Author: ziahmad

Pallavi stands for NSW Upper House

The campaign launch of Pallavi Sinha, a high achiever of Indian origin standing for the NSW Upper House during the state elections held on Sat 23 March, was organised on Friday 1 March at Grand Marion, Harris Park attended by ministers, politicians, supporters as well as family and friends. An active community worker, Pallavi, lawyer and academic completed economics (social sciences) and law degrees with honours from the University of Sydney and was selected on the prestigious AFR & Westpac 100 Women of Influence list. She is the only Indian origin person to successfully get a position on the Liberal...

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Jihad against hate and extremism

The Christchurch tragedy with its toll of a large number of people killed and an equivalent number seriously injured has shocked everyone in our global village. These were innocent people engaged in worship in the mosques, considered places of refuge in a peaceful country, who would have never imagined to be attacked in such a cowardly manner. The vast majority of Muslims attend the congregational Friday Juma prayers in all places throughout the world including Muslim majority countries as well as places where they are a minority like Australia and New Zealand. The Christchurch attack would have disturbed them...

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Tragedy, empathy and action in New Zealand

New Zealand is holding a national memorial service to be broadcast live on Friday 29 March to remember the victims of the terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch. “The service will be a chance to once again show that New Zealanders are compassionate, inclusive and diverse, and that we will protect those values,” PM Jacinda Ardern has announced. The New Zealand Prime Minister has been praised globally for her extraordinary use of empathetic language, decisive leadership and swift action following the terrorist attack in Christchurch on Friday 15 March in which more than 50 people have died and...

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Aussie Muslims’ overwhelming support for their Kiwi cousins

While still in shock from the Christchurch tragedy from last Friday and contemplating my personal response, I received a call early Monday morning from Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid from Chicago, former Chair of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and in the forefront of advocacy for Rohingyas and Uighurs. In learning that I was still in Sydney, he said, “Look the Christchurch killer is an Australian and Australia has significant white supremacist presence. It is your duty as an Aussie to immediately go to Christchurch and AMUST being a credible Muslim media in the Oceania area, publicise the...

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Software glitch blamed for Ethiopian airline disaster

The crash of Ethiopian airline plane Boeing 737 MAX 8 on Sunday 10 March in which 157 people died has been blamed on a software taking control of the plane that the pilots could not override. All planes of this model have now been grounded. The software is known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), that overrides some specified pilot control inputs unless it is switched off. This can interfere with pilots’ longtime training that pulling back on the control yoke raises a plane’s nose, putting the plane into a climb. As a pilot tries to manoeuvre an airplane,...

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