DUBAI: Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year's pilgrimage and celebrations. The last days of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia coincide with the four-day Eid al-Adha, or "Feast of Sacrifice," in which Muslims slaughter livestock and distribute the meat to the poor. The pandemic has pushed millions of people around the world closer to the brink of poverty, making it harder for many to fulfill the religious tradition of purchasing livestock. In Somalia, the price of meat has slightly increased. Abdishakur Dahir, a civil servant in Mogadishu, said that for the first time he won't be able to
NEW DELHI: India and Indonesia, which is also locked in a maritime dispute with China in the contentious South China Sea, have decided to expand their strategic and defence cooperation in a wide range of areas. The further expansion of defence and military relations were discussed during delegation-level talks led by defence minister Rajnath Singh and his Indonesian counterpart General Prabowo Subianto in New Delhi on Monday. Sources said that the possible export of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to Indonesia as well as measures to further deepen maritime security cooperation figured prominently in the talks.
CHANDIGARH: Having spent four months in Haryana, which include more than three months behind the bars, the the members of Tablighi Jamat from abroad who were arrested in Mewat have started moving back to their countries. First batch of 21 tablighis from Indonesia boarded the flight from Indira Gandhi Airport on Wednesday. The members had got the permission to return to their countries from the ministry of external affairs. According to information of the 21 tablighis from Indonasia, 11 were arrested by Mewat police and rest were arrested by Faridabad, Palwal, Sonipat and Ambala districts. Earlier this month, the various courts had disposed off their cases by slapping fines on them. Following this, Courts of Mewat at Nuh and other
NEW DELHI: As India and China remained locked in a standoff in eastern Ladakh, the government fielded a number of calls and conversations from different countries offering support, and this helped the Modi government put forward its perspective on the confrontation in the high Himalayas. Foreign minister S Jaishankar spoke to counterparts from the US, the UK, France, Germany, Indonesia, Australia, Canada and Japan among others, delivering what the government believes are reasonable results. After a conversation with French foreign mini ster Yves Le Drian, Jaishankar had tweeted: “Wide-ranging discussion with French FM J Y LeDrian. Covered issues of contemporary security and political importance. Also agreed to address Covid-related challenges in health and aviation. Thanked him for the strong support
NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that tit has cancelled the visas of four Chinese Tablighis who were part of the Nazamuddin Jamaat and registered FIRs against them for indulging in tablighi activities impermissible under the tourist visa granted to them and violating lockdown norms enforced to contain spread of Covid-19 disease. But, the list of tablighis, an overwhelming majority from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Thailand and Iran, threw up a confusion about the number of Chinese Tablighis - were they three or four? The list attached to the affidavit gave details of passports and type of visa granted to the foreign tablighis. From China, the list showed four being present at Nizamuddin Jamaat -
NEW DELHI: The Union government has cancelled visas of 2,679 foreigners, majority from Bangladesh and Indonesia, for indulging in tablighi activities impermissible under the tourist visa granted to them and said that they will face criminal proceedings for endangering the lives of many during Covid-19 health emergency, the Supreme Court was informed on Thursday. "Out of 2,765 cases of foreign tablighi Jamaat members, visas of 2,679, including nine Overseas Citizens of India cardholders, have been cancelled. Nepal nationals, numbering 47, do not hold visas. Visas of the remaining 39 are under process of cancellation," solicitor general Tushar Mehta told a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna. "So far, no foreign tablighi jamaat member has been
NEW DELHI: Women and girls are under-represented in school textbooks or when included are depicted in traditional roles in many countries across the globe, according to the Global Education Monitoring Report by UNESCO. The annual report's fourth edition launched recently, points out that not only the number of images of female characters included in the textbooks is very less in comparison to images of males, women are also represented in "less prestigious" occupations and as introverts and passive. While showing men as doctors and women as nurses, only portraying women in subjects pertaining to food, fashion or entertainment, showing women in voluntary roles and men in paid jobs, are among the gender stereotypes pointed out in the report, it also
WASHINGTON: The United States and the European Union have agreed to launch a dialogue on China to address the threats of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. Pompeo made the remarks during the Brussels Forum in a discussion with the German Marshal Fund. "Enjoyed the discussions today at the German Marshall Fund's #BrusselsForum. I am excited to announce the U.S. and EU are launching a dialogue on China to address the threats the CCP poses to our common values and way of life," tweeted Pompeo on Friday Enjoyed the discussions today at the German Marshall Fund’s #BrusselsForum. I am excited to announce the U.S. and E… https://t.co/icmk4SdYWJ— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) 1593131196000