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Video: Indian man pushes birthday present BMW into river

He wanted something different. Upset about receiving a BMW for his birthday, an Indian man decided to push the luxury car into a river. The whole feat was captured in a video which was posted on social media. The video shows the car floating away on a river in the northern Indian state of Haryana.…

Video: Indian man pushes birthday present BMW into river

He wanted something different.

Upset about receiving a BMW for his birthday, an Indian man decided to push the luxury car into a river. The whole feat was captured in a video which was posted on social media.

The video shows the car floating away on a river in the northern Indian state of Haryana. According to a BBC report, the man threw the car away because he wanted a Jaguar instead. The man is reportedly the son of a local landlord.

While it was submerged, the car got stuck on a bank of tall grass. He later tried to save the car.

Police are investigating the incident, local media reported.

BMWs cost around 3.5 million rupees (Dh180,000 approx.) locally, with Jaguars costing about four to five million rupees (Dh258,000 approx).

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Video: Summer rains, hail hit parts of UAE

Earlier, met department forecast an increase in temperatures today. Summer rains lashed parts of Sharjah on Saturday. According to videos and weather alerts posted by the national met department, rain hit parts of Sharjah and Al Ain on Saturday. Bureau said rains fell over Maleha, al Madam, Al Falaj and Al Fayah in Sharjah. Al…

Video: Summer rains, hail hit parts of UAE

Earlier, met department forecast an increase in temperatures today.

Summer rains lashed parts of Sharjah on Saturday.

According to videos and weather alerts posted by the national met department, rain hit parts of Sharjah and Al Ain on Saturday. Bureau said rains fell over Maleha, al Madam, Al Falaj and Al Fayah in Sharjah. Al Ain’s Al Shiweb and Nahil areas were also affected by showers.

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Earlier, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) said the weather for today is fair in general but partly cloudy in some areas and hazy at times in the eastern part of the country. Met also forecast an increase in temperatures today.

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Sudanese celebrate transition to civilian rule

Composition of the civilian-majority transition ruling council will be announced on Sunday. Rapturous crowds filled the streets of Khartoum Saturday as Sudan’s generals and protest leaders signed a historic deal paving the way to civilian rule. Thousands of cheering people gathered around the Friendship Hall next to the Nile, where the documents that will govern…

Sudanese celebrate transition to civilian rule

Composition of the civilian-majority transition ruling council will be announced on Sunday.

Rapturous crowds filled the streets of Khartoum Saturday as Sudan’s generals and protest leaders signed a historic deal paving the way to civilian rule.

Thousands of cheering people gathered around the Friendship Hall next to the Nile, where the documents that will govern Sudan’s 39-month transition were signed.

“This is the biggest celebration I have ever seen in my country. We have a new Sudan,” said Saba Mohammed, a veiled 37-year woman, waving a small plastic flag.

Minutes earlier, the deal was signed by Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, deputy chief of the military council, and Ahmed al-Rabie, representing the Alliance for Freedom and Change protest umbrella.

Heads of state, prime ministers and dignitaries from several countries – including Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Egypt’s premier Mustafa Madbuli – attended the ceremony.

The constitutional declaration formalises the creation of a transition administration that will be guided by an 11-member sovereign council, comprised of six civilians and five military figures.

The agreement brought an end to nearly eight months of upheaval that saw masses mobilise against president Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted in April after 30 years in power.

Thousands of people had arrived on trains from Sudan’s provinces to take part in the celebrations, which will include a huge gathering in Khartoum’s main gardens.

“We hope Sudan can move forward now, we want to be proud of our country,” said Saida Khalifa as she got off the train after an all-night ride from Atbara, the town where the protests started in December last year.

“The guns must go silent now and we must pull the country out of this mess to gain peace and freedom,” she said.

The composition of the civilian-majority transition ruling council will be announced on Sunday.

That follows the naming on Thursday of former senior UN official Abdalla Hamdok, a veteran economist, as transitional prime minister.

He is expected to focus on stabilising Sudan’s economy, which went into a tailspin when the oil-rich south seceded in 2011.

Economic woes were the trigger that sparked the initial protests.

At Khartoum’s central market early Saturday, shoppers and stallholders interviewed by AFP all said they hoped a civilian government would help them put food on the table.

“Everybody is happy now,” said Ali Yusef, a 19-year-old university student who works in the market to get by.

“We were under the control of the military for 30 years but today we are leaving this behind us and moving towards civilian rule,” he said, sitting next to tomatoes piled directly on the ground.

“All these vegetables around are very expensive but now I’m sure they will become cheaper.”

While it remains to be seen how the transition will change people’s daily lives, residents old and young were eager to exercise their newfound freedom of expression. 

“I’m 72 and for 30 years under Bashir, I had nothing to feel good about. Now, thanks to God, I am starting to breathe,” said Ali Issa Abdel Momen, sitting in front of his modest selection of vegetables at the market.

But many Sudanese are already questioning the ability of the transitional institutions to rein in the military elite’s powers during the three-year period leading to planned elections.

The country of 40 million people will be ruled by an 11-member sovereign council and a government, which under the deal must be dominated by civilians.

However, the interior and defence ministers are to be chosen by military members of the council.

Observers have warned that the transitional government will have little leverage to counter any attempt by the military to roll back the uprising’s achievements and seize back power.

Security forces deployed across Khartoum Saturday for biggest international event in years in Sudan, which had become something of a pariah country under Bashir’s rule.

One of the most immediate diplomatic consequences of the compromise reached this month could be Sudan’s return to the African Union, which suspended the country’s membership in June.

Bashir, who took power in a 1989 coup and is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide in the Darfur region, had been slated to appear in court Saturday on corruption charges.

But his trial has been postponed to an as yet undetermined date.

 

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Originally from Palestine, she moved to Dubai in 1972. After serving as an Arabic teacher and supervisor at an Indian school in Sharjah for over 44-years, Zakiya Omran (69 years also), a Palestinian national, died on Thursday, August 15 after a long illness. She was the GEMS Education group’s longest-serving teacher. Omran had recently retired…

GEMS Education’s longest-serving teacher dies in UAE

Originally from Palestine, she moved to Dubai in 1972.

After serving as an Arabic teacher and supervisor at an Indian school in Sharjah for over 44-years, Zakiya Omran (69 years also), a Palestinian national, died on Thursday, August 15 after a long illness. She was the GEMS Education group’s longest-serving teacher.

Omran had recently retired as an Arabic Supervisor from Our Own English High School – Sharjah after serving more than 44 years at GEMS Education. The school announced her death on Friday, August 16. Former students, teachers and the school community in Sharjah have expressed their shock at Omran’s passing as she was a well-loved member of staff.

Sunny Varkey, chairman and founder of GEMS Education issued a statement on Friday, and said, “Our deepest condolences go out to Zakiya’s family. She was a big part of the GEMS Education community and a pillar of our society. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all.”

Asma Gilani, the principal of Our Own English High School Sharjah said, “Zakiya Omran joined GEMS as a young Arabic teacher in 1972 in the first school at Bastakiya. Her journey of growth and learning is closely tied with the history of GEMS.”

She joined Our Own English High School, Sharjah, in 1991, according to school sources. Asma said, “We appreciate her deep commitment to her profession and will forever be indebted to her for her valuable contributions in ensuring Arabic became an integral part of every students’ life. She epitomised loyalty and commitment. Her legacy will live on throughout GEMS. She was a passionate teacher who was respected by all. Our hearts go out to her family.”

Originally from Palestine, Zakiya moved to Dubai in 1972 and worked for Mariamma Varkey at Our Own English High School, Dubai. She later worked at Cambridge School where she was Head of Arabic before moving to Our Own English High School Sharjah where she diligently served as Arabic Supervisor till her retirement.

In an earlier interview with Khaleej Times in 2016, Zakiya had said, “Sometimes my former students come to meet me and I am happy to realise that they are doing so well and are all successful. There are times when I’ve taught my children’s children, and in rare cases, their grandkids,” she said. “I think that the future of education is bright, and I want to see more Indian children speak Arabic.”

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Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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