“A balanced media is the source of hope, that will help the region face its growing challenges,” said Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in a meeting with the regions print audio and visual media persons here in Dubai yesterday.
Shaikh Mohammed also stressed on the important role of media in inculcating Islamic teachings and Arab values among the youth; and said that the media serves as the first line of defence to protect the significant achievements of civilisation. Media, he said, is a force for development and a shield that protects the Islamic nation from threats posed by those harbouring ill towards it.Shaikh Mohammed stressed the media’s need to maintain the highest standards of integrity, objectivity and impartiality. He urged media professionals to utilise their mightiest weapon, 'the pen', which is an effective tool to serve the cause of justice.
NASA: US and UAE to collaborate on space exploration : According to a NASA report, the United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced an agreement on Sunday that would allows the two nations to collaborate on matters of space and aeronautics research, including the potential journey to Mars. The report says that officials who met in Abu Dhabi are looking forward to the partnership that they hope will not only strengthen the relationship between the two countries, but also contribute to the field. The two countries also announced that they would collaborate on education and public outreach.
Herbal forest in Haryana to get one million plants : The World Herbal Forest sprawling over 52, 000 acres of land in Panchkula district (Haryana) in India will get one million medicinal plant saplings by this monsoon, announced the Haryana Government. Around 25 different varieties of plants will be planted in the forest, which will include of Harad, haldi (turmeric), Beheda, Amla, Rudraksh and Arjun. The statement says, around 25 different varieties of plants found in the country will be planted in the forest. In the first phase, the Forest Department will plant 50,000 plants each of 20 medicinal varieties.
Govt Survey says 71% Indians are non-vegetarians; Telangana tops the chart with 99% non-vegetarians: According to a nationwide survey conducted by the Registrar General of India, 71% of Indians are reported to follow a non-vegetarians diet. The survey was conducted among people aged above 15 years in 2014. With 75% non-vegetarians in the country in 2004, the new survey shows that people are shifting to vegetarian diet for health reasons. Interestingly, the state of Telangana tops the chart with 99% of people being non-vegetarians. West Bengal was second, with 98.7% men and 98.4% women non-vegetarians. Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu rounded off the third and fourth spots on the 21-state list.
‘Yoga medals’ proposed for paramilitary troops: As India is all set to celebrate the 2nd International Yoga Day (IYD) on June 21, the Modi Government has proposed instituting ‘Yoga medals’ for Central paramilitary troops for displaying exceptional skills in the ancient discipline for physical, mental and spiritual well being. The Government is planning to re-employ retiring personnel of Central forces as master Yoga trainers. Reports say that almost 30,000 personnel will be taking part in this year’s International Yoga Day programmes which will be held at various State capitals and other prominent cities.
12th Liwa Date Festival all set to launch in July: According to a WAM report, the Abu Dhabi Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee will be organising the 12th edition of the Liwa Date Festival from 20th to 30th of July, 2016, in the city of Liwa in Al Gharbia , Abu Dhabi under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. Held on an area stretching over 20,000 square metres, the festival is expected to attract between 60,000 and 70,000 visitors this year. With a total value of more than AED 6 million, 220 prizes will be awarded to winning participants in the various categories.
Nayif -1 , the UAE's first Nanosatellite that was developed by Emirati engineering students, has successfully passed all stages and tests, and is now ready for launch into space aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket, said a press release from MBRSC (Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre).More News..
The 2016 IIFA Awards, officially known as the 17th International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the International Indian Film Academy honouring the best Hindi films of 2015, ended this weekend in Madrid, Spain on a very high note as celebrities enthralled the audience with power packed performances, cheerful anecdotes and stunning red carpet best.More News..
H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, launched a nationwide initiative titled “Express Your Love for UAE” on Wednesday in UAE.More News..
The space agency of the Indian government, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), successfully launches PSLV – C34, its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series into earth’s orbit this morning. The vehicle is carrying 20 satellites including those of Google company Terra Bella’s SkySat Gen2, and earth observation and imaging satellites from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia.More News..
Inaugurating International Yoga Day 2016 celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people this morning at Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, India, to embrace yoga for better physical and mental health. He said that Yoga has become a mass movement like no other in the world.More News..
In line with Dubai Municipality’s transparency policy, the department has launched a Whatsapp number +971 50 1077799 to which residents can send a message seeking the authenticity of any rumours. Dubai Municipality will verify the news' sources and respond to the sender with a clarification within eight hours.More News..
Discussing ways of promoting parliamentary cooperation between the UAE and India as part of the distinguished and growing strategic partnership the two countries, Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), and T.P. Seetharam, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, at the FNC’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi on Saturday decided to set up an Emirati-Indian Parliamentary Committee.More News..
Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA) announced today that the Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) successfully carried out the first organ transplant surgery in Dubai, in collaboration with Mediclinic City Hospital. The surgery was performed on 8 June, on a 29-year old Emirati woman.More News..
Individuals are banned to own wild and other domesticated but dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, apes and monkeys, as well as pit bulls, mastiffs and Japanese Tosa dogs, says a draft law passed on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi by the Federal National Council. It also warns that pet owners who fail to control their pet dogs in public places will face tough penalties including one month jail term.More News..
Formerly named Wudeema Law, the UAE’s Child Protection Law takes effect on June 15 under which reporting cases of child abuse or negligence has become mandatory for all members of the community. The law will come in force from today onwards with the ultimate goal of transforming families and society.More News..