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1 3 rd Best News Website in the Middle East BUSINESS 17 SPOR 24 QP highlights Muguruza is its operations Wimbledon at WPC champion Sunday 16 July Shawwal Volume 22 Number Riyals Lift blockade on Qatar: French Minister QNA / Agencies F rance s foreign minister yesterday called on Qatar s neighbours to immediately lift measures impacting thousands of people in the Gulf, becoming the latest foreign diplomat to visit the region and attempt to find a resolution to a crisis that has dragged on for more than a month. France is calling for these measures to be lifted, especially ones that affect the (Qatari) population, specifically measures that impact bi-national families that have been separated, French Foreign Minister Jean- Yves Le Drian said in Doha. Qatar and France stressed the importance of joint action to combat terrorism and its financing as part of international efforts to confront the issue. In a joint press conference with his French counterpart Jean- Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al hani said that the common goal of the international community is to combat terrorism and fight its financing, pointing out that the actions taken by the siege countries against Qatar disrupt these efforts. he Foreign Minister New York QNA C stressed that the fight against terrorism requires collective action, not the exercise of political and intellectual terrorism, in reference to the actions of siege countries against Qatar. HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al hani said that the Qatari and French sides reviewed during the discussions bilateral relations and their enhancement, and stressed the importance of working to develop them further. he Foreign Minister said that the visit of the French Minister to Qatar comes at an important time for Qatar, that reflects the strength of the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries in various fields such as security, energy, economy and other important sectors. he Foreign Minister he Washington Post has highlighted the success of the strong Qatari stance in facing the siege countries, pointing out that the four nations have failed to harm Qatar. he strong stance taken by Qatar has shown the world that there are limits to Saudi-UAE leadership in the region, according to a report Friday in the Washington Post. Qatar University is studying the cases of Qatari students affected by the blockade. Dr Hassan Al Dirham, President of Qatar University, said in a tweet that the step was aimed at absorbing students in Qatar University, which has received applications of Qatari students who were expelled from the siege countries. hairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), Dr Ali bin Samikh Al Marri, met yesterday with Assistant UN Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour. Al Marri renewed during the meeting the need to move swiftly to stop the increasing human rights violations that citizens of Qatar and its residents from GCC countries and other nationalities are being subjected to. He stressed the importance of differentiating between humanitarian issues and politics. He noted that while the latter can eventually be Qatar and France stressed the importance of joint action to combat terrorism and its financing as part of international efforts to confront the issue. NHRC chief meets UN human rights official resolved through diplomacy and mediation, the violations of human rights cannot wait for political negotiations. he NHRC Chairman thanked the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for its efforts towards ending injustice to victims of humanitarian violations. He noted that the NHRC enjoys a strong partnership with the office, as is evident in its coorganising five international conferences recently. he most recent was the International Conference on Human Rights Approach to Conflict Situations in the Arab Region, which took place in February. Continued on page 2 Emir H H Sheikh amim bin Hamad Al hani with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian at Al Bahr Palace yesterday. affirmed that Qatar welcomes the efforts of the French Republic in supporting Kuwaiti he US will maintain good relations with Qatar, President Donald rump has told an American news channel, adding that the US air base will not be moved out of the country despite the diplomatic and economic blockade imposed on Doha by the Saudi-led group, Al Jazeera reported yesterday. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar on June 5. Qatar is home to the Failed coup anniversary mediation within the framework of the Gulf crisis and finding a solution based on the sovereignty Al-Udeid air base that holds the forward headquarters of Central Command and hosts around 10,000 American troops. But while saying there are 10 countries willing to build us another base, rump said we will not have a problem with the military base. We are going to have a good relationship with Qatar and not going to have a problem with the military base, rump said in an interview urkey's President Recep ayyip Erdogan (centre) and his wife Emine Erdogan walk to a ceremony site on Martyrs Bridge (Bosphorus Bridge) in Istanbul, yesterday. urkey is marking one year of the defeated coup. See also page 7 of states and international law. Continued on page 2 US to maintain good ties: rump We are going to have a good relationship with Qatar and not going to have a problem with the military base, rump said in an interview with CBN News. with CBN News aired on Wednesday. If we ever had to leave, we d have 10 countries willing to build us another one. And they ll pay for it. he days of us paying for things are largely over. He visited Saudi Arabia in May on the first leg of his first foreign trip since taking office and held a series of meetings with the King and other Arab and Muslim leaders. Emir greets Erdogan QNA E mir H H Sheikh amim bin Hamad Al hani sent yesterday a cable of congratulations to the President of urkey, Recep ayyip Erdogan, on the occasion of the Democracy and National Unity Day. Deputy Emir H H Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al hani also sent a similar cable. Emir congratulates Iraqi Prime Minister QNA E mir H H Sheikh amim bin Hamad Al hani held a telephone conversation last evening with the Prime Minister of Iraq, Dr Haider Al Abadi, to congratulate him on the liberation of Mosul city from the hands of terrorist organisations. he Emir affirmed Qatar's stance on the side of Iraq in the face of terrorism and extremism. he Emir also reiterated Qatar's firm stance against terrorism, rejecting and condemning it in all its forms and manifestations, whatever its causes and motives. Qatar expands e-visa services I n a bid to further facilitate visitors access to the country, Qatar has made its e-visa services available to tourism-related businesses as well as individuals arriving in Qatar by any airline. Hospitality establishments and tourism offices holding a valid license with Qatar ourism Authority (QA) can now fully complete their guests tourist visa applications online via a newly activated feature on Full report on page 2 Qatar Chamber (QC) discussed ways to increase the country's imports of Pakistani goods during meetings of its delegations to Islamabad. he meetings took place with representatives of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry. A statement released by QC to the press said that it focused on enhancing cooperation between both parties in economic and trade sectors including construction, building materials, food, textiles & furniture. See page 3 A number of human rights bodies have warned against the prolonged continuation of blockade against Qatar due to violations of rights of citizens in the siege countries. Recently, he Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, in a press release, expressed concern that the blockade would increase sufferings of families in siege countries. See page 3

2 02 HOME Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al hani with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the French Republic, Jean-Yves Le Drian, yesterday. hey reviewed bilateral cooperation and means of enhancing them in various fields, in addition to discussing the latest developments in the region, especially the Gulf crisis. he Prime Minister also held a luncheon banquet in honour of the French Minister and his delegation. French FM praises Qatar s commitment to counter-terrorism drive Continued from page 1 H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al hani also stressed that Qatar looks forward to working with France and all partners to tackle the phenomenon of terrorism, and also looks forward to the French role to support Kuwaiti mediation. Le Drian described his country s ties with Qatar as strong and advanced, entailing deep cooperation in many fields such as defence and economy as well as culture. He added in the press Qatar expands online tourist visa services I conference that his talks in Doha focused on the GCC crisis. He expressed France s alarm at the deterioration of ties between GCC members as a result of the crisis. He added that France was in contact over the matter with all parties involved, stressing the importance of reaching a resolution. Sheikh Mohammed said that the French President held many telephone conversations with Emir H H Sheikh amim bin Hamad Al hani since the beginning of the GCC crisis to discuss n a bid to further facilitate visitors access to the country, Qatar has made its e-visa services available to tourismrelated businesses as well as individuals arriving to Qatar aboard any airline. Hospitality establishments and tourism offices holding a valid licence with Qatar ourism Authority (QA) can now fully complete their guests tourist visa applications online via a newly activated feature on he link has special features dedicated for tourism businesses such as the add to cart option allowing businesses to complete multiple applications at once making it easier to handle large groups through bulk payments. It also eliminates the need for hard copy applications to be submitted in person at the Immigration Offices as was previously required. And, as part of the service expansion, individuals who are travelling to Qatar on any airlines can now apply directly for tourist visas on the same portal. his added convenience is possible as the e-visa platform is now linked to all airline booking platforms including that of the national airline, Qatar Airways. Hassan Al Ibrahim, Chief ourism Development Officer at QA, commented, Easing our visitors access to the country is critical for achieving growth in the tourism industry, making a positive impact on our economy and enriching our society. he rollout of these new services are intended to further enhance our visitors overall experience and we look forward to welcoming more visitors thanks to the increasingly convenient online visa service. Qatar launched its e-visa it. Le Drian added that they in France hope the Emir will pay a visit to Paris in the near term. he French Foreign Minister said that his country is working hard on maintaining a dialogue with all parties. He expressed France s appreciation to the Kuwaiti mediation efforts to resolve the crisis. He also said that France commends the efforts of US Secretary of State, who visited the region last week, and proposed a road map and a foundation for agreement, which were suitable efforts to Paris. platform last month allowing travellers to the country to apply directly for tourist and visitor visas. he service, created in partnership between QA, Qatar Airways, and the Ministry of Interior, is set to ease visitor access to Qatar, as it offers a more efficient and transparent visa application system, with standardised fees for each visa type. he average timeframe for a response is 48 hours from the time all of the applicant s documents have been received. In November 2016, Qatar introduced a new free-ofcharge transit visa, which allows passengers with a minimum transit time of five hours in Hamad International Airport, to stay in Qatar for up to 96 hours (four days). he move has resulted in a 40% increase in stopover visitors to Qatar in the period between January and May 2017 compared to the same period in Qatari Emiri Air Forces take part in British Royal Air Fair QNA Q atari Emiri Air Force represented by the Air ransport pavilion have participated in the British Royal Air Fair at Fairford Air Force Base, the largest of its kind in the world, said the Directorate of Moral Guidance at the Ministry of Defence. he Directorate of Moral Guidance said that the Qatari participation in the show, which ends today, was showcasing of the C130J-30 aircraft of the 12th Emiri Air Force Squadron. During the Fair, the iconic amim Al Majd s wall painting was launched and visitors interacted with it by writing expressions of sympathy and solidarity with Qatar in the current Gulf crisis. he pilots and technical crews of the Qatar pavilion reviewed the services and functions of the Qatari Emiri Force air transport aircraft, especially the C-130G-30, in delivering humanitarian aid of medicine and food to the affected areas. Lt. Colonel Nawaf bin Mubarak bin Saif Al hani, Director of the Directorate of Moral Guidance, visited the Qatari pavilion at the British Air Show and said: he participation of the Qatari Emiri Air Force in this global Expo is proof of the sensitive role played by the Air Force led by H E Major General (Pilot) Mubarak bin Mohamed Al Kumait Al Khayarin, Commander of the Qatar Emiri Air Force and, a review of the capabilities and effective contributions of our Qatari Emiri Force to humanitarian operations around the world. he C-130C-30 is a tactical cargo aircraft based on parachute airdrops and humanitarian assistance in the affected and inaccessible areas. hey are used to deliver airborne forces to areas of operations and can land on unpaved or under construction corridors. Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al hani with the French Republic s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, at a press conference yesterday. Le Drian stressed the importance of taking measures that will help all members of the GCC crisis regain trust in order to ease the tensions and find a resolution to the crisis, which is harming the interests of all GCC member countries. He said that he sensed, during his talks in Doha, the willingness of the State of Qatar to hold constructive talks with its neighbours so long as it doesn t infringe on Qatar s national sovereignty, which was what the Emir stressed. Expatriates trust remains unshaken Fazeena Saleem he unjust blockade imposed on Qatar has not only failed in affecting routine life here but has also not been able to shake expatriates trust on the host country s future as many are still bringing their families to Qatar by seeking residency visas. Also some expatriates are seeking for job opportunities and others look for better job openings, as they intend to continue stay in the country. A cross section of expatriates, spoke to, expressed trust and hope about their future in Qatar, saying the blockade has not made any adverse impact to their lives. he blockade has no impact on our daily lives, and it has not stopped us from any of our future plans in Doha. My wife is here on a visit visa, it will expire soon. I m preparing to bring her back under a residency visa, in case if it doesn t work, will apply for a visit visa again, said Mustak Ahmed, an expatriate residing here since Mohamed Shifan, a Sri Lankan expatriate, resigned his job as supervisor at a automobile company and went home in January and returned here recently. I went home ending the job contract five months Le Drian called on finding a resolution to the crisis as soon as possible, and lifting all the measures that affected joint families and civilians. He stressed during the press conference on the importance of cooperating in countering terrorist groups, particularly those designated by the United Nations. He described that effort as a great challenge and a threat that all must face and work hard in the war against terror. Le Drian praised in that regard Qatar s commitment ago. After a while, I tried applying for jobs again from home. Got a new job and came back. I have been in Qatar for a few years, I was very confident that the blockade will not affect routine life of people. I came back despite the blockade because of trust, he said. Aneetha, an Indian expatriate residing in Doha under her husband s sponsorship, shared similar thoughts about job opportunities and their future in Doha. I just returned from vacation and have started looking for jobs. I stopped working for a while to take care of my child. Now she is grown up and I have started the job hunt. I don t think the blockade has an impact in the job market and I m confident to find a job soon, she said. As many expatriates see their future in Doha despite the blockade, several others also say that their routine life has not been affected in any manner since June 5. Mario, an expatriate from he Philippines said, Nothing has changed in our daily lives. Actually now we have a better choice of products coming form different countries. We usually go out during the weekends for dining or to malls. Every place is crowded as always, especially at malls we see more people sometimes, may be its due to the hot weather outside. towards that, and the commitment of both countries to enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism field and countering terrorism finance in the future more than at any time in the past. Le Drian concluded his remarks by saying that his talks in Doha dealt with many subjects and focused on the GCC crisis. He described the latter as the focal point of the meetings in his GCC tour. He added that he is sending a message that calls for dialogue and resolving the crisis for all parties involved. Continued from page 1 NHRC Chairman stressed that the committee will continue with its partnership with the office of the high commissioner in the future. He also praised the efforts of the office of the high commissioner s Middle East Regional Office, and said that the NHRC will remain committed to the UN Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region, which is headquartered in Doha. He added that there were many joint activities between the committee and the office, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) they signed. Al Marri held at the headquarters of the United Nations separate meetings with head of diplomatic missions of Switzerland, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ghana, Sweden, and Liechtenstein and reviewed the developments of Qatar s siege and its implications on humanitarian conditions. he Chairman of NHRC also briefed the officials on the committees course of action during the crisis and its interaction with the UN agencies and international human rights groups to help condemn the violations of the siege and its implications on many of those affected. 200,000 people benefit from QC projects in Somalia QNA he number of beneficiaries of charitable projects carried out in Somalia in cooperation with international humanitarian organisations reached 200,000 people, at a cost of $6.3m, between 2009 and 2017, according to a report by the Qatar Charity (QC). he projects directly covered emergency relief, education, healthcare, water, sanitation, food security, displaced resettlement, economic empowerment and sustainable development. he report said the partnerships that linked QC NHRC to partner with office of high commissioner through its Somalia office included Unicef, FAO, UNHCR, the International Medical Corps, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Global One organisation. Since its establishment in 2007, the Qatar Charity Office in Somalia has been able to establish strong links with international organisations through joint cooperation agreements to achieve humanitarian and development goals including an agreement with UNICEF in the areas of education, health and water in mid-january 2009, worth $1.6m, which were funded equally with Qatar Charity, benefiting 35,000 children and women.

3 QC looks into increasing imports from Pakistan Q atar Chamber officials held meetings in Islamabad with representatives of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry with a view to underpinning trade relations between both countries, according to a statement issued by the Chamber. Meetings focused on enhancing cooperation in economic and trade sectors including construction, building materials, foodstuffs, textiles and furniture. he Chamber s delegation included Board Member Rashid bin Hamad Al Athba and Director general Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi. Qatari delegation held several meetings with Pakistani officials, businessmen and presidents of chambers. hey reviewed partnership opportunities and mechanisms of exchanging expertise between Qatari and Pakistani companies. Businessmen of both sides discussed establishing joint factories in Qatar which would help provide all commodities to the local market and exporting abroad the surplus. Pakistan s Minister of Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan also held a meeting with the Qatari delegation to discuss ways of boosting bilateral relations particularly in private sector sectors. He praised the Qatari businessmen s confidence in Pakistan s he Qatar Chamber s delegation with Pakistani officials in Islamabad. economy, hoping this meeting would help expand cooperation and establishing real ventures. Al Athba said that Qatar s delegation invited their Pakistani counterparts to visit Qatar in order to explore investment opportunities and fields that both side could cooperate in. he invitation is highly welcomed by Pakistan and there is a large businessman delegation expected to visit Qatar soon, he noted. Saleh Al Sharqi assured the Chamber s interest to open new channels of trade cooperation with all friendly and sisterly countries and to find new sources of importing. rade with Pakistan is growing rapidly. rade volume reached last year QR2.8bn, while it was QR1.9bn in 2014 and QR887m in 2015, Al Sharqi said. Qatar s exports to Pakistan in 2016 touched QR2.5bn, whereas Pakistan s imports to Qatar were only QR317.7m. HOME 03 H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al hani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, along with Qatar Museums CEO Mansoor bin Ebrahim El Mahmoud and the French Ambassador to Qatar, Eric Chevalier, on a tour of the museum, yesterday. Sheikha Al Mayassa welcomes French FM at National Museum H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al hani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, yesterday welcomed French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, accompanied by a delegation, on a tour of the museum. Qatar Museums CEO Mansoor bin Ebrahim El Mahmoud and the French Ambassador to Qatar, Eric Chevalier, also were present during the tour. he National Museum is designed by world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. Commenting on the tour, H E Sheikha Al Mayassa said: It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian today on a tour of the National Museum of Qatar. He was very complimentary and positive about the progress being made and congratulated the team on all that is being done to create this incredible space. he museum celebrates Qatar s proud identity and connects the country s history with its diverse and cosmopolitan present. Not only will it redefine the role of a cultural institution, but it also marks another major milestone in Qatar s development as an arts and cultural hub. his week a further exciting announcement is expected about a special National Museum-related offer available to members of Qatar Museums Culture Pass loyalty programme. Further details will be available on Qatar Museums social media channels soon. he National Museum will also open in the year that the Museum of Islamic Art celebrates its tenth anniversary, a reflection of Qatar's long-standing investment in the arts. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art opened in 2010, and the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum will open in the next year. he National Museum of Qatar is built around Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al hani s original palace, one of Qatar s most recognizable landmarks and a building that served as a monument to a historic way of life in Qatar. his palace has a unique historical significance for the State of Qatar and has been recently fully restored. he palace will be a fitting central exhibit within the National Museum when it opens officially in December Human rights bodies warn against continuation of blockade Sidi Mohamed A number of human rights organisations have warned against the prolonged continuation of blockade against Qatar due to violations of rights of citizens in the siege countries. Recently, he Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor in a press release expressed its H amad Medical Corporation (HMC) has performed a record number of eight organ transplant surgeries within a week, in June. Eight transplant surgeries in a single week is a record for HMC and Dr Yousuf Al Maslamani, Director of the Qatar Center for Organ ransplantation and Medical Director of Hamad General Hospital, said that all patients are recovering well and are being monitored by the transplant teams as part of their follow-up care. He also said that eight patients successfully underwent liver and kidney transplant operations in June and are now recovering at home. he gift of life for the organ transplant recipients came from four donors, one related living donor and three deceased donors. According to Dr Al Maslamani, celebrating the success of the surgeries five kidney transplants and three liver transplants is important as it highlights the significance and value of the gifts of life and health. Dr Al Maslamani expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the donors Qatar Chamber officials held meetings with representatives of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry. concern that the continuation of the blockade from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE against Qatar would increase sufferings of families of citizens in siege countries. It also said that the steps which are taken against Qatar and its citizens seemed to be planned for longer duration, and the continuation of blockade against Doha carried many risks. In the beginning of the crisis, he Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor issued a human rights report on the impact of the crisis on residents and their rights. Among the most important violations registered by the Qatar National Human Rights Committee were in family reunification, work, education, religious practices, health, movements and residency. he decision by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to sever ties with Qatar will deeply and negatively affect residents in all of these countries, including their access to education, right to property ownership and freedom of expression, said the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor in the report. It also added in the report that Cutting ties with Qatar also has had a direct effect on work Hamad Medical Corporation conducts record eight organ transplants in a week he surgeries involved a collaboration between various HMC departments including medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, critical care, laboratory and radiology, with the Qatar Organ Donation Center leading and coordinating the effort. families, stating that without their selfless gift, the eight patients could not have survived. On behalf of the recipients and their families, and on behalf of all those involved in these life-saving procedures, I wish the donors families good health for their future and I wish to acknowledge their loved ones who gave the gift of life, he said. he surgeries involved a collaboration between various HMC departments including medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, critical care, laboratory and radiology, with the Qatar Organ Donation Center leading and coordinating the effort. While eight transplant surgeries in a single week is a new record for HMC, the transplant team sees this achievement as a stepping stone that they are excited to build upon. Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Surgical Services, said, We are proud of the teams from our organ donation and transplantation centres, the high standard of quality care that we have established and of our safety standards. he outcomes achieved by our organ donation and transplantation teams are comparable with the best international standards. Dr Riadh Fadhil, Director of the Qatar Organ Donation Center, added that he is proud of both HMC s focus on public education about the importance of organ donation and the humane and equitable nature of its organ transplantation programme. Our model is world leading and our community continues to provide a good example to the rest of the world in terms of the responsibility to treat all patients equally. Our programme s organ recipients include Qatari, Filipino, Indian, Yemeni, Pakistani, Egyptian, and Syrian nationals. We are one of the few countries in the region offering integrated organ transplantation services on the basis of a single unified national waiting list, said Dr Fadhil. and labour rights for thousands of employees and their families. he Human Rights Watch said the blockade imposed by the three gulf countries is infringing on the right to free expression, separating families, and interrupting medical care among other rights violations. Also, the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) said that the siege countries violated the basic principles of human rights. It also welcomed establishing of the Compensation Claims Committee to receive the people s complaints. From last week, the Compensation Claims Committee has received more than 600 requests for case registration from people affected by the current blockade of Qatar, in addition to more than 200 inquiry calls.

4 04 HOME HBKU s scientists and scholars get QNRF grants Scholars and scientists from the research focused Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), have been awarded nine grants by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), at the Fund s ninth Annual Forum. HBKU s colleges and research institutes received backing for a diverse range of projects, to explore topics within energy, environment, biomedical sciences, entrepreneurship, religion and civics. he recent announcement from QNRF adds to the list of over 75 active research grants managed at HBKU, in addition to hundreds of published papers in reputed journals, and numerous pioneering innovations in science and technology, under the University s belt. HBKU President Dr Ahmad he announcement from QNRF adds to the list of over 75 active research grants managed at HBKU. Hasnah congratulated HBKU s researchers, who have been awarded grants from QNRF, and wished them all the success in their projects. He said, HBKU facilitates an eco-system of innovation through various academic and research programmes enabling our researchers, faculty and students to conduct high-impact research that provides solutions to challenges critical to Qatar and the world. he awards granted by QNRF, demonstrate our commitment towards the national research priorities aimed at A researcher of the HBKU at work. building human capital through their cutting-edge breakthroughs and discoveries in science and research. HBKU s College of Science and Engineering (CSE) received three of the QNRF National Priority Research Program (NPRP) grants to further their work in reservoir simulation for the energy industry, phononic devices in the biomedical field, and privacy and cybersecurity. he two grants awarded to the scholars from the College of Islamic Studies focus on a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing the knowledge and communication around genomics, Islamic ethics and public engagement, and studying entrepreneurship education geared towards meeting the Qatar National Vision wo of the HBKU s national research institutes, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) and Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) were awarded two grants each. With the grants, QEERI will conduct research in energy storage and desalination, and biomedical scientists at QBRI will study autism and molecular profiling, to better diagnose and treat prevalent disorders. Furthermore, echoing the strong partnerships HBKU has with various institutions around Qatar, the University s researchers received six more grants from QNRF, for collaborative research projects with fellow peers from exas A&M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Qatar University, Sidra Medical and Research Center and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar. As a university driven and focused in fostering an environment of excellence in research and discovery, Dr Hasnah said, Innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit are the foundation of our research efforts at HBKU. Our commitment to excellence is the driving force behind the ongoing pursuit for discovery, learning and progress, thus paving the way for our knowledge based future. A reputed media company in Qatar is looking for Business & Local Reporters (Full/Part-ime) Should have at least 5 years experience. Bachelor s degree in journalism, mass communication or a related field. 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Local representation at the December 2016 meeting included Qatar s National Dementia Stakeholder Forum, the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC). Attendees addressed strategies to improve the care and monitoring of those suffering from dementia. he meeting also included discussions of the WHO s Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia, due to be implemented this year. Dementia is a significant public health concern for the Middle East, as, according to the WHO, the number of people with the condition is expected to almost double in the region, to 4.4 million people, by Dr Shekhar Saxena, WHO Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and chairperson of the WISH 2016 Dementia Forum, said, he meeting hosted by the World Innovation Summit for Health was very valuable for the exchange of information and evidence between countries and experts on dementia. he meeting also contributed to the development of the Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia, that was recently endorsed by the World Health Assembly. Dr Hanadi Al Hamad, Chairperson of Geriatrics and Long erm Care at Hamad Medical Corporation, and focal point for elderly in Qatar, said, Dementia cuts across many health service disciplines and a collaborative approach is key to success. he 2016 forum was an invaluable platform to learn about regional initiatives and best practices, and will help in formulating our national dementia plan. he dementia report highlights the progress made in planning and service delivery within the Eastern Mediterranean Region, in particular providing a platform for information exchange on national and regional initiatives, and ideas and strategies, such as best practices regarding the assessment of dementia care and monitoring. It also identifies the necessary steps needed to move the dementia agenda forward within the region, as well as globally. Egbert Schillings, Chief Executive Officer of WISH, said: his 2016 report takes the key issues we highlighted in 2015 and puts them within the context of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, highlighting successful and progressive initiatives to tackle dementia, as well pointing the way to the next steps we need to take to collaboratively address this public health issue.

5 Sanaullah Ataullah C ommunity College of Qatar (CCQ) is ready to receive Qatari students who were studying in the universities of siege countries and forced to leave them due to blockade, said the President of CCQ, Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Naimi. Speaking to journalists after launching a new associate diploma programme at a press conference held at the headquarters of CCQ, Al Naimi said We are ready to receive any student wishing to resume their diploma or bachelor s degree. his will be done by equating the number of hours and subjects studied at universities of the siege countries. he initiative aims at helping the students to alleviate their suffering by providing them with an opportunity to obtain a degree. he President said accepting students will be done in compliance with the college s policies which include the students obtaining sufficient grades and the availability of the Sanaullah Ataullah CCQ to enroll students affected by siege academic programme they wish to join. We have launched a new programme on logistics and supply chain operations for Qatari students, starting from fall 2017, said Al Naimi. he new programme is to keep pace with the state s expansion of export and import activities with a growing number of countries around the world. Al Naimi added the graduates of new programme will be able to pick jobs in logistics and supply chain as manager or assistant manager of logistic operation, supply chains, purchasing, transport, managements of warehouses and distributions at various institutes including airports, ports, industries, cargo companies, hospitals, sport facilities and other retail sectors. his development means that governmental institutions and private businesses will require an efficient management of these operations, something provided by the new programme. here is also an increased demand for logistics CCQ to open new branch in Al Khor Community College of Qatar (CCQ) has announced to open a new branch with a capacity of 1,500 students in Al Khor, in a bid to reach out to Qatari students in different localities. As a soft opening, registration for some courses will begin in Fall of 2017, said Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Naimi, President of CCQ, in a press conference. he new building in Al Khor will be the city s first Officials of Community College of Qatar speaking during a press meet announcing the launch of a new diploma programme at the college building yesterday. Pic: Baher Amin / management in the sport, and maritime transport sectors. he new programme will empower students by providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage the inflow of information and products as part of the supply chain of companies and government institutions. Some of the goals of the programme will be providing higher education building. Fall of 2017 will be Al Khor building s first semester, but new branch will be fully functional in January It will serve the entire northern area and has a capacity for 1,500 students, said Al Naimi. Speaking about the building of new branch, Al Naimi said the new facility with separate buildings for Qatari students - boys and girls- will serve the north part of the country including Dakhira, Simaisima, Al Khor, Al Kaban, Al Ruwais, Umm Zaluf. It is a used school building and being renovated to accommodate the students. And it is expected to be completed by January Regarding the educational programme of Al Khor branch, the president said the new facility will provide same educational programme of CCQ and will run in two shifts- one in morning and one in evening. One of the purposes of CCQ is to create educational opportunities to Qatari students at their respective localities unlike other universities where students are required to go to pursue their studies. students with the ability to analyse different situation to make the appropriate decision, and using technology to facilitate the processing of supplying. his particular specialisation is in high demand in the job market by many sectors, said Al Naimi.CCQ has approached the Emiri Naval Forces that has agreed to send a number of students to enroll to new programme, said Abdallah Hazaimeh, Dean of CCQ. It is expected that around 20 students would be enrolled in phase I. CCQ also communicated with several government institutions like Hamad Interantional Airport, Hamad Port, Industries, hospitals, transport companies and sport facilities to get enrolled their employees interested in such courses, said Hazaimeh. Speaking on the expansion plans of CCQ, Al Naimi said the state has allotted plots of land for establishing community colleges permanently in three places- Al Mazrouha, Al Khor and Al Wakra. We are working on blue prints and designs of new facilities. he new buildings are expected to be completed within three to four years from now. hen the students will be shifted to the community colleges operating at their respective localities, he added. However, at present if we get any temporary facility to operate community college we will rush it and turn it to a branch of community college, Al Naimi added. Meanwhile the Community College of Qatar launched a hotline, 16070, to reply the queries of students regarding the educational programme and courses run by CCQ. he hotline service will be available from 7am to 10pm for five working days in a week. he move aims at intensifying communications with students and those graduated from CCQ in a bid to provide them necessary support in this regard. HOME QNA J 05 Jassim Foundation gives QR12.7m in social aid assim and Hamad Bin Jassim Foundation has announced the disbursement of QR12.7m as social assistance to needy families and individuals in Qatar during the first half of this year. he disbursement included monthly supplies and cash assistance, health guarantees, payment of debts, payment of tuition fees and marriage assistance, as well as support for cultural, social and educational activities. he Director of the Charity operations at the Foundation, Aisha Al Sulaiti, said that the Foundation s officials give great interest to internal projects. Al Sulaiti pointed out that the expenses of the Foundation on the internal projects amounted to QR12. 7m and included cash and supply assistance to support the needy families which amounted to QR1.3m, as well as repaying the debts of 11 cases (QR ). Al Sulaiti explained that the assistance provided by the Foundation in the field of education amounted to QR1,250,000, divided between the support provided to Qatar University students in the exchange programme supported by the Foundation, and providing educational equipment for a large number of students as well as the payment of tuition fees for all educational and universities levels. he Foundation has spent QR760,000 to assist in treatments and QR 900,000 for to social responsibility through partnership with various institutions in the country.

6 06 HOME NAMA Center visits Factory of Sheikha Haya for Industrial Sewing N ama Center, one of Qatar Foundation for Social Work s (QFSW) Centers, has organised an official visit to the Factory of Sheikha Haya for Industrial Sewing in the presence of Nama Center s officials to observe the progress of work at the factory. he visit included meetings with factory officials and workers, who talked about their most important successes and achievements and addressed the challenges and difficulties facing them, especially in light of the current crisis. hey further discussed measures to overcome them and get past their side effects. Since its inception in 1997, the Factory of Sheikha Haya for Industrial Sewing a non-profit developmental institution with administrative and financial autonomy has achieved a qualitative leap through the implementation of its charitable, developmental and humanitarian goals. he factory Q provides many training, recruitment and employment opportunities for families, individuals, people with special needs, as well as women with low incomes. At present, the number of workers at the Factory of Sheikha Haya for Industrial Sewing stands at 72, including 67 women. here is also a plan to increase that number and expand the factory in the future. he factory aims at empowering families in need across Qatar, with the provision of training and qualification courses, and the creation of job opportunities that provide families with a sustainable source of income in order to help them improve their standard of living, cope with the daily burdens of life, as well as overcome their problems and achieve social integration. he factory adopts A view of the factory of Sheikha Haya for Industrial Sewing. a high quality management approach to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction and sufficient cash flow to support the continuity and independence of the factory's activity and development.maryam bint Abdullatif Al Mannai, Acting Executive Manager at Nama- Center, said: Our frequent visit to the Factory of Sheikha Haya for Industrial Sewing is an affirmation of our keenness to provide all forms of support for national products as well as to promote women's participation in development and improve their contribution in all fields so as to build a society of justice and efficiency. QIIC wins Best akaful Company award atar Islamic Insurance Company (QIIC) won he Best akaful Company award and its CEO has dedicated it to Emir H H Sheikh amim bin Hamad Al hani (amim the Glory) patron of the State s renaissance and inspirer of the patriotic spirit and unity. Despite the Blockade national insurance companies performed well and it reflects the strength of the national economy of the State. Ali Ibrahim Al Abdulghani, CEO of QIIC dedicated the Award of Excellence given by the 11th International akaful Summit held in London. Ali Ibrahim Al Abulghani expressed his happiness with the Company s winning of the award. He considers this award is an acknowledgment and appreciation of takaful insurance community of the important role of the takaful insurance which is regarded as an ideal pattern of real application and correct understanding of Islamic Sharia and its perception of Islamic economics operations due to the policyholders continuously for the A QIIC official with the award. and Islamic takaful insurance which is realised through eights year, in addition to excellent results for the Company s real distribution of the surplus resulted from its insurance stakeholders. Raffle draw winners Raveendran & Subash, raffle draw winners of Win up to 75 gold bars & BE A GOLD BULLIONAIRE campaign by Malabar Gold & Diamonds, receiving the prize, 100gms of gold bar each, from Yahiya Gaffoor, Deputy Branch Head of Malabar Gold & Diamonds, in the presence of officials from Malabar Gold & Diamonds.

7 Istanbul urkey yesterday marked one year since the defeat of the coup aimed at ousting President Recep ayyip Erdogan with mass rallies seeking to showcase national unity in a divided society and his grip on power. he authorities have declared July 15 an annual national holiday of democracy and unity, billing the foiling of the putsch as a historic victory of urkish democracy. It s one year since the darkest night was turned into an epic, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a special session of parliament that kicked off a day of celebrations set to last until dawn. He said the night of July 15 was a second War of Independence after the war that led to the creation of the modern urkish state in the ruins of the Ottoman Empire in wo hundred and forty nine people, not including the plotters, were killed when a disgruntled faction of the army sent tanks into the streets and war planes into the sky in a bid to overthrow Erdogan after oneand-a-half decades in power. But they were thwarted within hours as the authorities regrouped and people poured into the streets in support of Erdogan, who blamed followers of his ally-turned-nemesis, the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen. Hundreds of thousands were gathering on the Asian side of the Bosphorus in Istanbul to hear a speech by Erdogan, who earlier arrived from Ankara on his official plane accompanied by an F-16 fighter jet, an correspondent said. Some carried the urkish flag while others brandished pictures of the martyrs who died defeating the coup bid as a sea of people stretched from the bridge, which has since been renamed Bridge of the Martyrs of July 15. People chanted we are soldiers of ayyip (Erdogan) and called for the reinstatement of the death penalty for the coup plotters, with some even brandishing nooses. We are here for the victims, for democracy, for our country for our people and our flag, said Hakan, a resident of Istanbul. At midnight local time (2100 GM) people across urkey will take part in democracy watches, rallies commemorating how people poured out into the streets. In the wake of the failed coup bid, authorities embarked on the biggest purge in urkey s history, arresting 50,000 people and sacking almost three times as many. Erdogan also shored up his position by winning a referendum on enhancing his powers earlier this year. In the latest dismissals, another 7,563 police, soldiers and other state employees were fired late Friday under the state of emergency that has been in place since July 20 last year. Erdogan, who was present at the session, gazed down stonily from the VIP balcony. he scale of yesterday s nationwide commemorations is aimed at etching July 15, 2016 into the minds of urks as a key date in the history of the modern state. Giant posters designed by the presidency have sprung up across billboards in Istanbul showing gaudy paintings that portray the key events of the coup night with the slogan the epic of July 15. Public transport is free in Istanbul and Ankara over the weekend while mobile operator urkcell has sent text messages to clients promising them a free extra gigabyte of data from July 15. Illuminated anti-coup slogans have been hung between the minarets of some of Istanbul s greatest Ottoman mosques. Erdogan will later return to Ankara and at 2300 GM give a speech in parliament to mark the time it was bombed. A giant monument to those killed -- showing people holding up the urkish star and crescent insignia -- will then be unveiled outside his palace in the capital as the dawn call to prayer rings out. MIDDLE EAS / AFRICA urkey marks coup defeat anniversary Abidjan hree soldiers died after shooting erupted overnight at a base in the West African state of Ivory Coast, which has been gripped by tensions within the military, security sources said yesterday. Gunfire was heard coming from the barracks at Korhogo, a city in the north of the country, at around 1:00am (0100 GM), Adama Coulibaly, a local Beirut Reuters he Syrian army backed by heavy Russian air strikes seized a string of oil wells in southwest Raqqa province yesterday, as retreating Islamic State militants battle to defend their remaining territory in the country. State-owned Ikhbariyah television quoted a military source as saying the army had taken control of Wahab, al Fahd, Dbaysan, Al Qseer, Abu al Qatat and Abu Qatash oil fields and several other villages in the desert area that lies in the southwest of Raqqa province. he seized oil fields lie south of the town of Rasafa and its oil wells, which the army took last month from the militants in their first major territorial gains inside the province. he army and Iranian-backed militias have in the last few months been advancing east of Aleppo city and seizing swathes of territory west of the Euphrates River that militants have Firm grip Hundreds of thousands were gathering on the Asian side of the Bosphorus in Istanbul to hear a speech by Erdogan, who earlier arrived from Ankara on his official plane accompanied by an F-16 fighter jet. Giant posters designed by the presidency have sprung up across billboards in Istanbul showing gaudy paintings that portray the key events of the coup night with the slogan the epic of July 15. hree soldiers dead in Ivory Coast shooting carpenter reached by phone said. here are three dead soldiers, an officer said separately, without giving further details. A source at the local morgue said three bodies in military fatigues and with gunshot wounds had been taken to the facility. In a separate incident, shooting was heard from a former UN base near Abidjan, lasting from about 1.30am to after 3:00am, a local resident in the nearby district of Abobo said. pulled out of to defend their de facto capital of Raqqa, where they are now battling US-backed troops inside the city. he latest gains tighten the army s grip on a bulge of territory stretching from eastern Hama province to eastern Homs and the edge of Raqqa and Deir Zor provinces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said. he monitor said the Russian air force intensified its strikes on several targets and towns held by the militants in the area including Uqairbat, a target of Russian cruise missiles fired from warships in the Mediterranean at the end of May. he army s next goal is to retake the town of Sukhna, a gateway to the eastern province of Deir Zor that borders Iraq and likely to be the militants last major bastion in Syria if Raqqa falls. he army and its Iranianbacked allies have also announced in the last few days steady gains in the desert northeast of the ancient city of Palmyra with their capture of the Hail gas field that brought them almost 18 We were all very scared. We don t know what s going on, another resident said. Calm returned on Saturday morning. he incident takes place against a backdrop of months-long tensions within the country s armed forces. he former French colony suffered a decade-long civil war, splitting the country in two. housands of rebels were then incorporated into the army after President Laurent Gbagbo was ousted in 2011 by Alassane Ouattara. Syrian army takes more oil fields from Islamic State in Raqqa kms south of Sukhna. Heavy fighting has however continued in the last 48 hours near Hail and the nearby Arak gas field that the Syrian army took last month, both the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and jihadist websites said. he army and Iranian-backed militias have been engaged in a campaign since May to fill the void left by the retreat of militants in areas they once controlled in the vast eastern Syrian desert that stretches all the way from central Syria to the south eastern border with Iraq and Jordan. In the southeastern desert, heavy fighting continued between the army and its Iranian backed allies on one side and the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels in the rugged eastern countryside of the city of Sweida in southern Syria. he army said it had captured most of these areas that are also near the border with Jordan, while the rebels said they had inflicted losses on Lebanon s powerful Hezbollah group and Iraqi Shia militias. 07 Prime Minister of urkey Binali Yildirim (centre) marches with hundreds of thousands of citizens as part of July 15 Democracy and National Unity Day s events to mark the July 15 defeated coup s 1st anniversary in Istanbul, yesterday. But a string of revolts erupted from January to May this year after they mutinied to press demands for a promised bonus. hey eventually received a payoff of 12,000 CFA francs (18,000 euros) per head from the state. here are also 6,000 demobilised rebels who have not been integrated into the military, and are also demanding a bonus. Four of them were shot dead in May when security forces intervened to disperse a protest. A leading media company in Qatar is looking for Sub-Editor Excellent in English grammar and punctuation. Minimum 3 years experience in subbing newspapers or magazines. Ability to write compelling headlines, captions. Prepare to work in flexible hours. Expert knowledge of InDesign. Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure. Ability to grasp a story and rewrite if required. GCC and/or Mena experience would be an advantage. Qualified candidates are invited to send their CVs to

8 08 VIEWS ESABLISHED IN 1996 CHAIRMAN SHEIKH HANI BIN ABDULLAH AL HANI EDIOR-IN-CHIEF DR. KHALID BIN MUBARAK AL-SHAFI ACING MANAGING EDIOR MOHAMMED SALIM MOHAMED EDIORIAL Qatar-urkey relations he urkish parliament held a plenary session yesterday to mark the first anniversary of the deadly July 15 failed coup. urkey is celebrating the defeat of a sinister plot to divide the country and destroy its democracy. President Recep ayyip Erdogan, the country s Prime Minister, ministers, political leaders, ambassadors all over the world and ordinary people and leaders from all walks of life are celebrating the unity and determination of a nation in the face of adversity and recalling the hours and days a year ago when the enemies of the country, in collusion with their supporters at home, took the country hostage. As the tanks of the plotters rolled through the streets of the capital, tens of thousands of people poured into the streets simultaneously all over the country to defend a democratically elected government and defeat those who wanted to replace it with an authoritarian government. It was a people s revolution against an attempted coup, a victory for democracy. One year after the failed coup, the government of ayyip Erdogan has been able to consolidate his position, expose those who worked behind the coup attempt and bring before law those who colluded with the plotters. here has been some criticism from some quarters about Erdogan s actions, but such criticism is not justified because what Ankara has done is act against people who tried to subvert a democratically elected government. Action against collaborators is As urkey marks the first anniversary of the failed coup, Qatar-urkey relations are at their glorious best. necessary to prevent a repetition and send a powerful message to those who could be trying to destabilise the country. Among the countries which stood solidly with the urkish government during those dark days is Qatar. But Qatar s was not an ordinary support. As urkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, the Emir H H Sheikh amim bin Hamad Al hani called Erdogan to show Qatar s support even before the outcome of the coup attempt was clear, when the leaders of some other countries preferred to wait and watch. Qatar s support to urkey during coup attempt days has come to define Qatar-urkey relations. oday, urkey stands solidly behind Qatar as this country fights an unfair siege imposed by some neighbouring countries. In a strange but laudable way, it s a repetition of history. Qatar-urkey partnership and relations have reached new heights and the leaders of both countries are determined to travel the same road to prosperity and peace. he trade between the two countries has soared sky-high after the blockade and the friendly relations have percolated down to people s level. Our people did not leave sovereignty to their enemies and took hold of democracy to the death. Binali Yildirim urkish Prime Minister QUOE OF HE DAY We need a day of commemoration for the memory of terror victims By Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari errorism, along with the global refugee crisis, is probably the most pressing issue of our age. We face a stark choice: either we try to ignore it and hope it goes away, or we confront it. In my view, we need to place the fight against terrorism at the top of our priorities. It is not enough to fight force with force, but rather we need to strike at the cultural and intellectual sources that allow extremism to thrive. As a candidate vying to become Director General of Unesco, I would put such an initiative at the top of my agenda if elected. Unesco was founded with lofty goals in the field of education, culture and sciences. It encourages gender equality, freedom of communication and education for all, three of the most effective tools in the on-going fight against terrorism. Addressing global poverty, educational ignorance, lack of equality, exclusion and marginalisation are all key elements in destroying the climate in which terrorism thrives. It is essential that the fight against such a potentially destructive enemy should begin immediately. Extremism thrives on the blatant rejection of any criticism and on blind submission to assumptions put forward as unquestionable facts. his results in ignorance rather than knowledge, and destroys the right of cultures, no matter how diverse, to coexist peacefully. he thinking that fosters terrorism also destroys enlightenment, the civilising effect of learning throughout our history. his is why terrorism targets our collective history, consciousness and human memory as a whole. Extremists have destroyed sites of human heritage in Afghanistan, imbuktu, Libya, Iraq and Syria with the intention of wiping out evidence of peaceful co-existence between the various civilisations of the world, a co-existence that shows a diversity of cultures along with mutual understanding and exchange of ideas. Like some horribly contagious plague, the more destruction and wars that terrorism engenders, the more fear and terror it spreads. As a result, people drift further apart. Diverse nations end up clashing instead of joining forces and peacefully co-existing. If the spectre of fear takes root within society, it becomes even more dangerous than an epidemic and grows even faster due to the undermining of society itself. We think that fighting terrorism is an inherent and collective responsibility, and as a stronghold of human values and a citadel of tolerance, dialogue and multiculturalism, Unesco need to focus on this. Our mission must be to encourage education and critical thinking, common and shared values of tolerance, understanding, dialogue among cultures, mutual respect and the fight against poverty and exclusion. his fight brings together governments, civil organisations and international public opinion. It is impossible to build a secure bastion against terrorism without everyone agreeing that education is our fundamental weapon in this war. Our work should be to stimulate the imagination of students and broaden their minds. Curricula that has simply relied on knowledge accumulation have never managed to change minds, barely going beneath the surface and failing to transcend and penetrate deep towards the core human intellect. After the Second World War, and the horrors of the Holocaust, Unesco s decision to dedicate a day of commemoration to the memory of the victims must be applauded. I would go further, and establish a World Cultural Day against errorism, which would be a renewed opportunity to pay tribute to the memory of victims, and to show younger generations the universal principles of peace and concord. Our mission must be to encourage education and critical thinking, common and shared values of tolerance, understanding, dialogue among cultures, mutual respect and the fight against poverty and exclusion. It is perhaps the critical spirit that is terribly lacking in our younger generations. Yet it is, I am firmly convinced, the only weapon against recruitment. So, what better than culture to fight brainwashing? What better than education to eradicate fanaticism that leads to terrorism? What better than science to face obscurantism? he writer is the State of Qatar s candidate for the Director-General post at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco). A person lays a floral tribute after a vigil at Potters Field Park, near the scene of the attack at London Bridge.

9 is simply the result of serial leadership failure in Nigerian politics. When the war ended in 1970, Yakubu Gowon, then head of state, promised to build a nation, great in justice, fair trade, and industry. But he and his successors didn t. Although there is no evidence of efforts to specifically ignore the plight of the Igbo, generations of corrupt and selfish leaders have entered and vacated office with no real plan to rebuild the East from the ruins of war, neither have they done anything for the insurgency-ravaged North-East. hey have been filling their pockets with public funds while ignoring a disenchanted youth and growing anger. Now, the Igbo youth is ready to do anything, including sacrificing their lives, to actualise the dream of an independent Biafra. Some 150 of them already died for this causebetween August 2015 and August he series of military crackdowns on pro-biafra activists was a grave error by the authorities as it has spawned clusters of bellicose Igbo youth who want to avenge their brothers deaths. Anyone who has physically met secessionist leader Nnamdi Kanu s apostles, or read their viperous online comments, will admit that quite a number of them are seething with rage that can only be thawed by the highest level of tact from the government. he absence of that kind of tact is arguably the reason for the escalation of the Biafra agitation in the last two years. After all, Kanu, the face of the secessionist movement, was little-known until October 2015 when the Muhammadu Buhari government arrested him and subsequently disobeyed court orders granting him bail. He was eventually released in April this year, but thanks to that unlawful detention Kanu exchanged his freedom for undeserved martyrdom. Now, what should have been an intelligent campaign for self-determination has been entrusted to a man whose message is primarily driven by emotion and aggression. he most important question regarding the secession of Biafra is, of course, whether Nigeria s unity is negotiable. President Buhari has said it a few times, and his vice - now acting - president, OPINION From the 4th to the 15th of July Adam McConnel Anatolia We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. hat to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. From the American Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776 We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic ranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. he opening sentence of the US Constitution popular sovereignty holds that the will of the people is the sole source of legitimate authority. James Kloppenberg, oward Democracy: he Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American hought, p. 6 he 1976 bicentennial celebrations of the American declaration of independence from Britain are one of my earliest childhood memories. At the time, my family lived in Ketchikan, Alaska, a small town nestled on a foggy island covered by dense temperate rain forests in Alaska s southeast panhandle. Even in a place as far removed from greater US society as Ketchikan, there was a 4th of July parade. I remember reaching for the candy tossed from the parade vehicles going by. he American Revolution and the innovative Constitution that it gave birth to the modern world s first democratic constitution and inspiration for countless successors is a foundational political event of the modern era. Americans have justly celebrated this accomplishment for the following 241 years. When America s system was established, democracy was still conceived of as something like mob rule or anarchy by most educated people, but the success of the American democratic experiment has made democracy the ideal for essentially all political systems. So much so On August 1, 1966, after the collapse of last-ditch attempts by Nigeria s power brokers to prevent the impending civil war, Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu said only one thing would make the rebels cease fire: that the Republic of Nigeria be split into its component parts; and all southerners in the North be repatriated to the South and that Northerners resident in the South be repatriated to the North. On May 30, 1967, Oxford-educated Ojukwu declared Biafra an independent state in the southeast of the country. On July 6, 1967, civil war broke out in Nigeria, which claimed more than a million lives in just three years. Fast-forward to June Irked by renewed secessionist calls from the same Igbo ethnic group, a coalition of northern groups issued a notice, demanding all Igbo currently residing in any part of Northern Nigeria to relocate within three months and all northerners residing in the East are advised likewise. Although made 51 years apart, those two statements are strikingly similar. Since the first was followed by a war, there is real reason to worry that the second could prompt another. Last week s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Nigeria s civil war should have been an opportunity for Nigerians to remember the ills of war and to vow not to let it happen again. Instead, the voices of secession raged even louder. he resurrection of the clamour for secession five decades since the civil war People wave urkey s national flags as they arrive to attend a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the attempted coup at the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul. that even some of the 20th century s most closed and dictatorial political systems labeled themselves democratic republics. urkey is one of those societies deeply influenced by the American democratic example. During the 19th and into the 20th century, French political templates were more important for urkish elites. But following World War II and the rearrangement of the global political order, the Marshall Plan, and urkey s inclusion in Nato, the US became the predominant influence on urkish society. At that time, however, urkey s political system was not actually democratic. Until 1950, urkey s elections were not conducted according to democratic standards. After urkish electoral regulations were changed to make ballot-marking private and tabulation public, state institutions remained outside the control of urkish citizens elected representatives. his was not only an issue of the military, the force which preserved the Ottoman Empire s sovereignty in the aftermath of World War I and made the urkish Republic s foundation in the early 1920s possible, but which has also interfered in urkish politics on numerous occasions. All urkish state institutions lacked democratic oversight, transparency and meritocracy, and resisted the imposition of those standards. Every time urkish politicians threatened the state institutional status quo by exercising their rightful political influence over state institutions, the response was a military intervention that aimed, ultimately, to preserve and strengthen the non-democratic arrangements that had existed since the republic s foundation. Only in the past decade did that situation begin to change, and that is the fundamental reason why urkey will permanently mark July 15 as urkey s democratic commemoration. en years ago, in 2007, urkish society entered a political process, the direction and essence of which no one foresaw. At that time, most observers understood that, in order for true democracy to emerge in urkey, the military had to permanently withdraw itself, or be forcibly removed, from politics. he end of military involvement in politics was realised in , and most of us thought that urkey would finally be able to go about the process of reforming state institutions democratically. But the end of military tutelage left another force, Fetullah Gulen s cult-mafia, in powerful institutional positions, and possessing the wherewithal to increase, even exert, their influence. It must be emphasized that the traditional non-democratic and non-transparent nature of urkish state institutions is what made it possible for Gulen to penetrate those institutions starting from the early 1980s at the latest. And almost all of those who were warning about Gulen s ultimate aims in that period did so not because they wanted true democracy, but rather because they wanted to preserve the status quo. A number of exceptions, such as a journalist and a former police chief, have been accorded great esteem by urkish society on account of their incarceration on trumped up charges after speaking up against Gulen s organisation at such an early point. he consequent political upheavals, starting in February 2012 and culminating in last year s defeated coup attempt, were the symptoms of a contest between a cult that saw itself as a political power, and the democratically-elected representatives of the urkish people. he sacrifices of the urkish people cemented their Is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war? Fisayo Soyombo Al Jazeera urkish people s sacrifices cemented their democratic future, ensuring only elected representatives would control the state. Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated it: Nigeria s unity is not negotiable. According to them, secession is not and will never be on the negotiation table. he superficial argument behind this claim is that the Nigerian Constitution is unequivocal in its exclusion of secession when it states in Section 2(1) that Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state to be known by the name of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But Biafra is not a fresh secessionist movement - it is a 50-year-old idea. And, regardless of the grave shortcomings of its current proponent, a 50-year-old movement cannot be dispelled with a wave of the hand or by locking up the proponent or brandishing the Constitution. he Nigerian government must come up with an agreeable, realistic and practical solution to this problem. In its ninth section, the same constitution provides for dialogue on the possibility of amending Nigeria s indissolubility. But for this amendment to come into force, not less than two-thirds majority of state and federal legislators must support the move. So, instead of saying an outright no to Biafra, Buhari and Osinbajo should remind the secessionists of what they must do: lobby the legislature. Everyone knows the success rate is negligible, if not nil, but good luck to them if they succeed. Importantly and urgently, Nigeria needs a referendum. here is palpable public frustration with a governance structure that allocates the lion share of the country s earnings to the federal government while leaving states to scramble for crumbs. A referendum on the preferred system of internal governance is crucial, even though recent calls for fiscal federalism have come from politicians who are more interested in cornering the nation s wealth than redistributing it for common good. Now is the time to take the decision to the public court. Some may criticise direct democracy as the tyranny of the majority, but there s no other option for a Nigerian state where the tyranny of the ruling minority is monumental. Neither history nor currency is on the side of Biafra. Only two secessionist movements have ever succeeded in Africa: Eritrea from Ethiopia after 30 years of war, and South Sudan from Sudan in 2011 after 22 years of war - the latter still as war-torn as the pre-2011 Sudan. Herein lies the lesson for Biafra agitators: Secession from Nigeria will not solve their problems unless accompanied by conscientious leadership. Nigeria, meanwhile, must go back 50 years to draw its own lessons: hese types of agitations can lead to war. If the southeasterners don t want to stay, let them go. Fragmentation is a million times better than the devastation of war. 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July 15 is the day that urkish citizens asserted command of their own destiny. In urkey s case, this had to be done twice once in , when the urkish nationalists fought to preserve the Ottoman state s sovereignty and again last year, when urkish citizens resisted rifles, tanks, helicopters, and F-16s with nothing but their hearts and spirited determination. Like the American citizen-soldiers and the Paris masses, they embodied a people, a nation, taking responsibility for their own political fate. What I hope is that, 200 years from now, urkish children will reach for candies tossed from 15th of July parade vehicles (or whatever the equivalent will be in a world where technology changes with increasing rapidity) marking urkey s definitive establishment of democracy for all of its citizens. urkey s democratic future, even distant future, is what its citizens sacrificed their lives for last year. 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10 10 ASIA Mumbai to make spot payment for acquired land hane IANS For the first time in India, spot payment was made for acquired land with the Maharashtra government transferring money electronically to the farmers whose lands were taken for the Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway. In the past two days, the state government acquired land from farmers in Nagpur and hane districts for which the agreements were signed and registered and payments made through Real ime Gross Settlement direct into the farmers' bank accounts. Yes. his is the first time in the country that such a move has been initiated for such a mega-project. For the purpose of RGS payments, we have set aside a sum of around Rs10,000 crore, PWD (MSRDC) Minister Eknath Shinde told media persons after the ceremony yesterday evening. Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) officials said that this would solve the problems of pending payments to project affected persons - farmers in this case. It also signals the start a new era of cooperation between the public and government for mega-infra projects like the upcoming Mumbai- Nagpur Expressway, known as Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg, the officials said. he MSRDC is implementing the ambitious 706-km-long First time in India Yes. his is the first time in the country that such a move has been initiated for such a mega-project. For the purpose of RGS payments, we have set aside a sum of around Rs10,000 crore, PWD (MSRDC) Minister Eknath Shinde said. he East-West link, traversing 10 districts and estimated to cost Rs46,000 crore, will facilitate connectivity for 24 of the state's total 36 districts. showpiece project - dear to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis - to link the state capital with the second capital in the eastern part of the state. he East-West link, traversing 10 districts and estimated to cost Rs46,000 crore, will facilitate connectivity for 24 of the state's total 36 districts. In the past couple of days, a few farmers became trendsetters by handing over the infertile lands for the expressway and walking away with the money credited directly to their bank accounts, with the SMS received immediately. Bharatiya Janata Party workers felicitating Ram Nath Kovind with a memento during a welcoming ceremony as part of his nation-wide tour, in Ahmedabad, yesterday. India to get President from lowest caste New Delhi I ndia's next president will emerge from the Dalit caste a community so marginalised they were once known as untouchables with the victory of the ruling party candidate set to strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi's grip on power. Ram Nath Kovind, 71, is hot favourite to be elected tomorrow by national and state lawmakers to become titular head-of-state as the candidate of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It will be only the second time, after President K R Narayanan, who served from 1997 to 2002, that a member of the downtrodden caste has assumed the post. he result will be announced on hursday. And for Modi, with one eye on re-election in 2019, it will send an important message to a key, long disdained electoral group. Dalits, who number around 200 million, are among the poorest communities in India and have traditionally been relegated to activities on the margins of society. Despite legal protection, discrimination is rife and Dalits are routinely denied access to education and other opportunities for advancement. Analysts say Modi can win political capital by helping BJP politician Kovind a former Supreme Court lawyer and ex-governor of the eastern state of Bihar to win the contest against opposition nominee Meira Kumar, also a Dalit. Modi has used witter to hail the rise of Kovind, the son of a farmer, from a humble background. Kumar, the daughter of freedom fighter Babu Jagjivan Ram, was a diplomat before entering politics in 1985 and became India's first woman speaker in 2009, but the electoral college numbers are heavily tilted against her. Her nomination, which followed Kovind's, was seen by many as the opposition's attempt to counter Modi's move to woo Dalits. Votes from the Dalits and the BJP's traditional Hindu base propelled Modi to his 2014 landslide, especially in the battleground states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Every (Indian) politician would want support from this 16 percent voting bloc for any election, Vimal horat, an activist and convenor of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, said. Dalit support is even more important for the BJP as it has mostly been shunned by Muslims, who make up about 14 percent of the 1.3 billion population. ejashwi skips official event with Nitish Patna IANS U tter confusion is prevailing in the political circles of Bihar. While the leaders from both the JD-U and RJD claim that the state's ruling Grand Alliance is intact, the legislators and spokespersons of the two parties continue to attack each other publicly. he apparent discord between the Janata Dal- United (JU-U) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), notwithstanding the occasional bonhomie exhibited by both sides, points to the fact that the Grand Alliance is in the midst of a serious crisis. he crisis became more pronounced yesterday when Lalu Prasad's younger son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister ejashwi Yadav chose to skip an official function with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.he name plaque of the Deputy Chief Minister had to be first covered with a piece of cloth and then removed altogether from the dais. According to officials, ejashwi Yadav's name plaque was earlier kept on the table along with that of Nitish Kumar at the official programme to mark Vishwa Yuva Kaushal Divas at the local Gyan Bhawan. But it was finally removed before the programme began. ejashwi Yadav's name was also mentioned in the invitation for the function. However, those keenly watching the goings-on expect the culmination of this crisis only after the presidential election early next week. Fuel tanker fire Bystanders watching as eight tankers burn after catching fire near the entrance of Indian Oil Corporation depot, triggering panic in New Jalpaiguri area, on the outskirts of Siliguri, yesterday. Guwahati IANS C lose to 12 lakh people in 24 districts of Assam continued to reel under floods as the death toll reached 59 in the state yesterday. he flood situation slightly improved in the state, but officials said over half of Kaziranga National Park was submerged and over 70 animals have died. Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) yesterday said that 11,93,458 people have been suffering in 1,795 villages in the 24 districts. he affected districts include Dhemaji, Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Soputh Salmara, Golapara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat Majuli, Sivsagar, New Delhi A Charaideo, Dibrugarh, Karimganj, Cachar. Over 66,516 hectares of agricultural land continue to be affected by floods, the ASDMA report said. Officials said that close to 25,000 flood-affected people are taking shelter in 129 relief camps set up by the government in different districts. Besides, 52 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park remained under water ibetan student self-immolates in Varanasi ibetan student has self-immolated in India after shouting freedom, police said yesterday, injuring himself critically. he student set himself on fire on Friday at the Central University for ibetan Studies in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state. Self-immolation has regularly been used as a protest against China s actions in ibet. But Indian police said they are also investigating the 20-year-old s recent exam failures as being a possible cause for his actions. We are not entirely clear about the reasons but eyewitnesses told us that he shouted freedom before running out, dousing himself with kerosene and setting himself on fire, Sanjay ripathi, a Varanasi police spokesman, said. here were some ibetan representatives at the institution at the time. But the institute authorities have also told us that they had announced exam results a day earlier and he had failed two exams, ripathi added. he International Campaign for ibet identified the student as enzin Choeying. It quoted Chime Namgyal, head of the ibetan Youth Congress activist group in Varanasi, as saying Choeying shouted Victory to ibet. 12 lakh affected in Assam floods, death toll nears 60 yesterday, which has also affected 93 anti-poaching camps in Agaratoli, Kohora, Bagori, Burhapahar and Biswanathghat range of the park. he forest department as well as the Kaziranga National Park authorities have deployed additional forces, including outside the park, to monitor and track the animals which have strayed outside the park due to the floods. NEWS BYES Four dead while cleaning water harvesting tank in Delhi NEW DELHI: Four persons died in the national capital after inhaling poisonous gases as they entered a water harvesting tank to clean it yesterday, police said. While police said it was a water harvesting tank, family members of the deceased said the owner of the building had waste material pipes linked to the tank, but did not tell them about it, which led to their death. Deputy Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh said police got a call around a.m yesterday that five persons had fallen into a water harvesting tank in a building in Ghitorni area of south Delhi. he police officer said that they were taken to different city hospitals where four of them were pronounced dead, while the fifth person survived. He identified the deceased as Swarn Singh, 45, Deepu, 28, Anil, 23, and Billu, 32. Actor Dileep s bail plea rejected ALUVA: A trial court here yesterday denied bail to Malayalam superstar Dileep, who was arrested in connection with the abduction and molestation of a popular actress. Following denial of bail, Dileep will have to cool his heels in the Aluva sub jail till July 25, when his two weeks remand period ends. However, he will be moving a bail plea in the Kerala High Court tomorrow. he bail application in the trial court was moved yesterday late afternoon, after an hour-long argument with the prosecution strongly opposing bail on grounds that further investigation could be affected as Dileep is a very powerful and influential person. aking this into account, the court denied bail to the actor. With the police not seeking further custody, the court sent him back to judicial custody. A huge crowd had gathered outside the court premises yesterday. Fire breaks out at trauma centre LUCKNOW: A massive fire broke out at the trauma centre of the King George's Medical College here, police said. While no casualties have been reported yet, more than 150 critically ill and injured patients have been shifted to alternative places. he fire broke out on the second floor housing the disaster management ward and soon leaped to the third floor as well. More than two dozen fire tenders have been rushed to the scene and senior officials led by District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma are camping there to oversee rescue and relief operations. he possible reason of the fire is said to be a short circuit. Many inflammable items are present at the trauma centre, leading to the fire spreading very fast. UP Chief Minister asked officials to ensure the fire is doused at the earliest.

11 Sri Lanka & Bangladesh pledge to enhance ties ASIA 11 Dhaka IANS Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena left Dhaka for Colombo yesterday ending his three-day visit to Bangladesh and pledging to strengthen bilateral relations. he two countries signed 14 agreements for greater trade and investment cooperation. In a joint statement, Sirisena and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed their deep satisfaction after the signing on Friday of 14 agreements of cooperation in trade and investment, agriculture, information and communication technology, higher education, finance and peopleto-people connectivity, bdnews24.com reported. he leaders also directed the authorities for early finalisation of the agreements on customs cooperation, avoidance of double taxation and promotion and protection of investment between the countries. Sirisena and Hasina also welcomed the signing of the memorandum of Bilateral relations Sirisena and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed their deep satisfaction after the signing of 14 agreements of cooperation in trade and investment, agriculture, information and communication technology, higher education, finance and people-to-people connectivity. understanding on economic partnership between the countries which they believed should pave way for conclusion of the Free rade Agreement by end If done, that would be the first FA of Bangladesh with any country. he leaders also underlined the need for a peaceful, stable, inclusive and sustainable South Asian region, the report said. In this regard, they agreed to deepen cooperation in various sub-regional and regional cooperation mechanisms, and to work towards focussed and result-oriented regional economic cooperation in the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi- Sectoral echnical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) and Saarc. Recognising the threats arising out of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalisation on any religious or societal pretext, Hasina and Sirisena pledged to work together to counteract all such challenges in both countries and beyond. Prior to his departure, Sirisena as the Chief Guest attended a high-level business/ economic dialogue in Dhaka with the participation of Sri Lanka as well as Bangladesh investors and entrepreneurs. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abdul Hassan Mahmood Ali also addressed the meeting. Ali said that the Sri Lankan President s Bangladesh visit would usher in a new era in bilateral relations particularly with the signing of the FA. Sirisena also extended an invitation to the Bangladesh Prime Minister to visit Colombo in Liu Xia, wife of the deceased Chinese Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, and other relatives attending his sea burial off the coast of Dalian, China, yesterday. housands march in memory of Liu Xiaobo Hong Kong housands took to the streets of central Hong Kong yesterday night holding candles as they marched in memory of pro-democracy Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Veteran activists led the solemn gathering which wove its way from the commercial heart of Hong Kong Island to China s liaison office, with some marchers in tears. Liu s ashes were buried at sea yesterday, depriving supporters of a place to pay tribute following his death on hursday from cancer while in custody on the mainland. Hong Kongers have already held memorial events but yesterday s was by far the largest. It came the day after four pro-democracy legislators were disqualified from Hong Kong s parliament, worsening fears that freedoms in the semi-autonomous city are under serious threat from an ever more assertive Beijing. Loving a country is wanting it to make progress, said marcher Emily Chau, 24. But this is how he was treated for being so loyal to the country. Chau said she feared Hong Kong s freedoms were also now in jeopardy. With the disqualification of the lawmakers yesterday, it s like this place is decaying, she said. While we still have the chance, I want to play some kind of role. Snow leopard population on the rise in Pakistan Islamabad Internews N ecessary actions are being taken in Pakistan for conservation of snow leopard and thus, increasing its population. his was stated by Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid at Ministry of Climate Change during a meeting with ambassador of Kyrgyz Republic Erik Beishembiev here yesterday. he minister said Pakistan would actively participate in the International snow Leopard Conservation Summit going to be held in August 2017 in Kyrgyz Republic. He said both countries had brotherly relations. Inspector General Forest Nasir Mehmood, who was also in attendance, told the ambassador that rophy Hunting was playing a great role for conserving Markhor population in Pakistan due to financial benefits for local communities attached to trophy hunting. He said academia and from Quid-i- Azam University and IUCN were conducting research on different features of snow leopard including habitat, DNA, ecosystem. Afghan girls robotics team leaves for US A team of Afghan girls who were earlier denied visas to attend a Washington robotics competition taking selfie at Herat International Airport. hey landed in the United States yesterday following an intervention by US President Donald rump. Seoul QNA N orth Korea yesterday criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in s initiative for cross-border rapprochement as sophistry in its first response to the proposal made last week, Yonhap News Agency reported yesterday. he Rodong Sinmun, the North s main newspaper, said the so-called Berlin initiative, which Moon announced in the German capital last hursday, would not be helpful in improving inter-korean ties long strained amid the reclusive state s relentless provocations. he overall content, enumerated under the name of peace, carries confrontational intentions to quash its neighbor while relying on foreign forces, the paper said in a commentary. (he initiative) is riddled with sophistries like sleep talking, which only pose hurdles rather than helping improve North-South relations, it added. During his visit to Berlin to attend the Group of 20 summit, Moon announced the initiative under which Seoul pursues Pyongyang s denuclearization with a security guarantee, and economic and diplomatic incentives, while seeking a peace treaty and dismissing the prospect of forced unification. he North s paper Pakistan joins urkey to mark coup bid anniversary Karachi P akistan yesterday joined urkey to mark the first anniversary of July 15 defeated coup attempt. Dr Ramesh Kumar, a lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML- N), said the urkish nation s confidence in democracy and the performance of current leadership were the two main factors that actually defeated the coup attempt. It (attempt) was made by a very minute minority of urkish army officials and their civilian accomplices but the majority of urkish people rejected it, Dr Ramesh, who also dismissed Moon s call for bilateral dialogue and cooperation, demanding a fundamental shift in policy and stance. While referring to Moon s proposals for the reunions of families separated by the Korean War and civil-sector cooperation, the newspaper said that there would not be any nonpolitical exchanges when the fundamental issue of cross-border confrontation remains unmentioned or unresolved. Singapore protest demands inquiry into PM family feud Singapore H undreds of Singaporeans staged a rare protest yesterday calling for an independent inquiry into a bitter family feud between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings. he rally at a designated free-speech corner in the strictly controlled city-state was the first public protest since the feud burst into the open on June 14. he prime minister s younger siblings, Hsien Yang, 60, and Wei Ling, 62, have accused him of North Korea dismisses Moon s initiative as sophistry nepotism and abuse of power in a row that has prompted outrage on social media. he spat is centred on a dispute about plans for their late father s home, a century-old bungalow. Lee Kuan Yew, who is widely credited with transforming Singapore from a British colony to one of Asia s wealthiest countries, stated in his will that he wants the house torn down to avoid the building of a personality cult around him. But the prime minister s siblings say their brother is attempting to block the house s demolition to capitalise on their father s legacy for his own political agenda, including grooming his own son as a future leader. Lee, 65, has denied the allegations but said he would not sue his siblings. Organisers estimated the number of protesters at 600, but an reporter counted around 300. Protest leader Gilbert Goh said he and his fellow supporters were calling for a more transparent government and for an independent inquiry to be set up to look into the allegations against the prime minister. Organiser Gilber Goh speaking to attendees at Hong Lim park during a protest to call for an independent investigation into the allegations of abuse of power made by siblings Lee Weiling and Lee Hsien Yang against their brother Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore, yesterday. was elected on a seat reserved for minorities in 2013 general elections, said. Fetullah errorist Organization (FEO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured. Ankara also accuses FEO of being behind a longrunning campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of urkish institutions. I salute the brave and valiant urk nation that has set an example for the whole world by foiling the nefarious designs of coup plotters. he history will remember them in golden words, the lawmaker added. Lahore Chief Justice makes tax returns public Lahore Internews L ahore High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah has posted details of his annual tax returns on the LHC website in a move to show transparency and openness. Let it be opened for the sake of total disclosure, as we, being judges, have nothing to hide. I have posted my tax returns simply for the honour of this institution (judiciary), the LHC chief justice said while addressing the Annual ax Conference organised by Rawalpindi Islamabad ax Bar Association yesterday. Public confidence is the basis of any judiciary, the chief justice said, adding: I take this step because some people are raising questions regarding this matter. Legal experts say this is going to be the first time that such a disclosure is made by a superior court judge regarding their wealth.

12 12 EUROPE Polish Senate passes two judicial bills Warsaw Poland s Senate yesterday adopted two controversial judicial bills, which the opposition claims is yet another step by the conservative majority towards undermining the separation of powers. he first bill stipulates that from now on the parliament -- which is controlled by the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party -- will choose the members of the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS), whose role is to protect the independence of courts. he second bill states that the minister of justice will name the chief justices for the EU member s common courts. We re implementing good changes for Poles, for those who are waiting for a well-functioning system of justice, senate speaker Stanislaw Karczewski, a PiS member, said. Both texts were adopted earlier this week by the lower house of parliament and now they need only to be signed by President Andrzej Duda, who is closely allied with the PiS, to Legal reforms he first bill stipulates that from now on the parliament -- which is controlled by the governing Law and Justice party -- will choose the members of the National Council of the Judiciary, whose role is to protect the independence of courts. he second bill states that the minister of justice will name the chief justices for the EU member s common courts. become law. Senator Bogdan Borusewicz, from the Civil Platform (PO) main opposition party, said that both bills destroy judicial independence. A large protest against the legal reforms is scheduled today in front of the lower house of parliament and was organised by the KOD pro-democracy movement, which is critical of the PiS party s policies on media, education and the courts. On hursday, the PiS tabled a separate bill in parliament that would subjugate the Supreme Court -- which supervises lower courts -- to executive power, in a move the opposition slammed as the announcement of a coup. he proposed bill stipulates that the current Supreme Court judges will be forced to retire, with the exception of those indicated by the justice minister, who would also be responsible for selecting candidates to succeed the retired judges. he PiS has already run afoul of the European Commission and critics at home for implementing reforms of the Constitutional Court, whose main role is to check that laws are compliant with the constitution. he reforms include changing the order in which cases are heard and how the chief justice is chosen. Critics also cite other PiS bids to consolidate power including moves to increase state control over public broadcasters. 5,000 troops conduct drills in Romania Bucharest S World Rubik s Cube championship A competitor solves a Rubik s cube as he prepares for the world s largest Rubik s Cube championship in Aubervilliers, near Paris, yesterday. ome 5,000 troops from Nato and partner countries are staging exercises in Romania watched by a senior Nato official and Romania s president. President Klaus Iohannis and Nato Military Committee head General Petr Pavel, who is on a two-day visit to Romania, were welcomed with military honours ahead of yesterday s exercises at the Cincu shooting range in northwest Romania. Asked whether recent regional military exercises could deter Russia, Iohannis said Of course they could, and I think they do so. roops from Romania, United States, Ukraine, Armenia and Croatia opened gunfire, backed by US and Romanian military aircraft. he exercises, led by US Army Europe, began this week in Eastern Europe involving 25,000 military personnel from more than 20 allied and partner countries. he US is seeking to reassure Nato s European allies concerned about Russia since it annexed Crimea in he exercises run until July 20. Italy to submit policy on NGOs migrant rescues Rome Reuters IALY will present a code of conduct next week to humanitarian groups that rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, a government source said, as thousands more arrived at its southern ports. More than 4,400 migrants were due to come ashore during the day after being picked up this week in the southern Mediterranean by rescue boats belonging to EU and Italian authorities as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs). he Italian government has drafted a set of rules for NGOs operating on the edge of Libyan territorial waters. he 10-point code, published by Huffington Post s Italian edition and confirmed by a government source, would oblige NGOs to prove their ability to carry out rescues, and forbid them to fire flares that could prompt smugglers to push their boats out to sea. It would also oblige rescue organisations to stop transferring migrants to other ships and instead complete their disembarkation in a safe port themselves, which would limit their operations. Police officers stand guard on the Opera Square, near the Olympia, in Paris after the concert of Congolese artist Heritier Watanabe was cancelled yesterday. Paris cancels Congolese artist s concert Paris F rench police cancelled a concert by a Congolese singer yesterdat after violent protests around the venue by opponents of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila. Paris s police service said they had called off the event after unacceptable overcrowding by demonstrators around the Olympia music venue ahead of a planned performance by Heritier Watanabe -- who is viewed as being close to Kabila. hree people were arrested after a car was set on fire on a street near the venue, according to a police statement released yesterday. Authorities had earlier banned protesters from gathering due to a risk of upsetting public order. A lawyer for the venue said that they had asked police to call off the concert due to the difficult political context in DR Congo. Several Congolese artists, including Watanabe, are frequently accused by opponents of Kabila of being close to his regime, having sung on the trail of his 2006 and 2011 election campaigns. Political violence gripped the giant, mineral-rich country after Kabila failed to step down after his mandate ended in December. US embassy says no need to grant Russian staff diplomatic status Belgrade he US embassy in Belgrade said there s no need to grant diplomatic status to the Russian staff of the controversial facility in Serbia that some consider a spy base but that Moscow insists is a disaster relief centre. An embassy statement released yesterday said its representatives visited the Nis centre, 200km south of Belgrade, this week at the invitation of the centre s management. US representatives were briefed on the current functioning of the centre, but saw nothing in the activities that were shown which would indicate a need for diplomatic status, the statement added. he consistent demands for inviolability for the personnel and premises of the Center only raise question regarding long-term intentions for the facility. Russian government has denied speculation they are eavesdropping on American military interests in the Balkans from the so-called Russian- Serbian Humanitarian Center, which was formed in the year Moscow says the centre is only for humanitarian missions. Serbia has been boosting military and other relations with its traditional Slavic ally Russia, while formally seeking European Union membership. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will visit Washington in the next two days for talks with US officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, according to Vucic s office. he Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations is a partner in the Nis centre. he powerful semi-military outfit s activities do include disaster relief, but the agency also carries out jobs for Russia s security services. he ministry has long played a role in Serbia, including de-mining and clearing unexploded ordnance from the 1999 Nato bombing of the country. European Union officials say if Serbia wants to become a member, as it formally wants to, it will have to join the EU s emergency relief programmes and ditch the Russian ones. American doctor to travel to UK to assess critically ill baby London A n American doctor who specializes in conditions such as that affecting Charlie Gard will travel to Britain next week to assess the critically ill baby. High Court Judge Nicholas Francis said he is open-minded about the evidence to come after the visit of Dr Michio Hirano of Columbia University. Hirano s research focuses on Dr Michio Hirano s, of Columbia University, research focuses on mitochondrial diseases and genetic myopathies and he has treated others with conditions similar to that involving the 11-month-old. mitochondrial diseases and genetic myopathies and he has treated others with conditions similar to that involving the 11-month-old. Gard s parents have been locked in a legal battle with Britain s most famous children s hospital over whether trying an experimental treatment is in Charlie s best interest. he case attracted international attention after President Donald rump and Pope Francis weighed in. hey have been fighting to take him to the United States for treatment. But after much legal wrangling, Hirano is now coming to them. Hirano will assess Charlie, meet with his current immediate care team and other specialists, including a doctor from the Vatican children s hospital. Charlie s mother, Connie Yates, fought to attend and was given permission. We ll have to wait and see the evidence, Judge Francis said. He promised to rule by July 25. Charlie suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease that has left him brain-damaged and unable to breathe unaided. Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital have fought the parents bid for treatment because they don t think it will help and may cause him pain. he hospital says Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity. A succession of courts has backed the hospital, but the case returned to the High Court on hursday after claims of new evidence and the high-profile interventions Hirano, who testified in the case via video-link in the case, said it was worth trying treatment that has only recently emerged. Hirano s name only appeared in public on Friday, as a court order had previously blocked its mention.

13 EUROPE EU willing to change rules to avoid Brexit London Reuters European Union leaders are willing to change the bloc s rules for the freedom of movement of workers, opening an opportunity for Britain to avoid a damaging hard Brexit, former prime minister ony Blair said yesterday. he election of French President Emmanuel Macron had put reform of the EU on the table, meaning Britain and the EU could meet halfway to strike a deal that would keep Britain inside the world s largest trading area, Blair said. he European leaders, certainly from my discussions, are willing to consider changes to accommodate Britain, including around freedom of movement, the former Labour prime minister said in an article published by his Institute for Global Change. he opposition to free movement of people, once you break it down, is much more nuanced. he French and Germans share some of the British worries, notably Freedom of movement he European leaders, certainly from my discussions, are willing to consider changes to accommodate Britain, including around freedom of movement: ony Blair here is little appetite in the bloc for reopening a negotiation with Britain that it already had before the Brexit referendum - partly because many in the EU see Britain s problems with EU immigration as partly of its own making. around immigration, and would compromise on freedom of movement. Blair s comments are at odds with the EU s negotiating stance, which stresses there can be no cherry picking from the benefits of membership of the EU s single market without accepting freedom of movement for EU workers. In a separate interview, Blair said he thought it was possible that Britain could stay in the EU because public opinion was moving against Brexit. I think it s absolutely necessary that it doesn t happen because I think every day is bringing us fresh evidence that it s doing us damage economically, Blair said, in a preview of Sky News Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme. he pro-brexit Leave Means Leave campaign said Blair s comments showed how out of touch he is with voters. Many Western EU leaders are indeed concerned to limit free movement only to workers - as specified in the EU treaty. Germany has won a series of EU court cases denying benefits and residence rights to immigrants who were not working. here is little appetite in the bloc for reopening a negotiation with Britain that it already had before the Brexit referendum - partly because many in the EU see Britain s problems with EU immigration as partly of its own making. Second round of Brexit talks set for Monday London he second round of Brexit negotiations will take place in Brussels tomorrow, the British government said. Britain s Brexit minister David Davis will meet EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier for talks, followed by a meeting of coordinators and negotiating groups. he three negotiating groups cover citizens rights, the financial settlement between the two parties and Under Blair s government, citizens of Poland and other excommunist states were allowed to settle immediately in Britain, despite a years-long transition period allowed under EU rules. When former prime minister David Cameron made cutting EU other separation issues. Issues relating to Northern Ireland and the governance of the withdrawal agreement are to be addressed by the coordinators. he coordination and negotiation sessions go on through the week until a closing plenary and a press conference on hursday. he EU says it will only start discussing future relations with the UK, including a possible trade deal, after sufficient progress has been made on these opening topics, hopefully later this year. immigration the focus of a deal he demanded before holding the referendum last year, other European governments argued London could do more within existing EU rules to limit arrivals. hey nonetheless agreed to a special deal for Cameron to 13 give Britain special rights to curb EU immigration, but that deal was rendered moot by the Brexit vote. In his article yesterday, Blair lamented that both Prime Minister heresa May s Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party had set their minds on leaving the single market, without exploring the alternatives. Given what is at stake, and what, daily, we are discovering about the costs of Brexit, how can it be right deliberately to take off the table the option of compromise between Britain and Europe so that Britain stays within a reformed Europe? he said. Blair praised the current leader of the Labour Party, leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn, for mobilising young voters in last month s general election in which May lost her majority in parliament. But Britain under a Corbynled government could hit the canvas, flat on our back if it adopted hard-left economics, Blair said. In response, Corbyn said that the economy would do well under a Labour-led government that focused on raising investment. Europe is more than just bureaucracy: Merkel Zingst Reuters G erman Chancellor Angela Merkel told voters yesterday that Britain s decision to leave the European Union and France s election of President Emmanuel Macron had changed her view on the bloc, adding it was worth fighting for a stronger Europe. Merkel s comments, made in a speech in the Baltic Sea resort town of Zingst two months before a federal election, underline her personal determination to deepen European integration if she is re-elected for a fourth term. Calling European Union membership one of Germany s biggest strengths, Merkel said last year s Brexit decision and elections in France and the Netherlands, in which pro- European parties defeated populist candidates, had changed her perspective. For many people, including myself, something changed when we saw the Britons want to leave, when we were worried about the outcome of the elections in France and the Netherlands, Merkel said. he centre-right chancellor admitted that the EU was far from perfect and Brussels sometimes was too bureaucratic. But we have realized in the past few months that Europe is more than just bureaucracy and economic regulation, that Martin Schulz set to meet Macron in Paris Berlin Reuters GERMANY S Social Democrats (SPD) leader Martin Schulz will meet French President Emmanuel Macron for talks in Paris on hursday, a party spokesman said yesterday. Schulz hopes to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel in a September 24 election. Schulz will give a speech about the future of Europe at the Institut d etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris before being welcomed by Macron in the Elysee palace, the SPD party spokesman said. Europe and living together in the European Union have something to do with war and peace, that the decades of peace after World War wo would have been completely unthinkable without the European Union, she said to applause. Many people in the past had taken the EU and its advantages for granted -- such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to travel. 80th Annual Belgian Parade Service personnel from the Belgian armed forces prepare to lay a wreath during the 80th Annual Belgian Parade at the Cenotaph, in central London, yesterday. Confirming the close ties between the two countries, Belgium is the only nation that is allowed to parade its troops in uniform and carry arms in central London. Portugal to impose new drone law Lisbon PORUGAL is expediting a law that will introduce mandatory registration and insurance for drones weighing more than 250 grammes. he measure follows eight near-misses between drones and commercial aircraft at Portuguese airports in June. Airlines have warned of a potential disaster caused by drones. Infrastructure Minister Pedro Marques says experts are also developing radar technology that will allow the detection of small unmanned aircraft. EU laws currently cover only drones weighing more than 150 kilogrammes. Kiev raids properties of former minister Kiev U krainian law enforcement officers raided property allegedly controlled by a former minister under toppled pro-russian president Viktor Yanukovych as part of an $800m corruption probe. Ukraine s chief military prosecutor Anatoliy Matios said investigators carried out 183 raids in the capital Kiev on property owned by Olexander Klymenko, the former minister for revenue and duties, who now lives in Moscow. Investigators carried out raids in the Gulliver shopping mall and the pro-russian Vesti media holding, of which Klymenko is a beneficiary. Klymenko on Facebook described the raids as banal banditry by the government, while saying they had a political rationale. he military prosecutor accused Klymenko of registering a number of offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands and Cyprus between 2011 and 2013 and using offshore accounts to launder money stolen from the Ukrainian state budget. he illegal scheme saw $788m transferred to private companies and then spent on luxury apartments, cars and office and retail premises, the military prosecutor said. Nine of the main suspects are under arrest in a temporary detention facility, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page yesterday. Spain rescues 19 Algeria refugees Madrid SPAIN S maritime rescue service says that it has saved 19 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in a small boat. he service said that all 19 migrants were men claiming Algerian nationality. he boat was spotted late on Friday night, and rescuers reached it early yesterday morning in waters off the southeastern coast of Spain. housands of migrants from Africa attempt the perilous crossing to Europe in small boats that are unfit for the open sea and often launched by human smugglers. Water walking ball ourists use a zorb ball on the Vltava river, in Prague. Germany confirms 2 nationals stabbed to death in Egypt Hurghada G ermany yesterday confirmed that two German tourists were killed in a knife attack at a hotel in the popular Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada. he assailant, Egypt said, was a 28-year-old university graduate from the Nile Delta. he German Foreign Ministry said it now has the sad certainty that two German female tourists died in Friday s attack. It didn t give any other information on the victims. In a statement, it said: According to everything that we know, this act was aimed at foreign tourists a particularly perfidious and criminal act that leaves us sad, dismayed and angry. Egyptian authorities said the assailant sneaked into the hotel by swimming from a nearby beach. He was arrested after he wounded another four foreign tourists at a next-door hotel. Yesterday, security officials identified the attacker by only his first name, Abdel-Rahman, and said he is a business graduate who hails from the Nile Delta province of Kafr el- Sheikh, north of Cairo.

14 14 AMERICAS Rousseff sees politics in Lula conviction Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who was mentored and catapulted to the presidency by Lula, defends her mentor against corruption charges. Rio de Janeiro Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (pictured) has said that this week s corruption conviction of her mentor and predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is a political move aimed at keeping him out of next year s presidential election. In an interview with he Associated Press, Rousseff said no candidate allied with President Michel emer has the votes to beat Silva, universally known as Lula. he 2018 elections are an enigma. hey do not have a candidate to compete against Lula, Rousseff said. You can t know what the result will be, but they know people noticed they had meaningful gains when he was in office. hey want to stop Lula from being eligible. During Silva s two terms in the 2000s, he used a commodities boom to fund generous economic policies that helped pull millions of Brazilians out of poverty. He left office with sky-high popularity, and Rousseff was his hand-picked successor. But Brazil s fortunes turned while she was in office and hers and those of their Workers Party did along with them. Rousseff didn t have the charisma of her predecessor to fend off her opponents as the economy entered its deepest recession in decades. She was impeached last year for manipulating the fiscal budget and was succeeded by emer, who is from a different political party. Silva was found guilty of corruption and money laundering earlier this week and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison, although he remains free while an appeal is heard. He has denied wrongdoing and said the court has no evidence against him. his sentence does not remove (former) President Lula from the competition, said Rousseff. hey shouldn t think removing Lula from the election would bring stability to Brazil. It wouldn t. If Silva s conviction is upheld by a group of magistrates, he will be ineligible to run next year. In a Datafolha institute poll published in June, the former president led with 30 percent support in the current most likely scenario, twice the support of his nearest rival. he Brazilian general elections are scheduled for October next year. Since taking office, emer, who is from a centrist political party, has pushed a controversial agenda that has been cheered by foreign investors as necessary for restoring confidence in Brazil s economy but has been dismally unpopular at home. Since they have no candidate to keep the unpopular measures and the big presence in the scene is Lula, they use the theory of lawfare. hat means not to take into account his defence and not even to produce evidence against him, the former Marxist-guerrillaturned-politician, who was jailed under the country s military dictatorship, said. A relaxed and smiling Rousseff starkly different from her serious demeanour while president said only immediate direct elections could ease Brazil s political crisis after emer himself was accused of corruption. Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva during a rally at the metalworkers union of Diadema, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, yesterday. rump appeals weakened travel ban judgement Washington he US Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to block a federal judge s ruling that exempted grandparents of people living in the United States from President Donald rump s travel ban. In a filing on Friday, the rump administration asked the nine Supreme Court justices to overturn hursday s decision by a federal judge in Hawaii that placed limits on the measure temporarily barring refugees and other travellers from six predominantly Muslim countries. rump s March 6 executive order bars visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, and refugees for 120 days. he administration insists it is necessary to keep violent extremists out of the country. After a series of judicial roadblocks in the lower courts, the administration scored a partial victory in June, when the Supreme Court ruled that it could proceed with the ban, though people with a bona fide relationship to a US person or entity were exempt. rump stance a setback for US-Cuba ties: Castro Havana C uba s president said Donald rump s hardline stance towards the country was a setback in relations with the United States after ties were gradually restored in Raul Castro criticised rump s partial rollback of his predecessor Barack Obama s rapprochement with the communist island in comments ahead of the second anniversary of Havana embassy s reopening in Washington on July 20. he announcements made by the current president... mean a setback in bilateral relations, Castro said Friday in remarks broadcast on state television at the closing of the first session of Cuba s parliament. he remarks came after rump last month stood before a crowd of anti-castro activists in Miami s Little Havana and announced tightened rules for Americans travelling to Cuba, banned ties with a military-run tourism firm and reaffirmed the existing US trade embargo. He framed his measures as a move against a cruel and brutal regime, saying progress on bilateral relations would hinge on concessions related to human rights. Castro called the new measures a toughening of the US embargo against the island, imposed since 1962, saying they evoked an old and hostile rhetoric that characterised the Cold War. He also denounced the manipulation of Cuba over human rights issues. Honolulu tower blaze like horror movie Honolulu K aren Hastings was in her 31st floor Honolulu apartment when she smelled smoke. She ran out to her balcony, looked down, and saw flames five floors below her. he fire just blew up and went flying right out the windows, the 71-year-old Hastings said of the first moments of the high-rise blaze that killed at least three people and injured 12. And that was like a horror movie. Except it wasn t a horror movie, it was for real. he fire broke out Friday afternoon in a unit on the 26th floor, where all three of the dead were found, Fire Chief Manuel Neves said. he building known as the Marco Polo residences is not required to have fire sprinklers, which would have confined the blaze to the unit where it started, Neves said. he 36-floor building near the tourist mecca of Waikiki was built in 1971, before sprinklers were mandatory in high-rises. It has over 500 units. Late into the night as embers smouldered, firefighters were searching the damaged areas to make sure no additional people perished. rumps at golf championship US President Donald rump and First Lady Melania rump arrive at the Clubhouse during the 72nd US Women s Open Golf Championship at rump National in Bedminister, New Jersey, yesterday. he charred exterior of the Marco Polo Building after a fire broke out on the upper floors on Friday in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hastings said the fearsome flames drove her and a neighbour to run down 14 floors until they found a safe stairwell to get some air. We actually saw a person laying on a ledge and I don t know whether he made it or not, Hastings said. he building is vast and wave-shaped, and has several sections. he blaze was mostly confined to a single section, and only the units immediately above it and to the side of it were evacuated, while many residents stayed inside. he blaze was still burning some four hours after it broke out as the sun set, but it was down to mostly embers by then, an official said. A shelter was set up at a nearby school where about 50 residents had gathered late in the evening. Most evacuations went calmly and smoothly, security guard Leonard Rosa said. Cory La Roe, who is from Florida and stationed in Hawaii with the Air Force, works night shifts and was asleep when sirens woke him at about 2:15 pm. First thing, I was kind of disoriented and confused about what was going on, so I looked out my window and saw people running away from the building, looking back toward it. Major insurance groups call part of health bill unworkable Washington wo of the insurance industry s most powerful organisations say a crucial provision in the Senate Republican health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is unworkable in any form, delivering a blow to party leaders efforts to win support for their legislation. he language was crafted by conservative Senator ed Cruz, R-exas, and leaders have included it in the overall bill in hopes of winning votes from other congressional conservatives. But moderates have worried it will cause people with serious illnesses to lose coverage, and some conservatives say it doesn t go far enough. wo of the 52 GOP senators have already said they will oppose the legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cannot lose any others for the legislation to survive a showdown vote expected next week. he overall measure represents the Senate GOP s attempt to deliver on the party s promise to repeal President Barack Peru ex-president sent to same jail as Fujimori Lima F ormer President Ollanta Humala is being held in preventative detention at the same Peruvian prison where the ex-strongman he once tried to overthrow is serving a long sentence, authorities said. Humala and his wife were detained hursday night after a judge ordered them held for up to 18 months while they are investigated on allegations of money laundering tied to undeclared campaign contributions from Venezuela and Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. hey have not been charged and they deny the accusations. Humala, who left the presidency in 2016, was taken to the same prison in the capital that is holding former President Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year sentence for corruption. Obama s health care law, which they ve been pledging to do since its 2010 enactment. he criticism of Cruz s provision was lodged in a rare joint statement by America s Health Care Plans and the BlueCross BlueShield Association. he two groups released it late Friday in the form of a letter to McConnell, R-Ky. It is simply unworkable in any form, the letter said. hey said it would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions, increase premiums and lead many to lose coverage.

15 BREAK IME 15 CONCEPIS SUDOKU CROSSWORD Yesterday's answer Conceptis Sudoku: Conceptis Sudoku is a numberplacing puzzle based on a 9 9 grid. he object is to place the numbers 1 to 9 in the empty squares so that each row, each column and each 3 3 box contains the same number only once. 08:00 News 08:30 People & Power 09:00 Prison Lives: Inside And Out 10:00 News 10:30 Inside Story 11:00 News 11:30 alk o Al Jazeera 12:00 News 12:30 My Nigeria 13:00 NEWSHOUR 14:00 News 14:30 Inside Story 15:00 Al Jazeera World 16:00 NEWSHOUR 17:00 News 17:30 Africa on the Move 18:00 Newsgrid 19:00 News 19: East 20:00 News 20:30 Inside Story 21:00 NEWSHOUR 22:00 News 22:30 alk o Al Jazeera 23:00 Face o Face 12:40 Storage Hunters 13:10 Gold Rush 14:40 Gold Divers 15:25 Fast N' Loud 16:10 Wheeler Dealers 17:00 How Do hey Do It? 18:20 Storage Hunters 18:50 Deadliest Job Interview 20:35 How Do hey Do It? 21:00 Mega rains 21:50 Megastorm: World's Biggest yphoon 22:40 Ocean Warriors 23:30 Fast N' Loud 00:20 Wheeler Dealers 01:05 Mega rains 01:50 Megastorm: World's Biggest yphoon 02:35 Ocean Warrior 08:15 he Lion Queen 09:10 After he Attack 10:05 Dog Rescuers 11:00 Wildest Africa 11:55 Animal Cops Philadelphia 13:45 Wildest Latin America 16:30 Dogs/Cats/Pets :25 Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet 18:20 reehouse Masters 19:15 Lone Star Law 20:10 Pit Bulls & Parolees 21:05 Lone Star Law 22:00 reehouse Masters 23:50 anked 01:40 Wildest Latin America 13:10 Stuck In he Middle 14:00 Stuck In he Middle 15:15 Bizaardvark 15:40 Elena Of Avalor 16:05 Descendants Wicked World 16:10 Liv And Maddie 16:35 Miraculous ales Of Ladybug... 17:00 Stuck In he Middle 17:25 Lemonade Mouth 19:05 Best Friends Whenever 19:30 Liv And Maddie 19:55 Elena Of Avalor 20:20 he Adventures Of Disney Fairies 20:45 Bizaardvark 21:35 Stuck In he Middle 22:00 Bunk'd 23:10 Miraculous ales Of Ladybug... 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16 16 HOME PRAYER IMINGS FAJR SHOROOK ZUHR ASR am am am pm WEAHER ODAY MAGHRIB ISHA pm pm 34 o C 39 o C Minimum Maximum Hazy to misty at places at first becomes hot daytime with some clouds and humid by night. HIGH IDE 10:15 21:45 LOW IDE 04:45 14:45 Courtesy: Qatar Meteorology Department Ministry unveils amim Al Majd images he Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), inaugurated three amim Al Majd (Glorious amim) billboards. hose are located at MoPH, PHCC headquarters and at HMC s Bayt Al Dhiyafah. he initiative came up as a way to enable the leaders and employees of the health sector to express their loyalty to Emir H H Sheikh amim bin Hamad Al hani. Minister of Public Health H E Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, unveiled the billboard in the presence of a number of leaders and employees of Qatar s public health sector organisations. he billboards attracted large number of employees from the three health organisations who were keen to show their solidarity by writing messages of support for the leadership. QM launches amim Al Majd Culture Pass Q atar Museums (QM) announced that it will offer a limited-edition Culture Pass portraying the iconic amim Al Majd image to members of the community interested in signing up to its popular cultural engagement programme. he programme was also recently restructured to include four new membership packages, designed to offer members a variety of discounts and various access to QM institutions. he extremely limited run of 500 specially-designed amim Al Majd branded Culture Passes will be available at the Qatar Museums gift shop at the Museum of Islamic Art and the Doha Fire Station from July 16 until supplies last. amim Al Majd was first created by contemporary Qatari artist Ahmed bin Majed Al Maadheed, who recently hosted a pop-up exhibition of his artworks at the Doha Fire Station. he portrait, widely recognised by its title amim Al Majd, which translates to amim the glorious, recently went viral on social media and has coated the nation s cars and buildings in support of H H Sheikh amim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al hani. Khalid Al Ibrahim, Chief Strategic Planning Officer at Qatar Museums, said: We are extremely proud of Ahmed bin Majed Al Maadheed, a young contemporary Qatari artist who created this image that has spread so quickly across our country.. Sheikha Nouf Mubarak Saif Al hani, Head of Partnerships at Qatar Museums, said: he release of the amim Al Majd Culture Pass limited edition cards is Minister of Public Health H E Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari with officials of HMC and PHCC during the launch of amim Al Majd images. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Ali Al hani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of QIC, signing the mural in the presence of Khalifa Abdullah urki Al Subaey, Group President & CEO of QIC Group. another expression of unity and support we have seen among all members of the Qatari community, which also allows our members to take advantage of the wide array of cultural offerings available at QM at this same time. Under the visionary guidance of its chairperson, H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al hani, the Culture Pass programme offers almost 16,000 members unique access to diverse cultural activities across Qatar. Members receive a vast range of benefits from QM and its partners, including access to workshops that develop creative skills and explore exhibition-related themes; dedicated newsletters with all the latest activities taking place in Qatar and abroad in the arts and culture scene; invitations to attend exclusive exhibition openings; private tours of galleries and discounts of up to 15-25% at QM cafes, gift shops and selected sites; access to members-only lounges and QM s worldclass call center from 8:00am to 8:00pm daily for any inquiries.he price and benefits breakdown of the different tiers includes: * Culture pass [free] * Culture pass plus [QR400 for a yearly membership] * Culture Pass for a family of four [QR1400 for a yearly membership] * Culture pass academic [QR200 for a yearly membership with valid student or teacher ID] * Culture pass creative [QR400 for yearly membership and QR300 with valid student ID] For more information about the Cultural Pass Programme and how to become a member, please visit QIC Group unveils amim Al Majd mural I n the bid to express solidarity with Qatar and its leadership, Qatar Insurance Company (QIC), Qatar s leading insurer, has installed a amim Al Majd mural at its headquarters in West Bay, recently. he mural was unveiled in the presence of Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Ali Al hani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of QIC and Khalifa Abdullah urki Al Subaey, Group President & CEO of QIC Group. Besides QIC staff, nationals and residents signed and wrote messages on the mural to express their loyalty to the wise leadership and solidarity and firm stand demonstrating support for Qatar amidst the prevailing crisis. he mural which has gained popularity and has sparked a lot of enthusiasm amongst citizens and residents alike has been displayed all over the State of Qatar. Commenting on this Khalifa Abdulla urki Al Subaey stated, he mural demonstrates the unity and perseverance of Qatar and its people especially during this time of the blockade. It also highlights the loyalty of the people of Qatar to Emir H H Sheikh amim bin Hamad Al hani and his wise leadership. Al Jaber Opticians organised an event for its customers and employees to show support to Qatar by signing in the image of Emir H H Sheikh amim bin Hamad Al hani at all their branches all over the country. Venus and Aldebaran will be bright over Qatar sky R Massive support for Qatar esidents of Qatar and other Arabic countries can witness the second and third brightest luminary after sun (Moon and Venus) over dawn sky on July 20; where Venus will be close to Moon and will be at three degrees northern Moon s centre, according to accurate astronomical calculations. he Moon will be 26 days old. Qatar Calendar House (QCH) announced. Qatar residents not need to astronomical telescopes to seeing and observing Venus close to Moon over Qatar dawn sky. hey only need to look at eastern horizon side of Qatar sky by naked eye to can see Venus and Moon together for 2 hours and 54 minutes before sunrise time; where Venus rise time over Doha sky will be at 2:01 Am, while sunrise time will be at 4:55 Am Doha local time. Astronomer expert at QCH Dr. Beshir Marzouk said. On the other side, Qatar residents can witness Aldebaran star very close to the Moon, where it will be at 0.4 degree from southern Moon s center.

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