EU companies can ban employees from wearing headscarf, court rules

ANKARA:  EU’s top court has ruled that companies in the member states can ban employees from wearing a headscarf if they “need to present neutral image towards customers.” The European Court of Justice (CJEU) on Thursday gave its verdict on two cases brought by Muslim women who were suspended from their jobs in Germany for wearing the headscarf. “A prohibition on wearing any visible form of expression of political, philosophical or religious beliefs in the workplace may be justified by the employer’s need to present a neutral image towards customers…

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Quadripartite forum with focus on Central Asia formed

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan:  Four countries on Friday agreed to create a new quadripartite consultation forum to support the peace process in Afghanistan. The decision was reached during a meeting in Tashkent involving Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, as well as US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. They emphasized that peace and regional ties are mutually reinforcing, given the importance of regional ties for the development of long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region,…

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Remembering Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (R.A)

By Zeeshan Rasool Khan Syedus Saadat Salaar’e Ajam: Dast’e ou Maemar’e Taqdeer’e Ummam (Syed of Syeds and a leader of Iran; who shaped the destiny of nations) (Allama Iqbal) Many great saints, sages, and savants came to Kashmir for promoting and propagating ‘Islam’. Among these personages, ‘Syed Ali Hamdani (R.A)’ is the most prominent and is considered as the founder of Islam in the valley. Syed Ali Hamdani enjoys the prestige of being Najeeb-ur-Tarafaen Syed- ( a true Syed whose lineage has never seen non- Syed) with his father Syed…

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Justice (Retd) Shabihul Hasnain appointed as DERC’s new chairman

New Delhi:  The Delhi Government on Saturday appointed Justice (Retd) Shabihul Hasnain as the new Chairman of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC). The DERC, which is a three-member commission comprising chairperson and two members, has been left with lone member, after its chairperson justice (Retd) S.S. Chauhan retired on July 4. The board’s second member, Justice (Retd) A.K. Singhal retired in January this yea The Delhi government had recommended to extend Chauhan’s tenure for another term, however, the proposal was not accepted by Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, and since…

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5,000 Israelis granted UAE citizenship in three months

New Delhi: The UAE has granted its citizenship to 5,000 Israelis in the past three months after amending its citizenship law. With Emirati citizenship, the Israelis would be able to cross the Persian Gulf and Arab countries without a prior visa, Emirates Leaks reported. The Israeli has been granted UAE citizenship without the need to give their original citizenship. After normalizing its ties with the colonial state of Israel, the UAE has overhauled its religious laws, including loosening alcohol restrictions and allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate. A former adviser to the…

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