Over two dozen die in Uttar Pradesh on Holi

Lucknow, March 25 : Despite heavy security and precautions taken by the administration, more than two dozen people were killed in Uttar Pradesh on Holi, police said on Friday. While five people were killed in road accidents in Lucknow, nine died in an accident in Bulandshahr and the remaining were killed during brawl or drunk […]

Abbas reiterates commitment to install cameras at al-Aqsa

Ramallah, March 25 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated on Thursday the Palestinian approval to Jordan’s arrangements to install cameras at al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. Following a meeting with President Abbas, Jordanian Foreign Minister Naser Judeh stressed Jordan’s commitment to the protection of the holy Islamic […]

Pope condemns Brussels attackers, arms makers at Holy Thursday rite

By Philip Pullella ROME, Mar 24 : Pope Francis today washed and kissed the feet of refugees, including three Muslim men, and condemned arms makers as partly responsible for Islamist militant attacks that killed at least 31 people in Brussels. He made his comments at a traditional pre-Easter ritual. This year 11 of the 12 […]

In a first, Kerala churches see ‘washing of feet’ ritual on women

Thiruvananthapuram, March 24 : In a departure from an age-old custom and putting into practice a papal decree, bishops at the Holy Thursday service in two Latin diocese churches in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi, for the first time washed the feet of women as part of a ritual earlier performed only on males. Christians on Thursday […]

India revels in sweet, colourful Holi

New Delhi, March 24 : India burst with colours and frenzied street dances by thousands of revellers on Thursday as the nation celebrated Holi, a seasonal festival joyously observed by all – young and old, rich and poor, Hindus and Muslims. Celebrations of the festival of colours, heralding the onset of spring, began early on […]