Friday, July 12, 2019

Google celebrates what would have been Renée Favaloro's 96th birthday on Jul. 12, 2019

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Reflecting on his legacy, Favaloro wrote: “‘We’ is more important than ‘I’. In medicine, the advances are always the result of many efforts accumulated over the years.”

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By JULIA WEBSTER | JULY 12, 2019

René Favaloro, a pioneering Argentine heart surgeon, is being remembered with a Google Doodle for his contributions to coronary bypass surgery on what would have been his 96th birthday.

Born in La Plata, Argentina, in 1923, Favaloro started his career as a doctor in the farming community of Jacinto Arauz, where he built his own operating room, trained nurses and set up a local blood bank.

In 1962 he moved to the United States where he pioneered coronary bypass surgery, a technique used to restore blood flow to the heart when the vessel supplying it is blocked.

Today, coronary artery bypass surgery is one of the most common operations. Doctors performed 213,700 in the U.S. in 2011.

Arteries can become blocked with plaque that builds up in the vessel walls, and this can cause chest pain or a heart attack if the vessel is blocked completely. Though this can happen in any part of the body, it is most dangerous in the coronary artery, which supplies the heart muscle.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Pakistan: Islamabad plays down accusations of Christian persecution

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Foreign minister says there are ‘individual incidents’ that can be compared to UK knife crime

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By Daniel Boffey in Brussels | 25 June 2019

Pakistan’s foreign minister has sought to dismiss accusations of Christian persecution, claiming there were “individual incidents” comparable to knife crime in the UK.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, speaking during a visit to Brussels, said reports of religious minorities being targeted in Pakistan did not constitute a trend and the recent claims of Christian persecution were an example of “western interests” that “want to paint Pakistan in a particular way”.

His comments follow the international outcry sparked by the case of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row on a charge of blasphemy, which was later overturned, before being allowed to leave for Canada.

Asked about reports of Pakistan’s 2.5 million Christians being attacked or facing persecution under the country’s blasphemy laws, Qureshi said: “You can’t say this is a trend, no. Individual incidents can be quoted anywhere, [of] minorities being mistreated here, in Europe, in Britain.”

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Pakistan and India step back from the brink, but unease continues

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Pakistan touted Abhinandan’s return as “as a goodwill gesture aimed at de-escalating rising tensions with India” after weeks of unease that threatened to spiral into war after both countries used jets for bombing missions this week. 

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By Abu Arqam Naqash, Fayaz Bukhari

A flare up between arch-foes India and Pakistan appeared to be easing on Saturday after Islamabad handed back a captured Indian pilot, amid efforts by global powers to prevent a war between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who became the face and symbol of the biggest clash between India and Pakistan in many years, walked across the border just before 9 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Friday in a high-profile handover shown on live television.

Shelling on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) that acts as a de facto border in the disputed Kashmir region continued for a few hours after his release, resulting in four deaths, but then stopped overnight, officials said.

Pakistan touted Abhinandan’s return as “as a goodwill gesture aimed at de-escalating rising tensions with India” after weeks of unease that threatened to spiral into war after both countries used jets for bombing missions this week.

Friday, March 1, 2019

USA: Ahmadiyya-hosted interfaith event in Allen, TX brings women together this Sunday

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“Every year we have seen our numbers pick up, and we have a lot more people want to come and learn rather than not to visit our mosque. Our doors are always open.”

File photo: past Interfaith event in Allen, TX
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By Kevin Reynolds | February 28, 2019

The city of Allen will be at the epicenter of the interfaith movement this week as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Auxiliary of Dallas will be hosting its annual convention on Sunday. The dialogue, which has been running on an annual basis for 17 years, is expected to draw upward of 200 women from across the entire spectrum of faith.

The Interfaith tradition has been a part of the fabric of Allen since the Bait-ul-Ikram Mosque was built in 2002.

According to Ismat Mahmood, the secretary of Interfaith, the objective is clear: open a dialogue and break down the barriers of stigma and bigotry.

“The goal of our entire initiative is to create a bond of fellowship in our community. We want to bring people together to learn about the Muslim faith and to respect all faiths,” Mahmood said.

Since being built in 2002, at the height of anti-Muslim rhetoric, the relationship between Muslims and the rest of the community has steadily improved. Although there are still glaring instances of bigotry in the everyday lives of Muslims, Mahmood contests that since she has started the interfaith dialogue the situation has made progress.

USA: Award-Winning Film on Controversial Pakistani Physicist Abdus Salam to Screen March 7

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The film Salam has been an official selection at many prestigious film festivals and won prizes at the Raw Science Film Festival, the Chicago South Asian Film Festival, and others.

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By Staff Report | March 01, 2019

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Anand Kamalakar, a Brooklyn-based documentary editor, will present his film Salam at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Graduate Education Auditorium at the University of Arkansas.

Kamalakar directed and edited the feature-length documentary about the Nobel Prize-winning Pakistani physicist, Abdus Salam.

The film screening is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a talk with Kamalakar and associate professor Daniel Kennefick, a distinguished historian of science in the Department of Physics of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

“It’s a dramatic and visually stunning film,” said Padma Viswanathan, associate professor in the Program in Creative Writing and Translation, who is organizing the screening. “The evening as a whole will be of great interest to anyone interested in storytelling, science, politics or religious history.”

Thursday, February 28, 2019

India: Home Ministry bans J&K chapter of extremist Muslim group Jamaat-e-Islami, cite internal security

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The Union Home ministry on Thursday banned the J&K chapter of the Jamaat-e-Islami for five years for allegedly indulging in activities “prejudicial to internal security and public order” and said the group has the potential of “disrupting the unity and integrity” of the country.

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By HT Correspondent | March 1, 2019

The Union home ministry on Thursday banned the Jammu and Kashmir chapter of the Jamaat-e-Islami, a socio-religious organisation, for five years for allegedly indulging in activities “prejudicial to internal security and public order” and said the group has the potential of “disrupting the unity and integrity” of the country.

In a notification, the ministry said the Jamaat was in close touch with militant outfits and was supporting extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. The notification also accused the organisation of supporting claims for secession of a part of the Indian territory and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose.

The notification said if unlawful activities of the Jamaat were not curbed and controlled immediately, the group is likely to escalate its subversive activities, propagate anti-national and separatist sentiments and continue inciting violence in the country.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

UK: Work begins on rebuilding Baitul Futuh Mosque four years after fire ripped through Morden building

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"This scheme - reflecting their high standard of creativity and expertise - will shape the way in which we manage the flow and space in and around this landmark complex."

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By Riley Krause | February 26, 2019

 A Morden mosque which burned to the ground nearly four years ago is about to be brought back to life.

In 2015 a blaze ripped through the main administration buildings of the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London Road.

This included offices, function halls and residences, and took 70 firefighters and 10 fire engines to bring it under control.

That same year, John McAslan + Partners were the firm chosen to repair the building and now work is finally about to commence.

Rafiq Hayat, national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK praised the "world renowned" architects.

"This scheme - reflecting their high standard of creativity and expertise - will shape the way in which we manage the flow and space in and around this landmark complex," Mr Hayat said.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Pakistan, Economy and Religion — the case of Atif R. Mian - Daily Times

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[H]aving a notable and renowned economist such as Dr. Atif R. Mian working on our side should have been something to cherish and be proud of.

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By Nuzair A Virani | February 22, 2019

 The campaign against Dr Mian showed that we are our own biggest enemy

As the course of Pakistan’s economy is in need of some serious reforms and policies, we have blinded ourselves by the curtain of religion. Time after time, Pakistan has been treated like a money-making object by corrupt politicians and parties. It is safe to say that every authoritative position has, at some point in time, taken personal advantage of their position — be it the army, the religious parties or the government itself.

The induction of Dr. Atif R. Mian, a veterinary economist, into the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) by Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan hit the media by storm some months ago. Most political parties and politicians have raised grave concerns on the matter, simply because the man belongs to the Ahmadiyya community. In a matter of the state’s economic functions, religion does play its part but never does it exceed merit or logic.

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