Turkey’s communications head blasts EU court ruling on Muslim women’s rights

ANKARA:  Turkey’s communications director on Saturday blasted a top EU court ruling allowing companies in member states to ban employees from wearing headscarves. “It is unbelievable that fascism just spread to the courts. This wrong decision is an attempt to lend legitimacy to racism,” said Fahrettin Altun on Twitter. Altun also accused Europe of “seeking to embrace its dark past” instead of “denouncing it.” “We condemn this ruling, which infringes on human dignity,” he stressed. The European Court of Justice (CJEU) on Thursday ruled on two cases brought by Muslim…

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Muslim pilgrims arrive in Mecca for 2nd downsized Hajj amid pandemic

ANKARA:  Muslim pilgrims began arriving in the holy city Mecca on Saturday to perform Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, the Saudi media reported.​​​​​​​ According to Arab News, an English language daily, Saudi Arabia is allowing 60,000 fully vaccinated residents to take part in this year’s Hajj. Saudi authorities tasked over 500 workers to serve pilgrims as they perform the initial tawaf, circling around Kaaba upon entering the mosque premises, the daily said. This year’s Hajj, with participants chosen through a lottery, is larger than scaled back version…

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UN experts call on India to halt eviction of 1 lakh slum dwellers in Faridabad

New Delhi: Human rights experts of the United Nations on Friday called on Indian authorities to halt the eviction of the residents of Khori Gaon in Haryana’s Faridabad. “We appeal to the Indian government to respect its own laws and its own goal of eliminating homelessness by 2022 and to spare homes of 100,000 people who mostly come from the minority and marginalised communities. It is particularly important that residents be kept safe during the pandemic, they said in a statement. Last month, the Supreme Court directed Haryana and the…

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No nod for Eid congregational prayers in Kashmir

Srinagar:  No congregational prayers would be allowed in the Kashmir Valley on Eid-ul-Zuha because of the COVID protocol that limits the number of people offering prayers in any group to 25, officials announced on Sunday. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, P.K. Pole said that no congregational prayers will be allowed on Eid-ul-Zuha in Kashmir in view of the prediction of Covid’s third wave. He said that it will be difficult to limit the number to 25 if congregational prayers are allowed, and Eid prayers will be allowed in a decentralised manner like…

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Slain photojournalist Danish Siddiqui to be buried at Jamia Millia Islamia graveyard tonight

New Delhi: Pulitzer winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in Afghanistan, will be laid to rest at  Jamia Millia Islamia graveyard tonight. His body is likely to reach New Delhi by the evening. ”Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice-Chancellor accepted the request of the family of late photojournalist Danish Siddiqui to bury his body at the JMI graveyard meant exclusively for university employees, their spouses and minor child,” the university said in the statement. According to sources, the aeroplane carrying Danish’s body will land at 05:50 pm at Indira Gandhi…

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