• Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice Sends Out A Message of Hope
Amid Corona Pandemic
• Grand Mosque Imam Stresses on Importance of Supplication
• After COVID-19 Outbreak at Tablighi Jamaat Conference, Fake News
Targeting Muslims Abounds
• Muslim Scholars in UP Urge Members to Back PM’s 9pm Call on
April 5 To Remain In The Mainstream Of The Country
• Iran Unveils AI-Powered Coronavirus Diagnosis Technology
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on Passenger In New York Metro
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Arabia’s Ministry of Justice Sends Out A Message of Hope Amid Corona Pandemic
-- In a heart-warming video, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice reached out to
the local community and beyond with a message of hope and a better tomorrow as
governments around the world are responding to the fight against the
will hug again, hands will shake, schools will re-open, prayers will be held,
stadiums will fill with fans, and airplanes will take to the skies. But to get
there, we must keep fighting,” said the ministry in a video published on its
Twitter account, according to a report in Al Arabiya English.
Ministry of Justice said that the Saudi government believes that the people's
lives should not be disrupted by the novel coronavirus and that people should
be empowered to fight back.
Monday, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered coronavirus
treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people
who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom, Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah
Salman also ordered the disbursement of up to SR9 billion ($2.39 billion) in
financial support to more than 1.2 million citizens who work in private sector
companies affected by the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, the
state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.
leaders under Saudi Arabia Presidency pledged last week to inject over $5
trillion into the global economy to limit job and income losses caused by
border closures and sweeping shutdowns aimed at halting the spread of the disease.
Mosque imam stresses on importance of supplication
MADINAH — The Imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah brought to light on Friday the
importance of supplication (Dua), while the Imam of the Prophet’s Mosque in
Madinah praised the solidarity between the leadership and individuals during
his Friday sermon delivered at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Sheikh Dr. Bandar
Bin Abdulaziz Balilah, detailed the benefits of supplication, noting that
supplication saves from distress and distracts wickedness.
concluded that supplication is also a key to change and a good source for
victory, especially if it is accompanied by the power of certainty and
Madinah, Sheikh Abdulbari Al-Thobaiti, stated that, in light of the current
global crisis caused by coronavirus, every person in the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia lauded the cohesion that is embodied between the leadership and
added that the leadership seeks to enact regulations and procedures to protect
lives and preserve interests, while the individuals are aware of their role in
adhering to instructions and guidelines.
pointed out that overcoming this crisis would be by Allah's grace, his mercy
and kindness, then with more solidarity.
stated that, in light of this pandemic, businessmen and intellectuals should
sense their religious and national duty in such events to mitigate the effects
of this crisis.
COVID-19 outbreak at Tablighi Jamaat conference, fake news targeting Muslims
30 March, when news broke that six attendees at the Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic
religious gathering in Delhi’s Nizamuddin locality, had died of COVID-19,
fact-checking websites have reported a barrage of fake-news targeting Muslims
for the pandemic. Many video clips shared on Facebook and WhatsApp purportedly
showed Muslims actively working to spread the virus in India. Fact checkers
said that despite each of the posts on social media being easy to disprove, the
sheer quantity of false-information shared made it tough for them to flag all
cases of disinformation. “Ever since the Nizamuddin incident is in the public
domain, there is a surge in fake content targeting the Muslim community,”
Rakesh Dubbudu, the founder of the fact checking website Factly, said.
mid-March, Indian social media reported seeing a consistent uptick in
verifiably false message about COVID-19. Most messages on platforms such as
WhatsApp and Facebook surrounding the virus tended to be false-cures, or “expert
tips,” on how to avoid the pandemic. Dubbudu said that a majority of fake
content related to COVID-19 did not have a religious tone until recently.
However, on 30 March, multiple fact-checking organisations noticed a sudden
surge in Islamophobic fake news on social media.
8 to 15 March, more than two thousand devotees met in Nizamuddin for a
conference organised by the Tablighi Jamaat—a Muslim revivalist organisation.
The meeting continued for two days after the Delhi government banned any gathering
of more than 200 people. However,
reports show that the 13 March order did not extend to religious organisations.
The organisers of the event argued in a press release that several delegates,
many from south India and abroad, were stuck in Delhi because of the
cancellation of rail services on 21 March.
March, ten Indonesian nationals who had attended the conference tested positive
for COVID-19 in Telangana. Following this, dozens of delegates were tested
positive from various parts of the country. Fifteen deaths have since been
reported among those who attended the event. On 30 March, the Delhi Police
sealed off the organisation’s office and charged the group’s leaders for a
variety of offences including criminal conspiracy, and other penal provisions
under the Epidemic Diseases Act.
March, several videos appeared on both WhatsApp and Facebook that claimed to
show Muslims engaging in various activities to infect others with the virus.
#CHECKIT is a WhatsApp group started by an organisation called Confederation of
Voluntary Associations which works towards maintaining communal harmony in
south Asia. #CHECKIT have been attempting to spot false forwards on the
platform and inform users of the same. Goutham Uyalla, a member of #CHECKIT,
told me that they had been working on identifying such content from 2019.
Uyalla said, “The organised communal propaganda wing of the right and its
controversial leaders have been inactive ever since the COVID-19 outbreak. They
are likely to be energised now as Tablighi Jamaat congregation is making
April, one of the members of #CHECKIT found a video on WhatsApp showing a group
of men in white robes and skull caps licking the leftovers from plates and
spoons meticulously. An embedded message read, “Be careful everyone…. These are
some people who are preparing to spread Corona Virus…Please be far from
people…Please.” On the same day, an article on Factly pointed out that the
practice of licking cutlery after every meal is a tradition among the Bohra
community of Muslims. The article states, “Entire Bohra family eats in a single
plate ‘Thaal’ and they have a ‘no-wastage’ policy. So they do not leave a
single grain of rice on their plate when it is taken away.” The website
identified that the video preceded the COVID-19 outbreak by at least two years.
The portal also shared the screenshot of a Facebook post with the same video,
which claimed that Muslims were, “applying and putting saliva on spoons,
plates, and utensils and also they are with the intention of spreading
coronavirus disease. Nobody knows what is happening to the nation.” The user
who posted the video claimed that police caught 11 Indonesian Muslim “mullahs”
from a mosque in Salem, Tamil Nadu for spreading the virus. When Factly
archived the post on 1 April it had over 3,000 views and 176 shares.
another video shared in a WhatsApp group called “Beyond Organic” on 20 March,
an employee at a restaurant wearing a skull cap is seen blowing into a plastic
carry bag before packing food. The accompanying text read, “Muslims are
spitting in food which we give order to purchase to eat. Please. Avoid purchase
food from Muslim shops.” GR Sai, one of the members of the group, said that it
was evident that the man in the video was trying to blow open the bag. Though
this might be unhygienic, many people do so irrespective of their religion. The
fact checking website Alt News also found that the video had been uploaded onto
YouTube in April 2019 and had nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.
said he expects more old video clips of Muslim communities and their practices
to be shared in the coming days, wrongly linking them to the COVID-19 outbreak.
So far, he had come across at least four such videos. One video he found on
Facebook showed a group of Muslims sitting in a mosque, rotating their head and
breathing out ritualistically. The video was accompanied by the caption, “No
words, seems they are on mission.” Many comments below the video also accused
the Muslim community of actively attempting to spread the pandemic. “Ninja
technique of spreading corona for longer distance just like the way they throw
grenades and stones for longer distance,” wrote one user. “Bioweapon by human,
sneeze…” wrote another. One user pointed out that the video depicted a common
Sufi tradition. The user also shared the video of a song from Turkey that
showed similar ritualistic breathing. Factly’s team is currently working on
identifying the origin of the initial video using their verification tools.
Dubbudu thinks that a Sufi practice is being circulated in a completely
different context. “Those who create it have an agenda and those who share it
often do it blindly while their existing prejudices will influence them,” he
said. “There are people out there ready to milk the situation.” Alt News also
identified the video as not being from Nizamuddin and also being shared by
users in Pakistan accusing the Sufi sect of madness.
March Republic TV aired a video with a ten-minute audio recording which they
claimed belonged to a Muslim cleric from the Tablighi Jamaat congregation. The
clip was widely shared with an incorrect translation in Telugu attached which
read, “Defeat lockdown and come out. If we spread this disease to 70,000
people, India will be destroyed. It will come into our control.”. On 30 March
Republic TV aired a video with a ten-minute audio recording which they claimed
belonged to a Muslim cleric from the Tablighi Jamaat congregation. The clip was
widely shared with an incorrect translation in Telugu attached which read,
“Defeat lockdown and come out. If we spread this disease to 70,000 people,
India will be destroyed. It will come into our control.”.
told me that he had found a video on 30 March on Facebook with a ten-minute
audio recording which they claimed belonged to a Muslim cleric from the
Tablighi Jamaat congregation. The video was earlier aired by Republic TV. The
clip was widely shared with an incorrect translation in Telugu attached which
read, “Defeat lockdown and come out. If we spread this disease to 70,000
people, India will be destroyed. It will come into our control.” The statement
was being attributed to the Tablighi Jamaat chief. Facebook later flagged the
video as fake with the help of independent fact checkers. “Since no one likely
hears the ten-minute long speech, everyone believed the accompanying text and
it went viral,” Dubbudu said. Mazhar Hussain, the founder of COVA, found
another old video on WhatsApp shows Muslims cleaning themselves beside a water
tank before namaz in large numbers. A user named Nadeem argued that the video
is most likely from 2018 at the Raiwind Ijtema—a religious gathering held in
Pakistan. He shared a screenshot of a local TV channel called Message TV to
prove his claim. These videos are clear attempts to spread misinformation that
Muslims are defying the lockdown.
misinformation has been spread not only by social-media users, but also in
broadcasts by some television channels. The Kannada channel Public TV, in a
segment aired on 14 March, wrongly claimed that four Muslim youths from Bhatkal
in Karnataka refused medical screening due to “religious reasons” on returning
from Dubai. Alt News cross-checked the claim with the district authorities and
found out that no such incident occurred. The channel had based their broadcast
entirely on a one local’s statement. In its report on the Public TV’s
broadcast, Alt News noted that the “religious” angle was the contribution of
reason why misinformation is accepted very easily is because there is so much
polarisation in society,” Pratik Sinha, the founder of Alt News, said. Sinha
agreed that misinformation surrounding COVID-19 did not have a religious tone
before the Nizamuddin event was covered by mainstream media. He said when an
opportunity is given to polarise people, it is easily used by those who want
to. Sinha said that being able to identify fake content was often tied to how
you would be affected by it. “Those who are targeted would be more critical,’’
he said, adding that the beneficiaries of misinformation would often encourage
it or remain passive letting the damage of it be done.
has also been a clear growth in video content that might not be fake but
attempts to give a communal angle to the lockdown. On 24 March, Hussain found a
point-of-view video shot by a man on a bike during the lockdown in Hyderabad,
which was shared on WhatsApp. The video shows a large group of Muslims praying
in two different mosques while the roads are deserted due to the lockdown. In
the running commentary on the video, the person who shot it criticises
Telangana’s chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao for “going soft on Muslims even
when section 144 is imposed.” The person added that had it been Hindus praying
in temples, the government would have taken strict action against them.
March, Tathagata Roy, the governor of Meghalaya, retweeted images of a crowded
street with a caption reading, “see lockdown in Kolkata’s Metiabruz today.”
Along with the image he tweeted “Government relief should be given to only
those people who abide by the rules of lockdown. Those who don’t, shouldn’t get
benefits, relief and (medical) treatment from the government.” Alt News later
proved that the images were from Rawalpindi in Pakistan and from a street in
Kolkata clicked in June 2019. The Alt News report noted that the images were
being used to falsely claim that people, particularly Muslims, were flouting
the lockdown. Roy later took down his tweet.
islamophobic hysteria created by such false videos is also evident in twitter
hastags such as #CoronaJihad, which trended on 1 April. Uyalla told me that
they were struggling to cope with the sheer quantity of fake content posted
about Muslims and COVID-19, saying that a lot more kept being posted in
informal groups. He said that fake content targeting Muslims was spreading
faster than the virus itself.
Scholars In UP Urge Members To Back PM’s 9pm Call On April 5 To Remain In The
Mainstream Of The Country
video clip, which is doing the rounds in some closed WhatsApp groups, a Muslim
doctor based in the US can be seen advising community members to light a candle
or diya (earthen lamp) at 9pm on Sunday, April 5, to “remain in the mainstream
of the country”.
people, including our own neighbours, are looking at us with suspicion. They
will be watching us. Do light diyas to remove all misgivings about the community,”
the Nizamuddin Markaz emerging as a hotspot of coronavirus disease (Covid-19)
in the country, influential members of the Muslim community have taken to
mobilising the people to take steps that help bust myths, not just about
coronavirus but also about the community.
getting Muslims to openly answer the call given by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, to light diyas, candles or flash torchlights for nine minutes at 9pm on
Sunday to show solidarity in the fight against Covid 19, is one of them.
mosques practically closed due to the lockdown, WhatsApp messages have come in
as a handy tool for the clerics and scholars to disseminate the message.
Obaid-ur- Rahman of Gorakhpur feels the Nizamuddin incident has dented Islam’s
image and thus it is their (the community’s) duty to correct it. He says,
“There are WhatsApp groups of madarsa teachers, clerics, intellectuals and
commoners, wherein appeals are being made repeatedly to abide by social
distancing rules and join countrymen in lighting candles outside doors and on
balconies on April 5. Earlier too, many Muslims here had joined the nation in
ringing bells and clanging thalis to show their solidarity with frontline
corona warriors. This time, too, we will follow the PM’s appeal.”
Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, Imam of Eidgah (Aishbagh), says:
“Muslims love their country and they must come out of this communal mindset to
Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad says, “The coronavirus doesn’t differentiate
between Hindus and Muslims, so we must fight it together.”
Javed Ahmed Siddiqui, who runs a clinic in Hussainganj locality of the state
capital, says, “It’s time to prove that everyone is not like the Tablighis.
Muslims are most liberal and scientific in approach. I have asked all my
neighbours to join me in lighting diyas as this disease is a common enemy of
both the communities.”
Jamaat, an Islamic group that urges Muslims to follow the practices of the
religion, has been grabbing headlines since March 30 after several people who
participated in a religious congregation held in its headquarters — Markaz,
situated in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area — in mid-March were tested positive for
Covid-19. The gathering was attended by hundreds, including foreigners, leading
to intensive contact tracing efforts and enforcement of mass quarantine and
isolation. On Saturday, the Union health ministry said that a third of the
3,000-odd Covid-19 cases reported in the country are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat.
Agra, social activist and footwear exporter Nazeer Ahmad says, “The PM’s appeal
is to Hindustanis and not Muslims and Hindus. Lighting lamps may not be a
treatment of the coronavirus, but it is a token of the country’s unity to fight
Friday, religious heads of various communities met superintendent of police,
City (Agra), Rohan Pramod Botre and expressed solidarity with the cause.
clerics are also quoting verses of the Quran to convince the community members
that religious assemblies can be avoided during emergency situations.
Meerut, Shahar Mufti Qazi-e-Shariat Darul Qaza Saif-ur- Rehman, in a video
released on social media, can be seen asking people not to move in groups as it
will expose them to the virus and, in turn, cause problems for others.
the PM’s appeal, Zainus Rasheedin, the Nayab Shahar Qazi and Aligarh president
of Jamiat- Ulema- e- Hind, says, “It is a personal decision but one can use a
cell phone torch instead of a candle or diya.”
Zulfikar, state president of All India Imam Association, says, “As the PM’s
appeal has nothing to do with treatment and cure of the coronavirus, following
it will be a personal decision.”
Uloom Farangi Mahal, a seminary in Lucknow, is planning to launch a helpline to
remove misconceptions about Covid-19 in the society. “We are going to launch a
helpline for answering queries of Muslims about the coronavirus,” says Maulana
Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali.
saw a post by an educated Muslim on Facebook stating that the word corona is
derived from Quran so it will not happen to Muslims. I couldn’t stop myself
from writing that had this been true, the virus would not have affected the
Muslim countries and Mecca and Medina would not have been shut down,” he adds.
western Uttar Pradesh in particular, Muslim scholars and spiritual leaders are
trying to control what they call the damage done by the Nizamuddin incident.
Zainus Sajeedin, former professor of Islamic mythology at Aligarh Muslim
University, agrees that the Markaz committed mistakes, but adds that mistakes
were also made on part of the district authorities who didn’t take adequate
action for evacuating the jamatis in time.
Varanasi, Mufti-e-Banaras Maulana Abdul Batin Nomani has issued a video appeal.
“When you return to your area from any other city, do go for testing as per
government instructions. All of us should ensure the contagious disease doesn’t
spread further,” he says.
also appealed to the people not to misbehave with the medical staff. “I appeal to
the awam (people) to welcome the medical team when they come to your doorstep
for testing. Don’t misbehave with them. Treat them well and get your test
Unveils AI-Powered Coronavirus Diagnosis Technology
unveils indigenously-developed smart technology capable of diagnosing infection
with the new coronavirus with the help of artificial intelligence and use of CT
technology produced by experts at Iranian science-based enterprises was wheeled
in, in the presence of Iran’s Deputy President for Science and Technology,
Sourena Sattari, Fars News Agency reported on Saturday.
of the companies managed to introduce a new method for diagnosing coronavirus’
[infection] by resorting to artificial intelligence,” he said, describing the
said such enterprises as the ones, who gave birth to the new method, had made
much progress over the recent years and “were [now] on the frontline of the
battle [against the infection].
to the official, the level of productivity that has come about across the
country since emergence of the outbreak has rendered the Islamic Republic
needless of all virus-related medical imports.
from the companies, the innovative ecosystem contributing to the virus fight
also comprises research centers and various universities, which are active in
the area of biotechnology, Sattari said.
cycle of innovation had led to development of modern diagnostic kits, with two
of the enterprises producing 250,000 of the devices so far, he added. The
companies possess the potential to produce as many as 100,000 of the kits per
week, he added.
of preventive facemasks has also witnessed a four-fold-plus increase, Sattari
noted, but said the production level still had to rise far higher.
organizations were also heavily engaged in clinical tests on remedial pharmaceutical
protocols, an endeavor that has lifted up any need for medicine imports as the
country confronts the outbreak, he said.
emergence, the outbreak created a need for ventilators that can be used to turn
a normal hospital bed to an intensive care unit one, the official stated. Two
of the scientific companies, therefore, embarked on producing the devices,
making up for any shortages that countrywide hospitals faced in the areas, he
novel virus emerged in central China late last year. It can cause a potentially
fatal respiratory infection that is called Covid-19.
pandemic has claimed 61,144 people and infected 1,139,112 others worldwide ever
since. In Iran, it has taken the lives of 3,452.
video of racist heckling falsely viral as Muslim man spits on passenger in New
40-second video that shows a man spitting on another at a metro station has
been shared by several social users along with the text, “New York, an islamic
jihadi spits into a metro coach passenger just as the door closes.
Unfortunately the low IQ jihadi picked on wrong person, he forced the train door
open, thulped the jihadi to pulp and then made him fall on the ground and
stomped on his head…”
York, an islamic jihadi spits into a metro coach passenger just as the door
closes. Unfortunately the low IQ jihadi picked on wrong person, he forced the train
door open, thulped the jihadi to pulp and then made him fall on the ground and
stomped on his head… pic.twitter.com/4SXZUUd2Kp
users have shared this video on Twitter and Facebook. Alt News has also
received requests to fact-check the images on WhatsApp (+91 76000 11160) and on
our official Android application.
News performed a keyword search on Google and found multiple reports from
August 2019 – New York Post, Daily Mail, The Sun, Mirror, Metro and Atlanta
Black Star. According to these reports, the incident took place at 34th Street
in Manhattan, New York. The New York Post reported added that “neither the MTA
[Metropolitian Transportation Authority] nor NYPD [New York Police Department]
responded to requests for comment”.
viral video was tweeted by @MrJonCee on August 2, 2019. This video has over 17
million views. It was also posted by a Reddit user ventriiloquist on August 3,
2019. The video posted by ventriiloquist was published by New York Post, Daily
Mail, Mirror and Atlanta Black Star. As per these posts, a racist white man
spat on a person of colour commuting by the New York subway.
the viral video is of low resolution, Alt News analysed the video uploaded by
@MrJonCee and noticed that a caucasian man spat on an African American.
of the reports gives details about the persons involved in the public spat,
however, the act was seemingly racist.
the social media claim that a Muslim person spat on a man in a New York subway
is false and misleading. Several such claims have been made amidst the pandemic
which falsely target the Muslim community. Recently, a video of Mumbai police
escorting an undertrial was falsely shared as a Nizamuddin Markaz attendee
spitting on a cop.
gurdwara: Islamic State Khorasan chief arrested for plotting the attack
· 09:12 pm
chief of Islamic State Khorasan Province has been arrested in Afghanistan for
plotting the attack on a gurdwara in Kabul last month in which 27 worshippers
were killed, Tolo News reported.
Farooq was arrested along with 19 of his associates from Kandahar on Friday
during a “targeted and complex operation” by special national security forces.
Farooq is also believed to have ties with the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Haqqani
suicide bombers and gunmen had attacked the gurdwara in the Shor Bazaar area of
Kabul, triggering a military confrontation between the security forces and the
attackers, with Afghan special forces blocking off the area to avoid more
casualties, Interior Ministry Spokesperson Tariq Arian was quoted as saying by
AP. The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear but Taliban spokesperson
Zabihullah Mujahid in a message on Twitter denied responsibility for the
had condemned the terror attack saying that the “cowardly” incident that
happened at the time when the world was struggling to combat the coronavirus pandemic,
shows the “diabolical mindset” of perpetrators. Ministry of External Affairs
Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said, “Such cowardly attacks on places of
worship of minority community especially at this time is reflective of the
diabolical mindset of the perpetrators and their backers.”
Wednesday The National Investigation Agency registered a case to look into the
terror attack in Kabul. One Indian was among 27 Sikh worshippers who were
killed in the attack.
is the first instance of the NIA filing a case for a terror attack committed
outside India. According to the amended NIA Act, the central agency is
empowered to investigate terror attacks committed outside India “affecting
Indian citizens or affecting the interest of India”.
at New York where rich people live’: Imran Khan warns Pakistan on Covid-19
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday warned the people of his country that
they are not immune to the threat posed by the coronavirus. He, however, exuded
confidence that Pakistan would emerge stronger from the challenge.
should have the false notion that they will be safe from this (coronavirus)...Look
at New York where most of the rich people live,” he said on Saturday.
remarks came as he visited Lahore to oversee the measures taken by the Punjab
government as the number of coronavirus patients in the largest province of the
country crossed 1,000.
visited a 1,000-bed makeshift hospital set up by the provincial government at a
short notice to accommodate the coronavirus patients.
Saturday, Pakistan has recorded 2,818 cases of Covid-19. There have been 41
deaths due to the disease in the country, though with only limited testing
available, observers worry the number is far higher.
- the hotspot of the viral infection in Pakistan - reported a total of 1,072
cases, followed by Sindh at 839, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 383, Balochistan 175,
Gilgit-Baltistan 193, Islamabad 75 and 11 cases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan government on Saturday informed the Supreme Court that the number of
coronavirus patients in the country could reach up to 50,000 by the last week
of this month.
to the breakdown provided in the report and widely reported in the media,
around 7,000 cases of the total are expected to be critical in nature while
around 2,500 could be a cause of concern. The government estimates that a
further 41,000 cases could be of a mild nature.
report noted that confirmed cases are expected to be lower than that of
countries in Europe, and assured that the government is trying to maximise its
British inspiration behind the New Zealand mosque attack that killed 51
terrorist who slaughtered 51 Muslim worshippers was inspired by twisted
neo-Nazis 11,000 miles away in Britain.
days before he unleashed carnage in Christchurch, New Zealand, Brenton Tarrant
revealed his admiration for a disgraced British soldier.
War veteran Mikko Vehvilainen was jailed for eight years for being a member of
the banned terrorist group National Action. The lance corporal boasted of
recruiting fellow soldiers to start a race war.
Sunday Mirror can reveal that in tweets sent just days before his rampage a
year ago, Tarrant, 29, promoted links to articles about 34- year-old
Vehvilainen and his fellow fascist Alex Deakin.
“followed” and tweeted about the Finnish-born Brit and his crony Deakin, 24 –
also jailed for eight years for being a regional co-ordinator of the neo-Nazi
deleted the Twitter account before launching his attack on two mosques – which
he filmed with a headcam and streamed live on Facebook.
Tarrant has now admitted 51 murders, 40 attempted murders, and committing a
terrorist act at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in March 2019.
Patrick Crusius, 21, allegedly published an anti-immigration manifesto on
social media immediately before the attack – stating Tarrant’s online material
“had the right message”.
was further startling evidence of how extremists’ warped tentacles reach out
across the globe – from Britain to New Zealand and the US.
Tarrant, Vehvilainen had a vision of wiping out ethnic minorities. When police
raided his home in Powys, Wales, they found swastika flags, Nazi memorabilia
and stockpiles of knives, guns and other weapons.
who was considered an “outstanding” soldier by superiors, boasted that killing
Muslims during Army service “didn’t bother me one bit”.
also fantasised about shooting the youngsters of black people, writing in one
online rant: “I could shoot their children and feel nothing.”
another outburst he said whites “shouldn’t be on the same planet” as blacks,
adding: “The sooner they are eliminated the better.”
Vehvilainen plot-ted carnage in the UK, Tarrant latched on to the abuse of
white girls by Asian grooming gangs as somehow being “justification” for his
Muslim Clerics Moving To The Front-Line To Battle Against Coronavirus
Propaganda By Al-Shabaab Militants
Muslim clerics are moving to the front-line in an effort to counter the
propaganda being spread by Al-Shabaab militants regarding the Coronavirus
Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab group is about to exploit the current global
Coronavirus pandemic by spreading propaganda to Somali populous. The Islamist
militant group which seeks to overthrow the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS)
is 'warning' the Somalis that the infectious diseases such as coronavirus are
spread by the 'crusader forces' (meaning allied foreign forces battling them)
and 'disbelieving countries' that support them.
spreading this propaganda, the militants which still controls much of southern
and central Somali wish to turn Somali locals against security assets by
portraying them as the root behind the lethal virus in their country.
there have only been a handful of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in
Somalia so far, the spread of this infectious disease could have a catastrophic
outcomes to the weak FGS that is still battling the Al-Qaeda-led insurgency.
Somalia authorities are deeply worried that if the disease takes hold they will
be unable to cope.
over three decades of civil conflict and catapulted by militant insurgency,
Somalia has been left with devastated health facilities. The conflict and
militant menace have left hundreds of thousands of displaced people are crowded
into camps, with limited access to soap and water, and no way of practicing
social distancing meaning the spread of COVID-19 could be lethal in the Horn of
propaganda on COVID-19 should worry the Somali government as it could easily
oppose medical help from international aid agencies and very easily could cause
mainstream Muslim clerics have now decided to fight the spread of Al-Shabaab's
propaganda by calling on the Koranic schools popularly known as madrassas to be
shut down to help spread of the virus.
Muslim clerics, leaders have opted to work with others including ministries of
religious affairs, health and information to transform madrassa teachers and
mosque Imams into what has been dubbed as an 'anti-corona army'.
the coming days the anti-corona army is expected to stand in every corners with
loudspeakers to educate Somali populous on how to prevent the spread of
COVID-19 and subsequently counter Al-Shabaab's propaganda.
to Mohamed Ali Ibrahim, a university professor and senior adviser in the
ministry of religious affairs, the messages will include religious elements.
will talk about hand-washing and social distancing, but also speak of how Islam
encourages cleanliness, including ablutions before prayers, and how there were
dangerous diseases at the time of the Prophet Muhammad.'
workers, 89 machines disinfect Grand Mosque daily
– About 3,500 workers and 89 machines are being used daily to disinefct the
Grand Mosque here, the Saudi Pres Agency (SPA) said in a report on Saturday.
The report said over 2,160 liters of environment-friendly sanitizers are used
in the six-times per day cleaning process covering the entire mosque, its
piazzas and utilities.
this all the carpets are cleaned once every five days, SPA quoted the General
Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques as saying.
Suqya Zamzam Administration has assigned 450 workers to cleanse and sterilize
Zamzam coolers, their bases and Zamzam fountains. There are about 27,000 Zamzam
coolers in the Grand Mosque.
Services Administration has sterilized all the manual and electric wheelchairs
available in the warehouses. All the services points in and outside the Grand
Mosque have been supplied with hand gloves and sanitizers.
measures come as part of the precautionary and preventative measures being
carried out by the presidency to prevent the transmission of the novel
coronavirus (COVID-19) infection into the Grand Mosque and its piazzas. It is
also meant to ensure the safety of the visitors and worshipers at the Holy
workers have been divided into three shifts so as to have workers 24/7 to
sterilize the Haram. These workers have received training and have been
enlightened on the precautionary role they are carrying out, and the great
importance of sterilization in ensuring the safety of the worshipers and
visitors to the Grand Mosque.
machines are being used to mix the sanitizers and detergents to guarantee a
balance in all the fluids. The workers are taught to mix these fluids in the
correct way. Furthermore, the necessary tests are conducted before starting the
cleaning and sterilization operations.
super tracks scientific research to combat coronavirus
— King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) launched a super track
(high-speedway) to back-up scientific research to combat novel Coronavirus
objective of the project is to consolidate and boost national efforts that are
being exerted aiming at limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
would also provide research institutions in the Kingdom with back up to develop
checkup and monitoring mechanisms to track down what’s causing the virus,
accurately and rapidly, as well as in an economically effective manner in
accordance with the best world class recognized scientific standards.
project comes in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Saudi Health
Council and the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SaudiCDC).
Envoy: Saudi anti-coronavirus measures unprecedented
– The Saudi government has taken unprecedented measures in countering the novel
coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with their quick preemptive move, said the
Ambassador of the European Union to Saudi Arabia Michele Cervone D'urso, while
adding, it is in a good position that will enable it to manage this pandemic
and “flatten the curve”.
interview with Okaz on Saturday, the EU ambassador said: “The Kingdom took
early, firm preemptive measures in restricting travel and movement and
implementing mandatory social distancing. Now there is a partial curfew and
lockdown in several cities, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah. All
are very well aware what they ought to do when the symptoms aggravate. In this
regard, the public facilities had made preparations for any contingency quite
added: “These also include the important emergency measures to stimulate the
economy and pave the way for recovery in the post-crisis stage, including the
commitment to increase lending this year and the emergency measures for the
private sector. All these will pose a special challenge when oil prices drop
and the ensuing financial impacts set in.”
to Okaz in Riyadh, he said: “I was appointed about four years ago. During this
period, I have seen directly the flexibility of the Saudi people and their
generosity and sympathy.
are the qualities that have come to the surface during these difficult times. I
support the great human efforts being exerted by the medical teams and those
operating the basic services, especially since the coronavirus pandemic has
brought humanity closer to one another.”
EU ambassador said, “We are today facing a global problem. Therefore, blaming
particular countries or regions instead of us all bearing the responsibility
will not provide us with a solution. We have not blamed any country. We expect
the same at a time when Europe is totally preoccupied in facing this crisis. On
the contrary, the pandemic has emphasized the close ties between us.”
stressed that the European Union has not shirked the responsibility to protect
citizens (of EU countries) and people all over the world.
have dealt with the crisis with full transparency. The facts are important at
this point of time. We have provided a lot of explicit and updated information
regularly. The current time is inappropriate for unilateral measures or
competition. We need collective work and enhancing the international capability
to face the crises,” the EU ambassador stressed.
whether the EU was late in responding and showing solidarity with its member
countries, like Italy, that were impacted by the crisis, he said: “We must warn
against those who are exploiting the crisis to spread a particular political
us look at the facts and figures. It may not be quite clearly visible to the
eyes, but Germany and France have together donated a larger number of facemasks
to Italy than China. Furthermore, Germany is receiving patients from France and
EU ambassador said, “We are today facing a global problem. Therefore, blaming
particular countries or regions instead of us all bearing the responsibility
will not provide us with a solution. We have not blamed any country. We expect the
same at a time when Europe is totally preoccupied in facing this crisis. On the
contrary, the pandemic has emphasized the close ties between us.”
Doctor refuses to admit pregnant woman because she's Muslim, her child dies
hospital in Rajasthan's Bharatpur district has come under the scanner for
allegedly citing the religion of a pregnant Muslim woman as grounds for
refusing to admit her at the hospital.
pregnant wife had to deliver a child. She was referred from Sikri to the Janana
Hospital in the district headquarter but the doctors here mentioned that we
should go to Jaipur because we are Muslim. As I was taking her in the
ambulance, she delivered the child but the baby died. I hold the administration
responsible for my child's death," Irfan Khan, the husband of the woman
who was refused admission, alleged.
woman had come for delivery but in a critical state. She was referred to Jaipur
and whatever laxity happened will be investigated," Dr Rupendra Jha,
Principal, Janana Hospital, Bharatpur, said.
Singh, Rajasthan tourism minister, lashed out at the refusal of the doctor,
currently posted as the Head of Department in OBS and Gynae department at the
Government hospital in Bharatpur for refusing admission to the woman because of
tweeted a video in which he stated that the woman was referred to the Janana
Hospital in Bharatpur where she was refused admission by a doctor named Dr
Moneet Walia. He added that the state health minister is also an MLA from
Singh, in his tweet, wrote, "Pregnant Muslim Woman was refused medical
attention at the Zenana Hospital in Bharatpur and was told to go to Jaipur
given her religion. Local Bharatpur MLA is state health minister and this is
the condition of the hospital in Bharatpur City. Shameful."
Rajasthan tourism minister added that just because the Tablighi Jamaat has been
linked to a surge of coronavirus cases in the country it does not mean that
citizens of the Islamic faith are going to be treated the way the pregnant lady
tweeted, "The (Tablighi) Jamaat has most certainly been hazardous to the
entire country. However, it does not mean that citizens of the Islamic faith
are treated the way a pregnant lady was handled by the doctors in Bharatpur
Zenana Hospital. The local MLA is also the Minister of State for Health."
chief Asaduddin Owaisi also condemned the incident. Tweeting a testimony from
the husband, Owasi wrote, "The staff must be tried & punished as
common criminals & should receive exemplary punishment. They are
responsible for the death of an innocent woman. Should we now stop seeking
healthcare? Anti-Muslim hate reaches new heights every day & is costing us
Minorities Commission Notice to Delhi Police on Mosque Vandalism Amid Lockdown
and Random Arrests of Muslims Involved In CAA-NRC Protests
Delhi, 4 April 2020: Delhi Minorities Commission has issued two notice to the
Police Commissioner Delhi. The first notice sent on 3 April said that the
Commission is getting reports via emails, whatsapp messages and phone calls
from the North-East district since even before the lockdown that police is
arresting young Muslim boys by their dozens every single day.This has continued
under the lockdown. At 8 pm on 2 April 2020, Muslim women in Mustafabad came
out protesting against this objectionable and dubious activity. The notice
further said that earlier too the Commission had brought to the notice of DCP
North East that the trend of randomly arresting young Muslim boys of the
North-East district is not acceptable.
notice also brought to the notice of the CP the serious allegation made by some
people of the North East district that some police officers are using arrests
as a pretext to extract huge sums of money as bribes or ransom money which, if
paid, will ensure the freedom of the arrested youth.
notice asked the CP to instruct police ground staff to desist from random
arrests in the North East district as arrests must only be made when there is a
clear evidence about someone’s involvement in a punishable crime. The notice
further said that once lockdown is lifted and conditions return to normal, “we
will take a closer look at these arrests.”
notice also said that the Commission is getting complaints that mosques are
being prohibited from using loudspeakers for azaan. As of now, under the
current restrictions, a maximum of four persons are allowed to offer congregational
prayers at a time in a mosque. The notice said that “loudspeakers are used by
mosques to announce that the time of prayer has come so that people may pray at
home on time as there is a prescribed time for each prayer. Hence, prohibition
of azaan on loudspeakers has no rationale or need. SHOs should be clearly told
not to insist on prohibition of use of loudspeakers for azaan and should take
action only if more than four persons gather for performing namaz while the
current lockdown is effective.”
notice also said that meat shops in some areas have been closed down which is
against the lockdown regime which considers food stuff as part of essentials
and shops selling such stuff cannot and must not be closed.
second notice sent on 4 April the Commission said that it has received a report
and a video which says that at around 8 pm in the night of 3 April 2020, around
200 people attacked a mosque in village Mukhmelpur under Alipur police station
in North West Delhi while there were 2-3 persons inside. The mob attacked the
mosque, ransacked it, burnt it partially and demolished some of its parts
including the roof. The notice further said that it is unbelievable that this
could happen in the national capital. The issue cannot be patched up artificially
by arranging a compromise where a religious place has been ransacked and
partially burnt and demolished. If no proper legal action is taken, this
lawlessness will become common.
notice asked CP to ensure that an FIR is lodged against the culprits and that
law should take its course so that a deterrent is created in the minds of
people as some have started to think that they will go scot-free after any
crime against weaker sections like Muslims, Christians, Dalits and Adivasis
Outbreak: 12 Isolated Over Suspected COVID-19 Linked To Tablighi Jamaat
Attendee, 3 Mosques Sanitized In NOIDA
A dozen men from three mosques in Gautam Buddh Nagar have been tested for
coronavirus and sent to an isolation facility after it emerged that they might
have come in contact with a COVID-19 positive man, who had attended the
Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin last month, officials said. The men were
tested on Saturday. The three mosques are in the Dadri area of Greater Noida,
where the coronavirus-infected man, who hails from Hardoi district in Uttar
Pradesh, had stayed in the second half of March, and those have been sanitised,
Pandemic: One more tests positive for COVID-19 in Odisha, total cases rise to
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got an input from the police in Hardoi that a man had returned home after
attending the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin and appeared to be
ill. He was examined by doctors and tested positive for COVID-19. We conducted
an inquiry and it was found that he and one more person were on a
four-month-long foot-march as part of their tour,” a police official had said here.
“During the period, they came in contact with these people and stayed at the
three mosques in Dadri. It has also been found out that two persons from the
group had consulted a local doctor for some illness. The infected man and the
other man then left the area on March 28,” he added.
inspection was carried out in the area by the police, along with officials from
the Gautam Buddh Nagar health department and local clerics, on Saturday.
“Twelve men from the three mosques have been examined by doctors and sent to
the isolation facility in Sector 39, Noida. Other local residents who may have
come in contact with these people are also being traced and the mosques have
been sanitised,” the police official said.
Tablighi Jamaat’s Markaz (headquarters) in Nizamuddin West has emerged as a
coronavirus hotspot as hundreds of its attendees have tested positive for
COVID-19, while several others are spread across the country and suspected to
be carriers of the virus. At least 1,023 COVID-19 cases have been found to be
linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, but massive efforts by various
authorities have led to nearly 22,000 people linked to the religious grouping
and their primary contacts being quarantined, a Union Health Ministry official
said in Delhi on Saturday.
imams, 150 others booked for mass prayers in Uttar Pradesh
UP Police booked five imams and 150 others in last 24 hours for leading
congregational prayers in Basti, Santkabirnagar, Deoria, Badaun, Lakhimpur
Kheri, and Pilibhit in violation of lockdown orders.
director general of police, law and order, PV Ramasastry said, "Any
non-adherence or non-compliance of government directions in connection with
coronavirus restrictions and regulations of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 will be
dealt under relevant laws, and in case someone is found creating panic,
gathering in group or spreading false information then police will take
Rampurkarkhana, Deoria, an imam and 50 persons were booked for violating
lockdown order. CO Nishtha Upadhayay said, "A police team reached
Basantpur village and asked people at the mosque to disperse, but they did not
31 persons, including an imam, were booked in Madhopur village of Sant
Kabirnagar. In Basti, an imam and 40 others were booked for mass prayers in
Bhanpur. Police booked 20, including an imam, in Kadar Bazaar police station
area, and an imam among 10 in Pilibhit.
held for organising prayer at mosque
As many as 11 persons were arrested by Palode police in Thiruvananthapuram
rural limits on Saturday for organising a mass prayer at a mosque at Palode
here violating the lockdown protocol. The prayer was conducted at Jamaath
mosque at Chittoor near Peringammala at 6.45pm on Friday.
arrested includes the priest, and president and secretary of Jamaath Committee.
However, they were later released on station bail and were warned not to
conduct any prayers until the lockdown period is over. The arrested are
Basheer,55, Shameem, 39, Rasheed, 63, Abdul Rouf, 23, Muhammad Riyaz, 24,
Shajahan, 42, Nassim, 39, Buhari, 39, Sajeer, 27, Moosakunju, 65, and Nizar
Muhammad Sulfi, 48, natives of Peringammala. Earlier, a congregation held at a
mosque at Nizamuddin in Delhi resulted in a rise in Covid-19 cases in the
country as most of the persons attended in the function were tested positive.
Using Cellphone Data To Trace People Linked To Delhi Mosque Event
Delhi: All those who attended the religious gathering in Delhi - hosted by
Tablighi Jamaat -- or were in the vicinity, are being traced through cellphone
data, sources in the Delhi Police told NDTV. The Crime Branch has been
investigating the case as it was identified as a hotspot for the spread of the
highly contagious coronavirus. More than 1000 people - around a third of the
coronavirus cases in the country - have been found to be linked to the
gathering, which was attended by a large number of foreign nationals.
believed that 9,000 people attended the event, held in March, defying the
government's message of social distancing. Many of them then travelled across
the country, setting off a surge in infections.
police are checking all those people whose GPS location in March signalled
their presence in that area for several days, sources said.
the last week, contact tracing is being conducted on a war footing across most
states to locate people who attended the event and those who have been directly
in contact with them.
sergeant in the Indian Air Force has also been traced through this. He and
those in contact with him have been quarantined as a precautionary measure.
activity by foreign nationals on tourist visa is not allowed and the Union Home
Ministry has promised action in the matter.
More than 900 foreigners have been blacklisted so far. Sources said the
ministry is being briefed on the matter daily.
COVID-19 Cases Linked To Mosque Event, Tamil Nadu Leads:
Delhi: Nearly a third of all confirmed novel coronavirus cases in India have
been linked to Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat and its gathering in Delhi last
month, the Health Ministry said today, adding that such had been detected
across 17 states and union territories. "It is an everyday battle for us.
If we miss out on even one person it may pose a new challenge. So we need the
cooperation of everyone," Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary (Health Ministry),
said. The total number of COVID-19 cases across the country crossed 3,000
today, with at least 75 deaths linked to the virus.
Tamil Nadu, the state worst hit by the fallout of the Jamaat event, 73 of 74
new cases reported today have been linked to the Jamaat. On Friday the southern
state reported a spike in the number of new cases for a third straight day,
with most of the 100 patients linked to the Delhi mosque event. Overall 1,200
of 1,500 people who were at the Jamaat event have been quarantined. The state
has a total of 485 cases with at least two deaths linked to the virus.
neighbouring Andhra Pradesh around 157 of 180 COVID-19 cases, or around 87 per
cent, have ties to the Islamic sect, with 16 new cases reported over the past
24 hours. The state has reported one virus-related death, so far. In Telangana
eight Indonesian tourists, who were members, tested positive. As of now the
state has 229 cases (with seven deaths), of which the 75 on Friday were all
linked to the Jamaat sect. Around 70 per cent of Telangana's COVID-19 cases -
i.e., around 160 - have been connected to the Jamaat.
Pradesh, which has identified 1,302 attendees and isolated 1,000 of them,
reported 227 positive cases by Saturday evening, of which 94 were related to
the mosque event. As many as 27 districts in the state have reported such
cases, with 47 fresh cases reported in the past 24 hours. The state has
reported two virus-related deaths, so far.
the 62 COVID-19 cases reported from Haryana, 23 have connections to the Jamaat.
Over 1,300 members, including 107 foreigners, came to the state before the
lockdown came into force on March 25, Manoj Yadava, Director General of Police,
said on Friday. In Punjab 241 of 309 Jamaat members have been traced, with six
testing positive for the virus so far; results on 82 other tests are awaited.
Overall the state has 57 cases and five deaths.
are seven COVID-19 positive people in Maharashtra who have been linked to the
Jamaat. A list of 1,225 people from the event has been handed to state
authorities, of which 1,033 have been contacted 738 placed in isolation.
Overall the state has 635 cases and 30 deaths have been linked to the virus.
Madhya Pradesh, where 104 cases and six deaths have been confirmed overall, 10
Jamaat-related cases have been reported, with five from Bhopal. Three others
are from Ujjain and two from Khargone. In Kerala, where 295 cases and two
deaths have been reported, six cases have been linked to the Jamaat, while 60
others are under observation.
has 43 cases (out of 200 overall) and nine of the 10 cases reported from the
remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands are connected to the Jamaat. Bengal, which
has three virus-related deaths and 69 cases, has one Jamaat-related case.
Karnataka, of the 16 new cases reported two have Jamaat connections. Overall
the state has 144 cases with four deaths. Jamaat members have also been
identified and isolated in North East India, where 27 of 30 COVID-19 cases have
been linked to the group.
the highly infectious COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the country -
525 new cases and 13 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours - authorities
are concerned that the number could increase as states track down other members
of the group and await test results on those already quarantined. The Home
Ministry has blacklisted 960 foreigners in India on tourist visas for
involvement in Jamaat activities.
case has been filed against Jamaat chief cleric Maulana Saad and six others
under the Epidemic Disease Act, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava said
this week. Maulana Saad, 56, who is missing and may have been exposed to
coronavirus, is reportedly in "self-quarantine", according to a video
“Umm Al-Qura” Where “Islamic State” Is Trying To Expand Influence
the title “The Attrition Saga,” the media office of the so-called Islamic State
(IS) released a new detailed recorded video about its military operations
against regime forces in the countryside of the Syrian Badia, in an attempt to
transmit a notification message that it is still present.
reviewing the video by Enab Baladi, what was strikingly remarkable is that most
operations carried out by IS took place in the Syrian Badia, especially
al-Sukhnah region, in the northern countryside of Homs, which IS named “Umm
al-Qura” (Mother of towns) after taking control of it in 2015.
video shows attacks on Syrian army forces’ vehicles and convoys, along with
some executions by shooting and beheading of fighters that the IS claimed to be
members of the Syrian regime or the Iranian-backed militias of Liwa al-Quds
new video shows the IS members on sub-roads of the Syrian Badia, launching
sudden attacks, using medium weapons, and Konkurs anti-armor missiles.
city, the second city in the Syrian Badia (after Palmyra), which is
administratively affiliated to Homs province, has become the center of IS
operations in the Syrian Badia in the past few months.
February, the Islamic State-affiliated news agency, Amaq, published a video
report of attacks on Syrian regime forces near al-Sukhnah city. The report
included images of the regime’s killed members after battles with IS fighters.
November last year, the IS organization announced that a number of the Syrian
regime forces had been killed and injured in an ambush inside the al-Sukhnah
area. This announcement came weeks after the killing of its former leader, Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a US bombing raid in Idlib, northern Syria.
to the field control map, IS fighters holed up in a pocket between Homs and
Deir Ezzor, precisely on the outskirts of al-Sukhnah region to the borders of
al-Bukamal and al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor.
the past years, al-Sukhnah city witnessed several hit and run battles between
IS and the regime forces. Consequently, leading to IS’s full control of the
city in May 2015, which was a gateway to hold control over Palmyra afterward.
replaced the name of al-Sukhna by “Umm al-Qura” (Mother of Towns). Back then,
it published images showing delegations of the city’s tribes in a large tent
pledging allegiance to al-Baghdadi, which the pro-Islamic State media outlet
considered it to be “a pledge of allegiance to the Commander of the Faithful.”
IS organization held control over the city for nearly two years until a
military campaign was launched by the Syrian regime backed by Russian forces.
The regime regained control over it in August 2017; thus, IS lost its last
military fortress in the countryside of Homs.
the past months, IS holed up itself in a pocket between Homs and Deir Ezzor
provinces, from the outskirts of al-Sukhnah region to the borders of al-Bukamal
and al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor.
uses these areas as small and sporadic pockets to launch quick and rapid
offensives against al-Assad forces, throughout the Syrian Badia, aiming
primarily to seizure their weapons and ammunition.
most prominent of these offensives was the one on 22 March of last year, when
IS announced the killing of six Russian soldiers in an ambush in al-Sukhna
desert, in the eastern countryside of Homs. While the other offensive took
place on 8 April of the same year, resulted in the killing of two Russian
officers as displayed by Amaq agency.
development comes amid warnings of IS resurgence amid the world’s preoccupation
with the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
report entitled “Contending with IS in the Time of Coronavirus” published on 31
March, “The International Crisis Group” urged the world to brace itself for new
offensives by the organization, which is poised to capitalize on the chaos
caused by the virus instead of being affected.
Jihad urges world to act on Palestinian inmates
Islamic Jihad Movement urged the international community not to remain silent
on Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli amid the coronavirus pandemic.
al-Hasayna, member of the political bureau of the group, said in a statement:
“Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the world and the international community still
turn a blind eye to the worst crimes against humanity, such as the arrests of
Arabs and Palestinians, medical negligence, torture and sham trials against
Israeli prisons, there are approximately 5,000 Palestinian prisoners, including
43 women, 180 children and 700 patients.
Prisoner’s Commission reported three guardians tested positive for coronavirus
and organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross,
urged Israel to take action to protect them from coronavirus.
appearing in Wuhan, China, last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to
at least 181 countries and regions.
compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University shows worldwide infections
surpassing 1.2 million with nearly 65,000 deaths. An excess of 246,400 have
Makarem Shirazi calls on people to stay at home
News Agency (ABNA): The revered source of emulation emphasized on the
importance of responsibility and called on the people to stay at home during
the Coronavirus outbreak.
the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in Iran, the revered source of emulation
called on people to stay at home and in keeping in line with their individual
and social responsibilities and to prevent further outbreaks of the
said, “In these days, a tribulation and epidemic has deprived everyone of
peace. In this special situation, I call on all of you dear ones to pay serious
attention to the danger of this disease while maintaining complete composure.”
Makarem-Shirazi added, “I would like to thank the medical and nursing community
and other health and medical workers, the devoted military and law enforcement
forces and the public for their assistance and selfless and diligent efforts
from the bottom of my heart.”
Eminence stated, “Today, our important responsibility is harmony, empathy and
friendship between the hearts of the people and in a word, commitment and
responsibility in [coping with the Coronavirus]. Therefore, I ask all the dear
people to pay special attention to the observance of all of the requests
requested by the health officials, including staying at home and avoiding any unnecessary
travel. It’s a duty of everyone to take responsibility for this and not to be
spectators like some uninformed and indifferent people who pass by these
said, “Undoubtedly, anyone who does little to combat this crisis and doesn’t do
his job properly has engaged in underselling.”
conclusion, Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi said, “By praying and supplicating to God
Almighty and resorting to the Infallibles, I ask you to repel and eliminate
of Iran’s Islamic Seminaries writes letter to Pope
— Head of Iran’s Islamic Seminaries Ayatollah Alireza Arafi has written a
letter to Pope Francis, calling for cooperation amid the global fight against
the coronavirus pandemic.
his letter, Ayatollah Arafi said the unfortunate incident of the coronavirus
outbreak has caused suffering for countries and nations, wishing all disasters
away from the world, according to the Hawzah news agency.
thanked the Pope and all those who contribute to the fight against coronavirus,
saying addressing this challenge and other contemporary crises such as
injustice, discrimination, inhumane sanctions, environmental crises, war,
terrorism, production and maintenance of WMDs, require international
consultation, cooperation, and comprehensive policies.
take this opportunity to announce that the Seminary and its professors,
scholars, and students are ready to exchange scientific, cultural and relief
experiences, especially in the virtual field, and to open a new chapter of
collaboration with international scientific centers, universities, religious
centers, leaders of divine religions, official organizations of countries, and
specifically the institution of Catholic Christianity in order to form a
community of divine religions to serve humanity,” he added.
Strip could face real catastrophe if COVID-19 cases soar: Rights group
besieged Gaza Strip might be hit by a “real catastrophe” if the number of
people infected by COVID-19 rises, a rights group warns, as the new pandemic
rages across the world.
urgent appeal to the international community, al-Mezan Center for Human Rights
said in a statement on Saturday that “the lives of tens of thousands of the
Gaza Strip residents are under an unprecedented threat in light of the weak
health capabilities and the continued siege.”
group, which is based in the Jabaliya Palestinian refugee camp in the blockaded
enclave, also called for urgent action to help Gazans in their fight against
the contagious disease before “the situation gets out of control.”
also called on the international community to supply the besieged people of
Gaza with ventilators, necessary medicine and laboratory test material to
better fight the disease and save more lives.
COVID-19 disease, caused by a new coronavirus, was first detected in the
Chinese city of Wuhan in late December and has currently affected 205 countries
and territories across the globe. So far, more than 1,139,120 people have
tested positive. Over 61,140 have died.
Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has held Israel fully responsible for any
COVID-19 outbreak in the besieged Gaza Strip.
figures by Palestine's Health Ministry shows that as of Saturday, 210 people
have tested positive for COVID-19 and one individual has died so far. A dozen
of the infected people are in Gaza, home to nearly two million people, and the
rest are in the occupied West Bank.
majority of population of Gaza lives in tightly packed refugee camps, where
social distancing is hardly feasible and the new coronavirus can rampage there
if necessary safety measures are not taken.
Thursday, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, which runs Gaza, held the
Israeli regime "fully responsible" for the consequences of any
COVID-19 outbreak in the enclave.
has been under an Israeli siege through air, land and sea since June 2007. The
blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as
unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.
Israeli regime denies Gazans their basic rights, such as freedom of movement,
jobs with proper wages as well as adequate healthcare and education.
rocket attack kills entire Yemeni family in Sa’ada
al-Masirah television network reported that the family consisting of a father,
a pregnant mother and two children had lost their lives in the Saudi rocket
strike on BeniSayyah area of Sa’ada’s Razih district.
border neighborhoods are subjected to daily Saudi shelling which cause civilian
casualties and destroy properties, the report added.
fresh Saudi crime comes amid a global fight against the deadly coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic, which first showed up in China in late December 2019
before spreading to other parts of the world.
has not recorded any COVID-19 cases to date, but the possibility of an outbreak
threatens the country’s fragile healthcare system, which is already struggling
to fight cholera and dengue fever.
month, OsamahAlfakih, advocacy director of the independent Yemeni rights group
Mwatana, estimated that attacks on hospitals and clinics have closed over half
of Yemen’s pre-war facilities.
those hospitals that remain open lack specialists, equipment and medicine. We
currently only have 10 healthcare workers per 10,000 people instead of the
standard 22,” he said, adding that the constant threat of being targeted makes
it very difficult for doctors and nurses to work.
March 25, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged Yemen’s rival parties to
work with his special envoy, Martin Griffiths, to achieve a nation-wide
de-escalation, saying, “a political solution is the only way to a comprehensive
and sustainable resolution of the conflict in Yemen.”
followed an earlier call by Guterres for “an immediate global ceasefire in all
corners of the world” to tackle the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
popular Houthi Ansarullah movement said any political solution to the Yemen
conflict should begin with an end to the US-sponsored Saudi military aggression
and the blockade on the impoverished state.
says any political solution to the Yemen conflict should begin with an end to
the US-sponsored Saudi war and the blockade on the country.
to a tally released last November by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data
Project or ACLED, more than 100,000 Yemenis have been killed in the war.
Western-backed bombing campaign, coupled with a naval blockade, has plunged
Yemen into what the UN says is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
are crippling Iran's fight against coronavirus: Tehran mayor
extra-territorial US sanctions prevent many countries and companies to do
legitimate business with Iranians, particularly to sell medicines to the
Islamic Republic, at a time that the country is severely fighting the deadly
new coronavirus pandemic, the mayor of Tehran Pirouz Hanachi writes in an opinion
in the British daily newspaper Guardian.
many of us urban administrators in Iran, the onslaught of coronavirus has
underscored an important fact of life: no town, city or nation can be
indifferent to global crises, even in far-flung corners of our world.
while the mantra of good governance over the past century has been to “think
global, act local”, we must today think and act both locally and globally.
the small-mindedness that has dominated the politics of various countries in
past years has not dissipated. Rather, those who have aggressively advocated
pursuit of narrowly defined “national interests” at any cost are doubling down.
The consequences of this posturing are many.
Iran, urban administrators are left facing an unprecedented public health
crisis. Figures show that 3,160 had died from the disease by 2 April and there
are more than 50,000 cases of infection. The rate of infections is not yet
slowing, and many of them are in Tehran, the city of which I am mayor.
there are things that we could do differently, like every country in the world.
But we are operating against the backdrop of the most extreme sanctions regime
in history. The US embargo not only prohibits American companies and
individuals from conducting lawful trade with Iranian counterparts, but given
that the sanctions are extra-territorial, all other countries and companies are
also bullied into refraining from doing legitimate business with Iranians, even
the selling of medicines.
result, the ability of my colleagues and I to provide the health, logistical
and other essential infrastructure necessary to combat the disease has been
drastically reduced. We experience this loss every day, and it can be counted
in people that would not have died.
unjust treatment of Iran has come about via the policies of one country – the
United States – whose ruling administration does not seem to priorities even
its own national interests, but instead the narrow interests of a governing
party. The outcome of such irresponsible policies and behavior is not limited
to Iran; they have also inflicted harm on the American public.
the Donald Trump administration’s refusal to halt its economic warfare against
Iran is directly impeding our efforts to deal with a virus which knows no
borders. Is it in the US’s national interest for the coronavirus pandemic to
order to better confront these new global crises, there is a need for
politicians to realize that the path to pursuing national interests is not
separate or contrary to that of global interests and international
equal importance, it must be recognized that as long as the general consensus
in international politics does not actively move toward reducing injustice and
inequality beyond national and racial boundaries, global crises will continue
to indiscriminately endanger every country in the world.
world cannot go on like this. If global leaders fail to seize the opportunity
to embrace change, we will all continue to remain highly vulnerable to
communicable diseases, environmental catastrophes, global warming, terrorism,
violent extremism and other shared threats.
United States has refused to lift sanctions on Iran and even tightened them
several times in recent weeks, making it almost impossible for the Islamic
Republic to access life-saving medications and medical equipment.
disease has so far killed 3,452 people and infected 55,743, of whom 4,103 are
in critical condition in Iran. A total of 19,736 people have also recovered.
firm awarded contract to produce micro-CHPs on commercial scale
Oil Ministry has awarded a major contract to a domestic company to manufacture
micro-combined heat and power (CHP) systems as the country aims to increase
efficiency in energy consumption.
Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh oversaw the signing of the contract on Saturday
between the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) and Aran Energy
Systems for production of 85 micro-CHPs in one year.
are gas boilers that produce electricity as well as heating and hot water.
Experts see a bright future for the systems which are small-size versions of
industrial heating systems that generate electricity as a by-product of
Iranian-made micro-CHPs are planned to be used for an initial period of six
months in government offices and non-residential places. That could help the
manufacturer to fix troubleshooting issues and reduce the final price of the
product for introducing to the households.
Iranian version of the micro-CHPs will be equipped with modern overhead valve
engines (OHV), said Jaber Neshati, an Iranian Oil Ministry official familiar
with the process to commercialize the boilers.
said that the project for obtaining the technology needed for micro-CHPs began
in Iran in 2014 when the National Iranian Oil Company and the fuel efficacy
department of the Oil Ministry provided the funding and support.
said the total costs for manufacturing a micro-CHP in Iran would amount to
nearly 7,000 euros, adding that once fully commercialized, the final price of
the product would be around a fourth of the price of a current European
a leading energy producer in the world, has seen a rapid jump in consumption of
natural gas by households and industries over the past years.
government hopes efficiency schemes could help save as much as possible form a
current whopping consumption of nearly 600 million cubic meters of natural gas
in winter months by the households.
reveals, exacerbates US inequality
three weeks ago, Miguel Rodriguez was enjoying a pleasant life, working as a
waiter in a Maryland restaurant in a job he held for 20 years.
changed overnight when La Ferme, a French restaurant in the upscale Chevy Chase
suburb of Washington, was forced to close amid statewide shutdowns to try to
contain the coronavirus outbreak.
pandemic instantly threw millions of US workers off the payroll and into
poverty, in a crisis that is revealing and further exacerbating inequalities in
the world's largest economy.
is an extraordinary blow to millions of Americans who had barely recovered from
the 2008 financial crisis," said Edward Alden, an expert at the Council on
wages took eight years to recover after the crisis, and had only accelerated
for lower-paid workers in the past two years, he said.
decade of employment gains came to an abrupt halt in March, as the economy
jettisoned 701,000 jobs and the unemployment rate posted the biggest increase
in 45 years, rising to 4.4 percent.
Donald Trump, who is running for re-election in November, regularly touts the
record low unemployment among Hispanics and blacks.
during years of economic growth, inequalities have continued to widen between
wealthiest Americans -- who accumulated substantial gains on Wall Street -- and
the bottom 90 percent.
COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the global economy into recession and the downturn
"will exacerbate inequality," said Gregory Daco, chief economist at
10 million workers filed for unemployment insurance in the final two weeks of
March, and those "sudden job losses are concentrated in the low-income
service sectors" in a country with few social safety nets and an extremely
low savings rate of around eight percent.
55, is saddened to have to rely on unemployment benefits for the first time
since arriving in the United States in 1983 from El Salvador.
he worries payments, which do not take into account tips, which make up the
majority of his earnings, will not be enough to provide for his three children.
not alone: half of all Americans do not have emergency savings to deal with
unforeseen financial difficulties, according to a survey by Oxford Economics.
still-exploding coronavirus pandemic in the US will increase the country’s
suicide rate and domestic violence, as well as causing massive poverty and
permanent business closures, says an American political commentator.
Hardy, professor at American University, cautioned that "we must brace for
impacts on employment and wages that would last into at least early 2021."
low savings rates and high levels of installment debt, many US households do
not have the needed cushion to push through the economic headwinds that have
arrived," he said.
like the 2008 global financial crisis, Alden said, "this one has
highlighted the enormous vulnerability of many Americans."
individuals are woefully unprepared for retirement, and many Americans into
their 70s and 80s likely will have to continue to work.
Saint Louis branch of the Federal Reserve found that among those who lack a
high school diploma, only 22 percent have a retirement savings plan. And even
when they do, the median balance is only $35,000.
Hardy said "this recession will have negative impacts across the income
distribution, including for some ostensibly well-off households."
threat to their income flow would therefore be quite dangerous for these
families" he said, and "this is disproportionately true for black
middle class households."
IN ACTION: MUSLIMS ANSWER THE CALL TO MAKE MASKS FOR HEALTH WORKERS, PATIENTS
Ayesha Rashid asked the imam recently to put the word out for volunteers
willing to make some non-medical face masks and help meet a growing need during
the COVID-19 outbreak.
Muhammad Faraz and the congregants of Masjid Hamza al-Mahmood Foundation in
Prior Lake delivered in a big way. Some 40 families responded to the call,
sewing 1,500 homemade masks for low-risk patients and non-medical staff at
local hospitals around the Twin Cities.
good work also helped bring the al-Mahmood community together in a way that’s
been difficult with the mosque closed as part of the statewide effort to slow
COVID-19’s spread. Making masks let people put their faith into practice and
connect with a sense of purpose.
was a substitute for us for being unable to gather in the masjid. I think this
kept our spirit alive,” Sheikh Faraz said. “We felt a bigger gathering than
when we usually gather in the masjid.”
— a doctor of infectious diseases who
understood the seriousness of the virus and it’s potential spread — described
the community response as “nothing short of a miracle.”
Faraz said he had expected a response from a half dozen families who could make
up to 200 masks when he put the call out to the community with a flyer on March
21. Within 48 hours he knew it would be much bigger — 25 families were on board
to help make masks.
al-Mahmood is based in Prior Lake, it serves families across the Twin Cities
metro area. The distances created challenges that needed to be solved when so
many people wanted to help. Sewing volunteers needed to refill supplies and
pick up finished masks while limiting exposure for everyone involved.
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Masood, a student and volunteer at al-Mahmood, was tasked with being the direct
contact for the many families that volunteered to make masks. Her job as PNC
Bank automation manager transferred well into her position coordinating the
began working with volunteer drivers to move supplies between homes and connect
teams of sewing volunteers together to answer questions. She created a WhatsApp
chat group for the volunteers to ask questions.
Faraz had encouraged volunteers to involve their families in the work, calling
it a chance to participate locally and
leave a footprint for their children.”
made sure that their kids, teenagers, or the husbands were helping at home by
cutting or sewing and that was inspiring to see,” Saima said. “Everybody at
home was working together, not just the moms.”
Jamal was one of the volunteers helping create masks. Like many of the other
volunteers, it was tough for Samiya to make the time for sewing masks, but with
her family shouldering responsibilities at home, she was able to create 50
masks on her own.
word spread in her neighborhood that Jamal was sewing masks, four of her
neighbors reached out to join her and make more.
of her children are students in college or university while the youngest is 13
years old. Outside of their online schooling, Samiya’s children helped their
mother in this task by stepping up in other household responsibilities.
said she’s heartened and astonished at the work done by her community in the
span of a week to help her colleagues at United Hospital.
started as one family, went to three, then 10, and within a few days, over 40
families had joined hands,” she said. “The true grit and beautiful character of
the Muslim community shone like a bright light, unfazed and focused in the face
of crises. Each problem was followed by a brilliant solution.”
opposes release of inmates amid COVID-19 pandemic
attorney has officially opposed release of prisoners amid the coronavirus
pandemic, arguing that “violent criminals” should not be set free.
attorney for Washington, DC, Timothy Shea, expressed the opposition Saturday in
response to an emergency motion filed by the Public Defender Service general
misdemeanor defendants include violent criminals convicted of offenses
involving vicious and armed assaults, assault on police officer and other first
responders, bomb threats, voyeurism, stalking, indecent exposure to minors, and
domestic violence,” Shea said in a
statement. “This pandemic should not be used as a basis to release violent
criminals onto the streets of Washington.”
to the motion, outbreaks of COVID-19 “are far from speculative — they are
imminent, with confirmed positive cases [at the jail] now approaching double
Public Defender Service general counsel introduced the motion after several
inmates in Washington jails tested positive for the coronavirus.
California's crowded prisons and jails, the threat of the rapidly spreading
coronavirus induces a sense of fear and helplessness.
DC prisoners have also sued Hope Village, the jail they are held in, over
defying coronavirus regulations such as social distancing.
were meanwhile concerns about the conditions of prisoners as the pandemic was
growing fast across the states amid a shortage of medical supplies.
President Donald Trump said Friday evening that he was invoking the Defense
Production Act (DPA) to prevent the export of surgical masks and gloves.
order is another step in our ongoing fight to prevent hoarding, price gouging,
and profiteering by preventing the harmful export of critically needed
PPE," the White House said in a statement. "It will help ensure that
needed PPE is kept in our country and gets to where it is needed to defeat the
Trump administration is facing unprecedented criticism over its poor response
to the outbreak as well as spread of disinformation about COVID-19.
warns of 'a lot of death' from coronavirus, blaming media-induced public
President Donald Trump has warned there will be “a lot of death” in the weeks
ahead over the coronavirus outbreak while blasting local media outlets for
“spreading false rumors” and creating “fear” and “panic” among people.
will be probably the toughest week, between this week and next week, and there
will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” Trump said Saturday during his daily
briefing on the pandemic which has so far infected over 300,000 in the country
with the death toll surpassing the 8,000 mark, according to official figures
released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
further underlined that the US is approaching a “horrendous” time in the
outbreak, adding, “We are getting to that time where the numbers are going to
peak and it is not going to be a good-looking situation.”
really believe we’ve probably have never seen anything like these kind of
numbers; maybe during the war, during a world war, a world war one or two or
something,” he went on to note. “But this is a war, all into itself, and it’s a
US president also slammed press coverage of the virus outbreak in his country,
accusing the media of generating public panic, saying: “It’s therefore critical
that certain media outlets stop spreading false rumors and creating fear and
even panic with the public.”
just incredible. I could name them but it’s the same ones; always the same
ones. I guess they’re looking for ratings. I don’t know what they’re looking
for. So bad for our country,” he added.
further emphasized that his administration is using the Defense Production Act
“very powerfully”, noting that government emergency management and health
services institutions such as FEMA and HHS have ordered 180 million N95 masks.
need the masks,” he underlined. “We don’t want other people getting them.
That’s why we’re instituting a lot of Defense Production Act. You could call it
retaliations because that’s what it is, it’s a retaliation. If people don’t
give us what we need for our people, we’re going to be very tough.”
to deploy 1,000 military personnel to New York City, which leads all major
American cities as a “hotspot” for the coronavirus cases, Trump further added:
“We will continue to use every power, every authority, every single resource
we’ve got to keep our people healthy, safe, secure and get this thing over
with. We want to finish this war.”
of the principal US coronavirus hot spots - New York and Louisiana - reported
their biggest jumps in COVID-19 deaths yet on Friday.
have to get back to work,” he then insisted. “We have to open our country
again. We have to open our country again. We don’t want to be doing this for
months and months and months. We have to open our country again. This country
wasn’t meant for this. Few were, few were. But we have to open our country
is while the White House announced earlier that Trump had issued disaster
declarations for the states of Wisconsin and Nebraska, bringing the overall
count to 36 states, the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) and four US
also pointed out that he had considered acting to relax stay-at-home orders
nationwide so Christian churches across the US could celebrate Easter Sunday
health experts warn that mass shutdowns of businesses and schools over the
coronavirus outbreak will lead to thousands of deaths and suicides unrelated to
the disease itself.
Sunday, tomorrow,” he said. “Think of it. We’re not going to churches on Palm
Sunday. But think of next Sunday: Easter. And I brought it up before, I said,
maybe we could allow a special for churches. Maybe we could talk about it.
Maybe we could allow them with great separation outside on Easter Sunday.”
US president further continued to lobby for hydroxychloroquine, the malaria
drug he believes could work as a preventive for coronavirus, noting that he had
called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day to urge the
release of the unspecified amounts of the drug ordered by Washington.
just hope that hydroxychloroquine wins, coupled with perhaps the Z-Pak as we
call it, depending totally on your doctors and the doctors there,” Trump
asserted. “There is a possibility – a possibility – and I say it: what do you
have to lose? … Take it. I really think they should take it.”
reason the US failed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic at its onset is that
President Trump has no belief in science and even denigrates it, an American
FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Commissioner Dr Stephen Hahn emphasized
right after Trump’s prepared remarks on Saturday that “we are prioritizing this
drug to come in for clinical trials and use if doctors think it’s appropriate.”
the drug has not been approved by FDA, Trump insisted during his remarks that
“I may take it,” claiming that it may be a “game changer” for treating the
of US sailors infected with Covid-19 on aircraft carrier rises to 155: Navy
number of American sailors tested positive so far for the coronavirus on the
USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier has surged 13 percent to 155 within the
past 24 hours, the US Navy has confirmed amid the sacking of the warship’s
captain for publicizing the debacle.
Navy further declared in a Saturday statement that 44 percent of the warship’s
5,000-strong service members had been tested and 1,548 of them were transferred
ashore, noting that none of the infected sailors have been hospitalized.
carrier’s Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of his command of the Theodore
Roosevelt last Thursday after the public leak of a contemptuous letter in which
he urged the US Navy to take stronger action in efforts to contain the spread
of the virus aboard the nuclear-powered warship.
US Navy has fired the commander of an aircraft carrier who had warned American
sailors aboard the vessel would die unless the coronaviru-hit ship was
the letter, which was published by the San Francisco Chronicle and caught the
Navy by surprise, Crozier described how bleak the situation was onboard the
carrier as more sailors were diagnosed with the virus.
further stated in his memo to the Navy's Pacific Fleet that the warship lacked
sufficient quarantine and isolation facilities, warning the current strategy
would slow but fail to eliminate the virus.
Navy’s acting Secretary Thomas Modly then announced in a Thursday briefing that
Crozier had been “relieved of command,” explaining that the captain had allowed
"the complexity of his challenge with the COVID-19 breakout on the ship to
overwhelm his ability to act professionally when acting professionally was what
was needed the most at the time."
fallout from the Navy’s firing of Crozier is growing, however, as Democrats in
both chambers of the US Congress called on Friday for a probe into his dismissal
as well as the coronavirus outbreak on board the warship.
Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland
wrote a letter co-signed by 15 other senators to Pentagon inspector general
Glenn Fine demanding that his office "immediately conduct a formal
investigation" into the outbreak and the Navy's decision to relieve
Crozier of his command.
is essential that your office conduct a comprehensive investigation to avoid
any potential conflicts of interest within the Navy chain of command, and we
encourage you to evaluate all relevant matters associated with the dismissal
and the outbreak on the ship," the letter read, as quoted in local media
Democratic Congressmen Ted LIeu of California and Ruben Gallego of Arizona also
wrote to Fine on Friday calling on him to "open an investigation into this
matter as soon as possible."
veterans, we were taught that protecting the health and safety of troops was
one of the highest priorities of any commander," they wrote, insisting
that they are "disturbed" by the captain’s firing.
is while sailors on the warship cheered for their departing captain Thursday
night as he was relieved from duty by the US military.
firefighter gets coronavirus after Hasidic teen allegedly sneezed into his face
Muslim FDNY firefighter — whose father is a convicted terrorist — tested
positive for coronavirus nine days after three Hasidic teens in Borough Park
deliberately sneezed on him, sources told The Post.
alleged sneeze assault on Omar Sattar, 33, is described in a letter, obtained
by The Post, from Lt. Kasey Koslowski of Engine Co. 282 to Thomas Richardson,
the Department’s Chief of Operations.
the engine company responded to a call at 47th Street and Fort Hamilton
Parkway, one firefighter — whose name is blacked out but was identified by
sources as Sattar — was inspecting a
hydrant when he was approached by “three Hasidic Jewish teens.”
firefighter started experiencing flu-like symptoms four days after the “unusual
occurrence,” the letter says. He was subsequently tested for coronavirus and
placed on medical leave March 24 while awaiting the results. The test came back
positive on March 27.
we will not be able to tell if this positive COVID-19 test result is a direct
outcome of the previous incident, what we do know is the continued lack of
disregard by the citizens of [Borough]Park for the state of emergency policy,”
the letter reads.
adds, “In a time when personal space and social distancing is at an all-time
high, it is going to take a cumulative effort from everyone to defeat this
virus, including the residents of [Borough] Park.”
could not be reached for comment. The NYPD did not return a request for
information. Sattar did not respond to messages.
denounced “a minority” in the religious community who are thumbing their noses
at social-distancing guidelines amid the deadly pandemic.
the hell is wrong with these people?” Hikind asked, adding that Brooklyn
funeral homes catering to the Jewish community have been “overwhelmed” with
Saturday, 426 FDNY members, including EMS, firefighters and civilians, are out
sick with confirmed COVID-19 infections, Long said. The total 3,000 on medical
leave includes others believed to have the virus, he added.
graduated from the Fire Academy in October 2017. He is the eldest son of Ahmed
Abdel Sattar, who was convicted in 2005 of “soliciting crimes of violence” and
conspiracy to murder Jews.
statement to The Post at the time, Sattar said, “This is what I have always
wanted to do. This is who I have always wanted to be. I have always admired
dad, now 60, appeared to be a mild-mannered postal-service worker living
peacefully in Staten Island. The court found he was an Islamist extremist who
used his home as a communications hub to further the schemes of Sheik Omar
Abdel Rahman, the blind Muslim cleric who masterminded the 1993 World Trade
Center bombing, which killed six.
Is Coming; Muslims Advised to Perform Tarawih at Home
Jakarta - Chief of an Islamic organization (LPOI), Said Aqil Siroj, calls on
the Muslim community to continue perform their prayers at home during the
fasting month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr holiday.
call on the Muslims to perform Friday, Tarawih, and this year’s Eid al-Fitr
Prayers at home," Siroj said in a video conference on Saturday, April 4,
adding that the Muslims shouldn’t take to the street to celebrate Eid eve
(malam takbiran) in order to suppress the spread of Covid-19 transmission.
addition, Said Aqil asked the public to not leave for their hometowns, or
mudik, during Eid holidays. “We support the government’s policy of providing
incentives for the people who won’t go for Eid exodus,”
explains that taking care of your self and the safety of others is God’s
command. Therefore, Said Aqil asks the people to stay at home and implement
physical distancing to prevent the novel coronavirus transmission.
not only commands us to perform salah (prayers), but he also orders us to keep
each others' safety and health. 'La Darar Wa La Dirar' one must not harm
himself or bring harm to others,” said the chairman of PBNU, quoting one of the
hadiths of Prophet Mohammad.
prayers at home on Shab-e-Barat, Islamic Foundation urges
Foundation today urged all Muslims to offer prayers on the occasion of
Shab-e-Barat at their respective homes, in order to contain the spread of
request was made in a statement signed by Anis Mahmud, director general of
holy Shab-e-Barat will be observed across the country on the night of April 9
Taliban militants killed, wounded after attacking ANDSF convoy in Laghman
Afghan forces killed or wounded nine Taliban militants after responding to a
Taliban attack on a convoy of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces
(ANDSF) in Laghman province.
201st Silab Corps in a statement said the Taliban militants attacked the convey
of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in Alisheng district on
statement further added that the Afghan forces responded to the attack with the
support of the Air Forces who were providing close air support to the convoy.
security forces killed 4 militants and wounded 5 others during the clash, the
201st Silab Corps added.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding
the incident so far.
Uprising forces kill, wound 11 Taliban militants in Kapisa province
Public Uprising forces killed or wounded at least 11 Taliban militants during a
clash in North-eastern Kapisa province of Afghanistan.
201st Silab Corps in a statement said a group of Taliban militants attacked the
security posts of the Public Uprising forces in Nawa Jangal area of Tagab
district on Friday.
statement further added that the Public Uprising forces responded to the
attack, killing at least 4 militants and wounding others.
Silab Corps did not disclose further information regarding the clash and it was
not clear if the Public Uprising forces also sustained casualties during the
clash or not.
crucial future of power-sharing in Afghanistan
of Afghanistan’s Post-Bonn governments were based on power-sharing, and history
has taught Afghans that power-sharing is not a remedy for the State’s ills.
Afghans, the “endless war” has actually lasted for over 40 years, starting with
the 1978 Communist coup and 1979 Soviet invasion, the subsequent 1990s civil
war that culminated in Taliban rule, and then the current U.S.-led war to
topple the Taliban. There are many complex issues to address stemming from all
this conflict—from a cease-fire to disarmament, from freeing prisoners to
addressing past atrocities, from resettling millions of refugees to safeguarding
rights for women and minorities. But, perhaps the hardest of all will be
creating a vision for a common future, where all parties will need to
compromise on sharing power in Afghanistan.
negotiations around power-sharing will be fraught for multiple reasons. First,
these discussions will require engagement on principles, including deeply held
beliefs on the nature of Islamic governance and democracy; on a centralized
State; on ethnic and regional divisions; on reading of recent Afghan history and
the role of outsiders; and on individual rights. At the same time, the
negotiations will be weighted with very practical implications for a greater
number of actors getting a limited share of power.
form of government will be a foundational issue in power-sharing negotiations.
The Taliban have said they want Islamic government, ideally in the form of an
emirate. Most take this to mean a government of clerical rule drawing its
legitimacy from clerics, if not led by one. The “Governmental” position is that
Afghanistan must remain an Islamic Republic, in which the legitimacy of the
government is derived from the consent of the governed through universal
suffrage, and where basic rights are enshrined and protected in accordance with
international laws and norms, as the current Afghan constitution recognizes.
The challenge will be to create a shared worldview, and to do so in a way that
is rooted in more universal values and principles and not subject to fiat.
much of the attention in the negotiating process will be on political
power-sharing, it is worth thinking about economic power-sharing and women’s
rights also, especially as the state controls a substantial amount of
employment, investment opportunity, and revenue sources. Doling out jobs is a
significant form of patronage available to those in power. The reality in
Afghan society is that the Taliban have no human resources other than fighters,
while millions of young Afghans have been trained over the past 18 years. Now
the integration of these is another problem that must be solved between the
Taliban’s group and the Afghan government. And lack of clarity about the
intra-Afghan talks and the designated negotiators has further heightened fears
about the implications for women’s rights. women’s rights are controversial
issue to fully participate in political, professional, and economic life should
also be seen through the lens of power-sharing. Government power distribution
will both affect individual women directly and the course of policy making.
There is great and significant concern that the Taliban have not advanced from
their 1996-2001 position, which led to bans on things like work and education.
or not the draft U.S.-Taliban deal was good for most Afghans, the suspension of
talks maintains a deadly and worsening situation. The Taliban continue to hold
large amounts of territory, political debates are increasingly polarized, and
the level of civilian casualties is horrendous. Fundamental uncertainty over
the future course of peace negotiations may trigger hedging behavior that could
lead to a rapidly worsening situation. The worst-case scenario is the growing
threat of ISIS or other groups as a long-term threat to peace and regional
Afghanistan’s case, devolving power to local institutions will only encourage
further jihadism, warlordism and extremism designed to wring concessions from
the State. The recent political debacle between President Dr. Ashraf Ghani and
former Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah over the presidential election results in
Afghanistan has spurred an array of solutions and opinions from practitioners
and scholars, all with the aim of preventing political instability in
Afghanistan. Many analysts see the centralized model of governance led by Ghani
as a potential spoiler for stability and a peace deal with Taliban. Proposals
for “power-sharing mechanisms to ensure different groups are represented in the
political system” are gaining sizable momentum. However, for a State that is
rising from the ashes of civil war to make concessions to the same individuals
and groups who were responsible for starting the fire in the first place is
present debacle between President Dr. Ghani and Abdullah is a recurring
instance of jihadism: threatening to “go to the mountain” to force political
concessions. In the meantime, the United States is hoping to convince Taliban
to “climb down from the mountain.” This is in effect legitimizing jihad as an
institution to make claims to power and get concessions from the government.
Championing power-sharing, under these circumstances, is nothing more than
advocacy for making concession to armed groups who rebel or threaten the
government with rebellion. if President Dr. Ashraf Ghani chooses to resist power-sharing
it will perpetuate instability. However, if the aim of this resistance is to
establish the Afghan government as the only entity that deploys physical force
in the country then it might yield security and stability in the long run –
providing that he triumphs. Helping the Afghan government become the only
entity that has the capabilities to use physical force is the only long-lasting
solution. Now that the Afghan Government is trying to reassert its dominance
over the Afghan society, it must deal with the competing informal institutions
that formed during decades of civil war. Any solution for lasting stability and
peace in Afghanistan must include two components: a government that can
actually control rogue violence and therefore has a monopoly over the use of
force and tangible efforts to address the foundational disputes between
Afghanistan and Pakistan.
warlords and strongmen are the another crucial problem in power-sharing. They
are the product of the last four decades of war and one of the worst legacies
of the United States’ long war in Afghanistan. These figures remain a strong
challenge for the central government. The warlords created private militias and
have been involved in heinous crimes and human rights violations ever since. Using
government resources and positions, they have been ruling with impunity for
decades. warlords remain a barrier Afghanistan’s fledgling democracy and
accountability, blocking a new generation from leading the country toward
progress and development. They are responsible for killings, beatings,
abductions, extortion, land seizures, illegal mining, drug trafficking, and in
some cases joining hands with the Taliban where there is mutual interest. In
short, these warlords have become a major problem for the country. the rise and
endurance of the warlords is a legacy of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The
majority of the current warlords gained prominence in late 2001 while fighting
against the Taliban regime. With the U.S.-supplied funds and weapons, coupled
with the collapse of the Taliban regime, these warlords were able to control
and influence the nation’s security forces and government ministries. They
largely used their official positions to cement their own authority in their
respective territories and have enriched themselves through illegal money. From
ministerial posts to civilian positions, from the security sector to lucrative
customs, they have influence everywhere.
are a serious hurdle facing the Afghan educated generation and technocrats keen
to transform Afghanistan from a traditional conservative society into a modern
and progressive era.
targets Taliban gathering in Kandahar, killing 6 militants
airstrike targeted a Taliban gathering in southern Kandahar province killing at
least six militants who were planning to launch an attack on security posts.
205th Atal Corps in a statement said the militants had gathered in Shalghami
area of Maiwand district and were looking to attack the security posts.
statement further added that the airstrike killed 6 militants of Taliban led by
airstrike also destroyed six weapons and two night vision goggles, the 205th
Atal Corps added in its statement.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the airstrike so far
coronavirus: PM announces Tk 72,750cr stimulus package
Minister Sheikh Hasina today declared Tk 72,750 crore stimulus package to
address the adverse impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the country's
GDP growth may be stunted due to the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina said. The government will extend funds to combat the impact
caused by the coronavirus situation, she also said
extends suspension of all flights till April 14
Bangladesh Airlines has extended the suspension of all international and
domestic flights until April 14.
Deputy General Manager (Public Relations) Tahera Khandaker confirmed it to The
Daily Star this noon.
mid-range hotels in Islamabad to be used to quarantine international passengers
Four mid-rangehotels in the capitalwill be used as quarantine facilities for
suspected Covid-19 patients, specifically passengers travelling to Pakistan
from other countries.
capital administration has approached a number of hotels asking them to make
arrangements to accommodate passengers after a recent Islamabad High Court
(IHC) decision passed on a petition filed by Hotel Margalla, which allowed the
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to convert the hotel into a
move comes after the government decided to partially resume international
flight operations, as the existing four hotel quarantine facilities may not be
able to accommodate hundreds of passengers.
March 16 and March 22, the NDMA asked four mid-range hotels to offer their
facilities to temporarily house suspected Covid-19 patients.
most of the hotels were reluctant to do so and one - Hotel Margalla - went into
litigation fearing that doing so would damage their reputation and negatively
effect clientele, the Redison Hotel volunteered its facilities and recalled
staff to serve its residents.
admin approaching hotels to convert them into quarantine centres after govt
decision to partially resume international flight operations
hotel’s owner, Raja Sajjad, offered staff perks and privileges and assured them
they would be provided protective equipment during working hours to persuade
them to return to work.
said all 50 rooms in the hotel have been placed at the disposal of the NDMA
since March 22; around 350 to 400 people, mostly passengers, have stayed at the
quarantine centre since then. They were all allowed to leave when they tested
negative for Covid-19.
capital administration later converted Hillview Hotel, Islamabad Hotel and
Hotel Margalla into quarantine centres as well. Several hotels along Murree
Road have also been contacted, and will likely be used as quarantine centres as
the Hotel Margalla petition, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah observed that the
federal government “has taken several measures to prevent spread of the novel
coronavirus” to safeguard the public at large and their fundamental rights.
court order also provided remedy for hotels used as quarantine centres,
stating: “In case the petitioner hotel suffers loss, it would not be without
remedy because in such an eventuality remedies available under the law can be
resorted to later.”
Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Hamza Shafqaat said the government would
compensate hotels that are turned into quarantine centres since their premises
and facilities are being used for official purposes. He added that the
generosity of any hotel voluntarily offering its services would be appreciated.
NDMA has also converted educational institutions, public halls meant for large
exhibitions such as the Expo Centre in Karachi and Lahore or the Pak-China
Centre in Islamabad, hostels and even train coaches into makeshift quarantine
facilities to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.
Pakistan Says No To Cricket During Holy Month Of Ramadan
Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday said due to the prevailing COVID-19
pandemic, it will not issue NOCs for any cricket during the holy month of
Ramadan. (More Cricket News)
PCB in a statement said: "We have been approached by some organisers,
seeking clarification on the PCB's NOC policy for Ramadan cricket. At this time
it is appropriate we follow our overarching policy which states that organised
cricket in Pakistan will remain suspended until normalcy returns to society. In
this background, the PCB will not issue any NOCs for Ramadan cricket.
are unprecedented, tough and challenging times for the world as all economic
and sporting activities have come to a standstill with sole focus being on
health and safety of the people. The PCB strongly urges organisers and cricketers
to religiously follow all precautionary measures, including remaining indoors,
maintaining social distancing and avoiding gatherings.
PCB takes the welfare and wellbeing of its staff and cricketers very seriously.
It has around 220 professional cricketers on its payroll apart from its
staffers. The PCB will ensure that full player salaries continue to be honoured
until at least the end of the 2019-2020 financial year. Furthermore, we have
put in place systems to ensure that monthly salaries are paid on time and
PCB is monitoring the situation in the country closely as it evolves and will
amend its policy when appropriate.
mosques in Punjab, Sindh defy curbs on Friday prayers
Minister Imran Khan is relying on restricting the size of congregations
attending mosques and advice to stay at home from religious groups like the Islamic
Ideology Council. Some provinces have also issued their own lockdown orders to
prevent people from gathering in mosques, especially for Friday prayers. In
Sindh, a complete lockdown was announced from noon until 3 pm on Friday, and
anyone found on the streets was to be arrested. However, the government’s call
for ‘complete lockdown’ on Friday from noon to 3 pm was defied by some mosques
as congregational prayers were held as per routine.
of the people who attended the congregations and the prayer leaders who led
them were of the view that they have left the current situation to the ‘Will of
God’ and no harm will befall them unless it was Divine Will.
will happen. Karachi is a city of 20 million, the government cannot implement
its decision in every nook and cranny,” said the prayer leader of the Jamia
of the four mosques in the area, only one was open for Friday congregation.
Despite an announcement from mosques to pray at home, around three to four
dozen people attended the congregational prayers at Jamia Mosque Quba.
from different areas of Karachi suggested that the majority of mosques followed
government orders, however, some continued to hold regular prayers.
other towns and cities of the province, including Sukkur, Larkana, Hyderabad
and Mirpurkhas divisions, the doors of most mosques were locked with only four
to five people, including the prayer leader, allowed to pray. But in rural
areas, especially in villages, the ban could not be implemented. “We have
prayed Friday prayers in our Jamia mosque with the same amount of people,”
Abdul Hanan, who lives in a village in the Kamber Shahdadkot district, said via
phone. “The partial ban is only in cities and towns, people here pray five
times a day without any fear,” he added.
said its officials were assaulted after they stopped congregational prayers
from taking place on Friday. Police said a local mosque’s Imam led the Friday
prayers despite the three-hour complete lockdown in place in the Karachi’s Liaquatabad
area. Upon violation, police officials tried to stop the prayers but were
attacked by the violators. “People were instigated by the Imam when police
asked them to stop the congregational prayers,” it stated. Two policemen were
assaulted by people, who later had to find cover at a citizen’s home. In
Punjab, where 60% of Pakistan’s 220 million people live, checkpoints were set
up in major cities stopping people from congregating. Still, mosques remained
open in several areas, even as they have been shut down across much of the
Middle East and elsewhere.
cases may top 50,000 by April end, SC told
The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (NHSRC)
informed the Supreme Court on Saturday that the number of coronavirus cases in
Pakistan might be over 50,000 by the end of April — 2,392 critical patients
needing intensive care, 7,024 serious patients and 41,482 others who would have
mild symptoms and just require isolation at their homes.
report submitted to the apex court, the ministry, however, explained that these
figures were mere projections based on assumptions made from trends of the
Covid-19 outbreak in other countries.
ministry in the report on the national action plan for combating Covid-19 told
the court that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus after 35 days of
its outbreak in Pakistan remained low as compared to reported cases in European
countries and Iran.
other reports were also filed before the court on Saturday by the Ministry of
Interior and the Punjab government as well as a written synopsis by senior
counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed defending the March 20 order of the Islamabad High
Court (IHC) for releasing under-trial prisoners (UTPs) on bail.
reports were furnished prior to a scheduled hearing on Monday of a challenge to
the March 20 IHC order on a petition by Raja Mohammad Nadeem.
by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, a five-judge larger bench will
resume the hearing of the petition on April 6.
the last hearing on April 1, the apex court had sought a comprehensive report
from the government on measures taken to prevent the spread of deadly
coronavirus in the country.
NHSRC in its report explained that 13,000 health facilities across the country
have been entrusted with collecting surveillance data besides developing public
awareness messages for dissemination to all modes of media.
the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre, activated at the National
Institute of Health (NIH) has been assigned to conduct surveillance, prepare
daily situation report, risk assessment, date analysis and to follow up
from domestic emergency funding made available by the finance division, the
report said, a comprehensive financing requirement for Pakistan to the tune of
$366 million from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank has also been
prepared in consultation with the provinces that has also been approved by the
to the NHSRC report, the NHSRC has also prepared and issued an advisory on
Corona Mitigation Strategy for the health sector that include early case
detection, contact tracing protocols, infection prevention SOPs, information
education and communication material. It has set up 1166 helpline and adopted
best practices to educate the masses on avoiding transmission.
addition, social distancing measures and quarantine/isolation protocols have
also been included in the advisory, the report says, adding SOPs for safe
dignified burial have also been developed and shared providing clear guidelines
to limit infection during the process.
National Coordination Committee (Covid-19) has also been constituted and given
specific terms of reference with respect to controlling the situation.
NHSRC said that more than 1.4 million travelers were restricted for strict
screening at major points of entry in the country — 1.1 million passengers at
seven airports and more than 300,000 passengers at three land crossings, adding
that 222 suspected patients were identified and quarantined.
the NHSRC report says, the provision of five thermal scanners, more than 1,000
guns, essential equipment, human resource, training, standard guidelines and
SOPs for point of entry have been developed.
counters have been established at all major international airports, all ground
crossings at Taftan, Chaman and Torkham borders have further been strengthened,
extra officials have been deployed and an emergency has been declared at
bordering areas of Balochistan.
the report says, 207 hospitals in all major cities and 154 districts of the
country have been identified for isolation of suspected patients, adding that
the isolation capacity has been increased.
interior ministry’s report has informed the apex court that a total of 991,337
persons have departed from Pakistan for different worldwide destinations since
Jan 1, 2020 and a total of 13,493 persons have arrived in the country from
different countries after screening.
Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration, which is under the
administrative control of the interior ministry, has taken appropriate necessary
measures to control the spread of Covid-19.
competent authority, the report says, in exercise of powers conferred under
Article 245 of the Constitution and Section 131-A CrPC has authorised
deployment of Pakistan Army’s troops in addition to the civil armed forces in
the ICT and in all parts of the country in connection with the prevailing
the Pakistan Coast Guards has sealed all the Jetties to control the movements
from the sea. In addition, the civil armed forces have been deployed at eight
international airports on the recommendation of the National Security Committee
to assist the airport authorities across Pakistan.
Advocate Khawaja Haris Ahmed in his synopsis before the apex court argued that
inmates in crowded jails of Pakistan were obliged by law to face trial on the
basis of allegations made against them and not to become martyrs while waiting
to be tried.
inmates can be tried and convicted only if they are alive and well enough to
face trial, he contended, adding unless the accused benefitting from the March
20 IHC order were desperate or dangerous criminals, their release did not
affect the rights of the respective complainant.
Haris said though he was not privy to what was discussed and what decisions
were taken by the National Judicial Policy Making Committee, with respect to
the national calamity and public emergency of international concern, he was
quite convinced that the issue of the release of UTPs from jails in the wake of
the coronavirus outbreak never discussed.
no such bar was ever placed on high courts upon taking cognisance of the
predicament of such prisoners, or passing of any orders to protect them from
acquiring or being exposed to the risk of being infected by the deadly virus,
PPP doubt PM will take ‘friends’ to task
The country’s two main opposition parties — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
(PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) — on Saturday doubted that Prime
Minister Imran Khan would take action against his “cronies” who had been found
involved in the recent wheat and sugar crises in the country as per the reports
of the Federal Investigation Agency.
information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb in a statement said Imran Khan and his
“wingmen” stole the nation’s wheat and sugar while he was busy in blaming
others for wheat and sugar crises.
Aurangzeb said Imran Khan, Jahangir Tareen and Khusro Bakhtiar had been
revealed as the “true culprits and profiteers” of this crisis they created to
PPP information secretary Dr Nafisa Shah in a statement said the people who
created sugar crisis in the country and minted money exposed as the “financial
facilitators” of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
he act against his deputy in Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)? she asked. Dr Shah
alleged that Imran Khan’s cronies had been caught stealing red handed “so will
he cut their hands as per the principle of Madina State?”
in demand for sanitizers exposes flaws in regulation
An unprecedented surge in demand for hand sanitizers in the wake of the
Covid-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the regulatory system in the
country where no official agency is responsible for its quality standard and
pricing mechanism, it emerged on Saturday.
for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary has apparently taken the lead to
curb the sale of substandard hand sanitizers, while the product does not fall
under the domain of any government department.
to social media on Friday, the minister tweeted that sample testing by Pakistan
Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) showed that 23 brands of
sanitizers being sold in the market were “not in comformity with WHO standards,
we have advised health departments to remove these brands from stores”.
the ministry for science and technology has yet to adopt the new international
standards recommended for hand sanitizers in the wake of global pandemic, while
the media-savvy minister’s move also indicated that he had not obtained
information from relevant departments of his ministry that hand sanitizers did
not fall in PSQCA’s domain.
Chaudhary did not respond to the query, but a senior official of the ministry
said that quality standards were not set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
It only gives guidelines, while most of the product standards in Pakistan have
been adopted from the “American Society for Testing and Materials” (ASTM),
established in 1898. “In the wake of the global pandemic, new standards have
been issued by the ASTM to all countries that have agreements with them
including Pakistan,” the official said.
PSQCA has only 105 items under its mandate to meet “Pakistan Standards” at its
website, which includes a number cosmetic and consumer items such as
toothpaste, skin cream, shampoo, hair dyes, toilet soaps, tea-whitener, packed
a senior PSQCA official acknowledged that there were no standards for
sanitizers with the authority. As this product was a “disinfectant”, it was
under the domain of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), the official
response to the query, a senior DRAP official said disinfectants came under the
domain of cosmetics division of DRAP, but it covered only surface disinfectants
and equipment disinfectants. “Human disinfectants [hand sanitizers] were not
the domain of DRAP. That is why none of anti-bacterial products including
Dettol sanitizer was registered with DRAP,” said a senior DRAP official.
the official said, there was only one disinfectant, HiClean, registered with
DRAP and the circumstances led them to launch sanitizers, too.
the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) initiated a preliminary inquiry
into the mushroom growth of sanitizers in the country, an official explained,
“Our domain is limited to the protection of consumers only, [so that] there
should not be any deceptive marketing of any kind.”
this, the official said, a CCP team would pick samples from the market and get
the sanitizers tested in various labs to determine that all claims made at the
label were fulfilled.
tests had been conducted at the labs of PSQCA and Pakistan Council of
Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), but at the same time a senior PCSIR
official said that Pakistan could only check the contents of any soap or
there is no lab – at least in the civil public sector to perform microbiology
test to show that 99 per cent germs were killed after using any sanitizer,
which is the standard test,” the official said, “possibly that is why we do not
have any standards for sanitizers.”
the ambiguity, cosmetic manufacturers in the country wrote a letter to the
PSQCA seeking details of the standards and rules regarding sanitizers in
Pakistan and the list of approved imported sanitizers.
have asked them to inform us when sanitizers of any multinational company was
lab tested,” said Mian Shafeeq, chairman of the Pakistan Cosmetics
Manufacturers Association, adding that the prevailing system was encouraging
wrongdoings because none of the agencies would have interfered if locally
manufactured sanitizers had fake labels showing that they were imported
grips health workers as doctor tested positive for Covid-19 put on ventilator
Fear and anxiety gripped health workers on Saturday when a senior doctor, who
was active on the front line ever since the first case of coronavirus was
reported and last week tested positive for Covid-19, was put on a ventilator
after his condition deteriorated.
was a former medical officer of the Pakistan Steel Mills and was tested
positive for the virus earlier this week, health officials said and added that
he was respected in the medical fraternity for his growing medical practice in
different private facilities of Malir.
has a very good practice in Gulshan-i-Hadeed where hundreds of patients visit
him daily in different hospitals,” said Dr Abdul Malik of the Pakistan Islamic
Medical Association (Pima). The doctor in question was also a former Sindh
president of the association.
from his professional skills in health sciences, he is known as a socially
active person in his district where people even from rural parts of the
province came to see him. He was vigorously calling for PPE [personal
protective equipment]. He tested positive because he was treating patients
without PPE to honour the oath he had taken that he would not deny anyone
to Dr Malik, the senior doctor was in his early 60s and battling for life on a
ventilator at the Indus Hospital. The situation should be a wake-up call for
authorities and they should speed up distribution of PPE among health
professional and workers across the province, he added.
the number of confirmed coronavirus patients continues to grow with most
becoming victims of local virus transmission, the health workers have been
increasingly more exposed to the threat as in just a week almost a dozen
members of the medical fraternity in Karachi tested positive for the pandemic.
to doctors, they are facing a lot of problems at work, severely affecting their
mental health as well as the quality of work.
worst-hit health facilities include government hospitals in Sukkur and Larkana,
the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre
(JPMC) and two teaching hospitals, one in Hyderabad and the other in Jamshoro,
attached with the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS).
only from Karachi, we have been approached by doctors from every parts of the
country who want PMA [Pakistan Medical Association] to play its role and talk
to the government for PPE,” said Dr Qaiser Sajjad of the PMA. “I believe that
the health workers are doing a great service but they also need protection. I
appeal to both the provincial and federal governments to provide these workers
PPE who are exposed to the virus due to their professional contribution.”
official said that Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had informed Prime
Minister Imran Khan during a meeting he participated in via video link that the
province was facing serious shortage of PPE.
the testing kits provided by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority had
“accuracy issues”, which was why Sindh had opted not to use them, said the
official quoting CM Shah’s concerns.
Abdul Aziz, 6 others booked for violating govt order
A case has been registered against former Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz
and six others for disobeying a government order, spreading fear and inciting
people against the state.
case was registered with the Aabpara police on a complaint lodged by SHO
Inspector Mohammad Walyat against Mr Aziz and six others under Pakistan Penal
Code sections 505(b) (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear
or alarm to the public or to any section of the public whereby any person may
be induced to commit an offence against the state or against the public
tranquility) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant).
to the Aabpara police, Mr Aziz gathered people at Lal Masjid for Friday prayers
despite a ban on prayer congregations imposed to prevent the spread of the
coronavirus. He provoked the sentiments of people, they added.
deployed around the mosque informed them of the ban on prayer congregations and
the misuse of loudspeakers, but they ignored. They said around 400 people
gathered at the mosque whose sentiments were provoked by these actions.
officials brought to police stations across capital for violating ban on Friday
prayer congregations released after warnings
separate case has been registered with the Golra police against a khateeb and
two others for disobeying an order issued by the government. The khateeb was
arrested after the case was registered, but the other two people remained at
large, the police said.
said the suspects violated the ban on prayer congregations in Bilal Masjid in
E-11/4. The violations led to 200 people gathered at the mosque, putting their
lives and the lives of others at risk.
capital administration has asked the police to compile data on mosques,
khateebs and imams who violated the ban on prayer congregations on Friday.
administration and police were lenient towards khateebs and imams who disobeyed
the order issued by the administration, administration officials said.
police station in the capital arrested three to four imams and khateebs who
violated the ban on prayer congregations on Friday, but they were released
after they were given warnings.
have been asked to compile data on them so action can be taken against them if
they ignore the warnings. Obtaining undertakings from them that they will not
disobey the order is also being considered.
total of 121 cases disobeying the administration’s order have been registered
in the capital since the lockdown was announced, police said. Some 424 people
have been booked and arrested for violating the ban on various activities
imposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
include social and public gatherings, riding pillion, running passenger
vehicles and opening shops - not including those selling food items.
were released on personal surety and others were fined, officials said. A few,
allegedly involved in hoarding and profiteering, were sent to jail.
officials said that because of the current conditions, most violators are
released on personal surety and fines as sending them to jail may put their
lives at risk as well.
Imam delivers strong message to city youngsters not to gather in city parks
Mohammed Aslam asked youths not to gather in parks and to imagine what their mothers
would do to protect them if it was predominately the young dying from Covid-19.
Aslam delivered a powerful video sermon, which has gone viral, after claiming
West Midlands Police had approached the chair of trustees at Central Jamia
Mosque Ghamkol Sharif, on Golden Hillock Road, for help in getting the
life-saving ‘stay at home’ message across.
message came as it was revealed the Midlands now has almost double the number
of deaths from coronavirus than London.
said: “There’s a lot of young people hanging around in the parks in groups and
some of them are causing trouble. This is in Small Heath, Sparkbrook, Aston,
think a lot of them are getting bored at home. It’s difficult for young people
to stay in but if roles were reversed and Covid-19 affected the young rather
than the old, imagine what your mother would do to keep you safe.
Hussain, founder of British Muslim Youth, said: “We are worried that something
like Christchurch could happen in the UK. It is especially worrying Tarrant
Al-Azhar issues fatwa on gatherings for worship
LUMPUR, April 4 -- The Council of Senior Religious Scholars of Al-Azhar on
Friday have agreed that a gathering during an outbreak even for the purpose of
worship constitute a contravention of the Shariah law.
was one of the fatwa issued in its second series of fatwas (Islamic rulings)
pertaining to COVID 19, which was posted in a statement written in Arabic
language on the Council’s Facebook page.
to the statement, the Council agreed that any gathering, including a prayer in
public, constitute an infringement of the Syariah law as the outbreak can
spread through physical contact.
by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Council also issued
five other fatwas related to COVID-19 in the second series.
are the prohibition of dissemination of speculations and rumours; to obey the
government's instructions including closing the mosque to protect the public
during the pandemic; banning the monopolising of goods and exploiting people's
needs during pandemics and disasters that result in extreme price hikes; obeying
the authorities regarding quarantine and other orders given by authorities to
prevent the disease from spreading; and allowing zakat (tithe) payments to be
made earlier in order to address the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and its
effects on the ‘asnaf’ (one of the group of people deserving of zakat).
the first series of fatwas, released on March 15, the Council approved a ruling
to postpone Friday prayers, including daily congregational prayers at the
mosque, following the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
noon yesterday, the media reported that the COVID-19 outbreak had spread to
over 200 countries and territories, with more than a million confirmed positive
pandemic aggravating poverty in UK: Experts
the government has launched state stimulus, including a boost to Universal
Credit, but this will not solve the problem.
adult aged over 25, who is receiving the benefit, will get £1,000 ($1,239)
extra per year, but an increase in the monthly amount to £400 is still far
below the level of £600 deemed enough for a single-person household to be able
to avoid "poverty".
we know there is very likely to be a big recession and it's difficult to
recover quickly from a big recession," said Innes.
banks, on the other hand, which help provide food for the most vulnerable
people including the homeless, are receiving fewer donations now.
confirmed case of COVID-19 on the occupied Malvinas Islands
days of speculation the first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by
coronavirus, has been confirmed on the occupied Malvinas Islands (which the
British call Falkland Islands).
to Sky News’ foreign affairs editor, the first confirmed case is a “British
service person” based at Mount Pleasant, the sprawling tri-service military
complex situated in Isla Soledad (which the British call East Falkland).
outbreak of coronavirus amongst troops, contractors and their families on Mount
Pleasant runs the very real risk of compromising the UK’s offensive military
posture on the archipelago.
are growing signs of a major outbreak of the COVID-19 disease on the occupied
Malvinas Islands, prompting London to rush in emergency medical supplies.
in the South Atlantic Ocean (just over 480 km from the Argentine coast), the
Malvinas Islands is claimed by Argentina on the grounds that the UK has
illegally occupied the archipelago since 1833.
the 1,300-strong garrison in Mount Pleasant, the population of occupied
Malvinas Islands – which numbers around 3,400 – is believed to be particularly
vulnerable to COVID-19, primarily due to the prevalence of old people in poor
Starmer will address 'serious mistakes' in government's handling of COVID-19
Keir Starmer has pledged to work with the government to fight the coronavirus
pandemic but has also said "serious mistakes" have been made in
handling the crisis.
newly-elected Labour Party leader said he would work "constructively"
with the Conservatives, but added that ministers had been too slow to explain
why the UK is "so far behind" on testing.
also called for "blockages in the system" which are delaying the
delivery of protective equipment - known as PPE - to frontline workers to be
came after the PM wrote to opposition party leaders, telling them "we have
a duty to work together at this moment of national emergency".
in the Sunday Times, Sir Keir said: "There will be many times when, and
there are many issues upon which, I will fundamentally disagree with the prime
is such a time. Coronavirus is a national emergency. It is also a global
emergency. Everyone is anxious about what the next few months will bring, but
we know we must be resolute in our determination to see this virus defeated, as
it will be.
want to see the government succeed in this: to save lives and protect
livelihoods. This is a national effort and all of us should be asking what more
we can do."
Keir said Labour would "do our bit to offer solutions" but would also
"speak for those who have been ignored", and expose mistakes, adding:
"And let's be honest, serious mistakes have been made.
public is placing an enormous trust in the government at the moment: it is
vital that that trust is met with openness and transparency about those
mistakes and the decisions that have been made."
Keir also said the UK should build vaccination centres in towns and cities so
"the minute a vaccine becomes available, we can begin to protect the
should know what that exit strategy is, when the restrictions might be lifted
and what the plan is for economic recovery to protect those who have been
hardest hit," he added.
will be many more difficult days ahead. Great sacrifices must be made because
of a crisis that was unimaginable only a few months ago. But Britain is a great
country and we will get through this."
UK has been in lockdown for almost two weeks, after the government announced
measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.
leading scientist and government adviser has said social distancing measures
could be relaxed within weeks if there are signs the epidemic is slowing.
College London Professor Neil Ferguson said the UK's epidemic was expected to
plateau in the next week to 10 days, but said people's behaviour was critical
in determining what happens next.
is Queen Elizabeth II expected to say in her address to the nation
Barnali Pal Sinha
Elizabeth II will address the nation and Commonwealth at 8pm on Sunday. The
speech will be broadcast on both television and radio as well as the Royal
Family's social media handles.
monarch is likely to speak of her admiration for UK's resilience and
communities, the NHS and key workers, and draw on the country's history to
inspire Britons to persevere in the face of unprecedented lockdown conditions.
Queen Elizabeth II will call on the nation to display "self-discipline,
quiet resolve and fellow feeling" as the coronavirus crisis continues.
93-year-old head of the state will also laud the efforts of health workers and
all those who have been helping in the fight against COVID-19. In the
"deeply personal" address she will thank those working on the front
line, including those carrying out essential roles.
to Hello, the 4 minute 30 second broadcast, the monarch will also empathise
with the pain already felt by many families. She will also thank people for
staying at home to protect the vulnerable.
broadcast is a deeply personal message from Her Majesty reflecting her
experience in other difficult times," a royal source said.
queen's address was recorded at Windsor Castle last week. A cameraman wearing
protective equipment following specific advice from the Medical Household
recorded the speech. In order to maintain proper distance, a room was chosen.
Other technical staff assisted the cameraman from another room connected by
queen and her husband Prince Philip are self-isolating at the Castle in the
west of London with limited number of staff.
Queen Elizabeth II has been troubled by a series of scandals and misfortunes in
a year she described as "quite bumpy" in her Christmas Day message
Photo: POOL / Paul Edwards
from her customary Christmas message, the queen has addressed the nation during
times of crisis. The monarch addressed the nation during the first Gulf War in
1991, following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 and after the
death of Queen Mother in 2002. She also recorded a televised message to mark
her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Two Pentonville Prison staff members die
staff members at Pentonville Prison in north London have died after showing
symptoms of coronavirus, the Prison Officers' Association (POA) has said.
Peter was described as "an experienced member of staff" working at
operational support grade at the prison, who "died earlier this week due
to Covid-19 symptoms".
are on the front line doing a commendable job on behalf of society and he will
be sadly missed by all his colleagues. We wish the best for his family and
at the prison are thought to have held a minute's silence after hearing their
colleagues had died within days of each other earlier this week.
Prison Service spokesman said: "Our deepest sympathies are with their
loved ones and colleagues at this difficult time."
of Imams Clarifies Stand on Alcohol-Based Sanitisers
Muslim group, League of Imams and Alfas of Yorubaland, has clarified its
position on the use of alcohol-based sanitisers by Muslims as the world battles
the COVID-19 pandemic.
statement issued by spokesman for the league and Mudir Markaz (Arabic and
Islamic College, Agege, Lagos), the league said its stand that Muslims should
use detergents rathan than alcohol-based sanitisers, was informed by the fact
that the 60 per cent to 70 per cent alcohol content in the sanitiser which
could kill the virus is above the permissible per centage agreed by most
Islamic scholars for non-consumable alcoholic content.
group, also known as Rabita, said the fact that alcohol-based sanitisers could
kill some useful cells and bacteria in the body made detergent a better option.
added that it was forbidden by Allah for anyone to take advantage of unusual
times to arbitrarily increase prices of goods and services.
league said, “Muslims must, therefore, desist from increasing prices of goods
and commodities to cause additional inconveniences to the society.
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African Muslim Cleric Dies Of Coronavirus After Attending Tablighi Congregation
in New Delhi
A South African Muslim cleric, who recently returned from India after attending
the Nizamuddin congregation, has died after contracting the novel coronavirus,
according to his family members.
Yusuf Tootla, 80, attended the March 1-15 Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the
Nizmuddin area, that has emerged as the epicentre for the spread of the
coronavirus in different parts of India and abroad after thousands of people
took part in it.
Muslim faithful ignore social distancing in Kano, Yola, Ughelli, observe Jum’at
faithful in some parts of the country yesterday ignored the directive by the
various state governments on social distancing in order to curtail the spread
of COVID- 19 as they thronged the mosques
enmass to observe the juma’at prayers. This happened in Kano, Yola and Ughelli
in Delta state. In Kano, although the Kano state government had not issued any
order banning the people from attending the congregational prayer in Mosques or
Churches, Governor Umar Ganduje had often preached social distancing and even
demonstrated it in one of the State Executive Council meetings where they
shifted their sitting from the usual Council Chamber to Africa House which was
more spacious to observe the social distancing. A visit to some juma’at mosques
in Kano showed that the faithful ignored the social distancing directive. Some
of the mosques visited included the Central Mosque in Emir of Kano’s palace,
Kofar Nassarawa mosque, and Kofar Gadon Kaya mosque. A worshipper, Al-Amin
Albarra who spoke with Saturday Vanguard said they observed the prayer
according to the Islamic teachings and the teachings of the Holy Messenger of
Allah and were not observing any social distancing which was not recognized by
the teachings. A reliable source in one of the enforcement agencies told
Vanguard that a critical meeting was held with religious leaders over banning
of congregational prayers but at the end of the meeting it was resolved that
enforcement agencies would be deployed to control the crowd in such places but
this has not been effective. In Ughelli, despite the lockdown order by Governor
Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, hundreds of Muslim worshippers yesterday defied
the order as they gathered at the Okorodafe Mosque for the Juma’at service. The
main Mosque along Isoko Road, also held Jumat service contrary to the social
distancing order but the crowd was minimal compared to the Okorodafe Mosque.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had ordered a 14-day lockdown order from Wednesday as a measure
to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus in the state”. Observing the flouting
of the lockdown order at Ughelli, a team of policemen who stationed their hilux
van at the Okorodafe roundabout to ensure that the lockdown was implemented,
watched helplessly as the crowd from the mosque dispersed at the end of the
prayer. Giving reasons why they failed to accost the worshippers for flouting
the social distancing order, one of the policemen said they decided to allow
them (worshippers) since the prayer was very short as against the normal
timing. The policeman who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Apart from
the fact that the service was shorter than usual, we didn’t want to cause any
tension, hence we allowed them to be and ensured that they dispersed
immediately.” Similarly, in Yola, Adamawa state capital, there was commotion
and breakdown of law and order Friday
afternoon when some Muslim faithful attempted to defy the lockdown order to
observe the Jumat prayers. READ ALSO: Pray against COVID-19, Chief Imam of
Lagos, Baba Adinni urge Muslims Though some were said to have sustained
injuries, but the situation was quickly put under control by the combined
taskforce. The clash occurred at about 2:00pm on Friday, when the operatives
arrived the Damilu Juma’at mosque to enforce the lockdown order, according to a
worshipper. The Damilu mosque, opposite the Air force base, allegedly called
for Juma’at prayer in defiance of the lockdown order, imposed by the the
government. Violence erupted when a combined team of law enforcement
operatives, stormed the mosque and directed the imam and some top officials of
the mosque to suspend the prayers. Irate youths at the prayer ground were said
to have violently attacked the operatives, pelting them with stones and metals.
An eye witness said that many worshippers and security men alike, sustained
injuries in the violent clash. The police have however denied the claim, saying
there was neither violence nor arrest at the mosque. Spokesperson for the
Adamawa police command, Suleiman Nguroje, said no injury was inflicted on any
worshipper. H said, “we were patrolling round the city to monitor compliance
with the lockdown order, when we got a distress call that something was
happening around Damilu Jumma’at mosque. On getting there, we learnt the imam
had earlier told the congregation to disperse because there wouldn’t be
Jumma’at prayer today (yesterday). But some youths started shouting ‘Allahu
akbar’, causing panic and scare. “However, our men were timely, so we were able
to contain the situation before it degenerated into violence. Therefore, I can
confirm to you that no one was injured nor arrested as claimed”, he said.
Mafia Virus is more Dangerous than the Coronavirus
pandemic also named COVID-19 which is, rapidly, spreading across the world has
killed more than 64,000 persons and infected over 1,192,000 individuals till
today April 4, 2020, despite lockdowns in many countries, especially Western
states and it is enveloping new territories.
Asia and Africa, this novel virus has badly affected many Western and European
countries, such as Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Spain, the USA, etc.
Spain, Italy, and the US, hundreds of persons have died due to COVID-19, as
every day new individuals are being infected, raising the death doll.
US has almost 24000 confirmed cases, the highest in the world. More than 4,000
people in the US have now died from COVID-19. Unlike China from where this
fatal disease outbreak, now America has become coronavirus epicenter.
to the impact of this deadly virus, a number of Western countries, particularly
European states have imposed lockdowns, while world’s some governments have
also imposed curfews and national emergency, and many of them have forced
travel restrictions of various kinds—airlines have announced a drastic reduction
in their operations.
President Donald Trump who has declared a national emergency on March 14, 2020,
to help handle the growing outbreak of COVID-19 could toughen movement
restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. There are lockdowns in some areas
of the United States.
many Western countries, including Asian academic institutions have been closed,
while, restrictions have been imposed on gathering of the people—religious,
political and social protests, while public events such as games, musical
events, etc., including other functions like marriage ceremonies have been
curbed. These countries have also closed markets, hotels and restaurants, and
have banned conferences and seminars.
other restrictions, taking precautionary measures, some countries have banned
flights from other countries, airport screening of passengers is being done not
only at airports but also at other transport places like railway stations, bus
stations, etc. To further prevent the coronavirus outbreak, many countries’
authorities have stepped out screening of passengers arriving from coronavirus
sensitive countries. And many countries have closed borders with the
the outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in dire consequences in Third Word in
General and West’s developed countries in particular.
to the BBC, “The stock markets, where shares in companies are bought and sold,
can affect many investments in pensions or individual savings accounts. Central
banks in many countries, including the UK, have slashed interest rates.
Investors fear the spread of the coronavirus will destroy economic growth and
that government action may not be enough to stop the decline. The EU banned
travellers from outside the bloc for 30 days in an unprecedented move to seal
its borders because of the coronavirus crisis. In the US, the Trump
administration has banned travellers from European airports from entering the
US. Data from the flight tracking service Flight Radar 24 shows that the number
of flights globally has taken a huge hit. As many countries across the world
have started implementing very tough measures. Countries and world capital have
been put under strict lockdown, bringing a total halt to major industrial
experts agree that “COVID-19 typically causes flu-like symptoms including fever
and cough. In some patients…particularly the elderly and others with other
chronic health conditions…these symptoms can develop into pneumonia, with chest
tightness, chest pain, and shortness of breath. After a week, it can lead to
shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing, and stuffy nose are most often
signs of a cold.”
stop the further spread of coronavirus pandemic, people need self-quarantine or
isolation. In this connection, in a majority of countries, people have been
self-isolated by the government authorities and those already suffering from
some disease have self-isolated themselves from others. However, owing to this
lethal disease, patients meet a very painful death like the slow-poisoning.
historians agree that besides other causes, the major cause of the French
Revolution of 1789 was the class distinction between the privileged and the
unprivileged. The people signed “the Declaration of the Rights of Man, which
declared that all estates are equal…all men are born equal under the law.”
enthusiasm died, when France witnessed the era of Reign of Terror from
September 1793 to July 1794. The Reign of Terror was essentially created by the
radical leader of the revolution Maximilien de Robespierre.
to a researcher, “The guillotine became the preferred method of executions and
became known as “The National Razor. Joseph Guillotine, a doctor, suggested its
use for all executions because it was a quick, painless death…The device was a
large timber frame with space at the bottom for the neck of the prisoner. At
the top of the machine is a large angled blade. Once the prisoner is secured,
the blade is dropped, severing the head and bringing about immediate death.”
the Reign of Terror, the revolutionaries executed many high ranking members of
France’s elite class through the guillotine, which also included King Louis
XVI, his wife Marie Antoinette, Louis Philippe II, Madame Roland, and the Girondins.
Reign of Terror was controlled by the Committee of Public Safety-the the
Jacobins. Robespierre ran the country. Researchers say, “Between 20,000 and
40,000 people were executed. At their trials, they could not speak in their own
defense. The victims were clergy, aristocracy, and common people. Anyone who
disagreed with the Jacobins was a threat to the Republic.”
to Indian historian, V. D. Mahajan, “The Reign of Terror has been described as
martial law has gone mad…On 10 November , Madam Roland was executed. When
she mounted to the scaffold, she exclaimed: Liberty! What crimes are committed
in thy name!”
take cognizance of the bloody aftermath of the French Revolution, we need to
know that in the modern era, Khazarian Mafia (KM) has also gone mad and
followed the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror in its worst form. This Mafia
has refined the tactics of the guillotine and tortured to deaths millions of
people, belonging to various nations. If guillotine resulted in the quick death
of persons, Khazarian Mafia’s techniques have been eliminating human beings not
only through mass murder but also through perennial pain which may also be
equated with slow poisoning.
regards the historical background of the Khazarian Mafia and its connections
with Israel and Zionist Jews, various writers and authors have already exposed
many Jewish writers have objected that a number of writers and authors confuse
the term Khazarian Mafia by amalgamating it with the Jews. But, fact remains
that in the context of modern history, collective interests and present
phenomena of the world, it is much difficult to differentiate between these two
entities. Wikipedia points out that the Khazarian King Bulan (Khazar) had chosen
Judaism as the religion of the Khazarians. So, connections between Jews and the
Mafia are quite obvious.
fact, Jews are owners of the many big cartels of the US in particular and the
world in general. Based in the US, they have been running the major
multinational corporations, arms factories, five-star hotels, oil companies,
liquor businesses, banks, film industry, print and electronic media on the
international level. Having an influence on financial institutes like the World
Bank and International Monetary Fund, Jews have a direct and indirect hold on
the global economy. Thus, by dominating the American internal policies
Khazarian Mafia and Zionist Jews have moulded country’s foreign policy for
their own interests and those of Israel. By changing America into a corporate
industry, they have converted the world into a corporate industry.
notable that after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, the US
emerged as the sole superpower in the unipolar world. In consultation with his
Zionist-advisers, American former President Bush, (The Senior) replaced the old
bipolar order with the New World Order (NWO), with the US acting as a kind of
global policeman to protect the political, economic and religious interests of
the Khazarian Mafia.
unipolar world, even the United Nations system became an instrument of the US
policy to establish American hegemony in the world. The Third World—Muslim
countries were compelled to realign their domestic policies according to
Washington’s dictates. In order to obtain the hidden agenda of the Khazarian
Mafia, the US imposed its sudden terms of globalization such as free markets,
privatization and de-nationalization, etc. on the ill-prepared developing
countries and the Muslim countries, which left behind shattered nations and a
global financial crisis and increased poverty in most of these countries, which
resulted into painful deaths of many persons due to diseases and lack of
medical treatment. It further widened the gap between the poor and the rich countries
or G-7 countries. The Khazarian Mafia has continued to drive the project of
America’s child-killing sanctions against Iraq and Iran; late action to curb
ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, support to Israel’s aggressive occupation of the
West Bank and Gaza, with vetoing any effective action by the UN to stop the
Israeli state terrorism greatly annoyed the Muslims all over the world.
President George W. Bush became the US president, he and the neo-conservatives
crossed all the limits in securing the political, economic and religious
interests of Israel and the Khazarian Mafia at the cost of Muslims and even
Henry Kissinger stated, “legitimacy is not natural or automatic, but created.”
Under the cover of the false flag operation of 9/11, the US President Bush
orchestrated the drama of global war on terror.
who used the words, “crusade against the evil-doers” adding to the perception
that the ongoing ‘different war’ against terrorism is actually a war against
the Islamic countries. It was owing to the employment of pressure-diplomacy on
the weak states—Muslim countries like Pakistan, Indonesia, Libya, etc.,
including almost all the Arab states, joined the Bush anti-terrorism war. By
manipulating the 9/11 carnage, Bush also got the sympathies of almost all the
major Western countries, including NATO states which also joined the phony
global war on terror.
the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq (By the US-led allied forces) and after
occupation, the brutal tactics of the US-led NATO like heavy air bombardment
and ground shelling by the sophisticated war machinery, including special
military operations and extra-judicial assassinations killed millions of
innocent persons. Particularly, the US military-strategic warlords who
preferred to create a paralyzing effect of ‘shock and awe’ displayed the
terrible inferno of destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq.
the case of Iraq, many of the Iraqi and some members of the former Interim
Governing Council were shocked at the violence in Fallujah. Even the US weekly,
‘Newsweek’ admitted in its publication of April 19/April 26, 2004 that the US
forces “used a very heavy hand in Fallujah where more than 400 people were
killed. Four members of the [former] Governing Council resigned in a protest
against America’s crackdown in Fallujah…according to doctors figure of the
deaths was impossible to check and it is more than 400…an airstrike dropped a
500-pound bomb. Arab language TV claimed that the bomb killed more than a score
of civilians at prayer.”
Afghanistan, American soldiers also massacred several wounded people and
civilians in Iraq. In November 2004, a number of world’s televised channels
including those of America showed footage of a US marine who was shooting and
killing an already captive and wounded Iraqi prisoner at close range in a
mosque in Fallujah where civilians had taken shelter.
we cannot deny the fact that these were the worst examples of US-led state
terrorism or the use of abnormal force.
the US-led troops, assisted by CIA have carried out indiscriminate mass
round-ups in catching up suspected Muslim men and women in Afghanistan and
Iraq, including some Arab countries without evidence. Israeli intelligence
agency Mossad and Indian secret agency RAW have helped the CIA officials in
arresting the Muslim men, having beards and ladies, wearing scarves. Besides
Guantanamo Bay and Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, CIA torture cells were present in
several Islamic countries and were also set up in ships where American secret
agencies and military personnel employed various methods of torture on the
militants and suspected persons like physical violence and even murder.
American notorious private military firm Blackwater also eliminated countless
Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.
March 2013, an investigative report by the British Guardian/BBC disclosed that
acting under the direction of the top US officials; the CIA utilized a global
network of secret prisons, foreign intelligence agents and torture centers in
various Islamic countries including Belgium, Thailand, etc. where torture was
conducted directly by American intelligence operatives.
report also mentioned atrocities of the US-backed entities, carried out in
Bagram Airbase (Afghanistan), Guantanamo and Iraq—unleashed a deadly sectarian
militia that terrorized the Sunni community and germinated a civil war between
Sunnis and Shias, and claimed tens of thousands of lives.
reports suggest that more than 3 million people, including civilians, died in
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan which was not attacked but was, deliberately,
destabilized by CIA, RAW, and Mossad, as the latter is the only nuclear country
in the Islamic World.
his predecessor, President Barack Obama also continued the ruthless killings of
the Muslims to complete the unfinished agenda of the Khazarian Mafia. Apart
from air strikes on funerals, marriage-ceremonies, and mosques in Afghanistan,
he converted Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, etc. into concentration camps.
part of the US double game, CIA which created Al-Qaeda and then Islamic State
group (Also known as Daesh, ISIS, and ISIL), including Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra
Front and Syrian rebel groups in fighting against the Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad and Iraqi regime is responsible for the mass murder of more than 2
million Muslims and Christians who were killed in civil wars—ground and aerial
strikes of the US-led Western countries—suicide attacks and bomb blasts,
conducted by Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
the fake global war on terror in Afghanistan and Iraq and various Muslim
countries, especially in Syria, millions of Muslims became homeless. The plight
of refugees—countless deaths, particularly of children due to lack of medical
treatment and starvation have shocked the peace-loving people of the
international community. The same practice was witnessed in the case of Myanmar
(Burma) where US-Israeli supported-brutal military operations against the
Rohingya Muslims have tortured to death tens thousands of Muslims and forced a
majority of them to migrate to Bangladesh and other Islamic countries.
Obama had also broken all the records of human rights violations by
extrajudicial killings of the innocent people through illegal CIA-operated
drone attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, etc. in general and Pakistan in
mentioned that through the war against terrorism, President Bush and President
Obama provided a golden chance to Israel and India to accelerate the systematic
genocide of the Palestinians and Kashmiris by equating the wars of liberation
in the controlled territories of Palestine and Kashmir with terrorism. Their
forces have been employing military terrorism such as curfews, crackdowns,
sieges, massacre and targeted killings to maintain alien rule on these
noteworthy that a number of investigative reports after lab-verification
verified that since 1948, Israel used the banned chemical and radiological
materials against the Palestinians, Egyptians, and Syrians, and during various
phases of the Palestinian Intifada, which resulted into severe convulsions, the
burning sensation, the difficulty to breathe, the vomiting and pain found in
relation to the victims—mostly women and children, a majority of whom died in
the long run. In 2006, during the war against Lebanon, Israel used banned
chemical weapons like phosphorous bombs in Lebanon and Gaza, which killed 286
Palestinians and injured 4,200. India has also used these banned weapons
against the Kashmiris of the Indian Occupied Kashmir where lockdown continues
unabated in wake of the spread of coronavirus.
the main purpose of the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq by the US-led forces
was to possess energy resources of Central Asia and Iraq. In the case of the
Middle East, we can see the resources of natural gas reserves in the whole
Persian Gulf region. So, the same is true in case of intervention of America in
worth mentioning that according to the retired NATO Secretary-General Wesley
Clark, a memo from the Office of the US Secretary of Defense just a few weeks
after 9/11 revealed plans to attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries
in five years, starting with Iraq and moving on to Syria, Lebanon, Libya,
Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. In an interview, Clark said that this strategy is
fundamentally about control of the region’s vast oil and gas resources.
when during the regime of the then President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan
initiated the construction of Gwadar deep-seaport in Balochistan province in
March 2002 with Chinese assistance, sirens went off in the capitals of some
European countries, especially the US, India, and Israel which took it as a
threat to their global and regional plans.
on the southwestern coast of Pakistan, Balochistan’s Gwadar seaport is close to
the Strait of Hormuz from where more than 17 million barrels of oil pass every
day. Its ideal location among South Asia, the oil-rich Middle East, and oil and
gas-resourced Central Asia has further increased its strategic significance.
Besides, Balochistan’s abundant mineral resources irritate the eyes of
Washington, New Delhi and Tel Aviv who intend to weaken Pakistan for their
in Afghanistan, CIA, Mossad, and RAW which are well-penetrated in the ISIS and
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), including their linked terror outfits and
Baloch separatist groups are using their terrorists to destabilize Tibetan
regions of China, Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan and Pakistan’s Balochistan by
arranging the subversive activities. In this context, the China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor (CPEC) is their special target.
in the present world of social media and Internet, Machiavellian sinister
politics of the past have been replaced by modern trends such as fair-dealings,
reconciliation, and economic development, yet by following the old strategies,
Khazarian Mafia has been practicing the most horrible form of colonialism and
neo-colonialism, while employing ruthless techniques of terrorism by assisting
the militant groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS which conducted various
terrorism-related attacks in the US, Europe and other Western countries,
including Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia,
Philippines, etc., and some African countries. Thus, they massacred thousands
of persons which also include Christians.
of particular attention that on September 25, 2016, at the UN General Assembly,
while indicating the unjust global order, Pope Francis condemned the global
financial institutions, calling on them to ensure that countries “are not
subjected to oppressive lending systems which, far from promoting progress,
subject people to mechanisms which generate greater poverty, exclusion and
addressing the US Congress, Pope Francis said, “No religion is immune from
forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism…We must be especially
attentive to every type of fundamentalism. A delicate balance is required to
combat violence perpetually in the name of a religion, an ideology or an
economic system…Every life is sacred…Deadly weapons for money are being sold to
those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society…Money
that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood.”
added: “If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it
follows that it cannot be a slave to economy and finance.”
also of particular attention that after becoming the US President, Donald Trump
started acting upon the hidden agenda of Israel and the Khazarian Mafia. His
decisions such as the tough screening process for the Muslims and executive
order regarding a ban on arrivals to the US from a number of mainly-Muslim
countries might be cited as instance.
President Trump’s connections with Israel and KM were undoubtedly proved when
Trump Administration announced the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on
May 14, last year. President Trump implemented his decision of December 6,
2018, by officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and
reversed nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and set in motion a
plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested
joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
President Donald Trump exposed the new Middle East peace plan at the White
House on January 27, this year. The plan would give Israel most of what it has
sought over decades of conflict while offering the Palestinians the possibility
of a state with limited sovereignty.
Israeli unabated state terrorism on the Palestinians under the cover of
security, while speaking in a sterner tone, Mr. Trump issued the Palestinians a
warning to accept the deal by elaborating renunciation of violence against Tel
Aviv and the disbandment of militant groups like Hamas. At the same time, Mr.
Trump’s plan would guarantee that Israel would control a unified Jerusalem as
the intentions of the pro-Israeli President Trump, Palestinians had already
rejected the Middle East peace proposals. Terming it as the “slap of the
century”, President Mahmoud Abbas immediately denounced the plan as a
“conspiracy deal” unworthy of serious consideration, making the decades-long
pursuit of a so-called two-state solution appears more distant than ever. Other
Islamic countries, including Pakistan and pro-American Gulf states, also
rejected the new Middle East Plan.
decisions clearly proved that President Trump has been acting upon the evil
designs of the Khazarian Mafia and is making efforts for a greater Israel.
this connection, Khazarian Mafia forgot that angry elements within the Muslim
countries, particularly the pro-Arab states may react against America and its
interests in the form of terrorism and other violent actions. Unquestionably,
the US president’s move on Jerusalem has created new risks for all of
Washington’s allies in the Middle East, as the decision will offer extremist
groups a valuable opportunity to capitalise on anti-US sentiment and direct
such anger towards those regimes which are close to America and
non-confrontational towards Tel Aviv. While the world is already witnessing
various kinds of terrorism-related assaults, the acceleration of terror-attacks
would further destabilize the world by harming the political and monetary
interests of the KM.
it is most surprising to note that especially since the orchestrated drama of
the 9/11 attacks, on the one side, Khazarian Mafia has been acting upon its
evil designs by targeting the non-Zionist Americans and the international
community, while, on the other, it is, rapidly, jeopardizing its financial
interests by destabilizing the global economy.
in the recent years, various developments such as reluctance of NATO countries
to support America’s fake global war on terror, acceptance of Syrian refugees
by the European countries, especially Germany, Britain’s decision to leave the
EU, and the divide between the elite class which runs multinational companies
with the direct or indirect control of the KM and the general masses who are
suffering from multiple problems in wake of differences on the refugee crisis,
Syrian war, Greece’s weak economy, violent protests against the labour laws in
France, etc.—the chances of European Union’s disintegration and a rift among
the NATO countries, as noted in the recent past by the “Stop NATO protests in
Europe were quite opposite to the Israeli secret interests and those of the KM.
the meantime, since September 2015, when Russian-led coalition of Iran, Iraq,
Syria, and Lebanon-based Hezbollah started successful military operations
against the CIA-supported rebels and mercenaries after their failure to topple
Assad’s government, proving links of Al-Qaeda and ISIS, several false flag
terror assaults in Europe and the US, were, in fact, arranged by Mossad in
connivance with some CIA operatives and ISIS terrorists to increase anti-Muslim
phenomena in the West—now, more resentment is found against the US-led West,
and in response, even the moderate Muslims are likely to join the militants.
Another aim, particularly of Mossad is to radicalize the Muslims against the
Western Christians and the latter against the former.
the US fanatic President Donald Trump has broken the records of his
predecessors-Bush and Obama by creating and leading the ‘Christian Taliban’ and
his fanatic policies are creating division between the white and the black and
between the Muslims and the Christians.
Western politicians have introduced dangerous socio-religious dimensions in
their societies by equating the “war on terror” with “war on Islam” and acts of
Al Qaeda and ISIS with all the Muslims. Their media have also been contributing
to heighten the currents of global politics on cultural and religious lines
with the negative projection of Islam. Owing to these reasons, far right-wing
parties and “Stop Islam” movement in the West, particularly in Europe has been
becoming popular by largely attracting their people. Right-wing parties in a
growing number of European countries have made electoral gains. The right-wing
parties range across a wide policy spectrum, from populist and nationalist to
noteworthy that the US and other developed countries produce ‘surplus’ which is
being exported to the less developed countries, including the Islamic
countries. The latest machines produce products quickly, and rapid means of
communication and correspondence through the internet or email have accelerated
the business transactions. But, in the present world, terrorism is being
manipulated by the KM, while, at the same time, they are damaging their
monetary interests by following conflicting strategies.
a capitalist, President Trump is blindly pursuing the goals of the Khazarian
Mafia. At the same time, like the dual policy of the Mafia, Mr. Trump is
harming the economic interests of America, as his initiation of trade
war-strategy against Europe and especially China has displayed.
implementing the clandestine strategy of the Khazarian Mafia and besides
supporting the fanatic Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, American extremist
President Trump is also backing the Indian leader of the fanatic party BJP and
the fundamentalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi against China and Pakistan in
accordance with anti-China, anti-Russia, anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim agenda.
He is leading the covert Indo-Israeli nexus as part of the invisible war of the
these terms, the Khazarian Mafia virus is more dangerous than the coronavirus,
as the Mafia has infected humanity at large and has continued killing the
people of various nations to obtain, particularly, Mafia’s business interests.
the world economy has received a greater blow due to the increase of the
COVID-19. Multinational companies, including other industries especially of the
US and EU, have been badly affected by this pandemic virus. Complete lockdowns
and partial lockdowns in these and other most developed countries, including
the Third World and the Muslim countries have reduced the trade. Interaction
among the peoples of various fields has also been reduced.
the origin of this deadly virus, Lijian Zhao, an official spokesperson for the
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on March 12, 2020, that the US Army
might have brought the Coronavirus epidemic to Wuhan from where it originated.
US athletes participated in the Military World Games which were held from
October 18–27, 2019 in Wuhan.
present, China has controlled the coronavirus. The economy of the US and Europe
has been paralyzed. China buys 30% of the shares of companies in Europe and the
US at a very low price. China has owned companies in Europe and the US. And Beijing
decided that these companies stay in China and earned $ 20,000. The companies,
created by America and Europe in China with all the technology put in by these
exchanges and their capital they passed into the hands of China, which is now
rising with all that technological potential and will be able to set prices at
will to sell everything they need to the West.
the hunter becomes the hunt and the gunner himself becomes a target. It happens
so with the Khazarian Mafia.
reiterates commitment to help Indonesia win fight against COVID-19
President Xi Jinping reiterated China’s commitment to working together with
Indonesia to fight the COVID-19 pandemic during a phone call with President
Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, asserting the Southeast Asian country as among priority
nations to engage with.
statement issued by the State Secretariat, Xi shared his concerns about the
COVID-19 spread in the archipelago and discussed his country’s experience in
addressing the global health crisis. He mentioned his country’s readiness to
support Indonesia in its fight against the pandemic.
believe that with your perseverance, Indonesia will be able to defeat this
[COVID-19] pandemic,” said the Chinese president.
will be one of our priorities [in engaging in such cooperation],” Xi said.
“We’re ready to work together with the Indonesian people.”
have to continue working together to curb the spread of the virus. I also
disagree with stigmatization, as it is not beneficial in such a hard time like
this,” Jokowi said.
medical gear included disposable masks, N-95 masks, protective clothing,
goggles, gloves, shoe covers, infrared thermometers and surgical caps to be
used by the country’s doctors and fast-response team for COVID-19.
the next day, the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia announced that the Chinese
government had shipped another round of medical kits.
State Secretariat, however, has yet to share details about future cooperation
and whether Indonesia would receive another round of aid from China.
Malaysians among 75 new cases in S’pore
Three Malaysians are among 75 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore, the
republic’s health ministry announced on Sunday (April 5).
of the Malaysian patients is an imported case involving a 32-year-old man who
is a work pass holder. The other two are women working in public healthcare.
is a 24-year-old female porter at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the other a
20-year-old female healthcare assistant at Sengkang General Hospital.
more new clusters were identified: Sungei Tengah Lodge at the Old Choa Chu Kang
Road, Toh Guan Dormitory at Toh Guan Road East, Cochrane Lodge II at Admiralty
Road West, and The Orange Ballroom at Geylang Road.
on the condition of confirmed cases, the health ministry said 15 more cases of
Covid-19 have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities,
bringing to 297 the total number of full recoveries.
the 500 confirmed cases still in hospital, most are stable or improving while
26 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
386 cases who are clinically well but still test positive for Covid-19 are
isolated and cared for at Concord International Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital,
Gleneagles Hospital and the Community Isolation Facility at D’Resort NTUC.
Rohingya refugees land on Langkawi beach
MMEA, in a WhatsApp message to the media, said the agency was still
investigating the incident while declining to give further information for the
April 3,2018, The Star reported the MMEA had reportedly detained a boat
carrying dozens of Rohingya refugees in the waters off Langkawi.
the report, about 56 women, men and children on board were being taken to the
maritime base in Bukit Malut.
Cases pass 1.2 Million; ‘Horrendous’ phase seen
US leaders offered a sombre outlook on the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic with
President Donald Trump warning of a "very horrendous” phase and Governor
Andrew Cuomo predicting New York -- after reporting its most deaths in a day --
would soon reach the epidemic’s apex.
the first country to suffer a major outbreak of the disease when it first
emerged late last year, reported 47 so-called asymptomatic cases, as testing
for the disease in the country finds more that are symptom free.
in Asia, South Korea, Thailand and the city of Tokyo reported new cases as
Asian nations that worked early to stem the virus battle a new wave of
city found more than 130 new coronavirus infections Sunday -- a record for
daily confirmed cases -- local outlet Kyodo reported, citing unnamed sources
close to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
city found more than 110 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the first time its
daily confirmed infections passed the 100 mark, national broadcaster NHK
city-state is set to unveil further support for businesses and households on
Monday, following a previously announced S$48 billion (US$33.4bil) stimulus
package to buffer the virus’s impact. Authorities plan to waive foreign worker
levies for April and boost an existing jobs support program, Deputy Prime
Minister Heng Swee Keat said Saturday. He didn’t elaborate on other measures or
how much authorities will spend.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina rolled out a 727.5 billion taka ($8.6 billion)
stimulus package, which is 2.52% of the country’s GDP, to cushion the impact of
groups will be affected the most by the outbreak as economic costs will mount
in the days to come, she said. The government will prioritize fiscal benefits
and low-cost loans for businesses, including small and medium enterprises.
Bangladesh has 70 cases, with nine reported Saturday.
prisons department sent a letter to the federal court asking the judiciary to
stop jailing violators of the country’s movement control order, The Star
newspaper reported. The prisons department director-general is said to have
signed a letter that states social distancing was impossible in prisons due to
overcrowding, according to the report.
conditions in the United Arab Emirates worsened at a record pace last month and
dropped at the fastest in over a decade in Saudi Arabia following measures to
stem the outbreak as it spreads in the Middle East, Europe and US.
and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a phone call in which they
"agreed to remain in touch on the issue of global supply chains for
critical pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and to ensure they continue to
function as smoothly as possible during the global health crisis,” White House
spokesman Judd Deere said in a readout.
hard-hit country reported 81 new virus cases in 24 hours, for a total of
10,237, as Asia battles a second wave of infections.
reported that it had 30 new infections April 4, including 25 imported cases. It
also said there had been three more deaths. China also reported 47 new
asymptomatic cases for April 4, including 16 cases from abroad.
in the US "cannot afford to wait” for the next coronavirus stimulus,
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to House lawmakers, adding "it is my
hope that we will craft this legislation and bring it to the floor later this
next package "must go further in assisting small businesses including
farmers, extending and strengthening unemployment benefits and giving families
additional direct payments,” according to Pelosi. She said it would give more
resources to state and local governments, health care including hospitals and
medical workers, and first responders.
Elizabeth will strike an optimistic note about the UK’s collective response to
the coronavirus in a special broadcast Sunday to the U.K. and Commonwealth
nations, according to excerpts reported by the BBC and the Guardian. Other than
her annual Christmas address, the monarch rarely makes public pronouncements of
offered a stark warning about the days ahead as his top medical adviser said
cases in hard-hit cities like New York, Detroit and New Orleans will likely
reach a peak within a week.
going to be a very, very deadly period, unfortunately,” Trump said at the White
House on Saturday. "It’s not going to be a good-looking situation.” Trump
compared the casualties to a world war, without giving specific estimates.
York, the worst-hit US state, recorded the biggest daily death toll yet, adding
630 fatalities for a total of 3,565, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
thousand ventilators are due to arrive from China on Saturday. "This is a
big deal and it’s going to make a significant difference for us,” Cuomo said.
Oregon donated another 140. "We’re not at the apex,” Cuomo told reporters.
Bill de Blasio earlier repeated calls for a national system to help move
doctors and nurses from other states to areas with high need, saying the weeks
ahead will be New York City’s "the toughest time.”
Anies slams Health Ministry’s requirements for large-scale social restrictions
Governor Anies Baswedan has heavily criticized the Health Ministry’s newly
issued guidelines on large-scale social restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19,
saying they showed “no sense of urgency”.
as if we are proposing a project that needed a feasibility study,” Anies told
The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “Can’t the ministry see that we are facing a rising
death toll? Is it not enough?”
this week, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that in lieu of a regional or
national lockdown, regions could implement large-scale social restrictions
(PSBB) in their fight against COVID-19. Such restrictions include the closing
down of schools, offices and places of worship, as well as limitations on
to Government Regulation No. 21 on PSBB, provinces and cities are required to
obtain a permit from the health minister to impose the policy. As of Sunday, no
region has yet to obtain such a permit.
to a ministerial regulation issued by the Health Ministry on Friday, regional
heads who want to enact a PSBB have to attach an epidemiology study to their
requests, as well as data and maps showing the spread of the virus in their
request would then be discussed by a team appointed by the health minister, who
would approve or deny the request in consultation with COVID-19 fast response
team chief Doni Monardo, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency
said he had sent a PSBB request to Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto on
Wednesday before the ministerial regulation was issued and would wait for an
answer instead of sending a new letter.
the letter, he wrote that the virus had spread to 253 of the city’s 267
districts and 86 medical workers had also been infected. He also wrote that
while the official death toll in the capital was 85, 401 people had been buried
using COVID-19 protocols. The request was being discussed by the Health
Ministry's team on Sunday afternoon.
already detailed the facts about [COVID-19 in] Jakarta in the letter. We are
waiting for an answer [from the minister],” he said. “It’s very strange that we
have to [go through so much bureaucracy] during a crisis such as this.”
to the government's official count, there are 2,092 confirmed COVID-19 cases
nationwide as of Saturday, 1,028 of which are in Jakarta.
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