ISESCO to participate in Experts’ Meeting on OIC Youth Strategy

Rabat (UNA-OIC) � The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) will participate in the Meeting of Experts on the Youth Strategy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to be held at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on January 8-9.

The meeting will be attended by members of the OIC Joint Standing Committee on Youth Affairs.

Participants in the meeting will discuss the OIC Youth Strategy document and finalize it, in light of the resolutions and recommendations issued by the relevant Islamic and ministerial summits, in order to be submitted to the next Islamic Conference of Ministers of Youth and Sports to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in this year. This is for adoption as a common reference document for the Islamic world within the framework of the priorities of the OIC Ten-Year Program of Action (2015-2025) to empower youth for peace, solidarity and development.

External Relations and Cooperation Director Dr. Ahmed Said Ould Bah will represent ISESCO at the meeting.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

Rabat (UNA-OIC) � The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) will participate in the Meeting of Experts on the Youth Strategy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to be held at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on January 8-9.

The meeting will be attended by members of the OIC Joint Standing Committee on Youth Affairs.

Participants in the meeting will discuss the OIC Youth Strategy document and finalize it, in light of the resolutions and recommendations issued by the relevant Islamic and ministerial summits, in order to be submitted to the next Islamic Conference of Ministers of Youth and Sports to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in this year. This is for adoption as a common reference document for the Islamic world within the framework of the priorities of the OIC Ten-Year Program of Action (2015-2025) to empower youth for peace, solidarity and development.

External Relations and Cooperation Director Dr. Ahmed Said Ould Bah will represent ISESCO at the meeting.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

Balochistan govt making efforts to provide basic health facilities to poor masses

Balochistan government is making efforts to provide basic health facilities to the poor masses in the province.The Director General Provincial Health Services Department Shakir Baloch told Radio Pakistan Quetta during a briefing today (Sunday) that pro…

Balochistan government is making efforts to provide basic health facilities to the poor masses in the province.

The Director General Provincial Health Services Department Shakir Baloch told Radio Pakistan Quetta during a briefing today (Sunday) that project to control the epidemic diseases in the province is also being implemented at a cost of 2.5 billion rupees.

He went on saying that construction work at a hospital in Naal area of Khuzdar district is to be completed at a cost of 270 million rupees.

Replying to a query, he said that another programme to control Tuberculosis is also being carried out in the province at a cost of 551 million rupees.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Iranian parliament approves bill upholding Jerusalem capital of Palestine

Tehran, – Iranian lawmakers, with 198 votes in favor and one abstained, approved on Wednesday the outlines of a bill to support Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the Law tasks the Presiding Boar…

Tehran, – Iranian lawmakers, with 198 votes in favor and one abstained, approved on Wednesday the outlines of a bill to support Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the Law tasks the Presiding Board of the Parliament to “deepen and broaden this support through different methods and convenes representatives of Muslim countries and pundits on appropriate occasions.”

Iranian lawmakers made the move after the US President Donald Trump decided on December 6 to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

Political figures and international organizations, including the United Nations as well as all the European Union, have warned the US not to transfer its embassy.

On December 21, the United Nation General Assembly voted a motion to reject the US decision. It got 128 votes in favor and only nine against the motion with 35 abstentions.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

China’s Xi Seen Taking More Risks at Home and Abroad in 2018

BEIJING In 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping rose to become the country’s most powerful leader in decades.And as he shoulders more power and responsibility, analysts say that China is likely to take more risks in 2018 at home and overseas, even as it…

BEIJING In 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping rose to become the country’s most powerful leader in decades.

And as he shoulders more power and responsibility, analysts say that China is likely to take more risks in 2018 at home and overseas, even as it deals with domestic economic challenges, a nuclear North Korea and the looming threat of trade tensions with the United States.

Seize the day

When China held a once-in-five-year leadership reshuffle in October, Xi not only solidified his role as the authoritarian country’s core leader of the Communist Party, but like Mao Zedong, his name and political thought was written into the party’s constitution as well.

Xi was elected to serve a second term in office, and many analysts believe his role as China’s pre-eminent leader could continue for years, if not decades.

As head of the world’s second largest economy, he is leading a push to sell what he calls the China Solution, Beijing’s effort to help solve the world’s financial and political uncertainties.

Analysts see him continuing to seize opportunities overseas as they arise.

There is a window of opportunity internationally created by the Trump administration, Brexit and a few other things, the Middle East. And despite the risk seen, for example in Pakistan with the building of ports and infrastructure, they have basically doubled down, said David Kelly, head of research at the Beijing-based group China Policy. They would argue you have to do this now if you want to do it.

China’s trillion-dollar strategic and trade program, the Belt and Road Initiative, includes projects like a multibillion-dollar deep sea port in Gwadar, Pakistan, and an economic corridor through that country, which is plagued by terrorist threats.

But there has been push back there against the program in Pakistan, as well as other Chinese policies in the region.

Principled, flexible

In the middle of the year, China got into a border standoff with India, one that it later withdrew from.

It also enacted punishing but unofficial economic sanctions against South Korea following Seoul’s deployment of a U.S.-made missile defense system. That too, was later softened, but there as well, tensions remain.

In the South China Sea, Beijing’s military expansion of man-made islands continues, but China is also showing flexibility as it works on a code of conduct, analysts note.

Yang Kai-huang, a political science professor at Taiwan’s Ming Chuan University, said Beijing’s approach is both principled and flexible.

Countries including China have to get used to different levels of engagements in many different aspects with the prioritized goal of avoiding major conflicts and wars. I think the world, including China, has come to the common understanding, Yang said.

Risks squared

North Korea remains a huge uncertainty for China, where it has shown an ability over the past year to take riskier moves, such as adopting tougher sanctions as Pyongyang continues to test the international community. This has meant working closer at times with Washington, even as the threat of a possible trade war with the United States looms overhead.

China Policy’s Kelly says there is much uncertainty. And even more challenging than China’s own fault lines is the Trump administration, he adds.

If you’ve got risky economics and risky politics then you don’t just have two times the risk, you have the risk squared, he said.

Risk at home

At home, Xi’s power brings opportunities and risk as well. With his increased power and a general sense that he was successful during his first five years in office, expectations from the public and the risk of failure will be both be higher, Yang said.

If those in Xi’s leadership team make mistakes or handle issues inappropriately, the public will feel that he has not made good choices and he’ll bear complete responsibility, Yang said.

A recent uproar over the forced eviction of migrant workers in Beijing and a backlash over a central government plan to force residents in the northeast to shift away from coal in the cold of winter, even before much of the infrastructure was finished, are two recent examples.

During the 19th Party Congress, Xi spoke about waging a battle to bring blue skies to China and tackle the country’s notorious pollution problem. The burning of coal for heat in the winter is seen as a key source of smog.

Analysts said that while cronies of Xi, such as Beijing’s Party Secretary Cai Qi, managed to wiggle out of those challenges largely unscathed, both highlight how the stakes and expectations for China’s powerful leader are higher than ever.

Source: Voice of America

Academics call attention to use of better Arabic in media

Riyadh (OIC-UNA) – In the past few days, the Saudi capital Riyadh celebrated World Arabic Language Day by hosting special events, sessions and workshops in high level this year.On the occasion, many governmental entities in Saudi organized programs to …

Riyadh (OIC-UNA) – In the past few days, the Saudi capital Riyadh celebrated World Arabic Language Day by hosting special events, sessions and workshops in high level this year.

On the occasion, many governmental entities in Saudi organized programs to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of Arabic language, and to create awareness for the local populations to understand the value of preserving this beautiful language. Columnist Saud Al-Junidel conducted a session based on his experience during his work as an editor at the Saudi Press Agency. He presented the history of the Arabic language from its roots and the evolution, and outlined the challenges facing the language these days, especially for the Arab press and journalists. This initiative was hosted at the Saudi Press Agency headquarters in Riyadh, in order encourage media for better writing and improve pronunciation in TV and radio, Al-Arabiya reported.

According to UNESCO, there are more than 290 million Arabic native speakers, and millions of fluent speakers. Perhaps it is not so surprising that Arabic is one of the five most spoken languages in the world. The Literary Club in Riyadh in collaboration with King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for the Arabic Language, hosted a workshop of Common Errors in Media by Dr. Mahmood Al-Ammar, professor at Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, to give constructive criticism on Media language.

Al-Ammar pointed out the common mistakes in pronunciation and grammar based on academic opinions. The workshop had a large number of attendees, keen to enhance their skills. These nascent efforts gave points to help develop writing techniques, and communication in Arabic, after the impact of social networking evolution. Academic Dr. Sultan Al-Khara’an asserts that informal language has never been an issue, but there is misconception in downgrading the Arabic language by indicating it as unintelligible. Definitely Arabic language will remain, even with the different numerous dialects, but we need to be more enthusiastic and passionate about our language, Dr. Al-Khara’an says.

King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue hosted a session about Arabic language in Monday’s talks by youth program, aimed at motivating youth to create an impact in their society. In addition, the session highlighted Arabic as very rich in vocabulary, and one of the official languages of the United Nations. Also, there was an open discussion about perspectives and views about approaching youth to utilize formal Arabic and ideas to promote use of Arabic language in communications with foreigners.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Quaid-i-Azam Sports festival begins in Sargodha

Quaid-i-Azam Sports festival 2017 is being started in Sargodha on Thursday, December 21. The competition is being arranged under the directions of the Punjab government in connection with Quaid-i-Azam’s birthday celebrations.Various competitions includ…

Quaid-i-Azam Sports festival 2017 is being started in Sargodha on Thursday, December 21.

The competition is being arranged under the directions of the Punjab government in connection with Quaid-i-Azam’s birthday celebrations.

Various competitions including table tennis, badminton, handball, karate and other competitions would part of the event.

Source: Radio Pakistan

AJK PM vows to accommodate women in local govt elections

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said that women would be accommodated in the local government elections to make them empowered. He was addressing the office bearers of PML-N Women Youth Wing in Islamabad today (Wednesday). AJK Prime Mini…

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said that women would be accommodated in the local government elections to make them empowered.

He was addressing the office bearers of PML-N Women Youth Wing in Islamabad today (Wednesday).

AJK Prime Minister said female which constitute 52 percent of the total population would be given opportunities not only in education but all other sectors.

Source: Radio Pakistan

World must recognize East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine: Turkish FM

Istanbul (OIC-UNA) – The world has to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday at the opening of the ministerial level meeting of the extraordinary summit of the Organization of I…

Istanbul (OIC-UNA) – The world has to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday at the opening of the ministerial level meeting of the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jerusalem, Daily Sabah News reported.

“Firstly, Palestine must be recognized by all other countries, and we must all strive together for this,” Cavusoglu said as foreign ministers convened ahead of the full OIC summit.

“We, who recognize East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital, must encourage other countries to [also] recognize Palestine on the basis of its 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Jerusalem, revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, is home to Islam’s third holiest site and has been at the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades.

“We’ve gathered here in order to stop the persecution. The U.S. has deeply wounded humanity’s conscience. Israel is aiming to legitimize its occupation attempt. This U.S. decision is null and void for us,” the foreign minister said.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem in the 1967 and later annexed it, an action deemed illegal under the international law. U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement last week recognizing the city as Israel’s capital led to protests in many Muslim countries. Turkey said it would plunge the world “into a fire with no end.”

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the summit in response to a U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Speaking ahead of the summit on Tuesday, Cavusoglu said the OIC would give a “strong message” after the summit.

Source: International Islamic News Agency