Kashmir is safe only with the idea and culture of India and the state has been the epitome of communal harmony even during the turbulent times, J&K BJP leader Khalid Jehangir said on the sidelines of an interfaith dialogue in Srinagar on Sunday. The migration of Pandits from Kashmir in the 1990s, Jehangir said, was the result of the proxy war waged by Pakistan. "No Kashmiri Muslim can ever think of killing any member of the minority community. Kashmiri Pandits left because of the proxy war waged by Pakistan. Muslims have always safeguarded minorities."
"In Kashmir, there is coexistence and tolerance for one another," said Father Sebastian while addressing the gathering. Gurmeet Singh, a member of the Sikh community, said Kashmir is a garden that remains beautiful with different variety of flowers. Amit Wanchoo, a Kashmiri Pandit whose family stayed back in the Valley, said contribution of missionaries in education was unforgettable.
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At least three ethnic Uyghurs have recently been deported to China from Turkey via Tajikistan, according to sources, and now face persecution from authorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
Zinnetgul Tursun and her two toddler daughters, Hilal Shehinur and Banu Abdullah, were first sent from Istanbul, Turkey to Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, and then taken by Chinese police officers on a June 31 flight from Dushanbe to the XUAR ..
A traditional Tibetan horse-race festival opened this week in northwestern China’s Gansu province with official approval, but with large numbers of plainclothes police officers deployed around the festival grounds to monitor the crowd and discourage anti-China protests, according to a local source.
The festival opened on Aug. 13 in the Kanlho (in Chinese, Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s Machu (Maqu) county and drew participants from areas..
Nearly two dozen countries at the United Nations’ Human Rights Council in Geneva have urged China to end mass arbitrary detentions, as well as widespread surveillance and restrictions, on Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
“We call on China to uphold its national laws and international obligations and to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion or belief, in Xin..
LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May will begin reshuffling her cabinet Monday (Jan 8) in a bid to reassert authority after a torrid 2017 in which she lost her working majority and several ministers to scandals.
The long-awaited shake-up arrives ahead of another year of potentially bruising battles over Brexit, as talks with the European Union enter a key new phase amid continued divisions in the Conservative party.
It also comes as the prime minister tries to reset her leadership in the face of a resurgent opposition Labour party, which exceeded expectations in the snap election May called - and nearly lost - last summer.
Labour has started the new year attacking her government's handling of the crisis-hit health service and railways.
The reshuffle is not expected to result in any high-profile sackings, with foreign minister and Brexit proponent Boris Johnson, pro-EU finance minister Philip Hammond and Brexit Secretary David Davis all set to keep their jobs.
May has limited..
SINGAPORE: How can Singapore maintain its identity and heritage amid its rapid development?
It could take heritage into account when planning its housing and transport needs, use technology to reach out to new audiences, especially youths, and incorporate Singapore’s history and heritage into the school curriculum in fun ways, some have suggested.
These were some of the ideas featured in a new travelling exhibition that aims to promote Singapore's first comprehensive masterplan regarding heritage, Our SG Heritage Plan, to the wider public.
The exhibition, launched on Tuesday (Jan 9), highlights feedback and suggestions the National Heritage Board (NHB) gathered in engagement sessions with more than 700 stakeholders in the heritage sector last year.
The exhibit will be up at Raffles City Shopping Centre until Sunday, following which it will travel to three other locations around the island: HDB Hub Mall at Toa Payoh (Jan 15), Lot One Shoppers’ Mall at Choa Chu Kang (Jan 22) and Our..
The sister and niece of Chinese rights attorney Chen Jiangang were harassed and then detained for five hours by police in China on Friday in what was likely revenge for his decision to leave the country while under a travel ban, he told RFA’s Mandarin Service.
Chen, his wife, and two young sons arrived in the U.S. on Aug. 3 after a tortuous flight to freedom via Southeast Asia. He was banned from leaving China earlier this year and is applying f..
Police in western China’s Sichuan province beat Tibetan villagers found with photos of the Dalai Lama in their homes following the exiled spiritual leader’s birthday this month, detaining others who had performed public prayers for the Dalai Lama’s long life, Tibetan sources said.
The assaults took place after officials conducted a search of subsidized housing in two resettlement communities in Palyul (in Chinese, Baiyu) county in the Kardze (Gan..
WASHINGTON: The author of a deeply critical book about Donald Trump's first year in office said on Friday he had spoken with the president while working on it, contradicting Trump's assertion that he had never talked to the writer for the book and had not authorized any access to the White House.
Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" was an instant bestseller on Friday, its release pulled forward after published excerpts this week set off a political firestorm, threats by Trump lawyers of legal action and an effort to halt publication.
The book, dismissed by Trump as full of lies, depicts a chaotic White House, a president who was ill-prepared to win the office in 2016, and Trump aides who scorned his abilities. Standing by his reporting, Wolff told NBC on Friday that Trump aides had all told him they viewed him as child-like.
"I absolutely spoke to the president. Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don't know, but it was c..
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