France’s Le Pen cancels meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti over headscarf

Beirut, Feb 21 : Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen cancelled a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti on Tuesday after refusing to wear a headscarf. “You can pass on my respects to the Grand Mufti, but I will not cover myself up,” Le Pen told reporters. “I have met before with Grand Imam Sheikh […]

Sikhs suffer in Pakistani province: Sikh leader

Peshawar, Feb 21 : About 10,000 members of the Sikh community in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province lack education and health, a Sikh leader said in remarks published on Tuesday. The region used to brim with gurdwaras before the 1947 partition of India. Sikhs in Peshawar now use only two shrines, the Pakistan Today reported. “Plazas […]

Isha Foundation to erect 112 feet Shiva idols in India

By Venkatachari Jagannathan Chennai, Feb 21 : The Isha Foundation plans to have 112-foot tall faces of Hindu God Shiva or `Adiyogi’ in the other three regions of the country – east, north and west – while the first one has been set up in Coimbatore, said Foundation founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. “We want to […]

US Jewish community centres receive bomb threats

Washington, Feb 21 : Jewish community centres (JCC) in many cities across the US received bomb threats, a media report said. The JCC Association of North America reported that 11 centres received the threats on Monday, The Hill magazine reported. “Our JCCs are strongly rooted in communities across the country,” David Posner, Director of strategic […]

Ivanka Trump calls for religious tolerance

Washington, Feb 21 : Ivanka Trump, US President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter and a Jewish convert, has issued a statement on Twitter calling for “religious tolerance” after a wave of threats against the community, a media report said. Her tweet on Monday was by far the most vocal foray into a public discussion and was […]

SC reserves order on referring Sabarimala row to constitution bench

New Delhi, Feb. Feb 20 : The Supreme Court on Monday indicated that it may refer a plea for allowing the entry of women aged between 10 to 50 years in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple to a five-judge constitution bench. The bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Ashok Bhushan reserved its verdict […]