Vienna, Oct 1, 2017: Burqa ban will come into force in Austria on Sunday that bans wearing the full Islamic veil in public places and buildings. The restriction is intended to ensure the cohesion of society in an open society. Any violations of the ban will be penalized with a fine of up to €150 ($177).
The government cites the exemptions under the ban following certain conditions like clown disguises “at cultural events”, scarves in cold weather and work wear such as medical masks.
“Acceptance and respect of Austrian values are basic conditions for successful cohabitation between the majority Austrian population and people from third countries living in Austria,” government officials told Livemint.
The enactment was brought in by the outgoing centrist government of chancellor Christian Kern.
On 15 October, elections are likely to see the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPOe) arrive second or third and possibly enter a coalition with Sebastian Kurz of the center-right.
Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian politician has endured considerable numbers of voters from the FPOe, polls show, experts say in part due to him moving to the right on issues such as immigration.
“The immigration seen in recent years is changing out country not in a positive but in a negative way,” Kurz told German television in an interview broadcast this week.
Other measures to administer from 1 October will include immigrants signing an “integration contract” and compulsory courses in the German language and “values.”
Due to the cold weather of Austria Salman Khan faces health problem while shooting Tiger Zinda Hai.
Tiger Zinda Hai starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be Released on 22 December 2017
Challenging weather conditions in Austria during the shoot of “Tiger Zinda Hai” led to a health issue for actor Salman Khan, says director Ali Abbas Zafar.
Talking about shooting for the film in the locales of Austria, Zafar said in a statement: “What we see onscreen might look a lot easier than it actually is. Sometimes, sequences like the ones shot in Austria can be difficult to achieve.
“For a significant chapter in ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, we had to film in a place that had a certain amount of aloofness and isolation. We found that spot in the mountains of Austria, a place where time seemed to stand still and frozen.
“Shooting here meant dealing with unexpected situations. Literally, a lot of pain had gone behind this sequence. Salman developed a health issue, but he still trained to film here and delivered on a tough action sequence.”
The team shot a song there.
“We had expertise on our side since we worked with an international crew that has worked on the latest James Bond film ‘Spectre’. In the end, as a team, we are fairly satisfied that we managed to film here successfully,” he added.
“Tiger Zinda Hai”, which also stars Katrina Kaif, is a sequel to “Ek Tha Tiger”. It is slated to release on December 22 and has been shot across five countries. (IANS)
New Delhi, October 3, 2017: An alpine valley in the western Austrian state of Tyrol, the Ötztal is a well known tourist spot. People from around the globe go to the valley to witness the grace of nature and the adventure activities this place has to offer. The Beauty and spirited aura of this place is what make tourists from different corners of the world, land here.
Let’s take a look at the best adventure activities that this place has to offer:
River Rafting: Feel the stunning waves and give yourself the much desired adrenaline rush, while wearing a helmet, special shoes, and a life vest. Experience water like never before!
Biking and Cycling: The Ötztal with its wonderful terrain, is the most exciting place for passionate bikers and cyclists. Not to forget, The Ötztaler Cycle Marathon is one of the most awaited events for the adventurists.
Hiking: If you’re a fan of walking, do not think twice and head to the Ötztal. Alpine footpaths, theme trials, lake hikes and what not? Dear adventurist, The paradise awaits you!
Horse Riding: With a vast range of horses, there’s high probability that you’ll find a friend for you to sit on and watch the beautiful landscapes of The Ötztal. Discover the passion for horse riding in you!
Geocaching: What’s that? A GPS assisted treasure hunt. A geocache is a small hidden box which the hunter needs to find by entering its coordinates into a GPS device. Sounds fun, huh?
-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha
Legislators in Tajikistan passed a new law requiring people to wear country’s traditional clothes
Reportedly, the decision is intended to stop women from wearing Islamic clothes
Women wearing hijab are already forbidden from entering the government offices, under the existing laws
New Delhi, September 5, 2017: A new law that requires people to “stick to traditional and national clothes” has been passed by the Tajikistan legislators, adding Tajikistan in the long list of countries that ban or limit Islamic dress.
Although the legislation hasn’t specifically mentioned “hijab”, but the authorities’ previous statements about hijab representing an “alien culture” makes their goal to discourage women from wearing Islamic hijab quite apparent.
Despite it being a Muslim majority country, Tajikistan’s minister of culture, Shamsiddin Orumbekzoda, talking to Radio Free Europe, called Islamic dress “really dangerous”.
“Everyone looks at them with concern, like they could be hiding something under their hijab,” he said.
Unlike Islamic countries, women in Tajikistan do not wear a hijab that is supposed to be wrapped under the chin, but a scarf that is tied behind the head.
Under existing laws, women wearing hijabs are already forbidden from entering the country’s government offices. In August, around 8,000 women wearing hijabs were approached by the government officials, in the capital of Dushanbe, who were then asked to wear their scarves in the Tajik style.
According to the Daily Mail report, police last year, in the Central Asian state, convinced 1,700 women to remove their headscarves, arrested 89 hijab-wearing prostitutes and closed down 162 shops and stalls selling hijabs.
The Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, while delivering his Mother’s Day speech in March, criticized women for wearing “foreign” black clothing. He had also criticized hijab in 2015, when he stated that blindly copying a foreign culture is not a sign of having high moral or ethical standards for women, as mentioned by the Al Jazeera.
While many citizens support the law considering the security and preservation of culture, many are polarized over its implications regarding personal liberties.
“I have to decide for myself what to wear. No one has the right to tell me ‘you have to wear this,’” Oinikhol Bobonazarova, a human right activist told RFE.
The new legislation carries no penalties as of now, but some have claimed that punishment or fines may be introduced later.
Tajikistan calls itself a secular state with a Constitution that provides for freedom of religion, however, the religious practice among the citizens of the Muslim majority country, seems to be tightly controlled by the state.
France, Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany are some of the many countries that have banned full face Islamic veils.
-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha