NWT Ottawa ink devolution deal

first_imgAPTN National NewsA final devolution agreement for the Northwest Territories was signed Tuesday.The deal will transfer federal power over land, water and resources to the territory.APTN’s Cullen Crozier has a look back at the long road to devolution.last_img

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Wetsuweten community to benefit from energy company deal chief

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Unist’ot’en ​Camp in British Columbia has been blocking pipeline companies for several years on their traditional territory.Tensions are rising as people believe the RCMP may soon take action.But we look at one community that has signed a benefit agreement with the energy company and see an opportunity for their community to get ahead.APTN’s Tina House has the story.last_img

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New 10 banknote celebrated in Calgary featuring James Gladstone

first_img(Members of James Gladstone’s family gather in Calgary celebrating a new $10 banknote featuring Gladstone, the first First Nation senator.)Tamara Pimentel APTN National NewsThe Bank of Canada joined members of the Blood First Nation in Calgary to begin circulating the new $10 bill that celebrates the 150th anniversary of confederation.On the new bill is Canada’s first senator of First Nations origin, James Gladstone.Gladstone was a member of the Blood First Nation and was committed to the betterment of Indigenous people. He was appointed to Senate in 1958.“He saw it as an important position especially for a First Nation to be finally represented. I’ve always been proud of him and especially proud that he is honoured on this commemorative bill,” said Gladstone’s grandson, James Dempsey.For the family of Gladstone, who died in 1971, this is a step toward reconciliation while bringing recognition of Blackfoot history and language to the public eye.“After being appointed, he decided he was going to do his opening speech in Blackfoot. And of course at the time, the only two accepted languages were French and English. I would have love to hear the translators translate what he was saying,” said Dempsey while sharing memories of his grandfather.The commemoration also includes the Assomption sash pattern, representing Metis culture, as well as artwork by Inuk artist Kenojuak Ashevak, whose work helped introduce Inuit art to the world.“This note was built by Canadians through extensive consultations around the country. They gave us input and advice and this is the product of that brilliant effort,” said Ted Mieszkalski, director of currency for the Bank of Canada.“This commemorative celebrates one element and the very key element of Canada, and that’s our history.”tpimentel@aptn.calast_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (up 3.74 points to 16,029.33, a record high):Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 31 cents, or 1.92 per cent, to $16.49 on 9.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 33 cents, or 1.27 per cent, to $26.27 on 6.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up five cents, or 1.83 per cent, to $2.78 on 6.5 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 16 cents, or 4.51 per cent, to $3.71 on 6.05 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down nine cents, or 0.85 per cent, to $10.52 on 5.3 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Up 15 cents, or 3.09 per cent, to $5.00 on 5.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Horizons ETFs Management Inc. (TSX:MIND). Financial services. Down one cent, or 0.04 per cent, to $24.99 on 54,779 shares. The company says it has launched the first exchange-traded fund in Canada to use artificial intelligence for all security selection decisions. The Horizons Active A.I. Global Equity ETF began trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The ETF, sub-advised by Mirae Asset Global Investments, uses an investment strategy run by an AI system that analyzes data and extracts patterns.Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC). Retailer. Up $1.02, or 9.05 per cent, to $12.29 on 2.1 million shares. The national retailer says it has received an unsolicited offer from European retail competitor SIGNA Holding for its German department store chain Kaufhof and other real estate assets. HBC acquired Kaufhof in 2015 as part of a $3.2-billion deal that included Belgium retailer Galeria Inno and other real estate assets.Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP). Consumer packaged goods. Down 14 cents, or 0.30 per cent, to $46.44 on 411,228 shares. The Canadian dairy giant signed a deal to buy Betin Inc., the company behind the Montchevre brand of goat cheese in the United States. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.last_img read more

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Thomson Reuters CEO Jim Smith expected to make full recovery after hospital

first_imgTORONTO – Thomson Reuters Corp. president and chief executive Jim Smith remains in hospital a week after falling ill with what’s been diagnosed as arrhythmia, which is an irregular heart beat.The company said Tuesday that Smith’s condition was stable and doctors expect a full recovery. It said he’s expected to be released from hospital within two weeks.During his absence, chief financial officer Stephane Bello is overseeing Smith’s responsibilities in addition to his regular duties.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRI)last_img

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Wholesale prices up 03 pct in March a hint of inflation

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. wholesale prices increased 0.3 per cent in March, driven higher by the largest increase in food costs in nearly four years.The Labor Department said Tuesday that the March gain in the producer price index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, followed a 0.2 per cent rise in February and a 0.4 per cent jump in January.Food prices at the wholesale level surged 2.2 per cent, the biggest increase since April 2014, with many categories showing gains. Energy costs, however, fell 2.1 per cent as gasoline prices dropped 3.7 per cent, the largest monthly decline since last May.Over the past 12 months, wholesale prices have risen 3 per cent, the fastest annual pace since last November and another sign that inflation pressures have started to increase after years of being dormant.Rising food prices are tied to weather that affected crops, but analysts still believe the report shows that inflation pressures are beginning to increase.“The numbers aren’t yet alarming, but neither can we say with any confidence that (wholesale) inflation has peaked,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, was up 0.3 per cent in March, and 2.7 per cent over the past 12 months.The Federal Reserve last month increased its benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point and signalled that it expected to raise rates a total of three times this year, the same number of rate hikes it delivered in 2017. However, many economists believe that stronger economic growth and a rise in inflation pressures will end up pushing the Fed to slightly accelerate its pace of rate hikes to four increases this year.The big increase in food costs reflected widespread gains across a number of categories with fish prices jumping 62.5 per cent, the biggest gain since 2014, while egg prices were up 41.6 per cent and vegetable costs rose 31.5 per cent.last_img read more

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ExBrexit minister May not standing up to EU bullies

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s former Brexit secretary has slammed Prime Minister Theresa May for lacking political will and resolve when dealing with the European Union over Brexit negotiations.Dominic Raab, who resigned Thursday, suggested that May failed to stand up to bullying EU officials. He told the Sunday Times: “If we cannot close this deal on reasonable terms, we need to be very honest with the country that we will not be bribed and blackmailed or bullied and we will walk away.”Raab added that “there is one thing that is missing and that is political will and resolve.”May is facing political chaos and open rebellion within her ranks, with Conservative opponents plotting to oust her after Britain struck a divorce agreement with the EU this week.The Associated Presslast_img

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ICBC reminds drivers to think safety when on the roads this Labour

first_imgICBC is also reminding drivers to avoid distractions while driving, such as the use of electronics, and avoid being impaired whether from the consumption of alcohol and drugs or from fatigue. Remember, if you choose to drink or use drugs, do not drive.Drivers are also being reminded to plan ahead to ensure a safe trip and to check the latest updates by visiting drivebc.ca.More driving safety tips can be found on ICBC’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – ICBC is reminding drivers to keep safety in mind when travelling on the roads this Labour Day weekend.According to ICBC, each year approximately five people die and 610 people are injured in 2,200 crashes across the province during the Labour Day weekend.To help ensure that everyone travels safely, ICBC is reminding drivers to share the road with motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians.last_img read more

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RSS praises Air Force Modi govt for air strike in Pakistan

first_imgGwalior: The RSS Friday lauded the Indian Air Force (IAF) for hitting terror launch pads in Pakistan and also praised the government for taking the decision. A resolution to this effect was passed on day one of the three-day meeting of the Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, RSS’ highest policy-making body, which began here Friday. “The meeting passed an ‘abhinandan prastav’ lauding the IAF for the air strike and also praised the government for this decision,” RSS joint general secretary Manmohan Vaidya RSS told reporters. “The government has taken the right decision to deal with the anti-national forces and Indians should also remain cautious of such elements,” he said. The meeting also expressed deep sorrow over the Pulwama and other terror attacks that killed armed forces personnel, he said. “India’s sahishnuta (tolerance) should not be treated as its weakness,” Vaidya said. Around 1,400 members of the Pratinidhi Sabha including RSS head, Mohan Bhagwat and Sarkaryavaha Bhaiyaji Joshi are taking part in the meeting, which will also discuss the Sabrimala temple issue, he said. Vaidya said the Kerala government is working against the spirit of Supreme Court ruling on the shrine by playing with the faith of Hindus and forcing entry of women who are not Hindus in the temple. On the Ram temple issue, he said all those associated with the matter are putting their views in the Supreme Court. “We have full faith in the judicial system and hope the all obstacles will be cleared and the temple constructed,” Vaidya said. He said no separate discussion will take place in the meeting on the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, adding the RSS believes that maximum number of people should vote. Participants at the three-day meet will share their ideas and experience on issues like social harmony, environment conservation, saving water, reducing use of plastic and tree plantation, Vaidya said. The number of RSS ‘shakhas’ (branches/units) increased this year, compared to last year, he said. In 2018, there were 58,967 shakhas and the number now is 59,266, he said. As part of the meeting, Sangh workers of 35 bodies associated with the RSS will place their views before Bhagwat, he said. The meeting will also decide next year’s agenda for the organisation, he added.last_img read more

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Gupta asks for CBI probe into Delhi Waqf Board operations

first_imgNew Delhi: The Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta on Thursday addressed a press conference asking Delhi L-G Anil Baijal to institute a CBI inquiry into the working of Delhi Waqf Board (DWB). Gupta added that all land and financial transactions involving the board must be stopped in the interest of fair play.Accusing the board’s Chairman, Amanatullah Khan of corrupt practices and irregularities of criminal nature in the board, Gupta said that the Chief Minister is depriving honest Muslims of their rights by ignoring alleged wrongdoings by Khan. The BJP MLA from Rohini accused Khan of appointing his “favourites” to positions within the Board without following the appropriate procedures and rules. Gupta said that Khan personally appointed 37 people close to him to the DWB without prior approval from the Revenue Secretary, Delhi Administration as well as the concerned Minister for Waqf Board of Delhi Government. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn addition, Gupta accused Khan of transferring DWB properties worth about Rs 100 crore to unauthorised persons. He also accused the DWB chief of approving tenancies in properties under the board through unauthorised methods.With regards to alleged irregular practices within the board, Gupta also said that Khan had many a time ignored the basic procedure of consulting the Chief Executive Officer. The Delhi BJP leader also accused Khan of trying open several bank accounts in order to siphon-off the Board’s money for his personal gratification. Gupta added that all the properties filed should be requisitioned by the CBI and that the entire record of all concerned files must also be taken by concerned authorities.last_img read more

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Bleaching hits worlds southernmost coral reef

first_imgSydney: The world’s southernmost coral reef has been hit by bleaching this summer, Australian scientists said Wednesday, as they warned rising sea temperatures from climate change were affecting even the most isolated ecosystems. The corals off Lord Howe Island — some 600 kilometres (370 miles) offshore from Sydney — were affected by elevated temperatures this summer, despite escaping severe bleaching that damaged the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 and 2017. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It’s a canary in the coal mine that we are seeing bleaching at this very isolated southernmost reef, which is worrying,” Associate Professor Bill Leggat of the University of Newcastle said. “It’s just another indicator that climate change is affecting everywhere around the world. Here is a reef that is 600 kilometres from the mainland and we are seeing bleaching there in a lovely, beautiful ecosystem.” Leggat and other scientists from several Australian universities and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found severe bleaching of up to 90 percent at Lord Howe’s inshore, shallow lagoon reefs. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsDeeper-water corals in the marine park, which contains species not found anywhere else and like the Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site, were still “looking quite healthy” having mostly escaped the bleaching, Leggat said. Leggat said increasing baseline temperatures caused by climate change, and local factors such as elevated temperatures in the area this summer, caused the bleaching to occur. The scientists are set to return to Lord Howe in the next few months to find out if some corals have been so severely bleached they can’t recover. Bleaching occurs when abnormal environmental conditions, such as warmer sea temperatures, cause corals to expel tiny photosynthetic algae, draining them of their colour. Corals can recover if the water temperature drops and the algae are able to recolonise them. However, swathes of coral at the Barrier Reef — the world’s largest living structure — died or were damaged in the unprecedented successive events in 2016 and 2017.last_img read more

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Delhi court issues notice to ED on Michels plea

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Saturday issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate on plea of Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, alleging the agency of politicising the case by leaking the chargesheet copy to the media. The agency, on the other hand, sought an enquiry as to how the copy of the charge sheet was leaked to the media and asked for issuance of notice to a news organisation asking to explain how they accessed the document. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Special judge Arvind Kumar issued notice to the agency and directed it to file a reply on Michel’s plea, which had stated that he had not named anybody in connection with the deal during investigation by the ED and that even though the court has not taken cognisance over the documents filed before it, in order to make the entire case a sensation again in the media, the agency had leaked the charge sheet. The court will take up the matter of leaking of the charge sheet copy on April 11. The court also issued summons to Michel’s business partner and middleman David Nigel John Syms as accused in the case. Syms, named as accused in the charge sheet, will have to appear before court on May 9.last_img read more

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Fani 500 ONGC staff evacuated

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has evacuated 480 of its employees from rigs operating in the Bay of Bengal ahead of an impending cyclone that is expected to make landfall on Friday. Sources said ONGC has also moved at least four rigs to safer waters away from the path of severe cyclonic storm Fani.The company had as many as six rigs exploring and drilling for oil and gas off the Andhra coast. Personnel on five of them have been completely evacuated to safer zones, they said. The evacuated rigs include Aban-II (85 personnel), DD-8 (103), Louisiana (83) and Essar Wildcat (87 personnel). Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraA control room has been set up to monitor the situation developing on the eastern coast. Operations at Paradip port in Odisha and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh have been shut and ships ordered to move out of sea to avoid damage. The east coast has a flurry of oil and gas installations, including refineries at Paradip, Visakhapatnam, and Chennai. Two refineries in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, which are in the path of the cyclone, are operating on ‘safe’ mode, the sources said. Besides, oil and gas exploration and production installations are scattered across the Bay of Bengal.last_img read more

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Pakistan foreign minister cancels Lanka visit amid security concern

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi cancelled his upcoming visit to Sri Lanka in the wake of the security situation in the island nation following the Easter Sunday suicide attacks which killed more than 250 people, a media report said Thursday. Qureshi was due in Maldives on May 2 and in Colombo from May 3 till May 5, but the visit was cancelled in light of the security situation in Sri Lanka, the Express Tribune reported, citing diplomatic sources. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportA revised schedule for the minister’s visit would be released later. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday. The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) for the attacks. Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said last week that Islamabad has offered “every possible” assistance to Sri Lanka in investigations into the terrorist attacks. “Pakistan will provide every possible assistance that Sri Lanka requests. This offer of support has been extended by the president, prime minister and the foreign minister to their counterparts in Sri Lanka,” he said. There were reports that Sri Lanka had sought assistance of the Punjab Forensic Laboratory but Faisal clarified that Pakistan “had not received any formal request from the Sri Lankan authorities”.last_img read more

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MeToo Akbar denies calling Priya Ramani in hotel room

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Union minister M J Akbar told a Delhi court on Monday that he did not ask scribe Priya Ramani, who has accused him of sexual misconduct in #MeToo campaign, to see him in his hotel room in 1994 in connection with her alleged interview to join a newspaper of which he was the editor.Akbar, who had resigned as minister on October 17 last year following the allegations levelled during the campaign, vehemently objected to the questions of Ramani’s counsel about other women scribes who had also accused him of sexual misconduct. The scribe-turned BJP politician was being cross-examined by senior advocate Rebecca John, counsel for Ramani, before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, in connection with his private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani. “It is incorrect to suggest that I called Priya Ramani to come to my room. It is wrong to suggest that she was hesitant or that I insisted… I do not know whether it was the first job interview by Priya Ramani after her graduation. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”I am not sure whether Priya Ramani was offered a job in the Asian Age newspaper in January 1994 in Delhi Office. As it is a 25 years old matter and to the best of my knowledge, she was working in Bombay office,” Akbar testified. Ramani had tweeted about Akbar’s alleged objectionable behaviour in the hotel room. Her counsel asked questions regarding other women scribes and their allegations against Akbar. The queries were strongly protested by senior advocate Geeta Luthra, representing the former minister and she said that the questions were “irrelevant” as they were not related to the case at hand. “These are all part of my (Ramani’s) defence as it shows his (Akbar’s) behaviour,” Ramani’s counsel replied leading to the heated exchange between the two women senior lawyers of the parties. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThe magistrate allowed Ramani’s lawyer to keep asking questions to Akbar and also agreed to record the objections of Akbar with regard to such queries. During the cross-examination, questions were put to him regarding other women journalists, including Ghazala Wahab, Kadambari M Wade, Majlie de Puy Kamp, Sonali Khullar Shroff and Harinder Baweja, who had accused Akbar of sexual misconduct. Akbar said he had refuted the allegations levelled by Wahab in an article. In response to another query, Akbar said he could not recall whether Wade worked with him as the matter was 20-year old. Regarding allegations made by Kamp, he said “there was absolutely no question of harassment of the lady Kamp. I recall there might have been a mention of some misunderstanding which was accepted”.last_img read more

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Morocco condemns car bomb explosion in Egyptian police station

first_imgRabat – Morocco condemned on Wednesday the car bomb explosion against a police station in the Egyptian city of Mansoura as a “vile criminal act”. ”The Kingdom of Morocco condemns this vile criminal act that runs counter to teachings of tolerant Islam and to the lofty human values advocating the right to live”, says a release of the ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation.The release also reiterates Morocco’s refusal of all forms of violence and terrorism, as well as any attempts to jeopardize Egypt’s security and stability at a time the Arab country is carrying on with resolve and courage the implementation of its roadmap which includes mainly a constitutional referendum. Morocco underscores that Egypt needs presently “the commitment of all parties to promote reason and get more involved in serious and open dialog, while taking into account the interests of the interests of the Egyptian brother people”.Morocco also offered condolences and sympathy to the government, the Egyptian people and relatives of victims and wished prompt recovery to hose wounded in the attack which killed 14 people.last_img read more

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New Zealands Auckland City Football Team Thanks Moroccan People

Marrakech- After its recent success at the 2014 Club World Cup, New Zealand’s Auckland City football team expressed its gratitude to the Moroccan people for their support during the tournament.On behalf of its City, the team expressed their thanks to Moroccans who not only followed the progress of the team at the stadiums, but on social media as well, including sending them Facebook messages and tweets.In a video, New Zealand’s Auckland City team members expressed their satisfaction at playing in Morocco, and enthusiastically sent their thanks to all Moroccans. Commenting on the video on social media, many Moroccan FaceBook users expressed their opinions that New Zealand’s Auckland City team showed their high morals and humble demeanor, conduct that other participating teams in the Club World Cup should have learnt from.Auckland City overcame the Moroccan Football Club representative team, Maghreb Tetouani, 4 to 3 in penalties, and won the quarter finals match with the Algerian team, the Setif Club, which led the team to the semifinals where it was defeated by the South American champion San Lorenzo.The title of the 2014 Club World Cup went to Spain’s, Real Madrid.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

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Western Sahara France Reiterates Support For Moroccos Autonomy Plan

Rabat  –  France reiterated its support for the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco as a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution to the Western Sahara issue, said a joint French-Moroccan statement issued on the occasion of the working visit paid to Morocco by France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius.“France reiterated its support for efforts made under the UN aegis to reach a political settlement” for the Sahara issue, said the statement.France lauded, on this occasion, “the resumption of the talks process “following clarifications made during the phone call between HM King Mohammed VI and UNSG Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 22, 2015,” it added. The statement underlined that “France backs the Moroccan autonomy plan as a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution pursuant to the UNSC resolutions.”With MAP read more

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Lists of Dead Injured and Missing Moroccan Pilgrims

Taroudant – Moroccan Authorities published the lists of dead, injured and missing Moroccan pilgrims following the tragic stampede that occurred at Mina last Thursday. The accident claimed the lives of more than 763 pilgrims and left more than 863 injured.The lists were published on the official website of the Moroccan Foreign Ministry and Cooperation: www.diplomatie.maThe ministry called on families whose relatives are in Mekkah performing Hajj to check the lists. Moroccan authorities said on Monday that five Moroccans were killed at the Mina stampede, while eight were injured and 34 are still missing.The lists of Moroccan pilgrims are as follows:List of dead Moroccan pilgrimsList of the injured Moroccan pilgrimsList of the missing Moroccan pilgrims

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Morocco Calls On Imams to Denounce Terrorism and Clarify Real Meaning

Fez – After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, killing 128 and wounding hundreds on Friday, Morocco’s Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs released a notice calling on imams in Morocco to denounce terrorism and clarify the real meaning of Jihad, following the recommendation of King Mohammed VI.The statement says that the perpetrators of these heinous attacks claim to be affiliated with the religion of Islam, but they lie to justify their crimes, erroneously claiming that they support religion.The Ministry called on imams to use rational and religious argument to debunk such claims and enlighten the public that violence and coercion are not part of Islamic teachings. The notice also explained that maintaining the image of Islam is the responsibility of all Muslims and they should not stand by while others tarnish it.The statement added that Islam is based on principles such as love, compassion peace and goodness, but extremists distort these messages to achieve political and ideological goals.Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Toufiq said that the Moroccan model of Islam is the one that can restore the image of Islam, calling on Muslims to protect it from all impurities. He added that terror is going to fail because of a nation’s resilience, its believers’ faith, and the guidance of devout imams.Morocco has made significant efforts to propagate moderate Islam by launching the Mohammed VI radio station in 2004 and the Mohammed VI TV station in 2005, both of which preach Islamic principles of peace and tolerance.Morocco has also trained female spiritual guides to fight extremism in religion and provided continuous training for Imams inside and outside Morocco to stop the expansion of fundamentalism. read more

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