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Masjid in Kerala Opened Its Doors for Non-Muslims to Attend the Friday Prayers and Listen to the Talk by the Imam

New Age Islam News Bureau

27 November 2021

 

Swami Asparshananda of the Viswagaji Mutt speaking in the Markaz Masjid in Alappuzha on Friday

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• Secular Muslims Oppose the Unconstitutional Demand of Anti-Blasphemy Law in India

By AIMPLB and Some Other Organisations

• Islamic State Down but Not Out In Syria And Iraq: Pentagon Report

• Israel’s President to Light Hanukkah Menorah at Palestinian Mosque in Hebron

• Sindh Makes Vaccination Compulsory for Offering Namaz in Mosques

 

India

• Row Over Namaz in Gurgaon Again, Praying Muslims Face Jai Shri Ram Chants

• Communal Torture in Noida: Supreme Court to Examine Petition Seeking Police Action

• UP: Hindu, Muslim weddings under one roof at mass marriage

• India to Pakistan: Expedite 26/11 trial, give up double standards

• Life changed for these Muslim families from Telangana after 26/11

• Massive protest against Waseem Rizvi held in old city, effigy burnt

• Pak terrorist killed, Army foils infiltration bid in Rajouri

• J&K police destroy 24kg RDX, grenades & IEDs seized during anti-terror ops

• No conditionality on Afghanistan aid, India tells Pakistan as they finalise modalities

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North America

• Ilhan Omar Blasts Republican Congresswoman Over 'Anti-Muslim Bigotry'

• Lauren Boebert apologizes to Muslims for ‘Islamophobic and racist comments’

• Vienna talks will be about US return to 2015 deal: Iran’s nuclear chief

• Turkey marks 5th anniversary of Colombia's 'historic' peace agreement

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Mideast

• Senior Cleric Urges Europeans Not to Fall in US, Israel's Trap

• Turkey's Investment Office inks deal with Islamic Organization for Food Security

• Spokesman Blasts US, E3 Anti-Iran Moves Ahead of Vienna Talks

• FM: Iran Ready to Help Turkmenistan for Successful Holding of ECO Summit

• Turkish court rules to keep Osman Kavala in jail during trial

• Israeli PM warns of state of emergency due to new COVID-19 variant

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Pakistan

• Why is Pakistan military land being used to build wedding halls, cinemas? SC asks defence secretary

• Pakistan offers transit routes to int’l donors for Afghan aid: NSA

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Europe

• EU Says Demolitions of Palestinians' Houses Sabotage 'Prospects for Peace'

• UK designates Hamas as ‘terrorist group,’ warns members, supporters of jail terms

• Turkish parliament head attends international meeting in Madrid

• Iraq evacuates 608 refugees stranded at Belarusian border

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Arab World

• Top Shia Cleric in Jeddah Conference: Terrorism Eradicated By Stemming Its Financial, Arms Sources

• Former Muslim Brotherhood MP dies in Egyptian prison amid accusations of medical neglect

• Lebanon launches second offshore licensing round

• Arab Coalition releases details on latest air strike on Yemen Houthi military camps

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South Asia

• Over Half Million People Internally Displaced In Afghanistan Due To Conflicts In 2021: UN Report

• India supports inclusive, representative govt in Afghanistan: EAM Jaishankar

• Armed Taliban men kill a young physician in the western Herat province

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Southeast Asia

• Penang Earmarks RM71.13m for Islamic Development in 2022 State Budget

• Anwar scouting for Johor seat to contest in GE15, says source

• Penang tables deficit budget, announces half-month bonus

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Africa

• Somalia's International Partners Stress Need For Credible, Transparent Elections

• Jordanians Protest Water For Energy Deal With Israel

• Sudanese politicians released after beginning hunger strike

• Tunisian police shoot man trying to attack Interior Ministry: Reports

• Tunisian navy ‘rescues’ almost 500 migrants: Ministry

• Ethiopia’s Abiy makes 1st appearance on TV after joining battlefront

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: https://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/masjid-kerala-friday-hindus-khutbah/d/125855

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Masjid in Kerala Opened Its Doors for Non-Muslims to Attend the Friday Prayers and Listen to the Talk by the Imam

 

Swami Asparshananda of the Viswagaji Mutt speaking in the Markaz Masjid in Alappuzha on Friday

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Nov 27, 2021

KOTTAYAM: Friday prayers were held in the Markaz masjid in Alappuzha in the presence of several non-Muslims. The mosque had opened its doors for non-Muslims to attend the Friday prayers and listen to the talk by the Imam of the mosque. Special seating arrangements were made for around 50 persons in the mosque.

Imam Hakkim Panavally spoke about the recent controversies, including those related to halal food. Swami Asparshananda of Viswagaji Mutt in Muhamma delivered the keynote address. He expressed happiness of getting an opportunity to witness the prayer session in the mosque and also welcomed all to the Mutt. MLA P P Chitharanjan, present at the mosque, said that such get-togethers are a fitting reply to the efforts of creating religious hatred in the society.

Fr Christopher M Arthasseril, the vicar of Puthenkadu church in Alappuzha, said that he was attending the prayers in a mosque for the first time. He also said that he was always keen to see the inside of a mosque and witness the prayer session.

Former minister G Sudhakaran was also present. The guests were served food after the prayer session. The Markaz masjid trust had personally invited leaders of various religions, government officials and people from different walks of life. The move was aimed at giving a message to society that all should coexist peacefully in the world.

Source: Times of India

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Secular Muslims Oppose the Unconstitutional Demand of Anti-Blasphemy Law in India By AIMPLB and Some Other Organisations

 

(File Photo/AIMPLB)

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27 Nov 2021

Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) strongly opposes the unconstitutional demand of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and some other organisations for an anti-blasphemy law in India. The IMSD statement has been endorsed by nearly 400 secular Indians. A large majority of the signatories are Muslims.

We condemn the constant attempts by certain hate factories of Hindutva which are working overtime to demonise Islam and Muslims. However, IMSD fully supports the principle that in a secular state there can be no place for a law criminalising blasphemy.

Muslims demanding such a law should instead take recourse of the already existing law against hate speech in our country. Section 295 (A) of the Indian Penal Code states: “Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of (citizens of India), (by words, either spoken or written or by signs or by visible representation or otherwise) insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to (three years) or fine or with both”.

As equal citizens of India Muslims have the right to invoke Section 295(A) against every attempt to target the community with hate speech and demand strict enforcement of the existing law. But the demand for a special law to punish blasphemy must be opposed for more than one reason. Among other things, the experience of neighbouring countries shows that such a law promotes fanaticism and seeks to silence even rational critical commentaries on religion.

The Board cannot be unaware of the notorious blasphemy law in neighbouring Pakistan which is frequently misused to hound individuals from religious minorities and even fellow Muslims with sectarian and personal motives.

According to the Minorities Association of Pakistan, “between 1987 and 2021, 1,865 people have been charged under the blasphemy laws, with a significant spike in 2020, when 200 cases were registered. Punjab, the province where most Christians of Pakistan live, is leading with 76% cases and 337 people are in prison for blasphemy... Also, at least 128 people have been killed by mobs, outside any judiciary process, after being signalled as having committed blasphemy or apostasy, without any chance to have access to an investigation, and nobody has been arrested for their murder”.

Neighbouring Bangladesh started off as a secular state at its birth in 1971 but adopted Islam as a state religion in 1988. It does not have a law against blasphemy but often misuses the same secular penal code of the British period – section 295(A) – to silence all critical comments on Islam in the name of blasphemy.

Source: Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD)

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Islamic State Down but Not Out in Syria and Iraq: Pentagon Report

 

US soldiers patrol an area near Syria's northeastern Semalka border crossing with Iraq's Kurdish autonomous territory, on Nov. 1, 2021. - DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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November 26, 2021

Islamic State ‘entrenched as low-level insurgency’

The most recent report from the Pentagon’s Inspector General on Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led diplomatic and military operation against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, indicates that IS has weakened but remains a priority for US national security interests in the region.

These quarterly reports provide the most comprehensive reporting and assessment of the US-led mission against IS and therefore deserve attention. Among the latest findings:

The report makes clear that the United States and its coalition partners remain essential to the continued success of the mission.

The Iraq-Syria border remains an area of concern for IS activity.

Economic hardship, the COVID-19 pandemic and a devastating drought, especially in Syria, will continue to shape the environment.

The Iraqi elections and the prospect for continued political stability and progress there is good news for Iraq and the anti-IS coalition effort.

Iran-backed proxy forces and militias in both countries remain a threat to coalition forces and operations.

Both the Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will continue to depend on US training and support in “conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), intelligence integration and airstrikes.”

There are also country-specific highlights:

In Iraq:

The US mission in Iraq will transition to “training, advising and intelligence gathering” on Dec. 31.

There are no expected changes in the numbers of US troops in Iraq, currently at approximately 2,500.

While IS has carried out a decreasing number of attacks, in some cases it has shown unusual complexity and a “higher level of operational maturity.”

In Syria:

The United States maintains approximately 900 troops, and the US mission to work “with, by and through” the SDF to defeat IS has not changed.

The pace and number of counter-IS operations carried out by the US-allied SDF has decreased, and the SDF alone “lacked the ability to conduct persistent surveillance or maintain situational awareness.”

IS appeared to be “consolidating in the desert and poised for increased activity in what the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) termed “the next stage of its insurgency.”

IS continued its focus activity in the al-Hol displaced persons camp for recruitment and indoctrination.

Follow all the latest on Al-Monitor

Al-Monitor provides unmatched reporting and analysis on the security situation in Syria and Iraq and elsewhere in the region, including:

An Iran-linked militia has called for volunteers to fight US troops in Iraq after Dec. 31, reports Shelly Kittleson.

Iraqi populist leader Muqtada al-Sadr, who seeks to form a majority government in Iraq, has called for the “liquidation” of pro-Iran militias, Ali Mamouri reports.

How the Turkish lira crisis is affecting the residents of Idlib, which started using the lira last year, reports Khaled al-Khateb.

How a devastating drought is affecting the lives of Syrians, reports Khateb and Amberin Zaman.

Reports of a planned attack on a prison in Syria that houses thousands of Iraqi IS operatives, reports Kittleson.

The backstory on why the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander in Syria was removed, perhaps at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s request, Ali Hashem reports.

Islamic State attacks in Iraq's Diyala province seek to spark sectarian bloodletting, Kittleson reports.

Giving credit where due

Operation Inherent Resolve has been a massive success story since it was launched by the Obama administration in 2014, and it deserves repeating — as it has occurred amid steady criticism from both the right and left and in the region — that the United States was stepping back from its commitments in the Middle East.

It may be easy to forget that IS in 2014 had overrun large parts of Iraq and Syria, instituting a brutal reign of terror. IS took Raqqa, the seventh-largest city in Syria, and Mosul, the third-largest city in Iraq, and murdered, raped, tortured and beheaded those who crossed them.

The Obama administration went all in on its commitment to defeat IS and never wavered. As we wrote here in February, the execution of the US-led policy has been mostly textbook: The mission sustained bipartisan congressional support across three (both Republican and Democrat) administrations and near-flawless civilian and military coordination both within the US government and across the coalition as well as with local partners of varying capabilities.

By March 2019, the US-led coalition had “territorially defeated” IS, and more than two years later, IS still holds no ground in either country. The intense coordination between the United States and Iraqi Security Forces over these past seven years has also been instrumental in deepening the US-Iraq strategic partnership and the steady progress that has occurred in Iraq, including in the October elections that, according to the United Nations and other observers, may have set a new standard for transparency in the region.

Source: Al Monitor

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Israel’s President to Light Hanukkah Menorah at Palestinian Mosque in Hebron

 

A Hanukkah menorah is pictured next to an Israeli flag on the top roof of the Ibrahimi mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, 9 December 2020 (AFP)

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By Mustafa Abu Sneineh

26 November 2021

Israeli President Isaac Herzog will light the first candle of Hanukkah accompanied by settler leaders at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank's city of Hebron.

Hanukkah, which begins on Sunday and ends on 6 December, is a Jewish holiday in which a menorah - a nine-branched candelabra - is lit over eight days and nights.

Herzog has angered members of the left-leaning Meretz party, which is part of the broad coalition government ruling Israel. Michal Rozin, a Meretz Knesset member, tweeted that Herzog's decision is "wrong."

"[Israeli] rule in Hebron and in the occupied territories in particular, is mired in the sharpest political controversy. Settlements in Hebron around the cave are the most outrageous. It's very sad that the president gives priority to this," Rozin tweeted, referring to the Cave of the Patriarchs, the term used by Israeli Jews for the site of the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The Palestine Authority (PA) also condemned Herzog's decision.

The PA's Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticised Herzog's planned visit as "provocative" and called on the US administration of President Joe Biden to stop Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, following an announcement of Israeli plans to build new settlements north of East Jerusalem and 372 housing units in Hebron.

The PA also called country members in the United Nations to put Israeli settlers leaders, their organisations, "militias and their armed terrorists members," on terrorist lists.

Heavy surveillance

Jewish people believe that the prophets Abraham, his wife Sarah, son Isaac and grandson Jacob were laid to rest in the Cave of the Patriarchs. Herzog is planning to light the Hanukkah menorah in Hebron on Wednesday.

In 1994, the far-right American-Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Palestinian worshippers at the Ibrahimi Mosque, killing 29 men and wounding 100. Following the massacre, Israeli authorities split the shrine in two halves, one for Palestinian worshippers and the other for Jewish worshippers.

Hebron, 32km from occupied East Jerusalem, is divided into two areas: H1, which is under the complete administrative and security control of Palestine Authority (PA); and H2, administratively run by the PA but controlled by the Israeli military, which has the final say on who enters and exits the area.

Some 40,000 Palestinians live in H2, adjacent to 1,000 Israeli settlers, monitored by 18 permanently staffed Israeli military checkpoints.

Israeli forces maintain a heavy presence in Hebron's Old City. Palestinians are not allowed to walk in certain areas, such as Shuhada Street, once a thriving wholesale market that was shut down by Israel and turned into a ghost town during the Second Intifada in 2000.

The city of Hebron is monitored intensely by Israeli forces and police. Surveillance cameras have been mounted every 90 metres in H2, with some installed on the roofs of private houses, leaving Palestinian residents feeling they are constantly being watched.

Herzog is the second-highest ranking Israeli politician to visit Hebron in recent years.

In September 2019, then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli premier to visit Hebron, participating in a ceremony along with settler leaders in the Ibrahimi Mosque in a bid to boost his votes during an election campaign.

Source: Middle East Eye

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https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-hanukkah-menorah-mosque-hebron-herzog-light

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Sindh Makes Vaccination Compulsory For Offering Namaz In Mosques

 

Muslim devotees wearing protective masks offer Friday prayers at the Jamia Masque during the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Friday. — Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Image

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Nov 26 2021

KARACHI: The Sindh government has made vaccination compulsory for people offering prayers in mosques as the authorities take steps to keep the coronavirus in check.

The Sindh Home Department on Friday — in line with the National Command and Operations Centre's (NCOC) directions — issued a notification in which it listed updated COVID-19 protocols for mosques.

Per the notification, "only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed for prayers in masajid to avoid risk to others."

The notification further added that all worshippers will be required to continue wearing a face mask when praying inside mosques.

Aside from that, carpets will have to be removed from the floors of mosques, while adequate ventilation has to be ensured for indoor prayer gatherings.

It should be noted that as of November 25, Sindh reported 43 new cases of coronavirus in the province after 6,468 tests were conducted. No deaths were reported.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, in a statement, said that 6,686,895 tests had been conducted in the province against which 473,750 cases were diagnosed, of which 97.1% or 460,136 patients had recovered.

He added that 5,995 patients were under treatment, of which 5,794 were in home isolation, while 12 were admitted to isolation centres and 189 at different hospitals. 

Source: Geo TV

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India

 

Row Over Namaz In Gurgaon Again, Praying Muslims Face Jai Shri Ram Chants

November 26, 2021

After protests in 2018, a list of 37 "designated" sites was drawn up based on talks

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New Delhi: Muslims offering namaz at a designated open site in Gurgaon's Sector 37 were interrupted once again by right-wing Hindu groups, with tensions mounting as they performed a 'prayer' that claimed to commemorate the 26/11 terror attacks.

The gathered Muslims initially had planned to leave without praying, but then around 25 decided to go ahead. They prayed to shouts of 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' from less than 30 metres.

150 policemen were present at the scene but only 30 stood between the two groups.

The moment the 20-minute namaz ended, two men from the Hindu group crossed the distance to claim the space. The Muslim community members decided to leave the site peacefully.

Muslims also did not pray at gurdwaras in the city on Friday.

The city's Gurdwara Singh Sabha Committee said space would not be offered because Muslims had "not sought space for namaz", but underlined its resolve to stand with the minority community.

However, anti-Muslim posters outside one gurdwara have raised questions about pressure from right-wing groups, some of whom had earlier spread cow dung over a namaz site.

Last week - in a show of solidarity hailed by many - the gurudwara committee offered to open its doors to Muslims so they could offer namaz in peace. "(this is) 'guru ghar'... open for all communities with no discrimination..." the head of a gurdwara in Gurgaon's Sadar Bazar said.

Two days later, though, the committee backtracked on that offer. A spokesperson was quoted by news agency ANI as saying "Muslims themselves refused to offer namaz to avoid any conflict".

Muslims in Gurgaon have been stopped from offering weekly prayers for a few months, with some residents - boosted, reportedly, by right-wing groups - slamming religious displays in public.

Two weeks ago tensions flared in the city's Sector 12A area, where people reportedly affiliated with Hindu groups occupied the land and claimed to be making a volleyball court.

Visuals showed them sitting around on plastic chairs eating nuts. "We will not allow namaz, no matter what..." Veer Yadav, one of those at the site, said.

Nearby, rows of cow dung cakes spread across the ground last week - after some people held a "puja" that included spreading the dung over the namaz prayer spot - remain untouched.

Again, Muslim groups, rather than exacerbate matters, said they would not offer prayers.

The Sector 12A site is one of 29 sites (37 before authorities withdrew permission for eight) set aside for namaz after an agreement between Hindus and Muslims following similar clashes in 2018.

Source: ND TV

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Communal Torture In Noida: Supreme Court To Examine Petition Seeking Police Action

R. Balaji  

27.11.21

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to examine a petition seeking police action and protection, filed by an elderly Delhi resident who alleged that he was abused, assaulted, stripped and robbed by four men inside a car in Noida in July only because he was “visibly Muslim”.

Kazeem Ahmad Sherwani has told the court he has received no help in the past four months from the police, who have told him not to “politicise” the matter by calling it a hate crime based on religious identity.

He said he and his family felt traumatised, not only because the attack had been on their “very identity as equal citizens of this country” but also by the refusal of law enforcement to even recognise it as a hate crime.

Sherwani, 62, has urged the court to have the perpetrators arrested and provide him with protection since he fears a threat to his life.

The bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and C.T. Ravi Kumar requested that the matter be placed before Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, whose bench is already hearing petitions seeking action against those who deliver hate speeches.

The apex court asked senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi to ensure that copies of the petition were served on the state of Uttar Pradesh, where Noida is located, and other authorities concerned.

Sherwani, a resident of Delhi’s Jamia Nagar, said the incident took place on July 4, but instead of registering an FIR, Uttar Pradesh police were pressuring his family not to “politicise” the matter.

According to Sherwani, he is “visibly Muslim” inasmuch as he wears a beard and a skullcap and his attire makes his identity as a practising Muslim obvious.

Sherwani said he had “always felt secure in his Muslim identity in his own motherland”.

“On the morning of July 4, 2021”, he had gone to Noida’s Sector 37 to catch a bus to Aligarh when the driver of a white van offered him a lift.

Sherwani said he had felt grateful and offered to pay the driver. He saw three men in the rear seats. When he tried to take an empty seat in the middle row, the men told him to get into the back row.

Two men were already seated in the back row and Sherwani said he felt uncomfortable, but by then he had been pushed inside and blocked from all sides.

He felt trapped and said he wanted to get out, but they forcibly pulled him back and the driver centrally locked the doors.

“The petitioner was heinously tortured over the next 15 minutes. He was attacked and repeatedly called a ‘mullah’ and many other derogatory words related to his religious identity. He was told that ‘mullahs’ had no right to remain in this country. He was humiliated: his beard was pulled by the perpetrators, and then he was stripped and insulted about his circumcision,” the petition, filed through advocate Talha Abdul Rahman, states.

“He was physically attacked while being called a ‘mullah’, threatened that he would be blinded with a screwdriver, and finally hit with it on the nose. He was also looted and abused. The incident of that day has left the petitioner and his family completely traumatised because it attacked their very identity as equal citizens of this country.”

Sherwani was thrown out of the car after being driven around for around 15 minutes. “Just before they pushed him out, one of the perpetrators also grabbed his purse and took his money, amounting to about Rs 1,200,” the petition says.

Sherwani’s ordeal allegedly did not end here. He says that when he regained consciousness, he was helped by a stranger who put him on a rickshaw and sent him to Gautam Buddha Nagar police station in Sector 37.

Sherwani said the policemen present there only asked his name, address and his father’s name but did not take down his complaint. They refused to even hear the complaint, the petitioner alleged. Neither did the cops offer any medical help.

Sherwani then visited the home of a niece, who is a doctor in Delhi’s Okhla, and received medical aid.

According to the petitioner, the local media reported the attack on him over the course of the day. Around 1.30am on July 5, a posse of policemen from Uttar Pradesh visited the home of Sherwani’s niece. Instead of recording Sherwani’s statement, the cops tried to convince him and his family that they were blowing the incident out of proportion, according to the petition.

Source: Telegraph India

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UP: Hindu, Muslim weddings under one roof at mass marriage

Nov 26, 2021

AYODHYA: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath congratulated 3,915 newlyweds, including 138 Muslim couples, who tied the knot at a mass wedding ceremony solemnised in his presence at Ayodhya on Friday.

There was an animated buzz at Government Inter College grounds in Faizabad, where priests chanted Vedic vows and maulvis read out the ‘nikaahnama’ under one roof, setting another example of communal harmony in Ayodhya.

Each married couple was given financial aid, including insurance and social security cover at the event, which was organised by the UP department of labour and employment.

The CM invited 11 married couples, including three Muslim newlyweds on the stage and blessed them.

Speaking on the occasion, he said, “We don’t discriminate among our daughters, whether they are Hindu or Muslim. If their families are underprivileged, their daughters’ future is the government’s responsibility. The ‘nikaah’ of 138 Muslim couples have also been performed and I sincerely congratulate them."

Brides, grooms and their families had also come from Ayodhya’s neighbouring districts of Ambedkarnagar, Amethi, Sultanpur and Barabanki.

Each bride received financial aid of Rs 55,000 along with Rs 5 lakh insurance and Rs 2 lakh social security cover, while husbands received Rs 5,000 each.

Inter-caste weddings carried an extra bonus for brides, who received an additional Rs 6,000 in aid.

The CM said, “Organizing mass marriages curbs the evil practice of child marriage and dowry. I heartily congratulate the labour department and other state departments for organizing this programme. It is our government’s intention to move forward with the motto of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vishwas’ and the event was conducted without discrimination of caste or religion. It is a historic decision to organize a mass marriage of such a mammoth scale in the birthplace of Lord Ram.”

Source: Times of India

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India to Pakistan: Expedite 26/11 trial, give up double standards

Nov 27, 2021

NEW DELHI: Underlining that it is not ready to accept any sort of "closure" on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the government gave a renewed push to punish the guilty on the 13th anniversary of the terror strikes by summoning a senior Pakistani diplomat and calling for an expeditious trial in the long pending case. In a note verbale, it also asked Pakistan to abide by its commitment to not allow territories under its control to be used for terrorism against India.

The government said in a statement it was a matter of deep anguish that even after 13 years of the heinous terror attack

, the families of 166 victims from 15 countries still awaited closure, with Pakistan showing little sincerity in bringing the perpetrators to justice. The statement by MEA also said India will continue to make every effort to seek justice for the families of the victims and the martyrs.

"The 26/11 terrorist attack was planned, executed and launched from Pakistani territory," it added. "The former Prime Minister of Pakistan had gone on record and admitted that the terrorists were sent from Pakistan’s soil. We once again call on the Government of Pakistan to give up double standards and to expeditiously bring the perpetrators of the horrific attack to justice," said the government. The trial in Pakistan has dragged on, marred by change of judges and prosecutors and various senior Lashkar-e-Toiba figures being let out on bail.

The MEA said Indian missions in 14 other countries, whose citizens lost their lives in these attacks, were organising memorial events remembering the victims, both national and foreign, reminding the world of the continuing global threat of terrorism.

The US also called for perpetrators to face justice. In a tweet, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “On today’s anniversary, we remember the victims, including six Americans. It is long overdue for the perpetrators to face justice.”

Source: Times of India

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Life changed for these Muslim families from Telangana after 26/11

26th November 2021

Hyderabad: Life has never been the same for Shahnawaz Noorjahan and her family, after that fateful night of November 26, 2008 at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).

She was waiting at the station along with her husband, their daughter who had married only six months ago, their son and grand-daughter after missing a train back home to Nizamabad.

They had gone to Mumbai to offer a thanksgiving prayer at the Haji Ali Dargah for Ameena Begum’s marriage. As fate would have it, they missed Devagiri Express and had no option but to wait at the station for the next available train.

Around 9.20 p.m. when they were all settled down like many other waiting passengers, sounds of gunshots sent panic in the station and people were seen running helter-skelter.

Ameena Begum (20) was among 58 victims of two Pakistani terrorists including Ajmal Kasab, who was later captured alive and sentenced to death in 2012.

Noorjahan’s husband Abdul Rasheed, who was then 55, suffered bullet injuries on his hand and back. The injuries left him bed-ridden and finally led to his death in 2011.

She was lucky to escape with splinter injuries along with a son and granddaughter.

“My father was the sole breadwinner for the family. He was an auto-rickshaw driver and also used to work in a factory manufacturing cement pipes. His thumb was severed due to bullet injury and he could never recover,” Sheikh Anees told IANS from Nizamabad.

Noorjahan’s health also took a toll due to the shock over the killing of her daughter before her eyes and later the death of her husband. “She developed blood pressure and diabetes and whenever she remembers that fateful night, she goes into depression. We don’t remind her anything about that tragedy,” said Anees, an auto-rickshaw driver.

He said the family not only lost two members but also suffered psychological trauma and slipped into financial problems.

Anees feels that things could have been better for the family if a member was provided a government job.

Two other families from Telangana had lost their loved ones in the terror attacks that had rocked India’s financial capital.

Vijay Rao Bhanja (47), chief executive chef at Taj Hotel, was killed in the attack on the famous star hotel. According to his family, he was trapped in the kitchen on the first floor of the hotel.

After hearing about the terror attack, they had called him over his mobile phone and he informed them that he is safe along with others in the kitchen.

Later, they received the shocking news from his friends that he was shot dead by terrorists when he was helping his colleagues to get out of the kitchen.

Vijay’s family suffered another blow nine months later when his wife Fareeda, who was working with visually challenged children in Mumbai, died in her sleep due to cardiac arrest.

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Massive protest against Waseem Rizvi held in old city, effigy burnt

26th November 2021

Hyderabad: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) along with the local public on Friday held a massive protest in the old city against the former Shia Wakf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi.

After performing Friday prayers scores of public gathered at Bada Bazaar at Yakutpura and a protest rally was taken out till Dabeerpura Darwaza. The rally was headed by JAC convenor and president Tahreek Muslim Shabban Mohammed Mushtaq Malik.

The protesters shouted slogans and demanded Rizvi to be punished with stringent laws since he had indulged in blasphemy. The contents of the book and the objectionable statements have been made with a view to outrage the religious sentiments of the community.

The protestors burnt the effigy of Waseem Rizvi and demanded punishment.

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Pak terrorist killed, Army foils infiltration bid in Rajouri

Sanjay Khajuria

Nov 27, 2021

JAMMU: Soldiers guarding the LoC gunned down a Pakistani terrorist in Bhimber Gali sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district late on Thursday night, foiling an attempt by an armed group trying to enter India from across the border under the cover of darkness.

“Alert Indian Army troops successfully foiled the infiltration attempt,” said defence PRO Lt Col Devender Anand. The Army launched a mop-up operation in the area after taking control of the terrorist’s body and his weapon and ammunition.

Source: Times of India

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J&K police destroy 24kg RDX, grenades & IEDs seized during anti-terror ops

Nov 27, 2021

JAMMU: Explosives, including 24 kg of RDX, and grenades seized during anti-terrorism operations in the Mahore belt of Jammu & Kashmir’s Reasi district were destroyed by the local police on Friday.

“Different police stations and teams of special operations group (SOG

) had seized grenades, IEDs, RDX in as many as 15 terrorism-related cases registered since 2009 in Mahore-Chassana area. These explosives were kept in the safe custody of the police for years,” Reasi senior superintendent of police (SSP) Shailendra Singh said.

Sensing security threat of accidental explosions, the police approached the concerned courts to seek permission for the lawful and safe destruction of the seized explosives, he said: “In response to a plea by the police, the court of Reasi sessions judge passed the order for the destruction of explosives in two cases by the police.”

Source: Times of India

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No conditionality on Afghanistan aid, India tells Pakistan as they finalise modalities

Sachin Parashar

Nov 27, 2021

NEW DELHI: As the government confirmed on Friday that it was working with Pakistan to finalise the modalities for delivering wheat to Afghanistan through the land route, it also reminded Islamabad that humanitarian assistance should not be subject to “conditionalities".

The two sides are yet to decide how the wheat will be transported as Pakistan is apparently not ready to allow Indian trucks to carry the wheat from Wagah. The official response followed a formal communication by Pakistan earlier in the week that it had approved India’s proposal to deliver 50,000 MT of wheat to Afghanistan via the Attari-Wagah border.

Earlier in the day, in a Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meeting, foreign minister S Jaishankar exhorted his Russian and Chinese counterparts, Sergey Lavrov and Wang Yi respectively, to ensure humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

“In line with our commitment to the well-being of Afghan people, we have offered supply of 50,000 MT of wheat to Afghanistan to address the drought situation. RIC countries need to work together to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches the Afghan people without hindrance and without politicisation,’’ said Jaishankar, while calling for an inclusive and representative government in Afghanistan.

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North America

 

Ilhan Omar blasts Republican congresswoman over 'anti-Muslim bigotry'

26 November 2021

US Congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, has blasted the Republican Representative from Colorado, Lauren Boebert, over her “anti-Muslim” remarks made in a viral video.

“Anti-Muslim bigotry isn’t funny & shouldn’t be normalized. Congress can’t be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslims tropes get no condemnation,” the Minnesota Representative wrote on Twitter Thursday evening.

Her tweet came in response to a story that Boebert, a far-right politician with a knack for stirring controversies, told people in her home district during the Thanksgiving weekend.

In the viral video, shared by a Twitter account called PatriotTakes, Boebert recounted her encounter with Omar at the US Capitol.

“So the other night on the House floor was not my first jihad squad moment. So I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers. And he and I are - we’re leaving the Capitol. We're going back to my office and we get in the elevator, and I see a Capitol Police officer running hurriedly to the elevator,” Boebert said in the video.

“I see fret all over his face, and he's reaching… The door’s shutting, like I can’t - I can’t open it - like, what's happening? I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar. I said, ‘Well she doesn't have a backpack, we should be fine,’” she added, with audience heard laughing over it.

The Minnesota Representative dismissed the story as fiction, calling her a “buffoon”.

“Fact, this buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up. Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout,” Omar said on Twitter.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper called Bobert’s remarks “pure anti-Muslim bigotry.”

“This is pure anti-Muslim bigotry and as such is completely contrary to what the USA is supposed to stand for. That this is tolerated in American politics and the House GOP is an indictment against anyone who is silent about it,” Tapper tweeted on Thursday.

Cori Bush, a Congresswoman from Missouri and a Black Lives Matter activist, said the Capitol Hill was a “toxic work environment for Muslim members and staff when bigots routinely spew racist, Islamophobic vitriol unchecked and with no consequence.”

Prominent MSNBC journalist and prime time show host, Mehdi Hassan, called her remarks "disgusting".

"This is disgusting. How is this ok? How is this not worthy of censure? Of being stripped of committee assignments? I don’t expect anything from the GOP anymore but, hey, Dems? Anyone going to do anything about this racism and anti-Muslim bigotry? Do Muslim Americans not matter?" he tweeted.

"Like so many Muslim Americans, I am tired of the relentless demonization and bigotry. The ‘jokes’ about us being terrorists and ‘backpacks.’ The collective blaming and bullying. Most of all I’m tired of liberals who claim to care about racism turning a blind eye to Islamophobia," he added.

Source: Press TV

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Lauren Boebert apologizes to Muslims for ‘Islamophobic and racist comments’

27 November 2021

US Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert has issued an apology to Muslims after Representative Ilhan Omar called for an “appropriate action” against her for "anti-Muslim bigotry" over an anecdote she shared in a recent speech.

During an event in her Colorado district, Boebert told the audience about an encounter with Omar in the Capitol — which Omar says never happened. 

“I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers,” Boebert told the laughing crowd. “You know, we’re leaving the Capitol and we’re going back to my office and we get an elevator and I see a Capitol police officer running to the elevator. I see fret all over his face, and he’s reaching, and the door’s shutting, like I can’t open it, like what’s happening. I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine.’ ”

Hours later, Democratic leadership released a statement blasting Boebert's "Islamophobic and racist comments" and called on their Republican counterparts to "finally take real action to confront racism.”

Democratic leaders called for Boebert to "fully retract these comments and refrain from making similar ones going forward."

“Congresswoman Boebert’s repeated, ongoing and targeted Islamophobic comments and actions against another Member of Congress, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, are both deeply offensive and concerning," they wrote.

“Leader McCarthy and the entire House Republican Leadership’s repeated failure to condemn inflammatory and bigoted rhetoric from members of their conference is outrageous," they added. "We call on the Republican Leadership to address this priority with the Congresswoman and to finally take real action to confront racism.”

Omar on Friday called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to discipline Boebert.

“Saying I am a suicide bomber is no laughing matter,” Omar tweeted. “@GOPLeader and @SpeakerPelosi need to take appropriate action, normalizing this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims. Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress.”

A day earlier, Omar said the story was concocted and called Boebert a “buffoon.”

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Vienna talks will be about US return to 2015 deal: Iran’s nuclear chief

26 November ,2021

The Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Eslami, said on Friday that talks in Vienna next week will be about the United States returning to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Tehran and Washington are due to resume indirect negotiations, which have been on hold since June, in Vienna on Monday. Then-president Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018, and reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran.

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Earlier on Friday, Iran’s foreign minister said that his country wants the lifting of all sanctions in a verifiable process.

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Turkey marks 5th anniversary of Colombia's 'historic' peace agreement

Jeyhun Aliyev  

26.11.2021

Turkey on Thursday marked the 5th anniversary of the "historic" peace agreement signed between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group on Nov. 24, 2016, putting an end to more than five decades of conflict.

"Having strongly supported the peace process that emanated from this historic agreement, Turkey attaches utmost importance to the continuation of the environment of peace and stability in Colombia, a leading partner for Turkey in the region and remain committed to continue to provide all possible assistance to this peace process," Turkey's Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.

On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that Colombia has a "moral obligation" to advance the peace agreement.

The 2016 peace deal brought a cease-fire after more than five decades of armed conflict between the FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Mideast

 

Senior Cleric Urges Europeans Not to Fall in US, Israel's Trap

2021-November-26

During this week's Friday Prayers on the campus of the University of Tehran,  Hojatoleslam Aboutorabi Fard touched on the upcoming round of nuclear talks between Iran and Group 4+ 1 (Russia, China, France and the UK plus Germany) in Vienna, Austria.

He called on the leaders of the European countries not to sacrifice the interests of the European nations to the illegitimate interests of the "United States and the Zionist regime".

"The interests of European nations are tied to the interests of Asia, specially West Asia, and today it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that has the authority to guard this security. If it were not for the authority of the Resistance, Europe would be exposed to severe insecurity today, and it was the authority of Islamic Iran and the Resistance that defeated the ISIL," the senior cleric added.

He pointed out that today, it is known to everyone that the policies of the United States in the West Asian region have been failed.

"Given the tremendous amount of contradictions and conflicts in US strategic plans, the inability of the Pentagon and US military apparatus to suppress popular movements in the world, we are witnessing a decline in US soft power," he further said.

In a relevant development on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in a Twitter message strongly blasted the anti-Iran moves by the US and the three European countries of France, Britain and Germany just before the the new round of the upcoming talks in Vienna, Austria.

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman made the remarks while comparing the approach and actions of the US, European Troika, and Iran ahead of the new round of Vienna talks.

"Ahead of #ViennaTalks,US/E3:Issue bogus statements, add sanctions, conjure distorted narratives, keep mum on Israel's threats," Khatibzadeh tweeted.

"Iran: Forms high-level nego team, calls for quick good deal & full implementation of JCPOA/2231, holds regional consultations", the Iranian diplomat added.

Khatibzadeh's tweet came in reaction to a joint statement issued by France, Germany, and Britain at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors.

In their anti-Iran statement, France, Germany, and Britain expressed concern over the progress of Iran's nuclear program.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that his country will take part in the upcoming talks with the Group 4+1 with the aim of reaching a good agreement.

In a phone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on November 24, Amir Abdollahian said the Islamic Republic was completely willing to participate in the negotiations with the aim of reaching "a good agreement".

Such an agreement, he added, could materialize shortly if Washington and its European allies in the deal were likewise willing to resume their commitments under JCPOA.

Elsewhere, Amir Abdollahian said that Tehran and the UN nuclear agency have reached an agreement in principle to resolve their outstanding issues.

Iran and the agency were seeking to "issue a joint statement at the earliest opportunity", he added.

The comments came a day after the International Atomic Energy Agency's Director General, Rafael Grossi ended a two-day visit to the Islamic Republic, during which he held various meetings with senior Iranian officials, including Amir Abdollahian himself.

In a tweet earlier on Wednesday, the top Iranian diplomat described his talks with the IAEA chief as "cordial, frank and fruitful" and said they "reached good agreements on continuing cooperation".

"Yet, to work out a text, we need work on a few words. Agreement is possible," he further said in his tweet, warning "politicization of technical matters is unproductive".

He also said that a meeting will be held soon to finalize the text of their agreement.

The Chinese official, for his part, rated Grossi's trip to Iran as a "positive" development. He also considered the Islamic Republic's standpoint on the JCPOA's potential revival to be "fair".

On Tuesday, Amir Abdollahian called on Washington to stop its contradictory behavior to bring talks out of the current stalemate.

“The Americans on the one hand say they are interested in returning to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but on the other hand in two phases they imposed two sets of new sanctions against Iranian persons and companies, which shows how contradictory the US behaviors are, as one of the main obstacles in upcoming negotiations,” Amir Abdollahian said in a phone conversation with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis.

He added that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s judgment about the US is based on its behaviors.

Amir Abdollahian also said that the negotiations to terminate the anti-Iran sanctions will start in Vienna as of next week, emphasizing that Iran is ready for a good, immediate and serious agreements, but meanwhile the contradictory US behaviors generate mistrust.

The revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been on the agenda of high-profile negotiations between Iran and the remaining signatories, known as the G4+1 group (Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), in the Austrian capital since April.

The JCPOA was unilaterally abandoned by the US in 2018, when former US President Donald Trump decided to implement a “maximum pressure” policy against Tehran.

US President Joe Biden promised to reverse Trump’s own reversing of his predecessor Barack Obama’s decision to sign on to the JCPOA. The Biden administration also argued on the sidelines of the Vienna talks that Tehran and Washington should mutually return to their commitments under the agreement.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Turkey's Investment Office inks deal with Islamic Organization for Food Security

Muhammet Emin Horuz  

26.11.2021

ISTANBUL

Turkey's Investment Office signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday with the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) on agricultural cooperation, especially in Africa.

The agreement was signed by Burak Daglioglu, the head of the office, and Yerlan Baidaulet, general director of the IOFS.

At the signing ceremony, Daglioglu said Turkey is one of the most active members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Daglioglu stressed that food supply was a critical issue worldwide, adding that OIC members should cooperate deeply on this issue.

While some countries have natural sources, such as water and land, but face difficulties accessing finance and technology, others have financial resources with a deficiency of natural resources, he said.

"These countries are not the same, so we believe there should be better cooperation and integration between member states," he added.

He underlined that of the $235 billion foreign direct investments that Turkey has attracted since 2013, $10 billion were from food and agricultural firms.

"This shows that not only domestic companies, but also international companies are active in the food and related sectors in Turkey," Daglioglu said.

"Turkey is an agricultural center in its region, we'd like to share our expertise and experience in attracting investments in the food sector with (other) OIC member countries."

Baidaulet stressed that the Investment Office and IOFS would engage in results-oriented cooperation to develop agricultural investment opportunities in member countries with low human development indicators, especially in Africa.

"To be successful and raise the Islamic Civilization even higher, we must do more as Muslim countries and organizations," he underlined.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Spokesman Blasts US, E3 Anti-Iran Moves Ahead of Vienna Talks

2021-November-26

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman made the remarks while comparing the approach and actions of the US, European Troika, and Iran ahead of the new round of Vienna talks.

"Ahead of #ViennaTalks,US/E3:Issue bogus statements, add sanctions, conjure distorted narratives, keep mum on Israel's threats," Khatibzadeh tweeted.

"Iran: Forms high-level nego team, calls for quick good deal & full implementation of JCPOA/2231, holds regional consultations", the Iranian diplomat added.

Khatibzadeh's tweet came in reaction to a joint statement issued by France, Germany, and Britain at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors.

In their anti-Iran statement, France, Germany, and Britain expressed concern over the progress of Iran's nuclear program.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that his country will take part in the upcoming talks with the Group 4+1 with the aim of reaching a good agreement.

In a phone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on November 24, Amir Abdollahian said the Islamic Republic was completely willing to participate in the negotiations with the aim of reaching "a good agreement".

Such an agreement, he added, could materialize shortly if Washington and its European allies in the deal were likewise willing to resume their commitments under JCPOA.

Elsewhere, Amir Abdollahian said that Tehran and the UN nuclear agency have reached an agreement in principle to resolve their outstanding issues.

Iran and the agency were seeking to "issue a joint statement at the earliest opportunity", he added.

The comments came a day after the International Atomic Energy Agency's Director General, Rafael Grossi ended a two-day visit to the Islamic Republic, during which he held various meetings with senior Iranian officials, including Amir Abdollahian himself.

In a tweet earlier on Wednesday, the top Iranian diplomat described his talks with the IAEA chief as "cordial, frank and fruitful" and said they "reached good agreements on continuing cooperation".

"Yet, to work out a text, we need work on a few words. Agreement is possible," he further said in his tweet, warning "politicization of technical matters is unproductive".

He also said that a meeting will be held soon to finalize the text of their agreement.

The Chinese official, for his part, rated Grossi's trip to Iran as a "positive" development. He also considered the Islamic Republic's standpoint on the JCPOA's potential revival to be "fair".

On Tuesday, Amir Abdollahian called on Washington to stop its contradictory behavior to bring talks out of the current stalemate.

“The Americans on the one hand say they are interested in returning to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but on the other hand in two phases they imposed two sets of new sanctions against Iranian persons and companies, which shows how contradictory the US behaviors are, as one of the main obstacles in upcoming negotiations,” Amir Abdollahian said in a phone conversation with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis.

He added that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s judgment about the US is based on its behaviors.

Amir Abdollahian also said that the negotiations to terminate the anti-Iran sanctions will start in Vienna as of next week, emphasizing that Iran is ready for a good, immediate and serious agreements, but meanwhile the contradictory US behaviors generate mistrust.

The revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been on the agenda of high-profile negotiations between Iran and the remaining signatories, known as the G4+1 group (Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), in the Austrian capital since April.

The JCPOA was unilaterally abandoned by the US in 2018, when former US President Donald Trump decided to implement a “maximum pressure” policy against Tehran.

US President Joe Biden promised to reverse Trump’s own reversing of his predecessor Barack Obama’s decision to sign on to the JCPOA. The Biden administration also argued on the sidelines of the Vienna talks that Tehran and Washington should mutually return to their commitments under the agreement.

Source: Fars News Agency

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FM: Iran Ready to Help Turkmenistan for Successful Holding of ECO Summit

2021-November-26

During the phone talk, Amir Abdollahian and Meredov exchanged views on bilateral relations and the holding of the ECO summit in Ashgabat.

"We are ready to assist Turkmenistan in the successful holding of the ECO summit," Amir Abdollahian said while conveying the greetings by Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi to his Turkmen counterpart.

Referring to the participation of the Iranian president in this regional summit, the Iranian top diplomat stressed that this is an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest between the two countries.

The Turkmen foreign minister, for his part, said that the ECO summit will be held in the presence of senior economic officials of ECO member-states.

"Some economic meetings will be held at the venue of Turkmenistan Foreign Ministry," Meredov added.

He appreciated the active presence of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the mentioned meetings and expressed hope that these meetings will be more fruitful in order to develop and expand relations and cooperation between the countries of the region.

In a relevant development earlier this week, Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi in a meeting with ECO Secretary-General Khusrav Noziri stressed Tehran’s special attention to the development of cooperation among the regional states.

“Any obstacles and problems on the way of the development of cooperation should be removed so that the economic exchanges and relations of the ECO member states can be carried out at a higher and superior level,” Rayeesi said in the meeting in Tehran on Tuesday.

"Each member of the ECO has a lot of economic potentials in various fields, the activation of which can lead to economic prosperity in the region," he added.

President Rayeesi referred to the capacities of the ECO member states in the fields of energy, trade, transportation, digital economy, maritime economy and tourism, and said, "Comprehensive plans and actions of the ECO Secretariat to activate these capacities can bring economic prosperity to the region and development for the ECO member states.”

He emphasized that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the activation and development of ECO activities, and said, "Tehran attaches special importance to regional cooperation in the framework of the Economic Cooperation Organization and supports such activities."

In relevant remarks last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian announced his country’s continued support for the ECO and willingness to further expand ties and cooperation with its members.

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with Noziri in Tehran.

Amir Abdollahian hailed the implementation of a number of long-term and infrastructure projects by the ECO in various fields, including transportation, trade, monetary and banking sections, and expressed hope that the remaining plans would be completed during the tenure of Noziri, who took office in August.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Turkish court rules to keep Osman Kavala in jail during trial

26 November ,2021

A Turkish court ruled on Friday to keep philanthropist Osman Kavala in prison, after four years in detention without conviction, in an ongoing trial which has further strained ties between Ankara and its Western allies.

The trial of Kavala, who has been in jail without conviction for more than four years, has been criticized as politically motivated and symbolic of a crackdown on dissent under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The government rejects this and says Turkey’s courts are independent.

Last month Erdogan threatened to expel the ambassadors of 10 countries, including the United States, Germany and France, after they echoed a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling that Kavala should be freed.

The prospect of further deterioration in Western ties added at the time to pressure on the Turkish lira, which has hit new record lows since September due mostly to aggressive interest rate cuts.

Kavala, who has been attending hearings via video link, was not participating on Friday.

His wife and opposition lawmakers were in the packed courtroom in Istanbul’s main courthouse, as well as diplomats from some of the 10 embassies involved in the dispute, including the United States, France, Germany, and Sweden.

‘Meaningless’

Kavala was acquitted last year of charges related to nationwide protests in 2013 focused on Istanbul’s Gezi Park, but the ruling was overturned this year and combined with charges in another case related to a coup attempt in 2016. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Kavala, 64, said it would be “meaningless” for him to attend the court hearings as a fair trial was impossible given Erdogan’s comments about him.

“As a citizen defending the rule of law, I think it is not right to act in a way that would legitimize the current situation the judiciary is exposed to,” he said in a statement.

Taksim Solidarity, a group formed during the Gezi protests that includes city planners and lawyers, said the “mindless and illegal” case against Kavala must be dropped immediately.

“Osman Kavala, who has been remanded in jail for 1,487 days as a political prisoner, must be released,” the group said in a statement read out in the square outside the courthouse, which was packed with dozens of riot police and water cannon vehicles.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israeli PM warns of state of emergency due to new COVID-19 variant

26 November ,2021

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met health experts on Friday to discuss how best to respond to a new variant of the coronavirus that has been detected in South Africa that he said was more contagious than the delta strain.

“We are currently on the verge of a state of emergency,” Bennett said, according to a statement from his office. “Our main principle is to act fast, strong and now.”

Israel has reported one case of the new strain in a traveler returning from Malawi.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Pakistan

 

Why is Pakistan military land being used to build wedding halls, cinemas? SC asks defence secretary

Nov 26, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday grilled the defence secretary after the powerful military was found using "strategic and defence" land for commercial activities such as renting out to wedding parties and cinemas.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, was hearing the issue of military lands being used for commercial purposes at the Supreme Court's Karachi registry.

Dawn newspaper reported that the CJP grilled the defence secretary, retired Lt Gen Mohammad Hilal Hussain, over commercial use of military land, asking whether structures like "cinemas and wedding halls" were built for defence purposes.

"This land was given to you for strategic and defence [purposes and yet] you have started commercial activities on it," he said. "Were wedding halls, cinemas and housing societies built for defence purposes?" the chief justice asked.

He remarked that all Askari Housing Projects, popularly called Army Housing Scheme Defence, had been built on cantonment lands.

"We have decided that this will not happen again," the defence secretary said, adding that the construction of housing societies and commercial use of military land would be checked and stopped.

At this, Justice Amin asked Hussain how that would be made possible and where the process would start.

The judge asked him to provide a written explanation.

The chief justice commented that colonels and majors were acting like kings. "What the colonels and majors desire, happens," he said.

"Go and tell all the chiefs [of the armed forces] that the land meant for defence purposes will not be used for commercial objectives. Go to all the military cantonments and tell them the land will be used only for strategic purposes," CJP Ahmed ordered the defence secretary.

He also said that commercial activities were underway at Masroor Base and Faisal Base in Karachi and buildings had been erected when orders were given to remove the signboards.

The bench asked Hussain whether he had a written report regarding the matter, at which the secretary requested more time to submit the same.

The court adjourned the hearing until November 30, saying it would take place in Islamabad and also ordered that a written report be submitted.

While hearing the case on Wednesday, the chief justice had stated that the conversion of cantonment land into private land seemed to be in direct contravention of the Cantonment Act, 1924, Cantonment Land Rules, 1937, and various constitutional provisions and the issue needed to be heard and decided by the court.

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Pakistan offers transit routes to int’l donors for Afghan aid: NSA

November 26, 2021

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Dr Moeed Yusuf on Thursday said that Pakistan was offering its air and land routes, including access to local markets, to international donor agencies to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

In an interview with PTV News, the NSA highlighted the plight of Afghan people, who were at the brink of a catastrophe due to the cold harsh weather and the looming threat of famine.

Dr Moeed said that there were two main reasons why Pakistan was flagging the impending Afghan crisis: first, it was Pakistan’s responsibility to alert the world community of it.

“Any instability in Afghanistan will have a spillover effect on Pakistan. It is not the matter of Taliban rather 35-40 million Afghan people that the world is worried about and need their support,” he stated.

Secondly, he said that right now the focus was on humanitarian assistance. “If they [the Afghan people] do not get the international aid then they will die in the winters due to hunger and cold,” claimed the NSA, adding that Pakistan was trying to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan but cannot afford to do it for long.

“We can play a role in ensuring aid for Afghanistan but there are international sanctions, and it can’t be provided within those restrictions,” he said.

The NSA further stated that these sanctions were halting the banking system in Afghanistan and Pakistan was merely supporting the Afghans to improve the situation.

Dr Moeed underlined that despite all the reasons, including what kind of leadership existed in Afghanistan, Pakistan wanted to collaborate with the Afghan people.

He reiterated that the international community should provide humanitarian assistance to the Afghans and also work out ways towards institutional building in the war-torn country.

“Any government in Afghanistan will demand aid and legitimacy. The leverage [of this] is with the US, UK and other developed countries. They should send aid and then desire acceptable outcomes,” he added.

He maintained that Pakistan will agree with the international decision on the Afghan regime’s legitimacy, adding that the fugitives of the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan were a threat to both the US and Pakistan, and the issue could be tackled through dialogue.

On the resurgence of terrorism in Pakistan, Dr Moeed claimed that the counter-terrorism and intelligence capacity of the country had augmented in the past decade and there was no threat of any resurgence.

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Europe

 

EU says demolitions of Palestinians' houses sabotage 'prospects for peace'

Beyza Binnur Dönmez  

27.11.2021

The EU said Friday that demolitions of Palestinians' houses "undermine the prospects for peace," and urged the halting of such "unlawful" actions.

"We reiterate our call to halt demolitions and any other unlawful practices that coerce Palestinians out of their homes," the EU Delegation to the Palestinians said on Twitter. "Demolitions are illegal under international law and significantly undermine the prospects for peace."

It added that 21% more structures were demolished or seized in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the equivalent period in 2020, and 28% more people were displaced, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Twenty-two Palestinians, including 15 children, lost their homes on Tuesday, said the agency.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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UK designates Hamas as ‘terrorist group,’ warns members, supporters of jail terms

26 November ,2021

Britain on Friday designated Hamas an extremist “terrorist group,” warning that its members and those who support the group could face stiff jail terms.

The al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the group that rules the Gaza Strip, has been banned in Britain since 2001 but the interior ministry extended the ban to its political entities.

London said last week it was no longer possible to make a distinction, assessing that Hamas “commits, participates in, prepares for and promotes and encourages terrorism.”

“The [extremist] terrorist group Hamas has today become a proscribed terrorist organization in the UK in its entirety following parliament’s approval,” the Home Office said.

“This means that members of Hamas or those who invite support for the group could be jailed for up to 14 years.”

Israel has welcomed the move, which follows similar action by the US and the European Union.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Turkish parliament head attends international meeting in Madrid

Senhan Bolelli  

26.11.2021

Turkish parliament speaker Mustafa Sentop attended on Friday the opening ceremony of the 143rd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Madrid, Spain.

Sentop, who holds the term presidency of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation Member States and Asian Parliamentary Assembly will also attend the opening reception.

King of Spain Felipe VI gave a speech at the opening of the General Assembly, which had high-level participation from more than 170 member parliaments.

In an interview to Spanish daily El Mundo, Sentop said relations between Turkey and Spain have entered a path that turns into a versatile, developing and comprehensive partnership.

He also talked about the issues in Eastern Mediterranean and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on Turkey.

Recalling a recent high-level meeting between Turkish and Spanish officials in the capital Ankara on Nov. 17, Sentop said “signing of bilateral agreements in many fields is an indication that we have reached an important stage in our relations.”

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Iraq evacuates 608 refugees stranded at Belarusian border

Ali Jawad  

26.11.2021

BAGHDAD

Iraq's Transport Ministry on Friday announced it has evacuated 608 refugees who were stranded on the border between Belarus and Poland.

The Director-General of the Iraqi Transport Company affiliated to the ministry, Abbas Omran, said in a statement: "Two charter flights successfully carried out the evacuation from Minsk Airport to Erbil and Baghdad airports, after obtaining official approvals from the Iraqi and Belarusian authorities."

The statement added the refugees were evacuated by the official Iraqi Airways.

On Nov. 18, Iraq announced the evacuation of 430 of its citizens stranded at the Belarusian-Polish border.

In early November, many asylum seekers tried to cross the border to enter Poland from Belarus, where there are currently about 4,000 stranded asylum seekers, according to the Polish Press Agency.

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Arab World

 

Top Shia cleric in Jeddah conference: Terrorism eradicated by stemming its financial, arms sources

November 27, 2021

Secretary General of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought attended the Jeddah conference stressing that the roosts of terrorism can only be eradicated by drying up the sources that feed it with money, weapons and backward extremist thought.

Sheikh Hamid Shahriari attending the conference of Strategic Vision Group “Russia and the Islamic World” held in the Saudi port city of Jeddah and reiterated that terrorism can only be eradicated by drying up the sources that feed it with money, weapons and backward extremist thought.

He expressed appreciation for the head of the strategic vision group of Russia in the Republic of Tatarstan and the officials contributing to the conference in Saudi Arabia for convening the conference.

He said,” The reality of the global arena requires all political decision-makers and from all intellectual, scientific, media and technical spectrums to work to extinguish the fires of aggressive wars and to create the atmosphere for peace in the world.”

The cleric added,” It works hard to ignite the flames of strife and wars in the world. The Corona pandemic, with all the damage it has left, can provide a lesson in the need for global cooperation to confront global threats.”

The roots of terrorism can only be eradicated by drying up the sources that feed it with money, weapons and backward extremist thought.

According to the cleric eradication of terrorism needs a comprehensive awareness of the nation so as not to open gaps or create an atmosphere that enables enemies to expand the scope of this painful phenomenon that aims to offend Islam and Muslims and all the slogans Muslims carry Holy.

Sheikh Shahriari stressed necessity of spreading the concept of Islamic brotherhood among Muslims in Islamic countries and abroad as an obligation that generations must be brought up with, with an explanation of the behavior and dealings required by this ordinance, and emphasizing that this important Islamic human obligation can only be achieved by removing shackles from hearts, as it is not achieved.

The Secretary General of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought called all Muslims to focus on the Palestinian issue as the pivotal issue on the Islamic and international arena, and stress that peace, security and stability in the region and even in the world can only be established by removing hotbeds of crises represented by global Zionists.

“We must stress the importance of joint Islamic action and coordination at all levels in order to stop suffering and mitigate the effects of crises on millions of Muslims” he said highlighting special attention to the predicaments of the oppressed Yemeni people.

Source: ABNA24

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Former Muslim Brotherhood MP dies in Egyptian prison amid accusations of medical neglect

26 November, 2021

Cairo - Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader and former MP Hamdy Hassan died on Thursday in his cell in the notorious maximum-security Al-Aqrab prison, his family said Friday on social media.

The cause of Hamdy’s death remains unclear. However, according to a post by the El-Shehab human rights organisation released on its official Facebook page, he was allegedly subjected to “deliberate medical negligence.”

The group described Hassan as “a victim of systematic killings.”

Hassan’s son, who goes by the name Baraa Hamdy, wrote on Twitter that his father's family was allowed access to Muslim funeral rites by the authorities with only six people present amidst extreme security measures.

“We hope that…my precious father can be considered by God as a martyr…God let him go after spending eight years at the prisons of the oppressors,” Baraa tweeted.

A former physician and MP, based in Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Hassan was detained in 2013, as part of a wave of arrests that targeted Muslim Brotherhood members."For five years, my father was denied the right to receive family visits at prison, while being held in solitary confinement," he added.

Hasan received several sentences after being found guilty of "terrorism"-related charges. The last sentence was in 2019, when he was given 15 years in prison in 2019.

Since the military overthrow in July 2013 of Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, the regime of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has engaged in the systematic repression of the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Morsi was a member.

Source: The New Arab

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Lebanon launches second offshore licensing round

26 November ,2021

Lebanon re-launched a second offshore oil and gas licensing round for eight remaining blocs on Friday, with the deadline for submission of bids set for June 15, 2022, the Lebanese Petroleum Administration said on its website.

The round was initially approved in April 2019 in just two blocs but has been postponed several times, including last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A consortium of France’s Total, Italy’s Eni and Russia’s Novatek last year completed exploratory drilling in Lebanon’s offshore Bloc 4 off the coast of Beirut and said they had not found a commercially viable amount of hydrocarbons.

Planned drilling in southern Bloc 9, also licensed to the consortium, has been postponed.

Lebanon’s leaders have said a significant oil and gas find could help the country emerge from its worst economic crisis since the 1975-90 Civil War. The United Nations says eight in 10 people are now in poverty.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Arab Coalition releases details on latest air strike on Yemen Houthi military camps

26 November ,2021

The Arab Coalition has published details of the operation targeting Iran-backed Houthi military camps in the presidential palace in Yemen’s Sanaa.

Intelligence and satellite images showed the presidential palace’s link to a secret underground facility located south of the palace and linked to Jabal al-Nahdain.

The pictures published by the coalition show the aftermath of the airstrikes conducted by the Coalition’s planes as well as the transfer of weapons from the secret facility after the coalition targeted it two days ago.

The Arab Coalition announced on Thursday that it had conducted several air strikes on Houthi military camps and targets in the Yemen’s capital Sanaa, according to a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The operation in Sanaa targeted Houthi military camps at the presidential residence in Sanaa, according to the Coalition. The Coalition also said it monitored movements to transport weapons after the camp was targeted.

“We have taken preventative measures to spare civilians and civilian objects from collateral damage,” the statement said, according to SPA. “The operation was conducted in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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South Asia

 

Over half million people internally displaced in Afghanistan due to conflicts in 2021: UN report

Nov 26, 2021

KABUL: More than half a million people in Afghanistan have been internally displaced as a result of conflicts and insecurity in the country this year, according to a new report issued by the UN migration agency IOM.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) report which was conducted between November 11 to 21, 2021 has found that at least 667,900 people have been internally displaced between January 1 and November 21, Khaama Press reported

The report has also identified the number of refugees who have been returned back to Afghanistan during the current year from Pakistan and Iran.

Over 1.146 million undocumented Afghan refugees have been returned from Iran and Pakistan during 2021, the majority of whom have returned from Iran.

On the other hand, hundreds of thousands of Afghans have emigrated to Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, India, Europe, England, the US, and Canada in the last 100 days, since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August, reported Khaama Press.

Citing unverified reports, the Afghan media outlet suggested that over 95 per cent of Afghan citizens have been living under the poverty line since August 15 and the country's economy has fallen by over 35 per cent since then.

Source: Times of India

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India supports inclusive, representative govt in Afghanistan: EAM Jaishankar

Nov 26, 2021

NEW DELHI: Expressing concern over the recent developments in Afghanistan, external affairs minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Friday said that India, as a neighbour and long-standing partner, supports an inclusive and representative government in the nation.

Addressing the 18th meeting of the Russia-India-China foreign ministers on Friday, Jaishankar said: "As a neighbour and long-standing partner of Afghanistan, India is concerned about the recent developments in that country. India supports an inclusive and representative government in Afghanistan."

He further spoke about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and urges RIC countries to work together to ensure that assistance reaches the Afghan people without hindrance and politicisation.

"RIC countries need to work together to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches the Afghan people without hindrance and politicisation. It is necessary for the RIC countries to coordinate respective approaches on the threats of terrorism, drug trafficking and radicalisation," Jaishankar said today.

The External Affairs Minister also stressed on 'One Earth, One Health' mantra and termed it "need of the hour".

"Our approach to global development should be human-centric. Covid has shown interdependence of the interconnected world. The need of the hour is 'One Earth, One Health'," he said.

India took over the chairmanship of the RIC after the last meeting of RIC foreign ministers in Moscow in September 2020.

In a veiled reference to China's Belt and Road Initiative, EAM Jaishankar on Thursday said any serious connectivity initiative must be consultative, transparent and participatory and conform to principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Source: Times of India

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Armed Taliban men kill a young physician in the western Herat province

27 Nov 2021

The Taliban security men have killed a young physician in the western Herat province of Afghanistan on Thursday, local sources confirmed.

Amruddin Noori, a 33-year-old physician in Herat city was killed by the Taliban security members after he did not stop at a police security checkpoint in Herat, the victim’s family members claimed while speaking to local media agencies.

Noori who used to have a small private medical clinic had newly got married, the source said.

The security authorities in Herat have rejected the killing of the victim by the Taliban members saying such an incident has not been recorded with them.

Source: Khaama Press

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Southeast Asia

 

Penang earmarks RM71.13m for Islamic development in 2022 state budget

26 Nov 2021

BY OPALYN MOK

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 26 — The Penang government has allotted RM71.13 million for the state’s Islamic development from its total budget for next year.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the sum included allocations for the management of state departments related to Islamic religious affairs and development of mosques, surau (prayer halls), Islamic educational institutions and implementation of Islamic programmes.

However, he stressed that the state was also committed to other religions in the state, when noting the allocation of 22 acres in Seberang Perai Utara worth RM17.65 million for non-Muslim places of worship there and RM9.2 million for supporting infrastructure.

“A total 35 religious associations consisting of those practising Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and others were given consideration to be offered land on that site,” he said when reading the state budget 2022 at the state legislative assembly today.

He said these non-Islamic places of worship would be operational within two years.

The state allocated a total RM316.1 million for development under the state Budget 2022, an increase of RM22.03 million compared to this year.

The development funds are channelled through nine state departments such as the Chief Minister’s Office and State Secretary (RM154.32 million), state finance department (RM87.47 million), public works department (RM26.51 million), Islamic affairs department (RM19.95 million), drainage and irrigation department (RM14.72 million), agricultural department (RM6.25 million), veterinary services department (RM3.49 million), forestry department (RM2.2 million) and botanic gardens department (RM1.22 million).

Chow said the project with the largest allocation for 2022 was the Gurney Wharf project, at RM60 million.

He said phase one of the project was expected to be completed by the end of 2022 and phase two, by the end of 2023.

“The overall project is expected to cost RM200 million,” he said.

The project is aimed at improving the quality of life of the people by creating a 100-kilometre waterfront promenade for the public.

Chow also announced a special payment of a half month’s salary or a minimum of RM1,000 to each of the state’s 3,962 civil servants.

“This will cost the state government a total RM5.59 million and payment will be made in December,” he said.

He said the special aid was to demonstrate the state’s appreciation of its civil service, especially frontliners who have worked tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We fully appreciate the role played by the state Health Department, the state National Security Council, the police, the army and all state and federal agencies,” he said.

The state is also concerned with the impact on the tourism sector, thus it has allocated a total RM50 million for the sector next year.

Source: Malay Mail

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Anwar scouting for Johor seat to contest in GE15, says source

26 Nov 2021

BY BEN TAN

JOHOR BARU, Nov 26 — PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s visit to Johor tomorrow could include him identifying federal seats to possibly contest during the 15th general election, according to a Pakatan Harapan source.

This was in addition to welcoming Simpang Renggam MP Maszlee Malik, the former Bersatu turned PH-friendly Independent, into PKR.

The source said the 74-year-old federal Opposition leader and PH chairman was keen to earmark at least one federal constituency in the state to possibly contest.

“We were told that the Tebrau, Segamat and Batu Pahat parliamentary seats in Johor were shortlisted from a handful where PKR has a strong following in those areas.

“After all, those seats were also contested by PKR during the last general election before the incumbent MPs split from the party to support the then ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition.

“However, the Tebrau seat looks more favourable for Anwar if he decides to contest in Johor instead of his incumbent seat in Port Dickson (Negri Sembilan) or even his traditional seat in Pematang Pauh (Penang),” the source told Malay Mail on the condition of anonymity.

The person said the PKR leadership considered Tebrau to be a strong possibility given that the incumbent MP, Steven Choong, defected during the so-called “Sheraton Move” in 2020 to align himself with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Perikatan Nasional pending the formation of his new Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM).

PKR already has a strong presence in Tebrau that was considered one of the party’s most valuable constituencies in the state, the source added when concluding it would likely be the best choice for Anwar.

In 2018, Tebrau had a total of 123,033 registered voters who were 47.2 per cent Malay, 39.36 per cent Chinese, 11.54 per cent Indian, and with other races making up the remainder 1.9 per cent in the urban parliamentary constituency.

In the 2018 general election, Choong, who contested under PKR, made huge gains for the party as he garnered 64,535 votes while his closest rival, MCA’s Hou Kok Chung, took only 27,310.

On the inclusion of Maszlee as a PKR member, another source said that it will be a boost for the party and its Johor chapter.

“Maszlee has a good following and he is seen as a clean and dependable politician, which are traits suited to our party.

“The former education minister’s acceptance into PKR will be good to strengthen the party’s Johor chapter as well as the state’s PH coalition towards the coming general elections,” said the source.

Source: Malay Mail

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Penang tables deficit budget, announces half-month bonus

Predeep Nambiar

November 26, 2021

GEORGE TOWN: Penang today tabled a RM935.2 million budget for 2022 with a deficit of RM449.8 million.

Announcing the budget, Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow said the deficit will be offset with money from the consolidated fund, which stood at RM887.7 million as of 2020.

He said the state expects to collect revenue of approximately RM485.4 million next year while RM884.5 million had been set aside for operating expenditure in 20 state departments.

The allocation for operating expenditure has been increased but was “under control” with prudent spending, he said.

Allocations set aside for operating expenditure include grants and fixed charges at RM548.8 million, emoluments and salaries (RM184 million), services and supplies (RM192.9 million), assets (RM7 million), and other expenditures (RM2.4 million).

“As for development allocations, RM316.1 million has been set aside, considering critical and high impact projects, including those for the benefit of small contractors who will help revive the state’s economic sector,” he said.

The breakdown of development allocations are as follows: chief minister and state secretary’s office (RM154.3 million), state finance department (RM87.4 million), public works department (RM26.5 million), Islamic affairs department (RM19.9 million), drainage and irrigation department (RM14.7 million), agricultural department (RM6.2 million), veterinary services department (RM3.4 million), forestry department (RM2.2 million) and the botanic gardens department (RM1.2 million).

Chow said that among the largest allocations in 2022 will go to the Gurney Wharf project, at RM60 million.

Some RM71.1 million had been set aside for the development of Islam in the state, including allocations to manage state departments related to the religion and grants for mosques, surau, Islamic educational institutions, and other programmes.

A sum of RM34.7 million had also been allocated to the drainage and irrigation department for flood mitigation projects, river repairs and other related projects.

He also revealed that the World Bank had granted an allocation of US$10 million (RM42.4 million) for urban greening, stormwater management, baseline data gathering for temperatures by mukim on the island, climate change awareness among youth and capacity building for a “Penang Climate Board”.

It will be carried out in the next five years by the Penang Island City Council, state drainage and irrigation department, and Think City.

Another RM11 million has been granted to the Penang Hill Corporation next year, given the slump in tourism in the state. In addition, RM13.4 million has been set aside for sporting and open spaces development.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Africa

 

Somalia's international partners stress need for credible, transparent elections

Mohammed Dhaysane  

26.11.2021

MOGADISHU, Somalia

Somalia’s international partners on Friday called for the ongoing elections for the lower house of parliament to be completed in a transparent, inclusive, and credible manner before the set deadline of Dec. 24.

A joint statement was issued by the UN, US, UK, Russia, Turkey, Germany, France, European Union, African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, League of Arab States (LAS), Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, and Uganda.

“We call for full transparency in all related processes, including selection committee appointments, delegates selection, candidate registration, the reservation of seats for women candidates, to comply with the agreed 30% quota, and the management of candidate fees,” read the statement.

After completing elections for 54 senators of the upper house, Somalia now has to elect 275 members of the lower House of the People, before moving onto presidential election.

The statement by Somalia’s international partners came a day after Mohamed Osman Jawari, former speaker of the House of the People, said he was not allowed to contest the ongoing elections.

The country’s election commission has promised to “diligently look at controversies” in the parliamentary polls.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Jordanians protest water for energy deal with Israel

Laith Al-Juneidi  

26.11.2021

AMMAN, Jordan

Thousands of Jordanians rallied in protest against a deal signed with Israel that will reportedly see the two countries swap electricity for water.

The march began in front of the Husseini Mosque in the capital Amman and continued to the Al-Nakhil Square about a kilometer (0.6 miles) away amid a heavy security presence, an Anadolu Agency correspondent reported from the scene.

The demonstrations were organized by political parties and trade unions in Jordan to reject the Hashemite Kingdom's decision to negotiate with Tel Aviv on the feasibility of a joint energy and water project.

On Monday, Jordan announced the signing of a declaration of intent for exchanging water for energy with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.

The three countries will start talks to explore the feasibility of a joint energy and water project, according to Jordan's Ministry of Water and Irrigation.

The ministry said in a statement that the declaration of intent meant "entering the process of feasibility studies during the next year 2022 through which Jordan could obtain 200 million cubic meters of water annually."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Sudanese politicians released after beginning hunger strike

27 November ,2021

Sudan’s former minister of cabinet affairs Khalid Omer Yousif was released from detention along with others less than a day after beginning a hunger strike, the country’s information ministry said in a statement early on Saturday.

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An army takeover on Oct. 25 halted a power sharing deal between the military and civilians from the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) alliance, and a number of ministers and top civilian officials were detained.

Also released on Saturday were former Khartoum State governor Ayman Nimir and anti-corruption taskforce member Maher Abouljokh.

Several high profile politicians remain in custody.

Yousif and others had began the hunger strike, according to the Sudanese Congress Party, to protest their continued detention despite the signing of a deal between military leaders and civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok which provided for the release of all civilian detainees.

Several other prominent civilian politicians and activists had been released on Monday and Friday.

Protests calling for the military to exit politics and be held to account for the deaths of civilian protesters have continued since the announcement of the deal between military leaders and Hamdok.

A call has been issued for more mass rallies on Sunday.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Tunisian police shoot man trying to attack Interior Ministry: Reports

26 November ,2021

Police in the Tunisian capital shot and wounded a man who tried to storm the Interior Ministry on Friday, local media and witnesses said.

Local Mosaique FM radio said police shot the man in the leg and brought him under control. He was taken to hospital, the radio said.

Witnesses said they saw police running after the man before shooting him.

“I am at the crime scene and I cannot give any details now,” a ministry spokesman told Reuters.

In a post on their official Facebook page, police unions called the man an extremist and published pictures of a knife and cleaver that they said the man had carried.

A video posted on social media showed policemen shooting and pedestrians running on Habib Bourguiba Street.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Tunisian navy ‘rescues’ almost 500 migrants: Ministry

26 November ,2021

Tunisian authorities said Friday they had rescued almost 500 migrants whose boat ran into trouble off the North African country’s coast during a bid to reach Europe.

“A sea patrol supported by units from the navy and the National Guard at dawn on Friday rescued 487 clandestine migrants of various Arab, Asian and African nationalities,” the defense ministry said. They included 93 children and 13 women.

The vessel had set off from neighboring Libya and was heading towards Europe when it was intercepted off the Tunisian city of Sfax, it said.

The ministry published photos of a vessel carrying dozens of people, with many others swimming next to it.

Libya, already a major route for migrants seeking to reach Europe, saw a surge in departures as it plunged into lawlessness after a 2011 NATO-backed revolt.

Around half of those intercepted on Friday were Egyptians or Bangladeshis, along with dozens of Syrians and Moroccans and smaller numbers of Eritreans and Sudanese, the ministry said.

The interception was the latest in a string of similar operations to thwart sea crossings or to rescue migrants in unseaworthy boats.

Tunisian authorities said over the weekend that they had intercepted more than 200 migrants as they tried to reach the Italian coast.

That came after the coastguard said it had blocked six departure attempts and rescued 125 Europe-bound migrants in late October.

Earlier that month, four Tunisian migrants died and 19 others went missing after their boat capsized.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Ethiopia’s Abiy makes 1st appearance on TV after joining battlefront

Addis Getachew

26.11.2021

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday made his first TV appearance from battlefield days after he joined the frontline.

The state-affiliated broadcaster FANA aired an Oromia Broadcasting Network footage showing Abiy clad in military uniforms.

“Yesterday we liberated Kasagitta and today we will recapture Chifra,” Abiy said standing at the Kasagitta front in the Afar region, where fierce fighting was fought for several weeks between government forces – allied with Afar special forces and militia – and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Abiy announced Monday he would personally proceed to the front to lead the nation's army in countering a group of rebels advancing towards the capital.

The announcement came in the face of intensified fighting between government forces and TPLF rebels who in recent months have gotten backing from the Oromo Liberation Army-Shene, both declared terrorist organizations by the Ethiopian parliament.

The Ethiopian government has been fighting the TPLF forces since last November following the rebels’ attack on Ethiopian army bases stationed across Tigray, including the regional capital Mekelle, according to the government.

The TPLF has joined forces in an alliance with opposition groups to form a party against Abiy.

Drone attack

Meanwhile, TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda said a drone attack by government forces hit the residential area on Friday. He, however, made no remarks about any casualties or the extent of the damage.

“Yet another drone attack on civilian neighborhood in #Mekelle. Desperate moves by a desperate regime teetering on the brink. #TigrayShallPrevail!” the spokesperson said on Twitter.

The Ethiopian government has not denied or confirmed the drone attack yet.

Pinch of war

Earlier this month, Ethiopia’s 547-seat parliament met and endorsed almost unanimously a six-month nationwide state of emergency declared by the Cabinet.

The UN is reportedly drawing up criminal charges against the warring sides and has decried reported mass detentions, killings, systematic looting, and sexual violence with widespread civilian suffering.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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