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Saudi Arabia drops maximum age limit for Umrah pilgrims

Muslim foreigners under 18 of age are still not allowed to perform Umrah

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Riyadh: Saudi authorities have dropped an age limit on overseas Muslims performing Umrah or lesser pilgrimage.

According to details, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has lifted the maximum age limit of 50 years for overseas pilgrims performing Umrah.

However, the pilgrims will still be required to produce Covid-19 vaccination certificates.

According to the new rule, the ministry has scrapped the maximum age limit of 50 years as a prerequisite for pilgrims coming to perform Umrah from outside Saudi Arabia.

The elderly foreign pilgrims can perform Umrah in line with the precautionary measures and preventive protocols to control the spread of coronavirus.

However, Muslim foreigners under 18 of age are still not allowed to perform Umrah.

For the domestic pilgrims, the Kingdom has allowed the fully vaccinated people aged 12 and above to perform Umrah.

Under the new regulations, the elderly foreign pilgrims can come to perform Umrah and that is in line with the precautionary measures and preventive protocols to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Foreign pilgrims under the age of 18 will not be allowed to perform Umrah. As for domestic pilgrims, all those aged 12 years and above will be granted permits for Umrah and prayer at the Two Holy Mosques provided that they received two doses of vaccination against coronavirus

Earlier on Thursday, the Saudi government has also issued the new directives to allow Pakistani travelers to directly enter Saudi Arabia from December 1. The travelers are no longer required to spend 14-day quarantine in a third country.

According to the Saudi Gazette, the new directives will also be applicable to travelers from Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, Egypt, and India.

Siddra Sumreen

Syeda Siddra has been working as a web journalist for over the past seven years. She earned her M.Phil degree in Mass Communication from the Lahore Leads University. Ms. Siddra has previously worked with other renowned channels and is now associated with GNN as Senior Content Writer.

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Under-19 World Cup: Pakistan to take on Zimbabwe today

Pakistan is the third most successful side after India and Australia in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

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Trinidad and Tobago: Pakistan will play their first match of the tournament against Zimbabwe in the ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup West Indies 2022 on Monday at the Diego Martin Sporting Complex in Trinidad and Tobago.

Pakistan will then meet Afghanistan on Thursday at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground, while their last Group C fixtures will be against Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Saturday at the Queens Park Oval.

Pakistan is the third most successful side after India and Australia in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, which was launched in 1988 before becoming a biennial event in 1998.

Pakistan have won titles in 2004 and 2006, finished runners-up thrice in 1988, 2010 and 2014, and achieved third positions in 2000, 2008, 2018 and 2020.

Squad: Qasim Akram (captain, Central Punjab), Abdul Faseeh (Northern), Abbas Ali (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ahmed Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ali Asfand (Central Punjab), Arham Nawab (Central Punjab), Awais Ali (Central Punjab), Faisal Akram (Southern Punjab), Haseebullah (wicketkeeper, Balochistan), Irfan Khan Niazi (Central Punjab), Maaz Sadaqat (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mehran Mumtaz (Northern), Mohammad Shehzad (Southern Punjab), Rizwan Mehmood (Sindh) and Zeeshan Zameer (Sindh)

Traveling reserves: Ghazi Ghori (wicketkeeper, Sindh), Mohammad Zeeshan (Central Punjab).

Pakistan fixtures:

17 Jan - v Zimbabwe - Diego Martin Sporting Complex.

20 Jan - v Afghanistan - Brian Lara Cricket Ground.

22 Jan - v PNG - Queens Park Oval.

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Job market recovery likely to slow in 2022 due to new Covid variants: ILO

There would be an even bigger deficit in working hours in 2022 than it previously estimated

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London: The United Nations’ International Labour Organization has warned that job market recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic looks set to slow in 2022.

In its 2022 World Employment and Social Outlook trends report, published Monday, the ILO forecast that the number of hours worked globally in 2022 would be 1.8% lower than in the fourth quarter of 2019, just before the onset of the pandemic.

The ILO forecast that there would be an even bigger deficit in working hours in 2022 than it previously estimated. It projected that the fall in global working hours this year would now be the equivalent of losing 52 million full-time jobs, nearly double the 26 million it previously forecast in May 2021.

Guy Ryder, ILO director-general, said in a press briefing ahead of the release of the report on Monday that this “downside readjustment is quite considerable.”

Ryder said that there were a number of reasons behind the expected slowdown in the labor market recovery, including the spread of new Covid variants, such as delta and omicron.

The ILO expected the labor market recovery to remain weak through 2023.

Ryder said that the far-reaching changes to economic and social behavior brought on by the Covid crisis had reduced the demand for, and the supply of, labor. He said that the ILO expected this trend to continue for “as long as the pandemic itself remains uncontrolled.”

The ILO estimated that global unemployment is expected to reach 207 million in 2022, versus 186 million reported in 2019.

Ryder said that to be “sustainable this recovery must be based on the principles of decent work, employment creation, labor rights, social protection and social dialogue.”

He referred to the guidance that was offered in the ILO’s call-to-action, that was adopted by its 187 member states in June 2021. For example, the ILO suggested that states should provide incentives to employers to retain workers, such as shorter working weeks.  

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PM’s article on State of Madina, the fundamental for Muslims to follow: Farrukh Habib

'These rules were setup for all times, for the betterment of an individual, a society and a nation'

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Islamabad: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Farrukh Habib Monday said that the article by Prime Minister Imran Khan on the establishment of State of Madina was the fundamental for every Muslim to follow.

In a tweet, he said these rules were setup for all times, for the betterment of an individual, a society and a nation.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed upon continuous struggle to embody as a nation and state the principles of Riyasat-i-Madina as laid down by the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).

On his official twitter handle, the Premier posted his article published in English daily, the Express Tribune, titled “Spirit of Riyasat-i-Madina: transforming Pakistan”.

“Explaining guiding principles of Riyasat-i-Madina as laid down by our Prophet PBUH creating the foundation of the greatest civilisation of all times. In Pak, to realize our potential today we have to struggle to embody these principles as a nation & state,” the caption read.

According to Imran Khan’s views expressed in his piece of writing the core of every civilization was its spiritual principles; when they died, the civilization died.

“In Islamic civilization, the manifestation of our spiritual principles happened in the Prophet’s (SAW) Madina. Besides many other important principles, there were five very important guiding principles upon which the state of Madina was built. These principles are unity, justice and rule of law leading to meritocracy, strong moral and ethical foundation, inclusion of all humans in progress and prosperity, and finally, the quest for knowledge,” he added.

The prime minister said to help revive the spirit of the covenant of Madina, National Rahmatul Lil ‘Alamin Authority (NRA) has been formed.

Highlighting the ethical and moral transformation of the people as per principles of Riyasat-i-Madina, the Prime Minister said NRA will endeavor to engage in doing good and forbidding evil by teaching seerat-al-nabi (PBUH) to our youth in schools and universities in the hope to raise the level the ethics and morals in our society.

Regarding Islam's principle of quest for knowledge, THE Prime Minister said that all sources that impact human behavior should disseminate knowledge which produces self-control, self-discipline, patience, forbearance, tolerance and a spirit of service and volunteerism.

Talking about the steps taken for the welfare of the people, Khan stated that his government allocated billions of rupees under Ehsaas Program to provide relief to the common masses. 

Imran Khan reiterated to establish the rule of law, which is the most urgent of all challenges facing Pakistan. 

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