Tuesday , 20 March 2018

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A fifth of non-believers turn to prayer in a crisis or out of habit, poll finds

Around 24 per cent of non-religious people surveyed say they prayed ‘as a last resort’ As many as one in five non-religious people pray to God, a study has found. Just over half of all adults in the UK pray at least sometimes and are increasingly likely to call on God for help when engaged in activities such as cooking or ... Read More »

Assembly Polls: 75 Per Cent Polling in Nagaland, 67 in Meghalaya

Briefing the media, OSD in the Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar said that voting process was completely peaceful in Meghalaya without any incident of violence.  Seventy-five per cent polling was recorded in Nagaland and 67 per cent in Meghalaya in the assembly polls held on Tuesday in the two northeastern states, Election Commission (EC) officials said. In last assembly elections, ... Read More »

Muslim boys who insulted Christianity sentenced to memorise verses of Quran that honour Jesus

Unique sentencing from Christian judge in Lebanon, where insulting religion can be punishable by up to three years in prison, praised as message of coexistence Three Lebanese teenagers who were hauled before a court on charges of insulting Christianity have been handed the unusual sentence of studying the references to the Virgin Mary found in the Quran. Christian judge Joceline ... Read More »

Denmark poised to ban Islamic full-face veils

‘It is incompatible with the values of the Danish society’, says country’s justice minister The Danish government is poised to become the next European country to introduce a ban on Islamic full-face coverings in public places. The government said it planned to fine people who wore items including the burqa and the niqab which are worn by some Muslim women. ... Read More »

After the niqab: What life is like for French women who remove the veil

‘Religion brought a lot that helped me escape from the trauma of rape … The niqab protected me, I liked hiding from men. I could see them, but they couldn’t see me’ Islamic headscarves and veils continue to be the subject of intense debate in Europe. Countries’ approaches towards the burqa and niqab, which cover the face, range from tolerance ... Read More »

The Islamic veil across Europe

Countries across Europe have wrestled with the issue of the Muslim veil – in various forms such as the body-covering burka and the niqab, which covers the face apart from the eyes. The debate takes in religious freedom, female equality, secular traditions and even fears of terrorism. The veil issue is part of a wider debate about multiculturalism in Europe, ... Read More »

Small-scale fisheries are throwing away fish that could feed those in poverty

At least 7.3m tons of fish (usually dead or dying) are thought to be discarded each year from marine fisheries around the world. But these estimates come mostly from observations of large-scale industrial fisheries. Limited attention has been paid to small-scale fisheries, which are assumed to have low discard rates – some estimate as little as 3.7% total catch, compared ... Read More »

How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world’s waste problem

Plastics are incredibly useful materials with extremely diverse properties, allowing a multitude of different applications that benefit our lives. Bottles and forks aside, in the medical field alone plastics have been used for artificial heart valves, medical implants and devices, controlled drug release, specialist surfaces and coatings that repel water, organic batteries – the list is endless. But, with marine ... Read More »

Mexico negotiates NAFTA with painful history in mind – and elections on the way

There are plenty of lessons to learn here. The expected benefits of NAFTA were at first deliberately “oversold” to the Mexican people, and the resulting optimism quite probably contributed towards the country’s democratisation. Two and a half decades on, this overegging is no longer necessary. Instead, Mexico’s best negotiating position would be a moderate approach that treats NAFTA as beneficial, ... Read More »

Why some people find it so hard to manage their time when working from home – and what to do about it

More people than ever now work from home for part or all of the week. Such flexibility can seem a good idea, but many people find it difficult to manage their time. Working from home in isolation can also prevent people from engaging in the daily interpersonal relationships that working life can offer – and which can help creativity and ... Read More »