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Indonesians spend most on cigarettes, after Rice

Anti-tobacco advocates in Indonesia plan to file a class action lawsuit this month using cases of child addicts in the hope of forcing tougher regulations on a society where one in three people smokes. The suit against tobacco companies and the Indonesian government argues that feeble regulation has left children dangerously exposed to the risks of smoking. Indonesia is something of a paradise for both smokers […]

Princess Tower enters Guinness Records

Princess Tower enters Guinness Records

The 107-storey-tall Princess Tower in Dubai has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest residential building. Measuring 414 metres from base to tip, the tower comprises six basement floors, a ground floor and 100 above-ground residential levels. The tower occupies an area of 37,410 square feet and houses 763 luxury apartments. Dubai already has a Guinness Record in its name for the tallest building in the […]

Women join Saudi Security Forces

Women join Saudi Security Forces

Thirty women were recruited as privates at the Passport Department’s offices at border crossings like King Fahd Causeway and Salwa border point in the east of the Saudi Kingdom. A recent study of Naif University for Security Sciences’ Studies and Research Center showed that Saudi women have been embarking on security work as volunteers. The study “Women Police in Arab Countries” indicated a real potential for an effective […]


Introspection is the Need of the Hour

The outcome of the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh is a clear setback for all those who were expecting a repeat mandate for the secular parties in the most populous state of India with a considerable Muslim population. A split in votes for the secular parties handed over a landslide victory to the BJP. But […]

Murder in the Name of Religion

Murder in the Name of Religion

The heinous slaughter of dozens of people at the renowned shrine of the Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan, Sindh (in Pakistan) by a suicide-bomber affiliated to the so-called ‘Islamic State’ is a gruesome reminder of the evil being spread in the name of Islam today by some groups. This is only one of many […]

Muslim Media: Birth and Death

I remember when Moulana Abdul Kareem Parikh Sab (late) in his inaugural speech of Islamic Voice, English monthly in January 1987 (30 years ago) shared an incident. He said that when he was in Surat, one day early morning a lady vegetable vendor carrying vegetables had in her vegetable basket a Gujarati news paper stuck […]

Community Round up

Average Monthly Expenditure on Smoking Tobacco Highest in J&K

Srinagar: The monthly expenditure on smoking tobacco in Jammu and Kashmir is substantially higher than the national monthly expenditure, as revealed by a survey conducted by Government of India. Nearly 70% of adults are exposed to tobacco smoke in Jammu and Kashmir, and the state is now emerging as the highest spending state on tobacco […]

‘Develop Investigative Reporting’: Rahman Khan

By A Staff Writer Bengaluru: The Karnataka State Urdu Academy organized a first of its kind training workshop for Urdu reporters on March 25 in collaboration with the Urdu daily Salar in the city. Nearly 40 journalists from across the state attended the workshop, where experts from the field imparted skills. Dr. K. Rahman Khan, […]

Ram Punyani Launches ‘Unite India’ App to Promote Indian Nationalism

Hyderabad: Noted historian and author, Ram Punyani launched a unique Diploma Course in Communal Harmony through a Mobile App ‘Unite India’ designed by All India Secular Forum member, Syed Khalid Speaking after launching the App, Ram Punyani said that ‘Unite India’ App would clear many misconceptions which are creating hatred within various communities in India. […]

Globe Affairs

Kenyan Bus Ambush Episode Made into Documentary

A bus attack in northern Kenya during which Muslims shielded Christians from al-Shabab militants is the subject of a fictional film adaptation that focuses on religious integration and coexistence. “Watu Wote,” Swahili for “All of Us,” is based on the militant ambush of a Mandera bus in December 2015. Gunmen sprayed the bus with bullets, […]

Don’t move US embassy to Jerusalem, Bishops ask Secretary of State

Washington D.C: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires wise U.S. engagement to build a better future for both peoples, and this future could be endangered by an embassy relocation, the U.S. Catholic bishops told the new Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Bishop Oscar Cantu, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, said that […]

Think Tanks – Fountains of Ideas

Think Tanks – Fountains of Ideas

Most of the ideas that go into policy-making today are generated at the world’s leading Think Tanks. Think Tanks are assuming a crucial role in aligning policies with public interest all across the world. A majority of new ideas today are generated at Think Tanks. They bring together the most intelligent minds and intellectually resourceful […]


Azaan – A Sublime Musical Experience

From the Azaan, flows wisdom which waters spiritually parched souls. It was the month of Ramadan and when the the Azaan came  through, I felt like I was in a fairy land. By Indira Satyanarayan During the fasting month of Ramadan, my friend Zaheer Memon ( NCP National secretary- Advocate Majid Memon’s son) gave me the  book, ‘’Muhammad- A Biography of the […]

Muslims Boycotting Each Other

Q: These days, Muslims look down upon each other. Each considers the other as inferior and many groups go to the extent of denouncing  each other. Then what is all this talk of Brotherhood? Is it all only in books? Please explain. “Do not hate each other and do not envy one another, and do not turn your back on each […]

Facing the Day of Decision

We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in mere idle  play. We created them all for nothing other than a true purpose, but most of them do not understand. The Day of Decision is the time appointed for all of them. It is a day when no friend shall […]

Special Report

Consultative Meeting on Muslim Issues – Need for Think-Tank Stressed

Consultative Meeting on Muslim Issues – Need for Think-Tank Stressed

Members from diverse walks of life gather to discuss issues affecting the community in Karnataka. By A Staff Writer Bengaluru: Former Union Minister and Rajya Sabha MP, Dr. K. Rahman Khan called upon Muslims to put their act together to remove educational and economic backwardness and disparity. At the ‘Consultative Meeting on Muslim Issues’ convened […]

Untouchability Among Muslims

Untouchability Among Muslims

A recent study provides empirical evidence of presence of untouchability among Muslims By Maqbool Ahmed Siraj Does untouchability exist among Muslims? A recent study by the Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow, confirms that it does. The study based on a survey of 7,195 households located across 14 districts in four regions of Uttar Pradesh […]

Interest-Free Banking – Echoes in the Hallowed Corridors of Finance

Interest-Free Banking – Echoes in the Hallowed Corridors of Finance

Concerted lobbying has resulted in institutions like the Reserve Bank of India and the Planning Commission taking note of interest-free banking as a viable initiative for financial inclusion. By Maqbool Ahmed Siraj Financial inclusion is the current buzzword. The nation has taken several new initiatives under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose ‘Pradhan […]

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