UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan gifts special dates to people of Kerala

In keeping with the spirit of the “Year of Giving”, the United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has gifted to the people of Kerala a personally selected assortment of high-quality dates.

The dates – both the national fruit of the UAE and an integral symbol of Emirati heritage and identity – were presented by UAE Consul General in Thiruvananthapuram Jamal Husein Rahma Al Zaabi to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at his office here last evening.

The dates were distributed to a group of 30 differently-abled children and orphans at the function. The Consul-General said the dates were entrusted to him so as to ensure their effective distribution to those who would benefit most from the wholesome and nutritious fruit.

He also observed that the function was an occasion to mark the flowering of the long-standing bilateral relationship and the historic people-to-people links between the UAE and Kerala.

The first-of-its-kind function was held at the initiative of the Consul General with the co-operation and support of the Emirates Red Crescent Society, volunteer humanitarian organisation, a volunteer humanitarian organisation, a release said.

State Chief Secretary Nalini Netto and a number of high-level consular officials and dignitaries were also present during the function. In December, 2016, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had declared 2017 as the ‘Year of Giving’, the release added.

Biography: Who was Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama?

News of the murder of a Ghanaian soldier, Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama has shocked the entire country on Tuesday morning.

Adam Mahama was the victim of mob justice by a group of residents in a town in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region. He was lynched to death and his body burned by residents who claim he was mistaken for a suspected armed robber.

But who was Captain Adam Mahama?

Adam Mahama was from a family of servicemen. According to his uncle, the inventor Fred McBagonluri, he was the great grandson of H.W.M Bamford, who served as the Inspector General of Police (1924-1938) for 14 years during British colonial rule in Gold Coast.

“His great grandfather Lt. Colonel H. W. M. BAMFORD MBE/CBE served the British Colonial Army and was first IGP of Ghana. ADAM was born to serve. He comes.from a long line of warriors. HMW fought in Natal South Africa 1896. Commanded a battalion in WW I in France and was one of three survivors of a German chemical attack. Fought in WW II. So please find these killers. We have given you too much to deserve this.”

His father also served in the Ghana Armed Force.

Receiving commendation for his work as a United Nations peacekeeper (Facebook.com/Maxwell Mahama)

Coming from a family of servicemen, he entered into the army at a very early age, rising rapidly to the rank of captain. In an interview, McBagonluri said Adam was in his early thirties, proof of his gallantry in the army. There has even been talk that he was been considered for promotion in the army shortly.

Adam was also considering a life in public service to Ghana. In an interview, Dr McBagonluri, disclosed that his nephew had consulted him recently about gaining a second master’s degree in either Law or Public Policy. McBagonluri, who helped establish the Faculty of Engineering and serves as the dean of the faculty at Ashesi Univeristy, advised Adam Mahama to pursue Public Policy first.

Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama (Facebook/Maxwell Mahama)

According to his Facebook profile, he studied abroad at the University of Leicester where gained a Master’s degree in Security and Risk Management. He also attended the University of Ghana where he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History. Before that he had attended the St John’s School in Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region for his secondary education. He also attended Akosombo International School.

Captain Maxwell Mahama and family

He was the only son of his mother and leaves behind father, Barbara, his wife and two young children. Maxwell and Barbara got married in August 2012.

He was also a lover of the game of tennis. In January 2017, when Roger Federer won the Australian Open he posted this on Facebook. “Lessons to learn from both Rafa and Roger. I think they both represent a strong character. Their resilience is just amazing. Witnessing him win a grand slam at age 35, Roger is a good motivation for the start of the year. He says ‘tennis is a tough game, there are no draws’, you win or you lose. What a great championship match #tennisforlife.”

May he rest in Peace!

Palestinian judge bans divorce during Ramadan because ‘people make hasty decisions when they’re hungry’

A Palestinian judge has banned divorces during the month of Ramadan as people may make hasty decisions “because they have not eaten and not smoked”.

Mahmoud al-Habbash, head of the Palestinian Islamic sharia court system, said people who deprive themselves of food and cigarettes during daylight hours may “create problems” in their relationship and then make “quick and ill-considered decisions”.

To avoid such decisions, judges will only consider and rule on divorce applications made after the month of fasting is over, Al Jazeera reports.

He said his order was based on “the experience of previous years”.

In the Occupied Palestinian Territories, but also in Israel and Lebanon, only religious courts have the power to allow marriages and divorces.

More than 50,000 weddings were celebrated in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 2015, but over 8,000 divorces were also registered, according to the Palestinian Authority.

Millions of Muslims across the globe are fasting for Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam.

During the month, many Muslims will fast from sunrise to sunset, forgoing food and water, smoking and sex during daylight.

The end of Ramadan will be marked by the Eid al-Fitr festival, a celebration that can last up to three days each year.

What is Ramadan and why is it celebrated?

Every year, Muslims around the world mark Ramadan.

But if Islam isn’t your religion, or not one you are familiar with, you might wonder what it’s all about.

So what exactly is Ramadan and what does it mean?

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is one of the 12 months in the Islamic calendar. The dates are based on the lunar cycle so they change each year.

Ramadan is the ninth month and the name is said to mean ‘burning/scorching heat’ in Arabic as it usually falls within a particularly hot time of year in that part of the world.

It was during that month that the Quran or Koran – the holy book of Islam – was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad by Allah (God).

Does anything special happen during Ramadan?

Yes, this is a month of fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. This was stated as a ruling of Islam in 624 AD.

Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, the mandatory acts that form the foundation of Muslim life.

The other pillars are faith, prayer, charity and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Fasting means abstaining from food, drink, smoking, sex, swearing, gossip or other sinful acts, during daylight hours.

Meals are served before dawn and after sunset.

The meal before dawn is called sufur, the one after sunset is known as iftar.

What’s the purpose of the fasting?

It allows worshippers to concentrate their minds on devotion to their faith through prayers, expressing gratitude, seeking forgiveness and helping the needy.

The religious texts state: “The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong).

“And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days.

“Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful.”

Everyone who has gone through puberty is expected to take part in fasting.

There are exceptions such as the elderly, women who are breastfeeding and those with diabetes or other illnesses, disabilities or medical conditions.

In some Muslim countries, it’s a crime to fail to observe the fasting.

Being seen eating, drinking or smoking in public may be regarded as a minor offence with a penalty of community service.

And in some cases there are harsh punishments including flogging, fines and jail terms.

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan gifts special dates to People of Kerala

In keeping with the spirit of the “Year of Giving”, the United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has gifted to the people of Kerala a personally selected assortment of high-quality dates.

The dates – both the national fruit of the UAE and an integral symbol of Emirati heritage and identity – were presented by UAE Consul General in Thiruvananthapuram Jamal Husein Rahma Al Zaabi to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at his office here last evening.

The dates were distributed to a group of 30 differently-abled children and orphans at the function. The Consul-General said the dates were entrusted to him so as to ensure their effective distribution to those who would benefit most from the wholesome and nutritious fruit.

He also observed that the function was an occasion to mark the flowering of the long-standing bilateral relationship and the historic people-to-people links between the UAE and Kerala.

The first-of-its-kind function was held at the initiative of the Consul General with the co-operation and support of the Emirates Red Crescent Society, volunteer humanitarian organisation, a volunteer humanitarian organisation, a release said.

State Chief Secretary Nalini Netto and a number of high-level consular officials and dignitaries were also present during the function. In December, 2016, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had declared 2017 as the ‘Year of Giving’, the release added.

THE RICHEST MEN IN UAE

Here is a brief overview of billionaires in UAE according to their Forbes ranking net worth:

10. Azad Moopen-Net worth: $1.1bn (Dh4bn)

Physician Azad Moopen founded and chairs Dubai-based Aster DM Healthcare, a leading health care provider in the Middle East and India. He was a professor at a government-owned medical college in Calicut in south India before he immigrated to Dubai in 1987, where he set up his medical practice,” his profile says.

“Moopen went on to build a healthcare empire that today treats more than 8 million patients annually, employs over 1,000 doctors and covers the spectrum of hospitals, medical clinics, diagnostic centers, pharmacies and a health care consultancy. He’s reportedly planning to list Aster in India. Passionate about reversing the brain drain from India, he has built hospitals and a medical college in his native Kerala state.Sets aside one-fifth of his income for philanthropy every year.

Sarkodie Rejected Ghana meets Naija’s GH₵130,000 Offer

With news going round with regards to Sarkodie rejecting a $30,000 offer form the camp of Empire Entertainment makes many wonder what’s wrong with this guy? It might be seen as a lot of money but not to the name Sarkodie.

According 233times.com  which claim is reliably informed that, Michael Owusu Addo known in Showbiz as Sarkodie rejected $30,000 offer from organizers of just ended Ghana meets Naija.

According to the deep throat who revealed this to 233times.com, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Davido and Tekno were the headline Artistes who were billed for this year’s Ghana meets Naija. Unfortunately, Tekno was indisposed at the time of their (organisers) call.

Sarkodie also told them he could not make it since he just performed at the Ghana Music Awards last month. According to the deep throat, “Sarkodie said he does not want to do a back-to-back performance since he just performed at the Ghana Music Awards so it is too early to perform on another big platform.”

Even with the $30,000 (GHc 130,000) offer, Sarkodie could not be lured to break his principles.

Source: www.233times.com

Priyanka Chopra regrets what she’s done to her hair

Priyanka Chopra regrets wearing “a lot of extensions” in her hair, which were then styled in ringlets, because she felt it made her locks look even thicker and too over the top.

The 34-year-old actress has acknowledged she has dark, thick tresses, but she has revealed one time she wanted to accentuate her locks even more by adding false hair pieces, which were curled, because on reflection she thinks the overall appearance was too over the top.

Speaking to PEOPLE about her fashion faux pas, the ‘Quantico’ star said: “I have a lot of hair. And sometimes it can become really big. There was a time where I liked a lot of extensions and a lot of curls and just a lot of everything going on in there.”

However, the brunette beauty believes she has had better styling moments more recently, and counts her ensemble at this year’s Met Gala, where she sported a camel trench coat-style dress, and her red Jason Wu gown she adorned at the Emmy awards last year as the best outfits she has ever worn.

Speaking about her more favorable garments, she said: “It’s a toss-up between my Met Gala trench coat and this beautiful Emmy Jason Wu red custom gown that I wore last year at the Emmys. So it’s a little bit of a toss-up right now.”

But the ‘Baywatch’ star – who portrays Victoria Leeds in the comedic film alongside Zac Efron and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’ – doesn’t think her looks are the best part of her body, as she believes her brain is because it can make someone the “best version” of themselves.

When asked about her preferred area, she said: “I think if you have the ability to sort of think right you can make yourself the best version of you.”

Meet the UAE CBSE topper who just broke an IHS record

It was great news all around for 17-year-old Dubai student Meghna Savit on Sunday, as she secured the UAE’s highest results in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams. But as if that wasn’t impressive enough, the Indian High School (IHS) Dubai student clinched a record-breaking score among the girls in her school too.

Securing an impressive 98.4 per cent in the Science stream, the bright student has now set a new record among IHS girls by crossing over the 98 per cent mark.

Exam results in 2015 and 2016 saw two female students score 98 per cent in the Science stream, but Savit has now topped that record.

Speaking to Khaleej Times she said she still can’t believe she’s the country’s topper.

“My father actually broke the news to me at about 10am this morning. I was taking a shower but when he told me the score, I thought he was kidding.”

She said the “sense of surprise” continued as she received a call from her school, declaring her the UAE’s highest topper in the CBSE exams.

Coming out on top across the country, Savit beat off competition for the title against approximately 2,000 UAE-based students.

“I just kept checking and checking to make sure it was right. Being called to the principal’s office is always daunting, but this time it was for a very good reason,” her father joked to Khaleej Times.

When asked how she plans to celebrate, Savit said a family dinner was in order, but with her schooling days now coming to an end, she said the next step is to go on and study in India.

“I plan on going to India to get admission to the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) or the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).”

And for her, the long-term dream is to become the founder of her own start-up.

 

Photos: Saudi Arabian Prince Buys 24 Karat Gold Chains For All His Sheep

According to these photos sent to us,a Saudi Arabian man has just bought gold chains for all his sheep.

Just last month another prince paid for all the seats in a plane for his hawks lol

Plane travel would be a lot more fun if you could buy out the plane … well, one Saudi prince did just that, and brought along a few friends.

Reddit user lensoo shared a photo a friend of his took on a plane:

“My captain friend sent me this photo,” they said. “Saudi prince bought ticket for his 80 hawks.”

The photo demonstrates just that: 80 hawks on a plane with their owner.

 

Photos: Pigeon Arrested in Kuwait For Drug Trafficking

Authorities in Kuwait recently caught a bird (pictured) with a backpack full of ecstasytablets strapped to its back. Sent by traffickers, the bird had reportedly began its smuggling route in Iraq and was tracked by authorities on its way to Kuwait. The bird was caught and once the backpack was opened up, close to 200 small, white pills can be seen spilling out.