India Muslim population up by 24%:Census

NEW DELHI: The latest census data on the population of religious groups, set to be released shortly, shows a 24% rise in the Muslim population between 2001 and 2011, with the community’s share of total population rising from 13.4% to 14.2% over the 10-year period. While the growth rate of the Muslim population has slowed […]

Will Produce More Kids: VHP

NEW DELHI: Even though the data on religion-based census is yet to be released officially, right wing Hindu groups are already up in arms over the report showing 24% growth in Muslims between 2001 and 2011. VHP said its stand has been vindicated and it would make fresh appeal to Hindus to reproduce more. It […]

Houthis reach deal with president following clashes

SANAA: Houthi fighters and Yemeni President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi have come to agreement following days of violence in the capital Sana’a. The deal came following a Wednesday meeting between Hadi and Houthi representative Saleh al-Samad in the presidential palace, over which the fighters gained full control earlier. The nine-point deal stipulates the withdrawal of […]

Saudi Arabia beheads another citizen

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has beheaded one of its citizens amid rising concerns about the growing number of executions in the country. The Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency that Saudi man known as Murdi al-Shakra was beheaded on Friday. The man had been sentenced to death for […]

Egypt court frees Mubarak sons

CAIRO: An Egyptian court ordered the release on Thursday of the sons of ousted President Hosni Mubarak pending their retrial in a corruption case, their lawyer told Reuters.  Farid el Deeb said this meant that Alaa and Gamal Mubarak should be released because they were not being tried in any other cases.

Aziz reiterates support to Kashmir cause

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz has made it clear that Pakistan will continue its support for Kashmir cause and will build relations with India on the basis of mutual respect and sovereign equality. “Pakistan shall not abandon its political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmir cause at […]

France takes battle against religious extremism into schools

PARIS: France announced new measures on Thursday aimed at helping schools combat religious extremism, racism and anti-Semitism in reaction to deadly attacks two weeks ago. The moves, including more teacher training and civic and ethics education in the country’s secular curriculum, come after dozens of schools complained of pupils refusing to join a January 8 […]

Court says Srinivasan guilty of conflict of interest

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court ordered Thursday world cricket chief Narayanaswami Srinivasan to give up his stake in the Indian Premier League if he wanted to be re-elected head of the country’s powerful board. The court found Srinivasan guilty of a conflict of interest for having commercial dealings in the sport while head of the […]

Mushawarat protests against maltreatment of senior cleric

New Delhi: The All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, umbrella body of Indian Muslim organizations, strongly condemned and protested against the illegal detention of the senior scholar Maulana Yasin Akhtar Misbahi by the Special Cell on Wednesday, 21 January. Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, President of AIMMM and Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, General Secretary of AIMMM, visited Maulana […]

This loyal camel refuses to leave owner’s grave

Sana’a: A camel astonished residents in a small Yemeni village when it refused to leave the grave of its recently-buried owner for six days. Witnesses in Sidah village, Ibb province, said the sad camel walked in the funeral procession of its owner, Ali Al Na’ana, and refused to leave the grave when mourners left the […]

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