• Delhi Coronavirus: 175 Tested, 2,000 Quarantined After Mosque
Event At Delhi's Nizamuddin
• Muslims Take Out Funeral Procession of Hindu In Uttar Pradesh,
Amid Chants Of "Ram Naam Satya Hai"
• Saudi Leader of Muslim World League: Interfaith Partnerships
During Pandemic ‘Religious, Moral Duty'
• Iran Still Accepts Shia Pilgrims Arriving to Qom Despite
• Jakarta Moves Over 200 Tabligh Gathering Worshippers from Mosque
to Quarantine Site
• COVID-19 Is Science, Not Spiritual Pandemic – Moghalu Warns
• Sealed Sukkur Mosque Turned into Temporary Quarantine Centre
• Sanitizing of Streets, Hospitals, Mosques, Parks Ongoing In
• Volunteers from Mosques And Temples Turn Out In Their Hundreds
To Assist Neighbours in Lancashire
• US Ban On Iran ‘A Moral Abomination’, World Leaders Should Unite
• Karnataka Waqf Board Directs Mosques Play Audio Messages Through
Loudspeakers On Covid19 Awareness
• COVID-19 impact: Rising financial crunch hampers Haj plan for
many Chhattisgarh Muslim families
• ‘You had all the powers’: Centre’s sharp message to Kejriwal on
• Coronavirus cases jump to 1071 in India, nearly 100 patients
recover: A statewise tally
• Al-Azhar Grand Imam Urges Egyptians To Stick to Virus
• With a Curfew and Unreliable Coronavirus Toll, Egyptians Face a
• Can the Dark Ages of The Mullahs in Iran Survive Coronavirus?
• Iran-backed Shia militias use new guerrilla warfare tactics to
drive US out of Iraq
• Some Islamic State militants escape during riot at prison in
• Don't Let Maduro and the Mullahs Escape Blame from Coronavirus
• Quarantine extended for thousands returning to Turkey from Mecca
• Jakarta Pastor Baptizes Muslims As Church Expands
• RAM Ratings maintains stable outlook on M’sian Islamic banking
• Terengganu announces Ramadan Bazaar cancellation
• Bank Islam contributes RM1 mln to Musa'adah COVID-19 Fund
• COVID-19: Nigerian Muslims will be barred from Hajj – Sanusi
warns clerics holding prayers
• FCTA Shuts 23 Mosques, Prayer Grounds over COVID-19 Order
• 210 quarantined in Hyderabad mosque
• Sindh govt readies to provide food to daily wagers with support
from welfare organisations
• Sindh govt urged to investigate, notify cases of virus-affected
• Sindh govt should have ‘full plan’ if lockdown prolongs: Bilawal
• Govt claims 27pc cases due to local transmission
• Afghan government to host Taliban delegation in Bagram,
prisoners release postponed
• 6 Afghan soldiers ‘Martyred’ in Taliban attack in Zabul: MoD
• Truck laden with 4,000 kgs of explosives seized in West of
• Taliban attack repulsed in Kandahar; 6 militants killed
• Over 800 attacks on Muslims in Germany in 2019: media
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• Trump: US coronavirus death toll could be 100,000 or more
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Delhi Coronavirus: 175
Tested, 2,000 Quarantined After Mosque Event At Delhi's Nizamuddin
Delhi: A group of 175 people from Delhi's Nizamuddin area are being tested for
coronavirus in different hospitals amid worries that they may have been exposed
to the infection at a gathering in a mosque that featured visitors from
Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan. One man has died and two
others have tested positive after attending the event earlier this month.
is the largest single group being tested at the same time over suspicion of the
highly contagious COVID-19, which is transmitted easily from person to person.
it has not been established that the man who died - he was from Tamil Nadu -
had coronavirus, the area has been sealed off and the police are patrolling to
ensure no one violates quarantine. Drones are being used to monitor the
movement of people. Around 2,000 people are in quarantine in the
thickly-populated locality in south Delhi. Some of them are being shifted to
other parts of Delhi.
of a large group getting infected revolve around the gathering of Tableeghi
Jamaat preachers at the Banglawali Masjid in mid-March.
to the event include a religious preacher who died last week in Srinagar of coronavirus.
He had visited the Deoband seminary in Uttar Pradesh before returning to
Kashmir. Other visitors are an Indonesian and six Saudi citizens, who were sent
back. Some 1,200 people are still inside the mosque. A medical camp has been
set up aside to check on anyone who may have symptoms.
say contact-tracing is on to identify virus-exposed persons in Delhi, Srinagar
and Deoband. Worryingly, many of the visitors travelled all over India after
the event. After the gathering, they dispersed in 20-30 buses.
the worst-case scenario, this could lead to a huge jump in coronavirus cases in
India. There are close to 1,100 cases in the country, including 29 deaths.
Take Out Funeral Procession of Hindu In Uttar Pradesh, Amid Chants Of "Ram
Naam Satya Hai"
A crowd of mourners, most of them wearing white and brown skull caps, baffled
onlookers as they carried a body to the cremation ground in UP's Bulandshahr
amid chants of "Ram naam satya hai".
Shankar, in his late 40s, had died on Saturday afternoon after a prolonged
battle with cancer at his home in Bulandshahr's Anand Vihar area, leaving
behind his wife and four children. With relatives stuck due to the lockdown,
Shankar's distraught wife didn't know whom to turn to.
amid Hindu chants, scores of Muslims of the area lifted the cot on which the
body was lying and took it to the ghat for the last rites.
of the funeral soon went viral on social media platforms, drawing accolades
from hundreds of users. The cremation took place according to Hindu rituals and
practices. "People from the entire locality came forward to support the family.
Both communities have always stood with each other in times of need," said
Mohammed Zubaid, a local resident. "Given the prevailing condition, people
are reluctant to come out of their homes. And in cases of deaths, people are
more cautious, unwilling to take part in big gatherings. But here people came
out in large numbers though they took care to maintain social distance,"
another resident said.
leader of Muslim World League: Interfaith partnerships during pandemic
‘religious, moral duty'
bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League, considers
interfaith partnerships a “religious and moral duty,” a commitment that has
only deepened as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
need for interfaith partnership will continue beyond this crisis,” Issa wrote
in an exclusive email interview with Al-Monitor. “And that is why we continue
to work hard to build more bridges of understanding and cooperation, and to
remove the artificial fences created by detachment from each other, and
exacerbated by the lack of substantive dialogue in the past.”
who is Saudi and based in Mecca, has been a leader and champion of interfaith
dialogue. In January, he headed the most senior Islamic delegation to visit
Auschwitz to participate in the 75th anniversary of the death camp’s
liberation. In 2017, he met with Pope Francis and forged the first cooperative
agreement between the Muslim World League and the Vatican.
this global health crisis, we in the Muslim World League have provided
significant humanitarian assistance to Muslim and non-Muslim countries,” Issa
said. “So we try to lead by example, and show that we are all in this together,
and we should be extending the bridges of support and assistance to all in
who also heads the Intellectual Warfare Center, which is affiliated with the
Saudi Defense Ministry to combat extremism and terrorism, has been praised by
the State Department and world leaders for his message of moderate Islam.
the COVID-19 pandemic, Issa and the Muslim World League have kept the focus on “spreading
awareness of moderate Islam,” as well as the importance of “following health
guidelines designed to maintain public safety.”
said that “suspending umrah [pilgrimage to Mecca] was a difficult decision” but
that “Muslims in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere have understood this decision and
overwhelmingly backed it,” adding that Muslim community leaders and worshippers
worldwide understand the “imperative to protect human life.”
about how Iran has managed the pandemic, Issa responded, “It pains my heart to
see Muslims or non-Muslims anywhere suffer because of the irresponsible
behavior of their government.”
added, “I think Iranian authorities approached this issue too lightly in the
beginning. I think Iranian authorities erred in believing that somehow the
sanctity of a place would protect people from disease. The consequences have
to his interfaith engagement during the pandemic, Issa said, “Some of our
collective plans are still in development. But what I can say is I am working
every day with my fellow religious leaders on how to unite our efforts for the
common good of all. This action represents our religious and moral duty, and
none of us are resting at this time of so much need.”
lightly edited transcript of the email interview, conducted by Andrew
Parasiliti, follows. The answers were translated from the Arabic.
Al-Monitor: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has suspended the
umrah, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The kingdom is custodian of the most holy places in Islam, and the pilgrimage
means a great deal to many Muslims around the world. Was this a difficult
decision, and has there been any resistance to doing so, in the kingdom or
Yes, suspending umrah was a difficult decision. But it would have been more
difficult not to issue this "interim" suspension. Saudi Arabia, like
the rest of the world, has been dealing with a critical situation and a painful
emergency. And its primary focus was on saving lives, both in Saudi Arabia and
overseas, because hundreds of thousands of pilgrims would risk infection and
then return home to their countries and communities. As a result, there really
was no choice but to issue the suspension. However, it is important to note
this "temporary" decision is fully supported by the provisions of
Islamic Sharia. In Islam, human life comes first. And in this sense, Muslims in
Saudi Arabia and elsewhere have understood this decision and overwhelmingly
backed it. The Muslim World League has received hundreds of messages of support
from muftis, senior Islamic scholars and governments with significant Muslim
minorities. They realize the necessity of the decision and the imperative to
protect human life. In fact, some of these messages expressed it exactly the
same way as we see it — as a religious duty to protect lives.
We read this week that authorities have closed the secondary doors of the Grand
Mosque, but are keeping the main doors open. Could you explain what will be the
impact of this decision? Are individuals or small groups still allowed to pray?
Issa: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is keen to
preserve the places of worship, especially the Sacred Mosque in Mecca and the
Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, free of this virus. These two holy mosques
constitute the largest congregation point for Muslims in the world. They are
held in the hearts of Muslims with the highest sanctity. Hajj and umrah
pilgrims visit both sites as part of their spiritual journeys, and this creates
a “natural” close contact among millions of people. We view the temporary
closures as a necessary and sensible precautionary measure. But at the same
time, the Sacred Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina still
perform prayers in front of a reduced number of worshippers. These prayers
occur with extensive health controls to prevent any unsafe congregation or
convergence among people. As always, human life comes first.
Al-Monitor: We understand it is early, but what lessons
can be learned so far about how to mitigate public health concerns during umrah
in the future? The kingdom hosts up to 8 million pilgrims each year for hajj;
this itself is a massive security, infrastructure and public health challenge —
even without coronavirus. Have there been similar experiences during past
umrahs that have informed your thinking?
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has developed high-level competence for dealing
with crowds, and especially as it pertains to protecting them from epidemic
diseases. Saudi Arabia has extensive health capabilities, and no one should be
worried about this at all. Saudi Arabia will keep close tabs on changing
conditions, and make adjustments in its regulations at the appropriate time.
One thing is certain. I am not concerned, and no Muslim should be concerned,
about the issue of health safety at the Sacred Mosque in Mecca and the
Prophet’s Mosque in Medina. Everyone will be safe.
What is your contact and engagement with the authorities at Muslim religious
institutions worldwide, including Al-Aqsa [Mosque in Jerusalem]? What is the
nature of those discussions and counsel during this crisis?
Issa: My consultation and engagement with them
focuses on coordinating efforts to spread awareness of moderate Islam. And in
this environment, that encompasses the need for the public to understand how
important it is that we follow health guidelines designed to maintain public
safety. This is after all a duty dictated by religion to everyone. My
consultations and engagements also encompass the duty to help others to the
best of our abilities and as much as is allowed by the national authorities of
each country. We want Muslims and all other citizens to be aiding one another
in this time of common challenge, without discrimination for religion or race,
or gender or ethnicity. Throughout this global health crisis, we in the Muslim
World League have provided significant humanitarian assistance to Muslim and
non-Muslim countries. So we try to lead by example, and show that we are all in
this together, and we should be extending the bridges of support and assistance
to all in need.
Al-Monitor: How do you consider Iran’s handling of the
coronavirus crisis, and what does it say about the government’s claim to moral
or religious authorities among Shiite Muslims?
Firstly, it pains my heart to see Muslims or non-Muslims anywhere suffer
because of the irresponsible behavior of their government. I think Iranian
authorities approached this issue too lightly in the beginning. Religious
gatherings occurred in different places in Iran, contributing to the spread of
the virus, and that is not the best way to deal with such a serious pandemic. I
think Iranian authorities erred in believing that somehow the sanctity of a
place would protect people from disease. The consequences have been disastrous.
But this does not represent the way all Shiites around the world are looking at
coronavirus. Most are approaching this crisis with a great deal of awareness
and do not believe in such ideas. And, of course, there is always a minority
that maintains misconceptions about the virus, and do some Sunnis. When myth
takes hold of everyone, everyone is in danger. No cure is available except
through a proper awareness of the truth of religion, the enlightened religion.
And this religious truth reaffirms sound decision-making to protect public
You are internationally recognized as a leader in interfaith dialogue — meeting
with Pope Francis, being the most senior Islamic leader to visit Auschwitz, and
your extensive engagement with Jewish communities worldwide. Do you see an
opportunity for interfaith dialogue in the COVID-19 crisis? What more can
religious leaders of all faiths be doing?
Issa: Even in this crisis, the Muslim World League
continues its extensive dialogue with people of different faiths and nations.
Although we have to communicate remotely, I am in constant contact with
religious leaders around the world and discussing many important issues with
them. The need for interfaith partnership will continue beyond this crisis, and
that is why we continue to work hard to build more bridges of understanding and
cooperation, and to remove the artificial fences created by detachment from
each other, and exacerbated by the lack of substantive dialogue in the past. So
in some ways, during this period of social distancing, reaffirming our
intellectual and spiritual proximity is more important than ever before. We
stress the importance of dialogue overcoming its traditional approach so that
it yields more effective and tangible results. We do not need more words; we
need more action. And so our interfaith discussions are focused on producing
real partnerships with real and tangible benefits for humanity. As for the
coronavirus pandemic, some of our collective plans are still in development.
But what I can say is I am working every day with my fellow religious leaders
on how to unite our efforts for the common good of all. This action represents
our religious and moral duty, and none of us are resting at this time of so
Al-Monitor: And further to that, do you see an
opportunity for any progress or breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian issue?
Can interfaith dialogue play a role?
There is no doubt that religious leaders must contribute and have a central
role to support a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli
issue. Frankly, this religious dimension has been missing from previous peace
efforts. I am not the only one who recognizes this fact. Mr. Dennis Ross, the
longtime Middle East peace negotiator from the United States, also speaks about
how important this element is because religion has played such a significant
role among all parties to the conflict. It is therefore very important that
religious leaders be at the front line to support a just and comprehensive
solution to this issue. It should not be an auxiliary dialogue. Religious
leaders should be right alongside the political leaders in pushing for this
peace, and in ensuring it is just and comprehensive.
still accepts Shia pilgrims arriving to Qom despite coronavirus pandemic
has been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran, which has killed
2,640 and infected 38,309 people in the country as of Sunday.
is unclear where these travellers have come from. They are wearing masks and
they are all foreigners,” a man is heard saying.
travellers are likely Shia pilgrims from Pakistan and India coming to visit the
Fatima Masumeh shrine in Qom, according to the video.
closed the Fatima Masumeh shrine as part of the country’s efforts to combat the
spread of the coronavirus almost a month after acknowledging the outbreak in
Qom. The closure of the shrine prompted angry protests in the city.
Moves Over 200 Tabligh Gathering Worshippers from Mosque to Quarantine Site
armed forces were progressively moving more than 200 Muslim worshippers - half
of them foreigners - from a mosque in West Jakarta to the country's largest
quarantine centre, Wisma Atlet in North Jakarta, in a pre-emptive move to curb
the spread of the coronavirus.
Muslim worshippers had been in close contact during Friday prayers at Jami
mosque on March 20 with three fellow Muslims who later tested positive for the
authorities began moving the group of more than 200 Muslims last Saturday night.
The group had been in isolation at the West Jakarta mosque since last Thursday.
4pm Jakarta time (5pm Singapore time) yesterday, there were still Muslim
worshippers at the mosque awaiting evacuation, Jakarta-based Elshinta Radio
106 Indonesian nationals and 102 foreigners, they were part of a group that had
travelled to attend a large Muslim Tabligh gathering, state news agency Antara
reported, citing the chief of the Jakarta military command, Brigadier-General
M. Saleh, last Saturday.
is formally known as Tablighi Jama'at, a global movement of evangelical Muslims
that promotes proselytising, known as dakwah.
March 18, more than 8,000 Tabligh members arrived in Gowa in the Indonesian
province of South Sulawesi to attend the gathering, which had been slated to
take place the following day.
than 400 of them were from the region and countries as far away as Saudi
Arabia, and among the largest groups of foreign Muslims were those from
Thailand, Malaysia and Pakistan. None of them was from Singapore, according to
gathering was cancelled at the last minute following appeals from the
authorities amid fears over the spread of the coronavirus. The pilgrims then
made their way home via the airport and seaports in Makassar on March 19,
of the Muslims - one from North Sumatra and two from Aceh province - who joined
the Friday prayers at Jami mosque in West Jakarta on March 20 tested positive
for the virus and were rushed to the Wisma Atlet quarantine centre earlier,
Antara reported without giving a date.
March 19, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan appealed to Muslims to cancel Friday
prayers for two weeks but many mosques disregarded the appeal.
world's fourth-most populous country announced its first two cases of
coronavirus infections on March 2, and the number has risen to 1,285 as of
yesterday, an increase of 130 from Saturday. Its Covid-19 fatalities also rose
by 12 to 114, the highest in South-east Asia. Sixty-four patients have
regular briefing yesterday, the official spokesman on the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr
Achmad Yurianto, said: "The continued increase in the number of confirmed
cases signals there are those who are infected who have not
he acknowledged that there has been improved compliance among Indonesians in
practising social distancing, expressing his appreciation.
Jakarta continued to deploy drones and trucks to spray disinfectant across
parts of the capital yesterday. The spraying teams were covering 11 points
across Jakarta, working from 7am to 3pm local time.
is science, not spiritual pandemic – Moghalu warns Christians, Muslims
cases of Coronavirus continue to increase in Nigeria, former presidential
candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Kingsley Moghalu has issued
warning to Muslims and Christians, urging them to adhere to experts’ advice.
National Centre for Disease and Control, NCDC on Saturday announced more cases
as number of patients with COVID-19 increases to 97.
warned Christians and Muslims to avoid religious gathering until further notice
and obey precautionary advice from authorities.
call on all Nigerians, Christian, Muslim, to be responsible in this Covid-19
crisis and observe social distancing and all guidelines issued by the
authorities. Gatherings in churches and mosques should be avoided for now. It’s
about science. God is the Master Scientist.”
former presidential candidate on a post on his Twitter page also called on
President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to lockdown Nigeria for a month in
order to curb the spread of Coronavirus and ensure effective contact tracing.
means congested masses of crowds of urban poor in Lagos, Kano, Onitsha, Aba
etc. in their daily struggle for subsistence. @NigeriaGov must shutdown Nigeria
for a period of one month.
will reduce community spread and give time for more contact tracing and to deal
with medical emergency of treatments while it can still be handled.
army should enforce this across the country. The budgets of the federal and
state governments must now be completely reprogrammed to focus on Covid-19 in
2020. Pretty much little else except security should matter now,” Moghalu
Sukkur mosque turned into temporary quarantine centre
A mosque and seminary in Sukkur, which were sealed to enable the screening of
suspected coronavirus carriers, have been turned into a temporary quarantine
Sunday, a day after locking dozens of people inside the mosque due to fears of
a coronavirus outbreak after it surfaced that over a number of foreigners were
staying there, authorities shifted around 200 more people belonging to
Tableeghi groups to the Yousuf Mosque. The total number of people inside has
reached over 340.
Sukkur SSP Irfan Samo said that another 44 members of different preaching
groups from various districts in Sukkur and Larkana were also shifted to the
mosque. At least 68 of those quarantined at the mosque are foreign nationals,
hailing from Indonesia, Tunisia, Nigeria, Afghanistan and other countries.
to police and health officials, those quarantined at the mosque would remain
there for 14 days. “The samples of persons suspected of having coronavirus are
being collected for testing,” a health official told The Express Tribune.
Hyderabad, where over 200 people were similarly isolated at Noor Mosque in
Wahdat Colony, Qasimabad, a team of doctors arriving to screen those inside
mosque was sealed on Friday afternoon after a 19-year-old Chinese man, part of
a Tableeghi Jamaat delegation staying there, tested positive for the virus.
Muhammad Anees, a member of the mosque Shura, told The Express Tribune that the
mosque’s volunteers resisted when the local administration tried to bring
around a dozen people from other Tableeghi groups inside. “Some of them
appeared symptomatic, so we asked the health team to conduct their tests
outside,” he said, insisting that the baton-wielding men performed as guards at
the mosque and had not gathered to attack the health officials.
said they pointed out to the authorities that they had been told nobody could
leave or enter the mosque. “They were violating their own orders,” he claimed.
the police and Rangers were called in, after which the doctors took nasal swabs
from over 200 people confined to the premises, who lined up for the procedure
through the day.
of streets, hospitals, mosques, parks ongoing in Bishkek
- The Tazalyk municipal cleaning company continues disinfection of streets,
pavements, hospitals and mosques in Bishkek.
20 streets in Pervomaiskiy district of Bishkek, same amount of streets in
Sverdlovskiy district, near 25 streets in Leninskiy districts and 7 central
streets in Oktyabrskiy districts of Bishkek were sanitized, the mayor’s press
walkways, overpasses, waste containers and platforms, bus stops, hotels,
markets, buildings of government and municipal agencies are sanitized as well.
104 workers, 26 sprinkler tank trucks and 5 minitractors are involved into
disinfection of the quarantine zone in the central parts of Bishkek.
area of disinfection makes around a million sq m of roads and pavements.
hypochlorite solution is used for sanitizing of pavements and parks.
is carried out according to the plan every day.
from mosques and temples turn out in their hundreds to assist neighbours
and temples are helping to assist the elderly and the vulnerable in their towns
the countrywide lockdown takes hold within the first week many religious and
community organisations have been helping ALL members of their community.
army of volunteers have been collecting food and essentials to ensure those
people that need the most help at this time of crisis are being cared for.
Bolton Hindu Forum said they are leading 'a joint Coordinated Community Help
Program to look after elders living alone and who have no immediate family and
those who have family but they are out of town and not able to help as they
would in normal circumstances'.
spokesperson said, “Masjide Noorul Islam and our sponsors are funding the
project and we hope to help as many people that need our support. We will be posting the leaflets to all
households in the ward for people that are not on Social Media.
would like to thank the Masjid committee, the sub group that help arrange the
support group, our sponsors and the volunteers.”
of Ghausia Mosque Burnley were at the foodbank this week helping to get it
ready to support vulnerable people during the crisis.
ban on Iran ‘a moral abomination’, world leaders should unite
US move to impose further sanctions against Iran at a time when the country is
battling the new coronavirus pandemic is a “moral abomination,” an American
political analyst says, adding that the world leaders should ignore US
sanctions and form a “new economic cooperative” to counter the restrictive
Martin, a former congressional staffer based in Arizona, made the remarks
during a phone interview with Press TV on Saturday while commenting on Russia’s
call for the urgent removal of US sanctions against Iran as the bans have led to
the flare-up of the deadly virus outbreak in the country.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Friday that the
“unprecedented political and economic pressure” on Iran allowed the outbreak to
take hold in the country as Tehran is unable to buy medicine and medical
equipment due to Washington’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on the Islamic
calls for urgent removal of US sanctions against Iran, arguing that the bans
have led to the flare-up of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
is correct to seek an end to US sanctions on Iran,” Martin told Press TV.“Quite
frankly, there should be no sanctions to any country, be it Iran, Venezuela or
for that matter Russia during this worldwide pandemic, particularly with regard
to Iran who has been just absolutely hit very hard… and [is] now suffering both
from economic terrorism by the West and this horrific pandemic.”
sanctions must end and there should be quick condemnation throughout the world
to the fact that Iran continues to suffer both economic sanctions wherein they
cannot purchase medical supplies and medical equipment,” he added.
is a moral abomination on the part of the United States and should be
condemned, and if the United States refuses to heed the moral calls to remove
economic sanctions as it is caving in to the wishes of its neocon and Zionist
masters, then the world is going to have to come together — both European
leaders, leaders in Moscow, leaders in India, leaders in China, and they are
going to collectively ignore the US sanctions and come together as a new
economic cooperative,” the American political analyst underlined.
coronavirus outbreak has prompted various international leaders, figures and
groups to call for Washington to suspend its sanctions against Iran as well as
several other countries.
this week, eight countries sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio
Guterres, warning about the negative impact of unilateral sanctions on the
international anti-coronavirus efforts.
countries call on the United Nations chief to ask for the lifting of unilateral
sanctions on various countries that are hindering the global fight against the
United States has declined to remove sanctions on such countries as Iran and
Venezuela amid the coronavirus outbreak despite global calls on Washington to
President Donald Trump reinstated Washington's sanctions on Iran in May 2018
after he unilaterally left the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and major world powers.
International Court of Justice (ICJ) — known as the World Court — has ordered
the White House to lift the sanctions it has illegally re-imposed on
humanitarian supplies to Iran.
US claims the bans do not get in the way of food and medicine exports to Iran,
but the Islamic Republic says Washington has been working to hamper a Swiss
humanitarian channel launched to enable the transfer of commodities to Iran.
criticizes the US for “vengefully” refusing to lift its “unlawful and
collective punishment” against Iran amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour on Sunday reported another 123
deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic, raising Iran's overall death toll to
spokesman said the total number of confirmed cases now stands at 38,309, out of
whom 12,391 have recovered and been discharged from hospital.
novel coronavirus, a respiratory disuse known as the COVID-19, emerged in the
central Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year, incrementally infecting
some 200 countries across the world.
than 684,000 people worldwide have so far been infected with the virus and over
32,000 have died, according to a running count by worldometers.info.
Waqf Board directs mosques play audio messages through loudspeakers on Covid19
Mar 30: The Karnataka State Wakf Board has directed all mosques in the state to
play its audio messages through its loudspeakers four times a day to spread
awareness about coronavirus. In an official notification on Sunday, the chief
executive officer of the State Wakf Board said the mosques will have to play
the audio message in three languages sent by it. These messages must be played
at 10 am, 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm. #Stayathome and send us your selfie The notification
has been marked to all the police commissioners, deputy commissioners at the
district and the superintendents of police. Already mass prayers at mosques
have been stopped. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa thanked the Muslim community
for cooperating with the state government and agreeing to perform their daily
prayers at home instead of mosques.
impact: Rising financial crunch hampers Haj plan for many Chhattisgarh Muslim
First it was the economic downturn and now the lockdown, several Muslim
families in Chhattisgarh, jubilant finding their names in the selected list
through the draw of lots (known as Haj Qurrah) in January this year, are
apparently disillusioned struggling with financial crunch.
the ongoing recession having impacted the sources of earning and the expenses
of many, over 40 out of 469 Muslims selected through transparent online process
are not responding to the Chhattisgarh State Haj Committee's repeated reminders
to pay their instalments.
situation never arose before. Surprisingly there is already low response for
Haj compared to previous three years, with only 908 applications received. 469
finally selected through Qurrah in January this year. But so far 40 not
deposited their first instalment and the passports with the Haj Committee. We
fear the number of persons opting for cancellation of their Haj pilgrimage
might be the highest ever by June when the departure for Makkah and Madina
begins”, said Sajid Memon, chief executive officer of Chhattisgarh state Haj
who couldn’t pay their instalments to the Haj committee, when contacted by The
New Indian Express, admitted the poor
decisions on their financial planning is now forcing them to prioritise saving
of their income for the coming months as they are badly hit both by economic
slowdown and coronavirus concerns.
family was excited and we celebrated after our name figured in Qurrah of the
Haj Committee. But owing to the prevailing conditions we couldn’t sufficiently
save for Haj. It’s a helpless situation for us”, said one of the applicants, on
condition of anonymity.
those going through Haj Committee have to pay the amount between Rs 2.5 to 2.80
lakh per person under two categories —
Non Cooking Non Transport Zone (NCNTZ) and Azizia.
had all the powers’: Centre’s sharp message to Kejriwal on migrant exodus
Governor Anil Baijal has written a strongly-worded letter to Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal on the exodus of tens of thousands of migrant workers from the
national capital Delhi over the weekend that forced the Centre to ask bordering
states to seal their borders and look after the migrants. The missive was sent
after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah expressed grave
concern over exposing the migrants to health hazard during lockdown to Delhi
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
home ministry official said the letter was sent on Sunday evening after Home
Minister Amit Shah chaired a high-level meeting and called up Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Yogi Adityanath and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal to deliver
explicit instructions that no migrant movement should be allowed. The exodus,
Shah told them, defeated the very purpose of the national lockdown.
at the Delhi Government allowing the use of DTC buses to cart migrants to the
UP border, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla also told the Delhi chief secretary to
place two senior IAS officers under suspension for lapses in enforcing the
exodus of migrants had forced the Centre to order states to quarantine all the
migrants who had exited Delhi in state-run facilities for 14 days before they
are allowed to go home.
is going to be a massive exercise… was completely avoidable,” a second home
ministry official said, adding that there was concern within the government
that the country may have to pay dearly for the lockdown violation.
official said Anil Baijal’s missive to Arvind Kejriwal, which echoes this
sentiment, conveys the Centre’s displeasure at the Delhi government’s inability
to provide basic facilities and reassurance to the migrant workers that their
needs would be taken care of.
also makes the point that the Delhi government had a free hand to implement the
lockdown and had all the powers that it needed,” the official said. The pointed
reference to the Kejriwal government’s powers is seen to allude to a
long-standing tug-of-war between the central and Delhi government over the
distribution of powers to run the affairs in the national capital.
the future, the second home ministry official said, Lt Governor Anil Baijal had
asked the Delhi government to persuade migrant workers in a humane manner to
stay put or move to government-run shelter homes where the state would make all
basic facilities available.
is also learnt to have reiterated the Centre’s instructions that require states
and union territories to ensure that employers pay the workers their dues
without any deductions on account of the lockdown and the consequent loss of
Chief Secretary Vijay Dev has already ordered the Delhi Transport Corporation,
which runs a skeletal bus service, to make sure that it only ferries government
employees on essential duty and other people carrying valid passes or
cases jump to 1071 in India, nearly 100 patients recover: A statewise tally
number of coronavirus cases in the country is on a rapid rise. The Ministry of
Health on Monday updated the national tally to 1,071. The figure includes 942
active cases, 99 cases of recoveries and 29 deaths.
and Kerala continue to sit at the top of the Covid-19 tally with the highest
number of cases in the country.
a statewise breakup of coronavirus active cases, deaths and recoveries across
193 Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra is the worst-hit state by coronavirus
infection. The state has registered 8 coronavirus deaths so far while 25
patients have been recovered and released.
southern state has 194 positive cases of coronavirus as per the latest data by
the Ministry of Health. The state has witnessed one Covid-19 death. 19 people
have successfully recovered.
state has recorded 80 Covid-19 cases and 3 deaths. 5 people have been cured and
people have been infected from Covid-19 in the state. While 11 people have
recovered from Covid-19 in Uttar Pradesh, no one has died from the infection
positive cases of coronavirus have been reported here so far. One person has
made a recovery from the virus while one has died from Covid-19.
many as 53 people have been tested positive of coronavirus in the national
capital. Two people have died from the infection while 6 people have made a
recovery, as per the health ministry’s data.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has urged citizens not to step out of their
homes and has assured that no one will go to sleep on an empty stomach. He also
assured a smooth supply of all essential commodities across the National
Capital Territory and said that the administration is prepared to handle 100
Covid-19 cases in a day.
Minister Narendra Modi’s home state has registered 58 coronavirus cases and one
recovery so far. As many as 5 people have died from the infection in the state.
state has 57 positive cases of coronavirus with no reported cases of
fatalities. Three patients have recovered from the infection.
southern state has registered 50 Covid-19 cases and seen four recoveries. Tamil
Nadu has seen one patient die from Covid-19.
neighbouring states have 33 and 38 Covid-19 cases respectively. While one
person has died in Punjab, Haryana has seen no deaths. 17 people have been
recovered from coronavirus in Haryana, one in Punjab.
state has reported 33 positive cases of coronavirus. Two people have died from
this, Jammu and Kashmir has 31 positive cases of coronavirus. Two people have
died from the infection while one was cured. Andhra Pradesh has 19 positive
Covid-19 patients and one case of recovery. West Bengal has 19 people who
tested positive for the infection with one death.
8 people were found infected from Covid-19. Chhattisgarh has recorded 7 cases
of coronavirus. In Bihar, 11 people have tested positive for coronavirus, one
has 7 coronavirus patients, two patients have recovered from the virus. Goa has
reported 5 cases of Covid-19 infection. Himachal Pradesh has 3 cases, one
patient has died. Odisha also has three Covid-19 positive patients. Andaman has
recorded 9 coronavirus cases.
and Union territories with just one positive Covid-19 case include Manipur,
Mizoram and Pondicherry.
Monday, India entered the sixth day of the 21-day long nationwide coronavirus
lockdown announced by PM Modi to break the chain of Covid-19 infection in the
Grand Imam urges Egyptians to stick to virus preventative measures
Azhar Grand Imam, sheikh Ahmed Tayyeb has underlined the importance of abiding
by all medical and regulatory instructions set by official bodies to confront
the coronavirus pandemic, including avoiding gatherings and taking care of
added that spreading rumours on the coronavirus to intimidate people and
undermine their confidence in the state's measures to cope with this crisis is
advice to tackle this affliction is to make use of all available medical,
preventive and scientific means... in addition to maximizing philanthropic
acts," he added.
virus has claimed thousands of lives around the world in several months since
it first surfaced in the chinese city of Wuhan.
a Curfew and Unreliable Coronavirus Toll, Egyptians Face a Cruel Ramadan
drunk us dry, they’ve eaten us up, what will I survive on? How will I bring
food for my children?” cried a young Egyptian woman in a clip she posted to her
Twitter account. Even in ordinary times this young woman’s life is not easy,
but after the Egyptian government announced a general two-week curfew last week,
life became intolerable. This is a strange curfew; it begins at 7 P.M. and ends
at 6 A.M. “What’s the logic? Does the virus only infect people at night?” many
people asked on social media.
millions of Egyptians, who work two shifts and a few jobs to make ends meet,
the curfew is a “death sentence that will execute us all and then there will be
no more infected people,” one person tweeted. The curfew applies to all forms
of public transportation, including the subway, which has millions of passengers
every day in Cairo, and to all shops except for pharmacies and supermarkets.
The vibrant city, which doesn’t rest for a moment, day or night, has become,
like many cities in Israel and Europe, a ghost town. Large police contingents
patrol the major markets, some of which have already closed down completely, as
well as alleyways and main roads, and send the people home to isolate
breakers could be fined 4,000 Egyptian pounds (about $255), a huge sum even for
the middle class. At the same time, Egyptians are having a hard time finding
out how hard the pandemic has hit their country. According to official figures,
so far about 40 people have died and some 540 people have tested positive for
the coronavirus. No one believes these numbers, but anyone who challenges them
and shows other data can expect to be penalized.
what happened to the British journalist Ruth Michaelson, who has covered Egypt
for the Guardian since 2014. Last week she was expelled after publishing a
scientific study written by an infectious disease expert stating that as many
as 19,000 people in Egypt were infected with the virus, when the authorities
had reported that only three people had tested positive. The research, which
was accepted for publication in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet,
resulted in Michaelson being interrogated for three and a half hours, with
Egyptian intelligence chief Diaa Rashwan among those present. She was
subsequently summoned for another session to discuss her visa status.
Michaelson, who also holds German citizenship, was warned by the German Embassy
not to appear for questioning because she might be arrested and imprisoned. She
ultimately managed to board one of the last flights out of Egypt. Egyptian
journalists, though, have nowhere to flee. Moreover, no Egyptian media outlet
would publish figures that contradict government statements after warnings and
threats to stick to the official version that Egyptian editors have received.
social media, in contrast, frightening stories and numbers are coming out,
although not all of them meet the burden of proof. One of these claimed that
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his family had contracted the virus
and that was why he had not appeared in public for two weeks. This story led
the president to make two appearances in a row last week, the first to report
on the country’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus, and the second to
confirm that two generals, Shafia Abdel Halim and Khaled Shaltout, had died
“during their struggle against the coronavirus.” This news sent a shockwave
through Egypt, as it made people realize that the army, which has the best
means for testing and treatment in the country, is not immune to the disease.
largest problem now facing Egypt is maintaining public services, as well as
economic assistance to companies and other businesses whose operations have
been frozen or sharply restricted. Egypt’s Central Bank announced an economic
plan that includes a three-percent slash in interest rates on loans, bringing
the rate to 9.25 percent, and provides loans and grants totalling $1.25 billion
to businesses to stimulate investments, commerce and manufacturing. It is not
clear who will qualify to benefit from this government assistance, as the criteria
are vague, but what is certain is that at a time like this, it’s hard to
picture foreign or local investors hurrying to invest in the country even if
they were to receive greater incentives.
the Egyptian stock exchange lost more than 40 percent in one month, the
government was able to announce a drop in inflation to 5.3 percent, stemming
from a dramatic plunge in consumption, and savings in its expenditures on oil
purchases. In ordinary times such developments would attest to impressive
success in the country’s economic reforms, which began in 2016. But at the same
time, tourism has virtually ceased. This is the third most important source of
revenue for the country (about $12 billion a year) after income from Egyptians
living abroad (an estimated $24 billion) and non-petroleum exports, accounting
for more than $17 billion in revenue. It is also an industry that employs
millions of Egyptians, directly and indirectly, who have now been left jobless.
Another threat is that hundreds of thousands of Egyptians who work in the Gulf
states will have to return to Egypt after losing their jobs because of reduced
activities by oil companies in the Gulf and the looming recession in the Gulf
might even lose the comfort they look forward to during the month of Ramadan in
the form of the television series that appear each year. Some of the producers
of series that were to have been aired next month, when Ramadan begins, have
announced they are ceasing activities because of the coronavirus. It seems that
this will be the cruelest Ramadan that Egypt has known for decades.
The Dark Ages Of The Mullahs In Iran Survive Coronavirus?
Covid-19 virus has created a frightening atmosphere for people the world over
because it is an unknown. News of the outbreak breeds terror as it makes no
distinction between continents, social classes, cities, villages, the poor and
the rich. But it also threatens the fate of political rulers.
to the plague of the 14th century, which to various extents led to the
overthrow of empires and played a role in ending the Dark Ages, this virus has
subjected the governments of today to equally severe existential tests. Now
Iran is in the eye of the storm. If social history has become divided into two
periods, before and after Coronavirus, some countries’ rulers will no longer
exist after the period.
New York Times reports that Iran is becoming “a global threat” that is
spreading the Coronavirus “to many neighboring countries.”
23 March speech, Khamenei said, “They may introduce a drug that persists the
virus in Iran or send people to ensure the effectiveness of the virus in Iran.”
He even warned of human and Elf world cooperation against Iran.
history, pandemic outbreaks in the world have always been associated with
rumors and conspiracy theories; these rumors have most often been fueled by
rulers seeking to disguise their inefficiency and save their shaky government
from overthrow. In Europe in the late Middle Ages, during the plague outbreak,
racist violent policies were enacted against religious minorities and Jews,
accusing them of poisoning wells, spreading the plague.
Malekzadeh, the Deputy Minister of Health, said on 14 March 2020: “We had
extensive communication with China and there was a lot of commuting.”
Continuing, he said, “also in response to the question of whether we stopped
the air traffic with China in a timely manner? No, it was not done because of
considerations. That is to say that it
was not taken very seriously.” These ‘considerations’ were the same sham
elections and rally for the anniversary of the revolution that Khamenei, for
strategic reasons, wanted to execute no matter the cost.
because of pressure from security agencies of the Revolutionary Guards, the
Doctors Without Borders team that came to Iran to provide a helping hand in
Isfahan in dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak went under the shadow of the
same “conspiracy theory”. While three officials from the regime’s Ministry of
Health had invited the team to come to Iran, the regime expelled them as spies
as soon as they set up a 50-bed temporary hospital.
the regime is not stopping at raising conspiracy theories and accusing others
but intends to free itself from sanction using the Coronavirus crisis as an
recent weeks, Tehran officials have repeatedly claimed that the US sanctions
have resulted in a shortage of medicines and medical supplies.
March 2020, Zarif, in a “very urgent” letter to the UN Secretary-General
Antonio Guterres, cried about; “the consequences of the most severe and
widespread economic terrorism that has been perpetrated by the US government
illegally and comprehensively since May”. This while everyone knows that buying
drugs and medical supplies is exempt from sanctions, that the regime is
spending people’s capital on meddling in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, and Khamenei
are unwilling to spend from the $100 billion reserves in the imam’s executive
the regime is aware of the consequences of such a policy and, sending the
Revolutionary Guards and police to the streets under the pretext of “biological
warfare”, is to confront uprisings and maintain control in critical and
main question now is whether the Iranian regime will survive the Coronavirus
crisis. Jean-Pierre Filiu, a French expert on the Middle East and Arab affairs,
wrote in a blog post published by Le Monde: “the Coronavirus crisis in Iran is part of a
crisis of mistrust and an unprecedented rift between the Iranian regime and its
people, and the Islamic regime of Iran seeks to intensify its crisis with the
United States and attribute the source of all domestic problems to Washington’s
sanctions so that it can partly relieve itself from sharp criticism by its
Filiu considers this strategy insufficient and ineffective, saying that the
shock of the Coronavirus crisis for the Islamic Republic of Iran will appear
only after the end of this calamity, and on that day the “moment of truth for
the Islamic Republic of Iran will be terrible. “
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Shia militias use new guerrilla warfare tactics to drive US out of Iraq
military forces have recently announced that they are pulling out of some bases
in iraq. However, It’s still unclear whether the US plan is to gradually and
completely move its forces out of Iraq or to only pull out from certain
military bases that are more vulnerable and reachable to attacks of Katyusha
rockets and mortar shells of Iranian proxy Shia militias in Iraq.
of their intentions and future plans, US military and other coalition forces
seem to be facing security problems in Iraq. Because their military bases have
come under Katyusha rockets fire by Iranian proxy militias causing casualties,
property and equipment damages.
there are few problems that are preventing the US military and all collation soldiers
from having total sense of security and peace in Iraq.The first problem is
Iranian proxy Shia militias in Iraq want to kick US military out of Iraq by
force. They are firing few rockets here and few rockets there at coalition
military bases with the aim to harass them, deny them peace and security and
possibly kill them.
they surprisingly and unexpectedly firie dozens of Katyusha rockets together at
their (US military) separate and joint military bases with Iraqi military
forces. And these rockets apparently are scoring death numbers among the
coalition forces. And apparently, neither Iraqi security forces nor coalition
forces can not stop the perpetrators from firing these rockets because they
continue hitting and causing casualties and damages at the coalition forces
bases up until recent days.
the meantime, it’s still unknown whether US military has not yet deployed
Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar (C-RAM) system to defend its military
forces and encounter the Katyusha rockets. Or the CRAM system could have
already been deployed n the their military bases, but might have not been able
to intercept and blow up all the incoming Katyusha rockets in the air before
they cause death and other damages. However, I assume US military has CRAM air
defense system in Iraq because they showed a picture of a test-fire of a C-RAM
in 2010, in Balad, military base in Iraq.
second problem is, US military forces can not detect and strike the real
perpetrators and attackers of their military personal in Iraq. They don’t have
direct evidence, videos and photos of the attackers to present a legal case
against those Iranian proxy Shia militia in Iraq. US is only suspicious about
Hezbollah groups carrying out these attacks against coalition forces in Iraq.It
seems hard for US military to eliminate the threats of these bad guys and put
an end to this dangerous situation in Iraq Partly because US is facing a
guerrilla warfare battle with these Shia militias.
proxy Shia militias are secretive groups. They have gone through military
training by Iranian Quds forces.These militias operate in different countries.
They serve the interests of Iran in the region. When they go out to fire
rockets at US military bases, they use guerrilla tactics that are hard to beat
easily because you need to use advanced military weapons, constant air and
ground reconnaissance, and intelligence gathering. You will also need to spend
a lot of time, hard work, and human and financial resources to be able to
totally stop their attacks and beat them for once and all.
Shia militias usually gather in small groups secretly. They plan to launch
attacks against US, Israel and Saudi Arabia interests secretly. They have
storages of different Iranian made weapons. They cover their rocket launchers
in secret houses and business buildings. They wear civilian clothes. They live
in secretive places among civilians to avoid being seen and hit by US drones
and jet fighters. They get weapons from Iran as many pieces as they need.They
use civilian cars for carrying and moving their weapons such as Katyusha rocket
launchers, mortars and other ammunition. And after they fire rockets, they
either hide or leave their heavy weapons and vehicles behind and run away with
civilian cars to civilian areas. And they quickly blend with civilians before
the Iraqi security forces rush to the scene and catch them and even before US
military jet fighters and drones fly to the sky, pinpoint and strike them.
Shia militias are fighting in their homeland and they have the support of the
Shia local population. They also enjoy secretive support from Iraq government
institutions and Iran.They can get intelligence, money, logistics, and as many
rocket launchers as they need from Iran because they fight for Iran.
addition to that, members of these secretive Shia militias who call themselves
with different revolutionary names, even serve in the ranks of Iraqi national
army. And who knows, they might even play double deal games with US military
forces in Iraq. In fact, They can act as friends to US soldiers during daylight
in the same military base they do training together, , but can turn to a real
enemy to US forces in the dark night. As we have learned in the past that
secret loyal Taliban fighters who joined the national army of Afghanistan, used
this double dealing games and tactic against coalition forces in
Afghanistan.They deceived and spied on American soldiers, their locations,
movements, plans and equipments. And they planned accordingly and killed many
collation soldiers in this way.
third problem is, US military forces are striking Iraqi military bases in
retaliation of these rocket attacks. And they usually and randomly pick an
Iraqi military base of popular mobilization forces and strike them from the air
and kill some humans that are not necessarily the same bad guys who have fired
rockets at US military forces. And this usually happens because US military
forces can not catch and strike the real perpetrators and attackers in time of
assault So they choose to strike at their alleged weapons facilities, friends
and other Iraqi Shia military members, something that has made Iraqi government
angry at US military forces.
is no reports saying US military have used CRAM air defense system against Shia
militias Katyusha rockets and mortars when their military bases came under
rocket fire. But either ways CRAM system doesn’t guarantee the safety of the
military bases 100% as it can not intercept all incoming rockets. Even if it
was used to intercept the Shia militias Katyusha rockets, there’s still a very
high chance that out of hundreds of rockets, few would go through the air
defense network unintercepted and end up killing people.and military personnel.
matter of fact, Israel has a very advanced CRAM air defense system called Iron
Dome which is reportedly considered to be the top CRAM air defense system of
the world. But according to Israeli military officials the system doesn’t
guarantee 100 % that it can intercept all enemy incoming Katyusha rockets
especially if they are fired in big numbers at once.
Dome was put in test by Israeli military against Hamas rockets.The test came
when IDF troops attacked Hamas positions in the Gaza strip in July 2014. Gaza
militants launched around 4,600 rockets and mortar shells in response, around
one-quarter of which landed near areas populated by Israeli civilians. The six
Iron Dome batteries were activated hastily reinforced with three more.
Together, they shot-down 735 rockets and mortar shells and failed to intercept
around seventy, consistent with an 85 percent to 90 percent success rate
claimed by the IDF. Again, this shows that all number of Katyusha rockets and
mortar shells can not be totally intercepted and exploded in the air by CRAM
air defense systems, especially if they are fired simultaneously, massively and
in huge numbers.
Katyusha is an old Russian made weapon that is cheaply manufactured is still
challenging modern advanced weapons like CRAM system.Katyusha It has short
range rockets. They are, imprecise and can not be guided by raders or GPS
satellites. But it’s easy to move it around and use it in guerrilla warfare.
despite the invention of modern anti Katyusha rockets and mortars systems like
CRAM, Katyusha remains an effective weapon in the battle. It can cause both
mental and physical damages to a powerful military forces especially when used
in guerrilla warfare.
US and coalition forces to keep their military and civilian personal lives and military
bases safe from Shia militias Katyusha rockets in Iraq, they need to first
invest on both ground and air intelligent gathering about the hidden
headquarters, weapon and training facilities of these Shi’a militias. US also
need to monitor their movements and activities through spying drones and
orbiting satellite to carry preemptive strikes and kill the real perpetrators
who fired rockets at US military bases and killed American and coalition
soldiers. And second, US needs to guard it’s military bases 24 hours with
drones and possibly. with helicopters. Thirdly, CRAM system should be active
and in alert in large numbers for 24 hours. This will very much reduce the
chances of Katyusha rockets hitting their military bases and causing casualties
and other damages. CRAM system need to be deployed in large numbers this will
empower the CRAM rocket intercept network.
coalition forces choose to stay in Iraq, they will have a tough and costly task
to do in order to be able to protect it’s solders from being hurt by Iranian
proxy Shia militias in Iraq. In fact, the harassment of Shi’a militias rockets
towards coalition forces can gradually lead to the development of
psychologically problems for coalition forces in Iraq if not stopped and
intercepted.. Living in such a worrisome and stressful situations can
definitely hurt mental health of US soldiers in those stationery military bases
as they would need to be extra careful and constantly, watch for 24 hours or be
in alert and prepared to take cover in bunkers or in buildings for their
safety. In fact, the air defense unites of CRAM system must have their eyes
locked on radars screens and their fingers on computer mouse and buttons for 24
hours, in case a Katyusha rocket or a mortar shell is flying towards their
military base.it would be a very stressful and fearful environment for the US
soldiers to live in.Eventually, the situation can cause depression, paranoia
and hallucinations to American soldiers in the long run.
US military having such an advanced military technology and capability such as
spying satellites, drones, helicopters, and patriot and CRAMPS air defense
system, it failed to protect it’s bases and military personnel from Katyusha
rockets as the casualties and damage the rockets have caused in the past are
evidence to that. US will either choose to stay in Iraq at whatever costs it
may bear, and protect it’s solders from being killed in Iraq by using it’s
advanced military technology or it may eventually need to launch a full scale
war against Iran or may choose to negotiate a deal with Iran temporarily
in-order to ease off this tense situation and save lives and all other costs of
their military personal.
Islamic State militants escape during riot at prison in northeastern Syria
aircraft were assisting Syrian forces putting down “uprising” at a detention
facility holding Islamic State group fighters, during which some of the prisoners
escaped, officials said late Sunday.
Syrian Democratic Forces sent anti-terrorist forces and other troops to the
prison in Hassakeh, in northeastern Syria, said Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for
the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
terrorists managed to take over the first floor in Hasakah prison removing
internal walls & doors,” Bali said on Twitter. “Some of them managed to
escape and our forces are searching to capture them.”
U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve was assisting with aerial surveillance at
the facility, said Army Col. Myles B. Caggins III, the anti-ISIS coalition’s
military spokesman, also on Twitter.
prison break started when inmates broke security cameras, minutes after holding
up blankets with messages scrawled on them to the U.S.-led coalition and human
rights organizations, the independent media organization said on Twitter,
citing an official statement.
state of emergency will continue until tomorrow until we have determined where
they have gone,” the information center said, quoting a statement.
prisoners were still in control of the facility’s first floor and planning
further escapes, balaclava-wearing SDF officials said at a press conference
later outside the prison, the media organization said in a post that included
video of the camouflage-clad officials.
fact that the rioters wrote messages to human rights organizations suggested
the unrest may have been linked to concerns over prison conditions and fears of
the coronavirus pandemic, the center said. The prison is located in an area of
northern Syria where Turkish-backed militias are accused of cutting off the
water supply to more than 450,000 people for more than a week.
coalition does not staff the detention facilities, which have struggled to
detain the ISIS-linked captives. Observers have warned of the Kurdish forces’
limitations in holding the about 10,000 prisoners, who they don’t have the
capacity to investigate and put through trials. Media reports have described
cells crammed with men.
many European countries have been reluctant to take back their citizens who
joined ISIS and fought for the hardline group’s territorial ambitions. About
2,000 of the prisoners are foreign fighters, U.S. officials have estimated.
longer ISIS prisoners are held in SDF prisons, the greater the potential for
them to organize breakouts,” the Lead Inspector General for Operation Inherent
Resolve said in a January report, citing Pentagon officials.
addition to the prisoners, camps in northern Syria also hold tens of thousands
of women and children who lived under the terrorist group’s “caliphate,” which
lost its final territorial stronghold a little more than a year ago in the town
Turkey invaded northern Syria last fall, the Kurds warned that they would not
have the capacity to both defend themselves and secure the prisons.
October, more than 100 prisoners with alleged links to ISIS broke out of the
prisons during the Turkish incursion, U.S. officials told the Washington Post.
group‘s ranks have been filled by fighters freed in prison breaks stretching
back more than a half-decade, the Post reported.
losing its territorial control in both Iraq and Syria, the group continues to
fight an insurgency in both countries.
prison break on Sunday came as the U.S. pulled out of a third Iraqi base this
month, citing successes in battling the terrorist group as allowing the
Let Maduro and the Mullahs Escape Blame From Coronavirus
midst of a global pandemic is a ripe time for sanctioned regimes to play
victim—and a delicate one for the United States to hold up “maximum pressure”
campaigns. In Iran and Venezuela, tyrants are seizing on COVID-19’s local
ravages to cover up their own role in leaving their people and economies
vulnerable. Their pleas for sanctions relief would more easily be exposed as
the blame-shifting demagoguery they are if they weren’t backed up by… you
guessed it: the European Union.
back the virus’ spread helps set the stage. COVID-19 is thought to have been
brought into Iran by a merchant flying back from Wuhan to his hometown of Qom,
south of Tehran, with the first two casualties reported on February 19. What
soon became the world’s second largest outbreak—since surpassed by European
hotspots and the United States—seemed casually sparked at first. It soon turned
inevitable by Iran’s stubborn refusal to cancel flights from China, just as
every major airline called off theirs.
Revolutionary Guard denied it but the airline it operates was found to keep
four flights from China running as of February 25. Iran soon recorded eight out
of every ten cases in the wider Middle East, a rampant spread flatly denied by
officials to boost turnout to a series of public gatherings—the Islamic
Revolution’s anniversary, parliamentary elections and the Persian New Year—even
as they scapegoated U.S. sanctions for it. This is despite the United States
and a range of NGOs reminding global business that only oil sales and credit
are targeted by sanctions, leaving shipments of medical supplies and other
more, the U.S. State Department came out with an unspecified offer of aid on
February 28, an overture left unheeded for a month until Ayatollah Khamenei
wrapped his rejection in a shocking heap of conspiracies, claiming the US had
built COVID-19 targeting Iranians’ specific genome. “Your medication and help
will bring more disease,” he said. In an otherwise fact-based wire by the
Associated Press, Joshua Goodman has assessed Iran’s management of the crisis
rather bluntly: “scapegoating and pride, not U.S. policies, are causing immense
the meantime, Iran asked for $5 billion from the IMF’s “Rapid Financial
Instrument”—a fund of ten times that amount for distressed countries’ central
banks—a mere two days after the money had been set aside, in what would have
become the Fund’s first transaction with the Islamic Republic. Never mind that
the United States holds an effective veto over any IMF disbursement, a voting
power proportional to its contribution of nearly 18 percent to the fund’s
so-called Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).
of the aid request was a foregone conclusion until—a full month after it was
made but only a day after Khamenei turned down U.S. help—the EU came out in
support of it through its foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell. To compound the
synced timing, Borrell pledged an additional $20 million for Iran and
Venezuela—Germany, France and the UK had already chipped in $5 million in early
March—and even joined Russia and China in asking the United States to drop
sanctions on both. EU member states vote autonomously at the IMF but their
combined SDRs could well surpass the United States’ and approve Iran’s ask.
example is perhaps even more revealing. Maduro was quicker to decree a
quarantine—and slower to turn to the IMF for help—but the country’s healthcare
system may be one of the world’s least prepared to deal with what has become
the fastest-spreading outbreak in the Western Hemisphere. Julio Borges, foreign
policy lead in Juan Guaidó’s legitimate government, put it best: “Maduro blames
U.S. sanctions, but he is the only one to blame for destroying our healthcare
Caracas has also predictably blamed Washington, blithely peddling the same
conspiracy theories about the virus being American-made. This hasn’t prevented
it either from panhandling at the IMF for $5 billion—an institution that Maduro
was blasting as a “tool of U.S. imperialists” only a month ago. The Fund
rejected the ask, bound by its founding charter that forbids it from dealing
with governments not recognized by other Fund members, and referred Venezuela
to that same first rejection letter when a lower bid for $1 billion was placed.
A range of NGOs and multilaterals have taken to calling for aid to flow through
being left to deal with Iran’s breaches of the JCPOA on their own after
President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal in May 2018, EU
countries have markedly softened their posture vis-à-vis Tehran, bending over
backwards to avoid UN sanctions from snapping back into place by triggering a
dispute resolution mechanism built into the treaty instead of referring the
breaches to the UN Security Council. Backing Iran’s plea for IMF help is
revealing of this equivocal stance.
are going to support this request because these two countries are in a very
difficult situation mainly due to U.S. sanctions that prevent them from
generating revenue by selling oil,” said Borrell. He seemingly ignores that
what’s put Iranians at risk is their reckless government, who continues to
peddle lunatic conspiracies to the day he pledged $20 million in aid. Most
importantly, he didn’t seem the least concerned to oversee that the money be
actually spent on tackling COVID-19 and not end up in the pockets of corrupt
politicians and terrorist groups, as a growing share of Iranian spending does
response has arguably been more prudent, but the EU’s offer of help is
concerning all the same—if only because it will be cashed in by a government
accused by the EU itself of having usurped power. When all is said and done,
the money will certainly undermine ongoing efforts to weaken Maduro, who will
cling on to the smallest windfall to perpetuate his rule.
crisis comes at a time when, helped by freefalling oil prices—Iran and
Venezuela supply a combined 30 percent of the world’s oil—sanctions are having
their desired effect of choking off revenue sources into Iran and Venezuela,
which puts the United States in a very tight spot when faced with the
all-too-real devastation in these countries under COVID-19. But these regime’s
shifting of the blame to the United States covers their own responsibility in
bringing about the crisis, by recklessly refusing to protect their people and
running their healthcare system to the ground with socialistic policies.
one thing to seek to help Iranians and Venezuelans suffering under their
government’s mismanagement of COVID-19—an effort limited only by the regimes’
own door-slam on U.S. aid. It is a whole other thing to blame US sanctions as
the culprit while calling for unconditional blank cheques from majority
U.S.-funded multilaterals, with no guarantee that terrorism and corruption
won’t take precedent over innocent people. The EU is free to think that
sanctions unintendedly harm civilians, but if it really wanted to help them, it
would at least tie the aid to a full stop of conspiracy propaganda and to
actual COVID-19 mitigation.
extended for thousands returning to Turkey from Mecca
authorities extended the quarantine period for people returning from pilgrimage
to Mecca, state-run Anadolu news agency said.
of Turkish pilgrims have been under a two-week quarantine in university
dormitories in the central provinces of Ankara and Konya since March 15 to
contain the spread of the deadly virus.
was decided to postpone the release of those who were placed under quarantine
after returning from Umrah due to the continuing health screening,"
Anadolu said on Sunday.
government was criticised for not placing the first batch of returning pilgrims
under quarantine after photographs circulated on social media purportedly
showing dozens of members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)
sharing photos of themselves arriving back and meeting groups of people,
despite instructions for returnees to self-isolate.
PASTOR BAPTIZES MUSLIMS AS CHURCH EXPANDS
INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)– Peter Tumbelaka wasn’t in a hurry to become the pastor
of Jakarta’s largest Pentecostal churches where many Muslims convert to
Christianity. “I thought I could remain an architect and an engineer. But God
had different plans,” the 52-year-old preacher told BosNewsLife in Indonesia’s
300-strong GPdI Sudirman Church in South Jakarta is part of the Pentecostal
Church in Indonesia or ‘Gereja Pantekosta di Indonesia’ (GPdI) denomination.
Amid growing demand, the architect-turned-pastor also runs a smaller
congregation, the ‘GPdI Bojong Indah Church’ in West Jakarta. He called it “a
miracle” that he received permits from local authorities to lead these two
suggested that the two church buildings he helped design for these
congregations barely accommodate the growing number of Muslims and others
turning to the Christian faith. “My entire multimedia team are former Muslims.
Some of them I baptized,” he revealed. “I first gave them counseling because
they have to make a personal decision for Christ. I never pushed them.”
Islam in what is the world’s largest Muslim nation of nearly 270 million people
is a tough decision, the pastor confirmed. “It’s not easy. As a Christian
convert, you can have a lot of problems with especially family members and
other relatives.”However, when speaking to Muslims seeking faith in Christ, he
isn’t shying away from Biblical truth, he says.
I worked in the secular industry of architecture, I usually go straight to the
point. My style is straightforward. So when people come to me with problems, I
tell them: ‘You can overcome your problems when you follow the instructions of
the Word of God.”
a recent crowded church service streamed on social media channel YouTube, a man
carefully said the closing prayer. “He was a Muslim too,” explained Pastor
Tumbelaka. “Dozens of worshippers here are former Muslims. They followed God’s
ways. I think God drew them. They came and wanted to be baptized.”
being a pastor wasn’t always high on his wish-list, he admitted. “I never
intended to be a pastor. I was a successful engineer and architectural
consultant in the government. But God thought differently about this,” he said.
began when several years ago, his elderly wheelchair-stricken mother was no
longer able to carry the torch. “My father, who was also a pastor, already
passed away. He started this church as early as in 1958. But when my mother
finally asked me to take over, I realized that God prepared me for this task as
pastor. Because I designed and help build this church when I was an architect,”
BosNewsLife visited the spectacular GPdI Sudirman Church in South Jakarta, he
made it a point to celebrate her 76 birthday with church members. The “Happy Birthday”
tune and Christian songs were backed by the congregation’s neatly-dressed band
members and seemingly professional singers.
church hasn’t always been in a celebratory mood. Local authorities even ordered
the removal of a church in the 1980s. But “Ever since that day God has blessed
us and provided another plot of land for this church and the other
congregation. We even received permission from the Jakarta governor,” he
I wonder that my calling was as if God wanted to use me as the Biblical King
Solomon who oversaw the construction of the Temple,”
already had designed this church as a younger man as an architect. But now God
wanted me to be an architect for Him for the people. I think the Church has to
be the Light among the people. We have different vocations. But wherever we
are, we have to reflect the image of God.”
Ratings maintains stable outlook on M’sian Islamic banking sector
LUMPUR, March 30 — RAM Rating Services Bhd (RAM Ratings) has maintained a
stable outlook on the Malaysian Islamic banking sector on account of the
industry’s sturdy fundamentals.
the credit rating agency cautioned that Islamic banks would face heightened
uncertainties and challenges in the still-evolving economic landscape with the
rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and its far-reaching effects on the
domestic and global economy, it said in a statement here.
into account our expectation of a steep moderation of economic growth, the
financing growth of Islamic banks is expected to decline to below 5 per cent in
fiscal 2020, from 8.3 per cent in 2019,” explained RAM Ratings Co-Head of
Financial Institution Ratings, Sophia Lee.
banks’ asset quality remains healthy although it’s gross impaired financing
(GIF) ratio edged up to 1.4 per cent as at end-December 2019 (end-December
2018: 1.3 per cent) due to a couple of lumpy corporate accounts.
reported asset quality indicators of Islamic banks should stay manageable in
2020, chiefly supported by the recent financial relief measures initiated by
Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) in response to the outbreak,” said RAM Ratings.
liquidity of Islamic banks is still comfortable, with the industry’s liquidity
coverage ratio (LCR) clocking in at 151 per cent as at end-January 2020.
part of the regulatory relief measures, banks are allowed to operate below the
minimum LCR threshold of 100 per cent given the reduction in cash flow during
the moratorium period.
foresee headwinds to earnings, given further margin pressure subsequent to the
twin OPR cuts in early 2020 and higher credit costs expected going forward.
Islamic banks continued to boast healthy financing-loss buffers, as reflected
in the system’s strong common equity tier-1 capital ratio of 13.6 per cent as
at end-January 2020,” it added.
addition, the GIF coverage ratio (including regulatory reserves) of the sector
was a sturdy 116 per cent as at end-September 2019.
announces Ramadan Bazaar cancellation
TERENGGANU, March 30 -- All Ramadan bazaars will not be organised in Terengganu
this year, state Local Government,
Housing, Health and Environment Committee chairman Dr Alias Razak said.
said the matter was decided in the Terengganu special security committee
meeting to address the COVID-19 situation, which was chaired by Menteri Besar
Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar yesterday.
the Movement Control Order (MCO) has been extended until April 14 which is 10
days before Ramadan and considering the current uncertainty, it is only
appropriate for the state government to cancel all Ramadan bazaars this year.
risk of close contacts is extremely high and will likely cause further spread
of COVID-19, thus impeding the government’s control efforts.
such in eradicating the virus, the state government has called on local
authorities in Terengganu to cancel all Ramadan bazaars this year,” he said in
a statement today.
Alias said with the move, Ramadan bazaar traders have been urged to make the
necessary preparation and consider other options to generate income.
are encouraged to turn to online business or home delivery services for all
types of products including food, using platforms such as Grab Food, Food Panda
and so forth.
state government has made an in-depth study on this issue and the bazaar
cancellation was decided after taking into account the health and well-being of
all quarters. May we all be given the strength and perseverance to undergo this
test,” he said.
to this, Negeri Sembilan government had also decided to cancel all Ramadan
bazaars in the state, as announced by Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun on March
Islam contributes RM1 mln to Musa'adah COVID-19 Fund
March 30 -- The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim)’s Musa'adah COVID-19 Fund today received RM1
million from Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd, bringing the total collection to RM1.5
million since its launch on March 24.
at the event here, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious
Affairs) Senator Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri said monies from the fund
would be distributed to those with earnings less than RM2,500 a month and
the event, the minister presented part of the fund collection to the
frontliners from the Ministry of Health, Muslims funeral preparations teams and
those from B40 group who are affected by the pandemic.
also said that Jakim was planning to distribute the fund collection to Orang
Asli in Cameron Highlands tomorrow.
who wish to donate may do so via the Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad account number
16027010001528 opened for “Tabung Saadah Jakim Covid-19”.
Nigerian Muslims will be barred from Hajj – Sanusi warns clerics holding
emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has issued a warning to Muslim clerics
still organising religious gatherings and prayers despite the ban imposed by
the Federal Government.
in a statement made available by his son, Ashraf warned that disobedience of
Muslim clerics to the instructions from the government could cause more harm to
Nigerians in future.
former CBN governor warned that lackadaisical attitude towards COVID-19 will
only worsen things as the virus is real and can only be stopped when all
precautionary measures by medical authorities are duly observed.
wrote: “My father would like us to remember that this disease is normally a
very mild one about 80 percent do not need to go to hospitals and recover at
home by adhering to instructions
distancing and compliance with the health authorities is the only way to ensure
it does not continue spreading in our country
scholars who continue to defy this guideline may wish to consider the
implications of Nigeria being the country that has not put an end to this
Shuts 23 Mosques, Prayer Grounds over COVID-19 Order Violation
Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Compliance Enforcement team has
shut over 23 neighbourhood mosques and prayer grounds in Maitama, Wuse, Garki
and Asokoro districts of the FCT. They were shut for violating the ban that all
places of worship in the FCT should not open for religious activities to the
public as a measure to mitigate the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
was gathered that the affected mosques were closed on Sunday night, which
incidentally was the same day the compliance team closed 15 churches and
arrested Pastor U.U. Uden, the General Overseer of the Jesus Reign Family
Church, Apo for conducting a full church service in breach of the directive.
enforcement team that was splintered into six different groups went into
different districts in Abuja to monitor compliance order during the evening
to the shock of the team, it discovered many congregants steadily steaming into
mosques without recourse to the social distancing directive banning large
number of people from gathering for any activity to prevent them from
of the worshippers were stopped from praying in the mosques and instead asked
to return to their homes and pray since they had already performed ablution.
other areas the team arrived later in the night and saw Muslim prayer sessions
being carried out, it warned the worshipers to henceforth pray at their homes
as congregating in mosques and prayer grounds was in contravention of the
will be recalled that as a coronavirus safety measure, the Nigerian Supreme
Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) had also ordered the closure of all mosques
in the FCT, including the National Mosque and had sought cooperation of all
Imams to ensure compliance with the directive.
quarantined in Hyderabad mosque
people belonging to Tablighi Jamaat have been quarantined at Noor Masjid
Qasimabad, while out of these two Chinese had been sent to Civil Hospital
Hyderabad in which one reportedly is Corona virus infected.
208 people of Tablighi Jamat had been isolated in the Masjid where their tests
were being conducted. Besides this eight Corona suspected people had been sent
to quarantine center established at Government Hospital Kohsar, Latifabad
through ambulances. The Medical Superintendent of the hospital informed that
these 8 people were residents of Hyderabad.
govt readies to provide food to daily wagers with support from welfare
Sindh government has launched an online portal and an application named Sindh
Relief Initiative Application, through which welfare organisations can register
themselves and work with official authorities to provide food and necessary
items to daily wage workers who are unable to find work during the lockdown.
Minister Murad Ali Shah, while chairing a meeting attended by heads of welfare
organisations, provincial ministers, advisers and the provincial police chief
amongst others, said that there were around 10 million people — or 1.4 million
families — in the province who work on daily wages, according to the census
conducted in 2017.
25 per cent of those workers, Shah said, are associated with the construction
industry while 35pc are affiliated with textile or ancillary industries. All of
them are registered with the Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI). The
remaining 40pc, who worked in the transport and cottage industries or in the
small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sectors, are not registered with EOBI
or Sindh Employees Social Security Institution, Shah noted, saying that his
government aimed to provide ration bags to every family depending on daily
beneficiaries of the project, the daily wage workers, will have to register
themselves on the application. The registration will require the person's
National Identity Card number to avoid duplication.
welfare organisations, donors and volunteers will also need to register on the
application so that working groups can be created and coordination and
uniformity in the disbursement of ration bags can be maintained.
government, along with the non-profit organisations, would deliver food and
necessary items to people at their homes.
Operation Procedure (SOP) for disbursement [is] to be signed by all
stakeholders,” Chief Minister Shah said, adding that the government was
"making use of technology for disbursement data management and
chief minister said that Minister for Energy Imtiaz Shaikh, Minister for Local
Government Nasir Shah and Adviser Murtaza Wahab would be coordinating with the
revealed that the government, with support from welfare organisations like
Saylani, Chhipa, Alamgir, Zindagi Trust and others, has started the
distribution of ration bags and around 200,000 families have so far been
provided with supplies which would last around 15 days.
Sindh government had imposed a 15-day lockdown in the province on March 23 in
order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has so far infected
502 people in the province. While many patients had a recent travel history,
the number of locally transmitted cases is on the rise.
govt urged to investigate, notify cases of virus-affected healthcare workers
The government must investigate and separately notify cases of health workers
testing positive for the coronavirus to discourage misinformation and to
effectively address lapses in the system.
was shared by health experts who spoke with Dawn in the backdrop of media
reports suggesting that a number of health workers, including doctors, had
contracted the coronavirus in the country.
far, according to media reports, such cases have been reported in Karachi (at
least five), Sukkur (one case), Larkana (one suspected case), Khairpur (one
case) Multan (five suspected cases), Rawalpindi (one case) and D.G. Khan (one
week, young physician Dr Usama Riaz became the first Pakistani doctor who died
of Covid-19. He was involved in screening suspected coronavirus patients
arriving in Gilgit-Baltistan from abroad.
to health professionals, this trend indicates that many health workers are
still working without sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment and
that they might also be negligent in handling asymptomatic coronavirus patients
— a potential source of the virus transmission.
the case of Sindh, however, only one case was officially confirmed by the
health department when asked to comment on the subject.
far, we have information about only a doctor who has contracted the virus at a
Khaipur hospital,” said health department spokesperson Atif Vighio, admitting
shortages in providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to the staff at the
now, the silent carriers of coronavirus (Covid-19 patients without symptoms)
have become a real challenge for us (which are causing infection in hospital
settings). To address this, all healthcare staff needs to have PPE,” he said,
adding that the staff at government-designated quarantines and isolation wards
were fully equipped with PPE.
Karachi, sources said, several cases of coronavirus infection have been
reported among healthcare workers at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH)
and the Liaquat National Hospital (LNH).
statement, the LNH clarified that “there is no case of hospital acquired
infection. One of the doctors who recently attended the Raiwand religious
congregation was tested positive for coronavirus.
AKUH, however, neither denied nor confirmed the information. “Similar to the
experience across the globe, in a pandemic of this magnitude, it is probable
for healthcare professionals to become exposed and some may even contract the
infection, despite following the strictest of infection control practices, in
line with the international guidelines “At AKUH, any healthcare staff who may
be exposed are immediately tested and provided appropriate care,” reads a
statement of the hospital.
on the subject, Dr Abdul Ghafoor Shoro, a senior family physician and the
general secretary of the Pakistan Medical Association-Karachi, said it’s
literally impossible to hide information in this day and age. Hence, it’s
better to state facts.
concealing information means that you are not just damaging public trust but
also putting lives of patients and healthcare workers at risk.”
further said the health department must take charge, investigate and separately
release data on health workers testing positive for the coronavirus.
govt should have ‘full plan’ if lockdown prolongs: Bilawal
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has asked the
Sindh government to come up with “a full plan in case the lockdown is
prolonged” and warned he will not tolerate any shortfall in provision of
assistance to those who are facing consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
was government’s foremost responsibility to ensure that not a single citizen
remains hungry, said the PPP chairman at a meeting on preparation of mechanism
for providing assistance to daily-wagers held at Bilawal House on Sunday,
according to a statement.
meeting attended by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, ministers Syed
Nasir Hussain Shah, Imtiaz Sheikh, Murtaza Wahab, Saeed Ghani and Harris Gazdar
on video link held detailed consultation on how to identify deserving persons
and how to access them with targeted relief, said the statement.
chief minister informed Bilawal about the government’s performance so far in
this regard and the PPP chairman directed him to reach house of every deserving
person and provide him with ration,” it said.
stressed the need for creating a system that helped the government, welfare
organisations and philanthropists to work in unison to maximise relief efforts.
this regard, he directed the Sindh government to immediately consult with
donors and officials of welfare agencies and reach out to philanthropists to
form a joint action plan.
said in a message to philanthropists and welfare agencies that the Sindh
government had prepared a plan of action and their help was needed to make it a
success. “The charity and welfare organisations can be more effective if they
work with the Sindh government,” the statement quoted the PPP chairman as
call upon everyone to ‘help his neighbour’. This is a time of global crisis and
it requires us to unite in our humanity. We are stronger together and must lift
everyone else with us,” he said.
said that all people had to be united to overcome and defeat this crisis. “The
Sindh government should have a full plan in case the lockdown prolongs,” he
appealed to general public to fully comply with the lockdown order because only
with strict implementation of the preventive measures “can we cope with the
said that the most important thing for him was to safeguard people’s lives, and
directed the Sindh government to screen a maximum number of suspected coronavirus
patients in Sindh so that “we can save more lives”.
showered praise on doctors and other medical staff at coronavirus emergency
centres and hospitals who were risking their lives to keep others safe. “They
deserve all the credit in the world,” he said.
claims 27pc cases due to local transmission
Only a day after the government claim about low mortality rate of coronavirus
in Pakistan and the decision to extend borders closure for another fortnight,
the death toll jumped to 16 with two women in Punjab, a man in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa and a medical professional in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) among the
female patient of Covid-19 in Rawalpindi and another woman, who had been under
treatment in Rahim Yar Khan since her recent return from Saudi Arabia, died on
Sunday while Abbottabad witnessed the death of an elderly man and a radiologist
lost his life while serving in GB’s Nagar district.
Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar in the late evening hours tweeted, “Sadly we
have lost another soul to Covid-19 today. A 68-year-old lady who came from KSA
and was under treatment in RYK. So far we have lost 6 lives while 593 patients
are under treatment.”
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, provincial information minister Ajmal Wazir confirmed to
the media that a 78-year-old patient in Abbottabad died due to which number of
casualties in the KP province rose to five.
another medical staffer, Malik Ashdar, died from coronavirus. The radiologist
was serving at a government health unit in Sumair village of Nagar. He was
shifted to Minapin quarantine centre in Nagar district before his death. The
deceased had no foreign travel history, officials said.
Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza earlier told a presser in
Islamabad that 420 cases, which was over 27 per cent of the 1,526 confirmed
case, were the result of local transmission of virus.
PM’s aide said: “Over 120 cases have been reported during the last 24 hours.
But a good thing is that as many as 28 victims have been fully recovered. We
have reduced the pace of cases due to effective steps of social distancing but
all those successes can be ruined if people ignore social distancing.
many as 857 cases were reported in the persons who had travelled to Iran and
191 persons, found positive for Covid-19 tests, had travelled to different
countries other than Iran,” Dr Mirza said.
Balochistan home minister told the media in Quetta that the provincial
government had fulfilled its obligation to keep the pilgrims, who had returned
from Iran, in quarantine and handed over their complete record to the
talking about the supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), the PM’s
aide said that supplies, sufficient for one month, had been provided to the
administrations of Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, two doctors of Polyclinic
hospital and another doctor of Benazir Bhutto hospital tested positive. Twenty
eight doctors and two paramedics were shifted to quarantine afterwards.
a team of Chinese health experts, led by Ambassador of China to Pakistan Mr Luo
Zhaohui, visited the National Institute of Health (NIH) for sharing their
expertise in the fight against Covid-19.
Executive Director Maj Gen Aamer Ikram briefed the Chinese team comprising
epidemiologist, ICU specialist, IPC specialist, medical specialist and outbreak
control specialist about the situation of Covid-19 in Pakistan and major
response activities. The Chinese ambassador said Pakistan was the first
priority for China as both countries were all-weather friends. China would
continue to support Pakistan, he added.
sharing the global situation, the PM’s aide on health told the media that over
650,000 people had contracted the disease and over 31,000 had died across the
Sindh, officials and sources said, 33 patients tested positive for the virus
despite the lockdown being enforced by law-enforcement agencies and the appeal
to the masses for social distancing.
the latest number with the media, the spokesperson for the health ministry confirmed
that all the new 33 cases were caused by local transmission of the deadly
virus. The number of patients in Karachi grew to 222 out of total 502 cases
across the province. Among them, 171 patients were those who suffered the
infection as secondary contacts with no history of international travelling.
Balochistan, however, seven out of total 141 cases were caused by local
transmission amid the lockdown being enforced in all 33 districts for a sixth
talking to reporters Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove appealed to
the people once again to show patience and to remain confined to their homes.
“The Balochistan government will not leave people alone in difficult
conditions,” he said.
responding to a question, he said the provincial government had contacted the
federal government as soon as the epidemic came to light. “It was advised that
Iranian government be contacted that Pakistani pilgrims shall not be sent back
to Pakistan without screening. According to him, the provincial government had
also informed the Iranian authorities of this concern and they had no option
but to allow thousands of pilgrims to return to the country.
a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) IL- 78 aircraft carrying 14 tonnes of cargo
comprising ventilators, N95 masks and protective gear landed at PAF Base Nur
government to host Taliban delegation in Bagram, prisoners release postponed
Office of the National Security Council confirmed that the Afghan government
will host the Taliban delegation in Bagram prison to discuss the release of
to a statement released by Office of National Security Council, the Taliban
group, being supported by Red Cross, is due to send its delegation to Kabul.
statement further added that the Afghan government will host the Taliban
delegation in Bagram prison during which further negotiations would take place
regarding the release of prisoners.
Javid Faisal, a spokesperson for the Office of the National Security Council
said the release of prisoners has been briefly postponed.
is no prisoner release happening tomorrow. Taliban agreed in the video
conference yesterday to send a team to Kabul to hold further technical
discussions with the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” Faisal
said in a Twitter post.
comes as efforts are underway to release at least 5,000 Taliban prisoners from
the Afghan jails following the signing of peace deal between the United States
release of the prisoners is expected to pave the way for the launch of
intra-Afghan peace negotiations aimed at finding a negotiated political
settlement to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan.
Afghan soldiers ‘Martyred’ in Taliban attack in Zabul: MoD
Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed that six Afghan soldiers lost their lives
in a Taliban attack in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan.
to a statement released by MoD, the Taliban militants attacked the security
posts in Arghandab district of Zabul province on Sunday night.
statement further added that the security forces responded to the attack,
inflicting heavy casualties on Taliban militants.
the defense ministry said six soldiers of the Afghan National Army embraced
martyrdom during the clash with the Taliban militants.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the clash so far.
laden with 4,000 kgs of explosives seized in West of Afghanistan
Afghan force seized a truck laden with 4,000 kilograms of explosives in western
Herat province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.
to a statement released by interior ministry, the security forces seized the
truck in Kang Village of Ghorian district of Herat.
interior ministry also added that the terrorist groups, specifically the
Taliban group use the Ammonium Nitrate substance to carry out explosives and
manufacture improvised explosive devices.
attack repulsed in Kandahar, 6 militants killed
Afghan forces repulsed an attack by Taliban in southern Kandahar province of
Afghanistan, killing at least six militants during the clash.
Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Taliban militants launched an
attack against the security forces in Maruf district of Kandahar on Sunday.
Afghan artillery units also carried out strikes against the enemy positions in
the outskirts of Uruzgan city of Uruzgan province and killed 4 militants, teh
Special Operations Corps also added that the security forces also destroyed two
hideouts and some weapons and munitions of the militants during the operation.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented in this
regard so far.
800 attacks on Muslims in Germany in 2019: media
latest German government figures give an indication of the scale of violent
Islamophobia in the country. While the numbers have remained steady, one
Bundestag MP called the situation "a ticking time bomb."
regional daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reported the information, citing the
government's response to an inquiry submitted by a member of the opposition
socialist Left party.
Jelpke, the Left's spokesperson on domestic affairs, said that based on
experience she expected up to another 90 cases to be added to the list.
added that it was too early to give the all-clear, despite police stepping up
action against extreme right-wing groups in the aftermath of recent attacks.
February, a gunman motivated by right-wing and racist ideology killed nine
people in two hookah bars the city of Hanau, in western Germany. All of the
victims had foreign heritage, including Turkish and Bosnian.
attacks have led some to speak out about the daily fear of violence that
Muslims in Germany must grapple with, while officials have come in for
criticism for underestimating right-wing terror for too long.
the medical teams at Wexham Park with hot pizza
of the Masjid Al Jannah mosque in Stoke Road delivered hot pizzas to front line
staff at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough on Thursday last week.
elected president of the mosque Hamjath Aneef, accompanied by vice-president
Nazeer Marzook and treasurer Akram Azeez were among those who came along to
show their appreciation to the hospital heroes.
spokesman for the mosque said: "Masjid Al Jannah are always in the forefront
in any emergencies whether it is local, national or international.
humanitarian act is to show the solidarity that Sri Lankan Muslim Community in
Slough have for the hard working NHS staff who are working tirelessly, putting
their own lives at risk 24/7 to the betterment of their fellow human
moves toward nationwide lockdown as coronavirus spreads
moved toward a lockdown across the world’s largest country by area on Monday to
try and halt the spread of coronavirus, following Moscow Mayor Sergei
Sobyanin’s order for residents to stay in their homes.
of all Russia’s regions should adopt similar restrictions as those announced in
the capital and surrounding areas, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a
televised meeting with deputy premiers.
12.7 million people were ordered to stay home starting Monday, with limited
exceptions for emergencies, in the strictest measures yet imposed in a major
Russian city. Confirmed infections in Moscow jumped overnight to 1,014 on
Sunday and make up two-thirds of the country’s total.
warned in a website statement that the expansion of the virus in Europe’s
largest capital city “has entered a new phase.” He said that the authorities
will shortly introduce passes to permit movements outside the home in the
coming days, with a “smart system” of remote monitoring to ensure compliance.
than for emergency medical reasons or work obligations, residents will be
allowed to walk outside their homes only to visit their nearest food store or
pharmacy, to take out trash, or to take pet animals within 100 meters of their
buildings. While outside, people will be required to maintain a distance of at
least 1.5 meters from others.
lock-down comes after Sobyanin ordered last week non-essential businesses to
close to slow the spread of the illness. He has been among Russia’s most vocal
proponents of tough restrictions to counter coronavirus in a crisis that has
undermined the Kremlin’s ability to get its message out clearly.
in the city is down by two-thirds and that’s very good,” Sobyanin said in the
statement. “But it’s obvious that far from everyone has heard our message.”
World Health Organization’s representative in Russia complained at the weekend
that Muscovites were flouting the authorities’ advice to stay home and keep
“social distancing.” The capital was packed with people out on the streets in
warm spring weather on Saturday and other regions saw a sudden influx of Moscow
residents taking advantage of a week-long paid time off decreed by Putin.
Malyshev, a leading infectious diseases specialist in the Health Ministry,
warned on state TV last week that Russia is readying itself for an “explosive
development like a nuclear reaction” with the coronavirus epidemic. In the near
future, “large numbers of people will fall ill and need medical treatment,” he
said people will still be able to leave or enter Moscow but the new rules are
aimed at restricting “moving around the city without any reason.”
announced in a March 25 national address that this week will be a non-working
one. But he didn’t commit to any drastic measures limiting movement, instead
promising benefits to get companies and individuals through the crisis. After
signs that many Russians had interpreted the measure as an opportunity to take
vacation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday that the
president’s statement was really an order to work from home.
top public health official, Anna Popova, as recently as last Monday ruled out
locking down the capital, while Sobyanin pushed a harder line the following
day, warning the president that the number of reported cases of the coronavirus
understated the problem.
its total number of declared cases is still low by comparison with many other
countries, Russia has been adopting progressively stricter measures against
coronavirus in the past week. The government halted all international flights
as of Friday and Mishustin called on regions to close most businesses, while
stopping short of ordering them to do so. The government closed all of Russia’s
land borders effective Monday.
is also mobilizing the army to help battle the epidemic, and the Defense
Ministry announced plans to build 16 hospitals to treat coronavirus patients
around the country by mid-May.
LeBeouf and ex-wife Mia Goth reconcile two years after separating
LeBeouf and Mia Goth are giving their marriage a second chance, almost two
years after they filed for divorce.
Lebeouf and Mia Goth were spotted packing on the PDA in Los Angeles, with their
wedding bands gleaming on their ring fingers, reports Mail Online.
pictures obtained by the outlet on Friday, LeBeouf and Goth were seen dressed
in athletic wear sitting on a park bench in the actor's LA neighborhood of
Pasadena, California, with a bike parked on each side. The couple looked cozy
and stole sweet kisses from each other, while the "Emma" actress kept
her hand on her husband's inner thigh.
couple was again seen together in a park on Sunday, having fun on a bike ride,
and later indulging in a full-blown PDA. The "Honey Boy" actor
arrived in a blue sweater, black activewear tights and a pair of shades, but
later spent much of his time shirtless flaunting his numerous body tattoos,
with his white t-shirt tucked in the tights.
Goth looked her casual self as she tied her white-sweatshirt on her waist,
looking workout ready in a white camisole over marron athleisure trousers. The
couple was clicked sitting on a park bench, Goth busy on her phone while her
husband enjoyed a smoke.
of the couple rekindling their romance first started when the 33-year-old actor
was spotted with his wedding band while attending the Academy Awards last
month. The couple, who first got together while shooting for
"Nymphomaniac" in 2012, has had several controversies in their
relationship even before their wedding.
clip obtained by Entertainment Tonight in July 2015, three years into their
relationship, LeBeouf was heard telling locals in Germany after an argument
with girlfriend Goth that he "would have killed" her. However, the
American actor married the 26-year-old in October next year in a secret Las Vegas
US coronavirus death toll could be 100,000 or more
President Donald Trump says his country would be doing “a very good job” if it
can hold the number of coronavirus deaths at or below 100,000.
an evening news conference at the White House on Sunday, Trump conceded the
deaths in the United States from coronavirus could reach 100,000 or more.
said he received the "most accurate" or "most
comprehensive" study today about the potential death toll from the
COVID-19 which has already killed more than 34,000 and infected 722,000 across
I heard the number today. First time I heard that number, because I have been
asking the same question to some people. I felt even better about what we did
last week with the $2.2 trillion dollars," Trump said referring to the
stimulus package passed by Congress last week.
you are talking about a potential of up to 2.2 million and some people said it
could even be higher than that. You are talking about 2.2 million deaths. 2.2
million people from this," Trump said.
the director of US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases warned
that the country could experience up to 200,000 deaths and millions of
at what we're seeing now, I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths. We’re
going to have millions of cases,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said, noting that projections
were subject to change, given that COVID-19 outbreak was “such a moving
the past weeks, Trump had downplayed the escalating national crisis multiple
times, but now the US has become the hotbed of the pandemic.
Trump accused hospitals on Sunday of hoarding ventilators that are in shortage
in the country, urging hospitals to release them.
have some healthcare workers, some hospitals ... hoarding equipment including
ventilators,” Trump said at the White House after holding a meeting with
spread of the coronavirus has accelerated in prisons in the United States. The
coronavirus outbreak has swept through New York’s Rikers Island jail system.
have no access to gloves or proper masks and have only cold water to wash their
hands, an inmate told the Reuters news agency.
are pleading with officers” for better defenses, he said. “They just shrug. In
the end, we are just inmates, second-class citizens. We are like livestock.”
crude oil prices fell to 20 dollars a barrel, close to their lowest level in 18
years, following the collapse in demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures dipped below $20 per barrel to
$19.90 on Sunday, losing more than 6 percent.
Asian markets started the week on Monday with fresh losses as investors cashed
in amid uncertainties over a prolonged global shutdown for the coronavirus
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