Greeks are among the European Union's most religious citizens. More than 80 percent of Greeks say they believe in God compared with an average of 16 percent in the 25-nation European Union, according to a June 2005 Eurobarometer poll.So that's how we can tell who's been a good Christian! I was wondering...
``Burial is part of our tradition, of who we are as people,'' said Helen Hatziladas, a 29-year-old Athens office manager. ``When you go back after three years and the flesh is a little gone from your bones, it says something: you've been a good Christian.''
ISLAMABAD: The government will not remove the subject of jihad from the school curriculum, Education Minister Javed Ashraf Qazi said on Tuesday. The minister told reporters after a prize distribution ceremony at a school here that the government’s new education policy will be implemented from 2007. “ Geography and history will be re-introduced in the new education policy that will be implemented in 2007,” he said. “We will teach Islamiat from class one to twelve.” The new syllabus will also include the subject of human rights, he added. The minister said a census would be carried out to ascertain the literacy rate in Pakistan. “The results of a census regarding the literacy rate in the country will be available in June 2006,” he said. He said students will be taught in both English and Urdu. Science, maths and history will be taught in English and the other subjects in Urdu, he said.
A few kilometres out in the desert is the Dubai that the tourists never see: the labour camps that house the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who build these skyscrapers. There are no lawns, hedges or dreamy adverts. Labourers, most from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, trapped into working here by crippling debts, sleep eight to a room and work long shifts for paltry wages and with no job security. They spend hours on bus trips to the sites each day, frequently go for months without pay, and are left penniless when contractors go bankrupt.
Some are pushed into severe depression by their circumstances. Last year 84 workers committed suicide. The number who die on site in accidents is thought to be even higher, though there are no official figures.
Technically, the labour laws in Dubai offer some protection to the workers: a day's shift should be only eight hours with overtime limited to two hours and paid at a higher rate; there should be medical care, proper housing, 30 days' annual holiday and employees should not be made to work during the searing midday heat in the summer. "The workers agree the salaries in their own countries before they come out here," said Lieutenant Colonel Rashid Bakhit al-Jumairi, an interior ministry official who works on labour issues. "Everything here is going smoothly and according to the labour laws."
But much of the labour law favours employers, and there are only a few dozen inspectors to monitor up to 800 000 construction workers. Few companies keep within the rules, even though the government has begun to blacklist and publish the names of some of those who do not. Workers who complain fear losing their jobs.
Accusations of a U.S.-led massacre of unarmed worshipers on the weekend have prompted the Shi'ite-led Iraqi government to demand that U.S. forces give up control of security.Iran is making its move.