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A change of culture in parliament needed – Ghahraman

Race Relations Day provides an opportunity to celebrate and experience many of New Zealand’s more than 200 ethnic communities. Green Party Human Rights spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman is pushing for change in the culture in parliament and MPs using it as a platform to launch racial attacks on immigrants.

Source –  Golriz Ghahraman arrived here a scared 9-year-old after fleeing the conflict of her home Iran in search of freedom and Friday, the 15th of March, was a stark reminder of those times and New Zealand’s darkest day.  However, some in Māoridom see it differently. Ghahraman is calling for a change in the culture of parliament and wants MPs to stop the hysteria and fanning the flames of division against immigrants. The theme for Race Relations Day 2019 is ‘Te Rā Whanaungatanga’ our people, our cultures, our languages. The spokesperson for the Greens on human rights Ghahraman says, “It did remind me as well that there were among the victims were people like me who actually fled persecution and in some cases really serious war.”I wanted us to all accept that it’s coming from across the whole house and for us to stop now and just don’t play that kinda Donald Trump politics of hate and division.

“My people feel it out on the street. Every time you blame migrants or refugees or Muslims for click-bait, our kids are going to school and consuming that hate.”Professor Tom Roa had this to say about past terror acts that have happened to Māori, “The Māori world remembers the theft and killings at Parihaka, and at Rangiaowhia, and onward to the land wars against colonial soldiers at Te Rata, and at Waerenga-a-Hika, and elsewhere around the country.”The events in Christchurch are distressing.

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Intrepid Travel Has Launched Women-Only Trips To Some Of The Planet’s Most Exciting Destinations

Solo female travel is on the rise, with women making up a huge portion of travellers traversing the globe at this very minute.And Intrepid Travel is making it even more exciting to plan a holiday with its new line of Women’s Expeditions, meaning you can hike through Nepal as part of an all-female crew or get a new style at a women’s-only hair salon and stay in a local homestay in Iran.
The expeditions are run by women, for women, taking those who are keen for authentic adventures through Kenya, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, India, Turkey or Nepal, showcasing the traditions and routines of local women in each destination.Ever wanted to travel the world and experience everything from another woman’s perspective? The Women’s Expeditions take visitors deep into exciting and significant situations that are normally off-limits to regular tours, like swimming on a female-only beach in Turkey, celebrating the female-only Gangur Festival in India, visiting women-only villages in Kenya, or stepping inside the hidden world of an Iranian beauty salon.The Women’s Exhibitions are guided by female tour leaders who help to break the gender and cultural barriers of traditional tourism, and you’ll be invited into the lives of local women on tours that maintain respect for traditional and cultural values.Intrepid Travel is committed to equality, and their Women’s Expeditions are the latest step in a long line of inclusive actions.
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Pakistan and Iran agreed to strengthen bilateral relations

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephone conversation with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as part of his contacts to brief important regional countries and their leadership about the regional situation, the Radio Pakistan reported.
According to a ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephone conversation with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as part of his contacts to brief important regional countries and their leadership about the regional situation, the Radio Pakistan reported.According to a spokesman for the PM House, the premier also took Iranian president into confidence over recent tensions between Pakistan and India.Khan told the Iranian president that Pakistan was making all efforts to improve the current situation through talks.
President Rouhani said that Pakistan Iran were neighbours brotherly countries linked through centuries of closed historic cultural and people to people linkages and their role would remain central in promoting peace,stability and economic development in this important region.March 9, 2019Both leaders reiterated the importance of strengthening bilateral relations.The Prime Minister expressed his heartfelt condolences on the recent terrorist attack in which 27 Iranian guards were killed.Both leaders agreed on the need for closer cooperation among the two intelligence agencies in combatting terrorism.
He also thanked President Rouhani for Irans principled support to the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.President Rouhani said that Pakistan and Iran are neighbours and brotherly countries linked through centuries of closed historic cultural and people to people linkages and their role would remain central in promoting peace, stability and economic development in the region.

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Huawei Sues US Government Over Ban on Its Products

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies on Thursday confirmed it is suing the US government over a section of a defence bill passed into law last year that restricted its business in the United States.
“The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products.We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort,” Huawei Rotating Chairman Guo Ping said in a statement.”This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming US consumers.We look forward to the court’s verdict, and trust that it will benefit both Huawei and the American people.””Lifting the NDAA ban will give the US Government the flexibility it needs to work with Huawei and solve real security issues,” Guo said.
In its lawsuit, Huawei said its “equipment and services are subject to advanced security procedures, and no backdoors, implants, or other intentional security vulnerabilities have been documented in any of the more than 170 countries in the world where Huawei equipment and services are used.”The privately owned firm has embarked on a public relations and legal offensive as Washington lobbies allies to abandon Huawei when building 5G mobile networks, centring on a 2017 Chinese law requiring companies cooperate with national intelligence work.
Founder and Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei No proof,The NDDA bans the US government from doing business with Huawei or compatriot peer ZTE Corp or from doing business with any company that has equipment from the two firms as a “substantial or essential component” of their system.In its lawsuit, filed in US District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, Huawei argues that the section of the law is illegal because it could sharply limit the company’s ability to do business in the United States despite no proof of wrongdoing.
Separately, the lawsuit also alleges that Huawei has been denied due process and that Congress, by stripping Huawei of US commercial opportunities, has violated the “separation of powers” portion of the constitution by doing the work of the courts.UPHILL BATTLE:Some legal experts, however, said Huawei’s lawsuit is likely to be dismissed because US courts are reluctant to second-guess national security determinations by other branches of government.The lawsuit “will be an uphill battle because Congress has broad authority to protect us from perceived national security threats,” said Franklin Turner, a government contracts lawyer at McCarter English.In November 2018, a federal appeals court rejected a similar lawsuit filed by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, which was challenging a ban on the use of the company’s software in US government networks.
The Texas court hearing Huawei’s case will not be bound by that decision, but will likely adopt its reasoning because of the similarities in the two disputes, said Steven Schwinn, a professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.”I don’t see how (Huawei) can really escape that result,” said Schwinn.Retribution:The legal action and public relations outreach compare with a more restrained response in December emphasising “trust in justice” when its chief financial officer, Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Vancouver at US request.The United States has accused Meng – Ren’s daughter – of bank and wire fraud related to breaches of trade sanctions against Iran.
Meng appeared in court on Wednesday during which her lawyer expressed concern that the allegations have a political character, raising US President Donald Trump’s comments on the case.Separately, Meng, who is fighting extradition, is suing Canada’s government for procedural wrongs in her arrest.The case had strained relations with China, which this week accused two arrested Canadians of stealing state secrets in a move widely seen as retribution for Meng’s arrest.While Meng is under house arrest in Vancouver, it is unclear where the two Canadians are being detained in China.Sources previously told Reuters that at least one of the Canadians did not have access to legal representation.Change of tuneRen met international media for the first time in several years in mid-January, calling US President Donald Trump “great” and refraining from commenting directly on Meng’s case.Shifting tone, Ren in mid-February said Meng’s arrest was politically motivated and “not acceptable”.Long before Trump initiated a trade war with China, Huawei’s activities were under scrutiny by US authorities, according to interviews with 10 people familiar with the Huawei probes and documents related to the investigations seen by Reuters.

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Muslim world: Dr Atta terms decline in education, S&T ‘alarming’

Chairman, Task Force on Technology Driven Knowledge Economy Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman on Wednesday showed serious concerns over the alarming decline in the sectors of education, science and technology in Muslim world, and said that not a single.
He said that the task force, under the supervision of the prime minister, will determine the ways of progress in the light of education, science & technology and innovation so that a technology driven knowledge economy could be developed in the country.
He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 5th Science and Technology Exchange Programme (STEP) International Conference on “Health Challenges of Communicable Diseases (CDs) and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)”, jointly organised by Pakistan and Iran, held at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi on Wednesday.Pakistan’s prominent research institution, Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD) of ICCBS – University of Karachi hosted the leading science conference in association with Iranian renowned Mustafa (PBUH) Science and Technology Foundation (MSTF).
The opening ceremony was also addressed by University of Karachi Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan, ICCBS Director Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Prof Dr Rassoul Dinarvand, Director Nanotechnology Research Centre, Adviser to the Minister Home, Iran, Zainab Hameedzady, Adviser to Minister for Women Affairs, Iran, Chairperson Dr Panjwani Memorial Trust Nadira Panjwani and Dr Humaira Jahan.On the occasion, Ahmad Mohammadi Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Karachi, Karachi Turkish Consulate General, Consulate General of Thailand in Karachi, President Hamdard Foundation Sadia Rashid, Hamdard University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Shabib Ul Hasan, Dr Imtiaz Bashir and other national and international dignitaries were also present.
Prof Atta-ur-Rahman, former chairman HEC, and ex-federal minister for science and technology, said that challenges of the 21st century require Pakistan to change its economic directions. We must drastically change the strategy for socio-economic development as natural resources have lost their importance, he said.It is the ability of nations to manufacture and export high value added goods, which determines their state of development, he observed.He pointed out that it was for this reason and this reason alone, that tiny Singapore with a population 40 times less than that of Pakistan has exports of US $ 330 billion, 15 times higher than those of Pakistan that stagnate at about US $24 billion.
Singapore has no natural resources and yet the exports per citizen in Singapore are 600 times higher than Pakistan, he added. Talking about progress, made by Iran, he said that Muslim world, including Pakistan must follow the track of development created by Iran during the ongoing economic sanctions.Prof Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan said that the time has come for Pakistanis and people of other Muslim counties to stop lip services as the time demands them to work hard in the field of education, science and technology. He demanded the authorities concerned to spend gigantic funds for the promotion of science and technology in Pakistan.
He also welcomed Iranian and other foreigners in the conference.Prof Rassoul Dinarvand said that Mustafa (PBUH) Science and Technology Foundation cultivated seeds to raise the status of scientists in Muslim world.
During the golden Muslim era our scholars laid the foundations of various sciences in the world, he mentioned.Zainab Hameedzady said that without achieving progress in education and science, the desirable economic development could not be achieved in Muslim countries.
She informed the participants that Iranian government initiated many programmes to empower women in Iran. Prof Iqbal Choudhary said that Pakistan was in grip of new diseases.He said that 7.7 cases of hepatitis got positive in the country, which spoke volumes over the meagre health situation prevailing in the country.
The country needs to focus on the causes of such diseases spreading in the country, he said.The international centre is the premier research establishment of the third world countries, he said, adding that Pakistan’s prominent research institution, Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research was one of its leading research institutions.Nadira Panjwani said that Dr Panjwani Centre strongly believed in international collaborations.The mission of this centre is to foster excellence and achieve international recognition in the targeted areas of graduate training and research, which are relevant to national needs, she maintained.

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