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12 December, 2018 6:01 AM US adds Pakistan, China to its blacklist for religious freedom violations

Washington: Pakistan, China and Saudi Arabia are among countries added to a US blacklist of nations that violate religious freedom, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. Pompeo said he has designated Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan as "Countries of Particular Concern" in a congressionally 27

12 December, 2018 2:39 AM Trump Administration's Move On Pak Religious Freedom Courageous: Lawmaker

"This designation gives hope and voice to the suffering Shia, Christian, Hindu, Ahmadi, and other minority citizens, whose very presence counters religious extremism in Pakistan," Congressman Chris Smith said. The Trump Administration's move to downgrade Pakistan as a country of particular concern was a courageous one, an influential US lawmaker said on Tuesday 44

10 December, 2018 9:59 PM On Minority Status For Lingayats, Centre's Reply To Karnataka High Court

The Karnataka High Court was on Monday told by the central government that the Lingayats were treated as Hindus since the first census in 1871 following which it disposed of pleas challenging the recommendations of a panel to grant religious minority status to the sect. A division bench of Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice S Sujatha disposed 130

7 December, 2018 3:10 PM Will Devendra Fadnavis Defy Amit Shah, Asks Sharad Pawar On Maratha Quota

Latching onto BJP chief Amit Shah's remark that reservations cannot exceed 50 per cent, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar today said that the Maharashtra Chief Minister will have to show the "courage" to overrule Mr Shah while granting quota to the Marathas. He also batted for quota for the Muslims and questioned the BJP's stand that reservations could not be given 80

6 December, 2018 2:26 AM Computer Baba, Expelled From His Sect, May Set Up New Akhada

Religious leader Computer Baba, who was recently expelled from the Digambar Ani Akhada, said he is mulling to set up a new "akhada", or sect, when the Kumbh Mela takes places in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. Computer Baba, a friend-turned-critic of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh, alleged the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) 30

4 December, 2018 6:56 PM On Kripan, Kara, Delhi High Court Seeks Centre's Response

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre, the Delhi government and Delhi Police to file a reply on a plea seeking directions to allow Sikhs to carry a 'kripan' (small dagger) and wear a 'kara' (bracelet) in public places. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao was hearing a public interest litigation filed by the Delhi 116

3 December, 2018 5:34 PM Plea In High Court Against Changing Natural Stream Of Ganga In Allahabad

The applicant of the plea has also asked the high court to direct the state government to release sufficient water in River Ganga during Kumbh Mela. A plea has been filed in the Allahabad High Court seeking a stay on alleged changing of the natural stream of River Ganga by the district administration as part of preparations for Kumbh Mela slated for February 79

3 December, 2018 10:53 AM India my father's country, nobody can force me to flee: Asaduddin Owaisi

Owaisi said the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was ignorant of the history as Nizam did not flee Hyderabad.   Hyderabad: "India is my father`s country. Nobody can force me to flee," was how MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday reacted to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath`s comment that if BJP comes to power in the Telangana, Owaisi will have to flee. "It is my religious 56

2 December, 2018 2:27 AM Left parties ask PM Narendra Modi to declare Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's birthday as 'day of patriotism'

New Delhi: Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose "misleading and motivated", five left parties Saturday demanded that the freedom fighter's birthday on January 23 be declared as 'day of patriotism'. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist 94

30 November, 2018 5:13 AM UK Amends Weapons Bill To Ensure Right To Possession Of Kirpans By Sikhs

The UK government has confirmed an amendment to a new weapons bill going through the Parliament to ensure that it does not impact the right of the British Sikh community to possess and supply kirpans, or religious swords. The Offensive Weapons Bill 2018 completed its various readings in the House of Commons this week and has now moved to the House of Lords 55