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Muslim League Communal Democratic Organisation, Not Extremist: RSS

New Age Islam News Bureau

19 March 2023

 

 RSS Prantha Karyavahak PN Easwaran addressing the media. Screengrab: Manorama News

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• Muslim League Communal Democratic Organisation, Not Extremist: RSS

• Malaysian PM: Medical Use Of Cannabis Needs In-Depth Study

• Rio Claro Imam Laments As 15 Family Members In ISIS Feared Dead

• Israeli, Palestinian Officials Meet in Egypt in Attempt to Maintain Calm During Ramadan

• Human Rights Commission Asks Security Forces To Vacate School, College Buildings In Swat

 India

• Bihar Govt Relaxes Duty Hours For Muslims For Ramzan, BJP Protests

• Ramadan 2023: WHO Guidelines On Healthy Fasting

• Muslim Numainda Council Holds ‘Renaming’ Protest

• PFI wanted Islamic Rule by waging war against govt: NIA

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Southeast Asia

• Fahmi: Amendments to two communications related Acts will curb race, religion and royal institution issues

• Dr Mahathir Calls PM Anwar’s Unity Govt A ‘Dictatorship’ After 'Malay Proclamation' Rally Cancelled

• General Election Supervisory Agency Prohibits Political Campaigning in Guise of Ramadan Goodwill

• New academic session: Smooth start in three states, some Johor schools still closed

• More than 50 Perak Umno members identified for sabotaging party in GE15

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Arab world

• Ramadan 2023: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid kick-starts One Billion Meals campaign

• UAE announces cannon firing locations during Ramadan

• Palestine-Israel talks in Sharm El Sheikh will seek to abate violence before Ramadan

• Oman gears up for the Holy Month of Ramadan

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Mideast

• Israel Assassinated Islamic Jihad Member Ali Ramzi Al-Aswad Near Damascus, Group Claims

• Israeli, Palestinian Officials to Meet in Egypt in Attempt to Maintain Calm During Ramadan

• Dozens of Israeli Settlers Raid Al-Aqsa Mosque

• Iran’s Leader to deliver New Year speech at Imam Reza shrine on Tuesday

• Will Israel Get Through Ramadan Safely?

• Iran sentences 2 to death over Shiraz shrine attack that killed 13

• Iranians face dilemma as New Year, Ramadan coincide

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Pakistan

• Suspect sent to prison for harassing trans rights activist in Karachi

• Effective Reforms Advocated To Tap Potential Of Islamic Finance

• Imran, others booked on terror charges over chaos outside Judicial Complex in Islamabad

• Govt angry over ‘special treatment’ given to ex-PM

• PTI says Zaman Park raid conducted at Maryam’s behest

• Senate body to take up bills on new provinces next week

• MQM-P stages first ‘power show’ after unification

• NAB closes inquiry against PM aide Amir Muqam

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Europe

• Commander In “Islamic Jihad Movement” Assassinated In Rif Dimashq And The Movement Accuse Israel

• UK Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, In Rwanda For Controversial Migrant Deal Talks

• Plymouth butcher explains why he became a Muslim

• New £5m Issa Foundation mosque taking shape in Blackburn

• Boris Johnson to submit defence dossier ahead of televised partygate interrogation by MPs

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North America

• Islamic Relief USA Packs Boxes To Fight Food Insecurity

• Ramadan Is A Time For Muslims To Reflect, While Giving Back To This Community

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Africa

• Star Times introduces “Season of Goodness Promo” for Easter and Ramadan

• Al-taqwa Mosque in Kayole to remain closed - Court

• Report Unveils Details Of Meeting Between Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi And Russia's Wagner Leaders

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South Asia

• Afghanistan Seeks UN Support For Wheat Storage Amid Concerns Of Drought

• UN struggles to provide rations to millions in Afghanistan as funds dwindle

• Pakistan, Afghanistan Authorities Agree To Start Peshawar-Jalalabad Bus Service

• 4 drug traffickers arrested in Afghanistan

• 5 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants arrested in Agra

• Meeting To Speed Up Indo-Bangla Railway Connect

• Modi, Hasina inaugurate fuel pipeline to Bangladesh

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Muslim League Communal Democratic Organisation, Not Extremist: RSS

 

RSS Prantha Karyavahak PN Easwaran addressing the media. Screengrab: Manorama News

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19th March 2023

KOCHI: Though the Muslim League is a communal party, it is a democratic organisation and they don’t support extremism, said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Pranta Sanghchalak K K Balaram and Pranta Karyavah P N Eswaran in Kochi on Saturday.

Briefing media persons on the decisions of the national executive of the RSS held at  Samalkha in the Panipat district of Haryana from March 12 to 14, the leaders said the RSS is ready to hold healthy debates with all organisations other than extremist and anti-national forces.

“There was no discussion with Jamaat-e-Islami. A delegation of Islamic scholars had met RSS leaders in New Delhi and there was a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami in the delegation. We are open to discussions with any organisations that support nationalism and oppose extremism. Recently we held discussions with a few Muslim leaders in the Malappuram district including a sitting MLA of the Muslim League. The visit to the MLA’s office was part of our Jan Sampark programme,” said Easwaran.

He said the RSS has different approaches towards Jamaat-e-Islami and Muslim League. “We are open towards IUML because we don’t believe that they have extremist views. The League leaders with whom we interacted said they don’t support extremism. If the Jamaat-e-Islami changes its policy, we are ready for talks with them also. We are always open for discussions and Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat had attended three events conducted by Muslim organisations last year,” said Easwaran.

Balaram said the RSS has been able to remove the scepticism among Christian communities which helped in having healthy debates with them. “We have a robust system for discussions with Christian communities at the state level and the district level. The Christian community itself has come forward for discussion and we interacted with many bishops recently,” he said.

Regarding the chances of the BJP in Kerala, the RSS leaders said vote bank politics have posed hurdles to the BJP in improving its support base. Kerala is in the grip of coalition politics and even neutral voters are forced to support either of the two fronts. 

Revealing the decisions of the Samalkha meeting, the leaders said the aim is to improve the number of Sakhas from 68,631 to one lakh during the centenary celebrations which will start on Vijayadasami day in 2025.

The number of Sakhas in Kerala will be increased from 5,359 to 8,000. Training programmes will be held at four places in Kerala to  inspire the workers. Case studies of development in Budhannur village in Alappuzha district and Thiruvallur in Thrissur district were discussed in the national meeting. A special scheme for comprehensive development will be implemented in villages where the RSS has more than 100 swayamsevaks, the leaders said.

Source: Newindian Express

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Malaysian PM: Medical Use Of Cannabis Needs In-Depth Study

 

Prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks during ‘Dialog Anak Muda Temu Anwar’ in conjunction with the Youth Empowerment Fair 2023 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre March 19, 2023. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

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19 Mar 2023

Kuala Lumpur, March 19 — Issues pertaining to approval of the use of cannabis for medical purposes in the country require in-depth research and discussion, including from the aspect of controlling the use of the substance, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said.

He said this is taking into account the number of drug addicts among young people, including in rural areas, which is increasing and reaching hundreds of thousands today.

“Have patience, we need to look into this very carefully, we have to remember that as soon as we legalise (cannabis) on the back of strong reasons such as for medical purposes and necessity, control could prove difficult... I am not saying that I have a hardline view on the matter, but I have proposed we open this for discussion and look into the implications.

“For those who support or object, let’s have an overview in terms of its implication and then decide whether to legalise some parts or completely allow it, or continue with what we are practising now,” he said when answering a question from the floor at the “Meet Anwar’ youth dialogue at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre today.

Anwar said Federal Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay had also given him an overview of the serious problems being dealt with in relation to the issue of drug abuse in the current situation.

Source: Malay Mail

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Rio Claro Imam Laments As 15 Family Members In ISIS Feared Dead

 

Imam Nazim Mohammed/ Photo: Rishi Ragoonath

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Shaliza Hassanali

19-03-2023

15 members of Rio Claro imam Nazim Mohammed’s family members–including his son, grandchildren and in-laws–who went to the Islamic State to become ISIS fighters are likely dead.

Since secretly leaving Trinidad between 2015 and 2018 to join the extremist group, Mohammed has not received any word from his relatives, he said.

“You could imagine three 0’clock in the morning I get a phone call from my grandson who was held by the Iraq authorities indicating all who get killed. This one get killed and that one get killed,” Mohammed, 82, lamented as he spoke to the Sunday Guardian recently.

Aneesa’s husband, Daud Waheed, 61, together with his daughters’ three husbands, Shuab Hasib, Curtis Rapsey Williams and Umar Rabby Kumar, cannot be found.

In 2018, the US Treasury Department blacklisted another one of Waheed’s sons-in-law Emraan Ali, 56, and Eddie Aleong, a national, on suspicion of financing ISIS. Ali, a financier of ISIS, was married to another one of Mohammed’s granddaughters Shaloma who both went to Syria in 2015. Five years later, no one knows where the Alis are.

Insisting that his loved ones did not inform him of their plans to join ISIS, Mohammed said he had no personal connection to the terror group.

Mohammed said Aneesa–his firstborn, her husband, Daud, and their three daughters, Aidah, Azizah and Sabirah along with their husbands were the first to go to Iraq.

In Iraq, the death penalty is imposed on people found guilty of terrorism, murder, treason, espionage and war crimes. Hanging is the common method of execution.

Mohammed said with his daughter and granddaughters imprisoned, Daud’s son Masood, his wife, and their twin daughters also went to Syria, but they too have not been located.

Among those who have also gone missing in Syria are Mohammed’s granddaughter Sumiyah, her husband Akeil and their 14-year-old son, Samir. He feared the worst as the death penalty in Syria is usually carried out by hanging.

Mohammed said his son Musab Mohammed followed his sister (Aneesa) but was picked up by Iraqi forces after he tried to sneak into the country.

Musab was accompanied by his wife, Cassie Bissoon-Mohammed. They too have disappeared. “We heard Musab was executed,” Mohammed said.

Mohammed was married to two women who have departed. His first wife, Salima Mohammed, 78, who gave birth to five children, died of a massive heart attack three years ago. She was Aneesa and Musab’s mother. His second wife, who gave birth to two children, died of health complications in 2015.

Mohammed came to the conclusion that Musab’s death could have taken Salima prematurely to her grave as she agonised over his killing.

Asked how he found out about the family members, Mohammed said the Islamic State authorities did not inform them. “We got information from inside,” and also from his grandson Masood who also cannot be accounted for.

Mohammed, who heads the Masjid Umar Ibn Khattab Jamaat in Boos Village, Rio Claro, shot into the spotlight in 2016 when he vehemently denied being an ISIS recruiter.

In his sea of loss, Mohammed consoled himself saying, “This is Allah’s programme. You see, we are Muslims and we believe everything happens by the will of Allah. If they have to die there or come back here all of that rests in the hands of Allah.

“In this world, it is just a passing through. We will die one day, and we have to return to our Lord. We have to give God an account. There is a day of judgment, this is not the real life.”

He said Aneesa and her three daughters have repeatedly written the Government of T&T asking to return home but never got a response. They have also penned letters to the United Nations. 

“The Red Cross would visit them in their camps in Iraq. The last letter I got was several months ago. They complained that during winter the weather was very difficult for them as they are not provided with any woolen clothing and had to fend for themselves.”

Mohammed pleaded with the Government to help bring back his daughter and granddaughters and other nationals locked in two camps in Northeast Syria.

On March 7, Human Rights Watch (HRW) counter-terrorism association director Letta Tayler disclosed the number of T&T nationals detained in Syria at the launch of its 2023 report entitled “T&T: Bring Home Nationals from Syria” during a press conference.

he disclosed that children have died in tent fires, drowned in sewage pits, and killed by water trucks. Hundreds have also died from treatable illnesses.

Responding to the HRW, Foreign and Caricom Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne said the Government has been working on repatriating our nationals.

Source: Guardian

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Israeli, Palestinian Officials Meet in Egypt in Attempt to Maintain Calm During Ramadan

 

Students demonstrate in Gaza City against the Aqaba summit between Israel and Palestinians, last month. Credit: Mahmud Hams / AFP

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Jonathan Lis

Mar 19, 2023

Officials from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan and the United States are scheduled to hold a meeting on Sunday in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh, with the goal of promoting calm in the West Bank and Jerusalem ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which starts this week.

Source: Haaretz

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Human Rights Commission asks security forces to vacate school, college buildings in Swat

Our Correspondent

March 19, 2023

SWAT: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan chairperson Hina Jilani has asked the security forces to vacate the buildings of schools and colleges in Swat immediately and also shut the ‘illegal prisons’ in the district.

Addressing a news conference at the Swat Press Club on Saturday, she pointed out that no information was being given to the relatives of those, who had died in the ‘illegal prisons’.

The mission comprised Hina Jilani, the commission’s vice-chairman for KP Akbar Khan, and HRCP members Jamila Gillani and Prof Ijaz Khan. The team spoke to a range of civil society members, journalists, lawyers, and district administration officials in Bannu, Peshawar, Khyber and Swat, according to a statement.

HRCP members Prof Ijaz, Barrister Sher Mohammad Khan, Ms Gillani, Akbar Khan and Maryam Rao were also present at the press conference.

At the presser, Ms Jilani said the current political situation in Pakistan was very alarming, where common people were suffering from severe problems and institutions were not fulfilling their role.

Commenting on Pakistan’s current political situation, she said institutions had become so weak that everyone challenged them openly. “It is responsibility of the civil institutions to improve the political situation. Even the Supreme Court never gave such a weak impression which it gives these days,” she said, adding the civil institutions should play their role according to the Constitution.

Ms Jilani said economy was on the verge of destruction, where common people were faced with multiple difficulties. She said political leaders dissolved assemblies at their whims without any solid reason, adding Rs35 billion were required for holding elections in Punjab, which could best be spent on people’s welfare. She said presently there were no assemblies in two provinces, while the National Assembly was incomplete.

Ms Jilani said HRCP appreciated the resolve of Swat people against the new wave of militancy. She said HRCP was deeply concerned about the forced disappearance of people and demanded the missing persons be shown and presented in courts if they were guilty of any crime.

She also showed concern over the ‘extrajudicial killings’ and said HRCP strongly condemned the illegal act. She reiterated the commission would continue to play its role in safeguarding human rights in the country.

Meanwhile, the HRCP fact-finding report observed widespread frustration among residents of the merged districts with the state for its ‘failure’ to honour the pledge to integrate these areas with the rest of the province by securing people’s civil, political, social and economic rights under the Constitution.

The report said the mission was concerned over undue delays in the transfer of power to the civil administrations and elected representatives in western KP following the 25th Constitutional Amendment in 2018.

While the report acknowledged some progress made on making basic facilities and fundamental rights available to the merged region the progress had been slow.

The report said the HRCP was concerned about resurgence of militancy in KP, compounded by reports of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. “The continued presence and control of security forces in the newly-merged districts appear to have undermined the authority of the local government and civil administration,” it said, highlighting continued restrictions on freedom of movement and speech. The mission was also troubled by continued reports of enforced disappearances, custodial deaths and persons going ‘missing’ from internment centres.

“HRCP welcomes the recent local government elections, but observes that the effectiveness of this system has been compromised by lack of funds released to elected representatives, many of whom have complained they lack even a workspace. HRCP is alarmed by allegations that the funds that should have been transferred to the local authorities for the merger and subsequent development schemes have either been siphoned off as a result of corruption or diverted to other regions,” the report said.

The mission was particularly moved by the spirit of resistance that residents of the region have continued to display in the shape of Ulasi Pasoon [the people’s uprising], making it clear they are not willing to tolerate militancy any longer.

The process of restoring law and order in the newly-merged districts, albeit slow, is visible in the form of robust policies for police reforms and capacity building. Above all, HRCP was pleased to observe a robust political mobilisation among the youth of the newly-merged districts, who have no qualms in exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly by making legitimate demands of the state, the report highlighted.

Source: Dawn

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India

Bihar Govt Relaxes Duty Hours For Muslims For Ramzan, BJP Protests

Mar 19, 2023

PATNA: Bihar’s Grand Alliance government has allowed relaxation in duty hours for Muslim employees during the holy month of Ramzan, prompting strong reactions from opposition BJP which claimed it was a “first” for the state and asked why Hindus weren’t given similar facilities in festivals like Ramnavami.

However, Friday’s circular allowing the one-hour relaxation in entry and exit timings for Muslim staff said the order was, in fact, passed in December 2000.

“Keeping in view the convenience of Muslim employees and officials, the government grants them permission to come and leave the office one hour before the scheduled time during Ramzan,” reads the circular.

The order sent BJP gunning for the Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance government. “If Muslims can get relaxation in duty hours for Ramzan, why can’t the Hindus be extended similar facilities during Ramnavami?” state BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal said.

Source: Times Of India

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Ramadan 2023: WHO guidelines on healthy fasting

By Tapatrisha Das

19-03-2023

Ramadan 2023: The special time of the year is almost here. The largest festival of the Islam community is slated to be celebrated. The holy month of Ramadan of the Islamic calendar is observed by Muslims all over the country by keeping fast from sunrise till sunset. After a month of fasting, Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated. During Ramadan, Muslims cannot have food during the time between sunrise and sunset. So, they start their fast by having a meal before sunrise, and then break their fast after sunset. Traditionally the breaking of the fast includes having three dates, followed by a feast.

This year, Ramadan will start on March 22 and will end on April 21, when the crescent moon is observed in the sky. As we gear up to celebrate a month full of festivities, here’s a look at the fasting guidelines put forward by World Health Organisation that we must keep in mind in order to stay healthy throughout the month:

Drinking water: The fasting starts with suhur – a meal consumed before sunrise, and ends with iftar – the feast consumed to break fast after sunset. However, in between, we must remember to drink lots of water and stay hydrated throughout the time, to give body the nutrients that it is missing out on.

Source: Hindustan Times

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https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/festivals/ramadan-2023-who-guidelines-on-healthy-fasting-101679147302705.html

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Muslim Numainda Council Holds ‘Renaming’ Protest

Mar 19, 2023

CHHATRAPATI SAMBHAJINAGAR: Muslim Numainda Council (MNC), an umbrella organisation of social and religious bodies, on Saturday held a mega protest against renaming of Aurangabad to Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar.

Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi’s state president Rekhatai Thakur, MP Imtiaz Jaleel, NCP’s state level office bearers Mushtaq Ahmed and Abdul Qadeer Maulana, apart from the MNC’s key office bearer Ziauddin Siddiqui were among those who addressed the gathering.

The speakers unanimously expressed their anguish over the renaming of the city, for the sake of polarisation, eventually benefitting particular political parties during the elections.

Source: Times Of India

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PFI wanted Islamic Rule by waging war against govt: NIA

By Shishir Gupta

Mar 18, 2023

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has charged 19 persons linked to banned PFI, including 12 National Executive Council (NEC) members, founding members and senior leaders, in its fifth chargesheet in the case. With the filing of the latest chargesheet, the total number of accused charged by the National Investigation Agency in PFI cases (Rajasthan, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Delhi) stands at 105.

The NIA has exposed the nefarious designs of banned Popular Front of India (PFI) and its sinister motive to establish Caliphate in India by 2047 through four stages, including weapons training to cadres and infiltrating police and judiciary. The investigation has revealed that it espoused an Islamic Caliphate by working under the pretext of national integration, communal harmony, and welfare of minorities and weaker sections.

The radical Islamists had planned to unveil a new Constitution based on Shariah law with the help of external forces and organise physical traning under the guise of Yoga classes. One of the evil designs exposed by the NIA was to acquire land in Muslim-dominated areas for training and stock-piling of weapons and explosives.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Southeast Asia

Fahmi: Amendments to two communications related Acts will curb race, religion and royal institution issues

19 Mar 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — Amendments to the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988 (Act 588) and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1988 (Act 589) will help curb issues relating to race, religion and the royal institution.

Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil said that many matters in the Acts need to be updated in line with the vast developments in current technology.

“The amendments will also involve engagement sessions with MPs and the ministry will study it before it is tabled at Parliament in this session or at the latest, next year,” he said as a guest of a forum titled ‘Youth Empowerment Through Digital Platforms’ in conjunction with the Youth Empowerment Fair 2023 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre today.

During the forum, Fahmi also shared that the Malay Rulers expressed their views and advice on concerns about extremism during his recent audience with them following several incidents involving race, religion and the royal institution that could possibly affect public order and harmony in the country.

Source: Malay Mail

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Dr Mahathir calls PM Anwar’s unity govt a ‘dictatorship’ after 'Malay Proclamation' rally cancelled

By Ben Tan

19 Mar 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today hit out at the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim-led unity government, describing it as a dictatorship.

“However, this government is against any form of criticism, they even take action against Opposition parties. This is the state that we are in.

“This (government) is a dictatorship. People can’t speak up or criticise the government and that is a dictator for you,” said Dr Mahathir at a press conference on Malay Proclamation that was streamed live on Facebook.

Dr Mahathir alleged that Anwar was behind the cancellation of the venues for the Malay Proclamation gathering which was supposed to take place yesterday.

Source: Malay Mail

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General Election Supervisory Agency Prohibits Political Campaigning in Guise of Ramadan Goodwill

19 March 2023

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The General Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) has reminded political parties contesting the 2024 General Elections to abstain from campaigning while performing good deeds during the holy month of Ramadan.

"What the Bawaslu prohibits is mixing good deeds with hidden campaigns," Bawaslu member Lolly Suhenty said during a talk show between the agency and the political parties on Saturday.

"For example, promising to give money or other material things, whether it is during the campaign period, counting vote period, or in election silence," she said.

This is because currently, the general election proceedings are in the phase of political party announcement, wherein people are being provided details of the number of political parties in the fray, she explained. The campaign period itself will start on November 28 this year, she said.

Source: En.Tempo

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New academic session: Smooth start in three states, some Johor schools still closed

19 Mar 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — The 2023/2024 academic session in all schools in Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu began today as scheduled, but the situation was different in some schools in Johor as they are still affected by the floods.

In Kedah, a total of 334,426 students from 752 schools, comprising 88,362 pupils in 548 primary schools and 146,064 students in 204 secondary schools, started their new school session today.

Speaking to reporters at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Taman Uda, Rozaini said out of 30,468 teachers working in the state, 176 are new teachers.

Source: Malay Mail

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More than 50 Perak Umno members identified for sabotaging party in GE15

19 Mar 2023

IPOH, March 19 — Perak Umno has identified more than 50 members who acted to sabotage the party by committing various wrongdoings during the 15th general election including campaigning for the opposing party.

Perak Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad said of that number, 17 were from Larut Umno division have been sacked, while more, including those from other divisions, are being investigated before further action is taken.

“Some are not candidates, proposers or supporters for the opposition, but during the campaign period, they are clear whether they are talking or carrying the opposition flag or campaigning on behalf of the opposition.

Source: Malay Mail

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Arab world

Ramadan 2023: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid kick-starts One Billion Meals campaign

The National

Mar 19, 2023

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has launched a campaign to donate one billion meals to the poor and hungry around the world.

"Brothers and sisters, pursuant to our annual custom with the beginning of the holy month, we will launch this year, God willing, the One Billion Meals project," Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter.

"One out of every 10 people in the world suffers from hunger. Our human, moral and Islamic duty, especially during the month of fasting, is to help the needy.

Source: The National News

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UAE announces cannon firing locations during Ramadan

March 19, 2023

Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Defence has announced the cannon firing locations across the UAE during Ramadan, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

The ministry said that the iftar (ending of the fast) cannons will be present on several sites, including in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra, as well as Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain.

In Abu Dhabi, the cannons will be placed at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Qasr Al Hosn, and Um Al Emarat Park in Al Mushrif, and in Al Shahama City in Formula Parking.

Source: Gulf News

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Palestine-Israel talks in Sharm El Sheikh will seek to abate violence before Ramadan

Kamal Tabikha

Mar 19, 2023

Israeli and Palestinian officials are meeting in the Egyptian city of Sharm El Sheikh on Sunday, seeking to de-escalate tensions between the sides.

The high-level security talks at the Red Sea resort city, which are being brokered by regional allies Egypt and Jordan and also the US, aim to end a year-long bout of violence that has claimed the lives of more than 200 Palestinians and more than 40 people in Israel.

The meeting is a continuation of the US-brokered talks hosted by Jordan on February 26 to halt fighting ahead of Ramadan and the seven-day feast of Passover, an important Jewish holiday that coincides with the Muslim holy month this year.

Its objectives, as outlined by a communique in February, are to encourage both sides “to work towards a just and lasting peace” and “commit to de-escalation on the ground”.

Source: The National News

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Oman gears up for the Holy Month of Ramadan

18/March/2023

Muscat: The first day of fasting for the Holy Month of Ramadan in the Sultanate of Oman is likely to be on Thursday (March 23, 2023), with Oman’s leading astronomical expert saying that “the crescent moon could be sighted on March 22.”

Astronomical expert Dr. Sabih Al Saadi said: “The crescent moon will be born on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at exactly 9:24pm (Oman time) with no sightings of any type being expected that night. However, on the night of March 22, Wednesday, the new moon should be easily visible to the naked eye in most of the Sultanate’s governorates and many parts of the Middle East and North Africa. The first fasting day is thus expected to be March 23, Thursday, for these countries.”

Lunar months last between 29 and 30 days, depending on the sighting of the new moon on the 29th night of each month. If the new moon is not visible, the month lasts 30 days.

Source: Times Of Oman

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Mideast

Israel Assassinated Islamic Jihad Member Ali Ramzi Al-Aswad Near Damascus, Group Claims

By TZVI JOFFRE

MARCH 19, 2023

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement blamed Israel for the assassination of Ali Ramzi Al-Aswad, a leader in the al-Quds Brigades, near Damascus on Sunday morning.

Further details about the alleged assassination were not available as of Sunday morning.

Source: J Post

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Israeli, Palestinian Officials to Meet in Egypt in Attempt to Maintain Calm During Ramadan

Jonathan Lis

Mar 18, 2023

Officials from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan and the United States are scheduled to hold a meeting on Sunday in Egypt’s Sharm al-Sheikh, with the goal of promoting calm in the West Bank and Jerusalem ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which starts this week.

Why a former U.S. ambassador joined Israel's pro-democracy protestsording to Israeli sources, the group, which met for the first time in Aqaba last month, is expected to become a permanent forum holding regular bridging meetings for calming the security situation between Israel and the Palestinians, under the auspices of the U.S. and states in the region.

Sunday’s meeting will attempt to reach understandings that will reduce friction between the sides. Israel is planning to host one of the next meetings, and has not ruled out the possibility of sending its representatives to Ramallah if the Palestinian Authority chooses to host one as well.

Source: Haaretz

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Dozens of Israeli Settlers Raid Al-Aqsa Mosque

19 March, 2023

Dozens of Israeli Jewish settlers invaded the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem under the protection of Israeli occupation forces on Sunday morning, March 19, 2023.

The Palestinian Department of Islamic Endowment in occupied Jerusalem reported that tens of Israeli extremist settlers broke into Al-Aqsa and carried out provocative tours at its courtyards.

The Endowment pointed out that Israeli Jewish settlers performed provocative Talmudic rituals under Israeli occupation forces’ protection.

Source: Days Of Palestine.ps

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Iran’s Leader to deliver New Year speech at Imam Reza shrine on Tuesday

2023/03/19

The speech is set to begin on Tuesday, the first day of the Persian New Year, at 3 pm local time.

It will be broadcast live on the Leader’s official website, Khamenei.ir, as well as on different channels of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

Source: Ilna

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Will Israel Get Through Ramadan Safely?

Mar 19, 2023

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, that begins this week, has long been prone to unrest for Israel. But now, in the shadow of a dangerous, recalcitrant government headed by a present-absent prime minister, Ramadan has become a supreme test of ultranationalism and sovereignty – that is, a demonstration of Israeli muscle-flexing.

For instance, precisely on the eve of Ramadan, the government saw fit to decide to continue razing homes in East Jerusalem. It also began to amend the Disengagement Law so as to permit Israelis to stay in West Bank settlements evacuated in 2005. The amendment passed the first of three votes in the Knesset. Finally, a mass march to the illegal settlement outpost of Evyatar is planned for the intermediate days of Passover, against “the intent to loosen our grip on the Land of Israel.” Instead of banking the fire, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir is pouring fuel on it. “Complete insanity and capitulation to terror” is what he termed the custom of closing the Temple Mount to Jews for the last 10 days of Ramadan.

At a recent closed meeting, defense officials expressed concern about the multiplying warnings of terror attacks being planned and, no less, about a few cabinet ministers who are making decisions without consulting with or even attempting to listen to the opinions of the heads of the defense establishment. See, for example, the decision to continue the home demolitions, despite the position of defense officials. (See Yaniv Kubovich, page 3.)

At a time when Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai requires the full cooperation of the government to which he reports in order to see Israel safely through the upcoming month of Jewish and Muslim holiday with a minimum of terror attacks and losses, he is instead facing a hostile minister, an extreme ultranationalist, who is concerned primarily about this own image rather than the serious consequences his failings and rhetoric could have.

Source: Haaretz

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Iran sentences 2 to death over Shiraz shrine attack that killed 13

18 March 2023,

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian court sentenced two people to death over an October attack on a shrine in the southern city of Shiraz that cost over a dozen lives, the judiciary said Saturday.

The pair were convicted of assisting in “corruption on earth, armed rebellion and acting against national security,” the judiciary’s Mizan Online website reported, citing Kazem Moussavi, the chief justice of Fars province.

Moussavi said they “were directly involved in the arming, procurement, logistics and guidance of the main perpetrator of the terrorist attack” on the Shah Cheragh mausoleum on October 26 that killed 13 people and wounded 30 others.

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Iranians face dilemma as New Year, Ramadan coincide

MAR 18 2023

Tehran is emptying ahead of the Persian New Year, as is the case annually, but this time around Iranians are being forced to adapt as the festival coincides with Ramadan.

Over 300 million people in a dozen countries -- including Afghanistan, Iraq and Turkey -- will wish each other "Nowruz mobarak" or Happy New Year on Tuesday, when Iranians mark the entry into the year 1402 on the Persian calendar.

Celebrated for some 3,000 years, the new year festival of Nowruz begins on the first day of spring and celebrates the rebirth of nature, ushering in almost two weeks of silence on the normally bustling streets of Tehran as people abandon the city for...

Source: Deccan Herald

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Pakistan

Suspect sent to prison for harassing trans rights activist in Karachi

Naeem Sahoutara

March 19, 2023

KARACHI: A judicial magistrate on Saturday sent a man to prison on judicial remand in a harassment case.

Police claimed to have arrested suspect Shiraz and booked him for allegedly trespassing and hurling threats to kill transgender rights activist Shahzadi Rai in Gulistan-i-Johar on March 16.

On Saturday, the investigating officer of the case produced the held suspect before Judicial Magistrate (East) Abdul Ahad Memon to seek his 14-day physical remand for questioning.

Source: Dawn

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Effective reforms advocated to tap potential of Islamic finance

By Jamila Achakzai

March 19, 2023

Islamabad : Insisting that Islam's social protection system corresponds to the multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals and serves as an excellent tool to build resilience across social and economic spheres, experts during the launch of a report advocated effective reforms at legislative, constitutional and operational levels to fully tap the potential of Islamic finance.

The report titled ‘Islamic Social Finance for Social Protection in Pakistan’ and based on research conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies Islamabad in collaboration with the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH was launched during an event chaired by CII chairman Prof Qibla Ayaz.

Noted among those in attendance were CEO of the government's health insurance Sehat Sahulat Programme Muhammad Arshad, IPS chairman Khalid Rahman, dean of social sciences at the Riphah International University Dr. Atiquzzafar Khan, director of the Islamic Economics Project and principal investigator of the study Dr. Salman Ahmad Shaikh and GIZ technical adviser Mohammad Mustafa Khan.

Source: The News

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Imran, others booked on terror charges over chaos outside Judicial Complex in Islamabad

Shakeel Qarar

March 19, 2023

The Islamabad Police have lodged a first information report (FIR) — including terrorism charges — against PTI Chairman Imran Khan and more than a dozen PTI leaders for allegedly attacking police officers and causing chaos outside the Federal Judicial Complex (FJC), it emerged on Sunday.

Hours-long clashes were reported between PTI workers and the capital police on Saturday after the former prime minister arrived at the FJC to attend a hearing in the Toshakhana case.

In the violent confrontation, a contingent of law enforcers and PTI supporters used anti-riot gear against each other with teargas used from both sides to push the opposing side back. The PTI used rocks against the police alongside petrol bombs to set their vehicles on fire.

The same day, Ramna Police Station House Officer (SHO) Malik Rashid Ahmed registered an FIR at the Islamabad Counter Terrorism Department against Imran and other PTI leaders.

Source: Dawn

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Govt angry over ‘special treatment’ given to ex-PM

Zulqernain Tahir

March 19, 2023

LAHORE: Top PML-N leadership and its allies on Saturday expressed anger over what they call ‘special treatment’ given to Imran Khan by courts and they appear to be jittery over their failure in finding success in their strategy towards their arch rival.

PML-N chief organiser Maryam Nawaz remained busy throughout the day on social media responding to developments taking place during the police raid at Mr Khan’s Zaman Park residence and his appearance before a court in Islamabad.

A good number of PML-N cabinet members held pressers to justify the police action against Mr Khan and chided his party’s “hooliganism” at the Islamabad judicial complex.

“If anyone had any doubt, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Niazi’s antics of the last few days laid bare his fascist and militant tendencies. From using people as human shields to throwing petrol bombs at police to leading ‘jathas’ to intimidate judiciary, he (Imran) has taken a leaf out of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) book,” PM Shehbaz said in a tweet.

Source: Dawn

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PTI says Zaman Park raid conducted at Maryam’s behest

Mansoor Malik

March 19, 2023

LAHORE: The PTI lead­ership has strongly condemned the “state terrorism” launched at the residence of party chairman Imran Khan which they said was “part of a London Plan to eliminate him”.

As Mr Khan left his Za­­man Park residence in La­­hore on Saturday to appear before a judge in Islam­abad, a heavy contingent of police launched a search operation at his house.

Addressing a press conference at the party’s of­­fi­­ce, PTI leader Fawad Cha­udhry said the operation was part of the agenda set by PML-N chief organiser Maryam Nawaz and aimed at arresting Mr Khan.

Source: Dawn

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Senate body to take up bills on new provinces next week

Staff Reporter

March 19, 2023

ISLAMABAD: At a time when political temperatures are on the rise and warring politicians are not even ready to sit on the table, the Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice is set to take up two controversial constitution amendment bills seeking creation of new provinces in the country.

The two bills, moved by senators belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) seeking creation of South Punjab and Hazara provinces, are part of the nine-point agenda issued by the Senate Secretariat for the March 22 meeting of the law and justice committee headed by Ali Zafar of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).

Under the Constitution, a two-third majority in both houses of the parliament is required to carry out an amendment to the Constitution. The Senate committee members are set to review the bills at a time when the National Assembly has a total of 217 members in the house, 11 short of the required two-third majority (228 members) due to the stalemate over the PTI members’ resignation issue.

Source: Dawn

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MQM-P stages first ‘power show’ after unification

Azfar-ul-Ashfaque

March 19, 2023

KARACHI: More than two months after its unification, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan on Saturday staged a ‘power show’ at the sprawling Bagh-i-Jinnah to mark its 39th foundation day.

In January, the Mustafa Kamal-led Pak Sarzameen Party and a faction led by Dr Farooq Sattar had merged into the MQM-P a few days before the Jan 15 local government elections.

The unified party, which is an important part of the Pakistan Democratic Movement-led coalition government at the Centre, tried its best to get the LG polls postponed, but failed. Later, the party boycotted the municipal elections after which the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Jamaat-i-Islami grabbed maximum seats in the metropolis.

Source: Dawn

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NAB closes inquiry against PM aide Amir Muqam

Bureau Report

March 19, 2023

PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has closed an inquiry against Adviser to Prime Minister Amir Muqam regarding corruption, corrupt practices and accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income.

“Based on the findings of the final inquiry report and recommendations of executive board meeting, the competent authority has approved the case for closure,” said an official letter issued by NAB.

The letter informed Mr Muqam about closure of the inquiry and said that closure of the case only related to allegation of corruption, corrupt practices and assets beyond known means of income.

Source: Dawn

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Europe

Commander in “Islamic Jihad Movement” assassinated in Rif Dimashq and the movement accuse Israel

Mar 19, 2023

Rif Dimashq province: A military commander in “Saraya Al-Quds” movement, the military wing of the “Islamic Jihad” movement, was assassinated earlier today in Rif Dimashq, where gunmen shot him in Dahiyat Qudsaya area in Rif Dimashq, before fleeing. “Saraya Al-Quds” announced the death of the commander who was called “Ali Ramzi Al-Aswad” and accused Israel for the murder, confirming that the crime holds “prints of Israeli occupation”.

Source: Syriahr

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UK Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, In Rwanda For Controversial Migrant Deal Talks

By Rédaction Africanews

19-03-2023

Britain's Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, arrived in Rwanda on Saturday for a visit aimed at reinforcing the government's commitment to its controversial agreement with Kigali to deport some asylum-seekers to the African country.

After meetings with officials, she toured a construction training academy in the capital, Kigali, where she spoke to graduates of a training course which will be offered to refugees.

Braverman said the UK government was excited about the partnership with Rwanda which she said would be “creating a vibrant community here, to be a positive, secure, beautiful haven and home for many thousands of people.”

Source: Africa News

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Plymouth butcher explains why he became a Muslim

By Katie Oborn

19 MAR 2023

Adam Bowden-Black, 47, converted to Islam in 2016. He was working as a butcher in a halal shop, prior to becoming a Muslim, and one day a customer he was serving inspired him to find a new faith. Adam now follows the five pillars of Islam, including praying five times a day and following Ramadan. Prior to converting, Adam says he was an atheist but had worked in halal shops since 2013.

Adam explains: “It was basically me thinking, hang on, all this time, every time I come to work I’m happy and the easiest way of describing it is that this gives me happiness inside. Before I converted, even though I’m married and I’ve got two children, there was something missing. When I converted, I found that missing piece of my life.”

Born in Southall, London but living in Plymouth for many years, Adam is now a butcher at the Plymouth Butcher Shop, a halal store in the city’s West End. He’s a popular guy with the customers there, many have known him for years as he used to run the Costless butchery department in Colin Campbell Court which was bulldozed last year to make way for a new proposed health hub. Adam has worked as a butcher for 26 years.

Source: Plymouth Herald

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New £5m Issa Foundation mosque taking shape in Blackburn

By Shuiab Khan

19-03-2023

Building work on Preston New Road on the site of the former Westholme Nursery school has been moving at a rapid pace in recent months.

The new mosque and community facility is being built by the Issa Foundation a family charity run by EG Group owners Mohsin and Zuber Issa.

Source: Lancashire Telegraph

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Boris Johnson to submit defence dossier ahead of televised partygate interrogation by MPs

19-03-2023

In an interim report, the panel said the evidence strongly suggested breaches of coronavirus rules in No 10 should have been "obvious" to Mr Johnson.

Ministers 'being forced' to send migrants to Rwanda, Dowden says - follow latest updates

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North America

Islamic Relief USA packs boxes to fight food insecurity

BY CBS CHICAGO TEAM

MARCH 18, 2023

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (CBS) -- Ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, volunteers gathered in southwest suburban Bridgeview Saturday to help combat food insecurity.

The nonprofit Islamic Relief USA hosted the event at the Mosque Foundation Community Food Pantry.

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Ramadan is a time for Muslims to reflect, while giving back to this community

BY SHABBIR MOTORWALA

MARCH 19, 2023

As the holy month of Ramadan begins on March 23, Muslims around the world will observe a period of fasting, prayer and reflection. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, abstaining from food, drink and other physical needs. This practice is intended to purify the soul, increase self-discipline and cultivate a deeper sense of empathy for those less fortunate. Muslims are also encouraged to engage in acts of charity, kindness and generosity during the month. While the observance is rooted in Islamic tradition, it has broader cultural and social significance for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Ramadan is a time for increased community engagement, as Muslims come together to break their fasts and share meals with one another. It is with this spirit that Muslims invite non-Muslims to visit mosques to observe Muslims pray and join them in breaking the fast. South Florida Muslims will have several open houses during the month of Ramadan where our non-Muslims neighbors and friends can learn about Islamic practice and join us breaking the fast, followed by dinner. Contact cosmosfla@gmail.com to learn more. It is also a time for reflection and self-improvement, as individuals strive to be more patient, giving and compassionate. During Ramadan, Muslims tend to be more generous in supporting causes that help the community. In South Florida, we have a free health clinic, UHI Medical Care Clinic, uhicares.org, whose mission is to provide free healthcare services to the underserved population of South Florida regardless of ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or religious and political affiliation. Our food pantries provide food baskets to needy families. Get unlimited digital access Try 1 month for $1 CLAIM OFFER While Ramadan is a somber or austere time, observance can be challenging, with long days of fasting and increased spiritual discipline, it is also a time of joy and celebration. The end of Ramadan is marked by the festival of Eid al-Fitr, a time for feasting, gift-giving and expressing gratitude

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Africa

Star Times introduces “Season of Goodness Promo” for Easter and Ramadan

By Ayo Onikoyi

19-03-2023

Star Times has announced the launch of its “Season of Goodness” promo for Easter and Ramadan. This special offer, they said, will bring happiness and entertainment to every home during this special season.

With the Season of Goodness promo, Star Times offers families thousands of juicy content, for less the price, from gripping series on ST Novela like Three Sisters, a Turkish series which premiered March 15, to Music Reality Show – The Voice Nigeria, Kiddies channels like Kartoon and Jimjam, plenty of Nollywood channels and many religion channels like EWTN, Dove TV, ST Gospel, TBN Yetu TV, Iqraa, Sunna TV and more.

“We are delighted to bring our customers quality content for less the price. The Season of Goodness promo is a great way for families to enjoy their favourite shows, movies, series and religious programs during this special season. So don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get more for less,” StarTimes PR Manager, Lazarus Ibeabuchi said.

Source: vanguardngr

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Al-taqwa Mosque in Kayole to remain closed - Court

19 March 2023

The Al Taqwa Mosque in Njiru Estate, Kayole may remain closed if two warring factions fail to resolve their issues revolving around borehole water.

Justice Hedwig Ong’undi declined to order the immediate and unconditional re-opening of the mosque saying the ball is in the court of the two groups to foster good working relationships and fellowship in order to maintain their religious worship.

In the case, Mohammed Osman Omar who claimed to be the chairman of the Al-Taqwa Mosque committee filed the suit against one Ali Gulicha and the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims, Office Commanding police division Kayole, Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General.

He claimed told the court that in October last year, a new group of persons namely Mohamednur Ali, Khadar Ibrahim Adow, Ahmed Mohamednur, Noordin Ibrahim Adow and others disrupted the co-existence of the various ethnicities in the mosque with an aim of taking over the mosque.

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Report unveils details of meeting between Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Russia's Wagner leaders

March 18, 2023

The investigative TV program on Al-Jazeera "Ma Khafiya Aadam (What's kept secret is greater)" has revealed an exclusive leaked copy of the Libyan Public Prosecution's document in the case of the Head of the Fund for the Protection of National Values in Russia, Maxim Shugaley, and his team, saying that they were active on Libyan soil and had carried out multiple tasks.

The document said the Russian team included Samer Seifan who holds Russian, Jordanian, and Peruvian citizenships. He was originally a surgeon and was Shugaley's private translator, and they all entered Libya under different covers.

Regarding his relationship with the founder of Wagner Group Yevgeny Prigozhin, Shugaley acknowledged in his interview with Al-Jazeera that he personally knew the founder of Wagner. Also, Prigozhin is mentioned repeatedly in the records of the Libyan Public Prosecution, and he was referred to by several names as well as described as one of "the biggest decision-makers in the Russian kitchen".

Source: libya observer

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South Asia

Afghanistan seeks UN support for wheat storage amid concerns of drought

19 March,2023

Afghanistan has sought help from the United Nations (UN) amid rising concerns about drought in the war-stricken country, asking the UN to provide storage facilities for wheat, TOLOnews reported.

According to the Afghan news agency, the chamber of agriculture and livestock has called the UN to help the country regarding the same and said that it will in turn help Afghanistan boost its economy.

Notably, Afghanistan's economy turned upside down after the Taliban seized power in the country in August 2021. Since then, the nation is under a severe humanitarian crisis as the citizens continue to live miserable lives.

Source: Mid-Day

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UN struggles to provide rations to millions in Afghanistan as funds dwindle

19-03-2023

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that it has been forced to reduce rations to four million Afghans in March due to a lack of funding.

In a statement on Friday, the WFP said it needs $93 million to reach 13 million people in Afghanistan in April.

Since the Taliban took control in 2021, Afghanistan has experienced an economic downturn, with foreign governments cutting development aid and imposing sanctions on the banking sector.

Source: Samaa English

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Pakistan, Afghanistan Authorities Agree To Start Peshawar-Jalalabad Bus Service

By Saumya joshi

19-03-2023

Pakistan and Afghan authorities have agreed to initiate the bus service between Peshawar's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and Jalalabad's Nangarhar province, reported The Express Tribune. The decision to start the service was taken after a meeting of the Afghanistan International Co-ordination Cell. The aim of this bus service is to resolve the problems between the two countries.

The relationship between the two countries has been put on hold after the Taliban took over control of Afghanistan in August 2021. The swift takeover by the Taliban came after the  United States withdrew its remaining troops from Afghanistan as outlined in a 2020 peace agreement with the group. Hence, to revive the relationship between the two countries this bus service has been initiated.

According to local media reports, both nations have finalised the agreement for the bus services in their respective provinces. "The communications ministries of the two countries had given the go-ahead for the service, agreeing in principle that initially, 15 to 20-seater buses would ply the route", said one of the sources. In its initial plan, Afghanistan would establish a bus terminal in Jalalabad and Pakistan at the Torkham border point.

Source: Republic World

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4 drug traffickers arrested in Afghanistan

2023-03-19

Kandahar, March 19 (IANS) The Afghan police have arrested four people for drug trafficking in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, state media reported on Sunday.

The alleged smugglers were attempting to transport illicit drugs, including heroin and the substance used in manufacturing heroin out of the provincial capital, the Kandahar city, on Saturday, when police during a routine check of vehicles discovered the contraband and arrested four suspects on charge of drug trafficking, Bakhtar news agency reported.

Source: Investing

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5 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants arrested in Agra

Santosh Kumar Sharma

Mar 19, 2023

By Santosh Kumar Sharma: The Uttar Pradesh Anti Terror Squad arrested five illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in Agra on Saturday. They were living in Agra's Tajganj area with forged Indian documents.

Among the arrested, one of the accused helped people in crossing the border, said police.

Two fake Aadhaar cards, one Bangladeshi passport, and several other documents were recovered from the arrested accused.

Source: India Today

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Meeting To Speed Up Indo-Bangla Railway Connect

19 MAR 2023

The Indo-Bangla Project Screening Committee (PSC) will  hold a meeting in Bangladesh's Brahmanbaria next week to fast-track work of the Indo-Bangla railway link, said a senior official on Sunday. The vital project which will link the two nation's railwa network has been delayed for some time.

“An Indian delegation of around 11 officials from Delhi and Tripura will join the PSC meeting scheduled to be held in Rail Bhavan at Brahmanbaria in Bangladesh to review the 12.6 km railway project connecting two sides of the border, on Monday”, Tripura's transport secretary U.K Chakma told PTI.    

Representatives of the two countries, including special secretary of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Prabhat Kumar and IRCON 's Chief Engineer, VK Gupta (Indian side) and Addl Secretary of Bangladesh Railways, Md Yasin and Joint Secretary of Bangladesh Railway Shahidul Islam will join the meeting.

Source: Outlook India

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https://www.outlookindia.com/national/meeting-to-speed-up-indo-bangla-railway-connect-news-271325

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Modi, Hasina inaugurate fuel pipeline to Bangladesh

Mar 19, 2023

NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated the Rs 377 crore India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline (IBFP) virtually on Saturday. The pipeline will start a new chapter in India-Bangladesh ties, Modi said at the inauguration. Currently, diesel is supplied to Bangladesh through a 512-km rail route. The 131. 5-km pipeline will supply up to 1 million tonnes per annum of diesel from Numaligarh in Assam to Bangladesh.

This would not just help save on transportation costs but also reduce carbon footprint of moving the fuel, Modi said. IBFP is the first cross border energy pipeline between India and Bangladesh with a capacity to transport 1 Million Metric Ton Per Annum (MMTPA) of High-Speed Diesel (HSD) to Bangladesh, said the government. It is also only the second cross-border energy pipeline between India and its neighbours.

Source: Timesof India

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