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Islamic State menace: `No` from one Iraq villager triggered mass killing of Yazidis

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 19:32

When Islamic State militants stormed into a northern Iraqi village and ordered everyone to convert to Islam or die only one person refused. But that did not satisfy the Sunni insurgents who are even more hardline than al Qaeda.

China punishes Xinjiang official for openly practising faith

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 14:54

One official in the southern city of Kashgar, where a state-backed imam was killed last month, had "worshipped openly", the official Xinhua news agency said, behaviour which violated rules that state workers not be religious.

Hindus, Muslims must change their mindset: Katju

Last Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014, 12:41

If Hindus and Muslims want to become "real Indians", they must change their mindset, Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has said.

Muslims should reconsider attitude towards Modi government: IICC chief

Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014, 15:17

The head of an Islamic cultural centre here on Friday called upon the Muslims to reconsider their attitude towards the Narendra Modi government and come forward to help in nation-building and resolve minority-related issues.

CPI-M rakes up PM Eid greeting issue; BJP rejects claims

Last Updated: Friday, August 08, 2014, 00:15

A CPI-M member charged that Modi had not wished Muslims on Eid but had extended his greetings to other communities for their festivals, prompting the government to make a strong rebuttal.

Interest subsidy on educational loans

Last Updated: Thursday, August 07, 2014, 16:39

The government has launched a scheme to provide interest subsidy on educational loans for overseas studies for students belonging to the minorities, including Muslims.

Muslims account for less than 5% of paramilitary personnel

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 15:20

Muslims constitute less than 5 per cent of the total strength of the country`s eight lakh paramilitary personnel, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Americans are just lukewarm towards Hindus: Survey

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 13:24

Hindus received a lukewarm rating of 50 from Americans in general while atheists and Muslims are seen in a less favorable light, according to a recent survey.

Beards, veils banned from buses in China`s Xinjinag

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 11:25

A city in China`s restive western region of Xinjiang has banned people with head scarves, veils and long beards from boarding buses, as the government battles unrest with a policy that critics said discriminates against Muslims.

56 arrested over riots in Myanmar

Last Updated: Sunday, August 03, 2014, 11:44

Fifty six people suspected to be involved in a sectarian riot which broke out in Myanmar`s second largest city Mandalay in early July have been arrested, police said Sunday.

Iran opens first state-run alcohol rehab centre

Last Updated: Saturday, August 02, 2014, 02:57

Drinking alcohol is illegal for Muslims under Iran`s strict Islamic teachings but there is open violation of the law.

More violence in China`s Xinjiang after deadly attack

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 16:01

Western tourists saw a body lying in a pool of blood in a major city in China`s violence-prone Xinjiang province on Wednesday.