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Dubai: Getting caught in a stingy blast of sharp sand will soon be a distant memory after a sandstorm forecaster was launched last fortnight, during the city’s GITEX tech tradeshow. The system is based on a current 3D weather prediction model used by Dubai’s municipality, with the forecaster adding information on sand source areas, transport […]

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This Ramadan, Zakat funds have been focused on meeting the needs of secular education and medical needs of poor Muslims. By J. S. Ifthekhar As opposed to the usual practice of funding madrasa education, the idea of supporting secular education and meeting the medical needs of poor Muslims is gaining ground More than the objects […]

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Q. It is said that performing the Umrah in Ramadan is tantamount to offering the pilgrimage. Is this true? A. The Prophet (Pbuh) is quoted to have said that “Performing the Umrah in Ramadan is equal to a pilgrimage.” In another version of this Hadith, the two words, “with me”, are added at the end, […]

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By D. M. Iqbal Indian Banking system is perhaps one of the soundest financial institutions anywhere in the world. The country has 19 nationalised banks which take the financial services to people in every nook and corner of the country through their 20,000 branches. They are supplemented by several thousand other banks which are in […]

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BJP’s fractured votebase and dented images has made the Congress task easy in Karnataka By a Political Analyst Congress’ main test would lie in projecting its Chief Ministerial candidate. Siddramaiah has reinforced his claim to the CM’s post by declaring this to be his last election. Karnataka’s nearly 50 million voters would be electing 224 […]

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The release of the two Muslim youth falsely implicated under terror charges by a Bangalore court, again goes to prove that deep biases influence the police and intelligence administration in the country. Mercifully, the scribe working with a widely respected regional English daily and the techie, had very short stints in jail as under-trials when […]

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New Delhi: The Central Haj committee will allow only first-timers to perform Hajj-2013. Those who wish to perform a repeat pilgrimage will however be free to do it through Hajj tour organizing companies and by commercial airlines. All pilgrims will be required to submit notarized affidavit in the format given in the Hajj Application for […]

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By A Staff Writer Mysore: The Central Muslim Welfare Council here disbursed micro-loans to the tune of Rs. 24.44 lakhs during the past financial year ending on March 31, 2012 among over a thousand men and women engaged in petty businesses. The Council general secretary Syed Zaheer Ahmed told the fifth session of the general […]

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Some years ago, I had been to Sumanahalli, the village for leprosy patients at the outskirts of Bangalore. The city’s unwieldy sprawl has pushed it inside the municipal limits and the Government has set its sight on the 100-acre property. The fact is that no one in the bureaucracy then in 1970, was willing to […]

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Delhi HC Ruling on Age of Muslim Girls Marriage By Maqbool Ahmed Siraj The Delhi High Court’s refusal to render the marriage of a 15- year old Muslim girl void raises more questions than it answers. The  judgment is basically flawed because it practically lowers the age of marriage from the nationally recognised and acknowledged  standard of 18 to 15. To boot, it does […]

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