UAE lead­ers greet Is­lamic heads of state on Eid Al Fitr

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Pres­i­dent His High­ness Sheikh Khal­ifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent ca­bles of con­grat­u­la­tions to the kings, Emirs and pres­i­dents of Arab and Is­lamic states on the oc­ca­sion of Eid Al-fitr.

Sheikh Khal­ifa wished them and their peo­ples con­tin­ued progress, pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity.

His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice Pres­i­dent, Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces, have dis­patched sim­i­lar ca­bles to the lead­ers of Arab and Is­lamic states on the aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion.

Sun­day, the 24th of May, will be the first day of Shawwal 1441 H, mark­ing the be­gin­ning of Eid, an­nounced the Moon-sight­ing Com­mit­tee in a state­ment is­sued af­ter its meet­ing at the Abu Dhabi Ju­di­cial Depart­ment.

Eid prayer, nor­mally per­formed at mosques and Mus­salas, but this year, and due to the cur­rent ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances cre­ated by the spread of COVID-19, it will be per­formed at home.

The UAE Health Min­istry con­ducted an ad­di­tional 50,000 Covid-19 tests and re­vealed 994 new coro­n­avirus cases, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of cases to 27,892.

The min­istry an­nounced that four peo­ple of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties who tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 died due to com­pli­ca­tions. This brings the to­tal death toll to 241.

The to­tal num­ber of re­cov­ered cases has reached 13,798 with 1,043 cases fully re­cov­ered.

EID prayer is made of two rak’ahs (bows) but it starts with seven Tak­beers (say­ing Al­lah Ak­bar) re­stric­tions on in­ter­na­tional travel in the wake of the coro­n­avirus out­break.

Mi­nor chil­dren hold­ing born to In­dian na­tion­als abroad and hold­ing OCI cards.

OCI card­hold­ers who wish to come to In­dia on ac­count of fam­ily emer­gen­cies like death in the fam­ily.

On the other hand, af­ter con­duct­ing an aerial sur­vey of the cy­clone-hit ar­eas of West Ben­gal on Fri­day, In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi an­nounced a Rs10 bil­lion re­lief pack­age for the state, say­ing the na­tion stood with Ben­gal in this hour of cri­sis.

“I as­sure my brothers and sis­ters of West Ben­gal that the en­tire coun­try stands with you in these dif­fi­cult times,” Modi said.

Cy­clone Am­phan killed at least 100 peo­ple in the In­dia and Bangladesh af­ter it swept in from the Bay of Ben­gal on Wed­nes­day, most in the east­ern In­dian state of West Ben­gal.

Modi also an­nounced a Rs5 bil­lion re­lief pack­age for Odisha, which has been af­fected by cy­clone Am­phan.

Mean­while, the coro­n­avirus pan­demic is putting tens of mil­lions of chil­dren’s lives at risk by dis­rupt­ing rou­tine im­mu­ni­sa­tion pro­grammes, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion and UNICEF said Fri­day.

The United Na­tions agen­cies joined forces with Gavi, the Vac­cine Al­liance, to warn that the pan­demic has se­verely dis­rupted vac­ci­na­tion pro­grammes in dozens of coun­tries, paving the way for a deadly resur­gence of preventabl­e diseases.

Khal­ifa wishes world lead­ers pros­per­ity; Eid prayers at home on Sun­day; 994 new cases, 4 deaths in UAE; over 6,000 cases in In­dia mak­ing it the high­est in a day; some OCIS per­mit­ted to fly in; Modi an­nounces bil­lions in aid for cy­clone-hit.

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