Ministry to enforce plan B on prayer timings

Ministry to enforce plan B on prayer timings

Ministry to enforce plan B on prayer timings

ISLAMABAD: 

After facing a number of hurdles in introducing uniform prayer timings, the government has now devised a mechanism to implement it, it emerged on Sunday.

Last year, Ministry of Religious Affairs, in consultation with clerics from four mainstream sects, issued uniform prayer timings for the whole year in the capital. The ministry, however, failed to implement the timings and has now come up with a new project which has been finalised by the ministry, explained an official.

Uniform prayer timings in capital from today

The ministry currently faces two issues with regards to the implementation of uniform prayer timings. It lacks the infrastructure and also has no existing laws binding the clerics to follow the uniform prayer timings, explained the official.

The official added that around 1,150 mosques and imambargahs are functional in the capital and it is practically impossible for the ministry to visit each mosque to ensure implementation. Under the project, the ministry will hire people and task them to convince clerics to implement the uniform prayer timings.

“The ministry doesn’t want to confront clerics so the fresh inductees will be asked to convince them,” said the official, who requested anonymity because he was unauthorised to speak to the media.

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Similarly, the ministry will purchase over 30 motorcycles for the fresh inductees so they can visit the capital’s mosques regularly.

Meanwhile, the ministry is also working on the proposed law on uniform prayer timings.

Coordination with provinces

The ministry has also geared up its efforts to implement uniform timings across the country and has asked all the provincial authorities to draft a legislation to address the issue.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 10th, 2016.

Canada: Mississauga mayor considers legal action against publication for Islamophobic article

The article sent by Michaels alleges that Crombie was “purchased” by the owners of the Meadowvale Islamic Centre, that her husband is a convicted criminal and that the pair are planning on killing their son.

The mayor of Mississauga, Ont., says she is considering legal action after an independent news website published allegations against her, her family and the city’s Muslim community.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie says she has contacted police and is in talks with her lawyers after she says the Mississauga Gazette published an article under the headline “Bonnie’s Muslims Are Molesting Teenage Girls in Mississauga Highschools.”

The article could not be found on the Gazette’s website Sunday. A notice was posted saying members of the website’s staff had received death threats.

“I have taken this article down for now as I don’t want violence brought upon my team,” the notice said.

Acton Michaels, the website’s editor-in-chief, emailed The Canadian Press a link to a copy of the original piece, which has since been posted elsewhere online.

It was published under his name, but when asked by email if he wrote the article, Michaels did not reply.

The article sent by Michaels alleges that Crombie was “purchased” by the owners of the Meadowvale Islamic Centre, that her husband is a convicted criminal and that the pair are planning on killing their son.

It also alleges that a student at a local high school was sexually assaulted by Muslim boys.

Crombie says all of those allegations are false, and she’s asked the chief of Peel Regional Police, which is responsible for Mississauga, to determine whether the matter constitutes a hate crime.

Police didn’t immediately comment when contacted Sunday.

Crombie says she’s also asked her lawyers about other legal avenues.

Michaels said in an email that he would be meeting with his staff and didn’t want to make any public statements before then.

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Trump accuses Bill Clinton of being ‘abusive to women’

Trump accuses Bill Clinton of being ‘abusive to women’

 

ST. LOUIS: 

Donald Trump on Sunday accused former president Bill Clinton of being “abusive to women” in a presidential debate, shattering the last vestiges of political decorum in a hypercharged campaign season.

After apologising for “locker room talk” in which he bragged about grabbing women’s genitals and forcibly kissing them, the Republican White house nominee said those were just words, whereas “Bill Clinton was abusive to women.”

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Trump faces a make-or-break moment with Sunday’s second presidential debate, after his lewd boasts, caught on tape in 2005 and made public Friday, brought sweeping condemnation from within his own party and calls for him to step aside. With his campaign in chaos, Trump has stepped up his attacks on the former president, asserting that Bill Clinton has a history of abusing women. In a bombshell development moments before faced the Democrat Hillary Clinton in the debate, Trump staged a surprise appearance with several women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct.

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Introduced by Trump as “very courageous women,” his invited speakers included Paula Jones, a former government employee in Arkansas who sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, and Juanita Broaddrick, also of Arkansas, who claims that Clinton raped her in 1978. “Mr Trump may have said some bad words,” Broaddrick said, seated next to Trump during a panel broadcast live on Facebook. “But Bill Clinton raped me, and Hillary Clinton threatened me.

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I don’t think there’s any comparison.” Trump’s invited speakers also included Kathleen Willey, a former White House volunteer who has alleged Bill Clinton assaulted her in 1993, and Kathy Shelton, who has attacked Hillary Clinton over her role in defending her alleged rapist as a young lawyer 40 years ago.

Bill Clinton’s accusers were present in the audience, as guests of the Trump campaign, at Sunday’s debate in St Louis. The former president himself was also present in the debate hall.

source The Express Tribune news

China building collapse death toll rises to eight

China building collapse death toll rises to eight

BEIJING: 

Eight people were killed after a group of houses collapsed in China on Monday, local authorities said.

The four buildings caved in during the early hours in Wenzhou in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Lucheng district government said in a social media posting.

Eight people were found dead and five had been rescued by midday Monday, it said, without giving indications of the numbers missing.

The official Xinhua news agency said rescuers were still verifying the number of people trapped under the debris. It reported earlier on social media an “initial estimate” that more than 20 people had been buried.

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The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

Pictures from the scene showed workers in orange suits sifting through a mountain of ruins.

China has seen several building collapses in recent years, with some blamed on low quality construction.

In May, 16 people were reported dead after a residential building in Guizhou province in the southwest collapsed due to landslides.

Two people were killed and 24 injured in April when a storm brought down a wholesale market building in Foshan city, in the southern province of Guangdong.

 

source The Express Tribune news

Murray claims China Open title

Murray claims China Open title

BEIJING: 

World number two Andy Murray claimed the title at the China Open on Sunday, taking a step toward unseating world number one Novak Djokovic.

The Scot did not drop a single set in the entire tournament and romped to victory in straight sets on a chilly night in the Chinese capital.

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Murray’s 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) defeated unseeded Grigor Dimitrov is his fifth title of the year and 40th of his career.

The 29-year-old’s victory moves him 1,000 points closer to long-reigning world number one Djokovic, with the chance of taking the top spot by year-end and capping off a career-best season.

“It was probably my best match of the week,” said Murray.”Considering the conditions were fairly cold, I was still serving over a hundred miles an hour on some second serves.

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“I felt using good variation on that shot, so I didn’t give him a chance to really attack me there and that was probably the thing that I did best tonight.”

Dimitrov, who had received a free pass through the semi-finals after Canadian Milos Raonic pulled out with an ankle injury, was left overwhelmed by the Scot. “I just didn’t feel that I had another gear,” Dimitrov told reporters.

Murray is the 16th player in the Open era to win at least 40 titles and the fourth active player to accomplish the feat, joining Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

source The Express Tribune news

India take charge of Indore Test after Ashwin's heroics

India take charge of Indore Test after Ashwin’s heroics

India take charge of Indore Test after Ashwin’s heroics

INDORE, INDIA: 

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed six wickets to help India secure a 258-run first-innings lead over New Zealand in the third and final Test on Monday.

Resuming on 28 for no loss in reply to India’s huge total of 557 for five declared, New Zealand made a flying start with Martin Guptill (72) and Tom Latham (53) featuring in the first century opening stand of the series.

Ashwin triggered a spectacular batting collapse in the second session, however, and the touring side needed a defiant 71 from Jimmy Neesham to reach 299 all out.

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India, who hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, decided against enforcing the follow-on and were 18 for no loss – an overall lead of 276 – at the close in Indore.

The only setback for the hosts was opener Gautam Gambhir retiring hurt after injuring his shoulder while diving to complete a run.

Murali Vijay (11) and Cheteshwar Pujara (one) will return on Tuesday hoping to bat New Zealand out of the match.

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Earlier, Guptill and Latham were positive in their mindset and decisive in their footwork against the Indian spinners as they added 118 for the opening wicket.

Guptill was under pressure after scores of 21, 0, 13 and 24 in the last two tests, but the experienced opener batted well for his 72, in which he struck two sixes and 10 fours.

Ashwin broke the partnership with a teasing off-break which Latham played across to spoon a leading edge back to the bowler.

Wickets tumbled after lunch with Kane Williamson (eight) pushing at an Ashwin delivery with an angled bat, only to drag the ball on to his stumps.

Ross Taylor did not trouble the scorers and was caught by Rahane at slip off Ashwin and the same combination sent back Luke Ronchi (0) and BJ Watling (23).

Ashwin had a hand in Guptill’s unlucky dismissal too, the ball brushing his finger as he stooped to stop a Ronchi drive before it hit the stumps with the opener backing up too far at the non-striker’s end.

Neesham cobbled together fifty partnerships with Watling and Mitchell Santner (22) to push New Zealand towards 300.

Jadeja, who was fined half his match fees on Sunday for running down the pitch, claimed two wickets.

 

source The Express Tribune news

Samsung suspends production of recalled Note 7: report

Samsung suspends production of recalled Note 7: report

 

SEOUL: 

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has suspended production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones following reports of fires in replacement devices, South Korean media said on Monday, a further setback for the tech giant in the midst of its worst ever phone recall crisis.

Samsung’s decision to temporarily halt Note 7 production was done in cooperation with authorities in China and the United States, as two US carriers have stopped exchanging or selling new Note 7 phones, Yonhap News Agency cited an unnamed source at a Samsung partner firm as saying.

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Samsung did not immediately comment on the Yonhap report.

Problems with replacements for the Note 7 model would create a new and potentially costly chapter to a global scandal which has hurt the reputation of the world’s biggest smartphone maker. It also could add new dangers for consumers.

AT&T Inc, the No.2 US wireless carrier, said it will stop issuing new Note 7s to replace recalled phones due to reports of fires from replacement devices that Samsung has said used safe batteries. It will let customers with a recalled Note 7 exchange that device for another Samsung smartphone or other smartphone of their choice.

No.3 wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc said it was temporarily halting sales of new Note 7s as well as exchanges while Samsung investigated “multiple reports of issues” with its flagship device.

T-Mobile offered customers who brought in their Note 7s a $25 credit on their phone bill.

Australia’s largest carrier, Telstra Corp, said Samsung had paused supply of new Note 7s.

“Samsung says it is confident in the replacement Note 7 and advises it has no reason to believe it’s unsafe,” Telstra said in a statement on its website on Monday.

But major airlines and airport authorities urged passengers to stop using the phone on board.

“In light of recent incidents and concerns raised about Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, passengers are strongly advised not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage,” Hong Kong International Airport said on its website on Monday.

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Singapore Airlines also said on Monday the powering up and charging of Note 7s is prohibited on all its flights.

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On Sept. 2, Samsung announced a global recall of 2.5 million Note 7s in 10 markets including the United States due to faulty batteries causing some of the phones to catch fire.

A Southwest Airline flight was evacuated last week after a replacement model Note 7 smartphone began smoking inside the plane, according to the family who owns the phone.

Samsung said on Monday it was investigating reports of “heat damage issues” and would share its findings when the investigation was complete.

“If we determine a product safety issue exists, Samsung will take immediate steps approved by the CPSC (US Consumer Product Safety Commission) to resolve the situation,” Samsung told Reuters in a statement.

A South Korean government agency said it was monitoring reports of the fires and repeated a warning from the transport ministry that the recalled Note 7 devices should not be used or charged inside airplanes.

South Korea’s two largest mobile carriers, SK Telecom and KT Corp, said they were monitoring the situation but had taken no steps in regards to sales or exchange of new Note 7s.

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Samsung shares, which have rebounded after an initial sell-off on the recall, were down 3.5 percent as of 0250 GMT, compared with a flat broader market.

“I thought the Note 7 matter was coming to an end, but it’s becoming an issue again,” Alpha Asset Management fund manager CJ Heo said.

Samsung should be able to recover from the short-term reputational damage of the recalls, but fourth-quarter sales of the Note 7 would be hurt, he added.

Samsung’s recall crisis has coincided with pressure from one of the world’s most aggressive hedge funds, Elliott Management, to split the company and pay out $27 billion in a special dividend.

source The Express Tribune news

German police say arrested Syrian bomb plot suspect

German police say arrested Syrian bomb plot suspect

German police say arrested Syrian bomb plot suspect

BERLIN,: 

German police said Monday they have arrested a Syrian man suspected of plotting a bomb attack, after a massive manhunt lasting almost two days.

“We’ve succeeded, really overjoyed: the terror suspect (Jaber) Albakr was arrested overnight in Leipzig,” police said on Twitter about the 22-year-old.

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Police had on Saturday found several hundred grams of an “explosive substance more dangerous than TNT” hidden in Albakr’s apartment and said that “even a small quantity … could have caused enormous damage”.

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Local media reported that the material was TATP, the homemade explosive that was used by militants in the Paris and Brussels attacks.
Albakr was believed to have had internet contact with the Islamic State group, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported.

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Acting on a tip-off from the domestic intelligence agency, police commandos had sought to swoop on the Syrian early Saturday at his apartment building in the eastern city of Chemnitz, about 85 kilometres from Leipzig.

But he narrowly managed to evade police, local media said.
He was finally caught after police learnt that he had sought help from two Syrians in Leipzig, Spiegel Online reported. Police subsequently arrested him in the early hours of Monday in the two Syrians’ apartment.

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim group return to help Cumbria flood victims

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim group return to help Cumbria flood victims

Money raised by the trip will go to the Cumbria Community Foundation, which recently reported that one in five families left homeless by the floods are still living in temporary accommodation.

Members of the group travelled to Kendal from all around the UK. 

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association returned to Cumbria this weekend, to raise money for victims of December’s floods.

Many of the group, who come from all around the UK, helped to clear homes and streets in December, after Storm Desmond swept through the county.

This weekend they are taking part in a charity bike ride: they set off from the Sandylands Methodist Church in Kendal this morning, waved off by local MP Tim Farron, and will pass through Keswick and Appleby.

Money raised by the trip will go to the Cumbria Community Foundation, which recently reported that one in five families left homeless by the floods are still living in temporary accommodation.

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Canada: “One day we will win the hearts of people,” says World Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Canada: “One day we will win the hearts of people,” says World Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad held a Press Conference on October 7, 2016, with representatives of the Canadian print, broadcast and ethnic media. Media outlets present included CTV and the Toronto Star.

The Press Conference took place at the International Centre in Mississauga on the first day of the 40th Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada.

During the 35minute Press Conference, His Holiness was asked his views on establishing peace in the world, the continued threat of terrorism and extremism and the purpose of his visit to Canada.

Speaking about his current tour of Canada, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“This year the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada is celebrating its 50th anniversary and so the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Community requested me to come and address their Annual Convention.”

Upon being asked how the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is spreading peace in the world, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Islam prohibits all forms of extremism and terrorism and so suicide bombings, beheadings, the killing of innocent people are all opposed to Islam’s teachings. This is the message we are propagating and spreading far and wide.”

In response to a question about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s slogan of ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The importance and significant of this message is obvious in today’s world given that violence and disorder has spread to so many parts of the world. Hence, the message of ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’ is not only something for Muslims to follow but for all people. In today’s society we need to show kindness, compassion and must discharge the rights of one another.”

During the Press Conference, His Holiness condemned the role of extremist Muslim clerics in the spread of extremism and the radicalisation of some Muslims. His Holiness said that such clerics had completely “misconstrued the true teachings of Islam” and he advised authorities to take firm measures against any cleric found to promote extremism.

Asked about his views on Canadian values, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“I am pleased that Canada is a multicultural society in which freedom of religion and freedom of expression exists. I enjoy visiting Canada whenever I have the opportunity to travel here.”

Regarding the efforts of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to curb extremism, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“We have no worldly power and so all we can do is to continue to peacefully preach Islam’s true teachings. It is a slow process but one day we shall win the hearts of people and the brutalities witnessed in the world today will stop. We are very determined and so we will never give up our tasks.”

– Canada: “One day we will win the hearts of people,” says World Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

 

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