Mumbai, May 25 (IANS) In a surprise move, Mumbai police has refused to allow a 300-km long Muslim reservation march from entering Azad Maidan Monday, the organisers said here Saturday. "The Muslim Reservation Federation (MRF) had applied for permission April 30 for the march to culminate at Azad Maidan.
Singapore, May 25 (IANS) Preparations are on for the four-day festival of Barsi, said to be the largest Sikh event outside of the Punjab state in India, in Gurdwara Sahib Malacca in the Malaysian state of Malacca, starting May 30. The festival commemorates the death anniversary of Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji, a Sikh saint who lived in Malacca and passed away in 1972 at Ipoh General Hospital near the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. The highlight of the event is the continuous recital of the Guru Granth Sahib for three continuous days.
New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice President Hamid Ansari Friday greeted the countrymen on the eve of Buddha Purnima. The president said Lord Buddha taught the path of right action so that mankind may overcome its suffering. "Lord Buddha's teachings of non-violence, love and compassion are of eternal significance.
New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari Friday greeted people on the eve of Buddha Purnima, saying Lord Buddha's teachings were of eternal significance. The president said Lord Buddha taught the path of right action so that mankind may overcome its suffering. "Lord Buddha's teachings of non-violence, love and compassion are of eternal significance
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Vatican City, May 24 (IANS/AKI) Pope Francis hopes Chinese Catholics would be able to practise their faith freely and without fear, inviting them to stay loyal to the Vatican, whose authority is challenged by China's Communist rulers. "Let them live daily lives practising their faith
Minsk, May 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Belarusian foreign ministry has dismissed part of the Religious Freedom Report published by the US State Department about the country as "outdated" and failing to take into account the current situation in the country. "As for the State Department's report, it is permeated with trite phrases and usual abstract rubber stamps which the authors of the report rewrite every year, without even taking the trouble of doing reality checks," Maria Vanshina, deputy head of the ministry's information department, said in a statement. "For the Belarusian side, the report is of little interest, being an internal State Department document submitted to Congress," she said.
Srinagar, May 21 (IANS) A self-styled "religious preacher" was arrested from Jammu and Kashmir's Badgam district for repeated sexual exploitation of four minor girls at an institute he ran, police said Tuesday. "Police in Badgam district received a joint complaint by four minor girls who were reading in an institute claiming religious preaching headed by Gulzar Ahmed Bhat, son of Ghulam Qadir Bhat, resident of Latter Chadur (Shamasabad) Khan Sahib. The minor girls claimed they ad been repeatedly sexually exploited during their stay in the institute," a police statement said here
Washington, May 21 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed concern at global problems of discrimination and violence against religious groups, including Baha'is, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Sikhs besides increasing use of blasphemy and apostasy laws. "In too many places, governments are also failing to protect minorities from social discrimination and violence," he said Monday releasing an annual State Department survey of religious freedom in nearly 200 countries.
Lucknow, May 20 (IANS) An FIR was Monday registered here against social networking site Facebook on a complaint that claimed a group on the site exhorts people to slaughter cows, police said. The site was booked under penal provisions and under the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000, on the complaint filed by senior police officer Amitabh Thakur