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Thiruvananthapuram: Indian ambassador-designate to Oman Indra Mani Pandey on Monday called on Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and said the embassy in the sultanate will become a one-stop destination for all Indian expatriates. chandy

“I have met Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Minister for Diaspora, K.C. Joseph, and other top officials. My visit to Kerala was to call on the chief minister and others to seek their support,” said Pandey, who will take charge of his new assignment on August 10.

“The Indian Embassy in Oman will be made a one-stop point for all Indians living in the sultanate,” said Pandey.

A 1990 Indian Foreign Service officer, he was deputy chief of mission in the Indian embassy in Paris.

Welcoming Pandey, the chief minister said Keralites in Oman faced numerous issues abroad.

“One of the main points our people raise is about staff shortage in the Indian embassy in Oman. Hence, they have to wait for long to get issues sorted out,” said Chandy.

Pandey said the staff shortage issue would be handled by ministry of external affairs and the purpose of his Kerala visit was to seek the state government’s cooperation.

(IANS)

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Denied Visa Twice, 6 Afghan Girls Win Silver in Robotics Competition in Washington

The Afghan Girls Robotics Team has won a silver medal for Courageous Achievement

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  • 6 Afghan girls won the silver medal at First Global Challenge in Washington for courageous achievement 
  • These girls were refused a visa to the United States twice but received one in the third attempt after President Trump intervened 
  • The awards were given to teams who displayed a can-do attitude

Washington, July 20, 2017: Six girls from Afghanistan were awarded the silver medal at Washington’s First Global Challenge for courageous achievement. The team had been denied a visa to the US twice, but this time President Trump’s intervention at the last minute made sure the girls could demonstrate their intelligence.

The Afghan girl’s team took part in the Robotics Competition. They exhibited their robots that could differentiate and sort out orange and blue balls.

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The team also got the opportunity to meet First Daughter Ivanka Trump. The girl’s robotic team won the medal for courageous achievement, which recognized teams who made it through even in difficult circumstances.

The gold and bronze medal were awarded to teams from South Sudan and Oman respectively.

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Denied the visa not once but twice, the girls were indeed disappointed. Fatemah Qaderyan, who spoke to Fox News, expressed her disappointments and also her team’s determination to make it through the obstacles.

The girls hail from Herat, a small town in Afghanistan. They convinced their parents, a big challenge given their cultural background and regional traditions. Afghanistan is a war torn country by the influence of Taliban and other insurgents.

Afghanistan is not among the six countries on which Trump’s travel ban was imposed. However, the girls have no answer as to why their visa was denied. But it was the President who intervened and got the visas approved not only for these Afghan girls but also for the teams who are otherwise among those in the travel ban.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Cattle Slaughter Law: Kerala to call an all-party Meeting to discuss the Issue

There have been widespread protests against the new law. Youth Congress have taken to the streets in the state but caused outrage by publicly slashing the head of an ox during one such protest.

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Kerala, May 29,2017-With both the main political fronts in Kerala opposing the ban on cattle slaughter, the state cabinet will on Wednesday announce a date for an all-party meeting to discuss the issue, Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunilkumar said on Monday.

“This is a question of livelihood for thousands of farmers in the state and has been in practise for ages. We will take up this issue in the cabinet meeting and don’t be surprised if Kerala initiates legal steps against the new law,” he told the media here.

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There have been widespread protests against the new law. Youth Congress have taken to the streets in the state but caused outrage by publicly slashing the head of an ox during one such protest.

The ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist held over 300 “beef festivals” across Kerala where cooked beef was freely served.

Forest and Animal Husbandry Minister P. Raju said the new law cannot come into effect in Kerala.

“This is a ridiculous law. Kerala cannot implement it. We will look into all angles on how to tackle this,” Raju said on Monday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears to be the only party in Kerala which has accepted the central government’s directive on cattle slaughter.

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“The new law has been misunderstood by the other parties,” BJP state General Secretary K. Surendran said.

For the Congress, what has come as a dampener was the manner in which their activists in Kannur slashed the head of an ox.

The police on Sunday night registered a case against the Youth Congress activists, whose action has been strongly condemned by Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.

Youth Congress leader Regil Makutty and three others were suspended on Monday by the national leadership and the state Congress followed suit.

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State Congress President M.M. Hassan told reporters that the state government should call a special session of the assembly to override the central law.

“Today we are observing a black day to protest against the anti-people law of the Centre. But we do not approve of what happened in Kannur. Hence, we have suspended them from the party,” said Hassan. (IANS)

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Gurdwara in Dubai breaks world record for serving free Breakfast to maximum number of people from 101 Nations

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Dubai, April 14, 2017: A gurdwara in Dubai broke the world record for serving free breakfast to the maximum number of people from diverse nationalities.

Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar entered the Guinness World Record on Thursday for serving continental breakfast titled “Breakfast for Diversity” to 600 persons from 101 countries in an hour-long event in Jebel Ali.

The Khaleej Times reported that schoolchildren, government officials and diplomats attended the event while Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri was the chief guest.

People from different parts of the city flocked to the Jebel Ali Gardens and filled a temporary tent made for hosting the marathon breakfast event.

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The officials from the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that the gurdwara (Sikh temple) broke the previous record of 55 nationalities having a continental breakfast, organised by Nutella at the Milan Expo in Italy in 2015.

The gurdwara, which is known for serving free meals to all visitors through its community kitchen, caters to over 50,000 Sikh devotees in the United Arab Emirates.

“Sikhism has always embraced diversity as it has been part of our faith and belief, that we are all human beings to be treated with respect,” Surender Kandhari, chairman of the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar temple, told the daily.

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“The gurdwara has been spearheading charity and volunteer work not only for the Indian community but for the entire UAE community as well. We feel blessed to give in any form, as this is our selfless service to the society,” he said.

Talal Omar, Guinness World Records MENA manager, said: “We are proud to support the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar in breaking a fantastic record that brings together people of multi-faiths.”

“We encourage record breaking activities that encourage all human efforts, particularly those that bring people together”. (IANS)