Japanese man dies in India paragliding accident

Japanese man dies in India paragliding accident

NEW DELHI: 

A Japanese man died in a paragliding accident in north India’s Himachal Pradesh state, popular with both domestic and foreign tourists for its Himalayan peaks, police said on Saturday.

The officials said that Makota Sukoma, 38, died after crashing into a hillside while paragliding in Bir Billing, around  131 miles (212 kilometres) from state capital Shimla.

 

“Sukoma took off in Billing on Friday afternoon but lost control over the glider and crashed into a hillside,” Sunaina Sharma, local sub divisional magistrate, told journalists.

“Locals and police found him seriously injured and rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The doctor said he had sustained head injuries,” she added.

Two other foreign nationals have lost their lives in separate paragliding accidents around Bir Billing in the last three weeks.

 

A Russian died when his paraglider got crashed into power transmission lines soon after he took off, while a British paraglider was in a fatal crash in October.

Bir Billing in the state’s scenic Kangra valley is one of the most popular sites with domestic and international paragliding enthusiasts. It also hosted Paragliding World Cup event in 2015.

 

source The Express Tribune news

Death toll rises to 20 in Pakistan shipbreaking blast

Death toll rises to 20 in Pakistan shipbreaking blast

QUETTA: 

The death toll from a recent explosion and fire at a Pakistan shipbreaking yard has risen to 20, officials said Saturday, as an inquiry committee met for the first time to determine responsibility.

At least 59 others were wounded early this week when a gas cylinder exploded and started a fire inside an oil tanker at the Gadani yard in the southwestern province of Balochistan.

“The death toll has now risen to 20,” Muhammad Hashim, commissioner of Kalat region of which Gadani is a part, told AFP.

“I have no confirmation about the missing,” he said when asked about claims by labourers that at least seven of their colleagues remained unaccounted for.

He said the contractor for the tanker work had been arrested and all shipbreaking at the yard banned while safety standards are being reviewed.

A high-level committee formed by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to investigate the causes of the fire held its first meeting in the port city of Karachi Saturday and would finalise a report within a week, an official statement said.

Industrial accidents are becoming common in Pakistan, with workplaces often forgoing basic safety measures and equipment in the absence of legislation to protect labourers. A devastating fire at a textile factory in Karachi killed 255 people in 2012.

source The Express Tribune news

Amir Khan says yes to ‘friendly’ fight with Manny Pacquiao

Amir Khan says yes to ‘friendly’ fight with Manny Pacquiao

Pakistani-British boxer Amir Khan on Friday tweeted out an affirmation to fight against his friend and Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao, who is ready to take on American boxer Jessie Vargas on Saturday, in an interview with Sky Sports News HQ said that he would be fine with a fight against ‘friend’ Amir.

“I’m willing to fight anybody,” said Pacquiao. “Amir is my friend and it’s good to fight somebody that you know. That’s better.”

In reaction to the comment by Pacquiao, Amir took to twitter and said: “Sometimes friends fight one another. Let’s make this fight happen for the fans.”

The 37-year-old member of the Filipino senate will be facing an opponent for the 67th time as a professional and it will be his first crack at the world title as a member government, and he thinks he can combine both roles.

“The love of boxing motivated me and also I feel lonely inside,” he said. “I realise I can still box and so I decided to change my mind and continue the journey. It’s not easy [to combine boxing with being a senator], it’s hard to balance working in an office and training but I can manage my time.”

He added: “This is a very important fight and it’s a difficult fight — he’s a champion so you can’t underestimate him or take him lightly but I’ll make sure I’m 100 per cent conditioned, mentally and spiritually.”

source The Express Tribune news

Manchester United’s Juan Mata tells teammates to walk the talk

Manchester United’s Juan Mata tells teammates to walk the talk

MANCHESTER: 

Manchester United’s Spanish international midfielder Juan Mata said it is time for his team to play well rather than talk a good game, starting with Swansea on Sunday.

The 28-year-old — United’s player of the month in a spell of poor results for them and manager Jose Mourinho including a 4-0 hammering by Chelsea — added the team needed to show character to arrest their dip in form.

United go into the Swansea match on the back of Mourinho slamming their performance in the Europa League 2-1 defeat by Fenerbahce saying they played as if it was a “friendly”.

“We need to show personality especially when the moments are not so good and we are having defeats,” Mata told ‘United Uncovered’.

“After that there are very difficult days until the next game so we need to show personality and we need to play well as a team.

“We need to show all the fans and everyone that we want to win every game and we need to show that passion on the pitch.

“It’s good for us to come and talk about all we have to do but where we need to talk is on the pitch.”

Mata, who scored in the corresponding fixture last season but ended up on the losing side, said he paid little attention to the fact Swansea are struggling this term and are second from bottom after 10 games.

No Turkish delight for Jose Mourinho

United are currently eighth in the table eight points adrift of the leading trio of Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

“I don’t really like to look at statistics before you arrive for a game because normally they change!” he said smiling.

“We need to take it as a very important game for us, we need to win football games in the Premier League, and we need to get closer to the top and pick up three points, then three more points.

“We need to start doing that from this Sunday.”

source The Express Tribune news

Indonesia: Ahmadiyya Muslims not part of anti-Ahok demonstration on Friday

Indonesia: Ahmadiyya Muslims not part of anti-Ahok demonstration on Friday

Ahok’s statement might offend some Muslims in the country since the video, during which he allegedly defamed Islam, was selectively edited and people, therefore, could not hear the full context of his statement.

 

Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is in the spotlight amid a planned rally by thousands of hardline Muslims on Friday demanding that he be charged with blasphemy for saying that some people had been “deceived” by other people using Al-Maidah 51, a verse in the Quran.

The governor has apologized for the incident, saying he did not intend to insult the Quran, but the apology has failed to appease the anger of hard-line Muslims.

The Ahmadiyah community, an Islamic sect regarded as heretical by mainstream Muslims and persecuted in Indonesia, said that they would not take part in Friday’s demonstration.

Aryudi Prastowo, head of Ahmadiyah’s East Jakarta and Bukit Duri branch, said on Thursday that they would respect Ahok as the legitimate governor of Jakarta.

Aryudi added that Ahok’s statement might offend some Muslims in the country since the video, during which he allegedly defamed Islam, was selectively edited and people, therefore, could not hear the full context of his statement.

“If you see the full video you will be aware that Ahok was only expressing his concern about the issue without trying to defame the Quran,” he said.

In July 2015, the Ahmadiyah congregation in Bukit Duri, South Jakarta, became a target for persecution by a hard-line group.

At the time, the Jakarta administration sealed a house that had been used as a place of worship by Ahmadiyah followers, after a crowd of locals objected to Friday prayers at the house and claimed the congregation had committed blasphemy against Islam.

Ahok urged the South Jakarta administration not to seal the mosque, but a red notice remains on the property’s fence to this day, while a banner opposing the minority group still hangs nearby and no Friday prayers have since taken place there.

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Pope Francis Praises Secular Sweden’s Record On Accepting Asylum Seekers

Pope Francis Praises Secular Sweden’s Record On Accepting Asylum Seekers

In a football stadium packed with some 15,000 spectators, Francis weaved his homily around Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount,” which lists the Beatitudes, but added a few modern twists.

The pope is in Sweden to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Tuesday for Sweden’s tiny Catholic community, made up of many refugees and migrants, praising as “blessed” those in this overwhelmingly non-religious nation who take in asylum seekers.

The main purpose of the pope’s two-day trip was to take part in a joint commemoration with Lutherans of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.

After the historic inter-religious ceremony on Monday, Francis turned his attention to largely secular Sweden’s record of accepting tens of thousands of asylum seekers last year, in contrast to many other European nations.

In a football stadium packed with some 15,000 spectators, Francis weaved his homily around Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount,” which lists the Beatitudes, but added a few modern twists.

“Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness,” the Argentine-born pontiff said. “Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.”

Francis’s statement held special symbolism in Malmo, which has become a gateway for thousands of immigrants who have fled from Middle East wars over the last few years.

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UK: Hundreds of young Ahmadi Muslims are out selling poppies to raise £20,000

UK: Hundreds of young Ahmadi Muslims are out selling poppies to raise £20,000

‘As Muslims it is our responsibility to show loyalty to our country of residence and work for the betterment of our country.’

It’s almost Remembrance Day, which means many of us will be pinning our poppies to our lapels.
It also means that it’s that time of year when everyone suddenly claims that Muslims want to ‘ban’ poppies, or that poppies ‘can’t be worn’ in areas with large Muslim communities.

The usual stuff – and this year, like every other year, it’s total bull.

In fact, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association has been out in the cold and rain today selling poppies for the Royal British Legion.

Volunteer Abdul Ghalib Khan told BBC Asian Network’s Nihal that the organisation is aiming to raise around £20,000 for servicemen and veterans in the UK.

And AMYA tweeted that more than 600 people have gone out selling poppies.

The Royal British Legion community fundraiser co-ordinator Deborah Armantrading said: ‘AMYA have been crucial in raising funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for several years participating in mass collections all over the UK.

‘The Legion are extremely pleased with the enthusiasm and commitment from all of the volunteers.

‘We enjoy working with AMYA as they are dedicated and passionate about their charity work, and the Poppy Appeal would not be the same without their help.’

Mirza Waqas Ahmad, National President of AMYA said: ‘The Holy Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (pbuh) said that to love ones country is part of your faith. This is true Islam.

‘As Muslims it is our responsibility to show loyalty to our country of residence and work for the betterment of our country.

‘We therefore hope that our participation is a clear indication of our desire for peace and unity between all peoples, nations and religions.’

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