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Communal Harmony Gets Richer In Kerala Village; Masjid and Temple Share A Long History Of Mutual Respect And Brotherhood

New Age Islam News Bureau

30 July 2023

 

The twin offering boxes installed by the committees of a mosque and a temple at Elavaramkuzhi in Kerala. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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• Communal Harmony Gets Richer In Kerala Village; Masjid and Temple Share A Long History Of Mutual Respect And Brotherhood

• U.S. Taxpayers Donated $391K to Terrorist-Defending Imam's Two Organizations

• Hezbollah Chief Slams Gay Relations, Says Muslims Should 'Punish' Quran Desecrators

• Bangladesh On Boil: Violent Clashes In Dhaka During Protests Against Hasina Govt.

• Islamic State Says It Bombed Shiite Shrine in Syria which Killed 6, Injured 20

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India

• Who is Tariq Mansoor? Aligarh Muslim University ex-vice chancellor named BJP vice-president

• Gyanvapi mosque: Twists & turns in complex legal battle

• CBI files FIR in Manipur viral video case, to seek custody of 7 accused

• Can't rule out foreign agencies' role in Manipur: Former Army chief Naravane

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North America

• US Surrendered Unconditionally To Taliban In Afghanistan: Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman

• Biden Sends Ashura Greetings To Muslim World

• Fear Grips Christian Villages After Suspected Islamists Assassinate Mayor, Slaughter Christians

• How Sinead O'Connor found peace in Islam after a lifelong struggle with religion

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Africa

• Senegal's opposition politician Ousmane Sonko faces new charges

• Bandits Kill Muslim Cleric, Farmers, Kidnap 50 in Kaduna

• Avoid choosing Muslim party secretary, group tells Tinubu

• MURIC Knocks Sanwo-Olu Over 8 Muslims On 39-Man Commissioner List

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South Asia

• PM Opens 50 More Model Mosques And Islamic Cultural Centres Across The Country

• US envoys for Afghanistan stress urgency of inclusive governance in Kabul

• ‘Pushed to brink’: Nearly 30 million people in Afghanistan need humanitarian help, says UNICEF

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Arab World

• Kuwait Mosque in Egypt’s Giza opens

• Saudi musical talent shines at Jordan’s Jerash Festival

• Saudi foreign minister urges calm during call with Sudan’s army chief

• Saudi Arabia implements comprehensive measures to combat human trafficking

• Al-Sudais launches ‘The Rituals of Umrah’ in Makkah

• Saudi authorities make multiple arrests in crackdown on drug traffickers

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Mideast

• Iran Official In Charge Of Promoting Islamic Values Suspended Over Alleged Gay Sex Video

• Strengthening Iran-Turkey relations benefits Muslim world: minister

• Turkey urges Denmark to take urgent action to prevent Koran burnings

• We will remain on path of Imam Hussein: Nasrallah

• Iran sex tape scandal: Government says no prior knowledge of alleged behaviour

• Reading ‘Lolita’? Not in Tehran.

• Iran news editor suspended over protest coverage: media

• Iran to try 104 MKO members in absentia

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Pakistan

• PTI To Probe Party Senators’ Role In Passing Of Army Act Amendment Bill

• Scenes from mourning processions as Muslims observe Yaum-i-Ashura

• Opposition leader Raja Riaz confident of consensus on caretaker PM

• Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng to arrive in Pakistan today to celebrate decade of CPEC

• People increasingly turning to courts for climate rights

• Lahore receives heavy showers as Met Office warns of urban, flash floods

• Asad Qaiser calls for end to ‘propaganda’ against PTI, demands free and fair elections

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Southeast Asia

• Muda Questions MACC’s Impartiality After Azam Baki Clears Zahid Over Grant Offer

• Zahid’s promise of additional grant for Terengganu youths not an offence, says MACC chief

• Taman Tun Dr Ismail: From humble rubber estate to affluent neighbourhood

• State polls: BN candidate for Bandar seat in Terengganu describes his selection as creating history

• Fahmi: ‘ZiarahKasih’ to become permanent programme to reach out to people

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Europe

• Rishi Sunak Orders Review Of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

• Back on track: Europe's night trains make bumpy comeback

• Three Ukrainian drones downed over Moscow: Russia defence ministry

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Communal Harmony Gets Richer in In Kerala Village; Masjid and Temple Share A Long History Of Mutual Respect And Brotherhood

 

The twin offering boxes installed by the committees of a mosque and a temple at Elavaramkuzhi in Kerala. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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July 30, 2023

Navamy Sudhish

Taking communal harmony to an all-new level, two vaults in Elavaramkuzhi, a village in Kollam, about 70 km from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, stand cheek by jowl on the same platform bearing the features of different religions. The Juma Masjid and Mahadeva Temple, 250 metres apart, share a long history of mutual respect and brotherhood, a bond that no propaganda breaks. The decision to install the vaults side by side was taken unanimously, and they came into being six months ago.

“Both the mosque and temple had separate vaults and we demolished them both to construct the new ones to set an example. We constituted a common committee for the construction and Shaji Shanmukham, a resident, donated the land for the purpose. As per the property deeds, the land now belongs jointly, to the mosque and temple,” says M. Ashraf, secretary of the mosque committee. Now devotees make contributions to both the boxes.

This is not the first time the two religious places collaborated. About two years ago, they had constructed a common arch on the main road that leads to both the places of worship. Called ‘mathasauhardakavadam’ (harmony gateway), the structure displays verses and scriptures belonging to both religions. “Elavaramkuzhi is an interior area, but it has a very strong secular character. It’s the temple committee who first serves us sweets during the Eid procession,” he adds.

When the annual temple festival takes place towards the beginning of the year, members of the mosque form a part of the festival committee. “A spiritual lecture series is part of the festivities and literary critic M.M. Basheer has been our main speaker for several years. The masjid committee also offers ‘annadanam’ (free food) in the temple during the festival,” says Sudhakara Panicker, a patron who is part of the temple committee.

“The need for peaceful coexistence and communal harmony has become all the more important in current times. We are planning to launch more such initiatives in the future,” adds Mr. Panicker.

“Most of us are born and brought up here and we don’t believe in communal barriers,” says Ayub Khan, a resident of Elavaramkuzhi. Though a few people came forward to sponsor the construction, it was decided that money would be raised from the public. “It was also a way of knowing public opinion. Not a single person was against it and all the residents contributed,” he adds.

A sculptor from Kottarakara, the home of Kathakali, was hired to ensure the presence of architectural elements from both the communities, while the design and colour scheme were fixed in consultation with devotees.

“We don’t think it’s a big deal. I go to the temple every morning. The only difference these days is that I carry two coins whenever I make an offering,” says N. Rajamani, a resident.

Source: The Hindu

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U.S. Taxpayers Donated $391K to Terrorist-Defending Imam's Two Organizations

 

Imam Abdullah Faaruuq of the Mosque for Praising Allah in Roxbury, Mass. Behind Faaruuq stand storage containers for the food pantry run by his mosque. (Photo: Dexter Van Zile)

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by Dexter Van Zile

July 28, 2023

American taxpayers have, over the past two years, given almost $400,000 to two non-profits led by a radical imam in Boston. Imam Abdullah Faaruuq has lionized a terrorist convicted of trying to kill FBI agents and U.S. soldiers.

Faaruuq also handed out Islamist tracts to incarcerated Muslims while serving as a chaplain in Massachusetts prisons. He once described the United States as "the land of the coward and the home of the slave."

Faaruuq is a long-time advocate for Aafia Siddiqui, a U.S. trained neuroscientist who was convicted of multiple counts of attempted murder in 2010 and is currently serving an 86-year prison sentence for her crimes. After Siddiqui's arrest in 2008, Faaruuq downplayed the threat she posed to U.S. personnel in Afghanistan, telling interviewers from National Public Radio in New York City, "The government, I think has little to fear from a girl about five foot one and about 90 pounds." Fifteen years later, Faaruuq offered nearly the same description of Siddiqui when speaking with Focus on Western Islamism (FWI). "She's about five foot one, 105 pounds," he said. "They had half a dozen military men with guns ... and they couldn't control a little girl."

It's an odd thing to say about a woman found with two pounds of sodium cyanide and plans for a mass-casualty attack on American soil in her possession when she was detained by Afghan police in 2008. Prior to her interrogation by American officials, Siddiqui grabbed an M4 rifle and began firing it at her questioners while shouting anti-American slogans.

In a 2010 speech about her case, the imam called upon his listeners to "grab onto this rope, grab onto the typewriter, grab onto the shovel, grab onto the gun and the sword, don't be afraid to step out into this world and do your job." This rhetoric prompted Americans for Peace and Tolerance to ask if Faaruuq was "urging Boston-area Muslims to respond violently to the arrests of Islamic extremists."

The following year, Faaruuq emphasized how "brave" Siddiqui was at a fundraiser in Worcester, Mass. In audio obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Faaruuq is heard to say, "They say she took up a machine gun while they held her captive ... and was ready to attack her captors. What a brave woman she is and what a brave woman she continues to be." Faaruuq also said that Siddiqui was "only guilty of trying to defend herself and if my mother was in the same place, she would have [taken] her West Indian machete and cut her way through those kafirs (non-believers)."

Faaruuq's connection to Siddiqui dates back to when he served as a Muslim chaplain in Massachusetts prisons. According to Deborah Scroggins, author of Wanted Women: Faith, Lies & The War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Aafia Siddiqui, "Aafia ordered hundreds of Islamic books in English, usually from Saudi Arabia, and Faaruuq distributed them to the prisoners he visited. Faaruuq said the books included works by the famous Egyptian Islamist [and Muslim Brotherhood ideologue] Sayyid Qutb."

Faaruuq's extremism hasn't prevented nonprofits he leads from applying for — and receiving — substantial sums from American taxpayers. In June, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security gave $100,000 to the Society for the Islamic Brotherhood, which operates the Praise Allah Mosque where Faaruuq serves as imam. The money came from a federal fund administered by the Department of Homeland Security.

"They say she took up a machine gun while they held her captive ... and was ready to attack her captors. What a brave woman she is and what a brave woman she continues to be." - Abdullah Faaruuq

In 2022, the state's Executive Office of Environmental Affairs gave the Faaruuq-led Islamic-Multi Service Organization (ISMO) $290,600 to equip a food pantry that operates out of the mosque. Neither agency has responded to FWI requests for information about the grants, which are listed in a publicly searchable database maintained by the state's comptroller.

"It's very surprising that taxpayers are subsidizing organizations whose leader speaks in such hateful terms about America," said Charles Jacobs, president of Americans for Peace and Tolerance. "It's less surprising that he would be happy to take money from a government that, as his comments seem to suggest, he wants to undermine."

Faaruuq complained that his comments about Siddiqui — which he said had "nothing to do with picking up a gun against America" — were taken out of context by his critics intent on portraying him as anti-American.

"I cannot be against this country," Faaruuq told FWI earlier this month. "It's the country of my birth. I love this country." In 2022, Faaruuq told an audience in Cambridge, Mass., that America "is a terrible place" where "perversity is normalized and gay marriage is tolerated."

"Giving public funds to organizations led by Faaruuq legitimizes his defense of a convicted terrorist as well as his own extremist agenda." - Boston College Prof. Dennis Hale

"The same funding that the Jews get for their synagogue or the churches get for their places of worship, we've gotten as well," he said in reference to the Homeland Security grant that was used to install security cameras at his mosque. "What am I supposed to do? Not take advantage of it?" Faaruuq told FWI.

"We got the same money everybody else got," he said regarding the money for the food pantry. "It was because of COVID." The mosque used the food security funds to purchase refrigeration equipment and buy a vehicle used to deliver food to people who cannot visit the food pantry in person, Faaruuq said.

Dennis Hale, a Boston College professor of political science, expressed dismay that state officials would distribute funds to nonprofits led by someone who espoused such explicit anti-Americanism in a city that was the scene of the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013.

""Why are officials handing out money to institutions led by radicals — in Boston, no less?" he asked. "Giving public funds to organizations led by Faaruuq legitimizes his defense of a convicted terrorist as well as his own extremist agenda."

Source: Meforum.Org

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Hezbollah Chief Slams Gay Relations, Says Muslims Should 'Punish' Quran Desecrators

 

A child carries a bottle of water as Lebanon’s Hezbollah supporters take part in a religious ceremony to mark Ashura in Beirut’s southern suburbs, Lebanon on July 29, 2023. | Photo Credit: Reuters

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30-07-2023

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has stepped up his attacks against the LGBTQ communities in Lebanon and the region.

"We are not making up battles, nor are we making up dangers. This is a real danger that is imminent and has begun," Nasrallah said in a televised speech for the annual Ashura commemoration. Last week, Nasrallah had said gay people, "even if they do it once... are to be killed," in line with Islamic teachings.

In his latest comments Nasrallah said that, "In Lebanon, this danger started with some educational institutions, and NGOs," which he accused of "promoting" same-sex relations to children. He called on the ministry of education to intervene. The ministry later denied the presence of such books or classes in Lebanon.

Religiously diverse Lebanon is one of the Middle East's more liberal countries, and the LGBTQ community has long been visible and outspoken, defying crackdowns on its bars, nightclubs and community centers. But it has continued to face systematic social, economic and legal discrimination -- which an expert has warned could only be worsened by Nasrallah's rhetoric.

"Hate speech functions as a tool of diversion, wielded by Nasrallah and political elites to divert public attention from profound economic disparities and governance failures," Hussein Cheaito, an economist who focuses on queer political economy, wrote on Twitter, which is being rebranded as "X".

"This calculated tactic perpetuates their grip on power," he said, while adding to "a vicious cycle of discrimination, fear, and exclusion, entwined with Lebanon's socio-economic fabric."

Lebanon's LGBTQ community in 2018 scored a success when a court ruled that same-sex conduct is not unlawful, but since then it has seen more setbacks than victories.

Last summer, the community was targeted by a crackdown that saw activists harassed and Pride gatherings canceled after the interior ministry instructed security forces to clamp down on events "promoting sexual perversion."

The ministry argued that LGBTQ events violate customs, traditions and "principles of religion" in Lebanon, where political power is split along faith lines between Shiite and Sunni Muslim, Christian, Druze and other groups.

Separately, Nasrallah said that if governments of Muslim-majority nations do not act against countries that allow the desecration of the Quran, Muslims should "punish" those who facilitate attacks on Islam's holy book.

He said Muslims should watch for the outcome of an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, scheduled to take place in Baghdad on Monday to discuss the organization's response to the Quran burnings.

The organization and its member states should "send a firm, decisive and unequivocal message to these governments that any repeat of the attacks will be met with a boycott," Nasrallah said. If they do not, he said, Muslim youth should "punish the desecrators."

Members of the crowd, who carried banners with religious slogans alongside the flags of Hezbollah, Lebanon and Palestine, chanted, "Oh, Quran, we are at your service; Oh, Hussein, we are at your service."

Source: Nahar Net

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Bangladesh On Boil: Violent Clashes In Dhaka During Protests Against Hasina Govt

 

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) activists blocking a highway entering Bangladesh’s capital disperse after police fired tear gas shells during a protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and a general election under a neutral caretaker government, in Dhaka on July 29, 2023. | Photo Credit: AFP

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Jul 29, 2023

Police in Bangladesh’s capital on Saturday clashed with supporters of the country’s main opposition party, which said scores of its activists were injured during anti-government protests in parts of the city. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party headed by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the transfer of power to a non-party caretaker government until the next general election, which is expected to be held by early January.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Islamic State Says It Bombed Shiite Shrine in Syria which Killed 6, Injured 20

 

People and internal security members inspect the site of a bomb blast, outside the Sayeda Zeinab shrine city, south of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria. (Image: Reuters)

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By: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

JULY 29, 2023

The Islamic State group (IS) said Friday it was behind a bombing south of the Syrian capital Damascus the day before that killed at least six people and wounded 20.

Thursday’s explosion was near the Sayeda Zeinab mausoleum in Damascus, Syria’s most visited Shiite pilgrimage site, and came on the eve of the annual Shiite Ashura commemoration.

In a statement on the Telegram messaging app, the jihadist group said some of its fighters breached tight security imposed by the Syrian regime and militias guarding the mausoleum area.

The authorities had tightened security measures around the mausoleum for the 10-day Ashura commemoration, among the most important in Shiite Islam.

In the same message on Friday, IS claimed “another bomb attack" it said had targeted “a bus transporting Shiite pilgrims in the same area, wounding at least two and destroying the vehicle".

On Tuesday, an explosion in a car in the same area of the Syrian capital had wounded two civilians, official media cited a security official as saying.

Shiite shrines are a frequent target of attacks by Sunni Muslim extremists of the IS group, not only in Syria but also in neighbouring Iraq.

Source: News18

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 India

Who is Tariq Mansoor? Aligarh Muslim University ex-vice chancellor named BJP vice-president

Jul 30, 2023

In one of the most prominent central office-bearers shuffles prior to the 2024 Lok Sabha election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) selected MLC, ex-vice chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, and Pasmanda Muslim Tariq Mansoor as its new vice-president.

As the saffron party campaigns for re-election in the next elections, the selection of Tariq Mansoor is perceived as an essential part of the party's outreach to Pasmanda (backward) Muslims. On May 17, 2017, Tariq Mansoor began his five-year tenure as vice chancellor of AMU. His term was meant to last through 2022, but due to the coronavirus epidemic, it was postponed under unusual conditions for an additional year.

When he was chosen as one of six candidates for the UP legislative council, Tariq Mansoor resigned from his position as vice chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. He is the first vice chancellor of AMU to be named as a nominee for the legislative council while he is still serving in that position.

Source: Dna India

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Gyanvapi mosque: Twists & turns in complex legal battle

30th July 2023

By Namita Bajpai

LUCKNOW: The Gyanvapi Masjid that stands adjacent the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi is caught in a multi-pronged legal battle as Hindus claim the original Lingam of the erstwhile Vishweshwar temple was hidden by the priests inside the Gyanvapi well during Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s raid in the late 1660s. Hindu petitioners want to reclaim it for worship at the sacred place where the mosque now stands. But Muslims have been offering regular namaz on the mosque premises and claim it to be a 1,000-year-old shrine.

The Gyanvapi Masjid was built on the banks of the Ganga by Aurangzeb in 1669. Several historians have claimed that it was constructed after demolishing the AdiVishweshwara (Lord Shiva) temple and its debris were used for the construction of the mosque. It is said that the mosque was named after a nearby well and literally means the 'well of knowledge' (Gyanvapi).

As for the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, it was constructed adjacent the Gyanvapi Masjid by AhilyabaiHolkar, queen of the Maratha Malwa kingdom. The temple was built almost 100 years after the mosque came up. Ahilyabai is known for constructing several other temples and ghats in Varanasi as well. An earlier attempt to build the Kashi Vishwanath temple by her father-in-law, Malhar Rao Holkar, couldn't materialise. This temple has now become one of the most revered seats of Lord Shiva. It's part of the grand Kashi Vishwanath Corridor inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2021.

Source: New Indian Express

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CBI files FIR in Manipur viral video case, to seek custody of 7 accused

Jul 30, 2023

NEW DELHI/GUWAHATI: CBI on Saturday formally took over the investigation into the alleged sexual assault on two women by a mob in Manipur's Kangpokpi district on May 4, a video clip of which went viral on social media platforms earlier this month triggering a nationwide outrage.

The central agency, which is already probing six other cases regarding the unrest in the state, has registered the seventh FIR relating to the viral video and a special probe team, led by a DIG-rank officer, has been stationed in Imphal. The FIR has been filed under sections of abduction, gang rape, murder and use of criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty.

Earlier, Home minister Amit Shah had said that the Centre had requested the Supreme Court to shift the trial of these cases outside the state. Shah also said that the man who filmed the assault of the two women had been arrested and that security forces had established a 35,000 personnel-strong buffer zone to prevent ethnic clashes.

Source: Times Of India

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Can't rule out foreign agencies' role in Manipur: Former Army chief Naravane

Jul 30, 2023

NEW DELHI: Involvement of foreign agencies in the ongoing violence in Manipur "cannot be ruled out", former Army chief General MM Naravane (retd) has said, while flagging China's aid to various insurgent groups in the northeast over the decades.

"If there is instability in not only a neighbouring country (Myanmar), but also in a border state (Manipur), then it is bad for our overall national security. Internal security is very important for us," Gen Naravane said.

Responding to questions on the situation in strife-torn Manipur at an event on Friday evening, he said, "I am sure that those who are in the chair and responsible for taking whatever actions are due to be taken are doing their best. We should avoid trying to second-guess them. The person on the ground knows best what is to be done."

Source: Times Of India

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North America

US Surrendered Unconditionally To Taliban In Afghanistan: Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman

By: Mukul Sharma

Jul 29, 2023

US House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul repeated the specifics of colossal failure of US-led invasion of Afghanistan that started in 2001 and ended with abrupt withdrawal of the American forces in August 2021. At a hearing about Biden administration’s planning for the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, McCaul said that the idea of lowering the number of troops to 650 was "insane,” that "12,000 prisoners" including "suicide bombers" and "ISIS-K" were released from Bagram prison.

While confirming Pentagon's earlier reports of the US forces leaving "$7 billion of equipment" in Afghanistan, McCaul added that this left out equipment is being sold to the US adversaries and terrorist nations.

According to a Pentagon report, the United States gave a total of $18.6 billion of equipment to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) — that quickly collapsed as the US edged closer to its withdrawal from Afghanistan — between 2005 and August 2021.

Source: Wio News

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https://www.wionews.com/world/us-surrendered-unconditionally-to-taliban-in-afghanistan-house-committee-chairman-620552

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Biden Sends Ashura Greetings To Muslim World

30/07/2023

US President Joe Biden on Saturday sent greetings to the Muslim world in honour of the day of Ashura.

In a tweet, he said he and first lady Jill Biden “recognize our Muslim friends and neighbours around the world observing Ashura and honouring the values of sacrifice, justice, and equality for all."

The 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, also known as Ashura, marks the anniversary of the passing of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam al-Hussein on the desert plains of Karbala, some 113 kilometers (70 miles) away from where Iraq's capital Baghdad now stands.

Source: Yenisafak.Com

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https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/biden-sends-ashura-greetings-to-muslim-world-3667873

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Fear Grips Christian Villages After Suspected Islamists Assassinate Mayor, Slaughter Christians

July 29, 2023

Amos Akila, the mayor of the Mazat community, is among seven recent victims of land-grabbing terrorists laying waste to dozens of villages in Plateau State in North Central Nigeria, according to lawmakers speaking to Truth Nigeria.

Akila was murdered shortly before midday June 27 while handling farming chores on his farm in BarkinLadi County in Plateau State, according to his son, MabwehAkila,who witnessed the incident.

“They all had guns,” Akila said. “They passed many people on their farms and left without hurting me or anyone else after firing several bullets to his chest,” he said in a distraught voice.

Senator Simon Mwadkwon, who represents Plateau North at the Nigerian Senate, told Truth Nigeria in a text message that “[Communities] are more [vulnerable] when the leader is killed.”

Source: Ijr.Com

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How Sinead O'Connor found peace in Islam after a lifelong struggle with religion

July 29, 2023

The world lost Sinead O'Connor this week. The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter was a powerful musician, also an activist known for pushing the envelope. Her most controversial public moment came in 1992. In a live performance on "Saturday Night Live," O'Connor closed her set by tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II. It was a protest, she said, against the Catholic Church's silence on child sex abuse.

DETROW: O'Connor's fraught relationship with the church started early on, tracing back to her Catholic upbringing in Ireland. Here she is on RTE One's "The Late Late Show."

O'CONNOR: I grew up in a very different Ireland to the one that exists now. And it was a very oppressed country, religiously speaking, and everybody was miserable. Nobody was getting any joy in God.

DETROW: O'Connor's difficult and sometimes tumultuous spiritual journey often played out in public. But fewer people know where that journey ultimately led her. In 2018, O'Connor announced that she was, quote, "reverting to Islam."

Source: Www.Kmuw.Org

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Africa

Senegal's opposition politician OusmaneSonko faces new charges

By Africa news

30-07-2023

Senegal's public prosecutor announced on Saturday seven new charges against opposition politician OusmaneSonko.

The public prosecutor added that the new charges are unrelated to the outcome of a moral corruption case that sparked deadly protests last month.

"He will be prosecuted for calling for insurrection, criminal conspiracy, undermining state security, plotting against state authority, acts and manoeuvres to compromise public security, to create serious political unrest, criminal conspiracy in connection with a terrorist enterprise, but also theft", said Senegal's public prosecutor, Abdoul Karim Diop.

Source: Africa News

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https://www.africanews.com/2023/07/30/senegals-opposition-politician-ousmane-sonko-faces-new-charges/

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Bandits Kill Muslim Cleric, Farmers, Kidnap 50 in Kaduna

John Shiklam

The Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) in Kaduna State has disclosed the death of the Vice-Chairman of Jama’atulIzalatulBid’ahWaIqamatus-Sunnah (JIBWIS), Birnin-Gwari Branch, Mal. Yakubu Muhammad Bugai and three other farmers who were killed by rampaging bandits who also kidnapped over 50 persons in July alone.

The JIBWIS leader was shot at his farm located around the Rema area and was later taken to Jibril Mai-Gwari General Hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds on his abdomen and arm but passed on by 7:30am on Thursday.

Until his murder, Bugai was a strong pillar, pioneer member and also the Vice-Chairman of the Birnin-Gwari Orphans Foundation, which is an organisation devoted to taking care of thousands of Orphans left behind by mostly victims of banditry in the security ravaged local government.

A statement issued by the BEPU Chairman, Ishaq Usman Kasai further disclosed that in another sad development, around Sabon-Layi, Kurgi, Yelwa, Tashan-Keji, Shiwaka, UnguwanDanfulani and many more rural communities in western part of Birnin-Gwari who are sharing boundaries with Kamuku and Kuyambana Forests, which are serving as hideouts of the Bandits, large number of locals were also kidnapped on their farms.

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Avoid choosing Muslim party secretary, group tells Tinubu

30th July 2023

Victor Ayeni

A group within the All Progressives Congress has urged President Bola Tinubu and all leaders of the party to avoid having a Muslim as its secretary at the national level.

The group, under the aegis of Campaign for United Nigeria, Religious and Political Tolerance, in a statement made available to Sunday PUNCH, expressed disaffection with the story making the rounds that Senator AjibolaBasiru had been anointed to assume the office of the party secretary.

Recall that the immediate APC Chairman, Senator AdamuAbdullahi, and Secretary, Senator IyiolaOmisore, had recently resigned under unclear circumstances.

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MURIC Knocks Sanwo-Olu Over 8 Muslims On 39-Man Commissioner List

By Abbas Jimoh

29 Jul 2023

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has criticised Governor BabajideSanwo-Olu of Lagos State for “unjustifiably denigrating Muslims” in his 39-man list of commissioner nominees.

In a statement on Saturday, Executive Director, MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said with only eight Muslims on the list, Sanwo-Olu it failed inclusivity and integrity tests.

“The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. BabajideSanwo-Olu, yesterday unveiled the list of commissioners for the state. The list contained 39 names. But to our surprise, only 8 of the nominees are verifiable Muslims. We find it difficult to understand why cabinet composition should be weaponised by the Lagos State Government (LASG) against Muslims. Ratio 31:8 fails inclusivity test. It also fails integrity test. What percentage is 8 out of 39? What is the rationale for coming out with this atrocious ratio?”

“This is exactly what we have been saying about the political marginalisation of Muslims in the South West. It is a disease of the eyes, not of the nose. It needs no smelling. We can all see and read the list. It is all over the internet. Muslims groups all over the South West are expressing dissatisfaction with the development.

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South Asia

PM Opens 50 More Model MosquesAnd Islamic Cultural Centres Across The Country

30 Jul 2023,

DHAKA, July 30, 2023 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated 50 more model mosques and Islamic cultural centres across the country as part of the government move to reach the true message of the Islam to the society.

She opened the mosques in 34 districts in eight divisions in the fifth phase joining virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence here.

With the fresh ones, the premier has so far inaugurated 250 mosques out of 564 being built at a cost of Taka 9435 crore across the country.

She earlier opened 50 mosques each in the first, second, third and fourth phases on June 10, 2021, January 16, 2023, March 16, 2023, and April 17, 2023.

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US envoys for Afghanistan stress urgency of inclusive governance in Kabul

30 Jul 2023

US envoys for Afghanistan Thomas West and Rina Amri have once again called for an inclusive government in Kabul which, at present is under Taliban rule, TOLOnews reported. Since the Taliban seized power, it has curtailed women's rights in the nation.

Thomas West, a US special envoy, and Rina Amiri, a US special envoy for Afghan women, girls, and human rights, met with representatives of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in Astana two days prior to the Doha summit to discuss Afghanistan.

"For two years, Afghan women have been far away from the public affairs of the society, and even if they made personal efforts to provide for their lives, they were not allowed. Afghan women are a part of Afghan society. The government has the responsibility to provide ways for their participation in public issues, in education and work, and their presence in the society," said Surya Paykan, a women's rights activist, according to TOLOnews.

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‘Pushed to brink’: Nearly 30 million people in Afghanistan need humanitarian help, says UNICEF

Jul 29, 2023

Since the Taliban took control, the situation of people in Afghanistan has only deteriorated as the country is under a massive grip of a humanitarian crisis.

In a recent report on Afghanistan, UNICEF said that over 15 million people are expected to experience food insecurity till October 2023, with 29.2 million people expected to require humanitarian assistance, TOLOnews reported.

“The economic crisis is expected to continue, with 64 per cent of households unable to meet their basic needs as vulnerable populations are pushed to the brink," TOLOnews reported citing the UNICEF report.

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Arab World

Kuwait Mosque in Egypt’s Giza opens

30-07-2023

CAIRO: Kuwait Office for Charity Projects inaugurated the “Kuwait Mosque” Friday at the “October 6th” city in Egypt in the presence of Egyptian Awqaf Minister Mukhtar Jumaah, Mufti Dr Shawqi Allam and Director General of Kuwait Zakat House Dr Majid Al-Azmi. Azmi said the mosque is one of the projects the office has built in Egypt at the wishes of Kuwaiti donors. He said the project is considered a building block for Kuwaiti charity projects in the country.

Azmi added that such projects will always be carried out by Kuwait in friendly and neighboring states. Head of Kuwait office for Charity projects Sarah Al-Mutairi said Kuwait Mosque is an extension of Kuwaitis charity march in many Egyptian governorates. She said the KD 82,000 mosque project, which was financed in full by Kuwait Zakat House, serves the residents of the north of October 6th city which is part of Giza governorate.

CAIRO: Director General of Kuwait Zakat House Dr Majid Al-Azmi, Head of Kuwait office for Charity projects Sarah Al-Mutairi and Advisor at Kuwait Embassy in Egypt Nayef Al-Tayyar are seen at the opening of the mosque.

Source: Kuwait Times

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Saudi musical talent shines at Jordan’s Jerash Festival

ARAB NEWS

July 30, 2023

RIYADH: The Saudi National Orchestra and Choir performed in a musical evening to remember on Amman’s Abdali Boulevard as part of the 37th Jerash Festival in Jordan.

Saudi actors, musicians, photographers, and heritage experts will represent Kingdom and showcase its artistic cultural traditions at the festival, which runs from July 26 to Aug. 5, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

The Kingdom’s ambassador to Jordan, Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi, attended the performances, which included a selection of folk songs and captivating solo performances by Saudi singers.

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Saudi foreign minister urges calm during call with Sudan’s army chief

ARAB NEWS

July 29, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a phone call with Chairman of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said on Saturday.

During the call, they discussed developments in Sudan and Prince Faisal stressed the importance of the commitment of all Sudanese parties to resume humanitarian efforts.

He also urged the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces to protect civilians and relief workers, and ensure the arrival of basic aid through safe humanitarian corridors.

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Saudi Arabia implements comprehensive measures to combat human trafficking

ARAB NEWS

July 29, 2023

RIYADH: Dr. Hala Al-Tuwaijri, president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission and the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, on Saturday praised the Kingdom’s commitment to eliminating human trafficking.

Speaking ahead of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which is observed annually on July 30, Al-Tuwaijri commended Saudi Arabia’s “significant progress” in this area and its implementation of necessary measures to combat human traffickers and to provide care for — and ensure the protection of — their victims. As a result, the Kingdom has improved its global ranking in relevant international reports, she said.

Al-Tuwaijri praised the government’s efforts to combat human trafficking under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Al-Sudais launches ‘The Rituals of Umrah’ in Makkah

ARAB NEWS

July 29, 2023

MAKKAH: Head of the Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais on Saturday launched the film “The Rituals of Umrah,” translated into five languages: English, French, Urdu, Persian, and Malay.

The educational film aims to shed light on the rituals of Umrah according to Islamic Shariah, following in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad, Al-Sudais explained.

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Saudi authorities make multiple arrests in crackdown on drug traffickers

ARAB NEWS

July 29, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi authorities have announced the arrest of several suspects and seizure of large quantities of illegal drugs in operations carried out across the Kingdom.

On Saturday, the General Directorate of Narcotics Control arrested a Saudi citizen in Jeddah for trafficking 15.8 kg of hashish, while Jeddah police detained two Yemeni nationals for trafficking amphetamines.

In the Al-Harth governorate of Jazan region, border patrol units arrested two Yemeni nationals for attempting to smuggle 97 kg of the stimulant drug qat.

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Mideast

Iran official in charge of promoting Islamic values suspended over alleged gay sex video

JULY 29, 2023

The Iranian government is denying any previous knowledge of a gay sex scandal that has led to the suspension of an official in the ultra-conservative Islamic nation. Reza Tsaghati, the head of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Gilan Province, was suspended last week after a video allegedly showed him having sex with another man. Iran officials had initially stayed silent over the growing scandal, but on Saturday, the country’s culture minister, Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, said he had no previous knowledge of Tsaghati’s alleged homosexual relations. The video, which has not yet been verified, was shared on Radio Gilan’s Telegram channel, the BBC reported. And even though the identities of the men in the video have also not yet been positively verified, the scandal led to Tsaghati’s suspension from his post. The video could pose a major problem for the conservative official beyond suspension. Consensual same-sex relations can be punished by death under the Islamic Penal Code, which is based on Sharia law. Tsaghati was elected director-general of the Culture and Islamic Guidance of Gilan Province in 2021. He was also involved with the creation of a Chastity and Hijab Workshop and with the launch of a hijab hypermarket, according to Iran Wire, a progressive news site run by Iranian journalists. Get unlimited digital access Try 1 month for $1 CLAIM OFFER Last week, the Cultural and Islamic Guidance Department of Gilan referred to the episode as a “suspected misstep of the director of Islamic guidance in Gilan.” A “thorough investigation with the involvement of security and judicial authorities” was also ordered, Iran Wire reported. Last month, when emphasizing “concerns about hijab and chastity in society,” Tsaghati said that the “promotion and support of a chaste environment should be led and managed by the people.”

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Strengthening Iran-Turkey relations benefits Muslim world: minister

July 29, 2023

TEHRAN – Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi has met with the newly-appointed Turkish ambassador to Iran, HicabiKirlangic in a bid to underline the need to boost Tehran-Ankara relations.

In this meeting, which was also attended by Mohammad SadeqMotamedian, the governor of West Azerbaijan Province, Vahidi underlined the need to improve Iran-Turkey relations in many areas of cooperation.

The Interior minister expressed hope that during the tenure of the new Turkish ambassador, relations between Iran and Turkey will be further strengthened, according to IRIB News.

Source: Tehran Times

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Turkey urges Denmark to take urgent action to prevent Koran burnings

July 29, 2023

ANKARA, July 29 (Reuters) - Turkey's Foreign Minister HakanFidan on Saturday urged Denmark to take urgent action to prevent burnings of the Koran, a Turkish foreign ministry source said.

In a phone call with his Danish counterpart Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Fidan condemned the "continuous vile attacks against the Koran". He told Rasmussen it was unacceptable to allow such actions under the guise of freedom of expression, the source said.

Rasmussen on Saturday wrote on messaging platform X, formerly known as Twitter: "Turkey and Denmark are close allies. Important to not let these acts succeed in creating division." He also reiterated Denmark's "strong condemnation of these provocative acts by few individuals."

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We will remain on path of Imam Hussein: Nasrallah

2023/07/29

“We pledge that we will remain on the path of Imam Hussein and that we will carry his objectives and confront all the tyrants of the Earth,” Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech on the day of Ashura on Friday.

Ashura marks the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic year Muharram on which Hussein (AS) and his 72 companions were martyred in a battle against enemies in Karbala, in today's Iraq, in 680 CE.

Nasrallah said Hezbollah has always sought to defend Lebanon and its resources against the Zionist regime.

“When the Zionists or any enemy put us before two choices, we will always reject humiliation,” he said.

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Iran sex tape scandal: Government says no prior knowledge of alleged behaviour

By Sebastian Usher

30-07-2023

A sex tape in Iran has led to the suspension of an official in charge of promoting Islamic values - and prompted authorities to deny any prior knowledge of his alleged behaviour.

A video posted online allegedly shows the head of culture and Islamic guidance in Gilan province, Reza Tsaghati, having sex with another man.

The video - which has been widely shared on social media - has caused furore online. Mr Tsaghati is the founder of a cultural centre focused on piety and the hijab.

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Reading ‘Lolita’? Not in Tehran.

By KouroshZiabari

JULY 29, 2023

Scores of books go into print in Iran every year. Data from 2018 puts the number of published titles at 102,691, positioning Iran as one of the top 10 nations with the most books released annually. The figures have slightly fluctuated ever since, but Iran has remained loyal to its publishing bonanza.

A tradition of translating literature from English, as well as other European languages, into Persian has long animated Iran’s cultural scene, accounting for the lion’s share of Iranians’ reading preferences. Some of the country’s most celebrated intellectuals rose to fame courtesy of their translation work, which the middle-class treasures as a bridge to the rest of the world, facilitated by elites who understand the nuances of exotic cultures and interpret them for the inhabitants of a hermit kingdom.

As different realms of artistic practice continue to be constrained by the hard-line conservative administration of President Ebrahim Raisi and independent artists find themselves hard-pressed to subsist under heightened levels of fear and inhibition, Iran’s vibrant tradition of literature translation is becoming the collateral damage of a retrograde cultural agenda. For a government that is overtly opposed to anything that resembles the relics of the modern world, clamping down on translated books that showcase the best of Western literature appears entirely justified.

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Iran news editor suspended over protest coverage: media

July 29, 2023

TEHRAN: Iranian authorities have banned the editor-in-chief of reformist daily Etemad “from any press activity for a year” over coverage of last year’s nationwide protests, the newspaper reported on Saturday.

The journalist, BehroozBehzadi, was “accused of publishing false content,” Etemad said, citing a decision by the prosecutor’s office following a complaint by a Tehran branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The complaint, according to Etemad, was in relation to reports it had published which detailed the October “kidnapping” of a scientist and “bans and arrests” of artists who backed the protest movement triggered by Mahsa Amini’s death.

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Iran to try 104 MKO members in absentia

2023-07-29

Tehran, July 30 (IANS) A Iranian criminal court said it plans to bring 104 members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organisation (MKO) to trial, media reported.The trial of the 104 MKO members, including the group's leader Maryam Rajavi, will go in absentia, according to a public announcement issued by the Branch 1 of Tehran's Criminal Court in major Iranian newspapers reported on Saturday.

Iran designates MKO as a terrorist organisation, accusing it of having assassinated tens of thousands of Iranian citizens. The group is currently based in Albania, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Pakistan

PTI to probe party senators’ role in passing of Army Act amendment bill

Imtiaz Ali

July 29, 2023

The PTI has decided to initiate a probe into the role of its senators in the passing of amendments to the Pakistan Army Act, 1952, by the upper house of Parliament earlier this week.

The amendments propose up to five years in jail for those who disclose sensitive information pertaining to the security of the country or the military and accord more powers to the chief of army staff, among other changes.

The PTI said in a statement on Saturday that party chief Imran Khan presided over a core committee meeting, during which the role of PTI senators in the passing of the amendments was discussed.

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Scenes from mourning processions as Muslims observe Yaum-i-Ashura

July 29, 2023

Shia communities across the Muslim world observed Yaum-i-Ashura on Saturday, commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussain in the battle of Karbala.

Yaum-i-Ashura is observed every year on Muharram 10 with solemnity to pay homage to Imam Hussain and other martyrs of the Battle of Karbala that took place in 61 A.H. in modern-day Southern Iraq.

Processions were taken out across Pakistan and in several other Muslim countries on the occasion, with participants clad in black clothes to signify mourning.

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Opposition leader Raja Riaz confident of consensus on caretaker PM

Nadir Guramani

July 30, 2023

Opposition leader in the National Assembly (NA) Raja Riaz appears confident that he and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will reach a consensus on selecting a name for the caretaker prime minister.

The tenure of the NA is set to expire on August 12 and meetings are under way between the members of the government on the details of an interim set-up.

If the government is dissolved before the NA completes its term on August 12, elections would be held within the next 90 days. If the assembly completes its tenure, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is bound to hold polls within the next 60 days.

However, the legally required consultations that must take place between the prime minister and opposition leader over candidates for the caretaker government have yet to begin. Earlier this month, Riaz said that a meeting between him and PM Shehbaz was expected around August 1.

Source: Dawn.Com

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Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng to arrive in Pakistan today to celebrate decade of CPEC

Abdullah Momand

July 30, 2023

Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng will arrive in Pakistan today on a three-day visit during which he will attend a ceremony planned to mark 10 years of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

A statement issued by the Foreign Office (FO) on Saturday said that the Chinese vice premier will be in Pakistan from July 30 (today) to August 1 (Tuesday) at the federal government’s invitation to attend a ceremony celebrating a decade of CPEC as the chief guest.

The FO acknowledged Lifeng’s “prominent role” in China’s international economic relations and implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, of which CPEC is a flagship project.

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People increasingly turning to courts for climate rights

Amin Ahmed

July 29, 2023

ISLAMABAD: As the impacts of climate change are getting more intense, people are increasingly turning to courts to combat the crisis, according to a new report.

The “Global Climate Litigation Report, 2023 Status Review”, published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said 2,180 climate-related cases have been filed in a year — reflecting a steady increase from 884 cases in 2017 and from 1,550 cases in 2020,

The cases have been filed in 65 jurisdictions, including international and regional courts, tribunals, quasi-judicial bodies, or other adjudicatory bodies such as Special Procedures at the United Nations and arbitration tribunals.

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Lahore receives heavy showers as Met Office warns of urban, flash floods

Ali Waqar

July 29, 2023

Lahore continued to receive heavy rainfall on Saturday while the Met Office warned of urban and flash floods in Punjab’s provincial capital and other areas.

According to rainfall figures shared by Lahore’s Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) late in the morning, maximum rainfall in the city on the day was recorded in Gulshan-i-Ravi’s at 155mm, followed by 146mm in Pani Wala Talab, 109mm in Qurtaba Chowk, 104mm in Nishtar Town Director’s Office, 101mm in Lakshmi Chowk, 96mm in Johar Town SDO office, 80mm in Tajpura SDO office, 52mm in Iqbal Town SDO office, 44mm in Samanabad SDO office, 40mm in Upper Mall and Mughalpura SDO office, 35mm in Gulberg, 30mm at Jail Road, 27mm in Farrukhabad, 24mm at Nakhuda Chowk and 16.55mm in the airport area.

Lahore Commissioner Muhammad Ali Randhawa said despite the rain, Muharram procession routes were clear and security, rescue and municipal staff were deployed as well.

“Heavy rains may cause urban flooding in low-lying areas and flash flooding in local nullahs of Peshawar, Mardan, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Kurram, LakiMarwat, Karak, Waziristan, Kohat, Tank, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Khushab, Mianwali, Bhakkar, Sargodha, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Narowal, Sialkot, Lahore, Kasur, Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh and Sahiwal on July 29,” the forecast said.

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Asad Qaiser calls for end to ‘propaganda’ against PTI, demands free and fair elections

Nadir Guramani

July 29, 2023

PTI leader Asad Qaiser on Saturday called for an end to what he called was ongoing “propaganda” against his party, and urged for “powerful quarters” to ensure free and fair elections in the country.

In a video statement, Qaiser, who unlike many of his peers did not leave the PTI in the aftermath of the May 9 violence, said: “The one-sided propaganda under way against the party and Imran Khan at this time, what do those in power and the PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement) group think? Do they think they can eliminate the PTI through such propaganda?

“It is their misunderstanding. The more negative propaganda they are doing, the more the PTI is becoming popular,” he said as he criticised the incumbent government’s performance and questioned whether it had managed to tackle inflation and improved governance during its tenure.

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Southeast Asia

Muda questions MACC’s impartiality after Azam Baki clears Zahid over grant offer

By Kenneth Tee

30 Jul 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 — The Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) today questioned the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) independence after its chief commissioner defended the deputy prime minister’s seemingly conditional promise of a grant.

Muda secretary-general Amir Abd Hadi said Tan Sri Azam Baki has cast doubt on his agency’s neutrality by portraying Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s pledge as an ordinary government initiative.

Amir said it was general knowledge that a protest against Azam was organised by those who are now part of the government over the latter’s purported involvement in a share trading controversy in January 2022.

Source: Malay Mail.com

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Zahid’s promise of additional grant for Terengganu youths not an offence, says MACC chief

By Kenneth Tee

30 Jul 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said today it was not an offence for Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to promise an additional grant for youths in Terengganu recently.

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said the announcement was above board as the allocations promised to Terengganu were federal-level initiatives, following backlash from quarters over the announcement which constituted ‘bribery’ to voters in the ongoing state elections.

“In my view, there is no issue with regards to these grants as they are government initiatives. If the allocations were approved by the (federal) government, there is no element of bribery,” he was quoted as saying by SinarHarian.

Source: Malay Mail.com

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Taman Tun Dr Ismail: From humble rubber estate to affluent neighbourhood

30 Jul 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 — From its humble rubber estate origins, the residential area of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), better known as Taman Tun, is now a source of pride for residents living in the neighbourhood for the past 40 years.

Understandably, the residents described the place as very close to their hearts, as they witnessed various types of development taking place in the neighbourhood, starting in the 1970s.

Abdul Latif Yahaya, 75, one of the earliest Taman Tun residents, said that he once intended to move to another residential area, but later changed his mind after realising the neighbourhood’s strategic location, which is within reasonable distance to the city centre, in addition to being equipped with various types of infrastructure to meet the needs of the local population.

“This is my first home, and I have been living here since 1983. I did plan to move to a bigger house once, but changed my mind as I realised that all amenities such as school, mosque, police station... all here.

Source: Malay Mail.com

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State polls: BN candidate for Bandar seat in Terengganu describes his selection as creating history

30 Jul 2023

KUALA TERENGGANU, July 30 — Kuala Terengganu Umno division deputy chief, ArmiIrzanMohd described his selection as the BarisanNasional (BN) candidate for the Bandar seat in the Terengannu state election as creating history.

This is because the seat he is contesting in the election traditionally belonged to MCA in the spirit of the BN coalition, of which Umno is the lynchpin, for the past 60 years.

“History is created... the Bandar seat was given to Umno after 60 years it was shared with MCA. I am confident that Umno will be well received by the voters, especially the Chinese community in Bandar due to the spirit of unity and the relationship that has been established for so long,” he told Bernama here.

Source: Malay Mail.com

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Fahmi: ‘ZiarahKasih’ to become permanent programme to reach out to people

30 Jul 2023

KUALA SELANGOR, July 30 — The Communications and Digital Ministry (KKD) will make the “ZiarahKasih” programme a permanent feature of the ministry to reach out to the rakyat, including solving their internet problems.

Minister FahmiFadzil said the programme enabled aid to be channelled in a more comprehensive manner because it involved related parties.

“We see that it is appropriate for the programme under this ministry to be continued. While solving the internet issue, we also give some attention to welfare matters.

Source: Malay Mail.com

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Europe

Rishi Sunak orders review of low traffic neighbourhoods

Joe Roberts

30 Jul 2023

Under such plans, traffic is limited in towns and city centres – with drivers often barred from using residential roads as cut-throughs.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Sunak said: ‘The vast majority of people in the country use their cars to get around and are dependent on their cars. When I’m lucky enough to get home to North Yorkshire it’s more representative of how most of the country is living, where cars are important.

The pitch to motorists and car owners comes after the Conservatives’ narrow victory in the Uxbridge and Ruislip by-election earlier this month, which saw the Tory candidate tap into concerns about the expansion of London’s ultra-low emissions zone (Ulez).

Source: Metro.Co.Uk

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Back on track: Europe's night trains make bumpy comeback

Jul 30, 2023

VIENNA: Night trains have made a comeback in Europe thanks to their low-carbon footprint, but after years of neglect, the renaissance has had a bumpy ride.

Operators admit that the trains are outdated -- with passengers facing the occasional delays, technical problems or malfunctioning toilets -- while companies compete in an overloaded network.

Despite the challenges, national rail operators are giving night trains another chance while startups are jumping on the bandwagon as climate concerns are making travellers ditch kerosene-burning planes for cleaner modes of transportation.

Source: Times Of India

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Three Ukrainian drones downed over Moscow: Russia defence ministry

Jul 30, 2023

MOSCOW: Three Ukrainian drones were downed over Moscow early Sunday, Russia's defence ministry said, in an attack that briefly shut an international airport.

While one of the drones was shot down on the city's outskirts, two others were "suppressed by electronic warfare" and smashed into an office complex. No one was injured.

Moscow and its environs, lying about 500 kilometres (310 miles) from the Ukrainian border, had been rarely targeted during the conflict in Ukraine until several drone attacks this year.

Source: Times Of India

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