SIKH NGO OFFERS IFTAR FOOD PACKETS TO 5,000 SYRIAN REFUGEES DURING RAMZAN
NEW DELHI: A Uk-based Sikh NGO is making Ramzan special for more than 5,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Iraq by providing iftar food packets for people displaced due to the civil war. In collaboration with Sawa for Development and Aid, a Lebanese charity, Khalsa Aid is providing iftar meals to refugees through its Ramzan Kitchen. The charity also gifted new clothes and shoes to refugee children in Mosul. “These children were forced to leave their homes when war broke out in Mosul in 2014. The city has been left devastated. These clothes will be the only gifts many of these children will receive this Eid while suffering difficult conditions of a refugee camp,” the organisation wrote on Facebook.
Longtime Elvis Presley drummer DJ Fontana dies
MEMPHIS: DJ Fontana, the drummer who helped launch rock ‘n’ roll as Elvis Presley’s sideman, has died at 87, his wife said on Thursday. Karen Fontana told The Associated Press that her husband died Wednesday night in his sleep in Nashville in the US state of Tennessee. Fontana was there for Presley’s extraordinary first wave of success, from such hit singles as Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock to his appearances. AP
Haiti permanently bans sex scandalhit Oxfam charity
PORT-AU-PRINCE: The Haitian government said it has permanently banned international charity Oxfam Great Britain from operating in the island nation following a scandal over sexual misconduct by some of its workers there. A government statement said the action was taken because of Oxfam’s “violation of Haitian legislation and serious breach of the principle” of human dignity.
Chile church offices raided as part of sex abuse probe
SANTIAGO: Prosecutors seized documents in raids on Roman Catholic Church offices in two cities as part of an investigation into clergy sex abuse scandals, while Vatican investigators met with Chile’s attorney general to discuss cooperation in the civil and canonical probes. The raids targeted the headquarters of Santiago’s Ecclesiastical Court and the diocese in Rancagua, where 14 priests are accused of having had sexual relations with minors.
Australian troops criticised for Nazi flag in Afghanistan
CANBERRA: Australia’s prime minister on Thursday joined critics of elite Australian Special Forces troops who were photographed more than a decade ago flying a Nazi flag from a vehicle while on patrol in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the flag incident as “completely and utterly unacceptable,” and said the soldiers involved had been disciplined. AP