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THOUSANDS of mourners turned out for the funerals of three men killed as they tried to protect shops and homes from looters.
Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, died in the early hours of August 10 after they were struck by a car during riots in the Winson Green area of Birmingham. An open-air prayer service was held for them near the murder scene, where they were hailed as martyrs. Just hours earlier police charged a fourth man with the murder of the three men. Ian Beckford, 30, from Quinton, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court. Three men - Adam King, 23, from Kings Norton, Birmingham, Joshua Donald, from Kelsall Croft, Ladywood, and a teenager, 17, who cannot be named from legal reasons have already been charged with three counts of murder. Police estimated the service was attended by 20,000 people. Many in the crowd sported T-shirts printed with the names of the three victims, beneath the heading “My Brothers.” Others wore
ing away tears but most remaining calm. Mr Jahan’s father, Tariq Jahan, spoke briefly to thank everyone for coming to the service at Summerfield Park in Dudley Road. The men’s hearses were laden with flowers, with their names spelt out in white floral arrangements. The three men will
Jahan – who desperately tried to revive his dying son – urged people not to seek revenge. Standing on a wall in front of a crowd he said: ‘I lost my son. Blacks, Asians, whites – we all live in the same community. ‘Why do we have to kill one another? Why are we doing this? ‘Step forward if you want to lose your sons. Otherwise, calm down and go home – please.’ It would have been so easy to demand ‘an eye for an eye’ and risk a race war on the riot-torn streets. But with immense dignity, Tariq Jahan, whose 21-year-old son was mown down and killed in an apparently racist murder in Birmingham, appealed for calm following the tragedy. The three young Muslims who died after they were thrown into the air ‘like tennis balls’ when they
Net migration to the UK rose by more than 20% last year to 239,000, official figures have shown. The increase from 198,000 in 2009 was fuelled by a fall in the number of people leaving the UK and goes against the Government’s pledge to bring net migration down to the tens of thousands by 2015. Long-term immigration was 575,000, similar to the levels seen since 2004, while long-term emigration fell to 336,000 from 427,000 in 2008, showed estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Study remained the most com-
mon reason for those coming to the UK, with three in four of the 228,000 who come to the UK to study coming from outside the EU. But the number of people coming to the UK for a definite job was at its lowest in more than six years, at 110,000. And the number of those leaving the UK for work-related reasons was at its lowest for three years at 179,000, the ONS estimates showed. The number of people granted settlement in the UK reached a record 241,000 last year, partly due to the number of people being allowed to stay as the backlog of asylum
be laid to rest at a private burial at Handsworth cemetery. As racial tensions rose to boiling point with some Muslims calling for ‘retribution’, 45-year-old Mr
Boys are failing to catch up with girls at GCSE, despite another record year of results. The pass rate rose for the 23rd consecutive year, with almost seven in 10 entries (69.8%) gaining at least a C grade. And nearly one in four exams (23.2%) were awarded a coveted A or A*, up from 22.6% in 2010. But the national results, published by the Joint Council for were hit by a car which mounted Qualifications (JCQ), showed a the pavement at 50mph while widening gender gap, particularly they were trying to protect local at the top grades, as boys strugshops from looters. gled to keep pace with girls. The results show that more than one in
four (26.5%) of girls’ entries were awarded an A or A* this summer, compared to 19.8% of boys’ exams. This is a gap of 6.7 percentage points - the widest it has been since the A* grade was introduced in 1994. It is the opposite of A-levels, where last week’s figures showed that boys are closing the gap in top grades. The gender gap has also widened at A*-C for GCSE. This year 66% of boys’ exams gained at least a C compared to 73.5% of girls’, a difference of 7.5 percentage points.
shirts bearing the words “Gone but not forgotten.” In sombre scenes, the mourners comforted each other, some wip-
cases was cleared, other figures published by the Home Office showed. Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “After almost two years of increasing net migration the figures stabilised in the last quarter. This explains why the Government radically changed immigration policy, from our first months in office, to drive the numbers down with a limit on economic migration and changes to student visas to ensure we attract the brightest and best whilst tackling widespread abuse of the system.
Boys Still Lag Behind in GCSEs
Last year the gap was 7.2%. Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said: “At A-level, boys are clearly very focused on the grades they need for university entry. “Boys will focus on a means to an end and they will therefore aim for the end, and we’ve seen an increase in that. At GCSE perhaps that sort of maturity that girls have at that stage is not quite there with the boys, and they can’t see that obvious reason to aim for the A*.”
Kidnapping Case of Shahbaz Taseer Mr Taseer’s kidnapping in broad daylight in Lahore on 26th August is a serious crime that sends a grave message to the Punjab government that it cannot afford to continue with its favourite pass-the-buck game. The critical 24 hours had passed with no devolvement of clue into who is behind the snatching. It could be yet another bodyguard induced incident just like the unfortunate tragedy which took his father’s life earlier this year, or it may be a covert operation by an “agency”, a certain group, or his broader family and friends circle. So far no one has claimed or made any
demands. The incident comes exactly a year after the high-profile kidnapping of a son-in-law of Gen Tariq Majeed on Aug 25,
2010, which fell on the 14th of Ramazan. This year American development worker Warren Weinstein was kidnapped from his house in Model Town on the 12th of Ramazan — perhaps offering a pattern for investigators to probe. These abductions are used as examples of just how exposed less visible citizens are to crime. The people are tired of government explanations routinely shifting blame to targets accused of not taking sufficient security measures, and the cover used to hide government inefficiency has been blown away.
Court Orders Seizure Of Musharraf’s Property An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday ordered seizure of Pervez Musharraf`s property and freezing of his bank accounts while declaring him absconder in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. The order was issued by after the former president failed to appear before the court despite several reminders. The court, which has issued permanent arrest warrants for Gen (retd) Musharraf, said the case would be heard separately from those of other seven accused. Lawyers said the Musharraf case would be taken up by the court only after his arrest. The FIA requested the court to hear the case on a daily basis as the proceedings had already taken three years so far. The court had issued permanent
warrants for the former military ruler in June for deliberately avoiding the hearing and ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the district administration to provide details of his moveable and immoveable property. The FIA informed the court that Mr Musharraf`s property included a 10 kanal plot at the Sanghar Housing Society Gwadar in Balochistan, a farm house in Islamabad, agricultural land registered in the name of his wife Sahba Musharraf in Kotha Kalan near Soan River, Rs80 million in 15 banks accounts, according to details provided by the State Bank. Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for the former president`s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML),
rejected the verdict as politically motivated and said the case against Mr Musharraf had been lodged to divert people`s attention from the deteriorating law and order situation in the country. “The FIA produced fabricated the list of Musharraf`s property. Former president has nothing to do with this property and bank accounts worth Rs80 million,” he said. Mr Chaudhry claimed that the court proceedings were illegal as the ATC had relied on a `fake` list of the property supplied by the FIA. He said the APML had no faith in the present judiciary. “We expect no justice from the existing judiciary which has a strong bias against our leader. We will respond to such bias in the people`s court.”
Minhaj-ul-Quran recognised by UN A Muslim organisation has been formally recognized by the United Nations. The Minhaj-ulQuran International already has the appreciation of the British Prime Minister David Cameron and Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams. And now the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has formally granted a ‘Special Consultative Status’ to the organisation. Minhaj-ul-Quran International is founded by the prominent author-
ity on Islam who made headlines for his stance against terrorism, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. It is an international organization working to promote peace, tolerance, interfaith harmony and education, tackle extremism and terrorism, engage with young Muslims for religious moderation, promote women’s rights, development and empowerment, and provide social welfare and promotion of human rights. Minhaj-ul-Quran International was
recommended by the Committee on NGOs at its 2011 regular session and formally recognized during the UN Annual session. Minhaj-ul-Quran International is hosting one of the biggest events on the September 24 at the Wembley Arena to highlight the true teachings of the Prophet Muhammad at an event “Peace for Humanity Conference” which has the support of the Prime Minister David Cameron and various other leading figures and organisation.
A unique Pontiac with bodywork created entirely from see-through Plexiglass has sold at an American auction. The car, built for General Motors’ Highways and Horizons pavilion at the 193940 New York World Fair, was the first transparent car built in America. Another sister car was built shortly after, but this original is thought to be the only one left in existence. The transparent car was the result of collaboration between General Motors and Rohm & Haas, the chemical company that had recently developed Plexiglass. Demonstrating the material’s adaptability the company constructed an invisible, see-though body of a four-door touring sedan entirely out of the material. The interior metal work remains on show, while the dashboard is chrome plated. It’s said to have cost around £15,400 to build when new,
which back in 1939 was incomprehensibly expensive. It sold at auction for a relatively inexpensive £189,300. Showcased as the Plexiglass
ter in WWII, including bomber noses, canopies and gun turrets. Following its dealership tour this car went on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Wash-
Pontiacs or Ghost cars, the two vehicles travelled around the country wowing crowds at Pontiac dealers. The model sold is the only one from the pair to survive. Plexiglass was used in numerous military applications shortly af-
ington DC, later to be owned by a number of Pontiac dealers. Selling to a collector, the one-off is a runner and is in beautiful condition. Its odometer shows just 89 miles have passed under its white rubber tyres.
The Sheffield Spirit Shows the Way
Leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Julie Dore, has paid tribute to Sheffield’s community spirit in the wake of events throughout Britain in the past week. Sheffield was the largest city in the UK not to join in the wave of street disturbances seen in areas such as London , Birmingham , Manchester , Salford, Nottingham and parts of the West Midlands . The reaction of Sheffield ’s people has brought praise from different quarters throughout the city. Councillor Dore said: “I believe that one of the strengths of Sheffield , despite it being one of this country’s largest cities, is the close community
spirit of its people. Sheffielders have a well-deserved reputation of being tolerant and welcoming and I think this is one of the reasons why this is still one of the safest cities to live. “I am proud to be from Sheffield and to see that there was no appetite in the city for the kind of pointless destruction that we saw. I am relieved that our communities are not faced with picking up the pieces this week. “In particular, I’m proud of the example set by our young people who have continued to show their respect for their city. We will continue to work with them to tackle the issues that concern them.”
Bradford NHS Waiting Lists are Increasing The number of people enduring longer waits for NHS hospital treatment in the Bradford district jumped by 37 per cent in a year. The NHS Constitution gives patients a right to be seen within 18 weeks of referral by their GP. Latest data for NHS Bradford and Airedale, the district’s primary care trust, shows that in June, 2010, 190 patients in the district waited more than 18 weeks for treatment. But Labour and Tories were at odds over the state of the NHS.
Bradford Left Behind in Fashion Stakes Bradford women are the least fashionable in the UK – according to a new survey. The city has been singled out in the survey of 1,000 Brits by Facebook game Beauty Town, where people can manage their own virtual fashion boutique. Unsurprisingly, the fashionistas of London were voted top in the fashion stakes (63 per cent). Bucking the north-south divide were those from Edinburgh and Manchester who were voted second and third
the lack of choice. “I have a lot of respectively. Bradford polled 20th with Wake- friends in Bradford and they are all trendy, it’s just they don’t shop in Bradford because there is nothing available to them.” He said while there are some top brand fashion stores, the city is lacking when it comes to independent boutiques. The 2011 Fashionable Cities; 1st London 2nd Manchester 3rd Edinburgh 4th Brighton 5th Liverpool Birmingham field coming 19th, and Hull 17th. 6th Newcastle Upon Tyne But fashion stylist Taheed Khan, 7th Nottingham who was born in Bradford, says 8th Glasgow he has many fashionable female 9th Leeds friends but believes the problem is 10th
Stop Smoking Advice Sessions at Mosques are Great Success
The NHS stop smoking service in the Bradford district is reporting great success in helping people to quit the habit during Ramadan. It has teamed up with mosques to give people easy access to help and advice with quitting, as well as offering other health advice. Visits to mosques have been part of the Ramadan campaign for the past ten years, but last year the local NHS started offering health checks as well as stop smoking advice. The visits have proved a great success and increased referrals to the stop smoking service. Last year around the month of Ramadan, the quit rate for the south Asian community went up to 50 per cent. Messages about the stop smoking support are given out by Imams after prayers in special
Friday sermons and people can then speak to NHS advisers at the mosque about getting support from the stop smoking serv-
ice or find out what other help is on offer. They can also get advice about staying healthy, weight control, preventing and controlling diabetes and coronary heart disease. Mohammed Idrees, of NHS Bradford and Airedale’s stop smoking team, said: “Ramadan is an ideal time for Muslims to reflect on their life, including their health, and take steps towards a healthier lifestyle. “Over the years we have worked closely with local mosques to run information sessions after Friday prayers and this has led to some real success stories of people quitting smoking. Muslims ritually fast and abstain from certain foods and liquids from dawn to sunset during Ramadan which this year ended on August 30.
Rates Relief For 6,000 Bradford Businesses Nearly 6,000 businesses in Bradford are currently benefiting from double tax breaks, new figures have shown. According to the Department for Communities and Government, 5,848 businesses across the district – 34 per cent of the total – are either paying no business rates or receiving up
to a 50 per cent discount. Under the Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) scheme, small businesses can reduce their bills by up to half, dependent on the rateable value of the property. Businesses with a rateable value of £6,000 or less previously got a 50 per cent discount and, in addition,
businesses with rates between £6,001 and £12,000 received a discount on a sliding scale. But last year, ministers announced they were doubling the SBRR discount, meaning many businesses would not pay any tax. The scheme was later extended until October 2012.
New Theme Park in South Yorkshire DRAGONS, enchantment and the mysteries of ancient China are perhaps the last thing visitors expect to find in a former pit in South Yorkshire. All that could change, however, with the arrival of the multi-million-pound Visions of China “cultural theme
would enter the theme park in a Chinatown-themed street, based on “one of the most vibrant streets in Shanghai”. They could then sample the luxury of an Oriental spa, restaurants, a traditional tea house, a Chinese hotel and an “enchanting” children’s area, all
under way. Everything will be authentic and it will really be a place of enchantment. Visions of China will introduce visitors to the culture of one of the most pre-eminent civilisations and one of the super powers of the world stage. It will
Soaring Car Insurance
Spiralling car insurance costs in Bradford are the fault of a massive increase in personal injury claims, according to research carried out by a Bradford MP. David Ward is now embarking on a campaign to lobby Parliament for changes to the law in the wake of huge increases in premiums that have seen Bradford people quoted thousands of pounds to insure their cars – if they can get cover at all. The investigation has found that rising costs are not due mainly to companies increasing premiums because of incidents involving uninsured drivers, as previously thought. Instead it is because the biggest percentage of insurance payouts is not to cover damage to vehicles, but for personal in-
jury claims. Mr Ward produced his report into the escalating costs of motor insurance in Bradford, sparked, he said, by complaints and concerns of his constituents, one of whom was quoted £26,000 to insure his son’s first car. More than 1,000 residents have responded to a survey by the MP, who also gathered evidence from the Association of British Insurers, the police and Bradford insurance brokers, doctors and driving instructors. In just three years, the average annual cost of car insurance for respondents rose from around £550 in 2009 to just under £900, an increase of 63 per cent, the report found. According to the report, despite the fall in the number of road ac-
cidents, the number of personal injury claims has risen by more than 70 per cent over the last ten years, and the proportion of accidents involving third-party injury claims is now approaching 25 per cent. In Bradford the figure is close to 38 per cent, giving the city among the highest level of personal injury claims in the UK. In 2010 the Motor Insurers’ Bureau identified the BD3 postcode as the area with the highest number of uninsured drivers in the UK for the 13th consecutive year, with nearly seven times more uninsured drivers than the national average. The report also states Bradford is one of the worst areas of the country for organised insurance fraud.
We reveal the best ways to put a stop to suffering Back pain – Use a heat wrap. These self-heating bandages heat for eight hours and a study found they reduced pain by 52 per cent. Do a cat stretch. Physiotherapists suggest getting on all fours, knees under your hips, hands under your shoulders and back relaxed. Arch your spine up and relax your head down. Hold for five seconds, then return to the start. Repeat five to 10 times for instant relief. See your GP… If you’ve had ongoing pain for more than 10 days. Jesus (PBUH), whilst fasting may Joint Pain - Wear flats. Researchbe lost to the contemporary Chris- ers have found that high heels tian Church (If you don’t include make knee joints work harder. ‘Lent’), it remains the preserve of the Muslims. For my part a very rare, but truly egalitarian Ramadan experience was to be had by myself at The Masjid Kuba, in Attercliffe, Sheffield. A converted building, with high ceilings, with a resident Imam, Sheikh Dr Abdullah Zoubie, who is of Syrian extraction and a graduate of The University of Medina , the recipient of a PHD from a Scottish University, resident Imam since the mid eighties, who also lectures part time in Arabic Studies at a Sheffield College. A warm man of impeccable knowledge and manners, Sheikh Abdullah illuminates the mosque with his humorous banter and gentle wit. Apart from very beautiful and eloquent oratory of the Koran, the Sheikh presides over a congregation whose own diversity and backgrounds truly strike of Islam’s globalism. Apart from a variety of Middle Eastern students, Africans, Chechnyens, Russians, Pakistanis and English worshippers all attend. One such gentleman a former EDL member, now married to a Somali an. Steve Scott an English teacher joined us to open the fast, whilst the in house Chef attended to the daily cooking on mass of meat and rice, to feed the eclectic worshippers. Although I had initially attended to meet an old friend of my family, who was recuperating from an illness, David Pidcock, the leader of The Islamic Party of Britain. Whilst David had left for Manchester by then, the world seemed to have come to Sheffield. By: Jaan. M. Khan
Save high heels (more than 12 inches measured on the inside of the heel) for special nights out. Lose 10 pounds If you’re overweight, dropping just 10 pounds can reduce the risk of osteoarthritis in the knees by around half. Eat oily fish Between one to two portions a week provides enough omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation and joint twinges. Try flaking grilled salmon into a vegand-noodle stir-fry with some sweet chilli sauce. See your GP… If pain and stiffness is unexplained, or getting worse. Arthritis can hit in your thirties and forties, so get it checked out.
Neck Pain - Have a Swedish massage. People with chronic neck pain reported improvement in pain and neck movement when they had a weekly Swedish massage, an American study shows. This therapeutic treatment releases tension and is particularly helpful in reducing emotional stress that can add to neck pain. Change your pillow Use a pillow that offers extra neck support and a deeper depression where the head lies, keeping you in alignment whether you sleep on your back or side. See Your GP… If acute pain lasts more than a week, or a minor niggle lasts several months.
Get to Grips with Pain
park”, which developers say will be the “pride of Yorkshire”. Bosses at Rotherham Council selected the £110m development as the preferred option for the Pithouse West colliery site, which lies adjacent to Rother Valley Country Park, close to junction 31 of the M1 motorway. Visitors to Visions of China
set around 15 acres of lakes and Suzhou gardens. The development, described as being as iconic as the Eden Project in Cornwall, is intended to attract both national and international visitors to the region. Visions of China will create 400 permanent, non-seasonal jobs and will take two years to build once construction work gets
be one of the most original developments to be created in Britain for decades and will showcase enchantment, entertainment and excitement – everything that is mysterious about China. It is also hoped that the hotel will attract Chinese weddings and host conferences for business people from all over the country.
FASTING, CHARITY AND PRAYER: What Have These Muslims Been Up To ? For one special month of the year, August just gone, around 1.5 billion of the world’s population, from America to China, across all continents and cultures, through poverty and opulence, observed a very particular timetable for their daily routines. That is the month of Ramadan, where you fast throughout the day, observing abstinence from all food and liquid from the early hours of the morning before dawn, to the late evening up to sunset. Apart from the 5 daily obligatory prayers, extra worship and supplications are offered in the evenings, (known as tharawee) after the opening of the fast, throughout the mosques of the world. Although not compulsory, the congregations are packed, as the recital of the Holy Koran, in its authentic Arabic, is led by the Imams and Hafez’s (Those who have learnt the Holy Koran by heart): comprising of 114 chapters, 6,666 verses and 77,701 words. This recitation is completed usually within the 29 or 30 days of the month of Ramadan. Obligatory to this process of abstinence through fasting from the needs and pleasures of our daily lives, is that of charity. Apart from the obligatory alms (known as zakat) due on every Muslim as a percentage of their wealth (2.5 %), criss-crossing the financial systems of the world, as people usually send to the poor and underdeveloped, or the countries of their origin, to be distributed amongst the poor, an abundance of cash is donated to the multitude of charities, development projects and schools, throughout the UK and beyond. The sincerity with which these donations are made is unquestionable, yet for the Mus-
lims the reward is two fold: for the preservation of their fellow humans in this world and reward in the next life. For the Muslims universally there is no greater a puritan act or obligation other than charity. This is synonymous with the history of the three Semitic faiths. The prophets of the old testament from Abraham to Ishmael, Isaac, Noah Joseph and Moses (Peace be upon them), all spoke of and practiced that of Alms giving by way of thy Lord God. The life of Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him) and the apostles, consisted of Worship at the Temple on the required times, observing the Sabbath, observing Kosher ( Prescribed manner of the slaughter of animals & dietary laws as done by the prophet Moses), Observing circumcision and once a year gathering all their wealth and distributing one tenth amongst the poor. The month of Ramadan, when the Holy Koran was revealed to the Prophet Muhummad (PBUH) through the Angel Gabriel, was chapter and verse of the Final Testament, cementing the revelations in Arabia from the Scrolls of Abraham, The Torah of Moses, The Psalms of David, The Injil (Gospel of Jesus) to the Holy Koran. The month of Ramadan for me overarches that of history. A time of contemplation, prayer and Charity. The founding fathers of America, who brought with them and practised Thanks Giving, a Public Holiday when all Americans far and wide come together with their families to break bread and give thanks for what they have, is in essence Ramadan for the Muslims, when families gather and say grace and give thanks. Although practised by
MP in Emergency Brain Op
SHEFFIELD Central MP Paul Blomfield is recovering after emergency surgery to remove a brain tumour. Surgeons found the tumour was benign and Mr Blomfield, aged 57, is said to making a good recovery. His wife Linda McAvan, who is a member of the European Parliament, said the tumour was discovered during a routine examination last month. “He underwent emergency surgery to remove the tumour and I am delighted to say he is now making a good recovery,” she said. “Paul
and I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and in particular to the surgical and nursing teams who have been amazing. “We are lucky to have such fantastic health care in Sheffield.” Paul’s friend Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East, said news of the operation had come as a shock. “Paul has done an absolutely brilliant job since he became an MP - he works extremely hard for his constituency and in Parliament as well, as I have seen for myself. “We are all hoping he comes through this, and our thoughts are with him and we are wishing him a speedy recovery. Paul was elected as MP in May 2010 after a closely fought battle against leader of Sheffield Council Paul Scriven. Coun Scriven said that, while Paul had been his political opponent, he was also a friend. “My thoughts are with Paul, Linda and their family at this time. “I send them best wishes for a speedy recovery and I hope he is back representing his constituency as soon as possible,” he said.
Pass Rates Up
More Rotherham students than ever before have taken their ALevels this year and the numbers of them gaining passes has risen for the fifth consecutive year. This year 2679 students (around 100 more than last year) took academic and vocational A-Level
courses and overall 97.7% of students gained passes (a rise of 0.3% on last year). There were some significant rises among individual schools including: Dinnington - up 3.3% to 98.9%; Maltby Academy - up 2.9% to 95.3%; Wath - up 1.1% to 98.7%.
Convener World Minorities Alliance and Former Federal Minister of Pakistan, J.Salik has showed serious concerns against the recent London riots in Wembely .He has felt very sorry on the brutal violence. He has strongly condemned the recent worst situation in British. Mr. Salik has said that this type of violence, Fanatic behavior and brutal thinking has led serious concerns and open threat to the world wide peace. According to Mr.J.Salik , Democracy of British is considered as one of the best example of world Democracy, As in this country 13 minority members (09 Muslims and 04 Hindus/Sikh) have been
elected after getting direct votes from indigenous and majority communities, According to Mr. Salik British Democracy is considered as the best Democracy of the modern world . Mr.J.Salik has prayed for peace in London and strongly condemn what’s going on in British and requested the all community of British to be in calm, peace and harmony and faith in God, and hope that world peace should not be violated and disturbed in future with such type of incidents, and he hopes that British society is very cultured and organized and will be able to resolve this current violence and turn it into peace
Unemployment Figures Highlight Need For Action Sheffield City Council has expressed concern at the increased levels of unemployment announced by the Office of National Statistics. The figures highlighted a 38,000 increase in the three months to June, which included an increase in youth unemployment, with the number of out of work 1624 year olds increasing by 15,000. Recruitment experts have pointed to declining confidence as a key reason behind the figures, as firms are reluctant to take on new staff. Last month it was revealed that the economy grew by only 0.2% between April
Rotherham Show gears up Rotherham Show returns in September with a colourful array of arts and crafts, automotive dreams, beauty, passion, excitement and creativity. Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Clifton Park on September 10 and 11, the Rotherham Show will once again be hosting the ever-popular Vintage Vehicle Rally and Horticultural Show. The Horticultural Show will be welcoming hundreds of people as they enter their home-grown wonders and craft masterpieces, to compete for trophies and show off the best the borough has to offer. As ever, competition for the top prizes will be fierce and the standard of entries is expected to be higher than ever. Everyone is welcome to come along and see if they agree with the judges’ decisions. If you want to take part and enter your arts, crafts, flowers or fruit please call the Leisure and Green Spaces admin team on 01709 822453.
Foreigners Arrested in Riots to be Deported
and June. Labour have warned that the economy is not growing sufficiently to produce the jobs needed to address unemployment. Labour are taking action to address youth unemployment locally, working with local businesses to create 100 apprenticeship places for young people. Labour Leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Julie Dore, said “When you look at the levels of youth unemployment it is crazy that the Government have cut the Future Jobs Fund and EMA at a time when young people are finding it so difficult to access job opportunities.”
More than 150 foreign nationals arrested after the riots in Britain will be deported, a media report said. Immigration Minister Damian Green said they will be thrown out of Britain at the ‘earliest opportunity’. Around 150 of the 2,800 people held over the looting and arson attacks were born abroad, the Daily Mail said quoting the UK Border Agency. Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “We strongly believe that foreign national lawbreakers should be removed from the UK at the earli-
est opportunity.” “We also have the power to cancel the visas of foreign nationals found guilty of criminal activity, and this is something we will be looking to do when cases arise,” the Mail quoted him as saying. Under immigration rules, criminals from outside Europe are automatically put forward for deportation if they are sentenced to 12 months in prison. The same applies to Europeans given a 12-month sentence for drugs, violent or sexual crimes, or 24 months for other crimes.
Local people will be testing out many exciting new facilities in a green space at the heart of their community. Burngreave Recreation Ground has been given
a major refurbishment and has been transformed into an area the whole community can be proud of. The changes were carried out following consultation with the local c o m m u n i t y, school children and the local nursery. Improvements include re-landscaped access points, better routes across the site and a naturalistic play and sports area.
It was also important for local people that a balance was maintained between important wildlife habitats and a place that people will feel safe to use. Councillor Jackie Drayton, the Council’s Cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families said: “It’s great to see the wonderful improvements to this important green space in the heart of Burngreave. Thanks go to all those local people, council officers and generous funders who worked so hard to make it possible. It’s a safe place with fantastic facilities that can be used by the whole community.”
‘New’ Recreation Ground
Sheffield’s Newest Landmark
of the main building is attracting attention, with some saying it is not worthy of such a prominent site on a key route into the city. Supporters say it is highly distinctive and is a much needed superstore for the north of the city, which has relatively few similar developments. The development includes a new public square at Caborn’s Corner, a pedestrianised area on Carlisle Street at the junction of Spital Hill, and office buildings fronting Spital Hill and Savile Street, near the Wicker junction.
This is one of Sheffield’s newest landmark buildings - the Tesco superstore on Savile Street which is already dividing opinion in the city. The 10,000 square metre development on the eastern edge of the city centre will be one of the largest supermarkets in Sheffield. The site includes a petrol station and a multi-storey car park. It has attracted criticism from people fearing it will suck away trade from city centre shops, especially traders at the Castle Market. Now the design
Is It Worth Fighting Unfair Parking Fines?
SHEFFIELD parking officers dish out thousands of uncontested tickets every year - but challenging them can be well worth it, as one motorist discovered. In Sheffield in the year to March 2010, some 56,312 parking fines were issued, but only 162 people appealed, or a minuscule 0.29 per cent. But of those that did appeal, a huge 60 per cent won. Mohammed Bashir was one of them and to manage their own proper- and his case calls into question ties correctly without the council having to resort to formal or legal action. The quicker a landlord resolves a problem the less time a tenant has to live in poor housing conditions which may impact on With the announcement of GCSE results, Year 11 pupils in Sheftheir health and safety. To assist landlords in acquiring the field have plenty to celebrate and skills required to run a successful thirteen schools in the city letting business, the Council is have achieved their best working with the National Land- ever results. Local schools lords Association and the Resi- have proved that they are dential Landlords Association to teaching pupils well, with develop a free or discounted train- around half of the city’s Year 11 pupils achieving and accreditation package. In the mean time, the council pro- ing five A*-C grades induces a free quarterly news letter cluding both English and for private landlords. If any land- Maths this year. Cllr Jackie lord would like to receive a copy Drayton, Cabinet Member of the news letter please contact for Children, Young People and Families said: “A Paul Benson on 01709 336477 huge well done to all students in Sheffield for their hard work and preparation for these
Housing Landlords Pay for Failing to Keep Homes up to Standard
Irresponsible private landlords across Rotherham who fail to manage their properties correctly will now have to pay back enforcement costs incurred by the council. Private sector housing landlords who fail to deal with problems such as serious disrepair in their properties will now face a new charge by Rotherham Borough Council. This charge is to cover the authority’s costs in investigating and initiating legal action to get remedial works done. The charge for each notice will depend on the time spent on the case, but is expected to be around £400. Over 1,000 tenants of privately rented homes complain to the Council regarding sub standard living conditions. Poor housing
£12,000,000 CASH BONUS THANKS TO NEW HOMES Sheffield will see an extra £12,000,000 cash injection thanks to a new policy championed by the Coalition Government. The ‘New Homes Bonus’ rewards local authorities for the number of new homes built in their area, through the payment of an amount equal to Council Tax for each new home added for a period of six years. The Government has informed Sheffield City Council of its allocation for 2011/12, based on the new homes delivered between 2009 and 2010 by the then Lib Dem administration. The figure advised for Sheffield is £2m a year, coming to £12m over six years.
conditions can have a serious effect on the health of those who are living there and can also make a neighbourhood look run down and neglected. In the majority of cases landlords work with the Council’s enforcement officers, respond quickly and problems are resolved. However, in some cases landlords delay undertaking works, resulting in the Council needing to take legal proceedings, which includes serving notices on the landlord to require -kthe works to be undertaken. Ultimately, if the landlord fails to take on the works, court prosecution will follow. The aim of this change of approach by the Council is to encourage private landlords to take their responsibilities seriously
Neighbourhood Police Pledge
important exams. I would also results. Figures on which schools like to say a personal thank you have met the government’s ‘floor to the teachers and parents who standard’ will be available later in the year when the national median results can be calculated. Schools which have achieved a dramatic improvement in results include City School which has gone from 34 per cent to 41.3 per cent, Ecclesfield School from 46 per cent to 51 per cent, Handsworth from 44 per cent to 54 per cent, Notre Dame from 72 per cent to 83 per cent and have supported the young people King Ecgberts from 67 per cent in our city to achieve such good to 75 per cent.
Death of Ron Windle former Mayor of Rotherham
West Yorkshire’s Chief Con- licing. He declared: “Anybody stable pledged that Neighbour- could be forgiven for thinking A long-standing ex-councillor hood Policing Teams were that, with 20 per cent cuts in and former Mayor of Rotherham has died. Ron Windle, who was Mayor of Rotherham in 1998, died on August 22 aged 89. Mr. Windle served on Rotherham Borough Council for 24 years from 1975 until 1999. During that time he represented the former Brinsworth, Catcliffe and Treeton ward and was acknowledged as an exceptionally hardworking representative of local people. Born and brought-up “here for good” in the fight police funding, neighbourhood in Treeton, Mr. Windle started against crime. During a visit to policing could be dwindling work at the former Treeton Cola mosque in Bradford, where away. “I am saying quite the liery when he left school at 14. he met teenage community reverse, the very last thing we However, his life of a miner was ambassadors, Sir Norman Bet- are going to do without is the interrupted during the war years tison insisted that budget cuts NPTs. Neighbourhood Policwould not impact on local po- ing is here for good.”
and then an additional £1.2m for 2012/13. Previously the entire cost of the project was being met by the private developer and previous central government grants. Local taxpayers money will go into the project that will see most of the refurbished flats sold off with the aim of making the private developers, Urban Splash, a hefty profit. Urban Splash have not been asked to pick up any of the new £2.5m cost. The news comes at a time when the Labour run Council are warning of future service cuts and job losses due to a lack of funds.
Penalty Tribunal - and won. Adjudicator Stephen Knapp said he had ‘no hesitation’ in accepting Mohammed’s version of events. The business studies lecturer, of Page Hall Road, Page Hall, said: “I feel very relieved, but if even those policing these bays are confused then how are ordinary drivers supposed to know? Officers act as judge and jury, yet they can make mistakes.” Lawyer Safiya Hussain, of NoParkingFine.com, said: “I expect the local authority to do the fair thing and give refunds. My advice to people who receive a fine is to take photographs of the signs and road markings and have them checked by us regardless of whether they believe it was rightly given or not. There’s a 60 per cent chance it is not legally valid. Inadequate signage is the most common reason.”
Schools Break GCSE Records
when he became a professional footballer at various local clubs and then other leading national clubs of the day such as Notts County, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa and Hull City. A larger-than-life character who put all his energy into helping people, he was a long-standing member of both the former Social Services and Education Committees. Well-known throughout the Treeton area, he was a very gregarious man who loved people. “He put all his energies into helping people and although he might not have been the most articulate of men he always managed to get his mes-
Who is Anna Hazare?
Park Hill Broken Promise
Labour controlled Sheffield City Council intends to spend £2,500,000 of local taxpayer’s money on the controversial Park Hill development. The move will break a key promise Labour politicians made when the project began in 2005. In 2005 Labour promised that “the cost to the city would not extend beyond paying wages of council staff working on the project”. However, local Liberal Democrat councillors have learned that Labour have earmarked £1.3m of the council’s coffers for the project for this financial year
the validity of dozens of tickets. In February he stopped in one of four bays outside Barclays bank in Barkers Pool, Sheffield city centre. He crossed double yellow lines, which continue straight down the street, to enter a bay. There are no other lines or signs. Unsure, Mohammed, aged 29, asked a parking officer whether he was free to stop there and was told ‘yes’. The officer also said some colleagues and senior managers were confused as to whether a restriction applied. But on his return a different warden had slapped a ticket on his car for £70 - or £35 if he paid it within two weeks. He appealed to the council but was turned down. He then appealed to the Traffic
Anna Hazare is the face of India’s fight against corruption. He has taken that fight to the corridors of power and challenged the government at the highest level. People, the common man and well-known personalities alike, are supporting him in the hundreds swelling to the thousands. For Anna Hazare,
it is another battle. And he has fought quite a few, Including some as a soldier for 15 years in Indian Army. In 1978, he took voluntary retirement from the army and returned home to Ralegaon Siddhi, a village in Maharashtra’s drought-prone Ahmadnagar. He was 39 years old. He found farmers back home struggling for survival and their suffering would prompt him to pioneer rainwater conservation that put his little hamlet on the international map as a model village. Anna Hazare’s fight against corruption began here. He fought first against corruption that was blocking growth in rural India.
His organization - the Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan (People’s movement against Corruption). His tool of protest - hunger strikes. And his prime target - politicians. But his weapon is potent. In 199596, he forced the government in Maharashtra to drop two corrupt Cabinet Ministers. In 2003, he forced the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state government to set up an investigation against four ministers. In April this year, four days of fasting brought thousands of people out in support of his crusade against corruption. They also made the government realise it could not be dismissive about Anna Hazare
sage over,” said his eldest son, Barrie Windle. In recent years Mr. Windle had moved away from Treeton and into residential care after a long struggle with both Alzeimer’s and cancer. He died peacefully in his sleep at Dinnington’s Davis Court Residential Home only hours after sharing memories with staff of when he and his late wife, Margaret, who died in 2002, were Rotherham’s Civic Couple. Mr. Windle leaves six sons - twins Barrie and Douglas, David, twins Paul and Kevin, and Neil - as well as 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. and his mass appeal. The Gandhian is soldiering on. From one battle to another in his war against corruption. He fought from the front to have Right to Information (RTI) implemented. He is now fighting for the implementation of the Jan Lokpal Bill, the anti-corruption bill drafted by his team of crusaders. Sometimes, when you stand alone with determination, you are truly outstanding. Was there no intelligent and experienced hand to lead a crusade like this, or is it the simplicity of human nature seen through one’s character and integrity that truly endears itself to the angry mind? Today, when global society is bereft of role models, we have one in Anna Hazare.
Weightlifter Has Hit Gold! Weightlifter Haris Ansari has hit Gold! The 20-year-old from Glasgow lifted his way to a coveted gold medal at the Fulda Cup in Lochen, Austria – and made history at the same time by becoming the first Scottish Asian Weightlifter to win an international championship. Competing for Team Scotland (Gladiator Weightlifting Club), Haris successfully won his 69Kg class with a total of 215Kg, winning the gold medal by 1 kilo from his Austrian compatriot. Haris was also awarded the Best Lifter award for his age group. The hard fought win puts him on a solid platform for the 2014 Commonwealth Games which will be
held in his hometown of Glasgow. a long while,” Haris says. “It is important to make an im- Last month Haris also enjoyed success at the British University Championships with a silver medal in the 69Kg class. He is now training for the biggest weightlifting event in Britain, the British Senior Weightlifting Championships in Shropshire where he will compete against lifters who took part in the Commonwealth Games in India last year. Haris puts his success mainly down to his coach and his parents. “Having my coach as a father figure and the support of my parents has made a huge difference in my pact at the home games as we will life,” he says, “this would never not get an opportunity like this for be possible without them.”
Flood After-Effects in Kohistan
I really feel very bad to hear about the recent flash flood that swept through the valley in Kohistan district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa, According to the sources at least 85 peoples were killed and almost 40 dead bodies have been discovered, The Natural disaster has destroyed dozen of houses, which was triggered by heavy rains and land sliding overnight. Due to inaccessibility of area assessing the situation is still difficult and determining the exact number of causalities has been impossible. As most roads are still blocked
by snow, there is an urgent need of Food and Non-Food items, Pakistani authorities are handling most of the relief operations. However, the humanitarian communities stands ready to assist, if need. Relief program & activities including search and rescue operations has been started. On such a extreme sadness and grief occasion, I being the convener of World Minority Alliance, appeals to my Pakistani brothers to pray and help their effected brothers of Kohistan, my heartfelt sympathies are all with the effected,
deceased families and pray that may God give them great courage and patience to bear loses of their families member and give them patience to overcome such type of tragic situations of their lives which cannot be recovered. I request to all communities for special prayers for world peace and remind people of Pakistan for the Kohistan, Karachi and Baluchistan . J.Salik Convener World Minorities Alliance Website: www.jsalik.com
Kotli CC seal the League Title
Kotli CC had a fantastic year , starting the season with a defeat abut soon got back to their winning habit. It didn’t take them long to mature with Nawaz Khan scoring 406 runs in season and Hedar Rasool 356 runs in season, making unbeaten partnerships setting
up victories. All together they partnerships consist of 678 runs. The bowlers bowled out of their depths with Shaukat leading the way by taking 27 wickets with 5 for 15 beast bowling figures. They have united and supported each other all the way through the season hence winning the league
title. The players have shown great team spirit, and have been great sportsmanship. “The league is a fantastic league and has become very competitive in the last year or so and will continue to improve” said the captain Hedar Rasool.
Britains Shakeel Aziz described as a Got Asian role model for young people Talent Asad Malik Mercury Promotions presents the BIG TALENT SHOW 2 in Bradford on 12th September. Britains Asians Got Talent will be packed with comedy by Nadeem Butt and Raja Iqbal; Bollywood dancers Laila Khan and Alisha; Singers Nasir Khan, Khalid Mehmood, A Shauk Usman Rehman, and Ali Shan. The show will promote new talent. For more details contact Nadeem Butt on 07779764867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
S.T.A.R Youth Club team member Shakeel Aziz described as a role model for young people A Bradford University student who helped set up a youth club after volunteering with youngsters in Keighley has been nominated for a Community Stars Active Citizens Award. Shakeel Aziz, 28, of Skipton Road, said he was moved by the lack of activities available for youngsters in his area in 2005, and decided to round up a group to enjoy outdoor games. The scheme took off and he is now part of the S.T.A.R Youth Club team, which runs out of the old Utley Primary School building in
School Lane, off Greenhead Lane, providing activities for more than 30 children. Mr Aziz, who is due to start his second year studying Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, said: “The biggest problem is there’s not enough for these youngsters to do. “As soon as we organised it, it was there and they came. It just needed someone taking that initiative and pushing them to do it. It’s absolutely fantastic to be nominated.” Mr Aziz was nominated for the award by his wife Atfa Ahmed, who described him as an “excellent role model for young people”.
Supreme Leader Stresses Importance of Quds Day for Muslim World
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined the importance of the Quds Day (August 26) for the Islamic nations, saying that all Muslims on this day shout a reality that had been covered for many years by the arrogant powers. “Quds Day is an international, Islamic day and a big and important one on which the Iranian nation and other Muslim nations shout the truth that arrogant (powers) had for 60 years invested in si-
lencing,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. The Leader added that Quds Day demonstrations ensure the safety of the country and “every Iranian that comes out to the streets (on Quds Day) is in reality helping the security of the country and nation, and safeguarding the achievements of the Revolution.” “The formation of the Islamic Republic establishment in Iran and declaration of the (International) Quds Day, and the changing of the Zionist regime’s embassy in Tehran to
Palestine’s embassy were … moves that countered the 60-year conspiracy of colonialism to erase Palestine from the map,” the Leader added. “By God’s grace, Quds Day will be commemorated in (our) country and (other) Muslim states with more magnificence this year,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. Millions of people take part in the International Quds Day (August 26) rallies in solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people and all oppressed nations around the world. The International Quds Day was started by the late Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, in 1979 as a way of expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and underscoring importance of the holy Quds to Muslims. International Quds Day is an annual event opposing Israel’s occupation of Beitul-Muqaddas. Anti-Zionist rallies and demonstrations are held on the last Friday of Ramadan in Muslim and Arab countries around the world, specially in Iran
Masked youth wander the streets armed with Molotov cocktails, families flee as their homes erupt in flames, medics tend to the bloodied and bruised as armored vehicles patrol the streets -- a scene fit for a war zone. The world has been capitaved by the scenes emerging from London, Manchester, and Birmingham in recent days while the British public has searched for explanations for what set off this wave of anarchy. But shocking as the violence has been, this isn’t the first time England has been paralyzed by riots -- history seems to be repeating itself with terrifying accuracy. St. Pauls Riot In April of 1980, the Black and White Café, a famous drug den in Bristol, was raided by officers. High unemployment, poor living conditions and a general feeling of discrimination by the police force proved a deadly combination as over a hundred youth battled with officers, destroying police cars and fire trucks as well as local buildings. In total twenty-five people were hospitalized, including 19 officers, and 130 were arrested. While the numbers were relatively low compared to later riots, St. Pauls would seen as a turning point. 1981 Summer Riots The “sus” law -- short for suspected person -- was a police method that allowed individuals to be stopped and searched without just cause, generating a harsh division between the police and minority communities in the late 1970s and early 1980s. April marked the introduction of a new tactic, called Operation Swamp, where police patrolled the streets in large groups, arresting thousands of suspected criminals in
order to slash the crime rate. On the evening of April 10 in Brixton, as officers led a young black man suffering from stab wounds to a police car to take him to a hospital, he broke free, fearing he was actually being arrested. A crowd began to form around the scene, throwing bottles and bricks at the policemen. As the night went on, rumors spread like wildfire throughout Brixton that the injured man had actually been stabbed by the White officers. Operation Swamp searches ensued and when officers attempt to search a man suspected of carrying drugs, a full-fledged riot broke with Molotov cocktails being thrown for the first time on the mainland in British history. Hundreds of homes and buildings were looted and torched. 300 officers were injured, along with 60 civilians. Riots spread to areas of Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool in the later months. Broadwater Farm On October 5, 1985, police raided the home of Cynthia Jarrett, a woman of Afro-Caribbean descent whose son had just been arrested. She lived on the Broadwater Farm estate, a dense housing unit in Tottenham, once known as one of the worst places to live in England. As police searched the woman’s house, she collapsed and died of a heart attack, prompting public outcry in the community. Cynthia Jarrett’s daughter reported that police officers pushed her mother to the ground. The following day, relatives led a peaceful protest to the police station in Tottenham, but the peace didn’t last long. Hundreds of people began to riot, angered by not only Cynthia Jarrett’s death, but also
the police shooting of an innocent Jamaican woman at her home in South London a week earlier, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. A string of looting, violence against journalists and armed confrontations with police ended with the brutal death of police constable, Keith Blakelock, who was stabbed 42 times as rioters tried to decapitate him with machetes. For months after the incident, hundreds of people were arrested and interrogated. The Oldham Riots Around 572 race-related crimes were recorded in 2000 in the town of Oldham, home to a strong South Asian population. While racial violence was not uncommon, May 26, 2001, marked a particularly deadly day of protests, spurred by a small quarrel between young White and Asian men outside of chip shop. A series of small attacks followed, many at the hands of White youth, and in the matter of hours, an army of 500 Asian men were confronted by riot police, dogs and helicopters in the streets of Oldham. Upwards of 300 people were injured, and hundreds arrested. Tony Blair blamed White extremists for instigating violence in Oldham, but insisted that young Asians should refrain from participating in racially driven conflict. Following the Oldham violence, similar protests broke out in Bradford and Leeds. England seems to be suffering from a deadly case of deja vu, or perhaps, a wake up call. As the British struggle to restore order, and begin to digest the devastation, the underlying causes of the riots must be addressed, or these won’t be the last riots to rip apart the streets and hearts of London.
A History of British Riots
The Islamic world today passing through a critical period of its history. We are confronted with many problems and find ourselves in limbo , between aspirations and despair. Muslim countries are very weak economically , small country like Britain’s economic GDP growth is equal to all around 60 muslim countries. The size of economy of one state of America which is California is bigger than whole islamic countries. Some comparative figures will indicate how weak we are. Latin America and Asia have shifted away from reliance on exporting natural resources towards manufacturing and services. The Middle East, however, still depends on oil. Saudi Arabia has only two main exports: crude oil and related gas based petro-chemichals. Togather,they comprise 80% of the total annual revenue of the country. In the most recent list of top 100 universities in the world, not a single university is from an islamic country. The middle East has a growing share of the world’s population and shrinking share of its economy. Knowledge-based activity is an important measure of development. The population of Middle East is young and growing, having doubled to 300 million from 170 million in 1990. Meanwhile, its place in the world
economy has shrunk. Muslim countries have the lowest scores in the world with regard to the number of web sites and internet users, the most basic indicators in the global knowledge economy. Muslim rulers spending money on their lavish lifestyle. A recent survey also revealed that the Middle eastern countries have one of the worst scores in reading habits.
gious studies and forsaking the science has resulted in weakening the Ummah.Economic prosperity and development go handin-hand with a certain amount of individual freedom. Its about creating an environment where people can participate in deciding their economic and social futures. Its about creating opportunities for everyone to pursue their hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, in much of the Muslim world, the people generally do not have a voice in the development process which touches their lives. Muslim nowadays have been sidelined in terms of development, there is no single country can be considered ‘’ developed ‘’ .even though a lot of Muslim countries are rich. Money alone is not enough. Muslim countries have to be administratively efficient and technologically advanced. Priority should be given to education for knowledge is essential to resuscitate Muslim civilization. While religious studies can not be neglected, Must also study other subject like mathematics and science. Muslim often talk about past glory , it can give you good feeling but it can not change the reality of present world.
Apart from religious books, A large section of people do not read any knowledge-based books or articles. A large part of continued weakness of the Ummah lies in our low literacy and low educational achievements rates. This obviously contributes to the failure of the Ummah to master science and technology and make it difficult to be economically muhammad nasir competitive. The old emphasis email@example.com of merely concentrating on reli- 07538377423
PROPERTY CORNER THE WINDS OF CHANGE IN THE PROPERTY MARKET
by: Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant: Mark Jenkinson & Son
The entire world economy seems to be in a state of re-adjustment leaving investors in a dilemma as to their investment choices. The world price of gold is almost at a record high with investors and savers seeing this as a safe investment which could be sold quickly if the situation demanded. Property is equally considered by many as a safe investment, the difference being that it can take a lot longer to sell. It is like going back in history when gold and property were the main forms of investment and wealth recognition. There is an increasing number of people who are taking the opportunity, if finances allow, to invest in property. The key word here is finance because unless you have cash funding from financial institutions can be difficult to obtain. What are property investors looking for? The answer seems to be investment properties with a strong covenant (tenant) and a long lease at a good rental. These
properties are very much sought after in the market place. Very few such investments are coming onto the market. The main reason seems to be that once you have liquidated your investment, what do you do with your money? If re-investment is your reason for sale, then returns from shares, banks etc is not so high. Therefore, many people will choose not to sell and retain their investment safe in the knowledge they have got a good return. Clearly this in turn creates a shortage of good quality properties coming onto the market, and the good old dynamics of supply and demand come in, which in turn leads to strong values. Strong values have also been seen in London, where demand for quality properties is exceeding supply. It has been reported that in some high profile areas prices have risen. I have talked about this previously but another area which we may be seeing a historical change is in the
residential sector. It has been argued by many commentators that we may see a change in tenure, with people moving away from wanting to own their property to renting, which is quite common in many parts of Europe. I believe this trend will continue and become the norm over the next decade or so as people become more flexible in terms of employment. This in turn means that demand for good quality property to rent is beginning to see a resurgence, and you see many investors with funding entering auction rooms up and down the country looking for suitable properties. The winds of change are certainly blowing in the property world, and I certainly feel we will see historic changes in how property is viewed in the next decade. I would like to wish our readers Eid Mubarak and, as ever, if you want to contact me please call me on 0114 2760151/0787 901 5095 or through ILM.
High BP Prevents Migraines? People with high blood pressure appear to be less likely to have a migraine than those with low blood pressure. Researchers tested the blood pressure of 51,353 men and women over the age of 20 in Norway. The study
found people with higher systolic blood pressure were up to 40 per cent less likely to have migraine, compared to people with healthier blood pressure rates. Higher pressure was linked to a 50 pre cent reduction in the amount of head-
ache and migraine for both men and women. The finding was not as strong, however, for people who were taking blood pressure medications, which are sometimes used to treat migraine.
Q & A: Property and Commercial Mohammed Nazir Solicitor Head of Property/Immigration, Wosskow Brown Q. I want to take a lease of a property and use it as a hot food takeaway but the property doesn’t have planning permission. What should I do? A. If the property hasn’t got planning permission then you should come to an agreement with the landlord (the property owner) that once planning permission is granted, he will be bound to give you the lease. As there is apprehension that if the planning permission is granted, the landlord is not duty bound to give you the lease, it is essential that the agreement is in place before you submit the planning permission application. Q. I am becoming a partner in a business but my name is not included on the lease, will this affect me? A. If your name is not on the lease it can be added via Assignment of Lease or your name can be added in the Partnership Agreement as a special provision that the existing partner holds the lease in trust for two partners. Q. Could you please explain what Chancel Repair Liability Search is? A. It is a search which determines whether the property is in
Chancel Repair liability area. If a property is near a church, or is on land formerly owned by some of the older universities, there may be an obligation to contribute towards repairs to the chancel of the local parish church. This was laid down in the Chancel Repairs Act 1932. Such liability is enforceable in the County Court, and can apply to properties falling within a Church of England parish which has a vicar or had a vicarage and has a church dating from the medieval period or earlier. Q. I am buying a property and my solicitor has advised that I have to take Defective Title Insurance. What is this? A. Defective Title Indemnity Insurance policies are widely used in the property industry to cover defects in the Title. These Indemnity Insurance policies are available according to the value of the property and the level of risk. Lenders use Conveyancing Indemnity Policies for residential and commercial mortgages so solicitors have done their due diligence. According to the risk they put the insurance in place to cover Unknown Restrictive Covenants, lost Title deeds, Defective Titles, Good Leaseholds, Possessory Ti-
tles etc. Q. I wish to retire as a Partner, how will this affect the lease, which I am included in ? A- The simplest way to retire as a partner is to speak to the partners directly and inform them of your intention. The partners can then agree on the way forward for example purchase of the interest of the leaving partner. It is important to be aware that if you leave the partnership, your liability continues in relation to the debts owned by the firm up to the date of your departure. A written agreement can be formally prepared, which states that you are released from you liability, but this may be at the cost of reducing the value of your interest. In connection with the lease, you are required to seek the permission of your landlord and ask whether you can assign the lease to your partners. It is often the case that a landlord would refuse to remove you as a tenant, as it is beneficial for him to have more tenants to recover rent. If this is so, the best practice is to also address in the written agreement with your partners, that they are willing to indemnify you for all the rent due after your departure.
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Stay Out Of Karachi, Mirza Tells Malik Sindh Senior Minister Zulfiqar Mirza took exception to Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s “frequent visits” to Karachi, telling Malik not to come to the city for 15 days. Mirza lost his cool in a meeting of the Sindh cabinet chaired by the prime minister.
The former Sindh home minister held his party colleague responsible for the deteriorating law and order in Karachi. “Malik has brought back criminals who were sent to jail in interior Sindh,” a fuming Mirza said, adding that law and order was a provincial
subject in which the federation should not interfere. He said the prime minister should ban Malik’s entry into the province, adding that the provincial authorities would impose the writ of law and act against criminals on their own. Gilani and the other members of the meeting did not react to Mirza’s statements and tried to calm him down. Addressing the meeting, Malik said he would return to Islamabad if he was not welcome in Karachi. To this, Gilani said Malik visited Karachi on orders from President Asif Ali Zardari and his services were known to everyone. In a late night development, President Asif Ali Zardari summoned Mirza to Islamabad for an explanation after Malik complained to the president about the former Sindh home minister’s ‘rude behaviour’.
Islamic Relief Iftar Fundraiser
On Friday 19th August, Islamic Relief landed in Sheffield, with a charity dinner in Attercliffe, for the East Africa Crisis. Islamic Relief, the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) has been leading the efforts in
the region, opening doors to the forgotten and most vulnerable communities. Over 14 million lives are at risk in the Horn of Africa, with a child dying every 6 minutes in Central Somalia alone. The media coverage of
this humanitarian disaster has died down but Sheffield rose to the challenge, proving that the plight of their brothers and sisters, during the holiest of months, was still imbedded in their hearts and minds.
Attock CC Clinched their 9th Title of IMAMCL
Attock Cricket Club won tAheir 9th title of Irwin Mitchell Alliance Midweek Cricket League, 8 of which were won consecutively, setting very high precedence for other competitors. Attock only lost 1 game throughout the season against Collegiate CC. Captain Liaquat Ali told ILM NEWS that he is “thankful to almighty Allah and all his team.
They all worked tirelessly and played every game with passion”. Jaco Castle was the pick of team, he scored 788 runs, the highest throughout the league and was also the second highest wicket taker in premier division, Mark Downing was the leading wicket taker by taking 29 wickets. Illyas Mohammed was the second highest wicket taker by taking 16
wickets in the team. Final game of season was a clinical performance against Sheffield Friends, they restricted them to 98-6 runs and in reply opening bat Khalid Rehman scored an unbeaten 44 and Iftikhar Afzal scoring 30 hence comfortably achieving the target and sealing their title of season 2011.
Ansar Burney Announces Nationwide
Anti-Corruption Drive After Eid
The Chairman Ansar Burney Trust International and former Federal Minister for human rights, Ansar Burney has announced to kick off a massive anti-corruption campaign and Anti-Terrorism movement after Eid. Ansar Burney has said "At present Pakistan is facing a dire and painful period in its history with rampant and continuously growing corruption and terrorism destroying every fabric of our nation and any prospects of a decent future for our children and grandchildren. The politicians have joined hands and completely plundered this country to the brink of destruction. They have looted the treasury, bankrupted national institutions, sold off natural resources and even our sovereignty. The people have no food or water, no shelter, no electricity, no education, no healthcare, no jobs and no security. Every basic necessity has been stolen from us as a result of rampant and unchecked corruption." “Look where we stand today, the very people we elected to protect
us, are the people now responsible for dozens of dead bodies across the country. Murderers and plunderers now hold most important posts in the country. We have unimaginable violence now spreading all over the country between those holding power and those wanting it – all for the sake of a further opportunity to plunder the nation that little bit more. It is now up to the civil society to take steps to rid the country of this evil before it is too late; and the Ansar Burney Trust announces to kick start a massive anti-corruption campaign and movement following Eid as a first step towards saving our country." "The purpose is to bring the nation together and
make a stand that corruption will no longer be tolerated; and to expose the corrupt, whether they are in politics, our bureaucracy, education institutions, law en-
The evening commenced with Islamic Relief fundraiser, Salah Aboulgasem’s, moving recollection of his recent experiences in Somalia, where 1 in 10 children are dying every day. And the children that are surviving
are so malnourished that a lot of their upper arms are less than 10cm in circumference. Many attendees were moved to tears by the video imagery shown. At the fundraising that followed, an astounding £55,000 was
raised within an hour. For more information on Islamic Relief activities in Sheffield or if you would like to support or get involved, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has organised a trek along the Great Wall of China to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Michael, aged 36, played for Yorkshire before he captained the England cricket team in 51 tests between 2003 and 2008, leading them to Ashes glory in 2005. He grew up in Sheffield from the age of nine now lives in Baslow, Derbyshire. Michael is a patron of the Children’s Hospital, and has organised the trek with his wife, Nichola, in an effort to raise the £250,000 needed to buy pioneering surgical equipment for the hospital’s operating theatres. Another 20 people will be joining Michael and Nichola on the trip, trekking from Gubeiko to Mutianyu in the mountains and remote areas of Beijing. Among them will be
Sheffield Collegiate skipper Matthew Dixon. The new equipment could shorten operating times, improve ac-
cited about taking on the trek and to be supporting one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals. As a patron of The Children’s Hospital Charity I have met some of the bravest, most courageous children I know at the hospital and I am really motivated to raise as much as possible through this challenge.” Matthew said the trek was for an excellent local cause. The fundraisers will be heading to China from September 17 to 23. * Go to www.justgiving.com/MatthewDixon0 or www. justgiving.com/mp-vaughan to donate online, or text MATT70 and the amount you wish to pledge to 70070. Text messages are free. Visit the China trek website at www.tchc.org.uk/china-trek to find out more.
forcement agencies, businesses, charities, sports or even the judiciary." "We urge the nation to stand together in this common cause." Ansar Burney requested with the Nation and Country loving elements.
Cricket legend’s Great Wall of China trek for Sheffield Children’s Hospital
curacy, reduce the invasiveness of surgical procedures, reduce the risk of complications and thus help speed recovery times. Michael said: “We are really ex-
A Seasoned Choice Seasoning is an important aspect of any dish, and the choice between fancy herbs and traditional masala can make all the difference. Herbs We love that…Herbs add nutritional value to any dish in the form of calcium, magnesium and manganese, without adding calories. They have strong flavours, which means that you can add that much less salt and fat without being worried about the taste. They have antimicrobial properties as well as antiviral effect. Herbs like thyme have antiseptic properties and are used to treat bowel disturbances and even anaemia. Sage helps dispel excess mucus from the body and finds its way into many herbal cold remedies. The downside. The use of some herbs can result in side effects like nausea, dizziness, headaches, irritability and insomnia. Certain herbs are also best avoided during Continued from previous month THE OVERTHROW of the regime can never happen in peripheral areas like Waziristan, Baluchistan or even Karachi. It would have to happen in Punjab. A main reason for this: if mass Islamist unrest were to take place in the northern part of the province, the military high command would have to be very worried about its troops refusing to fight against the rebellion. A revolution from below in Punjab, however, would have to take place not just against the national government in Islamabad but against the provincial government in Lahore. While the national government is led by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), headed by the Bhutto-Zardaris, and is now widely loathed across much of Punjab, the provincial government is made up of the Pakistan Muslim League–N (PLMN) run by the Sharif brothers—now in opposition at the national level. And while within Pakistan the national government is generally seen (however unfairly) as having become highly subservient to America, the Sharifs have sought with some success to portray themselves as moderate Islamists who would take a more independent line when in national power. Whether when actually in control— which they are certain to be sooner or later—the Sharifs would do anything very different vis-à-vis America is rather unlikely. In the countryside, the PML-N depends on the same networks of “feudal” power, kinship and patronage as the PPP. These “feudals” are tightly bound to the state by the webs of political patronage (or, if you prefer, corruption) which have long formed the most important part of their income. Examining the history of powerful local families in Pakistan, again and again you discover that while kinship links and local property are important, the breakthrough to real
pregnancy. Spices We love that…Spice contain proteins, vitamins and other essential minerals. Not only do they add colour, fragrance and flavour to meals, spices, are also metabolism boosters. Turmeric, known as the ‘king of spices’, is antiseptic and a known cure for everything from a cold and sore throat to swelling and inflammation. Antioxidants present in chilli help to cope with cholesterol, while cumin is a good source of iron. A dash of paprika in tomato ketchup will make you feel full faster. Making sure you don’t binge on the fries! The downside. Spices (like pepper) when used in excess can increase the risk of gastritis, as they irritate the stomach lining. Star anise has natural diuretic properties and leads to frequent trips to the bathroom. Trivia. Herbs have been used since centuries to treat a range prominence came when they were able to be elected to Parliament (or selected by a military government) and thereby gained the ability to milk the state for benefits. The collapse of Pakistan would destroy all that and throw them back on the exiguous and fragile profits of their estates and urban rents. In the cities of northern Punjab, the PML-N is much more closely linked to the industrialist class from which the Sharifs themselves were drawn into politics by then–President of Pakistan and Chief of Army Staff General Mohammad Zia ulHaq in the 1980s. This class, which depends overwhelmingly on its ability to export textiles to the outside world, is also acutely aware of the shattering damage to the Pakistani economy and its own interests that would result from a collapse in relations with the United States and the imposition of trade sanctions on Pakistan. Equally important, the industrialists, like the “feudals,” are by their very nature an antirevolutionary force, fearful of the threat to their wealth and power from Islamist revolution. Both classes are also attached to Pakistan as a state by strong motives of collective interest. The industrialists depend on the existence of Pakistan for their very well-being. If the country were to fall apart, their industries would be ruined. Indeed, an Islamist revolution and the collapse of Pakistan are synonymous. This is a crucially important point, both because it is true and because enough Pakistanis know that it is true. This means an Islamist revolt that overthrows the existing state is not impossible, but it is highly unlikely—and only feasible if accompanied by a mutiny within the military. And it is simply impossible that such an uprising could lead to the establishment of an effective and united Islamist radical government, whether of the Iranian or the Taliban variety. Pakistan is
of ailments – from the simple cold and cough to arthritis. Some spices and herbs were thought to ward off evil spirits and bad luck. Others were regarded as symbols of love, bravery and fertility. In Hamlet, Shakespeare mentions that rosemary helps boost memory. In 13th century Europe the demand for spices was so high that a bag of peppercorns could pay a king’s ransom. Though basil originated in India, it is associated more with Thai and Malaysian cooking.
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INDEPENDENCE DAY TOURNAMENT
The Allama Iqbal Sunday Cricket League PMC Sheffield holds a cricket festival every year marking Pakistan Independence day. The Independence Day tournament also named the cricket mela will again be held this year but as the 14th of August fell in Ramadan this year, it will take
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too weak for the first and too strong for the second. In Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s movement was able to seize control of a relatively powerful state apparatus and, equally important, to fuse religious ideology with extremely strong and popular traditions of Iranian nationalism. Pakistan as a whole possesses no such nationalism, and while Punjab and the military have held the country together, they have never been remotely powerful enough to impose Pakistani nationalism on the very different traditions of the other provinces. On the other hand, Pakistan is a much more developed and complicated country than Afghanistan, which the Taliban were able to conquer in the years after 1994, albeit in the teeth of strong resistance from the non-Pashtun ethnicities. If the Pakistani state collapsed, the result would be not successful national revolution but a whole set of horrible local ethnic wars, in which much of the country would quickly be reduced from its present justabout-bearable level of existence to that of Somalia or the Congo. Once the current regime fell, it would be impossible to put it back together again because India would almost certainly make it its business to prevent Pakistan’s reconstitution by supporting local ethnic groups in their struggle for continued independence. Deeply unpleasant though the choice is, the United States may have to accept a tactical setback in
Afghanistan rather than risk strategic defeat in Pakistan. For if the picture drawn here is correct, then U.S. and British soldiers are in effect dying in Afghanistan in order to make the world more dangerous for American and British peoples. AMERICAN AND British soldiers are dying in order to avoid the costs of failure: the negative effect this would have on America’s prestige in the world, on the reputation and morale of the U.S. and UK armed forces, and on the confidence of our extremist enemies. So, a humiliating scuttle from Afghanistan is not at all desirable. How to square this miserable and tragic circle? A new U.S. strategy must recognize that it is essential to ease the pressure on Pakistan, above all by reducing those factors which are increasing radicalization in the country and weakening the status and strength of the Pakistani state and army. This should lead to a complete withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan—as soon as possible. At present, Washington’s intention is to pull most ground troops out once the Afghan security forces are capable of fighting on their own, but to leave major U.S. air bases and Special Forces in country to support them. This is badly mistaken, from three points of view. First, as long as U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, the Taliban leadership will continue to fight. They have stated that again and again, and the view of both sympathizers and experts is that
place on the 4th of September. Teams are invited to participate in 6 aside matches with 5 overs each, with 5 out of the 6 players batting. All matches will be played on the day, and the results announced. Trophies will be awarded to the best teams and best players from the tourna-
they could not abandon that stance without absolutely unacceptable disgrace. And as long as they continue to fight, Afghans and Pakistanis will be willing to join them. It should be remembered that the Soviets withdrew completely from Afghanistan in 1989—and by reducing the nationalist element of support for the mujahideen, they actually strengthened the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. If American forces remain, then the government in Kabul will inevitably go on being seen as a U.S. puppet. The war in Afghanistan might be diminished, but it will continue indefinitely, and so—much more importantly—will the destabilization of Pakistan. To reduce Pakistani mass fear and hatred of the United States, it is essential that America be seen clearly to take a step back from its presence on the ground in a Muslim country and region. Second, the continued presence of U.S. bases will make it far more difficult for Washington to develop what should be its core strategy in the region: handing responsibility for guaranteeing Afghanistan’s security to the major regional states. In particular, China, which on the one hand fears the Taliban but on the other is very close to Pakistan, may prove crucial in the long term to forging a regional consensus on this issue. Nothing of the sort can emerge, however, as long as these states can leave Afghan security to America, while fearing that Washington’s real motive for keeping bases is not to fight the Taliban but to build up U.S. regional power. Finally, to retain a military presence in Afghanistan will mean continual embroilment in Afghan politics— and the general future outline of this seems rather clear. If the United States continues its present strategy of building up the Afghan National Army while the state and the political systems remain weak and dysfunctional, then sooner or later the military will seize power.
ment. Entry fee is £20 per team and each team must submit 2 used balls which will be mixed up and drawn for matches. Last year 16 teams participated and any teams wishing to play this year can get more information from Syed Fayyaz Hussain 07894010808. Yet, Afghanistan’s deep ethnic, political and regional differences would likely lead not to more effective government but to new clashes and further coups and countercoups. If U.S. troops are present in Afghanistan, then Washington will be drawn into these new conflicts as referee, participant or both—and will thereby confirm every belief in Muslim minds about America’s desire to dominate and weaken the Muslim world. The U.S. strategy should therefore be to continue the present offensive and efforts to buy up local Taliban commanders, while at the same time seeking initial contacts with the Taliban leadership using Pakistan as an intermediary. In other words, the purpose of the offensive should not be victory but a more advantageous deal with the insurgents. The basic terms of this should be Taliban control of the south of the country, continued development aid to this region and some participation in central government in return for the exclusion of al-Qaeda, a crackdown on the heroin trade and recognition of the Afghan national government. If successful, such a deal would surely involve a measure of humiliation for the United States, but would also have certain real advantages. Above all, however, the removal of the hated American presence, and the end of U.S. attacks inside Pakistan, would greatly diminish impulses to radicalize in that country, especially if the United States can help develop that state economically (admittedly a horribly difficult process, especially under the present Pakistani government). It is the possible collapse of Pakistan, not the outcome of the present war in Afghanistan, which is the really terrible threat to America and its allies from this part of the Muslim world.
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