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Ramadan 2021: Saudi Arabia, India, other countries that begin fasts from Tuesday(Twitter/emrecelikrumi)

Ramadan 2021: Saudi Arabia, India, others that may begin fasts from Tuesday

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2021 07:03 PM IST
  • Ramadan 2021: From Saudi Arabia to Asian countries like India and Pakistan and Western nations like USA and UK, here is a list of regions that begin fasting from Tuesday after sighting the crescent moon
Ramadan 2021 moon sighting LIVE updates: Saudi Arabia, others to sight the moon(Twitter/jimcarr_wpg)
Ramadan 2021 moon sighting LIVE updates: Saudi Arabia, others to sight the moon(Twitter/jimcarr_wpg)

Ramadan 2021 moon sighting highlights: Saudi Arabia committee announces date

UPDATED ON APR 11, 2021 11:59 PM IST
  • Ramadan 2021 moon sighting updates: Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court had called on all Muslims in UAE, Qatar and other Arab states to sight the crescent moon for the onset of the Holy month of Ramadan on Sunday evening, Sha’ban 29, 1442 AH, that is April 11, 2021
Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla at a press confertence at the SII facility, a day after a fire incident, in Pune, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.(PTI)
Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla at a press confertence at the SII facility, a day after a fire incident, in Pune, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.(PTI)

SII to delay further vaccine shipments to Brazil, Morocco, Saudi Arabia: Report

Reuters | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 11:44 AM IST
Brazil has already received 4 million doses from SII, Saudi Arabia 3 million doses and Morocco 7 million, according to India's foreign ministry. The three countries had ordered 20 million each.
The picturesque town, its facades painted in distinctive hues of blue, shut its small population off from the world, and kept the virus out for months.(Unsplash)
The picturesque town, its facades painted in distinctive hues of blue, shut its small population off from the world, and kept the virus out for months.(Unsplash)

Pandemic empties blue-hued Moroccan tourist town

Chefchaouen, Morocco | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kale
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 03:54 PM IST
The picturesque town, its facades painted in distinctive hues of blue, shut its small population off from the world, and kept the virus out for months.
Moroccans celebrate in front of the parliament building in Rabat after the US adopted a new official map of Morocco that includes the disputed territory of Western Sahara.(AFP PHOTO.)
Moroccans celebrate in front of the parliament building in Rabat after the US adopted a new official map of Morocco that includes the disputed territory of Western Sahara.(AFP PHOTO.)

India welcomes normalisation of ties by Israel and Morocco, calls for talks with Palestinians

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 09:44 PM IST
Morocco is the fourth Arab country to set aside hostilities with Israel in the past four months with US help. Israel has also normalised relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.
On Thursday, Donald Trump said Morocco and Israel agreed to establish full diplomatic relations and that he was recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over the long disputed region of Western Sahara(AP)
On Thursday, Donald Trump said Morocco and Israel agreed to establish full diplomatic relations and that he was recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over the long disputed region of Western Sahara(AP)

US proposes $1 billion arms sale to Morocco after Israel deal

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2020 12:20 PM IST
The State Department sent informal notification of the proposed sale on Friday to Congress, which gets the ball rolling for formal processing of the sale, according to two people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified discussing a sale that hasn’t been formally announced
Till date, India’s Exim Bank has supported 64 Indian companies for setting up ventures in the MENA region, with a sanctioned amount of Rs 6,684 crore, in various sectors such as textiles, automotive, chemicals and dyes, agro processing, irrigation, renewable energy, construction, healthcare, EPC services, shipping and mining, among others.(Getty Images/iStockphoto (Representative Image))
Till date, India’s Exim Bank has supported 64 Indian companies for setting up ventures in the MENA region, with a sanctioned amount of Rs 6,684 crore, in various sectors such as textiles, automotive, chemicals and dyes, agro processing, irrigation, renewable energy, construction, healthcare, EPC services, shipping and mining, among others.(Getty Images/iStockphoto (Representative Image))

Exim Bank of India, Bank of Africa BMCE Group sign MoU for trade, investment between countries

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2020 08:25 PM IST
The MoU was signed during the India-Morocco Business Forum, jointly organised by both the institutions on Friday, a release said.
Gulshan Grover said that he was once denied a Moroccan visa because he had beaten Shah Rukh Khan in a film.
Gulshan Grover said that he was once denied a Moroccan visa because he had beaten Shah Rukh Khan in a film.

Gulshan Grover reveals he was refused Moroccan visa because of Shah Rukh Khan. Watch video

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 02:11 PM IST
On an episode of India’s Best Dancer, Gulshan Grover said that he was once denied a Moroccan visa because the officer felt he ‘beat Shah Rukh Khan’. He then had to explain that it was just for a film.
Abdeljalil Belghouate, a horse carriage owner, waits for customers in the landmark Jemma el-Fnaa in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, July 22, 2020.(AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Abdeljalil Belghouate, a horse carriage owner, waits for customers in the landmark Jemma el-Fnaa in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, July 22, 2020.(AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Pandemic life: Morocco’s carriage horses suffer as Covid-19 bars tourists

Marrakech, Morocco | By Associated Press | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 07:36 PM IST
Thousands of people depend on the carriage horses for their livelihood. A single horse carriage in Marrakech supports four to five families, including owners, drivers and stable boys.
Moroccan rapper Houda Abouz, 24, known by her stage name "Khtek", records a song inside a studio in Rabat, Morocco.(REUTERS/Shereen Talaat)
Moroccan rapper Houda Abouz, 24, known by her stage name "Khtek", records a song inside a studio in Rabat, Morocco.(REUTERS/Shereen Talaat)

War of words: Women in Morocco break through in rap scene dominated by men

Rabat | By Reuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 04:03 PM IST
Men’s prevalence in the world of rap reflected Morocco’s conservative society, but Houda Abouz is one such name who is trying to shift this narrative.
In this Friday, June 26, 2020 file photo, people gather at a reopened beach on the first weekend after lockdown measures were lifted in Sale, Morocco.(AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)
In this Friday, June 26, 2020 file photo, people gather at a reopened beach on the first weekend after lockdown measures were lifted in Sale, Morocco.(AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)

Covid-19: Morocco to start reopening borders after strict lockdown

Rabat, Morocco | By Associated Press | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2020 09:19 PM IST
Only Moroccan citizens and expatriates living in Morocco will be allowed to travel in the first stage of the reopening starting July 14, according to a government statement.
In this Saturday, April 19, 2020 photo, Noureddine Elmihnida, left, speaks to a resident about her medical needs during a health state of emergency and home confinement order, in El Youssoufia, Rabat, Morocco.(AP photo)
In this Saturday, April 19, 2020 photo, Noureddine Elmihnida, left, speaks to a resident about her medical needs during a health state of emergency and home confinement order, in El Youssoufia, Rabat, Morocco.(AP photo)

Ex-convict helps neighbours cope in Morocco coronavirus lockdown

Rabat | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2020 05:49 PM IST
Special permits are needed to leave the home. Some people, especially the elderly and vulnerable, found themselves stuck without food or medical supplies.
Majid Al Futtaim CEO Alain Bejjani, center left, and store manager Arnaud Bouf, center, walk through heavy shopping traffic during the coronavirus pandemic in the world's busiest Carrefour supermarket, at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.(AP)
Majid Al Futtaim CEO Alain Bejjani, center left, and store manager Arnaud Bouf, center, walk through heavy shopping traffic during the coronavirus pandemic in the world's busiest Carrefour supermarket, at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.(AP)

Dinner on a doorstep: Reaching the Middle East’s vulnerable in lockdown Ramadan

Amman | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 01:12 PM IST
It’s a time of year when homeless and isolated people in the Middle East can count on hot meals and friendly conversations with strangers.
Morocco fortress village hopes to draw ‘Game of Thrones’ fans.(Instagram)
Morocco fortress village hopes to draw ‘Game of Thrones’ fans.(Instagram)

Morocco fortress village hopes to draw ‘Game of Thrones’ fans

Ait-Ben-Haddou, Morocco | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2020 12:53 PM IST
The fortified old settlement at the foot of the majestic Atlas mountains enchanted audiences in the HBO series and also served as a dusty backdrop in Ridley Scott’s epic swords-and-sandals film Gladiator.
Algeria’s ready to become the alternative destination for the Mediterranean.(Lovers_Tourism_Algeria/Instagram)
Algeria’s ready to become the alternative destination for the Mediterranean.(Lovers_Tourism_Algeria/Instagram)

A short hop from Europe, this tourism gem aims to open its doors soon

Bloomberg | By Salah Slimani
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 10:36 AM IST
With a warm Mediterranean sea in summer, great winter skiing, vast Saharan deserts, towering Roman ruins and prehistoric art of global renown alongside an intriguing modern Arab culture, Algeria should be a top travel destination.
Morocco’s House of Memory spotlights Jewish-Muslim coexistence. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)(Unsplash)
Morocco’s House of Memory spotlights Jewish-Muslim coexistence. (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE)(Unsplash)

Morocco’s House of Memory spotlights Jewish-Muslim coexistence

Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2020 01:55 PM IST
In the old quarter of Morocco’s coastal city of Essaouira, a newly-opened House of Memory has been dedicated to the historic coexistence of its Jewish and Muslim communities.
Ivanka Trump brushed off criticism that her family has profited off the presidency(REUTERS)
Ivanka Trump brushed off criticism that her family has profited off the presidency(REUTERS)

Ivanka Trump rejects notion family profits from presidency

Rabat (Morocco) | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 06:36 AM IST
In New Hampshire, Biden responded that the president’s daughter should look at his tax returns for evidence he didn’t cash in as vice president or a legislator.
India’s Lovlina Borgohain(Twitter)
India’s Lovlina Borgohain(Twitter)

Jamuna Boro, Lovlina Borgohain enter quarters of world women’s boxing championship

Ulan-Ude (Russia) | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 12:45 PM IST
Jamuna Boro will next take on Belarus’ Yuliya Apanasovich, who is seeded fourth. Next up for Lovlina Borgohain is sixth-seeded Karolina Koszewska
A journalist for Akhbar Al-Yaoum -- an Arabic-language newspaper which has a history of run-ins with the authorities -- she was sentenced under Article 490 of the legal code of the Muslim kingdom.(Getty Images/Vetta)
A journalist for Akhbar Al-Yaoum -- an Arabic-language newspaper which has a history of run-ins with the authorities -- she was sentenced under Article 490 of the legal code of the Muslim kingdom.(Getty Images/Vetta)

Morocco journalist gets 1-year jail for ‘illegal abortion’

Rabat | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 04:20 AM IST
In a case that has sparked widespread debate on personal and media freedoms in Morocco, her gynaecologist, who spoke up in her defence, was given two years and her Sudanese fiance one year in prison.
Anil Vishu Chugani, the 43-year-old man who flung Shanaya, a three-year-old girl from the bedroom window of his seventh-floor house at Radio Club Marg in Colaba, wanted to also kill the child’s twin sibling, revealed Colaba police officers.(HT Photo)
Anil Vishu Chugani, the 43-year-old man who flung Shanaya, a three-year-old girl from the bedroom window of his seventh-floor house at Radio Club Marg in Colaba, wanted to also kill the child’s twin sibling, revealed Colaba police officers.(HT Photo)

Man flung 3-yr-old from Colaba building to get rid of black magic, also wanted to kill kid’s twin: Police

Mumbai | By Faisal Tandel, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 08:06 AM IST
Police discovered three of Chugani’s diaries in which he mentioned that a 50-year-old woman, whom he used to work with while living in Morocco, had performed black magic on him.
The police have ruled out accidental fall, as the window was higher and the three-year-old couldn’t have reached it. (Representative Image)(Getty Images)
The police have ruled out accidental fall, as the window was higher and the three-year-old couldn’t have reached it. (Representative Image)(Getty Images)

No motive behind crime, says man who flung 3-year-old from 7th floor in Mumbai

Mumbai | By Faisal Tandel, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 12:17 AM IST
The police have ruled out accidental fall, as the window was higher and the three-year-old couldn’t have reached it. The body being recovered 20ft away from the window confirmed the suspicion that she was flung from the seventh floor, said police.
This is first time that Akhtar and Dandekar will walk the runway as a couple.(Farhan Akhtar/Instagram)
This is first time that Akhtar and Dandekar will walk the runway as a couple.(Farhan Akhtar/Instagram)

Farhan Akhtar, Shibani Dandekar to walk for Payal Singhal at Lakme Fashion Week 2019

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 01:00 PM IST
Designer Payal Singhal marks 20 years as a couturier of her eponymous brand with her latest collection ‘#PS20’, which is based on gypsies and bohemian culture.
This picture shows the beauty pageant winner donkey, Cleopatra (1st-R), at the festival "Festibaz" in the village of Beni Ammar on July 28, 2019. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)(AFP)
This picture shows the beauty pageant winner donkey, Cleopatra (1st-R), at the festival "Festibaz" in the village of Beni Ammar on July 28, 2019. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)(AFP)

‘Cleopatra’ wows Morocco village at donkey pageant

Beni Ammar, Morocco | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2019 10:00 AM IST
Named after the ancient Egyptian queen, she triumphed at the Festibaz event -- becoming the first female donkey ever to win the contest, held in the village of Beni Ammar.
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI on Tuesday will mark 20 years on the throne.(Reuters Photo)
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI on Tuesday will mark 20 years on the throne.(Reuters Photo)

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI casts himself as modernist as well as traditional

Rabat, Morocco | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2019 05:41 PM IST
He has often presented that duality in photo ops, posing for official pictures in traditional garb then switching to snazzy suits for social media snapshots with celebrities during his frequent trips abroad.
(Unsplash)
(Unsplash)

Social media rescue Morocco’s last woman potters

Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse, Ourtzagh, Maroc
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 03:24 PM IST
Beautiful handcrafted pottery made by Mama Aicha rarely sells in Morocco anymore, but thanks to social media her ancient techniques are drawing students from around the world to the foothills of the Rif mountains.
Tagine, a Moroccan dish named after the earthen tagine pot(Shutterstock)
Tagine, a Moroccan dish named after the earthen tagine pot(Shutterstock)

Travel: Around the world in eight plates

Hindustan Times | By Rupali Dean
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 11:47 AM IST
Skip souvenirs and bring back recipes from world travels. Here are eight cooking experiences that’ll take you back to your holiday in just one bite.
South Africa's Caster Semenya before the women's 800m.(REUTERS)
South Africa's Caster Semenya before the women's 800m.(REUTERS)

Caster Semenya denies she refused to run in Rabat, blames event organiser

Paris | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2019 01:39 AM IST
Semenya was free to run after Switzerland’s top court on Wednesday rejected an IAAF request to re-impose rules obliging her to lower her testosterone before competing in certain events.
France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reacts during his first round match against Germany's Peter Gojowczyk(REUTERS)
France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reacts during his first round match against Germany's Peter Gojowczyk(REUTERS)

French Open 2019: Home favourite Tsonga ready to renew Nishikori rivalry

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 09:34 AM IST
Tsonga overcame German Peter Gojowczyk on Monday to reach the second round at Roland Garros for the first time since 2016, as he did not compete here last season and fell at the first hurdle in 2017.
Amy Jackson and her boyfriend George Panayiotou are in Morocco on a holiday.
Amy Jackson and her boyfriend George Panayiotou are in Morocco on a holiday.

Amy Jackson makes pregnancy look easy, shares pics from Marrakesh babymoon, see pics

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 05:09 PM IST
Amy Jackson, who has completed six months of pregnancy, is currently on a holiday in Marrakesh, Morocco with her boyfriend George Panayiotou and has been sharing pictures from there.
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