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“Boy From Heaven”: Filmmaker Tarik Saleh Takes Us Inside The Epicentre Of Power Of Sunni Islam

New Age Islam News Bureau

22 May 2022

 

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• “Boy From Heaven”: Filmmaker Tarik Saleh Takes Us Inside The Epicentre Of Power Of Sunni Islam

• UK Muslim MPs Sell Out Yet Again – This Time Over Conversion Therapy

• Communal Harmony: Ludhiana Mosque Project Starts With Guru's Blessings In A Combined Ardas and Dua

• Ontario’s New Democrats and Liberals Would Bring In Law To Fight Islamophobia, Other Hate If Elected

• The Taliban Drafts a 15-Article Bill for the Return of the Afghan Political And Military Figures

 Europe

• Bolton: First Ever Muslim Mayor Akhtar Zaman Makes History

• Muslim burial section of Pleasington Cemetery is extended

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India

• Delhi’s Historic Mosque Jama Masjid In Old Delhi’s Fountain Connection

• BJP Worker Arrested For Allegedly Killing 65-Year-Old On Suspicion Of Being Muslim

• Places Of Worship Act To Be Put To Test In Mathura Mosque Case Too

• 65-year-old man in MP beaten to death by BJP functionary over suspicions of being a Muslim

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North America

• What unites and divides the world's most prominent Islamic scholars?

• Fate of 2,500 Ukrainian POWs from steel plant stirs concern

• Biden says 'hello' to North Korea’s Kim amid tensions over weapons tests

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South Asia

• Global situation liable for inflation in country: Mirza Azizul Islam

• Is Bangladesh paying the price of administered forex regime?

• Expect To Detect More Monkeypox Cases, WHO Says

• Haji Salim may surrender in court at 2pm, lawyer says

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Arab World

• Egypt's Speaker Of Parliament Condemns Israel's Attacks On Al-Aqsa Mosque

• Saudi Deputy Defence Minister, Blinken Affirm Countries’ ‘Common Vision To Confront Iran’s Destabilizing Policies’

• How Saudi Arabia Can Become The Vanguard Of Sustainable Tourism

• Saudi Arabia arrests 12,458 illegals in one week

• Qatar Islamic Bank Group CEO Recognised As Top CEO In Sharia-Compliant Banks

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Pakistan

• Sindh, Chinese Officials Agree To Evolve Fool Proof Security Mechanism

• Imran to chair party meeting on Azadi March date today

• CDA, Margalla Hills National Park to swap over 300 acres

• KP CM Mahmood Khan suspends six excise officials over arrest of PTI photographer

• Terrain, elements add to forest inferno challenge

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Mideast

• Iran To Revive Gas Pipeline Project To Oman, IRNA Reports

• Iranian soccer official coming to Canada attended party with man sought by FBI over kidnap plot

• Iran’s president to visit Oman

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Southeast Asia

• Kit Siang: I'm Ready To Go To Jail For 'Warning Malaysia Not To Become Another Sri Lanka'

• PM Ismail Sabri: Cabinet to meet tomorrow to discuss cost of living, food supply issues

• PM Ismail Sabri keen to make Bahasa Melayu Asean’s lingua franca

• PM Ismail Sabri attends Malaysian Army Raya Open House

• MACC says done investigating judge who convicted Najib, sent papers to AG

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Africa

• The Apostate, Grand Imam Maqari, Must Be Removed From Office And Tried: Wole Soyinka, The Nobel Laureate

• CAN Issues New Directive To Christians As Muslims Plan Counter-Protest On Sunday

• Bauchi gov visits community, addresses Christians, Muslims

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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“Boy From Heaven”: Filmmaker Tarik Saleh Takes Us Inside The Epicentre Of Power Of Sunni Islam

 

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By Nick Vivarelli

May 20, 2022

Swedish/Egyptian director Tarik Saleh is in competition in Cannes with “Boy From Heaven” his second film to delve into the underbelly of modern Egypt — and the Arab world at large — following his 2017 political thriller “The Nile Hilton Incident,” which depicted political power abuse and police corruption. “Nile Hilton” won the grand jury prize at Sundance and was banned in Egypt.

In Saleh’s new potentially explosive pic, the young protagonist Adam, who is the son of a small-town Egyptian fisherman, is offered the privilege of studying at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, which is the epicenter of power of Sunni Islam. Shortly after his arrival in Cairo, the university’s highest-ranking religious leader, the Grand Imam, suddenly dies. This prompts Adam to become a pawn in a ruthless power struggle between Egypt’s religious and political elite.

Saleh spoke to Variety about how he navigated the thorny subject matter of his bold new political drama. Edited excerpts below.

What drew you to make a film that takes us inside the world’s main center for Islamic theology for the first time?

My grandfather went to Al-Azhar and I’ve always been fascinated by it. So after “Nile Hilton,” I was thinking about Al-Azhar, and about how little people know about Islam in a way that I think is interesting.

Well you do it in a way that is likely to be explosive

Of course, in the back of my head, when I was writing it, I was like: “Oh, can you really say this? Can you talk about this? Can you do this?” But I decided to put that question in a box and just say: “No, I’m going to go in.” So while I’m writing the script, it’s like I’m walking around with the camera, and following my characters with the camera, and I see what they’re up to, and sometimes they do what I want; sometimes not. It’s not up to me. And as the story unfolds, I was like: “Holy shit, I should probably not make this film.” Because it’s, like you say, it could ruffle feathers.

In a nutshell, why will it ruffle feathers?

I think that what’s more sensitive than the religious aspects of this film is how I deal with state security. Because the tension between state security and religious power [in Egypt] is enormous.

Is there any chance the film will play in Egypt?

I think they’ll have a few meetings before they decide. But listen, I don’t think it’s a controversial film. My whole family is Muslim. And I’m a half-Swedish, half-Egyptian. Here is the paradox. I love Egypt. It’s an unrequited love, of course. It doesn’t love me back. But I think that the point is that I don’t like how Islam is portrayed by people that know nothing about it. I don’t like it when people with bad intentions piss on Islam. I don’t think it’s respectful. I don’t think that’s how you treat other people. I don’t like it when Muslims treat minorities in Muslim countries badly. I think that sucks. I think that is not where I am coming from.

What did you do to make it theologically accurate?

I worked with imams, when it came to the script. I tried the script on imams and discussed the theological arguments in it to make sure, because it wasn’t my intention to provoke. I see myself as a filmmaker who just wants to tell stories truthfully, and I think that if the truth is going to be painful, which it will be for some people – but it’s more for political reasons than for religious reasons – then so be it.

Source: Variety

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UK Muslim MPs Sell Out Yet Again – This Time Over Conversion Therapy

 

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By 5Pillars

22-05-2022

Educator Yusuf Patel asks what is the point of electing Muslim MPs who advance causes, such as a ban on gay conversion therapy, which will detrimentally impact our children.

On some issues where there’s little risk or there’s wider support from “white people,” they will seemingly be brave and show courage but on other issues that draw the ire of certain groups they will be noticeably silent.

The government has pledged to ban conversion therapy. Over 250 Muslim leaders signed an open letter expressing dismay about the consequences for Muslim young people because of these vague plans.

Yasmin Qureshi MP responded in an article on her website unequivocally backing the proposals. She said: “I believe that LGBT conversion therapies should have been banned a long time ago.”

Ironically, she tried to justify her stance by claiming there’s a “broad consensus” amongst faith leaders in the UK. To evidence her claims, she linked to a BBC article that included a quote from Sheikh Ramzy, an Islamic scholar in Oxford, who argued that Muslim scholars need to be allowed to help young Muslims struggling with sexual desires that go against their religious beliefs.

But she made no effort to at least comment on how this poorly-framed legislation should not interfere in the rights of faith communities to have consensual, supportive conversations with young Muslims.

The coup de grace comes at the end of the article. Yasmin makes clear: “I can assure you that my Opposition Colleagues and I will continue to support a ban on conversion therapy for all LGBT people and the removal of ‘consent’ loopholes.”

The consent loopholes, as she negatively puts it, are the ones that would allow an imam to have consensual, caring, faith-inspired conversations with young Muslims struggling with their health. This is the very thing that will save imams from choosing between breaking the law by providing support or turning a young person who is struggling to align their desires with their faith.

These comments are motivated by the “affirmative model,” which seeks to concretise a behaviour as an identity. So when a young Muslim goes to a counsellor to express dismay about their same-sex feelings, the approach should always be to affirm their “identity” and celebrate their inclusion into the LGBTQ+ community. There is no room for exploring these feelings, even if that is what the young Muslim wants.

He said: “I was deeply disappointed by the Government’s recent u-turn to not ban conversion therapy. Then, they u-turned once again to say a ban on conversion therapy would happen, however it would exclude transgender individuals. This is unacceptable and a ban on conversion therapy must apply to the entire LGBT+ community.”

I don’t think Mr Khan would be able to even define what conversion therapy is, or explain how common the various manifestations are of how these proposals will encroach on the Muslim community’s ability to practice its faith. He has unfortunately jumped on the populist bandwagon which will draw plaudits from the LGBT lobby and his own parliamentary colleagues under the misapprehension that the Muslim community will be fine with this.

Another MP worthy of inclusion is Zarah Sultana. She brazenly says on Twitter: “I support a trans-inclusive ban! #BANCONVERSIONTHERAPY”

That she is a vocal supporter of Stonewall is also a cause for concern. Stonewall does not only seek good treatment of LGBTQ people but also acceptance of their choices to the extent that they want it imposed on children in schools. They have absolutely no problem when schools coerce Muslim children to take part in Pride marches.

And Apsana Begum MP – although she hasn’t spoken publicly in recent months in support of a ban – did Sign an Early Day Motion in 2020 supporting the banning of gay conversion therapy.

She is also a supporter of Bi-visility day which celebrates “bisexuality” and Trans day which celebrates the contribution of transgender and non-binary people.

Many other Muslim MPs may not stand out as visibly as these ones, but they will never advance the case of the Muslim community around these issues because they are so in thrall to popular sentiment and don’t want to rock the boat.

Whenever we are told to vote for Muslim representation in Parliament, is this what is meant? What is the point in electing Muslim MPs who advance the causes of others and work against the legitimate interests of our community?

The ironic thing is there are many non-Muslim MPs who will stand firm on a principle they believe in, even if it draws criticism. Yet we are so bereft of MPs with backbones that they can’t be counted on when it matters. When it came to gay marriage, the majority of Muslim MPs voted for it, when it came to statutory RSE we didn’t find representation from Muslim MPs.

So it is time that we held them to account for their brazen support of laws which will detrimentally impact our children, or else we’ll suffer in the long run.

Source: 5pillarsuk

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Communal Harmony: Ludhiana Mosque Project Starts With Guru's Blessings In A Combined Ardas and Dua

 

Sikhs are major contributors of money and material to the project

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May 22, 2022

LUDHIANA: In a fine example of communal harmony, the first 13 bricks for building a mosque were on Saturday blessed at Gurudwara Rai Patti of Pherurian in a combined Ardas and Dua before the village Sikhs and Muslims carried those to the construction site with respect. Sikhs are major contributors of money and material to the project.

Gurudwara president Iqbal Singh said: "We had a Gurudwara and temple in the village and wanted a mosque as well. The work started from a Gurudwara to promote Punjab-like communal harmony and brotherhood across the country. The village celebrates all the festivals together." The Sikhs who committed their money to the project include NRIs, besides Sant Baba Gurcharan Singh of Nanaksar. The Sikh-dominated village of 1,400 voters has just four Muslim families.

Inderjit Singh, a Muslim from the village, said: "We longed for a mosque in the village, for which we bought 4.5-biswa land for Rs 1.75 lakh about 10 years ago but did not have the resources to start the work until now." He said: "After the prayers at the gurdwara, the Sikh brothers carried the bricks with us. The mosque will be ready in a year and quicker if we get more help. Sikhs have been our major contributors." The outsiders are all praise for the villagers of Pherurian.

Nathowal villager Mansa Khan of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said: "Sikhs have helped build many mosques in Ludhiana and Raikot areas. We are proud of this tradition of communal harmony."

Source: Times Of India

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Ontario’s New Democrats and Liberals Would Bring In Law To Fight Islamophobia, Other Hate If Elected

 

Ontario's New Democrats and Liberals/ Toronto CTV

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May 21, 2022

Ontario’s New Democrats and Liberals committed Wednesday to bringing in a law to fight Islamophobia and other forms of hate if elected to form government next month.

Speaking to reporters in Kingston, Ont., NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said addressing racism and hate is a priority for people who have experienced hateful attacks based on their race, faith or any other part of their identities.

She said she is proud of her party’s work with the National Council of Canadian Muslims in bringing forward legislation earlier this year to help address Islamophobia in Ontario (Canadian province). That bill, tabled in February, did not pass before the election campaign began.

“There’s just too much hate out there,” Horwath said. “We have an obligation and a responsibility, leaders do, to take that on and to listen when (a)community says we don’t want to just hear the words. We want you to take action.”

Horwath said it was “extremely disappointing” that the governing Progressive Conservatives did not support the bill.

“It was disrespectful,” she said, promising that her party would re-introduce the legislation.

Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca said his party would also pass the anti-Islamophobia legislation if elected on June 2.

“I said from the very beginning that we would move forward with legislation. I’ve already committed to moving as quickly as I can to pass the Our London Family Act,” he said at an unrelated announcement in Toronto on Wednesday.

Source: Toronto Star

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The Taliban Drafts a 15-Article Bill for the Return of the Afghan Political And Military Figures

 

Return of the Afghan Political And Military Figures/ Khaama.com

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By Saqalain Eqbal

21 May 2022

The Return and Communications with Former Afghan Officials and Political Figures Commission has released a list of fifteen articles that include provisions for “considering temporary accommodation” and “fulfilling the legitimate demands” of Afghan political and military figures, if they return.

The articles were posted on Twitter by Inamullah Samangani, the Taliban’s Deputy Spokesman, on Saturday May 21, quoting Shahabuddin Delavar, the head of the commission, who said that the “Intra-Afghan Reconciliation” plan had been considered in the past nine months.

The “Commission Secretariat” is mentioned in Articles 3 and 4, which is responsible for “technical” aspects as well as the protection for returnees and the provision of temporary accommodation.

The measure places a strong emphasis on identifying and encouraging people who would like to return to Afghanistan. If they return, the commission has pledged to protect their property, life, and “reputation.”

If there is a difficulty for the returnees, the measure specifies that the Taliban will deal with the offenders in a religious (Sharai) manner.

During a meeting in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, about 40 influential political figures and party leaders legitimized the war against the Taliban.

Those who gathered at Abdul Rashid Dostum’s house, the leader of the National Movement Party, issued a declaration warning the Taliban that if negotiations with the Taliban failed, they would resort to war and military confrontation.

Source: khaama Press

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Europe

Bolton: First ever Muslim mayor Akhtar Zaman makes history

By Joe Harrigan

22-05-2022

At an emotional ceremony held on Wednesday morning, Cllr Akhtar Zaman, who represents Halliwell, took over the role from outgoing Mayor Cllr Linda Thomas.

Quoting lines of poetry his father sent him as a young man, Cllr  Zaman said: "I have given my blood for the betterment of this orchid, remember me when the spring arrives."

Source: The Bolton News

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Muslim burial section of Pleasington Cemetery is extended

By Shuiab Khan

22-05-2022

The Muslim section of Pleasington Cemetery is close to being completely full, with volunteers saying only 25 to 30 plots remain on the site.

A large part of the existing section was filled during the Covid pandemic with some months seeing more than 50 burials taking place.

Source: Lancashire Telegraph

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https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/20150558.muslim-burial-section-pleasington-cemetery-extended/

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India

Delhi’s Historic Mosque Jama Masjid In Old Delhi’s Fountain Connection

Ziya Us Salam

MAY 21, 2022

Five times a day the faithful gather around the Hauz at the historic Jama Masjid in Old Delhi for ablution before daily prayers. At the centre of the water body is a circular fountain made of white marble. The fountain is placed right behind the central Mehrab or niche of the mosque built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1650. For centuries, it has helped in water circulation in the water tank dug inside the earth.

Source: The Hindu

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https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/delhis-historic-mosques-fountain-connection/article65442332.ece

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BJP worker arrested for allegedly killing 65-year-old on suspicion of being Muslim

Scroll Staff

22-05-2022

The Madhya Pradesh Police on Saturday arrested Bharatiya Janata Party worker Dinesh Kushwaha, who was seen assaulting a 65-year-old man with mental illness on video, The Indian Express reported.

The video shared on social media showed Kushwaha repeatedly slapping Jain and asking him about his identity. Kushwaha was seen asking him if his name was Mohammed and demanding his Aadhaar card.

Source: Scroll.In

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Places Of Worship Act To Be Put To Test In Mathura Mosque Case Too

IANS

MAY 22 2022

Amid the row over discovery of a "Shivling" inside the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, a district court in Mathura, earlier this week, allowed a plea by the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust and other private parties, seeking ownership of the land on which...

Both the Gyanvapi mosque and the Shahi Idgah Mosque, fall under the purview of The Places of Worship Act, 1991, but now they are under litigation.

Source: Economic Times

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65-year-old man in MP beaten to death by BJP functionary over suspicions of being a Muslim

21st May 2022

By Anuraag Singh

BHOPAL: In a shocking incident, a 65-year-old man Bhanwarlal Jain was found dead in Neemuch district, just a few hours after he was thrashed allegedly by a ruling BJP functionary over suspicion of being a Muslim.

Jain, who is the eldest among the three sons of the oldest surviving sarpanch Pistabai Chhatar Jain in Sirsa village of neighbouring Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh, was found dead at Rampura Road (around one km from Manasa police) in Neemuch district on May 19.

Source: Scroll.In

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North America

What unites and divides the world's most prominent Islamic scholars?

Jaan Islam

21 May 2022

Two years after the Egyptian revolution, and just weeks after the country's first democratically elected president was deposed in a coup, thousands of protesters gathered at Cairo's Rabaa square. In the early hours of 14 August 2013, gunshots rang out as heavily armed Egyptian security forces moved in, firing on the crowds of peaceful protesters, including women and children.

Eye witnesses even reported security forces shooting at helpless civilians from helicopters, while protesters trying to flee were trapped at the square's exits. Although estimates of the death toll vary, scholar and author Usaama al-Azami estimates it might have reached into the thousands.

Source: Middle East Eye

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https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/what-unites-and-divides-worlds-most-prominent-islamic-scholars

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Fate of 2,500 Ukrainian POWs from steel plant stirs concern

MAY 22, 2022

With Russia claiming to have taken prisoner nearly 2,500 Ukrainian fighters from the besieged Mariupol steel plant, concerns grew about their fate as a Moscow-backed separatist leader vowed they would face tribunals. Russia has declared its full control of the Azovstal steel plant, which for weeks was the last holdout in Mariupol and a symbol of Ukrainian tenacity in the strategic port city, now in ruins with more than 20,000 residents feared dead. The seizure gives Russian President Vladimir Putin a badly wanted victory in the war he began nearly three months ago. As the West rallies behind Ukraine, Polish President Andrzej Duda arrived in Ukraine on an unannounced visit and will address the country's parliament on Sunday, his office said. Poland, which has welcomed millions of Ukrainian refugees since the start of the war, is a strong supporter of Ukraine's desire to join the European Union. With Russia blocking Ukraine's sea ports, Poland has become a major gateway for Western humanitarian aid and weapons going into Ukraine and has been helping Ukraine get its grain and other agricultural products to world markets. The Russian Defense Ministry released video of Ukrainian soldiers being detained after announcing that its forces had removed the last holdouts from the Mariupol plant’s extensive underground tunnels. It said a total of 2,439 had surrendered. Get unlimited digital access Subscribe now for just $2 for 2 months. CLAIM OFFER Family members of the fighters, who came from a variety of military and law enforcement units, have pleaded for them to be given rights as prisoners of war and eventually returned to Ukraine. Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Saturday that Ukraine “will fight for the return" of every one of them. Denis Pushilin, the pro-Kremlin head of an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, said the captured fighters included some foreign nationals, though he did not provide details. He said they were sure to face a tribunal. Russian officials and state media

Source: Fresnobee

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Biden says 'hello' to North Korea’s Kim amid tensions over weapons tests

22-05-2022

SEOUL (REUTERS) - US President Joe Biden, in Seoul before heading to Japan as part of his first Asia trip as president, had a simple message for North Korea’s Mr Kim Jong Un.

But his wry response when asked what message he had for Mr Kim underscored the administration’s low-key approach to the unresolved tensions with North Korea.

Source: Straits Times

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South Asia

Global situation liable for inflation in country: Mirza Azizul Islam

BSS

21 May 2022

DHAKA, May 21, 2022 (BSS) - Former Adviser to the caretaker government Dr AB Mirza Azizul Islam today said that the prices of products are increasing in the country since there has been a global inflationary pressure.

"Currently, the inflation that we're witnessing in the country is mainly because of the global market situation. The fuel oil price has increased globally, the Russia-Ukraine war is still going on while the price of products has increased by 8 percent in the UK," he said.

Source: Bss News

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https://www.bssnews.net/business/62123

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Is Bangladesh paying the price of administered forex regime?

AKM Zamir Uddin

May 22, 2022

The taka faced less depreciation against the US dollar compared to other South Asian currencies in the last one year, eroding the export competitiveness of Bangladesh against its peers.

This seems that Bangladesh has been trying to tackle the ongoing global economic crisis by strengthening its currency artificially but it may leave an adverse impact on the macroeconomy, experts warned.

Source: The Daily Star

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https://www.thedailystar.net/business/economy/news/bangladesh-paying-the-price-administered-forex-regime-3028791

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Expect to detect more monkeypox cases, WHO says

May 22, 2022

The World Health Organization said it expects to identify more cases of monkeypox as it expands surveillance in countries where the disease is not typically found.

As of Saturday, 92 confirmed cases and 28 suspected cases of monkeypox have been reported from 12 member states that are not endemic for the virus, the UN agency said, adding it will provide further guidance and recommendations in coming days for countries on how to mitigate the spread of monkeypox.

Source: The Daily Star

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https://www.thedailystar.net/health/disease/news/expect-detect-more-monkeypox-cases-who-says-3029011

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Haji Salim may surrender in court at 2pm, lawyer says

Star Digital Report

May 22, 2022

Dhaka-7 MP Haji Mohammad Salim, who was sentenced in a corruption case, may surrender in court today at 2pm.

Haji Salim's lawyer, Prannath, confirmed the development to The Daily Star this morning.

Source: The Daily Star

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https://www.thedailystar.net/news/bangladesh/crime-justice/news/haji-salim-may-surrender-court-2pm-lawyer-says-3029006

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Arab World

Egypt's speaker of parliament condemns Israel's attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque

Gamal Essam El-Din

21 May 2022

Hanafy El-Gebaly, the speaker of Egypt's parliament – the House of Representatives – launched a scathing attack against Israel, accusing it of implementing "wicked schemes" to abolish the Arab character of Jerusalem and tamper with its religious holy sites.

The conference, entitled "Al-Aqsa Mosque and Islamic and Christian Holy Sites Are a Priority," attracted parliamentarians from 22 Arab countries.

Source: English.Ahram

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Saudi deputy defense minister, Blinken affirm countries’ ‘common vision to confront Iran’s destabilizing policies’

ARAB NEWS

May 22, 2022

WASHINGTON: Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister, has met here with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the two sides affirmed their countries’ common vision to confront Iran’s destabilizing policies in the region, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

They also discussed the latest developments in Yemen, with Prince Khalid reaffirming Saudi Arabia’s aspirations for the Yemenis “to reach a comprehensive political solution that would move Yemen to peace and development.”

“During the meeting, they reviewed the strategic and historical relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America and ways to strengthen them,” SPA said.

Source: Arab News

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How Saudi Arabia can become the vanguard of sustainable tourism

ALEX WHITEMAN

May 22, 2022

LONDON: Saudi Arabia is stepping up its efforts to become the vanguard of a UN pledge to develop a sustainable model of tourism after the sector’s levels of resilience were pushed to breaking point by the pandemic and new dire warnings of tourism’s environmental footprint emerged.

Addressing the UN General Assembly on May 6, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb said lessons about tourism’s vulnerability to sudden, unexpected events must be taken from the pandemic — which cost the sector 62 million jobs worldwide — and changes made.

“COVID-19 highlighted the vulnerability of the sector, not only to pandemics but also to the effects of extreme weather, so addressing climate change must be at the heart of building a more resilient tourism, and there is no resilience without sustainability,” he said.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Arabia arrests 12,458 illegals in one week

SPA

May 22, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 12,458 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

From May 12 to 18, a total of 7,836 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 3,134 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 1,488 for labor-related issues.

Source: Arab News

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Qatar Islamic Bank Group CEO Recognised As Top CEO In Sharia-Compliant Banks

22 May 2022

The Peninsula

Doha: In recognition of his outstanding leadership, CC of Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), was ranked first in the region, as the Top CEO in Sharia-compliant banks, at the Top CEO Conference and Awards ceremony held in Dubai on May 18 May.

The Top CEO Conference and Awards, which was attended by CEOs and thought leaders from across the GCC, recognizes industry leaders based on their institutions’ annual financial performance, size and corporate governance.  GCC-listed companies in different industries including banking, energy and utility, financial services and investment, insurance, logistics and industrials, malls, real estate and construction, mining, metals and chemicals, retail, FMCG and consumer care, tech and media are assessed. This assessment is conducted through a thorough evaluation by a panel of industry experts and the results are audited by KPMG.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar

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Pakistan

Sindh, Chinese officials agree to evolve foolproof security mechanism

Tahir Siddiqui

May 22, 2022

KARACHI: The Sindh government and Chinese security authorities have agreed to work together to evolve a foolproof security mechanism for the Chinese working in CPEC and non-CPEC projects in the province.

This emerged on Saturday in a meeting between Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput and External Security Commissioner in China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Cheng Gouping along with their respective teams.

Source: Dawn

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Imran to chair party meeting on Azadi March date today

Bureau Report

May 22, 2022

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s core committee will meet today (Sunday) to decide the date for the much-hyped long march on Islamabad.

The core committee meeting will be chaired by former prime minister and PTI chairman Imran Khan, who has already arrived in the provincial capital.

Source: Dawn

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CDA, Margalla Hills National Park to swap over 300 acres

Kashif Abbasi

May 22, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Board on Saturday approved a proposal of swapping 327 acres between the civic agency and Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) in the Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) Area.

A board member told Dawn that 327 acres of the national park area fell in alignment of the under-construction Margalla Road and partially in CDA’s C-14 and C-15 sectors.

Source: Dawn

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KP CM Mahmood Khan suspends six excise officials over arrest of PTI photographer

Manzoor Ali

May 22, 2022

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Saturday suspended six officials of the excise and taxation department and ordered an inquiry against them after they detained a photographer affiliated with the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf for filming the excise police station here with a drone without permission.

Sources in the PTI told Dawn that the detainee, Tariq Khan, was filming the road project for the local government department when excise officials detained him and deleted the footage.

Source: Dawn

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Terrain, elements add to forest inferno challenge

Saleem Shahid

May 22, 2022

QUETTA: A devastating forest fire continued to rage in different parts of the Koh-i-Sulaiman range on Saturday, with officials fearing that it may spread to populated areas.

The fire started a week ago after the area was struck by lightning and has since engulfed hundreds of trees dotting the mountain range, home to the world’s largest pine nuts (chilghoza) forest and connects Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

Source: Dawn

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Mideast

Iran to revive gas pipeline project to Oman, IRNA reports

May 22, 2022

DUBAI, May 21 (Reuters) - Iran's oil minister has agreed to revive a long-stalled project to lay an undersea pipeline to carry gas to Oman, the Iranian state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday.

Iran sits on one of the world's largest gas reserves, which Oman has been eyeing as it hopes to feed energy-intensive industries and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plants.

Source: Reuters

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Iranian soccer official coming to Canada attended party with man sought by FBI over kidnap plot

Ashley Burke

May 21, 2022

The head of the Iranian national soccer team coming to Vancouver next month for a controversial exhibition game recently attended a party with a man wanted by the FBI in relation to a plot to kidnap international targets, including three people in Canada.

The April 8 birthday party in Tehran was captured on camera and photographs were posted online. At the time, a warrant had been out for the arrest of the alleged Iranian intelligence informant for almost a year.

Source: Cbc.Ca

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Iran’s president to visit Oman

Amani Hamad

21 May ,2022

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi will visit the Sultanate of Oman on Monday, Oman News Agency reported on Saturday.

The visit embodies the “good neighborliness and good relations” between Oman and Iran, the report said, adding that Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq and Raisi are keen on improving ties in all fields to serve the interests of both countries.

Source: English.Alarabiya

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Southeast Asia

Kit Siang: I'm ready to go to jail for 'warning Malaysia not to become another Sri Lanka'

22 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang today said that he is ready to go to prison if found guilty of improper use of network facilities for his statement warning Malaysia not to become like Sri Lanka.

However, he asked former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak if he was willing to go to jail for his crimes instead of trying to become prime minister again.

Source: Malay Mail

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PM Ismail Sabri: Cabinet to meet tomorrow to discuss cost of living, food supply issues

22 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — The weekly Cabinet meeting will be brought forward to tomorrow (May 23) to discuss cost of living and food supply issues, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) and Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (MAFI) would brief the Cabinet on these issues, including short- and long-term plans to overcome these problems.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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PM Ismail Sabri keen to make Bahasa Melayu Asean’s lingua franca

22 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob hoped that the scope of cooperation among Asean countries could be planned more carefully so that Bahasa Melayu (Malay language) could be made the 'lingua franca' again.

"The Malay language has its own uniqueness and advantages, especially among the Asean countries, and can be made one of the official languages of Asean," he said when opening the International Symposium on Bahasa Melayu at Wisma Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka here today.

Source: Malay Mail

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PM Ismail Sabri attends Malaysian Army Raya Open House

21 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today attended the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House of the Malaysian Army at Kem Perdana in Sungai Besi, here tonight.

Ismail Sabri who was wearing a green baju Melayu complete with songkok and sampin arrived at Dataran Panglima Tentera Darat, here at 8.40 pm.

Source: Malay Mail

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MACC says done investigating judge who convicted Najib, sent papers to AG

By Justin Ong

21 May 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it has completed its investigation into appellate court judge Datuk Mohd Nazlan Ghazali, which critics allege to be interference with the judiciary.

“As such, the investigation paper was presented to the Attorney General’s Chambers on May 18, 2022, for its examination and direction,” the MACC said in a statement today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Africa

The Apostate, Grand Imam Maqari, Must Be Removed From Office And Tried: Wole Soyinka, The Nobel Laureate

May 22, 2022

Professor Wole Soyinka, the Nobel Laureate has called for the removal from office of Prof Ibrahim Maqari, the Deputy Chief Imam of Abuja’s National Mosque, Abuja. Reason: He supported the murder of Deborah Samuel Yakubu, a Christian student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State, by her colleagues.

Soyinka said this when he delivered an address at the launching of the memorial publication on the late General Ibrahim Attahiru at Ladi Kwale Hall, Abuja on Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Source: The News Nigeria

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CAN issues new directive to Christians as Muslims plan counter-protest on Sunday

By Wale Odunsi

May 21, 2022

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has made an adjustment to Sunday’s protest over the murder of Deborah Samuel.

The President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle issued a circular to churches on Saturday.

Source: Daily Post

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Bauchi gov visits community, addresses Christians, Muslims

Armstrong Bakam

21 May 2022

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, on Saturday visited Katanga Community in Warji local government area of Bauchi state to assess the level of destruction and to commiserate with the residents over the crisis that erupted as a result of an alleged blasphemy.

The crisis was said to have erupted after a Christian allegedly posted a video which allegedly blasphemed Islam and Prophet Mohammed.

Source: Punchng.Pom

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