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Third ODI: Big-hitting Hales brings up century as Pakistan bowlers toil

Third ODI: Big-hitting Hales brings up century as Pakistan bowlers toil

Hasan Ali celebrates Jason Roy's wicket.
Hasan Ali celebrates Jason Roy’s wicket.
Roy and Hales started the proceedings on a high note for the hosts, scoring boundaries at regular intervals. — AFP
Roy and Hales started the proceedings on a high note for the hosts, scoring boundaries at regular intervals. — AFP
Roy, after scoring 15 off 19 balls, gloved the 38th ball in the air for Sarfraz Ahmed to safely collect it. — Reuters
Roy, after scoring 15 off 19 balls, gloved the 38th ball in the air for Sarfraz Ahmed to safely collect it. — Reuters
Hales completes a run. — AFP
Hales completes a run. — AFP
Hasan Ali celebrates Jason Roy's wicket.
Hasan Ali celebrates Jason Roy’s wicket.
Roy and Hales started the proceedings on a high note for the hosts, scoring boundaries at regular intervals. — AFP
Roy and Hales started the proceedings on a high note for the hosts, scoring boundaries at regular intervals. — AFP

England opener Alex Hales registered his career’s fourth One-Day International (ODI) century as the hosts piled up 166 runs for the loss of one wicket after 25 overs during the third of the five-match series against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

The right-hander sneaked a single with a gentle push on the leg-side off Yasir Shah to reach three figures.

Reaching half-century mark in the 17th over, the local boy upped his scoring rate in the 23rd over when he piled up 20 runs off Pakistan captain Azhar Ali’s over.

Searching for a breakthrough, Azhar introduced himself into the attack only to be hammered for three fours and six — all coming off Hales’ bat.

Roy, after scoring 15 off 19 balls, gloved the 38th ball of the innings in the air for Sarfraz Ahmed to safely collect it.

England were 38 for one, when the star of the first ODI fell.

Replacing Roy, Root settled himself by snatching a boundary off Ali early on in his innings.

Earlier, Roy and Hales started the proceedings on a high note for the hosts, scoring boundaries at regular intervals.

The first two fours, however, came due to the misfields by Mohammad Nawaz and Babar Azam in the first and the second over respectively.

Hales scores his career's fourth century. — Reuters
Hales scores his career’s fourth century. — Reuters

Toss

Eoin Morgan elected to bat first after winning the toss. Talking to Michael Holding after the English captain’s decision, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali admitted that he would have loved to bat first.

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz replaced Imad Wasim, who was forced to sit out due to knee injury.

The visitors have had a disastrous start to the series as they lost the first and second ODIs by 44 runs (D/L method) and four wickets respectively, hence putting themselves under immense pressure to win the Nottingham game and keep their series-winning chances alive.

England, on the other hand, will be looking to seal the series by beating Pakistan in the third consecutive clash between the two sides.

Pitch and weather report: The wicket is deemed to be a flat and hard, making it a good batting surface. The sun is basking on the picturesque Trent Bridge ground.

Team line-ups

Pakistan

Azhar Ali (capt.), Sami Aslam, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk.), Shoaib Malik, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz

England

Eoin Morgan (capt.), Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk.), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood

Source : DAWN SPORT

Chiniot – Tyre Blast killed Three Motor Bikers

 Chiniot – Tyre Blast killed Three Motor Bikers

According to c47 news a fast truck driver crushed three motor bikers due to the blast of the tyre.

All the three passengers died on the spot. And three persons also injured in this incident.

The injured persons rushed to the hospital by the rescues 1122 team.

The deceased persons identified as Ghulam Abbas, Muhammad Nawaz and Mubshir. All the persons belong to Mozabanglawala near lalia.

Longtime Google exec leaves Uber board of directors

Longtime Google exec leaves Uber board of directors
A self-driving car traverses a parking lot at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California ─ AFP

SAN FRANCISCO: Google executive David Drummond left the Uber board of directors Monday as competition revs up between the companies over self-driving cars.

“I recently stepped down from Uber’s board given the overlap between the two companies,” Google chief legal officer Drummond said in a statement.

Drummond noted that Google remains an “enthusiastic investor” in the on-demand ride-sharing service.

Uber co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick said Drummond had been a “sage advisor and great personal friend,”” and adding that he was looking forward to continued cooperation between the companies.

Google parent Alphabet and San Francisco-based Uber have both been working on getting self-driving cars on roads, with their relationship evidently getting bumpier as efforts gain traction.

Uber recently announced plans to deploy driverless cars for its ride-sharing services in Pittsburgh this month, pushing the envelope for the use of self-driving technology.

Uber said the program would begin with the cars carrying company “co-pilots,” engineers and safety personnel.

Google executive David Drummond has left the Uber board of directors ─ AFP
Google executive David Drummond has left the Uber board of directors ─ AFP

At the same time, Uber also announced two other moves to further solidify itself as a trailblazer in driverless cars.

It established a $300 million venture with Chinese-owned, Sweden-based Volvo Cars to develop self-driving cars for sale by 2021.

And Uber is buying Otto, a San Francisco startup developing self-driving commercial trucks.

For the past two years, Uber has made a strong push into developing self-driving car technology.

Uber and Volvo were two of the founding members of a coalition unveiled in April to push for a unified US legal code on self-driving cars ─ a group that also includes Google, carmaker Ford and Uber rival Lyft.

Autonomous cars are among big-vision ideas pursued by Google’s X Lab.

A car industry executive was hired last year to turn it into its own company at Google parent Alphabet. Google has driven its autonomous cars some 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometres) with only some minor dust-ups.

In May, the company announced plans for its self-driving car program to put down roots in the Detroit area with a technology centre.

The facility will house engineers and others testing vehicles provided by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Alphabet said at the time.

The collaboration with Fiat Chrysler marked the first time the internet giant has worked directly with an automaker to build self-driving vehicles.

The tech giant began testing its autonomous driving technology in 2009 using a Toyota Prius equipped with Google equipment.

It now has some 70 vehicles, including Lexus cars, adapted by Google in addition to its in-house designed cars unveiled in 2014.

Source : Dawn News 

Why I believe Pakistanis are the most gracious people in the world

Why I believe Pakistanis are the most gracious people in the world

My mother was forced to leave behind the city of her birth, Rawalpindi, when she was just 18 because of the tumultuous ruptures of Partition. She had never returned. When she was to turn 75, I thought the best gift I could give her was to take her, if it was at all possible, to the city and to the home in which she was born.

I emailed my friends in Pakistan tentatively with my plan. They were immediately very welcoming.

“Just get her a visa, leave the rest to us,” they said. I applied for visas for my parents and the rest of my family. It seemed then a small miracle that we got these easily. I booked our flight tickets, and before long we were on our way.

Source Dawn News

Norwegian Muslims gather to pray for Utøya attack victims on 5th anniversary

Norwegian Muslims gather to pray for Utøya attack victims on 5th anniversary

Muslims from across Norway gathered on the island of Utøya to pray for victims of the Norway attacks.

Six years ago in 2011 34-year-old Anders Breivik shot and killed 69 people on the very same island. The Island is owned by Norway’s Labour party and most of Breivik’s victims were members of the Labour party’s youth wing.

On August 19, 2016, the country’s oldest Muslim Youth association hosted their annual youth retreat in union with the Labour party’s youth wing. During the retreat, the Muslim youth held a special prayer service in remembrance of the Norway attack victims and pledged to be law abiding and loyal Norwegians.

The three days event was attended by representatives of the Labour party and the Mayor of Utøya.

Indonesia Religious Discrimination Harms Education Rights

Indonesia Religious Discrimination Harms Education Rights 

Zulfa Nur Rohman, a student at a vocational public school in Semarang, Central Java, failed the 11th grade because of his religious faith. School administrators informed Zulfa, an adherent of a Javanese traditional faith Hayu Ningrat, that he cannot continue on to grade 12 because he refused to participate in “the practice of reading the Quran and performing prayer” in a mandatory Islamic studies class.

Zulfa is a victim of the pernicious and routine bureaucratic discrimination against religious minorities in Indonesia. Indonesia’s 1965 blasphemy law permits only six officially protected religions: Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. But government statistics indicate that Indonesia has 245 native religions with more than 400,000 adherents.

They are victims of regulations that discriminate against religious minorities, ranging from the provision of official identification cards, birth and marriage certificates, religious education and access to other government services.

Like all parents in Indonesia, Zulfa’s parents had to register his faith when enrolling him in kindergarten. Because Hayu Ningrat was not an officially permitted option, they opted to register him as a Muslim. School officials contended that Zulfa’s official identification as a Muslim obligated him to fully participate in his Islamic studies class and that his refusal to do so required him to repeat 11th grade, including Islamic studies. Zulfa always did the non-practicing studies until grade 11 when he was asked to pray and to recite the shahada.

The school’s principal, Sudarmanto, had no qualms about the school’s decision to penalize Zulfa for refusing to participate in Muslim prayer practice.

“I reminded his parents if he keeps on refusing to pray, his religion score will be zero and he cannot move to grade 12,” Sudarmanto told Tempo. Zulfa has refused to attend school while education administrators evaluate his parents’ appeal of the decision.

Indonesian government policies have encouraged discriminatory religious teaching in the country’s public school system. Then-president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2007 issued a government regulation that placed religious education under the domain of the Ministry of Religious Affairs. It gave the ministry parity with the Ministry of Education in formulating educational policy. Yudhoyono also introduced a requirement that all schools, both public and private, must provide devotional education in the six officially recognized religions from kindergarten to university. That directive automatically excluded minority religions such as Zulfa’s Hayu Ningrat.

In 2010, then-minister of religious affairs Suryadharma Ali issued a directive requiring schools to provide a teacher of one of the six officially recognized religions in every school that has at least 15 students belonging to one of those religions. That rule excludes students from religious minorities having education about their own faiths.

Indonesian law likewise excludes Muslim minorities — notably the Shia and Ahmadiyah — from access to teachers of their religious faith in public schools. These minority communities have been subject to intimidation and physical attack by militant Islamists in the conservative Sunni provinces of West Java, Aceh and West Sumatra with the complicity of government officials and security forces.

State-sanctioned religious discrimination is likely to plague Zulfa long after he eventually graduates from high school. When he turns 17, he will be able to apply for an official national ID card. Although Indonesian law has since 2006 not required Indonesians to officially declare a religion in order to receive a national ID card, many civil servants still do not know of the new law and deny the cards to religious minorities if they refuse to choose one of the six religions.

Members of religious minorities who opt to leave blank the ID card’s religion column can be accused by government officials of being an atheist — which is punishable under the blasphemy law. If they select one of the six religions now offered, regardless of their own religious beliefs, they can be accused offalsifying their identity.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his cabinet should review and repeal all of Indonesia’s discriminatory regulations against religious minorities. Until Zulfa and the thousands of other members of religious minorities have the same rights as those who belong to the officially recognized religions, the religious freedom guarantees in Indonesia’s Constitution will remain empty promises.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: The Jakarta Post

Canada: Muslim Community Applauds RCMP Decision Allowing Muslim Women Mounties to Wear Hijab

Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association commends RCMP decision to uphold the freedom of expression

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association Canada strongly supports the recent decision of the RCMP permitting women to wear the Hijab as part of the uniform. It is uplifting and powerful to see that the RCMP continues to be a progressive police service that respects all cultures and religions.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at appreciates Canada for being a leader in promoting inclusive work environments. Canadian leadership is a shining example for the world for upholding the freedom of conscience and expression.

In the words of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “In Canada, can we speak of acceptance, openness, friendship, understanding? It is about where we are going and what we are going through every day in our diverse and rich communities.”

Mrs. Amtul Noor Daud, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association said, “We applaud the RCMP for upholding freedom of expression and allowing Muslim women to wear the Hijab. We are extremely grateful that, as Canadians, we live in such a great country that respects people of all cultures and religions.”

iRabwah | News Watch |
Source/Credit: AMJ Canada

Messages about Islam stereotypical in Canada

Messages about Islam stereotypical in Canada

Re: Extremist literature common in mosques, Islamic school libraries, study says (Aug. 22)

News coverage of the recent study titled Lovers of the Death? — Islamist Extremism in Mosques and Schools undermines the work many Muslim communities have undertaken in Canada.

To the effect they suggest all mosques are perpetuating extremist and violent messages, these articles are inaccurate, generalized and stereotypical.

Looking up Canadian news coverage of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, one would actually question if there is any merit to these arguments whatsoever. From relentlessly promoting “Love for all, hatred for none” (our motto), to running nationwide campaigns in colleges and universities across the country to counter extremist ideology, such as “Stop the CrISIS,” our efforts toward peace are endless.

Thus, as a Canadian-born Muslim student, I am upset. I would hope more efforts are made in Canada toward strengthening and building the values that make us a strong country — diversity, multiculturalism and understanding. In order to accomplish this, our discussions need to be more productive and offer solutions rather than sheer criticism.

iRabwah | News Watch |
Source/Credit: Winnipeg Free Press

UK: Archbishop of Canterbury Welcomes Pakistani Hate Preachers Who Praised Killer Of Pro-Christian Minister

UK: Archbishop of Canterbury Welcomes Pakistani Hate Preachers Who Praised Killer Of Pro-Christian Minister

The most senior bishop of the Church of England has welcomed to his official London residence two Pakistani preachers who celebrated the killer of a politician who campaigned to protect the nation’s Christians.

“Great to welcome Pakistan’s Shaykh Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman at [Lambeth Palace] today”, tweeted the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby last month.

The men reportedly discussed countering “the narrative of extremism and terrorism” and interfaith relations, and Mr. Welby uses the ‘Nasrani’ symbol in his Twitter name to show “solidarity” with persecuted Middle Eastern Christians.

Great to welcome Pakistan’s Shaykh Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman at @LambethPalace today. pic.twitter.com/n5FLOlXFY4
— Justin Welby ن (@JustinWelby) July 18, 2016

However, the men he welcomed to his home are some of Pakistan’s most prominent supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, who was executed this year for murdering the governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, for campaigning against the country’s brutal blasphemy laws used to target Christians.

Mr. Taseer, a liberal Muslim and businessman, also spoke out after the killing of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minorities minister who was the only Christian in the government and was assassinated by the Pakistani Taliban.

The hate preachers embraced by the archbishop have been filmed praising Mr. Qadri as a “martyr” at his funeral, where crowds of hundreds of thousandsgathered to celebrate the killer and his attacks on “apostates”.