Author Neha Joshi

UAE
200 Muslims offer Maghrib prayers inside Indian community’s church in UAE

In a rare and heart-warming gesture of communal harmony, more than 200 Muslims were invited to perform Maghrib prayers inside a Christian church in UAE last Friday. According to a report on Gulf News, St George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Simhasana Cathedral in Al Ain, conducted the iftar get-together for Asian road workers residing in a labour accommodation near the church. After the iftar, the church – which caters to around 270 families from Indian state of Kerala – offered the facility for Maghrib prayers, which was gladly accepted by the Muslim attendees. “All of them said that it was the first time they had offered prayers in another religious shrine. They said it was their privilege and thanked us for this rare opportunity,” Bobin Skariya, convener of the Iftar Committee told Gulf News. Some church members were concerned about whether Muslims would be hesitant to offer prayers in a church.…

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12 Indian-origin MPs get elected in UK Elections

A record 12 Indian-origin MPs won seats in the House of Commons as the UK election ended with no party winning a majority. All 10 sitting Indian-origin MPs held on to their constituencies whilst two Indian-origin first-timers made it to the House. The dozen include seven from the Labour Party and five from the Conservative Party. International development secretary Priti Patel, 45, of Ugandan-Gujarati heritage, retained her seat in Witham, a working-class heartland, with a comfortable majority of 18,646. Agra-born Alok Sharma, 49, former minister for Asia Pacific, clung on to Reading West in a tight race against Labour, but saw his majority slashed to 2,876 from 6,650. Rishi Sunak, 37, son-in-law of Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy , swept to a resounding victory in wealthy rural Richmond in Yorkshire with an increased majority of 23,108. Suella Fernandes, 37, held on to Fareham with a slightly reduced majority of…

UAE
Dubai roads change colour to red to indicate new speed limits

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started coloring asphalt in “Red” in parts of streets subject to change in speed limits, a statement from Dubai Govt Media Office said. The initiative will be on roads such as  Oud Metha Street (near Bu Kadrah Interchange) along the extension of Dubai-Al Ain Street, where the maximum speed limit is reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h. Inviting attention of road uses Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “The experiment had been carried out at a certain location of Oud Metha Street near Bu Kadrah Interchange along the Dubai-Al Ain Street. The process involved coloring all lanes in an eye-catching style such that the step would help in inviting the attention of road users to the new speed limit. Asphalt coloring would be implemented in phases at locations subject to speed change in some other vital roads in the…

UAE
UAE clarifies rumours about changes in residency laws

UAE’s Ministry of Interior on Thursday clarified that no amendments have been made to the country’s residency laws. In a statement issued on its official Instagram page, the ministry dismissed rumours on social media that some changes had been made to residency laws. @dubaipolicehq @adpolicehq @shjpolice @rakpoliceghq @ajmanpolice @uaq_police @fujpoliceghq #وزارة_الداخلية#أبوظبي#الإعلام_الأمني#الإمارات #MOI#MOIUAE#AbuDhabi#UAE#security_media ‏ A post shared by Ministry Of Interior- UAE (@moiuae) on Jun 8, 2017 at 7:22am PDT The ministry urged people not to believe such rumours, and instead rely on the announcements made through the ministry’s official channels such as its website and social media accounts. The ministry also warned people against spreading rumours, or fake news, on social media as they will be prosecuted for cyber crime. Here is the full text of the statement: “The Ministry of Interior would like to advise the public that any new law or any amendment to laws related o services…

Qatar
Qatar has enough food stocks for 12 months, says Chamber

Qatar has stocks of food and other consumer goods which is enough for next 12 months, said Chairman of Qatar Chamber (QC), Shiekh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani. Over 95 percent of Qatari imports come through the air and sea, and the Qatari private sector has contracts with suppliers in many countries and able to provide with the needs in competitive prices, Sheikh Khalifa said. Meeting with 40 major food suppliers Qatar Chamber held a meeting which was attended by more than 40 major food supplies importer companies, The Peninsula reported. The meeting has come as part of the Qatar Chamber’s efforts to facilitate any procedures related to food consumer goods in light of the latest development of severance of ties with neighbouring countries and border closure. Agreements to ensure flow of food consumer goods The meeting discussed the alternative sources for the importers, as many of these…

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia cancels operating license of Qatar Airways, closes all offices

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday revoked the operating licence of Qatar Airways and ordered the airline’s offices to close within 48 hours, state media reported, as a regional diplomatic crisis escalated. “The General Authority of Civil Aviation has decided to cancel all licences granted to Qatar Airways and to close all of its offices in the kingdom within 48 hours,” a statement carried by the official SPA news agency said. “We urge all passengers who purchased tickets to or from Qatar to check the airline website or contact their travel agent online for a refund,” the statement said. “The decision comes on the basis of a statement issued by the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the severing of diplomatic and consular relations with the State of Qatar and in reference to a circular issued by the General Authority of Civil Aviation on Monday banning all Qatari airlines and…

Qatar
Qatar Airways suspends flights to UAE, Saudi, Bahrain and Egypt

Qatar Airways has cancelled flights to Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates from Tuesday until further notice, the airline said on its website, a day after it had suspended flights to Saudi Arabia. All customers booked on affected flights will be provided with alternative options, including the option of a full refund on any unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternative Qatar Airways network destination. The airline said passengers holding a confirmed Qatar Airways ticket to any of the four countries between June 5 and July 6 are permitted to rebook their flights up to 30 days after their current departure date. Passengers with existing bookings can call +974 4023 0072 or contact the nearest Qatar Airways office. Qatar Airways said its offices will continue to operate as normal in affected countries until further notice. Passengers can check latest travel alerts on this page. On Monday, EgyptAir,…

Qatar
Once again, Qatar ranked as the most peaceful country in MENA

For the 9th year in a row, Qatar has been ranked as the most peaceful nation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. According to latest Global Peace Index report, Qatar secured the 30th position out of 163 countries ranked in the report, five places up from the previous year. Qatar has been topping the list in the Middle East and North Africa region since 2009. It is also the only Arab nation to make the top 50 list. Kuwait ranked second in the list while UAE came third. Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world and has been topping the chart since 2008. New Zealand and Portugal came next, pushing Austria and Denmark down in the ranking. In South East Asia, Bhutan has been ranked as the most peaceful with a global rank of 13. India is placed poorly in the list with a global rank…

UAE
Indian expat gets jail, AED 500,000 fine for insulting religion on Facebook

An Indian expatriate, working as a welder in Dubai, has been sentenced to one year in jail and AED 500,000 fine on charges of insulting Islam on social media. The Court of First Instance was earlier told the 31-year-old worker posted the messages on Facebook in which he disrespected Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), Khaleej Times reported. Even though he deleted all the posts and details on his account shortly later, copies of the messages were obtained, translated and used as evidence by the public prosecution in the case against him. Public prosecution records show the defendant tried to flee the UAE shortly after posting the messages. The complaint was filed on November 6 last year, at Al Rashidiya police station by an Indian man who read the messages. The accused was arrested two days later while trying to leave the country. His mobile phone from which he made the posts was…

UAE
Indian schools in UAE achieve strong results in CBSE Class 12 exams

Indian schools in the UAE have mostly reported high scores in the CBSE Class 12 results, announced on Sunday. A number of schools noted a 100 per cent pass rate, with typically one-fifth or one-third of students scoring above 90 per cent. CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) is India’s biggest school board and over a million students sat its exams in India and elsewhere this year. In the UAE, more than 2,000 pupils appeared for the CBSE exams this year. Meghna Savit from Indian High School (IHS) in Dubai scored 98.4 per cent in Science stream, reportedly the highest in the UAE. Savit, 17, said she had expected to do well, but was “surprised to learn this is highest score in the UAE”. “There’s no secret to success in studies. You should understand the concepts rather than just memorise things,” she added. Savit said she plans to enrol in…

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