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Purge hate-filled textbooks: Pakistani daily (Lead)


September 4th, 2012 - 5:16 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Sep 4 (IANS) A Pakistani daily wants hate-filled school textbooks purged after an official panel said they entrenched prejudices against minorities and distorted history.An editorial in the News International ... Read more...

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Purge hate-filled textbooks, says Pakistani daily


September 4th, 2012 - 12:09 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Sep 4 (IANS) A Pakistani daily has sought the purging of school curricula for hate material after a panel pointed out that books contain material that would entrench prejudice ... Read more...

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India should address rights issues: Human Rights Watch


September 3rd, 2012 - 4:35 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Sep 3 (IANS) India should accept the recommendations by UN member states to address the country's "most serious human rights problems", Human Rights Watch said Monday.During the September ... Read more...

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Sikh-Americans confident they shall overcome


August 19th, 2012 - 6:02 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 19 (IANS) Confident that the Sikh-American community shall overcome the trauma of the Wisconsin gurdwara shooting, its leaders have sought laws against school bullying, workplace discrimination and ... Read more...

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Educational aid for poor: BJP to raise issue in parliament


August 18th, 2012 - 6:07 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Aug 18 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would raise in parliament the issue of educational assistance to all poor students regardless of religion, said a leader of ... Read more...

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Harassed Hindus flee Pakistan (Lead)


August 10th, 2012 - 8:01 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Aug 10 (IANS) Hindus are fleeing Pakistan after their shops were looted, houses raided and women were converted to Islam, a media report said.Interior Minister Rehman Malik, however, said ... Read more...

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Harassed Hindus flee Pakistan


August 10th, 2012 - 4:12 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Aug 10 (IANS) Hindus are fleeing Pakistan after their shops were looted, houses raided and women were converted to Islam, a media report said.Rehman Malik, advisor to Pakistani prime ... Read more...

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UP to provide broadband service to all panchayats


July 31st, 2012 - 3:57 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, July 31 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government Tuesday decided to go ahead with the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project under which all village panchayats (councils) in the state ... Read more...

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US critical on religious freedom in Russia


July 31st, 2012 - 8:29 am ICT by IANS
Washington, July 31 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A US State Department report on religious freedom in the world says problems have remained in Russia because authorities "often failed to distinguish between peaceful ... Read more...

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At least 78 killed in western Myanmar clashes - UN


July 29th, 2012 - 1:24 am ICT by BNO News
NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- Clashes between Buddhist and Muslim communities in western Myanmar have reportedly killed at least 78 people and displaced thousands last month, the United Nations (UN) said Friday.UN ... Read more...

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Congress was never serious about Muslim quota: Azam Khan


June 14th, 2012 - 4:59 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, June 14 (IANS) The ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh has blamed the Congress for failing to get reservation for Muslims, and said the latter was never serious ... Read more...

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No stay on sub-quota quashing to hit 325 IIT aspirants


June 13th, 2012 - 10:42 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) A total of 325 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) aspirants are likely to be affected if the quashing of 4.5 percent sub-quota for minorities in ... Read more...

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SC declines to stay Andhra court order against sub-quota (Third Lead)


June 13th, 2012 - 9:19 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi/Hyderabad, June 13 (IANS) In a major setback for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) central government, the Supreme Court Wednesday rejected, for now, its plea for a stay ... Read more...

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SC declines to stay Andhra court order against sub-quota (Second Lead)


June 13th, 2012 - 4:34 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi/Hyderabad, June 13 (IANS) In a major setback for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) central government, the Supreme Court Wednesday rejected its plea to stay an Andhra Pradesh ... Read more...

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Supreme Court no to stay Andhra court sub-quota order (Lead)


June 13th, 2012 - 1:48 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday turned down the central government's plea to suspend the operation of the Andhra Pradesh High Court verdict quashing 4.5 percent ... Read more...

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SC to hear Monday government plea on minorities’ sub-quota


June 9th, 2012 - 8:32 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday will hear the central government's petition challenging the Andhra Pradesh High Court verdict quashing 4.5 percent reservation for the minorities in ... Read more...

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Court quashes 4.5 percent sub-quota for minorities (Lead)


May 28th, 2012 - 11:47 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, May 28 (IANS) In a setback for the United Progressive Alliance government at the centre, the Andhra Pradesh High Court Monday quashed the 4.5 percent sub-quota for the minorities ... Read more...

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Ambitious plans for Muslims ahead of Tripura polls


February 29th, 2012 - 9:30 pm ICT by IANS
Agartala, Feb 29 (IANS) Ahead of the next year's assembly polls, the Left Front government has undertaken a "welfare package" for the benefit of the minority Muslims in Tripura, a ... Read more...

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Ahead of polls, advisory panel pushes for Muslims’ welfare


January 1st, 2012 - 3:24 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) The Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) has asked the government to focus on welfare of minorities in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-13 ... Read more...

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Hindus make last bid to save ‘Gita’; Indian lawmakers miffed (Roundup)


December 19th, 2011 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Hindus in Russia Monday made a last ditch effort to save the Bhagavad Gita from a ban by a Siberian court, as first reported ... Read more...

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Pakistani schools portray Hindus, minorities negatively: US study


November 10th, 2011 - 1:42 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 10 (IANS) Pakistan's public schools and madrassas negatively portray the country's religious minorities and reinforce biases which fuel acts of discrimination, and possibly violence, against these communities, according ... Read more...

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EU to provide Rs.200 million for flood relief


October 13th, 2011 - 4:24 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) The European Commission (EU) will provide emergency funding of Rs.200 million for flood victims in India, an official said Thursday.The funding, channelled through the EU's ... Read more...

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US worried over rising extremism, intolerance in Pakistan


September 14th, 2011 - 12:27 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 14 (IANS) The US has designated eight nations as Countries of Particular Concern for "particularly severe violations of religious freedom", but spared ally Pakistan even as it expressed ... Read more...

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Religion-based protection for workers in New York


September 3rd, 2011 - 1:43 pm ICT by IANS
New York, Sep 3 (IANS) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed into law a bill initiated by the Sikh Coalition to significantly enhance religion-based protections for employees working ... Read more...

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Muslims bigger victims of corruption, says cleric


August 22nd, 2011 - 7:28 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Aug 22 (IANS) Declaring support for Anna Hazare's fast for a stronger Lokpal bill, the All India Ulema Council (AIUC) claimed Monday that religious minorities like Muslims are bigger ... Read more...

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Sikhs barred from Pakistan gurdwara


July 20th, 2011 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, July 20 (IANS) A human rights panel of Pakistan has described as "scandalous" the barring of Sikhs from a gurdwara in Lahore.The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan noted with ... Read more...

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Netaji subject of political appropriation: New biography (With Images)


June 14th, 2011 - 11:48 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) Subhas Chandra Bose has always been regarded as a great popular hero, but official recognition of his stature as an iconic freedom fighter was somewhat ... Read more...

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California to let Sikh prisoners keep beards


June 11th, 2011 - 10:17 am ICT by IANS
Washington, June 11 (IANS) California has agreed to allow prisoners in the state to keep unshorn beards in accordance with their faith, according to the Sikh Coalition, a community advocacy ... Read more...

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Religious row grows in Nepal as Hindus call closure


May 25th, 2011 - 2:47 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, May 25 (IANS) With only three days left for a potential constitutional upheaval, Nepal's beleaguered communist government now faces religious tension as well with Hindu groups shutting down mid-western ... Read more...

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Involve people to curb terror, Khaleda Zia tells US


May 25th, 2011 - 12:39 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, May 25 (IANS) Former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia has urged the US to "involve people" for sustainable and effective curbing of terrorism.On a visit to the US, Zia, ... Read more...

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Dhaka’s Islamist leader admits after 40 years: ‘It was genocide’


May 5th, 2011 - 8:20 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, May 5 (IANS) Chief of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party Thursday said that killing of unarmed civilians during the movement for liberation from Pakistan in 1971 was "genocide", his interrogator ... Read more...

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Need to revisit blasphemy laws: Pakistani politician


April 21st, 2011 - 9:01 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Treading a cautious line on the controversial laws that make blasphemy a capital crime in Pakistan, Asfandyar Wali Khan, a top leader of the ruling ... Read more...

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2,542 people killed in militant attacks, 900 in US drone attacks in Pak in 2010: HRCP


April 15th, 2011 - 12:15 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, April 15(ANI): Over 2,500 people were killed in militant attacks in Pakistan in 2010, and at least 900 others lost their lives in US drone strikes in the tribal areas during ... Read more...

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US drones killed 957 Pakistani civilians in 2010


April 14th, 2011 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, April 14 (IANS) A total of 957 Pakistani civilians were killed in American drone attacks in the country 2010, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said in its annual ... Read more...

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Pakistan has “culture of impunity” on human rights abuses: US report


April 9th, 2011 - 12:24 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 9(ANI): Pakistan's security forces enjoy "a culture of impunity" in relation to human rights abuses in the country, and police have often failed to protect members of religious minorities from ... Read more...

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