International News- Daily Digest: 4 Key Updates

1. Pakistan passes bill on compulsory Quran teaching in schools

Pakistan’s National Assembly has passed a bill endorsing compulsory Quran education for all Muslim students studying in government schools from class 1 to 12. The legislation is seen as a step to reduce dependency on madrasas where children are just taught the Quran. However, the bill requires President Mamnoon Hussain’s signature to become a law.

2. Wildlife trafficking threatens 30% world natural Heritage Sites: WWF

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) published a report, which revealed that poaching, illegal logging and fishing in nearly 30% of World Heritage sites are driving endangered species to the brink of extinction. The report urges for additional and immediate measures to halt the worrying trend in illegal trafficking for international trade of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)-listed species in the world’s most ecologically important places.

3. UN to issue 10 stamps of ‘asanas’ on International Yoga Day

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue a set of stamps showing 10 yoga asanas (poses) to commemorate the International Day of Yoga on June 21 in New York. The stamps, to be issued only in $1.15 denomination each, depict a different yoga poses next to a large ‘Om’ in Devanagari script.

4. UK court to hear Mallya’s extradition case on May 17

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s extradition case is up for hearing next on May 17 at a UK court. On its part, India is collating additional evidence to be produced against him, though the extradition process may go well into 2018 before it is concluded.

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