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Covering Controversy: Egypt’s Ban on Niqab Sparks Heated Debate in Schools

Education Minister Reda Hegazy has officially confirmed the decision to ban the wearing of the niqab (full-face veil) in Egyptian schools starting from the next academic year. The new dress code allows students to wear a hair covering that doesn’t obscure their face. According to Minister H

"Unbearable Screams": Over 1000 Killed In Morocco Earthquake

Washington: Morocco's deadliest earthquake in decades has killed over 1,000 people, authorities said Saturday, causing widespread damage and sending terrified residents and tourists scrambling to safety in the middle of the night. The 6.8-magnitude quake struck a mountainous area 72 kilometres

Powerful earthquake causes damage across Morocco

A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.8 has struck central Morocco, killing at least 1,000 people, and causing damage in several areas. The epicentre was in the High Atlas Mountains, 71km (44 miles) south-west of Marrakesh, at a depth of 18.5km, the US Geological Survey said. It struck at 23:11 l

Biden To Reach India 2 Days Before G20, Hold Bilateral Talks With PM Modi

Washington: US President Joe Biden will travel to India September 7 to attend the G20 summit on the sidelines of which he will also have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the White House has announced. India, President of the G20, will host global leaders for the Summit schedul

Russia is set to launch Islamic banking: All you need to know

Moscow : Russia is launching Islamic banking for the first time as part of a two-year pilot programme on September 1. With a sizeable Muslim population estimated to be up to 25 million, Islamic financial institutions have existed in Russia until now, but this is the first time the country’s

AI 'godfather' Geoffrey Hinton warns of dangers as he quits Google

A man widely seen as the godfather of artificial intelligence (AI) has quit his job, warning about the growing dangers from developments in the field. Geoffrey Hinton, 75, announced his resignation from Google in a statement to the New York Times, saying he now regretted his work. He told the BBC so

Pakistan may import tomato and onion from India amid huge surge in vegetable prices due to floods

Lahore, Aug 28: Amid massive surge in the prices of various vegetables and fruits in Lahore and other parts of Punjab province due to devastating floods, the Pakistan government may import tomato and onion from India, according to the market dealers here. "On Sunday, per kilogram of tomato and on

China to start issuing visas to Indian students again after over 2 years

Beijing, Aug 22: China on Monday announced plans to issue visas to hundreds of Indian students stranded at home for over two years due to Beijing's strict COVID restrictions, besides various categories of travel permits for Indians including business visas. "Warmest congrats to #Indian #students!

Myanmar executes NLD lawmaker, 3 other political opponents

Bangkok(AP): Myanmar's government announced Monday it had carried out its first executions in nearly 50 years, hanging a former National League for Democracy lawmaker, a democracy activist and two men accused of violence after the country's takeover by the military last year. The executions, deta

In cash-strapped Sri Lanka, two more persons die while waiting in queue for fuel

Colombo, Jul 22: Two men died in cash-strapped Sri Lanka on Friday while waiting in serpentine queues to purchase fuel as widespread shortages and soaring inflation levels continue to heap misery on citizens. The two deaths were reported on a day when newly-elected President Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lankan Parliament set to elect new president in three-cornered contest

Colombo, Jul 20 (PTI) The Sri Lankan Parliament is all set to elect the successor to Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a three-way presidential contest on Wednesday, following a high-voltage political drama which saw the former president fleeing the country and resigning after a popular uprising against his gov

Islam in China must be Chinese in orientation: President Xi Jinping

Beijing, Jul 16: President Xi Jinping has asked officials to step up efforts to uphold the principle that Islam in China must be Chinese in orientation and religions in the country should adapt to the socialist society being pursued by the ruling Communist Party of China. Xi visited the volatile

Rishi Sunak launches bid to succeed Boris Johnson as UK PM

London, Jul 8: Rishi Sunak, the former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, on Friday formally launched his leadership bid to succeed Boris Johnson as the new Conservative Party leader and future British Prime Minister. The British Indian minister, who resigned from Johnson's Cabinet earlier this week

Vijay Mallya pursues reversal of bankruptcy order in UK

London, Jun 28: Embattled businessman Vijay Mallya, who is based in Britain for over five years, is pursuing appeals in the UK courts in an attempt to overturn a bankruptcy order imposed on him by the High Court in London in July last year. At a case management hearing at the Chancery Division of

Taliban's urgent appeal to West after deadly earthquake ravages Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Taliban administration on Saturday called on international governments to roll back sanctions and lift a freeze on central bank assets following the earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people and left thousands homeless. The 6.1-magnitude quake that struck the east of the country

Bangladesh awaits its bridge of dreams across the mighty Padma

All along the brand new six-lane expressway from Dhaka to Mawa in Munshiganj district, signs with pictures of Sheikh Hasina congratulate her and the people of Bangladesh on “amader swapner Padda Setu” — the Bridge of Our Dreams Across the Padma. The signs are sponsored by local leaders of the r

US says it condemns remarks made by two now-suspended BJP functionaries against the Prophet

Washington, Jun 17 (PTI) The US has said it condemns the controversial remarks made by two now-suspended BJP functionaries against Prophet Mohammad and encourages India to promote respect for human rights. The BJP on June 5 suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled its Delhi m

China continuing to harden its position along borders with India: US Defence Secretary

Singapore, Jun 11: China is continuing to harden its position along the borders with India, US Defence Secretary Lloyd James Austin said on Saturday, stressing that America stands by its friends as they uphold their rights as Beijing adopts the "war coercive" and "aggressive approach" to its territo