Pakistan Govt. Agrees to national Holidays on Holi, Diwali and Easter

This will be the first time in its 68 years of Pakistan, the country will have public holiday on these occasions.470124-diwali-pak

The resolution was moved by PNL-N MNA Ramesh Kumar Vankwani in National Assembly. “This house is of the opinion that the government should take steps to declare Holi, Diwali and Easter as closed holidays for minorities,”

the resolution said,
According to a report there are at least 2 million Hindus in Pakistan that makes up to at least 2 percent of the country’s population. The total number of Christians is said to be at least 2.5 million in 2005, which is 1.6 percent of the total population in Pakistan.
Source:Zee News



Hajj Stampede Kills Over 700 People – Prime Minister: Narendra Modi Expresses Pain Over Loss Of Lives

Killed Over 700 Muslims

A horrific stampede killed at least 717 pilgrims and injured hundreds more on Thursday on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the deadliest tragedy to strike the annual haj pilgrimage in more than two decades.

At least 863 pilgrims were injured in the crush, said the Saudi civil defence directorate, which provided the death toll. The tragedy struck as Muslims around the world marked the start of the Eid-ul-Zuha holiday.

It was the second major disaster during this year’s haj season, raising questions about the adequacy of measures put in place by Saudi authorities to ensure the safety of the roughly 2 million Muslims taking part. A crane collapse in Mecca nearly two weeks earlier left 111 people dead.

Saudi Arabia takes great pride in its role as the caretaker of Islam’s holiest sites and host to millions of pilgrims annually. But the haj poses an immense logistical and security challenge for the kingdom given the sheer number of hundreds of thousands of people — from differing linguistic and cultural backgrounds, many of whom have saved for years for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — intent on following the same set of rituals at about the same time.

Thursday’s crush happened in Mina, a large valley about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Mecca that has been the site of haj stampedes in years past.

Mina is where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone columns. It also houses more than 160,000 tents where pilgrims spend the night during the pilgrimage.

As per reports at least 14 Indians too lost their lives during the stampede. Prime Minister Narendra Modi solitude and Tweeted,

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Distressing news from Mecca. Pained at loss of lives due to the stampede. Condolences to families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.

Mukesh Ambani Richest Indian & Flipkart Co-Founders (Sachin & Binny) New Billionaires: Forbes

Mumbai: India`s leading e-retailer Flipkart`s co-founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal are the latest billionaires in the country, with $1.3 billion (Rs.8,582-crore) net worth each, according to leading business magazine Forbes India` rich list released on Wednesday.

Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal
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“Indian e-commerce has added its first billionaires with Flipkart`s founders (Bansals) making debut on our rich list at number 86, with $1.3 billion net worth each,” the magazine said in a statement here.

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Though Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani tops the rich list for the ninth consecutive year, his net worth, however, declined $4.7 billion to $18.9 billion (Rs.127,700 crore) from 2014 owing to lower oil prices that hit his oil and petrochemicals giant.

Sun Pharmaceutical`s Dilip Shanghvi also retained the second spot, with $18 billion net worth, acquisition of drug major Ranbaxy Industries for $4 billion by his company notwithstanding.

IT czar and Wipro chairman Azim Premji also retained the third spot in the list, with a net worth of $15.9 billion though $500 million less than in 2014.

“The generous billionaire has pledged 18 percent of his stake in Wipro to his charitable trust, in addition to a 21 percent stake already given,” the statement noted.

“The combined wealth of India`s 100 richest remains largely unchanged at $345 billion, as compared to $346 billion in 2014,” it added.