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Sikhs win 3rd case at UN concerning French turban ban
Report dated 10/10/2013 @ 3:14 PM
The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has held that France violated the religious freedom of Shingara Mann Singh, 57, by asking him to remove his turban for a passport photograph in 2005, and also failed to demonstrate that the curb imposed on him was necessary. This is the third turban case won at the UNHRC after France brought in the turban ban in 2008. In 2004 France banned turbans in state schools.
Mejindarpal Kaur, legal director of the United Sikhs, which has taken up all these cases, stated that the case shows that the international community recognises that the wearing of a turban by a Sikh is not only his religious duty, but is a part of his identity. It is now necessary to embark on a campaign to make France realise that it has to fulfill its obligations under international law to ensure that freedom of religion and belief is upheld for everyone in its country.
Mr Shingara Singh, said he has been a French citizen for over 20 years, and he fails to see how the country can be proud of its slogan of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.
Another NRI shot dead in the Philippines
Report dated 10/10/2013 @ 3:12 PM
Amrik Singh, 24, from Lallian Khurd village in Punjab, was shot dead by unknown assailants on motorbikes, in the Philippines.
Amrik's murder follows the recent shooting of another NRI, Jaswinder Singh, 38, who was attacked by unidentified gunmen on a national highway in the Philippines. In another incident NRI Ramandeep Singh Gill, was gunned down by unidentified assailants at a beach resort in the Philippines.
Villagers have demanded that the Centre raise the issue of the fatal attacks against NRIs with the Philippines government.
Visa-on-arrival to 40 countries including US, UK
Report dated 07/10/2013 @ 3:38 PM
India plans to extend the visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 40 more countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia. The facility will make India a more tourist friendly destination and promote foreign exchange earnings.
According to Planning Minister Rajeev Shukla, they have called a meeting of various ministries and the National Security Advisor to deliberate on the feasibility of the plan which could help in garnering more foreign exchange, and containing the current account deficit which is now at an all-time high of 4.8 percent of GDP, or $88.2 billion.
Other countries to which the facility can be extended include Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Norway, Ireland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Israel, Mauritius, Czech Republic, Oman, Argentina and Kazakhstan.
Bollywood's back in Egypt after 25 years
Report dated 06/10/2013 @ 7:20 PM
Bollywood returns to Egypt after 25 years, with the release of Chennai Express starring Shah Rukh Khan and Depika Padukone.
Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri said Egyptians clearly love Indian films which are screened in over 90 countries but not Egypt, so they intervened to connect Egyptian distribution channels with Indian film producers who have come together to meet the demand of Egyptian audiences.
Egyptian actress Aida Al Kashef, the lead actress in the Indian movie Ship of Theseus is delighted with the development and says working with an Indian director was a great experience. She looks forward to further collaboration between the Indian and Egyptian film industries.
The coordinator of the Discover India in Egypt group Maiosh Khafagi says Bollywood would prove to be a strong challenger to Hollywood in Egypt because of the love of Indian cinema among the young.
Chennai Express will be released in eight theatres in Cairo and two in Alexandria in the initial run. The film will carry Arabic subtitles.
NRI student hospitalised after hazing on Kolkata college campus
Report dated 06/10/2013 @ 7:18 PM
Ricky Das from Birmingham, UK who was in Kolkata to study at a hotel management institute has filed a complaint with police saying he was hazed by seniors on the college campus. He sustained multiple injuries including a cut on the head that needed five stitches. He was rescued by his classmates who took him to a nearby hospital, where doctors say he is suffering from trauma and will need psychiatric help.
Das said 12 students cornered him and beat him up since he had complained to authorities about hazing incidents in the hostel. Speaking from his hospital bed he says he does not want to return to the institute, he wants to return home immediately.
The International Institute of Hotel Management that runs 7 centres all over the country refused to admit the incident took place and called it propaganda by their rivals.
The state government wants the situation investigated and plans to set up a body to monitor incidents at private institutions.