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Saudi to reopen Mecca facilities for visitors in Oct

Saudis and foreign residents in the Kingdom will be allowed in the first phase beginning October 4 to perform Umrah at a capacity of 30 per cent amid health precautions.

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Riyadh, Sep 27 : Authorities in Saudi Arabia have allowed facilities in Mecca to reopen for visitors starting from next month after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the media reported.

President- General for Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque Abdulrahman Al Sudais has directed the gradual reopening of the King Abdulaziz Complex for the Kaaba Kiswa, the Exhibition of the Two Holy Mosques’ Architecture and the Grand Mosque Library, Gulf News reported on Saturday citing state-media.

Al Sudais underlined the necessity of complying with precautionary measures recommended by health authorities to protect visitors’ safety.

Saudi Arabia has recently eased several virus-related restrictions.

Last week, authorities unveiled a plan for gradual resumption of Umrah (Islamic pilgrimage) and visits to the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina, starting from next month.

Saudis and foreign residents in the Kingdom will be allowed in the first phase beginning October 4 to perform Umrah at a capacity of 30 per cent amid health precautions.

Foreigners will be allowed to visit Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah from November 1.

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‘Higher marriage age provides women socio-economic benefits’

“As per our estimates, the percentage of females doing graduation will increase by at least 5-7 percentage points from the current level of 9.8 per cent.”

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : Higher marriage age is expected to provide enormous socio-economic benefits for women, SBI Ecowrap report said on Thursday.

The report comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government will soon take a decision on the minimum marriage age of women and it was recently reiterated signalling a possibility of the legal age of marriage for women to be raised from 18 years soon.

“We believe that increase in marriage age has enormous benefits on social and economic fronts for women,” the report said.

On social front, the report said that this will lead to social benefits like lowering Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) as well as improvement of nutrition levels while on financial front, opportunities will be opened up for women to pursue higher education and careers and become financially empowered, “thus resulting in a more egalitarian society in thinking”.

“We believe increasing the legal age has the potential to reduce India’s MMR significantly from 113 (2018). Further, increase in marriage age will push the mean marriage age higher and will lead to more females doing graduation and hence improving the abysmal female labour force participation ratio,” the report said.

“As per our estimates, the percentage of females doing graduation will increase by at least 5-7 percentage points from the current level of 9.8 per cent.”

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PM inaugurates Durga Puja festivities in Bengal, says committed to women empowerment

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party was committed to empowering women, and the government has taken steps to give benefits to all sections. He said this during his virtual address after inaugurating the Durga Puja festivities in West Bengal.

The Prime Minister during his virtual address said, “The government is working towards providing basic infrastructure to people in West Bengal, 30 lakh poor have been provided houses under the PMAY and in the Ujjwala scheme 90 lakh connections have been provided.”

Modi said that to empower the women, “The government has opened 22 crore Jan Dhan accounts, extended maternity leave and enforced more stringent laws to curb crime against women.”

He said Goddess Durga symbolises women power and the government is working towards it, while also mentioning laws made to scrap instant triple talaq, capital punishment to the rapists, permanent commission to women in the armed forces.

The Prime Minister said that the government is working towards the upliftment of eastern India. He recalled the great personalities from the state, from Guru Rabindranath Tagore to Qazi Nazrul Islam and mentioned about Bengal’s rich culture and history. “The people of Bengal have made the country proud and will do so in the future too,” he said.

On the occasion, Modi also cautioned people about Covid-19 and said, “We’re all celebrating Durga Puja this year amidst the Covid pandemic. Everyone has shown immense control and commitment to the entire arrangements while also ensuring that the flavour remains the same.”

He said the number of people might be less due to the pandemic but the grandeur and devotion are the same. Happiness and joy are still boundless in the festival and he was proud to be part of the celebrations, he added. This is the real Bengal and people should adhere to physical distancing, he said.

Earlier, the Prime Minister was welcomed by Union Minister Babul Supriyo with Rabindra Sangeet and blowing of conches. The virtual address was watched at several places in the state.

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Uttar Pradesh cop Intesar Ali suspended ober beard

Ali joined the police force as sub-inspector and was posted in Baghpat since the past three years.

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Baghpat (Uttar Pradesh), Oct 22 : Sub-inspector in Uttar Pradesh Police, Intesar Ali, has been suspended and sent to the police lines, and all this for keeping a beard without permission.

Ali had been warned thrice to shave off or seek requisite permission for the same.

However, the policeman did not seek permission and continued to keep the beard.

SP Baghpat Abhishek Singh said that as per the police manual only Sikhs are allowed to keep a beard while all other policemen have to remain clean-shaven.

“If any police personnel want to keep a beard, he has to seek permission for the same. Intesar Ali was repeatedly asked to seek permission but he did not comply and kept the beard without permission,” the SP said.

Ali joined the police force as sub-inspector and was posted in Baghpat since the past three years.

He told reporters that he had applied permission to keep a beard but got no response.

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