German court rules Turkish-Muslim group can continue teaching religion

KOLN: A court in Germany on Friday ruled that the Turkish-Muslim umbrella group, DITIB, which was prevented from teaching religion in the state of Hessen, could continue with lessons. The Wiesbaden Administrative Court found it unlawful to prevent the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs from teaching religion as of April 28, 2020, by the Hessen Culture Ministry. The court said DITIB could again give lessons in Hessen, as it did from 2013 – 2014 and 2019-2020. DITIB Hessen State Union expressed satisfaction with the decision. “Islamic religious lessons will be…

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Ex-Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed wants opposition parties to support India

New Delhi: Amid a flurry of activity on the foreign policy front between India and Maldives, the former president of the archipelago, Mohamed Nasheed, has requested Maldivian opposition parties to stop spreading “hatred” and “hostility” towards India. Nasheed became the Maldives’ first president to be elected democratically. He is also known internationally for his liberal and secular views. Nasheed had turned the global spotlight on the climate change threat faced by small island nations by organising the world’s first cabinet meeting under the sea, also bringing attention to the country’s…

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Will US really evacuate Afghanistan by July 4?

By Haider Abbas There is now a matter of hours and not days when US is slated to move out of Afghanistan after its most humiliating defeat as it had to sit across the table with Afghan-Taliban (AT) after waging a war against them for 20 years. US was to evacuate Afghanistan by September 11 to mark the end of its ‘endless-wars’ but this ‘leaving’ came early, as July 4,  coincides with US Independence Day!  There is an utter chaos in Afghanistan as President Ashraf Ghani returned after meeting US…

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After meeting PM, J&K parties take next step – start talks with Delimitation Commission

New Delhi: Fearing isolation from the democratic process ahead of the next Assembly elections, Kashmirs traditional rulers, Farooq Abdullahs National Conference (NC) as well as Mehbooba Muftis Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will be for the first time meeting with the Delimitation Commission during its first visit to Jammu and Kashmir, beginning Tuesday, July 6. Both the mainstream political majors, as also other smaller constituents of the Farooq-led Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), have significantly compromised their obduracy and begun preparations for representations before Justice (retired) Ranjana Prakash Desai’s panel,…

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Taj Hassan appointed chief of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards

New Delhi: Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Mohd Taj Hassan was on Saturday appointed the chief of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The post was vacant since the demise of Mohammed Jawed Akhtar, a 1986-batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, who had succumbed to Covid-19 complications in May, becoming first serving police chief to fall prey to the dreaded virus. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved MHA’s proposal to appoint Taj Hassan, a 1987 batch IPS officer…

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