember Visionary Founder

Historic university's influence extends to the Land of Two Holy Mosques By Siraj Wahab for,

Protests continue across country against Israeli attack on Gaza, people turn in large number...

By Staff Reporter, New Delhi: People in large number have been turning up across several towns and cities to protest against the Israeli attack on Gaza. While condemning the attack on innocent civilians, protesters have expressed their solidarity with Palestinians.

India’s Kailash Satyarthi shares Peace Prize with Pakistan’s Malala

Oslo : Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi Friday shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistani teenager Malala Yousufzai who stood up to the Taliban and survived a near-fatal shooting.
Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzay

Rebels blow up ancient mosque in Syria

Damascus : The Syrian opposition militants Sunday blew up an ancient mosque in the northern city of Aleppo, a media report said. The militants blew...

Humans are killing machine with or without religion

By Md Sharique Anwer, On December 7, 2015 some extremists attacked Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine office in Paris, France killing at least 12 people for publishing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

“They want us out of here,” Rohingya refugees displaced by massive fire at Delhi...

On June 12, a massive fire destroyed a Rohingya refugee Camp in Okhla’s Madanpur Khadar in New Delhi, displacing nearly 270 refugees. Although nobody...

Zia’s son figures in Siemens bribery scandal

By IANS, Dhaka : In a scandal that could be embarrassing in the run-up to the parliamentary polls, former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia's son has been accused of facilitating the entry of telecom giant Siemens in the country's mobile phone network for monetary gains. As the international media ran reports about how the corporate giant and its subsidiaries bribed government officials to win contracts in countries across the world, Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Koko's name came up in the Bangladesh part.

Simla Accord a ‘triumph’ for Pakistan: Benazir in book

By Dipankar De Sarkar, IANS London : Despite negotiating with his back to the wall, former Pakistani prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto managed to notch up "quite a triumph" in the Simla Accord he signed with India in 1972, his daughter says in an autobiography published posthumously Tuesday.

बनारस में कौमी एकता का महासम्मलेन, गूढ़ प्रश्नों पर खामोश रहे वक्ता

सिद्धांत मोहन, वाराणसी: कल बनारस में कौमी-एकता को लेकर एक बड़ा कार्यक्रम आयोजित किया गया, जिसमें नगर और देश के बड़े मौलवियों, धर्मगुरुओं और महंतों ने शिरकत की. इस ‘कौमी यकजहती सर्वधर्म एकता महासम्मेलन’ का आयोजन बनारस स्थित अस्थायी हज हाउस में किया गया था.

How did Mina Stampede happen – Who is Responsible for it – Saudi Arabia...

By Dr.Ajmal 769 Haj piligrims died in the Mina Stampede, and the preceding week around 107 died in the Crane Crash in...

Win for SIO : Supreme Court asks Center to include Urdu in NEET 2018... Staff Reporter Delhi : Following a plea by the Student Islamic Organization (SIO), the Supreme Court today directed central government today to include Urdu...

Afghani woman alleges fraud marriage by Major, Army starts probe

By IANS, New Delhi : The Indian Army is probing charges that one of its doctors allegedly duped a young Afghan woman into wedlock despite being married, a senior army official said Tuesday. A day after Kabul resident Sabra Khan met Home Minister P.C. Chidambaram here seeking permission to prosecute Major Chandrashekhar Pant, the Indian Army said that a probe has already been initiated into the charge. "The matter is under investigation and further action will be taken based on the facts emerging from it," Director General of Medical Services (Army) Lt.

Pakistani govt keen to attract foreign investment in various sectors: PM

By APP, Islamabad : Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said the new democratic government was keen to attract foreign investment in various sectors and will ensure level playing field for both local and foreign investors.\ He identified power generation, construction of low cost housing, small and big dams, cement and mineral development as the major areas of investment in view of the growing demand of housing and electricity in the country.

UNDP Bangladesh director quits following staff resentment

By IANS Dhaka : Manoj Basnyat, the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) country director to Bangladesh, has quit before the end of his tenure due to a vote of no-confidence from his staff after many of them were laid off. "His departure comes hot on the heels of a vote of no confidence in him by his staff in a recent survey and several unofficial government complaints about his interference in development projects," The Daily Star newspaper said Friday.

Indian Cultural Society holds a membership drive at Sharjah

By TCN News, Sharjah: Indian Cultural Society (ICS), an NRI outfit of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) – a social welfare organization that embraces the entire Indian expatriate community in UAE – arranged a membership drive here.

Extending solidarity from Mumbai for Palestine

By Yogesh Maitreya & Daisy Katta, With the energetic recital of humanitarian songs from “Republican Panther”, a Mumbai based Dalit and Human rights cultural organisation, the meeting to condemn Israeli act of genocide in Palestine has accelerated amidst the wetly evening of 19th July, in Mumbai.

Indian Hajj Mission geared up to serve Indian Hajis

By Hassan Cheruppa, Jeddah: India’s Haj Mission in Makkah is geared up fully to provide the best ever services to 136,000 pilgrims. The Mission...

Dialogue only way to move forward, says Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary

Priorities of Pakistan’s government include the economic development and peaceful neighborhood, says Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary. By Aslam Chandio,, Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary, Aizaz...

Israel has violated All International Laws: Huwaida Arraf

By news desk, Mumbai: To punish the Palestinians specially Gazan, who elected Hamas, Israel has violated all the International laws, said Huwaida arraf a leader of International Solidarity Movement,ISM, fighting against illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. Huwaida Arraf is on a week long visit to India as part of her campaign to garner supports from the governments as well as the civil societies around the world to end more than three years Gaza-blockade by the occupant Israeli forces, says Awami Bharat president Feroze Mithiborwala.

Freezing weather kills over 900 people in Afghanistan

By RIA Novosti Kabul : The death toll of people killed by unusually severe cold weather in Afghanistan since December last year has risen to 926, a spokesman for the country's Ministry for Emergency Situations said on Saturday. The spokesman said that only within the last five days the number of people killed by the frosts increased by 129. The national weather authorities earlier said that this winter is the coldest on record with temperatures reaching lows of -30 degrees Centigrade (-22 Fahrenheit) in 17 of the country's 34 provinces.

Cricket champions bat for HIV prevention at ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

By Aslam Chandio,, Islamabad: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched a new edition of its HIV awareness campaign, THINK WISE in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, cricket stars will unite to support the initiative, which has been active since 2003.

Across 19 states IMRC reached out to over hundred thousand people during Ramadan

By TCN News, Hyderabad: Misra Begum from Shiraz area in Srinagar district of Jammu and Kashmir is old now and has no male relative to...

तस्वीरों में ईद 2021…इस बार भी ‘फीकी ‘रही ‘मीठी’ कहलाई जाने वाली ईद

भारत मे कोरोना वायरस के जबरदस्त आक्रमण के चलते इस बार सबसे बड़ी अल्पसंख्यक आबादी के सबसे महत्वपूर्ण त्यौहार ईद भी फीकी रही है।...

Islamabad beauty is new Miss Pakistan World

By Gurmukh Singh, IANS, Toronto : Natasha Paracha from Islamabad has been crowned the new Miss Pakistan World in an annual beauty pageant which, according to its founder, would enable Pakistani women "to stand up for change and progression" in a society that frowns on such events on its soil. The 23-year-old graduate from the University of California at Berkeley replaces Mahleej Sarkari who created quite a stir last month when she called Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf a hunk and expressed a desire to date him.

At age 135, is he really world’s oldest person?

By IANS, Dubai : At age 135, the world's oldest person might well be a citizen of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The identity card of Nasir Al Hazry, a resident of Al Ain in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, shows his age as 135, the Khaleej Times newspaper reported. Al Hazry's family came to know about it only recently when the Al Ain office of the UAE's department of naturalisation and residency officially mentioned his age in the identity card. His exact date of birth has, however, not been revealed, the Khaleej Times said.

At least 3,000 dead in Libya: rights group

By DPA, Paris: At least 3,000 people are estimated to have been killed so far in Libya's two-week-old uprising, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said Wednesday in Paris.

30 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

By IANS, Kabul: At least 30 Taliban militants have been killed and 14 injured in various Afghanistan provinces in the last 24 hours, the country's interior ministry said Saturday morning.

Two killed in Lebanon suicide bombing

By IANS, Beirut: At least two soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing Saturday at an army checkpoint in Lebanon's Hermel town, Xinhua reported. According to...

India’s info on Saeed ‘sketchy’: Pakistan

By NNN-PTI, Islamabad : Pakistan on Saturday said the information given by India on JuD chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed's involvement in the Mumbai attacks is "sketchy" and will not hold in court to prosecute him. "The information we have received (from India) is sketchy," Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters here. The minister also ruled out extraditing Saeed to India. "We need statements of forensic experts and authentic mobile reports reestablishing connection of terrorists with militants. We need more information from India to make our case solid," he said.

Japan’s trade deficit with Kuwait, Middle East widens

By NNN-KUNA, Tokyo : Japan's trade deficit with Kuwait widened 65.1 percent in April to JPY 146.64 billion (USD 1.41 billion) from a year earlier, and the nation's trade deficit with the entire Middle East also grew 54.1 percent to JPY 1.138 trillion (USD 10.94billion), the Finance Ministry said Thursday. Exports to Kuwait rose 23.6 percent to JPY 14.96 billion (USD 143.9 million) in April, and imports jumped 60.1 percent to JPY 161.60 billion (USD 1.55 billion), the ministry said in a preliminary report.

Abbas, Hamas Mission in Egypt

By Prensa Latina, Cairo : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his priority is to stop Israel"s aggression against Gaza and called for an agreement to end this "extremely horrible situation". After meeting with Egyptian peer Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, the head of the Palestinian National Authority deplored that neither Hamas nor Israel respect the Security Council resolution approved Thursday.

More flood warnings for Pakistan, Jacobabab threatened

By DPA, Islamabad : Authorities Monday warned of more floods as efforts were under way to save a major city in southern Pakistan. Meteorological department chief Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry said a second wave of floods on the Indus river has reached the southern province of Sindh and threatened to swamp more areas. "This second wave is around one million cusecs (28,320 cubic metres per second) to 1.1 million cusecs (31,152 cubic metres per second)," he said.

Saudi expects to receive 2 mn pilgrims for Haj

Riyadh, (IANS): Saudi Arabia expects to receive around two million pilgrims this Haj season, including 1.7 million foreigners, the media reported on Sunday. More than 1.8...

‘Martyrs of Badr killed 203 in Syria’s Aleppo since July’

Beirut: At least 203 people have been killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo by the anti-regime Martyrs of Badr Brigade, the Syrian...

BSF court clears trooper of felani killing

Kolkata: While upholding its previous verdict, a special BSF court has acquitted a trooper who was accused of shooting dead a minor Bangladeshi girl...

25 ulemas to be banned in Pakistan at Muharram

Islamabad: Pakistan's Islamabad police have proposed that the entry of 25 ulemas into the city during Muharram should be banned by the local administration....

Monthly Iraq Death Toll Up 50 Percent

By Prensa Latina Baghdad : The amount of Iraqis killed in March increased by 50 percent in comparison with February, as a result of the spiral of violence that ravages the Arab country, official sources reported on Tuesday. According to data provided by the Iraqi Ministries of Interior, Defense and Health, that percentage represents the deaths of 1,082 persons, 925 of them civilians and rest members of the Army and the police. The balance of dead soldiers reached 54 and the police forces lost 103, while the total of wounded was 1,630.

India Fraternity Forum trains volunteers to help Hajis in Mina

By news dek, Dammam: India Fraternity Forum (IFF) conducted a workshop for Hajj volunteers who will be going to serve Hajis at Mina during the days of Dhul Hajj 9 to 12. The event was organized to provide guidelines and instructions to volunteers and train them so that they could serve the Hajis in a better way. The event featured U. T. Khader, MLA of Mangalore, Karnatak, Abdul Sathar, President of Tamilnadu Social Welfare Association, P M Harris, Reporter of Malayalam News. Abdulla Kutyadi presided over the function.

PM’s Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians meets in Delhi

By TCN News, New Delhi: Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians consisting of sixteen eminent overseas Indians representing different disciplines from across the world met today in New Delhi.

Bangladesh Army to generate, sell power

By IANS, Dhaka : A company floated by the Bangladesh Army will produce 50 MW power at an army camp outside the national capital and sell it to the government. The state-run Power Development Board (PDB) Thursday signed agreements with the army's DPA Power Generation International Ltd and another firm, Sinha Power Generation Company. Lt. Gen. Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, chairman of Bangladesh Diesel Plant Ltd, said the Pagla plant is the first of its kind for the army. "We will purchase modern equipment for setting up the plant."

UAE officials meet foreign leaders

By IANS/WAM, Abu Dhabi : Officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday met their counterparts from France, Morocco and Seychelles and discussed expansion of ties.

Book Review : Wanted—Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family

By Yoginder Sikand,, Name of the Book: Wanted—Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family Edited by: Zainah Anwar Publisher: Musawah/Sisters in Islam, Kuala Lumpur ( Email: [email protected] Pages: 261 Price: 28 Malaysian Ringgit ISBN: 978-983-2622-26-0 Reviewed by: Yoginder Sikand

Egyptian army arrests leading Sinai militant

Cairo: Egyptian military arrested Friday a leading member of Al Qaeda-inspired Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group in a raid on southern Arish city of...

Abu Dhabi: Indian expats group helps a needy Indian to return home

By TCN News, Abu Dhabi: Indian Cultural Society, Abu Dhabi Chapter (UAE) has once again extended its helping hand to an Indian worker to return back to India. Shawkath, an Indian from Bihar, came to UAE last June with a dream and an intention of earning good livelihood for his family, through an agent to work for a Manufacturing Company, as an Accountant with all service benefits.

Indian Cultural Society, UAE’s new officer bearers elected

By TCN News, Ajman (UAE): The Indian Cultural Society UAE, an NRI wing of SDPI, formation of central committee at its meeting here elected the new office bearers for the duration of three years. Aliyar from Kerala was elected as the president, Naseer Karaje from Karnataka was elected as the general secretary, Hasan TM as vice president and Munavar and Naushad were elected as secretaries during a programme held on April 17, 2015, a release from Indian Cultural Society, UAE, said here.

800-year-old Kaaba key sold for 9.2 million pounds

By IINA London : A 800-year-old key to the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam, sold for 9.2 million pounds late yesterday, setting a new record for an Islamic work of art at auction. The 12 century Abbasid period key, made of iron and measuring 37 cm long, sold at Sotheby's in London for more than 18 times its pre-sale estimate and was bought anonymously. Its existence was previously unknown and prompted a bidding battle that took the price to more than 18 times the £400,000-£500,000 estimate in an auction of Islamic art, whose 405 lots sold for a total of £21.5 million.

Two Pakistani Taliban leaders killed

By IANS, Islamabad : Two key commanders of the Pakistani Taliban have been killed in clashes with security forces in northwest Pakistan, the Dawn newspaper reported Sunday.

Terrorist infiltration attempt foiled in Syria

By IANS, Moscow: The Syrian military Saturday fought back an infiltration attempt by an armed group north of the port of Lattakia, the SANA news agency reported.

Pakistan raises LPG price

By IANS, Islamabad : Pakistan has raised the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by Rs.6 per kg to Rs.95 (about $1). An LPG cylinder of about 11 kg will now cost around Rs.1,000.

Thousands flee Egyptian prison: Reports

By IANS, Cairo : About 5,000 Egyptian prisoners broke out of a prison in the Fayyoum Govenorate amid the nationwide riots Saturday night, Xinhua quoted the Dubai-based Arabiya TV report Sunday.

China regrets military strike against Libya

By IANS, Beijing: China Sunday expressed regret over the military strike against Libya, saying Tripoli's territorial integrity should be respected.

Afghanistan: Democracy with the flavor of narcotics

By Dr Mohammad Nazrul Bari and Milad Alimoradian, Afghanistan has been the core of exhaustive research and analysis. This great landlocked country with an excellent ancient history has seen lots of difficult and different situations, especially in the last century; it suffered massively from several external and internal issues such as political, sociological, religious, etc. However, by looking at the internal issues we see that it’s linked to external interventions, which are not proliferating and productive for the country. This simply means that the external elements created the major devastating issues in the country: exploitation in all various forms can be seen as one of the main issues.

Islamic Social Finance Report 2015 released

By Mohammed Obaidullah The 2015 issue of the Islamic Social Finance Report has just been launched at an International Workshop on Zakat Management organized by...

Overseas Chapter of India Islamic Culture Centre to Open Nationwide Sir Syed National School

TCN News NRIs in Riyadh Vow to Revive Aligarh Movement: In order to enhance the educational empowerment of Muslims in India, the Riyadh Chapter of India...

Dhaka can take lessons from Beijing, says Rasheda

By NNN-BSS, Dhaka, Bangladesh : Adviser for Women and Children Affairs Rasheda K Chowdhury described Dhaka-Beijing friendship as an excellent one since time immemorial in terms of trade and commerce, culture and history and said, Bangladesh could take lessons from China. Bangladesh should follow the strategies of China to move towards economic prosperity as Beijng had shown amazing economic achievement in agriculture, industry and human resources development, she said at a discussion at a city hotel on Saturday afternoon.

Indian in Saudi Arabia swindles many in chit fund scam

By IANS, Dubai : An Indian national in Saudi Arabia is absconding after allegedly swindling many people in a chit fund scam. The Indian embassy in Riyadh alerted the police in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu to look out for T. Sekar after receiving a complaint from a group of 20 victims of the scam, the Arab News reported. Sekar hails from Nagappattinam district in Tamil Nadu. One of the victims, Ayyappan, told the newspaper that he lost 19,000 Saudi Riyals ($5,066) in the chit fund scam run by Sekar.
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