1. Gileem Juloos in Lucknow commemorates Hazrat Ali’s martyrdom
    Lucknow: The traditional Gileem Juloos in memory of Hazrat Ali was taken out by the Shia Muslims in old city of Lucknow on 19th of Ramzan. The procession symbolises the incident when Hazrat Ali, nephew and son-in-law of the Prophet (PBUH) was wounded and was brought covered with blanket. Hazrat Ali had martyrdom three days after this incident. Gileem means blanket and the procession included a taboot covered with blanket.
  2. Youm-i-Ali: City govt slaps two-day ban on pillion riding
    Men polish the main ziarat that is taken out on the morning of Ramazan 21. According to licencedar Syed Ahmed Munir, whose family is the custodian of the ziarat, it takes 20 days to polish the ziarat, which is made of pure silver and weighs 10 maunds. About 40-50 people carry it. Some, whose prayers have been answered, carry it throughout the day. The ziarat leaves Mubarik Haveli at around 9am and ends at Karbala Gamay Shah around Iftar time after passing through Masjid Wazir Khan, Kashmiri Bazaar, Sunehri Masjid, Paani Wala Talaab and Bazaar Hakeeman. PHOTO: ABID NAWAZ/EXPRESS
  3. Kuwait and Iraq plan jointly operated airline
    Kuwait and Iraq plan to launch a jointly operated airline using a part of the compensations paid to the Kuwait Airways for destroying its fleet during the 1990/91 invasion, report the Kuwait Times.
  4. Bahrain: Verdict Expected For 13 Opposition Activists
    Amnesty International considers all 13 to be prisoners of conscience and is calling for their immediate and unconditional release.
  5. Bahrain authorities continue to target pro-democracy women with arbitrary arrests
    Bahrain authorities continue its repression campaigns against the participants of the democracy and freedom movement for more than 16 months.
  6. Pakistan: Over 350 Shia Muslims Detained and Booked Under Terrorism Charges
    As many as 152 Shia people were arrested out of 350 booked under terrorism charges on Wednesday following tension between Wahhabi terrorists and local Shias.
  7. Russian underground Islamic sect: child abuse investigation launched
    The discovery of an Islamic sect in Russia, where 70 people including 27 children were discovered living in a catacomb, has led prosecutors to open a child abuse investigation.
  8. Iran, Excluded From Other Meetings on Syria, Hosts Its Own
    TEHRAN — Shut out of diplomatic meetings on the Syria conflict, Iran convened emergency consultations of its own on Thursday, with participants from nearly 30 countries, including Russia and China, discussing ways to reach a solution. It was the first such gathering since the special representative Kofi Annan resigned as a United Nations and Arab League mediator last week.
  9. Assad replaces fugitive PM, Aleppo battles rage
    ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad named a new prime minister on Thursday to replace Syria’s most senior government defector and his forces pounded rebels in a strategic district of Aleppo.