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Dubai Roads and Transport Authority supports World Tolerance Summit

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The Organizing Committee of the World Tolerance Summit appreciates the sponsorship of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for the second edition of the Summit. WTS 2019 will be held on 13-14 November 2019 in Dubai and is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. WTS carries the theme “Tolerance in Multiculturalism: Achieving Social, Economic and Humanitarian Benefits of a Tolerant World”.

The event is a comprehensive platform for dialogue, discussion, exchange of views and experiences. It also offers the means where stakeholders can work to build creative partnerships to adopt initiatives that promote the principles and values of tolerance among people based on the consolidation and dissemination of concepts that accept diversity, pluralism and respect for differences. Likewise it aims to establish global bridges of humanity, culture and unity with the participation of more than 2,000 professionals, experts, academics, social activists and envoys from the international diplomatic community.

Dr. Hamad Al Shaibani, Managing Director of the International Institute for Tolerance and the Chairman of the Higher Committee for World Tolerance Summit, stressed that the great support given by the sponsors of the Summit will have a significant impact on the success of the event and will enhance the prestige of the UAE as a role model for tolerance and coexistence thanks to the great role played by its wise government under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in consolidating the values of tolerance, respect for the rights and freedom of thought, and acceptance of others regardless of race and religion to strengthen human ties. He also pointed out the participation of officials and respective personnel to come up with a number of recommendations and decisions, and to formulate effective strategies that promote a culture of tolerance and peace around the world.

“Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is a strategic partner of the World Tolerance Summit as part of the cooperation agreement signed by the Authority with the International Institute for Tolerance, a part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives. This is to strengthen the partnership and the exchange of experiences to consolidate UAE’s initiative to observe 2019 as the Year of Tolerance,” Shaibani said.

HE Mr. Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said: “Tolerance has become an integral part of the UAE society which has been attributed to the efforts of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and continued on by HH  Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai through national initiatives that have been adopted to build up our nation’s vision for tolerance.

“At RTA, we are committed to making a significant difference in the UAE community in which we live and work to achieve community happiness through the development of a network of public transport and transport systems at the global level. We are working within the framework of a strategic plan to support all social and cultural programs and initiatives aimed at spreading the principles of Islam, based on tolerance, compassion and affection, in addition to introducing the authentic values ??of the UAE society based on tolerance, openness and coexistence particularly in the “Year of Tolerance” in the United Arab Emirates, the land of humanity, peace and love.”

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Screening of an Awards Winning Pakistani Documentary “Indus Blues” in Dubai

Pakistani award winning documentary “Indus Blues: The Forgotten Music of Pakistan” was screened at the Ismaili Center Dubai on Wednesday 25 June 2019. The event was attended by diplomats, local dignitaries and a large number of Pakistani community. The documentary was very well appreciated by the audience. The event was arranged by Pakistan Consulate Dubai in collaboration with Ismaili Centre, Dubai and Poetic Strokes.
The live performance of Pakistani folk musicians after the screening of movie also enthralled the audience. Several folk songs in Sindhi, Balochi and Pashto were played.
Addressing to the event, Consul General of Pakistan, HE Ahmed Amjad Ali said that display of culture is a unifying force and such events are attended by art lovers from all walks of life and all nationalities.
“There is great diversity in Pakistani folk music, which represents our rich cultural heritage. This event has provided an opportunity to present and promote soft image of Pakistan”, he added.
Vice President of the Ismaili Community of the UAE, Aziz Merchant welcomed the audience, spoke of the special bond that the Ismaili Community has with Pakistan and emphasized how “the Ismaili Centre Dubai regularly promotes a culture of tolerance, pluralism and understanding through the performing arts.”
Indus Blues explores the struggle of Pakistani folk musicians, who are trying to sustain their art and keep the fading art alive in a world dominated by modern musical instruments. In fact it highlights the struggle and plight of folk musicians and fading craftsmen. The Producer of the documentary is Jawad Sharif. The documentary has won many International awards worldwide.
The Ismaili Centre, Dubai is one of six Ismaili Centres, located in Vancouver, London, Lisbon, Dushanbe, and Toronto. The Ismaili Centre, Dubai facilitates the promotion of cultural, educational, and social programs from the broadest, non-denominational perspectives. In 2010 The Ismaili Centre Dubai was awarded the prestigious 2010 Patron of the Arts Award by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in recognition of its contribution to Dubai’s cultural landscape.

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Dance as a hobby, a way of relaxation, the opportunity to make new acquaintances

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Dance is a wonderful hobby; it improves your mood and helps your body be healthier. Everyone should have a hobby. If he does not have this, then is not very interesting even to communicate with such a person. Having no hobbies, a person becomes completely boring and annoying. Modern society calls such people “empty”. Hobbies can be very diverse, someone like boxing, someone loves fishing, someone collects stamps or stickers, someone enjoy playing or watching football, tennis or basketball, someone loves to collect mushrooms, someone like swimming or rowing, and someone visit a dance studio. Hobby makes our life brighter and allows us to develop, to find new friends and to distract our mind from work and everyday home fuss.

Nowadays there are no restrictions for people who want to dance – there is no certain age for different styles and ways of dancing. You can choose ballroom dancing (these are various waltzes, foxtrots, rumba or pasodobl). If you want something more energetic with hot rhythms, then choose Latin American dances (flamenco, capoeira and others) or find classes in folk dances – the most popular now is belly dance. Modern dance is also very popular now; here you can choose something from jazz to Hip-Hop, Strip-dance and others. Each new lesson will be for you new impressions and new emotions because you will learn new elements and get new acquaintances. There are pair dances where you will often interact with a partner. Most often, paired dances have one pair so that people could learn to feel each other and the rhythm.

Dancing can be not just a hobby for you; it can be your work or professional occupation. Dancing gives a magical feeling filled with bright emotions and positive energy. It is both a sport and an art. And dance has several obvious advantages over other activities. Even non-professional dancers have poor physical shape very rarely. Dancing increases the overall tone and strengthens all systems in the human’s body. Such a hobby will help you to get excellent coordination of movements, as well as to make the gait of the clumsiest person flying, and the posture is perfectly straight. Also, such activities very quickly develop the respiratory system, which plays a major role in protecting the body against colds. And dancing also helps to relieve nervous tension and completely relax, and this has a positive effect on the general emotional background of a person – he becomes more stress-resistant and he will no pay attention to trifles stimuli in the future. In addition, any dance helps to lose weight and subsequently maintain an excellent shape, ensuring the dancer slender and taut figure.

To the effect of dancing was positive, you can not forget about safety. It is important to do all movements correctly, as well as to avoid the possibility of injuries when making complex exercises. At first, it is necessary to make new movements with small amplitude, smoothly, slowly and as accurately as possible. Be attentive to the sensations of your body because any type of dance should give you pleasure, not pain. Dancing will also help you to understand yourself better, to establish contact with your own body; it will open for you new opportunities and ways for self-improvement. You will learn to move in new directions, to move in ways that you have not even thought about trying before. The flexibility and plasticity of the dance will affect your character, also making it flexible; give you positive thinking and lightness. And the external liberation will lead to inner freedom and freedom of thought.

Have you ever visited a party and when did the dances begin, just walk away? Did you hesitate to dance in the club and spent most of your time on the sofa and at the table? A couple of dance lessons and you can better understand your body to move gracefully and surely. Any type of dance gives your body the opportunity to open up, show its ability and highlight your virtues. You will feel comfortable dancing to any music. Many choreographers offer to learn a few movements that would be ideal for slow and rhythmic music. Your body will become more beautiful and plastic, and you will feel better and more positive.

Dancing is an amazing activity; it will allow you to become better so that you will love yourself. People around you will notice a change in you because it will be seen immediately. Your gait, your eyes, and your movements – all this will look brighter, more beautiful and graceful. You can improve the condition of your body, find new friends, relax and get an excellent source of energy. For many people, dancing is not just a way to remove extra kilos; it is a way of their life. They love to listen to music and move the body in rhythm. Maybe you should start by listening to your favorite song at home and trying to make some movements? The only thing that can keep you from dancing is the lack of time and laziness. But you can dance at home, even 15-20 minutes of any type of dance will give your body the necessary energy and you will have a positive mood.

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Get Iftar delivered to your loved ones across Dubai

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  • Emly Chilli offering “Ramadan Family Iftar Boxes” at AED 99 for 5 people
  • Delivered to doorstep, restaurant is offering delectable array of dishes for family and friends

 Whether it’s gifting Iftari to your loved ones, or ordering one for yourself, Emly Chilli has you covered with affordable and super delicious food this Ramadan that can be delivered to your doorstep. Offering their specially created ‘Ramadan Family Boxes’, the restaurant has put together a variety of delectable items in one box that is guaranteed to tickle everyone’s taste buds while catering to a diverse set of foodies. Everyone from a chaat and pakora lover, to biryani and chargha fans, to those who crave pizza and khaosa, will have something to gorge on. The deals also include the famous Emly Chilli bunkebabs and rolls known for their lip-smacking, spicy flavour.

The boxes are exclusively designed to be delivered across many locations in Dubai, giving a convenient option to people who want to treat their friends and family to Iftar, but are unable to invite them to their homes. One can even book orders a few days in advance.

“A mix platter is always in demand since even in groups, people have different preferences in food,” said Alisha Sajjal, Marketing Executive, Emly Chilli, “In these boxes, we have carefully put together a deal that is diverse in terms of choice and yet would appeal to most people. Emly Chilli has a built a distinct reputation of serving food that harks back to home for some, while offering a new twist to the old taste for others. And for the uninitiated, the food is no less than a revelation of incredible taste cooked in distinctive spices. Besides hygiene we also ensure that the meat we used is fresh, and not the frozen variant available elsewhere.”

The boxes are priced at AED99 and AED149 with portions generous enough to feed 5 people and 8 people respectively. The deals are available at Oud Metha outlet as well as the recently opened restaurant in Mamzar.


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Briefing on Alleged Forced Conversions & Trafficking of Minority Women

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The People’s Commission for Minorities Rights (PCMR) in collaboration with the Centre for Social Justice held a media briefing in Islamabad on the recent spate in cases of Forced Conversions & marriages and trafficking of Minority Women.

Recent cases in Punjab and Sindh have re-triggered concerns within the civil society and religious minorities about the urgent need to undertake practical measures for the prevention & elimination of manipulated faith conversions involving different types of human rights violations and heinous crimes. Speaking on the occasion, Peter Jacob (Chairperson, PCMR) emphasized on understanding the circumstances of faith conversions in the country and how other factors such as Violence against Women & Girls (VAWG), social discrimination and poverty play into the particular disadvantage of minority women.

PCMR shared a updates of an on-going study ‘Silence of the Lamb’ provides data pertaining to 110 cases of conversions between 2013 and 2019. This set of data includes 16 girls & women had approached the courts because they faced odd circumstances after their so-called conversion and reported marriages.

The study reveals that the majority of the incidents occurred in Sindh and Punjab provinces. The data also shows that forced faith conversion is often accompanied by other criminal activity, including, kidnapping, abduction, forced marriage, underage marriage, rape, gang-rape and assault. In addition to providing a working definition of forced conversion, the study also includes specific recommendations for relevant government departments at the federal and provincial levels.

The PCMR also shared electronic and print reports of the proceedings of a People’s Inquiry organised by PCMR in Lahore earlier this month. Prominent legal experts, journalists and civil society representatives attended the Peoples’ Inquiry on these crimes against minority women. In the end, conclusions and recommendations were issued by a Jury composed of Hina Jinali, former judges of Balochistan High Court Kailashnath Kohli, Jamshed Rehmatullah, Khawar Mumtaz (Chairperson, NCSW) and M Parkash Mehtani called upon the government to constitute present a legislation to prevent forced conversions & related crimes. Moreover, the Supreme Court of Pakistan was urged to supervise the on-going investigation on the cases of human trafficking of the Christian girls to China. Reparation of the girls who were defrauded into a marriage and transported abroad was also one of the demands put forth by the Jury.

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Dubai Police join hands with Berkelely Assets to serve up meals on holy occasion 

Dubai Police are joining hands with international private equity firm Berkeley Assets to provide Iftar dinners for 10,000 labourers on Friday on the occasion of Laylatul-Qadr.

With officers from Al Qusais Police Station handling traffic control and logistics, company management, staff and more than 100 volunteers will serve up the dinners at the Sonapur Labour camp to mark one of the holiest nights of the year for Muslims.

“We wanted to make this a meal that the labourers will remember, and we couldn’t do it without the fantastic support and encouragement we’ve received from Dubai Police,” said Omar Jackson, partner at Berkeley Assets.

More than 2,500 chickens and 4,000 kilos of rice will be used for the Biryani meals in one of the biggest ever Itar dinners served up by a private sector company in Dubai. With seating for 5,000, another 5,000 labourers will go home with meal boxes also containing dates, laban and water.

“We were motivated by a close friend who has been serving Iftar meals throughout Ramadan, and last Friday joined her and other volunteers and other supporters to deliver 1500 meals in Al Quoz,” said Jackson. “Afterwards we decided to do something ourselves on another scale, because it’s important to give back to the local community, especially at this time of year.”

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IG Punjab Captain (R) Arif Nawaz khan issued important directions after reviewing the performance of Dolphin Force

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Dolphin force is allowed only to return fire In case of firing and attack on them from criminals. IG Punjab

Dolphin Force is objected to control street crimes and to promote community based policing. IG Punjab 

Inspector General of Police Punjab Captain (R) Arif Nawaz Khan said that effective patrolling and timely actions of Dolphin Force helped significantly to arrest street crime rate in Lahore and other metropolitans of Punjab, however officials abusing the power or not following SOP,s has no place in the department. He further directed to take stern departmental and legal action against the officials responsible for the death of a woman in Dolphin firing, without any delay. All Dolphin officials should be thoroughly briefed that they can only fire when they are attacked or fired upon otherwise they don’t have any authority to fire, officials violating these orders should be ready for departmental and legal action. He further said that purpose of the Dolphin Force is to control street crime and also promote community policing so he also directed to ensure the effective patrolling for the security of markets along with the roads during Ramzan.  He expressed these views while giving directions to the senior police officers in a meeting held at Central Police Office today. At this occasion Addl IGP Operation Inam Ghani, Addl IGP Logistics Ghulam Rasool Zahid, CCPO Lahore BA Nasir, DIG Logistics Rai Babar Saeed, DIG Operations Lahore Ashfaque Khan and SP Dolphin Bilal Zafar were also present.

SP Dolphin Bilal Zafar briefed IGP about the performance of Dolphin Force, he shared that due to the community based policing graph of street crimes plummeted. He further said that for the capacity building of officials of Dolphin Force every year a 4 weeks refresher course is held in which they train for one week each at Police Training College Chung & Elite Training College Bedian and for two weeks at the District Police Lines, Lahore about crime control and latest professional skills and about ethics. SP Dolphin shared in briefing that currently 2416 Dolphin officials patrol in 277 beats of the city. IG Punjab further said that Dolphin Force should establish itself as a symbol of protection for law abiding citizen and threat for criminal elements. He further said that in refresher courses Dolphin officials should be specially trained to hit the target in stress position so that no passerby gets any harm. He further said that Dolphin Force is a modern force with latest skills and training objected to protect the life property and honour of citizens at any cost. Dolphin Force officials should perform with honesty hard work and commitment using their professional skills and training, good performers will be rewarded and official’s causing harm or misbehaving with citizens will dealt without any leniency.




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Transfer/posting orders of 09 Police Officers

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Inspector General Police, Punjab Captain (R) Arif Nawaz Khan has issued transfer/posting orders of 09 Police Officers. According to details, Additional SP Rawal Town Rawalpindi Muhammad Usman Tariq Butt, is transferred and posted as Additional SP Civil Lines Division Gujranwala, SP Investigation Bhakar Muhammad Akram Khan Niazi, is transfered to Central Police Office Lahore, SDPO Qila Gujjar Singh, Lahore Fakhr Bashir Raja, is transferred and posted as SDPO Chung Lahore, awaiting posting, DSP Asadullah, is posted as SDPO Mitha Tawana Khushab, DSP Organized Crime Pakpattan Ghulam Mohammad, is transferred and posted as SDPO Arifwala Pakpattan, DSP City, CTP Multan Muhammad Tariq is transferred and posted as SDPO Jampur, Rajanpur, services of two DSPs Mohammad Arshad, and Taseer Ahmed Dar are placed at the disposal of DIG Traffic Police Punjab for further posting, while  DSP Legal-I Lodhran Tauqir Anwar is transferred an dposted as DSP Legal Bahawalpur with immediate effect.

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UAE’s citizens of change are celebrated at Dubai awards event

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  • Winner of CITIZEN’s “Better Starts Now” competition Shobhika Kalra received AED 25,000 for ‘Wings of Angelz’
  • The “Better Starts Now” initiative attracted hundreds of entries through social and traditional media
  • The campaign highlighted the multitudes of UAE individuals committed to carrying out good deeds and making positive change

Citizens of the UAE who have shown indomitable spirit and determination either founding or benefiting a wealth of charities and causes, were celebrated at CITIZEN’s Better Starts Now Awards event.
The Japanese watch brand launched a campaign to mark its one hundredth year of ambitious watch-making at the end of 2018. It involved seeking out those members of the public who exemplify its “Better Starts Now” philosophy, a belief that there should always be an endeavor to improve the world we inhabit. CITIZEN can lay claim to many driven and pioneering feats, including being the first watch company to introduce light powered and satellite technology. Its latest innovation is the most precise light-powered watch in the world, with an annual accuracy of one second.
The Better Starts Now awards event saw ten deserving finalists who had entered the competition come together to have their compelling and uplifting stories told to guests, judges and CITIZEN’s management, before a winner was announced. The finalists comprised:

 Najeeb Mohammed Ismail, founder of Good Deeds ISER, an environmental campaigner, who for 15 years has raised awareness about damage to the environment and encouraged the local population to dispose of rubbish responsibly
 Manmeet Singh, a bakery Founder who provides UAE workers with cakes to mark their birthday
 Nicole Fiorentino, a dyslexic who established Widad Centre to help children who have been asked to leave main-stream schooling due to learning difficulties
 Shreya Maheshwari, founder of Arunoday, a foundation that educates underprivileged children, and also a mental health coach
 Riva Tuple, a social entrepreneur who is saving lives in rural India by educating women and children about menstrual hygiene
 Nandini Garg, founder of Charitree, an initiative which sells pencils comprised of recycled paper and a seed for planting, the profits being used to support the Ramadan Sharing Fridge initiative and other causes
 Corazon Verana Tarcena, a Filipina who fund-raises in order to send clothes and computers to the underprivileged in her home country
 Sabine Nehme, founder of inspirational parenting advice blog and TV show, MothertoAnother
 Shobhika Kalra, founder of Wings of Angelz, an organization working to bring wheelchair access to people of determination in the UAE and across the world
 Saeed Shaqsi, founder of Dubai-based Hope Volunteering Initiative, providing humanitarian aid to those in need, including poor communities of Africa.
The winner, Shobhika Kalra, was presented with a prize of AED 25,000 for her cause, ‘Wings of Angels’ – a CDA licensed nonprofit entity that aims to make the world more wheelchair accessible, one ramp at a time. Shobhika intends to utilise the funds to launch an app to build a database of places that require ramps.
CITIZEN’s General Manager (Middle East) Keiji Kato commented: “The Better Starts Now campaign believes that no matter who you are or what you do it’s always possible to make something better, and now it the time to start doing it. The campaign attracted a fantastic response from many people representing many nationalities and backgrounds, all of whom had put our philosophy into practice. Meeting them and listening to their individual stories has been incredibly inspirational, and we are very pleased to be supporting the winner, Shobhika Kalra with their very worthy cause.”

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Nursery children spread happiness in a box among labourers

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  • Children at British Orchard Nursery along with their parents distributed Iftar packages among labourers at construction sites and people at nearby mosques

Dubai, UAE: Young children at British Orchard Nursery learnt precious lessons in generosity and sharing as they happily distributed Iftar packages among labourers and other people who were fasting. In order to inculcate the spirit of Ramadan among kids, the Nursery organised the campaign, “Sharing is caring” across several of its branches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah where students, parents and the preschool teamed up to arrange Iftar for the needy and those who were fasting.

Boxes containing foods suitable for Iftar, such as dates, laban, water, juices, bread, biscuits, etc., were packed by children at the Nursery branches and then students, their parents and teachers visited nearby mosques and construction sites to distribute the packages. In addition, nursery children prepared a huge box of edibles and goodies for the Imam of the mosques as well.

Besides this, British Orchard Nursery has also collaborated with Uniliver to donate clothes to the needy.

“When it comes to life-long lessons such as learning to share and being generous, doing it practically always leaves a deeper imprint on young minds,” commented Dr Vandana Gandhi, Founder and CEO of British Orchard Nursery chain, “It was encouraging to watch that this time parents were actively involved in the exercise as well, supporting their children to help others. I believe it’s important to sensitise children to the needs of the less privileged so that they can grow up to be more sensitive human beings with concern for other’s welfare.”

With 2019 declared the Year of Tolerance in the UAE, the campaign further compliments the government’s initiative to create a more harmonious society which is tolerant of each other’s views and needs, and willing to help in every way possible. Moreover, the Nursery celebrated the International Family Day, where parents and children came together to celebrate the unity and diversity during the month of Ramadan.

British Orchard Nursery supports orphanages, old age homes, animal shelters and charitable causes towards the needy through donating a percentage of its revenue. The Nursery’s employees also give back to the community by volunteering their time, participating in events such as the Walk for Education and Walk for Autism, among other initiatives.

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