Confusion as Bangladesh drops ‘except Israel’ from new passports

DHAKA, Bangladesh Bangladeshi passports will no longer bear the text “valid for all countries of the world except Israel,” officials confirmed on Sunday. The Bangladeshi passports earlier had a note written on them that said: “This passport is valid for all countries of the world except Israel”. But, just a few months ago, Bangladesh dropped two words, “except Israel”, from the new electronic passports. Since the South Asian Muslim majority country came into being in 1971, it has openly affirmed its position in favor of Palestine and against the Israeli…

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Pakistan foreign minister calls for UN’s decisive role in resolving Kashmir dispute

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take decisive measures and ensure implementation of the UN Charter and the UN Security Council Resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and play a key role in resolving the longstanding dispute. “Pakistan desires normal relations with India, however, the onus is on India to create an atmosphere to enable meaningful engagement,” the Minister said during his interaction with the Guterres in New York. Qureshi also renewed his invitation to India for a dialogue and said…

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Iran to continue nuke talks until final deal: Rouhani

Tehran Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the country will continue talks in Vienna over the 2015 nuclear deal until a final agreement is reached. Despite all the pressures from US-imposed sanctions and “economic war” and the economic consequences of Covid-19 pandemic, Tehran’s industry has been able to achieve production growth in the past Iranian calendar year ending March 20, Xinhua news agency quoted the President as saying on Sunday. The US’ maximum pressure campaign against Iran has proved “ineffective”, he noted, lauding what he called the “triumph” of the…

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UP govt sets UP panel to probe demolition of Barabanki Mosque

LUCKNOW — The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has set up a three-member committee to probe the veracity of documents in the Barabanki mosque case that was razed by the district administration last week. The state Minority Affairs Department has already lodged an FIR against eight persons for getting the mosque designated as a Waqf property by submitting forged documents in 2019. The internal committee under the Department, including special secretary Shivakant Dwivedi, has been asked to check documents alleged to be forged in construction of an illegal structure…

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SC to centre, states: benefits must reach migrant workers, expedite their registration

NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Monday said its main concern is that benefits which are meant for migrant workers must reach them and stressed the process of their registration is woefully slow. The top court said the Centre and state governments must expedite registration of migrant workers and also those working in the unorganised sectors. A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and M. R. Shah told the Centre’s counsel: “Our main concern is that benefits meant for migrant workers must reach them. We have taken a cursory look…

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