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In newly released images, Dubai’s Hindu temple is taking shape



Construction of the Hindu temple in Jebel Ali

The Hindu temple being built in Jebel Ali, Dubai, will be blessed in January and over the summer.

The prayers are to purify the shrine and ready it before the official opening in September next year.

Ujjain city in central India is shipping nine brass fittings called kalashas from this month.

The tallest Kalash (apex of the spire) is 1.8 meters and weighs about 120 kilograms.

The metal structure will tower over eight surrounding spires. Each is about 1.2m high and weighs about 90kg.

Moreover, According to temple officials, prayers are at the end of January, and in July and August. It will be crucial to prepare the shrine in advance of the installation of the Kalash and the 16 deities inside.

“Visibly you can now see the shape of the temple come up.” Raju Shroff, a trustee of the Sindhi Guru Darbar temple that oversees the construction work, told The National.

“Between now and the next three months you will see major changes.

“The kalash is the most important part as the ornament placed on top of the temple after the structure is 100 per cent ready.

However, “The first thing that will go up after the January puja will be the Kalash.

“That highlights that the temple structure is ready.”

The stark white indented domes can be spotted from a distance. The frame is a modern design chosen to reflect the spirit of the emirate.

“We wanted a temple that was like Dubai,” Mr Shroff said.

“We were keen on a contemporary look because you have the historic Bastakiya. Shindagha areas, but this new temple is in new Dubai.”

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The trust also runs a Hindu shrine

The trust also runs a Hindu shrine in a small building in Bur Dubai that recently received clearance to restore opening timings to levels before the coronavirus outbreak.

Places of worship were shut in March 2020 when Covid-19 safety measures were introduced throughout the country.

At the Jebel Ali site, construction work has been completed at a quick pace across a space that will accommodate 1,500 worshippers.

Large glass panes have been fitted to the skylight. White tiles fixed on walls and marble laid on the staircase leading to a large prayer hall on the upper level.

A small group of community members will be part of the January ceremony, which will last a few days.

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Global Day of Education: Arab children fall behind due to digital poverty



40 percent of children did not have access to remote learning

A report by the World Bank and UN agencies Unicef and Unesco states more than 37 million. Students were not able to learn remotely during lockdowns in 2020. Due to a lack of devices and internet connections. However, In the Middle East and North Africa, 40 percent of children did not have access to remote learning. During the coronavirus pandemic, the report shows.

Unicef Middle East and North Africa regional chief of advocacy and communication. Juliette Touma noted that “this group of children had no access to smartphones, laptops or tablets.”

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“They often had no access to TV or radio,” she said. “Covid-19 has made things worse by making it harder for the children to attend school.”

Experts told The National that the dropout rate and lack of 21st-century schooling are contributing to the crisis of education in the Mena region. Which has one of the world’s highest proportions of students unable to access remote learning.

With 48 percent of children not receiving education

In addition, Only Western and Central Africa had a worse outcome. With 48 percent of children not receiving education. Eastern and Southern Africa had 49 percent. No access to remote learning was available to 31 percent of children in 2020.

Even before the pandemic, 15 million children in Mena didn’t attend school because of poverty and conflict,.Said Ms Touma, speaking before World Education Day on Monday.

The region has been dealing with the crisis of education for years. She said, and Covid’s implication has definitely exacerbated it. She said it was “good” that all governments in the region put online their curriculum for children, regardless of their circumstances.

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Omicron: 40 countries possess at least one ‘DANGEROUS’ version of Omicron



The rise of an Omicron descendant

The global medical community has been watching the rise of an Omicron descendant recently isolated from at least 40 countries, including the United States.

This variant of the coronavirus is known as BA 2. It is considered more stealthy than the original Omicron because of certain genetic traits. Some experts are also concerned that it may be more contagious.

Since mid-November, nearly 3 dozen countries have uploaded nearly 15,000 genetic sequences of BA2 to GISAID. A global platform for sharing coronavirus data As of Tuesday morning, 96 of the sequenced cases have come from the US Since mid-November.

Nearly three dozen countries have uploaded nearly 15,000 genetic sequences of BA2.  Including a handful from the US More than two dozen countries have uploaded genetic sequences across several other coronaviruses since last month.

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The mutant of Omicron appears to be much more common in Asia and Europe

“So far, we haven’t seen it spread” in the United States, said Dr Wesley Long of Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas. Which identified three cases of BA.2 in the past month.

The mutant appears to be much more common in Asia and Europe – in Denmark. It accounted for 45 percent of Covid-19 cases at the end of January, up from 20 percent two weeks earlier. According to Statens Serum Institut, which falls under the Danish Ministry of Health.

Around 20 of the mutations in BA.2’s spike protein share common features with the original Omicron. Yet it has other changes peculiar to BA.2.

If a population has already encountered the original Omicron. It’s not clear how significant the additional changes are, said Dr. Jeremy Luban, a virologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Interestingly, the first two analyses of BA.2 do not reveal any difference in hospitalization rates between it and the original Omicron. “We have some indications that it may be as contagious as or slightly more contagious than Omicron,” Dr. Long said.

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Will Oil Prices touch triple Digits in 2022? If it reaches what will the effect on growing nations.



Oil slipped towards $84 a barrel, the first weekly loss in about two months.

The Crude has been hovering around $88 per barrel since the last 2021 ending. Can we see Oil Prices touch triple digits in 2022? If it goes there, what will impact growing nations like India and all?

oil price per barrel near 88

Market sentiments in the oil market are upbeat. Demand may rise as omicron’s fear is getting lesser with time. Now the question is will we see oil prices touch triple digits in 2022.

Last year from November 2022, we have to see the Global benchmark brent crude jump by 25%. It is around $88 per barrel from November 2022. Market analysts suggest demand will grow. Omicron’s fear is getting lesser now, which will spark demand, and Oil prices may increase in 2022.

However, prices fell towards the end of the year as new variants emerged, and conditions were placed again in several nations to contain the Omicron variant’s spread. Prices began rising at the close of the year, gaining permission from the record highs achieved in financial market indicators. Gains were supported by the reopening of economizing and anticipated faster economic development in the near term.

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