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Archive for September, 2012

World’s Heaviest Book Displayed in UAE

| September 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

The world’s heaviest book, “This is Mohammed”, is currently on display at a mall in Al Ain, the garden city near Abu Dhabi. The Guinness World Records has certified “This is Mohammed”, which weighs 1,000 kg, as the heaviest in the globe. The book was launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler […]

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High Speed Train between Makkah-Madinah

| September 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

The new Madinah railway station situated close to the Prince Muhammad Airport would serve Haj and Umrah pilgrims more efficiently. It is the first high-speed passenger railway line between Makkah and Madinah. The construction is expected to be complete by January 2014. Al-Seraisry, Chairman, Saudi Railway  Organisation said that the work on the Haramain High […]

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Gaza not ‘liveable’ by 2020

Gaza not ‘liveable’ by 2020

| September 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Gaza will no longer be “liveable” by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to improve water supply, power, health, and schooling, the United Nations’ most comprehensive report on the Palestinian enclave stated recently. “Action needs to be taken now if Gaza is to be a liveable place in 2020 and it is already difficult now,” […]

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Religion Doesn’t Matter for voters

| September 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Most voters continue to say it is important for a president to have strong religious beliefs. But voters have limited awareness of the religious faiths of both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. And there is little evidence to suggest that concerns about the candidates’ respective faiths will have a meaningful impact in the fall elections. […]

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French Prez to Open Mosque

| September 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Said Aalla, the president of the new Mosque of Strasbourg announced to 2,500 faithful who attended Friday prayers on the first day of Ramadan that the new mosque would be officially inaugurated by President Hollande and Interior Minister Valls on September 27. Meanwhile, Queen’s University (Canada) Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) gives France an overall […]

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ISESCO slams German Court Ruling on Blasphemy

| September 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) condemned the ruling by a court in Berlin, capital of Germany, to authorize far-right political party, Pro-Deutschland (for Germany) to brandish cartoons of Prophet Muhammad at demonstrations under “Islam does not belong to Germany – stop Islamization” in front of three big mosques in Neukölln and Wedding […]

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US Critical of Veil Ban in France, Belgium

| September 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

The United States has criticised France and Belgium for banning women from wearing face-covering Islamic veils in public, while warning of growing anti- Semitism and hostility towards Muslims in Europe. The US State Department’s report on religious freedoms, researched in 2011 but released on July 30, 2012, warned that freedom of worship was being undermined […]

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An Idyllic Time in Isfahan

An Idyllic Time in Isfahan

| September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

The people of Isfahan are friendly and affectionate. Their hospitality overwhelmed me and as I boarded the plane from Tehran to return home, I carried pleasant memories of not only the ancient churches, mosques and bazaars, but also the ever smiling faces of the people. I visited Iran in July 2012, to participate in the “World Conference on Women and Islamic […]

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All is Not Well

| September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Pursuit of profits is encouraging corporate hospitals to indulge in unethical practices. Often medical practitioners have their eyes on pockets and wallets rather than hands on pulse. Commercialisation of hospitals and medical profession is emerging as a big challenge on the health front in India. With no regulatory authority still in place, the mushrooming private and corporate hospitals around the country are making hay while sun shines. […]

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Muslim-bashing Goes up on Poll eve

| September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Muslims in Western countries say they have gotten used to the fact that as elections get closer, politicians pump up the volume of accusations against them, whether they are Sunni, Shiite or of another sect. In some European nations, it was the debate over women wearing the veil that set off the attacks. Now in […]

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