WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, July 7, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 77. Light northwest wind.In The Community: Wilmington High School Class of 1968 celebrates its 50th Reunion tonight at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). For more information, contact organizer Steve Gerhartz at wilmingtonhs1968[at]gmail.com.In The Community: Town Beach is open. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Here’s what you need to know.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.MBTA Reminder: Beginning today, there will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 27, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
The election commission (EC) has turned down the opposition parties’ proposal to deploy army giving them magistracy power in the next parliamentary elections.Besides, the inclusion of the armed forces to the law enforcement agencies in the Representation of the People Order (RPO) is also very unlikely.Eleven opposition parties, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had placed a number of proposals before the EC last month, recommending these changes be made.On the other hand, eight parties, including the ruling Awami League, had proposed the introduction of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in the upcoming election. There is a possibility of the EVM being included in the RPO, but the EC has not made a final decision to this end yet, according to the EC’s electoral rules and regulations committee.The committee in a meeting on Wednesday reviewed the amendment proposals of the BNP and other political parties, election commissioner Kabita Khanam, president of the committee, told Prothom Alo. She said the committee did not find deployment of the armed forces with magistracy power necessary.However, the use of EVM is mentioned in the election manual of the city corporations. So, they are considering the proposal to include EVMs in the RPO.Among the proposals placed by the BNP, the committee is considering setting up a complaint centre at the workplace of the returning officers in every upazila and transferring or withdrawing controversial officials, she added.Besides, the committee is also reviewing a number of proposals placed by other parties, including publishing RPO in Bangla, submitting nomination papers online, and reviewing the cost and income of the candidates and increasing the punishment for violation of electoral laws.Badiul Alam Mojumdar, secretary of Shushashoner Janney Nagorik (Shujan), told Prothom Alo that the EC should ensure a congenial environment during the election.The armed forces should be included to the law enforcement agencies in the Representation of the People Order (RPO), he observed.Mass people rely on the army as they believe they are not heavily politicised, he added.As many as 25 among 40 political parties recommended deployment of the armed forces during the dialogues with the EC. BNP, along with ten other parties, wanted the army to be given magistracy power.The committee will gradually review all the proposals, placed by the 40 opposition parties and members of the civil society, including media representatives and experts. The summary of these proposals will be placed before the EC for final review.Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, a member of the BNP’s standing committee, told Prothom Alo that the country will question the EC’s intentions if they do not deploy the armed forces, but introduce EVMs instead.Former election commissioner Suhul Hussain said deployment of army would be welcomed by the mass people, but they are not much familiar with the EVM. The time is not right for the introduction of EVMs and it can only be introduced when the countrymen are ready to accept it.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat.
A Muslim pilgrim snaps pictures of pigeons as she walks in the streets of the Saudi holy city of Mecca on 6 August 2019, a few days ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Photo: AFPMore than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf. Crowds of worshippers have already begun to gather in Mecca in the days ahead of the hajj, the focal point of the Islamic calendar.“It’s the first time I’ve felt something so strongly—it’s striking,” said 40-year-old Indonesian pilgrim Sobar in rudimentary Arabic.More than 1.8 million visitors had arrived by midday local time on Tuesday, authorities said.Crowds of faithful from across the world wore flowing white robes as they descended on the holy city located in the west of the ultra-conservative kingdom.The pilgrims will undertake religious rites that have remained unchanged since the founding of Islam 14 centuries ago.“Islam united us. We are all together… so that’s why I’m very happy,” said Leku Abibu, 46, a Ugandan mechanic who wore a beige salwar kameez.“I’m enjoying it here.”This year’s hajj takes place amid tensions in the Gulf region exacerbated by a series of attacks on oil tankers, drone strikes and interceptions of maritime traffic on the high seas.Saudi, the Gulf’s leading power, and its ally Washington accuse Iran—Riyadh’s regional rival—of being behind the attacks and sabotage operations against commercial shipping.Tehran has denied responsibility.Despite the absence of diplomatic ties between Saudi and Iran, some 88,550 Iranian pilgrims are due to take part in the hajj this year, according to the Tasnim news agency.‘No differences between us’Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and Muslims must perform it at least once in their lives if they can afford to.“There are all nations of the world, all languages. There are no differences between us,” said Nurul Jamal, a 61-year-old pilgrim from India.Mecca, closed to non-Muslims, is home to the Kaaba—a cube structure draped in black cloth embroidered in gold located at the heart of the mosque.The Great Mosque of Mecca with its Ottoman minarets sits amid skyscrapers that host upmarket malls and luxury hotels.Muslims face toward the Kaaba when praying the prescribed five-times daily.Pilgrims circle the Kaaba seven times and perform a number of sacred rites.While waiting for the beginning of the hajj, worshippers roam the esplanade or pray in the mosque in stifling heat.Temperatures can surpass 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and some pilgrims carry sun shades.Large misting machines installed at the holy sites help to make the heat more bearable.“The mosques are air conditioned, water is readily available, you just have to protect yourself from the sun,” said Algerian Kamal Bouslimani, 57.Men wear two pieces of unstitched cloth called “ihram” that leaves one shoulder exposed.Pilgrims move together in large groups, led by guides holding their national flags.Billions of dollarsGuards in khaki fastidiously lead worshippers to their five daily prayers.Traffic in the city is extremely heavy and the air quality is poor.The odour of exhaust fumes mixes with the smell of bitumen emitted by the heated road surface and many pilgrims wear face masks.Away from prayers, many of the faithful visit the innumerable shops that speckle the Holy City.Religious tourism brings in revenues worth billions of dollars.But the vast gathering also presents major logistical and safety challenges.In 2015, some 2,300 worshippers were killed in the worst stampede in the history of the hajj.Since then Saudi Arabia has sought to reassure pilgrims, deploying tens of thousands of security officers and installing cameras to oversee every corner of the holy sites.Even though the hajj lasts only five days, many pilgrims arrive weeks before and linger in the city.The total number of arrivals is limited however as each Muslim country receives a pilgrim quota.Some worshippers have spent years on waiting lists—sometimes as long as a decade—just to perform their religious duty.Outside of the hajj, Muslims can also undertake a lesser, year-round pilgrimage known as umrah.
Shoelace productions and Aranya brings to the Capital, a unique theatre festival – Prayog, offering three plays to entertain theatre enthusiasts. To be held at LTG auditorium from 26 to 28 October, the plays that will be staged include Illham, Park and Laal Pencil.Manav Kaul, veteran theatre personality, who has penned each of these plays says, ‘I’m quite excited about my plays being staged in Delhi. I’ve been performing in Delhi since 2004 and simply love to see the response of theatre lovers in the city.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Deepak Dhamija, the brain behind Prayog, says, ‘I realised there was a scarcity of playwrights in India. Through this festival we wanted to provide a platform for young contemporary writers.’ Dhamija dubs Prayog as an ‘experiment’.Being staged on 26 October, Illham focuses on the tagline: is Bhagwan the epitome of the mundane? It’s about the life of a middle-aged banker, who is married and has grown up children. However, one day, while sitting on a decrepit park bench he stumbles upon ‘enlightenment’. Therein begins the battle between the world outside and his world inside. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile the second in line is a play titled Park, being staged on 27 October, about any park, just about anywhere, with three regular benches, where three men squabble about the choicest of seats. Because each one’s claim is the greatest and the most fundamental one. Last in row, being staged on 28 October is Laal Pencil based on a Korean novel. It revolves around a young school girl, whose entire life changes when she acquires a magical red pencil. So select your play from Prayog and head to LTG, ensuring a sheer theatrical delight!LOG ON to www.indianstage.in to book tickets right away!
Taliban militants launched an attack on a foreign compound in Kabul on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a series of strikes in the Afghan capital during the final weeks of NATO’s 13-year war against the insurgents.Gunfire and explosions erupted as elite commando police fought with the attackers in west Kabul, not far from the parliament.The attack came two days after the Taliban attacked a foreign guesthouse in the diplomatic district of the city and a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle in a blast that killed six people.Kabul has been hit by at least nine attacks in the last two weeks, with targets including US military convoys, foreign security contractor compounds and a female Afghan member of parliament.On December 31, the US-led NATO combat mission in Afghanistan will end and be replaced by a follow-on mission tasked with supporting the Afghan army and police who have taken over responsibility for thwarting the Taliban.
To pay tribute to legendary Bengali actor Uttam Kumar, the government of West Bengal organised a retrospective of his films at Muktadhara Auditorium in the city. This is second such festival featuring his movies within a span of two months.The festival was inaugurated in the presence of Rajesh Kumar, ADG and Officer on Special Duty,