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16 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I January 2010
Jordan’’s Prince calls for
world soldarity social fund
Founder of Arab Thought Foundation human society. the Summit, awards of (Desmond
Prince Al-Hassan bin Talal called on “It was important to counter the Tutu Fellowship of Reconciliation) to
to establish a world soldarity social psychological walls that impede the each of Dr. Ian Campbell, a resident
fund, in addition to activate places processes of reconciliation through in Britain, and the Croatian Katarina
of worship to discourage citizens the pursuit of change in action, not Izetbegovic, in addition to the
particularly the youth from getting too words, “ he said. Australian Elizabeth Angslo.
much involved in politics. In this regard, Prince Al-Hassan The aim of the fellowship is to
During his inaugration of the “Global stressed the importance of setting provide opportunities for people from
Reconciliation Summit”, that takes priorities, to listen to the people to help different disciplines to undertake
place in Amman, with participation of them stand on their feet, activate the projects that contribute to reconciliation
representatives of non-governmental places of worship in social work that within societies.
organizations from 37 countries, transcends religion above politics, According to the organizers, the
he affirmed necessity of achieving adding that the role of religions should “Global Reconciliation Summit”,
comprehensive global reconciliation be linked to international standards organized by Monash University in
comes through the cooperation of and the establishment of effective Australia and the Royal Melbourne
every sector to “re-discover mutual bridges between different religions as Institute of Technology in cooperation
humanity”. well as international and humanitarian with the Jordan’s Regional Center
Prince Al-Hassan stressed that to law. for Human Security in response
achieve reconciliation it needs to move He stressed that the moral to the growing political violence in
away from narrow nationalism and dimension to resolve problems the world and to explore alternative
consider issues across the country to and global crises requires a deep paths to peace that emphasizes local
work towards reconciliation between understanding, therfore, ‘we must take reconciliation processes. Participants
the human and natural sources. into consideration the anthropological in the four-day conference, are about
He stressed in this context, the understanding of different societies, 200 activists, academics and experts
need to think hard to create a fund for calling for consideration of the issues who represent non-governmental
social solidarity, to give the poor the of security, economy and culture within organizations and international
opportunity to participate actively in the law.” Prince Al-Hassan presented organizations that are active in 37
building their future and the future of at the end of the opening session of countries.
India tightens regulations
for entry of foreign nationals
New Delhi has revised its regulations
pertaining to the entry of foreign
nationals holding long-term Indian
tourist visas.
Various ports of entry in the country
have already started enforcing the
revised regulations.
The revision comes in wake of the
arrest of David Coleman Headley and
Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana
by FBI on charges of plotting terror
attacks in India, All India Radio (AIR)
reported quoting official sources.
months of their last departure from stamped to indicate that return is not
Both Headley and Rana were
India if their last visit was longer than allowed within two months.
issued multi-entry visas by India
ninety days or if they have stayed The changes, however will not
without proper security clearances. longer than 180 days during the past affect Americans with other types of
The US advisory on the embassy year. visas such as tourists with short-term
website said, Americans with five-or The US advisory also said these visas, and those who have not stayed
ten-year tourist visas will no longer restrictions will be enforced whether in India for the stipulated time period.
be allowed to enter India within two or not the tourist’s passport has been
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