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Lucknow, Dec 19: The Uttar Pradesh Police today directed all district police chiefs to ensure that Christmas festivities go smoothly without any untoward incident, two days after the Hindu Jagran Manch warned Aligarh schools against celebrating the festival. ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar also directed all district police chiefs of the state to ensure the freedom of practising one's religion is...

India’s most-wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar is reported to be suffering from depression as his 31-year-old son Moin Nawaz D Kaskar has started following Islamic teachings that prohibits him from illegal activities. According to reliable sources, Moin, the third child and only son of don, has completely turned his back on the "family business" and has become a devout Muslim, who follows...

Udupi, Nov 24: The three-day Dharma Sansad organized by Vishwa Hindu Parishad was inaugurated on Friday morning in the presence of hundreds of seers and sages from across India. Pejavar mutt seer Sri Vishwesha Thirtha Swami formally inaugurated the event by lighting a lamp. A Shobha Yatra of sants and sadhus from Rajangana in Sri Krishna Mutt to the convention venue at the Royal Garden near...

Udupi, Nov 16: Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt has called upon all Hindus to take part in the upcoming Dharma Sansad and the Hindu Samajotsava in large numbers. “Hindus should be proud of their religion. All members of the Hindu religion, including Dalits, should participate in the Dharma Sansad and the Hindu Samajotsava,” he said. He was speaking after flagging off the Sudharma...

Nov 10: Qatar has appointed 28 new members to one of its most important consultative bodies, including four women, a royal decree announced. The women will sit on the 45-strong Shura Council, which is responsible for discussing draft laws, general government policy and the state's draft budget, state media said on Thursday. "Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued an emiri decree...

Riyadh, Nov 6: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) recently called on member countries for urgent action and appropriate ways of protecting the remaining Islamic cultural heritage against loss and neglect. OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen made the call during an international conference on “Islamic Action for the Protection of Cultural Heritage” held in Istanbul...

New Delhi, Nov 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led union government is all set to abolish Haj subsidy from 2018 following the recommendation of special committee set up in January this year. The decision has come in the face of strong opposition from the Haj Committee of India that wants the subsidy phased out gradually by 2022, as directed by the Supreme Court in 2012. A review meeting on a new...

New Delhi, Oct 21: Jango, a two-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever, hid beneath a bed with paws on his ears, to escape the deafening sound of crackers this Diwali night. His owner, Punit Narula, a resident of Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi, says his immediate neighbour blows up a "huge quantity of high-decibel fireworks" every Diwali, making lives of dogs miserable. "They (dogs) have a highly...

Jeddah, Oct 20: During the opening session of “The Role of Fatwa in Maintaining Social Stability” conference held in Cairo by Dar Al-Iftaa Al-Massriyyah, the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Mohammed Al-Issa, called on muftis and religious men to consider the consequences of fatwas before issuing them, the differences between Islamic communities and immigrant minorities, and the...

Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world every autumn. Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, the main theme is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. Also known as Deepavali, a Sanskrit word meaning “rows of lighted lamps”, it is one of the most popular Hindu...