Adityanath asks Army to depict a strong India under Modi

first_imgBaharampur/Bongaon(WB): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who had been reprimanded by Election Commission for referring Indian Army as ‘Modiji ki Sena’, Monday called on it(army) to depict a strong India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He claimed that during the Congress rule China used to enter Indian territory at will and play with the country’s security. “But you have seen how strongly the government has acted under Modiji’s leadership ? Dokalam is an example before you. China had tried to enter Dokalam, which is in Bhutan, an Indian protectorate. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Indian soldiers did not allow China to enter and after a two-month stand off, was forced to move back,” he said while speaking at election rallies here. Adityanath said that after the Pulwama attack, all terrorists involved were killed within 72 hours and the Indian Air Force entered Pakistan territory and destroyed terror camps at Balakot. “This is the first time that a government has acted with such strong resolve,” he said. The UP chief minister claimed that Congress wants to play with the security of 130 crore people of the country. The party in its election manifesto for the 2019 parliamentary elections, has promised to review the provisions of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and sedition law. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Asserting that there should not be any differentiation among the people of the country on the basis of creed, language or religion, Adityanath said that when Modi became the prime minister he had given the slogan of “Sabka sath sabka vikas”. “He (Modi) had said development of all will be done with the participation of everybody, but will not indulge in appeasement of anyone. But Congress, Trinamool Congress and the Communists are doing this in Bengal,” the UP chief minister said. Bengal is the seat of nationalism and must not be allowed to be used as the base of extremism and Naxalite movement. These parties played with the security of Bengal along with that of the country, he added.last_img read more

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Gujarat governor disqualifies MLA

first_imgGandhinagar: Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli has disqualified Independent legislator Bhupendrasinh Khant from reserved Scheduled Tribe seat of Morva Hadaf in Panchmahal district. Briefing reporters here on Friday, State Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi said Khant, who won the 2017 assembly elections as an Independent candidate, was disqualified after his Scheduled Tribe certificate was found to be invalid and the matter was in the courts. “The Governor had received a petition in this regard. Yesterday, the Governor sent his order which was received by my office today (Friday). He is, therefore, declared disqualified today and the seat is declared vacant,” the Speaker stated. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh He said the seat Khant contested from was reserved for Schedule Tribe (ST) candidates and the certificate on the basis of which he contested as a Scheduled Tribe candidate was found invalid and therefore he was declared disqualified after a discussion with the Governor. Trivedi said after receiving the petition the Governor had solicited the advice of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and also heard both the parties before making the decision.last_img read more

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Bad news for PM Imran no oil gas reserves found off Pak

first_imgKarachi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dream of the cash-strapped country becoming self-sufficient in oil has been dashed after no reserves were discovered in the Arabian Sea off the Karachi coast, media reports said Sunday. The drilling work at Kekra-1 well in deep sea near Karachi has been stopped after no oil or gas reservoir could be found, according to Special Assistant to Prime Minister Khan on Petroleum Nadeem Babar. Pakistan was hopeful of finding large oil and gas reserves in its territorial waters in the Arabian Sea. US oil giant Exxon Mobil, Italy’s ENI and a couple other companies were involved in drilling an ultra-deep oil well. Babar told Geo News that the process of drilling up to more than 5,500 meters was completed on Kekra-1 (Indus G-Block) off Karachi coast. Babar said the office of DG Petroleum Concessions has been apprised of the results of drilling. He said that the cost of drilling project, which has now been abandoned, remained over USD 100 million. In March, Prime Minister Khan had said Pakistan would not need to import oil after reserves were found near Karachi coast. “We are hopeful of finding large reserves of gas and oil in the sea near Karachi. The nation should pray for this and I will soon share good news regarding this,” Khan had said. “God willing the reserves will be so large that we will not need to import any oil,” he said. Khan said he believes that if big oil reserves are discovered, most of Pakistan’s economic problems will be addressed and then there will be no stopping in the country’s progress. Around four months ago, Italian firm ENI, the operator of the Kekra-1 offshore block, started drilling in a joint venture with US firm ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest oil and gas firm, and the Pakistan state-owned Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL). Each of the four firms has a 25 per cent participating interest in the block. The drilling was carried out in ultra-deep waters some 280 kilometres away from the Karachi coast. The well was spudded on January 13 this year, targeting a carbonate reservoir with a prognosed total depth of 5,660 metres. Some surveyors had found the block Indus-G’ similar to the Indian offshore Bombay High oilfield, which produces 350,000 barrels per day of crude oil, while others described it as similar to the ones in the oil- and gas-rich Kuwait, the Express Tribune reported. At the same time, officials say, oil and gas exploration and production is described as a high risk- high reward’ business and the failures should not be taken as a loss. “India found offshore reserves from its Bombay High well’ after 40 attempts,” the officials were quoted as saying by the Dawn News. OGDCL spokesman Ahmed Lak said that Pakistan should continue its efforts to find hydrocarbon reserves because there was a large area where reserves had been predicted by experts. “US firm ExxonMobile has become a working partner in the block only because of encouraging data,” he said, adding that international researches had shown that hydrocarbon reserves were found in the sea facing the river basins. “Since Indus is an ancient river with a large basin, experts do not contest the views there is a huge pocket of hydrocarbon reserve in the Arabian Sea off Sindh,” Lak said. “Because the well remained dry, now it will be plugged and abandoned, said Lak. Currently, Pakistan meets only 15 per cent of its domestic petroleum needs with crude oil production of around 22 million tonnes; the other 85 per cent is met through imports.last_img read more

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Italy Moroccan teenager accused of rapping two women

first_imgRabat- The Italian police arrested a 15-year-old Moroccan on grounds of raping two women aged 40 and 28, respectively, according to news outlet Goud.ma The 40-year-old was the first to address the police to complain against a child who she claimed had raped her under the threat of a weapon. Two days later, the 28-year-old filed a suit in which it provided the police with details about an aggressor that had similarities with the previous case.  Based on the information gathered from the victims, the police started searching for an unidentified child-aggressor who physically violates women against their will while using a weapon for intimidation.  In the process, the police received a piece of information regarding a 15-year-old in the Castegnato, Lombardia region who is bragging in front of his schoolmates about having affairs with two adult women. The police began interrogating the kid, who turned out to be a Moroccan named Al Kheyari, in the presence of his parents.  He later admitted that he was stalking his first victim while she was shopping in a commercial center before raping her under the threat of a fake fire arm.   A couple days later, he repeated the same act with his second victim but said he was compelled to leave without finishing what he was doing since the victim was yelling. The kid is now in preventive detention awaiting his trial. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Spanish Medias Coverage of Moroccos Ban on Much Loved

By Sara GomezRabat- Several Spanish media outlets have reported widely on the recent controversy in Morocco surrounding the banning of “Much Loved” (Zine li fik), Nabil Ayuch’s latest film, by delivering their unfiltered opinions of the Moroccan public.Various online media outlets, such as Cadena Ser, El Periodico, El Mundo, and Hoy Cinema, reported the opinions both in support and against of the Ministry of Communication’s decision to ban the film. The majority of Spanish media outlets directly quoted the Ministry of Communication’s public announcement, saying, “[the] film undermines moral values, and dignity of Moroccan women, and [is] a flagrant attack on the kingdom’s image.”Following the claim, El Periodico included commentary from the imam of a mosque in Salé who said, “the film incites debauchery among Moroccans and promotes pornography and illegitimate relations: a foreigner kisses a woman and then takes her to the bed, both naked, is that cinema?”Cadena Ser reported similar commentary from members of the conservative Islamic party. Politicians and military members of the party have been seen in front of the Parliament building chanting, “Ayouch, you coward! Do not insult Moroccan women!” and “No to dirty movies.”In contrast to the negative feedback that the film’s depiction of four prostitutes in Marrakesh has received from the Moroccan public, some viewers also realize that this movie portrays a very real part of Moroccan culture.El Periodico also reported that the critic Karim Bujari said, “the problem is not the film, which barely anyone has seen, but the sexual tourism. In Morocco, this form of tourism is not fiction, but reality. Ayuch’s film did not invent it. We know it, we live it, we debate over it and sometimes we even laugh about it, but we refuse to watch it on a TV screen and talk about it with other Moroccans.”Comments like this show that there are some viewers in the Moroccan public that recognize the reality of the matter—yet admit that they are too scared to face it.Spanish media also included Ayuch’s own responses to the criticism and banning of his film throughout all outlets. Ayuch says he is “saddened” but not “surprised” by the negative reactions to “Much Loved,” but clarified that the film is in no way pornographic. read more

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Benkiranes Gift to Moroccans in 2016 Increase in Prices of Basic

Rabat – 2016 is expected to be a difficult year for Moroccans after the government adopted the draft 2016 appropriation bill last month.According to Government Spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi, the draft 2016 appropriation bill will implement the general orientations adopted by the Council of Ministers, including the reform of the finance organic law and efforts to gradually recover macroeconomic balances.The Moroccan media reported an increase in the costs of living starting in January 2016, after the government decided to gradually lower subsidies on basic commodities, including sugar. The lifting of sugar subsidies will be gradually, and be completed in 2017.The price of sugar will increase by MAD 0.15 per kilogram every month, for a total increase of MAD 1.6 per kilogram by the end of 2016. The price of a kilogram of sugar will be increased by MAD 3.20 by the end of 2017.Given the fact that the national consumption of sugar reached 1.2 million tons per year, an equivalent to 36 kilos per capita in 2014, the expected increase in the price of sugar will directly affect the cost of living for people with limited income.The increase in the price of sugar will consequently lead to the increase of many other foods that Moroccans consume on a daily basis, including tea, pastries, juice, soft drinks, and other products with sugar as a primary ingredient.According to Abdelilah Benkirane, Morocco’s Head of Government, the government plans to save MAD 2 billion, compared to an annual compensation expense of about 3.2 billion in 2014 and 3.3 billion in 2015.Water and electricity prices, which caused a wave of protests in Tangier in recent months, will also go up starting in January 2016.The new price of electricity and water will affect families whose consumption exceed the volume of 6 cubic meter of water and 100 kilowatts of electricity.Because of a significant increase in the value added tax (VAT) this year, train ticket prices are also expected to increase by MAD 2 per 100 kilometers and about MAD 26 in tickets for long distances.After the government adopted the draft 2016 appropriation bill last October, social media users harshly criticized the bill and the government’s performance, calling 2016 “a year of increases par excellence.” read more

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Morocco Elections Under Supervision of 4ooo Observers

Rabat – The national elections in Morocco will be under the watchful eye of some 4,000 local and international observers. The Moroccan National Council for Human Rights announced that 4,000 poll watchers, including 76 international observers, will be in Morocco to observe the campaigns and the elections of the Councils of the regions and the municipalities.The Special Commission for the Accreditation of Election Observers has accredited 41 national and international organizations to observe the upcoming elections: 34 Moroccan associations and six international NGOs, said the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) in a press statement. These observers are trained to conduct an independent and neutral observation of the parliamentary elections from the beginning of the electoral campaign until the announcement of results.CNDH itself will deploy 500 observers. The Council invites international experts and organizations to participate in the election observation process.  Applications are made to the CNDH from human rights organizations andInvited organizations include the diplomatic missions of Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, the national human rights institutions (NHRIs) of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Palestine and Tunisia, the Arab Network of NHRIs, United Cities and Local Governments-Africa (UCLG-Africa) and the Observatory of political elections in the Arab-Muslim world.The European Union has also sent an election observation mission, in Morocco from August 15 through September 14, for an overall assessment of the entire electoral process.National elections are slated for October 7 in which 15.7 million registered voters will elect the next Moroccan parliament.. read more

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Council of Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean to

By Natalie YazharyWashington, D.C – The Council of Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (CARLAC), in collaboration with the OCP Policy Center, the Getulio Vargas Foundation and the University of Maryland, has organized an event regarding “Low Carbon Renewable Energy: Lessons from MENA (north Africa and Middle-East countries) and Latin America Regions.”This event will take place during the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco from November 7 to 18. The session will unite all levels of deployment experts, and non-governmental organization partners, and government officials, including high level government representatives of the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean, according to CEO of CARLAC Ambassador Hasan Abdelraham.CARLAC is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization created to strengthen relations between the Arab World and Latin America and the Caribbean. Their mission is to develop communication on a range of topics, including trade, commerce, investment, social involvement, education and cultural exchange.Officials and non-governmental organization partners alike will convene to discuss renewable energy options in pursuit of the Paris Agreement, potential developmental pathways between countries in Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa regions, international collaboration for sustainable support, and more.Expected speakers at the event include Director at the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland Dr. Nathan Hultman, Managing Director of the OCP Policy Center Dr. Karim El Aynaoui, Morocco’s Minister of Environment Dr. Hakia el Haite, Qatar’s Minister of Municipality and Environment, Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Metab Al-Rumaihi, Representative of Fundacion Getulio Vargas in Brazil Eduardo Braga, Minister of Environment & Sustainable Development of Columbia Luz Helena Sarmiento Villamizar, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at Ministry of Energy in Mexico Erika Streu, and Executive Secretary of REN21 Christine Lin. read more

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Morocco World Bank to Create Green Growth Infrastructure Facility for Africa

Marrakech  – The World Bank Group and Ithmar Capital, a Moroccan Sovereign Investment Fund, signed on Wednesday in Marrakech a memorandum of understanding relating to the establishment of a Green Growth Infrastructure Facility for Africa (GGIF Africa), the first pan-African fund dedicated to green investment in the continent.GGIF will be structured as private capital fund and its objective is to attract private investors with interest in Morocco or Africa who are looking for responsible and green investment opportunities.It aims at working as a catalyst for the transition of Africa into a green economy by supporting low carbon infrastructure such as clean energy, low carbon transportation and the efficient utilization of water resources. GGIF will be sponsored by the World Bank and Ithmar Capital. This dual-sponsoring will allow the fund to benefit from the strengths of these two organisations; the World Bank with its expertise in fund establishment and policy work, and Ithmar Capital through its network of partners and experience in co-investment structuring. The announcement was made at the Finance Summit of COP22 in Marrakesh.GGIF will also include a Public Private Partnership (PPP) unit that will focus on the origination of viable projects in collaboration with Government agencies. This will result in a consolidation of PPPs in the targeted countries.The World Bank and Ithmar Capital will work in close partnership with a broad range of public and private investors, including Regional Development Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and global and regional institutional investors, to increase private capital participation in green infrastructure investments across the continent. As well as leveraging private capital flows for investment in environmentally sustainable infrastructure, the GGIF will focus on reducing the risk of marginally non-bankable projects in order to render them viable. Tools will include innovative mechanisms for project preparation and capital structures.The move has already received a letter of support from the IFSWF Chair (International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds), which has just launched its first working group dedicated to climate change. read more

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Morocco Elected VicePresident of UN Commission in Charge of Decolonization

Rabat – Moroccan candidate Yasser Halfaoui, has been elected Vice-President of the 4th Commission in charge of decolonization by the General Assembly of the United Nations, 30 votes ahead of his Algerian counterpart. A Frank victory against the maneuvers of Algeria.With the election of Halfaoui, Advisor to the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations in New York, Morocco scored its second diplomatic achievement in one day at the United Nations after the kingdom was elected unanimously as Vice-President of the United Nations’ General Assembly, set to take effect between September 2017 and September 2018.Halfaoui received 88 votes, 33 votes more than the Algerian candidate, demonstrating the leading role that Morocco plays at the UN as well as its seriousness and proactivity. The last election of Morocco to the office of the commission dates back to 1970.Halfaoui’s election also spotlights Morocco’s efforts as a coordinator for the Non-Aligned Movement and the Preservation of Peace and for the peace and security that falls within the purview of this Commission.Moreover, this election represents a victory for Moroccan diplomacy against the maneuvers of Algeria, which has used up all its means to prevent Morocco from attaining this position.In reaction to Morocco’s candidacy, Algeria hastened to present its own candidate, although it was a member of the Bureau of the 4th Commission in 2006.Not only did Algeria refuse to comply with the criteria of the African group, which were in favor of the Moroccan candidacy, but it also prevented a meeting of the African Nominations Committee to avoid its verdict. This was clearly unfavorable to Algeria.By presenting its candidacy, Algeria sought to control the 4th Commission in order to implement its agenda on the issue of the Sahara, with the complicity of the President of the Commission, Ambassador of Venezuela to the United Nations.The Venezuelan Ambassador, Raphael Ramirez, is known for his hostility towards Morocco.The Moroccan officials at the UN remained vigilant and reacted quickly to the maneuvers and imposed its presence in the office, alongside Venezuela. read more

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Half of Moroccos GDP Comes from Casablanca and Rabat Regions HCP

Rabat – Economic activity in Casablanca-Settat and Rabat-Salé-Kénitra generated almost half of the national GDP in 2015, according to the High Commission for Planning, in a report on that year’s regional accounts published September 18. The HCP indicated that GDP disparities between regions have increased, from MAD 53.1 billion in 2014 to MAD 56.9 billion in 2015.While only two regions, Casablanca-Settat (32.2 percent) and Rabat-Salé-Kénitra (16 percent) created 48.2 percent of national GDP, it took five other regions to generate the remaining 40.4 percent. The Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region provided 10.1 percent, Fes-Meknes gave 9percent, Marrakech-Safi gave8.9 percent, Souss-Massa gave 6.5 percentand Béni Mellal-Khénifra gave 5.8 percent.The eastern regions of Drâa-Tafilalet and the three regions of the south contributed only 11.3 percent to national GDP.In 2015, agriculture and fisheries accounted for 12.6 percent of GDP, exceeding the national average in the majority of regions.The two sectors contributed 26.8 percent to the GDP of the Dakhla-Oued-Ed Dahab region, 19.9 percent ??to the GDP of the Fes-Meknes region, and 19.8 percent to the GDP of the Beni Mellal-Khénifra region, while Casablanca-Settat regions recorded the lowest share with 5.4 percent.Industry, mining, electricity and water supply, construction, and public works accounted for 26.1 percent of GDP at the national level in 2015, with four regions recording GDP above the national average: Casablanca- Settat with 36.2 percent, Béni Mellal-Khénifra with 33.7percent, Laâyoune-Saguia al Hamra with 32 percent, and Tangier-Tétouan-Al Hoceima with 31.2 percent.Market and non-market services contributed 49.7 percentto national wealth in 2015. Guelmim-Oued Noun- Dakhla-Oued-Ed Dahab and Rabat-Salé-Kénitra dominated economic GDP generated by service activities, with 64.6 percent and 62.8 percent respectively. read more

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Iraqi Court Sentences GermanMoroccan Woman to Death for Joining Daesh

Rabat – The Central Criminal Court in Baghdad sentenced a German national woman of Moroccan origin to death by hanging for joining the jihadist group Daesh in Syria and Iraq.The Judge and spokesman of the court, Abdel Settar Bayraqdar, said in a statement that the German national, who was captured by Iraqi forces during the battle in the northern city Mosul last year, was convicted for providing “logistical support and assistance to the terrorist organization in committing crimes.”“She confessed during interrogations that she traveled from Germany to Syria and then joined Daesh in Iraq with her two daughters who then married members of the terrorist organization,” Birqdar said, declining to identify her by name. This is the first time that the Iraqi justice system condemned to death a foreign woman for joining the militant group. The same court, in late September, sentenced to death (by hanging) a Russian man who confessed participating in “terrorist operations” in Mosul since 2015.After a nine-month of counteroffensive, Iraqi forces succeeded in driving Daesh out of all the urban centers of Iraq in late 2017.The Iraqi authorities have never officially indicated the number of foreign detainees it holds. However, it is believed that Iraq is now holding more than 1300 foreign women and children following the operation in Mosul. They include nationals from 14 countries, many of whom will be tried in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.In July, the German justice ministry announced that a 16-year-old German girl, named Linda W., who had joined Daesh had also been arrested in Mosul. After being interviewed by German press, the teenager appeared to show regret for joining the group. “I just want to get away from here, i just want to get away from the war, from the many weapons, from the noise,” she said.“I just want to go home to my family,” Linda added. read more

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The Latest PGE USs largest utility files for bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on PG&E bankruptcy filing (all times local):1:30 a.m.The largest utility in the U.S. has filed for bankruptcy as it faces billions of dollars in potential damages from wildfires in California.Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. filed documents in a U.S. court Tuesday seeking Chapter 11 reorganization. The move comes despite state investigators determining last week that the utility’s equipment was not to blame for a 2017 fire that killed 22 people in Northern California wine country.The company cited hundreds of lawsuits from victims of that blaze and others in 2017 and 2018 when it announced this month that it planned to file for bankruptcy.It’s already facing lawsuits over a November blaze in the town of Paradise that killed at least 86 people and destroyed 15,000 homes, though its cause is still under investigation.___10:00 p.m.California regulators are poised to remove a major hurdle to a planned bankruptcy filing by Pacific Gas & Electric Co.The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Monday at a hastily announced meeting to allow PG&E to immediately obtain credit and loans while it’s under Chapter 11. PG&E normally needs to go through a lengthy approval process for such financing. Monday’s decision exempted it from that requirement.PG&E announced earlier this month that it will file for bankruptcy in the face of billions of dollars in potential damages from catastrophic wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018.The company later said it had lined up $5.5 billion in credit and loans that would allow it to continue operating in bankruptcy.California regulators are poised for a bankruptcy declaration by the nation’s largest utility as it faces billions of dollars in potential damages from wildfires in the state.Pacific Gas and Electric Corp. had said the decision could come Tuesday. The California Public Utilities Commission scrambled ahead of the deadline to ensure PG&E would have financing that the company says it would need to continue providing electric and gas service under Chapter 11.The four members of the commission voted unanimously Monday at a raucous, hastily announced meeting to exempt PG&E from a longer approval process for bankruptcy credit and loans.The decision cleared a major obstacle to the company’s planned bankruptcy filing, but also likely set off a yearslong court battle.The Associated Press read more

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Budget carrier FlyDubai ends 2018 with 435M loss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — FlyDubai says revenues rose to $1.7 billion in 2018, but the company ended the year with a loss of $43.5 million.In a statement Wednesday, Dubai’s government-owned budget carrier blamed fuel costs, rising interest rates and “unfavourable currency exchange movements” for the loss. It had made $1.5 billion in revenue in 2017, earning a narrow profit of $10 million that year.FlyDubai said it flew 11 million passengers last year, just slightly up from the 10.9 million it flew in 2017.The low-cost carrier has operations out of both of Dubai’s airports, including Dubai International Airport, which is ranked the world’s busiest for international travel. FlyDubai also has code-share flights with Dubai’s flagship long-haul carrier Emirates.The Associated Press read more

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Fake Olive Oil 67 of Moroccans Do Not Check Olive Oil

Rabat – Morocco’s National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) has published new statistics, showing that 67 percent of Moroccans do not check for a label on the olive oil they buy.Only 33 percent of those surveyed said that they check for nutrition information and labels on olive oil before purchasing.ONSSA warned consumers in a Facebook post to read labels, checking expiration dates, preservation conditions, sanitary and safety requirements, and the product’s license number. The post followed a campaign by Morocco’s Ministry of the Interior, which deployed a special patrol unit to combat vendors selling fake olive oil across Morocco.Frauds allegedly use capsules, mixing them with lukewarm water to produce a liquid that resembles olive oil, potentially causing health risks.In December, Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch said his ministry would also deal strictly with frauds selling fake essential oils.The minister added that Morocco had harvested 2 million tons of olives in 2018. The number represents an increase of 28 percent compared to last year.Read Also: ONSSA Certifies 8.1 Million ‘Sacrificial’ Livestock for Eid al-AdhaMorocco became the 4th largest olive producer across the world in 2018.Morocco’s principle regions for olive production are Marrakech, Fez, Meknes, and Casablanca.Olive trees cover more than 1.07 million hectares in Morocco, accounting for 65 percent of the tree species in the country. The olive sector is a major employment source, providing 380,000 jobs. Women make up 20 percent of the workers in the sector.The sector also helps the trade balance in Morocco by ensuring the inflow of foreign currency, estimated at MAD 1.8 billion annually.In addition to olive oil, ONSSA also posted about honey, saying that honey products should be labeled throughout all steps of its marketing.The label should indicate whether the honey was produced fully in Morocco. If not, the label should include whether the product was imported. The product also has to include nutrition information and safety conditions. read more

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Travel operator TUI issues profit warning over 737 grounding

BERLIN — European travel operator TUI Group has warned that its profits this year could be a quarter lower than anticipated as a result of the grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets.TUI, headquartered in Germany, has 15 737 Max aircraft, which have been grounded after two deadly crashes within five months.Another eight planes were scheduled for delivery by the end of May.TUI said Friday that if the planes can fly by mid-July underlying earnings will be about 200 million euros ($230 million) lower because of factors including the lease of additional aircraft. An extension until end-September could cost another 100 million euros.TUI previously forecast “broadly flat” earnings at 1.18 billion euros but they now could be between 17-26 per cent lower, depending on when the planes can fly again.The Associated Press read more

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Family of Moroccan Teenager Stabbed in Dublin Puts Hope in Irish

Rabat – The family of the Moroccan teenager who fatally killed in Dublin said that they are “resting hope” in the Irish judicial system to hold the suspects involved in the killing of their son accountable, the Irish Times reported.The family of Azzam Reguragi has been mourning their loss since February when police found the body of the 18-year old teenager stabbed at the park.The family of the young man said that the “past few days have been very difficult and challenging.” Quoted by the Irish Times, the family expressed gratitude for the support it received from the community after the incident.Read Also: Irish Police Identify Suspect for Fatal Stabbing of Moroccan Teenager in DublinThe family’s statement also acknowledged the efforts made by Garda to identify the suspects behind the killing.“An Garda Siochana are leading in the investigation to uncover the truth behind our son Azzam Raguragui’s murder.,” the family said.The family added, “We are resting our faith in the Irish justice system to hold the perpetrator(s) to account.”Ragragui’s family also requested “privacy” and “space” to allow them to grieve “as a family.”After the crime, the police ruled out hate crime or racial motives.Read Also: Irish Police Identify Suspect for Fatal Stabbing of Moroccan Teenager in DublinThe Irish news outlet said that the Clonskeagh Mosque in Dublin will host a gathering on Saturday to pay tribute to Ragragui.Since Friday, both in Morocco and internationally hundreds of people have reacted to the murder.The Moroccan Community in Ireland shared a post on Facebook to express solidarity with the victim and his family.“It is with a heavy heart we have to inform you that our young Moroccan Irish aged 18 was stabbed in Dundrum in an unprovoked attack and unfortunately he has died.” The Islamic Cultural Center of Ireland also shared a post to announce that a donation page was created to support the victim’s family.“A donation page has been sent up by Azzam’s friends for a well in his name. A sadaqa Jariya (ongoing charity) for him that will by the Grace of Allah help those it waters in this life and keep increasing the good deeds for our young Brother Azzam InshaAllah.”On  Monday, Irish police stated that they have identified one suspect in connection with the murder. However,  as yet no arrests have been made.Investigators are in contact with the suspect and his family.The 18-year-old Moroccan victim was killed while walking to a breaking fast ceremony held in a local mosque. read more

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Prisoner Escapes Local Jail in Tangier

Rabat – A prisoner escaped Tangier’s local prison on Saturday, August 10, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.MAP said that the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR) issued a statement to announce the prison escape.The DGAPR statement added  that it sent a central commission to Tangier’s local prison to carry out a precise and comprehensive investigation into the prisoner’s escape. “The DGAPR sent a central board of inquiry to this institution to carry out an accurate and comprehensive investigation into this incident,” the statement said.DGAPR added that the investigation seeks to determine the circumstances of the escape in order to take the necessary administrative measures. read more

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DR Congo UN says allegations of trafficking by peacekeepers are under investigation

23 May 2007The United Nations today announced that allegations of gold and weapons trafficking by a number of its peacekeepers based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) are under investigation, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged to act quickly on the findings, urging Member States to follow suit. The United Nations today announced that allegations of gold and weapons trafficking by a number of its peacekeepers based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) are under investigation, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged to act quickly on the findings, urging Member States to follow suit.A spokesperson for Mr. Ban said his top envoy to the country, William Lacy Swing, requested an immediate investigation by the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) after an internal inquiry by the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) brought these allegations to light. That investigation began in early 2006.“OIOS says that the investigation is well advanced and is expected to be completed in about three weeks,” spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York. “The Secretary-General looks forward to the early completion of the investigation,” she said, pledging that he will on the findings “expeditiously and transparently.”If wrongdoing is found to have occurred, Ms. Montas said, the Secretary-General will hold those responsible accountable and called on any concerned Member States to do the same.MONUC issued its own statement today stressing that it “has an absolute zero-tolerance policy on misconduct and will remain vigilant in preventing egregious and unacceptable behaviour.”The statement said the mission in the DRC “is determined to relentlessly pursue the disciplining of anyone whose conduct is substantiated as unbecoming a peacekeeper.”At the same time, MONUC reiterated its confidence in the vast majority of its blue helmets, and voiced gratitude to the service working for peace in the DRC. In Ituri, it noted, peacekeepers have disarmed and demobilized more than 15,000 militia members. read more

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Nepal second stage of monitoring of Maoist army personnel to resume –

Both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Ian Martin, who also heads the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), and Maoist Chairman Prachanda were accompanied by political and military colleagues at their meeting in the Himalayan country.Military representatives will commence meetings to confer on lessons learned from the verification at the Ilam cantonment site and will also talk about possibility reviewing disputed cases, UNMIN said in a press statement.The mission stressed that the review of a handful of cases could be based solely on criteria in the Agreement on Monitoring the Management of Arms and Armies.The mission said it expects the discharge of those found to be ineligible, and anticipated that the Special Committee established by the Interim Government will give the process priority.UNMIN teams completed the first phase of registering weapons and personnel in mid-February, when more than 30,850 Maoist personnel were registered and 2,855 weapons were stored under 24-hour UN monitoring. An equivalent number of weapons of the Nepal Army was also stored under UN-monitoring as part of this process.In a related development, the first-ever report of the UN Electoral Expert Monitoring Team (EEMT), which cited the security situation as posing the largest threat to the Constituent Assembly elections slated to take place later this year, was submitted this week to the Nepalese Government.The report of the EEMT – which operates independently of UNMIN – recommended that political leaders reach agreement, including signing codes of conduct which will be distributed widely among party activists, on security long before the elections take place.EEMT was established by a Security Council resolution and comprises five members appointed by the Secretary-General.It is tasked with regularly assessing the electoral process to determine whether it will lead to a result accurately reflecting the Nepalese people’s will. The team visited the country from 11 to 23 June.Its report sets benchmarks, based on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to assess the election’s preparations. They include periodic elections, universal and equal suffrage, the right to stand for public office and the right to vote.EEMT noted that the upcoming election’s representation formula meets democratic standards and ensures both universal suffrage and the right to contest elections.At the same time, the report expressed concern that the control of the political elites could be bolstered and the free choice of voters thwarted by Article 7 of the Constituency Assembly Members Election Act, which stipulates that once results are issues, the central party committee will allocate winning seats from the proportional representation ballot to individual candidates. 20 July 2007The senior United Nations envoy to Nepal and the leader of the Maoists today agreed on the resumption of the second phase of registration and verification of Maoist army personnel – to ensure that no minors are serving – as soon as possible. read more

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