Saudi Arabia: Website on hotels for Umrah pilgrims launched

Makkah, Jumad Awwal 11/June 29 (IINA) – Makkah Governor Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdul Aziz launched a website on the Internet that contains comprehensive information about the hotels and furnished apartments for Umrah pilgrims in Makkah. There are 700 hotels, furnished apartments, and residential places for the pilgrims in the holy city. The data base was prepared by the King Fahd Haj Research Institute at the Ummul Qura University.


Saudi Arabia: Two more relief planes leave for Sudan

Riyadh, Jumad Awwal 11/June 29 (IINA) – Two planes carrying consignment of relief supplies have left here for Sudan. The consignment contains 43,900 pounds of foodstuffs and tents that is meant for alleviating the suffering of refugees from the insurgency-hit Western Sudanese region of Darfur.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia had sent two planeloads of relief supplies to Sudan as per the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd. The planes, which left Riyadh Airbase on Sunday for Sudan, carried 43,100 pounds of foodstuffs, tents and medical supplies.


Switzerland: Summer camp for Muslim young women in July

Vienna, Jumad Awwal 11/June 29 (IINA) – The Muslim Women's Cultural Society of Switzerland will organize the 10th summer camp for Muslim young women from 4 to 10 July, 2004 here. Several programs, including religious lectures, sports activities and tours to Germany, will be held as part of the camp. There will also be training in handicrafts for young women as part of the camp.


UAE: Preparations for first forum of businesswomen reviewed

Dubai, Jumad Awwal 11/June 29 (IINA) – The third preparatory meeting of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Council of Businesswomen of UAE reviewed the preparations for the forthcoming first forum of businesswomen of Muslim countries. The meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the federation in Dubai, approved agenda of the meet scheduled to be held in Sharjah from January 4 to 6, 2005. The meeting discussed several issues concerning with holding the forum, and approved minutes of the second preparatory meeting.


Malaysia: Ministry okays new medical college

Kula Lumpur, Jumad Awwal 11/June 29 (IINA) – The Malaysian ministry of higher education has approved starting of a new college of medicine and health sciences under the Malaysian Islamic University. In the beginning, the university will select 30 students within few days for a one-year preparatory course. This was announced by Dr. Shafie Muhammad Saleh, minister of higher education.


India: Oriental Publication Bureau soon to get modern press

Hyderabad, Jumad Awwal 11/June 29 (IINA) – The Oriental Publication Bureau of the Usmania University, better known as Dairatul Maarifil Osmania, is one of the ancient and historic Islamic publishing firms in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. It was set up in 1888 by the Nizam government with the sole objective of gathering important Arabic manuscripts and publishing them on modern lines. It published 166 manuscripts on subjects ranging from Islamic theology to medicine, cosmology, mathematics, language and grammar, astronomy and history. Al Hawi's medical encyclopedia namely Al Hawi fi Tibb and Ibn Hajar Asqalini's Tahzeebut Tahzeeb were two among its most coveted publications which found wide clientele in the Arab world.

The bureau, which is engaged in publishing the old manuscripts such as the 24-volume Al Hawi's medical encyclopedia and numerous other classical Islamic literatures, would soon be replacing the cumbersome hand composing and litho machine with DTP and a modern press.


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