21-year-old Ayesha Aziz of Kashmir plans to fly a
MIG-29 fighter jet at Russia's Sokul airbase
in Sweden as Muslim School Segregates Boys and Girls
High Court Wants Dowry Items Mentioned In Marriage Certificate
Women Entrepreneurs to Get Tk25 Lakh Collateral-Free Loan
Urges World to End War in Syria
Palestinian Women, Football Not Just About Winning
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Kashmiri Woman Aims To Become First Indian To Fly MIG-29
According to NDTV, Ayesha Aziz of Kashmir realised her dream of becoming a
pilot when she got her commercial licence last week. Now, the 21-year-old plans
to fly a MIG-29 fighter jet at Russia's Sokul airbase. If she succeeds, she
will become the youngest Indian girl to pilot the aircraft beyond the speed of
want to reach the edge of space, for which we are talking terms with the Russian
agency to fly the MIG-29 ", Ayesha said.
that is going to be the next expedition - to fly the MIG-29 fighter jet,"
began training while she was in school. At 16, she was given a student pilot
licence by the prestigious Bombay Flying Club. In 2012, she completed a
two-month advanced space training course at NASA. She was among the three
Indians chosen. Her inspiration is Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams.
mother belongs to the Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir while her father
is from Mumbai in Maharashtra.
am proud of her achievements. We want her to go higher and higher. She is my
idol and she motives me, ", said Areeb Lokhandwala, Ayesha's brother.
has set eyes firmly on her mission of flying fighter jets.
message for Kashmiri girls would be to chase their dreams, to not let anything
let them down, have goals in your life and achieve them", said Ayesha.
In Sweden As Muslim School Segregates Boys And Girls
August last year, Swedish media revealed that teachers had agreed to
gender-segregated sport lessons
Muslim elementary school in Sweden, which separated boys and girls on a bus and
during sports lessons, sparked controversy on Tuesday with the prime minister
condemning it as “despicable”.
part of a documentary, Swedish broadcaster TV4 filmed secret footage of the
privately-run Al-Azhar Primary School in a Stockholm suburb where boys are seen
entering a bus from the front and girls from the back.
between six and 10, the students take the school bus in the mornings and
evenings to go to and from school in the working-class neighbourhood of
Vallingby, northwest of Stockholm.
think this is despicable. This doesn’t belong in Sweden,” Prime Minister Stefan
Lofven told reporters in Stockholm.
take the bus together here, regardless if you’re a girl or a boy, woman or a
isn’t the first controversy surrounding the school. In August last year,
Swedish media revealed that teachers had agreed to gender-segregated sport
school argued that gender-mixed sports courses would cause some parents to stop
their children from attending.
school’s vice principal said it had no intention of carrying out
don’t know why it still turned out that way,” Roger Lindquist told TT news
was a mistake.”
the school says on its website that “boys and girls have separate courses in
swimming and sports”.
has asked Education Minister Gustav Fridolin to contact the school and propose
measures on what can be done to prevent segregation.
school has a duty to end outdated segregation norms,” Fridolin told public
must concern all schools.”
The Lahore High Court has directed the Punjab government to introduce a new
legislation to incorporate dowry items in Nikahnama (marriage certificate) so
the miseries of women litigants seeking recovery of their dowry after marital
break-up can be reduced.
should be a law which would state upon marriage, all things relating to
marriage i.e. dowry should be duly incorporated in the columns of Nikahnama so
that the miseries and obstacles of the female litigants could be curbed down in
future and providing a strong and concrete social and legal set-up,” Justice
Tariq Iftikhar Ahmad observed in a judgement passed on a writ petition filed by
a woman. The petitioner challenged ‘miscalculation’ of dowry items by a lower
court of Bahawalpur.
judge in his verdict observed that the menace of dowry had become a social
threat in modern Pakistan leading to oppression of women, physical violence
against brides, causing a financial and emotional stress to the parents of the
brides as well.
dogma should be removed and shackled with an iron hand at grassroots level and
should be uprooted to maintain serene and harmony in society,” the judge says.
judge regrets that successive governments in independent Pakistan retained most
of the laws inherited from the British without amendments. “Hence, today
unfortunately personal laws are different in Pakistan depending on which
religion the person belongs to. For Muslim women and Christian women the rights
are even less,” the judge adds.
Ahmad observed that the incorporation of dowry items in the Nikahnama, if
implemented, by the legislature would be more effective in eradicating the
problems of dowry issues in courts as well as in society.
judge says the brides should also be educated and well informed about negative
impacts of dowry and should be taught that they can lead a better life with
more independence and happiness.
judge advises women to make bold moves towards exposing families demanding
dowry using the help of the legal system saying the legal system should be made
more accommodative to make the brides and their family members comfortable.
Ahmad directed the law secretary to take up the matter with the quarters
concerned for carrying out requisite legislation at the earliest.
judge, however, dismissed the petition finding no illegality or irregularity in
the impugned decision of the lower court regarding the evaluation of the dowry
women entrepreneurs are going to get Tk1, 657 crore as SME loans this year
Bank has directed banks to provide Tk25 lakh loan to a woman entrepreneur
without any collateral.
new entrepreneurs will also get collateral-free Tk10 lakh loans.
Bank issued a circular on Sunday to ease the process of the SME loans to the
women and new entrepreneurs.
loans will be disbursed on the basis of bank-client relations and types of
products and services.
Bank data showed that the local banks and financial institutions are going to
disburse Tk23,500 crore loans to create new entrepreneurs to promote sustainable
development of the country.
figure is 20% higher than that of the previous year and most of the loans will
be given to small and medium enterprises in rural areas.
Bank has made it compulsory for banks and financial institutions to disburse
SME and agricultural credit at low interest rates.
women entrepreneurs are going to get Tk1,657 crore as SME loans this year.
2016, the banks and financial institutions fixed the target of disbursing SME
loans at Tk1,13,503 crore. But they were able to achieve more than the target.
They were able to disburse Tk1,41,935 crore.
year the new entrepreneurs will get Tk21,794 crore as SME loans. Last year the
amount was Tk18,128 crore.
urges world to end war in Syria
Nobel laureate and rights activist Malala Yousafzai has called on world leaders
to end the devastating war in Syria that has claimed the lives of thousands.
strikes like the toxic gas attack in Idlib on Tuesday have become a sickeningly
routine as the Syrian conflict persists,” she said in a statement issued in
wake of a horrific attack in the war-torn country.
morning innocent men, women and children suffered painful, senseless deaths,”
read the statement.
asked the international community to “do everything in your power to help the
victims and end the war”.
war, she said, had displaced millions. “This war has forced too many families
from their homes, too many children from their schools and taken too many
innocent lives. This war must end.”
chemical attack killed at least 58 people, including 11 children, in the
northwestern province of Idlib, a monitor, medics and rescue workers in the
rebel-held area said.
Syrian military source strongly denied the army had used any such weapons.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack, believed to have been
carried out by Syrian army jets, caused many people to choke, and some had foam
coming out of their mouths. All the children were under the age of eight.
morning, at 6:30am., warplanes targeted Khan Sheikhoun with gases, believed to
be sarin and chlorine," said Mounzer Khalil, head of Idlib's health
authority. The attack had killed more than 50 people and wounded 300, he said.
of the hospitals in Idlib province are now overflowing with wounded
people," Khalil told a news conference in Idlib.
air strikes that hit the town of Khan Sheikhoun, in the south of rebel-held
Idlib, killed at least 58 people, said the Observatory, a British-based war
later struck near a medical point where victims of the attack were receiving
treatment, the Observatory and civil defense workers said.
civil defence, also known as the White Helmets - a rescue service that operates
in opposition areas of Syria - said jets struck one of its centers in the area
and the nearby medical point.
would mark the deadliest chemical attack in Syria since sarin gas killed
hundreds of civilians in Ghouta near the capital in August 2013. Western states
said the Syrian government was responsible for the 2013 attack. Damascus blamed
Palestinian women, football not just about winning
Palestinian Territories: The Palestinian women’s football team saw a crushing
defeat in their first match in Asian Cup qualifiers — a 6-0 loss to Thailand —
but for captain Claudie Salameh, the score means little.
football for girls in Palestine is an enormous challenge,” she said after the
face world football but also (challenges) in our country where an outdated
vision of girls playing football exists.”
women football players have sought to overcome traditional attitudes and the
difficulties imposed by Israel’s occupation to build a team now competing in
Asian Cup qualifiers.
other teams in the Asian Cup qualifying group — Thailand and China — have been
training together for a long time.
the members of the Palestinian team were only together for 20 days before their
match on Monday in Al-Ram, the Palestinian city cut off from Jerusalem by
Israel’s separation wall.
have to prove to our own people that girls can and know how to play football,”
said Salameh while waving her hands expressively, her fingernails painted with
flamboyant red polish — the same color as the Palestinian jerseys.
Wednesday, they will play their second cup qualifier against China as part of
their aim to reach the 2018 tournament to be held in neighboring Jordan.
two other countries meant to be in the group — Lebanon and Guam — have
women’s football has existed in organized form for less than 10 years.
first team was formed in 2009 with little financial support and controversy
over women playing what is seen by some as a man’s game in shorts.
are now four teams playing outdoors and about a dozen indoors. About 400 girls
over 14 are registered as players.
players face both “cultural obstacles” and, like all Palestinians, those
imposed by the Israeli Army due to the 50-year occupation of the West Bank,
said Hanadi Nasser Eldin, head of women’s football for the Palestinian
permission from the Israeli authorities for players to travel as well as for
equipment to be transported are issues that have been looked at by FIFA.
on a more personal level, due to traditional attitudes, the players are
subjected to debates over their clothes and the pursuit of sporting activity
past the age when some believe they should be married. The subject has come up
at sermons in some mosques.
the Gaza Strip, only a small number of girls play indoor football.
of the Palestinian national team come from the West Bank or Arab Israeli
trying to win, a major challenge for the players is building a program and
making their presence known.
Al-Moghrabi, around 20, was one of the rare fans taking in Monday’s game at the
Faisal Al-Husseini stadium — the only international Palestinian football venue.
traveled from the West Bank city of Jericho, she said she felt the players had
“a strength, a will and a gift that can both serve them and the whole country.”
football for girls is not something to be ashamed of or a sin,” she said.
Rajoub, head of the Palestinian Football Federation, has been working to bring
Palestinian teams — as well as the flag, anthem and cause — to all
international sporting events.
federation works not only on training players and coaches but “also for rules
guaranteeing the place of women — half of society — in this sporting
revolution,” he said.
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