Nearly 19M Indonesians insist on going home for Eid despite ban

JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesia’s transportation minister said Wednesday that as many as 18.9 million people or 7% of the total population would insist on heading for their hometowns for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, defying a coronavirus-related ban. Budi Karya Sumadi cited a recent survey which found that travelers intended to take part in the homecoming exodus, locally called mudik, before the ban is imposed from May 6-17. “After the ban is imposed, mudik travelers will constitute 7% of the population. However, the number is still quite high, at around 18…

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UNGA president says Kashmir status should not be changed; acknowledges Simla pact

“The position of the United Nations on Jammu and Kashmir is governed by the UN Charter and applicable Security Council resolutions. And I also recall India and Pakistan’s Simla Agreement of 1972, which states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means in accordance with the UN Charter…” Arul Louis UNITED NATIONS — General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir has said that the status of Jammu and Kashmir should not be changed while acknowledging the 1972 Simla Agreement between India and Pakistan making it a…

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Jamat e Islami chips in to soothe Nagpur’s corona scars

The catastrophic unfolding of the pandemic appears to be the worst-case scenario that many feared: the second wave coronavirus has rapidly slid into a devastating crisis as the disease continues to rampage. The infections have spread so fast that overwhelmed hospitals are unbearably full; medicine is running out; supplies of lifesaving oxygen are running low and morgueshave run out of space. The sick have been left stranded in interminable lines at hospital gates or at home, literally gasping for air. But hope still shines in this dark tragedy as civil…

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Why West Bengal find an echo in UP?

By Haider Abbas,Muslim Mirror, The deplorable medical condition in UP and in the overall country was all in the making for the non-sensitive governments both led by BJP.  As we sit in large cities, we do have access to social-media news and have a clue of ‘things-around’, but the condition is far more worse in small villages, qasbas and districts as people are dying in great large numbers for the new variant of COVID-19 has stuck India with a  far more greater intensity.  The media-houses and channels, with one or two objective exceptions,…

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Muslims urged to offer prayers of last Friday of ramzan at home

LUCKNOW — The Islamic Centre of India in Lucknow has issued an appeal asking Muslims to offer namaaz for “Alvida Juma” (last Friday of Ramzan) in their homes. Islamic Centre chairman and prominent Sunni cleric of Lucknow Idgah, Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, said it was important to follow Covid-19 safety protocols for the Alvida Juma. In a video message, he said those with four or more people at their home should offer the last Ramzan Friday prayers as a group at home. “One should wear a mask even while…

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