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ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogMILAN: A week after the death of Cosa Nostra boss Toto Riina, key figures in Italy´s judiciary and police have warned the mafia´s tentacles are extending into the virtual world. Gangrenous and omnipresent in the south, the country´s various criminal networks are as powerful as ever and are also developing in the wealthier, industrialised north, a major conference on the fight against organised crime was told. "The mafia has not won, but it has not lost either," Justice Minister Andrea Orlando said in the keynote speech. The two-day gathering, which concluded Friday, was the culmination of a year of research and reflection involving more than 220 experts. "For years we have had the most extensive anti-mafia legislation in place, we have been mounting operations non-stop for 25 years, how is it possible that the mafias can still be so powerful?" asked Franco Roberti, who was the national anti-mafia prosecutor until last week. Thousands of mobsters are behind bars and more than 30 billion euros ($35 billion) of ill-gotten assets have been seized in the last two decades. Yet still the clan and family-based networks of ´Ndrangheta (based in Calabria in Italy´s deep south), the Camorra (in and around Naples), Cosa Nostra (Sicily) and the lesser-known Sacra Corona Unita (Puglia), continue to flourish, at home and abroad. "They accumulate money in incredible proportions, and this cash ends up in our economy, in companies, in activities that are often run by honest and respectable people," said Roberti´s successor, Federico Cafiero De Raho. Not just drugs "When they move their companies into a particular sector, they grab the whole market for themselves," he adds. "That is how it works in the centre and north of the country - in the south they are everywhere." A report presented at the conference noted that Milan, the economic capital of the industrial north, was now third in the ranking of areas by the value of assets seized from the mafia, behind Palermo (capital of Sicily) and Naples. "Within a few years, it is plausible to envisage Lombardy (the region including Milan) and Latium (Rome and its surrounds) overtaking Calabria and Puglia and getting to the level of Naples and Sicily (in terms of mafia infiltration)," the report warns. Drugs, from street dealing to international trafficking on a major scale, are at the core of all the Italian mafias´ activities. But their tentacles also stretch into supermarkets, restaurants and bars, construction, farming and all forms of food production, sport, people trafficking and refuse management. "The persistence of the mafia is not an accident of history," noted the Justice Minister. "It tells us something profound; it is a reflection of a social and political crisis." 'Bitcoin mafia' "Mafia power fills a vacuum, it depends on the state withdrawing, on the weakness of civil society, on problems of integration. It slips into the fissures, taking advantage of the slightest weakness to get stronger. "Our enemies are proactive, dynamic and multifaceted. They are capable of adapting to social and economic change." One example is that contemporary mobsters order the killings of fewer people than the likes of Riina, the Sicilian godfather who died last week. Aged 87, the "boss of all bosses" was serving 26 life sentences for some of the 150 murders he is thought to have ordered. Corruption, Riina´s successors have realised, is more efficient than the threat of violence. "They´ve stopped using arms and explosives to do their talking but they´ve found more insidious methods,´ said Pietro Grasso, a judge who presided over some of the biggest mafia trials and is now the president of the Senate. The famous "pizzini", tiny scraps of paper used to transmit coded messages between made men, have been replaced by briefcases. Funds are now more likely to be stored in the form of Bitcoin than notes stuffed in milk churns. "Cyberspace is so much a part of our daily life now but there is no system of regulation and control, and we are starting to see some very sophisticated forms of criminality take shape there," said Alessandro Pansa, a former chief of the national police. "The Bitcoin mafia will replace the mafia we know, but it will always be the mafia."
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogSyedna Mufaddal Saifuddin KARACHI: Addressing the third majlis of Muharram at Taheri Masjid here on Sunday, Dawoodi Bohra community?s spiritual leader Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin said that Almighty Allah chose Islam for showing the right path to mankind through our beloved Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). He added that Islam is the religion of peace and tranquillity, adding that providing service and welfare to human beings is equivalent to making Allah Almighty happy. ?The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and Ahle Bait rendered great sacrifices for spreading the message of peace,? he said. The spiritual leader said: ?Particularly, the grandson of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), who was hungry and thirsty for three days, had fought on the hot sand of Karbala against the tormentors and laid his precious life in the way of Almighty Allah.? He further added that the exemplary sacrifices made by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his people had become a lifetime example in the history of humankind. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin thanked the Government of Pakistan, people of Pakistan and the people in power for making high-level security arrangements for the majlis. He also thanked the prime minister and interior minister for making this visit possible and for coordinating and cooperating during the entire process. The spiritual leader said that this was the love of Pakistani people and the government that was leading towards enhanced mutual ties. By referring to Syedna Taher Saifuddin and Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin said that both these religious leaders had visited Pakistan many times and directed their community to work towards the betterment and welfare of Pakistan. The spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohra community, on the occasion, said that he was very delighted on getting the opportunity to address Muharram majalis in Karachi after a long gap as his (Syedna?s) father and grandfather earlier used to address Muharram majalis in the city. He said that steps and measures adopted by the government and law-enforcement agencies for the restoration of law and order situation in the country in general and in Karachi, in particular, were highly praiseworthy. He said that initiation of development projects in the city was a welcoming sign as it would provide the best communication facilities to people. He thanked the administration for adopting strict security measures and giving other facilities to participants of the Muharram congregations. On the other hand, Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair said that the arrival and stay of the spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohra community, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, in Karachi during the sacred month of Muharram shows an improvement in law and order of the city. The Sindh governor stated this on Sunday as he met the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community here at the Taheri Masjid, Saddar. He also attended the Muharram majlis addressed by Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan chief Dr Farooq Sattar, Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar and Sindh Local Govt Minister Jam Khan Shoro were also present on the occasion. The meeting took into consideration the role of the Dawoodi Bohra community in development, progress and stabilisation of peace in the province. Speaking on the occasion, the Sindh governor said that he welcomed the decision of spiritual head of Dawoodi Bohra community to visit Karachi during Muharram after a long gap. He hoped that Syedna, in future, would continue to hold his Muharram majalis in Karachi. He acknowledged that the Dawoodi Bohra community was one of the most peace-loving sections of the society. He said the Dawoodi Bohra community had always played an important role in promotion of economic and trade activities in Karachi, which is rightly considered as the business hub of the country. The Sindh governor said that the development of Karachi meant the development of the entire country as the city offered massive prospects of trade and investment after restoration of law and order here. Speaking to the media on the occasion, the Sindh governor said that stringent security measures had been put in place during the sacred month of Muharram in order to thwart any untoward incident. He said that concerned citizens were required to extend cooperation to the government for maintaining law and order as peace could not be ensured without the support of public. He said that Ulema of all sects had complete consensus of opinion that beliefs and teachings of each others? sect should be given due respect and honour. Governor Zubair said that teachings of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) were for the entire world as the maternal grandson of the Last Prophet (SAW) had laid down his life and that of his companions for upholding the flag of Islam as after this noble sacrifice, Islam had become an exemplary religion for the entire world. Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that he had invited the spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohra community, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, to spend Muharram in the city and address his majalis and he had kindly consented to his request. He said this while talking to the media just after listening to the majlis of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin at Taheri Masjid Saddar. He said that it was an event where Syedna was addressing the majlis of his community in the city in which his followers had come from other countries also. ?We have made necessary security arrangements for his majlis,? he said. ?Our Bohri brothers were peaceful and cooperative; they have also cooperated with the administration for their security.? Syed Murad Ali Shah said that peace has been restored in the city with constant efforts and political will of the government. ?This credit goes to the people of Karachi who supported the targeted operation and also extended their full support to the government, Rangers, police and other law enforcement agencies in restoring peace,? he said. The chief minister said that with the restoration of peace in the city, a boost had been witnessed in the business activities. ?People, with their families, have been coming out of their homes for outings without any fear,? he said. ?Syedna has come from India to address his majalis and this is happening after 21 years.? The Sindh chief minister expressed his satisfaction that the city is again attracting and respecting its visitors, guests, investors and religious scholars and spiritual leaders. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, just after his address, presented a shawl, rosary and a prayer mat to the chief minister. Later, the chief minister reviewed the arrangements for the Dawoodi Bohra community?s other majlis at the KPI ground. He visited their kitchen, dispensary and sitting places. The chief minister issued directives to Additional IG Karachi Mushtaq Mahar and Commissioner Karachi Aijaz Ali Khan to keep in touch with the management of the Bohra Jamaat majalis and other programmes and provide them necessary security, support, and whatever else was required by them. Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar and MQM-Pakistan chief Dr Farooq Sattar also paid a visit to the Taheri Masjid in Saddar on Sunday where they met with Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin ? the 53rd spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community and expressed well wishes on his visit to Pakistan. Talking to media representatives on this occasion, Dr Farooq Sattar stressed the need for promoting Ittehad Bain-ul-Muslimeen, which he said was the need of the hour. He said the arrival of Dr Mufaddal Saifuddin was in fact a message of love and unity and all of their people work for peace and harmony around the world. He said in the month of Muharram, we all should show the mutual understanding and unity to prove that we are peace-loving people and want progress and development of our city and country. Akhtar, while talking to the leaders of Bohra community, said this community had a big role in the development and progress of Karachi and they always supported promotion of love and harmony among the people. He said the development works, including road carpeting, street lights maintenance and cleanliness were started in the city before the start of Muharram and now these are being completed rapidly so that the citizens could be saved from any inconvenience while performing religious rituals during Muharram. He said currently their top-most priority is arrangement for cleanliness and road repair and carpeting around the Imambarghas and other locations in the city. The Bohra community leaders thanked Dr Farooq Sattar and Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar for visiting the Taheri Masjid. This report was originally published in The News
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogFacebook on Monday took another measure to curb the spread of so-called fake news by announcing that it would ban business pages involved in sharing false stories from advertising on the social networking site. "Over the past year we have taken several steps to reduce false news and hoaxes on Facebook. Currently, we do not allow advertisers to run ads that link to stories that have been marked false by third-party fact-checking organizations," it said in a blog post on Monday. "Now we are taking an additional step. If Pages repeatedly share stories marked as false, these repeat offenders will no longer be allowed to advertise on Facebook." ?False news damages the trust of people who are on Facebook,? Yahoo Finance quoted Facebook product director Rob Leathern as saying. ?We don?t want pages that post [false] news to build out audiences and get more distribution on Facebook. So, we?ve decided to add this to the list of things to help that informed community.? Facebook to step up fact-checking in fight against fake news Facebook will start using updated machine learning to detect possible hoaxes The social network, however, did not specify the number of fake stories shared by a page to trigger the temporary advertising ban. Nor did it detailed as to how long the ban could last. ?We don?t want to share that,? added Leathern. ?We don?t want pages to game the system.? Earlier in August, the company said in a statement on its website it will start using updated machine learning to detect possible hoaxes and send them to fact checkers, potentially showing fact-checking results under the original article. Facebook has been criticised as being one of the main distribution points for so-called fake news, which many think influenced the 2016 US presidential election. The issue became a big political topic in Europe, with French voters deluged with false stories ahead of the presidential election in May and Germany backing a plan to fine social media networks if they fail to remove hateful postings promptly, ahead of elections there in September.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogKashmiri people are struggling for their basic right to self-determination, says spokesperson. ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakria on Saturday said India was involved in spreading terrorism in Pakistan and India?s oppressive activities in India-occupied Kashmir (IOK) had been exposed to the world. The spokesperson, while speaking to PTV, said India was involved in terror financing and terror activities in Pakistan and the arrest of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav was proof of Indian activities. ?Indian subversive designs against Pakistan have been exposed after the trial of Kulbhushan Jadhav and the confessional statement of Ehsanullah Ehsan.? The FO spokesperson added that India had been using Afghan territory against Pakistan for promoting terrorism and added that Pakistan has informed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the international community regarding Indian atrocities in IOK. ?The Kashmiri people are struggling for their basic right to self-determination.? Earlier, Jadhav filed a mercy petition to Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, seeking forgiveness for his espionage, terrorist and subversive activities. Jadhav had earlier filed an appeal to the Military Appellate Court, which was rejected. Under Pakistani law, he is eligible to appeal for clemency to the COAS (which he has done) and, if rejected, subsequently to the President of Pakistan. Who is Kulbhushan Jadhav? A resident of Mumbai's suburban Powai neighbourhood, Jadhav belongs to a family of police officers. Jadhav belongs to the cadre of the engineering department of Indian Navy and took the cover name Hussein Mubarik Patel for intelligence gathering for Indian agencies, his statement says. He added that he joined the National Defence Academy in 1987, and subsequently the Indian Navy in 1991, where he served until around December 2001. In his statement, the Indian national said he is currently a serving officer in the Indian navy, due to retire by 2022. India denied the claim. The India Foreign Office stated that the man is a former Indian navy officer. The Indian spy said he commenced intelligence operations in 2003, and established a business in Chahbahar, Iran, where he remained undetected and visited Karachi in 2003 and 2004. He was picked up by Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) at the end of 2013 and has been directing various subversive activities in Karachi and Balochistan. His objective, he stated, was to hold meetings with Baloch insurgents and collaboratively carry out terrorist activities. ?These activities have been of criminal nature, leading to killing of or maiming of Pakistani citizens,? Jadhav?s statement reads. In pursuit of targets set by RAW handlers, the Indian national was apprehended by Pakistani authorities on March 3, 2016, while trying to cross over into Pakistan from the Saravan border in Iran. Pakistan denied consular access to Jadhav since after his arrest, although he was provided with a defending officer as per legal provisions during his Field General Court Martial (FGCM) trial. He was sentenced to death by the FGCM on April 10, 2017.
Author:’Abdullaah Ibn Saalih Al-Fawzaan Source:Ahaadeeth As-Siyaam: Ahkaam wa Adaab (pg. 13-15) Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allaah (Peace be upon him) said: “Ramadaan has come to you – a blessed month. Allaah has made it obligatory on you to fast in it. During this month, the gates of heaven are open, the gates of the Hellfire are closed and the evil devils are chained. To Allaah belongs a night in it, which is better than a thousand months. Whosoever is prevented from its good, then he has been deprived.”  The hadeeth is a glad tiding to the righteous servants of Allaah, of the coming of the blessed month of Ramadaan. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) informed his Companions of its coming and it was not just a simple relaying of news. Rather, his intent was to give them the glad tidings of a magnificent time of the year, so that the righteous people who are quick to do deeds can give it its due estimate. This is because the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam) explained in it (the hadeeth) what Allaah has prepared for His servants from the ways towards gaining forgiveness and His contentment – and they are many. So whoever has forgiveness escape him during the month of Ramadaan, then he has been deprived with the utmost deprivation. From the great favors and bounties that Allaah has bestowed upon His servants is that He has prepared for them meritous occasions so that they may be of profit to those who obey Him and a race for those who rush to compete (for good deeds). These meritous occasions are times for fulfilling hopes by exerting in obedience and uplifting flaws and deficiencies through self-rectification and repentance. There is not a single occasion from these virtuous times, except that Allaah has assigned in it works of obedience, by which one may draw close to Him. And Allaah possesses the most beautiful things as gifts, which He bestows upon whomsoever He wills by His Grace and Mercy. So the one who achieves true happiness is he who takes advantage of these virtuous months, days and hours and draws closer to His Guardian in them, by doing what is prescribed in them from acts of worship. Thus perhaps he will be showered with one of the many blessings of those occasions and be helped by it, with an assistance that is enough to save him from the Fire and what it contains, such as its blazing heat.  Being able to reach Ramadaan is itself a magnificent bounty that is bestowed on the one who reaches it and rises to its occasion, by standing in prayer during its night and fasting during its day. In it, he returns to his Protector — from disobeying Him to obeying Him, from neglecting Him to remembering Him, from remaining distant from Him to turning towards Him in submissive repentance. A Muslim must be conscious of this bounty and acknowledge its magnitude. For indeed, many people are prevented from fasting, either because they die before they reach it, or because they are not capable of observing it or because they oppose and turn away from it. Thus, the one who fasts must give praise to his Lord for this bounty and should welcome this month with joy and delight that a magnificent time of the year out of all the occasions for performing obedience is welcomed. He should exert himself deeply in doing good deeds. And he should invoke Allaah to grant him the ability to fast and stand in night prayer, and that He provide him with seriousness, enthusiasm, strength, and energy in that month. And that He awaken him from heedless oversleeping so that he may take advantage of these virtuous times of good. It is unfortunate to find that many people do not know the value of this virtuous occasion, nor do they consider it to be sacred. So the month of Ramadaan no longer becomes a significant time for obedience, worship, reciting the Qur’aan, giving in charity and making remembrance of Allaah. Rather, to some people, it becomes a signifcant time to diversify their foods and drinks and to prepare different types of meals before the month begins. Some other people do not know Ramadaan except as a month of sleeplessness and constant recurring gatherings, while sleeping by day. This is to the point that some among them sleep past the time of the obligatory prayers, thus not praying them in congregation or in their proper times. Other people do not know Ramadaan except as a signifcant time for conducting worldly affairs, not as a significant time for conducting affairs for the Hereafter. Thus, they work busily in it, buying and selling, and they stay in the market areas, consequently abandoning the masaajid. And when they do pray with the people, they do so in such a hurried manner. This is because they find their pleasure in the market places. This is the extent that the notions and views (of Ramadaan) have been changed. Some of the Salaf used to say: “Indeed Allaah, the Most High, has made the month of Ramadaan as a competition for His creatures, in which they may race with one another to His pleasure, by obeying Him. Thus, one group comes first and so they prosper and another group comes last and so they fail.”  Also, the individual does not know if this is perhaps the last Ramadaan he will ever see in his life, if he completes it. How many men, women and children have fasted with us the past year, and yet now they lie buried in the depths of the earth, relying on their good deeds. And they expected to fast many more Ramadaans. Likewise, we too shall all follow their path. Therefore, it is upon the Muslim to rejoice at this magnificent occasion for worship. And he should not renounce it, but instead busy himself with what will benefit him and what will cause its effect to remain. For what else is it, except numbered days, which are fasted in succession and which finish rapidly. May Allaah make us, as well as you, from among those who are foremost in attaining good deeds. Footnotes: This hadeeth is reported by Ahmad and An-Nasaa’ee. See Ahmad Shaakir’s checking of the Musnad (no. 7148) and Saheeh at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb of al-Albaanee (1490) as well as Tamaam-ul-Mannah (395) These are the words of Ibn Rajab in Lataa’if-ul-Ma’aarif: pg. 8 Lataa’if-ul-Ma’aarif of Ibn Rajab: page 246 Share this, Baarakallaah Feekum: [“One who guides to something good has a reward similar to that of its doer” - Saheeh Muslim vol.3, no.4665] [This website protects the copyrights of the authors/publishers. The Content is posted on this website with implicit/explicit permission from content owners. If you find any copyright violations please inform the same.]