A French appeals court has upheld a ruling denying an Algerian woman citizenship after she refused to shake the hand of a senior official. The woman, who has not been named, said her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking the hand of the male official in the citizenship ceremony.
The Sindh Forest Department in Pakistan successfully broke its earlier Guinness World Record of planting the most trees in 24 hours by planting 1,129,294 mangroves on an island near Keti Bunder in Thatta district of Sindh..
Pictures of Saudi female athletes in colorful “sports abayas” running in the Red Sea city of Jeddah went viral last month, setting off a new debate on sartorial freedoms for women in a country where the typically all-black, body-shrouding garment is obligatory in public.
Pickles of some kind or the other have been part of cuisines across the globe for 4,000 years as can be gleaned from history. They also tell us about cross-cultural connections which mark food all over the world, writes Visual and Cross Cultural Anthropoloigist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai.
The 12-feet pillar at the entry gate of the Taj Mahal referred to as Darwaza-e-Rauza, along with some stone minarets on the south, collapsed in the thunderstorm which saw winds at speeds over 130 km per hour.
The Maldives is getting its first beauty pageant later this month, with organisers emphasising the contest’s decency.“Even in the international stage the focus is no longer on the body. It is more than that. It will be very decent and, as countries like Malaysia and Morocco already take part in this it is easy to fit a Maldivian style,” said event organizer Shameem Ibrahim.
India’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a US$ 1.5 billion World Bank aided program to clean up India and end open defecation. But the ambitious project is only partial success as many obvious flaws have not been attended to, writes P.K.Balachandaran in DailyFT.
The railways came to Sri Lanka about twelve years after it they did in neighboring India. The beginning was rough with many odds stacked against the project. But with the help of a Briton, W F Faviell, who had previously built a railway in India, railway construction got underway in the island colony in right earnest.
Cows in a conservative Malaysian state could be played Quranic recitals in the hope it will help them relax and improve the quality of their beef, a senior official said Thursday.Che Abdullah Mat Nawi, a member of the executive council in Kelantan state, put the idea forward in the hope that it will be taken up by cattle farmers in the rural state.
San Francisco police said 39-year-old Nasim Najafi Aghdam from San Diego was behind Tuesday’s shooting at YouTube’s offices in Silicon Valley. The Iranian woman was a vegan and campaigning for veganism through Facebook.Her grievance was that Facebook was blocking her.