the claims as "senseless propaganda
Reham Khan Wife of Imran Khan Dismisses
Daily Mail Over Degree Report
9-Year-Old Shreya’s Burger with ‘Garam
Masala’ Shines at the White House
Heard of Monika Naik, who just won a
German Honour for her Selfless Service in the Field of TB?
15-Member Gang Led By Women in Pakistan
Girls Beaten Cruelly At Barisal
Orphanage in Bangladesh
Nigerian Muslims Speak Up Against
Runaway UK Schoolgirl, Amira Abase,
Marries Daesh Militant
Another Case of Child Abuse in
Bangladesh Goes Viral On Social Networking Sites
Iraqi Govt, U.N. Agencies Begin Training
Women to Farm
Girls Take Top Positions In AKU-EB Exams
Makkah Youngsters Help Elderly Italian
Women Perform Umrah
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
DAWN.COM, 15 07 2015
Broadcast journalist and wife of
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday dismissed
British daily Daily Mail for calling into question a journalism course she is
said to have registered for.
Social media was abuzz Wednesday morning
when Daily Mail published a report which claimed that the 'Broadcast
Journalism' course that Reham has made known as part of her education does not
The report quotes from Reham's personal
website, which maintains that she clinched her post as BBC reporter after
starting a postgraduate course in Broadcast Journalism from North Lindsey College
in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. However, officials at the institute have told
Daily Mail it does not offer such a course nor has Reham's name in its records.
"We do not have anyone by those
names or date of birth having attended this college," says a spokesman.
"We have never done a degree in broadcast journalism."
While she did not out-rightly respond to
the allegations, Reham Khan took to Twitter to say that she never "never
picked up the Daily Mail", implying its lack of credibility.
She also labeled the report
"senseless propaganda" and said that a "select lobby will attack
you" if one chooses to address certain issues in Pakistan through their
Reham also tweeted an image of the
passage from her website which mentions her education and credentials, which
mentions that she had "started" a postgraduate degree in Broadcast
Journalism, but does not specify that she completed it.
Tweeting the hashtag "Educate
Pakistan", Reham said she would be "happy to help" those who are
having trouble with reading.
Earlier today, PTI spokesperson Naeem ul
Haq while speaking to news channels, said that this issue is Reham Khan's
"personal matter" and can only be clarified by her.
He also said that on her website, Reham
did not say anything related to the degree itself, nor did the Daily Mail say
that Reham obtained her degree.
Reham Khan is a British Pakistani
journalist who started her career in the BBC as a weather forecaster. Later she
worked for the network as a broadcast journalist. She joined Pakistani news
channel News One in 2013 and is currently working as an anchor at DawnNews.
July 15, 2015
Shreya’s burger not just had Garam Masala
and raita but also a hint of cumin, ginger and serrano chillies. Now this is
what we call a burger with a twist. Shreya’s dish was chosen as the winning
entry from Illinois and she was also invited for dinner at the White House.
How often do your cooking skills give
you a chance to have dinner at the White House? Meet the nine-year-old Shreya
Patel who served a ‘Garam Masala’ Quinoa Burger with ‘raita’ to none other than
the US President Obama and his wife.
Shreya was among the 55 young cooks who
walked the red carpet at the White House during the fourth annual “Kids’ State
This Indian American girl from
Schaumburg, Illinois gave an Indian twist to a burger and the President could
not help getting awestruck by the unique dish. Her Garam Masala Quinoa burger
with raita was chosen as the winning recipe from Illinois.
Following the victory she was invited
for the lunch with none other than the First Lady Michelle Obama on July 10.
Shreya came up with the winning recipe with the help of her grandmother.
Apart from the Garam Masala and Raita,
Shreya’s burger also had a hint of cumin, ginger and grated serrano chillies.
The young chef grew watching her
grandmother and mother cooking dishes with an Indian twist which developed her
interest in cooking. She would often help the two elder ladies of the house in
cooking even when she was just three. And surprisingly, she loves every bit of
the process – measuring, cooking, chopping and even cleaning up afterwards.
Sushmita Samaddar July 15, 2015
Monika Naik may not have cleared high
school, but that did not stop her from contributing to social service in the
highest way possible. Her efforts and diligence, recently, won her the German
Cross of the Order of Merit.
Recently, Monika Naik, secretary of the
Batra St Thomas Home Welfare Society, received the prestigious German Cross of
the Order of Merit, which was handed to her by the President of Germany,
Joachim Gauk, himself. She received this for her relentless service in the
field of Tuberculosis.
Naik was in profound disbelief when she
first got the call from none other than the German Consul General Rainer
Schmeidchen, in May, to inform her of this wonderful news.
“Not only caring the patients, I also go
out to create awareness on TB. As the in-charge, I even need to look after the
staff attendance and whether patients are getting their medicines and meal
properly. It’s a huge responsibility” – Monika Nair was quoted telling The
Times of India.
Naik has not cleared high school and has
never been to any university, but that did not stop her from giving back to the
society. Earlier in her life, she was a para-medical volunteer, but now she
manages the Batra St Thomas Home Welfare Society. Her service demands nothing
and is selfless beyond comparison. This win of hers stands witness to that.
July 15, 2015
LAHORE: Police claimed to have busted a
15-member gang of robbers on Tuesday involved in robberies and thefts and
recovered an illegal weapon as well as Rs3.3 million.
According to a news release, Crimes
Investigation Agency Superintendent of Police Umar Virk constituted teams on
the directions of Capital City Police Officer Amin Wains after receiving
complaints that the gang was carrying out robberies across the city.
Police carried out raids and arrested
ringleader Shamshad alias Pathani along with her gang members Abida Bibi,
Naveza Bibi, Salma, Sabra, Mahek, Iqra Shahzadi, Nadia alias Nadi, Muhammad
Farooq alias Butt, Waheed Qaiser, Muhammad Sohail, Muhammad Nadeem, Tahir
Mahmood, Waqas Ahmad and Muhammad Nadeem. Police also recovered Rs3.3 million,
jewellery and illegal weapons from them.
The suspects confessed to 19 house
robberies in Defense, Gulberg, Iqbal Town, Nawab Town, Lytton Road, Ghaziabad
and Nishtar Colony.
Investigations revealed that Shamshad,
Nadia, Farooq and Qaiser were also proclaimed offenders and wanted to Shahdara
Town, Green Town, Ghaziabad and Harbanspura police.
Published in Dawn, July 15th, 2015
- Two orphanage girls beaten up cruelly,
video leaked on social media
- Orphanage staff suspended following
- 5-member probe committee formed to
Amid countrywide outrage over child
abuse concerning the death of 13-year-old boy Rajon, two Barisal orphanage girls
have been subjected to cruel corporal punishment.
The incident took place last Saturday in
Babuganj upazila, but came into public attention after the video went viral in
social sharing platform Facebook.
The victims are Akhi, daughter of
Taslima Begum from Barisal Sadar, and Dalia, daughter of Bilkis Begum from
Babuganj upazila, both around eight/nine years of age and students of class
three at a local school, our Barisal correspondent reports.
Both victims were taken in by the
orphanage a few months ago.
According to locals and witnesses, they
were caught wandering off from the orphanage premises last Saturday. They were
then beat up by Md Dulal, health assistant of the girl-orphanage.
The 18-minute long video showed the
orphanage staff beating up the two children all the while long with the two
minors begging for them to be spared.
“We felt homesick. We tried to flee
home,” Akhi later told reporters.
Seeking anonymity, many of the girls
sheltered at the orphanage told The Daily Star they were often victims of
corporal punishment, tortures and assaults.
Barisal deputy commissioner speaking to
the two victim girls Akhi and Dalia, both of who faced cruel corporal
punishment from an orphanage staff, on July 14, 2015. Photo: Star
Corporal punishment has been deemed
illegal in Bangladesh by the High Court in 2011.
Dulal, the health assistant,
acknowledged beating up the girls as punishments under instructions from the
orphanage in-charge as they were wandering off the premises.
Ismat Ara, deputy superintendent and in
charge of the girl-orphanage, expressed indifference in the matter and said the
girls were subjected to “disciplinary actions”.
Dr Gazi Md Saifuzzaman, deputy
commissioner Barisal, after hearing about the incident rushed to the spot and
talked to the victims, staffs and officials of the institution.
Meanwhile, a five-member probe
committee, headed by acting ADC General Abul Kalam Azad, was formed this
morning over the incident, the DC told The Daily Star.
In an emergency order from the director
general of social welfare department last night, Md Dulal was suspended for his
actions, he said.
14 July 2015
Nigeria's highest Muslim body, Jama'atu
Nasril Islam (JNI) has declared its opposition to mounting calls to ban the
hijab following a spate of suicide bombings in which the perpetrators used the
head covering to conceal explosives.
"We are certainly not going to
support any ban on the hijab under whatever guise," Khalid Aliyu Abubakar,
secretary-general of the JNI.
According to Abubakar, the policy of
singling out Muslim women wearing hijab – within the context of government
counterterrorism measures – “would amount to profiling” on the basis of
Amid a rising tide of suicide attacks by
the Boko Haram militant group in Nigeria’s volatile northeast, security
agencies have deployed more female agents to stop and search women wearing the
Abubakar, however, said the JNI was also
opposed to the frisking of "all Muslim women" by security agencies,
"except, of course, where there is strong suspicion."
“In law, everyone is presumed innocent
until the contrary is established,” he said.
According to Abubakar, such measures
aren’t only discriminatory, but also fail to resolve the root cause of the
“The hijab is being blamed as if it were
the hijab itself that was carrying out these dastardly acts,” he said.
“Some women [smugglers] hide cocaine in
their pants, but I haven’t heard of the government banning pants,” he asserted,
noting that – in some cases – male suicide bombers had used the hijab to
conceal their deadly payloads.
Rather, he called on the country’s
security agencies to combat the trend by adopting modern methods of crime
“The rest of the world now uses
forensics and takes a scientific approach to crime detection,” he said.
“Nigeria should do the same.”
July 14, 2015
ABU DHABI — A British teenager who fled
the UK for Syria earlier this year has married a Daesh (the so-called IS)
militant, who sent a message to the Mail on Sunday threatening attacks on
Sixteen-year-old Amira Abase, who travelled
to Syria with two other school friends from East London via Turkey, has
reportedly married 18-year-old Abdullah Elmir, who left Australia June last
As cited by the Mail Online, Elmir
confirmed that he has married the British schoolgirl, who was only 15 when she travelled
to Syria, in a warning sent to the newspaper, telling them not to contact her
Following the incident, police have
launched an investigation as Elmir’s warning to newspaper also mentioned that
supporters of Daesh are “itching to do an attack” on targets in London.
In an undercover investigation recently
carried out by the Mail on Sunday, communicating via Kik messages with a
reporter who was posing as a 16-year-old girl from East London, Abase declined
to confirm whether she was married herself.
However it now appears that Abase was
trying to persuade the reporter who posed as a young girl to marry a man who
fits the description of her own husband.
She described that groom as being aged
18, half-Lebanese and half-Australian and a frontline fighter, matching that of
She said: ‘Hes born Muslim, not Asian
thow [sic], hes half Lebanese and half Australian.’
Elmir was working as a butcher in Sydney
before he left for Syria. After arriving
in Syria, he appeared in a Daesh video saying, “Until we put the black flag [of
IS] on top of the Buckingham Palace, until we put the black flag on top of the
White House, we will not stop, and will keep on fighting.’” — Al Arabiya News
Corporal punishment against two girls at
an orphanage run by Social Welfare Directorate in Barisal has caused uproar
among the public after its footage went viral on social networking sites.
Although the incident took place on July
4, the district administration became aware of it after the footage went viral.
The footage uploaded on Facebook shows
Md Dulal, health assistant at the institution, is indiscriminately beating two
girls as they try to flee from the shelter home.
Yesterday, Deputy Commissioner Dr Gazi
Saifuzzaman went to the orphanage and asked officials concerned to take stern
action against the people responsible for the abuse after a proper
According to orphanage sources, Akhi, 9,
daughter of Taslima Begum of Tajkati village, Sadar upazila, and Dalia, 10,
daughter of Bilkis Begum of Bhuterdia, Babuganj upazila have been living in the
home for a few months. Both are students of class III at a local
Bilkis Begum had come to the orphanage
to meet with her daughter. Then, Dalia wanted to leave with her mother, but
authorities had not given her permission to leave the home. Later, Akhi and
Dalia were seen at a mobile phone shop at Sagardi Bazar. Afterward, the
orphanage authorities forcefully brought them back, said the sources.
Then, Health Assistant of the orphanage
Md Dulal beat them indiscriminately, leaving them critically injured.
A student of class IIII who preferred to
be unnamed told the Dhaka Tribune that almost all the girls were tortured by orphanage
staff over trivial matters. After the incident on July 4, residents of the
shelter home have been asked to keep their mouths shut by the authorities, she
Md Dulal said he lightly beat the girls
so they would not dare to go out of the orphanage.
He, however, said: “I am health
assistant of the centre. I am not entrusted with guarding the girls, so why
should I beat them severely? It was only for their well being.”
Ismat Ara, in-charge of the orphanage,
said she was not aware of the corporal punishment. She said Dulal was asked to
bring the girl back from Sagardi as there was a shortage of staff in the
Deputy Commissioner Saifuzzaman said a
probe committee would be formed to investigate the matter.
15 July 2015
The Iraqi government and United Nations
agencies have earmarked $2.5 million this month to boost literacy and train
women and girls in rural provinces to work in agriculture.
“Rural women have great potential and
enhancing their skills and access to resources and services will contribute
tremendously in national development,” Iraq’s Minister of Women Affairs Baiyan
Nouri said in a statement.
Women and girls in Iraq face a slew of
challenges including lack of access to education -- some 3 million children,
many of them girls, are out of school in Syria and Iraq, according to U.N.
figures -- and mass displacement due to conflict, sexual violence and
Earlier this year, rights campaigners
estimated some 14,000 women have been killed since the U.S.-led invasion of
2003, and many women and girls - including children as young as four - were
raped during that time.
In remote rural areas, where entrenched
discrimination is rife, it can be even harder for women to access basic
The program aims to create a network of
female agricultural workers in some of the country’s most marginalized rural
communities who will reach out and train other women to help boost their productivity
and income, among other things.
It was championed by UN Women and the
Iraqi government in partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO), the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) and the U.N. Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
In addition, the initiative will provide
women and girls living at the margins of society with legal assistance,
psycho-social support and reproductive health as well as raise awareness about
“Rural women are key agents for
achieving the transformational economic, and social changes required for
sustainable development...Investing on rural women is timely in achieving the
goals,” said U.N. Women’s Sadiq Syed
Girls Take Top Positions In AKU-EB Exams
KARACHI: Girls once again kept the upper
hand as the Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB) announced the
results for Secondary (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificates (HSSC) for
their May 2015 examination session.
This year, the board assessed students
in 94 subjects at 29 centres in 24 cities across Pakistan.
The overall passing rate for SSC Part I
was 88.4 per cent with 45 per cent of the candidates scoring A Grade and above.
Meanwhile, the overall passing rate for SSC Part II was 90.6pc with 54.5pc of
the candidates obtaining A Grade and above.
Among the successful candidates Mariam
Sajjad from PECHS Girls’ School, Karachi, scored 94.9pc and secured the first
position for SSC. “I plan to take admission in pre-medical and will continue my
studies with AKU-EB,” said Mariam, who also clinched the first position in
elective subjects of Science group. The reason for her preference for the
board, she said, was that it encouraged conceptual learning and during the
exams they had to give short answers based on their concepts. “So there is no
rote learning at all,” she added.
Second SSC position holder Asifa Maqbool
from the same school obtained 93.18pc. “I am very excited and feel on top of
the world right now. Ever since I came into grade nine, I have been working
very hard and dreamt about securing the top position. Initially, I thought that
AKU-EB examinations will be difficult but actually they are not. The course of
study is designed towards the practical side of life,” said Asifa.
Uzma Durre Sameen from Maryam Siddiqa
Girls Higher Secondary School, Chenab Nagar, Punjab, scored overall third
position in SSC examination.
Anoosha Rahim from Habib Girls’ School,
Karachi, secured the first position in elective subjects of Humanities group.
Both first and second positions in HSSC
examination were also secured by girls from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School
Not only did Fatema Quaid Johar clinch
the overall first position in HSSC examination with 93.45pc, she also topped in
the elective subjects of pre-engineering group.
The second position holder for HSSC
examination, Marium Zehra scored 91.45pc.
Faiza Jamal from Habib Girls’ School,
Karachi secured the overall third position in HSSC examination and also stood
first in pre-medical elective subjects.
HSSC group-wise position holders for
elective subjects in commerce, humanities, general science and pre-engineering
include Muneeba Hamid and Ramsha Abdul Karim from Habib Girls’ School Karachi;
Rajnesh Roop Chand from St. Bonaventure’s High School, Hyderabad; and Hissam
Karim from Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Karimabad, Karachi respectively.
This year passing rate for HSSC Part I
examination was 88.3pc with 35.2pc of the candidates scoring A Grade and above.
The passing rate for HSSC Part II examination was 92.2pc with 46.2pc of the
candidates obtaining A Grade and above.
“Congratulations to all the candidates
who worked hard in preparing for the exams. The students who have successfully
passed AKU-EB examinations demonstrate higher-order cognitive skills and the
ability to use critical thinking and problem solving skills,” said Dr Shehzad
Jeeva, Director, AKU-EB.
MAKKAH: Signs of joy were visible on the
face of a 74-year-old Italian lady of Tunisian origin, who was accompanied by
her 54-year-old daughter in performing Umrah for the first time in her life.
She was amazed when she saw the Holy
Kaaba, as well as the majestic projects and infrastructure of the Grand Mosque.
Seham, who is visiting Makkah with her
daughter, had dreams of visiting the Holy Mosque since childhood to perform
Umrah. She still aspires to perform Haj.
They are performing Umrah under the
patronage of the youth of Makkah who are serving visitors and pilgrims of the
Holy Mosque under the program “Youth of Makkah at Your Service.”
Because these two ladies cannot walk,
they are going around the nooks and corners of the mosque in wheelchairs. This
is all possible with the help of youth of Makkah.
Khaled bin Abdullah Al-Wafi, director of
the program, said that immediately after the hotel informed the management of
the program, it contacted these two elderly ladies. They had checked into the
hotel and needed wheelchairs to perform Umrah.
Two youth were given charge of them to
accompany them in the Holy Mosque and help them in performing Umrah and
returning them to the hotel.