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SCCI Discusses Strengthening Economic Relations With Karnataka

The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) has reviewed means of enhancing economic, investment, and commercial relations and expanding the prospects of cooperation with the Indian State of Karnataka.

This came during the meeting which was held recently at the SCCI premises between Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Perikal M Sundar, President of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI).

Senior officials from both sides were also present during the meeting, including Mohammed Rashid Al-Dimas, SCCI board member, Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, SCCI Director-General, and Dr. Kiran Kumar, Director of FKCCI.

The meeting touched on some topics of mutual interest, including strengthening commercial, investment, and industrial relations between Sharjah and Karnataka and expanding the prospects of cooperation between the Sharjah Chamber and the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry to help the private sector in both countries take better advantage of the available investment opportunities.

“The bilateral relations between the UAE and India are a deeply-rooted one and are based on mutual respect and common interests in several fields, especially the economic field,” said Abdullah Sultan Al Owais.

He pointed out that the UAE is one of India’s largest trade partners in the middle East, while India is the UAE’s first trade partner, stressing the Chamber’s eagerness to explore opportunities for investment in Karnataka’s emerging export sectors.

In turn, Perikal M Sundar lauded the solid and long-standing relations between India and the UAE, and Sharjah and Karnataka in particular, explaining that the meeting seeks to boost bilateral cooperation and to take the commercial and business ties to new heights through investment inflows and partnerships between both sides.

MBR Creative Sports Award Develops Plans To Contribute To The Return Of Sports Activities

The board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, which is a Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiative, has thanked the country’s wise leadership for the support they provided to the different segments of the community, as well as to different countries in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, which made 2020 a challenging year in every sphere of life, including sports.

The Board of Trustees also confirmed the implementation of the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and patron of the award, and H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the National Olympic Committee and Chairman of the Award, in developing action plans and launching initiatives that contribute to the return of sports activities and provides a platform for athletes to improve their levels and aim for the podium at different international tournaments, especially with the Tokyo Olympics taking place this summer.

This came during the 29th meeting of the Board of Trustees, which was held virtually via video conferencing. Mattar Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of Dubai Sports Council and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Award, headed the meeting, which was also attended by Khalid Ali bin Zayed, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and the members of the Board, including Dr.

Hassan Moustafa, Dr. Khalifa Al Shaali, Mustapha Larfaoui, Moaza Al Marri, Secretary-General of the Award, Ahmed Alosaymi, Muna Busamra, and Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Director of the Award.

Al Tayer emphasised that this meeting comes after a year of challenges that faced the world in general and sports in particular, putting the world of sports on hiatus around the globe. However, the award, he said, encourages and enables the creative athletes to achieve their accomplishments by instilling a spirit of creativity, and through cooperation with various sports institutions, international federations, and Olympic and Paralympic committees.

Participants at the meeting also reviewed reports of the standing committees of the award, namely the Technical Committee, the Arbitration Committee, the Communication and Marketing Committee, as well as plans to organise different events during the lead up to the Award Ceremony, which will be held in January, 2022.

Five Women Killed Children Wounded In Yemen Wedding Hall Blast

Five women were killed and children were among the wounded when a projectile exploded at a New Year’s Day wedding party in Yemen’s Red Sea city of Hodeida, the latest atrocity in the war-torn nation.

The government and Huthi rebels blamed each other for the suspected artillery shell attack Friday night near Hodeida’s airport, a frontline between their forces on the edge of the key Huthi-held port.

It came just two days after at least 26 people were killed in blasts that rocked the airport of the southern city of Aden as government ministers got off a plane there.

In Hodeida, “the explosion struck at the entrance to a complex of several wedding halls”, a witness told AFP, as a party was being held for a newly-married rebel supporter.

Local officials said five women were killed, and children were among the seven others wounded, when the shell hit the wedding venue.

General Sadek Douid, the government representative in a UN-sponsored joint commission overseeing a truce, condemned it as “an odious crime committed by the Huthis against civilians”.

Hodeida’s Huthi-appointed governor, Mohammed Ayache, said on Al-Masirah television, that “the forces of aggression never hesitate to blame others for their crimes”.

The Huthis called for an international investigation into the explosion, their news agency said.

Second Body Found At Site Of Norway Landslide

Rescue workers on Saturday recovered a second body and continued searching for another eight people still missing days after a landslide buried homes in a Norwegian village.

“We still have hope of finding survivors,” rescue operations chief Roy Alkvist told reporters.

A whole hillside collapsed in the village of Ask, 25 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of the capital Oslo, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, injuring 10 people, one of them seriously.

Homes were buried under mud, others cut in two and some houses left teetering over a crater caused by the mudslide, with several subsequently falling over the edge.

The landslide destroyed several houses and shifted others hundreds of metres.

Earlier Saturday, local police chief Ida Melbo Oystese said authorities hoped some people might have survived thanks to pockets of air inside partially intact buildings.

No details have been released about the identity of the second body, which was found by sniffer dogs. There have been no details released on the first body, which was recovered on Friday.

But police have released a list of the Names of 10 missing people: eight adults, a two-year-old and a 13-year-old child.

Police have also said 10 people were injured, including one seriously who was transferred to Oslo for treatment shortly after the disaster.

About a thousand people have had to be evacuated from Ask, which has 5,000 people, because of fears about the safety of their homes. There was more movement of the land there overnight Friday to Saturday.

“We are at a hotel,” two of the evacuees, Olav Gjerdingen and Sissel Meyer Gjerdingen, told AFP. “It is a completely surreal and terrible situation.” The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) said the disaster was a “quick clay slide” of approximately 300 by 800 metres (yards).

Quick clay is a sort of clay found in Norway and Sweden that can collapse and turn to fluid when overstressed.

The authorities have banned all aircraft from the disaster area until 3:00 pm Monday as they conduct aerial searches.

Norwegian rescue workers are being helped by colleagues from Sweden.

Visiting the site last week, Prime Minister Erna Solberg described it as one of the biggest landslides the country had ever experienced.

Pakistan Asks India To put Its Own House In Order On Minority Rights

Pakistan on Saturday categorically rejecting the “completely unwarranted assertions” by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) regarding the Hindu temple incident in Karak, asked India to focus on its persistent violations of minority rights.

“Given these incontrovertible facts, the Indian Government would be well advised to set its own house in order rather than feigning concern for minority rights elsewhere,” the foreign office said in a statement.

The foreign office said this was not the first time the Indian Government had tried to feign concern for minority rights elsewhere while being the “most egregious and persistent violator of minority rights itself”.

The statement mentioned that the RSS-BJP regime’s record was replete with instances of gross and systemic violations of the rights of minorities, in particular Muslims.

It mentioned in this regard the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to National Register of Citizens (NRC), from the Gujarat massacre of 2002 to the Delhi pogrom of 2020, from the reprehensible demolition of BabriMosque in 1992 to the despicable acquittal of all the accused by Indian court in 2020 and from blaming Muslims for spreading Coronavirus to banning of inter-faith marriages.

The foreign office stressed that India was involved in cow vigilantism, mob lynchings besides terming the Muslims of West Bengal ‘termites’ and threatening to ‘throw them into the Bay of Bengal’.

Also, it pointed out that other illegal actions included extra-judicial killings of innocent Kashmiris and blatant attempts to turn Muslims into a minority in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) through distribution of ‘fake domicile certificate’.

“As a perennial purveyor of state-sponsored discrimination against its minorities, India is in no position to pontificate on the issue of minority rights elsewhere,” the statement added.

The foreign office said the clear difference between India and Pakistan in respect of minority rights could be gauged from the fact that the accused in the Karak incident were immediately arrested, orders were issued for repair of the temple, the highest level of judiciary took immediate notice, and senior political leadership condemned the incident.

It said that whereas in India, the blatant acts of discrimination against Muslims and other minorities take place with state complicity.

“The Indian leadership is yet to condemn the perpetrators of the Delhi massacre in February 2020, let alone bring those criminals to justice,” the FO statement said.

Govt Striving To Make PWDs Self-reliant Through Skill Training: Begum Alvi

First Lady Begum Samina Alvi Saturday said the government was striving to provide skill training to the persons with disabilities (PWDs) to help them become self-reliant.

The skill training would not only help the disabled persons stand on their own feet by getting jobs but also remove the stigma of charity attached with them, she said during the visit to the office of Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI).

Begum Alvi said under ‘Kafalat Programme’, the disabled persons would start getting the monthly stipend of Rs 2,000 by the end of January.

She said across the world plenty of facilities were provided to the PWDs, but some people here unfortunately considered such children as burden. The parents felt ashamed for having children with disabilities, but neither it was their fault nor that of their kids.

She said there was a quota earmarked in government jobs for the PWDs in all the provinces, however, it was not properly implemented. The element of sympathy and charity left the disabled persons frustrated in case they got any employment opportunity, she added.

Begum Alvi emphasised upon provision of facilities for the PWDs at shopping centers, parks and other public places.

The First Lady told the KATI office-bearers that the children with disabilities were always invited to attend different programmes at the Presidency in order to remove their inferiority complexes and make them feel that they were same like other human beings.

“I am working for the poor,” she said. Prime Minister Imran Khan was also working for the poor and with that objective, he had initiated the project of ‘Panagahs’ (shelter homes), where the underprivileged could stay and eat in hygienic conditions.

Begum Alvi said she was working for creating awareness about breast cancer. The media was also playing a critical role in this regard.

Earlier, KATI President Saleem-ul-Zaman, S M Munir, Maheen Salman and Zubair Chhaya assured their full support to the First Lady in her endeavours for the welfare of PWDs.

They appreciated the efforts of First Lady for the welfare of persons with disabilities, saying that skill training would help them get jobs and start their own businesses.

The First Lady observed that the people of Karachi were generous and charitable. She appreciated the spirit of business leaders for the service of humanity.