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Authorities In BJP-Controlled Maharashtra Shut 800-Year-Old Mosque In Jalgaon

New Age Islam News Bureau

16 July 2023

 

Jumma Masjid in Jalgaon's Erandol. — The Wire

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• Authorities In BJP-Controlled Maharashtra Shut 800-Year-Old Mosque In Jalgaon

• ‘Over 150-Year-Old’ Hindu Temple Demolished In Karachi’s Soldier Bazaar

• Built In 1727, Basra’s Al-Siraji Mosque Gets Demolished In Order To Extend The Abi Al-Khasib Road

• Educated Mujahidin’s Role Important in Creating Strong Force with an Islamic Spirit: Afghan Dy. PM

• Muslims Protest LGBT Movement In Canada

 

India

• Love For Cattle Brings Hindus And Muslims Together; Taking Care Of Cattle That Are Abandoned By Their Owners Either Due To Age Or Disability

• UCC targets Muslims, goal to create communal divide ahead of Lok Sabha polls: Yechury

• Muslim man identified as Hindu in fake Aadhaar card, held after complaint by VHP member in Surat

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Pakistan

• Police In Pakistan's Punjab Demolish Minarets Of Ahmadi Minority's Mosque

• Judiciary can’t make laws, can help with implementation: CJP

• Analysis of phone data without court sanction ‘illegal’

• Pakistan's Defence Minister says militants attacking his country given refuge in Afghanistan

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Arab World

• ‘Kingdom Of Opportunities’: Saudi Arabia Invites Entrepreneurs To Join Flagship Projects At G20 Summit

• Qatar National Library Heritage Library Boasts Over 3,500 Islamic Manuscripts

• Saudi Arabia concludes participation at G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit 2023

• Saudi Hawks captivate audiences for second day at UK air show

• Saudi authorities arrest number of people in several drug busts

• What to expect as Japan’s PM Kishida begins tour of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar

• Saudi Arabia welcomes outcome of regional summit on Sudan’s neighbour countries in Cairo

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South Asia

• Understanding the Bangladesh Jamaat e-Islami’s return

• United Islamic Party Of Bangladesh Stages Demo Protesting 'Quran' Burning In Sweden

• Afghanistan: Police destroys poppy on 40,000 acres of land in the Badakhshan province

• Adani meets Bangladesh PM; fully commissions 1,600 MW project

• BSF nabs three alleged cattle rustlers and seizes some cattle near India-Bangladesh border

• How BSF was the first to launch the war to liberate Bangladesh

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North America

• Canada wildfires burn over 10 million hectares this year

• US Southwest swelters under dangerous heat wave, with new records on track

• Mexican journalist Nelson Matus shot to death in Acapulco

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Mideast

• Nasrallah pens letter to Leader of Islamic Revolution

• Pakistan to work with Iran on border issues: COAS

• Iran Coach Asghar Ali Requests BCCI To Help Iranian Cricketers, Hails MS Dhoni, ViratKohli As Inspiration

• Turkey stops issuing residency permits to foreigners living in Istanbul

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Southeast Asia

• Sanusi Back With New TikTok Account Hours After Accusing Govt Of Restricting Media Freedom

• Apology won’t make police halt investigation on Sanusi, says IGP

• More than 9,000 additional police personnel to be deployed for state polls, says IGP

• IGP: Police probe into ‘3R’ issues involving Sanusi, Guan Eng and Hadi almost complete

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Europe

• UK Government Signs Off Membership To Major Indo-Pacific Trade Bloc

• The rise and fall of London’s King Fahad Academy

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Africa

• South Africa: President mourns passing of former Robben Island prisoner Imam AchmadCassiem

• 7.2 quake hits Alaska Peninsula, tsunami warning issued for nearby region

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Authorities In BJP-Controlled Maharashtra Shut 800-Year-Old Mosque In Jalgaon

 

Jumma Masjid in Jalgaon's Erandol. — The Wire

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by Nayonika Bose

July 16, 2023

THE JALGAON district administration has issued an interim order restraining people from offering prayers at a mosque amid claims and counter claims over its existence.

While a Hindu outfit, Pandavwada Sangharsh Samiti, has claimed that the structure – located in Erandol, 350 km from Mumbai — resembles a temple and accused the local Muslim community of encroaching it, the Jumma Masjid Trust Committee that maintains the mosque has claimed that it has records to show its existence at least since 1861.

The dispute has landed in the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court with the Jumma Masjid Trust Committee filing a petition against the July 11 restraining order issued by Jalgaon District Collector Aman Mittal.

Source: Indian Express.Com

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https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/jalgaon-collector-bars-entry-to-mosque-hc-to-hear-plea-next-on-july-18-8840416/

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‘Over 150-Year-Old’ Hindu Temple Demolished In Karachi’s Soldier Bazaar

 

‘Over 150-year-old’ Hindu temple demolished/ Photo:Dawn.com

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Shazia Hasan

July 16, 2023

KARACHI: The Hindu community in Karachi woke up on Saturday morning to find the old Mari Mata Temple Soldier Bazaar had been razed to the ground.

According to residents of the area, the operation took place while the area was without electricity late on Friday night. That’s when the diggers and a bulldozer arrived to do their work. While leaving the outer walls and the temple’s main gate intact, they demolished the entire inside structure.

“It is a very old Mandir,” Shri Ram Nath Mishra Mahraj of another very old temple nearby, the Shri Punch Mukhi Hanuman Mandir, informed Dawn.

“It is said to have been built over 150 years ago. We have also heard of stories about old treasures buried in its courtyard,” he said, adding that it covered about 400 to 500 square yards and there had been talk of the land grabbers having their eye on it for some time now.

“The Mandir was under the management of the Madrasi Hindu community of Karachi and since it was being said that it was a very old and dangerous structure that might topple any day, the Mandir management after much pressure reluctantly but temporarily moved most of their deities to a small room near the storm water drain until they could carry out some renovation work there,” he said.

A member of the Madrasi Hindu community, meanwhile, said that they were being forced to vacate by two persons, namely, Imran Hashmi and Rekha AKA Nagin Bai. There was also talk of the temple being sold off by the two named to another party for an amount of 70 million rupees and the buyers were looking to build a commercial building there. There was also a mention of some fake documents in the name of a person named ‘Navaid’, allowing transfer of lease of the amenity plot to a commercial one.

The community has appealed to the Pakistan-Hindu Council, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and the Inspector General of Sindh police to take notice and look into the matter on an urgent basis.

Source: Dawn.Com

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Built In 1727, Basra’s Al-Siraji Mosque Gets Demolished In Order To Extend The Abi Al-Khasib Road

 

Photo: Iraqi News

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July 15, 2023

Basra (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi governorate of Basra has began dismantling and removing the nearly 300-year-old Al-Siraji Mosque in order to extend the Abi Al-Khasib road in the governorate’s south. Many Iraqis have used to social media to express their displeasure and criticism.

According to the governor of Basra, Asaad Al-Eidani: “The goal of demolishing the Al-Saraji Mosque is to complete the expansion of the street, in response to the demands of citizens and vehicle owners, due to the severe crowds being in the middle of the street.”

Al-Eidani stated that the local government will renovate the mosque and extend the mosque in a way befitting its heritage and compatible with the governorate’s urbanization, implying that the land will be levelled and the mosque reconstructed.

The occurrence of demolishing the lighthouse was condemned by Iraq’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Antiquities in a statement, stating its determination to take legal steps to preserve the significant cultural treasure from any administrative or personal misuse.

“We reject any building that bears a heritage or archaeological feature, whether religious or civil, as it is not considered the property of an endowment office, ministry, authority, or governorate, but rather the property of history,” said Ahmed Al-Badrani, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities.

The mosque, which has a footprint of around 1,900 square meters, is situated in the Abu Al-Khasib district’s Al-Sirajineighborhood. Over the course of the 1980s, donations assisted in restoring it.

Source: Iraqi News

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Educated Mujahidin’s Role Important in Creating Strong Force with an Islamic Spirit: Afghan Dy. PM

 

Photo: Bakhtar News Agency

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2023-07-16

KABUL (BNA) Deputy Prime Minister for Administrative Affairs Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi in a meeting with a number of officials and professors of the educational centre of the general protection department of the Prime Minister’s office called important the role of educated Mujahidin in creating a strong force with an Islamic spirit.

According to a statement released by his office today, Deputy Prime Minister for Administrative Affairs Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi met with a number of officials and professors of the educational center of the General Directorate of Protection of Prime Minister office.

The head of the educational center, Professor Sayed Ahmad Zubair shared details about the organization, facilities, activities, and functions of this center.

They expressed their satisfaction with the facilities available in this center, said that they are trying to educate the Mujahidin with Islamic and brave spirit by using the facilities and conditions so that they can bravely defend their religion and homeland against any threats.

He called the role of educated mujahidin important in creating a strong force with Islamic spirit and said that the mujahideen of this center can be the foundation of an orderly, brave, and at the same time pious and patriotic force with ideological and professional training.

Hanafi called the training of the security forces important and asked the officials and professors to train their students both from the ideological and professional aspects so that a pious and strong force will be created in the future.

Source: BakhtarNews.Af

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Muslims Protest LGBT Movement In Canada

 

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Jul 16, 2023

Hundreds of Muslim residents came to downtown Mississauga, west of Toronto, Canada, to demonstrate against LGBT policies led by the Trudeau government.

Similar demonstrations by Muslims have been held recently in Ottawa and Calgary. About two months ago, the Muslim leadership in Canada signed a statement renouncing the government's LGBT policy and demanded that this policy not apply to the Muslim community.

The demonstrators carried banners that read: "Leave kids alone," "Parents are legally responsible for their children, not state institutions," "God determined my gender, don't confuse me," "Protect our children. No gender indoctrination," "Education, not indoctrination," "Please don't confuse our children," "We need to protect childhood and innocence," and, "Stop indoctrination in schools."

During the march through the streets of the city, the demonstrators chanted, "leave our kids alone," "Gender is not a choice," and, "We want to protect the future of our children."

A Muslim cleric said in an interview that Muslims don't hate LGBT people but the act they do, and called on them not to do it in public and not to influence the children.

He emphasized that it is forbidden for LGBT education to be introduced in schools and to force content on the children that they do not understand. He pointed out that God created man and woman and that it is a shame to force an entire month on the public celebrating the Pride movement.

Source: Israelnational News

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India

Love For Cattle Brings Hindus And Muslims Together; Taking Care Of Cattle That Are Abandoned By Their Owners Either Due To Age Or Disability

16th July 2023

By Arabinda Panda

CUTTACK: At a time when Hindu-Muslim hatred has taken deep roots in many parts of the country, members of the two religious communities in Nischintakoili block of Cuttack district are together for a reason - to prevent cow slaughter and taking care of ailing and old cattle.

At AsureswarGorakshani in the block, Hindus and Muslims have been taking care of cattle that are abandoned by their owners either due to age or disability. It is managed by AsureswarGomangal Samiti which is headed by minister AtanuSabyasachiNayak.

Hindus and Muslims of Asureswar, Koilo, Dixitpada, Ranipada, Julikipada, Pithapada, Paikarapur, Kulagan Isalo, Katikata, Parasailo, Banamalipur, Aenda and Patasura villages of the block are members of the samiti. Old and diseased cattle that are found abandoned are brought to the shelter and taken care of for the rest of their lives, member of the samitiSk Ahmad said.

Members of the communities play a vital role in preventing the cattle from being sent to abattoirs and nursing them to good health. The organisation was formed 80 years back by two villagers - JaladharNayak and Afsar Ali. The site chosen for the cow shelter was a graveyard, close to a slaughterhouse, which was forced to close down after the cattle shelter came up in 1943.

The first inmate of the shelter was an old ox. A villager of MallipurDhadi Das had sold the animal to a butcher Rafik Khan for Rs 4 and 10 annas. The ox had become immobile after losing one of its legs. When Afsar Ali heard about the ox, he approached Khan and bought the animal by paying Rs 5 then. As the news spread, the old and disabled cattle were brought to the shelter by people of nearby villages.

Currently, the shelter with six sheds houses 120 cattle including three blind and 30 disabled cattle. Some of them are paralysed.The organisation is recognised by Animal Welfare Board of India and has an annual budget of Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh. The board provides Rs 5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh annually and the remaining expenses are met through contributions by villagers which happens in the shape of a unique practice called ‘MustiBikhya’.The organisation has provided every family in the nearby villages earthen pots.

Source: New Indian Express

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UCC targets Muslims, goal to create communal divide ahead of Lok Sabha polls: Yechury

K.M. Rakesh

16.07.23

CPM general secretary SitaramYechury on Saturday said the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) proposed by the Centre is meant to specifically target the Muslim community with a clear objective of creating a nationwide communal polarisation ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Yechury who inaugurated a national seminar against UCC organised by his party in Kozhikode urged the people to see the real intent of the proposed legislation by interpreting some recent developments.

He recalled how Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio told the media last month that home minister Amit Shah had assured a delegation led by him that Christians and tribals in some pockets would be exempted from the proposed law. “The Punjab chief minister (Bhagwant Mann) openly said that the Sikhs should be exempted. The Parsis said that them being a small community should be exempted,” Yechury noted.

“The defence minister (Rajnath Singh) very proudly said that there is already a UCC in Goa… You say that Parsis, Sikhs, Christians and tribals are exempt. Who is left? That is what the actual purpose of this law is,” he said.

Source: Telegraph India

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Muslim man identified as Hindu in fake Aadhaar card, held after complaint by VHP member in Surat

July 16, 2023

A 27-year-old Muslim man who sold garments in a market in Surat was on Saturday arrested for allegedly using a fake Aadhaar card where he used a Hindu name, police said. The complaint was said to be filed by a member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

Speaking with The Indian Express, Inspector M C Nayak in Punagam said, “The accused had been staying in Surat for the last nine years and he is unmarried. He earlier worked as labourer in the textile market area. For the last one and half years, he had been running a garment shop for women called Ruhi Fashion in the Avadh market.”

While in the rent document, he identified himself as Ozair Alam, in the fake Aadhaar card, he identified himself as ArjunsinghBhanvarsingh.

Source: Indian Express.Com

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https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/muslim-man-identified-as-hindu-in-fake-aadhaar-card-held-after-complaint-by-vhp-member-in-surat-8840591/

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Pakistan

Police In Pakistan's Punjab Demolish Minarets Of Ahmadi Minority's Mosque

Jul 16, 2023

By Press Trust of India

The minarets of a mosque of the minority Ahmadi community were demolished by police in Pakistan's Punjab province after a radical Islamist party threatened to attack it, officials said on Saturday.

Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) on Friday gave a warning to police to either demolish the minarets of the worship place of Ahmadis at the Kala Gujran in Jehlum district of Punjab, some 225 kilometres from Lahore, or it would attack it, a Punjab government official told PTI on Saturday.

"Police summoned the Ahmadi leaders of the area and asked them to demolish the minarets of their worship place as they could not build them under law or they would themselves demolish the place," the official said.

Source: Scroll.In

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Judiciary can’t make laws, can help with implementation: CJP

Nasir Iqbal

July 16, 2023

ISLAMABAD: The judiciary cannot make laws or policies, but it can issue directions to enforce them if they are not implemented, Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial said on Saturday.

“As judges, we all support the enforcement of laws, but the way forward will always be to call the courts to come in aid in case the government was reluctant or doing nothing to execute the laws,” Justice Bandial said at the closing session of a two-day conference titled ‘Resilient Pakistan: Calibr­ating Population and Resources’, held at the Supreme Court’s auditorium.

The conference was also attended by judges of the Supreme Court, high courts and superior courts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Source: Dawn.Com

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Analysis of phone data without court sanction ‘illegal’

Wajih Ahmad Sheikh

July 16, 2023

LAHORE: Spying on or extracting data from the personal mobile phone of an individual or a suspect is unconstitutional and illegal except with the permission of a court, the Lahore High Court ruled on Saturday.

“Extracting information from a personal phone of an accused during a criminal process is a serious issue which attracted our attention to examine the law on the subject,” said the judges in a verdict allowing the appeal of a man convicted of propagating the agenda of a banned outfit.

The judgement, authored by Justice Rafiq, noted that in this modern day, people were virtually living in their cell phones, chatting with near and dear ones, talking through audio or video calls, and sharing material and messages in public and private. “Therefore, our phone is like or not less than a home,” it said.

The judgement observed that every relation, domestic or private, which the people kept within the four walls of their house, was legally protected under the Constitution.

“We know the human inclinations have no limits; it expands to religion, Sufism, ideology, politics, art, culture, customs, traditions, literature, music, poetry, history, business, sports, etc.,” it said.

Source: Dawn.Com

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Pakistan's Defence Minister says militants attacking his country given refuge in Afghanistan

July 15, 2023

Pakistan's Defence Minister Khwaja Asif on July 15 claimed that terrorists involved in bloodshed in his country were getting refuge in neighbouring Afghanistan and that Pakistan would no longer tolerate this.

“Afghanistan is not fulfilling the right to be a neighbour and brother country and is not abiding by the Doha agreement. 50/60 lakh Afghans have 40/50 years of asylum in Pakistan with all rights," Mr. Asif said.

“On the contrary, the terrorists who shed the blood of Pakistanis can find refuge on Afghan soil. This situation cannot continue any longer. Pakistan will use all its resources to protect its land and citizens,” the Minister said.

Tempers are running high in Pakistan after 12 soldiers were killed in two separate terrorist incidents in Balochistan on July 13, the highest single-day toll of troops in the province.

Source: The Hindu

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Arab World

‘Kingdom of opportunities’: Saudi Arabia invites entrepreneurs to join flagship projects at G20 summit

SANJAY KUMAR

July 15, 2023

NEW DELHI: The Saudi delegation to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summit in New Delhi on Saturday invited young innovators to expand their businesses into the Kingdom and join its flagship projects.

The summit, which ran from July 13-15 was held under the Indian presidency of the G20. Hosted by Young Indians, a group of businessmen that is part of the Confederation of Indian Industry, it drew hundreds of participants from the G20 member nations and focused on inclusive trade, cooperation in green-energy transition, the adoption of a circular economy, and ways to tap into the potential of global digital transformation to support inclusive growth.

The Saudi delegation was led by Prince Fahad bin Mansour, chairman of Saudi Arabia’s Entrepreneurship Vision and president of the Saudi G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance.

Source: Arab News

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Qatar National Library Heritage Library Boasts Over 3,500 Islamic Manuscripts

16 Jul 2023

Fazeena Saleem

Doha, Qatar: In a testament to its commitment to preserving and promoting cultural heritage, Qatar National Library’s (QNL) Heritage Library has experienced remarkable growth in recent years. The library’s collection now boasts over 3,500 Islamic manuscripts, along with 500 calligraphic panels and artifacts.

Also, the collection at QNL’s Heritage Library is highly popular among both public and researchers; its unique and comprehensive nature, coupled with the library’s efforts to promote accessibility and engagement, have contributed to its growing popularity, Director of Distinctive Collections at the Library, Stephane J. Ipert told The Peninsula.

“Since its opening, the collection at QNL’s Heritage Library has experienced significant growth. Through acquisitions, donations, and collaborative partnerships, we have expanded our collections to include a diverse range of materials that showcase the rich cultural heritage of Qatar and the region,” he said.

Source: The Peninsula qatar

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Saudi Arabia concludes participation at G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit 2023

ARAB NEWS

July 16, 2023

RIYADH: The leaders of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit have emphasized the significance of sustainable and comprehensive international trade and the need to promote cooperation in transitioning to green energy and adopting circular economy practices more rapidly.

The comments were issued in a final statement following the conclusion of the three-day summit in New Delhi, India, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

The summit saw active participation from the Saudi delegation, led by Prince Fahd bin Mansour bin Nasser, chairman of the YEA and founder and chairman of the board of directors of the Entrepreneurship Vision Association.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Hawks captivate audiences for second day at UK air show

ARAB NEWS

July 16, 2023

LONDON: The Saudi Hawks aerobatic team, representing the Royal Saudi Air Force, continued their captivating aerial displays for the second consecutive day of the Royal International Air Tattoo 2023 exhibition, the Kingdom’s defense ministry said on Saturday.

The Hawks showcased their remarkable skills and precision through an awe-inspiring air show, captivating audiences with a series of intricate formations and complex maneuvers at the RAF Fairford base in Gloucestershire, UK.

In addition to their aerial performances, the team also had a dedicated tent at the exhibition, which drew a large number of visitors. Attendees enjoyed Saudi coffee and explored an assortment of souvenirs, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi authorities arrest number of people in several drug busts

ARAB NEWS

July 16, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested a number of people and seized large quantities of drugs in operations across the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

Police in Riyadh arrested a Jordanian and a Saudi for using their vehicle and apartment as a den for distributing cocaine, cannabis and methamphetamine.

Police in Madinah arrested a Saudi for using a house as a den to distribute hashish and 44,878 tablets of amphetamine. The money in his possession was seized.

Source: Arab News

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What to expect as Japan’s PM Kishida begins tour of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar

ARAB NEWS JAPAN

July 15, 2023

TOKYO: Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida begins a tour of the Middle East on Sunday — the first by a Japanese leader since the late Shinzo Abe paid a visit in 2020.

The trip is intended to help Japan develop its ties with Gulf Cooperation Council countries and build cooperation in various fields, particularly energy.

Japan Prime Minister Kishida Fumio embarks on his first middle East tour with stops in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar, starting on Sunday and lasting three days. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar are responsible for more than 80 percent of Japan’s total crude oil imports, with the Kingdom representing 40.68 percent as of the beginning of the year.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Arabia welcomes outcome of regional summit on Sudan’s neighbor countries in Cairo

ARAB NEWS

July 15, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia welcomed the results of an Egyptian-hosted summit of Sudan’s neighboring countries, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry announced on Saturday.

Leaders from Sudan’s seven neighboring countries agreed on Thursday in Cairo to a new Egyptian-led initiative seeking to resolve the deepening conflict in the African country.

The Kingdom welcomed “the concerted and integrated efforts aimed at restoring security and stability to Sudan, preserving its territorial integrity, protecting civilians, and ensuring the dispatch of humanitarian aid,” the ministry added in a statement.

Source: Arab News

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South Asia

Understanding the Bangladesh Jamaat e-Islami’s return

MOHAMMED SINAN SIYECH

JUL 15 2023

The Bangladesh Jamaat e-Islami (BJI), an Indian origin group that branched off into Bangladesh due to political events, was largely quiet over the last decade owing to the ban placed on it by the ruling Awami League led by the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Yet, recently, the group came back to the fore of Bangladeshi politics when it led a huge rally in Dhaka in June 2023. Several factors explain the resurgence of this group in the capital after a strict curb in its activities.

The Jamaat e-Islami (JeI) is an Islamic revival movement started by the Hyderabadi born thinker, Abul A’ala Maududi (d.1979) in 1941. Maududi, a charismatic speaker and writer was initially aligned with the Indian National Congress in the anti-colonial struggle but left the party due to the prominence of members of the Hindu Mahasabha faction within the party. Over time, he developed an Islamic group with the main objective of restoring Islamic rule. Maududi is credited with popularising the concept of Hakimiya, i.e. sovereignty belongs to God and not human beings, thereby, necessitating an Islamic governance. Due to this, he was against the idea of secularism and democracy, terming them “western” concepts that enabled different sorts of Islamically-forbidden activities (such as alcohol, prostitution etc.).

Maududi was initially opposed to the idea of Pakistan due to it being based on Muslim nationalism rather than Islamic principles but later shifted to Pakistan after Partition to play a role in Islamising the society there. While the Jamaat e-Islami in India recalibrated its position to engage more closely in democracy and to support Indian secularism, the Pakistani Jamaat (including then East Pakistan – Bangladesh) was largely in favour of setting up an Islamic state over time.

Source: Orfonline.Org

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United Islamic Party Of Bangladesh Stages Demo Protesting 'Quran' Burning In Sweden

15 Jul 2023

DHAKA, July 15, 2023 (BSS) - Bangladesh United Islamic Party (BUIP) today staged a demonstration condemning and protesting the burning of the Muslim holy book 'Quran' by a Swedish-Danish far-right politician Rasmus Paludan.

From a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club, the party leaders demanded an apology from the Swedish government to the Muslim community and exemplary punishment of the people involved with the incident calling the Muslim countries to boycott Sweden otherwise.

Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish far-right political party Hard Line, carried out the stunt outside the Turkish embassy in Sweden under the protection of local police on January 21.

Source: Bssnews.Net

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Afghanistan: Police destroys poppy on 40,000 acres of land in the Badakhshan province

Jul 16, 2023

KABUL: Poppy has been eradicated from around 40,000 acres of land in the Badakhshan province in the last three months, Khaama Press reported citing ShafiqullahHafizi, the director of the counter-narcotics police department in the province.

“The poppy eradication campaign started three months ago, and so far, we have destroyed 40,000 acres of poppy, and the process will continue until the poppy fields are completely demolished in the province,” Hafizi said.

Earlier, on Wednesday, a drug processing lab was destroyed by police in the Jawzjan province of northern Afghanistan, and the owner was taken into custody, Khaama Press reported.

Source: Times Of India

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Adani meets Bangladesh PM; fully commissions 1,600 MW project

By: Express News Service

July 16, 2023

Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Saturday following the full load commencement of power supply to Bangladesh from the 1600 MW Ultra Super-Critical Thermal Power Plant (USCTPP) at Godda in Jharkhand.

The Godda USCTPP, which marks the Adani Group’s entry into transnational power projects, is India’s first commissioned transnational power project where 100 per cent of the generated power is supplied to another nation.

After the meeting, Adani tweeted: “Honoured to have met Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina on full load commencement and handover of the 1600 MW Ultra Super-Critical Godda Power Plant. I salute the dedicated teams from India and Bangladesh who braved COVID to commission the plant in a record time of three-and-a-half years.” Adani Power Jharkhand Limited (APJL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Power Limited, completed the dependable capacity test for the Godda plant on July 12. The dependable capacity test, a mandatory requirement under the power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bangladesh, was conducted over the stipulated period of six hours to evaluate the simultaneous functioning of both units of the plant after they began supplying electricity.

Source: Indian Express

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BSF nabs three alleged cattle rustlers and seizes some cattle near India-Bangladesh border

16.07.23

The BSF nabbed three alleged cattle rustlers and seized some cattle near the India-Bangladesh border in Jalpaiguri on Friday.

Sources said that around 5.15pm, troops of the 195th battalion of the central force at the Chaulhati border outpost in Jalpaiguri apprehended the cattle rustlers while they were carrying six cattle in a pick-up van to smuggle those to Bangladesh.

Those arrested were Majibul Haque of Daribas village under Haldibari police station of Cooch Behar, Ashidul Haque of Lankapara village and Mobarak Hussain of Thakurpara village of Jalpaiguri.

Source: Telegraph India

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How BSF was the first to launch the war to liberate Bangladesh

Jul 16, 2023

MONIDEEPA BANERJIE

The book is dotted with the untold story of BSF heroes who were the first to extend the hand of friendship to the rebels against Pakistan.

But till I started reading UshinorMajumdar’s book, it never struck me that I had never met an officer of the BSF at the celebration of India’s victory in 1971 in which they, too, were integral, in fact, perhaps the spearhead.

That may have been my oversight, that I never bumped into a BSF officer at the annual observance of 1971 at Fort William. But it is an oversight that UshinorMajumdar’s book does a wonderful job of setting right. The book: India’s Secret War: BSF and Nine Months to the Birth of Bangladesh. 1971 was 52 years ago in which tomes have been written about the war. But I do believe this book is the first to examine, as closely as it deserves to be, the role of the BSF in a war like no other in the world, one that gave birth to a whole new nation.

Source: Asian Age

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North America

Canada wildfires burn over 10 million hectares this year

Jul 15, 2023

MONTREAL: Canadian wildfires have burned more than 10 million hectares (24.7 million acres) this year, a record-breaking figure which will continue to rise in the coming weeks, government data showed Saturday.

The prior all-time high occurred in 1989, when 7.3 million hectares were burned over the course of an entire year, according to national figures from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC).

In total, 4,088 fires have occurred since January, including many blazes that have scorched hundreds of thousands of hectares. Along the way, more than 150,000 people have been displaced.

Source: Times Of India

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US Southwest swelters under dangerous heat wave, with new records on track

Jul 16, 2023

PHOENIX: A dangerous heat wave threatened a wide swath of the Southwest with potentially deadly temperatures in the triple digits on Saturday as some cooling centers extended their hours and emergency rooms prepared to treat more people with heat-related illnesses.

Over 110 million people, or about a third of Americans, were under extreme heat advisories, watches and warnings Saturday as the blistering heat wave was forecast to get worse this weekend for Nevada, Arizona and California. Temperatures in some desert areas were predicted to soar past 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48.8 degrees Celsius) during the day, and remain in the 90s F (above 32.2 C) overnight.

Around 200 hydration stations distributing bottles of water and cooling centers where potentially thousands of people can rest in air-conditioned spaces opened Saturday in public spaces like libraries, churches and businesses around the Phoenix area.

Source: Times Of India

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Mexican journalist Nelson Matus shot to death in Acapulco

Jul 16, 2023

MEXICO CITY: A Mexican journalist was shot to death in a store parking lot on Saturday in the southern tourist town of Acapulco, regional authorities said, in the country's second journalist killing in a week.

Prosecutors said they have opened an investigation for homicide with a firearm in the killing of Nelson Matus, days after another journalist was found dead in a country considered one of the most dangerous in the world for members of the press.

The Guerrero state prosecutor's office said in a statement that it "reiterates its commitment to exhaust every line of investigation" into his death.

Source: Times Of India

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Mideast

Nasrallah pens letter to Leader of Islamic Revolution

Jul 16, 2023

In this message, Nasrallah thanked Ayatollah Khamenei for his fatherly love and asked the Almighty God to bless him throughout his life.

Earlier on Friday, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei extended condolences to Hezbollah Secretary General over the passing of Lebanese scholar Sheikh Afif Al-Nablusi.

Source: En.Mehr News

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Pakistan to work with Iran on border issues: COAS

July 16, 2023

KARACHI: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Asim Munir met Iran’s top military leaders on Saturday to discuss bilateral matters relating to defence and security cooperation and stressed that Pakistan was ready to solidify the ties and use the most suitable solutions to address security challenges and the presence and activities of terrorist elements at the border.

Gen Munir, who reached Iran on a two-day visit on Saturday with a high-ranking military delegation, met Iran’s top general, Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, in Tehran and discussed ways to improve bilateral interactions “to develop the level of cooperation in different fields, including defence, security, military and training”, Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported.

During the exchange, Mr Bagheri highlighted the “historical background of the two neighbouring countries as a basis for the expansion of bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields”, the report said.

Source: Dawn.Com

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Iran Coach Asghar Ali Requests BCCI To Help Iranian Cricketers, Hails MS Dhoni, ViratKohli As Inspiration

By Sunny Daud

16 July 2023

Iran Under-19 coach Asghar Ali urged Board of Control for Cricket in India to train their players and asked for help to build the stadium in Chabahar.

Iranian players have talent to play good cricket internationally. But we fail to train them due to lack of infrastructure. I wanted India to help us to build the stadium so Iranian players can prove their mettle in the world,” Raeisi told ANI.

“We want Indian cricket management BCCI to train our players and umpiring in Iran so our players also can play cricket well. We would also expect Iranian players to be part to IPL matches,” he added.

Source: Dawn.Com

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Turkey stops issuing residency permits to foreigners living in Istanbul

July 15 2023

The practice of denying residence permits to foreigners, which was implemented in 10 districts across Istanbul, has spread to 39 districts.

Accordingly, the Turkish Interior Ministry will no longer grant a residence permit to foreigners except in “compulsory cases such as life safety, health, education and international trade,” according to reporting by the daily Milliyet. The implementation will be valid until further notice.

According to the 2022 data of the Presidency, 5.4 million foreigners are living in Turkey, of whom 1.2 million are residing in Istanbul, which make up 8% of the megacity’s population. Of this number, 535,025 are Syrian refugees.

Source: Duvar English

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Southeast Asia

Sanusi back with new TikTok account and over 19,000 followers hours after accusing govt of restricting media freedom

By Muhammad Yusry

16 Jul 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 — PerikatanNasional (PN) election director Datuk Seri Muhammad SanusiMd Nor got himself a new account on TikTok just hours after suggesting his first was removed due to government interference.

Since then, a second video has been added, and titled “KonvoiPerikatanNasionalKawasanSikkeTasikGubir” (SikPerikatanNasional’s convoy to TasikGubir).

In a video on the Twitter account of PAS-owned organ Harakah Daily late last night, Sanusi said he was not able to access his first TokTok account under the moniker @sanusimdnor when he wanted to upload some videos to explain several accusations against him.

Source: Malay Mail

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Apology won’t make police halt investigation on Sanusi, says IGP

By Zarrah Morden

16 Jul 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 — Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain said its investigations on PerikatanNasional election director Datuk Seri Muhammad SanusiMd Nor will continue despite his apology to the Selangor Ruler.

The country’s top policeman added that police have received a total of 57 complaints from the public against the PAS politician up to yesterday morning, BeritaHarian reported on its website this afternoon.

“Our investigation has not stopped, it will continue based on general procedures (even though Sanusi has apologised,” he was quoted as saying.

Source: Malay Mail

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More than 9,000 additional police personnel to be deployed for state polls, says IGP

16 Jul 2023

KOTA BARU, July 16 — A total of 9,602 additional police officers and personnel will be deployed to assist in the six-state elections next month, said Tan Sri Razarudin Husain.

The Inspector-General of Police said the Internal Security and Public Order Department (KDNKA) will coordinate the deployment to ensure the smooth running of the state polls.

“A total of 9,602 additional personnel will be deployed to the six states involved. From there, almost 2,000 personnel will help in Kelantan and Selangor, Terengganu (2,048) and Penang (663).

Source: Malay Mail

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IGP: Police probe into ‘3R’ issues involving Sanusi, Guan Eng and Hadi almost complete

16 Jul 2023

KOTA BARU, July 16 — Investigations into three political party leaders regarding their statements that allegedly touched on the 3R (religion, royalty and race) issues are almost complete, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain.

He said the police were expected to submit the investigation papers on the three leaders — Kedah MenteriBesar Datuk Seri Muhammad SanusiMd Nor, DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng and PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang — to the Attorney General’s Chambers next week.

“Investigations are almost complete, and we will send the investigation papers to the Attorney General’s Chambers as soon as possible, maybe next week,” he told a press conference after attending a briefing on the state election at the Kelantan police contingent headquarters here today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Europe

UK Government signs off membership to major Indo-Pacific trade bloc

16 Jul 2023

The UK Business and Trade Secretary has signed off membership to a major Indo-Pacific trade bloc, bringing businesses a step closer to being able to potentially sell to a market of 500 million people with fewer barriers.

Kemi Badenoch signed the accession protocol to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in New Zealand on Sunday.

The UK is the first new member and first European nation to join the bloc – comprising Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam – since its formation in 2018.

It represents the government’s biggest trade deal since leaving the EU, cutting tariffs for UK exporters to a group of nations which – with UK accession – will have a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of £12 trillion, accounting for 15% of global GDP, according to officials.

Source: Nation.Cymru

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The rise and fall of London’s King Fahad Academy

15 July 2023

Mona Taha Mahmoud remembers saying goodbye to her father at the gates of her new school on her first day.

It was 1985, and beyond the “fortress-like green iron gates” to a young Mahmoud’s five-year-old eyes, was the newly-opened, King Fahad Academy (KFA) in London.

Now in her 40s and speaking from her home in Nottingham, the former banker says her Egyptian father and English mother were part of a growing Arab and North African community which were quietly laying foundations across parts of London.

Source: Middleeast Eye

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Africa

South Africa: President mourns passing of former Robben Island prisoner Imam AchmadCassiem

July 15, 2023

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sadness at the passing of Imam AchmadCassiem, former Robben Island prisoner, Pan Africanist Congress member and founding member of the Qibla Movement.

President Ramaphosa extends his condolences to the family, friends, comrades and associates internationally of the late political and religious leader who hailed from the Western Cape.

As a teenager, AchmadCassiem was politically conscientised by the Pan Africanist Congress’s campaign against apartheid pass laws, motivating him to join the armed struggle at the age of 15.

Source: Africa-Newsroom

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7.2 quake hits Alaska Peninsula, tsunami warning issued for nearby region

16 July 2023

BY JUBY BABU

An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck the Alaska Peninsula region early on Sunday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, leading to a tsunami warning for nearby regions.

USGS revised the magnitude of the earthquake down from an initial reading of 7.4, and it revised the depth of the quake to 32.6km from an initial 9.3km.

The US Tsunami Warning System issued a tsunami warning for South Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula and regions of the Pacific near to the earthquake.

Source: Times Live

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