Danish Siddiqui : The world captured through his lense

New Delhi: Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who was associated with Reuters’ multimedia team in India, was killed while covering a clash between Taliban and Afghan forces in Afghanistan. The media fraternity across the world are grief-stricken over his unfortunate demise. As a photojournalist, Danish covered several important stories in Asia, Middle East and Europe. Some of his works include covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Rohingya refugees crisis, Hong Kong protests, Nepal earthquakes, Mass Games in North Korea and living conditions of asylum seekers in Switzerland. Here…

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Keeping pressure cooker has become a crime, Magsaysay winner Sandeep Pandey on arrest of persons over alleged al-Qaeda links

New Delhi: Ramon Magsaysay awardee social activist Sandeep Pandey criticised authorities and the police in connection with the arrest of some people on charges of terrorism in Uttar Pradesh. Addressing a press conference organised by Rihai Manch in Lucknow, he said that many innocent people were arrested earlier also on false charges of terrorism but “were later acquitted by courts”. Pandey said that the way the recovery of pressure cookers was publicised after the arrests in the name of al Qaeda, it seems that keeping this essential item in the…

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US Congress members express concern over religious discrimination, intolerance and violence in India

WASHINGTON, D.C—A United States Senator and two members of Congress were among panelists at the International Religious Freedom summit here this week who voiced their concerns about what they describe as Indian government’s promotion of widespread practice of religious discrimination, intolerance and violence. They were speaking at a panel discussion on “Religious Freedom in India: Challenges & Opportunities,” organised by Indian American Muslim Council, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that advocates for human rights, religious freedom and civil liberties in the US and India. “I remain seriously concerned about the Indian…

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NHRC terming Trinamool leaders as ‘goons’ in report stirs row

Kolkata:  Senior Trinamool Congress leaders named as “notorious criminals/goons” in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) report to Calcutta High Court have threatened legal action against the rights body saying they had no complaints against them in any police station in Bengal. In the annexure “K” attached with the original report submitted before the HC, the NHRC has labelled 102 persons across 16 broad regions of Bengal, including state minister Jyotipriya Mullick, Naihati MLA Partha Bhowmick, Canning East MLA Saokat Molla, TMC South 24 Parganas youth leader Jahangir Khan, former…

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Turkey’s President Erdogan inaugurates July 15 Democracy Museum

ANKARA:  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated a museum dedicated to democracy on Thursday – on the fifth anniversary of the 2016 defeated coup when Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) attempted to seize power by force. Located across the presidential complex in the capital of Ankara, the July 15 Democracy Museum is to remind visitors of the spirit of unity of Turks that foiled the coup attempt, while also telling the insidious intentions of the FETO terror group. Erdogan toured the museum with a group of high-level political leaders including parliament…

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