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Denmark set to become next European country to ban burqas

COPENHAGEN, Oct 6 (Reuters) Denmark looks set to become the next European country to restrict the burqa and the niqab, worn by some Muslim women, after most parties in the Danish parliament backed some sort of ban on facial coverings.
Full and partial face veils such as burqas and niqabs divide opinion across Europe, setting advocates of religious freedom against secularists and those who argue that such garments are culturally alien or a symbol of the oppression of women.
The niqab covers everything but the eyes, while the burqa also covers the eyes with a transparent veil.
France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and the German state of Bavaria have all imposed some restrictions on the wearing of full-face veils in public places.
"This is not a ban on religious clothing, this is a ban on masking," Jacob Ellemann-Jensen, spokesman for the Liberal Party, told reporters on Friday after his party, the largest in the coalition government, decided to back a ban.
This would effectively mean a ban on the niqab and the burqa, he added. Around 200 women in Denmark wear such garments, according to researchers.
The three-party centre-right minority government, its ally the Danish People's Party and the main opposition Social Democrats have all said they are in favour of a ban, though they are still discussing how the ban should be designed and enforced.
"There will come a masking ban in Denmark. That's how it is," Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said on Facebook.
His party, the Liberal Alliance, had previously been one of the staunchest opponents of a ban, saying it limited people's ability to freely choose their attire, but has now aligned its stance with that of the other coalition parties, the Conservatives and the Liberals.
"So if it is practically possible to have such a ban without betraying ourselves or our own values, then the Liberal Alliance will vote for it," Samuelsen said.
The Social Democrats, Denmark's biggest party, has also signalled support in principle for a ban on garments such as the burqa, which it said oppressed women.
"We are ready to ban the burqa if that is what it takes ... But there are some dilemmas, not least with regards to how such a ban would be enforced," said the Social Democrats' leader Mette Fredriksen during a debate in parliament on Thursday.
Norway's government in June proposed a ban on face-covering Muslim veils in kindergartens, schools and universities.
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Former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma appointed Centre's representative to hold dialogue with stakeholders in J & K

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) Former Director of the Intelligence Bureau, Dineshwar Sharma, has been appointed the representative of the Centre to hold talks with stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh affirmed on Monday.

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23 Oct 2017 | 5:14 PM
Afghan Prez Ghani's India visit to review partnership, take steps to combat terrorism

Afghan Prez Ghani's India visit to review partnership, take steps to combat terrorism

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) India and Afghanistan will review "entire gamut of multifaceted bilateral strategic partnership" during the one day working visit of Afghanistan President Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani here on Tuesday.

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23 Oct 2017 | 3:36 PM
First PMKK for skilling in smart cities launched

First PMKK for skilling in smart cities launched

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) Country’s first Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) for Skilling in Smart Cities, was inaugurated here on Monday.

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23 Oct 2017 | 5:04 PM
Bribery allegations: Cong demands FIR against Guj BJP, probe by Guj HC sitting judge

Bribery allegations: Cong demands FIR against Guj BJP, probe by Guj HC sitting judge

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) Reacting to allegations of bribery levelled against the BJP by a close aide of Hardik Patel, who claimed of being offered Rs 1 crore to join the Party, the Congress on Monday demanded filing of an FIR against the Gujarat BJP in the matter and a probe, headed by a sitting judge of the Gujarat High Court, into the matter.

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23 Oct 2017 | 4:16 PM

BJP dismisses Alpesh joining Congress: Calls Opposition party "Drame-baz"

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) The BJP on Monday dismissed Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakor joining Congress in the presence of their party vice-president Rahul Gandhi as utterly "gimmick" and said Thakor has been a Congress man always and his father too held positions in that party.

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23 Oct 2017 | 5:16 PM
Cong to have 40 'star campaigners' for HP polls

Cong to have 40 'star campaigners' for HP polls

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) Congress on Monday announced 'star campaigners' for Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly elections besides party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, also include former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad in the list.

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23 Oct 2017 | 5:08 PM
SC asks Unitech promoter to deposit substantial amount to get out of jail

SC asks Unitech promoter to deposit substantial amount to get out of jail

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) The Supreme Court on Monday asked Unitech promoter Sanjay Chandra to show his bona fide by depositing a substantial amount if he wants to come out of jail in connection with the Unitech case.

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23 Oct 2017 | 2:55 PM

India’s first PM Kaushal Kendra in Smart Cities launched under Skill India Mission

23 Oct 2017 | 5:20 PM

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated India's first Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) for Skilling in Smart Cities, in collaboration with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) at Mandir Marg here on Monday.

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