Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque sterilized amid coronavirus threat

first_imgThe management of Jakarta’s historic Istiqlal Mosque took several measures on Friday to keep the facility clean amid the threat of the coronavirus. The measures included removing the mosque’s prayer rugs, which could contain and transmit the virus, as well as disinfecting the building’s interior.”We heard that in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam, the virus was transmitted via prayer rugs. So we removed them all. Saudi Arabia is doing the same thing [at the Great Mosque of Mecca],” Istiqlal Mosque grand imam Nasaruddin Umar said.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesian Mosque Council tells ailing Muslims to pray at homePresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and a number of his aides, including Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto visited the Mosque Friday morning to see how the process was going.Minister Fachrul Razi suggested that other mosques in the country follow suit to prevent further spread of the deadly coronavirus. However, he emphasized that religious activities in the country would continue to run normally despite the WHO declaring coronavirus a pandemic and urging aggressive action from all countries to fight it.Read also: Catholic churches across Rome shut due to virusFriday prayers in all provincial capitals of Iran, which is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases, have been halted to contain the virus. Meanwhile Tajikistan, which has no reported cases so far, has suspended Friday prayers, aljazeera.com reported.”Friday prayer will still be held normally, but we suggest that congregations avoid physical contact while greeting, like handshaking and such,” Fachrul said, adding that sick people should stay at home rather than be in the crowd. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Rabada makes history, mops up Bangladesh

first_img… becomes youngest of 16 South Africans to take 100 Test wicketsFAST bowler Kagiso Rabada led a ruthless bowling performance as South Africa completed an innings and 254-run win on the third day of the second Test against Bangladesh at Mangaung Oval on Sunday.It was the biggest win in South Africa’s Test history, surpassing the innings and 229-run victory over Sri Lanka in Cape Town in 2000-01.Rabada took 5-30 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 172, a slight improvement on their first innings of 147 in reply to South Africa’s 4-573 declared.Rabada, 22, who had match figures of 10-63, became the youngest of 16 South Africans to take 100 Test wickets. He was playing in his 22nd Test. Only Vernon Philander (19) and Dale Steyn (20) of his compatriots have achieved the feat in fewer matches.It was Rabada’s third 10-wicket haul in Tests. He took his tally of Test wickets in 2017 to 54, the most by any bowler this year.It was another poor performance by Bangladesh on a pitch which had bounce but was not especially bowler-friendly.A small group of Bangladesh supporters cheered during a bright fifth-wicket stand of 43 between Mahmudullah, who top-scored with 43, and Liton Das, who made 18. But their team gave them little else to applaud.Rabada and Duanne Olivier were aggressive from the start of play, when Bangladesh resumed on 0-7. They sent down numerous short-pitched deliveries and three batsmen were struck on their batting helmets, including captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who had lengthy treatment on the field after ducking into a bouncer from Olivier with his score on 11 soon after the mid-morning drinks break. He was hit on his helmet near the temple area.Rahim was dazed and lay down next to the pitch while the Bangladesh team physiotherapist and South African team doctor attended to him. He carried on batting for another 50 minutes until he was lbw to Wayne Parnell for 26 in the last over before lunch.The Tigers skipper was reportedly back in hospital for further scans following his innings.It isn’t the first time the diminutive batsman has been struck in Test cricket; Rahim was stretchered off the field after being hit behind the left ear by a bouncer from New Zealand’s Tim Southee in Wellington in January but was released from hospital the same day.Mominul Haque was hit by a bouncer from Rabada two balls before hooking the same bowler to be caught at deep square leg for 11, while Mahmudullah was hit by Olivier before he had scored.SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 573 for 4 decl (A. Markram 143, F. du Plessis 135no, H. Amla 132, D. Elgar 113)Bangladesh 1st innings 147 (L. Das 70; K. Rabada 5-33)Bangladesh 2nd innings (Overnight: 7-0)Imrul Kayes c de Kock b Olivier 32Soumya Sarkar c du Plessis b Rabada 3Mominul Haque c Maharaj b Rabada 11Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Parnell 26Mahmudullah c Elgar b Rabada 43Liton Das b Phehlukwayo 18Sabbir Rahman c du Plessis b Phehlukwayo 4Taijul Islam b Rabada 2Rubel Hossain b Rabada 7Subashis Roy not out 12Mustafizur Rahman b Phehlukwayo 7Extras (lb-6 nb-1) 7Total (all out, 42.4 overs) 172Fall of wickets: 1-13 S. Sarkar,2-29 M. Haque,3-63 I. Kayes,4-92 M. Rahim,5-135 L. Das,6-139 Mahmudullah,7-145 Sa. Rahman,8-145 T. Islam,9-156 R. Hossain,10-172 M. RahmanBowling: K. Rabada 11 – 1 – 30 – 5,D. Olivier 11 – 1 – 39 – 1,K. Maharaj 6 – 1 – 30 – 0, W. Parnell 5 – 0 – 31 – 1,A. Phehlukwayo 9.4 – 2 – 36 – 3(nb-1).last_img read more

Miralem Pjanic among the best Players in Champions League

first_imgFootballers of “Old Lady” made a great job last night on the first match of the Champions League semi-finals, when they won Monaco at a high of 0: 2 in Monte Carlo.With this result, they came a step towards the finals of the most elite football competition in Europe, and a brilliant match in Juventus was made by the Bosnian football player Miralem Pjanić.He was one of the best players in the ranks of the Old Lady, and played almost the entire match before being replaced by in 89th minute.At this match Pjanic was the player who ran the most, total of 10.87 kilometers, and the statistical parameters show that he had enormous efficiency.The glittering shape this player delights all fans of football in BiH, especially because he will most probably play the qualification matches in the national coat of arms.(Source: klix)last_img read more