Hijab-clad Muslim woman removed from US plane

A hijab-clad Muslim woman in the US was reportedly removed from a Southwest Airlines plane after she asked for switching seats with a flight attendant saying she “did not feel comfortable” with the passenger. Hakima Abdulle, a Muslim woman from Maryland, said she was removed from the flight from Chicago to Seattle “without any credible explanation”. Abdulle said she wanted […]

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Nashik’s Shani temple ends 400-year-old ban on women

In a historic decision that broke a 400-year-old tradition, the Shri Shani Shingnapur Devasthan Trust (SSSDT) on Friday decided to open up the chauthara (platform) of the temple to all, including women. The decision was taken after 200 Kawadis, groups of devotees who bring gangajal (water of river Ganga) on foot, from Shingnapur trampled barricades, climbed the chauthara and conducted […]

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2,100 Indian Sikhs arrive in Pakistan to attend Baisakhi festival

More than 2,100 Indian Sikhs arrived here on Tuesday to take part in Baisakhi Festival at Gurdwara Hasan Abdal in Rawalpindi district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. “More than 2,100 Sikh Yatrees arrived here today via Wagah Border on three special trains,” Evacuee Trust Property Board spokesman Amir Hashmi said. He said special measures have been adopted to provide security to […]

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Efforts on for Rejuvenation of Ganga

The project will closely cooperate with other National and international initiatives including Indo-German bilateral projects like Support to National Urban Sanitation Policy (SNUSP) and ‘Sustainable Environment-friendly Industrial Production’ (SEIP). The project duration is three years i.e. from 2016 to 2018 and the German contribution in the project will be to the tune of Rs. 22.5 crore. Initial actions will focus […]

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Agra Gears up for Visit by Royal Couple

Hectic preparations are underway to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton to Taj Mahal on April 16. Local administration and police officials are making elaborate arrangements to ensure that the British royal couple has a memorable trip to the 17th century ‘monument of love’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Officials said a review has […]

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Trimbakeshwar revokes its Apr 3 ban on men’s entry in sanctum

The Trimbakeshwar Temple authorities have gone back on their April 3 resolution wherein they decided to ban entry of men too into the core worship area at the famous Lord Shiva shrine here. A meeting of the Trimbakeshwar Devasthan Trust held here yesterday cancelled its earlier resolution restricting entry of males into the ‘garbhgriha’ (sanctum sanctorum), Nivrutti Nagare, one of […]

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Fighting for the right to worship: No religion can discriminate against women

It’s a common trend that where social, political and religious systems fail, the judiciary steps in – as in the case of the entry of women to the Shani Shingnapur temple. A centuries-old bastion of the patriarchal social construct was smashed to smithereens. The women activists from the Bhumata Brigade, led by Trupti Desai, were successful in entering the sanctum […]

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For The First Time In 34 Years, World Famous ‘Palace On Wheels’ Has No Bookings!

For the first time in its 34-year history, the queen of India’s heritage trains will skip a trip for want of passengers. Palace on Wheels, which was not even cancelled during the global recession of 2007-09, will not leave on the journey scheduled to start on Wednesday as no bookings were made. Palace on Wheels general manager Pradeep Bohra said […]

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